South Africa tour of Australia, 2008/09 / Commentary

1.1

Ntini to Warner, 1 run, and he's off the mark first ball, easing forward and dabbing into cover

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

1.5

Ntini to Warner, no run, 135.7ks, back of a length and he shoulders arms to it

1.6

Ntini to Warner, no run, pitches on a length and he gets back to steer it to point

Australia 6/0   M Ntini 1-0-2-0

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   M Ntini 2-0-8-0

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

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   M Ntini 3-0-15-0

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

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   M Ntini 4-0-20-0

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

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   M Ntini 5-0-21-0

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   M Ntini 6-0-25-0

44.1

Ntini to Haddin, 2 runs, pitches full and wide, Haddin checks the wrists and drives it back down past the stumps, yelling "Two, Huss!" and some smart hustling gets them two as wel

44.2

Ntini to Haddin, 1 run, pitches closer to the stumps and he bunts a single down to long-on

44.3

Ntini to DJ Hussey, 1 run, attempted yorker ends up a low full toss, which he pats into the covers

44.4

Ntini to Haddin, 1 run, reaches out to drill a wider, fullish delivery past mid-off for one more

44.5

Ntini to DJ Hussey, OUT, and he's gone, looking to get innovative! David Hussey backs away only to scoop a full and wide delivery off the toe end of the bat straight to Morkel at backward point

DJ Hussey c Morkel b Ntini 19 (51m 30b 1x4 0x6) SR: 63.33

44.6

Ntini to Hopes, no run, full and wide, down goes Hopes on the square-drive, missing completely

Australia 218/6   M Ntini 7-0-30-1

47.1

Ntini to Hopes, OUT, starts off with the sucker ball, full and wide and another scoop to backward point, where Morkel takes a good tumbling catch to his right, cupping it in front and then throwing it away as he hurts a finger

JR Hopes c Morkel b Ntini 8 (11m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 61.53

47.2

Ntini to Harris, no run, beaten for pace first ball, swishing at one pitched up full outside off

47.3

Ntini to Harris, 1 run, opens his account with a squirted single into the covers

47.4

Ntini to Haddin, 2 runs, now Haddin goes downtown, collecting on the full to drive past mid-off

47.5

Ntini to Haddin, 1 run, overpitched outside off stump and Haddin drags it to mid-on

47.6

Ntini to Harris, 1 run, looks for the yorker but gets it too full, Harris drives to extra cover

Australia 237/7   M Ntini 8-0-35-2

49.1

Ntini to Harris, 1 run, backs away, Ntini pitches full and Harris toe-ends it wide of point

49.2

Ntini to Haddin, no run, smart stuff, thats full, fast and wide and Haddin can't pick it up at all

49.3

Ntini to Haddin, 1 wide, this one is a fraction wider, still well directed, and is called wide

49.3

Ntini to Haddin, 1 run, serves up a low full toss, which Haddin clubs toward mid-on

49.4

Ntini to Harris, 1 run, moves the back leg across, then slashes an edge down to third man

49.5

Ntini to Haddin, OUT, now thats something I haven't seen for a while! Ntini pitches full and straight, Haddin swings a straight drive back onto the stumps, the ball ricochets away and Harris set offs, Haddin has no chance and Ntini runs back and gleefully uproots a stump

BJ Haddin run out 23 (51m 26b 1x4 0x6) SR: 88.46

49.6

Ntini to Harris, OUT, and a wicket off the last ball, as Harris gets under the ball and scoops it off the toe end of the bat, up and over the infield and it settles in Duminy's palms at deep mid-off

RJ Harris c Duminy b Ntini 7 (13m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 70.00

Australia 249/9   M Ntini 9-0-39-3
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