Rain no reprieve for struggling Proteas
In good times this break might be viewed as a reprieve as the early losses of Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram for single-figure scores has left the Proteas struggling at 29 for 2. But, in case any fan needed reminding, these are not good times.
Fastest gun Rabada ready for shootout against West Indies
Kagiso Rabada was a shadow of himself in the opening games against England and Bangladesh. Down on pace and menace, he proved largely ineffective with returns of 2/66 and 0/57.
'If AB wanted to be here, he would be here' - Gibson
AB de Villiers’ name has evoked strong emotions from South African cricket fans following the revelation that he made a late request to join the World Cup.
DANIEL GALLAN: AB de Villiers, the one that got away
Daniel Gallan says he’ll remember the 149 against the West Indies where AB de Villiers registered a century off just 31 balls and sent a frothing Wanderers crowd into a frenzy.
DANIEL GALLAN: An Aussie blueprint on how to beat the West Indies
If South Africa’s seamers can maintain a disciplined length while adhering to a tight line, they may strangle the free-flowing West Indians, writes Daniel Gallan.
Proteas must now squeeze every run they have to stay alive in competition
Kagiso Rabada is a warrior. He doesn’t accept when he’s beat and so bends his back and digs one-half way down the wicket. It gets big on Sharma.
Proteas batters get the reality check they deserve
A total of 227/9 was never going to be enough and questions will be asked of Faf du Plessis’ decision to bat first under cloudy skies when his best chance of toppling India was taking wickets with the new ball.
South Africa post sub-par score but have something to cling to
After winning the toss and electing to bat first under cloudy skies, Faf du Plessis watched Jasprit Bumrah tie his openers in knots with a ball that hooped from the off.
Du Plessis keeps the faith despite two Proteas losses
In sporting terms, the Proteas are staring into the abyss. But there are no guarantees in sport. As we have already seen in the competition, upsets do happen. Hope endures so long as the captain keeps the faith.
Dale Steyn limps home. Is that the last we see of him?
Dale Steyn’s ability to move the ball at the pace his lithe frame is able to generate means he has a strong claim to be the greatest fast bowler of all time.
DANIEL GALLAN: Proteas must rediscover fight to stay alive
With the very real threat of a premature elimination staring them in the face, the Proteas need to rediscover their mongrel.
Proteas search for Plan B as premature exit looms
A second consecutive defeat at the World Cup leaves the Proteas with a host of questions to answer before their next match against India.
OPINION: South Africa’s humble quadragenarian on verge of history
Against Bangladesh South Africa have the chance to set things right.
Alpha Ngidi down but not out
The rounds come thick and fast and this power puncher is not on the canvas yet. The bell rings again on Sunday where a less resilient opponent awaits, writes Daniel Gallan.
The Proteas aren’t a bad side, England are just very good
Losing to England, even if below par with the bat, is no indictment on the Proteas, writes Daniel Gallan.
DANIEL GALLAN: England’s star power sets them apart
Daniel Gallan says that England's trio of Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes have the ability to take apart any team at the World Cup and are already serious contenders for the most valuable player before a ball has been bowled.
Expectation manifests in different ways in World Cup opener
It’s not just on the field that captains Faf du Plessis and Eoin Morgan have different waters to navigate. Off the field, particularly in the pre-match press conference in the bowels of the Kennington Oval, both captains are presenting conflicting messages.
Steady hands: The calming influence of Proteas coach Ottis Gibson
Daniel Gallan says that there is no one better to guide the Proteas through the chaos of the World Cup than head coach Ottis Gibson.