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Old 16th November 2010, 12:43   #121
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They should also take the batting powerplay now
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Old 16th November 2010, 12:48   #122
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Misbah doesnt fancy Steyn - could save the draw for Saffers if he can keep wheelin'
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Old 16th November 2010, 12:53   #123
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SA certainly has trouble at times in the second innings. Look no further than the two tests in which England defied them on home soil.
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Old 16th November 2010, 13:17   #124
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That is a bizarre ending. A gettable run rate and two players who were well set and they call it off.
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Old 16th November 2010, 13:18   #125
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So that's where the smart money was.
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Old 16th November 2010, 13:22   #126
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So that's where the smart money was.
Sadly you could be right. It gets to the stage where you can't really believe anything you see when Pakistan are playing.
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Old 16th November 2010, 13:35   #127
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Poor last day from SA. Boucher dropped a sitter off MOTM Younis Khan. Kallis likewise. Neither of these teams seemed to want the win badly enough.
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So that's where the smart money was.
Did you think nobody noticed your first betting reference?
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Old 16th November 2010, 13:37   #129
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Poor last day from SA. Boucher dropped a sitter off MOTM Younis Khan. Kallis likewise. Neither of these teams seemed to want the win badly enough.
Yeah, that's why they dropped the catches. They saw the ball coming towards them and thought, "Do I really want to win this match?"
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Old 16th November 2010, 13:43   #130
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Yeah, that's why they dropped the catches. They saw the ball coming towards them and thought, "Do I really want to win this match?"
Was also thinking of how easily they were prepared to call the game off. Sometimes poor fielding can also be linked to lack of urgency though.

Wessels when interviewed, seemed to be pretty distraught with the poor fielding performance. Smith was more generous in his appraisal.
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Old 16th November 2010, 13:56   #131
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Was also thinking of how easily they were prepared to call the game off. Sometimes poor fielding can also be linked to lack of urgency though.

Wessels when interviewed, seemed to be pretty distraught with the poor fielding performance. Smith was more generous in his appraisal.
I think it's a tenuous link. Not that the alternative i.e. the fielding simply sucked, is all that much better.
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Did you think nobody noticed your first betting reference?
If a point's worth making (or even if it isn't) it's worth making several times as I'm sure Midnight would agree. But I really, really can't believe anyone can take this series seriously.
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probably more of a measure of where Pakistan are at in terms of team mindset than an serious indicator of corrupt practices.
Younis clearly didn't trust the lower middle order to hold together if he got out - who could blame him?
Boycott must've got in his soul when we had him at Yorkshire.
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probably more of a measure of where Pakistan are at in terms of team mindset than an serious indicator of corrupt practices.
Younis clearly didn't trust the lower middle order to hold together if he got out - who could blame him?
Boycott must've got in his soul when we had him at Yorkshire.
That and the fact that much as I despise him 'Arris going at under two an over helped make any prospect of a run chase highly improbable. It is very hard to smack away darts fired in outside leg stump, whereas in pyjama cricket you can often get wides. There is also the field settings difference. All factors between them would suggest that a realistic run chase on a late 5th day pitch is in the realms of the highly unlikely. It wasn't wrong of Younis either to not trust his lower order. I gave Pakistan no chance of drawing yesterday, I thought they'd have gone down without a fight, but praise to Younis.
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Both sides dropped some catches over the course of the game by the sound of things- though SA's more crucial. Pakistan did a decent job top hang on for the draw but what with the pitch, modern runrates etc I'm a little surprised they didn't have a dart when it was called off- what would it have been something like 100 odd from 14? Not impossible with 2 well set batsmen etc. Odds are they wouldn't have lost 7 wickets in an hour so if one or two go down look to play out the draw.
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Both sides dropped some catches over the course of the game by the sound of things- though SA's more crucial. Pakistan did a decent job top hang on for the draw but what with the pitch, modern runrates etc I'm a little surprised they didn't have a dart when it was called off- what would it have been something like 100 odd from 14? Not impossible with 2 well set batsmen etc. Odds are they wouldn't have lost 7 wickets in an hour so if one or two go down look to play out the draw.
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I thought it was always unrealistic to expect them to chase the runs. The brittle lower order didn't inspire confidence. Also the batsmen were chugging along at an average rate of around three on a pitch it was supposedly hard to score quickly on. Why would they suddenly start scoring at nine per over. Some callers to talkback were suspicious of Khan chucking it in but they seem to discard the differences between tests and limited overs cricket.
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SA in early trouble against Pakistan after being sent in. It lost its first three wickets cheaply.
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SA in early trouble against Pakistan after being sent in. It lost its first three wickets cheaply.
Kallis and de Villiers look to be rebuilding pretty well. They've both got the sixes out against Rehman
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SA in early trouble against Pakistan after being sent in. It lost its first three wickets cheaply.
Sadly for Pakistan the saffers have the greatest all rounder ever to get them out of trouble.
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