ANALYSIS: Dale Steyn: Custodian of the real Ball of the Century
Daniel Gallan pays tribute to South Africa's greatest Test bowler and makes a case for Dale Steyn having bowled the Ball of the Century.
DANIEL GALLAN: CWC2019 final - A game that defied belief
Cricket matches, real cricket matches, aren’t supposed to be like this, says Daniel Gallan. They’re not supposed to be this grandiose, this sensational, this hyperbolic.
Roy of the Rovers hitting sees England cruise to WC final
In a batting lineup containing Jos Buttler and Joe Root, with Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes lower down, Roy was simply the biffer at the top who did little more than give the ball a good wallop.
New Zealand’s swing king carries Black Caps to CWC final
Trent Boult gathers and delivers in a fluid motion, releasing gorgeous swingers and spitting seamers that belie the tranquility that came before.
Indian fans bring the noise as CWC semifinal spills over to reserve day
New Zealand’s Kane Williamson won the toss under clouds and batted first because that is what conventional wisdom dictated.
DANIEL GALLAN: Proteas World Cup post-mortem
Where are the Proteas? Back at home, contemplating a campaign that oscillated between disappointing and frustrating, writes Daniel Gallan.
DANIEL GALLAN: So long JP, we’ll always have that one night in Melbourne
Duminy left me slack-jawed. Something didn’t compute. What was this? Who was this? - Daniel Gallan marvels at JP Duminy's capabilities.
Proteas show us what might have been
South Africa restored some pride with a 10-run win over Australia in their final Cricket World Cup match, thanks to superb batting from captain Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen.
DANIEL GALLAN: Proteas at CWC - Who exactly owes who an apology?
Here’s the thing. I don’t believe they do owe us an apology. Unless the Proteas deliberately tried to lose or weren’t bothered with trying their best.
ANALYSIS: Quicks remain the key to World Cup success
Of the seven five wicket hauls taken at the tournament, five have gone to bowlers with genuine pace. Only the spin of Shakib Al Hasan and the miserly seamers of James Neesham have spoiled the party.
The Proteas cruise to victory in Durham, of course
Of course they won. That is what South Africa does when there is not a World Cup on the line.
South Africa set sights on gettable total
Dwaine Pretorius, playing in his first game at this World Cup since the opening match against England in May, starred with a miserly performance which yielded 3/25 from his ten overs.
The Lord’s you know and the Lord’s you don’t
Lord’s denotes some sense of regality but it is little more than chance that the 18th Century cricketer who developed the site was named Thomas Lord.
Proteas sink to new depths after another crushing loss
South Africa’s 2019 Cricket World Cup campaign has plumbed to a new depth after a chastening 49 run defeat to Pakistan that leaves them with just one victory from seven matches.
Proteas set 309 at Home of Cricket
Fakhar Zaman (44 off 50) and Imam-ul-Haq (44 off 58) put on 98 for the opening partnership as they cashed in on lengths that were far too full from Kagiso Rabada (0/65 from 10 overs) and Lungisani Ngidi (3/65 from 9 overs).
South Africa in search of Daddy Hundred
Daddy Hundreds is an endearing term for triple-figure scores that are bigger than most. Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten 124 against South Africa is not quite a daddy hundred. David Warner’s 166 against Bangladesh fits the bill.
DANIEL GALLAN: Proteas face cold new dawn
Momentum is a strange thing. In 2023 we may look back on Wednesday's result as a turning point in South Africa's cricket history. Which way that momentum turns remains to be seen.
SA's WC hopes in bowlers hands after sub-par score
Hashim Amla also registered a milestone, scoring a pedestrian 55 off 83 and became the fourth South African to register 8,000 ODI runs after Jacques Kallis, Herschelle Gibbs and AB de Villiers before him.