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Philander, Rabada put South Africa on top against Sri Lanka

Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada took two wickets apiece as the Standard Bank Proteas tightened their grip on the second day of the final Sunfoil Test match against Sri Lanka at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Friday.

When bad light caused an early close the visitors had reached 80/4 in their first innings in reply to the Proteas total of 426 all out which appears to be a well above par total.

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Ranji Trophy Final: Gujarat close in on maiden title

Doughty challengers Gujarat - aiming for their maiden title - were on Friday set a 312-run winning target by record champions Mumbai in the 83rd Ranji Trophy cricket final.

After Gujarat dismissed Mumbai for 411 in their second innings, openers Priyank Kirit Panchal (34 not out) and Samit Gohel (8 not out) were at the crease when the umpires called it a day -- with the second-time finalists, at 47-0, requiring 265 runs to win the coveted title.

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Focused Amla scores memorable ton

Hashim Amla has credited his quiet focus in the build-up to his 100th Test match for South Africa as the motivation behind his 26th Test hundred in the third Sunfoil Test match against Sri Lanka at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Thursday. Amla shied away from the fanfare and media hype ahead of the ceremonious occasion, and rather placed his attention on regaining some form after an unusually lean period.

The unbeaten century (125) could not have been more perfectly scripted to suit the occasion, and further highlighted Amla’s immense character and brilliance, given the pressures of the situation.

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Ranji Trophy Final: Iyer's 82 leads Mumbai fight back on Day 3

Shreyas Iyer's 82 helped defending champions Mumbai fight back as they reached 208 for three in their second innings after allowing Gujarat to take a 100-run first-innings lead on the third day of the Ranji Trophy cricket final on Thursday.

Iyer found a perfect foil in former captain Suryakumar Yadav (45 not out) and the duo shared a 127-run stand for the third wicket as Mumbai built a 108-run lead over Gujarat in their bid to extend their record haul of 41 Ranji Trophy titles.

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Amla, Duminy power South Africa to 338-3 on Day 1 at the Wanderers

Hashim Amla emulated the performance of Graeme Smith at The Oval in 2012 in scoring a century in his 100th Test match on the opening day of the final Sunfoil Test match against Sri Lanka at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Thursday.

On that famous weekend in London the Standard Bank Proteas achieved one of the biggest victories in the history of Test cricket, winning by an innings after losing only two wickets. That occasion also witnessed Hashim Amla’s unbeaten treble century – the only one ever achieved by a South African – and few would bet against something similar from Amla this weekend.

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