West Indies tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa, 2nd T20I: South Africa v West Indies at Johannesburg, Jan 18, 2008
South Africa won by 4 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
18 January 2008 - night match (20-over match)

Right, here we go. Ramdin's opening with someone else. I'm not sure yet, as I can't see him clearly...ah, it's Devon Smith. Hold onto your hats, and other items of clothing which might wobble at inopportune moments. Shaun Pollock, in his final international series, is opening the bowling.

Hello all, we're about five minutes until the start. It's Will Luke here, refreshed and ready to take you through 40 overs of unabashed mayhem, or something similar. Sadly, two of the most exciting players - Chris Gayle for West Indies and South Africa's Dale Steyn - both miss out (Gayle is injured; Sten, we don't know I'm afraid), which is a bit of a blow

And the West Indies team is as follows:

Devon Smith, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Runako Morton, Dwayne Bravo (capt), Darren Sammy, Rawl Lewis, Ravi Rampaul, Jerome Taylor, Fidel Edwards

Here's the South Africa team

Graeme Smith, Herschelle Gibbs, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Albie Morkel, Shaun Pollock, Justin Ontong, Mark Boucher, Andre Botha, Morne Morkel, Makhaya Ntini

5.35pm South Africa have won the toss and will field. We'll have more team news when we get it, but can confirm Chris Gayle, the West Indies captain, will not play.

5.20pm OK, complete confusion now. It seems that there will be a start on time, so not sure what has changed but the players are on the outfield and warming up. We will keep you advised but as things stand there is a 6.00pm start (1800GMT).

4.30pm Good afternoon and welcome to coverage of the second Twenty20 international between these two sides. In case you forgot, the first match was back before the Test series and it was won by West Indies by five wickets. Oceans of water have flowed under the bridge since then and West Indies are certainly on the back foot after successive Test defeats.

The weather in Johannesburg is poor. It's been raining heavily for most of the day and although there's now only a light drizzle, it's fairly unpleasant although it is getting brighter. The supersoppers are doing their thing on the outfield but it would be remarkable if we get a prompt start.


Pollock to Smith, 1 run, outside the off stump, Smith whips it with wristy cheekiness and they scamper a single to get off the mark


Pollock to Ramdin, no run, a swing and a miss from Ramdin! A lovely outswinger from Pollock, as Ramdin leans back and tries to whack this over the covers


Pollock to Ramdin, no run, and again he's beaten with a slightly more horrid stroke, poking at it off the back foot

Plenty of swing for Pollock here


Pollock to Ramdin, 2 runs, ping! Where's this gone? He drives through the line but has skied it over the top...and it falls betwixt the long-on and long-off behind the bowler


Pollock to Ramdin, no run, neater stroke, guiding this behind square but an excellent dive to his right from backward point prevents the single

One slip and a gully


Pollock to Ramdin, no run, plants his foot and tries to flump this over cover but misses by a mile

End of over 1 (3 runs) West Indies 3/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • D Ramdin 2 (5b)
    • DS Smith 1 (1b)
    • SM Pollock 1-0-3-0

Ntini to bowl from the Golf Course end. He's averaging a Bradmanesque 95 in Twenty20s...


Ntini to Smith, 1 run, "catch!" is the cry from Ntini as Smith clips this neatly off the back foot, guiding it behind square in the air. Third man is too deep, however

Just the one slip


Ntini to Ramdin, no run, down the leg side, Boucher appeals for a catch. Surely that's a wide?


Ntini to Ramdin, no run, this cuts back into Ramdin who is beaten by the movement off the seam, trying to whip it to leg


Ntini to Ramdin, 1 leg bye, what a ball that was, cutting back massively into Ramdin. Quick ball, too


Ntini to Smith, 1 run, spanked off the back foot but he doesn't time it and it flies to mid-off (yes, mid-off)...but it's short of the fielder. One of those unpredictable Twenty20 shots...


Ntini to Ramdin, FOUR, full toss; four. Hammered down the ground. The deepish mid-on doesn't have much hope

Hurrah - the first sight of some South African cheerleaders. Updates on those as we get them

End of over 2 (7 runs) West Indies 10/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • D Ramdin 6 (9b 1x4)
    • DS Smith 3 (3b)
    • M Ntini 1-0-6-0
    • SM Pollock 1-0-3-0

Pollock to Smith, FOUR, clattered over extra cover with immense extravagance, skipping down the pitch and carving it square


Pollock to Smith, 1 run, nudged out to the off side for a single


Pollock to Ramdin, no run, wide, Ramdin tries to uppercut it over third man but is beaten by the swing again


Pollock to Ramdin, 1 run, slower ball which he pumps to mid-on


Pollock to Smith, no run, excellent ball. He saw him coming, did Pollock, and sent down a slower ball which foxed him entirely


Pollock to Smith, FOUR, neat stroke, beating the short fine-leg as Smith clips this leg-side stray past him for four

End of over 3 (10 runs) West Indies 20/0 (RR: 6.66)

    • DS Smith 12 (7b 2x4)
    • D Ramdin 7 (11b 1x4)
    • SM Pollock 2-0-13-0
    • M Ntini 1-0-6-0

Chris Gayle could be back for the third one-dayer he says


Ntini to Ramdin, OUT, swinging back into Ramdin who is again beaten by the movement off the pace. They try to steal a single but Ntini is so quick and flies past Smith, picking the ball up and flinging it onto the stumps. Superb work from Ntini

DS Smith run out 12 (13m 7b 2x4 0x6) SR: 171.42

Poor start for West Indies. They are batting with no sense at all, and that was a dreadful run


Ntini to Samuels, no run, nasty delivery cutting back into Samuels who is hit in the groin, or perhaps just above the groin


Ntini to Samuels, no run, excellent angle, again moving back into Samuels

These are, essentially, off-breaks bowled at 80mph. Quite unplayable


Ntini to Samuels, FOUR, ah, but Ntini is too straight here and, with the movement, it flies down to fine leg with a clip off the toes


Ntini to Samuels, no run, horrid, tentative, pokey push forward and he's beaten


Ntini to Samuels, no run, well, yet again he's rapped on the body - on the pads this time - to one which cuts back into him

Ntini is a nightmare to face on a pitch like this

End of over 4 (4 runs) West Indies 24/1 (RR: 6.00)

    • MN Samuels 4 (5b 1x4)
    • D Ramdin 7 (12b 1x4)
    • M Ntini 2-0-10-0
    • SM Pollock 2-0-13-0

Pollock to Ramdin, no run, beaten outside off. More swing for Pollock who draws him into this defensive poke


Pollock to Ramdin, FOUR, four! Classic Twenty20 slogging there as Ramdin unleashes his bat, with no care or sense of where he wanted to hit it, and somehow got a thick inside edge which flew down to fine leg


Pollock to Ramdin, no run, an almighty swish from Ramdin but it hammers into his pads


Pollock to Ramdin, no run, a cracker! What a beauty from Pollock. He's been swinging them away so far, but this holds its line and beats his defensive push


Pollock to Ramdin, 1 leg bye, cautiously back in his crease, it's a little too straight from Pollock and they steal a single


Pollock to Samuels, no run, miles wide of the off stump. He tries to launch it out of the ground but misses

End of over 5 (5 runs) West Indies 29/1 (RR: 5.80)

    • MN Samuels 4 (6b 1x4)
    • D Ramdin 11 (17b 2x4)
    • SM Pollock 3-0-17-0
    • M Ntini 2-0-10-0

Ntini to Ramdin, 1 run, another nasty inducker which Ramdin just waits for, expecting it to hit him, and they steal a single

I don't know how you play this bowling. It is bending around corners


Ntini to Samuels, OUT, gone! Samuels steps to leg and tries to slap this over cover, but gets a thick outside edge. It flies to Boucher who takes a good catch above his head

MN Samuels c †Boucher b Ntini 4 (8m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 57.14


Ntini to Chanderpaul, 1 wide, well wide of the off stump and, at last, Jerling calls a wide


Ntini to Chanderpaul, no run, massive movement, cutting away from the left hander


Ntini to Chanderpaul, no run, what a ball that is. Angling across Chanderpaul before it cuts back into him hugely, and Boucher appeals for a caught behind

Terrific bowling, albeit in the sort of conditions swing and seam bowlers dream about


Ntini to Chanderpaul, no run, and this angles across him and again he is beaten! Wonderful bowling


Ntini to Chanderpaul, no run, left alone this time

End of over 6 (2 runs) West Indies 31/2 (RR: 5.16)

    • S Chanderpaul 0 (4b)
    • D Ramdin 12 (18b 2x4)
    • M Ntini 3-0-12-1
    • SM Pollock 3-0-17-0

JA Morkel to Ramdin, no run, swing and a miss outside off


JA Morkel to Ramdin, no run, more great movement, far too good for the batsman who swings and misses

The weather: it's dark, it's grey, it's misty and it's horrific for batting


JA Morkel to Ramdin, no run, a touch wider, he tries to spank it over the top but misses


JA Morkel to Ramdin, no run, well, you can't play that. Wonderful start from Morkel, angling into the right hander before swinging it away


JA Morkel to Ramdin, 1 run, driven past the bowler for a single, but there's no great power in the stroke


JA Morkel to Chanderpaul, 1 leg bye, banana swing into Chanderpaul's pads who nudges it off his leg for a single

Excellent start for Morkel

End of over 7 (2 runs) West Indies 33/2 (RR: 4.71)

    • S Chanderpaul 0 (5b)
    • D Ramdin 13 (23b 2x4)
    • JA Morkel 1-0-1-0
    • M Ntini 3-0-12-1

Around the wicket for Morne Morkel


M Morkel to Chanderpaul, no run, well bowled. It cuts away from Chanderpaul who's rapped on the gloves

The first lewd shots from our friendly South African cameraman. Good grief...


M Morkel to Chanderpaul, 1 run, wide of the off stump, Chanderpaul crouches and pokes and guides this down to third man


M Morkel to Ramdin, SIX, ping! Much too full, on his pads, Ramdin just flicks it over midwicket for six. Beautifully clipped

Back over the wicket


M Morkel to Ramdin, 1 wide, wide, wide, wide and called wide


M Morkel to Ramdin, no run, excellent reply from Morkel, a much better line and it draws him into a drive


M Morkel to Ramdin, OUT, gone! Excellent ball, again drawing Ramdin into a drive but it moves off the seam and flies straight to the lone slip

D Ramdin c Botha b M Morkel 19 (35m 26b 2x4 1x6) SR: 73.07


M Morkel to Morton, no run, well wide but for some reason not called a wide

I make that the third rather questionable call today. So long as they're consistent...

End of over 8 (8 runs) West Indies 41/3 (RR: 5.12)

    • RS Morton 0 (1b)
    • S Chanderpaul 1 (7b)
    • M Morkel 1-0-8-1
    • JA Morkel 1-0-1-0

JA Morkel to Chanderpaul, 1 leg bye, a huge, throaty and rather impressive appeal from Morkel who raps Chanderpaul on the pads but it's going down leg by a mile

Rude's off for a walk. He's jogging to the boundary to have a word with a spectator - probably causing a disruption to the bowler. Rudi's not happy, chuntering away to the security guard who's in the batsman's line of sight. Rudi's drop-kicked him over the top and we're ready to start again


JA Morkel to Morton, no run, lovely ball, swinging away from the right hander who swings and misses


JA Morkel to Morton, no run, more huge movement, and shorter too, and he misses...

This is terrific bowling. West Indies are looking rather clueless, but I do have some sympathy for them. Conditions are absolutely perfect for bowling. This is like Headingley in April


JA Morkel to Morton, no run, full, squeezed out to cover on the front foot


JA Morkel to Morton, no run, down the leg side, Boucher dives to save the wide. But again it's not called wide!


JA Morkel to Morton, FOUR, bang! That's more like it. It was in the slot and he clattered it over midwicket for four

End of over 9 (5 runs) West Indies 46/3 (RR: 5.11)

    • RS Morton 4 (6b 1x4)
    • S Chanderpaul 1 (8b)
    • JA Morkel 2-0-5-0
    • M Morkel 1-0-8-1

Around the wicket


M Morkel to Chanderpaul, 1 run, nudges this off his glove, or backside, or leg, or something bodily


M Morkel to Morton, no run, short, good lift, Boucher takes it in front of his face


M Morkel to Morton, 1 run, ooh that was close. A thick inside edge as he tries to whack this over midwicket

Around the wicket


M Morkel to Chanderpaul, no run, excellent delivery, angling into Chanderpaul before it cuts away from him. No chance of playing that

"If you make the ball sing in helpful conditions," Andrew ponders, "is that good arias?" Oh good god. I think a cup of tea might be due...


M Morkel to Chanderpaul, no run, clipped back to the bowler


M Morkel to Chanderpaul, no run, punched to cover

End of over 10 (2 runs) West Indies 48/3 (RR: 4.80)

    • S Chanderpaul 2 (12b)
    • RS Morton 5 (8b 1x4)
    • M Morkel 2-0-10-1
    • JA Morkel 2-0-5-0

So, the halfway point in the innings. They need six-per-over from this stage onwards if they're to get more than 100. Here's Botha


Botha to Morton, no run, defended on the front foot


Botha to Morton, 1 run, down the pitch, clipped to leg


Botha to Chanderpaul, 1 run, he walks into this stroke and guides it out to a wide long-off


Botha to Morton, no run, on the sweep, it flies off his pad and Boucher scrambles to catch it but can't reach


Botha to Morton, no run, pushed back to him


Botha to Morton, no run, full, straight and he's beaten

End of over 11 (2 runs) West Indies 50/3 (RR: 4.54)

    • RS Morton 6 (13b 1x4)
    • S Chanderpaul 3 (13b)
    • J Botha 1-0-2-0
    • M Morkel 2-0-10-1

Ontong to Chanderpaul, 1 run, nudged to leg and they could get two here but Smith sprints round from point to save the extra run


Ontong to Morton, FOUR, bang! That's a great shot, clumping it over midwicket for four. Immense power


Ontong to Morton, no run, short, outside off but it beats Morton's cut


Ontong to Morton, 1 run, again short and this time he connects with a cut, but finds cover

That was motoring. Around the wicket now


Ontong to Chanderpaul, 1 run, clipped to fine-leg for a single

They're finding the spinners a lot more comfortable. The seamers were bending it around corners


Ontong to Morton, 1 run, clumped to long-on

End of over 12 (8 runs) West Indies 58/3 (RR: 4.83)

    • RS Morton 12 (17b 2x4)
    • S Chanderpaul 5 (15b)
    • JL Ontong 1-0-8-0
    • J Botha 1-0-2-0

Botha to Morton, OUT, well that's an unfortunate way to go. Morton tried to sweep, the ball coming off his glove or arm and bobbled back onto the stumps

RS Morton b Botha 12 (19m 18b 2x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Bravo, the captain, is here...with West Indies needing a bit of a partnership


Botha to Bravo, no run, clipped straight to midwicket


Botha to Bravo, 1 run, worked to long-on


Botha to Chanderpaul, 1 run, squeezed out to the off side


Botha to Bravo, 1 run, full, outside off and cracked out to the deep


Botha to Chanderpaul, 1 run, full toss on his pads, Chanderpaul drops his knee and swings it behind square

End of over 13 (4 runs) West Indies 62/4 (RR: 4.76)

    • S Chanderpaul 7 (17b)
    • DJ Bravo 2 (3b)
    • J Botha 2-0-6-1
    • JL Ontong 1-0-8-0

Around the wicket


Ontong to Chanderpaul, 1 run, Chanderpaul nudges to leg


Ontong to Bravo, SIX, quality stroke, lofting this over long-off for six. Beautiful shot - he just held his pose and smacked through the line


Ontong to Bravo, 1 run, swept to deep square leg


Ontong to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, a full toss, Chanderpaul smites it through midwicket


Ontong to Chanderpaul, OUT, excellent bowling. A good slower ball, foxing Chanderpaul in the flight who tried to punch it over cover, but the ball ballooned meekly to Botha at point

S Chanderpaul c Botha b Ontong 10 (39m 20b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00


Ontong to Bravo, 1 wide, down the leg side, turning massively and that's rightly called a wide

Boucher finds it hilarious


Ontong to Bravo, SIX, hello - that's massive. Monstrous shot, pile-driving it over the top

End of over 14 (17 runs) West Indies 79/5 (RR: 5.64)

    • DJ Bravo 15 (6b 2x6)
    • RN Lewis 0 (0b)
    • JL Ontong 2-0-25-1
    • J Botha 2-0-6-1

Here's Pollock


Pollock to Lewis, no run, and immediately, the right line and length - a touch of nibble off the seam - and he's beaten on the front foot


Pollock to Lewis, no run, again, this swings away from Lewis's dodgy smash-and-run


Pollock to Lewis, no run, that's a ripper of a delivery! Swinging and seaming away from his forward push. You simply cannot play those...


Pollock to Lewis, OUT, awful shot. Full and straight, he tries to clobber this over long-on but skies it straight down mid-on's throat

RN Lewis c de Villiers b Pollock 0 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Sammy is next man in


Pollock to Bravo, 1 run, patted down to third man. He wasn't sure whether to play at it or leave it well alone...


Pollock to Sammy, 1 run, punched out to cover

And there ends Pollock's Twenty20 bowling career, internationally at any rate

End of over 15 (2 runs) West Indies 81/6 (RR: 5.40)

    • DJG Sammy 1 (1b)
    • DJ Bravo 16 (7b 2x6)
    • SM Pollock 4-0-19-1
    • JL Ontong 2-0-25-1

Botha to Sammy, 4 byes, blimey, that's beaten everyone! It spins past his outside edge, spins past Boucher and flies down to fine leg


Botha to Sammy, 1 leg bye, well flighted, beating him in the air; he tries to whack it over the top but misses, and Boucher misses a stumping too


Botha to Bravo, 1 run, flicked through midwicket


Botha to Sammy, 1 leg bye, huge shout from keeper and bowler but it's going down the leg side


Botha to Bravo, 2 leg byes, full and down the leg side


Botha to Bravo, 1 run, sweetly clipped to midwicket but, again, only for a single

End of over 16 (10 runs) West Indies 91/6 (RR: 5.68)

    • DJ Bravo 18 (10b 2x6)
    • DJG Sammy 1 (4b)
    • J Botha 3-0-8-1
    • SM Pollock 4-0-19-1

Ntini has one more over left but it's going to be Morne Morkel


M Morkel to Bravo, 2 runs, driven on the up, square, and it flies over backward point


M Morkel to Bravo, 1 run, short, he tries to uppercut it over third man but can only get a single


M Morkel to Sammy, no run, beaten by a cracker - excellent, intelligent bowling this. Nice and full, giving it every chance to swing, and it beats the batsman's ambitious drive


M Morkel to Sammy, 1 leg bye, shorter and it hammers into his body


M Morkel to Bravo, no run, another marvellous delivery, drawing him into a drive and it swings past his outside edge


M Morkel to Bravo, 2 runs, good cricket. Shorter, and he nudges to leg and set off for two. Really good running, that

End of over 17 (6 runs) West Indies 97/6 (RR: 5.70)

    • DJ Bravo 23 (14b 2x6)
    • DJG Sammy 1 (6b)
    • M Morkel 3-0-15-1
    • J Botha 3-0-8-1

Ntini to Sammy, 2 wides, drifting down the leg side, a wild delivery which brushes his arm guard


Ntini to Bravo, 1 run, cracking cut shot, hammering it off the back foot but he can't find the gap


Ntini to Sammy, 1 bye, blimey that's harsh. It cuts him in half - no chance of making contact with that


Ntini to Bravo, no run, pushed off the back foot straight to the bowler


Ntini to Bravo, OUT, easy catch for long-on as Bravo mistimes this, attempting to loft it over the top but finds the fielder

DJ Bravo c Duminy b Ntini 24 (23m 17b 0x4 2x6) SR: 141.17


Ntini to Sammy, 1 run, shorter, he steps to leg and rather fends it out to the off side


Ntini to Taylor, SIX, that is a monstrous hit, pinging it over midwicket - incredibly high, and in fact it only just sails over for six

End of over 18 (11 runs) West Indies 108/7 (RR: 6.00)

    • JE Taylor 6 (1b 1x6)
    • DJG Sammy 2 (8b)
    • M Ntini 4-0-22-2
    • M Morkel 3-0-15-1

Right. Two more overs to go, and then we get about 30 seconds rest


JA Morkel to Sammy, no run, swinging wide of the off stump


JA Morkel to Sammy, FOUR, I don't know how to describe that. He shuffled to the leg side and cowed it over the top. A nervous slap, if you like


JA Morkel to Sammy, 2 runs, brilliant! Hilarious stuff here as he tries to step to the off side, but the ball follows him, hits him, and they run a single. Calamity upon calamity


JA Morkel to Sammy, 2 byes, madness. A swing and a miss. Boucher parries to first slip to produce a good throw, as the batsman take a single, but he throws to the wrong end!


JA Morkel to Sammy, 1 bye, more frenzied running here - Boucher, this time, tries to hit the stumps but misses

Boucher's not standing up to the stumps, incidentally...and who can blame him with the ball bending around corners?


JA Morkel to Taylor, no run, he tries to clatter this over midwicket but seems to have lost his arm in the process. He's sunk to the ground and doesn't look in great shape here, clutching his arm. Perhaps it really has come out of its socket? But either way he's good to continue. As my mother would say, he's got another arm...

End of over 19 (9 runs) West Indies 117/7 (RR: 6.15)

    • JE Taylor 6 (2b 1x6)
    • DJG Sammy 8 (13b 1x4)
    • JA Morkel 3-0-11-0
    • M Ntini 4-0-22-2

M Morkel to Sammy, SIX, this is huge from Sammy! A monstrous short-arm pull high and handsome over midwicket. Ugly, brilliant power

This isn't a bad total, you know...


M Morkel to Sammy, 1 bye, oh well bowled, a fine yorker - even though it was slightly misdirected down leg. They manage to get a single anyway


M Morkel to Taylor, 4 byes, four more! He shimmies to leg; he shimmies to off, but the yorker is wide and Boucher can't prevent four more byes


M Morkel to Taylor, 1 run, sliced over point but it falls short of the man lurking on the boundary


M Morkel to Sammy, 1 bye, well wide, but not called a wide


M Morkel to Taylor, 1 bye, a swing and a miss to end the innings

Join me in a few minutes for South Africa's reply

So South Africa need 132 to win. A good effort from West Indies - that's a decent total, and represents a very good recovery. They need to bowl their socks off if they're to win, but you never know - it's given them a chance, at least. Well played Extras with 29.

End of over 20 (14 runs) West Indies 131/7

    • JE Taylor 7 (5b 1x6)
    • DJG Sammy 14 (16b 1x4 1x6)
    • M Morkel 4-0-22-1
    • JA Morkel 3-0-11-0





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