South Africa v Australia, 2nd Twenty20, Johannesburg October 16, 2011

Parnell and Theron script stunning win

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South Africa 148 for 7 (Botha 34, Theron 30*) beat Australia 147 for 8 (White 39, M Marsh 36, Tsotsobe 2-11) by 3 wickets
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Wayne Parnell and Rusty Theron rescued South Africa from a seemingly hopeless position to snatch victory in the second Twenty20 and draw the series 1-1. Australia had the match all but won with five overs remaining, as South Africa needed 61 with three wickets in hand, an unlikely goal that Parnell and Theron reached with five balls to spare.

In a breathtaking finish, the victory arrived with a slog-swept six over midwicket from the first ball of the final over, Theron's eyes having lit up when Cameron White handed the ball to David Hussey. But White had bowled out all his frontline men in the search for those last few wickets, and his choice was down to Hussey or the medium pace of the debutant Mitchell Marsh.

It hardly mattered, though, as Parnell and Theron effectively sealed the match by taking 55 from the previous four overs, including 18 off an over from Steve O'Keefe, who was deposited over the midwicket and square-leg boundaries by Parnell. Theron finished unbeaten on 30 from 16 balls, but it was Parnell's 29 from 11 that really jolted the Australians.

The pair put on 64 in 4.3 overs, having come together when Heino Kuhn sent a return catch to James Pattinson (2 for 17), and at 84 for 7, the target of 148 seemed out of reach. But Theron drove and flicked a couple of boundaries off Doug Bollinger, and the teenager Patrick Cummins betrayed a few nerves in his last over, as the equation became more encouraging for the hosts.

Earlier, Cummins had delivered a double-wicket maiden that left South Africa in major trouble at 18 for 3. Colin Ingram played on when he tried to drive a wider ball from Cummis and then JP Duminy, who failed to score, edged a pearler to slip, where Hussey flew to his right to take an equally impressive catch.

Bollinger had bowled Hashim Amla in the first over, and the chase was well and truly off the rails. But Graeme Smith and Johan Botha, sent in at No.5, steadied and at least gave South Africa platform. Botha's 34 from 28 balls was important, but when he reverse-swept O'Keefe to point, the hosts looked to have missed their chance.

Their brilliant recovery meant that a fine bowling effort, led by Lonwabo Tsotsobe, was not wasted. After White won the toss and chose to bat, the South Africans kept Australia in check, especially Tsotsobe, whose 2 for 11 was the most economical four-over spell ever completed by a South African in a T20 international.

A late blitz from Marsh, who at 19 was playing his first game for his country, pushed the Australians to 147 for 8. Marsh took 20 off the final over from Morne Morkel, including three sixes, one a monster over midwicket, and he ended up with 36 from 21 balls.

His runs were important after the loss of the White, who top scored with 39, but fell to a great piece of work from Parnell, who kicked the ball on to the stumps in his follow through to have White run out trying for a quick single. Australia were 106 for 6 at the time, having found no momentum as Tsotsobe and his colleagues built the pressure with dot balls and were rewarded with wickets.

Australia had crawled to 4 for 1 after two overs as Tsotsobe gave the batsmen nothing. The early pressure ensured David Warner's tour went from bad to worse; having been run out for a duck in the first game he again failed to score, caught at mid-off when from his ninth delivery he advanced to Morkel and tried to clear the infield.

His opening partner Matthew Wade, promoted due to a minor hip injury that ruled Shane Watson out of the game, produced a sizzling cut for six off Morkel but fell for 10 when he edged behind advancing to Tsotsobe. Shaun Marsh led Austalia's recovery and took ten from Parnell's first two balls, including a cracking six over cover, but on 29 he top-edged off Theron and was taken by Kuhn running towards point.

Theron finished with an impressive 2 for 28, while Parnell's figures of 0 for 44 from four were unflattering. By the end of the match, South Africa were thrilled with the performances of both men.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Okasha on | October 18, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    When Parnell accepted Islam,his performance is becoming better and better and in this t20 where he took SA home, he didn't wear the castle logo shirt,he wore simple shirt like Amla's Shirt...

  • POSTED BY whitesXI on | October 18, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    Could someone please explain to me the point of having steve smith in this team? Dave Hussey is bowling the part time, O'keefe is the permanent spin option and Smith is what exactly? Aaron Finch or Callum ferguson both have a higher claim than Smith, give them a bat

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 23:09 GMT

    @popcorn: I notice that you are assessing SA's entire team batting abilities by a single t20 match.. If that were the basis, then I would have to conclude that David Warner sucks at cricket and Parnell and Theron should bat at no. 3 & 4 respectively.

  • POSTED BY LazloWoodbine on | October 17, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    @Raworth_Rabbitohs - a comment almost as daft as jonesy's! What about the two youngsters that won it for SA, eh? So apart from the brilliant hitting from Rusty and Parnell and the bad captaincy of White (want to chuck the weather, the food and the absence of Tendulkar in there too...?) the young Aussie "superstars" would have won it? Unfathomable reasoning. He's also not suggesting the youngsters "get a mention" he's suggesting the result is unimportant.

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    Great match Proteas. Keep it up

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Wow just look at those stats very similar. Good old rivals this always go down to the wire! :)

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | October 17, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    this is the sort of result t20 throws up. You only need 2 partnerships batting for 12 overs between them to post 140. 60 from 20 though, not quite Mike Hussey v Pakistan, but considering it was the tail, not bad effort!

  • POSTED BY A_Yorkshire_Lad on | October 17, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    @jonesy2 South Africa didn't ' deserve ' to win ?? But they DID win - whether you like it or not !!

    Well played ZA !

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 17, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    PS - Re those who criticise CW's captaincy - did he not captain them in the 1st T20 which they won?

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 17, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    @ popcorn again - It was a one off game in the most unpredictable format so should show no signs of what might happen in the ODI and esp test series. Also of the bowlers you mention I always thought MJ was eratic or is that just against England ? And Bollinger - was he not actually playing and going for 9 an over yesterday orwas that a different Bollinger? I'm not sure what the score is with SA's options either. If they have Kallis,AB and Steyn back then they too could be a different proposition

  • POSTED BY Okasha on | October 18, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    When Parnell accepted Islam,his performance is becoming better and better and in this t20 where he took SA home, he didn't wear the castle logo shirt,he wore simple shirt like Amla's Shirt...

  • POSTED BY whitesXI on | October 18, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    Could someone please explain to me the point of having steve smith in this team? Dave Hussey is bowling the part time, O'keefe is the permanent spin option and Smith is what exactly? Aaron Finch or Callum ferguson both have a higher claim than Smith, give them a bat

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 23:09 GMT

    @popcorn: I notice that you are assessing SA's entire team batting abilities by a single t20 match.. If that were the basis, then I would have to conclude that David Warner sucks at cricket and Parnell and Theron should bat at no. 3 & 4 respectively.

  • POSTED BY LazloWoodbine on | October 17, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    @Raworth_Rabbitohs - a comment almost as daft as jonesy's! What about the two youngsters that won it for SA, eh? So apart from the brilliant hitting from Rusty and Parnell and the bad captaincy of White (want to chuck the weather, the food and the absence of Tendulkar in there too...?) the young Aussie "superstars" would have won it? Unfathomable reasoning. He's also not suggesting the youngsters "get a mention" he's suggesting the result is unimportant.

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    Great match Proteas. Keep it up

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Wow just look at those stats very similar. Good old rivals this always go down to the wire! :)

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | October 17, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    this is the sort of result t20 throws up. You only need 2 partnerships batting for 12 overs between them to post 140. 60 from 20 though, not quite Mike Hussey v Pakistan, but considering it was the tail, not bad effort!

  • POSTED BY A_Yorkshire_Lad on | October 17, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    @jonesy2 South Africa didn't ' deserve ' to win ?? But they DID win - whether you like it or not !!

    Well played ZA !

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 17, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    PS - Re those who criticise CW's captaincy - did he not captain them in the 1st T20 which they won?

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 17, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    @ popcorn again - It was a one off game in the most unpredictable format so should show no signs of what might happen in the ODI and esp test series. Also of the bowlers you mention I always thought MJ was eratic or is that just against England ? And Bollinger - was he not actually playing and going for 9 an over yesterday orwas that a different Bollinger? I'm not sure what the score is with SA's options either. If they have Kallis,AB and Steyn back then they too could be a different proposition

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 17, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    @Jonesy2 - Your remarks are beyond ridicule.Whether it be because Aus choked , SA excelled at the end or a combination of both. SA won fair and square,

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    oasis in desert......... after losing 7 wickets very fine comeback .well i saw juan hitting van der merwe for six over long on in clt20 but never expected him to do what malinga did for mi in clt20 against csk .have to admit that white was clueless and rusty performance by oz

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    A Great Series on the Card South Africa and Australia alway had the fascinating rivalry in the past and both of them are geared up for ataining top pedestaerial once again at each othe rexpense

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | October 17, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    Congrats to SA! I dare think Albie Morkel could be a huge impact player in this format and ODIs as well.

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    Aus is a wounderful talented side.They need intelligent captain to march the forces. Look in 1987 they won the World Cup with average team, b/c of leadership.They had specialist 5 batsman,5 bowlers.Today they can win every game if they choose 5 specialist bats,5 bowler and a wicketkeeper.I feel white has a big role to play in AUS ODI team.He is master at no.6 like symonds.He is a match winner.If you want a new gilly in Aus line wait for warner to establish,he will deliver.we need specialist spinner,not steve smith(a mini all rounder).Plz select the best talent then u will see aus again ruling the world for a long time.

  • POSTED BY diri on | October 17, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    wow i never knew Rusty could bat like that!! Parnel we all knew has potential and I am sure by the next world cup he will be the best all rounder in the world!! Miller is another guy who has all the aspects of a top finisher but he needs to come in early and have a look at the bowling before he starts swinging......awesome win SA and revenge for the rugby:) looks like Aus are the new chockers lol

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | October 17, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    Aus relaxed & took it easy after SA were 7 down & also some bowling errors in the last five overs....until 7th wkt they controlled the game very well but completely lost the momentum after that......all credit to that 8th wkt pair who played superbly to win the game with 5 balls to spare...great effort !!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Meety on | October 17, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    @Dashgar - IMO White should be considered for the ODIs during the Oz summer, but I think the selectors were right in not selecting him against the Saffas. He needs to prove himself worthy again, his form in SL was not flash. Happy that he might be on the right track, an in-form White is a destructive batsmen & a valuable ODI asset.

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    supab victory.....................................by RSA......agnst....AUS

  • POSTED BY ajayrcs on | October 17, 2011, 2:39 GMT

    Totally agree with RandyOZ and popcorn

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | October 17, 2011, 2:16 GMT

    Worrying that White, who is only in the T20 squad has been our best batsman. Marsh Warner and Smith all go into the ODIs short on form. Big mistake to leave a proven performer like White out of the squad

  • POSTED BY Meety on | October 17, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    @ bobagorof - he's in the side for his fielding! White didn't use Smith in the T20s in Oz earlier this year, then Pup did the ODIs & he was a wicket taker. I think its a case of White doesn't rate him & must be out-voted on the selection. @Ben1989 - re: White I agree & disagree, his bating was the best its been in a long while, but I thought his captaincy was poor.

  • POSTED BY katandthat3 on | October 17, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    The T20's have got everyone excited about the real cricket coming up (shame it's not 5 ODI's and 3 tests but this will still do). Have to agree with a few of the other guys in that I'm not sure what Steve Smith's role is. I'd be ok if he was bowling as well but as he isn't there are about 6 or 7 bats well ahead of him that should be there instead (Fergo, Bailey, Finch, Voges, Harris etc) or maybe Huss when the WC comes around. Glad to see Mitch do well with the stick, Shaun looked good again and White's starting to get there. Warner is still a concern when the track is doing something but I'm sure he'll be keen to settle in more for the ODI's. South Africa bowled really well first up. Cummins hopefully will get a spot in test squad. Both teams have big players to come in for both formats so it should be great to watch.

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    I saw some are Criticized Whaleed Parnell about his Bowling....but we knew he is a Smart Cricketer....Whaleed You BEAUTY!!! Hashim you Deserve it....Well paly Rusty!!! CSA bEAT Aussies in all format....

  • POSTED BY Ben1989 on | October 17, 2011, 0:20 GMT

    LOL@RandyOZ & what make's you think that? he was the only batter apart from Marsh to hit a decent score, he was run out mate, trying to get on strike.... he hit a decent innings in last game too & looking like he's hitting form again, the only thing I can fault is that he bowled O'Keefe in the 17th over, on a SA pitch at the death, it's a bit of a surprise but he didn't have any other options, either that D Huss or M Marsh, so all 3 are a gamble... White is a great T20 & ODI batsman, he was just completely out of form last season so to say he's no good, is ridiculous..

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | October 17, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    The ONLY positive from Australia's loss to Soiuth Africa is that - if South Africa's batsmen are so loust against Ausralia's inexperienced bowlers, Australia will DEFINITELY win the ODI and Test series with its experiened bowlers - Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Trent Copeland, Dougie Bollinger,Nathan Lyon.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2011, 23:59 GMT

    A whole new level to the game different players to the test and odi great entertainment and well played Sa Graet series awaits the tests two great sporting nations

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | October 16, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    Proof yet again that White is no good. Thank god is isnt playing in the good formats.

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | October 16, 2011, 22:52 GMT

    What is this obsession with having wicketkeepers opening the innings in limited overs matches? Why was Wade opening the batting for Australia when they had Shaun Marsh, an opener from WA, batting at No. 3? Just because Gilchrist had a lot of success there, Australia seems obsessed by having their wicketkeeper opening the innings - Haddin, Paine and now Wade have all done it. None have had huge success, though Paine seems most accustomed of the three. Australia also looks to have suffered by going in with only 4 bowlers - and yet again Steve Smith did not get a bowl, which should raise serious questions about his place in the team. His strike rate is poor for a pure batsman coming down the order and if that is the only skill he is using then it might be better to bring in someone else.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | October 16, 2011, 22:45 GMT

    Can't help but think Warners contribution of 0 from nine balls was the difference. I bet Aus wouldve loved to have faced that wasted 1 and a half overs again at the end of the innings. Now this gimmicky Mickey Mouse stuff is over, let's move onto the real cricket now, shall we?

  • POSTED BY Sirchris on | October 16, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    Nice to see the tables turned with a "choke" from from a different team for a change. Aus had it in the bag there. Not taking anything away from Theron and Parnell, it's fairly obvious that Aus lost it rather than SA winning...

  • POSTED BY Winsome on | October 16, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    Steve Smith's place in the T20 starting line-up must be shaky. It just must be. He can't be in this format if no-one is going to bowl him. Garbage if so.

  • POSTED BY Behind_the_bowlers_arm on | October 16, 2011, 22:18 GMT

    Wouldnt read too much into any t20 match as regards cricket but it was useful for Australia to introduce Cummins, Pattinson, O'Keefe & M Marsh all of whom we hopefully we will see more of in more important games.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | October 16, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    Wow! What a game of T20 cricket. Saffas are a really exciting to watch and this match is no exception. Well done Rusty! I have always had my doubts about you but boy you're an incredible player!

  • POSTED BY klempie on | October 16, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    @jonesy2 That's ok. Call it retribution for the Rugby World Cup quarter final Aus didn't deserve to win either....

  • POSTED BY MrGarreth on | October 16, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    @jonesy, Australia didnt deserve to win it because they let 2 tailenders cart them all over the show son!

  • POSTED BY mishu_99 on | October 16, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    What A superb win by SA!!!! Really enjoyed the match.....Think we r having a gr8 series again between these 2 nations as always

  • POSTED BY Raworth_Rabbitohs on | October 16, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    @LazloWoodbine - By a win for the youngsters, I think he means that the young people in Australia's team would've won them the match if not for bad captaincy and excellent hitting by SA. South Africa thoroughly deserved to win this, but th young guys (Marsh, Cummins, Pattinson) all deserve mentions. Matthew Wade looked decent too, pity the bowlers from SA were on fire early on.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2011, 20:17 GMT

    spirit of south africa when Cronje was captain is seen again in this match. Parnell has become lot more cool headed

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    20/20 is a lottery. You cannot blame a batsman if he goes out as there is no time to play your self in. 1-1 It would be 5-5 if there were 10 games. Its a pity that international cricketers even have to play this form of the game. People who read anything into a 20/20 game have no understanding of test cricket. I know Gary Kirsten is not a fan of the game and when you watch it you can understand why. Great for entertainment but please it is not cricket. It is like trying to put 7's rugby on a par with rugby union. Please guys watch it ,enjoy it but forget about it No-one ever remembers who won the 20/20 series anyway.

  • POSTED BY LazloWoodbine on | October 16, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    @jonesy2 - You keep regarding it as a victory for the youngsters, in the interim I'll check the record book. Oh, my! It says SA won and doesn't even mention the youngsters. What a surprise....

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    thrilling match! what a last 5 overs that was

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    Credit has to go to Parnell and Theron, and SA's bowling. It looked a poor end to the innings when SA let up some 30 runs in the last 10 balls, but Parnell and Theron showed that if they give up 10 runs in an over, they can get those 10 runs back with the bat! Great showing from the youngsters. There is more room to develop, but atleast we have seen a flash of what they are capable of, with both bat and ball.

    Ingram, Miller and Duminy all need to find some form, not just Smith. The team needs Kallis, AB, Jacques Rudolph and Steyn for the other formats, no question.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | October 16, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    Congratulations to SA. The start was very disappointing, but win was well deserved. Aussies made some blunders in the end. The lack of experience (both with a new captain and fast bowler cummings) hurt Aussies. To some extent top order SA batting reminds me of India-- great on paper but poor in field. Despite the SA win, my money is on Aussie for tests and ODI. SA's top order with Smith, and Amla is pathetic. Barring Steyn and Kallis, I think SA team is vulnerable to pace and bounce. Looking forward to the rest of the series with the hope that SA keeps up all the fan bravado before the beginning of every series that never materializes.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    @Jonesy2 - you sound like an Indian supporter!

    @popcorn - hussey's over could have been worse than O'Keefes, the only ball of it went for 6. The mistake was to attack and bowl Bollinger out - but give him credit for that, on another day it could've been a master stroke.

    Well done to Parnell and Theron, they played their shots and rode their luck.

  • POSTED BY St.as.ram.rod on | October 16, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    Yey SA won... @Jonesy2: Even though I know SA didn't batted well at all but still what is remembered is the end result and for Aus is this what is known as 'Choking'.. Haha lol!!!

    But ya SA batting look dearly short.. they still have too much dependencies on Kallis and AB. What is Smith doing in the team now is a mystery. I still find Ingram useful to be included.

    Death Bowling is left with much to be desired.

    But SA can only build around this win..

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    A bit sour there Jonesy2? Ha ha ha, typical Aussie graciousness!

  • POSTED BY hris on | October 16, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    sad anyway well played SA. nice batting by the tail. i have to say White's captaincy looked a bit poor. on the bright side Pattinson, Marsh and Cummins(apart from his last over) did very well. good signs.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | October 16, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    what a joke. south africa didnt deserve to win that. i see this game as a win for australia's brigade of young superstars

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Don't understand wat Steve smith doing in team. Can't bat. Can't bowl. White has no clue about captaincy

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | October 16, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    Amazing turnaround for SA. But unless the batters fire rather leaving everything to lower order, Australia clear favorites for ODI series. Australia is always scratchy in T20s, they would do the same they did to SL in ODIs. GOOD LUCK BOTH FOR ODIs

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Congratz South Africa....

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | October 16, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    Stupid of Cameron White to give the inexperienced Steve O'Keefe the 18th over to bowl, when he had 2 overs of experienced Victorian team-mate David Hussey and one over of Patrick Cummins. The inexperienced lower order batsmen (actually bowlers) are more comfortable with a spinner than a fast bowler.White could also have asked fast bowler Mitchell Marsh to bowl.Good to see the back of Cameron White.What a lousy captain.

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  • POSTED BY popcorn on | October 16, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    Stupid of Cameron White to give the inexperienced Steve O'Keefe the 18th over to bowl, when he had 2 overs of experienced Victorian team-mate David Hussey and one over of Patrick Cummins. The inexperienced lower order batsmen (actually bowlers) are more comfortable with a spinner than a fast bowler.White could also have asked fast bowler Mitchell Marsh to bowl.Good to see the back of Cameron White.What a lousy captain.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Congratz South Africa....

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | October 16, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    Amazing turnaround for SA. But unless the batters fire rather leaving everything to lower order, Australia clear favorites for ODI series. Australia is always scratchy in T20s, they would do the same they did to SL in ODIs. GOOD LUCK BOTH FOR ODIs

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Don't understand wat Steve smith doing in team. Can't bat. Can't bowl. White has no clue about captaincy

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | October 16, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    what a joke. south africa didnt deserve to win that. i see this game as a win for australia's brigade of young superstars

  • POSTED BY hris on | October 16, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    sad anyway well played SA. nice batting by the tail. i have to say White's captaincy looked a bit poor. on the bright side Pattinson, Marsh and Cummins(apart from his last over) did very well. good signs.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    A bit sour there Jonesy2? Ha ha ha, typical Aussie graciousness!

  • POSTED BY St.as.ram.rod on | October 16, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    Yey SA won... @Jonesy2: Even though I know SA didn't batted well at all but still what is remembered is the end result and for Aus is this what is known as 'Choking'.. Haha lol!!!

    But ya SA batting look dearly short.. they still have too much dependencies on Kallis and AB. What is Smith doing in the team now is a mystery. I still find Ingram useful to be included.

    Death Bowling is left with much to be desired.

    But SA can only build around this win..

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    @Jonesy2 - you sound like an Indian supporter!

    @popcorn - hussey's over could have been worse than O'Keefes, the only ball of it went for 6. The mistake was to attack and bowl Bollinger out - but give him credit for that, on another day it could've been a master stroke.

    Well done to Parnell and Theron, they played their shots and rode their luck.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | October 16, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    Congratulations to SA. The start was very disappointing, but win was well deserved. Aussies made some blunders in the end. The lack of experience (both with a new captain and fast bowler cummings) hurt Aussies. To some extent top order SA batting reminds me of India-- great on paper but poor in field. Despite the SA win, my money is on Aussie for tests and ODI. SA's top order with Smith, and Amla is pathetic. Barring Steyn and Kallis, I think SA team is vulnerable to pace and bounce. Looking forward to the rest of the series with the hope that SA keeps up all the fan bravado before the beginning of every series that never materializes.