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Cricket: Du Plessis leads South Africa to 172-4 in semi-final

Skipper Faf du Plessis struck an attractive half-century to guide South Africa to 172-4 in the second semi-final of the World Twenty20 against India in Dhaka on Friday. Du Plessis scored 41-ball 58 for his fifth Twenty20 fifty and added 71 for the third wicket with Jean-Paul Duminy who made an unbeaten 40-ball 45 after South Africa won the toss and opted to bat at Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

Cricket: South Africa beat Netherlands in World T20

South Africa edged out the Netherlands by six runs in their group one super-10 stage match of the World Twenty20 in Chittagong on Thursday. South Africa, sent in to bat, were restricted to 145-9 in their 20 overs before the Netherlands managed 139 in their 18.4 overs. Imran Tahir finished with 4-21. For the Netherlands paceman Ahsan Malik recorded the best Twenty20 bowling figures by a Dutchman of 5-19 to restrict South Africa to a below-par 145-9 in their 20 overs. Hashim Amla top-scored with 43 while skipper Faf du Plessis made 24 and AB de Villiers 21.

Cricket: Malik's best restricts South Africa to 145-9

Paceman Ahsan Malik recorded the best bowling figures by a Dutchman in a Twenty20 international to help the Netherlands restrict South Africa to 145-9 in Chittagong on Thursday. Malik led a much improved show by the Netherlands with 5-19 in his four overs against a formidable South African batting line up which couldn't get going after they were put into bat in the Super-10 Group one match. The 24-year-old bettered the previous best bowling feat by a Dutch bowler of 4-19 achieved by teammate Pieter Seelaar against Kenya in Abu Dhabi four years ago.

Cricket: Netherlands to bowl in South Africa World T20

Netherlands captain Peter Borren won the toss and sent South Africa in to bat in their group one super-10 match in the World Twenty20 in Chittagong on Thursday. South Africa made one change from the side which beat New Zealand by two runs in their second match on Monday, bringing in Beuran Hendricks in place of paceman Morne Morkel. The Netherlands, shot out for the lowest-ever Twenty20 international total of 39 against Sri Lanka on Monday, kept the same side.

Cricket: South Africa release Parnell for India court case

South African paceman Wayne Parnell has been released from World Twenty20 duties in Chittagong to appear in court in India on drug charges, team management said Wednesday. He is due to appear in court in Mumbai on Thursday on charges linked to a late-night party after an Indian Premier League (IPL) game in 2012, during his stint at the Pune Warriors. Parnell was among nearly 100 people detained for medical testing after the party at an upmarket Mumbai hotel was raided by police, who found drugs at the premises. He denies any wrongdoing.

Cricket: Duminy propels South Africa to 170-6 in World Twenty20

Jean-Paul Duminy hit a brilliant 40-ball 86 to lift South Africa to 170-6 in their crucial Group One match against New Zealand in Chittagong on Monday. The left-hander smashed 10 boundaries and three sixes while Hashim Amla made a 40-ball 41 after South Africa were put in to bat by New Zealand at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium. Duminy was not out for 86 while Albie Morkel finished with 13 off eight deliveries as South Africa added 70 in the final five overs.

Cricket: Duminy propels South Africa to 170-6 in World Twenty20

Jean-Paul Duminy hit a brilliant 40-ball 86 to lift South Africa to 170-6 in their crucial Group One match against New Zealand in Chittagong on Monday. The left-hander smashed 10 boundaries and three sixes while Hashim Amla made a 40-ball 41 after South Africa were put in to bat by New Zealand at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium. Duminy was not out for 86 while Albie Morkel finished with 13 off eight deliveries as South Africa added 70 in the final five overs.

Cricket: South Africa, Australia prepare for world Twenty20

South Africa and Australia will be aiming to hone their Twenty20 international skills when they start a three-match series at St George's Park on Sunday. Coming after a high-intensity Test series, a succession of 20-overs games would not normally have much more than entertainment value, but for both teams it provides an opportunity to prepare for the World Twenty20, which starts in Bangladesh a week after the last match of the series. Both squads show considerable changes from the Test teams, with new captains and new players in key roles.

Cricket: Selection posers for victorious South Africa

South Africa face a selection dilemma ahead of the decisive third Test against Australia, starting at Newlands Saturday, despite a convincing 231-run second Test win in Port Elizabeth, At least two changes seem likely, and the uncertainty of the selectors about their final eleven was indicated by their naming of a 16-man squad for Cape Town. The groin injury suffered by left-arm fast-medium bowler Wayne Parnell will reopen the debate about whether to pick an all-rounder or a specialist bowler.

Cricket: South Africa slams 'flawed' ICC plan

South Africa have become the first major cricket nation to call on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to withdraw a draft plan that would give greater control of the world game to England, Australia and India. A "position paper" outlining the proposed changes is due to be discussed by the ICC's executive board next week. But, ahead of that meeting, Cricket South Africa (CSA) president Chris Nenzani published an open letter to ICC president Alan Isaac on Monday urging the "fundamentally flawed" plan be taken off the table.
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