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Reactions after defeat: Mark the difference

How to calibrate your reaction once you have been soundly defeated and whitewashed by your rivals? Know answer to this question from Pakistan’s head coach Mickey Arthur who laughed away the shameful defeat. He behaved as though his team lifted the cup. In contrast, Indian skipper Virat Kohli behaved in absolutely different manner after his…

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Cricket: Debutant Ngidi bowls South Africa to series win

Centurion, South Africa: Test debutant Lungi Ngidi sensationally bowled South Africa to a series-clinching win on Wednesday, taking six for 39 as India were beaten by 135 runs on the fifth day of the second Test. Ngidi, 21, did much of the damage as India lost seven wickets in an extended morning’s play at SuperSport…

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Indian captain Virat Kohli punished

India captain Virat Kohli has been fined 25 per cent of his match fee and received one demerit point for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day’s play in the second Test against South Africa at Centurion on Monday. Kohli was found to have breached Article 2.1.1 of the ICC Code…

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Cricket: Lightning threat stops play between South Africa and India

Centurion, South Africa: The threat of lightning, soon followed by rain, stopped play shortly after tea on the third day of the second Test between South Africa and India at SuperSport Park on Monday. South Africa were 68 for two, an overall lead of 96. Scores in brief: South Africa 335 and 68-2 (A. de…

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Markram falls short of century in 2nd India Test

Centurion, South Africa: Aiden Markram fell six short of a century after getting South Africa off to a strong start on the first day of the second Test against India at SuperSport Park on Saturday. South Africa were 182 for two wickets at tea after winning the toss and batting on an easy-paced pitch. Contrary…

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No reprieve for India against South Africa in second test at Pretoria

PRETORIA: If India were hoping for a reprieve from fast and bouncy South African wickets in the second test starting on Saturday, they will not find it in Pretoria, a ground where the home side have a formidable record. South Africa romped to a 72-run victory in the first test of the three-game series at…

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Philander guides South Africa to an easy win over India in first test

CAPE TOWN: South Africa’s fast bowlers, led by Vernon Philander, blasted through India’s batting as the host nation gained a 72-run win on the fourth day of the first Test at Newlands on Monday. Set 208 to win the first of three matches between the world’s two leading Test teams, number one-ranked India were bowled…

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Cricket: South Africa collapse to 130 all out

Cape Town: Indian bowlers Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah took advantage of helpful conditions to send South Africa tumbling to 130 all out on the fourth day of the first Test on Monday. India were set to make 208 to win in the match at Newlands that is hastening towards a conclusion despite the loss…

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Twitterati blame Anushka Sharma for Virat Kohli’s poor performance

Users of social media website Twitterati blamed Indian captain Virat Kohli’s wife Anushka Sharma for his poor performance in South Africa. They took to the micro-blogging website to blame her for her husband’s poor form. * Virat Kohli gets out on Zero * Anushka Sharma: Thank you darling for promoting my upcoming film — Sunil-…

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Play abandoned in South Africa v India Test

Rain prevented any play on the third day of the first Test between South Africa and India at Newlands on Sunday, but with fine weather expected for the remaining two days there is still a good chance of a result. South Africa were on 65 for two in their second innings — an overall lead…

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1st Test: Pandya defies South African bowlers

CAPE TOWN: Hardik Pandya went on a thrilling counter-attack to halt South Africa’s progress on the second day of the first Test against India at Newlands on Saturday. Thanks largely to Pandya, who made 81 not out off 68 balls, India were 185 for seven at tea in reply to South Africa’s first innings of…

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Cricket: It’s the pitch we wanted – Du Plessis

Cape Town:South African captain Faf du Plessis said on Thursday that the pitch for the first Test against India, starting at Newlands on Friday, looked ideal for his team. “The groundsman has done a fantastic job,” said Du Plessis. “It’s been very, very hot but it looks like it’s going to be a good cricket…

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Cricket: India face fierce examination in South Africa series

CAPE TOWN: India’s status as the world’s number one Test team will face a fierce examination when they come up against second-ranked South Africa in a three-Test series which starts at Newlands on Friday. South Africa will be banking on their formidable fast bowling attack to dismantle India’s strong batting line-up but after nine successive Test…

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Video: Indian skipper Kohli does the bhangra at Cape Town

CAPE TOWN: A video of Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli doing the bhangra with Shikhar Dhawan is going viral over the internet.  Kohli is in South Africa as the Indian cricket team gears up to play its first Test match against the Proteas. The two cricketers took their families to the Waterfront in Cape Town…

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Kohli back to lead India for South Africa ODI series

Virat Kohli returns to the limited-overs side to lead India while pacers Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Shami were included in the 17-man one-day international squad for the six-game series against South Africa in February. Kohli was rested for the three-match Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka, which India lead 2-0 with Rohit Sharma in charge. Middle-order…

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Kitten born with two faces in South Africa

Like other kittens, Bettie Bee has four paws, one tail and two ears. But in one way, she is an oddity: she has two noses, two mouths and three eyes. She is a rare two-faced cat, or “Janus Cat.” When a house cat in Eastern Cape, South Africa, birthed three kittens, it was clear that…

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Cricket: De Villiers, Steyn back in Test squad

Johannesburg: AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn were on Tuesday named in a 14-man squad for South Africa’s one-off day-night Test against Zimbabwe, starting in Port Elizabeth on December 26. Batsman De Villiers has not played Test cricket since January 2016 while fast bowler Steyn suffered a fractured shoulder in a Test against Australia in…

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Here’s how “Virushka” plan to celebrate their wedding  

The wedding of Indian cricketer Virat Kohli with Indian actress Anushka Sharma is the talk of the town and the married couple are planning to celebrate the occasion in a big way. According to a Indian news website, Kohli and Sharma are scheduled to hosts receptions on 21st and 26th December. They are expected to…

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Cricket: Indian pacer Bumrah earns maiden Test call-up

New Delhi: India’s national selectors on Monday handed a maiden Test spot to promising fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah in a 17-member squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa. Bumrah, 23, was rewarded with a place in the Indian Test squad, ranked number one in the world, after taking 52 wickets from 28 one-day internationals….

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South African hits record 490 off 151 balls

JOHANNESBURG: Shane Dadswell, a South African student, has set what is believed to be a cricket record by smashing 490 not out in a limited-overs club match. Dadswell, a second-year business psychology student at Potchefstroom University, slammed 57 sixes and 27 fours in a 151-ball innings on his 20th birthday. He was playing for the…

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Mugabe says he’s under house arrest: S.Africa’s Zuma

Johannesburg, South Africa: President Robert Mugabe is under house arrest in Zimbabwe, South African President Jacob Zuma said in a statement Wednesday after the Zimbabwean military appeared to have taken control of the country. “President Zuma spoke to President Robert Mugabe earlier today who indicated that he was confined to his home but said that…

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