South Africa have scripted a wonderful come-from-behind victory. The final nail in the coffin was delivered by Kemp. Low dipping yorker catches Fernando in front, leaving Vaas stranded and Sri Lanka perilously close to being ousted from the tournament
This was considered by some as a grudge match. Definitely by Mark Boucher. Boucher was captain and was heavily criticised when SA quit the series mid-way and returned home following a bomb in the Colombo. "We were called 'chicken' and various other things, which was unfair and uncalled for," Boucher had said on the eve of this game. "We have nothing against the any of the players, but the press in Sri Lanka were out of order. I am definitely one of those treating this game as a grudge match."
This group is now open to all sorts of permutations and combinations. For Sri Lanka to go through, Pakistan have to win all their matches and then the net run rate will come into the picture.
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short and Vaas rocks back to pull it over midwicket.
drilled straight down the ground. Half-volley on the middle and off stump line, muscled past the bowler
short and pulled over midwicket. Kemp makes a good diving stop near the ropes. Its been tremendous fielding display from both teams today. Both Jonty Rhodes and Trevor Penny would be pretty happy with their boys.
leans forward to push a fullish delivery to mid-off
driven straight. too straight as it cleans up the sticks at the other end.
spanked past mid-on. Short of length delivery, outside the off, swatted away
bouncer and Fernando ducks under. Flies over the head.
almost game over. Fernando pokes at a fullish delivery but doesn't get a nick
short of length, outside the off, steered to point
short of length, on the middle, pulled to mid-on
length delivery on the off, driven to point
hit the deck short of length, outside the off, Fernando pushes at it inside the line
delivered from wide of the crease, landed on the leg and angling across, punched past point
length delivery on the middle, pushed to off side
And then there were one. Murali backs away as expected and goes for a lofted shot over the bowler's head. But scoops straight to Pollock at long-on
South Africa are all over Sri Lanka here. They have 100% record against Sri Lanka in the neutral venues in Subcontinent. 4 -0. Today could be the fifth win.
Slapped past mid-on. On the middle, on a length, and Murali swatted it to right of mid-on