South Africa tour of West Indies, 1st T20I: West Indies v South Africa at North Sound, May 19, 2010

van der Merwe to Gayle, no run, spinner to start, clipped gently to midwicket


van der Merwe to Gayle, 2 runs, almost success first up here, Gayle leaning on one and getting a leading edge looping towards cover


van der Merwe to Gayle, 1 wide, oops, this time it's fired down the leg side


van der Merwe to Gayle, no run, good ball here, on a length and line and zipping past the outside edge


van der Merwe to Gayle, FOUR, that's what every West Indian wants to see, Gayle strides forward, swings his enormous arms through the ball and send it flying down the ground for four


van der Merwe to Gayle, FOUR, and again! Top shot, looks so effortless, just a half-stride forward and bunts it down past mid on for a boundary


van der Merwe to Gayle, 1 run, full toss served up, but the mid on has gone back so Gayle punches it down the ground for a single

End of over 1 (12 runs) West Indies 12/0 (125 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 12.00, RRR: 6.57)

    • CH Gayle 11 (6b 2x4)
    • ADS Fletcher 0 (0b)
    • RE van der Merwe 1-0-12-0

Right, this should be fun, Dale Steyn, dodgy pitch and Chris Gayle.


Steyn to Gayle, no run, gentle start given that build up, outside off, good length and left alone


Steyn to Gayle, no run, this won't please Gayle, pitches again on a decent enough length but borrows through to the keeper


Steyn to Gayle, no run, Steyn is lucky to get away with this, skidded full and into Gayle's hitting arc, as it was it was drilled to cover


Steyn to Gayle, 2 runs, this time Gayle picks the gap, opening the face and leaning this between point and cover for a couple


Steyn to Gayle, no run, after that one a couple of balls ago kept low, this really climbed, pitching short and zipping past Gayle's head


Steyn to Gayle, no run, oh dear, poor umpiring here, and not for the first time this game, a clear wide arrowed down the leg side, but the umpire Clive Duncan gives no wide. Gayle asks why and gets no answer.

End of over 2 (2 runs) West Indies 14/0 (123 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 6.83)

    • CH Gayle 13 (12b 2x4)
    • ADS Fletcher 0 (0b)
    • DW Steyn 1-0-2-0
    • RE van der Merwe 1-0-12-0

McLaren to Fletcher, no run, the spin experiment is over, and McLaren comes into the attack, Fletcher, who needs some runs, defends a full ball carefully


McLaren to Fletcher, no run, action replay, full, on off stump, Fletcher pushes to cover


McLaren to Fletcher, OUT, Fletcher gone now, that is sad to see. He kept very well but his batting is looking very suspect at this level. Decent ball outside off, flat-footed fence from Fletcher, edged it through to the new keeper, who took a smart catch going quickly to his right

ADS Fletcher c †de Villiers b McLaren 0 (12m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Good start for South Africa but they would have felt that one coming even before the game.


McLaren to Bravo, no run, Bravo keeps his first ball out easily enough, jabbing a bat down on a fullish delivery


McLaren to Bravo, 1 run, a touch airy this shot, Bravo driving a bit too early on the shot towards cover, the calling isn't great but they eventually collect a single


McLaren to Gayle, no run, oh no, another poor umpiring call, this landed miles wide of Gayle's off stump, but the umpire decides it's fine. Good day to be a bowler

End of over 3 (1 run) West Indies 15/1 (122 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 7.17)

    • CH Gayle 13 (13b 2x4)
    • DJ Bravo 1 (2b)
    • R McLaren 1-0-1-1
    • DW Steyn 1-0-2-0

Langeveldt to Bravo, no run, this is a more solid shot, Bravo getting forward confidently and offering the fullest of faces to a pitched-up delivery


Langeveldt to Bravo, no run, Langeveldt has settled into a good line straight away, and it's defended into the off side


Langeveldt to Bravo, FOUR, well, because this came off it's a good shot, pulled off the front foot, high in the air and wide of square leg for four


Langeveldt to Bravo, FOUR, this is very good, no doubt, fullish and straying on to leg, clipped through mid on for another boundary


Langeveldt to Bravo, 1 run, Bravo looking decent now, slipping this leg side ball into the midwicket region for a single


Langeveldt to Gayle, no run, Gayle defends this with a Boycott-like straight bat, this man knows nothing if not how to defend

End of over 4 (9 runs) West Indies 24/1 (113 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 7.06)

    • CH Gayle 13 (14b 2x4)
    • DJ Bravo 10 (7b 2x4)
    • CK Langeveldt 1-0-9-0
    • R McLaren 1-0-1-1

Steyn to Bravo, 2 runs, Steyn and Bravo are two of the most attacking cricketers around, and this ball shows it, pitched well up, looking for the wicket, Bravo launches an expansive drive, skews off the edge past point for a couple


Steyn to Bravo, no run, touch more circumspect this time, good line and length and defended with utmost caution


Steyn to Bravo, 1 run, eep, that's not what a batsman wants to see, this slower cutter pitched and kept well low, Bravo dabbed a bat and collected one to midwicket


Steyn to Gayle, 1 run, Gayle looking in responsible mood, which is a strange set of words, this is carefully worked into the leg side


Steyn to Bravo, no run, good bouncer this, bang on a line and searching for the throat, Bravo hopped and ducked at the same time, and got under it smartly


Steyn to Bravo, no run, lovely ball this, following up the bouncer with a full ball attacking the stumps, Bravo defends in a hurry

End of over 5 (4 runs) West Indies 28/1 (109 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.60, RRR: 7.26)

    • DJ Bravo 13 (12b 2x4)
    • CH Gayle 14 (15b 2x4)
    • DW Steyn 2-0-6-0
    • CK Langeveldt 1-0-9-0

McLaren to Gayle, OUT, big wicket! Gayle has gone! Slower ball from McLaren, back of a good length, Gayle went for an expansive pull shot, looking to clear long on with the breeze, didn't get much of it in the end, only succeeded in spooning it to Smith two-thirds of the way back to the boundary

CH Gayle c Smith b McLaren 14 (24m 16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 87.50


McLaren to Sarwan, no run, good ball first up, fullish on off stump, defended confidently into the covers


McLaren to Sarwan, no run, angled down the leg side this time, clips Sarwan's thigh on the way through to the keeper skipping down the leg side


McLaren to Sarwan, 1 wide, this time it has slipped too far down leg, and now it is given a wide


McLaren to Sarwan, no run, angling in at the stumps from a fullish length, dug out to mid on


McLaren to Sarwan, 1 run, good full length once more, edged to point for a single


McLaren to Bravo, 1 run, there is a magnetic flourish to everything Bravo does, even working this ball routinely to leg, he manages to get on one leg and flick his wrists, unbounded enthusiasm

End of over 6 (3 runs) West Indies 31/2 (106 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.16, RRR: 7.57)

    • DJ Bravo 14 (13b 2x4)
    • RR Sarwan 1 (4b)
    • R McLaren 2-0-4-2
    • DW Steyn 2-0-6-0

Kallis to Bravo, 1 run, well, I can't actually describe that delivery because the coverage preferred to show some dancing women, I think it went to point


Kallis to Sarwan, no run, this certainly did go to point, the TV coverage kind enough to show Sarwan cutting a shortish ball firmly


Kallis to Sarwan, 1 run, nicely played this time, waiting on it and dabbing it late towards third man for a single


Kallis to Bravo, 1 run, Kallis is offering enough width to keep point very busy, once again this is forced away into that area firmly


Kallis to Sarwan, no run, much fuller and and straighter, Sarwan works it back to the bowler


Kallis to Sarwan, 1 run, nicely played once more, pushed into space for a single

End of over 7 (4 runs) West Indies 35/2 (102 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 7.84)

    • RR Sarwan 3 (8b)
    • DJ Bravo 16 (15b 2x4)
    • JH Kallis 1-0-4-0
    • R McLaren 2-0-4-2

Botha to Sarwan, 1 run, given some air from Botha, which is rare, and clipped down the ground for a single


Botha to Bravo, no run, touch flatter this time, but very straight and Bravo can't get it away


Botha to Bravo, no run, well bowled again, bang on a length and line and Bravo pushes to cover


Botha to Bravo, 1 run, this time the line is right but the length is wrong - a full toss in fact - and clipped to midwicket fora single


Botha to Sarwan, 1 run, another gentle nurdle away for one into the midwicket region


Botha to Bravo, no run, overs slipping by, West Indies need to work the ball around a touch better if they are to have a chance, this is tapped into the off side

End of over 8 (3 runs) West Indies 38/2 (99 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 4.75, RRR: 8.25)

    • DJ Bravo 17 (19b 2x4)
    • RR Sarwan 5 (10b)
    • J Botha 1-0-3-0
    • JH Kallis 1-0-4-0

Kallis to Sarwan, FOUR, given that nobody has timed the ball well all day, this is a decent shot, back of a length and pulled between long on and midwicket for a much-needed boundary


Kallis to Sarwan, no run, back to the dots here though as this slower ball passes, eventually, the outside edge


Kallis to Sarwan, 1 run, fuller from Kallis, and Sarwan drives to mid on well enough for one


Kallis to Bravo, 1 run, Bravo bustles another single, working a fullish ball to mid on and setting off for an eager run


Kallis to Sarwan, 1 run, this is a nice shot for one, too nice for one really, opening the face, waiting and back-cutting to third man


Kallis to Bravo, 2 runs, fuller and slower from Kallis, well outside off stump, but a flick of the wrists sends it to midwicket for a couple, good over for West Indies that

End of over 9 (9 runs) West Indies 47/2 (90 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.22, RRR: 8.18)

    • DJ Bravo 20 (21b 2x4)
    • RR Sarwan 11 (14b 1x4)
    • JH Kallis 2-0-13-0
    • J Botha 1-0-3-0

Botha to Sarwan, no run, Botha continues to choke, Botha-constrictor, guffaw. Darted in at off stump, cut without timing to short third man


Botha to Sarwan, 1 run, touch more airy this time, allows Sarwan to work it down to Amla at long on


Botha to Bravo, OUT, oh dear, that is the end for Bravo, skipped down the wicket and chipped down the throat of long on, never looked like clearing the fielder. Big wicket and South Africa will feel comfortable

DJ Bravo c sub (HM Amla) b Botha 20 (26m 22b 2x4 0x6) SR: 90.90


Botha to Sarwan, no run, the batsmen crossed, which gives Sarwan the chance to drive very tidily to cover


Botha to Sarwan, 1 run, this is comfortably worked away off the front foot to mid on for a single


Botha to Deonarine, 1 wide, OUT, oh great stuff from De Villiers. Leg-side stumpings always give me a giddy thrill. Fired down the leg side by Botha, a wide in fact, but Deonarine overbalanced as he missed his leg-side flick and De Villiers had the bails off in a flash, very smart work indeed.

N Deonarine st †de Villiers b Botha 0 (1m 0b 0x4 0x6) SR: -

Anyone remember McCullum stumping Pietersen in England's opening World Cup game in 2007? No? Well, it was like a left-handed version of that.


Botha to Pollard, 1 run, Pollard faces his first ball and rather than try and heave it out the ground he sensibly pushes it into the leg side for a single

End of over 10 (4 runs) West Indies 51/4 (86 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.10, RRR: 8.60)

    • KA Pollard 1 (1b)
    • RR Sarwan 13 (18b 1x4)
    • J Botha 2-0-7-2
    • JH Kallis 2-0-13-0

van der Merwe to Pollard, no run, Pollard is all grace and delicacy here, tapping a leg side ball gently to short fine leg


van der Merwe to Pollard, 1 run, this time he feathers it to midwicket, soft enough to collect one


van der Merwe to Sarwan, no run, Sarwan can't match Pollard's soft hands, turning this firmly to short midwicket


van der Merwe to Sarwan, OUT, it's all unravelling now. Sarwan falls! Playing a fraction too early to one held back in the air, smart bowling, gets a leading edge which loops to cover, who dives forward to gobble up the chance

RR Sarwan c Petersen b van der Merwe 13 (23m 20b 1x4 0x6) SR: 65.00


van der Merwe to Sammy, 1 run, Sammy. who is always a picture of diligence, calmly works this full ball around the corner for one


van der Merwe to Pollard, 2 runs, on the flat tracks of the IPL, Pollard made mince-meat of some of the third-rate back-up bowlers, here he has to carefully push this away for a couple behind square on the leg side

End of over 11 (4 runs) West Indies 55/5 (82 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.00, RRR: 9.11)

    • KA Pollard 4 (4b)
    • DJG Sammy 1 (1b)
    • RE van der Merwe 2-0-16-1
    • J Botha 2-0-7-2

Botha to Sammy, no run, Botha is arrow straight, darting them in, defended carefully back to the bowler


Botha to Sammy, 1 run, nicely worked down the ground here, gentle single, calm before the storm perhaps


Botha to Pollard, 1 run, they are interviewing some kids on TV, which is rather lovely, they all love Chris Gayle,


Botha to Sammy, no run, carefully defended back to the bowler


Botha to Sammy, no run, once again it's defended, not much Sammy can do with Botha's darts


Botha to Sammy, no run, and again, this is Test match cricket at it's best, prodded back to the bowler

End of over 12 (2 runs) West Indies 57/5 (80 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 4.75, RRR: 10.00)

    • DJG Sammy 2 (6b)
    • KA Pollard 5 (5b)
    • J Botha 3-0-9-2
    • RE van der Merwe 2-0-16-1

van der Merwe to Pollard, 1 leg bye, slightly angled down the leg side, thuds off the pads for a sedate single


van der Merwe to Sammy, no run, nothing on offer here, just tight wicket-to-wicket bowling and pushed back to the bowler


van der Merwe to Sammy, no run, Sammy needs to find some angles to rotate the strike, full-facing it back to the bowler will take them nowhere


van der Merwe to Sammy, no run, filthy ball, short but zipping through quicker, Sammy mows a pull to short fine leg


van der Merwe to Sammy, no run, touch of extra bounce here, Sammy is shocked and stands up, edging it tamely into the third man region


van der Merwe to Sammy, 1 run, well, Sammy keeps the strike, he is defending very well to be fair, pushing this with complete conviction into the off side for one

End of over 13 (2 runs) West Indies 59/5 (78 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 4.53, RRR: 11.14)

    • DJG Sammy 3 (11b)
    • KA Pollard 5 (6b)
    • RE van der Merwe 3-0-17-1
    • J Botha 3-0-9-2

Botha to Sammy, 1 run, ideal for West Indies, Sammy finds the gap at mid on and picks up one


Botha to Pollard, 1 run, Pollard is shimming and ducking and moving while Botha runs up, it makes very little difference to the bowler who arrows it in on a good line, deflected away into the leg side for one


Botha to Sammy, 1 run, dabbed gloriously for a single, Sammy finding his range here, just two of those a ball and they'll have a chance


Botha to Pollard, 2 runs, nicely played by Pollard here, worked away into the leg side for a couple


Botha to Pollard, 1 run, this time it's pushed down the ground for another muscular single


Botha to Sammy, FOUR, huzzah! some intent from Sammy and it's just about worked. Skipping down the track and lifting it, a touch speculatively, between mid on and midwicket for four

End of over 14 (10 runs) West Indies 69/5 (68 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 4.92, RRR: 11.33)

    • DJG Sammy 9 (14b 1x4)
    • KA Pollard 9 (9b)
    • J Botha 4-0-19-2
    • RE van der Merwe 3-0-17-1

Langeveldt to Pollard, no run, you sensed all Pollard was waiting for was some pace on the ball, and here it is, pitched up and Pollard swished mightily at fresh air and the ball whistled past the edge


Langeveldt to Pollard, no run, another swing and another miss, when he connects it will either be out or six


Langeveldt to Pollard, FOUR, or four, as the case may be, full toss and this time it was swatted off almost the middle of the bat, wide of long on for four


Langeveldt to Pollard, 2 runs, another full toss, the sort of low-full toss that used to pass as yorkers in the old days, comes off the bottom edge of the the leg-side mow and trickles away for a couple down to long on


Langeveldt to Pollard, FOUR, eep, not a great ball that from Langeveldt, high full toss angling down leg, Pollard helps it on its way round the corner for four more!


Langeveldt to Pollard, 2 runs, better ball here from Langeveldt, full and wide, Pollard jabs it wide of short third man for a couple more, good stuff from him

End of over 15 (12 runs) West Indies 81/5 (56 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.40, RRR: 11.20)

    • KA Pollard 21 (15b 2x4)
    • DJG Sammy 9 (14b 1x4)
    • CK Langeveldt 2-0-21-0
    • J Botha 4-0-19-2

McLaren to Sammy, no run, Sammy needs to give Pollard the strike, that's all he's needed to do all innings really, instead he stands perfectly still and swiped at nothing in particular


McLaren to Sammy, 1 run, much shorter, gets some good bounce, and swung away off the back foot down to fine leg for a single


McLaren to Pollard, SIX, Pollard! This is what he's there for, smashing mediocre bowling, full and into his hitting range and smashed down the ground for six


McLaren to Pollard, OUT, McLaren strikes back straight away! Top stuff, yorker length, and squeezes between a swirling bat and a rooted pad and canons into leg stump, that's the game up you feel

KA Pollard b McLaren 27 (20m 17b 2x4 1x6) SR: 158.82


McLaren to Miller, no run, Miller plays his first ball towards point and there is no run


McLaren to Miller, 2 runs, fuller ball this time, driven down the ground, for a lung-busting couple

End of over 16 (9 runs) West Indies 90/6 (47 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.62, RRR: 11.75)

    • NO Miller 2 (2b)
    • DJG Sammy 10 (16b 1x4)
    • R McLaren 3-0-13-3
    • CK Langeveldt 2-0-21-0

Steyn to Sammy, 2 runs, full from Steyn, outside off, Sammy plays it well, driving square to deep point for a couple


Steyn to Sammy, 1 wide, slower cutter from Steyn here, well wide of off stump, and the umpire decides it's too far


Steyn to Sammy, 1 wide, and again, too wide of off, a swing, a miss, and a wide


Steyn to Sammy, no run, Sammy looking for a big smash over long on, as it he can't quite connect


Steyn to Sammy, no run, and again! Backing away looking for the inside-out smash, but failing to connect


Steyn to Sammy, 1 wide, hmm, too wide of off again, Sammy repeats the shot, repeats the miss but is rewarded this time with a wide


Steyn to Sammy, 1 run, finally Steyn gets close enough for Sammy to connect, doesn't quite manage to time it but collects a single to cover


Steyn to Miller, 1 run, mistimed to cover again, very quick, suicidal single attempted, if the throw had had he would have gone


Steyn to Sammy, no run, touch fuller this time, Sammy tries to swing it through cover again, but it zips past the edge

End of over 17 (7 runs) West Indies 97/6 (40 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.70, RRR: 13.33)

    • DJG Sammy 13 (21b 1x4)
    • NO Miller 3 (3b)
    • DW Steyn 3-0-13-0
    • R McLaren 3-0-13-3

Langeveldt to Miller, no run, good ball from Langeveldt, climbing from back of a length, flat-footed swipe attempted, which is all you can do at this stage, but it goes past the edge


Langeveldt to Miller, 2 runs, Miller connects this time, swiping the ball down to long on for a couple


Langeveldt to Miller, OUT, gone this time, really massive heave across the line from Miller, but he only manages a top edge and it passes through to De Villiers

NO Miller c †de Villiers b Langeveldt 5 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 83.33


Langeveldt to Taylor, 1 run, good ball from Langeveldt, right up in the blockhole, Taylor digs it out and collects a single


Langeveldt to Sammy, 1 run, dropped, McLaren puts down a regulation chance at long off, full toss thwacked down the ground, McLaren got around smartly and spilled the chance


Langeveldt to Taylor, SIX, "home-run!" declares Tony Cozier, full toss, swiped handsomely over long on into the stands

End of over 18 (10 runs) West Indies 107/7 (30 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.94, RRR: 15.00)

    • JE Taylor 7 (2b 1x6)
    • DJG Sammy 14 (22b 1x4)
    • CK Langeveldt 3-0-31-1
    • DW Steyn 3-0-13-0

Steyn to Sammy, no run, fullish ball outside off, big shot attempted, sadly it's missed


Steyn to Sammy, 1 wide, repeat of Steyn's last over here, too wide outside off, and a bonus run


Steyn to Sammy, no run, Sammy has laid his cards clearly on the table, he is aiming over cover, swinging hard at this but missing once more


Steyn to Sammy, 1 wide, Steyn is a touch annoyed with himself, and why not, this is again shoved well outside off


Steyn to Sammy, no run, after a quick chat with his captain it looked as though Steyn would attack the stumps, but it was still wide of off


Steyn to Sammy, 1 no ball, bowled him! Off a no ball. Steyn adjust his line, spears in a leg stump yorker, hits the stumps, but he overstepped free hit time


Steyn to Sammy, 1 wide, OUT, oh dear, this is a touch farcical. Another wide miles outside off stump, another play and miss off, but a bye attempted, Sammy stands perfectly still, Taylor ears up the crease and ends up run out

JE Taylor run out 7 (7m 2b 0x4 1x6) SR: 350.00


Steyn to Sammy, 1 wide, would you believe it? I guess so, well wide of off, and we still have a free hit


Steyn to Sammy, 1 run, yorker on the stumps, actually straight, it passes though to the keeper, they think about a bye, the throw comes in from behind the stumps, nobody fields it, so the end up getting a single


Steyn to Benn, FOUR, shot! Benn swings it mightily down the ground, timing it perfectly and it flies down to the mid on boundary


Steyn to Benn, no run, oh no, the umpiring has got worse, the match even more bizzare, Benn gets a thick edge to a length ball he tried to swing over midwicket, regulation catch to the keeper, given not out, everyone is confused and the over, finally, ends

End of over 19 (10 runs) West Indies 117/8 (20 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.15, RRR: 20.00)

    • SJ Benn 4 (2b 1x4)
    • DJG Sammy 15 (27b 1x4)
    • DW Steyn 4-0-23-0
    • CK Langeveldt 3-0-31-1

McLaren to Sammy, 2 runs, nicely bunted down the ground from a fullish length, a slight fumble at long off means allows a second


McLaren to Sammy, 1 wide, OUT, another wide, outside off, Sammy had wandered down the wicket, De Villiers under-arms the throw back in a flash and the Sammy is run out

DJG Sammy st †de Villiers b McLaren 17 (38m 28b 1x4 0x6) SR: 60.71


McLaren to Roach, 2 runs, good ball from McLaren, right up into the yorker length, dug out to mid on for a well-run couple


McLaren to Roach, 1 run, Roach getting his eye in I guess, working this, quite stylishly into the square leg region for a single


McLaren to Benn, no run, Benn runs leg side of the ball, aiming to slam it over cover, but it's full and outside off and he misses


McLaren to Benn, OUT, and that is that. Benn connects with a big shot down the ground, can't quite time it well enough, Amla takes an easy chance to finish the game. McLaren has five wickets, which is a rare feat in this format

SJ Benn c sub (HM Amla) b McLaren 4 (3m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Well, we've seen a lot of good Twenty20 cricket of late, but this was not up to scratch. South Africa were scrappy gifting 11 wides and a no-ball, but West Indies never really got going. Still, a much needed win for South Africa after their troubles in the World Twenty20.

McLaren is only the fourth man to take a five-for in T20 Internationals, and it's enough to earn him the man of the match award, so well done him.

Liam Brickhill will have a bulletin to tell you all about how the match unravelled and we have a gallery for the visually minded.

That's all from us, we'll back back same time tomorrow for the second game, which should hopefully prove a touch closer.






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