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At Newlands Cricket Ground, one of the most beautiful in the world with its sunset views of Table Mountain, I watched the Cape Cobras open their Standard Bank Pro20 Season. Twenty20 cricket is the shortest version (or, as a South African explained it to me, “the most bastardized version”), allowing a match to be completed in one evening (like baseball). The match I watched versus the Titans was a nail-biter; with only three balls (pitches) remaining, the Cobras needed 13 to win. In these last three balls, Morkel hit two sixes (home runs) and a single, leading the Cobras to a five wicket victory with zero balls remaining.
I had plenty of opportunities to watch more cricket (on television), since the ICC Cricket World Cup was taking place while I was in South Africa. While the one day international format was understandably paced more slowly, I found the sport (even in its less bastardized form) engaging. The tie between England and India and Ireland’s huge upset victory over England were both quite exciting.