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)

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

15.6

Botha to MEK Hussey, no run, nice length, a bit of width outside off, Hussey defends towards mid-off

Australia 96/2   J Botha 1-0-3-0

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

17.3

Botha to MEK Hussey, 1 run, flat on middle and leg and knocked to the on side for one more

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

17.5

Botha to MEK Hussey, 1 run, pitches a tad straighter and Hussey gets back to turn it for one

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   J Botha 2-0-7-0

19.1

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

19.2

Botha to MEK Hussey, OUT, lbw! Botha tosses it up on the stumps, purchases some drift, Hussey gets across to paddle it around the corner, but there's no bat on that and after an imploring appeal the umpire raises the finger of fate

MEK Hussey lbw b Botha 28 (75m 37b 1x4 1x6) SR: 75.67

19.3

Botha to DJ Hussey, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, he shuffles and turns it to square leg

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

19.6

Botha to DJ Hussey, no run, pitches on the stumps and he wrists it toward square leg

Australia 112/3   J Botha 3-0-10-1

21.1

Botha to Haddin, no run, tossed up on the stumps and he pats it back softly

21.2

Botha to Haddin, no run, flatter just outside off stump and driven to the off side

21.3

Botha to Haddin, no run, shorter ball forces him onto the back foot and he defends

21.4

Botha to Haddin, 1 run, flighted up on the stumps and Haddin punches it down the ground

21.5

Botha to DJ Hussey, 1 run, uses his feet and wrists to clip that down toward mid-on

21.6

Botha to Haddin, no run, tossed up and played back to Botha

Australia 117/4   J Botha 4-0-12-1

23.1

Botha to Haddin, no run, goes back and across and plays the ball in front of square leg

23.2

Botha to Haddin, no run, flatter one and Haddin gets onto the back foot to play it back

23.3

Botha to Haddin, 1 run, on the stumps and now Haddin punches it on the rise to mid-on

23.4

Botha to DJ Hussey, 1 run, tossed up slower, starts to dip and Hussey clips it past midwicket

23.5

Botha to Haddin, OUT, and he throws it away with a stupid shot! Botha gets a second, lobbing it up to tempt the big shot, Haddin cannot resist and miscues the slog out to Kallis who settles under it at deep midwicket just in front of the boundary

BJ Haddin c Kallis b Botha 3 (9m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 30.00

23.6

Botha to DJ Hussey, no run, ah well bowled! Botha slips it in just outside off stump, Hussey lunges forward and misses, he just had his back leg in time, beaten in the flight from Botha

Australia 128/5   J Botha 5-0-14-2

25.1

Botha to DJ Hussey, no run, short ball drifting down, Hussey plays a sweep but to the fielder

25.2

Botha to DJ Hussey, 1 run, pushed through fuller and quicker and Hussey drives to midwicket

25.3

Botha to White, no run, spins down from middle and leg and he defends to the on side

25.4

Botha to White, 1 run, that pitches fuller on about off stump and White defends to cover

25.5

Botha to DJ Hussey, no run, low full toss and he clips it to midwicket, failing to beat Gibbs

25.6

Botha to DJ Hussey, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, slower, and he pushes it to the off side

Australia 133/5   J Botha 6-0-17-2

27.1

Botha to DJ Hussey, no run, drives a fullish delivery to the off side, cannot beat cover

27.2

Botha to DJ Hussey, 1 run, this one drifts down the pads and he turns it wide of midwicket

27.3

Botha to White, no run, slower through the air, pitching on leg, White inside-edges to the on side

27.4

Botha to White, 1 run, angled down and he paddles the ball to short fine leg

27.5

Botha to DJ Hussey, no run, full on middle and leg, Hussey flicks it straight to midwicket

27.6

Botha to DJ Hussey, no run, low full toss on the pads and he mistimes it to McKenzie at square leg

Australia 138/5   J Botha 7-0-19-2

29.1

Botha to DJ Hussey, 1 run, full on leg stump and flicked out to deep midwicket

29.2

Botha to White, no run, slower delivery, off stumpish, White gets across to paddle it around the corner but cannot make good contact, the ball hits the toe of the bat and stops dead

29.3

Botha to White, no run, tossed up generously and he defends solidly

29.4

Botha to White, no run, pitches on middle and off and he plays it to midwicket

29.5

Botha to White, 1 run, slips out a low full toss on the pads but White just bunts it to midwicket

29.6

Botha to DJ Hussey, 1 run, full again and another single, clipped through the on side

Australia 147/5   J Botha 8-0-22-2

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

31.4

Botha to White, 1 run, tossed up and he works the ball off his pads for a single

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   J Botha 9-0-24-2

33.1

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

33.2

Botha to White, no run, slower ball, thrown up there and it dips on White, who checks the shot

33.3

Botha to White, 2 runs, again he lobs it up and now White manages to drive past cover

33.4

Botha to White, no run, throws it up invitingly, White gets down to sweep but misses, ball hits his forearm, then pops up to his chin and finally settles down near his back boot, what a mess

33.5

Botha to White, 1 run, drifts full on the pads and White clips it out to deep midwicket

33.6

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

Australia 162/6   J Botha 10-0-28-2
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