ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 29th match, Group B

India v South Africa

South Africa won by 3 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)

1.1

Morkel to Tendulkar, 1 run, It's Botha again! Diving to his left and tumbling to stop Tendulkar's on-the-up drive from piercing the gap between mid off and cover

India 5/0   SR Tendulkar 1* (1b)

2.1

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, Steyn pitches the ball full, looking for outswing, Tendulkar moves forward and adjusts for that swing, pushing the ball towards mid-off

2.2

Steyn to Tendulkar, 5 runs, a quick single and there's an overthrow that goes for four! Tendulkar pushed the ball towards mid-off and set off. Botha swooped on the ball and fired at the bowler's end. Morkel was the man backing up and he missed it, maybe the umpire was in his way

India 14/0   SR Tendulkar 6* (3b)

3.1

Morkel to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar nudges a good length ball off his pads towards square leg

3.2

Morkel to Tendulkar, (no ball) 2 runs, he over-steps and Tendulkar opens the face while square driving, angling the ball towards third man, where Kallis dives to save the boundary. Free hit coming up ...

3.2

Morkel to Tendulkar, 1 run, short ball, Tendulkar moves deep into his crease to pull but mis-times it, the ball lobs towards midwicket

India 27/0   SR Tendulkar 9* (6b)

4.1

Steyn to Tendulkar, 1 run, too straight from Steyn again but he has a man in the deep now, Tendulkar flicks off his pads

4.6

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, short ball and rather straight, Tendulkar drops his wrists and sways out of the line

India 33/0   SR Tendulkar 10* (8b)

6.6

Kallis to Tendulkar, FOUR, Tendulkar moves inside the line of the ball, and helps it around the corner, there's no short fine leg in place

India 57/0   SR Tendulkar 14* (9b 1x4)

7.4

Morkel to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar moves forward and across to work the ball from off towards mid-on, where Peterson prevents the single

7.5

Morkel to Tendulkar, FOUR, crashed through covers where even a spectacular dive can't stop the ball. Length ball outside off, Tendulkar meets the ball on the front foot and blasts it through cover

7.6

Morkel to Tendulkar, FOUR, down the ground this time, the Tendulkar stamp all over that one. He moves forward to a full ball and drives dead straight. Morkel stoops in his follow through but in vain

India 70/0   SR Tendulkar 22* (12b 3x4)

8.2

Kallis to Tendulkar, 3 runs, terrific timing and placement and the fielding is top class too. Tendulkar drives on the up, through cover point. Botha chases hard and slides and pulls the ball back in on the verge of the boundary

8.4

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, short ball and very straight, Tendulkar drops to his knees and sways out of the line

8.5

Kallis to Tendulkar, 1 run, drama! The slower ball and Tendulkar pushes it towards mid-on and refuses the single. Wise decision from him for there's a direct hit at the bowler's end and Sehwag just put his bat in the crease in time. They run an overthrow of the ricochet

India 76/0   SR Tendulkar 26* (15b 3x4)

9.2

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, good length ball on off and middle, Tendulkar strides forward and defends.

9.3

Steyn to Tendulkar, SIX, pulled over deep backward square leg for six! Tendulkar was ready for the short ball and was coiled in his crease, he unleashed a powerful hook, perfectly timed and the ball flew flat over the boundary

9.4

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, slower ball on off stump, defended on the front foot

9.5

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, defended back to the bowler off the front foot

9.6

Steyn to Tendulkar, 3 runs, Tendulkar moves forward to a fuller ball and flicks in the air over midwicket. He didn't hit that hard nor did he time it perfectly. Morkel chases and slides in time to prevent four

India 87/0   SR Tendulkar 35* (20b 3x4 1x6)

10.1

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, fuller length on off and middle, played towards midwicket

10.2

Kallis to Tendulkar, FOUR, Tendulkar moves forward, picks up the slower ball from around off stump, and whips it past mid-on, wide of the fielder

10.3

Kallis to Tendulkar, 1 wide, Kallis strays down leg side, that's the first extra for a while

10.3

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, pushed off the back foot towards point, that was a good length ball from Kallis

10.4

Kallis to Tendulkar, 1 run, width outside off stump, Tendulkar moves back and across to cut the ball through cover to the fielder in the deep

India 93/0   SR Tendulkar 40* (24b 4x4 1x6)

11.1

Peterson to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar steps out to a flighted ball from round the wicket and drives towards long-off

11.5

Peterson to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar comes forward and gets beaten in the flight, he changes his shot and pushes the ball to point

11.6

Peterson to Tendulkar, 1 wide, another ball down the leg side, Peterson is trying to cramp the batsman

11.6

Peterson to Tendulkar, no run, played back to the bowler off the back foot

India 101/0   SR Tendulkar 41* (27b 4x4 1x6)

12.4

Duminy to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar moves back and across and flicks the ball off his pads through square

12.6

Duminy to Tendulkar, 1 run, flicked off the front foot through square once again

India 111/0   SR Tendulkar 43* (29b 4x4 1x6)

13.1

Peterson to Tendulkar, FOUR, the highlights reel continues. Tendulkar steps out to take the ball on the full and drives it powerfully past mid-on

13.2

Peterson to Tendulkar, 2 runs, Tendulkar goes inside out, making room and lofting the ball high over extra cover. That man de Villiers runs at top speed from long-off and dives superbly. He nearly caught it too. Terrific effort. No one else in international cricket could have got to it!

13.3

Peterson to Tendulkar, no run, Loud appeal from Peterson and Smith reviews after the umpire says not out. He hasn't over-stepped and the ball hits the pad after Tendulkar's attempt to play across the line misses. That was missing leg stump though and Nagpur roars as the verdict is upheld.

13.4

Peterson to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar gets to fifty with a nudge off his pads towards short fine leg, Sehwag ran that one quickly. He's got to 50 quicker than Sehwag did.

India 118/0   SR Tendulkar 50* (33b 5x4 1x6)

14.2

Duminy to Tendulkar, 1 run, what's that hit, bat or pad? Tickled very fine down to fine leg, looks like it was the bat, no signal from the umpire.

14.4

Duminy to Tendulkar, no run, Duminy stays round the wicket, landing the ball quite wide of off but Sachin tries to whip it towards long-on all the same

14.5

Duminy to Tendulkar, SIX, lofted! Sachin has teed off, the ball goes really high and that looked like a monster hit ... but only just clears a sprinting long-on fielder! 142nd six of the tournament

14.6

Duminy to Tendulkar, no run, crashed hard into the covers, but there's a fielder in the way of the ball

India 128/0   SR Tendulkar 57* (37b 5x4 2x6)

15.3

Peterson to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar uses his feet, getting to the pitch and squeezing the ball to long-off

India 132/0   SR Tendulkar 58* (38b 5x4 2x6)

16.4

Botha to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar looks for the two towards midwicket, but his shot finds the close midwicket fielder

16.5

Botha to Tendulkar, 1 run, punched down to long-on this time, they settle for the one

India 139/0   SR Tendulkar 59* (40b 5x4 2x6)

17.2

du Plessis to Tendulkar, 1 run, Sachin plants the front foot down the wicket, playing across the pad to pick up a single on the leg side

17.6

du Plessis to Tendulkar, 1 run, Faf gives it some air and the ball seems to grip, but Tendulkar is forward and right to the pitch, driving out to the cover sweeper to keep the strike

India 144/1   SR Tendulkar 61* (42b 5x4 2x6)

18.1

Botha to Tendulkar, no run, looks to drive back down the ground, but Botha is quickly across to field

18.2

Botha to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar dances down the track this time, cracking the ball down to long-off

India 145/1   SR Tendulkar 62* (44b 5x4 2x6)

19.1

du Plessis to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar stays deep in the crease, thrashing a cut out to the cover sweeper. There's the 150

19.3

du Plessis to Tendulkar, 1 run, nudged off the hip towards square leg

India 152/1   SR Tendulkar 64* (46b 5x4 2x6)

20.2

Botha to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar stays deep and just drops the ball into the gap between cover and point. Quick single taken

20.5

Botha to Tendulkar, 1 run, a touch too short from Botha, Tendulkar picks up the length early and flays it away behind point

India 160/1   SR Tendulkar 66* (48b 5x4 2x6)

21.1

Peterson to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar takes a couple of steps down the wicket and punches down to long-off

21.3

Peterson to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar gets well forward, nudging to leg but straight to the midwicket fielder

21.4

Peterson to Tendulkar, no run, angled down but straight to backward point

21.5

Peterson to Tendulkar, 1 run, held back a touch by Peterson, the ball is nicely flighted and spins away from the right-hander. Sachin is quite equal to it, however, collecting a single with a drop-and-run into the off side

India 163/1   SR Tendulkar 68* (52b 5x4 2x6)

22.3

Botha to Tendulkar, 1 run, punched away through point

22.5

Botha to Tendulkar, 1 wide, horrible wide, acres down the leg side. He was aiming for the quicker ball but his direction was all off

22.5

Botha to Tendulkar, no run, fast and flat once again, Tendulkar's cut turns into a bottom-edged chop, the ball hitting the hard surface and bouncing up, but away from the stumps

22.6

Botha to Tendulkar, 1 run, glanced behind square leg, and a single to finish the over

India 169/1   SR Tendulkar 70* (55b 5x4 2x6)

23.1

Peterson to Tendulkar, 1 run, Peterson comes round the wicket to the right-hander, and is nudged out to midwicket for one. Full on the toes, that was, and flicked away

23.3

Peterson to Tendulkar, 1 run, cracked away on the off side, deep cover cleans up

India 172/1   SR Tendulkar 72* (57b 5x4 2x6)

24.4

Botha to Tendulkar, no run, very full and just outside off, Tendulkar angles the ball late towards third man, but can't beat the fielder

24.5

Botha to Tendulkar, no run, this time he stays back in the crease and pushes the ball back to the bowler

24.6

Botha to Tendulkar, no run, flicked to midwicket, and straight to the fielder. End of a great over from Botha, just the single from it

India 174/1   SR Tendulkar 72* (60b 5x4 2x6)

25.3

Peterson to Tendulkar, SIX, what was that about a dipping run rate? Tendulkar provides a boost with his third six, sailing over long-on!

25.4

Peterson to Tendulkar, 1 run, on the pads, nudged to fine leg

25.6

Peterson to Tendulkar, 1 run, again aimed right at leg stump, just the single as Tendulkar turns the ball to square leg

India 184/1   SR Tendulkar 80* (63b 5x4 3x6)

26.1

Botha to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar skips down the track but Botha spots him coming and adjusts his length, dot ball

26.2

Botha to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar wafts outside off and loses balance as he does so, but van Wyk fumbles the take ... not that costly an error though as the back foot remained grounded

26.3

Botha to Tendulkar, 1 run, a touch too short on middle and leg, nudged off the hip for one

India 185/1   SR Tendulkar 81* (66b 5x4 3x6)

27.2

Steyn to Tendulkar, 1 run, I wonder how many runs Tendulkar has got from this shot? The ball was aimed at middle and off but from a position of perfect balance he loosens the wrists and sends it through square leg. A trademark shot

27.5

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, great line and length from Steyn, wobbling the ball around on off stump. Sachin searches for a single to midwicket, but it's straight to the fielder

27.6

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, a touch of swing again, this time the ball was a little fuller and Tendulkar leaned into a straight drive. Some footwork from Steyn saves runs, the ball rebounding off the boot and going to cover

India 192/1   SR Tendulkar 82* (69b 5x4 3x6)

28.6

Botha to Tendulkar, no run, great finish to the over, Tendulkar flicks straight to midwicket. South Africa need to string a few of these overs together

India 193/1   SR Tendulkar 82* (70b 5x4 3x6)

29.3

Steyn to Tendulkar, 1 leg bye, full and straight again, that looks to have hit the pad but perhaps there was some bat involved too. The result is a single all the same

29.5

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, wonderful exhibition of the off drive, great balance and poise ... but straight to the fielder

29.6

Steyn to Tendulkar, 1 run, eased down to long-on for a single to finish the over

India 197/1   SR Tendulkar 83* (73b 5x4 3x6)

30.1

Botha to Tendulkar, no run, floated up on off stump, Tendulkar looks to collect a single to midwicket but straight to the fielder

30.2

Botha to Tendulkar, FOUR, Sachin breaks the shackles, jumping out to hammer a full toss to the cover boundary!

30.3

Botha to Tendulkar, no run, flicked into the leg side, midwicket sprints round to stop the run

30.4

Botha to Tendulkar, no run, good comeback, fast and straight and not much the batsman can do with that. Another dot

30.5

Botha to Tendulkar, 1 run, a single comes through cover point, Tendulkar playing it away on the back foot

India 202/1   SR Tendulkar 88* (78b 6x4 3x6)

31.3

du Plessis to Tendulkar, 1 run, off a thick inside edge and down to fine leg

31.5

du Plessis to Tendulkar, no run, short again, but Du Plessis saved by his fielder - the man at cover dives to save

31.6

du Plessis to Tendulkar, FOUR, four more! Short again and rushing on to the batsman, Tendulkar rocks back and pulls in the air and straight of midwicket to beat the fielders out there

India 215/1   SR Tendulkar 93* (81b 7x4 3x6)

32.3

Kallis to Tendulkar, 1 run, short of a length on off stump, played towards third man with an open face

32.5

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, the bouncer and it is well directed, Tendulkar ducks under the ball

32.6

Kallis to Tendulkar, 2 runs, short ball once again, Tendulkar tries to paddle it down to fine leg and manages to do so, but only after getting both bat and body on it

India 220/1   SR Tendulkar 96* (84b 7x4 3x6)

33.5

Duminy to Tendulkar, 1 run, short ball and Tendulkar pulls, the crowd screams in unison as they think it's a four. It isn't.

India 230/1   SR Tendulkar 97* (85b 7x4 3x6)

34.1

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar drops a good length ball short on the off side and runs, Gambhir says no

34.2

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar flicks and flicks fluently. A flying Faf soars to his left at midwicket to cut it off

34.3

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar moves towards the off and cuts a short of a length ball hard into the ground. The fielder at backward point collects it above his head

34.4

Kallis to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar goes deep into his crease and works the ball off his hips through square, on 98 now.

India 231/1   SR Tendulkar 98* (89b 7x4 3x6)

35.2

Morkel to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar strides forward and drives through cover point to move on to 99, one short of his 99th international century

35.4

Morkel to Tendulkar, no run, fuller ball on middle stump, Tendulkar dabs on the leg side ... a momentary hush at the dot ball before the din begins again

35.5

Morkel to Tendulkar, 1 run, I wish you could listen to that, as Tendulkar drove a length ball towards deep cover ... he takes off his helmet to acknowledge the fervent cheers ... international century No. 99.

India 236/1   SR Tendulkar 100* (92b 7x4 3x6)

36.6

Kallis to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar moves right across his stumps, outside off even, to flick a ball from off towards deep square leg. Risky shot, but he's in such control

India 243/1   SR Tendulkar 101* (93b 7x4 3x6)

37.1

Morkel to Tendulkar, 2 runs, Tendulkar charges and mis-times the ball in the air through midwicket, it's in the air but just wide of the fielder

37.2

Morkel to Tendulkar, no run, tight line and length from Morkel on middle, played towards midwicket

37.3

Morkel to Tendulkar, FOUR, length ball outside off stump and Tendulkar dismisses it. Dismisses it with a powerful slap of his bat off the front foot. He connected that at chest height

37.4

Morkel to Tendulkar, 2 runs, another flat-batted smash through point, Amla has to scurry to his right on the deep point boundary and save it

37.5

Morkel to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar makes room and chips it in the air towards third man, he chipped that from in front of his stumps

India 252/1   SR Tendulkar 110* (98b 8x4 3x6)

38.4

Steyn to Tendulkar, 1 run, the slower ball and it keeps a touch low, Tendulkar pushes the ball towards square leg and sets off, there's a fumble from the fielder

38.6

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, the slower bouncer and Tendulkar tries to slash it, or something, and misses. Steyn thinks he's nicked it and the keeper appeals very late. They aren't asking for a review though

India 258/1   SR Tendulkar 111* (100b 8x4 3x6)

39.4

Morkel to Tendulkar, OUT, caught at point! Tendulkar tried to clear his front leg and smash the ball down the ground, but he didn't make proper contact, slicing it high in the air towards point, where Duminy took a few steps back and held the catch.

SR Tendulkar c Duminy b Morkel 111 (184m 101b 8x4 3x6) SR: 109.90

India 267/2   SR Tendulkar 111 (101b 8x4 3x6)

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Mar 12, 2011

Faf du Plessis and Robin Peterson celebrate South Africa's win, India v South Africa, Group B, World Cup, Nagpur, March 12, 2011

Faf du Plessis and Robin Peterson celebrate South Africa's win

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Mar 12, 2011

Suresh Raina is congratulated on catching Johan Botha, India v South Africa, Group B, World Cup, Nagpur, March 12, 2011

Suresh Raina is congratulated on catching Johan Botha

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