Thursday, 6 June 2013

Champions Trophy - S.Africa v India - Cardiff

Game 1 proper, of this lightening quick tournament.

Lotsa injury worries for S.Africa. With Steyn missing the match with a side strain, and De Villiers thought to be carrying a niggle.

Already depleted by the huge loss of Smith and Kallis, u have to feel. It's tournament is quickly getting beyond them.

S.Africa win the toss, and decide to field.

It was an overcast morning, and the market reacted sharply, moving India from 1.88 faves, to 2.24.

Once play started, only Morkel was threatening and India complied 331, which could have been far more ..Dhawan got a v decent 100, probably the 1st of many.


S.Africa had chances, but lost wickets at the wrong times, with some suicidal running, and once again, get tagged as chokers. This may not be totally fair, but, they do seem to lose games, u would expect them to win.

Spoke to a few Indian supporters, and many complained about the really high prices, for .. Hotels/Trains/Food/Tickets etc, they are paying, following the team around the country. It's not cheap .. Especially for a family to watch these games, and I do wonder, if some of the games, between .. Less well supported sides, will get decent ground support. Lets hope so.


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