Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    1.4 edged and de Kock has pulled off an absolute stunner! One-hander diving to his left, and he's nearly taken it out of first slip's purview! It was a top ball to start, hitting that uncertain length where the batsman doesn't know where to put his front foot. Down comes the bat with hard hands, the away swing takes the outside edge and de Kock.... well, it popped out too but he reached further with that left hand, had his eyes on it even in the midst of a dive and took it! phew! 3/1
    4.1 they've got the openers! And it's that phenomenal South Africa fielding again! Dale Steyn looks like his forehead is made of veins and nothing but. Back of a length delivery, not quite wide enough for the slice behind point. But Dilshan goes for it and gets a thick outside edge. Faf is at second slip, he sees the ball dying as it comes to him so he dives forward and plucks a beauty! 4/2
    36.2 short and wide, Sanga goes for a cut..... and holes out at deep third man! He was trying to get it finer, leans away from the ball to get leverage. Strikes it well, but fails to find the gap. That's been a perfect summary of this strange innings from a great player. Bogged down, scratchy, tragic 127/9
    19.1 Tahir goes on a run towards deep midwicket. Huge wicket. Thirimanne is gone. He has looked superb so far. A legbreak from round the wicket, pitches on a length, just outside off, Thirimanne looks for a single to long-on, the ball stops a little. He is early into the shot, the ball has bounced too. Off the high part of the bat it lobs back to the left of Tahir who dashes across Sanga and takes it two-handed 69/3
    23.1 quick, on middle, skids on and Mahela has presented a simple catch to short midiwcket. Du Plessis is elated with the dolly but of course, no one can compare with Tahir's celebrations. Goes off for another lap of the city. The pressure was piling on and on and out came this shortish delivery. Mahela thought it was the release, but then realised he did not have any room. Was caught in two minds and in the end gave catching practice 81/4
    32.6 poor shot! Runs at the bowler, tries to whip a flighted delivery from way outside off through midwicket. He should have lifted it over the infield, or kept it all along the ground. Not some in-between flick. Throws his head back as Faf takes another dolly. JP has been so tight, he's not allowed the slightest release of pressure and gets just rewards. That's also drinks 114/5
    33.4 taken at slip! Cramps him for room, his slider gets on quickly to Thisara who was trying to back away and punch into the covers. Only ends up with an outside edge that sits snugly in slip's hands. Had a little pitstop at the keeper's gloves in between 115/6
    34.1 Kula walks! This was flighted outside off, doesn't quite turn, the batsman plays for it. His face was closed, he was looking midwicket. Instead the deflection is pouched extremely well by de Kock. Stayed low when he needed to 116/7
    34.2 two in two, make that three in three! It's a hat-trick! JP is mobbed! This was a good length ball but doesn't turn as much. Kaushal was camped deep in his crease and was playing all around it. Plumb in front 116/8
    not out
    37.2 tonked straight into cover's hands! Tahir has his fourth! It's shortish, it has width, it's been cut with precision to David Miller. 133/10
    15 (b 4, lb 2, nb 2, w 7)
    133 all out (37.2 Overs, RR: 3.56)
    Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Kusal Perera, 1.4 ov), 2-4 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 4.1 ov), 3-69 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 19.1 ov), 4-81 (Mahela Jayawardene, 23.1 ov), 5-114 (Angelo Mathews, 32.6 ov), 6-115 (Thisara Perera, 33.4 ov), 7-116 (Nuwan Kulasekara, 34.1 ov), 8-116 (Tharindu Kaushal, 34.2 ov), 9-127 (Kumar Sangakkara, 36.2 ov), 10-133 (Lasith Malinga, 37.2 ov)
    DW Steyn721812.57301010
    KJ Abbott612714.50264010
    M Morkel712713.85302012
    JP Duminy912933.22290020
    Imran Tahir8.202643.12342010

Match Notes

Spin to Win


Wickets taken by Imran Tahir this World Cup, the highest for a spinner.

Difficulty Reading


Number of times Imran Tahir has dismissed Mahela Jayawardene, more than he has dismissed any other batsman.

Sydney hits 150


Number of ODIs played in Sydney; this is the 150th. The only venue to host more games is Sharjah (218 ODIs)

Big Game Debut


Players who have made their ODI debut in a WC knockout match - W Larkins (1979 Semi-Final). T Kaushal is the second.