ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 7th match, Group B

South Africa v West Indies

South Africa won by 7 wickets (with 43 balls remaining)

1.1

Steyn to Smith, 1 run, starts with a quick delivery shaping in, tucked to the leg side by Smith

1.2

Steyn to DM Bravo, no run, getting the ball to shape in a bit to the left-handers, Bravo bravely walks across to clip that to square leg

1.3

Steyn to DM Bravo, no run, short of length ball heading for leg stump, again Bravo looks to whip it towards the leg side, can't connect with it and is struck on the thigh pad

1.4

Steyn to DM Bravo, FOUR, Steyn's been very straight this over, this time he slides down leg and Bravo just needs to get bat on that to send it scurrying for four

1.5

Steyn to DM Bravo, 2 runs, better line from Steyn, pitching outside off and coming in, nicely negotiated by Bravo, who works it past point for a couple

1.6

Steyn to DM Bravo, FOUR, that's an expensive over from Steyn, once more he targets the pads, Bravo confidently shuffles across and flicks that behind square leg for four, superb timing

West Indies 14/1   DW Steyn 1-0-11-0

3.1

Steyn to DM Bravo, no run, Steyn keeps it full, this time just outside off, defended to the off side

3.2

Steyn to DM Bravo, no run, slightly shorter, and on middle stump this time, Bravo gets well behind the line and blocks down the track, the bugle sounds and the crowd responds

3.3

Steyn to DM Bravo, no run, that one didn't get up as much as Bravo expected, it was angling across him after pitching short of a length, gets the bottom-edge and rolls to the off side

3.4

Steyn to DM Bravo, no run, again it is outside off, and Bravo guides the ball towards backward point

3.5

Steyn to DM Bravo, no run, short of a length again, 140.3kmh, on middle and off, solidly defended towards cover

3.6

Steyn to DM Bravo, no run, too straight from Steyn again, he gets away with it though, as Bravo works it off his pads towards square leg, straight at the fielder

West Indies 16/1   DW Steyn 2-1-11-0

5.1

Steyn to DM Bravo, no run, Steyn starts the over with a back of length ball on middle and leg, defended off the back foot by Bravo

5.2

Steyn to DM Bravo, FOUR, Bravo shows why he's so highly rated, a bit of width from Steyn and Bravo punishes that with panache, stabs it through cover for four

5.3

Steyn to DM Bravo, no run, defends this one from Steyn, who gets it closer to the stumps

5.4

Steyn to DM Bravo, 1 wide, 148.5kmh, great pace but no so great line, way down leg

5.4

Steyn to DM Bravo, no run, length ball outside off, Bravo gets well forward and guides the ball towards backward point

5.5

Steyn to DM Bravo, 1 run, short of length ball, West Indies are judging the singles well, Bravo plays it with soft hands towards extra cover and sets off

5.6

Steyn to Smith, no run, length ball that was heading for the top of middle, Smith, who had barely faced Steyn today, jumps and blocks it to the leg side

West Indies 28/1   DW Steyn 3-1-17-0

25.1

Steyn to Chanderpaul, no run, whoa, what happened there? Steyn lands it back of a length a foot outside off, Chanders decides to let it go, but it just rolls along at ankle height.

25.2

Steyn to Chanderpaul, no run, on middle and leg this time, Chanders gets into a tangle as he looks to play it to the on side

25.3

Steyn to Chanderpaul, no run, looks to flick again as Steyn keeps it straight and back of a length. Can't get it away this time either.

25.4

Steyn to Chanderpaul, 1 run, Chanders gets inside the line and works it from outside off through backward square leg for one

25.5

Steyn to Sarwan, no run, 140.2 kph, attempted bouncer, Steyn must be bemused. In Durban that would have thudded into AB's gloves stretched upwards. Here it goes down as soon as it goes up and AB collects it low down.

25.6

Steyn to Sarwan, 1 leg bye, on Sarwan's pads this time, very pacy and he nudges it disconcertingly into the leg side for a single

West Indies 120/3   DW Steyn 4-1-18-0

27.1

Steyn to Chanderpaul, no run, back of a length outside off, Chanders stays back and looks to force to the off side

27.2

Steyn to Chanderpaul, no run, similar delivery from round the wicket, Chanders pokes it out from the crease towards the covers

27.3

Steyn to Chanderpaul, no run, short delivery outside off, Chanders looks to steer it backward of square and can't find the gap

27.4

Steyn to Chanderpaul, 1 run, lively stuff from Steyn, jars this in from wide of the crease at 148 kph, and a shuffling Shiv is up to the task as he spots the variation in length and pushes through wide mid off for one

27.5

Steyn to DJ Bravo, no run, holds this one back and hits the deck hard, Bravo wisely plays the 148 kph zipper off the back foot into the off side

27.6

Steyn to DJ Bravo, 1 wide, this time he slips one down the leg side and it is called a wide

27.6

Steyn to DJ Bravo, no run, ends the over with a full sucker delivery at 145.6 kph, it is almost too fast to suck Bravo in. He only manages to defend down the track

West Indies 124/4   DW Steyn 5-1-20-0

43.1

Steyn to Thomas, no run, length ball on off, defended towards the off side

43.2

Steyn to Thomas, 1 run, short of length ball that is jabbed down to long-on

43.3

Steyn to Pollard, OUT, Humongous appeal for lbw against Pollard first ball, umpire says not out, and signals leg byes, referral it is, pitching on outside off and hitting on off and middle, Hawk-Eye suggest that was going on to hit middle, height is not a problem either, replays take a while to check whether there was any bat on it, there wasn't, Pollard gone for a golden duck, Smith will be very pleased with the way his bowling changes have worked today

KA Pollard lbw b Steyn 0 (6m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

43.4

Steyn to Sammy, no run, short of length, punched towards mid-off by Sammy, who will now have to deliver the big hits for West Indies

43.5

Steyn to Sammy, no run, on middle and leg, muscled towards mid-on, too firmly to get a single

43.6

Steyn to Sammy, no run, end of a stunning over from Steyn, on a length and in the channel outside off, defended to short cover

West Indies 213/7   DW Steyn 6-1-21-1

45.1

Steyn to Sammy, OUT, Steyn gets another, that's one more duck, Sammy and Pollard were supposed to provide the late impetus but both have gone without scoring, Steyn fires in a quick and short ball, it doesn't rise too much, not sure what Sammy was trying, he is struck in front of middle, on the knee roll, and he's on his way, the hitting of Darren Bravo seems a long time ago, West Indies fighting to bat out the 50 overs

DJG Sammy lbw b Steyn 0 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

45.2

Steyn to Roach, no run, length ball on offstump, defended with exaggerated caution

45.3

Steyn to Roach, no run, poked tentatively towards cover

45.4

Steyn to Roach, no run, shortish ball outside off, Roach plays inside the line of that one

45.5

Steyn to Roach, 1 run, length ball heading for off, Roach is off the mark as he gets that one down to third man, that was the first run after 14 dot balls

45.6

Steyn to Benn, no run, outside off, Benn looks to carve that towards point, bottom-edges it to the off side

West Indies 214/9   DW Steyn 7-1-22-2

47.1

Steyn to Benn, 1 run, punched back down the track towards mid-off by the batsman

47.2

Steyn to Roach, 1 run, Roach also gets a single, a full toss from Steyn, clipped towards deep square leg

47.3

Steyn to Benn, OUT, and that's curtains for the West Indies innings, they finish on double Nelson, Benn was looking to sky that one over extra cover, gets far too much elevation and Morkel runs in to take a sharp catch, he's one of the best outfielders in the game though he's a fast bowler

SJ Benn c Morkel b Steyn 6 (14m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

West Indies 222/10   DW Steyn 7.3-1-24-3

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Photos

Feb 24, 2011

AB de Villiers and JP Duminy congratulate each other after the victory, South Africa v West Indies, World Cup, Group B, Delhi, February 24, 2011

AB de Villiers and JP Duminy congratulate each other after the victory

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Feb 24, 2011

AB de Villiers celebrates after completing his century, South Africa v West Indies, World Cup, Group B, Delhi, February 24, 2011

AB de Villiers celebrates after completing his century

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