ICC World Twenty20, 2007/08 / Commentary

ICC World Twenty20 - 24th match, Group E

South Africa v India

India won by 37 runs

1.1

Ntini to Gambhir, 1 wide, back of a length, outside the off, slanting away from the left-handed Gambhir, the ball goes away further after pitching and is easily called a wide

1.1

Ntini to Gambhir, no run, back of a length once more and pitching on off and middle, Gambhir is forced to play at it but the ball goes away with the angle and beats the bat

1.2

Ntini to Gambhir, no run, short of a length and outside the off once more - that's going to be the length for the moment - defended down to the off side

1.3

Ntini to Gambhir, FOUR, too full, on the pads, Ntini overcompensating here, that's just too straight and Gambhir can walk across his stumps and just tickle the ball down to the fine-leg boundary

1.4

Ntini to Gambhir, no run, short of a length and outside the off, this one is slanting well away and Gambhir can leave it alone to the keeper

1.5

Ntini to Gambhir, no run

1.6

Ntini to Gambhir, FOUR, outside the off and fairly full, Gambhir has time to move across and time the ball through point for a boundary. That should relieve some of the pressure that is building steadily here.

India 12/0   M Ntini 1-0-9-0

3.1

Ntini to Sehwag, FOUR, very full and on the off stump. Sehwag gets quickly across to the off side and uses his wrists as much as he can to whip that through square-leg. That is a quality shot for four

3.2

Ntini to Sehwag, 1 bye, This one keeps low! Outside the off and it just rolls along the ground to the keeper. This pitch is going to be pretty tough to bat on. Sehwag plays and misses outside the off and the ball goes through to the keeper

3.3

Ntini to Gambhir, 2 runs, short one dug in, it's the first we've seen so far, Gambhir goes for the pull. He's very late on the shot and the ball goes high rather than far. Vernon Philander goes for the ball but doesn't even get close at midwicket

3.4

Ntini to Gambhir, no run, fullish and on the off, better length that, Gambhir tries to play to off, squared up a touch, off the edge towards cover

3.5

Ntini to Gambhir, 1 wide, this one is well down the leg side and Gambhir leaves it well alone for the umpire to call it a wide

3.5

Ntini to Gambhir, 1 run, overpitched and on the leg stump, Gambhir flicks well but can't beat the diving fielder at short fine-leg

3.6

Ntini to Sehwag, 1 run, short of a good length and on the stumps, slanting in to Sehwag, he dabs the ball to the on side with soft hands and pinches a quick single

India 29/0   M Ntini 2-0-18-0

5.1

Ntini to Sehwag, OUT, On fire! It's Sehwag gone now and India are in deep, deep trouble here. That was a soft dismissal after an extremely promising start from Sehwag. That was short of a length and outside the off, Sehwag plays away from his body without much conviction, trying to steer the ball through the off side and only manages an edge. Mark Boucher pouches the catch.

V Sehwag c †Boucher b Ntini 11 (23m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

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

5.5

Ntini to Uthappa, no run, just short of a driving length and on the off, Uthappa comes across and defends down to the off side

5.6

Ntini to Uthappa, no run, fullish and on the off, this one is quick from Ntini, the ball slants in and Uthappa goes forward and across in defense. The ball comes off the edge and hits pad and there's a loud shout for the lbw. Turned down by Taufel.

India 34/3   M Ntini 3-0-19-1

13.1

Ntini to Dhoni, no run, he begins with a full ball on off stump, Dhoni strides forward and drives powerfully but cannot beat Smith at mid-off

13.2

Ntini to Dhoni, 2 runs, Dhoni waits on the back foot for a good length ball to reach him and opens the face to run the ball to Morne Morkel at third man

13.3

Ntini to Dhoni, no run, defended towards extra cover on the back foot

13.4

Ntini to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni eases on to the front foot and drives a full ball to Smith's left at mid-off, Smith moves quickly and dives to cut of off

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   M Ntini 4-0-30-1
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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Photos

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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