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Morkel, Harmer skittle India on dicey pitch NAGPUR: Morne Morkel and Simon Harmer bamboozled India with pace and spin on a tricky wicket but South Africa also suffered early blows in the third Test in Nagpur on Wednesday.Off-spinner Harmer claimed four wickets for 78 and fast bowler Morkel took three for 35 as the Proteas bowled India out for 215 in the post-tea session of the first day's play.South Africa, seeking a series-levelling win, had plodded to 11 for two by stumps, setting the stage for an exciting battle ahead on a dusty and dry pitch at the VCA stadium.Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had opener Stiaan van Zyl caught in the slips for a duck before nightwatchman Imran Tahir was bowled by Ravindra Jadeja for four.At stumps Dean Elgar was unbeaten on seven and skipper Hashim Amla had yet to score.India were reduced to 125-6 after winning the toss, before the last four wickets added 90 runs that ...

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ICC appoints women umpires for first time DUBAI: Female umpires will officiate for the first time in the women's World Twenty20 qualifiers, cricket's governing body announced on Wednesday.In a move designed to further the development of the women's game, the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015, in Bangkok, Thailand, from November 28 to December 5, will feature four female officials."Experienced New Zealander Kathleen Cross will be joined by Australia's Claire Polosak, England's Sue Redfern and West Indies' Jacqueline Williams ...

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Wahab Riaz shows confidence on Afridi’s leadership Fast bowler Wahab Riaz has showed his confidence on T20 skipper Shahid Afridi which according to him will inspire Pakistan in T20 series against England.According to local media report, Riaz said in an interview, "Obviously Shahid's a great cricketer with the kind of ability he has in the bowling and batting department. With a guy like Shahid Afridi leading the team in this format we have very high hopes that he will perform well”. Though, ...

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Hafeez to put up a good show in T20 Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez believes Pakistan has got more skills and confident to deliver outstanding performances in (T20Is) against England.According to media reports Hafeez said, “We have been winning in the Twenty20 format, like we have been winning in Test matches. I believe this team has got more skills in Twenty20 [than in ODI]; we are more combined as a team because we have been playing with each other [in this format] over the last ...

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Afridi to defend Pakistan’s T20 ranking Pakistan team will be defending its second position in the ICC Twenty20 rankings, once they tackle England in a three-match series in Dubai on Thursday.According to local media report, in a battle between 2009 and 2010, ICC World Twenty20 champions, Pakistan lead eighth-ranked England by 14 points. This means they must win the series to retain second position behind Sri Lanka, who will defend their ICC World Twenty20 title in India from March 11 to ...

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India v South Africa third Test scoreboard NAGPUR: Scoreboard at lunch on the opening day of the third Test between India and South Africa at the VCA stadium in Nagpur on Wednesday:India 1st innings:M. Vijay lbw b Morkel 40S. Dhawan c and b Elgar 12C. Pujara not out 18V. Kohli not out 11Extras: (lb3, nb1) 4Total (for two wickets, 27 overs) 85 Fall of wickets: 1-50 (Dhawan), 2-69 (Vijay). Bowling: Morkel 8-3-19-1 (nb1), Rabada 4-1-19-0, Harmer 9-2-25-0, Elgar 4-0-7-1, Tahir 2-0-12-0. Toss: ...

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India win toss, bat in third South Africa Test NAGPUR: India's captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat in the third Test against South Africa at the VCA ground in Nagpur on Wednesday.The hosts brought in Amit Mishra to partner Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in a three-man spin attack on a dry pitch which already has wide cracks on the surface.India, leading 1-0 in the four-Test series, also bolstered their batting by including Rohit Sharma. Mishra and Sharma replaced all-rounder ...