476dThe Bulletin by Siddhartha Vaidyanathan

South Africa survive Malinga's menacing spell

An extraordinary spell of fast bowling from Lasith Malinga, where he strung together a devastating sequence of four wickets in four balls, threatened to produce the greatest one-day heist before South Africa scrambled to a dramatic one-wicket victory in a

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

JH Kallis
86(110) 4x4 - 0x6
Control %87%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 34 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
9 4 6 8 22 10 14 12
GC Smith
59(65) 7x4 - 1x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 22 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
0 2 4 13 18 7 14 1

Best performances - Bowlers

CK Langeveldt
O10
M1
R39
W5
Eco3.90
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SL Malinga
O9.2
M0
R54
W4
Eco5.78
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Phew! What a nerve-wracking finish. South Africa were cruising at one stage and were hit by a double strike by Murali. They recovered again, via a calm Kallis, and then, just when they were staring at the victory, they blinked. Malinga slinged slower ones and fiery yorkers and blasted out four in a row. From there the game was hanging on a knife's edge. And in the end, an edgy drive to third man sealed it for South Africa.

Malinga: "I am feeling bad that we lost the game but I am happy that I took a hattrick. The old ball was going to reverse and I got the wickets. I tried to get five in a row but unfortunately didn't get it. ... We are a fighting team but I think we didn't have enough runs.

Man-of-the-Match: Langeveldt. It was awarded by Joe Solomon,former West Indies cricketer and the man who fired in the direct hit to tie the game against Australia in the famous Test in 1960-61. That was some game, this was not so bad either.

Mahela I thought the guys fought back well but the runs were not enough. Credit to the bowlers but we didn't have enough runs. ..... Overall we made lots of mistakes while batting, some loose shots and we didn't finish batting the full 50 overs. That came back to haunt us.

Smith I think i went from 26 to 40 in those last few overs. .... That spell at the end from Malinga really tested us. ... I am chuffed and happy to get away with 2 points from this game.

Well .... that's it from us. This is Sriram Veera signing off. Thanks for logging in and tuning in. Do join us tomorrow for New Zealand v West Indies game.

48.2
4
Malinga to Peterson, FOUR runs, Peterson does it for SA with a edge past the slip. Fullish, outside off stump, Peterson drives, gets a outside edge and it runs down to third man boundary. SA have won. They nearly choked but have pulled it off. Peterson jumps in the air, pumps his fist and then smashes the stumps down at the other end. Immediately apologises! What a cracker of a game!
48.1
0
Malinga to Peterson, no run, Swing and a miss. What a cracking game this has been. Full and just outside off stump, slants away, he has a drive, but inside the line and the ball rushes past the outside edge.

One slip in place.

END OF OVER:
48 | (maiden) | SA: 208/9 (2 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 4.33, RRR: 1.00)

  • Charl Langeveldt1 (9b)
  • Robin Peterson0 (6b)
  • Chaminda Vaas10-1-31-1
  • Lasith Malinga9-0-50-4
47.6
0
Vaas to Langeveldt, no run, Beaten again. Another one that angles away from Langeveldt who pushes at it, bat meets air, ball heads to Sangakkara. Malinga to bowl the next over.
47.5
0
Vaas to Langeveldt, no run, again another off cutter, around off stump, Langeveldt leans forward and defends. They were 206 for 5 staring at a win and what a turn around from there
47.4
0
Vaas to Langeveldt, no run, off cutter, slanting away from the off stump, Langeveldt stretches forward, opens the bat-face, steers to point. Pure drama.
47.3
0
Vaas to Langeveldt, no run, pushes it across Langeveldt who lets it go. He has taken the first three deliveries away. Will he bend the next one in?

South Africa 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st1GC SmithAB de Villiers
2nd94JH KallisGC Smith
3rd65JH KallisHH Gibbs
4th0JH KallisMV Boucher
5th22JH KallisJM Kemp
6th24SM PollockJH Kallis
7th0JH KallisAJ Hall
8th1JH KallisRJ Peterson
9th0M NtiniRJ Peterson
10th5CK LangeveldtRJ Peterson