ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 21st match, Group B

England v South Africa

England won by 6 runs

1.1

Steyn to Trott, no run, full on middle and off, hint of swing away from Bell who comes forward and defends solidly into the covers

1.2

Steyn to Trott, no run, angled down the leg side and clips the pad, Morne van Wyk makes a good save behind the stumps

1.3

Steyn to Trott, 2 runs, nicely played from Trott who leans onto a square drive and finds a gap at cover to open his account

1.4

Steyn to Trott, no run, back of a length and Trott rides a touch more bounce into the leg side

1.5

Steyn to Trott, 1 run, onto the back foot and whipped off the hip down to long leg

1.6

Steyn to Bell, 2 leg byes, on leg stump and it takes Bell's pad down towards fine leg who can't stop the second

England 8/2   DW Steyn 1-0-3-0

3.1

Steyn to Bell, no run, a testing full length on off stump, Bell stays on his crease and defends to the off side

3.2

Steyn to Bell, no run, very full this time and Bell jabs down on it

3.3

Steyn to Bell, FOUR, good response from Bell, Steyn went for the short ball but it sat up very gently and gave Bell plenty of time to pull it in front of square

3.4

Steyn to Bell, 1 run, drifts towards leg stump again and Bell flicks it down to fine leg who is quite square

3.5

Steyn to Trott, no run, back on a full length at middle stump, Trott works it out to mid-on and the bat twists in his hands

3.6

Steyn to Trott, 1 run, plays this very late with an open face and sends it down to third man

England 14/2   DW Steyn 2-0-9-0

5.1

Steyn to Trott, no run, full on middle and off, pushed past short midwicket towards mid-on

5.2

Steyn to Trott, 2 runs, little too straight and nicely played as he turns his wrists to send it through square leg

5.3

Steyn to Trott, 1 run, played off the back foot this time with an open face, it goes square of third man but they, rightly, don't risk the second

5.4

Steyn to Bopara, no run, back of a length and Bopara defends into the off side

5.5

Steyn to Bopara, 3 runs, turned off his pads to get off the mark as he beats square leg, this time there is a chance to make it a three...a neat piece of timing from Bopara

5.6

Steyn to Trott, no run, full on off stump, pushed back to the bowler and there are a few stares in the middle.

England 21/3   DW Steyn 3-0-15-0

15.1

Steyn to Bopara, 1 run, neatly angled away to third man for a single. The sort of shot that if Bopara had angled into the keeper's gloves, he would be vilified for

15.2

Steyn to Trott, 1 run, Steyn is a touch too straight, which is a cricketing euphemism for 'down the leg side', flicked away to fine leg

15.3

Steyn to Bopara, no run, slower ball here, Bopara plays around his front pad with a whirl of the wrists. Looks risky to me

15.4

Steyn to Bopara, 1 wide, ah, 'too straight' again. By which I mean wide down the leg side. Steyn striving for that stump-splattering yorker

15.4

Steyn to Bopara, no run, very neat moment of cricket where a full, straight ball meets a full, straight bat in textbook defence

15.5

Steyn to Bopara, 2 runs, probably the best shot Bopara has played all morning here. Not many to chose from though. Touch shorter from Steyn outside off and a flowing back-foot drive earns a couple to point

15.6

Steyn to Bopara, 1 run, fuller from Steyn and Bopara punches a drive to mid-on. Runs a single very swiftly, which is unusual for him

England 57/3   DW Steyn 4-0-21-0

25.1

Steyn to Bopara, no run, good start from Steyn, heading towards the top of off stump. Bopara leans forward into defence but looks rushed on the shot

25.2

Steyn to Bopara, no run, slower ball from Steyn, running his fingers across the ball. Bopara again is forward and defending under eyes

25.3

Steyn to Bopara, 1 run, ah, first sighting of reverse. Nothing dramatic but it tailed into Bopara, allowing him to turn his hands over the ball and send it to fine leg

25.4

Steyn to Trott, 1 run, slightly shorter, the line a touch wrong and Trott shrugs it away to fine leg

25.5

Steyn to Bopara, no run, definite reverse here, swinging in late but Bopara's defences are solid

25.6

Steyn to Bopara, 1 run, touch shorter, so no swing there. Very good line though and Bopara, with the softest of hands, pushes down the ground. Beats the bowler and steals the strike

England 100/3   DW Steyn 5-0-24-0

27.1

Steyn to Trott, no run, Trott tries to run a fullish ball down to third man but it's too close to him and he can't squeeze it away

27.2

Steyn to Trott, no run, rare loose shot from Trott, a flat-footed drive dribbles off an inside edge

27.3

Steyn to Trott, 3 runs, more excellent timing from Trott brings up a crucial fifty. Where would England be without him? All out I expect. Bunts a full delivery down the ground, beating a jumping bowler and sprawling mid-on fielder

27.4

Steyn to Bopara, no run, Bopara gets a shorter ball that he stands tall to defend

27.5

Steyn to Bopara, 1 run, Bopara is not quite as adept as Trott at working singles but picks up one here pushing a slower ball down the ground

27.6

Steyn to Trott, no run, very firmly driven here but straight to cover. Anderson will be watching Steyn's progress closely, this pitch really doesn't look one for the pitch-up skiddy merchants

England 110/3   DW Steyn 6-0-28-0

40.1

Steyn to Bresnan, OUT, wicket-to-wicket, and Bresnan is nailed in front of middle and leg! Another review. No issue with the no-ball, but there are several stumps visible. That's hard luck for the batsman, the leg stump was being clipped so it stays with the on-field umpire. Steyn has no need for a sighter!

TT Bresnan lbw b Steyn 1 (5m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

40.2

Steyn to Swann, no run, solidly forward, and blocked

40.3

Steyn to Swann, no run, full toss, but straight. Pushed to cover

40.4

Steyn to Swann, no run, squeezed square, through point, tight line again

40.5

Steyn to Swann, no run, pulls the length back a bit, to keep Swann from planting his front foot

40.6

Steyn to Swann, 1 run, a hint of width, slapped into the covers, and Swann keeps the strike. Given Yardy's run-rate, that's no bad thing ...

England 150/7   DW Steyn 7-0-29-1

42.1

Steyn to Swann, 1 run, on the legs, helped round the corner

42.2

Steyn to Yardy, no run, full, late swinging, sneaks through to the keeper

42.3

Steyn to Yardy, 1 run, right up to the stumps, Yardy puts his bat in the way and scampers the single

42.4

Steyn to Swann, FOUR, clobbered! That's a flowing stroke from Swann, down the track, meeting the quick on the half-volley, and that's smacked through cover. His favourite stroke, and he played it well

42.5

Steyn to Swann, no run, looking for a single into the covers, though he kicks the turf because he feels that was another boundary ball - it sat up a touch and asked to be hit

42.6

Steyn to Swann, no run, slower ball, well directed. South Africa keep a firm grip on proceedings

England 161/7   DW Steyn 8-0-35-1

44.1

Steyn to Anderson, no run, a bit of width outside off, a flat-footed poke finds thin air

44.2

Steyn to Anderson, no run, outside off, jabbed defence but again no contact

44.3

Steyn to Anderson, 1 run, an airy swat into the covers, Swann regains the strike

44.4

Steyn to Swann, 1 run, run off the face of the bat to short third man, as Swann picks off the single

44.5

Steyn to Anderson, no run, a loud cry of "no!" as Anderson defends to gully

44.6

Steyn to Anderson, no run, firm defence in front of off stump

England 164/9   DW Steyn 9-0-37-1

Photos

Mar 6, 2011

Umpire Simon Taufel on the field during England's game against South Africa, England v South Africa, Group B, World Cup, Chennai, March 6, 2011

Umpire Simon Taufel on the field during England's game against South Africa

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Mar 6, 2011

Kevin Pietersen walks away from his team-mates, England v South Africa, Group B, World Cup, Chennai, March 6, 2011

Kevin Pietersen walks away from his team-mates

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