ICC World Twenty20, 17th Match, Group E: South Africa v West Indies at The Oval, Jun 13, 2009
ICC World Twenty20 - 17th match, Group E
South Africa won by 20 runs
Played at Kennington Oval, London (neutral venue)
13 June 2009 (20-over match)

We are back with West Indies' chase. Sunny day, flat true pitch. West Indies need Gayle to fire, much like he did against Australia at the same venue. Gayle and Fletcher walk out. Steyn to bowl, Gayle to face, one slip in


Steyn to Gayle, no run, back of a length, on off, played off the back foot to cover


Steyn to Gayle, 2 runs, strays on the pads, turned away to square leg where Duminy stumbles and misfields and they get two


Steyn to Gayle, no run, bounce there, just from back of a length, Gayle plays with the bottom hand off the handle


Steyn to Gayle, 1 run, length delivery, dabbed to cover and they come through for one


Steyn to Fletcher, no run, beaten outside off, hint of swing away, Fletcher prods at it


Steyn to Fletcher, no run, angles this into him, he gets across and plays it to square leg

End of over 1 (3 runs) West Indies 3/0 (181 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 9.52)

    • ADS Fletcher 0 (2b)
    • CH Gayle 3 (4b)
    • DW Steyn 1-0-3-0

Parnell to bowl


Parnell to Gayle, 1 run, straight ball, on a length, played to wide of mid-on


Parnell to Fletcher, no run, angled across him, Fletcher walks across the stumps, is hit on the pad, there is a shout, but it hasn't come back enough


Parnell to Fletcher, no run, back of a length, straight, played to mid-on


Parnell to Fletcher, OUT, big agricultural heave, is nowhere near the line of the ball, misses comprehensively, Parnell is fast and straight and gets the off stump, two ducks in a row for Fletcher

ADS Fletcher b Parnell 0 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Simmons new man in


Parnell to Simmons, 1 leg bye, on the pads and tucked away for one


Parnell to Gayle, no run, full, on off, defended solidly

End of over 2 (2 runs) West Indies 5/1 (179 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 2.50, RRR: 9.94)

    • CH Gayle 4 (6b)
    • LMP Simmons 0 (1b)
    • WD Parnell 1-0-1-1
    • DW Steyn 1-0-3-0

Steyn to Simmons, 2 runs, square-driven between cover and point, good start from Simmons


Steyn to Simmons, no run, short and wide, looks to cut, but the back foot doesn't go across and he misses


Steyn to Simmons, no run, short, closer to him, chops it, but can't beat point


Steyn to Simmons, FOUR, that's a flat-bat, short and wide, Simmons makes room, and throws his bat wholesomely at it, hit in front of square


Steyn to Simmons, 1 run, slower ball, outside off, dabbed away to third man


Steyn to Gayle, 1 run, length ball, driven powerfully, but can't get it past mid-on

End of over 3 (8 runs) West Indies 13/1 (171 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 10.05)

    • CH Gayle 5 (7b)
    • LMP Simmons 7 (6b 1x4)
    • DW Steyn 2-0-11-0
    • WD Parnell 1-0-1-1

Parnell to Gayle, OUT, Gayle is gone! Parnell strikes again, length ball, on the stumps, Gayle looks to go voer midwicket, can't clear Botha at midwicket, who doesn't even celebrate, throws it to the bowlers, for a moment one thought this was a no-ball. A big, big wicket, though

CH Gayle c Botha b Parnell 5 (13m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

Bravo to bat now, coming off a superb innings


Parnell to Bravo, 1 leg bye, looks to flick off the back foot, misses, they get a leg-bye


Parnell to Simmons, 1 run, fulltoss, hit straight to mid-on, for a moment it seemed it could carry to the fielder


Parnell to Bravo, no run, short, angling across, defended off the back foot


Parnell to Bravo, 1 run, full delivery, looks for the big drive, plays away from the body, gets an inside edge for one


Parnell to Simmons, no run, walks a long way across, looks to clear the leg-side field, but misses, and he is saved the lbw because he has walked outside off

Kazik from South Africa doesn't like me describing Fletcher's poor shot as agricultural. "As a farmer, I take offense at the demeaning use of the word agriculture when describing a particular cricket shot! Agriculture is what puts food in your belly guys!"

End of over 4 (3 runs) West Indies 16/2 (168 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 10.50)

    • LMP Simmons 8 (8b 1x4)
    • DJ Bravo 1 (3b)
    • WD Parnell 2-0-3-2
    • DW Steyn 2-0-11-0

Kallis to bowl


Kallis to Bravo, FOUR, goes for four first ball, good-looking shot too, drives on the up, over mid-off, holds the elbow high


Kallis to Bravo, 1 run, pulled off one leg, gets one to square leg


Kallis to Simmons, FOUR, smashed through covers, Simmons makes room, and throws his arms at it, and not a body moves in the circle

fine leg comes in


Kallis to Simmons, FOUR, and he has bowled just the ball he shouldn't have had, short, into the body, pulled away and beats short fine


Kallis to Simmons, FOUR, it's a slower one, too full, almost a half-volley outside off, plants the front foot out, and gives it his all, clears covers easily, one-bounce four


Kallis to Simmons, 1 run, another slower ball, Simmons sees it again, looks to run it down, can't create much distance with Boucher, will be just one

End of over 5 (18 runs) West Indies 34/2 (150 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.80, RRR: 10.00)

    • LMP Simmons 21 (12b 4x4)
    • DJ Bravo 6 (5b 1x4)
    • JH Kallis 1-0-18-0
    • WD Parnell 2-0-3-2

Rajesh joins Kazik in criticising me: "Sir, I too support the view of Kazik from SA. I was wondering, what you really meant by that? Please show some respects to simple things of life. Not everybody are fortunate like you, living off superficial and materialistic things."

Albie Morkel to bowl


Morkel to Simmons, 1 run, length ball, on the pads, turned away for one

fine leg is up


Morkel to Bravo, FOUR, poor bowl just because fine leg is up, strays onto the pads, Bravo flicks it coolly, beats short fine and gets four more


Morkel to Bravo, 1 run, back of a length, outside off, dropped into the covers for one


Morkel to Simmons, FOUR, that's half slog half pull, it's not too short and Simmons is on the front foot, but he swings across the line, flat and fast, gets four to midwicket


Morkel to Simmons, 1 run, looks to make room, but can't, still drops it into the covers and scampers through


Morkel to Bravo, no run, accurate, back of a length, on the middle stump, defended

End of over 6 (11 runs) West Indies 45/2 (139 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 7.50, RRR: 9.92)

    • DJ Bravo 11 (8b 2x4)
    • LMP Simmons 27 (15b 5x4)
    • JA Morkel 1-0-11-0
    • JH Kallis 1-0-18-0

Botha to bowl


Botha to Simmons, 1 bye, Simmons looks for the reverse, Botha fires it down the leg side, big wide and they run a bye

wait a minute, Dar hasn't signalled a wide, but a bye. That's a strange decision, it was way down the leg side


Botha to Bravo, 1 run, angled into the pads, and turned away to deep square leg


Botha to Simmons, 1 run, outside off, and run down to third man


Botha to Bravo, 1 run, straight and flat, hit down to long-on for one


Botha to Simmons, 2 runs, gets the reverse-sweep right this time, square on the off side, gets two


Botha to Simmons, FOUR, orthodox sweep, finds the gap between deep backward square and fine leg, good bisection

End of over 7 (10 runs) West Indies 55/2 (129 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 7.85, RRR: 9.92)

    • LMP Simmons 34 (19b 6x4)
    • DJ Bravo 13 (10b 2x4)
    • J Botha 1-0-9-0
    • JA Morkel 1-0-11-0

Morkel to Bravo, 2 runs, makes room, looks to go over off side, Morkel throws it wide, Bravo's bottom hand comes off as he hits it over point


Morkel to Bravo, 1 no ball, what a catch, but a no-ball, it was a high fulltoss that surprised Bravo, who defended one-handed, so sharp it was it lobbed towards mid-on, Smith ran in from midwicket to catch, but rightly called no-ball


Morkel to Bravo, 1 run, back of a length, into the body, turned around the corner


Morkel to Simmons, 1 leg bye, Simmons looks to scoop, Morkel blows the slower one, all he manages is a leg-bye


Morkel to Bravo, 1 run, full and straight, driven down the ground


Morkel to Simmons, 1 wide, well bowled, Morkel saw Simmons make room, so threw it wide, but it is called wide, touch and go again


Morkel to Simmons, FOUR, gets the scoop right this time, early movement across the stumps, picks the length ball and hits it to right of short fine


Morkel to Simmons, no run, short and wide, he lets it go, waiting for the wide call, but it is not

Rakesh from Guyana jumps to my defence on the agricultural issue: "Are these guys seriously offended by the "Agricultural" comment? Does this mean if you say a bowler was "Clinical" that the medical fraternity will be up in arms?"

End of over 8 (11 runs) West Indies 66/2 (118 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 8.25, RRR: 9.83)

    • LMP Simmons 38 (22b 7x4)
    • DJ Bravo 17 (14b 2x4)
    • JA Morkel 2-0-21-0
    • J Botha 1-0-9-0

van der Merwe to bowl now


van der Merwe to Bravo, 1 run, short to start, and Bravo lofts it straight down the ground for one


van der Merwe to Simmons, no run, AB is superb at short cover, that was hit powerfully to his right, but superb diving save


van der Merwe to Simmons, 1 leg bye, looks to sweep, misses, gets a leg-bye


van der Merwe to Bravo, 1 run, flighted on the middle stump, driven down the ground


van der Merwe to Simmons, 1 run, darts this one in, hit towards sweeper-cover


van der Merwe to Bravo, OUT, that inside-out shot gets Bravo this time, makes room and goes through with that shot beautifully, but two things go wrong: van der Merwe has followed him so he is too close to it, and the long-off is wider than usual, the net result: Bravo picks out Steyn

DJ Bravo c Steyn b van der Merwe 19 (24m 17b 2x4 0x6) SR: 111.76

Kurleigh says what I would have said had I some break: "Agricultural refers to the swiping action used to cut grass. That's exactly what Fletcher was doing, swiping across the line as if he was cutting grass on the pitch. Nothing degrading was meant." So no offence meant Kazik

End of over 9 (4 runs) West Indies 70/3 (114 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 7.77, RRR: 10.36)

    • LMP Simmons 39 (25b 7x4)
    • RE van der Merwe 1-0-3-1
    • JA Morkel 2-0-21-0

change of ends for Botha


Botha to Simmons, no run, short, spinning in, hit to cover


Botha to Simmons, 1 leg bye, goes for the slog-sweep, misses and gets a leg-bye

Chanderpaul to face for the first time


Botha to Chanderpaul, 1 run, angled in from round the stumps, turned around the corner


Botha to Simmons, FOUR, that's drilled straight, this was flat and full so he didn't have to wait for it and lofted it straight down the ground


Botha to Simmons, 2 runs, short, goes for the pull, is late into it, but goes two to wide of long-on


Botha to Simmons, FOUR, this is Simmons's version of the inside-out, full and flat again, stands his ground, opens the face and drills it over extra cover

End of over 10 (12 runs) West Indies 82/3 (102 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 8.20, RRR: 10.20)

    • LMP Simmons 49 (30b 9x4)
    • S Chanderpaul 1 (1b)
    • J Botha 2-0-20-0
    • RE van der Merwe 1-0-3-1

van der Merwe to Chanderpaul, no run, looks for reverse-sweep, misses, is hit on the pad on the full, but outside off


van der Merwe to Chanderpaul, no run, looks for the reverse again, misses again, is hit outside the line of off again


van der Merwe to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, plays in front of square this time, steps down, hits to wide of long-on and gets two


van der Merwe to Chanderpaul, 1 run, clipped from the middle-stump line for one


van der Merwe to Simmons, 1 run, flat ans short, played with an open face, gets to his 50, very good knock but he needs to carry on


van der Merwe to Chanderpaul, FOUR, that was nearly gone, but he gets four, finally gets the reverse going, but it is top edged and lobbed just clear of Smith at short third

End of over 11 (8 runs) West Indies 90/3 (94 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 8.18, RRR: 10.44)

    • S Chanderpaul 8 (6b 1x4)
    • LMP Simmons 50 (31b 9x4)
    • RE van der Merwe 2-0-11-1
    • J Botha 2-0-20-0

Duminy comes on to bowl


Duminy to Simmons, 1 run, flighted outside off, played with an open face, gets one


Duminy to Chanderpaul, OUT, lovely bowling, sees Chanderpaul come down the track, but still flights it nicely, gets it to dip, Chanderpaul plays it in front him because of the dip, and plays it back to Duminy. Any regular offspinner will be proud of this

S Chanderpaul c & b Duminy 8 (8m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 114.28

Sarwan is the new batsman


Duminy to Sarwan, 1 run, lands just short, short, and Sarwan pulls, doesn't get enough bat, and Botha dives in from deep midwicket, but gets it on half-volley


Duminy to Simmons, 1 run, almost gone again, mis-hits a straight loft, lucky that it doesn't carry to long-on


Duminy to Sarwan, 1 run, short and pulls it along the ground for one


Duminy to Simmons, 1 run, short, turning in, and cut away to sweeper-cover

End of over 12 (5 runs) West Indies 95/4 (89 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.91, RRR: 11.12)

    • LMP Simmons 53 (34b 9x4)
    • RR Sarwan 2 (2b)
    • JP Duminy 1-0-5-1
    • RE van der Merwe 2-0-11-1

van der Merwe to Simmons, 2 runs, steps out and hits it hard straight down the ground, by the time long-on dives and saves it is two


van der Merwe to Simmons, SIX, Bravo will be proud of this one, makes room, elegantly, fluidly, goes over extra cover, it's struck sweetly enough to get him six


van der Merwe to Simmons, 1 leg bye, and goes for a reverse hoick, Bravo won't be proud of this one, is beaten and gets one leg-bye


van der Merwe to Sarwan, no run, steps out, looks for the single but dabs it straight back


van der Merwe to Sarwan, 2 runs, on the pads, clipped to square of fine leg and they come back for two


van der Merwe to Sarwan, no run, full outside off, but hit straight to cover

End of over 13 (11 runs) West Indies 106/4 (78 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 8.15, RRR: 11.14)

    • RR Sarwan 4 (5b)
    • LMP Simmons 61 (37b 9x4 1x6)
    • RE van der Merwe 3-0-21-1
    • JP Duminy 1-0-5-1

Duminy to Simmons, FOUR, shot! what timing, this was short, he made room, and flat-batted it down the ground, long-off needed three steps to get to it, but couldn't, lovely little gem Simmons is playing


Duminy to Simmons, FOUR, another inside-out shot, nicely timed, Gibbs dives from extra cover, but can't get to it


Duminy to Simmons, 2 runs, cut from in front of the stump, square of cover, gets two


Duminy to Simmons, 1 leg bye, strange call from Benson, Simmons jumps out, Duminy bowls down the leg side, Simmons kicks it out, but gets a leg-bye


Duminy to Sarwan, 1 run, played down the ground for one


Duminy to Simmons, no run, tires the reverse shot again, is beaten just outside what would have been off

End of over 14 (12 runs) West Indies 118/4 (66 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 8.42, RRR: 11.00)

    • LMP Simmons 71 (42b 11x4 1x6)
    • RR Sarwan 5 (6b)
    • JP Duminy 2-0-16-1
    • RE van der Merwe 3-0-21-1

Thanks to Simmons, West Indies are in with a chance. Sixty-six required in 36 balls. Kallis comes back


Kallis to Sarwan, 1 run, Sarwan drives on the up, from outside off, to sweeper-cover


Kallis to Simmons, no run, bouncer, is beaten on the pull, waits for the call on the height but doesn't get it


Kallis to Simmons, no run, just misses out on the scoop shot, walks across, and Kallis bowls a cutter, which goes over the stumps


Kallis to Simmons, FOUR, second bouncer of the over, and he pulls it with a vengeance, finds the gap in the leg side, what a response from the young man


Kallis to Simmons, no run, steps out, and Kallis comes back well, bowls a slower ball, yorker that too, dot ball


Kallis to Simmons, no run, well done Boucher, fulltoss outside off, Simmons gets an inside edge, it's travelling to left of Boucher, who dives full length and saves four

Just to ease the tension, Adam from US doesn't like another cricketing term. "While "Agricultural" may seem innocuous, the moniker "Chinaman" certainly isn't! Apparently in '33 at Ol' Trafford Englishman Walter Robbins was stumped off a ball by a WI bowler of Chinese heritage - Ellis "Puss" Achong - and was heard muttering that he couldn't believe he was ..."fancy being done by a bloody Chinaman". Not very gracious!"

End of over 15 (5 runs) West Indies 123/4 (61 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 8.20, RRR: 12.20)

    • LMP Simmons 75 (47b 12x4 1x6)
    • RR Sarwan 6 (7b)
    • JH Kallis 2-0-23-0
    • JP Duminy 2-0-16-1

van der Merwe to bowl


van der Merwe to Sarwan, 1 run, outside off, driven to cover for one


van der Merwe to Simmons, 1 run, flighted well, hit down the ground for one


van der Merwe to Sarwan, 1 run, sees Sarwan step out, darts this one in, good bowling, just one


van der Merwe to Simmons, 1 run, pulls this one to midwicket, looks for two, but Botha is quick


van der Merwe to Sarwan, 1 leg bye, jumps out, misses, VDM goes for the run-out, and gives away an overthrow off the direct hit


van der Merwe to Simmons, 5 wides, darted down the leg side, way down the leg side


van der Merwe to Simmons, OUT, they finally get Simmons, full and flat, Simmons hits it down the ground, doesn't get enough elevation and picks out long-off, but a knock this one has been. Take a bow Simmons, he has kept WI in this one

LMP Simmons c de Villiers b van der Merwe 77 (59m 50b 12x4 1x6) SR: 154.00

End of over 16 (10 runs) West Indies 133/5 (51 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 8.31, RRR: 12.75)

    • RR Sarwan 8 (10b)
    • RE van der Merwe 4-0-30-2
    • JH Kallis 2-0-23-0

Pollard is the new batsman; 52 off 24, tough ask. Steyn comes back


Steyn to Sarwan, OUT, Sarwan goes for a laborious 8 off 11 balls. This was short and wide, but a slower ball, and he ended up going in front of square, but straight to sweeper-cover

RR Sarwan c Botha b Steyn 8 (16m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 72.72


Steyn to Pollard, 1 run, full and fast, Pollard bunts and runs


Steyn to Ramdin, 1 run, goes for the wide bouncer, Ramdin can't get the upper-cut, and plays it down the ground


Steyn to Pollard, FOUR, nice shot, mid-off is up, picks this length ball and pummells it over mid-off's head

long-off goes back now


Steyn to Pollard, 1 run, slower ball, hit powerfully down the ground, but long-off will field easily

long-off goes back now


Steyn to Pollard, 1 run, slower ball, hit powerfully down the ground, but long-off will field easily


Steyn to Ramdin, 1 run, nice yorker, on middle stump, dug out for one

End of over 17 (8 runs) West Indies 141/6 (43 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.29, RRR: 14.33)

    • D Ramdin 2 (2b)
    • KA Pollard 6 (3b 1x4)
    • DW Steyn 3-0-19-1
    • RE van der Merwe 4-0-30-2

Parnell to Ramdin, 1 leg bye, on the pads, fine leg in, and Ramdin misses out, gets only one leg-bye


Parnell to Pollard, OUT, almost a yorker, dug out, goes to Smith at cover, who starts celebrating, Pollard thinks this is a bump ball, Benson discusses with Dar and goes to third umpire. Replays show it is a low fulltoss, and the puff of dust comes from bat hitting the ground. Hang on! Strange! Given not-out! What drama. It was the wrong button pressed, the third umpire corrects himself. Long as they correct themselves in time, off goes Pollard

KA Pollard c Smith b Parnell 6 (4m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 150.00


Parnell to Ramdin, 1 run, an undisputed Yorker, gets one to point


Parnell to Taylor, OUT, he has made a mess of the stumps here, yorker, straight and fast, and Taylor plays all over it. 4 for 4 for Parnell, very close to best-ever figures in a Twenty20, which is 4 for 7 as it stands now

JE Taylor b Parnell 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Parnell to Benn, 1 run, another yorker, big man Benn takes time to come down on it, gets a single to the left of Parnell


Parnell to Ramdin, FOUR, almost a five-for, another yorker, superb control, scoops it over point, just over

End of over 18 (7 runs) West Indies 148/8 (36 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 8.22, RRR: 18.00)

    • D Ramdin 7 (5b 1x4)
    • SJ Benn 1 (1b)
    • WD Parnell 3-0-9-4
    • DW Steyn 3-0-19-1

Steyn to Benn, 1 run, makes room, gets a yorker, played down the ground


Steyn to Ramdin, 1 run, another yorker, this is nice bowling, played with an open face, gets one


Steyn to Benn, FOUR, good shot, backs away again, this time Steyn tries to follow him with a short one, but he pulls well, over midwicket


Steyn to Benn, FOUR, what a scoop shot, to Steyn's pace, walks across, bends low, takes it from outside off, clears fine leg

mid-off up, fine leg back


Steyn to Benn, 1 run, makes room to go down the ground, gets a full ball, which he hits hard, but can't beat mid-off


Steyn to Ramdin, OUT, Ramdin tries the cute scoop this time, Steyn is full and fast, too fast for him and takes out the leg stump

D Ramdin b Steyn 8 (15m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 114.28

End of over 19 (11 runs) West Indies 159/9 (25 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.36, RRR: 25.00)

    • SJ Benn 11 (5b 2x4)
    • DW Steyn 4-0-30-2
    • WD Parnell 3-0-9-4

So Parnell has four wickets, and we have one man to go. Can he get a five-for and claim the best-ever figures in a Twenty20 international? Benn to face


Parnell to Benn, no run, swinging yorker, defended off the back foot


Parnell to Benn, 1 run, into the pads, turned around the corner


Parnell to Edwards, 1 run, another yorker, lovely accurate bowling


Parnell to Benn, no run, another yorker, this is boring, Wayne, another dot ball. But seriously, superb display of consistent yorkers


Parnell to Benn, 1 run, fulltoss this time, and played down the ground for one


Parnell to Edwards, 1 run, low fulltoss and a single to finish this off, strong win for SA

How things have come full circle. While South Africa, with two wins and a good net run-rate will back themselves to go through to semis, West Indies are not out yet. To stay in contention, though, they will have to beat... drum roll... England. After what they have been through with England over the last three months, now this: another match, with a semi-final place riding on it. What fun. Join us for that too. Until the, okay bye

Gayle: We didn't get a good start with the bat. Losing two wickets set us apart. Having said that, Lendl batted really well to give us a chance. He is in good form, and we have an important game to go against England. We have a good chance against them."

Smith: Very pleased. To post 180 was a good effort, we slowed down a bit with their good bowling but it was a good effort over all. It's a difficult field to defend, and we did well. Lendl Simmons played a great knock, so we had to fight harder."

Parnell, the Man of the Match: I took confidence from the England and gave my 100%. I actually believe this is a batsmen's game, but if you bowl really well you can get wickets. I have developed those yorkers over the last 10 months."

And with that, South Africa become the first team to string together six wins in a row in Twenty20 internationals. They were just too strong for West Indies, who were not aggressive enough with their bowling and batting starts. And Parnell, wow, what a display of consistent bowling of accurate yorkers. Simmons and Gibbs played two gems, but SA were too strong in the end

End of over 20 (4 runs) West Indies 163/9 (21 runs required)

    • FH Edwards 2 (2b)
    • SJ Benn 13 (9b 2x4)
    • WD Parnell 4-0-13-4
    • DW Steyn 4-0-30-2





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