Thursday, March 3, 2011

World Cup 2011 : South Africa vs Netherlands...

South Africa against Netherlands at Mohali, Chandigarh.
Borren won the toss for Netherlands & decided to put South Africa into bat, maybe prompted by the overcast conditions. His decision, was vindicated by his bowlers, who got purchase out of the wicket, & the Proteas struggled early on. Greame Smith, looked scratchy from the beginning & in the 13th over lost his leg stump to Loots, with score reading 51 for 1. Next man Kallis, did not survive long either & in the 16th over it was 58 for 2. Hashim Amla, having survived a scratchy start, along with AB de Villiers now started to build the innings. 100 runs for South Africa came in the 23rd over, & 150 in the 34th. Meanwhile, Amla & AB had registered their individual half centuries, & the partnership blossomed, as 100 runs for the 3rd wicket came in 98 deliveries. Amla duly completed his century in 121 balls, in the 40th over, as the partnership swelled to 150 runs in 141 deliveries. Batting powerplay was taken in the 42nd over, as the Proteas looked at piling on the run rate. Floodgates opened as AB took to bowling. His century came in mere 88 deliveries, including a huge six, as he overtook Amla shortly. The 44th over went for 25 runs, as AB was on a rampage, with 3 sixes. Runs flowed, as the hapless Dutch fielders could only retrieve the ball from the boundary. Against the run of play, Amla got out in the 45th over, for a well compiled 113 off 130 balls, caught at point. the score read 279 for 3. The pair had added 221 runs & taken South Africa to a commanding position. AB followed soon after, getting run out going for a near impossible 2nd run, but by then he had already smashed 134 from 98 deliveries, with 14 boundaries & 4 massive sixes. The batting powerplay had realised 69 runs for 2 wickets, as team Orangie was breathing in relief seeing the dismissal of AB de Villiers. 300 runs for the innings came in the 47th over, as Duminy & Plessis were completing the finishing act. 48th over produced 22 runs, the 49th 12 runs & the 50th over produced 20 runs, as Duminy went berserk, hitting 40 off just 15 deliveries, with 2 boundaries & 4 sixes before holing out in the deep midwicket boundary. The 5th wicket partnership had gathered 66 runs from just 25 deliveries. The innings finally ended at 351 for 5.
For all the fairy tales of yesterday, when Irish storm in the form of Kevin O'Brien had consumed the English attack, I dare say, the Netherlands would find it extremely difficult to overtake this target, against a very potent bowling of South Africa.

The reply from the Dutch team was cautious, as they lost Kervezee for 10 at 26 for 1 in the 6th over & Cooper for 9 at 46 for 2 in the 12th over, both to Kallis. In between, Barresi escaped, as Morkel put down an easy catch at mid on. The Dutch reply was looking rather shaky, & at the end of 15 overs, the score stood at 55 for 2, with the asking rate at almost 8.50.....extremely difficult to achieve, unless someone plays a maverick role. Spin introduced in the 17th over, slowed the run chase further, as the batsmen were unable to make big hits. In the 22nd over, Zuiderent hit Peterson for a six over midwicket, but fell the very next delivery, out LBW, with the score at 81 for 3, & in the very next over, Duminy consumed Barresi, for a well made 44 off 65 balls, as the score reached 83 for 4. Doeschate & Grooth were the next in, but failed to make any impact, as Steyn got Doeschate, with the score tottering at 100 for 5 in the 28th over, asking rate having climbed to almost 12 an over. The pressure of the chase, got to the batsmen, as one wicket after the other fell. At the end of 33 overs, the score read a dismal 111 for 8....the match as good as over. Imran Tahir, the mystery spinner for Proteas, wrapped up the innings in the 35th over, with two LBWs, as the score ended at 120. For South Africa, all the bowlers looked good & mean in their spells, with Tahir picking up 3 wickets, while Peterson & Kallis chipped in with two apiece.
South Africa victorious by a huge 231 runs. They now have two impressive wins from two outings, & are looking good & sure to reach the next stage. Would they be able to keep their momentum going, is the question that would cross every mind, as the team is looking to shed their eternal chokers tag !!!

Man of the Match : Undoubtedly AB de Villiers for his fascinating 134 from just 98 deliveries.