South Africa tour of Australia, 2008/09 / Wicket 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

7.6

Johnson to McKenzie, OUT, what has McKenzie done? An unbelievable shot! Johnson bowls the ball short and wide outside off stump, McKenzie has been leaving those deliveries but this time he decides to play at it, he should have been cutting that but instead he tries to pull the ball from well outside off stump, he ends up hitting it tamely towards mid-off where Krejza runs to his right to take the simplest of catches

ND McKenzie c Krejza b Johnson 2 (36m 31b 0x4 0x6) SR: 6.45

South Africa 16/1   GC Smith 7* (18b)   MG Johnson 4-0-7-1

31.1

Krejza to Amla, OUT, bowled him! Lovely ball! Krejza loops the ball up outside off stump, drawing Amla forward with the flight, he beats the batsman in the air, pitches the ball outside off stump and spins it through the bat pad gap as Amla tries to whip it on the leg side, that turned a long way to hit the stumps

HM Amla b Krejza 47 (104m 67b 5x4 0x6) SR: 70.14

South Africa 106/2   GC Smith 48* (92b 6x4)   JJ Krejza 6.1-0-23-1

32.3

Johnson to Smith, OUT, massive wicket! The double blow! Johnson bowls a full ball outside off stump, Smith tries to drive away from his body without moving his feet and gets a thick inside edge back on to his stumps, Johnson sprints away in celebration, Australia are right back in this

GC Smith b Johnson 48 (148m 94b 6x4 0x6) SR: 51.06

South Africa 110/3   JH Kallis 4* (6b)   MG Johnson 8.3-0-28-2

70.4

Johnson to de Villiers, OUT, got him! Johnson's been Australia's go to man today! He pitches on a good length in line with the stumps and slants it close to de Villiers' off stump, de Villiers pushes forward in defence but the ball moves across him and takes the outside edge, Haddin tumbles to his right and takes the catch

AB de Villiers c †Haddin b Johnson 63 (144m 130b 7x4 1x6) SR: 48.46

South Africa 234/4   JH Kallis 61* (107b 6x4 1x6)   MG Johnson 14.4-0-40-3

72.4

Johnson to Kallis, OUT, Johnson has another one and has brought Australia right back into the match once again! Kallis gets on to the front foot and fends at a length delivery which angles across him, the ball clips the outside edge and Haddin pouches another one to his right

JH Kallis c †Haddin b Johnson 63 (162m 111b 6x4 1x6) SR: 56.75

South Africa 237/5   JP Duminy 1* (8b)   MG Johnson 15.4-0-42-4

74.1

Johnson to Duminy, OUT, He can! He sends down an awesome short ball to Duminy, it's supremely directed and has Duminy in its sights, Duminy tries to duck, he can't, he ends up fending at it awkwardly, the ball thuds into his glove and lobs up towards leg gully, Haddin runs across and takes an easy catch, Johnson has five! That might have hit him on the arm actually, it's a close call

JP Duminy c †Haddin b Johnson 1 (18m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 9.09

South Africa 238/6   MV Boucher 0* (6b)   MG Johnson 16.1-0-42-5

76.3

Johnson to Morkel, OUT, Johnson has six! Another one falls! He follows up that superb bouncer with a slower ball, the length is full and the line is straight, Morkel closes the face of the bat too early and the ball hits the leading edge, it lobs up towards the off side and Krejza runs in from extra cover and slides to take the catch

M Morkel c Krejza b Johnson 1 (10m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 10.00

South Africa 241/7   MV Boucher 1* (11b)   MG Johnson 17.3-1-42-6

76.6

Johnson to Harris, OUT, gone! Amazing, simply stunning from Johnson! He fires in a length ball at Harris' pads, he turns the ball off the pads but it's in the air and there's a man at a shortish backward square leg, it goes straight to him and Krejza takes the catch

PL Harris c Krejza b Johnson 0 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

South Africa 241/8   MV Boucher 1* (11b)   MG Johnson 18-2-42-7

80.4

Johnson to Steyn, OUT, Johnson's one step closer towards creating Australian history! He fires it the short ball right at Steyn's body, Steyn manages to get his head out of the way but leaves his glove sticking out, the ball hits it and lobs up towards Haddin who won't get too many catches that are easier than that

DW Steyn c †Haddin b Johnson 8 (16m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 88.88

South Africa 256/9   MV Boucher 7* (24b)   MG Johnson 19.4-2-51-8

89.5

Siddle to Boucher, OUT, caught! Boucher tried to cut the ball through point but couldn't keep it down, the ball goes straight to Katich who takes the catch and the sprints off the field to get padded up, Australia lead by 94 runs

MV Boucher c Katich b Siddle 26 (81m 65b 2x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

South Africa 281/10   M Ntini 5* (15b 1x4)   PM Siddle 16.5-5-44-1
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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