Xhosa Commentary on Temba Bavuma's 100; Crowd Reaction to Proteas Captain's Ton Thrills

Xhosa Commentary on Temba Bavuma's 100; Crowd Reaction to Proteas Captain's Ton Thrills

  • Temba Bavuma is the front-page story in the world of cricket at the moment
  • The South African captain score a magnificent century to dig the Proteas out of a hole against the West Indies on Friday
  • Footage of this historic score has gone viral on social media as the cricketing fraternity was awed by his achievement

Temba Bavuma, take a bow!

The Proteas captain became the darling of world cricket following his magnificent century for South Africa against West Indies on the third day of the second Test match at the Wanderers Cricket Stadium in Johannesburg.

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Temba Bavuma (left) celebrates his hundred as SuperSPort commentators Nono Pongolo and Makhaya Ntini celebrate. Image source: Facebook (Mluleki Ntsabo/SuperSport).
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At the time of publication, he was dismissed on 172 as the Proteas reached on on 297/8, 366 runs ahead of the visitors from the Caribbean. This was just the diminutive Bavuma's second Test match, a painful wait of more than seven years in the game's longest format.

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Rousing footage from SuperSport showed its Xhosa commentators responding jubilantly to one of the all-time great innings by a Test captain.

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There were also spectators in the crowd who shared their footage of the historic moment that has gone viral.

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Newspaper criticised for Bavuma photograph

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An innocuous and amazing photograph of Proteas captain Temba Bavuma being dismissed by England bowler Sam Curran, a sideshow on its own, has left a sour taste in some cricket fans' mouths.

The photograph, used by the Afrikaans-language newspaper Beeld on its front page, is award-worthy, but its use by the publication has come under criticism.

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The English bowler behaved poorly following his dismissal of South African One Day International captain Temba Bavuma at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on Sunday. With Bavuma on a match-and-series-winning 109* in the second ODI, he attempted to paddle a Curran delivery into the on-side, only to misdirect the ball into his stumps.

Curran made it a point to run in Bavuma's direction, screaming at him to show his relief and happiness. This did not go down well with those who witnessed this at the stadium and at home.

Source: Sports Brief News