Proteas back to No. 1 with test series win

first_img29 July 2014South Africa returned to the top of the ICC test cricket rankings on Monday with a hard-fought draw in the second test against Sri Lanka in Colombo, securing only their second series win in the island nation. The Proteas previously triumphed in Sri Lanka in 1993.‘Awe, pride and great excitement’Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Haroon Lorgat praised the team, saying in a statement: “The performances of our players in Sri Lanka over the last month has left us breathless at times and have also produced moments of awe, pride and great excitement.“This is the first South African squad to triumph in both the ODI and test series in Sri Lanka and the last time we achieved this on the sub-continent was in Pakistan back in 2007.“It took great courage and tenacity to support the talents of our world-class players to achieve these series wins. They have now set the bar high for the 2014/15 season, which reaches a climax with the ICC World Cup in Australasia in February and March.”LeadershipLorgat also congratulated the team’s leaders, adding: “It is hard to find the right words to congratulate our new leadership team of Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Russell Domingo.“Hashim has made a wonderful start to his reign as captain of the test squad from every possible point of view, whether you look at his personal contributions with the bat, or his calm presence that he brings to the team, or his inspiring leadership and tactical acumen that was evident in his declarations in the first test match.“There will always be stand-out individuals in any match, but this was truly a team effort in getting us across the line in a tense finish and, on behalf of CSA and our loyal fans, I extend warm congratulations to all the players and team management.”A battling, defiant displayIt took a battling, defiant display from Amla and company at the Sinhalese Sports Club to claim the second test draw as they found the going tough batting on a pitch that was tailor-made for the Sri Lankan spinners.Almost from the start of the match, the Proteas were on the back foot. They reduced Sri Lanka to 16 for 2 early on, but the home team recovered strongly and went on to post 421 all out, with Mahela Jayawardene striking 165 runs before he was run out.Niroshan Dikwella was also run out, but not before he had made 72, while captain Angelo Mathews weighed with 63 runs.Amla unbeatenIn reply, South Africa mustered 282 all out to trail by a considerable 139 runs on the first innings. That was exactly the number of runs captain Hashim Amla contributed. He finished unbeaten too, but only three other batsmen made it into the thirties, and just one more reached double figures.Left arm spinner Rangana Herath enjoyed the conditions, snaring 4 for 71 after opening the bowling with Suranga Lakmal, while off-spinner Dilruwan Perera claimed 5 for 69.Batting again, the Sri Lankans declared their second innings on 229 for 8, led by 72 from Kumar Sangakkara and an undefeated 63 by Matthews. Morne Morkel shone with the ball, knocking over 4 for 45.Played for the drawSet 369 for victory, South Africa played for the draw and series victory and were aided by occasional rain.When the match concluded, the Proteas had reached 159 for 8 in their second innings off 111 overs, with the run rate of 1.43 emphasising just how difficult it had been to resist the Sri Lankan spinners on a turning track.Quinton de Kock top scored with 37, while Amla’s innings of 25 took 159 balls and 10 minutes short of three hours. He played a major role in the outcome of the contest, facing 541 balls in his two innings, the equivalent of 90 overs, or a full day’s play.Herath returned the astonishing figures of 5 for 40 off of 45 overs, with 30 maidens, while Perera took 3 for 60 in 44 overs, with 24 maidens, as the spinners opened the bowling for Sri Lanka.last_img read more

Mind Zones

first_imgThe idea is interesting: an online talent scout. Mindzones.com are offering a total of Rs 3 crore in prizes and scholarships to nurture talent in sports, art, music and creative writing. You can write poems or limericks, design logos or make paintings, do online tests and get certification for your,The idea is interesting: an online talent scout. Mindzones.com are offering a total of Rs 3 crore in prizes and scholarships to nurture talent in sports, art, music and creative writing. You can write poems or limericks, design logos or make paintings, do online tests and get certification for your intelligence levels.This brainchild of Delhi psychiatrist Dr Sanjay Chugh and investment banker Neeraj Batra will also host the “National Genius Search Contest” twice a year and award scholarships of Rs 2 lakh each to the winners.last_img read more

Team Rahul gets plum posts in Cabinet reshuffle

first_imgPrime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday gave his Cabinet a long overdue facelift bringing in some young and new faces, marked by Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s influence.The big message that PM Manmohan Singh wanted to send across through Sunday’s massive rejig was that the reshuffle bears the firm imprint of Rahul Gandhi. Though Rahul might not have entered the govt but each of the decision has his signature. Manish Tewari and Jyotiraditya Scindia during the swearing-in ceremony of the new ministers.The new Cabinet has several of the members of Team Rahul, including Manish Tewari, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sachin Pilot who got plum postings.Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sachin Pilot were elevated to ministers of state with independent charge for power and corporate affairs respectively, so was Jitendra Singh who got youth affairs and sports as an independent charge instead of being a junior home minister .Manish Tewari, the articulate party spokesperson, has now been given independent charge of the information and broadcasting ministry as a minister of state. The ministry was earlier held by a Cabinet minister in Ambika Soni.Sachin Pilot has been given the independent charge of the Corporate Affairs Ministry.But the notable youthful MPs who missed the bus this time, though being named by sections of the media to get the call to join the government, were Meenakshi Natarajan from Madhya Pradesh, Manicka Tagore from Tamil Nadu, and Pradip Kumar Majhi from Odisha.Others who did not get a call for elevation to the cabinet included Jitin Prasada, whose portfolio as minister of state was changed from road transport and highways to defence and human resources development.Milind Deora, who is a minister of state for communications and information technology, found his position unchanged.Another minister of state, D. Purandeswari, had her ministry changed from human resources development to commerce and industry and R.P.N. Singh moved from petroleum and natural gas to the home ministry.– With IANS inputsadvertisementlast_img read more