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)

14.30 All systems go, Chris Gayle to bat, and surprise, surprise, Johan Botha to start.

14.28 The anthems are done, and we are a couple of minutes away from the start. Care to try our bracket predictor in the meantime? Who will reach the quarters? Who will be in semis? Who will lift the cup? This might make it easy to predict.

Sachin Tendulkar has been run out in his first game of the tournament, Ricky Ponting has a fit after being caught out of his crease. Sanddep Patel writes in: "I wonder if Kallis will make it a hat-trick of the 3 greatest ODI batsmen of our generation to be run out in his 20's within the opening matches of this world cup!"

14.20 Graeme defends Peterson's inclusion, or at least he started out defending it. "@Sean, you forget, Robbie P is an allrounder, he has the same level of skill in his batting as his bowling. Unfortunately this the level of skill is such that I would pick Lopsy (Tsotsobe) for his batting over Robbie's."

This is Siddarth Ravindran bringing you the commentary, with Raju providing the scores.

And this is the scene outside the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, where tickets went on sale for the India v England match on Sunday. By the looks of it, there are more people outside the ground there, than at the Kotla.

14.15 I'm yet to do ball-by-ball for a match in which fans are happy with both teams' composition. The mails are pouring in wondering why Tsotsobe was excluded. And Mendrys says: "Leaving Tsotsobe out is bordering on criminal - thanks to my Cape-Tonian girlfriend, I've seen a lot of SA cricket recently and Lopsy has been superb."

Firdose Moonda, our South African correspondent who is at the Kotla, says there aren't too many fans in the ground as of now.

Eitan says: "I don't get it: Why would you play three frontline spinners, and opt to bat second? I'm having a hard time seeing the logic here."

West Indies have a good record against South Africa in big tournaments, which is what Nitin Sundar is discussing on our over-by-over. Hop over to join in the conversation.

14.10 Subbu reckons it's a good toss to lose. "Batting first and get some runs and put some pressure," he says. For that to happen, Chris Gayle, will probably have to play a big role.

Akshay Rajagopalan: "It will be interesting to see whether Gayle goes for glory and set a platform for the middle order, or tries to do a Sehwag and take WI to a formidable total by batting for a long period."

Sean: "Tsotsobe out for Peterson? Madness. When was the last time the Proteas had 5 spinners available?" Never I'd think.

14.05 Tom Moody says the pitch has a bit of green which should help the fast bowlers, but also expects it to have plenty of runs. Smith says the pitch is a bit of an unknown, which could have been one of the reasons he chose to bowl.

For everything you need to know about this game, read Firdose Moonda's preview.

The South African bowling line-up makes interesting reading. Not only have they picked three frontline spinners in Both, Peterson and Tahir, they also have Faf du Plessis and JP Duminy as part-time slow bowlers. Lonwabo Tsotsobe had a decent series against India but that hasn't been enough for him to get a spot. Steyn, Morkel and Kallis are the quicks in the side.

David writes in: "Tahir is playing...I can almost not believe it!! Yhee! I am so glad, been waiting a long time!! Go Proteas!!"

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14.00 Toss Jeff Crowe, the match referee, hands the coin to Smith who tosses and Sammy calls wrong, South Africa to bowl.

"It would have been a good toss to lose," Smith says a touch sheepishly. Big news is that South Africa will play three spinners, that means the much-hyped Imran Tahir will make his debut today. Smith adds that West Indies are a good competition side because of the impact players.

Sammy talks about the camaraderie in the team, and how that will be a factor in West Indies' performance.

13.50 Another big tournament, and once more South Africa go in as one of the favourites. They have talked up their bowling - Smith says that they have every base covered - but can they finally deliver on the big stage?

For the West Indies, it is a far lower target initially, they haven't beaten a Test team in one-dayers in a long time, they have slipped below Bangladesh in the one-day rankings, so their getting to the quarters will be their first aim.

It will be an important day for the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium and Delhi as well. The previous one-dayer here was called off due to a dangerous pitch, and as Sharda Ugra points out: "It will be about Kotla saving face; restoring not merely pride, but that very Delhi essential, appearance."

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0.1

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

0.2

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

0.3

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

0.4

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

0.5

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

0.5

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

0.6

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

End of over 1 (3 runs) West Indies 3/1 (RR: 3.00)
DM Bravo    0* (3b)      J Botha    1-0-3-1
DS Smith    0* (0b)     

Steyn to share the new ball

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

End of over 2 (11 runs) West Indies 14/1 (RR: 7.00)
DM Bravo    10* (8b 2x4)      DW Steyn    1-0-11-0
DS Smith    1* (1b)      J Botha    1-0-3-1

Botha to continue round the wicket

2.1

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

2.2

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

2.3

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

2.4

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

2.5

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

2.6

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

End of over 3 (2 runs) West Indies 16/1 (RR: 5.33)
DM Bravo    11* (10b 2x4)      J Botha    2-0-5-1
DS Smith    2* (5b)      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

Andy Zaltzman tweets: "WI 16-1. That is not only the score in Delhi, but also the latest odds for the World Women's Organisation Of The Year award."

End of over 4 (maiden) West Indies 16/1 (RR: 4.00)
DM Bravo    11* (16b 2x4)      DW Steyn    2-1-11-0
DS Smith    2* (5b)      J Botha    2-0-5-1

4.1

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

4.2

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

4.3

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

4.4

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

4.5

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

4.6

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

David: "Just want to remind you of my earlier comment - being unconventional will win this tournament... when last did SA open the bowling with a spinner... Well done Smithy and Botha!!!"

End of over 5 (6 runs) West Indies 22/1 (RR: 4.40)
DS Smith    7* (8b 1x4)      J Botha    3-0-11-1
DM Bravo    12* (19b 2x4)      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

End of over 6 (6 runs) West Indies 28/1 (RR: 4.66)
DS Smith    7* (9b 1x4)      DW Steyn    3-1-17-0
DM Bravo    17* (24b 3x4)      J Botha    3-0-11-1

The Botha experiment is over. Morne Morkel has the ball, he was outstanding against India last month, can he be outstanding in India as well? One slip in place, bowling from round the wicket

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

End of over 7 (1 run) West Indies 29/1 (RR: 4.14)
DS Smith    7* (14b 1x4)      M Morkel    1-0-1-0
DM Bravo    18* (25b 3x4)      DW Steyn    3-1-17-0

Kallis into the attack

7.1

Kallis to DM Bravo, FOUR, and what a welcome he gets, disdain from Bravo as he flat bats a not so short ball over wide mid-on, emphatic!

7.2

Kallis to DM Bravo, no run, chopped towards backward point

7.3

Kallis to DM Bravo, FOUR, what a shot from Bravo, a length ball and Bravo dismisses that one towards wide long-off, dismissive

7.4

Kallis to DM Bravo, 2 runs, and once more Bravo looks to smash Kallis, he doesn't quite get hold of it and spoons the ball beyond mid-off, this is one confident young man

7.5

Kallis to DM Bravo, no run

Kallis round the wicket

7.6

Kallis to DM Bravo, no run, targets the off stump this time, defended by Bravo down the track

End of over 8 (10 runs) West Indies 39/1 (RR: 4.87)
DM Bravo    28* (31b 5x4)      JH Kallis    1-0-10-0
DS Smith    7* (14b 1x4)      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

End of over 9 (3 runs) West Indies 42/1 (RR: 4.66)
DM Bravo    29* (33b 5x4)      M Morkel    2-0-4-0
DS Smith    9* (18b 1x4)      JH Kallis    1-0-10-0

9.1

Kallis to Smith, no run, a quieter start to this Kallis over, blocked off the front foot towards extra cover

9.2

Kallis to Smith, 1 run, full and sliding into leg, Smith stays in the crease and eases the ball towards midwicket for a single

9.3

Kallis to DM Bravo, 1 run, length ball just outside off, Bravo is content to open the face and get the ball down to third man for a single

Hardy: "@ David. SA used to open bowling with Pat Symcox. He was a spinner as well"

9.4

Kallis to Smith, no run, Kallis keeps nagging around off, Bravo plays it towards backward point, and a flurry of screaming from the batsmen before it was decided to not go for the single

9.5

Kallis to Smith, no run, bangs in the bouncer, Kallis showing no signs of the side strain that kept him out of the India one-dayers, Smith goes for the pull but doesn't connect

9.6

Kallis to Smith, no run, a far less action-packed Kallis over comes to an end, Smith defends

End of over 10 (2 runs) West Indies 44/1 (RR: 4.40)
DS Smith    10* (23b 1x4)      JH Kallis    2-0-12-0
DM Bravo    30* (34b 5x4)      M Morkel    2-0-4-0

Bowling Powerplay taken

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

Jason::"Just got word from credible sources that Darren Bravo didn't recognize Kallis with a full head of hair, and that's why he didn't pay him the deserved respect on his 1st delivery."

End of over 11 (5 runs) West Indies 49/1 (RR: 4.45)
DS Smith    14* (26b 2x4)      M Morkel    3-0-9-0
DM Bravo    31* (37b 5x4)      JH Kallis    2-0-12-0

11.1

Kallis to DM Bravo, 1 run, angling in to the batsman, who makes a bit of room and guides the ball behind backward point to bring up the half-century

11.2

Kallis to Smith, 1 run, dabbed down to third man, not much room from Kallis but the batsman just waited on it and guided it down

11.3

Kallis to DM Bravo, FOUR, can't think of a more contrasting shot to the previous one, this one is a murderous pull in front of square, Bravo doesn't rate Kallis as a bowler it seems, the fifty stand is up, Kallis won't be bowling too many short balls to Bravo from now

11.4

Kallis to DM Bravo, 1 run, back to nudging it down to third man, just a bit of width and an easy single is taken

11.5

Kallis to Smith, 1 run, Smith doesn't bother himself with niceties like footwork, as he gropes outside off, sends the ball towards backward point

11.6

Kallis to DM Bravo, 1 run, cramps the batsman up with the leg stump line, awkwardly played towards mid-on, 'Yeah, yeah' is the call and a single is taken

End of over 12 (9 runs) West Indies 58/1 (RR: 4.83)
DM Bravo    38* (41b 6x4)      JH Kallis    3-0-21-0
DS Smith    16* (28b 2x4)      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

Srikanth: "I remember the master class that Lara gave in the 1996 WC against SA. That century which I saw in a home near my school. As soon as the bell would ring signalling the end of the class, I would rush to see how much Lara was on... And when I saw him reach his century I stood transfixed to the spot and watch the match, long enough to miss my next class and be punished. Years later this Darren Bravo seems to be entertaining. But without intending to jinx D Bavo,I hope for a masterclass from him and a WI victory"

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

Dugald: "@Hardy, Symcox was no spinner. He couldn't even turn a steering wheel, never mind a ball."

End of over 13 (4 runs) West Indies 62/1 (RR: 4.76)
DM Bravo    42* (47b 7x4)      M Morkel    4-0-13-0
DS Smith    16* (28b 2x4)      JH Kallis    3-0-21-0

Big moment this, Imran Tahir coming into the attack. Powerplay is still on.

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

End of over 14 (2 runs) West Indies 64/1 (RR: 4.57)
DS Smith    17* (32b 2x4)      Imran Tahir    1-0-2-0
DM Bravo    43* (49b 7x4)      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

End of over 15 (8 runs) West Indies 72/1 (RR: 4.80)
DM Bravo    49* (54b 8x4)      M Morkel    5-0-21-0
DS Smith    18* (33b 2x4)      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

End of over 16 (11 runs) West Indies 83/1 (RR: 5.18)
DS Smith    18* (35b 2x4)      Imran Tahir    2-0-13-0
DM Bravo    60* (58b 8x4 1x6)      M Morkel    5-0-21-0

Robin Peterson, South Africa's third frontline spinner, into the attack.

16.1

Peterson to DM Bravo, no run, looks to guide that toward third man but is beaten outside off

16.2

Peterson to DM Bravo, 1 run, length ball just outside off, poked towards point for a well0-run single

Hussain: "Imran Tahir's action resembles Abdul Qadir more than Mushtaq Ahmed." Yup, there's some Qadir there as well

16.3

Peterson to Smith, 1 run, another safe single towards point

16.4

Peterson to DM Bravo, no run, punched back towards the bowler

16.5

Peterson to DM Bravo, no run, length ball on off, walks across and whips it towards mid-on

16.6

Peterson to DM Bravo, 1 run, overpitched, and Bravo forces that down to long-on for a single to end the over

And that will be drinks. West Indies will be very happy with the first hour and a bit. I'm off to do the over-by-over now, Nitin Sundar will describe the action here.

End of over 17 (3 runs) West Indies 86/1 (RR: 5.05)
DM Bravo    62* (63b 8x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    1-0-3-0
DS Smith    19* (36b 2x4)      Imran Tahir    2-0-13-0

Thanks Sid Ravi. I have been shouting myself hoarse in the chat and I shall repeat it here - I foresee a ton from Darren Bravo and a win for West Indies today. I expect South Africa's decision to bowl on this track to backfire. The cookie shall crumble in the evening. (That said, I have Amla and de Villiers (capt) in my Fantasy XI. That's called hedging.)

Botha comes back on. SA need a wicket.

17.1

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

17.1

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

17.2

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

17.3

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

17.4

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

17.5

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

17.6

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

End of over 18 (3 runs) West Indies 89/1 (RR: 4.94)
DS Smith    20* (41b 2x4)      J Botha    4-0-14-1
DM Bravo    63* (64b 8x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    1-0-3-0

The more you see of Smith, the more you wonder how good it would have been for WI if Barath were playing.

18.1

Peterson to Smith, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Smith leans out and defends to the off side for one

Right, once Petersen delivered an over to Lara and conceded 28 runs, a record in Tests. What can the clone do?

18.2

Peterson to DM Bravo, no run, flat and turning in from off stump, Darren defends down the track

18.3

Peterson to DM Bravo, 1 run, this one skids through, Bravo gets it away to short third man off the outside edge

18.4

Peterson to Smith, FOUR, well-played Smith - he's been getting tied down, and responds with a riskfree loft to a delivery bowled on a length and turning in. He chips out and just plays through the line, timed efficiently for four over the bowler's head. Almost a six.

18.5

Peterson to Smith, no run, looks to nurdle from outside off behind square for a single, but can't get it away

18.6

Peterson to Smith, 2 runs, more confidence from Smith, gets a flighted half-volley outside off and he gets forward decisively to the pitch of it and drives it along the ground for a couple to deep extra cover. South Africa are sweating.

Akbar: "With Dwayne B and K Pollard to come later, WI are looking in a very good position. I want to see a blizzard from Pollard. He is used to Indian pitches from his experience in IPL."

End of over 19 (8 runs) West Indies 97/1 (RR: 5.10)
DS Smith    27* (45b 3x4)      RJ Peterson    2-0-11-0
DM Bravo    64* (66b 8x4 1x6)      J Botha    4-0-14-1

19.1

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

19.2

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

19.3

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

19.4

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.

19.5

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

19.6

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!

End of over 20 (5 runs) West Indies 102/1 (RR: 5.10)
DM Bravo    67* (70b 8x4 1x6)      J Botha    5-0-19-1
DS Smith    29* (47b 3x4)      RJ Peterson    2-0-11-0

20.1

Peterson to DM Bravo, no run, flighted on off, Bravo gets forward and defends to the off side

20.2

Peterson to DM Bravo, 1 run, marginally back of a length, Bravo leans out and guides it square for another single

20.3

Peterson to Smith, 1 run, turning in from outside off, Smith gets inside the line and whips it behind square for another single

20.4

Peterson to DM Bravo, no run, Bravo comes down the track, can't get to the pitch and hence defends back down the track

20.5

Peterson to DM Bravo, no run, he advances again, Petersen holds it back once more and Bravo responds with the defensive shot to the off side

20.6

Peterson to DM Bravo, no run, gets the front foot across this time and turns him with a flourish of the wrists, to play the ball down. Single to wide mid on

End of over 21 (2 runs) West Indies 104/1 (RR: 4.95)
DM Bravo    68* (75b 8x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    3-0-13-0
DS Smith    30* (48b 3x4)      J Botha    5-0-19-1

21.1

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.

21.2

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

21.3

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

21.4

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

21.5

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

21.6

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

End of over 22 (5 runs) West Indies 109/1 (RR: 4.95)
DM Bravo    72* (80b 8x4 1x6)      J Botha    6-0-24-1
DS Smith    31* (49b 3x4)      RJ Peterson    3-0-13-0

22.1

Peterson to Smith, no run, tight line on middle and off, played back to the bowler

22.2

Peterson to Smith, 1 run, the sequence of dots is broken as Smith drives uppishly through mid off for a single

22.3

Peterson to DM Bravo, 1 run, Bravo comes out of the crease again, but can't get to the pitch and opens the face to steer a single backward of point

22.4

Peterson to Smith, 2 runs, Smith steals two now with soft hands. On the pads, and he whips it through square leg for a couple

22.5

Peterson to Smith, no run, better line, keeps it on middle and leg, Smith looks for the flick again, but plays to the bowler

22.6

Peterson to Smith, no run, lovely armer to end the over, Smith did not pick it as he leant out on off stump line and looked to defend. It zipped past the outside edge.

End of over 23 (4 runs) West Indies 113/1 (RR: 4.91)
DS Smith    34* (54b 3x4)      RJ Peterson    4-0-17-0
DM Bravo    73* (81b 8x4 1x6)      J Botha    6-0-24-1

23.1

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

The in-form Sarwan walks out. This is a really good batting line-up, and they need the runs today. Over the wicket with a slip.

23.2

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

23.3

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

23.4

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

23.5

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

23.6

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

End of over 24 (2 runs) West Indies 115/2 (RR: 4.79)
RR Sarwan    1* (4b)      J Botha    7-0-26-2
DS Smith    35* (55b 3x4)      RJ Peterson    4-0-17-0

Nithin: "Its spin all the way today , Will Benn agrees to Bowl or he refuses its a million dollar question."

International man of mystery, Tahir, comes back on.

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

One slip for Sarwan.

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

Chanders crabs out to the middle. In his 5th World Cup.

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.

Petie: "I suppose the guy who predicted a win for the Windies is buttering his hat by now."

Well, am no expert in foretelling these things, but I am still backing WI!

End of over 25 (3 runs) West Indies 118/3 (RR: 4.72)
RR Sarwan    2* (7b)      Imran Tahir    3-0-16-1
S Chanderpaul    1* (1b)      J Botha    7-0-26-2

Spinners have done their bit. Graeme Smith promptly brings Steyn back on.

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

Chanders - what a stance. Completely open, normal batsmen would stand this way if the bowler were running in from deep midwicket!

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.

Over the wicket now.

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

End of over 26 (2 runs) West Indies 120/3 (RR: 4.61)
RR Sarwan    2* (9b)      DW Steyn    4-1-18-0
S Chanderpaul    2* (5b)      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

End of over 27 (2 runs) West Indies 122/4 (RR: 4.51)
DJ Bravo    1* (4b)      Imran Tahir    4-0-18-2
S Chanderpaul    3* (6b)      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

End of over 28 (2 runs) West Indies 124/4 (RR: 4.42)
DJ Bravo    1* (6b)      DW Steyn    5-1-20-0
S Chanderpaul    4* (10b)      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

Silly point is in. Test match cricket at it's best. Almost.

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

Short leg for Bravo now. Amla under a helmet, under Bravo's nose.

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

End of over 29 (2 runs) West Indies 126/4 (RR: 4.34)
DJ Bravo    2* (8b)      Imran Tahir    5-0-20-2
S Chanderpaul    5* (14b)      DW Steyn    5-1-20-0

KedarP: "Again, Chanderpaul has to play out of his skin today as he has done on numerous occassions during his long career. He has to remain in the middle till the very end for Windies to post a winning total. Btw, he seems to be playing since eternity."

Bilal: "Sarwans dismissal is a clear cut failure of the UDRS. The inside edge was very very clear but i am not sure what the third umpire was thinking. The benefit of the doubt always goes to the batsman. This UDRS is doing more harm than good."

Wasn't so clear really. But there was a possiblity. Peterson comes on now.

29.1

Peterson to DJ Bravo, 1 run, speared on leg stump, Bravo stays back and tickles it backward of square for one

29.2

Peterson to Chanderpaul, no run, back of a length and turning in, Shiv reaches out and defends though he can't get to the pitch

29.3

Peterson to Chanderpaul, 1 run, short of a length again and turning into the pads, worked square for one

29.4

Peterson to DJ Bravo, no run, on the pads, Bravo tries to flick through midwicket, but straight to the fielder

29.5

Peterson to DJ Bravo, no run, Bravo shuffles across and looks to glance fine, but short fine leg is in the way

29.6

Peterson to DJ Bravo, 1 leg bye, ends the over with another huge lbw appeal, this time it is turned down. Speared in on leg and straightening, but I doubt itwas doing enough to hit the stumps as Bravo looked to work it to the leg side. Runs off the pad towards square leg

End of over 30 (3 runs) West Indies 129/4 (RR: 4.30)
DJ Bravo    3* (12b)      RJ Peterson    5-0-19-0
S Chanderpaul    6* (16b)      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

Leg slip in place now.

30.5

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

Tahir gets an official warning for running on the pitch. Taufel had a word with him earlier, which is why his follow through is the way it is - pushing away to the off side as soon as he releases the ball - but this time he stamps the track. Not a good idea. They need to bat on this later.

30.6

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

End of over 31 (11 runs) West Indies 140/4 (RR: 4.51)
DJ Bravo    11* (16b 1x6)      Imran Tahir    6-0-30-2
S Chanderpaul    8* (18b)      RJ Peterson    5-0-19-0

31.1

Peterson to DJ Bravo, no run, Robin gets this to turn from middle and off, Bravo opens the face and plays into the off side

31.2

Peterson to DJ Bravo, no run, on the pads this time, Bravo tries to turn it against the spin but can't get it away

31.3

Peterson to DJ Bravo, 1 run, this time he gets the single, driven fluently through mid on for one

31.4

Peterson to Chanderpaul, no run, slows this up in the air, Shiv nearly chips one back now as he tries to get forward and work to the leg side

31.5

Peterson to Chanderpaul, 1 run, gets the single away backward of square leg, worked off the pads nicely

31.6

Peterson to DJ Bravo, 1 run, Bravo does likewise, quietly dabbing him off the pads through backward square leg for a single

VishaLL: "West Indies run rate has dropped like Global stock market. "

End of over 32 (3 runs) West Indies 143/4 (RR: 4.46)
DJ Bravo    13* (20b 1x6)      RJ Peterson    6-0-22-0
S Chanderpaul    9* (20b)      Imran Tahir    6-0-30-2

Botha replaces Tahir now.

32.1

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.

32.2

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

32.3

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

32.4

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

32.5

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

32.6

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

Drinks break now. Who would have thought SA v WI would turn into a battle between spin and footwork? Fascinating finish to the innings on the cards, Sid R will take you through. I shall head back to the over-by-over chat.

End of over 33 (9 runs) West Indies 152/4 (RR: 4.60)
DJ Bravo    21* (24b 2x6)      J Botha    8-0-35-2
S Chanderpaul    10* (22b)      RJ Peterson    6-0-22-0

Thanks Nitin.

33.1

Peterson to DJ Bravo, 1 run, Bravo punches the ball towards long-on and ambles across for a single

33.2

Peterson to Chanderpaul, no run, Peterson launches a low lbw complaint, Chanderpual was looking to sweep that after getting on one knee, struck on the pads outside off

33.3

Peterson to Chanderpaul, no run, guided towards short third, no run again

33.4

Peterson to Chanderpaul, no run, tucked towards short fine this time, plenty of calling before it was decided to not go for the single

33.5

Peterson to Chanderpaul, 1 run, eases it past a diving Duminy at short midwicket to pick up a leisurely single

33.6

Peterson to DJ Bravo, 2 runs, not exactly where he intended, looking for a flamboyant carve, ends up sending the ball towards wide long-on

End of over 34 (4 runs) West Indies 156/4 (RR: 4.58)
DJ Bravo    24* (26b 2x6)      RJ Peterson    7-0-26-0
S Chanderpaul    11* (26b)      J Botha    8-0-35-2

Morne Morkel into the attack now, South Africa search for the wickets with the harder ball, changed after 34 overs

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

End of over 35 (1 run) West Indies 157/4 (RR: 4.48)
DJ Bravo    24* (28b 2x6)      M Morkel    6-0-22-0
S Chanderpaul    12* (30b)      RJ Peterson    7-0-26-0

35.1

Peterson to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, overpitched outside off, Chanderpaul shuffles down the track and whips it towards wide long-on, in the air but knew where he was hitting that

35.2

Peterson to Chanderpaul, no run, on the pads, defended to the leg side

35.3

Peterson to Chanderpaul, 1 run, nudges the ball towards midwicket, to the left of the fielder this time

35.4

Peterson to DJ Bravo, SIX, the third six for Bravo, length ball, Bravo sashays down the track and whacks that over long-on, no doubt that was clearing the rope, the Bravos having a fun day so far

35.5

Peterson to DJ Bravo, 1 run, square cut towards deep point for a single

35.6

Peterson to Chanderpaul, no run, blocked back to the bowler to end the over

End of over 36 (10 runs) West Indies 167/4 (RR: 4.63)
S Chanderpaul    15* (34b)      RJ Peterson    8-0-36-0
DJ Bravo    31* (30b 3x6)      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

Ronny: "The last time these two played a match in India WI won comfortably.Chanders played an important role in that victory.Hope he accelerates & WI scores a decent total"

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

Saugat: "Chanderpaul's strike rate is still hovering in the 40s, he has to get out of the shell now and bring the runrate up. You can not just give 250 runs to chase this SA batting lineup!!"

End of over 37 (8 runs) West Indies 175/4 (RR: 4.72)
S Chanderpaul    16* (37b)      M Morkel    7-0-30-0
DJ Bravo    37* (33b 1x4 3x6)      RJ Peterson    8-0-36-0

37.1

Peterson to DJ Bravo, 2 runs, Peterson on the pads, easy for Bravo who whips it towards deep square leg for a couple

37.2

Peterson to DJ Bravo, no run, fires it down the leg, tucked towards midwicket

37.3

Peterson to DJ Bravo, no run, clear strategy from Peterson is to not give any width, darting it into the pads every ball, Bravo can't get it away

37.4

Peterson to DJ Bravo, 1 run, more legstump bowling, Bravo gets a single towards mid-on

37.5

Peterson to Chanderpaul, OUT, oh my goodness, West Indies can't afford this, Bravo is run-out after an appalling call for a single from Chanderpaul, who had crunched a reverse-sweep to short third man, it went straight to Morne Morkel, no chance of a single there, but Chanderpaul had set off, Bravo responds late, though there was no way he was going to make his ground, the throw is on top of the stumps, AB takes off the bails with Bravo several yards out

DJ Bravo run out 40 (46m 37b 1x4 3x6) SR: 108.10

Pollard will have to wait, Devon Thomas is the new man

37.6

Peterson to Thomas, 1 run, length ball outside off, pushed towards mid-off

End of over 38 (4 runs) West Indies 179/5 (RR: 4.71)
DC Thomas    1* (1b)      RJ Peterson    9-0-40-0
S Chanderpaul    16* (38b)      M Morkel    7-0-30-0

Imran Tahir is back

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

End of over 39 (2 runs) West Indies 181/5 (RR: 4.64)
S Chanderpaul    17* (40b)      Imran Tahir    7-0-32-2
DC Thomas    2* (5b)      RJ Peterson    9-0-40-0

39.1

Peterson to Chanderpaul, 1 run, nudged to square leg for a single

39.2

Peterson to Thomas, no run, tossed up and that's defended to the bowler

39.3

Peterson to Thomas, 1 run, on the pads, tucked behind square for a single

39.4

Peterson to Chanderpaul, SIX, Chanderpaul decides its time to switch gears, a length ball from Peterson, Chanderpaul gets on one knee and looks to swipe that, gets it off the bottom of the bat, several yards wide of the fielder at midwicket

39.5

Peterson to Chanderpaul, 1 run, outside off, and that is punched down to long-off for a single

39.6

Peterson to Thomas, no run, on the pads, worked towards square leg to end the over

End of over 40 (9 runs) West Indies 190/5 (RR: 4.75)
DC Thomas    3* (8b)      RJ Peterson    10-0-49-0
S Chanderpaul    25* (43b 1x6)      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

Tahir gets second warning for running on to the pitch, one more and he's 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

End of over 41 (2 runs) West Indies 192/5 (RR: 4.68)
S Chanderpaul    26* (48b 1x6)      Imran Tahir    8-0-34-2
DC Thomas    4* (9b)      RJ Peterson    10-0-49-0

Botha returns to the attack

41.1

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

41.1

Botha to Thomas, no run

41.2

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

41.3

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

41.4

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

41.5

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

How long can West Indies delay the onslaught?

41.6

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

End of over 42 (13 runs) West Indies 205/5 (RR: 4.88)
DC Thomas    11* (14b 1x4)      J Botha    9-0-48-2
S Chanderpaul    27* (49b 1x6)      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

Anil: "WI have played 142 dot balls in 41 overs ie 246 almost half the balls they have faced are dot balls, i m afraid too many dot balls"

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

End of over 43 (7 runs) West Indies 212/6 (RR: 4.93)
DC Thomas    14* (18b 1x4)      Imran Tahir    9-0-41-3
KA Pollard    0* (0b)      J Botha    9-0-48-2

Steyn's back to tackle Pollard

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

Pollard time. The crowd is buzzing as he comes on strike. Hard to believe such a reaction for a non-Indian player.

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

Doc is the first of many to send in mails slating Pollard: "Surely, for West Indian supporters, there cannot be a more frustrating player to watch than Kieron Pollard! In my case, I am yet to see him come off, so to me he is way overrated."

End of over 44 (1 run) West Indies 213/7 (RR: 4.84)
DJG Sammy    0* (3b)      DW Steyn    6-1-21-1
DC Thomas    15* (20b 1x4)      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

End of over 45 (wicket maiden) West Indies 213/8 (RR: 4.73)
     Imran Tahir    10-1-41-4
DJG Sammy    0* (3b)      DW Steyn    6-1-21-1

Batting Powerplay can't be delayed any more

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

Steyn round the wicket

45.6

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

Riddymon speaks for the West Indian supporter: "After all the hype leading up to this match, their overall batting is an embarassment. They need to PRAY that Amla, Smith, Duminy and Kallis don't fire. I can't believe I woke up early for this"

End of over 46 (1 run) West Indies 214/9 (RR: 4.65)
SJ Benn    0* (1b)      DW Steyn    7-1-22-2
KAJ Roach    1* (4b)      Imran Tahir    10-1-41-4

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

End of over 47 (6 runs) West Indies 220/9 (RR: 4.68)
SJ Benn    5* (6b 1x4)      M Morkel    8-0-35-0
KAJ Roach    1* (5b)      DW Steyn    7-1-22-2

47.1

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

AbuShariz has sent this in about a hundred times: "Supporting WI? Their batting look as rusty as their outfit colour appears."

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

The two Bravos played well, Devon Smith hung around for a while but the West Indies batting hasn't done their job.

Imran Tahir, whose had a great debut, says: "I'm over the moon, I'm really grateful to God, and everyone who has supported me. I have been bowling in Powerplays before, Graeme had a lot of confidence in me, I bowled well in the second spell, some days you have a bad day, some day a good on, today was a good day." He says pace is the key when bowling in the Powerplays, even for spinners.

About the warnings for running on the pitch, "I'm not comfortable bowling away from the stumps, I'm working on it. "

Baundule from Germany is one of the few readers happy with West Indies' batting: "WI has done well to score past 220 on this Delhi pitch against a strong bowling line up."

Dilan asks: "Ah the old Calypso Collapso, will we ever see the back of it?"

Ruan E: "What a performance by Imran Tahir, taking 4 wickets on debut under the pressure of a World Cup-opener, he holds the key for South Africa in this competition! Well done!"

Srini: "I had Darren Bravo, Steyn, Kallis in my fantasy team.. Bravo Steyn has done their job... Kallis it is time for you." Join our Fantasy game. Some great prizes on offer.

Salil: "So is that Imran Tahir's Oscar speech? It sounded like one!!!"

And a mail from a chap calling himself the Two Faced Riddler before I head off for a break: "I think this match proves how fine the margins are in International sport. Even with 10 overs to go, WI looked like they could get to 270. I think the criticism of their batting is over the top- they just lost crucial wickets at wrong times and most of them against the run of play (Both Bravos, Chanders). On another day, even with one of them sticking around, they could have done really well."

Chew over that, we'll be back around 18.30 for the chase.

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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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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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