South Africa tour of Australia, 2008/09 / Wicket commentary

South Africa in Australia Test Series - 1st Test

Australia v South Africa

South Africa won by 6 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

2.4

Ntini to Hayden, OUT, he's got him! Fantastic comeback! Ntini hits the WACA pitch short of a length and gets the ball to rise and seam away from the left hander, Hayden pokes at it from his crease and gets an edge to Smith at first slip, easy catch for the South African captain, the change of line works immediately for Ntini, South Africa are stoked

ML Hayden c Smith b Ntini 12 (13m 13b 3x4 0x6) SR: 92.30

Australia 14/1   SM Katich 2* (3b)   M Ntini 1.4-0-13-1

2.5

Ntini to Ponting, OUT, Ponting goes first ball! Would you believe it! Ntini bowls a fuller ball on a length, he pitches it just outside off stump, Ponting goes hard at the ball off the front foot, he is looking to push on the off side but gets a thick edge to AB de Villiers who takes a low catch at gully

RT Ponting c de Villiers b Ntini 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Australia 14/2   SM Katich 2* (3b)   M Ntini 1.5-0-13-2

5.2

Steyn to Hussey, OUT, Hussey's gone for a duck! He pushes forward at one that slants across him and gets a thick outside edge which flies low towards third slip, de Villiers dives forward and grabs it inches from the ground, terrific catch, what a fielder he is, Steyn's celebration is intense!

MEK Hussey c de Villiers b Steyn 0 (11m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Australia 15/3   SM Katich 3* (11b)   DW Steyn 2.2-0-2-1

50.5

Morkel to Katich, OUT, Katich has missed a full toss and he's lbw! Morkel delivers a low full toss from round the wicket and angles it into the left-hander, Katich moves across his stumps to flick but misses, the ball thuds into the pad in front of middle, would it have missed leg? Close call, it might have clipped leg stump

SM Katich lbw b Morkel 83 (226m 151b 7x4 1x6) SR: 54.96

Australia 164/4   MJ Clarke 60* (136b 7x4)   M Morkel 9.5-1-23-1

51.5

Harris to Clarke, OUT, the double breakthrough! Clarke gives it away just before tea! He charges Harris and tries to go down the ground, he hits it with the inside part of the bat and lofts it straight to Smith who takes an easy catch at mid-on, he's thrilled, what a strike just before tea

MJ Clarke c Smith b Harris 62 (203m 141b 7x4 0x6) SR: 43.97

Australia 166/5   A Symonds 0* (1b)   PL Harris 10.5-2-25-1

69.5

Harris to Symonds, OUT, he's holed out this time! Harris tossed the ball up outside leg stump, Symonds tried to loft against the turn but this time he wasn't to the pitch of the ball because he hardly moved his feet, he hit the ball high in the air towards wide long-on, McKenzie ran to his right and took a well-judged catch

A Symonds c McKenzie b Harris 57 (79m 68b 6x4 0x6) SR: 83.82

Australia 259/6   BJ Haddin 33* (42b 4x4 1x6)   PL Harris 15.5-2-57-2

80.4

Ntini to Haddin, OUT, caught in the deep! The new ball does it for South Africa! Ntini bowls a short and wide ball, Haddin goes after it and slashes, he slices it in the air towards deep backward point where Duminy holds the catch, yet another batsman gets caught in the deep after getting well set

BJ Haddin c Duminy b Ntini 46 (117m 68b 4x4 2x6) SR: 67.64

Australia 298/7   B Lee 25* (39b 3x4)   M Ntini 15.4-1-55-3

81.5

Steyn to Lee, OUT, Lee is steyned. Kicks up from a length, 143 kmph delivery and the pace and the bounce off a length did the job. Lee stabbed it off the outside edge to gully. Gone. Eight down. 300 up. Runs and wickets. Lovely Test match day.

B Lee c Duminy b Steyn 29 (51m 46b 4x4 0x6) SR: 63.04

Australia 303/8   JJ Krejza 0* (0b)   DW Steyn 14.5-2-56-2

88.6

Morkel to Johnson, OUT, Morkel strikes with the last ball of the day! Finally he bowls a yorker which smashes into Johnson's pad right in front of the stumps, that's plumb, South Africa end on a high after a frustrating few overs

MG Johnson lbw b Morkel 18 (32m 24b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Australia 341/9   JJ Krejza 19* (20b 3x4)   M Morkel 17-1-62-2

98.5

Ntini to Siddle, OUT, South Africa have finally taken the wicket! He bowls a full ball outside off stump, Siddle goes for the big drive and gets a faint edge through to Boucher who flings the ball in the air after taking an easy catch

PM Siddle c †Boucher b Ntini 23 (40m 34b 3x4 0x6) SR: 67.64

Australia 375/10   JJ Krejza 30* (45b 3x4)   M Ntini 19.5-1-72-4
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
Series Results
Australia v South Africa at Sydney - Jan 3-7, 2009
Australia won by 103 runs
Australia v South Africa at Melbourne - Dec 26-30, 2008
South Africa won by 9 wickets
Australia v South Africa at Perth - Dec 17-21, 2008
South Africa won by 6 wickets
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Dec 21, 2008

JP Duminy drives on his way to a half-century, Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Perth, 5th day, December 21, 2008

JP Duminy drives on his way to a half-century

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Dec 21, 2008

AB de Villiers and JP Duminy walk back after completing the incredible chase, Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Perth, December 21, 2008

AB de Villiers and JP Duminy walk back after completing the incredible chase

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