South Africa tour of Australia, 2008/09 / 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

81.6

Steyn to Johnson, no run, short of a length on leg stump, Johnson defends on the back foot after moving across his stumps

Australia 303/8   MG Johnson 0* (1b)

83.4

Steyn to Johnson, no run, bowled wide outside off stump, Johnson lets it go

83.5

Steyn to Johnson, 1 run, he's caught it! Oh no it's six! Maybe it's neither! Johnson hooks a bouncer from Steyn, Ntini back-pedals at fine leg to get into position, he takes the catch but the momentum is taking him over the line, he manages to release the ball just before he goes over the rope, he wasn't in control of his body so it's not out, but I think that's a daft rule

Australia 312/8   MG Johnson 1* (3b)

84.1

Ntini to Johnson, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off side

84.2

Ntini to Johnson, 2 runs, full ball angling into the left-hander, he mis-times the on drive but there's no fielder at mid-on so there are runs for the taking

84.3

Ntini to Johnson, no run, defended back to the bowler on the front foot

84.4

Ntini to Johnson, no run, Johnson gets behind the line and defends towards the off side

84.5

Ntini to Johnson, 2 runs, what placement! Johnson stays back to a short of a length ball and swats it into the gap between extra cover and mid-on

84.6

Ntini to Johnson, no run, full ball outside off stump, Johnson lets it go

Australia 320/8   MG Johnson 5* (9b)

85.3

Steyn to Johnson, no run, Johnson moves back and plays on the leg side

85.4

Steyn to Johnson, 1 run, Johnson tries to get behind the line and defend but he gets an inside edge past his stumps

Australia 324/8   MG Johnson 6* (11b)

86.1

Morkel to Johnson, no run, Johnson defends on the leg side with a straight bat

86.2

Morkel to Johnson, no run, Johnson was aiming for the midwicket boundary, he played a powerful pull but the ball passed under his bat

86.3

Morkel to Johnson, 3 runs, he's connected this time! Johnson moves towards the off and pulls the ball through midwicket, Ntini gives chase, Johnson gets three

Australia 327/8   MG Johnson 9* (14b)

87.1

Steyn to Johnson, no run, Steyn wastes a delivery by spraying it wide outside off stump, Johnson lets it go

87.2

Steyn to Johnson, no run, fuller from Steyn and Johnson manages to push it towards the off side

87.3

Steyn to Johnson, 1 run, the slower ball from Steyn on leg and middle, Johnson plays it behind square for one

Australia 328/8   MG Johnson 10* (17b)

88.1

Morkel to Johnson, FOUR, short of a length outside off stump, Johnson frees his arms and cuts the ball firmly past point for four!

88.2

Morkel to Johnson, no run, banged in short outside off stump, Johnson pulls his bat inside the line of the ball and lets it go

88.3

Morkel to Johnson, no run, another short ball and Johnson was shaping up to hook before deciding to bail out of the shot and duck

88.4

Morkel to Johnson, (no ball) 2 runs, Morkel's over-stepped again! Johnson tries to defend a full ball and gets an inside edge behind square

88.4

Morkel to Johnson, no run, good length delivery angling into the left-hander, pushed off the back foot towards the leg side

88.5

Morkel to Johnson, 2 runs, top-edged but safe! Johnson goes for the hook against the short ball, he gets atop edge and the ball goes high in the air but falls safely short of long leg

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   MG Johnson 18 (24b 1x4)
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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