South Africa qualify for the Super 8 phase

Once again, South Africa have swept aside a weaker nation and they've booked their place in the Super 8 phase of the World Cup as a consequence.

After first restricting Scotland to 186-8, South Africa then overhauled that total in just 23.2 overs. On the face of it, it was easy and South Africa are looking very professional, particularly when you compare their matches to England's ramshackle win against Canada.

However, South Africa should pay close attention to the closing overs as Scotland rattled along at about ten an over for the last five. If Scotland can do that, what might Australia do in the group decider?

South Africa's team looks good overall, but they're completely devoid of spin bar Graeme Smith's part-timers. In a fair world, that'll come back to haunt them. Is the world fair? Find out in the Super 8s or possibly the semi final.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

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Blogger Jamie said...

I was shocked at how ordinary the Saffer bowlers looked.

Andrew Hall looked OK, Langeveldt did half decently, but you'd expect any decent batting line up to tear those two apart.

Makhaya Ntini or Kallis couldn't take a wicket against a pretty ordinary side, that most decent clubs side would challenge.

Shaun Pollock was tight again, but I would expect a man who's form has been fantastic in 2006-7 to take more than one wicket.

That said, England couldn't bowl Canada out, and we'll face a much stiffer challenge in Kenya.

Let's hope someone at the top of the order for England can bosh a few, whilst going on to a decent score.

Unlikely, I know, but a man can dream!

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