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Eternal Chokers at the World Cup

South African Cricket Team

South Africa came into the World Cup, with a history of choking at important moments, and they will leave the World Cup, having continued the same legacy in 2019 also

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South Africa came into the World Cup, with a history of choking at important moments, and they will leave the World Cup, having continued the same legacy in 2019 also.

Their match against New Zealand was a must win match for them to stay relevant for semifinal qualification, losing meant packing early back home.

At the start of the 38th over of the NZ innings, the Kiwis needed 73 to win from 12 overs, with the last recognized batting pair of Williamson and De Grandhomme on the crease, with the tail to follow. Imran Tahir who was the most econmical bowler till then was to bowl his last over of his quota.

Colin Miller, their best fielder, dropped two catches one of Williamson, and the other of Grandhomme and in the last delivery, South Africa did not ask for DRS, when the snicko showed that Williamson has nicked the ball to DeKock, and De Kock was standing right behind him. All in just ONE over.

Again first ball of the 41st over, a terrible mix up ensured both batsmen stranded in the middle, and the same Colin Miller could not collect the ball at the bowler’s end, when Williamson was at least 10 metres out of crease. Miller completed his quota of misses by dropping De Grandhomme in the 46th over again.

Williamson went on to score a century to win the match for NZ and more importantly when 11 was required from the last 7 balls, with Santner at the other end, Williamson hit 4,4,6 to seal the issue.

South Africa used 05 bowlers. 04 of them bowled the quota of 10 had economy rates of 4.20, 4.70,4.90 and 3.50, when the asking rate at the beginning of the innings was a shade below 05. Its the 5th bowler Phehlukwayo whom NZ targeted and he bowled his 8.3 overs at an economy rate of 8.58, and that was more than enough for NZ to get through. SA could have tried the par time option of Markram, since NZ are not the best players of spin. Its quite strange that Markram got to bowl against India, but not against NZ

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