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)

1.1

Ntini to Warner, 1 wide, pitches full to invite the drive, Warner chases and gets beat on the shot

1.1

Ntini to Warner, 1 wide, another swing and miss, pitched up full and wide and Warner wafts

1.1

Ntini to Warner, no run, better stuff, just back of a length outside off and Warner has to defend

1.2

Ntini to Warner, no run, tucks him up with a short one, which Warner defends to midwicket

1.3

Ntini to Warner, no run, pitches it up outside off and he drives and misses as it swings away

1.4

Ntini to Warner, no run, again back of a length and Warner defends it to point

1.5

Ntini to Warner, OUT, chipped straight to mid-on! Ntini continues to mix up his deliveries well, slipping one in full and straighter and swinging it back into Warner, who goes for a flick but finds Morne Morkel stationed inside the circle, so that is an early breakthrough for Ntini in his first over

DA Warner c M Morkel b Ntini 1 (9m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

1.6

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

Australia 9/1   M Ntini 1-0-2-1

3.1

Ntini to MEK Hussey, 1 run, pitches full and Hussey dabs into the covers to get of the mark

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   M Ntini 2-0-13-1

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   M Ntini 3-0-15-1

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   M Ntini 4-0-29-1

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

20.3

Ntini to DJ Hussey, no run, pushed off the front foot to cover, where Duminy dives and saves runs

20.4

Ntini to DJ Hussey, 1 run, hits this one into the gap between cover and point and sets off

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

20.6

Ntini to Haddin, 1 run, full and swinging in and he drives with an inside edge to midwicket

Australia 115/4   M Ntini 5-0-32-2

22.1

Ntini to DJ Hussey, FOUR, pitches it up wide to invite the airy shot and and Hussey flashes a drive off the front foot, in the air wide of cover, and no stopping that

22.2

Ntini to DJ Hussey, FOUR, lovely little punch off the front foot, not a half-volley but Hussey goes after the wide one and bisects two fielders to get another pleasing boundary

22.3

Ntini to DJ Hussey, no run, just back of a length and he defends solidly toward point

22.4

Ntini to DJ Hussey, no run, 126.6ks, short of a length outside off and no shot offered

22.5

Ntini to DJ Hussey, 1 wide, slides down the pads and de Villiers does the collecting

22.5

Ntini to DJ Hussey, no run, gets to the pitch and drives to cover, where the fielder dives and saves

22.6

Ntini to DJ Hussey, no run, back of a length outside off and he shoulders arms in peace

Australia 126/4   M Ntini 6-0-41-2

24.1

Ntini to White, no run, 135ks, back of a length and White defends it back

24.2

Ntini to White, no run, a tad fuller and angling back in, White defends to the off side

24.3

Ntini to White, 2 runs, pitches and angles back in, White pushes at it and gets an edge safely wide of slip and down to third man

24.4

Ntini to White, no run, pitches back of a length and gets good bounce and White leaves

24.5

Ntini to White, no run, inches forward and lunges at this one, dead-batting it back to Ntini

24.6

Ntini to White, no run, angles back in and he pushes at it again, running to backward point

Australia 130/5   M Ntini 7-0-43-2

41.1

Ntini to Johnson, no run, pitches and goes across with the Ntini angle, Johnson leave it be

41.2

Ntini to Johnson, OUT, a nothing shot, just leaning in and hitting straight to Morne at mid-off

MG Johnson c M Morkel b Ntini 0 (7m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

41.3

Ntini to Hilfenhaus, no run, pitches on a length and defends solidly to the off side

41.4

Ntini to Hilfenhaus, no run, comes back with the angle and he defends it back to Ntini

41.5

Ntini to Hilfenhaus, no run, slower ball on the stumps and Hilfenhaus defends it back

41.6

Ntini to Hilfenhaus, no run, angles a bit too straight and he uses the wrists to clip toward mid-on

Australia 189/8   M Ntini 8-1-43-3

43.1

Ntini to Hilfenhaus, no run, pitches on the stumps, and he defends it back to the bowler

43.2

Ntini to Hilfenhaus, no run, comes onto the front foot and drives the ball to the covers

43.3

Ntini to Hilfenhaus, 1 run, gets to the pitch and steers the ball to the off side again

43.4

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

43.5

Ntini to Hilfenhaus, no run, pitched up and Hilfenhaus drives it into the covers

43.6

Ntini to Hilfenhaus, no run, tidy end to a tidy over, Ntini angles it back in and the batsman defends

Australia 196/8   M Ntini 9-1-45-3

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

45.2

Ntini to Hilfenhaus, 1 run, again into the blockhole and bunted down to mid-on

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

45.6

Ntini to Hilfenhaus, no run, pitches from wide and beats the bat, that was all about the angle

Australia 216/8   M Ntini 10-1-52-3
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