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Cricket: Smith fails but South Africa gain practice

South African captain Graeme Smith failed on the opening day of the three-day practice match against Pakistan's second string here on Tuesday but four other batsmen hit half-centuries. Smith, 32, managed just two before he was trapped leg-before by paceman Ehsan Adil in the seventh over after Pakistan 'A' won the toss and decided to field at Sharjah cricket stadium. At close, South Africa reached 332-5 in the match where the first innings will be restricted to 100-overs per side.

Cricket: Smith fails but South Africa gain practice

South African captain Graeme Smith failed on the opening day of the three-day practice match against Pakistan's second string here on Tuesday but four other batsmen hit half-centuries. Smith, 32, managed just two before he was trapped leg-before by paceman Ehsan Adil in the seventh over after Pakistan 'A' won the toss and decided to field at Sharjah cricket stadium. At close, South Africa reached 332-5 in the match where the first innings will be restricted to 100-overs per side.

Cricket: Amla wins top South African award again

Opening batsman Hashim Amla has joined an elite group to be voted South African Cricketer of the Year twice. He also won the award three years ago and emulates all-rounder Jacques Kallis (2004, 2011) and retired fast bowler Makhaya Ntini (2005, 2006). The right-hander was also named Test Cricketer of the Year and Fans' Cricketer of the Year and was honoured for his treble ton against England. "It is not easy to keep finding special words to speak about Hashim," admitted Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat.

Cricket: Duminy, Amla steer South Africa to 238

JP Duminy hit 97 and a fit-again Hashim Amla made 77 to lift South Africa to 238 all out in a must-win one-day international against Sri Lanka in Pallekele on Sunday. But the Proteas, needing a win to level the five-match series 2-2, undid a good start by losing eight wickets for 87 runs after cruising at 118-1 in the 22nd over. Duminy lashed seven boundaries and two sixes before he was last man out in the 49th over, bowled by unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis three runs short of a century.

Cricket: Miller lifts S. Africa after Mendis strikes

David Miller smashed a robust 85 not out off 72 balls to steer South Africa to 223-7 in the third one-day international against Sri Lanka in Pallekele on Friday. The left-hander smashed five sixes and four boundaries after a three-wicket haul from unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis had reduced the tourists to 154-7 in the 42nd over. South Africa need a win to stay afloat in the five-match series, having lost the first two games in Colombo.

Cricket: Sri Lanka stop South Africa in the rain

Rangana Herath took two crucial wickets as Sri Lanka defeated South Africa in the rain-affected one-dayer in Colombo on Tuesday, taking a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. South Africa, set a revised target of 176 from 29 overs, were 104-5 in 21 overs when a heavy downpour at the Premadasa stadium forced the match to be called off. With 121-5 being the par score at that stage, the Proteas lost by 17 runs to suffer their second defeat in the series following the 180-run loss in the first match last Saturday.

Cricket: South Africa beat Pakistan

South Africa beat Pakistan by 67 runs in their Champions Trophy Group B day/night match at Edgbaston on Monday. Pakistan, set 235 to win, finished on 167 all out after never really recovering from the loss of two early wickets to South Africa debutant Chris Morris, despite captain Misbah-ul-Haq's 55. Ryan McLaren polished off the innings with four for 19 as South Africa won with five overs to spare. Earlier, man-of-the-match Hashim Amla (81) top-scored in South Africa's 234 for nine.

Cricket: South Africa 234-9 against Pakistan

South Africa, after winning the toss, made 234 for nine against Pakistan in their Champions Trophy Group B day/night match at Edgbaston on Monday. Hashim Amla top-scored with 81 but no other batsman made more than skipper AB de Villiers's run-a-ball 31. Off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez took one for 38 in 10 overs and left-arm paceman Mohammad Irfan one for 27 in seven during an innings featuring four run-outs.

Cricket: Pakistan fight back after Amla knock

Pakistan held South Africa to 234 for nine after Hashim Amla made 81 in their Champions Trophy clash at Edgbaston on Monday. Both Pakistan and South Africa needed to win this day/night fixture after losing their opening Group B matches to the West Indies and India respectively. Run-outs, which cost South Africa dear against India, proved a problem for the Proteas again with both skipper AB de Villiers, who won the toss, and JP Duminy falling to direct hits by Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq.

Cricket: South Africa triumph despite Afridi fireworks

Centuries by Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers set up a 34-run victory for South Africa despite a thrilling innings by Pakistan's Shahid Afridi in the third one-day international at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday. Amla (122) and De Villiers (128) shared a world record third wicket partnership of 238 as South Africa made 343 for five after being sent in. Pakistan, who were bowled out for 309 to slip 2-1 down in the series, had been in deep trouble when Afridi walked in at 132 for five but he gave his side hope as he thrashed 88 off 48 balls with seven sixes and five fours.
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