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

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

0.3

Rankin to Smith, 1 run, goes much fuller and across around off stump to Smith, who takes a half-step forward and pushes wide of extra cover

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

0.6

Rankin to Smith, no run, 138.1 kph short of a length ball that offers width to Smith, and he goes for the cut, but it also bounces extra, and beats hiim, keeper clangs the take, good start from Rankin

South Africa 3/0   WB Rankin 1-0-3-0

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

2.2

Rankin to Smith, 1 run, bit of bounce outside off stump, steered away to third man

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

2.4

Rankin to Smith, no run, more bounce from Boyd, Smith shoulders arms outside off

2.5

Rankin to Smith, 1 run, a bit fuller outside off stump, and he gets beside the line and chops it wide of second slip to third man

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   WB Rankin 2-0-8-0

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

4.5

Rankin to Smith, no run, 142.6 kph angling across Smith on a length who leaves it alone, Rankin has settled in to a fine rhythm

4.6

Rankin to Smith, no run, and again he is that channel close to off, Smith shoulders arms

South Africa 24/1   WB Rankin 3-0-18-1

6.1

Rankin to Smith, 1 run, worked away off the hip to deep square leg

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

6.3

Rankin to Smith, no run, gets a shade across and blocks this one going across him towards cover

6.4

Rankin to Smith, 1 run, shuffles and sends this back of a length ball behind square leg off

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   WB Rankin 4-0-22-1

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

8.6

Rankin to Smith, no run, meanwhile, Smith continues to struggle to middle them, awkwardly pushes this one down the track

South Africa 50/1   WB Rankin 5-0-31-1

10.1

Rankin to Kallis, 1 run, goes for the full delivery, ends up as a low full toss on the pads, Kallis cannot put it away, plays it out wide of midwicket

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

10.4

Rankin to Kallis, no run, hops in the air to bring down this one that gets big on him in front of square leg, that;s the way to deal with those nasty ones

10.5

Rankin to Kallis, FOUR, and then, that;s the way to put those full ones away, it's on middle stump, and Kallis connects beautifully with the straightest of bats, big followthrough as the ball races past the hapless bowler to the straight boundary

10.6

Rankin to Kallis, no run, opens him up a bit with a short of a length ball, and he pushes it away to point

South Africa 58/2   WB Rankin 6-0-37-1

34.1

Rankin to Duminy, 1 run, hits that splice-jarring length straight away, tapped down to gully and they take a quick single

34.2

Rankin to Ingram, no run, lift outside off! That's really taken off. Ingram set himself to force through the off side but the ball burst past his outside edge

34.3

Rankin to Ingram, 1 run, a little too leg-side from Rankin, and Ingram pulls off his hip, hopping onto one leg as he does so

34.4

Rankin to Duminy, 2 runs, short again, not a particularly savage bouncer though and Duminy hooks easily out to long leg

34.5

Rankin to Duminy, no run, the switch-up, Rankin goes full and straight and strikes Duminy on the pad. There's a speculative appeal, but it seemed to have pitched well outside leg. They think about a review ... and eventually ask for one, but it's a waste, pitching half a foot outside leg!

34.6

Rankin to Duminy, no run, bottom edged! Duminy was trying to run a back-of-a-length delivery down to third man, played for the extra bounce and a bottom edge bounces past his stumps. Good stop by Niall O'Brien

South Africa 162/5   WB Rankin 7-0-41-1

36.1

Rankin to Duminy, no run, fullish length on off stump, the extra bounce means Duminy's defence is slightly awkward

36.2

Rankin to Duminy, 1 run, length again, run down to third man for one

36.3

Rankin to Ingram, FOUR, slashed down to third man, much too fine for the fielder down there! Rankin isn't happy, but the shot was on to that ball - short and wide

36.4

Rankin to Ingram, FOUR, and now he's on the pull! A gentle ball on leg stump, and it's met with savage force by Ingram, who cracks it away well in front of square

36.5

Rankin to Ingram, 1 run, tapped out to the cover sweeper for one

36.6

Rankin to Duminy, 1 run, very full on off stump, Duminy drives towards mid-off and they just set off ... the fielder is quite deep, but a direct hit would still have been interesting there

South Africa 183/5   WB Rankin 8-0-52-1

44.1

Rankin to Botha, no run, nice and full, defended by Botha

44.2

Rankin to Botha, 1 run, back of a length and slightly too straight, Botha stands up and drops the ball close on the leg side, Duminy is through for a single in a blink

44.3

Rankin to Duminy, 1 run, short on off stump, Duminy throws everything into the cut but Johnston at third man defies age and infirmity to sprint round and cut it off with neat little tumble and roll

44.4

Rankin to Botha, no run, Test match line and length from Rankin on off stump, Botha's feet go nowhere and he's beaten on the outside edge

44.5

Rankin to Botha, 1 run, tapped to gully, another quick single

44.6

Rankin to Duminy, 1 run, Duminy chops down on the ball at the last moment to get it down to third man

South Africa 231/6   WB Rankin 9-0-56-1

46.1

Rankin to Duminy, no run, Beaten! on a length, angling across Duminy and beating the outside edge of an airy drive

46.2

Rankin to Duminy, 1 run, Rankin aims for the yorker on off stump, the ball comes off the boot and they take a quick single ... huge appeal from Niall O'Brien, but it's a solo effort

46.3

Rankin to Botha, 1 run, Rankin aims for the yorker again, Botha tucks off his toes down to fine leg who is, you'll remember, on the boundary for him

46.4

Rankin to Duminy, no run, huge swipe to leg! Duminy was targeting the boundary there, massive swing at the ball and he can't get a touch on it. Shaves just past the off stump

46.5

Rankin to Duminy, 1 run, very full on off stump, cracked out to deep cover

46.6

Rankin to Botha, no run, beaten by extra bounce outside off! Botha was aiming for a slashing cut, but the ball just leapt over the outside edge. What an over to bowl at this stage

South Africa 243/6   WB Rankin 10-0-59-1

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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