JP Duminy heroics see South Africa beat India to set up T20 series decider

South Africa's captain JP Duminy plays a shot during the second T20 cricket match between South Africa and India at Centurion Park in Pretoria. (AP)
Updated 21 February 2018

JP Duminy heroics see South Africa beat India to set up T20 series decider

CENTURION, South Africa: JP Duminy finished the game with successive sixes as South Africa beat India by six wickets in the second Twenty20 international on Wednesday to set up a series decider.
The last game of India’s two-month tour will now settle the three-game T20 series, and also might decide who takes more from the teams’ battle across three formats.
South Africa won the test series 2-1, but India convincingly took the ODI contest 5-1.
Duminy carried the Proteas home in the must-win T20 game at SuperSport Park, smashing a six over mid-wicket and then another over wide long-on to finish 64 not out and lead his team to its target of 189 with six wickets and eight balls to spare.
With Duminy hitting his 64 from 40 balls and Heinrich Klaasen 69 from 30, South Africa finished on 189-4.
India overcame a troubled start to finish strongly in its innings after being put in by South Africa.
Rohit Sharma was out for a first-ball duck and Virat Kohli made 1 before Manish Pandey’s career-best 79 not out and the experienced Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s 52 not out took the visitors to a competitive total.
Those two combined for an unbeaten 98-run stand off just 56 deliveries to set South Africa a tough challenge.


England cricket players donate, take pay cuts amid COVID-19 crisis

Updated 05 April 2020

England cricket players donate, take pay cuts amid COVID-19 crisis

  • The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has said the season will not start before May 28
  • ECB’s centrally contracted women players to take a salary reduction for the months of April, May and June

LONDON: England’s centrally contracted male cricketers will donate £500,000 ($613,000) to the Board and charities while their women’s team counterparts have volunteered a three-month pay cut amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the players’ association (PCA) said.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has said the season will not start before May 28 and speculation has been mounting over how their leading players would respond to the situation.

“Following a meeting today of all of the England men’s centrally contracted cricketers, the players have agreed to make an initial donation of £0.5 million to the ECB and to selected good causes ...” the Professional Cricketers’ Association said in a statement.

“This contribution is the equivalent of all of the England centrally contracted players taking a 20 percent reduction in their monthly retainers for the next three months.

“The players will continue to discuss with the ECB the challenging situation faced by the game and society as a whole and will consider how best to support the ECB and both the cricketing and wider community going forward.”

The ECB’s centrally contracted women players have volunteered to take a salary reduction for the months of April, May and June in line with their coaches and support staff.

England women’s captain Heather Knight said: “All the players felt like it was the right response in the current climate to take a pay cut in line with what our support staff are taking.

“We know how the current situation is affecting the game and we want to help as much as we can.

“We will be discussing with the ECB further ways we can help the game in the coming weeks,” added Knight, who has signed up with the National Health Service (NHS) as a volunteer.

The ECB has announced a 61 million pounds aid package to help the local game withstand the financial impact of the pandemic.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler is currently auctioning the shirt he wore in England’s 2019 World Cup final victory to raise funds for efforts to fight the coronavirus.