South Africa tour of Australia, 2008/09 / Commentary

Good morning - to those of you in hemispheres where it is - ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Cricinfo's live ball-by-ball coverage of the Australia versus South Africa ODI series. This is game two at Hobart, and we're not too far away from the toss. Tasmania's only taste of international cricket for the summer, this.

This game was virtually a sell-out before the explosive David Warner's inclusion but now tickets will be at a premium. Warner was orginially to play for New South Wales against Victoria in yesterday's Big Bash affair in Sydney last night, but instead rushed to Hobart after Michael Clarke was ruled out of this series.

South Africa, of course, lead the series 1-0 after that tense win at the MCG, the sixth time they've beaten Australia at that venue. Australia seemed to have gathered some momentum after their final-Test win, clinching the Twenty20s 2-0, but they slipped up towards the end of the MCG clash.

This one-day series promises to be as competitive as ever. The weather looks nice and sunny, there is a large crowd filing into the ground, so pretty much perfect conditions for a Sunday's day of cricket. The pitch is traditionally batsman-friendly but in first-class matches this season, I've heard, it has offered considerable help to the bowlers. We will know soon how that pans out at Bellerive Oval today.

Let us go down to the toss. Johan Botha has won it and has decided that South Africa will field. Two changes for them - Makhaya Ntini and a fit-again AB de Villiers come in for Morne Morkel and Vaughan Van Jaarsveld.

There are two ODI debutants for Australia - Warner and Ryan Harris, who replaces Shaun Tait.

There are a few minutes to kill before the start. We've got some wallpapers of Australian and South African players for you to download. Twitter users can follow our news here.

I'm Jamie Alter, by the way, joined by Sanjay Murari. Thanks for tuning in again.

Right, shall we? The players are ready, so whats stopping us? Beautiful day in Hobart. Dale Steyn has the ball, and he will bowl to Shaun Marsh. Game on!

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

Two slips in place by the way

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

Interesting shout. Marsh didn't really offer a shot on that last lbw appeal.

End of over 1 (4 runs, maiden) Australia 4/0 (RR: 4.00)
SE Marsh    0* (6b)      DW Steyn    1-1-0-0
DA Warner    0* (0b)     

Ntini has the ball, Warner will face. He's on ODI debut. From around the stumps comes Ntini.

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

Sorry about the confusion earlier regarding the toss. Hobart is pretty much at the end of the world, so getting details is tough. And CA had slipped us the wrong information. Life goes on.

End of over 2 (2 runs) Australia 6/0 (RR: 3.00)
DA Warner    1* (3b)      M Ntini    1-0-2-0
SE Marsh    1* (9b)      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

End of over 3 (5 runs) Australia 11/0 (RR: 3.66)
DA Warner    5* (6b 1x4)      DW Steyn    2-1-5-0
SE Marsh    2* (12b)      M Ntini    1-0-2-0

Ntini continues from around the stumps.

3.1

Ntini to Marsh, no run, pitches full and gets Marsh coming forward, defending to backward point

We have a sold-out crowd, I'm told.

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

Looks to be a bit of interest for the bowlers, but still a batting track, this.

End of over 4 (6 runs) Australia 17/0 (RR: 4.25)
SE Marsh    8* (18b 1x4)      M Ntini    2-0-8-0
DA Warner    5* (6b 1x4)      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

Ponting comes out to bat.

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

End of over 5 (4 runs) Australia 21/1 (RR: 4.20)
RT Ponting    4* (5b 1x4)      DW Steyn    3-1-9-1
SE Marsh    8* (18b 1x4)      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

Ntini changes the angle ...

5.6

Ntini to Ponting, no run, pitches full but too wide of the crease and Ponting strides in to leave it be

Lovely weather, folks. Perfect with a forecast of 21 and sunny.

End of over 6 (7 runs) Australia 28/1 (RR: 4.66)
RT Ponting    4* (6b 1x4)      M Ntini    3-0-15-0
SE Marsh    15* (23b 2x4)      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

End of over 7 (4 runs) Australia 32/1 (RR: 4.57)
SE Marsh    19* (29b 3x4)      DW Steyn    4-1-13-1
RT Ponting    4* (6b 1x4)      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

Marsh is showing intent now. I see a resemblance to Bevan. The back lift, the punched drives.

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

End of over 8 (5 runs) Australia 37/1 (RR: 4.62)
SE Marsh    23* (34b 4x4)      M Ntini    4-0-20-0
RT Ponting    5* (7b 1x4)      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

A bit of huffing and puffing from Marsh. Off comes the helmet. In comes some attention. He says he's good to go and the medical help and 12th man, Nathan Hauritz, run off.

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

End of over 9 (3 runs) Australia 40/1 (RR: 4.44)
SE Marsh    24* (37b 4x4)      DW Steyn    5-1-16-1
RT Ponting    6* (10b 1x4)      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

One slip comes out and moves to a catching cover ...

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

End of over 10 (1 run) Australia 41/1 (RR: 4.10)
RT Ponting    6* (15b 1x4)      M Ntini    5-0-21-0
SE Marsh    25* (38b 4x4)      DW Steyn    5-1-16-1

Ten overs down and Australia are 1 for 41. Marsh looks good today. Botha takes the second Powerplay.

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

Steyn has been really impressive so far. No room on offer. Keeping it on the stumps.

10.6

Steyn to Marsh, no run, brings Marsh forward, and he miscues the on-the-walk drive to cover

Thats a maiden from Steyn.

End of over 11 (maiden) Australia 41/1 (RR: 3.72)
SE Marsh    25* (44b 4x4)      DW Steyn    6-2-16-1
RT Ponting    6* (15b 1x4)      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

Immediately Botha puts a man out in the deep

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?

End of over 12 (4 runs) Australia 45/1 (RR: 3.75)
RT Ponting    10* (21b 2x4)      M Ntini    6-0-25-0
SE Marsh    25* (44b 4x4)      DW Steyn    6-2-16-1

Jacques Kallis comes on.

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

Australia's 50 is up now ...

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

End of over 13 (11 runs) Australia 56/1 (RR: 4.30)
RT Ponting    16* (24b 3x4)      JH Kallis    1-0-11-0
SE Marsh    30* (47b 5x4)      M Ntini    6-0-25-0

A change at the River End. It will be Albie Morkel. Kallis started off poorly last over.

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

End of over 14 (4 runs) Australia 60/1 (RR: 4.28)
SE Marsh    31* (51b 5x4)      JA Morkel    1-0-4-0
RT Ponting    19* (26b 3x4)      JH Kallis    1-0-11-0

Botha adjusts his field, which is predominantly an off-side one. No fine leg in place.

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

Ponting is looking to up the run rate now. A lot of urgency in his shots. Not all timed however.

End of over 15 (6 runs) Australia 66/1 (RR: 4.40)
RT Ponting    25* (32b 3x4)      JH Kallis    2-0-17-0
SE Marsh    31* (51b 5x4)      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

End of over 16 (6 runs) Australia 72/1 (RR: 4.50)
SE Marsh    36* (55b 6x4)      JA Morkel    2-0-10-0
RT Ponting    26* (34b 3x4)      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

A good batting track.

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

Time for drinks. Check out Cricinfo's Widget scores and Widget news.

End of over 17 (9 runs) Australia 81/1 (RR: 4.76)
SE Marsh    39* (58b 6x4)      JH Kallis    3-0-26-0
RT Ponting    32* (37b 4x4)      JA Morkel    2-0-10-0

We're back live. Albie will continue.

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

Robert Hudson: "I have been concerned about the slow SA over rate and believe that the fines are ineffective. Has the ICC ever considered a runs/over penalty? Eg. for every over not bowled in a day in test cricket - add six 6 runs per over to the total. - for ODI add 12 runs per over. - for T20 add 20 runs per over.

Comments?"

End of over 18 (3 runs) Australia 84/1 (RR: 4.66)
SE Marsh    40* (60b 6x4)      JA Morkel    3-0-13-0
RT Ponting    34* (41b 4x4)      JH Kallis    3-0-26-0

Spin into the attack as Botha brings himself on.

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

End of over 19 (6 runs) Australia 90/1 (RR: 4.73)
RT Ponting    38* (45b 4x4)      J Botha    1-0-6-0
SE Marsh    42* (62b 6x4)      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

End of over 20 (8 runs) Australia 98/1 (RR: 4.90)
RT Ponting    40* (47b 4x4)      JA Morkel    4-0-21-0
SE Marsh    47* (66b 6x4)      J Botha    1-0-6-0

Venkat: "12 runs for every over not bowled!! You must be kidding. I personally feel too much is being made of this issue. Just be happy you could waste more time watching the match."

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

It has been a pleasing innings from Marsh. Australia will want him to go long for once.

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

End of over 21 (5 runs) Australia 103/1 (RR: 4.90)
SE Marsh    51* (71b 6x4)      J Botha    2-0-11-0
RT Ponting    41* (48b 4x4)      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

Mike H: "To Robert Hudson's comment; I agree but should the fielding team always be punished for slow over rates, such that if the ball is getting smashed out the park it will take longer to get back in the bowlers hands, not to mention 20 runs being a bit harsh. Over-rate is being addressed wrong on many levels, such that sometimes a slow over rate puts teams in a hole which means they must change their tactics to catch up with the rate which can damage their chances of winning the match (such as Australia recently)."

End of over 22 (7 runs) Australia 110/1 (RR: 5.00)
SE Marsh    57* (75b 7x4)      JA Morkel    5-0-28-0
RT Ponting    42* (50b 4x4)      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

End of over 23 (3 runs) Australia 113/1 (RR: 4.91)
SE Marsh    59* (80b 7x4)      J Botha    3-0-14-0
RT Ponting    43* (51b 4x4)      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

End of over 24 (7 runs) Australia 120/1 (RR: 5.00)
RT Ponting    49* (55b 5x4)      JA Morkel    6-0-35-0
SE Marsh    60* (82b 7x4)      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

Botha changes the angle ...

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

"Robert is absolutely spot on! Adding extra runs to chase/defend is the best way to tackle slow over rates," says Ramkumar. "Cricketers today earn more than enough and so giving match fee penalty would really not bother them much."

End of over 25 (11 runs) Australia 131/1 (RR: 5.24)
RT Ponting    54* (58b 6x4)      J Botha    4-0-25-0
SE Marsh    66* (85b 8x4)      JA Morkel    6-0-35-0

Kallis comes back into the attack at the half-way stage.

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

End of over 26 (4 runs) Australia 135/1 (RR: 5.19)
RT Ponting    56* (60b 6x4)      JH Kallis    4-0-30-0
SE Marsh    68* (89b 8x4)      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

No turn from Botha to speak of ...

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

End of over 27 (6 runs) Australia 141/1 (RR: 5.22)
RT Ponting    61* (65b 7x4)      J Botha    5-0-31-0
SE Marsh    69* (90b 8x4)      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

End of over 28 (2 runs) Australia 143/1 (RR: 5.10)
RT Ponting    62* (68b 7x4)      JH Kallis    5-0-32-0
SE Marsh    70* (93b 8x4)      J Botha    5-0-31-0

Botha tosses the ball to Duminy to see what he can do. Right-arm over the stumps.

28.1

Duminy to Ponting, 1 run, tossed up, some drift, flicked to midwicket where Botha slides and stops

Duminy comes around the stumps

28.2

Duminy to Marsh, FOUR, nicely played by Marsh, dancing down and creating room, square-driving

28.3

Duminy to Marsh, 2 runs, once more he makes room and drives, this time past cover, and that wristy shot brings up the 150 for Australia

28.4

Duminy to Marsh, 1 run, still Marsh continues to make room, slashing backward of point

28.5

Duminy to Ponting, 1 run, lobbed up ever so slowly on the stumps and Ponting turns it away for one

28.6

Duminy to Marsh, no run, tossed up on a length and now Marsh makes a mess of the attempted cut

Arnie: "Looking at Marsh, it seems Australia has got replacement for Hayden very easily. It is already seen he can hold the innings together, like in the last match and here again, and he can be devastating too, IPL being the proof."

End of over 29 (9 runs) Australia 152/1 (RR: 5.24)
SE Marsh    77* (97b 9x4)      JP Duminy    1-0-9-0
RT Ponting    64* (70b 7x4)      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

Kallis strikes. After being let off twice, Ponting falls for 64. Here is Michael Hussey back to the middle order.

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

End of over 30 (5 runs) Australia 157/2 (RR: 5.23)
MEK Hussey    5* (4b 1x4)      JH Kallis    6-0-37-1
SE Marsh    77* (97b 9x4)      JP Duminy    1-0-9-0

30.1

Duminy to MEK Hussey, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump and Hussey drives into the off side

30.2

Duminy to Marsh, no run, comes forward and opens the face, but backward point reacts quickly

30.3

Duminy to Marsh, 1 run, uses his feet to clip that one off the stumps for another single

Duminy moves around the stumps ...

30.4

Duminy to MEK Hussey, no run, tossed up on middle and off, drifts in and Hussey defends watchfully

30.5

Duminy to MEK Hussey, 1 run, now he comes forward and picks out the gap at extra cover

30.6

Duminy to Marsh, no run, drives it to the left of Duminy, who dives and takes pace off the shot

End of over 31 (3 runs) Australia 160/2 (RR: 5.16)
SE Marsh    78* (100b 9x4)      JP Duminy    2-0-12-0
MEK Hussey    7* (7b 1x4)      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

Kallis rolls in his fingers across those variety of cutters well ...

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

End of over 32 (5 runs) Australia 165/2 (RR: 5.15)
MEK Hussey    12* (13b 2x4)      JH Kallis    7-0-42-1
SE Marsh    78* (100b 9x4)      JP Duminy    2-0-12-0

32.1

Duminy to MEK Hussey, no run, tossed up on the stumps, driven straight to the on side fielders

32.2

Duminy to MEK Hussey, 1 run, a tip-and-run from Hussey, dabbing to cover and sprinting off, Gibbs swoops in and knocks down the stumps but Marsh stretches well forward and just makes it

32.3

Duminy to Marsh, no run, back away to expose the stumps, then pushes the ball back to Duminy

32.4

Duminy to Marsh, no run, moves back to cut but just misses out by a whisker, well taken by Boucher

32.5

Duminy to Marsh, OUT, good diving catch! Marsh remains bogged down and doesn't use his feet much, looking to turn the ball to midwicket but closing the face too early and the leading edge is brilliantly taken by Gibbs, sliding in from extra cover and grasping it mere inches off the turf

SE Marsh c Gibbs b Duminy 78 (137m 103b 9x4 0x6) SR: 75.72

Duminy gets the breakthrough. Once again Marsh fails after getting a half-century.

Chris Howard emails in: "Shaun Marsh has an ordinary record in four day games, averaging only 34 from 51 matches, so it's a bit early to be talking about him for Test cricket. Plenty of blokes batting better in the longer form of the game than Marsh."

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32.6

Duminy to DJ Hussey, no run, tossed up, David pushes forward on the drive and misses, and Boucher too fumbles the take

Let us see what the brothers Hussey do now.

End of over 33 (1 run) Australia 166/3 (RR: 5.03)
DJ Hussey    0* (1b)      JP Duminy    3-0-13-1
MEK Hussey    13* (15b 2x4)      JH Kallis    7-0-42-1

Botha comes back on.

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

End of over 34 (6 runs) Australia 172/3 (RR: 5.05)
MEK Hussey    16* (18b 2x4)      J Botha    6-0-37-0
DJ Hussey    2* (4b)      JP Duminy    3-0-13-1

Arzoo: "In response to Chris Howard's email: Given his attitude and temperament we can say that at least for shorter version Marsh is the best candidate to replace Hayden which could be translated to longer version as well! Thats where all the coaches work with."

34.1

Duminy to MEK Hussey, 2 runs, tossed up on middle and leg and nicely swept out to deep square leg

34.2

Duminy to MEK Hussey, no run, comes onto the front foot and drives it straight to the man at cover

34.3

Duminy to MEK Hussey, no run, tossed up fuller, Michael makes room and steers into the off side

34.4

Duminy to MEK Hussey, no run, flighted on a teasing line, starts to dip, again driven straight to cover

34.5

Duminy to MEK Hussey, 1 run, uses his feet and chips the ball away for a quick single

34.6

Duminy to DJ Hussey, 1 run, too full and that one is clipped down to wide long-on

Steve: "Seriously, how long until we see Shaun Marsh score 100 in an ODI? Countless times I've seen him get to 50 with such ease and skill, but it seems he loses his way after hitting a half-century and gets himself out. I think he will score two more fifties in this series, and once again fail to carry on.

End of over 35 (4 runs) Australia 176/3 (RR: 5.02)
DJ Hussey    3* (5b)      JP Duminy    4-0-17-1
MEK Hussey    19* (23b 2x4)      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

The momentum seems to have drifted back South Africa's way.

End of over 36 (3 runs) Australia 179/3 (RR: 4.97)
DJ Hussey    4* (9b)      J Botha    7-0-40-0
MEK Hussey    20* (25b 2x4)      JP Duminy    4-0-17-1

36.1

Duminy to MEK Hussey, 1 run, flighted on the stumps and he nudges the ball toward midwicket

36.2

Duminy to DJ Hussey, no run, slower delivery, well flighted on the pads, driven with an inside edge to leg

36.3

Duminy to DJ Hussey, 1 run, tosses it up and David on-drives a single into the gap at midwicket

36.4

Duminy to MEK Hussey, 1 run, gets forward and puts the wrists into work, flicking across the stumps

36.5

Duminy to DJ Hussey, no run, fuller delivery starts to dip and he drives it back to a diving Duminy

36.6

Duminy to DJ Hussey, no run, tosses it up to draw a dragged attempt at an off-drive, Duminy fields himself

End of over 37 (3 runs) Australia 182/3 (RR: 4.91)
DJ Hussey    5* (13b)      JP Duminy    5-0-20-1
MEK Hussey    22* (27b 2x4)      J Botha    7-0-40-0

Kallis makes another appearance.

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

End of over 38 (5 runs) Australia 187/3 (RR: 4.92)
MEK Hussey    26* (30b 2x4)      JH Kallis    8-0-47-1
DJ Hussey    6* (16b)      JP Duminy    5-0-20-1

38.1

Duminy to MEK Hussey, 1 run, too flat outside leg stump and it allows Michael to nudge it away

38.2

Duminy to DJ Hussey, no run, fires it flatter and David, advancing down, mistimes the booming drive

38.3

Duminy to DJ Hussey, no run, skips down, Duminy sees him and bowls it flat, clipped to midwicket

38.4

Duminy to DJ Hussey, 1 run, slower delivery from Duminy and David pinches a single into the covers

38.5

Duminy to MEK Hussey, no run, smart batting, just pushed into the off side and he calls for it

38.6

Duminy to MEK Hussey, 1 run, another single, shuffled and bunted away wide of the fielders

End of over 39 (3 runs) Australia 190/3 (RR: 4.87)
MEK Hussey    28* (33b 2x4)      JP Duminy    6-0-23-1
DJ Hussey    7* (19b)      JH Kallis    8-0-47-1

Ponting has taken the batting Powerplay. Last block of five overs. Kallis continues. Mid-off, mid-on back.

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

Great reaction from Gibbs. Michael was on the move and wanted to drive past cover, but did not get to the pitch and sliced the ball backward point's way. A big strike first ball into the batting team's Powerplay. In comes Cameron White.

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

End of over 40 (6 runs) Australia 196/4 (RR: 4.90)
CL White    1* (3b)      JH Kallis    9-0-53-2
DJ Hussey    12* (21b 1x4)      JP Duminy    6-0-23-1

Steyn comes back.

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

Wickets in consecutive overs of Australia's batting Powerplay. This is massive. Next in is Haddin.

40.4

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

The field is up. Steyn's return has worked. David Hussey is the key.

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

End of over 41 (5 runs) Australia 201/5 (RR: 4.90)
BJ Haddin    4* (3b 1x4)      DW Steyn    7-2-21-2
DJ Hussey    13* (22b 1x4)      JH Kallis    9-0-53-2

Right, so nine overs left in the innings. Kallis will continue into his final over.

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

Last ball of Kallis' spell today ...

41.6

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

Adam: "Why is Cameron White batting at 6 when he is hardly used as a bowler? Surely there are better batsmen in Australia?" Beats me too.

End of over 42 (4 runs) Australia 205/5 (RR: 4.88)
BJ Haddin    6* (7b 1x4)      JH Kallis    10-0-57-2
DJ Hussey    15* (24b 1x4)      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

Haddin has some issues with his bat and we have a delay as more come out.

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

Smart over from Steyn, varying his pace well. South Africa have clawed back in the last 35 minutes.

End of over 43 (3 runs) Australia 208/5 (RR: 4.83)
DJ Hussey    16* (26b 1x4)      DW Steyn    8-2-24-2
BJ Haddin    8* (11b 1x4)      JH Kallis    10-0-57-2

Albie Morkel is called back by Botha, rotating the changers. Seven overs to go.

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

End of over 44 (5 runs) Australia 213/5 (RR: 4.84)
BJ Haddin    11* (15b 1x4)      JA Morkel    7-0-40-0
DJ Hussey    18* (28b 1x4)      DW Steyn    8-2-24-2

Jamie, my namesake, on email: "Adam is absolutely correct-White is not in the 6 best batsmen in Australia, he does not bowl regularly (zero in 1st ODI) so he should not be in the team. Replace with Hodge, Warner, Castlemaine..."

Ntini back into the attack as The Verve's Love Is Pain plays.

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

Australia have changed shades completely. What looked a 300 total now looks hard to touch 250. They just haven't been able to find the boundaries. Here is James Hopes.

44.6

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

"Just saw a clip of the telecast of a marriage taking place outside the ground. I'm only 22 but I surely hope my wedding takes place outside a cricket ground and then after exchanging vows, we can go watch the cricket together...Oh the fantasies," says Sunny in Toronto, Canada. Down, boy. You're just 22.

End of over 45 (5 runs) Australia 218/6 (RR: 4.84)
JR Hopes    0* (1b)      M Ntini    7-0-30-1
BJ Haddin    15* (18b 1x4)      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

End of over 46 (10 runs) Australia 228/6 (RR: 4.95)
JR Hopes    5* (6b)      JA Morkel    8-0-46-0
BJ Haddin    16* (19b 1x4)      M Ntini    7-0-30-1

Steyn comes back.

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

Where are the boundaries for Australia?

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

End of over 47 (4 runs) Australia 232/6 (RR: 4.93)
JR Hopes    8* (12b)      DW Steyn    9-2-28-2
BJ Haddin    16* (19b 1x4)      JA Morkel    8-0-46-0

Ntini comes back from over the stumps. Botha keeps changing his bowlers.

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

That is another loose shot. Here is the debutant, Ryan Harris.

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

End of over 48 (5 runs) Australia 237/7 (RR: 4.93)
RJ Harris    2* (3b)      M Ntini    8-0-35-2
BJ Haddin    19* (21b 1x4)      DW Steyn    9-2-28-2

Two overs to go. Australia will be glad to hit 250 given how they have collapsed.

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

End of over 49 (8 runs) Australia 245/7 (RR: 5.00)
RJ Harris    5* (7b)      DW Steyn    10-2-36-2
BJ Haddin    22* (23b 1x4)      M Ntini    8-0-35-2

And so we have reached the final over of the innings. Ntini will complete.

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

Ntini is pitching it up wide of the stumps to restrict the scoring options.

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

Well done, South Africa. Marsh and Ponting were going for broke and Australia seemed on par for 305 or so but those two batsmen were sent back in relative succession and therein started an unusual slide from Australia. South Africa suddenly started catching stuff and the bowlers tidied up, and Australia had no options of scoring. The batting Powerplay, taken late in the innings, was an utter disaster for Australia. They lost big wickets inside it and no batsman was able to accelerate at the death. Just one boundary in the last 10 overs and three in the last 20. It is still a good total, but not a great one.

South Africa need 250 to win. We will be back in about 35 minutes or so. You could spend the break checking out Cricinfo's Facebook page.

End of over 50 (4 runs) Australia 249/9
     M Ntini    9-0-39-3
NW Bracken    0* (0b)      DW Steyn    10-2-36-2
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