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South Africa vs Australia, 2nd Semi-Final at Gros Islet, , Apr 25 2007 - Ball by Ball Commentary

RESULT
2nd Semi-Final, Gros Islet, April 25, 2007, ICC World Cup
(31.3/50 ov, T:150) 153/3

Australia won by 7 wickets (with 111 balls remaining)

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That's all from Jenny Thompson, Will Luke and Martin Williamson. Many thanks for staying with us through a one-sided match and we will be back, along with Sriram Veera and Jamie Alter, for Saturday's final. It's almost all over ...

Presentations "We tried to be nice and positive," admits Smith. "It's a fantastic feeling," grins Ponting. The Man-of-the-Match award went to Glenn McGrath.

Australia win by seven wickets The South Africans acknowledge the support they have received and then head off to lick their wounds, the Australians amble onto the outfield and start a lap of honour.

A clinical performance from the defending champions and the dominated this game from the off. The last few hours have been pretty poor for neutrals, dreadful for South Africans, but that's not Australia's fault. They have done the business and will meet Sri Lanka on Saturday in a re-match of the 1996 final.

31.3
4
Hall to Symonds, FOUR runs

leg-side full toss, Symonds does the business with a swish through midwicket and that's Australia into their fourth successive final

The scores are level.

31.3
2nb
Hall to Clarke, (no ball) 1 run

driven past extra cover, and a no-ball

31.2
4
Hall to Clarke, FOUR runs

Clarke gives himself room and cracks that back from where it came, with interest

Speed's grin appears to be stuck. Perhaps he has gone home and been replaced by a waxwork?

31.1
1
Hall to Symonds, 1 run

worked through square leg

end of over 312 runs
AUS: 142/3CRR: 4.58 RRR: 0.42
Michael Clarke55 (84b 7x4)
Andrew Symonds13 (14b 2x4)
Charl Langeveldt 6-0-34-1
Andrew Hall 6-0-32-0

Two emails land back-to-back. One says we are utterly biased towards Australia, the next says the same but to South Africa. Hmm ... "History recalls 500,000 English fighting 25,000 Boers for four years, so we are anything but weak!" the latter concludes ...

30.6
Langeveldt to Clarke, no run

blocked to extra cover

30.5
Langeveldt to Clarke, no run

outside off, no contact

30.4
Langeveldt to Clarke, no run

flicked to Pollock at mid-on, a quick call of "no" doesn't stop Pollock hurling the ball at the non striker's end

30.3
Langeveldt to Clarke, no run

yorker, Clarke digs it out with a little sniff of lateness

30.2
Langeveldt to Clarke, no run

patted into the covers

30.1
2
Langeveldt to Clarke, 2 runs

controlled cut to third man

Malcolm Speed still grinning. As he probably is in his sleep. Percy has gone AWOL, which is a worry ...

end of over 304 runs
AUS: 140/3CRR: 4.66 RRR: 0.50
Michael Clarke53 (78b 7x4)
Andrew Symonds13 (14b 2x4)
Andrew Hall 6-0-32-0
Andre Nel 7-1-31-1
29.6
1
Hall to Clarke, 1 run

Clarke takes a couple of steps and drives to mid-on

If this was a boxing contest it would have been called off about an hour ago.

29.5
Hall to Clarke, no run

pushed to extra cover

29.4
1
Hall to Symonds, 1 run

Symonds heaves towards midwicket, get a thick edge and the ball scoots down to third man

29.3
2
Hall to Symonds, 2 runs

clipped off leg stump to deep backward square leg

29.2
Hall to Symonds, no run

swished off middle to midwicket where Kallis makes a decent stop even though he overshot once he had got a hand to the ball

29.1
Hall to Symonds, no run

straight and Symonds very respectfully blocks

The end is near ...

end of over 294 runs
AUS: 136/3CRR: 4.68 RRR: 0.66
Michael Clarke52 (76b 7x4)
Andrew Symonds10 (10b 2x4)
Andre Nel 7-1-31-1
Andrew Hall 5-0-28-0
28.6
Nel to Clarke, no run

checked drive, with a sniff of an inside edge, to mid-on

28.5
4
Nel to Clarke, FOUR runs

hit on the up, over mid-on and that's his fifty off 75 balls

"What about 'The Weakest Link' for the whole South African side?" thunders Anthony, a South African. Harsh - at least they made it into the semis...

28.4
Nel to Clarke, no run

into the ground, Clarke ponders the single but the ball went no more a yard in front of him and Nel was wise to what he was thinking

28.3
Nel to Clarke, no run

wide and smeared to point where Gibbs makes a good stop diving to his right

28.2
Nel to Clarke, no run

chipped to mid-on, in the air but Nel would have needed to be Spiderman to have got across to that

28.1
Nel to Clarke, no run

driven into the ground and Nel takes at chest height in his follow through

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