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

21.1

Harris to Katich, no run, tossed up on off stump, Katich comes forward and plays the ball on the off side

21.2

Harris to Katich, no run, full ball outside off stump, Katich moves forward and drives to the man at cover

21.3

Harris to Katich, no run, this time he thrusts his pad out and lets it go

21.4

Harris to Katich, no run, Katich stretches forward and defends on the off side

21.5

Harris to Katich, no run, bowled flatter through the air outside off stump, Katich moves back and across and defends

21.6

Harris to Katich, no run, tight line and length outside off, Katich defends on the back foot towards the bowler

Australia 69/3   PL Harris 1-1-0-0

23.1

Harris to Katich, no run, full ball outside off stump from over the wicket, Katich drives to the fielder at cover

23.2

Harris to Katich, 1 run, tossed up on off and middle, Katich waits for it and drives to the fielder on the long-on boundary

23.3

Harris to Clarke, no run, bowled flat through the air into Clarke, he defends on the front foot

23.4

Harris to Clarke, no run, flighted delivery on middle stump, Clarke moves forward and blocks

23.5

Harris to Clarke, no run, superb ball! Harris drifted it into the right-hander, Clarke came forward to defend but the ball beat him in the flight and then spun past the outside edge, that was close to the stumps

23.6

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

Australia 74/3   PL Harris 2-1-1-0

25.1

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

25.2

Harris to Clarke, no run, Clarke moves forward and plays the ball towards cover

25.3

Harris to Clarke, no run, tossed up from round the wicket, Clarke lunges forward and blocks

25.4

Harris to Clarke, no run, tossed up slowly and Clarke nudges the ball towards mid-on, Amla sticks his hand out from forward short leg but the ball is past him

25.5

Harris to Clarke, no run, defended on the back foot towards the off side

25.6

Harris to Clarke, no run, defended solidly with a straight bat

Australia 74/3   PL Harris 3-2-1-0

37.1

Harris to Katich, 1 run, Katich moves across to a full ball and flicks it into the gap at deep backward square

37.2

Harris to Clarke, no run, Harris bowls a quicker one that skids through on Clarke, I don;t think Clarke picked it and he ended up defending it rather late on the back foot

37.3

Harris to Clarke, no run, this time he's well forward and defends with a straight bat

37.4

Harris to Clarke, no run, Clarke takes a step out and defends once again, Amla's not standing at a conventional short leg, he's very straight

37.5

Harris to Clarke, no run, defended on the front foot

37.6

Harris to Clarke, no run, flighted delivery outside off stump, Clarke moves forward and defends on the off side

Australia 120/3   PL Harris 4-2-2-0

39.1

Harris to Clarke, no run, bowled slowly through the air into the right hander from round the wicket, defended on the front foot

39.2

Harris to Clarke, no run, Harris spins the ball away from the right-hander, Clarke defends on the off side

39.3

Harris to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke gives Harris the charge, he was looking to hit over wide long on but he got a thick inside edge through midwicket instead, not where he intended it to go

39.4

Harris to Clarke, no run, defended on the front foot towards the bowler

39.5

Harris to Clarke, no run, bowled quickly through the air by Harris, Clarke strides forward and blocks

39.6

Harris to Clarke, no run, slower from Harris this time and Clarke leans forward and defends once again, Harris has been extremely tidy today, only four runs off five overs

Australia 123/3   PL Harris 5-2-4-0

41.1

Harris to Katich, no run, Katich hasn't had much of the strike against Harris, he leans forward to defend a flat delivery

41.2

Harris to Katich, no run, bowled slowly and wide outside off stump, Katich lets it go

41.3

Harris to Katich, 1 run, Katich moves back and across and works the ball behind square for a single

41.4

Harris to Clarke, no run, Harris drifts on to middle and leg, Clarke waits for it and pushes the ball towards midwicket

41.5

Harris to Clarke, FOUR, shot Pup! He charges Harris, gets to the pitch of the ball, and smashes it over the bowler's head for four, terrific shot to bring up a half-century

41.6

Harris to Clarke, no run, defended on the front foot

Australia 131/3   PL Harris 6-2-9-0

43.1

Harris to Clarke, no run, defended back to the bowler on the front foot

43.2

Harris to Clarke, FOUR, that's too short, a long hop, and Clarke cashes in by moving back and cutting through cover point for four

43.3

Harris to Clarke, no run, Clarke tries to go over the top but mis-times it towards mid-off

43.4

Harris to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke closes the face of the bat too early and gets a leading edge towards short cover as the ball turns across him, the ball was in the air but de Villiers at short cover lost his footing and fell over, it might have been a catch had he not slipped

43.5

Harris to Katich, 1 run, played behind square for a single

43.6

Harris to Clarke, no run, Clarke leans forward and defends with a straight bat

Australia 144/3   PL Harris 7-2-15-0

45.1

Harris to Katich, no run, Harris bowls a slow delivery outside off, Katich leans forward and defends

45.2

Harris to Katich, no run, Katich moves back to a flatter one and defends to the fielder at short leg

45.3

Harris to Katich, 1 run, Katich moves back earlier this time and has enough time to play the ball past the man at short leg

45.4

Harris to Clarke, no run, tossed up outside off stump, Clarke defends watchfully on the off side

45.5

Harris to Clarke, no run, he gives that a lot of air and Clarke drives the ball back to the bowler

45.6

Harris to Clarke, no run, defended on the back foot towards the bowler

Australia 146/3   PL Harris 8-2-16-0

47.1

Harris to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke steps out to Harris and drives the ball through cover for a single

47.2

Harris to Katich, no run, bowled flat through the air outside off stump, Katich waits on the back foot and plays the ball to point

47.3

Harris to Katich, no run, tossed up outside off stump, Katich leans forward to smother the ball

47.4

Harris to Katich, no run, Katich comes on to the front foot once again and defends

47.5

Harris to Katich, no run, beaten! Harris pushes one quicker through the air outside off stump, Katich plays for the turn into him but the ball goes straight through and beats the outside edge

47.6

Harris to Katich, 3 runs, this time Katich moves back and cuts the slightly shorter ball past point, he's timed it well but McKenzie chases it and saves one run with a desperate dive

Australia 154/3   PL Harris 9-2-20-0

49.1

Harris to Clarke, 1 run, Harris drifts on to Clarke's pads with a round-arm action and the batsman plays it towards square leg

49.2

Harris to Katich, no run, Katich moves on to the front foot, gets to the pitch of the flighted delivery, and defends

49.3

Harris to Katich, no run, bowled slowly through the air on middle stump, defended on the front foot

49.4

Harris to Katich, 2 runs, played off the pads down to long-leg where Morkel fields and sends the throw towards extra cover instead of the wicketkeeper!

49.5

Harris to Katich, no run, defended on the front foot

49.6

Harris to Katich, no run, Katich is as solid as ever in defence

Australia 163/3   PL Harris 10-2-23-0

51.1

Harris to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke gives Symonds the strike by moving back and working the ball off his pads behind square, ah he's come back for the second

51.2

Harris to Clarke, no run, defended on the front foot towards the bowler

51.3

Harris to Clarke, no run, bowled flatter through the air on off stump, Clarke moves back and defends

51.4

Harris to Clarke, no run, Harris drifts on to middle and leg, Clarke goes back and plays it towards short leg

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

51.6

Harris to Haddin, no run, Haddin moves back and defends a flat ball towards silly point

Australia 166/5   PL Harris 11-2-25-1

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   PL Harris 12-2-27-1

63.1

Harris to Haddin, no run, Haddin steps out to Harris and drives straight, Harris dives to his right and gets a hand on the ball to save runs

63.2

Harris to Haddin, no run, defended on the front foot towards cover

63.3

Harris to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin steps out again and flicks the full ball towards square leg

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   PL Harris 13-2-37-1

65.1

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

65.2

Harris to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin takes a step out of his crease and drives towards long on

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

65.4

Harris to Haddin, no run, this time Haddin defends on the front foot towards the bowler

65.5

Harris to Haddin, no run, Haddin stays in his crease and defends towards the leg side

65.6

Harris to Haddin, no run, bowled slowly through the air outside off, Haddin plays the ball towards point, Symonds wants the single but Haddin sends him back

Australia 232/5   PL Harris 14-2-40-1

67.1

Harris to Haddin, 1 run, nudged off the pads behind square

67.2

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

67.3

Harris to Haddin, 1 run, tossed up on middle stump, Haddin taps it towards long on for a single

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   PL Harris 15-2-46-1

69.1

Harris to Haddin, no run, defended on the back foot

69.2

Harris to Haddin, SIX, lovely shot! Haddin gives Harris the charge and lofts him cleanly over the long-on boundary for six

69.3

Harris to Haddin, 1 run, pushed off the front foot towards long on

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

69.6

Harris to Haddin, no run, defended back to the bowler on the front foot

Australia 259/6   PL Harris 16-2-57-2

71.1

Harris to Haddin, 1 run, cut off the back foot through the off side

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

71.6

Harris to Haddin, no run, Harris drops a fraction short and Haddin goes back to cut, he can't find the gap this time

Australia 263/6   PL Harris 17-2-59-2

73.1

Harris to Haddin, no run, played back to the bowler on the front foot

73.2

Harris to Haddin, no run, bowled flat through the air on off stump, played off the back foot towards the bowler

73.3

Harris to Haddin, no run, Haddin leans forward and blocks once again

73.4

Harris to Haddin, no run, Harris loops one into the right-hander, Haddin defends on the front foot

73.5

Harris to Haddin, no run, Harris tosses it up and Haddin nudges towards the leg side

73.6

Harris to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin waits for the ball to drift into him and taps it through square leg

Australia 274/6   PL Harris 18-2-60-2

75.1

Harris to Haddin, no run, tossed up on middle stump, Haddin hits it into the ground and the ball bounces up towards Harris

75.2

Harris to Haddin, no run, defended on the front foot towards the bowler

75.3

Harris to Haddin, no run, slightly short outside off stump and Haddin cuts of the back foot, "Wait," he says to see if the ball gets past Steyn at backward point, it doesn't

75.4

Harris to Haddin, 1 run, pushed on the leg side for a single

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   PL Harris 19-2-62-2

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

77.6

Harris to Haddin, no run, bowled flat through the air on leg stump, Haddin moves back and defends towards the bowler

Australia 293/6   PL Harris 20-2-66-2

79.1

Harris to Haddin, 1 run, defended on the front foot towards the leg side, there's a gap there so he gets a single

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   PL Harris 21-2-70-2
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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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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