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Twitter Reacts As India Put Their Noses in Front On Penultimate Day

India has put themselves in a commanding position on the penultimate day of the first Test match at Visakhapatnam against South Africa. The hosts’ racked up 323-4 in their second innings as Rohit Sharma scored his second hundred of the Test match. Consequently, the Virat Kohli-led gave an imposing target of 395 runs to the Proteas.

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Furthermore, the hosts were able to take the wicket of the first-innings centurion, Dean Elgar to add to the visitors’ wounds. Ravindra Jadeja was able to plumb the southpaw batsman in front of the wickets and Kohli had to go upstairs to reverse the on-field umpire’s call.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. BCCI Twitter

India had a fine day.

Meanwhile, India was able to wrap up the South African innings on 431 runs. Senuran Mathuswamy and Kagiso Rabada were able to frustrate the Indian bowling. Ravichandran Ashwin finished with seven wickets to be the pick of the Indian bowlers.

On the other hand, India’s first innings double centurion Mayank Agarwal could not get going as he was dismissed cheaply for seven runs. However, Rohit Sharma continued his first innings form as he kept churning out the runs. The right-hander added a gargantuan alliance of 169 runs with Cheteshwar Pujara for the second wicket.

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Pujara who could not score big in the first innings scored a fine knock of 81 runs before he was plumbed in front by Vernon Philander. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma became the first batsman to score seven consecutive fifties in the Indian conditions.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. BCCI Twitter

Furthermore, the right-hander also brought his fifth century and his second of the Test match. Consequently, Rohit also bagged another record to his name as he became the first batsman to score two centuries in the history of Test cricket while opening for the first time.

South Africa ended Day four at 11-1 and they still need another 384 runs to pull off a miraculous win. However, more realistically India requires another nine scalps to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.

Here is how Twitter reacted to Day’s 4 play:

https://twitter.com/GautamGambhir/status/1180448293534552064?s=20

Virat Kohli. Credits: BCCI Twitter
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Virat Kohli Reprimanded For Shouldering Beuran Hendricks During Third T20I, Receives One Demerit Point

Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been reprimanded by ICC for shouldering South Arica pacer Beuran Hendricks during the third and the final T20I of the series on Sunday. Kohli had shouldered Hendricks while taking a single during India’s innings. Replays had shown the pacer was left surprised by the contact.

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“Kohli was found to have breached Article 2.12 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “Inappropriate physical contact with a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other person (including a spectator) during an International Match,” a statement from ICC read as.

Virat Kohli Reprimanded For Shouldering Beuran Hendricks During Third T20I, Receives One Demerit Point 1

Apart from being reprimanded, one demerit point was also added to Kohli’s account. Should one more point be added to his account before January 2020, he will face suspension.

As per the rules, four demerits between 24 months lead to a suspension of 1 Test or 2 ODIs/T20Is. Hence, if another demerit point is added to his account during the upcoming South Africa series, Kohli will be suspended for a Test match.

His first offence had come during the Test series against South Africa in 2018. The second offence had come during the World Cup 2019 game against Afghanistan.

The Indian skipper did not have a good run in the third T20I as he could just manage 9 off 15. Opting to bat first, India challenged themselves as the Chinnaswamy stadium is always known to be a chasing ground.

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The batsmen could not do well and the home side just managed a total of 134/9 in 20 overs. Kagiso Rabada, who did not have a good start with the ball, ended with figures of 3/39.

Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock. Credits: BCCI

Coming into the chase the target, South African openers had a great start with Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks putting up 76 runs for the first wicket. De Kock continued his form and scored 79* off 52 to help the visitors chase the target in 16.5 overs.

With this win, South Africa levelled the series 1-1.

The two teams will now square off in a three-match Test series starting October 2. The first Test starts on October 2 in Vizag. The second and the third Test will be played from October 10 and 19 in Pune and Ranchi, respectively.

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India vs South Africa 3rd T20I Weather Report: Rain Threat Looms Large, Showers Expected At M Chinnaswamy Stadium

The third and the final T20I between India and South Africa in Bangalore could be largely affected due to rain. As per weather forecast, there are chances of rain throughout the match. A heavy thunderstorm is expected after 11 PM but till then, rain threat looms large and rain can have its say during the 3rd T20I.

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Earlier, the first T20I of the series in Dharamsala was washed out due to heavy rain. There was no play possible. In fact, heavy rains saw water collecting in the playing area and there were no chances of play even if the rain would have stopped.

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But in Bangalore, play will resume as soon as the rain ends and it will not take much time for the ground staff to make the ground fit for play as M Chinnaswamy Stadium has the best drainage system, thanks to SubAir system that was installed in 2017.

The spectators would hope that the rain stays away in the city so as there could be a complete match. Should the rain washout the third T20I, India will win the T20I series by virtue of winning the second T20I that took place in Mohali.

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Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan. BCCI Twitter

Chasing a target of 150, India did not have a good start as they last the wicket of Rohit Sharma early. Virat Kohli joined forces with Shikhar Dhawan to propel the team ahead, sharing 61 runs for the second wicket. He remained unbeaten on 72* to lead the team to a win.

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Going into the third T20I, India are expected to make at least one change as Rahul Chahar is expected to replace Washington Sundar so as the leggie gets at least one chance in the series. He had made his debut in the third T20I on the tour of West Indies. KL Rahul, Manish Pandey and Khaleel Ahmed are expected to sit out of playing XI.

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South Africa are expected to play with the same playing XI, which will mean Junior Dala, Beuran Hendricks and George Linde will sit out.

Jacques Kallis, ICC World Cup 2019
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Faf du Plessis Slams Airways Company After Missing His Flight To India – See Tweet

South Africa Test skipper Faf du Plessis hit out at a airways company after he missed the flight to India. In his tweet, Plessis wrote that his flight to Dubai got delayed, that further resulted in him missing the flight to India from there.

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“Finally on a plane to Dubai after a 4 hour delay . Now I’m gonna miss my flight to India, next flight is only 10 hours later… ????? @British_Airways” he wrote on Twitter.

Plessis, who was dropped from the T20I squad, was to each India today for the Test series but is now expected to land here at night. He will be leading South Africa in the Test series after being retained in the position.

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Selectors, surprisingly, dropped him from the T20I squad, handing over the captaincy to Quinton de Kock. While he revealed that he is still the captain of the T20I side, the future of Plessis as T20I captain will only be clear when South Africa play their next fixtures.

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There still remains doubt over the fact whether he is the ODI and that will also be clear before their next ODI in future. Plessis, himself, had indicated at taking retirement after next year’s T20 World Cup that takes place in Australia.

Faf du Plessis
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Under him, South Africa did not have a good run at World Cup 2019. They finished at the seventh position in the points table with just three wins in eight matches that they played. South Africa made wholesome changes to their coaching staff and also did not renew the contract of head coach Ottis Gibson.

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A change in captaincy was also on the cards. Plessis, after being dropped, went on to play for Kent in Vitality Blast and county cricket. The result of the India-South Africa Test series will have a great impact on his future as South Africa’s Test captain.

The Test series between India and South Africa kicks off on October 2 with the first match in to be played in Vizag. The second and third Test will be played in Pune and Ranchi from October 10 and 19, respectively.

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Prior to the Tests, South Africa will face Rohit Sharma-led Board President’s XI in a three-day practice match in Vizag.

Rohit Sharma. Credits - Vivek Bendre
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Rohit Sharma To Lead Board President’s XI Against South Africa

India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma will lead Board President’s XI in the three-day match against South Africa before the Test series. Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal are the only two players in Board President’s XI who are also part of the 15-member squad for the senior team.

In fact, the dual will also open the innings for the Indian national cricket team in the first Test match. Struggling KL Rahul is dropped after ordinary performances. MSK Prasad, chief selector confirmed that Rohit Sharma will play as the opener. The flamboyant batsman has been in sublime limited-overs form. Hence, he would like to take the same form to the multi-day format.

Rohit Sharma. MSK Prasad
Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Google)

Rohit Sharma will get an opportunity to open.

On the other hand, Abhimanyu Easwaran gets a place in the Board’s President XI side. Easwaran has been in fine form in the recent past and has delivered consistent performances in the domestic circuit.

Karun Nair, who has been a bit unlucky also gets a place in the President XI side. Nair had a great run in the Duleep Trophy. Thus, he would like to keep knocking on the doors of national selection.

Umesh Yadav who is dropped from the national side also gets a chance in the President XI side. Furthermore, Ishan Porel, Shardul Thakur and Avesh Khan will accompany Umesh Yadav in the pace bowling line-up. The three-day match will be played at Vizianagaram from September 26.

Umesh Yadav.
Umesh Yadav. AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S. KODIKARA

Board President’s XI squad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Priyank Panchal, AR Easwaran, Karun Nair, Siddhesh Lad, KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Jalaj Saxena, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Avesh Khan, Ishan Porel, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav.

On the other hand, Shubman Gill received a maiden Test call-up for the Virat Kohli-led side.

Indian Test Squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (Wicket-keeper), Wriddhiman Saha (Wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill.

Gautam Gambhir, Quinton de Kock
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South Africa Preparing Quinton de Kock To Replace Faf du Plessis As T20I Captain For World Cup

South Africa took a surprising decision to keep Faf du Plessis out of the squad for the upcoming T20I series against India, handing over the captaincy duties to a young, but experienced Quinton de Kock. The move by the selectors seems to be done with sight on T20 World Cup, where De Kock could be the in-charge in place of Plessis.

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Should everything go well for South Africa under De Kock, he will keep the captaincy in the shortest format, which would mean that Plessis, if he keeps his place in the T20I side, will play under his junior at World Cup next year.

“I strongly believe that we have a good enough squad. We have a good leader here. It’s also an opportunity to start building for the future. We know where Faf stands, as a captain and as a player. He’s done great things for South African cricket. We also need to look at what the future looks like. We believe in Quinton, who’s going to be leading the team in this series.” South Africa’s team director, Enoch Nkwe said, clearly hinting that De Kock is the future that they are looking at.

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The results of the three-match T20I series between India and South Africa will play a major role in deciding whether Kock will keep captaincy or will South Africa bring back Plessis.

It is to be noted that Plessis had hinted at quitting the game after T20 World Cup next year. With the teams set to play two T20 Word Cups in next two years, the move to keep De Kock in front also indicates that South Africa are eyeing both the tournaments instead of preparing for just next year’s World Cup.

Jacques Kallis, ICC World Cup 2019

Under Plessis, South Africa did not have ave a good run at 2019 World Cup as they finished at the seventh spot in the points table. He was later kept out of the T20I squad. Plessis, on his part, continued to play as he took part in Global T20 Canada and recently inked a deal with Kent for T20 Blast.

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He will soon be coming to India as the leader of the Test side, a post that he is likely to kee till Plessis plays international cricket.

The India-South Africa series kicks off on September 15 with Dharamsla hosting the first T20I. The next two T20Is will be played on September 18 and 22. The three-match Test series kicks off on October 2. Indi are yet to name the squad for the Test series.

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Cricket South Africa Launches T20 League For Women

South African cricket board took yet another massive step by launching a league to the women cricket. The tournament set to give opportunities for the young cricketers in the country. On Friday, Cricket South Africa announced the news to media.

The inaugural edition of Women T20 League starts Friday at Irene Country Club and will have six matches played over the weekend between four teams in a round-robin format. A second leg of the league will follow in Cape Town in December.

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The main focus of the tournament is to promote domestic talent with a pool of 52 players, and with the aim to contribute to the preparation for next year’s T20 World Cup. The tournament will see four teams compete across six games in three days at the Irene Country Club in Pretoria.

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“We need to address the lack of game time and provide more competitive cricket for the Women’s structure in order to produce quality cricketers and to improve the pool of players for National selection,” said Cricket South Africa (CSA) Head of Pathways Edward Khoza.

“The Super League is a concept that will be utilized to close the performance gaps of identified players and coaches within the CSA pipeline, introducing a minimum 3 x Super League weekends (strength vs strength) per season whereby players are drafted into 4 teams with the specific focus of preparing players for international competition. This is a great way to shine a light on the growth of women’s cricket which will provide more opportunities for female cricketers around the country who will ultimately be considered for national selection,” he added.

Squads:

Devnarain XI: Dane Van Niekerk, Andrie Steyn, Zintle Kula, Mignon du Preez, Sinalo Jafta, Faye Tunnicliffe, Eliz-Mari Marx, Shabnim Ismail, Tumi Sekhukune, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Tshegofatso Rampai, Jane Winster, Anri Grobbelaar
Coach: Denisha Devnarain Assistant coach: Dillon du Preez

South Africa Women T20 Super League
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M van der Merwe XI: Lizelle Lee, Lara Goodall, Sune Luus, Izeabella Hester Cilliers, Marizanne Kapp, Delmi Tucker, Michaela Andrews, Christine Tomlinson, Zintle Mali, Evodia Yekile, Nadia Mbokotwana, Nicole De Klerk, Tebogo Macheke
Coach: Martelize van der Merwe Assistant coach: Jimmy Kgamadi

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F van der Merwe XI: Tazmin Brits, Robyn Searle, Nadine de Klerk, Gandhi Jafta, Trisha Chetty, Alyssa Elxlebben, Ayabonga Khaka, Moseline Daniels, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Khayakazi Mathe, Yolani Fourie, Carmen Nagel
Coach: Francois van der Merwe Assistant coach: Mark Charlton

Terblanche XI: Laura Wolvaardt, Annemarie Dercksen, Saarah Smith, Anneke Bosch, Chloe Tryon, Nondumiso Shangase, Verunissa Reddy, Masabata Klaas, Tatum Le Roux, Jade de Fiquerido, N Baneti, Nicolene Janse Van Rensburg, Palesa Mapoo
Coach: Claire Terblanche Assistant coach: Ephraim Nyawo

Gautam Gambhir, Quinton de Kock
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We Are Preparing For The Worst – Quinton de Kock On Indian Pitches

South Africa’s T20I skipper Quinton de Kock has stated that their team is preparing for the worst Indian pitches. de Kock had also earlier criticized the Indian pitches. South Africa had won the T20I and ODI series on 2015 tour but they were blown away in the Test series 3-0 by the strong Indian spin attack.

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Consequently, South Africa’s wicket-keeper batsman doesn’t want to lose sleep on the same. On the other hand, South Africa had a poor World Cup campaign as they could not qualify for the semifinals. Thus, the Proteas will look to make a stronger comeback when they will face India in the upcoming series.

Quinton de Kock
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South Africa will have a tough task.

“From our side what we are going to do is to make sure that we prepare for the worst,” said De Kock. To be honest I don’t know what we are going to get. In T20s I don’t think it will spin that much because in the IPL they prepare pretty good wickets. But Test matches are a different story and it could end up turning on day one. It is more of a mental thing and not being caught up too much on whether it is spinning or not that is what it boils down to.”

Meanwhile, the Indian pitches had come under the scrutiny when South Africa had toured in 2015. The two Test matches at Mohali and Nagpur didn’t even last five days and the pitch from Nagpur had received a poor rating from the ICC.
Quinton de Kock, Virat Kohli
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“The last time we were there guys didn’t really expect those type of surfaces but this time around we will have a little bit of head start about that” De Kock said. “We will keep our eyes open and make sure that we are a little bit better than last time. I am not sure if they are going to prepare similar or better wickets than the last time we were there.”

South Africa will begin their India tour with the first T20I to be played on 15th September at Dharamshala. The Test series will begin from 2nd October at Vishakhapatnam.

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ICC World Cup 2019: Malibongwe Maketa Wants South Africa to Finish Things on a High

South African assistant coach Malibongwe Maketa has made it clear that the Proteas need to give their best to finish their ICC World Cup 2019 campaign on a good note. Following a dismal show, the Proteas led by Faf du Plessis have two games to play with.

The Proteas will face Sri Lanka at the Chester-le-street on Friday (June 20). Also, they will play their last group against table-toppers Australia on July 6 at the Old Trafford in Manchester.

Earlier, the Proteas had faced a major disappointment following a loss against Pakistan on June 23 at Lord’s. So far, South Africa has managed a solitary win against Afghanistan. In seven matches they could eke out just three points which included a point from their washed out fixture against the Windies.

Regardless of their results, the Proteas will return home post-Manchester game. Maketa admitted that the Proteas have failed to live up to the expectations. He also asserted that they should also be judged for their previous performances show apart from the World Cup debacle.

Coach staff ready to take the blame:

Mickey Arthur, ICC World Cup 2019
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Maketa made it clear that they’re ready to take the blame. He is also optimistic about some good things in their favour.

“We are willing to take responsibility, but hopefully we will be judged on more than what we have done here. A lot of good work was done before. Hopefully, that counts for something,” CSA Digital quoted Maketa, as saying.

The former cricketer Maketa also stressed that South Africa hadn’t played well. He further cited that they’ll face the wrath.

“It’s a bit tough for all of us – we haven’t performed as well as we would have liked and we have to suffer the consequences of that,” Maketa added.

Notably, the former cricketers have also lashed out at the team for their poor performance at the World Cup.

Dejected Maketa stated that they’re playing for a massive fan-base. And, he reiterated they as a team need to give their best shot that why they partook at the ICC World Cup 2019.

South Africa have to give something to cheer up their fans:

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South Africa has struggled in the twelfth edition of the World Cup. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

He also added there’re a couple of players who bid adieu to the game. With Proteas already letting themselves down had nothing to lose at the business end of the tournament.

“We need to make sure we really finish strong. As much as we’re playing for millions of people back home. We need to make sure we walk away from this World Cup and justify why we’re here. The way we see ourselves representing our country, we want to make sure that we finish off on a high. We’ve got a few players who are finishing after this World Cup,” Maketa said.

Currently, the Proteas are at the ninth spot on the World Cup points table.

Faf du Plessis, IChris Gayle, 5 Superstars Who Might Retire After ICC T20I World Cup 2020
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Kane Williamson’s hundred was the game changer: Faf du Plessis

South Africa’s skipper Faf du Plessis‘ side were at the receiving end once again. At Birmingham, home to the ‘Peaky Blinders’, Kane Williamson and his men called the shots and ended up chasing a competitive total of 242 with three balls to spare. The Proteas weren’t immune to making errors and they have got themselves to blame for the situation they are in at the moment.

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Faf du Plessis on the loss

Post the defeat, Faf said that his side were 20 runs shot. He credited the Kiwi bowlers at the sa time mentioned Kane’s unbeaten hundred as the game changer. “We were aiming 260. I thought that was par on this wicket. The chat in the team room was to aim at 260 and 270. So we fell short. So good bowling from New Zealand and not getting boundaries away by us played a part. Individual batters will look at having an opportunity at facing a bowler that the fancy. Kane showed that. He also found it difficult to score but he waited for the guy he could hit. We also had a lot of stop start innings but Kane batted through for the hundred and that was the game changer.” the skipper said after yet another loss.

Jacques Kallis, ICC World Cup 2019
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On the edge which went missing, Faf said that he had no clue and the best option was to aks the bowler himself. Kane hit an unbeaten 106* off 138 balls and a cameo from Colin de Grandhomme was enough to sail through. “We did everything we could. We threw ourselves a round. The energy was unbelievable. Sure, there was sometimes that we dropped intensity. But Kane took it away from us. [On missing DRS to get Williamson out] Was that lbw out? I don’t know. Which one is that. I don’t know. Oooh the nick. Oh well. There was no real appeal. No real lets have a look at it. So yeah, ask him [Imran Tahir] That’s all we can do.” he said.

Quinton de Kock
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The Proteas are now out of the reckoning for a semi-finals berth and Faf rues the missed chances through the tournament so far. “The performances haven’t been there. Individually we should have put on performances that could have driven the team home. But now we have to just try out best to compete again” he said.

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