Sunrisers Hyderabad with a weak batting unit came a distant second in their away match against the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens. On a good batting track, chasing a high target of 180, the Sunrisers didn’t even compete properly in the contest to settle with a weak total of 132 for 7.
A tremendous spell of 4 for 16 from Mohammad Hafeez saw South Africa collapse to a disappointing 253 on the opening day’s play of the First Test at Johannesburg. Most of the South African batsmen got starts but failed to convert them into bigger scores while the Pakistanis chipped away at the wickets.
South Africa have rested veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis for the upcoming ODI Series at home against New Zealand. AB de Villiers will lead the 14-man squad that features four uncapped players in the ODI format – Wicket Keeper batsman Quinton de Kock, left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso, middle order bat Farhaan Behardien...
New Zealand put on an embarrassing batting show by getting bundled out for a paltry 45 on the first day of the Opening Test at Newlands in Cape Town. The visitors batting first after winning the toss were bowled out just before lunch thanks to a dream spell of 6-3-7-5 from seamer Vernon Philander.
Sri Lankan veteran Kumar Sangakkara has become the latest entrant of the 10000-run club in Tests. And while that is a massive feat in itself it is somewhat unfair that he isn’t considered amongst the best players of his generation in spite of maintaining a consistency on par with the other modern greats of the game.
When M S Dhoni tried to scamper for a single to mid-off but was found short by a direct hit from his opposite number Alastair Cook, he became the 15th batsman in Test cricket, and only the second Indian after ML Jaisimha in 1960, to be run out at the score of 99.