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)

Welcome back for the chase. South Africa will fancy themselves tonight. Two slips in place. Tait will start proceedings. Plenty of good cheer across the Adelaide Oval. Amla is on strike.

0.1

Tait to Amla, 3 runs, a touch shot from Amla, hopping up and nudging the ball off his pads into the gap at square leg, the fielder runs after it and returns a good flat throw to Haddin

0.2

Tait to Gibbs, 1 wide, bad ball, sprayed a mile down the pads and Haddin has to hustle

0.2

Tait to Gibbs, 1 run, 145ks, pitched up and Gibbs pushes it to extra cover for one

0.3

Tait to Amla, no run, 150.5ks, hits a length and goes the other way, Amla pokes it to backward point

0.4

Tait to Amla, no run, 150ks, banged in short and he drops his hands to leave it be

0.5

Tait to Amla, no run, 148ks, back of a length and Amla defends it to cover

0.6

Tait to Amla, FOUR, lovely shot, Tait pitches it up wider and Amla bisects the covers

End of over 1 (9 runs) South Africa 9/0 (214 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 4.36)
HM Amla    7* (5b 1x4)      SW Tait    1-0-9-0
HH Gibbs    1* (1b)     

Ben Hilfenhaus it is. He can get some swing.

1.1

Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, no run, pitched up outside the stumps and Gibbs pushes to cover

1.2

Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, no run, gets across and works a straighter delivery to midwicket

1.3

Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, FOUR, sumptuous, Hilfenhaus delivers the outswinger and Gibbs bunts it with a straight bat past mid-off and extra cover, all along the ground

1.4

Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, FOUR, after the caress comes the club, just hitting it in the air over extra cover for a one-bounce four, the Gibbs specialty on view

1.5

Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, no run, now he's carried away, pulling and missing a shorter one

1.6

Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, no run, pitched up on a length and he pushes the ball to extra cover

End of over 2 (8 runs) South Africa 17/0 (206 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 8.50, RRR: 4.29)
HH Gibbs    9* (7b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    1-0-8-0
HM Amla    7* (5b 1x4)      SW Tait    1-0-9-0

2.1

Tait to Amla, 1 wide, errant delivery slides down the leg side and more work for Haddin

2.1

Tait to Amla, no run, pitched up outside off with some gentle wobble and Amla leaves

2.2

Tait to Amla, 2 runs, comes onto the front foot to drive to cover, who allows a couple

2.3

Tait to Amla, no run, 152ks short on the body and he shuffles to turn it to square leg

2.4

Tait to Amla, no run, pitches short of a length and he gets in line to block it back

2.5

Tait to Amla, 2 runs, full and swinging back in and he clips it past midwicket

2.6

Tait to Amla, no run, loud appeal for lbw, Tait slides it down and angles toward leg stump, Amla is beaten on the shot and hit on the front pad, they all ask the question but it was doing a bit too much and the umpire walks away to the off side, replays show the ball didn't straighten and would have brushed leg stump

End of over 3 (5 runs) South Africa 22/0 (201 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 7.33, RRR: 4.27)
HM Amla    11* (11b 1x4)      SW Tait    2-0-14-0
HH Gibbs    9* (7b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    1-0-8-0

3.1

Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, FOUR, good use of the feet, waltzing down and hitting over extra cover

3.2

Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, no run, short of a length and Gibbs defends it to the off side

3.3

Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, FOUR, skips down and clips this one in the air over midwicket

3.4

Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, no run, 120.6ks, outside leg stump and turned to square leg

3.5

Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, no run, plays a cramped attempt of a pull of sorts, that was not a short enough ball and he is hit on the thigh above the stumps

3.6

Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, no run, pitches straighter and he defends the ball to midwicket

End of over 4 (8 runs) South Africa 30/0 (193 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 7.50, RRR: 4.19)
HH Gibbs    17* (13b 4x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-0-16-0
HM Amla    11* (11b 1x4)      SW Tait    2-0-14-0

4.1

Tait to Amla, no run, pitches and comes in and he pushes the ball to cover

4.2

Tait to Amla, no run, slides down the pads with the angle, Amla is late on the shot

4.3

Tait to Amla, no run, short on the stumps and Amla hops, rolling the wrists on the shot

4.4

Tait to Amla, no run, 149ks, rears up off the pitch and Amla does well to leave that

4.5

Tait to Amla, no run, slips in the full delivery that nips back in and Amla pushes it back

4.6

Tait to Amla, 1 run, on the pads and twirled down to deep square leg extravagantly

End of over 5 (1 run) South Africa 31/0 (192 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 6.20, RRR: 4.26)
HM Amla    12* (17b 1x4)      SW Tait    3-0-15-0
HH Gibbs    17* (13b 4x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-0-16-0

5.1

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, pitched up by Hilfenhaus and pushed back solidly

5.2

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, now its back of a length and Amla jabs it to cover

5.3

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, gets onto the toes and punches the ball to the off side, Warner flings himself around at cover and intercepts excellently, then fires back a flat throw

5.4

Hilfenhaus to Amla, 1 run, straighter one, Amla shuffles and turns it past midwicket

5.5

Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, FOUR, driven on the rise, superbly, off the front foot square on the off side

5.6

Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, FOUR, four more, this one thumped through extra cover with plenty of oomph

End of over 6 (9 runs) South Africa 40/0 (183 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 6.66, RRR: 4.15)
HH Gibbs    25* (15b 6x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-0-25-0
HM Amla    13* (21b 1x4)      SW Tait    3-0-15-0

Johnson gets called on. Australia need wickets. Great start from South Africa.

6.1

Johnson to Amla, 1 run, begins with a full toss that Amla bunts straight to midwicket

6.2

Johnson to Gibbs, no run, takes on a short ball, 145ks, but toe-ends it to midwicket

6.3

Johnson to Gibbs, no run, 146ks, short and rising and he chases it, beaten completely

6.4

Johnson to Gibbs, FOUR, vintage Gibbsy! steps out as if this were slow left-arm orthodox, and crashes it through the covers, more timing than power

6.5

Johnson to Gibbs, 1 run, fullish, on the stumps, and played to right of cover, and a quick single is taken

6.6

Johnson to Amla, no run, around off stump, and fullish, Amla defends it solidly

End of over 7 (6 runs) South Africa 46/0 (177 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 6.57, RRR: 4.11)
HM Amla    14* (23b 1x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-6-0
HH Gibbs    30* (19b 7x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-0-25-0

7.1

Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, 2 leg byes, short of a length, on the pads, looks to turn it to leg, but this one gets big on him, and goes to thirdman off the thigh pad

7.2

Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, no run, full on the pads, and he has missed out there, turns it straight to short fine

7.3

Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, no run, short, down the leg, looks to pull, but this doesn't rise enough, and he misses

7.4

Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, 1 run, fuller, angling into the pads, and pushed to wide of mid-on for an easy single

7.5

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, slower ball, 122ks, on the stumps, and Amla is watchful is defense

7.6

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, just short of a length, on the off, Amla looks to push it through covers, but doesn't get enough room to place it properly

End of over 8 (3 runs) South Africa 49/0 (174 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 6.12, RRR: 4.14)
HM Amla    14* (25b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    4-0-26-0
HH Gibbs    31* (23b 7x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-6-0

8.1

Johnson to Gibbs, FOUR, by now he should know you don't ball full on the pads to Gibbs in this form. He just turns his wrists on it, makes sure it is hit in the air, and an easy boundary over square leg

8.2

Johnson to Gibbs, no run, shorter, angled across him, and he plays it into the covers

8.3

Johnson to Gibbs, 1 run, length ball, angling across Gibbs, and he plays it to left of mid-off for an easy single

8.4

Johnson to Amla, 1 run, short of a length, and Amla turns it to right of mid-on, an easy single ensues

8.5

Johnson to Gibbs, 2 runs, attempts a bouncer, Gibbs looks to pull, doesn't connect properly and just clears midwicket

8.6

Johnson to Gibbs, no run, just short of a length, on the stumps, and for a change Gibbs defends

End of over 9 (8 runs) South Africa 57/0 (166 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 6.33, RRR: 4.04)
HH Gibbs    38* (28b 8x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-14-0
HM Amla    15* (26b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    4-0-26-0

9.1

Hilfenhaus to Amla, 1 run, short outside off, and helped away for a single into the off side

9.2

Hilfenhaus to Gibbs, OUT, and Gibbs finally plays a false stroke, steps out, Hilfenhaus pulls the length back, Gibbs is short of the pitch and he still goes ahead with the shot, top-edging it to mid-off where Michael Hussey takes a simple catch

HH Gibbs c MEK Hussey b Hilfenhaus 38 (36m 29b 8x4 0x6) SR: 131.03

9.3

Hilfenhaus to Kallis, no run, short and wide, and Kallis lets it go, quite close to being called a wide

9.4

Hilfenhaus to Kallis, FOUR, dropped, Kallis gets a short one that sits up, and he pulls it straight to Shaun Marsh at short square leg, but Marsh is late to react, and it deflects off him to midwicket boundary

9.5

Hilfenhaus to Kallis, no run, defended off the back foot cover-point

9.6

Hilfenhaus to Kallis, no run, full, on the stumps, and driven to mid-off

End of over 10 (5 runs) South Africa 62/1 (161 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 6.20, RRR: 4.02)
JH Kallis    4* (4b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    5-0-31-1
HM Amla    16* (27b 1x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-14-0

10.1

Johnson to Amla, 3 runs, great shot, all wrists, Amla muscling it past Marsh at square leg

10.2

Johnson to Kallis, no run, 144ks, back of a length and he punches it to point

10.3

Johnson to Kallis, FOUR, dug in short and Kallis short-arm-jabs it wide of square leg

10.4

Johnson to Kallis, no run, pitched up this time and he pushes it off the front foot to cover

10.5

Johnson to Kallis, no run, pitches outside leg stump, he shuffles and works it to midwicket

10.6

Johnson to Kallis, FOUR, pitched up on the stumps and he clips it supremely past midwicket

End of over 11 (11 runs) South Africa 73/1 (150 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 6.63, RRR: 3.84)
JH Kallis    12* (9b 3x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-25-0
HM Amla    19* (28b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    5-0-31-1

11.1

Tait to Amla, no run, pitched up on off stump and bunted back, Tait deflects it away

11.2

Tait to Amla, no run, pitches and slants into Amla, who shuffles and works it away

11.3

Tait to Amla, no run, back of a length and he pushes it straight to cover

11.4

Tait to Amla, FOUR, veers straighter and Amla whips it in the air between two fielders

11.5

Tait to Amla, 1 run, low full toss swinging down leg stump, plays the glance and gets a fine inside edge on it to escort the ball down to fine leg, Tait appeals for something

11.6

Tait to Kallis, 1 run, pushes it to midwicket, he gets across and stumbles, they nearly have a mix-up but the throw is off the mark

End of over 12 (6 runs) South Africa 79/1 (144 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 6.58, RRR: 3.78)
JH Kallis    13* (10b 3x4)      SW Tait    4-0-21-0
HM Amla    24* (33b 2x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-25-0

James Hopes comes into the attack.

12.1

Hopes to Kallis, no run, pitched up and Kallis punches off the front foot to cover

12.2

Hopes to Kallis, OUT, neat catch at short midwicket! Kallis walks down and across and flicks the ball, but he fails to keep it down and Marsh cups his hands in front of his face to take the catch

JH Kallis c Marsh b Hopes 13 (13m 12b 3x4 0x6) SR: 108.33

An aggressive shot from Kallis, aerial and well intercepted by Marsh. AB de Villiers walks in.

12.3

Hopes to de Villiers, no run, pushes at it off the front foot and inside-edges onto front pad

12.4

Hopes to de Villiers, 1 run, pitched up on off stump, AB drives and inside-edges to mid-on for one

12.5

Hopes to Amla, no run, tidy delivery, served up full and this one is watchfully defended

12.6

Hopes to Amla, FOUR, nothing but a push off the front foot, getting to the pitch, and Amla manages to beat a diving cover fielder, he is a touch artiste, this man Amla

End of over 13 (5 runs) South Africa 84/2 (139 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 6.46, RRR: 3.75)
HM Amla    28* (35b 3x4)      JR Hopes    1-0-5-1
AB de Villiers    1* (2b)      SW Tait    4-0-21-0

13.1

Tait to de Villiers, FOUR, overpitched outside off stump and he drives into the covers excellently

13.2

Tait to de Villiers, no run, reaches out and drives but cannot pierce the gap this time

13.3

Tait to de Villiers, 1 run, rather wide and he cuts the ball out to deep backward point

13.4

Tait to Amla, no run, pitches right up there and Amla pushes it straight to cover

13.5

Tait to Amla, no run, straighter delivery whipped across the line but he cant beat midwicket

13.6

Tait to Amla, FOUR, Tait continues to pitch it up in search of swing but this one is a bit too wide and its clumped off the front foot this time, square on the off side

End of over 14 (9 runs) South Africa 93/2 (130 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 6.64, RRR: 3.61)
HM Amla    32* (38b 4x4)      SW Tait    5-0-30-0
AB de Villiers    6* (5b 1x4)      JR Hopes    1-0-5-1

14.1

Hopes to de Villiers, no run, pitches full and starts to seam in, he defends off the front foot

14.2

Hopes to de Villiers, 2 runs, back of a length and he gets back and turns it past midwicket

14.3

Hopes to de Villiers, no run, short of a length this time and pushed off the back foot to cover

14.4

Hopes to de Villiers, no run, reaches out and slaps the half-volley but Mike Hussey dives well

14.5

Hopes to de Villiers, FOUR, fantastic batting, this one pitches back of a length on off stump and AB plays a flat-batted, on-the-move swat in front of square leg for a boundary

14.6

Hopes to de Villiers, 1 run, pitches full and he eases a good-looking steer to deep mid-off

End of over 15 (7 runs) South Africa 100/2 (123 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 6.66, RRR: 3.51)
AB de Villiers    13* (11b 2x4)      JR Hopes    2-0-12-1
HM Amla    32* (38b 4x4)      SW Tait    5-0-30-0

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15.1

Johnson to de Villiers, 1 wide, full and very, very wide, AB would've needed a pole to get that

15.1

Johnson to de Villiers, 2 runs, ah, thick outside edge off a slash to a wide one again, lucky shot

15.2

Johnson to de Villiers, 1 run, gets across to outside off and nudges the ball to midwicket, classy

15.3

Johnson to Amla, 1 run, pitches outside leg stump and deflected to the on side again

15.4

Johnson to de Villiers, 1 run, exposes leg stump as he walks across the sticks, Johnson pitches outside leg stump once more and AB flicks it down to deep square leg for a single

15.5

Johnson to Amla, no run, gets some lift on this one and Amla miscues the attempted flick

15.6

Johnson to Amla, no run, hits a good length outside off stump and Amla defends to cover

End of over 16 (6 runs) South Africa 106/2 (117 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 6.62, RRR: 3.44)
HM Amla    33* (41b 4x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-31-0
AB de Villiers    17* (14b 2x4)      JR Hopes    2-0-12-1

16.1

Hopes to de Villiers, no run, slants in from off stump, steered with the wrists to midwicket

16.2

Hopes to de Villiers, 1 run, a tad straighter and now AB knocks it in front of square for a single

16.3

Hopes to Amla, no run, pitched up full and he has a flirt at, risky shot and he's beaten

16.4

Hopes to Amla, no run, hops back and knifes the ball with those wrists, but midwicket dives

16.5

Hopes to Amla, no run, 122ks, again angling in to Amla, who turns it to midwicket

16.6

Hopes to Amla, no run, punches this one to the off side and Hopes gets across to cut it off

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End of over 17 (1 run) South Africa 107/2 (116 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 6.29, RRR: 3.51)
HM Amla    33* (45b 4x4)      JR Hopes    3-0-13-1
AB de Villiers    18* (16b 2x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-31-0

Johnson changes the angle ...

17.1

Johnson to de Villiers, no run, pitches on the dime and that one is turned straight to midwicket

17.2

Johnson to de Villiers, no run, pitches outside off stump and he steers it to backward point

17.3

Johnson to de Villiers, 1 run, slides into leg stump and he tucks it to the man at midwicket

17.4

Johnson to Amla, 1 run, slips in a short one down the hips and he clips it away for one

17.5

Johnson to de Villiers, no run, much fuller and coming back in and he defends staunchly

17.6

Johnson to de Villiers, no run, pitched up again, a tad wider, and AB square-drives to the fielder

End of over 18 (2 runs) South Africa 109/2 (114 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 6.05, RRR: 3.56)
AB de Villiers    19* (21b 2x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-33-0
HM Amla    34* (46b 4x4)      JR Hopes    3-0-13-1

18.1

Hopes to Amla, 1 run, down the pads, turned fine and Hilfenhaus runs in to field

18.2

Hopes to de Villiers, no run, back of a length and he gets back to defend it, inside-edging to leg

18.3

Hopes to de Villiers, 1 run, gets onto the front foot and carves the ball into the covers

18.4

Hopes to Amla, 1 run, bowls one short and Amla connects from outside off stump, making sure to roll the wrists and pulls into the ground in front of midwicket

18.5

Hopes to de Villiers, no run, hits a fuller length and AB just pats it back with proper defence, then the ball bounces and sits up to catch him on the grill

18.6

Hopes to de Villiers, no run, pitches full and AB drives the ball to the man at cover

End of over 19 (3 runs) South Africa 112/2 (111 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 5.89, RRR: 3.58)
AB de Villiers    20* (25b 2x4)      JR Hopes    4-0-16-1
HM Amla    36* (48b 4x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-33-0

19.1

Johnson to Amla, no run, 144ks, on a length and defended off the toes to the on side

19.2

Johnson to Amla, 1 run, comes forward and steers the ball to extra cover, Warner dives

19.3

Johnson to de Villiers, no run, loose stroke to one pitching back of a length, AB chases and misses as the angle comes back in

19.4

Johnson to de Villiers, 1 run, a more sensible tap to the off side, and Amla is quick to respond

19.5

Johnson to Amla, 1 run, pitched up and he pushes the ball to the off side

19.6

Johnson to de Villiers, no run, slants back in, AB defends, Amla sets off and gets shooed back

"Australia really have South Africa under the hammer here now," says Dan. "Their run rate has even dropped below six."

End of over 20 (3 runs) South Africa 115/2 (108 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 5.75, RRR: 3.60)
AB de Villiers    21* (28b 2x4)      MG Johnson    6-0-36-0
HM Amla    38* (51b 4x4)      JR Hopes    4-0-16-1

20.1

Hopes to Amla, 1 run, offered some room, Amla maneuvers the ball out to deep third man

20.2

Hopes to de Villiers, 1 leg bye, pitched up again and AB pinches an easy single, just pushed away

20.3

Hopes to Amla, no run, forces that off the back foot, not much foot movement, too much bottom hand on the shot and the ball takes an inside edge and rolls toward midwicket

20.4

Hopes to Amla, no run, reaches out to hammer a full delivery through the covers but cocks the wrists and ends up dragging the ball back toward midwicket again

20.5

Hopes to Amla, 1 run, a more conservative approach, shuffling and turning it off his pads

20.6

Hopes to de Villiers, 1 run, comes onto the front foot and dabs the bat out, angling past gully for one

"Come on Dan, 108 required at 3.5? You're over optimistic," says Ashwath Sekhar. Well he was only kidding.

End of over 21 (4 runs) South Africa 119/2 (104 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 5.66, RRR: 3.58)
AB de Villiers    22* (30b 2x4)      JR Hopes    5-0-19-1
HM Amla    40* (55b 4x4)      MG Johnson    6-0-36-0

David Hussey gets a chance to roll his arm over.

21.1

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, 1 run, uses his feet immediately and on-drives the ball down the ground

21.2

DJ Hussey to Amla, 1 run, dropped short and Amla cuts it square though the off side

21.3

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, no run, pushes it through, AB clips across the line and nearly pops a catch back

21.4

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, 1 run, flatter on the stumps and he shuffles to clip the ball away

21.5

DJ Hussey to Amla, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps and he pushes it to midwicket

21.6

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, 2 runs, comes forward and clips the ball away for a couple

End of over 22 (6 runs) South Africa 125/2 (98 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 5.68, RRR: 3.50)
AB de Villiers    26* (34b 2x4)      DJ Hussey    1-0-6-0
HM Amla    42* (57b 4x4)      JR Hopes    5-0-19-1

22.1

Hopes to Amla, no run, pitched up and defended to the off side, then he sends AB back

22.2

Hopes to Amla, no run, plays a loose flirt to one served up a tad wider and fails to connect

22.3

Hopes to Amla, 1 run, pitches on off stump, Amla goes back and flicks it to deep midwicket

Tait has just left the ground.

22.4

Hopes to de Villiers, no run, gets over a fullish delivery and taps it to the off side, but Amla says no

22.5

Hopes to de Villiers, no run, plays a swat to one outside off stump but cannot beat midwicket

22.6

Hopes to de Villiers, no run, pitches outside off stump and he nudges the ball to backward point

End of over 23 (1 run) South Africa 126/2 (97 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 5.47, RRR: 3.59)
AB de Villiers    26* (37b 2x4)      JR Hopes    6-0-20-1
HM Amla    43* (60b 4x4)      DJ Hussey    1-0-6-0

23.1

DJ Hussey to Amla, no run, tossed up and he drives hard back to Hussey's left side

23.2

DJ Hussey to Amla, no run, rolls the wrists hard and clips it back toward Hussey

23.3

DJ Hussey to Amla, no run, tossed up and Amla drives it to extra cover

23.4

DJ Hussey to Amla, 1 run, uses his feet and punches this one down the ground for one

23.5

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

23.6

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, 1 run, flights this one a bit more and AB clips it down to long-on for one

End of over 24 (2 runs) South Africa 128/2 (95 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 5.33, RRR: 3.65)
AB de Villiers    27* (39b 2x4)      DJ Hussey    2-0-8-0
HM Amla    44* (64b 4x4)      JR Hopes    6-0-20-1

24.1

Hopes to de Villiers, 2 runs, pitches back of a length and he rides the bounce, steering it past point, they run the first one hard and come back for the second, but Hilfenhaus' throw is astray

24.2

Hopes to de Villiers, 1 run, fuller in length and AB opens the face, dabbing to short third man

24.3

Hopes to Amla, 1 run, now its Amla's turn to open the face and run the ball away for one

24.4

Hopes to de Villiers, 1 run, pitches on middle and leg and clipped away to the on side with ease

24.5

Hopes to Amla, no run, reaches out and drives but cannot find the gaps

24.6

Hopes to Amla, 2 runs, pitched up and Amla bunts it in the air wide of Hopes and mid-off

End of over 25 (7 runs) South Africa 135/2 (88 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 5.40, RRR: 3.52)
HM Amla    47* (67b 4x4)      JR Hopes    7-0-27-1
AB de Villiers    31* (42b 2x4)      DJ Hussey    2-0-8-0

25.1

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, 1 run, gently tossed up outside off stump and he plays it to the on side

25.2

DJ Hussey to Amla, no run, pitches short and he rocks back to cut and so, so narrowly misses

25.3

DJ Hussey to Amla, no run, shuffles across and works the ball to midwicket

25.4

DJ Hussey to Amla, 3 runs, tosses it up and he goes inside-out in the air over the top of mid-off

That is Amla's half-century. He needs to press on and get a big one.

25.5

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, 1 run, gets across and pushes the ball wide of the fielder for one

25.6

DJ Hussey to Amla, 1 run, looped up outside off stump and Amla drives to point

End of over 26 (6 runs) South Africa 141/2 (82 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 5.42, RRR: 3.41)
HM Amla    51* (71b 4x4)      DJ Hussey    3-0-14-0
AB de Villiers    33* (44b 2x4)      JR Hopes    7-0-27-1

Ben Hilfenhaus returns.

26.1

Hilfenhaus to Amla, 2 runs, pitches on the toes and he crisply flicks it out to deep square leg

26.2

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, punches a short one off the back foot and fails to beat cover

26.3

Hilfenhaus to Amla, 1 run, a tad too wide and he opens the face, steering it to third man

26.4

Hilfenhaus to de Villiers, 1 run, short and wide and flayed out to deep backward point

26.5

Hilfenhaus to Amla, 1 run, short of a length, he flashes a cut and miscues it to backward point

26.6

Hilfenhaus to de Villiers, 3 runs, slides down the pads and he glances it to deep fine leg

End of over 27 (8 runs) South Africa 149/2 (74 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 5.51, RRR: 3.21)
AB de Villiers    37* (46b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    6-0-39-1
HM Amla    55* (75b 4x4)      DJ Hussey    3-0-14-0

27.1

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, 1 run, tossed up full and drifting into the stumps, AB closes the face too early and gets a leading edge to the off side for a single that brings up South Africa's 150

27.2

DJ Hussey to Amla, 1 run, reaches out and square-drives the wide delivery past point

27.3

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, 2 runs, pushes the ball away and runs very hard, thats excellent sprinting

27.4

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, FOUR, swings with the turn and clips it over mid-on for four, top shot

27.5

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, SIX, oh thats crunched by AB, rocking back and flat-batting the short ball over midwicket for maximum, and whats more that is his half-century as well, fine knock

27.6

DJ Hussey to de Villiers, 1 run, tossed up and he clips a single away to square leg

End of over 28 (15 runs) South Africa 164/2 (59 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 5.85, RRR: 2.68)
AB de Villiers    51* (51b 3x4 1x6)      DJ Hussey    4-0-29-0
HM Amla    56* (76b 4x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    6-0-39-1

28.1

Hilfenhaus to de Villiers, no run, pitches on the stumps and he forces the ball to midwicket

28.2

Hilfenhaus to de Villiers, 1 run, comes forward and drives the ball to Ponting

28.3

Hilfenhaus to Amla, 1 run, a bit wider and he plays the ball away to the fielder behind square

28.4

Hilfenhaus to de Villiers, 2 runs, hops across and blushes the ball wide of midwicket and sprints

28.5

Hilfenhaus to de Villiers, FOUR, Hilfenhaus tries a short-pitched delivery and that is pulled with ferocity and not a fielder moved, Marsh just didn't pick it with the sun in his eyes

28.6

Hilfenhaus to de Villiers, no run, slips in a cutter and AB plays and misses at that one

End of over 29 (8 runs) South Africa 172/2 (51 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 5.93, RRR: 2.42)
AB de Villiers    58* (56b 4x4 1x6)      BW Hilfenhaus    7-0-47-1
HM Amla    57* (77b 4x4)      DJ Hussey    4-0-29-0

Johnson comes back into the attack. He's been tapped for a few runs so far.

29.1

Johnson to Amla, 1 run, starts off full outside off, 144ks, Amla toe-ends it to point

29.2

Johnson to de Villiers, 1 run, gets across to outside off, exposing middle and leg, and flicks it

29.3

Johnson to Amla, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump, he forces it off the back foot

29.4

Johnson to de Villiers, no run, full and wide, AB kneels down and slashes and makes an utter mess

29.5

Johnson to de Villiers, no run, gets a full toss outside off and bunts it to Ponting at mid-off

29.6

Johnson to de Villiers, no run, pitches on and angles across, AB comes onto the front foot, starts to defend and then adjusts to steer the ball into the ground in front of Michael Hussey at first slip

End of over 30 (3 runs) South Africa 175/2 (48 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 5.83, RRR: 2.40)
AB de Villiers    59* (60b 4x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    7-0-39-0
HM Amla    59* (79b 4x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    7-0-47-1

Shaun Tait into the attack

30.1

Tait to Amla, 1 run, An attempted yorker just outside off, Amla squeezes it to third man

30.2

Tait to de Villiers, no run, length ball on off, de Villiers drives confidently, but doesn't beat the man at cover

30.3

Tait to de Villiers, no run, some movement into the batsman after pitching, de Villers gets a thick inside edge towards mid-on

30.4

Tait to de Villiers, FOUR, Shot! superbly timed by de Villiers, stands tall and square drives Tait for four

30.5

Tait to de Villiers, 1 run, not as pretty this time, ball moves a touch in and de Villiers gets an inside edge , this time to short fine leg

30.6

Tait to Amla, no run, punched towards mid-off by Amla, too much power in the stroke to give the batsmen time to steal a single

End of over 31 (6 runs) South Africa 181/2 (42 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.83, RRR: 2.21)
HM Amla    60* (81b 4x4)      SW Tait    6-0-36-0
AB de Villiers    64* (64b 5x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    7-0-39-0

Here's Mitchell Johnson

31.1

Johnson to de Villiers, 1 run, starts off wide a wide, full ball, the batsman leans in to a drive towards extra cover

31.2

Johnson to Amla, 1 run, same length but the line is on middle this time, Amla drives inside-out to the covers, mistimed

31.3

Johnson to de Villiers, 1 run, de Villiers shuffles across the stumps and taps an outside off ball towards mid-on

31.4

Johnson to Amla, 1 wide, whoah, wild delivery from Johnson, full toss and very wide outside off

31.4

Johnson to Amla, 1 run, overpitched, on middle and off, pushed towards mid-off for a single, tight single is taken

31.5

Johnson to de Villiers, FOUR, another nonchalant walk across the stumps from de Villiers, this time to smash Johnson through midwicket

31.6

Johnson to de Villiers, 1 run, wide outside off, de Villiers reaches for that and cuts it towards cover for a single

End of over 32 (10 runs) South Africa 191/2 (32 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.96, RRR: 1.77)
AB de Villiers    71* (68b 6x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    8-0-49-0
HM Amla    62* (83b 4x4)      SW Tait    6-0-36-0

32.1

Tait to de Villiers, 1 run, attempted swinging yorker, just clipped with an inside edge to the deep

32.2

Tait to Amla, 1 run, pitches full in search of swing, Amla drives and inside-edges to leg

32.3

Tait to de Villiers, no run, pitched up again and he flips it to midwicket again, loosely

32.4

Tait to de Villiers, 1 run, overpitched on the toes, plenty of swing, and this is flipped away in style

32.5

Tait to Amla, no run, digs it in a short one outside off stump and he drops the hands to leave

32.6

Tait to Amla, no run, pitched up outside off stump and he pushes the ball to extra cover

End of over 33 (3 runs) South Africa 194/2 (29 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.87, RRR: 1.70)
HM Amla    63* (86b 4x4)      SW Tait    7-0-39-0
AB de Villiers    73* (71b 6x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    8-0-49-0

33.1

Johnson to de Villiers, 2 runs, pitches outside leg stump and he deflects it down to deep fine leg

33.2

Johnson to de Villiers, no run, pitched up and he drives it handsomely to the off side

33.3

Johnson to de Villiers, 1 leg bye, short down the pads and he swings it wide of square leg

33.4

Johnson to Amla, 1 run, makes some room and punches the ball square through the off side

33.5

Johnson to de Villiers, no run, pitches it up on off stump and AB drives straight to cover

33.6

Johnson to de Villiers, 1 run, tries a short ball on about leg stump and AB swats it off one leg

End of over 34 (5 runs) South Africa 199/2 (24 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.85, RRR: 1.50)
AB de Villiers    76* (76b 6x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    9-0-53-0
HM Amla    64* (87b 4x4)      SW Tait    7-0-39-0

Well, this one should be over soon. My fingers hurt from all the typing.

34.1

Tait to de Villiers, 1 run, short and wide and sliced away, Warner tumbles and intercepts

34.2

Tait to Amla, FOUR, this time Amla makes no mistake, rising onto the toes and forcing the ball away off the back foot, off the middle of the blade, and picks the gap in front of point

34.3

Tait to Amla, no run, overpitched, understandably, and Amla eases a drive to mid-off

34.4

Tait to Amla, no run, banged in short, sits up off the deck, Amla goes for an uppercut and misses

34.5

Tait to Amla, no run, fuller in length, hint of swing, punched on the rise toward cover

34.6

Tait to Amla, no run, change of pace, just 121ks, almost a yorker length outside off stump, Amla jams the toe of the bat on it and mistimes it, then pushes it away as it rolls toward the stumps

Time for drinks. Have you checked out Cricinfo's Facebook page?

End of over 35 (5 runs) South Africa 204/2 (19 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.82, RRR: 1.26)
HM Amla    68* (92b 5x4)      SW Tait    8-0-44-0
AB de Villiers    77* (77b 6x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    9-0-53-0

35.1

Johnson to de Villiers, 1 run, shuffles across, then back, then forward, and pushes it wide of cover

35.2

Johnson to Amla, FOUR, not a half-volley but Amla punches on the rise past Ponting at mid-off

35.3

Johnson to Amla, no run, pitches just back of a length and this time Amla plays it to Ponting

35.4

Johnson to Amla, no run, banged in short, up he goes, steering it down in front of first slip

35.5

Johnson to Amla, FOUR, short of a length and Amla gets back onto the toes, shoving the ball back in the air just wide of Tait's left hand, it bounces and runs down the ground, great placement there

35.6

Johnson to Amla, 1 run, another crisp hit from Amla, standing tall and punching into the covers

End of over 36 (10 runs) South Africa 214/2 (9 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.94, RRR: 0.64)
HM Amla    77* (97b 7x4)      MG Johnson    10-0-63-0
AB de Villiers    78* (78b 6x4 1x6)      SW Tait    8-0-44-0

36.1

Tait to Amla, 1 run, pitches short and cramps him, he hops up and tucks off the ribs for one

36.2

Tait to de Villiers, 1 run, very full on the stumps and AB manages to clip it away for one more

36.3

Tait to Amla, 1 run, sends down a full toss and he mistimes the shot to midwicket

36.4

Tait to de Villiers, no run, pitches down leg and straightens, AB adjusts and bunts to the on side

36.5

Tait to de Villiers, 1 run, smashed off the front foot and Warner dives excellently at cover

36.6

Tait to Amla, 1 run, a tad too straight and Amla crisply brushes it off his pads out to the deep

End of over 37 (5 runs) South Africa 219/2 (4 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.91, RRR: 0.30)
HM Amla    80* (100b 7x4)      SW Tait    9-0-49-0
AB de Villiers    80* (81b 6x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    10-0-63-0

37.1

Hilfenhaus to Amla, 1 wide, very full and wide and Haddin has to earn his match fee

37.1

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, short of a length and he swats it off one leg and beats square leg

37.2

Hilfenhaus to Amla, 1 leg bye, slides down the pads and he cant get bat on it, ball flies to point

37.3

Hilfenhaus to de Villiers, no run, pitches on middle and leg and he on-drives it down the ground

37.4

Hilfenhaus to de Villiers, no run, another hard-hit on-drive down toward the fielder

37.5

Hilfenhaus to de Villiers, 1 run, swings across the line, cross-bat and all, and midwicket fumbles

The scores are tied.

37.6

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, banged in short, Amla gets tall and fends it down back the track

End of over 38 (3 runs) South Africa 222/2 (1 run required from 12 overs, RR: 5.84, RRR: 0.08)
HM Amla    80* (103b 7x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    8-0-49-1
AB de Villiers    81* (84b 6x4 1x6)      SW Tait    9-0-49-0

38.1

Hopes to de Villiers, 1 run, full down the pads, clipped away, Hilfenhaus dives at short fine leg and stops but Amla and de Villiers have crossed for the winning single and South Africa win the series!

Well then, South Africa are enjoying the moment. They have taken an unassailable 3-1 lead with one game to go. AB and Amla whoop it up and grab stumps for souvenirs. Hats off to South Africa. The Adelaide Oval cheers them on.

How about a quick recap? Ponting won the toss on a good batting deck and made first use. South Africa's bowlers performed admirably in the stifling heat and struck back around Ponting's fifty. The captain, Botha, was frugal with the ball and snapped up Hussey and Haddin. Australia were in desperate need of a rear-guard action, but it never came. Ntini and Steyn chipped away and Australia were bowled out in 48 overs.

After chasing down 270 in Sydney last week, 223 didn't prove that hard for South Africa, particularly with a number of the batsmen in form. Gibbs had a bit of fun what with the fielding restrictions and all, and after he fell Kallis went. Amla and AB were unclustered and both played steady innings, later accelerating when victory was in sight.

"I've been really happy with my bowing in the last few games," says Botha. "I am very proud of the guys. We've been brilliant. We would like to finish the tour with another win."

AB is the Man of the Match for his unbeaten 82 from 85 balls. He also kept wicket, remember. "Things just fell together," he says. "Its been an unbelievable few months. Its all come true for us. A Test win and an ODI win. Its been hard work though."

So thats it, South Africa have won the Tests and the ODIs. A great tour for them indeed. Congratulations.

Do come back and join us for the fifth and final game, which is on January 30 in Perth.

Hope you've enjoyed the coverage. Thanks for your time. Be well!

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