Migael Pretorius vs Cobras in CSA Challenge 2021- 16 runs in 3 balls for VKB Knights

Migael Pretorius stole victory from the jaws of defeat for the VKB Knights as the Bloemfontein based outfit picked up their first win of the CSA T20 Challenge today (February 22, 2021)

When Grant Mokoena holded out to Tony de Zorzi off Ziyaad Abrahams in the last over, the batsmen crossed and it left Pretorius 16 to get off the final 3 balls. He hit two sixes in succession to bring the equation to 4 off 1. Abrahams then bowled a perfect yorker that Pretorius was unable to get a bat on, but unfortunately for the Cobras, it was adjudged to be a no-ball. Pretorius then hit a 4 off the final delivery despite the best efforts of a diving George Linde on the boundary to take the Knights home in stunning fashion.

Given the crazy sum Chris Morris went for (INR 16.25 crore/ ZAR 32.5m) in the IPL 2021 auction, Pretorius is another that scouts will be keeping an eye on closely. He also hit 38 off 23 in the previous game for the Knights, and a hard hitting fast bowling all-rounder is worth their gold in the T20 format.

Pretorius did have a bit of luck though- he was dropped by Imran Manack in the penultimate over bowled by Corbin Bosch. It was a tough chance, but one that effectively made the difference between defeat and victory for the Cobras.

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Proteas Test Squad for Sri Lanka Series- 2020-21

Here are the list of South African players who are going to feature in the two test series against Sri Lanka starting December 26.

The first test will be played at Centurion, with the second to be played at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on January 3.

New call ups to the squad include Dolphins left hander Sarel Erwee, Cobras keeper batsman Kyle Verreynne and pacer Glenton Stuurman, who impressed one and all with his pace and accuracy in the 3TC tournament held earlier this season.

Erwee’s inclusion means that Pieter Malan, who did a pretty decent job against England last summer, has to drop out, and so does his Cobras team mate Zubayr Hamza.

Quinton de Kock has been confirmed as test captain for the series, months after CSA and Graeme Smith had originally said that they were not looking at him as a test captaincy option.

Edit– Knights pacer Migael Pretorius has been added to the original squad.

Proteas Test Squad for Sri Lanka Series

New Proteas T20 Jersey 2020-2021 | South Africa T20 Kit 20-21 New Balance

Here is the new Proteas T20 jersey, the uniform for the South African national T20 team for the 2020/21 cricket season. The new kit, made by technical partners New Balance, was officially released on August 13, 2020.

The Proteas haven’t played cricket for a while due to the Coronavirus pandemic- they toured India in March but left without playing a game, and the next one to the Windies, scheduled for last month, was cancelled. Some key South African cricketers were involved in a special 3TC game on Mandela Day, won by AB de Villiers’ Eagles side.

As is the case with T20 shirts, New Balance have experimented a bit with the jersey. It also carries the words “Protea Fire” inside the neck of the shirt, as can be seen in the pics below.

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Six Talking Points- Eagles vs Kites vs Kingfishers- 3TC Solidarity Cup 2020 Mandela Day

AB’s Eagles won the inaugural 3TC Solidarity Cup by beating Quinny’s Kites and KG’s Kingfishers at Supersport Park on Mandela Day.

Here are our talking points from the game.

1.Glenton Stuurman the find of the game

The ball of the day came from young pacer Glenton Stuurman, who sent Rassie van der Dussen’s stumps flying. Stuurman built up some good pace and proved difficult for the batsmen to get away. A player we definitely hope to see more of in the near future.

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2.Dropped catches give De Villiers lifeline

De Villiers scored a fine 61 (24) on his return to cricket in the Republic, but was given a lifeline twice in his innings. He was dropped by keeper Heinrich Klaassen off the bowling of Tabraiz Shamsi on 1, and Thando Ntini then dropped a return catch when the Eagles captain was on 8. You don’t give a batsman like De Villiers one chance, much less two, and he made his opponents pay for the drops. Continue reading “Six Talking Points- Eagles vs Kites vs Kingfishers- 3TC Solidarity Cup 2020 Mandela Day”

Current White Proteas Players Social Media Reaction to Black Lives Matter 2020

Here is a look at how prominent white players in the current South African cricket squad voiced their support for Lungi Ngidi and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Ngidi’s statement on BLM had attracted criticism from several former white Proteas- Rudi Steyn, Brian McMillian, Boeta Dippenaar and Pat Symcox among them.

On the eve of the 3TC Solidarity Cup, several of Ngidi’s current team mates came out in his support.

Dwaine Pretorius Instagram post on Black Lives Matter

Dwaine Pretorious Reaction to Black Lives Matter

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Anrich Nortje tweet on BLM, supporting Lungi Ngidi

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