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

50.6

Morkel to Symonds, no run, Morkel bowls another low full toss, Symonds bends low and keeps it out

Australia 164/4   A Symonds 0* (1b)

52.1

Morkel to Symonds, 1 run, Symonds gets off the mark by nudging the ball off his hips towards long leg

Australia 167/5   A Symonds 1* (2b)

53.1

Kallis to Symonds, no run, a full ball swing into the right-hander ,Symonds moves forward and defends

53.2

Kallis to Symonds, no run, Kallis is getting a bit of movement into the right-hander, Symonds moves forward and nudges towards midwicket

53.3

Kallis to Symonds, 2 runs, Symonds leans forward and uses the angle into him to push the ball off his pads behind square

53.4

Kallis to Symonds, no run, good length delivery outside off stump, the batsman strides forward and lets it go

53.5

Kallis to Symonds, no run, defended on the back foot towards the bowler

53.6

Kallis to Symonds, 1 run, Symonds waits for the ball to angle into him before pushing it into the gap at cover for a single

Australia 175/5   A Symonds 4* (8b)

54.1

Ntini to Symonds, no run, good length delivery outside off stump, Symonds stays on the back foot and defends on the off side

54.2

Ntini to Symonds, no run, Ntini bowls a slightly fuller length but Symonds remains on the back foot and defends on the off side

54.3

Ntini to Symonds, no run, Ntini goes wide of the crease and slants a full ball into Symonds who defends on the front foot towards cover

54.4

Ntini to Symonds, no run, bowled full again from wide of the crease, Symonds moves forward and drives towards cover

54.5

Ntini to Symonds, 3 runs, and finally Symonds decides the full ball has to go and he drives Ntini off the front foot through cover point

Australia 178/5   A Symonds 7* (13b)

55.1

Kallis to Symonds, FOUR, Symonds gets a full ball from Kallis wide outside off, he drives at it and gets a thickish outside edge past gully for four, he didn't middle it but hit it hard enough

55.2

Kallis to Symonds, no run, defended on the front foot towards the bowler

55.3

Kallis to Symonds, no run, good length delivery outside off stump, left alone by Haddin

55.4

Kallis to Symonds, no run, Symonds decides to let one go outside off this time

55.5

Kallis to Symonds, FOUR, Symonds pokes at a good length ball outside off stump and gets an edge past first slip for four, it wouldn't have been a catch even if there were more slips for it fell well short

55.6

Kallis to Symonds, 1 run, Symonds moves back and pushes the ball into the gap at midwicket

Australia 187/5   A Symonds 16* (19b 2x4)

56.1

Ntini to Symonds, FOUR, shot! Symonds moves on to the back foot and plays a short-arm pull to a ball that's not that short, he hits it into the gap in front of midwicket for four

56.2

Ntini to Symonds, no run, Symonds strides forward and pushes a good length ball towards mid-on, these two have added 25 off 28 balls so far

56.3

Ntini to Symonds, no run, fuller ball angling into the right-hander, Symonds moves forward and plays it on the leg side

56.4

Ntini to Symonds, no run, Ntini goes wide of the crease and delivers wide out side off stump, Symonds lets it go

56.5

Ntini to Symonds, no run, good length delivery angling into the right-hander, Symonds tries to drive off the back foot through the off side but mis-times it back to the bowler

56.6

Ntini to Symonds, no run, Symonds strides forward and shoulders arms to a good length ball just outside off stump

Australia 191/5   A Symonds 20* (25b 3x4)

58.1

Ntini to Symonds, no run, full ball outside off stump, Symonds drives off the front foot towards mid-off

58.2

Ntini to Symonds, no run, good length once again but this time Symonds drops it with soft hands towards the off side, Haddin sets off but Symonds says no

58.3

Ntini to Symonds, no run, full length from Ntini and Symonds drives off the front foot back to the bowler, Ntini picks up on his follow through and threatens to throw it back at the batsman

58.4

Ntini to Symonds, no run, Ntini bowls from very wide of the crease, Symonds defends on the leg side

58.5

Ntini to Symonds, no run, this time he delivers from closer to the stumps and the line is much straighter, Symonds misses the shot and gets hit on the pad, there's a stifled lbw appeal from behind the stumps

58.6

Ntini to Symonds, 1 run, Symonds nudges a good length ball in front of midwicket for a single

Australia 192/5   A Symonds 21* (31b 3x4)

59.1

Kallis to Symonds, FOUR, is that off the bat? Yes it is! Symonds plays a fine leg glance to one that slants down leg side, Boucher dives full length to his left but can't reach it

59.2

Kallis to Symonds, no run, Kallis follows up with a yorker outside off stump which beats Symonds bat as he jams down at it

59.3

Kallis to Symonds, no run, defended on the front foot towards the leg side

59.4

Kallis to Symonds, no run, Kallis pitches on a good length outside off stump and angles into the right-hander, Symonds defends with a perfectly straight bat

59.5

Kallis to Symonds, no run, defended on the leg side

59.6

Kallis to Symonds, no run, defended on the back foot towards the leg side

Australia 196/5   A Symonds 25* (37b 4x4)

60.6

Ntini to Symonds, 1 run, Symonds moves across his stumps and flicks the ball towards long leg for a single

Australia 202/5   A Symonds 26* (38b 4x4)

61.1

Harris to Symonds, no run, defended on the front foot on the leg side

61.2

Harris to Symonds, no run, Symonds steps down the track but doesn't get to the pitch of the ball, he defends with bat close to pad

61.3

Harris to Symonds, no run, driven off the front foot towards mid-on

61.4

Harris to Symonds, 2 runs, Symonds stays in his crease and flicks behind square

61.5

Harris to Symonds, no run, Symonds moves on to the front foot and defends towards short leg

61.6

Harris to Symonds, no run, Symonds comes forward to defend but gets an inside edge on to pad towards the off side

Australia 204/5   A Symonds 28* (44b 4x4)

62.5

Steyn to Symonds, no run, Steyn bounces Symonds and the batsman ducks

62.6

Steyn to Symonds, 2 runs, pushed off the back foot into the gap at square leg, Symonds calls for two and gets it

Australia 213/5   A Symonds 30* (46b 4x4)

63.4

Harris to Symonds, 2 runs, that's a short ball from Harris and Symonds pulls the ball in the air but clear of the fielder at midwicket, Harris shouted "catch it" but it wasn't close to the fielder

63.5

Harris to Symonds, FOUR, and this one is miles from any fielder! Symonds takes a step out of his crease, gets to the pitch of the ball, and lofts it towards the long on boundary

63.6

Harris to Symonds, 3 runs, and again, Symonds muscles the ball towards wide long on, this time Smith gives chases and prevents the boundary with some nifty footwork

Australia 223/5   A Symonds 39* (49b 5x4)

64.1

Steyn to Symonds, 1 run, Symonds drops the ball with soft hands behind point and calls Haddin through for the single

64.3

Steyn to Symonds, 1 run, Steyn fires in a full delivery on middle and leg, Symonds flicks towards deep square leg

64.5

Steyn to Symonds, 1 run, short and wide outside off stump, Symonds gets into position and cuts fiercely towards deep backward point, Smith has a fielder in the deep

Australia 229/5   A Symonds 42* (52b 5x4)

65.1

Harris to Symonds, 1 run, tossed up on middle stump, driven to long on off the front foot

65.3

Harris to Symonds, 1 run, Symonds once again uses the angle into him to hit the ball towards long-on, they are picking off the ones in that region

Australia 232/5   A Symonds 44* (54b 5x4)

66.1

Morkel to Symonds, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Symonds lets it go through to Boucher

66.2

Morkel to Symonds, 1 run, driven off the front foot towards deep backward point, Smith has a fielder in that position

Australia 233/5   A Symonds 45* (56b 5x4)

67.2

Harris to Symonds, 1 run, Symonds gets down on one knee and plays the paddle sweep towards short fine leg

67.4

Harris to Symonds, no run, Symonds moves on to the back foot and punches it back to the bowler

67.5

Harris to Symonds, no run, played on the leg side

67.6

Harris to Symonds, 3 runs, Symonds moves towards the off side and swings the ball towards deep midwicket, the batsmen run urgently and complete three

Australia 244/5   A Symonds 49* (60b 5x4)

68.1

Morkel to Symonds, no run, Morkel bowls a well-directed bounce but Symonds ducks under it comfortably

68.2

Morkel to Symonds, no run, Morkel bowls a full ball angling into Symonds who misses the flick, Morkel appeals half-heartedly, that would have missed leg

68.3

Morkel to Symonds, 2 runs, he gets his fifty by nudging a short of a length delivery towards long leg, the WACA gives him a stirring ovation

68.4

Morkel to Symonds, no run, defended on the back foot towards the off side

68.5

Morkel to Symonds, 2 runs, fuller ball on middle stump, Symonds leans forward and plays the ball on the leg side

68.6

Morkel to Symonds, no run, Symonds tries to hit the ball through the off side but doesn't quite time it

Australia 248/5   A Symonds 53* (66b 5x4)

69.4

Harris to Symonds, FOUR, Synonds goes after Harris now, he charges Harris and hits the ball along the ground towards wide long on for four, he got to the pitch of the ball nicely

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   A Symonds 57 (68b 6x4)
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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