South Africa tour of Australia, 2008/09 / Commentary

4.2

Steyn to Ponting, no run, pitches down leg and slides by as Ponting shuffles across and half-flirts, half-leaves, there's a noise as the ball brushes his hips, Boucher half-appeals

4.3

Steyn to Ponting, no run, brings him forward and he defends solidly to the off side

4.4

Steyn to Ponting, no run, 144.4ks, pitches a wee bit wider and Ponting shoulders arms

4.5

Steyn to Ponting, no run, pitches full and slides back in with the angle, but Ponting comes forward and raises the bat again to allow the ball swing back in late to Boucher

4.6

Steyn to Ponting, FOUR, and he's away with a trademark boundary, Steyn pitches on his preferred area and Ponting clips it through midwicket to draw some hearty cheer from the crowd

Australia 21/1   RT Ponting 4* (5b 1x4)

5.6

Ntini to Ponting, no run, pitches full but too wide of the crease and Ponting strides in to leave it be

Australia 28/1   RT Ponting 4* (6b 1x4)

7.1

Ntini to Ponting, 1 run, pitches on a length and Ponting gets that front leg a long way forward to play it on the half-volley and then streakily square-drives past gully and down to third man

Australia 33/1   RT Ponting 5* (7b 1x4)

8.1

Steyn to Ponting, 1 wide, pitches full and a bit too wide and he leaves it be too

8.1

Steyn to Ponting, no run, there's the length, straightening as well, and Ponting thrusts forward

8.2

Steyn to Ponting, no run, commits to the front foot and steers the ball to point, who fields well

8.3

Steyn to Ponting, 1 run, ah, now Ponting chases length, driving hard and on the rise, and ends up placing the ball in the air and backward of point out to the fielder running across from third man

Australia 39/1   RT Ponting 6* (10b 1x4)

9.2

Ntini to Ponting, no run, goes to cut when he sees width except the ball stays low and beats him

9.3

Ntini to Ponting, no run, comes forward, then back, and drives very well but Duminy dives and intercepts that eye-catching stroke in the covers with an equally impressive stop there

9.4

Ntini to Ponting, no run, thats short and rising and Ponting gets up to chop the ball to point

9.5

Ntini to Ponting, no run, 139.7ks, angles back in and Ponting throws himself at it, it gets big on him and takes the high part of the bat as he chops it to the off side

9.6

Ntini to Ponting, no run, pace and bounce, sitting up off a sweet spot and buzzing past Ponting

Australia 41/1   RT Ponting 6* (15b 1x4)

11.1

Ntini to Ponting, no run, looks to swat that over the midwicket vicinity, off the front foot, but he swings and misses! Ponting plants the front foot well forward and goes for an ugly hoik but cannot connect

11.2

Ntini to Ponting, no run, gets to the pitch of a length ball and drives on the rise to a diving cover

11.3

Ntini to Ponting, no run, pitches wide and Ponting gives it a mighty swing, and misses as it stays low

11.4

Ntini to Ponting, FOUR, no stopping that, that's one of those shots which you just let go and say "well, played, mate", just eased into the gap at point by Ponting, on the rise again

11.5

Ntini to Ponting, no run, pitches back of a length on the seam and Ponting has to defends this time

11.6

Ntini to Ponting, no run, McKenzie drops him at short cover! Again Ponting decides to attack Ntini and lunges forward to cover the pitch before he hammers the drive on the up, it goes straight into McKenzie's grasp but he lets the ball out on the rebound, now now, what will that cost?

Australia 45/1   RT Ponting 10* (21b 2x4)

12.4

Kallis to Ponting, 2 runs, good shot from Ponting, hitting into the gap at midwicket and mid-on

12.5

Kallis to Ponting, no run, 130.8ks, on a good length and Ponting lunges forward to defend

12.6

Kallis to Ponting, FOUR, pitches straighter and in the slot and Ponting hits it down the ground

Australia 56/1   RT Ponting 16* (24b 3x4)

13.2

Morkel to Ponting, 2 runs, dragged in even shorter and Ponting hooks it in the air over the gap at short fine leg, he was a bit surprised but hit the ball well, one fielder stops and the other throws it back

13.3

Morkel to Ponting, 1 run, comes forward and dabs this one towards the fielder for one

Australia 60/1   RT Ponting 19* (26b 3x4)

14.1

Kallis to Ponting, no run, pitches full and brings Ponting onto the front foot, defending it back

14.2

Kallis to Ponting, 2 runs, clears the front leg and slog-sweeps that over midwicket, really not timed at all but Ponting manages to clear the in field and the ball drops near cow corner

14.3

Kallis to Ponting, 2 runs, a couple more to an urgent Ponting, again hitting it over the in field, this too is not middled and up in the air for a fraction longer, but drops safely wide of deep midwicket

14.4

Kallis to Ponting, no run, comes onto the front foot and punches the ball to extra cover

14.5

Kallis to Ponting, 2 runs, pitches back of a length, the off cutter from Kallis, angles back in and Ponting, though cramped for room a touch, opens the face and guides it past gully

14.6

Kallis to Ponting, no run, lunges forward and turns the ball to midwicket, sending Marsh back

Australia 66/1   RT Ponting 25* (32b 3x4)

15.3

Morkel to Ponting, no run, pitches full to lure Ponting forward, pushing and missing by a whisker

15.4

Morkel to Ponting, 1 run, pulls a shorter ball across the line, in the air and not middled, Kallis runs in from deep midwicket and dives forward, the ball drops just in front and he does well to stop

Australia 72/1   RT Ponting 26* (34b 3x4)

16.1

Kallis to Ponting, 1 run, comes onto the front foot and dabs an off-cutter down to third man

16.3

Kallis to Ponting, FOUR, ah, close but safely edged away! It was a deliberate dab from Ponting, aiming to pick the gap at gully, but the ball nips back with some extra bounce and takes an edge that evades a tumbling McKenzie at a sort of wide slip and Ponting picks up four more

16.4

Kallis to Ponting, 1 run, smart batting from Ponting, pressing forward to dab the ball into the covers

Australia 79/1   RT Ponting 32* (37b 4x4)

17.1

Morkel to Ponting, 1 run, pitches on the stumps, Marsh nudges it to cover and sprints off

17.3

Morkel to Ponting, no run, 138ks, short and lifting and he throws the bat it it but is beaten by the subtle away movement, Boucher takes it high behind the stumps

17.4

Morkel to Ponting, no run, comes forward and punches this delivery to the off side, yelling 'wait!'

17.5

Morkel to Ponting, 1 run, presses forward, then back, and cuts uppishly into the gap at cover

Australia 84/1   RT Ponting 34* (41b 4x4)

18.1

Botha to Ponting, 1 run, tossed up and Ponting comes forward, steering into the covers for one

18.3

Botha to Ponting, no run, pitches on off and turns back in sharply, tucked around to short fine leg

18.4

Botha to Ponting, 1 run, tosses it up a tad wide and now Ponting pinches the gap at point

18.6

Botha to Ponting, 2 runs, skips down and flicks it intentionally over midwicket for a couple

Australia 90/1   RT Ponting 38* (45b 4x4)

19.5

Morkel to Ponting, 2 runs, pitches down the stumps, Ponting pirouettes and paddles the ball down towards fine leg, where de Villiers slides brilliantly and parries it to Kallis, who throws it back

19.6

Morkel to Ponting, no run, comes forward and dabs the ball towards the fielders

Australia 98/1   RT Ponting 40* (47b 4x4)

20.3

Botha to Ponting, 1 run, tossed up bit too straight, Ponting paddles it fine to raise Australia's 100

Australia 100/1   RT Ponting 41* (48b 4x4)

21.2

Morkel to Ponting, no run, pitches on the stumps and flicked straight to midwicket

21.3

Morkel to Ponting, 1 run, on the stumps again, this time nudged wide of the fielder

Australia 105/1   RT Ponting 42* (50b 4x4)

22.5

Botha to Ponting, 1 run, uses his feet to collect on the full and clips it wide of midwicket

Australia 112/1   RT Ponting 43* (51b 4x4)

23.3

Morkel to Ponting, 2 runs, pitches down the stumps and Ponting paddles it around the corner, he doesn't manage any bat on it and the ball dribbles to fine leg off his gloves, Ponting sprints the first one and a full-stretch of the bat on the second just gets him home before a goof flat throw comes back to Boucher, a loud cheer as NOT OUT flashes across the big screen

23.4

Morkel to Ponting, no run, this one stops on Ponting, lunging forward to defend, and it rolls back

23.5

Morkel to Ponting, no run, drives off the front foot, steering it to backward point, where Gibbs dives well

23.6

Morkel to Ponting, FOUR, well played, Albie dangerously drifts onto Ponting's pads and he clips it handsomely over square leg and its a one-bounce four to the Australian captain

Australia 120/1   RT Ponting 49* (55b 5x4)

24.3

Botha to Ponting, 1 run, loud cheers across Tasmania as Ponting raises his fifty, rocking back and bunting the ball into the gap between cover and point

24.5

Botha to Ponting, no run, pitches and grips, Ponting gets across and paddles straight to square leg

24.6

Botha to Ponting, FOUR, another drop to a very plucky Ponting! Botha proposes with a lobbed up delivery, Ponting accepts with a miscued slog sleep in the air out to deep midwicket, where Ntini falls forward only to let the ball out of his grasp, for four to boot, very straightforward catch goes down and Ponting is given his second life by South Africa

Australia 131/1   RT Ponting 54* (58b 6x4)

25.3

Kallis to Ponting, 1 run, too straight and he shuffles to nudge it off his pads toward square leg

25.6

Kallis to Ponting, 1 run, lands on a drivable length and Ponting goes on the rise to mid-off

Australia 135/1   RT Ponting 56* (60b 6x4)

26.1

Botha to Ponting, FOUR, tossed up on the stumps, Ponting chips it over midwicket, very intentionally, and does so well to just beat two men running across on the boundary ropes

26.2

Botha to Ponting, no run, gets across and paddles with the spin, but he can't beat square leg

26.3

Botha to Ponting, 1 run, flatter and drifting down, and he now manages to pinch one past midwicket

26.5

Botha to Ponting, no run, pitches outside off stump, driven straight to the man at cover

26.6

Botha to Ponting, no run, goes for the paddle but yells in agony as short fine leg dives across

Australia 141/1   RT Ponting 61* (65b 7x4)

27.4

Kallis to Ponting, no run, short ball surprises Ponting, lunging forward, but he adjusts to get back and ride the bounce with a steer towards backward point

27.5

Kallis to Ponting, no run, pitches and nips back in, Ponting is surprised again and shapes to whip it across, but ends up edging down to gully instead, all along the ground

27.6

Kallis to Ponting, 1 run, makes room and takes a couple steps out, collecting it on the half-volley and punching into the covers, from where another shy at the stumps fails to connect

Australia 143/1   RT Ponting 62* (68b 7x4)

28.1

Duminy to Ponting, 1 run, tossed up, some drift, flicked to midwicket where Botha slides and stops

28.5

Duminy to Ponting, 1 run, lobbed up ever so slowly on the stumps and Ponting turns it away for one

Australia 152/1   RT Ponting 64* (70b 7x4)

29.1

Kallis to Ponting, no run, pitches on a fullish length and Ponting drives the ball to midwicket

29.2

Kallis to Ponting, OUT, finally someone holds on, and its de Villiers who sashays across to his left to pouch the offering at deep backward square leg! Ponting swivels on an ambitious pull shot but gets underneath it and sends the ball down de Villiers' throat, the end of a charmed innings from Ponting

RT Ponting c de Villiers b Kallis 64 (106m 72b 7x4 0x6) SR: 88.88

Australia 152/2   RT Ponting 64 (72b 7x4)
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