South Africa in West Indies ODI Series - 1st ODI

West Indies v South Africa

South Africa won by 66 runs (D/L method)

9.00am Hello and a very very warm welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the 1st ODI between West Indies and South Africa. I'm Sahil Dutta and I'll be joined, as ever, by Liam Brickhill to bring you ball-by-ball coverage. Liam will also be providing bulletins, which is reason enough to stick about.

9.10am The pitch here at Sir Vivian Richards stadium favoured the bowlers in the two T20 games, so expect a low-scoring match today. West Indies fortunes tend to follow the Gayle in T20 but in the 50-over format Sarwan, Bravo and Chanderpaul should provide a sterner test for the South African bowlers.

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9.15am Some bad news from the middle is that there is a touch of rain around, which has delayed the start. We're pretty light on information at the moment, but as soon as I find out, you find out. Unless, of course, you're local to the ground, in which case get in touch so we can all share the news.

9.25am Okay, some hopeful news. There is no rain around at the moment, so it's just a case of clearing things up and we'll be ready for action. Again, we're light on detail for the moment, so I apologise for that.

9.30am Huzzah! Some even more positive news is that play will hopefully start at 10am. Which means toss news should be on it's way soon.

9.35am West Indies have won the toss and will field. So, undeterred by two failed chases in the T20 series, Gayle has won his third toss in a row and will back his bowlers to make the most of the moisture early on.

And if that wasn't good news enough, we even have our first bit of feedback. It's none other than Mark Kidger: "We can only hope that the cricket is more inspiring than the two T20s were: a struggling South African side always being too strong for a struggling West Indies team. The last few overs of the second T20 was yet another occasion where the West Indies showed what might have been before, inevitably, falling just short. A measure of this contest is that England have consistently beaten both sides over the last couple of years in ODIs."

9.40am The teams line-up like this:

West Indies: Chris Gayle(c), Andre Fletcher, Dwayne Bravo, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Narsingh Deonarine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin(w), Darren Sammy, Nikita Miller, Jerome Taylor, Ravi Rampaul

South Africa: Graeme Smith(c), Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers(w), Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Johan Botha, Ryan McLaren, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

Big news there is that Chanderpaul misses out again for West Indies and we get another look at South Africa's Next Big Thing 20-year-old left-hander David Miller. Sulieman Benn will feel mighty aggrieved to have been dropped, along with the exciting Kemar Roach.

9.55am Right, confirmation that play will start in five minutes and we'll have a full 50 overs per side. Roach, we've heard has actually picked up an injury.

0.1

Taylor to Amla, 1 wide, everything is underway, almost, Taylor starts one wide of off stump and it swings a lot wider, too wide for the umpire's liking

0.1

Taylor to Amla, no run, on a length and line this time, and still some good shape away from the bat, neatly defended by the super-stylish Amla into the off side, even in defence there's a flurry of wrists

0.2

Taylor to Amla, no run, good ball again, this time Amla leave it well alone

0.3

Taylor to Amla, FOUR, lovely shot this, it was in the slot full on off stump, Amla leant on a punch-drive through point for the first boundary, quite why Amla is not in the T20 side is beyond me

0.4

Taylor to Amla, 2 runs, nicely played once more, Taylor striving for swing from a full length, Amla punches crisply through cover for a couple

0.5

Taylor to Amla, no run, better ball, just dragging the length back a fraction, and defended into the covers

0.6

Taylor to Amla, 1 run, Bravo almost pulls off something special! Top fielding, it was a good forcing shot into the cover region, Bravo dived and fielded in a flash as the single was taken, but the throw narrowly missed the stumps at the strikers end

End of over 1 (8 runs) South Africa 8/0 (RR: 8.00)
HM Amla    7* (6b 1x4)      JE Taylor    1-0-8-0
GC Smith    0* (0b)     

1.1

Rampaul to Amla, no run, good start from Rampaul, who is in the side in place of Roach, who has an ankle injury, full on off stump, defended back to the bowler

1.2

Rampaul to Amla, no run, a touch shorter and a fraction wider, allowing Amla a comfortable leave

1.3

Rampaul to Amla, no run, big grunt from Rampaul as he delivers this on to middle and leg, Amla defends very correctly to mid on

1.4

Rampaul to Amla, 1 run, Amla loves any width outside off stump, and there was enough here for him to fiddle it down to third man for a gentle single

1.5

Rampaul to Smith, no run, Smith finally faces his first ball, and does so in unspectacular style, grimacing at the ball and leaving it outside off

1.6

Rampaul to Smith, no run, it's a relief to see Smith scowling again, I was a bit thrown by all his smiles in the T20, he watches this carefully and defends into the off side

End of over 2 (1 run) South Africa 9/0 (RR: 4.50)
GC Smith    0* (2b)      R Rampaul    1-0-1-0
HM Amla    8* (10b 1x4)      JE Taylor    1-0-8-0

2.1

Taylor to Amla, 2 runs, Amla stands tall, right up on his toes, and punches past cover for a couple, very crisp timing

2.2

Taylor to Amla, 1 run, in a Test match this would have been a dodgy shot, touch of extra bounce means the back-foot forcing shot flies through a vacant gully region for another single

Smith scratching around like a mother hen as he takes guard.

2.3

Taylor to Smith, no run, good ball, angling it across the left-hander, Smith fishes but luckily for him, it misses the edge

2.4

Taylor to Smith, FOUR, don't bowl there to Smith, he'll eat it up all day, on the legs, worked through midwicket for a boundary

2.5

Taylor to Smith, 1 run, this time it's a better ball, defended away into the off side for a swift single

2.6

Taylor to Amla, no run, good ball to finish, bang on off stump, not giving Amla the hint of room he needs to force it away, so it's defended very correctly back to the bowler

End of over 3 (8 runs) South Africa 17/0 (RR: 5.66)
HM Amla    11* (13b 1x4)      JE Taylor    2-0-16-0
GC Smith    5* (5b 1x4)      R Rampaul    1-0-1-0

3.1

Rampaul to Smith, no run, a touch fuller this time from Rampaul, Smith bunts forward and full-faces it back to the bowler

3.2

Rampaul to Smith, no run, the pitch has behaved fairly well so far but this climbed a fraction, forcing Smith to hop back and defend from off stump

3.3

Rampaul to Smith, 1 run, good cricket all round here, neatly clipped from off stump behind square on the leg side, a diving piece of fielding from Fletcher keeps it to one

3.4

Rampaul to Amla, FOUR, Amla is all style, he never does anything more than punch the ball, and why would he, this is full and he leans forward and crisply drives through cover for another boundary

3.5

Rampaul to Amla, no run, slightly shorter this time, preventing the shot so it's defended back to the bowler

3.6

Rampaul to Amla, 1 run, nicely played here, slower ball and Amla waited on the back foot and guided it to third man

End of over 4 (6 runs) South Africa 23/0 (RR: 5.75)
HM Amla    16* (16b 2x4)      R Rampaul    2-0-7-0
GC Smith    6* (8b 1x4)      JE Taylor    2-0-16-0

Change of bowling, here is West Indies' Mr Dependable - Darren Sammy.

4.1

Sammy to Amla, 2 runs, erm, not a very dependable start there! High full toss well outside off stump, surprised Amla as well and he could only guide it with an open face past point for a couple

4.2

Sammy to Amla, (no ball) 1 run, follows the full toss with a no ball, angled down to third man for a single, but it's free hit time

4.2

Sammy to Smith, SIX, the free hit is a big enough invitation for Smith to stand quite still and heave his enormous arms through the line of the ball, sending it over straight-midwicket for six

4.3

Sammy to Smith, no run, finally Sammy gets it right, landing on a length and line and Smith defends

4.4

Sammy to Smith, 1 run, back of a length, Smith stays back and works it round the corner for one

4.5

Sammy to Amla, FOUR, not great bowling this, woeful in fact, with the fine leg up, Sammy shoves it down the leg side, Amla flicks his wrists and sends it past the short-fine leg for another boundary

4.6

Sammy to Amla, 1 run, too much width outside off, Amla opens the face and guides it to third man for a strike-stealing single

Right, I'm going to hand over to Liam for a quick stint on comms

End of over 5 (16 runs) South Africa 39/0 (RR: 7.80)
HM Amla    24* (20b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    1-0-16-0
GC Smith    13* (11b 1x4 1x6)      R Rampaul    2-0-7-0

Thanks, Sahil. South Africa are off to a rollicking start here

5.1

Rampaul to Amla, FOUR, edged! Wide of keeper and slip, though, second slip would've snaffled that up

5.2

Rampaul to Amla, no run, two in two for Rampaul - almost! Amla did well not to get a touch on this ball as it fizzed up and away from him off a length. Great bowling there, hands on head time for Rampaul

11.01am Huzzah! We're ready to go..

10.59am Things from the middle are looking more promising, no rain, covers off, so with luck some action soon.

Meanwhile, Mark Kidger again: "Darren Ganga might have had success with T&T in T20, but his Test record shows that he just isn't good enough at that level to make the side. The West Indies already carry enough passengers without adding another as captain." It's a fair point but if, and it's a mighty if, Ganga can motivate and inspire the undoubted talent in WI cricket, he would be worth a lot more than his runs.

10.55am "Rishi!" Shouts Liam (not that Liam, he's busy working on a bulletin) "Leading T&T into the final of a domestic team tournament is far from the challenge of leading an international team, let alone a bad one. Especially when Ganga will have to worry about his batting."

10.44am The weather is playing tricks here. No sooner had those covers come off than the rain starts again and they're back on.

"WI need a motivational leader, they should give Darren Ganga a chance to lead. If he can carry T&T to the Champions League final, imagine what he can do with a WI team." Suggests Rishi Rampersad. Indeed, there is a lot to like about Ganga, but I sense the problems in WI cricket run far deeper than the captain.

10.35am Happy news from the middle, the covers have been whipped off. So maybe we'll be ready for action soon. I suspect the break might have done West Indies some good, they were pretty wretched before the rain came down.

Farouk is clearly another Amla fan: "Amla is the right man as an opener in all formats of the game."

Poor Carl: "I'm a die hard WI fan, I cant help feeling sorry for the Captain. How do you deal with these guys,they can't bat they cant bowl. Please,give us something to cheer about." Erm, it's raining?

From the pictures, this doesn't look like it will be an extended delay. So fingers crossed.

Ah, now this isn't good news. The rain has returned and they're off the field. Yep, covers are out. For a moment it seemed it was just a passing light drizzle, but the heavens have opened and we're looking at another delay here.

5.3

Rampaul to Amla, no run, good start after the break from Rampaul, just short of a length on off stump and Amla punches back to the bowler

5.4

Rampaul to Amla, 1 run, nicely bowled again, no width, forced past cover for a single

5.5

Rampaul to Smith, 1 run, good running here from Smith, it was pitched up, Smith dropped it into the off side and set off for a sharp single

5.6

Rampaul to Amla, FOUR, lovely shot to finish! Amla clearly not bothered by the interruption, leans on the front foot and drives crisply for yet another off-side boundary

End of over 6 (10 runs) South Africa 49/0 (RR: 8.16)
HM Amla    33* (25b 5x4)      R Rampaul    3-0-17-0
GC Smith    14* (12b 1x4 1x6)      DJG Sammy    1-0-16-0

A change in attack from the other end - in comes Dwayne Bravo

6.1

Bravo to Smith, no run, tight line to start, zoning in on off stump and Smith gets forward to punch defensively to point

6.2

Bravo to Smith, no run, fuller this time, and Smith was again straight onto the front foot to thump the ball - but straight to mid off

Bravo switches to round the wicket now

6.3

Bravo to Smith, FOUR, well, that's poor bowling really. Fine leg was up and he'd come round the wicket, but he dished up a length delivery slipping down leg and all Smith had to do was get something on it to send it to the boundary

6.4

Bravo to Smith, no run, full, wide and slapped to point, where Pollard leaps to his left to cut the ball off. Cries of "catch it!" from Bravo, but the ball got to him on the half volley. Good stop though

6.5

Bravo to Smith, OUT, that's the line! Bravo pulls his length back a touch and keeps the ball in the channel outside off stump. Smith's feet went nowhere as he tried to force through the covers, and Ramdin is the grateful recipient of the resulting thick edge. One down!

GC Smith c †Ramdin b Bravo 18 (33m 17b 2x4 1x6) SR: 105.88

Will that be the spark West Indies needed?

6.6

Bravo to Kallis, no run, Kallis is unflustered first ball, leaning his bulky frame forward in solid defence

End of over 7 (4 runs) South Africa 53/1 (RR: 7.57)
JH Kallis    0* (1b)      DJ Bravo    1-0-4-1
HM Amla    33* (25b 5x4)      R Rampaul    3-0-17-0

7.1

Rampaul to Amla, no run, wide of off and on a length, Amla slaps to cover

7.2

Rampaul to Amla, 1 run, more width this time, Amla carves out through the off side but there's a fielder out to keep it to one

7.3

Rampaul to Kallis, no run, watchful stuff from Kallis first up as Rampaul lands it on a length and he shoulders arms to a rising delivery

7.4

Rampaul to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis was a little surprised by the bounce on this one as he tried to glide down to third man, but recovered well to ride it and pick up one

7.5

Rampaul to Amla, no run, much fuller, Amla comes forward to drive languidly to mid off. The shot oozed class, but was straight to the fielder

7.6

Rampaul to Amla, 2 runs, uppercut from Amla! Slashing cut outside off and he sent the ball up and over. It looked a certain boundary but the third man fielder did really well to cut it off

End of over 8 (4 runs) South Africa 57/1 (RR: 7.12)
HM Amla    36* (29b 5x4)      R Rampaul    4-0-21-0
JH Kallis    1* (3b)      DJ Bravo    1-0-4-1

8.1

Bravo to Kallis, no run, punched into the covers, no run

8.2

Bravo to Kallis, no run, Kallis walks down the wicket and gets across to the offside, looking to open up the leg side but drives a full ball straight to mid on

8.3

Bravo to Kallis, no run, and again, the ball was slanting towards leg this time so he didn't have to manufacture the shot, but sent the ball to exactly the same man

The wicket looks to have eased out a great deal from the minefield of the first Twenty20

8.4

Bravo to Kallis, OUT, double strike from Bravo! The ball wasn't great - a short, wide long hop. But Kallis really reached for it as he tried to slash over the off side. A big top edge flew down to third man, where the fielder held on to an easy chance. Another one goes down!

JH Kallis c Rampaul b Bravo 1 (8m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

Bravo just seems to have this knack of bowling wicket-taking deliveries when his bowling is on song. That ball wasn't great but it jagged off the seam and leapt to take the top edge and a wicket is the result!

8.5

Bravo to Amla, no run, solid forward defence from Amla after the wicket

8.6

Bravo to Amla, 1 run, dropped behind square, they sprint through and Amla keeps strike

End of over 9 (1 run) South Africa 58/2 (RR: 6.44)
HM Amla    37* (31b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    2-0-5-2
AB de Villiers    0* (0b)      R Rampaul    4-0-21-0

9.1

Rampaul to Amla, no run, full, slanting in with the angle as it's delivered from wide of the crease, driven to long on

9.2

Rampaul to Amla, no run, another sumptuous-looking drive from Amla, into the off side this time, but he can't find the gap

9.3

Rampaul to Amla, no run, Rampaul has kept his length full so far this over, and again he's driven but without great timing this time, and straight to mid on

9.4

Rampaul to Amla, no run, back of a length with just a hint of width on offer too. Amla gets back and aims to guide to third man, but finds gully. Good bowling so far

9.5

Rampaul to Amla, FOUR, ah, he's given it all away with that ball! All the pressure comes off as Rampaul digs one in half way down, but it's ill-directed and heading down the leg side. Amla is excellent on the pull and he doesn't miss out, thrashing the ball out to deep square leg

9.6

Rampaul to Amla, no run, better line and length, Amla hops back to defend

End of over 10 (4 runs) South Africa 62/2 (RR: 6.20)
HM Amla    41* (37b 6x4)      R Rampaul    5-0-25-0
AB de Villiers    0* (0b)      DJ Bravo    2-0-5-2

First Powerplay down, and West Indies immediately call for the second, so we'll have at least five more overs of restrictions

10.1

Bravo to de Villiers, 1 run, de Villiers is off the mark with a drop 'n run to midwicket. Sharp running

10.2

Bravo to Amla, no run, full, clipped straight back to the bowler

10.3

Bravo to Amla, 1 run, driven out to the cover sweeper with much class, just the one run though

10.4

Bravo to de Villiers, no run, wobbling in through the air and landing on a length, de Villiers is solidly forward and right behind the ball to block

10.5

Bravo to de Villiers, no run, straying outside off stump and de Villiers frees his arms with a full swing of the bat, but the ball flies straight to extra cover

10.6

Bravo to de Villiers, no run, just nipping away off the seam this time, de Villiers keeps a sharp eye on the ball and raises his bat out of the way to leave well alone

End of over 11 (2 runs) South Africa 64/2 (RR: 5.81)
AB de Villiers    1* (4b)      DJ Bravo    3-0-7-2
HM Amla    42* (39b 6x4)      R Rampaul    5-0-25-0

11.1

Rampaul to Amla, 1 run, dug in outside off, Amla gets right across to the off side after starting on a leg-stump guard and gets up on tip-toe to get on top of the bounce and run it down to third man

11.2

Rampaul to de Villiers, no run, fuller this time, and straight - de Villiers defends

11.3

Rampaul to de Villiers, no run, he thought about leaving this one alone for a second, but hung is bat out looking for the run to short third man. Can't place it though, and gully swoops in

11.4

Rampaul to de Villiers, no run, chopped to point, Pollard is quickly into position to field and hurl in a return

11.5

Rampaul to de Villiers, 1 run, de Villiers shimmies across to off to change the line, and clips out on the leg side to pick up one

11.6

Rampaul to Amla, 1 run, ooh, that would've had a third slip interested! Amla went back to drive a shortish ball through the covers but it just rose on him a touch and flew off a thick edge down to third man.

End of over 12 (3 runs) South Africa 67/2 (RR: 5.58)
HM Amla    44* (41b 6x4)      R Rampaul    6-0-28-0
AB de Villiers    2* (8b)      DJ Bravo    3-0-7-2

12.1

Bravo to Amla, no run, huge appeal from Bravo. But Amla had come way across his stumps - you could almost see all three behind him - and was hit way outside the line. No way that ball was hitting the stumps, and rightfully turned down by the umpire

12.2

Bravo to Amla, no run, looking to force through the off side, the ball takes the inside edge, ricocheting off the pad, but not into space

12.3

Bravo to Amla, 1 run, uppish! Pitched up by Bravo - it looked a little slower through the air and may have been the cutter. It certainly gripped in the pitch a little as Amla came forward to drive. Luckily he tried to hit it hard, and so it flew up and over the cover fielder!

12.4

Bravo to de Villiers, no run, play-and-a-miss from de Villiers! Bravo is bowling with great guile here, mixing up his speeds and lengths and getting the ball to move both ways at will. The batsman is well beaten on the drive

12.5

Bravo to de Villiers, no run, solid defence to the off side

12.6

Bravo to de Villiers, no run, and again, he was looking for the runs behind square on the off side but chopped it down defensively in the end. Great over from Bravo

End of over 13 (1 run) South Africa 68/2 (RR: 5.23)
AB de Villiers    2* (11b)      DJ Bravo    4-0-8-2
HM Amla    45* (44b 6x4)      R Rampaul    6-0-28-0

Taylor comes back into the attack

13.1

Taylor to Amla, no run, Amla is right across his stumps as Taylor fires one in full and fast. Clipped to midwicket, but finds the fielder

Amla's guard is on our outside leg stump but he gets right across to the off side every other ball, obviously trying to upset the bowlers' lines

13.2

Taylor to Amla, no run, short and pulled well, but square leg dives to his right to cut it off and negate the run

13.3

Taylor to Amla, no run, dropped on the leg side again, the fielder is in in a flash and they decide against the run

13.4

Taylor to Amla, 2 runs, Amla is looking to push almost everything from Taylor to the on side. He succeeds in placing a clip off the hips this time and collects two

13.5

Taylor to Amla, no run, goo-looking drive, but West Indies have been pretty sharp in the field so far and mid on tumbles down to cut off the on drive

13.6

Taylor to Amla, no run, wristy flick to leg, again mid-on is in business to cut off the run

End of over 14 (2 runs) South Africa 70/2 (RR: 5.00)
HM Amla    47* (50b 6x4)      JE Taylor    3-0-18-0
AB de Villiers    2* (11b)      DJ Bravo    4-0-8-2

14.1

Bravo to de Villiers, FOUR, bad line from Bravo, straying down leg and de Villiers flicks with ease down to fine leg for four. There's a fielder out but that was well-placed, really fine

14.2

Bravo to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers gets forward to drive but closes the bat face too early in the shot, the bottom hand comes through and he sends the ball to mid on instead of into the covers

14.3

Bravo to de Villiers, 1 run, on a length outside off, he opens the face to pick up a run to third man

14.4

Bravo to Amla, no run, that might be the first bad shot Amla has played today. He's just three short of his fifty but that really wasn't good execution, he just stood at the crease and hung his bat out without conviction, the ball beats the outside edge

14.5

Bravo to Amla, 1 run, much better this time, the feet are moving again and he gets forward and across to push the ball to mid on, who is deep so they sprint through for one

14.6

Bravo to de Villiers, 1 wide, Bravo loses his line once again, pushing the ball down leg. Luckily for him de Villiers couldn't get bat on this. Still a wide though

14.6

Bravo to de Villiers, no run, straightish again, pushed to midwicket, no run

And here's Sahil to take over comms for the remainder of the South African innings

End of over 15 (7 runs) South Africa 77/2 (RR: 5.13)
AB de Villiers    7* (15b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    5-0-15-2
HM Amla    48* (52b 6x4)      JE Taylor    3-0-18-0

15.1

Taylor to Amla, 1 run, good stuff from Taylor, full and straight, Amla flicks it away for a single to square leg

Thanks Liam

15.2

Taylor to de Villiers, 2 runs, oh dear, poor cricket from Taylor, squanders a good run out chance, de Villiers worked it to third man and sprinted off in search of a couple, Talylor was absent minded and lolling about in the middle of the pitch, if he was behind the stumps to collect the throw from the bowlers end it could have been out

15.3

Taylor to de Villiers, FOUR, really sloppy this from Taylor, shoved down the leg side harmlessly, de Villers has to help himself to a boundary to fine leg

15.4

Taylor to de Villiers, no run, better this time, on a length and line and defended

15.5

Taylor to de Villiers, no run, Taylor finally locates a proper line and length, and de Villiers is content to block

15.6

Taylor to de Villiers, no run, ooh, close again, de Villiers pushed it to Pollard at cover, Amla had come a long way down in search of a single, de Villiers sends him back but the throw misses the stumps

End of over 16 (7 runs) South Africa 84/2 (RR: 5.25)
AB de Villiers    13* (20b 2x4)      JE Taylor    4-0-25-0
HM Amla    49* (53b 6x4)      DJ Bravo    5-0-15-2

16.1

Bravo to Amla, 1 run, that's fifty for Amla, hasn't he played well. First innings in the West Indies and he's been fluent and stylish, this time working it to third man for the single

16.2

Bravo to de Villiers, 1 run, De Villiers waits on the back foot and carefully guides this behind square for one

16.3

Bravo to Amla, no run, Amla back and defending with a pendulum-straight bat, back to the bowler

16.4

Bravo to Amla, no run, dug in much shorter, it's not that quick a bouncer but it gets up high, Amla makes a late effort to dink/upper-cut over the keeper but misses

16.5

Bravo to Amla, 1 run, touch fuller here, and worked round the corner for a single

16.6

Bravo to de Villiers, no run, full and wide of off stump, oddly, de Villiers treats it with utmost respect and shoulders arms

End of over 17 (3 runs) South Africa 87/2 (RR: 5.11)
AB de Villiers    14* (22b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    6-0-18-2
HM Amla    51* (57b 6x4)      JE Taylor    4-0-25-0

17.1

Taylor to Amla, 1 run, much shorter this time, Amla waits and plays a delicate pull down to the square leg boundary for a single

17.2

Taylor to de Villiers, 1 run, too far down the leg side again, allows de Villiers to turn it to fine leg casually

17.3

Taylor to Amla, 2 runs, nicely played again, but Taylor, who is working his way back from injury it must be remembered, has not got his line right, angling towards the legs and Amla happily works it wide of midwicket

17.4

Taylor to Amla, 2 runs, nicely played, it was a quicker ball from Taylor, tight on off stump and Amla opened the face and guided it fine towards third man for another couple

17.5

Taylor to Amla, no run, much better from Taylor, tight line on off stump, not giving Amla room to punch a drive

17.6

Taylor to Amla, 1 run, almost good again from Taylor, but a fraction wide, allows Amla to stand tall and force it past point for a single

End of over 18 (7 runs) South Africa 94/2 (RR: 5.22)
HM Amla    57* (62b 6x4)      JE Taylor    5-0-32-0
AB de Villiers    15* (23b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    6-0-18-2

First look at spin today, it's Nikita Miller.

18.1

Miller to Amla, 2 runs, he starts well enough, finding some spin and catching the edge outside off stump, trickles down to third man for a couple

18.2

Miller to Amla, 1 run, this time it's flighted a touch more, Amla works it down the ground for a single

18.3

Miller to de Villiers, 2 runs, nicely bowled again, touch of flight and turn, gets the edge, it skims down to third man

He's rewarded with a slip

18.4

Miller to de Villiers, 1 run, but this is a touch too full, de Villiers skips down the wicket and gently drives into the covers for a single

18.5

Miller to Amla, no run, nicely bowled, hanging in the air and Amla stretches forward and defends

18.6

Miller to Amla, 1 run, Amla leans forward and taps this into the off side for a single

End of over 19 (7 runs) South Africa 101/2 (RR: 5.31)
HM Amla    61* (66b 6x4)      NO Miller    1-0-7-0
AB de Villiers    18* (25b 2x4)      JE Taylor    5-0-32-0

19.1

Sammy to Amla, FOUR, poor start from Sammy, at his pace there is no good reason to lose line like this, shoved down the leg side and tickled away for four

19.2

Sammy to Amla, 1 run, Amla corrects his line, outside off, Amla defends, picking a gap at cover for a single

19.3

Sammy to de Villiers, no run, nicely bowled here, on a length and line finally and de Villiers defends

19.4

Sammy to de Villiers, 1 run, pretty sedate stuff here, just a good ball and de Villiers pushes it down the ground for a single

19.5

Sammy to Amla, 2 runs, nicely played, very delicate, full and Amla opened the face of the bat in the final moment, angling it fine to third man

As a couple of you have pointed out, Amla has passed 1,000 runs in ODIs at an average over 50. What's more, he's done it in only his 24th innings. Pure class.

19.6

Sammy to Amla, 1 run, simple stuff for Amla works this towards point to get a single and keep the strike

"Dat boy Taylor sleeping on the field," drawls Furmel in Belize."Him belly probably hungry..him need to eat some hot curry ackee with salt fish and hot roti..that might wake him up." Well, it is drinks, so why not?

End of over 20 (9 runs) South Africa 110/2 (RR: 5.50)
HM Amla    69* (70b 7x4)      DJG Sammy    2-0-25-0
AB de Villiers    19* (27b 2x4)      NO Miller    1-0-7-0

Here's the captain for a trundle.

20.1

Gayle to Amla, 1 run, starts well enough, angling it in on middle and leg, turned to short midwicket for a single

20.2

Gayle to de Villiers, 1 run, nicely bowled again, flatter as de Villiers started running down the wicket at him, guided away for a single

20.3

Gayle to Amla, 1 run, Amla angles his bat and sends the ball into a gap for one

20.4

Gayle to de Villiers, 1 run, nicely played by Gayle, chipping down the wicket and clipping into the leg side for one

20.5

Gayle to Amla, 1 run, Amla serene as ever, picking his gap on the leg side and flicking his wrists at the ball to find it

20.6

Gayle to de Villiers, 1 run, oh close this time! De Villiers edged down the track and chipped it just wide of the short midwicket fielder

End of over 21 (6 runs) South Africa 116/2 (RR: 5.52)
AB de Villiers    22* (30b 2x4)      CH Gayle    1-0-6-0
HM Amla    72* (73b 7x4)      DJG Sammy    2-0-25-0

21.1

Miller to de Villiers, no run, Miller back and continuing his good work, de Villiers trying to force him away but can't get any power on it

21.2

Miller to de Villiers, no run, good again from the bowler, de Villiers trying to edge down the wicket but he's beaten in the flight

21.3

Miller to de Villiers, no run, slightly shorter this time and de Villiers is forced to defend

21.4

Miller to de Villiers, 1 run, get-out shot here, the batsman down on one knee and dabbing a sweep shot away

21.5

Miller to Amla, 1 run, Amla has no fuss at the moment, casually working this away for one

21.6

Miller to de Villiers, 1 run, dabbed away behind square for a single

End of over 22 (3 runs) South Africa 119/2 (RR: 5.40)
AB de Villiers    24* (35b 2x4)      NO Miller    2-0-10-0
HM Amla    73* (74b 7x4)      CH Gayle    1-0-6-0

22.1

Gayle to de Villiers, no run, Gayle slings one in quickly, and nothing the batsman can do but defend

22.2

Gayle to de Villiers, 1 run, this time de Villiers picks up the single working it behind square

22.3

Gayle to Amla, 1 run, Amla once again flicks his wrists and helps the ball on the angle down the leg side for another single

22.4

Gayle to de Villiers, 3 runs, well played, deflecting on the pads, de Villiers works it to fine leg for a comfortable three, Miller runs in and pulls it back inside the ropes

22.5

Gayle to Amla, no run, slightly slower here from Gayle, Amla tries to work it down the ground but can't beat the bowler

22.6

Gayle to Amla, 1 run, turning into the pads, Amla tucks it to midwicket, to keep the strike

End of over 23 (6 runs) South Africa 125/2 (RR: 5.43)
HM Amla    75* (77b 7x4)      CH Gayle    2-0-12-0
AB de Villiers    28* (38b 2x4)      NO Miller    2-0-10-0

23.1

Miller to Amla, 1 run

23.2

Miller to de Villiers, 1 run, floated up, De Villiers stretches forward and pushes gently into a gap at cover

23.3

Miller to Amla, 1 run, back of a length this time, forced off the back foot, piercing the field in the off side

23.4

Miller to de Villiers, 1 run, worked down to long on for another single

23.5

Miller to Amla, no run, slower, and a touch of spin, Amla pushes it gently back to the bowler

23.6

Miller to Amla, no run, down the track, looking for something big, but it's well bowled and Amla can't beat the bowler

End of over 24 (4 runs) South Africa 129/2 (RR: 5.37)
HM Amla    77* (81b 7x4)      NO Miller    3-0-14-0
AB de Villiers    30* (40b 2x4)      CH Gayle    2-0-12-0

24.1

Gayle to de Villiers, no run, fired in at middle and leg, de Villiers defends

24.2

Gayle to de Villiers, 1 run, much quicker here, really flung in, De Villiers jumps back and pushes to long on

24.3

Gayle to Amla, 1 run, slower and more loopy here, worked to deep cover for one

24.4

Gayle to de Villiers, 1 run, pitches and spins into the pads, helped away in front of square for one

24.5

Gayle to Amla, 1 run, flatter outside off, Amla pushes it square for a single

24.6

Gayle to de Villiers, no run, flighted up and flicked to midwicket

End of over 25 (4 runs) South Africa 133/2 (RR: 5.32)
AB de Villiers    32* (44b 2x4)      CH Gayle    3-0-16-0
HM Amla    79* (83b 7x4)      NO Miller    3-0-14-0

25.1

Miller to Amla, 1 run, nicely bowled, touch of air, but Amla deflects it behind square for a single

25.2

Miller to de Villiers, 2 runs, fullish and milked easily through midwicket for a couple

25.3

Miller to de Villiers, 1 run, picks a gap at cover with a careful drive

25.4

Miller to Amla, 2 runs, tickled to fine leg, very deft, collects a couple easily

25.5

Miller to Amla, no run, good ball, touch of turn outside off, beats a flashing blade of Amla

25.6

Miller to Amla, no run, Beaten again! Outside off, touch of turn, Amla flashes at thin air

End of over 26 (6 runs) South Africa 139/2 (RR: 5.34)
HM Amla    82* (87b 7x4)      NO Miller    4-0-20-0
AB de Villiers    35* (46b 2x4)      CH Gayle    3-0-16-0

26.1

Gayle to de Villiers, 1 run, shortish from Gayle, de Villiers gets back and has plenty of time to work it to long on

26.2

Gayle to Amla, 1 run, slightly fuller, Amla drives it to long on for another single

26.3

Gayle to de Villiers, 1 run, this is very simple stuff for South Africa, de Villiers works it from outside off to midwicket for another milked single

26.4

Gayle to Amla, no run, slightly quicker this time, Amla goes back to try and work it into the leg side but misses

26.5

Gayle to Amla, no run, much fuller and quicker outside off, Amla tries to angle it to third man but misses

26.6

Gayle to Amla, 1 run, this time he connects on a gentle leg-side work for one

End of over 27 (4 runs) South Africa 143/2 (RR: 5.29)
HM Amla    84* (91b 7x4)      CH Gayle    4-0-20-0
AB de Villiers    37* (48b 2x4)      NO Miller    4-0-20-0

27.1

Miller to Amla, FOUR, goodness me this was bad fielding, flighted up, Amla drives through to the wide mid off boundary, but the sweeper on the off side seemed to be running with his brakes on - Taylor it was, must still not be fully fit

27.2

Miller to Amla, no run, beaten! Good follow-up, bouncing and spinning past the outside edge

27.3

Miller to Amla, 1 run, down on one knee and angling it down to fine leg for one

27.4

Miller to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers gets back and across and defends this back to the bowler

27.5

Miller to de Villiers, no run

27.6

Miller to de Villiers, 1 run, flatter ball, de Villiers back and pulling down to the midwicket fielder for a single

End of over 28 (6 runs) South Africa 149/2 (RR: 5.32)
AB de Villiers    38* (51b 2x4)      NO Miller    5-0-26-0
HM Amla    89* (94b 8x4)      CH Gayle    4-0-20-0

28.1

Gayle to de Villiers, 1 run, worked round the corner, using the angle, for a gentle single

28.2

Gayle to Amla, 1 run, comes down the track and works it to backward square leg

28.3

Gayle to de Villiers, 2 runs, nicely played be de Villiers, chipping down the crease and driving down to Bravo at long on who misfields and allows a couple

28.4

Gayle to de Villiers, 1 run, worked into the leg side for a swift single

28.5

Gayle to Amla, 1 run, Gayle round the wicket now, Amla waits carefully and drops it on the off side and scampers one

28.6

Gayle to de Villiers, 1 run, de Villiers calmly doing this, edging down the track and driving to long on

End of over 29 (7 runs) South Africa 156/2 (RR: 5.37)
AB de Villiers    43* (55b 2x4)      CH Gayle    5-0-27-0
HM Amla    91* (96b 8x4)      NO Miller    5-0-26-0

29.1

Miller to de Villiers, 1 run, tickled round the corner for an easy single

29.2

Miller to Amla, 2 runs, over the wicket to Amla, not sure why, angled into Amla's pads, he duly works it behind square for a couple

29.3

Miller to Amla, 1 run, similar line and it's worked away behind square again

29.4

Miller to de Villiers, 1 run, not sure this is a good line of attack, it makes the leg-side deflection to easy, de Villiers obliges

29.5

Miller to Amla, 1 run, this time Miller is back around the wicket, gives Amla too much room outside off and it's cut to point

29.6

Miller to de Villiers, 1 run, worked away to square leg this time for a strike-stealing single

End of over 30 (7 runs) South Africa 163/2 (RR: 5.43)
AB de Villiers    46* (58b 2x4)      NO Miller    6-0-33-0
HM Amla    95* (99b 8x4)      CH Gayle    5-0-27-0

Change of bowling, Pollard into the attack.

30.1

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 run, starts very gently outside off, de Villiers waits and guides it to third man, and it's another single

30.2

Pollard to Amla, no run, well bowled this time, more intent, fuller and on off stump, Amla defends back to the bowler

30.3

Pollard to Amla, 1 run, Pollard drags his length back a fraction, allowing Amla to open the face and take a single to third man

30.4

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 run, back of a length again, de Villiers pushes it down to long off

30.5

Pollard to Amla, 1 run, very deftly turned to short fine leg, in a flash de Villiers had called through a single

30.6

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 run, full and milked casually through the covers for a single

End of over 31 (5 runs) South Africa 168/2 (RR: 5.41)
AB de Villiers    49* (61b 2x4)      KA Pollard    1-0-5-0
HM Amla    97* (102b 8x4)      NO Miller    6-0-33-0

31.1

Miller to de Villiers, 1 run, floated into a leg-stump line, tickled for a single to bring up 50 for de Villiers, well played him

31.2

Miller to Amla, no run, very nice here, full and spinning past the Amla's attempted drive

31.3

Miller to Amla, 1 run, this time it's more securely worked into the leg side for a single

31.4

Miller to de Villiers, 4 wides, oh dear, arrowed down the leg side, Ramdin misses it and it skips towards the fine leg boundary, where a diving stop saves the boundary

31.4

Miller to Amla, 1 run, very full, Amla pushes it straight to point and runs a single

31.5

Miller to de Villiers, no run, fuller and flighted and worked back to the bowler

31.6

Miller to de Villiers, SIX, oh good shot, de Villiers edged down the wicket and was actually beaten in the flight, so adjusted his shot and ended up lifting it firmly over deep midwicket for six

End of over 32 (13 runs) South Africa 181/2 (RR: 5.65)
AB de Villiers    56* (64b 2x4 1x6)      NO Miller    7-0-46-0
HM Amla    99* (105b 8x4)      KA Pollard    1-0-5-0

32.1

Pollard to Amla, 1 run, Brilliant innings! Amla collects his hundred, dabbing this down to third man, it has been such a composed knock

32.2

Pollard to de Villiers, no run, dug in short from Pollard as he saw de Villiers giving him the charge, it bounces over an attempted pull

32.3

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 run, de Villiers looking to up the rate here, edging down the track and leg side of the ball and swiping straight to cover

32.4

Pollard to Amla, 1 run, slightly too far down the leg side from Pollard, Amla tickles finely for one

32.5

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 run, shortish and enough room for de Villiers to guide it to third man for a single

32.6

Pollard to Amla, 1 run, hint of width outside off, Amla helps it easily down to third man

End of over 33 (5 runs) South Africa 186/2 (RR: 5.63)
HM Amla    102* (108b 8x4)      KA Pollard    2-0-10-0
AB de Villiers    58* (67b 2x4 1x6)      NO Miller    7-0-46-0

33.1

Rampaul to Amla, OUT, gone! Stumps splattered! That has come out of nowhere! Rampaul lands his first ball on a decent line and length, Amla plays back to one he should have come forward to, and it clatters into the stumps. West Indies really needed that

HM Amla b Rampaul 102 (130m 109b 8x4 0x6) SR: 93.57

I though David Miller might get an early go, but it's JP Duminy, who could probably do with a few runs.

33.2

Rampaul to Duminy, no run, deals with his first ball well enough, plenty of time to get on the back foot and defend

33.3

Rampaul to Duminy, no run, fuller this time, Duminy still hanging on the back foot, plays it into the midwicket region easily enough

33.4

Rampaul to Duminy, no run, angled across the left-hander, very exaggerated leave

33.5

Rampaul to Duminy, no run, back of a length once more and pushed to mid off

33.6

Rampaul to Duminy, no run, hint of extra bounce from Rampaul, surprises Duminy, who defends. All of which means it's a wicket-maiden over

End of over 34 (wicket maiden) South Africa 186/3 (RR: 5.47)
JP Duminy    0* (5b)      R Rampaul    7-1-28-1
AB de Villiers    58* (67b 2x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    2-0-10-0

34.1

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 wide, Pollard gets this wrong, slipping it too far down leg and it's a wide

34.1

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 run, back of a length, on a decent line, defended down to long on for a single

34.2

Pollard to Duminy, 1 wide, harsh call I reckon, it was a bouncer that passed Duminy's helmet over the top of middle stump, and wide called

34.2

Pollard to Duminy, no run, this time it's defended carefully off the back foot to point

34.3

Pollard to Duminy, 1 run, nicely played, gets inside the line and works it to fine leg for one

34.4

Pollard to de Villiers, FOUR, what a lovely shot that is, all timing from de Villiers. It was a touch short and wide from Pollard, de Villiers gently and carefully cut through point for four

34.5

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 run, fuller this time, de Villiers pushes it into the covers for one

34.6

Pollard to Duminy, no run, good length and line to finish, Duminy defends off the back foot

End of over 35 (9 runs) South Africa 195/3 (RR: 5.57)
JP Duminy    1* (8b)      KA Pollard    3-0-19-0
AB de Villiers    64* (70b 3x4 1x6)      R Rampaul    7-1-28-1

35.1

Rampaul to de Villiers, 2 runs, good stuff from Rampaul extracting some extra bounce, de Villiers rides it and opens the face, sending it down to third man

35.2

Rampaul to de Villiers, 1 run, fuller from Rampaul, pushed down to long on

35.3

Rampaul to Duminy, no run, very deliberate plan to attack Duminy with the short ball and Rampaul lands this very well, Duminy tries to hook but gets in a real tangle

35.4

Rampaul to Duminy, 1 run, pitch it up and Duminy is much more comfortable, stretching forward and pushing down the ground for one

35.5

Rampaul to de Villiers, no run, good pace from Rampaul, beats de Villiers outside off stump

35.6

Rampaul to de Villiers, 1 run, really running in hard, impressive stuff from Rampaul, finds extra bounce outside off, de Villiers stands up on his toes, drops it into the off side and collects one

End of over 36 (5 runs) South Africa 200/3 (RR: 5.55)
AB de Villiers    68* (74b 3x4 1x6)      R Rampaul    8-1-33-1
JP Duminy    2* (10b)      KA Pollard    3-0-19-0

36.1

Deonarine to de Villiers, FOUR, horror ball to start with, and got everything it deserved, short and de Villiers pulls it to midwicket for a boundary

36.2

Deonarine to de Villiers, 2 runs, this time it's fuller and driven firmly down the ground for a couple more

36.3

Deonarine to de Villiers, no run, better ball this time, slightly quicker and pushed to mid on

36.4

Deonarine to de Villiers, SIX, well, how about this, de Villiers skips down the wicket and swipes it over square leg for six

36.5

Deonarine to de Villiers, 1 run, all delicacy this time, carefully opening the face and sending it to short third man for one

36.6

Deonarine to Duminy, no run, Duminy not looking fluent yet, comes down the wicket and defends back to the bowler

End of over 37 (13 runs) South Africa 213/3 (RR: 5.75)
JP Duminy    2* (11b)      N Deonarine    1-0-13-0
AB de Villiers    81* (79b 4x4 2x6)      R Rampaul    8-1-33-1

37.1

Bravo to de Villiers, 1 run, good start to a new spell for Bravo, slower ball, De Villiers guides it round the corner for a single

37.2

Bravo to Duminy, 1 leg bye, angled towards Duminy's pads, he misses the attempted nurdle and it thuds away for a single

37.3

Bravo to de Villiers, 1 run, played with the fullest of faces down to long off for a single

37.4

Bravo to Duminy, no run, Duminy gets a short ball from Bravo, and it zips up over his crouch

37.5

Bravo to Duminy, 1 run, fuller ball and worked to long on, the batsmen think about two but the throw comes in too quickly

37.6

Bravo to de Villiers, 2 runs, touch looser to finish the over, flashed down to point off the front foot, deep cover races round to keep it to two

End of over 38 (6 runs) South Africa 219/3 (RR: 5.76)
AB de Villiers    85* (82b 4x4 2x6)      DJ Bravo    7-0-23-2
JP Duminy    3* (14b)      N Deonarine    1-0-13-0

38.1

Taylor to Duminy, 1 run, decent enough start to Taylor's new spell, on off stump and dabbed down to third man, easily enough, I wonder how long it will take for South Africa to really let fly

38.2

Taylor to de Villiers, 2 runs, nicely played, it was short and on off stump. De Villiers played a tennis-like swat down to extra cover for a couple

38.3

Taylor to de Villiers, no run, this time it's a good ball that is defended back to the bowler

38.4

Taylor to de Villiers, 1 run, fuller, touch of swing into the right-hander, flayed past point for a single

38.5

Taylor to Duminy, no run, Duminy gets a bouncer, but it is a slower-ball bouncer, that Duminy eventually leaves alone

38.6

Taylor to Duminy, 1 run, fuller to finish, guided down to third man for another gentle single

End of over 39 (5 runs) South Africa 224/3 (RR: 5.74)
JP Duminy    5* (17b)      JE Taylor    6-0-37-0
AB de Villiers    88* (85b 4x4 2x6)      DJ Bravo    7-0-23-2

39.1

Bravo to Duminy, 1 run, fuller ball, and Duminy comes down the wicket and leg side of the ball, slashes off an outside edge, once bounce to third man

39.2

Bravo to de Villiers, 1 run, pushed away into a space for one

39.3

Bravo to Duminy, no run, Bravo has got away with one here, short and down the leg side, too far really as Duminy missed another attempted pull, but no wide called

39.4

Bravo to Duminy, 1 run, more control here from Duminy, angling it down to third man for a single

39.5

Bravo to de Villiers, no run, full and a touch of width, de Villiers tries to smash it through point but ends up missing

"On the subject of letting fly, where exactly has Albie vanished to?" asks Stuart. Good question - surely he hasn't been pigeonholed as purely a 20-over basher?

39.6

Bravo to de Villiers, 2 runs, pulled down the ground for a couple with such force that de Villiers ends up clutching his hamstring, let's hope it's just cramp

End of over 40 (5 runs) South Africa 229/3 (RR: 5.72)
AB de Villiers    91* (88b 4x4 2x6)      DJ Bravo    8-0-28-2
JP Duminy    7* (20b)      JE Taylor    6-0-37-0

40.1

Taylor to Duminy, 1 run, Duminy guides this away for a single, but it's time for South Africa to really push

40.2

Taylor to de Villiers, 1 run, worked into the leg side, in front of square for one

40.3

Taylor to Duminy, no run, oh dear, Duminy has been badly hit here. Another short ball, he attempted a pull shot, but he doesn't play it well it crashes bang into the grill of the helmet. All the West Indies fielders and Taylor have come up to check out how he is. Which is good to see.

Duminy looks quite dazed at the moment, but he's standing up.

Duminy looks happier now and is almost ready. I wonder what Taylor will bowl. I'd obviously crash in a short ball.

40.4

Taylor to Duminy, no run, and so would Taylor, it seems, it's short but a touch wider of off, and Duminy sways inside it easily

40.5

Taylor to Duminy, SIX, well, how about that for a response! Shortish, but really wasn't short enough, Duminy got back and murdered a pull shot over midwicket for six

40.6

Taylor to Duminy, no run, good thinking from Taylor, slower ball on off stump and defended carefully by Duminy

End of over 41 (8 runs) South Africa 237/3 (RR: 5.78)
JP Duminy    14* (25b 1x6)      JE Taylor    7-0-45-0
AB de Villiers    92* (89b 4x4 2x6)      DJ Bravo    8-0-28-2

Well well, it's time for the batting powerplay which will last four overs, because of the rain breaks. Rampaul is the cannon fodder. Third man, deep square-leg and deep cover in place. Fine leg up.

41.1

Rampaul to de Villiers, no run, good start from Rampaul, de Villiers outfoxing himself, skipping leg side of the ball and watching it pass off stump

41.2

Rampaul to de Villiers, 1 run, good from Rampaul, he has been mighty impressive today, lands this right in the blockhole, De Villiers swipes at nothing and it comes off the bat and pads for a single

41.3

Rampaul to Duminy, 1 run, this time Duminy swishes it down to deep square for just a single

41.4

Rampaul to de Villiers, 1 run, de Villiers clears his front leg, attempts to swipe it over the leg side, but can't time it and it trickles to midwicket

41.5

Rampaul to Duminy, OUT, Rampaul, take a bow! This is reward for an excellent over, Duminy skips far too far leg side of the ball, looking to carve it over cover, but misses and it crashes into the stumps

JP Duminy b Rampaul 15 (45m 27b 0x4 1x6) SR: 55.55

This should be fun, it's the 20-year-old dasher David Miller.

41.6

Rampaul to Miller, 1 run, works his first ball off his hip to short third man for a single, to complete an excellent powerplay over by Rampaul

End of over 42 (4 runs) South Africa 241/4 (RR: 5.73)
DA Miller    1* (1b)      R Rampaul    9-1-37-2
AB de Villiers    94* (92b 4x4 2x6)      JE Taylor    7-0-45-0

So, 36 balls left, how many can South Africa make?

42.1

Taylor to Miller, 1 run, shortish on and around off stump, Miller guides it to third man for a single

42.2

Taylor to de Villiers, FOUR, not great bowling this, half-hearted short ball, Taylor is not fit enough, de Villiers swipes it firmly past midwicket for four

42.3

Taylor to de Villiers, no run, Taylor luck to get away with this, full toss on the legs, De Villiers clips it straight to the square leg fielder

42.4

Taylor to de Villiers, no run, better ball this, fuller, de Villiers gave himself room and tried to pierce the cover ring, but picked out Gayle at extra cover

42.5

Taylor to de Villiers, 1 run, much better from Taylor, full on off stump, de Villiers digs it out to mid on, takes him one short of a hundred

42.6

Taylor to Miller, 1 run, good finish to the over, back of a length, Miller forces it to extra cover for a swift single

End of over 43 (7 runs) South Africa 248/4 (RR: 5.76)
DA Miller    3* (3b)      JE Taylor    8-0-52-0
AB de Villiers    99* (96b 5x4 2x6)      R Rampaul    9-1-37-2

43.1

Rampaul to Miller, 1 wide, big appeal is rewarded with a wide, it was short down the leg side, Miller swung hard at it but missed

43.1

Rampaul to Miller, no run, fuller this time, outside off, Miller aims a big shot through the off side but misses, so Rampaul's good work continues

43.2

Rampaul to Miller, 1 run, very good from Rampaul, back of a length, into the body, Miller dabs it to midwicket for a single

43.3

Rampaul to de Villiers, no run, ooh, that must have been close! Full and swinging into de Villiers' pads, replays show it crashing into middle stump, so Daryll Harper has got another one wrong

43.4

Rampaul to de Villiers, no run, oh excellent ball again, what brilliant bowling this is, full, straight, dug out back to the bowler, so de Villiers stays on 99

43.5

Rampaul to de Villiers, 1 run, there it is! Excellent hundred from de Villiers, gets there by mistiming a slug down the ground

43.6

Rampaul to Miller, SIX, top batting from Miller, ruins an excellent over from Rampaul. It was a touch short but Miller backed himself to swing hard and deposit this over square leg for six

End of over 44 (9 runs) South Africa 257/4 (RR: 5.84)
DA Miller    10* (6b 1x6)      R Rampaul    10-1-46-2
AB de Villiers    100* (99b 5x4 2x6)      JE Taylor    8-0-52-0

So, last over of powerplay coming up.

44.1

Taylor to de Villiers, 2 runs, de Villiers looks very tired, and really shouldn't have got two there, smashed down the ground to long off from a shortish length

44.2

Taylor to de Villiers, OUT, top catch! De Villiers departs! Full from Taylor, de Villiers had given himself room, trying to carve it over point but Sarwan, who isn't the tallest of fellows, leapt up and clasped the chance with two hands

AB de Villiers c Sarwan b Taylor 102 (145m 101b 5x4 2x6) SR: 100.99

44.3

Taylor to Botha, no run, Botha has such a peculiar look of concentration, with his buttoned-up shirt he gives off an amusing air, I can't explain it, anyway, he stand tall and drops this shortish ball into the off side

44.4

Taylor to Botha, 1 wide, oops, short and arrowed down the leg side, too far for the umpire's liking

44.4

Taylor to Botha, no run, good slower ball this, outside off and under the flashing blade of Botha

44.5

Taylor to Botha, 2 runs, fuller this time and driven confidently down to Bravo at mid off, who fumbles and allows an extra run

44.6

Taylor to Botha, 1 leg bye, Botha down on one knee looking for a cheeky dink over short fine leg, misses and it thuds off his pad for a single

End of over 45 (6 runs) South Africa 263/5 (RR: 5.84)
J Botha    2* (4b)      JE Taylor    9-0-57-1
DA Miller    10* (6b 1x6)      R Rampaul    10-1-46-2

45.1

Bravo to Botha, 1 run, good ball from Bravo first up, full and straight and dug out down the ground for one

45.2

Bravo to Miller, 1 run, very straight bat from Miller, Boycott would love it, full face, down the ground, single

45.3

Bravo to Botha, OUT, gone! Well, very simple this. Good ball from Bravo, honing on to leg stump, Botha aims an enormous swipe, misses, and leg stump is cartwheeling

J Botha b Bravo 3 (6m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

45.4

Bravo to McLaren, 1 run, McLaren off the mark in very comfortable fashion, watching this carefully and guiding it down to third man

45.5

Bravo to Miller, no run, very good from Bravo, full and straight, not much Miller can do but jab it back down the wicket, so straight in fact, that it crashes into the stumps at the non-strikers end

45.6

Bravo to Miller, 1 run, good ball once more to finish, Miller can't get any leverage and it's slugged away to mid on

End of over 46 (4 runs) South Africa 267/6 (RR: 5.80)
DA Miller    12* (9b 1x6)      DJ Bravo    9-0-32-3
R McLaren    1* (1b)      JE Taylor    9-0-57-1

46.1

Taylor to Miller, 1 run, Taylor lands it full and just outside off, Miller gives himself plenty of room, too much in the end and has to stretch to reach for it and squeeze it down to deep point

46.2

Taylor to McLaren, no run, very well fielded from Sarwan at point, it was floated up wide of off stump, McLaren jabbed out a good cut shot, but Sarwan dived to prevent even one

46.3

Taylor to McLaren, OUT, oh, that is a cracker! Gayle has taken a fabulous catch! It was short, McLaren completely miss-timed a pull shot, it went behind square, Gayle dived, one-handed, behind him to his left to take a great catch

R McLaren c Gayle b Taylor 1 (1m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

46.4

Taylor to Steyn, 1 run, Steyn caresses his first ball into the covers for a single

46.5

Taylor to Miller, 2 runs, full and outside off, Miller down the wicket giving himself room, slashes hard and it flies high down to third man but lands just short

46.6

Taylor to Miller, 1 run, good last over from Taylor, this ball is full and swung down to long on, where the throw comes in quickly to keep it to one

End of over 47 (5 runs) South Africa 272/7 (RR: 5.78)
DA Miller    16* (12b 1x6)      JE Taylor    10-0-62-2
DW Steyn    1* (1b)      DJ Bravo    9-0-32-3

Right! Last over, Bravo to bowl it, Miller to face.

47.1

Bravo to Miller, 2 runs, good running from Miller, he didn't time his bunt down the ground well at all, but it meant that it trickled away so he took two

47.2

Bravo to Miller, no run, very good from Bravo, mixing up his pace nicely, and Miller slashes and misses

47.3

Bravo to Miller, 1 run, full ball again, outside off, Miller tries to give himself room but only squeezes it to point

47.4

Bravo to Steyn, no run, well, if Steyn connected here the ball would still be on it's way up, enormous swish outside off, but he doesn't hit the ball

47.5

Bravo to Steyn, 1 run, fuller this time and Steyn shoves it down the ground for a single

47.6

Bravo to Miller, FOUR, great finish from Miller, poor Bravo didn't deserve that! It was full, Miller drove it firmly in the air and wide of long off, Nikita Miller ran round threw his hands at it but couldn't hold on and the innings finishes with a boundary

Quite a strange innings that, South Africa in the end have made a very powerful total but West Indies, after the rain break, bowled fairly well and restricted the damage. Amla and de Villiers played beautifully, no fuss, no pomp, no ceremony, they just worked the ball around, picked off the boundaries and both made hundreds. It will be a tough chase for West Indies, you feel, as ever, that much will depend on Gayle.

Mr Kidger has given his summary: "The West Indies have brough this back quite well. Initially it looked like they could be chasing close to 400. However, we'll see if the batting is up to making a match of this - the fear is that anything over 280 will see them collapsing to a battery of wild slogs rather than building a successful chase."

But, while I find some lunch, I suggest you read Liam's, in his bulletin.

End of over 48 (8 runs) South Africa 280/7
DA Miller    23* (16b 1x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    10-0-40-3
DW Steyn    2* (3b)      JE Taylor    10-0-62-2
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May 22, 2010

Hashim Amla is congratulated by AB de Villiers, West Indies v South Africa, 1st ODI, Antigua, May 22, 2010

Hashim Amla is congratulated by AB de Villiers

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AB de Villiers throws at the stumps, West Indies v South Africa, 1st ODI, Antigua, May 22, 2010

AB de Villiers throws at the stumps

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