ICC World Cup - 37th match, Super Eights

West Indies v South Africa

South Africa won by 67 runs

Smith to take the first ball. No he's not; AB de Villiers is, and he'll be facing Corey Collymore. They're mucking around with the sightscreen, making tiny, annoying adjustments. Only cricket can do this to itself. Come on - get on with it

Ah, here are the players. Marvellous. Lara and co ambling out into the middle, under pleasantly clear skies.

09.25 Not long to go now. Keep an eye on Anand Vasu's carefully crafted bulletin, updated at regular intervals.

"I see Dileep Premachandran quotes Ecclesiastes in his preview of today's game," says Tom Gray. "Is he preparing a similar piece on the Exodus of the West Indies?" Not bad, Tom. Next.

"Go the Black Caps!" screams a New Zealand supporter. Wrong day, wrong match, but what the heck let's all join in. After three; one, two, Go the Black Caps!. This is Kieron Pollard's one-day debut, incidentally. No pressure then. More on him here. But he does have World Cup experience - at Under-19 level, at least...only six first class matches under his belt. These stats courtesy of Cricinfo's biggest geek, Jenny Thompson.

09.15 Just to remind you. Loots Bosman and Andrew Hall are in, Charl Langeveldt and Justin Kemp are out for South Africa. Devon Smith and Kieron Pollard are West Indies' other two inclusions, Jerome Taylor and Dwayne Smith miss out.

All very exciting indeed in what is a crunch match for the West Indies. As crunchy as a bowl of cornflakes. If you have any thoughts or wisdom, drop us a line.

All eyes on South Africa today, though, after the thrashing Bangladesh inflicted on them. "It was unexpected, a disappointing day, but we've got to move on and move on quickly," Smith flat-batted. "We had a good session yesterday but we've let the lads relax and get away from the game a bit. We've been in pressure situations in the last few years and we've come out pretty well."

Collymore in for Taylor. And two other changes for West Indies who have won the toss and chosen to bowl. "There is moisture in the pitch," Lara said, "and we're going to exploit that and try to put South Africa under early pressure."

A pitch report for you courtesy of Michael Holding. All the rolling should have pressed the moisture out of it, but there are dark patches which may suggest there's moisture trapped in it. There are a couple of cracks around, but not enough to worry the batsmen. It's smooth and the ball should come on to the bat.

09.00 A very good morning to you all and welcome to Grenada. It'll be me, Will Luke, and Jenny Thompson to guide you like lost lambs through today's match and we hope you'll stick with us for the duration. You have no reason not to, after all. Cracking game in store, too. West Indies were down and out a few days ago yet now - thanks to Bangladesh's absolute thrashing of South Africa - they have a lifeline.

0.1

Collymore to de Villiers, no run, and a good start from Collymore, cutting this back into de Villiers who initially looks for a run, but Collymore leaps to his right to field

0.2

Collymore to de Villiers, no run, again well bowled, just short of a length and de Villiers is back into his crease, flicking it with elastic wrists...but again he can't break the midwicket gap

0.3

Collymore to de Villiers, no run, wider of the off stump this time and it's left alone. A touch of outswing there for Collymore

Pitch it up...

0.4

Collymore to de Villiers, 1 wide, down the leg side. And wided

0.4

Collymore to de Villiers, 1 wide, oh dear. The radar's battery juice is running out again. This one is wide of the off stump and called as such

0.4

Collymore to de Villiers, 1 run, again drifting down leg and it's turned off his pads for a single

Smith on strike for his first ball

0.5

Collymore to Smith, no run, and Smith goes for a chumping cut but can't time it and it bobbles out into the off side

0.6

Collymore to Smith, 1 run, down the leg side, off his pads and Smith steals the strike

End of over 1 (4 runs) South Africa 4/0 (RR: 4.00)
GC Smith    1* (2b)      CD Collymore    1-0-4-0
AB de Villiers    1* (4b)     

Daren Powell to open from the other end - one of few West Indians to have had a fine tournament so far. He's been tight and controlled, in nearly every spell he's bowled

A big shout out to Ryan, on the train in New York - CaribbeanCricket's finest - who asks us to bring West Indies some luck. We'll do out best...

1.1

Powell to Smith, no run, and he starts with a cracking delivery, a firey lifter which passes by Smith's wafty push outside his off stump. Terrific first ball

1.2

Powell to Smith, no run, ooh and some swing for Powell straight away, too; on leg stump, swinging into his pads. Smith tries to push it to leg but rather falls over, as is his wont, and Powell roars an optimistic appeal

1.3

Powell to Smith, no run, quick again, and Smith gets bat on it this time, nudging it out into the off side - without great conviction

Powell's begun very well indeed here

1.4

Powell to Smith, 1 run, again Smith is hurried into a stroke, and it's too full to be pulling - but Smith does pull, without timing or conviction and it bobbles out pathetically to midwicket

1.5

Powell to de Villiers, no run, his first poor ball, too wide - swinging wider of the off stump and de Villiers leaves alone

1.6

Powell to de Villiers, 1 wide, and another wide. That was possibly a Test wide, in fact, if not a Harmison-wide

Super effort, that

1.6

Powell to de Villiers, no run, beautiful ball, in the channel - in the corridor, if you like - and left alone.

End of over 2 (2 runs) South Africa 6/0 (RR: 3.00)
AB de Villiers    1* (6b)      DBL Powell    1-0-2-0
GC Smith    2* (6b)      CD Collymore    1-0-4-0

2.1

Collymore to Smith, 1 wide, oh dear - that's just rubbish. Down Smith's leg side and rightly called a wide

South Africa off to a sundries flyer here

2.1

Collymore to Smith, 1 run, poked off the back foot behind square. Ugly stroke, if reasonably effective. Effective in that he got a run for it

2.2

Collymore to de Villiers, FOUR, shot. A gift from the bowler, too short and wide, but it was sweetly struck off the back foot, well in front of square for four

2.3

Collymore to de Villiers, no run, and a good line this time from Collymore, just outside de Villiers' off stump who is watchful in his arm-shouldering antics

2.4

Collymore to de Villiers, 1 run, less watchful this time, deliberately cutting this - slicing it, rather - down to third man

2.5

Collymore to Smith, 1 leg bye, Smith's bread and butter, there, just nudging one to leg and scampering through for a single

2.6

Collymore to de Villiers, no run, good line and length outside off. de Villiers leaves it alone, and well done him

End of over 3 (8 runs) South Africa 14/0 (RR: 4.66)
AB de Villiers    6* (10b 1x4)      CD Collymore    2-0-11-0
GC Smith    3* (8b)      DBL Powell    1-0-2-0

Right, here we go

They're still fussing over the sightscreen - in fact, it's the black curtains which should be hiding the white boundary boards. And there's a gap which is causing them all to fuss like old women. Get on with it - this should all have been sorted hours ago

3.1

Powell to Smith, no run, good one on off stump, forcing Smith back who plays it into the covers off the back foot

3.2

Powell to Smith, no run, terrific ball; just outside off stump, swinging into him and Smith's concrete-feet are trapped in the crease as he tries to clamp down on it at the very last minute but gets an inside edge. That was mighty close, mighty mighty close

3.3

Powell to Smith, no run, Smith is right back into his crease, almost eating the stumps, defending this solidly off the back foot

Much better from Smith there. Greater conviction, at least

3.4

Powell to Smith, 1 run, and that'll be four - no it won't, but it should've been. Smith cutting with ferocity, but without the placement

3.5

Powell to de Villiers, no run, well that's just a daft stroke from de Villiers, attempting to cover-drive a Powell outswinger and missing it entirely

Two slips in place. Where's the third?

3.6

Powell to de Villiers, no run, left alone outside off

"Lots of horns and conches and other formerly offensive implements," reports Andrew Miller.

End of over 4 (1 run) South Africa 15/0 (RR: 3.75)
AB de Villiers    6* (12b 1x4)      DBL Powell    2-0-3-0
GC Smith    4* (12b)      CD Collymore    2-0-11-0

4.1

Collymore to Smith, no run, on off stump and Smith is back, defending it with a high front elbow

4.2

Collymore to Smith, 1 run, a very ugly stroke, Smith not moving his feet as he tries to clatter it through the covers

4.3

Collymore to de Villiers, 1 run, well bowled, swinging it into the right hander who is struck on the pads trying to work it to leg

4.4

Collymore to Smith, no run, excellent ball, cutting away from Smith but, to his credit, he read it well and left alone. Too short to be driving, mind, which probably helped him in his decision

4.5

Collymore to Smith, 1 run, neatly clipped on his legs through the covers but Lara is quick beyond his years, preventing two

4.6

Collymore to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers walks into this defensive stroke, presenting the full face of the moon, and the bat, to the bowler

End of over 5 (3 runs) South Africa 18/0 (RR: 3.60)
AB de Villiers    7* (14b 1x4)      CD Collymore    3-0-14-0
GC Smith    6* (16b)      DBL Powell    2-0-3-0

Second slip moves out to gully. Just the lone slip in there, then

5.1

Powell to Smith, no run, and again excellent swing for Powell (if a swinging ball can be excellent), with this one swinging across the left hander who again is troubled by it, defending it off the back foot

5.2

Powell to Smith, 1 run, but that's Smith's bread and butter, on his leg stump and he turns it away down to fine leg. A fumble from Bradshaw isn't costly

5.3

Powell to de Villiers, no run, impressive pace from Powell, de Villiers almost steps to leg in leaving that one alone

5.4

Powell to de Villiers, 1 run, classily driven on the front foot to cover

5.5

Powell to Smith, no run, very well timed from Smith, pumping it almost one-footed to midwicket

Anything on his legs is likely to be smothered for four. He's a leg-smotherer

5.6

Powell to Smith, no run, punched to mid-off

End of over 6 (2 runs) South Africa 20/0 (RR: 3.33)
GC Smith    7* (20b)      DBL Powell    3-0-5-0
AB de Villiers    8* (16b 1x4)      CD Collymore    3-0-14-0

"They're just feeling eachother out there," comments Tony Cozier. I wouldn't go that far

6.1

Collymore to de Villiers, no run, good line, nagging length and de Villiers watches it zoot past him. Afterwards, a nervous Alec-Stewart-like jig rather suggests he wants to get on with things

6.2

Collymore to de Villiers, no run, better still from Collymore here, on middle stump and it's pushed to mid-on

6.3

Collymore to de Villiers, no run, ooh, not at all convincing from de Villiers. A terrific line from Collymore who's made up for his first-over-shocka, as the batsman pushes this one off the back foot - getting on top of the bounce well, but pushing it away from his body

6.4

Collymore to de Villiers, 1 run, very well bowled once again, this one angling into de Villiers who shapes to drive but gets a very ugly, thick inside edge

6.5

Collymore to Smith, no run, on off stump, and pushed back to the bowler

Anand Vasu, today's bulletin writer, out-geeks Jenny with this: "Kieron Pollard is the sixth West Indian cricketer to make his ODI debut in a World Cup match. Others are Viv Richards, Andy Roberts, Gordon Greenidge, Phil Simmons and Ricardo Powell. That stat courtesy HR Gopalakrishna."

6.6

Collymore to Smith, OUT, oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. That is a terrible stroke. Half a step down the track, trying to hit an outswinger over the top and a thick edge hands the wicketkeeper the simplest of catches

GC Smith c †Ramdin b Collymore 7 (35m 22b 0x4 0x6) SR: 31.81

There was simply no need for that stroke. On another note...Jimmy says "it's funny to watch the ICC trying to forcefully inject life into the World Cup by allowing in Weapons of Musical Destruction."

End of over 7 (1 run) South Africa 21/1 (RR: 3.00)
     CD Collymore    4-0-15-1
AB de Villiers    9* (20b 1x4)      DBL Powell    3-0-5-0

7.1

Powell to de Villiers, no run, defended on the front foot

7.2

Powell to de Villiers, 1 run, good, quick ball outside off stump which is angled, without moving his feet, to point

7.3

Powell to Kallis, no run, well bowled! A fine yorker, spearing into to Kallis's leg stump who digs it out

7.4

Powell to Kallis, 2 runs, again spearing into his leg stump but fuller in length, and Kallis works it through midwicket for a couple

7.5

Powell to Kallis, no run, another fine delivery, almost squaring up Kallis who plays it with one hand off the bat, angling it down into the off side

Powell has been consistently accurate this morning, never letting up in his pace

7.6

Powell to Kallis, 2 runs, slightly too leg-side-drifty and it's worked through midwicket

End of over 8 (5 runs) South Africa 26/1 (RR: 3.25)
JH Kallis    4* (4b)      DBL Powell    4-0-10-0
AB de Villiers    10* (22b 1x4)      CD Collymore    4-0-15-1

"The party stand has gone utterly butterly bonkers with that wicket," Andrew says. "And it makes such a difference to the whole mood of the occasion."

8.1

Collymore to de Villiers, 1 run, just short of a length, it's pushed out to cover

8.2

Collymore to Kallis, no run, right on the money - attacking off stump, and Kallis is hunched in defence. That one kept just a touch low

8.3

Collymore to Kallis, no run, and again a terrific line here, an inch or so outside Kallis's off stump who again is quite crouched in defending it on the front foot

Cautious and watchful

8.4

Collymore to Kallis, no run, straighter from Collymore this time, but Kallis can't beat midwicket

8.5

Collymore to Kallis, no run, pushed off the back foot into the covers for the fourth dot of the over

8.6

Collymore to Kallis, no run, a good end to another fine over, Kallis just punching it defensively to mid-off

End of over 9 (1 run) South Africa 27/1 (RR: 3.00)
JH Kallis    4* (9b)      CD Collymore    5-0-16-1
AB de Villiers    11* (23b 1x4)      DBL Powell    4-0-10-0

9.1

Powell to de Villiers, FOUR, well that's a half volley which is smashed, albeit not fully in control, slicing it just past backward point. Sarwan is salmon-like but his impressive dive is all in vain

9.2

Powell to de Villiers, no run, too straight, but de Villiers is beaten for pace here and can't time it as well he might

Roger Telemachus has recovered from a respiratory infection that had made him unavailable for selection. "I think he is better now," said the team doctor. Hardly fills you with confidence, does it?

9.3

Powell to de Villiers, no run, and this ducks back into de Villiers who tries to cut it, but is cramped. Again too quick for him

9.4

Powell to de Villiers, no run, this is fine bowling, it really is. Quick, short, bouncing and lifting on de Villiers who wisely left it alone - but that came from nowhere. An impressive, surprise bouncer

9.5

Powell to de Villiers, FOUR, well he's done a Smith here, and somehow got four. Half a step down the pitch, and tries to hit him over the head before deciding to close the face and sponge it over midwicket. Mistimed, but he got enough on it for four

9.6

Powell to de Villiers, 1 run, a full toss bunged to cover - but Bravo is quick there, and sends in a missile-like throw...but it's wide of the stumps. And the batsman's home, anyway

That's it from me. Here's Jen. Thanks Will.

Greetings all. Just to sweep up a few queries: the crowd's big and excitable and with plenty of horns, just what you'd want in a crowd. An explanation of Powerplays is here, more info about the commentators and indeed Cricinfo team is here. The sun is shining, the weather is sweet ... and you can guess about the dancing feet. If there's anything else you'd like to know, email us.

I'll start with the fact the second Powerplay has been taken.

End of over 10 (9 runs) South Africa 36/1 (RR: 3.60)
AB de Villiers    20* (29b 3x4)      DBL Powell    5-0-19-0
JH Kallis    4* (9b)      CD Collymore    5-0-16-1

10.1

Collymore to de Villiers, no run, pitched straight and that's defended on the back foot

10.2

Collymore to de Villiers, no run, touch of width and that's rightly cut down hard to gully but a tidy piece of fielding cuts the ball off, no run

10.3

Collymore to de Villiers, no run, unconvincing back-foot defensive from de Villiers, just about getting an edge on that as the ball falls forward on off, out of harm

10.4

Collymore to de Villiers, no run, better, a more solid shot to one which pitches on off stump this time, on a good length

10.5

Collymore to de Villiers, 1 run, outside off this time, opens his shoulders and tries to cover-drive that one, but an edge flies low, out of danger, through gully

10.6

Collymore to Kallis, FOUR, top shot. The ball was straight and only just a touch short and that was well whipped off the hips through square, a crashing pull shot

End of over 11 (5 runs) South Africa 41/1 (RR: 3.72)
JH Kallis    8* (10b 1x4)      CD Collymore    6-0-21-1
AB de Villiers    21* (34b 3x4)      DBL Powell    5-0-19-0

11.1

Powell to de Villiers, 2 runs, just a touch short and that's a very nice shot by de Villiers, lofted high off the base of the bat, deliberately lifted over the inner ring and on towards extra cover

11.2

Powell to de Villiers, no run, nice angle from Powell, tempting the batsman to fish outside off stump as that one arcs just a touch away from him

11.3

Powell to de Villiers, FOUR, short outside off this time and de Villiers does not miss out; waited and just crashed that in front of midwicket and it rockets away - it had timing, it had power and it got runs

11.4

Powell to de Villiers, 3 runs, good work by Lara on the straight boundary and that brings up South Africa's fifty - de Villiers just leaning into that straight drive

Cheers ring out for the fifty, but also for some tidy fielding

11.5

Powell to Kallis, FOUR, class from Kallis this time, just striding into the cover-drive with a mere caress of the bat, finds the gap and the ball races away

11.6

Powell to Kallis, 2 runs, strays onto leg and Kallis is so good on his legs, turning his wrists into that shot which runs through square

Controversial from Arjun: "Shouldn't we rather call it Weapons of Musical Distraction?" Only if you want the grounds to lose their identity. You don't hear the players or spectators complaining and indeed it's great to hear something of the real Caribbean out there.

A change of bowling now - Ian Bradshaw is into the attack

End of over 12 (15 runs) South Africa 56/1 (RR: 4.66)
JH Kallis    14* (12b 2x4)      DBL Powell    6-0-34-0
AB de Villiers    30* (38b 4x4)      CD Collymore    6-0-21-1

12.1

Bradshaw to de Villiers, no run, on the money immediately, pushing that one quickly past the outside edge in a dangerous area and the batsman leaves that alone

12.2

Bradshaw to de Villiers, 1 run, on leg this time, short enough to be swished out to the man at deep square

South Africa have recovered well from the early loss of Smith, it seems

12.3

Bradshaw to Kallis, no run, neat delivery, that one doing a touch in the air, moving away off the seam and drawing the batsman into going for a drive. Beaten

12.4

Bradshaw to Kallis, no run, wider and that's some quality fielding from Chanderpaul, but not the catch the crowd thought it was - it didn't quite carry to him at cover, and he did well to get his body behind it on the bounce

12.5

Bradshaw to Kallis, 2 runs, a misfield this time, Sarwan at midwicket letting the drive go through his fingers

12.6

Bradshaw to Kallis, 3 runs, drags it a touch short on off and Kallis shuffles across his off stump to drive that in front of midwicket

A good first over from Bradshaw, even if six came off it - he asked a few questions, there, and he's looking a threat.

Big cheers greet the arrival of Dwayne Bravo into the bowling attack

End of over 13 (6 runs) South Africa 62/1 (RR: 4.76)
JH Kallis    19* (16b 2x4)      IDR Bradshaw    1-0-6-0
AB de Villiers    31* (40b 4x4)      DBL Powell    6-0-34-0

13.1

Bravo to Kallis, no run, on a good length first up and pitching on off, pushing the batsman onto his back foot to defend

13.2

Bravo to Kallis, FOUR, short and that's gone just in front of point for a one-bounce four, a crisp aerial drive which doesn't go as straight as he'd like - in fact it went square

13.3

Bravo to Kallis, no run

13.4

Bravo to Kallis, SIX, superb shot, really superb. A touch wider and Kallis just stepped back and gave himself room to launch that one over cover. That's the fifty partnership

The South Africa pair are so dominant out there right now

13.5

Bravo to Kallis, FOUR, comes forward and walks across the bowler before the ball's even been delivered, turning that off his front foot to the midwicket boundary. Pollard nearly got hold of it inside the boundary, but is honest in signalling four - his foot connected with the trope while the ball was still in his hand

13.6

Bravo to Kallis, FOUR, walked across his stumps again and walked into that one, flaying it in of midwicket with another strong drive

End of over 14 (18 runs) South Africa 80/1 (RR: 5.71)
JH Kallis    37* (22b 5x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    1-0-18-0
AB de Villiers    31* (40b 4x4)      IDR Bradshaw    1-0-6-0

14.1

Bradshaw to de Villiers, no run, shuffles that one down the corridor on a good length and that's left alone outside off

14.2

Bradshaw to de Villiers, 1 run, just outside off, the batsman goes down on one knee, opens the face, and plays that down to wide third man

Arjun writes back. "Point taken. Honestly, I'd choose the Carribean musical atmosphere over the snooty sections of Lord's any day."

14.3

Bradshaw to Kallis, 2 runs, across the righthander, but with too much width to be menacing, and that's easily driven out to the cover boundary

Kallis is limping at the moment, and the physio runs out to give some attention to his left shin. He's looking in some discomfort. We'll keep you updated about that but meanwhile "If Kallis continues like this," Paul Watson writes (not about the niggle), "I can see the South African headlines tomorrow 'Kallis heroic!' and we'll all totally forget the Aussie game. Fickle, fickle. We love you Kallis!"

An early drinks break is taken - makes sense.

14.4

Bradshaw to Kallis, no run, pitched up there, straight, and that's driven without much fuss to mid-off

14.5

Bradshaw to Kallis, 1 wide, saw the batsman sniffing over to the off side and tried to send the ball even wider, but obviously went too wide

14.5

Bradshaw to Kallis, 1 run, outside off and third man has to run out behind point to retrieve that one

Strapping was applied to Kallis's ankle in the break, but he's moving comfortably enough

14.6

Bradshaw to de Villiers, 1 run, straight and that's poked down into the leg-side for a quick single of strike-stealingness

End of over 15 (6 runs) South Africa 86/1 (RR: 5.73)
AB de Villiers    33* (43b 4x4)      IDR Bradshaw    2-0-12-0
JH Kallis    40* (25b 5x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    1-0-18-0

They've opted not to take the third Powerplay

15.1

Bravo to de Villiers, 1 run, oops, that one slipped out, a waist-high full toss that's worked down into square

15.2

Bravo to Kallis, no run, cuts in off the seam and Kallis goes to cut it, misses and there's a rubbish appeal from Bravo "Howz..." he begins... before having another go "How is that?"

15.3

Bravo to Kallis, no run, width and that one's cut straight to the fielder at cover

15.4

Bravo to Kallis, no run, this one's more like it - Bravo getting the edge but Ramdin drops it as he's too close to the stumps (standing up)

15.5

Bravo to Kallis, no run, driven into the covers this time

A cacophony of horns ringing out round the ground now, like a Mumbai traffic jam

15.6

Bravo to Kallis, no run, outside off and played down without much fuss

Very good over from Bravo, nearly getting his man, and temporarily applying the brakes.

Kallis has damaged the ligaments in his left ankle, but he's fine to continue

End of over 16 (1 run) South Africa 87/1 (RR: 5.43)
JH Kallis    40* (30b 5x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    2-0-19-0
AB de Villiers    34* (44b 4x4)      IDR Bradshaw    2-0-12-0

16.1

Bradshaw to de Villiers, no run, driven forward to mid-off

16.2

Bradshaw to de Villiers, 1 leg bye, excellent ball on leg, that goes right through the batsman and there was a very woody noise which sounded like the bail coming off, but it was the ball connecting with the splice and rushing on past the keeper - de Villiers is a lucky boy, because he was a beaten one, there

16.3

Bradshaw to Kallis, 1 run, on leg again and that's clipped down into square this time

16.4

Bradshaw to de Villiers, no run, on leg again and this one is eased into the covers on the front foot

16.5

Bradshaw to de Villiers, no run, on leg once more and that's worked off the front foot into short midwicket

de Villiers rehearses his air drive

16.6

Bradshaw to de Villiers, no run, oh hello, how did that miss? Didn't bounce as high as de Villiers expected, and the batsman shaped to pull that through midwicket. He ended up squaring himself up to the stumps and the ball squinted past the off stump... by millimetres

End of over 17 (2 runs) South Africa 89/1 (RR: 5.23)
AB de Villiers    34* (49b 4x4)      IDR Bradshaw    3-0-13-0
JH Kallis    41* (31b 5x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    2-0-19-0

17.1

Bravo to Kallis, no run, driven straight to Gayle in the covers and the excellent fielder makes no mistake of course

17.2

Bravo to Kallis, 2 runs, drags it down a touch short, and there's width, too; the batsman duly obliges with a cover drive but it's tidied up inside the rope

17.3

Bravo to Kallis, 1 run, short and wide again, but the ball's rising this time and Kallis waits on tiptoes to lace that off the back foot through point

17.4

Bravo to de Villiers, no run, goes for a repeat of the shot earlier in the over - this time the ball does have the height, but de Villiers plays over it

Bravo clipped the non-striker's bails on follow-through, there, entirely accidentally. Ouch

17.5

Bravo to de Villiers, 1 run, up there and dug out, driven into the covers, and that should have been a clear run-out chance, but Gayle failed to pick it up cleanly in the first place

17.6

Bravo to Kallis, no run, driven off the back foot straight to the man at point this time

End of over 18 (4 runs) South Africa 93/1 (RR: 5.16)
JH Kallis    44* (35b 5x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    3-0-23-0
AB de Villiers    35* (51b 4x4)      IDR Bradshaw    3-0-13-0

18.1

Bradshaw to de Villiers, no run, on leg and there's a hopeful shout of "Catch it" from Ramdin as the ball pops way short of the man in at leg

18.2

Bradshaw to de Villiers, 1 run, plants that one on a good length and AB de V nearly runs himself out there, driving that one straight to cover and how he wasn't out... well, the throw missed

18.3

Bradshaw to Kallis, 1 run, worked easily off the back foot behind point

It's all going on - chances going abegging, but the crowd are pepped up nevertheless

18.4

Bradshaw to de Villiers, FOUR, shorter ball and de Villiers just helps himself to a straight drive, which will ease the pressure a touch

18.5

Bradshaw to de Villiers, no run, fuller delivery, on off, and that's driven straight to the man at cover - this time they decide not to risk one of their risky singles

18.6

Bradshaw to de Villiers, no run, pushed right up there and that's cut down, defensively, off the back foot to gully

End of over 19 (6 runs) South Africa 99/1 (RR: 5.21)
AB de Villiers    40* (56b 5x4)      IDR Bradshaw    4-0-19-0
JH Kallis    45* (36b 5x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    3-0-23-0

19.1

Bravo to Kallis, no run, pushed up there and dug out from off stump to the covers

19.2

Bravo to Kallis, 1 run, an easy single into the covers which brings up the hundred and that's trumpeted by ... well, the trumpeter

19.3

Bravo to de Villiers, FOUR, short and cut away strongly behind point

19.4

Bravo to de Villiers, SIX, slower ball, de Villiers picks it up early and sends that one over long-on with a bloody drive which just to say clears the rope and brings up his half-century

West Indies being made to pay by missing out on those run-out and catching opportunities

19.5

Bravo to de Villiers, 2 runs, on leg and that's tucked away in front of midwicket

19.6

Bravo to de Villiers, no run, pushes the batsman onto the back foot and that's squeezed into the covers

19.7

Bravo to de Villiers, 1 run, very low full toss bombs in at the shins, but that's flicked away

And now it's time to handover to Will. Take it away, Mr Luke

End of over 20 (14 runs) South Africa 113/1 (RR: 5.60)
AB de Villiers    53* (61b 6x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    4-0-37-0
JH Kallis    46* (38b 5x4 1x6)      IDR Bradshaw    4-0-19-0

Thanks, Jen

20.1

Bradshaw to de Villiers, 1 run, over the wicket and it's too wide of his leg stump, easily turned off his hip behind square

20.2

Bradshaw to Kallis, 1 run, an authoritative slap through the covers, but deep extra is out on the boundary to prevent four

20.3

Bradshaw to de Villiers, 1 run, another massive blow from de Villiers, but without timing or placing it and it lands like a mortar in the outfield over cover

20.4

Bradshaw to Kallis, 1 run, better delivery this time, nice and full, and it's pushed back to him

"If South Africa decide to let Jacques continue playing in pain, it would be rather kallous of them." Sattu's words, not ours

20.5

Bradshaw to de Villiers, 1 run, worked off his legs, milked, for another single

20.6

Bradshaw to Kallis, no run, short of a length, cut hard but straight to point

South Africa are very handily placed here, ticking along at just over 5.5 runs per over. And just one wicket down, on a slowish pitch. Runs aplenty...

End of over 21 (5 runs) South Africa 118/1 (RR: 5.61)
JH Kallis    48* (41b 5x4 1x6)      IDR Bradshaw    5-0-24-0
AB de Villiers    56* (64b 6x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    4-0-37-0

Here's Collymore, slipless

21.1

Collymore to de Villiers, no run, just angling back into the batsman who is back onto his stumps and defending it off the back foot

21.2

Collymore to de Villiers, no run, nearly! Short of a length and he pulled it, got a bottom edge and it just fell short of Lara at short midwicket

21.3

Collymore to de Villiers, no run, elegantly driven on the up but straight to cover

21.4

Collymore to de Villiers, 2 runs, sliced on the front foot past backward point for two. Neatly placed

A few emails on why Bravo didn't run out Kallis when the batsman was out of his crease (17.4). Well, it's because the practice of Mankadding (as it's known) has been done away with.

21.5

Collymore to de Villiers, no run, full, straight - just slipping down the leg side and the batsman rather misses out here, the ball ballooning off his pad out into the off side

21.6

Collymore to de Villiers, no run, and he gives himself a touch of room outside off before timing it into the covers. But again he can't pierce the gap

Great comeback for Collymore there and for the West Indies. They just need a quite period here, a few steady overs to claw back South Africa

End of over 22 (2 runs) South Africa 120/1 (RR: 5.45)
AB de Villiers    58* (70b 6x4 1x6)      CD Collymore    7-0-23-1
JH Kallis    48* (41b 5x4 1x6)      IDR Bradshaw    5-0-24-0

Over the wicket

22.1

Bradshaw to Kallis, no run, he stands tall and punches it to cover, but straight to the man there

Gayle into the attack soon?

22.2

Bradshaw to Kallis, no run, a gift, frankly, on leg stump but he misses out

22.3

Bradshaw to Kallis, no run, elegantly, expansively smashed - but straight to point

Good start from Bradshaw so far this over

22.4

Bradshaw to Kallis, 1 run, nearly! Smacked again to Bravo at point who picked up with one hand, threw to the non-striker's end where Kallis had already given up hope...but the throw was wider

Just too many near-misses for West Indies today

22.5

Bradshaw to de Villiers, no run, ooh that was mighty, mighty close, just angling across de Villiers who played and missed and it was neatly taken by the keeper, whipping off the bails...but the batsman kept his foot behind the line

22.6

Bradshaw to de Villiers, no run, punched on the front foot back to the bowler. Super piece of punching

End of over 23 (1 run) South Africa 121/1 (RR: 5.26)
AB de Villiers    58* (72b 6x4 1x6)      IDR Bradshaw    6-0-25-0
JH Kallis    49* (45b 5x4 1x6)      CD Collymore    7-0-23-1

23.1

Collymore to Kallis, 2 runs, punched down the ground to long-on and there's his half-century

His 62nd overall and 7th in World Cups

23.2

Collymore to Kallis, no run, a full toss which is pushed to cover. Smashed would be more accurate but, either way, it was hit straight to the fielder

23.3

Collymore to Kallis, 1 leg bye, and he's hit him. We've not had many batsman felled in this Cup so far, and nor was Kallis felled there...but the ball rocketed into his midriff following a mis-timed pull

23.4

Collymore to de Villiers, no run, just short of a length, again de Villiers gives himself a touch of room outside leg before flicking it, ungainly, to midwicket. No run there

23.5

Collymore to de Villiers, 1 run, fine shot, on the up, slapping him through the infield - but just for a single

23.6

Collymore to Kallis, no run, down on one knee, Kallis launches into another drive but again lacks placement and it falls short of mid-off

This is good stuff from the West Indies, just hauling back South Africa's spiralling run-rate and keeping a lid on things. More work needed though...and South Africa bat all the way to No. 9

End of over 24 (4 runs) South Africa 125/1 (RR: 5.20)
JH Kallis    51* (49b 5x4 1x6)      CD Collymore    8-0-26-1
AB de Villiers    59* (74b 6x4 1x6)      IDR Bradshaw    6-0-25-0

Here's Bradshaw, once more over the wicket

24.1

Bradshaw to de Villiers, 1 run, a wristy flick, using the pace of the delivery to work it behind square for one

24.2

Bradshaw to Kallis, 1 run, punched on the back foot to cover

24.3

Bradshaw to de Villiers, 1 run, turned through midwicket for a single

24.4

Bradshaw to Kallis, 1 run, cut through the covers

24.5

Bradshaw to de Villiers, 1 run, just short of a length and he climbs into it, driving it out to deep extra cover

24.6

Bradshaw to Kallis, 1 run, and it's worked through midwicket for another milking single

Gremlins in the system I'm afraid. Slight delay for the next few minutes, but worry not - nothing will be lost. Hang in there...

End of over 25 (6 runs) South Africa 131/1 (RR: 5.24)
JH Kallis    54* (52b 5x4 1x6)      IDR Bradshaw    7-0-31-0
AB de Villiers    62* (77b 6x4 1x6)      CD Collymore    8-0-26-1

Here's Daren Powell

25.1

Powell to Kallis, no run, and immediately he causes Kallis problems with one outside off; Kallis goes for an expansive drive, inside edging into his boot and very nearly into his stumps

25.2

Powell to Kallis, no run, excellent line again, on a good length and it's defended

25.3

Powell to Kallis, 1 run, ooh and Kallis does a bit of an Irish jig here, stepping outside off and flamingo-flicking it through midwicket

25.4

Powell to de Villiers, 1 run, ah, very well played from de Villiers. A forward defence, dropping it dead into the off side and they scamper through for a single

25.5

Powell to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis steps outside off and flicks it through midwicket

25.6

Powell to de Villiers, 1 run, full and straight, pinged back to the bowler

End of over 26 (4 runs) South Africa 135/1 (RR: 5.19)
AB de Villiers    64* (79b 6x4 1x6)      DBL Powell    7-0-38-0
JH Kallis    56* (56b 5x4 1x6)      IDR Bradshaw    7-0-31-0

Here's Pollard, making his debut

"Remember that South Africa also choke all the way to No. 11" says Ajit.

26.1

Pollard to de Villiers, 2 runs, a shorter ball, cheekily dabbed off the face of the bat past the vacant slip down to third man...who can't prevent two

26.2

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 run, little bit too wide of the off stump, and it's late cut

26.3

Pollard to Kallis, 2 runs, straighter this time and Kallis walks into this flick, and, well, flicks it to deep midwicket for another easy single

South Africa just cruising here. Content to pick up the singles and take advantage of some pretty wobbly, at times shoddy, West Indies fielding

26.4

Pollard to Kallis, no run, far, far too wide but he rather misses out here. Lack of pace from Pollard and Kallis clatters it on the front foot but straight into the covers

Clatter is a brilliant word. Onomatopoeic, I reckon

26.5

Pollard to Kallis, 1 run, stands tall and works this down to long-on this time

South Africa just picking the gaps here and threading the ball between them

26.6

Pollard to de Villiers, 2 runs, very slow, too wide, dabbed down to third man

End of over 27 (8 runs) South Africa 143/1 (RR: 5.29)
AB de Villiers    69* (82b 6x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    1-0-8-0
JH Kallis    59* (59b 5x4 1x6)      DBL Powell    7-0-38-0

27.1

Powell to Kallis, no run, cut into the covers

27.2

Powell to Kallis, 1 run, pushed down the ground - again a "walking" shot

27.3

Powell to de Villiers, no run, ooh well bowled indeed. Swinging into the batsman who again takes a step outside leg, and is forced to really clamp down on this yorker-length delivery on middle stump

Nice pace there, and deadly accurate too

27.4

Powell to de Villiers, 1 run, cracked behind square, down on one knee, to a wide third man

27.5

Powell to Kallis, no run, excellent line just outside off, and angled into the covers

27.6

Powell to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis takes another step to the off side, displaying all three of his stumps but flicks it with ease through midwicket

End of over 28 (3 runs) South Africa 146/1 (RR: 5.21)
JH Kallis    61* (63b 5x4 1x6)      DBL Powell    8-0-41-0
AB de Villiers    70* (84b 6x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    1-0-8-0

28.1

Pollard to Kallis, no run, on off stump, it's defended on the front foot. Good length

28.2

Pollard to Kallis, no run, splodged to backward point. Absolutely no pace from the bowler here, which might be a blessing in disguise for West Indies

28.3

Pollard to Kallis, 2 runs, cracked through the covers and they sprint the single, Kallis wants two - de Villiers most certainly does not, but they get it comfortably in the end owing to another poor West Indian throw

28.4

Pollard to Kallis, no run, worked to extra cover

28.5

Pollard to Kallis, 1 run, late cut down to third man

Ajit's hit a nerve - lots of South Africa fans coming to their team's defence, including Johann: "South Africa will 'choke' their way to the final, mate".

28.6

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 run, another wristy, elegant flick from de Villiers - more tip'n'run - and they grab another single

End of over 29 (4 runs) South Africa 150/1 (RR: 5.17)
AB de Villiers    71* (85b 6x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    2-0-12-0
JH Kallis    64* (68b 5x4 1x6)      DBL Powell    8-0-41-0

Here's Gayle

29.1

Gayle to de Villiers, 1 run, just outside off and pushed, nurdled to leg

29.2

Gayle to Kallis, FOUR, poor ball, asking to be cut and Kallis obliges with a late cut past the diving backward point

First boundary for almost 16 overs

29.3

Gayle to Kallis, no run, fuller this time and pushed back to Gayle

29.4

Gayle to Kallis, 2 runs, full but wide of the off stump, clattered to deep extra cover

29.5

Gayle to Kallis, 1 run, much better length this time but South Africa grab another single with an easy push to cover

29.6

Gayle to de Villiers, no run, another outrageous flick from de Villiers for a zero

Here's Miss Thompson. Thanks Mr Luke. Hello again

End of over 30 (8 runs) South Africa 158/1 (RR: 5.26)
AB de Villiers    72* (87b 6x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    1-0-8-0
JH Kallis    71* (72b 6x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    2-0-12-0

30.1

Pollard to Kallis, no run, outside off, on a good length, but that's easily left alone

30.2

Pollard to Kallis, 1 run, pushed right up there, driven back out to long-on and that's another misfield which allows a single-that-shouldn't-have-been

30.3

Pollard to de Villiers, no run, outside off and that's scooped into the covers off the back foot

30.4

Pollard to de Villiers, 2 runs, and that's cut low in front of point

30.5

Pollard to de Villiers, FOUR, sprayed fine down leg and that's worked very fine through fine leg for a fine four (any more fines and you're fined - Ed)

30.6

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 run, too short and that's cut away into the off side

There's no sense of pressure or urgency about West Indies right now; they've lost their shape and the scene is set for South Africa to post a mighty, mighty total indeed. Drinks have been taken in the middle - time to regroup. I wouldn't like to be on the end of Brian Lara's rebuking right now...

The third Powerplay's still not been taken; I'll let you know when it is.

"South Africa should step on the gas," New Zealand's Nick warns. "You never know when Chris Gayle will return to form". Indeed, you never do

End of over 31 (8 runs) South Africa 166/1 (RR: 5.35)
AB de Villiers    79* (91b 7x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    3-0-20-0
JH Kallis    72* (74b 6x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    1-0-8-0

31.1

Gayle to de Villiers, 1 run, down the wicket and that's driven to long-on

31.2

Gayle to Kallis, 1 run, just too full and that's jinked into the covers

31.3

Gayle to de Villiers, no run, dragged down and that's swept round to the man on the 45

31.4

Gayle to de Villiers, 1 run, tucked off the toes to square

31.5

Gayle to Kallis, no run, outside off, the batsman stands tall, opens the face and jabs it down to gully

31.6

Gayle to Kallis, 1 run, rocks onto his back foot and drives, without much power, into the covers

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Powell into the attack

End of over 32 (4 runs) South Africa 170/1 (RR: 5.31)
JH Kallis    74* (77b 6x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    2-0-12-0
AB de Villiers    81* (94b 7x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    3-0-20-0

32.1

Powell to Kallis, 1 run, pushes that one up there but the batsman just stands firm and guides it easily into the covers and that's 150 partnership up

32.2

Powell to de Villiers, FOUR, off stump half-volley given some welly in the form of a cover-drive which shoots off the bottom third of the bat, de Villiers just leaning into that one

32.3

Powell to de Villiers, no run, pushed up there, straight, and de Villiers is firm in defence, playing that down off the back foot

32.4

Powell to de Villiers, 1 run, good ball, cutting back in off the seam at an awkward angle; the batsman gets over it and works it to mid-on

32.5

Powell to Kallis, 1 run, squeezed into the leg-side and de Villiers gets the strike back

32.6

Powell to de Villiers, FOUR, outside off and that's driven aerially towards the covers, through the covers, and on to the boundary

End of over 33 (11 runs) South Africa 181/1 (RR: 5.48)
AB de Villiers    90* (98b 9x4 1x6)      DBL Powell    9-0-52-0
JH Kallis    76* (79b 6x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    2-0-12-0

33.1

Gayle to Kallis, no run, outside off, the batsman unleashes big arms at that one (not literally), looking to launch through the covers

33.2

Gayle to Kallis, 2 runs, driven through the covers, a more orthodox shot this time, and they put the pressure on the fielders well there, with some neat running

33.3

Gayle to Kallis, no run, poked down off the back foot into gully

33.4

Gayle to Kallis, 1 run, on middle and that's driven to mid-on

33.5

Gayle to de Villiers, 1 run, driven off the toes to Bravo at a wide long-on

33.6

Gayle to Kallis, 1 run, out to midwicket and there's a quick single

"Is it possible to 'choke' your way to the final?" asks Tom Hanks from the Isle of Man. We don't know, but couldn't resist entertaining the thought that the Tom Hanks lives in the Isle of Man (with due respect to all Manners out there, as they're not known, including our own Andrew Gnasher McGlashan who's currently throwing up at home)

Apologies that the scoring was a bit wonky there; we're back up straight now...

It's Sarwan now who comes into the attack; the seventh bowler Lara's used

End of over 34 (5 runs) South Africa 186/1 (RR: 5.47)
JH Kallis    80* (84b 6x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    3-0-17-0
AB de Villiers    91* (99b 9x4 1x6)      DBL Powell    9-0-52-0

34.1

Sarwan to Kallis, 1 run, over the wicket, outside off and there's an outside edge which goes up and down, forlornly, nowhere near the fielder behind point

34.2

Sarwan to de Villiers, no run, on the front foot and that's nibbled to point this time

34.3

Sarwan to de Villiers, no run, turns away from the batsman outside off and that's cut to point

34.4

Sarwan to de Villiers, no run, pushed right up there and defended straight

34.5

Sarwan to de Villiers, 2 runs, the batsman makes room, it's not a pretty sight as he backs away and clubs the ball towards cover - still, they get two

34.6

Sarwan to de Villiers, 1 run, a quick single, this one to the gap in the covers

"Get Loots Bosman in," demands the lowercase dan from Canterbury University. "He goes completely nuclear!" Another new word to add to the Cricinfo dictionary (the Cricdition. Or the Criconary) Mind you, this pair aren't going so badly, you know...

End of over 35 (4 runs) South Africa 190/1 (RR: 5.42)
AB de Villiers    94* (104b 9x4 1x6)      RR Sarwan    1-0-4-0
JH Kallis    81* (85b 6x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    3-0-17-0

35.1

Gayle to de Villiers, 1 run, worked to midwicket

35.2

Gayle to Kallis, OUT, Gayle strikes! At last the deadlock is broken! Kallis moved back (and then forward) to give himself some room, there, but he didn't make contact as the ball turned back into him and took middle stump

JH Kallis b Gayle 81 (127m 86b 6x4 1x6) SR: 94.18

Gibbs to the crease now

35.3

Gayle to Gibbs, no run, outside off and that's defended into the covers sturdily

"Come on boys!" chirps Ramdin

35.4

Gayle to Gibbs, 1 run, straight and that's tucked off the thigh to midwicket to bring up the gentlest of singles

35.5

Gayle to de Villiers, no run, outside off, a touch short, and de Villiers works that out on the front foot in front of midwicket

35.6

Gayle to de Villiers, 1 run, de Villiers pulls out of the shot this time, just turning it square with a stun of the bat

End of over 36 (3 runs) South Africa 193/2 (RR: 5.36)
AB de Villiers    96* (107b 9x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    4-0-20-1
HH Gibbs    1* (2b)      RR Sarwan    1-0-4-0

36.1

Sarwan to de Villiers, no run, pushed right up there and that's defended on the front foot

36.2

Sarwan to de Villiers, 1 run, outside off and that's cut away off the back foot to point

36.3

Sarwan to Gibbs, 1 run, flight to that one and the batsman gets over it, driving to cover

36.4

Sarwan to de Villiers, no run, oh, beats the batsman with a clever yorker, de Villiers coming down the wicket

36.5

Sarwan to de Villiers, 1 run, flapped to cover this time

36.6

Sarwan to Gibbs, no run, more air, this one's driven into the covers and some neater fielding (ie less of a loopy throw) would have done for the batsman

End of over 37 (3 runs) South Africa 196/2 (RR: 5.29)
HH Gibbs    2* (4b)      RR Sarwan    2-0-7-0
AB de Villiers    98* (111b 9x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    4-0-20-1

37.1

Gayle to de Villiers, 1 run, turned square this time

37.2

Gayle to Gibbs, 1 run, straying down leg and that's well swished fine

37.3

Gayle to de Villiers, no run, comes forward to defend

37.4

Gayle to de Villiers, 1 run, works that to square leg to bring up his maiden one-day century. He jumps in the air, punching as he goes, lifts a hand in salute and then salutes the balcony, then the crowd

His ton came up from 114 balls

37.5

Gayle to Gibbs, no run, worked into the leg-side for an easy single

37.6

Gayle to Gibbs, 1 run, brings his bat down late, but deliberately, on that one as he works the ball into midwicket and that's South Africa's 200

Still no Powerplay....

End of over 38 (4 runs) South Africa 200/2 (RR: 5.26)
HH Gibbs    4* (7b)      CH Gayle    5-0-24-1
AB de Villiers    100* (114b 9x4 1x6)      RR Sarwan    2-0-7-0

38.1

Sarwan to Gibbs, no run, wide and that turns away from the batsman, just too thin to be a wide

38.2

Sarwan to Gibbs, 1 run, right out towards the ball which is very wide, and that's cut away to point

38.3

Sarwan to de Villiers, 1 run, driven out to the covers this time for a quick single

38.4

Sarwan to Gibbs, no run, wide outside off and turning wider, the batsman cuts that one straight to point, where it bounces just short of the fielders

38.5

Sarwan to Gibbs, 1 run, driven out to the cover again

38.6

Sarwan to de Villiers, 1 run, outside off again and that's lashed out towards the cover boundary on one knee, but de Villiers falls over and hobbles towards the non-striker's end

He looks to have hurt his right quad and the physio's on.

Perhaps one of Lara's team-mates will check with him in this interlude to see if he's forgotten the Powerplay? Let's see if it will be taken now...

There's a runner on, and it's Smith. That makes sense; Kallis already carrying an injury.

No; no Powerplay

End of over 39 (4 runs) South Africa 204/2 (RR: 5.23)
AB de Villiers    102* (116b 9x4 1x6)      RR Sarwan    3-0-11-0
HH Gibbs    6* (11b)      CH Gayle    5-0-24-1

39.1

Gayle to de Villiers, SIX, short, and de Villiers comes down the track as best he can, down on one knee, too, and that's whipped high and hard over midwicket

39.2

Gayle to de Villiers, 1 run, defended forward this time

It's his right hamstring he's hurt, incidentally

39.3

Gayle to Gibbs, no run, worked to square

39.4

Gayle to Gibbs, FOUR, Gibbs waits for that one, short, and that's hooked off one knee through midwicket

39.5

Gayle to Gibbs, 1 run, eased to midwicket this time

39.6

Gayle to de Villiers, SIX, down the track and that's hit straight, clean and long over long-on

But there's a price... he leans over and clutches his hamstring after that shot.

Here's Will. Thanks Jen

End of over 40 (18 runs) South Africa 222/2 (RR: 5.55)
AB de Villiers    115* (119b 9x4 3x6)      CH Gayle    6-0-42-1
HH Gibbs    11* (14b 1x4)      RR Sarwan    3-0-11-0

40.1

Sarwan to Gibbs, 1 run, outside off and that's driven out to deep extra cover

40.2

Sarwan to de Villiers, SIX, and he's gone for it, has he got all of it? Yes - it's slog-swept with monstrous power over deep midwicket

Huge boundary out there and it sailed over it

40.3

Sarwan to de Villiers, SIX, again outside his leg stump; again he slog sweeps; again it sails over deep midwicket! This is brilliant hitting and the momentum of his bat-swishing sends him tumbling to the ground

Back over the wicket

40.4

Sarwan to de Villiers, 1 run, slapped back past the bowler with disdain, if not altogether timing it that well

40.5

Sarwan to Gibbs, 1 run, angling into his pads and it's paddled through midwicket

40.6

Sarwan to de Villiers, FOUR, what a magnificent shot that is. Down on one knee, a yorker, and he squirts it past backward point for four. His cramp is really giving him trouble, though, and he limps away from that shot in great difficulty

End of over 41 (19 runs) South Africa 241/2 (RR: 5.87)
AB de Villiers    132* (123b 10x4 5x6)      RR Sarwan    4-0-30-0
HH Gibbs    13* (16b 1x4)      CH Gayle    6-0-42-1

Dwayne Bravo back into the attack to try and bring back some normality

41.1

Bravo to Gibbs, 1 run, and he starts reasonably well with a full ball on leg stump but Gibbs can get it away for a single, and get de Villiers back on strike

"Maybe Lara's hoping the umpires will forget about the Powerplay too?" suggests Andrew

41.2

Bravo to de Villiers, FOUR, wide of the off stump, full, but de Villiers just leans back and cracks it through cover. The bloke can hardly stand up straight but he's timing the ball brilliantly

41.3

Bravo to de Villiers, 1 run, pumps this into the leg side

Where will he go next?

41.4

Bravo to Gibbs, 1 run, clunked down the ground for a calm single

41.5

Bravo to de Villiers, 2 runs, a full toss - nearly a beamer - which he clatters over the bowler's head

de Villiers grabs his right hamstring once again, hobbling around the crease as though he has piles

41.6

Bravo to de Villiers, FOUR, this is ridiculous batting, albeit fairly dreadful bowling. It was a half volley, begging to be hit, so de Villiers collapsed onto one knee and laced it through extra cover. No one moved, apart from the batsman who fell over again - his hamstring seems to have completely gone

Robin Abrahams, Cricinfo's unsung hero, informs us that the Powerplay will come into play automatically at 45 overs, if Lara doesn't opt to take it beforehand. "The remaining block(s) of Fielding Restriction Overs will automatically commence at the latest available point in the innings" says the law.

End of over 42 (13 runs) South Africa 254/2 (RR: 6.04)
AB de Villiers    143* (127b 12x4 5x6)      DJ Bravo    5-0-50-0
HH Gibbs    15* (18b 1x4)      RR Sarwan    4-0-30-0

Here's Ian Bradshaw

42.1

Bradshaw to Gibbs, no run, very wide of the off stump; de Villiers can't reach it, flaying his bat (and body) at it

42.2

Bradshaw to Gibbs, 2 runs, down the pitch and clattered down to long-off...but without placing it properly

And here's Gibbs

42.3

Bradshaw to Gibbs, no run, a full toss - and a dot ball - smacked to mid-on

Cricinfo's biggest West Indies fan, Del Joseph, applauds without any irony whatsoever

42.4

Bradshaw to Gibbs, 1 run, on leg stump, right in the block hole and he powers it to Bravo who runs round from long-on...and, well that's a fabulous piece of fielding, running to his right, picking up with one hand and preventing two

42.5

Bradshaw to de Villiers, 2 runs, cracked over his head without timing

42.6

Bradshaw to de Villiers, 1 wide, down the leg side and wided

42.6

Bradshaw to de Villiers, 1 run, deflected down to fine leg

End of over 43 (7 runs) South Africa 261/2 (RR: 6.06)
AB de Villiers    146* (129b 12x4 5x6)      IDR Bradshaw    8-0-38-0
HH Gibbs    18* (22b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    5-0-50-0

Corey Collymore back into the attack. A symbol of calmness amid the chaos

De Villiers is suffering a combination of cramps, heat exhaustion, dehydration and excessive heroism, according to Proteas physio, Shane Jabaar.

43.1

Collymore to de Villiers, OUT, and immediately he strikes as de Villiers tries to cheekily flick one over short fine leg...but he just cannot time it, and there ends a brilliant innings

AB de Villiers c Chanderpaul b Collymore 146 (195m 130b 12x4 5x6) SR: 112.30

Here's Mark Boucher. Not a bad batsman to have at this stage of an innings. This could be ugly

43.2

Collymore to Boucher, 1 run, a very firm, orthodox defensive push to mid-off

43.3

Collymore to Gibbs, 1 run, full and straight, worked down to long-on but just for a single

43.4

Collymore to Boucher, 1 run, a little floater there outside off which is worked to leg for another milky single

43.5

Collymore to Gibbs, 1 run, excellent ball which deserves to be a "dot" but it's the mad hour, and a defensive push to the off hands them a single

43.6

Collymore to Boucher, FOUR, a yorker on leg stump, flicked with great energy down to fine leg and this'll be four more. Pollard makes a complete hash of it on the boundary - the ball zooting past his meek attempt to field

"Nice one youngster - Pollard's livelied up the fielding display," says Andrew

End of over 44 (8 runs) South Africa 269/3 (RR: 6.11)
MV Boucher    6* (3b 1x4)      CD Collymore    9-0-34-2
HH Gibbs    20* (24b 1x4)      IDR Bradshaw    8-0-38-0

Powerplay 3 has been taken...with five overs to go. What has Lara been thinking? Who knows.

44.1

Bradshaw to Gibbs, FOUR, just so simple. A step outside the leg stump, and he cracks it over the top for four. Cleanly, elegantly struck

44.2

Bradshaw to Gibbs, SIX, oh that's big; a full toss, Gibbs goes down on one knee and slog-sweeps it in front of square for a vast six

44.3

Bradshaw to Gibbs, 1 run, better ball, but still a full toss which is creamed to cover

44.4

Bradshaw to Boucher, no run, down the leg side and nearly a wide...in fact that might well have been called a wide, but the umpire resists

44.5

Bradshaw to Boucher, 1 run, much better; fuller and straighter, cramping him for room and it's pushed back out into the covers without much timing

44.6

Bradshaw to Gibbs, SIX, it's another full toss, it's another slog across the line but it's timed brilliantly and sails over midwicket for six

Well, this is simply dreadful bowling

End of over 45 (18 runs) South Africa 287/3 (RR: 6.37)
HH Gibbs    37* (28b 2x4 2x6)      IDR Bradshaw    9-0-56-0
MV Boucher    7* (5b 1x4)      CD Collymore    9-0-34-2

45.1

Collymore to Boucher, 2 runs, on off stump, the batsman takes half a step down the pitch and hammers it to cover who gets half a hand to it, preventing four

45.2

Collymore to Boucher, 2 runs, on leg stump and flicked down to fine leg, and it's timed well too. But Pollard makes up for his error in the previous over and saves four

45.3

Collymore to Boucher, 1 run, fine ball, full and straight - almost yorker length - but it's bump-balled over the bowler's head for a single

45.4

Collymore to Gibbs, 1 run, dropped and that just about sums up West Indies' day. It was short, Gibbs went to pull it and got a top edge, skying it to Bradshaw at third man who had just a few metres to run. And he shelled it

Hunched, resigned shoulders from the fielders tell a sorry, messy tale

45.5

Collymore to Boucher, 1 run, bump-balled over the bowler's head

45.6

Collymore to Gibbs, no run, good, full delivery - following the batsman's movement to leg - and it's blocked out

Excellent figures for Collymore, particularly in comparison to his team-mates

End of over 46 (7 runs) South Africa 294/3 (RR: 6.39)
HH Gibbs    38* (30b 2x4 2x6)      CD Collymore    10-0-41-2
MV Boucher    13* (9b 1x4)      IDR Bradshaw    9-0-56-0

Here's Bradshaw

46.1

Bradshaw to Boucher, SIX, and here's another full toss and another free-swinging six over the bowler's head

And that's the highest total at this ground

46.2

Bradshaw to Boucher, FOUR, fantastic shot, just spearing into his legs and Boucher makes it into a full toss, driving it with great power past mid-off's despairing drive for another four

"He doesn't bowl at the death ... because he's not good at bowling at the death," notes Michael Holding, as Bradshaw shows a great example of just why he doesn't bowl at the death

46.3

Bradshaw to Boucher, 1 run, picked off his toes to long-on for a paltry single

46.4

Bradshaw to Gibbs, FOUR, another remarkable flip off his toes. A leg side gift and he just flipped it, paddled it, over leg very nearly for six

46.5

Bradshaw to Gibbs, 1 run, very full this time - that's the place to bowl - and it's fairly hammered into the covers but just for a single. Excellent stop from Pollard (I think)

46.6

Bradshaw to Boucher, 1 run, another full toss but he gets away with it...clunked to mid-on

End of over 47 (17 runs) South Africa 311/3 (RR: 6.61)
MV Boucher    25* (13b 2x4 1x6)      IDR Bradshaw    10-0-73-0
HH Gibbs    43* (32b 3x4 2x6)      CD Collymore    10-0-41-2

"350's a possibility," ponders Barry Richards. It's not out of the question

47.1

Bravo to Boucher, 1 run, ah, well bowled, full and straight and it's worked behind square to a short fine leg who throws down the stumps

More full balls. More straight balls. More of all that.

47.2

Bravo to Gibbs, 1 run, down the leg side and he tries to clatter it into the ocean, but can't quite time it this time and it scuds out to deep square leg

47.3

Bravo to Boucher, SIX, oh dear. That's right in the blockhole - you cannot bowl there to him - and he simply swings through the line, smashing it over long-on for another six

That was more a golf shot

Around the wicket

47.4

Bravo to Boucher, no run, ooh nearly bowled him, on leg stump and Boucher again tries to smack him over midwicket but misses

47.5

Bravo to Boucher, no run, excellent ball again - this new line is troubling the batsman here who is cramped for room. Outside leg and again he swings and misses

47.6

Bravo to Boucher, 1 run, pasted on the full over his head but just for a single

End of over 48 (9 runs) South Africa 320/3 (RR: 6.66)
MV Boucher    33* (18b 2x4 2x6)      DJ Bravo    6-0-59-0
HH Gibbs    44* (33b 3x4 2x6)      IDR Bradshaw    10-0-73-0

Daren Powell back into the attack, around the wicket

48.1

Powell to Boucher, SIX, what a shot. I keep saying it, but only because it's true. It was right in the slot, the perfect length, and it's smacked over midwicket for another one

48.2

Powell to Boucher, SIX, take that. Another dreadful ball, far, far too short and this time Boucher just swings it around the corner for another six

Pitch. It. Up

48.3

Powell to Boucher, 1 run, just a touch fuller this time, enough to prevent it going for four as Boucher times it down to long-on

Triple Nelson - 333 for 3

48.4

Powell to Gibbs, SIX, that is savage. Again it's just on a length, and Gibbs just timed it quite remarkably straight back over the bowler's head for another six, probably the day's biggest

And there's his fifty, his 30th, from 34 balls. And it's broken a window!

48.5

Powell to Gibbs, 1 run, fuller, and this time they get just a single

48.6

Powell to Boucher, SIX, this is obscene - on a length, and it's swung over midwicket. Simple.

End of over 49 (26 runs) South Africa 346/3 (RR: 7.06)
MV Boucher    52* (22b 2x4 5x6)      DBL Powell    10-0-78-0
HH Gibbs    51* (35b 3x4 3x6)      DJ Bravo    6-0-59-0

77 runs in this Powerplay, possibly the most ridiculous calculation in Powerplay history. Just one more over to go

49.1

Bravo to Gibbs, 1 run, that's the place to bowl, full, straight, on off stump, giving the batsman no room at all - and it's squeezed out to cover

Oh dear. West Indies are currently 19 minutes behind the over rate and will, more than likely, be fined. Salt, wounds, etc

49.2

Bravo to Boucher, OUT, a slower ball which comes out as a full toss, Boucher misreads it and skies it back to the bowler who just takes a few steps to his right to take a simple catch

MV Boucher c & b Bravo 52 (32m 23b 2x4 5x6) SR: 226.08

Too little, too late. Boucher's fifty was the third fastest in World Cups

49.3

Bravo to Gibbs, 2 runs, good length, almost a yorker which is fiercely timed down to long-off and they steal a single. No, they want two - and, well, another catastrophic piece of fielding allows them through

49.4

Bravo to Gibbs, 2 runs, lofted without really timing it - the ball lands like a mortar over the bowler's head and long-on does well to prevent four

49.5

Bravo to Gibbs, FOUR, terrible ball - an attempted slower ball, miles down the leg side which Gibbs paddles for four more

49.6

Bravo to Gibbs, 1 run, ah well bowled, Bravo, full and clattered into the ground

Hello again, Jenny here. Well the asking rate is already asking a lot - more than seven required from the kick off. Here's Chris Gayle to make his mark, and Shiv Chanderpaul, to make his. Shaun Pollock will open proceedings.

Well, what a total for South Africa. From 36 for 1 after 10 overs they have reached a huge, savage total. Magnificent knock from de Villiers, troubled by cramp and exhaustion and goodness knows what else besides, who was joined by Kallis. In fact, it was Kallis who injected the momentum South Africa were lacking...and from then on, de Villiers launched a ferocious assault, capped by Boucher and Gibbs's carnage at the end. Join us for the reply in 30 minutes or thereabouts.

End of over 50 (10 runs) South Africa 356/4
HH Gibbs    61* (40b 4x4 3x6)      DJ Bravo    7-0-69-1
SM Pollock    0* (0b)      DBL Powell    10-0-78-0
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