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  • G-Man
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    I don't think SA will win, unless one of the bowlers does something really special. Sri Lanka look like they believe they can win; SA look like they know they won't.

    In a series of low scores, it was that incredible Perera innings turned the whole world upside down. This isn't a bad SA side, as recent results at home showed. There are a few passengers -- and Amla and Bavuma hardly pay the fare -- but it's a decent side which can manage well even with two first-choice bowlers out of the side.

    SA has, as is well-known, a chronic inability to manage pressure. Perera exploited that when the bowling attack was mostly concerned with keeping him off-strike and bowl to the tailenders. If in the tenth wicket-stand you don't fancy your chances to take a wicket at both ends, then you are running scared, and you deserve to lose.

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  • Satchmo Distel
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    Impossible to call: too many variables (pitch, nerves, luck, umpiring). Would love SL to do it.

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  • Etienne
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    SL 60-2 at the close. Marginal favourites?

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  • diggedy derek
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    Meanwhile, no notable score yet from the second Eng WI ODI, but Mark Wood is bowling over 150kmh once again.

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  • E10 Rifle
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    SL two down now

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  • Kevin S
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    New Zealand have never won a series in South Africa either, 7-1-0.
    Nor have West Indies (4-0-0) or Zimbabwe (2-0-0). And neither Afghanistan nor Ireland have played a Test there yet.

    So in fact Sri Lanka could become the first team other than England and Australia to win away in South Africa.

    14/0.
    Last edited by Kevin S; 22-02-2019, 13:47.

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  • Kevin S
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    Rabada and Steyn are giving it the beans here, at 140+km/h.

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  • Kevin S
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    vs India = 6-1-0
    vs Pakistan = 5-1-0
    vs Sri Lanka = 5-0-0
    vs Bangladesh = 3-0-0

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  • Kevin S
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    Good fact!

    This is the 22nd time South Africa have hosted a Test series against an Asian team. The first was in 1992-93, incidentally. Their record in these series is 19-2-0.
    Last edited by Kevin S; 22-02-2019, 13:42.

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  • ursus arctos
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    And become the first Asian side to win a series in South Africa

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  • Kevin S
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    And that's fifty and out for Faf! What a great bowling performance for Sri Lanka.

    They need 197 to win the match and the series.

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  • Kevin S
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    But then what looked to be the final wicket was overruled for an overstep, and SL waste both reviews. Is FdP going to make them pay? Final wicket, lead of 193.

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  • Kevin S
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    Oh my. Way to turn the screw, Lanka.

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  • Kevin S
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    Rabada gone with an edge!

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  • Kevin S
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    Oh hang on, that's number 7...

    Lead is 181. Here comes Rabada to join Faf.

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  • Kevin S
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    This is going to end up like England v Pakistan last year, isn't it?

    Two captivating Test matches, a 1-1 scoreline. And no decider.

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  • Kevin S
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    And another one after tea... but FdP is still there.

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  • Kevin S
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    Well, there's the two quick wickets. Better late than never. Faf still going though.

    Tea taken - SA on 91/5 and lead by 159 (which is already above SL's first innings 154).

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  • Kevin S
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    SL needed to follow those wickets up with some more soon after but it's not happened yet. Lead looking like it will be too imposing now.

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  • Kevin S
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    It''s an uphill battle in the second Test. Incredibly the match is into only session two of day two but there have been 23 wickets already. Sri Lanka fell 68 short of South Africa in the first innings but have them at 56/3 in the second. That said, if the pitch is this tricky the chase required at the end may be well beyond them....

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  • Antepli Ejderha
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    In an age of endless cricket Sri Lanka just gave us a special moment

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/bl...y_to_clipboard

    Nice little piece reflecting on the Sri Lankan win.

    Perera may have played the greatest ever innings according to the experts.

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  • Antepli Ejderha
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    Considering how dreadful Sri Lanka have been recently this must count as one of the major shocks of recent times. Winning an away test is tough in test cricket at the best of times but to do it in very different conditions to their home series is something else.

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  • G-Man
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    That last wicket stand was so impressive that I really didn't mind Sri Lanka winning. Those overthrows were absurd, and illustrated the panic of the SA team.

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  • Duncan Gardner
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    We're back!

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  • Satchmo Distel
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    It was amazing how quickly the time went, due to the boundaries.

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