ICC World Twenty20, 2007/08 / Commentary

ICC World Twenty20 - 24th match, Group E

South Africa v India

India won by 37 runs

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

India 8/0   G Gambhir 7* (8b 1x4)   M Ntini 0.3-0-5-0

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   G Gambhir 11* (11b 2x4)   M Ntini 1-0-9-0

2.5

Pollock to Gambhir, FOUR, back of a good length and outside the off. Gambhir takes a massive swipe across the line at this one. It's a thick outside edge and the ball goes past the lone slip fielder down to third-man

India 19/0   G Gambhir 15* (13b 3x4)   SM Pollock 1.5-0-10-0

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

India 23/0   V Sehwag 7* (5b 1x4)   M Ntini 1.1-0-13-0

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.

India 53/3   RG Sharma 9* (15b 1x4)   JJ van der Wath 1.5-0-14-0

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)   JJ van der Wath 2-0-18-0

10.2

M Morkel to Uthappa, FOUR, banged in short on off and middle stump, Uthappa stands on the front foot and aims to pull over midwicket, the top-edge flies over Boucher for four more, streaky

India 61/3   RV Uthappa 15* (15b 1x4 1x6)   M Morkel 1.2-0-6-0

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

India 77/4   RG Sharma 18* (20b 3x4)   JA Morkel 0.4-0-5-0

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

India 86/4   RG Sharma 22* (22b 4x4)   M Ntini 3.5-0-26-1

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)   M Ntini 4-0-30-1

14.2

JA Morkel to Dhoni, FOUR, dropped! Dhoni flat bats the ball off the front foot down to long-on where Morne Morkel came charging in off the line to take the catch, he loses the ball in the lights and suddenly realises that he's run too far forward, the ball bounces past him and goes for four

India 94/4   MS Dhoni 14* (16b 1x4)   JA Morkel 1.2-0-10-0

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

India 106/4   RG Sharma 32* (30b 6x4)   M Morkel 2.2-0-12-1

16.4

M Morkel to Dhoni, FOUR, Morne bowls a bouncer which is too quick for Dhoni to pull, he gets a top edge and once again it flies over Boucher for four

India 111/4   MS Dhoni 23* (22b 2x4)   M Morkel 2.4-0-16-1

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

India 131/4   RG Sharma 43* (34b 7x4 1x6)   JJ van der Wath 2.4-0-30-0

18.4

M Morkel to Dhoni, (no ball) FOUR, that's a front-foot no-ball from Morkel which Dhoni latches on to and smashes for four through midwicket, free hit coming up

India 138/4   MS Dhoni 37* (28b 3x4 1x6)   M Morkel 3.3-0-31-1

19.3

van der Wath to Dhoni, FOUR, that's length from van der Wath and Dhoni capitalises by rocking back and launching it over midwicket, the ball bounces once before going over the boundary

India 145/4   MS Dhoni 44* (32b 4x4 1x6)   JJ van der Wath 3.3-0-36-0
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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
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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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