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   DW Steyn 1-1-0-0

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

2.4

Steyn to Warner, no run, 146ks, pitching and angling across and he leaves it be

2.5

Steyn to Warner, no run, pitches short of a length, steered to the off, but can't beat Duminy

2.6

Steyn to Warner, FOUR, first four of the day and some aggression from Warner, who latches onto a short ball from well outside off stump and pulls into the ground wide of mid-off, cracking shot that too

Australia 11/0   DW Steyn 2-1-5-0

4.1

Steyn to Warner, OUT, lovely delivery, pitching short of a length in line with the stumps and nipping off the upright seam, cramping and squaring up Warner, with no foot movement, and the half-hearted shot towards the on side draws a faint edge through to Boucher, and thus Warner fails on his ODI debut

DA Warner c †Boucher b Steyn 5 (17m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

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   DW Steyn 3-1-9-1

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   DW Steyn 4-1-13-1

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

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   DW Steyn 5-1-16-1

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   DW Steyn 6-2-16-1

40.1

Steyn to DJ Hussey, 1 run, pitches on the stumps and he plays it watchfully away for a sharp single

40.2

Steyn to White, no run, hits the seam and nips in to White, who can only defend it back

40.3

Steyn to White, OUT, White falls to a soft dismissal, just chipping straight to Botha at midwicket

CL White c Botha b Steyn 1 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

40.4

Steyn to Haddin, no run, pitches on the stumps and he defends to midwicket first up

40.5

Steyn to Haddin, FOUR, safest place to score your runs! Pitches just outside off stump and too close to cut, but Haddin plays the shot and gets a fortuitous inside-edge back past Boucher's left

40.6

Steyn to Haddin, no run, full and straight and a more conservative approach from Haddin now

Australia 201/5   DW Steyn 7-2-21-2

42.1

Steyn to Haddin, no run, slants into Haddin's pads and he clips the ball straight to midwicket

42.2

Steyn to Haddin, no run, change of pace, very straight and turned in the air toward midwicket

42.3

Steyn to Haddin, 1 run, pitches fullish just outside off stump, 151.8ks, pushed to cover

42.4

Steyn to DJ Hussey, 1 run, backs away to outside leg stump, Steyn follows him with a good delivery and this one is hit down towards mid-on in the end

42.5

Steyn to Haddin, 1 run, the change-up, 116.3ks, he shuffles and clips the ball to the on side

42.6

Steyn to DJ Hussey, no run, 150.6ks, he backs away to cut but then doesn't play a shot

Australia 208/5   DW Steyn 8-2-24-2

46.1

Steyn to Hopes, no run, full outside off stump, Hopes plays a loose shot and gets beaten

46.2

Steyn to Hopes, no run, 118ks, slower ball draws a forward push back to Steyn

46.3

Steyn to Hopes, no run, swipes across the line and misses, and the ball somehow missing skimming the top of middle and leg

46.4

Steyn to Hopes, 1 wide, too full and wide down the pads, and Boucher does collect this time

46.4

Steyn to Hopes, 2 runs, gets down to square-drive the wide delivery out to Kallis at deep cover

46.5

Steyn to Hopes, no run, frees the arms and slashes but finds Amla at backward point

46.6

Steyn to Hopes, 1 run, 146.7ks, pitched up very full and Hopes can only steer one to point

Australia 232/6   DW Steyn 9-2-28-2

48.1

Steyn to Harris, 1 run, pitches full and wide, Harris manages bat and scampers down the track

48.2

Steyn to Haddin, 2 wides, wide ball, sliding down the pads, Boucher fumbles the take too

48.2

Steyn to Harris, 1 run, waits this time and dabs the ball to Amla at backward point

48.3

Steyn to Haddin, 2 runs, attempted yorker ends up a full toss, which is flicked past short fine leg

48.4

Steyn to Haddin, 1 run, slower ball, 119.4ks, well spotted and pushed to cover for one

48.5

Steyn to Harris, no run, swing and a miss, 147ks outside off and it cuts past the bat

48.6

Steyn to Harris, 1 run, pitches on the stumps this time and he turn it uppishly to midwicket

Australia 245/7   DW Steyn 10-2-36-2
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