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Proteas beaten in Colombo

2012-09-28 15:19

Cape Town -  Umar Gul turned an unlikely hero with the bat as Pakistan survived a middle-order collapse to beat South Africa by two wickets in the Super Eights of the World Twenty20 on Friday.

Pakistan, chasing South Africa's modest 133-6, crashed to 76-7 in the 15th over before Gul and Umar Akmal combined to share a match-winning partnership of 49 in 27 balls.

Gul smashed two fours and three sixes in his 32 off 17 balls before he was dismissed off the last ball of the 19th over by fast bowler Dale Steyn with nine more needed.

But Akmal, who remained unbeaten on 43, and Saeed Ajmal steered Pakistan home with two balls to spare, Ajmal edging the winning boundary off Morne Morkel.

Pakistan's openers raced to 24 in 2.5 overs before the innings fell apart after Imran Nazir (14) was caught behind off Steyn.

Left-arm spinner Robin Peterson, who came to bowl the fourth over, removed skipper Mohammad Hafeez with his second delivery and Nasir Jamshed with the six to make Pakistan 31-3.

Off-spinner Johan Botha also struck in his first over by bowling Kamran Akmal for one, Jacques Kallis dismissed Shoaib Malik (12) and JP Duminy had danger man Shahid Afridi caught in the deep first ball.

But Gul and Umar Akmal launched a blistering attack on the Proteas to earn Pakistan full points in the opening match of group two.

India and Australia, the other two teams in the group, play in the second match of the double-header at the Premadasa stadium later on Friday night.

Earlier, Pakistan's spinners revelled on a slow wicket to restrict mighty South Africa to 133-6.

Hafeez claimed 2-23 and 20-year-old left-arm spinner Raza Hasan conceded just 12 runs in three overs after South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.

Seamers Yasir Arafat and Gul shared three wickets as the batsmen tried to hit out against them after failing to play the slow bowlers.

South Africa, the top-ranked side in the Twenty20 format, were reduced to 28-3 in 6.1 overs before recovering through skipper AB de Villiers and JP Duminy.

Left-handed Duminy top-scored with 48 off 38 balls, while de Villiers made 25, but no other batsman reached 20.

AP

Comments
  • MarkSchrade1980 - 2012-09-28 15:20

    Disappointing!!!!!

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-28 15:24

      That's why they call the Proteas CHOKERS. AB must be one of the dumbest ODI captains ever.

      lean.sadie - 2012-09-28 15:24

      AB bad captaincy. Simple as that.

      liesure.larry - 2012-09-28 15:24

      Thanks to M.Morkel again... when is he going to learn to control his bowling... too many of times this has happen to him... Sorry to say but Alan you need to sort out his control of the ball...

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-09-28 15:27

      Excellent match!! Edge of seat!! Can't say the Proteas didn't try and congrats. If I could have 2 teams to go through I'd want it to be Pak and SA. Good luck for the next 2 matches, c'mon AB you can do it!!!

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-09-28 15:27

      @liesure the damage was done before the last/final over! Not Morkel's fault. We had spin bowlers left and AB made a horrible call in the last couple of overs. Geez, I'm finished now - emotional roller coaster

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-09-28 15:29

      So we can't win this thing AGAIN mxim

      lean.sadie - 2012-09-28 15:29

      Does not matter, never thought we would win it anyways. I Am actually hoping for the Windies to win, love their style. T20 is kind of stupid really. On any day these teams could beat each other. Test cricket is where it is at, and separates the good from the bad.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-28 15:30

      Pakistan had a few lucky moments, some day it will go our way again. Defeated from the jaw of a good win.

      kallie.radley - 2012-09-28 15:31

      No NO They choke yet again

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-09-28 15:34

      Dude this isn't a choke. They came back from a loosing score and brought it down to the wire. Pakistan would have been the chokers if they would have lost.

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-09-28 15:38

      AB is a decent captain, generally most teams bowl quicks in the death overs, you're supposed to be bowling in yorkers. Now if your bowlers don't do that, don't blame AB.

      liesure.larry - 2012-09-28 15:48

      Rene he was picked to bowl the last over and you would expect him to get it right at this time... We lost the game when the Klapped Kallis for 16 and that No Ball Over of Albie Morkel... but still feel we could have won this game if Morkel hadn't bowled that full-toss...

      christopher.shining - 2012-09-28 15:51

      This is a first. A team that choked twice in 1 game??!!

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-09-28 15:55

      but WOW what game!!! congrats to the guys!! :D boom boom WTF man stop closing your eyes and swinging at every single ball!! one more win against india on sunday and we can go all the way!!

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-28 15:58

      What if that was a knock out match or the final?AB won the toss which was perfect in subcontinent conditions,because just as in Test matches,on slow & turning pitches,whoever bats last will most likely lose.That's the rule in these conditions,but not the exception. He'd bugger everything up after winning the toss by coming in to bat at no.6,which is too late and then giving the ball to pace bowlers instead of the spinners when he had Pakistan at 70 something for 7. Lets hope he gets another opportunity on Sunday by firstly winning the toss,batting first,bowl with what's infront of you and win.You only get so many chances in life AB,so don't ****ing waste them all.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-28 16:00

      It is better to have lost know, but we can not slip another game. Go Proteas

      grant.callaway.50 - 2012-09-28 16:01

      @Boom - I must commend you! All big-mouth yesterday about "Pakistan gonna smash the Proteas", and here you are now commending the Proteas instead of dishing out "I-told-you-so's". Good on you fella! You have to admit though - it was a spin-dominated game. There is absolutely no reason why our spinners should have bowled only 8 overs - especially after putting SA into a very dominant position. AB DeVilliers is a great player, and usually a very useful captain, but today, there is no excuse for his decisions... they were beyond stupid... I actually cannot comprehend how somebody who plays the game at THAT LEVEL could POSSIBLY be so stupid!!!

      UNITY - 2012-09-28 16:10

      We threw a winning match , we still chose pace over spin , and the pakistan captain said we would! We still have the same old mentality, smith used to do this as well , start off with the seamers, use spinners and medium pacers in the middle and end with steyn and morkel . Pakistan used 4 spinners!!!!! Did we not get the picture??????

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-09-28 16:23

      @grant should've bowled out all your spinners then took a chance with the quicks. i think AB was trying to clean up the tail with the quicks, yorkers, short balls etc and it backfired. my team is on top. next target, india..

      douglas.hollis.7 - 2012-09-28 17:56

      AB cost us this match, plain and simple. I've watched cricket for 30 years, and his decision to bring the quicks back (after the spin bowlers had torn the heart out of the Pakistan top order) was not just inexplicable, it was easily the dumbest, most insane captaincy decision I'd ever seen in ANY form of cricket. It was almost as if there was money riding on it?! Did the bookies pay him a few visits last night, perhaps? We had 'em on the ropes, they were dead and buried, but wait...let's bring back the quicks. If he'd brought back Steyn, that would be one thing, but Albie 'long hop' Morkel???? AB should be relieved of the captaincy with immediate effect, and Botha restored to his rightful place. On the bright side, Botha and Pietersen bowled tremendously well. And great knock by Duminy. As for Levi...come back Graeme Smith, ALL is forgiven! Anybody would be a better choice. Faf might be an option on the subcontinent, he played fantastic cricket during the IPL, is the world's best fielder and a v useful spin option. Unfortunately, the road forward is now too steep to mention. Thanks again, AB!! Left our spinners with FOUR overs unbowled. And yes, it COST us that match. No denying it. Love you as a batsman, but it seems you're perhaps not the most visionary captain ever.

      shakes.tshabala - 2012-09-28 18:12

      CHOKERS....CHOKERS.........CHOKERS.......SA sports are USELESS Boks, Proteas and Bafana Bafana. SA don't have BMT. It was proven over and over

      clive.kihn - 2012-09-28 18:14

      Forget the choking crap, Sean; it's the usual weakness against good spin bowling, the almost inevitable loose bowling by the Morkel brothers, and some strange calls by the captain.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-28 19:06

      Did any of you lot just watch Australia dismantle India, despite Aus relying on a four-man pace attack (who took all the wickets for them) while India's almost all-spin attack got hit for fours and sixes? Piyush Chawla went for 14 an over, heh. Pace wins matches. You just have to bowl it properly. Our guys didn't today. It happens.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-29 00:57

      Unity, Australia chose pace over spin today. India chose spin over pace. On the same pitch that we had played on an hour earlier. Remind me again who won that India-Aus game?

  • david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-09-28 15:21

    AB's fault!! Why the hell bring on the seamers!! The entire game it was the spinners that did the job yet he gives the ball to the Morkel's. Dumb decision!!

      wesley.green.3597 - 2012-09-28 15:23

      fully agree!!! Duminy 2overs for 5 runs. Botha 2overs for 10 runs!

      lean.sadie - 2012-09-28 15:25

      Very stupid. I bet most of us were yelling at him to use the freakin spinners. WAKE THE FU*k UP.................

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-28 15:26

      Morne Morkel decides to bowl a full tossed when Pakistan just needs 8 runs for victory.Can't these imbeciles for once just bloody think outside the box?

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-09-28 15:28

      Umar Gul's bowling was clobbered. Our first two overs went for 20 runs. The seamers should've bowled as few overs a possible. No reason not to bowl Duminy and Botha through. Even so, every ball was a gentle short ball simply begging to fly. Shocking captaincy at the end compounded by abysmal bowling. Very disappointed!!

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-09-28 15:29

      David, yes dumb decision but the way Gul was hitting it the spinners might have caught some stick too. 133 was an easy chase, SA did well to bring it to the last over. Congrats both teams, unfortuantely only one can win. I want to brag big time lol but SA went down with a fight. Respect!!!

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-28 15:30

      Albe Morkel 2 overs for 26 runs.WTF.

      lean.sadie - 2012-09-28 15:40

      What I really, really, really don't understand is, The spinners got us into a winning situation. And you just stop bowling all of them? How on earth does anybody come to that conclusion. AB is a good player, but omg, no sense whatsoever. Who made that stupid call. It makes no sense at all. If we still lost with the spinners, so be it. But they were clearly better bowlers for the pitch, and would have made it way harder to hit, than short pitch deliveries and full tosses.

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-09-28 15:41

      The problem was over 16 and 17. After those overs AB probably couldn't bring the spinners back as Gul had all the momentum. After Kallis' poor over that started the rot, AB should've turned back to the spinners but instead gave the ball to Albie who had an even worse over. I don't believe Gul would've coped against the spin as most the recognised batsmen from both teams battled against it.

      gerald.smith.9041083 - 2012-09-28 15:43

      I've said all along that CSA should have assured Johan Botha of his place in the ODI and T20 sides and also made him captain. AB isn't very shrewd and innovative, which is required in T20 and ODI's

      patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-09-28 15:53

      Amazing!! All the bowlers are to blame. The bowlers did not lose the game dummies, the batsmen did. When you restrict a side to under 140 runs in 20/20, that great. But when a batsman faces 18 balls, and scores 12 runs, then you will always lose.

      fregee.chibuzor - 2012-09-28 16:05

      AB never learnt much from the loss against England in the 3rd T20I. In that game he failed to use spinners in the later overs and used W. Parnell who leaked a near record number of runs. today it is A. Morkel who let him down. It seems he already has a preconceived notion of how to play the bowlers and does not necessarily read the conditions of the pitch well. It is safe to say that SA, with AB as captain, don't look likely to win this tournament.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-28 16:16

      Teams will generally back their seamers when it comes to the crunch. During the NZ-SL match, the Super Over was given to seamers by both teams - and not one boundary was hit. During the Pak-Aus T20 series before the WC, the Super Over was again given to seamers on both sides. If a seamer gets it in the block-hole, it's very difficult to get away. But a spinner can always be lofted for six if the batsman uses his feet. Morne Morkel wasn't a bad call. During this last IPL, he bowled some fantastic overs at the death with good yorkers. But you can't do it every time. Even Slinga misses the block-hole quite a lot. I don't think this was entirely AB's call. I think it was a strategy that he discussed with Gary and Allan beforehand. If you have two of the world's top strike bowlers and you can't trust them at the death, why have them in the side? Stuart Broad and Steve Finn bowled really well against WI the other night on a track where even WI went almost entirely with spin. If you can bowl well, pace is always an option. But then you have to hit your straps.

      UNITY - 2012-09-28 17:08

      Everyone can see that spin was the best option except , the captain and kirsten, and their so called strategy!! Even if we used pace we supposed to use a variation in the attack,ie. Use what works .. Not a methodical approach of selecting bowlers. Look at pakistan, they used their spinners more, and used Gul less, who knew he would destroy our hopes with his batting, through our poor decision making !!!

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-28 17:42

      So now Gary is useless as well? That's funny, I thought he was The Best Coach In The WorldTM after he took India to victory in the WC? I knew it would take only one failure and people would be calling for Gary to be fired. South Africans are nothing if not predictable, lol. Maybe PDiv should coach the side? Or Heyneke and Gary should just swap positions? This is the best coach and the best side. But sometimes even the best coach and the best side loses. That's life.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-28 19:07

      Incidentally, Australia just did pretty well against India with four seamers on the exact same pitch. Makes ya think, doesn't it?

  • skhona.luswazi - 2012-09-28 15:22

    You all bloody useless come back home chokers

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-09-28 15:32

      Dude come on 2 more matches left. Anything can happen!! SA could be right back in this..

      skhona.luswazi - 2012-09-28 15:35

      @ boom they should let the Aussies win cause they nothing but chokers atleast Australia can deal with the pressure quite well

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-09-28 15:41

      guys, support now don't go on the offensive. SA will bounce back. You can beat Aussies, they don't even quality spinners. Then just a win on India and you're through.

      lean.sadie - 2012-09-28 15:44

      boom, it does not matter. With captaincy like that, there is no way in hell, we would make it. Even if we do, we would be out the first game in the semi's. Shocking, captaincy. The worst I have ever seen. Even Jean is better at this point.

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-09-28 15:49

      @lean.. ok maybe things might have turned out differently with spin but you never know. your quicks were supposed to be bowling yorkers, these guys were going too full or too short. AB will do well as leader. learn from mistakes.

      ben.louw.5 - 2012-09-28 15:51

      skhona dont comment if you dont know cricket

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-09-28 15:53

      I still believe we can make the semi's. We have a quality side that can still win this tournament. But these brain-fart moments need to end now if we are to stand a chance. AB, please learn from this!!!

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-09-28 15:57

      @david yes SA can make it. aussies are no threat only india's batting line up is going to be an issue. have to score 160+ to have a sniff against india.

      gerald.smith.9041083 - 2012-09-28 16:10

      @LS - LMFAO!!

      skhona.luswazi - 2012-09-28 16:33

      @ben the professor of cricket tell me when are we gonna win the major competition cause honestly we've got the best team in the world in this T20?

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-28 16:48

      Skhona, T20 is a lottery. Some days you get out of bed on the right side, other days the wrong side. That's how it goes. Dale and Morne have won IPL games in the final overs, other days they get smacked out the park. Robin P and Botha have won IPL games, other days they get smacked out the park. Nobody can deliver every time. If you can't accept that, T20 cricket will always be a stressful experience for you. No team wins all the time.

  • sabiha.lockhat - 2012-09-28 15:23

    ;( almost their but not there, Ab should have left spinners for the last overs. Anyway good fighting effort best of luck for the next match

  • wesley.rousseau.58 - 2012-09-28 15:23

    Very bad captaining from AB, love the guy, but a real shocker, Richard Levi is not Protea material, If you gonna replace Smith at least replace him with someone better

  • alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-28 15:23

    With Pakistan struggling against spin does it make sense to take your spinners off and leave them unused? Crazy captaincy. Statistically unexplainable.

  • paul.maarman - 2012-09-28 15:24

    well done boys, good fight back...-AB is maturing nicely as a skipper...-Levi better come off soon...his expiry date is approaching....but still prefer my Test cricket

      jason.vanderspuy.5 - 2012-09-28 15:40

      You got to be kidding right? AB needs to explain his decisions to the nation. I think most people are flabbergasted

      ewan.doyle.7 - 2012-09-28 15:53

      Too true - this is not real cricket, but a lottery. Over 5 days, you can normally see that the 'cream' rises to the top - that's why we are number 1?

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-09-28 15:57

      I agree Paul. SA supporters really ought not to call themselves supporters. We can sit back and make calls that will never be tested and can claim that we are right. We will never know. These guys have to make split-second decisions and the reality is that sometimes they work and sometimes not. Had the seamers taken those wickets, we would have been calling AB 'inspired'. Maybe he saw something; maybe he made a mistake. It did not work and we ask him to explain to the nation!!! It was a thrilling match. Looking forward to the next one.

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-09-28 16:04

      @vernon a person with sense

      jason.vanderspuy.5 - 2012-09-28 16:13

      Umm Vernon. With 5 overs left we didn't need to take wickets. They had 7 down and had to bat at 12 an over in a very low scoring game. Botha and Duminy at that point only conceded 15 runs from the 4 overs between them! All we had to do was gently squeeze the remaining life out of them with our spinners. Can you then please explain his decision to bring Kallis and Albie on? Nothing worse than a blindly loyal supporter

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-09-28 16:27

      @jason.vanderspuy.5 , nothing worse than a whining fickle supporter. Why is it when a person comments with thought and is not the usual "Player x sucks","Chockers". You know the usual brain dead comment

      jason.vanderspuy.5 - 2012-09-28 16:45

      Stephen, I was responding to Paul's comment of "AB is maturing nicely as a skipper". A senseless comment directly after this game. Take a deep breath old chap, sit down and watch out for the beaking news. I think you will find AB admitting to his mistakes. Hopefully he will learn from this

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-09-28 16:53

      Probably true Jason. But the reaction to this loss (a very close and exciting one at that) is really over-the-top. Suddenly someone wants Johan Botha as captain. Someone else calls AB an idiot. Suddenly the Morkels are useless. Levi is labelled a flash-in-the-pan. And the perennial idiots who use the choker label are not helping the team. Bad enough that the opponents slam them, but your own supporters?Did AB make this sort of mistake for the last 4 games? No. He may have made one mistake. Give the guy a break. SA supporters forgave Hansie for stealing and lying yet slate a new captain one decision.

  • deon.fouche.3 - 2012-09-28 15:25

    You don't get Albie do bowl the 17th over and Morne must get out of this team! USELESS T20 bowler! Sorry AB de Villiers..EPIC FAIL!

  • anthonie.vanbosch - 2012-09-28 15:25

    Is this 2012? Are we still using fast bowlers to try to win Twenty20 games? Yes we are. So, we have not learned anything from previous World Cups. Sinister I say. Maybe someone is making money out of this game? Not impossible. Mindboggling though and still sinister.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-28 19:12

      That's funny, I just saw Aus inflict one of the heaviest defeats on India ever in T20s. And they did it with a four-man pace attack who took all their wickets. Hogg and Maxwell didn't take a single wicket. Then the Aus batsmen hit the Indian spinners into the stands. Maybe you have something you'd like to share with Mickey Arthur? Because he sure as heck thinks you can win with pace. But then, what would he know? He's only a national coach and thus nowhere near the level of expertise that News24 readers have.

  • malcolm.lindsaypayne - 2012-09-28 15:26

    Albie Morkel a waste of space -How the hell can he bowl short pitched deliveries in the final overs????

  • beth.cameron.94 - 2012-09-28 15:26

    Smith's not looking like such a lousy captain right now. Why did de Villiers take the spinners off? Both Morne and Albie Morkel were incredibly expensive - going for 9 and 13 runs per over respectively. Albie Morkel needs to stop telling in sundry what he going to do, he needs to close his mouth and let his bowling do the talking. Always told what a great cricketer he is, yet once again he's failed his country!

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-28 16:26

      So who comes in to take Albie's place? Parnell? McLaren? Lopsy? Justin Ontong? Faf? Didn't we keep hearing in England how useless these guys are? We have to pick a team of eleven, we can't send ten guys out to play. So who will be the eleventh? Who WON'T suck in your opinion?

      Hanjo - 2012-09-28 20:45

      Richard - faf can come in for Albie, specially if it's another spin friendly pitch, he is a better batsman, better fielder and better bowler in these conditions(or just plain better) - Albie is all hype and no game

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-29 01:36

      I have no problem with Faf playing, I have great respect for his talent and he batted really well in the last IPL. But most local fans spit fireballs if Faf plays and doesn't score big. They follow the golden rule that the best player is the one who wasn't picked.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-28 15:27

    We are still in it but it felt like our last 2 rugby tests, slipped away. Gul was the differnce, too many short balls to him and co.

  • ndabenhle.g.ngcobo - 2012-09-28 15:27

    You cant trust a Morkel.

      chriscathy.meistre - 2012-09-28 15:31

      Both Morkels are useless

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-28 16:53

      I wonder what the reaction would be if Geoff Boycott, Mike Atherton, Shane Warne or Freddie Flintoff said that the Morkels are useless?

      hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-09-29 12:48

      The two of them "cost us deraly". can someone please tery to emind me whay we even pick Albie at all? His main claim to fame is supposed to be "his explosive hitting and rapid scoring rate". he has done that sometimes playing IPL, can not recall seeing him live up to that reputation when respresenting his country. I would rather put my money of someone with balls that I can trust. Robbie Peterson, Botha, hell dale steyn anyone but a Morkel. On an odd dau when Morne bowls well he is brilliant, but the damege we suffer on the other 99 games before the next good one comes is just too painful. Never mind "deliver us from evil", please deliver is from the agony inflicted by the Morkels.

  • johann.welsh - 2012-09-28 15:28

    The lost by the Proteas , we can only blame one person and that is Ab . Very poor

  • mitch.timour - 2012-09-28 15:28

    Morkel A - Pathetic; Morkel M - Useless; AB as Captain - lacking in experience and logical thought. Better that we get knocked out in the super 8 stage then have to endure another chock at the last hurdle. CHOKERS!

      mitch.timour - 2012-09-28 15:30

      Opps ....Choke!

  • robert.devilliers1 - 2012-09-28 15:29

    Chokers again......!!!!!!!!!!!!

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-09-28 16:06

      Idiot again

  • jennifer.kisten.1 - 2012-09-28 15:30

    Now that's what you call blu bull S**t

      malcolm.molver - 2012-09-28 15:56

      Now that's something worth pointing out! AB and the Morkel brothers are all from Pretoria...

      lean.sadie - 2012-09-28 16:01

      I Had no idea, or care where any of them are from. Hell I Barely know where any of them play right now. Only thing that matters is, the bad decisions turned the game. You don't put one of your best batsmen in at 6. And if bowlers are doing well, you bowl them more, or at least their 4 overs.

      lean.sadie - 2012-09-28 16:14

      Also, don't bring this crap into cricket as well. Rugby is already bad enough.

      zack.potgieter.3 - 2012-09-28 16:56

      It is amazing how every opportunity a non-Bulls supporter gets, they use, correct me if I am wrong, what does Super Rugby history tell us? .....arseholes.

  • fregee.chibuzor - 2012-09-28 15:30

    Poor captaincy cost SA in the end. The seamers were struggling and the spinners who had Pakistan in a fix should have bowled at least 2 more overs.

      ibbetsonkennedy - 2012-09-28 16:44

      I agree totally could not believe AB came in so late to bat and did not show us any flair and then not to use Duminy and especially Botha at 77/7 we had the game in the bag and then AB you really did a dumb thing today sad for all your fans

  • chriscathy.meistre - 2012-09-28 15:30

    Morkel brothers are the chokers. Bad captaincy to let Morkel brothers bowl at the death. Levi is just a flash in the pan.

  • classwar.trotsky - 2012-09-28 15:31

    Pakistan's secret weapon was having Yasir Arafat in the team lol.

      hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-09-29 12:51

      Pakistan's secret weapon was the Morkel brothers playing in our shirts.!!!!!!!!

  • christian.koegelenberg - 2012-09-28 15:31

    Once again Albie Morkel lost South-Africa a match with his inept bowling. Can anyone remind us when was the last time he won a match with his alleged power-hitting? I remember vaguely something around 2009. My other prediction is that Levi will end the tournament an utter failure as well. Runs against Zimbabwe under no pressure don’t count. If Amla, du Plessis and Duminy don’t fire together in the next couple of matches we are screwed. It is unfair that they have to carry the burden but what the heck they must be getting used to it.

      christian.koegelenberg - 2012-09-28 19:56

      not du Plessis (also a lightweight) but AB de Villiers! Sorry, heat of the moment.

  • maureen.jackson.564 - 2012-09-28 15:32

    Shocking captaincy. AB completely out of his depth. Kallis was awful. "Big Mac" Levi must now go. WHEN will the guys learn?

      UNITY - 2012-09-28 17:52

      I think Faf deserves a game!!! Would make more runs then levi ..and he can bowl!!

  • marc.bester.1 - 2012-09-28 15:33

    bunch of bloody numbskulls!! probably smoked Dagga before the game!

  • yazeed.khan1 - 2012-09-28 15:33

    Man of Match for Pakistan should be AB "dumb as Captain" . Did not give Johan his full allocated overs on a truning pitch. What does ALbie and levi bring to the team

  • djbakes - 2012-09-28 15:34

    Wasted opportunity of the worst kind. The goldfish like memory span of our captain forgets who got the side in the game...I'd have to drink 2 bottles of wine to be this forgetful and I might just have to. I hope I don't choke on it

  • trevor.dean.10 - 2012-09-28 15:36

    Every time Albie Morkel bowls he gives away way too many runs. I could not understand why he was brought on to bowl when the spinners were doing so well. Johan Botha and JP Duminy could have both bowled more overs, but AB brought on the seamers????

      Hanjo - 2012-09-28 20:30

      I would tolerate a bowler getting smacked around a bit, if at least the bowler looked like taking wickets - Albie is not a wicket taking bowler - you can only ever be keeping the run rate down or trying to take wickets, or both. - So what is the point of even bowling him.

  • thabo.malose.31 - 2012-09-28 15:36

    What game! So unlucky proteas, still cant believe they lost. Great fight back, now i feel win they'll win this tournament.

  • gnoise.prod - 2012-09-28 15:37

    i don't understand why AB bowled Morkel in the last over when the spinners did the job for him

  • chris.chetty.965 - 2012-09-28 15:37

    really.....is this for real , come on AB how much did you get paid ?

  • Brad - 2012-09-28 15:37

    T20....stupid format.

  • donald.cloete.7 - 2012-09-28 15:38

    How do our ipl bowlers bowl half way down the pitch Kallis of all people and his batting no B MT

      UNITY - 2012-09-28 16:55

      these guys are in it for the money.. Their performance doesn't go beyond that motivation. That is why so many are now selecting to retire from certain formats... For money and greed!

  • chris.chetty.965 - 2012-09-28 15:38

    really poor display .... come on AB how much did you get out of this ?

  • andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-09-28 15:39

    Die Bulls laat die Bokke verloor en nou die Protea chokers ook.

  • jaco.duplessis2 - 2012-09-28 15:40

    The worst thing you can possibly do is to let Morkel bowl the last over!! Come to think of it, the worst thing is to let him bowl in any T20. Levi must be the biggest dissapointment - he struggled against England and is not looking to score runs in this World Twenty20 either. Our spinners were great - why not bowl Duminy and Botha their 4 overs???

      andrew.deacon.39 - 2012-09-28 15:47

      Let Faf have a chance opening? He was on fire in the IPL, even if he was poor in England.

      lean.sadie - 2012-09-28 15:52

      Definitely Faf above Levi. He is another spin option too. But will he be used on a pitch like that? At this point Albie should be dropped as well.

      Hanjo - 2012-09-28 20:22

      Guys - faf in for Albie rather, that would give us an extra 'actual' batsman, Levi has been poor, but I would rather risk Levi having another few bad nights than having Albie come in at 7 with a few overs left, barely unable to hit any boundaries(which is his job as specialist finisher). Faf, being a spin option, would also add value on similar pitches, not to mention his fielding. - Albie is not a good enough bowler at this level, every time he bowls I can't help but expect the worse.

  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-09-28 15:42

    I should have stayed in the kitchen lol!

  • andrew.deacon.39 - 2012-09-28 15:43

    The Proteas didn't choke, only the Morkels. Morne you can forgive because he actually performs more often than not and alright it was mainly the one full-toss that was terrible, but Albie was just awful. Gentle half-volleys and slow bouncers... are you joking? Umar Gul is not a batsman, but give him balls like that and he, and any other international player who can hold a bat, can punish you. He is just too erratic as a bowler to justify his place in the all-rounder slot. At the moment Duminy AB's decision to bowl pace for those last few overs when he had so many overs of spin left was also a bit mad. The run rate was over 10 with 5 overs or so remaining. Let Botha or Peterson have a go with his TWO OVERS he had left and build even more pressure with a softer ball and no fielding restrictions. Damn, even Duminy could have done well there. So disappointing. We need to wake up before the next game!

      andrew.deacon.39 - 2012-09-28 15:44

      *At the moment Duminy is a better all-rounder than he is. :p

      Hanjo - 2012-09-28 20:15

      Andrew, I also think on spin friendly pitches, if given a decent opportunity, Faf would be a much better option for the allrounder slot.

  • kokwana.map - 2012-09-28 15:46

    Kallis is an experienced player and also an experienced Choker in the ICC events.

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-09-28 16:09

      hey guys respect the jacque!!! lol

  • stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-09-28 15:46

    ATTENTION ALL IDIOTS ON HERE. Do yourself a favour and just dont watch sport period. One can see by the usual brain dead comments , you are not supporters just fickle hangers on. Got to laugh everytime a dimwit mentions the choke word

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-09-28 15:57

      Today wasn't a choke. It was poor captaincy and shocking execution by our seamers.

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-09-28 16:10

      @stephen they deserve to vent mate!!

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-09-28 16:22

      @boom, Im afraid I dont agree. Every time the Proteas do well there is not a peep. WHen they lose one game people come flying out of the woodwork with the same garbage. These people arent supporters. I have watched to much cricket to know these thing happen. Umar Gul is not a rabbit with the bat.

      brendon.g.lambert - 2012-09-28 16:24

      when you pull a losing game into a winning opportunity and then lose by 2 wickets...that is called choking my friend.

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-09-28 16:29

      @Nebulash, good grief sigh.

      UNITY - 2012-09-28 16:34

      @stephen, don't like it..then u in the wrong place man! When u can't respect other peoples views, u are no better than a dictator!!!!

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-09-28 16:40

      @unity, I disagree. According to people here a player can never have a bad game. Its not constructive at all. I have been on here a while, people are stretching the phrase "opnion" a lot

      zack.potgieter.3 - 2012-09-28 16:46

      @Nebulash, spot on, and stephen, if these idiots aren't supporters because they can't handle knowing their team should ALWAYS win, because they ARE meant to be the best, and then lose a game like this, I think the least they can do is vent. I would enjoy seeing you beaten in the streets of England for the same stupid comment when one of their teams loses a game. You have no passion for the sport, for your country and team, if you are not pissed when they lose, then it is you that is not a true supporter. so I ask, are you sure it is not you that is the synchronized swimming fanatic butting in with useless comments on a forum discussing cricket?

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-09-28 17:19

      @zack.potgieter.3 , absolute garbage dont confuse passion with trolling. The self same people do not post when the Proteas win to congratulate them on a good game all they do is post when they lose - thats a big difference. I support my team through thick and thin and understand the format of the game so these results happen. I understand that players can have a off game. I have plenty of passion but dont randomly post bile on an internet forum because my unrealistic demands are not met. CHildish are what most of the people are. Get your facts right

  • warren.williams.7771 - 2012-09-28 15:46

    Was a great match, unfortunately AB should have played spin in his last few overs. the medium / fast bowlers cost us the game. But good learning curve for our young skipper.

      thabo.malose.31 - 2012-09-28 17:03

      I agree, AB made mistakes today but lets not forget we started poorly and fought our way in a match we should have lost early had paskistan gone about their chase in the right way!

  • moses.govender.7 - 2012-09-28 15:47

    Dumb ass SA stick to the same game plan every game. AB went with preconceived ideas in the last few overs and Pakistan were waiting....i dont know whats worse the actual defeat or the confirmation that we are the dumbest team araound!

      kokwana.map - 2012-09-28 15:53

      the dumbest team around.

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-09-28 15:53

      Well you are definately the dumbest person around

      derek.wright.7370 - 2012-09-28 16:32

      Botha should be captain and AB can concentrate on his batting. Why on earth didn't he bowl the spinners through. Levy doesn't seem to have much to offer. We are the least innovative side in world cricket and are test no 1 without this. Would be streets ahead if we were enterprising

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-28 17:16

      So what you are saying, Moses, is that Gary Kirsten is the dumbest coach around? Or do you believe that Gary doesn't have a game plan and just leaves it up to AB while he goes home and spends time with his family? Gotta love it that when the Boks lose, it's because of Heyneke Meyer's game plan. When the Proteas lose, it has nothing to do with Gary Kirsten's game plan. How does that work?

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-09-28 15:48

    1. Wasn't choking. Choking is when you're in a certain win position and then throw it away because of pressure. We were never in a good position. At some stage it looked better for us but still doesn't count as choking. Just came down to crappy play. Started crap. Came back. Looked better. Threw it away again. 2. We lost because: Our batting was nowhere! All available overs for spin was not used! and Albie Morkel (and some others) bowling short where as if he bowled fuller boundries would have been missed. But yeah. All n all not choking. And we still have 2 games left. Do it!!

  • sabiha.lockhat - 2012-09-28 15:49

    when its comes to T20 best captain is botha he uses he mentality and is craftt and accurate , but sad to say he wont be available for capataincy!!

  • ashling.barry.39 - 2012-09-28 15:49

    Why has Amla not done anything tonight, drop catch (and it was) no score with the bat???????

      lean.sadie - 2012-09-28 15:55

      The ball dropped on the ground before he got his hand under it. How is that a drop catch? And you expect 1 guy to do all the scoring every single game? Amla is awesome, but still human. Can't rely on just 1 person for every game. PS: You are Irish living in Australia. What does Amla have to do with you?

  • antoine.tredoux - 2012-09-28 15:49

    Quite frankly, you win and lose as a team, but i am unhappy with Albie Morkel, i have never seen such a heap of rubbish being bowled like he bowled today, for a guy of his calibre and the professional era we are in, surely this cannot be deemed to be acceptable. This was hugely dissappointing, once again we make hard work of things when we had the game in the bag. Noew we will see the character of the team, i am still for them good luck guys!

  • Asif Asmal - 2012-09-28 15:53

    Chokers! I feel the game changed when Kallis came in to bowl. Strange, cos i remember News24 and its followers having heaps of praise for his bowling against Zim. It was Zim for God's sake!

      lean.sadie - 2012-09-28 16:12

      All I can say is sigh.

  • tinus.olivier.5 - 2012-09-28 15:53

    The choke continues.

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-09-28 15:57

      The idiot continues

      lean.sadie - 2012-09-28 16:11

      Every loss is a choke hey. Just like every person using that word is an expert at all sports and life.

      zack.potgieter.3 - 2012-09-28 16:49

      And I see Stephen also continues...Are you not missing a re-run of last years masters bowls championship or something?

      tinus.olivier.5 - 2012-09-28 17:25

      @stephen and lean we had the pakkies at 76/7 and we still blew it. If that's not choking then it must be match fixing. A side with some of the best players in the world shouldn't lose when they have their oposition at 76/7.

      lean.sadie - 2012-09-28 17:45

      Yes Tinus, every loss for a Protea team is a choke. Yet, when others teams lose, or do worse it's simply just losing. Problem was that total was too low to start with, the spinners got us close. Bad captaincy, and not bowling them was the biggest reason for the loss. Get over ur choking tag, you are a true idiot. From your point of view, every team that ever loses a close game choked. In this format of the game it only takes a few good balls, or hits to change the game completely, and maybe some luck, Like NZ with that last ball last night to get a draw.

      tc.convulvulous - 2012-09-29 08:17

      I want to support the guy that suggeste we replace the Protea emblem with an ARTICHOKE. Goo idea.

  • andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-09-28 15:55

    AB gaan speel rugby daar kry die kaptein nooit die skuld nie.

      lean.sadie - 2012-09-28 16:03

      Andre, the good news is, you won't be around much longer.

  • mdu.s.khumalo - 2012-09-28 15:56

    This ground was just spinner friendly today, game plan didn't work out

      andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-09-28 15:59

      Is HM die afrigter hier ook??

  • kokwana.map - 2012-09-28 16:04

    the tail lander Umar Gul never even improvised, thats how bad Kallis n Albie were choking.

      lean.sadie - 2012-09-28 16:07

      lander hey? Is it the High lander? Hope you choke on ........

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-09-28 16:08

      Good God how stupid are you.

  • gunner.zn.5 - 2012-09-28 16:05

    Poor captaincy lost us this. Pressure on SA to win next 2 games which will be highly unlikely