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

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

12.2

Imran Tahir to Ryder, no run, a ripping googly from Tahir, bounces sharply as well, Ryder had no clue about that, the ball spins across outside off, beating Ryder's bat

12.3

Imran Tahir to Ryder, 1 run, this one stays a bit low, on the pads, pushed towards mid-on

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

12.6

Imran Tahir to Ryder, no run, another slider from Tahir to end the over, Ryder searches for that one outside off but doesn't connect

New Zealand 50/2   Imran Tahir 1-0-3-0

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

14.3

Imran Tahir to Ryder, no run, full and outside off, punched towards mid-off by Ryder

14.4

Imran Tahir to Ryder, 1 run, full and just outside off, played towards extra cover by Ryder

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   Imran Tahir 2-0-7-0

16.1

Imran Tahir to Ryder, no run, full ball is punched by Ryder towards cover

16.2

Imran Tahir to Ryder, 1 run, Ryder pushes it down the wicket, the bowler can't stop it and they take a single

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

16.4

Imran Tahir to Ryder, no run, Ryder gets well forward to block this one

16.5

Imran Tahir to Ryder, no run, on a length and just outside off, defended off the front foot by Ryder

16.6

Imran Tahir to Ryder, 1 run, this time it is Faf du Plessis who throws himself to his left to restrict the batsman to a single

New Zealand 61/2   Imran Tahir 3-0-10-0

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

28.3

Imran Tahir to Ryder, no run, leggie breaks in from outside off, Ryder stays back and works it with the spin to midwicket

28.4

Imran Tahir to Ryder, no run, this one hurries through outside off, Ryder plays it back down the track

28.5

Imran Tahir to Ryder, 1 run, Ryder gets well forward on off stump to get to the flight and eases the drive through extra cover for a single

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   Imran Tahir 4-0-14-0

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

30.5

Imran Tahir to Ryder, 1 run, aha, Ryder gets away with a mis-hit. Tahir tosses up a dolly well outside off, Ryder looks to crack the cut over point, and doesn't middle it. The outside edge spirals out of control but eludes point easily.

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   Imran Tahir 5-0-16-0

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

32.2

Imran Tahir to Ryder, no run, googly, but dropped too wide outside off, Ryder looked to cut but missed it as it turned too much away from him

32.3

Imran Tahir to Ryder, 1 run, this one straightens outside off and Ryder punches from the crease into the off side for a single

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   Imran Tahir 6-0-18-1

38.1

Imran Tahir to Williamson, 1 wide, the googly spins a long way down the leg side

38.1

Imran Tahir to Williamson, no run, flighted delivery from Tahir, on a length and just outside off, defended off the front foot

38.2

Imran Tahir to Williamson, no run, Williamson playing a bit tentatively, defends that legspinner under his eyes

38.3

Imran Tahir to Williamson, 1 run, slips in a quick googly, Williamson manages to get that away towards square leg for a single

38.4

Imran Tahir to Ryder, no run, Ryder punches this ball back towards Tahir

38.5

Imran Tahir to Ryder, OUT, Ryder holes out, Tahir has got another big wicket, all that time building a platform has gone waste as Ryder swings this one to deep midwicket, Colin Ingram is waiting for that, he pouches it easily, and New Zealand have lost their fifth, the late onslaught New Zealand were hoping for could now become a more measured attempt to play out the full 50 overs

JD Ryder c sub (CA Ingram) b Imran Tahir 83 (157m 121b 8x4 0x6) SR: 68.59

38.6

Imran Tahir to Williamson, 1 run, Williamson sweeps that one behind square leg for a single

New Zealand 157/5   Imran Tahir 7-0-21-2

40.1

Imran Tahir to Williamson, no run, flighted and full, on middle and off, driven along the ground to the left of the diving bowler

40.2

Imran Tahir to Williamson, 1 run, full toss is punched past the bowler, it was in the air but wide enough to the right of the bowler to be safe

40.3

Imran Tahir to NL McCullum, 1 run, full ball and pretty wide, McCullum gets down on one knee and carves that to sweeper cover

40.4

Imran Tahir to Williamson, 1 run, keeps it full, just outside off, a safe drive to long-off for a single

40.5

Imran Tahir to NL McCullum, 1 run, googly from Tahir, McCullum looks to defend and gets an inside-edge towards square leg

40.6

Imran Tahir to Williamson, no run, fired in on offstump, full ball, defended off the front foot

New Zealand 168/5   Imran Tahir 8-0-25-2

46.1

Imran Tahir to Williamson, no run, Tahir starts with a length ball on middle, punched back to the bowler who dives to stop the ball

46.2

Imran Tahir to Williamson, no run, length ball outside off, pushed back to the bowler

46.3

Imran Tahir to Williamson, 1 run, Tahir keeps it tight, outside off, driven towards long-off for a single

46.4

Imran Tahir to Oram, no run, length ball turning away from the left-hander, poked towards the off side off the front foot

46.5

Imran Tahir to Oram, FOUR, Oram nearly falls over as he sweeps that one, spots the gap behind square on the leg side, and he gets a boundary for his effort

46.6

Imran Tahir to Oram, 2 runs, lashed down the ground to long-off, Botha hurtles across to stop the boundary

New Zealand 196/6   Imran Tahir 9-0-32-2

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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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