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DM2CS-Kyle Coetzer.jpgCricket Scotland announced on Tuesday that Kyle Coetzer has been appointed as the new Scotland cricket captain. He will take charge for the first time this Friday when Scotland play Pakistan in the first of two One Day Internationals.

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South Africa and Pakistan did battle in the 3rd ODI at Wanderers, Johannesburg at 10:00 SA Time on Sunday 17 March 2013.

This was the Live Game Article for the match.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl.

Sputh Africa amassed 343 / 5 in their allotted 50 overs, with both Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers getting their tons.

Pakistan had spells of brilliance, starting very well until a few wickets fell and then again when Shahid Afridi scored 88 off just 48 balls before falling. At the end the South African bowlers wrapped up all the Pakistani wickets for 309 runs, after 48.1 overs, just 34 runs short of the South African total.

South Africa now leads 2 – 1 in the series of 5 ODI’s, with 2 games still on the cards.

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South Africa and Pakistan did battle in the 1st ODI at Chevrolet Park, Bloemfontein at 10:00 SA Time on Sunday 10 March 2013.

This was the Live Game Article for the match.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl.

South Africa batted well and amassed 315 runs in their allotted overs, with 4 wickets falling in the process. Colin Ingram not out in the end on 105 runs.

Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals and then quicker towards the end, eventually all out for 190 runs. South Africa wins the match by 125 runs, a comprehensive win after only 36.2 overs into the Pakistan batting innings.

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South Africa and Pakistan did battle in the 3rd and final 5-Day Test at Centurion park, Pretoria which started at 10:30 SA Time on Friday 22 February and which was scheduled to run till Tuesday 26 February 2013.

This was the Live Game Article for the Match.

South Africa won the Toss and elected to bat.

In South Africa’s First Innings they ammassed 409 runs, all out. Pakistan only managed 156 runs in their First innings and was instructed to follow on. In their Second Innings, the Pakistani’s fought bravely until they were all out on 235 runs, still 18 behind South Africa’s First Innings total.

South Africa won by an Innings and 18 runs, making a clean sweep and achieving a whitewash of Pakistan in the Test Series in South Africa

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South Africa and Pakistan did battle in the 2nd 5-Day Test at Newlands, Cape Town which started at 10:30 SA Time on Thursday 14 February and which was supposed to run till Monday 18 February 2013.

This is the Live Game Article for the Match.

South Africa won the toss and elected to field.

Pakistan managed 338 All Out in the 1st innings and South Africa 12 runs less with their 326. In the 2nd Innings, Pakistan were all out for 169 on the 4th Day and South Africa were required to get 182 to win the Test.

South Africa reached 182 / 6 near the end of day 4, winning the Test and the Series, with 1 Test still to come (Friday 22 to Tuesday 26 February 2013 at Centurion Park).

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South Africa and Pakistan did battle in the 1st 5-Day Test at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg which started at 10:30 SA Time on Friday 1 February and which was supposed to run till Tuesday 5 February 2013.

This was the Live Game Article for the Match.

South Africa won the toss and batted first on a difficult wicket, getting 253 in the First Innings, then dismissing Pakistan for a poultry 49 runs. South Africa had the choice to ask Pakistan to follow-on but chose to bat again, amassing 275 / 3 before declaring in their Second Innings, a lead of 479.

Pakistan put up a brave performance in their Second Innings, only losing 4 wickets on Day 3, but with South Africa taking the New Ball early on Day 4, they bundled Pakistan out for 268.

South Africa win comfortably with a Day and a Half spare, before Lunch on Day 4 and win by 211 runs.

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South Africa and New Zealand did battle in the 3rd and last ODI in the Series at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom on Friday 25 January 2013.

This was the Live Game Article for the match.

New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat first.

South Africa won the match with a 6 off the last possible ball in their 50 overs, needing 3 runs from the last ball, and getting those last 3 and 3 more with a magnificent 6 by Ryan McLaren.

New Zealand won the ODI Series 2 – 1 and now heads home, whilst pakistan has already landed in South Africa.

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South Africa and New Zealand did battle in the 2nd 5-Day Test at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth which started at 10:30 SA Time on Friday 11 January 2013 and which was due to only finish on Tuesday 15 January 2013.

This was the Live Game Article for the match.

South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first. They posted a mammoth First Innings total of 525 runs for 8 wickets, when they declared the First Innings closed.

New Zealand went in to bat and the South Africans demolished them by bowling them out for a measly 121 runs, forcing New Zealand for follow on with their Second Innings. New Zealand battled on a bit more resolutely in the Second Innings but the last 5 wickets fell rapidly at the end, causing New Zealand to be all out for 211, still 193 runs short.

South Africa won by an Innings and 193 runs, before Lunch on Day 4, also winning the Series with a clean sweep of 2 / 0.

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South Africa and New Zealand did battle in the 1st 5-Day Test at Newlands, Cape Town at 10:30 SA Time on Wednesday 2 January 2013 and the match was supposed to run until Sunday 6 January 2013.

South Africa demolished the New Zealanders in the 1st Innings, bowling them out for a measly 45 runs in total, then went in to bat a couple of overs before Lunch on Day 1. South Africa amassed a lead of 302 runs before declaring on 347 / 8 on Day 2 of the match.

At the start of Day 3 of the match New Zealand had already lost 4 wickets, but made a gritty start to the day until eventually tumbling to an Innings and 27 run defeat three quarters through Day 3.

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Tony GreigFormer England captain Tony Greig, one of the architects of cricket’s World Series revolution in the 1970s, has died at the age of 66 after suffering a heart attack at his Sydney home on Saturday.

Greig, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in October, was taken to a Sydney hospital but died at about 1:45 pm (0245 GMT).

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South Africa and New Zealand did battle in the 3rd T20 International at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth at 14:30 SA Time on Wednesday 26 December 2012.

This was the Live Game Article for the match.

South Africa posted a mighty 179 / 6 in their allotted 20 overs.

New Zealand started the chase well but after Martin Guptill and Brendan McCullum departed, it was all over bar the shouting.

South Africa won comfortably, by 33 runs and with only 1 New Zealand wicket left standing.

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South Africa and New Zealand did battle in the 2nd T20 International at Buffalo Park, East London at 18:00 SA Time on Sunday 23 December 2012.

This was the Live Game Article for the match.

After New Zealand won the toss again, they decided to field first.

South Africa set a wonderful total of 165 / 5 after 19 overs (match was reuced to 19 overs due to a power outage in the flodd lights). bad fielding by South Africa, shoddy bowling with a wet ball and a marvelous innings of 101 not out by Martin Guptill saw New zealand home off a 4 on the last ball.

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South Africa and New Zealand did battle in the 1st T20 International at Kingsmead, Durban at 18:00 SA Time on Friday 21 December 2012.

This was the Live Game Article for the match.

South Africa won with ease, with 7.5 overs to spare (47 balls). The South African bowlers did the trick, bowling the New Zealanders out for a poultry 86 runs in 18.2 overs. New Zealand took the 1st South African wicket without a single run on the board for South Africa, but Faf du Plessis and Davids steadied the ship, untill Davids perished on 20, leaving it to young Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis to finish the New Zealanders off in style.

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Australia and the South African Proteas did battle in the 3rd & final Test of the Series in Australia at the Western Australia Cricket Association ground (WACA), Perth.

The game took place mostly in the middle of the night for South Africans, so live updates was given in the mornings.

Some thought it strange when South Africa chose to bat first after winning the toss, considering the batting surface, but in hind sight it proved the perfect decision. After only posting a modest 225 by South Africa in the first innings, they took the Australian batsment apart with regularity in Australia’s first innings, reducing them to only 163 all out.

Then came the master class of the South African second innings, amassing 569 runs in double quick fashion and with an hour to go in Day 3, the Australians went in to bat. No wickets fell in that last hour of Day 3, but Day 4 was the clincher, with Australian wickets falling at regular intervals.

Michael Starc hung on, frustrating the South African bowlers and South African spectators alike, but in the end South Africa won the Test by 309 runs, more than a full Day early, and thus winning the Test Series 1 / 0 to retain their World No 1 Test ranking.

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Australia and the South African Proteas do battle in the 2nd Test of the Series in Australia at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide.

The game takes place mostly in the middle of the night for South Africans, so live updates will not be given accross the board, but updates will be done in the mornings.

On a belter pitch, Australia won the toss and elected to bat first. After a massive start by Australia with the bat on Day 1, hitting close to 500 runs, South Africa was always going to be on the back foot. A super fight back followed by South Africa and on Day 5 of the Test South Africa’s Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers still had a mountain to climb to save the match with South Africa on 77 / 4, still 355 runs short and only 6 wickets in hand. Each batsman pitched in, dug deep, and Faf du Plessis (playing in his maiden Test) held out right until the end, seeing 4 wickets fall around him.

The match ended in a draw, well saved by South Africa.

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Australia and the South African Proteas did battle in the 1st Test of the Series in Australia at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane.

The game took place in the middle of the night for South Africans, so live updates was not be given accross the board, but updates were done in the mornings.

On a belter pitch, South Africa posted a good First Innings total of 450, followed by Australia with a massive 565 / 5 declared, before putting South Africa in on the final day to see if Australia could bowl South Africa out cheaply. The South African batsmen hung on and forced a draw, scoring 166 / 5 in 68 overs.

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With all the focus the start of the Rugby Championship this weekend, not much thought has been given to another small matter starting today. Cricket. If SA draw or win at Lords they go to No.1 spot in the world. But England, as we all know by now are in turmoil over the KP issue. So on the eve of the match, a lighter look at the KP issue.

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