West Indies tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa, 1st T20I: South Africa v West Indies at Port Elizabeth, Dec 16, 2007
West Indies won by 5 wickets (with 19 balls remaining)
16 December 2007 - night match (20-over match)

7.40 pm local time: The crowd have waited patiently through the rain and the dancers are warming up as the players take the field. Here's hoping that we get continuous play henceforth.

Herschelle Gibbs and Morne van Wyk are South Africa's openers. van Wyk will take strike to Daren Powell who is bowling from over the wicket with two slips in place.

Toss, 7.25 pm local time: West Indies have won the toss and they will bowl first. Remember it's a 13-overs-a-side contest so the fielding restrictions will apply for only three overs. A bowler can bowl a maximum of three overs as well.

Dwayne Bravo is leading West Indies in Chris Gayle's absence. There's a Twenty20 debutant in each side today: Gulam Bodi for South Africa and Brenton Parchment for West Indies.

7.10 pm: I have good news. Play will begin at 7.40 pm local time (30 minutes from now). It will be a 13-overs-a-side contest.

7.00 pm: The umpires - Ian Howell and Brian Jerling - have inspected the conditions and the covers are coming off.

6.40 pm: Still raining, although the intensity has lessened. The radar indicates there's more coming though. We are going to start losing overs now. One lost for every three minutes after 6.40 pm local time.

6.05 pm: The cut off for a start is 8.40 pm local time. That's for a five overs a side slog-out, so there's a fair bit to go yet.

5.55 pm: The rain keeps coming and going. The covers were almost off but the ground staff raced to get them back on again as the rain came down. It's rather heavy at the moment.

5.40 pm: There's a bit of bad weather in and around Port Elizabeth. Rain has delayed the toss.

"We respect the South Africans but we don't fear them," Chris Gayle, the West Indian captain, said on arrival. "They will be in for a fight." And so begins West Indies' tour of South Africa, with a Twenty20 international at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth. Welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the contest; I'm George Binoy, your commentator for the game.

West Indies' trip to Africa began poorly. They lost the first of five one-dayers to Zimbabwe before bouncing back strongly to win the next three (The last one was washed out). South Africa, however, will undoubtedly be more difficult to beat when the serious business of Test cricket begins on Boxing Day.

But coming back to the Twenty20 game: If you're in the vicinity of St George's Park, it'd be a great idea to get to the ground. If today is anything similar to the World Twenty20 opener, make sure you have a hard hat or two. Chris Gayle smashed the format's first, and to date only, century in Johannesburg but West Indies were upstaged by Herschelle Gibbs. His 90 helped South Africa chase down 206 with eight wickets in hand and 2.2 overs to spare.

In that match, Graeme Smith batted even though he was in tremendous pain after getting hit on the wrist by Daren Powell. However, he won't be playing in today's contest. He's been sidelined by an infection contracted during the recent tour of Pakistan. Morne van Wyk takes his spot at the top of the order and Shaun Pollock steps in as captain.


Powell to van Wyk, no run, good length delivery to start, on off stump, van Wyk waits on the back foot and defends


Powell to van Wyk, no run, that's quick from Powell, angling the ball into the right-hander from wide of the crease, van Wyk tries to work it off the pads but misses


Powell to van Wyk, 1 run, this time Powell strays too far on the pads and van Wyk flicks it off his pads towards fine leg, it reaches the fielder on the bounce

Just one slip for Gibbs.


Powell to Gibbs, no run, hits a good length outside off stump and seams away from Gibbs who moves forward and lets it go


Powell to Gibbs, no run, a bit of high bounce for Powell from a good length, Gibbs pushes it towards square leg


Powell to Gibbs, 4 leg byes, too far down leg side, you cannot bowl there with fine leg in the circle, Gibbs tries to flick but the ball clips his pad and runs down to the boundary, Powell spoils an excellent first over

Just 12 overs to go.

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

    • HH Gibbs 0 (3b)
    • MN van Wyk 1 (3b)
    • DBL Powell 1-0-1-0

Jerome Taylor will share the new ball.


Taylor to van Wyk, OUT, Taylor can bowl pretty quick but he starts with a perfectly directed slower ball, van Wyk tries to flick but gets beaten by the change of pace, he gets hit on the pad in front of middle and leg, that looked out

MN van Wyk lbw b Taylor 1 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

JP Duminy is the new batsman.


Taylor to Duminy, OUT, bang, two in two, what a sensational start from Taylor, he pitches the ball full on off stump, it's nearly in the blockhole, Duminy tried to drive at it but was beaten for pace, the off stump goes for a walk

JP Duminy b Taylor 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

AB de Villiers walks out with Taylor on a hat-trick.


Taylor to de Villiers, no run, good length ball on off stump, de Villiers moves back in his crease and defends towards gully, he sets off for the single but gets sent back, the fielder throws at the batsman's end and de Villiers wants the overthrow but gets sent back once again


Taylor to de Villiers, no run, full toss on middle and leg, driven towards mid-on


Taylor to de Villiers, no run, another slower ball, it darts back into de Villiers and cuts him in half, the ball bounces a second time before reaching Ramdin


Taylor to de Villiers, OUT, he's got another one! It was another slower ball, de Villiers tried to defend it on the back foot, the ball hit the bat but bounced onto the stumps after hitting the ground, Taylor has bowled a triple-wicket maiden, absolutely stunning

AB de Villiers b Taylor 0 (3m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 2 (wicket maiden) South Africa 5/3 (RR: 2.50)

    • HH Gibbs 0 (3b)
    • JE Taylor 1-1-0-3
    • DBL Powell 1-0-1-0

Powell to Gibbs, OUT, carnage, South Africa are in tatters, Gibbs flicked a full ball uppishly towards the right of the fielder at mid-on, it was nearly past Chanderpaul when he dived full length to his right and caught the ball one-handed inches from the ground, fabulous catch

HH Gibbs c Chanderpaul b Powell 0 (11m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

South Africa are 5 for 4, would you believe it!

The captain Pollock walks in, almost in disbelief.


Powell to Pollock, 1 run, runs the ball down towards third man for a single


Powell to Bodi, 1 wide, that's wide outside off stump, the crowd voices it's approval


Powell to Bodi, no run, short of a length ball outside the off stump, the debutant Bodi lets it go


Powell to Bodi, 1 run, straighter line this time, flicked off the pads through square leg


Powell to Pollock, no run, driven off the back foot towards point, Pollock has no time to get his eye in, it has to be eighth gear from the start


Powell to Pollock, no run, short of a length on middle and leg stump, Pollock tries to swivel and pull it past the fielder at short fine leg but doesn't find the gap

End of over 3 (3 runs) South Africa 8/4 (RR: 2.66)

    • SM Pollock 1 (3b)
    • GH Bodi 1 (2b)
    • DBL Powell 2-0-4-1
    • JE Taylor 1-1-0-3

Here's Taylor once again.


Taylor to Bodi, 1 run, fuller length on off stump, Bodi walks forward, pushes towards mid-off and calls for the single, Bravo throws at the batsman's end but misses


Taylor to Pollock, no run, full ball angles into Pollock, he tries to close the face but the ball swings a little away from Pollock and takes a leading edge towards point


Taylor to Pollock, 1 run, Pollock drives hard at one outside off stump, he edges it down to third man


Taylor to Bodi, OUT, disaster for South Africa, Bodi pushes a full toss towards cover and sets off for the single, the fielder at cover dives to his left and manages to stop the ball by pushing it towards Morton at mid-off, Pollock was late in responding for the single and both batsmen were stranded at the bowler's end when the throw came in to the wicketkeeper's end

SM Pollock run out 2 (7m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00


Taylor to Morkel, no run, short ball left alone outside off stump


Taylor to Morkel, no run, slower ball on middle and off stump, Morkel defends towards point

End of over 4 (2 runs) South Africa 10/5 (RR: 2.50)

    • JA Morkel 0 (2b)
    • GH Bodi 2 (4b)
    • JE Taylor 2-1-2-3
    • DBL Powell 2-0-4-1

10 for 5 after 4 overs in a 13-overs-a-side contest. What are the odds!


Powell to Bodi, no run, the ball bounces sharply from a good length and seams away from Bodi, he pushes tentatively away from his body and gets beaten


Powell to Bodi, no run, Powell angles the ball across Bodi and nips it back into the left-hander off the pitch, he gets hit high on the thigh


Powell to Bodi, no run, it bounces sharply once again from a good length and hits the batsman high on the pad


Powell to Bodi, 1 run, width offered outside off stump, Bodi sits on the back foot and drives in front of the fielder at point, Bravo has a man on the sweeper boundary


Powell to Morkel, 1 run, Morkel waits on the back foot and pulls powerfully to the fielder to the deep square leg boundary, that wasn't that short at all


Powell to Bodi, no run, defended towards point off the back foot, still no boundaries off the bat after five overs

End of over 5 (2 runs) South Africa 12/5 (RR: 2.40)

    • GH Bodi 3 (9b)
    • JA Morkel 1 (3b)
    • DBL Powell 3-0-6-1
    • JE Taylor 2-1-2-3

The conditions are bowler friendly. There's some swing, seam and bounce on the pitch.The West Indians have bowled and fielded splendidly though.


Taylor to Morkel, OUT, another superb bit of fielding! Morkel pushed the ball towards mid-off and called for the single, Bravo sprinted in from cover, picked up the ball with one hand and threw down the stumps at the bowlers end in one fluid motion, Morkel was so far out that Jerling didn't need the third umpire

JA Morkel run out 1 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00


Taylor to Bodi, no run


Taylor to Bodi, 1 run, Bodi puses the ball towards point once again for a single

Vernon Philander is the new batsman.


Taylor to Philander, 1 run, full ball on the pads, flicked down to fine leg for a single


Taylor to Bodi, 1 wide, extreme pace and bounce from Taylor, Bodi gets out of the way, the umpire calls it wide


Taylor to Bodi, 1 run, fuller and wider outside off stump, Bodi chases it and gets a thick edge towards third man


Taylor to Philander, no run, defended towards the off side

End of over 6 (4 runs) South Africa 16/6 (RR: 2.66)

    • VD Philander 1 (2b)
    • GH Bodi 5 (12b)
    • JE Taylor 3-1-6-3
    • DBL Powell 3-0-6-1

Still no boundaries after six overs. Bravo replaces Powell.


Bravo to Bodi, no run, good length ball on off stump, Bodi drives but gets an inside edge towards the leg side


Bravo to Bodi, 1 run, good length delivery on off stump, Bodi defends the ball off the back foot towards point


Bravo to Philander, no run, a bit wider outside off stump, Bodi drives past the fielder at point for a single


Bravo to Philander, no run, Bravo bowls a slower off cutter outside off stump, Philander defends off the front foot towards the off side


Bravo to Philander, no run, Philander gets on to the front foot and defends towards point


Bravo to Philander, 1 run, another slower ball outside off stump, Philander moves forward and dwats it towards long-on

Six overs remain, four wickets in hand. South Africa are in danger of getting bowled out in a Thirteen13.

End of over 7 (2 runs) South Africa 18/6 (RR: 2.57)

    • VD Philander 2 (6b)
    • GH Bodi 6 (14b)
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-2-0
    • JE Taylor 3-1-6-3

Fidel Edwards replaces Taylor.


Edwards to Philander, 1 wide, poor line, Edwards sprays the first ball down leg side, South Africa's score ticks over because of another extra


Edwards to Philander, 1 no ball, he's over-stepped this time, free-hit coming up, South Africa need to make it count


Edwards to Philander, 2 runs, good length ball on middle stump, Philander swings hard at it and pulls the ball towards deep midwicket where Sammy field on the boundary, that's the first two of the innings


Edwards to Philander, OUT, Edwards gets into the act! He bowls a slower ball that cuts back into the right-hander, Philander is stuck on his crease and he tries to drive, he gets hit on the pad in front of middle and leg stump, that's plumb

VD Philander lbw b Edwards 4 (11m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 44.44


Edwards to Botha, no run


Edwards to Botha, 1 run, worked off the pads towards fine leg

Andrew McGlashan tells me that the lowest score in any T20 is 47 by the Titans against the Eagles in 2004.


Edwards to Bodi, no run, short ball angles away from the left-hander, Bodi chases it but gets beaten


Edwards to Bodi, no run, Bodi comes forward and gets hurried by a short ball and has to defend awkwardly to the leg side

andrew adds that the lowest international total is 73 by Kenya v New Zealand at Durban during the World Twenty20.

End of over 8 (5 runs) South Africa 23/7 (RR: 2.87)

    • GH Bodi 6 (16b)
    • J Botha 1 (2b)
    • FH Edwards 1-0-5-1
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-2-0

Sammy replaces Bravo after one over.


Sammy to Botha, no run, Sammy bowls it short and beats Botha


Sammy to Botha, no run, there's another slower ball, Botha pulls but gets beaten by the change of pace


Sammy to Botha, 1 run, Botha tries to pull but the short ball is a bit too quick for him, he gets it away towards long-on


Sammy to Bodi, 1 run, fuller delivery outside off stump, Bodi drives off the front foot towards long-off for a single


Sammy to Botha, no run, Botha tries to drive a ball from outside off stump and gets beaten by the seam movement away from him


Sammy to Botha, no run, this time he tries to run the ball towards third man but gets beaten once again

End of over 9 (2 runs) South Africa 25/7 (RR: 2.77)

    • J Botha 2 (7b)
    • GH Bodi 7 (17b)
    • DJG Sammy 1-0-2-0
    • FH Edwards 1-0-5-1

Four overs remain. The crowd is understandably stunned by what they have seen after hours of rain.


Edwards to Bodi, no run, short of a length delivery on middle stump, nudged towards the leg side


Edwards to Bodi, no run, good length delivery on middle and off stump, defended back towards the bowler


Edwards to Bodi, 1 run, Bodi unleashes a ferocious pull but there's a fielder in the deep to keep West Indies' squeaky clean record of not conceding a boundary intact


Edwards to Botha, 1 run, another slower ball outside off stump, Botha checks his shot but lobs the ball dangerously close to the cover fielder


Edwards to Bodi, no run, beaten for sheer pace, Bodi drives at it as the ball seams away from him and beats the outside edge


Edwards to Bodi, 1 wide, what a fiery bouncer, it rose at great pace and beat Bodi's attempted hook, called wide by the umpire for being to high, that was a harsh call


Edwards to Bodi, no run, slower ball on off stump, Bodi pushes towards cover but decides against the single

End of over 10 (3 runs) South Africa 28/7 (RR: 2.80)

    • GH Bodi 8 (22b)
    • J Botha 3 (8b)
    • FH Edwards 2-0-8-1
    • DJG Sammy 1-0-2-0

Sammy to Botha, SIX, St George's Park bursts into applause as Botha picks up a full ball and lofts it over long-on with a full swing of the bat, superb shot, it was in the slot to be hit and Botha dispatched it


Sammy to Botha, 1 leg bye, slower ball on leg stump, Botha gets beaten on the flick and is hit on the pad


Sammy to Bodi, 1 leg bye, another slower ball beats Botha and hits the pad


Sammy to Botha, 1 run, Botha swings across the line, it's another slower ball, he makes contact and hits it to deep square leg


Sammy to Bodi, no run, Bodi moves forward and tries to slog across the line, he doesn't find the gap and hits it to the fielder at midwicket


Sammy to Bodi, OUT, bowled him! Bodi tries to pull another one, the length isn't short enough and he gets beaten for pace, Sammy has a second look because he isn't sure if the ball has hit the stumps but it has indeed

GH Bodi b Sammy 8 (44m 25b 0x4 0x6) SR: 32.00

End of over 11 (9 runs) South Africa 37/8 (RR: 3.36)

    • J Botha 10 (11b 1x6)
    • DJG Sammy 2-0-9-1
    • FH Edwards 2-0-8-1

Edwards to Botha, no run, Edwards spears one into the blockhole at serious pace, Botha leans across and defends it splendidly


Edwards to Botha, no run, Botha gives himself room to hit the ball through the off side but mis-times the shot


Edwards to Botha, FOUR, Botha backs away to another yorker and edges it towards the third-man boundary for the second boundary of the innings, both have come off Botha's bat


Edwards to Botha, no run, Botha once again makes room to a full-length ball and flat-bats it towards mid-off, he's taking a gamble, if he misses Edwards will hit


Edwards to Botha, no run, and Edwards has hit, not the stumps but Botha's head. Botha backed away towards leg side but Edwards followed him with a short ball this time, Botha was beaten for pace as he tried to pull and got hit squarely on the visor, that has hurt him

The physio's out having a look at Botha, who's bleeding from the chin. The physio's plastered his chin and is pressing a towel to the injured area. This pitch has pace and bounce and the West Indian fast bowlers have exploited it cleverly. They also used the slower ball frequently and to good effect.

Botha is ready to resume. He would have been a bit shaken by that blow.


Edwards to Botha, 1 wide, bowled full and down leg side, Botha gets inside the line and tries to flick but misses


Edwards to Botha, 1 run, Botha backs away to a full toss and hits it towards mid-on for a single

End of over 12 (6 runs) South Africa 43/8 (RR: 3.58)

    • J Botha 15 (17b 1x4 1x6)
    • DW Steyn 0 (0b)
    • FH Edwards 3-0-14-1
    • DJG Sammy 2-0-9-1

Bravo will bowl the final over.


Bravo to Botha, 1 run, low full toss on off stump, Botha drives down the ground to bring Dale Steyn on strike for the first time


Bravo to Steyn, 1 run, Steyn comes down and drives towards long-off for a single


Bravo to Botha, FOUR, full ball on middle stump, poor length from Bravo, Botha hammers it down towards the straight boundary, long-on can't cut it off


Bravo to Botha, 2 runs, Botha pushes the ball towards midwicket to bring up the 50 for South Africa


Bravo to Botha, SIX, Botha backs away and hammers Bravo with a flat bat over the long-off boundary, what an innings he's played, he's the solitary boundary-hitter for South Africa


Bravo to Botha, 1 leg bye, slower ball to end the innings, Botha gets hit on the pads for a leg bye, 15 runs off the last over, full marks for grit to Botha for playing as he did even after copping a blow to the chin

West Indies have kept South Africa to 58 for 8 after 13 overs. Jerome Taylor started South Africa's nightmare with a triple-wicket maiden in his first over. It isn't over yet though. Dale Steyn and Makhaya Ntini will come out firing in ten minutes.

End of over 13 (15 runs) South Africa 58/8

    • J Botha 28 (22b 2x4 2x6)
    • DW Steyn 1 (1b)
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-16-0
    • FH Edwards 3-0-14-1





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