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South Africa Team Missing JP Duminy

The South Africa Cricket team missed JP Duminy a lot in the recent 5-match ODI series against Australia. They were beaten in the last three games of that series in a row and they ended up losing the series 1-4. It was a blow to South Africa’s World Cup preparations. The World Cup will be hosted by Australia and New Zealand and South Africa was believed to be the best equipped overseas team for those conditions. But, now, after their comprehensive defeat there, people might start thinking differently. Duminy’s presence in the South Africa set up would have made a lot of difference in the series. South Africa often lost the plot in the middle overs and that’s because they did not have any experienced player batting at 5 or 6. Farhaan Behardein and David Miller are newer to international cricket. They have also played quite a few games, but, if compared to Duminy, they are not that wily. Behardein scored 60 odd playing at SCG, but, if that knock is barred, he was extremely ordinary and so was Miller. It was not only about Duminy, the batsman. Duminy, the bowler, would also have benefitted South Africa. The 30-year old right arm off spinner would have been handy as the 6th bowler for the Proteas, stopping the boundaries and also, chipping in with a wicket or two. He has got a golden arm; he has been a partnership breaker in the past. Duminy was actually in the original One Day squad that South Africa had picked for this tour, but, he sustained an injury playing in the T20s, in which he was the captain, and thus, he had to make his way back home. He would be back before the World Cup though. Read more...

JB HAILS TEAM

The South African captain, AB de Villiers, has hailed his team for showing great character in the 3rd ODI match against Sri Lanka. South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by 56 runs in the third ODI at Pallekele and reduced the lead of the hosts to 2-1. South Africa batted first on a sluggish pitch and courtesy of a great onslaught from David Miller at the end; they managed to post a total of 223 runs on the board. In reply, the Sri Lankan team was in huge trouble at 93 for 7. It seemed South Africa would win the match easily from that stage. But, that wasn’t the case to be. The Sri Lankan all rounder, Thisara Perera, went absolutely berserk and smashed 35 runs in one over of Robin Peterson to bring the Sri Lankan innings back on track. Perera didn’t stop there. He kept hitting sixes after that as well and completed his half century in just 33 balls.  It was a knock which could easily have set panic in the South African camp. But, that didn’t happen. The Proteas remained calm and tried to hit good areas consistently. Finally that paid off and Perera top edged one off Farhaan Behardien to be dismissed at the score of 65. After that, it didn’t take South Africa too long to bundle out Sri Lanka. The remaining couple of wickets fell for just 2 runs and South Africa bounced back in the series. Talking to the reporters in the post match press conference, de Villiers said, “It was nice to see guys not getting panicked under pressure. It was important to be calm when Perera was going great guns. It was just a matter of one wicket taking delivery.” “Our fielding was brilliant today. The guys showed that hunger for victory and threw themselves around in the field. I think we managed to save more than 20 runs while fielding.” Read more...

TOUGH GROUP

The captain of the South African ODI team, AB de Villiers, has said that his side is in a tough group in the ICC Champions Trophy and making it to the final 4 is not easy for them. There are 8 teams which will be participating in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy. They have been divided into two groups consisting 4 teams. South Africa has been slotted in Group B along with West Indies, India and Pakistan. The Proteas will play their first match against India at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on 6th of June. The South African team has a poor record in ICC events. They always make good starts to such tournaments, but, in knock out matches, they collapse under pressure and get knocked out. But, according to de Villiers, his side is determined to improve their poor record in ICC events. Talking to the reporters, de Villiers said, “Our record in ICC events hasn’t been that good and we want to improve that. We are determined to go all the way and win the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.” “We are in a tough group; no doubt about that. The three other teams in our group are quite strong and two of them are the world champions.  So, it will not be easy for us to reach the semi finals. But, we are quite prepared for that challenge.” “Our squad is a good mixture of experience and youth. We have got class acts like Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn and then, we have got youngsters like David Miller who has shown in the IPL what he is capable of.” “We need to make a good start to the tournament. We have to face a very strong Indian side in our first match and if we defeat them, that will get us going.” Read more...

HUMILIATING DEFEAT

The captain of the South African T20 team, Faf Du Plessis, was absolutely gutted after the humiliating defeat of his team in the T20 match against Pakistan, but, he hailed the great performances by a couple of opposition players i.e. Mohammad Hafeez and Umar Gul. South Africa was defeated by Pakistan in the second T20 match of the series by 95 runs. This match was played at SuperSport Park, Centurion. The first match of the series was washed out. So, with this victory, Pakistan won the series by 1-0. Pakistan batted first in the second T20. The Pakistani captain, Mohammad Hafeez, was in a devastating mood and he took the Proteas bowlers apart. He scored 86 runs off just 51 balls. He hit 9 fours and 4 sixes. Because of the efforts of Hafeez, the Pakistani team managed to put up a huge score of 195 runs on the board. Chasing the target of 196 runs, the South African team started well. AB De Villiers played some majestic shots in the first few overs, but, as soon as Umar Gul came to bowl, things changed dramatically. Gul dismissed three Proteas batsmen in his very first over and put the South African team under huge pressure. The South African team didn’t manage to bounce back from that position and eventually got all out on just 100 runs. Gul got two more wickets later on and his final figures were 6/5. Hafeez also got three wickets and he was declared man of the match for his great all round performance. In the post match press conference, Du Plessis said, “Hafeez played one of the best T20 knocks that I have ever seen. He just smashed every bowler.” “We were off to a decent start while batting, but, Umar Gul bowled a great spell and once we were 5 down for 50 odd, the comeback was very tough.” Read more...

80 RUN VICTORY

The South African cricket team has defeated England by 80 runs in the second ODI match at Southampton. With this victory, South Africa has become the no. 1 ODI team in the world. It was a clinical performance by the Proteas. They completely demolished England and got ahead in the series by 1-0. The first match of the series was washed out by rain. The South African skipper, AB De Villiers, won the toss and decided to bat first. Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla came to open the innings and they played some fantastic shots on a very good batting track. The wicket was not helping the bowlers much. So, it was important to maintain a good line and length, but, the English bowlers were wayward and often drifted on to the pads of the batsmen. Smith and Amla added 89 runs together for the first wicket. Smith got out immediately after completing his half century. It was a short delivery from Bresnan. Smith tried to hook it, got a top edge and Kieswetter took an easy catch. JP Duminy came out to bat at no. 3 which was a bit surprising. However, he wasn’t able to play a long inning and ran himself out at the score of 14. Meanwhile, Amla continued playing some majestic shots. It was a delight to watch him bat. He played some amazing back foot punches and his on drives were mind-blowing as well. He completed his 10th ODI hundred off just 96 balls. He played more aggressively after completing his hundred and took the English bowlers apart in the slog overs.  He added 65 runs with AB De Villiers for the fifth wicket and 55 runs with Faf Du Plessis for the 6th wicket.  These two important partnerships took South Africa to a decent total of 287. The English team never looked in control while chasing. The first wicket was down in the very first over when Alistair Cook was clean bowled by Tsotsobe. It was an in swinging Yorker and Cook seemed to have no answer of that cracking delivery. Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott added 64 runs for the second wicket, but, once, Bell got out, the English team lost the momentum.  The wickets kept falling at regular intervals and nine wickets were down at the score of 170. The last pair showed a bit of resistance, but, that was too little, too late. The English team got all out on 207 in the 41st over and lost the match. Amla was declared man of the match for his brilliant knock. Read more...

WORLD NUMBER 1

South Africa has become the no.1 test side in the world by defeating England by 51 runs in the third and final test match at Lord’s. The English team was chasing a stiff target of 346 runs which was not easy by any means against the top class South African bowling line up. At the end of the fourth day, the score of England was 16 runs for the loss of two wickets. Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott were at the crease. The team was relying heavily on these two on the fifth day, but, Philander gave England an early blow by dismissing Bell. Bell tried to chase a delivery way outside the off stump; the ball took the outside edge and went straight into the safe hands of Smith. England got deeper into trouble when James Taylor ran himself out due to a misunderstanding with Trott. Four wickets were down at the score of 45 and England needed a big partnership badly. Jonny Bairstow came to bat and he played brilliantly in the second innings as well. He put up a partnership of 89 runs with Trott for the fifth wicket and stabilized the inning a bit. Imran Tahir ended the partnership by knocking over Bairstow. That was a quicker delivery and Bairstow should have played it on the front foot, but, Bairstow tried to cut it and his stumps got rattled.  Bairstow scored 54 runs off just 47 balls with 8 boundaries. Trott’s inning also didn’t last long and Steyn removed him with a brilliant delivery. Trott wasn’t able to negotiate the short, rising delivery and Kallis took a brilliant catch diving towards his left. Broad and Prior played some fantastic shots and added 62 runs together for the seventh wicket. Swann also showed some good hands and scored 41 quick runs to make the match interesting. But, unfortunately, Swann got run out at the score of 282 and the game turned in the favour of South Africa again. Philander secured South Africa’s victory by removing Prior and Finn on the consecutive deliveries. Philander was named as the man of the match for his all round performance in the match. Read more...

Tough Days for Boucher

The last few days were pretty tough for the former South African wicket keeper Mark Boucher. But, the statements of his doctor, Shuaib Manjra, might have given him some relief. As per Dr. Manjra, the reports haven’t yet shown the disconnection of retina, which is a positive sign. He said that Boucher could observe the action of the hand and he could also detect the angle of light in the damaged eye. But, he wasn’t sure that Boucher’s damaged eye would be fully fit. He said that some other medical activities are needed to be done which would actuate how severe the injury is. The medical team treating Boucher is flabbergasted by the extent of damage caused by a bail. However, Mark Boucher thinks that the ball hit him. Dr. Manjra said that the Extent of damage that Boucher had in his eye can’t be done by a simple bail hitting the eye. Maybe he would have been hit at a pretty sensitive part. According to Dr. Manjra, that was not Boucher’s day. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong for the great South African wicketkeeper on that day. As per Dr. Manjra, Boucher is patient and fully cooperating in the treatment. He is a fighter and he will surely win this battle. Dr. Manjra said that it is pretty early to predict if Boucher could play cricket in the future or not. He said that Boucher is recovering well and if everything goes well, he could play cricket again. However, there have been reports that Boucher wants to play again for his domestic side, “The Cape Cobras”. Boucher has been getting a lot of support from the fans as well as the South African Cricketers’ Association. Also, some great South African players have said that it would be very difficult for anyone to fill the Boucher’s spot. Read more...

Unchanged Team for England Series

The selectors of the South Africa Cricket Team have named an unchanged squad for The Proteas’ upcoming series against The Three Lions of England, Cricket South Africa has announced recently. The naming of the same 15 players who did well to grind out a result in a3 match Test series against New Zealand at New Zealand for a 1-0 series win is being looked at as the selectors keeping faith on a winning formula and not tinkering with the team too much. South Africa takes on England in a three match Test series that kicks off at the beginning of July. South Africa are currently ranked number two as the second best Test team in the world behind England as per the rankings of the International Cricket Council or the ICC and according to Andrew Hudson, the convener of the selectors, depth of squad as well as consistent performances have given the team a lot of success and so, there was no news in naming any news players to the South Africa Cricket Team. He also went on to add that after the players put on a brilliant display to completely outplay the opposition in difficult conditions of New Zealand, they deserved a vote of confidence in them by the selectors. He further added that South Africa always looks for consistency and that has served the country well over the last few years and there has been no change of policy from that. Opener Graeme Smith will return as the captain of the South Africa Cricket Team after recovering from a surgery on his ankle and Dale Steyn will be the leading bowler for the formidable pace attack of The Proteas against The Three Lions. The Test series kicks off on the 19th of July and will conclude on the 2nd of August. Read more...