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Friday, May 14, 2010

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greyblazer

In T/20 cricket strike rates are more important. I would rather see a team scoring 60 for 2 than 30 for 1 in the first six overs. The inability of South Africa's top order to score quickly was one of the main reasons behind them getting knocked out in the super eights as it was putting too much pressure on the middle order.

Colly's form is a bit of worry and under pressure Bresnan's bowling can be suspect.

crownish

aye, didn't think Lumb was good enough for T20 Internationals but the way the two played yesterday was beautiful to watch, treated a small total on it's face value and attacked in the semi final.

i'm rooting for England in this final

The Reverse Sweep

South Africa were extremely poor. De Villiers should have batted in the top three. You are right on how teams should approach the powerplay - there are only 14 overs left afterwards so as you say better to be 60/2 than 35/0 after six overs. I reckon Colly will come good if needed in the final; he is much better when England have their backs to the wall. Bresnan's done ok, but Warner and Watson will be more of a challenge if it is the Aussies in the final.

The Reverse Sweep

Yeah, I don't think Lumb is ever going to do a Gayle or Jayawardene and score big in T20, but a 30 off 18 balls is always going to be useful.

MeikoElektra (The MG)

The last time they had an aggressive opener in limited overs cricket was with Mal Loye in Australia in the CB series 06/07, which they won 2-0. He never got big scores either, but he got them off to a bit of a flier and took the scoring pressure off the middle order.

And agreed, having de Villiers at 4 was madness from South Africa. Three is his natural home in this form of the game, as he's by far the most adaptable of their batsmen (can knock it around for singles when early wickets fall, and can hit it out of the ground if necessary).

The Reverse Sweep

Ah yes, Mal Loye, I remember him well. Getting down on one knee to hit Brett Lee was worth a bravery award alone.

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