South Africa tour of Australia, 2008/09 / Commentary

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

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   JH Kallis 1-0-11-0

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   JH Kallis 2-0-17-0

16.1

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

16.2

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

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

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   JH Kallis 3-0-26-0

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

25.3

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

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

25.6

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

Australia 135/1   JH Kallis 4-0-30-0

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

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   JH Kallis 5-0-32-0

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

29.3

Kallis to MEK Hussey, no run, fullish on middle and leg, clipped straight to midwicket

29.4

Kallis to MEK Hussey, FOUR, bang, thats four! Kallis rolls his fingers over another cutter but its too short on about leg stump so Hussey pulls that in a flash and picks the gap at square leg too

29.5

Kallis to MEK Hussey, no run, follows up with a full delivery which he defends awkwardly back

29.6

Kallis to MEK Hussey, 1 run, slower ball, 117ks, slants away but Hussey gets right over it, tapping to the off side and calling Marsh through the for quick single, thats smart running

Australia 157/2   JH Kallis 6-0-37-1

31.1

Kallis to MEK Hussey, no run, pitches outside leg stump and slants in, dabbed straight to point

31.2

Kallis to MEK Hussey, no run, pitches outside leg again, fuller, Hussey dabs it to midwicket

31.3

Kallis to MEK Hussey, no run, swing and a miss as Hussey sees a shorter ball, just cannot connect

31.4

Kallis to MEK Hussey, FOUR, this time he connects on the pull and picks the gap at midwicket, it was not that short but Hussey spotted the slower ball and gave it his all

31.5

Kallis to MEK Hussey, no run, shuffles across and turns the ball straight to the fielder

31.6

Kallis to MEK Hussey, 1 run, covers off stump and cuts the ball away through square to keep strike

Australia 165/2   JH Kallis 7-0-42-1

37.1

Kallis to MEK Hussey, 1 run, did he get fingertips on it? Kallis draws a loose poke from Michael with another of those crafty cutters, he edges it just wide of a diving Boucher, didn't carry though

37.2

Kallis to DJ Hussey, no run, pitches short of a length and he goes back to push to the off side

37.3

Kallis to DJ Hussey, no run, now a fuller, straighter delivery which David flicks to midwicket

37.4

Kallis to DJ Hussey, 1 run, pitches on the upright seam, driven to cover, who underarms and misses

37.5

Kallis to MEK Hussey, 2 runs, 131ks, on the stumps and he shuffles to turn the ball past midwicket

37.6

Kallis to MEK Hussey, 1 run, slower ball, 112ks, well spotted and gently driven to extra cover

Australia 187/3   JH Kallis 8-0-47-1

39.1

Kallis to MEK Hussey, OUT, in the air and taken by a diving backward point! Kallis gets another, rolling the fingers across a cutter which Michael scoops in the air to Gibbs, sliding and taking it to his right

MEK Hussey c Gibbs b Kallis 28 (39m 34b 2x4 0x6) SR: 82.35

39.2

Kallis to White, 1 run, off the mark first ball, tucking one off the pads past midwicket

39.3

Kallis to DJ Hussey, FOUR, hit just over mid-off's head for four, David comes forward and then holds on when he spots the slower ball, and then bunts it over the extended fingertips of the fielder

39.4

Kallis to DJ Hussey, 1 run, fuller on the pads and he shuffles to clip this one to midwicket

39.5

Kallis to White, no run, pitches on a good length to keep White quiet, he defends it back

39.6

Kallis to White, no run, pitched up on the stumps and White drives to a sliding extra cover

Australia 196/4   JH Kallis 9-0-53-2

41.1

Kallis to DJ Hussey, 1 run, pitches down the stumps and David Hussey shuffles to clip it away

41.2

Kallis to Haddin, no run, some bounce there, hitting the deck and jumping up to beat a weak prod, some very good carry through to Boucher behind the stumps, around head height

41.3

Kallis to Haddin, no run, slips in the full-length cutter, and Haddin drives it back to the off side

41.4

Kallis to Haddin, 1 run, forces him back in his crease, shuffling and nudging to midwicket for one

41.5

Kallis to DJ Hussey, 1 run, slower delivery, 112.3ks, whipped from off stump to midwicket

41.6

Kallis to Haddin, 1 run, backs away and pushes the ball down to Amla at mid-on

Australia 205/5   JH Kallis 10-0-57-2
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