ICC World Cup, 2nd Semi-Final: Australia v South Africa at Gros Islet, Apr 25, 2007
ICC World Cup - 2nd semi final
Australia won by 7 wickets (with 111 balls remaining)
Played at Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia (neutral venue)
25 April 2007 (50-over match)

9.30am Nathan Bracken from the beautifully named Media Centre End. Full of history and tradition, that one. Delays as we wait for the umpires to signal the start.

9.25am It's all set to kick off as the players take to the field. Emails flood in ... our South African readers are very bullish ...

Bad news re the Steve Waugh "you've just dropped the World Cup" jibe to Herschelle Gibbs during the 1999 World Cup. he admitted he never said it, simply, "Mate, you've just cost your side the match."

9.15am I'm Martin Williamson and will shortly be joined by Will Luke and Jenny Thompson to take you through all the action. Drop us an email drop us an email if you've got anything you want to get off your chest ...

9.15am The pitch looks good but is expected to take turn which will boost Australia as South Africa don't have a spin option.

9.10pm South Africa field the same XI that thrashed England, Australia have a familiar look as well. Two as-expected sides, then.

Australia 1 Matthew Hayden, 2 Adam Gilchrist (wk), 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Clarke, 5 Andrew Symonds, 6 Michael Hussey, 7 Shane Watson, 8 Brad Hogg, 9 Nathan Bracken, 10 Glenn McGrath, 11 Shaun Tait

South Africa 1 Graeme Smith (capt), 2 AB de Villiers, 3 Jacques Kallis, 4 Herschelle Gibbs, 5 Ashwell Prince, 6 Mark Boucher (wk), 7 Justin Kemp, 8 Shaun Pollock, 9 Andrew Hall, 10 Andre Nel, 11 Charl Langeveldt.

9.05am - South Africa win the toss and bat The coin goes up ... and Smith calls correctly - heads - and opts to bat on "a pretty good wicket," adding, "I've never seen the squad so confident."

"It looks pretty good at the moment," Ponting admits. "We've knocked top orders over all tournament and let's hope we can do it again."

8.55am Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the second semi-final between Australia and South Africa, with the winners taking on Sri Lanka in Saturday's final. Team and toss news to follow any second ...


Bracken to Smith, 1 run, uppish and loose pushed drive, in the air but into space, third man fields

Loads of people still outside the ground ...delays from the tedious security checks. Hopefully they won't miss too much


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

"As a South African ex-pat living on the Isle of Man I just wanted to vent my frustration at the fact that no one here seems to know the World Cup is even on now!" vents Timothy, a frustrated South African


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


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


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


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

End of over 1 (5 runs) South Africa 5/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • AB de Villiers 4 (5b 1x4)
    • GC Smith 1 (1b)
    • NW Bracken 1-0-5-0

And from the Pavilion End it will be Glenn McGrath and not Shaun Tait, who has been opening the attack until now.


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


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


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


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"


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

Hawkeye shows it was hitting leg stump not slipping past it


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


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

mental victory to McGrath over de Villiers that over.

End of over 2 (2 runs) South Africa 7/0 (RR: 3.50)

    • AB de Villiers 4 (10b 1x4)
    • GC Smith 2 (2b)
    • GD McGrath 1-0-2-0
    • NW Bracken 1-0-5-0

Bracken to Smith, no run, Smith takes a stroll down the pitch before Bracken is even in his delivery stride, prods and misses


Bracken to Smith, no run, this time Smith stays anchored to the crease and pushes into the covers

It's more than a breeze blowing across the ground ... flags are horizontal


Bracken to Smith, OUT, Smith again walks down the pitch to meet the ball, shapes to hit over the top and a sniff of swing takes the ball past the bat and into the off stump

GC Smith b Bracken 2 (10m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

Huge celebrations as Smith trudges off, and a big early wicket that gives Australia a real fillip. Out comes Jacques Kallis.


Bracken to Kallis, no run, Kallis spars and misses one outside off, much oohing and aahing among players, crowd and Cricinfo staff. 79mph for speed freaks.


Bracken to Kallis, no run, wider, and Kallis able to watch that pass


Bracken to Kallis, no run, 82mph, and Kallis plays a slightly hurried defensive jab

Warm applause for a wicket maiden. "Timothy obviously hasn't been on the Idle of Man for long...most people there don't even know it's 2007 let alone there's cricket." Russ has got Gnasher's hackles rising there, Gnasher being of Manxness.

End of over 3 (wicket maiden) South Africa 7/1 (RR: 2.33)

    • JH Kallis 0 (3b)
    • AB de Villiers 4 (10b 1x4)
    • NW Bracken 2-1-5-1
    • GD McGrath 1-0-2-0

Our marvellous editor Sambit Bal (pay rises are due) is at the game today and he tells us: "The Aussie and South Africa supporters are sitting in separate groups, the SA guys just below the press box - and they are quiet right now. It's a lovely, open ground, but half-empty."


McGrath to de Villiers, no run, wide and left


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


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

"You wouldnt know there was a World Cup happening here in New Zealand either," says Shawn. "Not a single game broadcast on non-satellite television, next to no media coverage - except after each loss."


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


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


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

Back-to-back maidens

End of over 4 (maiden) South Africa 7/1 (RR: 1.75)

    • AB de Villiers 4 (16b 1x4)
    • JH Kallis 0 (3b)
    • GD McGrath 2-1-2-0
    • NW Bracken 2-1-5-1

Bracken to Kallis, no run, punched off the back foot into the covers, and all with one hand as the bottom one slips off the handle as he plays the stroke


Bracken to Kallis, no run, a strangled appeal as the ball hits Kallis high on the pad ... he had taken two big steps down the pitch


Bracken to Kallis, 1 run, a rather limp drive between cover fielders, muted cheers and a solitary horn welcome the run to the man in the deep


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


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


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

End of over 5 (1 run) South Africa 8/1 (RR: 1.60)

    • AB de Villiers 4 (19b 1x4)
    • JH Kallis 1 (6b)
    • NW Bracken 3-1-6-1
    • GD McGrath 2-1-2-0

A shame that the ground is not packed to the rafters. It rather undermines Malcolm Speed's assertion that this is the third biggest global sports event. Where are the people?


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


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

Kallis pulls away as someone walks in front of the sightscreen.


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

Two early wickets and both batsmen have perished giving the opening bowlers the charge. It must be some sort of strategy, but perhaps one that needs a pretty quick rethink.

Herschelle Gibbs out to the middle


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


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


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

End of over 6 (9 runs) South Africa 17/2 (RR: 2.83)

    • AB de Villiers 8 (20b 2x4)
    • HH Gibbs 1 (2b)
    • GD McGrath 3-1-11-1
    • NW Bracken 3-1-6-1

Bracken returns for his fourth over. He has 1 for 5, and four of those came from an edge through the slips.


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


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


Bracken to Gibbs, no run, left alone


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


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


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

End of over 7 (4 runs) South Africa 21/2 (RR: 3.00)

    • AB de Villiers 10 (23b 2x4)
    • HH Gibbs 3 (5b)
    • NW Bracken 4-1-10-1
    • GD McGrath 3-1-11-1

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

Hardly any locals here, reports Sambit. They've all been priced out. Shame, shame, shame. What kind of legacy to the Caribbean is that?


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

So, if this need be confirmed, there's absolutely no Caribbean atmosphere.


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


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


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


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

End of over 8 (1 run) South Africa 22/2 (RR: 2.75)

    • AB de Villiers 11 (29b 2x4)
    • HH Gibbs 3 (5b)
    • GD McGrath 4-1-12-1
    • NW Bracken 4-1-10-1

Change of bowling and it's everyone's favourite scattergun, Shaun Tait.


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


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


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 ...


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


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

That was about as fast as you are going to get, Gilchrist is not standing noticeably deep, and yet the ball only just reached him. Glum expressions on the balcony among the South African squad and management.


Tait to Prince, no run, right back and drops the ball at his feet

A good over from the scattergun and a wholehearted apology for describing him a such. For now.

End of over 9 (4 runs) South Africa 26/3 (RR: 2.88)

    • AG Prince 0 (1b)
    • HH Gibbs 3 (5b)
    • SW Tait 1-0-4-1
    • GD McGrath 4-1-12-1

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


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


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

Sarcastic cheers from a few Australians ...

McGrath puffing a bit, as someone of his age is entitled to. Will puffs when he has to go outside to smoke ...


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

The question now is will the spectators who are trying to get past the ICC security and branding police get into the ground before the South Africans are all out


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

Boucher heads off shaking his head. He has no-one to blame but himself, a poor shot. Glum, glummer, glummest. You could play a piano on the bottom lips of the South Africans right now. In fact, you could get a whole orchestra.

Hat-trick ball ...


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.

And now it's Will Luke ... let's see if he can wrap up the innings.

End of over 10 (1 run) South Africa 27/5 (RR: 2.70)

    • JM Kemp 0 (1b)
    • HH Gibbs 4 (8b)
    • GD McGrath 5-1-13-3
    • SW Tait 1-0-4-1

Hello everyone. Not a bad toss for Australia to lose, was it? And a terrific opening spell from Martin there. South Africa are showing vast quantities of semi-final bottling here (otherwise known as SFB). Prince's wicket was particularly daft, I'm afraid, scything at a filthy wide outside off and nicking it to Gilchrist. Not clever. Right then, here's Tait - galloping in behind a sea of canary-yellow-clad fans


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

Huge inside edge there


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

Surely he deserves two slips here


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


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

"Another early night for the commentary team!" jokes our hilarious colleague Tristan Nice-Blazer Rosenfeldt. "Hopefully you're on a flat rather than hourly rate for these last few games."


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


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

End of over 11 (8 runs) South Africa 35/5 (RR: 3.18)

    • HH Gibbs 12 (14b 2x4)
    • JM Kemp 0 (1b)
    • SW Tait 2-0-12-1
    • GD McGrath 5-1-13-3

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

"Lowest scores please," demands Tim. Your wish is our command. Click here


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


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


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


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


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

End of over 12 (1 run) South Africa 36/5 (RR: 3.00)

    • HH Gibbs 12 (19b 2x4)
    • JM Kemp 1 (2b)
    • GD McGrath 6-1-14-3
    • SW Tait 2-0-12-1

Thanks for the emails about canary yellow, I'd forgotten it was Australian gold, my friends. Memories of the 12th Man tapes...("Canary yellow? That's Australian gold my friend and don't you...forget it")


Tait to Kemp, 1 leg bye, Another prehistoric grunt from Tait as he flings this down - but it's a little too straight and worked off his pads


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


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


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


Tait to Kemp, 5 wides, oh dear, Tait's replaced his sniper rifle with the greater-spotted potato gun. This is miles down the leg side and Gilchrist doesn't have a chance


Tait to Kemp, no run, on off stump this time, much better, and it's firmly defended


Tait to Kemp, no run, cracking ball, at high pace, swinging into the right hander who digs it out at the very last moment. A yorker, in fact

That's Tait at his best, there. Late swing at ferocious pace. I could play him quite comfortably, though.

End of over 13 (11 runs) South Africa 47/5 (RR: 3.61)

    • JM Kemp 1 (5b)
    • HH Gibbs 17 (22b 3x4)
    • SW Tait 3-0-22-1
    • GD McGrath 6-1-14-3

A sea of winners in the crowd, all waving their dubious inflated kangaroos. Talking of winners, here's Bracken and his Alice band, over the wicket


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

Two slips in now


Bracken to Kemp, 1 run, ooh close! A lovely delivery angling across a very nervous Justin Kemp who, even more nervously, pushes forward without conviction and edges it past the second slip

I suppose he just about angled that down...just...


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


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

82 balls for their fifty


Bracken to Kemp, no run, gets into a bit of a tangle, Kemp, here. A shorter delivery which rises up on him and he defends, using his chest


Bracken to Kemp, no run, this time he decides against using his rib cage, preferring the willow. He's forward, he's defending and he's roaring a loud "no"

Still lots of empty seats, reports Sambit Bal, and still few locals. "The stand to my right is half empty," he depressingly adds.

End of over 14 (3 runs) South Africa 50/5 (RR: 3.57)

    • JM Kemp 2 (8b)
    • HH Gibbs 19 (25b 3x4)
    • NW Bracken 5-1-13-1
    • SW Tait 3-0-22-1

Shane Watson into the attack


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

Such perfect timing and placement there from Gibbs


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


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


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

The crowd's raucousness has quietened down a little now


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

Calmly, deftly played


Watson to Kemp, no run, Kemp is less deft, but he defends with a solid lunge of the front foot and pushes this back to the bowler

End of over 15 (5 runs) South Africa 55/5 (RR: 3.66)

    • JM Kemp 2 (9b)
    • HH Gibbs 24 (30b 4x4)
    • SR Watson 1-0-5-0
    • NW Bracken 5-1-13-1

Oh look, it's Brad Hogg into the attack. It's Slavering Tongue Watch time. It's currently hanging out of the right hand side of his mouth

Drinks (And time for some stats) What a demanding bunch you really all are. Right, the lowest total defended in an ODI is 125, India v Pakistan at Sharjah, 22 Mar 1985. The lowest South African total list is here. The lowest semi total was 93, England hold that honour, against Australia in '75. But good to see a few of you South Africans have retained your humour - the answer to the highest sixth wicket partnership question is 161, between Kenya's Maurice Odumbe and Alpesh Vadher against Sri Lanka in 1999. And just for that we'll link you to a whole list of South Africa stats. Dive in. Well done Robin and Jenny, a splendid geek and geekette double act there


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


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

Slip in place, by the way


Hogg to Kemp, no run, well bowled, on middle stump and Kemp comes forward - massively - defending it on the front foot

Kemp is not a happy defender. He just doesn't look like he enjoys it


Hogg to Kemp, no run, that's more like it from Kemp, hammering it on the front foot and timing it very well but straight to cover


Hogg to Kemp, no run, what a ball from the tongue-master, a wrong'un which Kemp complete misreads, coming forward, trying to defend, but missing it by a country mile


Hogg to Kemp, no run, and again he's beaten

"Malcolm Speed to Sambit Bal: The stand to your right is half-full." Good work, Anil. In fact, good work everyone.

Hogg's tongue doesn't know what to do with itself after those two near-misses

End of over 16 (1 run) South Africa 56/5 (RR: 3.50)

    • JM Kemp 2 (13b)
    • HH Gibbs 25 (32b 4x4)
    • GB Hogg 1-0-1-0
    • SR Watson 1-0-5-0

Here comes Shane Watson. Can his body survive a whole new over?


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

Dreadful position though South Africa find themselves in, Watson can't let them off the hook


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


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


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

That barrage of statistics smacked me well and truly in the gob. Cricinfo is an orgy of cricket compared to the BBC TMS playing footsie.


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

"Maybe the wheel has turned for Gibbs" questions the ever questioning Mark Nicholas


Watson to Kemp, 1 run, on middle-and-off, Kemp lunges forward like a monster and defends

How long can Kemp hold out? He'll surely fall into the trap soon enough, and/or go after Hogg

End of over 17 (6 runs) South Africa 62/5 (RR: 3.64)

    • JM Kemp 3 (14b)
    • HH Gibbs 30 (37b 5x4)
    • SR Watson 2-0-11-0
    • GB Hogg 1-0-1-0

Hogg to Kemp, 2 runs, poor ball outside leg, deftly paddled around the corner

Not even Gilchrist enjoyed that. "Aw" he says. "Awwwww" in face


Hogg to Kemp, 1 run, very well played again, straighter this time and he plants his foot down the pitch and ladles it around the corner

I've a sudden urge to yodel, having just written ladle...


Hogg to Gibbs, 1 run, flicked through midwicket


Hogg to Kemp, no run, blocked out on the front foot


Hogg to Kemp, no run, "awwwww" cries Gilchrist, or Hogg - not sure who - as this quicker ball is blocked out on middle


Hogg to Kemp, 1 run, a full bunger from Hogg, punched through cover - rather takes Kemp by surprise, hence not trying to hit it into the USA

"Does Hogg's tongue ever hang out the left side?" asks Simon Allen. I don't know, but I suspect not

End of over 18 (5 runs) South Africa 67/5 (RR: 3.72)

    • JM Kemp 7 (19b)
    • HH Gibbs 31 (38b 5x4)
    • GB Hogg 2-0-6-0
    • SR Watson 2-0-11-0

Botham and fans are spotted in the crowd. And there's Percy Sonn! Well done Percy. We can confirm he's awake, too


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


Watson to Kemp, no run, excellent ball on off stump and he comes forward to defend this out to cover


Watson to Kemp, no run, ah, now then - that's more like it from Watson. An excellent bouncer which takes the batsman by surprise, as he attempts to pull before deciding to leave it well alone


Watson to Kemp, 2 runs, Kemp late-cuts this with oodles of time, and class, behind point and wide of third man who sprints to his right to field

Pollock has his pads on in the dressing room


Watson to Kemp, no run, swinging into him, it's defended on the front foot


Watson to Kemp, no run, another good one just outside off. Watson bowling with excellent control so far and it's blocked out

End of over 19 (2 runs) South Africa 69/5 (RR: 3.63)

    • JM Kemp 9 (25b)
    • HH Gibbs 31 (38b 5x4)
    • SR Watson 3-0-13-0
    • GB Hogg 2-0-6-0

Breaking news We have just seen Malcom Speed and Percy Sonn in the same (empty) stand. Speed was wearing that starched under-siege grin we have grown to love, while Percy was sporting a fetching pair of 1950s braces. They look cool in 90 degree-heat. That's the first time since the tournament started in early January that they have both been spotted together.


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

Incidentally, I made up a new game the other day. Singing songs in the style of the late Brian Johnston. It's immense fun


Hogg to Kemp, no run, ooh, this one holds up on him - just outside off, spinning back into him and jumping up a touch, it's blocked out

"South Africa were probably out with Percy Sonn last night," suggests Tito. Not a chance. They would be in rehab.


Hogg to Kemp, no run, full and straight, blocked out


Hogg to Kemp, no run, and he plays and misses outside off - the arm ball there


Hogg to Kemp, 1 run, on leg stump - flatter and quicker and defended


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

That's all from me. Here's Jen for 10 overs. Thanks Will. G'hello.

End of over 20 (2 runs) South Africa 71/5 (RR: 3.55)

    • HH Gibbs 32 (40b 5x4)
    • JM Kemp 10 (29b)
    • GB Hogg 3-0-8-0
    • SR Watson 3-0-13-0

Watson to Kemp, no run, on leg and that's skewed in front of square to the man there


Watson to Kemp, no run, slower ball, on the money, and that's defended forward


Watson to Kemp, no run, beautiful delivery that one, nipping back in at the righthander and threatening to kiss the outside edge


Watson to Kemp, no run, left alone this time


Watson to Kemp, SIX, short and Kemp's on that one so quickly, fending the ball with a hook right off his helmet - top work, that was close to him, and although he didn't get hold of it properlyit sailed away. And that's the fifty partnership

This has been a vital recovery so far, needless to say they've barely made inroads into the total they will need to set to be competitive


Watson to Kemp, no run, defended off the back foot into the covers

End of over 21 (6 runs) South Africa 77/5 (RR: 3.66)

    • JM Kemp 16 (35b 1x6)
    • HH Gibbs 32 (40b 5x4)
    • SR Watson 4-0-19-0
    • GB Hogg 3-0-8-0

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


Hogg to Kemp, 1 run, swept that round behind square


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


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


Hogg to Kemp, 1 run, on middle, doesn't read that one, and a tentative prod from Kemp sends an outside edge backward of point


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


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

"I'm just wondering," emails Vinay, "won't you guys get into trouble for the smart-ass comments that you seem to enjoy making about the head honchos of ICC?" It's OK, they are not insulting any of the official sponsors so are absolutely fine.

Here's Tait

End of over 22 (6 runs) South Africa 83/5 (RR: 3.77)

    • HH Gibbs 35 (44b 5x4)
    • JM Kemp 18 (37b 1x6)
    • GB Hogg 4-0-14-0
    • SR Watson 4-0-19-0

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!"


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


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


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


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

Andrew Hall comes in for his fourth bat of this tournament


Tait to Hall, no run, good pace, right up there and scattering a cloud of dust as Hall edges that low, on the front foot, and unconvincingly down towards the slip region

Gnasher's donned his stats cap. "Andrew Hall and Justin Kemp, who are now together in the middle, have batted well in partnership before. When India toured South Africa last year the pair added 138 for the eighth wicket at Cape Town to rescue South Africa's innings from 136 for 7."

End of over 23 (4 runs) South Africa 87/6 (RR: 3.78)

    • AJ Hall 0 (1b)
    • JM Kemp 18 (37b 1x6)
    • SW Tait 4-0-26-2
    • GB Hogg 4-0-14-0

Hogg to Kemp, no run, right up there, that's defended down and they choose to "Wait!"


Hogg to Kemp, no run, up there again, on middle, and that's defended once more, on the front foot again


Hogg to Kemp, no run, pitches on middle, moves to off and Kemp's not sure how to play that - he tries to sweep, doesn't really get hold of the ball

Slip and a silly mid-off, by the way, very Test match-like


Hogg to Kemp, no run, defended again, Kemp not looking at all comfortable


Hogg to Kemp, 1 wide, wide down off, Kemp backs away to give himself room to cut, but that one went the other way and he was miles away from it


Hogg to Kemp, 1 wide, another wide down off. By George! Hogg can't believe that one - not sure why, it was very wide

The wind threatens to remove the umpire's hat. What larks!


Hogg to Kemp, no run, defended this time


Hogg to Kemp, no run, comes forward and defends that one on the front foot. Not much fuss about that shot

End of over 24 (2 runs) South Africa 89/6 (RR: 3.70)

    • JM Kemp 18 (43b 1x6)
    • AJ Hall 0 (1b)
    • GB Hogg 5-0-16-0
    • SW Tait 4-0-26-2

Tait to Hall, no run, awkward bounce to deal with that one, but Hall stays cool as ever defending down off the back foot


Tait to Hall, 1 run, gets his yorker line all wrong, and that's worked off the toes out to Mr Hussey-Cricket on the deep square boundary and he does a slide and relay with McGrath


Tait to Kemp, no run, left alone outside off this time


Tait to Kemp, no run, better yorker this time, obviously the length was right as before, but this time it was on the toes and that's just defended forward


Tait to Kemp, no run, bouncer down the channel and Kemp leaves that one alone


Tait to Kemp, no run, another bouncer, straight, and that's well avoided

"As someone rather new to cricket, I was wondering if you could enlighten me on something," asks Tom from Canada. "Gibbs was out when SA was on 87. I have heard that 87 (along with 111) are unlucky. Can you tell me why?" Why of course we can. 87 is 13 runs away from one hundred, 13 being the traditional "unlucky for some" - and Australians, in particular, find it an uncomfortable number (same goes for 13 short of fifty). 111 is known as Nelson. Though the exact reason is unsure, some say it's because Admiral Nelson had 1 eye, 1 arm and 1 leg - which is complete balony, as Nelson in fact had two legs. Well geeked, Will

End of over 25 (1 run) South Africa 90/6 (RR: 3.60)

    • JM Kemp 18 (47b 1x6)
    • AJ Hall 1 (3b)
    • SW Tait 5-0-27-2
    • GB Hogg 5-0-16-0

Hogg to Hall, no run, tosses that one up, it dips naughtily at the last minute and the batsman rolls out a tame forward drive


Hogg to Hall, no run, right up there, defended and if Gilchrist is to be believed that was a "Nice one, Georgie"


Hogg to Hall, 1 run, swished off the toes to short midwicket

Can you believe some fans are still waiting to get in outside the ground? Don't answer that, obviously. Terrible isn't it


Hogg to Kemp, no run, right up there and there's a play and a miss


Hogg to Kemp, 1 run, some room outside off, the batsman waits and cuts that away into the covers with a mere tuck of a cut


Hogg to Hall, 1 run, turning away towards off again, this shot isn't so neat, an ugly chop down, yet again into the covers

"Some conch-blowing finally," reports Sambit. "But it's a couple of local volunteers trying desperately trying to create some atmosphere. South Africans being taught how to blow a conch."

It's the third and final Powerplay coming up now

End of over 26 (3 runs) South Africa 93/6 (RR: 3.57)

    • AJ Hall 3 (7b)
    • JM Kemp 19 (49b 1x6)
    • GB Hogg 6-0-19-0
    • SW Tait 5-0-27-2

Tait to Hall, OUT, and Tait strikes again! Hall looked to lash that off the back foot through cover, but his feet must have been dipped in the same tub of superglue as Gibbs's as he strikes at the ball away from the body and a thickish edge rips through. Gilchrist makes no mistake

AJ Hall c †Gilchrist b Tait 3 (14m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

This has been a great display from Tait today.

Pollock to the crease.


Tait to Pollock, no run, oh, Pollock was lucky to survive there, this one nipping back in off the seam and Pollock doing his valiant best to give Gilchrist another catching opportunity - but failed to get hold of it


Tait to Pollock, no run, right up there and that's poked into the covers. A bit of shuffling from Hogg in his sunhat as he takes his time to throw down the stumps. It looked in, and replays quickly confirmed it was

Two slips in


Tait to Pollock, 1 run, bouncer crashes into Pollock's gloves at just-crouching height - Pollock did well to shield his body there, but he's not looking comfortable


Tait to Kemp, no run, plays that away from his body, poking it down to gully off the back foot


Tait to Kemp, no run, more grunting from Tait, and that's up there, defended just outside off and just in front of yorker length

Excellent over from Tait. South Africa are cowering here as they limp towards three figures.

Rod, from Canada, appeals. "Maybe you can ask Speed when the ICC are planning on hosting the World Cup in Canada and Zimbabwe?" Tricky one to host, Rod; the two countries aren't exactly next door to each other. But if Malcolm or Percy are reading, we think it's a terrific idea. In fact, in marketing speak, Will would say it's got legs and thinks ICC should "run with it".

Bracken and his Alice band back into the attack

End of over 27 (1 run) South Africa 94/7 (RR: 3.48)

    • JM Kemp 19 (51b 1x6)
    • SM Pollock 1 (3b)
    • SW Tait 6-0-28-3
    • GB Hogg 6-0-19-0

Bracken to Pollock, no run, he's over the wicket and that's defended forward first up


Bracken to Pollock, no run, across the righthander again and that's defended into the covers

Penny for South Africa's collective thoughts... You can take a good guess, mind


Bracken to Pollock, no run, right up there, defended and Gilchrist thinks that's "Nice, that". He's not wrong


Bracken to Pollock, no run, on middle and off, Pollock plays that into the covers in a very defensive manner

"I thought England were not going to play Australia again in this tournament?" tweets Adrian Bird. Very droll


Bracken to Pollock, no run, straight, a touch short, and defended easily enough on the back foot this time


Bracken to Pollock, no run, outside off, Pollock tries to cut that off the back foot through point, but chops an inside edge down into the ground, safely enough

Pollock of course can play a bit. Nobody has ever said to him: "You are a slouch with a bat."

End of over 28 (maiden) South Africa 94/7 (RR: 3.35)

    • SM Pollock 1 (9b)
    • JM Kemp 19 (51b 1x6)
    • NW Bracken 6-2-13-1
    • SW Tait 6-0-28-3

Tait to Kemp, no run, outside off and that's swished at off the back foot. Little foot movement, his turn to borrow the team glue


Tait to Kemp, no run, left alone outside off this time


Tait to Kemp, FOUR, on leg and that's tucked tidily round off the hips, very fine, through fine leg. Awful ball, got the treatment

Thanks for the thousands of emails about Nelson. And yes, Will did forget to mention that 111 might also portray the three bail-less stumps, which is therefore unlucky. Who knows for certain? Anyway, moving on...


Tait to Kemp, no run, outside off and the batsman stands there like he's on the piste and about to fence at it - in the end, he stops with his bat suspended in the "Bat up!" position of coaching days of yore


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


Tait to Kemp, 1 wide, down leg and that's accurately called wide


Tait to Kemp, no run, slightly slower ball, up there, and that's defended down

Rob from the Learning and Skills Council of Britain writes in regard to the next World Cup: "Do you think that the ICC will make sure the teams hosting don't play in their own countries just to make sure the grounds don't get too full?" Implausible, ridiculous idea Rob - so yes. It sounds perfectly in keeping with some of the decisions made in this Cup, too.

Hogg and his tongue are getting ready to make their way into bowl

End of over 29 (5 runs) South Africa 99/7 (RR: 3.41)

    • JM Kemp 23 (57b 1x4 1x6)
    • SM Pollock 1 (9b)
    • SW Tait 7-0-33-3
    • NW Bracken 6-2-13-1

Hogg to Pollock, no run, on off and Pollock gets his body over that one, defending it forward


Hogg to Pollock, FOUR, touch of room and Pollock waits for that, and cuts it away off the back foot through cover. Lovely shot, bringing up the hundred en route too, note you


Hogg to Pollock, no run, on off and that's defended down off the back foot


Hogg to Pollock, OUT, awkward shot, checking his off-drive and that's chipped back to the bowler whose clasping fingers accept that fly-trap-style

SM Pollock c & b Hogg 5 (15m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 38.46

Oh dear. Another one-sided semi final in the offing


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


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

End of over 30 (4 runs) South Africa 103/8 (RR: 3.43)

    • A Nel 0 (2b)
    • JM Kemp 23 (57b 1x4 1x6)
    • GB Hogg 7-0-23-1
    • SW Tait 7-0-33-3

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


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


McGrath to Nel, no run, left alone outside off


McGrath to Nel, no run


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


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

End of over 31 (3 runs) South Africa 106/8 (RR: 3.41)

    • A Nel 2 (7b)
    • JM Kemp 24 (58b 1x4 1x6)
    • GD McGrath 7-1-17-3
    • GB Hogg 7-0-23-1

Hogg to Kemp, no run, stroked tamely, like patting a dog, off the back foot into the leg0side off the back foot


Hogg to Kemp, 1 leg bye, on leg and that's tucked without much power off the thighs and into square leg


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


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


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


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

Russ Stevens, of a law firm, has come up with a brand new game for all: headlines for tomorrow's tabloids. Splendid. Our reader Russ-les up some to kick off with: SA Disa-Ponting! SA In A S-Tait! Dis-Smith-ed. Excellent work

End of over 32 (1 run, maiden) South Africa 107/8 (RR: 3.34)

    • A Nel 2 (11b)
    • JM Kemp 24 (60b 1x4 1x6)
    • GB Hogg 8-1-23-1
    • GD McGrath 7-1-17-3

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


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


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


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


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


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

End of over 33 (1 run) South Africa 108/8 (RR: 3.27)

    • A Nel 2 (12b)
    • JM Kemp 25 (65b 1x4 1x6)
    • GD McGrath 8-1-18-3
    • GB Hogg 8-1-23-1

Hogg to Kemp, no run, defended this time


Hogg to Kemp, 1 run, swept round behind square and out towards the boundary where the sweeper fulfils his job description


Hogg to Nel, no run, a heave

It's Tongue v Tongue now - Nel poking his out every time he's beaten, not in a naughty way, just in a baffled way


Hogg to Nel, no run, more defence


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


Hogg to Nel, no run, defended forward

Matt emails in desperation. "Lonely cricket fan in Minneapolis is looking for a bar to watch the final. Can you put a call out to other possible Minneapolis cricketers, inquiring as to which bars will carry the match?" If you WLTM with Matt - we can't comment on a GSOH or otherwise - let us know

Watson back into the attack

End of over 34 (1 run) South Africa 109/8 (RR: 3.20)

    • A Nel 2 (16b)
    • JM Kemp 26 (67b 1x4 1x6)
    • GB Hogg 9-1-24-1
    • GD McGrath 8-1-18-3

Watson to Kemp, no run, up there and that's defended into the covers


Watson to Kemp, FOUR, outside off, just a touch of width and that's a very good shot indeed, that one cut away off the back foot with a mere flick of the wrists


Watson to Kemp, 1 run, width again, but only a mere hint; it's still enough to be cut down off the back foot fine down to third man


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


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


Watson to Kemp, no run, opens the face but can only run that one to gully

Expensive over from Watson in the scheme of things. Not that it may make too much of a difference.

"How come Hoggy is bowling right arm spin in 3D?" asks Neale. "Is it to give SA a chance?" Must be programmed by the same people who produce the Brian Lara Cricket game (Ricky Ponting to you Aussies) ... Monty Panesar is a right-hander in that

End of over 35 (10 runs) South Africa 119/8 (RR: 3.40)

    • JM Kemp 31 (71b 2x4 1x6)
    • A Nel 7 (18b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 5-0-29-0
    • GB Hogg 9-1-24-1

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


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


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


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


Hogg to Nel, no run, defended forward


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

Great spell from The Tongue, there - had South Africa in all kinds of bother (big bother, medium bother and very big bother).

Asha emails: "For Matt in Minneapolis: the place to watch cricket is Brit's Pub in downtown Minneapolis, on Nicollet Mall around 12th St. It's unfortunately British (as the name suggests), but otherwise a good spot for cricket-watching." Unfortunately?

End of over 36 (maiden) South Africa 119/8 (RR: 3.30)

    • A Nel 7 (24b 1x4)
    • JM Kemp 31 (71b 2x4 1x6)
    • GB Hogg 10-2-24-1
    • SR Watson 5-0-29-0

Tait to Kemp, no run, on a length outside off and that nips back in, defended down


Tait to Kemp, 1 wide, Tait flies into bowl, that lovely rhythm ending in a muscly delivery as ever - but all that effort goes to waste as this one is wide down off


Tait to Kemp, 1 run, changed his angle of approach ever so slightly, that's right up there on the money but poked forward for a quick single; good running


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


Tait to Nel, 1 wide, wide down off

The breeze is getting up


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


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


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

Watson back into the attack

End of over 37 (3 runs) South Africa 122/8 (RR: 3.29)

    • A Nel 7 (28b 1x4)
    • JM Kemp 32 (73b 2x4 1x6)
    • SW Tait 8-0-36-3
    • GB Hogg 10-2-24-1

Watson to Kemp, no run, defended on the back foot


Watson to Kemp, 1 run, poked forward and there's a quick single


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


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


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


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

Better over from Watson this time

End of over 38 (1 run) South Africa 123/8 (RR: 3.23)

    • A Nel 7 (32b 1x4)
    • JM Kemp 33 (75b 2x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 6-0-30-0
    • SW Tait 8-0-36-3

Tait to Kemp, 1 run, on leg and that's driven out to McGrath at mid-on


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


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


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


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

Tait wipes his forehead, then the ball. He needs some shine panels on his trousers - a new innovation I saw at a PR launch of some Canterbury kit today. True.


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

End of over 39 (1 run) South Africa 124/8 (RR: 3.17)

    • A Nel 7 (37b 1x4)
    • JM Kemp 34 (76b 2x4 1x6)
    • SW Tait 9-0-37-3
    • SR Watson 6-0-30-0

Watson to Kemp, 1 run, up there and driven forward, straight, without much power


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


Watson to Kemp, 1 run, low full toss, driven out to straight midwicket where Ponting does well to dive and take the pace off the ball with a left-hand grasp. It's tidied up further out


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


Watson to Kemp, 1 run, driven forward and there's another single

Halt! Who goes there? Surely not some... momentum?


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

Martin will take you through the remaining ten overs/two wickets, whichever is first. It will be surprising, given the earlier overs, if this goes the distance - still an asking rate of just over three isn't, er, asking much, so they'll need to ramp it up

End of over 40 (6 runs) South Africa 130/8 (RR: 3.25)

    • A Nel 8 (40b 1x4)
    • JM Kemp 37 (79b 2x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 7-0-34-0
    • SW Tait 9-0-37-3

Thanks Jenny ... let's see if I can wrap this up ...


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

That's Tait's first four-for in ODIs. Charl Langeveldt is the last line of resistance ... of sorts. Another delay as the sightscreen is stuck on sponsor mode.


Tait to Kemp, no run, slower ball - if you can describe 81mph as slower - and Langeveldt into line to block


Tait to Kemp, no run, faster and a bit shorter, Langeveldt sways out of the way. It probably would have missed him anyway


Tait to Kemp, no run, full, Langeveldt winds up and drives the ball to Hogg at mid-off

The sound of a lone horn echoes across the vast open spaces ...


Tait to Kemp, 1 wide, Tait loses his bearings and spears one down the leg side

James Capstick says: "I know the people who did Brian Lara - the guy you want to have a go at is called John Jennings." We will stop short of printing his home phone number ...


Tait to Kemp, no run, full and this time on target, Kemp defends


Tait to Kemp, 1 run, quite deliberately and safely steered down to third man. Kemp keeps the strike

End of over 41 (2 runs) South Africa 132/9 (RR: 3.21)

    • JM Kemp 38 (84b 2x4 1x6)
    • CK Langeveldt 0 (0b)
    • SW Tait 10-0-39-4
    • SR Watson 7-0-34-0

Watson chugs in and is stopped by the umpire as something is not quite right.


Watson to Kemp, FOUR, Watson attempts the yorker, doesn't quite get it right and Kemp slams a full toss back over the bowler's head

The crowd goes ... er ... well, not quite wild


Watson to Kemp, 1 run, full, driven almost as hard but there is a long-off in place


Watson to Langeveldt, no run, Langeveldt heads towards the square-leg umpire and blocks


Watson to Langeveldt, 1 run, decent ball which Langeveldt swings at, hits, and the ball arcs short of the man out in the deep on the off side


Watson to Kemp, FOUR, another full toss from Watson which Kemp absolutely smears through extra cover

It's a bit churlish to say it given the score, but Watson has not bowled that well today.


Watson to Kemp, no run, slower ball but Kemp can't find the single he needs, leaving Langeveldt exposed

End of over 42 (10 runs) South Africa 142/9 (RR: 3.38)

    • JM Kemp 47 (88b 4x4 1x6)
    • CK Langeveldt 1 (2b)
    • SR Watson 8-0-44-0
    • SW Tait 10-0-39-4

Nathan Bracken replaces the expired Tait. Expired as in out of overs. Glichrist standing up as well.


Bracken to Langeveldt, 1 run, Langeveldt drops into the leg side and runs. McGrath teapots that the No. 11 was allowed to get off strike first ball


Bracken to Kemp, 1 run, Kemp sweeps, Bracken appeals thinking it missed the bat, but Bucknor disagrees

Good appeal as it missed bat and gloves and came off the pads alone, but it pitched outside the leg stump.

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Bracken to Langeveldt, no run, driven into the covers


Bracken to Langeveldt, no run, punched square on the off side


Bracken to Langeveldt, no run, Langeveldt misses with a swish to leg, strangled appeal as it again pitched outside the line


Bracken to Langeveldt, no run, defended into the off side, a quiet over but at least Kemp keeps the strike

Ian Botham has just said that South Africa "will be disappointed with this score". Really? And it's the customary ball-changing ritual when everyone pretends to be surprised that the ball has to be swapped. By the time of the 2011 tournament this ritual will be sponsored ... any suggestions who by?

End of over 43 (2 runs) South Africa 144/9 (RR: 3.34)

    • CK Langeveldt 2 (7b)
    • JM Kemp 48 (89b 4x4 1x6)
    • NW Bracken 7-2-15-1
    • SR Watson 8-0-44-0

Watson to Kemp, no run, Kemp heaves over midwicket to Hayden in the deep, but they decide not to run


Watson to Kemp, 1 run, driven straight to Tait at long-on, it went high but right to him. he caught it , dropped it, juggled the rebound before ending up in a big heap with the ball next to him

"Has he just dropped the World Cup," asks Will. Idiot.


Watson to Langeveldt, no run, a big heave and a big miss

"That will be on Youtube in seconds," chortles Will England, while Will Luke muses about dropping World Cups and so on... Will done everyone


Watson to Langeveldt, FOUR, another heave from Langeveldt who is heading towards square leg as he plays it, over point and over the rope

Watson glowers at the batsman, then the boundary and finally at Tait


Watson to Langeveldt, OUT, up in the block hole and Langeveldt, again giving himself room, is in no position to play it and is cleaned up

CK Langeveldt b Watson 6 (18m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

Pollock to open (the bowling. Obviously. He hasn't defected to Australia). Blustery out there which could help him. Let's face it; South Africa need all the assistance they can get

Sad news has just come in from Cricinfo's obituary expert, Martin, who tells us Arthur Milton has died.

PT from Calgary needs a pub, though. "Australians in Calgary (and there's a lot of us) are lost!"

For those in Florida Churchill's Pub off 2nd Ave in Miami will show the World Cup...or at least it ought to, suggests Frank, who watched the Ashes from there.

Welcome back all. It is I, Will, here for another 10 over stint - which ought to be just enough time for Australia to knock off these 150 runs. Well nearly, anyway. I'm just finishing off my Ploughmans (cheddar, for the cheese freaks among you) and we're about five minutes away from starting. Damn smoking police. Anyway, hope our pub crawl information proved useful. If you do make it to one of those mentioned, we expect to receive full reports and photos please. It's the very least you can do.

1.25pm That's the public service broadcast over. Hope it helps. We are still not aware of anywhere in Miami and there have been loads of requests from there, so shout if you can help.

The match will resume fairly shortly and Will Luke will guide you through the opening bursts of the Australian innings in his own inimitable way. He is a bit angry at the moment as "No Smoking" strikers have just been plastered over the whole office, and as the only smoker, he's feeling a bit got at.

1.00pm Various readers have answered questions as to where the final will be shown in the USA. NY/NJ -Cafe Spice in Jersey City has been showing all World Cup matches, and Galaxy Cinema, Raleigh, NC is showing all the games, and Eight Mile Creek, an Aussie bar/restaurant on Mulberry St ... and also Ship of Fools on 2nd Ave at 82nd ... Boston - Tommy Doyle's in Harvard Square, upstairs. The Dosti bar and restaurant in Chicago area on Roselle Road has four big plasma TVs and they all show cricket matches live through out the year ... The Curry Pot, Corner of RT-21 and Washington ... San Francisco's Bay Area, Naaz at Fremont was supposed to show all matches. Just check with them. Annapoorna in San Mateo is another bet since they have Dish network. Joe Alfredo's at Oshawa (Toronto) is showing all games, as is The Holiday Inn Select (Airport) ... The West Indian Market on New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland outside Washington DC and also Solly's on the corner of U and 11th ... in Los Angeles and Long Beach, the Springbok Bar and Grills ... in Dallas, you can watch live match at Masala Wok restaurant ... Montreal Champs Bar, on Boulevarde Saint Laurent ... Tudor Arms pub in Pickering, Ontario .... Ottawa, the rather fab Sri Lankan restaurant Ceylonta (on Somerset St) ... Nashville, the Vanderbilt Cricket Club is showing it at the Student Life Center ... Kansas City, the Kababesh Grill on 119th and 69Hwy ... we are also told that Minerva restaurants in Atlanta, Virginia and Maryland are showing the game ... Houston Darbar Restaurent (Indian buffet) Scarsadale Blvd, I-45 South Houston ... Philadelphia Royal India Restaurant in Malvern ... South Riding, Virginia Rajdhani Mandhir ...

A quick note - these suggestions are from readers and we in no way endorse them or vouch for the accuracy of the information.

Lubna Kabir reckons you don't need a bar for some places in the States - instead, Indian restaurants frequented by Indian, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi and Pakistani taxi drivers should do it - in Boston, DC and Philly for sure.

"Came out all right," says Tait, ambushed as he leaves the pitch by Greg Blewett, with understatement. "Yeah's, good." And what about Australia's batting to come? "You can't get too comfy. A decent target to chase."

That's South Africa's lowest score in the World Cup and Australia bounce off the field. On TV they are still pretending this game is well and truly alive, but the reality is that it will take something remarkable to prevent Australia reaching the final now.






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