Former England batsman Pietersen calls time on playing career

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen appeared to have brought the curtain down on his cricket playing career on Saturday, announcing his decision to step away from the game in a series of messages on social media. Pietersen, 37, who briefly captained England in 2008-09, was told in 2014 that he was no longer in the national side’s plans and spent the latter part of his career playing for a number of club teams across the world. The South Africa-born player represented Quetta Gladiators ...

VIDEO: Who is Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s new president?

Saturday, 17 February 2018

In the course of his 65 years, Cyril Ramaphosa has experienced the poverty of Soweto, jail for fighting apartheid, trade union activism, fabulous wealth -- and now the ultimate prize of South African politics, the presidency itself. He reached the goal on Thursday after forcing out Jacob Zuma, a longtime master of political survival, in a strategy that combined long-term vision, stealth and backroom skills. That feat, say analysts, bears all the hallmarks of the bald, stocky Ramaphosa -- ...

Unstoppable Kohli leads India to 5-1 hammering of South Africa

Friday, 16 February 2018

Virat Kohli led India to a 5-1 series hammering of South Africa on Friday, scoring another magnificent century in an eight-wicket win in the sixth and final one-day international.Kohli’s 129 not out came off just 96 balls, and he reached his century off 82 balls, as India strolled to 206-2 and past South Africa's 204 all out.India was again barely stretched in humbling the team that was No. 1 in the world rankings at the start of this series. That top ranking was taken by India, which ...

Jacob Zuma quits as President of South Africa

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Jacob Zuma resigned as President of South Africa on Wednesday, reluctantly heeding orders by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to bring an end to his nine scandal-plagued years in power. In a 30-minute farewell address to the nation, 75-year-old Zuma said he disagreed with the way the ANC had shoved him towards an early exit after the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as party president in December, but would accept its orders. "I have therefore come to the decision to resign as ...

Kohli eyes World Cup glory after conquering South Africa

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

India’s first ever one-day international series victory in South Africa has laid a strong platform for the country’s hopes of a successful 2019 World Cup campaign, captain Virat Kohli said. “We are a team that always wants to think of ways we can improve and after this tour we will look be to even stronger with the 2019 World Cup in mind,” he said after India took a 4-1 lead in the six-match series on Tuesday. “It’s a wonderful feeling to have created some ...

Kohli colossal again as India smashes South Africa

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Virat Kohli and India’s spinners hammered South Africa again on Wednesday in the latest episode of a one-sided ODI series, winning the third game by 124 runs to go 3-0 up with three to play.Kohli was colossal to make 160 not out from 159 balls - his second century of the series - and lead India to 303-6 after South Africa put the tourists in to bat.In a repeat of the first two games, South Africa couldn’t deal with India spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, who took eight ...

Sensational India claim consolation victory in third test against South Africa

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Superb seam bowling allowed India to rip through South Africa’s batting line-up and seal a 63-run consolation victory on day four of the third and final test at the Wanderers on Saturday. Chasing 241 for victory on a wicket with pace, bounce and prodigious lateral movement, South Africa were on top at 124 for one, but lost their last nine wickets for just 53 runs as India roared back into the contest. Dean Elgar (86 not out) and Hashim Amla (52) had given South Africa hope with a 119-run ...

Bumrah’s five-wicket haul swings third test in India’s favor

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Seamer Jasprit Bumrah took five wickets as India seized control of the third and final test against South Africa on Thursday, going to the close of the second day with a 42-run lead on a treacherous wicket at the Wanderers. Bumrah, in this third test, ripped through the middle-order and cleaned up the South African tail with career-best figures of 5-54 as India bowled their hosts out for 194. With South Africa having taken a slender lead of seven runs, the tourists reached 49 for one wicket in ...

Rabada gets three as S Africa restrict India in third test

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada took three wickets as South Africa bowled India out for 187 to take the opening day honours on a seaming wicket in the third and final test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Wednesday. South Africa were six for one in reply at the close, with opener Dean Elgar (4) and nightwatchman Rabada (0) to resume on Thursday as the hosts look to build a sizeable first innings lead on a difficult pitch. Aiden Markram (2) was the only South African wicket to fall as he edged a ...

Debutant Ngidi leads South Africa to series victory against India

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Debutant Lungi Ngidi took six wickets as South Africa defeated India by 135 runs to claim victory in the second test in Pretoria on Wednesday and also win the series with an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match contest. Seamer Ngidi, 21, recorded figures of 6-39, his best in first class cricket, as South Africa bowled out India for 151 just before lunch. India are the top-ranked side in test cricket according to the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings with South Africa second, ...

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