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South Africa In Shocking Pink, In the 4th ODI Against England, Deliver The Thrills …

by Anura Guruge


sainpinkSouth Africa, these days, is the team that I most enjoy watching — particularly so when they are in their shocking pink (to support the fight against breast cancer). They look good. I actually think that every series, around the World, should have a Pink Match — for the same cause.

I knew that the highlights of the Pink 4th ODI would be on tonight. I was looking forward to it all day. Though I also had the option of watching the 2nd T20I between India vs. Sri Lanka, it was a no-brainer. It was a thrilling match. Some great cricket. I really wasn’t sure that SA was going to win. It was close. Morris played a brilliant innings. I was crushed when Amla was out without scoring. I love watching him bat — and of Quinton de Kock. I rated him from the time I saw him against the West Indies.

So two dramatic games in two nights. I am blessed. 5th ODI on Sunday. Enjoy.


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by Anura Guruge

Something Is Wrong With South Africa Captain Hashim Amla.

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amlafgdsgdMark my word, something is wrong with Hashim Amla — the captain of the woefully struggling South African’s in India.

I think he has among OTHER things an eyesight problem! In the First Day of the 4th Test against India, in Delhi, he dropped 3 slip catches. Amla dropping catches! I bet prior to that he probably hadn’t dropped three catches in a calendar year. Not right.

He is also getting out CHEAPLY. This used to be, just recently, the World’s #1 Batsman! Something is not right.

In the 3rd Test Match I noticed a MARKED bruise under his right eye. Did he get hit by a ball. That could have done some damage.

I like Amla. What is there not to like. Great cricketer and seems like an all-round nice guy.

BUT HE IS NOT A GOOD CAPTAIN.

His handling of Imran Tahir in the 3rd Test Match showed that — graphically. Not his fault. Being a cricket captain is not something you can be taught. You either have it in you or you don’t. Amla doesn’t. That is fine. Let him go back to being the World’s best opening bat.

He has made a LOT of bad decisions. Another is the omission of Quinton de Kock. Jesus wept. Quinton is class. The new openers. Quinton is better than all of them put together. Plus he is a better wicketkeeper than the one that is struggling like crazy.

And they have AB de Villiers, the ex-captain, in the team. This rotation of captains is silly. Yes, it is a very taxing job BUT if you are good at it, like AB was (and he is good at everything he does) let him have it for life.

So just a heads up. Mark my word. Remember this post.

No, with Hashim Amla, I don’t think there is any match fixing. WOW.


South Africa Batting Line-up Against India Screwed Up, AB de Villiers Must Bat Higher.

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AB_de_Villiers_glove_(cropped)Talk about an abundance of riches. The South African batting line is ‘crazy’ in not a GREAT way. Quinton de Kock, Amla, du Plessis, AB, Duminy (who has blossomed in the last 12 months), Behardien and Miller! What a nice problem to have.

Abraham Benjamin “AB” de Villiers at #4 is a waste — and he knows that. Yes, of course, I know that he is wicket-keeping as well, BUT I think he is plenty fit. He should open with de Kock — who I think is THE most EXCITING young cricketer on the scene at the moment! I have seen a lot of him and there is a lot to like. Very pleasing on the eye.

AB coming in at #4 does NOT give him enough overs. That is the issue. AB #3 and du Plessis #4.


South Africa Crushed By England In ICC Champions Trophy 2013 1st Semi-Final; Free Videos Already At ICC-Cricket.com. Match FIXED?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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So much for my belief that South Africa will go the extra mile to win this for Mandela!

Wow. Crushed like a dung beetle under the hooves of a water buffalo!

Amla only faced 3 balls and he is the #1 ODI batsman in the known universe?

AB feasting on duck?

Duminy 3?

OK. I have to ask. Are the South African back to the good ol’ days of FIXING MATCHES? This doesn’t look kosher to me.

I am suspicious. South Africa all out in 38.4 overs? Come on? Give me a break, even an off-break.

South Africa Will Go The Extra Mile To Win ICC Champions Trophy 2013 For Nelson Mandela.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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South Africa, these days, with the likes of Amla, AB, Duminy and Morkel (with that cutest of run-ups), is a formidable team even in the worst of times.

This morning I was trying to work out whether this would be a repeat of the last World Cup: Sri Lanka vs. India.

Then it hit me. The South Africans MAY BE trying to win this for Nelson.

Cricket is not his #1 sport. He, though a champion heavyweight boxer in his younger days, is definitely a Rugby man. That is OK. I can understand that. Cricket would have been hard to follow let alone savor from Robben Island. But, as we have seen, he just revels in any and all South African victories — as he should.

So, I get a feeling that this team will go the extra mile for Nelson in the coming week — and I am ‘A-OK’ with that.

Anything we can do to celebrate and glorify THE MAN.

I know the day is coming. I am dreading it. Not sure how I will handle it.

So what I do envisage is a Sri Lanka vs. South Africa final.


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