JP Duminy quits test cricket

South African batsman JP Duminy announced his retirement from test cricket today, however, he also mentioned that he will continue playing the smaller version of the game. Duminy has scored 2000+ runs in 46 Tests at an average of 32.85. He said, “Test cricket has always been the pinnacle and I’ve been fortunate enough to experience some memorable highlights with the Proteas”.

Lately, in 2017 Duminy has been wobbly with his performance with the bat against New Zealand and did not perform well in the limited over games against Sri Lanka. The Delhi Daredevil batsman also opted out of the 10th edition of IPL citing “personal reasons”. Critics believe that Duminy was not able to convert the hidden talent inside of him into runs. He always remained susceptible to the short ball and off-spinners.

In total Duminy scored six hundreds in total, which came when the Proteas needed it the most. He would surely be remembered for his innings at Melbourne where the Kangaroos had reduced the Proteas to a pale 184/7 against their massive total of394. Duminy played alongside Dale Steyn for eight hours and managed to provide 64 runs lead to the visiting team.

With world cup two years down the line, retiring from the test cricket and focusing on the shorter format of the game, seems to be a wise decision.

Sources-

  1. Hindustan Times- http://www.hindustantimes.com/cricket/jp-duminy-south-africa-all-rounder-announces-retirement-from-test-cricket/story-mD9yscY2BVFPM4juOp6wJK.html

 

  1. Firstpost- http://www.firstpost.com/firstcricket/sports-news/jp-duminy-retires-from-tests-as-a-player-who-personified-elegance-but-dogged-by-glaring-flaws-4050947.html

 

  1. Cricbuzz- http://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/97120/south-africa-cricket-team-allrounder-jp-duminy-announces-retirement-from-test-cricket-reports

 

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Alviro Petersen banned for 2 years over match fixing charges

Former South African opening batsman Alviro Petersen has been sentenced a two year ban by the Cricket South Africa over admitting to breaching CSA’s anti-corruption code.

Petersen is the sixth player to be banned following the surfacing of a corruption scandal. He attempted to fix South Africa’s domestic T-20 matches in season 2014-15. The first cricketer to be taken action against in this case is Ghulam Bodi, who has been banned for 20 years in January this year.

There is possibility of more players being charged, as investigations are still going on; meanwhile Petersen has admitted to 13 breaches of anti-corruption law. Among which there are serious charges of –

  1. Failing to disclose details of engagement in corrupt conduct (four charges)
  2. Failing to disclose full details of evidence involving other players (four charges)
  3. Destroying evidence relevant to the investigation.

CSA has withdrawn other charges relating to match fixing, accepting bribe or reward.

The two year ban is already in effect from November 12 this year, the day he was suspended due to the charges laid against him. Earlier in November 14, he had denied all charges levelled against him.

36 year old Petersen has apologised to his country, club and fans saying that he deeply regrets to have participated in these activities, and understands that he needs to take the responsibility for his actions. He accepts the punishment that CSA has imposed on him.

Sources – espncrcinfo,cricbuzz,firstpost

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Hockey-Junior World cup 2016: India enters Quarters

A well-planned game has brought India into quarters of the Men’s Junior Hockey World Cup as they defeated South Africa by 2-1 at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium last evening. As the hosts secured their place in the quarter-finals, the team has made sure that they storm into the knock-out stages unbeaten. Captain Harjeet Singh and his team hold the honor of having won both previous Pool D matches against England and Canada.

The first goal came for India in the eleventh minute of the game, as the captain crushed the defense put up by South Africa. The spirited South Africa equalized the game by the end of the first half as Kyle Lion-Cachet made an important contribution by scoring a goal.

The second half started with a tie at 1-1, and tension to score a goal to gain lead hit both the playing teams. The 55thminute of the match became a moment for India as the team in blue scored a field goal hit by Mandeep Singh. The scoreboard surged to 2-1 and India managed to save the goal post from the guests in the remaining match leading to their win.

The man who scored the crucial goal, Mandeep Singh, was presented “Man Of the Match”.

SOURCES : Business Standard, ANI

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Pistorius to go for Psychotherapy: Parole board

South Africa’s parole review board, on Tuesday, recommended psychotherapy for Oscar Pistorius, the Paralympian, for murdering his girlfriend. The board also rejected the plea for his release from the prison even 10 months after his sentence.
The 28 year-old had been sentenced to five years in prison for the homicide. The review panel which reviewed the parole board’s prior desicion on the issue to let the athlete out and retain him on house arrest was “premature” and asked the parole board to reconsider their desicion.
Psychotherapy as a probable solution for the convicted was recommended by the parole review board in order to find out of the root cause or the reasons for him committing the crime.
Pistorius was found guilty for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp who was a model and a law graduate on Valentines day in 2013. He had defended himself in front of the courts by declaring that he shot her through a locked bathroom door, mistaking her for an impostor.
Prosecutors are likely to take the case to South Africa’s Supreme Court on November 3 to convict him for murder which might bring him a harsher sentence.

Bangladesh continue their winning run

The Bangladesh cricket team has truly evolved since the past couple of years and one

certainly cannot take them lightly anymore. Fresh from their 2-1 victory over India last

month, their next challenge was to take on the Proteas.

South Africa, the 2015 World Cup semi-finalists, were led by Hashim Amla for the three match

ODI series. Bangladesh were high on confidence as they were entering into the series with

three consecutive series wins against Zimbabwe (5 – 0), Pakistan (3 – 0) & India (2 – 1).

The first two matches were played at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium at Mirpur, Dhaka;

which is considered to be one of the best cricket grounds in the Indian sub-continent.

The first match was delayed by rain and got reduced to 40 overs. The highlight of the

match was the young South-African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, who secured exceptional

bowling figures of 6/16, the best for an ODI debutant. He also became the second

debutant to take a hat-rick and eventually won the player of the match award. Chasing

a target of 160, Faf du Plessis cruised to 63* and took South Africa to a 1-0 lead in the series.

The second match turned out to be a low scoring match. Having elected to bat first, South

Africa were all-out for 162 in 46 overs. The calm batting display by Bangladesh,

which was something they lacked in the first match, helped them to equalise the series 1-1 with Soumya Sarkar

scoring 88 not-out.

The third match was also hit by rain in the 23rd over, it disturbed the

momentum of the Proteas who were already struggling at 78/4. After being set a low total

of 168/9 in 40 overs, the Tigers did not have a problem and won the

match comprehensively by 9 wickets with Soumya Sarkar again scoring a valuable 90.

This was their fourth consecutive series win against strong

competitors and first series win against South Africa. It is safe to say that Bangladesh Cricket

has come of age and it is time for them to prove their quality overseas.

Courtesy: Getty Images
Courtesy: Getty Images

SOURCES

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_African_cricket_team_in_Bangladesh_in_2015

Lethal left arm works for Pakistan

Pakistan’s left arm pace battery fired for the second match in succession as they bowled out South Africa for 202 in pursuit of a target of 232. The win was the second match in a row where the left armers accounted for 9 of the 10 wickets to fall.

Pakistan were put in by South Africa and their new look top order – Sarfraz Ahmed and Younis Khan came in for Nasir Jamshed and Harris Sohail – provided a solid start as Sarfraz hit a run a ball 49 and younis chipped in with 37. The only other significant contributor was Misbah ul Haq who scored a sedate 56 off 86 deliveries and held the innings together. Dale Steyn was pacy and picked up 3 cheap wickets for 30 runs.

In reply, South Africa were jolted early when Quinton de Kock departed for a duck. However, Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis looked in sublime touch and creamed boundaries at will before Rahat Ali struck to remove du Plessis. Sarfraz, then pulled off an outstanding catch to get rid of Amla. He pouched six catches in the innings and was named the player of the match.

AB de Villiers counterattacked with an innings of 77 but did not receive support from the other batsmen as Pakistan maintained pressure by striking at regular intervals. Eventually, he was the 9th wicket to fall when he tried to hit out towards the end.

The win will act as a significant confidence boost for Pakistan who had a torrid start to the tournament but now have three wins on the row rekindling memories of their triumph on the same shores 23 years ago.

Courtesy: cricket.yahoo.com
Courtesy: cricket.yahoo.com

Weather likely to play spoilsport in key clash

South Africa take on a rejuvenated Pakistan at the Eden Park in Auckland in a match that my well determine the final standings in the group. Both the teams are fresh from victories in their previous two matches. While South Africa recorded two huge wins, Pakistan scraped through against Zimbabwe before trouncing the United Arab Emirates.

Team News

Pakistan may replace the misfiring Nasir Jamshed with the experienced Younis Khan against a pacy and skilful South African attack. They may stick to a 4 man pace attack on a track that aids the fast men.

South Africa have a healthy selection dilemma as Jean Paul Duminy has been passed fit. He may replace Farhaan Behardien who has not had a decent opportunity to bat so far. South Africa have already indicated that they may take a safety first approach with Vernon Philander which means that he is likely to sit out again.

Pitch and Weather

Though the ground is known for its small boundaries, the Australia – New Zealand match was a low scoring nail-biter with enough assistance for bowlers in terms of swing and bounce. The average first innings score for the last 10 innings is a meagre 226.

Heavy showers are expected during the match and there will be enough moisture for the bowlers to exploit.

While South Africa look better placed to record a win, Pakistan will fancy their chances. South Africa’s coach Russell Domingo summed it up the best when he said, “their unpredictability is not a challenge because they are predictably unpredictable. Their strength lies in the predictability of their unpredictability.”

Courtesy: smh.com.au
Courtesy: smh.com.au