ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 34th match, Group B

Ireland v South Africa

South Africa won by 131 runs

5.1

Johnston to van Wyk, no run, gets bat close to pad outside off and blocks a length ball

5.2

Johnston to van Wyk, no run, 127.9 kph jags back in sharply from short of a length outside off, he is in some discomfort as he keeps it down

5.3

Johnston to van Wyk, FOUR, in the air, but he gets in the gap, did not quite middle this punch-drive, it seemed to stop on him but he went through with it and got it past mid off

5.4

Johnston to van Wyk, no run, the ball seems to be hovering and wobbling in the air, arrives late outside van Wyk who pushes it away uncertainly to point

5.5

Johnston to van Wyk, no run, gets it to move in off the seam around off stump and he defends off the back foot

5.6

Johnston to van Wyk, no run, dropped it is Kevin O'Brien at short cover who puts down the tough chance, it was a length ball that was smashed by van Wyk, went straight to Kevin who got both hands to it but could not hold on, Johnston is distraught

South Africa 28/1   MN van Wyk 4* (6b 1x4)

6.2

Rankin to van Wyk, 1 run, gets half-forward to a length ball outside off stump, and pushes in the gap in front of covers

6.5

Rankin to van Wyk, no run, gets forward to a length ball and drives to cover, he is consistently looking to come out and drive through extra cover

6.6

Rankin to van Wyk, 1 run, reaches out again, this one is held back a bit and his drive goes in the air down to third man

South Africa 32/1   MN van Wyk 6* (9b 1x4)

7.1

Johnston to van Wyk, no run, punched away to cover off the back foot, lets the ball angle in to him from outside off

7.2

Johnston to van Wyk, FOUR, goes for the lofted shot over midwicket, but gets too much underneath the ball and sends it almost perpendicular in the air, there are some monstrous dark clouds hanging above the ground, but only the ball comes down this time, couple of bounces and rolls away in to the wide long on boundary

7.3

Johnston to van Wyk, no run, pushed out in to the off side from the crease

7.4

Johnston to van Wyk, no run, wants to drive down the ground, gets too much across and hits it off the inner half to the bowler

7.5

Johnston to van Wyk, FOUR, van Wyk is going for everything, backs away a shade and lifts this back of a length ball over extra cover, just thumping through the line of the ball, effective at the moment

7.6

Johnston to van Wyk, 1 run, pushes it towards mid on and goes through for the run, makes it even as the throw hits the non-striker's stumps

South Africa 41/1   MN van Wyk 15* (15b 3x4)

8.1

Rankin to van Wyk, no run, cuts back in from wide outside off stump, and strikes him high on the pad as he pushes forward

8.2

Rankin to van Wyk, FOUR, bowls a full toss outside off stump, and in the mood van Wyk is in, and how quick the outfield is, he stretches out and times it in the gap between cover and point

8.3

Rankin to van Wyk, FOUR, van Wyk is doing some real damage here upfront, and taking the pressure off Smith, stands tall and lofts the length ball high over mid off for another boundary

8.4

Rankin to van Wyk, no run, another dropped chance, Ireland are hurting themselves big time, they are so safe normally in the field, Rankin got one to cut back in from wide outside off stump, van Wyk went for the drive as usual, and the outside edge flew to Stirling at slip who clanged it, it climbed on him fast, but he could not quite get his hands to it, Rankin is stunned, totally stunned

8.5

Rankin to van Wyk, 1 run, pushed in front of mid off for a quick single

South Africa 50/1   MN van Wyk 24* (20b 5x4)

9.1

Johnston to van Wyk, no run, lets this length ball come back in from outside off and calmly defends from the crease

9.2

Johnston to van Wyk, 1 run, pushes the ball late wide of cover and they go through for the run even as the fielder fails to cleanly pick up the ball

9.4

Johnston to van Wyk, OUT, Ireland make up for those clangers a bit, it is Mooney from midwicket, van Wyk had shuffled across to work the single away, but Mooney was close by, Smith got too far down the track in his haste for the run, he turned back and put in the dive, but Mooney had already found the stumps by then, the crowd roar, Ireland celebrate

GC Smith run out 7 (43m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 38.88

9.5

Johnston to van Wyk, no run, waits for this one to jag back in from short of a length, and pushes it away to cover off the back foot, they are done with attempting those suicidal singles for the moment

9.6

Johnston to van Wyk, no run, gets it right on target on off stump, he comes out and blocks resolutely

South Africa 52/2   MN van Wyk 25* (25b 5x4)

10.2

Rankin to van Wyk, no run, hops on the toes and goes for the cut, but still the bounce on this one beats him outside off stump

10.3

Rankin to van Wyk, 1 run, squirts this length ball past the non-striker and pinches a single by the time mid on gets to it, absolutely safe this time

South Africa 54/2   MN van Wyk 26* (27b 5x4)

11.1

Johnston to van Wyk, no run, cramps him for room in the crease with a length ball that comes in, he defends

11.2

Johnston to van Wyk, no run, stands back in the crease to cut this one away, but manages to get it as far as point

11.3

Johnston to van Wyk, FOUR, he holds the bat almost perpendicular in the air, what a monstrous backlift, this one is short, and he swivels instantly and the pull dispatches the ball through square leg

11.4

Johnston to van Wyk, no run, surprises him with a lovely slower one around off stump, he plays it out towards point

11.5

Johnston to van Wyk, SIX, crack! he is really loving Eden. marginally short, and almost as if he had been waiting for it, he picks it high over deep midwicket, just stands in the crease and goes for the full swing of the bat

11.6

Johnston to van Wyk, FOUR, another one, he is throwing his bat at everything, this one is floated wide of off stump, and he gets the edge through the vacant slip cordon

South Africa 72/2   MN van Wyk 40* (33b 7x4 1x6)

13.1

Dockrell to van Wyk, no run, goes straight on from a length, played out on the leg side

13.2

Dockrell to van Wyk, 1 run, comes down the track, he shortens the length, pushed away on the off side

South Africa 77/2   MN van Wyk 41* (35b 7x4 1x6)

14.1

Mooney to van Wyk, no run, Porterfield at point saves a certain boundary, it was cut hard off the back foot, but he dived and stopped it on the bounce

14.2

Mooney to van Wyk, no run, slower one wide outside off stump, left alone

14.3

Mooney to van Wyk, 1 run, gets across to whip a back of a length ball to deep midwicket

14.5

Mooney to van Wyk, no run, fuller outside off stump, he goes for a languid drive, too languid, as it rolls away to short extra cover

14.6

Mooney to van Wyk, no run, stuck in the crease to one that cramps him for room, pushed back down the track

South Africa 83/2   MN van Wyk 42* (40b 7x4 1x6)

15.5

Dockrell to van Wyk, OUT, it couldn't get through the great man, but it has consumed van Wyk, flighted and went straight on, he had backed away for the cut, not short enough for the shot, not wide enough at all, and to his horror it kept a bit low too, and beat the attempted cut to crash in to off stump, lovely bowling, the adventure of van Wyk at Eden is over

MN van Wyk b Dockrell 42 (48m 41b 7x4 1x6) SR: 102.43

South Africa 84/3   MN van Wyk 42 (41b 7x4 1x6)

Photos

Mar 15, 2011

Gary Wilson glances the ball fine, Ireland v South Africa, Group B, World Cup, Kolkata, March 15, 2011

Gary Wilson glances the ball fine

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Mar 15, 2011

Robin Peterson trapped Gary Wilson LBW, Ireland v South Africa, Group B, World Cup, Kolkata, March 15, 2011

Robin Peterson trapped Gary Wilson LBW

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