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)
13.1

Imran Tahir to Smith, 1 run, flatter delivery, on a length on offstump, worked towards midwicket

13.2

Imran Tahir to DM Bravo, no run, action is slightly reminiscent of Mushtaq Ahmed, defended back down the pitch

13.3

Imran Tahir to DM Bravo, 1 run, a google from Tahir, more careful defence from Smith

13.4

Imran Tahir to Smith, no run, fuller ball, watchful defence from Smith, is there a big hit coming?

13.5

Imran Tahir to Smith, no run, long stride in as he defends to the leg side

13.6

Imran Tahir to Smith, no run, this one is slightly outside off, worked towards point, that's another dot ball and a good start to Tahir's international career

West Indies 64/1   Imran Tahir 1-0-2-0
15.1

Imran Tahir to DM Bravo, 2 runs, fifty for Bravo, and a stylish shot to bring it up, times the ball through covers off the front foot to pick up a couple

15.2

Imran Tahir to DM Bravo, 2 runs, guides the ball down to third man for two more

15.3

Imran Tahir to DM Bravo, SIX, what a shot that is, Bravo spotted the mid-on in the circle, Bravo swings that one powerfully over mid-on, bottom hand comes off as he plays that length delivery, that doesn't matter, it still has the legs to clear the rope, Tahir not having a very good second over, he's under pressure now

15.4

Imran Tahir to DM Bravo, 1 run, driven all along the ground to long-on this time

15.5

Imran Tahir to Smith, no run, length ball outside off, pushed towards short cover by Smith

15.6

Imran Tahir to Smith, no run, Tahir moves across to his right to cut that push from Smith

West Indies 83/1   Imran Tahir 2-0-13-0
24.1

Imran Tahir to Smith, 1 run, full and quick on middle and off, worked with the wrists through wide mid on for one

24.2

Imran Tahir to Sarwan, no run, this one holds its line and skids across on off stump line, Sarwan stays on the crease and defends.

24.3

Imran Tahir to Sarwan, 1 run, Sarwan stays back again and opens the wrists to get a single into the covers

24.4

Imran Tahir to Smith, OUT, Mystery man strikes. No mystery in that ball, just old-fashioned flight and guile. Smith walked into the trap with his eyes closed. He would have been feeling a little uneasy ever since Bravo left, they were working well as a pair. Tahir looped this invitingly outside off, Smith reached out, almost got to the pitch but not quite. He ended up chipping it right back to Tahir, who hurls it up in the air after pouching it. More interestingly, he kisses the SA badge. SA are coming back into this.

DS Smith c & b Imran Tahir 36 (103m 57b 3x4 0x6) SR: 63.15

24.5

Imran Tahir to Chanderpaul, 1 run, Chanders reaches out and turns it from middle and off through midwicket for one.

24.6

Imran Tahir to Sarwan, no run, Sarwan comes forward and covers the line as Tahir gets one to turn away prodigiously. Defended in the end.

West Indies 118/3   Imran Tahir 3-0-16-1
26.1

Imran Tahir to Sarwan, OUT, Sarwan reviews an lbw now, against Tahir. What's happening here! My initial gut feel was not out. Here's what happened - Tahir tossed this up and the replay says it landed on leg stump. It then turned a touch, enough to ensure it was going to hit the stumps. Sarwan looked to play with a straight bat, but just missed it. Was there an inside edge? It was going to hit the top of middle, so the decision is upheld. Sarwan is gone and WI are out of reviews. He was really well forward, and if Taufel had said not out, I doubt if SA would have referred it. Tahir was ecstactic, ran around like a man possessed when it was given first up. Again - was there an edge? The replays are inconclusive. We need HotSpot for it. We don't have it.

RR Sarwan lbw b Imran Tahir 2 (15m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

26.2

Imran Tahir to DJ Bravo, 1 run, and a googly now, don't think Dwayne Bravo picked it as he looked to defend off the front foot. Single through the leg side

26.3

Imran Tahir to Chanderpaul, 1 run, Shiv leans out and nurdles with the spin through midwicket for a single

26.4

Imran Tahir to DJ Bravo, no run, Bravo leans out and defends as Tahir decieves him in the air. He's looking good here.

26.5

Imran Tahir to DJ Bravo, no run, Tahir's dropped a return chance! Again, sucks Bravo into the drive with a tossed-up delivery, again gets it to drop on him much further than he expected. Bravo was too far into the drive to hold back and chipped it back down the track, but Tahir's follow through takes him to the off side at an angle. He tried to stop and pluck it with his right hand as he tumbled, but it did not stick.

26.6

Imran Tahir to DJ Bravo, no run, Bravo is at sea at the moment, leans out and somehow gets bat on it as he looks to defend down the track

West Indies 122/4   Imran Tahir 4-0-18-2
28.1

Imran Tahir to Chanderpaul, no run, another wrong 'un, again Chanders gropes inside the line of the delivery and gets an outside edge backward of point

28.2

Imran Tahir to Chanderpaul, no run, Chanders gets across to the pitch this time, smothers the spin and plays to the off side

28.3

Imran Tahir to Chanderpaul, no run, leans out, mindful of the fielder close in and works it to the leg side

28.4

Imran Tahir to Chanderpaul, 1 run, gets the single this time, leans out, closes the face and gets it square for one

28.5

Imran Tahir to DJ Bravo, no run, he jumps out in hope, can't get to the pitch and feebly poked it back down the track. Almost another return catch, but so badly timed that it did not carry.

28.6

Imran Tahir to DJ Bravo, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Bravo stays on the crease and tries to force into the off side

West Indies 126/4   Imran Tahir 5-0-20-2
30.1

Imran Tahir to DJ Bravo, SIX, Bravo is cornered, and he bares his fangs. A rare poor delivery from Tahir, dropped halfway down the track and sitting up like a lollypop. Bravo would up and brutalised it over midwicket for a six.

30.2

Imran Tahir to DJ Bravo, 1 run, fuller and on off stump, much faster too, Bravo pushes into the off side and turns the strike

30.3

Imran Tahir to Chanderpaul, 1 run, Shiv leans out and drives a full delivery on off stump wide of mid off for a single

30.4

Imran Tahir to DJ Bravo, 1 leg bye, Bravo tries to get inside the line and work it fine, but gets some pad on it for a leg bye towards short fine leg

30.5

Imran Tahir to Chanderpaul, 1 run, tossed up on off, Shiv pokes into the off side and gets a single.

30.6

Imran Tahir to DJ Bravo, 1 run, on off stump this time, pushes away off the front foot into the covers

West Indies 140/4   Imran Tahir 6-0-30-2
38.1

Imran Tahir to Thomas, no run, more confused running from West Indies, Smith inside-edges the ball towards square leg and sets off, sent back after he's down several steps

38.2

Imran Tahir to Thomas, no run, defended towards the off side off the front foot

38.3

Imran Tahir to Thomas, no run, Thomas has no clue about the Tahir googly, completely foxed by that one, the ball turned in and cramped him as he was looking for an expansive shot, Thomas barely manages to survive

38.4

Imran Tahir to Thomas, 1 run, pushed down the ground to get to the safety of the non-striker's end

38.5

Imran Tahir to Chanderpaul, no run, flighted ball defended by Chanderpaul to the leg side

38.6

Imran Tahir to Chanderpaul, 1 run, big shout for lbw as Chanerpaul goes for a powerful sweep, it was a short ball that he inside-edge to the pads

West Indies 181/5   Imran Tahir 7-0-32-2
40.1

Imran Tahir to Chanderpaul, no run, Chanderpaul stretaches to get to the pitch and pushes the ball towards mid-off

40.2

Imran Tahir to Chanderpaul, no run, punched towards short cover, where du Plessis dives to stop that

40.3

Imran Tahir to Chanderpaul, 1 run, nudges it to backward square leg

40.4

Imran Tahir to Thomas, 1 run, length ball outside off, legspinner, punched to long-off

40.5

Imran Tahir to Chanderpaul, no run, length ball on off, pushed towards mid-off

40.6

Imran Tahir to Chanderpaul, no run, 'top work that, great over Tahir,' says AB as the final ball of the over is tapped towards square leg

West Indies 192/5   Imran Tahir 8-0-34-2
42.1

Imran Tahir to Chanderpaul, FOUR, West Indies showing its not all about power, Chanderpaul this time, making room and playing a superbly timed lofted, inside-out drive past long-off for four more

42.2

Imran Tahir to Chanderpaul, OUT, spoke too soon, that's the end of Chanderpaul, he was looking to play another lofted inside-out hit, hoping to clear the extra cover fielder, instead he can only find long-off

S Chanderpaul c Peterson b Imran Tahir 31 (73m 51b 1x4 1x6) SR: 60.78

42.3

Imran Tahir to Thomas, 2 runs, punched to long-on this time for a couple

42.4

Imran Tahir to Thomas, no run, another googly, and Thomas has no idea about that one either, misses the bat by a long way and is struck on the pads, Tahir launches a loud appeal, that was sliding down

42.5

Imran Tahir to Thomas, no run, crunched towards short cover, sharp fielding there prevents a run

42.6

Imran Tahir to Thomas, 1 run, another authoritative hit from Thomas, along the ground to deep square leg, placement isn't great

West Indies 212/6   Imran Tahir 9-0-41-3
44.1

Imran Tahir to Thomas, no run, gets the outside edge towards short third man

44.2

Imran Tahir to Thomas, no run, pushed back down the track

44.3

Imran Tahir to Thomas, no run, just outside off, blocked to the off side

44.4

Imran Tahir to Thomas, no run, on middle stump, blocked towards the bowler again

44.5

Imran Tahir to Thomas, no run, five dot balls, taps it to the on side, superb over from Tahir so far

44.6

Imran Tahir to Thomas, OUT, and a superb over gets even better, Thomas losses his head and his wicket, looks to scythe a length ball over the off side, Duminy runs back from extra cover to pouch the catch that gives Tahir his fourth wicket, a debut to remember for Tahir, and some really poor cricket from West Indies

DC Thomas c Duminy b Imran Tahir 15 (29m 26b 1x4 0x6) SR: 57.69

West Indies 213/8   Imran Tahir 10-1-41-4
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