ICC Champions Trophy 2013: Match tied as South Africa pip West Indies to advance to semi-finals

South Africa advanced to the semi-finals on the basis of better Net Run Rate © Getty Images

By Sarang Bhalerao

Cardiff: Jun 14, 2013
South Africa have tied with West Indies courtesy of Duckworth-Lewis method in the Group ‘B’ match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 in Cardiff on Friday and advanced to the semi-finals of the tournament.

With the rain-threat looming around West Indies were trying their best to be at par with the Duckworth-Lewis total at the end of every over. Needing 41 off the final five overs Kieron Pollard went for an ambitious hoick over cow-corne in the 26th overr. The ball took his top-edge and was caught at third-man. After his dismissal there was a heavy shower. Had Pollard not been dismissed West Indies would have been in front. But after his dismissal (they would have needed 191 in 26.1 overs at the fall of six wickets to win).  Darren Sammy the No. 8 batsman was reluctant to leave the ground. The players never returned and South Africa advanced in the semi-final stage courtesy of the higher run-rate (0.64 compared to West Indies’ run-rate of -0.42).

South Africa began their bowling innings by introducing part-time off spinner JP Duminy with the new ball. Chris Gayle was sedate to start with, and didn’t fall for the temptation of going after the spinner straight away.  Gayle opening partner, Johnson Charles took early chances. His first scoring shot was an inside-out hit over covers off Duminy.

The engrossing battle of Gayle vs Dale Steyn started with the West Indian smashing the first ball straight down the ground. Steyn almost got back when Gayle hit the final ball of the over straight to him. But Steyn was in his follow through and failed to hold on to the catch.

Charles was dismissed by a Steyn short ball when the opener tried to slog the premier South African bowler. The ball took the top-edge and was held by wicket-keeper AB de Villiers.

Soon, Gayle opened his shoulders and deposited Duminy for a six in the 11th over. The final ball of the over was swept with contempt and signs looked ominous for South Africa. Gayle pulled Chris Morris with disdain but was caught at backward point of the next delivery trying to work the ball towards on-side. At 75 for two West Indies needed a steady partnership.

Devon Smith, who replaced Ramnaresh Sarwan, looked positive. Batting at No. 3 he complemented Gayle well. After the fall of Gayle the onus of taking West Indies closer to the target was with Smith. The intent was showed by Smith when he slogged Morris over mid-wicket in the 14th over of the innings.

There was rain in the air and Sarwan came in with a message. Smith played sweep off a full delivery against Robin Peterson and missed it. There was a loud appeal which was negated by Rod Tucker. South Africa went for the review. Replays suggested that the ball would have hit middle-stump. Umpire Tucker revoked the decision and Smith departed for 30 off 29 deliveries. There was a brief interval courtesy of heavy rains. After six minutes of break the play resumed.

After the break Darren Bravo hit two boundaries — an edge that flew past first slip and a flick past long-leg, off Ryan McLaren. Marlon Samuels struggled to get the ball off the square off Peterson. In 17 overs West Indies were 99 for three, the required run-rate was 9.50 runs per over. West Indies took the Batting Powerplay. In the first over disaster struck for West Indies as Samuels and Darren Bravo were involved in a mix-up. Bravo flicked the ball towards mid-wicket. Hashim Amla ran from deep square-leg and saved the boundary. Samuels ran for three while Bravo was stranded at the striker’s end. In the end Bravo sacrificed his wicket.

Samuels changed his gears after the fall of Bravo’s wicket. In the final over of the Batting Powerplay Samuels took the attack to McLaren. The length ball went for a six over long-off. The bouncer off the next ball got the top-edge and went over ‘keeper AB de Villiers’ head. Another short ball was cut over point for a four. Sixteen runs off the 20th over gave an impetus to West Indies run-chase.

The next over from Peterson went for 17. Samuels cleared long-on easily, then crashed the ball towards extra-covers and then hit the ball straight down the ground for another four. The required run-rate was 8.50 runs per over. The West Indies duo played out Steyn and scored only two of his comeback over. Kieron Pollard got into his elements when he hit a couple of boundaries off Lonwabo Tsotsobe which included a hard pull over mid-wicket. West Indies needed 74 off eight overs. Steyn was pulled over mid-wicket in the first ball of the 24th over by Samuels. But he missed a straight delivery and was bowled.

The untimely fall of Pollard in the first ball of the 27th over was final nail in West Indies coffin. West Indies will live to rue why Pollard played that impetuous shot. That mistimed shot was the difference between a semi-final berth and an early flight back home.

Read the first innings report here

Brief scores:

South Africa 230 for 6 in 31 overs (Colin Ingram 73, David Miller 38; Dwayne Bravo 2 for 43) tied with West Indies 190 for 6 in 26.1 overs (Marlon Samuels 48; Dale Steyn 2 for 33) by D/L method.

Man of the Match: Colin Ingram

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(Sarang Bhalerao hails from a family of doctors, but did his engineering. He then dumped a career in IT with Infosys to follow his heart and passion and became a writer with CricketCountry. A voracious reader, Sarang aspires to beat Google with his knowledge of the game! You can follow him on Twitter here)