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Cricket: South Africa in World Twenty20 semis as England bow out

South Africa produced another clinical performance to beat England by three runs in Chittagong to advance to the World Twenty20 semi-finals on Saturday. AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla hit half-centuries to anchor South Africa's highest total of the tournament of 196-5 before Wayne Parnell took 3-31 to keep England down to 193-7 at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium. South Africa are the second team to qualify for the semis after 2007 champions India cruised to the last four from Group Two.

Cricket: Smith strikes as Australia close on victory

Part-time leg-spinner Steve Smith took the key wicket of Faf du Plessis as Australia closed on a series-deciding victory on the fifth day of the third and final Test against South Africa on Wednesday. South Africa were 201 for seven at tea at Newlands, with Australia needing three more wickets in the remaining 33 overs to seal the first series win against the world's number one team since 2008/09. It was a day of stubborn resistance by South Africa - who started on 71 for four - having abandoned any idea of chasing a target of 511.

Cricket: Australia make brisk start in chase

Australia were 141 for one wicket at tea at St George's Park on Sunday as Chris Rogers and David Warner gave them a brisk start chasing a target of 448 to win on the fourth day of the second Test against South Africa. Rogers, who scored only ten runs in his first three innings of the series, made 69 not out, while the more aggressive Warner hit 66 to follow up a century in the first Test and 70 in the first innings of the current match.

Cricket: Centuries, wickets put Australia under pressure

AB de Villiers and JP Duminy hit centuries and Wayne Parnell took two wickets with his first three balls as South Africa put Australia under pressure on the second day of the second Test at St George's Park on Friday. Australia were 112 for four in Port Elizabeth at the close in reply to South Africa's first innings total of 423. De Villiers (116) and Duminy (123) posted a sixth wicket partnership of 149 as Australia conceded a total of 400 or more for the first time in 13 Test matches.

Cricket: Centuries, wickets put Australia under pressure

AB de Villiers and JP Duminy hit centuries and Wayne Parnell took two wickets with his first three balls as South Africa put Australia under pressure on the second day of the second Test at St George's Park on Friday. Australia were 112 for four in Port Elizabeth at the close in reply to South Africa's first innings total of 423. De Villiers (116) and Duminy (123) posted a sixth wicket partnership of 149 as Australia conceded a total of 400 or more for the first time in 13 Test matches.

Cricket: De Villiers century boosts South Africa

South African batsman AB de Villiers continued his prolific run-scoring form as he notched his 19th Test century on the second day of the second Test against Australia at St George's Park on Friday. De Villiers (102 not out) and JP Duminy (59 not out) posted an unbeaten sixth-wicket partnership of 123 as South Africa reached 323 for five in their first innings at lunch. It was De Villiers' sixth century during a record sequence of 12 Test matches in which he has scored a half-century or better and never been dismissed for under double figures.

Cricket: Johnson bowls Australia to big lead

Mitchell Johnson took seven for 68 as Australia secured a 191-run first innings lead on the third day of the first Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park on Friday. South Africa were bowled out for 206 in reply to Australia's 397, before the tourists reached 18 for one in their second innings at lunch, an overall lead of 209. AB de Villiers made a sparkling 91 for South Africa before he was the ninth man out.

Cricket: McLaren, Parnell vie to fill Kallis shoes

Seam bowling all-rounders Ryan McLaren and Wayne Parnell were both named on Wednesday in a 15-man South African Test squad to play three matches against Australia next month. The pair are expected to contest the all-rounder berth left vacant by the retirement of Jacques Kallis, South Africa's all-time leading Test run-scorer. The right-armed McLaren and left-armer Parnell both made their Test debuts in an innings win against England in Johannesburg in 2009/10 but quickly dropped out of favour.

Cricket: Kallis grinds it out in final Test

Jacques Kallis, playing in his final Test match, ground out an unbeaten 78 after South Africa lost three wickets in quick succession on the third day of the second and final Test against India at Kingsmead on Saturday. South Africa were 299 for five, 35 runs behind India's first innings total of 334, when rain brought an early close. Kallis received a standing ovation from the crowd and a guard of honour from the Indian players when he walked out to bat after Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla had been dismissed for 47 and three respectively.

Cricket: Kallis grinds it out in final Test

Jacques Kallis, playing in his final Test match, ground out an unbeaten 78 after South Africa lost threewi ckets in quick succession on the third day of the second and final Test against India at Kingsmead on Saturday. South Africa were 299 for five, 35 runs behind India's first innings total of 334, when rain brought an early close. Kallis received a standing ovation from the crowd and a guard of honour from the Indian players when he walked out to bat after Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla had been dismissed for 47 and three respectively.
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