South Africa tour of Australia, 2008/09 / Commentary

South Africa's chase will begin. They are opening with Gibbs and Amla. Lovely clear skies overhead. The required run rate is a round five an over. The Australians had a huddle. They do not have a specialist spinner on a ground where Tasmania have used three spinners at times this season. Hilfenhaus has the ball.

0.1

Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, no run, hits the seam and wobbles away, Gibbs leaves as it shapes away

0.2

Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, no run, pitches on off stump and Gibbs drives to the man at midwicket

0.3

Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, no run, pitches full and wide and shapes away and Gibbs leaves

Two slips in place

0.4

Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, 1 run, comes forward and pushes into the covers to get South Africa away

0.5

Hilfenhaus to Amla, 1 run, shorter delivery sit up and Amla, wanting to leave, cannot drop the hands in time and gets a thick edge well along the ground toward gully and wide of slips

0.6

Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, no run, 140ks, pitches and swing away from Gibbs, who leaves

A bit of movement in Hilfenhaus' opening over. That is his specialty.

End of over 1 (2 runs) South Africa 2/0 (248 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 5.06)
HH Gibbs    1* (5b)      BW Hilfenhaus    1-0-2-0
HM Amla    1* (1b)     

Bracken takes up the attack.

1.1

Bracken to Amla, no run, pitches outside leg stump, cannot get bat on it brushes pad

1.2

Bracken to Amla, 2 runs, pitches in line and swings in, he clips the ball to midwicket

1.3

Bracken to Amla, no run, there's some zip off the track, sitting up and beating the drive

1.4

Bracken to Amla, 1 run, too straight and Amla shuffles to deflect it down to fine leg

1.5

Bracken to Gibbs, no run, 130.7ks, pitches on off stump and straightens, defended

1.6

Bracken to Gibbs, no run, pitches on leg stump, swings down, Gibbs turns it away to square

End of over 2 (3 runs) South Africa 5/0 (245 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 2.50, RRR: 5.10)
HH Gibbs    1* (7b)      NW Bracken    1-0-3-0
HM Amla    4* (5b)      BW Hilfenhaus    1-0-2-0

2.1

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, hits a length and he keeps this one out

2.2

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, well stopped by Warner in the covers, diving to his left to intercept a drive from Amla, that was pitched up and Amla hit it off the middle

2.3

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, watches the ball closely and plays this one out too

2.4

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, cracks this one off the back foot but straight to point

2.5

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, pitches on the seam and moves away and Amla leaves it be

2.6

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, 140.3ks, shorter this time and Amla hops up to play, but inside-edges near the stumps, the ball rolls away safely in the end

Another tidy over.

End of over 3 (maiden) South Africa 5/0 (245 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 1.66, RRR: 5.21)
HM Amla    4* (11b)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-1-2-0
HH Gibbs    1* (7b)      NW Bracken    1-0-3-0

3.1

Bracken to Gibbs, no run, pitches on the pads, well flicked but Marsh is brilliant at square leg

3.2

Bracken to Gibbs, no run, pitches back of a length and goes on with the angle, Gibbs leaves

3.3

Bracken to Gibbs, no run, well bowled, pitched right up on the stumps and he defends

3.4

Bracken to Gibbs, 1 run, pitches on a drivable length and Gibbs pushes it to mid-off

3.5

Bracken to Amla, no run, lands on middle and off, nips back, and Amla plays to midwicket

3.6

Bracken to Amla, 2 runs, pitches full on off stump and bunted back past the bowler and stumps

End of over 4 (3 runs) South Africa 8/0 (242 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 5.26)
HM Amla    6* (13b)      NW Bracken    2-0-6-0
HH Gibbs    2* (11b)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-1-2-0

4.1

Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, no run, beaten! Gibbs chases from the crease and the swings undoes him

4.2

Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, 2 runs, oh that was lucky! Gibbs hops across to turn the ball away but it gains on him and he plays a dolly of a leading edge that somehow balloons up and beats two fielders

4.3

Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, 3 runs, far better shot, meeting it on the full and driving past extra cover

4.4

Hilfenhaus to Amla, 1 run, on the pads and delicately clipped down to deep fine leg

4.5

Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, no run, pitches down the stumps and he takes a hand off bat as he plays

4.6

Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, no run, pitches just outside off stump, played straight toward point

End of over 5 (6 runs) South Africa 14/0 (236 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 2.80, RRR: 5.24)
HH Gibbs    7* (16b)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-1-8-0
HM Amla    7* (14b)      NW Bracken    2-0-6-0

5.1

Bracken to Amla, no run, lands on a good length just outside off, Amla pushes to cover

5.2

Bracken to Amla, 1 run, a touch too short and Amla gets up to force it behind point for one

5.3

Bracken to Gibbs, no run, 133.5ks, angling away off the seam and no shot offered

This has been a slow start from South Africa. When was the last boundary this match?

5.4

Bracken to Gibbs, no run, pitches on a length to commit him forward, Gibbs defends to the off

5.5

Bracken to Gibbs, no run, well bowled, served up full and swinging away, he leaves it be

5.6

Bracken to Gibbs, no run, back of a length and wobbling away, again no shot offered

End of over 6 (1 run) South Africa 15/0 (235 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 2.50, RRR: 5.34)
HH Gibbs    7* (20b)      NW Bracken    3-0-7-0
HM Amla    8* (16b)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-1-8-0

6.1

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, hits a length and swings away, Amla punches off the back foot to cover

6.2

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, pitches much straighter this time and he flicks it to midwicket

6.3

Hilfenhaus to Amla, OUT, edged and taken at first slip! Amla flashes a tame drive at one pitched up and he gets a thick outside edge over the top of White's head, the extra bit of bounce undid him

HM Amla c White b Hilfenhaus 8 (22m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.10

Hilfenhaus rewarded for keeping it up and just outside off stump. A loose shot from Amla. Here's Kallis.

6.4

Hilfenhaus to Kallis, no run, 146ks, short of a length and he leaves it be for Haddin

6.5

Hilfenhaus to Kallis, no run, hits the dime again and seams away, Kallis shoulders arms

6.6

Hilfenhaus to Kallis, no run, much fuller but still in the channel and no shot offered

A good over from Hilfenhaus. First strike to Australia.

End of over 7 (wicket maiden) South Africa 15/1 (235 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 2.14, RRR: 5.46)
JH Kallis    0* (3b)      BW Hilfenhaus    4-2-8-1
HH Gibbs    7* (20b)      NW Bracken    3-0-7-0

7.1

Bracken to Gibbs, 1 run, brings Gibbs well forward and he steers the ball down to third man

7.2

Bracken to Kallis, no run, pitches full and Kallis defends off the front foot to point

7.3

Bracken to Kallis, no run, 135ks, short of a length, Kallis jumps up and defends

7.4

Bracken to Kallis, 1 run, pitches on middle and leg and goes the other way, squaring up Kallis as he pushes forward, the thick outside edge squirts to gully and Gibbs calls Kallis through

7.5

Bracken to Gibbs, no run, much fuller on the stumps and he patiently pats it back to Bracken

7.6

Bracken to Gibbs, no run, hits the seam and wobbles away and Gibbs shoulders arms

End of over 8 (2 runs) South Africa 17/1 (233 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 2.12, RRR: 5.54)
HH Gibbs    8* (23b)      NW Bracken    4-0-9-0
JH Kallis    1* (6b)      BW Hilfenhaus    4-2-8-1

8.1

Hilfenhaus to Kallis, no run, pitches right up on the money to get Kallis defending solidly

8.2

Hilfenhaus to Kallis, FOUR, that is away, forced off the back foot to the left of point, speeding away

8.3

Hilfenhaus to Kallis, 1 wide, pitches wide and doesn't swing, so thats a wide to Haddin

8.3

Hilfenhaus to Kallis, no run, 140ks, much better line and length and Kallis defends to leg

8.4

Hilfenhaus to Kallis, no run, change of pace, 122ks, nearly foxes Kallis, who shuffles across and starts to flick it but has to hurry and defend, he gets an inside edge off the scrambled seam

8.5

Hilfenhaus to Kallis, no run, now he drops short and Kallis punches straight to point

8.6

Hilfenhaus to Kallis, no run, goes back again and pushes it firmly to the off side

End of over 9 (5 runs) South Africa 22/1 (228 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 2.44, RRR: 5.56)
JH Kallis    5* (12b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    5-2-13-1
HH Gibbs    8* (23b)      NW Bracken    4-0-9-0

Change in the attack. Ryan Harris gets his first bowl at this level. From over the stumps.

9.1

Harris to Gibbs, no run, hits a good length first ball and Gibbs pushes off the front foot to cover

9.2

Harris to Gibbs, no run, slides back with swing, 147ks, catching Gibbs above the flap

9.3

Harris to Gibbs, no run, pitches on the stumps and Gibbs defends

Queensland's Harris, 29, is the second leading wicket -taker in the Sheffield Shield this season with 27 victims at 26.59.

9.4

Harris to Gibbs, FOUR, now some aggression from Gibbs, who takes a couple steps down and hits the ball over extra cover, taken on the full and carried on with the stroke

9.5

Harris to Gibbs, no run, jumps up off a length and takes the shoulder of the bat, tough bounce

9.6

Harris to Gibbs, 1 run, slides down the pads and he turns the ball away to square leg

End of over 10 (5 runs) South Africa 27/1 (223 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 2.70, RRR: 5.57)
HH Gibbs    13* (29b 1x4)      RJ Harris    1-0-5-0
JH Kallis    5* (12b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    5-2-13-1

Ponting has not taken the second Powerplay. James Hopes gets called on.

10.1

Hopes to Gibbs, 1 run, pitches outside leg stump and turned down to square leg

10.2

Hopes to Kallis, no run, 126.5ks, full and wide, no swing, and Kallis leaves it alone

10.3

Hopes to Kallis, no run, gets room and crunches off the back foot, but can't beat cover-point

10.4

Hopes to Kallis, no run, pitches full and on the stumps and Kallis has to now defend

This track has not been easy to bat on. A few questions asked.

10.5

Hopes to Kallis, no run, hops outside the line and ends up pushing it back to Hopes

Ponting moves midwicket back to the ropes.

10.6

Hopes to Kallis, 1 run, back of a length, holds its line, Kallis hops and defends with an edge to third man, he is looking to get outside the line and work the ball away to leg a lot

End of over 11 (2 runs) South Africa 29/1 (221 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 2.63, RRR: 5.66)
JH Kallis    6* (17b 1x4)      JR Hopes    1-0-2-0
HH Gibbs    14* (30b 1x4)      RJ Harris    1-0-5-0

Now Ponting takes the second Powerplay. Two slips in place.

11.1

Harris to Kallis, no run, nips back in off a length, Kallis gets up and defends to the off side

11.2

Harris to Kallis, FOUR, now Kallis finds the gap on the off side, standing tall and driving hard

11.3

Harris to Kallis, no run, fuller, by a fraction, and this time Kallis plays it to backward point

11.4

Harris to Kallis, FOUR, imperious! Kallis goes straighter this time, collecting the ball on the rise and drives through extra cover, high elbow and all, take note young batting aspirants

11.5

Harris to Kallis, no run, better length from Harris and Kallis dabs the ball to the off side

11.6

Harris to Kallis, 1 run, nips back in sharply but Kallis adjusts to drop the ball to the leg side

An expensive over from Harris. South Africa will take it.

End of over 12 (9 runs) South Africa 38/1 (212 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 3.16, RRR: 5.57)
JH Kallis    15* (23b 3x4)      RJ Harris    2-0-14-0
HH Gibbs    14* (30b 1x4)      JR Hopes    1-0-2-0

12.1

Hopes to Kallis, 1 run, tip-and-run, gently nudged in front of point, a quick look up to see what Gibbs is doing, there's a brief nod and the two batsmen set off, thats top running that

12.2

Hopes to Gibbs, no run, brings him onto the front foot and he drives the ball to point

12.3

Hopes to Gibbs, 1 wide, short ball, slides over Gibbs' head and he pulls out of the shot

12.3

Hopes to Gibbs, no run, pitches on a length, Gibbs taps it to backward point but can't get one

12.4

Hopes to Gibbs, 1 run, short of a length, too straight, he uses the wrists to turn the ball away

12.5

Hopes to Kallis, no run, much better stuff, 129.7ks, full and swinging, Kallis defends

12.6

Hopes to Kallis, 2 runs, pitches on a length and Kallis nudges the ball into the covers with ease

End of over 13 (5 runs) South Africa 43/1 (207 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 3.30, RRR: 5.59)
JH Kallis    18* (26b 3x4)      JR Hopes    2-0-7-0
HH Gibbs    15* (33b 1x4)      RJ Harris    2-0-14-0

13.1

Harris to Gibbs, 1 run, leans forward and drives the off-cutter into the covers for one more

13.2

Harris to Kallis, 1 run, more urgency in the running, hops back and defends to the off side, calls for the single and chances Ponting's arm, he misses his mark and Gibbs is home

13.3

Harris to Gibbs, 1 run, makes room, skips down, and slaps the ball through the off side

13.4

Harris to Kallis, 2 runs, goes back quickly and cuts the ball firmly behind point, running hard

13.5

Harris to Kallis, 1 run, 125.8ks, attempted yorker, dug out and clipped toward mid-on

13.6

Harris to Gibbs, 2 runs, digs in a short ball down the stumps, Gibbs gets inside the line and paddles it around the corner, Hilfenhaus covers good ground and slides to save a boundary

End of over 14 (8 runs) South Africa 51/1 (199 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 3.64, RRR: 5.52)
HH Gibbs    19* (36b 1x4)      RJ Harris    3-0-22-0
JH Kallis    22* (29b 3x4)      JR Hopes    2-0-7-0

14.1

Hopes to Kallis, no run, forces him back on the crease, defending it back

14.2

Hopes to Kallis, no run, pitches full and straight and Kallis presents a full face of the bat

14.3

Hopes to Kallis, 1 run, shuffles across the sticks, exposing leg, and turns the ball fine for one

14.4

Hopes to Gibbs, OUT, pulled out to the deep! Gibbs decides to take on a short cutter from Hopes, but takes the ball on the splice and picks out the man kept back precisely for this type of shot

HH Gibbs c MEK Hussey b Hopes 19 (55m 37b 1x4 0x6) SR: 51.35

Gibbs fell for the trap. Ponting had the fielder out at deep midwicket, Hopes slipped in the short delivery, and Gibbs found the catcher. That is the second quick loss for South Africa and now Kallis' role just got bigger.

14.5

Hopes to de Villiers, no run, pitches and slides down, AB shuffles and turns the ball to square leg

14.6

Hopes to de Villiers, no run, he shuffles and taps it, starts off, and Kallis says hold your horses

Hopes has delivered Australia the wicket.

End of over 15 (1 run) South Africa 52/2 (198 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 3.46, RRR: 5.65)
AB de Villiers    0* (2b)      JR Hopes    3-0-8-1
JH Kallis    23* (32b 3x4)      RJ Harris    3-0-22-0

15.1

Harris to Kallis, 1 run, pitches and swings down the pads, worked with an inside edge to leg

15.2

Harris to de Villiers, no run, 146.6ks, holds it back to make AB play off the back foot

15.3

Harris to de Villiers, 1 run, dropped in short, this time AB rides the bounce and chops to third man

15.4

Harris to Kallis, no run, fuller on about off stump, works the wrists and plays it to midwicket

15.5

Harris to Kallis, 1 run, attempted yorker down leg stump, Kallis clips it down to fine leg

15.6

Harris to de Villiers, 2 runs, lovely use of the wrists, collecting off the pads and flicking it away

End of over 16 (5 runs) South Africa 57/2 (193 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 3.56, RRR: 5.67)
AB de Villiers    3* (5b)      RJ Harris    4-0-27-0
JH Kallis    25* (35b 3x4)      JR Hopes    3-0-8-1

16.1

Hopes to Kallis, no run, goes back to steer it to point, wants one but AB says no thanks, chief

16.2

Hopes to Kallis, no run, tidy stuff this from Hopes, not offering room and Kallis defends to off

16.3

Hopes to Kallis, FOUR, and now he strays with the width, offering Kallis the chance to rock back and punch the ball square of the pitch, and he beats the men at cover and point

16.4

Hopes to Kallis, 1 wide, slides over the stumps off a short length, Kallis ducks and wide is called

16.4

Hopes to Kallis, 1 run, serves it full and wide, Kallis kneels forward and crashes a square-drive

16.5

Hopes to de Villiers, no run, back of a length, he gets back and steers the ball to backward point

16.6

Hopes to de Villiers, no run, starts to move across to knock the ball to midwicket but Hopes keeps it straight around off stump and AB has to end up pushing it back watchfully, well bowled

End of over 17 (6 runs) South Africa 63/2 (187 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 3.70, RRR: 5.66)
AB de Villiers    3* (7b)      JR Hopes    4-0-14-1
JH Kallis    30* (39b 4x4)      RJ Harris    4-0-27-0

17.1

Harris to Kallis, no run, change of pace, pitches it up and Kallis drives straight to cover

17.2

Harris to Kallis, 1 run, drifts down the pads, flicked in the air, one bounce to Hilfenhaus at sweeper

17.3

Harris to de Villiers, 1 run, shuffles and just drops the ball to the on side, Kallis calls him across

17.4

Harris to Kallis, 1 leg bye, drifts down the pads, tucked around the corner to square leg

17.5

Harris to de Villiers, 2 runs, short and wide, he opens the shoulders and drives into the off side

17.6

Harris to de Villiers, no run, pitches straighter and he drives the ball to mid-on

End of over 18 (5 runs) South Africa 68/2 (182 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 3.77, RRR: 5.68)
AB de Villiers    6* (10b)      RJ Harris    5-0-31-0
JH Kallis    31* (42b 4x4)      JR Hopes    4-0-14-1

David Hussey comes on for some spin.

18.1

DJ Hussey to Kallis, no run, tossed up and he comes forward to defend the ball

18.2

DJ Hussey to Kallis, no run, tossed up a touch short, Kallis rocks back and punches it away

18.3

DJ Hussey to Kallis, no run, works it across the stumps but cannot beat midwicket either

Mid-off comes up

18.4

DJ Hussey to Kallis, no run, comes forward and plays the ball to the on side, tidy stuff this

18.5

DJ Hussey to Kallis, 1 run, now he gets one, using his feet and beating mid-on

18.6

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, he uses his feet and clips it away

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End of over 19 (2 runs) South Africa 70/2 (180 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 3.68, RRR: 5.80)
AB de Villiers    7* (11b)      DJ Hussey    1-0-2-0
JH Kallis    32* (47b 4x4)      RJ Harris    5-0-31-0

Bracken is back.

19.1

Bracken to de Villiers, no run, pitches full and AB pokes at it, beaten by the lace of pace

Cameron White comes in at slip.

19.2

Bracken to de Villiers, no run, overpitched a bit wide, AB drives into the ground, cover fields

19.3

Bracken to de Villiers, 1 run, walks across his stumps, so you can see all three, and takes the ball on the full with a steered drive into the covers

19.4

Bracken to Kallis, no run, pitches on the stumps and he works the ball to midwicket

19.5

Bracken to Kallis, no run, and again, tidy stuff and the batsman can only turn it to the leg side

19.6

Bracken to Kallis, 1 run, pitches outside off, Kallis takes it and clips it across the line for one

End of over 20 (2 runs) South Africa 72/2 (178 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 3.60, RRR: 5.93)
JH Kallis    33* (50b 4x4)      NW Bracken    5-0-11-0
AB de Villiers    8* (14b)      DJ Hussey    1-0-2-0

20.1

DJ Hussey to Kallis, 1 run, drops it short and Kallis punches the ball into the off side for one

20.2

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, AB gets across and on-drives a single

20.3

DJ Hussey to Kallis, 1 run, comes across the stumps and flicks the ball away to midwicket

20.4

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, FOUR, welcome boundary to AB, dancing down and swatting the ball over midwicket, it drops in no man's land and beats the sweeper running across, top shot

20.5

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, 1 run, drifts down the pads and he turns it past square leg for one

20.6

DJ Hussey to Kallis, 1 run, tossed up, Kallis jumps across to outside off stump and turns it fine

Kallis did this a fair bit to spin during the Test series. It didn't always work.

End of over 21 (9 runs) South Africa 81/2 (169 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 3.85, RRR: 5.82)
JH Kallis    36* (53b 4x4)      DJ Hussey    2-0-11-0
AB de Villiers    14* (17b 1x4)      NW Bracken    5-0-11-0

21.1

Hopes to Kallis, no run, pitches on a drivable length and Kallis drives on the rise to cover

21.2

Hopes to Kallis, 1 run, a bit too straight and he shuffles across, turning the ball off the pads

21.3

Hopes to de Villiers, no run, the length brings AB forward, he doesn't get a stride in but he does cover off stump, the ball nips back and strikes him outside the line as he shapes to dab it fine

21.4

Hopes to de Villiers, no run, walks into the shot but cannot beat backward point

21.5

Hopes to de Villiers, 1 run, too straight and he shuffles to clip the ball wide of midwicket

21.6

Hopes to Kallis, 1 run, strides forward and square-drives behind of point, just the single

End of over 22 (3 runs) South Africa 84/2 (166 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 3.81, RRR: 5.92)
JH Kallis    38* (56b 4x4)      JR Hopes    5-0-17-1
AB de Villiers    15* (20b 1x4)      DJ Hussey    2-0-11-0

22.1

DJ Hussey to Kallis, 1 run, tossed up and Kallis takes on the full, hitting down to long-on

22.2

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, no run, well flighted, AB comes forward and steers the ball to point

22.3

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, 1 run, reaches for it and clips across the line past a diving midwicket

22.4

DJ Hussey to Kallis, 1 run, more gentle tapping and running, Hussey tosses it up and Kallis gets right over the ball, dabbing it to the off side and calling for the run, direct hit comes in but replays show the batsman was well home

22.5

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, no run, fuller and flatter and AB plays it back watchfully to David Hussey

22.6

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, no run, tossed up, he gets across but cannot beat midwicket this time

End of over 23 (3 runs) South Africa 87/2 (163 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 3.78, RRR: 6.03)
AB de Villiers    16* (24b 1x4)      DJ Hussey    3-0-14-0
JH Kallis    40* (58b 4x4)      JR Hopes    5-0-17-1

23.1

Hopes to Kallis, no run, short of a length, rocks back and punches to Ponting at short cover

23.2

Hopes to Kallis, 1 run, dicey shot from Kallis, pushing the bat loosely out in front of his pads, stopping the shot and the ball goes up in the air for a while but ends up safe of cover

23.3

Hopes to de Villiers, 1 run, swings down leg stump, AB shuffles and clips it away for one

23.4

Hopes to Kallis, 1 run, good shot from Kallis this time, walking across and flicking from outside off stump, picking the gap at midwicket

23.5

Hopes to de Villiers, 1 run, slower ball, 119ks, a tad too wide so AB drives on the rise for one

23.6

Hopes to Kallis, 1 run, collects a short-pitched ball from outside off stump and ensures to roll the wrists, pulling down into the gap in front of square, the sweeper does the cleaning up

End of over 24 (5 runs) South Africa 92/2 (158 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 3.83, RRR: 6.07)
JH Kallis    43* (62b 4x4)      JR Hopes    6-0-22-1
AB de Villiers    18* (26b 1x4)      DJ Hussey    3-0-14-0

24.1

DJ Hussey to Kallis, no run, tossed up on the stumps, Kallis comes forward and pushes to cover

24.2

DJ Hussey to Kallis, 3 runs, gets some room, waits for turn and glides the ball down to third man

24.3

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, no run, flight it up, some drift, AB comes forward and drives to cover

24.4

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, no run, tossed up and defended

24.5

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, 2 runs, comes out and flicks past Ponting at midwicket, running hard

24.6

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, no run, flat on leg stump, or thereabouts, and AB works it to midwicket

Singles are coming thick and fast. South Africa appear on course.

End of over 25 (5 runs) South Africa 97/2 (153 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 3.88, RRR: 6.12)
AB de Villiers    20* (30b 1x4)      DJ Hussey    4-0-19-0
JH Kallis    46* (64b 4x4)      JR Hopes    6-0-22-1

Cameron White into the attack.

25.1

White to Kallis, no run, tossed up on a length and uppishly hit towards extra cover

25.2

White to Kallis, 1 run, a tad short and he forces the ball away wide of backward point

25.3

White to de Villiers, 1 wide, tossed up this time, sliding down the pads to Haddin

25.3

White to de Villiers, no run, flights it up, no turn, AB leans forward and drives to cover

25.4

White to de Villiers, 1 run, floated up wide and he miscues the booming drive wide of point

That single brings up the 100 for South Africa.

25.5

White to Kallis, no run, tossed up generously to bring Kallis driving to extra cover

25.6

White to Kallis, 1 run, spins down leg stump and he turns a single off his pads

End of over 26 (4 runs) South Africa 101/2 (149 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 3.88, RRR: 6.20)
JH Kallis    48* (68b 4x4)      CL White    1-0-4-0
AB de Villiers    21* (32b 1x4)      DJ Hussey    4-0-19-0

Ponting turns back to Ryan Harris.

26.1

Harris to Kallis, no run, pitches on a length and that is driven firmly into the covers

26.2

Harris to Kallis, 1 bye, 139.7ks and spitting up off a crack or something, surprising everyone! Kallis does extremely well to arch back and drop his hands, and Haddin is also deceived by the late movement and awkward bounce

26.3

Harris to de Villiers, 1 run, pitches full and straight and clipped through midwicket for one

26.4

Harris to Kallis, no run, pitches full and Kallis bunts it back to Harris, who jumps up to field

26.5

Harris to Kallis, no run, much wider, Kallis crashes the cut to David Hussey at point

26.6

Harris to Kallis, 1 run, short of a length, Kallis hops and drops it wide of Haddin, calls for the single, Haddin chases and nails an under-arm type flick but AB has crossed ages ago

End of over 27 (3 runs) South Africa 104/2 (146 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 3.85, RRR: 6.34)
JH Kallis    49* (73b 4x4)      RJ Harris    6-0-33-0
AB de Villiers    22* (33b 1x4)      CL White    1-0-4-0

27.1

White to Kallis, 2 runs, there's his fifty, driving a tossed up delivery through the covers

27.2

White to Kallis, 1 run, flights up again and Kallis crashes the booming drive past cover

27.3

White to de Villiers, 2 byes, flights it wide, there's plenty of turn and bounce to beat everyone

27.4

White to de Villiers, 2 runs, slides down the pads and AB tucks it around the corner this time

27.5

White to de Villiers, 1 run, flighted up full and he takes it on the half-volley, driving past cover

27.6

White to Kallis, no run, gets to the pitch and drives the ball back to White, who fields

End of over 28 (8 runs) South Africa 112/2 (138 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 6.27)
JH Kallis    52* (76b 4x4)      CL White    2-0-10-0
AB de Villiers    25* (36b 1x4)      RJ Harris    6-0-33-0

South Africa require another 138 with eight wickets and 22 overs remaining.

28.1

Harris to de Villiers, 1 run, pitches outside off stump and he forces it behind point for a single

28.2

Harris to Kallis, 1 run, nips back off a length, he opens the face and steers it to third man

28.3

Harris to de Villiers, no run, bad ball, short and wide but AB cuts to David Hussey at point

28.4

Harris to de Villiers, no run, much better from Harris, hitting the seam and making AB defend

28.5

Harris to de Villiers, no run, goes for a cramped cut and almost chops it back, Haddin leaps and takes

28.6

Harris to de Villiers, 1 run, change of pace, full on middle and off, pushes down to mid-on

Doc: "They're batting themselves into a hole here, the South Africans. If all goes to plan and they lose no more wickets, all will be well. Two quick wickets now, and its is over."

End of over 29 (3 runs) South Africa 115/2 (135 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 3.96, RRR: 6.42)
AB de Villiers    27* (41b 1x4)      RJ Harris    7-0-36-0
JH Kallis    53* (77b 4x4)      CL White    2-0-10-0

29.1

White to de Villiers, 1 run, short and he cuts from off stump and wide of the point fielder

29.2

White to Kallis, 1 run, flights it up very generously, with dip, and Kallis square-drives it away

29.3

White to de Villiers, 1 run, flighted up on the stumps, again dipping, and AB pushes to mid-off

29.4

White to Kallis, 1 run, hangs it up there outside off stump, Kallis flashes it out to deep point

29.5

White to de Villiers, 1 run, comes down and drives on the full into the covers for another single

29.6

White to Kallis, 1 run, this turns the other way and Kallis, walking across, flicks it away fine

End of over 30 (6 runs) South Africa 121/2 (129 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 4.03, RRR: 6.45)
JH Kallis    56* (80b 4x4)      CL White    3-0-16-0
AB de Villiers    30* (44b 1x4)      RJ Harris    7-0-36-0

Hopes is back for a spell.

30.1

Hopes to Kallis, 1 run, nips back in, stays low, and Kallis hustles to push it wide of cover

30.2

Hopes to de Villiers, 1 run, thats a handsome drive from AB, for another single past extra cover

30.3

Hopes to Kallis, no run, slower ball sits up and beats Kallis, pushing away from the body

30.4

Hopes to Kallis, 1 run, waits for it and he opens the face, dabbing it down to third man

30.5

Hopes to de Villiers, 1 run, plays an odd sort of shot, swatting off the front foot to mid-on

30.6

Hopes to Kallis, 1 run, whew, walks across to the fifth stump and clips it wide of midwicket

Arnie: "Just woke up, match on here... seems Kallis would join 10K club today, great going man!" Now, now, Arnie. That may just jinx the man.

End of over 31 (5 runs) South Africa 126/2 (124 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 4.06, RRR: 6.52)
JH Kallis    59* (84b 4x4)      JR Hopes    7-0-27-1
AB de Villiers    32* (46b 1x4)      CL White    3-0-16-0

David Hussey replaces White.

31.1

DJ Hussey to Kallis, 1 run, tossed up, turns away, Kallis strides forward and steers it to point

31.2

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, no run, comes forward and drives it back to Hussey's left side

31.3

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, no run, lobbed up, drifts into leg stump, flicked to Ponting at midwicket

31.4

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, no run, flat trajectory again, flicked to Ponting

31.5

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, no run, slower, wider, and steered to Harris at backward point

31.6

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, 1 run, collects on the full and on-drives, Ponting scurries across and intercepts

End of over 32 (2 runs) South Africa 128/2 (122 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 6.77)
AB de Villiers    33* (51b 1x4)      DJ Hussey    5-0-21-0
JH Kallis    60* (85b 4x4)      JR Hopes    7-0-27-1

32.1

Hopes to de Villiers, 1 run, just 116ks, full and wide and squeezed backward of point

32.2

Hopes to Kallis, 1 run, a bit of room on offer and Kallis cuts behind point out to the sweeper

32.3

Hopes to de Villiers, 1 run, pitches short, stays low, cracked off the back foot past cover-point

32.4

Hopes to Kallis, 3 runs, walks well across, advancing to expose all the stumps and more, and then removes a hand off the bat handle to nudge a short ball wide of Haddin

32.5

Hopes to de Villiers, 1 run, dug in short and AB pulls along the ground to Michael in the deep

32.6

Hopes to Kallis, 1 run, another single, crunched on the rise through the gap at extra cover

Jasson: "Reply to Doc's mail: Probably they are thinking of capitalizing on the batting Powerplay, Duminy's current form and Albie's last innings!"

End of over 33 (8 runs) South Africa 136/2 (114 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.12, RRR: 6.70)
JH Kallis    65* (88b 4x4)      JR Hopes    8-0-35-1
AB de Villiers    36* (54b 1x4)      DJ Hussey    5-0-21-0

33.1

DJ Hussey to Kallis, no run, tossed up, Kallis drives on the rise and straight to cover

33.2

DJ Hussey to Kallis, no run, fired in flat and he drives it back to Hussey on the bounce

33.3

DJ Hussey to Kallis, 1 run, comes forward and steers this one towards cover for one

33.4

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, 1 run, spins down the pads and brushed out past midwicket for a single

33.5

DJ Hussey to Kallis, 1 run, picks up the back leg and clips the ball down to long-on for one

33.6

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, no run, pushes against the turn and hits it in the air but safe of the cover fielder

Time for the mandatory change of ball. Will they take the batting Powerplay now?

End of over 34 (3 runs) South Africa 139/2 (111 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 4.08, RRR: 6.93)
AB de Villiers    37* (56b 1x4)      DJ Hussey    6-0-24-0
JH Kallis    67* (92b 4x4)      JR Hopes    8-0-35-1

With the change of ball comes a change of bowler. Ben Hilfenhaus it is.

34.1

Hilfenhaus to Kallis, FOUR, pitches on a length, moves away, Kallis chases it away from the body and gets a thick outer edge that doesn't carry to a leaping Haddin behind the stumps, lucky

34.2

Hilfenhaus to Kallis, 1 run, dragged in short, this time he controls the shot, chopping to third man

A slip moves in now ...

34.3

Hilfenhaus to de Villiers, 1 run, pitches on leg, AB goes back and flicks it past square leg

34.4

Hilfenhaus to Kallis, no run, 140ks, a bouncer with two men back, Kallis hooks and misses

34.5

Hilfenhaus to Kallis, OUT, gone, and the man to get! Kallis chases a wide delivery and picks out David Hussey at backward point, who doesn't have to do much to pouch the aerial cut

JH Kallis c DJ Hussey b Hilfenhaus 72 (102m 96b 5x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Well now. Match-turning moment? Hilfenhaus delivers. JP Duminy walks out.

34.6

Hilfenhaus to Duminy, 2 runs, overpitched outside off and he twirls a drive out Michael in the deep

Kallis looked peeved at getting out. South Africa have to reassess now.

End of over 35 (8 runs) South Africa 147/3 (103 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 4.20, RRR: 6.86)
JP Duminy    2* (1b)      BW Hilfenhaus    6-2-21-2
AB de Villiers    38* (57b 1x4)      DJ Hussey    6-0-24-0

Cameron White at slip.

35.1

Harris to de Villiers, no run, ah, edged but it doesn't carry! AB starts giving catching practice, walking across his stumps to chase one going away from him, steering it just in front of a tumbling slip

35.2

Harris to de Villiers, no run, shuffles across and play the ball to the fielder

35.3

Harris to de Villiers, FOUR, you don't need to run for those! Harris pitches full and straight on the stumps and AB lays into it with a perfect on-drive back past mid-on

35.4

Harris to de Villiers, 1 run, change of pace but AB uses soft hands to dab a single to point

Harris moves around the stumps

35.5

Harris to Duminy, no run, pitches back of a length and squeezed toward backward point

35.6

Harris to Duminy, FOUR, low full toss escapes down leg stump, Duminy walks right across the sticks and just gets the bottom part of the bat on ball, and more than enough to beat Haddin

End of over 36 (9 runs) South Africa 156/3 (94 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 6.71)
JP Duminy    6* (3b 1x4)      RJ Harris    8-0-45-0
AB de Villiers    43* (61b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    6-2-21-2

36.1

Hilfenhaus to de Villiers, 1 run, OUT, AB trips and he's gone! Hilfenhaus pitches on the stumps, AB shuffles and taps the ball just wide of midwicket and harries off down the track, he gets the first in good time but stumbles as he turns back for the second, still he continues sprinting and dives full stretch but a good flat throw from Harris comes back to Haddin in time, that was a terrific throw and well taken too

AB de Villiers run out 44 (78m 62b 2x4 0x6) SR: 70.96

Neil McKenzie walks in. That was a suicidal run once AB stumbled. Game on?

36.2

Hilfenhaus to McKenzie, 1 run, pitches full and wide and he opens the face to dab through gully

36.3

Hilfenhaus to Duminy, no run, short of a length and played to the man fielding up close

36.4

Hilfenhaus to Duminy, no run, pitches on the stumps, 141.3ks, and patted back to the bowler

36.5

Hilfenhaus to Duminy, no run, split-fingered cutter, slower too, and he nearly pops it back

36.6

Hilfenhaus to Duminy, no run, leans into a drive and plays it towards the cover fielder

TitoinFlorida: "AB is the prince of embarrassing run outs. He needs special running practice."

End of over 37 (2 runs) South Africa 158/4 (92 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 4.27, RRR: 7.07)
JP Duminy    6* (7b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    7-2-23-2
ND McKenzie    1* (1b)      RJ Harris    8-0-45-0

37.1

DJ Hussey to McKenzie, no run, tossed up and he nearly drives it back, but it doesn't carry

37.2

DJ Hussey to McKenzie, 1 run, tossed up and McKenzie drives it down the ground for one

David Hussey changes the angle now ...

37.3

DJ Hussey to Duminy, 1 run, spins back in, he doesn't move much and pushes to midwicket

Back over he goes ...

37.4

DJ Hussey to McKenzie, no run, tossed up, McKenzie smothers it and defends to point

37.5

DJ Hussey to McKenzie, 1 run, cute little open-faced steer down to third man and some hustling

37.6

DJ Hussey to Duminy, 1 run, moves back and cuts from the top of off stump through point

South Africa still have the batting Powerplay, mind you. Remains to be seen if Albie will bat. Drinks on the field. We've got some wallpapers of Australian and South African players for you to download.

End of over 38 (4 runs) South Africa 162/4 (88 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 4.26, RRR: 7.33)
JP Duminy    8* (9b 1x4)      DJ Hussey    7-0-28-0
ND McKenzie    3* (5b)      BW Hilfenhaus    7-2-23-2

38.1

Hopes to Duminy, 1 run, pitches outside leg stump, Duminy shuffles and glances it fine

38.2

Hopes to McKenzie, no run, flirts at one outside off stump and misses by a fraction

38.3

Hopes to McKenzie, 1 run, opens the face and steers it down to third man for a single

38.4

Hopes to Duminy, 1 run, gets more room and uses the pace to dab the ball to third man

38.5

Hopes to McKenzie, no run, change of pace, 118.8ks, full and he defends it back

38.6

Hopes to McKenzie, 1 run, tip-and-run to point, the fielder has a shy but misses and Duminy is safe

End of over 39 (4 runs) South Africa 166/4 (84 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 4.25, RRR: 7.63)
ND McKenzie    5* (9b)      JR Hopes    9-0-39-1
JP Duminy    10* (11b 1x4)      DJ Hussey    7-0-28-0

Nathan Bracken returns.

39.1

Bracken to McKenzie, 1 run, angles the face and runs it well wide of Haddin to third man

39.2

Bracken to Duminy, no run, 134ks, swing and a miss, ball cuts back and stays low too

39.3

Bracken to Duminy, no run, short-pitched ball over the stumps and Duminy ducks under it

The Australians use the bouncer well in ODIs to get in a dot ball.

39.4

Bracken to Duminy, no run, pitches on leg and slides in, Duminy turns it straight to midwicket

All these dot balls add up, JP ...

39.5

Bracken to Duminy, no run, goes for a cramped cut and chops it back in front of Haddin

39.6

Bracken to Duminy, 1 run, finally he pierces the off side, steering a shorter ball past point

Good over from Bracken, though, varying his pace well.

End of over 40 (2 runs) South Africa 168/4 (82 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 4.20, RRR: 8.20)
JP Duminy    11* (16b 1x4)      NW Bracken    6-0-13-0
ND McKenzie    6* (10b)      JR Hopes    9-0-39-1

We are into the home stretch, folks. The run rate has inched up. This will be close.

40.1

Hopes to Duminy, 1 run, too straight and Duminy flicks the ball away to deep square leg

40.2

Hopes to McKenzie, no run, short ball slides down leg stump, no shot offered, Haddin takes

40.3

Hopes to McKenzie, 1 run, flashes the square-drive and squeeze the ball between point and gully

40.4

Hopes to Duminy, 1 run, gently nudges the ball to the off side and calls on McKenize, well run

40.5

Hopes to McKenzie, no run, goes flashing from the crease and connects with nuttin' but air

40.6

Hopes to McKenzie, 1 run, dabs it towards gully, Duminy responds, backward point runs across and hits the stumps, it is referred but Duminy had made his ground rather comfortably

End of over 41 (4 runs) South Africa 172/4 (78 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 4.19, RRR: 8.66)
ND McKenzie    8* (14b)      JR Hopes    10-0-43-1
JP Duminy    13* (18b 1x4)      NW Bracken    6-0-13-0

Hopes signs off, and another brief burst for Harris.

41.1

Harris to McKenzie, OUT, first international wicket for Harris! A nothing shot from McKenzie, trying to run one down to third man from too close to the body he succeeds in chopping onto his stumps

ND McKenzie b Harris 8 (20m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 53.33

Harris is pumped at getting himself on board for Australia. He strikes first ball. Enter Mark Boucher.

41.2

Harris to Boucher, 1 run, gets a short delivery and steers it down past backward point

41.3

Harris to Duminy, no run, 140ks, short-pitched over leg stump, Duminy flinches a tad

41.4

Harris to Duminy, 1 run, walks into the shot, pushing down to mid-off, who is rather deep

41.5

Harris to Boucher, no run, pitches full, and swings it, Boucher clips it right to midwicket

41.6

Harris to Boucher, no run, loose shot, with one hand, sort of steered to backward point

Now its tight. This could go either way. That batting Powerplay is the key. Albie is indeed padded up.

End of over 42 (2 runs) South Africa 174/5 (76 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 4.14, RRR: 9.50)
MV Boucher    1* (3b)      RJ Harris    9-0-47-1
JP Duminy    14* (20b 1x4)      JR Hopes    10-0-43-1

42.1

Bracken to Duminy, 1 run, controlled shot, picked from just outside off and on-driven for one

42.2

Bracken to Boucher, no run, pitches outside leg stump, cramps Boucher, who taps it back

42.3

Bracken to Boucher, 1 run, angles across off a length and he jams the ball wide of point

42.4

Bracken to Duminy, 1 run, back of a length and he shuffles across, just knocking it to the on side

42.5

Bracken to Boucher, 1 run, comes forward and turns the ball across for a single

42.6

Bracken to Duminy, 1 run, pitches straight and he taps the ball towards midwicket

End of over 43 (5 runs) South Africa 179/5 (71 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 4.16, RRR: 10.14)
JP Duminy    17* (23b 1x4)      NW Bracken    7-0-18-0
MV Boucher    3* (6b)      RJ Harris    9-0-47-1

Singles won't do it. Still 71 needed from 42. Hilfenhaus returns.

43.1

Hilfenhaus to Duminy, FOUR, starts off full and Duminy eases the pressure with a lovely little drive past extra cover, no frills attached whatsoever

43.2

Hilfenhaus to Duminy, 1 wide, the response is an errant bouncer down leg stump, Duminy goes pulling but cannot connect on it

43.2

Hilfenhaus to Duminy, 1 run, short on middle and leg, and short-arm-jabbed out to the sweeper

43.3

Hilfenhaus to Boucher, no run, much fuller, and straighter, and he drives with an inside edge to leg

43.4

Hilfenhaus to Boucher, 1 run, lands on about leg stump, Boucher shuffles and clips it away

43.5

Hilfenhaus to Duminy, 2 runs, pitches on a length and Duminy crisply drives on the up past point

43.6

Hilfenhaus to Duminy, 2 runs, he likes that shot but it nearly led to his downfall! Hilfenhaus pitches full down leg stump and Duminy walks across to paddle-flick it in the air down to deep square leg, but the ball dips in front of a diving Ryan Harris and drops a couple feet short of him

End of over 44 (11 runs) South Africa 190/5 (60 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 4.31, RRR: 10.00)
JP Duminy    26* (27b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    8-2-34-2
MV Boucher    4* (8b)      NW Bracken    7-0-18-0

Right, Botha has called for the batting Powerplay. The last block of five overs. Haddin stands up.

44.1

Bracken to Boucher, 1 run, bowls it from around the stumps, Boucher steers it in in front of point

No fine leg or third man in place ...

44.2

Bracken to Duminy, 3 runs, shuts his eyes and heaves and gets a thick top edge that flies over Haddin, it doesn't reach the ropes because three fielders give hearty chase

44.3

Bracken to Boucher, no run, pitches full and Boucher punches it back to Bracken

44.4

Bracken to Boucher, no run, full and he sizes up for midwicket, clearing the front leg and heaving, but there is just a thin inside edge that beats Haddin and the off stump, very, very close

44.5

Bracken to Boucher, no run, slices a low full toss to cover, Ponting has a shy but misses

44.6

Bracken to Boucher, no run, tidy bowling, full and straight and Boucher hits the nonstriker's stumps

Bracken is the king, the president, the Michael Jackson of miserly deliveries.

End of over 45 (4 runs) South Africa 194/5 (56 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 4.31, RRR: 11.20)
MV Boucher    5* (13b)      NW Bracken    8-0-22-0
JP Duminy    29* (28b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    8-2-34-2

It will be the debutant Ryan Harris for his last over.

45.1

Harris to Duminy, 1 run, pitches on a length outside leg stump, Duminy swings and misses, the ball hits his back leg and deviates wide of the stumps

45.2

Harris to Boucher, 1 run, overpitched outside off stump and driven toward extra cover

45.3

Harris to Duminy, no run, slips in a yorker which Duminy misses all ends up

45.4

Harris to Duminy, FOUR, and he picks the gap behind square leg, swatting it past Bracken

45.5

Harris to Duminy, 1 leg bye, swings again, struck on the back heel just outside leg stump

45.6

Harris to Boucher, 1 run, finishes off with a yorker length delivery outside off stump, Boucher tries to squirt it out and just gets the toe end on it, Harris runs toward cover and slides to cut it off

End of over 46 (8 runs) South Africa 202/5 (48 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 4.39, RRR: 12.00)
MV Boucher    7* (15b)      RJ Harris    10-0-54-1
JP Duminy    34* (32b 3x4)      NW Bracken    8-0-22-0

46.1

Bracken to Boucher, no run, well bowled and fielded, Bracken fires it in full, Boucher pushes it the off side, Bracken the runs across and fields before taking out middle stump with his throw

46.2

Bracken to Boucher, 1 run, another crafty yorker draws an inside edge to short fine leg

Bracken changes the angle to Duminy ...

46.3

Bracken to Duminy, 1 run, pitches full and Duminy swings it along the ground past midwicket

Very effective death-overs bowling from the master, Bracken. Back around he goes ...

46.4

Bracken to Boucher, 1 run, another yorker outside off stump which he squirts to point

46.5

Bracken to Duminy, OUT, so well bowled, and the frustration results in a run out! Bracken fires in yet another mesmeric yorker, which Duminy fails to pick, he sets out of his crease and pays the price as Haddin knocks down the stumps with an accurate throw

JP Duminy run out 35 (57m 34b 3x4 0x6) SR: 102.94

Check that down to the nagging Bracken. Here comes Albie, the last hope they have.

46.6

Bracken to Morkel, FOUR, thats the way to go, leaning into a wider one and picking the gap at point

End of over 47 (7 runs) South Africa 209/6 (41 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 4.44, RRR: 13.66)
JA Morkel    4* (1b 1x4)      NW Bracken    9-0-29-0
MV Boucher    9* (18b)      RJ Harris    10-0-54-1

Hilfenhaus returns and his home crowd cheers.

47.1

Hilfenhaus to Boucher, 2 runs, pitched up in the slot, Boucher clears the leg and goes over mid-on

47.2

Hilfenhaus to Boucher, FOUR, swings at a low full toss and picks the gap behind square leg

47.3

Hilfenhaus to Boucher, 2 runs, backs away and miscues the shot over extra cover, the ball stays up there for a while, Warner runs back after it but the ball drops safely in the deep

47.4

Hilfenhaus to Boucher, FOUR, bad ball to bowl, a rank full toss and Boucher slices it over cover!

47.5

Hilfenhaus to Boucher, 2 runs, full again, Boucher makes room and inside-edges to deep square

47.6

Hilfenhaus to Boucher, 1 run, slower ball on the stumps, swung away in a frenzy to deep midwicket

This is agonizing. South Africa need 26 runs from 12 balls remaining.

End of over 48 (15 runs) South Africa 224/6 (26 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 4.66, RRR: 13.00)
MV Boucher    24* (24b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    9-2-49-2
JA Morkel    4* (1b 1x4)      NW Bracken    9-0-29-0

48.1

Bracken to Boucher, 1 run, full outside off, tough to work away, Boucher paddles to square leg

Crowd chants. Haddin stands up to the stumps. Bracken changes the angle.

48.2

Bracken to Morkel, 1 run, bowls it full and very wide, Albie chases and misses, its not called wide somehow and Albie sets off, Haddin under arms but doesn't hit this time

48.3

Bracken to Boucher, 1 run, walks across his stumps and digs out the ball wide of midwicket

48.4

Bracken to Morkel, FOUR, connects on the full toss, not off the middle however, rather high off the bat, but Albie has picked the gap at mid-on and even long-on cannot get there in time

48.5

Bracken to Morkel, 1 run, slips in the yorker wide of the stumps and he squeezes it for one

Bracken goes back around the stumps ...

48.6

Bracken to Boucher, 1 run, ends with another yorker outside off stump, Boucher swings and squirts an inside edge back past short fine leg, so thats only nine from the over

South Africa's Powerplay is done. They need 17 from six balls. Very, very hard.

End of over 49 (9 runs) South Africa 233/6 (17 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 4.75, RRR: 17.00)
MV Boucher    27* (27b 2x4)      NW Bracken    10-0-38-0
JA Morkel    10* (4b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    9-2-49-2

49.1

Hilfenhaus to Boucher, 2 runs, full on off stump, Boucher swings to deep midwicket, where Marsh fumbles

49.2

Hilfenhaus to Boucher, no run, good delivery, and that should do it, a slower ball, very full and just outside off stump to fox Boucher as he swings and misses

49.3

Hilfenhaus to Boucher, SIX, Boucher! Boucher! He just clears the leg and swings that over long-on, and the fielder back pedals to see the ball sail over his head, its a six

49.4

Hilfenhaus to Boucher, 1 run, very full on leg stump and now he clips it past midwicket for one

South Africa need two boundaries. Ponting and the bowler discuss. White and Bracken join in. The crowd is abuzz. Deep square leg comes in. No one from fine leg to deep midwicket. A big risk.

49.5

Hilfenhaus to Morkel, 1 run, well bowled, full and wide and Albie can only steer it to deep point

Only the single given. They need six to win. Boucher on strike. Hilfenhaus looks to have sealed it. Ponting has another conference. Everyone on their feet at Bellerive Oval.

49.6

Hilfenhaus to Boucher, 1 run, well bowled, full and wide from Hilfenhaus in front of his home fans, Boucher just slaps it to extra cover for a single, so Australia have won a humdinger by five runs to level the series 1-1 after two games

What fun. Australia look relieved. South Africa look miffed. Hilfenhaus bowled a tidy last over, despite the six, but he can credit plenty to that man Bracken. The players all shake hands. This was a tense match. Hats off to Australia. South Africa, like the home side earlier in the day, simply lost steam. Australia, led by Bracken, curbed the runs and took wickets.

At one stage it appeared that Australia would have only themselves to blame. They were 1 for 131 half way through their innings, and 300 was on the cards. Even after half-centurions Marsh and Ponting departed in relative succession, surely Australia should have got 280 from there. But South Africa took five wickets for 53 runs in the last 10 overs, and 7 for 92 in the last 20. It was a tremendous comeback to restrict Australia to 249, but there was never a sense of urgency in their chase and they ended up losers. Kallis and de Villiers were batting decently but like Marsh and Ponting, they were separated and the chase lost steam. Credit to Bracken and Hilfenhaus and Harris.

Well folks, its been a terrific match. We will just get you the Man of the Match.

It is Shaun Marsh, who backed up his 79 in Melbourne with 78 as Australia secured an important victory.

So thats all we have today, hope you've had fun. Come back and see us for the third match from Sydney on January 23 at 14:15 local local. Until next time, goodbye!

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End of over 50 (11 runs) South Africa 244/6 (6 runs required)
MV Boucher    37* (32b 2x4 1x6)      BW Hilfenhaus    10-2-60-2
JA Morkel    11* (5b 2x4)      NW Bracken    10-0-38-0
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