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10th Match, Group D (D/N), London, Jun 9 2009, ICC World Twenty20
(20 ov, target 129)127/5
South Africa won by 1 run
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South Africa seal low-scoring thriller

South Africa's bowlers, led by Roelof van der Merwe, pulled off an improbable victory, defending a meagre target of 129

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Scorecard summary
South Africa128/7(20 overs)
New Zealand127/5(20 overs)
end of over 2013 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 127/5CRR: 6.35 
Scott Styris7 (7)
Wayne Parnell4-0-38-0
Dale Steyn4-0-22-1

Whew. What a finish. South Africa remain unbeaten and top Group D. They made a modest score but rallied superbly in the field. Brendon McCullum got a half-century but never threatened to step on the gas. Whenever New Zealand started to form a stand South Africa snapped it. South Africa held their nerve and bowled really well, applying and keeping the pressure on New Zealand. A pleasing win for them.

Roelof gets the Man of the Match award. A good day at the office for him.

So thats it from all of us. Hope you enjoyed the coverage. Thanks for tuning in. Bye for now!

19.6
W
Parnell to Oram, 2 runs, OUT

and South Africa have won by a run! Its a good ball, full and straight as it should be, Oram backs away and swings it along the ground down to long-on, he and Styris run two, then as Parnell fumbles the collection Styris charges down for an utterly nonexistent third run and gets shooed back, by which time Smith collects the ball from cover and does the rest

Jacob Oram run out (Smith) 24 (27m 18b 2x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

New Zealand need four from one ball. Can they do it?

19.5
4
Parnell to Oram, FOUR runs

oh oh ho! Four to fine leg! Parnell bowls it full, Oram swings and gets an inside edge well wide of Boucher and with fine leg up thats a boundary

19.4
2
Parnell to Oram, 2 runs

oh he's dropped it and Oram gets two! Parnell serves up another full toss, Oram clubs it over mid-off, Kallis runs in and dives full stretch but lets the ball slip out, how crucial is that now?

19.3
2
Parnell to Oram, 2 runs

full toss on leg stump but Oram fails to put it away, just swinging it past midwicket for a couple more, but what he needs is a boundary from somewhere

19.2
2
Parnell to Oram, 2 runs

well bowled, again Parnell looks to take out leg stump, not where he wanted but it cramps Oram for room and he clips the ball past midwicket and gets two

19.1
1
Parnell to Styris, 1 run

aims for leg stump but cannot get it, Styris heaves and gets an inside edge down to fine leg

New Zealand need 15 from six . They managed 12 from the last one. Tension, tension. Parnell will bowl the last over. The crowd is on edge. Styris on strike.

end of over 1912 runs
NZ: 114/4CRR: 6.00 • RRR: 15.00 • Need 15 from 6b
Scott Styris6 (6)
Jacob Oram12 (13)
Dale Steyn4-0-22-1
Wayne Parnell3-0-25-0
18.6
1
Steyn to Styris, 1 run

full and wide, Styris chases it and gets a thick outside edge down to the man doing duty at third man

18.5
2
Steyn to Styris, 2 runs

low full toss which Styris swings off the lower half of the bat down past mid-on, runs hard and wants the second and gets it too even as AB gives chase and doesn't gather well

18.4
Steyn to Styris, no run

good ball, full outside off stump and it beats the bat as well

Smith beckons fine leg and midwicket closer. Third man goes back.

18.4
1w
Steyn to Styris, 1 wide

another wide ball, slower one well outside off stump, whats Steyn doing?

Three men in the circle ...

18.3
1
Steyn to Oram, 1 run

full and straight, more of a length this time and Oram swings past midwicket

18.2
4b
Steyn to Oram, 4 byes

safest place to score runs! Steyn bowls a good ball, a yorker-length ball just outside off stump, beats the bat and then kicks up over Boucher for four leg byes, thats amazing

18.2
1w
Steyn to Oram, 1 wide

loose delivery, wide full toss outside off stump, Oram leaves it be, Boucher collects and then makes a face as the umpire signals wide

18.1
2
Steyn to Oram, 2 runs

pitches it up just outside off stump, Oram gets bat on ball and pierces the gap at cover, runs hard and gets back for the second, good running from him and Styris

Smith has a long chat with Steyn. South Africa have done excellently here. Game on.

end of over 189 runs
NZ: 102/4CRR: 5.66 • RRR: 13.50 • Need 27 from 12b
Jacob Oram9 (10)
Scott Styris3 (3)
Wayne Parnell3-0-25-0
Roelof van der Merwe4-0-14-2
17.6
1
Parnell to Oram, 1 run

full on middle and off, Oram makes room and drives to long-off

17.5
1
Parnell to Styris, 1 run

smart delivery from young Parnell, gets a yorker just outside off stump which Styris can only dab to cover and set off for

17.4
2
Parnell to Styris, 2 runs

now he goes full and wide and Styris squeezes it off the toe end of the bat just into the gap at backward point and runs hard to come back for a second

17.3
Parnell to Styris, no run

bounces him outside leg stump, Styris pulls and misses, so close to being called a wide and I'm not sure why it wasn't, didn't make contact with glove or anything

17.2
1
Parnell to Oram, 1 run

much better from Parnell, a good yorker that Oram digs out to cover

17.1
4
Parnell to Oram, FOUR runs

full toss just on off stump and Oram backs away to thump that excellently past cover and it beats the man in the deep too, how crucial is that shot?

Oram takes guard. Parnell comes back.

Best performances - batsmen
Brendon McCullum portrait
BB McCullum
57 runs (54)
6 fours
0 sixes
Control76%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
25 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
1011229635
Graeme Smith
GC Smith
33 runs (35)
4 fours
0 sixes
Control58%
Productive shot
cut shot on back foot
10 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
15625635
Best performances - bowlers
Ian Butler portrait
IG Butler
O
4
M
0
R
13
W
2
ECO
3.25
Roelof van der Merwe
RE van der Merwe
O
4
M
0
R
14
W
2
ECO
3.5
Match details
Lord's, London
TossNew Zealand, elected to field first
SeriesICC World Twenty20
Season2009
Player Of The Match
Roelof van der Merwe
Roelof van der Merwe
Match numberT20 No. 99
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 days9 June 2009 - daynight match (20-over match)
T20I debut
Brendon Diamanti
Brendon Diamanti
Umpires
Pakistan Image
Asad Rauf
Australia Image
Daryl Harper
TV Umpire
India Image
Amiesh Saheba
Reserve Umpire
West Indies Image
Billy Doctrove
Match Referee
Australia Image
Alan Hurst
PointsSouth Africa 2, New Zealand 0