South Africa complete series victory but weather makes India wait
SOUTH AFRICA wrapped up a series win over Pakistan after making short work of their pursuit of 41 runs on day four of the second Test in Cape Town.
The hosts, who were in total control after restricting Pakistan to 471 from their two innings, completed the job within 10 overs and an hour of play yesterday.
After losing opener Theunis De Bruyn for four inside the fourth over, they won by nine wickets, with Dean Elgar making 24, including a boundary to seal victory.
De Bruyn was caught by Sarfraz Ahmed off the bowling of Mohammad Abbas, while Hashim Amla was forced to retire hurt with a bruised bicep having being hit by a Mohammad Amir delivery in the seventh over.
The three-match series concludes in Johannesburg, with South Africa having already claimed an unassailable 2-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Bad light and drizzle delayed India’s quest to clinch a first series victory in Australia after play was abandoned on day four of the fourth Test in Sydney.
The hosts, who trail the series 2-1, were made to follow-on in a home match for the first time in 31 years having been all out for 300 in their first innings following an initial three-hour rain delay.
Only 25.2 overs were possible yesterday – four in the second innings – leaving Australia 316 runs behind with 10 wickets remaining.
India, who declared on 6227 on day two, quickly removed the lower order of Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb and Nathan Lyon, before Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood dug in for a final-wicket stand, which lasted an hour.
India spinner Kuldeep Yadav, making his first appearance of the tour, eventually trapped Hazlewood lbw for 21 to claim his second Test five-for.
With minutes left to play before the scheduled tea interval and the floodlights on, the um- pires pulled out the light meter and play was brought to an abrupt end for a second successive day following storms on day three.
Play at the Sydney Cricket Ground is scheduled to resume half an hour early today, with similar weather forecast and India requiring 10 wickets for victory.
A superb innings from England international Joe Denly guided Sydney Sixers to a six-wicket win over defending Big Bash champions Adelaide Strikers. Denly hit an unbeaten 76 from 60 balls to steer his side to their victory target of 151 at the Adelaide Oval and jump them above the Strikers in the table.
It was a major upturn in form from the Kent all-rounder, whose previous high score in six innings of this year’s Big Bash League was just 14.