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
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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.


‘Not impossible’ that Formula E will overtake F1, says Felipe Massa ahead of Ad Diriyah race

Updated 15 December 2018
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‘Not impossible’ that Formula E will overtake F1, says Felipe Massa ahead of Ad Diriyah race

LONDON: Felipe Massa has acknowledged the possibility of Formula E becoming more popular than its more illustrious rival Formula One, ahead of his debut at the Ad Diriyah E-Prix in Saudi Arabia today.
The Brazilian ace swapped the roaring engines of F1 for the blistering battery power of Formula E this season, and told Arab News that the idea was not “impossible.”
“On overtaking, Formula 1, that’s a difficult question to answer. But what can I say, is that it’s not impossible. We just need to wait and see how things go, (whether) it is ‘when’ or ‘if,’ but it’s definitely not impossible,” he said.
“Formula E and electric cars are becoming ever-more present, but it will definitely be the future, even in the short-term future.
“It (the technology) has already arrived in some countries and will in other countries, too, it is the future. I think Formula E has used that mentality, even five years ago to build this (motorsport) category,” he added.
Massa, who raced for 15 seasons in Formula One and won 11 grands prix, was also positive about the potential of Formula E as it continues to expand after its inception in 2011 and inaugural season in 2014.
“It will take a little bit of time, it’s not easy to get things perfect straight away, but look at the past two years and how much the championship is growing.
“When I say growing, it’s not just with the quality of the drivers, but also with manufacturers’ teams and companies, who are really getting behind the sport.
“Look how many companies they are signing on as sponsors, on many different levels, even companies that sell fuel,” he said.
“We are even racing (this weekend) in a country known as an oil country. So, I think this shows how much this championship is growing.”
Massa also agreed with comments made by F1 director Ross Brawn, who recently said that the highest level of motorsport had become too predictable.
“Only certain racers can win in Formula One, but Formula E is unpredictable and a good example (of that) is that the winners in all past seasons have been different drivers,” he told Arab News.
The affable driver said he is relishing the new challenge that Formula E will pose to his skills and abilities, adding that with the exception of certain parts of the Monaco and Mexico circuits, each track will be new to him.
“I like a challenge, there is a lot to learn and a lot to test myself with and learning the car, working with the team,” he said.
“Even though I’m experienced in motorsport, with my 16 years in Formula One, this is a new test and I will have to start from zero.”
Meanwhile, defending Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne said hearing the words “world champion” after his name was “still cool.”
When asked about the challenge from teammate Andre Lotterer on the other side of the Techeetah garage, the Frenchman was full of praise for the German driver.
“He is absolutely one of the most talented drivers, and I expect him to be on the same level as I am and, for sure, it’s going to be a nice competition between us.
“It will be good for the team, as that will push everybody, and that is what we want as a team.”
The former F1 driver was complimentary about Formula E’s new “attack mode,” but voiced concerns about the danger the system posed to drivers on corners on the challenging Ad Diriyah circuit this weekend.