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Ghana finish World T20 Africa Qualifier A in style

Ghana finished off a wonderful week at the ICC World T20 Africa Qualifier A tournament on Saturday, as they defeated Nigeria by four wickets in the last match at the Tafawa Balewa Square Cricket Oval in Lagos.

The Ghanaians who had defeated the hosts in a last-over thriller days ago, won a lot more comfortably on Saturday, to finish as the only undefeated side in the competition. As a contest, the match was doomed after just one ball of the match, after Ghana had won the toss and elected to field.

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Nigeria and Ghana make strong start in World T20 qualifier

Nigeria made a perfect start to the ICC World T20 Africa Qualifier A, as they cruised past Sierra Leone by 88 runs, at the Tafawa Balewa Square Cricket Oval in Lagos on Saturday.

The win was built on the back of skipper Chimezie Onwuzulike, who tucked into some friendly bowling on a hot morning, and helped himself to a breezy 54 off just 34 balls, smashing four sixes in the process.

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Afghani Rashid Khan takes top spot in ICC T20 Rankings

Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan has moved up to take top position among bowlers in the latest ICC T20I Player Rankings with some fine performances in a 2-0 series win over Zimbabwe.

Rashid, who last week became the youngest male cricketer to be top-ranked in the ICC rankings when he rose up to joint-first in ODIs, has moved up after taking five wickets in the two-match series in Sharjah to complete the double.

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India end tour by sealing T20 Series win

India ended their tour to South Africa on a high note on Saturday when they clinched the T20 International Series 2-1 thanks to a seven-run win over the Standard Bank Proteas in the final game at PPC Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday night.

Debutant Christiaan Jonker launched a valiant late assault to try and win the game with a breezy 49 off 24 balls, while stand-in captain JP Duminy hit 55 (41 balls, 2 fours, 3 sixes), but a slow start in a chase of 173 ultimately cost the hosts.

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India women seal T20 series with comprehensive victory at Newlands

India clinched the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Women’s T20 series with an emphatic, 54-run victory over the Momentum Proteas at PPC Newlands on Saturday. They concluded their outing with a 3-1 win after the fourth match was washed out in Centurion on Wednesday.

Mithali Raj was the Player of the Match and the Player of the Series after she hit a 50-ball 62 runs (8x4s, 3x6s), following up on her back-to-back half-centuries in the first two matches of the series. She, along with Jemimah Rodrigues (44 off 34 balls) and Harmanpreet Kaur (27* off 17) set up the visitors’ competitive 166/4 after they were put in to bat first.

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Klaasen magic helps Proteas square T20 Series against India

A maiden 50 by Heinrich Klaasen and an excellent finishing job by JP Duminy paved the way for the Standard Bank Proteas to level their T20 International Series 1-1 against India after a six-wicket win at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Wednesday night.

Chasing a tough 189 for victory, the hosts reached their target with eight deliveries to spare and in the process ensured that Saturday’s final match of the tour will decide the outcome of the three-match contest.

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Bhuvi, Shikhar help India take 1-0 series lead

Bhuvneshwar Kumar put the finishes touches to what has been an outstanding tour for the lower-order all-rounder as he claimed his first five-wicket haul to round off India’s 28-run victory over South Africa at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.

India proved to be far too ring-wise for the inexperienced South African line-up to go 1-0 up in the three-match KFC T20 International Series which forms part of the celebration of the centenary anniversary of the founding Father of the Country, Nelson Mandela.

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