South Africa have taken a 1-0 series lead in their home Test series against Sri Lanka with a comfortable win in Port Elizabeth. Dushmantha Chameera was the tourists’ sole second innings ducker but Sri Lanka still went down by 206 runs.
Meanwhile in Melbourne, Australia have assumed an unassailable 2-0 series advantage in their home Test series against Pakistan. Ducks from captain Misbah-ul-Haq, Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah didn’t help the tourists’ cause.
Moving onto the third and final Test, Australia have recalled Steve O’Keefe, who would have replaced a now rejuvenated Nathan Lyon against South Africa but for injury and have dropped Nic Maddinson (Test batting ave: 6.75), despite the young batsman registering a career best 22 in this match. Ashton Agar has also been recalled for the dead rubber third Test…
… meaning that I wasn’t so crazy after all! (Please see below)
Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz (Again!) and Imran Khan all get a mention in today’s International Duck Watch. The Pakistan quartet faced a grand total of seventeen deliveries between them as the tourists collapsed from 131-0 to 230 all out in the second Test against New Zealand. The result sealed a 2-0 series victory for the hosts.
Like Pakistan, England also find themselves 2-0 down though they still have two Tests in which to restore parity. Ha!
Having survived last night, nightwatchman Gareth Batty fell for nought and fellow spinner Adil Rashid soon joined him. Indian opener Murali Vijay also failed to get off the mark as the hosts (Patel 67 not out) knocked off the runs for the loss of two wickets. A special mention to nineteen-year-old Haseeb Hameed (59 not out) who despite a tour ending finger injury managed to outscore all but one other batsman (Joe Root 78) in England’s second innings.
Wahab Riaz (Pakistan)
Riaz was dismissed LBW fifth ball to New Zealand’s Colin de Grandhomme (1-29) in the second Test in Hamilton. Soon after, commencing their second innings with a lead of 55 New Zealand’s openers Jeet Raval faced one delivery without scoring and Tom Latham (Golden duck in the first innings) is yet to face!
Usman Khawaja (Australia)
How do you follow a first innings 145?
Drop down the order and fall LBW second ball to become Tabraiz Shamsi’s (1-49) second Test wicket however Australia (Warner 47, Smith 40, Renshaw 34 not out) won by seven wickets. South Africa though win the series 2-1.
Ajinkya Rahane (India)
LBW sixth ball to England’s in-form Adil Rashid (3-81) as England fought back before India fought back in the third Test in Mohali. India (Kohli 62, Ashwin 57 not out) trail by twelve runs with four wickets remaining.
Brian Vitori (Zimbabwe)
Zimbabwe number eleven Vitori fell second ball to Sri Lanka’s Asela Gunaratne in the Tri-Series final. Vitori then dismissed Dhananjaya De Sliva with the very first delivery of Sri Lanka’s reply. Vitori finished with figures of 3-52 as Sri Lanka (Kusal Mendis 57) won the final by six wickets. Earlier on debut, Zimbabwe’s Tarisai Musakanda top scored for his side with 36 from 37 deliveries. Just making his debut in a final, as you do!