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)

0.1

Steyn to Sehwag, FOUR, another first-ball four from Sehwag and Nagpur cheers! A touch too full from Steyn and the line is on middle, Sehwag lofts the ball over mid-on, that is some start

0.2

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, lbw shout from Steyn as Sehwag misses the flick but that was missing leg stump

0.3

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag tries to force the ball on the leg side from the crease but gets beaten by a good length ball that pitches on middle and off and shapes away from the right-hander

0.4

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, good length delivery pitches outside off and seams away from the right-hander, Sehwag shoulders arms

0.5

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, terrific fielding at mid-off! Sehwag slammed the drive off the front foot, sending the ball rocketing over the turf, Botha dived to his left and pulled off a superb save

0.6

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag feels for a good length ball outside off but gets beaten

India 4/0   V Sehwag 4* (6b 1x4)

1.2

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, banged in short outside off stump and the ball lifts sharply to van Wyk after Sehwag plays no shot.

1.3

Morkel to Sehwag, FOUR, van Wyk did not move! Dropped! Sehwag drove with feet rooted at a short of a length ball that seamed slightly away from him. Sehwag edged the cover off the ball and it flew only slightly to van Wyk's right. Maybe he didn't see for he did not move a muscle. A Kamran Akmal moment.

1.4

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, similar ball but this time Sehwag is more circumspect and plays no shot

1.5

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, Morkel's getting the ball to rise from a good length outside off. Sehwag strides forward and lifts his bat out of the way

1.6

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, punched off the front foot but straight to the fielder at cover

India 9/0   V Sehwag 8* (11b 2x4)

2.3

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, a searing short ball at 142 kph, Sehwag sways his head out of the line of the delivery

2.4

Steyn to Sehwag, FOUR, short of a length on the pads, there's no fine leg so Sehwag lifts the ball off his hips down to the boundary, one-bounce four

2.5

Steyn to Sehwag, 5 wides, Steyn's lost it here, searching for outswing from leg stump, he pitches far outside leg stump and van Wyk has no chance in saving that. There are only two men on the leg side

2.5

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, good length ball outside off, Sehwag plays it watchfully off the back foot towards the off

2.6

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, huge appeal for lbw and there's a review, is there? No there isn't. Steyn slammed a full ball into Sehwag's pads as he tried to whip across the line. What was wrong with that? That lbw appeal looked plumb, unless there was a faint edge

India 23/0   V Sehwag 12* (15b 3x4)

3.3

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, good length outside off and the ball takes off appreciably, Sehwag watchfully shoulders arms

3.4

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, a touch fuller and a lot straighter from Morkel, Sehwag stays in his crease and drives towards mid-off

3.5

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Sehwag stands tall on the back foot and punches towards cover

3.6

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag stays firm in his crease and punches another good length ball towards cover

India 27/0   V Sehwag 12* (19b 3x4)

4.2

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, defended on the back foot towards the off side

4.3

Steyn to Sehwag, FOUR, carved wide of the fielder at third man! Short and wide and Sehwag goes after it, slashing hard. Morkel dives to his right on the boundary but can't get to it. One-bounce four

4.4

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, short ball and much closer to the body, Sehwag drops his wrists and lets it go

4.5

Steyn to Sehwag, 1 run, a touch too straight once again, Sehwag clips the ball off his pads through square

India 33/0   V Sehwag 17* (23b 4x4)

5.1

Morkel to Sehwag, FOUR, blitzed through cover! Sehwag stands on the back foot and crashes a length ball through cover. No body moved.

5.2

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, Morkel goes closer to Sehwag's body this time and seams the ball away from the right-hander. Sehwag pokes and is beaten.

5.3

Morkel to Sehwag, FOUR, too full and Sehwag has smashed it down the ground. He stayed in his crease and hammered it, Morkel bent to try and field but the ball had already screamed past

5.4

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, punched off the front foot towards cover

5.5

Morkel to Sehwag, FOUR, short ball outside off stump and it has disappeared as well. Sehwag uses the width and flashes hard, slashing the ball in the air past point and wide of the fielder at third man

5.6

Morkel to Sehwag, 1 run, he makes room and drives this ball in the air over point, but there's a fielder on the point boundary as well now.

India 46/0   V Sehwag 30* (29b 7x4)

6.1

Kallis to Sehwag, no run, good length angling into the right-hander. Sehwag goes back and punches to mid-on

6.2

Kallis to Sehwag, 2 runs, the offcutter from Kallis but the line is a touch straight. Sehwag goes back and works the ball off his pads

6.3

Kallis to Sehwag, no run, goes back again to a fuller delivery and drives towards mid-on

6.4

Kallis to Sehwag, FOUR, short ball and Sehwag rocks back to pull it. He hasn't timed it well but there's no fielder in the deep there. The ball falls safely in the outfield and rolls to the boundary

6.5

Kallis to Sehwag, 1 run, that's far too close to cut, surely? Not for Sehwag, who backs away a touch and cuts towards third man

India 53/0   V Sehwag 37* (34b 8x4)

7.1

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, good length ball and straight, played back to the bowler

7.2

Morkel to Sehwag, FOUR, too full and too straight, Sehwag stays in his crease and drives hard, placing the ball past mid-on. He simply hit through the line

7.3

Morkel to Sehwag, 1 run, and again, this time towards mid-off and this time the fielder runs to his left and slides to cut off the straight drive

India 62/0   V Sehwag 42* (37b 9x4)

8.1

Kallis to Sehwag, 1 run, Sehwag goes back in his crease and opens the face to steer towards third man

8.3

Kallis to Sehwag, 1 run, cut off the back foot towards third man

8.6

Kallis to Sehwag, 1 run, played towards third man by opening the face of the bat

India 77/0   V Sehwag 45* (40b 9x4)

9.1

Steyn to Sehwag, 1 run, a slower ball outside off, Sehwag waits for it in his crease and dabs towards third man

India 78/0   V Sehwag 46* (41b 9x4)

10.5

Kallis to Sehwag, no run, short ball and Sehwag ducks under it.

10.6

Kallis to Sehwag, no run, straighter line and Sehwag whips it off his pads to midwicket

India 93/0   V Sehwag 46* (43b 9x4)

11.2

Peterson to Sehwag, FOUR, Sehwag makes room by moving outside leg and lofts the ball inside out over cover to get to fifty, off 44 balls.

11.3

Peterson to Sehwag, 1 wide, Peterson slips this one down leg side

11.3

Peterson to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag makes room again but Peterson follows him, Sehwag ends up playing to midwicket

11.4

Peterson to Sehwag, 1 run, pushed off the front foot towards long on for a single. Fastest team 100 of the World Cup

India 100/0   V Sehwag 51* (46b 10x4)

12.1

Duminy to Sehwag, FOUR, pitches outside leg but Sehwag makes room and plays the square drive through point. Terrific placement and the carnage continues

12.2

Duminy to Sehwag, 2 runs, not sure what he was trying there but Sehwag ended up edging towards third man

12.3

Duminy to Sehwag, 1 run, driven off the front foot towards long off for a single

12.5

Duminy to Sehwag, 1 run, Sehwag plays from his crease and dabs the ball with an open face behind point

India 110/0   V Sehwag 59* (50b 11x4)

13.5

Peterson to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag tried to play on the off but got an edge on to the leg side

13.6

Peterson to Sehwag, 1 run, Sehwag waits and then punches towards long off

India 119/0   V Sehwag 60* (52b 11x4)

14.1

Duminy to Sehwag, 1 run, tapped out into deep cover, and the two isn't quite on

14.3

Duminy to Sehwag, 1 run, eased down to long-on, and another run is added to the total

India 122/0   V Sehwag 62* (54b 11x4)

15.1

Peterson to Sehwag, 2 runs, deft touch! Sehwag, who's got the cap on, stays deep in the crease and just waits and waits, tapping the ball out of the keepers gloves and down to third man. A rare gentle touch from a batsman of such violence

15.2

Peterson to Sehwag, 1 run, crunched down to long-on, just the one

15.4

Peterson to Sehwag, FOUR, how does one go about constructing a shot like this? The ball was atrocious, a real long-hop, but Sehwag stepped back and lifted it inside out off the back foot and over cover. Right between the fielders too

15.5

Peterson to Sehwag, no run, chopped down on the off side, but straight to point

15.6

Peterson to Sehwag, 1 run, driven down to long-off, that's nine from the over. No sign of slowing down then, despite the end of the fielding restrictions!

India 137/0   V Sehwag 70* (59b 12x4)

16.1

Botha to Sehwag, no run, has that kept low? Sehwag is beaten outside off on the cut as the ball shoots under the bat

16.2

Botha to Sehwag, no run, dropped? Yes, it has been! Another cut from Sehwag, this time the ball does bounce appreciably and a thick edge bounces off the outside of van Wyk's glove. A tough chance, but one he needed to take. No reaction from Botha

16.3

Botha to Sehwag, 1 run, whipped wristily out behind square on the leg side

16.6

Botha to Sehwag, 1 run, and Sehwag follows suit with a drive down to that long-on fielder

India 140/0   V Sehwag 72* (63b 12x4)

17.1

du Plessis to Sehwag, 1 run, a touch of spin, hammered out on the off side and only some very athletic fielding on the cover boundary saves four

17.3

du Plessis to Sehwag, no run, quicker through the air from du Plessis, forced back to the bowler off the back foot

17.4

du Plessis to Sehwag, OUT, gone! Finally the partnership is broken. It was speared in fast and flat once again, Sehwag stepped away to make room for the cut but the ball didn't turn as much as he might have expected and he was cramped for room. Playing close to the body, he got a thin edge that smashed into the leg stump, flicking both bails into the air. Finally some relief for South Africa!

V Sehwag b du Plessis 73 (87m 66b 12x4 0x6) SR: 110.60

India 142/1   V Sehwag 73 (66b 12x4)

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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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