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PWI batsman included in side for one-off T20I in SA
By IPL Desk
Mumbai 07 March 2012
Pune Warriors India batting mainstay Robin Uthappa has been included in the 15-man squad for the one-off Twenty20 International in South Africa to be played on March 30.
Uthappa, who played as a wicketkeeper-batsman for the Pune Warriors franchise in IPL 2011, last donned the India cap in the one-off T20 against England at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in October 2011. That match was his first appearance for India since 2008.
Uthappa has forced his way into the reckoning for national selection with twin centuries in the Inter-State One-Day League that helped Karnataka qualify for the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy.
At IPL 2011, Uthappa was Pune Warriors’ third-most prolific batsman with 264 runs from 14 matches at a strike-rate of 126.31. He also stood second on the list of wicketkeepers with most number of dismissals in the tournament with 12 catches and three stumpings.
RCB’s Vettori, DD’s Bracewell pick up a wicket each
By IPL desk
Dunedin 07 March 2012
Graeme Smith, who will turn out for Pune Warriors India at IPL 2012, hit his 31st Test half-century to prevent a South Africa collapse against New Zealand in the first Test of the three-match series being played between the two sides. South Africa went on to finish the first day at 191 for the loss of seven wickets.
Earlier, it was New Zealand captain, Ross Taylor, recently traded by the Rajasthan Royals to the Delhi Daredevils, who won the toss and asked South Africa to bat first at the University Oval in Dunedin. The South Africa batsmen struggled right through the day and had it not been for the half-centuries from Smith (53) and Hashim Amla (62), and a dogged 46* (off 88 balls) from Jacques Rudolph, the hosts might well have been batting before the end of day’s play.
South Africa’s woes were compounded by the rare failure of both Jacques Kallis (0) and AB de Villiers (0) in the same innings. Kallis, who was picked up by the Kolkata Knight Riders before IPL 2011, is among the leading run-getters in Test cricket while de Villiers, who plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore, averages close to 50 in Tests.
New Zealand’s Chris Martin was responsible for much of the visitors’ travails, the paceman finishing with figures of 14-2-34-3. RCB’s Daniel Vettori and Delhi Daredevils’ Doug Bracewell provided adequate support to Martin with a wicket each.
Only 59 overs of play were possible on Day 1 as bad weather forced a delayed start to the Test match.
Brief scores: South Africa 1st innings 191/7 in 59 overs (Hashim Amla 62, Graeme Smith 53, Chris Martin 3/34)