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Coetzer's magic moment

Posted in ICC World Twenty20

Scotland's stay in the World Twenty20 was brief but Kyle Coetzer has left an indelible mark on the tournament.

While his team-mates were finding new ways to fumble the ball during another mediocre performance in the field, Coetzer produced a moment of magic that will live long in the memory of anyone present at the Oval.

With South Africa sitting pretty on 195 for five en route to the biggest total of the tournament so far, Mark Boucher punched a flat drive off Gordon Drummond that seemed destined to land deep into the OCS Stand.

Coetzer, patrolling the boundary at long-on, had other ideas.

Backtracking as the ball seared towards him, Coetzer leapt acrobatically like a continental goalkeeper attempting to tip a shot over the crossbar.

But the Scotland man went one better, arching his back, twisting and flinging out his right arm like a periscope to pluck the ball out of thin air. The spectators sitting behind him, lives having flashed before their eyes, rose as one in disbelief.

Kyle Coetzer

A jubilant Kyle Coetzer rushes towards his team-mates after taking a magnificent catch against South Africa

Not content with taking the catch of the tournament, the Durham batsman top-scored for his side with 42, which included three sixes, one a daring pull off Dale Steyn that flew over square-leg.

Coetzer's stunner will be retold in pubs around Vauxhall tonight but as pint glasses clink together, punters might discuss whether they have seen the eventual winners.

Strong from top to bottom, South Africa were relentless in their destruction of Scotland.

Sterner tests lie ahead - they play New Zealand at Lord's on Tuesday - but look at South Africa's squad and it justifies why many are tipping them to win the tournament.

There is a nice blend of elegance and brutality in their batting line-up - the grace of Kallis and Gibbs contrasting with Morkel's power - although AB de Villiers displayed both traits during his unbeaten 79.

Just 24 hours after Chris Gayle battered Brett Lee into submission, de Villiers matched the West Indian by blazing six maximums, albeit against lesser opposition.

South Africa's bowling arsenal is well stocked too with the menacing Dale Steyn and Wayne Parnell being well supported by spinners Johan Botha and Roelof van der Merwe.

Do not be surprised to see them at Lord's in a fortnight.

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