What a breathtaking start by the Proteas, 2 runs from the first over! Who says Kallis isn’t suited for this version? He’s at third position on the most-number-of-runs chart. That’s all that matters. Who gives a hoot about the strikerate?
Smith gets off to his best ever start- 2 fours in an over! We’ve set the world on fire with 10 from 2.
Kallis joins the party, just look at that aggressive intent. Woot, a Six to follow the Four. That breaks his “smart cricket” hobby of dabbing the ball down to thirdman the ball after hitting a boundary. Another one dealt with disdain. Off to a flier- 26 from 3. In danger of entering uncharted territory are these two great T20 openers.
We shall stick to the path well trodden say our mighty heroes, 1 from 3. This is blasphemy- Jacques hits a four and openly mocks his team’s beliefs. Phew, all’s well that ends well. Only 6 from the over. 32 from 4.
Tremendous dedication to the team’s cause by Jacques, misses a juicy ball on the legs with fine-leg in the circle. Graeme gets 3 boundaries in 4, something’s surely wrong 😦 45 from 5.
Skip gets another four 😮 someone’s abducted our real captain, get Sherlock on the line. Boy isn’t Sherlock awesome! He’s brought back our beloved kaptaan in a matter of just 2 balls. 54 from 6.
Jacques after six,usually, restricts himself with great restraint to a couple of singles for every 6 balls faced. Let’s see how disciplined he is today. Herschelle, the maverick, gets back-to-back boundaries. At least, Jacques isn’t betraying by running well between the wickets. 65 from 7.
Jacques gets a boundary off the first ball. He shall be pardoned for that was just an unintentional edge. The maverick’s fallen in line. 70 from 8.
Maverick gets another one but makes sure to get some dots too. 77 from 9.
Maverick’s threading a thin line here. He may be dropped for the next game. 86 from 10.
We all miss that never ending barrage of ads at the end of the tenth over, don’t we?
Have to make sure the traitor doesn’t get to face many balls. He may do the unthinkable. Poor old Jacques, first he gets tricked into edging one to the ropes then he’s seduced by a long hop. We believe you Jacques, you wouldn’t if you could’ve helped it. 98 from 11.
Maverick keeps motoring on. Time to cut his fuel allowances. We knew it all along Jacques, you are our most faithful follower. Next time, just make sure to hit the ball off the middle straight to a fielder rather than get those streaky boundaries. 106 from 12.
The traitor’s gonna run like a runaway train. High time someone cut short his journey. Jacques, meanwhile, creeps on to the top of the aforementioned chart. How befitting! 113 from 13.
Traitor’s running even before he plays a shot. Good strategy to avoid timing the ball. Maverick, the maniac he is, hits a SIX. He follows it up with a bravo-esque shot to beat a diving Bravo at the boundary! 127 from 14.
Ooh delicate touch to bring about a brisk 50. He’s slapped our skip right across the face with another boundary. Maverick pays for it the very next ball. The only player in the team with a legal license to thrill arrives. 138 from 15.
(Didn’t someone say Albie and AB should, ideally, be at the crease at the end of the fifteenth over?)
Traitor’s trickery fetches him three from the first. Some critics of our team have said the traitor is like a flower blossoming in a paddy field. How much wrong(er) could they be? Albie gets a four. Yawn! 151 from 16.
Traitor thrashes, traitor miscues, traitor’s gone. JP can sulk some more as the 1 shot wonder comes ahead. Bouchy doesn’t want to run and Albie perishes without utilising his license. 159 from 17.
WI doing their bit to lead us off our target. Those wily windies. JP can continue to happily sulk in the company of his golden duck. Can ROFL make us ROFL? 166 from 18.
No, he can’t. The darter comes in and darts across for the second. One trick Bouchy’s struggling with bowls outside off. 170 from 19.
Bouchy gets to show off his one trick, SIX. Pardon the triteness, but Fletcher fails to fetch. Bouchy’s doing well to not get bat on the ball. That was an innings neither here nor there. 183 from 20.
This is where I retire to catch some cricket. Adios!