ICC World Twenty20, 2007/08 / Commentary

ICC World Twenty20 - 24th match, Group E

South Africa v India

India won by 37 runs

5.2

Ntini to Sharma, no run, short of a length and outside the off, tentatively played at and missed

5.3

Ntini to Sharma, no run, short of a good length once more and on the off, played off the back foot down to point

5.4

Ntini to Sharma, 1 run, quite full this time and on the stumps, Sharma walks across and works the ball down to fine-leg

India 34/3   RG Sharma 1* (3b)

6.1

Pollock to Sharma, 1 run, fullish and quite straight, Sharma just plays the ball to the on side and sets off for a single

India 35/3   RG Sharma 2* (4b)

7.1

van der Wath to Sharma, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, exaggerated movement off the pitch, played at and missed, through to the keeper

7.2

van der Wath to Sharma, 1 run, short of a length and outside the off, Sharma opens the face of the bat and plays the ball down to third-man

7.5

van der Wath to Sharma, 1 run, short of a good length and on the stumps, pull played off the front foot, not timed too well, just a single

India 40/3   RG Sharma 4* (7b)

8.1

M Morkel to Sharma, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, Rohit Sharma advances down the pitch and tries to hit that over cover. He doesn't get anywhere near that one.

8.2

M Morkel to Sharma, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, Rohit Sharma feels for that outside the off and misses

8.3

M Morkel to Sharma, no run, very full and just slanting onto leg stump, Sharma defends a touch awkwardly back down the pitch

8.4

M Morkel to Sharma, no run, full and straight, Sharma drives nicely off the front foot but he can neither get timing or placement right and only finds the man at mid-off. Runs hard to come by here. Something's got to give ...

8.5

M Morkel to Sharma, 1 run, just short of a good length and on the off, run down to third-man with an angled bat

India 47/3   RG Sharma 5* (12b)

9.3

van der Wath to Sharma, no run, short of a good length and on the stumps, played back down the pitch to the bowler

9.4

van der Wath to Sharma, no run, fullish and on the stumps, Sharma gives himself some room and drives down to long-off

9.5

van der Wath to Sharma, FOUR, short of a good length and outside the off stump, out comes the pull and it's hit in front of square. It's not timed too well but still has enough on it to go all the way.

9.6

van der Wath to Sharma, FOUR, Down the pitch and bang. Sharma goes for this one, clouting it over cover. It's not terribly pretty but at the moment it's working

India 57/3   RG Sharma 13* (16b 2x4)

10.5

M Morkel to Sharma, no run, that one rose sharply from a good length and beats Rohit Sharma's front foot drive, he was no where close to making contact

10.6

M Morkel to Sharma, no run, Sharma drives the final ball of the over back to Morkel who swoops down and threatens to fire the throw back at the batsman's end

India 62/4   RG Sharma 13* (18b 2x4)

11.2

Philander to Sharma, 1 run, Sharma moves on to the front foot and drives the ball firmly to long-on, that was well-timed

India 64/4   RG Sharma 14* (19b 2x4)

12.4

JA Morkel to Sharma, FOUR, Sharma backs away to make room and square drives the ball uppishly but wide of Gibbs who dives to his right at point, the ball beats him and races to the boundary

12.5

JA Morkel to Sharma, 1 leg bye, the ball hits the pads for a leg bye behind square

India 78/4   RG Sharma 18* (21b 3x4)

13.5

Ntini to Sharma, FOUR, Sharma flicks a full toss off his toes to fine leg where Morkel dives over the ball and concedes a boundary, Smith is livid

13.6

Ntini to Sharma, FOUR, what elegance! Sharma gets a good stride forward and plays a text-book cover drive all the way to the cover boundary, superbly timed and precisely placed

India 90/4   RG Sharma 26* (23b 5x4)

14.4

JA Morkel to Sharma, 1 run, defended off the back foot to point

14.6

JA Morkel to Sharma, no run, driven firmly through covers off the front foot

India 97/4   RG Sharma 27* (25b 5x4)

15.2

Philander to Sharma, no run, Sharma backs away and has a wild pull at a good length ball that almost shaves off stump, close call for Sharma

15.3

Philander to Sharma, 1 wide, Philander bangs it in short but the ball climbs too high, Boucher has to leap high and take it one-handed

15.3

Philander to Sharma, no run, full toss on off stump, Sharma made room and drove it firmly but couldn't beat Smith at mid off

15.4

Philander to Sharma, 1 run, Philander bowls a slow bouncer which Sharma tries to pull but mis-hits towards square leg, the single brings up the 100

15.6

Philander to Sharma, no run, low full toss on off stump, Sharma tries to play it through point but gets a bottom edge back to the bowler

India 101/4   RG Sharma 28* (29b 5x4)

16.2

M Morkel to Sharma, FOUR, Sharma backs away and slices the ball high over point, there's no fielder in the deep and the ball trickles over the ropes

16.3

M Morkel to Sharma, 1 leg bye

India 107/4   RG Sharma 32* (31b 6x4)

17.1

van der Wath to Sharma, SIX, that's the third one! van der Wath bowls a low full toss on middle stump, Sharma moves his front foot out of the way, gets under the ball and smashes it over deep midwicket

17.2

van der Wath to Sharma, 1 run, Sharma moves towards the off side and tries to scoop a full toss over Boucher, he gets an edge towards short fine leg

17.4

van der Wath to Sharma, FOUR, Sharma skips towards leg stump, makes room to free his arms and slices the ball over backward point, there's no fielder in the deep there and he's picked his spot perfectly

17.5

van der Wath to Sharma, no run, once again he backs away towards leg stump but he moved too early, van der Wath saw him and bowled it full and wide outside off to beat the bat

17.6

van der Wath to Sharma, no run, he's trying too much now, Sharma tries to move towards off and scoop the ball over the wicketkeeper, once again it's too full and the shot doesn't come off

India 131/4   RG Sharma 43* (36b 7x4 1x6)

18.3

M Morkel to Sharma, 1 run, Sharma makes room and squeezes a full ball down to third man for one

18.5

M Morkel to Sharma, no run, Sharma's backing away is becoming predictable now, Morne beats him with a short ball outside off stump

18.6

M Morkel to Sharma, no run, he ends the over with a superb yorker, Sharma can't do much with that, he tries to run a leg bye but Morne gets to the ball quickly

India 139/4   RG Sharma 44* (39b 7x4 1x6)

19.6

van der Wath to Sharma, SIX, what a finish! van der Wath bowls a high full toss, Sharma gets on to the front foot and pulls the ball high and far over the square-leg boundary, he's reached his 50 with that stroke, it's been an excellent innings from the youngster on a trying pitch

India 153/5   RG Sharma 50* (40b 7x4 2x6)
Tournament Results
India v Pakistan at Johannesburg - Sep 24, 2007
India won by 5 runs
Australia v India at Durban - Sep 22, 2007
India won by 15 runs
New Zealand v Pakistan at Cape Town - Sep 22, 2007
Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
South Africa v India at Durban - Sep 20, 2007
India won by 37 runs
Bangladesh v Pakistan at Cape Town - Sep 20, 2007
Pakistan won by 4 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
Australia v Sri Lanka at Cape Town - Sep 20, 2007
Australia won by 10 wickets (with 58 balls remaining)
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Sep 20, 2007

An Indian fan shows support for the side, India v South Africa, Group E, ICC World Twenty20, Durban, September 20, 2007

An Indian fan shows support for the side

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Sep 20, 2007

Indian fans wave the national flag, India v South Africa, Group E, ICC World Twenty20, Durban, September 20, 2007

Indian fans wave the national flag

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