That old chestnut of being unable to perform under pressure in ICC sanctioned events gave South Africa the heebie jeebies against India on Sunday. A run out so bizarre that it will replace the memory of the Klusener-Donald affair pretty much summed-up the team's woes when it comes to knock-out games. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Death. Taxes. South Africa imploding in an International Cricket Council sanctioned event. These are a few of life's certainties. And it came into full view once again when the Proteas crashed out of the Champions Trophy on Sunday in a way only they can.
Bowled out for 191 and beaten inside 38 overs, the Proteas put on a buckle-under-pressure display that not even the most sadistic scriptwriters could have envisaged.
There were three run-outs, including one that will now replace the horror memory of the Lance Klusener-Allan Donald affair, a batting performance so utterly inept, it would make most backyard efforts look good and sheer exasperation by a fielding side who was given the cricket equivalent of a piece of mouldy bread and asked to deliver a Michelin star quality three-course meal.
Very little of this was because India were exceptional with ball in hand. They...