ICC World Cup - 2nd semi final

Australia v South Africa

Australia won by 7 wickets (with 111 balls remaining)

5.4

McGrath to Gibbs, no run, 84mph from McGrath. Either the old man is fired up or, as has happened a few times, the speed gun is up the creek. Anyhow, outside off and Gibbs watches and leaves

5.5

McGrath to Gibbs, 1 run, half-volley outside off, driven to Hogg at mid-off and they scurry through for a quick single

South Africa 13/2   HH Gibbs 1* (2b)

6.1

Bracken to Gibbs, 1 run, wide and a slashed drive races to deep backward point

6.3

Bracken to Gibbs, no run, left alone

6.4

Bracken to Gibbs, 1 run, Gibbs shapes to flick to leg, gets a thick edge via pad, and the ball plops into the on side

South Africa 20/2   HH Gibbs 3* (5b)

9.1

McGrath to Gibbs, no run, McGrath seems almost a spinner after watching Tait ... good line, good length and defended

9.2

McGrath to Gibbs, no run, Gibbs thrusts his pad down the pitch, covering any movement, and then opts to leave

9.3

McGrath to Gibbs, 1 run, McGrath drifts to leg - seriously - and Gibbs turns the ball just in front of square

South Africa 27/3   HH Gibbs 4* (8b)

10.1

Tait to Gibbs, no run, and another! But Bucknor doesn't raise his finger. A fierce inswinger as Gibbs goes right back, inside edges it to Gilchrist who tumbles to his left but...Bucknor refuses to raise his finger

10.2

Tait to Gibbs, FOUR, and he crashes this on the front foot but it's just wide of the lone slip - and I reiterate, there's just one slip in there

10.3

Tait to Gibbs, FOUR, fabulous shot. The most textbook of cover drives, creaming it on the front foot through extra cover

10.4

Tait to Gibbs, no run, ooh well bowled, Tait, cutting this back into Gibbs who is back into his crease - rather late on it - defending off the back foot

10.5

Tait to Gibbs, no run, shorter this time from Tait, and he grunts in doing so, forcing Gibbs back into his crease and he defends off the back foot

10.6

Tait to Gibbs, no run, very well bowled from Tait, who has so far been far from the scattergun. In fact, he's been sniper-like: a 93.4mph (150ish kph) inswinger which Gibbs is very late on, nudging it to leg

South Africa 35/5   HH Gibbs 12* (14b 2x4)

11.2

McGrath to Gibbs, no run, classic McGrath, cutting this back into him and it's defended solidly

11.3

McGrath to Gibbs, no run, right in the channel there, absolutely perfect line just outside off stump and he comes forward, rather tentatively, defending it back to McGrath

11.4

McGrath to Gibbs, no run, and McGrath is in once again, chugging up to the crease and again lands it on a sixpenny and Gibbs is forced to block it out on the front foot

11.5

McGrath to Gibbs, no run, ever so slightly wider from McGrath - the teaser; the tempter - but Gibbs won't be teased or tempted and leaves it alone like a big winner

11.6

McGrath to Gibbs, no run, Gibbs again leaves it alone outside off

South Africa 36/5   HH Gibbs 12* (19b 2x4)

12.2

Tait to Gibbs, FOUR, outside off, Gibbs plants his foot and slashes it over the slips - not far off at all

12.3

Tait to Gibbs, no run, ah, very good comeback from Tait just pitching it up a smidgen more; Gibbs, looking a little terrified in fact, is back in his crease and defending it without great conviction

12.4

Tait to Gibbs, 1 run, oh hello, a Tait slower ball. That's new - or at least, I've not seen it much before. Gibbs reads it, though, and on the front foot neatly guides it down to third man with surprising deftness

South Africa 42/5   HH Gibbs 17* (22b 3x4)

13.1

Bracken to Gibbs, 1 run, and he starts lazily, drifting it down the leg side and Gibbs plucks it with ease to leg

13.3

Bracken to Gibbs, no run, defended on the front foot

13.4

Bracken to Gibbs, 1 run, ah, delightful shot, coming forward on the front foot and just working it - smudging it - through midwicket

South Africa 50/5   HH Gibbs 19* (25b 3x4)

14.1

Watson to Gibbs, FOUR, what a magnificent shot from Gibbs, a flick behind square which beats the man at deep square leg

14.2

Watson to Gibbs, no run, and Gibbs drives with vast amounts of class here, but straight to cover

14.3

Watson to Gibbs, no run, much better from Watson - that's the length and it's pumped back to the bowler

14.4

Watson to Gibbs, no run, just a little wider this time from Watson and Gibbs is back-and-across, pushing it out to cover

14.5

Watson to Gibbs, 1 run, a Watson slower-ball which is nicely nudged off the front foot down to fine leg

South Africa 55/5   HH Gibbs 24* (30b 4x4)

15.1

Hogg to Gibbs, no run, quick, on middle-and-leg and it's worked further to leg

15.2

Hogg to Gibbs, 1 run, again on leg stump - quick and flat - turned around the corner

South Africa 56/5   HH Gibbs 25* (32b 4x4)

16.1

Watson to Gibbs, FOUR, poor delivery, short and straight, Gibbs pulling it behind square

16.2

Watson to Gibbs, no run, better; Gibbs is solid, defending it on the front foot

16.3

Watson to Gibbs, no run, good idea from Watson, who increasingly resembles the incredible hulk, bouncing the batsman...but he's pretty settled now, ducking underneath it easily

16.4

Watson to Gibbs, no run, pushed back to the bowler and Gibbs gives him a stare. And why not?

16.5

Watson to Gibbs, 1 run, calmly strokes past short extra cover

South Africa 61/5   HH Gibbs 30* (37b 5x4)

17.3

Hogg to Gibbs, 1 run, flicked through midwicket

South Africa 66/5   HH Gibbs 31* (38b 5x4)

19.1

Hogg to Gibbs, 1 run, on leg stump, picked off for a single

19.6

Hogg to Gibbs, no run, beaten! Terrific ball, the wrong'un which he plays at and misses, Hogg's tongue slavers around uncontrollably

South Africa 71/5   HH Gibbs 32* (40b 5x4)

21.1

Hogg to Gibbs, 1 run, on leg, the batsman comes forward and sweeps that round on the front foot behind square

21.3

Hogg to Gibbs, no run, the one that went the other way - the ball, not his tongue - and that slavers outside off and is left alone easily

21.4

Hogg to Gibbs, 1 run, another ball on leg, another sweep, this one dinked as gentle as the others

21.6

Hogg to Gibbs, 1 wide, outside leg, chased round, and that's just to say wide

21.6

Hogg to Gibbs, 1 run, on leg and that turns towards leg even more, the batsman just poking that into short square

South Africa 83/5   HH Gibbs 35* (44b 5x4)

22.1

Tait to Gibbs, no run, grunts that one in at the righthander, up there outside off, and that's driven into the covers with a bark of a "Wait!"

22.2

Tait to Gibbs, no run, bouncer, straight and high. Tait follows through with a serious look on his face - he means more business here all right

22.3

Tait to Gibbs, FOUR, outside off, way too much width and Gibbs just opens his shoulders and swings hard, and that one flies up off the base of the bat behind point, not quite where he intended it, but it fair raced away

22.4

Tait to Gibbs, no run, pushes him back up there to defend into the covers

22.5

Tait to Gibbs, OUT, got him this time! A very, very thin edge - much thinner than the one which wasn't given earlier, also to Tait - looking for the short-pitched delivery. His feet were just rooted in the crease there as he chased the ball away from his body

HH Gibbs c †Gilchrist b Tait 39 (77m 49b 6x4 0x6) SR: 79.59

South Africa 87/6   HH Gibbs 39 (49b 6x4)
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Photos

Apr 25, 2007

Michael Clarke shakes Mark Boucher's hand, Australia v South Africa, semi-final, World cup, St Lucia, April 25, 2007

Michael Clarke shakes Mark Boucher's hand

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Apr 25, 2007

South African cricketers leave the field after losing to Australia during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 semi-final match at Beausejour cricket ground in Gros Islet, St Lucia,

South Africa leave the field after losing to Australia

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