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Proteas stumble in Colombo

2012-09-28 13:25

Colombo - Pakistan's spinners revelled on a slow wicket to restrict mighty South Africa to 133/6 in their Group 2 Super Eights match of the ICC World Twenty20 in Colombo on Friday.

Skipper Mohammad Hafeez picked up two wickets with his off-spin as Pakistan used four spinners to keep the runs in check after South Africa won the toss and elected to bat at the Premadasa stadium.

Seamers Yasir Arafat and Umar 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.

Pakistan struck in the second over when Arafat had the in-form Hashim Amla caught in the covers for six, after the opener survived a stumping chance in the first over sent down by spinner Raza Hasan.

Saeed Ajmal bowled Richard Levi with his second delivery and Hafeez removed danger man Jacques Kallis with his first ball, caught in the covers.

Hafeez claimed another wicket in his final over when Farhaan Behardien, who made 18, charged down the wicket and was stumped by Kamran Akmal in the 13th over.

Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi conceded just 26 runs each in their four overs of spin.

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.

AFP

Comments
  • wesley.rousseau.58 - 2012-09-28 13:28

    Graeme Smith should always have gone with, Levi has been horrible

      sulaiman.galant.7 - 2012-09-28 13:44

      Why did AB not play no3

      wesley.rousseau.58 - 2012-09-28 13:46

      Don't know, he should have given himself more overs to play with, bizzare

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-28 13:49

      @sulaiman.galant.7 Yeah wonder about that myself!He came in at no. 6 and what's the point of that?Also why are all the Group Winners from the previous round put in the same group to play each other?This ICC and tournament organizers are full of BS doing that.

      Hanjo.0 - 2012-09-28 14:13

      Pakistan are 37 - 4 off 6.2 overs. so Anything is possible. the other Akmal and Afridi are danger men, once we remove them the game is ours for the taking

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-09-28 14:20

      GAME ON!!! I'm not saying anything until it's over lol :D

      lean.sadie - 2012-09-28 14:46

      76/7 GO PROTEAS. It's not over yet folks. Never think it is, this game is very unpredictable.

      wesley.rousseau.58 - 2012-09-28 14:48

      Lovely lovely lovely!!!

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-28 15:01

      Pakistan can still win this its 22 to get from 18 balls.Wow what a turn around Gul has made.

      ettiene.esterhuizen.7 - 2012-09-28 15:02

      SA showing how to choke we had the game in the bag then Kallis and Albie got smacked all over the park. CHOKERS

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-09-28 15:05

      Guys this is the best match so far no matter who wins, well played!!

      ettiene.esterhuizen.7 - 2012-09-28 15:06

      @boom afridi guess what afridi got a golden duck hahaha

      ettiene.esterhuizen.7 - 2012-09-28 15:08

      very bad captaincy from AB

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

      haha boom boom zero for a while now!! edge of seat guys!!

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-28 15:14

      9 from 6

      jason.vanderspuy.5 - 2012-09-28 15:18

      You can’t be serious! How did Johan Botha only bowl 2 overs. And Duminy got 1 for 5 from only 2 overs as well! We absolutely strangled the life out of them with our spinners. They were on the ropes. And then AB brings on Kallis and Albie, who just fed them friendly sitters. Why why why! Can anyone explain, cause I’m at a lost, and seriously p1ssed off!

      ettiene.esterhuizen.7 - 2012-09-28 15:19

      welcome back to earth pro-chokers!!! Pak win a big thanks to AB with his bad captaincy, The Morkel brothers for losing the plot and also Kallis. But the main reason is AB for using the medium to fast bowlers and who cannot read a pitch!!

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-09-28 15:20

      Yes WTF you guys had spinners in the bag and you handed it to us with the quickies!!!!

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-28 15:21

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

  • wesley.green.3597 - 2012-09-28 13:28

    dam spinners!!!! oh well. we have the runs on the board. leggo!

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-28 13:44

      Any score under 150 was never really going to be enough.So Pakistan should get this quite easily.Having said that Pakistan are notorius for their batting collapses even when chasing down so-called low scores.England in one of the warm matches against them scored something like a 110 runs or so and then bowled Pakistan out for 95 runs or something.So lets see how it goes and how well SA defends this 133 total.

      gerald.smith.9041083 - 2012-09-28 13:56

      @Sean. I like your optimism and certainly hope you are right but I can't help but feel that we are 40 - 50 runs short of what we should have scored on this pitch

      lean.sadie - 2012-09-28 14:47

      Gerald, its not over yet buddy. Come on Proteas, show your class!!!!

      lean.sadie - 2012-09-28 15:00

      GJ bowling Albie AB. Use the Damn Spinners...................

      gerald.smith.9041083 - 2012-09-28 15:04

      I hear you LS but then AB duffs up by bringing on Albie who I think has just cost us the match.

  • lean.sadie - 2012-09-28 13:31

    Saw this one coming. Proteas, bowl well, anything can still happen.

      lean.sadie - 2012-09-28 14:49

      For the next game, on this Pitch. I Would drop Levi for Faf, another spinner. And Have Kallis opening with Amla.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-28 13:32

    Not a good start, but it is not over till is over.

      michael.hendrickse.58 - 2012-09-28 13:41

      I agree Deon........as at 13:42, the game has not been lost......our fielding and bowling line-up will klap the Pakis!!!!!!

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-28 14:19

      Keeping the faith again Deon :) Hopefully Pakistan fall apart the way they are famous for.

  • bhavvik.nana - 2012-09-28 13:34

    top 3 let us down! nothing we can do about it. Amla and Kallis failing on the same day! too bad! hopefully our bowlers can step up and defend this score. Pakistan can be feeble if put under pressure. Dont give up boys boys!!! COMON PROTEAS!

  • gnoise.prod - 2012-09-28 13:35

    i have faith in our bowlers & fielders...we will WIN!!

  • gerald.smith.9041083 - 2012-09-28 13:36

    It's agonising to see how the majority of our batsmen (with the exception of AB and JP) still struggle against spin. I would really have thought that, with the amount of international cricket they play these days and the fact that most of them play in the IPL where they face a plethora of different spin bowlers, they would have learnt to play spin far more effectively

  • michael.moolman.7 - 2012-09-28 13:39

    Did I hear someone saying...choke!

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-09-28 13:44

      Did I hear someone say pathetic fickle loser "supporter"

  • michael.moolman.7 - 2012-09-28 13:40

    Oh! my bad it was joke.

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-09-28 13:45

      idiot

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-09-28 13:57

      @michael, other years we've always won ALL of our games and then come semi's we would lose (that is choking!), lets hope it is different now (I doubt we will win this one), losing the 1st game and then go all the way. Michael, stephen axtell is a WP supporter and is quite sensitive to 'THAT' word hence the immediate insult.

      lean.sadie - 2012-09-28 14:51

      Funny you all always mention WP when it comes to that. Yet the Sharks have played in more Semi's Finals than any SA Team, even the Bulls, and have not won the Super Cup once. Why does nobody even mention that? It does not matter, you can't win a cup if you aren't in the playoffs.

  • deon.fouche.3 - 2012-09-28 13:41

    Pakistan will need nothing more than 15 overs for this one to win. Back luck boys.. Next time maybe on a better pitch.

      gerald.smith.9041083 - 2012-09-28 13:52

      We can't always hope for pitches that suit us. If we want to win tournaments we have to learn to play well on all surfaces and most importantly, we need to learn to play spin .

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-28 14:35

      At this rate Pakistan won't last 15 overs......

      deon.fouche.3 - 2012-09-28 15:10

      Alfred... you said what??

  • thabo.malose.31 - 2012-09-28 13:47

    Choking again i see! Well they'll come right someday.

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-09-28 13:55

      Please explain why it is choking. It seems easy for any retard to scream "choke" without actually know the meaning

  • bronwen.f.phillips - 2012-09-28 14:03

    choking again,,its just not possible it seems for south african sports teams to go the extra mile..its let up to individuals like chad le clos to do it

  • kgotlaetsile.mophuti - 2012-09-28 14:04

    I cant understan why the proteas are still persisting with shuffeling the batting order,as for levi i think he was just a one-hit-wonder our team should be like this next game-AMLA,DU PLESSIS,KALLIS,DE VELLIERS,DUMINY,ONTONG,ALBIE,BOTHA,ROBIE,MORNE,STEYN

  • Ntutu Dlova - 2012-09-28 14:15

    Glad to be @work . well no one will accuse us of picking too early. there s 2 more games,lets hope this will be a lesson to our guys,still love them thou.

  • vincent.s.cupido - 2012-09-28 14:15

    Good gosh, I hate to say this but I sense us "choking" again, the author is not serious, "mighty" SA? No, mighty chokers. Our team's wealth of experience helped us absolutely "bokkorol" today, in fact, I did not see our senior players play sensible cricket as one would expect from experienced players, they were plain stupid with no vision as well. Innovation is critical in T20's, hence the reverse sweep shot played regularly, but I hate to see our senior/experienced batsmen playing that shot if we are with our back against the wall, as was the case today. Levi, who needs a big innings, lost his wicket after attempting that shot, but AB and JP played that same shot, and on a slow picth sweep shots are more challenging and difficult to get away. When we need a lot of boundaries and runs to get ourselves out of the woods, we can't waste deliveries on failed sweep shots. We are putting ourselves under a lot of pressure, and even if we manage to win this game today, which is very unlikely (again I hate to say this) as far as I am concerned and given the Pakistani's brilliant form in both departments, they should be winning this game quite comfortably, unless they also collapse, which we should probably be praying for, the Pakistani's can be absolutely brilliant one day and useless the next day. Another stupidity on our part was also the fact that Behardien was batting before AB, and although Behardien shows a lot of promise, we all know that Ab is a better player. Let's pray guys!

  • vincent.s.cupido - 2012-09-28 14:15

    Good gosh, I hate to say this but I sense us "choking" again, the author is not serious, "mighty" SA? No, mighty chokers. Our team's wealth of experience helped us absolutely "bokkorol" today, in fact, I did not see our senior players play sensible cricket as one would expect from experienced players, they were plain stupid with no vision as well. Innovation is critical in T20's, hence the reverse sweep shot played regularly, but I hate to see our senior/experienced batsmen playing that shot if we are with our back against the wall, as was the case today. Levi, who needs a big innings, lost his wicket after attempting that shot, but AB and JP played that same shot, and on a slow picth sweep shots are more challenging and difficult to get away. When we need a lot of boundaries and runs to get ourselves out of the woods, we can't waste deliveries on failed sweep shots. We are putting ourselves under a lot of pressure, and even if we manage to win this game today, which is very unlikely (again I hate to say this) as far as I am concerned and given the Pakistani's brilliant form in both departments, they should be winning this game quite comfortably, unless they also collapse, which we should probably be praying for, the Pakistani's can be absolutely brilliant one day and useless the next day. Another stupidity on our part was also the fact that Behardien was batting before AB, and although Behardien shows a lot of promise, we all know that Ab is a better player. Let's pray guys!

      wesley.rousseau.58 - 2012-09-28 14:40

      Egg on your face

  • Daniel Mah - 2012-09-28 14:21

    ouch - not over yet.

  • edmund.meyer.3 - 2012-09-28 14:21

    I hope we win all our matches except against Australia! Want us to lose against Mickey Arthur and realise the amazing coach we once had!

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-28 14:57

      You an idiot.

      edmund.meyer.3 - 2012-09-28 15:39

      Also thought he was weak until I read his book. Read it and you might agree...

  • Jean-Pierre Barry - 2012-09-28 14:37

    Pakistan 63/6

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-28 14:48

      The collapse is on.Please let it go full circle with all 10 Pakistan wickets down.

  • dieter.muller.942145 - 2012-09-28 14:40

    Boom Afridi is quiet now .. did he go blow himself up?

      wesley.rousseau.58 - 2012-09-28 14:49

      boom-boom went bye-bye

  • kgotlaetsile.mophuti - 2012-09-28 14:48

    Oopsie,oopsie,oopsie

  • kgotlaetsile.mophuti - 2012-09-28 14:58

    You gotta be kidding me

  • vincent.s.cupido - 2012-09-28 14:58

    Sure Wesley, I am more than happy to admit if my predictions were wrong, as I would love to see our guys win this game, no problem even if I have "eggs on my face", even though you sidestepped my comments to influence my views expressed, but I still maintain the points I made in my earlier post, I can give you other examples of our team playing very badly and high risk stupid cricket in knock out stages of these tournaments, thereby throwing our chances of winning the cup, and my biggest frustration is that our senior players are the main culprits. I will be very happy if we manage to pull this one through. We are not out of the woods as yet, and I just saw Albie Morkel giving them a free hit, it is exactly this kind of lack of discipline that will cost us ultimately.

  • tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-09-28 15:03

    Why play fast & medium fast when it is a spinning pitch? Nooooo....

      lean.sadie - 2012-09-28 15:06

      BAD BAD Captaincy, very bad. Albie should not have bowled, use the damn spinners

  • Makri Singh - 2012-09-28 15:04

    stumbled and humbled! eish!

  • beth.cameron.94 - 2012-09-28 15:05

    I'm always been told what an awesome player Albie Morkel is and why he doesn't play more for the Proteas. Have a good look at his bowling figures - 2 overs and going for 13 an over! Before he came on to bowl, Pakistan required over 10 runs an over. Yes, he's awesome in IPL and for the Titans, but time and time again he fails for his country

      sulaiman.galant.7 - 2012-09-28 15:12

      Totally agree he is just not international material so is Levi. I liked Levi but other countries has his number.

  • kgotlaetsile.mophuti - 2012-09-28 15:10

    And they are still bowling length balls dont we have yorker bowlers

  • deon.fouche.3 - 2012-09-28 15:10

    De Villiers & Albie Morkel - Pakistan Hero's

      ettiene.esterhuizen.7 - 2012-09-28 15:20

      Agree with Kallis as well.

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-09-28 15:15

    Never rated Albie Morkel before and I'm definitely not changing my mind now. Poor bowler in all forms of the game.

      gerald.smith.9041083 - 2012-09-28 15:23

      Yeah! But it's all AB's fault for bringing him on when he didn't need to. AB doesn't seem to be a very astute captain. Hopefully he will learn.

  • sulaiman.galant.7 - 2012-09-28 15:19

    We were just not good enough, very nice game my emotions was up and down. Scoreline was just not good enough

  • andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-09-28 15:20

    Chokers gooi wp manne uit...............

      tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-09-28 15:21

      Which ones?

      sulaiman.galant.7 - 2012-09-28 15:51

      Don't mix rugby with cricket my friend. Jy moet kyk vanaand hoe wen die Sharks die Pienkies vanaand.

  • vincent.s.cupido - 2012-09-28 15:20

    Morne Morkel just proved my point, another senior player selling us out by giving Umar Akmal a very nice juicy flat six with a full toss delivery in the very last over of the game. EXPERIENCE? SE VOET!

  • ettiene.esterhuizen.7 - 2012-09-28 15:20

    welcome back to earth pro-chokers!!! Pak win a big thanks to AB with his bad captaincy, The Morkel brothers for losing the plot and also Kallis. But the main reason is AB for using the medium to fast bowlers and who cannot read a pitch!!

  • kgotlaetsile.mophuti - 2012-09-28 15:22

    I just choked on my snack but it seems like im not the only one

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-09-28 15:24

    Rot started with Kallis' over. You could see Kallis thought the game was won laughing along, etc. Well, conceded 16 runs right there and then De Villiers lost it completely by bowling the worst bowlers at the end. Hard lessons to be learnt here.

  • andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-09-28 15:25

    Dit is Steyn se skuld drop hom................sorry by verkeerde sport. Ok gooi al die Steyns uit.

  • gerhard.bacharach - 2012-09-28 15:30

    Poor captaincy by AB and the absolutely clueless bowling of Kallis and the Morkels cost us this game. Talk about how to hand a game to your opponents. I´m still gob-smacked.

      sulaiman.galant.7 - 2012-09-28 15:54

      True that, how could they only give Duminy and Botha only two overs to bowl each.Albie and Levi does not deserve to there.

      gerhard.bacharach - 2012-09-28 16:01

      Agree. Both Levi and Albie have had plenty of chances, even though neither of them are of international quality. And AB comes in too far down the order.

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