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  •   'Kohli set to break all records, Indian cricket on right path'
    Kolkata: Heaping praise on skipper Virat Kohli and the entire Indian team, batting great and former India captain Gundappa Viswanath on Sunday said cricket in the country is on the right track with the U-19 team also winning the World Cup and the eves on an upward spiral."Everyone knows what he (Kohli) is doing, it's absolutely brilliant. Consistency is amazing, the hunger for runs...and the aggressiveness..I hope he continues in the same vein. His confidence is telling on his team, the team is also doing well," Viswanath told reporters on the sidelines of an event."India will play mostly away now, but the confidence they are showing augurs very well for the Indian team."Asked about the U-19 team winning the World Cup in New Zealand recently beating Australia, Viswanath said Indian cricket is on the right path with the women's team also doing so well in South Africa."Winning against the Aussies in the final shows the system is very good. This is what Indian cricket needs and they are in right direction. The women's team is also doing well so it shows that Indian cricket is in good shape."The Mithali Raj-led eves won the three-match ODI series 2-1 in South Africa and in the five T20s, have triumphed in the first two.Coming to Kohli, the 29-year-old amassed 558 runs to guide India to a 5-1 victory in the recently-concluded One-Day International (ODI) series against hosts South Africa. He has already scored 35 centuries in 208 ODIs.Kohli became the first batsman ever to score 500 or more runs in a bilateral ODI series. Kohli's six innings in the series were 112, 46 not out, 160 not out, 75, 36 and 129 not out.Quizzed going by the way he is batting, if he can break Sachin Tendulkar's record of 100 centuries, Viswanath said, "He is showing that because of his consistent performances and getting hundreds every now and then. It's a tall order and records are meant to be broken. I think Sachin will be happy if he breaks that feat. Still long way to go."On Kohli's captaincy, the 69-year-old, known for his stylish batting and late-cut, said the results have underlined his acumen."The results are showing. The last couple of series in India, most of the teams they play in India, we win. We came close to beating South Africa in the first Test. We did not win the series but we came back strongly to win the last Test. I have confidence in this team to do well when they travel abroad as well," he said.Viswanath did not rule of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja playing the 2019 50-over World Cup in the wake of wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal doing so well."It's a very healthy competition. Ashwin has done tremendously well and also Jadeja in Tests. So you can't rule them out. At the same time, the two young spinners picking up more than 30 wickets between them is absolutely brilliant."Wrist spinners always come good as they can turn on any wicket. Kuldeep is showing amazing consistency. South Africa haven't picked his wrong one well," he said.On former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni continuing till the World Cup, Viswanath said, "The way it's going, they need Dhoni. The selectors and team management want to have Dhoni till the World Cup at least."He takes time to get going these days but when he starts playing his strokes he is still dangerous."Stay updated on the go with Sify Live Scores App. Click here to download it for your device

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  •   Bhuvi's fifer seals victory for India in Jo'burg T20I
    Scorecard: IND vs SA, 1st T20I | Schedule & Complete ResultsBhuvneshwar Kumar on Sunday claimed a five wicket haul at the New Wanderers Stadium and helped India win the first T20 International against South Africa by 28 runs.Having being sent into bat, the Indian team looked comfortable and confident with opener Shikhar Dhawan smashing 72 off 39 balls.Skipper Virat Kohli chipped in with a quick 26 and Manish Pandey scored 29, taking the Indian team total to 203 for five wickets in 20 overs.Junior Dala picked up two wickets, while Chris Morris, Tabraiz Shamsi, and Andile Phehlukwayo scalped one each.The hosts came close with a powerful performance by opener Reeza Hendricks, who scored his maiden T20I fifty. His 70-run knock included eight fours and one six.Farhaan Behardien chipped in with a late 39 off 27 balls. He, however, was dismissed off Yuzvendra Chahal's final ball.Jaydev Unadkat, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal claimed one wicket each.Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who claimed a T20I best of 5 for 24, was declared the man of the match. Kumar also became the second Indian to pick up a five-fer in a T20I.Yuzvendra Chahal had claimed six wickets against England on February 1, 2017 in Bengaluru.India now lead the three match T20I series 1-0.Meanwhile, South African batsman AB de Villiers has been ruled out of the series, owing to an injured left knee.The second T20Is will be played on February 21 in Centurion.Stay updated on the go with Sify Live Scores App. Click here to download it for your device

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  •   AB de Villiers ruled out of India T20I series
    IND v SA - Schedule | Full CoverageSouth African batsman AB de Villiers on Sunday was ruled out of the ongoing T20 international series against India, owing to an injured left knee."He suffered a blow to the knee while batting ahead of the fifth ODI, and although he passed a fitness test on Friday, the injury worsened significantly throughout the match," espncricinfo quoted South Africa's team manager, Mohammed Moosajee as saying.The selectors have not yet named a replacement for the remaining T20Is.South Africa in T20Is...with AB de Villiers - win% 62.82 (78 mts, won 49, lost 28, Nr 1)without AB de Villiers - win% 50.50 (20 mts, won 10, lost 10)#SAvInd— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) February 18, 2018De Villiers had missed the first three ODIs against India too, because of an injury to his right index finger, which he sustained during the third Test.Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock were also ruled out earlier of the limited-overs matches.The second T20Is will be played on February 21 in Centurion.Stay updated on the go with Sify Live Scores App. Click here to download it for your device

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  •   Jo'burg T20I: Ismail fifer helps Proteas women beat India
    Image Courtesy: Cricket South AfricaShabnim Ismail's five-wicket haul guided South Africa to a five-wicket win over India in the third women's T20 International encounter at the New Wanderers Stadium here on Sunday.After being asked to bat first, India posted a modest target of 134 for South Africa, which the hosts achieved with an over to spare to keep the five-match series alive.For India, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur top-scored with 48 as Smriti Mandhana and Veda Krishnamurthy struck 37 and 23, respectively.Ismail claimed five wickets and was adjudged Player of the Match for a magnificent bowling performance, while Masabata Klaas picked two.For South Africa, Dane van Niekerk and Sune Luus provided a solid start after opener Lizelle Lee was removed for five.Mignon du Preez and Chloe Tryon hit 20 and 34 respectively as South Africa registered their first win in the series.Pooja Vastrakar removed two South African wickets as Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Anuja Patil and Poonam Yadav chipped in with one apiece.India are still leading the series 2-1 and will look to seal it when they meet Proteas women on February 21. Stay updated on the go with Sify Live Scores App. Click here to download it for your device

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  •   Live Cricket Scores: India vs South Africa, 1st T20I at Johannesburg
    India finish with 203 - probably just about par on this ground. True pitch and short boundaries will keep South Africa in the game if they don't lose wickets up front. Rohit Sharma was off to a flier before debutant Junior Dala took revenge. The returning Suresh Raina slogged his way to a 7-ball 15. Virat Kohli promised and perished, but Shikhar Dhawan batted brilliantly. Hit some powerful shots and was key to India posting over 200. Kohli may not be happy with Manish Pandey's effort, 29 off 27 balls in a T20 game in good batting conditions, managed to hit just one six in his knock. Click here for ball-by-ball commentary of the first T20I between India and South Africa

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