Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

DM Bravo
73(82) 8x4 - 1x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on back foot
  • 4 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 3 1 0 2 2 0 4
AB de Villiers
107(105) 8x4 - 2x6
Control %100%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 9 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 1 0 0 10 1 3 1

Best performances - Bowlers

KA Pollard
O7.5
M0
R37
W1
Eco4.72
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Imran Tahir
O10.0
M1
R41
W4
Eco4.10
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

India stay on top of Group B on Net run rate, but we have a real long way to go before that begins to matter. Right then, on behalf of Sid Ravi, this is Nitin Sundar signing out. Do check out Liam Brickhill's bulletin on your way out. Do join us for the double header tomorrow, beginning with the Chappell-Hadlee series in the morning. Cheers!

The Delhi crowd and the South African contingent in the stands cheer on as AB de Villiers picks up the Man of the Match award. "It is a batsman's game [that's why Tahir is not Man of the Match he says, tongue in cheek!] I wasn't timing it in the nets last week, but it came off well tonight. Prior IPL experience in Delhi helped a bit - it was my advice to bat second, and that worked for us tonight."

Graeme Smith: (clearly nurning a sore throat of sorts) "Winning the toss was nice, we started well. Darren Bravo played really well, but we managed to peg it back in the middle. We tried to mix it up in the middle. Once you pick a wicket, you can build pressure and we managed to pick up wickets in clusters. My batting wasn't the best - I have been a little ill coming into the game, so I just wanted to bat through with AB and build a partnership. AB went faster than run a ball and paced it real well. Long time to our next game, good vibe in the group and we will take some time off."

Darren Sammy: "We had an opportunity to get a lot more runs .. We needed someone to play like AB did for SA. Few positives - Darren Bravo played really well and we hope he can continue. We kept losing wickets in clusters, and it did not help. Losing Dwayne Bravo was not good for us. We don't know the extent of the injury yet. Hopefully he'll be ok."

The sad thing for West Indies is that they were not as bad as the final margin suggests. In fact, they were on top for a good part of their innings, with Darren Bravo mastering South Africa's spinners and seamers with Laraesque grace. Imran Tahir was hit out of the attack, but once Bravo fell to an efficient Johan Botha, Tahir came back on and turned hoops around West Indies. Steyn did his bit, and West Indies finished well short of what they needed. And then Dwayne Bravo picked up an injury which reduced them to a 2.5-man attack. AB was just too good to let them off. Comprehensive win in the end.

JP: "Good to start with a win. Wasn't too difficult to get in on this pitch. Special knock from AB. You knew when he hit that first four, that he was song. Lots of confidence in the dressming room - Immy [Imran Tahir] did exceptionally, so good on him."

42.5
1
Smith to Duminy, 1 run, all over. Full-pitched ball outside off and JP's laced it along towards deep extra cover for the winning run. South Africa have stamped their awesomeness all over West Indies today.

Shreya: "Being a masters in engineering, I can tell you that throwing a water filled bottle as a missile without the cap is very difficult as the the spilling water takes the momentum of the bottle in various directions thus destroying the trajectory."

Kausthub: "@CanisMajoris Here, they are referring to Plastic bottles and not glass ones by which you could smash heads as alchool is not allowed in the stadiums in the subcontinent!"

42.4
0
Smith to Duminy, no run, not yet. Cracks a short ball outside off straight to cover
42.3
1
Smith to de Villiers, 1 run, AB works him with the spin through midwicket. As he runs across for the penutimate run, he takes the gloves off. JP should finish it off now.
42.2
2
Smith to de Villiers, 2 runs, AB gets a short one now and forces it into the covers. Another couple.
42.1
1
Smith to Duminy, 1 run, short ball outside off, JP punches into the covers for one

Devon Smith for some friendly offies. I get the feeling, something's gotta give. Not.

END OF OVER:
42 | 5 Runs | SA: 218/3

  • JP Duminy40 (50b)
  • AB de Villiers104 (103b)
  • CH Gayle6-0-26-0
  • KA Pollard7.5-0-37-1

CanisMajoris (Mr. Violent?): "Well i can still throw a cap-less water filled bottle and smash someones head to pieces!!!"

41.6
1
Gayle to Duminy, 1 run, JP gets a single to end the over, working down the ground for one

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

DM Bravo
73(82) 8x4 - 1x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on back foot
  • 4 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 3 1 0 2 2 0 4
AB de Villiers
107(105) 8x4 - 2x6
Control %100%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 9 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 1 0 0 10 1 3 1

Best performances - Bowlers

KA Pollard
O7.5
M0
R37
W1
Eco4.72
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Imran Tahir
O10.0
M1
R41
W4
Eco4.10
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

ICC Cricket World Cup

Pool A
TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
NZ660012.0002.568
AUS64109.0002.260
SL64208.0000.376
BDESH63207.0000.130
ENG62404.000-0.758
AFG61502.000-1.856
SCOT60600.000-2.226
Pool B
TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
INDIA660012.0001.832
SA64208.0001.707
PAK64208.000-0.084
WI63306.000-0.049
IRE63306.000-0.931
ZIM61502.000-0.532
UAE60600.000-2.039