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

2.25pm The anthems just finished. And for those interested Jacques Kallis didn't sing it. It created a furore back home in SA and he even had to explain. This is the background story.

++++++ "Jacques has explained why he is silent during the singing of the anthem before international matches and his explanation is completely acceptable to Cricket South Africa," Majola said.

Jacques recently lost both his parents, and he was particularly close to his father who was his cricket mentor. They would often sing the anthem together, and his father was very proud of his son playing for South Africa. Jacques told me that he sings the anthem in his heart in a quiet moment in remembrance of his parents and in gratitude for what they did to allow him to be good enough to represent his country," the CSA CEO said.

"He has great respect for the anthem and cherishes every moment he has represented South Africa around the world. All the Proteas' players understand the importance of the anthem, and they each pay tribute in their own way during the playing of the national anthem at international matches," he said.

Kallis said he was disappointed that his patriotism was being questioned. "The questioning of my patriotism and commitment to South Africa can easily be answered by visiting my website www.kallis.co.za and seeing the Jacques Kallis Scholarship Foundation I have set up and this will clearly illustrate my passion and willingness to redress the imbalances of the past."

2.20pm Anand V is one of many NZ fans following this game: "NZ have a fair chance I guess, the SA batting is not too deep with Botha coming in at 7 which will put more pressure on their top order. AB is coming back after an injury too. Just counter Tahir and NZ could make it."

Was wondering where the mails complaining about team compositions were. Here's one from Andre Smith: "I'm unhappy about Lopsy getting only one game so far in this World cup. We would be a stronger team with a leggie, an offie, a left-arm spinner, a right-arm quick and a left-arm medium quick. We are still the stronger team on paper and in this world cup so far."

Bruce from Australia: "time for a ross taylor birthday."

2.15pm Nitin Sundar has started the over-by-over discussion. Head here to bombard him with your views.

The teams are lining up for the anthems.

Srikanth Chakkilam: "There is a rain forecast in the match. It would be better if South Africa chase. But this time they better get their math right that is if it gets into DL method."

Savage is looking ahead to the semi-finals and finals already: "Am I the only one nervous about AB taking the gloves? With bigger games coming up (excuse my confidence), we can't afford him picking up a problem."

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2.10pm Pavan is backing New Zealand: "Mark Kidger is right, this could be horribly onesided. New Zealand could crush South Africa!

On a more serious note, I actually think NZ might pull this one off, a side packed with enough batting to get through Steyn and Morkel, and if all goes well, a defendable target joined to excellent fielding standards could pull them through."

The funniest man in cricket, Andy Zaltzman, will be live tweeting this game from Mirpur. This is where you can get his latest witticisms. And ESPNcricinfo's twitter will also have updates on all things cricket.

2.00pm Time for the toss. Vettori spins, 'Heads' is the call. It's tails, New Zealand will bat.

"I wouldn't really call it grass, it's just there for aesthetic value," says Vettori of the pitch. Both Vettori and Brendon McCullum will play. Luke Woodcock too, there's no place for James Franklin.

Not many people who can't bat in the NZ line-up: "Brendon McCullum (wk), Martin Guptill, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Kane Williamson, Nathan McCullum, Daniel Vettori (c), Jacob Oram, Luke Woodcock,Tim Southee."

Smith says he would have batted too; South Africa are back at full strength, Steyn and Morkel back. AB de Villiers has been given the keeper's gloves and Morne van Wyk has been left out.

South Africa: Graeme Smith (c), Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers (wk), JP Duminy, Francois du Plessis, Johan Botha, Robin Peterson, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir

Who'd thunk it? South Africa v New Zealand, and both teams playing three specialist spinners. Talk of spin, our stats editor S Rajesh has the numbers to show how the role of spinners has been re-defined in this World Cup.

1.45pm South Africa, as usual, have cruised past the league phase, topping the table. The addition of the legspinner Imran Tahir has added a new dimension to a team that has traditionally relied on pace. New Zealand had a less smooth ride into the quarters, but their place in it was rarely under threat. They have two big injury concerns ahead of the match, with Daniel Vettori and Brendon McCullum, but both seem likely to play.

There's some clouds about, and rain is predicted later in the day. Let's hope it stays away.

Danny Morrison says on TV that there are plenty of cracks in the track, and more grass than usual. It looks a "skiddy, flattish" surface he says, and says the team winning the toss should bat first.

Here's Liam Brickhill's preview, which has all you need to know about the game. And here's a cracking interview with one-time wild boy Jesse Ryder who tells Nagraj Gollapudi "When I start thinking too much, I'm in trouble".

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1.40pm Hello and welcome to the third quarter-final where South Africa take on New Zealand in Mirpur. You'd have to pick South Africa as favourites but New Zealand have won encounters between the two sides in the past two World Cups. Lets hope this is a cracker like yesterday's game, and not a one-sided one like Pakistan v West Indies.

Mark Kidger isn't expecting a tough contest: "New Zealand have surprised a few people in the group stage but then, they were in the easy group and with miserably low expectations. As Australia found yesterday, life is tougher when there is something hanging on the matches. This match could be as one-sided as the first Quarter Final was."

0.1

Peterson to Guptill, no run, leans forward to nudge it back to the bowler

Akshay Dandekar: "Even as a NZ fan, I can't fake optimism for this game. The fact is that the current team are pretty shoddy at playing spin to be completely honest."

0.2

Peterson to Guptill, no run, on the pads, flicked away but straight to square-leg

0.3

Peterson to Guptill, no run, stretches well forward to defend to the off

0.4

Peterson to Guptill, 1 run, on the middle stump line, worked to wide mid-on for a quiet single

0.5

Peterson to BB McCullum, no run, flighted up on the leg stump line, McCullum plays for the turn but there is none and it hits the pad

Shakira: "I think people should respect Jacques Kallis decision, because it is a very sad moment to lose one's parents and my heart goes out to him."

0.6

Peterson to BB McCullum, 1 run, tossed up full on the middle and off, squirted out to mid-on for a single

End of over 1 (2 runs) New Zealand 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
BB McCullum    1* (2b)      RJ Peterson    1-0-2-0
MJ Guptill    1* (4b)     

Dale Steyn has the ball. Two slips in place

1.1

Steyn to BB McCullum, 3 runs, not much swing first ball, batsman gets forward and carves it through cover, not particularly well-timed, enough time to get three

1.2

Steyn to Guptill, no run, length ball slanting into the pads, nudged towards square leg

1.3

Steyn to Guptill, no run, nice line from Steyn, just outside off, on a good length, batsman shoulders arms

1.4

Steyn to Guptill, no run, the trademark away movement from Steyn makes it appearance, the ball starts too far outside off though to worry the batsman

1.5

Steyn to Guptill, no run, that one was 139.2kmh, but still bounced a second time before reaching the keeper, not much in this pitch for fast bowlers it seems

1.6

Steyn to Guptill, no run, makes the batsman play this time, gets it close to off, blocked towards cover by Guptill

End of over 2 (3 runs) New Zealand 5/0 (RR: 2.50)
MJ Guptill    1* (9b)      DW Steyn    1-0-3-0
BB McCullum    4* (3b)      RJ Peterson    1-0-2-0

2.1

Peterson to BB McCullum, OUT, stunning catch from Peterson, that's the end of McCullum, massive wicket this, a tossed up delivery short of a length, McCullum came charging out, didn't reach the pitch, so he looked to block that, it pops up towards Peterson's left, and the bowler launches himself and plucks it to get his 15th wicket of the World Cup

BB McCullum c & b Peterson 4 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Ryder is the new batsman

2.2

Peterson to Ryder, no run, defend towards the off side

2.3

Peterson to Ryder, no run, stays in the crease and blocks it towards point

2.4

Peterson to Ryder, no run, length ball just outside off, watchfully played back towards the bowler

One slip in

2.5

Peterson to Ryder, no run, tossed up by Peterson, pushed back to the bowler

2.6

Peterson to Ryder, 1 run, no maiden for Peterson, slides this onto the pads, Ryder tucks it towards midwicket to get off the mark

Marcel Fastier, a NZ fan, is already looking at consolation prizes. "NZ has finished ahead of Aust in this comp (if only for 1 day)"

End of over 3 (1 run) New Zealand 6/1 (RR: 2.00)
JD Ryder    1* (5b)      RJ Peterson    2-0-3-1
MJ Guptill    1* (9b)      DW Steyn    1-0-3-0

3.1

Steyn to Ryder, no run, a superb diving stop from JP Duminy at backward point causes a mix-up, there's enough time for both batsman to get home in time though, it was a full toss that Ryder slapped towards Duminy

3.2

Steyn to Ryder, no run, on the pads and Ryder defends

3.3

Steyn to Ryder, 1 wide, that would have been a great ball to a right-hander, isn't so great to the left-hander, a wide down the leg side

3.3

Steyn to Ryder, FOUR, Ryder survives, just about, a french cut gets him a boundary, a short of length ball that comes into the batsman, who looks to drive without any footwork, takes a thick inside-edge

3.4

Steyn to Ryder, no run, back of a length and on the pads again, tucked towards square leg

3.5

Steyn to Ryder, 3 runs, Ryder pulls out a big shot as soon as Steyn pitches it a touch short, he can't time it all as he goes for the pull, it clears mid-on and Tahir has a long chase ahead of him

3.6

Steyn to Guptill, no run, outside off, and an easy leave for Guptill

Clement: "Robbie P has won over many a SA heart with his display during the world cup. me included." Me too, never thought he would get this many wickets in the World Cup.

End of over 4 (8 runs) New Zealand 14/1 (RR: 3.50)
MJ Guptill    1* (10b)      DW Steyn    2-0-11-0
JD Ryder    8* (10b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    2-0-3-1

Peterson gets only two overs, it's time for Botha now

4.1

Botha to Ryder, no run, stifled appeal for lbw, a fullish ball pitching on middle, inside-edged onto the pad

4.2

Botha to Ryder, no run, outside off this time, Ryder goes for the cut, gets a bottom-edge towards point

4.3

Botha to Ryder, no run, length ball outside off, pushed towards cover

4.4

Botha to Ryder, no run, Ryder is having a lot of trouble here, a quicker one catches Ryder on the backfoot, bottom-edged to the pads

4.5

Botha to Ryder, no run, gets well forward and blocks it

4.6

Botha to Ryder, 1 run, a bit of width this time, Ryder can't time the ball as he drives towards mid-off, gets the single to keep strike

End of over 5 (1 run) New Zealand 15/1 (RR: 3.00)
JD Ryder    9* (16b 1x4)      J Botha    1-0-1-0
MJ Guptill    1* (10b)      DW Steyn    2-0-11-0

5.1

Steyn to Ryder, no run, full and wide outside off, Ryder throws his bat at it, doesn't connect and the keeper collects on the second bounce

5.2

Steyn to Ryder, 1 run, outside off and tentative stuff from Ryder, he pokes at it and the outside edge flies past first slip, down to third man, and Ryder is off strike

5.3

Steyn to Guptill, no run, length ball angling into middle, defended back to the bowler off the front foot

5.4

Steyn to Guptill, no run, short of length and outside off, punched off the back foot towards the off side, another dot ball

5.5

Steyn to Guptill, no run, the South Africans are throwing themselves about in the field, an acrobatic dive at short cover stops a punch from Guptill

5.6

Steyn to Guptill, OUT, slower one from Steyn does the job, Guptill is gone, it is a full delivery at 121kmh, at least 20k less than normal pace, Guptill looks to clear mid-off, bottom hand comes off the bat as he plays the stroke, it balloons over Botha, who has to run back to pouch it, South Africa have been spot-on so far today

MJ Guptill c Botha b Steyn 1 (24m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 7.14

End of over 6 (1 run) New Zealand 16/2 (RR: 2.66)
     DW Steyn    3-0-12-1
JD Ryder    10* (18b 1x4)      J Botha    1-0-1-0

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

6.4

Botha to Ryder, no run, length ball outside off, Ryder blocks off the front foot

6.5

Botha to Ryder, no run, a muted appeal for lbw, as Ryder defends, it was a straight ball that was going down leg

6.6

Botha to Ryder, no run, once more a delivery that is heading down leg, Ryder plays down the wrong line and is hit on the pad

End of over 7 (1 run) New Zealand 17/2 (RR: 2.42)
JD Ryder    10* (21b 1x4)      J Botha    2-0-2-0
LRPL Taylor    1* (3b)      DW Steyn    3-0-12-1

Morne Morkel takes over from Steyn

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

Morkel round the wicket

7.3

Morkel to Ryder, no run, slants this down the leg side, should have been put away for four, Ryder doesn't get bat on it though

7.4

Morkel to Ryder, FOUR, overpitched outside off, and that's the best shot of the day, smashed through cover for four, that was too full from Morkel and Ryder capitalises

7.5

Morkel to Ryder, no run, Morkel reverts to his good length, blocked by Ryder

7.6

Morkel to Ryder, 2 runs, a touch shorter from Morkel, Ryder stands tall and punches the ball past extra cover, not too well timed but gets enough on it to get a couple

Fawad, among others, asks: "Is Smith practising some juggling?" Guess he brought on Botha early since the left-hander Ryder was in

End of over 8 (7 runs) New Zealand 24/2 (RR: 3.00)
JD Ryder    16* (25b 2x4)      M Morkel    1-0-7-0
LRPL Taylor    2* (5b)      J Botha    2-0-2-0

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

8.3

Botha to Ryder, no run, length ball on middle and heading towards leg with the angle, blocked towards the leg side

8.4

Botha to Ryder, 1 wide, that's a wide down the leg side, de Villiers moves across quickly to collect

8.4

Botha to Ryder, 1 run, fullish ball on the stumps, defended towards the off side

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

Craig: "Robin Peterson is really underrated, the poor guy has been in and out of the side and has real value to offer the team. I'm glad that he has done well he deserves the praise!"

End of over 9 (3 runs) New Zealand 27/2 (RR: 3.00)
LRPL Taylor    3* (9b)      J Botha    3-0-5-0
JD Ryder    17* (27b 2x4)      M Morkel    1-0-7-0

9.1

Morkel to Ryder, no run, length ball outside off, defended off the back foot towards point

A wide slip in place

9.2

Morkel to Ryder, no run, on the pads this time from Morkel, Ryder goes back in the crease and pushes the ball towards mid-on

Justin: "Not sure I follow Smith's bowling changes today. Seems if you take a wicket, you get pulled from the attack?!"

9.3

Morkel to Ryder, FOUR, just a bit of width, and Ryder hammers that past Kallis at point, it was very close to the fielder but it had too much power on it for Kallis to stop it, Kallis was looking at self-preservation there

9.4

Morkel to Ryder, no run, another confident hit from Ryder, he seems at ease when the ball is pitched up as Morkel has done now, he lashes it towards extra cover, but gets no reward for the stroke as Steyn flings himself to his right to cut that off

9.5

Morkel to Ryder, no run, short of length from Morkel, defended off the back foot

9.6

Morkel to Ryder, 3 runs, similar length, but one the legstump this time, Ryder plays a flamboyant pull, raising his front leg as he plays that stroke, the timing isn't perfect and the outfield isn't too quick due to yesterday's rain, Amla races across from deep backward square leg and puts in a dive to save his team one run

End of over 10 (7 runs) New Zealand 34/2 (RR: 3.40)
JD Ryder    24* (33b 3x4)      M Morkel    2-0-14-0
LRPL Taylor    3* (9b)      J Botha    3-0-5-0

10.1

Botha to Ryder, no run, length ball is defended towards cover

Ahmed: "@Clement. Ive no qualms with Peterson the bowler, but his batting stats are very poor and South Africa really needs someone who can hold up the bat lower down the lineup." He didn't do too badly against India, though.

10.2

Botha to Ryder, 1 run, on the pads, tucked towards midwicket by Ryder

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

10.5

Botha to Ryder, no run, length ball angling into middle, blocked back towards the bowler

10.6

Botha to Ryder, no run, well outside off, driven towards extra cover

Dave Currie: "For the benefit of viewers only viewing their computer screens can you tell me how AB is moving behind the wicket? is he looking agile or a bit stiff and uncomfortable? " He hasn't seemed in any trouble today, leapt across to collect a leg side wide from Steyn

End of over 11 (2 runs) New Zealand 36/2 (RR: 3.27)
JD Ryder    25* (37b 3x4)      J Botha    4-0-7-0
LRPL Taylor    4* (11b)      M Morkel    2-0-14-0

Peterson is back

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

11.4

Peterson to Ryder, FOUR, just as Mark Nicholas says Peterson can't bowl wide outside off since there is no one in the deep on the off side, Peterson bowled it wide outside off, Ryder capitalises, goes back and cracks the ball in front of point

11.5

Peterson to Ryder, no run, fullish ball on the pads, defended to the bowler

11.6

Peterson to Ryder, FOUR, Peterson again gives width, again he is punished, Ryder gets back and slaps that powerfully between point and cover, Amla gives chase and puts in another of his dives but can't stop the ball this time

Jacky: "@Justin: I think Smith has a plan against each batsman. If you take a wicket, that part of the plan is complete and he brings another bowler in to execute the next plan."

End of over 12 (11 runs) New Zealand 47/2 (RR: 3.91)
JD Ryder    33* (40b 5x4)      RJ Peterson    3-0-12-1
LRPL Taylor    5* (14b)      J Botha    4-0-7-0

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

End of over 13 (3 runs) New Zealand 50/2 (RR: 3.84)
JD Ryder    34* (43b 5x4)      Imran Tahir    1-0-3-0
LRPL Taylor    7* (17b)      RJ Peterson    3-0-12-1

13.1

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

Mana seems to be speaking for the majority with this: "Smith is a really smart captain. He's got great bowlers and is using them wisely. Imran Tahir, Botha, Petersen, Steyn and Morkel are tremendous! "

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

13.4

Peterson to Ryder, no run, length ball on the pads, Ryder defends towards the leg side

13.5

Peterson to Ryder, 1 run, similar delivery, Ryder goes back this time and taps the ball to square leg 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

End of over 14 (3 runs) New Zealand 53/2 (RR: 3.78)
LRPL Taylor    9* (21b)      RJ Peterson    4-0-15-1
JD Ryder    35* (45b 5x4)      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

Hemanth: "During discussions about Robin Peterson, I remember Andy Bichel of Australia. Even he was in and out of team and many were having doubts of why he was picked for 2003 World Cup. But he was revelation in that edition. But, not heard much of him after that."

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

End of over 15 (4 runs) New Zealand 57/2 (RR: 3.80)
LRPL Taylor    12* (25b)      Imran Tahir    2-0-7-0
JD Ryder    36* (47b 5x4)      RJ Peterson    4-0-15-1

Morkel's back

15.1

Morkel to Ryder, no run, he starts with a short and wide ball, that's easy for Ryder, he thrashes that towards point, where JP Duminy saves four with a stunning dive

15.2

Morkel to Ryder, no run, another leading edge, on the pads this time and Ryder was looking to turn the ball towards the leg side, edges it to the right of the bowler

15.3

Morkel to Ryder, no run, short and Ryder stands tall before punching it to cover point

15.4

Morkel to Ryder, no run, on the pads again, defended by Ryder

15.5

Morkel to Ryder, no run, short of length ball on middle and leg, defended by Ryder off the back foot

15.6

Morkel to Ryder, 1 run, Morkel sticks to the middle and leg line, worked by Ryder towards square leg

End of over 16 (1 run) New Zealand 58/2 (RR: 3.62)
JD Ryder    37* (53b 5x4)      M Morkel    3-0-15-0
LRPL Taylor    12* (25b)      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

End of over 17 (3 runs) New Zealand 61/2 (RR: 3.58)
JD Ryder    39* (58b 5x4)      Imran Tahir    3-0-10-0
LRPL Taylor    13* (26b)      M Morkel    3-0-15-0

17.1

Morkel to Ryder, no run, back of a length and outside off, moved in a touch and Ryder inside-edges on to the pads

17.2

Morkel to Ryder, 2 runs, plenty of width on offer for Ryder, he likes it there, slaps that through cover but can't get it all the way to the boundary

17.3

Morkel to Ryder, 1 run, an ungainly pull from Ryder sends the ball towards square leg

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

17.5

Morkel to Ryder, FOUR, short ball outside leg, easy pickings for Ryder, helps the ball past the keeper to fine leg for four, Morkel hasn't been at his best today, usually such a tight bowler

17.6

Morkel to Ryder, no run, short of length ball on offstump, blocked off the back foot by Ryder

Time for drinks. I'll be hopping over to the over-by-over discussion. Nitin Sundar will be here to describe the action for the next hour or so.

End of over 18 (8 runs) New Zealand 69/2 (RR: 3.83)
JD Ryder    46* (63b 6x4)      M Morkel    4-0-23-0
LRPL Taylor    14* (27b)      Imran Tahir    3-0-10-0

Botha resumes after drinks.

Thanks Sid R. This stand beginning to look ominous now. 240 will be a tight chase on this track.

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.

Taylor looked puzzled by the bounce on that one.

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

18.5

Botha to Ryder, 1 run, back of a length and turning away from Ryder who pushes off the back foot into the covers for a single

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

Justin: "Morkel looking way off his best. And with a pitch not too conducive to pace, I'd be tempted to toss the ball to Duminy to have a go and make up some overs. If he travels, Smith can always go back to Morkel or Kallis."

End of over 19 (6 runs) New Zealand 75/2 (RR: 3.94)
LRPL Taylor    19* (32b 1x4)      J Botha    5-0-13-0
JD Ryder    47* (64b 6x4)      M Morkel    4-0-23-0

No signs of Duminy, but here is Kallis.

19.1

Kallis to Ryder, 1 run, tight line, back of a length and angling from middle to off, Ryder stays back and guides to third man for one

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

Philip: "Ranatunga in 1996 WC, used his bowlers for 2 overs each at the appropriate times. Worked wonders. Afridi did the same to in this series. Smith is being smart, and has the bowlers too"

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

Vishwa: "Rare situation. 3 ex RCB player in the middle." It's that time of the year, eh!

19.6

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

End of over 20 (2 runs) New Zealand 77/2 (RR: 3.85)
LRPL Taylor    20* (37b 1x4)      JH Kallis    1-0-2-0
JD Ryder    48* (65b 6x4)      J Botha    5-0-13-0

20.1

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

20.2

Botha to Ryder, no run, flighted outside off, Ryder is readily forward and angles the face to guide towards point

20.3

Botha to Ryder, no run, similar ball, similar shot. Ryder still can't get it past point

20.4

Botha to Ryder, no run, straighter this time, curving in from wide of the crease as Ryder plays it to mid off

20.5

Botha to Ryder, 1 run, mid off drops back for the last two balls, Ryder gets the single by forcing a back of a length ball on off stump towards long on

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

End of over 21 (3 runs) New Zealand 80/2 (RR: 3.80)
LRPL Taylor    22* (39b 1x4)      J Botha    6-0-16-0
JD Ryder    49* (69b 6x4)      JH Kallis    1-0-2-0

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

21.4

Kallis to Ryder, 1 run, Ryder has 50. I am backing him for a 100 today. Another offcutter, finishes on middle stump and Ryder quietly pushes into the covers 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.

21.6

Kallis to Ryder, 1 run, oho, Ryder almost undid my prophecy there, going for a compulsive pull to a well-directed bouncer on middle and off. Not quite short enough, and he gets a top edge that balloons alarmingly to the left of the keeper and dribbles away to short third man.

ScottyRSA: "The only bowler to have been giving Ryder any problems was Dale Steyn but then Smith took him off and released the pressure and now Jesse has got a 50 thanks to Smiths poor captaincy."

End of over 22 (4 runs) New Zealand 84/2 (RR: 3.81)
JD Ryder    51* (71b 6x4)      JH Kallis    2-0-6-0
LRPL Taylor    24* (43b 1x4)      J Botha    6-0-16-0

22.1

Botha to Ryder, 1 run, Ryder gets a single, leaning far out to the flight and driving Botha with the spin to long off

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

22.6

Botha to Ryder, 1 run, Ryder is in milk mode. And no, this is not some joke about his rinking habits. Back of a length outside off, he expertly guides it between Botha and short cover for another single.

End of over 23 (3 runs) New Zealand 87/2 (RR: 3.78)
JD Ryder    53* (73b 6x4)      J Botha    7-0-19-0
LRPL Taylor    25* (47b 1x4)      JH Kallis    2-0-6-0

23.1

Kallis to Ryder, no run, short of a length on off stump, Kallis keeps it tight and Ryder politely defends from the crease.

23.2

Kallis to Ryder, no run, a half a foot outside off, Ryder opens the face as he punches from the crease and finds cover

23.3

Kallis to Ryder, no run, smart and slow bouncer, Ryder didn't see the drop in pace and eventually just weaved away from the line

23.4

Kallis to Ryder, no run, another dot ball, Kallis is giving Ryder nothing to drive. He stays back and pushes straight to midwicket

23.5

Kallis to Ryder, no run, Kallis, canny as ever. Now he slips in the fullish offcutter, gently angling away and begging for the outside edge. Ryder is stuck in the crease as he forces it off the outside half to point.

23.6

Kallis to Ryder, 1 leg bye, maiden from Kallis. Ryder gets a leg bye as he tries to nudge off the pads

End of over 24 (1 run, maiden) New Zealand 88/2 (RR: 3.66)
JD Ryder    53* (79b 6x4)      JH Kallis    3-1-6-0
LRPL Taylor    25* (47b 1x4)      J Botha    7-0-19-0

Duminy comes on now.

KM: "One sixth of Tendulkar's runs in two-ninths the games Tendulkar has played. A decent batsman Tendulkar is. As Andy Zalzman says, "if he focuses on cricket, he could make it big some day." "

24.1

Duminy to Ryder, 1 run, not as full as he would want, outside off, and Ryder thwacks a cut to the deep for a single

Rajagopalan: "Ryder 8 short of 1000 runs in ODI. One-Eighteenth of a Tendulkar."

JP round the wicket to Ross.

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

24.5

Duminy to Ryder, 2 runs, clever little chip from Ryder. JP doesn't toss it all the way up, Ryder gets forward looking for the drive, but sees he's not quite there. He goes through with the loft, with the spin over extra cover for a couple.

24.6

Duminy to Ryder, no run, faster and straighter, Ryder covers the line and defends

End of over 25 (4 runs) New Zealand 92/2 (RR: 3.68)
JD Ryder    56* (82b 6x4)      JP Duminy    1-0-4-0
LRPL Taylor    26* (50b 1x4)      JH Kallis    3-1-6-0

Smith is looking for a wicket. Steyn comes back into the attack.

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

25.2

Steyn to Ryder, no run, aha, rapped on the pads as Ryder is stuck on the back foot and plays the flick an instant too late. Landed outside leg, and hit him further away though.

25.3

Steyn to Ryder, no run, angling across at 133 kph, Ryder is still on the back foot as he taps into the off side.

25.4

Steyn to Ryder, no run, he's cranking it up slowly. 140 kph on that full length ball that was looking for the pad or the timber. Ryder whipped the wrists at the last moment and played it to midwicket

25.5

Steyn to Ryder, no run, another dot, Ryder reaches out to a length ball and works it straight to midewicket

25.6

Steyn to Ryder, no run, the runs have dried up. Steyn finishes with another tight ball, angling across from off stump, and Ryder plays it from the crease to the off side.

End of over 26 (1 run) New Zealand 93/2 (RR: 3.57)
JD Ryder    56* (87b 6x4)      DW Steyn    4-0-13-1
LRPL Taylor    27* (51b 1x4)      JP Duminy    1-0-4-0

26.1

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

26.2

Duminy to Ryder, 1 wide, wide delivery, straying well down the leg side and called.

26.2

Duminy to Ryder, 1 run, speared in on the pads, Ryder blocks it to the leg side for a pinched 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.

26.5

Duminy to Ryder, 1 run, dropped short on this occasion, but no width for Ryder to cut and he forces it straight to deep cover.

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.

End of over 27 (5 runs) New Zealand 98/2 (RR: 3.62)
LRPL Taylor    29* (55b 1x4)      JP Duminy    2-0-9-0
JD Ryder    58* (89b 6x4)      DW Steyn    4-0-13-1

Shishank: "Taylor's batting is purely digital, either he is OFF or ON, there is nothing in between. Am just waiting for him to blast. It could be Steyn today."

27.1

Steyn to Ryder, FOUR, Ryder's produced a fine boundary out of nowhere. 145 kph length ball on middle and angling across, Ryder gets half forward and whacks the off drive, through the line and past mid off. Fine shot, went back at double the pace it came at. The crowd's woken up, says Pat Symcox on air.

27.2

Steyn to Ryder, no run, fuller from Steyn just short of a yorker, and Ryder defends to the leg side

27.3

Steyn to Ryder, no run, length ball on the the stumps, Ryder covers the line and defends from the crease

27.4

Steyn to Ryder, 2 runs, another smart shot, just using Steyn's pace. We saw Raina do that a lot against Tait and Lee yesterday. Full and on the pads, Ryder chips inside the line and flicks backward of square for two.

27.5

Steyn to Ryder, no run, looked like a slower ball to me, but the speed gun says that was at 141 kph. Full and on middle, Ryder was clearly early on the defence, and then adjusted to keep it out.

27.6

Steyn to Ryder, no run, back of a length outside off, Ryder hops onto the back foot and defends towards point

End of over 28 (6 runs) New Zealand 104/2 (RR: 3.71)
JD Ryder    64* (95b 7x4)      DW Steyn    5-0-19-1
LRPL Taylor    29* (55b 1x4)      JP Duminy    2-0-9-0

Tahir comes on. The Steyn spell hasn't worked yet. SA need wickets. Slip in place.

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.

Vish: "No one mentioned the c word today, may be it's long way 2 go" It is in the air, my friend. Pat Symcox on air does seem to be a little on edge.

End of over 29 (4 runs) New Zealand 108/2 (RR: 3.72)
LRPL Taylor    32* (58b 1x4)      Imran Tahir    4-0-14-0
JD Ryder    65* (98b 7x4)      DW Steyn    5-0-19-1

Peterson comes back on. Steyn is off.

Harit: 'These 2 are playing an anti-Gambhir like innings. While Gambhir was like a cat on a hot tin roof, these 2 are like antartic polar bears in hibernation'

29.1

Peterson to Ryder, FOUR, things aren't working for SA. Ryder is cashing in for having played some very sensible cricket thus far. Robin tosses this up well outside off, Ryder comes charging out, making room as he does and then carves inside out, against the spin, almost all the way over extra cover. This is super smart cricket, another boundary off the over's first ball.

29.2

Peterson to Ryder, 1 run, shortens the length, Ryder hangs back and nudges into midwicket for a single

29.3

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

29.4

Peterson to Ryder, 1 run, Ryder continues to chip along. Loopy ball on his toes, he taps it gently over the infield through midwicket for one

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.

End of over 30 (8 runs) New Zealand 116/2 (RR: 3.86)
LRPL Taylor    34* (61b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    5-0-23-1
JD Ryder    71* (101b 8x4)      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

End of over 31 (2 runs) New Zealand 118/2 (RR: 3.80)
LRPL Taylor    35* (66b 1x4)      Imran Tahir    5-0-16-0
JD Ryder    72* (102b 8x4)      RJ Peterson    5-0-23-1

Raymond: "Lopsy will have been the difference." Without him, it is lop-sided eh?

Brett: "Att Harit: Polar Bears live in the Artic"

31.1

Peterson to Ryder, 1 run, loopy delivery on middle and leg, Ryder drives firmly to long on for a single

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.

31.4

Peterson to Ryder, 2 runs, its terror from Taylor, and touch from Ryder. He just leans out to the pitch and dinks calmly over the cover fielder for two more.

31.5

Peterson to Ryder, no run, slower through the air, Ryder plays defensively

31.6

Peterson to Ryder, no run, fires in the armer to end the over, Ryder stays on the crease and plays it out to the off side.

End of over 32 (10 runs) New Zealand 128/2 (RR: 4.00)
JD Ryder    75* (106b 8x4)      RJ Peterson    6-0-33-1
LRPL Taylor    42* (68b 1x4 1x6)      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

It's drinks now and I shall hand over commentary to Sid Ravindran.

End of over 33 (2 runs) New Zealand 130/3 (RR: 3.93)
     Imran Tahir    6-0-18-1
JD Ryder    76* (108b 8x4)      RJ Peterson    6-0-33-1

33.1

Peterson to Ryder, no run, Peterson to continue, defended off the front foot

33.2

Peterson to Ryder, 2 runs, on the pads, whipped off the back foot towards midwicket

33.3

Peterson to Ryder, 1 run, fullish ball just outside off, driven back past the bowler

Slip in place

33.4

Peterson to Styris, 1 run, length ball outside off, Styris gets well forward and pushes the ball uppishly towards short cover

33.5

Peterson to Ryder, 1 run, full ball on off, driven along the ground to long-on for a single

33.6

Peterson to Styris, no run, short of length ball outside off, played off the back foot to short cover

End of over 34 (5 runs) New Zealand 135/3 (RR: 3.97)
SB Styris    1* (2b)      RJ Peterson    7-0-38-1
JD Ryder    80* (112b 8x4)      Imran Tahir    6-0-18-1

The ball has been changed. Botha to bowl now

34.1

Botha to Ryder, 1 run, full and flighted outside off, driven to mid-off

34.2

Botha to Styris, 1 run, length ball on off, driven fluently towards wide mid-on by Styris

34.3

Botha to Ryder, no run, turns in towards legstump, Ryder looks to clip that one to the leg side, but inside-edges on to the pad

34.4

Botha to Ryder, 1 run, shuffles across and taps this towards midwicket

34.5

Botha to Styris, no run, defended towards the bowler

34.6

Botha to Styris, 1 run, length ball outside off, dabbed towards the off side

End of over 35 (4 runs) New Zealand 139/3 (RR: 3.97)
SB Styris    3* (5b)      J Botha    8-0-23-0
JD Ryder    82* (115b 8x4)      RJ Peterson    7-0-38-1

Another bowling change, Morne in now

35.1

Morkel to Styris, FOUR, a lovely shot from Styris, it was a short of length ball, hit on the up past the bowler, wonderful timing that, mid-on could only watch

35.2

Morkel to Styris, no run, a touch shorter from Morkel, on off, ball hits the splice of the bat as Styris defends

35.3

Morkel to Styris, no run, length ball this time and confidently driven along the ground to mid-off by Styris, who has looked good in his short stay

35.4

Morkel to Styris, FOUR, short ball, only 128kmh from Morkel, Styris seemed to be early on to the pull, not too well timed but gets enough on it to send it to the midwicket boundary, 11 off 9 now Styris

35.5

Morkel to Styris, no run, short of length ball and into middle, driven towards the leg side by Styris

35.6

Morkel to Styris, no run, 'Nooo,' shouts Styris after dabbing the ball towards backward point

End of over 36 (8 runs) New Zealand 147/3 (RR: 4.08)
SB Styris    11* (11b 2x4)      M Morkel    5-0-31-0
JD Ryder    82* (115b 8x4)      J Botha    8-0-23-0

Botha to bowl his ninth over

36.1

Botha to Ryder, 1 run, makes some room and drives a fullish ball inside out towards mid-off

36.2

Botha to Styris, FOUR, Styris has come out with an attacking mindset, he charges out of the ground and lashes that ball to the long-on boundary for four more

36.3

Botha to Styris, no run, defended back towards the bowler

36.4

Botha to Styris, no run, a bit of width, Styris cuts that towards backward point

36.5

Botha to Styris, 1 run, on the pads this time, worked towards midwicket by Styris for a single

36.6

Botha to Ryder, no run, length ball on off to end the over, watchfully defended off the front foot by Ryder

End of over 37 (6 runs) New Zealand 153/3 (RR: 4.13)
JD Ryder    83* (117b 8x4)      J Botha    9-0-29-0
SB Styris    16* (15b 3x4)      M Morkel    5-0-31-0

37.1

Morkel to Styris, no run, length ball on middle, Styris tucks that one towards the leg side from the crease

37.2

Morkel to Styris, OUT, Morne has struck, Styris was looking to give himself room and whack that over the off side, he gets a bottom-edge to that short ball and the ball cannons on to the stumps, New Zealand have lost their fourth, Morne redeems what has been an ordinary bowling effort from him so far

SB Styris b Morkel 16 (19m 17b 3x4 0x6) SR: 94.11

37.3

Morkel to Williamson, no run, short of length and well outside off, Williamson lets it go

37.4

Morkel to Williamson, 1 run, length ball slanting towards leg, whipped towards square leg by Williamson to get off the mark

37.5

Morkel to Ryder, no run, short of length ball on the pads, pushed towards mid-on by Ryder, who plays that shot from the crease

37.6

Morkel to Ryder, no run, again minimal footwork from Ryder as he tries to work a legstump delivery from Morkel, he can't get it away, and that's exactly the over South Africa needed from Morkel

End of over 38 (1 run) New Zealand 154/4 (RR: 4.05)
JD Ryder    83* (119b 8x4)      M Morkel    6-0-32-1
KS Williamson    1* (2b)      J Botha    9-0-29-0

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

Silly point and slip in place

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

End of over 39 (3 runs) New Zealand 157/5 (RR: 4.02)
KS Williamson    3* (6b)      Imran Tahir    7-0-21-2
NL McCullum    0* (0b)      M Morkel    6-0-32-1

39.1

Morkel to Williamson, no run, short of length ball outside off, the trademark Morkel delivery, defended towards the off side

39.2

Morkel to Williamson, no run, slants this one into middle, fuller delivery, Williamson works it to square leg

39.3

Morkel to Williamson, 2 runs, short and wide, Williamson jumps and scythes that towards sweeper cover, not too well timed that

39.4

Morkel to Williamson, no run, drops short of first slip, it was a short of length ball outside off, 143kmh, not sure why Williamson wanted to play that off the front foot, a thick edge lands well short

39.5

Morkel to Williamson, 2 runs, length ball just outside off, shuffles across and plays a wristy shot that sends the ball scurrying wide of midwicket

39.6

Morkel to Williamson, 3 runs, length ball even wide outside off, Williamson moves across a long way and shows off another wristy shot, this one is quite well timed and goes nearly all the way to the midwicket boundary

End of over 40 (7 runs) New Zealand 164/5 (RR: 4.10)
KS Williamson    10* (12b)      M Morkel    7-0-39-1
NL McCullum    0* (0b)      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

End of over 41 (4 runs) New Zealand 168/5 (RR: 4.09)
KS Williamson    12* (16b)      Imran Tahir    8-0-25-2
NL McCullum    2* (2b)      M Morkel    7-0-39-1

Peterson was initially given the ball but it is now Dale Steyn who is back, the bad news for NZ fans is that he still has five overs

41.1

Steyn to NL McCullum, no run, terrific stuff from AB, a length ball from Steyn, on off, batsman opens the face to guide it past the keeper, AB flies across to stop that and nearly throws down the stumps though he still had the gloves on

41.2

Steyn to NL McCullum, no run, batsman makes room again and gets an edge, that lands a foot in front of the keeper, who can't reach it even though he moves forward to collect

41.3

Steyn to NL McCullum, no run

41.4

Steyn to NL McCullum, 1 run, length ball on offstump, McCullum opens the face once more and guides the ball towards point

41.5

Steyn to Williamson, no run, fires in the bouncer, 143.7kmh, Williamson ducks, just one off the over so far

Link: "If only we had taken the batting power play in the over following Taylor's six."

41.6

Steyn to Williamson, no run, wants to tip the ball towards short cover and set off for the single, McCullum sends him back, superb over from Steyn that

PJ: "I said to my friend at 30 overs "Williamson shouldn't get a bat now unless he comes in at 11." He's just too slow. No idea why Vettori wouldn't send in Oram or McCullum or even himself ahead of Williamson."

End of over 42 (1 run) New Zealand 169/5 (RR: 4.02)
KS Williamson    12* (18b)      DW Steyn    6-0-20-1
NL McCullum    3* (6b)      Imran Tahir    8-0-25-2

Peterson to bowl now

42.1

Peterson to NL McCullum, no run, full ball on middle and off, defended towards the bowler

42.2

Peterson to NL McCullum, no run, fired into the pads, gets a leading edge that lands safely on the pitch

42.3

Peterson to NL McCullum, no run, not much flight now from Peterson, pushed towards point

42.4

Peterson to NL McCullum, 1 run, length ball on the pad, tucked towards midwicket for a single

42.5

Peterson to Williamson, no run, length ball homing in on legstump, punched back to the bowler

42.6

Peterson to Williamson, 1 run, Williamson makes room and carves the ball from middle stump towards sweeper cover for a single, just two off this over, a far cry from the blitz NZ were hoping for towards the end

End of over 43 (2 runs) New Zealand 171/5 (RR: 3.97)
KS Williamson    13* (20b)      RJ Peterson    8-0-40-1
NL McCullum    4* (10b)      DW Steyn    6-0-20-1

43.1

Steyn to Williamson, 1 run, short of length ball pitching on middle, pushed past a diving midwicket fielder for a single

43.2

Steyn to NL McCullum, 1 run, short of length on the pads, tucked towards square leg

43.3

Steyn to Williamson, 1 run, short of length again from Steyn, on middle and off, McCullum again shuffles across the stumps and tucks the ball to the leg side for a single

43.4

Steyn to NL McCullum, no run, swing and a miss outside off

43.5

Steyn to NL McCullum, no run, bouncer outside off, McCullum waves his bat at it but can't connect, another dot ball

43.6

Steyn to NL McCullum, no run, full slower ball, on legstump, defended towards the leg side, another quiet over comes to an end

End of over 44 (3 runs) New Zealand 174/5 (RR: 3.95)
NL McCullum    5* (14b)      DW Steyn    7-0-23-1
KS Williamson    15* (22b)      RJ Peterson    8-0-40-1

Batting Powerplay, perhaps taken an over early so that it has one less over of Steyn

44.1

Peterson to Williamson, no run, flighted and full, on middle stump, punched back to the bowler

Santhana Krishna: "Teams are sometimes hesitant to send a bowling all-rounder before a specialist batsman.New Zealand suffering from that Syndrome. Everyone knows that Williamson is too slow and no points are given for diplomacy at the World Cup."

44.2

Peterson to Williamson, SIX, Williamson sends a message to the baiters, comes out of the crease and a clean hit sends the ball soaring beyond long-on for six, nicely done

44.3

Peterson to Williamson, 1 run, skips beyond leg and pushes the ball towards mid-off for a single

44.4

Peterson to NL McCullum, 4 byes, McCullum moves across the stumps then moves back, Peterson fires the ball down leg, an almighty swipe from McCullum connects only with air, AB perhaps distracted by all the movement from the batsman can't collect that one

44.5

Peterson to NL McCullum, 1 run, chipped towards mid-on, Williamson was sprinting the first, eyeing a second but he slipped so it's just one

44.6

Peterson to Williamson, 1 run, length ball from Peterson, driven along the ground towards extra cover

End of over 45 (13 runs) New Zealand 187/5 (RR: 4.15)
KS Williamson    23* (26b 1x6)      RJ Peterson    9-0-49-1
NL McCullum    6* (16b)      DW Steyn    7-0-23-1

45.1

Steyn to Williamson, 1 run, Williamson shuffles across once more, and tucks a slower ball from Steyn towards mid-on

45.2

Steyn to NL McCullum, no run, full ball outside off, McCullum moves beyond leg and tries to crack that through off, but that is too quick for him

45.3

Steyn to NL McCullum, OUT, McCullum is gone, once more he was looking to make room, he didn't get enough space to free his arms, still wanted to thrash that short ball from Steyn, it flies off the top-edges towards backward point where Duminy takes the catch

NL McCullum c Duminy b Steyn 6 (29m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Jacob Oram is the new batsman

45.4

Steyn to Williamson, no run, an ambitious shot attempted by Williamson, a bouncer on legstump, Williamson moves away and tries to uppercut the ball but can't connect

45.5

Steyn to Williamson, no run, the slower offcutter from Steyn, just back of a length, whipped towards midwicket by Williamson

45.6

Steyn to Williamson, 1 run, a yorker length ball outside off, jabbed towards the off side and quick single is pinched

End of over 46 (2 runs) New Zealand 189/6 (RR: 4.10)
KS Williamson    25* (30b 1x6)      DW Steyn    8-0-25-2
JDP Oram    0* (0b)      RJ Peterson    9-0-49-1

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

End of over 47 (7 runs) New Zealand 196/6 (RR: 4.17)
JDP Oram    6* (3b 1x4)      Imran Tahir    9-0-32-2
KS Williamson    26* (33b 1x6)      DW Steyn    8-0-25-2

47.1

Steyn to Williamson, 2 runs, short of length ball, a typical whip from Williamson, gets him two to deep midwicket

47.2

Steyn to Williamson, 1 run, mistimed by Williamson he makes room to carve that ball through off, it was slower from Steyn, and the ball rolls towards cover

47.3

Steyn to Oram, 1 run, a low full toss just outside off, Oram was backing away, and the hulking Oram couldn't get play that low delivery with a horizontal bat

47.4

Steyn to Williamson, 2 runs, length ball outside off, driven firmly towards long-on, Oram sprints back for the second

47.5

Steyn to Williamson, 1 run, a yorker is pushed towards extra cover, a direct hit from du Plessis would have got rid of Williamson, he misses

47.6

Steyn to Oram, 1 leg bye, superb bowling from Steyn, follows Oram who is as usual looking to make room, Oram gets into a tangle playing that one and can only scramble a leg-bye

End of over 48 (8 runs) New Zealand 204/6 (RR: 4.25)
JDP Oram    7* (5b 1x4)      DW Steyn    9-0-32-2
KS Williamson    32* (37b 1x6)      Imran Tahir    9-0-32-2

48.1

Morkel to Oram, OUT, length ball on off, Oram was thinking of sending it into orbit over long-on, he misses, Morkel hits the top of off, and that's the end of Oram's struggle

JDP Oram b Morkel 7 (14m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 116.66

48.2

Morkel to Vettori, FOUR, what a shot from Vettori, he shuffles across and squirts an offstump ball behind square leg for four

48.3

Morkel to Vettori, no run, backed away and looked to force it through cover, but can't beat short cover

48.4

Morkel to Vettori, 2 runs, fullish ball from Morkel, punched past mid-off by Vettori, who was miles outside leg, Smith has to chase that one down

48.5

Morkel to Vettori, OUT, slower yorker from Morkel, 129 kmh, Vettori has been dancing around the crease in his short stay, this time he stays rooted, and he misses it, as it crashes into the bottom on middle and leg

DL Vettori b Morkel 6 (4m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 150.00

Craig: "The umpires must be bored! They haven't done anything. Not even one appeal!" That is a good spot Craig, I can't remember even one loud appeal for lbw

48.6

Morkel to Woodcock, 1 run, length ball on middle and leg, Woodcock pushes the ball past mid-on to get off the mark

End of over 49 (7 runs) New Zealand 211/8 (RR: 4.30)
LJ Woodcock    1* (1b)      M Morkel    8-0-46-3
KS Williamson    32* (37b 1x6)      DW Steyn    9-0-32-2

Final over coming up, Steyn to finish this innings off

49.1

Steyn to Woodcock, 1 run, short of length and outside off, jabbed towards backward point and sets off for a suicidal single, would have been gone if there was a direct hit, du Plessis misses again

49.2

Steyn to Williamson, no run, whoah! what on earth was that 'shot' from Williamson, it was a bouncer from Steyn, Williamson got down on his knee and waved his bat above his head, the attempted periscopic hit doesn't connect

49.3

Steyn to Williamson, 2 runs, lashes this length ball from outside off to deep midwicket for a couple

49.4

Steyn to Williamson, FOUR, shortish ball from Steyn, Williamson backs away and crashes this one over extra cover, Smith and Botha chase but in vain

49.5

Steyn to Williamson, no run, low full toss outside off, outstanding bowling from Steyn, slightly comical batting from Williamson who was looking to make room before spotting the outside off ball, he loses his balance, and doesn't connect

49.6

Steyn to Williamson, 2 wides, a wide down the leg side, and they sneak a bye as the ball goes to the keeper as well

49.6

Steyn to Woodcock, 1 run, what a delivery to end the innings, a yorker on legstump, Woodcock just about gets his bat on it, squeezed towards the leg side, 221 doesn't look too threatening a target but NZ can at least console themselves with the knowledge that they are the first team to be not be bowled out by SA in this tournament

A top-class performance from the South African bowling unit, led by the outstanding Steyn, who seems to have mastered all the variations - slower ball, yorker, bouncer. Tahir had another good day as well, and Morkel came back well after a poor start.

Ryder and Taylor seemed to setting a platform for a late surge but their dismissals robbed NZ of momentum. Williamson hung around for an unbeaten 38, but the NZ total still seems too short.

Sriram Veera has the story of the innings in his bulletin, which will be updated anytime now. Join us for the chase at 6.45pm.

End of over 50 (10 runs) New Zealand 221/8
LJ Woodcock    3* (3b)      DW Steyn    10-0-42-2
KS Williamson    38* (41b 1x4 1x6)      M Morkel    8-0-46-3

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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

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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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