Sri Lanka v South Africa, World T20 2012, Group C, Hambantota September 22, 2012

SL undone by 'home' conditions

Home advantage didn't play in Sri Lanka's favour as South Africa relished the conditions and their recent experience
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Much of the reason Sri Lanka are deemed favourites for the World Twenty20 is because they have intimate knowledge of the conditions they will be playing in - or at least, they are supposed to. Often touring teams have been undone by Sri Lanka sides who have developed strengths that are amplified by the surfaces they play on, and opponents go home cursing conditions so foreign from their own.

But on a soggy night in Hambantota, it was South Africa that read the pitch, and the match situation, better than the home side. The heavy rain that had preceded the 7-over match cranked up the liveliness of the surface and ensured the ball would move in the air as well. Twenty20 cricket is usually not a great advertisement for length bowling, but that's where Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel stayed, knowing that on this pitch, with batsmen attacking every delivery, a little movement off the seam would be the difference between a batsman mis-hitting the ball and being clobbered to the fence. Sixteen dot-balls and seventeen singles from 42 legitimate deliveries proved them right. Sri Lanka managed only four fours in their innings.

"I thought we assessed conditions better tonight," captain AB de Villiers said after the match. "I think we were quicker on the button than them. We're enjoying the wickets - there was a bit of bounce and seam but what made us play well was the energy and intensity the bowlers had at the crease. You've got to put it in to get it out and that's what they did."

Sri Lanka meanwhile stuck with the yorkers, short balls and variations that would usually bring results in this format, missing the opportunity to exploit the spice in the pitch. Two bowlers were allowed to bowl more than one over, and Mahela Jayawardene picked Lasith Malinga, who does not seam the ball and Rangana Herath, a spinner, to perform that task. Seamers Nuwan Kulasekara and Angelo Mathews, however, had bowled two of the three cheapest overs in the innings.

Even with the bat, South Africa read the game better than their opposition. De Villiers' 13-ball 30 might have seemed like mayhem, but as he revealed afterwards, his hitting was thoughtfully borne. Malinga's slower bouncer is among the most difficult to pick in world cricket, but if you're expecting it, as de Villiers was in the sixth over, it can still be hit for six.

"I don't think that's the best ball he's ever bowled, but I knew he had a slower ball in him. He had three options with that field. It's either a slower short ball, a normal bouncer or a full yorker. And it turned out to be that slower short ball. I was expecting it and I got a bit of momentum out of the shot."

South Africa may have been aided by a familiarity with shortened matches as well. Less than two weeks ago at Edgbaston they lost an 11-overs-a-side encounter against England and that experience helped them prepare for another curtailed match half a world away.

"We had a little chat before we started because it's not easy to keep the focus with all the rain. We spoke about what we learned from England and it was fresh in our minds when we went out. I think that definitely helped.

"You can get a reduced over game at any time. It could happen in the final. We're ready for that now. It's still a short version of the game you've just got to think on your feet and be brave."

The shorter the match, the quicker teams must adapt. The rain before the cricket broke an eight-month drought in the area around the ground. The downpour may have been unexpected, but South Africa's response to it was swift and exact. With the north-east monsoon approaching, and the focus moving to wetter parts of the country, Sri Lanka will hope they've learnt the same lessons their opponents had picked up.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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  • POSTED BY on | September 25, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    Sri Lanka has looked ahead and made some of their pitches similar to those seen in England.... This is an excellent move, and, will enable SL Div-1 cricketers to recognize and adjust to differing pitches, rather than playing forever on a spinning wicket alone, at home.

    Sri Lanka will learn from these experiences, and will emerge a better equipped-side in the long run. Good learning experience for all SL cricketers, including those in rural areas.

    And please giive us a break: we didn't schedule the 20/20 world cup by ourselves: the ICC that assigned these days for the 20/20, during the monsoon, despite our input on the weather.

    Looking for a great SA-WI final.

  • POSTED BY on | September 24, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    @lovelanka...shedule u followed z da correct one..but they gave a number for all top 8 teams(assuming all r in super 8).ex..SA c2 ,SL c1 etc.so it doesnt matter SL being ended up as C2 Sl still in the pallekele group. if 3rd team goes to super8 then it replace the leaving teams super8 Group.

  • POSTED BY Sageleaf on | September 24, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    SL couldn't just adapt to the shorter game. SL won the toss and should have battered first. Mahela made a huge mistake again. If you re watch the game, South Africans knew what to do. They posted a very good score and knew their excellent fast bowling will back them. If you observe the game plan of South Africans, They had an unorthodox field when SL was batting. They knew SL had to score again very good pace attack and had fielders around the boundary. So you could not score easily and if you force to hit harder the field set up was on the money for a catch. If you look at how Mahela got out and even Sanga was almost caught by the same fielder. Nothing came easy for SL. It's just one short match and we shouldn't be critical but I hope SL will learn from this and face the rest of the matches better otherwise SL may not go beyond Semi- Finals, which will be a real shame. I feel South Africa, India or even the West Indies are the front runners to win the T20.

  • POSTED BY on | September 24, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    @Nisala Fernando u are so funny :D U guys are preparing those so called fast pitches without true bounce. Please dont compare the pitches that are being made in sl with aus or other fast pitches around the world..

    Accept that u dont have any quality spinners anymore after murli and hence the best chance fr winning is to make fast tracks so that it could help u guys in the super eights where sri lanka play against west indies, new zealand, and england and not South Africa or Australia :P If that was the case, ur batsmen can never win against the quality seam bowling attack like south africa even if its held in srilanka...

  • POSTED BY Karnain on | September 24, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    @LoveLanka Sri Lanka - C1 are scheduled to play all there super 8 matches in Pallekele

  • POSTED BY Asitha18 on | September 23, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Sag & Mahela keep LEARNING, keep PLAYING keep BLOCKING YOUNG talent of SL. T20 is not for accumulators, but keep playing at least it will satisfy some SL fans. .......REMEMBER this the best t20 batsment in SL is Kapugdara & best bowler in t20 is Ajantha Mendis

  • POSTED BY cravin on | September 23, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    Our SL t20 team is missing best t20 player in the country Kapugadare . Kapu is a real match winners when comes to t20, we saw last t20 wc semis. Kapugadare should play ahead of MAHELA,Sanga,Chandimal, Thirimanna etc these players cannot even clear 30 yard circle when situation demand. Raw talent is missing sineour kabbos and accumulators play all test, odi & t20 and want to bat on TOP. This wc all depend on SL bowlers Malinga & Mendis, Batsmens are real jokers except Pereara & Mathew. Sag & Mahela please bat LOWER down the order, you guys are the biggest jokers when we want quick runs against quality bowlers.

  • POSTED BY mark2011 on | September 23, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    what is the logic in preparing a pitch that support for your opposition and threat to your own weakness.. who will do that on earth? i dont know why this type of pitches have been made during last few matches that SL played..Malinga needs to control runs flow from his end.this is been the case for now more than one year around for Malinga, even if he takes wikets, ultimately oposition reach to thier target score, then what use of bowler, finally its all about scoring runs...if u cant stop that useless...

  • POSTED BY Ind_Rsa on | September 23, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    Sri lankan team will still finish with C1 status as they performed better then south african team in last t20 world cup.The death group will comprise of:india,Rsa,australia and pakistan.

  • POSTED BY LoveLanka on | September 23, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    @ Buddhi Mathiesha Nanayakkara.. Machan, See complete fixtures schedule. what i see is all the super8 matches that C2 (Sri Lanka) play is in RPS. isn't it? am i looking at a some other schedule?

  • POSTED BY on | September 25, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    Sri Lanka has looked ahead and made some of their pitches similar to those seen in England.... This is an excellent move, and, will enable SL Div-1 cricketers to recognize and adjust to differing pitches, rather than playing forever on a spinning wicket alone, at home.

    Sri Lanka will learn from these experiences, and will emerge a better equipped-side in the long run. Good learning experience for all SL cricketers, including those in rural areas.

    And please giive us a break: we didn't schedule the 20/20 world cup by ourselves: the ICC that assigned these days for the 20/20, during the monsoon, despite our input on the weather.

    Looking for a great SA-WI final.

  • POSTED BY on | September 24, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    @lovelanka...shedule u followed z da correct one..but they gave a number for all top 8 teams(assuming all r in super 8).ex..SA c2 ,SL c1 etc.so it doesnt matter SL being ended up as C2 Sl still in the pallekele group. if 3rd team goes to super8 then it replace the leaving teams super8 Group.

  • POSTED BY Sageleaf on | September 24, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    SL couldn't just adapt to the shorter game. SL won the toss and should have battered first. Mahela made a huge mistake again. If you re watch the game, South Africans knew what to do. They posted a very good score and knew their excellent fast bowling will back them. If you observe the game plan of South Africans, They had an unorthodox field when SL was batting. They knew SL had to score again very good pace attack and had fielders around the boundary. So you could not score easily and if you force to hit harder the field set up was on the money for a catch. If you look at how Mahela got out and even Sanga was almost caught by the same fielder. Nothing came easy for SL. It's just one short match and we shouldn't be critical but I hope SL will learn from this and face the rest of the matches better otherwise SL may not go beyond Semi- Finals, which will be a real shame. I feel South Africa, India or even the West Indies are the front runners to win the T20.

  • POSTED BY on | September 24, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    @Nisala Fernando u are so funny :D U guys are preparing those so called fast pitches without true bounce. Please dont compare the pitches that are being made in sl with aus or other fast pitches around the world..

    Accept that u dont have any quality spinners anymore after murli and hence the best chance fr winning is to make fast tracks so that it could help u guys in the super eights where sri lanka play against west indies, new zealand, and england and not South Africa or Australia :P If that was the case, ur batsmen can never win against the quality seam bowling attack like south africa even if its held in srilanka...

  • POSTED BY Karnain on | September 24, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    @LoveLanka Sri Lanka - C1 are scheduled to play all there super 8 matches in Pallekele

  • POSTED BY Asitha18 on | September 23, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Sag & Mahela keep LEARNING, keep PLAYING keep BLOCKING YOUNG talent of SL. T20 is not for accumulators, but keep playing at least it will satisfy some SL fans. .......REMEMBER this the best t20 batsment in SL is Kapugdara & best bowler in t20 is Ajantha Mendis

  • POSTED BY cravin on | September 23, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    Our SL t20 team is missing best t20 player in the country Kapugadare . Kapu is a real match winners when comes to t20, we saw last t20 wc semis. Kapugadare should play ahead of MAHELA,Sanga,Chandimal, Thirimanna etc these players cannot even clear 30 yard circle when situation demand. Raw talent is missing sineour kabbos and accumulators play all test, odi & t20 and want to bat on TOP. This wc all depend on SL bowlers Malinga & Mendis, Batsmens are real jokers except Pereara & Mathew. Sag & Mahela please bat LOWER down the order, you guys are the biggest jokers when we want quick runs against quality bowlers.

  • POSTED BY mark2011 on | September 23, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    what is the logic in preparing a pitch that support for your opposition and threat to your own weakness.. who will do that on earth? i dont know why this type of pitches have been made during last few matches that SL played..Malinga needs to control runs flow from his end.this is been the case for now more than one year around for Malinga, even if he takes wikets, ultimately oposition reach to thier target score, then what use of bowler, finally its all about scoring runs...if u cant stop that useless...

  • POSTED BY Ind_Rsa on | September 23, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    Sri lankan team will still finish with C1 status as they performed better then south african team in last t20 world cup.The death group will comprise of:india,Rsa,australia and pakistan.

  • POSTED BY LoveLanka on | September 23, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    @ Buddhi Mathiesha Nanayakkara.. Machan, See complete fixtures schedule. what i see is all the super8 matches that C2 (Sri Lanka) play is in RPS. isn't it? am i looking at a some other schedule?

  • POSTED BY Soso_killer on | September 23, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    @We_2012_champions LOL. Can you please provide me a link to that article. Ian Chapell can be funny sometimes. SA always save their best performances for the group stages. COMEON PROTEAS!! :-)

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    SA outclassed SL and we have to accept that.However it was a whiplash game and could have gone either way.Our fielding was brilliant and when 4 overs out of seven were bowled by Morkel and Steyn and there was no chance of chasing more than 10 per over.The advantage SA had was they could make runs with strokes as there was no target to achieve and they did it in style.We started to slog from the first ball due to mounting pressure of asking rate and missed most of the balls as dots.The turf seems to behave like one in Aus/SA and there is no home advantage for our guys which is a shame.They have to face the music of bounce every time they tour these countries and it is unbelievable that it is same here in SL.

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    To those who complain about the nature of the pitch. The next world cup is in Australia and NZ where the pitches will be spicy and not flat. SLC has taken a bold step to convert our pitches from spin friendly tracks to fast tracks so that our batsmen can adopt to fast pitches and bowlers too can gain an advantage. Yes, flat tracks/ spin friendly pitches will make you lions at home but lambs outside the subcontinent. Take a look at India for example. Cant win a test match outside the subcontinent and will most probably get knocked out in either the 1st or 2nd round of the 201 tournament (unless they decide to change their pitches which they wont) We are foregoing short term benefits for long term victory

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Chris Dharmaratne, I disagree with you on Mahela. He is an exceptional opener, his record as an opener is higher than at any position in ODIs and Tests. When he clicks, the entire team works well, he has just had a bad couple of matches. Give him some time, he will do superbly as an opener again. In fact, he has been more consistent and successful in the short time he has been a opener than even Dilshan or Sanath!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    Im Sri Lankan and I think Malinga and munaweera should dropped from the team.

    I believe if India played sri lankan role they would have easily win this.. bocz it is 78 for 42 balls. We need players like Virat kholi..

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    @love lanka....machan as i heard all the SL super8 games sheduled @ pallekele despite being C1 or C2..it wz pre sheduled. so SL , NZ, ENG, WI will play in same group.

  • POSTED BY cooljack_143 on | September 23, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    It WILL BE REAL SHAME IF NONE OF THE SUBCONTINENT TEAMS WIN THIS TOURN PLAYED IN SUBCONTINENT,THE BLAME SHOULD BE ON THE SL GROUNDSMEN who are preparing BOUNCY PITCHES rather than traditional SPIN FRIENDLY pitches..SL TO LOOSE HERE..Moreover HISTORY SAYS NO HOME SIDE HAD WON THE TOURNAMENT TILL NOW.I bet on SA/NZ/AUS to win this time.WI are no team WITHOUT GAYLE.

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    SL Loss, due to poor selection of batsman , dilshan M had never seen stain or morkal, so he just tried only to survive.

    should have send a anji or jeewan,,,

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | September 23, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    @ fast_gun Not this time. Kirsten will ensure that they go the distance and white lighning(Donald) will ensure that the bowlers dont choke when under fire. SA has a seriously good chance of winning their first worldcup. SL in the other hand are stuck with batsmen who are out of form/cannot play the big shots. Anything over 150 is more than enough to challenge them, unless Mathews and Perera fire.

  • POSTED BY tharindubultz on | September 23, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    problem is nt the conditions.4 out of 7 overs were frm two of greatest seam bowlers around.thats where SA got advantage.bt if it is 20 overs they wl hv only 8 out of 20.and atleast they hv to bowl 4 overs with softer ball as well.most of times in t20s i hv seen dat steyns deliveris going to the stands in death overs with the softer bowl

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    What a shame for ICC to hold 7 over each side matches to reduce even the shortest version of T20...no matter rain or wat it should not be reduced to leass than 20 overs each side.. D/L is an absurd law and should be changed or at least should not be applied to T20...

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    I agree with Nilethi and Junaid. The top 3 destroyed the match. Also Mahela is not at all suitable to open the innings. Agreed Mahela is a good captain but the suitable opener should open. Dilshan's unnecessary run out was another disaster.

  • POSTED BY rahul9586 on | September 23, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    All srilanka do is turn to Malinga.... but on his latest form, he hasnt been bowling too well, or rather, the batsmen seem to have sorted his yorkers out. Batsmen bat deep in the crease, which makes yorkers all the more ineffective. And of course, with all the IPL matches, they have seen enough of malinga to predict his deliveries. SL need to rethink. They need some innovative captaincy- not falling back to Malinga all the time. I think Kulasekara and Mathews, can be more potent than slinga malinga.

  • POSTED BY LoveLanka on | September 23, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Come Guys, if its a world cup, the host country should give something for all the participating nations. that is why SL doing it to be fair. but SL lost yersterday because with that they will be playing all their super 8 matches in RPS. they ended up as C2 in the group. another thing is that there are no more matches in Hambantota. Proteas will also keep going as their super8 matches are in Pallekale where the seamers have something for them. so finally they will have to come to RPS. see you there... Good luck

  • POSTED BY HJ_SL on | September 23, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    "But this is South Africa, the team that misread a Duckworth-Lewis target sheet, the team that forgot to run when a simple single would have got them into a Cup final, the team that seems to lose any match where the word "final" closely follows either "quarter" or "semi". " well said Ian Chappell .

  • POSTED BY CUPULW on | September 23, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    Can someone please tell me why a full 20-20 was not played after the rain? The ground has lights and the WI v OZ match completed 75% in colombo after the SL v SA game (30 overs) before the rain set in. Spectators who pay money deserve better service, seriously !!!!

  • POSTED BY zan_69 on | September 23, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    Listen Guys.This is not a big win for AS to talk about..Also you can really make an statement here.Its just 7 overs game a side.was good for the crowd who waited.It was not the WORLKD T20 FINAL WIN FOR SA.LOL.DONT FORGET THAT THIS IS STILL THE FIRST ROUND.AND ITS SRI LANKA HERE :)

  • POSTED BY rajesh_singhSTM on | September 23, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    If you dig a grave for others you may fall into it yourself. SL got 1-2 seamers who by fluke bowled out teams once or twice. This made them think they are masters of swing and made green tracks.rest is seen in match results

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | September 23, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    Drawing conclusions based on a 7 over match is plain silly. SL played their first shortened T20 match. It has to be a learning experience, no doubt. SL scored at a rate less than what they would score in a full T20 match. That clearly shows wrong strategy. SA were clearly the better of the two on the day and they won. But what SL lacked was a bit of experience in this very short format, not talent. They can and will bounce back.

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    southafrica looks a very strong team once gain in a worldcup.. but we all know how they choke at a must win match like a quarter finals or a semi finals.. lol

  • POSTED BY nmperera on | September 23, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    SA did not win the match. Test cricket won the match. One team played test cricket and the other team played slog cricket. The team that played test cricket won the match. No matter what the format is, ultimately test cricket will always win. Long live Test Cricket !!!!. The results were obvious after the first over. The only positive of the match is the Amla. It may be argued that he may have benefited from the poor bowling, but he looks like becoming a complete batsman. At this stage he looks very solid in his strokes and footwork. I watched him in the English tour and there were doubts as to how he will perform in the subcontinent, but looked good so far (Only for few over's). However I like to see him play against real bowlers before arriving at a conclusion.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    Bring back Zimbabwe....LOL

  • POSTED BY die_hard_cricketer on | September 22, 2012, 22:41 GMT

    I don't quite agree that SL misread the conditions. They put SA in to bat as they knew the moisture from recent rain would be more initially making batting trickier. Just because SA scored more doesn't mean it wasn't trickier at start - look at first 2 wickets.

  • POSTED BY lankavigi on | September 22, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    SA well done to you. But yeah it's funny that SL have prepared pitches that don't suit them. It's best you pick pitches that you are best on and not something that you are unfamiliar on. If this is the case for the rest of the world t20, then SL will struggle especially against ENG, AUS, Pakistan and potentially SA in the semis again (that's if they reach there, which doesn't look likely after this loss). India too would suffer against England and SA. Interesting match tomorrow. Especially India's laborious batting line-up against England's pace and bounce. Will they falter under pressure like SL????????

  • POSTED BY fast_gun on | September 22, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    @ chaminda Peiris, I disagree. . the top 3 sri lankan batsmen dilshan/jawardene/sangakkara are some of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket. its a pity they didnt fire! but teams need to peak at the right time, and that is the final! south africa peek too soon and loose in sf/qf

  • POSTED BY nileththi on | September 22, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    Mahela's opening is not acceptable, he is a great batsman but opening is not good for him.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    I agree that SA understand the conditions greatly!!!!!

  • POSTED BY drnaveed on | September 22, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    in this T - 20 world cup , there doesn't seems to be "home advantage factor" involved.SA played as if they were playing on home conditions, they played exceptionally well, where as SL side looked as if they were playing on some foreign soil, they struggled through out their batting innings.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    this shows the incapability of the sri lankan batsmen to hit big power shots.

  • POSTED BY ibbani on | September 22, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    SA is the favorites of thsi WC. I only hope they dont choke in QF/SF. I pity them for their choking performance. Go on Proteas. Obviously I am Indian Fan, my 1st choice is India, next is SA.

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  • POSTED BY ibbani on | September 22, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    SA is the favorites of thsi WC. I only hope they dont choke in QF/SF. I pity them for their choking performance. Go on Proteas. Obviously I am Indian Fan, my 1st choice is India, next is SA.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    this shows the incapability of the sri lankan batsmen to hit big power shots.

  • POSTED BY drnaveed on | September 22, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    in this T - 20 world cup , there doesn't seems to be "home advantage factor" involved.SA played as if they were playing on home conditions, they played exceptionally well, where as SL side looked as if they were playing on some foreign soil, they struggled through out their batting innings.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    I agree that SA understand the conditions greatly!!!!!

  • POSTED BY nileththi on | September 22, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    Mahela's opening is not acceptable, he is a great batsman but opening is not good for him.

  • POSTED BY fast_gun on | September 22, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    @ chaminda Peiris, I disagree. . the top 3 sri lankan batsmen dilshan/jawardene/sangakkara are some of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket. its a pity they didnt fire! but teams need to peak at the right time, and that is the final! south africa peek too soon and loose in sf/qf

  • POSTED BY lankavigi on | September 22, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    SA well done to you. But yeah it's funny that SL have prepared pitches that don't suit them. It's best you pick pitches that you are best on and not something that you are unfamiliar on. If this is the case for the rest of the world t20, then SL will struggle especially against ENG, AUS, Pakistan and potentially SA in the semis again (that's if they reach there, which doesn't look likely after this loss). India too would suffer against England and SA. Interesting match tomorrow. Especially India's laborious batting line-up against England's pace and bounce. Will they falter under pressure like SL????????

  • POSTED BY die_hard_cricketer on | September 22, 2012, 22:41 GMT

    I don't quite agree that SL misread the conditions. They put SA in to bat as they knew the moisture from recent rain would be more initially making batting trickier. Just because SA scored more doesn't mean it wasn't trickier at start - look at first 2 wickets.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    Bring back Zimbabwe....LOL

  • POSTED BY nmperera on | September 23, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    SA did not win the match. Test cricket won the match. One team played test cricket and the other team played slog cricket. The team that played test cricket won the match. No matter what the format is, ultimately test cricket will always win. Long live Test Cricket !!!!. The results were obvious after the first over. The only positive of the match is the Amla. It may be argued that he may have benefited from the poor bowling, but he looks like becoming a complete batsman. At this stage he looks very solid in his strokes and footwork. I watched him in the English tour and there were doubts as to how he will perform in the subcontinent, but looked good so far (Only for few over's). However I like to see him play against real bowlers before arriving at a conclusion.