Job Done – Now for The Exclamation Mark!
- Updated: October 7, 2015
That is the current state of play going into the 3rd and final T20I for the Proteas against India at Eden Gardens on Thursday.
What a fantastic result by Faf and the “manne”! The way the bowlers fought back in game two was outstanding. Job well done!
Everything was better. Fielding getting the top order on the ropes early with Chris Morris and David Miller like predators on the prowl only to strike with deadly accuracy.
With the stuffing knocked out of the Indian line-up, as predicted pre-game, the inclusion of Albie Morkel was a good call. His big game and IPL experience came to the fore as he capitalised on the early momentum given to him by the fielders.
Admittedly, the wicket was slower but the SA attack exploited the conditions to keep runs down and as such build pressure that resulted in their best effort for some time in the shortest form of the game.
With only 93 to chase Ashwin was dangerous and proved so, picking up 3 scalps but a cool head in the form of JP Duminy prevailed. What a finisher he is becoming and under difficult conditions with the hostile crowd to boot. Mike Hussey’s input as a consultant to the team must be paying dividends surely?
What more can one say about a young side that is shaping up nicely for the World T20 in March and hopefully April next year in the same borders.
With the pressure now off and the series in the bag, Eddie Leie must be given his chance at Eden Gardens, and what a place to play one’s 1st game in India! Test his BMT, that’s what I say!
Games for QDK and Khaya Zondo should also be considered, especially if Quinton is to take the gloves in the ODI’s to follow.
MS Dhoni and his troops will be hurting by failing to defend 199 and then succumbing for less than 100 so expect them to throw caution to the wind in the quest to avoid the doughnut and if nothing else, to win back their fans who were so dangerously incensed in Cuttack.
I don’t know about you, but fancy a spot of 3-0, don’t you?
*Geoff Wakefield is a guest writer for TheYellowCap.com and also does work for SuperSport Blitz as a journalist.