ICC Cricket World Cup, 7th Match, Group B: South Africa v West Indies at Delhi, Feb 24, 2011
ICC Cricket World Cup - 7th match, Group B
South Africa won by 7 wickets (with 43 balls remaining)
Played at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi (neutral venue)
24 February 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)

Botha to Gayle, no run, a forward defensive to start the game, first time Both is opening the bowling


Botha to Gayle, 2 runs, Gayle gets forward and tucks a quicker delivery towards square leg, West Indies are away


Botha to Gayle, OUT, the Botha move has worked wonders, dangerman Gayle is gone, a length delivery pitching outside off, turns away from Gayle who looks to play on the leg side, but only manages to edge it to first slip, where Kallis takes a low catch, what a start for South Africa, Smith and Co are jubilant as Shakira's football anthem "Waka waka" blares round the ground

CH Gayle c Kallis b Botha 2 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66


Botha to DM Bravo, no run, Darren Bravo defends his first ball on the front foot


Botha to DM Bravo, 1 wide, that's a wide down the lg side


Botha to DM Bravo, no run, more defence from Bravo


Botha to DM Bravo, no run, a referral for lbw, South Africa are hugely confident, Taufel isn't, they take a long time discussing whether to take the referral, they finally do, that pitched outside off and turned in to head towards the middle of middle, Botha was dead-certain that was out, but the replays show Bravo was struck just outside off, great call from Taufel, and what an over that was from Botha

West Indies 3/1   J Botha 1-0-3-1

Botha to Smith, no run, gets forward and eases it to cover


Botha to Smith, no run, short cover does the fielding this time


Botha to Smith, no run, blocked towards point this time by Smith


Botha to Smith, 1 run, tossed up by Botha, not very often one can say that, turns a touch, Smith tucks it to the leg side


Botha to DM Bravo, no run, nice stride forward as he defends square on the off side


Botha to DM Bravo, 1 run, gets across and taps the ball towards square leg, there's a sharp single on offer, 'Robbie' screams AB asking the fielder to fire the ball in, but Smith completes the run well in time

West Indies 16/1   J Botha 2-0-5-1

Botha to Smith, FOUR, not much room on offer for Smith, but he loves to cut and he plays it well, making a bit of room to crack the ball behind backward point for four


Botha to Smith, 1 run, played a touch uppishly, off the back foot towards Morkel at long-on, a quick single is taken


Botha to DM Bravo, no run, Bravo defends off the front foot


Botha to DM Bravo, no run, this time the West Indians opt against risking a single to Morkel, it was powerfully struck by Bravo and was straight at the fielder


Botha to DM Bravo, 1 run, they do get the single to long-on this ball, Bravo worked the ball a few yards to the left of Morkel


Botha to Smith, no run, Both sticks to attacking leg stump, nurdled towards square leg by Smith, and there's some indecision whether to go for the single

West Indies 22/1   J Botha 3-0-11-1

Botha to DM Bravo, 1 wide, slants the first one down the leg side, past the glance, and concedes a wide


Botha to DM Bravo, 1 run, grip and turn from back of a length, Bravo goes back and whips it away through mid on


Botha to Smith, no run, tossed up and defended down the track to the off side


Botha to Smith, no run, on the pads and Smith squirts it away behind square, but can't get the gap


Botha to Smith, no run, tight delivery, flat and straight, defended down the track


Botha to Smith, no run, looks to cut this time as Botha gives him a hint of width, and Smith can't get the gap as he cuts


Botha to Smith, 1 run, he gets a single and SA won't mind Smith retaining strike. Short delivery on the pads, worked through square for a single

West Indies 89/1   J Botha 4-0-14-1

Botha to DM Bravo, no run, flighted on middle and straightening, perfect forward defensive from the clone


Botha to DM Bravo, 1 run, drifts too straight this time, Bravo gets inside the line and works it through midwicket for a single


Botha to Smith, 1 run, over-pitched to Smith, who again looks for a big drive, but can't get the gap. Single to long off


Botha to DM Bravo, 1 run, Bravo leans back and punches with the spin through the covers as it turns away. No problems at all.


Botha to Smith, 1 run, Smith gets forward and pokes at one on middle and leg, gets it safely to the leg side for a single


Botha to DM Bravo, 1 run, this pair has added 100. Bravo stays back to a back of length ball and cuts it to the right of cover for another single. Carry on, troopers!

West Indies 102/1   J Botha 5-0-19-1

Botha to Smith, 1 run, tight run thing, but Bravo makes it, since Petersen can't hit the stumps. Smith defends backward of point and Bravo calls him across. Petersen ran in, picked up well and threw, but missed. AB had to collect and break the stumps, enough time for Bravo to hustle in.


Botha to DM Bravo, 2 runs, short ball, Bravo leans back emphatically - very decisive feet - and gets a couple into the covers


Botha to DM Bravo, no run, short again, looks for the cut but can't get it past the infield


Botha to DM Bravo, 2 runs, perfect middle overs batting this. He gets one on the pads and turns it through square leg, ensuring he doesn't over-hit it, and picks up two before the fielder in the deep can come in and field


Botha to DM Bravo, no run, Bravo comes out and looks to score down the ground, but Botha gets across and fields


Botha to DM Bravo, no run, again, Botha fields to the off side this time as Bravo defends a back of length ball

West Indies 109/1   J Botha 6-0-24-1

Botha to DM Bravo, OUT, Darren Bravo reviews an lbw appeal. Botha tossed this one up on off stump, and it seemed to hold its line. Not much turn. Bravo looked to flick and missed. The ball was thudding into middle and leg. He's played all around a straight one. He knew it was a poor shot the moment he played it. He kicked the turf in disgust before consulting with Smith, and going for the referral reluctantly. No luck there. Huge wicket for SA. Lara's clone has not scored a 100 against them and SA will breathe easy.

DM Bravo lbw b Botha 73 (96m 82b 8x4 1x6) SR: 89.02


Botha to Sarwan, no run, spins in big from outside off, Sarwan looks to work it square, but can't find the gap


Botha to Sarwan, 1 run, again Sarwan tries to turn him with the spin through the leg side, and gets a single through midwicket


Botha to Smith, 1 run, Smith leans out to the pitch of the ball and drives fluently down to long off for one


Botha to Sarwan, no run, Sarwan pushes the front foot down the track and defends into the off side with bat and pad close together


Botha to Sarwan, no run, slows it up in the air and gets it to grip and turn into Sarwan who stays back and defends into the off side

West Indies 115/2   J Botha 7-0-26-2

Botha to DJ Bravo, SIX, Bravo! He's had his problems against spin, but in between that he's produced two pretty good shots. This time he dances down the track early, Botha obliges by tossing it up on middle and leg, and he lofts it with a straight bat over midwicket. He wasn't entirely to the pitch, but he went through with the shot and made good enough connection to clear the short boundary.


Botha to DJ Bravo, 1 run, and a powerful sweep now, there is cover at deep backward square leg so just the single


Botha to Chanderpaul, no run, Shiv looks to work him to the leg side, and again the ball comes on slowly and he nearly chips it back


Botha to Chanderpaul, 1 run, Shiv skips out this time, well outside off to get to the pitch of the ball and flick it wide of mid on for one more


Botha to DJ Bravo, no run, Bravo advances again, Botha sees him in time and holds the length back. This time Botha defends.


Botha to DJ Bravo, 1 run, stays in the crease and quietly flicks the last ball backward of square for one more

West Indies 152/4   J Botha 8-0-35-2

Botha to Thomas, 5 wides, was that a stumping chance? it was fired down the leg side and Thomas was out of his crease, that went through AB's legs for wides


Botha to Thomas, no run


Botha to Thomas, 2 runs, whipped to wide long-on, and sprinted to get the second


Botha to Thomas, 1 run, on the pads again, tucked behind square leg


Botha to Chanderpaul, 1 run, length ball outside off, worked towards midwicket by Chanderpaul


Botha to Thomas, no run, length ball on off, blocked to the off side


Botha to Thomas, FOUR, Thomas gets on the back foot and seemed to be off balance when he played a late cut, but he has played it well enough to pick up a boundary past third man

West Indies 205/5   J Botha 9-0-48-2





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Hours of play (local time) 14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15

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