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Showing posts with label South Africa. Show all posts
Showing posts with label South Africa. Show all posts

Thursday 27 April 2017

CT17 - All Teams Full Squads Except India

#CT17 #ChampionsTrophy 2017

Here are the latest squads for the ICC Champions Trophy to be played in England and Wales from June 1st, 2017.

Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Steve Smith (c), Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), David Warner, Adam Zampa.

Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mehidi Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shafiul Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Somya Sarkar, Sunzamul Islam, Tamim Iqbal, Taskin Ahmed.

Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan (c), Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

Missed the deadline. According to the Hindustan Times, the board is planning on announcing the squad after an ICC board meeting ends on April 27th, in which governance reforms and revenue will be voted upon.

New Zealand
Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Neil Broom, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Jeetan Patel, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson (c).

Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Ahmad Shahzad, Fakhar Zaman, Muhammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Imad Wasim, Shahdab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Muhammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan

Sri Lanka
Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunaratne, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekera, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews (c), Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Seekkuge Prasanna, Lakshan Sandakan, Upul Tharanga.

South Africa
Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), AB de Villiers (captain), Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Keshav Maharaj, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir.

The action begins Jun 1, 2017.

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Tuesday 3 March 2015

CWC 2015 LIVE - SA Bat v IRL - Lose de Kock early

#SouthAfrica v #Ireland, #ManukaOval

SA have won the toss and elected to bat in their Pool B game at Canberra.
Its an important game in this group, both teams need a win to ensure next stage berths at #CWC15

Ireland, mind you, are unbeaten in both their games so far (beaten WI and UAE)
So, SA will not take them lightly for sure.

The game started with a maiden from #JohnMooney.
He then claimed #QuintondeKock caught behind for 1.
Initially given not out by the umpire, the #Irish went for a #review of the decision. The replays conclusively showed deKock had nicked the ball and was given out correctly.

#HashimAmla was then dropped by #EdJoyce off #KevinOBrien.
A huge chance missed. As luck would have it, Amla is now opening up and hitting some exquisite boundaries.

#LIVE #Cricket #Score
South Africa: 51 for 1 in 9 overs
#Amla - 30
#FafDuPlessis - 13

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Friday 27 February 2015

CWC 2015 LIVE - SA Win Toss, Elect To Bat v WI

#SouthAfrica v #WestIndies , #SCG
27th Feb 2015

#ABDevilliers, the SA captain has won the toss and decided to bat first at the picturesque #SCG. He talked about being embarrassed against India at MCG and took time away from the game.

AB also emphasized that the #toss isn't something in your control, you need to bat or bowl well first/second to win the World Cup.

#Jason Holder looked sad at losing the toss but mentioned bowling well upfront and capturing wickets to restrict the Proteas to a 250 odd score.

Let the game begin...

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Thursday 26 February 2015

CWC 2015 LIVE - Battle Of Nerves - SA v WI

#SouthAfrica v #WestIndies, #SCG
27th Feb 2015

In an exciting Pool A match, South Africa will take on West Indies at the classical Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in a short while. 

This game has attained far more importance than anticipated before start of the tournament.
The Proteas had a nightmare outing against India on Sunday at the MCG where they lost by a whopping 130 runs. Their first game win against minnows #Zimbabwe wasn't very convincing either. Being tagged as frontrunners for the world cup crown, their performance has been far from expected and hence they are under tremendous pressure to win this game and get their confidence back. Ireland's emergence as a #darkhorse in this group has made it even more interesting in this pool. 

West Indies on the other hand are on a upswing. #ChrisGayle's storm against Zimbabwe a couple of days ago will have brought renewed enthusiasm and vigour in the Windies camp. They also won comprehensively against #Pakistan before that. These two wins have overshadowed their shock defeat to #Ireland in their opening game.

The match promises to be a real big one and we should now start seeing the big teams pull out some thrillers in a bid to reach the next stages of the world cup. Coupled to that, the venue, SCG, is just right to deliver a cracker of a game.

All the best to both teams

Players to Watch
South Africa
 - A B Devilliers
 - Faf Du Plessis
 - David Miller
 - Dale Steyn
 - Imran Tahir

West Indies
 - Chris Gayle
 - Marlon Samuels
 - Darren Bravo
 - Jerome Taylor
 - Suleiman Benn

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Sunday 22 February 2015

CWC 2015 LIVE - India Steamroll South Africa at MCG

#India v #SouthAfrica , #MCG
22nd Feb 2015

India beat South Africa by 130 runs at the MCG.
Huge win considering this was the biggest game in the pool and expected to go down the wire.


India 307 for 7
#ShikharDhawan - 137
#AjinkyaRahane - 79
#ViratKohli - 46

#MorneMorkel - 2 wickets
#DaleSteyn - 1 wicket
#ABDevilliers - 2 direct hit runouts

South Africa 177 all out
#FafduPlessis - 55
#ABdevilliers - 28

#RavichandranAshwin - 3 wickets
#RavindraJadeja - 2 wickets
#MohitSharma - 2 wickets

Man of the Match: #ShikharDhawan

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CWC 2015 LIVE - Ind v SA - AB Devilliers Run Out

#India v #SouthAfrica , #MCG
22nd Feb 2015

#ABDevilliers is brilliantly run out by #MohitSharma
It was definitely an error of judgment from #ABD and trusted himself to beat the throw from the deep. MSD was his usual self whipping the bails off in a flash. Match nicely poised at 133-3 after 28 overs. 
#DavidMiller has joined #FafDuPlessis at the crease...
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CWC 2015 LIVE - Ind v SA - Drinks - SA - 63 For 2

#India v #SouthAfrica , #MCG
22nd Feb 2015

South Africa have made a cautious start in their run chase of 307

#QuintonDeKock and #HashimAmla lost their wickets playing rather loose shots.
The Indian bowlers have bowled with discipline and control.

SA need a push on now....
#ABDevilliers and #FafDuPlessis at the crease!

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CWC 2015 LIVE - Ind v SA - India Score 307 For 7

#Ind v #SA, #CWC15 at #MCG
22nd Feb 2015

India have huffed-puffed their way to 307 for 7 in their allotted 50 overs.

After #ShikharDhawan's scintillating 137, #AjinkyaRahane's gem of 79 and #ViratKohli's watchful 46, India would have expected more in the end.

However, once again the later middle order wasn't able to provide impetus and the innings kind of imploded but overall a good score for SA to chase.

#DaleSteyn and #MorneMorkel pulled the match back towards the end, but #WayneParnell got the biggest tap and went for plenty. Surprisingly, the SA spinners #ImranTahir and #JPDuminy did remarkably well throughout.

All set for the big chase in some time...

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CWC 2015 LIVE - Ind v SA - Superb Century by Dhawan

#India v #SouthAfrica , #MCG
22nd Feb 2015

Shikhar Dhawan completes his superb century against SA.
Once again mixing caution and aggression .. he's been absolutely stunning in this innings.
He spent some nervous time on 99 but eventually got there in style!
Well done man!!

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CWC 2015 LIVE - India Off To A Cautious Start

#India v #SouthAfrica , #MCG, #LIVE #Score
22nd Feb 2015

India have made a cautious start to their innings against SA.
After 20 Overs, they are 83 for 1.

Looks like their strategy is to hold wickets and make a late charge.
Considering their batting woes over the last few months, this seems to their strategy for the World Cup.

#ShikharDhawan - not out 55
#ViratKohli - not out 26

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CWC 2015 LIVE - SA Brilliance - Rohit Sharma Run Out

#India v #SouthAfrica, #MCG #Live #Score
22nd Feb 2015

South African brilliance to the fore right at the start...

#ABDevilliers has just run #Rohit Sharma out with an absolute ripper of a #direct #hit from mid wicket. #India has to mind their running between wickets against SA. Otherwise they will hurt you badly.

Great start with some needle...
5 overs, 10 runs, 1 wicket.
Both teams jostling for pole position!

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CWC 2015 LIVE - India Wins Toss Elects To Bat

#India v #SouthAfrica, #MCG
22nd Feb 2015

The biggest game in Pool B is about to get underway.
India have won the toss and elected to bat first on a hot #Melbourne afternoon.

#MSDhoni - Runs on the board in a big game. Playing with the same team that played against #Pak.
#ABDevilliers - Would have liked to bat first as well. We'll try to put pressure upfront.

Lets get started !!

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Wednesday 21 January 2015

Will South Africa Bury Ghosts Of Previous Cricket World Cups in 2015?

Will #SA break the #CricketWorldCup jinx this time?

The eternal "chokers" of cricket enter yet another world cup carrying ghosts of previous editions. The dreadful #Rainrule in 1992, the #Lara magnum opus in 1996, the ultimate #KluesnerChoke in the greatest one dayer of all time in 1999, the silly miscalculation against  #SriLanka in 2003, complete annihilation by #Australia in 2007 and the #NewZeland choke of 2011.

What are their chances this time around then?

Almost every world cup has thrown a situation that has pushed them out of the cup. Ironically, on most occasions they are the team to beat. Wessels' team in 1992 was their re-entry into world cup after the apartheid era but they did tremendously well to reach the semis only to be cruelly thrown out due to the ridiculous rain rule that was being applied to rain curtailed games. The #DuckworthLewis rule came in later to even out a contest.

In 1996 and 1999, under #HansieCronje, they were arguably the best side to win both tournaments on form and man-to-man strengths. Bowling, Batting, Fielding, All round ability .. they had it all. And some of the best names at that. However in 1996, they ran into a rampaging #BrianLara in the quarterfinal to be blown under his assault. In 1999, the greatest one day match of all time (a tied semi final against Australia) saw them bow out on account of losing to the Aussies in the group stage. An eternal #choke (that went on to become a sobriquet associated with them for years to come).

In 2003, under #GraemeSmith and being hosts, was another golden opportunity. And what did they do? Fluff up a Duckworth-Lewis calculation and failed to take an extra run that would see them in the next round. Instead Sri Lanka went through. What a mega blunder!

2007 World Cup was dominated by Australia throughout and they blew away everyone along the way including SA in the semifinals. Fair and square. No bad luck involved here.

Come 2011, and again tragedy struck in the quarterfinals against New Zealand. From what seemed like a easy win, they wasted another opportunity...

Any luck this time around?

Well, they seem a bit inexperienced and a lot of fresh faces.
However their key strength is their bowling, especially #DaleSteyn and #MorneMorkel. They will hold key on the fast Australian pitches and seams NZ tracks.

Batting is in safe hands of #ABDevilliers, #HashimAmla and #FafDuPlessis.

Solid all round strength and fielding is extra-ordinary right from the #JontyRhodes era.

With SA its all going to be about self belief.
Can they conquer their mental demons this time around?

SA Team for Cricket World Cup 2015
A B Devilliers
Hashim Amla
Kyle Abbott
Farhan Behardien
Quinton De Kock
Jean Paul Duminy
Faf Du Plessis
Imran Tahir
David Miller
Morne Morkel
Wayne Parnell
Aaron Phangiso
Vernon Philander
Rilee Rossauw
Dale Steyn