ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 16th match, Group B

Netherlands v South Africa

South Africa won by 231 runs

1.1

Westdijk to Smith, 1 run, Smith's away by pushing a wide delivery gently through the covers off the back foot

1.2

Westdijk to Amla, FOUR, short ball on leg stump, Amla stays back, swivels and pulls the ball to the fine leg boundary

1.3

Westdijk to Amla, no run, better length and the line is outside off this time, Amla lets it go

1.4

Westdijk to Amla, no run, short of a length outside off, Amla tries to cut through point but mis-times it

1.5

Westdijk to Amla, no run, good length around off stump, a hint of away movement, Amla is nicely behind the line to block

1.6

Westdijk to Amla, no run, defended watchfully towards the off side

South Africa 9/0   BA Westdijk 1-0-5-0

3.1

Westdijk to Amla, FOUR, a full ball on off stump, a half-volley in fact, Amla leans forward and drives, in the air a touch but placed safely into the gap between cover and mid-off

3.2

Westdijk to Amla, 1 run, too straight now and Amla flicks the ball off his pads towards deep square

3.3

Westdijk to Smith, no run, good length delivery pitching around off and slanting across the left-hander. Smith strides forward and lets it go

3.4

Westdijk to Smith, 2 runs, Smith tries to pull a short ball but is too early on the shot and mis-hits it towards fine leg. He runs hard and returns for the second

3.5

Westdijk to Smith, 3 runs, too full on the pads and Smith will hit that in his sleep, flicked through square but again the ball doesn't reach the boundary

3.6

Westdijk to Amla, no run, full ball outside off stump, Amla stays back and digs it out towards point

South Africa 23/0   BA Westdijk 2-0-15-0

5.1

Westdijk to Amla, no run, played back to the bowler

5.2

Westdijk to Amla, no run, Amla drives the ball firmly towards the bowler who gets some hand on it before it hits the stumps at the non-striker's end. Smith's bat was firmly grounded in safety.

5.3

Westdijk to Amla, no run, short and wide and Amla tried to bash the ball through cover. He tried to hit it too hard and was early on the shot. The ball was in the air but bounced just in front of the fielder at cover.

5.4

Westdijk to Amla, 1 run, steered towards third man for a single

5.5

Westdijk to Smith, no run, full ball outside off stump, Smith plays the cover drive but the ball hits the bottom of his bat and goes nowhere

5.6

Westdijk to Smith, no run, another full ball but straighter, Smith stays in his crease and pushes the ball towards point

South Africa 26/0   BA Westdijk 3-0-16-0

7.1

Westdijk to Amla, no run, a very low full toss, Amla comes forward to push down the ground but the ball clunks into the bottom of his bat

7.2

Westdijk to Amla, 1 run, worked off the pads towards square leg

7.3

Westdijk to Smith, FOUR, Smith takes one and then another step down and drives a length ball through the gap at cover, perhaps his first really fluent shot of the day

7.4

Westdijk to Smith, 1 run, short of a length on middle stump, Smith stays back this time and flicks the ball through square

7.5

Westdijk to Amla, 1 wide, too wide outside off, will have to do that one again

7.5

Westdijk to Amla, 2 runs, short ball but one that doesn't rise much, Amla swivels and pulls to deep backward square where a fine effort saves the boundary

7.6

Westdijk to Amla, no run, punched off the back foot towards the bowler

South Africa 36/0   BA Westdijk 4-0-25-0

29.1

Westdijk to Amla, 1 run, starts with a ball down the leg side, it's glanced down to fine leg for a single

29.2

Westdijk to de Villiers, 5 wides, too wide, well down the leg side and the keeper has no chance, five runs gifted, a threatening partnership this

29.2

Westdijk to de Villiers, no run, comes down the track again and he hurls it on the pads once more, tries to glance it down but doesn't seem to make contact, the bowler however thinks so. Not given a wide, so there was impact but it's not clear if it was the pads or the bat. The keeper fumbled it

29.3

Westdijk to de Villiers, no run, pushed off the front foot towards cover

29.4

Westdijk to de Villiers, 1 run, bangs it short on middle, pulls it away towards deep midwicket for a single, well struck but the field is spread out now

29.5

Westdijk to Amla, 1 run, hurls it full on middle, pushed down the ground to long-on for one more

29.6

Westdijk to de Villiers, 1 run, short ball on middle, it was an offcutter, kept a little low but he got his bat down in time, and closed the face slightly, to play it wide of square leg for a single

South Africa 145/2   BA Westdijk 5-0-34-0

31.1

Westdijk to Amla, 1 run, good length on middle, stroked down the pitch, past the non-striker, to long-on

31.2

Westdijk to de Villiers, no run, the offcutter, came back in from short of a length on the off, gets on the back foot and drops it down onto the pitch

31.3

Westdijk to de Villiers, 1 run, slower one bowled full on the off, AB picked it and drove it to long-on

31.4

Westdijk to Amla, FOUR, lovely batting, no use of force there, just used the pace to perfection, nipped back in, third man was a little wide, Amla just opened the face at the last moment to late-cut that to the boundary

31.5

Westdijk to Amla, no run, slightly short on middle, pushed off the back foot to midwicket

31.6

Westdijk to Amla, 1 run, slower ball that Amla picked up a little late, reached forward and pushed it down to long-on for a single

South Africa 162/2   BA Westdijk 6-0-41-0

33.1

Westdijk to Amla, no run, short of a good length on the off, punched towards extra cover

33.2

Westdijk to Amla, FOUR, short and punished, runs flowing now, yawning gap between deep square leg and fine leg and the ball was just right to be dispatched in that area

33.3

Westdijk to Amla, 1 run, lands on a good length, driven on the up towards deep cover for a single

33.4

Westdijk to de Villiers, 1 run, slower one bowled full on the off, pushed down the ground to long-on for a single

33.5

Westdijk to Amla, 1 run, short of a good length, dabs it down to third man for a single

33.6

Westdijk to de Villiers, FOUR, beautifully placed, he had made up his mind there, Wesdjik didn't help his cause by pitching short, again. All AB had to do was help it on its way past the short fine fielder

South Africa 178/2   BA Westdijk 7-0-52-0

35.1

Westdijk to Amla, no run, length ball outside off, Amla stands and drives, powerfully, but straight to the fielder at extra cover

35.2

Westdijk to Amla, 1 run, driven off the front foot down the ground

35.3

Westdijk to de Villiers, 1 run, a slower ball and AB checks his drive, ends up pushing it down the ground, past the bowler

35.4

Westdijk to Amla, 1 run, wide outside off stump, Amla reaches out for it and dabs down to third man

35.5

Westdijk to de Villiers, 1 run, AB doesn't spot the slower one and mis-times the ball back to the bowler, who fails to field it

35.6

Westdijk to Amla, 1 run, played off the back foot towards point

South Africa 190/2   BA Westdijk 8-0-57-0

47.1

Westdijk to Duminy, 5 wides, that's far too wide outside off, Duminy tried to sweep that and had no chance. The keeper was standing up and he had no chance either

47.1

Westdijk to Duminy, 1 run, Dumny makes room and drives the ball fluently towards cover where the fielder does well to get a hand on it

47.2

Westdijk to du Plessis, FOUR, deft and clever. du Plessis came down the pitch, hoping to attack, the ball was slower and so he had to readjust. He opened the face and guided it fine to the third man boundary

47.3

Westdijk to du Plessis, 1 run, pushed toward cover for a quick single

47.4

Westdijk to Duminy, SIX, he's teed off with spectacular results. Length delivery from Westdjik and Duminy pounces, lofting the ball extremely far over the long-on boundary with a massive swing of the bat

47.5

Westdijk to Duminy, 1 wide, wide outside off stump, will have to re-bowl that one

47.5

Westdijk to Duminy, 3 leg byes, short ball and Duminy misses the hook and gets struck on the helmet. He's not flustered though and manages to take three from a blow to the head!

47.6

Westdijk to du Plessis, 1 run, nudged towards point off the front foot, 22 runs off that over

South Africa 319/4   BA Westdijk 9-0-76-0

Photos

Mar 3, 2011

Dale Steyn celebrates the wicket of Ryan ten Doeschate, Netherlands v South Africa, World Cup 2011, Mohali, March 3, 2011

Dale Steyn celebrates the wicket of Ryan ten Doeschate

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Mar 3, 2011

Wesley Barresi pulls the ball during his knock of 44, Netherlands v South Africa, World Cup 2011, Mohali, March 3, 2011

Wesley Barresi pulls the ball during his knock of 44

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