Nokia Champions League T20 - Group B

Somerset v Warriors

Somerset won by 12 runs

Somerset openers are out in the middle. We are all set for the penultimate league game to start. Tsotsobe has the new ball

Masood: "Calling on all KKR fans around the world to start praying for rain. I see no other way that KKR can qualify, though there is a very remote chance. :-)" For once, the sun is beating down in Bangalore. Don't count on it though, or the rain.

The rhyming introductions have started along with the red carpet welcomes for the teams. We'll be ready for the start of play when they are done with all of this

James: "Best of luck to Somerset today. First county I ever watched (as a boy, on holiday in Weston Super Mare). There was a young lad playing for them then, who made a fine century. Name of Greg Chappell. Wonder what happened to him?" Made a bit of a name as a player and coach I recall

While we wait for the start, have a look at Firdose Moonda's preview

Toss: Somerset have won the toss and elected to bat. Botha says Warriors would have bowled anyway. They have one change, Boucher is out injured. Athenkosi Dyili replaces him. Also, Adam Dibble comes in for Somerset.

3.25 pm Kepler Wessels feels that the surface could have some moisture but the sun is beating down at the moment. There is no grass as usual so that will help the drying process

Welcome to the last day of league matches in the Champions League Twenty20. Two matches, two semi-final slots to be decided. Somerset against Warriors is the first one, winner goes through, loser goes out, in addition, Warriors can rely on RCB to bail them out with a narrow win over South Australia if they lose

0.1

Tsotsobe to Trego, no run, bounce outside off for Tsotsobe but off a gentle away going delivery across the right-hander, left alone

0.2

Tsotsobe to Trego, no run, again he finds some lift from back of a length, the line is close enough to be played at, pushed to point carefully

0.3

Tsotsobe to Trego, no run, he now tries an ambitious cut as he arches back too much, trying to create room, there still wasn't much in the end, the line was too tight, beaten

0.4

Tsotsobe to Trego, no run, he has smacked this pitched up ball that gives him width, but straight to cover

0.5

Tsotsobe to Trego, OUT, lovely bowling this, Tsotsobe hasn't given Trego anything to drive in this over apart from one delivery, short of a length again, bouncing a lot this time, too close to the batsman, he awkwardly edges it to the keeper, big strike early on

PD Trego c †Dyili b Tsotsobe 0 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Karn: "My first game was the first IPL game. A young lad scored a frenetic century there. His name is Baz. What has happened to him, too?" He keeps buzzing the opposition, a touch infrequently

0.6

Tsotsobe to van der Merwe, no run, short of a length it is again from Tsotsobe, he tries to punch off the back foot, too many men in the off side cordon at the moment, one of them fields

End of over 1 (wicket maiden) Somerset 0/1 (RR: 0.00)
RE van der Merwe    0* (1b)      LL Tsotsobe    1-1-0-1
C Kieswetter    0* (0b)     

More left-arm seam, here is Parnell

1.1

Parnell to Kieswetter, 1 wide, gets it wrong first ball, slants it down the leg side

1.1

Parnell to Kieswetter, FOUR, Parnell hustles in and bowls another one on the pads, this time Kieswetter flicks it well past short fine leg

1.2

Parnell to Kieswetter, FOUR, more runs, this is a pretty poor line from Parnell, once more on the pads, very full length, and Kieswetter times it in front of square leg, there was a man in the deep, he had no chance

1.3

Parnell to Kieswetter, no run, gets the line right on the fourth attempt, sharp bounce close to off on a length, he shoulders arms

1.4

Parnell to Kieswetter, FOUR, smack! lovely shot from Kieswetter, all the pressure Tsotsobe created is disappearing, Kieswetter gets a half volley wide outside off stumps and crunches it past cover

1.5

Parnell to Kieswetter, no run, left alone outside off stump as Parnell gets the length and angle right

1.6

Parnell to Kieswetter, no run, tries to drive a very full ball through cover, but digs it out in the air instead towards the fielder

End of over 2 (13 runs) Somerset 13/1 (RR: 6.50)
C Kieswetter    12* (6b 3x4)      WD Parnell    1-0-13-0
RE van der Merwe    0* (1b)      LL Tsotsobe    1-1-0-1

2.1

Tsotsobe to van der Merwe, FOUR, whoa, Tsotsobe has been persisting with the back of a length balls, this one bounces high outside off, he throws his bat at it even as he hops in the air, thick edge flies over the keeper

2.2

Tsotsobe to van der Merwe, 2 runs, mistimed lofted shot, but that has enough to fall just inside the boundary, mid off was chasing it, he even got there but it slipped through his hands

2.3

Tsotsobe to van der Merwe, SIX, the shortish length was working for Lonwabo, he has pitched two deliveries up, and this time, RVDM has got enough bat underneath it to loft over the sightscreen

2.4

Tsotsobe to van der Merwe, FOUR, lovely delivery, he has been getting it to bounce from a length, this one kicks and takes RVDM by surprise, he withdraws the head and pushes the bat out, but the ball flies past the keeper and is too quick for short third man

2.5

Tsotsobe to van der Merwe, no run, tight delivery, back of a length on the stumps, defended to the bowler

Grant: "The only thing that would make this match more interesting is if Doug Bollinger was opening the batting." There you are, you did a nice disappearing act yesterday, Sid Monga would have been proud

2.6

Tsotsobe to van der Merwe, 1 run, nicely bowled, right on middle stump, pitched up a touch further, he keeps it out towards mid off

End of over 3 (17 runs) Somerset 30/1 (RR: 10.00)
RE van der Merwe    17* (7b 2x4 1x6)      LL Tsotsobe    2-1-17-1
C Kieswetter    12* (6b 3x4)      WD Parnell    1-0-13-0

Time for some spin

3.1

JT Smuts to van der Merwe, no run, sliding straight on around off stump, guided to short third man

3.2

JT Smuts to van der Merwe, FOUR, poor ball, too short, too wide, sitting up outside off, RVDM cranks up and cracks it through extra cover

3.3

JT Smuts to van der Merwe, 1 run, dabs this one from close to off to short third man

3.4

JT Smuts to Kieswetter, 1 run, flat one fired in on a length on middle and leg, tucked in front of square leg

3.5

JT Smuts to van der Merwe, 1 run, too short again, going straight on, no turn, he rocks back and launches in to the pull, straight to deep midwicket

3.6

JT Smuts to Kieswetter, 1 run, shuffles and tucks a shortish one in front of square leg

End of over 4 (8 runs) Somerset 38/1 (RR: 9.50)
C Kieswetter    14* (8b 3x4)      JT Smuts    1-0-8-0
RE van der Merwe    23* (11b 3x4 1x6)      LL Tsotsobe    2-1-17-1

RVDM is unsettling the opposition again

Boje to have a bowl

4.1

Boje to Kieswetter, no run, turn from a length outside off for Boje, slapped away to cover

4.2

Boje to Kieswetter, no run, well done, tossed up slowly full on middle, defended off the front foot

4.3

Boje to Kieswetter, no run, nice start from Boje, flights it outside off, it turns away, left alone

4.4

Boje to Kieswetter, no run, hmm, another one left alone outside off, turn for Boje, Kieswetter being very watchful

4.5

Boje to Kieswetter, 1 run, slides it on on leg with the angle, tucked in front of square leg

4.6

Boje to van der Merwe, 1 run, RVDM opens up and bashes a pull off one well wide of off stump, that is why he does not time it well, man in the deep fields

End of over 5 (2 runs) Somerset 40/1 (RR: 8.00)
RE van der Merwe    24* (12b 3x4 1x6)      N Boje    1-0-2-0
C Kieswetter    15* (13b 3x4)      JT Smuts    1-0-8-0

5.1

JT Smuts to van der Merwe, no run, dabbed from outside off to short third man

5.2

JT Smuts to van der Merwe, FOUR, he has created the length for this shot, it was not that short, it was right on the stumps, but he rocked back and dragged the pull wide of deep midwicket

5.3

JT Smuts to van der Merwe, FOUR, down the track comes RVDM, he gets to the pitch and dismisses the delivery down the ground past mid off

5.4

JT Smuts to van der Merwe, OUT, and he has given it away now, he did so against RCB as well, but he has managed to do a bit of damage here, lined up the slog sweep over midwicket, could not get much on the shot, top edge taken beyond midwicket

RE van der Merwe c Theron b JT Smuts 32 (16b 5x4 1x6) SR: 200.00

5.5

JT Smuts to Kieswetter, no run, stands in the crease and tries to hit a turning ball, it goes in the air but falls short of cover

5.6

JT Smuts to Kieswetter, no run, full one on middle and leg, blocked off the front foot

End of over 6 (8 runs) Somerset 48/2 (RR: 8.00)
C Kieswetter    15* (15b 3x4)      JT Smuts    2-0-16-1
JC Hildreth    0* (0b)      N Boje    1-0-2-0

Sumith: "There used to be a wrestler called RVD.. Rob Van Dam and he too like this RVD was a high flyer !"

6.1

Boje to Hildreth, 1 run, turning away but shortish and cut to sweeper cover

6.2

Boje to Kieswetter, no run, superb delivery, he has been flighting them slowly, and getting it to turn, draws him forward, and beats the outside edge, don't get that too often in this format

6.3

Boje to Kieswetter, 1 run, hit behind point off the back foot

6.4

Boje to Hildreth, no run, tries to crash a length ball through covers but misses as he goes at it from the crease

6.5

Boje to Hildreth, 1 run, gets it along the ground to sweeper cover this time

6.6

Boje to Kieswetter, 1 run, flighted one pushed off the front foot to long off

End of over 7 (4 runs) Somerset 52/2 (RR: 7.42)
C Kieswetter    17* (18b 3x4)      N Boje    2-0-6-0
JC Hildreth    2* (3b)      JT Smuts    2-0-16-1

James: "Pity. RVDM was having some fun there. Good morning Grant, sorry we missed you during NSW's fine performance yesterday."

Botha comes on

7.1

Botha to Kieswetter, no run, there is turn on this pitch, tossed up outside off and comes in a long way, hit on the pad as he presses forward

7.2

Botha to Kieswetter, no run, tucked with the turn straight to midwicket

7.3

Botha to Kieswetter, 1 run, slowly tossed up around off, he waits for it and clips it past midwicket

7.4

Botha to Hildreth, 1 run, goes for the sweep, from two feet outside off, there is deep square leg in place

7.5

Botha to Kieswetter, no run, tight stuff from Botha, length ball turning in and kicking, dropped down close to the stumps, there is no single to be had

7.6

Botha to Kieswetter, no run, almost sneaked through, this is a test for Somerset, they managed to win against KKR's spinners earlier, turning in after being flighted on a length, he pushed forward, and got hit high on the pad

End of over 8 (2 runs) Somerset 54/2 (RR: 6.75)
C Kieswetter    18* (23b 3x4)      J Botha    1-0-2-0
JC Hildreth    3* (4b)      N Boje    2-0-6-0

8.1

Boje to Hildreth, FOUR, reverse sweep now, with the turn and he puts it behind point, good connection

8.2

Boje to Hildreth, no run, pushed back to the bowler

8.3

Boje to Hildreth, 1 run, flat one sliding in, tucked in front of square leg

8.4

Boje to Kieswetter, 1 run, turning away from a length, he follows the line and runs it behind point

8.5

Boje to Hildreth, 1 run, another dab to short third man for a run

8.6

Boje to Kieswetter, no run, flighted ball on off, patted back down the track

End of over 9 (7 runs) Somerset 61/2 (RR: 6.77)
C Kieswetter    19* (25b 3x4)      N Boje    3-0-13-0
JC Hildreth    9* (8b 1x4)      J Botha    1-0-2-0

9.1

Botha to Hildreth, no run, full delivery outside off, he gets down and sweeps, straight to short fine leg

9.2

Botha to Hildreth, no run, not much turn on this one, going straighish outside off, he tries to dab it but misses

9.3

Botha to Hildreth, 2 runs, fumble at deep point allows a second , it was reverse swept from off stump in the air

9.4

Botha to Hildreth, no run, now the conventional sweep, cannot get it past square leg

round the stumps

9.5

Botha to Hildreth, 2 runs, full delivery, tucked with the turn wide of deep midwicket

9.6

Botha to Hildreth, 1 run, another attempt at a sweep, but the top edge goes off the glove over the keeper, who tries to get to it with a leap but cannot

End of over 10 (5 runs) Somerset 66/2 (RR: 6.60)
JC Hildreth    14* (14b 1x4)      J Botha    2-0-7-0
C Kieswetter    19* (25b 3x4)      N Boje    3-0-13-0

Highveld Hillybilly: "Still leaves a strange taste in my mouth watching RVDM potentially ruining my teams chances of making the semis. On a side note there's more than a bit of Afridi in RVDM batting. Pure carnage when it works and no off switch, Afridi looks better though." No one better than Boom Boom

Rusty comes on finally

10.1

Theron to Hildreth, FOUR, and right away he is put away through point for a boundary, width outside off and capitalised on

10.2

Theron to Hildreth, no run, gets the line right, coming in from wide of the crease on off stump, pushed back to the bowler

10.3

Theron to Hildreth, 1 run, full delivery on middle and leg, he uses the angle to clip it past midwicket

10.4

Theron to Kieswetter, 1 run, slower one arrives outside off, dabbed quietly to third man

10.5

Theron to Hildreth, 1 run, bit more effort on this 136 kph fuller one on the stumps, he gets the push past the non-striker, long on fields

10.6

Theron to Kieswetter, no run, fine delivery, the slower one at 111 kph, he is already forward and across, crouches low to push at it and is hit on the glove

End of over 11 (7 runs) Somerset 73/2 (RR: 6.63)
C Kieswetter    20* (27b 3x4)      J Theron    1-0-7-0
JC Hildreth    20* (18b 2x4)      J Botha    2-0-7-0

11.1

Botha to Hildreth, 1 run, shuffles across and turns a straight one from around middle through square leg

11.2

Botha to Kieswetter, 1 run, full delivery around off now, he squeezes the push with the turn to long on

11.3

Botha to Hildreth, OUT, straight to deep square leg, he falls on the sweep, Botha bowled it quick and flat, it turned in around middle, he got it in the air straight to the man in the deep

JC Hildreth c Prince b Botha 21 (20b 2x4 0x6) SR: 105.00

11.4

Botha to Kieswetter, 1 run, turns a full delivery behind square leg

11.5

Botha to Buttler, 1 run, tosses it up outside off from round the stumps, he gets forward and drives to long off

11.6

Botha to Kieswetter, no run, shuffles across a long way and works this one but cannot beat square leg

End of over 12 (4 runs) Somerset 77/3 (RR: 6.41)
C Kieswetter    22* (30b 3x4)      J Botha    3-0-11-1
JC Buttler    1* (1b)      J Theron    1-0-7-0

12.1

JT Smuts to Buttler, no run, Smuts gives it flight now, and straight away lures him forward, and beats him as the ball turns away

12.2

JT Smuts to Buttler, 1 run, pushed away in the air through extra cover

12.3

JT Smuts to Kieswetter, 1 run, tossed up and turning away, pushed towards point off the front foot

12.4

JT Smuts to Buttler, 1 run, gets forward and lofts over extra cover, falls short of long off

12.5

JT Smuts to Kieswetter, 1 run, bit of width and he goes back to cut to sweeper cover

12.6

JT Smuts to Buttler, no run, dipping on him as he comes forward and pushes straight to extra cover

End of over 13 (4 runs) Somerset 81/3 (RR: 6.23)
JC Buttler    3* (5b)      JT Smuts    3-0-20-1
C Kieswetter    24* (32b 3x4)      J Botha    3-0-11-1

Salman: "Is Craig Kieswetter doing a Misbah ul Haq here?" I thought Misbah would not get into this one at least

13.1

Botha to Kieswetter, no run, flat delivery around off, turned on the leg side, Botha fields

13.2

Botha to Kieswetter, SIX, Kieswetter gets one away finally, sees a shortish one, goes back and hammers the pull way over deep midwicket

13.3

Botha to Kieswetter, 1 run, pops up in the air on the leg side as he pushes forward, turn and bounce

13.4

Botha to Buttler, no run, cannot do anything with this one fired in on middle and leg, pushed towards the bowler

13.5

Botha to Buttler, 1 run, worked through square leg for one

goes over the stumps

13.6

Botha to Kieswetter, 1 run, turns in sharply on off, he shuffles and works it towards short fine leg, superb spell from Botha, miserly, difficult to get away, four overs gone in no time

End of over 14 (9 runs) Somerset 90/3 (RR: 6.42)
C Kieswetter    32* (36b 3x4 1x6)      J Botha    4-0-20-1
JC Buttler    4* (7b)      JT Smuts    3-0-20-1

14.1

Boje to Kieswetter, 1 run, shortish delivery, he helps it around the corner behind square leg

14.2

Boje to Buttler, 1 run, walks down the track and drives for a single to long on

14.3

Boje to Kieswetter, 1 leg bye, slides it in too much with the angle down the leg side

14.4

Boje to Buttler, no run, leading edge, this is not on on this strip, turning across the closed face of the bat on leg stump as he looked to work towards midwicket, on the bounce to cover

14.5

Boje to Buttler, SIX, this is better, this will work on any track, down the track, to the pitch and lofts it miles over long off, that has gone on the roof

14.6

Boje to Buttler, no run, pushed on the off side

End of over 15 (9 runs) Somerset 99/3 (RR: 6.60)
JC Buttler    11* (11b 1x6)      N Boje    4-0-21-0
C Kieswetter    33* (38b 3x4 1x6)      J Botha    4-0-20-1

15.1

JT Smuts to Kieswetter, 1 run, presses forward and opens the face to run it to short third man

15.2

JT Smuts to Buttler, 2 runs, superb work on the wide long off boundary, this one had been slammed through extra cover, but he got there with a sharp run and a big dive

15.3

JT Smuts to Buttler, no run, shortish, cannot slap it past extra cover

15.4

JT Smuts to Buttler, SIX, Buttler gets another maximum, he leaves the crease early, reaches the pitch of the ball and creams it over the sightscreen

15.5

JT Smuts to Buttler, 1 run, pushed towards extra cover

15.6

JT Smuts to Kieswetter, 1 run, length ball, he goes back and whips it in front of square leg

End of over 16 (11 runs) Somerset 110/3 (RR: 6.87)
C Kieswetter    35* (40b 3x4 1x6)      JT Smuts    4-0-31-1
JC Buttler    20* (15b 2x6)      N Boje    4-0-21-0

16.1

Theron to Kieswetter, 1 run, full ball from Rusty, almost in the blockhole, dug out towards point

16.2

Theron to Buttler, 1 run, well done, slower one banged in on a length at 113 kph, stops on the batsman and he jabs it away with an inside edge on the leg side

16.3

Theron to Kieswetter, 1 leg bye, tries to sweep from outside off stump, does not connect well, ball rolls away on the leg side

16.4

Theron to Buttler, 1 run, makes room, but Rusty keeps it on a length around off, he drives hard to sweeper cover

16.5

Theron to Kieswetter, FOUR, bosh! that is right in the slot, width outside off, he reaches out, gets enough underneath it to send it soaring over mid off

16.6

Theron to Kieswetter, 1 run, slower one coming in from outside off, he stays in the crease and dabs to short third man

End of over 17 (9 runs) Somerset 119/3 (RR: 7.00)
C Kieswetter    41* (44b 4x4 1x6)      J Theron    2-0-15-0
JC Buttler    22* (17b 2x6)      JT Smuts    4-0-31-1

Tsotsobe from round the stumps

17.1

Tsotsobe to Kieswetter, 1 run, fires it in on a length on the stumps, he tries to bend the knee and swing it through midwicket, mistimes it completely

17.2

Tsotsobe to Buttler, 1 run, makes some room and drives against the angle, extra cover with some sharp work gets to the ball with a dive

17.3

Tsotsobe to Kieswetter, 1 run, sitting up from short of a length, no pace to throw the bat at, slapped in front of point

17.4

Tsotsobe to Buttler, no run, slower one, nicely bowled, he saw the fuller length and tried to go with the angle over miwicket, played the shot early

17.5

Tsotsobe to Buttler, 1 run, now he backs away and carves a length delivery, straight to sweeper cover

17.6

Tsotsobe to Kieswetter, SIX, Tsotsobe spoils the over with a low full toss on middle and leg, Kieswetter happily belts it over cow corner

End of over 18 (10 runs) Somerset 129/3 (RR: 7.16)
C Kieswetter    49* (47b 4x4 2x6)      LL Tsotsobe    3-1-27-1
JC Buttler    24* (20b 2x6)      J Theron    2-0-15-0

Rusty and Botha have a chat

Kapil: "Kieswetter has been there for a while now.. hope he takes Somerset above 160 here.. else the chances of winning look bleak."

18.1

Theron to Buttler, FOUR, well, what can you do with this, Buttler walks outside off stump, a long way, and picks a full ball from close to off stump, and gets it well wide of long leg

18.2

Theron to Buttler, 2 runs, conventional now, hit through extra cover

18.3

Theron to Buttler, OUT, gone, 114 kph slower one, Buttler tries to murder it over deep midwicket, but gets too much height on it, deep midwicket comes in and takes it

JC Buttler c Boje b Theron 30 (23b 1x4 2x6) SR: 130.43

18.4

Theron to Kieswetter, 1 run, slower one, around middle and leg, worked behind square leg

18.5

Theron to Compton, 1 run, smack! pitched up ball on the stumps, he backs away and smashes it straight past the umpire, long on gets around to it though

18.6

Theron to Kieswetter, no run, Rusty bowls another slower one, and he cannot do anything with it, bends the knee and is through with the slog before the ball scoots past

End of over 19 (8 runs) Somerset 137/4 (RR: 7.21)
C Kieswetter    50* (49b 4x4 2x6)      J Theron    3-0-23-1
NRD Compton    1* (1b)      LL Tsotsobe    3-1-27-1

19.1

Tsotsobe to Compton, no run, straightening a bit after coming in with the angle from round the stumps, he had a go at it, and ended up swinging inside the line

19.2

Tsotsobe to Compton, 1 run, swung without much timing over square leg, only a single

19.3

Tsotsobe to Kieswetter, SIX, Kieswetter gets one away, Tsotsobe gives him some width and a full length, he remains back and scythes it over wide long off

19.4

Tsotsobe to Kieswetter, no run, can't get this one away though, no contact as it rushes past the swing

19.5

Tsotsobe to Kieswetter, 1 bye, they scamper a bye after Kieswetter misses with another hoick

19.6

Tsotsobe to Compton, 1 run, he stood well outside off even before the ball was bowled, it was on a length but he could not connect with the attempted swing over square leg, they will take the leg bye

Botha: "Maybe they have got 10 or 15 too many. We need a good start now. It was a slower track than we expected. We will have to play really well to get this."

Join us for the chase soon

End of over 20 (9 runs) Somerset 146/4
NRD Compton    3* (4b)      LL Tsotsobe    4-1-35-1
C Kieswetter    56* (52b 4x4 3x6)      J Theron    3-0-23-1
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Oct 5, 2011

Alfonso Thomas shakes hands with Johan Botha, Somerset v Warriors, Champions League T20, Bangalore, October 5, 2011

Alfonso Thomas shakes hands with Johan Botha

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Oct 5, 2011

Roelof van der Merwe celebrates a wicket against Warriors, Somerset v Warriors, Champions League T20, Bangalore, October 5, 2011

Roelof van der Merwe celebrates a wicket against Warriors

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