26th Match, Super Eights, Providence, March 28, 2007, ICC World Cup
(48.2/50 ov, T:210) 212/9

South Africa won by 1 wicket (with 10 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
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Phew! What a nerve-wracking finish. South Africa were cruising at one stage and were hit by a double strike by Murali. They recovered again, via a calm Kallis, and then, just when they were staring at the victory, they blinked. Malinga slinged slower ones and fiery yorkers and blasted out four in a row. From there the game was hanging on a knife's edge. And in the end, an edgy drive to third man sealed it for South Africa.

Malinga: "I am feeling bad that we lost the game but I am happy that I took a hattrick. The old ball was going to reverse and I got the wickets. I tried to get five in a row but unfortunately didn't get it. ... We are a fighting team but I think we didn't have enough runs.

Man-of-the-Match: Langeveldt. It was awarded by Joe Solomon,former West Indies cricketer and the man who fired in the direct hit to tie the game against Australia in the famous Test in 1960-61. That was some game, this was not so bad either.

Mahela I thought the guys fought back well but the runs were not enough. Credit to the bowlers but we didn't have enough runs. ..... Overall we made lots of mistakes while batting, some loose shots and we didn't finish batting the full 50 overs. That came back to haunt us.

Smith I think i went from 26 to 40 in those last few overs. .... That spell at the end from Malinga really tested us. ... I am chuffed and happy to get away with 2 points from this game.

Well .... that's it from us. This is Sriram Veera signing off. Thanks for logging in and tuning in. Do join us tomorrow for New Zealand v West Indies game.

Malinga to Peterson, FOUR runs

Peterson does it for SA with a edge past the slip. Fullish, outside off stump, Peterson drives, gets a outside edge and it runs down to third man boundary. SA have won. They nearly choked but have pulled it off. Peterson jumps in the air, pumps his fist and then smashes the stumps down at the other end. Immediately apologises! What a cracker of a game!

Malinga to Peterson, no run

Swing and a miss. What a cracking game this has been. Full and just outside off stump, slants away, he has a drive, but inside the line and the ball rushes past the outside edge.

One slip in place.

end of over 48Maiden
SA: 208/9CRR: 4.33 RRR: 1.00
Charl Langeveldt1 (9)
Robin Peterson0 (6)
Chaminda Vaas 10-1-31-1
Lasith Malinga 9-0-50-4
Vaas to Langeveldt, no run

Beaten again. Another one that angles away from Langeveldt who pushes at it, bat meets air, ball heads to Sangakkara. Malinga to bowl the next over.

Vaas to Langeveldt, no run

again another off cutter, around off stump, Langeveldt leans forward and defends. They were 206 for 5 staring at a win and what a turn around from there

Vaas to Langeveldt, no run

off cutter, slanting away from the off stump, Langeveldt stretches forward, opens the bat-face, steers to point. Pure drama.

Vaas to Langeveldt, no run

pushes it across Langeveldt who lets it go. He has taken the first three deliveries away. Will he bend the next one in?

Vaas to Langeveldt, no run

beaten! Lands back of length, on the off stump line and shapes away, Langeveldt has a tentative poke - nervousness, can't blame him and is beaten

Vaas to Langeveldt, no run

fullish, just outside off stump, pushed to cover

1 to tie and 2 to win. Only one wicket. It doesn't get closer than this. Slip in place. Mahela is making sure he gets the field right. Two slips in now.

end of over 471 run • 2 wickets
SA: 208/9CRR: 4.42 RRR: 0.66
Robin Peterson0 (6)
Charl Langeveldt1 (3)
Lasith Malinga 9-0-50-4
Chaminda Vaas 9-0-31-1
Malinga to Peterson, no run

beauty, another delivery that teases the outside edge. Full and tailing away from off stump, drives and is beaten. What a fab over it has been.

Malinga to Langeveldt, 1 run

Jayasuriya mis-fields at squareleg and SA sneak in one run. SLower one, on the middle and leg, turned to behind square. Jayasuriya moves to his right but misfields.

Malinga to Langeveldt, no run

full, straight, on the off stump, pushed to mid-off. 3 to win from 20 balls. Camera pans to South Africa dressing room. They look stunned

Malinga to Langeveldt, no run

beaten Just kissed past the off stump. Tremendous nerves out there. Full and just outside off, yorker-length, Langeveldt pokes at it and gets beaten

Malinga to Ntini, OUT

And then they were one! Malinga gets four in four. Unbelievable! Screaming yorker and Ntini drives, plays all over it and ball crashes into the middle stump. Malinga is slinging down magic deliveries and SA are nine down.

Makhaya Ntini b Malinga 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Malinga to Kallis, OUT

Would you believe it? Malinga has got the hat-trick! Full, furious, outside off stump, Kallis goes for a square-drive and nicks it behind. Loud appeal. Kallis stays rooted. Even louder appeal and Harper raises the fatal finger. SA eight down and choking real badly.

Jacques Kallis c †Sangakkara b Malinga 86 (187m 110b 4x4 0x6) SR: 78.18

Malinga on a hat-trick. What a funny little game this has been.

end of over 461 run
SA: 207/7CRR: 4.50 RRR: 0.75
Robin Peterson0 (5)
Jacques Kallis86 (109)
Chaminda Vaas 9-0-31-1
Lasith Malinga 8-0-49-2
Vaas to Peterson, no run

another typically good Vaas ball, defended down to point, they won't try for the single and this will leave Kallis on strike

Vaas to Peterson, no run

another top ball from Vaas. This is really tight stuff. The ball comes in sharply in the air from outside th eoff stump, Peterson defends with bat close to pad. There's a stifled shout for the lbw but it's turned down

Vaas to Peterson, no run

this one bends in sharply from outside the off, Peterson defends carefully with bat held close to pad

Vaas to Peterson, no run

full and on the off stump, driven positively to the off side with a straight bat

Vaas to Peterson, no run

very full, very straight, this one doesn't swing, it goes on with the arm, flick played and missed, rapped on the pad, loud shout for the lbw but that's clearly going down leg

Vaas to Kallis, 1 run

fullish and outside the off, driven inside out towards cover, closer to the target ...

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