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

Game time. Hashim 'run machine' Amla and Graeme Smith are out in the middle. Still chilly and overcast in Mohali. Mudassar Bukhari will open the bowling.

9.25 am: National anthem time. Will South Africa's not be botched like it was in Delhi? They wait agonisingly in uncertainty as the Netherlands' Het Wilhelmus is first.

Phew, no hiccups this time.

"Looks a good team for SA. But who knows...the so called minnows (Mr. Ponting, are you listening?) can upset any set team like it happened yesterday...kudos to Ireland," says R Tailor.

9.10 am How much confidence can Netherlands take from Ireland's performance last night? Not much in actuality I would think, but they can go out there and give it a real go, like they did against England. South Africa are a solid team, and a disciplined one as well, so it looks improbable ... but not impossible.

"Peterson for Botha is a very odd one... I would also have played Ingram over van Wyk. Otherwise, much better squad balance today," says Zubair.

It is an odd decision, the Peterson-over-Botha one. Isn't Botha captain in waiting too? van Wyk's probably been given a run to strengthen the batting ahead of tougher tests. A 300-plus total seems to be the norm on some of these pitches.

A word about the ground in Mohali. The PCA Stadium used to India's premier venue. Used to. Now, a lot of its stands are still open, with no roof. And the crowds there are abysmal. even for Tests involving India. I don't expect too many today to turn up. I'll be happy to be proved wrong.

Toss, 9.03 am: The two captains are in the middle of a ground surrounded by empty stands. Typical Mohali in recent years.

Peter Borren won the toss and Netherlands will bat. Oops, that was a slip of the tongue. A rather sheepish Borren says, "Sorry Graeme, we'll actually have a bowl." They are playing an unchanged team.

Graeme Smith says he'd have bowled as well because of the overcast conditions. Everyone's fit for South Africa. They've made one change, and are playing Morne van Wyk instead of Johan Botha.

8.45 am Good morning folks and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's coverage of the match between South Africa and Netherlands in Mohali, where it's a bit cold. There was some overnight rain but that's cleared up now.

I'm still recovering from last night's game. It was something else. The reception the Ireland cricketers got from friends, family and everyone else at the hotel when they got off the team bus was magnificent. Siddharth Ravindran spoke with the Cricket Ireland president about the achievement, and with William Porterfield. Sriram Veera met fans and the wives and girlfriends of some players. It was truly the night of their lives.

Dare we hope the Netherlands produce anything similar against South Africa?

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0.1

Mudassar Bukhari to Amla, no run, good length first up and a good line too just outside off, a hint of shape away from Amla who lets it go through to the keeper

0.2

Mudassar Bukhari to Amla, no run, Amla drives at a fuller ball outside off and plays towards point

0.3

Mudassar Bukhari to Amla, FOUR, short and wide outside off and Amla is away with a cut shot oozing confidence and authority. There was a third man but the ball steamed to the boundary before he could get to it

0.4

Mudassar Bukhari to Amla, no run, defended on the off side from the crease

The pitch has a patchy look to it. And so does the square.

0.5

Mudassar Bukhari to Amla, no run, short of a length and decent bounce through to the keeper after Amla lets it go

0.6

Mudassar Bukhari to Amla, no run, good length around off stump, Amla waits in his crease, gets behind the line, and blocks

"Still trying to recover from last night, hopefully the men in orange can give the associate fans more to cheer about!! Go Netherlands," yells Zeeshan.

End of over 1 (4 runs) South Africa 4/0 (RR: 4.00)
HM Amla    4* (6b 1x4)      Mudassar Bukhari    1-0-4-0
GC Smith    0* (0b)     

Berend Westdjik will share the new ball.

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

"Amla: The Alpha Male of this World Cup!" says Justin.

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

End of over 2 (5 runs) South Africa 9/0 (RR: 4.50)
HM Amla    8* (11b 2x4)      BA Westdijk    1-0-5-0
GC Smith    1* (1b)      Mudassar Bukhari    1-0-4-0

2.1

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, no run, Bukhari slips a good length delivery past the outside edge of Smith's tentative forward defense

2.2

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, 1 run, Smith gets a thick outside edge between the slips and point for a single

2.3

Mudassar Bukhari to Amla, no run, this one nips back in a touch from outside off, cramping Amla for room as he tries to force the ball on the off side

2.4

Mudassar Bukhari to Amla, 2 runs, Amla flicks this one - fuller and straighter - through the gap at midwicket, won't go for four though

2.5

Mudassar Bukhari to Amla, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Amla goes back and cuts with a flourish towards third man

2.6

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, no run, good length and rather straight. Smith comes forward and punches towards mid-on

End of over 3 (4 runs) South Africa 13/0 (RR: 4.33)
GC Smith    2* (4b)      Mudassar Bukhari    2-0-8-0
HM Amla    11* (14b 2x4)      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

"Empty stands ... This has been the story of this WC so far barring home team games.. Will ICC learn from this, tone down their greed and reduce amount of cricket played??" says Pushkar.

The crowds have been decent elsewhere Pushkar. This is a Mohali problem.

End of over 4 (10 runs) South Africa 23/0 (RR: 5.75)
HM Amla    16* (17b 3x4)      BA Westdijk    2-0-15-0
GC Smith    7* (7b)      Mudassar Bukhari    2-0-8-0

Some sight screen issues.

4.1

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, no run, good length and in line with the stumps, keeping Smith in his crease. Smith defends towards the bowler

4.2

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, 1 run, width offered outside off stump, Smith stays in his crease and cuts towards wide third man

4.3

Mudassar Bukhari to Amla, 1 run, shorter length and Amla tries to pull but mis-times it, he's placed it into the gap at midwicket though so will get runs

4.4

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, no run, good length just outside off stump, Smith shoulders arms

4.5

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, no run, Smith moves forward and nudges a short of a length delivery off his hips towards square leg

4.6

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, no run, shorter in length and wider outside off, Smith cuts the ball hard towards point but finds the fielder

End of over 5 (2 runs) South Africa 25/0 (RR: 5.00)
GC Smith    8* (12b)      Mudassar Bukhari    3-0-10-0
HM Amla    17* (18b 3x4)      BA Westdijk    2-0-15-0

"If you consider 20-40% attendance at matches, decent, then yes matches have been decently attended. The best non-home team attendance so far has been SAF V WI and that was under half full," says Wanderer. Yes, for neutral matches about 40% is decent, at this point in the tournament.

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

End of over 6 (1 run) South Africa 26/0 (RR: 4.33)
GC Smith    8* (14b)      BA Westdijk    3-0-16-0
HM Amla    18* (22b 3x4)      Mudassar Bukhari    3-0-10-0

A brief hold-up, again it is the sight screen and some movement around it.

6.1

Mudassar Bukhari to Amla, no run, edged and taken? Amla began to walk but the umpires are conferring about something, it was a low catch from the keeper Wesley Barresi. It was the slower ball and Amla's cut took the bottom edge through to Barresi, who stooped forward to take the catch. Replays show it might have just kissed the ground before it entered the gloves. Amla survives. The wicketkeeper wasn't sure either.

6.2

Mudassar Bukhari to Amla, no run, left alone outside off stump

6.3

Mudassar Bukhari to Amla, no run, Amla tries to whip it off his pads but doesn't make contact

6.4

Mudassar Bukhari to Amla, no run, good length outside off stump, Amla calmly lets it go outside off

6.5

Mudassar Bukhari to Amla, 1 run, Amla tries to drive through cover but the slower ball around off stump takes the outside edge through gully towards third man

6.6

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, no run, beaten outside off stump, Smith prods off the front foot and connects with nothing

End of over 7 (1 run) South Africa 27/0 (RR: 3.85)
GC Smith    8* (15b)      Mudassar Bukhari    4-0-11-0
HM Amla    19* (27b 3x4)      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

"Why don't the umps get the idiots near the sight screens to move out of the way? After all, there are 1,000s of vacant seats," says Trevor.

7.6

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

End of over 8 (9 runs) South Africa 36/0 (RR: 4.50)
HM Amla    22* (31b 3x4)      BA Westdijk    4-0-25-0
GC Smith    13* (17b 1x4)      Mudassar Bukhari    4-0-11-0

"Under four runs an over? What's up? Tough pitch or what?" asks Dave. Not the best batting pitch. Ball not coming on to the bat so much. Timing it has been difficult. Netherlands have bowled decently.

8.1

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, no run, short of a length and straight, Smith comes out of his crease to work the ball on the leg side but misses and gets hit on the thigh

8.2

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, no run, fuller ball on middle and off, Smith stays in his crease, presses forward and plays the ball to the fielder at cover

8.3

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, 1 run, Smith works a full ball through square leg for one

8.4

Mudassar Bukhari to Amla, no run, huge appeal for lbw as Amla presses forward and gets hit flush on the pad but a good length ball around off stump. The appeal is unsuccessful and the Dutch have asked for a review. That ball nipped into the righthander but struck Amla ever so marginally outside off stump. The decision stays.

8.5

Mudassar Bukhari to Amla, no run, defended with more certainty off the from foot towards cover

8.6

Mudassar Bukhari to Amla, 1 run, Amla moves forward and outside the line of off stump to create an angle that he can use to work a good length ball towards midwicket

End of over 9 (2 runs) South Africa 38/0 (RR: 4.22)
HM Amla    23* (34b 3x4)      Mudassar Bukhari    5-0-13-0
GC Smith    14* (20b 1x4)      BA Westdijk    4-0-25-0

Here's Ryan ten Doeschate, Netherlands' go-to man, bowling over the wicket with a slip.

9.1

ten Doeschate to Amla, 1 run, angles his first ball into the right-hander, around off and middle, Amla stays back when he could have been forward, and dabs towards midwicket

9.2

ten Doeschate to Smith, 1 run, Smith chops an attempted cut into the ground towards point, he didn't have much room. Amla had to sprint to complete the single

9.3

ten Doeschate to Amla, 1 run, fuller ball on middle and leg, flicked towards long leg

9.4

ten Doeschate to Smith, no run, slower ball outside off, a mis-timed drive from Smith and it's spooned in the air but wide of the man at short extra cover and short of the man at mid-off

9.5

ten Doeschate to Smith, 1 wide, full and wide, Smith chases with an ugly drive but misses. It was too wide

9.5

ten Doeschate to Smith, 1 run, too straight this time and Smith turns the ball off his pads towards fine leg

9.6

ten Doeschate to Amla, no run, a yorker to end the over, Amla keeps it out by playing it towards the bowler

End of over 10 (5 runs) South Africa 43/0 (RR: 4.30)
HM Amla    25* (37b 3x4)      RN ten Doeschate    1-0-5-0
GC Smith    16* (23b 1x4)      Mudassar Bukhari    5-0-13-0

Well the mandatory Powerplay is done with. Netherlands have kept the run-rate in check but they would have liked a wicket. The bowling Powerplay has been taken.

10.1

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, 1 run, Bukhari gets very close to the stumps and knocks the bails off as he delivers, Smith whips the ball off his pads through square

10.2

Mudassar Bukhari to Amla, 1 run, Amla moves forward and outside off to work the ball towards midwicket

10.3

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, no run, pushed off the front foot towards mid-off

"Great figures for Bukhari against such high class opening pair. He disturbed the bails 2 or 3 times at the non-strikers end (accidentally), hope he does the same at striker's end (intentionally)," says Vivek.

10.4

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, no run, played off the front foot towards mid-on

10.5

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, 1 run, good length just outside off stump, Smith waits and opens the face to run the ball towards third man

10.6

Mudassar Bukhari to Amla, 1 run, Amla uses this tactic again, gets outside the line of off stump, moves down the crease to work the ball from outside off through the leg side. Bukhari is going to have to make an adjustment

End of over 11 (4 runs) South Africa 47/0 (RR: 4.27)
HM Amla    27* (39b 3x4)      Mudassar Bukhari    6-0-17-0
GC Smith    18* (27b 1x4)      RN ten Doeschate    1-0-5-0

11.1

ten Doeschate to Amla, no run, a full toss outside off stump, a low one. Amla drives but plays down the wrong line and gets beaten

11.2

ten Doeschate to Amla, no run, played back to the bowler on the front foot

11.3

ten Doeschate to Amla, 2 runs, too full on leg stump, Amla flicks fluently towards deep square where the ball is picked up just inside the boundary

11.4

ten Doeschate to Amla, no run, defended on the back foot towards the off side

11.5

ten Doeschate to Amla, no run, Amla tries to drive through cover but the pace from ten Doeschate is slower and the inside edge ends up at midwicket

11.6

ten Doeschate to Amla, no run, the ball nips back into Amla from outside off, he tried to play from the crease and got an inside edge on to the pad

End of over 12 (2 runs) South Africa 49/0 (RR: 4.08)
HM Amla    29* (45b 3x4)      RN ten Doeschate    2-0-7-0
GC Smith    18* (27b 1x4)      Mudassar Bukhari    6-0-17-0

Bernard Loots replaces Bukhari. "With Group A is far from over, it Group B which is providing the interest. Hope Netherlands fights well like last night," says Vignesh.

12.1

Loots to Smith, 2 runs, the 50 comes up with a flick off the pads through square

12.2

Loots to Smith, no run, Smith stays back and uses the angle into him from around the wicket to push the ball on the leg side

12.3

Loots to Smith, no run, Loots is keeping it on off from around the wicket with the keeper standing up, Smith stays in his crease and plays on the off

12.4

Loots to Smith, no run, Smith strides forward and defends a good length ball towards the bowler. Gentle medium pace on a tight line and length

12.5

Loots to Smith, OUT, bowled him! Smith stays in his crease and tries to force a good length ball angling into him from round the wicket on the leg side. He played across the line and missed completely, Loots hit leg stump and uprooted it.

GC Smith b Loots 20 (57m 32b 1x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

"Still can't believe last nights result! Well Done Ireland! P.S Did Warne predict that one?" asks Mattayou.

Jacques Kallis is the new batsman.

12.6

Loots to Kallis, no run, length delivery outside off, Kallis lets it go through to Barresi

"Netherlands has done well so far and that wicket rewards their efforts...If this continues we can very well hope to have something special like yesterday..." says Noel.

End of over 13 (2 runs) South Africa 51/1 (RR: 3.92)
JH Kallis    0* (1b)      BP Loots    1-0-2-1
HM Amla    29* (45b 3x4)      RN ten Doeschate    2-0-7-0

13.1

ten Doeschate to Amla, FOUR, that's run down to the fine fine-leg boundary. Full and wide outside off, Amla reached out for it and inside-edged the drive past the wicketkeeper

13.2

ten Doeschate to Amla, no run, driven on the off side from the crease

13.3

ten Doeschate to Amla, 1 run, nudged off the pads towards midwicket

13.4

ten Doeschate to Kallis, no run, Kallis stays in his crease to a good length delivery angling into off and middle, he played with the angle towards midwicket

13.5

ten Doeschate to Kallis, 1 run, full ball on middle and leg, Kallis gets a thick inside edge towards long leg

13.6

ten Doeschate to Amla, no run, a slower full toss and Amla simply pushes it towards midwicket

End of over 14 (6 runs) South Africa 57/1 (RR: 4.07)
HM Amla    34* (49b 4x4)      RN ten Doeschate    3-0-13-0
JH Kallis    1* (3b)      BP Loots    1-0-2-1

"South Africa does not appear very focused. They should remember that they can also lose too," says Willem.

14.1

Loots to Kallis, no run, Kallis strides forward to play a powerful drive. Makes contact with air as Loots beats the outside edge

14.2

Loots to Kallis, no run, good length and the line is off and middle. Kallis gets on to the front foot and defends with a straight bat

14.3

Loots to Kallis, no run, he makes contact this time while playing the front-foot drive through cover but the fielder at point is in the way

14.4

Loots to Kallis, no run, another drive off the front foot, towards cover again. The fielder is in the way this time as well

14.5

Loots to Kallis, no run, oh dear me. Kallis is playing these drives with abandon and this one hits a thick inside edge and thuds into the pads. On another day that would have hit the stumps. Barresi leaps in excitement, and then frustration

14.6

Loots to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis waits on the back foot and cuts towards third man

End of over 15 (1 run) South Africa 58/1 (RR: 3.86)
JH Kallis    2* (9b)      BP Loots    2-0-3-1
HM Amla    34* (49b 4x4)      RN ten Doeschate    3-0-13-0

The bowling Powerplay is done with. Netherlands took 15 for 1 in those five overs.

15.1

ten Doeschate to Kallis, no run, played towards extra cover on the front foot

15.2

ten Doeschate to Kallis, no run, Kallis runs down the pitch to take the ball on the full and clips it firmly towards midwicket. Top shot but the fielder is in the way

15.3

ten Doeschate to Kallis, OUT, edged and taken! A length ball down the leg side, one of ten Doeschate's worst balls today but Kallis' attempted glance results in a huge nick down the leg side. Barresi accepts the catch with glee.

JH Kallis c †Barresi b ten Doeschate 2 (10m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

That's drinks and Netherlands will be satisfied with the start they have made.

AB de Villiers is the new batsman.

15.4

ten Doeschate to de Villiers, no run, good length ball on off stump, defended on the front foot

15.5

ten Doeschate to de Villiers, 1 run, good length ball angling into middle, de Villiers pushes towards mid-on and sets off

15.6

ten Doeschate to Amla, 1 run, too straight and Amla plays the ball off his pads through square

End of over 16 (2 runs) South Africa 60/2 (RR: 3.75)
HM Amla    35* (50b 4x4)      RN ten Doeschate    4-0-15-1
AB de Villiers    1* (2b)      BP Loots    2-0-3-1

16.1

Loots to Amla, no run, tight wicket-to-wicket line from Loots. Mark Elham would have been proud. Defended from the crease on the leg side

16.2

Loots to Amla, 1 run, a bit of width this time and Amla uses it to cut towards third man

16.3

Loots to de Villiers, 1 no ball, ouch that's a front-foot no-ball, de Villiers drilled it into the covers. He will be winding up for the free-hit

16.3

Loots to de Villiers, 1 run, a slower ball outside off and de Villiers lays into hit and heaves down the ground. The ball falls straight into mid-on's hands but it can't be out of course

16.4

Loots to Amla, 2 runs, Amla stays deep in his crease and dabs the ball fine towards third man

16.5

Loots to Amla, 1 run, Loots angles the ball into off from a good length and Amla pushes forward and guides towards third man

16.6

Loots to de Villiers, 1 run, de Villiers goes on the back foot and punches a length ball through cover point

Ok now it's really time for me to hand over to Sid Talya. See you on the other side of the second drinks break.

End of over 17 (7 runs) South Africa 67/2 (RR: 3.94)
AB de Villiers    3* (5b)      BP Loots    3-0-10-1
HM Amla    39* (54b 4x4)      RN ten Doeschate    4-0-15-1

Thanks George

17.1

ten Doeschate to de Villiers, no run, pitched up, a slower one, driven straight to mid-off

17.2

ten Doeschate to de Villiers, FOUR, pitched up again, much straighter this time and is dealt with, driven sweetly between mid-on and midwicket for a lovely boundary

17.3

ten Doeschate to de Villiers, FOUR, ten Doeschate offers him some width this time, it's short and wide and he cuts it fiercely, over point for four more

17.4

ten Doeschate to de Villiers, no run

17.5

ten Doeschate to de Villiers, 1 run, targeting the blockhole there was ten Doeschate, AB dug it out wide of point for a single

17.6

ten Doeschate to Amla, 1 run, overpitched outside off, flayed through the covers this time into the deep for just a single

End of over 18 (10 runs) South Africa 77/2 (RR: 4.27)
HM Amla    40* (55b 4x4)      RN ten Doeschate    5-0-25-1
AB de Villiers    12* (10b 2x4)      BP Loots    3-0-10-1

18.1

Loots to Amla, 1 run, short of a good length on the off, dabbed with an open face towards third man for a single

18.2

Loots to de Villiers, 2 runs, a bit of width there, Ab reaches for it, opens the face and steers it wide of third man for a well-run couple

Much brighter now. The field is now spread out, ten Doeschate had several fielders inside the circle in his last over

18.3

Loots to de Villiers, no run, short of a good length outside off, crunched off the back foot towards point

18.4

Loots to de Villiers, 1 run, slightly short outside off, no trouble running it down to third man for a single

18.5

Loots to Amla, no run, lands on a good length, Amla decides to free his arms and crash that through cover, gets an inside edge onto his shoe

A widish slip now in place

18.6

Loots to Amla, no run, just short of a good length, Amla gets back and punches it well but straight to mid-off

End of over 19 (4 runs) South Africa 81/2 (RR: 4.26)
HM Amla    41* (58b 4x4)      BP Loots    4-0-14-1
AB de Villiers    15* (13b 2x4)      RN ten Doeschate    5-0-25-1

Pieter Seelar brought into the attack now to bowl his left-arm spinners

19.1

Seelaar to de Villiers, 1 run, angling in towards middle and leg from round the wicket, nudged away past square leg for a single

19.2

Seelaar to Amla, 1 run, short outside off, gets back and slaps it hard down towards deep cover

19.3

Seelaar to de Villiers, 1 run, gave it some air this time, flighted, bowled full on middle, driven down to long-on

19.4

Seelaar to Amla, 1 run, rocks forward and eases it past the bowler to long-off for one more

19.5

Seelaar to de Villiers, 1 run, bowling it on a length, deep cover into the act as it's driven through the in-field

19.6

Seelaar to Amla, 1 run, easily negotiated, not much sign of turn so far, was flighted, landed in the zone and was driven down to long-off

End of over 20 (6 runs) South Africa 87/2 (RR: 4.35)
HM Amla    44* (61b 4x4)      PM Seelaar    1-0-6-0
AB de Villiers    18* (16b 2x4)      BP Loots    4-0-14-1

20.1

Loots to Amla, no run, ooh, Amla was in a bit of trouble there, went way across presumably with the intention of clearing midwicket, but it didn't come onto him as quick as he expected, ended up getting a leading edge that didn't carry

A widish slip in place

20.2

Loots to Amla, no run, bowled full on the off, punched back towards the bowler

20.3

Loots to Amla, 1 run, sees a bit of width and guides it down to third man for a single

20.4

Loots to de Villiers, 1 run, goodish length on the off, gets forward, opens the face and guides it behind point

20.5

Loots to Amla, no run, short ball outside off, chopped towards point, didn't time it well

20.6

Loots to Amla, 3 runs, bowled short again, Amla swats that firmly in front of square, deep cover has to run across and drags it back in but not before Amla has run three

End of over 21 (5 runs) South Africa 92/2 (RR: 4.38)
HM Amla    48* (66b 4x4)      BP Loots    5-0-19-1
AB de Villiers    19* (17b 2x4)      PM Seelaar    1-0-6-0

21.1

Seelaar to Amla, no run, he'll feel he missed out there, looped it up, was a low full toss, driven straight to extra cover

21.2

Seelaar to Amla, 1 run, pitched up, cracked past extra cover into the deep for a single

21.3

Seelaar to de Villiers, no run, went with the arm, on middle and off, gets forward and defends it with bat close to pad

21.4

Seelaar to de Villiers, 1 run, fullish outside off, steered in the direction of point

21.5

Seelaar to Amla, 1 run, Amla raises another half-century, comes down the track and drives it past midwicket for a single, a patient yet solid innings, it's that kind of pitch but he's adapted well

21.6

Seelaar to de Villiers, 1 run, shortish outside off, chops it towards point, no run on offer this time

End of over 22 (4 runs) South Africa 96/2 (RR: 4.36)
AB de Villiers    21* (20b 2x4)      PM Seelaar    2-0-10-0
HM Amla    50* (69b 4x4)      BP Loots    5-0-19-1

22.1

Loots to de Villiers, no run, around a good length on the off, gets forward and drops it towards cover

22.2

Loots to de Villiers, 1 run, in that channel outside off, pretty accurate stuff, guided to third man

22.3

Loots to Amla, 1 run, short of a good length, plenty of open spaces in the field, pushed towards deep cover

22.4

Loots to de Villiers, 1 run, shortish on middle, whipped away off the back foot to deep square leg for one more

22.5

Loots to Amla, 1 run, sweet sound of bat hitting ball, pitched up and it's drilled towards deep cover, there is a fielder in the deep so no damage done but it brings up the 100

22.6

Loots to de Villiers, no run, around a short of a good length, AB stands tall and strikes it back to Loots

A steady partnership, this. It's been a slowish pitch so far, the ball isn't really coming on but these two are progressing well. Much ammunition in store for South Africa to take off in the later overs

End of over 23 (4 runs) South Africa 100/2 (RR: 4.34)
AB de Villiers    23* (24b 2x4)      BP Loots    6-0-23-1
HM Amla    52* (71b 4x4)      PM Seelaar    2-0-10-0

23.1

Seelaar to Amla, 1 run, down the track, gets to the pitch and drives it past cover

23.2

Seelaar to de Villiers, 1 run, punched from the crease into the deep on the off side

23.3

Seelaar to Amla, no run, lands full on middle, pushed back firmly but to the bowler

23.4

Seelaar to Amla, no run, bowled flat and short outside off, crunched towards point, can't pierce the field

23.5

Seelaar to Amla, no run, floated up on the off, comes down the track, tries to work it away square, can't beat the field again

23.6

Seelaar to Amla, 1 run, A misfield by the captain allows them to take a single, punched off the back foot to extra cover, would have been another dot ball had it not been for that lapse

End of over 24 (3 runs) South Africa 103/2 (RR: 4.29)
HM Amla    54* (76b 4x4)      PM Seelaar    3-0-13-0
AB de Villiers    24* (25b 2x4)      BP Loots    6-0-23-1

Jerome: "Are times changing for SA. Has AB become SA new dependable batsman as Kallis is moving out of the game"

24.1

Loots to Amla, no run, tries to force that through the off side, the right ball picked, length outside off, was eyeing extra cover, but not for the first time in the innings he got an inside edge onto his pads

24.2

Loots to Amla, 3 runs, gets it right this time but is helped by another misfield, this time at mid-off, driven hard off the front foot, was an almost indentical delivery but the execution was better this time, three more as Bukhari can't quite get his body behind it

24.3

Loots to de Villiers, 1 run, short of a good length on the off, crunched off the back foot past cover

24.4

Loots to Amla, 1 run, full and wide, Amla chases it and gets it to deep cover, raises the 50 stand, Netherlands need a breakthrough

24.5

Loots to de Villiers, no run, in the corridor, AB gets across the line and defends with bat close to pad

24.6

Loots to de Villiers, no run, angling in towards middle, got well across did AB, took it from a length and just pushed it down to mid-on

End of over 25 (5 runs) South Africa 108/2 (RR: 4.32)
AB de Villiers    25* (28b 2x4)      BP Loots    7-0-28-1
HM Amla    58* (79b 4x4)      PM Seelaar    3-0-13-0

Danny: "kallis is not moving out! he just doesnt seem to click for these sort of games! when/if the big stage comes for SA then watch the champ go!"

25.1

Seelaar to Amla, 1 run, Seelar doesn't really turn it much, does he? Short and straight on the off, punched to deep cover

25.2

Seelaar to de Villiers, 1 run, gave it plenty of air this time, driven to deep cover for one more

25.3

Seelaar to Amla, 1 run, tempted to come down the track, gets to the pitch and smacks it towards long-off

25.4

Seelaar to de Villiers, 1 run, full toss on middle, driven down towards long-on for one more, they're rotating the strike with ease here

25.5

Seelaar to Amla, 1 run, short ball on middle, pulled a little awkwardly towards deep midwicket for a single

25.6

Seelaar to de Villiers, 1 run, flighted on the off, cracked through the covers for one more

End of over 26 (6 runs) South Africa 114/2 (RR: 4.38)
AB de Villiers    28* (31b 2x4)      PM Seelaar    4-0-19-0
HM Amla    61* (82b 4x4)      BP Loots    7-0-28-1

26.1

Loots to de Villiers, no run, short of a good length outside off, cracked towards point

26.2

Loots to de Villiers, FOUR, short outside off and de Villiers seizes the opportunity, stays rooted to his crease but adjusts well to the length, bends down and jabs it between mid-on and midwicket

26.3

Loots to de Villiers, 1 run

26.4

Loots to Amla, no run, slightly short outside off, cracked to point from the crease

26.5

Loots to Amla, 1 run, good length on the off, presents the full face and drives it to long-off

26.6

Loots to de Villiers, 1 run, tight line just a fraction outside off, pushed through point and cover

End of over 27 (7 runs) South Africa 121/2 (RR: 4.48)
AB de Villiers    34* (35b 3x4)      BP Loots    8-0-35-1
HM Amla    62* (84b 4x4)      PM Seelaar    4-0-19-0

ACC: "AB is a confidence players which means he will perform 90% of the time, always almost dependable and solid. Kallis will come through in bowling or fielding or experience in setting fields and he offers a different value. Still dependable but on different counts."

27.1

Seelaar to de Villiers, 1 run, floating it just outside off, bends low and caresses it through the covers

27.2

Seelaar to Amla, no run, on middle and leg, punched back to the bowler

27.3

Seelaar to Amla, 1 run

27.4

Seelaar to de Villiers, FOUR, short on middle and off, bends low and slaps it ferociously, there is a big gao between deep midwicket and long-on and he bisects it, powerfully struck

27.5

Seelaar to de Villiers, no run, full toss this time and he misses out, hits it well but straight to extra cover

27.6

Seelaar to de Villiers, 1 run, eased through cover and point to retain the strike, Seelar not making much of an impact for Netherlands here

Not much turn, all he can rely on right now are variations in length and flight. Proving a little predictable, it seems

End of over 28 (7 runs) South Africa 128/2 (RR: 4.57)
AB de Villiers    40* (39b 4x4)      PM Seelaar    5-0-26-0
HM Amla    63* (86b 4x4)      BP Loots    8-0-35-1

Tom Cooper into the attack now, to bowl his offspinners

28.1

Cooper to de Villiers, FOUR, AB's innovative side on show now, was pitched full outside off and he had eyed his spot, short third man was in place and he just used the pace to reverse-paddle it past that fielder for four more, fluent innings this, carefree and chanceless

28.2

Cooper to de Villiers, 1 run, pushed down the ground to long-on for a single

28.3

Cooper to Amla, 1 run, a waist-high full toss from Cooper, Amla pulls it hard but straight to deep midwicket

28.4

Cooper to de Villiers, 1 run, worked away through the leg side into the deep for a single

28.5

Cooper to Amla, 1 run, pitches it up on middle, driven down the ground to long-on for a single

28.6

Cooper to de Villiers, no run, tries to reverse-paddle again but doesn't quite execute it well enough, ends up dabbing it just wide of the keeper

End of over 29 (8 runs) South Africa 136/2 (RR: 4.68)
AB de Villiers    46* (43b 5x4)      TLW Cooper    1-0-8-0
HM Amla    65* (88b 4x4)      PM Seelaar    5-0-26-0

Some medium-pace back into the attack now, Westdijk returns

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

End of over 30 (9 runs) South Africa 145/2 (RR: 4.83)
AB de Villiers    48* (47b 5x4)      BA Westdijk    5-0-34-0
HM Amla    67* (90b 4x4)      TLW Cooper    1-0-8-0

Shishank: "Sometime back it was Duminy who was hailed as next Mr. Dependable for SA.You are not sure with SA cricketers.Boeta Dippenaar and Jacques Rudolph promised a lot but now out of the scene."

30.1

Cooper to de Villiers, 2 runs, full toss and de Villiers square drives it wide of deep point for a couple to raise a half-century, nicely paced despite the slow pitch, littered with singles and twos and the occasional boundary, easily done

30.2

Cooper to de Villiers, 1 run, punched down the ground to long-on for a single

30.3

Cooper to Amla, 1 run, worked away past midwicket for a single

30.4

Cooper to de Villiers, FOUR, smashed, stepping it up now, came down the track to that flighted delivery and absolutely drilled it back past the bowler to beat long-on

30.5

Cooper to de Villiers, no run, pushed away gently to midwicket

30.6

Cooper to de Villiers, 2 runs, comes down the track and plays it wide of long-on for a brace

End of over 31 (10 runs) South Africa 155/2 (RR: 5.00)
AB de Villiers    57* (52b 6x4)      TLW Cooper    2-0-18-0
HM Amla    68* (91b 4x4)      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

Amla's ceding floor to AB here

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

End of over 32 (7 runs) South Africa 162/2 (RR: 5.06)
HM Amla    74* (95b 5x4)      BA Westdijk    6-0-41-0
AB de Villiers    58* (54b 6x4)      TLW Cooper    2-0-18-0

Partnership now worth 104, an excellent launching pad for the others to come

32.1

Seelaar to Amla, 1 run, straight on middle, opens the face slightly and plays it wide of extra cover for a single

32.2

Seelaar to de Villiers, 1 run, floating it on the off, pitched up, driven past point for a single

32.3

Seelaar to Amla, 1 run, looping it on middle, long-on into the act again

32.4

Seelaar to de Villiers, 1 run, flat, fired in a little quick on the off, driven elegantly to deep cover but one is all he'll get

32.5

Seelaar to Amla, no run, short ball but not cashed in on by Amla, slapped straight to extra cover

32.6

Seelaar to Amla, 1 run, short on the off, drags it wide of square leg for a single to keep strike

End of over 33 (5 runs) South Africa 167/2 (RR: 5.06)
HM Amla    77* (99b 5x4)      PM Seelaar    6-0-31-0
AB de Villiers    60* (56b 6x4)      BA Westdijk    6-0-41-0

A few hundred spectators at Mohali today, but expect a packed house for the Ireland game against India in Bangalore. Not just because it's the home team playing.

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

Both these players on course for three-figures here. George will take over now, I'll catch up with you in the second innings. Later.

End of over 34 (11 runs) South Africa 178/2 (RR: 5.23)
AB de Villiers    65* (58b 7x4)      BA Westdijk    7-0-52-0
HM Amla    83* (103b 6x4)      PM Seelaar    6-0-31-0

Thanks Sid, the way AB is going, this could get ugly for the Dutch. The mandatory ball change has just happened. Batting Powerplay time? Not yet.

34.1

Seelaar to Amla, 1 run, Amla waits in his crease for the ball to reach him and then drives towards long-off

34.2

Seelaar to de Villiers, FOUR, shot. AB stands in his crease, makes a bit of room by moving his front foot out of the way and drives the ball powerfully through cover

34.3

Seelaar to de Villiers, no run, a little slower, a little wider and AB tries to cover drive but gets beaten this time

34.4

Seelaar to de Villiers, 1 run, short ball once again and AB swats it down to long on

34.5

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

34.6

Seelaar to Amla, 1 run, Amla moves back and steers the ball through point

End of over 35 (7 runs) South Africa 185/2 (RR: 5.28)
HM Amla    85* (106b 6x4)      PM Seelaar    7-0-38-0
AB de Villiers    70* (61b 8x4)      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

End of over 36 (5 runs) South Africa 190/2 (RR: 5.27)
HM Amla    88* (110b 6x4)      BA Westdijk    8-0-57-0
AB de Villiers    72* (63b 8x4)      PM Seelaar    7-0-38-0

"I don't think so batting powerplay should be taken now. AB and Amla are already going almost 7 an over. Let Duminy and party have a go in the late overs," says Ali.

ten Doeschate is back. Fine leg is up.

36.1

ten Doeschate to Amla, no run, Amla drills the drive back at ten Doeschate who bends low to field in his followthrough

36.2

ten Doeschate to Amla, 2 runs, shorter length and Amla waits in his crease before flicking the ball into the gap at deep backward square, it is fielded just inside the boundary

36.3

ten Doeschate to Amla, 1 run, Amla uses the width outside off to cut a length ball towards third man

36.4

ten Doeschate to de Villiers, no run, tight line and length on middle stump, AB stays firm in his crease and defends

36.5

ten Doeschate to de Villiers, 1 run, de Villiers drives along the ground and just out of the reach of ten Doeschate who dives full length to his right

36.6

ten Doeschate to Amla, 1 run, Amla waits for the ball to reach him and then taps it very late and gently towards third man

End of over 37 (5 runs) South Africa 195/2 (RR: 5.27)
HM Amla    92* (114b 6x4)      RN ten Doeschate    6-0-30-1
AB de Villiers    73* (65b 8x4)      BA Westdijk    8-0-57-0

Bukhari has the ball, he's got four overs left.

37.1

Mudassar Bukhari to Amla, 1 wide, short and wide outside off stump, Amla flays at the ball but can't reach it. Wide called, marginal call

37.1

Mudassar Bukhari to Amla, 1 run, Amla goes on the back foot, waits until the ball is almost past him before dabbing it towards third man

37.2

Mudassar Bukhari to de Villiers, no run, pushed back towards the bowler on the front foot

37.3

Mudassar Bukhari to de Villiers, 1 run, AB stays so steady in his crease and then punches the ball late through covers

37.4

Mudassar Bukhari to Amla, 3 runs, Amla leans on to the front foot and flicks the ball through square into the gap. AB absolutely hares back for the third

37.5

Mudassar Bukhari to de Villiers, no run, cut from the crease but the ball was on a good length and stayed a touch low so AB mis-timed it

37.6

Mudassar Bukhari to de Villiers, 1 run, dabbed towards third man for a single

End of over 38 (7 runs) South Africa 202/2 (RR: 5.31)
AB de Villiers    75* (69b 8x4)      Mudassar Bukhari    7-0-24-0
HM Amla    96* (116b 6x4)      RN ten Doeschate    6-0-30-1

"I disagree with Ali. The Irish showed what can be done if batsmen who are set get a shot at the Powerplay nice and early. Will any batsmen to come capitalise as well as the two best one-dayers in the world?" asks Jordan.

38.1

ten Doeschate to de Villiers, 1 run, full toss and that's a rather tame way to play it! A gentle push towards long-on for a single

38.2

ten Doeschate to Amla, 1 run, full ball on off stump, driven firmly off the front foot towards long-off

38.3

ten Doeschate to de Villiers, 2 runs, guided towards third man off the front foot

38.4

ten Doeschate to de Villiers, 1 run, that's really really slow outside off, AB waits and dabs, towards third man

38.5

ten Doeschate to Amla, 1 run, dabbed towards the leg side for a non-existent single made existent

38.6

ten Doeschate to de Villiers, no run, played towards mid-off

End of over 39 (6 runs) South Africa 208/2 (RR: 5.33)
AB de Villiers    79* (73b 8x4)      RN ten Doeschate    7-0-36-1
HM Amla    98* (118b 6x4)      Mudassar Bukhari    7-0-24-0

39.1

Mudassar Bukhari to Amla, 2 byes, Amla comes forward and moves outside off to try and play the ball on the leg side. He's used this tactic against Bukhari in his earlier spell. This ball skidded through and beat Amla. It beat the keeper as well.

39.2

Mudassar Bukhari to Amla, 1 run, pushed towards mid-off where a fumble allows the single

39.3

Mudassar Bukhari to de Villiers, 1 run, played behind point for a single

Amla on 99. The smattering of spectators raise the volume.

39.4

Mudassar Bukhari to Amla, 1 run, and he gets to eighth one-day hundred with a relaxed dab towards third man. The celebrations begin and end rather quickly. Amla the run machine rolls on ...

39.5

Mudassar Bukhari to de Villiers, 1 run, played into the covers for a single

39.6

Mudassar Bukhari to Amla, 1 run, played towards third man for another single

"I somehow agree with Ali. In most of the matches, powerplay has resulted in more wickets falling rather than more runs scored,"says Vineet.

End of over 40 (7 runs) South Africa 215/2 (RR: 5.37)
HM Amla    101* (122b 6x4)      Mudassar Bukhari    8-0-29-0
AB de Villiers    81* (75b 8x4)      RN ten Doeschate    7-0-36-1

40.1

ten Doeschate to Amla, 1 run, Amla moves forward and opens the face to play the ball towards third man

40.2

ten Doeschate to de Villiers, no run, played off the pads towards the fielder behind square but in the circle

40.3

ten Doeschate to de Villiers, 2 runs, driven off the front foot on to the player on the cover boundary

40.4

ten Doeschate to de Villiers, no run, tight length but the line is on middle and leg. Played on the leg side

40.5

ten Doeschate to de Villiers, no run, full ball on off and middle stump, driven firmly but to the fielder at cover

40.6

ten Doeschate to de Villiers, no run, driven back to the bowler

"The problem with the Powerplay is that the batsmen have been trying to smash it from ball one. Instead of waiting for the bad balls to come," Tjaart.

End of over 41 (3 runs) South Africa 218/2 (RR: 5.31)
AB de Villiers    83* (80b 8x4)      RN ten Doeschate    8-0-39-1
HM Amla    102* (123b 6x4)      Mudassar Bukhari    8-0-29-0

And here it is. The batting Powerplay. Drum roll ... Seelar will bowl its first over.

41.1

Seelaar to Amla, no run, played back to the bowler, Seelar does well to field it towards his right

41.2

Seelaar to Amla, 1 leg bye, bowled flat and fast, Amla tries to pull but misses and gets hit on the pad

41.3

Seelaar to de Villiers, SIX, shot! The innings' first six. AB pulls off the bluff. He moves outside leg a little to make room, making Seelar follow him. Seelar fires it down leg side and then AB moves towards off, getting inside the line, and hoists it over the fine leg boundary

41.4

Seelaar to de Villiers, FOUR, launched towards the cover boundary this time, off the back foot. Top shot.

41.5

Seelaar to de Villiers, 1 run, played on the leg side for one

41.6

Seelaar to Amla, FOUR, Amla's turn. He goes inside out, making room by moving towards leg, and lofts the ball towards the cover boundary

End of over 42 (16 runs) South Africa 234/2 (RR: 5.57)
HM Amla    106* (126b 7x4)      PM Seelaar    8-0-53-0
AB de Villiers    94* (83b 9x4 1x6)      RN ten Doeschate    8-0-39-1

South Africa took 16 off the first Powerplay over.

42.1

Mudassar Bukhari to de Villiers, 1 run, AB moves outside leg, Bukhari cramps him for room by following the batsman. AB pushes down the ground

42.2

Mudassar Bukhari to Amla, 1 run, the yorker. Amla digs it out towards mid-off and calls for a quick single. There's a direct hit at the bowler's end but Amla's safe.

42.3

Mudassar Bukhari to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers tries to drive but gets beaten outside off

42.4

Mudassar Bukhari to de Villiers, FOUR, another yorker, well nearly, and de Villiers jams it out towards point and that's terrific timing for a jam. The fielder at point mis-fields to allow the boundary

42.5

Mudassar Bukhari to de Villiers, no run, another yorker. Dug out to the bowler, no mis-fielding this time

42.6

Mudassar Bukhari to de Villiers, 1 run, full toss and AB brings up another hundred in the World Cup with a punch towards long-on. His top form continues.

End of over 43 (7 runs) South Africa 241/2 (RR: 5.60)
AB de Villiers    100* (88b 10x4 1x6)      Mudassar Bukhari    9-0-36-0
HM Amla    107* (127b 7x4)      PM Seelaar    8-0-53-0

43.1

Loots to de Villiers, SIX, AB goes big, and that's rather big. Down on one knee, big back lift, powerful swing and the ball disappears over the midwicket boundary

43.2

Loots to de Villiers, SIX, AB goes big again, and it's rather big again. He gets under a length ball and hammers it high and straight. the fielder on the long on boundary thinks he has a chance. He doesn't.

43.3

Loots to de Villiers, SIX, a third six! Shades of Gibbs in St. Kitts? Massively pulled over the deep midwicket boundary. Will he go for it?

43.4

Loots to de Villiers, 1 run, can't hit a yorker for six. Loots does well and AB nudges it on the off side

43.5

Loots to Amla, FOUR, Amla sees mid-off up and he plays it slightly inside out, scooping the ball over the fielder. One-bounce four to long-off

43.6

Loots to Amla, 2 runs, played off the pads through square

End of over 44 (25 runs) South Africa 266/2 (RR: 6.04)
HM Amla    113* (129b 8x4)      BP Loots    9-0-60-1
AB de Villiers    119* (92b 10x4 4x6)      Mudassar Bukhari    9-0-36-0

ten Doeschate, what can he do? AB is on a rampage. Amla is batting with a surgeon's skill.

44.1

ten Doeschate to de Villiers, FOUR, AB goes down on one knee, waits for the length ball and turns his head away as he executes the reverse shot, not a sweep, over the head of short third man

44.2

ten Doeschate to de Villiers, FOUR, short and wide outside off and AB carves it over cover point, easy as you please

44.3

ten Doeschate to de Villiers, FOUR, length ball, mid-off is up because a fielder went deep on the square boundary. AB stands in his crease and lofts the ball cleanly over mid-off.

44.4

ten Doeschate to de Villiers, 1 run, a full toss, and AB drives towards long-on

44.5

ten Doeschate to Amla, OUT, caught! Amla makes room to dispatch a length ball through the off side. He was cramped for room and ended up slicing the ball towards point, where the fielder took a simple catch

HM Amla c Cooper b ten Doeschate 113 (191m 130b 8x4 0x6) SR: 86.92

"If De Villiers keeps going like this, he can even score a double ton today!" says Kishore. Are Tendulkar fans quaking in their boots?

44.6

ten Doeschate to du Plessis, no run, full ball, punched off the front foot towards mid-off

End of over 45 (13 runs) South Africa 279/3 (RR: 6.20)
F du Plessis    0* (1b)      RN ten Doeschate    9-0-52-2
AB de Villiers    132* (96b 13x4 4x6)      BP Loots    9-0-60-1

This is the final Powerplay over.

45.1

Mudassar Bukhari to de Villiers, 1 run, good length ball cramping the right-hander as he moves outside leg a touch, driven towards long-on for one

45.2

Mudassar Bukhari to du Plessis, 1 run, full ball on the pads, nudged through midwicket for one more

45.3

Mudassar Bukhari to de Villiers, 1 run, makes room but mis-times the drive towards mid-off

45.4

Mudassar Bukhari to du Plessis, 1 run, OUT, full ball in the blockhole, dug out towards long-on. There's an easy single on offer but hang on, they want a double. AB is in trouble here as he sprints back and dives full length. The throw from the deep is good and the bowler breaks the stumps with AB well short

AB de Villiers run out 134 (126m 98b 13x4 4x6) SR: 136.73

AB's innings, a terrific one, ends in rather anti-climatic fashion. Duminy is the new batsman.

45.5

Mudassar Bukhari to du Plessis, 1 run, nudged off the pads for a single

45.6

Mudassar Bukhari to Duminy, 2 wides, a full toss outside leg stump, the keeper does well to get some glove on it

45.6

Mudassar Bukhari to du Plessis, 1 run

End of over 46 (8 runs) South Africa 287/4 (RR: 6.23)
F du Plessis    4* (5b)      Mudassar Bukhari    10-0-44-0
JP Duminy    0* (0b)      RN ten Doeschate    9-0-52-2

South Africa scored 69 off the batting Powerplay - 70 is the record.

46.1

Seelaar to du Plessis, 1 run, comes forward and pushes the ball towards long on for a single

46.2

Seelaar to Duminy, 1 run, flighted ball outside off, driven off the front foot through cover

46.3

Seelaar to du Plessis, 1 run, pushed off the front foot towards cover point for a single

46.4

Seelaar to Duminy, FOUR, the reverse paddle ,and the placement is so fine and the touch so deft that the ball races to the third man boundary

46.5

Seelaar to Duminy, 1 run, worked off the pads towards midwicket

46.6

Seelaar to du Plessis, 2 runs, played off the back foot towards long-on and they want the second again. The throw is at Duminy's end and his dive is effective

End of over 47 (10 runs) South Africa 297/4 (RR: 6.31)
F du Plessis    8* (8b)      PM Seelaar    9-0-63-0
JP Duminy    6* (3b 1x4)      Mudassar Bukhari    10-0-44-0

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

End of over 48 (22 runs) South Africa 319/4 (RR: 6.64)
F du Plessis    14* (11b 1x4)      BA Westdijk    9-0-76-0
JP Duminy    13* (6b 1x4 1x6)      PM Seelaar    9-0-63-0

48.1

Seelaar to du Plessis, 1 run, flicked off the back foot towards long on

48.2

Seelaar to Duminy, SIX, Duminy changes, gets under the ball and sends it over the midwicket boundary, he hit that with the turn into him and made clean contact

48.3

Seelaar to Duminy, 1 leg bye, Duminy makes room to pull but misses and gets hit on the body

48.4

Seelaar to du Plessis, 1 run, a short ball and Faf makes room and waits, with bat high in the air. The ball keeps low after pitching though and he has to adjust quickly to play through midwicket

48.5

Seelaar to Duminy, 2 runs, flicked towards deep backward square

48.6

Seelaar to Duminy, 1 run, Duminy got into position to play the reverse whack too early and the bowler bowled an extremely slow ball. Duminy had to wait ages to hit it and then mis-timed it to short third man

End of over 49 (12 runs) South Africa 331/4 (RR: 6.75)
JP Duminy    22* (10b 1x4 2x6)      PM Seelaar    10-0-74-0
F du Plessis    16* (13b 1x4)      BA Westdijk    9-0-76-0

ten Doeschate to bowl the final over.

49.1

ten Doeschate to Duminy, 2 runs, Duminy throws his bat at a wide delivery outside off and slices it high in the air towards the man on the point boundary. The ball falls safely

49.2

ten Doeschate to Duminy, FOUR, length ball on the pads and Duminy flicks it with power towards the deep backward square boundary. That bounced only once before going over

49.3

ten Doeschate to Duminy, SIX, this one has gone all the way. Length ball and Duminy clears his front foot to make room and sends it sailing over the straight boundary

49.4

ten Doeschate to Duminy, SIX, incredible shot. A mere punch on the up to a length delivery and the timing is so terrific that it carries over the boundary

49.5

ten Doeschate to Duminy, OUT, the blitz from Duminy ends. Another length ball, poor bowling, but Duminy pulls and makes contact with the bottom of his bat. He picks out the fielder on the deep midwicket boundary.

JP Duminy c Borren b ten Doeschate 40 (18m 15b 2x4 4x6) SR: 266.66

"What is truly impressive about South Africa's play is not only the boundaries, but their activity in each and every ball. They keep on ticking the scoreboard with singles...no respite for the opposition today," says Udit.

49.6

ten Doeschate to du Plessis, 2 runs, another length ball to end the over and du Plessis pulls towards deep midwicket and challenge the fielder by taking a second.

South Africa have amassed 351 for 5. Do I dare say it will be enough after last night's events? I do. Netherlands' bowlers started pretty well, keeping the scoring-rate down, but after de Villiers entered everything changed. And then Duminy provided the finishing touch.

"Great innings by Duminy - everybody kept saying SA need to take Albie Morkel for his big hitting. Looks like they were wrong Duminy can do the job quite well with a S/R over 200," says Faizel.

We'll be back at 13.45 for the Netherlands chase.

End of over 50 (20 runs) South Africa 351/5
F du Plessis    18* (14b 1x4)      RN ten Doeschate    10-0-72-3
MN van Wyk    0* (0b)      PM Seelaar    10-0-74-0

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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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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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