South Africa tour of Australia, 2008/09 / Commentary

0.1

Steyn to Marsh, no run, starts off on a length and Marsh plays it towards point

0.2

Steyn to Marsh, no run, marginally fuller and he squirts it to the off side again

0.3

Steyn to Marsh, no run, no pace to speak of yet, pitches on the stumps and he defends

0.4

Steyn to Marsh, no run, there's a good ball, pitching full to commit Marsh forward, and then straightening to beat the bat as he pushes down the wrong line, well bowled, Steyn

0.5

Steyn to Marsh, 4 leg byes, now an appeal, as Steyn pitches in line and straightens the ball, Marsh doesn't move forward much and neither does he play much of a shot, the ball strikes him just outside off stump and was doing too much as well, then it clips his pad ans runs away through the slips, which doesn't impress Steyn much

0.6

Steyn to Marsh, no run, on the stumps and he keeps the last ball of the over out

Australia 4/0   SE Marsh 0* (6b)

1.2

Ntini to Marsh, no run, pitches full and wide and Marsh does his best Test leave impersonation

1.3

Ntini to Marsh, no run, now he makes Marsh play, and he drives the ball straight to mid-off

1.4

Ntini to Marsh, 1 run, too straight, Marsh tucks it to midwicket and Warner sprints down, a bit of hesitation on Marsh's part but Warner was away and he knew he wanted one

Australia 6/0   SE Marsh 1* (9b)

2.1

Steyn to Marsh, no run, pitches just around off stump and played straight to backward point

2.2

Steyn to Marsh, no run, walks into a good-looking drive but cannot beat the man at mid-off

2.3

Steyn to Marsh, 1 run, a pinched single, just a tap towards Duminy at cover and they sprint

Australia 7/0   SE Marsh 2* (12b)

3.1

Ntini to Marsh, no run, pitches full and gets Marsh coming forward, defending to backward point

3.2

Ntini to Marsh, no run, better length, then straightening, to beat Marsh's attempt to dab it fine

3.3

Ntini to Marsh, no run, 137ks, more carry and bounce this time to beat a feeble shot

3.4

Ntini to Marsh, 2 runs, gets a bit of room and thrashes that up and wide of point

3.5

Ntini to Marsh, FOUR, better shot, Marsh walks into it and pushes it past Botha at mid-off

3.6

Ntini to Marsh, no run, pitches back of a length and Marsh steers it to backward point

Australia 17/0   SE Marsh 8* (18b 1x4)

5.1

Ntini to Marsh, 2 runs, ooh, in the air but safe, March squirts a drive up and wide of backward point and the fast outfield takes the ball out to the ropes, where the sweeper mops up

5.2

Ntini to Marsh, no run, 137ks, some awkward bounce gets the batsman surprised

5.3

Ntini to Marsh, no run, and again the ball sits up off a length and Marsh, lunging forward, has to take his bottom hand off the bat handle, the ball nips up and rolls to the on side

5.4

Ntini to Marsh, FOUR, that's a fine shot, he gets room and cuts through a diving point fielder

5.5

Ntini to Marsh, 1 run, shorter delivery bounces more than anticipated but Marsh does well, riding the carry and angling it down past the slips to third man

Australia 28/1   SE Marsh 15* (23b 2x4)

6.1

Steyn to Marsh, no run, lands it on a good length and Marsh pushes it to the man at cover

6.2

Steyn to Marsh, no run, 145.2ks, angling across and he raises the bat to allow it pass

6.3

Steyn to Marsh, no run, pitches just outside leg stump and swings in to hit the pad as Marsh falls towards the off side in defence, Steyn appeals rather unconvincingly and Ian Gould walks away

6.4

Steyn to Marsh, no run, leans forward and drives on the rise to the fielder placed at mid-off

6.5

Steyn to Marsh, FOUR, gets across and cuts it down into the ground in front of a tumbling point, the ball wasn't that wide but Marsh adjusted to pick the gap and hit the ball hard too

6.6

Steyn to Marsh, no run, pitches on a better length and Marsh pushes it to the off side

Australia 32/1   SE Marsh 19* (29b 3x4)

7.2

Ntini to Marsh, no run, much straighter, Marsh gets well forward and pats it back to Ntini

7.3

Ntini to Marsh, FOUR, gets to the pitch and drives on the rise towards cover, there are shouts of catch but the ball drops just short of Duminy as he falls to his left, and runs away as well

7.4

Ntini to Marsh, no run, shuffles across and turns this one away, but cannot beat midwicket

7.5

Ntini to Marsh, no run, pitches wide and straightens and Marsh gets forward and shoulders arms

7.6

Ntini to Marsh, no run, pitches wide and comes back in but he's confident leaving it be

Australia 37/1   SE Marsh 23* (34b 4x4)

8.4

Steyn to Marsh, no run, 145.5ks, pitches short of a length and Marsh decides he'd like to pull that one, but the ball stays a touch low and angles across to hit him in the jewels, ouch

8.5

Steyn to Marsh, no run, pitches on a length and swings in and Marsh gets back to defend well

8.6

Steyn to Marsh, 1 run, comes forward to defend and then hurries to dab the angle bat on it, a bit of a late chopped shot towards third man, and backward point does the fielding to keep Marsh to the single

Australia 40/1   SE Marsh 24* (37b 4x4)

9.1

Ntini to Marsh, 1 run, throws the bat at that fullish delivery, driving on the rise very hard to extra cover, where Botha does well to get a hand on it and take some pace of the ball

Australia 41/1   SE Marsh 25* (38b 4x4)

10.1

Steyn to Marsh, no run, pitches on about leg stump, straightens, and Marsh taps it back to Steyn

10.2

Steyn to Marsh, no run, good stuff this, pitching 148ks and on a lovely length, Marsh defends

10.3

Steyn to Marsh, no run, holds back the length and Marsh, inching forward, adjusts to dab the ball to the off side, there is more jittery calling between him and Ponting, Marsh wanted one and has to send his captain back when he sees two fielders converging

10.4

Steyn to Marsh, no run, pitches on off stump and swings back in to Marsh, who has to defend

10.5

Steyn to Marsh, no run, slower ball, 116ks, pitches full and Marsh gets forward to defend

10.6

Steyn to Marsh, no run, brings Marsh forward, and he miscues the on-the-walk drive to cover

Australia 41/1   SE Marsh 25* (44b 4x4)

12.1

Kallis to Marsh, FOUR, offers Marsh some room and he glides it superbly down to third man

12.2

Kallis to Marsh, no run, pitches fuller and Marsh pushes the ball to the off side

12.3

Kallis to Marsh, 1 run, walks into a good-looking shot toward mid-off and sets off, the fielder runs across and collects and fires in a direct hit but Marsh is safely home to the other end

Australia 50/1   SE Marsh 30* (47b 5x4)

13.1

Morkel to Marsh, 1 run, drops it a bit short and Marsh swivels on a pull to deep square leg

13.4

Morkel to Marsh, no run, short of a length, Marsh gets in line and pushes it back to Albie

13.5

Morkel to Marsh, no run, 134.4ks, fuller outside off stump and Marsh drives it to cover

13.6

Morkel to Marsh, no run, tidy stuff, hitting that back-of-a-length spot and Marsh plays it to cover

Australia 60/1   SE Marsh 31* (51b 5x4)

15.1

Morkel to Marsh, FOUR, not a lot of foot movement but with the ball pitched up in the slot all Marsh needs to do is tee off and swing the ball over mid-on's head for a boundary, good hit that

15.2

Morkel to Marsh, 1 run, sees some room and frees the arms, chopping past backward point

15.5

Morkel to Marsh, no run, comes forward and unleashes a firm drive to Botha at mid-off

15.6

Morkel to Marsh, no run, well bowled, pitches on a length and Marsh cannot beat the off side

Australia 72/1   SE Marsh 36* (55b 6x4)

16.2

Kallis to Marsh, 1 run, shuffles across and clips this one past midwicket for another single

16.5

Kallis to Marsh, no run, comes forward and plays the ball to the off side

16.6

Kallis to Marsh, 2 runs, pitches on leg and slants down, Marsh rolls the wrists and gets two more

Australia 81/1   SE Marsh 39* (58b 6x4)

17.2

Morkel to Marsh, 1 run, stands his ground and squirts this ball wide of backward point

17.6

Morkel to Marsh, no run, leans forward and reaches out to drive, Amla cuts it off well at mid-off and return a sharp throw which Albie collects, just to keep the batsmen on their toes

Australia 84/1   SE Marsh 40* (60b 6x4)

18.2

Botha to Marsh, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps and Marsh flicks to deep square leg

18.5

Botha to Marsh, 1 run, fuller this time, Marsh comes out and drives it back to Botha, who fumbles the stop and allows the single

Australia 88/1   SE Marsh 42* (62b 6x4)

19.1

Morkel to Marsh, 2 runs, lovely shot from Marsh, clipping a straight delivery wide of mid-on

19.2

Morkel to Marsh, no run, opens the face and mistimes the dab towards backward point

19.3

Morkel to Marsh, 1 wide, bit of swing there, except it is down the pads for a wide

19.3

Morkel to Marsh, 2 runs, lunges forward and ends up playing it back past Albie, towards mid-on, and Ponting calls for the scampered single but Marsh says hold your horses, then sees the ball pass the fielder and runs

19.4

Morkel to Marsh, 1 run, gets a wider one and guides it past gully for a single

Australia 96/1   SE Marsh 47* (66b 6x4)

20.1

Botha to Marsh, no run, tossed up from around the stumps, good drift, Marsh defends it back

20.2

Botha to Marsh, 1 run, that straightens after pitching and Marsh knocks it to the on side for one

20.4

Botha to Marsh, 2 runs, uses his feet and drives it down the ground past mid-on, raising his fifty

20.5

Botha to Marsh, no run, shuffles across and turns it fine, Boucher and square leg converge and Marsh has to send an enthusiastic Ponting back

20.6

Botha to Marsh, 1 run, gets some room and cuts the ball away for a single to keep strike

Australia 103/1   SE Marsh 51* (71b 6x4)

21.1

Morkel to Marsh, 1 run, aha, driven loosely in the air to Botha at extra cover, who spills the chance to his left! Albie pitches on a length and Marsh plays a loose shot off the back foot, hits it flat to Botha, who falls over and clasps at the ball but cannot hold on

21.4

Morkel to Marsh, no run, opens the face to dab it fine but he cannot pick out the gap this time

21.5

Morkel to Marsh, FOUR, pitches on the pads, swings down, and that is a sweet little deflection

21.6

Morkel to Marsh, 1 run, and again, too straight and this time hit past midwicket for one

Australia 110/1   SE Marsh 57* (75b 7x4)

22.1

Botha to Marsh, no run, tossed up and he plays the ball away watchfully

22.2

Botha to Marsh, no run, tossed up on a length, Marsh drives to cover, who cuts it off

22.3

Botha to Marsh, no run, makes room and drives inside out to Gibbs at cover, who stops again

22.4

Botha to Marsh, 1 run, this time he shuffles and flicks it nicely into the gap at midwicket

22.6

Botha to Marsh, 1 run, flighted on a good length, Marsh waits for it to turn and steers to point

Australia 113/1   SE Marsh 59* (80b 7x4)

23.1

Morkel to Marsh, no run, well stopped at cover by Gibbs, after Marsh drives a full delivery hard

23.2

Morkel to Marsh, 1 run, cute angled bat shot, just using the pace to steer a single to third man

Australia 114/1   SE Marsh 60* (82b 7x4)

24.1

Botha to Marsh, FOUR, well played, Marsh, who gets back and cuts late and wide of gully

24.2

Botha to Marsh, 1 run, floated up on the stumps, good drift, Marsh makes room and drives to cover

24.4

Botha to Marsh, 1 run, tossed up wide, Marsh comes forward and dabs it wide of gully

Australia 127/1   SE Marsh 66* (85b 8x4)

25.1

Kallis to Marsh, no run, pitches very full to beat the bat outside off stump, well bowled by Kallis

25.2

Kallis to Marsh, 1 run, not wide by any margin but Marsh, cramped, angles it down past point

25.4

Kallis to Marsh, no run, he likes this shot, ala Graeme Smith! Marsh opens the face and squirts to gully

25.5

Kallis to Marsh, 1 run, pitches on the seam and nips in, he again dabs the ball wide of gully

Australia 134/1   SE Marsh 68* (89b 8x4)

26.4

Botha to Marsh, 1 run, makes himself some room and drives wide of cover, Steyn fields it

Australia 141/1   SE Marsh 69* (90b 8x4)

27.1

Kallis to Marsh, no run, hits a length just outside off stump and Marsh plays it back to Kallis

27.2

Kallis to Marsh, no run, change of pace, 115.8ks, Marsh plays a loose shot this time

27.3

Kallis to Marsh, 1 run, even slower, 112ks, Marsh adjusts and dabs it wide of point

Australia 142/1   SE Marsh 70* (93b 8x4)

28.2

Duminy to Marsh, FOUR, nicely played by Marsh, dancing down and creating room, square-driving

28.3

Duminy to Marsh, 2 runs, once more he makes room and drives, this time past cover, and that wristy shot brings up the 150 for Australia

28.4

Duminy to Marsh, 1 run, still Marsh continues to make room, slashing backward of point

28.6

Duminy to Marsh, no run, tossed up on a length and now Marsh makes a mess of the attempted cut

Australia 152/1   SE Marsh 77* (97b 9x4)

30.2

Duminy to Marsh, no run, comes forward and opens the face, but backward point reacts quickly

30.3

Duminy to Marsh, 1 run, uses his feet to clip that one off the stumps for another single

30.6

Duminy to Marsh, no run, drives it to the left of Duminy, who dives and takes pace off the shot

Australia 160/2   SE Marsh 78* (100b 9x4)

32.3

Duminy to Marsh, no run, back away to expose the stumps, then pushes the ball back to Duminy

32.4

Duminy to Marsh, no run, moves back to cut but just misses out by a whisker, well taken by Boucher

32.5

Duminy to Marsh, OUT, good diving catch! Marsh remains bogged down and doesn't use his feet much, looking to turn the ball to midwicket but closing the face too early and the leading edge is brilliantly taken by Gibbs, sliding in from extra cover and grasping it mere inches off the turf

SE Marsh c Gibbs b Duminy 78 (137m 103b 9x4 0x6) SR: 75.72

Australia 166/3   SE Marsh 78 (103b 9x4)
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