South Africa com­plete se­ries vic­tory but weather makes In­dia wait

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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.

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