RSA vs NZ, 1st Test, Durban



  • So looking forward to this.
    Delay due to damp outfield but RSA have won the toss and will bat first.



  • Bracewell in for Sodhi



  • After sitting through the anthems prior to the start of play I am considering appealing to the MCC or who ever controls cricket nowadays to make it compulsory for a brass band to be used to play the respective team's anthems. That way we won't have to sit through a guiness book of records length NZ Anthem. One verse is played and if anyone wants to sing along then they can sing in any language they like. Tonight it took so long the umpires almost had to call for a drinks break after they had finished.



  • Good crowd ...….........



  • Take away the choir, the parents of the choir members, the players families and the security staff and there would be no one there.



  • They are playing in winter up there. Outfield looks like onewa domain number 2 right now
    Commentator said earliest test was previously October.... This is August!



  • Boult finding the seam nicely, Southee straying down leg a bit in these early overs. Yarps off to a rollicking start 14-0 after 3



  • southee is so frustrating. just relieves all the pressure boult creates.



  • Boult gets Cook with a beauty!



  • Great over by Boult and finds Cook's outside edge, Cook gone for 20 33-1.



  • Great bowling by boult, all our other bowlers useless so far



  • Bracewell takes Elgar, easy slip catch, the insular racists not looking flash at 41/2



  • Jeez Southee has bowled some rubbish today - he's all over the place in both length and direction. He's a liability at the moment.
     
    Amla is feasting on some dross and has raced to 42 off 35 balls. 90-2 just before lunch.



  • Amla gone and we are well on top.



  • awesome from boult.
     
    also good (for us) to see that duminy still has a weakness against the short stuff.



  • Fuck me is there nothing Kane can't do? Bats, bowls and fields, that catch!



  • SA currently 228/8.. 
    Great bowling effort.. But im guessing our batsmen will be lucky to get past 100...



  • Both sides look like 200 all out without their 2 decent batsmen doing something good. In which case they might be 300 all out. Makes for a great series.



  • We chipped away nicely. The saffa batsmen looked good in parts but we stuck to our guns.
    Dougie and Wags add some nice intangible guts effort and attitude to the mix
    Can that fuckwit ANZ bank stump up some more of our fees to get Bondy on a consultant role. He can learn Wagner an inswinger coming back to a right hander camped back in his crease and remind Timmee what the new ball is for.
    Wagner with an inswinging yorker and Southee not giving 4 balls and we're well set.
    Well bowled Boulty today too!
    ps hard job finding highlights on the interweb...



  • i just watched that catch on youtube. that was fucking sharp.



  • Watched the highlights between Olympic pole vaulting today. Fantastic catch by Kane in the gully, one handed, flying sideways...gees he is a sharp fielder. Just the man you want there, how often does he pluck one out of nothing.



  • Delayed start due to rain.
    Picked up wicket of Steyn in 2Nd over before taking new ball.
    Won't be easy batting conditions today with the added moisture in the air. Both boult and Southee getting good swing



  • Southee drops one .. these extra runs could prove costly ..
    Saffas creep up to 250 now



  • Looking at the swing Boult is getting, NZ will probably be a bit nervous thinking about what Philander and Steyn will do with it against out somewhat fragile batting line-up.
     
    Maybe SA should declare.



  • Might not matter if Dale Steyn rips us a new one again.....



  • Thats it, all over, SA all out for 263.
     
    Now we get to bat in overcast swinging conditions.  
     
    Will watch Guptil and Latham's cheap dismissal with calmness because its inevitable.  Will then watch Kane and Rosco like this.



  • Good early shout on Guppy.



  • Captain Obvious would like all to know that Dale Steyn is one hell of a bowler.



  • Just need to see out a few overs here. I don't want Williamson in for at least a few overs.



  • I hope we can get through the first 12-14 overs - RSA change bowlers may not have the conmtrol of Steyn/Philanderer



  • Latham already two big edges. Need to stick in there.



  • Fuck, this is impossible. Test against one of the best pace attacks going around and the ABs are playing wallabies at the same time - much channel flicking ensuing



  • Black Caps 15-2 at early lunch due to rain.
     
    Shit.



  • Fuck me, we bowl RSDA out dirt cheap in middling conditioons, but as soon as we get to bat, the conditions are ideal for high speed swing and seam - just like in England last year



  • Dale Steyn is a sensational bowler.  I could watch him all day, just magic what he does with the ball.  
     
    It also helps that he is the identical twin of Gary Oldman in the Fifth Element 🙂



  • Dale Steyn is a sensational bowler.  I could watch him all day, just magic what he does with the ball.  
     
    It also helps that he is the identical twin of Gary Oldman in the Fifth Element 🙂



  • Looks like NZ might have had a little bit of luck. Was sunny all day yesterday but the outfield didn't drain well after the rain so no play.
    If they play tonight, then hopefully batting conditions will be good and the pitch will be easier to play on after baking in the sun. A nice 2nd/3rd day pitch.



  • Still reckon it will be hard work for our batsmen.
     
    No real chance for extended hours of play I hear as sun sets pretty early this time of year.



  • I hope we can get through the first 12-14 overs - RSA change bowlers may not have the conmtrol of Steyn/Philanderer

    Yeah, Rabada is a complete hack, worst kind of quota.  Who knows maybe one day he will grow into a decent journeyman. - 



  • Still reckon it will be hard work for our batsmen.
     
    No real chance for extended hours of play I hear as sun sets pretty early this time of year.

    Not sure why they are playing this game in Durban tbh.  At the best of times the crowds are terrible and light is a problem.  They should be playing this game in Bloemfontein or Kimberley,  no chance of rain this time of year and the crowds can't possibly be worse.


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