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Cricket: India's Test preparations hit by washout

India's two-day warm-up match ahead of the first Test against South Africa was called off on Friday without a ball bowled. The first day against a South African Invitation XI at Willowmoore Park was abandoned early on Friday because of rain and a wet outfield. It was decided later to abandon the match altogether when the ground staff said they would be unable to get the ground ready for play on the scheduled second day on Saturday. The ground was saturated after more than 800mm of rain fell in the past three weeks.

Cricket: South Africa beat Pakistan in third ODI

Vernon Philander led a strong performance by South Africa's bowlers to set up a four-wicket consolation win for the hosts in the third and final one-day international against Pakistan at SuperSport Park on Saturday. Pakistan had already won the first two games to clinch the series. Philander took three for 26 in a Pakistan total of 179 all out. South Africa made heavy weather of the chase but won with 68 balls to spare, steered home by an unbeaten 48 from captain AB de Villiers. str/ak/ea

Football: Spain defeat in South Africa stands despite sub confusion

FIFA have confirmed that Spain's 1-0 defeat to South Africa earlier this month has been included in the calculations for this month's world rankings despite the world champions using one more substitute than the rules permitted. Spain made their seventh change of the game when Pepe Reina replaced the injured Victor Valdes in goal nine minutes from time. FIFA's rules stipulate that a maximum of six substitutes can be made in full internationals.

Cricket: South Africa pegged back after good start

South Africa failed to capitalise on a good start but made a competitive 153 for seven after being sent in to bat in the first Twenty20 international against Pakistan at the Wanderers Stadium on Wednesday. Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla gave South Africa a flying start, putting on 72 for the first wicket before Amla was bowled by Pakistan captain and off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez for 31 off 20 balls. De Kock made 43 off 33 deliveries before he was well caught at long-on by Sohail Tanvir off Hafeez.

RugbyU: Scotland v South Africa head-to-head

Head-to-head record between Scotland and South Africa ahead of their one-off international at Edinburgh's Murrayfield on Sunday: Played: 23 Scotland wins: 5 South Africa wins: 18 Highest Scores: Scotland 29-46, 1999; South Africa 68-10, 1997 Biggest Wins: Scotland 21-6, 2002; South Africa 68-10, 1997 Last five results 2013 Nelspruit: RSA 30-17 2012 Murrayfield: RSA 21-10 2010 Murrayfield: SCO 21-17 2008 Murrayfield: RSA 14-10 2007 Murrayfield: RSA 27-3

Cricket: South Africa beat Pakistan to take Twenty20 series 2-0

South Africa sparked another Pakistan batting collapse to win the second Twenty20 international by six runs in Dubai on Friday, taking the two-match series 2-0. It was another batting failure for Pakistan, who, chasing 151, were cruising along nicely at 101-3 in the 14th over before being restricted to 144-9 in their 20 overs. Paceman Wayne Parnell took 3-25 while leg-spinner Imran Tahir claimed 2-21 and spearhead Dale Steyn finished with 2-20 to rock Pakistan who lost seven wickets in the space of 43 runs.

Cricket: South Africa revived since first Test defeat - Steyn

Spearhead Dale Steyn on Thursday said South Africa had shown remarkable resilience to turn things around after their defeat in the first Test against Pakistan. South Africa currently lead a two-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan 1-0 after a comprehensive nine-wicket win in the first match in Dubai on Wedensday. The second match is also in Dubai on Friday. Steyn said South Africa got a massive wake-up call after a seven-wicket defeat in the first Test in Abu Dhabi last month.

Cricket: South Africa overwhelm Pakistan in first Twenty20

South Africa outclassed Pakistan with a commanding nine wicket win in the first Twenty20 international in Dubai on Wednesday to go 1-0 up in the two-match series. Dale Steyn took 3-15 in his four hostile overs as Pakistan were restricted to 98-9 -- their lowest Twenty20 total against South Africa -- after they won the toss and opted to bat.

Cricket: South Africa beat Pakistan in fifth one-day

South Africa beat Pakistan by 117 runs in the fifth and final day-night international in Sharjah on Monday, clinching the five-match series 4-1. AB de Villiers smashed a 102-ball 115 not out to steer South Africa to an imposing 268-7 in their 50 overs before wrapping up Pakistan's innings for 151 in 35.3 overs. For Pakistan Sohaib Maqsood top-scored with 53 while Umar Akmal made 30. For South Africa Wayne Parnell took 3-36 while Jean-Paul Duminy finished with 2-14. Brief Scores:

Cricket: De Villiers's hundred lifts South Africa to 268-7

AB de Villiers hit an aggressive unbeaten century to guide South Africa to an imposing 268-7 in the fifth and final day-night international against Pakistan in Sharjah on Monday. The South African skipper hit a 102-ball 115 studded with ten boundaries and three sixes to lift South Africa who won the toss and decided to bat at Sharjah stadium. De Villiers lifted the tempo in the final overs, hitting Sohail Tanvir's final over for 25 runs, reaching his 16th hundred with a four towards mid-wicket, which came off 99 balls.
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