17 October 2010

Zim, Zim, Zim Your Biff

South Africa v Zimbabwe ODI I

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Yeah well. Let's start with Zimb Land:

Johan Botha attempts at returncatching Grant Flower, a promising dugout, Brendan Taylor on 100*, Taylor shot selection

Gotta love Brendan Taylor. He and LRPL, the Kiwi Taylor, are the guys that keep the boat afloat when the rest of the crew is going overboard. It just occurred to me. Taylor batters are good. Both belong to my favourite batsmen, and there ain't many of that sort! The Zimb one made 145 off 139 in a match that was lost after half of the second innings. He was out there from the first to the last minute, witnessed the deaths of his partners and tried to steer the ship home. Alas, he was the only one capable of withstanding the might of the Saffa bowlers. Considering that Hamilton Masakadza's 30 were the second highest score by a Zim batter in the innings you will guess that the inclusion of Grant Flower did not yield the desired results at all. The commentary murmured that Flower hesitated to go to South Africa. He obviously knew that a 39-year old scoring well in county cricket might feel a different wind blowing into his face against a first string Saffa line-up after several years out of international cricket. Thank god Craig Ervine, who I had actually suspected to be with the Zim 2nds, was spotted in the dugout, let's see what happens now. However, Grant might explode just in the next match.

Tatenda Taibu, Graeme Cremer aka Alexander The Great, Shingirai Masakadza, Brendan Taylor watches Williams dropping Ingram

I must admit there was near total darkness at the bowling front. Of course Graeme Cremer was cremy to no end, he and Prosper Utseya (a real champ!) pulled the innings back, until Cremy got smacked a little, but the merits were cashed in by Shingirai Masakadza, who took all four wickets, unfortunately at an economy of over 8 but we shall not complain. I'm afraid that Chris Mpofu is a serious concern, he didn't look very good in the matches so far and lacks the penetration to remove rocks like Hash or Boofsmith; it's an absolute shame because he's cool. Shingi imho has a bit of a Mitch about him, not really on target but he seems to get them somehow. Grant Flower bowled some rather tidy overs as well. Not sure what to make of Sean Williams, he looked very insecure in pretty much all departments including the fielding. It was nice to see Elton have a trundle, but he couldn't effect much. However, the Chigumbura bandwagon is rolling steadily.


Centurion Hashim Amla collects a hug, AB DeVilliers gets run out, Colin Ingram reaches his century, David Miller wagonwheel

Hashim Amla is one brutal batsman. Sounds totally wrong, everybody knows him as a gentle and brainy guy but he's like the butterfly whose wing beat makes the storm break loose, a gentle flick of the wrist can send the bowler to his maker, and this time it was no different: 110 for the Saffa great before he could be removed. Debutant Colin Ingram seamlessly continued the job and scored 124, a mightily impressed audience clapped him off the field when he fell, while I was burying my face in my hands in unbelief. He goes in the sunshine category, so I wish him good luck and plenty more runs during his hopefully long-lasting Saffa career. The SA innings was eventually rounded off by a half ton from another youngster, David Miller. Heaps of talent is growing in South Africa and it's no wonder that the vast majority of these guys need to seek their fortune abroad. Oh yeah and the Biffboof was back at the helm, mooheaded as ever, laughing, directing, picking his nose and doing silly things with his tongue. Graeme Smith if you read this: Stumpy thumbs up! And yeah Langeveldt is a lot fatter than him.

Graeme Smith picking his nose, Rusty Theron happy, Johan Botha advises the field to prevent the single, Graeme Smith silly

Well what shall I say about the bowling. Charl Langeveldt is stupid, please drop him, I want to see someone else if possible. Rusty Theron swept me off the socks but perhaps I just have to get used to him bowling 10 overs. Modest as he is he was a bit disappointed in himself but he took three important wickets and an awesome catch. No wuckers Rusty! All is good. I had a theory about him perhaps having to get adjusted to ODI death bowling, when the opposition takes the batting powerplay, but checking the progress of the match that is complete BS. Anyway, Rusty rules and strangely pretty much everybody would agree with me here :D

Albie Morkel is a sharp sword. I remember him getting completely murdered in the Caribbean, but on home wickets he mutates into a beast, as we could also see in the CLT20. Unfortunately I have no clue about his bowling in general, but he must have been useful in the IPL as well I guess. Wayne Parnell was wearing atrocious sunnies. Johan Botha... ahhh damn me, I like this guy a lot. There are heaps of doubters out there who classify him as hmmm yeah quite ok of sorts. But weirdly whenever I see him he rules like a ruler. Go Botes!

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Tomorrow. Big bad day.



half-tracker said...

Sad Zim lost but they can walk from this with their heads held high! Brendan Taylor is a god and I sure hope they bring in Baby Slug for Williams. Pleased for Ingram too, seems a very genuine kind of guy. One you can't really dislike at all.

Suhas said...

Good on the Zimbos for showing some fight in SA. Brendan Taylor has to be one of the most underrated (even though we use that word loosely) batsmen in cricket, wouldn't disgrace himself at the test level. Why isn't Ray PRice in the side? I thought he was the leader of their dibbly slow attack (which could be effective in the world cup). Great to see Flower jr's return although it's probably wishful thinking to hope it's a successful one.