25.6.2019 07:55 pm
For England this was a second straight defeat after their shock 20-run loss to Sri Lanka.
Australia captain Aaron Finch hit a hundred before left-arm quicks Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc shared nine wickets as the reigning champions thumped England by 64 runs at Lord's on Tuesday to book their place in the semi-finals of the World Cup.
The former opener, who coached India to glory in 2011, says South Africa probably didn’t come into the tournament as strong as many thought.
He’s undoubtedly a late bloomer, but the mature middle-order batter has left an indelible mark already.
Skipper Faf du Plessis doesn’t dwell on it though … probably because the fielding effort overall was substandard.
Coach Ottis Gibson admits that his charges have strangely gone into their shells at the showpiece tournament.
Yet the South Africans learn that even that isn’t always enough as their semifnal hopes are dashed.
Zimbabwe-born Colin de Grandhomme and his classy skipper destroys South Africa’s faint semifinal hopes as their fielding effort collapses.
The legendary all-rounder, in fact, believes South Africa’s World Cup campaign still has vital signs as they gear up for Wednesday’s Kiwi challenge.
Quinton de Kock will need to take the lead in that regard as South Africa’s batting has misfired badly to date.
This is not a team they’ve beaten regularly in the showpiece tournament…
Shakib is now the highest run scorer at this year’s World Cup so far.
The lanky quick has recovered from the hamstring injury that plagued him at the start of the tournament.
Look at his spell against Afghanistan for pointers…
The World Cup rookies self-destructed against the Proteas’ wily spinner in a comfortable victory.