"How shit you must be if I got you out twice!"
-Paul Harris to Andrew Symonds, Perth 2008

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Let the losing begin

Alright, lost against India, won against Afghanistan. So far, exactly how I had predicted. Good, good. Although if you thought that was a good performance from the Saffers, look again. They lost a lot of wickets. Of course, credit should be given to the Afghans because Hamid Hassan is a fucking awesome bowler and Nabi, well Nabi can bowl a doosra!

The bowling was amazing, but let's not get carried away. Afghanistan's batting isn't really all that great. Short means out. Every single time.And Morne bowls short. Every single time. Think the sumo won't send those balls to South Africa? Think again.

Also, spare a thought for the other Morkel. His balls are sent to the heavens even when he is bowling against Afghanistan. I hope Albie's child has officially abandoned all hopes of becoming an all-rounder. Especially if he is about to get bowling lessons from his dad. Won't matter anyway. Ever generation of batsmen will be taught that the Albie man can bat sometimes, but can't bowl for shit. Hit him and his decendants into oblivion.

The Saffers did kill today but still managed to embarrass themselves in the process. They lost wickets regularly, they had a fabulous start and then allowed the tail to make runs. It's their tradition and they are very big on tradition, them Saffa boys.

Next they meet the Kiwis, Pakistan and England. I'm assuming they will uphold the tradition. Problem is, these teams are not Afghanistan, although Laden probably has family living in two of those countries. They are either good at T20 or have beaten the Saffers in limited overs cricket pretty solidly before. Unless the Saffers have figured out how to play Afridi and Ajmal (which is not bound to happen till my great-grand children are on this earth) or how to contain Eoin Morgan (yeah right!), be prepared for a Saffa exit.

Okay fine, I won't be so negative. The Saffers will go through to the semis and lift the cup amidst fireworks and that dramatic song they play in the beginning of all the matches! Then I will fall in love with the Buffalo and we will produce lots of babies who will all captain South Africa, one by one.

Oh, and Laden will dance at our wedding.

17 comments:

navi said...

haha eh don't be so negtive but to be honest i don't see them winning this cup either. their batting line up is not looking too good. i hope india or nz wins this one :D

Anonymous said...

Is that extra "o" in losing intentional?

Purna said...

navi, I hope the kiwis win too, if SA don't. But I dont see that happening either. Welcome btw.

Anon, haha! No, that was a typo. It was strangely fitting though :P

Suhas said...

Hey Purna,

I've been an on-off reader of "Cricket Minded" but somehow never got down to commenting earlier. Great work on the blog. Can we swap links?

http://thekiwiflies.blogspot.com/

Would like to see the Saffers go through (in addition to NZ), this looks like a killer group with Eng and Pak blowing hot and cold.

Purna said...

Hi Suhas, thanks for reading. Have blog-rolled you.

Do you want the Saffers go through to the semis so they can choke? HAHA.

Wes said...

unless the set up has killed me before:
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Cheers,
Wes

Suhas said...

Well, South Africa choking is never boring to watch, and otherwise if they do go on to win the tournament it'll certainly be worth watching. So either way, it would be nice to see them in the semis!

Shridhar Jaju said...

South Africa will be knocked out of the tournament due to a 1-run loss by way of D/L method... but this time the batsmen will have no one but themselves to blame because the D/L par scores are shown on the scorecard these days (unlike in 2003 when the 12th man Nicky Boje carved a name for himself in history of SA cricket).

Sidthegnomenator said...

Oh, this one is going to be an all-antipodean final people. You just wait and see.

And we will lose it.

Who's being negative now?

Purna said...

Oh please! If the Kiwis went to the finals along with Aus, you guys might as well take the trophy before the match is played.

Late Inswing said...

Pretty pessimistic about the Saffers chances, but they hung on well yesterday and have at least got one thing right in their batting order.

Will be fun to watch them play Pak and if they get that far - Aus

Reading your posts has been great fun, especially the IPL ones

Shridhar Jaju said...

Hey LI, you are pessimistic about SA's chances, but u seem extremely optimistic about Australia's... Don't be so sure... I think that all the other three teams from Australia's group (India, Sri Lanka and West Indies) have an equally bright chance to get in the semis...

Late Inswing said...

SJ - not that I like them Aussies, but they have given me enough occasions to say 'I told you so'.

SA on the other hand, well never mind

Shridhar Jaju said...

Fair point LI... but I still somehow feel that Australia will not make it to the semis...

Even if they do, it would not be a comfortable entry...

(I hope my predictions turn out to be good)

Purna said...

Welcome Late and thank you for the kind comments.

I think Sri Lanka and Aus will make it from this group and NZ and England from the other of course.

Jaju, I think Aus is going to go all the way...how boring!

Lou said...

I'm looking at it in a different way. This is a good start for them as they are not looking all-conquering and Albie is running into form.

Morne needs to be a bit less one-dimensional but they could win this tournament without all the usual rubbish expectation. Rather them than whingy England who seem to think they have it sown up already.

Purna said...

Lou, I'm afraid the English may be correct! Unless your Aussie boys put an end to this nonsense...yes?