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Spinners at wheel, India take U-turn

Rishabh Pant lost his third successive toss of the series but his spinners bounced back from two disappointing outings in Delhi and Cuttack to plot South Africa’s downfall in Visakhapatnam and keep India alive in the five-match T20I series with a comprehensive 48-run win. Having seen how the Indian batting had stalled in the latter half of the first innings, and the purchase the South African spinners had managed despite going for a few runs, Pant gave Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel three overs each in the first half of the chase. Axar delivered the wicket of South African skipper Temba Bavuma in his first over, and Chahal, bowling quick, flat and skiddy, sent back Dwaine Pretorius and Rassie van der Dussen. Just after the halfway mark, Harshal Patel’s well-disguised slower one account...
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Bhuvneshwar’s solo act not enough in Cuttack, as India fall two down

When Bhuvneshwar Kumar scythed the match open with a probing exhibition of swing and seam bowling in the Power-play, the game seemed like a low-scoring thriller in the making. Indian hopes lingered after his three-wicket burst had South Africa on the knees in pursuit of a modest score of 148. But they soon went up in smoke and blended with the haze that had enveloped the Barabati Stadium, as South Africa wrapped up the game with 10 balls to spare and four wickets in hand. After six overs, including the splendid Bhuvneshwar spell that read 3-0-10-3, South Africa were 29/3. That was as good as it got for the hosts in search of a series-levelling win. From then on, the visitors took utter control, first through a steadying-a-sinking-ship alliance between skipper Temba Bavuma and Heinrich K...
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South Africa pull off a heist at the Kotla in the first T20 versus India

This is what confidence does to a player. Only about a few months ago, David Miller was in danger of losing his ‘killer’ moniker. Then, this year’s IPL arrived and a total of 16 games and 481 runs later, the batsman was reborn – someone who sends shivers down the spines of the opposition bowlers. 🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨 Rishabh Pant’s India felt the full force of it at Feroz Shah Kotla on Thursday. The pitch eventually played out to be a typical ‘Kotla special’, where the hosts had posted 212/3 batting first. South Africa were playing against scoreboard pressure and they were a batsman light. At 81/3 on the heels of a few tight overs, India probably needed just one more wicket to seal the deal. They ran into Mil...
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Pretorius wants to inculcate Dhoni’s calmness and self-belief

Preparing for the upcoming T20 series against India, South African all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius on Monday said he would like to inculcate the legendary MS Dhoni’s calmness and self-belief. The South African made his IPL debut for Chennai Super Kings this year after joining the franchise for a base price of Rs 50 lakh. 🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨 Pretorius played just six matches, scoring 44 runs and claiming six wickets with best bowling figures of 2 for 30.Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium The limited opportunities notwithstanding, Pretorius said playing alongside Dhoni has been his biggest gain. “Playing my first IPL was a great experience. It was one of my bucket list items and that too to get t...
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Your commitment has set an example: Graeme Smith thanks BCCI for successful South Africa tour | Cricket News – Times of India

CAPE TOWN: South Africa's Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith, has thanked the Indian players and BCCI for showing faith in the hosts' ability to successfully stage matches amid the Covid-19 pandemic, saying their exemplary commitment has "set the example" for others to follow. The BCCI had decided to go ahead with the highly-anticipated tour of South Africa despite growing concern about the spread of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron. India and South Africa played out a successful tour, including three Tests and as many ODIs, that concluded in Sunday. “Big thank you @BCCI @JayShah @SGanguly99 and the Indian players and management for the faith you showed in SA cricket's ability to pull off a safe and successful tour. Your commitment at an uncertain time has set the example that a lot can ...
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Managing conversations around change room has been the biggest challenge: Temba Bavuma

Managing the conversations in the change room has been the “biggest challenge” for Temba Bavuma in his nascent captaincy career as South African cricket deals with one off the field controversy after another. The series win over India was badly needed for South Africa cricket which is going through administrative crisis and allegations of racism have been levelled against a few big names including head coach Mark Boucher. Speaking to the media after completing whitewash of India in the ODIs, Bavuma said it is still early days for him as captain. He had taken charge in March last year. “I don’t think it’s easy (captaining the team). There are a lot of dynamics that you need to manage. For me, the biggest thing is trying to keep cricket the main focus amongst the guys,” Bavuma said on Sun...
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Your commitment at an uncertain time has set example: Graeme Smith thanks BCCI for successful tour

South Africa’s Director of Cricket Graeme Smith has thanked the Indian players and BCCI for showing faith in the hosts’ ability to successfully stage matches amid the COVID-19 pandemic, saying their exemplary commitment has “set the example” for others to follow. The BCCI had decided to go ahead with the highly-anticipated tour of South Africa despite growing concern about the spread of the new COVID-19 variant — Omicron, which was first reported in the Rainbow Nation. India and South Africa played out a successful tour, including three Tests and as many ODIs, that concluded in Sunday. Big thank you @BCCI @JayShah @SGanguly99 and the Indian players and management for the faith you showed in SA cricket’s ability to pull off a safe and successful tour. Your commitment at an uncertain tim...
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We turned the corner a while ago but needed results to back that up: Mark Boucher

For a team undergoing a prolonged period of transition, South Africa “turned the corner a while ago” but needed a result like that they got against India to bolster the belief of the group, feels head coach Mark Boucher. The administrative crisis, retirement of star players and racism allegations hampered South Africa cricket over the past 24 months. 🚨 RESULT | #PROTEAS WON BY 4 RUNS An absolute nail-biter to end a fantastic #BetwayODISeries and tour🤩 Thank you @BCCI for an amazing series during a chaotic time👏 we looking forward to seeing you again soon😬 #SAvIND #BePartOfIt pic.twitter.com/4QK5uMWTDH — Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 23, 2022 “We spoke about our journey and not worrying about the series,” he said at an online media interaction after South Africa won the t...
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Sunil Gavaskar questions KL Rahul’s ascendancy to captaincy

Sunil Gavaskar has lambasted India’s stand-in captain KL Rahul’s captaincy in the ongoing ODI series against South Africa. KL is also tipped as the next man in line to take up the Test captaincy after Virat Kohli stepped down from the role, following a 2-1 series defeat against South Africa. KL was also India’s captain in the second Test in Johannesburg and looked clueless. Speaking on KL Rahul’s ODI captaincy in the first two ODIs, Gavaskar said KL Rahul is out of ideas, whenever there is a partnership. “Well, when there is a partnership, sometimes the captain goes out of ideas. I think that is what happened. This was a very good pitch to bat on. The ball was coming onto the bat quite nicely, you can play through the line,” Gavaskar said on India Today “During that partnership, it did ...
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IND vs SA 3rd ODI 2022 Live Score Updates: Bavuma gets run-out, South Africa two down

IND vs SA Live Match Score: India face an embarrassing possibility of a clean sweep against South Africa in the third ODI in Cape Town on Sunday. In two matches, India have been only able to pick up seven wickets — four in the first game when Proteas batted first and only three in the second. Ravichandran Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the two senior-most bowlers looked far from threatening and the young Proteas batters like Rassie van der Dussen, Janneman Malan along with seniors like Quinton de Kock have feasted on the pedestrian stuff dished out by them. The first two games were played on a Boland Park strip that didn’t have a lot of pace and bounce. It will, however, be different at Newlands, Cape Town. India Playing XI: KL Rahul(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant(w), Sury...
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South Africa fined for slow over-rate in second ODI against India | Cricket News – Times of India

PAARL: South Africa have been fined 20 per cent of their match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate against India in the second ODI here, the ICC said on Saturday. Match referee Andy Pycroft imposed the sanction after Temba Bavuma's side was ruled to be one over short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration. "In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time," the ICC said in a statement. Bavuma pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing. On-field umpires Marais Erasmus and Adrien Holdstock, thi...
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SA batted better than us in middle overs: Rishabh Pant

Flamboyant Rishabh Pant believes that the difference between the two teams in the just lost ODI series was far better middle-overs batting by the South African side. Having lost the first game by 31 runs, Indians were once again soundly thrashed by seven wickets after having put up a reasonably good 287 runs on the board. “The track was slightly on the slower side and at the same time, we had enough runs on the board,” Pant, who scored 85, said after the match. “Last match (first ODI), we chased and this match we batted first, so when they batted, the wicket was much better for batting. In second innings, it became slower an slower as the game progressed. “Today, it was same but they batted well in middle overs that’s why they chased down the target. We didn’t get enough wickets in ...
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IND vs SA 2nd ODI 2022 Live Score Updates: South Africa def. India to win the series

IND vs SA updates: India’s handling of allrounder Venkatesh Iyer raises eyebrows India's Venkatesh Iyer. (AP Photo)What’s the role of Venkatesh Iyer in the team? That’s one of the many puzzles floating around the Indian ODI team that plays a brand of outdated cricket. There are quite a few issues from the run-getting pace of the top order to lack of wicket-taking bowlers in the middle overs to lack of finishers but Iyer’s case is a good example as any to capture the confusion in the camp. The stand-in captain KL Rahul, and more so head coach Rahul Dravid, cannot absolve themselves of the mismanagement of the seam-bowling all-rounder who made his ODI debut on Wednesday. Absence of a seaming all-rounder in white-ball cricket has been the team’s biggest weakness of late, which got exposed...
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Team India’s handling of allrounder Venkatesh Iyer raises eyebrows

What’s the role of Venkatesh Iyer in the team? That’s one of the many puzzles floating around the Indian ODI team that plays a brand of outdated cricket. There are quite a few issues from the run-getting pace of the top order to lack of wicket-taking bowlers in the middle overs to lack of finishers but Iyer’s case is a good example as any to capture the confusion in the camp. The stand-in captain KL Rahul, and more so head coach Rahul Dravid, cannot absolve themselves of the mismanagement of the seam-bowling all-rounder who made his ODI debut on Wednesday. Absence of a seaming all-rounder in white-ball cricket has been the team’s biggest weakness of late, which got exposed at the T20 World Cup last year, when picking a half-fit Hardik Pandya backfired. Iyer was fast-tracked to the India...
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IND vs SA 2nd ODI: Underfire India seek redemption with series on line

Wrong team selection and ordinary captaincy from KL Rahul contributed to India’s 31-run loss against South Africa in the first ODI on Wednesday. Twice the Indians surrendered the initiative in this game. Allowing South Africa to make a spectacular recovery, through twin tons of Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen, was the first. A sub-300 total was still pretty gettable on a sluggish Boland Park pitch. Failure to build on the partnership between Dhawan and Kohli hit India even harder. South Africa crushed India both strategically as well as on skills and therein lay serious questions about Rahul’s wares as captain. At the pre-match press conference, India’s stand-in skipper had spoken about how a seaming all-rounder could be an asset to the team, offering words of praise for the new...
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Tried reverse sweeps to put pressure back on Indian spinners: Van Der Dussen

South African batter Rassie van der Dussen was satisfied that he could execute his sweep shots to perfection as the Indian spinners were unsettled during his team’s 31-run win over visitors in the first ODI. Van der Dussen’s 129 not out off 96 balls and his 204 run stand with skipper andd fellow centurion Temba Bavuma formed the cornerstone of an easy victory. “Yeah, I think it was 68 for 3 when I came in. It was taking a bit of turn, so I knew I had to get my sweeps out. Generally, the wicket is quite slow here. I tried reverse sweeps, a few of them came off, got off to a flyer. I tried to put pressure back on the them (Indian spinners),” Van der Dussen said at the online media interaction after the opening ODI here on Wednesday. Van der Dussen was ivolved in two high pressure chases...
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IND vs SA 1st ODI Live Score Updates: SA lose two in a hurry, Venkatesh Iyer hits the bulls eye

India vs South Africa 1st ODI Live Updates KL Rahul will India in the ODI series against South Africa. (Twitter/BCCI Official) K L Rahul's sudden promotion has put him in uncharted territory. On Monday, the BCCI’s Twitter handle posted a picture of the 29-year-old addressing a team huddle. Virat Kohli, a member of the group, was listening with intent. Rahul’s body language was quite assertive. When Rahul led India in the second Test against South Africa, after back spasms had ruled Kohli out, he looked cagey, especially during the hosts’ run-chase in the fourth innings. But when he came for the press conference on the eve of the ODI series, he showed quiet confidence. Rahul’s tacit approach is the exact opposite of Kohli’s high-octane style, but he isn’t a pushover either. When remind...
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Rabada released from South Africa squad on eve of India ODI series

South Africa’s lead pacer Kagiso Rabada was on Tuesday released from the team for the three-match One-Day International series against India as part of its workload management. The series starts in Paarl on Wednesday. “Proteas seam bowler, Kagiso Rabada, has been released from the team for the Betway One-Day International (ODI) series against India due to high workloads over a sustained period of time and the need for him to recover prior the outbound Test series against New Zealand next month,” Cricket South Africa (CSA) said in a statement. The board said no replacement will be brought in for Rabada as there is an extended squad in place in the Bio-Secure Environment (BSE), but George Linde has been retained from the Test team as an extra spin-bowling option for the series. Sq...
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India vs South Africa: For the first time in seven years, all eyes on Virat Kohli the batter in ODI series | Cricket News – Times of India

PAARL: The mighty Virat Kohli's presence in the Indian playing eleven as a mere player for the first time in seven years will be keenly followed while his potential successor in red-ball cricket, KL Rahul, will be judged for his captaincy in the three-match ODI series against South Africa beginning here on Wednesday. Whether he is batting in the middle or fielding at the boundary line, Kohli's every move is tracked but some of that attention will now have to be shared by Rahul. More importantly, will he be at his usual animated best on the field or will the cricketing world see a rather subdued Kohli after his stunning resignation from Test captaincy brought an end to his innings as official leader of the team across formats? He did not want to leave ODI captaincy after relinquishing th...
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You’ll always be my captain: Mohammed Siraj pays tribute to Virat Kohli

Fast-rising India pacer Mohammed Siraj considers Virat Kohli his “superhero” and says the batting ace will always remain his skipper despite his captaincy tenure ending in all formats of the game. Kohli, whose limited-overs leadership stint ended last year, stunned all by relinquishing Test captaincy on Saturday, a day after India lost a three-match Test series to an under-strength South Africa 1-2. Siraj took to social media on Monday to thank Kohli for “trusting and believing” in his capabilities. “To my superhero, I cannot be thankful enough for the support and the encouragement that I got from you. You have always been my great brother. “Thank you for trusting me and believing in me for all these years. For seeing the great at my worst. You will be always be my captain King K...