Agony, ecstasy for Duminy

2011-03-15 15:36

Kolkata - JP Duminy agonisingly missed a century by just one run as South Africa recovered from a poor start to make 272/7 against Ireland on Tuesday and edge closer to the Cricket World Cup quarter-finals.


South Africa were struggling at 117/5 before Duminy and World Cup debutant Colin Ingram (46), replacing the injured AB de Villiers, put on 87 for the sixth wicket at Kolkata's Eden Gardens.

The 26-year-old Duminy, who added 65 for the seventh wicket with Johan Botha, was on 99 when he skied a mistimed drive into the safe hands of a diving Kevin O'Brien in the final over.

A win for South Africa will mean they are the first team from Group B to make the last eight where they will join the four qualifiers from Group A - New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Victory would also end slim Irish hopes of progressing and leave India, West Indies, Bangladesh and England scrambling for the last three spots in their pool.

The 65,000-capacity Eden Gardens, which hosted the 1987 final, was far from full as local fans once again turned their backs on matches not involving India.

The Press Trust of India said that only 2,400 tickets have been sold for the ground's three allocated matches.

Eden Gardens was stripped of its marquee match, between India and England on February 27, because renovation work was not complete.

With their quarter-final place already assured, Pakistan coach Waqar Younis now wants his team to beat defending champions Australia in their final group match on Saturday.

The 1992 champions eased into the last eight with a comfortable seven-wicket win over Zimbabwe on Monday and face Australia, who are on an unbeaten 33-match streak in the World Cup.

"They are such a big team, world champs, and haven't lost for ages," said Waqar of Australia, whose last defeat in the event came at the hands of Pakistan in 1999.

He said topping Group A would mean playing the number four team in Group B "whose morale would be down, but for me the bigger thing is the momentum".

Pakistan, with eight points from five matches, are second in Group A, behind New Zealand on net run-rate.

England captain Andrew Strauss and off-spinner Graeme Swann are doubtful for the clash against the West Indies in Chennai on Thursday after missing training with stomach problems.

"They're two key players and would be in anybody's team," England batsman Jonathan Trott said of Strauss and Swann.

England must beat the West Indies to have a chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals, but even then they will need other results to go their way.

Meanwhile, Canada's John Davison, who once held the record for the fastest World Cup century, will retire from international cricket after his side's final match against Australia.

Davison, born in Canada but brought up in Australia, smashed his famous hundred off just 67 balls against the West Indies at Centurion in 2003.

"I suppose it's pretty fitting it's against Australia," 40-year-old Davison said of his final international match on Wednesday.

Australia's Matthew Hayden broke Davison's record at the 2007 World Cup and it was broken again at the ongoing tournament by Ireland's Kevin O'Brien, who reached three figures off just 50 balls against England.


South Africa:

Graeme Smith (captain), Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, JP Duminy, Colin Ingram, Faf du Plessis, Morne van Wyk (wk), Johan Botha, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel.


William Porterfield (captain), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Niall O'Brien (wk), Gary Wilson, Kevin O'Brien, Alex Cusack, John Mooney, Trent Johnston, George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin.


  • Zandberg - 2011-03-15 10:55

    Would have given Lobsy a run. And let Faf bowl a few. We need to give him some more bowling exposure just in case.... Lastly, lets hope van Wyk can score a few. Damn his confidence needs it. Goooooo Proteas!

      Sipho - 2011-03-15 13:00

      Too late... Smith has got it all wrong again. We finished...

  • rockurassoff - 2011-03-15 10:55

    When is the last time the Proteas won a toss??? I can't recall them winning the toss once in the WC?

      DeonL - 2011-03-15 11:49

      As long as they keep winning!

      Flee - 2011-03-15 11:57

      well there was chaos in the change room over the weekend... Maybe someone got a toss??

      David van Niekerk - 2011-03-15 12:13

      haha @flee hahaha lol

      Squeeze - 2011-03-15 12:21

      Does it matter. Dumb ass Smith would have chosen to bat.

      Greg - 2011-03-15 13:17

      Why do we need to win the toss - we already have a TOSS called Graham?

      Michael - 2011-03-15 13:33

      Ag, if he won the toss he would have chosen to "BET" - ...dangerous, wouldn't it be, especially in India?

  • Clive - 2011-03-15 10:58

    I think an opportunity has been missed to give Tsotsobe and/or Parnell a run. One of them should have palyed in this match to give Steyn or Morkel a break, and the other in the final pool match. If we suffer an injury to one of our pacemen, and Parnell and Tsotsobe have been confined to net sessions, we might regret their lack of time out in the middle. I am pleased to see that Ingram is getting a chance. I still feel that the squad would have been stronger with Boucher and Albie Morkel there - Bouch for van Wyk and Albie for Parnell.

      jeremy - 2011-03-15 11:18

      I was going to comment - then I read your post and realised you'd said almost exactly what I would have said. And I think you're just about spot-on!

      stack - 2011-03-15 12:03

      yeah.. what he said ;o) - and double for th bouch comment we are seriously missing Bouch!!

  • Goosen - 2011-03-15 11:11

    Pity about Lopsy not given chance :( Al least another newbie gets a shot.

  • WeZo - 2011-03-15 11:29

    Dammit. they got lucky with that Amla wicket!! Lets see if Smith can score some runs! the oke needs it!!!!

      WeZo - 2011-03-15 11:47

      ok. there goes that idea! - 2011-03-15 11:53

      When last did Smith score anything decent?

      Flee - 2011-03-15 11:59

      He scored a chick recently supposedly.... thats about it ...........EVER...

      Pop - 2011-03-15 12:00

      In what year???

      Bob - 2011-03-15 12:33

      WeZo they got lucky with three more wickets since then, shame poor Irish this is the terrible whooping all you supporters promised them, World beaters v Minnows, the umpires should call a halt to this slaughter.

      WeZo - 2011-03-15 12:49

      haha Bob. U must be an English supporter!!

      Bob - 2011-03-15 13:02

      Or Irish, oh and they just got lucky again, gee the luck of the Irish, apart from bad luck that's some whooping you giving my paddy's.

      Jim - 2011-03-15 13:19

      The SA supporters with their big mouths are starting to rubbish their side again,i wonder why, oh yes now i remember they are rubbish.

      Bob - 2011-03-15 13:47

      WeZo how unlucky was Ingram, that ball was missing off and leg stump.

      WeZo - 2011-03-15 13:58

      ya that was unlucky. but he must have been lucky to smash 46 off 43 balls hey?

      Bob - 2011-03-15 15:14

      WeZo I know real lucky to get them 46 LOL, great innings by Duminy, the guy is a class act on his day, interesting chase but I feel a few too many for me Paddy's, they will go down fighting though.

  • SA-FAN - 2011-03-15 11:35

    van wyk and smith is not going to last long i can just feel it :(

      DeonL - 2011-03-15 11:48

      Hope you are wrong! Van Wyk seems to be starting faster than Smith

      Lourens - 2011-03-15 11:52

      There goes smith

      Saeeda - 2011-03-15 11:52

      yip u where so right there no luck this time

      DeonL - 2011-03-15 11:55

      Ooops, maybe Smith should sit out next game?

      Bob - 2011-03-15 15:15

      I hear his cell phone went just before he went out to bat, put the call on hold.

  • Only Truth - 2011-03-15 11:53

    When is Tsotsobe gonna play?? I thought this was the match where he was gonna get a gametime.

  • corro51 - 2011-03-15 11:57

    45, 20, 22, 16, 7...... No, these are not the Lotto numbers.

      siyafierce - 2011-03-15 13:37

      brilliant post mate

  • alessandroz067 - 2011-03-15 11:58

    If smith wasn't captain, would he be playing?

      DeonL - 2011-03-15 12:01

      No, he would have been dropped. I would pick Van Wyk in his place in the next game.

      Larry - 2011-03-15 12:14

      No the B@stard would be @home playing 12th for the Cape Cobras.

      alessandroz067 - 2011-03-15 12:45

      I agree...

  • always thinking - 2011-03-15 11:59

    van wyk 40 not out from 33 balls and timing the ball like a beauty! compare that to smith in his current poor form. if we can open with van wyk and amla they will compliment each other beautifully. van wyk to play the shots and amla to play around him at a strike rate of approx 100 anyways but to not have to play wild shots like how he got out today as he will not have smith at the other end to put pressure on him smith 7 from 18 balls. its not that he fails, its that he fails so slowly!

      BigD - 2011-03-15 12:06

      Smith is struggeling. Kallis seems to be coming back into form at right time. The question is what to do with Smith if he fails in the next game.

  • Pop - 2011-03-15 12:02

    What's new???

      Jim - 2011-03-15 13:05

      Smiths got a new bat.

  • fatpas - 2011-03-15 12:04

    Smith, the technique deficient angle bat idiot, failed again. He wasn't even capable of stepping up to the plate and playing a captains innings after the dismissal of Amla. Run out for 7 off 18 balls at a fantastic ODI strike rate of below 40%

  • trindian - 2011-03-15 12:07

    irish common

  • patrickb - 2011-03-15 12:08

    I am not a Smith basher, but enough is enough. The good of the team now needs to be put ahead of the individual, even if he is captain. So far an average of 21 runs at a strike rate of 55.5....................... That is woeful!

      DeonL - 2011-03-15 12:49

      Yes he should get an injury now or move down to number 6?

      seeps.mazi - 2011-03-15 13:18

      Kallis has a similar average dude so do you suggest we drop him too? I believe Kallis strike rate is in the early 60's as well?

      Mikea - 2011-03-15 13:54

      What about Kallis?? Pretty much the most experience. Done absolutely nothing with the bat. Maybe he needs another hairdoo.

      GraemeBB - 2011-03-15 21:12

      Mikea - did you watch the previous match??? - you must be a dummy.

  • briansmith702 - 2011-03-15 12:10

    Now what a surprise is that? Bloody useless!!!

  • patrickb - 2011-03-15 12:14

    I am about to lose my mind: KALLIS PLEASE LEARN TO HIT A F*CKING SINGLE!!!!!!

      Picasso - 2011-03-15 13:25

      And how many runs have you made in Intenational cricket?

      Mikea - 2011-03-15 13:56

      Agreed. One of the slowest ever. For his experience, pathetic Picasso. I supose the excuse is he is trying to hold the innings together. Flipping ridiculous!!!!!!

      Lord Haw-Haw - 2011-03-15 14:39

      @Mikea, get over yourself you whiney troll

      GraemeBB - 2011-03-15 21:17

      Mikea and patricb: dont praise him when he helps us to the WC. The two of you dont know much, but just want to post because you need to be heard, even if it is bull shit. Well done, mission achieved.

  • Straight Forward - 2011-03-15 12:14

    Smith, again useless with the bat. With regards Lobsy and Parnell, I agree they should have been given a chance Why not drop Smith. He's done nothing. Not even good captaincy

      Brevan - 2011-03-15 23:12

      Smith a great captain? Smith follows a plan and doen't deviate unless one of the other senior players tells him to. I know it's hard to believe from my comments, but I like Smith. I am a Province and Cobras supporter, but for the last few years, Greame has become one dimensional in his captaincy. It seems the only time he deviates from his usual recipe is if it was decided before the time.

  • Kubes - 2011-03-15 12:14

    Is this oke ever gonna make us runs? Or is he just gonna attend press conferences?

  • Chris - 2011-03-15 12:15

    Smith Blows it AGAIN

  • David van Niekerk - 2011-03-15 12:16

    Smith is a great captain. but I think they should try bring him in at 3 just to see if he does take the shine off the ball or if he is just KAK

  • Pieter Wolf - 2011-03-15 12:21

    Cappie Chappie Cheapy Choker.

      GraemeBB - 2011-03-15 21:20

      Good one! Who helped you? No one can think up something this stupid on their own!

  • patrickb - 2011-03-15 12:28

    After 20 overs, Duminy is even slower than Kallis. Combined they have scored 25 runs off 44 balls........57% Hier kom n ding!

      DeonL - 2011-03-15 14:54

      99 - Not too bad?

      GraemeBB - 2011-03-15 21:22

      That is 99 off 103 balls. Not bad at all. Idiots crying about a 131 run win - I just dont get it - maybe some of us arent meant to.

  • Claude - 2011-03-15 12:34

    Quite clearly with two run-outs and more than a few poor shots the Proteas have taken Ireland too lightly despite the noise to the contrary by Corrie van Zyl. We are in danger of loosing this and it now requires the rest of the players to play well above where they have up to now.

  • fatpas - 2011-03-15 12:34

    Kallis also failed again. Also run out. I don't care what history and the stats say, but on current form I don't think Kallis nor Smith deserve to be in the side

      Gunner - 2011-03-15 12:59

      Agreed...unfortunately...that will never happen

  • Straight Forward - 2011-03-15 12:35

    Goodbye Kallis, you fat useless chump. CHOKERS

      DeonL - 2011-03-15 12:46

      Kallis made a good 50+ last time around, I am afraid Smith needs to go down the order or out of the team.

      Picasso - 2011-03-15 13:26

      I don't see you on TV.

      GraemeBB - 2011-03-15 21:24

      Oh, you think you are straight forward - change your name to down right stupid, and then your post makes perfect sense.

  • Ntsikei - 2011-03-15 12:35

    This is not new.............predictable if U may ask me, he must just bat @ number 4...........or sit the Bangies game out! Johan will do a better JOB than this bully! why he's never been dropped to a lower order?? Lobsy & Wayne have age on his side............... they can give moral support! (Brazilian) Ronaldo was a bench warmer in the 1994 Fifa WC..........2day he is the record holder of goals scored in Fifa WC games!

  • The Patriot - 2011-03-15 12:40

    Hot and cold. Not the markings of champions.

      DeonL - 2011-03-15 12:45

      Too early to tell, hopefully we can score another 150 - 200 runs in the last 20 overs.

  • trindian - 2011-03-15 12:52

    South Africa 117/5 (26.4 ov) lol chokers ...

      Ntsikei - 2011-03-15 13:03

      We beat U fear and square! cricket is a game of patience chana...............& we'll bowl them out for 80, wait & see!

      trindian - 2011-03-15 13:12

      @Ntsikei i hope not :))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) that will make the groupB interesting ...

      Egg-Zachary - 2011-03-15 14:59

      ....and now, what you got to say!?!?! You very quiet when they don't choke! Wanker....

      Rajty - 2011-03-15 20:12

      LOL again- we are through to the quaters....chockers- go choke on your mother cooking LOL

  • El-Diablo - 2011-03-15 12:52

    Go Ireland....

      Ntsikei - 2011-03-15 17:05

      yha! they must Go down the drain or Home!

  • El-Diablo - 2011-03-15 12:53

    Go IRELAND!.....

  • mike881 - 2011-03-15 12:55

    Between Smith and Kallis they faced a total of 49 balls which equates to a run rate of 3.18 runs per over. Either the pitch is playing up or the Irish must be awesome bowlers?? Or could it be that Smith and Kallis have not hit form yet in the tournament!

  • shandycop - 2011-03-15 12:55

    Man-boobs (Kallis) CANNOT run! And Smith is always making useless contributions ito runs, only thing he can do is catch a ball. Needs to shape up. If Duminy can save us and get a partnership going, maybe we'll be ok. CAn't even blame this performance on AB's absence. However, I live in hope. C'ommon Proteas

      El-Diablo - 2011-03-15 12:57

      I say give Kallis a break, the man has got skill, but Smif??????? He should be fined for being so kak.

  • Synergetic - 2011-03-15 12:56

    I think SA missed the memo.. they actually have to win this one to qualify.. not treat it as a sunday afternoon friendly because they beat India. Very very slack batting performance so far

      Gunner - 2011-03-15 13:00

      LOL...why the negative comments???....SA supporters were on cloud nine a day or 2 ago

      Synergetic - 2011-03-15 13:03

      i was no where near to cloud 9. it took some individual brilliance to win it for us. no where near a collective effort of a supposed world class team.

      seeps.mazi - 2011-03-15 13:24

      Gunner please save this link and your stupid comment and read it again after the game............

  • MactheKnife - 2011-03-15 12:59

    Doing well Tsotsobe, you are at the moment the no. 1 drinks man. Feel sorry for you though, just like Paul Adams the former no.1 drinks man. I cant imagine why they took him over, he would have performed better than Morkel if selected.

  • jiamalunga - 2011-03-15 12:59

    Hindlick manouvre.....

  • SG - 2011-03-15 13:02

    Here we go again. May the BEST team win ....LoL

  • Cheryl - 2011-03-15 13:12

    All the top order batsmen are boring me big time.......are Smith, Amla etc leaving it all up to the lower batsmen AGAIN to bail them out.. its the same all the time.

  • Thembelihle - 2011-03-15 13:12

    I agree with sipho, smith is a no no, what kind of a captain is he

      Jim - 2011-03-15 14:01

      Captain Hook the crook.

  • Ntsikei - 2011-03-15 13:16

    OOOOOoohhhhh plzzzzzz, we'll bowl Ireland all out for less that 160 in this flat wicket .............. jst miss Tahiiiiirrrrrrrr, I'm definitely not stressed.............

      guidodj - 2011-03-15 14:08

      Cannot agree more!! Duminy is way underated! but mabe its good that way keeps the pressure of him so that he can play his role!!

  • Ntsikei - 2011-03-15 13:18

    JP! JP! JP! JP! JP!.............................JB! JB! JB! JB!'on go boys.......don't give up now!

      jacqui.fryer - 2011-03-15 13:37

      Things are starting to look up for our boys :)

      WeZo - 2011-03-15 13:41

      Love JP! always works hard! very underated! people forget bout the man!

      Sipho - 2011-03-15 14:09

      why not bring on Petersen instead of a run a ball Botha... ggggrrrrr

  • Straight Forward - 2011-03-15 13:45

    The two fat useless chumps both run out? Let them run all the way back to the changerooms and stay there

  • scooter moepeng - 2011-03-15 13:46

    Eish... Graeme, Graeme, Graeme.... Eish always dissapointing. Come on man give others a chance, I cant understand why he cant let Amla & Kallis to start and then he can come thereafter... Eish... this guy likes to defender too much... ah... 7 out of 18 balls... Jooooooooooo!!!!

  • Mikea - 2011-03-15 14:03

    What have they got Tsotsobe and Parnell? They are obviously their to make up the BEE numbers as there is no confidence to play them against the minnos. Kallis, this is not a 5 day Game and Choker Smith clueless. For their experience.What shockers!!!

      jacqui.fryer - 2011-03-15 14:10

      Tsotsobe and Parnell are not there to make up BEE numbers. But I agree with what you say about Kallis and especially Smith - disappointing!

  • Sipho - 2011-03-15 14:13

    why is Botha still batting??? 15 from 19 balls.... grrr. it should read 50 from 19 balls. Give up your wicket u tw@t and let Petersen or Steyn bat.

  • qwerty - 2011-03-15 14:23

    go proteas go back order fires up

  • Sipho - 2011-03-15 14:24

    Here we go - with a run-a-ball Botha. Why does he not whack the ball or give his wicket so someone else can actually score some meaningful runs... aka Petersen, Steyn. Botha u airhead.

      Goosen - 2011-03-15 14:52

      Botha is not an airhead.He is the future! * thrilling music playing in the background* hehehe

      Grant Donald - 2011-03-15 15:19

      Run a ball, giving the strike to the established batsman every time. Genius!

      Sipho - 2011-03-15 16:08

      he is a numpty and should be kept away from the SA team. Does nothing with the ball and a batting average my gran can better and batter.

  • trindian - 2011-03-15 14:43

    Duminy choked @ 99! lol choke is always there in every game for proteas ... hahahahha

      Sipho - 2011-03-15 14:46

      And the Windies are winning every match? hahahaha. u silly little man The only choke u know, is choke chicken... i mean jerk chicken

      goat - 2011-03-15 15:07

      idiot go jump off a cliff.

      mycousin - 2011-03-15 16:13

      Go smoke dem ganj!!! Batty man!!!!!!!!!

  • dragonslayer33000 - 2011-03-15 14:50

    That shot for six by amla was sweet. shame he got out next ball. Graeme smith needs a bit of luck at the moment.

      alessandroz067 - 2011-03-15 15:04

      Not luck, talent his what he needs... I'm afraid he doesn't have any.

      Jim - 2011-03-15 15:49

      Alice, you must learn to encourage your captain not slate him at every opportunity.

  • Straight Forward - 2011-03-15 14:53

    Duminy for captain. Smith and Kallis to look after the drinks

  • Thanda Mthembu - 2011-03-15 15:24

    Graeme "mbazo mokoena" Smith should sit out next game...