Cardiff: It is make or break for West Indies and South Africa at Cardiff in the all-important clash of Group B at the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. Even as Dwayne Bravo played mindgames before the encounter and that South Africa are known chokers in ICC tournaments, should not be a big factor on the day. The latest updates from the game: (Match Scorecard)
00:29 (IST): The match has been tied according to the D/L method and both teams get a point each from this virtual quarterfinal. Therefore, South Africa enter the semis with a better net-run rate than the West Indies in Group B.
00:18 (IST): And as fate would have it, rain comes yet another time to spoil what would have been a thrilling finish at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff. With West Indies 190/6 after 26.1 overs, the scores are level according to the D/L method.
00:10 (IST): Sixth wicket - Pollard is out, caught by Dale Steyn off Ryan McLaren. In comes Darren Sammy to give company to current skipper Bravo.
00:04 (IST): Windies still have a more than realistic chance with skipper Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard at the crease - two of the cleanest strikers of the ball and professional finishers with the bat in the limited-overs format. 51 runs needed of 36 balls now. For people following the Duckworth/Lewis method, the Windies at 180/5 in 25 overs, are trailing by 6 runs at this stage.
23:58 (IST): Fifth Wicket - Huge scalp for South Africa as Marlon Samuels is gone! And guess who brings back Proteas in the game - its Dale Steyn. Samuels, just two short of what would have been a 23rd half-century in ODIs, went for a huge slog over mid-wicket but failed to connect and its was timber!
23:45 (IST): Talking of big hits, Marlon Samuels rises to the occasion. He hits Ryan McLaren and Robin Peterson for a total of 33 runs in 2 overs, along with Kieron Pollard to help West Indies get back in the chase. With 85 needed off 60 balls, West Indies can come up triumphs if the T20 specialists in Samuels and Pollard keep up the run-scoring rate. Will the South Africans choke at the big stage?
23:28 (IST): Fourth Wicket - West Indies continue to fall in chase as Darren Bravo is the latest to fall via run out, owing to a yes and no situation at the crease with Marlon Samuels. Darren his just 12. With Kieron Pollard joining Samuels, the West Indies need the big hits from the these big hitters, as semi-final spot beckons.
23:14 (IST): After a brief rain delay at the stroke of Devon Smith's wicket, the players are back on field and play has resumed.
23:10 (IST): Third Wicket, Devon Smith goes for 30. Robin Peterson bowling from round the stumps, bowled on middle and leg and got the ball to turn in a bit as Smith missed a sweep shot. A loud appeal saw Umpire Rod Tucker giving not out but AB de Villiers called for a review and got the decision in South Africa's favour as the batsman looked plumb in front in the replay. Darren Bravo comes to the crease with a lot to do with Marlon Samuels.
22:55 (IST): Second Wicket, Gayle gone! Just when he was looking at his marauding best, Gayle has departed. Chris Morris struck in his second over. He bowled a pacy short of length ball from round the stumps, cramping Gayle for room. Gayle could only scoop it to backward point where Du Plessis took a sharp catch. Gayle had hit 5 fours and a six in his 27-ball 36. Marlon Samuels now joins Devon Smith and West Indies need a solid partnership now.
22:50 (IST): Gayle and Smith on the attack against JP Duminy. The openers got into the groove as they both registered 17 runs off Duminy's third over -the tenth in the innings. Gayle hit Duminy for a four and a first six while Devon Smith also fetched a streaky boundary. With this over, the Windies look to get back the momentum, which was missing since the start of the their innings.
22:40 (IST): First Wicket - Johnson Charles falls as Dale Steyn strikes. Charles look out of sorts in the middle and wanted to Steyn, but got the top edge and skied the ball in the air, only for AB de Villiers to take a regulation catch behind the stumps. Charles is replaced at the crease by Devon Smith, in the inaugural T20 World Cup opener, added a 100-plus stand with Gayle against South Africa.
22:15 (IST):South Africa open the bowling with JP Duminy, interesting choice as left-hander Chris Gayle confronts him. Duminy, who did not trouble the West Indian openers Gayle and Johnson Charles, was taken off the attack straightaway as Dale Steyn bowled the third over. Reminder - It is Steyn's first game of the tournament after he missed the opening two games against India and Pakistan. Talking of India and Pakistan, the arch rivals play Group B's final game in Birmingham, on Saturday. India skipper MS Dhoni does not want to give any consolation prize to Pakistan before the Men-in-Green take the flight back home.
21:40 (IST): So the Proteas attacked in the death overs, scoring 52 in the last 5. With the Windies line up full of big-hitters, it will be an interesting chase to look forward to.
21:35 (IST): South Africa finish on a high thanks to brilliant late middle-order hitting by David Miller and Faf du Plessis. Both shared an enterprising 48-ball 68-run stand for the 5th wicket, where Miller did the bulk of the scoring. Miller was also the sixth and last wicket to fall in the final over, after he registered 3 sixes and a four in his 29-ball knock.
21:27 (IST): Fifth Wicket - Faf du Plessis goes for a fine 35. Trying to give strike to big-hitter David Miller, Du Plessis was run out by bowler Dwayne Bravo in his follow through in the final over. The right-hander, who batted at number five today, faced 32 balls in a knock punched with 3 fours and a six.
20:52 (IST): Fourth Wicket - Skipper AB de Villiers is out and it needs a stupendous effort in the field by Darren Bravo to remove him. De Villiers pulls a short ball by Rampaul and the younger Bravo takes a full-length catch at the mid-wicket position. AB's enterprising 26-ball 37 was laced with 2 fours and a six. South Africa four down and in comes David Miller.
20:34 (IST): Third Wicket - JP Duminy gets caught behind. Duminy goes for a pull to a ball down the leg side by Kieron Pollard, ends up gloving it to wicket-keeper Johnson Charles. Faf du Plessis has come out to join his skipper.
20:26 (IST): Second Wicket - Colin Ingram goes for a solid 73 as a slower ball from Kieron Pollard does the trick. Ingram went for a big shot on the leg side and Darren Bravo runs to his right from the deep and takes a well-judged catch. Ingram took 63 balls for his knock that was punched with six fours and two sixes.
20:00 (IST): First wicket - Hashim Amla falls for 23. Amla slashes hard outside off stump but cannot clear a lunging Chris Gayle at covers, who takes a juggling catch. Big wicket for the West Indies but Colin Ingram is still going strong. South Africa skipper AB de Villiers is the new man in.
19:57 (IST): Well played Ingram! A well deserved fifty for the left-hander, his third in ODIs. Ingram reaches the milestone with a four over through deep mid-wicket. Ingram already has three ODI hundreds to his name.
19:30 (IST): Early signs that the South African openers are not going to take too much time trying to settle. Both Hashim Amla and Colin Ingram have weathered the early new-ball burst by Ravi Rampaul and Tino Best and are now consolidating against the likes of Sunil Narine.
18:40 (IST): The game likely start at 19:00 IST, and will be 31 overs a side. Powerplay blocks are six and three overs. One bowler can bowl seven overs, rest are allowed to bowl a maximum of six overs.
18:22 (IST): The match is likely to be shortened even further. Every eight minutes lost will mean one over less for both teams. Menawhile, here is a look at the playing elevens for both teams:
South Africa: Hashim Amla, Colin Ingram, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Robin Peterson, Chris Morris, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Devon Smith, Johnson Charles, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Marlon Samuels, Darren Sammy, Tino Best, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul.
18:10 (IST): Sadly, the rain is back and with a bang. It's pouring now in Cardiff and it may take some time before the play can start. The covers are on the field and floodlights are on too, it has become dark at the Swalec Stadium.
17:45 (IST): TOSS - West Indies win the toss and elect to bowl. The good news for South African fans is that Dale Steyn is back in the Proteas eleven, in place of left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso. In the West Indies, Tino Best has replaced Kemar Roach, who is ill. Ramnaresh Sarwan is dropped as left-handed top-order batsman Devon Smith is in the playing XI.
17:20 (IST): The rain has stopped for now, covers have been removed and the pitch is also uncovered. A 18:10 IST start would mean close top 36 overs-a-side game in this virtual quarterfinal at the Sophia Gardens.
16:34 (IST): The rain stopped momentarily but it has resumed now, making sure players are still indoors. If rain continues to play spoilsport and washed out the entire match, South Africa will sneak into the semis with better net run-rate. Here is a look at the Points Table.
15:40 (IST): While Dale Steyn is supposed to play after recovering from his injury, the weather in Cardiff does not seem to encourage any sort of play. It has been raining all this while here and the chances of play starting soon are slim.
Both teams will be hoping that the match is not curtailed too much as that would make the game a bit of a lottery. (In pic: Cardiff in white rather than the anticipated green)
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