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'SA should've pushed for win'

Daryll Cullinan and Sanjay Manjrekar review the compelling Test between South Africa and India which ended in a draw

December 22, 2013

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Posted by   on (December 23, 2013, 12:26 GMT)

Greatest draw lol, I am hardpressed to see what was so great about it.

Is this the first time the team batting 4rth has scored more then 400, or this is the first time first two innings both teams only managed to score less then 300.

Infact this was the worst sportsman spirit shown by the no.1 test cricket.

Posted by venkatesh018 on (December 23, 2013, 6:55 GMT)

Bad news for BCCI because all its efforts to downgrade Test cricket by reducing it to 2 match series is backfiring badly with such thrilling finishes. Cullinan is right. This series deserved at least 3 Tests, if not 4.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2013, 6:18 GMT)

Nonsense Darryll, you are a classic example of the mentality in the protea set up. You need to score 16 runs of 18 balls with 3 wickets in hand,why do you need to play it safe? why did Ab & Faf work so hard to get us in a position to win the game? We need to play like the no.1 team in the world in our own backyard without fear of losing otherwise we won't be remembered in time as the greatest test team of our era but it seems as if the "choking" tag will follow us into the longer format of the game.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2013, 2:48 GMT)

ya they definetely should have tried..they need not have to go hard at the ball. but could have tried to rotate the strike as the field was spread out.... Great Bonus to India...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2013, 2:33 GMT)

SA kept their LEGEND alive. They always lost path at the crucial movement. Phelander should have tried in the second last over. But what was in D V's mind he could call the limited over ability for an over only.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2013, 2:06 GMT)

Sa africa has achieved what no other team in test cricket has achieved. To score 550 in the last inning of any match is on heard of. Love yousa

Posted by Solar_Rex on (December 22, 2013, 23:16 GMT)

I can understand all the hoopla about this contest, as I myself enjoyed watching the it. Having said that, this game actually is the microcosm what is right and wrong with test cricket. No team wants to lose and that seems to be guiding principle rather than going for the kill. SA should have gone for the win, having set them up self with such a great back going into the last hour.

Posted by IndTheBest on (December 22, 2013, 21:56 GMT)

Easier said then done. Once Faf De was out SA knew than Morkel is injured and Tahir can't bat. Once mistake could have put them in danger. They tried their best to get so close to wining the game. India missed a genuine fast bowling all rounder.

Posted by glen1 on (December 22, 2013, 20:29 GMT)

What a show! Excellent analysis for us arm-chair cricket players. Hats off guys and keep up the great work!

Posted by Brenton1 on (December 22, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

I disagree. SA got to #1 by playing smart cricket, not emotional cricket. If another wicket went down it would have exposed Tahir and an injured Morkel. SA picked the right option even though it felt so disappointing in the end to get so close. Faf made the mistake of his run out. He should have held up his end and let Vern have a go with 3 overs to go.

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