South Africa's winning streak continues

Published: Saturday, May 22, 1999, 5:30 [IST]
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South Africa consumed yet another strong contenders-England---and underlined its superiority in group "A" league of the World Cup 1999. Having beaten former champion India and Sri Lanka earlier, South Africa are now left with games against Zimbabwe and Kenya.

The scientific apporach with which this team has been functioning in this Cup only suggest that it would make a clean sweep of this pool to go to the next stage with greater confidence. South Africa's golden streak might as well climax in Hansie Cronje lifting the Cup from the balcony of Lords on June 20,The most significant aspect in this South African team ( which is certainly missing in most other teams) has been their players' ability to battle irrespective of the total offered to them by the batsmen.

It was a tale of defending a 199 against Sri Lanka last week and on this day at the Oval a total fo 225 for seven would have upset the mood any set of bowlers. But then the South African bowlers and fielders are made of sterner stuff and hardly gave any scope for the England batsmen to settle down to prepare earnestly to reach the terget that looked attainable considering England's existing record of two played two wins.

Jacques Kallis unleashed the earlier blows reducing England to a miserable six for two. From there the home team did not recover as the South Africans applied enormous pressure. With Allan Donald appearing on the scene after 13 overs all doors seemed to have closed for England.

Superb catches were taken by Jonty Rhodes, Gibbs, Cronje while the general standard of fielding was as high as only South Africans could set. England succumbed to 103 in 41 overs. Donald was the wrecker in chief with enviable figures 8-1 -17-4.


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