7th Match, Group B (D/N), Delhi, Feb 24 2011, ICC Cricket World Cup
(42.5/50 ov)223/3
South Africa won by 7 wickets (with 43 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
107 (105)
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• The Bulletin by Liam Brickhill

Tahir and de Villiers star in seven-wicket win

AB de Villiers showed his pedigree with the fastest by a South African in a World Cup as South Africa chased down 223 at a canter at the Feroz Shah Kotla

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Scores: Gopi Rangarajan
Comms: Nitin Sundar
Scorecard summary
West Indies222/10(47.3 overs)
Darren Bravo73 (82)
Dwayne Bravo40 (37)
Imran Tahir4/41(10)
Dale Steyn3/24(7.3)
South Africa223/3(42.5 overs)

India stay on top of Group B on Net run rate, but we have a real long way to go before that begins to matter. Right then, on behalf of Sid Ravi, this is Nitin Sundar signing out. Do check out Liam Brickhill's bulletin on your way out. Do join us for the double header tomorrow, beginning with the Chappell-Hadlee series in the morning. Cheers!

The Delhi crowd and the South African contingent in the stands cheer on as AB de Villiers picks up the Man of the Match award. "It is a batsman's game [that's why Tahir is not Man of the Match he says, tongue in cheek!] I wasn't timing it in the nets last week, but it came off well tonight. Prior IPL experience in Delhi helped a bit - it was my advice to bat second, and that worked for us tonight."

Graeme Smith: (clearly nurning a sore throat of sorts) "Winning the toss was nice, we started well. Darren Bravo played really well, but we managed to peg it back in the middle. We tried to mix it up in the middle. Once you pick a wicket, you can build pressure and we managed to pick up wickets in clusters. My batting wasn't the best - I have been a little ill coming into the game, so I just wanted to bat through with AB and build a partnership. AB went faster than run a ball and paced it real well. Long time to our next game, good vibe in the group and we will take some time off."

Darren Sammy: "We had an opportunity to get a lot more runs .. We needed someone to play like AB did for SA. Few positives - Darren Bravo played really well and we hope he can continue. We kept losing wickets in clusters, and it did not help. Losing Dwayne Bravo was not good for us. We don't know the extent of the injury yet. Hopefully he'll be ok."

The sad thing for West Indies is that they were not as bad as the final margin suggests. In fact, they were on top for a good part of their innings, with Darren Bravo mastering South Africa's spinners and seamers with Laraesque grace. Imran Tahir was hit out of the attack, but once Bravo fell to an efficient Johan Botha, Tahir came back on and turned hoops around West Indies. Steyn did his bit, and West Indies finished well short of what they needed. And then Dwayne Bravo picked up an injury which reduced them to a 2.5-man attack. AB was just too good to let them off. Comprehensive win in the end.

JP: "Good to start with a win. Wasn't too difficult to get in on this pitch. Special knock from AB. You knew when he hit that first four, that he was song. Lots of confidence in the dressming room - Immy [Imran Tahir] did exceptionally, so good on him."

Smith to Duminy, 1 run

all over. Full-pitched ball outside off and JP's laced it along towards deep extra cover for the winning run. South Africa have stamped their awesomeness all over West Indies today.

Shreya: "Being a masters in engineering, I can tell you that throwing a water filled bottle as a missile without the cap is very difficult as the the spilling water takes the momentum of the bottle in various directions thus destroying the trajectory."

Kausthub: "@CanisMajoris

Here, they are referring to Plastic bottles and not glass ones by which you could smash heads as alchool is not allowed in the stadiums in the subcontinent!"

Smith to Duminy, no run

not yet. Cracks a short ball outside off straight to cover

Smith to de Villiers, 1 run

AB works him with the spin through midwicket. As he runs across for the penutimate run, he takes the gloves off. JP should finish it off now.

Smith to de Villiers, 2 runs

AB gets a short one now and forces it into the covers. Another couple.

Smith to Duminy, 1 run

short ball outside off, JP punches into the covers for one

Devon Smith for some friendly offies. I get the feeling, something's gotta give. Not.

end of over 425 runs
SA: 218/3CRR: 5.19 RRR: 0.62
Jean-Paul Duminy40 (50)
AB de Villiers104 (103)
Chris Gayle 6-0-26-0
Kieron Pollard 7.5-0-37-1

CanisMajoris (Mr. Violent?): "Well i can still throw a cap-less water filled bottle and smash someones head to pieces!!!"

Gayle to Duminy, 1 run

JP gets a single to end the over, working down the ground for one

Gayle to Duminy, 2 runs

JP waits for the spin and then eases into a cover drive, fluent and easy for a couple

Gayle to de Villiers, 1 run

AB gets inside the line and plays with the spin through mid on for a single

Gayle to Duminy, 1 run

JP gets this away through the off side, and Thomas cuts short his usual speech, "Ohhh... Oh"

Gayle to Duminy, no run

same ball, draws JP into the off drive and he can't get it away. Thomas thinks Gayle just bowled the ball of the century.

Gayle to Duminy, no run

tossed up on off, JP can't get it away and Thomas yells, "Ohh bowling, bowling bowling..."

end of over 415 runs
SA: 213/3CRR: 5.19 RRR: 1.11
Jean-Paul Duminy36 (45)
AB de Villiers103 (102)
Kieron Pollard 7.5-0-37-1
Chris Gayle 5-0-21-0

Roy: "Nitin you are right about overzealous administrators. I would add they are callous as well. Heard Javagal Srinath on TV saying that the crowd thing is not new and has always happened in Indian cricket! How could he brush it off so casually?

Pollard to Duminy, 1 run

back of a length outside off, JP waits on the crease and punches through mid off for another single

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 run

Pollard jumps wide of the crease and then angles this down the leg side for AB to glance it along the way to deep fine leg

Pollard to Duminy, 1 run

JP rides a short ball outside off and dabs it very late backward of point for a single

Pollard to Duminy, no run

fuller on off stump, JP forces down the ground but can't get it away

Pollard to de Villiers, 1 run

slow pointless trundle, back of a length outside off, AB slaps into the covers for one more

Mahbub: "Re efficient police: In the Fatullah warm-up match in Bangladesh, the stadium security did allow spectators to enter the ground with water bottles but were not allowed to take in the bottle caps. Logic: without the caps, the water bottles could not be used as impromptu missiles!"


Pollard to Duminy, 1 run

back of a length outside off, JP rides the bounce and taps into the off side

Pollard comes on now. Round the wicket.

end of over 403 runs
SA: 208/3CRR: 5.20 RRR: 1.50
AB de Villiers101 (100)
Jean-Paul Duminy33 (41)
Chris Gayle 5-0-21-0
Sulieman Benn 10-0-51-1

Daniel: "While we r concentrating on Ab's century.. at the other end JP goes past 2000 ODI runs.. Well done JP"

Gayle to de Villiers, no run

again, fast and full on leg stump, AB defends down the track

Gayle to de Villiers, no run

Gayle is absolutely firing them onto leg stump, AB responds with a forward defensive

Gayle to Duminy, 1 run

JP taps an off stump ball towards the covers for one

Best performances - batters
AB de Villiers portrait
AB de Villiers SA
107 runs (105)
8 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
49 runs
5 fours
1 six
Darren Bravo
DM Bravo WI
73 runs (82)
8 fours
1 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
18 runs
2 fours
0 six
Best performances - bowlers
Imran Tahir portrait
Imran Tahir SA
DW Steyn SA
Match details
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
TossSouth Africa, elected to field first
SeriesICC Cricket World Cup
Player Of The Match
AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers
Match numberODI no. 3106
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 days24 February 2011 - daynight (50-over match)
ODI debut
Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir
India Image
Amiesh Saheba
Australia Image
Simon Taufel
TV Umpire
Sri Lanka Image
Asoka de Silva
Reserve Umpire
England Image
Richard Kettleborough
Match Referee
New Zealand Image
Jeff Crowe
PointsSouth Africa 2, West Indies 0
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