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Kyle Verreynne's bizarre omission raises eyebrows as SA crash again

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South African batsman Kyle Verreynne (Gallo Images)
South African batsman Kyle Verreynne (Gallo Images)
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Another imbalanced team structure and the strange overlooking of in-form stroke-player Kyle Verreynne did the Proteas few favours as they were pipped at the post by Pakistan in the first of four Twenty20 internationals at the Wanderers on Saturday.

While there was a certain consolation in a decidedly second-string, rookie-laden line-up taking the substantially fuller-strength visitors to a second-last-ball finish, South Africa again lost their composure to a worrying degree on "key points" in the tight clash.

These were most apparent in two instances: first when their innings - after acting skipper Heinrich Klaasen had opted for first strike - ran out of steam badly in the vital last few overs, and then in the death overs when Pakistan were at the crease and the raw SA seam attack began missing their lengths to positively viral proportions.

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