South Africa beat Australia by 4 wickets with many balls to spare after Albie Morkel smashed 40 runs after 22 balls to get the Proteas home safely.
Australia managed to drop 2 regulation catches in the first over, Ponting dropped a sitter in slips with Hussey ensuring his captain wasnt the only villain putting down a sitter at point.
Again, McKenzie slowed the tempo down and made a relatively simple run chase get out of hand, however he managed to run himself out before the run chase was too high to get like the previous match. On a more positive note, he seems to be finding his form and hopefully will be back to his best on Australia day when SA can claim the series. My colleagues in Australia tell me that the press has taken the Australian team to shreds recently, with the headline “Australian Cricket is Dead”
It was great to see Warner come good again and he is a real prospect for Australian cricket. His home crowd got to see him for the first time last night and he didnt disappoint.
The Cobra’s won by just 4 runs after scring 207/2 with Davids smashing a century in 41 balls, finishing on 112 runs off 4 balls. He hit 7 fours and 9 sixes as he set the highest score in the Standard Bank Pro20 series.
The Kaboom series is well and truly on its way with just the second day of the series already lighting up the rather dreary provincial scene
David Warner, a man living the fairy tale has proved his Twenty20 innings was no fluke, despite scoring 7 and 5 in his last two games, he managed 69 off 60 balls in the 3rd ODI in fron of his home crowd. I have to assume he plays his village cricket in Sydney somewhere – anyone know more about David Warner?
The warriors kicked off with a massive victory against the titans and the Kaboom award if there is suck an award must have gone to Davey Jacobs who hit 6 sixes of which 5 were in a row!!!!
21 Chevrolet Warriors vs Nashua Titans – Warriors won by 81 runs
23 Nashua Cape Cobras vs Chevrolet Warriors Pro20 Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town 6pm
23 Gestetner Diamond Eagles v Nashua Dolphins Pro20 OUTsurance Oval, Bloemfontein 6pm
25 bizhub Highveld Lions vs Gestetner Diamond Eagles Pro20 Liberty Life Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 2.30pm
25 Nashua Titans vs Nashua Dolphins Pro20 SuperSport Park, Centurion 2.30pm
28 Gestetner Diamond Eagles vs Nashua Cape Cobras Pro20 De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley 6pm
30 Nashua Dolphins vs Nashua Cape Cobras Pro20 Sahara Stadium Kindsmead, Durban 6pm
30 bizhub Highveld Lions vs Nashua Titans Pro20 Liberty Life Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 6pm
1 Nashua Cape Cobras vs Nashua Titans Pro20 Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town 2.30pm
1 Chevrolet Warriors vs Nashua Dolphins Pro20 Buffalo Park, East London 2.30pm
4 bizhub Highveld Lions vs Nashua Cape Cobras Pro20 Senwes Park, Potchefstroom 6pm
6 Chevrolet Warriors vs bizhub Highveld Lions Pro20 Sahara Oval St George’s, Port Elizabeth 6pm
6 Nashua Titans vs Gestetner Diamond Eagles Pro20 SuperSport Park, Centurion 6pm
8 Nashua Dolphins vs bizhub Highveld Lions Pro20 Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban 2.30pm
8 Gestetner Diamond Eagles vs Chevrolet Warriors Pro20 OUTsurance Oval, Bloemfontein 2.30pm
13 SF Round 1 vs SF Round 1 Pro20 TBA 6pm
14 SF Round 1 vs SF Round 1 Pro20 (Reserve Day) 2.30pm
15 SF Round 2 vs SF Round 2 Pro20 TBA 2.30pm
16 SF Round 2 vs SF Round 2 Pro20 (Reserve Day) 6pm
18 SF Round 3 vs SF Round 3 Pro20 TBA – if required 6pm
19 SF Round 3 vs SF Round 3 Pro20 (Reserve Day) 6pm
20 Final vs Final Pro20 TBA 6pm
21 Final vs Final Pro20 (Reserve Day) 2.30pm
The series is levelled at 1-1 after SA managed to throw the last game away. There are going to be many justified questions around Neil McKenzie’s place or the rather curious decision to send him in at such a crucial time of the match.
SA needed 94 runs from 14 overs (84 balls) which is not a tough ask, especially when you are only 4 wickets down. I have nothing against Neil McKenzie, however he is not the man I would send in to win the match with 36 overs down and more than a run a ball needed – especially when there is Mark Boucher, Albie Morkel and even Johan Botha to choose from – in fact Dale Steyn can swing the willow successfully!!! After 15 balls Neil had managed just 8 runs and the scoring in the 5 overs he was in for didnt get past 4 in the over, in fact it was a 15 run partnership off 30 balls effectively making a score easy to chase with 6 wickets in hand a massive task.
Boucher came to the crease scoring more than a run a ball as did Morkely but the fat lady had sung and the poor Saffas that had to sit through were tearing the hair out possibly shouting obscenities at the coach and captain.
The 3rd ODI is at Sydney and should be a cracker – it will be interesting to see if Warner gets another chance and whether SA will toggle with the team – its a difficult match to call and no doubt it will be tight however SA should have the upper hand.