India tour of South Africa, 2006/07 / Commentary

India in South Africa Test Series - 2nd Test

South Africa v India

South Africa won by 174 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

6.1

Morkel to Jaffer, 1 no ball, starts off with a no-ball. whips it down on length from a high-arm action and it sails into Boucher's gloves

6.1

Morkel to Jaffer, no run, He ambles in, not much of a run-up, stays slightly wide of the crease, and whips it down from a high-arm action, outside the offstump again, left alone

6.2

Morkel to Jaffer, 1 wide, Ah. Loses control there. Nervous debutant. Way outside the offstump

6.2

Morkel to Jaffer, no run, fuller and straighter, on the middle stump, driven to mid-on

6.3

Morkel to Jaffer, no run, overpitched delivery, outside the offstump,, driven to point

6.4

Morkel to Jaffer, no run, banged in short and stays outside the offstump, Jaffer lets that one go through the 'keeper

6.5

Morkel to Jaffer, no run, again outside the off stump, whipped down on to the deck and it moves back in but it was well outside to interest Jaffer.

6.6

Morkel to Jaffer, no run, ooh... finally he gets it closer to that offstump line, lands on a length, and jags back in, Jaffer shoulders his arms and that one just shaves past the offstump. That's lunch.

India 24/1   M Morkel 1-0-2-0

8.1

Morkel to Jaffer, 1 no ball, Big no-ball. Even in his first over, before lunch, he had started off with a no-ball. The nerves. Outside off, left alone

8.1

Morkel to Jaffer, no run, in the channel outside off, slightly wide, shouldered arms.

8.2

Morkel to Jaffer, FOUR, full in length, outside the offstump, out comes Jaffer's left foot, and he unleashes a pleasing cover drive.

8.3

Morkel to Jaffer, no run, beaten! Lands on a length, drawing Jaffer forward and the ball holds its line and bounces and Jaffer is beaten. Again, bit late in coming forward.

8.3

Morkel to Jaffer, no run, beaten! Lands on a length, drawing Jaffer forward and the ball holds its line and bounces and Jaffer is beaten. Again, bit late in coming forward.

8.4

Morkel to Jaffer, 2 runs, partly-edged, partly-steered. Short of length, just outside offstump, Jaffer pushes at it, bat ahead of his body, opened bat-face and it runs between gully and point

8.5

Morkel to Jaffer, no run

8.6

Morkel to Jaffer, no run, Short and wide. Very wide. Jaffer has a lazy waft at it, doesn't reach it.

India 35/1   M Morkel 2-0-9-0

10.1

Morkel to Jaffer, no run

10.2

Morkel to Jaffer, 1 no ball, another no-ball from Morkel. Full in length, just outside the offstump, leans forward to defend

10.2

Morkel to Jaffer, FOUR, drifts on the legs, Jaffer waits for the ball to arrive, glances it fine. Easy pickings

10.3

Morkel to Jaffer, no run, Slighty wide outside offstump, left alone

10.4

Morkel to Jaffer, FOUR, Lovely drive. Overpitched outside offstump, Jaffer moves his left foot a little bit, and he drives it to left of mid-off

10.5

Morkel to Jaffer, no run, short of length, bounces above waist-high, outside offstump, steered to gully

10.6

Morkel to Jaffer, no run, Morkel falls over a touch prior to release, his head and left shoulder and this time as well. The ball sails harmlessly well outside off and left alone

India 44/2   M Morkel 3-0-18-0

12.1

Morkel to Tendulkar, no run, hit the deck, short of length, outside the offstump and Tendulkar half-ducks, half-sways and Boucher gathers the ball.

12.2

Morkel to Tendulkar, no run, well outside the offstump this time and Tendulkar goes back and across, shapes to cut but actually has no intention to go ahead with the shot and lets that one sail past him

12.3

Morkel to Tendulkar, no run, Fuller, on the offstump line, drawing Tendulkar forward who leans forward and presents the full face of the bat in defense

12.4

Morkel to Tendulkar, no run, In the channel outside off, bit too wide to interest Tendulkar.

12.5

Morkel to Tendulkar, FOUR, Murder! Short and wide, Tendulkar goes back and across and square-cuts it past point.

12.6

Morkel to Tendulkar, FOUR, Oh ho! What a shot! It was a length-delivery, outside the offstump and Tendulkar shifts his weight to the front foot and just creams it on the up, past point. Fabulous shot. To call it a square-drive would be hardly doing justice to the shot.

India 53/2   M Morkel 4-0-26-0

29.1

Morkel to Tendulkar, no run, In the zone outside offstump, left alone

29.2

Morkel to Tendulkar, no run, fuller and on the middle stump line, Tendulkar chooses to play in the V and drives it to wide mid-on

29.3

Morkel to Tendulkar, FOUR, upper-cut over gully! banged in short and it sits up outside offstump, Tendulkar leant back and deliberately sent it up and over.

29.4

Morkel to Tendulkar, no run, fuller in length, just outside the offstump, Tendulkar drives but his bat-face closes a fraction and the ball rolls back to the bowler

29.5

Morkel to Tendulkar, no run, again full but towards middle stump, Tendulkar wants to drive it straight, but too much bottom-hand comes into play as he goes hard at it and the bat-face agains closes and the ball goes to widish mid-on

29.6

Morkel to Tendulkar, 2 runs, This time, he is careful and doesn't go hard at it. Just push-drives, checks his shot, and it rolls off between the bowler and the mid-on fielder

India 80/3   M Morkel 5-0-32-0

31.1

Morkel to Tendulkar, 1 run, short of length, outside the offstump, Tendulkar leans forward, opens the bat-face and runs it down to widish thirdman

31.2

Morkel to Laxman, no run, well outside the offstump and Laxman is not interested. Three slips and a gully waiting for a mistake.

31.3

Morkel to Laxman, no run, short of length, just outside the offstump, defended off the front foot

31.4

Morkel to Laxman, no run, beaten. Short of length, outside the offstump and it holds its line and Laxman has a tentative poke at it

31.5

Morkel to Laxman, no run, too short and it sits up nicely for Laxman to get behind the line and push it away to the offside

31.6

Morkel to Laxman, no run, That's better. Fuller and on the offstump line, shapes in a touch, Laxman is late in getting forward, just leans forward at the last minute, pushes it out to the on side

India 85/3   M Morkel 6-0-33-0

53.1

Morkel to Laxman, no run, short of length, on the middle stump line, angling in from offstump, Laxman goes back, pushes it to the midwicket

53.2

Morkel to Laxman, 1 no ball, short of length, outside the offstump, Laxman dabs it away to Hall at gully

53.2

Morkel to Laxman, no run, beaten! Fullish, just outside the offstump, angled in the air and shaped away after landing, Laxman is beaten as he pushes inside the line. Lovely delivery

53.3

Morkel to Laxman, no run

53.4

Morkel to Laxman, no run, another probing delivery, on the offstump line, comes in from just outside the offstump, Laxman stays back, brings his bat down, pushes it to the on side

53.5

Morkel to Laxman, 1 run, back of length, veers in towards hips, Laxman tucks it behind square-leg and gets a single

53.6

Morkel to Dhoni, 1 no ball, Another no ball. Sails in the channel outside the offstump, Dhoni drops his wrists, withdraws his bat from the line

53.6

Morkel to Dhoni, no run, fuller, on the middle stump line, Dhoni comes forward, drives it to mid-on

India 157/5   M Morkel 7-0-36-0

55.1

Morkel to Dhoni, no run, on the offstump line, pushed out to cover

55.2

Morkel to Dhoni, no run, banged in short, it rises chest-high, outside the offstump, Dhoni stands tall, gets on top of the bounce, guides it down to Gibbs at deepish gully.

55.3

Morkel to Dhoni, (no ball) FOUR, Fuller, outside the offstump, Dhoni goes at the width offered, square-drives with an opened bat-face and it runs through backward point

55.3

Morkel to Dhoni, no run

55.4

Morkel to Dhoni, no run, banged in short, on the body, Dhoni hops up, jabs it down in front of him

55.5

Morkel to Dhoni, no run, another one dug in short, short-balls galore here, but this one is outside the offstump and Dhoni sways away in time

55.6

Morkel to Dhoni, FOUR, fuller, outside the offstump, Dhoni launches himself into a cover drive. Whenever the ball is pitched up, even after a slew of bouncers, he just jumps on to that front foot with a drive.

India 167/5   M Morkel 8-0-45-0

57.1

Morkel to Dhoni, no run, Snorter, kicks up on the throat, Dhoni is surprised by the extra bounce, adjusts, hops up and tries to get on top of the bounce and fends it down in front of him. Good cricket all round.

57.2

Morkel to Dhoni, (no ball) 1 run, fuller, around the offstump, driven to left of mid-off

57.2

Morkel to Laxman, (no ball) 1 run, ooh..... almost dragged back to the stumps. Another no-ball though. Landed on a length, just outside the offstump, shapes in a touch, Laxman pushes at it, bit outside the line, and the inside edge takes the ball close to the offstump and behind.....

57.2

Morkel to Dhoni, no run, well outside the offstump, full in length, left alone

57.3

Morkel to Dhoni, FOUR, upper-slashed , over gully. Short of length, kicks up outside the offstump, Dhoni tries to keep it down as he goes for square-drive, gets a top-edge which goes over gully. That brings up the fifty of the partnership

57.4

Morkel to Dhoni, no run, beaten! Short of length, outside the offstump and Dhoni just throws his bat through the line and the ball just whizzes past the outside edge. hmm....

57.5

Morkel to Dhoni, no run

57.6

Morkel to Dhoni, no run, short, rises up above chest-high, around the offstump, Dhoni shuffles across and hops up, gets on top of the bounce, pushes it down in front of him

India 175/5   M Morkel 9-0-53-0

59.1

Morkel to Dhoni, OUT, Morkel gets his first Test wicket. What a moment for the youngster. Dhoni falls edging a drive to second slip. Full in length and outside offstump, shapes away a touch, Dhoni drives and nicks it behind to de Villiers who dives low to his left from second slip to take the catch. Huge wicket this.

MS Dhoni c de Villiers b Morkel 34 (72m 39b 7x4 0x6) SR: 87.17

59.2

Morkel to Kumble, no run, beaten! Full in length, shapes away a touch, Kumble is caught in his crease, no foot movement, just has a lame poke at it.

59.3

Morkel to Kumble, no run, fuller, on the offstump line, pushed to cover

59.4

Morkel to Kumble, no run, short and outside the offstump, it bounces chest-high and Kumble tries to guide it over gully, misses and Boucher gathers with oohs and aahs slipping from the men near him

59.5

Morkel to Kumble, no run

59.6

Morkel to Kumble, no run, slightly short of length, lands outside the offstump, shapes in a touch but Kumble has his offstump covered, and shoulders arms. End of a over that the young man would remember for a long time to come.

India 179/6   M Morkel 10-1-53-1

61.1

Morkel to Kumble, OUT, Kumble throws his wicket away. Full and wide and he threw the kitchen sink at it. And the outside edge is swallowed up by Boucher. Morkel gets his second victim. Laxman is in the danger of being stranded.

A Kumble c †Boucher b Morkel 0 (10m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

61.2

Morkel to Khan, no run, on the middle stump line, full in length, Zaheer is squared-up a touch as the ball holds its line, pushes it out to the offside

61.3

Morkel to Khan, no run, slightly short of length, just outside the offstump, it bounces up, Zaheer Khan shuffles across, stands on his toes, keeps it down in front of him

61.4

Morkel to Khan, no run, Similar delivery, and again Zaheer goes through that motions and steers it to point

61.5

Morkel to Khan, no run, pings the ribs, Zaheer goes back, gets on top of the bounce, fends it off towards short-leg.

61.6

Morkel to Khan, 1 run, ooh..... fullish and on the middle stump line, Zaheer is bit late in moving forward, as if he was expecting a bouncer, manages to get his bat down in time, pushes it past square-leg. Morkel puts his hands up in agony, he thought he had trapped his man there.

India 180/7   M Morkel 11-1-54-2

63.1

Morkel to Laxman, no run, full in length, just outside the offstump, holds its line, Laxman pushes at it, it runs off the outside edge to left of Hall at gully who makes a smart stop

63.2

Morkel to Laxman, no run, full again, this time Laxman glides forward, drives it to Gibbs at cover

63.3

Morkel to Laxman, 1 run, on the legs, flicked away past square-leg

63.4

Morkel to Khan, no run, slightly short of length, in the channel outside offstump, Zaheer Khan steers it to point.

63.5

Morkel to Khan, no run, Zaheer's first movement is back and across. It gives him time to cope with the bounce. Another bouncer this time, outside the offstump, swayed away. It will get interesting if they suddenly ping the full length.

63.6

Morkel to Khan, no run, short in length, outside the offstump and Zaheer forces it off the back foot to left of point

India 181/7   M Morkel 12-1-55-2

65.1

Morkel to Khan, no run

65.2

Morkel to Khan, OUT, Gone! Morkel claims his third victim. Banged in short of length and it rears up chest high, at the body of Zaheer, who goes for an ungainly pull shot but only ends up popping up a simple catch to Amla at short-leg.

Z Khan c Amla b Morkel 2 (19m 20b 0x4 0x6) SR: 10.00

65.3

Morkel to Sreesanth, 1 run, on the middle and leg, full in length, flicked past square-leg

65.4

Morkel to Laxman, no run, fuller, right on the middle stump line, driven elegantly but straight to Ntini at mid-on

65.5

Morkel to Laxman, 2 runs, bang! Short and at the body, Laxman backed away to pull it through the midwicket region. Amla from long-leg sweeps up

65.6

Morkel to Laxman, no run, Laxman backs away from the stumps, exposing all three sticks, and flashes at a one sailing through in the channel outside off. doesn't connect.

India 186/8   M Morkel 13-1-58-3

67.1

Morkel to Laxman, no run, beaten. in the zone outside the offstump and Laxman ends up pushing down the wrong line

67.2

Morkel to Laxman, 1 run, full, on the leg stump line, flicked away square but will get only one run as Nel, from longleg, rushes across to his left

67.3

Morkel to Sreesanth, no run, bouncer, too short and hence, too high, outside the offsutmp, Sreesanth ducks under that one without any fuss

67.4

Morkel to Sreesanth, 1 no ball, on the stumps, defended off the front foot

67.4

Morkel to Sreesanth, no run, Sreesanth is taking a middlestump guard. This one sails down the leg side.

67.5

Morkel to Sreesanth, no run, full in length, outside the offstump, Sreesanth goes for a thrashing drive, ends up swatting it back to the bowler

67.6

Morkel to Sreesanth, no run, Sreesanth jumps out, backing away outside leg in the process and swats a full-length delivery to mid-on.

India 192/8   M Morkel 14-1-60-3

69.1

Morkel to Laxman, 1 run, Full in length, on the middle stump line, Laxman leans forward, drives striaght back, Morkel gets a hand to it, and it goes between mid-on and mid-off. One run.

69.2

Morkel to Sreesanth, no run, on the stumps , full in length, defended back to the bowler

69.3

Morkel to Sreesanth, no run, The bouncer. Over the left shoulder. Ducked under. What would the next one be?

69.4

Morkel to Sreesanth, 1 run, Another bouncer, right at the body, Sreesanth fends at it ungainly, his eyes off the ball, and it pops to the left of short-leg. Safe.

69.5

Morkel to Laxman, no run

69.6

Morkel to Laxman, no run

India 199/8   M Morkel 15-1-62-3

71.1

Morkel to Laxman, FOUR, Super shot. Shortish and outside the offstump, he stands tall and forces it off the back foot through cover point

71.2

Morkel to Laxman, 2 runs

71.3

Morkel to Laxman, 1 run

71.4

Morkel to Sreesanth, 2 runs

71.5

Morkel to Sreesanth, no run

71.6

Morkel to Sreesanth, 1 run

India 213/8   M Morkel 16-1-72-3

73.1

Morkel to Laxman, no run, extra bounce and Laxman was in a spot of bother, but in the end he got right on top of the bounce and played it down

73.2

Morkel to Laxman, 2 runs, fuller length delivery on the middle and leg stump line. Laxman nicely leans forward and clips it away through midwicket for a brace. Trademark Laxman flick.

73.3

Morkel to Laxman, no run, good line and length delivery, in the channel and shaping away a touch - Laxman drives eyeing the cover region but the ball zips past the outside edge

73.4

Morkel to Laxman, no run, no shot offered

73.5

Morkel to Laxman, 1 run, good length but bit wide outside the off stump. Laxman moves back and across and glides it down to third man for an easy single

73.6

Morkel to Sreesanth, no run, nasty! bouncer on the stumps. Sreesanth fails to get under this one and the ball thuds into his left glove. that hurts

India 220/8   M Morkel 17-1-75-3

75.1

Morkel to Laxman, no run, good line and length delivery, Laxman gets behind the line and presents the full face of the bat

75.2

Morkel to Laxman, 1 run, short of a length and outside off stump, Laxman cuts late and gets it down to third man for an easy single

75.3

Morkel to Sreesanth, 1 no ball, another Morkel no-ball! again called for overstepping. Sreesant is beaten outside the off stump

75.3

Morkel to Sreesanth, FOUR, there he goes again! short of a good length delivery, Sreesanth comes down the track and hammers it down to the long-off fence. Comfortably cleared the man at mid-off and he gets a pat on the back from Laxman

75.4

Morkel to Sreesanth, no run, defended outside the off stump

75.5

Morkel to Sreesanth, (no ball) FOUR, even better! short of a good length delivery outside the off stump. Sreesanth leans back and cuts it away well in front of the point. It's a no-ball as well, so five runs added to the total. Way to go young man.

75.5

Morkel to Sreesanth, no run, from round the stumps, angling away, pushed to backward point

75.6

Morkel to Sreesanth, no run, rubbish. sails down the leg side

India 232/8   M Morkel 18-1-86-3
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Dec 30, 2006

The victorious bunch can't contain their emotions at the end of the game, South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Durban, 5th day, December 30, 2006

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Dec 30, 2006

Graeme Smith and Makhaya Ntini are jubilant after a famous win, South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Durban, 5th day, December 30, 2006

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