Wednesday, March 18, 2015
South Africa de Kocked Sri Lanka.
All through the tournament, de Kock has been struggling with the bat.
But just one catch -- impossibly athletic -- behind the stumps provided him with the necessary confidence minus which no athlete / player can succeed on the field despite having all the hard skills.
In fact, such a catch immediately propels a team's morale up to the next level. Helping the squad exclaim "Yeah" instead of "Oh", and that makes all the difference.
Exactly that is what happened to South Africa while the team seemed to have played supernatural cricket against Sri Lanka.
Not to mention, de Kock also played an unbeaten knock of 78 off just 57 deliveries by hitting the ball at will, as if there has been no bad patch for him ever, leading the Proteas register a thumping win against the Islanders by 9 wickets on the 18th over itself.
Hence, the turning point of the match has taken place at the very outset of the match with de Kock's 'flying catch' that also proves it once again 'catches win matches'!
Nothing to discuss about Sri Lanka's batting though save for Kumar Sangakkara's helpless vigil at the non-striker's end to watch the procession of other batsmen who were in real hurry to get out.
Perhaps that's why even the heavens opened up to bid adieu to Sanga, so at least he was not left high and dry on his way to a glorious retirement.