South Africa tour of Bangladesh, 2007/08 / Commentary

South Africa in Bangladesh Test Series - 1st Test

Bangladesh v South Africa

South Africa won by 5 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

25.6

Shahadat Hossain to de Villiers, no run, pushed back to the bowler

South Africa 77/5   AB de Villiers 0* (1b)

27.1

Shahadat Hossain to de Villiers, no run, gets on the backfoot and defends back to the bowler

27.2

Shahadat Hossain to de Villiers, FOUR, half colley outside the off stump, he gets behind the line and times it crisply to the left of mid-off, that should ease the nerves a bit for South Africa

27.3

Shahadat Hossain to de Villiers, 3 runs, short and wide outside off, de Villiers cuts and bisects the gap between point and cover

South Africa 84/5   AB de Villiers 7* (4b 1x4)

28.1

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, solid defensive stroke on the front foot

28.2

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, hits a good length on middle and de Villiers stays back and defends

28.3

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, steps doen the track, checks his stroke and opts to defend, the ball lobs off his pad towards short cover and the fielders get excited

28.4

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, gets forward and pushes it to the off side

28.5

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, defended back to the bowler

28.6

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, gets a good stride forward and defends

South Africa 84/5   AB de Villiers 7* (10b 1x4)

30.1

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, flighted on middle, defended back to the bowler

30.2

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, 2 runs, comes on much quicker, he rocks back and whips it towards deep square-leg

30.3

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, FOUR, comes on straight and fairly quick after pitching, de Villiers takes the gamble of rocking backwards and it pays off as he cuts past point with confidence

30.4

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, defended towards the covers

30.5

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, flighted on middle and leg, gets forward and defends back to the bowler

30.6

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, 1 run, gets forward and works it wide of midwicket

South Africa 91/5   AB de Villiers 14* (16b 2x4)

31.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to de Villiers, FOUR, short of a length outside off, de Villiers gets in position quickly and bisects the gap between cover and point

31.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to de Villiers, no run, gets the ball closer in line with the stumps and he covers the line and defends confidently back to the bowler

31.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to de Villiers, FOUR, take that.... pitches on a good length on off stump, the lack of pace allows de Villiers to read the length early as he whips across the line over midwicket, the ball is aerial and bounces twice to the boundary

31.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to de Villiers, no run, attempts another pull but is beaten by the bounce, he ends up inside edging onto his pads

31.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to de Villiers, no run, pitches just a shade outside off, left alone

31.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to de Villiers, no run, hits a good length outside off, he gets a big stride forward and defends

South Africa 99/5   AB de Villiers 22* (22b 4x4)

32.2

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, well fielded there by Mortaza at short cover as he cuts off at least a couple of runs

32.3

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, flighted on middle and leg, defended back to the bowler

32.4

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers nearly chops it onto his stumps as he takes the risk of going back to a delivery he should have played on the front foot

32.5

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, punchy drive through the off side, Mortaza at short cover gets a hand to it and deflects it to mid-off

32.6

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, gets a big stride forward and defends

South Africa 100/5   AB de Villiers 22* (27b 4x4)

33.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to de Villiers, 1 run, gets back and pushes past the vacant cover region

South Africa 102/5   AB de Villiers 23* (28b 4x4)

34.4

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, plays a late cut and the slip fielder does well to dive to his right and save it one-handed

34.5

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, flighted outside off, defended back to the bowler

34.6

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, fired in on the blockhole, well dug out

South Africa 104/5   AB de Villiers 23* (31b 4x4)

35.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to de Villiers, no run, gets forward and pushes to short cover

35.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to de Villiers, no run, hits a good length outside off, he goes on the backfoot and defends to the off side

35.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to de Villiers, no run, pitches outside off, he watchfully lets it go

South Africa 106/5   AB de Villiers 23* (34b 4x4)

36.5

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, flighted outside off, he gets back and defends

36.6

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, flighted outside off, he gets forward and defends

South Africa 111/5   AB de Villiers 23* (36b 4x4)

38.1

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, flighted on middle, defended back to the bowler

38.2

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, defended to silly point, he back flicks it towards the stumps

38.3

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, flighted outside off, defended to the off side

38.4

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, an attempted glide to third man is intercepted by the slip fielder

38.5

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, flighted outside off, defended back to the bowler

38.6

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, flighted outside off, he gets a good stride forward and defends back to the bowler

South Africa 111/5   AB de Villiers 23* (42b 4x4)

40.1

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, flighted on leg, he rocks back and whips it towards mid-on

40.2

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, rocks back just a touch and steers it towards point

40.3

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, gives it plenty of flight on middle, he gets forward and defends

40.4

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, pushed in flatter and faster on leg stump, nudged off the pads

40.5

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, flighted outside off, pushed to the off side

40.6

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, oh it's the low bounce again, he stays on the backfoot and manages to keep it down

South Africa 111/5   AB de Villiers 23* (48b 4x4)

42.1

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, stays on the backfoot and plays a punchy drive to mid-off

42.2

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, 1 run, flighted outside the leg stump, pushed wide of mid-on

South Africa 112/5   AB de Villiers 24* (50b 4x4)

43.5

Shakib Al Hasan to de Villiers, no run, loops in on off and middle, defends on the front foot

43.6

Shakib Al Hasan to de Villiers, SIX, the thump is here.... bowls it short of a length outside off, that sits up nicely for de Villiers who rocks back and clubs it over deep midwicket

South Africa 126/5   AB de Villiers 30* (52b 4x4 1x6)

44.2

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, tucked to the on side

44.3

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, flighted slowly outside off, he gets forward and tries to dab it past the slips with an angled bat but can't beat the fielder

44.4

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, 2 runs, Dropped: chance for Bangladesh there! de Villiers gives the charge and lofts just over the infield on the off side, Ashraful runs back from mid-off but misjudges the catch and doesn't time his run well

44.5

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, close shout for leg before, the ball may have have struck him outside the line of off stump

44.6

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, defended back to the bowler

South Africa 129/5   AB de Villiers 32* (57b 4x4 1x6)

46.1

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, gets on the front foot and defends

46.2

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, looped towards the leg stump, he shuffles and nudges it towards square leg

46.3

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, rocks back and defends off the meat of the bat

46.4

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, fullish delivery outside off and he drives through the line to cover

46.5

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, gives it air outside off, he rocks back and cuts towards point

46.6

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, FOUR, short of a length on middle and leg, it sits up nicely for him as he rocks back and thumps it over midwicket

South Africa 133/5   AB de Villiers 36* (63b 5x4 1x6)

48.1

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, slides down the leg side and de Villiers fails to get any bat on it as he tries to glance to fine leg

48.2

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, 1 run, pushed with soft hands in front of cover and they set off quickly for a run

48.4

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, not such an intelligent leave outside off, he sticks his pad out and gets hit very close to the line of off stump, prompting an appeal

48.5

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, flighted outside off, defended back to the bowler

48.6

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run, defended back to the bowler

South Africa 135/5   AB de Villiers 37* (68b 5x4 1x6)

49.2

Shakib Al Hasan to de Villiers, no run, gives room and tries to pierce the off side field but can't beat mid-off

49.3

Shakib Al Hasan to de Villiers, FOUR, he picks his spot this time as he takes a few paces down the pitch, meets the pitch of the ball and drives through the line to beat the gap between mid-off and cover

49.4

Shakib Al Hasan to de Villiers, FOUR, poor fielding there.... hits a good length on middle and de Villiers stays back and tucks it firmly past mid-on, Rafique appeared to have it covered but wasn't quick enough to intercept it

49.5

Shakib Al Hasan to de Villiers, 1 run, pushed to mid-off for a quick single

South Africa 145/5   AB de Villiers 46* (72b 7x4 1x6)

50.1

Mohammad Ashraful to de Villiers, OUT, what a bizarre dismissal! Ashraful dishes out a rank half tracker which bounces twice to de Villiers, he stays back and pulls and gets a thick top edge which is taken easily by Ashraful. Now de Villiers believes it is a dead ball and stays at the crease. After a few anxious moments Bucknor gives him out and de Villiers walks back dumbfounded. The ball clearly bounced twice before the crease so that's why there was an element of doubt. The laws say that the ball has to bounce more than twice to deem it an illegitimate delivery. In this case, the ball bounced twice, so de Villiers had to go. Ashraful was in no doubt about the rule, he celebrated immediately.

AB de Villiers c & b Mohammad Ashraful 46 (90m 73b 7x4 1x6) SR: 63.01

South Africa 145/6   AB de Villiers 46 (73b 7x4 1x6)
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Series Results
Bangladesh v South Africa at Chittagong - Feb 29-Mar 3, 2008
South Africa won by an innings and 205 runs
Bangladesh v South Africa at Dhaka - Feb 22-25, 2008
South Africa won by 5 wickets
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Photos

Feb 25, 2008

Aftab Ahmed takes evasive action as Mark Boucher belts the ball, Bangladesh v South Africa, 1st Test, Mirpur, 4th day, February 25, 2008

Aftab Ahmed takes evasive action as Mark Boucher belts the ball

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Feb 25, 2008

Mark Boucher and AB de Villiers return to the pavilion after finishing off the job, Bangladesh v South Africa, 1st Test, Mirpur, 4th day, February 25, 2008

Mark Boucher and AB de Villiers return to the pavilion after finishing off the job

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