By whatever unlikely criterion one uses to measure such things, it is safe to assume that no team in the history of cricket World Cups has cobbled together such a long sequence of unconvincing victories as SA has managed at the current T20 World Cup.

Generations of national cricketers have spoken for years about wishing to emulate the Springboks who won their quarterfinal, semifinal and final last year by single point margins, often coming from behind with little time remaining to do so. This Proteas team are offering a close approximation...

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