Match Analysis


Death-bowling problems rear their head again to take shine off England win
Death-bowling problems rear their head again to take shine off England win

"Our execution was nowhere near as good as we would like," Eoin Morgan admits

de Kock and Phehlukwayo signal South Africa's rise back to the top
de Kock and Phehlukwayo signal South Africa's rise back to the top

Theirs are important contributions in South Africa's 3-0 sweep over India

New-ball ineffectiveness and absence of genuine allrounder haunting India
New-ball ineffectiveness and absence of genuine allrounder haunting India

Even India's spinners were outbowled by their South African counterparts

Shikhar Dhawan's knock underlines his value in India's ODI side
Shikhar Dhawan's knock underlines his value in India's ODI side

On a sluggish wicket, he scored 79 off 84 to keep India on track in the chase and showed he can still thrive under pressure

South Africa's accumulator and aggressor feed off each other in match-winning partnership
South Africa's accumulator and aggressor feed off each other in match-winning partnership

While it may not come as a surprise that Bavuma was the accumulator, van der Dussen was perhaps unlikely in his role as the aggressor

Ranking England's Australian nightmares
Ranking England's Australian nightmares

In nine completed Ashes tours since 1986-87, England have won one series and lost eight by thumping margins. But which have had saving graces, and which have been unmitigated shockers?

Short-ball shortcomings exposed again as Australia leave door ajar
Short-ball shortcomings exposed again as Australia leave door ajar

Wood barrage hints at what might have been after Australia wilt in face of high pace

Mark Wood gets his rewards before England blow their victory shot
Mark Wood gets his rewards before England blow their victory shot

Indefatigable fast bowler channels spirit of Larwood to end frustrating tour on personal high

England positives negated by latest bout of brittle batting
England positives negated by latest bout of brittle batting

Mark Wood and Sam Billings stood out but tourists continue to be weighed down by their baggage

Nathan Lyon's watching brief highlights rise of Australia seam stocks
Nathan Lyon's watching brief highlights rise of Australia seam stocks

Pat Cummins enjoys "luxury" of rotating his quicks as Scott Boland and Cameron Green continue to thrive

The rise of Petersen, the wisdom of Elgar and a great SA victory
The rise of Petersen, the wisdom of Elgar and a great SA victory

India played their part too, with Rishabh Pant leading the way, as a riveting Test series came to a close

India's Newlands nemeses: Risky full length, SA's height and home edge, the Jadeja void
India's Newlands nemeses: Risky full length, SA's height and home edge, the Jadeja void

Kohli conceded India couldn't get themselves to "more comprehensive or dominating positions" with the bat

Control and clarity stand out in Rishabh Pant's personality-defining Newlands century
Control and clarity stand out in Rishabh Pant's personality-defining Newlands century

He has made a name with his free-flowing batting, but his game has been built on the other bits, the ones that don't get spoken about much

India and Bumrah's faith in the process finally pays off
India and Bumrah's faith in the process finally pays off

They have always stuck to their plans on this tour, but while it didn't result in a win in Johannesburg, Cape Town has been a completely different story

Mastery is mastery: Kohli shows unwavering discipline in challenging circumstances
Mastery is mastery: Kohli shows unwavering discipline in challenging circumstances

The wait for the hundred continues, but his average of 28.11 since 2020 is less a reflection of his batting than the testing attacks and conditions he has faced

Wounded England stop the rot, but relief could be temporary
Wounded England stop the rot, but relief could be temporary

It's entirely possible a patched-up England will lose next week, but for now the tour narrative has changed

Seventy balls of England struggle
Seventy balls of England struggle

The visitors were pinned down on Friday at the SCG, scoreless for more than 10 overs. Relive the drama

How South Africa won the pace-bowling battle at the Wanderers
How South Africa won the pace-bowling battle at the Wanderers

Thanks to their being a lot taller than India's attack, they were able to extract more out of a pitch with extra bounce

Petersen and Bavuma show spark but then fade on pitch that's 'not getting easier to bat on'
Petersen and Bavuma show spark but then fade on pitch that's 'not getting easier to bat on'

There was the prospect of centuries from both, but errors cost them on a cat-and-mouse type of day

How Ashwin stopped worrying about technique and started loving his old game again
How Ashwin stopped worrying about technique and started loving his old game again

He seems to have gone back to trusting his hands and eye, and allowing his innate attacking game to flourish