South Africa have lost two of the country’s finest ever batsman over the last 12 months, but in AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla they retain world class performers who dug the Proteas out of a spot of trouble on Wednesday.
A sparkling unbeaten stand of 168 between Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers punished a labouring West Indies bowling attack as South Africa went to tea on 225 for three on day one of the opening test at Centurion on Wednesday.
West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl in the first test against South Africa at an overcast Centurion in Pretoria on Wednesday as the hosts handed batsman Stiaan van Zyl his international debut.
Hashim Amla will be seeking a winning start when he captains South Africa for the first time in a home Test match when a three-match series against the West Indies starts at SuperSport Park on Wednesday.
India retained the number two spot in the latest Reliance ODI team rankings while Virat Kohli maintained the number two position with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni static at the seventh place in the batting chart released here.
Two Indian batsmen are now in the top five of the ICC ODI rankings, with Virat Kohli remaining at number three and opener Shikhar Dhawan climbing up the ladder to fifth after earning four places in the latest list issued here today.
Benefiting from his return to form in the abruptly-ended West Indies series, Indian batsman Virat Kohli claimed number two slot in the ICC rankings while swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar broke into top-10 for the first time in his career.
A clinical Kings XI Punjab steamrolled Cape Cobras by seven wickets for their fourth win in a row as they ended their Group B engagements with a flourish in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament, here on Sunday.