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South Africa set India 208 to win Cape Town Test

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  Cape Town, Jan 8: South Africa set India a target of 208 in the opening cricket Test after being bowled out for a paltry 130 in their second innings at Newlands here on Monday.

Resuming from Saturday’s total of 65/2 as the third day’s play was completely washed out, the hosts failed to get going and could only manage to add 65 runs before losing the final eight wickets.

Former skipper AB de Villiers (35) was the lone batsman offering some kind of resistance even as the Indian pacers led by Mohammed Shami (3/28) and Jasprit Bumrah (3/39) took full advantage of the conditions.

The tone was set by Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/33) and Shami early on before Bumrah came into his own. Wickets kept falling as the Indian seamers continued their dominance on the fourth morning.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya (2/27), who grabbed a couple of wickets on the second day, however, could not add any more wicket to his kitty.

Brief Scores: South Africa 286, 130 (AB de Villiers 35, Aiden Markram 34, Dean Elgar 25; Mohammed Shami 3/28, Jasprit Bumrah 3/39) vs India 209.

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IND Vs SA, 2nd Test: S.Africa beat India by 135 runs, clinch Series 2-0

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Centurion, Jan 17: South Africa bowled out India for 151 in their second innings, registering a 135-run victory in the second cricket Test here on Wednesday. With this win, the hosts have clinched the three-match cricket series.

Chasing a target of 287, India resumed the day at 35/3. Rohit Sharma top-scored for India with 47.

Debutant pacer Lungi Ngidi picked up six wickets for 39 runs.

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Ronaldinho retires from football

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Rio de Janeiro, Jan 17: Brazil World Cup winner and two-time FIFA World Player of the Year Ronaldinho has officially retired from football, more than two years after playing his last competitive match.

The 37-year-old’s brother and agent Roberto Assis, confirmed the decision on Tuesday, reports Xinhua news agency.

“He has stopped. It has ended. The decision was already made. We only needed to confirm it. He hasn’t played for a long time,” Assis said.

Assis added that a series of tribute matches were being planned to allow fans around the world to bid farewell to the former playmaker.

“We will stage several events in Brazil, Europe and Asia and, of course, we are arranging something with the Brazilian team as well.”

Ronaldinho has been without a club since parting ways with Rio de Janeiro side Fluminense in September 2015.

He has since played in several exhibition matches around the world, including appearances for Barcelona’s legends team.

Ronaldinho began his career with Brazil’s Gremio before spells with Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, AC Milan, Flamengo, Queretaro and Fluminense.

He was voted FIFA World Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005, and was a member of Brazil’s triumphant 2002 World Cup team.

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Virat Kohli fined 25% of match fee for breaching ICC Code of Conduct

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New Delhi, Jan 16: Indian captain Virat Kohli has been fined 25 per cent of his match fee for his conduct which was found to be “contrary to the spirit of the game” during the third day of the second Test against South Africa at Centurion on Monday.

Kohli has also received one demerit point for his Level 1 offence, along with the fine, the International Cricket Council announced on Tuesday.

“Kohli was found to have breached Article 2.1.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.” before adding,

The incident that took place in the 25th over of South Africa’s second innings. Kohli was seen complaining to umpire Michael Gough about the ball being affected by a damp outfield following a shower in the third session.

Kohli then threw the ball on to the ground “in an aggressive manner”

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