South Africa

  • England women cruise to World Twenty20 final April 4, 2014

    Mirpur: Veteran skipper Charlotte Edwards and young Sarah Taylor batted sensibly to chase down a paltry total and help England women beat South Africa by nine wickets to enter the final of the ICC Women's World T20 on Friday. The English women will meet their Australian counterparts in the final on...
  • South Africa are in safe hands, says former captain Graeme Smith April 4, 2014

    Graeme Smith believes South Africa are in safe hands, despite his retirement as captain and the recent departures of coach Gary Kirsten and allrounder Jacques Kallis, because the squad are still brimming with experience. Smith announced his retirement in March after 12 years, more than 9,000 test runs and 27 centuries...
  • WT20 semi-final: India on a roll but South Africa a tough nut April 4, 2014

    After rain played spoilsport in the first semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20 2014 and threatening to ruin the second where India take on South Africa on Friday, the weathermen in Mirpur have forecast another strong thunderstorm in the evening on April 4. But India, who have been on a...
  • Thunderstorm forecast during India's WT20 semi-final against SA April 4, 2014

    With the weather playing a spoilsport during Thursday's first ICC World T20 semi-final clash between Sri Lanka and the West Indies in Mirpur, cricket lovers would expect a rain-free day during the second semi-final between India and South Africa to be played at the same venue on Friday. However, as per...
  • World T20: India will reach final if there is no play on Friday April 3, 2014

    Mirpur: With the weather forecast for Friday predicting another round of heavy rainfall, India will be the lucky team if it eventually pours as they would then automatically advance to the final of the ICC World T20. As per the weather forecast in Dhaka, around 70 percent chance of rain is...
  • WT20: Semi-final can be anybody's game, says R Ashwin April 3, 2014

    Mirpur: Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin feels that winning all four-matches in the group stage at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium will give India some edge but admits that the semi-final against South Africa can be anybody's game. On the eve of Friday's semi-final here, Ashwin, Man of the Match in the last...
  • Graeme Smith baffled by Pietersen's England axing April 3, 2014

    London: Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith on Thursday expressed his surprise at England's decision to end the international career of his Surrey team-mate Kevin Pietersen. Pietersen, 33, was sensationally axed by England in the aftermath of their 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia, despite the South Africa-born batsman being his...
  • World T20 semi-final: India favourites against dangerous South Africa April 4, 2014

    It all boils to one game now. One bad day and the four wins on a trot will count nothing for the tournament's only unbeaten team, India, as they take on a dangerous and trophy-hungry South Africa in the second semi-final of the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 on Friday. India travelled...
  • India favourites, South Africa underdogs: Faf du Plessis on WT20 semis April 3, 2014

    Mirpur: South African skipper Faf du Plessis on Thursday said though he has learnt a lot from MS Dhoni during his stint with Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, he would be relying on his own style of captaincy when his team takes on India in the semi-finals of the...
  • Team India says Yuvraj Singh fit for World T20 semi-final April 3, 2014

    India received a boost ahead of Friday's World Twenty20 semi-final against South Africa when Yuvraj Singh was declared fit following an ankle injury, an official said. The dashing left-handed batsman hurt his left ankle while playing football with team-mates on Wednesday, but the Indian squad's media manager R.N. Baba said there...
  • Chittagong track will help pace and bounce: Amla April 3, 2014

    Mirpur: Hashim Amla is all too aware that the performance of the India spinners will go a long way to deciding the World Twenty20 semi-final against South Africa on Friday. The challenge posed by legspinner Amit Mishra and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who have each won two player-of-the-match awards so far in...
  • Numbers game: India favourites to beat South Africa in World T20 semis April 3, 2014

    The new world No. 1 Twenty20 team is on a roll. With four wins in as many games, India are hot favourites to extend South Africa's wait for a senior ICC trophy by ending the Proteas' run at the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 in the semis. Group 2 toppers India take...
  • Shane Warne helping South Africa leggie Tahir for India battle April 2, 2014

    Mirpur: As the South African spinners gear up to counter a formidable Indian line-up, they had a pleasant surprise awaiting them at the net session when legendary legspinner Shane Warne came over to hand them tips ahead of the second semi-final of the ICC World T20 on Friday. "We were all...
  • Team India's check-list for South Africa test in World T20 semis April 2, 2014

    A fortnight ago, more than two months into 2014, India had only beaten Bangladesh and Afghanistan. But in the last 15 days of the financial year, the team made good gains at the ICC World Twenty20 to compensate for the losses it suffered in South Africa, New Zealand and at...
  • South Africa devising plans to counter 'exceptional' Indian spinners April 1, 2014

    Mirpur: Wary of India's "exceptional" spinners, South Africa are paying a lot of attention in devising a good gameplan against the spin duo of Amit Mishra and R Ashwin ahead of the semi-final clash of the ICC World Twenty20. South African batsman JP Duminy said performing well against the Indian spinners...
  • India to face South Africa in World Twenty20 semi-finals April 1, 2014

    India, who are the first team to enter the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, will face South Africa in the second semi-final on April 4 after the Group 1 games concluded on Monday. SA finished second in Group 1 after Sri Lanka leapfogged them on net run rate...
  • World T20: De Villiers hopes South Africa peaking at right time March 31, 2014

    Chittagong: South Africa hero AB de Villiers feels his side might be peeking at the right time after qualifying for the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. His comments followed a dramatic three-run win over England on Saturday in which De Villiers thrashed 69 not out to help South Africa...
  • World T20: Broad looks for new England era after tough winter March 30, 2014

    Chittagong: Stuart Broad looked forward to a new England era after a miserable winter ended with a World Twenty20 exit in Chittagong on Saturday. England went down by three runs in a pulsating Super-10 stage Group One match against South Africa, going out of the semi-final race after two defeats...
  • South Africa in World T20 semis, England eliminated March 30, 2014

    South Africa sailed into the World Twenty20 semi-finals with a three-run victory over England in their super 10 Group 1 match in Chittagong on Saturday. England slumped out of contention for a place in the last four after falling short of a 197-run victory target in the face of some impressive...
  • As it happened: England vs South Africa, World Twenty20 March 30, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) Toss: England have won the toss and elected to bowl against South Africa at Chittagong. Playing XIs: South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), AB de Villiers (capt), Jean-Paul Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Dale Steyn, Beuran Hendricks, Wayne...
  • Du Plessis, Chandimal suspended for second over-rate offences March 28, 2014

    Chittagong: South Africa and Sri Lanka captains Faf du Plessis and Dinesh Chandimal have been suspended for one match each, while their players have been fined, after both sides maintained slow over-rates during the ICC World T20 Group 1 match here. This was both captains' second minor over-rate offences within a...
  • WT20: South Africa clash with England, eye semi-final berth March 28, 2014

    Chittagong: With back-to-back victories, South Africa have put themselves in contention for a semi-final berth and they will look to seal the berth when they clash with England in their last Group 1 league match of the ICC World T20 here on Saturday. South Africa had started their campaign on a...
  • South Africa survive scare to beat Netherlands by 6 runs at WT20 March 27, 2014

    Chittagong: South Africa survived a mighty scare before their bowlers brought the turnaround to pull off a narrow six-run victory over the Netherlands in their World Twenty20 match on Thursday. Put in to bat, South Africa suffered a batting collapse after a strong start to post a modest 145 for 9...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Netherlands, World Twenty20 March 27, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Imran Tahir's four wickets helped South Africa defend 145 and survive Netherlands' onslaught led by Myburgh's blistering half-century. TOSS: Netherlands opted to field. PLAYING XIs: Netherlands: S Myburgh, M Swart, W Barresi (c), T Cooper, B Cooper, P Borren (c), Mudassar Bukhari, L...
  • Parnell to take WT20 leave for court hearing in Mumbai March 26, 2014

    Chittagong: Allrounder Wayne Parnell has been omitted from the South Africa squad for their World Twenty 20 match against the Netherlands so that he can appear in court in Mumbai. The team said in a statement on Wednesday that Parnell will not be available for Thursday's match as he needs to...
  • World T20: South Africa aim for big win against struggling Netherlands March 26, 2014

    Chittagong: South Africa would look to boost their net-run-rate with a big win against struggling qualifier Netherlands in a Group 1 Super 10 match of the ICC World Twenty20, here on Thursday. After scraping to a narrow two-run win over New Zealand, riding on the heroics of Dale Steyn, South Africa...
  • Oscar Pistorius trial: 'You are a very special person,' one of Steenkamp's messages read March 25, 2014

    Pretoria: The chief lawyer for Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday sought to show at the athlete's murder trial that he had a loving relationship with the girlfriend he killed, referring to telephone messages in which they exchanged warm compliments and said they missed each other. The testimony contrasted with several messages read...
  • South Africa fined for slow over-rate against New Zealand March 25, 2014

    Chittagong: South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis fined 40 percent of his match fee while his teammates copped a 20 percent fine each for maintaining a slow over-rate during their World Twenty20 match against New Zealand on Monday. ICC Match Referee Javagal Srinath imposed the fines after Plessis side was ruled...