The 1999 semi always gets brought up but IMO South Africa's performance in the 2007 semi final is the quintessential team choke, particularly when you consider the pre-game utterances from South Africa in the media.
Incidentally, Fleming doesn't get enough kudos for the bowling of that over.
It was Klusener's call, but seriously, the run was ridiculously tight, Klusener **** his pants even though he knew he had two more balls...totally unnecessary single. He should have had a talk with Donald after the previous ball telling him to get ready for the mad single, instead he was just like "Ima run to the bowler's end no matter what happens... dont give a crap if Donald is just standing there without a bat in his hand, im not gonna turn back"
Very fair point. And now that I watch it again, I had it pretty wrong. Awful single, Donald had to hold his ground as the ball was going straight back towards the non-striker's stumps, where if whoever it was who threw it had hit, he would've been out.
Klusener=brain fade. Harsh to label him a choker given he got 31 off 14, however. That took some gumption.
Choke isn't the right word. "Psyched out" is a better description.
"I am very happy and it will allow me to have lot more rice."
Eoin Morgan on being given a rice cooker for being Man of the Match in a Dhaka Premier Division game.
His point is they changed the way they played because of Australia's pre-match taunts.
It is not the fact SA lost to Australia, but the way they lost.
? They lost wickets trying to score big batting first. It sometimes goes pear-shaped, esp against 2007-vintage McGrath and Tait.
101/4 chasing 120 with with a run a ball left to win... and you lose 6 wicket for 7 runs in 13 balls... if that's not a choke, i don't know what is
Some of the most horrendous shots ever played too, just pathetic
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