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  1. Heinrich Klaasen launches it out of the ground, South Africa v India, 2nd T20I, Centurion, February 21, 2018/BCCI CENTURION: For the second time in his short career, Heinrich Klaasen halted India´s cricketing juggernaut as South Africa won the second Twenty20 international by six wickets at SuperSport Park on Wednesday. Klaasen slammed seven sixes in hitting 69 off 30 balls as South Africa chased down a target of 189 with eight balls to spare. The win squared the three-match series, taking it to a decider in Cape Town on Saturday. Both teams had to contend with a wet ball, with drizzle falling during both innings. "Klaasie got us ahead of the game," said South African captain JP Duminy. The wicketkeeper-batsman, who only got his international debut after Quinton de Kock was injured during the second of six one-day internationals, was moved up the batting order when it seemed possible rain would cause the match to be decided on a Duckworth/Lewis/Stern calculation. "We weren´t sure whether we would be coming off," said Duminy. "In the end it worked in our favour." Klaasen, who was man of the match when South Africa gained their only win in the one-day series, opened his score with two sixes and didn´t look back. Duminy played an anchor role before finishing the match with two sixes in an innings of 64 not out off 40 balls. "It was a tough one for the bowlers," said India captain Virat Kohli, who said he had no complaints about the umpires keeping the players on the field. "It was good from a spectator point of view. Once the game continued in the first innings we knew it would continue throughout. It was constant drizzle, it wasn´t too drastic, so it was fine to play on." Kohli praised Manish Pandey and MS Dhoni, who hit 79 not out and 52 not out respectively in an unbeaten fifth wicket stand of 98 off 56 balls to get India to 188 for four after they had been struggling at 45 for three. "I thought it was a winning total but you can´t control what happens with the weather," said Kohli. "You have to give credit to the South African batsmen. They were positive and took calculated risks." India paid the penalty for a lack of bowling options. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal struggled to control the wet ball and was hit for 64 runs in four overs. Pandey made his career-best 79 not out off 48 balls while Dhoni thrashed his 52 off 28 balls. Pandey came to the wicket after a rare failure by Kohli, who was caught behind for one off fast bowler Junior Dala.
  2. For a team that lost two consecutive Tests in the beginning of their much-anticipated tour, the Indian cricket team has come a long way to clinch the One-Day International (ODI) series 5-1 and then win the first of the three T20Is against South Africa. The Virat Kohli-led India might have lost the Test series, but what followed later is nothing short of being clinical. A 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series has surely boosted the Indian camp which will undoubtedly go for the kill in the second match at Centurion today. © BCCL With a historic ODI series win and a T20I triumph recently, the Indian team surely earned themselves some downtime. And, that's exactly what they were seen doing in their final days in the Rainbow Nation. While the Proteas - eyeing a comeback - were sweating it out in the nets, the Indian side called off the optional training session ahead of the second T20I at the SuperSport Park in a bid to try out a new sport. Substituting the cricket bat with the golf club, the Indian cricketers were seen enjoying themselves on the golf course. © Instagram/@rohitsharma45 Indian opener Rohit Sharma was seen in the company of spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik and batting coach Sanjay Bangar on the golf course. Taking to Instagram, Rohit shared a photo with the caption: "Great day on the different field @yuzi_chahal23 @dk00019 @imsanjaybangar #DJ". Earlier, Kohli also took his teammates out for dinner after an emphatic 28-run win over the Proteas in the first T20I. The Indian captain took to Twitter and shared the moments of their celebratory dinner after the game. "Last night dinner with the boys after a good win!," Kohli tweeted alongside a picture. © Twitter/@imVkohli The photograph featured the likes of Dhawan, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul and Suresh Raina - who made a comeback to the Indian side after a hiatus of 12-long months. Pushed on the backfoot, the Proteas will have to play out of the skin of their teeth to return to the winning ways and stay alive in the three-match series when they lock horns with India in the second T20I at Centurion today.
  3. For a team that was left red-faced after a 2-1 loss in Tests, the Indian cricket team came out all guns blazing to sweep the six-match One-Day International (ODI) series 5-1 against South Africa. The Proteas were surely eyeing a comeback in the T20I series, but once again they failed to negate the visitors in the first match. Riding on Shikhar Dhawan's blistering knock of 72 runs, the Indian team posted an imposing total of 203 runs in 20 overs at Johannesburg. On a ground that has favoured the chasing sides in the past, South Africa missed a trick or two to eventually fall short by 28 runs - thanks to Bhuvneshwar Kumar's five-for. © BCCL If the absence of proven stars including AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, and Quinton de Kock wasn't enough, the fact that experienced campaigners like JP Duminy, David Miller and Farhaan Behardien failed to rise to the occasion further derailed their prospects of springing a surprise on the Men in Blue. While the Proteas were once again left reeling, a demolishing act in the ODIs followed by an emphatic win in the first T20I surely gave the Indian cricket team a reason to celebrate. And, in a bid to reward his teammates for their sublime effort, Virat Kohli took his boys out for dinner to celebrate their prolific run in the Rainbow Nation. Last night dinner with the boys after a good win! ðð pic.twitter.com/hmKqyNaFiS — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 19, 2018 The Indian captain took to Twitter and shared the moments of their celebratory dinner after the game. "Last night dinner with the boys after a good win!," Kohli tweeted alongside a picture. The photograph featured the likes of Dhawan, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul and Suresh Raina - who made a comeback to the Indian side after a hiatus of 12-long months. © BCCL Returning to the side, Raina slammed seven-ball 15 with the bat and took three catches in the match. The left-hander's return gives the much-needed teeth to the Indian middle-order, while his exploits in the coming matches could play an important role for him in securing a 2019 World Cup spot. Pushed on the backfoot, the Proteas will have to play out of the skin of their teeth to return to the winning ways and stay alive in the three-match series when they lock horns with India in the second T20I at Centurion on 21st February.
  4. Shikhar Dhawan turns the ball towards the leg side/BCCI Virat Kohli limped off the field before India completed another dominant performance over South Africa in the first Twenty20 international at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday. Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were mainly responsible for India?s 28-run win, just two days after the tourists completed a 5-1 thrashing of the hosts in a one-day international series. India captain Kohli left the field 13 overs into South Africa?s innings after suffering a left leg strain while batting. ?I tweaked my glute a little bit. Thankfully it?s not my hamstring,? he said. ?I felt a little more stiffness (in the field) so I decided to go off and not be stupid and tear a muscle.? Dhawan made 72 in an Indian total of 203 for five after they were sent in to bat. Then opening bowler Kumar produced a masterly display as he claimed career-best figures of five for 24 as South Africa were restricted to 175 for nine. Kumar took the first two wickets and put a clamp on South Africa?s scoring rate with an opening spell of two for 19 in three overs, displaying superb control and changes of pace. Then he came back to settle the contest and secure the man of the match award by taking three wickets and conceding only five runs in the 18th over. South Africa were outplayed once again despite a fourth wicket partnership of 81 off 54 balls between Reeza Hendricks (70) and Farhaan Behardien (39) with India superior in all departments. Kohli hailed ?one of our most balanced performances? in a T20 international. South African captain JP Duminy admitted he was ?very disappointed? but backed a policy of short-pitched bowling in an attempt to take wickets when India batted. The left-handed Dhawan hit ten fours and two sixes in a 39-ball innings. He was lucky to escape on ten when he flicked at a ball down the leg side from Junior Dala. South Africa appealed half-heartedly for a catch behind and the ball was called wide. Replays showed the ball had brushed his glove. India made a flying start, with Rohit Sharma square-cutting the first ball from Dane Paterson for six. He added a second six in an over which yielded 18 runs. Sharma was caught behind off new cap Dala in the second over but all the Indian batsmen followed his attacking example on a ground where there had been three successful run chases of over 200 in T20 internationals. Kohli?s run of big scores ended when he was leg before wicket to left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi for 26. He had been dropped off the same bowler at long-on when he had ten. South Africa were without star batsman AB de Villiers, who was ruled out of the series after suffering a blow to his left knee ahead of the sixth one-day international in Centurion on Friday. India also suffered an injury blow, with left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav missing because of a thumb injury suffered in Centurion when India completed a 5-1 series win.
  5. Virat Kohli celebrates his 35th ODI hundred, South Africa v India, 6th ODI, Centurion, February 16, 2018/BCCI CENTURION: Virat Kohli said he would never take his cricket talent for granted after he finished India´s one-day international series against South Africa as he started it -- with a match-winning century. Kohli was in dazzling form as he hit 129 not out off 96 balls to take India to an eight-wicket win with 17.5 overs to spare in the sixth one-day international. It completed a crushing 5-1 series victory for India, who started the series second behind South Africa in the one-day rankings but finished as the undisputed number one side. The series was a personal triumph for Kohli, who hit three centuries and became the first player to score more than 500 runs in a bilateral series. He finished with 558 runs at an average of 186.00. "You want to lead from the front with your performances," said Kohli. "When they come off so well, along with the effort of the whole team, it´s very pleasing." Asked how he maintained the intensity which he had shown throughout the series, Kohli said: "I´ve got eight or nine years left in my career. It´s not a long career for a cricketer so I want to make the most of it. I want to train as hard as I can and make the most of every day." He said there was no greater honour than playing for and captaining his country. "If I take it for granted it´s not doing justice to what I have been given by God." He paid credit to "people off the field" who had contributed to his and India´s outstanding performances, including his wife, Bollywood star Anushka Sharma. "She keeps me motivated," he said. "She has been criticised in the past but she is one person who keeps me going." The platform for Kohli was set by India´s bowlers, who bowled out the hosts for a mediocre 204. Fast bowler Shardul Thakur took advantage of his only start of the series to take four for 52. After Rohit Sharma was dismissed in the fourth over, Kohli took command. South Africa´s batsmen had struggled to bat fluently on a slow pitch but Kohli struck the ball with power and precision to reach his fifty off 36 balls and his 35th one-day international century off 82 deliveries with 17 fours. There were two more fours and two sixes as Kohli finished the match with a flurry of strokes. Despite India holding a series-winning 4-1 lead, Thakur was the only change to a winning combination, replacing Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Khaya Zondo, like Thakur playing in his third international match, top-scored for South Africa with 54 off 74 balls. It was only the fourth score of 50 or more for the hosts in a series in which their top batsmen have failed to fire. Wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal took their wicket tallies for the series to 17 and 16 respectively, although Yadav took only one wicket and Chahal claimed two. Chahal claimed the key wicket of AB de Villiers, bowling South Africa´s star batsman with a flipper when he shaped to cut.
  6. President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa addresses MPs after being elected president in parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, February 15, 2018. ? Reuters CAPE TOWN: Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as South Africa?s president in a parliamentary vote on Thursday and pledged to tackle endemic corruption after scandal-ridden Jacob Zuma resigned on orders from the ruling African National Congress. The road back to prosperity and self-respect under Ramaphosa, 65, who became ANC head in December, will be long and hard in a nation still polarised by race and inequality more than two decades after the end of white-minority rule. Still, Zuma?s departure late on Wednesday provided evidence of the strength of South Africa?s democratic institutions, from the courts to the media and the constitution. Ramaphosa, in brief remarks to parliament ahead of his first state of the nation address expected on Friday, said he would work hard ?not to disappoint the people of South Africa.? ?The issues that you have raised, issues that have to do with corruption, issues of how we can straighten out our state-owned enterprises and how we deal with state capture (influence-peddling) are issues that are on our radar screen,? he said. Ramaphosa was elected unopposed as Zuma?s permanent successor by parliament, and confirmed in the post by South African Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, who had earlier read out the former president?s resignation letter. Ramaphosa was expected to be sworn in later on Thursday, and to make any changes to the cabinet after his address on Friday. The rand, which has gained ground whenever Zuma ran into political turbulence, soared to a near three-year high against the dollar on word of his resignation. South Africa's Zuma and his numerous scandals A list of the main scandals, involving Zuma, dating from before he became president in 2009 South Africa?s main stock market index jumped nearly 4 percent and headed for its biggest one-day gain in more than two years as investors hailed Zuma?s exit after nine years in office rife with allegations of sleaze and mismanagement. Ratings agency Moody?s said it was closely monitoring developments in South Africa, focusing on the policy implications of Zuma?s political demise. The S&P Global agency said South Africa?s sovereign credit ratings and outlook will not be immediately affected by the change of the country?s leadership. Uphill challenge Ramaphosa, who will be president until elections next year, faces an uphill battle to earn back public and investor support. But his stated commitment to boosting growth and stamping out graft has gone down well with foreign investors and ANC members who felt Zuma?s handling of the economy could seriously damage the party in the 2019 election. Africa?s most developed economy needs faster economic growth if it is to reduce high unemployment - currently at 27 percent - and alleviate persistent, widespread poverty that aggravates inequality and stokes instability. The economy, Africa?s most advanced, remains largely under the control of whites who held power under apartheid. The 75-year-old Zuma said in a 30-minute farewell address to the nation he disagreed with the way the ANC had thrust him toward an early exit after Ramaphosa replaced him as party president, but would accept its orders. ?Zuma did the right thing to resign. Yes, let?s see what Ramaphosa is having for us, thank you,? said Hlengiwe Mswazi, an office worker in the capital Pretoria. Tshepo Kgobane, also in Pretoria, said: ?So it is a good thing that he resigned. We must have a party, a big party, we must throw a party because he resigned. We wanted to see that.? Zuma bowed out hours after police raided the luxury home of the Gupta family, the Indian-born billionaire allies of the former president who have been at the center of corruption accusations against Zuma and his circle for years. Zuma and the Guptas have always denied wrongdoing. 'Going, going, gone' ?Defiant in defeat? and ?Going, Going, Gone? were among the newspaper headlines that captured Zuma?s unwillingness to leave. ?South Africa?s long nightmare is over,? read the headline from online political news website Daily Maverick. Julius Malema, leader of the far-left Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), led his party in a mass walkout from parliament on Thursday, saying it would not take part in the election of a new president so as not to legitimise an ANC candidate. Zuma quits as President of South Africa The ruling party had said it would vote him out on Thursday The EFF, which has six percent of the seats in parliament, had sponsored a no-confidence motion in Zuma that would have gone ahead on Thursday had Zuma not jumped. The foundation set up to guard the legacy of the late anti-apartheid icon and first black South African president Nelson Mandela said Zuma?s departure brought to an end ?a painful era for the country.? ?One chapter in South Africa?s political soap opera has finally ended with the resignation last night of President Jacob Zuma,? NKC African Economics analysts wrote in a note. ?It would be gratifying to see the dedication and purpose the ANC put into ridding itself of Zuma now be directed into rebuilding the economy, dealing with the corruption still residing in the ANC and improving its shoddy governance record.? South African police said officers had arrested eight people so far in its investigations into high-echelon influence-peddling revolving around the Gupta family. Chief prosecutor Shaun Abrahams declared Ajay Gupta, one of the three Gupta brothers, a ?fugitive from justice? after he failed to hand himself in. Abrahams provided no further details. State broadcaster SABC said a Gupta family member was among those detained, while a senior judicial source said police were expected to arrest up to seven more people and that Gupta family members would be among them. Police said the raid on the Gupta estate was in connection with a state-funded dairy farm, which prosecutors last month called a ?scheme designed to defraud and steal.?
  7. Morgan Tsvangirai ? the leader of the Opposition Movement for Democratic Change ? addresses a crowd gathered outside parliament in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 21, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/Files HARARE: Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai died on Wednesday after a long battle with cancer, casting his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party into the unknown less than three months after the army ousted long-time ruler Robert Mugabe. Tsvangirai, who died in South Africa, was 65. ?I can confirm that he died this evening. The family communicated this to me,? MDC vice-president Elias Mudzuri told Reuters. Arguably Zimbabwe?s most popular politician, the mining union leader?s career was ultimately defined by his tussles ? both literal and figurative ? with 93-year-old Mugabe, who resigned after a de facto coup in December. Elections are due within the next six months and Tsvangirai?s illness and now death leaves his party in disarray, to the advantage of the ruling ZANU-PF party, now led by former Mugabe deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa. Although Tsvangirai suffered serious physical abuse at the hands of security forces, including serious head injuries in police custody in 2007, he went on to form an uneasy working relationship with Mugabe in a 2009-2013 coalition government.
  8. South Africa's President Jacob Zuma speaks at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, February 14, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko JOHANNESBURG: Jacob Zuma resigned as President of South Africa on Wednesday, heeding orders by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to bring an end to his nine scandal-plagued years in power. In a 30-minute farewell address to the nation, 75-year-old Zuma said he disagreed with the way the ANC had shoved him toward an early exit after the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as party president in December, but would accept its orders. ?I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect,? Zuma said. ?Even though I disagree with the decision of the leadership of my organization, I have always been a disciplined member of the ANC,? he said. The ruling party had said it would vote him out on Thursday. ?No life should be lost in my name. And also the ANC should not be divided in my name,? Zuma said. The ANC, which replaced Zuma as party leader in December with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, ordered him to step down as president on Tuesday. When he failed to resign on Wednesday, it announced that it would back an opposition motion in parliament to force him out. His resignation ends the career of the former anti-apartheid resistance fighter, 75, who has four wives, a sharp tongue and a decades-long history of entanglement in scandals that polarized Nelson Mandela?s ?Rainbow Nation?. The rand currency, which has gained ground whenever Zuma has hit political turbulence, soared more than one percent to a 2-1/2 year high of 11.79 against the dollar during the day, as pressure piled on Zuma to resign.
  9. Virat Kohli is jubilant upon sealing the maiden bilateral ODI series win in South Africa, South Africa v India, 5th ODI, Port Elizabeth, February 13, 2018/BCCI PORT ELIZABETH: India´s first ever one-day international series victory in South Africa has laid a strong platform for the country´s hopes of a successful 2019 World Cup campaign, captain Virat Kohli said. "We are a team that always wants to think of ways we can improve and after this tour we will look be to even stronger with the 2019 World Cup in mind," he said after India took a 4-1 lead in the six-match series on Tuesday. "It´s a wonderful feeling to have created some history. The guys really got stuck in, with the bat and the ball and in the field as well," he added after the Port Elizabeth triumph. Success in the series has lifted India above South Africa in the International Cricket Council´s one-day rankings and they retained their number one status in tests as well despite losing 2-1 to the South Africans last month. Sharma sets up ODI series win for India India take a decisive 4-1 lead against South Africa "For now, 4-1 feels amazing. Obviously the players put up some really good cricket to be in this position," Kohli added. The last match of the ODI series is in Pretoria on Friday. "We want to win 5-1 but there might be a scenario to give a few (other) guys a chance," Kohli said, with the series won using only 12 of India´s 17-man squad. The 2019 World Cup is being hosted by England and Wales, where India won their first global title in 1983 before adding a second on home soil in 2011.
  10. AB de Villiers. File photo: AFP/Getty Images CAPE TOWN: AB de Villiers returns to the South African squad for the last three one-day internationals against India, Cricket South Africa announced on Thursday. The star batsman missed the first three matches because of a finger injury suffered in the third Test against the same opponents last month. There was no immediate word on whether De Villiers had recovered sufficiently to play in the fourth match at the Wanderers Stadium on Saturday. He will be assessed when the squad reassembles in Johannesburg on Friday. South Africa will be desperate for De Villiers to play after India dominated the first three matches. In what could amount to an admission that South Africa are short of strength in depth, the return of De Villiers is the only change to a squad weakened by injuries to regular captain Faf du Plessis and wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock. South Africa´s batsmen have struggled, particularly against India´s spinners. Du Plessis hit a century in the first game before being injured but JP Duminy, with 51 in the third game in Cape Town, is the only other South African to have made a half-century. Farhaan Behardien, who was added to the squad after Du Plessis was injured, is the only batsman in the group, other than De Villiers, who has not yet played in the series. South African squad: Aiden Markram (captain), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Heinrich Klaasen (wkt), David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Khaya Zondo.
  11. Live streaming of India vs South Africa, 3rd ODI, Cape Town was available online. Virat Kohli?s unbeaten 160 and four wickets each from Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal helped India crush South Africa by 124 runs to go 3-0 up in the six-match series. Photo: Reuters CAPE TOWN: Virat Kohli struck a majestic 160 not out as India thrashed South Africa by 124 runs in Wednesday´s third one-day international at Newlands to take a 3-0 lead in the six-match series. India made 303 for 6 after being sent in to bat, while Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal took four wickets apiece as South Africa were bowled out for just 179. Scores in brief India 303-6 in 50 overs (S. Dhawan 76, V. Kohli 160 not out) South Africa 179 in 40 overs (J. Duminy 51; Y. Chahal 4-46, Kuldeep Yadav 4-23). Result: India won by 124 runs Series: India lead the six-match series 3-0 Toss: South Africa
  12. India's Virat Kohli celebrates his century during the One Day International (ODI) cricket match between India and South Africa. -AFP CAPE TOWN: Indian captain Virat Kohli continued his mastery of South Africa's bowlers as he made his second century of the series in the third one-day international against South Africa at Newlands on Wednesday. Kohli made 160 not out in an Indian total of 303 for six after the tourists had been sent in on a good batting surface. He had made 112 and 46 not out in leading India to wins in the first two matches of the six-game series. The 29-year-old took a relatively sedate 119 balls to reach his 34th one-day international hundred, hitting only seven fours, but added another five fours and two sixes off 40 more balls in a blazing finish to the innings. Kohli was content to play the supporting role in a second-wicket stand of 140 with Shikhar Dhawan, who pounded 12 fours in making 76 off 63 deliveries. The pair came together after Rohit Sharma was caught behind off Kagiso Rabada in the first over without a run scored. South Africa clawed their way back before Kohli and Bhuvneshwar Kumar added an unbeaten 67 for the seventh wicket in the last 7.2 overs of the innings. South Africa, with an injury-weakened batting line-up, were required to make the highest successful run chase in ODIs at Newlands.
  13. Indian batsman and Captain Virat Kohli (R) shakes hand with South African batsman Khaya Zondo (R) after winning the match at the Centurion cricket ground on February 4, 2018 in Centurion, South Africa. ? AFP PRETORIA: Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal took career-best figures as India cruised to a thumping nine-wicket One-Day International victory over a woeful South Africa on Sunday, though their moment of triumph was reduced to a farce by the umpires. Aleem Dar and Adrian Holdstock stuck to the rules and called for a lunch break with the tourists needing just two runs for victory at Centurion. That ensured the final act was played out 40 minutes later in front of a sparse crowd, a decision that left both teams bemused. Chahal finished with 5-22 in 8.2 overs, ripping through the middle-order as India won the toss and skittled their hosts for 118, South Africa's lowest total in home ODI matches. India then knocked off the victory target in 20 overs to humiliate their hosts. After victory in the opening match of the six-game series in Durban, India always looked in control of the chase as opener Shikhar Dhawan (51 not out from 56 balls) and captain Virat Kohli (46 not out from 50 balls) made light work of the home attack. The third match in the series will be played in Cape Town on Wednesday.
  14. The Panama-registered MT Marine Express, loaded with 13,500 tonnes of petrol, had been anchored off the Benin city of Cotonou before authorities lost contact with the vessel. Photo: Marine Traffic NEW DELHI: A tanker with 22 Indian crew members on board has gone missing off West Africa, officials said Sunday, in waters plagued by piracy. The Panama-registered MT Marine Express, loaded with 13,500 tonnes of petrol, had been anchored off the Benin city of Cotonou before authorities lost contact with the vessel on Thursday. "Our mission in Abuja (Nigeria) is in touch with the authorities in Benin and Nigeria for their help in locating the ship and is constantly monitoring the situation," Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said. The Hong Kong-based Anglo-Eastern shipping company, which manages the tanker, said the last contact with the crew was made on Thursday. "Authorities have been alerted and are responding. Our top priority is the safety of the crew, whose families have been contacted," it said on Twitter. Local media reports said it was the second ship to go missing from the area in the last month. In January, MT Barret went missing but the crew, most of them Indians, were released six days later after reportedly paying a ransom, the Hindustan Times said. Several ships have been targeted by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, seriously disrupting the international shipping route and costing the global economy billions of dollars.
  15. A rescued miner gestures out a bus window carrying some of the hundreds of miners rescued from the Beatrix gold mine shaft number 3 where nearly 1,000 miners were trapped underground following a power outage- AFP THEUNISSEN (Afrique du Sud): All 955 gold miners who were trapped underground for more than a day in South Africa following a power cut resurfaced unharmed on Friday, and were greeted by overjoyed relatives waiting at the site. "Everybody's out," mine spokesman James Wellsted told AFP, adding that there were no deaths or serious injuries reported. There were "cases of dehydration and high blood pressure but nothing serious", he said. The miners were stuck in the Beatrix gold mine, in the small town of Theunissen near the city of Welkom, for around 30 hours after a massive power outage caused by a storm prevented lifts from bringing workers on the night shift to the surface. After several hours engineers were able to restore power, allowing the hoist to bring up the miners -- who had been trapped since Wednesday evening -- in batches. The workers were all brought to the surface within two hours. "It was stressful, there was not enough ventilation," said mineworker Mike Khonto. "Thankfully our management managed to send us food and water." Wellsted said there was "no indication so far that anyone has been in distress", although it was a "traumatic experience". A young woman, who spent the night anxiously waiting near the mine for news of her uncle, could not hide her joy. "We are relieved," she told AFP, without giving her name. She had been among a group of miners' relatives who gathered along the road leading to the shaft, and who were kept at a distance by security guards as they awaited developments. Several ambulances arrived on-site overnight, said an AFP reporter at the scene. 'Utterly unacceptable' At sunrise, the rescued workers still in their work suits and helmets underwent medical check-ups and left by bus. Despite the relief, the accident at Beatrix mine in Free State province, 290 kilometres (180 miles) southwest of Johannesburg, has reignited safety concerns at South African mines. "We could have prevented it," said one mineworker who asked not to be named. "They should have had some generators that were working. Security is the least of their worries. They only care about production," said the worker. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called on mineworkers to refuse to work in "dangerous conditions". "Major multinational corporations like Sibanye-Stillwater which should be industry leaders in creating a safety culture are doing far too little to prevent accidents," the union said in a statement overnight. A parliamentary committee on mining expressed outrage at the incident, calling for "drastic" action against the company. It condemned as "utterly unacceptable" the lack of a backup plan to bring the workers to the surface. The lawmakers on the committee called for "drastic actions to such acts of carelessness, including exploring possibilities of laying criminal charges against the management for attempted murder". But mine spokesman Wellsted told AFP that "this was a very unusual event. The generators were affected by the storm." - Depleting reserves - Another group, the powerful National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), said the mine should remain closed until a full investigation is conducted. "They should not be allowed to operate until they can guarantee the safety of workers," NUMSA said in a statement. Last August five mineworkers died after sections of a gold mine collapsed outside Johannesburg. The country possesses rich mineral reserves and has some of the world's deepest gold mines. Gold was for many decades the backbone of South Africa's economy, but production has declined sharply due to depletion of reserves.
  16. Kohli gestures after reaching his century/BCCI DURBAN: Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane shared a 189-run third wicket partnership and took India to a comfortable six-wicket win in the first one-day international against South Africa at Kingsmead on Thursday. Kohli made 112 -- extending his record of centuries in one-day run chases to 20 -- and Rahane scored 79 as India reached the winning target of 270 with 27 balls to spare. "It was quite special," said Kohli. "The first game of the series is always important and we wanted to take the confidence of the last Test into here." Kohli, who now has 33 one-day centuries, said he enjoyed batting in a chase. "It´s easier. You can break down a total when you have a number on the board, you know exactly what you want to do against each bowler. It suits my game plan." The India captain praised Rahane after their partnership took India to within 14 runs of victory before both fell to catches in the deep. "He capitalised on that number four spot which we have been wanting to sort out for a while now," said Kohli. India ended a sequence of 17 successive home wins by South Africa and comprehensively outplayed the team that went into the match as the top-ranked one-day international team. Second-ranked India controlled most of the match despite a century by South Africa captain Faf du Plessis. India´s decision to pick two wrist spinners paid off as Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav shared five wickets and were mainly responsible for restricting South Africa to 269 for eight. Du Plessis made 120 off 112 balls but it was only late in the innings that South Africa were able to lift their scoring rate on a slow pitch after slumping to 134 for five in 27.5 overs. Du Plessis shared partnerships of 74 with Chris Morris and 56 with Andile Phehlukwayo for the sixth and seventh wickets. "Those two wrist spinners have been the difference for us," said Kohli. "Breaking that middle order was very crucial." Leg-spinner Chahal took two for 45 and left-arm wrist spinner Yadav took three for 45. Du Plessis admitted: "We didn´t bat well enough. India bowled really well and we were 50 to 70 runs short." He said of the Kohli-Rahane partnership: "We tried everything but Virat and Rahane played really well and had all the answers." Kohli made his runs off 119 balls with ten fours, while Rahane struck five fours and two sixes in an 86-ball innings. There was a scare for India early in the South African innings when Kohli jarred his left knee when attempting a sliding stop on a soft outfield. He left the field twice to receive treatment. He said he had also strained his groin. "I´m fine for now," he said. Du Plessis reached his ninth one-day international century off 101 balls with 11 fours and added two sixes before being caught at long-off in the last over after a 112-ball innings. Du Plessis left the field with a finger injury during India´s innings but said he expected to be fit for the remaining five matches.
  17. Miners work deep underground at Sibanye Gold's Masimthembe shaft in Westonaria, South Africa, April 3, 2017. Photo: Reuters/File JOHANNESBURG: About 950 gold miners were stuck underground in South Africa on Thursday after a power cut, the mine?s owner said, though the workers were not reported to be in immediate danger. The Sibanye-Stillwater mining company said a massive power outage had prevented lifts from bringing the night shift to the surface at the Beatrix gold mine, near the city of Welkom. ?We sent rescue teams down, accounted for all the people and we obviously are trying to get them out of there as soon as possible,? James Wellsted, spokesperson for Sibanye-Stillwater, told ENCA television. ?All employees appear to be fine. We are supplying food and water,? Wellsted added in a telephone message to AFP. He said the depth where the miners were trapped was uncertain, but the mine has 23 levels, going down to about 1,000 metres below ground. About 65 people were rescued during the day, with 950 remaining trapped by early evening, the company said. Wellsted said that engineers were struggling to get emergency generators to operate and re-start the lifts. ?We are having some issues ? probably related to the power surge linked to the storm ? in getting the winders working, so we are busy working on that issue at the moment,? he added. ?Last night there was a severe storm in the Free State that affected two different power cables... and cut off all electricity supply to the mine, so we were unable to bring the night shift up.? One cable was restored during the day. ?Serious concern? The Beatrix mine is in Free State province, 290 kilometres southwest of Johannesburg. AMCU, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, said that the workers stuck underground were facing major health and safety risks. ?AMCU views this incident as extreme due to the sheer number of workers involved,? it said in a statement. ?The incident raises serious concern regarding the lacking emergency contingency plans at the mine for alternative and back-up power generation.? It said workers? lives could be in danger from dehydration and lack of nutrition, especially if they were on medication. Last August, five mineworkers died after sections of a gold mine collapsed outside Johannesburg. The country possesses rich mineral reserves and has some of the world?s deepest gold mines. Gold was for many decades the backbone of South Africa?s economy, but production has declined sharply due to depletion of reserves.
  18. Indian bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar (R) celebrates the dismissal of South African batsman Kagiso Rabada during the fourth day of the third Test match between South Africa and India. -AFP JOHANNESBURG: Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah sparked a dramatic collapse as India beat South Africa by 63 runs on the fourth day of the third and final Test at the Wanderers Stadium on Saturday. Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla shared a century second-wicket partnership which took South Africa more than halfway towards their target of 241 before Amla´s dismissal for 52 started a collapse in which nine wickets fell for 53 runs. Sharma and Bumrah claimed two wickets each to start the slide before Mohammed Shami ripped through the lower order, taking five for 28. Elgar was left to fight alone, carrying his bat for 86 off 240 balls. The win ensured India stayed comfortably on top of the International Cricket Council Test rankings despite losing the series 2-1. South Africa would have drawn level on points if they had completed a clean sweep. The hosts were looking comfortable as Elgar and Amla compiled a partnership of 119, although it took four hours and 50.4 overs of hard work on a difficult pitch. It was only the third century partnership of the series. But India hit back with the wickets of Amla and AB de Villiers in quick succession shortly before tea. Amla fell with the total on 124 when he clipped Sharma firmly towards midwicket and Hardik Pandya dived to his right to hold a good catch. Amla had faced 140 balls in making his second half-century of the match. De Villiers started confidently with a boundary off Sharma but was out for six when he was squared up by a lifting delivery from Jasprit Bumrah which flew off the shoulder of his bat to Ajinkya Rahane at gully. The same two bowlers struck again immediately after tea. South African captain Faf du Plessis was bowled by a ball from Sharma which cut back and kept low and the out-of-form Quinton de Kock was trapped leg before wicket first ball by Bumrah. Vernon Philander batted brightly to make 10 before he pulled a ball from Shami onto his stumps, to be followed in quick succession by Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel, all without scoring. Phehlukwayo was bowled by Shami, Rabada was caught at first slip by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Morkel was bowled by Shami. Elgar, having batted with unflappable concentration for more than five hours, tried to play some shots and keep the strike after being joined by last man Lungi Ngidi. He hit a six off Kumar before Ngidi was caught behind off Shami. Conditions remained difficult for batting but there were none of the extreme bounces and deviations that prompted the umpires to halt play shortly before the scheduled close on Friday. But once the Elgar-Amla partnership was broken new batsmen were unable to play with any confidence.
  19. Facial fragments, including a jawbone and several teeth, were found at a site called Misliya Cave in Israel, one of several prehistoric cave sites located on Mount Carmel-Binghamton University/AFP MIAMI: The oldest remains of a modern human outside Africa have been dug up in Israel, offering evidence of what genetic studies have already suggested -- that humans migrated out of Africa some 50,000 years earlier than previously thought. Facial fragments, including a jawbone and several teeth, were found at a site called Misliya Cave in Israel, one of several prehistoric cave sites located on Mount Carmel. The bones date to between 174,000 and 188,000 years old, said the report in Thursday´s edition of the US journal Science. Until now, the earliest modern human fossils found outside of Africa were estimated to be between 90,000 to 120,000 years old. "Misliya is an exciting discovery," said co-author Rolf Quam, an anthropology professor at Binghamton University. "It provides the clearest evidence yet that our ancestors first migrated out of Africa much earlier than we previously believed." The fossil, named Misliya-1, "exhibits teeth that are in the upper size range of what´s seen in modern humans, but that otherwise shows clear patterns and features of our species," said the report. Other archaeological evidence in the cave showed that the inhabitants hunted big game and used fire. Stone tools that were chipped in places to make them sharper were also found nearby, marking the "earliest known association of the Levallois technique with modern human fossils in the region." Older fossils of modern humans have been found in Africa, including some with similar facial characteristics excavated from the Ethiopian sites of Omo Kibish and Herto, dating to around 195,000 and 160,000 years old. Even older primitive human remains -- though still members of our species -- have been found in Morocco (315,000 years old) and South Africa (259,000 years old). In China, the human fossils known to science are younger, with fragments from the Zhiren and Daoxian Caves ranging in age from 80,000 to 113,000 years ago. But the discovery in Israel sheds new light on the routes of modern human migration out of Africa, and helps scientists better under the evolution of our own species. "It also means that modern humans were potentially meeting and interacting during a longer period of time with other archaic human groups, providing more opportunity for cultural and biological exchanges," said Quam. Previous research, based on ancient DNA analyses, has suggested that modern humans left Africa even earlier, as far back as 220,000 years ago.
  20. While Team India is yet to negate South Africa's challenge in the Test series, former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was on his way to the Rainbow Nation on Thursday to join his teammates for the six-match One-Day Internationals (ODI) series. Dhoni, who retired from the longest format in 2014, will undoubtedly be crucial for India to script a comeback in the limted-overs series after their Tests debacle against the Proteas. But, even before stepping foot in the Rainbow Nation, Dhoni faced a South African in his flight. The Jharkhand cricketer was accompanied by none other the fielding maestro Jonty Rhodes, who - given his love for India - seems to be more Indian than a South African. Rhodes was travelling to his home country along with his kids India and Nathan Jon. There are always feelings of concern when family leaves after 2 incredible months together, but I need not have feared; as they were in safe hands @msdhoni getting some advice from India and Nathan Jon on how to play in SA - he told them “mujhe pata hai” #SAvIND dhanyavaad Mahi pic.twitter.com/8wurojjCF3 — Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) January 25, 2018 Taking to Twitter, Rhodes shared a picture of Dhoni - who was seen holding his son Nathan - with a caption: "There are always feelings of concern when family leaves after 2 incredible months together, but I need not have feared; as they were in safe hands @msdhoni getting some advice from India and Nathan Jon on how to play in SA - he told them “mujhe pata hai” #SAvIND dhanyavaad Mahi". Given India's batting woes on the bouncy wickets and seaming conditions, we hope that India and Nathan has given enough advice to Dhoni on how to bat in South Africa as his team aims to return to the winning ways in the ODI series - slated to begin from 1 February - after losing the three-match Test series.
  21. Pakistan U-19 team celebrates a wicket in quarterfinal against South Africa U-19/ICC Twitter Pakistan are chasing a target of 190 against South Africa in the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup quarterfinals at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch today. The Green Shirts restricted South Africa to 189-9 after winning the toss and electing to bowl first. Muhammad Musa and Shaheen Shah Afridi were the most successful bowlers with three and two wickets each, respectively. Wandile Makwetu top-scored for the Proteas with 60. Shaheen Shah Afridi celebrates a wicket during the quarterfinal/ICC Twitter With an eye on securing a berth in the semifinals, Pakistan batsmen had a steady start and were 153-5 at the end of 39 overs. Ali Zaryab shone again with the bat, bringing up a sure-footed fifty off 80 balls. Both the teams qualified for the quarterfinals with two victories and a defeat, but Pakistan emerged as winners of Group D, edging out Afghanistan on net run rate, while South Africa had to settle for second place in Group A after being beaten by New Zealand. After losing their opening fixture to Afghanistan by five wickets, Pakistan came back with a roar against Ireland, bundling out their opponents for 97 thanks to a brilliant spell by Shaheen Shah Afridi. The Green Shirts then chased down the target in just 8.5 overs, boosting their net run rate. They then sealed top spot in Group D with a three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in a thriller. Pakistan are the third-most successful team in ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup history, behind only India and Australia, having taken home the title twice, in 2004 and 2006.
  22. Pakistan U-19 captain Hasan Khan in action during the World Cup/Getty Images Pakistan face off against South Africa at the Hagley Oval on Wednesday for a place in the semifinals of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup. Both the teams qualified for the quarterfinals with two victories and a defeat, but Pakistan emerged as winners of Group D, edging out Afghanistan on net run rate, while South Africa had to settle for second place in Group A after being beaten by New Zealand. After losing their opening fixture to Afghanistan by five wickets, Pakistan came back with a roar against Ireland, bundling out their opponents for 97 thanks to a brilliant spell by Shaheen Shah Afridi. The Green Shirts then chased down the target in just 8.5 overs, boosting their net run rate. They then sealed top spot in Group D with a three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in a thriller. Pakistan are the third-most successful team in ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup history, behind only India and Australia, having taken home the title twice, in 2004 and 2006. The match will start at 2:30am Pakistan time (10:30am local time). Squads Pakistan: Hasan Khan (c), Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Ali Khan, Ammad Alam, Zaid Alam, Ali Zaryab, Arshad Iqbal, Muhammad Mohsin Khan, Muhammad Musa, Saad Khan, Rohail Nazir (wk), Munir Riaz, Suleman Shafqat, Imran Shah, Mohammad Taha South Africa: Raynard van Tonder (c), Matthew Breetzke, Gerald Coetzee, Jade de Klerk, Jean du Plessis, Fraser Jones, Wandile Makwetu, Akhona Mnyaka, Andile Mokgakane, Kgaudisa Molefe, Jason Niemand, Thando Ntini, Jiveshan Pillay, Hermann Rolfes, Kenan Smith
  23. South Africa seek to inflict an historic series sweep against India JOHANNESBURG: South Africa have promised a ruthless approach as they seek to inflict an historic series sweep when they host India for the third and final test at The Wanderers in Johannesburg on Wednesday, says captain Faf du Plessis. The Proteas can complete a first clean-sweep of a three-test series against the sub-continent side, having already secured wins in Cape Town and Pretoria earlier this month. A 3-0 series victory would not see South Africa take over from India at the top of the International Cricket Council´s rankings, but would move them to within decimal points of doing so. With a four-test series to come against Australia in March, top spot would be tantalisingly close. "I don´t think we´ll make changes for the third test just for the sake of giving opportunities. We want to keep our foot on the gas and apply as much pressure as possible," Du Plessis told reporters. "It doesn´t happen a lot that you get the chance to beat a team 3-0 and I would favour dominating India and being ruthless. "We can use the ODIs and T20s to try and rotate players. We have an amazing opportunity as a team to win 3-0, and that makes us even more hungry to go where no team has gone before." South Africa will on Tuesday hand a fitness test to in-form opening batsman Aiden Markram, who injured his thigh in the second test. If he is ruled out, his replacement is likely to be Theunis de Bruyn, with Temba Bavuma already out for four weeks with a fractured finger. India had high hopes of a first ever test series success in South Africa when they arrived for the tour, but have fallen short in two hard-fought matches. Virat Kohli was the only player to score a century in the series Captain Virat Kohli, the only player to score a century in the series, was especially disappointed with their display in Pretoria on a wicket that was more suited to their game than South Africa´s. Another defeat would be devastating for him as skipper, and he believes his side can get the better of their hosts. "We have to believe that we are the best side (in the world)," he told reporters. "We are not complaining about pitches, we are not complaining about conditions. We have come here to play. We have had equal opportunities to win in both games, and that´s the positive we can take out of it.?
  24. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/e560ce932d7600e433acba0c7472ab2e.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS8xNy8yMDE4IDEyOjA0OjUwIFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9aGhSTWhYNVBiMUhRdzBXL2tBT3gxUT09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] PRETORIA: Debutant Lungi Ngidi took six wickets as South Africa defeated India by 135 runs for victory in the second test in Pretoria on Wednesday and also claim the series with an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match contest. Seamer Ngidi, 21, recorded figures of 6-39, his best in first-class cricket, as South Africa bowled India out for 151 in their second innings just before lunch, as the youngster completed match figures of 7-90. India are the top-ranked side in test cricket according to the International Cricket Council rankings with South Africa second, though the Proteas will not be able to overhaul the sub-continent side even with a 3-0 series win. The third test starts at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Jan. 24.
  25. After a narrow 72-run loss at the Newlands, the Indian cricket team failed to delay the inevitable before eventually being humiliated by the 135-run loss in the second Test at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Lungi Ngidi's six-wicket haul on debut ensured that India's wait for a Test series win in the Rainbow Nation since 1992 continues to haunt the sub-continent giants. Chasing a target of 287 runs, the star-studded Indian batting line-up continued to struggle against the fiery bowling attack of South Africa. The visitors had lost both their openers - Murali Vijay and KL Rahul - early in the second innings before being dealt a huge blow through Virat Kohli's dismissal in the final session of Day 4. With seven wickets in hand, India placed their faith in Cheteshwar Pujara who was tailor-made for the situation. However, contrary to popular perception, Pujara didn't just disappoint the fans, but also made a complete fool of himself after becoming the first batsman in the 21st century to get run-out twice in a Test match. Reuters Pujara's dismissal provided an opening to the likes of Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada, who soon ran through the Indian middle-order. Rohit Sharma might have saved his face with his gritty 47, but even he was unable to save India from the jaws of a shambolic defeat. "We failed to get a good partnership and take lead. We have let ourselves down. The bowlers have done the job but the batsmen have let the team down. We tried but we weren't good enough, especially in the fielding department. That's why they (South Africa) are the winner," said Kohli, who scored 153 in India's first innings, at the post-match presentation. It's a series loss that is going to linger in the memories of devoted Indian cricket fans for quite some time. And, despite looking apologetic in his comments, irate fans were having none of it. Indian team getting ready for 3rd Test match ....#SAvIND #IndvSA Cheteshwar Pujara Lungi Ngidi pic.twitter.com/PUuaIqjvn6 — Boring... (@graphicalcomic) January 17, 2018 India on foreing tours in last decade 1. Talk big before the start 2. Get blown away quickly 3. Start looking for "positives" 4.claim that it is a perpetually improving team 5. Praise Ravi Shastri 6. Come back home 7. Invite Sri Lanka again#INDvSA #SAvIND — Akshay Gupta (@akshay_gupta01) January 16, 2018 And they were saying India is best team in test Lol#INDVSA #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/N48cCDnYiM — Karan Kumar (@Karan_Kumar4) January 17, 2018 People are suffering from their brother in laws. #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/FO5aVIoE2s — Sunil- The Cricketer (@1sInto2s) January 17, 2018 So India have claimed Moral victory By scoring 100 Runs. Thanks to Talented Rohit Sharma who hit a six to get india score 97 to 103..#INDvSA — Lol Salam (@TrollLalsalam) January 17, 2018 Indian batsmen in dressing room after getting out #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/AzsmzN4zQv — Mask (@Mr_LoLwa) January 17, 2018 Indian batting line-up against South Africa.... #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/spLJeTePH6 — Saurabh Mathur (@Saurabhnc93) January 17, 2018 Indians simply can't express themselves when they're abroad: They can't spit gutkha on walls They can't pee on roadsides They can't break traffic rules They can't even score runs#indvsa — The Bad Doctor (a.k.a. Dacoit) (@DOCTORATLARGE) January 17, 2018 Virat Kohli carrying Indian pitch to South Africa for better performance in next match. #IndvSA #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/6GhZQaynLt — Virender Sehwag (@VirenderSehweg) January 17, 2018 Indian Team heading towards Airport. *Sigh*#INDvSA #SAvInd pic.twitter.com/dFXb1zNbtk — The Viral Fever (@TheViralFever) January 17, 2018 How Indian batsmen play when they are overseas. #SAvInd pic.twitter.com/fCatrg168C — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) January 17, 2018 The two favourite songs of the Indian cricket team - In India: ⬠Home Shanti Home, Shanti Shanti Home. ⬠Outside India: ⬠Main To Away Away Away Away Lut Gaya â¬#IndvsSA — Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) January 17, 2018