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"C" word crashes SA out of WC; NZ moves into semis

There is something fishy about this South African team to which the whole world is not privy of. Even skipper Graeme Smith can't figure out why after being tagged favourites in every World level tournament since their return to cricket in 1992, every time they show their promise only to deceive eventually. Jokes doing around say that they might have to drop the "C" word from their English alphabet. The "C"hokers were at it again, today as they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in the quarter-finals against New Zealand.

There is something fishy about this South African team to which the whole world is not privy of. Even skipper Graeme Smith can't figure out why after being tagged favourites in every World level tournament since their return to cricket in 1992, every time they show their promise only to deceive eventually. Jokes doing around say that they might have to drop the "C" word from their English alphabet. The "C"hokers were at it again, today as they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in the quarter-finals against New Zealand.

After the bowlers did their job in containing the Kiwis it was up to the Proteas batsmen to get to 221. A very gettable total, in the words of Smith. And yet, from 108/2 a remarkable collapse saw South Africa fold up by 172 thereby losing the semi-final spot by 49 runs. There wasn't any ghost in the wicket enforce the collapse, it was just sheer lack of nerve management that saw the Proteas lose their way. Royal Challenger AB de Villiers had said, before the start of the tournament, that South Africa has long back shed the chokers tag. They had worked hard on this particular weakness of theirs. But there is a major difference between a simulated action and real time. What happened at Mirpur was once again a rude awakening to South Africa - a hard message that this team needs desperately to work on their temperament, how to manage pressure.

In the meantime, South Africa can join Ricky Ponting's men as the favourites who were just blown away just as the tournament entered the serious phase, while New Zealand awaits the winners of Sri Lanka and England to regale in the semi-finals. India and Pakistan has already earned their rights to meet in the other.

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kiwis rocking
krishnasa1 on 02 Apr 2011, 08:03 AM
how the match gonna be
krishnasa1 on 30 Mar 2011, 08:34 AM
Finally.., it was the best team that won
KPK on 29 Mar 2011, 05:56 PM
NZs are the dark horses... All the best for NZ
rohit2120 on 29 Mar 2011, 10:03 AM
They did really well. All the best for NZ.
shriram-jagadeesan on 29 Mar 2011, 07:55 AM
Surprise package was NZ. They should go to the finals to give a nice slap to all who though worse about them.
shriram-jagadeesan on 29 Mar 2011, 07:53 AM
SA out abit disappointing
krishnasa1 on 29 Mar 2011, 06:45 AM
AB wkts was d key turning point
OLI on 28 Mar 2011, 12:23 AM
that is the game
suresh-krishnamurthy on 27 Mar 2011, 09:11 PM
@COLDFIREON, agree!
Baljinder-Singh on 27 Mar 2011, 07:30 PM
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