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South Africa bat against New Zealand POTCHEFSTROOM: South Africa won the toss and decided to bat in the second one-day international at Senwes Park on Sunday.Left-arm spin bowler Aaron Phangiso replaced fast bowler Kagiso Rabada in the only change from the South African team that won the first match of the three-match series by 20 runs in Centurion on Wednesday.New Zealand made three changes. All-rounder George Worker earned his first one-day international cap in place of Jimmy Neesham, while Doug Bracewell and Ben Wheeler replaced Nathan McCullum and Mitchell McClenaghan.Teams:South Africa: AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Morne van Wyk (wkt), Rilee Rossouw, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, David Wiese, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Aaron Phangiso, Imran Tahir.New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, George Worker, Grant Elliott, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi (wkt), Doug Bracewell, Ben Wheeler, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi.Umpires: Shaun George (RSA), Ian Gould (ENG)TV umpire: Johan Cloete (RSA)Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (SRI) ...

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India head for match-winning lead in Test COLOMBO: Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane hit half-centuries as India moved towards a big lead in the second Test against Sri Lanka at the P. Sara Oval on Sunday.The tourists, seeking a series-levelling win after losing the first Test in Galle, took their second innings from the overnight 70-1 to 179-3 by lunch on the fourth day.India have an overall lead of 266 with seven wickets in hand on a slow, wearing pitch that should ...

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India lead Sri Lanka by 266 runs COLOMBO: India were 179-3 in their second innings at lunch on the fourth day of the second Test in Colombo on Sunday, an overall lead of 266 runs over Sri Lanka.Murali Vijay made 82 and Ajinkya Rahane was unbeaten on 82, the pair having put on 140 for the second wicket after Lokesh Rahul had been dismissed off the fifth ball on Saturday.Rohit Sharma was the other batsman at the crease on two.Sri Lanka made ...

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Australia end Cook's lengthy vigil LONDON: Australia captain-elect Steven Smith ended England skipper Alastair Cook's marathon resistance as the tourists eyed a consolation win in the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval on Saturday. At stumps on the third day, England, following-on, were 203 for six -- still 129 runs behind Australia's first innings 481, which featured Smith's 143.It looked as if left-handed opener Cook would bat until the close.But outgoing Australia captain Michael Clarke's typically inventive decision ...

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Defiant Cook stands firm as Australia close on win LONDON: England captain Alastair Cook made a battling unbeaten 54 to hold up Australia's victory charge in warm sunshine on the third day of the final Ashes test at The Oval on Saturday.England, following on 332 runs behind, lost Adam Lyth (10), Ian Bell (13) and Joe Root (11) cheaply to put Australia in sight of a consolation win after losing the series.Cook dug in with Jonny Bairstow (20 not out) to take England to ...

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Azhar's captaincy improving with every game: Shoaib Malik ISLAMABAD: All-rounder Shoaib Malik believes Azhar Ali has shown great improvements as captain from Zimbabwe to Sri Lanka series saying the right-handed batsman's captaincy is improving with every game he plays.Malik said "we should be a role model for our youngsters. The youngsters are very talented and give us a lot of respect. I am very happy to see the current atmosphere in the Pakistan team. Everyone wants to give their all," Pakpassion.net quoted him ...

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England follow-on in fifth Test against Australia LONDON: England were made to follow-on on the third day of the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval on Saturday.They were asked to bat again after being dismissed for 149 in reply to Australia's first innings 481, a deficit of 332 runs.Moeen Ali was last man out for an innings top score of 30.Fast bowler Mitchell Johnson took three for 21, including two wickets in two balls to end the innings to dismiss ...