ICC Champions Trophy - 9th match, Group B

South Africa v West Indies

Match tied (D/L method)

Okay time for some cricket. Finally. Out walk Hashim Amla and Colin Ingram. So no change there from SA. Ravi Rampaul to bowl the first over. A slip and a short midwicket are the catchers

2.22pm Apologies. Actually the second Powerplay can be taken at any time of the innings. Eight minutes to go to the start and the teams are lining up for the anthems. let's Rallayyyyy

Tom: "Surely they should have done the anthems a la Gene Kelly - singing in the rain. The Windies even have the dancing skills to match."

2.15pm Just to clarify, you are not allowed to change your team even though the match is shortened even before a ball was bowled. And I am guessing the second Powerplay has to be done by the 24th over

"They should just sing the national anthems in the first over. Sing while they're batting and bowling an from the balcony. Time-saving 101" MrGarreth, or during the lunch break. The question to be asked is, is the ground fit enough? If they are singing national anthems on a wet field, they are welcome to do it. But if they are on doing it on a dry field, it will come back to bite this game when it begins to rain in 19th over of the second innings

2.01pm In fact, I have got it now. The game will start at 2.30pm, and will be 31 overs a side. Powerplay blocks are six and three overs. One bowler can bowl seven, rest allowed to bowl a maximum of six

2pm Still waiting for information on the next start time, and the duration of the match. I hope we don't waste time on national anthems today

1.52pm The sun is out. Covers are coming off. What weather today

Fungai: "Now that it's raining again, conditions will be different from when the toss was made. I suggest they invalidate it & toss again when the rain stops (and keep doing it till SA win it!)"

1.45pm Not looking good. It is pouring in Cardiff

1.40pm "how does Sonny Boy Williamson make it on to cricinfo? ... new and 'nuff repsec' - you find a way to sneak a Bo Carter comment in and I'll leave cricinfo open 24/7 on my computer for the next 5 years!!" Luke, there will be a day, and it won't be forced, when the Mississippi Sheik will find his way here. And apologies to those who noticed my subconscious mixing of Sonny Boy with the All Black Sonny Bill

By the way, I am sure this match will be shortened further. About an over a side for every eight minutes lost

1.27pm Eighteen minutes before the rescheduled start, the rain is back, baby. And the covers are coming back on. It is dark, a slight drizzle is on and the lights are on. Actually Sonny Boy Williamson put it better than anyone can: It's Raining Outdoors Baby

luke: "Take it from me Sid, some people are capable of misreading a neon-arrow. Met a saffer in Harare asking directions for Constitution Hill :D"

1.15pm The captains are walking out for the toss. I suppose it is advantage West Indies now

West Indies have won the toss and decided to bowl first. So South Africa can't misread the D/L table now. Kemar Roach is ill. Tino Best is in. Ramnaresh Sarwan is finally dropped, for Devon Smith. And the big news: Dale Steyn is back. Out goes The Mask, Aaron Phangiso

1.10pm Nagraj has seen Tino Best measure his run-up. Expecting him to play? ahead of whom

watfor: "@luke: Still a better fantasy team that the Australian one I managed to pick."

James: "I understand Luke's frustration (though that team's a nightmare, not a fantasy!), but there's no doubt this format works as a tournament. Every match matters (except one, in tournament terms, and India v Pakistan always matters)."

For the 36-over game, the Powerplays are seven overs and four overs. Only one bowler allowed to bowl eight overs. Others can bowl a maximum of seven

1.05pm Good news. Toss at 1.15pm, which is in 10 minutes. Game to be 36 overs a side

luke: "What the hell is this fantasy cricket anyway!!? I'll tell you my *fantasy* cricket team for this tourney: Sibanda, Mawoyo, Maskadza, Taylor, Waller, Mutambami, Chigumbura, Cremer, Masakadza, Jarvis and Chatara!" Hear, hear

12.55pm Allan Donald is setting up the stumps to start warm-ups etc. for the bowlers and fielders. He still has a woollie on

James: "Meanwhile, prize for most worrying news of the day goes to Phil Tufnell appearing on TV with 4 Loose Women (a daytime TV show in the UK)!"

12.47pm Nagraj says the pitch has finally been unveiled

Robin F: "That is not good news. I have no fantasy players for today."

12.40pm Good news. Rain has stopped, the sun is out, the covers are coming off. Again. So if we have a 1.40pm start, we are looking at close to 36 overs a side

DirkL: "I'm in Gansbaai, close to the southern tip of Africa, where it has been raining on and off all morning too. Only difference is, we call this season winter ..."

12.20pm The rain is back. A drizzle again. The covers are coming back on

Nick M: "Geez, there was a day when my high school team would have beaten Ireland and Australia A would have beaten everybody but Australia."

12.14pm The sun is out. Covers are coming off. If we start by 1.10pm, we could have a game of something close to 40 overs a side

smudgeon: "In other news, Ireland have Australia A 4/65 after 17 overs. If I were in a wicked mood, I could suggest that match will be over before this one starts..."

11.44am Okay it stopped drizzling for about a couple minutes. It is back now

"This is an interesting scenario - the longer the rain goes on, the more likely there will be a wash out and SA qualify. However, if play does get going at some point, the longer the rain goes on, the more likely WI will win in a shorter format of the game!" Marc, that sums up the dilemma

"Would it be possible for the West Indies to bat first. Score very quickly. The game to be washed out and West Indies to go through on NRR or not?" No, Ashley, only completed games count towards net run rate

11.41am Rain has stopped momentarily. If there is no more rain, we can start at 12.41pm, and we might have a game of more than 40 overs a side

"Highveldhillbilly has a point. West Indies didn't drop Ambrose Walsh or Bishop. Ambrose would have been a handful with the variable bounce." James, Ambrose that day: 10-0-29-1

11.30am Still raining, but very light. And it has got brighter too. Our calculations say that we must begin by 4.05pm if we are to have a 20-over game. That means the rain has to stop by 3.05pm

Highveldhillbilly: "With all due respect regarding the quarter final in 1996, while the pitch may have been tough to bat on SA's selection also didn't help matters. They dropped Donald and played two spinners. Let me repeat, they dropped Donald in 1996 when he was in his pomp and played two very average spinners. Ask Lara who he'd rather face dry pitch or no dry pitch. Remember watching that game as a very sad 13 year old, little did I know the 1999 world cup was around the corner - definitely the pinnacle of pain for an SA fan with a slightly unhealthy obsession with cricket."

"if Pakistan scored above 216 against SA , SA would have been out....credit is due @McLaren for taking last two wickets against pakistan" Strong point, Bimal

11.10am "I really hope the elements are not just toying with me! Rain and WI have played significant roles stopping SA at previous tournaments! Is this karma?"

Dale, I hear you. Knocked out by rain in 1992, and by West Indies in 1996. In fact I remember Fanie de Villiers telling me they didn't choke in that 1996 quarter-final. He said the pitch was so dry and full of cracks they were pleading with Hansie to win the toss because it would be impossible to chase on that wicket. Sure enough, Roger Harper and Jimmy Adams took seven wickets for 100 runs between them. For more from Fanie, go here and here

Still drizzling, by the way

10.55am Sameer: "@Nitin Chaudhary:When Morne came to bat to better the teams NRR, he had no clue by what margin WI would lose to India. "Thats why #Respect Morne Morkel""

"But am surprised, McLaren should get the credit if any, but why morkel who socred 8 of the 48 partnership" Ravi, not taking anything away from McLaren, but Morkel was not fit to bat and hobbled through that innings. McLaren wouldn't have had any partner to bat with had Morkel listened to his body

Meanwhile, still drizzling in Cardiff. We began to lose at 10.45am, assuming it takes an hour for ground to become fit once it stop raining and that we can take 15 minutes off the lunch break

10.45am "@Sid and all Morkal fans, Sorry to disappoint u guys but even without those 48 runs SA NRR is -0.07 (better than WI -0.086)" Nitin Chaudhary, I did the math just now, and I agree with your findings, but it is the spirit and the thinking that is being appreciated here

And Warren here talks about his economical bowling too: "Spot on! If play is suspended due to rain, then SA will go through to the semi's thanks th their better run rate, which was thanks to Morne Morkel's performance against India, both economical bowling and then coming to bat while injured and help his team add an extra 48 runs."

Leonard: "About the fantasy cricket. Had a look at the weather forecast and did not pick a single player playing today."

10.40am "You're going to have to change the name of it so it sounds good! Here's a link" Jonathan, I appreciate your and everybody's effort, but the PA man at Centurion, who is Morne's friends too, has created the best mix of all time. Of all time. There the tone of saying "Morne Morkel" is similar to the "Barbra Streisand" in the original, which by the way is a remix of Boney M's Gotta Go Home

10.30am To all those asking me about fantasy cricket, the transfers you make today won't come back even if not a single ball is bowled

10.20am Nick Ivey: "With respect to Morne Morkel and Barbra Streisand, try this"

10.15am Still raining. Nagraj tells me that about a thousand of the 10,000 who bought tickets have arrived at the ground. Most of them are at the Ymochen Du pub. Meanwhile the groundsman now says it will take an hour for the game to start once it stops raining. And it hasn't stopped raining yet

Peerzada: "WWOOOOOOOOOWOWOWOWOOOOOOOOOOOW­OWOOOO MORNE MORKEL WWOOOOOOOOOOOOOWOOOOWOOOOOOOOO­OOOOWOOOOOOOWOWOWOWOWOOOOOOOOO­OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWOOOOOOOOOOOO­OWOO MORNE MORKEL WOWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWOOOOOOOOOOO­OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO­OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWOOOOO­OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO­OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWOOOO­OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO­OOOOOOOOOOO MORNE MORKEL WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWOOOO­OOOOOOOOOOOOOWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWO­OOOOOOOOOOOWOOOOOOOOOOO"

10am "The format of the game is 50 overs per side. They should not change the format prior to the game to try and manufacture a result. If in the course of the game it becomes necessary to apply the DL system then so be it." Craig, I agree

And if South Africa do go through on net run rate, I want to take you back to the first match when the inured Morne Morkel came out to bat just so that South Africa could minimise their net-run-rate damage. Well done, Morne, who added 48 runs with Ryan McLaren. Time to listen to the Morne Morkel song. Well, in your heads, change every mention of Barbra Streisand to Morne Morkel in this song

9.45am "Say they get on at 2pm, and the forecast is for a 3-3.5 hour window before the rain returns. Do they play a 20 over game to a finish, or does the first innings last (say) 32 overs, meaning the game is washed out at 5.30?" James, you raise an interesting question, but we have to follow procedures. We can't assume it will start raining at 5.30pm again, can we? And what if we play just a 20-over game, and it doesn't rain? Won't it be unfair on sides that keep getting better with the length of the match? For the record, if the match starts at 2pm, we should be able to have a 37- of 38-over game in

9.30am Temporary good news. It has stopped drizzling, but they are expecting more so not taking the covers off in a hurry

Aabhas: "In such kind of a tournament where every game is important, surely there must be a case of having a spare day. There's no game in Cardiff tomorrow so why can't they have played tomorrow in case of a washout?"

"What's the deal with changing your fantasy team if rain delays the play??" Shreyansh, you have to make your changes by the scheduled start of play, which 10.30am BST, even if the start is delayed

9.15am Another day with early start to commentary. This time not because someone has punched someone, but because the weather has not been good in Cardiff. We are looking at a delayed start for sure, but the groundsmen believe there is a window for some play this afternoon. They are working hard, trying to remove excess water off the covers even as it rains so that they can be ready within 40-45 minutes once the rain stops. If we don't get a game in today, South Africa will go through thanks to a better net run rate

0.1

Rampaul to Ingram, no run, dug in short, just outside off, good bounce, left alone

0.2

Rampaul to Ingram, 1 wide, wide down the leg side from Rampaul

0.2

Rampaul to Ingram, no run, seams back in from short of a length and in front of off. Beats the inside edge and goes over the stumps

0.3

Rampaul to Ingram, no run, lovely cover-drive on the up, and a lovely stop by Pollard at short cover-point. A full-length dive to his right to save four runs

0.4

Rampaul to Ingram, 1 wide, another wide down the leg side

0.4

Rampaul to Ingram, no run, short of a length, on off, holds its line, defended off the back foot

0.5

Rampaul to Ingram, no run, stays short of a length, just outside off, defended square

0.6

Rampaul to Ingram, no run, another defensive off the back foot as Rampaul stays short of a length

End of over 1 (2 runs) South Africa 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
CA Ingram    0* (6b)      R Rampaul    1-0-2-0
HM Amla    0* (0b)     

James: "Don't expect any change in the West Indies openers either. Gayle and Charles well suited to this."

Here is Tino

1.1

Best to Amla, no run, lets out a grunt as he pitches short of a length, and is defended in front of off

Craig: "Ingram will need to take advantage of his chances at the top... I'm already calling for a change (Quinny preferable, love watching him play)"

1.2

Best to Amla, no run, another grunt, another shortish ball, into the hips. Defended again

Third man and fine leg are back

1.3

Best to Amla, no run, punched away nicely but can't beat Sammy at short cover-point

Saw dust coming in for his landing area. Hopefully it's not too bad, the landing area

1.4

Best to Amla, no run, short of a length, wide, nicely cut away, beats short cover-point, but finds backward point

1.5

Best to Amla, 2 runs, into the body, tucked away off the hip for the first runs of the bat. Samuels is slow at square leg, Rampaul slow at fine leg. South Africa take the second

1.6

Best to Amla, 1 wide, third wide inside two overs. Big one down leg

1.6

Best to Amla, no run, fuller than the short of a length he has been bowling, but still not full enough to be playing off the front foot. At 143ks, it holds its line outside off, and beats the outside edge

End of over 2 (3 runs) South Africa 5/0 (RR: 2.50)
HM Amla    2* (6b)      TL Best    1-0-3-0
CA Ingram    0* (6b)      R Rampaul    1-0-2-0

2.1

Rampaul to Ingram, FOUR, short-arm pull. Ingram has got used to the monotonous shortish bowling, and sets himself up for the pull, takes it rib high, and sends it over square leg

2.2

Rampaul to Ingram, 2 runs, tucked away off the pads, takes on Narine's arm at fine leg, and makes it easily. Narine not the quickest in the field

2.3

Rampaul to Ingram, no run, fuller, wider, Ingram throws his bat at it, but is beaten by the away movement

2.4

Rampaul to Ingram, no run, on a length, on off, pushed to mid-off

2.5

Rampaul to Ingram, no run, fuller, on off, seaming in, hits the inside edge on the big drive. Onto the pad. Ingram was looking to go back over the bowler's head

2.6

Rampaul to Ingram, 1 run, short of a length, on off, drops this at his toes and takes a single

End of over 3 (7 runs) South Africa 12/0 (RR: 4.00)
CA Ingram    7* (12b 1x4)      R Rampaul    2-0-9-0
HM Amla    2* (6b)      TL Best    1-0-3-0

3.1

Best to Ingram, no run, short of a length, on off, angling away, left alone

3.2

Best to Ingram, 3 runs, full, on the pads, clipped away past midwicket for three

3.3

Best to Amla, FOUR, length ball, into the pads, asking to be punished, and Amla has timed this away beautifully through midwicket. You don;t want to be bowling there, Tino

3.4

Best to Amla, no run, short of a length, outside off, rising towards the chest. Fended into the ground

3.5

Best to Amla, 1 run, nicely punched away, hard into the ground, bounces over the short cover-point. Takes a single

3.6

Best to Ingram, no run, short, wide, Ingram goes after it, but doesn't get close enough to it. Beaten

End of over 4 (8 runs) South Africa 20/0 (RR: 5.00)
CA Ingram    10* (15b 1x4)      TL Best    2-0-11-0
HM Amla    7* (9b 1x4)      R Rampaul    2-0-9-0

MrGarreth: "If cricket players were songs, Quintin de Kock would number one on the request line from SA listeners"

4.1

Rampaul to Amla, no run, wide length ball, left alone by Amla

Craig: "Nice bit of reverse psychology! I criticize Ingram and he has a positive start... success!"

4.2

Rampaul to Amla, 1 leg bye, seaming in from length, beats the inside edge, but it is headed down leg

4.3

Rampaul to Ingram, FOUR, Ingram goes after this. Not too short, but it is wide enough for him to swing his arms, and he square-drives it over backward point

4.4

Rampaul to Ingram, no run, short of a length, on off, defended back to him

4.5

Rampaul to Ingram, 2 runs, moves across to get inside the line of a ball outside off, works this into the leg side, takes a couple

I think Rampaul has been warned for running on the protected area

4.6

Rampaul to Ingram, 1 run, short of a length, angling away, dabbed square on the off side for one

End of over 5 (8 runs) South Africa 28/0 (RR: 5.60)
CA Ingram    17* (19b 2x4)      R Rampaul    3-0-16-0
HM Amla    7* (11b 1x4)      TL Best    2-0-11-0

Last over of the mandatory Powerplay. Here is Sunil Narine. A slip and a backward short leg in

5.1

Narine to Ingram, 2 runs, offbreak, the old-fashioned offbreak, spins across him, takes the edge, goes past slip

Backward short leg moves to join the slip on the other side

5.2

Narine to Ingram, 2 runs, too full, and Ingram sweeps this fine

sachin singh: "If Cricket players were washing powders, then DHONI will be the most demanding one."

5.3

Narine to Ingram, no run, short of a length, on off, dabbed into the off side

5.4

Narine to Ingram, no run, flighted outside off, driven hard, but can't beat extra cover where Sammy makes a diving save

5.5

Narine to Ingram, no run, full, middle and leg, defended back to him

5.6

Narine to Ingram, no run, down the wicket, Narine pitches it short, and he ends up defending it back to him

End of Powerplay. South Africa get 32 for 0

End of over 6 (4 runs) South Africa 32/0 (RR: 5.33)
CA Ingram    21* (25b 2x4)      SP Narine    1-0-4-0
HM Amla    7* (11b 1x4)      R Rampaul    3-0-16-0

No threatening clouds in the sky. The odd ones are high

6.1

Best to Amla, 1 run, good delivery. Short of a length at 149ks, rises towards the helmet from short of a length, Amla is lucky his fend doesn't fly off in the air

6.2

Best to Ingram, no run, short of a length, pitched outside leg, 147ks, defended in front of leg

Danish: "In the context of the match, if cricket players were superman, rain would be the kryptonite!!"

6.3

Best to Ingram, 1 run, short of a length again, pulled away to fine leg

The sun, like Chris Martin, is out now

6.4

Best to Amla, 1 run, looks to punch away a shortish ball, bottom edges it into the ground. Amla takes a single because it travelling too slowly towards the cover ring

6.5

Best to Ingram, 2 runs, length ball, just outside off, 149ks, driven to deep cover

6.6

Best to Ingram, 1 run, late on the pull, but gets a single off the glove as the ball goes towards fine leg

End of over 7 (6 runs) South Africa 38/0 (RR: 5.42)
CA Ingram    25* (29b 2x4)      TL Best    3-0-17-0
HM Amla    9* (13b 1x4)      SP Narine    1-0-4-0

A slip and a backward short leg

7.1

Narine to Ingram, 2 runs, on a length, offbreak, driven straight of deep cover for two

7.2

Narine to Ingram, 1 run, short of a length, turning from outside leg, punched from in front of off, gets a single

7.3

Narine to Amla, 1 run, short of a length, turning in from outside off, worked around the corner

7.4

Narine to Ingram, no run, full, just outside off, defended back to him

7.5

Narine to Ingram, SIX, down the wicket to get under a length ball and smash it over long-on. When you get that close to the pitch of the ball, it doesn't matter which way the ball is turning. Out of the ground

Umesh: "if cricket was mahabharat, then siddhart monga would be Sanjaya". For those not familiar with the epic tale Mahabharat, Sanjaya was the one who used to do commentary of the war for the blind king. We are getting a new ball, by the way

7.6

Narine to Ingram, no run, quick offbreak, left alone outside off

End of over 8 (10 runs) South Africa 48/0 (RR: 6.00)
CA Ingram    34* (34b 2x4 1x6)      SP Narine    2-0-14-0
HM Amla    10* (14b 1x4)      TL Best    3-0-17-0

Craig: "Well I'm eating my words now... Ingram on fire... Quinny who?"

8.1

Best to Amla, 1 run, short of a length, 149.4ks, dropped into the leg side for one

8.2

Best to Ingram, no run, full, 149,9ks, pushed back to Best who threatens to throw the ball back at Ingram, who shows him the way, asking him to try hos best

8.3

Best to Ingram, 1 wide, short of a length, 149ks, but wide down the leg side

8.3

Best to Ingram, 1 run, short of a length, on off, punched to deep point

Partha: "If Cricket was yamlok then Sanjay Murari (scorer) would have been chitragupta!!" Okay for those not familiar with Hindu mythology, Chitragupt is the accountant dude who keeps the books and helps the gods decide whether the deceased goes to heaven or hell. So he is the, well, scorer

8.4

Best to Amla, no run, what a ball Yorker at 149.9ks. And well done Amla too. This is in front of off, but he has got the bat down in time, and got some cue on it

8.5

Best to Amla, 1 run, short of a length, only 147ks this time, Amla plays with soft hands and takes a single into the covers. That can be frustrating when you are bowling that fast

8.6

Best to Ingram, 1 run, short of a length, no room, but he arches back to run this down to third man

End of over 9 (5 runs) South Africa 53/0 (RR: 5.88)
CA Ingram    36* (37b 2x4 1x6)      TL Best    4-0-22-0
HM Amla    12* (17b 1x4)      SP Narine    2-0-14-0

From best to Sammy, this is going to be a big dip in pace

9.1

Sammy to Ingram, 1 run, short of a length, wide, 125ks, cut away to deep point

9.2

Sammy to Amla, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, dropped wide of point, and he takes a risky single, but would have been in even if the throw had hit

Dheeraj: "@Umesh, a critical error in this analogy is that the blind king would not be able to read the cricinfo commentary either :-)"

9.3

Sammy to Ingram, 1 run, length ball, on off, stops on him, he ends up chipping this drive, but there is no mid-off to accept this

9.4

Sammy to Amla, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, pushed to deep point

9.5

Sammy to Ingram, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, cut away to third man

9.6

Sammy to Amla, 1 run, flicked away from outside off, gets a single to short fine leg

End of over 10 (6 runs) South Africa 59/0 (RR: 5.90)
HM Amla    15* (20b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    1-0-6-0
CA Ingram    39* (40b 2x4 1x6)      TL Best    4-0-22-0

Bravo to replace Best

10.1

DJ Bravo to Amla, 1 wide, short, wide, too wide. Called too

10.1

DJ Bravo to Amla, FOUR, wide length ball, he goes after it, the ball flies off the outside half of the bat, and beats point

10.2

DJ Bravo to Amla, 2 runs, another wide length ball, this time Amla has timed it beautifully, but can't beat cover where Gayle dives to take the sting off

10.3

DJ Bravo to Amla, no run, half-volley outside off, driven away hard, but straight to cover

10.4

DJ Bravo to Amla, no run, short of a length, outside off, holds its line, beats Amla who is looking to open his face

10.5

DJ Bravo to Amla, 1 run, nearly run out. Amla misses out first. This is a leg-side half-volley, which he has hit straight to the little Bravo at midwicket. Amla runs with the shot, and would have been caught short had Bravo hit the only stump visible to him

10.6

DJ Bravo to Ingram, 1 run, played to mid-on with soft hands, and they take the single

End of over 11 (9 runs) South Africa 68/0 (RR: 6.18)
CA Ingram    40* (41b 2x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    1-0-9-0
HM Amla    22* (25b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    1-0-6-0

James: "South Africa have set it up so that they can play the last 20 overs as a T20. They are probably looking at getting around 160-180 in the last 20 setting up a good total."

11.1

Sammy to Ingram, no run, short of a length, on the pads, defended to midwicket

Raghav: "Maybe, Australia should face Essex instead. Evenly contested it appears."

For those not familiar with county cricket, Essex have just been bowled out for 20

11.2

Sammy to Ingram, SIX, Ingram is hitting them fine today. Length ball, on off, he gets under it, and smacks it back over the bowler's head

11.3

Sammy to Ingram, no run, short of a length, angling across, Ingram wants to go big again, but is beaten by the angle this time

11.4

Sammy to Ingram, 1 run, short of a length, on the stumps, runs it down to third man with an open face

11.5

Sammy to Amla, 1 run, pulled away, but the tennis-ball gets a bit big on him. However, the mis-hit lands short of deep backward square

11.6

Sammy to Ingram, FOUR, too short, too slow, too wide, and Ingram has pulled it disdainfully over midwicket. What a time to bring up fifty, Colin

End of over 12 (12 runs) South Africa 80/0 (RR: 6.66)
CA Ingram    51* (46b 3x4 2x6)      DJG Sammy    2-0-18-0
HM Amla    23* (26b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-9-0

Stuart: "I'd be thinking about adjusting the batting order at this point. De Villiers in next, followed by David Miller, then Faf and Duminy..."

Here is Samuels now

12.1

Samuels to Amla, OUT, dropped. No, not quite. Gayle has taken the rebound. All Jamaican wicket. Samuels has lopped up a wide half-volley, Amla goes for the extra-cover drive, but doesn't get enough elevation. Gayle nearly drops it from head high, but as the ball is falling in front of him he goes down to complete the catch on the third take. Second take on the right hand, and the third on the left

HM Amla c Gayle b Samuels 23 (57m 27b 2x4 0x6) SR: 85.18

AB de Villiers is the new man in

12.2

Samuels to de Villiers, 1 run, full, on off, driven to long-on for one

Hamish: "31/31 Cricket.. or what I like to call Goldilocks Cricket. Not too long; not too short!"

12.3

Samuels to Ingram, 1 run, short of a length, played with soft hands, wide of point, gets a single

12.4

Samuels to de Villiers, no run, full, outside off, driven down the ground, but Ingram can't get out of its way

12.5

Samuels to de Villiers, 1 run, flatter, shorter, pushed wide of extra cover for one

A slip in for Ingram

12.6

Samuels to Ingram, no run, on a length, just outside off, defended off the front foot

End of over 13 (3 runs) South Africa 83/1 (RR: 6.38)
CA Ingram    52* (48b 3x4 2x6)      MN Samuels    1-0-3-1
AB de Villiers    2* (3b)      DJG Sammy    2-0-18-0

Narine comes back

13.1

Narine to de Villiers, no run, short of a length, turning in, defended back to him

13.2

Narine to de Villiers, no run, short, AB shapes up to pull, but the turn back in cramps him up

13.3

Narine to de Villiers, 2 runs, worked into the leg side, between two men on the deep in the leg side

13.4

Narine to de Villiers, 1 run, punched down to long-on for one

13.5

Narine to Ingram, FOUR, short of a length, turning away, Ingram goes for the cut, gets a thick edge wide of the slip and fine of short third man

13.6

Narine to Ingram, 1 run, short of a length, no room, punched to long-on for one

End of over 14 (8 runs) South Africa 91/1 (RR: 6.50)
CA Ingram    57* (50b 4x4 2x6)      SP Narine    3-0-22-0
AB de Villiers    5* (7b)      MN Samuels    1-0-3-1

Back from the drinks

14.1

Samuels to Ingram, 2 runs, driven down wide of long-off, and they come back for two

Nihal Kambli: "How is weight measured in the South African team.... "IN-GRAMs" !!!". My word, Colin's innings is worth its weight in grams

14.2

Samuels to Ingram, FOUR, poor ball. Short, wide, he rocks back, and cuts it to the right of point

A slip still in place

14.3

Samuels to Ingram, no run, full and fast, square-driven, but this time he can't beat point

14.4

Samuels to Ingram, no run, short of a length, angling in, hits the inside edge onto the pad

The slip has moved out

14.5

Samuels to Ingram, FOUR, is that dropped? No it hasn't been dropped, but the edge would have gone straight to the slip had it been there. He goes for the cut, and gets a thick one past the wicketkeeper

14.6

Samuels to Ingram, 1 run, driven to long-on for one

End of over 15 (11 runs) South Africa 102/1 (RR: 6.80)
CA Ingram    68* (56b 6x4 2x6)      MN Samuels    2-0-14-1
AB de Villiers    5* (7b)      SP Narine    3-0-22-0

15.1

Narine to Ingram, 1 run, full and wide, driven to long-off for one

15.2

Narine to de Villiers, 1 run, short of a length, offbreak, whipped away off the pads

15.3

Narine to Ingram, 1 run, shortish offbreak, punched to deep point

15.4

Narine to de Villiers, 2 runs, tossed up outside off, driven wide of long-off, against the turn, gets a couple

15.5

Narine to de Villiers, 1 run, carrom ball, middle and leg, pushed wide of midwicket

15.6

Narine to Ingram, 1 run, full, pitched outside leg, pushed into the leg side for one

End of over 16 (7 runs) South Africa 109/1 (RR: 6.81)
CA Ingram    71* (59b 6x4 2x6)      SP Narine    4-0-29-0
AB de Villiers    9* (10b)      MN Samuels    2-0-14-1

Just a reminder. The batting Powerplay can be taken at any time of the innings. Best is back

16.1

Best to Ingram, no run, bouncer, on leg stump, he ducks under it

Gopal: "And how is age measured? Devil-years?"

16.2

Best to Ingram, 1 run, length ball, on the pads, 147ks, pushed to mid-on for one

Holding the ball cross-seam

16.3

Best to de Villiers, no run, in-between length, 146ks, de Villiers can;t do anything with this. Defended to leg

16.4

Best to de Villiers, 2 runs, full toss, 146ks, driven wide of deep cover for a couple

Best's fastest ball t0day has been 151.2ks, and he is averaging more than 148. A wide slip in place

16.5

Best to de Villiers, SIX, top-edged for six. That's straight from the IPL. Bouncer, no room, headed for the head, at 145ks, but the short straight boundaries means fine leg has no chance

16.6

Best to de Villiers, FOUR, full toss at 146ks, on off, AB needs no second invitations. Driven through cover, wide enough of deep cover, for four

End of over 17 (13 runs) South Africa 122/1 (RR: 7.17)
AB de Villiers    21* (14b 1x4 1x6)      TL Best    5-0-35-0
CA Ingram    72* (61b 6x4 2x6)      SP Narine    4-0-29-0

Pollard to bowl now. Seventh bowler used today

17.1

Pollard to Ingram, 1 run, short of a length, on the pads, bunted on the leg side for one

GL: "Gopal... I think you had a few du-many drinks this Friday afternoon..." People, du plessis make this stop

17.2

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 run, short, wide, slow, cut away to deep cover for one

17.3

Pollard to Ingram, OUT, slower ball does it. On a length, pitched outside leg, but Ingram is too early into the shot, and ends up skying it towards deep midwicket. Little Bravo runs to his right, a long way, and judges the catch well, and then kicks it away

CA Ingram c DM Bravo b Pollard 73 (83m 63b 6x4 2x6) SR: 115.87

JP Duminy is the new man in

17.4

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 run, short of a length, angling in towards off, runs it fine square on the off side

Matthew: "These puns are a Steyn on what was a pleasant afternoon..."

17.5

Pollard to Duminy, no run, short of a length, on the stumps, defended back to him

17.6

Pollard to Duminy, 1 run, short of a length, pitched outside leg, worked away for a couple

End of over 18 (4 runs) South Africa 126/2 (RR: 7.00)
JP Duminy    1* (2b)      KA Pollard    1-0-4-1
AB de Villiers    23* (16b 1x4 1x6)      TL Best    5-0-35-0

"Yo Sid, seeing as we're playing the match in the UK, can we have the speeds in mph? 140-150kph could be quick, medium or spinner pace for all us brits would know without using a calculator.." Neil Thompson, that's a strong point. We use UK time for time stamps. I will try to make the calculations thusly to give you speeds in mph

18.1

DJ Bravo to Duminy, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, 79mph, cut away for one

Piyushhh: "Why should we stop? Morr-is always better!"

18.2

DJ Bravo to de Villiers, 1 run, short of a length, on off, punched away for one

Arijit: "@Gopal, @GL, @Siddhart.......FANTASTIC !!!!! Bravo, Bravo....."

18.3

DJ Bravo to Duminy, no run, bouncer, outside off, gets too high for a pull for Duminy

Sid: "These puns are tso tso bad" That's the most innovative one

18.4

DJ Bravo to Duminy, OUT, strangled down the leg side? Or is he? This is short, down the leg side, he is trying to pull it, but ends up gloving it. Not quite a strangle

JP Duminy c †Charles b DJ Bravo 2 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

"$20 to the person who comes up with a reasonable pun involving Tsotsobe" Cob, you can hand over the money to Sid. Or AR, who sent this a second before Sid did: "I think the Saffers performance will turn out to be Tso-Tso Be-cause... the Windy's have Gayle!!"

Faff du Plessis is the new batsman in

18.5

DJ Bravo to du Plessis, no run, short of a length, angling in towards off, defended

Narsi: "@Piyush...we should stop..since the kall-is from the commentator"

18.6

DJ Bravo to du Plessis, FOUR, wide length ball, du Plessis has driven it on the up, and between mid-off and cover. That looks so much like something de Villiers would do

"These puns are the BEST!" Malav, you make it sound like something Kramer would recommend to Seinfeld

End of over 19 (6 runs) South Africa 132/3 (RR: 6.94)
F du Plessis    4* (2b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    2-0-15-1
AB de Villiers    24* (17b 1x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    1-0-4-1

Jerry: "Amla-iking all the play on words with the names!"

19.1

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, dabbed into the off side

Pollard goes wide of the crease, but doesn't let the ball go

19.2

Pollard to du Plessis, 1 wide, extra bounce on this shortish delivery, beats him down the leg side, and is - I would say harshly - called a wide. That went under his armpit, man

Pete: "@Neil Thompson, spare a though for Australians. First they cut two balls off our overs and then they switched runs and wickets around when quoting the score. We are left, as David Gower pointed out, with no culture to clash with. Although Warner does try."

19.2

Pollard to du Plessis, 1 run, bunted into the leg side for one

Devashish: "I generally use Colin to wipe out Steyn's on my fridge, table, etc. .. But we get Colin in ml not In grams ..."

19.3

Pollard to de Villiers, 2 runs, length ball, angling in, clipped away wide of deep midwicket

19.4

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 wide, wide wide ball outside off

19.4

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, tries to punch it, but the ball runs off the outside half of the bat for one

Ryan: "@Sid: I think I would just Sid down and wait for my comment to be published!"

19.5

Pollard to du Plessis, no run, angling in on a length, flicked to midwicket

19.6

Pollard to du Plessis, no run, beauty. That's a length ball that seams it will angle in towards off, but holds its line against the angle, and beats his drive

End of over 20 (7 runs) South Africa 139/3 (RR: 6.95)
F du Plessis    5* (5b 1x4)      KA Pollard    2-0-11-1
AB de Villiers    28* (20b 1x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    2-0-15-1

Cross: "Do you guys remember the time way back in '92 or something when South Africa had just returned back to international cricket and were visiting India, there was a very funny cartoon in Times of India where two beggars are talking excitedly outside the airport: "The SA team is arriving soon and the have Rice and a Cook and they are also bringing Wessels!!!"

20.1

DJ Bravo to de Villiers, 1 run, short of a length, wide, cut away to deep point

Sebastian Lee: "FTW, racing through these puns like a Mclaren"

20.2

DJ Bravo to du Plessis, 1 run, slower ball, wide outside off, driven to long-off

20.3

DJ Bravo to de Villiers, 3 runs, driven on the up, wide of deep cover, they can come back for the third

20.4

DJ Bravo to du Plessis, 1 run, short of a length, angling in, beats the inside edge, goes for a leg-bye

Vidy: "Is it sunny out there? 'Nah rain!!'"

20.5

DJ Bravo to de Villiers, no run, driven on the up again, but can't beat cover

Gautam: "@Sid: Are you a pun-Mongar?"

20.6

DJ Bravo to de Villiers, FOUR, through midwicket. Short of a length, pulled away powerfully, but it is only just to the right of little Bravo at midwicket. I think he doesn't even get a touch to it

End of over 21 (10 runs) South Africa 149/3 (RR: 7.09)
AB de Villiers    36* (24b 2x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    3-0-25-1
F du Plessis    7* (7b 1x4)      KA Pollard    2-0-11-1

Prachi Mittal: "The rain made us ill and these puns are making me-iller."

Narine comes back

21.1

Narine to du Plessis, 1 run, starts off with an offbreak, which has been clipped into the leg side for one

21.2

Narine to de Villiers, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, punched away

21.3

Narine to du Plessis, no run, slower through the air, dipping a little, defended in front on off

21.4

Narine to du Plessis, 2 runs, carrom ball, but it is a full toss, and it has been clipped to the right of deep midwicket, and they take two even though the fielder is Pollard

21.5

Narine to du Plessis, no run, another carrom ball. This one squares him up, and is defended in front of off

21.6

Narine to du Plessis, no run, straighter one, tossed up outside off, du Plessis wants to drive what he thinks is an offbreak. The outside edge is beaten

End of over 22 (4 runs) South Africa 153/3 (RR: 6.95)
F du Plessis    10* (12b 1x4)      SP Narine    5-0-33-0
AB de Villiers    37* (25b 2x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    3-0-25-1

Rampaul comes back

22.1

Rampaul to de Villiers, OUT, Little Bravo, you beauty. What a catch. Slower short ball, de Villiers pulls it, high and to the right of midwicket. Bravo goes with it, body slanted, both feet in the air, sticks out the right hand, and holds on. And then coolly walks towards other fielders

AB de Villiers c DM Bravo b Rampaul 37 (50m 26b 2x4 1x6) SR: 142.30

David Miller is the new man in. So is a slip

22.2

Rampaul to Miller, 2 runs, short of a length, angling away, run down to wide of third man for two

Adam A: "If they don't like these puns they should Su-mmy"

22.3

Rampaul to Miller, no run, short of a length, on off, seams away to beat his edge

22.4

Rampaul to Miller, no run, driven away on the up, but Little Bravo makes a diving save at cover

Subhash: "its time for some "Rum" paul"

22.5

Rampaul to Miller, 1 run, bouncer, pulled down into the ground, gets a single to deep midwicket

Arpit: "Please dont belittle Bravo by calling him Little bravo"

22.6

Rampaul to du Plessis, 1 run, wide length ball, runs off the outside half of the bat to third man

James: "That wicket makes me ramp all my score estimates downwards."

End of over 23 (4 runs) South Africa 157/4 (RR: 6.82)
F du Plessis    11* (13b 1x4)      R Rampaul    4-0-20-1
DA Miller    3* (4b)      SP Narine    5-0-33-0

23.1

Narine to du Plessis, 1 leg bye, offbreak, beats the inside edge, hits him in front, but it is turning too much for the lbw

23.2

Narine to Miller, 1 run, short of a length, pitched on off, punched to deep cover for one

"Show some editorial spine. Stop publishing these lame puns." Nomi, is there some wordplay in here with lack of spine and lameness

23.3

Narine to du Plessis, no run, sharp offbreak, beats him, and the deflection off the pad doesn't go too far

23.4

Narine to du Plessis, 1 run, carrom ball, which he picks only off the pitch, punches this to deep cover

23.5

Narine to Miller, no run, short of a length, offbreak, pushed to mid-on

23.6

Narine to Miller, no run, quick offbreak, on the stumps, no turn, defended back to him

End of over 24 (3 runs) South Africa 160/4 (RR: 6.66)
DA Miller    4* (7b)      SP Narine    6-0-35-0
F du Plessis    12* (16b 1x4)      R Rampaul    4-0-20-1

24.1

Rampaul to du Plessis, 1 leg bye, short of a length, into the pads, goes for a leg-bye

24.2

Rampaul to Miller, 1 run, on a length, on the pads, clipped away to deep midwicket

24.3

Rampaul to du Plessis, 1 run, driven on the up, but not timed wide, gets a single to extra cover

Garikayi R.: "Nice match.. was about to go but i'm thinking of Steyn till the end."

24.4

Rampaul to Miller, 2 byes, good bouncer, at 86mph, it kicks off late and keeps climbing as it reaches Charles. Two byes as he fails to collect it cleanly

24.5

Rampaul to Miller, 1 run, driven on the up, to the left of deep cover where Sammy's quickness keeps them down to one

Hari: "I nearly "choked" while laughing excessively on hearing all these puns."

24.6

Rampaul to du Plessis, no run, short of a length, seams away from just outside off, beats his back-foot drive

End of over 25 (6 runs) South Africa 166/4 (RR: 6.64)
F du Plessis    13* (19b 1x4)      R Rampaul    5-0-23-1
DA Miller    6* (10b)      SP Narine    6-0-35-0

Nomi: "No...GOD, NO!"

Still a slip in for Narine's last over

25.1

Narine to Miller, 1 run, offbreak, pushed into the off side for one

25.2

Narine to du Plessis, 1 run, driven on the up, to mid-off, Sammy wants the run-out, but fails to gather it first

25.3

Narine to Miller, FOUR, poor delivery. Too short, too wide, cut away hard, in front of deep point. Gets four for it

25.4

Narine to Miller, no run, flighted on middle and leg, defended off the front foot

25.5

Narine to Miller, SIX, Narine is being mistreated here. On a length, on off, Miller tees off, and slaps this over long-on

25.6

Narine to Miller, no run, carrom ball, doesn't pick it, but gets an inside edge onto the pad

End of over 26 (12 runs) South Africa 178/4 (RR: 6.84)
DA Miller    17* (15b 1x4 1x6)      SP Narine    7-0-47-0
F du Plessis    14* (20b 1x4)      R Rampaul    5-0-23-1

The three-over Powerplay taken now

26.1

Rampaul to du Plessis, 2 runs, slightly short of a length, driven on the up. Not timed well, but he has got it over midwicket

Third man, long-off and square leg are back. Oh sorry. Third man has come back in and midwicket has gone back

26.2

Rampaul to du Plessis, 1 run, tires the pull this time, but the mis-hit just about clears mid-on

26.3

Rampaul to Miller, 2 runs, short of a length, pitched outside leg, worked behind square on the leg side, into the gap

All three deep men on the leg side

26.4

Rampaul to Miller, 1 run, short of a length, on the pads, pulled straight to deep midwicket

Imtdub: "Miller genuine draft"

26.5

Rampaul to du Plessis, SIX, short straight boundary. Du Plessis has targetted it. Backs away for a length ball, which turns out to be the slower ball, but he goes ahead with it and even though he has mis-hit it, it clears long-off

Ronald: "great music at the ground "BRAVO DJ""

26.6

Rampaul to du Plessis, 1 wide, short of a length, down the leg side, called a wide

26.6

Rampaul to du Plessis, 1 run, short of a length, angling, clipped away to deep midwicket

End of over 27 (14 runs) South Africa 192/4 (RR: 7.11)
F du Plessis    24* (24b 1x4 1x6)      R Rampaul    6-0-37-1
DA Miller    20* (17b 1x4 1x6)      SP Narine    7-0-47-0

vlad: "Nomi, no, we won't stop the puns. Nomi'ns no."

Pollard will bowl now

27.1

Pollard to du Plessis, FOUR, down the wicket, Pollard bounces him, he still goes after it, and top-edges it over the keeper's head. How IPL is enriching batsmanship

27.2

Pollard to du Plessis, no run, slower bouncer, du Plessis hasn't picked it, and is through the shot well before it arrives

27.3

Pollard to du Plessis, 1 run, moves across to a full ball, du Plessis gets the toe end onto it for a single

Franklin: "If Bravo is a DJ, then Sammy is a respected DJ. (DJ 'G' Sammy)"

27.4

Pollard to Miller, no run, slower ball, short of a length, defended off the front foot. Had to check the shot

27.5

Pollard to Miller, no run, down the wicket, Pollard stays short of a length, slow and outside leg. No room for him. Played defensively

27.6

Pollard to Miller, no run, short of a length, pushed to cover

End of over 28 (5 runs) South Africa 197/4 (RR: 7.03)
DA Miller    20* (20b 1x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    3-0-16-1
F du Plessis    29* (27b 2x4 1x6)      R Rampaul    6-0-37-1

amol shinde: "with this PUNlaced commentry,CRICINFO has sure come of age on turning 20,NAUGHTY AT TWENTY!!"

Bravo to bowl the last over of the Powerplay. Round the wicket he goes

28.1

DJ Bravo to du Plessis, 1 run, slower short ball, he has to wait and wait, and in the end he nearly ends up getting caught at cover. Bounces short of Rampaul

Over the wicket now

28.2

DJ Bravo to Miller, no run, slower bouncer. Well outside leg, but that's because Miller is making room. He tries to ramp it in the end, and fails

28.3

DJ Bravo to Miller, no run, short of a length, angling across, beats the edge as he tries to cut it. That's regulation pace

28.4

DJ Bravo to Miller, 2 runs, short, into the body, pulled away fine of deep square for a couple

28.5

DJ Bravo to Miller, SIX, finally one in the slot. Length ball, outside leg, 70mph, he waits for it to arrive, and sends it flying over wide long-on for six

28.6

DJ Bravo to Miller, 1 run, bouncer, head high, pulled away to deep midwicket

Twenty-nine runs for no wicket in the Powerplay

End of over 29 (10 runs) South Africa 207/4 (RR: 7.13)
DA Miller    29* (25b 1x4 2x6)      DJ Bravo    4-0-35-1
F du Plessis    30* (28b 2x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    3-0-16-1

"I've just noted 75% of Essex's second innings score were boundaries. Talk about smashing it around..."

29.1

Pollard to Miller, 2 runs, length ball, on off, slogged wide of long-on, and what an effort from DJG Sammy. He runs hard to his left from long-on, and then puts the full-length dive in, but only gets his hands to it. Doesn't catch it

29.2

Pollard to Miller, SIX, that's in his arc, and out of the park. Short, middle and leg, 74.4mph, and he has dismissed it over midwicket for a sweetly timed six

29.3

Pollard to Miller, 1 run, drilled hard on the bounce to long-on for one

29.4

Pollard to du Plessis, no run, slower short ball, du Plessis is early into the pull and is through before the ball arrives

29.5

Pollard to du Plessis, FOUR, loopy slower ball at 60mph. It would have been a wide had du Plessis not gone on his knee and driven this wide of long-off for four

29.6

Pollard to du Plessis, 1 run, regulation place, short at 70mph, pulled away to deep midwicket

End of over 30 (14 runs) South Africa 221/4 (RR: 7.36)
F du Plessis    35* (31b 3x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    4-0-30-1
DA Miller    38* (28b 1x4 3x6)      DJ Bravo    4-0-35-1

SimonChina: "I sent ten puns hoping to get one included but 'no pun in ten did'." Last over of the innings coming up. This is a good total that South Africa have posted. Big Bravo to bowl the last over. All deep fielders are on the leg side. He is bowling round the stumps

30.1

DJ Bravo to du Plessis, OUT, yorker outside leg, hits him on the pad, throws the stumps down as they try a leg-bye, and he has caught du Plessis short. That's a set man gone, and the new man will be on the strike too. Superb worl from Bravo in his follow-through

F du Plessis run out 35 (53m 32b 3x4 1x6) SR: 109.37

Neil: "I am following this game to avoid thinking about the disgrace that is the Essex batting lineup, and you start posting comments about it. Please, no!"

Ryan McLaren is the new man in. Both left-hand batsmen

30.2

DJ Bravo to McLaren, SIX, top edge for a six. That's a top edge, man. Short straight boundaries at it again. This is a bouncer, at regulation pace, McLaren goes for it, edges it, and it sails over fine leg

30.3

DJ Bravo to McLaren, 1 wide, trying to bowl the slower bouncer outside leg, but McLaren is not back away to make room, and this is a wide down the leg side

30.3

DJ Bravo to McLaren, no run, tries to charge him, and is beaten by the bouncer at regulation pace

30.4

DJ Bravo to McLaren, 1 run, looks to pull, this is bowled at 82mph, and he is late into it, and gets a single off the mis-hit

The rain is back

30.5

DJ Bravo to Miller, OUT, full, on middle and leg, 85mph, so not a slower ball, but Miller is cramped on the drive, and can't beat mid-off

DA Miller c Sammy b DJ Bravo 38 (40m 29b 1x4 3x6) SR: 131.03

John: "Oh dear.... Faf's been pun out!"

Last ball of the innings coming up. And rain coming down

30.6

DJ Bravo to McLaren, 1 leg bye, slower ball, outside leg, he looks to slog, but is beaten

5.30pm Okay, not raining now. South Africa are warming up. But if West Indies are batting well and get only 17 overs or so of batting before rain arrives, they will know they have only their own over-rate to blame. This match should been over by 7.15pm, and if we are going to get 31 overs in we will go well past 7.15pm. I am not sure what the rule regarding this is

5.25pm The drizzle seems to be back. Okay, in case we don't begin the innings on time and are reduced to a 20-over game, the target will be 168

Dan: "A slow over rate isn't very smart from WI, not when they need the game to be completed in order to survive in the tournament. SA, on the other hand, might be inclined to drag their feet a little."

5.20pm Trevor: "These puns are inSIDious......."

Okay, on a better note, rain seems to have stopped. Nobody seems to know what the scheduled start of second innings is. That drizzle earlier has put everybody off his/her calculation

piyush: "None of my comments get published.All my efforts go in D-wayne."

5.04pm So the target is 231, but the rain is in the air. I will not take a full-fledged lunch break, and will keep you updated on the rain too

A recap of the innings then. Ingram came good during the crunch game with his clean hitting, Amla was fuent, de Villiers was busy, and du Plessis and Miller were brisk in the end. Best bowled at higher than 150ks, Rampaul was okay, but Narine was taken for a few. The chase will be interesting as will be D/L. The over rate has already been slow

End of over 31 (9 runs) South Africa 230/6
R McLaren    7* (4b 1x6)      DJ Bravo    5-0-43-2
RJ Peterson    0* (0b)      KA Pollard    4-0-30-1
Tournament Results
England v India at Birmingham - Jun 23, 2013
India won by 5 runs
India v Sri Lanka at Cardiff - Jun 20, 2013
India won by 8 wickets (with 90 balls remaining)
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Jun 14, 2013

The hover cover was employed regularly, South Africa v West Indies, Champions Trophy, Group B, Cardiff, June 14, 2013

The hover cover was employed regularly

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Jun 14, 2013

Darren Bravo and Darren Sammy walked off dejected, South Africa v West Indies, Champions Trophy, Group B, Cardiff, June 14, 2013

Darren Bravo and Darren Sammy walked off dejected

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