ICC Champions Trophy - 9th match, Group B

South Africa v West Indies

Match tied (D/L method)

5.35pm Okay the players are out. The flood lights are on. Gayle and Charles are the openers. Gayle is taking first strike. And he is facing, surprise, surprise, Duminy. A slip in place

Mahip: "@Sid : If West Indies do bat well for 17 overs,i guess the game will finish by then. #GayleStorm"

0.1

Duminy to Gayle, 1 run, flighted outside off, driven hard, gets a single despite a hand from the diving save at short cover

The first time a spinner is opening the bowling this Champions Trophy

0.2

Duminy to Charles, no run, big back lift first ball, the length ball doesn't turn, and beats the outside edge

0.3

Duminy to Charles, FOUR, lovely shot. Driven on the up, against the turn, between cover and point

0.4

Duminy to Charles, no run, short, wide, turning in, cut away, but can't beat cover-point

0.5

Duminy to Charles, 3 runs, down the wicket, swings hard, the ball doesn't turn, goes off the thick outside edge, and over point

0.6

Duminy to Gayle, no run, fat, quick, hangs up in the breeze, defended back to him. Uppishly so

End of over 1 (8 runs) West Indies 8/0 (223 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 4.55)
CH Gayle    1* (2b)      JP Duminy    1-0-8-0
J Charles    7* (4b 1x4)     

It's getting darker and darker

No Steyn at the start. Tsotsobe to bowl with the second new ball

1.1

Tsotsobe to Charles, no run, wide length ball, and the extra bounce beats him

Third man and fine leg are back

1.2

Tsotsobe to Charles, no run, bouncer, on the stumps, he ducks under it

1.3

Tsotsobe to Charles, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone, collected in front of his face by AB

""Waugh breaks out in Perth" and many similar puns after a big Mark-Steve partnership. A commentator once caused consternation by saying "The news here is that Waugh's declared."" nick cowley, don't forgot Mark was nicknamed Afhgan because he was the forgotten Waugh

1.4

Tsotsobe to Charles, 1 run, length ball on the pads, worked around the corner for one

1.5

Tsotsobe to Gayle, 1 run, tucked away off the hip to fine leg for one

1.6

Tsotsobe to Charles, no run, length ball, angling across, Charles doesn't get close to it before driving. Beaten

End of over 2 (2 runs) West Indies 10/0 (221 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 4.60)
J Charles    8* (9b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    1-0-2-0
CH Gayle    2* (3b)      JP Duminy    1-0-8-0

"All these puns are Robin me of the chance to follow the game without being distracted. (that took me ages to think of)" Gav, well worth the wait

As should be Steyn's arrival here

2.1

Steyn to Gayle, FOUR, we've been expecting you, Mr Steyn, says Gayle. Drives a length ball on the up, to the left of mid-off, and sends it crashing into the boards

2.2

Steyn to Gayle, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched to cover, but can't find the gap

Duminy is the fourth spinner to have opened for South Africa, after Symcox, Botha and Peterson

2.3

Steyn to Gayle, no run, on a length, middle and leg, defended

2.4

Steyn to Gayle, no run, on a length, just outside off, pushed to mid-on

""Marshal Law declared in Kanpur" was a famous headline during the 80s series when WI speedstar wrecked havoc with Indian batting line-up." Manju L, good time to speak of Marshall. When Steyn is bowling

2.5

Steyn to Gayle, no run, short of a lenght, on the stumps, 88mph, defended from the crease

2.6

Steyn to Gayle, 2 runs, nearly taken. Driven back hard, to his left, in his follow-through Steyn gets his left hand to it, but can't hold on. Mid-on is short and wide, so they get a couple

End of over 3 (6 runs) West Indies 16/0 (215 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 5.33, RRR: 4.57)
CH Gayle    8* (9b 1x4)      DW Steyn    1-0-6-0
J Charles    8* (9b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    1-0-2-0

3.1

Tsotsobe to Charles, no run, short of a length, angling away, defended from the back foot

3.2

Tsotsobe to Charles, no run, looks to pull, hits this to cover. Too early into the shot

3.3

Tsotsobe to Charles, 1 run, length ball, doesn't quite come on, driven back towards mid-on for one

Paddy: "The quality of the puns are slowly PETERing out SON...Let me try my BEST to improve it..."

3.4

Tsotsobe to Gayle, FOUR, I don't know what he has done to this, but he has sent it over mid-off. Short of a length, wide, he wants to go square I am sure, but this goes off the lower half of the bat and flies over mid-off

3.5

Tsotsobe to Gayle, no run, that's a beauty. Short of a length, just outside off, he defends for the angle, but it seams away and bounces at him. Beaten

3.6

Tsotsobe to Gayle, no run, length ball, into the pads, beats his swipe, hits the pad

End of over 4 (5 runs) West Indies 21/0 (210 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 5.25, RRR: 4.56)
CH Gayle    12* (12b 2x4)      LL Tsotsobe    2-0-7-0
J Charles    9* (12b 1x4)      DW Steyn    1-0-6-0

South Africa are zipping through their overs. I don't know why

4.1

Steyn to Charles, 1 run, short of a length, just outside off, goes off the outside half of the bat for one

4.2

Steyn to Gayle, 1 run, length ball, on the pads, worked into the leg side for a couple

Nomi: "The only way TV can beat ESPN's live commentary is that I can mute the darn puns."

4.3

Steyn to Charles, no run, backs away to a length ball, and pushes this to mid-off

4.4

Steyn to Charles, no run, short of a length, holds its line, beats him

4.5

Steyn to Charles, no run, dropped by Duminy. Leg-side half-volley, clipped away, but in the air to the right of Duminy, who goes for it, but is late and is hit on the wrist

4.6

Steyn to Charles, no run, short of a length, on off, defended from the crease

End of over 5 (2 runs) West Indies 23/0 (208 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 4.60, RRR: 4.62)
J Charles    10* (17b 1x4)      DW Steyn    2-0-8-0
CH Gayle    13* (13b 2x4)      LL Tsotsobe    2-0-7-0

5.1

Tsotsobe to Gayle, 1 leg bye, short of a length, hits the thigh pad, Gayle is slow to go, and can be run out, but Tsotsobe is not back to the stumps and the fielder has tried to lob it to the stumps and not gone for a direct hit. That was a big chance to run Gayle out

5.2

Tsotsobe to Charles, 1 run, slower ball, on the pads, worked away to deep midwicket

5.3

Tsotsobe to Gayle, FOUR, Gayle has smoked this away. If he hits like this, he might not need to run too many. Walks down the wicket, then rocks back, takes this on a length, and smashes it through midwicket

5.4

Tsotsobe to Gayle, 1 run, slower ball, on a length, outside off, slogged away to deep midwicket who has just gone back

5.5

Tsotsobe to Charles, no run, short of a length, outside off, the extra tennis-ball bounce beats him

Robin F: "@Nomi- I will PUNish you"

5.6

Tsotsobe to Charles, 1 run, short, too short, pulled away to deep square for one

End of over 6 (8 runs) West Indies 31/0 (200 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 5.16, RRR: 4.54)
J Charles    12* (20b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    3-0-14-0
CH Gayle    18* (16b 3x4)      DW Steyn    2-0-8-0

Two slips in place

6.1

Steyn to Charles, no run, lovely delivery. Slightly short of a length, and then seams away a little. Or holds its line at best, and has beaten Charles

6.2

Steyn to Charles, FOUR, nice shot. This is not short, but he has rocked back to create his own length and short-armed it past mid-on for four

6.3

Steyn to Charles, no run, short of a length, on off, defended to cover

6.4

Steyn to Charles, no run, bouncer, 90mph, 145ks, that rises head high too. Charles has no clue about it

6.5

Steyn to Charles, no run, bouncer again, on the stumps, he ducks under it. Both bouncers of the over done

gaurav: "if WI win, they will make the SAMMY-final"

6.6

Steyn to Charles, OUT, Charles has been unsettled and he plays the wild slog. He steps half down and slogs at this, Steyn gets the top edge from him, and AB de Villiers calls for it and runs to short third man to catch it

J Charles c †de Villiers b Steyn 16 (28m 26b 2x4 0x6) SR: 61.53

End of over 7 (4 runs) West Indies 35/1 (196 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 4.55)
     DW Steyn    3-0-12-1
CH Gayle    18* (16b 3x4)      LL Tsotsobe    3-0-14-0

Devon Smith is the new man in

7.1

Tsotsobe to Smith, no run, some swing. On off, doesn't angle in, holds its line, defended off the back foot

7.2

Tsotsobe to Smith, FOUR, short ball, no stung behind it, Smith gets inside the line of it, and pulls hard into the ground and through to square leg for four

Samsetional: "Following cricinfo commentary ball by ball after a looong time ! It's p-unbelievable !"

7.3

Tsotsobe to Smith, 1 run, short of a length, into the pads, tucked away for one

7.4

Tsotsobe to Gayle, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, punched away to long-off

Prathap Rose: ""Its a "Car" les shot""

7.5

Tsotsobe to Smith, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

Steve Austin: "Amidst all these oh-so-interesting comments, may I make a rather insipid observation? This match could be interesting. You now return to your regularly scheduled and extremely excruciating puns. Thank You."

7.6

Tsotsobe to Smith, no run, slower ball, angling into off, he is early into it, is hit on the pad, but the bounce is taking it over

End of over 8 (6 runs) West Indies 41/1 (190 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 5.12, RRR: 4.52)
DS Smith    5* (5b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    4-0-20-0
CH Gayle    19* (17b 3x4)      DW Steyn    3-0-12-1

"Only people who are still working in office and missing the match badly knows the usefulness of ESPN Cricinfo !!" Saran, I hear you, man

Meanwhile, Duminy is back

8.1

Duminy to Gayle, no run, short of a length, angling in, punched back to him

8.2

Duminy to Gayle, 1 wide, full and flat, outside leg, called a wide

8.2

Duminy to Gayle, 1 run, he has misjudged the length. Wants to push forward but the ball is slow, and while his feet are stuck, his body wants to go forward, and ends up playing in front of him. Edged to short third man

8.3

Duminy to Smith, 1 run, goes off the inside half of the bat for one

8.4

Duminy to Gayle, no run, quick length ball, holds its line in front of off. Defended

8.5

Duminy to Gayle, 1 run, full, on the pads, driven to long-on for one

The Rock: "@Steve Austin: What?!?" Is it sad that I know the joke behind this reference? No it isn't

8.6

Duminy to Smith, 1 run, full, on off, driven to long-off

End of over 9 (5 runs) West Indies 46/1 (185 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 5.11, RRR: 4.51)
DS Smith    7* (7b 1x4)      JP Duminy    2-0-13-0
CH Gayle    21* (21b 3x4)      LL Tsotsobe    4-0-20-0

Gonzo: "I'm looking for the pun in Steve Austin's comment, but it eludes me. Is 'Insipid' a cricketer by any chance?"

9.1

Morris to Smith, no run, short of a length, on the stumps, defended

"I need the bad puns - the laughing is keeping me from crying - I miss home so much - I should be watching this at Cuddy'z in Jamaica with a cold Red Stripe instead of suffering at work!!!!" Princess P, isn't that Courtney Walsh's joint?

9.2

Morris to Smith, no run, angling across him, driven square, but du Plessis makes a brilliant save at point

By the way, Morris has been brought on

9.3

Morris to Smith, no run, length ball, driven on the up, back at him. Morris throws the ball back at him, misses the batsman and the stumps by a bit. Had it gone off the batsman - who is in the crease - he would have been in the right to go for the overthrows

9.4

Morris to Smith, 1 run, short of a length, cut away to third man. Went off the edge

9.5

Morris to Gayle, 1 run, short of a length, on off, defended to cover for one

9.6

Morris to Smith, 1 run, slower short ball, on the pads, tucked away for one

End of over 10 (3 runs) West Indies 49/1 (182 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 4.90, RRR: 4.55)
DS Smith    9* (12b 1x4)      CH Morris    1-0-3-0
CH Gayle    22* (22b 3x4)      JP Duminy    2-0-13-0

10.1

Duminy to Smith, 1 run, short, wide, cut away to deep cover for one

10.2

Duminy to Gayle, SIX, down the wicket, to the pitch of it, nonchalantly driven over the short straight boundary at long-off

10.3

Duminy to Gayle, 1 leg bye, quicker, into the pads, they will take the leg-bye

10.4

Duminy to Smith, FOUR, short of a length, angling in, he tries the back-but. The idea is right, the execution is not, but the result is. The cut takes the edge, and it goes past the diving slip

10.5

Duminy to Smith, 1 run, short of a length, angling in, punched into the covers for one

10.6

Duminy to Gayle, FOUR, you don't often see Gayle sweep, but he has used the shot superbly now. Takes the length ball, and sweeps this past square leg

End of over 11 (17 runs) West Indies 66/1 (165 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 4.23)
CH Gayle    32* (25b 4x4 1x6)      JP Duminy    3-0-29-0
DS Smith    15* (15b 2x4)      CH Morris    1-0-3-0

11.1

Morris to Smith, FOUR, backs away, comes down the wicket, Morris wants to go wide, but he reaches out and drives at the length ball to send it past cover

11.2

Morris to Smith, no run, short of a length, angling away, defended to point

11.3

Morris to Smith, 1 run, short of a length, comes down hard on it, the ball bounces over point for one

11.4

Morris to Gayle, FOUR, murdered it. Not many other words to describe this. Chest-high bouncer, not much behind this, and he has pulled this past midwicket, all along the ground

Morris goes round the stumps

11.5

Morris to Gayle, OUT, big ball to take the big wicket. Short of a length, Gayle wants to work this to leg with the angle, but it holds its line just enough to take the leading edge to point. Boy that's some edge. It has flown to point when Gayle is looking to play with soft hands

CH Gayle c du Plessis b Morris 36 (49m 27b 5x4 1x6) SR: 133.33

Samuels is in now

11.6

Morris to Samuels, no run, pace like fiyah maan. Short of a length, but it climbs steeply, holds its line, beats the edge as he looks to fend. That has gone past the shoulder of the bat

End of over 12 (9 runs) West Indies 75/2 (156 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 6.25, RRR: 4.10)
MN Samuels    0* (1b)      CH Morris    2-0-12-1
DS Smith    20* (18b 3x4)      JP Duminy    3-0-29-0

Clouds remain high. The DJ plays "Could You Be Loved?" Good time for the clouds to be high

Peterson to bowl now

12.1

Peterson to Smith, no run, full, driven to cover

12.2

Peterson to Smith, 1 run, driven to long-on for one

12.3

Peterson to Samuels, no run, angling in, hits the inside edge onto the pad. In fact it is pad first, hits him outside the line anyway

12.4

Peterson to Samuels, no run, arm ball, angling in, defended off the back foot

12.5

Peterson to Samuels, no run, flighted on off, driven back to him

12.6

Peterson to Samuels, no run, dead-batted off the front foot again

A spot from a reader: Christopher Henry Morris got Christopher Henry Gayle

End of over 13 (1 run) West Indies 76/2 (155 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 5.84, RRR: 4.18)
MN Samuels    0* (5b)      RJ Peterson    1-0-1-0
DS Smith    21* (20b 3x4)      CH Morris    2-0-12-1

13.1

Morris to Smith, 1 run, length ball, angling in, whipped away to deep midwicket

Do I see some rain?

13.2

Morris to Samuels, no run, short of a length, on off, defended off the back foot

Groundsmen are getting ready

13.3

Morris to Samuels, 1 run, length ball, angling in, dropped to the leg side for one

West Indies are behind D/L at this moment, but it doesn't matter right now

13.4

Morris to Smith, FOUR, length ball, angling in, slogged away over midwicket for four

13.5

Morris to Smith, 2 runs, short, into the body, pulled away between the two deep fielders on the leg side, gets a couple

Rain is getting heavier. Morris over the wicket

13.6

Morris to Smith, 1 run, dabbed away to third man for one

End of over 14 (9 runs) West Indies 85/2 (146 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 6.07, RRR: 4.05)
DS Smith    29* (24b 4x4)      CH Morris    3-0-21-1
MN Samuels    1* (7b)      RJ Peterson    1-0-1-0

Ramiz Raja: "Ramnaresh Sarwan has brought a message in a bottle." We are continuing with the cricket

14.1

Peterson to Smith, no run, down the wicket to drive this to short cover

14.2

Peterson to Smith, no run, short of a length, outside off, holds its line, the extra bounce beats him

14.3

Peterson to Smith, 1 run, driven to long-off for one

14.4

Peterson to Samuels, 1 leg bye, down the wicket, beaten in the flight, kicked away, takes a leg-bye. I don't know how you can allow this leg-bye. He made no attempt whatsoever to play at this

14.5

Peterson to Smith, no run, drilled back at him, but straight back at him

Goes round the stumps

14.6

Peterson to Smith, OUT, full and fast, beats the sweep, there is an appeal for the lbw. It is not given, but South Africa have reviewed this in the rain. The ball is hitting all right, but the umpire thinks it is pitched outside leg. The replays show impact is in line, and he is gone. Big wicket. Superb review

DS Smith lbw b Peterson 30 (33m 29b 4x4 0x6) SR: 103.44

6.42pm Covers are coming off. South Africa will hate for it to be a 20-over game: 70 needed in five overs with a wettish ball

Players are back on the field

6.38pm The rain is too heavy for play to continue, but this wicket needs the target will be higher now. And we will surely have a revised target. If we get a 20-over game now, the target will be 157. Right now they are 20 behind the par score

End of over 15 (2 runs) West Indies 87/3 (144 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 5.80, RRR: 4.11)
     RJ Peterson    2-0-2-1
MN Samuels    1* (8b)      CH Morris    3-0-21-1

6.44pm No overs lost. Players are back. I find it strange. This game was supposed to finish at 7.15pm. It's drizzling again. Bravo comes ahead of Pollard

15.1

McLaren to Samuels, no run, short of a length, on off, defended from the crease

15.2

McLaren to Samuels, no run, dug in short, into the ribs, fended down to leg

15.3

McLaren to Samuels, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, dropped to the left of cover for one

A slip in place for Little Bravo

15.4

McLaren to DM Bravo, FOUR, short of a length, he pushes at it away from the body, and edges it past the diving slip for four

Still drizzling

15.5

McLaren to DM Bravo, no run, short of a length, angling in towards off, defended to off

15.6

McLaren to DM Bravo, FOUR, lovely flick. Length ball, on the pads, clipped away for four, to the right of long leg

End of over 16 (9 runs) West Indies 96/3 (135 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 3.97)
DM Bravo    8* (3b 2x4)      R McLaren    1-0-9-0
MN Samuels    2* (11b)      RJ Peterson    2-0-2-1

16.1

Peterson to Samuels, no run, short of a length, on off, punched to cover

16.2

Peterson to Samuels, no run, tossed up on off, defended back to him

16.3

Peterson to Samuels, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, pushed to the left of cover for one

Still drizzling

16.4

Peterson to DM Bravo, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched to cover

16.5

Peterson to DM Bravo, 1 run, short of a length, turning in, punched past cover for another single

"Somehow there is difference in scores.. You tell us that target would be 157 in 20 overs but TV shows 137 (for 3 wickets) in 20 overs. Please correct and then continue with PUNS.." Avantika Sharma, this is PAR SCORE. What I told you was the TARGET if the game was reduced to 20 overs back then. No puns involved there

16.6

Peterson to Samuels, 1 run, down the wicket to push this to long-on for one

End of over 17 (3 runs) West Indies 99/3 (132 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 5.82, RRR: 4.00)
MN Samuels    4* (15b)      RJ Peterson    3-0-5-1
DM Bravo    9* (5b 2x4)      R McLaren    1-0-9-0

gav: "Bravo didn't drive McLaren too well there."

Powerplay taken. Another twist

17.1

McLaren to Samuels, 1 run, Amla has saved three runs. Samuels backs away to punch the life out of this ball. This is flying away when Amla dives to his right at cover. In this cold weather, that won't feel so good

17.2

McLaren to DM Bravo, 1 run, short of a length, rising in towards the chest. He drops it to his toes and runs

Venu: "Can someone please wake up Mr. Samuels? Sprinkle some water.. oh wait! Never mind."

17.3

McLaren to Samuels, no run, Samuels opens up the front leg, and holds his stance. McLaren bowls full and straight. Driven, but straight to cover

17.4

McLaren to Samuels, 1 run, opens up the front leg again and cuts hard, but Amla has been moved to deep cover now. This one still hits hard

17.5

McLaren to DM Bravo, 2 runs, OUT, full, into the pads, clipped away, and Amla has not only saved two runs, but he has also taken a wicket. Played to Amla's right at deep midwicket, he first slides and keeps the ball in. He has gone over the ropes, comes back in and throws. Meanwhile Little Bravo doesn't want the third, but Samuels does. Bravo just stands. Samuels runs hard. Seems to have crossed him so it is Bravo who is going off.I know sacrificing his wicket is the right thing for Bravo to do, but has he actually crossed? No replays showing that yet. McLaren has flicked the stumps with his legs before removing the bail, and he is not aware of it. AB de Villiers, though, has spotted it, and has asked McLaren to take the stump out too. And they don't even check if Amla has stopped this inside the boundary. Luckily for them, he has

DM Bravo run out 12 (12m 7b 2x4 0x6) SR: 171.42

Pollard is the new man in, but Samuels is on strike

17.6

McLaren to Samuels, FOUR, all the anger of that run-out Samuels has taken out on the poor ball. This is full on off, and he has missiled it back past McLaren for four. if Samuels bats 31 overs, West Indies stand a fair chance of winning this

End of over 18 (9 runs) West Indies 108/4 (123 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 3.84)
MN Samuels    10* (19b 1x4)      R McLaren    2-0-18-0
KA Pollard    0* (0b)      RJ Peterson    3-0-5-1

Steyn comes back

18.1

Steyn to Pollard, FOUR, length ball, on the pads, 89mph, 142ks, a gift on the pads, and Pollard has clipped it away for four

18.2

Steyn to Pollard, 1 leg bye, short of a length, seams back in, beats the inside edge, but they take the leg-bye

18.3

Steyn to Samuels, no run, backs away, tries to smash it down the ground, the shortish ball doesn't carry to mid-off

18.4

Steyn to Samuels, no run, backs away, and is beaten as he tries to smash another

18.5

Steyn to Samuels, 1 run, pushed wide of cover for one

18.6

Steyn to Pollard, no run, what a bouncer. Climbing and climbing from not too short, and at 91mph - 146ks. Pollard ducks under it

End of over 19 (6 runs) West Indies 114/4 (117 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 3.77)
KA Pollard    4* (3b 1x4)      DW Steyn    4-0-17-1
MN Samuels    11* (22b 1x4)      R McLaren    2-0-18-0

19.1

McLaren to Samuels, no run, slower short ball, cut hard, but can't beat cover

The par score at the end of this over, with four wickets down, is 143

19.2

McLaren to Samuels, 2 runs, bouncer, head high, somehow he plays a two-handed forehand over midwicket for two

19.3

McLaren to Samuels, SIX, out of the park. This is in Samuels' zone. He is hitting this ball as hard as it has been hit. This is on a length, on off, and he has hit it for a six out of the ground. What a clean swing

19.4

McLaren to Samuels, FOUR, bouncer, follows him, Samuels still swings, gets a top edge, which clears the wicketkeeper with ease

Grant: "Samuels shouldn't DUCK. Not WORTH it. They'll LEWIS that way."

19.5

McLaren to Samuels, FOUR, he has nearly hit the most unbelievable of sixes to the longest boundary of the ground. This is short, chest high, on off, but he has still cut it over cover for four. Bounces just inside the rope

19.6

McLaren to Samuels, no run, full and wide to beat him as Samuels swings from the crease

We have a game now. And as of now, West Indies are 13 runs behind

End of over 20 (16 runs) West Indies 130/4 (101 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 3.36)
MN Samuels    27* (28b 3x4 1x6)      R McLaren    3-0-34-0
KA Pollard    4* (3b 1x4)      DW Steyn    4-0-17-1

Peterson is on

20.1

Peterson to Pollard, 1 run, full. Flat. Pollard wants to send this to England, but has mis-hit down to long-on but along the ground

20.2

Peterson to Samuels, SIX, Samuels is some mood today, man. Down the wicket, not quite to the pitch of the ball, but he goes through with the shot and down the ground, and clears the short long-on boundary

20.3

Peterson to Samuels, FOUR, that's a skimmer. Samuels is smoking them. Down the wicket, makes a bit of room, and sends it crashing over extra cover for four

20.4

Peterson to Samuels, FOUR, down the wicket, and check that outfield, it must be singed after this. He has hit this all along the ground, on an outfield that has taken a lot of rain, and has still beaten long-on to his right

Over the wicket now

20.5

Peterson to Samuels, 1 run, he is out of his crease again, but this time it goes off the outside half, and over point for one

20.6

Peterson to Pollard, 1 run, Pollard hits it hard too, but not wide of the diving cover. Du Plessis keeps them down to one

Only two behind the par score now. Par is 149

End of over 21 (17 runs) West Indies 147/4 (84 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 2.89)
KA Pollard    6* (5b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    4-0-22-1
MN Samuels    42* (32b 5x4 2x6)      R McLaren    3-0-34-0

Pollard takes the guard again. Steyn is back. No slip

21.1

Steyn to Pollard, no run, short of a length, outside off, pushed to point. Won't get any run there

21.2

Steyn to Pollard, no run, outswinger. Outside off, from a length, beats the drive

ozz: "I almost CHOKED on my food watching while watching Samuels bat"

21.3

Steyn to Pollard, no run, bouncer, on the stumps, he quietly ducks under it

21.4

Steyn to Pollard, no run, superb short ball. Rising towards the chest from just short of a length. Fended there for another dot

21.5

Steyn to Pollard, 1 run, flicked away from middle and leg, gets a single to fine leg

21.6

Steyn to Samuels, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, guided away to third man. Wonderful stuff from Steyn, but Samuels is still alive

Par score was 155. West Indies are 149

End of over 22 (2 runs) West Indies 149/4 (82 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 6.77, RRR: 2.92)
MN Samuels    43* (33b 5x4 2x6)      DW Steyn    5-0-19-1
KA Pollard    7* (10b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    4-0-22-1

If they don't lose a wicket, par score at the end of this over will be 162. Tsotsobe comes back

22.1

Tsotsobe to Samuels, no run, Samuels back to opening up the front leg and hitting, but this is straight and provides him no room. Beaten

22.2

Tsotsobe to Samuels, no run, Samuels moves across and then backs away to hit, but is beaten outside off. Just a length ball that goes with the angle

22.3

Tsotsobe to Samuels, 1 run, short of a length, on the pads, tucked away for one

Not raining now at all

22.4

Tsotsobe to Pollard, FOUR, the third man is in the circle, and Pollard has got away with this. He swings hard at a slower ball, and gets a thick edge that clears short third man

Third man goes back. Fine leg comes up

22.5

Tsotsobe to Pollard, no run, Pollard swings blind again, and is beaten by the slower one outside off

Fine leg also goes back

22.6

Tsotsobe to Pollard, FOUR, that was a sing Tsotsobe was going to bowl short. Pollard knew it and was waiting. Pulled this hard over midwicket for four. That's nine off what was for the most part a good over

End of over 23 (9 runs) West Indies 158/4 (73 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 6.86, RRR: 2.70)
KA Pollard    15* (13b 3x4)      LL Tsotsobe    5-0-29-0
MN Samuels    44* (36b 5x4 2x6)      DW Steyn    5-0-19-1

West Indies four behind the par score now. If they don't lose a wicket in this over, the par score will be 169. Steyn to bowl. Can bowl two more at most

23.1

Steyn to Samuels, FOUR, Samuels makes up his mind and pulls this over midwicket. Four four into the biggest boundary of the ground

23.2

Steyn to Samuels, OUT, timbaaaaaaaaaah. That's was fuller than before, quick and straight, bowled cross-seam, and then seams back in a touch. Only a touch. Samuels is standing with the front leg opened up, and he swings hard. Beaten by the mix of that pace, seam and skid off. Steyn has struck a huge blow. Tip your hat off to the best bowler in the world

MN Samuels b Steyn 48 (52m 38b 6x4 2x6) SR: 126.31

Now par score is 172 at the end of the over. In comes Big Bravo. He has brought a bit of rain too. A slip in place too

23.3

Steyn to DJ Bravo, 1 run, bouncer, pulled away to deep square leg

23.4

Steyn to Pollard, 5 wides, that's five wides. Bouncer at 90mph. Beats everybody outside off. Even the keeper. Just the tennis-ball bounce

23.4

Steyn to Pollard, no run, short of a length, 88mph, 141ks, Pollard swings hard, is beaten by the extra bounce

Drizzle has stopped now

Geoff: "Say whatever about choking but at this level the moment the ball gets wet it makes it a lot harder for the bowling side, especially the slow bowlers."

23.5

Steyn to Pollard, no run, short of a length, quick, no room, defended to cover

It's 7.28pm, 13 minutes past all deadlines

23.6

Steyn to Pollard, FOUR, walks down the wicket, gets inside the line, clips this off the pads, past the diving square leg. Tsotsobe fr0m short fine leg gives a clumsy chase, and pushes it for four. If the game stops now, we have a tie

End of over 24 (14 runs) West Indies 172/5 (59 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 7.16, RRR: 2.26)
KA Pollard    19* (16b 4x4)      DW Steyn    6-0-33-2
DJ Bravo    1* (1b)      LL Tsotsobe    5-0-29-0

The par score now: 172. West Indies now: 172. If they don't lose another wicket this over, the par at the end of 25 overs will be 179

24.1

Tsotsobe to DJ Bravo, no run, length ball, outside off, defended off the front foot

24.2

Tsotsobe to DJ Bravo, no run, slower ball, on a length, outside off, defended off the front foot

Not raining now, but it's cold

24.3

Tsotsobe to DJ Bravo, 2 runs, slower shortish ball, on the pads, flicked past short fine leg for a couple

24.4

Tsotsobe to DJ Bravo, 1 run, looks to drive at a length ball, gets a thick edge to deep cover for one

Steyn has bowled six ball overs. Wil he bowl the next one and bowl out? This is Tsotso's sixth too

24.5

Tsotsobe to Pollard, FOUR, slower ball, full, a half-volley, drilled between the non-striker's end stumps and Dwayne Bravo for four. Well done Bravo for getting out of the way

Mid-off goes back, third man goes back

24.6

Tsotsobe to Pollard, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, hit hard, but straight to extra cover. They get the single

End of over 25 (8 runs) West Indies 180/5 (51 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 7.20, RRR: 2.04)
KA Pollard    24* (18b 5x4)      LL Tsotsobe    6-0-37-0
DJ Bravo    4* (5b)      DW Steyn    6-0-33-2

West Indies are one ahead of the par score right now

25.1

Morris to Pollard, 1 run, short, into the ribs, mis-hits the pull, gets a single to short fine leg

Par score at the end of this over is 186 if they don't lose a wicket

25.2

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

25.3

Morris to Pollard, 2 runs, slower short ball, flicked to deep midwicket, he wants two, takes on Miller, and the under-pressure fielder throws wide. Had the throw been on target, it would have been very close. I can't believe we are going to the third umpire. De Villiers didn't even have the ball in hand, and the batsman is past the stumps. You can't waste time in such weather. Poor umpiring

25.4

Morris to Pollard, 1 wide, goes for the yokrer, bowls it well down the leg side. Slipped out of the hand? At any rate, well done AB with that dive

25.4

Morris to Pollard, no run, good comeback. Short of a length, nips back in from outside off, and beats his pull on the inside

25.5

Morris to Pollard, 1 run, length ball outside off, driven to deep cover

25.6

Morris to DJ Bravo, FOUR, mid-off is up and what a superb shot from Bravo. Length ball, outside off, he leans a little forward and sends it crashing over mid-off. They are fur ahead of par, but it is not raining now

End of over 26 (10 runs) West Indies 190/5 (41 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 7.30, RRR: 1.70)
DJ Bravo    8* (7b 1x4)      CH Morris    4-0-30-1
KA Pollard    28* (22b 5x4)      LL Tsotsobe    6-0-37-0

Par score at the end of the last over was 186. At the end of this over, the par score will be 193 if they don't lose a wicket. However, it is bright out there. We may as well get the whole 31 overs in. Here is McLaren

26.1

McLaren to Pollard, OUT, Pollard has thrown it away. Throws his bat at a short-of-a-length ball, gets the top edge on it, the ball goes as high as it goes long, and Steyn comes under it at third man, and makes no mistake. Now the par score is 190. If we don't get any more cricket in, it's a tie

KA Pollard c Steyn b McLaren 28 (43m 23b 5x4 0x6) SR: 121.73

Okay before I leave, I must repeat the significance of today: 1992: South Africa lost to rain. 1996: They lost to West Indies. 1999: They lost to a tie. 2003: They lost to a tie on D/L. Today, South Africa have beaten all four of them. McLaren scored those late runs against India to limit the run-rate damage, he took the late Pakistan wins to help the run-rate boost, and he got Pollard's wicket today to force the tie. Spare a thought for Pollard and mates, though. As difficult as it was for South Africa with a wet ball and history against them, it couldn't have been easy for West Indies to chase this with an eye on D/L table and another on the rains. Well played both teams, but one had to go through. South Africa it was on what should be a cathartic night. Go dancing in the rain, South Africa. It's 8.30pm, and I have been calling this match for close to 12 hours now. I have enjoyed every bit of it. Good night and good luck people. Thanks for your time, and you can thank me for mine. This is Sidharth Monga singing off

Presentation quotes
"If you are in the top three, you should be able to open." says Colin Ingram, the Man of the Match. "Just a little bit more nervous when opening. With Hash there, it is calm. It went around a bit. We were expecting it to moe a little. In general it was a good wicket all day. Enjoying. Ad a young player, I started as an opener. Enjoying my time it with Hash at the top." Truer words never spoken, Colin

"We have been on the losing side of things like this," says AB de Villiers. "I feel bad for West Indies, this is part of the game. It was in the back of mind. Luckily the par score was on the scoreboard all the time. We were aware of it. It was difficult. The ball was getting wet. We needed to be calm, and we were. We played really good cricket most of the time today. We batted well, but we were aware West Indies have strong batting. Dale looked really good today, bowling with a lot of heat. And just glad he held on to that catch in the end."

"Obviously disappointed," says Dwayne Bravo, "but congrats South Africa for making it to the playoff. Both teams deserve a pat on the shoulder. We were hoping we could get back to the field. Umpires have a job to do, they did it to the best of their ability. We need to give credit to my team as well. They batted well in chase. Congrats to SA, but well done West Indies for the fight. We did our best. We were aware of the weather. It is difficult to judge when rain will come. When we thought rain would come, we stepped it up. We played hard today. The way we played we deserved to finish with a better result, but it is out of our control."

8.10pm 1992: South Africa lost to rain. 1996: They lost to West Indies. 1999: They lost to a tie. 2003: They lost to a tie on D/L. Today, on June 14, 2013, South Africa have beaten all four of them. Jou Lekker Ding. Still waiting for the presentation. This time also means India have finished top of this group and go to Cardiff for the semi-final

8.07pm Still no presentation. Usually we get the presentation as soon as the match finishes. Are they setting up indoors?

Michelle : "Nodbody really deserved to lose that game. In Afrikaans a 'keerom' is a kind of 'choke'. Kinda more like 'reverse', but tell oom (uncle) Keerom Pollard i'll take him out for a Howzit Brew when he's next in my 'hood."

By the way, South Africa didn't get to celebrate outdoors on the field of play. They did it indoors. All we saw was Morris and Ingram embrace

8.05pm Rahul: "Is Lance Klusener watching this ?"

Ed: "Terrible way for a great game to end, but still - Yeah Dwayne Choke Nah..."

Deepak Azad: "Is this real? We have rain, D-L and a Tie and South Africa goes through. Never thought this would happen :P"

Anish: "Pollock Klusener and Donald will sleep like babies tonite !!"

7.56pm The game has been called off. We have a tie. South Africa are through. Oh what drama it was. Pollard will be heart-broken. He scored 28 off 23, he did his job until then, but that last ball. Oh man. And South Africa. They have beaten their biggest rivals in knockout cricket: rain and West Indies. South Africa are home and wet, is the joke on Twitter

Arpit: "I don't think this is Pollard's mistake. He didn't know that the rain will start just after He'll get out. Its just Badluck. Perhaps the Rain Gods are making up for some of the SA's earlier miseries."

"So National anthem time played a vital role." Faisal, I hate to say "I told you so" but now you are saying it

7.53pm The play was supposed to finish at 6.15pm plus the extra hour. Play was not supposed to go beyond 7.15pm. We are still here, we don't have a result, nobody is playing, rain is falling, but nobody is declaring this match finished. What are they waiting for? It is pelting. Just to repeat: if there is no more play, this match is a tie, and South Africa go through. Had Pollard not been dismissed off that last ball, West Indies would have gone through

7.50pm What drama. One team is on the verge of being knocked out after that one shot, and another shot is on the brink of running away with it, in a match affected by their biggest traditional enemy: rain. No official word yet, but it is raining hard

7.45pm We re well past all limits of time. As per my understanding, we can't come back if we go off after the scheduled finish. The umpires are still having a chat, presumably discussing the playing conditions. The pitch is covered. The umpires are under umbrellas. Had Pollard not got out, the par here would have been 187

Am repeating. We are level on par score. In walks Darren Sammy. What drama here. Spare a thought for these teams. Some drizzle in now. It's getting heavy. It's 7.43pm, and we are going off. Sammy and Bravo are not moving. At the same time, you can't spot a South African on the field. The reaction would have been different had Pollard not got out. If there is no more play, and because we are past the scheduled finish time, I don't think they are allowed to come back now. And the scores are level, and South Africa might be through. Despite rain. Despite West Indies

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

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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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