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

Dale Steyn, that destroyer of line-ups, has the new ball. Can Ireland overcome the initial barrage? Two slips wait

Venkat: "@Amit: This match is not happening on Mars! Stop dreaming like crazy."

Kyle: "@ Amit: "Panic as usual"? I would hardly call turning 267-1 to 296 all out panicking... In fact, I would call that a zen state of calm."

Praveer: "Remember SA are the only team in this world cup that has taken 10 wickets in every match....No chance for Ireland."

Amit: "My guess Ireland survive initial barrage by Steyn and Morkel on a lively pitch by some gritty batting. Joyce helps them build good middle over partnerships. SA as usual panic and throw away the game and KOB grabs it with both hands ... bring it on ... hope some dreams by a bunch of some passionate cricketers do turn true..."

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0.1

Steyn to Porterfield, no run, 127.6 kph loosener, just back of a length already that shape in to the left-hander, off the pads on to the leg side

0.2

Steyn to Porterfield, no run, cranks it up immediately to 137.1 kph, back of a length on to the pads again, worked away to square leg

0.3

Steyn to Porterfield, no run, some swing again for Steyn, bowls it much fuller and around that off stump, he gets to the pitch and drives to mid off

0.4

Steyn to Porterfield, FOUR, Morne gets the fiery stare from Steyn, got too far to his right at fine leg as Porterfield pulled the short one down to him at fine leg, and over ran the ball in the end to allow it to roll in to the boundary

0.5

Steyn to Porterfield, 2 runs, worked away off the pads towards deep square leg, its Morne again, puts in a big dive, and scrambles to stop the ball, keeps them down to a couple finally

0.6

Steyn to Porterfield, no run, good delivery to end the over, back of a length and on the middle stump, defended back to the bowler

End of over 1 (6 runs) Ireland 6/0 (267 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 5.44)
WTS Porterfield    6* (6b 1x4)      DW Steyn    1-0-6-0
PR Stirling    0* (0b)     

Morne it will be from the other end, he should like the bounce on offer

1.1

Morkel to Stirling, 1 wide, bounces high from back of a length, but the line is light years wide of off stump, moves further away, almost ends up at first slip

1.1

Morkel to Stirling, no run, this one is much better, outside off stump, and left alone

1.2

Morkel to Stirling, no run, goes for the drive on the up from the crease, nowhere near to the pitch of this length delivery, it came back in too

1.3

Morkel to Stirling, no run, looks to go big again, but sees this one is homing in on off stump, and blocks it away in the end

1.4

Morkel to Stirling, 1 run, plonks this one that bounces close to the stumps, and Porterfield wills him on to the single as the ball rolls away to second slip

from round the wicket now

1.5

Morkel to Porterfield, no run, angles it in from a length, and he rushes in to the defensive push, gets an inside edge on the leg side

1.6

Morkel to Porterfield, OUT, that will do, Morne gets the breakthrough early on, lures Porterfield in to the drive, but driving morne is fraught with danger at the best of times because of that short of a good length he bowls, this one moved away after angling in around off stump, and the outside edge went safely to first slip, the South African slip cordon is as safe as a bank

WTS Porterfield c Smith b Morkel 6 (8m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

End of over 2 (2 runs) Ireland 8/1 (265 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 5.52)
     M Morkel    1-0-2-1
PR Stirling    1* (4b)      DW Steyn    1-0-6-0

2.1

Steyn to Stirling, 1 run, already pegged on the back foot, this one hurries on from a length, another inside edge on to the leg side

2.2

Steyn to Joyce, 1 run, looking for the one that comes in from a length into the left-hander, he nows that is what Steyn is up to, and flicks it behind square

2.3

Steyn to Stirling, FOUR, Morne is giving Steyn a torrid time, he has now dropped a straightforward chance, Stirling went for the full-blooded slash, and it flew down to Morne at third man, he went to take it on his knees with hands pointing upwards, and messed it up

2.4

Steyn to Stirling, no run, on the money, around middle stump, blocked back to the bowler

2.5

Steyn to Stirling, no run, wants to carve this one through extra cover, it moves away from short of a length, and he ends up swinging wildly from the crease

2.6

Steyn to Stirling, no run, beats him with a beauty, this is looking very tough for Ireland, survival that is, this one angles in slowly and then moves away close to off stump, he ends up pushing inside the line

End of over 3 (6 runs) Ireland 14/1 (259 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 4.66, RRR: 5.51)
PR Stirling    6* (9b 1x4)      DW Steyn    2-0-12-0
EC Joyce    1* (1b)      M Morkel    1-0-2-1

3.1

Morkel to Joyce, 1 run, chooses to be on the back foot, and jams down his bat at one that angles in from round the stumps, scoots away in front of square

3.2

Morkel to Stirling, FOUR, Stirling is going for them at the slightest opportunity, goes for the cut this time to a wide delivery, and gets it just over a leaping point

3.3

Morkel to Stirling, OUT, Stirling does what du Plessis did earlier, guides one straight to slip, second slip this time, this one came in from short of a length, he was caught in the crease and had a weak dab at it, and it looped slowly in the air to settle in to Jacques Kallis' hands

PR Stirling c Kallis b Morkel 10 (15m 11b 2x4 0x6) SR: 90.90

Morne is making up for those dropped catches, don't know if Steyn is liking it though

Niall O'Brien is in now

3.4

Morkel to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, jags in to the batsman from short of a length, worked away off hip in front of square

3.5

Morkel to Joyce, no run, shoulders arms to one that is angled in outside off stump, troublesome angle that for left-handers from round the stumps

3.6

Morkel to Joyce, FOUR, Joyce gets some width finally, and hungrily capitalises, cuts it away between cover and point for a boundary

End of over 4 (10 runs) Ireland 24/2 (249 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 5.41)
EC Joyce    6* (4b 1x4)      M Morkel    2-0-12-2
NJ O'Brien    1* (1b)      DW Steyn    2-0-12-0

Tom: ""the South African slip cordon is as safe as a bank"...hmm would that be Northern Rock, RBS or HBOS?! Interesting analogy in this day and age!" I took a historical average instead

4.1

Steyn to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, thick outside edge wide of third man as he pushes forward

4.2

Steyn to Joyce, no run, 134.9 kph length ball on the leg stump, he closes the face early and gets a leading edge towards extra cover

4.3

Steyn to Joyce, no run, goes across the left-hander this time, he wants to have a go at it, and does, misses completely, ended up way outside off stump

4.4

Steyn to Joyce, no run, 140.7 kph lifter outside off now that has him moving his bat away at the last instant, well avoided in the end

4.5

Steyn to Joyce, no run, this one shapes back in from a fuller length around leg stump, and is played out to midwicket

4.6

Steyn to Joyce, no run, drags it a touch shorter now, making him go on his toes to keep it down on the leg side

End of over 5 (1 run) Ireland 25/2 (248 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.51)
EC Joyce    6* (9b 1x4)      DW Steyn    3-0-13-0
NJ O'Brien    2* (2b)      M Morkel    2-0-12-2

Kannan: "How about another slash to deep third, and another dropped catch from Morkel - that will really drive Steyn insane."

5.1

Morkel to NJ O'Brien, no run, lunges forward to one wide outside off stump, and squirts it away to backward point

5.2

Morkel to NJ O'Brien, no run, goes back to his stock back of a length ball, he pushes it away on the off side

5.3

Morkel to NJ O'Brien, SIX, chee, that goes all the way, it was swung so cleanly, Morne went fuller and he lifted it over mid on, and just cleared the ropes

5.4

Morkel to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, flicked in the air off the pads down to fine leg

5.5

Morkel to Joyce, no run, goes past the outside edge now, Morne reverts to short of a length, and promptly beats him with one that takes off outside off

5.6

Morkel to Joyce, no run, goes on the toes to block one that bounces around off stump, and rolls away on the off side

End of over 6 (7 runs) Ireland 32/2 (241 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 5.33, RRR: 5.47)
EC Joyce    6* (11b 1x4)      M Morkel    3-0-19-2
NJ O'Brien    9* (6b 1x6)      DW Steyn    3-0-13-0

6.1

Steyn to NJ O'Brien, no run, looks to go for the pull, but is no position to play the shot, just has a swing from the crease, and it goes offf the thigh pad low to the keeper

6.2

Steyn to NJ O'Brien, no run, Steyn has been a bit too much leg stumpish to the left-handers, this one is worked away to square leg

6.3

Steyn to NJ O'Brien, no run, punches a short of a good length ball to extra cover and shouts 'No', the crowd has built up and is making a lot of noise

6.4

Steyn to NJ O'Brien, no run, 138.9 kph on the stumps from a length, squirts away off the defensive push to point

6.5

Steyn to NJ O'Brien, no run, sees width outside off and goes hard at it, one hand comes off the bat, ball dies down on the keeper, Steyn smiles

6.6

Steyn to NJ O'Brien, no run, gets too far across to one that was angled past him, and cannot time the drive, hits it into the ground

End of over 7 (maiden) Ireland 32/2 (241 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 4.57, RRR: 5.60)
NJ O'Brien    9* (12b 1x6)      DW Steyn    4-1-13-0
EC Joyce    6* (11b 1x4)      M Morkel    3-0-19-2

Deepak: "One can hear the familiar electric noise coming in from the Eden crowd. If Ireland can get near striking distance, the crowd would do it for them."

7.1

Morkel to Joyce, no run, Morne strikes the pads, he thinks he is on to something and goes up in a fervent and drawn out appeal, makes no impression on umpire Dharmasena, hit him high above the knee roll, replays show it clipping top of the stumps

7.2

Morkel to Joyce, no run, 144.8 kph lifter that straightens from around off, as if all that bounce was not enough, left alone immediately

7.3

Morkel to Joyce, no run, 146 kph, this is furious pace, thuds into the bat from a length

7.4

Morkel to Joyce, 1 wide, bangs the short one in, but the angle takes it wide down the leg side

7.4

Morkel to Joyce, no run, lets go of another one that straightens outside the off stump from a length, Morne is really making up for those dropped catches

7.5

Morkel to Joyce, no run, at 139.4 kph, that uncertain line that is half a foot outside off stump, forces him to push at it even as it takes off, grazes him on the arm as he plays outside the line, bounces very close to the stumps in the end

7.6

Morkel to Joyce, no run, pushed away towards covers off the back foot

End of over 8 (1 run) Ireland 33/2 (240 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 4.12, RRR: 5.71)
EC Joyce    6* (17b 1x4)      M Morkel    4-0-20-2
NJ O'Brien    9* (12b 1x6)      DW Steyn    4-1-13-0

Gopal: "Steyn is an example of a perfect fast bowler.. He runs hard, always in your face, goes back fast to his bowling mark and then he's at you again.. Great fast bowler." Here's Kallis now

8.1

Kallis to NJ O'Brien, no run, right away on that slightly short of a length stuff, played away off the back foot on the off side

8.2

Kallis to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, floats it fuller this time close to off, he is late in coming forward and squeezes it out to third man

8.3

Kallis to Joyce, 1 run, a shuffle and a work wide of midwicket, and a single is comfortably taken

8.4

Kallis to NJ O'Brien, no run, Kallis digs in the bouncer, it takes him by surprise, and he drops wrists in the end, bounced way above him in the end

8.5

Kallis to NJ O'Brien, OUT, Kallis gets one now, Niall went charging down the track, got beside the line of one going across him, looking to go over extra cover, but got a faint tickle on its way through to the keeper

NJ O'Brien c †van Wyk b Kallis 10 (23m 16b 0x4 1x6) SR: 62.50

Match State: Drinks

Wilson who kept Ireland in the game against West Indies comes in

8.6

Kallis to Wilson, 1 run, 141.3 kph lifter outside off stump, the old shoulders are putting in a lot of effort, he fends it away down to third man

TimP: "Deepak....the Irish will need more than an electric crowd to see them thru this! Maybe if Steyn told them a few Scottish jokes it would inspire them!?"

End of over 9 (3 runs) Ireland 36/3 (237 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 5.78)
GC Wilson    1* (1b)      JH Kallis    1-0-3-1
EC Joyce    7* (18b 1x4)      M Morkel    4-0-20-2

9.1

Morkel to Wilson, FOUR, way down the pads from Morne, he just picks it off his legs down to the fine leg boundary

9.2

Morkel to Wilson, no run, beats him now with one that lurks outside off stump, and he goes stabbing at it

9.3

Morkel to Wilson, 1 run, this time he manages to stab at one outside off stump, and it rolls away past second slip to third man

9.4

Morkel to Joyce, FOUR, Joyce gets some rare width this time outside off stump, it is there for the drive, and he does so with good timing past extra cover

9.5

Morkel to Joyce, no run, shuffles across outside off stump to defend a length ball

End of Morkel's fifth over

9.6

Morkel to Joyce, no run, leaves alone a straight ball outside off stump

End of over 10 (9 runs) Ireland 45/3 (228 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 5.70)
EC Joyce    11* (21b 2x4)      M Morkel    5-0-29-2
GC Wilson    6* (4b 1x4)      JH Kallis    1-0-3-1

Petie: "The Irish Card House is starting to crumble. The crowd will not be able to take the pressure of losing wickets off them." bowling Powerplay is taken

10.1

Kallis to Wilson, no run, goes poking with an angled bat at one that bounces outside off stump, and it bounces perilously close to off stump

10.2

Kallis to Wilson, no run, gets behind the line of one around off stump, and defends solidly

10.3

Kallis to Wilson, no run, playing from the crease, lets a length ball come on and pushes it away on the leg side

10.4

Kallis to Wilson, no run, off the inside half of the blade back to the bowler as he gets too far across outside off stump to a length ball

10.5

Kallis to Wilson, no run, languidly cut away off the back foot to extra cover, poetic non-violence as it were

10.6

Kallis to Wilson, no run, whoops, now he jumps in the air to try and upper cut a lifting delivery outside off stump, but even his airborne efforts don't connect with the ball

End of over 11 (maiden) Ireland 45/3 (228 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 4.09, RRR: 5.84)
GC Wilson    6* (10b 1x4)      JH Kallis    2-1-3-1
EC Joyce    11* (21b 2x4)      M Morkel    5-0-29-2

Botha comes on now for some spin

11.1

Botha to Joyce, 1 run, tosses it up from round the wicket, and he slams the drive down the ground

long on, deep midwicket, deep square leg, men on the boundary all on the leg side

11.2

Botha to Wilson, FOUR, and he takes those boundary riders on, lifts this flighted delivery in the air, and in the gap between long on and deep midwicket, none of whom had a chance

11.3

Botha to Wilson, 1 run, turned to deep midwicket off the legs

11.4

Botha to Joyce, no run, smashed off the front foot to extra cover on the edge of the circle

11.5

Botha to Joyce, OUT, Joyce goes for the sweep to a delivery that angles in, misses and is hit on the pads, umpire Dharmasena sends him back, but Ireland go for the review, and that would have hit middle and leg, Ireland are reeling here

EC Joyce lbw b Botha 12 (46m 24b 2x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Kevin O'Brien is in now

11.6

Botha to KJ O'Brien, no run, shoulders arms to one that turns back in a long way, Botha is sure he has got him, but the umpire does not agree, it struck him some way outside off stump, would it have gone on to hit the stumps, we'll wait for the replay, missing off by a long way

End of over 12 (6 runs) Ireland 51/4 (222 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 4.25, RRR: 5.84)
KJ O'Brien    0* (1b)      J Botha    1-0-6-1
GC Wilson    11* (12b 2x4)      JH Kallis    2-1-3-1

12.1

Kallis to Wilson, no run, left alone from a length outside the off stump

12.2

Kallis to Wilson, 1 run, driven wide of mid off for a single off the front foot

12.3

Kallis to KJ O'Brien, no run, bounces from short of a good length outside off, good rhythm from Kallis, left alone again

12.4

Kallis to KJ O'Brien, no run, cracked away off the back foot, it is JP at point who races to his right and dives to field the ball, superb effort

a crow, there have been a few of them, but this time he goes too far, he settles somewhere in the middle of the pitch, and O'Brien moves away from his stance

12.5

Kallis to KJ O'Brien, no run, Kevin goes down, ducks right into a bouncer that did not bounce, takes it on the back, that must have hurt considering the manner in which he sank to the ground, and van Wyk rubs it in by throwing down the stumps, but he is in by a long way

12.6

Kallis to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, gives him the short one again, this time Kevin is ready and pulls it backward of square leg with a flourish

End of over 13 (5 runs) Ireland 56/4 (217 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 4.30, RRR: 5.86)
KJ O'Brien    4* (5b 1x4)      JH Kallis    3-1-8-1
GC Wilson    12* (14b 2x4)      J Botha    1-0-6-1

Peterson comes in to the attack, where's Botha? Switching ends?

13.1

Peterson to Wilson, no run, pushed through flat, and turns from around middle, defended off the back foot

13.2

Peterson to Wilson, SIX, what a shot, Peterson drops it short, he does not go for the pull, he just stays in the crease and scyth-jab-lifts it high in the air over deep midwicket, one leg in the air as he does that

13.3

Peterson to Wilson, no run, left alone outside off stump

13.4

Peterson to Wilson, no run, loud appeal for lbw, but there seemed to be an inside edge on that one as he pushed forward in defence

13.5

Peterson to Wilson, no run, squirted away on the leg side

13.6

Peterson to Wilson, no run, goes back and eases in to the cut shot, but cannot beat the infield

End of over 14 (6 runs) Ireland 62/4 (211 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 4.42, RRR: 5.86)
GC Wilson    18* (20b 2x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    1-0-6-0
KJ O'Brien    4* (5b 1x4)      JH Kallis    3-1-8-1

14.1

Kallis to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, jams his bat at this one that is angled in and gets it in the air on the leg side

14.2

Kallis to Wilson, no run, pushed away to point off the back foot

14.3

Kallis to Wilson, 1 run, turned with the angle wide of Morne at fine leg who makes good ground to his right, puts in the dive and stops the boundary

14.4

Kallis to KJ O'Brien, 2 runs, goes for the pull and sends it in to the clouds, but it falls in the vacant expanses wide of deep midwicket

14.5

Kallis to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, fuller this time, he remains in the crease and jabs it away in front of midwicket

14.6

Kallis to Wilson, no run, comes in from a length outside off stump, defended calmly down the track

It is drinks, and Liam will take you through the rest of the chase. I am off to Chatterbox. ... Hello everyone, back again

End of over 15 (5 runs) Ireland 67/4 (206 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 4.46, RRR: 5.88)
GC Wilson    19* (23b 2x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    4-1-13-1
KJ O'Brien    8* (8b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    1-0-6-0

Kannan: "With the field restrictions lifted, the Irish should look to build partnerships now - it is not an ungettable total."

15.1

Peterson to KJ O'Brien, no run, KOB puts a heavy foot forward and bunts back down the wicket

15.2

Peterson to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, tapped just behind point for a quick single

15.3

Peterson to Wilson, no run, flight, drift and a hint of turn for Robbie! That gripped and spun away to beat the edge of the bat

15.4

Peterson to Wilson, no run, driven to extra cover

15.5

Peterson to Wilson, no run, Wilson stretches well forward and defends to the off side

15.6

Peterson to Wilson, no run, nudged to square leg, good tight over

End of over 16 (1 run) Ireland 68/4 (205 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 4.25, RRR: 6.02)
GC Wilson    19* (27b 2x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    2-0-7-0
KJ O'Brien    9* (10b 1x4)      JH Kallis    4-1-13-1

Kevin's in his cap now, spinners from both ends.

16.1

Botha to KJ O'Brien, no run, tossed up high on off stump, nudged back to the bowler

16.2

Botha to KJ O'Brien, no run, turned round to square leg, but straight to the fielder there

16.3

Botha to KJ O'Brien, 2 wides, flatter through the air, but speared down the leg side, and they run one as van Wyk can't hold it cleanly. He's of the impression that touched the batsman, but the umpire doesn't think so

16.3

Botha to Wilson, FOUR, down to third man! This one rushed straight on, genuine but there's no slip. Was that the doosra? "Jerky action" says Bumble, with foreboding...

16.4

Botha to Wilson, no run, this one does turn back in, defended

16.5

Botha to Wilson, no run, solid stuff from Botha, giving nothing away, turned to leg

16.6

Botha to Wilson, no run, tapped gently to mid-on

End of over 17 (6 runs) Ireland 74/4 (199 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 4.35, RRR: 6.03)
GC Wilson    23* (31b 3x4 1x6)      J Botha    2-0-12-1
KJ O'Brien    9* (12b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    2-0-7-0

17.1

Peterson to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, flicked across the front pad, and just behind square on the leg side for one

17.2

Peterson to Wilson, no run, Peterson stays round the wicket, Wilson stretches forward and defends to gully

17.3

Peterson to Wilson, no run, he's forward again, defending slightly awkwardly to cover

17.4

Peterson to Wilson, 1 run, slightly too short, Wilson stays back and slaps down to long-off

17.5

Peterson to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, paddle-sweep from O'Brien, he gets some glove/bat on it to get the ball down to fine leg

17.6

Peterson to Wilson, no run, lobbed up really high, Wilson steps onto the front foot and drives to extra cover on the bounce

End of over 18 (3 runs) Ireland 77/4 (196 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 4.27, RRR: 6.12)
GC Wilson    24* (35b 3x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    3-0-10-0
KJ O'Brien    11* (14b 1x4)      J Botha    2-0-12-1

Ujwal: "I think they will have to target either one of Botha, Peterson or may be Kallis. If Kevin O'brien stays in till batting powerplay and makes good use of it Ireland will win!"

18.1

Botha to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, full on middle, pushed powerfully down the ground

18.2

Botha to Wilson, 1 run, this time he's just a touch too short, Wilson stands up and forces to long on too

Deep Cower: "No wonder KOB hits a lot of boundaries. The man runs like a moose on valium."

18.3

Botha to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, two lengths from Botha, now O'Brien is forward again and picks up one with a flick of the wrists

18.4

Botha to Wilson, no run, Botha holds this one back a touch, Wilson is a bit early and a leading edge pops up off the bat ... no danger though

18.5

Botha to Wilson, 1 run, quicker one this time, very full. Wilson glances off the toes down to fine leg

18.6

Botha to KJ O'Brien, no run, regulation offspinner on off stump, O'Brien offers sturdy defence

End of over 19 (4 runs) Ireland 81/4 (192 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 4.26, RRR: 6.19)
KJ O'Brien    13* (17b 1x4)      J Botha    3-0-16-1
GC Wilson    26* (38b 3x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    3-0-10-0

Slip in place for Peterson

19.1

Peterson to Wilson, no run, slightly too short and he's cut, but straight to the point fielder

19.2

Peterson to Wilson, FOUR, there's the placement! Again a little short, Wilson steps back and this time makes sure to slice it much finer, down to wide third man

19.3

Peterson to Wilson, no run, Wilson slightly unsure whether to go forward or back, and eventually chops down on the ball to send it bouncing to point

19.4

Peterson to Wilson, no run, this one goes straight on, but starts on a leg stump line so even though he's struck on the pad there's no appeal - going down leg

19.5

Peterson to Wilson, no run, flighted up on leg stump, clipped hard back to the bowler

19.6

Peterson to Wilson, no run, again he tosses it up nice and full, driven back

Peterson's been a revelation for South Africa in this tournament, chipping in with both bat and ball. He looks to have really come on as a bowler too, accuracy and guile

End of over 20 (4 runs) Ireland 85/4 (188 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 4.25, RRR: 6.26)
GC Wilson    30* (44b 4x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    4-0-14-0
KJ O'Brien    13* (17b 1x4)      J Botha    3-0-16-1

20.1

Botha to KJ O'Brien, no run, O'Brien steps to leg before the ball is bowled, but Botha follows him. Clipped to midwicket

20.2

Botha to KJ O'Brien, no run, fuller and quicker, again he picks out that midwicket fielder

20.3

Botha to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, swept hard, but along the ground, down to long leg

20.4

Botha to Wilson, no run, tossed up and slightly short, cracked to cover without much timing

20.5

Botha to Wilson, 1 run, that should've been a run-out! Wilson dabbed it straight to short third man and they set off, the throw went to the right end - the non-striker - but it wasn't on target as Wilson dived into the crease

20.6

Botha to KJ O'Brien, 1 run, chipped off the back foot and in the air out to deep midwicket. Deliberately lifted

End of over 21 (3 runs) Ireland 88/4 (185 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 4.19, RRR: 6.37)
KJ O'Brien    15* (21b 1x4)      J Botha    4-0-19-1
GC Wilson    31* (46b 4x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    4-0-14-0

Aoife Nolan: "I am an Irish blonde and I support the redheads.. Ádh mór Éire!!!"

21.1

Peterson to KJ O'Brien, FOUR, over extra cover! O'Brien shimmies down to meet the ball on the full and slaps it hard to the off side, in the air

21.2

Peterson to KJ O'Brien, no run, tapped to cover, O'Brien wanders out of his crease but there was never, ever a single there

21.3

Peterson to KJ O'Brien, OUT, gone this time! O'Brien was aiming for long-on but sliced across the ball, skying it up for Hashim Amla to take an easy catch at long-off. No O'Brien show tonight ...

KJ O'Brien c Amla b Peterson 19 (39m 24b 2x4 0x6) SR: 79.16

Kannan: "Dammit Nolan - what did u say in gaelic?"

21.4

Peterson to Wilson, no run, nudged to point

21.5

Peterson to Wilson, OUT, arm ball from Peterson, Wilson is wrapped on the pads to spark a huge appeal ... and he's given! After a quick chat, they review it, but to no avail. Ireland lose both of their set batsmen in the space of three balls, and they're sliding now

GC Wilson lbw b Peterson 31 (60m 48b 4x4 1x6) SR: 64.58

21.6

Peterson to Mooney, 1 run, dropped by Kallis at slip! Peterson pitched one up quite wide of off, Mooney lunged at it and the edge flew at very catchable height to Kallis' right ... but hit the fingers and just bounced out

End of over 22 (5 runs) Ireland 93/6 (180 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 4.22, RRR: 6.42)
JF Mooney    1* (1b)      RJ Peterson    5-0-19-2
AR Cusack    0* (0b)      J Botha    4-0-19-1

Slip and short leg in place now, Amla under the helmt. Botha comes round the wicket

22.1

Botha to Mooney, no run, solidly defended to cover

22.2

Botha to Mooney, no run, Mooney leans across into a paddle-sweep, but doesn't connect

22.3

Botha to Mooney, 1 run, full on off stump, punched down to long-off

22.4

Botha to Cusack, no run, lobbed down wide of off, Cusack has nothing to do with it, left alone

22.5

Botha to Cusack, 1 run, driven to mid-off, who is a little deep so they take the single

22.6

Botha to Mooney, no run, full on middle, but Mooney steps forward to defend

End of over 23 (2 runs) Ireland 95/6 (178 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 4.13, RRR: 6.59)
JF Mooney    2* (5b)      J Botha    5-0-21-1
AR Cusack    1* (2b)      RJ Peterson    5-0-19-2

23.1

Peterson to Cusack, no run, tapped down to gully, no run there

23.2

Peterson to Cusack, no run, quicker arm ball from Peterson, rushing on and there's a speculative appeal ... but that was bat and pad together

23.3

Peterson to Cusack, no run, and again, half an appeal ... but hang on, they've asked for a review. It's definitely pad first ... for some reason there's an interminable delay here. He's more than 2.5 metres down, the ball was clipping the top of the middle and off stumps, and Umpire Dharmasena says "not out"

23.4

Peterson to Cusack, FOUR, big heave from Cusack, the ball flies off the edge and down to third man for four

23.5

Peterson to Cusack, no run, tapped to extra cover off the back foot

23.6

Peterson to Cusack, 1 run, a touch too short, slapped out to deep cover

End of over 24 (5 runs) Ireland 100/6 (173 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 4.16, RRR: 6.65)
AR Cusack    6* (8b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    6-0-24-2
JF Mooney    2* (5b)      J Botha    5-0-21-1

24.1

Botha to Cusack, 1 run, slogged in the air with minimal timing, out to deep midwicket ... dropping well short

24.2

Botha to Mooney, no run, angled down to gully

24.3

Botha to Mooney, FOUR, there's timing! Mooney slaps a sweep out to the midwicket boundary on bended now, all along the ground and right out the middle

24.4

Botha to Mooney, no run, much slower through the air from Botha, the ball grips and spins but Mooney is well forward to cover it

24.5

Botha to Mooney, 1 run, pushed gently into the gap at cover

24.6

Botha to Cusack, no run, flicked to midwicket off the back foot

End of over 25 (6 runs) Ireland 106/6 (167 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 4.24, RRR: 6.68)
AR Cusack    7* (10b 1x4)      J Botha    6-0-27-1
JF Mooney    7* (9b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    6-0-24-2

25.1

Peterson to Mooney, no run, solidly defended to extra cover

25.2

Peterson to Mooney, no run, punched off the back foot this time, but he picks out midwicket

25.3

Peterson to Mooney, no run, yes, no, yes, no from the batsmen, but fortunately Cusack is sent back in time

25.4

Peterson to Mooney, 1 run, slog-swept out to deep midwicket, the ball is fielded on the bounce

25.5

Peterson to Cusack, OUT, Peterson's got another one! Well with the required rate rising they had to try and target the boundary, no point just knocking it around. Cusack took a couple of steps down and tried to mow it down the ground, but the ball spun away from him, taking a thick edge and swirling up for a catch in the covers

AR Cusack c Smith b Peterson 7 (23m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 63.63

25.6

Peterson to Johnston, no run, driven into the off side, extra cover runs across and dives to stop the run

End of over 26 (1 run) Ireland 107/7 (166 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 4.11, RRR: 6.91)
DT Johnston    0* (1b)      RJ Peterson    7-0-25-3
JF Mooney    8* (13b 1x4)      J Botha    6-0-27-1

Tavona: "The way Peterson is playing Botha may end up not getting the ODI captaincy..."

26.1

Botha to Mooney, 2 runs, slashed square drive from Mooney, the ball beats point but the cover sweeper runs round to cut it off

Leg slip in now too

26.2

Botha to Mooney, 1 run, flicked through square leg

26.3

Botha to Johnston, no run, defended gently back to the bowler

26.4

Botha to Johnston, no run, looped to leg slip! Was there an inside edge on that? Botha isn't the least bit interested and yes, that's come off only the pad

26.5

Botha to Johnston, 1 run, drilled to mid-off, he's off the mark

26.6

Botha to Mooney, no run, defended to cover, Mooney wants a single but there's none on offer

End of over 27 (4 runs) Ireland 111/7 (162 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 4.11, RRR: 7.04)
JF Mooney    11* (16b 1x4)      J Botha    7-0-31-1
DT Johnston    1* (4b)      RJ Peterson    7-0-25-3

27.1

Peterson to Johnston, no run, Johnston drops the ball towards cover and lumbers out of the crease ... only to be sent back

27.2

Peterson to Johnston, no run, flicked to leg, no run

27.3

Peterson to Johnston, SIX, big hit! Johnston steps down to a floater on middle and slams it straight down the ground. He's going down in a blaze of glory

27.4

Peterson to Johnston, no run, tucked off the pad to midwicket

27.5

Peterson to Johnston, 1 run, Trent looks for another big shot, skipping out of the crease but slamming it straight down to long-on, a couple of bounces to the fielder

27.6

Peterson to Mooney, no run, defended into the leg side

How long before we see Steyn or Morkel return? They could wrap this up in a hurry

End of over 28 (7 runs) Ireland 118/7 (155 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 4.21, RRR: 7.04)
JF Mooney    11* (17b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    8-0-32-3
DT Johnston    8* (9b 1x6)      J Botha    7-0-31-1

28.1

Botha to Johnston, no run, defended quietly into the leg side

28.2

Botha to Johnston, no run, slapped with rather more intent, but straight to the midwicket fielder

28.3

Botha to Johnston, 1 run, chopped down through point, they ease through for one

28.4

Botha to Mooney, no run, a mighty swing from Mooney, not sure where he was aiming to hit that but he didn't get anywhere near it. Spin and bounce take the ball away from the swinging blade

28.5

Botha to Mooney, no run, fuller, driven to extra cover

28.6

Botha to Mooney, no run, Mooney steps forward in defence, the ball strikes him on the pad to draw "oohs" and "aahs" from the close fielders

End of over 29 (1 run) Ireland 119/7 (154 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 4.10, RRR: 7.33)
JF Mooney    11* (20b 1x4)      J Botha    8-0-32-1
DT Johnston    9* (12b 1x6)      RJ Peterson    8-0-32-3

Here's JP Duminy. A wicket or two to go with his 99 would be nice. He'll come round the wicket to Johnston

29.1

Duminy to Johnston, no run, pushed through quickly, Johnston plays for non-existent turn and is beaten on the outside edge

29.2

Duminy to Johnston, 1 run, drop-and-run to cover, quick single taken

Slip comes in for Mooney - none for Johnston though, strangely

29.3

Duminy to Mooney, 1 run, pushed down the ground

29.4

Duminy to Johnston, 2 runs, speared in flat again, Johnston chops the ball down through gully for a couple as Kallis creaks after it

29.5

Duminy to Johnston, OUT, caught behind! Johnston presses forward and again the ball doesn't spin an inch, taking a clear outside edge and nestling in van Wyk's right glove

DT Johnston c †van Wyk b Duminy 12 (14m 16b 0x4 1x6) SR: 75.00

No surprises for Man of the Match then, although he was always the likely candidate

29.6

Duminy to Dockrell, FOUR, glanced down to fine leg ... the fielder is after it but it slips past him

Krishna: "'Ingram' is a good scrabble deck. With one more letter its almost a definite bingo." Are you bored or what?

End of over 30 (8 runs) Ireland 127/8 (146 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 4.23, RRR: 7.30)
GH Dockrell    4* (1b 1x4)      JP Duminy    1-0-8-1
JF Mooney    12* (21b 1x4)      J Botha    8-0-32-1

Well, here's pace - but it's Kallis

30.1

Kallis to Mooney, no run, loosener, landing on a length outside off. Mooney swishes, and is beaten

There's one wide slip in place

30.2

Kallis to Mooney, 1 run, a rasping cut goes straight out to the man at deep cover

30.3

Kallis to Dockrell, 1 run, dug in quite short, Dockrell stands tall and angles it down to third man

30.4

Kallis to Mooney, no run, Kallis comes round the wicket, full on off stump and driven to cover

30.5

Kallis to Mooney, no run, airy drive outside off, the ball scoots past the inside edge

30.6

Kallis to Mooney, no run, and now he's beaten on the outside edge, minimal reaction from the South Africans though, they're just sort of going through the motions at the moment

And that's drinks

End of over 31 (2 runs) Ireland 129/8 (144 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 4.16, RRR: 7.57)
JF Mooney    13* (26b 1x4)      JH Kallis    5-1-15-1
GH Dockrell    5* (2b 1x4)      JP Duminy    1-0-8-1

31.1

Duminy to Dockrell, no run, Duminy comes round the wicket to Dockrell, who taps back to the bowler

Slip in place now

31.2

Duminy to Dockrell, no run, arm ball, rushes straight on to beat the outside edge

31.3

Duminy to Dockrell, no run, and again! Fuller this time, but same result

31.4

Duminy to Dockrell, 1 run, skewed off the outside half of the bat, into the covers

31.5

Duminy to Mooney, 1 run, Mooney flicks across his front pad to send the ball out to deep midwicket

31.6

Duminy to Dockrell, 1 run, stylish drive from Dockrell, it beats a diving cover

End of over 32 (3 runs) Ireland 132/8 (141 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.12, RRR: 7.83)
GH Dockrell    7* (7b 1x4)      JP Duminy    2-0-11-1
JF Mooney    14* (27b 1x4)      JH Kallis    5-1-15-1

32.1

Kallis to Dockrell, no run, this one hits the seam and comes in, but Dockrell is right behind the line to defend

32.2

Kallis to Dockrell, FOUR, wide of off, Dockrell throws the bat at it and the ball flies wide of the lone slip and down to the third man boundary!

A second slip comes in now

32.3

Kallis to Dockrell, 1 run, a thick inside edge rolls into the leg side, and they steal a quick single

32.4

Kallis to Mooney, OUT, just one more to go now, Kallis comes round the wicket, Mooney drives and the edge goes straight through to van Wyk. He beat him a couple of times in the last over, now he gets one to touch the bat as Mooney drives rooted to the crease

JF Mooney c †van Wyk b Kallis 14 (49m 28b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

32.5

Kallis to Rankin, no run, Kallis stays round the wicket to the left-handed Rankin, who pops the ball up towards midwicket ... but it drops safe

32.6

Kallis to Rankin, no run, no danger of Rankin getting in line with the ball ... he stands on leg stump and pushes the hands out, the ball zips past the outside edge

End of over 33 (5 runs) Ireland 137/9 (136 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.15, RRR: 8.00)
WB Rankin    0* (2b)      JH Kallis    6-1-20-2
GH Dockrell    12* (10b 2x4)      JP Duminy    2-0-11-1

Smith goes for the kill and brings back Morkel

33.1

Morkel to Dockrell, FOUR, cracked over cover! Is there anything George Dockrell can't do?

33.2

Morkel to Dockrell, OUT, superb catch from van Wyk! Morkel slammed one down much shorter, it leapt up at young Dockrell and took the edge of the shoulder of the bat, the keeper tumbled to his right to complete the dismissal and that's the end of Ireland

GH Dockrell c †van Wyk b Morkel 16 (19m 12b 3x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

Ireland have been blown away, and South Africa complete a 131-run win in Kolkata. The Irish fought really hard in the field, keeping South Africa pegged back with wickets, but they couldn't keep it up with the bat. They managed to keep up with the asking rate, but at the expense of wickets, which fell at regular intervals. If you missed any of today's play, we have the perfect remedy: Nitin Sundar's match bulletin. There's also a full gallery for you to peruse. In between times, chat with friends or berate your nemeses at our Facebook page.

William Porterfield "We started off pretty well, got wickets up front and pegged them back. We were happy enough at half time chasing 270 but just lost wickets. We've been pretty good with our ground fielding throughout the tournament but we missed a couple of catches. We've shown competitive spirit, in a lot of the games we kept ourselves in the game. We've got a lot of positives from this tournament."

Graeme Smith: "I think you can always nitpick, but there were some good signs today. We put ourselves under pressure with some stupid run outs but the guys responded really well after that, especially JP [Duminy] who batted really well under pressure. He really held things together, and then Colin Ingram, who hasn't played for a while, came in and batted well. We've done the first part of his now."

No surprises, JP Duminy is the Man of the Match: "The circumstances were a bit tense [when I came in], the key was to try and stay as calm as possible. I've done it a fair number of times now, and I've grown into this role nicely, and I hope it continues. I was trying to hit the ball out of the ground at the end, you never know when a few runs might make all the difference in the game."

Aoife Nolan: "I am still an Irish Blonde and I still support the redheads!!!"

shuvo_Kalmar: "@Aoife Nolan, i am in the same folk with you. See you redheads next WC hopefully with some more excitment." I'll second that, and also say goodbye to everyone who joined us for this game. We hope you enjoyed our coverage, and join us next time!

Kannan: "Good catch from van Wyk - now he can celebrate it with a haircut.. must be brutal with the heat over there - geez."

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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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