finished in style. Yorker on off stump, Christian has had it with the paddles and looks to blast him straight down the ground. He misses again, and the stumps are rattled.
The more I see of Davy Jacobs, the more I like him - as a batsman, as a captain as a gracious sportsman! That sets the tone then for a huge final tomorrow, featuring Captain Courageous Dhoni against Captain Gracious Davy. Should be a cracker, see you there. On behalf of ESPNcricinfo, and my commentary colleague for today Abhishek Purohit, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. Cheers!
Presentations coming up. Davy Jacobs is MoM. No surprises there.
Klinger: "175, on that wicket, was 20 too many. That's how it is. We had a great tournament, did not bring our A game in today. That's the way it goes. We pride ourselves on taking our catches and today it did not happen. We lost a few wickets early and it did not help. We needed a better start, unfortunately did not happen. Boys have learnt a lot.. Looking forward to going home and taking the domestic scene by storm."
Jacobs: "We got off to a good start with the bat. We knew anything over 160 would have been tough to chase. We knew Tait is a big boy, and he struck again in the first over, but we took them on after that. All the bowlers came on well.. Botha.. Theron.. Looking forward to tomorrow, well done to Redbacks. They did well to win four in the group, someone had to go through. Unfortunate for them."
The last four balls, for me, summed up the game. South Australia began superbly, with Tait bowling a monster of an over. Then they, seemingly unnecessarily, tried to do too many things. The second over of the day bowled by Aaron O'Brien gave the Warriors the momentum and they never lost it. South Australia were playing catch-up all the way from there, but sadly for them, they did not catch too many. Warriors have marched into the final, and Chennai awaits them for a delicious match-up tomorrow. Hang on for the presentations. Meanwhile, Sriram Veera's updated bulletin will be up here in a moment.
tries it again, misses the bat, thuds into the pads. No run.
hang on, this now is the cheekiest shot of the day. Christian springs away to the off side and tries to paddle. Makes no contact. Christian is out of the tv screen when the keeper collects
that's officially the cheekiest shot of the day. Walks away to off stump and tries to scoop the near yorker over fine leg. Doesn't come off, but balloons safely to the leg side
near yorker outside off, 133 kph and it is played out meekly towards the off side. Theron tags it
back of a length, short enough to pull but can't make contact with the cross-batted heave
KM: "Watching Theron's yorkers reminds of the Akon song "Beautiful". "When I see you (yorkers, not Rusty), I run out of words to say".. " Theron to finish off.
well, that has got to be the end of the challenge. Cooper is run out. Good yorker from Tsotsobe, Christian can't deflect it either side and plays it back to the bowler. Cooper is backing up a mile and run out easily
back of a length outside off. Big swing and a miss
Round the wickets now.
whoa, almost lost his teeth there trying to scoop a pace bowler from the stumps. That was only 125 kph but took off from a length and might have hit the visor. They get a single
fuller and Cooper drills it out to the sweeper cover and hares back for two. Ntini is not the quickest in the outfield any more
neat. Angles across from round the wickets, enough width for his to square drive with immense timing over point. Great wrists and nice sense of timing
tries to sweep a yorker from off stump, it dribbles off the pads for a leg bye
Tsotsobe comes on. Can Tom Cooper bat the way he did against Mumbai?
and gone. Goes for a reverse sweep to the off spinner breaking in from outside off. He misses and it hits the pads. Appeal is upheld, but was that slipping down the leg? Ferguson has to go. Replays suggest leg stump was in line to fall
and again, Botha gives him a rare full toss and Ferguson has been lethal through midwicket all evening. Pulls it well in front of square leg and it is away for four
that's the one they wanted. Botha is missing his lengths marginally and Ferguson is getting them away. This was slammed cross-bat towards leg stymo and Ntini on the boundary, tries to leap and keep it in play, but he can't succeed. Might have got a finger to it.
gets a single to give it back to Ferguson. Right, crucial remainder of the over coming up.
bangs this square where Theron on the fence sends back a good throw to deny the second
placed with surgical precision. Ferguson steps out, gets beside the line and uncorks the wrists to send it inside out through the covers. Deep extra cover tags it mercilessly and dives across, but can't cut it
Botha comes on.
perfect yorker, crunches away outside off stump and the batsman does everything he can to get it away. And makes no contact as it skids past
errs on the fuller side, full toss outside off, Ferguson was not able to get it over cover and Jacobs slides around on his knees as he saves it. Slick fielder that man.
|SuperSport Park, Centurion|
|Toss||Warriors, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||Warriors advanced|
|Hours of play (local time)||17.30 start, First Session 17.30-18.50, Interval 18.50-19.10, Second Session 19.10-20.30|
|Match days||25 September 2010 - daynight (20-over match)|
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