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Australia v South Africa, World Cup 2011 warm-up match, Bangalore

Clinical South Africa surge to easy win

The Bulletin by Firdose Moonda

February 15, 2011

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South Africa 218 for 3 (Smith 65, Amla 60) beat Australia 217 (Clarke 73, Steyn 3-21) by seven wickets
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Dale Steyn removes Shane Watson early, Australia v South Africa, World Cup warm-up match, Bangalore, February 15, 2011
Dale Steyn was quicker and sharper than he was in the first warm-up game in Chennai © Getty Images
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The Australia bowlers were dealt a heavy snotklap (slap in the face) as South Africa chalked up a seven-wicket win in their warm-up match in Bangalore. Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla both retired to give the middle order some time at the crease during their chase.

"It's lovely to win especially since Australia are a really good team. We'll take a lot of confidence from beating them," Amla said at the post-match press conference. The emphatic nature of the win will buoy South Africa, who have a painful history against Australia in the World Cup, especially as they dominated with both bat and ball.

Australia's attack started promisingly when Shaun Tait bowled quick up front and almost took Amla's head off in the first over. He ended up being his own worst enemy because of his inconsistency. Brett Lee also initially caused problems for the opening pair and had two loud appeals against Amla in his second over but was soon tamed. South Africa saw off the opening pair and that opened the floodgates as runs poured in.

The contest between Mitchell Johnson and Smith was their first since the hand-breaking incidents of 2008 and 2009 but Smith won the battle comfortably this time around. Johnson struggled with his line and length and proved no real threat. With John Hastings and the spinners bowling fairly economically, but not too dangerously, Smith and Amla both found their groove. The former was still struggling a bit for form in the earlier warm-up game against Zimbabwe, but looked as though he found it here.

The pair took South Africa to 131 before Smith went back to the dressing room to make way for Faf du Plessis, and three overs later Amla gave up his place for JP Duminy. The two middle-order men were cautious in their approach, and managed just 19 runs off 36 balls before frustration set in and du Plessis was run out.

Duminy's timing seemed to be eluding him, until the six he smacked on the up off Johnson, and he got better as he hung around to finish it with AB de Villiers. That meant there was no opportunity for Colin Ingram or Morne van Wyk to spend time at the crease. Amla said the team was not concerned about those who have not batted in a match situation because they are "working hard in the nets."

Despite Australia's bowlers not claiming a single wicket, vice-captain Michael Clarke was not disheartened. "We understand that these are practice games and an opportunity to give everyone a run. I thought Jason [Krejza] and Smithy [Steven Smith] bowled really well. We will go about training and practising hard for Zimbabwe in a week's time."

The South Africans have no such bowling concerns as the dynamism of their attack was evident when they restricted Australia to 217. The seamers did the damage up front and the end while the tweakers tore through the Australian middle order.

Dale Steyn was sharper and quicker and able to achieve more swing than in the first warm-up match in Chennai. He was magnificent from the start when he trapped Shane Watson lbw with his fourth ball. What was equally impressive was the impact Tsotsobe had from the other end, from where he got some decent movement. His first ball presented Kallis with the opportunity to take a catch and dismiss Brad Haddin, but the allrounder put it down. Tsotsobe went on to beat the bat for three consecutive balls and was able to exact revenge on Haddin when he ran him out off his own bowling in his next over.

Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting's 126-run partnership provided some resistance, but the spinners struck in the middle overs to scupper the attempted recovery from the early wickets. Imran Tahir was even more impressive than on Saturday and was asking questions of the batsman with almost every ball.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by Amol on (February 18, 2011, 16:38 GMT)

Meety: No it's not funny. It's like AUS, when down in the dumps, taking inpiration from Gibbs dropping THAT catch that changed their attitude towards that World Cup and overall cricket in general while chasing a mammoth 270+ against SA. It's a matter to attitude and hope and drawing blood.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 18, 2011, 4:39 GMT)

If you dont have a quality spinner in your squad in the sub-continant wickets , its always safer to play with a quality seamer . Cus the sub-continant Batsmen are more threatening than their spinners !!

Krejza's and Tahir's can be easily swept away by the batting powerhouse of India , Sri Lanka and Pakistan .

Posted by Marcio on (February 18, 2011, 4:21 GMT)

Most people writing comments here are clueless. Their "insights" change with every game. If SA lose their next game they will wrte they have no chance. The fact is that these games are practice. Why else would Australia bring D Hussey on to bowl when India were 8/130? If it was a real game, they would have finished off India with actual bowlers instead of letting them score another 90 runs against "bowlers" who are atually batsmen. It was a good decision letting India get those extra runs - it helped give AUS batsmen more time at the crease & to play against spin. There is no such thing as a loss in these games as long as you learn something. Winning can actually be bad. It would have been worse for AUS if they'd finished off India for 140 and won in 20 overs without facing spin. They would not have been able to acknowledge their weaknesses. I expect AUS to do very well in this tournament. Too bad Dirk Nannes, AUS best bowler, has not been selected. He's 3 times the bowler Bollinger is

Posted by David on (February 17, 2011, 19:49 GMT)

I agree with others on this blog - no need to panic - it's only warm-up games. We've got some terrific bowlers in the squad. We've got Brett Lee, and....Brett Lee, and....um, Brett Lee. Seriously, we're no chance of making the semis with this bowling lot. Mitchell Johnson to his girlfriend...."hey darl, I can't get out of this Aus squad no matter what I do - I think I'd have to bowl so wide that I hit one of the selectors straight between the eyes". Yeh?? - not if he had a stump painted on his melon.

Posted by Lalith on (February 17, 2011, 11:00 GMT)

@Optimus_Prime_ Yes Aussie players are counting until group matches finish and go home.

Posted by Lalith on (February 17, 2011, 10:56 GMT)

I have watched a lot of ODI's that Aussie played. This is the worst that I can remember for a long time. Aussies lost ODI's but after a tight fight. Aussies were very difficult to beat. This time no comments from Ponting

Posted by Lalith on (February 17, 2011, 10:51 GMT)

Is it warm up or Cool down for Aussies? This Aussie team is the worst ever in any world cups like Black Caps. They solely depend on Fast men of whom Lee is only consistent. All other bowlers including spinners are rubbish. SA are the best team for me right now. Looking forward to see IND Vs SA match which would be the best match in the group stage. Any team got top spinners are the contenders for the cup.

Posted by Andrew on (February 17, 2011, 10:12 GMT)

@Amol_Ind_SA - very funny! Oz won that match with the small matter of 7 wickets & 111 balls spare! LOL! @landl47 - another pointless comment. There is a difference between this game & the 6-1 thrashing - warm ups ARE NOT ODIs. So IF this meant something, (other than being a warm up) - I'd be very worried about your mobs "victory" over the mighty Canada! LOL! Trialling KP as an opener just before the W/Cup - LOL! Talk about panic!

Posted by John on (February 17, 2011, 9:55 GMT)

You really can't blame us Aussie fans from dreaming on. It's just that we have gotten used to winning. This whole losing thing is kind of foreign to us. We are all expecting our side to turn a corner and start winning everything in sight again. This is supposed to happen at any moment, despite us being very aware that there is no way our current side can do that.

Posted by Richard on (February 17, 2011, 7:34 GMT)

janbaksteen-Let's not get into an argument over semantics now.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 17, 2011, 4:41 GMT)

Dream on, those who think the Aussies will be OK. We need major form reversals from 4 batsmen and 3 bowlers before we will be OK. I don't know why some of the players were even selected. Ferguson is one example who had no form on the board, why would he suddenly find it in India. We left players at home (around 20 of them) with better batting form than Ferguson this season??????????

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 16, 2011, 18:37 GMT)

SA and India are the two most talented and prepared teams in the world cup 2011. SA will prove wrong all those who predict that they will choke....They will choke all other teams of the world....I would vote for both these teams as the favorites....

Posted by Jan on (February 16, 2011, 16:49 GMT)

@biggus - " As long as we get to the play-offs anything can happen (but probably won't)."


An interesting, if uncertain scenario. I can't help feeling a bit like Rincewind right now..

Posted by Justin on (February 16, 2011, 16:42 GMT)

Well done to SA - did very well with bat and ball. I dont read too much into the loss. A dint in the old confidence and some questions being asked about a few players - sure but there were some positves to come out - ponting is back and scoring runs. Its good to also see clarke in some form. Bowlers did get a bit of a slap in the face however Lee did only bowl 4 overs - which i doubt would happen if they were only playing for the win. I dont take credit away from those that performed, they are in a better position when the real games are played but remember - it is was a warm up game where all 15 players can be involved.

Posted by Amit on (February 16, 2011, 15:35 GMT)

Aussies will be fine !! I don't know whats the big deal in trying and getting use to the conditions in India !! Obviously Australia don't have the big bowlers anymore and the team is new and young !! I think Pointing is doing the correct thing by giving all the bowlers the exposure to Indian Pitches/Crowd/the whole atmosphere !! Its different, especially for the young players who have not played a single WC.. I am pretty sure Australians will do Okie. They definitely are not the best team on paper, but they are fine players, they know how to make it count !!

Posted by Amol on (February 16, 2011, 13:20 GMT)

My question is: Why did not SA include Steyn in the squad in the last WC ????!!! He would have definitely made the difference in the semi-final.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 16, 2011, 11:49 GMT)

as i am a sa fan. i think they are most worst team to play wc in subcontinent..

Posted by ntokozo on (February 16, 2011, 11:21 GMT)

@Meety, so the reason why S.A won was because the pitch suddenly flattened out for them? Wow, you guys certainly have a way of finding excuses. Is that the reason why Australia was bundled out for 217 and then in reply, none of the Australian "pace battery" attack took a wicket? Why take the credit away from other teams when they play well? The pitch in the India game suddenly became unplayable when Aus was batting, and this one has gone the other way around and "flattaned out"? Wow! You guys are amazing!

Posted by Lalith on (February 16, 2011, 10:05 GMT)

Ponting is trying to make an excuse. I think Ponting needs to make 6 excuses for group matches and a big excuse after when return to Australia. This last excuse can include his retirement from All sorts of cricket as Ian Chappel mentioned just before the world cup.

Posted by Harjinder on (February 16, 2011, 8:30 GMT)

Hi SA fans !SA done well in bowling and batting .SA should not and can not depend on lower order hitting so upper and middle order batsmen have to bat with responsiblly.There will be no Zullu,no Gibbs in future (10yr)Do it with simple squad,,,,,,,,,D Plesis is a new good name in fielding zone,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,MAKE IT this time ........Good luck (true cricket fan from India)

Posted by Andrew on (February 16, 2011, 7:44 GMT)

@ Paullie - agreed, that being said I'd like the match to have been close (like the India game). I didn't see the game but I have now heard that the pitch flattenned out for Sth Africa & the dew was significant. Hopefully these don't influence too many games when the WC is at the business end.

Posted by John on (February 16, 2011, 7:37 GMT)

Just have to say- it's rather funny to see that all the Australian fans who got so excited about the result of the meaningless ODI series between England and Australia are now writing off the results of the meaningless warm-up games between Australia and India/SA. I guess some people only find meaning in games they win.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 16, 2011, 7:35 GMT)

the result only reconfirms my assessment of SA being the most balanced team in this WC. only a bad day in office can prevent them from being the real contender for the crown this time around

Posted by Richard on (February 16, 2011, 7:32 GMT)

Eek! Wake me up when this bad dream's over. Seriously though, I've never been of the opinion that we were going to win this cup, but I hope that they will be lifting their game somewhat. As long as we get to the play-offs anything can happen (but probably won't).

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 16, 2011, 7:23 GMT)

After watching d 2 warm up games at bengaluru, it seems day/night games with due-factor coming in at late in evening will favour d teams batting first mor often than not. this makes the toss vital & gives d edge to batting team without a bowl bwing bowled. I hope d organisers take this factor & do something. As 4 d aus-sa match, though aus lost, their man batters[punter & pup] seems 2 hav found their groove. One shoul'nt read much into these warm-ups as different teams take it in different perspective. Count aussies out at ur own peril. This WC format is pretty much like football wc once v enter knock-out stages. Anything can happen on a given day no matter how good team u are. Remember WI beat a much stronger SA in 1996 purely riding on one good innings from lara & chanderpaul. So just like steve waugh said this world cup would stand out for its unpredicatability & intrigueness, though few teams start as favorites.

Posted by Amol on (February 16, 2011, 7:22 GMT)

Let's consider it as a test. If any team is able to beat AUS they can be considered worthy of a Semi-final place. IND without Sachin and SA without Kallis did it. They occupy two places. If PAK or any other team is able to beat AUS they can claim the 3rd and final semi-final place to be rightfully theirs. Because the 4th automatic place surely AUS will take. And I say that as a **NON** - AUS fan. until then PAK fans can comment but should stop boasting.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 16, 2011, 7:21 GMT)

This Australian team lacks quality all the way. Specially the batting is horrible. Except Watson at the top rest of them are never comfortable and solid, including Clark and even Ricky. Clark, is he a match winner on his day against decent attacks? And forget the great Warne, they couldn't find a replacement for even Brad hodge or Macgill... SA looks good as a unit. If Smith clicks, they are very difficult to beat... This Tsotsobe ia quite a headache with his accurate line-length.

Posted by Amol on (February 16, 2011, 7:13 GMT)

SA needn't worry of the middle order if Smith and Amla bat through the series like they did here. No need for the middle order to come in at all. If the bowlers do their job to perfection and the top 4 of the SA line-up get those sub-230 runs. No need for the lower middle order to come in at all.

Posted by Macneil on (February 16, 2011, 6:04 GMT)

SA have alot of variety...but t problm wth t no 6 position in batting line up....shld select one of Faff or Morne as albie is nt there....comon SA!!!1

Posted by ashok on (February 16, 2011, 5:34 GMT)

I met Australian touring group at Chennai, they said "they are interested in seeing cricket anymore, unless they bring Warne, Mcgrath and Gilly"... Can some one please pass on this to Australian cricket board please?

Posted by Deepak on (February 16, 2011, 5:32 GMT)

Retired is a form of dismissal, retired hurt is when a batsmen actually come and play if the team has lost 9 wickets and if necessary. It is as simple-complex rule as the Suraj Randiv noball, when Sehwag hit a six for his century, which was not counted as 6 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by ashok on (February 16, 2011, 5:29 GMT)

Finals India Vs SA or Ind Vs Pak period.

Posted by Narayan on (February 16, 2011, 5:27 GMT)

Hello there mates, I was there at the venue. Though it was a good fight, I think the dew helped South Africa. Once the sun set and the lights came on, there was a bit of dew. I am also unhappy that a former Indian fast bowler is not interested in providing a bouncy track at Bengaluru! Slow wickets surely kill the excitement.

Posted by diren on (February 16, 2011, 5:26 GMT)

Now that is a hammering!!!! poor Aus....Who can stop mighty SA at this WC????

Posted by pankajakshan on (February 16, 2011, 4:31 GMT)

Steyn is definitely the best bowler of the modern era

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 16, 2011, 4:06 GMT)

Hmmm.... Australians had very good one day series against England. But now, it seems to be everything upside down. However, i want India to win the world cup. Right now, India seems to be strong and better team than Australia and SA. My only concern with India is batting, especially top order and middle order. They have to improve. But still my heart says, India win this world cup. Good bye Australia and other teams.

Posted by Paul on (February 16, 2011, 3:43 GMT)

Yeah, yeah, yeah, same old, same old. Another World Cup starts with South Africa and India looking like world-beaters and Australia struggling. And over the next few weeks these positions change around drastically. If you'd told me Australia would get beaten in the first two games, despite Ponting and Clarke scoring runs, I'd have said - "Brilliant. Ponting and Clarke are making runs!"

Posted by Heshan on (February 16, 2011, 3:23 GMT)

hey people...do you think SA can holds the WC this time?since they never got the title...i dnt think Australia could do it this time...they have'nt good players this time.i guest india ,sri lanka or a South Africacan win this time...

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 16, 2011, 3:00 GMT)

Not only in practice matches, in any ODI if a batsman decides to leave the field without being dismissed or being injured, he considered as out. to be precise he is "Retired Out" but it is not similar to "Retired hurt". When retired hurt, he can bat later if he wants to do so. As, I-Mac said, live scorecard during the match got it wrong because they mentioned it as "retired hurt". But the final scorecard 218/3 is correct

Posted by Rohan on (February 16, 2011, 2:52 GMT)

steyn is an awesome bowler......

Posted by Lakpriya on (February 16, 2011, 2:46 GMT)

SA have a good team, but problem is there middle and lower order there are no experience batters, so AB and JP will have to take lot of responsibility.This could be a weakness against good teams. It was somewhat exposed in the India series as well.

Posted by Amol on (February 16, 2011, 2:10 GMT)

ZIM's bowlers atleast took 2 wickets off SA. AUS's bowler's managed NIL.

Posted by Iain on (February 16, 2011, 1:47 GMT)

China-man...the 1 or 3 wicket situation is interesting. If Amla and Smith reitred then they are considered as being out and thus count as wickets. If they retired HURT (as the scorecard claimed during the match) then they would not count as wickets as both batsmen could have returned later in the game.

Posted by Luke on (February 16, 2011, 1:27 GMT)

@China-man; retired out is a form of dismissal. If they had retired hurt they would have been not out.

Posted by David on (February 16, 2011, 1:19 GMT)

One good thing for Australia is that Ricky Ponting is making runs.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 16, 2011, 1:04 GMT)

Really ... A Slap in the Face" for Australia. There is no other way to describe it!

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 16, 2011, 0:23 GMT)

@China-man - yes, they only lost 1 wicket, but if you look at the scorecard, it says - "Retired Out". I guess you are considered out in these practice matches if you decide to let someone else a go. So they only lost 1 wicket, but the other two players that retired are also counted as a wicket as they wont be able to come back and bat again.

Posted by M on (February 15, 2011, 23:13 GMT)

@China-man - when a player retires (and is not through injury) then they are not entitled to return to bat at any stage and are considered Retired OUT - not Retired Hurt. This is effectively a dismissal but rightly they did not lose the wicket as such. The scoreboard correctly reflects 3/218. ... ... ... disappointing performance by White, Hussey and Smith ... ... that is pretty much 9 games on the trot (barring one good performace from D Hussey) where these guys that are supposed to be there for their batting ability have failed to respond... ... know Smith has talent but has really yet to show much. The less said about White the better at the moment. ... ... Things look good for SA ... ... I predicted big things from Amla and de Villiers this time around... they look the goods.

Posted by wayne on (February 15, 2011, 22:48 GMT)

@China-man: I was wondering the same thing. Retired out surely doesn't mean a wicket?

Posted by Sam on (February 15, 2011, 22:43 GMT)

Writing off the Aussies is a cardinal sin. Do it in your own peril

Posted by Rohanj on (February 15, 2011, 22:28 GMT)

If Steyn bowls that well in every game, then good starts against SA will be extremely tough, even for so called mighty India! Great to see Ponting and Clarke getting the runs flowing, pity Watto has missed out again but he'll be right. Krazy is doing ok so far but Johnson, once again, is the big bloody worry. Is he the worst good bowler in world cricket or best rubbish bowler in world cricket? I'm so sick of his inconsistency. The guy should be getting better with age, not bloody worse!!

Posted by John on (February 15, 2011, 22:17 GMT)

These are warm-up games, so no point in getting too worked up about them. However, if Australia were hoping to get their players into match form, then these games weren't successful. Ponting has made two scratchy 50s, and Clarke has got some runs. The rest, nothing. The bowling attack looks as I expected- not suited to subcontinent pitches. After the first few overs, no problem for the Proteas. South Africa looked good in this game, but they're going to have to face better teams than Australia in this World Cup. @sunnymachoo- Smith and Amla were retired out, not hurt. They stepped down to give the others some practice. They're not injured.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 15, 2011, 21:38 GMT)

Punter and Pup both looking good touch, but our mid order is looking shaken. Big Bear form is really a concern so is of Haddin. Tait really need to hold his extras. He concedes too much. I just hope, what we saw today and last Sunday is just a matter of time otherwsie we are really sniffing into trouble. Our Spinner really need to spun. SO far, both of them were quite disappointing and Hasting is just a bowler not an allrounder. We really need to fix ourselves before its way late. Go AUSSIE !!

Posted by Ned on (February 15, 2011, 21:07 GMT)

well, the positives are for Australia , that clarke and ponting are starting to fire again.Thats thats has been something frightfully missing this past summer. The openers are on the whole are pretty solid , so thats a plus as well. Our bowling attack has to get its act more together though. nuff said.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 15, 2011, 21:01 GMT)

I dont think I will enjoy watching this world cup... just see what we are not getting in this world... No true hitter like Gili or Hyden... If we talk about Afridi/Razaq/Sehwag then they all are by chance... 2ndly. No Contest of Real Bowling and Batting... McGrath/Amir/Asif/Kumar no one there... I hope all matches will be big Scoring and if there is no scoring then it means Spin is working there.... Fast bowlers a big NO NO.... slow pitches...big scoring like we saw today in Sri/WI and Pak/Bangla match...

Posted by Alex on (February 15, 2011, 20:40 GMT)

Dont count aus out just yet based on may i remind everyone 2 warm up games, aus have to potential still to be a good team this wc it may not be the same as the last few but still never count us out

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 15, 2011, 20:36 GMT)

I htink this will be an injury affected tournament :S

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 15, 2011, 20:08 GMT)

Damn you India and South Africa now Australia will take out its frustration on Pakistan lol

Posted by Shulz Van on (February 15, 2011, 20:04 GMT)

tahir should play n parnell should sit.....since we dont hav theron lets keep another spinner in the starting XI

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 15, 2011, 19:08 GMT)

Good thing for Aus is that they're in the weaker group and should make it to the quarters rather easily. Had they been in group B and in this form even Bangladesh would have made life diffcult

Posted by Nasser on (February 15, 2011, 19:08 GMT)

If anyone is thinking of writing off Australia, please note their record to date in the WC (1975-2007): 1. they reached the finals 6 times out of 9 2. they have won the WC 4 times (including the last 3 times in a row) out of 9 3. their record in winning the cup is twice as good as the next best team (WI).

They may not be the team they have been in the recent past; but I am sure no body would suggest that they have been the best team throughout the period 1975-2007 either.

Australia does not lose; it has to be beaten; and they never fold.

I am a Pakistan supporter and wish the best for the team. But we are not talking wishes here, are we? Pakistan's batting is practically non-existent. It may prosper given individual brilliances of Misbah, Razzaq, and Shehzad, as happenned in the last 2 ODIs series. But then the fielding will really hurt us.

Nevertheless, I still pray to Allah that we win.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 15, 2011, 18:15 GMT)

Good thing abt Aus is Rick is playing. It is very dangerous

Posted by wesley on (February 15, 2011, 18:12 GMT)

Surely SA only lost 1 wicket, not 3??

Posted by belin on (February 15, 2011, 18:09 GMT)

it,s not the time to write off OZ.warm up matches not reflect the future games. positive things hapeen to aus ricky and clarck find thier form so semi is really on for them.they try to became the group champions in the group stage atleast 2nd place other wise they will met india or SA in quarters.from ther watson, lee, ponting, johnson,all can do for them.my top 4 pak, india, SA,,AUS.SORRY sreelanka ur bowling ok only with malinga and murali and the middle order pathetic. they reach semis i bet angelo matheiws done the trick for them. let's hope, wait for 19th my ind meet the tigers. common india....

Posted by Zeeshan on (February 15, 2011, 18:07 GMT)

Ponting in the last match and Clarke hitting form in this match... good signs for australia!!!

Posted by rob on (February 15, 2011, 17:55 GMT)

Stellar performance by SA. Let's hope the magic of Tahrir Square rubs off on Tahir. He should play every game. SA has never had a spinner who offers a variety of balls--finally we have one. He's the man. With Tahir in the side (instead of Botha), the SA team has perfect balance. A little thin on lower order batting, but the way they're playing that won't be needed too often.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 15, 2011, 17:40 GMT)

Good Work SA... Sri Lanka & India will be the two challenges for SA through the WC matches..

Posted by saumitra on (February 15, 2011, 17:38 GMT)

the only opponent for SA who can be considered in their own league is IND, i think IND is a team to beat really, SA will triumph over others quite easily i think, the real neck to neck will happen once SA will face IND either in semis or most likely in finals, The only way to beat IND is to win the toss , elect to bat and score a massive 300+ score, batting 2nd against IND is a bad choice considering their batting power and strength of spin

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 15, 2011, 17:31 GMT)

well bowled every1 it was nice2 see sa winning....

Posted by John on (February 15, 2011, 17:20 GMT)

That was nasty! It was good that Clarke and Ponting batted well. Apart from that ... horrible!

Posted by Mainuddin on (February 15, 2011, 17:16 GMT)

Another great game of cricket. Love the way South Africa thrashed Australia. South Africa are looking good to reach the semis. But can they hold their nerves when it really matters?

Posted by Khurram on (February 15, 2011, 17:07 GMT)


Posted by martin on (February 15, 2011, 17:04 GMT)

Never ever write the Aussies off and dont get cocky cause you got 1 win. Stay grounded, humble and realistic. One warm up game means nothing. I will be shivering in my socks if we face the Aussies in a QF, SF or F

Posted by Azfar on (February 15, 2011, 17:03 GMT)

If Imran Tahir is as good as it looks from the two warmup matches, then no one can take the WC from South Africa. Spin is the only department where South Africa lacks, they have great batting and the best fast bowler (Stern). The support fast bowlers are also good.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 15, 2011, 16:49 GMT)

i was watching the match in chinnaswamy stadium, bangalore, australians were really strugling to get wickets, smith,amla got retired hurt just for giving chance to other batsmen. but Lee,Tait bowled really well in thier first Spells, Pace was awesome, smith & amla were not able connect lot of balls got beaten by pure PACE, so initially they played very carefully and then they started too open the bat. it was one sided,

Posted by machhindra on (February 15, 2011, 16:48 GMT)

SA well done!! Let's hope they continue the same form in coming matches.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 15, 2011, 16:41 GMT)

I don't think Australia need to worry too much from these warm up games. Its good that Australia have two probably worst days before the tournament (even if they are taking these games seriously).

Firstly the kind of pitch provided in practice matches won't likely to be given in international fixtures and secondly Australia won't play spin badly than the way they played in there first warm up match. So now players will be more mentally prepared for the turners which are very unlike in the official match. Finally and most importantly Australia doesn't have good spin options so they must have to use part timers. Clarke, Hussy and Smith needs to bowl more overs because it is guaranteed that spinners will at least manage the flow of runs even on flat tracks. David Hussy needs to get and perform the role of Symonds if we are expecting another world cup from Australia.

Posted by Bhupal on (February 15, 2011, 16:35 GMT)

Four years is a lot of time in cricket. We can see a complete role reversal from the last world cup. Earlier it was the Proteas who got hammered in WC2007 semi-final, now it is Aussies who have just got outplayed by a vastly superior opposition.

The so called famed bowling lineup failed to take a single wicket. But it is warning signs for India, their batting (particularly the middle order comprising Dhoni, Yuvraj, Raina) is as poor as it can get and can never make them recover from a top order collapse. Dhoni should make sure he does not make India's batting poorer by excluding Kohli or playing him at #6.

Posted by sidhant on (February 15, 2011, 16:32 GMT)

good on pup is back at his attacking best.

Posted by Craig on (February 15, 2011, 16:16 GMT)

Counting the Aussies out is always dangerous, but there is no Gilly this time around. A player like Symonds is worth ten Michael Clarkes, even with that decent knock today, but Aussie cricket decided to discard him (and the great Matthew Hayden), so good for them, they're getting what they deserve.

Posted by Ashok on (February 15, 2011, 16:09 GMT)

Lee & Watson are the key to the Australian performance. Watson failed in batting & lee failed in bowling. The result is Australia lost big time. Unlike India, SA batsmen really cloberred the Australian seamers. Tait was ineffective. This proved once more that Just the pace alone will not do the job on the indian wickets. There has to be controlled swing with the new ball and reverse swing with the old for the seamers to be effective. Steyn has proven that with fast, accurate, controlled swing bowling. Australians have lot of work to do to make it to the semi final stage after their dismal performance against spin bowling (India) and against seamers & spin (SA). Ponting appears to be the only shinning light in the Aussie warm up games who played consistently well. SA proved once more that they are bound to move to the last 4 stage and possibly win it all, if they do not choke.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 15, 2011, 16:07 GMT)

Steyn is on fire and Pieterson is doing the job

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 15, 2011, 16:07 GMT)

Good one...! Can't really take too much out of who wins/loses the warmup games.

Posted by Amol on (February 15, 2011, 16:06 GMT)

Imagine what happens when Kallis returns...

Posted by ntokozo on (February 15, 2011, 16:02 GMT)

Whaaaaaaaat a THRASHING. None of the so called Australian classy attack was able even to get a wicket? On the same pitch on which their batsmen were bundled out for 217? wow, it just shows the difference in quality in both departments. S.A are looking good to thrash even the much hyped Indians whom also, lets not forget, were bundled out for a similar score by the same Aus. S.A are miles ahead of the REST in this W.C.

Posted by Amol on (February 15, 2011, 15:57 GMT)

The best part for SA is that they clobbered Tait and Johnson both. They can milk the spinners any time.

Posted by ravi on (February 15, 2011, 15:34 GMT)

things r looking not that well for d OZ,they will miss Huss badly.SA r strong contenders already with all their players in forms of their lives.

Posted by puneet on (February 15, 2011, 15:20 GMT)

Now someone please tell me after today's hammering from South Africa- Who willl Ricky Pointing will be blaming next? After getting thrashed by India the other day- Pointing blamed the under prepared pitch for his team's loss- All I had to say for Mr. Pointing is - Welcome to indian Sub -Continent and its time to get your act together- Gone are the days of Australian Supermacy- Accept the fact that India and South Africa have been the most consistent team over past few years- what goes around comes around...!!!!

Posted by Ahmed on (February 15, 2011, 15:16 GMT)

Two retired-hurts for SA???? Is this true? The scorecard says so. Isn't it something serious?

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 15, 2011, 15:00 GMT)

this Aus team does not look in the greatest of shape to be honest. they are looking more like the Aus team who turned up to the ashes to get smashed out of sight. cant see them winning this world cup

Posted by Zain on (February 15, 2011, 14:43 GMT)

Weldome Imran Tahir ! I salute Imran Khan's vision to including the leggie in combitnation, where INDIA, SA has followed him.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 15, 2011, 14:27 GMT)

Com on SA can lose from 190/0 so never confirm a SA victory as long as the match is over , anyways well done SA so far

Posted by Srinivasan on (February 15, 2011, 13:54 GMT)

The so called best bowling attack is getting hammered by south africans:):):)

Posted by manish on (February 15, 2011, 13:26 GMT)

Australia will find it really tough to get to the semis. If they win the WC, it'd be a miracle. My top4 are India, SA, Eng, SL.

Posted by Amol on (February 15, 2011, 13:10 GMT)

Sign of the times to come. For both SA and AUS.

Posted by saumitra on (February 15, 2011, 13:07 GMT)

OMG !!, look at steyn's bowling figs !! amazing , he is going to clinically destroy every opposition he plays this WC'11 for sure, all SA has to do is to bat really really well this time around and the cup is theirs

Posted by John on (February 15, 2011, 13:07 GMT)

Can't really take too much out of who wins/loses the warmup games. Obviously it'd be better to win them, but the main thing is to get the batsmen and bowlers into form. Punter/Pup got valuable time in the middle out there.

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