ICC Cricket World Cup, 3rd Quarter-Final: New Zealand v South Africa at Dhaka, Mar 25, 2011
ICC Cricket World Cup - 3rd quarter final
New Zealand won by 49 runs
Played at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur (neutral venue)
25 March 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)

N McCullum has the new ball. Amla and Smith are out there. Here we go. 222 required ... Amla faces. Round the wicket with a slip.

Sid Ravindran is back on the Chatterbox module, while it is myself, Nitin Sundar, handling commentary for now.

All set for the chase, then. Just enough time to head across to our Facebook page and 'Like' us.

0.1

NL McCullum to Amla, no run, flat, no turn as it hurries through on a length, Amla stays back and punches to mid off

0.2

NL McCullum to Amla, 2 runs, Amla is away in trademark style, drilling a square drive fluently in front of point as Natha pitches well up

0.3

NL McCullum to Amla, FOUR, Amla at his best. Again Natha flights it well outside off, inviting the drive and Amla accepts the invitation. He leans across to the flight, gets to the pitch and coaxes it between point and cover.

0.4

NL McCullum to Amla, 1 run, holds the length back and Amla stays back to tuck it backward of square leg for one

0.5

NL McCullum to Smith, 1 run, drifts into Smith's pads from wide of the crease, not much turn as Smith closes the face and squeezes it clumsily backward of square leg

0.6

NL McCullum to Amla, OUT, Amla might be out. In the freakiest possible manner. Short ball from Nathan from wide of the crease, lands back of a length and keeps low as Amla shapes to cut. Since the ball kept low, he ended up under-edging it, and it was headed straight into the turf. Brendon McCullum had no chance of catching it as it hurtled downwards, but it thudded into his foot and took off towards slip, where it was caught. New Zealand knew it immediately. Brendon in a bit of pain, but he won't mind that. At all.

HM Amla c Vettori b NL McCullum 7 (4m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 140.00

End of over 1 (8 runs) South Africa 8/1 (214 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 4.36)

    • GC Smith 1 (1b)
    • NL McCullum 1-0-8-1

One freak dismissal done. 9 more to go. Kallis is in. Vettori to bowl. Double spin attack to start.

1.1

Vettori to Smith, no run, flighted on middle and off, Smith leans out to defend.

1.2

Vettori to Smith, no run, drift onto middle and leg, Smith looks to heave across and gets it away to square leg

1.3

Vettori to Smith, no run, back of a length this time, and Smith works it away square.

1.4

Vettori to Smith, 2 runs, keeps it back of a length on leg stump, Smith tucks it through backward square leg and runs across quickly for two to beat the direct hit.

1.5

Vettori to Smith, no run, tossed up on middle, Smith leans out and defends down the track

1.6

Vettori to Smith, no run, on the leg stump this time, Smith plays it out to the leg side quietly.

End of over 2 (2 runs) South Africa 10/1 (212 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 4.41)

    • GC Smith 3 (7b)
    • JH Kallis 0 (0b)
    • DL Vettori 1-0-2-0
    • NL McCullum 1-0-8-1
2.1

NL McCullum to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis is away, drilling a full ball on his toes to mid on.

Bongani: "Early shower for Amla. According to Andy Zaltzman, he could still play a part in this game in the form of a speed hotdog eating contest vs Ryder should there be a tie."

2.2

NL McCullum to Smith, 2 runs, Smith is off to his most confident start so far in the World Cup. Nathan spears it into the pads and Smith chips it square with aplomb. Guptill at deep backward square leg puts in a dive to stop the boundary.

2.3

NL McCullum to Smith, 1 run, fired in in the early 90 kphs, on leg stump, Smith drives to mid on for one more

2.4

NL McCullum to Kallis, 1 run, on Kallis' pads, deft clip as he whirs the wrists and gets a single

Slip and leg slip in place.

2.5

NL McCullum to Smith, no run, tossed up on the toes again, Smith drives without timing to mid on

Gowri: "With Allan Donald as the bowling coach, the 2 pronged spin attack with the new ball is a little surprising. "

2.6

NL McCullum to Smith, no run, holds the length back to end the over, Smith covers the line. Nathan hasn't got a degree of turn so far.

End of over 3 (5 runs) South Africa 15/1 (207 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 4.40)

    • GC Smith 6 (11b)
    • JH Kallis 2 (2b)
    • NL McCullum 2-0-13-1
    • DL Vettori 1-0-2-0
3.1

Vettori to Kallis, no run, curling delivery from round the stumps, lands on off as Kallis reaches out to defend

3.2

Vettori to Kallis, 2 runs, Vettori lands this outside leg, easy pickings for Kallis as he flicks through square leg

3.3

Vettori to Kallis, no run, searching delivery on leg stump, not much spin but good loop on that one, as Kallis worked the on drive to mid on

3.4

Vettori to Kallis, no run, shorter and quicker, Kallis stays back and punches into the covers

3.5

Vettori to Kallis, no run, crowd catch, as Kallis leans into a punchy cover drive and plays it into the turf. On the bounce to cover.

3.6

Vettori to Kallis, 1 run, Vettori finishes with another one on the pads and Kallis works it round the corner for a single to end the over

Javed: "@Gowri: AD hated bowling with the new white ball, he's obviously passed that on the NZ quicks."

End of over 4 (3 runs) South Africa 18/1 (204 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 4.43)

    • JH Kallis 5 (8b)
    • GC Smith 6 (11b)
    • DL Vettori 2-0-5-0
    • NL McCullum 2-0-13-1

11 South Africans on one side. Allan Donald on the other. Not sure who will blink first.

4.1

NL McCullum to Kallis, 1 run, flighted outside off, Kallis leans out and drives against the spin into the covers.

4.2

NL McCullum to Smith, no run, tossed up on leg stump, Smith flicks easily to midwicket. This double spin opening works perfectly for him. He's struggled against the quicks mostly.

4.3

NL McCullum to Smith, 1 run, again on middle, Smith is well forward as he dabs to the leg side

4.4

NL McCullum to Kallis, no run, huge appeal for caught behind, turned down by Aleem Dar, the most magnificent of umpires, and not reviewed. Naughty from the McCullums. Offie landed on the leg stump and turned down the leg side as Kallis missed the glance. Straight off the pad.

4.5

NL McCullum to Kallis, no run, Nathan keeps it on leg stump again, Kallis works it with the spin to midwicket

4.6

NL McCullum to Kallis, no run, and again, Kallis looks to whip with the spin but finds midwicket

End of over 5 (2 runs) South Africa 20/1 (202 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 4.48)

    • JH Kallis 6 (12b)
    • GC Smith 7 (13b)
    • NL McCullum 3-0-15-1
    • DL Vettori 2-0-5-0

Leg slip is out. Short midwicket is in.

5.1

Vettori to Smith, no run, flat on middle and off, Smith stays back and works to short midwicket

5.2

Vettori to Smith, 1 run, fuller on middle and leg, Smith works the wrists to get it away backward of square for a single

5.3

Vettori to Kallis, 2 runs, top shot to a very good delivery. Vettori again curls the delivery from wide of the crease towards the pads, but there isn't much turn. Kallis stays inside the line and glances expertly for a couple.

5.4

Vettori to Kallis, FOUR, majestic from Kallis. We have seen him do this so often in the last 15 years or so. Tossed up by Vettori on off stump, Kallis was out of the crease in a flash and just launched it through the line over long off.

5.5

Vettori to Kallis, no run, huge lbw appeal, turned down and not reviewed. Kallis charges out again, doesn't get to the pitch as he looks for the straight loft again, and the ball skids along to hit him in front of middle. But the angle was taking it toward leg stump. Or beyond. 2.5 metres rule would have come into play. And this wasn't hitting the middle stump, so it would have been a wasted review. Replays are in, it was only clipping leg. Good call not to review that.

5.6

Vettori to Kallis, no run, slow and inviting outside off, Kallis lets it go

End of over 6 (7 runs) South Africa 27/1 (195 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 4.43)

    • JH Kallis 12 (16b 1x4)
    • GC Smith 8 (15b)
    • DL Vettori 3-0-12-0
    • NL McCullum 3-0-15-1

Replays are in, it was only clipping leg. Good call not to review that. Southee comes on.

6.1

Southee to Smith, no run, back of a length and angling across Smith, he confidently gets across and drives to cover

6.2

Southee to Smith, 1 run, back of a length on the pads, Smith whips backward of square for a single. He's looking good, for a change.

6.3

Southee to Kallis, no run, nice delivery, short of a length in the McGrath spot outside off, Kallis shuffles into line and defends

Nightray: "You got to love how every time south africa score a boundary shakira's waka waka comes on! 'cos this is africa'! haha"

You got to love it, if you can stand that song ... which is not true for everyone.

6.4

Southee to Kallis, no run, back of a length outside off, Kallis punches into the covers

6.5

Southee to Kallis, FOUR, Southee just learnt just how small the margin of error is when you are bowling to the world's best allrounder. That was not even on leg stump, it was on middle and leg as Kallis skipped inside the line and whipped it away superbly for a boundary through square leg. Top shot.

6.6

Southee to Kallis, 1 run, Southee's over ends as Kallis pushes another single in front of square

End of over 7 (6 runs) South Africa 33/1 (189 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 4.71, RRR: 4.39)

    • JH Kallis 17 (20b 2x4)
    • GC Smith 9 (17b)
    • TG Southee 1-0-6-0
    • DL Vettori 3-0-12-0
7.1

Vettori to Kallis, no run, flat and a foot outside off, Kallis leaves again.

Leg gully in place, standing squarer than usual.

7.2

Vettori to Kallis, no run, arm ball, hurries into Kallis on the back foot and he stabs it to the off side

7.3

Vettori to Kallis, no run

7.4

Vettori to Kallis, no run, further up outside off, Kallis opens the face as he reaches across and drives through point

7.5

Vettori to Kallis, 1 run, fluent drive for a single, Vettori tosses it up on off stump and Kallis goes with the spin along the ground to long off

7.6

Vettori to Smith, 2 runs, aha, Smith's first iffy moment in this chase as he charges out of the crease, plays for more spin than there is and squirts an outside edge backward of point as he looks to turn the face of the blade early.

Sameer Gupta: "Waka Waka is any day better than any of the songs were made for this CWC - De Ghuma Ke or Wahe Wahe.. "

End of over 8 (3 runs) South Africa 36/1 (186 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 4.42)

    • GC Smith 11 (18b)
    • JH Kallis 18 (25b 2x4)
    • DL Vettori 4-0-15-0
    • TG Southee 1-0-6-0
8.1

Southee to Kallis, 1 run, full delivery on middle and leg, Kallis punches past the bowler towards mid on for a single

8.2

Southee to Smith, 1 run, short of a length and angling across the left hander, Southee is yet to get any swing today. Smith stays back and dabs to third man with an angled face for a single

8.3

Southee to Kallis, 1 run, top-edged but safe. Kallis was clearly late on the pull as Southee digs the bouncer in short and pacy. It did not carry to fine leg though, who was running in.

8.4

Southee to Smith, 1 run, width outside Kallis' off stump and he thick-edges the cut to third man for a single.

8.5

Southee to Kallis, FOUR, top shot this from Kallis. He's played some stunners in the middle of the edgy moments. Southee again lands one on the pads, this is a very tepid start from him. Kallis again skips inside the line with his shuffle and whips through square leg for four more

8.6

Southee to Kallis, no run, Southee gets some inward movement off the seam, but Kallis is in no trouble as he gets behind it and drills the check drive to mid on

Jimmy: "Not sure why Kallis keeps being hailed as the best allrounder in the game when he isnt? Surely Shane Watson is better for one?" I am running and taking cover before the argument begins ...

End of over 9 (8 runs) South Africa 44/1 (178 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 4.88, RRR: 4.34)

    • JH Kallis 24 (29b 3x4)
    • GC Smith 13 (20b)
    • TG Southee 2-0-14-0
    • DL Vettori 4-0-15-0

Oram comes into the attack now.

9.1

Oram to Smith, 1 run, over-pitched at friendly pace outside off and Smith drives to mid off for a single

9.2

Oram to Kallis, 1 run, back of a length and cutting into Kallis from outside off, and he chops it away with soft hands, backward of point for a single.

9.3

Oram to Smith, no run, very full and outside leg stump, Smith plays over and around it as he gets it out to mid on

9.4

Oram to Smith, no run, 128 kph and it comes off slowly from a length as Smith chops it off the back foot towards point.

Round the wicket now.

9.5

Oram to Smith, no run, Oram cuts out the angle as he gets one to slant in from outside off. Smith punches it back down the track.

9.6

Oram to Smith, FOUR, flayed away. Oram delivers a 129 kph dolly well outside off and Smith throws the kitchen sink at it, and some utensils to boot. Cracking square cut in front of point. Emphatic.

End of over 10 (6 runs) South Africa 50/1 (172 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 4.30)

    • GC Smith 18 (25b 1x4)
    • JH Kallis 25 (30b 3x4)
    • JDP Oram 1-0-6-0
    • TG Southee 2-0-14-0
10.1

Southee to Kallis, 1 run, short of a length, tucking Kallis up as he hops onto the back foot, worked with the angle to square leg for a single

Sashi: "To everyone who think shane watson is a better all rounder than kallis because averages say so: by that logic Amla is a much better batsman than Sachin tendulkar." Now the flames are getting fueled even more ...

10.2

Southee to Smith, 1 run, short ball, comes along as very manageable pace and Smith redirects it to deep square leg with a fully-in-control pull shot.

10.3

Southee to Kallis, 1 run, sharp inducker from outside off, Southee wants an lbw, but Kallis, despite getting prone as he shuffles across, gets it away to backward of square leg

10.4

Southee to Smith, 1 run, over-pitched on off, Smith was looking to drive hard, but seemed to change his mind and just deflect it to midwicket for a single

10.5

Southee to Kallis, no run, aha, another Southee bouncer, at 136 kph, and this time Kallis pulls out of the pull shot.

10.6

Southee to Kallis, no run, length ball on off to end the over, Kallis presses forward and defends into the off side

End of over 11 (4 runs) South Africa 54/1 (168 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 4.90, RRR: 4.30)

    • JH Kallis 27 (34b 3x4)
    • GC Smith 20 (27b 1x4)
    • TG Southee 3-0-18-0
    • JDP Oram 1-0-6-0
11.1

Oram to Smith, 1 run, Oram slants one in from wide of the crease into middle and leg, Smith squeezes it away towards fine leg for a single

Big James: "He may not be the best all-rounder, but Paul Collingwood deserves a mention, as in addition to his fielding and (alleged) batting, he's been picked as a specialist bowler...and has proved to be an excellent drinks waiter lately too!" Hooha!

11.2

Oram to Kallis, no run, length ball outside off, Kallis chooses to let it go to the keeper

McCullum stands up to the stumps now.

11.3

Oram to Kallis, 1 run, Oram is getting some in swing, sharp and into Kallis who turns it off the hips through backward square leg

11.4

Oram to Smith, 1 run, full delivery on off, Smith looks completely at ease today, as he drives to mid on for a single

11.5

Oram to Kallis, no run, holds the length back even more, Kallis stays on the crease and defends down the track

11.6

Oram to Kallis, 1 run, another inswinger, Kallis covers the line and drives, not with completely good timing, past the bowler for a single

End of over 12 (4 runs) South Africa 58/1 (164 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 4.83, RRR: 4.31)

    • JH Kallis 29 (38b 3x4)
    • GC Smith 22 (29b 1x4)
    • JDP Oram 2-0-10-0
    • TG Southee 3-0-18-0
12.1

Southee to Kallis, no run, fuller length ball outside off, hinted at shaping away, but kallis drove without problems into the covers

12.2

Southee to Kallis, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Kallis stays back and dabs it down to third man for a single.

Most inventive explanations will get published. Go for it, all of you!

Muhammad Shahzad: "can someone plz elaborate the term "Thows a Kitchen Sink At It". Yup just like DRS, I also have some grey areas in my cricketing knowledge :)"

12.3

Southee to Smith, no run, short of a length on and around off stump, Smith hangs back and defends into the covers

12.4

Southee to Smith, 1 run, cramps him for room as it comes in from wide of the crease, Smith steers backward of point for a single

Sarvesh: "Talking of all rounders, Ajit Agarkar definitely needs a special mention.. HE is one of the best ever to have played cricket!"

12.5

Southee to Kallis, no run, short of a length outside off, Kallis stands back and punches to mid off

12.6

Southee to Kallis, no run, 137 kph, but it seemed to stop on a length before coming onto the bat. Kallis still kept the drive down, and Southee could not get a hand on it before it crashed into the stumps at the bowler's end.

Graeme: ""throws kitchen sink at it" means gritted teeth and full swing and eyes closed."

Furqan: "RE: Kitchen sink. In the dictionary right next to 'throws the kitchen sink' is a picture of Shahid Afridi."

RDMZN: "Sink the opposition by tapping your raw power. The results can be hot or cold but the results generally come out clean. Makes the bowler go "Oh faucet"" Hilarious!

Harry: "'Kitchen Sink' is like Ravi Shastri's Tracer Bullet. When you actually look it up, it doesn't even make sense."

End of over 13 (2 runs) South Africa 60/1 (162 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 4.61, RRR: 4.37)

    • JH Kallis 30 (42b 3x4)
    • GC Smith 23 (31b 1x4)
    • TG Southee 4-0-20-0
    • JDP Oram 2-0-10-0

Woodcock comes on. NZ running out of time.

13.1

Woodcock to Smith, FOUR, poor start, gentle flighted loosener well outside off, Smith pounces on it and bangs it through the covers fluently

13.2

Woodcock to Smith, 1 run, holds the length back, on middle and leg, Smith works it to the leg side for a single

13.3

Woodcock to Kallis, 2 runs, Woodcock is all over the pace, this one is dangled well down the leg side and Kallis tickles it along to fine leg

13.4

Woodcock to Kallis, no run, whoa where did that come from? Suddenly one jumps up from a length from outside off and goes away. Kallis pulls out like a man taking a towel out of the closet before realising there's a snake hanging onto it.

13.5

Woodcock to Kallis, no run, fuller on middle and off, Kallis plays it back down the track.

13.6

Woodcock to Kallis, 1 run, loopy delivery outside off, Kallis guides through cover point for a single

Trevor: "Throwing everything but the kitchen sink comes from the war when every bit of metal was used for the war effort apart from kitchen sinks! "

Peter: "The term first originated when a big South African farmer was refitting his kitchen. Suddenly he spotted a fox chasing his chickens. In a moment's fury, he grabbed the sink and threw it at the fox. Since then it has become synonymous with dramatically giving something your all."

End of over 14 (8 runs) South Africa 68/1 (154 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 4.85, RRR: 4.27)

    • JH Kallis 33 (46b 3x4)
    • GC Smith 28 (33b 2x4)
    • LJ Woodcock 1-0-8-0
    • TG Southee 4-0-20-0
14.1

Oram to Kallis, 1 run, short of a length outside off from Oram, Kallis dabs with an angled face to third man for a single

14.2

Oram to Smith, OUT, Smith has thrown it away. Another wicket falls against the run of play today. Full and wide outside off from Oram, it was there for the flaying, but Smith had to keep it down. He did not get the front foot across, and hence carved it in the air. How, the substitute, was waiting at a cross between gully and backward point. Nicely taken. Smith threw the kitchen sink at it, but forgot to first unscrew the thing from the wall. Can the Kiwis get back into the game now?

GC Smith c sub (JM How) b Oram 28 (59m 34b 2x4 0x6) SR: 82.35

AB is the new man in.

14.3

Oram to de Villiers, no run, inducker from outside off, AB covers the line and defends to the off side

14.4

Oram to de Villiers, no run, fuller and wider outside off, AB gets the front foot across and times the square drive well. But there is protection on the edge the circle.

14.5

Oram to de Villiers, no run, another one short of a length outside off, kind of kept low too. AB crouched and ensured he kept the steer to short third man down.

14.6

Oram to de Villiers, no run, another runless ball to end the over as AB defends a length ball solidly to point.

Mike Rutch: "Definition ("Throws the kitchen sink"): When you come home tired after work to your wife. She has cleaned the house, the kids are at the neighbours, in anticipation that you've remembered her birthday...but oops! So she goes into the kitchen picks everything even the kitchen sink and thrashes you as hurls it all at you as has as she can. So to sum up, it's when you give something your all!

I believe it stems from the phrase "Everything but the kitchen sink", since the sink is a fitted fixture it is very difficult to move, but she managed it - and that takes a lot of effort! "

Srinivas: "Haha!! This discussion reminds me of Andy Roddick's comment about Roger Federer.. I threw the kitchen sink at him and got a bath tub back!!" Haha!

End of over 15 (1 run) South Africa 69/2 (153 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 4.60, RRR: 4.37)

    • AB de Villiers 0 (4b)
    • JH Kallis 34 (47b 3x4)
    • JDP Oram 3-0-11-1
    • LJ Woodcock 1-0-8-0
15.1

Woodcock to Kallis, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, Kallis gets the front foot inside the line and works it backward of square leg for a single

15.2

Woodcock to de Villiers, 1 run, AB is away, tapping a full ball on the toes to midwicket for another single

15.3

Woodcock to Kallis, no run, Woodcock gets a hint of inward drift from outside off, but it lands well outside off as Kallis presses forward into a drive. Guptill dives away at the covers and prevents any runs.

15.4

Woodcock to Kallis, no run, back of a length outside off, Kallis adjusts and defends past slip

15.5

Woodcock to Kallis, 1 run, Guptill is everywhere, and he always seems to be horizontal. Tossed up outside off, Kallis punches with power into the covers until horizontal Guptill intervenes.

15.6

Woodcock to de Villiers, no run, ooh, armer to end the over, AB was forward and just managed to get an inside edge as he played partly down the wrong line.

Monty: "When Mark Ramprakash got out without scoring for the third successive innings, his wife was washing potatoes in the kitchen sink. That dismissal made her so sad that she decided to get rid of it by throwing it away.. It was getting old anyway!"

Ramps himself was getting old too, wasn't he?

End of over 16 (3 runs) South Africa 72/2 (150 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 4.41)

    • AB de Villiers 1 (6b)
    • JH Kallis 36 (51b 3x4)
    • LJ Woodcock 2-0-11-0
    • JDP Oram 3-0-11-1
16.1

Oram to Kallis, no run, short of a length outside off, Kallis stays on the crease and plays it out to point

16.2

Oram to Kallis, no run, fuller and inviting the drive, Kallis plays it straight to cover with authority

16.3

Oram to Kallis, 2 runs, aha, Oram bends one a long way in, Kallis whips backward of square leg even as he seemed to be falling over in an attempt to play the shot. Gets a couple to deep backward square leg

16.4

Oram to Kallis, no run, over-pitched outside off, Kallis mistimes the big cover drive and finds the man inside the circle.

David: "I think everyone's being a bit unfair; after all it's not obvious what 'kitchen sink' means in this context. To clarify, it's actually spelled 'Kitchen Cinq,' 'cinq' being of course French for 5. In the Olympic cricket final of 1908, between England and France, one Stanley Kitchen needed to score quite quickly, but didn't want to risk lofting the ball over the field. His solution was to pick out the longest boundary and hit the ball with just enough power so that it didn't reach the boundary before the batsmen had run five. His success was such taht the ploy was named after him."

David, take a bow!

16.5

Oram to Kallis, no run, length ball on off again, Oram's being quite accurate and Kallis plays him away to the off side carefully

16.6

Oram to Kallis, no run, fuller length on off stump, Kallis looks to place the drive to the left of cover by using the wrists, but can't get it away.

That's drinks. 65-35 to SA at the moment. A wicket in the next 15 minutes will make it 55-45. Over to Sid Ravindran for the next passage of play. Please throw the kitchen sink at him. Meanwhile, I shall head across to Chatterbox.

End of over 17 (2 runs) South Africa 74/2 (148 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 4.35, RRR: 4.48)

    • JH Kallis 38 (57b 3x4)
    • AB de Villiers 1 (6b)
    • JDP Oram 4-0-13-1
    • LJ Woodcock 2-0-11-0

Thanks Nitin. Woodcock to continue

17.1

Woodcock to de Villiers, FOUR, that's a full toss outside leg, helped to deep midwicket for four, New Zealand can't afford these freebies

17.2

Woodcock to de Villiers, 1 run

17.3

Woodcock to Kallis, 1 run, length ball on middle and off, punched down to long-on

17.4

Woodcock to de Villiers, 1 run, on the pads again, tucked towards square leg for an easy single

17.5

Woodcock to Kallis, no run, length ball on the pads, clipped towards midwicket

17.6

Woodcock to Kallis, no run, tossed up and on the pads, batsman attempts a powerful sweep but can't connect properly, ball dribbles to the leg side

End of over 18 (7 runs) South Africa 81/2 (141 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 4.40)

    • JH Kallis 39 (60b 3x4)
    • AB de Villiers 7 (9b 1x4)
    • LJ Woodcock 3-0-18-0
    • JDP Oram 4-0-13-1
18.1

Oram to de Villiers, no run, short of length outside off, defended to the off side

18.2

Oram to de Villiers, no run, that one jags in from short of length, gets the inside-edge as AB looks to drive through the off, edges on to the pad

18.3

Oram to de Villiers, no run, length ball outside off, driven towards backward point

18.4

Oram to de Villiers, no run, powerful drive from AB, it was overpitched, juicy and wide, cracked towards cover where a diving stop from Guptill saves New Zealand four runs

18.5

Oram to de Villiers, no run, an inside edge towards mid-on as AB looks to force the ball down the ground

18.6

Oram to de Villiers, no run, a swinging full toss on offstump to complete the maiden, AB pushes the ball towards cover

End of over 19 (maiden) South Africa 81/2 (141 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 4.26, RRR: 4.54)

    • AB de Villiers 7 (15b 1x4)
    • JH Kallis 39 (60b 3x4)
    • JDP Oram 5-1-13-1
    • LJ Woodcock 3-0-18-0
19.1

Vettori to Kallis, 1 run, short of length ball on middle, worked behind backward point for a single

19.2

Vettori to de Villiers, 1 run, flighted delivery from Vettori, stops a touch on the batsman, who plays an uppish drive towards mid-off

19.3

Vettori to Kallis, no run, worked towards midwicket

19.4

Vettori to Kallis, 1 run, skates down the track, still doesn't get to the pitch of the ball, gets the ball behind square leg for a single

19.5

Vettori to de Villiers, 2 runs, length ball on middle and off, worked the ball towards point, midway between the inner circle and the boundary, AB de Villiers has to dive to make his ground as the throw is fired in, Mills was the fielder

19.6

Vettori to de Villiers, 1 run, punched towards point again, an ambled single this time

End of over 20 (6 runs) South Africa 87/2 (135 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 4.35, RRR: 4.50)

    • AB de Villiers 11 (18b 1x4)
    • JH Kallis 41 (63b 3x4)
    • DL Vettori 5-0-21-0
    • JDP Oram 5-1-13-1
20.1

Oram to de Villiers, no run, on middle and off, length ball, blocked off the back foot

Stuart: "Nice attempt David, but Cricket was not played at the 1908 London Olympics. The last game was the England v France (12 a side game Between Devon/Somerset Wanderers and the French Embassy(Brit Expats)) at the 1900 Paris olympics and there was no Stanley Kitchen. Full points for ingenuity though. "

20.2

Oram to de Villiers, FOUR, whats a shot that is, a short of length ball outside off, square-driven late by AB, he's a master of that stroke, fantastic timing sends it screaming to the boundary

20.3

Oram to de Villiers, no run

20.4

Oram to de Villiers, no run, short of length ball on middle and off, punched uppishly towards point

20.5

Oram to de Villiers, 1 run, shortish ball, sits up for AB, who slaps the ball towards deep square leg for a single

20.6

Oram to Kallis, 1 run, slants the ball towards off, Kallis opens the face of the bat to guide the ball behind square for a single

End of over 21 (6 runs) South Africa 93/2 (129 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 4.42, RRR: 4.44)

    • JH Kallis 42 (64b 3x4)
    • AB de Villiers 16 (23b 2x4)
    • JDP Oram 6-1-19-1
    • DL Vettori 5-0-21-0
21.1

Vettori to Kallis, no run, sashays down the track, but the ball is well short of where Kallis is, he adjusts and defends towards the off side

21.2

Vettori to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis can do this all day, all to easy to push the ball along the ground to long-off and walk a single

21.3

Vettori to de Villiers, 1 run, and another simple single, AB gets to the pitch of the ball and sends it to long-off

21.4

Vettori to Kallis, 2 runs, Kallis abandons the pushed singles for a heave, he charges out and slams it over mid-on, it goes high but not long enough and lands short of the boundary, Nathan McCullum does the fielding

21.5

Vettori to Kallis, no run, looks for an extravagant drive through the off side but is beaten outside off

21.6

Vettori to Kallis, no run, pushed towards cover to end the over

Abhilash: "Metal was a highly prized commodity during the Second World War. People would contribute metal scrap to be used in the manufacture ammunition. But kitchen sinks were no use since a vast majority were made of porcelain. Not quite sure about how it first came to be used in cricket though. "

End of over 22 (4 runs) South Africa 97/2 (125 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 4.40, RRR: 4.46)

    • JH Kallis 45 (69b 3x4)
    • AB de Villiers 17 (24b 2x4)
    • DL Vettori 6-0-25-0
    • JDP Oram 6-1-19-1

Southee's back

22.1

Southee to de Villiers, no run, AB makes room and tries to carve the first ball past point, but can't beat the fielder

22.2

Southee to de Villiers, FOUR, sensational shot from AB, short of length ball heading for middle, AB crashes that through cover after getting a half-step forward, the ball races for four, AB enjoys that and holds the follow through for the cameras

22.3

Southee to de Villiers, no run, into middle and leg, defended off the back foot

22.4

Southee to de Villiers, 1 run, short of length ball outside off, AB gets on the back foot and opens the face to guide it behind backward point, that was 138kmh from Southee

22.5

Southee to Kallis, 1 run, length ball just outside off, Kallis gets forward and looks to drive through the off, but he gets an inside-edge towards mid-on, Kallis was coasting for a single but there is a direct hit from Vettori, third umpire is called for and replays show Kallis is home in time

22.6

Southee to de Villiers, no run, on middle and leg, pushed off the back foot towards short cover

Ibrahim: "New Zealand must get both of these guys (Kallis and De Villiers) within 20 Runs. Only than this game can get interesting" Yup, these guys are coasting as of now.

End of over 23 (6 runs) South Africa 103/2 (119 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 4.47, RRR: 4.40)

    • AB de Villiers 22 (29b 3x4)
    • JH Kallis 46 (70b 3x4)
    • TG Southee 5-0-26-0
    • DL Vettori 6-0-25-0
23.1

Vettori to Kallis, no run, punches the first ball of the over towards the bowler

23.2

Vettori to Kallis, 1 leg bye, flight from Vettori, Kallis sweeps, not very well, ball rolls towards square leg, keeper is off and has his gloves off in a jiffy, throws at the non-striker's end and Kallis would have been in trouble is there was a direct hit, he was a little surprised to see AB racing through for the run

23.3

Vettori to de Villiers, 2 runs, sends the ball through his favourite region, square on the off side, and picks up a couple

23.4

Vettori to de Villiers, 1 run, slapped towards backward point, where a diving stop keeps the batsmen to one

23.5

Vettori to Kallis, no run, opens the face to steer the ball towards backward point, no time for a single

23.6

Vettori to Kallis, 1 run, punched down the track for a single to retain the strike, Kallis moved towards yet another half-century

End of over 24 (5 runs) South Africa 108/2 (114 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 4.38)

    • JH Kallis 47 (74b 3x4)
    • AB de Villiers 25 (31b 3x4)
    • DL Vettori 7-0-29-0
    • TG Southee 5-0-26-0
24.1

Southee to Kallis, OUT, jinxed Kallis there, he's gone! perhaps this game isn't going to be one-sided after all, it was a shortish ball, Kallis rocked back and clobbered it, it seemed set to go for a six, but Jacob Oram was lurking at deep midwicket and he plucks a high catch to get a big breakthrough for New Zealand

JH Kallis c Oram b Southee 47 (96m 75b 3x4 0x6) SR: 62.66

JP Duminy is the new batsman, Southee round the wicket

24.2

Southee to Duminy, 1 run, full and on the pads, pushed towards midwicket for a single

24.3

Southee to de Villiers, no run, angles this into middle and leg, pushed towards mid-on

24.4

Southee to de Villiers, 1 run, stands tall and works this one wide of mid-on for a single

Southee over the wicket

24.5

Southee to Duminy, no run, length ball just outside off, Duminy steps forward and drives towards mid-off

Adeel Akhlaque: "Keeping in view how NZ have managed to get into every Semi final cricket had to offer in the last few yrs ... It aint over untill its over!"

24.6

Southee to Duminy, no run, on the pads, but gets away with it as Duminy drives that straight to midwicket

Two Faced Riddler: "Far more important than making the match interesting, ABD should get out because I fell asleep and forgot to pick him in my fantasy team!"

End of over 25 (2 runs) South Africa 110/3 (112 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 4.40, RRR: 4.48)

    • JP Duminy 1 (3b)
    • AB de Villiers 26 (33b 3x4)
    • TG Southee 6-0-28-1
    • DL Vettori 7-0-29-0

Nathan McCullum is back into the attack

25.1

NL McCullum to de Villiers, no run, tossed up and full round the wicket, driven firmly back to the bowler

25.2

NL McCullum to de Villiers, 1 run, similar length, just a little width this time, AB pushes it through cover for a single that takes South Africa halfway to the target

25.3

NL McCullum to Duminy, no run, fullish ball is eased towards mid-off by Duminy

25.4

NL McCullum to Duminy, 1 run, on the pads, Duminy tucks this towards midwicket and takes an easy single

25.5

NL McCullum to de Villiers, 1 run, on the pads, played a little uppishly towards mid-on

Raghu Mandiga: "That catch reminds of Kapil's catch off Viv Richards in 1983 world cup final. Even there Kapil had to cover lots of ground to take the catch. The situation was also similar.. WI was cruising to the victory. Will the result be same here?"

25.6

NL McCullum to Duminy, no run, punched back to the bowler, that ends a tight over from McCullum, a tense passage of play this

Jay: "I told you so... why go for 6, when you're are cruising? Restless!" 'I told you so' has got to be one of the most annoying expressions.

End of over 26 (3 runs) South Africa 113/3 (109 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 4.34, RRR: 4.54)

    • JP Duminy 2 (6b)
    • AB de Villiers 28 (36b 3x4)
    • NL McCullum 4-0-18-1
    • TG Southee 6-0-28-1
26.1

Southee to de Villiers, 1 run, slants this into middle and leg, defended from the crease by AB

26.2

Southee to Duminy, no run, Duminy gets behind the line of a middle-and-leg delivery, blocked back to the bowler

26.3

Southee to Duminy, no run, a short ball on middle and leg, Duminy looks to guide it behind square leg, bottom-edges it onto the body, Southee testing out Duminy's well-known weakness against the short ball

Prashant Gupta: "WC, please dont go back to dull moments of Pak-WI , its not you, you feature teams ready to break down and lift up any moment they want, come on show some more life, This game should go to heights that India-Aus promised yesterday"

26.4

Southee to Duminy, 1 run, a touch overpitched on the pads, Duminy gracefully drives that past midwicket for a single

26.5

Southee to de Villiers, FOUR, Shot! outstanding from AB, it was overpitched a touch, and AB barely put any effort behind that on-drive, it was all timing, mid-on has no chance

26.6

Southee to de Villiers, 1 run, length ball outside off, AB opens the face to steer the ball towards backward point and pinch a single

End of over 27 (7 runs) South Africa 120/3 (102 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 4.44, RRR: 4.43)

    • AB de Villiers 34 (39b 4x4)
    • JP Duminy 3 (9b)
    • TG Southee 7-0-35-1
    • NL McCullum 4-0-18-1
27.1

NL McCullum to de Villiers, 1 run, dabbed towards point by AB for a strolled single

27.2

NL McCullum to Duminy, no run, low full toss just outside off, Duminy comes down the track and punches it past a diving McCullum

27.3

NL McCullum to Duminy, no run, gets well forward and defends off the front foot

27.4

NL McCullum to Duminy, OUT, bowled 'im! New Zealand are in this, they are cock-a-hoop after getting their fourth wicket, Duminy looks to cut a delivery that was coming straight on, he misses, it crashes into middle and off, this game just got a lot more interesting

JP Duminy b NL McCullum 3 (18m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Big responsibility on Faf du Plessis now

27.5

NL McCullum to du Plessis, no run, length ball is defended nervously by du Plessis

27.6

NL McCullum to du Plessis, OUT, South Africa, what are you doing? that famous C-word that makes SA fans bristle is going to be bandied about now, du Plessis works the ball towards midwicket and calls AB through for a sharp single, de Villiers races through and dives but he can't make his ground in time before McCullum whips off the bails, massive moment this, there has been some top fielding today, and McCullum was lightning in taking off the bails

AB de Villiers run out 35 (63m 40b 4x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

End of over 28 (1 run) South Africa 121/5 (101 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 4.32, RRR: 4.59)

    • F du Plessis 0 (2b)
    • NL McCullum 5-0-19-2
    • TG Southee 7-0-35-1

Vettori with the ball, how this match has changed in the last 15 minutes. Ian Bishop calls it "unbelievable" and "unfathomable"

28.1

Vettori to du Plessis, no run, gets on the back foot and defends

28.2

Vettori to du Plessis, no run, defended towards the off side off the front foot

du Plessis and Vettori had a bit of a confrontation after the de Villiers dismissal

28.3

Vettori to du Plessis, no run

28.4

Vettori to du Plessis, no run, punched back towards the bowler, nervous times this for SA

28.5

Vettori to du Plessis, 1 run, a bit of width, du Plessis rocks back and jabs the ball towards point

28.6

Vettori to Botha, no run, stifled appeal for every ball from the New Zealanders now, this was a regulation forward defence but even that prompted a shout from the fielders

End of over 29 (1 run) South Africa 122/5 (100 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 4.20, RRR: 4.76)

    • J Botha 0 (1b)
    • F du Plessis 1 (7b)
    • DL Vettori 8-0-30-0
    • NL McCullum 5-0-19-2
29.1

NL McCullum to du Plessis, no run, length ball is blocked off the front foot

29.2

NL McCullum to du Plessis, no run, Nathan McCullum grunts with the effort as he bowls a length ball, defended by du Plessis, followed by an 'ooh' by Brendon McCullum

29.3

NL McCullum to du Plessis, no run, on the pads, tucked towards square leg

29.4

NL McCullum to du Plessis, 1 run, on the pads again, hit more forcefully towards square leg this time

29.5

NL McCullum to Botha, no run, length ball outside off, pushed off the front foot

29.6

NL McCullum to Botha, no run, overpitched and outside off, crunched towards the bowler, who collects the ball and fires it back at the stumps

End of over 30 (1 run) South Africa 123/5 (99 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 4.10, RRR: 4.95)

    • J Botha 0 (3b)
    • F du Plessis 2 (11b)
    • NL McCullum 6-0-20-2
    • DL Vettori 8-0-30-0

Woodcock is back

30.1

Woodcock to du Plessis, no run, a length ball that is sliding down leg, hit on the pad and there is a muted appeal for lbw

30.2

Woodcock to du Plessis, 1 run, length ball on the pads, gets on the back foot and tucks it to square leg

30.3

Woodcock to Botha, no run, that was going straight on, it was just outside off, too close to cut, Botha barely connects

30.4

Woodcock to Botha, 1 run, NZ fielding has been sensational today, and once more there is a diving stop in the cover to cut off any run

30.5

Woodcock to du Plessis, no run, length ball outside off, driven towards cover

30.6

Woodcock to du Plessis, no run, length ball on off, a wristy shot sends the ball in front of square leg, not sure why South Africa are struggling this badly, Woodcock isn't turning the ball at all, yet South Africa are treating him with the respect they would give someone of Murali's class

End of over 31 (2 runs) South Africa 125/5 (97 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 4.03, RRR: 5.10)

    • F du Plessis 3 (15b)
    • J Botha 1 (5b)
    • LJ Woodcock 4-0-20-0
    • NL McCullum 6-0-20-2
31.1

NL McCullum to Botha, 1 run, on the pads, clipped towards square leg for a single

31.2

NL McCullum to du Plessis, no run, length ball outside off, a fidgety poke towards backward point

31.3

NL McCullum to du Plessis, no run, SA batsman jumping onto the backfoot repeatedly to length balls, this time it is defend to the leg side

31.4

NL McCullum to du Plessis, no run, punched towards cover by du Plessis, another dot ball

31.5

NL McCullum to du Plessis, 1 run, length ball on middle and off, batsman shuffles across and plays a wristy shot towards square leg

31.6

NL McCullum to Botha, no run, length ball on middle and off, the batsman stretches well forward and defends

End of over 32 (2 runs) South Africa 127/5 (95 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 3.96, RRR: 5.27)

    • J Botha 2 (7b)
    • F du Plessis 4 (19b)
    • NL McCullum 7-0-22-2
    • LJ Woodcock 4-0-20-0

Oram is back into the attack

32.1

Oram to du Plessis, no run, length ball on off, defended towards cover

32.2

Oram to du Plessis, 1 run, length ball on middle, pushed towards mid-on, and another risky single is taken, Vettori is having a bit of trouble with his knee so he isn't as quick as most of the other NZ fielders

32.3

Oram to Botha, no run, length ball slanting into off side, blocked off the front foot towards the off side

32.4

Oram to Botha, no run, Brendon McCullum is as excited as a teenager at a Beatles concert, every ball is greeted with a loud 'Oh!', even if the batsman middles it, as he did this time

32.5

Oram to Botha, OUT, and another one gone, short of length ball that moved away a touch, Botha plays down the wrong line, he was looking to defend down the middle stump, but the ball was heading for off, and South Africa are six down

J Botha b Oram 2 (18m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

Nitin Sundar will be here to take you through to the end of this excitement. I'll be on the over-by-over. Don't move.

Complete confusion characterising South Africa's cricket. Hmm. Robin Peterson faces.

32.6

Oram to Peterson, no run, full length ball on middle, defended down the track

End of over 33 (1 run) South Africa 128/6 (94 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 3.87, RRR: 5.52)

    • RJ Peterson 0 (1b)
    • F du Plessis 5 (21b)
    • JDP Oram 7-1-20-2
    • NL McCullum 7-0-22-2
33.1

NL McCullum to du Plessis, no run, every ball seems good enough to get a wicket. Nathan gets one to skid past a nervous poke. South Africa are sinking slowly.

33.2

NL McCullum to du Plessis, no run, on middle stump, Faf works it with the spin to midwicket

33.3

NL McCullum to du Plessis, 1 run, at long last Faf jumps out to the pitch of the ball and drives against the spin to mid off

33.4

NL McCullum to Peterson, no run, back of a length outside off, Robin rocks back and hacks into the covers

Short leg in place now.

33.5

NL McCullum to Peterson, no run, fired in on the leg stump, Robin gets half forward and defends down the track

33.6

NL McCullum to Peterson, no run, curling into leg stump line, Robin leans out to defend into the off side.

The last 5 overs have yielded 7 for 1. South Africa have virtually stopped chasing.

End of over 34 (1 run) South Africa 129/6 (93 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 3.79, RRR: 5.81)

    • RJ Peterson 0 (4b)
    • F du Plessis 6 (24b)
    • NL McCullum 8-0-23-2
    • JDP Oram 7-1-20-2

Newer ball in Oram's hands.

34.1

Oram to du Plessis, 3 runs, Faf jumps out of the crease, and lofts cleanly over the infield. Vacant areas at deep midwicket, that's a clever shot for three runs.

34.2

Oram to Peterson, OUT, Oram can't hide his glee, he's running around in glee, tip-toeing with a naughty smile on his face. Brendon McCullum is happy as well. Tragedy for Robin Peterson. Back of a length ball angling across him, it may have kept lower than he thought as he went for the slash and got an under edge. Clear noise, and through to Baz. Robin's gone. South Africa's World Cup is coming to an end.

RJ Peterson c †BB McCullum b Oram 0 (9m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Looks like South Africa's inability to win a World Cup knock-out game is not going to be corrected today. Steyn is the new man in.

34.3

Oram to Steyn, FOUR, Steyns' away with a boundary. Bit of a gift from Oram, he gets one slanting into the pads and Steyn nudges it along to fine leg

34.4

Oram to Steyn, no run, short of a length on middle and off, Steyn gets behind the line and defends down the track

34.5

Oram to Steyn, 1 run, Oram hits the deck and gets one to go away a touch, Steyn pokes it out backward of point for a single.

34.6

Oram to du Plessis, FOUR, glorious stroke from Faf, relieves some of the pressure. Oram over-pitches outside off, Faf leans out into the stroke and smokes the cover drive, along the carpet and avoiding the many fielders in the covers.

End of over 35 (12 runs) South Africa 141/7 (81 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 4.02, RRR: 5.40)

    • F du Plessis 13 (26b 1x4)
    • DW Steyn 5 (3b 1x4)
    • JDP Oram 8-1-32-3
    • NL McCullum 8-0-23-2
35.1

NL McCullum to Steyn, no run, straighter ball, flat and holding its line as it crosses Steyn, who angles with an opened face towards short third man

35.2

NL McCullum to Steyn, no run, full and fast on the pads, Steyn looks to flick but can't get it away

35.3

NL McCullum to Steyn, no run, another blockhole ball outside off, Steyn can't do much with it.

Wonder what emotions are running in Allan Donald's mind right now.

35.4

NL McCullum to Steyn, no run, length ball in the stumps, Steyn plays with the spin to midwicket

35.5

NL McCullum to Steyn, no run, offie on off stump from over the wicket, Steyn works it with the spin to the leg side

35.6

NL McCullum to Steyn, 1 run, finally he gets the single, working a back of length ball off the hips through backward square leg for one

End of over 36 (1 run) South Africa 142/7 (80 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 3.94, RRR: 5.71)

    • DW Steyn 6 (9b 1x4)
    • F du Plessis 13 (26b 1x4)
    • NL McCullum 9-0-24-2
    • JDP Oram 8-1-32-3

Woodcock with slip, silly point and other assorted crouchers.

36.1

Woodcock to Steyn, 1 wide, full delivery, slips down the leg side though as Steyn misses the flick.

36.1

Woodcock to Steyn, no run, on off stump, Steyn pushes it out to mid off

36.2

Woodcock to Steyn, 1 run, short and wide outside off, Steyn waits and whacks the cut backward of point for a single

36.3

Woodcock to du Plessis, 1 run, you can't get anything past Guptill today. Absolutely nothing. Full delivery on off, Faf muscles a cover drive with some power, and an acrobatic Guptill in the covers goes diagonal to parry it.

36.4

Woodcock to Steyn, no run, on leg stump this time, and not much turn as Stayn defends with bat and pad close together.

36.5

Woodcock to Steyn, no run, Steyn's not picking the lack of turn. He swipes outside the line, but the ball holds its trajectory and hits the inside edge

36.6

Woodcock to Steyn, 1 run, single to end the over, worked off the pads to square leg for one

End of over 37 (4 runs) South Africa 146/7 (76 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 3.94, RRR: 5.84)

    • DW Steyn 8 (14b 1x4)
    • F du Plessis 14 (27b 1x4)
    • LJ Woodcock 5-0-24-0
    • NL McCullum 9-0-24-2
37.1

NL McCullum to Steyn, no run, back of a length on off, defended with the full face.

37.2

NL McCullum to Steyn, no run, turning onto the pads, Steyn works it off the pads to the leg side

37.3

NL McCullum to Steyn, no run, fired in on off, Steyn pushes into the covers.

37.4

NL McCullum to Steyn, OUT, a camera moment from Oram. He trotted in, loped forward, swooped and dived ahead in slow motion to take a regulation catch at point. Steyn's demise is a lot like South Africa's tonight. Long, and agonisingly drawn out. Tossed up outside off, Steyn hops out and goes for an airy inside out carve and gets a big outside edge. The ball loops up and comes down, and inevitably Oram gets under it.

DW Steyn c Oram b NL McCullum 8 (14m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

Morkel comes in. He can bat. Apparently was inspired by Hayden. Many men around the bat.

37.5

NL McCullum to Morkel, no run, flat on middle and off, Morkel gets half forward and defends

37.6

NL McCullum to Morkel, no run, fuller still, Morkel gets some timing on the off drive, but finds mid off

End of over 38 (wicket maiden) South Africa 146/8 (76 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 3.84, RRR: 6.33)

    • M Morkel 0 (2b)
    • F du Plessis 14 (27b 1x4)
    • NL McCullum 10-1-24-3
    • LJ Woodcock 5-0-24-0

Batting Powerplay taken now. Vettori was setting Powerplay fields in any sense. He has the ball now. Nathan McCullum has ended a wonderful spell.

38.1

Vettori to du Plessis, no run, over-pitched outside off, Faf can't get under the drive and mistimes it into the covers.

38.2

Vettori to du Plessis, no run, Faf charges out and takes it on the full, but the cover drive is outside edged. And the edge doesn't beat short third man. That kind of day.

38.3

Vettori to du Plessis, 2 runs, full pitched ball outside off, Faf gets some muscle into the square drive and gets it away for a couple to deep point

38.4

Vettori to du Plessis, 1 run, full pitched on the pads, Faf bunts past mid on for a single.

Round the wicket with a slip.

38.5

Vettori to Morkel, no run, fired in back of a length on leg stump, Morne manages to play it out to the off side

38.6

Vettori to Morkel, 1 run, uppish but safe. Tossed up on the pads, Morne whips it just past midwicket for a single to the deep

Bala: "Dhoni said before the start of WC. Dropping Albie Morkel is a big mistake. Now SA has perished."

No Albie. No Boucher. The batting line-up is surely too short.

End of over 39 (4 runs) South Africa 150/8 (72 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 3.84, RRR: 6.54)

    • M Morkel 1 (4b)
    • F du Plessis 17 (31b 1x4)
    • DL Vettori 9-0-34-0
    • NL McCullum 10-1-24-3

Southee back in the attack.

39.1

Southee to Morkel, no run, aha, Morkel wants to hit this to Jo'burg. Length ball on middle, angling across, Morkel has a humongous swipe to the leg side and misses

39.2

Southee to Morkel, no run, short of a length on off stump, Morkel waits on the crease and pushes into the covers

39.3

Southee to Morkel, 1 run, yorker, not the paciest, on off stump and Morkel digs it out to cover point for a tight single. A direct hit from point might have caught him short.

39.4

Southee to du Plessis, FOUR, Faf has not thrown in the towel. He's actually played pretty well in the midst of madness. Full toss on middle, he was charging out of the crease, making room to the leg side as he did. He ended up in a good position to bunt it right back past the bowler.

39.5

Southee to du Plessis, 1 run, Southee sends down a tight yorker on the toes, Faf can't time the flick as he runs down the track again. Single to midwicket

39.6

Southee to Morkel, no run, another yorker that curled away as Morkel looked to drive and got a thick outside edge to deep backward point. And Faf refuses the single. He wants strike.

End of over 40 (6 runs) South Africa 156/8 (66 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 3.90, RRR: 6.60)

    • M Morkel 2 (8b)
    • F du Plessis 22 (33b 2x4)
    • TG Southee 8-0-41-1
    • DL Vettori 9-0-34-0
40.1

Vettori to du Plessis, no run, Vettori sends one in full and wide outside off, Faf can't get bat on the steered dab

40.2

Vettori to du Plessis, no run, yorker on middle, faf is trying really hard to get under it, but he can only hit it back at Vettori

40.3

Vettori to du Plessis, FOUR, top shot Faf. He's doing his bit here. Jumps out to scramble Vettori's lengths, and takes the ball on the full and slams the on-drive to the left of mid on.

40.4

Vettori to du Plessis, 1 run, Vettori misfields. Faf drills a full ball back and Vettori lets it through the legs for a single

40.5

Vettori to Morkel, no run, full and glighted outside off, Morkel decides to leave

40.6

Vettori to Morkel, no run, another single denied, Morkel stays back and slashes a short ball outside off straight to point

End of over 41 (5 runs) South Africa 161/8 (61 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 3.92, RRR: 6.77)

    • M Morkel 2 (10b)
    • F du Plessis 27 (37b 3x4)
    • DL Vettori 10-0-39-0
    • TG Southee 8-0-41-1
41.1

Southee to du Plessis, 1 run, long on is back, and just as well. Faf is playing the on-drive really well now. Again, he skips out and takes a low full toss on the full and gets a single to the deep.

41.2

Southee to Morkel, no run, yorker goes awry, full toss a foot outside off, Morkel clears the legs away and has a mighty heave at it. Connects with thin air, and sets off a stiff breeze around the stadium.

41.3

Southee to Morkel, no run, top-class bouncer from Southee, sees Morkel is looking for the full ball, Southee knows it and sends him the bumper, Morkel is forced to duck at the last moment.

Narayana: "Can anyone ask Bangladeshi grounds man and to stop playing patho songs on the ground..SA's should blame these patho DJ's for their quick 6 wickets...."

Indeed, some really melancholy music.

41.4

Southee to Morkel, 1 run, over-pitched outside off, Morkel carves away past point, makes good contact but there is a sweeper back. This is a very cleverly set Powerplay field

41.5

Southee to du Plessis, 1 run, and now to the other man in the outfield. Full delivery on middle and leg, Faf forces it to long on for a single

41.6

Southee to Morkel, no run, short of a length from round the stumps, Morkel again tries to chop him away square, but under-edges into the turf.

Swapnil: "SA needs a miracle of SRINATH-KUMBLE proportions from the Titan Cup"

Vardhan: "Things look very messy, but SA still have du Plessis "

End of over 42 (3 runs) South Africa 164/8 (58 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 3.90, RRR: 7.25)

    • M Morkel 3 (14b)
    • F du Plessis 29 (39b 3x4)
    • TG Southee 9-0-44-1
    • DL Vettori 10-0-39-0
42.1

Oram to du Plessis, no run, dropped. Oram's taken a couple of monster catches today, but can't summon his inner Munaf Patel this time. Full toss on the middle and leg line, Faf clubs it right back and Oram can't hold on. He's smiling.

42.2

Oram to du Plessis, SIX, Oram's not smiling any more. Faf is going on and on, and this game is not over. Faf sashays forward to a half volley and launches it out of Mirpur. It lands behind How running back and trying a catch at deep extra cover. New Zealand are sweating now.

42.3

Oram to du Plessis, 1 run, he tries to crack one through the covers now as Oram goes wider. Guptill is in the way. Again.

42.4

Oram to Morkel, 1 leg bye, yorker ends up as a full toss on Morkel's pads and he gets a leg bye away to square leg

42.5

Oram to du Plessis, OUT, Faf's gone, and with that, I reckon the last ember of South African hope. Tragedy for the Proteas. Can't blame him for going for another big hit, he had to do this all by himself. It was a full delivery wide outside off and Faf lined it up by moving towards leg stump. He made really solid contact with a cracking sliced cover drive, but Southee was at cover point. It went dead straight to him. Oram has 4. What a game he is having! He so badly wanted to play this World Cup after all those injuries. It's a happy Friday night out for the big man.

F du Plessis c Southee b Oram 36 (70m 43b 3x4 1x6) SR: 83.72

Tahir is the last man. Oram needs one more for a Michelle. Widish slip waits.

42.6

Oram to Imran Tahir, no run, length ball on off stump, Tahir gets behind the line with some wobbly footwork and defends

End of over 43 (8 runs) South Africa 172/9 (50 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 4.00, RRR: 7.14)

    • Imran Tahir 0 (1b)
    • M Morkel 3 (15b)
    • JDP Oram 9-1-39-4
    • TG Southee 9-0-44-1

Woodcock returns.

43.1

Woodcock to Morkel, no run, back of a length on off stump, Morkel stays behind the line and pushes into the off side

43.2

Woodcock to Morkel, OUT, New Zealand have asphyxiated South Africa's chase, and the end has finally arrived. Morkel charges out, he knows only a miracle could have redeemed this, he got to the pitch and looked to blast an off drive over long off, against the spin. He made good connection, but not good enough. Easy, comfortable catch in the deep. Boy, when are South Africa going to win a World Cup?!

M Morkel c sub (JM How) b Woodcock 3 (30m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 17.64

That's it from us today, we are down to five teams and around this time tomorrow, we will be down to four. This is has been a cracker of a World Cup and England are playing tomorrow. Reason enough to expect some more edge of the seat action! That's it from is for today, on behalf of Sid Ravindran and everyone else, this is Nitin Sundar bolting the kitchen sink back in place. Cheers and bye!

The post-mortem will begin for South Africa. Once again. Read all about how things unfolded today, in Sriram Veera's bulletin. There will be plenty more from Firdose Moonda and Osman Samiuddin later in the night, so do stay tuned in.

New Zealand march into the semis once again. They have got to be the one team that lifts itself most for World Cups. And that too, coming off a horror run prior to the World Cup. Well done, Vettori and co.

Rain in 1992. Lara in 1996. Madness in 1999. Rain and madness in 2003. Madness and pressure today. South Africa's list of World Cup tragedies just got longer. One has got to feel for them, they have been among the best teams in non-ICC tournaments.

Amar: "I will credit this win to John Wright. If NZ win the Semis too, Wright will become the first coach to take two different International sides to Finals!"

Fireworks in Mirpur, to mark the end of Bangladesh's hosting role in this World Cup. Barring the stone-throwing incident, they have been worthy hosts. Take a bow, Bangladesh!

Raman: "After watching these extremely thrilling contests in WC so far, who wanted lifeless bang-bang T20?"

Ayan: "Have the Kiwis set their eyes on all the 'Green' opponents they face...?"

Presentations

Oram is the Man of the Match for being everywhere, with the ball and on the field. "Thanfully I was tall enough and managed to get there for the Kallis caught. I don't want to take credit for that one, but I suppose Kallis' dismissal was the turning point of the match. Its so hard when you are injured continuously to get any rhythm, so the feeling has been better to be on the field. We believe we can go all the way now. This is among the best moments in my career, another one is beating South Africa in the 2003 World Cup."

Vettori: "Every single bowler stepped up today, and probably it was the fielding that got us through. Martin Guptill was exceptional. Once we got 220, we knew we had to be aggressive. We were hanging in there even when Kallis and AB were going. We wanted 250 on this pitch. We lost some wickets, and scrapped through to 220. We knew it was a tricky wicket, and knew it was going to be an old-school one-day game. That's the sort of game we like to play. Once we got de Villiers and Kallis, we were back in it. The run out of de Villiers was an amazing piece of work. We are pretty happy to be in the semis, and will be glued to the tv to see how the wicket in Colombo plays tomorrow."

Smith: "No words to describe how I feel. Just have to take it on the chin.. Very disappointing evening. I thought we bowled pretty well. Credit to Jesse Ryder. At 100 for 2, we were sitting well, and then we lost too many wickets. The stand between Jesse and Taylor kept them in good stead, but we kept them to 220, which is very gettable. We lost too many wickets.. Your guess is as good as mine (as to why we keep losing in World Cup knockouts), its been happening since 1992. We have got some big positives out of the World Cup. We weren't good enough tonight, but we have to take it forward and not get bogged down. New coach and new captain ... We are disappointed with tonight, and nothing I say is going to change that for fans back home."

Chandan: "SA will now have 25 letters instead of 26... they are going to omit the letter 'c'"

Naveen: "Two great champions knocked out of World Cups in 2 days. We'll miss you, Ponting and Kallis."

Hamza: "With Safrica out, I really think the World Cup winner will be decided in Mohali, not Mumbai."

KiQa55: "'Asphyxiated'. Ha. Clever. No 'c' words here."

Prasad: "Boy: this must rank as one of the biggest upsets...like robin soderling beating rafa nadal in the french open in 2009! Kudos to NZ."

Nathan McCullum: "Fantastic result. Jesse showed some great character, the way we bowled and fielded was outstanding. When you defend a score like that, we need to do almost everything right. The standards from Guppy and some of the others was outstanding. The crowd was cheering us for some great cricket, and it was great to come out on the right side. Can't wait for the semi-finals."

The Black Caps huddle together like excited schoolboys. Vettori, Oram, Guptill, they have all been at their best on the field. Strength to them, for having turned things around in one of the venues where they were depressingly hammered by Bangladesh, not too long ago. Smith looks completely distraught. What a tragic end to his memorable stint as South Africa's one-day captain.

Unrelated fact - this is the first World Cup game that did not have a single decision reviewed. Well done, umpires!

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