Who would have predicted that: For once, D/L method comes to South Africa's rescue in 2013 Champions Trophy
In our feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.
At least five times between 1992 and 2006, South Africa found themselves on the wrong side with respect to the Duckworth-Lewis method. Finally, the D/L method helped book a semi-final spot for the Proteas in a Champions Trophy game against West Indies in 2013.
South Africa 230/6 (31 overs) - Colin Ingram 73 (63), David Miller 38 (29); Dwayne Bravo 2/43 (5), Marlon Samuels 1/14 (2)
West Indies 190/6 (26.1 overs) - Marlon Samuels 48 (38), Chris Gayle 36 (27); Dale Steyn 2/33(6) , Robin Peterson 1/22 (4)
Result - Match tied (D/L method), South Africa qualify to semi-final
Colin Ingram repaid the faith of the selectors and the skipper as he finally came good at the top of the order, bringing up his highest score since being promoted to open. Ingram, along with Hashim Amla, added 80 runs for the first wicket in just 12 overs.
Handy knocks from Faaf du Plessis and David Miller towards the end put 230 runs on the board for South Africa from 31 overs. The South African bowlers now had enough to make a match out of it.
Fall of wickets: 1-80 (Hashim Amla, 12.1 ov), 2-124 (Colin Ingram, 17.3 ov), 3-128 (Jean-Paul Duminy, 18.4 ov), 4-153 (AB de Villiers, 22.1 ov), 5-221 (Faf du Plessis, 30.1 ov), 6-229 (David Miller, 30.5 ov)
The West Indian innings was like a cat and mouse game. Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels were the two batsmen who threatened to chase down the total with their powerful strokes.
Had it not been for Dale Steyn, who made it extremely tough for the West Indian batsmen, Pollard in particular, to clear the boundary, West Indies would have certainly chased down the total. At the 20-over mark, West Indies were at 130/4, 14 runs behind the D/L par score. From then on, the pendulum kept swinging from one side to another.
On what turned out to be the last ball of the match (26.1), Kieron Pollard tried to slash at a short delivery from Ryan McLaren and ended up being caught at third man. This is when the players had to rush off the field as the rain grew heavier.
Had Pollard not been dismissed, West Indies would have proceeded to the semi-final by virtue of being ahead on the D/L par score. But for once, the two gentlemen - Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis - decided to be on the side of the Proteas.
Fall of wickets: 1-35 (Johnson Charles, 6.6 ov), 2-75 (Chris Gayle, 11.5 ov), 3-87 (Devon Smith, 14.6 ov), 4-104 (Darren Bravo, 17.5 ov), 5-162 (Marlon Samuels, 23.2 ov), 6-190 (Kieron Pollard, 26.1 ov)
South Africa - Hashim Amla, Colin Ingram, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (c & wk), Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Robin Peterson, Ryan McLaren, Chris Morris, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
West Indies - Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles (wk), Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Devon Smith, Dwayne Bravo (c), Kieron Pollard, Daren Sammy, Sunil Narine, Tino Best, Ravi Rampaul
Match: RSA v WI, 9th Match, Group B, ICC Champions Trophy 2013
Date: Friday, June 14, 2013
Toss: West Indies won the toss and decided to bowl
Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Umpires: Steve Davis, Rod Tucker
Third Umpire: Bruce Oxenford
Match Referee: Andy Pycroft
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