England vs S Africa
And yet again we are witness to a match that proves you don't need to score 600 runs in a match for it to be a cracker!
Over 47 Broad W-1-0-W
165-10 Broad takes over from Anderson OUT! And that's plumb! Steyn asks for the review but no chance. England need one more to complete an incredible comeback! Imran Tahir is the new man and things aren't looking good for SA here. The spinner backs away and swings at the ball - aiming at the boundary. He gets a thick inside edge though and they manage to get through for a single. 7 runs needed. OUT! AND THEY'VE DONE IT! Morkel goes for the big drive and gets an edge on it. Prior makes no mistake behind and England go nuts! Another terrific World Cup match and finally England can celebrate winning a tight one.
Over 46 Bresnan 1-W-1-0-2-1
164-8 Bresnan in now. Steyn drives his first delivery to mid on and takes a good single. England should really be preventing this kind of running. OUT! And van Wyk's scratchy innings comes to an end! Too close to his body play to the off side - but he tries anyway - the ball moves back into him and the SA keeper can do nothing other than chop it back down onto his stumps. Morne Morkel comes to the crease now. He plays the ball down to third man for a single first up. What a match! Short ball and Steyn slaps a ball JUST wide of backward point - two runs.
Over 45 Anderson 0-0-1-0-1-0
159-7 Batting powerplay is enforced now. Anderson starts with a short wide one and van Wyk gets the pull out. Doesn't get all of it and the man at short mid off makes no mistake. No run. South Africa seem content to keep looking for the singles. Steyn drives the ball hard into the ground - bounces over Jimmy and he runs through for a single. Two runs from the over.
Over 44 Swann 0-0-0-3-0-0
157-7 Swann starts his last over with a full ball to van Wyk who drives the ball back to him. Next ball tickled to short fine leg who collects easilly and prevents a run. Reverse sweep from van Wyk now - no one behind square on the off side and the ball is JUST dragged back by Anderson before the ball reaches the boundary rope. Great shot. Three runs taken though. SA need 15 runs. England need 3 wickets. And that's the end of Swann.
Over 43 Anderson 1wd-0-1wd-0-0-0-0-0
154-7 And here comes Anderson. One gets the feeling the match is in his hands now. He starts with a wide down leg side. DROPPED! Incredibly difficult chance, and you can't fault the bowler. Smacked straight back at him by Steyn and he manages to get a hand to it - but it didn't stick. Follows that up with another wide down leg. Last ball of the over is well struck by Steyn, straight to mid on and no run is taken.
Over 42 Broad 0-0-0-1lb-0-1
152-7 Another one keeps low and van Wyk swats at it. Doesn't make contact. Could easilly have played that on to his wickets. Good running from Steyn! Played into short midwicket by van Wyk and Steyn scampers through for a run. Every one of them worth a fortune right now. Steyn keeps the strike with a nice looking flick to backward square leg.
Over 41 Pieterson 1-1-0-0-1-4
150-7 And still Pietersen has the ball in hand. Two singles taken before van Wyk leaves a wide delivery outside off stump. Steyn gets a full one and he launches it straight back over the bowler's head for a one-bounce four. Great pressure relief for the Proteas! 7 runs off the over and surely that has to be the end for Kevin Pietersen.
Over 40 Broad 0-1-0-0-0-1
143-7 Here comes Broad. He'll be certain to generate some reverse swing here. His first ball is wide and a little short but van Wyk's cut doesn;t make contact as the ball dies a little and Prior takes it on the bounce. Wow - and he gets that one to bounce a little. Short of a length ball that rises angrilly at Steyn hitting him squarely in the ribs. There's a break in play as Dale gets some treatment.
Over 39 Pietersen 0-1-1-0-1-0
142-7 Strauss persists with Pietersen and he's knocked around the park for three singles. The pressure is enormous out there - which team will hold their nerve?
Over 38 Yardy 0-2-0-1-0-4
139-7 van Wyk misses out! Hip high full toss and he tamely paddles it to the man at mid-on. The next ball is cut down to backward point for two runs. van Wyk a crucial wicket here for England. Vastly experienced in SA domestic cricket. Too full from Yardy again and Steyn drives handsomely through the covers for four runs. Excellent shot from the SA tail ender.
Over 37 Pietersen 0-1-0-0-4-0
132-7 Wide down the leg side and Steyn plays a lovely delicate little tickle down to fine leg for four precious runs. Five runs from that over. A good over other than that delivery.
Over 36 Yardy 0-0-0-0-0-W
Swann not given his last over just yet. Yardy gets the ball now. Out! And he gets his man! Terrible delivery - wide outside off stump and Peterson has a flash at it. The outside edge is found and Prior makes no mistake this time. What a collapse by South Africa. Steyn comes in to bat now.
Over 35 Swann 0-0-0-0-1-0-0
126-6 Peterson goes for the booming cover drive first up. Lots of turn takes the ball away from the bat though and he didn't even nearly come close to the ball. Third umpire called in now after a stumping appeal. Not out. And how did that not bowl him? Swann again gets one to grip and the ball JUST misses Peterson's off stump. Left handers struggling here. Big appeal for LBW turned down to end the over.
Over 34 Anderson 0-0-0-W-0-1
Over 33 Swann 0-W-0-0-0-0
124-5 Duminy is the new man and, no surprises, Swann takes over from Yardy. Crucial spell this. OUT! Massive, if somewhat soft, wicket for England here! du Plessis comes down the track and plays the ball straight at the man at short leg - who makes no mistake getting the ball back to Prior who makes no mistake taking the bails off - Faf not even in the picture. Top fielding and England are looking good here as van Wyk comes to the crease.
Over 32 Anderson 0-2wd-0-0-1-0-W
124-4 Wide ball down de Villiers' leg side - Prior dives full-length to prevent a certain boundary. Good stuff from the England keeper. Not so good from the bowler. OUT! Bowled! What happened there? Neither bowler or keeper seemed to have seen the ball tickle the bails off the top of middle stump. Everyone surprised to notice them lying on the ground. Replays confirm AB's been bowled by Anderson. Big, big wicket. England back in this.
Over 31 Yardy 0-0-0-0-3-0
121-3 Lovely stuff from Michael Yardy. Full and on off stump. The ball grips the pitch and turns past the outside edge and off stump. de Villiers takes three runs with a nice late cut which is chased down by the man standing at point.
Over 30 Bresnan 2-0-1-1-0-1
118-3 Silly from Bresnan. Giving away a single with a frustrated, almost petulant throw back to the batsman who insists on keeping the ball off his wickets. Prior gets a bad bounce and the Protea batsmen oblige.
Over 29 Yardy 1-0-1-0-0-4
113-3 Yardy back into the attack now. He's not had an easy time so far - having conceded 6 runs per over so far. His third ball is nicely pushed into the covers for a single. And wow that was close. du Plessis gets on that stays very low and does exceptionally well to drop his bat down on it before the ball can hit his off stump. He then gets a fuller one and places the off drive perfectly between the men at extra cover and mid off for four runs. Beautiful shot.
- 6th Mar 2011
- MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
- A M Saheba and S J A Taufel
s africa BATTING CARD
|Smith||c Prior b Swann||22|
|Kallis||c Prior b Broad||15|
|de Villiers||b Anderson||25|
|du Plessis||run out||17|
|van Wyk||b Bresnan||13|
|Peterson||c Prior b Yardy||3|
|Steyn||lbw b Broad||20|
|M Morkel||c Prior b Broad||1|
|M I T Tahir||not out||1|
|Total||All out, 47.4 Overs||165|