S Africa vs W Indies
South Africa win by seven wickets
Very, very impressive victory for South Africa who have shown they are major contenders for this title. Tahir was superb with the ball, De Villiers magnificent with the bat and with plenty of others playing handy support roles we managed to complete a whole commentary on the Proteas without using the word choke. Until just then.
Over 43: Smith 1-2-1-0-1
223-3 - Devon Smith into the attack - and I use the word quite incorrectly there - with what appear to be some entirely gentle off-breaks. Duminy and De Villiers help themselves to the five runs needed to secure an impressively comprehensive victory for South Africa with 43 deliveries to spare.
Over 42: Gayle 0-0-1-1-2-1
218-3 - Excitable young keeper Thomas - whose been mightily impressive with the gloves tonight by the way - hasn't given up. "Ooh, bowling, bowling, bowling" he muses as Gayle delivers consecutive dot balls. The post-rain binary streak is broken by a punch through the covers that brings Duminy two.
Over 41: Benn 1-1-0-1-1-1
213-3 - AB and JP content to get these in ones. Neither man will want to needlessly surrender a nice red-inker.
Over 40: Gayle 0-1-1-1-0-0
208-3 - And still the field is spread.
Over 39: Benn 1-1-1-1-1-1
205-3 - Sure enough, De Villiers eases through to a sensational century in just 97 balls - the fastest ever by a South African in the World Cup. Truly wonderful knock, and a matchwinning one as South Africa cruise towards a West Indies total that was just never sufficient.
Ready to go
Play all set to resume, and no-one will be happier about that than AB de Villiers.
The commentators' pessimism appears to have been unfounded: the rain backs off, and the covers are being removed.
The commentators out in Delhi are not hopeful of any further play here, with the local view very much that the rain will only get heavier.
Rain Stopped Play
The umpires wave on the groundstaff to get the pitch covered as the rain comes down. For what it's worth, the D/L par score at this stage is 141 so South Africa are miles ahead, and we're safely into the territory where a result can stand. So South Africa either have won or are about to; the only thing in doubt is whether the rain will stop to give AB the chance to get the three runs he needs for a splendid century.
Over 38: Sammy 1-0-0-0-1-1
199-3 - The rain won't rob South Africa of victory, but it may yet deny De Villiers a century. He's on 97 and the rain is getting heavier...
Over 37: Benn 1-0-1-1-0-0
196-3 - Bit of drizzly stuff starting to come down in Delhi. Not heavy at this stage, but the groundstaff are poised.
Over 36: Sammy 1-2-1-1-1-2
193-3 - De Villiers will clearly and deservedly take the plaudits for his exemplary role in this run-chase, but Duminy has come in at a time when things could still have got dicey and ensured that was not the case. He's eased himself to 26 off 27 without taking a single risk and has assisted De Villiers in another 50 partnership. Since the early drama, it's been a rock-solid run-chase from the Proteas.
Over 35: Benn 0-1-1-0-1-1
185-3 - Talk of some thunderstorms not to far away from the Feroz Shah Kotla, which may explain why the pictures keep coming and going rather. Won't have any undue effect on this match: even if rain should arrive before South Africa complete the formalities here, I'll wager their margin on Duckworth-Lewis is wide.
Over 34: Sammy 0-0-1-4lb-2-1
181-3 - West Indies cutting off neither boundaries nor singles at the moment. Their far from alone in persisting far too long with 'standard' one-day fields, but it's staggering to me that teams still do this even after all the evidence we've seen from batting powerplays that bringing the field up for an over or two can actually make good things happen for the bowling side. Something for Sammy and co to ponder at DRINKS.
Over 33: Benn 2-1-1-2-1-0
173-3 - Seven runs off Benn's comeback over with no risk, alarm or fuss. Why do teams wait until there are two or three runs to win before bringing the field up? By then it's pointless. If West Indies have any ambition remaining to win this match, then they need to start cutting off some of these singles now. Too easy at the moment.
Over 32: Roach 1-1-4lb-1-1-1
166-3 - Duminy getting his traditional short-ball peppering, but he's having little trouble with it on this relatively slow track. And when Roach does pitch the ball up, he gets his line wrong and the ball flicks off Duminy's pads and away for four leg-byes.
Over 31: Pollard 4-0-2-1-0nb-1-1
157-3 - Duminy gets South Africa past 150 with a crunching pull shot that Darren Bravo can't cut off on the boundary. There's a humorous moment as Pollard makes a complete mess of his run-up and ends up at least two feet over the popping crease in his delivery stride. Taufel actually calls no-ball but Pollard, knowing he'd got it badly wrong, holds on to the ball. There is a no-ball in the over, though, as West Indies 'do an England' and fail to get four men in side the circle.
Over 30: Roach 1-4-1-0-0-1
147-3 - Sammy quite rightly gets his strike bowler back into the attack with a new batsman in his sights, but the problem for West Indies is that De Villiers keeps getting on strike and playing glorious shots. This time it's a punch through point that races to the fence.
Over 29: Pollard 1-0-W-0-1-0
140-3 WICKET! Pollard ends Smith's troubled stay at the crease with a good slower ball that finds its way through the gate and into the top of off stump. Smith missed it by a long old way in the end. Duminy is the new batsman,
- 24th Feb 2011
- Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
- A M Saheba and S J A Taufel
s africa BATTING CARD
|Kallis||c Sammy b Benn||4|
|de Villiers||not out||107|
|Total||Close, 42.5 Overs||223 - 3|