ICC World Cup, 26th Match, Super Eights: South Africa v Sri Lanka at Providence, Mar 28, 2007
ICC World Cup - 26th match, Super Eights
South Africa won by 1 wicket (with 10 balls remaining)
Played at Providence Stadium, Guyana (neutral venue)
28 March 2007 (50-over match)
1.1

Malinga to Smith, no run, yorker-length to start with. Slings one full, on the off stump line, jabbed away

1.2

Malinga to Smith, FOUR, drifting on to the legs and that's Smith scoring area. He leans forward, whips it through square-leg

1.3

Malinga to Smith, no run, full, straight, on the middle stump line, bat comes dangerously outside the line but he makes contact and the ball rolls to mid-on

1.4

Malinga to Smith, no run, on the off stump line, Smith doesn't move his feet, just pushes it to cover

1.5

Malinga to Smith, no run, short in length, around off stump, mistimes a drive to cover

1.6

Malinga to Smith, no run, lands back of length, on the middle stump line, hurries on and Smith doubles up as the ball thuds in to the thigh pad.

South Africa 5/1   SL Malinga 1-0-4-0
3.1

Malinga to Smith, 1 wide, wide down the leg side. Lost control in the action there. The right shoulder came across a bit too much

3.1

Malinga to Smith, no run, full and slanting away from Smith who has a flash at it, misses and is beaten.

3.2

Malinga to Smith, FOUR, Another Malinga delivery on the legs, another flicked-four from Smith.

3.3

Malinga to Smith, FOUR, Another one. On the hips, Smith stays back and clips it past the diving square-leg fielder.

3.4

Malinga to Smith, 1 run, on the off and middle, worked to midwicket

3.5

Malinga to Kallis, (no ball) 1 run, short of lenght, outside off stump, Kallis pushes at it, bat away from the body, steers it to third man

3.5

Malinga to Smith, no run, full in length, outside off stump, Smith drives but doesn't connect.

3.6

Malinga to Smith, 2 runs, full in length, on the off stump and Smith shows he can straight down the grouind as well. Hits it on the up, past mid-off.

South Africa 21/1   SL Malinga 2-0-18-0
14.1

Malinga to Smith, no run, Straight and keeps slightly low. It's a slingy action and doesn't bounce too much. Smith comes down on it at the last moment.

14.2

Malinga to Smith, FOUR, Back of a length, Smith stands and smashes it past the bower for a blistering four. They're no-one in the boundary and Smith brings up his fifty in style.

14.3

Malinga to Smith, FOUR, Another whip off his pads. Smith going great guns now. Full length delivery on the pads and Smith gets onto the front foot and clips it crisply in front of square for another four. South Africa motoring here.

14.4

Malinga to Smith, no run, Yorker length delivery and Smith drives through the line. Can't get the timing and it trickles down the ground

14.5

Malinga to Smith, 1 run, On the back foot and cutting back behind square for a single

14.6

Malinga to Kallis, 2 runs, Thick edge to third man for a couple. Good bit of fielding at the third man fence.

South Africa 87/1   SL Malinga 3-0-29-0
20.1

Malinga to Kallis, 2 runs, greets him with a neat off drive through widish mid-off region.

20.2

Malinga to Kallis, 1 run, full, straight, on the off and middle, pushed through cover.

20.3

Malinga to Gibbs, no run, fullpitched outside off stump, Gibbs drives but is too early into the stroke and gets a inside-edge to the leg side

20.4

Malinga to Gibbs, no run, fullish, outside off stump, driven back to the bowler

20.5

Malinga to Gibbs, FOUR, Attempted yorker, ends up as a low full-toss on the off stump line and Gibbs leans forward and whips it past mid-on. Super shot.

20.6

Malinga to Gibbs, 1 run, short of length, outside off stump, pushed to cover point

South Africa 113/2   SL Malinga 4-0-37-0
34.1

Malinga to Kallis, no run, full in length, on the middle and leg stump, turned to midwicket. The ball tailed in late. Hint of reverse swing.

34.2

Malinga to Kallis, 1 run, lands on the off stump, shapes in a touch and Kallis pushes it calmly through cover. Kemp to face Malinga.

34.3

Malinga to Kemp, no run, Screaming yorker, 85.3 mph, on the middle stump line, swings in late and Kemp quickly takes out his left leg from the line and digs it out.

34.4

Malinga to Kemp, 1 run, bouncer now and pulled away to long leg

34.5

Malinga to Kallis, 1 run, short in length, curves in towards the off stump, Kallis takes out the bottom-hand from the handle, directs the ball to third man

34.6

Malinga to Kemp, no run, full, straight, on the off and middle stump line, deflected to midwicket

South Africa 169/4   SL Malinga 5-0-40-0
36.1

Malinga to Kemp, 1 run, yorker-length, on the off and middle stump line, reverses in, Kemp drives, gets an inside-edge, to fine leg

36.2

Malinga to Kallis, no run, length-delivery on the middle stump line, tapped to the on side

36.3

Malinga to Kallis, 1 run, fullish, hint of late swing, driven through mid-off

36.4

Malinga to Kemp, no run, on the off stump line, on a length, nudged to point

36.5

Malinga to Kemp, 4 leg byes, yorker, slipping down the leg side, Kemp tries to get his bat down in a hurry, ball thuds into the boot and slips to the fine leg boundary.

36.6

Malinga to Kemp, no run

South Africa 177/4   SL Malinga 6-0-42-0
38.1

Malinga to Kallis, no run, dropped by Malinga Fullish, on the middle stump line and Kallis drives, uppishly, low to to the left of Malinga who bends low but ends up palming it. Quite a tough chance. What a crucial let-off.

38.2

Malinga to Kallis, no run

38.3

Malinga to Kallis, 1 run, gets a single with a drive to deep cover

38.4

Malinga to Pollock, no run, full in length, outside off stump, Pollock leans forward, drives to cover region.

38.5

Malinga to Pollock, no run, full in length, on the middle stump line, drifts in late, Pollock plays in the V, drives to mid-on

38.6

Malinga to Pollock, no run, yorker-length, on the middle and leg, Pollock doesn't get his left leg across, just leans over, digs it out to midwicket. Very well played.

South Africa 183/5   SL Malinga 7-0-43-0
44.1

Malinga to Pollock, no run, very full and straight, Malinga searching for the yorker, Pollock digs it out well, playing back down the pitch to the bowler

44.2

Malinga to Pollock, FOUR, too full and on the pads, Pollock has no problems moving across his stumps and flicking that away through midwicket, that went sweetly off the bat and once it beat the infield was four all the way

44.3

Malinga to Pollock, no run, once again yorker length, a slower ball though, Pollock gives himself room to hit but only manages to squirt the ball back down the pitch to the bowler

44.4

Malinga to Pollock, 2 runs, full and far outside the off, another shot flayed, the ball skews off the bottom edge down to third-man and a couple of more runs result

44.5

Malinga to Pollock, OUT, BINGO! Finally Malinga strikes, that is a superb bit of bowling. It's a slower ball on the stumps, Pollock just does not pick it, plays inside the line of the ball and loses his leg stump. Even with the game all but gone Sri Lanka are fighting. Pollock played a good hand but now he's gone!

SM Pollock b Malinga 13 (23m 24b 1x4 0x6) SR: 54.16

44.6

Malinga to Hall, OUT, ANOTHER! Andrew Hall goes off the very first ball! It's another speared-in yorker, Hall just about manages to dig it out, but he can't keep the ball down ... it bobs up into the air for the man at cover to pouch easily! Is there a twise left in this game

AJ Hall c Tharanga b Malinga 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

South Africa 206/7   SL Malinga 8-0-49-2
46.1

Malinga to Kallis, OUT, Would you believe it? Malinga has got the hat-trick! Full, furious, outside off stump, Kallis goes for a square-drive and nicks it behind. Loud appeal. Kallis stays rooted. Even louder appeal and Harper raises the fatal finger. SA eight down and choking real badly.

JH Kallis c †Sangakkara b Malinga 86 (187m 110b 4x4 0x6) SR: 78.18

46.2

Malinga to Ntini, OUT, And then they were one! Malinga gets four in four. Unbelievable! Screaming yorker and Ntini drives, plays all over it and ball crashes into the middle stump. Malinga is slinging down magic deliveries and SA are nine down.

M Ntini b Malinga 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

46.3

Malinga to Langeveldt, no run, beaten Just kissed past the off stump. Tremendous nerves out there. Full and just outside off, yorker-length, Langeveldt pokes at it and gets beaten

46.4

Malinga to Langeveldt, no run, full, straight, on the off stump, pushed to mid-off. 3 to win from 20 balls. Camera pans to South Africa dressing room. They look stunned

46.5

Malinga to Langeveldt, 1 run, Jayasuriya mis-fields at squareleg and SA sneak in one run. SLower one, on the middle and leg, turned to behind square. Jayasuriya moves to his right but misfields.

46.6

Malinga to Peterson, no run, beauty, another delivery that teases the outside edge. Full and tailing away from off stump, drives and is beaten. What a fab over it has been.

South Africa 208/9   SL Malinga 9-0-50-4
48.1

Malinga to Peterson, no run, Swing and a miss. What a cracking game this has been. Full and just outside off stump, slants away, he has a drive, but inside the line and the ball rushes past the outside edge.

48.2

Malinga to Peterson, FOUR, Peterson does it for SA with a edge past the slip. Fullish, outside off stump, Peterson drives, gets a outside edge and it runs down to third man boundary. SA have won. They nearly choked but have pulled it off. Peterson jumps in the air, pumps his fist and then smashes the stumps down at the other end. Immediately apologises! What a cracker of a game!

South Africa 212/9   SL Malinga 9.2-0-54-4
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