ICC World Twenty20 - 5th match, Group D

Scotland v South Africa

South Africa won by 130 runs

1.25pm So Scotland walk out for the anthems followed by the South Africans and several kids dressed in white. JP Duminy places his hand on his chest as the anthem plays. The South Africans in their round-neck jerseys look like they're out for a morning jog rather than a cricket match.

Right to Scotland break away after the anthems for the huddle, or something like it. The South Africans disperse to the dug out. Bright sunshine at The Oval. Kallis and Smith walk out. Interesting to see Kallis open.

Now for some Page 2 stuff. George Binoy listens in as Sunil Gavaskar reveals why modern commentators talk too much.

1.15pm Watching Scotland yesterday, I was quite impressed. They have some able hitters there. If only they had bowled better.

More from Miller, who's safely tucked away at The Oval: "Not a bad crowd for a low-key fixture - perhaps a third-full so far, which bodes well for the evening fixture."

Expect more to queue up for the England game that's up later.

Toss Scotland have won the toss and they will bowl. Smith said he would have bowled too.

Andrew Miller cuts the line: "Clouds? What clouds? It was utterly hosing it down overnight, but the weather has been steamy all morning, and we're all set for a full game."

Thanks Miller. Guys, just forget what I wrote earlier.

Hang on for a couple of minutes. I just got the teams.

South Africa 1 Graeme Smith, 2 Jacques Kallis, 3 Herschelle Gibbs, 4 AB de Villiers, 5 JP Duminy, 6 Albie Morkel, 7 Mark Boucher, 8 Roelof van der Merwe, 9 Johan Botha, 10 Wayne Parnell, 11 Dale Steyn

Scotland 1 Gavin Hamilton, 2 Ryan Watson, 3 Navdeep Poonia, 4 Kyle Coetzer, 5 Colin Smith (wk), 6 Neil McCallum, 7 Jan Stander, 8 Majid Haq, 9 Glenn Rogers, 10 Gordon Drummond, 11 Callum MacLeod

As you can see, Scotland have left out Fraser Watts and Craig Wright. In come Majid Haq and Glenn Rogers.

This is South Africa's opening game.

12.53pm Well it doesn't look too bad right now. Saw some shadows as the players trained. Doesn't look like a seven-seven yet. I'm still waiting to hear something concrete.

Apparently it's brightening up a bit now in west London. What's it like down south?

Well the captains are out for the toss.

12.40pm A warm welcome to all of you for this Sunday clash of the World Twenty20. I wish I could start off with good news but unfortunately, we're at the mercy of the elements again. Just a short while back I saw live pictures and the covers were out. The dreaded rain. Looked pretty gloomy too. How threatening is it? I really can't tell at the moment but I should be able to give you a clearer picture soon enough. But of course, we need the clouds to cooperate.

Oops. While drowning my sorrows in the para above I forgot to mention the match. Typical. It's South Africa v Scotland at The Oval. This is Kanishkaa, your companion for this game. England v Pakistan will follow later.

0.1

MacLeod to Smith, no run, bang on target, just on the offstump and Smith pushes it softly to the off side and tells Kallis to stay put

0.2

MacLeod to Smith, no run, once again, cramps him for room and he settles for a push down the pitch, claps resonate around The Oval

0.3

MacLeod to Smith, no run, shuffles at his crease to try something different but he only succeeds in tucking it back to him, the bowler charges forward and under arms the ball on the stumps

Miller can't resist a dig: "That's how to hit the stumps from two yards. Stuart Broad take note."

0.4

MacLeod to Smith, no run, appeal! wanders a bit across the stumps and the ball may have pitched a fraction outside leg, it was a skiddy full delivery, umpire Saheba shakes his head but it was a good shout

0.5

MacLeod to Smith, FOUR, poor line and you cannot bowl there to Smith especially with the fine leg up, he tucks a full delivery wide of the fielder, forget about chasing it

0.6

MacLeod to Smith, no run, much better, drops it a fraction shorter and he gets across and taps it down the pitch

End of over 1 (4 runs) South Africa 4/0 (RR: 4.00)
GC Smith    4* (6b 1x4)      CS MacLeod    1-0-4-0
JH Kallis    0* (0b)     

1.1

Drummond to Kallis, 1 run, the keeper is upto the stumps, he opens the face and dabs it softly to third man

1.2

Drummond to Smith, no run, bowls stump to stump and Smith can only steer it softly to backward point

1.3

Drummond to Smith, no run, waits for the ball to come onto him before tucking it straight to midwicket, not much pace on the ball

1.4

Drummond to Smith, no run, tucks it off his hip to short square leg and sets off initially and darts back

1.5

Drummond to Smith, 1 run, moves across his stumps and forces it away to deep square-leg

1.6

Drummond to Kallis, 1 run, the bowler gets away a little, it was wide and slightly short but Kallis chose to push that to third man, he ought to have slammed that somewhere

End of over 2 (3 runs) South Africa 7/0 (RR: 3.50)
JH Kallis    2* (2b)      GD Drummond    1-0-3-0
GC Smith    5* (10b 1x4)      CS MacLeod    1-0-4-0

2.1

MacLeod to Kallis, FOUR, classical off drive, he leans into a half volley outside off, gets behind the line and just pushes it past the big gap between mid-off and the covers

2.2

MacLeod to Kallis, FOUR, not bowling to his field, he strays on the body and Kallis gets a slight shuffle across and clips that past square leg, no sweeper out in the deep

2.3

MacLeod to Kallis, no run, stops on him a bit but he checks his drive to mid-off

2.4

MacLeod to Kallis, 1 run, slightly shorter and cramps him for room, he opens the face and softly dabs it to third man

2.5

MacLeod to Smith, no run, goes for an expansive drive but mistimes it to mid-on

2.6

MacLeod to Smith, no run, bowls the slower ball and drops it really short, Smith doesn't pick it well and he swishes across the line and misses it completely

End of over 3 (9 runs) South Africa 16/0 (RR: 5.33)
GC Smith    5* (12b 1x4)      CS MacLeod    2-0-13-0
JH Kallis    11* (6b 2x4)      GD Drummond    1-0-3-0

3.1

Drummond to Kallis, FOUR, lands it outside off and Kallis plays an ambitious off drive but the ball catches the outside edge and zooms past the keeper, no slip

3.2

Drummond to Kallis, no run, gets behind the line and pushes it back to the bowler

3.3

Drummond to Kallis, 2 runs, another outside edge and it beats the keeper, third man is a lot finer this time

3.4

Drummond to Kallis, 1 run, grants him width and he reaches out to angle it away to third man

3.5

Drummond to Smith, no run, nice stump to stump line again, Smith settles for another soft push down the pitch

3.6

Drummond to Smith, FOUR, drops it a bit too short, it's too easy for Smith who swivels at the crease and pulls high over square leg, no blue shirts there to cut it off

Speaking of Kallis, read this piece by Firdose Moonda.

End of over 4 (11 runs) South Africa 27/0 (RR: 6.75)
GC Smith    9* (14b 2x4)      GD Drummond    2-0-14-0
JH Kallis    18* (10b 3x4)      CS MacLeod    2-0-13-0

4.1

Stander to Kallis, (no ball) FOUR, christmas comes early for Kallis, short and too wide from the bowler, Kallis reaches out and scoops it over backward point and it's a front foot no-ball too

4.1

Stander to Kallis, no run, Free Hit Dropped by the fielder at short extra cover but it doesn't matter, he tries to cup it over his head but spills the catch

4.2

Stander to Kallis, FOUR, strays on the pads and he shuffles slightly and nudges it on its way to fine leg, the keeper is up to the stumps

4.3

Stander to Kallis, FOUR, drops it short and it's wide too, he reaches out, rolls his wrists and cuts past backward point, third man cannot cut it off

4.4

Stander to Kallis, FOUR, he's having a ball here, this one is fuller and he bends his knee and drives hard past cover point, this was hit with more conviction

4.5

Stander to Kallis, FOUR, oh boy and we have a mifield, Kallis drives hard to cover point but the ball slips past the fielder, third man pulls it back before the rope but the ball spins back and there's yet another desperate attempt to pull it back

4.6

Stander to Kallis, no run, gets forward and defends back to the bowler

End of over 5 (21 runs) South Africa 48/0 (RR: 9.60)
JH Kallis    38* (17b 8x4)      JH Stander    1-0-21-0
GC Smith    9* (14b 2x4)      GD Drummond    2-0-14-0

5.1

MacLeod to Smith, FOUR, lovely straight drive, he gets behind the line and pushes it past the bowler and mid-on

5.2

MacLeod to Smith, 1 run, steers it square of the wicket on the off side

5.3

MacLeod to Kallis, 1 run

5.4

MacLeod to Smith, 1 run, half hearted pull but he places it just wide of mid-on

5.5

MacLeod to Kallis, no run, tries to cheekily dab it down to third man but the ball kicks up a bit more and beats the outside edge

5.6

MacLeod to Kallis, no run, turns it towards midwicket and they attempt a single but Smith rushes back to his end

Thilo: "I'm not sure if Smith is a good choice as an opener in this format of the game. Get a big hitter like Gibbs first to put pressure on the opponents and let Smith rather finish off the innings!

End of over 6 (7 runs) South Africa 55/0 (RR: 9.16)
JH Kallis    39* (20b 8x4)      CS MacLeod    3-0-20-0
GC Smith    15* (17b 3x4)      JH Stander    1-0-21-0

It's been Kallis during the Powerplay. Here's Rogers

6.1

Rogers to Smith, FOUR, that's very very sloppy! The bug's spreading really fast, Smith harmlessly pushes it down to mid-on and the ball slips right between Macleod's legs and runs away

6.2

Rogers to Smith, 2 runs, works it away behind square on the on side

6.3

Rogers to Smith, FOUR, gives it a bit of air and Smith chips it high and hard over wide midwicket, his placement is so precise that both fielders patrolling the deep couldn't get to it

6.4

Rogers to Smith, FOUR, beware of Smith! The arm ball is dished out wide outside off and Smith fetches it and slogs him across the line and nearly sends it over the rope at wide long-on

6.5

Rogers to Smith, no run, this one skids through and beats the outside edge

6.6

Rogers to Smith, no run, cramps him for room and skids through, nearly shaves the stumps

End of over 7 (14 runs) South Africa 69/0 (RR: 9.85)
GC Smith    29* (23b 6x4)      GA Rogers    1-0-14-0
JH Kallis    39* (20b 8x4)      CS MacLeod    3-0-20-0

7.1

Haq to Kallis, no run, gets a bit of late turn, he gets behind the line and defends

7.2

Haq to Kallis, no run, pushes it to the offside

7.3

Haq to Kallis, 1 run, floated on the pads and he gets on his knee and plays a forceful sweep to deep square-leg

7.4

Haq to Smith, 1 run, gets on his knee early and sweeps to the on side

7.5

Haq to Kallis, no run, goes for an expansive drive and he gets a thick inside edge to his boot, Kallis is in a bit of pain

7.6

Haq to Kallis, 1 run, forces it down to midwicket

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End of over 8 (3 runs) South Africa 72/0 (RR: 9.00)
JH Kallis    41* (25b 8x4)      RM Haq    1-0-3-0
GC Smith    30* (24b 6x4)      GA Rogers    1-0-14-0

8.1

Rogers to Kallis, 2 runs, floated on the pads and he works it wide of midwicket

8.2

Rogers to Kallis, 1 run, Dropped Kallis gets a leading edge to short extra cover and Hamilton actually hung on to it for a few second when diving to his right but the ball slipped out as his elbow hit the turf

8.3

Rogers to Smith, SIX, just takes a few paces down the track and chips him high in the air with minimum follow through but there was enough power to carry it over the deep midwicket rope

8.4

Rogers to Smith, 1 run, makes a bit of room and taps it square on the off side

8.5

Rogers to Kallis, 2 runs, clips him wide of square leg and there's another fumble at the deep

8.6

Rogers to Kallis, 1 run, gets nice turn from outside leg, he stays back and clips it against the turn to the on side

End of over 9 (13 runs) South Africa 85/0 (RR: 9.44)
JH Kallis    47* (29b 8x4)      GA Rogers    2-0-27-0
GC Smith    37* (26b 6x4 1x6)      RM Haq    1-0-3-0

9.1

Haq to Kallis, 1 run, comes down the pitch and forces it down to wide mid-on

9.2

Haq to Smith, 1 run, slow through the air and shorter, he makes room and slams it to sweeper cover

9.3

Haq to Kallis, OUT, he gives it a lot of air outside off and tempts Kallis to go for the hoick on his knees, a little too ambitious in the end as he gets a thick inside edge onto his stumps, he looked set for a fifty but it's been a quality innings

JH Kallis b Haq 48 (41m 31b 8x4 0x6) SR: 154.83

9.4

Haq to Gibbs, 1 run, slow through the air, he clips it down to square leg

9.5

Haq to Smith, no run, keeps it slow, Smith gets forward and smothers the spin

9.6

Haq to Smith, OUT, a double-wicket over! Smith attempts a shot very similar to his opening partner, he gets on his knee for a slog sweep but gets a thick top edge and the keeper Smith jogs to his right and takes the easiest of catches

GC Smith c †Smith b Haq 38 (44m 29b 6x4 1x6) SR: 131.03

Had this been the IPL I would have said "at the stroke of the strategy break"

End of over 10 (3 runs) South Africa 88/2 (RR: 8.80)
     RM Haq    2-0-6-2
HH Gibbs    1* (1b)      GA Rogers    2-0-27-0

10.1

Rogers to de Villiers, no run, gets a leading edge to cover

10.2

Rogers to de Villiers, 1 run, makes room and he cuts to backward point

10.3

Rogers to Gibbs, 1 run, lunges forward and softly steers it to the packed off side field but still takes the single

10.4

Rogers to de Villiers, FOUR, plays an exquisite extra cover drive and the ball darts quickly towards the rope and MacLeod makes an excellent attempt at the rope, he gets hold of the ball but the momentum pushes it towards the rope, the third umpire takes a look

10.5

Rogers to de Villiers, no run, gives it a big toss up and de Villiers decides to stay at the crease and force it back to the bowler

10.6

Rogers to de Villiers, 1 run, turned towards mid-on

End of over 11 (7 runs) South Africa 95/2 (RR: 8.63)
AB de Villiers    6* (5b 1x4)      GA Rogers    3-0-34-0
HH Gibbs    2* (2b)      RM Haq    2-0-6-2

11.1

Haq to de Villiers, no run

11.2

Haq to de Villiers, SIX, gives it a lot of air, he premeditates the shot by stepping down the pitch and carting the ball just over wide long-on, flat six

11.3

Haq to de Villiers, 1 run, gets forward and drives to long-on

11.4

Haq to Gibbs, 1 run, gets on his knee and slogs again but he finds the fielder

11.5

Haq to de Villiers, 1 run, outside off and he softly steers him down to backward point

11.6

Haq to Gibbs, 1 run, drops it short and he thumps it ton deep square-leg

End of over 12 (10 runs) South Africa 105/2 (RR: 8.75)
HH Gibbs    4* (4b)      RM Haq    3-0-16-2
AB de Villiers    14* (9b 1x4 1x6)      GA Rogers    3-0-34-0

12.1

Watson to Gibbs, 2 runs, gets forward and drives to wide long-on

12.2

Watson to Gibbs, 1 run, comes round the wicket and drops it short on seeing Gibbs advance, he adjusts by checking his shot and dabbing it to third man

12.3

Watson to de Villiers, no run, full on the pads and clipped to the on side

12.4

Watson to de Villiers, 1 run, makes room and cuts to point

12.5

Watson to Gibbs, 1 run, drops it short and he pummels it past square leg, the fielder in the deep manages to intercept it

12.6

Watson to de Villiers, 2 runs, chips it high over midwicket but it's a safe shot

Read Andrew Hughes on how Scotland picked Mrs Doubtfire and not Braveheart as their model against New Zealand.

End of over 13 (7 runs) South Africa 112/2 (RR: 8.61)
AB de Villiers    17* (12b 1x4 1x6)      RR Watson    1-0-7-0
HH Gibbs    8* (7b)      RM Haq    3-0-16-2

13.1

Haq to Gibbs, 2 runs, gets forward and drives to Poonia at deep cover

13.2

Haq to Gibbs, no run, Haq suddenly stops at the crease, waits for a second and then rolls his arm over, interesting tactic, the batsman pushes it to mid-on

13.3

Haq to Gibbs, 1 run

13.4

Haq to de Villiers, 1 run, stops at the crease and de Villiers thumps a low full toss down to long-off, the ball drops in front of the fielder

13.5

Haq to Gibbs, 1 run

13.6

Haq to de Villiers, FOUR, it's a low full toss and he crashes it past backward point

End of over 14 (9 runs) South Africa 121/2 (RR: 8.64)
AB de Villiers    22* (14b 2x4 1x6)      RM Haq    4-0-25-2
HH Gibbs    12* (11b)      RR Watson    1-0-7-0

14.1

Watson to Gibbs, 2 runs, drops it short and he swivels and pulls to deep midwicket

14.2

Watson to Gibbs, 2 runs, chips down, checks his shot on seeing the shorter length and pushes it down to sweeper cover

14.3

Watson to Gibbs, OUT, another wicket falls to the offspinner, he gives it a lot of air and Gibbs dances down the pitch and fails to get behind the line, easy stumping for Smith, Watson was bowling round the wicket

HH Gibbs st †Smith b Watson 16 (11m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 114.28

14.4

Watson to Morkel, 1 run, pushes a full delivery to the off side

14.5

Watson to de Villiers, 1 run, tucks it close to the pads to the spaces deep of square leg, Morkel doesn't want the second

14.6

Watson to Morkel, 1 run, stays at the crease and clips him to mid-on

End of over 15 (7 runs) South Africa 128/3 (RR: 8.53)
JA Morkel    2* (2b)      RR Watson    2-0-14-1
AB de Villiers    23* (15b 2x4 1x6)      RM Haq    4-0-25-2

15.1

Rogers to Morkel, 1 wide, too wide down the leg side and he doesn't offer a shot

15.1

Rogers to Morkel, 2 runs, thumps a short delivery and Watson at mid-off tries his best to get down and stop it, that hurt his fingers

15.2

Rogers to Morkel, 1 run, makes room and cuts to sweeper cover

15.3

Rogers to de Villiers, 2 no balls, it's a front foot no ball, nice delivery all the same as the flight foxes the batsman, the ball clips the pads and goes past the keeper

15.3

Rogers to Morkel, 1 run, Free Hit Fires it flat and quick and Morkel goes for the slog too early and gets an inside edge to his pads

15.4

Rogers to de Villiers, FOUR, all grace, He makes a bit of room and scoops it nonchalantly over extra cover, he didn't try to get too much power on the shot

15.5

Rogers to de Villiers, 1 run, comes down the pitch and clubs a full toss over midwicket

15.6

Rogers to Morkel, SIX, flighted outside off, he chips down the track and lofts him through the line over long-off

End of over 16 (18 runs) South Africa 146/3 (RR: 9.12)
JA Morkel    12* (6b 1x6)      GA Rogers    4-0-52-0
AB de Villiers    28* (18b 3x4 1x6)      RR Watson    2-0-14-1

16.1

Watson to de Villiers, 1 run, squeezes it just wide of mid-on and risks the single, the throw is just wide of the stumps at the bowler's end

16.2

Watson to Morkel, SIX, take that! He gets on his knee to a flighted delivery and slogs him several rows back over deep midwicket

16.3

Watson to Morkel, FOUR, all brute force! He bowls it a bit flatter and quicker bit it doesn't help as he gets on his knee and whacks it past wide long-on

16.4

Watson to Morkel, 1 run, makes room and thumps it past cover

16.5

Watson to de Villiers, SIX, almost out of here! Takes a pace down the track, bends his knee and carts him several miles over deep midwicket, the crowd better take cover

16.6

Watson to de Villiers, FOUR, he bowls it fuller outside off but de Villiers gets a lot of power on the shot as he squeezes it past backward point and beats sweeper cover

22 off that over!

End of over 17 (22 runs) South Africa 168/3 (RR: 9.88)
AB de Villiers    39* (21b 4x4 2x6)      RR Watson    3-0-36-1
JA Morkel    23* (9b 1x4 2x6)      GA Rogers    4-0-52-0

17.1

Drummond to Morkel, 1 run

17.2

Drummond to de Villiers, SIX, very costly full toss indeed! Comes close to the waist height and de Villiers stays at the crease and clubs it over long-on, nice catch by the spectator

17.3

Drummond to de Villiers, 1 run

17.4

Drummond to Morkel, OUT, He bowls a low full toss but Morkel fails to get completely underneath it, the ball spoons off the toe of the bat and lands down long-off's throat

JA Morkel c Coetzer b Drummond 24 (14m 11b 1x4 2x6) SR: 218.18

17.5

Drummond to de Villiers, 1 run, makes room and squirts a full delivery down to extra cover

17.6

Drummond to Boucher, 1 run, gets beside the line and cuts just wide of cover point

End of over 18 (10 runs) South Africa 178/4 (RR: 9.88)
MV Boucher    1* (1b)      GD Drummond    3-0-24-1
AB de Villiers    47* (24b 4x4 3x6)      RR Watson    3-0-36-1

SA are close to 200 here

18.1

MacLeod to Boucher, 1 run, full on the blockhole outside off, he reaches out and squirts it to the off side

18.2

MacLeod to de Villiers, FOUR, brings up his fifty in style! He drags his back leg across the crease, makes room and crashes it past the bowler and mid-on

18.3

MacLeod to de Villiers, SIX, stand and deliver! Gets underneath the bounce and scoops him very elegantly over his head, long-off had no chance

18.4

MacLeod to de Villiers, 2 runs, mis-hits a pull but the ball drops in the wide open spaces on the on side

18.5

MacLeod to de Villiers, 2 runs, full outside off and squeezed past extra cover

18.6

MacLeod to de Villiers, 2 runs, fullish on the pads and clipped wide of midwicket

End of over 19 (17 runs) South Africa 195/4 (RR: 10.26)
AB de Villiers    63* (29b 5x4 4x6)      CS MacLeod    4-0-37-0
MV Boucher    2* (2b)      GD Drummond    3-0-24-1

19.1

Drummond to Boucher, OUT, one of the most stunning catches you will ever see! Boucher makes room and scoops him down to long-on and the ball appeared to be heading over the rope but Coetzer leapt up, stuck his right hand out and pulled off a stunner while falling backwards, he lands just before the rope, reminds me of Vasbert Drakes' catch in the 2003 World Cup

MV Boucher c Coetzer b Drummond 2 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

19.2

Drummond to de Villiers, 2 runs

19.3

Drummond to de Villiers, SIX, makes room and scoops a full delivery over long-on, makes batting look so easy

19.4

Drummond to de Villiers, SIX, drops it a fraction shorter but it doesn't help as he gets on top of the bounce and carts it over deep midwicket

19.5

Drummond to de Villiers, no run, nice yorker, squeezed back to the bowler

19.6

Drummond to de Villiers, 2 runs, full on middle and leg and he squeezes it past square leg, risks the second and he makes it before Smith whips off the bails

This is SA's highest score in T20 internationals. They've shown why they are one of the favourites here. The late fireworks from de Villiers, who scored 79 off 34 balls was very entertaining. So too was Coetzer's catch at long-on. Join us shortly for the chase.

End of over 20 (16 runs) South Africa 211/5
AB de Villiers    79* (34b 5x4 6x6)      GD Drummond    4-0-40-2
JP Duminy    0* (0b)      CS MacLeod    4-0-37-0
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Jun 7, 2009

Kyle Coetzer works the ball to the on side, Scotland v South Africa, ICC World Twenty20, The Oval, June 7, 2009

Kyle Coetzer works the ball to the on side

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Neil McCallum is yorked by Johan Botha

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