And Pakistan move to the Twenty20 World Cup final. The final ball has been hit to long-off. The fielders jump up and down. The crowd roar and roar. In the middle, Pakistan players hug each other. The South African players look shell shocked in the dug out. Afridi, Malik walk back with a laugh. Morose sad faces in the other dug out. Joy and sorrow collide. The two teams shake hands with each other.
Smith: We came across a very good Pakistan side. Particularly, Shahid Afridi. We were beaten on the day. Not good enough. Afridi played a great knock, we fought back. We had a solid start but couldn't finish. We were beaten by Pakistan. We had Albie padded up from the 11th over but if we don't lose wicket, he can't come back." About handling pressure and chokers tag:" I don't think it was anything to do with that. Pakistan bowled well and defended the total. We are sad and dissappointed. I know lots of people back home will be too. We just got to keep learning and going on. Good luck to Pakistan whoever they meet. They are a quality team on their day."
Younis: We have lots of supporters in England, particularly Nottingham and Birmingham. Every body knows we are slow starters, we were underdogs and it was good. suddenly, we moved to a good position. Afridi is a match winner. That's why he batted at no 3. He is a very committed cricket and it's also about team work. We were short of 15 or 20 runs but they bowled well in the end and we couldn't get boundaries. Our bowling was very good. If we keep doing it, [batt and bowl well] we will win the World Cup.
Man of the Match is Shahid Afridi Huge roar. "I am very very happy to see my team in the final. The captain and the coach gave me confidence. I enjoyed batting, bowling and fielding. It was our last chance. This is the semi-final. I was just trying to keep wicket to wicket, there was some turn and bounce." Nasser asks Afridi, can you win the tournament? "Inshallah"
And on that note, on behalf of Raghav and Sanjay, our scorers, this is Veera signing off. It was a pleasure bringing you the semi-final. Join Will Luke and Co for tomorrow's game. Alvida!
Duminy is connecting with his big hits in this over. Too late, though. It was a dipping full toss and he swung it hard to wide long-on boundary.
full and straight again, driven hard to Fawad who fires it to the bowler who doesn't collect cleanly and misses the stumps. The rest of the fielders jump in agony. 14 from 2 balls.
fires it full, falls short of yorker length, driven to long-off and they turn for the second run. Albie runs quickly but Fawad Alam is quicker with his throw. Direct hit and Albie is short.
Duminy swings and connects. Full toss on the leg and middle and he killed it over square leg. Kepler Wessels has hope: " difficult but not impossible"
139.2 kmph length delivery outside off stump, Duminy has a big swing and a miss. Smith looks on expressionless from the dug out. Albie gets across to have a chat with Duminy.
Arthur: "I cannot believe this! Once again the Proteas stumble at the big hurdle!
Unbelievable - this is so disappointing!"
just short of the blockhole but pretty much there almost, on the middle stump, driven to long-off. What a terrific spell from Gul. It was a delight to watch him bowl those yorkers under such high pressure.
What do you when the bowler fires in yorker after yorker. Again and again. Great bowling this. Stabbed to the on side for a single
Not quite the yorker this time, but pretty full and straight, driven hard but Malik intercepts at long-on
Jack Peavy from SA: "Chooooooookers..... I am so disappointed in my team. Year after year, heartbreaks.... a miracle can save us now."
Gul pulls out prior to the release. Twice. The wind is heavy. He pulls out again. Is it because of Albie backing up. Perhaps.
full and fast, Albie swings his bat, no wood on leather, and the ball bounds off the pad to Akmal but they rush across
moves outside leg stump and Gul fires another yorker , the bat comes down but can't connect properly
low full toss on the off stump, mistimes the hit to extra cover
another big swing to the on side attempted, again bat meets air and the ball hits the pad and rolls away.
slower, skids on, Duminy goes for big heave, the great big slog, but misses it completely but the ball bounds off the pad to third man boundary. Razzaq gave chase but couldn't haul the ball back in.
Duminy gets himself some breathing space with a slog sweep to the cowcorner. It was the quick low full toss and duminy swung it wide of deep midwicket
from round the stumps, fires it in really quickly, skids past the prod to hit the pad. Going down leg, though.
rushes down the track, Ajmal pushes it well outside off, dragged to long-on
The big fish is caught. Jacques Kallis is gone. He moved outside leg stump and went for the big lofted hit over long-on against the doosra.. He got more elevation than distance though. The ball seemed to hang on up for an eternity before swirling down at long-on. Waiting below was Malik who took it. A fine innings but he is gone now.
Under pressure, he keeps hurling those yorkers in. Thrilling stuff. Another inswinging delivery, stabbed to the on side.
full and outside off stump, Kallis goes for the big square drive, edges it to left of third man where Ajmal makes a super stop diving to his left. The fielders applaud, the crowd roar.