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Pakistan regain 4th position in Test Rankings despite drawn series

Pakistan has regained 4th position on the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings table at the end of its two-match series against South Africa, which concluded in Dubai on Saturday. Pakistan was assured of the position after it won the first Test in Abu Dhabi by seven wickets to take a 1-0 lead. However, Pakistan lost the second and final Test ...

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Innings defeat for Pakistan bring up South Africa’s 100th Test Win

South Africa have beaten Pakistan by an innings and 92 runs in the second Test match which finished at Dubai on Saturday, thus clinching their 100th Test win. “This is a day worth celebrating in South African cricket as it is a very relevant milestone,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat. “If one considers that this is only our 207th ...

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Ball tampering also in 1st innings & Is Team Management Involved in it?

Ball Tampering also takes placed in 1st Innings.??? In 1st innings, Dale Steyn started to get reverse swing after 20 overs. I never saw any bowler getting reverse swing so early. Same he was doing today before umpire caught Faf Du Plessis and Vernon Philander tempering the ball. After that, no sign of reverse swing. Is Team Management Involved in ...

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Bad Sportsmanship from Africans.

DUBAI: South Africa were docked five penalty runs for ball-tampering on the third day of the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai on Friday. Television replays showed South African fielder Faf du Plessis rubbing the ball on his trousers which had a zip on them, in an apparent attempt to tamper with the ball. Umpires Rod Tucker of Australia and ...

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India vs Australia 5th ODI Preview: Washout looms over 5th ODI

The 5th ODI between India and Australia to be played on Saturday at Cuttack is under threat as it has been raining continuously there for the last four days, water-logging the Barabati Stadium outfield. Since Monday, most of the Odisha districts have seen heavy rainfall, and Cuttack hasn’t been spared either. As per the local forecast, even if the match gets ...

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Bangladesh vs NZ, 2nd Test: Rain forces draw

Overnight rain and a persistent drizzle throughout the day washed out the last day’s play in the second Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand, in Mirpur. The 0-0 result against New Zealand  means Bangladesh have now registered their 2nd successive drawn series after finishing 1-1 against Zimbabwe in April this year. A drawn series against a team ranked higher than them ...

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Smith and Devillers Rout Pakistan Bowlers

Graeme Smith produced one of the most monumental comebacks  from a long-term injury in the history of the game to consolidate the South Africa’s position on day two of the second Test match against Pakistan at Dubai on Thursday. By the close of play he had recorded the fifth double century of his international career and established a new record ...

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Australia preserve 2-1 series lead over India after abandoned 4th ODI

Australia managed to preserve their 2-1 lead over India as the 4th ODI at Ranchi was called off due to a heavy downpour. India had just began their chase of a competitive 296 when rain descended upon and the JSCA ground could not recover from the dampness. MS Dhoni finally ended his toss woes by proving to be lucky at his home ...

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Tahir’s fifer bundles out Pakistan for 99 on Day 1 of Dubai Test

South Africa clean sweeped all three sessions on day 1 to take complete control of the 2nd Test against Pakistan at Dubai. The Proteas, needing to win this match to square the series and had a boost when Dale Steyn was declared fit to play. Steyn got Khurram Manzoor with the second ball of the match. For the rest of the day there ...

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India bowling under pressure in Dhoni’s Ranchi

Big Picture India’s bowlers are usually a much scrutinised lot. As the ODI series moves east to their captain’s hometown, Ranchi, the spotlight will shine ever brighter on them. They have conceded more than 300 every time they have bowled in this series. MS Dhoni has warned that one cannot expect his batsmen, powerful as they are, to score that ...

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