Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    4.6 pitched up outside the off stump, inviting the drive, Jayasuriya drives on the up and the ball goes low to de Villiers at point who makes it look so easy 36/1
    13.1 full and slightly loopy that time, Sehwag's eyes light up and he goes for the expansive drive over cover, front foot comes out but not in the direction of the ball and his balance is all over the place, thick inside edge deflects onto the stumps, Sehwag falls in the 40s. Chigumbura strikes 104/2
    17.1 bowled 'em, cramped for room and tries something cute, ends up looking silly, short of a length on and outside off, tries to glide it to third man, thick inside edge deviates onto middle stump, Morkel strikes and Asia being pegged back a bit 126/3
    33.5 tossed up and turning in, Jayawardene comes down the track and swings hard, not a well timed shot and the ball just balloons up towards silly mid-off. Pollock calls for it and settles under it, for a second it looked like he was not in control but in the end it was a decent take. Boucher tried his best to distract Pollock so did Tikolo but... 220/4
    41.3 anti-climax! slower delivery on the pads and Yousuf clips it straight to de Villiers at midwicket - soft dismissal 274/5
    42.3 and gone! good length delivery outside the off stump, Yuvraj stands tall and drives it straight to the fielder at cover - another soft dismissal, Asia XI six down 276/6
    43.4 short of a good length delivery and Harbhajan defends it down on the leg side, quick single called for but Harbhajan was not interested and Dhoni had to rush back. Fairly wide throw comes in, Odoyo dives across full length but fails to collect the ball cleanly but the ball ricochets on to the stumps and that's the end of Dhoni 279/7
    48.1 fulltoss and Harbhajan hits it straight down the throat of Pollock at long-on. Afro-Asian friendship at its best 307/8
    49.6 slower delivery, Mortaza swings across and the ball spoons up off the top edge, de Villiers calls for it and comfortably settles under it at midwicket 317/9
    not out
    23 (b 2, lb 3, nb 2, w 16)
    317/9 (50 Overs, RR: 6.34)
    Did not bat: Mohammad Asif
    Fall of wickets: 1-36 (Sanath Jayasuriya, 4.6 ov), 2-104 (Virender Sehwag, 13.1 ov), 3-126 (Sourav Ganguly, 17.1 ov), 4-220 (Mahela Jayawardene, 33.5 ov), 5-274 (Mohammad Yousuf, 41.3 ov), 6-276 (Yuvraj Singh, 42.3 ov), 7-279 (MS Dhoni, 43.4 ov), 8-307 (Harbhajan Singh, 48.1 ov), 9-317 (Mashrafe Mortaza, 49.6 ov)
    M Morkel1016836.80389141
    TM Odoyo1005205.20347010
    E Chigumbura905626.22246100
    JA Morkel1006426.40287021
    SO Tikolo804916.12145000
    JM Kemp302307.6620110
    0.2 What a jaffa! Asif has cleaned him up. The perfect nip-backer. It landed on a length, just outside the off stump and de Villiers chose to leave it. To his dismay, the ball darted back in and crashed into the off stump. Asif has exacted his retribution for the previous boundary. de Villiers showed poor judgement there, playing for the outswinger 4/1
    5.6 After the bouncer comes the fullish one outside the off stump. Bosman, still hanging on the back foot after that short-pitched stuff, has a loose drive and is snaffled up in the first slip. It was the bouncer which led to this dismissal. 18/3
    3.1 It's Dippenaar's time to hear the death-knell. It landed on a length, on the middle and off line and moved towards off stump. Dippenaar pushed at it, anticipating more movement away than what occured, the bat went outside the line and the off stump was pegged back. Loose defensive prod. 15/2
    8.5 hitwicket! Bizaare. Tikolo goes back to a short of length delivery and pushes it out to the off side. But alas, he drags his front leg, yes front and not back, on to the leg stump. That's strange. Usually, one goes back and ends up sliding the back leg fatally but this time he stopped himself and then the front leg went back. Gone. 26/4
    10.1 Africans are tottering under the lights. It was full in length, outside the off stump, Kemp is late in getting forward, has a poke at it and the ball kept low and it gets the inside edge and goes on to the stumps. Nice move by Jayawardene to continue with Asif 31/5
    18.1 gone! bowled from round the stumps and this one just skids on, Boucher playing for turn gets nowhere near the line and the ball crashes into the leg stump. Six down - just four more to go 77/6
    47.5 Pollock is out, going for the jugular. Asian XI have won. It was slightly short in length, on the off stump line and Pollock shaped to pull it over midwicket. But it was a slower one from Mortaza and he was early into the stroke and sent it straight to Yousuf at midwicket. It was a sensational innings from Pollock but he couldn't quite finish it off. 283/10
    20.1 Gotcha! Done in by the extra bounce. Spins in from outside off stump and kicks up. Albie shapes to cut but is surprised by the extra bounce and gets a top-edge and it thuds into Dhoni's arm and then runs on to the shoulder and pops up and Dhoni grabs it on the second attempt. 87/7
    30.6 Chigumbura holes out to long on. Floated in, almost at the blockhole, and Chigumbura takes out the front leg off the line and scoops it high in the air. It has to be said that it was a quite a well-timed scoop! It went all the way to long on where Yousuf was waiting for it. 154/8
    43.2 Odoyo falls. It was almost a six. Full and on the off stump and he swings it high towards deep midwicket region. Tharanga had one look at the rope, made sure he planted his foot just inside and waited for the ball to arrive. She sailed right into his palms. A thrilling cameo comes to an end. Only one wicket left. 61 from 40 balls. 257/9
    not out
    10 (b 1, lb 5, nb 2, w 2)
    283 all out (47.5 Overs, RR: 5.91)
    Fall of wickets: 1-4 (AB de Villiers, 0.2 ov), 2-15 (Boeta Dippenaar, 3.1 ov), 3-18 (Loots Bosman, 5.6 ov), 4-26 (Steve Tikolo, 8.5 ov), 5-31 (Justin Kemp, 10.1 ov), 6-77 (Mark Boucher, 18.1 ov), 7-87 (Albie Morkel, 20.1 ov), 8-154 (Elton Chigumbura, 30.6 ov), 9-257 (Thomas Odoyo, 43.2 ov), 10-283 (Shaun Pollock, 47.5 ov)
    Mohammad Asif1005735.703910001
    Z Khan924324.77388001
    Mashrafe Mortaza6.505718.341910020
    Harbhajan Singh1005315.30274100
    ST Jayasuriya1005335.30335100
    Yuvraj Singh201407.0071100

Match Details


Asia XI , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Asia XI led the 3-match series 1-0

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15

Match days

6 June 2007 - day/night match (50-over match)

ODI debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Match Notes

Africa XI 2nd innings Partnerships

1st4LE BosmanAB de Villiers
2nd11HH DippenaarLE Bosman
3rd3SO TikoloLE Bosman
4th8SO TikoloJM Kemp
5th5MV BoucherJM Kemp
6th46SM PollockMV Boucher
7th10SM PollockJA Morkel
8th67SM PollockE Chigumbura
9th103SM PollockTM Odoyo
10th26SM PollockM Morkel