South Africa tour of Australia, 2008/09 / Commentary

13.1

Morkel to Marsh, 1 run, drops it a bit short and Marsh swivels on a pull to deep square leg

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

13.4

Morkel to Marsh, no run, short of a length, Marsh gets in line and pushes it back to Albie

13.5

Morkel to Marsh, no run, 134.4ks, fuller outside off stump and Marsh drives it to cover

13.6

Morkel to Marsh, no run, tidy stuff, hitting that back-of-a-length spot and Marsh plays it to cover

Australia 60/1   JA Morkel 1-0-4-0

15.1

Morkel to Marsh, FOUR, not a lot of foot movement but with the ball pitched up in the slot all Marsh needs to do is tee off and swing the ball over mid-on's head for a boundary, good hit that

15.2

Morkel to Marsh, 1 run, sees some room and frees the arms, chopping past backward point

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

15.5

Morkel to Marsh, no run, comes forward and unleashes a firm drive to Botha at mid-off

15.6

Morkel to Marsh, no run, well bowled, pitches on a length and Marsh cannot beat the off side

Australia 72/1   JA Morkel 2-0-10-0

17.1

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

17.2

Morkel to Marsh, 1 run, stands his ground and squirts this ball wide of backward point

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

17.6

Morkel to Marsh, no run, leans forward and reaches out to drive, Amla cuts it off well at mid-off and return a sharp throw which Albie collects, just to keep the batsmen on their toes

Australia 84/1   JA Morkel 3-0-13-0

19.1

Morkel to Marsh, 2 runs, lovely shot from Marsh, clipping a straight delivery wide of mid-on

19.2

Morkel to Marsh, no run, opens the face and mistimes the dab towards backward point

19.3

Morkel to Marsh, 1 wide, bit of swing there, except it is down the pads for a wide

19.3

Morkel to Marsh, 2 runs, lunges forward and ends up playing it back past Albie, towards mid-on, and Ponting calls for the scampered single but Marsh says hold your horses, then sees the ball pass the fielder and runs

19.4

Morkel to Marsh, 1 run, gets a wider one and guides it past gully for a single

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   JA Morkel 4-0-21-0

21.1

Morkel to Marsh, 1 run, aha, driven loosely in the air to Botha at extra cover, who spills the chance to his left! Albie pitches on a length and Marsh plays a loose shot off the back foot, hits it flat to Botha, who falls over and clasps at the ball but cannot hold on

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

21.4

Morkel to Marsh, no run, opens the face to dab it fine but he cannot pick out the gap this time

21.5

Morkel to Marsh, FOUR, pitches on the pads, swings down, and that is a sweet little deflection

21.6

Morkel to Marsh, 1 run, and again, too straight and this time hit past midwicket for one

Australia 110/1   JA Morkel 5-0-28-0

23.1

Morkel to Marsh, no run, well stopped at cover by Gibbs, after Marsh drives a full delivery hard

23.2

Morkel to Marsh, 1 run, cute angled bat shot, just using the pace to steer a single to third man

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   JA Morkel 6-0-35-0

43.1

Morkel to Haddin, no run, attempted yorker to Haddin, who makes room to leg and misses the ball

43.2

Morkel to Haddin, 1 run, yorker again, this time outside off stump, which he jams to gully

43.3

Morkel to DJ Hussey, 1 run, another full ball chases David Hussey as he moves outside leg stump, he manages to get bat on ball and drives it straight back past the stumps

43.4

Morkel to Haddin, 1 run, slips in a low full toss, which Haddin flicks to midwicket, Amla runs across from mid-on and slides, then throws it back but misses with David Hussey short of his crease

43.5

Morkel to DJ Hussey, 1 run, another attempted yorker, change of pace, David Hussey drags to the on side

43.6

Morkel to Haddin, 1 run, full again, well directed stuff, Haddin clips to Amla on the leg side

Australia 213/5   JA Morkel 7-0-40-0

45.1

Morkel to Haddin, 1 run, full on the stumps, driven to midwicket, Albie misfields and on the second run a bat goes missing but both Haddin and Hopes cross safely

45.2

Morkel to Hopes, 2 runs, back of a length and he squirts it down toward third man

45.3

Morkel to Hopes, no run, swings at one sliding down the stumps but fails to connect

45.4

Morkel to Hopes, 2 runs, short, wide and rising, Hopes hops up and goes over point, Ntini slides and saves a boundary on the ropes

45.5

Morkel to Hopes, 4 leg byes, attempted yorker slips out down the pads, Hopes shapes to flick but gets pad on it, evading an energetic dive from Boucher, so that will be leg-byes

45.6

Morkel to Hopes, 1 run, full on the pads and flicked through midwicket, Amla gives chase

Australia 228/6   JA Morkel 8-0-46-0
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