S Africa vs W Indies
The match has been called off. This means that it is a tied match on the D/L method. The result means that South Africa progress to the semi-finals and the West Indies crash out of the tournament due to net run rate. South Africa has dodged a bullet and for the first time in memory have come out on the better side of a D/L calculation. It is not often that a South African team experiences any good fortune in an international tournament. Perhaps this is the break the boys in green and gold need to go all the way and lift their first Champions Trophy since 1998.
Over 26.1 - WI 190/6 (Bravo 7, Sammy 0)
WICKET. Pollard backs away and slashes McLaren down to third-man. Steyn takes the catch calmly. The Proteas need a couple more wickets, but this match is not over quite yet. The rain is falling again and the players are leaving the field. Due to the wicket the West Indies are on the exact D/L par score as they leave the field after 26.1 overs
Over 26 - WI 190/5 (Bravo 7, Pollard 28)
Steyn's last over is saved and Morris replaces him. things are starting to fall apart for the Proteas, an extra run in given away in the outfield and is then followed by a wide. A half-volley is crashed over mid-off for a boundary to end the over.
Over 25 - WI 180/5 (Bravo 3, Pollard 24)
Tsotsobe starts another over. This definitely game on, as after 24 overs the West Indies are exactly on the D/L par score. Tsotsobe over-pitches and is crashed down the ground for four by Pollard. The momentum has shifted, the Windies are favourites.
Over 24 - WI 172/5 (Bravo 1, Pollard 19)
Steyn is cracked over mid-wicket for four. WICKET. Samuels takes one chance too many. Steyn has done the job and uproots the middle stump. There is drizzle in the air once more as the umpires have a little meeting. A poor short delivery goes for 5 wides.
Over 23 - WI 158/4 (Samuels 44, Pollard 15)
Tsotsobe joins the attack. South africa need a wicket as it will curb the scoring and will also push out the D/L par score. The left-arm quick is mixing up his pace nicely as Samuels looks to get after him. The 150 comes up for the Windies. Pollard backs away and edges down to third-man for a boundary. The fielding change telegraphs the short ball and it is put away for four.
Over 22 - WI 149/4 (Samuels 43, Pollard 7)
After two massive overs, the West Indies are only 2 runs behind the D/L par score. Steyn is back as South Africa need to stop the bleeding. Pollard plays a great over with due respect.
Over 21 - WI 147/4 (Samuels 42, Pollard 6)
The powerplay has come to an end, so Peterson comes back on to bowl. Samuels advances and hits another six into the crowd, followed by consecutive boundaries. Is Samuels going to break South African heats.
Over 20 - WI 130/4 (Samuels 27, Pollard 4)
McLaren continues and Samuels looks like he wants to cash in. He backs away and hits it out of the ground for a huge six. A bouncer is top edged resulting in another boundary. Samuels is on the charge. 16 runs come off the over. 20 overs have now been completed which means that this match will produce a result.
Over 19 - WI 114/4 (Samuels 11, Pollard 4)
Dale Steyn comes back into the attack. This is a ploy to get rid of Pollard before the big guy can get going. Pollard flicks a boundary off his pads first ball.
Over 18 - WI 108/4 (Samuels 10, Pollard 0)
McLaren is sliding onto the bat nicely. The batsmen seem to fancy his pace. The 100 comes up for the West Indies who have nothing to loose in this situation. They need to keep being aggressive and see what happens. They have taken the powerplay in a good move. WICKET. A break down in communication results in both batsmen ending up at the strikers end. Bravo is run out after some good boundary fielding by Amla.
Over 17 - WI 99/3 (Samuels 5, Darren Bravo 9)
Peterson continues to restrict the runs. he has bowled very well on a pitch that doesn't offer much to the spinners.
Over 16 - WI 96/3 (Samuels 3, Darren Bravo 8)
We are back. The new batsmen is Darren Bravo and he is greeted by a new bowler in the form of McLaren. Bravo is off and running as he scores two boundaries.
Over 15 - WI 87/3 (Samuels 2, Smith 30)
Peterson is dealing with the wet ball very nicely. There is no turn to speak of, but he is hitting good areas. An economical over makes up for Morris leaking runs at the other end. Smith is struck on the pads and South Africa have called for the review. WICKET. Smith is given out, but the fielding team follows him off the field as rain stops play again. There still needs to be another 5 overs bowled before a result can be calculated.
Over 14 - WI 85/2 (Samuels 1, Smith 29)
It is starting to drizzle again. 20 overs need to be completed in this innings for the D/L method to constitute a match. Smith swings Morris into the leg-side and the ball bounces once before crossing the boundary.
Over 13 - WI 76/2 (Samuels 0, Smith 21)
The left-arm spinner, Peterson, is introduced straight after the departure of Gayle. A wonderful start for Peterson goes for a single run.
Over 12 - WI 75/2 (Samuels 0, Smith 20)
Smith joins the party. He walks down the wickets and slashes Morris through the off-side for a boundary. Gayle pulls well infront of square to pick up another boundary. The run rate is rising rapidly. WICKET. South Africa are one step closer to the semi-final as Gayle is caught out point, driving with an open face.
Over 11 - WI 66/1 (Gayle 32, Smith 15)
Gayle cuts loose and deposits Duminy over long-off for a big six. A poor ball is cut for four by Smith. It is definitely time for Duminy to take a break.
Over 10 - WI 49/1 (Gayle 22, Smith 9)
Morris is given is first opportunity in this match. He will be keen to build on the good start he had in the previous game. The quick starts well, given away just three runs in his first over.
Over 9 - WI 46/1 (Gayle 21, Smith 7)
Duminy returns to the bowling crease. The ball is still very new and the off-spinner isn't getting any purchase off the wicket. a tight over comes and goes as the required run rate rises to over 8.
Over 8 - WI 41/1 (Gayle 19, Smith 5)
Tsotsobe drops short to the new man. Nobody is going to be troubled by that pace and Smith confidently pulls it for a boundary.
Over 7 - WI 35/1 (Gayle 18, Smith 0)
Charles stands up tall and swats Steyn onto the leg-side for a boundary. If these two bat for any length of time, then the West Indies will find themselves in a good position. WICKET. Charles skies a length ball miles into the air, de Villiers circles and takes the catch.
Over 6 - WI 31/0 (Gayle 18, Charles 12)
Gayle seems to fancy the pace that Tsostobe is dishing up. The imposing left-hand batsman is opening up and swing for the leg-side. The powerplay comes to an end without too much damage done.
Over 5 - WI 23/0 (Gayle 13, Charles 10)
Steyn strays onto the pads of Charles, who clips it straight to Duminy at square-leg. The Fielder drops the catch and Charles lives to fit another day. Will that miss come back to haunt the Proteas.
Over 4 - WI 21/0 (Gayle 12, Charles 9)
Gayle is given a hint of width and Tsotsobe is deposited over mid-off for a boundary. It is an old fashioned contest between bat and ball and boundaries and play and misses are both coming.
Over 3 - WI 16/0 (Gayle 8, Charles 8)
Steyn comes into the attack. He bowls to Gayle, this is the contest that so many have been waiting for. 1-0 to Gayle as the first ball goes straight back down the ground for four. Steyn comes back well and his pace is consistently above 140km/h which is pleasing after an injury. The last ball of the over see's the bowler put down a tough return catch, the result is two runs to Gayle.
Over 2 - WI 10/0 (Gayle 2, Charles 8)
Tsotsobe takes the other new ball and beats the outside edge of Charles. A decent start for the bowler as the pitch offers just a little bit for the new ball bowlers.
Over 1 - WI 8/0 (Gayle 1, Charles 7)
South Africa through a curve ball straight away as the spinner, Duminy, opens the bowling. There is no turn and Charles plays a square-drive for four as the ball skids onto the middle of the bat. A good start for the West Indies.
End of Innings
Some very good batting combined with wayward new ball bowling has resulted in South Africa reaching 230 off their 31 overs. That is a very good total and you would back the Proteas to defend it 9 times out of 10. There is a man in West Indies line-up however, by the name of Chris Gayle. If he comes off then he could almost single handedly win this game. A light rain has started to fall, so it remains to be seen if the game will be reduced further. If it stays the way it currently is, then South Africa will be the clear favourites when they come out to bowl.
Over 31 - SA 230/6 (Peterson 0, McLaren 7)
The captain decides to bowl the final over. WICKET. Faf is run out by the bowler as he thinks about stealing a quick leg-bye. The new batsman, McLaren, doesn't waist any time as hi top eadges his first delivery for six. WICKET. Miller miss hits and ii loops to cover. The rain has started to fall again, but the innings will be completed.
Over 30 - SA 221/4 (Miller 38, du Pessis 35)
Miller swings Pollard into the leg-side and Sammy drops the catch. Two runs is the result. It proves costly as the next ball gives a catching chance to a member of the crowd. A very slow ball gives du Plessis enough time to adjust his stroke several times before slapping it to the boundary.
Over 29 - SA 207/4 (Miller 29, du Pessis 30)
Bravo takes the responsibility to bowl the final over of the powerplay. Miller finally catches up with a slower bowl and picks up two runs to bring up the 200. His timing then returns and a six sails into the crowd in is favourite mid-wicket area.
Over 28 - SA 197/4 (Miller 20, du Pessis 29)
Pollard comes back to face the music. Faf runs down the wicket, gets a top edge and earns four runs. The bowler is really mixing up his pace in an attempt to stop the batsmen lining him up. A very good over for the West Indies.
Over 27 - SA 192/4 (Miller 20, du Pessis 24)
The batting powerplay has been called. We could be in for some fun. de Plessis backs away and hits a six over long-off while sitting on the back-foot. Not a very pretty shot but absolutely effective.
Over 26 - SA 178/4 (Miller 17, du Pessis 15)
Narine is the bowler chosen to bowl 7 overs. I suggest that after the batsmen see him off, it could be time to cut loose in the last 5 overs of the innings. Six, it looks as if its time to cut loose already. Miller slaps one off the front-foot over long-on.
Over 25 - SA 166/4 (Miller 6, du Pessis 14)
Rampaul opperates with the fielders right on the edge of the ring, so their is a run available off every ball. Miller will have good memories of facing Rampaul from the IPL where he scored tons of runs.
Over 24 - SA 160/4 (Miller 4, du Pessis 12)
Narine starts his 6th over and South Africa still appear content to milk him for singles, even though the innings is coming to an end. A very tight over yields just three as the batsmen struggle to pick which way it is spinning.
Over 23 - SA 157/4 (Miller 3, du Pessis 11)
WICKET. Rampaul comes back into the attack and immediately drops shot. AB smashes it into the leg-side and it amazingly caught, one-handed, by the mid-wicket on the edge of the ring. Miller is the new man to the crease. He has had a poor tournament thus far and owes his team some runs. The West Indies have down well by taken wickets everytime it looks as if things might be getting away from them.
Over 22 - SA 153/3 (de Villiers 37, du Pessis 10)
Narine comes back into the attack as the South Africans look to be making their move. The 150 comes up as an easly single is taken to rotate strike. One of the main goals for the batsmen will be to face as few dot balls as possible and boundaries will be a bonus.
Over 21 - SA 149/3 (de Villiers 36, du Pessis 7)
Bravo is picked off as the total continues to grow nicely for the Proteas. the final delivery of the over is dug in short and de Villiers cracks it through mid-wicket with some serious power.
Over 20 - SA 139/3 (de Villiers 28, du Pessis 5)
Pollard continues after a successful first over. South africa will need to rebuild after a couple quick wickets before the onslaught at the death begins.
Over 19 - SA 132/3 (de Villiers 24, du Pessis 4)
Bravo has another go with ball in hand. The run rate should slow slightly again as the new batsman tries to find his feet. WICKET. Duminy gets a glove down the leg-side and is caught by the keeper. Faf is off the mark with a sweet cover drive.
Over 18 - SA 126/2 (de Villiers 23, Duminy 1)
In an attempt to change his teams fortune, Pollard is getting a chance to bowl. If he drops short on this wicket, with his lack of pace, he could go the distance. WICKET. A special innings comes to an end. Ingram drags the slower ball straight to the man on the leg-side boundary and is on his way.
Over 17 - SA 122/1 (de Villiers 21, Ingram 72)
Tino Best comes back into the frame. The pace flies for six off the top edge as de Villiers attemps to take on the short ball. A crisp drive ends the over on a high as AB collects a boundary through cover.
Over 16 - SA 109/1 (de Villiers 9, Ingram 71)
Narine is consistently too short. This allows the South african batsmen to read the spin of the ball off the pitch and still have enough time to adjust their shot.
Over 15 - SA 102/1 (de Villiers 5, Ingram 68)
Samuels continues after taken the only wicket to fall thus far. The off-spinner drops short and its easily cut for four runs by Ingram. Another short ball finds its way to the boundary and the 100 comes up for the Proteas.
Over 14 - SA 91/1 (de Villiers 5, Ingram 57)
Narine comes back into the attack. If he can get rid of de Villiers before he gets in, then the West Indies will be right back in this contest. The bowler drops short, Ingram gets the edge but it is enough to get to the boundary.
Over 13 - SA 83/1 (de Villiers 2, Ingram 52)
Samuels comes into the attack to change the pace. WICKET. Amla hits a drive straight to cover. Gayle juggles it, but completes the catch on the third attempt. de Villiers is the new batsman and takes a single to get off the mark first ball.
Over 12 - SA 80/0 (Amla 23, Ingram 51)
Ingram goes down town. He hits Sammy for a straight six. Sammy drops short after been hit for six. He just isn't quick enough and Ingram helps himself to a boundary, which brings up a wonderful 50.
Over 11 - SA 68/0 (Amla 22, Ingram 41)
Bravo bring himself on in an attempt to make something happen. The West indies can't allow these opening batsmen to simple go along their marry way, or they will find themselves chasing a very big target. Both batsmen are now timing the ball sweetly.
Over 10 - SA 59/0 (Amla 15, Ingram 40)
The ex-skipper, Darren Sammy, comes into the attack. His lack of pace could be targeted in this shortened match. Singles off every ball brings six from the over.
Over 9 - SA 53/0 (Amla 12, Ingram 37)
Another extra down the leg-side brings up the 50 opening stand. Amla does really well to dig out a Best yorker clocked at 150km/h.
Over 8 - SA 48/0 (Amla 10, Ingram 35)
Ingram hangs on the back-foot and plays the mystery spinner Narine off the pitch. The left-handed batsman advances and hits the ball out of the ground. The 4th umpire runs on with a box of new balls as the last one is out of here.
Over 7 - SA 38/0 (Amla 9, Ingram 25)
Best is quick and banging the ball in half-way down. The batsmen haven't been able to get a hold of one propperly. A succession of singles keeps the scoreboard ticking over.
Over 6 - SA 32/0 (Amla 7, Ingram 21)
Narine comes into the attack and will bowl the last of the mandatory powerplay overs. He finds the edge first ball, it beats slip and the result is two runs to Ingram. Athletic fielding in the covers in saving the West Indies some valuable runs.
Over 5 - SA 28/0 (Amla 7, Ingram 17)
Ingram free's his arms, slashing Rampaul for another boundary. The odd ball is seaming a long way off the deck, so this ia a very good start for South Africa. If a bowler gets it right and has a little luck then he could run through a batting order in these conditions.
Over 4 - SA 20/0 (Amla 7, Ingram 10)
Best has Ingram in his sights for the first time. He is too straight and clipped for three through mid-wicket. Amla is then given a gift on his pads and it flies to the leg-side boundary. After the first two quiet overs, the Proteas have got a wiggle on. The out-field is expectedly slow after all the rain that has fallen.
Over 3 - SA 12/0 (Amla 2, Ingram 7)
Ingram is under-way as he pulls Rampaul over square-leg for the first boundary of the innings. Some movement off the deck is causing some trouble, but 7 runs represents a much better over for South africa.
Over 2 - SA 5/0 (Amla 2, Ingram 0)
Tino Best shares the new ball and will have his first bowl of the tournament. He is really bending his back as the speed gun reads 149km/h. Amla is off the mark as he nudges a couple onto the on-side.
Over 1 - SA 2/0 (Amla 0, Ingram 0)
Rampaul opens the bowling in this shortened encounter. It takes a few balls but as soon as the bowler finds his length, Ingram is cut in half by some seam movement. Just two wides come from the opening over.
The match is scheduled to start at 13:30 GMT. It has been reduced to 31 overs a side.
After a heavy shower, the rain has stopped and the covers are coming off again.
18 minutes before the scheduled start, the rain is back and the covers are being dragged back onto the pitch.
West Indies XI
Gayle, Charles, Darren Bravo, Samuels, Smith, Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Sammy, Narine, Best, Rampaul. The West Indies have made two changes. Best comes in for an ill Roach and Smith comes in for Sarwan due to the changed conditions and amount of overs.
South Africa XI
Amla, Ingram, du Plessis, de Villiers, Duminy, Miller, McLaren, Peterson, Morris, Steyn, Tsotsobe. The big news and only change to the team is that Steyn is fit and replaces Phangiso.
The wicket has been under covers for a few days and has retained some moisure. There is also some green grass which should encourage seam movement. It will be tough for the batsmen in the early stages of the innings.
After a three hour delay, the West Indies have won the toss and decided to bowl first.
The toss will take place in 10 minutes. The match will be 36 overs a side.
The rain has stopped and the covers are coming off again. It remains to be seen how long the break in the weather will last. If it stays clear then action could start within an hour.
The drizzle has returned as the frustration grows for players and fans alike.
The sun is out and the covers are coming off. If the weather holds then play will start in just under an hour and we should get just under 40 overs a side.
The rain will have to stop by 14:05 for the game to get under way at 15:05 GMT. This will allow enough time for a 20 over match to be completed. If however, it is still raining by this time then the match will be called off and South Africa will progress to the semi-finals.
The groundsman has just confirmed that as soon as it stops raining, it will take an hour for play to get under way. For the time being the rain is still falling, but we will continue to provide updates on the situation.
The coin was scheduled to be tossed 14 minutes ago. It is still drizzling firmly though and it looks as if we could be in for a significant delay.
The sky is grey, a light drizzle is falling and the covers are on the wicket. As a result, the toss and team anouncement has been delayed. In the event that no play is possible today, South Africa will progress to the semi-final due to a superior net run rate. We will keep you updated with any news that filters through from Cardiff.
Semi-Final Spot On Offer
Today's winner will book a semi-final berth alongside India - and the top two finishers in Group A. That said, if today's fixture is a washout, the Proteas will advance ahead of the Windies thanks to a superior net run-rate. Indeed, inclement weather is threatening this match.
Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of Friday's crucial Champions Trophy Group B fixture between South Africa and the West Indies at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, Wales.
- 14th Jun 2013
- West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl.
- Sophia Gardens Cardiff
- S J Stephen, R J Rodney
- TV Umpire
- B N J Bruce
- Match Referee
- A J Andrew
- Reserve Umpire
- A S Aleem
w indies BATTING CARD
|C.H. Gayle||c du Plessis b Morris||36|
|J. Charles||c de Villiers b Steyn||16|
|D.S. Smith||lbw Peterson||30|
|M.N. Samuels||b Steyn||48|
|D.M. Bravo||run out (Amla)||12|
|K.A. Pollard||c Steyn b McLaren||28|
|D.J. Bravo||Not out||8|
|Total||26.1 Overs||190 - 6|