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

70.1

Morkel to Lee, no run, defended on the front foot towards the bowler

70.2

Morkel to Lee, no run, Morkel pitches short of a length and Lee sways out of the way of the ball

70.3

Morkel to Lee, 2 runs, excellent shot, Lee leans forward and drives a full length ball wide of the fielder at mid-off

70.4

Morkel to Lee, no run, Morkel angles a short of a length ball into Lee's body, he fends it away towards Amla at short leg

70.5

Morkel to Lee, no run, that's a well-directed and quick bouncer, Lee ducks under it in a hurry, he took his eyes off it and went under!

70.6

Morkel to Lee, no run, Morkel follows up with a fuller ball that passes by the outside edge of Lee's attempted cover drive

Australia 261/6   B Lee 2* (6b)

71.2

Harris to Lee, no run, Lee leans forward and blocks a flighted delivery on off stump

71.3

Harris to Lee, no run, Lee takes a couple of steps out of his crease and defends towards the off side

71.4

Harris to Lee, no run, flighted delivery on middle stump, Lee lunges forward and defends

71.5

Harris to Lee, 1 run, Lee nudges the ball behind square and gives Haddin the last ball of the over

Australia 263/6   B Lee 3* (10b)

72.1

Morkel to Lee, no run, dug in short into the body, Lee hops back and takes his hand off the bat while defending

72.2

Morkel to Lee, no run, that's a fiery short ball, Lee bends his knees and sinks under the ball

72.3

Morkel to Lee, FOUR, what a reply from Lee! He backs away a touch and uses the width to cut the short ball over point for four

72.4

Morkel to Lee, no run, another short one outside off, Lee lets it go this time

72.5

Morkel to Lee, 2 runs, played back down that ground for a single, that was a slower ball and an odd shot from Lee

72.6

Morkel to Lee, FOUR, too full outside off stump, Lee moves forward an drives the ball powerfully through cover for four more

Australia 273/6   B Lee 13* (16b 2x4)

74.6

Kallis to Lee, no run, Lee keeps out the last ball, it was short of a length and straight, and gives the strike back to Haddin

Australia 283/6   B Lee 13* (17b 2x4)

75.5

Harris to Lee, no run, Lee steps out of his crease to defend and gets hit on the pad

75.6

Harris to Lee, 1 run, Lee moves forward and hits the ball towards deep midwicket for a single

Australia 285/6   B Lee 14* (19b 2x4)

76.1

Kallis to Lee, no run, good length ball on middle stump, defended on the leg side

76.2

Kallis to Lee, no run, good length once again on off stump, Lee stays in his crease and drives towards cover

76.3

Kallis to Lee, 3 runs, too full outside off stump, Lee moves forward, frees his arms, and drives the ball through cover point, the ball won;t reach the fence and the batsmen run three

Australia 288/6   B Lee 17* (22b 2x4)

77.1

Harris to Lee, no run, Lee steps out to reach the pitch of a flatter delivery and defends

77.2

Harris to Lee, no run, Lee stays in his crease and prods tentatively outside off stump but gets beaten by the spin away from him

77.3

Harris to Lee, no run, now he decides to step out once again and defends, he looks more confident against Harris when he steps out

77.4

Harris to Lee, FOUR, he looked pretty confident on the back foot this time though! Harris drops a bit short and Lee cuts hard to the backward point boundary

77.5

Harris to Lee, 1 leg bye, Lee gets hit on the boot as he tries to defend for leg byes towards short third man

Australia 293/6   B Lee 21* (27b 3x4)

78.1

Kallis to Lee, no run, Kallis cuts this ball sharply into Lee who stays in his crease and defends towards the bowler with as straight bat

78.2

Kallis to Lee, no run, more bounce and movement into the right-hander, Lee moves forward to defend and takes one hand off the bat

78.3

Kallis to Lee, no run, fuller length on off stump, Lee strides forward and defends on the off side

78.4

Kallis to Lee, no run, Lee gets on to the front foot and flicks a full ball this time towards midwicket

78.5

Kallis to Lee, no run, Kallis gets a bit of swing into the right-hander, Lee plays it back to the bowler

78.6

Kallis to Lee, no run, Lee moves forward and defends back to the bowler, the new ball will be available to South Africa after one more over

Australia 293/6   B Lee 21* (33b 3x4)

79.2

Harris to Lee, no run, Lee jumps out of his crease and tries to defend, he gets an edge which loops up but falls safely between silly point, short cover and the bowler

79.3

Harris to Lee, no run, Lee tries to hit the ball down the ground but can't get it past mid-on

79.4

Harris to Lee, 2 runs, Lee moves back and plays the ball off his pads towards square leg, he'll get two

79.5

Harris to Lee, no run, tossed up on middle stump, Lee moves forward an defends confidently

79.6

Harris to Lee, 1 run, shorter length outside off, Lee pushes it towards point and will keep the strike

Australia 297/6   B Lee 24* (38b 3x4)

80.1

Ntini to Lee, 1 run, length ball outside off stump, Lee drives off the front foot for a single through cover

80.5

Ntini to Lee, no run, Lee moves on to the back foot and cuts a short of a length ball towards point

80.6

Ntini to Lee, 1 leg bye, banged in short and coming in to the body, Lee is surprised, cramped and takes his eyes off the ball as he fends at it and it runs off the body to square leg

Australia 299/7   B Lee 25* (41b 3x4)

81.1

Steyn to Lee, no run, Ping Binga seems to be the cry. Another short delivery, chest high around the off stump, Lee takes the bottom hand off the handle and jabs it close on the off side

81.2

Steyn to Lee, FOUR, slasher Lee is here. Short and outside off stump, Lee knew he can throw his bat on this Perth track and it flew over the slip cordon. 300 up for Oz.

81.3

Steyn to Lee, no run, fuller, on a length, around 140.6 kmph delivery and Lee is a touch late in responding to the length and lunges out to keep it out

81.4

Steyn to Lee, no run, 139.2 kmph bouncer on the middle stump and Lee sways, ducks and gets down on the ground and springs up quickly to have a look at Steyn. You come to bat Mate.

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   B Lee 29 (46b 4x4)
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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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