South Africa tour of Australia, 2008/09 / Commentary

South Africa in Australia ODI Series - 4th ODI

Australia v South Africa

South Africa won by 8 wickets (with 71 balls remaining)

1.6

Ntini to Ponting, no run, pitches full and wide and Ponting shoulders arms

Australia 9/1   RT Ponting 0* (1b)

2.6

Steyn to Ponting, no run, pitches full and wide and he shoulders arms again

Australia 17/2   RT Ponting 0* (2b)

3.2

Ntini to Ponting, FOUR, lovely shot from Ponting, just coming early onto the front foot and taking it on the half-volley, driving elegantly through the covers, he plays that shot really well

3.3

Ntini to Ponting, FOUR, rubbish ball, short and swinging way down the pads and Ponting clips it away past a tumbling de Villiers, who had no chance of getting to it

3.4

Ntini to Ponting, no run, beats him this time, holding back the length and Ponting has a waft outside off stump, feet not to the pitch, and the ball jags back

3.5

Ntini to Ponting, no run, better area to pitch it in, and the late movement back in moves the ball very close to the top of off stump as Ponting shoulders arms to it

3.6

Ntini to Ponting, 2 runs, drifts down and he clips it down to fine leg to end the over

Australia 28/2   RT Ponting 10* (7b 2x4)

5.1

Ntini to Ponting, no run, 141ks, pitched up outside off and he shoulders arms

5.2

Ntini to Ponting, 1 wide, again he gets too much swing and the ball drifts down the pads

5.2

Ntini to Ponting, no run, pitches on the stumps, pushed into the covers, where Gibbs dives

5.3

Ntini to Ponting, no run, goes for a big shot outside off but mistimes it, chopping to point

5.4

Ntini to Ponting, no run, change of pace, full on off stump, Ponting pushes hard at it off the front foot and gets an inside edge back past leg stump, he was trying to go for it on the rise

5.5

Ntini to Ponting, no run, good bowling again, hitting a length on off to get him defending

5.6

Ntini to Ponting, 1 run, straighter one and he clips it just wide of midwicket

Australia 34/2   RT Ponting 11* (13b 2x4)

6.1

Steyn to Ponting, 2 runs, again too straight and Ponting flicks it out to Morne in the deep

6.2

Steyn to Ponting, no run, big shout for leg before, pitches fullish and seams back in to beat Ponting's bat as he pushes down the line, he didn't get a big stride forward and is hit just outside the off stump, and when I say just I mean just ... the umpire Ian Gould figured he had gotten safely across, but my that was close

6.3

Steyn to Ponting, no run, pitches on middle and off and he plays it to midwicket loosely

6.4

Steyn to Ponting, no run, invites the drive and Ponting comes forward and cannot beat cover

6.5

Steyn to Ponting, no run, tidy stuff again, pitching and straightening and he defends

6.6

Steyn to Ponting, 1 run, slower ball, full and swinging, and he clips it to midwicket

Australia 37/2   RT Ponting 14* (19b 2x4)

7.1

Ntini to Ponting, 2 runs, good shot, comes onto the front foot and pushes on the rise through square, Duminy gives chase downhill and retrieves the ball

7.2

Ntini to Ponting, no run, pitches on a length and he defends firmly to the off side

7.3

Ntini to Ponting, no run, keeps him quiet again, not offering room and Ponting defends

7.4

Ntini to Ponting, FOUR, pitches wider and Ponting commits himself onto the front foot, reaching out and square-driving it uppishly between cover and point and gets another boundary

7.5

Ntini to Ponting, FOUR, shorter and he gets back and carves it backward of point, well played

7.6

Ntini to Ponting, FOUR, bang, that's four! Dropped in short and in a flash he pulls it over midwicket

Australia 51/2   RT Ponting 28* (25b 5x4)

9.1

JA Morkel to Ponting, FOUR, and he is welcomed in with a spanking pull shot from Ponting, swiveling and hitting the short ball superbly past midwicket

9.2

JA Morkel to Ponting, no run, pitches full, expectedly, to get him pushing off the front foot to cover

9.3

JA Morkel to Ponting, no run, much better length, on the seam, getting Ponting defending

9.4

JA Morkel to Ponting, FOUR, lovely shot, just pushing the ball straight down the ground

9.5

JA Morkel to Ponting, 1 run, another pleasing drive off the front foot to cover, where Duminy misfields and allows Ponting a single, and my is he looking dangerous today is Ponting

Australia 62/2   RT Ponting 37* (30b 7x4)

10.1

M Morkel to Ponting, no run, hits a length and beats him first ball, Ponting pushing and missing

10.2

M Morkel to Ponting, 1 run, another good shot, Ponting easing forward and square-driving for one

10.5

M Morkel to Ponting, no run, pitched up and Ponting pushes it off the front foot to cover

10.6

M Morkel to Ponting, no run, on the pads, asking for trouble, but he clips it straight to Amla

Australia 69/2   RT Ponting 38* (34b 7x4)

11.3

JA Morkel to Ponting, no run, what are they doing out there? Albie serves it up full and gets some swing, Ponting drives away from the body off the front foot and gets an outside edge to de Villiers, but there is no confident appeal ... de Villiers collects and sort of says something very unconvincingly ... that was a clear edge .... I cannot believe that!

11.4

JA Morkel to Ponting, no run, on the stumps and played to Amla at midwicket

11.5

JA Morkel to Ponting, 1 run, a loose drive away from the body, in the air between cover and point

Australia 71/2   RT Ponting 39* (37b 7x4)

12.1

M Morkel to Ponting, no run, pitches on the stumps and he clips the ball to mid-on

12.2

M Morkel to Ponting, no run, pitches on a length and he drives the ball to the off side

12.3

M Morkel to Ponting, 1 run, pitches and swings away, Ponting goes to hit it down the ground but gets a leading edge over the off side, basically spooning it in the air

12.5

M Morkel to Ponting, FOUR, pitched up and he hammers it powerfully down past mid-off, bang

12.6

M Morkel to Ponting, no run, hits a length and nips back and he defends awkwardly

Australia 77/2   RT Ponting 44* (42b 8x4)

13.2

JA Morkel to Ponting, 1 run, hits a length and he defends it to the off side

13.5

JA Morkel to Ponting, no run, pitches on a length and he pushes the ball toward cover

13.6

JA Morkel to Ponting, FOUR, now he goes downtown, just hitting through the line over mid-on, hit high in the air, one bounce and four and he moves to 49

Australia 84/2   RT Ponting 49* (45b 9x4)

14.2

M Morkel to Ponting, 1 run, overpitched outside off, Ponting reaches out and drives towards deep cover to reach his fifty

Australia 86/2   RT Ponting 50* (46b 9x4)

15.1

Botha to Ponting, no run, starts off with a flighted ball, pitching just outside off, Ponting defends it to the leg side

15.2

Botha to Ponting, 2 runs, drops it short this time, pitching on middle and the turn takes it past leg, Ponting helps it towards fine leg for a couple

15.3

Botha to Ponting, no run, short again, a touch outside off, Ponting pulls it towards square leg

15.4

Botha to Ponting, no run, played towards short midwicket

15.5

Botha to Ponting, 1 run, on the pads, Ponting helps himself to an easy single after punching it down to long-on

Australia 96/2   RT Ponting 53* (51b 9x4)

16.1

M Morkel to Ponting, 2 runs, room on offer and he laces that backward of point, out to where Albie dives superbly and cuts off the boundary

16.2

M Morkel to Ponting, no run, 143.4ks, pitched up outside off and he leaves it alone

16.3

M Morkel to Ponting, no run, pitches on off stump and swings, pushed to the cover fielder

16.4

M Morkel to Ponting, no run, driven straight down the track, sweetly, but Morne sticks a hand out

16.5

M Morkel to Ponting, 1 run, short and wide and cut out to the deep cover boundary patroller

Australia 99/2   RT Ponting 56* (56b 9x4)

17.1

Botha to Ponting, no run, tossed up, turns in, glided to backward point, where Amla fields

17.2

Botha to Ponting, 1 run, tossed up and he gets well forward and pushes to the off side

17.4

Botha to Ponting, 1 run, spins back in from wide of off stump, Ponting waits for turn and then dabs it wide of backward point, calling immediately for the single

17.6

Botha to Ponting, no run, pitches on middle and leg and straightens, Ponting shuffles across and ends up playing the ball down to mid-on, who slides and fields to cut off the single

Australia 103/2   RT Ponting 58* (60b 9x4)

18.2

M Morkel to Ponting, 1 run, pitches wide to bring Ponting onto the front foot, he eases a push through the gap between cover and point and continues to prosper

18.4

M Morkel to Ponting, no run, pitches a foot outside off stump and gets some good carry to de Villiers, Ponting comes onto the front foot and shoulders arms

18.5

M Morkel to Ponting, no run, this one is on the stumps and Ponting pats it back to Morne

18.6

M Morkel to Ponting, 1 run, goes a bit straighter and that one is turned in the air past midwicket

Australia 109/2   RT Ponting 60* (64b 9x4)

19.1

Botha to Ponting, 1 run, tossed up to get him well forward, steering the ball wide of point

19.4

Botha to Ponting, no run, a tad short and he swivels it to a tumbling square leg

19.5

Botha to Ponting, 1 run, tossed up, he uses his feet and drives to mid-on for one

Australia 112/3   RT Ponting 62* (67b 9x4)

20.1

Ntini to Ponting, no run, full and a bit wide, he reaches out and mistimes the shot to point

20.2

Ntini to Ponting, 1 run, now he makes better contact and dabs the ball into the off side

20.5

Ntini to Ponting, OUT, Ntini strikes, pitching the slower offcutter on a length and Ponting chases it on the rise, hitting it straight to McKenzie stationed at short catching cover

RT Ponting c McKenzie b Ntini 63 (87m 70b 9x4 0x6) SR: 90.00

Australia 114/4   RT Ponting 63 (70b 9x4)
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