South Africa tour of Australia, 2008/09 / Commentary

18.1

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

18.2

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

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

18.5

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

18.6

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

Australia 90/1   J Botha 1-0-6-0

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

20.3

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

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   J Botha 2-0-11-0

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

22.5

Botha to Ponting, 1 run, uses his feet to collect on the full and clips it wide of 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   J Botha 3-0-14-0

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

24.3

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

24.4

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

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   J Botha 4-0-25-0

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

26.4

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

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   J Botha 5-0-31-0

33.1

Botha to MEK Hussey, 1 run, tossed up outside off and Michael drives the ball wide of point

33.2

Botha to DJ Hussey, 1 run, too short and David hammers the pull out to deep midwicket for one

33.3

Botha to MEK Hussey, 1 run, tossed up too straight and that is lapped around the corner

33.4

Botha to DJ Hussey, no run, flatter delivery, David wants to flick it away but mistimes the shot

33.5

Botha to DJ Hussey, 1 wide, drifts down wide, Boucher cannot collect it cleanly either

33.5

Botha to DJ Hussey, 1 run, comes out and flicks it off the half-volley just wide of midwicket

33.6

Botha to MEK Hussey, 1 run, dragged in short and Michael flat-bats the ball out to deep midwicket

Australia 172/3   J Botha 6-0-37-0

35.1

Botha to DJ Hussey, 1 run, flighted outside off stump and David drives a single to extra cover

35.2

Botha to MEK Hussey, no run, bit wide and he cuts to de Villiers at backward point

35.3

Botha to MEK Hussey, 1 run, skips out and drives it back to the bowler, who misfields to allow one

35.4

Botha to DJ Hussey, no run, starts to drift down the pads and David paddles it to short fine leg

35.5

Botha to DJ Hussey, no run, tossed up on off stump, this time he drives to extra cover

35.6

Botha to DJ Hussey, 1 wide, pitches down leg stump for a wide, Boucher breaks the sticks

35.6

Botha to DJ Hussey, no run, well tossed up on the stumps and David drives it back to Botha

Australia 179/3   J Botha 7-0-40-0
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