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Poor fielding cost us the game - Gibson
The South Africa coach rued his side's clumsy errors, which ultimately cost them a series

Starc bags four as Australians wrap up five-wicket win
As in the first innings, there were plenty of starts for the Australian batsmen in their chase of 140, but Peter Handscomb fell for another low score

Bhuvneshwar holds nerve, India seal T20I series
The visitors survived a late attack from debutant Christiaan Jonker to ensure they went home with both limited-overs trophies

Raj, Rodrigues help India achieve away-series double
The pair added 98 for the second wicket to set up India's total of 166, which they defended with aplomb courtesy three wickets each from Shikha Pandey, Rumeli Dhar and Rajeshwari Gayakwad

Klaasen, Mulder in Test squad to face Australia
Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma and AB de Villiers were all named in the 15-man group after suffering injuries during the home series against India

Hendricks' five-for restricts Australians' lead to 109
Ten of the visiting batsmen got to or past 18, but only one - Pat Cummins at No. 8 - went on to score a half-century

We're confident of tackling Kuldeep - Behardien
The allrounder believes South Africa have overcome the problems against wristspin that haunted them through the ODI series

India, South Africa come full circle for tour's final act
Seven weeks ago, India began their tour of South Africa at Newlands. They return there with all to play for in the T20I series decider

My dream is fulfilled. Now it becomes a job - Klaasen
Despite playing a match-winning innings in Centurion, Heinrich Klaasen is practical about Quinton de Kock taking his place back in the side, and says, 'If this is my last game, so be it, I am happy with it'

Olivier joins Derbyshire as overseas player
South African seamer should be available for seven County Championship matches and entire Royal London campaign.

CSA trial music between balls in T20 cricket
Cricket South Africa is using the series against India to explore the possibility of playing music in between each delivery of a T20 match

Klaasen, Duminy fifties help South Africa draw level
Half-centuries from Heinrich Klaasen and JP Duminy helped South Africa chase down 189 with eight balls remaining

India's 2-1 lead becomes unassailable after washout
South Africa looked set for a big total after fifties from Lizelle Lee and Dane van Niekerk, but a downpour in the 16th over ensured no further play could take place

Alfonso Thomas named West Indies bowling coach
Cricket West Indies has made a number of changes to the coaching and support staff keeping in mind the World Cup Qualifiers and Women's World T20 scheduled for later this year

Embattled South Africa face must-win situation
The hosts need to figure out their team balance and find a way to match India in every department if they are to keep the series alive

De Villiers, de Kock in line for Australia series; Steyn, du Plessis doubtful
South Africa will watch captain Faf du Plessis' progress till the first Test which starts from March 1, while fast bowler Dale Steyn is unlikely to be considered till the third Test

Markram wasn't the right choice as captain - Graeme Smith
Taking nothing away from the young captain, Graeme Smith said South Africa could have looked at JP Duminy, Hashim Amla or AB de Villiers to stand in as captain for the ODIs

AB de Villiers ruled out of T20I series against India
The South Africa batsman suffered the injury before the fifth ODI and CSA decided to give him time to make a full recovery ahead of the Tests against Australia

Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar give India 1-0 lead
Shikhar Dhawan's 72 off 39 balls led India to a total of 203, which they defended comfortably thanks to a five-wicket haul from Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Ismail's five-for keeps series alive for South Africa
India paid for an insipid lower-order collapse with their first defeat in the T20 series, as South Africa stayed alive with a five-wicket victory at the Wanderers, with two matches left in the series

New-look SA aim for redemption after ODI debacle
After the 5-1 defeat in the ODIs, the hosts will be led by JP Duminy in the T20Is while Suresh Raina may feature in India' XI

In defeat, Markram remains optimistic about the future
South Africa's young captain says he is richer for the experience gained in this series, and thinks the lopsided result will spur his team on and make future victories that much sweeter

Raj, Mandhana fifties put India 2-0 up
A 106-run stand between India's openers handed South Africa a nine-wicket drubbing in East London

Kohli's 35th ODI ton helps India wallop South Africa 5-1
Shardul Thakur dominated with the ball, Virat Kohli with the bat and India cruised to an eight-wicket win in Centurion, taking the six-match series 5-1

Back to Centurion, but for a dead rubber
The game will be a chance to rest players like Jasprit Bumrah and Kagiso Rabada although South Africa should be more desperate for a face-saving win than India's quest for 5-1

CSA not yet giving up on GLT20's future
The board has appointed a task team to present a new business model for the tournament such that it can grow the cricketing fan base as well as turn a profit

Rabada fined for Dhawan send-off
The South Africa quick lost 15% of his match fee over the incident, and gained one demerit point, taking his overall tally to five; eight points within a specified period mean a weighty suspension

India rise to No. 1 in ODI rankings
South Africa have moved down a spot, to No. 2, after losing the ongoing ODI series against India

Mithali Raj, Anuja Patil lead India to 1-0 with seven-wicket win
The opener made an unbeaten 54 while the offspinner took 2 for 23 to consign South Africa to a seven-wicket loss

Uncertainty over GLT20 continues as CSA rejects new model
A new deadline of March 31 has been set to decide the stalled tournament's future

Rohit, wristspinners fetch India first ODI series win in SA
India have won their first bilateral series in South Africa across any format bar a one-off T20, with victory in the fifth ODI in Port Elizabeth

Klaasen, Jonker, Dala named in South Africa's T20I squad
With the Test series against Australia starting five days after the third and final T20I, South Africa have chosen to rest a number of players including Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla and the frontline Test-match fast bowlers

Wristspin in focus again as South Africa return to green
The hosts need another win to keep the series alive. Both teams might also want to keep an eye on the weather, with showers forecast for the afternoon in Port Elizabeth

CSA investigating racial abuse towards Tahir
According to the board, Tahir was "verbally and racially abused by an unknown man" in the crowd during the fourth ODI against India in Johannesburg

Newcomer Klaasen becomes new Pink-Day hero
Two weeks ago, the wicketkeeper-batsman had no inkling he would be playing for South Africa; now, his calculated, match-winning knock in the fourth ODI has turned him overnight into a star

Du Preez, Wolvaardt, Ismail deny India ODI whitewash
While Laura Wolvaardt and Mignon du Preez played protagonists in South Africa's first win in the three-match series, captain Dane van Niekerk's cameo and India's sloppy fielding aided the hosts' seven-wicket triumph

Miller, Klaasen hammer spinners to keep series alive
South Africa had to win Saturday's game to keep the series alive, and they did so in emphatic style, hitting Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal for 119 runs in 11.3 overs

South Africa buoyed by de Villiers' return on 'special occasion'
"To the team, he brings so much more than runs, he brings AB de Villiers. The AB de Villiers factor, let's put it that way," Chris Morris said ahead of the pink ODI in Johannesburg

Dominant India eye series win on Pink Day
South Africa need to maintain their unbeaten record on Pink Day in Johannesburg to prevent India from wrapping up the six-match series

De Villiers returns for last three ODIs
De Villiers had missed the first three matches with a finger injury he sustained during the Wanderers Test

'We haven't picked the wrong 'uns' - Duminy
South Africa's senior-most batsman has conceded that India's wristspinners have 'assessed conditions better than us', and have bowled lengths that have denied his team the chance to hit the ball down the ground

Mandhana, spinners smash South Africa to seal series win
In pursuit of 303, South Africa folded for 124, of which opener Lizelle Lee made 73 at a strike-rate of nearly 100

Kohli, wristspinners trample South Africa again
After the India captain smashed an unbeaten 160, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal shared eight wickets between them to put their side 3-0 up

South Africa floundering but not yet in panic mode
They might be blighted by injuries and staring at the prospect of going 3-0 down, but South Africa quick Kagiso Rabada says the hosts have to be wary of overthinking their predicament

India aim for 3-0 at South Africa's favourite ODI venue
A win ensures India cannot lose the six-match series, but injury-hit South Africa return to Newlands, a place where they've won 28 of the 33 ODIs played

Mandhana, Goswami, Pandey rout South Africa
Smriti Mandhana's 98-ball 84 and fast bowlers Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey's combined returns of 7 for 47 in 17.2 overs, helped India to a thumping 88-run win against South Africa

De Kock ruled out of ODIs, T20s against India
The South Africa wicketkeeper suffered a left wrist injury during the second ODI in Centurion, and will need two to four weeks to recover

Two runs to go, let's take lunch
Fans were left bemused after umpires called lunch with India two short of their target - with nine wickets and 31 overs to spare

Spin defects 'not a massive danger' for SA - Markram
India's spinners have taken 13 wickets in two matches. The alarm bells are ringing, but South Africa's newly appointed stand-in captain is not ready to accept that in public yet

South Africa knocked over by wristspin once again
Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav took eight wickets between them to rout the hosts for their lowest total at home

South Africa face stern wristspin test, without their bulwarks
In the absence of AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis, South Africa will have to find a way to get past Virat Kohli and India to prevent the series from drifting away

Aiden Markram to fill in as South Africa's ODI captain
The appointment has been made with Vision 2019 - South Africa's plan for the World Cup in England - and beyond in mind

CSA to consult further on fate of GLT20
CSA has not given up on the idea of hosting the T20 Global League yet and will spend the next "couple of months" assessing and deciding whether the tournament will go ahead

India 'surprised' at dampness on Wanderers pitch on final day
A team source told ESPNcricinfo that the pitch on day four was the flattest out of all the days of the Test, which didn't make sense to them; the dampness, they felt, was extraordinary and helped bind the track

Du Plessis out of India series with fractured finger
Batsman Farhaan Behardien has been added to South Africa's squad as a replacement, while Heinrich Klaasen comes in as a back-up wicketkeeper given AB de Villiers' injury

We needed 300, unfair to blame bowlers - du Plessis
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said that while the pitch offered assistance for the spinners, South Africa's batsmen needed to adapt better and string together partnerships

Wise Kuldeep not scared to take his chances
For a spinner in only his 15th ODI, the thought process Kuldeep showed was wise beyond the years, but it also takes a lot of guts to do that

Newlands prepares to host Australia Test despite drought
Club cricket has been called off this season in Cape Town, but there seems to be no threat to internationals for now. And work is on to make Newlands' water supply independent of the municipal supply

Kohli 112 bests du Plessis 120 as India go 1-0 up
A difficult chase of 270 ended up being straightforward thanks to a mighty Virat Kohli century and solid contribution from Ajinkya Rahane at No. 4

South Africa put World Cup over short-term goals
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis and coach Ottis Gibson are eager to try as many players as possible - even if it results in a few losses - in the lead up to the showpiece event in England

India sense ODI opportunity in de Villiers' absence
Despite having dominated much of the Tests, South Africa will have to contend with a confident ODI team, without their best player in the format

Injured de Villiers ruled out of first three ODIs
The selectors will not name a replacement, so the squad has been trimmed to 14 players, with the likelihood of Khaya Zondo being handed a debut now higher

Wanderers pitch rated 'poor' by ICC
As a result, the Wanderers has received three demerit points

Clive van Ryneveld, former SA captain, dies aged 89
The legspin-bowling allrounder played 19 Tests from 1951 to 1958 and led the team in eight of them

No backing off from made-to-order pitches
The likelihood of sanctions against the Wanderers for the pitch it produced for the third Test against India will not deter South Africa from continuing to ask curators to prepare surfaces to favour their pace attack

Battered and bruised Elgar says Test should have been called off
Despite playing arguably his finest Test innings, Dean Elgar suggested too great a risk had been taken with player safety when play was allowed to continue

This win will be remembered for a long time - Kohli
India's captain felt vindicated in his assessment that India came close to winning in the first two Tests of this series after a "sweet" win in Johannesburg that he compared with Lord's 2014

Wanderers not far from facing serious sanctions
Officials at the Wanderers would have breathed a sigh of relief when play resumed on the fourth morning but they should not hold their breath on an all-clear

India end series with triumph on extremely tough pitch
India couldn't dismiss Dean Elgar at all, but found a way around him to complete their third Test win in South Africa

Umpires to remain alert for pitch behaviour
The match referee will not compromise the safety of the players. If it continues to behave dangerously, the match could still be called off

We asked for pace and bounce, not grass - Gibson
South Africa coach Ottis Gibson insisted that while they asked for surfaces that would assist their pace attack, the exaggerated bounce and lateral movement was unexpected

Test match set to resume after uneven-bounce deliberations
The umpires took the players off 19 minutes before scheduled stumps on day three because of concerns over their safety, but after a meeting between the match referee and the two captains, it has been decided to resume play as scheduled on day four

What we know after a bruising day at the Wanderers
All the talking points from the third day at the Wanderers, which was marked by inconsistent bounce and batsmen getting hit on the body

The pitch gives the physios a workout
In less than three days, the physios were called upon seven times to treat batsmen hurt by deliveries that misbehaved on the Wanderers pitch

SA women pick uncapped Zintle Mali for India ODIs
The T20 squad had no room for Mali, Sune Luus or Laura Wolvaardt but included Odine Kirsten, Nadine de Klerk and Moseline Daniels

Kohli, Rahane and lower order put India on top
India closed in on a rare Test win in conditions that required courage, skill and some luck, but one hit too many to the batsmen forced the umpires to take the players off the field with South Africa 17 for 1 chasing an improbable 241

'You can get out every ball here' - Amla
The South Africa batsman has admitted that batsmen have not been able to settle in on the Wanderers' pitch for the ongoing Test, but would not be drawn into calling conditions extreme

India have noses ahead in second-innings shootout
Jasprit Bumrah picked up five wickets and Bhuvneshwar Kumar three as India kept South Africa to a seven-run lead despite a masterful 61 from Hashim Amla

South Africa pick Ngidi and Zondo for India ODIs
The squad also sees the return of Morne Morkel and Chris Morris, who missed out on the Bangladesh series with a side strain and back issue respectively

Got to keep yourself motivated on the sidelines - Phehlukwayo
The allrounder wasn't a frontunner to play in this series, or in Tests at all; but he made a valuable contribution on the first day

South Africa ahead after 11-wicket day
Virat Kohli attacked with luck, Cheteshwar Pujara defended and defended solidly, both got fifties in tough batting conditions, but a lower-order collapse gave South Africa the upper hand as India went from 144 for 4 to 187 all out

Zaryab 74* sees Pakistan through to semi-finals
Chasing 190, Pakistan were wobbling at 111 for 5 before Ali Zaryab scored an unbeaten and patient 74 off 111 balls to see his side through

South Africa ponder all-pace attack at the Wanderers
On what is expected to be a spicy surface, the hosts could bench Keshav Maharaj and play either an extra batsman in Theunis de Bruyn or a seam-bowling allrounder in Andile Phehlukwayo

Can India maintain their unbeaten Wanderers record?
India have never lost a Test in Johannesburg, and they have never been whitewashed in South Africa. Both those records are under threat as the hosts push for 3-0 with a green pitch and overcast conditions to aid them

Not sure if Kohli is a long-term captaincy option - Graeme Smith
The former South Africa captain has raised doubts over Virat Kohli's ability to get the best out of his players in high-stress situations, the type of which they will repeatedly come up against on tour

No insecurity in four-pronged pace pack if you put ego aside - Philander
Ahead of his 50th Test, Vernon Philander admitted it could be tough being part of a four-pronged pace pack that is packed with star quality, but only if he thought just about himself

Bavuma fractures finger, sidelined from final India Test
South Africa do not name a replacement for Johannesburg, already have cover in the form of Theunis de Bruyn

Rachin Ravindra helps NZ finish top of Group A
Rachin Ravindra's half-century and four-wicket haul vaulted New Zealand to the top of Group A, thereby setting up a quarter-final against Afghanistan in Christchurch

South African allrounder Dik Abed dies aged 73
Apartheid denied him a chance to play for South Africa, and he went on to captain Netherlands in the 1982 ICC Trophy

JP Duminy smashes 37 runs in an over
Legspinner Eddie Leie ended up conceding the second-most runs in a single over in List A cricket history

'Feel like I am in the best form of my life' - de Villiers
The South Africa batsman has said that he is in a 'good space' physically and mentally after series-turning contributions against India

Kohli becomes second Indian to 900 Test-ranking points
In the bowlers rankings, James Anderson reclaimed the top spot from Kagiso Rabada, who now trails the England seamer by 15 points

South Africa's desire to win on display in the field
After the kick to the gut that was their previous tour to India, South Africa really, really wanted to get their own back. And their eagerness to do so showed through clearly

Du Plessis calls for 'collective' effort to maintain pitch standards in SA
Despite success in the second Test, South Africa's captain was concerned with the uncharacteristic SuperSport Park surface it was played on

Makwetu, Rolfes lead South Africa into quarter-finals
South Africa joined New Zealand as the second quarter-finalists from Group A after they dumped defending champions West Indies out of the tournament

Debutant Ngidi's 6 for 39 seals series for South Africa
It was a brown banana peel for South Africa, but they adapted to a subcontinent-style track with great skill to win back the Freedom Trophy

Elgar hopes to heal the scars from India
South Africa's defeat on turning tracks in India in 2015 ended a nine-year unbeaten run and they are burning for revenge

Markram in race to be fit for Wanderers Test
South Africa opener picked up a mild left-quadricep strain in Centurion and did not take the field in India's second innings

Ngidi leaves India reeling in 287 chase
Chasing 287 on a pitch with treacherous low bounce, India ended day four of the Centurion Test 35 for 3, with both their openers and Virat Kohli back in the dressing room

SuperSport Park conditions '100%' like bowling in India - Morkel
"I have played cricket here all my life, I have never seen a wicket like this at SuperSport Park. It's unheard of that a spinner bowls that amount of overs on the first day. There's a very subcontinental feel to it," said South Africa's fast bowler

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