ICC World Cup - 2nd semi final

Australia v South Africa

Australia won by 7 wickets (with 111 balls remaining)

29.5

Hogg to Nel, no run, ooh, Nel pops up a catch into the vacant short-leg area. He's such a tease

29.6

Hogg to Nel, no run, Hogg gets his revenge, Nel's got no idea what to do that with that and settles for poking a bat at it and it fizzes past his edge. Nel smiles, his tongue popping out, too

South Africa 103/8   A Nel 0* (2b)

30.2

McGrath to Nel, no run, poor Nel's a bit at sea here and there's more poking and missing

30.3

McGrath to Nel, no run, left alone outside off

30.4

McGrath to Nel, no run

30.5

McGrath to Nel, no run, outside off, short, and Nel gamely has a slash at that one off the back foot, looking to send it to Row Z over covers. It doesn't even make blade of grass A off the wicket, as he misses it completely

30.6

McGrath to Nel, 2 runs, sent high over midwicket, it lands safe and McGrath's hands fly to his hip as if there should be fielders everywhere

South Africa 106/8   A Nel 2* (7b)

31.3

Hogg to Nel, no run, more defence - Nel has no idea what's Gwyn on out there (OK, sorry)

31.4

Hogg to Nel, no run, outside off and that's swished at on the front knee, horrid shot, almost playing that beside himself

31.5

Hogg to Nel, no run, defends on the front foot

31.6

Hogg to Nel, no run, more defence and Nel's relieved that over's over

South Africa 107/8   A Nel 2* (11b)

32.6

McGrath to Nel, no run, right up there and, like a great exclusive, that's well dug out

South Africa 108/8   A Nel 2* (12b)

33.3

Hogg to Nel, no run, a heave

33.4

Hogg to Nel, no run, more defence

33.5

Hogg to Nel, no run, on the front foot and just kills the threat with a dead bat

33.6

Hogg to Nel, no run, defended forward

South Africa 109/8   A Nel 2* (16b)

34.4

Watson to Nel, FOUR, on off, a touch short, and that's pulled round with a delightful pirouette behind square

34.5

Watson to Nel, 1 run, nibbles in at the righthander, poked into the covers and they run a quick single

South Africa 119/8   A Nel 7* (18b 1x4)

35.1

Hogg to Nel, no run, right up there, awkward to deal with, and Nel pokes that one down

35.2

Hogg to Nel, no run, comes forward, a deliberate yet clunky stride, and that's defended into the covers

35.3

Hogg to Nel, no run, outside off and that's cut down - the ball just died a touch on him, this pitch is pretty slow

35.4

Hogg to Nel, no run, oh, attempted flipper, and that's a big call from the Aussies, a better one from the umpires; that was sliding down off

35.5

Hogg to Nel, no run, defended forward

35.6

Hogg to Nel, no run, outside off, veering down, and that's tucked to point off the back foot

South Africa 119/8   A Nel 7* (24b 1x4)

36.3

Tait to Nel, no run, too quick for Nel who, like a spotty boy in a disco, aims a desperate - and futile - lunge at that one

36.4

Tait to Nel, 1 wide, wide down off

36.4

Tait to Nel, no run, outside off and that's poked into the ground at the last minute - Nel again not really dealing with the pace

36.5

Tait to Nel, no run, outside off and that's driven off the back foot in front of point

36.6

Tait to Nel, no run, up there, the usual grunt, on off, and that's defended into the covers

South Africa 122/8   A Nel 7* (28b 1x4)

37.3

Watson to Nel, no run, a quick would-be single into the midwicket region and Nel and Kemp both set off, then have to dive to make their ground. Nel finds the whole thing hilarious

37.4

Watson to Nel, no run, dinked into the leg side

37.5

Watson to Nel, no run, lowish full toss - thigh height - and Nel deals well with the approaching weapon, defending that down without much fuss

37.6

Watson to Nel, no run, in the blockhole, but Nel doesn't block, rather he drives back to the bowler on the bounce, who snaps at it, gets his right hand on it and parries the ball into the ground

South Africa 123/8   A Nel 7* (32b 1x4)

38.2

Tait to Nel, no run, up there again, a yorker on off stick, and that's bumped into the ground

38.3

Tait to Nel, no run, on leg, slower delivery, and that's prodded into mid-on

38.4

Tait to Nel, no run, attempted bouncer, doesn't lift as much as he would expected, chest height nonetheless and that kicks through down the channel

38.5

Tait to Nel, no run, swing there, and that's dug out into the covers

38.6

Tait to Nel, no run, driven forward and that rounds off another stifling over

South Africa 124/8   A Nel 7* (37b 1x4)

39.2

Watson to Nel, 1 leg bye, speared in on leg, dinked into short cover, and there's a shy and a miss at the non-striker's end

39.4

Watson to Nel, 1 leg bye, on leg, Nel tries to get bat on it, the umpire rules pad, and they shuffle a quick single

39.6

Watson to Nel, 1 run, bouncer, and another single up ... and down to third man

South Africa 130/8   A Nel 8* (40b 1x4)

40.1

Tait to Nel, OUT, short and wide, slashed high to backward point who backpeddled and took an easy catch above his head

A Nel c Clarke b Tait 8 (45m 41b 1x4 0x6) SR: 19.51

South Africa 130/9   A Nel 8 (41b 1x4)
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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)
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West Indies v England at Bridgetown - Apr 21, 2007
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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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