‘One of the biggest upsets in world sports for a long time’ says the commentator. How did it happen. It’s an odd one because Parnell aside nobody totally failed with the bat. De Kock went early throwing his hands at the ball, Markram and Rossouw never kicked on, Miller never fired…he was scoring at a run a ball. So it was a collective failure.
But the big error on this pitch was to bowl. On a pitch that would have allowed for a low total….go for the jugular and bowl. But this pitch was benign and only Nortje’s real pace through the air troubled the Dutch….and man was the bowling of the Ngidi, Parnell, Rabada threesome toothless.
So the Dutch put up a biggish total which meant pressure. We folded. With the Proteas given their history pressure is the killer. We were far more likely to bowl for a win than bat for a win if the scores were high.
One wonders about some of these players going forward….Rabada seems a shadow of his earlier self, Bavuma should go and if we persist with de Kock bring him in at 5 or 6.
But already this generation which succeeded the AB/Dale generation looks past it’s sell by date.