World T20, 18th Match, Group 1: New Zealand v South Africa at Chittagong, Mar 24, 2014
World T20 - 18th match, Group 1
South Africa won by 2 runs
Played at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong (neutral venue)
24 March 2014 - day/night match (20-over match)

3.25pm Here come Amla and Quinton de Kock. Kyle Mills has the ball.

3.20pm The teams are set to start lining up for the national anthems.

Heisenberg: "Isn't this tournament's theme song one of the catchiest ones in recent years? Don't know a word of it, but I can't stop humming!" Certainly better than the song for the 2011 World Cup.

Lyle: "@James: Amla strikes at about 117 in T20Is. Yeah, he's not Richard Levi, but as far as top-order anchors go in T20I, you could do a lot worse."

Several New Zealand fans in the stands in Chittagong, wearing the classic beige shirts, and belting out the anthem.

Doogie Howzat: "Watching the Proteas play is like watching a slow motion car crash... Its terrible, but not easily something one can avert one's eyes from... And with the handing over of the baton in Test cricket, there are no longer any consolations..." If you are unhappy with South Africa's record in recent years, you should see how some of the other teams have fared.

3.10pm Now for the customary complaints about the XIs.

Asad: "This SA tail is simply too long with 3 genuine no. 11s. I am not so sure that Tsotsobe's dibbly-dobblies are so valuable that he can't be replaced with Parnell's slightly higher quality of bowling (also at the death) and better skills with the bat."

Vinay: "C Munro? That's a funny way of spelling J Neesham."

Muthalakunju: "For me it is simple why SA lose tournaments. They never adopt horses for courses. Why you need Tsosobe ? He is not a dangerous bowler. We know the tracks will spin. You already have Albie. Pls select Robbie. Where is VanderMerwe?"

Kamran: "Nasser Hussain made a pertinent point on commentary yesterday when he said that there's a reason why 9 out of 10 top T20 bowlers are spinners. NZ and Australia are the only teams who don't seem to agree. Especially in a country like Bangladesh, NZ should play Hira in place of one of their 3 seamers. N Mac is hardly a specialist; and with C Anderson is an option, they don't need 3 more seamers in B'desh."

@Kamran: "Don't worry - New Zealand are saving Hira, Devcich and Williamson's spin bowling for the semi and the final - they don't want to show their trump cards too early."

Pavan: "I think Neesham should be playing ahead of Munro here. Agreed he is almost similar to Corey Anderson and may not add that NEW dimension or whatever, he still can bowl well and hit the ball as good as Munro. That's like getting two Munro's for the price of one Neesham!! "

FoxyMoron: "Munro has to turn it on today. Devcich would have provided a spin option. Neesham is in some good form. Big call."

James: "Amla should not be in the team, he takes too long to get going. In T20, you need to hit from the word go. Morne Morkel and Tsotsobe also should not be in the team. Should have replaced them with Robbie P and van Der Merwe. They can at least bat a bit too."

At last someone defending the choices made by a team management. Ben: "@Kamran - that may be because 9/10 of the best t20 bowlers would not be spinners if T20 games were only played in NZ and Australia. Besides that, however - Williamson is probably a better performer for us with the ball than Hira right now, and its hard to argue against the pedigree of any of the seamers NZ are picking. The problem is finding spinners who can actually do the job."

And another. Shaun: "Seems some of the guys commenting here are forgetting how badly Parnell was wacked by Pakistan, and Umar Gul in particular. I'd rather see Tsotsobe than that, thanks!"

3.00pm Toss New Zealand win and bowl. Faf says he would wanted to bat anyway. He comes in for Behardien, no surprise there. No other change in the South Africa XI. No changes to the NZ XI.

2.55pm Faf du Plessis is fit, he's walking out for the toss.

Lyle: "I suspect Albie Morkel will also have a role to play with that smaller boundary - with his batting and bowling. If he doesn't hit his straps bowling, I can see B McCullum feasting on his gentle seamers. And if he gets his eye in batting, well, I think we all know what can happen..."

2.45pm First feedback of the day. Mofrad: "SA, please don't hide your big hitters until it's too late. Send AB and Miller early. "

And the second is from stu: "NZ also did what they do best at tournaments that night!"

Vithu: "Something tells me that ABD will hit a hundred today. And it's not just because he's my fantasy team's captain. Just wait and see." Head here to tweak your Fantasy teams.

Team changes you would like to see? Jimmy Neesham for Colin Munro? Talor wants Parnell in: "Feel like SA would be a batsman short... Long tail w/ Steyn coming in so high up- Parnell should slot in for Tsotsobe, rather than Albie Morkel"

About half the mails we've got today are on this theme. Aziz: "Yah I am agree with you, T20 is all about giving more overs to your big fishes. AB will be handy early in the match. He should come today at One Down position."

Asad: "To the SA think tank: Please use ABDV properly. Either use him as your best batsman or your best finisher. Don't leave him at #4 in this line up where he is doing neither."

Simon: "I'm literally tapping my toes with excitement about tonight. Been counting down for the last 2 hours, not wanting to do anything in case it got stretched out and interfered with the cricket. The time is here for NZ cricket to shine like never before (I hope). GO THE BLACK CAPS!!"

2.35pm Greetings everyone, it's South Africa v New Zealand at an ICC event in Bangladesh, which is likely to remind fans of this match nearly three years ago when Faf du Plessis was involved in AB de Villiers' run-out, and South Africa went on to do what they do best in global tournaments.

It's bright and sunny in Chittagong, and we are still waiting for news on du Plessis' fitness. One factor in this game will be that the track being used is on the edge of the square, which means the boundary on one side is fairly short, with the wind aiding hits in that direction as well. Expect plenty of mishits to clear the ropes on a surface which is expected to be pretty kind to the batsmen.

South Africa have begun poorly, with a final-over defeat to Sri Lanka, while New Zealand were probably fortunate to take victory in a ridiculously short rain-hit chase against England.

New Zealand aren't guaranteed qualification if they win today, and South Africa won't be eliminated if they lose today, but those two scenarios will become far more likely if NZ win.


Mills to de Kock, 1 run, short of length ball on the pads, clipped towards midwicket

Parvez Lalani: "Any one knows the song name which is being played before National Anthem? Awesome music but cannot find on Internet..." I think it is a song called "Conquest of paradise", I might be wrong though.


Mills to Amla, no run, back of length ball just outside off, blocked to the off side


Mills to Amla, 1 run, Amla is off the mark by guiding this from off stump towards third man


Mills to de Kock, no run, pushed back towards the bowler


Mills to de Kock, no run, length ball on off stump, lashed towards point where Williamson fields


Mills to de Kock, 1 run, short of length once more, 129kph, keeping it around off, carved towards extra cover or a single, a quiet start to the game

Vivek: "Vettori would have been very valuable to have this tournament - NZ would almost be favourites with him I reckon" He would definitely have been useful, but given NZ's recent limited-overs record in Bangladesh, perhaps favourites is too strong a tag for them.

End of over 1 (3 runs) South Africa 3/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • Q de Kock 2 (4b)
    • HM Amla 1 (2b)
    • KD Mills 1-0-3-0

Mitch McClenaghan shares the new ball.


McClenaghan to de Kock, 1 run, starts with one well outside off, mistimed stroke from de Kock sends the ball past the bowler for a single


McClenaghan to Amla, 2 runs, short of length ball is edged down to third man where Corey Anderson has to get around quickly


McClenaghan to Amla, no run, pitched up on off stump, a crisp drive towards mid-off, no run for that though


McClenaghan to Amla, FOUR, short of length ball is swiped by Amla in front of square leg for four, not the most eye-catching of strokes from a man who usually deals in silken shots


McClenaghan to Amla, no run, length ball angling across outside off, defended from the crease


McClenaghan to Amla, no run, gets forward and defends this towards point

Paul: "@Parvez Lalani: if you are referring to the theme song then it is called 'Char Chokka Hoi Hoi'-which roughly translates into 'Fours, Sixes, Fun and Games'- has been composed by renowned Bangladeshi singer Fuad Al Muktadir and sung in a mixture of Bangla and English by an ensemble of young vocalists."

End of over 2 (7 runs) South Africa 10/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • HM Amla 7 (7b 1x4)
    • Q de Kock 3 (5b)
    • MJ McClenaghan 1-0-7-0
    • KD Mills 1-0-3-0

James: "As an England supporter, I'm interested in this game, because it will probably determine who accompanies Sri Lanka out of the group ahead of us!"


Mills to de Kock, 1 run, short of length ball slanting across, de Kock whips that towards midwicket from well outside off


Mills to Amla, 2 runs, on middle stump, Amla moves across the stumps before the ball is bowled and then clips the ball towards deep square leg


Mills to Amla, 2 runs, full length on middle and leg, clipped towards midwicket, where he is put down by Guptill, an early reprieve for Amla

Dan: "The perception of batsmen is interesting. Like many posters I would have said before seeing this that Amla, while one of the best batsmen in the world, was too sedate for T20, and deKock, although less reliable, was a blaster. But their strike rates are almost the same. Hate it when facts get in the way of an intemperate internet rant!"


Mills to Amla, 1 run, eased towards mid-on for a single


Mills to de Kock, no run, a wild slog from de Kock as he looks to thrash a ball past point, plenty of bounce there for Mills, too much for de Kock


Mills to de Kock, OUT, de Kock going for another wild cross-batted stroke, this time he gets closer to the ball than on the previous delivery, but only close enough to get a thin edge through to the keeper

Q de Kock c †Ronchi b Mills 4 (12m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

End of over 3 (6 runs) South Africa 16/1 (RR: 5.33)

    • HM Amla 12 (10b 1x4)
    • KD Mills 2-0-9-1
    • MJ McClenaghan 1-0-7-0

McClenaghan to Amla, 2 runs, short of length and on off stump, shuffles across and clips this behind square


McClenaghan to Amla, 1 run, just outside off, Amla guides it down towards third man for a single, it is a shot he uses to great effect in ODIs

The new batsman is Faf


McClenaghan to du Plessis, no run, pitched up and driven towards cover


McClenaghan to du Plessis, 3 runs, Faf gets going with a big shot over mid-off, doesn't connect as well as he would have liked after skipping down the track, Southee has to dive face first as he pulls that in inches from the rope, has he hurt his hamstring in that effort?


McClenaghan to Amla, no run, crashed towards point but that's a dot ball


McClenaghan to Amla, no run, again Amla playing an unusual shot, looking to loft through cover, not the sort of stroke you expect to see him play, he misses this outside-off delivery

Prasanna S: "This is what tight bowling does, forces you to just slog wildly just like WI did against India yesterday."

End of over 4 (6 runs) South Africa 22/1 (RR: 5.50)

    • HM Amla 15 (14b 1x4)
    • F du Plessis 3 (2b)
    • MJ McClenaghan 2-0-13-0
    • KD Mills 2-0-9-1

Southee to du Plessis, no run, extra bounce there, Faf is surprised by that Southee delivery, Faf takes the bottom hand off the bat as he keeps that out, off the outside edge towards point


Southee to du Plessis, no run, shorter ball outside off, and Faf tries a complete slog after dancing down the track, nowhere near the ball, what's going on with the SA batting here?


Southee to du Plessis, 2 runs, goes for another big hit, doesn't quite time it and it goes high over midwicket and lands safely


Southee to du Plessis, FOUR, Faf has decided he is going to go for it early on, shuffles across the stumps and plays a sort of scoop shot to send the ball to the fine-leg boundary


Southee to du Plessis, FOUR, another lofted hit from Faf, clear intention to get the run-rate high early on, he takes a couple of paces down the pitch and launches this towards deep extra cover though he doesn't quite get to the pitch, clears Anderson and gets four more


Southee to du Plessis, OUT, Faf's frenetic innings is over, eight all-action deliveries is all he lasted in the middle, not sure he tried to play even one of those deliveries along the ground, this is a slower ball, well outside off, Faf chips it straight to cover and Southee has a wicket, despite all the big hits attempts SA are only 32 for 2 in five overs

F du Plessis c NL McCullum b Southee 13 (9m 8b 2x4 0x6) SR: 162.50

End of over 5 (10 runs) South Africa 32/2 (RR: 6.40)

    • HM Amla 15 (14b 1x4)
    • TG Southee 1-0-10-1
    • MJ McClenaghan 2-0-13-0

McClenaghan to Amla, 2 runs, once again Amla steers the ball past slip towards third man


McClenaghan to Amla, 1 run, pitched up and outside off, 141kph, pushed towards mid-off for a quick run


McClenaghan to de Villiers, no run, AB can't time it as he looks to drive towards mid-off


McClenaghan to de Villiers, no run, a touch shorter , on middle stump, again not too well timed as he taps the ball towards midwicket


McClenaghan to de Villiers, FOUR, there's the AB we know, gets some width and he carves that through the covers for four, too much width there


McClenaghan to de Villiers, no run, length ball on off stump, defended towards cover to end the over

Z: "The thing about Amla I've noticed is that he is indeed relatively sedate. But when in form, he hardly ever will have a dot ball bowled to him. With the odd boundary here and there, with zero dots, it's very effective. I checked on Statsguru, and his strike rate is over 100 on scores above 6 (in innings where he has got out), except for the last game against SL."

End of over 6 (7 runs) South Africa 39/2 (RR: 6.50)

    • AB de Villiers 4 (4b 1x4)
    • HM Amla 18 (16b 1x4)
    • MJ McClenaghan 3-0-20-0
    • TG Southee 1-0-10-1

Pavan: "The beauty of NZ bowling which played a key role in their recent success was they don't worry too much about wickets or runs but they just keep on bowling on off stump keeping it tight and squeeze up the batsmen and the wickets will follow. :)"

Here's Nathan McCullum, from round the wicket


NL McCullum to Amla, 1 run, a leading edge as Amla looks to work the ball towards midwicket, the ball rolls towards point


NL McCullum to de Villiers, 1 run, driven to mid-off for a single


NL McCullum to Amla, 1 run, full ball on the pads, another drive for a single, this time to long-on


NL McCullum to de Villiers, OUT, and here's the big one! New Zealand on top here as AB is gone, he falls over after playing that stroke, he backs well away from the stumps and loses his balance as he looks to crash the ball through covers, the ball takes leg stump, New Zealand are jubilant

AB de Villiers b NL McCullum 5 (7m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 83.33


NL McCullum to Duminy, 1 run


NL McCullum to Amla, no run, full ball is driven back towards the bowler

Mazharul Alam gets published for the 'dhing dhing dhing' bits: "@ Heisenberg : The following few lines will be enough for humming about the World T 20 theme song for you Three hours action, sixteen, sixteen Cricket crazy nations, how exciting Stadium waiting, tension, tension, Dhing, dhitang, Dhing, Dhing, Dhing, Dhing, Dhing, Dhing Char, chokka, hoi hoi, ball goraiya(rolling) gelo koi (Four, six hoi hoi, where the ball went by rolling) Char, chokka, hoi hoi, ball goraiya(rolling) gelo koi Char, chokka, hoi hoi, ball goraiya(rolling) gelo koi Char, chokka, hoi hoi, ball goraiya(rolling) gelo koi Blockbuster cup waiting, cup waiting Stadium shouting, boom busting rocking No more tearing, everybody hearing "

End of over 7 (4 runs) South Africa 43/3 (RR: 6.14)

    • HM Amla 20 (19b 1x4)
    • JP Duminy 1 (1b)
    • NL McCullum 1-0-4-1
    • MJ McClenaghan 3-0-20-0

Southee to Duminy, no run, short of length ball on leg stump, Duminy works it towards point


Southee to Duminy, 1 run, just outside off, Duminy waits for the ball to arrive and steers it towards third man for a single

Nicolan: "The importance of having Amla in the team is currently on display.."


Southee to Amla, 2 runs, full ball and Amla, who has shuffled across the stumps, that nearly sneaks under the bat as Amla looks to get it towards midwicket, low on the bat as it trickles towards fine leg


Southee to Amla, 1 run, whipped towards deep midwicket for a single

Trickshot: "Hash looks elegant because while the rest are swotting at flies, he's playing cricket. "


Southee to Duminy, 1 run, short ball on leg stump, pulled away towards deep backward square leg

Prasanna S: "Captain's curse in my Fantasy team - Yuvi, Dilshan, Hafeez and now AB."


Southee to Amla, 1 run, slanting in towards off stump, full ball, Amla walks across the stumps and tucks that towards fine leg

End of over 8 (6 runs) South Africa 49/3 (RR: 6.12)

    • HM Amla 24 (22b 1x4)
    • JP Duminy 3 (4b)
    • TG Southee 2-0-16-1
    • NL McCullum 1-0-4-1

NL McCullum to Amla, 1 run, full ball is worked towards midwicket, a wristy stroke from Amla, B McCullum dives to his right to cut that off, a good bit of fielding that


NL McCullum to Duminy, 1 run, eased towards mid-on for a single


NL McCullum to Amla, no run, that was too short, should have been put away, Amla knows it, he wanted to thump that to square leg but misses out


NL McCullum to Amla, FOUR, full ball just outside off, this time Amla gets a boundary, but not where he intends it, goes for the booming drive and gets a thick outside edge, down to third man for four


NL McCullum to Amla, 1 run, another leading edge from Amla. sends the ball towards mid-off


NL McCullum to Duminy, 1 run, a drive all along the ground to long-on for an easy single

Aditya: "@Pavan: That's the Chris Cairns and Chris Harris school of bowling. Not lethal or intimidating, but extremely effective due to the nagging consistency"

End of over 9 (8 runs) South Africa 57/3 (RR: 6.33)

    • JP Duminy 5 (6b)
    • HM Amla 30 (26b 2x4)
    • NL McCullum 2-0-12-1
    • TG Southee 2-0-16-1

Anderson to Duminy, no run, short of length ball on off stump, Corey Anderson's first ball is blocked down the track


Anderson to Duminy, 1 run, clipped past midwicket for a single, Duminy not attempting anything fancy early in his innings


Anderson to Amla, 1 run, from round the wicket, length ball at 115kph, outside off and that is helped along to third man for a single


Anderson to Duminy, 1 run, short of length ball just outside off, another one that is guided towards third man, an area that has been productive for SA today


Anderson to Amla, no run, length ball on off stump, driven towards cover


Anderson to Amla, 1 run, short of length ball well outside off, Amla walks across the stumps and tucks the ball towards midwicket

Kishore: "An excellent tournament with no clear favorites. Top teams losing, dark horses are gaining momentum. We might have a surprise champion this time!" As we've had in several previous World T20s.

End of over 10 (4 runs) South Africa 61/3 (RR: 6.10)

    • HM Amla 32 (29b 2x4)
    • JP Duminy 7 (9b)
    • CJ Anderson 1-0-4-0
    • NL McCullum 2-0-12-1

NL McCullum to Amla, 1 run, comes don the track and chips this over mid-on for a single


NL McCullum to Duminy, 1 run, full ball well outside off, jammed towards mid-off for a single

Brian: "I think Chris Cairns will be filthy when he hears someone compared his bowling to Chris Harris! "


NL McCullum to Amla, 1 run, towards mid-off for a single


NL McCullum to Duminy, 2 runs, swatted away towards deep midwicket, where some superb fielding from Munro and Williamson prevents the boundary, first the dive from Munro to keep it in


NL McCullum to Duminy, 1 run


NL McCullum to Amla, no run, thumped towards cover but not wide of the fielder

bhaskar: "@Prasanna - Would be grateful if you can pick maxwell as your captain in Oz's game vs India." Not Watson or Warner or Finch?

End of over 11 (6 runs) South Africa 67/3 (RR: 6.09)

    • HM Amla 34 (32b 2x4)
    • JP Duminy 11 (12b)
    • NL McCullum 3-0-18-1
    • CJ Anderson 1-0-4-0

McClenaghan to Duminy, no run, Duminy decides to go for the scoop, trying to play it over the keeper's head, doesn't connect and the ball sails over the stumps


McClenaghan to Duminy, no run, goes for a slog towards midwicket this time, and doesn't get anywhere near the ball


McClenaghan to Duminy, 1 wide, full and well wide of off stump, McClenagahan is not happy that is called a wide


McClenaghan to Duminy, 2 runs, Duminy looks for the lofted hit, can't time it properly, but gets enough to clear mid-on, not enough to get a boundary


McClenaghan to Duminy, SIX, this time Duminy gets it right in the middle, a short of length ball outside off is hammered over midwicket for six, Duminy had walked across the stumps to get close to the line of the ball


McClenaghan to Duminy, 1 run, shuffles across and whips this towards deep square leg

Hogg: "I think you'll find it was Chris Harris and Gavin Larson who provided perfect-length medium-pacers. Cairns not so much"


McClenaghan to Amla, no run, a full ball outside off, Amla also wants to move across the stumps and wants to tuck the ball to the leg side, can't connect

atteq: "Chris Harris on this wicket would be a nightmare, 60 mph on the stumps! "

End of over 12 (10 runs) South Africa 77/3 (RR: 6.41)

    • HM Amla 34 (33b 2x4)
    • JP Duminy 20 (17b 1x6)
    • MJ McClenaghan 4-0-30-0
    • NL McCullum 3-0-18-1

NL McCullum to Duminy, 1 run, a full toss is thumped towards long-off for a single


NL McCullum to Amla, 1 run


NL McCullum to Duminy, 1 run, towards midwicket for one more, McCullum's impressive spell continues


NL McCullum to Amla, 2 runs, Amla shuffles down the track, McCullum fires it on the pads, clipped behind square leg


NL McCullum to Amla, no run, Amla goes for the big swipe, bottom edge sends the ball to short fine leg


NL McCullum to Amla, 1 run, full ball on the pads, worked towards deep midwicket

End of over 13 (6 runs) South Africa 83/3 (RR: 6.38)

    • HM Amla 38 (37b 2x4)
    • JP Duminy 22 (19b 1x6)
    • NL McCullum 4-0-24-1
    • MJ McClenaghan 4-0-30-0

82 for 3 in 13 overs. Time for South Africa to get a move on.


Anderson to Amla, 2 runs, well outside off, crunched towards wide long-on for two


Anderson to Amla, 1 run, full ball well outside off, squeezed towards sweeper cover


Anderson to Duminy, FOUR, Duminy seemed to have an eternity to change his stroke, he bent his knees and was in position to play the ramp, he seems cramped, but he sends this past the keeper and towards fine third man for four


Anderson to Duminy, SIX, length ball is dispatched over the leg side, over square leg for six, SA finally getting the acceleration they want


Anderson to Duminy, 1 run


Anderson to Amla, OUT, that is a bizarre way to go, terribly unlucky for Amla, he swatted that one powerfully back towards the bowler, the ball hits the non-striker Duminy's bat, on the shoulder of the bat and loops up for a simple catch for Anderson, Amla has to go, the umpire had turned away to get out of the way, Anderson keeps his focus and plucks that one

HM Amla c & b Anderson 41 (56m 40b 2x4 0x6) SR: 102.50

Maybe not such a bad thing that Amla is out, and Miller is in.

MrMegaM: "But Devcich's beard though. Magnificent. Full bodied. Nothing to do with the cricket, just an observation."

End of over 14 (14 runs) South Africa 97/4 (RR: 6.92)

    • JP Duminy 33 (22b 1x4 2x6)
    • CJ Anderson 2-0-18-1
    • NL McCullum 4-0-24-1

Mills to Duminy, 1 run, short of length ball outside off, carved towards point for a single


Mills to Miller, no run, can't get bat on it as the ball angles away outside off

Trickshot sticking to one theme with his comments: "Damn flies got to Amla..."


Mills to Miller, no run, length ball on off stump, worked towards midwicket by Miller

James: "Unlucky for Amla, but might be lucky for South Africa. Leaves Duminy, Miller and Albie Morkel for the last 6 overs."


Mills to Miller, 1 run, drives this one towards long-off for a single, think about a second but there isn't time


Mills to Duminy, no run, short of length is slapped towards point


Mills to Duminy, 1 run, length ball is driven towards long-off for a single to bring up SA's hundred

Here's Andrew Symonds getting dismissed just like Amla did.

End of over 15 (3 runs) South Africa 100/4 (RR: 6.66)

    • JP Duminy 35 (25b 1x4 2x6)
    • DA Miller 1 (3b)
    • KD Mills 3-0-12-1
    • CJ Anderson 2-0-18-1

Williamson to Duminy, FOUR, giving Williamson an over is a gamble, and he's under pressure after the first ball as Duminy launches it towards deep extra cover for four


Williamson to Duminy, 1 run, a single towards mid-on


Williamson to Miller, 1 run, slapped to sweeper cover for a single


Williamson to Duminy, 2 runs, worked towards the vacant mid-on for two, the bowler Williamson had to chase after that, giving the batsmen time to take the second


Williamson to Duminy, FOUR, JP showing off his range of strokes here, the reverse-sweep this time, bisects the men near backward point


Williamson to Duminy, 1 run, works it towards square leg for a single

End of over 16 (13 runs) South Africa 113/4 (RR: 7.06)

    • JP Duminy 47 (30b 3x4 2x6)
    • DA Miller 2 (4b)
    • KS Williamson 1-0-13-0
    • KD Mills 3-0-12-1

Southee to Duminy, FOUR, Duminy pulls this one away to the square-leg boundary to reach his half-century, taken him only 31 deliveries


Southee to Duminy, no run, Duminy walking across the stumps on most deliveries, this is a slower one from Southee, full and well outside off, squeezed towards cover


Southee to Duminy, FOUR, full and very wide, Duminy again moves across the stumps, has to still reach out for that one, gets there and gets enough power on the drive to beat sweeper cover


Southee to Duminy, FOUR, Duminy on fire here, another four - the third of the over - gets on one knee after shuffling across the stumps, sort of sweep behind square leg


Southee to Duminy, 1 run, slower one from round the wicket, length ball is drilled towards long-on

Dean: "Does "c & b Anderson" refer to Caught off Bat?"


Southee to Miller, FOUR, great effort from Guptill to cut that off but he can't, it was very wide from Southee, Miller takes the bottom hand off the bat as he slaps that behind point, still gets enough power to beat a diving Guptill, who gets a hand on in but can't prevent the ball from rolling onto the rope

MrMegaM: "This has been a tournament so far for the nearly men...JP and Raina showing their prowess. Fun to watch. Hope they go on to the things they were clearly meant for (century on Test debuts and what not...)"

End of over 17 (17 runs) South Africa 130/4 (RR: 7.64)

    • DA Miller 6 (5b 1x4)
    • JP Duminy 60 (35b 6x4 2x6)
    • TG Southee 3-0-33-1
    • KS Williamson 1-0-13-0

Anderson to Duminy, 1 run, length ball is whipped somewhat awkwardly towards square leg for a single


Anderson to Miller, OUT, how many catches for Anderson in this tournament? he gets another one, another caught-and-bowled, Miller is gone for 6 after chipping the ball back towards the bowler, it was a slower one from Anderson, Miller looked to play it cross-batted, can't time it at all, easy catch

DA Miller c & b Anderson 6 (16m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Anton: "@Dean: Most catches come of the bat. Some umpires might not always see it that way though!"

Here's Albie Morkel.


Anderson to JA Morkel, 2 runs, length ball is clipped towards deep square leg, terrific throw from Guptill there but can't prevent the second


Anderson to JA Morkel, no run, short of length ball outside off, driven towards cover


Anderson to JA Morkel, SIX, power from Albie, length ball is clubbed over cover for six, had the room to free his arms, connects superbly with the ball, and that clears the rope comfortably

Ram: "Why do they call it caught & bowled? Shouldnt it be bowled & caught, going by the sequence of actions? "


Anderson to JA Morkel, 1 run, length ball on middle and leg, a wristy stroke sends the ball towards deep midwicket

BG: "How is the pitch playing? Is it nice and true?" No demons in the track, seems pretty decent for batting.

End of over 18 (10 runs) South Africa 140/5 (RR: 7.77)

    • JA Morkel 9 (4b 1x6)
    • JP Duminy 61 (36b 6x4 2x6)
    • CJ Anderson 3-0-28-2
    • TG Southee 3-0-33-1

Mills to JA Morkel, 1 run, full toss well outside off, swiped towards midwicket


Mills to Duminy, 1 run, a low full toss outside off, squeezed out towards sweeper cover


Mills to JA Morkel, 1 run, length ball well outside off, another heave, can't time it and the ball doesn't have much pace on it as it heads towards deep midwicket


Mills to Duminy, FOUR, low full toss, way outside off once more, thumped down the ground for four, plenty of power from Duminy


Mills to Duminy, FOUR, Duminy goes for the sweep, it results in a top edge, but luckily for him there's no one at deep square leg, Southee gives it his best to prevent the ball from reaching the rope, his dive is to no avail though


Mills to Duminy, SIX, six more, Duminy in top form here, a full toss is dismissed from his presence, clobbered over long-on for a big six, top T20 innings from Duminy

End of over 19 (17 runs) South Africa 157/5 (RR: 8.26)

    • JP Duminy 76 (40b 8x4 3x6)
    • JA Morkel 11 (6b 1x6)
    • KD Mills 4-0-29-1
    • CJ Anderson 3-0-28-2

Southee to JA Morkel, 2 runs, slower short ball, Albie shows his power, as he thumps this towards wide long-on, a diving stop from Anderson, who seemed to start his chase late


Southee to JA Morkel, OUT, slower one once more from Southee, 122kph, Albie looks to hammer it towards midwicket, his cross-batted attempt doesn't connect with the middle of the bat, just a bottom edge onto the top of middle stump

JA Morkel b Southee 13 (11m 8b 0x4 1x6) SR: 162.50


Southee to Steyn, 1 run, full toss outside off, Steyn does the smart thing by taking a single and giving Duminy the strike, Dteyn pushes this towards long-on


Southee to Duminy, FOUR, Aleem Dar was fearing for his life for a moment there, Duminy unleashes a fearsome straight hit to a low full toss, Dar shows off his reflexes by going down to ground quickly, over his head and for four


Southee to Duminy, FOUR, short and down the leg side, would have been a wide if he let that go, Duminy swings it down to fine leg for four more


Southee to Duminy, 2 runs, chips this over the bowler, Steyn is out of the blocks early and they have time to take the second, South Africa finish on 170

Watch our live mid-innings Match Point show, where Martin Crowe and Daryll Cullinan analyse the first innings of this game.

What an innings that was from Duminy, striking at 200 after coming in when SA were in early strife. Showed off a wide range of strokes as well, besides his usual powerful shots straight and to midwicket, there were ramps and reverse-sweeps as well as he dragged SA to a competitive total. New Zealand lost the plot a bit in the final five overs, after some accurate stuff early on. Nathan McCullum continues to prove his worth as a Twenty20 bowler, and the new-ball bowlers were tidy.

Do SA have enough? The chase is on shortly.

The Amla debate set to continues, if the mail coming in are any indication. Anyway, I'll be back in 10 minutes, around 5.10pm

End of over 20 (13 runs) South Africa 170/6

    • JP Duminy 86 (43b 10x4 3x6)
    • DW Steyn 1 (1b)
    • TG Southee 4-0-46-2
    • KD Mills 4-0-29-1
WATCHESPN: 18th Match, Group 1: New Zealand v South Africa at Chittagong, Mar 24, 2014
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Hours of play (local time) 15.30 start, First Session 15.30-16.50, Interval 16.50-17.10, Second Session 17.10-18.30

Match Coverage

Cullinan: SA's death bowling still a concern
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Even though South Africa held their nerve to defend 170, Daryll Cullinan believes they need to work on their death bowling (03:54) | March 24, 2014

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Even though South Africa held their nerve to defend 170, Daryll Cullinan believes they need to work on their death bowling (03:54) | March 24, 2014