ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 3rd quarter final

New Zealand v South Africa

New Zealand won by 49 runs

6.1

Botha to Taylor, no run, length ball outside off, defended off the front foot

6.2

Botha to Taylor, no run, another forward defence from Taylor

6.3

Botha to Taylor, 1 run, the ball is coming really slowly on to the bat, Taylor waits on the back foot and taps the ball towards midwicket to get off the mark

New Zealand 17/2   LRPL Taylor 1* (3b)

7.1

Morkel to Taylor, no run, he hits the spot straightaway, back of a length and outside off, defended

7.2

Morkel to Taylor, 1 run, length ball outside off, bit of an outside edge that goes to third man

New Zealand 18/2   LRPL Taylor 2* (5b)

8.1

Botha to Taylor, no run, Taylor waits an eternity on the backfoot for the ball to arrive, pushed towards mid-on

8.2

Botha to Taylor, 1 run, again gets on the back foot and tucks the ball to the leg side, this time between mid-on and midwicket

8.5

Botha to Taylor, no run, solidly defended off the front foot by Ross Taylor

8.6

Botha to Taylor, no run, a hint of width, Taylor goes back and slashes the ball towards backward point, doesn't beat the fielder

New Zealand 27/2   LRPL Taylor 3* (9b)

10.3

Botha to Taylor, no run, short of length ball outside off, defended cautiously off the front foot

10.4

Botha to Taylor, 1 run, on offstump, Taylor shuffles across and clips the ball just behind square leg

New Zealand 36/2   LRPL Taylor 4* (11b)

11.1

Peterson to Taylor, no run, on middle stump, nudged towards square leg

11.2

Peterson to Taylor, 2 leg byes, speared down the leg side, Taylor looks to work the ball fine, can't get bat on it but it brushes the pas and goes to fine leg

11.3

Peterson to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor hasn't tried anything expansive yet though it is the Powerplay, a fullish ball on middle and leg is worked towards midwicket

New Zealand 39/2   LRPL Taylor 5* (14b)

12.1

Imran Tahir to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor stands tall and punches the ball down the ground, Tahir dives and gets a hand on that straight drive

12.4

Imran Tahir to Taylor, no run, length ball on middle and leg that goes more or less straight on, tucked by Taylor towards the leg side

12.5

Imran Tahir to Taylor, 1 run, length ball pitching outside leg, Taylor moves across and clips the ball towards square leg for a single that brings up the 50

New Zealand 50/2   LRPL Taylor 7* (17b)

13.1

Peterson to Taylor, no run, defended watchfully off the front foot towards the leg side

13.2

Peterson to Taylor, no run, length ball on middle and off, Taylor charges down the ground and works the ball towards mid-on and wants a single, Ryuder doesn't so there's no run

13.3

Peterson to Taylor, 1 run, length ball on the pads, worked towards midwicket for a single

13.6

Peterson to Taylor, 1 run, length ball angling in, Taylor eases the ball towards mid-on off the front foot

New Zealand 53/2   LRPL Taylor 9* (21b)

14.1

Imran Tahir to Taylor, 2 runs, fullish ball on middle and off, Taylor moves across and glances the ball towards fine leg

14.2

Imran Tahir to Taylor, 1 run, fuller and down the leg side, worked towards square leg, a diving JP Duminy can't cut off the single

14.5

Imran Tahir to Taylor, no run, fullish ball on off, blocked off the front foot

14.6

Imran Tahir to Taylor, no run, overpitched outside leg stump, Taylor gets a leading edge leading to much excitement among the South Africans, but the ball loops towards a vacant short cover and Taylor survives

New Zealand 57/2   LRPL Taylor 12* (25b)

16.3

Imran Tahir to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor clips it to short midwicket, a direct hit from the fielder ricochets towards extra cover and gives away a single

New Zealand 60/2   LRPL Taylor 13* (26b)

17.4

Morkel to Taylor, 1 run, short of length ball angling down leg, Taylor shuffles across and gets the ball away towards square leg

New Zealand 65/2   LRPL Taylor 14* (27b)

18.1

Botha to Taylor, no run, turn and bounce, slow loopy ball on off breaking in, Taylor doesn't offer a shot. Pops away off the thigh pad.

18.2

Botha to Taylor, no run, flight outside off, this one holds its line as Taylor defends

18.3

Botha to Taylor, FOUR, top shot. Taylor pushes the front foot forward to the pitch of Botha's flighted offie, meets it on the bounce and sends it purring through the covers. Played it into the ground, and found the gap to a nicety.

18.4

Botha to Taylor, 1 run, holds it back a touch and turns it into the pads, Taylor works with the spin to midwicket

18.6

Botha to Taylor, no run, nice shot for no runs. 82 kph, tossed up outside off and turning in, Taylor looks to run it fine, but finds short third man

New Zealand 75/2   LRPL Taylor 19* (32b 1x4)

19.2

Kallis to Taylor, no run, slants in from off and middle, Taylor looks to nurdle along to fine leg but it slides off the pad to the keeper

19.3

Kallis to Taylor, no run, no width outside off, but Taylor looks to power the cut away. He makes decent contact with it, but can't place it past point

19.4

Kallis to Taylor, no run, the Kallis bouncer is the very epitome of a heavy ball. 137 kph, thudded into the turf with that open-chested action, putting the whole body into it. Taylor ducks under safely

19.5

Kallis to Taylor, no run, another one on off, Taylor tries to steer away and finds point

19.6

Kallis to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor finally gets that hacked back foot chop away, past point for a single

New Zealand 77/2   LRPL Taylor 20* (37b 1x4)

20.1

Botha to Taylor, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Taylor pushes forward and gets a single into the covers

20.6

Botha to Taylor, 1 run, Ryder leans inside the line of a flighted offie coming in with the angle and works it to midwicket for a single

New Zealand 80/2   LRPL Taylor 22* (39b 1x4)

21.1

Kallis to Taylor, no run, back of a length and finishing on Taylor's pads, he taps it to midwicket

21.2

Kallis to Taylor, no run, aha, canny offcutter at 129 kph, Taylor doesn't pick it as it nips in and fends from the crease. Inside edge pops between bat and pad, close to leg stump

21.3

Kallis to Taylor, 1 run, a touch of width outside off, Taylor waits and dabs it late it down to third man for a single

21.5

Kallis to Taylor, 1 run, Kallis bouncer outside off, Taylor tries in vain to climb over it and pull it into the turf. He manages to get it away for a single into the leg side. 3000 ODI runs for Taylor. One-sixth of a Tendulkar.

New Zealand 83/2   LRPL Taylor 24* (43b 1x4)

22.2

Botha to Taylor, no run, short of a length on off and breaking in, Taylor defends from the crease to the leg side

22.3

Botha to Taylor, no run, a bit of a leading edge as Taylor closes the bat a touch early. It runs back down the track to the bowler.

22.4

Botha to Taylor, no run, too straight, on the pads and turned away square, but he can't get the single yet.

22.5

Botha to Taylor, 1 run, fired in full and fast on middle, Taylor whips through mid on for a single

New Zealand 86/2   LRPL Taylor 25* (47b 1x4)

24.2

Duminy to Taylor, no run, full on middle and off, Taylor gets inside the line takes it on the full and flicks through midwicket

24.3

Duminy to Taylor, no run, holds it back and keeps it straight, Taylor plays it back at the bowler

24.4

Duminy to Taylor, 1 run, fired in at 95 kph on the pads, Taylor turns it away square and gets the single

New Zealand 90/2   LRPL Taylor 26* (50b 1x4)

25.1

Steyn to Taylor, 1 run, inducker at 131 kph from outside off to start off, Taylor dabs it with the angle through backward square leg for a single

New Zealand 93/2   LRPL Taylor 27* (51b 1x4)

26.1

Duminy to Taylor, 1 run, speared in on middle and leg, Taylor turns it away square for another single

26.3

Duminy to Taylor, no run, Taylor leans out to a flighted ball well outside off and looks to play the late steer, but can't beat short third man

26.4

Duminy to Taylor, 1 run, fired in on the pads, Taylor on-drives off the front foot for another single. Vintage tuk-tuk cricket.

26.6

Duminy to Taylor, no run, flat and fired outside off, Taylor looks to dab and gets an under-edge to short third man.

New Zealand 98/2   LRPL Taylor 29* (55b 1x4)

28.1

Imran Tahir to Taylor, no run, loopy ball on leg stump, Taylor leans out and eases it off the pads to midwicket

28.2

Imran Tahir to Taylor, 1 run, shortens the length and gets some more turn from leg stump, Taylor nurdles against the spin through backward square leg for one

28.6

Imran Tahir to Taylor, 2 runs, nicely done by Taylor, waiting for the leggie to straighten and come onto the pads before turning the wrists with soft hands. Couple more to the total before square leg can clean up.

New Zealand 108/2   LRPL Taylor 32* (58b 1x4)

29.3

Peterson to Taylor, 1 run, flat again to Taylor, who does the wise single by bunting a single through mid on

29.5

Peterson to Taylor, no run, Taylor tries to steal a single after defending a delivery on off stump, so softly that it goes no where.

29.6

Peterson to Taylor, 1 run, these two have added 100. Taylor gets a full ball on the pads and forces it to long on for one more. South Africa are sweating now.

New Zealand 116/2   LRPL Taylor 34* (61b 1x4)

30.1

Imran Tahir to Taylor, no run, good old Taylor slog sweep. Tahir lands this well outside leg and turns it in, Taylor connects with thin air and it hits the pad.

30.2

Imran Tahir to Taylor, no run, leggie on leg stump, extra bounce and Taylor is opened up as he defends

30.3

Imran Tahir to Taylor, no run, another leggie on middle and off, defended into the off side

30.4

Imran Tahir to Taylor, 1 run, fired in on a length outside off, Taylor picks the variation and angles it backward of point for one

30.6

Imran Tahir to Taylor, no run, aha, ripping wrong 'un that gets big on Taylor, who clearly didn't pick it as he played back, and ended up fending uncertainly to the off side

New Zealand 118/2   LRPL Taylor 35* (66b 1x4)

31.2

Peterson to Taylor, SIX, Taylor has taken off. He's just put the slog in slog-sweep. He's just put the power in power-hitting. He's whacked the leather off that ball. Peterson won't flight it too much any more. This was tossed up on the pads, Taylor got the front foot outside the line and just went after it with a fury. The ball hardly went high, but it sure went far.

31.3

Peterson to Taylor, 1 run, another power blow through midwicket, this time he is too close to the pitch and ends up getting a single over mid on.

New Zealand 126/2   LRPL Taylor 42* (68b 1x4 1x6)

32.1

Imran Tahir to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor has truly turned on slog sweep mode. Anything on middle or leg will go. Tahir tosses this outside leg, and Taylor cracks it along the ground to deep square leg

32.4

Imran Tahir to Taylor, no run, flighted outside off, Taylor looks to dab a single through cover point, but can't get him away

32.5

Imran Tahir to Taylor, no run, faster, 97 kph on off stump and very full, Taylor plays it back to the bowler

32.6

Imran Tahir to Taylor, OUT, big moment. Huge moment. The moment that could turn this match. Tahir has been hustling through his overs, in an attempt to catch Taylor out of breath, before this ball Taylor stopped him by walking down the pitch for some gardening. However, he has perished off the next ball, going for another one of those whip-lashed slog sweeps. It was flighted on leg stump, very full and hence not quite offering him the room to get under it. Taylor ended up launching it high over deep square leg, and when it came down, the greatest allrounder in the game was under it.

LRPL Taylor c Kallis b Imran Tahir 43 (113m 72b 1x4 1x6) SR: 59.72

New Zealand 130/3   LRPL Taylor 43 (72b 1x4 1x6)

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Mar 25, 2011

AB de Villiers shakes hands with Daniel Vettori after the defeat, New Zealand v South Africa, 3rd quarter-final, Mirpur, World Cup 2011, March 25, 2011

AB de Villiers shakes hands with Daniel Vettori after the defeat

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Mar 25, 2011

Nigel Llong intervenes in an argument between Faf du Plessis and Scott Styris, New Zealand v South Africa, 3rd quarter-final, World Cup, March 25, 2011

Nigel Llong intervenes in an argument between Faf du Plessis and Scott Styris

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