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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

CWC15 - David Miler Gem Pushes SA To Challenging Total vs NZ

#NewZealand vs #SouthAfrica
24th Mar 2015

#DavidMiller has come, has seen and has conquered the Eden Park with an awesome innings that has propelled SA to a very challenging score against New Zealand in the first semifinal at #CWC15.

#FafduPlessis was out the first ball he faced after resumption and that pegged SA back.

But Miller walked in and walked out with a dominant innings of strokeplay and immense timing. So much so, that his skipper deVilliers let go a few running opportunities to keep Miller on strike!

A stunning 49 in 18 deliveries has just shifted the game in SA's favor a bit.

Kiwis need 298 (adjusted according to D/L method) to win this match and the Proteas' bowlers will go all out against them. Looks pretty interesting this and runs on the board for SA will make them slight favorites!

SA: 281 for 5, 43 overs (43 overs a side)

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CWC15 LIVE - SA Regain Foothold - duPlessis and Rossouw Partnership vs NZ

#NewZealand vs #SouthAfrica
24th Mar 2015

#FafduPlessis and #RileeRossouw have steadied the SA ship.
After huge pressure upfront and quick wickets of Amla and deKock, SA had pulled things back with this partnership. 

Slowly and steadily, they have seized initiative from the #Kiwis and progressing well.
Platform is well set for the explosive middle and late order to take over (deVilliers, Miller and Duminy). 

Match on an even keel.
Who will blink first?

SA: 113 for 2, 26 overs
#Roussow - 39*
#duPlessis - 42* 

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CWC15 LIVE - Lighting Boult Strikes Twice - ODI or Test Match - SA vs NZ

#NewZealand vs #SouthAfrica
24th Mar 2015

#TrentBoult bowling with 5 slips!! This has a test match feel

"Lightning" Boult has struck twice for New Zealand against South Africa.
His speed, line, bounce, swing has troubled all SA batsmen thus far.
After a couple of dropped catches, he has picked two wickets deservedly.

First he castled #HashimAmla through an inside edge on a delivery that swung sharply.

He had #QuintonDeKock hopping and edging around. Sensing immense pressure, deKock charged at Boult and spooned a simple catch to third man.

#FafDuPlessis and #RileeRossouw at the crease.
You can feel the intensity out there. Lot of needle. Not an inch given, not an inch taken ... fabulous start!

SA: 43 for 2, 12 overs

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CWC15 LIVE - 3 overs, 2 drops, 1 wicket already - A lot of nerves - SA vs NZ

#NewZealand vs #SouthAfrica
24th Mar 2015

What a cracking "nervy" start to the first semi final!

3 overs into the contest, we've had everything
Aggressive fast bowling, nervous batsmen, edges flying all over, catches dropped and finally a wicket! Its all happening at the #EdenPark. Wow! Game on .. big time!

SA: 21 for 1, 3.3 overs
#HashimAmla - b. #TrentBoult -10 
#QuintonDeKock - 11*

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CWC15 LIVE - SA Win Toss Elect to Bat First In First Semifinal

#NewZealand vs #SouthAfrica
24th Mar 2015

In a tense battle of nerves, South Africa have won the toss and elected to bat first.
Good toss to win for the Proteas. Bat first, get a score on board and put pressure on the other team.

One change in each side.

South Africa - #VernonPhilander comes in for #KyleAbbott (feel for him. He's bowled well in every game he's played) 

New Zealand -  #MattHenry comes in  #AdamMilne (surprising to put a completely new bowler in the fold. Something what Sri Lanka tried to surprise the opposition?)

History beckons both sides.
The winner will enter a world cup final for the first time ever in their history.
Does it get bigger than this?

Let the match begin!

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Monday, 23 March 2015

CWC15 - Battle Of Big Game Chokers - NZ vs SA

#NewZealand vs #SouthAfrica
24th Mar 2015

Who will blink first? or who will choke?

The proverbial choker tag has been associated with South Africans for over two decades now.

Their tale of misfortune started with the (ironically) 1992 world cup semi final at #SCG (fortunately they are not playing there this time around .. that should be a relief!) when the idiotic rain rule robbed them a chance to advance to the finals (Remember the 22 runs of 1 ball scenario?). That was unfortunate and no fault of theirs. What followed after that has been inexplicable till date.

1996 - Starting as clear favorites to lift the title, they triumphed in all their league games before running into a rampant Brian Lara and West Indies in the quarterfinals. Chasing a moderate 264, they collapsed to 219 all out crashing out of the cup.

1999 - Once again, started as clear favorites to lift the trophy. What happened in the semi finals at Birmingham against Australia is part of cricketing legend. 1 run to win in 4 balls and Kluesener-Donald mixup botched their run chase and place in the world cup finals

2003 - At home and once again top contenders to win, they messed it up against Sri Lanka in their last group game. In a rain interrupted match, they needed one run to stay ahead of SL on the Duckworth Lewis method. What happened? They read the D/L scores incorrectly and played out the decisive delivery without scoring a run! Result? SA out, SL moved to super six stage

2007 - No choking here. They were strangled by Australia in the semis through a Matthew Hayden century and folded meekly.

2011 - Choking revisited. From a strong position chasing NZ score, they capitulated once again to lose the game.

What about New Zealand?
They are no less chokers. 
They have reached the World Cup semifinals on 6 ocassions losing each of them.
1975 lost to WI
1979 lost to Eng
1992 lost to Pak
1999 lost to Pak
2007 lost to SL
2011 lost to SL

This is going to be one hell of a contest considering their history at the World Cups.
One team will erase those past demons. Which one will that be? 
Will McCullum win at home? or AB Devilliers bring glory to SA cricket?  
Match begins in a short while..

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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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