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)

I, Nitin Sundar, will take you through to the first drinks break, during which time Sid Ravi will moderate our free-wheeling chat.

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Smith and Amla stride out to open. West Indies do a South Africa - Sully Benn will open the attack. Amla averages 59.89, fyi. And strikes at 93. Humongous. Slip in place as he faces up.

0.1

Benn to Amla, no run, speared in from round the wicket, wide of the crease, Amla backs away and looks to cut but can't get it past point

0.2

Benn to Amla, no run, beaten outside off! That's not happened much to Amla recently. Benn gets this one to grip and break from back of a length as Amla goes for a big drive and misses.

Men out at sweeper cover and deep point

0.3

Benn to Amla, no run, back of a length again, Amla stays on the crease and punches into the covers

0.4

Benn to Amla, 1 run, fuller this time and Amla is away, driving softly wide of mid off for one. Devon Thomas is really loud behind the stumps, "Come on Maaaaan", he yells.

0.5

Benn to Smith, no run, Smith stays on the crease and defends down the track from outside off

0.6

Benn to Smith, no run, beats the inside edge with extra turn as Smith hangs back and misses the cut.

Err, apologies. Smith is opening. Not Steyn. I am awake now that I have finished my cuppa coffee.

End of over 1 (1 run) South Africa 1/0 (222 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 1.00, RRR: 4.53)

    • GC Smith 0 (2b)
    • HM Amla 1 (4b)
    • SJ Benn 1-0-1-0

Roach shares the new ball.

1.1

Roach to Amla, no run, back of a length and coming in with the angle, Amla stays in the crease and punches to the on side

1.2

Roach to Amla, 2 runs, on the toes, Amla flicks fluently behind square for a single

1.3

Roach to Amla, FOUR, Statutory warning - Don't pitch it on Amla's pads. If you do, he will kill you. Just like that. Roach delivers another half volley, friendly and full, don't mind the pace. Amla happily flicks, this time in front of square and gets the first four of the chase

1.4

Roach to Amla, 1 leg bye, again that line, but not so full this time and Amla is beaten for pace as he looks to whip. Thuds into the pads and it rolls away for a legbye

1.5

Roach to Smith, no run, over-pitched and angling across Smith, looking for his outside edge, and he goes for the drive. Gets it squarer than he wanted to, and it goes to point

1.6

Roach to Smith, no run, again, very full outside off, Smith looks for the drive though he's not close enough for the shot, and mistimes it

Dar: "Play within the play "How long will Devon Thomas keep his vocal chords going?"

End of over 2 (7 runs) South Africa 8/0 (215 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 4.47)

    • GC Smith 0 (4b)
    • HM Amla 7 (8b 1x4)
    • KAJ Roach 1-0-6-0
    • SJ Benn 1-0-1-0
2.1

Benn to Amla, FOUR, that's the problem for a spinner in the opening overs. He has to be spot on with the line and length. Benn did not give much width, but it was probably a foot shorter than it should have been outside off stump. Amla pounced on it and sent it purring away behind point for four

2.2

Benn to Amla, 2 runs, fuller this time, draws Amla out into the forward defensive push

2.3

Benn to Amla, no run, tossed up on leg, Amla looks to flick but closes the face early and the leading edge goes back to the bowler

2.4

Benn to Amla, 1 run, Amla pushes to mid off, where Devon Smith converges on it, but is possibly distracted by the keeper's mad yelling. Fumble allows a single which was on, in any case.

2.5

Benn to Smith, no run, turn into Smith this time from just outside off, and he adjusts to defend with the full face.,

Short cover in place.

2.6

Benn to Smith, no run, flighted on off stump, Smith reaches out to drive but can't time it well enough to beat the bowler

End of over 3 (7 runs) South Africa 15/0 (208 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 4.42)

    • GC Smith 0 (6b)
    • HM Amla 14 (12b 2x4)
    • SJ Benn 2-0-8-0
    • KAJ Roach 1-0-6-0
3.1

Roach to Amla, no run, full anf angling in again, Amla drives solidly to mid on

Qwiky: "The WIndian bowlers will have to bowl out of their skins and then some more to make a fight of this match. Roach, Benn, Sammy, Bravo are a decent attack, but I don't see them making a dent in this SAfrican batting lineup."

3.2

Roach to Amla, no run, and he nearly gets him with a short ball, that did not quite rise after landing. That came on slower than Amla expected and did not sit up. He went for the pull and nearly mistimed it straight to square leg

3.3

Roach to Amla, OUT, Roach has got Amla in slightly controversial fashion. Several things happened there. First up, Roach delivered a snorter of an inducker, accentuated by the fact that he delivered it from wide of the crease. It was always coming in, and then landed on a length outside off before nipping in. Amla was cut in half as he looked to force from the crease, and ended up getting an inner edge that flew low down to the leg side. The keeper Devon Thomas who has been making a lot of noise, pulled a blinder, arresting his momentum and diving low to the left. The umpire asked Amla to wait, to check if Roach over-stepped. The replays suggested it was cut and go. If I were the third ump, I'd have probably said no-ball, but it was deemed legal. WI have struck

HM Amla c †Thomas b Roach 14 (14m 15b 2x4 0x6) SR: 93.33

3.4

Roach to Kallis, no run, yorker first up at 147 kph, this is Caribbean pace at its best! Kallis does well to jam the bat down and keep it out.

3.5

Roach to Kallis, 1 run, short ball now, Kallis goes for the pull and keeps it down to deep backward square leg, for one

3.6

Roach to Smith, no run, back of a length on off stump, Smith gets behind the line and defends compactly.

Horror day this for me on Fantasy. Gayle's failed with the bat, now Amla too. Still, this is now headed for an interesting finish if WI can keep up the intensity.

End of over 4 (1 run) South Africa 16/1 (207 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 4.50)

    • GC Smith 0 (7b)
    • JH Kallis 1 (2b)
    • KAJ Roach 2-0-7-1
    • SJ Benn 2-0-8-0
4.1

Benn to Kallis, no run, tossed up on off, Kallis reaches up to smother and defends to the off side

4.2

Benn to Kallis, 2 runs, this time he spears into the pads and Kallis works it through midwicket for a couple

4.3

Benn to Kallis, no run, tossed up on off, check drive into the covers for a single

4.4

Benn to Kallis, 1 run, this time Kallis gets the single, driving airily into the covers

4.5

Benn to Smith, 1 run, Smith leans out to cover the line and then works with the spin through midwicket for one

4.6

Benn to Kallis, OUT, Ladies and gentlemen - we have a game here. Kallis is gone. Lovely bit of bowling from Benn, lands this on a length around middle and leg, and tempts Kallis into the cover drive. Only, Kallis was around half a foot short of the length, and the ball spun like the Indian-made tops you get in Chandni Chowk. Kallis ended up getting an outside edge that flew quick to Sammy at the lone slip. Did it carry? Kallis did not wait for the replays to vindicate it - he just asked Sammy. How good is that to see? Great scenes. This game has come alive.

JH Kallis c Sammy b Benn 4 (5m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

End of over 5 (4 runs) South Africa 20/2 (203 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 4.51)

    • GC Smith 1 (8b)
    • SJ Benn 3-0-12-1
    • KAJ Roach 2-0-7-1
5.1

Roach to Smith, no run, back of a length and angling across Smith who defends from the crease into the covers

5.2

Roach to Smith, FOUR, lovely from Smith. Back of a length and on the pads, that was not full enough to be caressed, but Smith still managed to time it without breaking into a sweat. The ball gathers pace as it runs across the Kotla for four.

5.3

Roach to Smith, no run, better line, gets this ti angle across Smith who stays on the crease and defends towards mid off

5.4

Roach to Smith, no run, over-pitched on off this time, and Roach is lucky that Smith mis-timed the off drive.

5.5

Roach to Smith, no run, Roach is getting the ball to talk, and it is currently saying, "I am so near, yet so far to Smith's outside edge". Back of a length, angling across and nipping off the seam, past Smith's tentative poke and through to talkative Thomas.

5.6

Roach to Smith, 1 run, and a yorker to end the over, thunders in from wide of the crease and Smith does well to protect the feet and work it through square leg for one.

End of over 6 (5 runs) South Africa 25/2 (198 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 4.16, RRR: 4.50)

    • GC Smith 6 (14b 1x4)
    • AB de Villiers 0 (0b)
    • KAJ Roach 3-0-12-1
    • SJ Benn 3-0-12-1
6.1

Benn to Smith, 1 run, tossed up on off from over the wicket, Smith skips out and works it with the turn through wide mid on. Thomas lets the fielder have a earful as he runs in to field, and he responds by keeping it down to one

6.2

Benn to de Villiers, 1 run, AB jumps out, converts it into a fulltoss and eases it past the bowler for a single

6.3

Benn to Smith, no run, almost snuck through an almost non-existent gap between bat and pad as Smith reached out to smother the spin. It was stopped by the base of his backfoot in the end,

6.4

Benn to Smith, no run, Smith gets further out and across, works it with the spin to mid on

6.5

Benn to Smith, no run, Smith makes solid connection with thin air. He had troubles against Harbhajan outside off recently and Benn is doing the same. Tossed up, drifting and looping outside off, Smith drives airily and misses

6.6

Benn to Smith, no run, shorter and flatter, Smith hangs back and defends into the off side

Hassan: "I believe it was Moin Khan who started this trend of being chirpy behind the stumps."

This is an intense start so far. The question is whether WI have the depth to keep attacking. I doubt it.

End of over 7 (2 runs) South Africa 27/2 (196 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 3.85, RRR: 4.55)

    • GC Smith 7 (19b 1x4)
    • AB de Villiers 1 (1b)
    • SJ Benn 4-0-14-1
    • KAJ Roach 3-0-12-1
7.1

Roach to de Villiers, FOUR, AB you beauty. Back of a length outside off, not the kind of ball normal batsmen will look to score a boundary off. What does AB do? He stays back in the crease. Shapes for a forward defensive. And plays a forward defensive. Only that he middles the defensive push and sends the ball packing across the turf for four.

7.2

Roach to de Villiers, no run, fuller this time, AB gets forward and defends down the track

7.3

Roach to de Villiers, FOUR, AB has played the shot of the day, and followed it up with one that's even better. Both within his first 4 balls. Fuller from Roach, wide outside off, mere batsmen would have flashed without moving feet. Special batsmen like AB get their front foot into the job and just flow with it, essaying a square drive that just seems to be in perfect synchrony with the order of things in the universe.

7.4

Roach to de Villiers, no run, back of a length on off stump, and defended

7.5

Roach to de Villiers, FOUR, within the space of one over, AB has left this commentator short of words. Another shot that is just a thing of joy. Roach now almost hits the perfect unhittable length outside off. Maybe a foot short of where it should have been. AB stayed on leg stump, opened the wrists, bent the knees and forced it square. Poetic.

7.6

Roach to de Villiers, 1 run, on the pads and he easily works it through square leg for one

End of over 8 (13 runs) South Africa 40/2 (183 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 4.35)

    • AB de Villiers 14 (7b 3x4)
    • GC Smith 7 (19b 1x4)
    • KAJ Roach 4-0-25-1
    • SJ Benn 4-0-14-1
8.1

Benn to de Villiers, no run, full on off stump and defended into the off side

8.2

Benn to de Villiers, 2 runs, AB almost commits suicide. He looks to dominate Benn from the outset, jumping out of the crease and looking to dump him inside out, but Benn cannily drops the length short. AB ends up scooping it without getting to the pitch and it lands just wide of mid off.

8.3

Benn to de Villiers, 1 run, gets the single and gets to the non-striker's end. Full on leg stump, almost yorked but he managed to push it to long on for one

8.4

Benn to Smith, 1 run, Smith escapes a run out chance. Gosh, how did West Indies let that slip? He works it off the pads, very soft hands so it does not go very far. Thomas scurries across, picks up and throws to the bowler's end as Smith looks hopelessly short of completing an impossible single. It misses the stumps and Benn fails to collect. He had enough time, but he did not collect it!

8.5

Benn to de Villiers, no run, speared into the pads, he looks to pull and misses. Stifled lbw appeal, mostly in hope.

8.6

Benn to de Villiers, 1 run, back of a length outside off, he stays back and drives through mid on for one

End of over 9 (5 runs) South Africa 45/2 (178 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 4.34)

    • AB de Villiers 18 (12b 3x4)
    • GC Smith 8 (20b 1x4)
    • SJ Benn 5-0-19-1
    • KAJ Roach 4-0-25-1

Dwayne Bravo comes on.

9.1

DJ Bravo to de Villiers, no run, straight and sure, back of a length on off stump, AB defends down the track.

9.2

DJ Bravo to de Villiers, no run, a foot outside off, AB looks to dab it fine of point, but finds the fielder. They think of a single, can someone tell them they are chasing a small target?

9.3

DJ Bravo to de Villiers, FOUR, in the middle of the madness, some more class from AB. Bravo lands this in the driving length, AB's hit good balls for four before, this was meat and drink. Gets forward, bends the knee and spanks it with military efficiency through the covers. Crunch.

9.4

DJ Bravo to de Villiers, no run, better lengths, holds it back and forces AB to defend as he covers the line

9.5

DJ Bravo to de Villiers, no run, another one on the spot, coming in off the seam, AB defends to the off side

9.6

DJ Bravo to de Villiers, no run, and again, thats more like it from Bravo and AB deals respectfully. Defended to the off side

Neo Matrix: "Give me a "C".... give me a "H", let's hope AB, Smith and company are able to overcome rest of it."

End of over 10 (4 runs) South Africa 49/2 (174 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 4.90, RRR: 4.35)

    • AB de Villiers 22 (18b 4x4)
    • GC Smith 8 (20b 1x4)
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-4-0
    • SJ Benn 5-0-19-1

Bowling Powerplay taken promptly after 10 overs. Sammy comes on from round the wicket.

10.1

Sammy to Smith, 1 run, full and friendly on middle and leg, Smith drives reluctantly to mid on for one

10.2

Sammy to de Villiers, 1 run, short of a length and wide of off stump, AB waits for it and dabs it towards third man for a single

10.3

Sammy to Smith, no run, smart delivery, offcutter back of a length, working on Smith's patience as he searches for pace on the ball. Ends up defending after coming down the track

10.4

Sammy to Smith, 1 run, similar length but a touch wide outside off and Smith steers it backward of point for one

10.5

Sammy to de Villiers, 1 run, angled into AB's pads, he nurdles it in front of square to turn the strike again

10.6

Sammy to Smith, 1 run, another one of 'em offcutters, Smith's having problems. Short of a length, grips and turns away as Smith sets himself up for a forcing square drive. The deviation means it hits the outside edge and runs down to third man for one

Herb: "@Neo Matrix: Is that "CHokers" or "CHampions"...?"

Russell: "How predictable. I was waiting for someone to say choker. And I can't believe you actually posted it. Come on - have a bit of patience..."

Here's hoping Smith has some patience.

End of over 11 (5 runs) South Africa 54/2 (169 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 4.90, RRR: 4.33)

    • GC Smith 11 (24b 1x4)
    • AB de Villiers 24 (20b 4x4)
    • DJG Sammy 1-0-5-0
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-4-0

The keeper stands up to Bravo. I am turning the TV volume to zero now.

11.1

DJ Bravo to Smith, 1 run, full delivery outside off, Smith drives without timing into the covers

11.2

DJ Bravo to de Villiers, no run, keeps it back of a length again, AB stays on the crease and defends towards the leg side

11.3

DJ Bravo to de Villiers, 1 run, slightly fuller and wider, in his current form AB will think he's missed out. Mistimes the cover drive and gets a single

11.4

DJ Bravo to Smith, FOUR, that's the length Smith's been waiting for, and he gets it away for a much-needed boundary. Bravo dangles it temptingly outside off, full and slightly wide. Smith flows into his dominant cover drive, and gets the gap to perfection

11.5

DJ Bravo to Smith, 1 run, slowish offcutter this time, Smith waits and opens the face to run it down towards third man

11.6

DJ Bravo to de Villiers, 1 run, back of a length again outside AB's off stump, dabbed off the backfoot through backward point for one

End of over 12 (8 runs) South Africa 62/2 (161 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 5.16, RRR: 4.23)

    • AB de Villiers 26 (23b 4x4)
    • GC Smith 17 (27b 2x4)
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-12-0
    • DJG Sammy 1-0-5-0
12.1

Sammy to de Villiers, no run, that kept low, AB stayed back to a back of length ball that never came on, and punched it straight to mid off. Smith thought there was a single, and if Benn had hit the stumps, he may have been ruing the decision to run halfway down before turning back

12.2

Sammy to de Villiers, 2 runs, two more for AB, stays beside the line of one outside off and guides it effortlessly to deep backward point for a couple

12.3

Sammy to de Villiers, no run, Sammy cuts the width this time, AB just stays back and punches into the covers

12.4

Sammy to de Villiers, 2 runs, Sammy again gives AB just enough width to power the square drive away for a couple. He's looking Ominous with a capital O.

12.5

Sammy to de Villiers, no run, back of a length again outside off and doesn't time it too well as he punches into the covers

12.6

Sammy to de Villiers, no run, fuller delivery to end the over, AB just covers the line and blocks to the off side

End of over 13 (4 runs) South Africa 66/2 (157 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 5.07, RRR: 4.24)

    • AB de Villiers 30 (29b 4x4)
    • GC Smith 17 (27b 2x4)
    • DJG Sammy 2-0-9-0
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-12-0
13.1

DJ Bravo to Smith, no run, ouch, Bravo has slipped on his follow through and looks to be in serious strife. Back of a length on off stump, Smith punches it towards mid on. Bravo thought he could get across and stop it, so tried to arrest his off-side motion on the follow through. He seemed to twist his knee and land clumsily. Break in play and time for some drinks.

That's the cue for me to hand over comms to Sid Ravi and move across to the over-by-over chat console. Keep the feedback flowing!

Bravo is off the field, that's a big blow for West Indies. Pollard to complete the over

13.2

Pollard to Smith, 1 run, short of length ball is swiped in trademark Smith style to midwicket

13.3

Pollard to de Villiers, no run, short of length ball just outside off, defended back to the bowler

13.4

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 run, slow, full and wide from Pollard, slashed towards cover by AB de Villiers

13.5

Pollard to Smith, 1 run, on the pads, another easy single as Smith tucks the ball to midwicket

13.6

Pollard to de Villiers, no run, angling into AB de Villiers, who taps the ball back to the bowler

Ben@ACC: "If Bravo gets injured, my poor friend Greenie will have cemented bottom place in our Fantasy Cricket Private League before it's really taken off. Bad luck, but I'm not complaining. "

End of over 14 (3 runs) South Africa 69/2 (154 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 4.92, RRR: 4.27)

    • AB de Villiers 31 (32b 4x4)
    • GC Smith 19 (30b 2x4)
    • KA Pollard 0.5-0-3-0
    • DJG Sammy 2-0-9-0
14.1

Sammy to Smith, 2 runs, whipped towards wide midwicket for a couple to bring up the fifty partnership

14.2

Sammy to Smith, no run, on a length, defended back to the bowler

14.3

Sammy to Smith, 1 run, guided the ball to third man for a single, Smith wasn't settled at the start

14.4

Sammy to de Villiers, 1 run

14.5

Sammy to Smith, no run, full and sliding into the pads, Smith tucks it to midwicket

14.6

Sammy to Smith, no run, back of a length ball, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 15 (4 runs) South Africa 73/2 (150 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 4.86, RRR: 4.28)

    • GC Smith 22 (35b 2x4)
    • AB de Villiers 32 (33b 4x4)
    • DJG Sammy 3-0-13-0
    • KA Pollard 0.5-0-3-0

Gayle gets his chance to show he can be the best allrounder in the tournament

15.1

Gayle to de Villiers, 1 run, full and into the pads, pushed back past the bowler

15.2

Gayle to Smith, no run, full ball on offstump, defended to the bowler

Will: "Guys, the "choker" tag is simplistic. Cricket is far more complicated than that. Does any one side have a defining characteristic? If they did, cricket would be pretty boring. The Proteas chased 404 on the final day of a test to beat Australia at home for the first time in years. They chased down 434 to beat Australia in an ODI. Choking? C'mon. The reality is a lot more complex and entertaining than that. And yes, I'm a Proteas fan. "

15.3

Gayle to Smith, no run, full delivery outside off,smother by Smith

15.4

Gayle to Smith, no run, length ball outside off, pushed towards mid-off

15.5

Gayle to Smith, 1 run, on the pads, dabbed to mid-on for a single

15.6

Gayle to de Villiers, no run, shortish ball, turns a touch in, AB de Villiers tucks it to square leg

End of over 16 (2 runs) South Africa 75/2 (148 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 4.68, RRR: 4.35)

    • AB de Villiers 33 (35b 4x4)
    • GC Smith 23 (39b 2x4)
    • CH Gayle 1-0-2-0
    • DJG Sammy 3-0-13-0
16.1

Sammy to Smith, 1 run, an ungainly swipe from Smith, a misfield at short midwicket from Gayle allows a hurried single

Nico: "Very evenly poised match! I think we are in for a belter but recent history, form and the Proteas depth in batting...coupled with experience and South African grit should see us home. Come on Boys!!"

16.2

Sammy to de Villiers, 2 runs, AB looks to open the face, gets a thick outside edge past the keeper for two, streaky!

16.3

Sammy to de Villiers, 1 run, works this to midwicket for a single

16.4

Sammy to Smith, no run, chops the ball towards the point, straight at the fielder

16.5

Sammy to Smith, 1 run, back of a length, on offstump, pushed towards mid-off

16.6

Sammy to de Villiers, 1 run, back of a length again, not much movement for Sammy, AB works the ball behind square leg

End of over 17 (6 runs) South Africa 81/2 (142 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 4.76, RRR: 4.30)

    • AB de Villiers 37 (38b 4x4)
    • GC Smith 25 (42b 2x4)
    • DJG Sammy 4-0-19-0
    • CH Gayle 1-0-2-0
17.1

Gayle to de Villiers, no run, full on off, punched back to the bowler

17.2

Gayle to de Villiers, 1 run, that kept low, just outside off, whipped towards square leg, AB sprinted the first, hoping for a second, but Smith decline

17.3

Gayle to Smith, no run, thumped off the front foot towards mid-off

17.4

Gayle to Smith, 1 run, length ball on middle and leg, pushed towards mid-on

17.5

Gayle to de Villiers, 1 run, faster one from Gayle, AB de Villiers looks to heave that towards midwicket, gets a top edge that loops towards wide mid-off, and lands just wide of Benn

17.6

Gayle to Smith, no run, length ball and outside off, pushed towards cover

End of over 18 (3 runs) South Africa 84/2 (139 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 4.66, RRR: 4.34)

    • GC Smith 26 (45b 2x4)
    • AB de Villiers 39 (41b 4x4)
    • CH Gayle 2-0-5-0
    • DJG Sammy 4-0-19-0
18.1

Sammy to de Villiers, FOUR, lovely, what a shot from AB de Villiers, overpitched outside off, he gets a big stride forward and caresses the ball past mid-off

18.2

Sammy to de Villiers, no run, short of a length ball on legstump, played inside out towards extra cover

18.3

Sammy to de Villiers, no run, length ball slanting into the pads, AB de Villiers leans across and pushes it towards mid-on

18.4

Sammy to de Villiers, no run, a touch shorter, carved towards backward point

18.5

Sammy to de Villiers, 1 run, back of a length ball into legstump again, worked behind square leg for a single

18.6

Sammy to Smith, 1 run, overpitched ball to end the over, Smith punches it to long-on to pick another risk-free single

End of over 19 (6 runs) South Africa 90/2 (133 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 4.73, RRR: 4.29)

    • GC Smith 27 (46b 2x4)
    • AB de Villiers 44 (46b 5x4)
    • DJG Sammy 5-0-25-0
    • CH Gayle 2-0-5-0

Hilarious, Smith walks away at the last moment because there's a problem with the sightscreen, Gayle continues to run in slow motion, pretending that he's going to bowl the ball, then has a chat with Smith

19.1

Gayle to Smith, 1 run, first ball of the over is short and wide as Smith comes down the track, inside-edged towards mid-on

19.2

Gayle to de Villiers, 1 run, stands tall and pushes the ball to mid-on for another single, no trouble at all

19.3

Gayle to Smith, no run, length ball outside off, poked towards the off side

19.4

Gayle to Smith, 1 run, Smith comes down the ground, lofts the ball towards long-on, not it with much power and it lands safely short of the fielder

19.5

Gayle to de Villiers, 1 run, on the pads and that is whipped to midwicket

19.6

Gayle to Smith, no run, this time Smith plays to midwicket, can't get it past the fielder

News is that Bravo won't take any further part in today's game, and that he will have a scan tomorrow

End of over 20 (4 runs) South Africa 94/2 (129 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 4.70, RRR: 4.30)

    • GC Smith 29 (50b 2x4)
    • AB de Villiers 46 (48b 5x4)
    • CH Gayle 3-0-9-0
    • DJG Sammy 5-0-25-0

Pollard's back

20.1

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 run, wide outside off, carved towards backward point

20.2

Pollard to Smith, no run, short of length ball on middle, defended to the off side

Tim: "Will, the Proteas get the choker tag for not performing when they're expected to. They WEREN'T expected to get 404/434 against the Aussies, whereas they WERE expected to make an impact in recent World Cups. That's what choking is!so"

20.3

Pollard to Smith, no run, length ball on off, driven towards mid-on

20.4

Pollard to Smith, no run, shorter this time, and on offstump, pushed towards mid-off for another dot ball

20.5

Pollard to Smith, 1 run, back of a length ball on legstump, worked towards square leg, Pollard somehow has developed the knack of not getting hit, the bowling looks pretty innocuous

20.6

Pollard to de Villiers, no run, on offstump this time, punched back to the bowler who moves to his right to stop that

End of over 21 (2 runs) South Africa 96/2 (127 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 4.57, RRR: 4.37)

    • AB de Villiers 47 (50b 5x4)
    • GC Smith 30 (54b 2x4)
    • KA Pollard 1.5-0-5-0
    • CH Gayle 3-0-9-0
21.1

Gayle to Smith, 1 run, on the legstump, tucked towards square leg

21.2

Gayle to de Villiers, no run, on the legstump again, worked towards midwicket

21.3

Gayle to de Villiers, 1 run, on the pads again, clipped behind square leg

21.4

Gayle to Smith, 1 run, Smith set off immediately after punching that ball to mid-off,. AB was slow to respond and he had to put the skates on as the throw came in to the keeper's end

21.5

Gayle to de Villiers, no run, defended to the right of the bowler

21.6

Gayle to de Villiers, SIX, AB de Villiers has had enough of nurdling the ball, he charges out and smacks that delivery over wide long-on to bring up his fifty with a flourish

stevo: "@Tim - Using that logic - After scoring 434 the Australians were EXPECTED to win... they didn't... they're chokers too."

End of over 22 (9 runs) South Africa 105/2 (118 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 4.77, RRR: 4.21)

    • AB de Villiers 54 (54b 5x4 1x6)
    • GC Smith 32 (56b 2x4)
    • CH Gayle 4-0-18-0
    • KA Pollard 1.5-0-5-0
22.1

Pollard to Smith, no run, full ball on middle, yorks Smith, who squeezes it out down the pitch

22.2

Pollard to Smith, 1 run, punched down the ground for another easy single

22.3

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 run, West Indies need the breakthroughs now, these two are finding it very easy, AB pushes the ball towards mid-off and takes one

22.4

Pollard to Smith, 2 runs, eases towards long-on, Smith immediately shouts 'Two, two' and they get it

22.5

Pollard to Smith, 1 run, poked towards backward point for another single

22.6

Pollard to de Villiers, FOUR, another outside edge, Pollard is on his haunches, second time AB has got it past the keeper, very fine as well, that four more for South Africa

End of over 23 (9 runs) South Africa 114/2 (109 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 4.95, RRR: 4.03)

    • AB de Villiers 59 (56b 6x4 1x6)
    • GC Smith 36 (60b 2x4)
    • KA Pollard 2.5-0-14-0
    • CH Gayle 4-0-18-0
23.1

Roach to Smith, no run, a length ball on middle and leg, pushed back to the bowler

Roach is back to try prise this partnership apart

23.2

Roach to Smith, no run, a quick delivery on legstump, Smith is opened up as he defends

23.3

Roach to Smith, 2 runs, on Smith's pads again, worked towards deep backward square leg, where Sarwan sprints across and dives to save his team a couple of runs

23.4

Roach to Smith, 1 run, more legstump bowling, glanced to fine leg for a single

23.5

Roach to de Villiers, no run, a loud call of 'Wait in' after Nikita Miller makes a diving stop at backward point

23.6

Roach to de Villiers, no run, goes for the cut but that ball was far lower than AB expected, he gets down on one knee to try and meet the ball, still can't connect

Shane Stewart: "In response to Tim's comments: You're right in saying that SA weren't expected to reach those targets i.e. 404 and 434 but at some point during those innings' it became more realistic that it was possible to reach it. They managed to hold their nerve during those moments when they could've choked and not reach it. Choking can only happen at key moments during the match and not before you have even taken the field to bat/bowl. Unfortunately people associate choking and the World Cup when it comes to SA and tend to forget the moments outside the WC where they have held their nerve."

End of over 24 (3 runs) South Africa 117/2 (106 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 4.87, RRR: 4.07)

    • AB de Villiers 59 (58b 6x4 1x6)
    • GC Smith 39 (64b 2x4)
    • KAJ Roach 5-0-28-1
    • KA Pollard 2.5-0-14-0
24.1

Pollard to Smith, 1 run, punched down to long-on for another risk-free single

24.2

Pollard to de Villiers, no run, length ball on middle and off, pushed back to the bowler

24.3

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 run, short of a length and just outside off, jabbed towards point by AB

24.4

Pollard to Smith, 1 run, poked to point for a single that brings up the hundred partnership, South Africa coasting along

24.5

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 run, bends his knee as he square drives a length ball to deep point

24.6

Pollard to Smith, no run, slightly loopy delivery from round the stumps, just outside off, driven hard by Smith but a dive from Sammy at short cover stops that one

End of over 25 (4 runs) South Africa 121/2 (102 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 4.84, RRR: 4.08)

    • GC Smith 41 (67b 2x4)
    • AB de Villiers 61 (61b 6x4 1x6)
    • KA Pollard 3.5-0-18-0
    • KAJ Roach 5-0-28-1
25.1

Roach to de Villiers, no run, length ball is defended to cover

25.2

Roach to de Villiers, 1 run, short of a length ball just outside off, again AB shows off the bent-knee drive, towards sweeper cover

25.3

Roach to Smith, no run, short of a length this time, outside off, Smith taps it back to the bowler

25.4

Roach to Smith, no run, fuller ball, Smith drags it towards mid-on but can't get the run

25.5

Roach to Smith, no run, back to back of a length, slower ball, 120kmh, defended by Smith

25.6

Roach to Smith, 2 runs, driven down the ground by Smith, all too easy for South Africa here

End of over 26 (3 runs) South Africa 124/2 (99 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 4.76, RRR: 4.12)

    • GC Smith 43 (71b 2x4)
    • AB de Villiers 62 (63b 6x4 1x6)
    • KAJ Roach 6-0-31-1
    • KA Pollard 3.5-0-18-0
26.1

Pollard to de Villiers, no run, short of a length from Pollard, patted back to the bowler by AB

26.2

Pollard to de Villiers, no run, once again, AB is content pushing the ball back to the bowler

26.3

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 run, very short from Pollard, and a bit of width as well, chopped towards sweeper cover

26.4

Pollard to Smith, no run, slanting into the pads, for the third time in the over, Pollard fields a push back down the track

A change of ball, not sure what exactly the problem was with the previous one

26.5

Pollard to Smith, no run, short of length ball, Smith looks to cut but is beaten outside off

26.6

Pollard to Smith, 1 run, gets a single to deep square leg

Andy: "Half way stage, SA coasting with 2 men well set, 8 wkts in hand, 4 an over...absolutely tailor made for a choke!" Doubt it

End of over 27 (2 runs) South Africa 126/2 (97 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 4.66, RRR: 4.21)

    • GC Smith 44 (74b 2x4)
    • AB de Villiers 63 (66b 6x4 1x6)
    • KA Pollard 4.5-0-20-0
    • KAJ Roach 6-0-31-1
27.1

Benn to Smith, 1 run, length ball from Benn, pushed towards wide mid-on

27.2

Benn to de Villiers, no run, hurried on to AB as he looked to cut, pushes it to the off side

27.3

Benn to de Villiers, FOUR, gets forward and launches that over short cover for four, lovely timing and placement as well

27.4

Benn to de Villiers, SIX, and that's massive, AB charges out and clubs that cleanly over long-off, well into the stands, this match heading for an early finish

27.5

Benn to de Villiers, 1 run, outside off, no flight this time, de Villiers works it towards sweeper cover

27.6

Benn to Smith, no run, on the pads, defended to the left of the bowler who rushes across to field

End of over 28 (12 runs) South Africa 138/2 (85 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 4.92, RRR: 3.86)

    • GC Smith 45 (76b 2x4)
    • AB de Villiers 74 (70b 7x4 2x6)
    • SJ Benn 6-0-31-1
    • KA Pollard 4.5-0-20-0
28.1

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 run, gentle length delivery from Pollard, pushed to the off side for a single

Herb: "@Andy: AB is applying the Heimlich Manoeuvre."

28.2

Pollard to Smith, no run, full ball is drilled by Smith towards mid-off

28.3

Pollard to Smith, OUT, Pollard sets off on extravagant celebrations, Smith is bowled as he looks to swipe a delivery to the leg side, he plays well outside the line of that one and the ball crashes into off, the breakthrough West Indies desperately needed

GC Smith b Pollard 45 (116m 78b 2x4 0x6) SR: 57.69

JP Duminy is the new batsman

28.4

Pollard to Duminy, no run, Duminy shoulders arms to his first delivery, well outside off

28.5

Pollard to Duminy, 1 run, back of a length ball and outside off, defended to the off side

28.6

Pollard to de Villiers, no run, AB looks to slash that one to point but he misses the outside-off ball

End of over 29 (2 runs) South Africa 140/3 (83 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 4.82, RRR: 3.95)

    • AB de Villiers 75 (72b 7x4 2x6)
    • JP Duminy 1 (2b)
    • KA Pollard 5.5-0-22-1
    • SJ Benn 6-0-31-1
29.1

Roach to Duminy, 1 run, Duminy gets a single down to third man

29.2

Roach to de Villiers, FOUR, that was a beautiful shot from AB, gets slightly forward and caresses the ball along the ground for four, he's played that several times today

29.3

Roach to de Villiers, 1 run, tapped towards mid-on for a single

29.4

Roach to Duminy, no run, superb delivery from Roach, a bouncer on legstump, Duminy wasn't sure how to deal with that, bottom hand comes off the bat as he defends awkwardly, the ball pops towards the off side

29.5

Roach to Duminy, no run, follows that up with a full ball, that is kept out by Duminy

29.6

Roach to Duminy, 1 run, a single to midwicket to end the Roach over

End of over 30 (7 runs) South Africa 147/3 (76 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 4.90, RRR: 3.80)

    • JP Duminy 3 (6b)
    • AB de Villiers 80 (74b 8x4 2x6)
    • KAJ Roach 7-0-38-1
    • KA Pollard 5.5-0-22-1
30.1

Pollard to Duminy, FOUR, shortish ball from Pollard, swatted by Duminy with plenty of power, Darren Bravo makes a mess of the fielding at deep midwicket, that's a boundary to start the over

30.2

Pollard to Duminy, no run, defended to the off side

30.3

Pollard to Duminy, 2 runs, on leg stump, Duminy gets bat on it to guide it down to fine leg for a couple

Pollard runs in and oversteps by a big margin, at least a foot, Taufel called no-ball but Pollard didn't let the ball go as he knew he was a long way over

30.4

Pollard to Duminy, 1 run, defended towards point, and the batsmen scamper a quick single

30.5

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 no ball, a length ball is defended to the off side by AB, this is a no-ball for not having enough fielders in the circle

30.5

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 run, gets on the back foot and eases it to long-on to get an easy single

30.6

Pollard to Duminy, 1 run, back of a length ball on off, JP Duminy guides the ball towards backward point, looks at AB to see whether he wants a single, AB is already racing for the run, Duminy sprints as well, and the throw is wide, and all is well for South Africa

End of over 31 (10 runs) South Africa 157/3 (66 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.06, RRR: 3.47)

    • JP Duminy 11 (11b 1x4)
    • AB de Villiers 81 (76b 8x4 2x6)
    • KA Pollard 6.5-0-32-1
    • KAJ Roach 7-0-38-1
31.1

Roach to Duminy, 1 run, short ball from Roach to start, Duminy pulls powerfully to square leg, where the umpire ducks to avoid the ball

31.2

Roach to de Villiers, 1 run, overpitched on offstump, driven towards extra cover by AB de Villiers

31.3

Roach to Duminy, 4 leg byes, down the leg side, hits him on the pads, as runs down past the keeper for four leg byes

31.4

Roach to Duminy, 1 run, short and outside off, Duminy stands tall and steers the ball to third man for a single

31.5

Roach to de Villiers, 1 run, another short one from Roach, AB looks to power that through the leg side, doesn't quite time it as the ball flies towards square leg

31.6

Roach to Duminy, 1 leg bye, another leg bye to end the over, Roach continue to bowl as Duminy's pads

End of over 32 (9 runs) South Africa 166/3 (57 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.18, RRR: 3.16)

    • JP Duminy 13 (15b 1x4)
    • AB de Villiers 83 (78b 8x4 2x6)
    • KAJ Roach 8-0-42-1
    • KA Pollard 6.5-0-32-1

A frowning Sulieman Benn in to bowl

32.1

Benn to Duminy, 2 runs, overpitched, and Duminy works that past mid-on

32.2

Benn to Duminy, 1 run, loopy full delivery outside off, Duminy bends as he lap sweeps that towards short fine

32.3

Benn to de Villiers, 1 run, short of a length and outside off, chopped towards point by AB

32.4

Benn to Duminy, 2 runs, Duminy guides the ball towards third man and immediately calls for two

32.5

Benn to Duminy, 1 run, eased to the right of the bowler for a single, runs coming too easily for South Africa

32.6

Benn to de Villiers, no run, short of a length, blocked to the leg side by AB

End of over 33 (7 runs) South Africa 173/3 (50 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.24, RRR: 2.94)

    • AB de Villiers 84 (80b 8x4 2x6)
    • JP Duminy 19 (19b 1x4)
    • SJ Benn 7-0-38-1
    • KAJ Roach 8-0-42-1
33.1

Sammy to Duminy, no run, back of a length, and outside off, pushed towards mid-off

33.2

Sammy to Duminy, no run, back of length ball that gets the leading edge as the batsman defends, ball pops towards point

33.3

Sammy to Duminy, 1 run, short of length ball, on middle and off, tucked towards mid-on by Duminy

33.4

Sammy to de Villiers, 4 leg byes, that's free runs, down the leg side, off the pads and past a diving wicket keeper for four

33.5

Sammy to de Villiers, 2 runs, de Villiers charges down the ground and flat bats a short ball towards sweeper cover

33.6

Sammy to de Villiers, 1 run, more orthodox from AB on the last ball before drinks, pushed to long-on for a single

That's it from me for ball-by-ball, Nitin Sundar will describe the rest of the game.

End of over 34 (8 runs) South Africa 181/3 (42 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.32, RRR: 2.62)

    • AB de Villiers 87 (83b 8x4 2x6)
    • JP Duminy 20 (22b 1x4)
    • DJG Sammy 6-0-29-0
    • SJ Benn 7-0-38-1

Thanks Sid R. South Africa are coasting along here. As some of you have pointed out, they have a chance to go to the head of the group.

Benn to bowl.

34.1

Benn to de Villiers, no run, slow through the air, a touch short outside off as AB looks to play the square drive

34.2

Benn to de Villiers, 1 run, back of a length outside off and this time he forces it away through point for one

34.3

Benn to Duminy, 1 run, short ball outside JP's off stump, leaves him unable to play the premeditated sweep, and he just adjusts and dabs it backward of point for a single

34.4

Benn to de Villiers, no run, flighted outside off and AB pushes it into the off side

34.5

Benn to de Villiers, 1 run, this time he spears it into the pads and AB turns it through midwicket for a single

34.6

Benn to Duminy, 1 run, on JP's pads and he works it behind square for a single to retain strike

End of over 35 (4 runs) South Africa 185/3 (38 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.28, RRR: 2.53)

    • JP Duminy 22 (24b 1x4)
    • AB de Villiers 89 (87b 8x4 2x6)
    • SJ Benn 8-0-42-1
    • DJG Sammy 6-0-29-0
35.1

Sammy to Duminy, 1 run, good delivery, back of a length and iniviting the drive, but not quite in the slot, JP still plays it uppishly through mid on for one

35.2

Sammy to de Villiers, 2 runs, AB's driving through the off side has been top drawer today. Another over-pitched offering outside off and he knifes it to the deep for a couple

35.3

Sammy to de Villiers, 1 run, full-pitched on the stumps, AB drives down the ground for a single towards long on

35.4

Sammy to Duminy, 1 run, JP almost seemed to expect the short ball, he was ready for the pull despite coming down the track and to the off side, and then kept it down to deep backward square leg

35.5

Sammy to de Villiers, 1 run, over-pitched on AB's pads. Well, Sammy seems to have given up. AB flicks through square leg for one

35.6

Sammy to Duminy, 2 runs, slow and short outside off stump, easily dabbed through point for one more

End of over 36 (8 runs) South Africa 193/3 (30 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.36, RRR: 2.14)

    • JP Duminy 26 (27b 1x4)
    • AB de Villiers 93 (90b 8x4 2x6)
    • DJG Sammy 7-0-37-0
    • SJ Benn 8-0-42-1
36.1

Benn to de Villiers, 1 run, over-pitched on middle and leg, driven through the covers for a single

A slight drizzle, unless my eyes are playing tricks on me. Not even close to heavy enough to stop play.

36.2

Benn to Duminy, no run, drifts onto the pads, JP works it to the leg side, without timing

36.3

Benn to Duminy, 1 run, shorter and tuening in, JP stays back and forces against the spin for a single into the covers

36.4

Benn to de Villiers, 1 run, AB dances out, gets to the pitch and drives with the spin through mid off for a single

36.5

Benn to Duminy, no run, the floater from Benn, JP plays back, spots the variation and covers the line

36.6

Benn to Duminy, no run, again, flat and quick, and it holds its line on off stump. JP defends down the track

End of over 37 (3 runs) South Africa 196/3 (27 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.29, RRR: 2.07)

    • JP Duminy 27 (31b 1x4)
    • AB de Villiers 95 (92b 8x4 2x6)
    • SJ Benn 9-0-45-1
    • DJG Sammy 7-0-37-0
37.1

Sammy to de Villiers, 1 run, AB looks to launch Sammy through the covers, but inside edges onto the boot and they steal a single to the off side

37.2

Sammy to Duminy, no run, back of a length outside off, JP covers the line and defends to mid off

37.3

Sammy to Duminy, no run, over-pitched on off, JP drives well but straight to cover

37.4

Sammy to Duminy, no run, back of a length, JP fends off the back foot behind point

37.5

Sammy to Duminy, 1 run, now he gets the single, forcing Sammy through the off side

37.6

Sammy to de Villiers, 1 run, AB drives into the covers and squeals a single. After a long time, the new keeper makes his voice heard. He loves to yell at mid off, doesn't he.

21.25 The covers are already coming off, so expect a resumption in sometime soon.

Not sure how many of you know about the super-efficient Delhi police at the Kotla, who refused to let food into the ground today. The entire South African team, and Geoff Boycott, were almost forced to starve. Well, the last World Cup was ruined by the administrators not allowing musical instruments into the ground - this time, they are going one step ahead. Tragic. In Bangalore, the tickets distribution for Ind v Eng was an absolute shambles. People queued up from late last night, only to be roughed up by cops and an immense crowd - how can you blame the crowds, when you only release a fraction of the tickets to the public? At some point, the crowds should just stop turning up. Sadly, no one will even notice. Cricket is, after all, made for TV.

21:17 Rain halts play. Any anxious SA fans out there - there is no way this can finish with the main scoreboard reading 22 required off 1 ball. SA are well ahead of the par score - 58 runs to be precise. It is a very light drizzle for now, but if it doesn't stop, then people with AB de Villiers in the Fantasy XI could be cheated of some century points (including me, who has AB as his captain).

End of over 38 (3 runs) South Africa 199/3 (24 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.23, RRR: 2.00)

    • AB de Villiers 97 (94b 8x4 2x6)
    • JP Duminy 28 (35b 1x4)
    • DJG Sammy 8-0-40-0
    • SJ Benn 9-0-45-1

Paul Dean: "Re: the Indian police not letting food into the ground. If only this policy had been enforced in the Warne era maybe the great Aussie spinner wouldn't have been carrying quite so much excess timber."

All set. Benn resumes.

38.1

Benn to de Villiers, 1 run, tossed up outside off, AB stays beside the line and cracks it square for a single

38.2

Benn to Duminy, 1 run, JP skips out, gets to the pitch and works Benn through mid on for another single

The crowd's chanting "AB AB.." They want a 100.

38.3

Benn to de Villiers, 1 run, over-pitched on off, AB forces through wide mid-off for one

38.4

Benn to Duminy, 1 run, flat and quick outside off, JP stays in the crease and blocks into the covers for one

38.5

Benn to de Villiers, 1 run, it had to be the square drive, didn't it. Full delivery outside off, AB gets to the pitch, bends the knee and creams it into the covers for the fastest 100 by a South African in World Cups. It's been an AB delight.

38.6

Benn to Duminy, 1 run, speared down the leg, would have been a wide if JP had let it go, he stabbed it through square leg for one

End of over 39 (6 runs) South Africa 205/3 (18 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.25, RRR: 1.63)

    • JP Duminy 31 (38b 1x4)
    • AB de Villiers 100 (97b 8x4 2x6)
    • SJ Benn 10-0-51-1
    • DJG Sammy 8-0-40-0

Gayle comes on now. Round the wicket.

39.1

Gayle to Duminy, no run, slow through the air, stops in JP who is early into the punch towards wide mid off

Second successive AB ton against WI in World Cups. Four years have passed - nothing has changed.

39.2

Gayle to Duminy, 1 run, again slow outside off, JP waits and this time gets the single through wide mid off for one

39.3

Gayle to de Villiers, 1 run, AB comes out to a flat delivery and works it down the ground for one

39.4

Gayle to Duminy, 1 run, JP taps an off stump ball towards the covers for one

39.5

Gayle to de Villiers, no run, Gayle is absolutely firing them onto leg stump, AB responds with a forward defensive

39.6

Gayle to de Villiers, no run, again, fast and full on leg stump, AB defends down the track

Daniel: "While we r concentrating on Ab's century.. at the other end JP goes past 2000 ODI runs.. Well done JP"

End of over 40 (3 runs) South Africa 208/3 (15 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.20, RRR: 1.50)

    • AB de Villiers 101 (100b 8x4 2x6)
    • JP Duminy 33 (41b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 5-0-21-0
    • SJ Benn 10-0-51-1

Pollard comes on now. Round the wicket.

40.1

Pollard to Duminy, 1 run, back of a length outside off, JP rides the bounce and taps into the off side

Mahbub: "Re efficient police: In the Fatullah warm-up match in Bangladesh, the stadium security did allow spectators to enter the ground with water bottles but were not allowed to take in the bottle caps. Logic: without the caps, the water bottles could not be used as impromptu missiles!"

Bizarre.

40.2

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 run, slow pointless trundle, back of a length outside off, AB slaps into the covers for one more

40.3

Pollard to Duminy, no run, fuller on off stump, JP forces down the ground but can't get it away

40.4

Pollard to Duminy, 1 run, JP rides a short ball outside off and dabs it very late backward of point for a single

40.5

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 run, Pollard jumps wide of the crease and then angles this down the leg side for AB to glance it along the way to deep fine leg

40.6

Pollard to Duminy, 1 run, back of a length outside off, JP waits on the crease and punches through mid off for another single

Roy: "Nitin you are right about overzealous administrators. I would add they are callous as well. Heard Javagal Srinath on TV saying that the crowd thing is not new and has always happened in Indian cricket! How could he brush it off so casually?

End of over 41 (5 runs) South Africa 213/3 (10 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.19, RRR: 1.11)

    • JP Duminy 36 (45b 1x4)
    • AB de Villiers 103 (102b 8x4 2x6)
    • KA Pollard 7.5-0-37-1
    • CH Gayle 5-0-21-0
41.1

Gayle to Duminy, no run, tossed up on off, JP can't get it away and Thomas yells, "Ohh bowling, bowling bowling..."

41.2

Gayle to Duminy, no run, same ball, draws JP into the off drive and he can't get it away. Thomas thinks Gayle just bowled the ball of the century.

41.3

Gayle to Duminy, 1 run, JP gets this away through the off side, and Thomas cuts short his usual speech, "Ohhh... Oh"

41.4

Gayle to de Villiers, 1 run, AB gets inside the line and plays with the spin through mid on for a single

41.5

Gayle to Duminy, 2 runs, JP waits for the spin and then eases into a cover drive, fluent and easy for a couple

41.6

Gayle to Duminy, 1 run, JP gets a single to end the over, working down the ground for one

CanisMajoris (Mr. Violent?): "Well i can still throw a cap-less water filled bottle and smash someones head to pieces!!!"

End of over 42 (5 runs) South Africa 218/3 (5 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.19, RRR: 0.62)

    • JP Duminy 40 (50b 1x4)
    • AB de Villiers 104 (103b 8x4 2x6)
    • CH Gayle 6-0-26-0
    • KA Pollard 7.5-0-37-1

Devon Smith for some friendly offies. I get the feeling, something's gotta give. Not.

42.1

Smith to Duminy, 1 run, short ball outside off, JP punches into the covers for one

42.2

Smith to de Villiers, 2 runs, AB gets a short one now and forces it into the covers. Another couple.

42.3

Smith to de Villiers, 1 run, AB works him with the spin through midwicket. As he runs across for the penutimate run, he takes the gloves off. JP should finish it off now.

42.4

Smith to Duminy, no run, not yet. Cracks a short ball outside off straight to cover

Shreya: "Being a masters in engineering, I can tell you that throwing a water filled bottle as a missile without the cap is very difficult as the the spilling water takes the momentum of the bottle in various directions thus destroying the trajectory."

Kausthub: "@CanisMajoris Here, they are referring to Plastic bottles and not glass ones by which you could smash heads as alchool is not allowed in the stadiums in the subcontinent!"

42.5

Smith to Duminy, 1 run, all over. Full-pitched ball outside off and JP's laced it along towards deep extra cover for the winning run. South Africa have stamped their awesomeness all over West Indies today.

India stay on top of Group B on Net run rate, but we have a real long way to go before that begins to matter. Right then, on behalf of Sid Ravi, this is Nitin Sundar signing out. Do check out Liam Brickhill's bulletin on your way out. Do join us for the double header tomorrow, beginning with the Chappell-Hadlee series in the morning. Cheers!

The Delhi crowd and the South African contingent in the stands cheer on as AB de Villiers picks up the Man of the Match award. "It is a batsman's game [that's why Tahir is not Man of the Match he says, tongue in cheek!] I wasn't timing it in the nets last week, but it came off well tonight. Prior IPL experience in Delhi helped a bit - it was my advice to bat second, and that worked for us tonight."

Graeme Smith: (clearly nurning a sore throat of sorts) "Winning the toss was nice, we started well. Darren Bravo played really well, but we managed to peg it back in the middle. We tried to mix it up in the middle. Once you pick a wicket, you can build pressure and we managed to pick up wickets in clusters. My batting wasn't the best - I have been a little ill coming into the game, so I just wanted to bat through with AB and build a partnership. AB went faster than run a ball and paced it real well. Long time to our next game, good vibe in the group and we will take some time off."

Darren Sammy: "We had an opportunity to get a lot more runs .. We needed someone to play like AB did for SA. Few positives - Darren Bravo played really well and we hope he can continue. We kept losing wickets in clusters, and it did not help. Losing Dwayne Bravo was not good for us. We don't know the extent of the injury yet. Hopefully he'll be ok."

The sad thing for West Indies is that they were not as bad as the final margin suggests. In fact, they were on top for a good part of their innings, with Darren Bravo mastering South Africa's spinners and seamers with Laraesque grace. Imran Tahir was hit out of the attack, but once Bravo fell to an efficient Johan Botha, Tahir came back on and turned hoops around West Indies. Steyn did his bit, and West Indies finished well short of what they needed. And then Dwayne Bravo picked up an injury which reduced them to a 2.5-man attack. AB was just too good to let them off. Comprehensive win in the end.

JP: "Good to start with a win. Wasn't too difficult to get in on this pitch. Special knock from AB. You knew when he hit that first four, that he was song. Lots of confidence in the dressming room - Immy [Imran Tahir] did exceptionally, so good on him."

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