ICC World Cup - 2nd semi final

Australia v South Africa

Australia won by 7 wickets (with 111 balls remaining)

0.2

Bracken to de Villiers, no run, wide of off stump, plenty of swing, aided by a stiff breeze, and de Villiers leaves

0.3

Bracken to de Villiers, no run, again that swung into the right-hander, de Villiers into line and drops into the leg side

0.4

Bracken to de Villiers, no run, a similar line, de Villiers pushes the ball no more than five or six yards into the leg side

0.5

Bracken to de Villiers, no run, outside off and wide enough to leave

0.6

Bracken to de Villiers, FOUR, de Villiers pushes forward, a thick edge shoots along the ground to the right of solitary slip and the ball flies across the outfield

South Africa 5/0   AB de Villiers 4* (5b 1x4)

1.2

McGrath to de Villiers, 1 wide, that started wide of off and swung significantly, an easy wide to call and Gilchrist had to scurry across to gather

1.2

McGrath to de Villiers, no run, better line, and less swing, de Villiers leaves it alone

1.3

McGrath to de Villiers, no run, off-stump line, no movement, and de Villiers plays a solid forward defensive stroke and calls loudly and clearly "no"

1.4

McGrath to de Villiers, no run, massive shout as de Villiers took a half stride and misses. Aleem Dar shakes his head

1.5

McGrath to de Villiers, no run, outside off and no alarms this time as the batsman leaves it

1.6

McGrath to de Villiers, no run, McGrath finds the edge and it drops just short of Ponting at second slip

South Africa 7/0   AB de Villiers 4* (10b 1x4)

3.1

McGrath to de Villiers, no run, wide and left

3.2

McGrath to de Villiers, no run, McGrath continues with his nagging line fractionally outside off - 79mph - and de Villiers not tempted to nibble ... yet

3.3

McGrath to de Villiers, no run, fractionally too wide, and McGrath looks to the heavens as he knows that's not quite the right line

3.4

McGrath to de Villiers, no run, quicker - 83mph - and de Villiers drawn forward and then leaves with a theatrical flourish

3.5

McGrath to de Villiers, no run, pushed defensive shot, a thick inside edge and the ball dribbles into the leg side

3.6

McGrath to de Villiers, no run, on target, de Villiers into line and plays into the leg side

South Africa 7/1   AB de Villiers 4* (16b 1x4)

4.4

Bracken to de Villiers, no run, a grunt from Bracken, and then a delivery wide off off stump which de Villiers leaves

4.5

Bracken to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers back, into line, and blocks into the off

4.6

Bracken to de Villiers, no run, another good over ends with a leave from de Villiers

South Africa 8/1   AB de Villiers 4* (19b 1x4)

5.6

McGrath to de Villiers, FOUR, McGrath drops short, de Villiers on it in a flash and smashes that past a diving short midwicket. That was really clobbered

South Africa 17/2   AB de Villiers 8* (20b 2x4)

6.2

Bracken to de Villiers, 1 run, pushed to mid-on, Watson picks up and throws at the bowler's end, de Villiers was out had the ball hit. At 18 for 2, that was just daft

6.5

Bracken to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers happy to leave one a foot outside the off

6.6

Bracken to de Villiers, 1 run, driven firmly to the left of mid-off, and that placement allows for the easy single

South Africa 21/2   AB de Villiers 10* (23b 2x4)

7.1

McGrath to de Villiers, no run, McGrath starts his fourth over with a loosener outside off

7.2

McGrath to de Villiers, no run, slightly closer to the off stump but again the batsman not lured into anything

7.3

McGrath to de Villiers, no run, pushed into the off side, pounced on like a fly in a Venus thingytrap

7.4

McGrath to de Villiers, no run, Glichrist takes that as de Villiers ushers it by

7.5

McGrath to de Villiers, no run, stock McGrath delivery, niggly and just outside off

7.6

McGrath to de Villiers, 1 run, de Villiers leaps out of his crease to meet the ball and square drives to the sweeper

South Africa 22/2   AB de Villiers 11* (29b 2x4)

8.1

Tait to de Villiers, FOUR, Tait opens with a bouncer at 88mph, and it's almost as if de Villiers has been sent advanced notice, he's on it so fast and hammers that over midwicket

8.2

Tait to de Villiers, no run, fired in at almost 93mph and de Villiers blocks off the back foot

8.3

Tait to de Villiers, no run, slower ball - 91.9mph - and de Villiers is almost early on the attempted pull. It did keep low outside off ...

8.4

Tait to de Villiers, no run, short - another 90mph+ delivery - and de Villiers sways back just in case

8.5

Tait to de Villiers, OUT, full, de Villiers drives with no foot movement, and a thick kick carries straight to Gilchrist. A fourth delivery over 90mph, a good mixture of length, and now South Africa are up against it

AB de Villiers c †Gilchrist b Tait 15 (39m 34b 3x4 0x6) SR: 44.11

South Africa 26/3   AB de Villiers 15 (34b 3x4)
Tournament Results
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Australia won by 53 runs (D/L method)
Australia v South Africa at Gros Islet - Apr 25, 2007
Australia won by 7 wickets (with 111 balls remaining)
New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Kingston - Apr 24, 2007
Sri Lanka won by 81 runs
West Indies v England at Bridgetown - Apr 21, 2007
England won by 1 wicket (with 1 ball remaining)
Australia v New Zealand at St George's - Apr 20, 2007
Australia won by 215 runs
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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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