ICC World Cup - 2nd semi final

Australia v South Africa

Australia won by 7 wickets (with 111 balls remaining)

1.1

McGrath to Smith, 1 run, Smith whips that from middle-and-leg into the on side, an easy run to the man in the deep

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   GD McGrath 1-0-2-0

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   GD McGrath 2-1-2-0

5.1

McGrath to Kallis, no run, Kallis not remotely tempted as the ball passes by and Gilchrist takes by his feet

5.2

McGrath to Kallis, FOUR, Kallis dances down the track, McGrath sees him step to leg, follows him, but Kallis still punches that past extra cover

5.3

McGrath to Kallis, OUT, Kallis again gives himself room and advances to meet the ball, but McGrath fires in a yorker which clatters into the off stump

JH Kallis b McGrath 5 (12m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

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

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   GD McGrath 3-1-11-1

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   GD McGrath 4-1-12-1

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

9.4

McGrath to Prince, OUT, And that might be it ... about the worst ball McGrath has bowled, wide and angled away from the left-hander, but Prince slashes, gets a thin edge, and Gilchrist does the rest

AG Prince c †Gilchrist b McGrath 0 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

9.5

McGrath to Boucher, OUT, McGrath on a hat-trick ... much better ball, a stock McGrath delivery, Boucher plays a nothing prod and the ball is held low down by Matthew Hayden at first slip

MV Boucher c Hayden b McGrath 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

9.6

McGrath to Kemp, no run, oh my goodness ... Kemp leaves and the ball passes knee-shakingly close to his off stump. Good judgment ... but a great over from McGrath.

South Africa 27/5   GD McGrath 5-1-13-3

11.1

McGrath to Kemp, 1 run, Short and quick from McGrath; Kemp gets into an almighty mess, hopping and skipping like a nervous rabbit but they scamper through for a single

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   GD McGrath 6-1-14-3

30.1

McGrath to Kemp, 1 run, a touch of width, very unMcGrathian, and that's worked away to the off-side sweeper

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   GD McGrath 7-1-17-3

32.1

McGrath to Kemp, no run, defended on the front foot

32.2

McGrath to Kemp, no run, slower ball slinked through on a good length, outside off, and Kemp lashes at it, but under it away from his body

32.3

McGrath to Kemp, no run, cuts in on a good length, and just outside off, and the batsman clamps down on that, desperately keeping the ball out

32.4

McGrath to Kemp, no run, slower ball and that one just, just leaps over middle stick and there's another fresh-air swipe

32.5

McGrath to Kemp, 1 run, a hint of room which is enough to be guided behind point and leave Nel exposed

32.6

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

South Africa 108/8   GD McGrath 8-1-18-3
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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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