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

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   M Morkel 1-0-5-0

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

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   M Morkel 2-0-9-0

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   M Morkel 3-0-22-0

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

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   M Morkel 4-0-35-0

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

35.2

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

35.3

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

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.

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   M Morkel 5-0-40-0

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

37.6

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

India 253/1   M Morkel 6-0-50-0

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

39.4

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

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   M Morkel 7-0-59-1

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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