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Friday, February 03, 2006

 

Other sport: Aussies last ten set Proteas a big ask!

The Australians Michael Hussey and Andrew Symonds turned the Last ten overs of their innings into a batsmanship show as they ripped Hall and Van Der Wath to pieces. At one stage they took 40 in two overs. In what is becoming standard fare, our skipper’s batsmanship didn’t match his mouth as he got out early again.

After 40 overs the Aussies were still short of 200, with Pollock and Smith drowning the Australians in dot balls. However, once Pollock came off with 0/20 in his ten overs, the fun and games began as Symmonds and Hussey took the South Africans for close to eight an over. In response, we’ve already lost Dippenaar and Smith, while Rudolph and Gibbs are batting as though they’re trying to save a test!

The Australian innings was one of three parts.

The Australians started like a house on fire as they took quickie Langeveldt to pieces with his first six overs costing 50 runs. Luckily, Pollock did the strangulation bit from the other side. Once they got out Gilchrist and Katich, Botha and Smith played a role of twin spin, slowing the scoring and squeezing out wickets at regular intervals, with Botha and Martyn both falling for the spinnersbefore the dangerous Clark got himself into a mix up with Symmonds and run out.

In the last two wickets in Hussey (62 off 44) and Symmonds (65 off 60) ripped us to pieces with a partnership of 109 in 13 overs! Hall going for 56 in his ten and VD Wath for an incredible 82!

This left a probable score of about 250 at a formidable 281.

The Proteas reply in typical fashion

So what’s typical Proteas start these days. For starters it’s slow. We’re going at 3,76 per over chasing a score of 281 and now need to get a run rate of over 6.

The next typical thing is that the openers can be trusted to get out early. Smith falling to Lee off the second ball he faced and Dippenaar falling for nine off a slow coach 23. Then Rudolph and Gibbs set off to emulate their forerunners, with Rudolph getting a slow coach 19 off 39 before he survived a confident lbw shout. Then he stupidly set off to run to the other end and managed to get himself run out.

This followed another stupid run out with Gibbs and then Ashwell Prince being thrust into the unfamiliar “Jonty” role.

The current situation

Chasing 281 and needing to achieve a rate of 6,54 per over, we’ve reached the amazing rate of 3,53 with the ridiculous experiment of using poor Johan Botha as a pinch hitter at 5!!!

SA: 112 / 4 (rqd rate is 7,87)

Aus: 281 / 7off 50 overs (5,64 p/o)

Botha and Prince at the wicket

More updates as the disaster unfolds
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