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   DW Steyn 1-0-4-0

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

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   DW Steyn 2-0-18-0

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

4.2

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

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   DW Steyn 3-0-24-0

9.1

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

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   DW Steyn 4-0-34-0

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

27.2

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

27.3

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

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   DW Steyn 5-0-38-0

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

29.3

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

29.4

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

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   DW Steyn 6-0-41-0

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

38.4

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

38.5

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

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   DW Steyn 7-0-46-0

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

40.2

Steyn to Pathan, no run, Yusuf defends on the front foot ...

40.3

Steyn to Pathan, OUT, South Africa on fire as Yusuf is caught at cover. Yusuf stood in his crease and just threw his bat at a length delivery, he sliced it in the air towards cover, where Smith took the catch over his head on the edge of the circle

YK Pathan c Smith b Steyn 0 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

40.4

Steyn to Dhoni, 1 run, short of a length ball rises on Dhoni who fends on the leg side and runs

40.5

Steyn to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, whipped off the pads through square leg

40.6

Steyn to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni tries to glance the ball down leg side but makes improper contact

India 270/4   DW Steyn 8-0-48-2

46.1

Steyn to Dhoni, no run, flashed hard off the back foot towards cover, it doesn't get past the circle

46.2

Steyn to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni tries to force the ball off the back foot but Smith runs from cover towards silly mid off to prevent the run

46.3

Steyn to Dhoni, 1 run, played off the back foot towards long on for a single

46.4

Steyn to Harbhajan Singh, no run, the slower ball and Harbhajan swings helplessly, the ball passed miles under the bat. India are plummeting here.

46.5

Steyn to Harbhajan Singh, OUT, bowled him! India continue to crash and burn. Harbhajan backs away and swings aimlessly. Steyn had bowled a dead straight yorker. Middle stump takes a hit. 320 is par on this pitch, will India get that much?

Harbhajan Singh b Steyn 3 (8m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

46.6

Steyn to Khan, no run, another yorker, and Zaheer plays it to third man. One run off that over. Will India limp to even 300?

India 293/7   DW Steyn 9-0-49-3

48.1

Steyn to Dhoni, 1 run, length ball outside off and Dhoni cuts towards deep point. South Africa will take that, Nehra has to face Steyn ...

48.2

Steyn to Nehra, no run, Nehra stands in his crease and pushes a short of a length ball towards point

48.3

Steyn to Nehra, OUT, another one falls! Nehra drives a full ball straight at Smith at cover. There is a sense of bewilderment in Nagpur. India were 267 for 1 ... they are 296 for 9 now.

A Nehra c Smith b Steyn 0 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

48.4

Steyn to Patel, OUT, bowled him! Steyn takes five as India have imploded in the most spectacular fashion. A full and fast delivery does for Munaf. The stumps take another hit.

MM Patel b Steyn 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

India 296/10   DW Steyn 9.4-0-50-5

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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