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

Vidhooshi: "Well noone seemed to have a problem with "Our man Nagraj Gollapudi OR anyone for that matter" I tell you. it's a wom ... er ladies' world

The firm of Smith and Amla walks out to the middle. Boyd Rankin will begin proceedings with the new ball.

David: "Still feel Mark boucher would have been a better choice. He was unfairly judged as a batman and not a keeper by the selectors. He is almost flawless behind the stumps and often rises to the occasion with the bat. Then all that experience in the locker room."

2.25 pm The national anthems are on at Eden Gardens. Just a few minutes for the match to start. Enough time to check out our Twitter handle @ESPNcricinfo.

Maheshnarayan: ""our woman from the ground" ? Jeez, Abhishek, where are your manners ... I believe the appropriate word is 'lady'." Alright, Sir Chivalrous, our "lady" Firdose, who will be pleased as she reads this

As a boy Albert van der Merwe watched South Africa return to international cricket, and dreamed of playing at Eden Gardens. Now he's living that dream - for Ireland. Firdose catches up with him.

Johan: "Will van Wyk open or will he come in at No 3? I hope he does well - he has had a good domestic season in SA over the last few years."

Bruce: "Phew, the wait is over. Will SA do it against the biggest dark horse of the tournament???"

Justin: "I'm massively surprised that Tsotsobe hasn't been given an outing. Especially given that there is some grass on the pitch, and that the spinners may struggle with dew. Hope it doesn't bite SA later."

Mark Kidger: "This is a big match for both teams. Were Ireland to win, the qualification from the group would suddenly become even more messy. South Africa's qualification would be in danger and Ireland would be in with a great chance given that they finish against The Netherlands."

Sanjeev: "Feels good to see this magnificent ground back in action..."

Firdose Moonda, our woman from the ground: "Not many people as of now. But the stand below me is filling up a little, slowly."

2 pm Toss: William Porterfield wins the toss and Ireland will bowl first. "I think the pitch will stay the same throughout the game. Trent Johnston is back in for Botha who is not well. There is no pressure on us. We have to win this one to stay in the tournament. Not many people are giving us a chance in this game."

Graeme Smith: "We have decided to rest AB. We noticed there could be a bit of dew around in the evening. We have chased in the last couple of games, so hopefully we can put up a decent total. This is a very important game for us." So Colin Ingram gets a game. You know what, it's still not late to enter your teams for Fantasy Cricket. There are some cool Canon cameras to be won just for the knockout stage.

South Africa returned to international cricket at Eden Gardens in 1991, and Firdose Moonda has more on the historic ground.

1.55 pm It is a bit hot and humid in Kolkata at this time of the day, and some rain is expected later during the evening. Pitch Report: Ian Botham says there is some live grass on the pitch, and some bare areas as well. He says it looks full of runs, though it might be a bit two-paced, and the team that wins the toss should bat first.

Both teams have had injury woes leading to the game. Imran Tahir and AB de Villiers for South Africa, Trent Johnston and Andre Botha for Ireland. This provides an opportunity to the other players in the squad. Will someone like Colin Ingram get a game? What do you think will be the Playing XIs today?

Hello and welcome to our coverage of Eden Gardens' first game of this World Cup, between South Africa and Ireland. A win would confirm South Africa's entry into the quarterfinals, but a loss would add to the ever-increasing permutations and possible scenarios in Group B. But on a pitch that had a tinge of green on the eve of the game, and which is expected to have good bounce and carry, South Africa's fast-bowling superiority gets magnified. More on today's match in the preview.

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,

it has gone very dark

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

End of over 1 (3 runs) South Africa 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
GC Smith    1* (2b)      WB Rankin    1-0-3-0
HM Amla    2* (4b)     

Johnston from the other end it will be

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

1.6

Johnston to Smith, no run, off a thick outside edge towards second slip along the ground as Smith pushes at one that kept a shade low

End of over 2 (4 runs) South Africa 7/0 (RR: 3.50)
GC Smith    1* (3b)      DT Johnston    1-0-4-0
HM Amla    5* (9b)      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

End of over 3 (5 runs) South Africa 12/0 (RR: 4.00)
HM Amla    7* (12b)      WB Rankin    2-0-8-0
GC Smith    3* (6b)      DT Johnston    1-0-4-0

Srinath: "Although Eden Gardens wears a refurbished new look after a make-over, its a pity that the seating capacity has reduced from 90,000 to 65,000. Same goes with Chepauk and Wankhede.. Its pity !"

3.1

Johnston to Smith, no run, plays out a length ball on the stumps on the leg side

Firdose, our lady from Eden: "This crowd is loving Ireland. every time they fielded well, they erupted."

3.2

Johnston to Smith, no run, stays in the crease and chops one going across him towards point

3.3

Johnston to Smith, no run, looks to come out and go through his favourite midwicket, Johnston shortens the length and he blocks it away

3.4

Johnston to Smith, 1 run, gets one a bit fuller, opes up and works it away wide of midwicket

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

3.6

Johnston to Smith, no run, shuffles across in hope but cannot work this one away, it is on a length outside off and he pats it away

End of over 4 (2 runs) South Africa 14/0 (RR: 3.50)
GC Smith    4* (11b)      DT Johnston    2-0-6-0
HM Amla    8* (13b)      WB Rankin    2-0-8-0

Shishank: "Seating capacity getting reduced is actually good, it is good for the spectators as there is now more shoulder space and people can sit comfortably. This is a step taken in the right direction as spectator comfort should be of utmost priority."

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

van Wyk at No 3, no Ingram

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

End of over 5 (10 runs) South Africa 24/1 (RR: 4.80)
GC Smith    4* (13b)      WB Rankin    3-0-18-1
MN van Wyk    0* (0b)      DT Johnston    2-0-6-0

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

End of over 6 (4 runs) South Africa 28/1 (RR: 4.66)
MN van Wyk    4* (6b 1x4)      DT Johnston    3-0-10-0
GC Smith    4* (13b)      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

End of over 7 (4 runs) South Africa 32/1 (RR: 4.57)
MN van Wyk    6* (9b 1x4)      WB Rankin    4-0-22-1
GC Smith    6* (16b)      DT Johnston    3-0-10-0

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

End of over 8 (9 runs) South Africa 41/1 (RR: 5.12)
MN van Wyk    15* (15b 3x4)      DT Johnston    4-0-19-0
GC Smith    6* (16b)      WB Rankin    4-0-22-1

PJ: "@Shishank: If you have been at the Eden Gardens for a game, you would know that the reason why it is what it is, has nothing to do with 'comfort'! It is the atmosphere that give you the high of your life! Want comfort, Couch up at the idiot box!"

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

End of over 9 (9 runs) South Africa 50/1 (RR: 5.55)
GC Smith    6* (17b)      WB Rankin    5-0-31-1
MN van Wyk    24* (20b 5x4)      DT Johnston    4-0-19-0

fine leg in the circle now

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

Spoo: "If it rains we can blame van Wyk. His 'rocket ship vertical take off' shot for 4 could have teared open some clouds."

9.3

Johnston to Smith, 1 run, Smith endeavors forward purposefully, but the drive does not find the middle of the bat, and he gets a single wide of mid off

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

It's that man Kallis at No 4

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

End of over 10 (2 runs) South Africa 52/2 (RR: 5.20)
MN van Wyk    25* (25b 5x4)      DT Johnston    5-0-21-0
JH Kallis    0* (0b)      WB Rankin    5-0-31-1

Manikandan: "van wyk wouldn't want to go back to the dressing room soon now." bowling Powerplay is on

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

Started drizzling now

End of over 11 (6 runs) South Africa 58/2 (RR: 5.27)
JH Kallis    5* (4b 1x4)      WB Rankin    6-0-37-1
MN van Wyk    26* (27b 5x4)      DT Johnston    5-0-21-0

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

End of over 12 (14 runs) South Africa 72/2 (RR: 6.00)
MN van Wyk    40* (33b 7x4 1x6)      DT Johnston    6-0-35-0
JH Kallis    5* (4b 1x4)      WB Rankin    6-0-37-1

Rajesh: "Oh Amla !! What have you done ??? Only today I took you in my team as a captain & look what I got in return :( I don't even have enough changes left now :( I was banking on you heavily.." Mooney comes on

12.1

Mooney to Kallis, no run, trots in and bowls one on the stumps, it is worked away to midwicket

12.2

Mooney to Kallis, no run, 124.9 kph but it is dug in and makes him stand on his toes to keep it down on the off side

12.3

Mooney to Kallis, FOUR, short of a length again, this one does not get up as much, and Kallis is ready when it arrives, delays the shot a bit to get the placement right, and punches it past cover, no chance as soon as it passes the infield

12.4

Mooney to Kallis, no run, times the punch off the back foot again, this time to cover on the edge of the circle

12.5

Mooney to Kallis, no run, gets Kallis to come forward and he gets the drive right out of the middle, it drops just short of a diving point, Mooney has his hands on his heads

12.6

Mooney to Kallis, no run, goes on his toes to bring down another lifting short of a length ball, on the leg side this time

End of over 13 (4 runs) South Africa 76/2 (RR: 5.84)
JH Kallis    9* (10b 2x4)      JF Mooney    1-0-4-0
MN van Wyk    40* (33b 7x4 1x6)      DT Johnston    6-0-35-0

thaga: "I want the Irish to win the match today- may be I am crazy- the reason being I had a remarkable evening in the Irish pub couple of days back." Dockrell comes on now, it is still drizzling

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

13.3

Dockrell to Kallis, no run, fuller on the stumps, flicked away to midwicket

13.4

Dockrell to Kallis, no run, tossed up on the stumps, pushed back to the bowler

13.5

Dockrell to Kallis, FOUR, there is sweeper cover, but he can only watch the ball slam in to the ropes, marginally short, he goes back and cracks the cut past cover and too quick for the man on the boundary

13.6

Dockrell to Kallis, no run, not much room this time, defended on the off side

End of over 14 (5 runs) South Africa 81/2 (RR: 5.78)
JH Kallis    13* (14b 3x4)      GH Dockrell    1-0-5-0
MN van Wyk    41* (35b 7x4 1x6)      JF Mooney    1-0-4-0

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

long off comes up in the circle

14.4

Mooney to Kallis, 1 run, goes back in the crease and guides this wide one to third man

it looks a bit brighter now, the sun makes an appearance from amid the clouds

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

End of over 15 (2 runs) South Africa 83/2 (RR: 5.53)
MN van Wyk    42* (40b 7x4 1x6)      JF Mooney    2-0-6-0
JH Kallis    14* (15b 3x4)      GH Dockrell    1-0-5-0

Ankit: "Drizzling!! Weather forecast says 0% chance of precipitation!!" It rains sometimes in these parts during the evening this time of the year

15.1

Dockrell to Kallis, no run, pushed back down the tracj

15.2

Dockrell to Kallis, no run, thumped off the front foot, cannot beat extra cover

15.3

Dockrell to Kallis, no run, slower through the air, he goes back and pushes it on the off side

15.4

Dockrell to Kallis, 1 run, lovely delivery, tossed up on off stump, draws him in to the drive, and gets it go straight on, off the inside edge towards square leg, Dockrell smile

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

Eldo: "Had a very relevant question.. why is Morne van Vyk suddenly blond, when i remember him to be dark haired in his first international season? Did the change in hair colour also have an impact on his batting? Is that the way ahead for all failing (and dark haired) batsmen?" JP Duminy is in now

15.6

Dockrell to Duminy, 1 run, gets a flighted one on the leg stump, and flicks it past short midwicket, but mid on runs to his left to cut it off

End of over 16 (2 runs) South Africa 85/3 (RR: 5.31)
JP Duminy    1* (1b)      GH Dockrell    2-0-7-1
JH Kallis    15* (19b 3x4)      JF Mooney    2-0-6-0

Stirling with his offbreaks comes on now, slip in place

16.1

Stirling to Duminy, no run, from round the stumps, slides this one past off stump, invitation for the cut, Duminy leaves

16.2

Stirling to Duminy, no run, touch shorter outside off, pushed away to point

16.3

Stirling to Duminy, 1 run, wider outside off, this time he cuts, and picks up a single

16.4

Stirling to Kallis, no run, beats him in flight, gets it to turn in sharply, he was forward and went for the drive outside the line, struck outside the line of off on the pads

16.5

Stirling to Kallis, no run, goes to slip who takes it, but off the pads as he again plays outside the line of one that turns in a long way

16.6

Stirling to Kallis, 1 run, this time Kallis is wiser, plays it with the turn towards midwicket, and picks up the single too

End of over 17 (2 runs) South Africa 87/3 (RR: 5.11)
JH Kallis    16* (22b 3x4)      PR Stirling    1-0-2-0
JP Duminy    2* (4b)      GH Dockrell    2-0-7-1

17.1

Dockrell to Kallis, no run, Dockrell continues to toss them up, he drives off the inner half of the bat to the bowler

17.2

Dockrell to Kallis, 1 run, another one generous on the flight, but outside off stump, and Kallis creams it off the front foot, sweeper cover makes good ground to cut it off

17.3

Dockrell to Duminy, no run, goes across and outside off stump to defend one that turns in

17.4

Dockrell to Duminy, no run, worked on the leg side off the back foot

17.5

Dockrell to Duminy, 1 run, turned towards square leg of the back foot

17.6

Dockrell to Kallis, no run, goes for the full-blooded drive again to a tossed up ball, but hits it in to the ground

End of over 18 (2 runs) South Africa 89/3 (RR: 4.94)
JH Kallis    17* (25b 3x4)      GH Dockrell    3-0-9-1
JP Duminy    3* (7b)      PR Stirling    1-0-2-0

18.1

Stirling to Duminy, 2 runs, a shade short and turning away, he rocks back and punches it wide of sweeper cover to pick up a couple

18.2

Stirling to Duminy, no run, gets well forward to smother this one that turns away

18.3

Stirling to Duminy, no run, goes back to punch another shortish one, it doesn't turn, and he gets it to the right of the bowler, who goes leaping to his right to stop it

18.4

Stirling to Duminy, no run, another one goes straight on from back of a length, he is backing away to cut repeatedly, squeezed back to the bowler

18.5

Stirling to Duminy, no run, fuller on the stumps, almost yorker length, driven down the track

18.6

Stirling to Duminy, 1 run, whipped away wide of long on from a fuller length

End of over 19 (3 runs) South Africa 92/3 (RR: 4.84)
JP Duminy    6* (13b)      PR Stirling    2-0-5-0
JH Kallis    17* (25b 3x4)      GH Dockrell    3-0-9-1

19.1

Dockrell to Duminy, 1 run, gets the leading edge as he plays for the turn and it goes straight on, but along the ground to cover

19.2

Dockrell to Kallis, no run, driven hard in the ground on the bounce to extra cover

19.3

Dockrell to Kallis, no run, this time driven along the ground, to extra cover again

19.4

Dockrell to Kallis, no run, backs away, but this one hurries on and he chops it towards point

19.5

Dockrell to Kallis, 1 run, waits for this shortish one to come on, and punches it to sweeper cover

19.6

Dockrell to Duminy, no run, another tossed up ball goes straight on, this time Duminy does not commit too far forward and pushes it away

End of over 20 (2 runs) South Africa 94/3 (RR: 4.70)
JP Duminy    7* (15b)      GH Dockrell    4-0-11-1
JH Kallis    18* (29b 3x4)      PR Stirling    2-0-5-0

20.1

Stirling to Kallis, no run, flicked with the turn from outside off to midwicket

20.2

Stirling to Kallis, 1 run, whipped away with the turn again to deep midwicket, he has not played outside the line since those couple of close calls early on

20.3

Stirling to Duminy, OUT, Kallis is in trouble, he was not quick enough to beat the throw as Duminy worked one away to midwicket, was a bit slow off the blocks as the throw came in from Porterfield, Niall had the bails off quickly, it is a close call as the replays show, but Kallis has to walk back, he cannot believe it, he did not put in the dive either, has himself to blame

JH Kallis run out 19 (43m 31b 3x4 0x6) SR: 61.29

Faf du Plessis comes in, slip in place

20.4

Stirling to du Plessis, 1 run, shuffles across the stumps to work a turning delivery backward of square leg

20.5

Stirling to Duminy, 1 run, turning away from a length, cut away wide of extra cover, there is sweeper cover on the boundary

20.6

Stirling to du Plessis, no run, stands outside off stump to counter the turn in to him, and whips it away to midwicket

End of over 21 (3 runs) South Africa 97/4 (RR: 4.61)
F du Plessis    1* (2b)      PR Stirling    3-0-8-0
JP Duminy    8* (17b)      GH Dockrell    4-0-11-1

21.1

Dockrell to Duminy, 1 run, sweeps from way outside off stump, and gets it down to deep square leg

21.2

Dockrell to du Plessis, no run, gets half forward in defence uncertainly, bat and pad close together, ball hits bit of both, Ireland are excited

21.3

Dockrell to du Plessis, 1 run, driven for a single down the ground on the off side

21.4

Dockrell to Duminy, 1 run, leaves the crease, gets to the pitch, and whips it away with the turn to the left of midwicket

21.5

Dockrell to du Plessis, no run, du Plessis comes down the track this time, and drives to extra cover

21.6

Dockrell to du Plessis, no run, tossed up nicely, and goes straight on outside off stump, he had no clue about it, and shuffled wide outside off stump to block it away awkwardly

End of over 22 (3 runs) South Africa 100/4 (RR: 4.54)
F du Plessis    2* (6b)      GH Dockrell    5-0-14-1
JP Duminy    10* (19b)      PR Stirling    3-0-8-0

22.1

Stirling to Duminy, no run, fired in from round the stumps, hits him on the pads down the leg side

22.2

Stirling to Duminy, 1 run, goes on with the arm again, this time around leg stump, pushed off the back foot down the ground

22.3

Stirling to du Plessis, 1 run, sharp turn in to the batsman, who is standing outside off stump, and gets an inside edge backward of square leg

22.4

Stirling to Duminy, no run, keeps a shade low as it is pushed through flat on leg stump, played out in front of midwicket

22.5

Stirling to Duminy, no run, much fuller now, driven to the bowler off the front foot

22.6

Stirling to Duminy, 1 run, just a tad short and outside off stump, he quickly goes back and cuts it to sweeper cover

End of over 23 (3 runs) South Africa 103/4 (RR: 4.47)
JP Duminy    12* (24b)      PR Stirling    4-0-11-0
F du Plessis    3* (7b)      GH Dockrell    5-0-14-1

Mark: "Oh boy! One more wicket now would make qualification from this group very VERY interesting."

23.1

Dockrell to Duminy, 1 run, shuffles across , they have done this a lot today, and works it away towards midwicket

23.2

Dockrell to du Plessis, 2 runs, tossed up and goes straight on, he is quick to get on the back foot an punch it wide of sweeper cover

23.3

Dockrell to du Plessis, 1 run, bit of width outside off stump, slapped away to sweeper cover off the back foot

23.4

Dockrell to Duminy, no run, stays in the back foot to a flighted delivery, dangerous ploy, is hurried in to the defensive push

23.5

Dockrell to Duminy, 1 run, now he leaves the crease and earns a single with a push along the ground to long on

23.6

Dockrell to du Plessis, no run, guided to point off the back foot

End of over 24 (5 runs) South Africa 108/4 (RR: 4.50)
F du Plessis    6* (10b)      GH Dockrell    6-0-19-1
JP Duminy    14* (27b)      PR Stirling    4-0-11-0

24.1

Stirling to Duminy, 1 run, hurries on from a length on off stump, he backs away and cuts it for a single past extra cover

24.2

Stirling to du Plessis, 2 runs, waits in the crease for this to turn in and dabs it away late past a diving slip, deftly done

24.3

Stirling to du Plessis, no run, looks to do it again, this one is pushed through quicker, doesn't bounce much and doesn't turn much, he is beaten as he pushes inside the line

24.4

Stirling to du Plessis, 1 run, driven hard wide of short extra cover, who dives and creates a run out chance, but these two are quick between the wickets

24.5

Stirling to Duminy, 1 run, eased down to long off for a strolled single

24.6

Stirling to du Plessis, no run, walks way outside off stump, and pats away a turning delivery on the off side

End of over 25 (5 runs) South Africa 113/4 (RR: 4.52)
F du Plessis    9* (14b)      PR Stirling    5-0-16-0
JP Duminy    16* (29b)      GH Dockrell    6-0-19-1

Tim: "Guide to losing to an associate. A) run out all your best batsmen. B) Panic." Mooney is back

25.1

Mooney to Duminy, no run, from round the stumps, bowls one close to off stump, he looks to steer it away and is beaten

25.2

Mooney to Duminy, 1 leg bye, shuffles across and gets it away off the pads towards square leg, Niall goes charging after it from behind the stumps

25.3

Mooney to du Plessis, no run, whips away this one from back of a length to midwicket

25.4

Mooney to du Plessis, no run, dug in from short of a length, bounces too much for his comfort and he keeps it down on the off side

25.5

Mooney to du Plessis, 1 run, fuller and much slower on the stumps, he picks it and pushes it down to long on for a single

25.6

Mooney to Duminy, no run, almost got him there, but an inside edge seemed to save him as he missed the drive to a length ball angled in to him, and the ball went on to hit the pad and rolled away

End of over 26 (2 runs) South Africa 115/4 (RR: 4.42)
JP Duminy    16* (32b)      JF Mooney    3-0-7-0
F du Plessis    10* (17b)      PR Stirling    5-0-16-0

NJ: "@Tim: C) Curse the weather."

26.1

Stirling to du Plessis, 1 run, walks outside off again, as he has done during this knock, and pushes it away towards point

26.2

Stirling to Duminy, 1 run, flicked away backward of square leg for a quick run

26.3

Stirling to du Plessis, OUT, guided straight to slip, that's the way it is done during training, it was flighted outside off stump, drifted away from the batsman a touch, he came forward, opened the face of the bat and steered it at a nice catchable height to slip, South Africa are in trouble now, Johnston is delighted

F du Plessis c Johnston b Stirling 11 (21m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.89

What a time for Colin Ingram to walk in on his World Cup debut. Kip: "@NJ: D) All of the above, and then refute the choker tag."

26.4

Stirling to Ingram, no run, pushed through quicker from round the stumps, defended off the front foot

26.5

Stirling to Ingram, 1 run, he is away with a sweep to fine leg off a fuller one

26.6

Stirling to Duminy, 1 wide, is this another one, Duminy missed the flick to a wide one down the leg side, Niall had the bails off in a flash, was his foot in the air? replays show he just managed to drag his foot back in

26.6

Stirling to Duminy, no run, shorter on the stumps, he goes back to punch it back to the bowler

End of over 27 (4 runs) South Africa 119/5 (RR: 4.40)
JP Duminy    17* (34b)      PR Stirling    6-0-20-1
CA Ingram    1* (2b)      JF Mooney    3-0-7-0

Rich: "and for afters e) blame the pitch/crowd/DRS/food poisoning."

shamshir: "Critical situation for SA, but still they have Duminy and Ingram, two cool players. then, Peterson and Botha are good hitters. So, they need to bat until 40 without losing another wicket."

27.1

Mooney to Ingram, no run, whipped away to midwicket off the back foot, rode the bounce on this back of a length ball

Keeper standing back now, very aggressive field, lots of men in the infield on the off side

27.2

Mooney to Ingram, FOUR, he comes forward and gets the drive in the gap between extra cover and mid off, first boundary in ages

27.3

Mooney to Ingram, no run, defended solidly off the front foot

27.4

Mooney to Ingram, 1 leg bye, strays down the pads from a full length, whipped away fine, Niall gets a hand to it and takes the pace off it

27.5

Mooney to Duminy, 1 run, gets on the toes to work this one that bounces extra in front of square leg

27.6

Mooney to Ingram, no run, much fuller on the stumps, clipped away to midwicket, would have liked to put it away

End of over 28 (6 runs) South Africa 125/5 (RR: 4.46)
CA Ingram    5* (7b 1x4)      JF Mooney    4-0-12-0
JP Duminy    18* (35b)      PR Stirling    6-0-20-1

28.1

Stirling to Duminy, 1 run, tossed up full delivery, he gets to it and flicks it to deep midwicket

28.2

Stirling to Ingram, no run, strikes him on the pad as he pushes out outside the line, this one went straight on

28.3

Stirling to Ingram, no run, this time he gets behind the ball to defend it off the front foot

28.4

Stirling to Ingram, 1 run, chops it from close to off stump

28.5

Stirling to Duminy, 1 run, flicks it wide of midwicket from a fuller length, in the air for a while

28.6

Stirling to Ingram, 1 run, eased down the ground to long on this time

End of over 29 (4 runs) South Africa 129/5 (RR: 4.44)
CA Ingram    7* (11b 1x4)      PR Stirling    7-0-24-1
JP Duminy    20* (37b)      JF Mooney    4-0-12-0

Saad: "f) lose 9 wkts for 29 runs." Dockrell is back

29.1

Dockrell to Ingram, 1 run, gets back to one a touch short and works it down the ground on the leg side

29.2

Dockrell to Duminy, 3 runs, excellent effort on the fine leg boundary, it was paddled very fine from leg stump, Mooney went diving a long way to his left, super effort

29.3

Dockrell to Ingram, no run, played back down the tracj

29.4

Dockrell to Ingram, no run, pushed to extra cover off the back foot

29.5

Dockrell to Ingram, no run, cannot get it past Stirling in the cover as he looks to punch it away

29.6

Dockrell to Ingram, no run, played away towards midwicket, Ireland are racing through the overs

End of over 30 (4 runs) South Africa 133/5 (RR: 4.43)
CA Ingram    8* (16b 1x4)      GH Dockrell    7-0-23-1
JP Duminy    23* (38b)      PR Stirling    7-0-24-1

30.1

Stirling to Duminy, no run, gets a low full toss on leg stump, but pats it away to midwicket

30.2

Stirling to Duminy, no run, has him reaching out to a flighted one on middle stump, squeezed away down the track

30.3

Stirling to Duminy, no run, cut away from off stump to Mooney at cover

30.4

Stirling to Duminy, 1 run, gets the single now, shuffles across to work it away in front of square leg

30.5

Stirling to Ingram, 1 run, full deliver, he lunges forward and sweeps it to deep square leg

30.6

Stirling to Duminy, 1 run, plonks this one in front of covers for a comfortable run

End of over 31 (3 runs) South Africa 136/5 (RR: 4.38)
JP Duminy    25* (43b)      PR Stirling    8-0-27-1
CA Ingram    9* (17b 1x4)      GH Dockrell    7-0-23-1

31.1

Dockrell to Duminy, no run, comes down the track, he bowls it flat and he plays it out to midwicket

31.2

Dockrell to Duminy, 1 run, pushed through a bit fuller, he goes back in the crease and works it away to short fine leg

31.3

Dockrell to Ingram, FOUR, Ingram goes hard at a flat delivery, lunges forward and slogsweeps it to deep midwicket, well done

31.4

Dockrell to Ingram, no run, gets a leading edge down the track as he looks to turn this full one on the leg side

31.5

Dockrell to Ingram, 1 run, worked away off the pads to square leg

31.6

Dockrell to Duminy, 1 run, flicks to short fine leg and sets off for the single, the throw came in very high to Niall, else it could have been close

End of over 32 (7 runs) South Africa 143/5 (RR: 4.46)
JP Duminy    27* (46b)      GH Dockrell    8-0-30-1
CA Ingram    14* (20b 2x4)      PR Stirling    8-0-27-1

32.1

Stirling to Duminy, FOUR, Duminy goes for the reverse sweep, takes it very low on the full, and gets it past short third man comfortably

32.2

Stirling to Duminy, 1 run, stays in the crease to a tossed up fuller one, and chops it in to the ground on the leg side

32.3

Stirling to Ingram, no run, more flight from Stirling, driven back to the bowler

32.4

Stirling to Ingram, 2 runs, this time he shuffles quickly across the stumps and whips it away in the gap past square leg

32.5

Stirling to Ingram, FOUR, Ingram gets going this time, it was there outside off for the cut, and he got it past short third man and in to the gap

32.6

Stirling to Ingram, no run, pushed back in the air down the track, almost carried to the bowler

End of over 33 (11 runs) South Africa 154/5 (RR: 4.66)
CA Ingram    20* (24b 3x4)      PR Stirling    9-0-38-1
JP Duminy    32* (48b 1x4)      GH Dockrell    8-0-30-1

Cusack with his brand of medium pace comes on now

33.1

Cusack to Duminy, no run, beats him outside off with one that keeps low as he went for the cut

33.2

Cusack to Duminy, 1 wide, floated up wide outside off stump, moves further away after pitching on a length

33.2

Cusack to Duminy, 1 run, driven off the front foot to sweeper cover

33.3

Cusack to Ingram, no run, bowled slower through the air, he was already on the front foot, it cut away too, and he was beaten on the drive

33.4

Cusack to Ingram, 1 run, chopped down to third man in the end, that was homing in off stump, too close for the cut

33.5

Cusack to Duminy, 1 run, another slower one, very full this time, he gets forward and squeezes it down to third man

33.6

Cusack to Ingram, no run, pings extra cover with the front foot drive, too bad he could not get it past the man, it was struck very firmly

time for change. Of ball, and in commentary as well. Liam will take over, I will hop over to Chatterbox ... Hello everyone, Liam here.

End of over 34 (4 runs) South Africa 158/5 (RR: 4.64)
CA Ingram    21* (27b 3x4)      AR Cusack    1-0-4-0
JP Duminy    34* (51b 1x4)      PR Stirling    9-0-38-1

Gareth: "These are the last two recognised batsmen. I think they need to take the powerplay with these two at the crease, preferably at the 34th over when the ball change means the ball is harder and easier to see."

34.1

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

They've also changed the ball, so it'll be slightly harder. Could be another reason to take the Powerplay?

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

End of over 35 (4 runs) South Africa 162/5 (RR: 4.62)
JP Duminy    37* (55b 1x4)      WB Rankin    7-0-41-1
CA Ingram    22* (29b 3x4)      AR Cusack    1-0-4-0

35.1

Cusack to Ingram, FOUR, horrid delivery, a real freebie, and Ingram cracks the short, wide long-hop to the point boundary. Cusack knows he's messed up there, a cry of anguish

35.2

Cusack to Ingram, 1 run, a touch of width again, not nearly as much though. Tapped to cover point for one

35.3

Cusack to Duminy, no run, much better line and length there, fuller and straighter. Defended

35.4

Cusack to Duminy, 1 run, full, landing on middle and leg. Clipped down to fine leg

35.5

Cusack to Ingram, no run, definite wobble through the air for Cusack, swinging away from the left-hander from round the wicket. Full too. Tapped back to the bowler

35.6

Cusack to Ingram, FOUR, he's spoiled it with the last ball! Short and wide again, slashed to the boundary. Poor bowling, no consistency of line or length. Is he trying to do too much?

End of over 36 (10 runs) South Africa 172/5 (RR: 4.77)
CA Ingram    31* (33b 5x4)      AR Cusack    2-0-14-0
JP Duminy    38* (57b 1x4)      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

Deep fine leg, third man are out, as is square leg and deep cover. Mid-on and mid-off are up

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

V Kishore: "Another 50 odd runs and SA will reach a total that can be defended by their bowlers."

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

Geoff: "Gareth I don't agree. Taking the powerplay early could be suicide when you are already 5 down. If you then lose one of those two recognised batsmen, the new batsman then has to secure the innings once again and the powerplay is wasted....not to mention having to wait that bit longer before having a go at the end."

End of over 37 (11 runs) South Africa 183/5 (RR: 4.94)
JP Duminy    40* (60b 1x4)      WB Rankin    8-0-52-1
CA Ingram    40* (36b 7x4)      AR Cusack    2-0-14-0

Cusack is changed for Johnston

37.1

Johnston to Duminy, 3 runs, full on middle and leg, clipped out to deep midwicket where some athletic fielding saves runs

Bruce: "@Garreth: Not only that, they don't have much wickets left, we all know what these batting powerplays can do!"

37.2

Johnston to Ingram, 1 run, back-of-a-length on middle, dropped close in on the leg side

37.3

Johnston to Duminy, 1 run, angled down to third man

37.4

Johnston to Ingram, 1 run, drop-and-run into the covers, there seems to be a really good understanding between these two batsmen, and they're both lightning between the wickets

Wozza: "2 more overs, then SA should take their batting powerplay. It could force Irenland to bowl their strike bowlers 1 or 2 more overs earlier than they want to, making the final overs easier to score off."

37.5

Johnston to Duminy, 1 run, there's another good example, Duminy just drops the ball at his feet and Ingram calls him through straight away. Professional stuff

37.6

Johnston to Ingram, 2 runs, forced out to the deep cover boundary, there's another run

End of over 38 (9 runs) South Africa 192/5 (RR: 5.05)
CA Ingram    44* (39b 7x4)      DT Johnston    7-0-44-0
JP Duminy    45* (63b 1x4)      WB Rankin    8-0-52-1

Stanton: "Agree with Geoff. Should rather leave the powerplay until 45th over, so these two can build the score upto say 240-250 by the 45th. Then they should be safe enough to make use of the powerplay WITHOUT the risk that they loose wickets and not have a defendable score.

38.1

Dockrell to Duminy, 1 run, clipped gently into the leg side, another quick single

Nico Zandberg: "South Africa are the only team to have bowled out all their opponents in the world cup so far. They should be able to defend anything above 230."

38.2

Dockrell to Ingram, 1 run, Ingram stays deep, slapping the ball down to long-off

38.3

Dockrell to Duminy, 1 run, this one keeps slightly low, but Duminy lays bat on ball and they're off in a flash

38.4

Dockrell to Ingram, 1 run, whipped down to long-on off the back foot this time

38.5

Dockrell to Duminy, 1 run, tossed up much slower and fuller, angled to gully and another single

38.6

Dockrell to Ingram, no run, good fielding means the last ball is a dot, Ingram nudges to midwicket but the man there slides to cut it off

End of over 39 (5 runs) South Africa 197/5 (RR: 5.05)
CA Ingram    46* (42b 7x4)      GH Dockrell    9-0-35-1
JP Duminy    48* (66b 1x4)      DT Johnston    7-0-44-0

39.1

Johnston to Duminy, FOUR, Johnston comes round the wicket, floating one up outside off and Duminy leans into a languid drive ... a diving cover sweeper can do nothing about it, and there's his fifty

39.2

Johnston to Duminy, 2 runs, tapped in that direction again, not quite with the same style or timing, but it's two runs all the same

39.3

Johnston to Duminy, 1 run, turned off the hip to square leg, quick running

39.4

Johnston to Ingram, OUT, bowled 'im! Trent provides just the inspirational moment Ireland needed, pushing one fuller and straighter. The ball kept a little low, but Ingram was right back when he should have been forward and swiped across the line with no great certainty. No chicken dance from Johnston yet ... actually he looks quite angry!

CA Ingram b Johnston 46 (55m 43b 7x4 0x6) SR: 106.97

39.5

Johnston to Botha, no run, good length again, slightly fuller and Botha defends from the crease. Johnston won't mind, he should really be further forward playing that shot

39.6

Johnston to Botha, no run, Botha walks into a defensive stroke to finish the over, presenting the full face of the bat

End of over 40 (7 runs) South Africa 204/6 (RR: 5.10)
J Botha    0* (2b)      DT Johnston    8-0-51-1
JP Duminy    55* (69b 2x4)      GH Dockrell    9-0-35-1

40.1

Dockrell to Duminy, no run, nudged to the midwicket fielder

40.2

Dockrell to Duminy, no run, floated up on the breeze, pushed back to the bowler

40.3

Dockrell to Duminy, 1 run, perhaps a touch too full, eased down to long-on

Anand P: "Its too late for Ireland now. SA bowlers can easily defend this and Ireland have proved against WI that miracles wont happen so often. So all of u just relax. Any challengers for this quote!!!"

40.4

Dockrell to Botha, 1 run, Botha stays back and is off the mark with a punchy single to long-on

40.5

Dockrell to Duminy, no run, landing on middle and leg, Duminy plays across the front pad to midwicket

40.6

Dockrell to Duminy, no run, fantastic end to Dockrell's spell, floated up on off stump and Duminy defends

End of over 41 (2 runs) South Africa 206/6 (RR: 5.02)
JP Duminy    56* (74b 2x4)      GH Dockrell    10-0-37-1
J Botha    1* (3b)      DT Johnston    8-0-51-1

Jordan Pickering: "Taking the powerplay early is a good idea if the batsmen continue to play a low-risk game, because a good shot tends to yield a boundary instead of a single to the sweeper. The last five overs always involve high-risk batting, which yields runs no matter where the field is, so you might as well build impetus for the set batsmen before those overs arrive. Oh, Ingram's just gone out, so it becomes an academic discussion now."

41.1

Mooney to Botha, no run, Mooney attacks the stumps, finding a touch of inward movement off the seam. Botha defends to leg

Kevin: "@Anand, Nothing is too Late until the result is out, Don't just rule out the O' Brien Factor."

41.2

Mooney to Botha, 1 run, angled down to third man

41.3

Mooney to Duminy, 1 run, Duminy does the same, chopping on down to third man

Tejas: "@Anand P : But England has proved that upsets can happen quite often :)"

41.4

Mooney to Botha, 1 run, saved by the boot! Botha set himself for a cut, but bottom-edged the shot almost straight down ... the ball could've bounced back onto the stumps, but hit his boot and bounced towards gully

41.5

Mooney to Duminy, 1 run, glanced down to fine leg

41.6

Mooney to Botha, no run, Botha stands tall and tries to force down the ground, but mid-on and midwicket converge to negate any thought of a single

Santosh: "Dont under estimate any Team dear"

End of over 42 (4 runs) South Africa 210/6 (RR: 5.00)
J Botha    3* (7b)      JF Mooney    5-0-16-0
JP Duminy    58* (76b 2x4)      GH Dockrell    10-0-37-1

Stephen: "For Anand P - What odds will you give me on an Ireland victory?"

42.1

Stirling to Duminy, 1 run, nudged just wide of the man at short fine leg, and so there's time for a single

42.2

Stirling to Botha, FOUR, reverse-sweep! It's a shot he plays very often at the end of the innings, and he's nailed this one. Short third man dives, but the ball is past him in a flash

42.3

Stirling to Botha, no run, and again! They didn't change the field so the shot was on, but this time the ball was far too full and nipped under the bat ... but it's well wide of off stump

42.4

Stirling to Botha, 1 run, pushed down to long-on off the back foot

42.5

Stirling to Duminy, no run, Duminy makes room, but cracks straight to the lone cover fielder in the ring

42.6

Stirling to Duminy, 1 run, flicked off the toes behind square on the leg side

End of over 43 (7 runs) South Africa 217/6 (RR: 5.04)
JP Duminy    60* (79b 2x4)      PR Stirling    10-0-45-1
J Botha    8* (10b 1x4)      JF Mooney    5-0-16-0

43.1

Mooney to Duminy, 1 run, Mooney is tight on off stump, but Duminy angles the bat at the last moment to get the ball down to third man

43.2

Mooney to Botha, 2 runs, too short for a man of Mooney's pace, Botha rocks back and pulls out to deep midwicket

43.3

Mooney to Botha, 1 run, back of a length once again, this time Botha pings the fielder on the off-side boundary ... straight to him though so just one

43.4

Mooney to Duminy, 1 run, angling in towards leg stump from round the wicket, Duminy simply lays bat on ball to get it down to fine leg

43.5

Mooney to Botha, 1 run, slower ball bouncer from Mooney, and it's very slow and very short! Wide of off stump too. Botha tries to smash it a little too hard and picks up just the one out to the cover sweeper

43.6

Mooney to Duminy, FOUR, top-edged! But it flies up and over the keeper and away to the boundary! Some luck for Duminy, and Mooney is not amused

Ganesh: "Game is not finished until the last ball is bowled. So prevent yourself from being a paul octopus."

End of over 44 (10 runs) South Africa 227/6 (RR: 5.15)
JP Duminy    66* (82b 3x4)      JF Mooney    6-0-26-0
J Botha    12* (13b 1x4)      PR Stirling    10-0-45-1

Rankin returns

44.1

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

Tushar: "@Anand: The way Ireland have played so far in this world cup, I would not consider their victory as an upset. They were exceptional against India and WI, and nearly scared Bangladesh."

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

End of over 45 (4 runs) South Africa 231/6 (RR: 5.13)
JP Duminy    68* (84b 3x4)      WB Rankin    9-0-56-1
J Botha    14* (17b 1x4)      JF Mooney    6-0-26-0

Right, no choice now but to take the Batting Powerplay. Who will bowl for Ireland? Johnston it is. Long-on goes back, as does midwicket and square leg. Men in on the off side, third man and fine leg up too.

45.1

Johnston to Duminy, 1 run, tapped into space at midwicket, easy single

Tarkari Ghosh: "For the sake of the associate nations, I hope Ireland pulls off this one. And make Anand P eat his words."

Fine leg goes back for Botha. Long-on stays out, so does midwicket. Square leg in. Johnston is struggling with a sore knee here, hobbling between deliveries

45.2

Johnston to Botha, no run, great keeping! Johnston aims for the yorker, it slips towards leg, hits the pad and would've been four ... but Niall lept to his left and stopped it one-handed

45.3

Johnston to Botha, 1 run, right in the blockhole! Botha digs it out back towards the bowler, but Johnston can't quite creak down in time ... so it's a single

45.4

Johnston to Duminy, 5 runs, over-throws! It was full, tapped to mid-off and they set off ... there was a shy at the stumps, but the back-up couldn't get round in time

45.5

Johnston to Botha, 1 run, swiped from off stump into the leg side, down to long on

45.6

Johnston to Duminy, 1 run, full on off stump again, cracked hard to the mid-off fielder, who is right on the edge of the circle so there's time for a quick single

End of over 46 (9 runs) South Africa 240/6 (RR: 5.21)
JP Duminy    75* (87b 3x4)      DT Johnston    9-0-60-1
J Botha    16* (20b 1x4)      WB Rankin    9-0-56-1

Vibhav: "If this was facebook I am sure Tarkari's comment would have more than a 1000 likes."

46.1

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

Similar field for Rankin

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

Men go out on the off side, in on the leg side now

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

End of over 47 (3 runs) South Africa 243/6 (RR: 5.17)
J Botha    17* (22b 1x4)      WB Rankin    10-0-59-1
JP Duminy    77* (91b 3x4)      DT Johnston    9-0-60-1

Mooney replaces Johnston. Long-on and deep midwicket for Duminy. Fine leg too.

47.1

Mooney to Duminy, no run, Mooney comes round the wicket, aiming at leg stump. Duminy is beaten on the pull, the ball striking him on the hip

47.2

Mooney to Duminy, FOUR, a medium-paced bouncer from Mooney, Duminy steps back and smashes it to the square leg boundary!

47.3

Mooney to Duminy, 1 run, short again, it rushes on to Duminy and he toe-ends down to long-on.

A questionable length to be aiming for at this stage ... to man on 82

47.4

Mooney to Botha, 1 run, fuller on off stump, driven to cover. Man on the edge of the circle cuts it off, just a single

Ark: "amidst all this buzz and ups & downs in this match; Duminy quietly is marching to his century probably. Its not the first time he has done it for SA. Feels like India is missing Dravid, just to do this "bat sensibly and not for the "gallery" as MSD said in his post match conference."

47.5

Mooney to Duminy, no run, much better length, fuller outside off and Duminy is beaten as he tries to late cut

47.6

Mooney to Duminy, 1 run, slower ball, a leg cutter perhaps, and it's gloved into the leg side for one

End of over 48 (7 runs) South Africa 250/6 (RR: 5.20)
JP Duminy    83* (96b 4x4)      JF Mooney    7-0-33-0
J Botha    18* (23b 1x4)      WB Rankin    10-0-59-1

Pieter: "Go Duminy! 2 overs is more than enough to get your 100!."

48.1

Johnston to Duminy, FOUR, poor delivery, and Duminy seizes on the opportunity for a boundary. It was a full toss on leg stump and Duminy just smashed it over square leg

Men out at long-on, midwicket

48.2

Johnston to Duminy, 1 leg bye, full on middle and leg, Duminy is struck on the pad and Botha calls him through. Trent tries to run through his follow through and kick the ball onto the stumps, but the shot goes wide

Fifty partnership comes up

48.3

Johnston to Botha, 1 run, full, heaved to leg but square leg on the edge of the circle dives to keep them to one

48.4

Johnston to Duminy, SIX, up, up, up into the night sky! That trademark Duminy pick-up over square leg, he got right underneath it and hit it miles

48.5

Johnston to Duminy, FOUR, four more, he's onto 97 now! Another full ball, slower, he backed away and tries to lift it over cover and a thick outside edge flew down to third man

48.6

Johnston to Duminy, 1 run, great yorker, right at the toes, but they still sneak a leg bye

End of over 49 (17 runs) South Africa 267/6 (RR: 5.44)
JP Duminy    98* (101b 6x4 1x6)      DT Johnston    10-0-76-1
J Botha    19* (24b 1x4)      JF Mooney    7-0-33-0

49.1

Mooney to Duminy, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, Duminy plays it down to gully for one

Samir Dada: "@ark - cannot belive you would compare dravid and duminy. completely different breed of batsmen. uneducated comment." Ouch.

49.2

Mooney to Botha, no run, Botha was trying to slap this one into orbit! Huge swing across the line, didn't get anywhere near it. O'Brien stops it with his body, he's up to the stumps

49.3

Mooney to Botha, 1 bye, mis-hit slower ball to gully, it gets Duminy back on strike on 99!

49.4

Mooney to Duminy, OUT, Duminy is out for 99! He tried to go down the ground, but sliced at it and got underneath the ball, lifting it very high ... two fielders converge and one of them dives and slides to pull off a great one-handed catch. Guess who? Yep, it's Kevin O'Brien!

JP Duminy c KJ O'Brien b Mooney 99 (139m 103b 6x4 1x6) SR: 96.11

49.5

Mooney to Botha, 2 runs, slower-ball bouncer, Botha pulls in the air out to long leg but it wasn't the greatest connection

49.6

Mooney to Botha, 1 bye, swing-and-a-miss, but O'Brien shys at the stumps, standing back, and they run on the ricochet

South Africa reach 272 for 7, which is more than they looked like getting at certain stages of their innings. Van Wyk was given a couple of lives but couldn't really cash in, and South Africa were 117 for 5 before the vital partnership between Duminy and Ingram. Ireland threw themselves about in the field to save every run - although their catching could, at times, have been better - but 272 seems like a few too many to chase against the likes of Steyn and Morkel. South Africa are missing Imran Tahir, however, so there's just a faint glimmer that, if Ireland can survive the early onslaught, they could profit against the back-up. The interval, which will be another 40 minutes or so, is the perfect time to read Nitin Sundar's bulletin on the first half of this game. Go on, it's a cracking read.

Ahmed: "@Samir Dada. Uneducated reader. He did not compare the two batsmen, but rather compared the innings of Duminy in this match to the way Dravid bats regularly. Duminy was sensible and that is what Dravid is."

Shafiq: "273 SA should be able to defend, with SA bowling attack. all it should take is good captaincy. Botha will not allow Smith to loose the plot again, like he did in the England game."

Prakash: "Now waiting for the first ball of the Irish Innings.Steyn is on a Hat trick,Good Luck Steyn."

Hugh: "If Ireland are to have any chance they must survive Steyn. Stirling won't, he's too wild, but hopefully he can get a quick 25 or 30 and then let Porterfield and Joyce steady the ship. We should be able to score off the spinners later on."

Paul McGann: "Ireland worked really hard. Maybe a bridge too far 230 may have be dooable!.. but if Porterfield and Kevin get going who knows?"

End of over 50 (5 runs) South Africa 272/7
J Botha    21* (28b 1x4)      JF Mooney    8-0-36-1
RJ Peterson    0* (0b)      DT Johnston    10-0-76-1

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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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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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