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)

17.5

du Plessis to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir off the mark straight away, nudging the ball out square on the leg side

India 143/1   G Gambhir 1* (1b)

18.3

Botha to Gambhir, no run, nice and straight from Botha, who comes round the wicket to Gambhir. Defended

18.4

Botha to Gambhir, no run, big appeal! Gambhir tries to tuck to leg - it was a quicker ball - and is struck on the pad. They think about the review ... but don't. Good thinking this time, it was slipping down leg

18.5

Botha to Gambhir, no run, arrowed towards leg stump again, the ball touches pad and goes down leg. Van Wyk does enough to cut it off

18.6

Botha to Gambhir, FOUR, down the track, inside the line and lofted over cover! First boundary for Gambhir, the placement in the shot was just about perfect

India 149/1   G Gambhir 5* (5b 1x4)

19.2

du Plessis to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir drives towards long-on. Du Plessis tumbles across athletically but can't cut it off, a single taken

19.4

du Plessis to Gambhir, 2 runs, too short outside off, Gambhir steps back to cut and bottom-edges it right between van Wyk's legs. Steyn gives chase, and though he doesn't dive he manages to keep the ball inside the rope

19.5

du Plessis to Gambhir, no run, down the leg side, and what has that hit? Not the bat, says Umpire Gould, as van Wyk and du Plessis appeal. Yep, off the thigh pad and then into the keeper's gloves

19.6

du Plessis to Gambhir, 1 run, flicked to midwicket, and the finish the over with a sharp single

India 155/1   G Gambhir 9* (9b 1x4)

20.1

Botha to Gambhir, 1 run, nurdled down behind square on the leg side, Gambhir hands strike back to Tendulkar

20.3

Botha to Gambhir, 1 wide, hurled down the leg side, the ball touches nothing on the way down so that's a wide

20.3

Botha to Gambhir, no run, Botha finds a better line on off stump, Gambhir responds with a solid forward defensive

20.4

Botha to Gambhir, 1 run, smacked out to the fielder on the deep wickwicket boundary, just the one

20.6

Botha to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir tries to repeat the stroke, but this time the ball is quicker and rises quite sharply off the pitch too. Point runs around to field as the ball trickles into the off side

India 160/1   G Gambhir 11* (13b 1x4)

21.2

Peterson to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir stays back and plays uppishly towards long-on. The ball just seemed to stop in the surface, and one hand came off the bat as he played the shot

21.6

Peterson to Gambhir, 1 run, whipped off the pads in front of midwicket for another single

India 164/1   G Gambhir 13* (15b 1x4)

22.1

Botha to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir waits for the ball to spin, staying deep in the crease, and angles it down on the off side. There are two men behind point to stop runs there, however

22.2

Botha to Gambhir, 1 run, too straight this time, flicked down behind square on the leg side as a result

22.4

Botha to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir steps forward and works the ball out to deep cover with a loose-wristed drive

India 167/1   G Gambhir 15* (18b 1x4)

23.2

Peterson to Gambhir, 1 run, some turn and bounce for Peterson, and Gambhir plays it uppishly once again on the leg side. There's a man at a very close mid-on for that airy drive, but it was well placed to beat him

23.4

Peterson to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir comes down the track, he's not quite to the pitch but tries to drive out on the leg side. The ball bounces short of that man at the close straight midwicket/mid-on

23.5

Peterson to Gambhir, no run, flatter through the air, nothing for the batsman to work with

23.6

Peterson to Gambhir, 1 run, a touch too full, driven to long-off

India 173/1   G Gambhir 17* (22b 1x4)

24.1

Botha to Gambhir, no run, after extensive field tweaks, Botha comes round the wicket and spears one at middle and leg

24.2

Botha to Gambhir, no run, full and straight again, pushed back to the bowler

24.3

Botha to Gambhir, 1 run, that looked slower through the air, Gambhir waits on it and nudges to fine leg. Not much turn for Botha, but he's getting good bounce

India 174/1   G Gambhir 18* (25b 1x4)

25.1

Peterson to Gambhir, no run, driven hard into the leg side, a superb diving stop at straight midwicket stops the run

25.2

Peterson to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir steps back and cracks a cut out to deep cover

25.5

Peterson to Gambhir, 1 run, tucked between point and backward point for one

India 183/1   G Gambhir 20* (28b 1x4)

26.4

Botha to Gambhir, no run, the quicker one, and it rushes straight on! That also kept quite low, and Gambhir did well to keep it out

26.5

Botha to Gambhir, 2 runs, this time he doesn't quite hit the right length, and a cut is aimed out wide enough of the cover sweeper for them to come back for the second

26.6

Botha to Gambhir, 1 run, driven off the front foot this time, and diving extra cover can't get a hand on the ball and so it's a single to long-off

India 188/1   G Gambhir 23* (31b 1x4)

27.1

Steyn to Gambhir, 1 wide, horrible start from him, hurling the ball very wide on the off side. Gambhir was looking to attack straight away, charging the bowler, and one got the idea Steyn was trying to go wider to beat him. Just went too wide

27.1

Steyn to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir's blade flashes outside off, the ball goes in the air and bounces down to third man

27.3

Steyn to Gambhir, no run, full, fast and wide of off again. Gambhir lunges into a drive but the ball bursts past the outside edge. He really threw everything at that

27.4

Steyn to Gambhir, 1 run, full again, cracked down to long-off this time

India 192/1   G Gambhir 25* (34b 1x4)

28.1

Botha to Gambhir, no run, driven into the covers, straight to the fielder

28.2

Botha to Gambhir, no run, again hit into the off side, no run to be had

28.3

Botha to Gambhir, no run, cracked back to the bowler this time, this is great limited-overs bowling from Botha, really pegging the batsman back

28.4

Botha to Gambhir, no run, floated up much slower this time, Gambhir is forward too early and the ball pops in the air off the leading edge ... but falls well short of any fielders

28.5

Botha to Gambhir, 1 run, shovelled out on the leg side, finally he's found a gap

India 193/1   G Gambhir 26* (39b 1x4)

29.1

Steyn to Gambhir, no run, a wild, head-in-the-air swipe across the line from Gambhir, and unsurprisingly he gets nowhere near it. Steyn wanders down with a smile on his face to compliment him on a great shot

29.2

Steyn to Gambhir, 1 run, full and fast on the pads, he gets some bat on it to pick up a single behind square

29.4

Steyn to Gambhir, 1 run, slower ball from Steyn, but Gambhir spots it, waits, and angles down to third man

India 196/1   G Gambhir 28* (42b 1x4)

30.6

Botha to Gambhir, 1 run, held back a touch by Botha, but it's too short and although it spins and bounces Gambhir is in no trouble hammering the ball out to deep cover

India 203/1   G Gambhir 29* (43b 1x4)

31.1

du Plessis to Gambhir, FOUR, a diving fielder on the boundary can do nothing about that! A very loose start from Du Plessis, very short indeed, and Gambhir had ages to rock back and hammer it away on the pull

31.2

du Plessis to Gambhir, 1 wide, spinning down the leg side this time, wide given

31.2

du Plessis to Gambhir, 1 run, now the batsman charges out, meeting the ball on the full and driving down the ground

31.4

du Plessis to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir stays deep and cuts out to deep cover

India 211/1   G Gambhir 35* (46b 2x4)

32.1

Kallis to Gambhir, no run, good length and straight, Gambhir tries to come forward and defends from the crease

32.2

Kallis to Gambhir, 1 run, too far down leg side, Gambhir nudges the ball off his pads through square leg

32.4

Kallis to Gambhir, 1 run, fuller length on leg stump, Gambhir nudges through square once again

India 218/1   G Gambhir 37* (49b 2x4)

33.1

Duminy to Gambhir, no run, defended on the front foot, wicket to wicket line from Duminy from round the wicket

33.2

Duminy to Gambhir, FOUR, Gambhir charges and lofts the ball over extra cover, splitting the gap between deep cover and long off

33.3

Duminy to Gambhir, FOUR, Duminy strays down leg side and Gambhir plays a fine paddle, du Plessis chases after it and dives head first to try and save the boundary. He doesn't and then crashes into the thick advertisement hoardings. The electronic ones. Careful man!

33.4

Duminy to Gambhir, 1 run, played on the leg side for a single

33.6

Duminy to Gambhir, no run, nudged on the off side, Gambhir begins to run and then sees Tendulkar isn't interested

India 230/1   G Gambhir 46* (54b 4x4)

34.5

Kallis to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir pushes a good length ball on the off side, he's nearing his fifty too

34.6

Kallis to Gambhir, 1 run, worked off the pads towards deep backward square

India 232/1   G Gambhir 47* (56b 4x4)

35.1

Morkel to Gambhir, 1 run, good length ball angling into the left-hander from round the wicket. Gambhir defends on the off side and look at Tendulkar run. Absolutely sprinted through

35.3

Morkel to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir uses the width outside off to glide towards third man

35.6

Morkel to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir gets to his half-century by dabbing behind square, the crowd cheer again. There's a sudden rise in tempo in Nagpur ...

India 237/1   G Gambhir 50* (59b 4x4)

36.1

Kallis to Gambhir, no run, the slower ball wide outside off stump, Gambhir stays on the back foot and flays his bat at it. He misses

36.2

Kallis to Gambhir, FOUR, length ball and Gambhir has launched it, off the front foot, over wide long-on, one-bounce four ... clean strike, lovely follow through

36.3

Kallis to Gambhir, no run, dabbed off the back foot towards point, Tendulkar doesn't want the single

36.4

Kallis to Gambhir, no run, another slower ball, Gambhir pulls and tries to hit it too hard. The shot is mis-timed towards midwicket

36.5

Kallis to Gambhir, 1 run, pitches on leg stump and Gambhir is able to tuck it off his pads through square leg

India 242/1   G Gambhir 55* (64b 5x4)

37.6

Morkel to Gambhir, 1 run, driven towards deep point for a single

India 253/1   G Gambhir 56* (65b 5x4)

38.1

Steyn to Gambhir, no run, short of a length and Gambhir backs away to make room and slaps the ball towards mid-on. It falls short of the fielder

38.2

Steyn to Gambhir, 2 runs, Gambhir plays the ball to midwicket and sets off for a risky single. He would have been out if the ball had hit direct at the bowler's end. They try an overthrow and this time Tendulkar would have been out had there been a direct hit at the bowler's end

38.3

Steyn to Gambhir, 1 run, chipped down to third man for a single

38.5

Steyn to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir backs away to make room and biffs the ball towards mid-off ... Steyn's bowled an excellent over so far

India 258/1   G Gambhir 60* (69b 5x4)

39.1

Morkel to Gambhir, FOUR, Gambhir makes room by backing away and uses the width to slash the ball hard to the point boundary. That flew across the turf ...

39.2

Morkel to Gambhir, FOUR, Gambhir moves towards the off, gets under a full ball, and hoists it high towards wide long-on where it bounces once before going over the boundary

39.3

Morkel to Gambhir, 1 leg bye, Gambhir moves across his stumps to try and paddle the ball on the leg, he misses and gets hit on the pad. Morkel appeals but it was missing off stump

39.5

Morkel to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir runs away towards square leg and tries to slash through the off, gets beaten

39.6

Morkel to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir backs away again, and drives the ball from his stumps through cover point

India 268/2   G Gambhir 69* (74b 7x4)

40.1

Steyn to Gambhir, OUT, caught at mid-off! Are India slipping again? Gambhir backs away to a slower ball, and is foxed by the change of pace. He ends up chipping it in the air towards Kallis, who takes a sharp catch diving forward

G Gambhir c Kallis b Steyn 69 (98m 75b 7x4 0x6) SR: 92.00

India 268/3   G Gambhir 69 (75b 7x4)

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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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