Proteas on run binge

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WHAT HAP­PENED AF­TER AC­CU­SA­TIONS of binge­ing and car­ry­ing the in­aus­pi­cious la­bel of “chok­ers”, South Africa’s Proteas si­lenced crit­ics by de­mol­ish­ing Eng­land to win a spot in the semi-fi­nals of the Cricket World Cup by nine wick­ets. Cap­tain Graeme Smith led the charge with 89 runs off 59 balls and Man of the Match Andrew Hall claimed five wick­ets for a mere 18 runs. THE STAR said: “It’s both a pe­cu­liar­ity and a strength of South African teams that they seem to per­form best in the face of ad­ver­sity.” The Cit­i­zen re­ported: “Any lin­ger­ing neg­a­tive sen­ti­ments have been blown away by this re­sound­ing vic­tory. Do it again, please, against Aus­tralia next week. And if you need to re­lax and blow steam be­fore the big semi-fi­nal, go ahead.”


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