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    The Beach Cricket World Cup 2003 (story)

    Welcome to Blackpool for the first match of the Beach Cricket World Cup! In the preliminary round, Canada played Ireland for a place in the first round proper. Play began when Canadian opening batsman Harris started with patient batting against McCaubrey, but he eventually got a thick edge through to Patterson with the fifteenth ball and was out for 22.

    Bagai went out with high hopes, but dollied his fourth ball straight back to Irish bowler McCoubrey and was out for 4. Canada were in all kinds of trouble as Chef de Groot was called from the pavilion to save their honours. And he started excellently, leading Canada to 62/2 after 5 overs with his 36 and suddenly they were in with a shout.

    The Chef reached his fifty in thirty balls only to be clean bowled by McCoubrey with his next ball. John Davison was called out at 76/3 with 31 balls left in the Canadian innings. Davison started out well, getting to 31 in just 15 balls and rounding the 8th over off with an excellent four past square leg, Canada's first boundary of the game. Curry and McCallan did their best to stop him, however he reached 56 not out in 31 balls and took Canada to the respectable total of 132/3.

    The crowd of 518 wildly applauded the Irish players as they strolled out on the windy Blackpool pitch after the innings break. Joyce opened the batting for Ireland with a two down leg side. He started out with a solid strike rate, hitting 11 from 6 balls, but then got an inside edge which the keeper Bagai was all too happy to gather.

    Davison and Thuraisingam then restricted Patterson to singles, and Davison's sixth ball of the day trickled into his stumps - Ireland 17/2! Davison finished an excellent over with figures of 1/7, as Ireland struggled with all kinds of problems.

    Curry however started out well, and by the end of the 4th over he had put 29 runs on the scoreboard. Still, he needed 14.5 an over to win the match for Ireland. He got 13 in the 5th, leaving himself to hit 74 from the last 40 balls. Curry then pulled himself together and hit twos and threes at will, bringing the RRR to 14.5 again after a 16-run 6th over.

    Thuraisingam finished his 4-over spell with figures of 1/53, but failed to remove Curry from the crease. Chef de Groot was then punished with the first Irish boundary of the match with his first ball, Curry getting it past square leg for four. After a splendid 8th over he only needed 26 from 12 to send Ireland into the first round proper, and against Davison and Chef de Groot that should pose little trouble.

    Or so the Irish fans thought. Two singles struck trouble again as Davison desperately tried to bowl difficult balls - but Curry replied with a three, a two and another three to bring up his century in 55 balls. With 11 balls to go, Ireland needed a further 16 with 3 wickets to spare.

    The final nail in the coffin was hammered with another square leg drive to leave the Irish with a target of 10 in the last over. Chef de Groot tried some economical bowling, but Curry drew the match with three balls to spare and then hooked the penultimate ball for six. Ireland now face South Africa in the first round.
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    I'm impressed that...

    a) Someone likes Beach Cricket enough to do a story for it
    b) You dug yourself out of that hole!

    I'm assuming you're Ireland?
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    Actually, the AI dug itself out of it. I'm Denmark...just doing a report on that game to start the Cup. Will probably go out after a couple of games...

    Scotland without Rahul McDravid beat UAE by 4 wickets with 27 balls to spare at Great Yarmouth. And the world's remaining superpower, USA, went out by 3 wickets with 12 balls to spare against Namibia.

    Report on Denmark v Nepal to follow...

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    Second instalment:

    Danish Khan conquer Nepal

    The Danish captain, Søren Vestergaard, won the toss and chose to have a bat in this classical encounter against Nepal at Blackpool, in front of 446 Englishmen who readily admitted that they didn't know that Danes played cricket, plus 2 Danish fans. Aftab Ahmed was set up as opener against Das, and he got his first boundary with the fifth ball of the first over. Denmark 10 for 0. Ahmed then hit 7 from 3 before whacking the ball past point for another four! Denmark 21 for 0 after 9 balls. An excellent start for the Danes. Sarraf continued to bowl poorly to Ahmed, who whacked a further 15 in the remaining seven balls of the over (36 for 0 after 16). The third four of the game came with the 23rd ball, when Agrawal misfielded a ball which trickled through his feet and down to the sea (52 for 0 after 23). Then a long hop by Sarraf enabled Ahmed to hook the ball back to mid-on for his first six of the day (73 for 0 after 31) and the quartet of fours was completed for Ahmed with the next ball (77 for 0 after 32). Ten balls later, however, the Danes despaired as the ball found its way between the bat and the pad and distorted the stumps (96 for 1 after 42). Frederik Klokker, the wicket-keeper, stepped on to continue the Danish run-chase. He hit tons of twos and threes, and ended the day on 72 not out - a very good knock by the young Dane. Denmark closed on 168/1.

    Nepal's prime batsman, Agrawal, stepped on to the pitch. Amjad Khan tried to stop him from getting the runs, and did so in style - he could only manage two twos in his first over (10 for 0 after 8). Søren Vestergaard was just as good, and Nepal found themselves 147 behind with only 64 balls to go. Agrawal tried, but eventually leant back too far and was caught by Khan again (31 for 1 after 23). Thakuri then got a short beach cricket debut - he scooped the ball straight back to Khan and was out for a golden duck (31 for 2 after 24). Luniya got off to a solid start after that, getting 11 off Vestergaard in the 4th over (42 for 2 after 32) but it did not eliminate the fact that the strike rate needed was an immense 264. Luniya tried to get there, but eventually got a thick edge and keeper Klokker had an easy job to do (47 for 3 after 36). Sarraf, the fourth Nepalese batsman, started off in style, getting 20 off his first 10 balls and scaring the Danes a bit (67 for 3 after 46). Nevertheless, he had to hit three off every ball if he wanted to win the game for Nepal. He got his first boundary with his twenty-third ball, punishing Andersen for a long hop to make it 98 for 3. Andersen then tried to slow the pace of the game, and it worked - Sarraf eventually had to slow down and the strike rate was inflated to 441. Despite hitting three further fours, he eventually became too involved and Khan caught him at mid-off (132 for 4 after 75). Das then hit five singles to make it 137, but Denmark still win by 31 runs in a highly entertaining encounter. Aftab Ahmed Man of the Match with his splendid 96 knock off just 42 balls to make this possible for the Danes, who now face New Zealand in the first round proper.

    Scorecards:

    Denmark innings:

    Aftab Ahmed................b Sarraf..........96 (42)
    F Klokker.....................not out...........72 (38)
    Total (for 1 wicket, 80 balls)............168

    Bowling: Das 32-65-0, Sarraf 32-69-1, Luniya 16-34-0.

    Nepal innings:

    P Agrawal.............c & b Khan.............31 (23)
    G Thakuri..............c & b Khan...............0 (1)
    P Luniya.......c Klokker.b Khan............16 (12)
    JP Sarraf......c Khan.....b Andersen.....85 (39)
    BK Das........................not out..............5 (5)
    Total (for 4 wickets, 80 balls)...........137

    Bowling: Khan 32-52-3, Vestergaard 32-58-0, Andersen 16-27-1.

    First round proper: Ireland v South Africa, West Indies v Zimbabwe, Scotland v Sri Lanka, India v Kenya, Namibia v Australia, England v Holland, Denmark v New Zealand, Pakistan v Bangladesh.


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    First round proper:

    South Africa thrash Ireland
    In a lop-sided encounter at Blackpool today, the South African side led by Herschell Gibbs was simply too strong for the unexperienced Irish side. Gibbs smacked 88 off just 34 balls before he made a daunting charge down the pitch. Patterson grabbed the ball and took the first Irish wicket. The Irish couldn't celebrate again though, Boucher putting on an unbeaten century for the second wicket and making the match as uneven as it could possibly be (188 for 1 at the close). Shaun Pollock ripped through the top order, with figures of 2-47, and despite McCallan's unbeaten 107, South Africa finished 57 runs ahead.

    Jacobs see Windies through
    The only man to take wickets for West Indies today, Mervyn Dillon managed to remove the key Zimbabwe batsmen of Taibu and Grant Flower at a cloudy Blackpool. Taibu had been on fire, hitting 52 from just 27 balls, while Flower only reached 16 before being clean bowled by an in-form Dillon. Heath Streak got 48 not out from 31 balls - a bit too slow - and could only set West Indies a target of 135. Brian Lara started in style, but failed six runs off his half-century - bowled by an excellent Hondo delivery. Jacobs continued the run-fest however, scoring 94 from just 38 balls out of the possible 60 and making the Zimbabweans look rather sorry.

    Bowler show by Lankans against sorry Scots
    At a rainy Filey, some 700 Scots had turned up to cheer for their underdog side against Sri Lanka. Jayasuriya started all right, scoring 104 from 56 balls, and Sangakkara supplied with a solid 43. The target of 148 didn't look too impossible, but that was before world-class spinner Muralitharan took to the pitch. Parsons faced a ball that spun right into his chest, desperately tried to flick it away but only to Arnold at mid-off. Scots 1 for 1. After Smith's dismissal in the 2nd over, Hamilton, Blain and Brinkley were all dismissed for less than three - Hamilton even for a golden duck! Scotland 18 all out after 19 balls - down by 129 runs.

    Sehwag hero with bat and ball
    Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid had both been dismissed for low scores when Virender Sehwag was called in to protect the Indian wicket. India were reeling at 52 for 2 at the time, but Sehwag was up to the task and made 103 in just 51 balls on the windy Blackpool beach to set Kenya a target of 156. Tikolo certainly tried, but with 21 balls he was still 50 runs behind. The next four balls saw him hit only threes, followed by a spectacular square-leg four. However, that was all he got - Harbhajan was very economical with his next over, allowing only 13. With 8 balls left, Tikolo and Kenya needed 20 runs off Virender Sehwag's over - earlier the hero but now possibly the scapegoat. Harbhajan failed to grab the ball as it sailed over the long on boundary - Kenya needed 16 from 7. Tikolo then made a single before lifting it over the fielders for three. Kenya now needed 12 from 5. Two twos and a three meant that Tikolo now needed five runs to see Kenya through to the quarter-final. However, he could only make a single with his next ball - and then failed to hit that sorely needed four. Kenya finish one run short, and Sehwag became the hero with the ball as well.

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    I will - now for possibly the greatest shock of Beach Cricket ever:

    Spirited Namibians whack Aussies back to Sydney
    The 947 people who had expected Matt Hayden to set a new Beach Cricket record against Namibia was stuttering "Where the b***** h*** is Namibia?" This was due to two quick run-ous made by Karg and AJ Burger as Australia were at the bottom of the well at 14 for 2. Andrew Symonds then made a solid 74 from just 28 balls, but Andy Bichel and Glenn McGrath failed to build significantly on that. Australia were dismissed for 126 from just 70 balls, and Namibia could actually knock out the best team in world cricket over the past 10 years. And in what a way they tried to do it. AJ Burger did not try to start carefully and then build on. Instead, he ran for twos and threes when they weren't really there, he lofted balls over the fielders that really should have been caught but instead went out for four, but he eventually took one risk too many and Gilchrist got him stumped for 87. That nevertheless meant that Namibia had 47 balls to make 40 runs. Karg was out early and could only make 7, but then LJ Burger stepped on. He made 35 in just 16 balls and Namibia win by 3 wickets with 26 balls to spare.

    (Neil, how about seeding the teams slightly - that was an outrage, however happy I am to see those Aussies out)

    Trescothick send humiliated Holland back across the Channel
    The English team got slightly lost on the way to the tiny Dorset beach town of Swanage, on account of nobody really knowing where the place was. Some 900 locals and ten Dutch fans did though, madly cheering for their team. Marcus Trescothick did the job for England, the seasoned opener making 185 in his 80 balls. In response, White took 3-6 and Caddick 2-14 to dismiss the Dutch for 20. England win by 165 runs.

    Next - can the mighty Danes stand up to a test nation, or will they crumble like the Scottish and Dutch? And how about the classic old East v West Pakistan tie?

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    Originally posted by Samuel_Vimes
    (Neil, how about seeding the teams slightly - that was an outrage, however happy I am to see those Aussies out)
    They are! I can't help if the entire Aussie team had a rush of blood to the head and batted and bowled and fielded like, well, England.

    Still, where's the fun in a match that you can guarantee the victor? :saint:

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    Danish dynamite fails to fire
    The time had come. The final showdown. After that fine performance in the prelims against Nepal, it was time for a match against a proper Test nation. The Black Caps were opponents at Blackpool. Søren Vestergaard lost the toss for Denmark, and New Zealand naturally opted to bowl. Aftab Ahmed, however, was up to the task. He ran doubles and singles all over, and by the end of the 3rd over he had scored a solid 39 from 24 balls. Five balls later, however, the young NZ keeper McCullum managed to hold the thick edge that Aftab gave him, and the latter was out for 45. Frederik Klokker tried to be aggressive, but he is just not cut out for this game. Eventually Oram took a nice running catch as the keeper had to go to the pavillion for 41. Andersen certainly tried, but had the poor field to thank for most of his 33 runs. The bowling was a sorry story, and only offered one delight - Vestergaard's delivery that was so awfully mistimed by Fleming, who was caught for 91. McCullum wrapped it up with 22 balls to spare though, and the Danes make an early exit.

    Scorecards:

    Denmark innings:
    Aftab Ahmed.....c McCullum...b Oram.......45 (29)
    F Klokker.......c Oram.......b Styris.....41 (32)
    LH Andersen..............not out..........33 (19)
    Total (for 2 wickets, 80 balls)..........119

    DNB: S Vestergaard, Amjad Khan.

    Bowling: Bond 32-45-0, Oram 32-48-1, Styris 16-26-0.

    New Zealand innings:
    SP Fleming......c Andersen...b V'gaard....91 (42)
    BB McCullum..............not out..........29 (16)
    Total (for 1 wicket, 58 balls)...........120

    DNB: SB Styris, JDP Oram, SE Bond.

    Bowling: Amjad Khan 32-67-0, Vestergaard 24-49-1, Andersen 2-4-0.


    Inzamam key as Pakistan sneak into quarters
    Captain Inzamam won the toss for Pakistan in this classic West v East encounter, and chose to bowl. Mohammad Ashraful opened the batting for Bangladesh, and did so in style - hitting five fours and one six to bring Bangladesh to 81 for 1 after 35 balls before finally crumbling to a fine throw from just Inzamam-ul-Haq (who run somebody out for a change). However, that was to be their only wicket of the game. On the sunny Blackpool beach, Pakistan chased a target of 181 that was set up by a fine unbeaten 99 by Mashud. Inzamam smashed them all over the park, however, hitting 135 from just 53 balls in an excellent knock that set up the victory. Rashid Latif made 28 and Abdul Razzaq 19 not out to send Pakistan into the quarters.

    So the quarter-final line-up:

    South Africa play West Indies
    India play Sri Lanka
    England play Namibia
    Pakistan play New Zealand

    Edited font to make it look neater.
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    Might as well post a couple of the quarters

    Quarter-finals:

    Kallis all-rounder of the day
    On a rainy pitch at Blackpool, the bowlers were the heroes. Brian Lara started out slowly, but preserved his wicket until he swiped a ball and it found its way right into the middle stump. Out for 48. And it would only get worse for the Windies. Ridley Jacobs tried, but eventually got plumb leg-before to an excellent ball from Makhaya Ntini, and Gayle, Drakes and Dillon were all out for low scores. West Indies skittled for 86 off 64 balls. Herschell Gibbs started extraordinarily well on the tough batting wicket, but eventually got an edge into the stumps on 20. Boucher tried to keep his wicket, but came too far down the wicket on a short ball by Mervyn Dillon - Jacobs got him stumped and SA reeled on 31 for 2. On came the all-rounder Jacques Kallis. Earlier, he had taken 2-6 by removing Drakes and Dillon, now he supplied an excellent knock in the drizzle to lead SA to 88 for 3 with 33 balls to spare.

    India squeeze through yet again
    Jayasuriya wanted to continue on his fine 104 from the Scotland game, but was disappointed at humid Yarmouth. He was too keen on the 19th ball, taking a run that wasn't there, and Sachin Tendulkar duly threw the bails off and sent Jayasuriya off for 32. Kumar Sangakkara started slowly but safely, waiting till his 38th ball before picking up his first four - and then only due to a very poor fielding performance by Zaheer Khan. He completed his century in 54 balls with a lovely three over the off fielders, and managed to add another bouncing boundary to go to an unbeaten 118. Tendulkar, chasing 151 for the win, disappointed the hopeful crowd. He hit slowly, ran slowly, and was generally not the grand old Sachin that we all know. With three overs left, he needed to hit 59 - a virtually impossible task, especially considering his 92 was a no-boundary one. His first boundary came two balls later with a splendid cover drive, followed by a four past point with the last ball of the over. Part-timer Arnold was duly hit for 22 with his first over of the tournament. Vaas wasn't much better though, and Tendulkar hit another three fours, meaning that he only needed 18 from the last over. 17 came from the first seven balls, and the final two runs saw him to 152 not out and a last-ball 5-wicket win for India.

    This is my double century post

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    Originally posted by Samuel_Vimes
    Tendulkar, chasing 151 for the win, disappointed the hopeful crowd. He hit slowly, ran slowly, and was generally not the grand old Sachin that we all know. With three overs left, he needed to hit 59 - a virtually impossible task, especially considering his 92 was a no-boundary one. His first boundary came two balls later with a splendid cover drive, followed by a four past point with the last ball of the over. Part-timer Arnold was duly hit for 22 with his first over of the tournament. Vaas wasn't much better though, and Tendulkar hit another three fours, meaning that he only needed 18 from the last over. 17 came from the first seven balls, and the final two runs saw him to 152 not out and a last-ball 5-wicket win for India.

    This is my double century post
    This is called highly intelligent AI pacing the run chase perfectly 8D

    No idea how he managed it :duh:

    Congrats on the 200

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    Originally posted by Neil Pickup
    This is called highly intelligent AI pacing the run chase perfectly 8D
    No, this is called Indian luck - India v Kenya, exactly the same thing, Kenyan batsman needed two from the last ball, could only get one. This is also called part-timer bowling

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    Can England hold on against the fierce Namibian fighters? And will New Zealand show that their excellent performance against the Danes was not a one day streak of form?

    One shocker is enough for amateurs
    In the first match to be held at rainy Cleethorpes in this Beach World Cup, Neil Pickup could be seen there along with 882 anxious English. Would his team follow up on that fine performance which saw them defeat the Dutch? Or would these amateur Namibians, unknown before the tournament but now famous throughout the cricketing world thanks to that defeat of Australia, claim another major scalp? AJ Burger certainly seemed to think they could, hitting 25 from 15 balls before getting run out thanks to a freak injury he suffered half-way down the pitch. Karg was then clean bowled by Andy Caddick for 1, and the English crowd were breathing with relief. LJ Burger tried to save the innings, but his strike rate was way too low, and when Caddick caught him with an excellent run to long off, it was only a technicality. Craig White got the honour of removing the tail, and he did so in style - taking Kotze for 3 and van Vuuren for 4. The English innings was pretty boring, but it is worth noting that Marcus Trescothick at the moment has an average of infinity - seeing as he has not been out yet in this tournament. He made 92 today for a total of 277 so far - exactly equal to England's total amount of runs.

    Solid team effort sends Pakistan into semis
    The fourth quarter-final spot to be hampered by drizzle, Skegness welcomed New Zealand and Pakistan to what should be a great day of cricket. Inzamam continued in that fine style he played against Bangladesh, although admittedly his strike rate was a bit low in the first three overs with an unbeaten 44. He got his first four with the 36th ball, one that was shockingly poorly fielded by Jacob Oram, only to be the victim of a dodgy leg-before decision by referee Asoka DaSilva. The replay showed that the ball was going outside off. Still, nothing like some excitement to a match - not that Rashid Latif was very eager to provide it. He struggled with the aggression, and although it got better towards the end, an unbeaten 80 off 43 balls isn't very good in this form of the game. Stephen Fleming, who had batted so excellently against the Danish bowlers the other day, now had to chase 147 with his Black Cap mates under the lights. He started slowly, hitting 23 from the first two overs, mostly thanks to some great bowling by Waqar and Wasim. Just as he thought he had the strike rate up a bit, Wasim got the ball onto his pads and right into the stumps, and Fleming was out for 37. Young keeper Brendan McCullum certainly tried, but when he was out for 20 due to another splendid Wasim delivery, all hope was lost for NZ. Despite Oram's unbeaten 39, NZ finish a disappontingly high 45 runs behind.

    So the semi-finals: England v Pakistan, South Africa v India

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    Semi-finals:

    Welcome to Majorca for CricketWeb.net's live coverage of the first Beach World Cup Semi-final between South Africa and India.

    The weather continues fine and sunny, but the wind could certainly help the spinners.

    India have struggled through this tournament so far, winning the games against Kenya and Sri Lanka by a gnat's whisker, while South Africa in contrast have eased through their matches against Ireland and West Indies. They have to be considered favourites.

    India team: SR Tendulkar*, R Dravid+, V Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan.

    South Africa team: HH Gibbs, MV Boucher+, J Kallis, SM Pollock*, M Ntini.

    The players are gathered in the middle - the Spanish audience seems to wonder what the heck is going on - and we're off!

    0.1 Ntini to Tendulkar, two runs, on the off stump, swept long, Kallis is there and saves two valuable runs
    0.2 Ntini to Tendulkar, three runs, wide outside the off, sweeps it again, this time Kallis is unlucky
    0.3 Ntini to Tendulkar, three runs, dear oh dear! this time Pollock misfields it at mid on and it runs away again
    0.4 Ntini to Tendulkar, two runs, on the middle, cleared back to bowler, he can't gather it cleanly and it's two for Sachin
    0.5 Ntini to Tendulkar, FOUR, short ball, good drive from Tendulkar but Gibbs really should have gathered that, first boundary
    0.6 Ntini to Tendulkar, three runs, on leg, lifts it up, flies over everybody and three runs
    0.7 Ntini to Tendulkar, one run, nearly same ball, but this time Pollock gathers and it's only a single
    0.8 Ntini to Tendulkar, FOUR, nice way to end the over, way too wide and it runs away to third man

    India 22/0 (SR Tendulkar 22*, 8b, 2x4)
    Stand of 22
    Ntini 8-22-0 - Palm Side End


    1.1 Pollock to Tendulkar, three runs, misfielded again! this time it runs through Ntini's legs at mid-on
    1.2 Pollock to Tendulkar, one run, on leg stump, tries to pull it but a nice stop from Pollock saves runs
    1.3 Pollock to Tendulkar, three runs, excellent ball on middle, Sachin has to loft it up and does so in style
    1.4 Pollock to Tendulkar, two runs, short ball, stopped well at long on for two
    1.5 Pollock to Tendulkar, two runs, full toss, well timed shot smacked to mid-on
    1.6 Pollock to Tendulkar, three runs, wide outside off and short, well timed again by Tendulkar
    What a game that Tendulkar is having!
    1.7 Pollock to Tendulkar, FOUR, and again! ball flies over slip and out to the third man boundary, this fielding is not commendable at all
    1.8 Pollock to Tendulkar, two runs, short ball again, out to square leg but Kallis is there and stops the ball

    India 42/0 (SR Tendulkar 42*, 16b, 3x4)
    Stand of 42
    Pollock 8-20-0 - Ian Botham End


    2.1 Ntini to Tendulkar, two runs, on the middle, Tendulkar just whips it out but Pollock stops it before it runs to covers
    2.2 Ntini to Tendulkar, two runs, again! good fielding from Pollock now
    2.3 Ntini to Tendulkar, OUT, a real bouncer on middle stump, Sachin balloons it back to the bowler who has no problems, end of a good, aggressive innings for Tendulkar, Ntini strikes!

    India 46/1, Stand of 46
    SR Tendulkar c & b Ntini 46 (19b, 3x4, 0x6)
    M Ntini 11-26-1


    Dravid is the new batsman

    2.4 Ntini to Dravid, two runs, short ball, outside the off, Dravid connects nicely and Kallis can't stop it
    2.5 Ntini to Dravid, OUT, oh my! yorker on the off, Dravid gets it in his stomach, it just touches his bat and then goes down to hit his pad, Pollock runs up close and takes the low catch, India in trouble? Ntini strikes again!

    India 48/2, Stand of 2
    R Dravid c Pollock b Ntini 2 (2b, 0x4, 0x6)
    M Ntini 13-28-2


    Sehwag steps onto the crease

    2.6 Ntini to Sehwag, one run, lifts it over the on fielder, but he runs back and stops, nice fielding there!
    2.7 Ntini to Sehwag, three runs, good length, Sehwag gets it on his legs, turns it to square leg, no fielder there and he gets three
    2.8 Ntini to Sehwag, one run, wide outside leg, batsman can only get an edge, Boucher nowhere near that

    India 53/2 (V Sehwag 5*, 3b, 0x4)
    Stand of 5
    M Ntini 16-33-2 - Palm Side End


    3.1 Pollock to Sehwag, one run, good length ball on the middle, drives it back past the bowler, Kallis picks it up and Sehwag has to be satisfied with the single
    3.2 Pollock to Sehwag, one run, thick edge from Sehwag, but the keeper isn't quick enough and it bounces. Single.
    3.3 Pollock to Sehwag, one run, short ball outside leg, tries to pull it but has no luck
    3.4 Pollock to Sehwag, FOUR, bang! outside leg again, a bit short, Pollock is punished as Sehwag drives it to square leg and beyond
    Small break here as the ball has to be dragged out of the vegetation - seems like a duck is holding on to it while screaming for Rikki Clarke - most amusing - a rather venerable man comes over and negotiates - yes, that's it, Pollock has the ball and we continue
    3.5 Pollock to Sehwag, two runs, nicely smacked to mid-on, safe double from Sehwag
    3.6 Pollock to Sehwag, one run, good length outside the off, controls it down gully and takes the quick single
    3.7 Pollock to Sehwag, two runs, on the middle, driven through mid-on, fantastic shot but Gibbs stops it in style!
    3.8 Pollock to Sehwag, two runs, and again! well done by Sehwag, but the fielders deny him the boundaries

    India 67/2 (V Sehwag 19*, 11b, 1x4)
    Stand of 19
    SM Pollock 16-34-0 - Ian Bothan End


    4.1 Ntini to Sehwag, one run, good length ball on the middle, drives it back with ease
    4.2 Ntini to Sehwag, one run, on leg side, hits the pads and bounces off
    4.3 Ntini to Sehwag, two runs, wide outside the off and short, well connected and that's another two runs
    4.4 Ntini to Sehwag, three runs, oh well done! a bit short that ball, Sehwag with the drive and Pollock can't pick it up cleanly
    4.5 Ntini to Sehwag, three runs, on leg stump, bit of a full toss that, Sehwag just flicks it off his pads with ease
    4.6 Ntini to Sehwag, two runs, through mid-on again, well run there, nearly run out by Pollock
    4.7 Ntini to Sehwag, FOUR, lucky! wide outside the off, Sehwag steps back only to get a thin edge, neither Kallis nor Boucher can gather it, it crosses the rope!
    4.8 Ntini to Sehwag, one run, on the off and driven back

    India 84/2 (V Sehwag 36*, 19b, 2x4)
    Stand of 36
    M Ntini 24-50-2 - Palm Side End


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