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)

30.4

JA Morkel to Hopes, 1 run, back of a length, just outside off, pushed towards cover, and the batsmen pinch a quick single, Hopes could have been run out if there was a direct hit

Australia 152/6   JR Hopes 1* (1b)

31.1

Botha to Hopes, no run, pitches on the stumps and he turns it to midwicket

31.2

Botha to Hopes, no run, again he drives down the ground but cannot beat mid-on

31.3

Botha to Hopes, 1 run, uses his feet and just manages to beat the fielder this time

31.5

Botha to Hopes, no run, lobbed up gently, he gets across and turns the ball away

31.6

Botha to Hopes, no run, comes well forward and plays a very compact forward defensive

Australia 154/6   JR Hopes 2* (6b)

32.3

Duminy to Hopes, 3 runs, tossed up and Hopes collects on the volley, punching past mid-off

Australia 158/6   JR Hopes 5* (7b)

33.1

Botha to Hopes, 1 run, a touch short and he makes room to punch that past cover

33.6

Botha to Hopes, no run, throws it up on the stumps and he pushes the ball to the fielder

Australia 162/6   JR Hopes 6* (9b)

34.4

Duminy to Hopes, 1 run, gets to the pitch and punches down the ground

Australia 164/6   JR Hopes 7* (10b)

35.1

M Morkel to Hopes, 1 run, pitches fullish and Hopes drives between cover and point for one

35.3

M Morkel to Hopes, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Hopes hops back and pokes it to point, sets off and had Gibbs hit with that throw he would have been gone, great fielding though to get there in time to collect

Australia 167/6   JR Hopes 9* (12b)

36.1

Duminy to Hopes, no run, tossed up outside off stump and he drives to the off side

36.2

Duminy to Hopes, 1 run, tossed up again and he plays the ball to the off side

36.4

Duminy to Hopes, no run, spins back in sharply to Hopes, who backs away and just gets bat on it

36.5

Duminy to Hopes, 1 run, shuffles back again and clips a fuller delivery to midwicket

Australia 170/6   JR Hopes 11* (16b)

37.1

M Morkel to Hopes, no run, pitched up full outside off, slower ball, square-driven to the fielder

37.2

M Morkel to Hopes, 1 run, gets some room and opens the face, steering it behind point

37.4

M Morkel to Hopes, no run, back of a length and he pushes it to the off side again

37.5

M Morkel to Hopes, no run, pitches on a length and he dabs the ball into the gaps

37.6

M Morkel to Hopes, no run, full and wide and he flings the bat at it, connecting only with air

Australia 178/6   JR Hopes 12* (21b)

38.4

Steyn to Hopes, 2 runs, pulls a short ball from outside off out to Ntini running across in the deep

38.5

Steyn to Hopes, no run, another swing and a miss, this time from Hopes, who backs away in an attempt to flay the ball over the off side

38.6

Steyn to Hopes, 1 run, change of pace, 119ks, turned off the stumps to deep square leg

Australia 182/6   JR Hopes 15* (24b)

39.1

M Morkel to Hopes, 1 run, good shot, backing away and getting over a short one with a wristy punch

39.3

M Morkel to Hopes, 1 run, makes room and drives the fullish ball out to deep cover

39.5

M Morkel to Hopes, 1 run, a tad fuller and he punches it down past the stumps for a single

Australia 187/6   JR Hopes 18* (27b)

42.1

Steyn to Hopes, 2 runs, makes room and slices it between point and gully out to sweeper

42.2

Steyn to Hopes, 1 run, slower ball, commits him forward and he edges safely to third man

42.3

Steyn to Hopes, 2 runs, flashes the bat at a wider one and edges to third man again

42.4

Steyn to Hopes, no run, beats the bat, hits a length and straighten, cutting him in half

42.5

Steyn to Hopes, no run, pitches on a length and he loosely pushes to the off side, one-handed

42.6

Steyn to Hopes, no run, frees the arms to slash it square but cannot connect again

Australia 194/8   JR Hopes 23* (33b)

43.4

Ntini to Hopes, 1 run, 140ks, slanting into leg stump and he drives it down the ground

Australia 196/8   JR Hopes 24* (34b)

44.1

Steyn to Hopes, 1 run, makes room and cuts that past point on the off side

44.3

Steyn to Hopes, no run, makes room again and chops the ball into the off side

44.4

Steyn to Hopes, SIX, smacked! Hopes picks the slower ball, backs away to leg stump, and goes through with a lovely flick over midwicket for half a dozen

44.5

Steyn to Hopes, FOUR, more fun from Hopes, moving back and slicing the full ball to deep point

44.6

Steyn to Hopes, 1 run, jumps away towards the on side and steers the ball to third man

Australia 209/8   JR Hopes 36* (39b 1x4 1x6)

45.1

Ntini to Hopes, 1 run, slips in a yorker to Hopes, who backs away and drives and gets an inside edge past leg stump down to deep fine leg

45.3

Ntini to Hopes, no run, slower ball, wide of the stumps and steered to backward point

45.4

Ntini to Hopes, FOUR, clean strike, creating room and biffing that over extra cover

45.5

Ntini to Hopes, 1 run, pitches full on leg stump, again Hopes goes inside-out to mid-off

Australia 216/8   JR Hopes 42* (43b 2x4 1x6)

46.1

Steyn to Hopes, OUT, backs away one time too many and slices the ball off the toe end of the bat to McKenzie, taking a step back at cover to pouch the offering just at the circle

JR Hopes c McKenzie b Steyn 42 (67m 44b 2x4 1x6) SR: 95.45

Australia 216/9   JR Hopes 42 (44b 2x4 1x6)
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