SA v Aus

Battle between ball and bat at its best at Port Elizabeth

Video: Battle between ball and bat at its best at Port Elizabeth The first two days of the second Test at Port Elizabeth provided the ideal battle between bat and ball. One could witness some top quality stuff as the Test match is turning out to be a fascinating one with...
Mitchell Marsh

Mitchell Marsh’s bowling bears enough weight

If a team is blessed with a fifth bowler, they need to utilise him smartly.  In the post-lunch session, South Africa fetched just 43 runs in 26 overs. Mitchel Starc made the ball to reverse and at the other end,...
Kagiso Rabada

Day of mixed emotions for Kagiso Rabada

"The day was filled with mixed emotions and South Africa are well aware of that. Rabada has never managed to control his emotions whenever he was fired up with the ball. The day that witnessed one of the best...
Usman Khawaja

Australia should ponder over Khawaja, Bancroft role

"This, though, isn't quite true. He has played 18 matches in Australia and 13 abroad which makes his statements rather confusing. The inability to focus on the moment and correct his flaws has affected Khawaja's growth and will be...
Kagiso Rabada

For South Africa no individual is bigger than interest of the team

Here in the subcontinent, it’s pretty tough to imagine the selection of a young blood instead of a legendary cricketer who has decided to retire from international cricket after a particular series. But in countries like South Africa or...
Mitchell Starc

Calm down and enjoy Mitchell Starc

It’s better to talk about the joy of watching Mitchell Starc rather than controversial matters.   Well, just less than twenty-four hours left for the second Test to commence at Port Elizabeth. But the enthusiasm has been dented by the...
Smith and South Africa players

South Africa should opt for green-tops against Australia

Australia have been vulnerable on greener tops that offer seam movement in the recent times.
Theunis de Bruyn

Have you forgotten about Theunis de Bruyn?

There was Mitchell Starc’s deadly bowling, Pat Cummins’ fury, Aiden Markram’s brilliant hundred and David Warner and Quinton de Kock’s on and off the field controversy. The atmosphere, at the moment, is pretty heavy with the blame game. But,...
Mitchell Starc

Starc’s menacing form against tail should force South Africa to rethink

"The ploy brings all kinds of dismissals into play. If the ball straightens or moves away, catch behind the stumps, bowled, LBW are all plausible manners of dismissal. If it sticks to its channel, the batsman is further cramped...
de Cock and Warner saga

In the end, cricket was the victim Whenever a sledging incident involving the Australians, without thinking twice, everyone tends to blame them for the incident. Suddenly, they are the villains and the attention is diverted from the game to criticising them. However, one forgets that regardless...
Australia celebrating

Video: Australia complete the formalities Well, there was no miracle on Day five at Durban as Australia completed the formalities without much delay. They started off the series in style. Despite a defeat, the young guns have given the home team hope for the...
Quinton de Kock

Is Quinton de Kock’s lean patch over?

"At times, all it takes is just a push, just one innings to get the momentum going when a player is going through a rough patch. Can this innings be that push for De Kock"? There is something special about...
South Africa

South Africa beaten but have plenty of positives to take home

What was turning into a rather one-sided Test match zoomed back to life on day 4 with South Africa staunchly resisting the Aussie juggernaut on a sluggish, yet flattened out, Durban wicket. Two enterprising stands aside, South Africa had...
Keshav Maharaj

Keshav Maharaj sparkles amidst defeat

Maharaj’s heroics may have been camouflaged by Australia’s victory, but he will have more opportunities in the series to show what he is made of.
Aiden Markram

Aiden Markram the silver lining as Proteas fightback "That he coped blows physically (was hit by Pat Cummins), mentally and weathered to storm to come out and score 143 quality runs show exactly what mettle he is made of". Every batsman who hits International cricket has a...
Aiden Markram

South Africa exhibit character, but not enough to halt Australia from taking upper hand Australia, as usual, started the proceedings in a dominating fashion. The experienced top-order batsmen of South Africa were dismissed cheaply, but the young guns stepped up to take the responsibility of a fight back. Players like Aiden Markram,...

Video: Australia are in a commendable position In the first session of the third day, the visitors established their authority by scoring fluently. In the post-lunch session, the South African bowlers struck and kept on fetching wickets at a regular interval. But that could not stop...
Mitchell Marsh's batting elevates his reputation as a future captain

Mitchell Marsh’s batting elevates his reputation as a future captain

"He has already impressed the former greats with his leadership skills, and if that is backed with consistent performances with the bat, along with crucial wickets with the ball, then it could be a real possibility that the younger...
South Africa v Australia

Video: South Africa are Starc-struck On a deck that was supposed to favour the slow bowlers more, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins unleashed a high-quality pace bowling display to gun down the home team.  Especially, Starc was too hot to handle as his round-the-wicket...
Mitchell Starc

Mitchell Starc spills fire on a slow Durban track

Starc is hailed as the best white ball bowler, he is intimidating at the crease and typifies Australian brand of cricket. Make no mistake, he is equally effective with the red ball as well.


Real Madrid are the champions of Champions League

It felt like one of those old flicks they show on Saturday afternoons in which the gang successfully gets together for one final, big heist. Except, even without Mbappe, you suspect this won't be their last -- not when there's a guy like Ancelotti, one of the few men who can pull off the cardigan-cigar-shades combination and lead a team in transition to a league and cup double. Not with young guns - Vinicius, Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Rodrygo - already with the "big one" under their belt. Not with Courtois, in the prime of his career, staking a claim as the world's No. 1 between the posts and getting a few things off his chest. ("We showed again who is the King of Europe.")

14 for Real Madrid