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  • Du Plessis, Albie Morkel steer Titans to final glory

    It was the second domestic triumph of the season for the Pretoria franchise.

    Johannesburg: Faf du Plessis and Albie Morkel excelled with the ball as Northern Titans defeated Highveld Lions by 42 runs on Sunday to win the South African Twenty20 Challenge final.

    Titans scored 187-6 in good batting conditions at a sun-drenched Wanderers before Du Plessis captured four wickets and Morkel three and the Lions were all out for 142 after occupying the crease for 86 minutes.

    It was the second domestic triumph of the season for the Pretoria franchise coached by former England Test and one-day international batsman Matthew Maynard after topping the SuperSport Series four-day championship standings.

    Lions, who beat neighbours Titans twice in the mini-league phase of the 20-over competition, soon rued a decision to field as Titans recovered from an early blip to post a competitive 88-minute total.

    Undefeated Farhaan Behardien (42) top scored for Titans with good support from skipper Martin van Jaarsveld (32) and Henry Davids (27) while Aaron Phangiso (2-14) and Pakistani Sohail

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  • Fifth edition of IPL looks to put troubles behind it

    Three regular advertisers - Parle, LG Electronics and Godrej - have backed out from the IPL this year.



    New Delhi, April 2:
    The Indian Premier League faces a test of its popularity as the fifth edition of the money-spinning Twenty20 event gets under way this week amid concern about cricket fatigue among viewers.

    The IPL, which began in 2008 as a high-octane mix of glamour, entertainment, rich purses for players and the excitement of slam-bang cricket, has had a difficult ride over the past four years.

    It has been hit by infighting, problems with teams, criminal investigations and corruption allegations.

    Fresh doubts have been raised after a fall in viewership figures last year and a reported decline in sponsor interest, with the tournament coming soon after the Asia Cup in Bangladesh and India's tour of Australia.

    "By the time this one ends, all doubts will be put to rest," IPL chief Rajiv Shukla told AFP. "The excitement is building up nicely. We in the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) are not worried at all."

    The IPL, which features world stars playing for rich franchise owners,

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  • Worcestershire hope to sign spin ace Ajmal

    London, January 19, 2012 (AFP) - Worcestershire have agreed a short-term contract with Pakistan spinner Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal Saaed Ajmal for this year's Twenty20 season but are awaiting final confirmation of the deal, county officials said Thursday.

    Ajmal has been in superb form for Pakistan in the first Test against England in Dubai, capturing seven for 55 on Tuesday to leave Andrew Strauss's men struggling to save the Test.

    Worcestershire chief David Leatherdale said Thursday the county was confident of re-signing the talented spinner. "We have spoken to Saeed. We have put an offer on the table with him and his representative," he said.

    "The signs are that Saeed is very keen to come back and has verbally agreed terms with us for the Twenty20 in June and July. But we will take nothing for granted until the i's have been dotted and the t's have been crossed."

    Ajmal's bowling action has been the subject of much debate this week, with former England bowler Bob Willis questioning its legality. But Leatherdale

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  • Vaughan confident of England clean sweep

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan said he expects England to sweep Bangladesh and Pakistan aside by winning all six of their home Tests this season.

    London: Former England captain Michael Vaughan said he expects England to sweep Bangladesh and Asian rivals Pakistan aside by winning all six of their home Tests this season.


    England, fresh from their World Twenty20 triumph in the Caribbean, begin a two-Test series against minnows Bangladesh at Lord's on Thursday before taking on Pakistan in four Tests later in the summer.


    Bangladesh have won just three out of 66 Tests since joining cricket's elite in 2000 and former England captain Vaughan expects Andrew Strauss's side to enjoy a "walkover" against them.


    "The England team, I have no doubt, will be ruthless and want to beat Bangladesh convincingly, as the A side have just done last week in Derby," Vaughan said on Monday.


    "They will expect that kind of performance, probably a little bit better. They will expect to win by an innings,

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