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)

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

16.4

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

16.6

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

India 140/0   J Botha 1-0-3-0

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

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   J Botha 2-0-8-0

20.1

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

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

20.3

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

20.5

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

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   J Botha 3-0-13-0

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

22.3

Botha to Tendulkar, 1 run, punched away through point

22.4

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

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   J Botha 4-0-18-0

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

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   J Botha 5-0-19-0

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

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   J Botha 6-0-23-0

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

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   J Botha 7-0-24-0

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

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   J Botha 8-0-30-0

41.1

Botha to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, Yuvraj welcomes him with a big wind up and a powerful swing, smashing the ball straight down the ground for a clean six

41.2

Botha to Yuvraj Singh, no run, cut hard off the back foot, can't beat the fielder

41.3

Botha to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Yuvraj misses the sweep against a full ball and gets struck on the boot, he falls over after playing the shot. Botha appeals and the umpire says not out. Smith wants a review. The replays show that Yuvraj smashed the ball with the bat on to the boot.

41.4

Botha to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, played towards long on for a single, but Dhoni runs so quickly that they come back for two

41.5

Botha to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, punched down the ground towards long off

41.6

Botha to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni lunges forward to nurdle the ball towards short third man

India 279/4   J Botha 9-0-39-0

Photos

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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