South Africa versus New Zealand One Day Match at Napier

New Zealand versus South Africa

South Africa Wins a Dull Match

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South Africa versus New Zealand One Day Match at Napier

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South Africa versus New Zealand One Day Match at Napier

South Africa Wins a Dull Match

Two Thrillers

I enjoyed two thrillers – one yesterday and another day before yesterday. Day before yesterday I saw England versus Pakistan T20 match played at Abu Dhabi in which England won by clean bowling the Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq off the last ball of the last over of the match. Every moment in the match was a thriller. Yesterday I saw another thriller when India not only defeated Sri Lanka but earned a bonus point also by reaching the winning target in less than 40 overs. Virat Kohli played a superb innings and captivated everybody’s heart. It was a vintage cricket played with authority by India.

And A Dour Match

After watching these two matches, I was tempted to believe that today’s South Africa versus New Zealand match would also be a thriller. But I was totally disappointed after watching the entire match. Every moment in the match was dull. Neither of the teams provided any entertainment to the fans nor did they try to achieve something special. Batsmen plodded on, bowlers wheeled their arms and fielders would have been comfortable had they been provided easy chairs to relax on the field.

Southee Provided Some Fireworks in the End

New Zealand batted first and scored 230. M J Guptil batted with grit and scored a half century with great efforts off 73 balls with 8 fours. But it was the captain Brandon McCullum who top scored with 85 runs made off 96 balls with eleven fours and two sixes. There were no other players who made any worthwhile contribution except the bowler Southee who made 28 runs off 27 balls with two fours and two sixes. For South Africa, Tsotsobe took three wickets giving away 43 runs. Morkel performed even better, taking five wickets for 38 runs.

Amla Missed Century

When South Africa started its reply, it lost the wicket of an important batsman Kallis who made just four runs. But Hashemi Amla and du Plessis settled down and started repairing the damage. Du Plessis made 34 and J P Duminy contributed 43. In the end, de Viliers and Ontong achieved the target comfortably. Amla’s 92 was a machine-like innings but it served the purpose. The New Zealand bowlers never made any mark in the minds of the batsmen. T S Nethula to some extent worked hard to dislodge the batsmen. But he was not economical though he took two wickets.

Somehow Injuries Vanish During the IPL Season

Now South Africa has won the three match series with a lead of 2-0. New Zealand should at least try to salvage some prestige by winning the final one. New Zealand is no doubt handicapped by the absence of its star batsman Ross Taylor and the star bowler Daniel Vittori. It is really a wonder that many players who report sickness or injury to excuse them from playing in international matches are readily available for the Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament in India. During the IPL season, the injuries vanish away. The reason could be because of availability of lot of money in the competition as compared to international cricket. Remember Lasith Malinga refused to play for Sri Lanka citing an injury but playing for the Mumbai Indians side in the IPL last season.

Ross Taylor Would Have Made a Difference

Had Ross Taylor been available for New Zealand, it would have made a difference. Remember, how Ross Taylor slaughtered the Pakistani star bowler Shoaib Akhtar by repeatedly hitting him for fours and sixes in the last year’s World Cup. I was thrilled by that innings. In fact Ross Taylor prematurely ended Akhtar’s cricket career. Taylor might have torn Tsotsobe to pieces had he been available for this match and the series.

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Ramkeyviswa 4 years ago from Chennai, India

A nice and commanding article! Keep writing!

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ramkimeena 4 years ago from India Author

Thank you

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