ICC Cricket World Cup, 34th Match, Group B: Ireland v South Africa at Kolkata, Mar 15, 2011
ICC Cricket World Cup - 34th match, Group B
South Africa won by 131 runs
Played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata (neutral venue)
15 March 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)
0.1

Rankin to Amla, no run, just about back of a length first up, not as much bounce as Amla expected, flicked away to midwicket who make s a good stop

0.2

Rankin to Amla, 1 run, shorter this time, but directed on the pads, pulled away dismissively to the man at fine leg, very short boundary in that area

0.4

Rankin to Amla, no run, 138.6 kph and pegs Amla on the back foot with a short of a good length ball, he pushes it out to point,

0.5

Rankin to Amla, 1 run, 143.4 kph searing yorker, Amla gets bat down on it in just in time, and squeezes it wide of point to third man

South Africa 3/0   HM Amla 2* (4b)
1.1

Johnston to Amla, no run, 125 kph comes back in from short of a length, blocked down the track

1.2

Johnston to Amla, 1 wide, the inward movement and the angle takes this one down the leg side

1.2

Johnston to Amla, no run, gets it to move in from just short of a length outside off stump, it bounces too much for Amla's comfort and he fends it away on the leg side, taking one hand off the bat

1.3

Johnston to Amla, no run, another one comes back in, this time off a fuller length, brings bat and pad close together and defends

1.4

Johnston to Amla, 2 runs, gets one in his zone, length ball angled on the pads, sends it scurrying along the ground past midwicket

1.5

Johnston to Amla, 1 run, length ball outside off, driven with lovely timing wide of mid off where Cusack dives to his left and saves the boundary

South Africa 7/0   HM Amla 5* (9b)
2.1

Rankin to Amla, 1 run, 139.9 kph, he is working up some lively pace, whipped off the pads wide of mid on

2.3

Rankin to Amla, 1 run, Amla launches into a violent pull, gets it off the bottom half of the bat, but Wilson at midwicket goes leaping to his left, and stops it on the bounce

2.6

Rankin to Amla, 1 wide, speared wide down the leg side, searching for the full delivery on the stumps

2.6

Rankin to Amla, no run, looks to drive this length ball outside off stump past Boyd, but gets it off the inner half of the blade, bowler fields

South Africa 12/0   HM Amla 7* (12b)
3.5

Johnston to Amla, 1 run, this man is in some form, he just stands in the crease and swats a length ball, it races wide of mid off who fires in the throw, but Amla is quick enough

South Africa 14/0   HM Amla 8* (13b)
4.1

Rankin to Amla, FOUR, 140.2 kph and full outside off stump, Amla does not need any more invitation, gets forward and sends it in the gap at covers for a boundary

4.2

Rankin to Amla, no run, steepling bounce from Rankin, there was a lot of width outside off stump, but even as Amla stood on his toes to cut it over point, he was beaten by the bounce

4.3

Rankin to Amla, SIX, another short of a length delivery, this time Amla latches on to it instantly, jeez, that was not short enough, but he just lifted it over deep midwicket for maximum, now that's timing, and making the most of your form

4.4

Rankin to Amla, OUT, and now he is gone, Amla goes for the upper cut, something he had attempted two deliveries earlier, but too much of a thick outside edge this one as he connects from outside off stump, the ball swirls quickly wide of third man where young Dockrell dives to his left and pulls off the stunner, it did not lodge cleanly in his hands but he kept them close to his chest, and managed to hold on as he fell

HM Amla c Dockrell b Rankin 18 (20m 17b 1x4 1x6) SR: 105.88

South Africa 24/1   HM Amla 18 (17b 1x4 1x6)
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