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South Africa v New Zealand

Re-live all the action from New Zealand's victory in the Cricket World Cup quarter-finals with our over-by-over coverage from Mirpur.

  • South Africa 103/2 off 23 overs (Kallis 46, de Villiers 22)
    Vettori knows he desperately needs wickets, so Southee is back, his strike bowler. But that’s some strike from AB, through the covers for an exquisite four. There’s a run out appeal which goes upstairs, but it’s easily not out.
    3/25/2011 2:20:01 PM
  • South Africa 108/2 off 24 overs (Kallis 47, de Villiers 25
    Five more runs – Vettori only has three overs left.
    3/25/2011 2:25:16 PM
  • WICKET! Kallis c Oram b Southee 47
    Just when it was all looking so easy, Kallis is caught at mid-wicket. He didn’t need to do that. 108/3 – still game on, just.
    3/25/2011 2:26:19 PM
  • South Africa 110/3 off 25 overs (de Villiers 26, Duminy 1)
    South Africa should still win this easily but, bearing in mind Botha at seven has an ODI average of 19, New Zealand certainly have a chance. I’d say 6535 South Africa. Duminy is the new batsman, and he’s been in brilliant form. Off the mark first ball with a clip off his legs.
    3/25/2011 2:31:40 PM
  • South Africa 113/3 off 26 overs (de Villiers 28, Duminy 2)
    McCullum’s back, and a decent over only goes for three.
    3/25/2011 2:35:06 PM
  • South Africa 120/3 off 27 overs (de Villiers 34, Duminy 3)
    Southee stays on to try and get rid of Duminy. And he unsettles him, bowling one into his ribs when Duminy misses a pull. What a shot that is – slightly pitched up on middle stump, and a brilliant straight drive for four. He’s playing exceptionally, as he often does, and New Zealand need to dismiss him – fast.
    3/25/2011 2:41:12 PM
  • WICKET! Duminy b McCullum 3
    Awful shot, missing a sweep and being bowled. South Africa keep getting themselves out, and at 121/4, they're only marginal favourites.
    3/25/2011 2:43:06 PM
    3/25/2011 2:45:41 PM
  • De Villiers is run out by Guptil! This is barmy! Suicidal run out - du Plessis to blame.
    3/25/2011 2:46:16 PM
  • De Villiers, playing so well is run out. What's that South Africa? Ch-ch choke? 121/5 suddenly.
    3/25/2011 2:47:11 PM
  • South Africa 121/5 off 28 overs (du Plessis 0, Botha 0)
    Two wickets in an over turns the game on its head. This would be a huge upset, it really would. There was some real argy bargy involving du Plessis and the Kiwis after that run out as well. This game now has real tension.
    3/25/2011 2:48:43 PM
  • South Africa 122/5 off 29 overs (du Plessis 0, Botha 0)
    Vettori brings himself back on a bold move. He has a slip and silly point, and an excellent over only goes for one. His problem is he only has two overs left.
    3/25/2011 2:51:39 PM
  • South Africa 123/5 off 30 overs (du Plessis 2, Botha 0)
    Good over from McCullum, only goes for a single. He has 2-20 from six overs now. New Zealand must be favourites.
    3/25/2011 2:55:45 PM
  • South Africa 125/5 off 31 overs (du Plessis 3, Botha 1)
    Suddenly runs look really hard to come by, even of the returning Woodcock. Just two from the over.
    3/25/2011 2:58:07 PM
  • South Africa 127/5 off 32 overs (du Plessis 4, Botha 2)
    McCullum continues: even the rate is creeping up a little bit, though it’s still very manageable. South Africa have just crawled to a standstill. Only two from the over, and with these spinners New Zealand are getting through a lot of deliveries very quickly. Du Plessis has four from 19 balls. New Zealand are now marginal favourites I would say.
    3/25/2011 3:01:38 PM
  • WICKET! Botha b Oram 2
    Brilliant bowling - nipped away. Botha didn't choke, he was beaten by a brilliant delivery. This has been an incredible half hour.
    3/25/2011 3:04:36 PM
  • South Africa 128/6 off 32.5 overs (du Plessis 5)
    Fantastic captaincy from Vettori, bringing seven men into the circle. That was brilliant from Oram, and we now have drinks.
    3/25/2011 3:06:44 PM
  • South Africa 128/6 off 33 overs (du Plessis 5, Petersen 0)
    Not being presumptuous, but I'm putting together a 'chokers' panel for the paper tomorrow... Petersen can’t get off the mark.
    3/25/2011 3:08:37 PM
  • South Africa 129/6 off 34 overs (du Plessis 6, Petersen 0)
    That partnership was worth seven runs in 4.5 overs; this game has been transformed, and it’s absolutely captivating. It’s far from over – remember du Plessis and Petersen against India. Only one from the over – the required rate is almost six. McCullum this spell? 5-0-8-1. That’ll do.
    3/25/2011 3:11:47 PM
  • WICKET! Petersen c McCullum (b) b Oram 0
    EXCEPTIONAL bowling from Oram, getting an edge from Petersen to the keeper. it's 132/7 and this is just a jaw-dropping turnaround. 5/24 in 10 overs. Funny old game etc...
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    3/25/2011 3:13:34 PM
  • South Africa 141/7 off 35 overs (du Plessis 13, Steyn 5)
    Steyn’s first ball is on his legs, and is nicely worked to fine leg for four. He can bat – his 76 in the Boxing Day Test in 2008 was something special – but he’ll need to do something similar today. And the over ends with a fantastic cover drive from du Plessis. With the three from the first ball of the over, to midwicket, that makes 12 from the over. The wicket is much more important though.
    3/25/2011 3:18:36 PM
  • South Africa 142/7 off 36 overs (du Plessis 13, Steyn 6)
    McCullum continues with his round-the-wicket off breaks. New Zealand must be positively delirious, and the sight of their non-playing squad members coming on to celebrate each wicket is testament to a very united group. Vettori continues to attack, giving McCullum a slip and a short leg, as his bowling deserves. Steyn gets a single from the last ball – the required rate is now 5.71.
    3/25/2011 3:21:44 PM
  • South Africa 146/7 off 37 overs (du Plessis 14, Steyn 8)
    Oram (8-1-32-3) is replaced by Woodcock, who has five overs left after this one – South Africa will feel targeting him is their most likely route to victory. A leg-side wide is sloppy. You have to admire the field placings – Vettori is well aware of the importance of cutting singles off. Four off the over which, considering Woodcock is one the weaker bowlers, will suit New Zealand fine. Interestingly, Vettori is again happy to let Steyn get a single off the last ball of the over, keeping du Plessis away from the strike.
    3/25/2011 3:26:19 PM
  • WICKET! Steyn c Oram b McCullum (N) 8
    Vettori's tactic of giving Steyn lots of the strike pays off. A slog gone wrong. Bob Willis describes them as batting like "headless chickens". it's hard to disagree. 146/8
    3/25/2011 3:27:34 PM
  • South Africa 146/8 off 38 overs (du Plessis 14, Morkel 0)
    I really can’t give Vettori enough credit here. Steyn couldn’t get off strike off the first three balls, prompting the desperate slog from the fourth. Other captains could learn so much from him. McCullum ends with 10 overs, 3-24. And his second spell? 7-1-9-1
    3/25/2011 3:31:17 PM
  • Batting powerplay taken - it'll be overs 38-43
    3/25/2011 3:32:00 PM
  • South Africa 150/8 off 39 overs (du Plessis 17, Morkel 1)
    Vettori’s fields may as well have been powerplay ones anyway. Du Plessis needs to play a really special innings here – and he’s got much to make amends form, having run-out de Villiers. I think that, even more than the Kallis dismissal, was the key. Anyway, he drives Vettori, who brings himself back on for his penultimate over, well for two. Four off the over – Morkel getting a single from the final ball. Crafty, that.
    3/25/2011 3:35:24 PM
  • South Africa 156/8 off 40 overs (du Plessis 22, Morkel 2)
    So, what are Morkel’s batting credentials? He’s not hopeless, but averages of 9.33 in ODIs and 14.57 in Tests won’t fill South Africans with great confidence. Southee’s back – this is his third-last over. SHOT! du Plessis takes a step down the pitch and thrashes Southee down the ground. Morkel turns down a single from the final poor, so du Plessis can stay on strike. Maybe that’s because they’ve caught a glance of Imran Tahir, next-man in. He looks petrified.
    3/25/2011 3:40:58 PM
  • South Africa 161/8 off 41 overs (du Plessis 27, Morkel 2)
    Fantastic shot again! du Plessis thumps Vettori down the ground for four. This is Vettori’s last over – I think perhaps he should have entrusted someone else to bowl, and saved himself for later. Five off the over, but New Zealand’s two best spinners are now bowled out.
    3/25/2011 3:43:34 PM
  • South Africa 164/8 off 42 overs (du Plessis 29, Morkel 3)
    Going back to my earlier point, Southee is bowling his penultimate over. There are eight overs left after this, and the fifth bowler (Woodcock) has five overs left, so, if the game goes to the last over New Zealand will have to use a sixth bowler, probably the experienced Scott Styris. That was a good over from Southee, very full. Only three from it – now 58 to win from 48. On this slow pitch, that run rate is most definitely an issue.
    3/25/2011 3:49:00 PM
    That was Oram off du Plesis - a return catch he should have taken. AND THE NEXT BALL GOES FOR SIX!
    3/25/2011 3:50:10 PM
  • WICKET! du Plessis c Southee b Oram 36
    It doesn't matter - du Plessis drills one to Southee on the edge of the circle. He fought hard for 36, and looked dangerous. And still, South Africa have never won a World Cup game. I can't wait for the press conference. It's 172/9 by the way.
    3/25/2011 3:53:05 PM
  • South Africa 172/9 off 43 overs (Morkel 3, Tahir 0)
    It’s all over, even though Tahit isn’t the world’s worst number 11.
    3/25/2011 3:56:16 PM
    Morkel c sub (how) b Woodcock 3
    3/25/2011 3:56:46 PM
  • That's an incredible turnaround from 108/2, it really is. I don't think anyone can quite believe it - I certainly can't. remember New Zealand lost 4-0 in a one-day series in Bangladesh six months ago! This shouldn't be happening!
    3/25/2011 3:58:06 PM
  • Ch-ch choke. Goodness, Graeme Smith's face. He looks like Charles in Blithe Spirit after he's just seen his dead wife return as a ghost.
    3/25/2011 4:00:07 PM
  • That is a magnificent comeback, with Dan Vettori captaining brilliantly, cutting off the singles. How well Oram and McCullum bowled. So the Kiwis will face the winners of England v Sri Lanka tomorrow.
    3/25/2011 4:02:49 PM
  • And we'll have over-by-over coverage of England-Sri Lanka from 8.30 tomorrow morning. That promises to be intriguing. Today's game was meant to be a foregone conclusion, so I have no idea what to expect. I'm off now - what an astonishing turnaround. South Africa looked so good! That run-out of de Villiers was the key. And Allan Donald - New Zealand's new bowling coach. What will he be thinking?
    3/25/2011 4:05:26 PM
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