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Debutant Abbott bowls South Africa closer to series sweep


Kyle Abbott produced the second best figures on debut for South Africa to dismiss Pakistan for just 156 on a day of complete domination for the home side as they headed towards a clean sweep of the three-Test series at SuperSport Park.

South Africa posted a formidable 409 all out with AB de Villiers completing his 16th Test century before Abbott claimed an astonishing analysis of 7-29 in just 11.4 overs to dismantle the tourists middle and lower order.


Tendulkar leads fightback, India 182-3 chasing Australia's 380

The first test between India and Australia in Chennai is tantalizingly poised heading into moving day as India ended Day 2 at 182-3, just under 200 runs shy of Australia's imposing first innings total of 380. Only 6 wickets fell over the course of the day with each of India's spinners getting one in the morning to end Australia's assault after the addition of a further 64 runs this morning. India were in a world of trouble early in their chase, slumping to 12-2 before 39-year old Sachin Tendulkar led the Indian fightback with an unbeaten 71, sharing two crucial partnerships with Cheteshwar Pujara (44) and Virat Kohli (50*). All three Indian wickets to fall on day 2 went to the raw pace of James Pattinson.

Australia continued to make the most of having first use of what was already starting to look like a rather ragged Chennai pitch as they piled on the runs on the second morning of the first test.


Amla, De Villiers give South Africa early edge in 3rd Test

A pair of brilliant 90s from Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers helped South Africa reach an imposing 334-6 on the first day of the third and final Sunfoil Test match against Pakistan at Supersport Park on Friday.

A well grassed but heavily cracked pitch left Graeme Smith in two minds about batting or bowling first and two wickets inside the first hour confirmed that it had been a gamble. The Proteas captain edged to slip on five and opening partner Alviro Petersen was trapped lbw for 10.


Clarke, Ashwin share the honours on Opening Day of Chennai Test

An outstanding unbeaten century from Australian Skipper Michael Clarke meant that the visitors nicked the honours on the opening day of this 4-match test series. Clarke made 103 from just 169 balls and shared in an outstanding 6th wicket stand worth 151 with rookie Moises Henriques (68) to rescue Australia from a potentially dangerous position of 153-5 to 316-7 at the close of play. Local boy Ravichandran Ashwin was the wrecker-in-chief for the Indians, taking 6 of the 7 Australian wickets to fall. He lacked genuine support from the other end though with India left to rue their bizarre decision of not picking Pragyan Ojha for the match.

Australia's Tour of India got underway in ideal fashion with Clarke winning the toss and opting to make first use of what looked like a flat, dry wicket in Chennai which was likely to offer slow turn right from day 1.


Plenty at stake as India and Australia get set to collide in 4-match series

India and Australia will lock horns in a mouth-watering four-Test series starting in Chennai from Friday with one eye on the ICC Test Championship table.

Although South Africa has already sealed its position as the number-one ranked Test side at the 1 April cut-off date with which it has not only retained the Test mace but has also been assured of a reward of US$450,000, a further US$750,000 is still up for grabs. This money will be distributed to teams that will finish second (US$350,000), third (US$250,000) and fourth (US$150,000) on the Championship table at the cut-off date.


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