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)

6.1

Morkel to DM Bravo, 1 run, starts with a length ball angling into the batsman, who defends to the leg side

6.2

Morkel to Smith, no run, back of length ball heading down leg, looks to flick that but it is off the pad and trickles behind square leg

6.3

Morkel to Smith, no run, length ball in the channel outside off, batsman shoulders arms

6.4

Morkel to Smith, no run, and once more Smith tries and ungainly clip, but fails to connect, struck on the pad and the ball dribbles towards square leg

6.5

Morkel to Smith, no run, Morkel working up some good pace here, 146.1kmh, Smith again shows how much he likes the cut, first ball that allowed him to free his arms and he throws his bat at it, doesn't connect again

6.6

Morkel to Smith, no run, fuller ball outside off, Smith opts against playing a stroke

West Indies 29/1   M Morkel 1-0-1-0

8.1

Morkel to Smith, no run, is there going to be another referral? that looked to be going down the leg side, and South Africa decide against it, that ball jagged back sharply from back of a length and Smith was struck in front of middle and leg, replays show that would have taken leg stump

8.2

Morkel to Smith, 1 run, opens the face to send it to the right of backward point

8.3

Morkel to DM Bravo, 1 run, Bravo inside edges this one off the back foot towards square leg

8.4

Morkel to Smith, no run, length ball outside off, punched towards mid-off, thinks of taking a single but a loud 'No' keeps him in the crease

8.5

Morkel to Smith, 1 run, steers this one down to third man for an easy single

8.6

Morkel to DM Bravo, no run, the extra bounce that is Morne Morkel's calling card, terrific line as well just outside off, the batsman has to drops his wrists and arch backwards to avoid that one

West Indies 42/1   M Morkel 2-0-4-0

10.1

Morkel to DM Bravo, no run, length ball angling in from Morkel, defended by Bravo

10.2

Morkel to DM Bravo, no run, wider outside off, Bravo stabs the ball towards point, but can't beat the fielder

10.3

Morkel to DM Bravo, 1 run, looks to drive that one elegantly through off, but ends up edging it towards midwicket

10.4

Morkel to Smith, no run, short of length from Morkel, tentatively pushed by Smith towards cover off the front foot

10.5

Morkel to Smith, FOUR, Smith shows his mastery of the cut, bit of width from Morkel and he chops that behind backward point for four, nicely done, only 56m to that boundary

10.6

Morkel to Smith, no run, length ball on off to end the over, punched towards mid-on by Smith

West Indies 49/1   M Morkel 3-0-9-0

12.1

Morkel to DM Bravo, no run, pushed towards mid-on this time, but too close to the fielder to risk a run

12.2

Morkel to DM Bravo, no run, on the pads, clipped behind square leg for a single

12.3

Morkel to DM Bravo, no run, opens the face to get the ball towards backward point, doesn't beat the fielder

12.4

Morkel to DM Bravo, no run, another dot ball, a strange (non) shot from Bravo, a length ball heading for off and Bravo just hangs his bat and edges it, ball drops dead

12.5

Morkel to DM Bravo, FOUR, a dirty slog from Bravo, four dot balls had tested his patience, well outside off but doesn't deter Bravo from looking to swipe it over mid-on, doesn't connect as well as he would have liked, but still gets enough to get a boundary

12.6

Morkel to DM Bravo, no run, well outside off, Bravo is happy to shoulder arms after getting a boundary

West Indies 62/1   M Morkel 4-0-13-0

14.1

Morkel to DM Bravo, FOUR, Bravo races along to 47, a length ball, Bravo was nowhere near the pitch of the ball and he lashes that down the ground for four

14.2

Morkel to DM Bravo, 1 wide, down the leg side this time

14.2

Morkel to DM Bravo, no run, ooh, that one beat the outside edge, Morkel switches to his patented short-of-length, gets the ball to jump from there, just outside off, Bravo looks to defend from the crease and he is beaten

14.3

Morkel to DM Bravo, no run, and again, that was 148kmh, the ball angles away a touch after pitching short of length, Bravo once more plays inside the line, he admonished himself for getting beaten

14.4

Morkel to DM Bravo, 1 run, a tight run, Bravo dabs the ball towards short cover, and sets off, faf du Plessis swoops on to that and throws even as he is diving, hits the stumps at the keeper's end, third umpire is called for, Smith has made his ground though

14.5

Morkel to Smith, 1 run, keeps it short of length, pegging away at the offstump, Smith jumps as he defends to the leg side

14.6

Morkel to DM Bravo, 1 run, lovely fielding from Robin Peterson stops a gorgeous drive from Bravo, he may have been beaten a couple of times this over but that wasn't playng on his mind as he unleashed a punch towards extra cover, Peterson was quickly across, diving to stop that from racing away for four

West Indies 72/1   M Morkel 5-0-21-0

34.1

Morkel to Chanderpaul, no run, starts with a short of length ball angling in, defended to the leg side

34.2

Morkel to Chanderpaul, no run, Chanderpaul walks towards the off stump as he defends towards cover

34.3

Morkel to Chanderpaul, no run, Morkel targetting the top of off, a la McGrath, Chanderpaul walking across the stumps and defends down the track

34.4

Morkel to Chanderpaul, 1 run, keeps it around off, Chanderpaul sneaks a single after inside-edging the ball towards midwicket

34.5

Morkel to DJ Bravo, no run, over the wicket to the right-hander, short of length and heading for off again, blocked by Bravo from the crease

34.6

Morkel to DJ Bravo, no run, Morkel remains supremely accurate, absolutely no room, keeps pegging away at a short of a length, Bravo defends to the side

West Indies 157/4   M Morkel 6-0-22-0

36.1

Morkel to DJ Bravo, FOUR, slogged by Bravo, at least he attempted to slog it, wanted to launch that out of the ground, it takes a top edge and flies towards third man for four, Bravo won't be complaining

36.2

Morkel to DJ Bravo, 1 run, worked down to third man for a single

36.3

Morkel to Chanderpaul, 1 run, length ball outside off, Chanderpaul gets forward and eases the ball to mid-off to get off the strike, plenty of noise around the ground after Bravo hitting

36.4

Morkel to DJ Bravo, 1 wide, attempts a bouncer at the body, Bravo ducks under, umpire calls it a wide as it was down the leg side

36.4

Morkel to DJ Bravo, 1 run, reverts to nagging away at offstump, poked towards point

36.5

Morkel to Chanderpaul, no run, well outside off, Chanderpaul looks to dab it past backward point but can't beat the man

36.6

Morkel to Chanderpaul, no run, another dot ball to end the over, a length delivery around off, pushed to mid-off, too firmly to get a run

West Indies 175/4   M Morkel 7-0-30-0

46.1

Morkel to Roach, 1 bye, Morkel starts with a short of length ball well outside off, left alone by Roach, AB de Villiers didn't collect that one cleanly as it bounces twice before reaching him, a bye is pinched

46.2

Morkel to Benn, no run, short of length and angling into middle, defended to the off side off the back foot

46.3

Morkel to Benn, FOUR, a boundary at long last for Wes Indies, a bit of width for Been and he slaps it behind point for four

46.4

Morkel to Benn, no run, this one came into Benn who was looking to repeat the previous shot, it sneaks under his bat to the keeper

46.5

Morkel to Benn, no run, length ball outside off, Benn's feet don't move an inch as he pushes the ball back to the bowler

46.6

Morkel to Benn, 1 run, short of length ball, on middle and off, squirted away towards square leg

West Indies 220/9   M Morkel 8-0-35-0

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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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