ICC World Cup - 44th match, Super Eights

England v South Africa

South Africa won by 9 wickets (with 184 balls remaining)

8.1

Pollock to Strauss, 2 runs, on leg - Pollock failing to adjust enough for the lefthander - and Strauss is off the mark straight away

8.2

Pollock to Strauss, no run, outside off this time, and that just dies on its way through to the keeper, Strauss leaving it alone

8.3

Pollock to Strauss, 1 run, on off and that's poked down to third man

England 18/1   AJ Strauss 3* (3b)

9.1

Langeveldt to Strauss, 1 run, on middle, and there's a quick single squeezed out in front of midwicket

England 20/1   AJ Strauss 4* (4b)

10.1

Pollock to Strauss, no run, wide of Strauss's off stump and he steps forward, shouldering arms like a good'un

10.2

Pollock to Strauss, no run, excellent line and length, just drawing Strauss forward and inviting him to drive. Strauss declines and defends

10.3

Pollock to Strauss, no run, a touch of width, feeding Strauss's penchant for the cut...and he does cut, but hammers it to point

10.4

Pollock to Strauss, no run, Strauss goes for an expansive drive but the bat twists in his hand and it flies to Nel and mid-off

10.5

Pollock to Strauss, no run, pushed out to cover

10.6

Pollock to Strauss, 1 run, calmly, elegantly driven out to cover to prevent the maiden and to steal the strike

England 29/1   AJ Strauss 5* (10b)

11.1

Langeveldt to Strauss, no run, wider of the wicket, and wider of Strauss's stumps who comes forward cautiously before leaving it well alone

11.2

Langeveldt to Strauss, SIX, what a magnificent shot. That's Strauss at his best - the Strauss of 18 months ago. It wasn't that short but he was quickly back, pulling it well in front of square for six

11.3

Langeveldt to Strauss, 1 leg bye, ooh and he steps down the pitch ala Bell Mach II, misreads an off-cutter which appeared initially to balloon off his pads - the ball falling just short of the slips - but in fact he got an edge on that. Fell safe, either way

11.6

Langeveldt to Strauss, no run, excellent delivery swinging into off stump, but very well played by Strauss who digs it out with impressive cleanliness and timing

England 37/1   AJ Strauss 11* (14b 1x6)

13.1

Hall to Strauss, 1 run, just a touch too short and Strauss angles it past the slips down to third man. A nice, deft piece of play there

13.4

Hall to Strauss, no run, Strauss is back into his crease and, with a pleasingly high front elbow, punch-defends it back to the bowler

13.5

Hall to Strauss, no run, punched with greater intent, square to point. But straight to point and there's no run there

13.6

Hall to Strauss, no run, yes, just again a little too short from Hall, but a good line and it's pushed back to the bowler to end the over

England 39/2   AJ Strauss 12* (18b 1x6)

14.2

Nel to Strauss, 2 runs, ineffectual delivery, short and wide of the off stump and Strauss is calmly pushing this out into the covers

14.3

Nel to Strauss, FOUR, oh, that's Strauss's absolute bread and butter. Far too short and wide, and Strauss crashes it behind square off the back foot. Hit with immense power, placed excellently

14.4

Nel to Strauss, 1 run, and an expansive cover drive on the front foot this time, squirting it square down to third man

England 47/2   AJ Strauss 19* (21b 1x4 1x6)

15.1

Hall to Strauss, FOUR, oh, fabulous shot. This is Strauss of 2004, picking up the length remarkably quickly. It was too short, granted - but only by an inch or two - and pulled with power and timing through midwicket

15.2

Hall to Strauss, 1 run, and he adjusts his length, but it's still a fraction too short and he guides it down to third man

England 52/2   AJ Strauss 24* (23b 2x4 1x6)

16.6

Nel to Strauss, 2 runs, lovely straight drive down the ground, albeit without timing

England 56/3   AJ Strauss 26* (24b 2x4 1x6)

18.1

Nel to Strauss, no run, good one just outside off, Strauss comes forward to block it out

18.2

Nel to Strauss, no run, another good one, a touch shorter and an inch wider of the off stump; Strauss leaves alone

18.3

Nel to Strauss, no run, ooh crashed in the air, just short of Gibbs at backward point who fields and glares at the batsman as if to say "what are you trying, mate? It's me at backward point and I don't drop a lot." He's right too

18.4

Nel to Strauss, no run, punched off the back foot

18.5

Nel to Strauss, no run, beaten with a ripsnorting crackerjack. The perfect length, Strauss fishes outside off and misses it but, with the angle Nel is creating around the wicket, that was mighty close

18.6

Nel to Strauss, (no ball) 1 run, firmly punched to mid-off, but it's a no-ball from Nel

England 58/3   AJ Strauss 27* (30b 2x4 1x6)

19.1

Hall to Strauss, no run, Strauss is forward to defend

19.2

Hall to Strauss, no run, ah, clever clever bowling but Strauss is wise to the cunning ploy of Hall pushing this across him. A calm piece of arm-shouldering yields no run

19.3

Hall to Strauss, 1 run, neatly played, Strauss back into his crease and turning it to leg with a flick of the wrists

19.6

Hall to Strauss, no run, firmly blocked out on off stump

England 64/3   AJ Strauss 28* (34b 2x4 1x6)

22.1

Kallis to Strauss, 1 run, on leg, a good line to a righthander it must be said but there's a flaw in that, and that's helped with some good wristing to square

22.3

Kallis to Strauss, 1 run, and this time the ball does bounce, but Strauss wasn't expecting, and the ball flies up off the shoulder of the bat, Strauss trying to sway away from the shot, and into space at third man

22.6

Kallis to Strauss, 2 runs, outside off and Strauss slams down his hands into that one, a firm cut through cover

England 76/3   AJ Strauss 32* (37b 2x4 1x6)

23.3

Kemp to Strauss, 4 byes, round the wicket, tries to pull that and he tries to pull, the ball goes over the outside edge and Boucher, standing up, can't get near it

23.4

Kemp to Strauss, 2 runs, cut away to just inside the point boundary

23.5

Kemp to Strauss, 1 wide, too wide down the off and that's left alone

23.5

Kemp to Strauss, no run, left alone again outside off

23.6

Kemp to Strauss, 1 run, turned round to Pollock down at deep fine leg

England 85/3   AJ Strauss 35* (41b 2x4 1x6)

24.1

Kallis to Strauss, no run, right up there and that's defended into short midwicket

24.2

Kallis to Strauss, 2 runs, down leg and that's turned round to fine leg again

24.3

Kallis to Strauss, no run, defended this time

24.4

Kallis to Strauss, no run, on off and that's poked down to gully and they're both firm in deciding that "No!" now is not the time to go for a run

24.5

Kallis to Strauss, 1 run, a cheeky single this time

England 88/3   AJ Strauss 38* (46b 2x4 1x6)

25.2

Kemp to Strauss, 1 run, outside off and that's easily driven through cover

25.4

Kemp to Strauss, 1 run, a good line to the lefthander, but too full, and that's driven out to long-off

England 93/3   AJ Strauss 40* (48b 2x4 1x6)

26.6

Kallis to Strauss, no run, driven straight to cover who makes no mistake

England 95/3   AJ Strauss 40* (49b 2x4 1x6)

27.3

Kemp to Strauss, no run, a lot of effort for a ball that's a decent pitch, on off, but defended easily enough

27.4

Kemp to Strauss, 1 run, driven to long-off

England 97/3   AJ Strauss 41* (51b 2x4 1x6)

28.1

Kallis to Strauss, no run, outside off and that's played straight down to gully

28.2

Kallis to Strauss, no run, on middle-and-leg and that's driven to mid-on

28.3

Kallis to Strauss, no run, oh, slower ball, deceptive as you like, and Strauss doesn't like, cutting right under it - the ball kept low, too

28.4

Kallis to Strauss, no run, on middle, great length, and that's just defended forward

28.5

Kallis to Strauss, no run, defended forward

28.6

Kallis to Strauss, 1 run, outside off and that's cut off the back foot, nearly timed, and they get the single

England 102/3   AJ Strauss 42* (57b 2x4 1x6)

29.1

Pollock to Strauss, 1 run, short and that's pulled firmly in front of square to bring up the 50 partnership from 78 balls

England 103/3   AJ Strauss 43* (58b 2x4 1x6)

30.2

Kallis to Strauss, no run, just a touch shorter and punched straight to point

30.3

Kallis to Strauss, no run, blimey that was a bit close. Strauss walked across his stumps, quite considerably, tried to flick it to leg but missed and very nearly lost his leg stump

30.4

Kallis to Strauss, no run, excellent length, Strauss is slightly unsure whether to go forward or back. Driven back to the bowler

30.5

Kallis to Strauss, 1 run, crashed on the front foot, opening the face of the bat quite nicely to send it out into the deep, square

England 106/3   AJ Strauss 44* (62b 2x4 1x6)

31.1

Pollock to Strauss, no run, and it's full, straight and defended by Strauss

31.2

Pollock to Strauss, 1 run, cracked down to third man

31.4

Pollock to Strauss, no run, nudged off his legs but he can't break the gap

31.5

Pollock to Strauss, 1 run, pushed through cover for a quick single

England 109/3   AJ Strauss 46* (66b 2x4 1x6)

32.4

Kallis to Strauss, OUT, and Nelson's done it for South Africa! Excellent field placing from Smith plonking himself at a fourth slip and Strauss cuts it straight to him

AJ Strauss c Smith b Kallis 46 (113m 67b 2x4 1x6) SR: 68.65

England 111/4   AJ Strauss 46 (67b 2x4 1x6)
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Australia won by 53 runs (D/L method)
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Australia won by 7 wickets (with 111 balls remaining)
New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Kingston - Apr 24, 2007
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West Indies v England at Bridgetown - Apr 21, 2007
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Australia v New Zealand at St George's - Apr 20, 2007
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Photos

Apr 17, 2007

Andrew Flintoff and Michael Vaughan in the field, England v South Africa, Super Eights, Barbados, April 17, 2007

Andrew Flintoff and Michael Vaughan in the field

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Apr 17, 2007

A grim-faced Michael Vaughan faces the press, England v South Africa, Super Eights, Barbados, April 17, 2007

A grim-faced Michael Vaughan faces the press

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