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

0.1

Ntini to Hayden, no run, whoa that's a wayward start, Ntini pitched it well outside leg stump and Hayden let it go, not as spectacular as Harmison's wide but it was still pretty off line

0.2

Ntini to Hayden, no run, that's spot on from Ntini, he pitches in on middle and off and angles it across the left-hander, Hayden strides forward and shoulders arms

0.3

Ntini to Hayden, no run, fuller length on middle stump, Hayden clips the ball off his pads towards the fielder at square leg

0.4

Ntini to Hayden, FOUR, Hayden's away! Ntini gave him a full toss, a low full toss, Hayden moved forward and thumped the ball straight past the bowler, a powerful straight drive

0.5

Ntini to Hayden, FOUR, and again! It isn't a full toss this time but it's over-pitched, Hayden leans forward and drives firmly past mid-on, lovely timing

0.6

Ntini to Hayden, no run, Ntini shortens his length and pitches outside leg stump, Hayden stays in his crease and tries to whip the ball off his pads but misses

Australia 8/0   M Ntini 1-0-8-0

2.1

Ntini to Katich, 1 run, Ntini's line is a bit too straight and it allows Katich to nudge the ball behind square once again

2.2

Ntini to Hayden, no run, good length and line around middle stump, Hayden moves back and defends on the leg side

2.3

Ntini to Hayden, FOUR, splendid shot! Terrific straight drive from Hayden. The length was too full outside off once again and Hayden came forward and drilled it past the fielder at mid-off, no seam movement for Ntini so far

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

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

2.6

Ntini to Hussey, no run, No hat-trick for Ntini but it's a good ball, he pitches on an excellent length and slants the ball across the left-hander, Hussey lets it go

Australia 14/2   M Ntini 2-0-13-2

4.1

Ntini to Katich, no run, Ntini's line is just a bit wide outside off stump, Katich moves across his stumps but decides to let it go

4.2

Ntini to Katich, no run, Ntini's much closer this time, he pitches on middle stump and angles it across the left-hander, Katich moves across and shoulders arms

4.3

Ntini to Katich, no run, excellent line and length from Ntini just outside off, Katich lets it go again

4.4

Ntini to Katich, no run, left alone outside off stump, Ntini's bowling much closer to the stumps now

4.5

Ntini to Katich, no run, fuller length, Ntini pitches on middle and takes it away from Katich who once again lets it go through to Boucher

4.6

Ntini to Katich, no run, 134 kmh, Ntini completes a maiden over with a good length delivery on middle and off, this time Katich moves forward and pushes at the ball, he plays it towards point

Australia 15/2   M Ntini 3-1-13-2

6.1

Ntini to Clarke, no run, Ntini slants a full ball into the right-hander from wide of the crease, Clarke clips it off his toes but can't beat the fielder at midwicket

6.2

Ntini to Clarke, no run, shorter length and the line is wider outside off stump, Clarke lets it go through to the wicketkeeper, three slips and a gully in place

6.3

Ntini to Clarke, no run, terrific ball, Ntini hits the perfect length and draws Clarke into a forward push, the ball straightens off the pitch and goes past the outside edge

6.4

Ntini to Clarke, no run, fuller ball on off stump, Clarke moves forward and plays it towards cover

6.5

Ntini to Clarke, no run, Clarke gets on to the front foot and defends a good length ball on off stump with a straight bat

6.6

Ntini to Clarke, 2 runs, shot! Clarke moves forward and drives a full ball from Ntini through cover, he hasn't timed it well enough to get four though

Australia 18/3   M Ntini 4-1-15-2

8.1

Ntini to Clarke, no run, Ntini goes wide of the crease, which is his usual delivery position, and slants a good length ball into Clarke's off stump, he pushes off the front foot towards point

8.2

Ntini to Clarke, 1 no ball, Ntini's over-stepped this time, the first extra of the innings, Clarke defends

8.2

Ntini to Clarke, no run, that's a close leave, Ntini angles the ball into the right-hander, Clarke lunges forward and lets it go, the ball passes extremely close to off stump, Clarke's trusting the bounce at the WACA for the line was extremely close

8.3

Ntini to Clarke, no run, played off the back foot with an open face behind point

8.4

Ntini to Clarke, no run, this time the line is wider outside off stump and Clarke can let it go more comfortably

8.5

Ntini to Clarke, no run, Ntini goes wide again and pitches outside off, Clarke watches it closely from his crease and shoulders arms

8.6

Ntini to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Clarke stays in his crease and lets the ball go past

Australia 23/3   M Ntini 5-1-16-2

10.1

Ntini to Clarke, no run, good length from Ntini, he pitches outside off stump and Clarke lets the ball pass

10.2

Ntini to Clarke, no run, fuller length and the angle of the delivery slanting into the right-hander is sharper, Clarke moves forward and defends towards point

10.3

Ntini to Clarke, 2 runs, this time the line is a bit too straight and Clarke is able to nudge the ball off his pads behind square

10.4

Ntini to Clarke, no run, once again Clarke lets the ball pass close to his off stump, the length was short enough to ensure that the ball would pass over the stumps

10.5

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

10.6

Ntini to Clarke, no run, short of a length and straighter from Ntini, Clarke moves across and plays the ball towards midwicket

Australia 31/3   M Ntini 6-1-18-2

26.1

Ntini to Katich, no run, short of a length on of stump, Ntini slants the ball across the left-hander from over the wicket and Katich lets it go

26.2

Ntini to Katich, no run, fuller length but the line is outside off stump, allowing Katich to let it go again

26.3

Ntini to Katich, no run, Ntini hits that good length around off stump and moves the ball away from Katich, a hat-trick of leaves from the left-hander

26.4

Ntini to Katich, no run, Ntini pitches outside leg stump this time, Katich moves back and across and nudges towards the leg side

26.5

Ntini to Katich, FOUR, Ntini gets one to bounce from a length but Katich moves back and controls the ball well as he steers it into the gap between third slip and gully, he's away with a boundary after lunch

26.6

Ntini to Katich, no run, good length ball close to off stump, Katich lets it go once again

Australia 78/3   M Ntini 7-1-22-2

28.1

Ntini to Katich, 1 run, short of a length angling into the left-hander, Katich nudges off his pads towards midwicket

28.2

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

28.3

Ntini to Clarke, no run, Ntini hits a good length outside off and Clarke once again shoulders arms

28.4

Ntini to Clarke, no run, short of a length and wide outside off stump, Clarke gets on top of the bounce to hit the ball through cover but mis-times it

28.5

Ntini to Clarke, no run, fuller length and Ntini delivers it from extremely wide of the crease, Clarke leans forward and defends

28.6

Ntini to Clarke, 3 runs, that's flashy from Clarke, he reaches out for a wide ball and hits it uppishly into the gap at cover point, he hasn't timed it well either

Australia 82/3   M Ntini 8-1-26-2

30.1

Ntini to Katich, no run, full ball angling into the left-hander, Katich defends towards the bowler

30.2

Ntini to Katich, FOUR, what confidence from Katich, he cuts a short of a length delivery hard into the ground, the ball bounces over point and Katich doesn't run, he knows the ball is going to reach the boundary, it does, he's mis-timed several cuts today but he hit that one superbly

30.3

Ntini to Katich, no run, left alone outside off stump

30.4

Ntini to Katich, no run, good length ball on off and middle stump, defended on the leg side

30.5

Ntini to Katich, 2 runs, too straight from Ntini, he drifts on to middle and leg and Katich flicks off his pads through midwicket

30.6

Ntini to Katich, no run, short of a length on leg and middle, Katich moves across and defends towards the man at silly mid-on

Australia 94/3   M Ntini 9-1-32-2

32.1

Ntini to Katich, no run, good length on middle stump, Katich moves towards off and pushes the ball towards silly mid-on

32.2

Ntini to Katich, no run, short of a length on middle and off from over the wicket, Katich stays on the back foot and defends on the off side

32.3

Ntini to Katich, 1 run, Ntini digs it in short and Katich stands tall on the back foot and drops it in front of point for a single

32.4

Ntini to Clarke, no run, good length ball, pitches outside off stump and slants into the right-hander, Clarke moves forward and shoulders arms, the ball passes close to off stump

32.5

Ntini to Clarke, no run, driven off the front foot towards cover

32.6

Ntini to Clarke, no run, Clarke moves forward and shoulders arms to another one close to off stump

Australia 97/3   M Ntini 10-1-33-2

34.1

Ntini to Katich, SIX, Katich brings up Australia's 100, and his fifty, with a slash over the third man boundary, the length was short and there was width for Katich to get under the ball and cut it over the slips for six, he's revived Australia with a fluent half-century

34.2

Ntini to Katich, 1 run, fuller ball on middle stump, nudged on to the leg side for a single

34.3

Ntini to Clarke, no run, defended on the back foot

34.4

Ntini to Clarke, no run, Clarke strides forward to a good length ball and defends towards cover

34.5

Ntini to Clarke, 1 leg bye, Clarke moves back and works a short of a length ball off his hips behind square

34.6

Ntini to Katich, no run, short of a length just outside off stump, Katich waits in his crease and lets the ball pass close to off stump

Australia 106/3   M Ntini 11-1-40-2

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

54.6

Ntini to Haddin, no run, Ntini shortens his length and keeps the ball outside off, Haddin stays in his crease and shoulders arms

Australia 178/5   M Ntini 12-1-43-2

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   M Ntini 13-1-47-2

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   M Ntini 14-1-48-2

60.1

Ntini to Haddin, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Haddin moves on to the back foot and defends on the off side

60.2

Ntini to Haddin, no run, Haddin leans forward and plays a superb cover drive to a full ball outside off stump, he can't beat the infield though

60.3

Ntini to Haddin, FOUR, that's beaten the infield! Haddin moves back, swivels and rolls his wrists to keep the pull along the ground, superb timing and that's four!

60.4

Ntini to Haddin, no run, Ntini goes wide and bowls a full ball, Haddin drives straight but Ntini stoops and picks up the ball on his follow through

60.5

Ntini to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin stays in his crease and pushes the ball into the gap at cover point

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   M Ntini 15-1-54-2

80.1

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

80.2

Ntini to Haddin, no run, Haddin gets behind the line of a short of a length ball and defends

80.3

Ntini to Haddin, no run, Haddin backs away to a short of a length ball and mis-times the cut towards cover

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

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   M Ntini 16-1-55-3

82.1

Ntini to Krejza, no run, what a leave that is! Krejza let the ball coming into him from Ntini go and it went right over middle stump, Krejza trusts the bounce at the WACA with his wicket

82.2

Ntini to Krejza, no run, defended on the back foot towards the off side

82.3

Ntini to Krejza, no run, good length delivery angling into the right-hander, defended on the back foot

82.4

Ntini to Krejza, no run, banged in short outside off stump, Krejza lets it go through to Boucher

82.5

Ntini to Krejza, FOUR, Krejza gets off the mark by getting a thick outside edge between slip and gully for four

82.6

Ntini to Krejza, 3 runs, this one is no edge! Krejza moves forward and drives the ball firmly past point, Duminy's fantastic day in the field continues with an excellent chase and save

Australia 310/8   M Ntini 17-1-62-3

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   M Ntini 18-1-66-3

96.1

Ntini to Siddle, no run, starts with a good length ball outside off stump, Siddle pushes forward to defend but pulls his bat inside the line

96.2

Ntini to Siddle, no run, Siddle fends at a short of a length delivery outside off and gets an outside edge which falls short of gully

96.3

Ntini to Siddle, 2 runs, another edge but this one goes between third slip and gully towards third man, Ntini's drawing Siddle forward with his length and his wide-of-the-crease angle at delivery is causing problems

96.4

Ntini to Siddle, no run, Ntini goes past the outside edge again, that one hit the pitch and straightened to beat the bat

96.5

Ntini to Siddle, no run, fuller ball angling into the right-hander, Siddle pushes towards gully

96.6

Ntini to Siddle, no run, defended on the off side

Australia 367/9   M Ntini 19-1-68-3

98.1

Ntini to Siddle, no run, Ntini goes wide of the crease and hits a good length outside off stump, Siddle defends inside the line and the ball beats the bat

98.2

Ntini to Siddle, FOUR, what a shot that is! Siddle gets on to the front foot and drives a length delivery from outside off through the vacant region at mid-off, the WACA crowd roars the ball all the way to the boundary

98.3

Ntini to Siddle, no run, Ntini's back to beating the outside edge, Siddle pushes forward but doesn't judge Ntini's angle correctly

98.4

Ntini to Siddle, no run, fuller ball on off stump, Siddle strides forward and drives towards cover

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   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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