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Don’t write The Proteas off

I take issue with reports of the Proteas first match in T20 World Cup that claim the Proteas were altogether out played by India. Were they watching the same match? Yes, we were beaten but to describe it as an entirely one-sided affair is ludicrous.

We can actually take some encouragement from the match. India took the game away from us in two periods, Yuvraj and Raina’s partnership and our openers overly cautious beginning. Loots Bosman seemed to struggle with the sluggish pitch and could not adjust himself. Suresh Riana conversely, struggled early on to get the ball away but once he played himself in, he put on an awe-inspiring batting display. His 100, brought up emphatically with a six off Albie Morkel, has made him the first Indian to score a century in international T20 cricket. With Gambhir out through illness and Sehwag out through injury, Raina assuaged any doubts about the inexperienced Indian upper order. (Read more)


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