ICC World Cup, 2nd Semi-Final: Australia v South Africa at Gros Islet, Apr 25, 2007
ICC World Cup - 2nd semi final
Australia won by 7 wickets (with 111 balls remaining)
Played at Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia (neutral venue)
25 April 2007 (50-over match)
  South Africa innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal GC Smith* b Bracken 2 10 5 0 0 40.00
2.3 Smith again walks down the pitch to meet the ball, shapes to hit over the top and a sniff of swing takes the ball past the bat and into the off stump 7/1
View dismissal AB de Villiers c †Gilchrist b Tait 15 39 34 3 0 44.11
8.5 full, de Villiers drives with no foot movement, and a thick kick carries straight to Gilchrist. A fourth delivery over 90mph, a good mixture of length, and now South Africa are up against it 26/3
View dismissal JH Kallis b McGrath 5 12 9 1 0 55.55
5.3 Kallis again gives himself room and advances to meet the ball, but McGrath fires in a yorker which clatters into the off stump 12/2
View dismissal HH Gibbs c †Gilchrist b Tait 39 77 49 6 0 79.59
22.5 got him this time! A very, very thin edge - much thinner than the one which wasn't given earlier, also to Tait - looking for the short-pitched delivery. His feet were just rooted in the crease there as he chased the ball away from his body 87/6
View dismissal AG Prince c †Gilchrist b McGrath 0 4 2 0 0 0.00
9.4 And that might be it ... about the worst ball McGrath has bowled, wide and angled away from the left-hander, but Prince slashes, gets a thin edge, and Gilchrist does the rest 27/4
View dismissal MV Boucher c Hayden b McGrath 0 1 1 0 0 0.00
9.5 McGrath on a hat-trick ... much better ball, a stock McGrath delivery, Boucher plays a nothing prod and the ball is held low down by Matthew Hayden at first slip 27/5
JM Kemp not out 49 151 91 4 1 53.84
View dismissal AJ Hall c †Gilchrist b Tait 3 14 8 0 0 37.50
26.1 and Tait strikes again! Hall looked to lash that off the back foot through cover, but his feet must have been dipped in the same tub of superglue as Gibbs's as he strikes at the ball away from the body and a thickish edge rips through. Gilchrist makes no mistake 93/7
View dismissal SM Pollock c & b Hogg 5 15 13 1 0 38.46
29.4 awkward shot, checking his off-drive and that's chipped back to the bowler whose clasping fingers accept that fly-trap-style 103/8
View dismissal A Nel c Clarke b Tait 8 45 41 1 0 19.51
40.1 short and wide, slashed high to backward point who backpeddled and took an easy catch above his head 130/9
View dismissal CK Langeveldt b Watson 6 18 10 1 0 60.00
43.5 up in the block hole and Langeveldt, again giving himself room, is in no position to play it and is cleaned up 149/10
Extras (lb 4, w 13) 17
  Total (all out; 43.5 overs; 199 mins) 149 (3.39 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wicket NW Bracken 7 2 15 1 2.14 30 1 0
2.3 to Smith, Smith again walks down the pitch to meet the ball, shapes to hit over the top and a sniff of swing takes the ball past the bat and into the off stump 7/1
View wickets GD McGrath 8 1 18 3 2.25 38 2 0 (1w)
5.3 to Kallis, Kallis again gives himself room and advances to meet the ball, but McGrath fires in a yorker which clatters into the off stump 12/2
9.4 to Prince, And that might be it ... about the worst ball McGrath has bowled, wide and angled away from the left-hander, but Prince slashes, gets a thin edge, and Gilchrist does the rest 27/4
9.5 to Boucher, McGrath on a hat-trick ... much better ball, a stock McGrath delivery, Boucher plays a nothing prod and the ball is held low down by Matthew Hayden at first slip 27/5
View wickets SW Tait 10 0 39 4 3.90 48 6 0 (5w)
8.5 to de Villiers, full, de Villiers drives with no foot movement, and a thick kick carries straight to Gilchrist. A fourth delivery over 90mph, a good mixture of length, and now South Africa are up against it 26/3
22.5 to Gibbs, got him this time! A very, very thin edge - much thinner than the one which wasn't given earlier, also to Tait - looking for the short-pitched delivery. His feet were just rooted in the crease there as he chased the ball away from his body 87/6
26.1 to Hall, and Tait strikes again! Hall looked to lash that off the back foot through cover, but his feet must have been dipped in the same tub of superglue as Gibbs's as he strikes at the ball away from the body and a thickish edge rips through. Gilchrist makes no mistake 93/7
40.1 to Nel, short and wide, slashed high to backward point who backpeddled and took an easy catch above his head 130/9
View wicket SR Watson 8.5 0 49 1 5.54 31 7 1
43.5 to Langeveldt, up in the block hole and Langeveldt, again giving himself room, is in no position to play it and is cleaned up 149/10
View wicket GB Hogg 10 2 24 1 2.40 43 1 0 (3w)
29.4 to Pollock, awkward shot, checking his off-drive and that's chipped back to the bowler whose clasping fingers accept that fly-trap-style 103/8
  Australia innings (target: 150 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal AC Gilchrist b Langeveldt 1 4 5 0 0 20.00
1.1 oh and he's bowled him! A terrific ball, swinging very late into Gilchrist who was rather trapped on the crease - trying to work it to leg - and it squeezed through the gate, knocking out his middle stump 1/1
View dismissal ML Hayden c Smith b Pollock 41 115 60 4 0 68.33
24.4 Hayden hits that one the up and dead straight, but he gets under it, Smith runs round a few yards from long-on and holds a steepler, but his knee buckles as he took the catch. 110/3
View dismissal RT Ponting* b Nel 22 38 25 5 0 88.00
8.6 got him! Terrific ball from Nel, yorking Ponting who tried to work it through midwicket, playing across the line - a poor stroke to a very fine ball, and Nel sets off on a Bravo-like aeroplane celebration lap of the wicket 44/2
MJ Clarke not out 60 109 86 8 0 69.76
A Symonds not out 18 29 16 3 0 112.50
Extras (lb 5, w 3, nb 3) 11
  Total (3 wickets; 31.3 overs; 146 mins) 153 (4.85 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wicket SM Pollock 5 1 16 1 3.20 20 1 0
24.4 to Hayden, Hayden hits that one the up and dead straight, but he gets under it, Smith runs round a few yards from long-on and holds a steepler, but his knee buckles as he took the catch. 110/3
View wicket CK Langeveldt 6 0 34 1 5.66 23 6 0 (1nb, 1w)
1.1 to Gilchrist, oh and he's bowled him! A terrific ball, swinging very late into Gilchrist who was rather trapped on the crease - trying to work it to leg - and it squeezed through the gate, knocking out his middle stump 1/1
  JH Kallis 5 1 20 0 4.00 20 2 0 (1nb, 1w)
View wicket A Nel 7 1 31 1 4.42 29 5 0 (1w)
8.6 to Ponting, got him! Terrific ball from Nel, yorking Ponting who tried to work it through midwicket, playing across the line - a poor stroke to a very fine ball, and Nel sets off on a Bravo-like aeroplane celebration lap of the wicket 44/2
  AJ Hall 6.3 0 43 0 6.61 20 6 0 (1nb)
  JM Kemp 2 0 4 0 2.00 9 0 0

Match details


Toss - South Africa, who chose to bat
Series - Australia advanced
Player of the match - GD McGrath (Australia)
Umpires - Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and SA Bucknor
TV umpire - BF Bowden (New Zealand)
Match referee - JJ Crowe (New Zealand)
Reserve umpire - MR Benson (England)

Match Notes


    • South Africa innings
    • Power Play 2: Overs 10.1 - 15.0
    • South Africa: 50 runs in 13.4 overs (84 balls), Extras 7
    • Drinks: South Africa - 55/5 in 15.0 overs (HH Gibbs 24, JM Kemp 2)
    • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 67 balls (HH Gibbs 28, JM Kemp 16, Ex 6)
    • Power Play 3: Overs 26.1 - 31.0
    • South Africa: 100 runs in 29.2 overs (182 balls), Extras 11
    • Australia innings
    • Australia: 50 runs in 9.3 overs (61 balls), Extras 5
    • Lunch: Australia - 0/0
    • Drinks: Australia - 69/2 in 15.0 overs (ML Hayden 28, MJ Clarke 8)
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 66 balls (ML Hayden 19, MJ Clarke 27, Ex 6)
    • Australia: 100 runs in 20.5 overs (130 balls), Extras 10
    • MJ Clarke: 50 off 75 balls (7 x 4)
    • Australia: 150 runs in 31.3 overs (195 balls), Extras 11
    • Official Attendance - 13,875
 
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