This year’s abandoned IPL involved a familiar procession at the toss. Meet in the middle, make your call, win the toss, bowl first (unless your name is Rohit Sharma in Chennai). It’s a well-rehearsed act in T20 cricket, almost automatic at this point. So established is the urge to chase that it takes little imagination to guess what the winning captain will politely opt for. With this familiarity, one would expect a matching level of competence. Surely, teams are so used to chasing scores...
As soon as I saw the South African total with wickets list I knew we’d win comfortably. It’s just another example of flat tracks producing high scoring but ultimately disappointing boundary fests. Yes Malan’s innings was brutally beautiful but it was totally predictable on that wicket that with our line up a couple would come good. There’s so little pressure on the batsmen when they know they can get away with taking risk after risk against a pretty ordinary attack, If one doesn’t come off another will.
Once again though Roy looked iffy and Tom Currans death bowling was called into question.
Like Marc, saw the score from SA and thought it was either an easy boring win for SA or a canter for flat track hitters .. didn’t bother watching