Friday 23rd March 2018

Event of the Day

Our event of the day is the second day of the 3rd match of the Test series between South Africa and Australia at Newlands in Cape Town. The four-Test series of the Australia tour of South Africa is tied at 1-1 following the first two Tests – the visitors took advantage in Durban, before the home side levelled in Port Elizabeth, winning by six wickets eleven days ago. South Africa won the toss for the first time in the series and elected to bat at the start of the all-important third Test yesterday. Batsman Dean Elgar put in an impressive performance, scoring 121 off 253 balls, not out, and reached the milestone of 3,000 runs in Test cricket in the process. Star man, AB de Villiers, also added a fifty for the Proteas who were 220 for 2 at one point.
However the tide turned when fast bowler Pat Cummins stepped in to revive the Aussies in the afternoon. He took four wickets for 64 runs and at the end of the day, South Africa were 266 for 8 after 87 overs. It could have been very different for South Africa, but the hosts failed to capitalize on Elgar’s century and Cummins managed to change the course of the match with his impressive bowling. One thing is for certain though - we face another dramatic day of cricket in Cape Town today.

Honourable mentions around the globe go to the Friendly football match between Germany and Spain at the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf. Two of the favourites for the upcoming World Cup in Russia go head-to-head as they continue their preparations for the tournament. It’s the second day of the 1st Test between New Zealand and England at Eden Park in Auckland. It’s Day 3 of the ATP World Tour and Day 4 of the WTA World Tour Miami Open at Crandon Park in Miami. It’s the third day of the WGC Dell Technologies tournament at the Austin Country Club in Texas. In the AFL, hope Essendon play against the Adelaide Crows at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne. In the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs face the Utah Jazz at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. The NHL sees the duel between the Dallas Stars and the Boston Bruins at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, and the Winnipeg Jets take on the Anaheim Ducks at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg. In Super League, Warrington Wolves welcome Wakefield Trinity to the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington, while Leeds Rhinos take on Castleford Tigers at Elland Road in Leeds.

Whatever you’re watching, enjoy!

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