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Bottom line, wet weather cost South Africa a World Cup final spot

Poor old South Africa can’t take a trick can they?

Dudded by the rain back in 1992 in a semi-final against England, the Proteas were victims of the rain once again against New Zealand on Tuesday.

The Black Caps having to chase an extra 18 runs because of the Duckworth/Lewis system can be deemed to be unfair.

However, if it doesn’t rain South Africa would have easily posted more 350 runs.

Perhaps a bridge too far for New Zealand.

The fact that New Zealand also lost bowler Adam Milne to injury didn’t help.

We’ll never know what South Africa would have ended up with, but AB de Villiers and David Miller were flying.

Why is it that rain has a habit of intervening in a World Cup during the big games?

From memory, it hardly rained a drop in Australia in January.

That’s right, you couldn’t play a World Cup then because of the Big Bash League.


Brendon McCullum yet again produces a sensational cameo on Tuesday to at least give New Zealand a chance.

Corey Anderson then takes over, but he certainly had an element of luck on his side as it was hard to believe he didn’t have his castle knocked over at least three times.

South Africa didn’t help their cause either with two botched run outs and an important dropped catch (what was JP Duminy thinking!!!!!!!)

And the amount of boundaries the South African bowlers conceded off the last ball bordered on the staggering.

Dale Steyn was far from his best, but it’s hard to believe that Imran Tahir and Vernon Philander didn’t grab a wicket.

The fact that Philander played instead of Kyle Abbott, who bowled well against Sri Lanka, is something else that will haunt South Africa for years.

Looking ahead, the fact that New Zealand hasn’t played a game in Australia suggests that it could be a one-sided final come Sunday.

The Black Caps have more than an adequate batting line up, but how do you compare placid New Zealand wickets with a bouncy MCG pitch.

Australia and India would have been licking their lips when South Africa were eliminated on Tuesday.

Could be wrong as far as writing off the Black Caps, but the final does mirror last year’s NRL grand final.

Whoever won the Rabbitohs-Roosters preliminary final were always going to beat the Bulldogs by plenty.

Finally, in light of the famous under arm delivery, how symbolic would it be if Australia and New Zealand squared off in a World Cup final back at the MCG.


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