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Cricket: No laughing matter, Steyn tells Hafeez

South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn admitted he regretted laughing after getting Pakistan Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez out for nought in his team's nine-wicket win. "I don't know what I did. It was a bit silly," said Steyn on Thursday after he had helped restrict Pakistan to 98-9 in 20 overs. "I think I have got him out a couple of times now so you tend to do silly things and I kind of regret it afterwards but that is the kind of way I play the game and I accept the same thing from the opposition coming at me."

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: De Kock's maiden hundred props SA to 266-5

Dashing opener Quinton de Kock smashed his maiden one-day century to lift South Africa to a commanding 266-5 in the fourth day-night international against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Friday. The 20-year-old left-hander made the most of a dropped catch at slip by Mohammad Hafeez off Sohail Tanvir when on only two with a 135-ball 112 to bolster South African innings who won the toss and opted to bat on a flat Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch.

Cricket: Pakistan v South Africa fourth one-day scoreboard

Scoreboard after South African innings in the fourth day-night international against Pakistan played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Friday: South Africa: Q. de Kock c Misbah b Khan 112 Hashim Amla b Hafeez 46 F du Plessis c Ajmal b Irfan 10 AB. de Villiers c Hafeez b Khan 30 D. Miller lbw b Hafeez 5 JP Duminy not out 25 R. McLaren not out 28 Extras: (b 1, lb 9) 10 Total: (five wickets; 50 overs) 266

Cricket: Pakistan recalls Razaq, Malik for T20s

Pakistani selectors Tuesday recalled all-rounder Abdul Razzaq and former captain Shoaib Malik in a 14-man squad for two Twenty20 internationals against South Africa later this month. The 33-year Razzaq last played for Pakistan in World Twenty-20 in Sri Lanka in October and landed into controversy by accusing Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez for not using him properly. Razzaq was fined for his outbursts but has returned to the squad without any performance in Pakistan's domestic circuit.

Cricket: Pakistan ready for South Africa, says Misbah

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq said Monday his side was ready to take on the mighty South Africans, despite missing an opener and enduring a wretched recent run of form. The sides meet for a two-Test series in the United Arab Emirates starting next week, with Pakistan coming off the back of an embarrassing drawn series against minnows Zimbabwe. South Africa, rated number one Test team in the world, whitewashed Pakistan 3-0 at home earlier in the year, but Misbah insisted his men would rise to the challenge.

Cricket: Pakistan drops Hafeez for South Africa Tests

Pakistan Saturday dropped out-of-form opener Mohammad Hafeez from the 12-man squad to play a Test series against South Africa in the United Arab Emirates this month, the South Asian country's cricket body said. The series starts in Abu Dhabi on October 14, with the second Test in Dubai from October 23. The 32-year-old, Pakistan's Twenty20 captain, has scored just 102 in his last five Tests. He managed 43 in a 3-0 Test defeat in South Africa in February and scored only 59 in the two-Test series against Zimbabwe last month.

Cricket: Pakistan opener Hafeez admits form a concern

Pakistan opener Mohammad Hafeez, whose place in the Test side is under severe threat, admitted Wednesday that his poor form was a concern. The 32-year-old right-hander managed a paltry 43 in three Tests in South Africa in February-March and failed to improve in the two Tests against Zimbabwe earlier this month, scoring just 59. The poor return has put the 34-Test veteran's place in doubt for the two-match series against South Africa starting in the United Arab Emirates from October 14.

Cricket: Chatara strikes twice in Pakistan chase

Zimbabwe fast bowler Tendai Chatara struck twice as Pakistan set off in pursuit of a target of 264 runs on the fourth day of the second Test at Harare Sports Club on Friday. Pakistan were 55 for two at tea, needing another 209 runs to clinch a 2-0 series win, after bowling out Zimbabwe for 199 in their second innings. Opening batsmen Khurram Manzoor and Mohammad Hafeez went for their shots at the start of the final innings, in contrast to the cautious approach taken by Pakistan in the first innings when they laboured to 230 at 2.19 runs an over on a tricky pitch.

Cricket: Zimbabwe v Pakistan scoreboard at tea - 1st update

Tea scores on first day of second Test between Zimbabwe and Pakistan at Harare Sports Club Tuesday: Zimbabwe, first innings Tina Mawoyo c Akmal b Junaid Khan 0 Vusi Sibanda b Rahat Ali 14 Hamilton Masakadza c Mohammad Hafeez b Saeed Ajmal 75 Brendan Taylor not out 48 Malcolm Waller not out 18 Extras (b4, lb 5, w1) 10 Total (3 wkts, 59 overs) 165 Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Mawoyo), 2-31 (Sibanda), 3-141 (Masakadza)
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