Nice irony that with Sarth Efrica needing eight an over for the last 20 overs, one lost due to a slow over rate would have such an impact. I guarantee that, total idiocy aside, no other side in this World Cup will make the same mistake.
Those of you who picked Brian Lara must be rubbing your hands with glee. I hate you all! He was a starter in the AGB Gentlemen's XI but was dropped after it was deemed that he hadn't played for yonks so he'd probably be out of touch. Of course he batted like a dog for the first half an hour and had a sitter put down before decided to turn on a scorcher.
Sean Pollock bowled beautifully but when he found out that I'd gone to bed he decided to sneak out and get spanked for more than forty off four overs. Grounded for a month! Then he got out softly.
Makaya Ntini bowled well. His economy was good, but could have done with a couple more wickets.
Lonce Klusener's not in my team but proved once again that his brain goes missing when the heat's really on. As usual he swings like a rusty gate when there's nothing to lose, but when things tighten up he gets a speed wobble. Who could forget his panicked so called "running" four years ago when featuring in that famous BBC cartoon, Daffy Donald Duck. This time round he was busy ball watching when he should have been running so as to give Nickeee Buh-Yay the strike. Klusener was also caught in exactly the place where Captain Carl didn't want to go, but reluctantly went to after being talked into it by Vasbert Drakes.
Lucky for Lonce that Collins had been smoking some Jamaican Gold before he wandered over the boundary line after easily catching big Loncey at backward square leg. I reckon replays were inconclusive, but Barry Richards in the commentary booth must have a hotline to the TV Umpire. Richards was convinced, but Tony Cozier less so. I'm not sure where "Benefit of the Doubt" lies here, but if the same decision went to the Aussie TV jurists it may have been given out. Not six. Never the less, Careless Collins wandered too close to the rope.
You'll notice I didn't pick Chuckles Murali.