ICC Champions Trophy, 2006/07 / Commentary

ICC Champions Trophy - 8th match, Group B

New Zealand v South Africa

New Zealand won by 87 runs

Shaun Pollock to open the bowling. A slight delay with the sightscreen behind Pollock. They've only had two days to get it in the right place.

1.50pm Good afternoon and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the match between New Zealand and South Africa from Mumbai. Graeme Smith won the toss and chose to field. "I think it comes on better at night and we always enjoy chasing," he explained. "It was 50-50 whether we were going to bat because we didn't know what the dew was going to do later on," Stephen Fleming said. Asked what a par score was, he smiled: "250 to 300 ... we're not sure."

The pitch looks similar to the one used on Saturday, although harder and drier with some surface cracks beginning to open up and these could mean that it will turn from the off. Dew is expected from 8pm and New Zealand's bowlers will be hampered once that happens.

0.1

Pollock to Vincent, no run, slight inswing but still beat Vincent and a half-hearted appeal for one going down the leg and also a bit high

0.2

Pollock to Vincent, no run, gentle away-swing outside off stump, left alone

0.3

Pollock to Vincent, no run, on off stump, correct defensive stroke

0.4

Pollock to Vincent, no run, again a good line and Vincent has to defend once more

0.5

Pollock to Vincent, no run, outside off stump and a momentary worry for Pollock that could be called a wide

0.6

Pollock to Vincent, 3 runs, pushed to extra cover for what would have been a tight single but Dippenaar stumbled and completely missed the ball and a scrambled one became an easy three

Makhaya Ntini from the other end

End of over 1 (3 runs) New Zealand 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
L Vincent    3* (6b)      SM Pollock    1-0-3-0
SP Fleming    0* (0b)     

1.1

Ntini to Vincent, no run, quick, on off stump, steered to cover

1.2

Ntini to Vincent, FOUR, overpitched and driven in the air well over mid off and three bounces over the rope

1.3

Ntini to Vincent, no run, leg-side, would have been a wide but it clipped the pad on the way through and well taken by a diving Boucher

1.4

Ntini to Vincent, 1 run, attempted a repeat of two balls earlier but it came off the toe of the bat and ran down to the man at deep backward point

1.5

Ntini to Fleming, no run, seamed away from Fleming and he shouldered arms

1.6

Ntini to Fleming, FOUR, on leg stump, sweetly flicked square for four all along the ground

A good start by New Zealand, with nine from Ntini's first over.

End of over 2 (9 runs) New Zealand 12/0 (RR: 6.00)
SP Fleming    4* (2b 1x4)      M Ntini    1-0-9-0
L Vincent    8* (10b 1x4)      SM Pollock    1-0-3-0

2.1

Pollock to Vincent, no run, defensive push to mid on

2.2

Pollock to Vincent, no run, Vincent gave Pollock the charge and missed an attempted drive. He has made it clear he is going to attack everything

2.3

Pollock to Vincent, no run, jagged back and loud appeal as it struck a jumping Vincent in front ... looked too high and the umpire thought so

2.4

Pollock to Vincent, no run, guided to point with an angled bat

2.5

Pollock to Vincent, 1 leg bye, well forward, struck outside the line, loud appeal and a scampered leg-bye to extra cover. The bat was barely close to playing a shot and there has to be a question as to whether he even played a shot

2.6

Pollock to Fleming, no run, a good line and blocked by Fleming

End of over 3 (1 run, maiden) New Zealand 13/0 (RR: 4.33)
SP Fleming    4* (3b 1x4)      SM Pollock    2-1-3-0
L Vincent    8* (15b 1x4)      M Ntini    1-0-9-0

3.1

Ntini to Vincent, no run, on the button and Vincent played a solid defensive shot with bat and pad jammed together

3.2

Ntini to Vincent, 1 run, forward and a quick single into the leg side as the pace had been taken off the ball

3.3

Ntini to Fleming, 1 leg bye, seven men on the off side and Ntini spears it in on the leg side

3.4

Ntini to Vincent, no run, plopped to extra cover

3.5

Ntini to Vincent, FOUR, driven in the air high over the covers and it just about beats the fielders to the rope. It was very uppish but he's clearly going to go after anything pitched in his half

3.6

Ntini to Vincent, no run, driven to mid off

End of over 4 (6 runs) New Zealand 19/0 (RR: 4.75)
L Vincent    13* (20b 2x4)      M Ntini    2-0-14-0
SP Fleming    4* (4b 1x4)      SM Pollock    2-1-3-0

4.1

Pollock to Fleming, no run, Left alone ... Fleming has only faced five balls so far

4.2

Pollock to Fleming, no run, attempted push off the back foot but gets an inside edge and the ball bounces close to his off stump on the way through to Boucher

4.3

Pollock to Fleming, 1 no ball, good line but overstepped

4.3

Pollock to Fleming, 2 runs, driven square through a small gap in the covers

4.4

Pollock to Fleming, no run, another drive but this time doesn't find the gap

4.5

Pollock to Fleming, no run, one step down the track but his cross-batted heave goes straight to midwicket

4.6

Pollock to Fleming, no run, slower ball outside off stump deceives Fleming

End of over 5 (3 runs) New Zealand 22/0 (RR: 4.40)
SP Fleming    6* (11b 1x4)      SM Pollock    3-1-6-0
L Vincent    13* (20b 2x4)      M Ntini    2-0-14-0

5.1

Ntini to Vincent, no run, straight ball, no room for Vincent to do much with that

5.2

Ntini to Vincent, no run, short of a length and seemed to pick up pace off the pitch and through Vincent's defensive push

5.3

Ntini to Vincent, no run, loud and confident shout as the ball zips past his outside edge. Replays show the ball missed the bat but his bat did brush the pad. Good decision.

5.4

Ntini to Vincent, no run, leg-stump line, blocked

5.5

Ntini to Vincent, no run, textbook drive but straight to mid off

5.6

Ntini to Vincent, FOUR, pulled from outside off stump between midwicket and mid on with real venom

End of over 6 (4 runs) New Zealand 26/0 (RR: 4.33)
L Vincent    17* (26b 3x4)      M Ntini    3-0-18-0
SP Fleming    6* (11b 1x4)      SM Pollock    3-1-6-0

6.1

Pollock to Fleming, 1 run, nice cricket, took the pace off the ball with a dead bat and a quick run. Good understanding between the batsmen made that easy when it could have been a bit frantic

6.2

Pollock to Vincent, no run, slightly shorter on off stump and Vincent cramped for room

6.3

Pollock to Vincent, no run, flicked off middle-and-leg but straight to the man on 45 saving the one

Boucher summons the helmet and comes up to the stumps to stop Vincent using his feet

6.4

Pollock to Vincent, OUT, the plan works! Vincent goes on the back foot, plays across the line and his middle stump is knocked back. He had looked to get forward whenever possible. First Pollock cramped him by bowling a tight line, and so prevented him using his arms, and then Boucher came up to the stumps to stop him using his feet

L Vincent b Pollock 17 (29m 29b 3x4 0x6) SR: 58.62

6.5

Pollock to Astle, no run, flicked to midwicket

6.6

Pollock to Astle, no run, beaten outside off stump

End of over 7 (1 run) New Zealand 27/1 (RR: 3.85)
NJ Astle    0* (2b)      SM Pollock    4-1-7-1
SP Fleming    7* (12b 1x4)      M Ntini    3-0-18-0

7.1

Ntini to Fleming, FOUR, punched through the covers for four. The fielder would have expected to stop that but it kicked slightly off an artificial wicket which didn't help

7.2

Ntini to Fleming, no run, left alone outside off stump

7.3

Ntini to Fleming, no run, again left alone but close enough to off stump for the bowler to give a snort of frustration

7.4

Ntini to Fleming, no run, inside edge into pads attempting a drive

7.5

Ntini to Fleming, 2 runs, driven with an angled bat to the right of midwicket from outside off stump

7.6

Ntini to Fleming, no run, driven gently into the covers

End of over 8 (6 runs) New Zealand 33/1 (RR: 4.12)
SP Fleming    13* (18b 2x4)      M Ntini    4-0-24-0
NJ Astle    0* (2b)      SM Pollock    4-1-7-1

8.1

Pollock to Astle, no run, punched to extra cover, a momentary thought of a single from Astle but Fleming not interested

8.2

Pollock to Astle, 1 run, good run, again the pace taken off the ball as it plopped to midwicket allowing a scurried single

8.3

Pollock to Fleming, FOUR, overpitched, sweetly driven from middle-and-off wide of mid on

8.4

Pollock to Fleming, 1 run, wristily turned square into the gap on the leg side

8.5

Pollock to Astle, no run, tried to cut but too cramped and Astle not able to get any power into the shot

8.6

Pollock to Astle, no run, Astle tried to make room but Pollock saw him coming and bowled into his body

Andre Nel replaces Ntini

End of over 9 (6 runs) New Zealand 39/1 (RR: 4.33)
NJ Astle    1* (6b)      SM Pollock    5-1-13-1
SP Fleming    18* (20b 3x4)      M Ntini    4-0-24-0

9.1

Nel to Fleming, no run, wide of off stump, Fleming misses an attempted cut and, surpise, Nel pulls a face

9.2

Nel to Fleming, no run, better line, better shot

9.3

Nel to Fleming, no run, driven behind square on the off but straight to Dippenaar

9.4

Nel to Fleming, no run

9.5

Nel to Fleming, no run, a more confident drive but once again to the fielder

9.6

Nel to Fleming, no run, a repeat of the previous ball. A good first over from Nel, on the spot and backed by sound fielding

Second Powerplay being taken

End of over 10 (maiden) New Zealand 39/1 (RR: 3.90)
SP Fleming    18* (26b 3x4)      A Nel    1-1-0-0
NJ Astle    1* (6b)      SM Pollock    5-1-13-1

10.1

Pollock to Astle, 1 wide, leg side, well stopped rather than taken by Boucher

10.1

Pollock to Astle, 1 run, another good run to one hit to extra cover with soft hands. The running so far has been excellent

10.2

Pollock to Fleming, 1 run, angled to short third man. Rare width from Pollock

10.3

Pollock to Astle, no run, on off stump, Astle is looking to give room and punch the ball away off the back foot but Pollock bowling a tight line

10.4

Pollock to Astle, no run, slower ball, scrambled the seam and almost did for Astle

10.5

Pollock to Astle, 2 runs, short, pulled to the right of square leg but he could only half stop the ball and the ricochet went into space

10.6

Pollock to Astle, no run, proded into the off side

And now, back from a fortnight aimlessly walking the beaches of the world, Will Luke will take you through the next 10 overs.

End of over 11 (5 runs) New Zealand 44/1 (RR: 4.00)
NJ Astle    4* (11b)      SM Pollock    6-1-18-1
SP Fleming    19* (27b 3x4)      A Nel    1-1-0-0

Thanks Martin. Good morning, afternoon and evening to one and all. A reasonable (if rather cautious) start for New Zealand.

11.1

Nel to Fleming, no run, swing and a miss, angled across the lefthander and cutting back into him - kept a touch too low and Fleming misses out here

11.2

Nel to Fleming, no run, cutting back again into the lefthander but he gets some bat on it this time, pushing it out into the covers

11.3

Nel to Fleming, FOUR, too short from Nel and Fleming simply paddles this effortlessly around the corner to a vacant fine leg. Fine shot

11.4

Nel to Fleming, FOUR, oh no, too straight again from Nel and Fleming glances this down to fine-leg once more - much finer than the previous ball

11.5

Nel to Fleming, no run

11.6

Nel to Fleming, no run, pushed to mid-on but no real power

Good over for New Zealand who just appear to be making the charge now. Andrew Hall into the attack replacing Pollock

End of over 12 (8 runs) New Zealand 52/1 (RR: 4.33)
SP Fleming    27* (33b 5x4)      A Nel    2-1-8-0
NJ Astle    4* (11b)      SM Pollock    6-1-18-1

12.1

Hall to Astle, no run, jaffa! Ridiculous shot, mind; right on the money from Hall, just outside the offstump and swinging away just a hint. Astle tries to hit it into the Indian Ocean and misses spectacularly

12.2

Hall to Astle, FOUR, that's more like it, wider from Hall and short enough for Astle to give him the charge, crashing it over cover for four

12.3

Hall to Astle, FOUR, oooh he's creamed this one - a lovely, flowing cover drive for four, all along the turf. Beautifully struck

12.4

Hall to Astle, no run, straying down the legside onto Astle's pad

Partnership of 33 from 36 - good going for New Zealand

12.5

Hall to Astle, 1 run, without moving his feet Astle thick-edges this down to third man...typically Astle

Here comes Nel

12.6

Hall to Fleming, no run

End of over 13 (9 runs) New Zealand 61/1 (RR: 4.69)
SP Fleming    27* (34b 5x4)      AJ Hall    1-0-9-0
NJ Astle    13* (16b 2x4)      A Nel    2-1-8-0

13.1

Nel to Astle, no run, outside off but short of a length and not driveable; Astle clubs it, or toe-ends it, into the covers

13.2

Nel to Astle, no run, oooh blimey, there's Astle going bananas again. A monstrous and decidedly ugly heave across the line and Nel wonders where his luck has gone. He's utterly fuming

13.3

Nel to Astle, no run, tapped into the gully but no run

13.4

Nel to Astle, no run, well bowled! Swinging back into Astle who is trapped on the crease and leaves his bat out to dry. Very close indeed, as evidenced by Nel's wry grin

13.5

Nel to Astle, no run, this is fine bowling, Nel's found his line now. Outside off and swinging back into Astle

13.6

Nel to Astle, no run, pushed into the covers

End of over 14 (maiden) New Zealand 61/1 (RR: 4.35)
NJ Astle    13* (22b 2x4)      A Nel    3-2-8-0
SP Fleming    27* (34b 5x4)      AJ Hall    1-0-9-0

14.1

Hall to Fleming, no run, down the legside, a gimme for four but Boucher dives and collects Fleming's wristy thick-edge

14.2

Hall to Fleming, no run, a slower ball, Fleming comes forward to defend - more of an indecisive prod, really - and edges it short of the wicketkeeper

14.3

Hall to Fleming, FOUR, fine shot but the wrong line from Hall; too straight, allowing Fleming to whip it fine for four with consummate ease

Man goes out to deep backward square

14.4

Hall to Fleming, FOUR, oh shot! Fleming's nearing his best here, late-cutting this with great power past point for four.

Smith's mopping his brow and looking less than cheery

14.5

Hall to Fleming, no run, Another slower-ball which Fleming mistimes into the covers

14.6

Hall to Fleming, no run, better line and length forcing the batsman forward

South Africa are looking pedestrian here and New Zealand are taking advantage. Nel to continue, and it's PowerPlay 3

15.1

Nel to Astle, no run, short and wide but Astle can't get on top of it, clubbing it to point

15.2

Nel to Astle, 1 run, tries to get this through the gap, times it neatly into the covers but it's a fine stop from Smith

Around the wicket from Nel

15.3

Nel to Fleming, FOUR, ooh where's this gone? It's flicked off his legs in front of square, without great power but he's timed it beautifully and it sails over the infield for four.&

15.4

Nel to Fleming, no run, better line outside Fleming's offstump who is cramped for room, punching it to point

Back over the wicket now.

15.5

Nel to Fleming, no run, good ball, good line, good length - good allround, and defended neatly by Fleming. Good cricket, in fact.

15.6

Nel to Fleming, no run, now that's more like it from Nel, finding some spice in that delivery which spat away from the lefthander who fended awkwardly at it.

Drinks out in the middle and it looks like they need it too. This is a really useful start for New Zealand who are looking increasingly comfortable out there. They're taking South Africa on who, so far, look a little stunned. Here we go, Astle to face Hall

End of over 16 (5 runs) New Zealand 74/1 (RR: 4.62)
SP Fleming    39* (44b 8x4)      A Nel    4-2-13-0
NJ Astle    14* (24b 2x4)      AJ Hall    1.6-0-17-0

16.1

Hall to Astle, no run, cramped for room and chopped down into the covers

16.2

Hall to Astle, OUT, got him! Astle loses his head, and his stumps, as Hall pitches this right up and Astle, making room for himself, is beaten by a really well-directed yorker.

NJ Astle b Hall 14 (48m 26b 2x4 0x6) SR: 53.84

The drinks break strikes again - that's the breakthrough South Africa needed. Astle was going well but, frankly, that was a poor and impetuous shot

16.3

Hall to Marshall, no run, great line, Marshall comes forward to defend solidly

16.4

Hall to Marshall, 1 run, drifting down the legside and Marshall neatly whips it off his legs down to fine-leg

16.5

Hall to Fleming, 1 wide, very full and drifting down leg, Boucher dives to collect

16.5

Hall to Fleming, no run, better line outside the offstump this time and Fleming defends.

New Zealand need to be careful they don't lose their momentum with the loss of Astle. Already South Africa look buoyed and more confident

16.6

Hall to Fleming, no run, rapped on the pad but Fleming's big stride has saved him. Big throaty roar from Hall and the slips but the umpire, Mark Benson, shakes his&

End of over 17 (2 runs) New Zealand 76/2 (RR: 4.47)
SP Fleming    39* (46b 8x4)      AJ Hall    1.1-0-19-1
HJH Marshall    1* (2b)      A Nel    4-2-13-0

17.1

Nel to Marshall, no run, outside off, Marshall jumps back into his crease and defends off the back foot

17.2

Nel to Marshall, no run, identical line and Marshall mirrors his previous shot, pushing it out into the covers

17.3

Nel to Marshall, no run, outside off and cutting back into the righthander this time. Marshall misreads the movement and is almost cut in half, the ball sailing through to Boucher

17.4

Nel to Marshall, OUT, gone! Got him! This is fine bowling from Nel. He set Marshall up the previous three balls, just moving the ball ever so slightly back into the righthander and this time Marshall plays on.

HJH Marshall b Nel 1 (7m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

Nel pumps his fists ala Brett Lee - never a good look...Peter Fulton is the next man in

17.5

Nel to Fulton, no run, sways out of the way of this one

17.6

Nel to Fulton, 1 wide, down the legside and Nel, predictably, roars his annoyance.

17.6

Nel to Fulton, no run, leaves this one alone outside the offstump

End of over 18 (1 run) New Zealand 77/3 (RR: 4.27)
PG Fulton    0* (2b)      A Nel    5-2-14-1
SP Fleming    39* (46b 8x4)      AJ Hall    1.1-0-19-1

18.1

Hall to Fleming, no run, outside Fleming's offstump who watchfully leaves it alone

18.2

Hall to Fleming, 1 run, the wrong line, drifting down the legside and Fleming whips it away...but only for a single

18.3

Hall to Fulton, no run, yorker-length, driven back to the bowler

18.4

Hall to Fulton, 1 run, outside the offstump and Fulton gets off the mark with a gentle guide down to third man

18.5

Hall to Fleming, FOUR, so close! Fleming is cramped for room and nearly chops this onto his stumps, very close indeed

18.6

Hall to Fleming, no run, yorker-length and dug out by the batsman

End of over 19 (6 runs) New Zealand 83/3 (RR: 4.36)
SP Fleming    44* (50b 9x4)      AJ Hall    3-0-25-1
PG Fulton    1* (4b)      A Nel    5-2-14-1

19.1

Nel to Fulton, no run

19.2

Nel to Fulton, no run, watchfully left alone by the righthander outside his offstump

19.3

Nel to Fulton, 1 run, thick-edged down to third-man just for a single. Good line from Nel, though, teasing the batsman

19.4

Nel to Fleming, 1 leg bye, down the legside and Fleming rather misses out here. They scamper through for a single

19.5

Nel to Fulton, no run, shoulders arms outside the offstump

19.6

Nel to Fulton, no run, again he shoulders arms and this one jags back to the righthander

Here comes Kallis

End of over 20 (2 runs) New Zealand 85/3 (RR: 4.25)
PG Fulton    2* (9b)      A Nel    6-2-15-1
SP Fleming    44* (51b 9x4)      AJ Hall    3-0-25-1

20.1

Kallis to Fleming, no run, a dibbly-dobbly floater which eventually arrives on Fleming's middle-stump. Defended watchfully

20.2

Kallis to Fleming, no run, pushed into the covers and they think about a single, but Fulton rightly sends his skipper back

20.3

Kallis to Fleming, no run, defended off the back foot into the covers. Better pace from Kallis this time, and a more aggressive line

20.4

Kallis to Fleming, 1 run, cleverly angled off the back foot down to third man - a "touch" shot

20.5

Kallis to Fulton, no run, lovely, elegant drive for no run

20.6

Kallis to Fulton, OUT, and he's gone! Kallis picks up a wicket in his first over, on his birthday too. The bouncer and Fulton spoons it to Boucher - he really should have left that alone.

PG Fulton c †Boucher b Kallis 2 (16m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 18.18

Robin Peterson into the attack

South Africa are pegging this back very nicely now. Here comes Oram - two lefthanders for South Africa to cope with.

End of over 21 (1 run) New Zealand 86/4 (RR: 4.09)
     JH Kallis    1-0-1-1
SP Fleming    45* (55b 9x4)      A Nel    6-2-15-1

21.1

Peterson to Fleming, no run, and he gets immediate turn into the lefthander, plays it neatly into the legside

21.2

Peterson to Fleming, 1 run, played off the back foot to the legside for a quick single

Smith on the attack now, forward short-leg comes in

21.3

Peterson to Oram, no run, Fleming goes back and turns this into forward short-leg's hands

21.4

Peterson to Oram, 1 run, fuller and Fleming times this out into the deep

21.5

Peterson to Fleming, no run, slower - 50mph - and Fleming plays-and-misses. Peterson roars the most unlikely of appeals

21.6

Peterson to Fleming, 1 run, pushed out into the covers

Pretty innocuous first over, that. But it's a good time for him to bowling

End of over 22 (3 runs) New Zealand 89/4 (RR: 4.04)
SP Fleming    47* (59b 9x4)      RJ Peterson    1-0-3-0
JDP Oram    1* (2b)      JH Kallis    1-0-1-1

22.1

Kallis to Fleming, no run, driven powerfully but straight to long-off

22.2

Kallis to Fleming, 1 run, angling into the batsman who, off the back foot, tries to cut but gets into a complete tangle. Nevertheless they scamper through for a sprightly single

22.3

Kallis to Oram, no run, excellent length from Kallis; Oram really ought to have been forward to this one, his ungainly poke off the back foot could have gone anywhere.

22.4

Kallis to Oram, no run, shoulders arms outside the offstump

22.5

Kallis to Oram, 1 run, guided down to third man

22.6

Kallis to Fleming, no run

End of over 23 (2 runs) New Zealand 91/4 (RR: 3.95)
SP Fleming    48* (62b 9x4)      JH Kallis    2-0-3-1
JDP Oram    2* (5b)      RJ Peterson    1-0-3-0

23.1

Peterson to Oram, no run, he sweeps, gets a bottom-edge to Boucher who roars an appeal. Replays suggest he edged it into the ground first, not the boot as the South Africans thought it might have

23.2

Peterson to Oram, no run, misreads the flight and it's ballooned out into the covers

23.3

Peterson to Oram, no run, oh dear, not sure Oram really knows what he's doing here. Tries to improvise by paddling it fine but somehow spoons the ball to point

23.4

Peterson to Oram, 1 run, nurdled for a single

23.5

Peterson to Fleming, 1 run, crisply driven through the covers, but long-off runs 20 yards to save four and limit them to just a couple

23.6

Peterson to Oram, no run, defended off the back foot

End of over 24 (2 runs) New Zealand 93/4 (RR: 3.87)
JDP Oram    3* (10b)      RJ Peterson    2-0-5-0
SP Fleming    49* (63b 9x4)      JH Kallis    2-0-3-1

24.1

Kallis to Fleming, 1 run, nudged down to third man and there's his fifty

Fleming gets a steady and enthusiastic round of applause. It's been a fine knock

24.2

Kallis to Oram, no run, punched down the ground, but no run on offer there

24.3

Kallis to Oram, no run, slower ball which the batsman reads, and it's clunked out into the covers

24.4

Kallis to Oram, no run, another slower ball and Oram can't quite time it as well as he'd like, turning it to the legside

24.5

Kallis to Oram, no run, ooh and he fishes at this - horrible shot. Oram looks in no form whatsoever, Kallis angling this one away from the lefthander

24.6

Kallis to Oram, FOUR, oh but that's a superb shot, crashing Kallis through extra cover for a commanding boundary

That's it from me, for now. Here's Martin Williamson at the mic

End of over 25 (5 runs) New Zealand 98/4 (RR: 3.92)
JDP Oram    7* (15b 1x4)      JH Kallis    3-0-8-1
SP Fleming    50* (64b 9x4)      RJ Peterson    2-0-5-0

25.1

Peterson to Fleming, no run, on the button

25.2

Peterson to Fleming, 1 run, punched up to long on for a strolled single

25.3

Peterson to Oram, no run, turned to short midwicket

25.4

Peterson to Oram, no run, missed reverse sweep, flew to slip but off his pads

25.5

Peterson to Oram, OUT, A strangley low-key dismissal. Oram was caught on the crease playing a defensive push, a thin edge into his pads looped high and short leg ambled in to take the catch. Barely an appeal and Oram departs

JDP Oram c Dippenaar b Peterson 7 (19m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 38.88

Slip in for the new batsman

25.6

Peterson to McCullum, no run, slightly quicker but met with the full face of the bat

End of over 26 (1 run) New Zealand 99/5 (RR: 3.80)
BB McCullum    0* (1b)      RJ Peterson    3-0-6-1
SP Fleming    51* (66b 9x4)      JH Kallis    3-0-8-1

26.1

Kallis to Fleming, 1 run, pushed wide enough of short midwicket to allow a scampered single to mid on

26.2

Kallis to McCullum, 4 byes, left alone by McCullum outside off stump and the ball shot along the ground and through Boucher's legs for four byes. The bounce did for him but his technique was slightly at fault

26.3

Kallis to McCullum, 1 run, half stopped by short extra cover - he did well to take the pace off the ball

26.4

Kallis to Fleming, no run, paddled into the covers

26.5

Kallis to Fleming, 1 run, Fleming plays a typical one-day shot, opening the face and guiding the ball behind square on the off

26.6

Kallis to McCullum, no run, flicked to midwicket

End of over 27 (7 runs) New Zealand 106/5 (RR: 3.92)
BB McCullum    1* (4b)      JH Kallis    4-0-11-1
SP Fleming    53* (69b 9x4)      RJ Peterson    3-0-6-1

27.1

Peterson to Fleming, 1 run, overpitched and driven to mid-on halfway back

27.2

Peterson to McCullum, no run, a touch short but pace hurried the batsmen

27.3

Peterson to McCullum, no run, blocked

27.4

Peterson to McCullum, no run, defensive push to straight one

27.5

Peterson to McCullum, 1 run, overpitched and driven wide of mid-on halfway back, thoughts of a second but a good pick-up and throw put paid to that

27.6

Peterson to Fleming, 1 run, wide of a diving short midwicket

End of over 28 (3 runs) New Zealand 109/5 (RR: 3.89)
SP Fleming    55* (71b 9x4)      RJ Peterson    4-0-9-1
BB McCullum    2* (8b)      JH Kallis    4-0-11-1

28.1

Kallis to Fleming, 1 run, pushed drive into the gap between cover and extra cover. Nice placement from a player well set

28.2

Kallis to McCullum, no run, patted back to the bowler

28.3

Kallis to McCullum, FOUR

28.4

Kallis to McCullum, no run, take that! McCullum spotted the short one early, leant back and hammered it to the midwicket boundary with interest. On this pitch the ball just sits up and begs to be belted

28.5

Kallis to McCullum, no run, good response from Kallis, back in the groove

28.6

Kallis to McCullum, no run, fuller length but kept a tad low and McCullum, who was back, had to jab down on it

End of over 29 (5 runs) New Zealand 114/5 (RR: 3.93)
BB McCullum    6* (13b 1x4)      JH Kallis    5-0-16-1
SP Fleming    56* (72b 9x4)      RJ Peterson    4-0-9-1

29.1

Peterson to Fleming, 2 runs, too much width and comfortably steered behind square on the off

29.2

Peterson to Fleming, no run, looked to work it into the leg side and missed it

29.3

Peterson to Fleming, 1 run, this time did connect and ran it through the vacant mid-on position

29.4

Peterson to McCullum, no run, solid defensive push

29.5

Peterson to McCullum, 1 run, bounce surprised him but it hit high on the bat and that took the pace off ... it rolled into the covers and they took a single

29.6

Peterson to Fleming, no run, on the spot to end the over

Graeme Smith brings himself on ...the pitch favours the slow bowlers and he fancies his chances

End of over 30 (4 runs) New Zealand 118/5 (RR: 3.93)
SP Fleming    59* (76b 9x4)      RJ Peterson    5-0-13-1
BB McCullum    7* (15b 1x4)      JH Kallis    5-0-16-1

30.1

Smith to McCullum, no run, looped up and blocked

30.2

Smith to McCullum, no run, McCullum tries to use the feet and hit with the spin but it is clipped to midwicket

30.3

Smith to McCullum, no run, no chance of anything there

30.4

Smith to McCullum, 2 runs, McCullum gives himself room and cuts behind square, Dippenaar makes a great stop on the rope

30.5

Smith to McCullum, no run, arm ball which McCullum has to reach for

30.6

Smith to McCullum, no run, McCullum waits and turns the ball behind square on the leg where the fielder is waiting

Check out S Rajesh's bulletin while we wait.

Good start from Smith and he rattled through that over. Drinks being taken.

End of over 31 (2 runs) New Zealand 120/5 (RR: 3.87)
BB McCullum    9* (21b 1x4)      GC Smith    1-0-2-0
SP Fleming    59* (76b 9x4)      RJ Peterson    5-0-13-1

31.1

Peterson to Fleming, 1 run

31.2

Peterson to McCullum, no run, floated, played into the leg side

31.3

Peterson to McCullum, no run, short, shaped to cut, but bounced too much and he thwacked it into the ground

31.4

Peterson to McCullum, 1 run, driven to long off

31.5

Peterson to Fleming, 1 run, turned into the covers for an easy one

31.6

Peterson to McCullum, 1 run, again Peterson gives too much width and it's hammered through the covers to the man on the boundary

End of over 32 (4 runs) New Zealand 124/5 (RR: 3.87)
BB McCullum    11* (25b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    6-0-17-1
SP Fleming    61* (78b 9x4)      GC Smith    1-0-2-0

32.1

Smith to McCullum, 2 runs, McCullum uses his feet and a quick first run to long on makes a second possible

32.2

Smith to McCullum, no run, defensive prod

32.3

Smith to McCullum, no run, again uses his feet but misses it and it squirts off his pads

32.4

Smith to McCullum, 1 run, feigns to come down the track, Smith drops it short and McCullum pulls to the midwicket boundary

32.5

Smith to Fleming, no run, beaten by the spin

32.6

Smith to Fleming, no run, and beaten again. That turned quite a bit away from the left hander

33.1

Peterson to McCullum, FOUR, overpitched, launched safely over mid on where the man had come in off the boundary

33.2

Peterson to McCullum, 1 run

33.3

Peterson to Fleming, 1 run, driven to long off

33.4

Peterson to McCullum, 2 runs, too wide and smacked through the covers. It should have been one but Ntini in the deep fumbled and they came back. Sloppy

33.5

Peterson to McCullum, no run, cautious defence

33.6

Peterson to McCullum, OUT, a bit more flight and McCullum early on the shot which was a drive back firmly to Peterson's right and the bowler takes a good tumbling catch

BB McCullum c & b Peterson 21 (29m 34b 2x4 0x6) SR: 61.76

That a blow as Fleming and McCullum were just starting to press on. Now New Zealand are going to struggle to macke 200

End of over 34 (8 runs) New Zealand 135/6 (RR: 3.97)
     RJ Peterson    7-0-25-2
SP Fleming    62* (81b 9x4)      GC Smith    1.6-0-5-0

34.1

Smith to Fleming, 1 run, short and wide, Fleming reached and cut square

34.2

Smith to Vettori, no run, prodigious turn and Vettori left groping

34.3

Smith to Vettori, 1 run, dabbed behind square on the off

34.4

Smith to Fleming, 1 run, reached and swept to backward square leg, all controlled

34.5

Smith to Vettori, 1 run, tip and run into the covers

34.6

Smith to Fleming, 1 run, too short, and Fleming had time to steer into the gap on the off side

Nothing spectacular but five singles off the over is good enough

End of over 35 (5 runs) New Zealand 140/6 (RR: 4.00)
SP Fleming    65* (84b 9x4)      GC Smith    1.1-0-10-0
DL Vettori    2* (3b)      RJ Peterson    7-0-25-2

35.1

Peterson to Fleming, 1 run, South Africa happy to allow the single to long on

And the field comes in for Vettori

35.2

Peterson to Vettori, 1 run, very wristy flick wide of midwicket

35.3

Peterson to Fleming, no run, turned into Fleming and he was too cramped to work it away

35.4

Peterson to Fleming, FOUR, far too short on a pitch of this pace, and Fleming waited before launching it through the vacant square-leg region

35.5

Peterson to Fleming, 1 run, comfortably placed into the gap on the leg side

35.6

Peterson to Vettori, 1 run, worked behind square on the leg. Vettori thought of a second but Fleming not interested

End of over 36 (8 runs) New Zealand 148/6 (RR: 4.11)
DL Vettori    4* (5b)      RJ Peterson    8-0-33-2
SP Fleming    71* (88b 10x4)      GC Smith    1.1-0-10-0

36.1

Smith to Vettori, 2 runs, swept off the toe-end and Dippenaar dives to stop the four

36.2

Smith to Vettori, no run, tossed up and turned

36.3

Smith to Vettori, 2 runs, Cut ever-so fine and beat the man on the 45 saving one

36.4

Smith to Vettori, 1 run, premeditated sweep for a single

36.5

Smith to Fleming, 1 run, flighted but controlled drive to long on

36.6

Smith to Vettori, 1 wide, another attempted sweep but so far outside off stump it is called a wide

36.6

Smith to Vettori, 1 wide, and that was even wider. Smith trying to prevent Vettori sweeping

36.6

Smith to Vettori, OUT, well, well. That was on course to being a third wide but Vettori tried to cut the ball fine and only succeeded it running the ball off the face of the bat straight into Boucher's gloves. He really had to reach to even get something on that one

DL Vettori c †Boucher b Smith 9 (10m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 90.00

Fleming desperately needs someone to stay with him but he's running out of options. And Ntini is back into the attack

End of over 37 (8 runs) New Zealand 156/7 (RR: 4.21)
     GC Smith    3-0-18-1
SP Fleming    72* (89b 10x4)      RJ Peterson    8-0-33-2

37.1

Ntini to Fleming, 1 run, angled down to third man. Franklin had five to face

37.2

Ntini to Franklin, 1 run, prodded into the covers off the back foot and a misfield allows him to get off the mark

37.3

Ntini to Fleming, 1 run, driven off the back foot to the man out on the cover boundary

37.4

Ntini to Franklin, no run, Franklin shouldered arms and the ball clipped him in front of middle and off and yet no-one appealed ... aside from a couple in the office! Many appeals have come from ones not as close as that

37.5

Ntini to Franklin, 1 run, clipped to leg for a single

37.6

Ntini to Fleming, no run, driven to the man at long on but he has come in a few yards and so prevents the single

End of over 38 (4 runs) New Zealand 160/7 (RR: 4.21)
SP Fleming    74* (92b 10x4)      M Ntini    5-0-28-0
JEC Franklin    2* (3b)      GC Smith    3-0-18-1

38.1

Smith to Franklin, no run, turned a mile to beat Franklin's prod. Surely he needs a slip to add to the pressure?

38.2

Smith to Franklin, 1 run, tried to flick to leg but got a leading edge and it looped safely into the covers

38.3

Smith to Fleming, no run, blocked with ease

38.4

Smith to Fleming, no run, turned past Fleming's outside edge once more

38.5

Smith to Fleming, no run, Fleming used his feet, missed it and Boucher fumbled the take with Fleming possibly still out of his ground. In fairness to Boucher, the turn and variable bounce makes this far from easy

38.6

Smith to Fleming, 1 run, at last Fleming finds the gap

End of over 39 (2 runs) New Zealand 162/7 (RR: 4.15)
SP Fleming    75* (96b 10x4)      GC Smith    4-0-20-1
JEC Franklin    3* (5b)      M Ntini    5-0-28-0

39.1

Ntini to Fleming, 2 runs, a bit lucky. Fleming played a back-foot pull which went high but into space and it plugged short of the rope at long on

39.2

Ntini to Fleming, no run, guided to the fielder at point

39.3

Ntini to Fleming, FOUR

39.4

Ntini to Fleming, 1 run, punched through the gap in the covers to the man out deep

39.5

Ntini to Franklin, no run, solid defence back to Ntini

39.6

Ntini to Franklin, no run, paddled into the covers and Franklin happy to leave Fleming on strike

And now Wilbur Luke for the final ten overs

End of over 40 (7 runs) New Zealand 169/7 (RR: 4.22)
JEC Franklin    3* (7b)      M Ntini    6-0-35-0
SP Fleming    82* (100b 11x4)      GC Smith    4-0-20-1

40.1

Smith to Fleming, no run, well flighted, turning away from the left hander who pokes at it ungainly. Well beaten there

40.2

Smith to Fleming, 1 run, swept hard to deep midwicket but just for a single

40.3

Smith to Franklin, no run, nicely flighted on offstump and neatly defended on the front foot

40.4

Smith to Franklin, 1 run, launches this sweep shot through midwicket to the man in the deep

40.5

Smith to Fleming, 1 wide, too wide, fired down the legside - Boucher does well to prevent it going for four

40.5

Smith to Fleming, 1 run, Fleming reaches for this outside his off stump and sweeps through midwicket

40.6

Smith to Franklin, FOUR, cracking shot lofting it over cover's head for a resounding four. No shortage of elegance and poise from Franklin there

End of over 41 (8 runs) New Zealand 177/7 (RR: 4.31)
JEC Franklin    8* (10b 1x4)      GC Smith    5-0-28-1
SP Fleming    84* (103b 11x4)      M Ntini    6-0-35-0

41.1

Kallis to Fleming, 1 run, pushed out into the covers

41.2

Kallis to Franklin, 1 run, slightly squared up by one which cuts back into him, but Franklin played it neatly, angling it down to third man right at the last moment

41.3

Kallis to Fleming, 1 leg bye, down the leg side and pushed off his pads for a single

41.4

Kallis to Franklin, OUT, oh he's got him! Kallis fires in a bouncer which Franklin can't quite cope with, spooning the ball off his elbow and onto the stumps. He was looking quite settled, Franklin, too.

JEC Franklin b Kallis 9 (18m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

New Zealand are really falling away here. The ball has just been changed - too dirty, apparently. Dirty balls are never a good thing.

41.5

Kallis to Mills, 5 wides, down the leg side. The batsman misses it, the wicketkeeper does too and it's five deliciously free runs for New Zealand

41.5

Kallis to Mills, no run, a solid drive to mid-off

41.6

Kallis to Mills, no run, outside the off stump, kept a touch low and it's pushed out into the covers

End of over 42 (8 runs) New Zealand 185/8 (RR: 4.40)
KD Mills    0* (2b)      JH Kallis    6-0-23-2
SP Fleming    85* (105b 11x4)      GC Smith    5-0-28-1

42.1

Smith to Fleming, no run, outside the off stump and Fleming is beaten once again

42.2

Smith to Fleming, no run, crikey, that turned some - so much that Fleming ignores it

42.3

Smith to Fleming, no run, outside off, Fleming rocks back and cuts it without great power or timing

42.4

Smith to Fleming, 1 run, too short from Smith allowing Fleming to go back and pull it through midwicket

42.5

Smith to Mills, no run, turned to short fine-leg, but no run on offer there

42.6

Smith to Mills, 1 run, pushes this slightly wider of the man at short fine-leg and they scamper a single

End of over 43 (2 runs) New Zealand 187/8 (RR: 4.34)
KD Mills    1* (4b)      GC Smith    6-0-30-1
SP Fleming    86* (109b 11x4)      JH Kallis    6-0-23-2

43.1

Kallis to Mills, 1 run, carved down to third man; a foot either side of him and that would've been four

43.2

Kallis to Fleming, 2 runs, driven on the up through extra cover - looks like he toe-ended that one - and it's collected by the man out in the deep

43.3

Kallis to Fleming, 1 run, spooned in the air - could have gone anywhere - into midwicket for a single

43.4

Kallis to Mills, 1 run, a touch quicker from Kallis, it rushes onto the batsman who turns it away for a single

43.5

Kallis to Fleming, OUT, oh, what a way to go - a leg-side drifter picked up and lofted straight down to Pollock at fine-leg who didn't need to move a muscle. End of a really fine innings in sapping conditions

SP Fleming c Pollock b Kallis 89 (193m 112b 11x4 0x6) SR: 79.46

Watching Graeme Smith bowl so tidily, and gain so much turn, it's worth pointing out New Zealand have two spinners (Patel and Vettori) in the lineup today. All is not lost.

43.6

Kallis to Patel, no run, defended solidly

End of over 44 (5 runs) New Zealand 192/9 (RR: 4.36)
JS Patel    0* (1b)      JH Kallis    7-0-28-3
KD Mills    3* (6b)      GC Smith    6-0-30-1

44.1

Smith to Mills, no run, pushed back to the bowler

44.2

Smith to Mills, 1 run, swept from outside the off stump to fine-leg

44.3

Smith to Patel, no run, straighter ball which turns prodigiously

44.4

Smith to Patel, no run, pushed back to mid-on

44.5

Smith to Patel, 1 run, slightly shorter and Patel pulls it, without the necessary power, to a deep midwicket

44.6

Smith to Mills, no run, "ow-wozzat?" asks Smith as Patel is hit on the pad...but he's well outside the line

End of over 45 (2 runs) New Zealand 194/9 (RR: 4.31)
KD Mills    4* (9b)      GC Smith    7-0-32-1
JS Patel    1* (4b)      JH Kallis    7-0-28-3

45.1

Peterson to Patel, no run, cracking delivery! Sped onto the right hander, bounced and turned

45.2

Peterson to Patel, no run, flicked off the back foot to mid-on

45.3

Peterson to Patel, 1 run, nudged around the corner for a single

45.4

Peterson to Mills, OUT, pushed to Pollock at short third-man, they scamper a single - oh dear, this is curtains for New Zealand and Pollocks fires in a throw, hits the stumps and replays confirm Patel's fate

JS Patel run out 2 (6m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

So a reasonable effort from New Zealand on what is proving to be a tricky pitch. It's taking turn, considerably so, but nevertheless South Africa should be the happier of the two sides. Join us in 40 minutes for the resumption.

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Jacob Oram pleases his captain, Stephen Fleming, with another scalp as Brendon McCullum looks on, New Zealand v South Africa, 2nd Match, Champions Trophy, Mumbai, October 16, 2006

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