Zimbabwe tour of South Africa, 2009/10 / Commentary

Zimbabwe in South Africa ODI Series - 1st ODI

South Africa v Zimbabwe

South Africa won by 45 runs

Hello and welcome to this first ODI with Zimbabwe taking on the hosts, South Africa. Today's game is brought to you live from Benoni. The pitch for today looks very solid. A relative amout of moisture with not too much grass on. The pitch however might just play a bit slow with some good bounce. The weather forecast for today looks good too, with just some isolated showers predicted for the late afternoon. News from the middle is that Zimbabwe have won the toss and elected to bowl first. Zimbabwe will be trying to gain some confidence after a dissapointing tour to Bangladesh. South Africa on the other hand will be looking to prepare for their big series vs England coming up soon. A new addition to the Proteas' team is Ryan McLaren who will be making debut.

0.1

Mpofu to Amla, no run, good line and length delivery to start with, Amla defends solidly.

0.2

Mpofu to Amla, no run, defended solidly off the frontfoot again. Some good away-swing from Mpofu.

0.3

Mpofu to Amla, no run, short and wide. Cut powerfully by Amla but unfortunately hits it straight to the fielder at point.

0.4

Mpofu to Amla, no run, driven to cover point this time. Not timed too well. Just used the outside half of the bat there.

0.5

Mpofu to Amla, no run, no shot offered by Amla this time. No real pace there, but good areas.

0.6

Mpofu to Amla, 3 runs, half-volley just outside off. Just punched through the covers,but not too powerfully. Outfield still a bit wet following last night's showers. But they get three easily.

Chibabha to open the bowling from the other end.

End of over 1 (3 runs) South Africa 3/0
HM Amla    3* (6b)      CB Mpofu    1-0-3-0
GC Smith    0* (0b)     

1.1

Chibhabha to Amla, no run, no shot offered first up. Just checking out the movement first.

1.2

Chibhabha to Amla, no run, beautifull driven, but straight to cover. A bit too full from Chibhabha, lucky to get away with that.

1.3

Chibhabha to Amla, 1 run, pushed to cover and sets off for a quick single. Another half-volley. Amla would feel that he missed out there.

1.4

Chibhabha to Smith, 2 runs, short and straight and Smith glances the ball down to fine leg. Deep square leg has to come around to do the fielding.

1.5

Chibhabha to Smith, no run, defended off the backfoot towards point.

1.6

Chibhabha to Smith, FOUR, short and straight again, this time Smith rocks onto the backfoot and pulls the ball away powerfully for the first boundary of this innings.

End of over 2 (7 runs) South Africa 10/0
GC Smith    6* (3b 1x4)      CJ Chibhabha    1-0-7-0
HM Amla    4* (9b)     

2.1

Mpofu to Amla, no run, another half-volley. Amla drives the ball straight back to the bowler.

2.2

Mpofu to Amla, FOUR, full and straight. Strayed onto the pads and Amla whips the ball through midwicket without to much effort. Beautiful stroke.

2.3

Mpofu to Amla, 5 runs, half-volley once more, punched to cover and sets off for the quick single, makes it easily but the throw is not backed up and the ball races away for an extra four over-throws.

2.4

Mpofu to Smith, no run, feeling for it a bit outside of. smith just hangs the bat out and will be dissapointed with that.Nearly got the edge there.

2.5

Mpofu to Smith, no run, defended solidly off the frontfoot. Better head-movement from Smith this time.

2.6

Mpofu to Smith, no run, Smith gets far across and sensibly lets the ball go without offering a shot.

End of over 3 (9 runs) South Africa 19/0
GC Smith    6* (6b 1x4)      CB Mpofu    2-0-12-0
HM Amla    13* (12b 1x4)     

3.1

Chibhabha to Amla, FOUR, another halfvolley outside off. This time Amla hits it straight through the gap at extra cover. Perfectly timed.

3.2

Chibhabha to Amla, no run, solidly defended off the frontfoot

3.3

Chibhabha to Amla, no run, flicked to mid-on off the backfoot.

3.4

Chibhabha to Amla, no run, short again, defended off the backfoot.

3.5

Chibhabha to Amla, no run, driven straight to mid-off this time. No single taken.

3.6

Chibhabha to Amla, no run, good delivery to end off the over. Defended solidly off the backfoot.

End of over 4 (4 runs) South Africa 23/0
HM Amla    17* (18b 2x4)      CJ Chibhabha    2-0-11-0
GC Smith    6* (6b 1x4)     

4.1

Mpofu to Smith, no run, miss-timed drive from Smith. Fielded in the covers.

4.2

Mpofu to Smith, 1 run, short and wide, worked down to third man easily.

4.3

Mpofu to Amla, 1 run, pushed to mid-off off the frontfoot and immediately sets off for the single. Well-run.

4.4

Mpofu to Smith, no run, short off a length and straight. Smith defends off the frontfoot.

4.5

Mpofu to Smith, 1 wide, goes acrossthe stumps,but the ball just slides down leg side.

4.5

Mpofu to Smith, no run, full and outside off. Smith defends once more.

4.6

Mpofu to Smith, no run, this time defended off the backfoot. Good over from Mpofu.

End of over 5 (3 runs) South Africa 26/0
GC Smith    7* (11b 1x4)      CB Mpofu    3-0-15-0
HM Amla    18* (19b 2x4)     

5.1

Chibhabha to Amla, no run, driven to mid-on. Full and slightly too straight. Lucky to get away without conceding a boundary there.

5.2

Chibhabha to Amla, 1 run, another quick single taken to mid-off.

5.3

Chibhabha to Smith, no run, defended away to cover-point. Nice and straight from Chibhabha.

5.4

Chibhabha to Smith, no run, cut away powerfully, short and wide delivery. Smith misses out there, hit it straight to the fielder at backward point.

5.5

Chibhabha to Smith, no run, driven to mid-on. The pitch playing a bit slower than Smith anticipated.

5.6

Chibhabha to Smith, no run, driven to cover this time. Another over gone well for Zimbabwe.

End of over 6 (1 run) South Africa 27/0
GC Smith    7* (15b 1x4)      CJ Chibhabha    3-0-12-0
HM Amla    19* (21b 2x4)     

6.1

Mpofu to Amla, no run, Amla goes across the line, think he might have gotten an inside edge, otherwise the LBW might have came into concideration.

6.2

Mpofu to Amla, 1 run, flicked to the on-side for an easy single.

6.3

Mpofu to Smith, no run, defended to the off-side again.

6.4

Mpofu to Smith, no run, full and straight, defended wisely by Smith again. A bit quick on his shots today from Smith. Needs to calm down a bit.

6.5

Mpofu to Smith, FOUR, beautiful stroke from Smith. Straight drive smacked straight back past the bowler. Excellent timing from Smith this time.

6.6

Mpofu to Smith, no run, another good drive from Smith. Fielded well at cover though.

End of over 7 (5 runs) South Africa 32/0
GC Smith    11* (19b 2x4)      CB Mpofu    4-0-20-0
HM Amla    20* (23b 2x4)     

7.1

Chibhabha to Amla, no run, good delivery from Chibhabha. Defended well by Amla.

7.2

Chibhabha to Amla, 1 run, sweetly driven but well fielded at mid-off saving a definite boundary.

7.3

Chibhabha to Smith, FOUR, full and just outside off. Almost a half-volley and Smith pounces the ball through extra-cover.

7.4

Chibhabha to Smith, no run, driven on the up to cover this time. A bit too adventurous from Smith maybe.

7.5

Chibhabha to Smith, no run, another short of a length delivery. Driven by Smith again but straight to mid-off.

7.6

Chibhabha to Smith, FOUR, walks down the track and in the end has to reach for the ball a bit as it is wide outside off but makes contact and the ball races to the deep cover fence. Excellent shot.

End of over 8 (9 runs) South Africa 41/0
GC Smith    19* (23b 4x4)      CJ Chibhabha    4-0-21-0
HM Amla    21* (25b 2x4)     

8.1

Mpofu to Amla, 2 runs, flicked out to deep square leg with the wrists.

8.2

Mpofu to Amla, 2 runs, short and straight, pulled away to deep square leg this time. Long-leg comes around to do the fielding.

8.3

Mpofu to Amla, no run, flicked off the backfoot this time, straight to mid-wicket though.

8.4

Mpofu to Amla, no run, driven off the backfoot but straight to cover. just not picking the gaps today are the Proteas' opening pair.

8.5

Mpofu to Amla, 2 runs, too straight again, flick of the wrists sees the ball running down to fine leg. Long-leg comes around to do the cleaning up.

8.6

Mpofu to Amla, no run, good delivery to end off the over. Defended solidly off the backfoot straight back at the bowler.

End of over 9 (6 runs) South Africa 47/0
HM Amla    27* (31b 2x4)      CB Mpofu    5-0-26-0
GC Smith    19* (23b 4x4)     

9.1

Chibhabha to Smith, 1 run, worked past point and down to third man. Keeper standing up to the stumps now. Good move from Taibu.

9.2

Chibhabha to Amla, no run, defended away to the off-side. Good line and length from Chibhabha.

9.3

Chibhabha to Amla, 1 run, flicked withgreat power to mid-wicket. Well fielded but a fumble give the Proteas a chance to take the single.

9.4

Chibhabha to Smith, no run, solid forward defence.

9.5

Chibhabha to Smith, no run, gives himself some romm and powerfully drives the ball straight to cover.

9.6

Chibhabha to Smith, no run, good delivery to end off the over, full and straight, right up there in the blockhole.

End of over 10 (2 runs) South Africa 49/0
GC Smith    20* (27b 4x4)      CJ Chibhabha    5-0-23-0
HM Amla    28* (33b 2x4)     

10.1

Mpofu to Amla, no run, no shot offered from Amla this time.

10.2

Mpofu to Amla, no run, attempted drive off the backfoot, a bit too close to his body though.

10.3

Mpofu to Amla, no run, short and straight, flicked off the backfoot straight to mid-wicket.

10.4

Mpofu to Amla, 1 leg bye, just too straight, legbye brings up the 50 partnership.

10.5

Mpofu to Smith, SIX, big one! Smith comes down the track and smacks it over deep mid-wicket into the trees.

10.6

Mpofu to Smith, FOUR, another boundary for Smith. This time going through mid-wicket again, but not going for the maximum.

End of over 11 (11 runs) South Africa 60/0
GC Smith    30* (29b 5x4 1x6)      CB Mpofu    6-0-36-0
HM Amla    28* (37b 2x4)     

11.1

Price to Amla, 1 run, first ball from Price is knocked down the ground to long-on.

11.2

Price to Smith, no run, swept straight to square leg.

11.3

Price to Smith, no run, flicked to midwicket this time.

11.4

Price to Smith, no run, another attempted sweep. Smith gets far in front and the solitary appeal from Price is turned down.

11.5

Price to Smith, no run, solid forward defence.

11.6

Price to Smith, no run, swept to square leg once more. An excellent dive from the fielder saves the boundary. Very good over from Price.

Spin duo into the attack now with the skipper Utseya following Price from the other end.

End of over 12 (1 run) South Africa 61/0
GC Smith    30* (34b 5x4 1x6)      RW Price    1-0-1-0
HM Amla    29* (38b 2x4)     

12.1

Utseya to Amla, no run, cut straight to cover-point.

12.2

Utseya to Amla, no run, thick inside edge onto the pads from Amla as he attempts to dorive early up.

12.3

Utseya to Amla, no run, no foot movement from Amla. Attempted drive.

12.4

Utseya to Amla, 1 run, driven down to long-off, not timed well at all though.

12.5

Utseya to Smith, no run, well bowled by Utseya, Smith goes for the late-cut, nearly gets the little edge through to the keeper.

12.6

Utseya to Smith, 1 run, worked down to long-on for a single to end off the over.

End of over 13 (2 runs) South Africa 63/0
GC Smith    31* (36b 5x4 1x6)      P Utseya    1-0-2-0
HM Amla    30* (42b 2x4)     

13.1

Price to Smith, no run, tickled around the corner to short 45.

13.2

Price to Smith, FOUR, one-bounce four for Smith. Gives himself some room and smashed to ball over cover.

13.3

Price to Smith, OUT, Smith goes for the big slog-sweep but hits it too flat right down the throaght of the fielder down at deep square leg. The introduction of spin then was effective in getting the first wicket. The South African skipper has to go and that would be very dissapointing for him.

GC Smith c Mpofu b Price 35 (59m 39b 6x4 1x6) SR: 89.74

AB de Villiers strides out to the pitch.

13.4

Price to de Villiers, no run, defended off the frontfoot first up

13.5

Price to de Villiers, no run, another solid defensive shot from de Viliers

13.6

Price to de Villiers, no run, arm-ball from Price. De Villiersjust defends wisely.

End of over 14 (4 runs) South Africa 67/1
AB de Villiers    0* (3b)      RW Price    2-0-5-1
HM Amla    30* (42b 2x4)     

14.1

Utseya to Amla, 1 run, worked down to long-on for an easy single for Amla. keeps rotating the strike.

14.2

Utseya to de Villiers, no run, play and miss from De Villiers,

14.3

Utseya to de Villiers, no run

14.4

Utseya to de Villiers, no run, driven back to the bowler.

14.5

Utseya to de Villiers, 1 run, driven down to long-on this time.

14.6

Utseya to Amla, FOUR, gives himself some room and the short delivery is hammered past point.

End of over 15 (6 runs) South Africa 73/1
HM Amla    35* (44b 3x4)      P Utseya    2-0-8-0
AB de Villiers    1* (7b)     

15.1

Price to de Villiers, 1 run, driven down to long-on off the backfoot. Just nudging the ball around and rotating the strike.

15.2

Price to Amla, 1 run, flicked to short-45.

15.3

Price to de Villiers, no run, defended straight back to bowler.

15.4

Price to de Villiers, no run, worked around to square leg, thoughts of a quick single turned down wisely.

15.5

Price to de Villiers, 1 run, punched down to long on once more.

15.6

Price to Amla, 1 run, another single to end off the over.

End of over 16 (4 runs) South Africa 77/1
HM Amla    37* (46b 3x4)      RW Price    3-0-9-1
AB de Villiers    3* (11b)     

16.1

Utseya to Amla, no run

16.2

Utseya to Amla, no run, comes down the trackand flicks the ball to mid-on.

16.3

Utseya to Amla, no run, defended back to the bowler off the backfoot.

16.4

Utseya to Amla, 1 run, flicked past short 45 and down to long on.

16.5

Utseya to de Villiers, no run, driven beautifully, but straight to cover.

16.6

Utseya to de Villiers, 1 run, punched down to long-on. Another good over from Zimbabwe. Drinks will now be taken.

Match State: Drinks

End of over 17 (2 runs) South Africa 79/1
AB de Villiers    4* (13b)      P Utseya    3-0-10-0
HM Amla    38* (50b 3x4)     

17.1

Price to de Villiers, no run

17.2

Price to de Villiers, FOUR

17.3

Price to de Villiers, 1 run, cut hard straight to cover.

17.4

Price to Amla, 1 run, punched down the ground to long-on for another easy single.

17.5

Price to de Villiers, 1 run, punched down the ground once more, to long-off this time though.

17.6

Price to Amla, no run, flicked to mid-wicket, timed too well this time though. No single this time.

End of over 18 (7 runs) South Africa 86/1
HM Amla    39* (52b 3x4)      RW Price    4-0-16-1
AB de Villiers    10* (17b 1x4)     

18.1

Utseya to de Villiers, FOUR, timed to perfection as De Villiers hammers it past cover. No chance for the fielder. Even the big dive couldn't save the boundary.

18.2

Utseya to de Villiers, no run

18.3

Utseya to de Villiers, 1 run, worked down to long on and rotates the strike.

18.4

Utseya to Amla, 1 run, worked down to long-off this time.

18.5

Utseya to de Villiers, 2 runs, edges and just flies past the keeper, no slips in place either and the ball runs halfway down to third man.

18.6

Utseya to de Villiers, FOUR, beuatiful shot to end off the over, in-to-out drive over cover. Beautiful execution of a very difficult shot.

End of over 19 (12 runs) South Africa 98/1
AB de Villiers    21* (22b 3x4)      P Utseya    4-0-22-0
HM Amla    40* (53b 3x4)     

19.1

Price to Amla, 1 run, punched down the ground once more.

19.2

Price to de Villiers, no run, solid defence. Well bowled by Price. Full and straight.

19.3

Price to de Villiers, 1 run, comes down the track and punches the ball down to long-on and that brings up the 100 for the Proteas.

19.4

Price to Amla, 1 run

19.5

Price to de Villiers, 1 run, on-drive to long-on this time.

19.6

Price to Amla, FOUR, Amla gets on the frontfoot and smears that to the deep square leg fence. Beautiful sweepshot against the turn. Gets rewarded with a boundary.

End of over 20 (8 runs) South Africa 106/1
HM Amla    46* (56b 4x4)      RW Price    5-0-24-1
AB de Villiers    23* (25b 3x4)     

20.1

Utseya to de Villiers, 1 run, down the track and out to deep mid-wicket.

20.2

Utseya to Amla, no run, defended off the frontfoot.

20.3

Utseya to Amla, no run, flicked out to mid-wicket.

20.4

Utseya to Amla, 1 run, flicked once more, hits the gap this time though.

20.5

Utseya to de Villiers, no run

20.6

Utseya to de Villiers, no run, tickled around the corner to short-45 this time, not enough time to get a quick single though.

End of over 21 (2 runs) South Africa 108/1
AB de Villiers    24* (28b 3x4)      P Utseya    5-0-24-0
HM Amla    47* (59b 4x4)     

21.1

Cremer to Amla, 1 run, driven down the ground and an easy single is picked up.

21.2

Cremer to de Villiers, 1 run, flicked out to mid-wicket.

21.3

Cremer to Amla, 1 run

21.4

Cremer to de Villiers, 1 run

21.5

Cremer to Amla, 1 run, good half-century for Amla, staking his claim at the top of the South African order.

21.6

Cremer to de Villiers, 1 run, another single to end off the over, rotating the strike all the time.

End of over 22 (6 runs) South Africa 114/1
AB de Villiers    27* (31b 3x4)      AG Cremer    1-0-6-0
HM Amla    50* (62b 4x4)     

22.1

Utseya to de Villiers, 1 run

22.2

Utseya to Amla, 1 run, punched down the ground in similar fashion to long-on.

22.3

Utseya to de Villiers, no run, defended off the frontfoot.

22.4

Utseya to de Villiers, SIX, down the ground and goes over the top. High and mighty and that brings up the 50 partnership between De Villiers and Amla.

22.5

Utseya to de Villiers, 1 run, rotates the strike once more and gets another easy single.

22.6

Utseya to Amla, no run, good delivery to end off the over.

End of over 23 (9 runs) South Africa 123/1
HM Amla    51* (64b 4x4)      P Utseya    6-0-33-0
AB de Villiers    35* (35b 3x4 1x6)     

23.1

Cremer to de Villiers, 1 run, chipped over mid-off and they scamper a quick one.

23.2

Cremer to Amla, 1 run, well-struck cover drive. some good fielding on the boundary prevents a second.

23.3

Cremer to de Villiers, 1 run, driven down to long-off

23.4

Cremer to Amla, no run, nearly chopped on there by Amla attempting to cut one that was slightly too close to his body.

23.5

Cremer to Amla, 1 run

23.6

Cremer to de Villiers, 1 run, another single to end off the over.

Chibhabha back into the attack.

End of over 24 (5 runs) South Africa 128/1
AB de Villiers    38* (38b 3x4 1x6)      AG Cremer    2-0-11-0
HM Amla    53* (67b 4x4)     

24.1

Chibhabha to de Villiers, no run, defended off the backfoot.

24.2

Chibhabha to de Villiers, no run, driven powerfully but straight to cover this time.

24.3

Chibhabha to de Villiers, FOUR, this time the cover drive beats the fielder and races to the fence. Powerfully driven by De Villiers there.

24.4

Chibhabha to de Villiers, FOUR, shortish and straight and De Villiers flicks the ball past deep square leg.

24.5

Chibhabha to de Villiers, 1 run, flicked to square leg for an easy single.

24.6

Chibhabha to Amla, no run, missed and hits the pads but too high to be a risk for lbw.

End of over 25 (9 runs) South Africa 137/1
HM Amla    53* (68b 4x4)      CJ Chibhabha    6-0-32-0
AB de Villiers    47* (43b 5x4 1x6)     

25.1

Cremer to de Villiers, no run, solid forward defence.

25.2

Cremer to de Villiers, 1 run, driven down to long-off and another easy single for De Villiers

25.3

Cremer to Amla, 1 run, punched down the ground once more for another single.

25.4

Cremer to de Villiers, no run, driven to cover, well fielded.

25.5

Cremer to de Villiers, 1 run, pushed down the ground to long-on this time.

25.6

Cremer to Amla, 1 run, flicked past mid-wicket.

End of over 26 (4 runs) South Africa 141/1
HM Amla    55* (70b 4x4)      AG Cremer    3-0-15-0
AB de Villiers    49* (47b 5x4 1x6)     

26.1

Chibhabha to Amla, no run, defended off the frontfoot.

26.2

Chibhabha to Amla, 2 runs, full and straight and Amla flicks the ball out to the deep midwicket fence. Deep square leg comes around to do the fielding.

26.3

Chibhabha to Amla, 1 run, flicked to square leg this time.

26.4

Chibhabha to de Villiers, 1 run, 50 runs up for AB De Villiers, that is his 20th half-century or the Proteas in ODI's.

26.5

Chibhabha to Amla, no run, full and straight, driven straight to mid-off.

26.6

Chibhabha to Amla, 1 run

End of over 27 (5 runs) South Africa 146/1
HM Amla    59* (75b 4x4)      CJ Chibhabha    7-0-37-0
AB de Villiers    50* (48b 5x4 1x6)     

27.1

Cremer to Amla, no run, full and straight, flicked straight to square leg.

27.2

Cremer to Amla, FOUR, comes down the track and smacks it over cover. Beautiful shot for another boundary, that brings up the 150.

27.3

Cremer to Amla, 1 run, driven out to cover.

27.4

Cremer to de Villiers, no run, turned away to midwicket.

27.5

Cremer to de Villiers, 1 run, inside-out over cover once more.

27.6

Cremer to Amla, 3 wides, wides down leg, missed by the keeper.

27.6

Cremer to Amla, 1 run, punched down the ground once more.

End of over 28 (10 runs) South Africa 156/1
HM Amla    65* (79b 5x4)      AG Cremer    4-0-25-0
AB de Villiers    51* (50b 5x4 1x6)     

28.1

Price to Amla, no run, paddle-sweep to short-45.

28.2

Price to Amla, 1 run, comes down the track and driven down to long-off.

28.3

Price to de Villiers, OUT, great catch down at long-off by Vermeulen. De Villiers attempts to go over the top but doesn't get enough bat on the ball. Good innings from De Villiers comes to an end.

AB de Villiers c Vermeulen b Price 51 (48m 51b 5x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

28.4

Price to Amla, 1 run, flicked to square leg and gets the newbatsman, Mark Boucher on strike.

28.5

Price to Boucher, 1 wide

28.5

Price to Boucher, 1 leg bye, solid forward defence.

28.6

Price to Amla, no run, solid forward defence.

End of over 29 (4 runs) South Africa 160/2
HM Amla    67* (83b 5x4)      RW Price    6-0-27-2
MV Boucher    0* (1b)     

29.1

Cremer to Boucher, no run

29.2

Cremer to Boucher, no run

29.3

Cremer to Boucher, no run

29.4

Cremer to Boucher, 1 run, flicked to the onside and gets an easy single.

29.5

Cremer to Amla, no run, solid forward defence.

29.6

Cremer to Amla, 1 run, punched down the ground for another rotate of the strike.

End of over 30 (2 runs) South Africa 162/2
HM Amla    68* (85b 5x4)      AG Cremer    5-0-27-0
MV Boucher    1* (5b)     

30.1

Matsikenyeri to Amla, FOUR, short and wide, cut powerfully past point and gets a boundary as reward.

30.2

Matsikenyeri to Amla, 1 run

30.3

Matsikenyeri to Boucher, no run, defended to the on-side

30.3

Matsikenyeri to Boucher, no run, defended to the on-side

30.3

Matsikenyeri to Boucher, no run, defended to the on-side

30.4

Matsikenyeri to Boucher, 1 run

30.5

Matsikenyeri to Amla, 1 run, pulled away

30.5

Matsikenyeri to Amla, 1 run, pulled away

30.5

Matsikenyeri to Amla, 1 run, pulled away

30.6

Matsikenyeri to Boucher, 1 run, driven out to the deep for a quick single.

30.6

Matsikenyeri to Boucher, 1 run, driven out to the deep for a quick single.

30.6

Matsikenyeri to Boucher, 1 run, driven out to the deep for a quick single.

End of over 31 (8 runs) South Africa 170/2
MV Boucher    3* (8b)      S Matsikenyeri    1-0-8-0
HM Amla    74* (88b 6x4)     

31.1

Cremer to Boucher, no run

31.2

Cremer to Boucher, no run

31.3

Cremer to Boucher, no run

31.4

Cremer to Boucher, 1 run

31.5

Cremer to Amla, 1 run

31.6

Cremer to Boucher, no run

End of over 32 (2 runs) South Africa 172/2
MV Boucher    4* (13b)      AG Cremer    6-0-29-0
HM Amla    75* (89b 6x4)     

32.1

Utseya to Amla, 1 run

32.2

Utseya to Boucher, no run, defended off the frontfoot.

32.3

Utseya to Boucher, 1 run, flicked away to deep square leg.

32.4

Utseya to Amla, 1 run, turned away to the on-side for a quick single.

32.5

Utseya to Boucher, 1 run

32.6

Utseya to Amla, 1 run

End of over 33 (5 runs) South Africa 177/2
HM Amla    78* (92b 6x4)      P Utseya    7-0-38-0
MV Boucher    6* (16b)     

33.1

Cremer to Amla, no run

33.2

Cremer to Amla, 1 run

33.3

Cremer to Boucher, no run

33.4

Cremer to Boucher, no run

33.5

Cremer to Boucher, no run

33.6

Cremer to Boucher, no run

End of over 34 (1 run) South Africa 178/2
MV Boucher    6* (20b)      AG Cremer    7-0-30-0
HM Amla    79* (94b 6x4)     

34.1

Mpofu to Amla, 1 leg bye, flicked onto the leg-side.

34.2

Mpofu to Boucher, 1 run

34.3

Mpofu to Amla, 1 run, punched down the ground to long on.

34.4

Mpofu to Boucher, FOUR, walks down the track and heaves the ball over mid-wicket for a one-bounce four.

34.5

Mpofu to Boucher, no run, beautiful cover drive but a great dive saves the boundary and no run scored in the end.

34.6

Mpofu to Boucher, no run, defended away to point to end off a good over for South Africa.

End of over 35 (7 runs) South Africa 185/2
MV Boucher    11* (24b 1x4)      CB Mpofu    7-0-42-0
HM Amla    80* (96b 6x4)     

35.1

Cremer to Amla, OUT, oh no, Amla chucks away a century as he miss-times a long-hop from Cremer. Pulled straight down the throaght of the man down at the deep mid-wicket fence.

HM Amla c Vermeulen b Cremer 80 (131m 96b 6x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

A very good innings comes to an end.

35.2

Cremer to Petersen, no run, defended off the frontfoot.

35.3

Cremer to Petersen, FOUR, short and widish, Petersen gives himself some room and hammers the ball past point and watches it race to the fence.

35.4

Cremer to Petersen, no run, solid forward defence.

35.5

Cremer to Petersen, 1 run, pushed to point and they scramble a quick one after a fumble by the fielder.

35.6

Cremer to Boucher, 2 runs, beautiful little late-cut, just runs it down to third man.

End of over 36 (7 runs) South Africa 192/3
MV Boucher    13* (26b 1x4)      AG Cremer    8-0-37-1
AN Petersen    5* (4b 1x4)     

36.1

Price to Petersen, no run, short and straight, attempted pull, missed out.

36.2

Price to Petersen, no run, punched down the ground and rotates the strike.

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36.3

Price to Petersen, 1 run

36.4

Price to Boucher, 1 run

36.5

Price to Petersen, 1 run, keeps on rotating the strike and getting themselves settled for the last couple of overs.

36.6

Price to Boucher, 1 run, driven down the ground to long-off for another easy single.

End of over 37 (4 runs) South Africa 196/3
MV Boucher    15* (28b 1x4)      RW Price    7-0-31-2
AN Petersen    7* (8b 1x4)     

37.1

Cremer to Boucher, 1 run, flicked off the frontfoot to midwicket.

37.2

Cremer to Petersen, 1 run, flicked to the on-side once more. Just straying a bit too straight.

37.3

Cremer to Boucher, 1 run, short and straight, pulled powerfully out to Vermeulen at deep mid-wicket. One-bounce.

37.4

Cremer to Petersen, 1 run, worked away to the on-side once more.

37.5

Cremer to Boucher, no run, leading edge as Boucher looks to turn a straight one down to fine leg. Only just falls safe at cover.

37.6

Cremer to Boucher, 1 run, pushed to cover-point into the gap for another single to end off the over.

2nd drinksbreak for the innings will now be taken...

End of over 38 (5 runs) South Africa 201/3
MV Boucher    18* (32b 1x4)      AG Cremer    9-0-42-1
AN Petersen    9* (10b 1x4)     

38.1

Price to Boucher, 1 wide, wide down leg

38.1

Price to Boucher, no run, swept straight to square leg.

38.2

Price to Boucher, OUT, another catch hit straight down Vermeulen's throaght. This time Boucher goes down the track and over the top but straight to long-off. Vermeulen makes no mistake and Price picks up another one.

MV Boucher c Vermeulen b Price 18 (37m 34b 1x4 0x6) SR: 52.94

38.3

Price to Morkel, 1 run, punched down to long-on.

38.4

Price to Petersen, 1 run, reverse sweep to point, gets a quick one though.

38.5

Price to Morkel, no run, play and miss rom Morkel, nearly got the outside edge.

38.6

Price to Morkel, 1 run, short and wide, a bit more time, cuts it out to deep extra cover.

End of over 39 (4 runs) South Africa 205/4
JA Morkel    2* (3b)      RW Price    8-0-35-3
AN Petersen    10* (11b 1x4)     

39.1

Cremer to Morkel, no run, solid forward defence.

39.2

Cremer to Morkel, 1 run, punched down to ground to long-on

39.3

Cremer to Petersen, 2 runs, driven off the backfoot past extra cover and good quick running gets them the second only just.

39.4

Cremer to Petersen, no run, flicked to mid-wicket, thought of a single but wisely declining the offer.

39.5

Cremer to Petersen, no run, lured onto the frontfoot and didn't pick the wrong-one, nearly catastrophe for Petersen.

39.6

Cremer to Petersen, 2 runs, guided down nicely to third man.

End of over 40 (5 runs) South Africa 210/4
AN Petersen    14* (15b 1x4)      AG Cremer    10-0-47-1
JA Morkel    3* (5b)     

40.1

Price to Morkel, no run, defended off the backfoot.

40.2

Price to Morkel, no run, defended off the backfoot once more. Short and straight from Price.

40.3

Price to Morkel, no run

40.4

Price to Morkel, no run, driven straight to mid-wicket. Not rewarded for a good shot due to bad placing.

40.5

Price to Morkel, 1 run, short and straight this time. Punched down to long-on.

40.6

Price to Petersen, 2 runs, another couple for Petersen to end off the over.

End of over 41 (3 runs) South Africa 213/4
AN Petersen    16* (16b 1x4)      RW Price    9-0-38-3
JA Morkel    4* (10b)     

41.1

Utseya to Morkel, 1 run, cut away off the backfoot to deep cover.

41.2

Utseya to Petersen, 1 run, worked dout to long-on for another single, strike keeps rotating.

41.3

Utseya to Morkel, no run

41.4

Utseya to Morkel, no run, attempted drive off the backfoot, miss-timed though.

41.5

Utseya to Morkel, no run, defended away to mid-on.

41.6

Utseya to Morkel, 1 run, once again worked away to mid-on, good fielding, but a slight fumble causes the unwanted single for the Proteas.

Batting Powerplay now taken. Mpofu into the attack

End of over 42 (3 runs) South Africa 216/4
JA Morkel    6* (15b)      P Utseya    8-0-41-0
AN Petersen    17* (17b 1x4)     

42.1

Mpofu to Morkel, 1 wide, wide down leg first up. Pessure on the bowler telling here.

42.1

Mpofu to Morkel, no run, right up in the blockhole.

42.2

Mpofu to Morkel, 1 run, muscled down to long-off.

42.3

Mpofu to Petersen, no run, right up there in the blockhole once more. Very well bowled.

42.4

Mpofu to Petersen, no run, driven straight to mid-off this time.

42.5

Mpofu to Petersen, 1 wide, beamer, down leg as well. Attempted yorker one has to think.

42.5

Mpofu to Petersen, 1 run, short and straight, pulled down to long leg.

42.6

Mpofu to Morkel, 1 run, in the blockhole once more, driven down to long-on. Well bowled.

End of over 43 (5 runs) South Africa 221/4
JA Morkel    8* (18b)      CB Mpofu    8-0-47-0
AN Petersen    18* (20b 1x4)     

43.1

Utseya to Morkel, 1 run, worked away to long-on for an easy single.

43.2

Utseya to Petersen, 1 run, driven to mid-off.

43.3

Utseya to Morkel, 1 run, worked out to long-off once more.

43.4

Utseya to Petersen, 1 run, worked away for another single.

43.5

Utseya to Morkel, 1 run, worked down the ground for another single.

43.6

Utseya to Petersen, no run, flicked straight to short 45. Just 5 off the over.

End of over 44 (5 runs) South Africa 226/4
AN Petersen    20* (23b 1x4)      P Utseya    9-0-46-0
JA Morkel    11* (21b)     

44.1

Mpofu to Morkel, 1 run, right in the blockhole again, turned away to cover-point.

44.2

Mpofu to Petersen, no run, slower ball, very effective as Petersen is unable to put it away.

44.3

Mpofu to Petersen, FOUR, half-volley, just outside off, hammered through the covers.

44.4

Mpofu to Petersen, FOUR, another boundary, hammered through the covers once more.

44.5

Mpofu to Petersen, 1 run, worked to deep midwicket. easy single.

44.6

Mpofu to Morkel, SIX, full-toss, Morkel picks it up and hits one of his trademark-maximums.

End of over 45 (16 runs) South Africa 242/4
JA Morkel    18* (23b 1x6)      CB Mpofu    9-0-63-0
AN Petersen    29* (27b 3x4)     

45.1

Utseya to Petersen, 1 run, worked down the ground to long-on.

45.2

Utseya to Morkel, FOUR, short and wide, cut away powerfully for another boundary. Zimbabwe losing a bit of dicipline now.

45.3

Utseya to Morkel, 1 run, another full-toss, not pu away as Morkel miss-times it a bit.

45.4

Utseya to Petersen, 1 run, another full-toss, Petersen works it out to long-on.

45.5

Utseya to Morkel, SIX, there he goes again. morkel hits another maximum over deep mid-wicket and that also brings up the team's 250.

45.6

Utseya to Morkel, no run, worked away straight to shortish third man.

End of over 46 (13 runs) South Africa 255/4
JA Morkel    29* (27b 1x4 2x6)      P Utseya    10-0-59-0
AN Petersen    31* (29b 3x4)     

46.1

Chibhabha to Petersen, 1 run, worked down the ground and gives Morkel strike.

46.2

Chibhabha to Morkel, SIX, flat and hard. Smacked over the top this time. Another big one for the Proteas.

46.3

Chibhabha to Morkel, 1 run, driven down the ground and rotates the strike this time.

46.4

Chibhabha to Petersen, 5 wides, wide down leg, missed by the keeper.

46.4

Chibhabha to Petersen, 1 run, rotates strike once more as Petersen muscles the ball down the ground.

46.5

Chibhabha to Morkel, FOUR, really powerful hitting by Morkel, full-toss smacked right in between long on and long off.

46.6

Chibhabha to Morkel, 1 run, worked down to long-on once more. That is the end of the Powerplay too.

End of over 47 (19 runs) South Africa 274/4
JA Morkel    41* (31b 2x4 3x6)      CJ Chibhabha    8-0-56-0
AN Petersen    33* (31b 3x4)     

47.1

Price to Morkel, 1 run, worked down to long-on for a single and gets Petersen on strike.

47.2

Price to Petersen, no run, big appeal for lbw, hits just a bit too high and might be sliding down leg.

47.3

Price to Petersen, FOUR, beautifully played little reverse sweep.

47.4

Price to Petersen, 1 run, pushed to the vacant on-side.

47.5

Price to Morkel, no run, well-bowled, forced to defend that one.

47.6

Price to Morkel, no run, play and miss from Morkel, good spell from Price comes to an end.

End of over 48 (6 runs) South Africa 280/4
JA Morkel    42* (34b 2x4 3x6)      RW Price    10-0-44-3
AN Petersen    38* (34b 4x4)     

48.1

Chibhabha to Petersen, 1 run, half-volley, smacked down to long-off

48.2

Chibhabha to Morkel, no run, right up there in the block-hole.

48.3

Chibhabha to Morkel, 2 runs, hammered down the ground, hard running from Petersen rewarded with a second run. morkel retains the strike.

48.4

Chibhabha to Morkel, FOUR, fine little edge, runs past the keeper and gets another boundary.

48.5

Chibhabha to Morkel, 1 run, carved away to the deep, one-bounce to the man at mid-wicket.

48.6

Chibhabha to Petersen, OUT, Petersen attempts to go over the top, Cremer at the long-on fence takes a good catch running backwards. Petersen's good innings comes to an end.

AN Petersen c Cremer b Chibhabha 39 (59m 36b 4x4 0x6) SR: 108.33

And onto the ground strides the debutant Ryan McLaren.

End of over 49 (8 runs) South Africa 288/5
     CJ Chibhabha    9-0-64-1
JA Morkel    49* (38b 3x4 3x6)     

49.1

Mpofu to McLaren, 1 run, driven down the ground and gets an easy single and Morkel into strike.

49.2

Mpofu to Morkel, 1 run, right up in the blockhole once more and Morkel gets his second half-century in ODI's.

49.3

Mpofu to McLaren, FOUR, exceptional paddle-sweep from McLaren and the ball runs away to the fine leg fence.

49.4

Mpofu to McLaren, no run, hammered straight to mid-wicket.

49.5

Mpofu to McLaren, no run, right up in the block-hole.

49.6

Mpofu to McLaren, 1 run, driven down the ground for a single to end off the innings.

So South Africa ends on 295. After the lunch-break Zimbabwe will be chasing 296 to win. Please join us again in approximately 40 minutes.

End of over 50 (7 runs) South Africa 295/5
R McLaren    6* (5b 1x4)      CB Mpofu    10-0-70-0
JA Morkel    50* (39b 3x4 3x6)     
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