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

1.1

Steyn to Katich, no run, now there's the Harmison! Steyn sprays it wide outside off stump and gets the ball to move sharply towards slip, Boucher leaps across and makes an excellent save

1.2

Steyn to Katich, 1 run, shorter length and straighter line, Katich gets going with a nice little tuck off his hips behind square

1.3

Steyn to Hayden, no run, 142 kmh, Steyn pitches wide outside off stump and slants it across the left-hander, it's too wide for Hayden

1.4

Steyn to Hayden, no run, better line, it's much straighter from Steyn, Hayden gets behind the ball and defends with a straight bat

1.5

Steyn to Hayden, no run, Steyn once again hits the pitch outside off stump and seams it away from Hayden who comes forward and lets it go

1.6

Steyn to Hayden, no run, this time he pitches outside leg stump and strays down leg side, Hayden can't connect with the glance off the pads

Australia 9/0   DW Steyn 1-0-1-0

3.1

Steyn to Katich, no run, Steyn gets the ball to kick off a length and surprises Katich who defends towards the off side in a hurry

3.2

Steyn to Katich, 1 run, Katich moves back and across to nudge a good-length ball towards the off side for a single

3.3

Steyn to Hussey, no run, Steyn digs it in short to Hussey who tries to play a short-arm pull, the ball was on to him too quickly and he mis-times it to Amla at square leg

3.4

Steyn to Hussey, no run, 140kmh, Steyn pitches short of a length around off stump and seams it away from the left-hander, Hussey pokes at it without moving his feet and gets beaten

3.5

Steyn to Hussey, no run, this time Hussey tries to pull his bat out of the way of one that moves away from him, he doesn't move it quickly enough and the ball hits the ball and goes on the bounce towards slip

3.6

Steyn to Hussey, no run, this time he manages to leave it comfortably outside off

Australia 15/2   DW Steyn 2-0-2-0

5.1

Steyn to Hussey, no run, Steyn hits the pitch hard outside off and Hussey lets it go

5.2

Steyn to Hussey, OUT, Hussey's gone for a duck! He pushes forward at one that slants across him and gets a thick outside edge which flies low towards third slip, de Villiers dives forward and grabs it inches from the ground, terrific catch, what a fielder he is, Steyn's celebration is intense!

MEK Hussey c de Villiers b Steyn 0 (11m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

5.3

Steyn to Clarke, 1 run, Is that a run out? Surely not! Clarke gets a bouncer first up and fends it towards the off side, he sets off for a single and Katich has to hurry, the fielder from cover - Morne Morkel - picks up and hits the stumps, Katich dives full length and just makes his ground! What excitement!

5.4

Steyn to Katich, no run, good length outside off stump with some movement away from the left-hander, Katich lets it go

5.5

Steyn to Katich, no run, Katich stays in his crease and lets another one pass through to Boucher

5.6

Steyn to Katich, no run, Steyn pitches a touch wide outside off and Katich shoulders arms

Australia 16/3   DW Steyn 3-0-3-1

7.1

Steyn to Katich, no run, short of a length from Steyn, Katich moves across his crease, stands tall on the back foot to get on top of the bounce, and defends

7.2

Steyn to Katich, no run, fuller ball slanting across the left-hander, Katich calmly lets it go

7.3

Steyn to Katich, no run, Katich moves across to cut a short of a length delivery but he doesn't connect properly, he gets a thick bottom edge into the ground towards point

7.4

Steyn to Katich, 3 runs, full ball outside off and Katich moves into position to play the cover drive, he connects well and finds the gap too, Duminy gives chase and pulls it in just inside the boundary, he's a quick fielder

7.5

Steyn to Clarke, 1 run, Steyn fires in a full delivery and Clarke falls over after flicking it off his pads towards long leg

7.6

Steyn to Katich, no run, Katich moves forward and shoulders arms to one that moves away from him from a good length

Australia 22/3   DW Steyn 4-0-7-1

9.1

Steyn to Katich, no run, Steyn angles the ball across Katich and the left-hander doesn't play a shot

9.2

Steyn to Katich, no run, 146 kmh, good length and straighter line from Steyn, Katich moves back and across and defends

9.3

Steyn to Katich, 2 runs, Steyn lets loose a low full toss outside off stump, Katich reaches out and hits it through the gap at cover for two more

9.4

Steyn to Katich, FOUR, that's a cracking shot! Katich moves across his crease, latches on to a full delivery, and smashes the cover drive through the gap, there's no stopping this one

9.5

Steyn to Katich, no run, 145kmh, Katich watchfully lets a good length ball pass by his off stump, good leave, Katich looks pretty settled

9.6

Steyn to Katich, no run, Katich stays in his crease, lets a good length ball comes to him, and opens the face to guide the ball towards point

Australia 29/3   DW Steyn 5-0-13-1

24.1

Steyn to Katich, no run, good length on middle and off, Katich moves across and defends with a straight bat towards the bowler

24.2

Steyn to Katich, no run, fuller length on middle stump, pushed back towards the bowler

24.3

Steyn to Katich, no run, short of a length outside off stump, left alone by Katich

24.4

Steyn to Katich, no run, Steyn bounces Katich and the batsman lets it go with ease

24.5

Steyn to Katich, no run, another bouncer and another duck from Katich, 140 kmh that was

24.6

Steyn to Katich, no run, what happened there? Katich moved across his crease to play the short of a length ball, he suddenly decided to let the ball go down the leg side and it passed over his stumps

Australia 74/3   DW Steyn 6-1-13-1

27.1

Steyn to Clarke, no run, good length right away on off stump, Clarke gets behind the line on the back foot and blocks

27.2

Steyn to Clarke, no run, Steyn moves this one into Clarke, we haven't seen much of the inswinger today, Clarke defends on the back foot

27.3

Steyn to Clarke, no run, more movement into the right-hander, Clarke pushes towards mid-on, could it be reversing?

27.4

Steyn to Clarke, no run, Clarke plays a rash shot, the length was just a trifle short and Clarke saw the width outside off and tried to hammer it through cover, the ball beat the bat

27.5

Steyn to Clarke, no run, Steyn replies with a fast bouncer and Clarke drops his wrists and lets it pass

27.6

Steyn to Clarke, no run, good length to finish the over, Clarke blocks off the back foot and Steyn completes a maiden over

Australia 78/3   DW Steyn 7-2-13-1

29.1

Steyn to Clarke, FOUR, more flash from Pup, he slashes at a wide delivery outside off (the length wasn't short) without moving his feet and gets an outside edge between gully and slisp for four

29.2

Steyn to Clarke, no run, full ball angling into the right-hander, Clarke pushes towards cover on the front foot

29.3

Steyn to Clarke, no run, Steyn gives him a short one and Clarke sways his head out of the way

29.4

Steyn to Clarke, no run, another short one and Clarke takes evasive action by ducking, this is a good contest after lunch

29.5

Steyn to Clarke, 1 run, Steyn errs by slanting down the leg side, Clarke flicks off his pads towards long log

29.6

Steyn to Katich, 1 run, Katich gets his team off the bogey score by nudging a short of a length delivery off his hips behind square

Australia 88/3   DW Steyn 8-2-19-1

36.1

Steyn to Katich, 1 run, Katich moves across his stumps and flicks the ball from middle and leg stump towards long leg

36.2

Steyn to Clarke, no run, Steyn pitches the ball on a good length outside off and cuts it off the pitch into Clarke who defends towards cover on the back foot

36.3

Steyn to Clarke, FOUR, Clarke brings up the 100 partnership in some style, Steyn gives him width outside off stump and Clarke frees his arms and cuts the ball in the air over point for four, lovely shot

36.4

Steyn to Clarke, 1 run, Steyn bowls a full ball on leg stump and Clarke clips it towards long leg for one more

36.5

Steyn to Katich, no run, good length delivery on middle and off stump, defended on the off side

36.6

Steyn to Katich, 1 run, Katich moves back to a short of a length delivery and pushes it off his hips towards deep backward square

Australia 119/3   DW Steyn 9-2-26-1

38.1

Steyn to Katich, no run, Steyn pitches outside off stump and angles the ball across Katich who lets it pass

38.2

Steyn to Katich, no run, Steyn fires in a bouncer and Katich lets it pass over his head

38.3

Steyn to Katich, no run, good length delivery on middle and off stump, Katich moves back and across and drives towards mid-off

38.4

Steyn to Katich, no run, Katich moves back and across and plays the ball off his hips towards midwicket

38.5

Steyn to Katich, 1 wide, Steyn bowls a wayward bouncer down leg side and the umpire calls it wide! Steyn isn't happy

38.5

Steyn to Katich, no run, fuller ball on middle and off stump, Katich moves back and across and pushes towards cover

38.6

Steyn to Katich, no run, good length ball on off stump, defended on the front foot

Australia 121/3   DW Steyn 10-2-27-1

40.1

Steyn to Katich, no run, short of a length outside off stump, defended on the back foot towards point

40.2

Steyn to Katich, no run, Steyn catches Katich by surprise as he moves across his stumps by bowling a sharp short ball just outside of stump, Katich drops his wrists in a hurry and lets the ball go through to Boucher

40.3

Steyn to Katich, 2 runs, Katich moves across and flicks the ball off his hips towards deep square leg

40.4

Steyn to Katich, no run, that's just too wide outside off stump, Katich doesn't even bother

40.5

Steyn to Katich, 1 run, he goes round the wicket this time and angles a short of a length ball into the left-hander, Katich uses the angle to nudge the ball off his hips behind square

40.6

Steyn to Clarke, no run, Steyn ends the over with a short ball, Clarke lets it pass

Australia 126/3   DW Steyn 11-2-30-1

42.1

Steyn to Katich, FOUR, fantastic! Katich waits for a short of a length ball outside off stump and cuts through gully to the third man boundary

42.2

Steyn to Katich, 1 run, played off the hips behind square for a single

42.3

Steyn to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Clarke moves back and defends on the off side

42.4

Steyn to Clarke, 1 wide, short ball outside off stump, it's too short and Aleem Dar calls it wide for height

42.4

Steyn to Clarke, no run, another short ball outside off stump, this time it isn't wide

42.5

Steyn to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke tries to force the ball through the off side but inside-edges the ball past his stumps

42.6

Steyn to Katich, no run, Katich moves across his stumps and flicks a full ball towards the man at square leg

Australia 138/3   DW Steyn 12-2-37-1

62.1

Steyn to Haddin, FOUR, short and wide outside off stump, Haddin stays on the back foot and cracks the ball through cover point for four

62.2

Steyn to Haddin, no run, good length delivery on off and middle stump, Haddin jumps back in his crease and defends on the leg side

62.3

Steyn to Haddin, no run, Steyn bowls short of a length outside off stump, Haddin jumps back and blocks

62.4

Steyn to Haddin, 3 runs, he hasn't controlled that but the ball lands safely, Steyn dug in the bouncer and Haddin took him on with the hook, he top edged it but the ball fell into the vacant spaces at deep square leg

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   DW Steyn 13-2-46-1

64.1

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

64.2

Steyn to Haddin, 1 wide, Steyn wants to see if Haddin will hook again by giving him another bouncer, this time the batsman lets it go

64.2

Steyn to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin waits for the slower ball outside off stump and taps it into the gap at point

64.3

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

64.4

Steyn to Haddin, 1 run, Steyn pitches another one short and this time Haddin gets on top of the bounce and hits it into the gap at midwicket

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

64.6

Steyn to Haddin, no run, Haddin moves across his stumps and plays a superb straight drive, Harris runs to his left from mid-on and slides to cut off the boundary

Australia 229/5   DW Steyn 14-2-52-1

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

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   DW Steyn 15-2-56-2

83.1

Steyn to Krejza, no run, Steyn sends down a bouncer outside off and the batsman sways out of the way

83.2

Steyn to Krejza, no run, tight line and length around off stump, Krejza gets behind the line an defends

83.3

Steyn to Krejza, 1 run, Styen aims one at middle stump but Krejza stays in his crease and gets his bat in the way of the ball

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

83.6

Steyn to Krejza, FOUR, edged down to the third man boundary for four more

Australia 316/8   DW Steyn 16-2-62-2

85.1

Steyn to Krejza, no run, Steyn keeps it straight and full, Krejza gets behind the line and defends

85.2

Steyn to Krejza, 3 runs, shot! Krejza stays on the back foot and pushes the ball firmly into the gap at cover, Harris gives chase but Duminy sprints past him and saves the four

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

85.5

Steyn to Krejza, no run, Steyn peppers Krejza with a bouncer and the batsman ducks under it

85.6

Steyn to Krejza, no run, full ball angling into middle and leg stump, Krejza defends on the leg side

Australia 324/8   DW Steyn 17-2-66-2

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

87.4

Steyn to Krejza, no run, Steyn bowls full and straight, Krejza defends but gets an inside edge towards the leg side

87.5

Steyn to Krejza, FOUR, Krejza moves back and pushes out at the ball, the thick outside edge runs between gully and slips for four more, this is a useful stand for Australia

87.6

Steyn to Krejza, no run, Krejza plays a free-flowing cover drive but hits it straight to the fielder

Australia 332/8   DW Steyn 18-2-71-2

89.1

Steyn to Krejza, no run, nice front foot defence from Krejza, he gets forward to a good length ball and pushes it towards cover

89.2

Steyn to Krejza, no run, short of a length and the line is wider outside off stump, Krejza lets it go through to Boucher

89.3

Steyn to Krejza, 1 run, fuller and straighter from Steyn and Krejza gets going with a tap into the covers, Amla fields but he can't prevent the single

89.4

Steyn to Siddle, no run, Siddle gets behind the line of his first delivery and defends off the back foot with a straight bat

89.5

Steyn to Siddle, no run, now he comes half-forward and blocks a good length delivery pretty confidently

89.6

Steyn to Siddle, 1 run, Siddle scores his first Test runs with a push off the back foot through cover point

Australia 343/9   DW Steyn 19-2-73-2

91.1

Steyn to Krejza, 3 runs, too full on the pads and Krejza flicks the ball in the air over midwicket, the batsmen run three to bring up the 350, they will be pleased with this effort especially after the horror start yesterday morning

91.2

Steyn to Siddle, no run, Siddle fends at a quick delivery outside off stump but gets beaten

91.3

Steyn to Siddle, no run, Steyn pitches short of a length outside off stump, Siddle swishes and misses

91.4

Steyn to Siddle, no run, Steyn fires in a bouncer but the length is too short and Siddle avoids it without too much sweat

91.5

Steyn to Siddle, 1 run, short of a length on middle stump, Siddle moves forward and nudges the ball towards midwicket and scurries through for the single

91.6

Steyn to Krejza, no run, full ball on off stump, Krejza moves forward and defends confidently, right of the middle of the bat

Australia 351/9   DW Steyn 20-2-77-2

93.1

Steyn to Krejza, no run, length delivery from Steyn on off stump, Krejza gets behind the line and plays the ball towards gully by opening the face

93.2

Steyn to Krejza, no run, fuller ball homing in on off stump, Krejza moves forward and defends on the off side

93.3

Steyn to Krejza, no run, full and wide outside off stump with a hint of outswing, Krejza throws his bat at it but gets beaten

93.4

Steyn to Krejza, no run, good length from Steyn just outside off stump, Krejza moves back and plays the ball towards cover

93.5

Steyn to Krejza, no run, fuller length on off stump, Krejza strides forward and defends, the ball hits the outside edge and goes on the bounce towards gully

93.6

Steyn to Krejza, no run, Krejza sees off the final ball by moving back and pushing towards point

Australia 357/9   DW Steyn 21-3-77-2

95.1

Steyn to Krejza, no run, full and wide outside off stump, Krejza wades into the delivery and plays a firm square drive but straight to Duminy at point

95.2

Steyn to Krejza, no run, the South Africans begin to appeal for lbw but soon realise that Krejza's got an inside edge on to the pad, he tried to work a straight ball towards midwicket and missed

95.3

Steyn to Krejza, no run, banged in short by Steyn and Siddle lets it go

95.4

Steyn to Krejza, no run, the slower ball from Steyn at 109 kmh but Krejza spots it and defends confidently off the front foot

95.5

Steyn to Krejza, no run, another very short ball, and Krejza sways out of the way

95.6

Steyn to Krejza, no run, played towards point on the back foot

Australia 365/9   DW Steyn 22-4-77-2

97.1

Steyn to Krejza, no run, that's a terribly wide delivery from Steyn, he fired that down the leg side and sent Boucher leaping to his left

97.2

Steyn to Krejza, 2 runs, Krejza pushes forward at a good length delivery and guides it towards wide third man for two more

97.3

Steyn to Krejza, no run, a cracking shot and a terrific save! Krejza moves on to the front foot and drives a full ball powerfully towards cover where Amla leaps to his right and makes the save, Krejza hit that into the ground so hard that it nearly bounced over Amla's head

97.4

Steyn to Krejza, 1 run, short of a length delivery, defended on the leg side

97.5

Steyn to Siddle, 1 run, full ball on middle stump, Steyn was looking for the yorker, Siddle moves forward and plays the ball through square leg

97.6

Steyn to Krejza, no run, that's a sharp short ball form Steyn and Krejza gets out of the way in a hurry

Australia 371/9   DW Steyn 23-4-81-2
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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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