Future Cup, 2007 / Commentary

Future Cup - 3rd ODI

India v South Africa

India won by 6 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)

Here come the South African openers, Morne van Wyk and AB de Villiers, to face the Indian bowling in a winner-takes-all match, a 31-over affair. Zaheer Khan has the ball and will start off, left-arm over the stumps. Two slips in place. One bowler can bowl seven overs, FYI.

Sun is out.

Today's umpires are Messrs. Dar and Benson.

15:47 local, 14:47 GMT Over five-and-a-half hours after the toss was scheduled to happen, Rahul Dravid flipped the coin, Jacques Kallis called incorrectly, and India will field first. Ajit Agarkar and Gautam Gambhir are fit, and replace Ishant Sharma and Ramesh Powar.

For South Africa, Dale Steyn and Justin Kemp come in for Charl Langeveldt and Thandi Tshabalala.

15:42 local, 14:42 GMT Despite the heavy rain delay, the pitch conditions are similar to the last game, with a good, even grass cover and a good bit of moisture. The abrasive nature of the grass will get the ball to move about at the start, but should pan out into a good batting strip later on. Whoever wins the toss, should bowl first, hands down.

15:10 local, 14:10 GMT There's been no rain since 12.00pm, the umpires have inspected the conditions with the captains, against the background of a fairly vocal crowd, and we have confirmation. A 31-overs a side game will get underway at 4.00pm local time.

14:50 local, 13:50 GMT Okay, some word for you - the next inspection will be at 3.00pm local time. There hasnt been any rain for a while, so we may have a start at 3.30pm. Hopefully!

14:47 local, 13:47 GMT Still no news from the ground. There is no live feed at the moment, so I'm afraid I have no updates for you. Apologies.

13:09 local, 12:09 GMT The space either side of the stumps and the bowler's run-up is quite damp, and the next inspection is at 2.00 local, 1.00 GMT.

Unfortunate scenes at Stormont. I was hoping for a good match, right off the bat, but seems like this is going to be a real dampener. Thats the problem with three-match contests - one bad weather day and woosh, there goes the series.

Feeling blue, bored or bodacious, do feel free to send me your comments. I wont be able to sit and play parcheesi with you, but go ahead and drop a line, or question, or view on how the two teams have played this series. Anthing, really.

Do also feel free to read our newest recruit, Mathew Verghese's stats analysis of Sachin Tendulkar's recent milestone.

Ah ha! That was quick! Lots of questions coming in about the play. Its hard to say that it will be a full 50-overs a side game, given the time we've lost and the fact that a further inspection is due. As for chances of play, I think its safe to say that some cricket will be got in today. As I'm not a match official, I cant say precisely how much or when, but the fact that the rain has stopped is good, and the drainage system at the ground is good.

I dont have a reason as to why all the games were held in Belfast. There's another good ground over in Dublin, called Clontarf, where they hosted a game back in the 1999 World Cup.

And parcheesi, for those of you who're asking, is something like an American version of Ludo, but you have two dice and you've got to try and get each of your pawns home to the middle of the board.

Srikanth mails in as says its better to abandon the match if theres only going to be play for less than 30 overs, or in the worse scenario play a 20-over game. I think any cricket is better than none, and yes, there is always the possibility that a Twenty20 is played. And since alot of you have been asking, there is no reserve day.

Kunal, meanwhile, wants to know "what Ian Chappel has to say after Sachin's belligerent knock the other day!"

Parin emails me: "It sucks to sit in front of the TV or PC and just wait. I think the ICC should keep a few friendly matches in each of the major countries (top eight teams) that cricket is played in, and use their money to build rooftop grounds. It is highly important now to have atleast one roof top ground in each country as series after series the result are going in weather's favor."

As I write, the Scotland v Pakistan match in Glasgow has been called off due to bad weather. Pity. Judging by alot of your feedback emails, cricket shouldnt be played in this part of the world!

And look at that - rain has stopped play at Lord's as well!

12:19 pm local time. The sun is out at Belfast but the conditions are still damp. There's no winds at the moment and the umpires have scheduled another inspection at 1:00 pm local time (12:00GMT) to decide when to start play.

10:56 local, 09:56 GMT The rain's stopped but its very, very murky out there. The Supersopper is out and doing good work to get that water-logged outfield dry and fit for play. It will be a while before play starts.

Hello and a very warm welcome to you wherever you are to Cricinfo's live coverage of the third and final one-day international between India and South Africa at Belfast.

10:16 local, 09:16 GMT Unfortunately, the news from Stormont isn't too encouraging. The weather hasn't been kind to cricket, with rain and heavily overcast conditions hampering the start of play. The groundstaff have been working hard to keep the square dry and remove excess water from the outfield.

I'm Jamie Alter, your commentator for the day.

India squared the series 1-1 on Friday when Sachin Tendulkar passed 15,000 one-day runs. Illness in the camp forced them to field an under-strength side, but today they will hope to have Ajit Agarkar in the XI. Rahul Dravid hoped the performances in the last game augured well for a long summer against England.

"The victory on Friday was a big boost to the side - the boys have fought really hard," he said. "Our preparation for this tournament wasn't exactly ideal. We've had a tough few days, and the boys have responded really well. They have not complained; we have gone on and done what we needed to do and played good cricket - and we fully deserve to be level in the series."

For South Africa, the inexperienced trio of Morne van Wyk, Vernon Philander and Thandi Tshabalala have stepped up, especially the first two, and captain Jacques Kallis has been impressed. "Morne's done well. Graeme Smith [South Africa's regular captain, who is recovering from knee surgery] has been the one in the spot but there's no spot in any team that should be taken for granted," he said. "We wanted to have a good look at Thandi. With the next World Cup being in the sub-continent [in 2011], we realise we have to find a spinner and that is what we are trying to do."

0.1

Khan to de Villiers, no run, good start, getting it to pitch outside off stump and swing away, and its left alone

0.2

Khan to de Villiers, 1 run, slower delivery on middle and leg, tapped into the gap at midwicket for a quick single and thats the first run

0.3

Khan to van Wyk, no run, a touch fuller outside off stump, van Wyk likes 'em there, driving to Yuvraj at point

0.4

Khan to van Wyk, no run, good length pitching outside leg stump, comes in and he defends it on the hop

0.5

Khan to van Wyk, no run, good length, moving away, he defends it to point

0.6

Khan to van Wyk, no run, much fuller, beating his lusty drive with zero footwork

Good first over from Zaheer

End of over 1 (1 run) South Africa 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
MN van Wyk    0* (4b)      Z Khan    1-0-1-0
AB de Villiers    1* (2b)     

And here's Ajit Agarkar

1.1

Agarkar to de Villiers, FOUR, and he's welcomed back with a thumping cover drive, de Villiers getting out to the half-volley and finding the gap

1.2

Agarkar to de Villiers, no run, full still, but outside off stump and seaming away off the seam, de Villiers leaves well alone this time

1.3

Agarkar to de Villiers, no run, touch wider outside off stump, asking him to come drive, and thats low carry to Dhoni behind the stumps

1.4

Agarkar to de Villiers, 1 run, good length on off stump, good carry, de Villiers comes forward and defends, turning it to square leg for a quick single

1.5

Agarkar to van Wyk, OUT, that's out! Agarkar pitches it fullish just outside off stump, gets it to swing in and catches van Wyk inching forward plumb in front and umpire Benson raises the finger in a flash

MN van Wyk lbw b Agarkar 0 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Here's the captain, Kallis

1.6

Agarkar to Kallis, no run, good ball, pitching on a good length and moving away from him as he tentatively gets forward and holds back the bat

Good over from Agarkar, on return to the XI

End of over 2 (5 runs) South Africa 6/1 (RR: 3.00)
JH Kallis    0* (1b)      AB Agarkar    1-0-5-1
AB de Villiers    6* (6b 1x4)      Z Khan    1-0-1-0

2.1

Khan to de Villiers, no run, good length, angling away and he shoulders arms to it

2.2

Khan to de Villiers, no run, good length on middle and off, he gets behind and defends it to leg

2.3

Khan to de Villiers, no run, a touch fuller, again angled across the stumps and he leaves it be

2.4

Khan to de Villiers, 1 run, fullish outside off stump, he gets forward and loses a hand on the drive, the ball rolling to Chawla at mid-off and an early call from de Villiers gets him down the other end

2.5

Khan to Kallis, no run, beaten! This one pitches on a sweet length and lifts well past Kallis, who's completely squared up off the back foot, very impressive length

2.6

Khan to Kallis, no run, good length on the stumps, he gets back and rolls the wrists to leg

End of over 3 (1 run) South Africa 7/1 (RR: 2.33)
JH Kallis    0* (3b)      Z Khan    2-0-2-0
AB de Villiers    7* (10b 1x4)      AB Agarkar    1-0-5-1

3.1

Agarkar to de Villiers, 1 run, good length outside off stump, hit hard into the covers where Karthik dives and gets a hand on it to slow it down

3.2

Agarkar to Kallis, no run, fullish outside off stump, he gets an eye in and leaves it be

3.3

Agarkar to Kallis, no run, good length just outside off stump, he gets forward and defends to cover

3.4

Agarkar to Kallis, OUT, what a delivery! A peach! Pitches on a great length on off stump, then straightens and swings the other way and Kallis, playing forward, is completely flummoxed and his off stump goes for a walk

JH Kallis b Agarkar 0 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

That really was a hell of delivery, just too good for Kallis, who for the second game in a row gets bowled

Out walks Gibbs

3.5

Agarkar to Gibbs, no run, good stuff again, beating Gibbs' forward defensive

Agarkar hitting the right lengths and getting it to move around

3.6

Agarkar to Gibbs, no run, fuller and wider outside off stump, and Gibbs wants nothing to do with that ball

Excellent stuff from Agarkar

End of over 4 (1 run) South Africa 8/2 (RR: 2.00)
HH Gibbs    0* (2b)      AB Agarkar    2-0-6-2
AB de Villiers    8* (11b 1x4)      Z Khan    2-0-2-0

Can Zaheer pick up a trick or two from his partner? Lets find out...

4.1

Khan to de Villiers, no run, whoah! Zaheer pitches it back of a length, on off stump, gets it to move away and just clip the bottom egde of the bat, and Tendulkar at first slip holds a neat catch, but umpire Dar doesnt react! What was wrong with that? Replays show a clear edge...oh ho ho!

4.2

Khan to de Villiers, no run, dropped! Full on leg stump and he clips it low to a diving Gambhir at square leg, who gets it, then juggles it out of his hands...wow!

4.3

Khan to de Villiers, FOUR, bang, thats four! de Villiers rocks back and pulls a short delivery through midwicket

4.4

Khan to de Villiers, no run, beaten! Now he comes down the track and tries to cream a short delivery over the covers but cant connect

4.5

Khan to de Villiers, no run, good length, drawing him forward and beating him as he defends forward

4.6

Khan to de Villiers, no run, good length, pitching in and straightening very close to off stump as he leaves it be

I cant believe that catch was not given by Aleem Dar. That was out as out can be. No chat with his square-leg umpire or a referral.

End of over 5 (4 runs) South Africa 12/2 (RR: 2.40)
AB de Villiers    12* (17b 2x4)      Z Khan    3-0-6-0
HH Gibbs    0* (2b)      AB Agarkar    2-0-6-2

5.1

Agarkar to Gibbs, no run, good length on the stumps, played to square leg

5.2

Agarkar to Gibbs, no run, a touch fuller outside off stump, pushed to point off the front foot

5.3

Agarkar to Gibbs, 1 run, good length outside off stump and he leans forward, opening the face of the bat and getting off the mark with one down to third man

5.4

Agarkar to de Villiers, no run, slower delivery, on a length outside off stump, de Villiers thinks about playing it but resists at the end

5.5

Agarkar to de Villiers, no run, full this time, he gets forward and drives to mid-on

5.6

Agarkar to de Villiers, no run, full outside off stump, pitching and swinging away, he gets forward and shoulders arms

Agarkar still bang on target with the away-swingers

End of over 6 (1 run) South Africa 13/2 (RR: 2.16)
AB de Villiers    12* (20b 2x4)      AB Agarkar    3-0-7-2
HH Gibbs    1* (5b)      Z Khan    3-0-6-0

6.1

Khan to Gibbs, no run, back of a length outside off stump, Gibbs chases it a with no footwork and gets beaten

6.2

Khan to Gibbs, no run, back of a length, hitting the seam on middle and off and moving in sharply and he's beaten on the hop, what movement!

6.3

Khan to Gibbs, no run, back of a length on off stump, Gibbs gets up and defends it back to Zaheer

Helpful conditions here for the seamers

6.4

Khan to Gibbs, FOUR, fuller and wider this time, he gets forward and drives away from the body and the thick outside edge flies wide of Ganguly at second slip, beating Agarkar down at third man as well

6.5

Khan to Gibbs, no run, back of a length on off stump, he gets across and defends it to leg

6.6

Khan to Gibbs, 1 run, full outside off stump, he doesnt get to the pitch but stands and drives that back past Zaheer's outstretched left hand and the stumps for one, good fielding by mid-off and mid-on

End of over 7 (5 runs) South Africa 18/2 (RR: 2.57)
HH Gibbs    6* (11b 1x4)      Z Khan    4-0-11-0
AB de Villiers    12* (20b 2x4)      AB Agarkar    3-0-7-2

7.1

Agarkar to Gibbs, no run, good length on leg stump, turned straight to Gambhir at square leg

7.2

Agarkar to Gibbs, 1 run, good length outside off stump, he gets onto the front foot and drives into mid-off for one

7.3

Agarkar to de Villiers, no run, fullish, moving away sharply and he leaves it alone with a stride forward

7.4

Agarkar to de Villiers, no run, good length outside off stump, just a touch slower and getting good carry to the 'keeper, de Villiers again has to hold back on the shot at the nth second

7.5

Agarkar to de Villiers, no run, a touch fuller this time, bringing him forward in defense and the ball rolls straight to cover

7.6

Agarkar to de Villiers, no run, good length in that excellent channel again, de Villiers unsure of whether to come forward or go back and ends up leaving

Very impressive spell from Agarkar

End of over 8 (1 run) South Africa 19/2 (RR: 2.37)
AB de Villiers    12* (24b 2x4)      AB Agarkar    4-0-8-2
HH Gibbs    7* (13b 1x4)      Z Khan    4-0-11-0

8.1

Khan to Gibbs, no run, great delivery, pitching back of a length on middle and leg and moving on over the stumps, Gibbs totally squared up

8.2

Khan to Gibbs, 2 runs, drifts down leg stump and he turns it down to fine leg

8.3

Khan to Gibbs, 1 run, slower delivery, back of a length outside off stump, he goes for the cut and then holds back on the shot, the ball flying through the vacant point region and down to third man

"Where was the point?" yells Kanishkaa Balachandran in the office

8.4

Khan to de Villiers, 1 run, good length on leg stump, turned fine for a single

8.5

Khan to Gibbs, 1 run, good length on off stump, moving off the seam, he gets forward with an edge along the ground to third man

8.6

Khan to de Villiers, no run, much fuller, angled across the stumps and he shoulders arms

End of over 9 (5 runs) South Africa 24/2 (RR: 2.66)
AB de Villiers    13* (26b 2x4)      Z Khan    5-0-16-0
HH Gibbs    11* (17b 1x4)      AB Agarkar    4-0-8-2

Going back to that catch off Zaheer to Tendulkar, de Villiers stood there and gestured that the ball had clipped his pad. Thats wrong, as every tv replay proved.

9.1

Singh to Gibbs, no run, short of a length on off stump, he swivels into his pull but misses, and the ball stayed low as it passed the stumps

9.2

Singh to Gibbs, no run, fuller delivery across the stumps, he drives and gets an inside-edge to midwicket

9.3

Singh to Gibbs, no run, good length just outside off stump, defended to point

9.4

Singh to Gibbs, no run, overpitched outside off stump, he leans forward and drives to mid-off

9.5

Singh to Gibbs, no run, back of a length outside leg stump, he gets up and tries to work it to leg, but the ball drops near the stumps

Good, vocal crowd out

9.6

Singh to Gibbs, no run, pitches full and straightens, he gets forward and turns it to midwicket

Not a bad first over that

End of over 10 (maiden) South Africa 24/2 (RR: 2.40)
HH Gibbs    11* (23b 1x4)      RP Singh    1-1-0-0
AB de Villiers    13* (26b 2x4)      Z Khan    5-0-16-0

Thats the end of the first Powerplay, and here's the second as Sourav Ganguly is handed the ball. Midwicket and mid-on move finger

10.1

Ganguly to de Villiers, no run, good start, straightforward delivery on off stump, he tries to work it to leg but cant

'Keeper up to the stumps

10.2

Ganguly to de Villiers, no run, beaten, the slow delivery pitching on a length and going past his off stump as he prods forward

10.3

Ganguly to de Villiers, 1 run, this one's overpitched and driven into the mid-off region, where some good fielding keeps them down to just the single, Ganguly applauds that effort

10.4

Ganguly to Gibbs, no run, good line and length again, drawing Gibbs forward and thats defended to cover

10.5

Ganguly to Gibbs, no run, pitches outside leg and moves on down, he gets a good stride forward and tries to turn it fine but the ball brushes his pads

10.6

Ganguly to Gibbs, no run, a touch fuller and he gets forward, defending to point

Another good over for India

End of over 11 (1 run) South Africa 25/2 (RR: 2.27)
HH Gibbs    11* (26b 1x4)      SC Ganguly    1-0-1-0
AB de Villiers    14* (29b 2x4)      RP Singh    1-1-0-0

11.1

Singh to de Villiers, no run, overpitched outside off stump, he gets down on bended knee and drives, but mistimes the shot into the ground and the ball goes to leg

11.2

Singh to de Villiers, no run, slower delivery, still full but this time he gets forward and defends firmly to point

11.3

Singh to de Villiers, no run, good length on off stump, he gets forward and defends it back, though he was eyeing the flick to leg

11.4

Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, overpitched outside off stump, he gets forward and drives well into the covers where some good work from Dravid cuts it down to just one

11.5

Singh to Gibbs, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump, he gets back and cuts hard with a thick edge over the vacant short third man region

11.6

Singh to de Villiers, no run, fuller outside off stump, he gets bat and pad together and drives to mid-off

End of over 12 (2 runs) South Africa 27/2 (RR: 2.25)
AB de Villiers    15* (34b 2x4)      RP Singh    2-1-2-0
HH Gibbs    12* (27b 1x4)      SC Ganguly    1-0-1-0

The second Powerplay, of two overs, is over

12.1

Ganguly to Gibbs, 1 bye, oh ho! Gibbs stands and pushes forward to a good length delivery that gets up and sneaks through the gap and nearly takes off stump! That was close

12.2

Ganguly to de Villiers, OUT, goddim! The ball pitches on middle stump, straightens, de Villiers gets forward and tries to defend with an angled bat, the ball clips the edge before hitting the pad and then bobs up ever so gently for Dhoni to move forward and take it

AB de Villiers c †Dhoni b Ganguly 15 (51m 35b 2x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

12.3

Ganguly to Duminy, OUT, and a second! Duminy goes first ball! This one was marginally quicker, by Ganguly's standard anyways, pitching on leg stump and forcing him back, he misses out on an attempted flick to leg and gets struck in line with leg stump! Aleem Dar gets the finger up quickly after bowler and 'keeper belt out an appeal! Ganguly!

JP Duminy lbw b Ganguly 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Ganguly on a hat-trick

12.4

Ganguly to Kemp, 1 run, good ball, pitching full and moving in and Kemp gets away with an inside-edge to short fine leg

12.5

Ganguly to Gibbs, no run, full and wide, pitching and moving away, with good carry to Dhoni, as its left alone

12.6

Ganguly to Gibbs, 2 runs, short of a length outside off stump, and Gibbs pulls through midwicket out to the sweeper, for two

Successful over from Ganguly as India tighten their grasp

End of over 13 (4 runs) South Africa 31/4 (RR: 2.38)
HH Gibbs    14* (30b 1x4)      SC Ganguly    2-0-4-2
JM Kemp    1* (1b)      RP Singh    2-1-2-0

13.1

Singh to Kemp, no run, close! Full delivery, pitching just outside off stump and coming in to beat Kemp, who thinks it'll go the other way, shouldering arms

13.2

Singh to Kemp, no run, too full this time, outside off stump, straightens again but this time he can leave that be with little hassle

13.3

Singh to Kemp, no run, good length, missing leg stump as he gets forward and defends and misses, the ball rolls to short fine leg

13.4

Singh to Kemp, no run, good length, angled across off stump, Kemp gets forward and has to hold back on the shot

13.5

Singh to Kemp, no run, fuller this time, he gets forward and defends firmly to cover

South Africans having their share of worries against the moving ball

13.6

Singh to Kemp, no run, good length, he gets a big stride forward and defends back to RP

Second maiden over for the bowler

End of over 14 (maiden) South Africa 31/4 (RR: 2.21)
JM Kemp    1* (7b)      RP Singh    3-2-2-0
HH Gibbs    14* (30b 1x4)      SC Ganguly    2-0-4-2

Ganguly changes his field, bringing square leg finer

14.1

Ganguly to Gibbs, 1 run, pitches outside leg stump and its turned into the gap for one

14.2

Ganguly to Kemp, no run, good length outside off stump, he stands and plays at it and another inside-edge narrowly misses leg stump

14.3

Ganguly to Kemp, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, he cuts and the ball flies safely in the air wide of first slip, shouts of catch it there

14.4

Ganguly to Gibbs, 1 run, much fuller delivery this time, and Gibbs gets forward to drive towards mid-off for one

14.5

Ganguly to Kemp, no run, beaten! This one pitches back of a length and seams away with good carry and Kemp, initially looking to get forward, is forced to go back

14.6

Ganguly to Kemp, 1 run, full on middle and leg, he gets forward and turns it to midwicket, calling for the single as Ganguly got in Gibbs' way

And thats drinks

End of over 15 (4 runs) South Africa 35/4 (RR: 2.33)
JM Kemp    3* (11b)      SC Ganguly    3-0-8-2
HH Gibbs    16* (32b 1x4)      RP Singh    3-2-2-0

15.1

Singh to Kemp, no run, good length outside off stump, driven at and beaten

15.2

Singh to Kemp, no run, good delivery! Pitches full in line with the stumps and catches him coming forward, a very confident shout but umpire Benson shakes the head...hmm, height perhaps?

Yes, Hawkeye shows that ball missing the top of the stumps

15.3

Singh to Kemp, 1 leg bye, yorker this time, and another inside-edge for Kemp to square leg

15.4

Singh to Gibbs, no run, full outside off stump, driven into the mid-off region

15.5

Singh to Gibbs, 1 run, short of a length outside leg stump, he gets up and turns it off the hips for one

15.6

Singh to Kemp, 1 run, full outside off stump, he gets well forward and defends softly, picking up one to point, well run

End of over 16 (3 runs) South Africa 38/4 (RR: 2.37)
JM Kemp    4* (15b)      RP Singh    4-2-4-0
HH Gibbs    17* (34b 1x4)      SC Ganguly    3-0-8-2

Over at Lord's, West Indies are 74 for 6 chasing 226

16.1

Ganguly to Kemp, no run, good length outside off stump, left alone with a raise of the bat

16.2

Ganguly to Kemp, no run, good length just outside off stump, he gets across and defends

16.3

Ganguly to Kemp, 1 run, too short outside off stump and Kemp cracks that off the back foot out to cover sweeper

16.4

Ganguly to Gibbs, 1 run, fuller delivery outside off stump, he comes forward and defends to point

16.5

Ganguly to Kemp, 1 run, good length outside off stump, hurrying him into his defense and the ball rolls wide of point

16.6

Ganguly to Gibbs, 2 runs, back of a length down leg stump, he shuffles across and turns it into the gap behind square, Tendulkar does the fielding from fine leg

End of over 17 (5 runs) South Africa 43/4 (RR: 2.52)
HH Gibbs    20* (36b 1x4)      SC Ganguly    4-0-13-2
JM Kemp    6* (19b)      RP Singh    4-2-4-0

Mathew Verghese, our up and coming stats expert, tells me that Belfast has been a place for milestones for Tendulkar. He not only crossed 15,000 runs in ODIs in the last match against South Africa, but also completed 150 wickets in the one-off ODI against Ireland.

Interestingly, Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya are the only two players to have achieved the treble of 10,000 runs, 100 wickets and 100 catches. Sourav Ganguly is in hot pursuit though, needing only three wickets more after his double-strike in today's game.

17.1

Singh to Kemp, 1 run, good length on leg stump, turned out to backward square leg

17.2

Singh to Gibbs, 1 run, overpitched outside off stump and he drives that brilliantly through the covers but Ganguly does the fielding out on the ropes

17.3

Singh to Kemp, no run, full again, but just outside off stump and Kemp defends

17.4

Singh to Kemp, 1 leg bye, full on middle and leg, swings in and clips the pads, ball lobs up and falls safely before midwicket, a stifled appeal from the bowler

17.5

Singh to Gibbs, 1 run, full on leg stump, he shuffles and clips this out to deep backward square leg

17.6

Singh to Kemp, 2 runs, good length, drawing him well forward, and for what seems like the umpteenth time Kemp gets an inside-edge safely to leg

End of over 18 (6 runs) South Africa 49/4 (RR: 2.72)
JM Kemp    9* (23b)      RP Singh    5-2-9-0
HH Gibbs    22* (38b 1x4)      SC Ganguly    4-0-13-2

18.1

Ganguly to Gibbs, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, he drives off the back foot to cover, where Karthik dives to his left but cant hold back the double that raises the 50

18.2

Ganguly to Kemp, no run, fuller length, he gets forward and defends it back towards mid-off

18.3

Ganguly to Kemp, no run, pitches on middle and leg and its turned straight to midwicket

18.4

Ganguly to Kemp, 1 run, good length this time, sitting up suddenly and surprising him, he has to hold back on the shot and the ball flies to cover

18.5

Ganguly to Gibbs, no run, good length again, he comes forward and defends

18.6

Ganguly to Gibbs, 1 leg bye, much fuller, coming in and beating him on the front-foot drive, the ball goes between bat and pad and clips him, Ganguly appeals but the umpire isnt interested, that ball moving too much and they scamper a leg bye

End of over 19 (3 runs) South Africa 52/4 (RR: 2.73)
HH Gibbs    23* (41b 1x4)      SC Ganguly    5-0-15-2
JM Kemp    10* (26b)      RP Singh    5-2-9-0

19.1

Singh to Gibbs, 1 run, good length outside off stump, hit hard into the covers and they steal one

19.2

Singh to Kemp, no run, dropped! Kemp comes down and flashes a wide half-volley to Karthik at cover, who dives up in the air, gets hands to it, but lets it out as he hits the ground! That ball was travelling!

19.3

Singh to Kemp, no run, fuller on middle and off, he comes out the track and gets beaten by the swing, the ball narrowly missing off stump

19.4

Singh to Kemp, FOUR, good shot! Kemp takes the overpitched delivery outside off stump and drives to the right of mid-off, who had no chance stopping that one

19.5

Singh to Kemp, 1 run, full again, Kemp comes onto the front foot and drives into the covers, where Karthik dives and saves three runs

Mid-on and mid-off come up

19.6

Singh to Gibbs, no run, good length outside off stump, he walks into the shot and steers it to point

End of over 20 (6 runs) South Africa 58/4 (RR: 2.90)
HH Gibbs    24* (43b 1x4)      RP Singh    6-2-15-0
JM Kemp    15* (30b 1x4)      SC Ganguly    5-0-15-2

20.1

Ganguly to Kemp, no run, pitches on middle and leg and moves down sharply, Kemp gets forward and defends, Ganguly and Dhoni appeal but umpire Dar shakes his head...not a bad shot but looked to be doing too much

20.2

Ganguly to Kemp, no run, good length on off stump, driven back to Ganguly

20.3

Ganguly to Kemp, FOUR, too short down leg stump and Kemp swivels on the pull and picks the gap behind square

20.4

Ganguly to Kemp, FOUR, awesome shot! Ganguly pitches short outside off stump this time and Kemp pulls it over midwicket for four more

20.5

Ganguly to Kemp, no run, straighter delivery, no room to cut or pull, and Kemp defends back to Ganguly

20.6

Ganguly to Kemp, 1 run, full outside off stump, a premiditated Kemp gets across and onto one knee, sweeping to square leg

End of over 21 (9 runs) South Africa 67/4 (RR: 3.19)
JM Kemp    24* (36b 3x4)      SC Ganguly    6-0-24-2
HH Gibbs    24* (43b 1x4)      RP Singh    6-2-15-0

Ten overs to go. Here's spin with young Piyush Chawla, the fifth bowler

21.1

Chawla to Kemp, 1 run, tossed up, Kemp gets onto the front foot and isnt to the pitch, ends up driving very close to mid-off but beating the man

21.2

Chawla to Gibbs, no run, well flighted up, slow in the air, Gibbs too is deceived in the flight and drives to cover

21.3

Chawla to Gibbs, FOUR, the wrong 'un goes too wide, Gibbs rocks back and slaps that in the gap behind point for four, top shot

21.4

Chawla to Gibbs, no run, tossed up well outside off stump, Gibbs leaves it be

21.5

Chawla to Gibbs, 1 run, tossed up, now he uses his feet, backing to leg and square-driving in the gap at point out to the fielder

21.6

Chawla to Kemp, no run, gives it some air on middle and leg, Kemp comes down but gets beaten in the flight, driving across the line and getting a leading-edge along the ground to point

End of over 22 (6 runs) South Africa 73/4 (RR: 3.31)
JM Kemp    25* (38b 3x4)      PP Chawla    1-0-6-0
HH Gibbs    29* (47b 2x4)      SC Ganguly    6-0-24-2

Here's Yuvraj Singh now, around the stumps

22.1

Yuvraj Singh to Gibbs, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, pulled out to deep backward square leg

22.2

Yuvraj Singh to Kemp, no run, tossed up on off stump, played back to the bowler

22.3

Yuvraj Singh to Kemp, no run, comes out, he sees it and changes the length, and Kemp drives streakily to cover

22.4

Yuvraj Singh to Kemp, 1 run, flatter on the stumps, he gets back and pulls into the ground in front of square leg

22.5

Yuvraj Singh to Gibbs, no run, tossed up, he drives back to Yuvraj

22.6

Yuvraj Singh to Gibbs, 1 run, short and wide, its starts to gain on him and he tries to pull out of the cut shot, but the ball rolls to point

End of over 23 (3 runs) South Africa 76/4 (RR: 3.30)
HH Gibbs    31* (50b 2x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-3-0
JM Kemp    26* (41b 3x4)      PP Chawla    1-0-6-0

23.1

Chawla to Gibbs, SIX, thats maximum! Tossed up, he sees the room on offer and charges down, picking it nicely over extra cover for six

23.2

Chawla to Gibbs, 1 run, flatter on leg stump, he nudges it around the corner and raises the 50-run stand

23.3

Chawla to Kemp, 1 run, flighted up outside off stump, he gets down and drives across the line towards mid-on

23.4

Chawla to Gibbs, 1 run, too much room and he cuts hard out to deep cover

23.5

Chawla to Kemp, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, he gets down again and drives against the spin, getting one to short fine leg

23.6

Chawla to Gibbs, 2 runs, width again outside off stump, he waits for it and runs it very late down to third man, where Zaheer has fielding to do

End of over 24 (12 runs) South Africa 88/4 (RR: 3.66)
HH Gibbs    41* (54b 2x4 1x6)      PP Chawla    2-0-18-0
JM Kemp    28* (43b 3x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-3-0

24.1

Yuvraj Singh to Kemp, 2 runs, steps out casually and carves a short-pitched delivery over mid-on

24.2

Yuvraj Singh to Kemp, 1 run, a bit flatter, he rocks back and pulls into midwicket

24.3

Yuvraj Singh to Gibbs, no run, flat down leg stump, he tries the sweep but mistimes it to short fine leg

24.4

Yuvraj Singh to Gibbs, 1 run, just a touch short on middle and leg, and Gibbs pulls out to deep midwicket

24.5

Yuvraj Singh to Kemp, FOUR, thats a shot! Kemp gets down and heaves a flat one across the line, flat as can be, over midwicket for four

24.6

Yuvraj Singh to Kemp, SIX, bye bye Yuvraj! Thats outta here! Kemp takes him one, again swiping a flat delivery, but this time hard and handsome over wide long-on for half a dozen

End of over 25 (14 runs) South Africa 102/4 (RR: 4.08)
JM Kemp    41* (47b 4x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-17-0
HH Gibbs    42* (56b 2x4 1x6)      PP Chawla    2-0-18-0

25.1

Chawla to Gibbs, 1 run, flat on middle and leg, driven hard to mid-on

25.2

Chawla to Kemp, 1 run, he comes out, Chawla sees him and fires it in full and flat, and he works it to midwicket for one

25.3

Chawla to Gibbs, 1 run, backs away well outside leg stump, isnt to the pitch but ends up steering this to point, charges down the track, Yuvraj collects and fires in a superb throw back to Chawla, who fails to collect it cleanly, his hand disturbing the stumps

25.4

Chawla to Kemp, 1 run, flat on the stumps, he dances down and drives out to long-on

25.5

Chawla to Gibbs, no run, again he backs well outside leg stump, drives and gets beaten by the sharp turn, Dhoni appeals for the stumping but Gibbs is safe

25.6

Chawla to Gibbs, SIX, now he dances down the track, doesnt read the flight well but carries through with his shot and clears long-off for six

End of over 26 (10 runs) South Africa 112/4 (RR: 4.30)
HH Gibbs    50* (60b 2x4 2x6)      PP Chawla    3-0-28-0
JM Kemp    43* (49b 4x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-17-0

50 up for Gibbs, an excellent innings after his side were four down for not much. Zaheer Khan is back to try and break this partnership

26.1

Khan to Kemp, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, he makes room and drives into the covers for one

26.2

Khan to Gibbs, no run, short outside off stump, he stands his ground and pulls into midwicket but straight to Chawla

26.3

Khan to Gibbs, 1 run, moves around the wicket, pitches short, Gibbs backs away and has to reach out, slapping into the covers for one

26.4

Khan to Kemp, 1 run, back over the stumps, Kemp clobbers a full delivery down to long-on, where Karthik does very well to stop it on the bounce

26.5

Khan to Gibbs, FOUR, short on the stumps, Gibbs lines it up superbly and flat-bats this back over Zaheer's head, into the gap, and thats four!

26.6

Khan to Gibbs, no run, better delivery, slower and right in the blockhole and forcing Gibbs, trying to make room, to play it back to him

End of over 27 (7 runs) South Africa 119/4 (RR: 4.40)
HH Gibbs    55* (64b 3x4 2x6)      Z Khan    6-0-23-0
JM Kemp    45* (51b 4x4 1x6)      PP Chawla    3-0-28-0

Agarkar comes back

27.1

Agarkar to Kemp, no run, good delivery, slow outside off stump, beating Kemp as he charges down the track and drives hard

27.2

Agarkar to Kemp, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump and he's lucky to get away with that, Kemp slamming that into the ground towards mid-off

27.3

Agarkar to Gibbs, 1 run, into the blockhole on off stump, Gibbs backs away and drives to cover

27.4

Agarkar to Kemp, 2 runs, short and wide, slower too, Kemp doesnt read it well and ends up reaching out to mistime a slap, some excellent running gets him two though

27.5

Agarkar to Kemp, FOUR, full and wide, he reaches out and drives, getting a thick outside edge down to third man and thats his 50, great innings

27.6

Agarkar to Kemp, no run, overpitched on off stump, he straight drives but Agarkar does the fielding

End of over 28 (8 runs) South Africa 127/4 (RR: 4.53)
JM Kemp    52* (56b 5x4 1x6)      AB Agarkar    5-0-16-2
HH Gibbs    56* (65b 3x4 2x6)      Z Khan    6-0-23-0

28.1

Khan to Gibbs, no run, full outside off stump, he clears the front leg and drives away from the body, failing to connect

28.2

Khan to Gibbs, OUT, yorked! Zaheer pitches full into the blockhole, Gibbs stands outside leg and drives, and loses his off stump

HH Gibbs b Khan 56 (103m 67b 3x4 2x6) SR: 83.58

An excellent 99-run association comes to an end. New man is Boucher.

28.3

Khan to Boucher, no run, back of a length outside off stump, he gets up and steers it to point, where Yuvraj is quick

28.4

Khan to Boucher, FOUR, full outside leg stump, fine leg's up and thats four!

28.5

Khan to Boucher, no run, slower ball, well directed on a good length, Boucher tries to shuffle and work it away but has to stand his ground and defend

28.6

Khan to Boucher, 2 runs, good length outside off stump, he opens the arms and runs that down past gully and Agarkar moves around from third man to field

End of over 29 (6 runs) South Africa 133/5 (RR: 4.58)
MV Boucher    6* (4b 1x4)      Z Khan    7-0-29-1
JM Kemp    52* (56b 5x4 1x6)      AB Agarkar    5-0-16-2

29.1

Agarkar to Kemp, 1 run, slower one, good length just outside off stump, he initially looks to drive but adjusts to run that through gully for one

29.2

Agarkar to Boucher, 1 run, dances down the track, the ball is short, but he hits it into the gap at mid-on and gets one

29.3

Agarkar to Kemp, 1 run, looks for the yorker, ends up full, he drives straight back onto the nonstrikers stumps and gets one courtesy the ricochet

29.4

Agarkar to Boucher, 1 run, slower delivery, short of a length, he shapes to drive through point but makes a mess of it, ending up lobbing this over Agarkar and down to long-on

29.5

Agarkar to Kemp, 1 run, full outside off stump, driven out to deep cover for one

29.6

Agarkar to Boucher, no run, slower one again, on a length just outside off stump, he steps out and heaves across the line only to get beaten

A great last over from Agarkar

End of over 30 (5 runs) South Africa 138/5 (RR: 4.60)
MV Boucher    8* (7b 1x4)      AB Agarkar    6-0-21-2
JM Kemp    55* (59b 5x4 1x6)      Z Khan    7-0-29-1

Final over coming up. Its going to be Tendulkar, around the stumps

30.1

Tendulkar to Kemp, SIX, and he bowls a full toss, which Kemp simply murders over deep midwicket!

30.2

Tendulkar to Kemp, OUT, bowled! Tendulkar sends one seam-up, it pitches outside leg stump and moves across the stumps, where Kemp has an almighty heave and misses!

JM Kemp b Tendulkar 61 (73m 61b 5x4 2x6) SR: 100.00

Tendulkar pumps his fist. Super innings from Kemp, that.

30.3

Tendulkar to Hall, 1 run, much fuller on middle and off, he swings it through midwicket for one

30.4

Tendulkar to Boucher, 2 runs, full on the stumps, Boucher makes room and biffs it back over Tendulkar's head, and a brilliant diving stop from Gambhir at long-off saves two

Fine leg moves squarer

30.5

Tendulkar to Boucher, 1 run, floated up on off stump, he clears the leg and hammers this over mid-off down to Gambhir at long-off

30.6

Tendulkar to Hall, OUT, seam-up on middle and leg, Hall clips this off the pads and straight into the safe hands of Karthik at deep mid-on

AJ Hall c Karthik b Tendulkar 1 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

South Africa finish on 148 for 7, setting India a target of 149 at about 4.80 an over. Superb start with the ball from Ajit Agarkar and Zaheer Khan, but then a brilliant 99-run partnership between Herschelle Gibbs and Justin Kemp, back in the side, took South Africa to a competitive total.

I'm Jamie Alter, your commentator for the day, back in a short while to bring you India's reply.

End of over 31 (10 runs) South Africa 148/7
     SR Tendulkar    1-0-10-2
MV Boucher    11* (9b 1x4)      AB Agarkar    6-0-21-2
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A charged-up Yuvraj Singh after leading India to a six-wicket win over South Africa, India v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Belfast, July 1, 2007

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Yuvraj Singh took India to a series win over South Africa with an unbeaten half-century, India v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Belfast, July 1, 2007

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