South Africa just managed to defeat Netherlands by 6 runs to stay alive in the ICC World T20 2014. After getting restricted to a below par total of 145 for 9, South Africa were in deep trouble as the Dutch got off to a superb opening stand.
Fawad Ahmed, a 31-year-old leg spinner, has become the second player from Pakistan to be chosen in an Australian national squad. Ahmed, who was born in the North-West Frontier Province, left Pakistan in 2010 and had asked for refugee status in Australia claiming that he was facing threat from terrorists who were preventing him from playing and coaching cricket.
The Second Test at Headingley is certainly heading towards a draw as there was little action that was possible on the penultimate day because of heavy showers on two occasions. South Africa were battling hard against the new ball at 39 for no loss in 17 overs before rain had the last laugh wiping out part of the afternoon session and the entire final session.
South Africa have rested veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis for the upcoming 5-ODI NatWest Series in their England tour. Kallis is likely to make it to the South African Squad for the T20 World Championship in Sri Lanka which could be the reason why he is going to be rested after the ongoing 3-Test Series against England.
South Africa finished an innings and 12-run victory during the extended post lunch session at The Oval. England’s resistance in their second innings lasted 97 overs as the hosts got bowled out for 240.
The much-hyped England-South Africa series, which could displace England from the number one spot, will be a tight contest for sure. However, there are a few players in the current Proteas squad for whom the Tests could be a litmus Test. Here’s a look at them.
South Africans had a good day with the ball dismissing hosts Kent for 210 in 74.2 overs at the St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury in their 3-day tour match. The Proteas ended the opening day’s play at 31 for 1 in 13 overs with Skipper Graeme Smith falling for 21.