New Zealand tour of South Africa, 2007/08 / Commentary

New Zealand in South Africa T20I Match

South Africa v New Zealand

South Africa won by 3 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)

Here's Pollock

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A very good morning, afternoon and evening to you all and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of this one-off Twenty20 between South Africa and New Zealand. I'm Will Luke, but enough about me; here are the teams.

South Africa 1 Graeme Smith (capt), 2 AB de Villiers, 3 Jacques Kallis, 4 JP Duminy, 5 Mark Boucher (wk), 6 Shaun Pollock, 7 Albie Morkel, 8 Vernon Philander, 9 Johan Botha, 10 Charl Langeveldt, 11 Dale Steyn

New Zealand 1 Brendon McCullum (wk), 2 Lou Vincent, Jamie How, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Scott Styris, 6 Gareth Hopkins, 7 DL Vettori (capt), 8 Kyle Mills, 9 Mark Gillespie, 10 Jeetan Patel, 11 Michael Mason

0.1

Pollock to Vincent, 2 runs, good start from Pollock, Vincent tries to leave it but can't get his bat out of the way in time, the ball edging down to third man

Oh blimey we're off again. Right, here we go - it's Mills bowling, I think

0.1

Pollock to Vincent, 2 runs, on his legs, Smith just nudged to leg

0.2

Pollock to Vincent, no run, good line and length, left well alone

0.2

Pollock to Vincent, no run, full and straight, Smith defends

0.3

Pollock to Vincent, no run, very good line from the old master Pollock, not giving Vincent an inch. He leaves

0.4

Pollock to Vincent, 1 run, ever so slightly fuller this time and Vincent drops it out to cover. They scamper for one

The crowd are roaring their support for Pollock

0.5

Pollock to McCullum, no run, McCullum comes dancing down the pitch, as is his wont, nudging it out to cover

Actually it was less a dance, more a skip, but impressive nonetheless

0.6

Pollock to McCullum, 1 run, punched out to cover who is a little deep, allowing them through for a single

End of over 1 (4 runs) New Zealand 4/0 (RR: 4.00)
BB McCullum    1* (2b)      SM Pollock    1-0-4-0
L Vincent    3* (4b)     

Here's Steyn

1.1

Steyn to McCullum, 1 run, it's full but wide and punched aerially just to de Villiers' right who swoops down on it and throws down the stumps. Or tries, but misses

1.2

Steyn to Vincent, 1 run, ooh well bowled, causing indecision from the batsman who nearly went for a cover drive before deciding to guide it down to third man

1.3

Steyn to McCullum, no run, a beautiful delivery from Steyn, reminiscent of his Test bowling and McCullum is beaten by bounce and pace outside off

1.4

Steyn to McCullum, no run, good grief. McCullum tries to hit this into Zimbabwe but completely misses, again beaten by pace but a touch of away swing too

"It will take something special to match the atmosphere of the last T20 international on this ground; India v Pakistan in the World Championship final...it was an amazing afternoon," reminisces a weeping Gnasher

1.5

Steyn to McCullum, 1 run, straighter this time and it's nudged to leg

1.6

Steyn to Vincent, no run, and another wild swing outside off to end a promising first over from Steyn

Plenty of pace but plenty of intent from the New Zealanders. They're up for it

End of over 2 (3 runs) New Zealand 7/0 (RR: 3.50)
L Vincent    4* (6b)      DW Steyn    1-0-3-0
BB McCullum    3* (6b)      SM Pollock    1-0-4-0

2.1

Pollock to McCullum, 1 wide, a huge wide from Pollock. He saw the batsman marching at him like a dissident army, banged it in short and as a result it was hugely short

2.1

Pollock to McCullum, SIX, bang. Too short, too straight and pulled in front of square for six! Top shot

2.2

Pollock to McCullum, OUT, shot! But caught! He absolutely nailed that on the front foot; a crunching, satisfying crack of the bat, but the ball found cover who didn't need to move a muscle, taking an easy catch in front of his nose

BB McCullum c Duminy b Pollock 9 (9m 8b 0x4 1x6) SR: 112.50

How's here

2.3

Pollock to How, no run, and he leaves alone comfortably outside off

2.4

Pollock to How, no run, punched to cover

2.5

Pollock to How, 2 runs, nicely bowled, cramping him for room but he drops it out to cover and they scamper for a single. Danger in store though as the throw comes in; Vincent throws himself in to get over the line, the ball misses the stumps and they grab overthrows

Good cricket from New Zealand; great awareness from Vincent

2.6

Pollock to How, SIX, shot! He's timed the underwear off that, pulling it in front of square for six

End of over 3 (15 runs) New Zealand 22/1 (RR: 7.33)
JM How    8* (4b 1x6)      SM Pollock    2-0-19-1
L Vincent    4* (6b)      DW Steyn    1-0-3-0

Here's Steyn

3.1

Steyn to Vincent, 1 run, well bowled, Steyn. Full, on off stump and he can only push it rather meekly out to cover for a single

3.2

Steyn to How, FOUR, edged over the slips for four. Well, it was short and wide and he flung his bat at it, edging it just to Boucher's right and first slip can't get a fingertip on it either

3.3

Steyn to How, no run, nice comeback. Full, straight and defended

3.4

Steyn to How, no run, firmly defended to the bowler's right

Good crowd in, by the way, making a fair old noise too

3.5

Steyn to How, 1 run, oh well bowled, clever bowling - a slower ball on middle, though the batsman reads it and nudges it to leg

3.6

Steyn to Vincent, no run, swing and a miss again. Vincent's head was pointed towards the sky there, roughly where he was hoping the ball might go...but he completely missed it

End of over 4 (6 runs) New Zealand 28/1 (RR: 7.00)
L Vincent    5* (8b)      DW Steyn    2-0-9-0
JM How    13* (8b 1x4 1x6)      SM Pollock    2-0-19-1

4.1

Pollock to How, no run, beaten outside off again, the away swing just taking the ball away from his swishing bat

4.2

Pollock to How, 1 run, fuller this time and he punches it to leg for a single

4.3

Pollock to Vincent, FOUR, carved past Boucher through the vacant first slip for four. Rubbish ball from Pollock, mind; too short and wide and, with only a second slip in place, the shot was on

4.4

Pollock to Vincent, no run, ah good comeback. Full, straight and defended. Pollock held that back a touch

4.5

Pollock to Vincent, 1 run, a slower inswinger which he tries to pluck over midwicket for six but can't quite time it, and it drops like a mortar in the outfield

4.6

Pollock to How, OUT, gone this time. Poor shot; he tried to smack this over long-on but got a leading edge to mid-off who swallowed a simple skier

JM How c Duminy b Pollock 14 (11m 11b 1x4 1x6) SR: 127.27

End of over 5 (6 runs) New Zealand 34/2 (RR: 6.80)
     SM Pollock    3-0-25-2
L Vincent    10* (11b 1x4)      DW Steyn    2-0-9-0

Here's Ross Taylor

5.1

Langeveldt to Vincent, 1 wide, awful ball. A leg-side bouncer and rightly wided

5.1

Langeveldt to Vincent, no run, better start - bit of lift from Langeveldt, and it swings past the right-hander's arm-shouldering leave

5.2

Langeveldt to Vincent, 1 run, Vincent drops this slower ball out to de Villiers at covers. Can he hit the stumps? Can he toffee. Missed them by a mile and they're safely home for a single

Second time de Villiers has failed to hit the stumps so far.

5.3

Langeveldt to Taylor, no run, shorter but slower, it's defended

One slip and a gully

5.4

Langeveldt to Taylor, 2 leg byes, poor ball, far too straight and it wobbles off his pads down to fine leg for a single

5.5

Langeveldt to Taylor, no run, fine ball this time though, angling into the batsman's pads before straightening off the pitch. Cautiously defended on the front foot

5.6

Langeveldt to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor off the mark with a flick to leg

End of over 6 (5 runs) New Zealand 39/2 (RR: 6.50)
LRPL Taylor    1* (4b)      CK Langeveldt    1-0-3-0
L Vincent    11* (13b 1x4)      SM Pollock    3-0-25-2

Morkel into the attack

6.1

Morkel to Taylor, no run, stroked out to Pollock at a deep mid-off. Trouble here! They go for a single and Pollock has all three stumps to aim at...and misses them by a mile

He finds it all very amusing. Smith does not.

6.2

Morkel to Taylor, SIX, a belting shot. Short, wide and without moving his feet he flays this wide of the slips, over third man for six. Top, top shot. We like that

6.3

Morkel to Taylor, no run, defended on the front foot

6.4

Morkel to Taylor, OUT, fine bowling from Morkel! That's the length on this pitch; it's got plenty of bounce and the taller bowlers are extracting it. It rises on Taylor who fends it straight to first slip

LRPL Taylor c Kallis b Morkel 7 (9m 8b 0x4 1x6) SR: 87.50

Ah, the former Middlesex legend is here, Scott Styris

6.5

Morkel to Styris, no run, too full; too wide and left alone

Two slips in place for Styris

6.6

Morkel to Styris, 1 wide, poor bowling. Too wide and left alone

6.6

Morkel to Styris, 2 runs, elegantly driven on the front foot out to Duminy, sweeping on the extra cover boundary

End of over 7 (9 runs) New Zealand 48/3 (RR: 6.85)
SB Styris    2* (2b)      JA Morkel    1-0-9-1
L Vincent    11* (13b 1x4)      CK Langeveldt    1-0-3-0

7.1

Langeveldt to Vincent, 1 run, pushed out to deep cover for a cheekily stolen single

7.2

Langeveldt to Styris, 1 run, neatly guided past the lone slip for a single

7.3

Langeveldt to Vincent, 2 runs, carved over point with intent and he's timed it well, too, but Steyn sprints like a gazelle - he makes excellent ground indeed to save four

7.4

Langeveldt to Vincent, 1 run, clunked aerially over cover. Beaten by a slower ball

7.5

Langeveldt to Styris, 1 run, guided down to Steyn at third man

7.6

Langeveldt to Vincent, no run, well bowled, very well bowled indeed - full and straight, spearing into the right-hander's off stump who digs it out to the lurking de Villiers

End of over 8 (6 runs) New Zealand 54/3 (RR: 6.75)
L Vincent    15* (17b 1x4)      CK Langeveldt    2-0-9-0
SB Styris    4* (4b)      JA Morkel    1-0-9-1

8.1

Morkel to Styris, no run, beautiful stroke, but this format doesn't reward classy cover drives for no run...

8.2

Morkel to Styris, FOUR, dropped! No, it was wide of the diving slip - not far away there, Kallis

8.3

Morkel to Styris, FOUR, oh shot. "He's fetched that," says Cricinfo's chief finger-wagger, Jonathan Hungin, who ought to be working but claims his PC is broken. Super shot; just short of a length and it's pulled with meaty power through midwicket

8.4

Morkel to Styris, no run, pushed out to cover. Better, fuller ball this time

8.5

Morkel to Styris, no run, fantastic shot, a high-elbowed punch on the front foot...but again straight to cover

8.6

Morkel to Styris, 1 run, dropped to leg for a single

End of over 9 (9 runs) New Zealand 63/3 (RR: 7.00)
SB Styris    13* (10b 2x4)      JA Morkel    2-0-18-1
L Vincent    15* (17b 1x4)      CK Langeveldt    2-0-9-0

Johan Botha into the attack

9.1

Botha to Styris, no run, good start, nice and full and it's timed to leg

9.2

Botha to Styris, 1 run, cautiously nudged through midwicket, only for one

9.3

Botha to Vincent, 1 leg bye, sweeps around the corner, big shout for lbw but it's not out

9.4

Botha to Styris, 1 run, flicked to deep square leg

9.5

Botha to Vincent, no run, punched back to the bowler

9.6

Botha to Vincent, OUT, got him! A reverse sweep from Vincent to a straight, full ball which raps him on the toe and that's bang in front of middle. What an awful, hopeless shot that was

L Vincent lbw b Botha 15 (41m 20b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

End of over 10 (3 runs) New Zealand 66/4 (RR: 6.60)
     J Botha    1-0-2-1
SB Styris    15* (13b 2x4)      JA Morkel    2-0-18-1

66 at the halfway point for New Zealand. Under-par, I'd say...by quite a distance

10.1

Morkel to Styris, 1 run, drifting down the leg side, he flicks it further for a single

Two slips in place

10.2

Morkel to Hopkins, no run, oooh a big shout from the bowler and that looks dead to me. Bat pad, perhaps? It's not given

10.3

Morkel to Hopkins, 1 run, guided down to third man

10.4

Morkel to Styris, 1 wide, wide and wided

10.4

Morkel to Styris, 1 run, carved off the outside edge wide of third man who jogs to his right to field

10.5

Morkel to Hopkins, no run, very well bowled. Short, quick and he extracts useful bounce there, beating a meek prod from the right-hander

10.6

Morkel to Hopkins, 1 run, punched to point, the non-striker gallops down the pitch and is miles out of his ground...but again the throw misses

End of over 11 (5 runs) New Zealand 71/4 (RR: 6.45)
GJ Hopkins    2* (4b)      JA Morkel    3-0-23-1
SB Styris    17* (15b 2x4)      J Botha    1-0-2-1

11.1

Botha to Hopkins, no run, full, straight and flicked to mid-on. No run on offer there, though partly due to Boucher absolutely roaring his thoughts on fielding to mid-on. You don't want to disagree with him really

11.2

Botha to Hopkins, no run, smudged to mid-on again

11.3

Botha to Hopkins, 1 run, guided out to point, just angling the face of the bat

11.4

Botha to Styris, 1 run, nudged off his pads. Good flight

11.5

Botha to Hopkins, 1 run, too full and he times this quite nicely through midwicket. But again, singles are simply not enough

Absolutely stunning evening here with the sun now set. A rich, pink sky - few clouds, but we should avoid the early threat of rain

11.6

Botha to Styris, 1 run, pushed out to cover to end a tight over

End of over 12 (4 runs) New Zealand 75/4 (RR: 6.25)
SB Styris    19* (17b 2x4)      J Botha    2-0-6-1
GJ Hopkins    4* (8b)      JA Morkel    3-0-23-1

Nice. Morkel sprints in...and swallows a fly, we think. A spit and a hoik removes the offender and he's ready to start again

12.1

Morkel to Styris, 1 run, full, but wide, pushed out to extra cover

12.2

Morkel to Hopkins, 2 runs, down the leg side and it's off the pad for a single. In fact they grab two, as mid-off has to jog a fair distance to his right to field

12.3

Morkel to Hopkins, OUT, oh dear. A meaningless shot to a poor, wide delivery outside off. He just patted it to point who scooped it up at ankle height to take an easy catch. A clueless stroke, really; rather like a coach might angle his bat to give the slips catching practice

GJ Hopkins c de Villiers b Morkel 6 (11m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

Here comes the tail, and Vettori. He needs to do something mad and special if New Zealand have any hope

12.4

Morkel to Vettori, 1 run, on his legs it's nudged to square leg for a single

12.5

Morkel to Styris, no run, full and straight, punched to mid-on

No intent in that stroke whatsoever. New Zealand look a little stunned at the moment, clueless as to their best method of accelerating

12.6

Morkel to Styris, 2 runs, a thick inside edge down to fine leg for a couple

End of over 13 (6 runs) New Zealand 81/5 (RR: 6.23)
SB Styris    22* (20b 2x4)      JA Morkel    4-0-29-2
DL Vettori    1* (1b)      J Botha    2-0-6-1

He's around the wicket to the left-hander

13.1

Botha to Vettori, no run, Vettori goes for a huge front-foot slog and misses

13.2

Botha to Vettori, no run, rapped on the pads, the bowler roars an appeal - it does look straight, but perhaps was just outside the line

13.3

Botha to Vettori, no run, pumped back to the bowler

13.4

Botha to Vettori, no run, very well bowled. Full and straight and Vettori just can't get it away. He scampers down to attempt a single, but it was never on

13.5

Botha to Vettori, 1 run, and finally he's off strike with a clump to long-off

13.6

Botha to Styris, 1 run, full toss, clumped out to deep extra cover

End of over 14 (2 runs) New Zealand 83/5 (RR: 5.92)
SB Styris    23* (21b 2x4)      J Botha    3-0-8-1
DL Vettori    2* (6b)      JA Morkel    4-0-29-2

Pollock's back into the attack

14.1

Pollock to Styris, no run, and he goes for an almighty heave-ho over midwicket but misses it

14.2

Pollock to Styris, 1 run, again short and wide, and again he tries to whack this over midwicket but gets a thick bottom edge, the ball squirting to cover

14.3

Pollock to Vettori, OUT, short, he tries to pull it but gets a top edge to Morkel at mid-on who back-peddles nicely to take a tumbling catch. New Zealand are finished

DL Vettori c Morkel b Pollock 2 (9m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

14.4

Pollock to Styris, 1 run, guided down to third man

14.5

Pollock to Mills, no run, ooh and he plays and misses outside off! New Zealand have utterly lost the plot. They just cannot get Pollock away

14.6

Pollock to Mills, 1 run, pushed aerially to cover, ending Pollock's excellent spell

End of over 15 (3 runs) New Zealand 86/6 (RR: 5.73)
KD Mills    1* (2b)      SM Pollock    4-0-28-3
SB Styris    25* (24b 2x4)      J Botha    3-0-8-1

15.1

Botha to Mills, 2 runs, timed out past point for a couple

15.2

Botha to Mills, 2 runs, that's neatly played. Outside the off stump, he plays it late with soft hands down to third man

"I would have said things have gone from bad to worse for NZ," Russell says. "But considering they started off at "worse", where have they gone now?"

15.3

Botha to Mills, 1 run, full and straight, nudged to leg

15.4

Botha to Styris, FOUR, breaking news: a four Styris skips down the pitch and clumps this through midwicket. Fine shot, and at last a boundary

15.5

Botha to Styris, 1 run, a beautiful cover drive but he can't find the gap this time, and they can only steal a single

15.6

Botha to Mills, 1 run, tries to sweep this past the short fine-leg but he makes good ground

End of over 16 (11 runs) New Zealand 97/6 (RR: 6.06)
KD Mills    7* (6b)      J Botha    4-0-19-1
SB Styris    30* (26b 3x4)      SM Pollock    4-0-28-3

16.1

Steyn to Mills, 1 run, too quick for the right hander who nervously nudges it to leg

16.2

Steyn to Styris, OUT, oh, well caught Smith! Styris thumped this on the front foot, timing it very well but Smith, at mid-off, timed his leap to his left perfectly to clutch a fine catch above his head

SB Styris c Smith b Steyn 30 (39m 27b 3x4 0x6) SR: 111.11

And therein lies the difference between these two sides, you feel. South Africa are buzzing with confidence

16.3

Steyn to Gillespie, 1 run, ooh that was quick, rushing the right-hander back into his stumps and it's defended

16.4

Steyn to Mills, no run, well bowled - clever bowling by Steyn. From wider of the crease, angling into the right hander who tries to cut it but is beaten. Boucher takes to his left

16.5

Steyn to Mills, no run, nervously prodded back to the bowler

16.6

Steyn to Mills, no run, on off stump, it's firmly defended

End of over 17 (2 runs) New Zealand 99/7 (RR: 5.82)
KD Mills    8* (10b)      DW Steyn    3-0-11-1
MR Gillespie    1* (1b)      J Botha    4-0-19-1

17.1

Langeveldt to Gillespie, 1 run, too straight, turned off his pads and there's New Zealand's hundred

17.2

Langeveldt to Mills, 1 wide, wided for height. Much too short

17.2

Langeveldt to Mills, no run, pushed to point and again a South African fielder misses the stumps! I make that four times they've failed to hit tonight...but look at the state New Zealand find themselves in

17.3

Langeveldt to Mills, FOUR, that's more like it! Tailend swishing here; a bouncer, he tries to hook it and manages to top-edge it over the keeper for four

17.4

Langeveldt to Mills, no run, beaten outside off. Nice and full, and a touch of outswing

17.5

Langeveldt to Mills, SIX, shot! He's timed that brilliantly, lofting it miles over long-off. A classical lofted drive for six

17.6

Langeveldt to Mills, 2 runs, he's gone for it again but hasn't quite timed it, and it drops on the outfield like a mortar

End of over 18 (14 runs) New Zealand 113/7 (RR: 6.27)
KD Mills    20* (15b 1x4 1x6)      CK Langeveldt    3-0-23-0
MR Gillespie    2* (2b)      DW Steyn    3-0-11-1

18.1

Steyn to Gillespie, 1 run, clumped on the front foot to mid-on

Kallis is coming out of slip

18.2

Steyn to Mills, no run, oh well bowled! Steyn's been fantastic tonight. A slower ball which completely foxes the batsman who tries to swing this into Zimbabwe, and is utterly beaten

Kallis back in at fourth slip

18.3

Steyn to Mills, 2 runs, wide, guided to third man. The throw is good, for once, but the batsman are home...

18.4

Steyn to Mills, 2 runs, cluelessly nudged to leg. Another slower ball which confuses him rather a lot

18.5

Steyn to Mills, 1 run, he goes inside out, but Steyn "follows" him with a fast inswinger. The ball squirts out to third man

18.6

Steyn to Gillespie, no run, and again he steps outside leg to try and carve this over third man, but misses it completely

End of over 19 (6 runs) New Zealand 119/7 (RR: 6.26)
MR Gillespie    3* (4b)      DW Steyn    4-0-17-1
KD Mills    25* (19b 1x4 1x6)      CK Langeveldt    3-0-23-0

So then, the last over is upon us. Can Mills and Gillespie edge New Zealand up to 150?

19.1

Langeveldt to Mills, SIX, shot of the match so far. A fantastic, straight, Chris Cairns-like smash over the bowler's head. That's just the start to the over Mills needed

The view from the stumpcam is epic. The ball's got lost, or stolen by the crowd, so they've got a replacement

19.2

Langeveldt to Mills, no run, wide, wide...but not wided. Oh that's unfair, ump. And the umpire has a word with Langeveldt as if to say "watch it, son. You may not be so lucky next time"

19.3

Langeveldt to Mills, no run, again wide, again he swings and misses; again it's not wided

19.4

Langeveldt to Mills, 1 run, carved down to third man

19.5

Langeveldt to Gillespie, 1 wide, and that is called a wide as it swings wider still of the off stump. Gillespie couldn't have reached that with the proverbial barge pole

19.5

Langeveldt to Gillespie, 1 run, pinged down to third man, but only for a single

Good over this for South Africa

So then, what can Mills do for the final ball of the innings?

19.6

Langeveldt to Mills, 1 run, mistimed to point

So South Africa need 130 to win. A superb display from Pollock with three wickets, and again Steyn was too quick (and, it must be said, too canny) for New Zealand. South Africa ought to take this quite easily. Join us in about 10 minutes for their chase

End of over 20 (10 runs) New Zealand 129/7
KD Mills    33* (24b 1x4 2x6)      CK Langeveldt    4-0-33-0
MR Gillespie    4* (5b)      DW Steyn    4-0-17-1
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South Africa v New Zealand at Johannesburg - Nov 23, 2007
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Nov 23, 2007

Johan Botha salutes his winning boundary, South Africa v New Zealand, Twenty20 International, Johannesburg, November 23, 2007

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Nov 23, 2007

The New Zealanders congratulate Ross Taylor on his catch, South Africa v New Zealand, Twenty20 International, Johannesburg, November 23, 2007

The New Zealanders congratulate Ross Taylor on his catch

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