VB Series, 2001/02 / Commentary

VB Series - 7th match

Australia v South Africa

Australia won by 8 wickets (with 188 balls remaining)

Welcome to this all important VB Series clash between Australia and South Africa The first match of the second half of the preliminary series, with each team having played each other twice so far in this series Australia find themselves on the bottom of the points table and desparately need another win here to keep in touch with the two visiting sides Likewise South Africa can hardly afford to take this match lightly, with two successive losses in the double header in Brisbane, undoing some of the good work at the start of the series when they took to spot with two first up wins As it is South Africa hold a four point (one win) lead over the home side, but an Australian win would see Australia move up to second and South Africa drop to third on the head to head rule A South African victory would see Australia lag further behind, two wins behind both their opponents with three matches to play The word on the Australian team selection is that Michael Bevan comes in for Matthew Hayden, who was dropped from the Australian squad yesterday Whilst Brett Lee and Ian Harvey remain out of the Australian side for the second successive match, could this be a sign of Australia abandoning the much talked about "rotation" policy The South Africans have been forced to leave out Jacques Kallis who has an ankle injury, and Justin Kemp injured his hand kicking a beach ball Boeta Dippenaar replaces Kallis, and Makaya Ntini also comes back into the side South Africa have won the toss and will bat first The umpires come out onto the field, followed by the Australian fielders, and finally the South African openers Glenn McGrath to open from the Paddington end, with Hershelle Gibbs to take strike, Kirsten at the non-strikers end

0.1

McGrath to Gibbs, 1 wide, back and leaving the delivery, the ball swings late and wide is called, rather a tough call

0.1

McGrath to Gibbs, no run, back and struggling to defend a short of a length ball that cuts into his body, the ball deflects to the off side

0.2

McGrath to Gibbs, OUT, follows a good length delivery outside off, just gets a little outside edge on it, Gilchrist collects, and umpire Harper sends Gibbs on his way

HH Gibbs c †Gilchrist b McGrath 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

0.3

McGrath to Dippenaar, no run, back and leaving

0.4

McGrath to Dippenaar, no run, back, defensively to a good straight ball, pushing to the off side

0.5

McGrath to Dippenaar, no run, back and safely leaving outside off

0.6

McGrath to Dippenaar, no run, back, playing awkwardly at a good length ball outside off, waves the bat at it, playing underneath it, Gilchrist collects, lucky not to get an edge

End of over 1 (1 run) South Africa 1/1
HH Dippenaar    0* (4b)      GD McGrath    1-0-1-1
G Kirsten    0* (0b)     

1.1

Gillespie to Kirsten, no run, back and leaving a ball, short over or just outside off stump

1.2

Gillespie to Kirsten, FOUR, back defensively to a shortish delivery, streakily gets the most flukish of boundaries with a thick inside edge away through fine leg

1.3

Gillespie to Kirsten, no run, unconvincing poking at a ball moves away from off, failing to make contact

1.4

Gillespie to Kirsten, no run, back in a more solid leave of the ball this time

1.5

Gillespie to Kirsten, no run, pitched up this time, has Kirsten baffled as the delivery climes suddenly, moving past his defence, flicking the top of his pad

1.6

Gillespie to Kirsten, no run, defended out on the off side

End of over 2 (4 runs) South Africa 5/1
G Kirsten    4* (6b 1x4)      JN Gillespie    1-0-4-0
HH Dippenaar    0* (4b)     

2.1

McGrath to Dippenaar, no run, beaten by a ball that cuts in on him, striking him on the pad

2.2

McGrath to Dippenaar, OUT, tries to cut one in close to him, gets a massive outside edge which Warne happily takes at first slip

HH Dippenaar c Warne b McGrath 0 (9m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Neil McKenzie the new man in

2.3

McGrath to McKenzie, no run, back defensively, just pushing the ball away to the off side

2.4

McGrath to McKenzie, 1 run, back and cut away safely along the ground down to third man

2.5

McGrath to Kirsten, no run, back, and once again looks thoroughly unconvincing in defence, beaten by a ball that just moves past the outside edge of the blade

2.6

McGrath to Kirsten, no run, back and leaving safely outside off

End of over 3 (1 run) South Africa 6/2
G Kirsten    4* (8b 1x4)      GD McGrath    2-0-2-2
ND McKenzie    1* (2b)     

3.1

Gillespie to McKenzie, no run, back and forcing behind point on the off side, great save made by Ponting in the backward point position

3.2

Gillespie to McKenzie, no run, safely left outside off

3.3

Gillespie to McKenzie, no run, back and leaving to the keeper again

3.4

Gillespie to McKenzie, 2 runs, neatly glides, presumably deliberately, a ball from outside off away between second slip and gully

3.5

Gillespie to McKenzie, no run, back and leaving down off

3.6

Gillespie to McKenzie, no run, beaten by a beautiful delivery that moves past the batsman's defence

End of over 4 (2 runs) South Africa 8/2
ND McKenzie    3* (8b)      JN Gillespie    2-0-6-0
G Kirsten    4* (8b 1x4)     

4.1

McGrath to Kirsten, 1 leg bye, pushed to the off side for a quick single

4.2

McGrath to McKenzie, no run, forward and forcing to mid off, where Bevan fields

4.3

McGrath to McKenzie, 1 run, glided away to third man

4.4

McGrath to Kirsten, no run, back and defending to the off side

Now the sound of rain here at the ground

4.5

McGrath to Kirsten, no run, back and beaten down off, Kirsten unable to get bat on it

Rain now coming down onto the ground

4.6

McGrath to Kirsten, no run, back and forcing to the off side

And the players leave the field Match State: Delay - Rain Rain really coming down quite hard and not showing any immediate signs of easing The heaviest of covers now over the centre of the field The rain has eased now, and sun is now shining over the SCG We still however are some way away from a restart, no official word yet on when that may be The heavy cover is lifted, and the umpires come out on to the ground for their inspection Play to resume at 3.35pm local time Players back out on the field, and play set to resume

End of over 5 (2 runs) South Africa 10/2
G Kirsten    4* (12b 1x4)      GD McGrath    3-0-3-2
ND McKenzie    4* (10b)     

5.1

Gillespie to McKenzie, no run, back and leaving outside off

5.2

Gillespie to McKenzie, no run, back and leaving outside off

5.3

Gillespie to McKenzie, no run, forward, trying to drive, big swing but fails to make contact

5.4

Gillespie to McKenzie, no run, forward and leaving outside off

5.5

Gillespie to McKenzie, no run, pushing tentatively at a ball that seams away, misses

5.6

Gillespie to McKenzie, no run, back and throwing the arms up to leave a ball down off

End of over 6 (maiden) South Africa 10/2
ND McKenzie    4* (16b)      JN Gillespie    3-1-6-0
G Kirsten    4* (12b 1x4)     

6.1

McGrath to Kirsten, no run, back and chopping down on the off side

6.2

McGrath to Kirsten, no run, beaten by a ball that moves away, again beating the outside edge as Kirsten half-heartedly pushes the bat at it

6.3

McGrath to Kirsten, no run, forward and beaten outside off, neither forward not back, searching for the ball

6.4

McGrath to Kirsten, no run, back and defending to the off side

6.5

McGrath to Kirsten, no run, good ball on the stumps, pushing to the off side

6.6

McGrath to Kirsten, 1 wide, back and leaving a rare loose delivery down leg

6.6

McGrath to Kirsten, no run, beaten outside off, unsure whether to play or leave the delivery

End of over 7 (1 run) South Africa 11/2
G Kirsten    4* (18b 1x4)      GD McGrath    4-0-4-2
ND McKenzie    4* (16b)     

7.1

Gillespie to McKenzie, 1 run, pushed down on the on side for a run

7.2

Gillespie to Kirsten, no run, forward and pushing to mid off

7.3

Gillespie to Kirsten, no run, back and cutting to backward point

7.4

Gillespie to Kirsten, no run, beaten by a good ball on off, again much too good for Kirsten's defence

7.5

Gillespie to Kirsten, FOUR, fullish delivery driven along the ground through mid off

7.6

Gillespie to Kirsten, no run, beaten by a good delivery outside off

End of over 8 (5 runs) South Africa 16/2
G Kirsten    8* (23b 2x4)      JN Gillespie    4-1-11-0
ND McKenzie    5* (17b)     

8.1

McGrath to McKenzie, FOUR, quick to latch on to an overpitched delivery and belt it away along the ground through cover

8.2

McGrath to McKenzie, no run, forward, defensively pushing to the off side

8.3

McGrath to McKenzie, no run, back and leaving outside off

8.4

McGrath to McKenzie, no run, back to a straight delivery in an upright defence down on the off side

8.5

McGrath to McKenzie, no run, forward to a ball that moves away, past the outside of the bat, through to the keeper

8.6

McGrath to McKenzie, 1 run, neat dabbled sweep to a short delivery just around behind square on the on side

End of over 9 (5 runs) South Africa 21/2
ND McKenzie    10* (23b 1x4)      GD McGrath    5-0-9-2
G Kirsten    8* (23b 2x4)     

9.1

Gillespie to McKenzie, no run, back and defending to the off side

9.2

Gillespie to McKenzie, 1 run, short ball which McKenzie leans back on and pulls around to fine leg where Bevan fields

9.3

Gillespie to Kirsten, FOUR, pitched up and driven back just past the bowler, with the mid on standing too wide to cut that one off

9.4

Gillespie to Kirsten, no run, let go outside off

9.5

Gillespie to Kirsten, no run, back and following a ball outside off, pokes at it, gets an edge to it, Gilchrist dives forward but the ball drops short

9.6

Gillespie to Kirsten, 1 run, back and cutting, just past the second slip fielder to third man

End of over 10 (6 runs) South Africa 27/2
G Kirsten    13* (27b 3x4)      JN Gillespie    5-1-17-0
ND McKenzie    11* (25b 1x4)     

10.1

McGrath to Kirsten, no run, back and defending down on the off side

10.2

McGrath to Kirsten, no run, back and leaving a short ball, loses sight of it and it lands in his pad, Kirsten picks it up and throws it out, no appeal for handling is forthcoming from the Australians however

10.3

McGrath to Kirsten, no run, back, left alone down off

10.4

McGrath to Kirsten, no run, back and defending, chops the ball down into the pitch, almost playing it on to the stumps

10.5

McGrath to Kirsten, no run, defended akwardly to the off side

10.6

McGrath to Kirsten, no run, back, pushed defensively to the off side

End of over 11 (maiden) South Africa 27/2
G Kirsten    13* (33b 3x4)      GD McGrath    6-1-9-2
ND McKenzie    11* (25b 1x4)     

11.1

Gillespie to McKenzie, no run, back to a good ball that gets him all tangled up

11.2

Gillespie to McKenzie, 1 wide, lets go a short ball down leg

11.2

Gillespie to McKenzie, no run, back, leaving outside off

11.3

Gillespie to McKenzie, no run, pushes a fullish ball to the off side, appeal for lbw is turned down by umpire Hair

11.4

Gillespie to McKenzie, no run, back and leaving outside off

11.5

Gillespie to McKenzie, no run, looks to work a ball on leg, ball pops up off the pad to the off side

11.6

Gillespie to McKenzie, no run, looks to work a ball on leg, ball deflects out to the off side

End of over 12 (1 run) South Africa 28/2
ND McKenzie    11* (31b 1x4)      JN Gillespie    6-1-18-0
G Kirsten    13* (33b 3x4)     

12.1

McGrath to Kirsten, no run, forward, playing and missing at a ball outside off

12.2

McGrath to Kirsten, no run, back and leaving outside off

12.3

McGrath to Kirsten, no run, pushed defensively to the off side

12.4

McGrath to Kirsten, 1 run, cuts a ball from outside off away to third man

12.5

McGrath to McKenzie, no run, leaving outside off

12.6

McGrath to McKenzie, no run, left alone outside off again

Interesting move, first change bowler is Andrew Symonds Symonds bowling his medium pace

End of over 13 (1 run) South Africa 29/2
ND McKenzie    11* (33b 1x4)      GD McGrath    7-1-10-2
G Kirsten    14* (37b 3x4)     

13.1

Symonds to Kirsten, no run, meekly pushed to the off side

13.2

Symonds to Kirsten, no run, defended to the on side

13.3

Symonds to Kirsten, 1 wide, back and letting go outside off, wide called

13.3

Symonds to Kirsten, 1 run, pushed in front of Warne in the wide slip position, misfield results in a run

13.4

Symonds to McKenzie, no run, forward, attempting a big slash, misses, playing outside of the delivery and Gilchrist collects

13.5

Symonds to McKenzie, no run, turned off the pad to Bevan at mid on

13.6

Symonds to McKenzie, no run, left safely outside off

Now the bowler who proved quite economical two days ago, Andrew Bichel replacing McGrath

End of over 14 (2 runs) South Africa 31/2
ND McKenzie    11* (36b 1x4)      A Symonds    1-0-2-0
G Kirsten    15* (40b 3x4)     

14.1

Bichel to Kirsten, 1 run, deflected with bat onto pad to point, McKenzie comes running up the pitch hurrying Kirsten through for a single who gets home with the throw missing at the bowler's end

14.2

Bichel to McKenzie, FOUR, pitched up and dispatched with a slog drive in the air over mid off

The mid off is put a bit further back

14.3

Bichel to McKenzie, no run, turned to the on side

14.4

Bichel to McKenzie, no run, back and defending to the off side

14.5

Bichel to McKenzie, no run, forward, looking to drive, plays and misses, the ball not missing off stump by a long way, and Gilchrist collects

14.6

Bichel to McKenzie, no run, back and beaten by a ball that moves past the batsman

End of over 15 (5 runs) South Africa 36/2
ND McKenzie    15* (41b 2x4)      AJ Bichel    1-0-5-0
G Kirsten    16* (41b 3x4)     

15.1

Symonds to Kirsten, no run, forward and driving along the ground to mid off

15.2

Symonds to Kirsten, no run, back to one down off, cut in front of the point fielder

15.3

Symonds to Kirsten, 1 run, pushed off the pad to the on side

15.4

Symonds to McKenzie, no run, pushed to the off side

15.5

Symonds to McKenzie, 1 leg bye, turned gently off the pad to short fine leg

15.6

Symonds to Kirsten, no run, big charge down the track, looking to slog, misses but gets safely back as Gilchrist is standing back

End of over 16 (2 runs) South Africa 38/2
G Kirsten    17* (45b 3x4)      A Symonds    2-0-3-0
ND McKenzie    15* (43b 2x4)     

16.1

Bichel to McKenzie, 2 runs, driven in the air to the left of the fielder at mid on

16.2

Bichel to McKenzie, no run, back and pushing defensively to the off side

16.3

Bichel to McKenzie, 1 run, turned away off the pad away along the ground through square leg

16.4

Bichel to Kirsten, 1 run, flicked away through mid wicket

16.5

Bichel to McKenzie, OUT, forward and looking to drive a ball that probably didn't pitch as full as he expected, playing through the shot without making contact with the ball, consequently finding himself clean bowled

ND McKenzie b Bichel 18 (58m 47b 2x4 0x6) SR: 38.29

Match State: Drinks New batsman is Jonty Rhodes

16.6

Bichel to Rhodes, no run, back, thought about playing, decides to leave

End of over 17 (4 runs) South Africa 42/3
JN Rhodes    0* (1b)      AJ Bichel    2-0-9-1
G Kirsten    18* (46b 3x4)     

17.1

Symonds to Kirsten, 1 run, looks to glance a ball on leg, just manages to squeeze it out to the on side, Symonds rounds around in his follow through, picks up and almost runs Kirsten out, but fails to hit the stumps

17.2

Symonds to Rhodes, no run, forward defensively, pushing down on the off side

17.3

Symonds to Rhodes, no run, forward and pushing to the off side

17.4

Symonds to Rhodes, no run, square driving to backward point

17.5

Symonds to Rhodes, no run, pushed defensively back to the bowler

17.6

Symonds to Rhodes, no run, forward and leaving outside off

End of over 18 (1 run) South Africa 43/3
JN Rhodes    0* (6b)      A Symonds    3-0-4-0
G Kirsten    19* (47b 3x4)     

18.1

Bichel to Kirsten, 1 run, back and cutting a shortish ball, in the air a bit but safely down to third man

18.2

Bichel to Rhodes, OUT, back and getting a slight edge on a ball that moves away, great catch taken by Gilchrist stretching out to his right to take it

JN Rhodes c †Gilchrist b Bichel 0 (4m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

18.3

Bichel to Boucher, no run, forward and driving to mid off

18.4

Bichel to Boucher, no run, back and fending off a short ball

18.5

Bichel to Boucher, no run, back and defending down on the on side

18.6

Bichel to Boucher, 1 wide, back to leave a short ball which sways down leg

18.6

Bichel to Boucher, no run, fending a short delivery, deflects off the body of the batsman to Warne at slip, small appeal for a catch follows from Warne

End of over 19 (2 runs) South Africa 45/4
MV Boucher    0* (4b)      AJ Bichel    3-0-11-2
G Kirsten    20* (48b 3x4)     

19.1

Symonds to Kirsten, 1 run, pushed to the on side for a quick run

19.2

Symonds to Boucher, no run, forward and driving along the ground to mid off, untidy save made by McGrath but does enough to prevent any run

19.3

Symonds to Boucher, 1 run, works a short of a length delivery off the body to the on side

19.4

Symonds to Kirsten, 1 run, worked around to mid wicket

19.5

Symonds to Boucher, no run, forward playing and missing, collects by the keeper

19.6

Symonds to Boucher, no run, forward, pushed defensively to the off side

End of over 20 (3 runs) South Africa 48/4
MV Boucher    1* (8b)      A Symonds    4-0-7-0
G Kirsten    22* (50b 3x4)     

20.1

Bichel to Kirsten, 1 run, big swipe to a ball outside off, Ponting dives for it from his position at backward point, but the ball just dropping short of the classy fielder

20.2

Bichel to Boucher, no run, back and defending to the off side

20.3

Bichel to Boucher, no run, forward and beaten by a ball outside off

20.4

Bichel to Boucher, OUT, good straight ball, much too good for Boucher, pitched just outside off and moves in, trapping Boucher on the crease, big appeal for lbw, upheld by umpire Harper, that was plumb

MV Boucher lbw b Bichel 1 (10m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 9.09

20.5

Bichel to Pollock, no run, beaten, back in defence

20.6

Bichel to Pollock, OUT, forward with bat and pad, another lbw shout and once again its upheld, looked a tough one on the replay, striking him right in line with off stump, so a good decision

SM Pollock lbw b Bichel 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Gillespie back into the attack

End of over 21 (1 run) South Africa 49/6
     AJ Bichel    4-0-12-4
G Kirsten    23* (51b 3x4)     

21.1

Gillespie to Kirsten, 1 run, worked around to the on side

21.2

Gillespie to Klusener, no run, let go outside off

21.3

Gillespie to Klusener, OUT, well the rot has well and truly set in, Klusener beaten by one that cuts back in, has the batsman stuck on the crease, big lbw appeal is upheld by umpire Hair, Gillespie picks up his first wicket

L Klusener lbw b Gillespie 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Three slips, gully, backward point, cover point, mid off, mid on and square leg in place

21.4

Gillespie to Boje, no run, pushed to the off side

21.5

Gillespie to Boje, no run, let go outside off

21.6

Gillespie to Boje, no run, pushed defensively to the off side

End of over 22 (1 run) South Africa 50/7
N Boje    0* (3b)      JN Gillespie    7-1-19-1
G Kirsten    24* (52b 3x4)     

22.1

Bichel to Kirsten, 1 run, worked off to the on side

22.2

Bichel to Boje, no run, let go to the keeper

22.3

Bichel to Boje, no run, back and defending to the on side

22.4

Bichel to Boje, no run, beaten by a ball that moves past Boje's defence, Boje looking to drive but didn't know where the ball way

22.5

Bichel to Boje, no run, left alone outside off stumpp

22.6

Bichel to Boje, 1 run, neat cut away off the back foot between gully and point

End of over 23 (2 runs) South Africa 52/7
N Boje    1* (8b)      AJ Bichel    5-0-14-4
G Kirsten    25* (53b 3x4)     

23.1

Gillespie to Boje, no run, defended to the off side

23.2

Gillespie to Boje, no run, beaten, playing and missing outside off

23.3

Gillespie to Boje, 1 run, short ball, delicately glided down to third man

23.4

Gillespie to Kirsten, no run, fullish delivery, driven back to the bowler

23.5

Gillespie to Kirsten, no run, big slash and a miss to a ball outside off

23.6

Gillespie to Kirsten, no run, back and pushing to the off side

End of over 24 (1 run) South Africa 53/7
G Kirsten    25* (56b 3x4)      JN Gillespie    8-1-20-1
N Boje    2* (11b)     

24.1

Bichel to Boje, no run, back and defensively played to the on side

24.2

Bichel to Boje, no run, forward, pushing defensively to mid off

24.3

Bichel to Boje, no run, back, defensively, beaten

24.4

Bichel to Boje, no run, moves a little way forward to drive to mid on

24.5

Bichel to Boje, no run, back and defended to the on side

24.6

Bichel to Boje, FOUR, big slash outside off, sees the ball sail in the air to the third man boundary

End of over 25 (4 runs) South Africa 57/7
N Boje    6* (17b 1x4)      AJ Bichel    6-0-18-4
G Kirsten    25* (56b 3x4)     

25.1

Gillespie to Kirsten, no run, plays and misses to a ball down off

25.2

Gillespie to Kirsten, FOUR, top edge glide over the wide slip down to the third man boundary in a similar fashion to Boje last over

25.3

Gillespie to Kirsten, no run, pushed to the off side

25.4

Gillespie to Kirsten, 1 run, worked around off the pad to short fine leg, direct hit from Symonds gets an applause from the crowd, Boje safely in his ground

25.5

Gillespie to Boje, no run, pushed down in front of slip

25.6

Gillespie to Boje, 2 runs, turned off the pad away through mid wicket

McGrath now back into the attack

End of over 26 (7 runs) South Africa 64/7
N Boje    8* (19b 1x4)      JN Gillespie    9-1-27-1
G Kirsten    30* (60b 4x4)     

26.1

McGrath to Kirsten, no run, forward tenatively, struck on the front pad, appeal for lbw but clearly pitching outside leg

26.2

McGrath to Kirsten, no run, beaten by one that cuts back in, pops out on the off side

26.3

McGrath to Kirsten, no run, lets a bouncer go, just swerving away underneath the ball

26.4

McGrath to Kirsten, no run, back and defending

26.5

McGrath to Kirsten, 1 run, back and cut away along the ground down to third man

26.6

McGrath to Boje, no run, back and surprised by a ball that cuts back in

Now Warne into the attack

End of over 27 (1 run) South Africa 65/7
N Boje    8* (20b 1x4)      GD McGrath    8-1-11-2
G Kirsten    31* (65b 4x4)     

27.1

Warne to Kirsten, no run, turned down on the on side

27.2

Warne to Kirsten, 1 run, worked off the pad through forward mid wicket

27.3

Warne to Boje, no run, let go, down leg

27.4

Warne to Boje, 1 run, worked around off the pad through fine leg

27.5

Warne to Kirsten, 5 runs, pushed to the off side, Kirsten in a bit of trouble as Boje calls for the single, Kirsten runs from one side of the pitch to the other a wayward throw results in four overthrows

27.6

Warne to Boje, no run, forward and driving along the ground to mid off

End of over 28 (7 runs) South Africa 72/7
N Boje    9* (23b 1x4)      SK Warne    1-0-7-0
G Kirsten    37* (68b 4x4)     

28.1

McGrath to Kirsten, no run, forward and defending

28.2

McGrath to Kirsten, no run, back and defending to the off side

28.3

McGrath to Kirsten, no run, back to a short ball, fending to the off side

28.4

McGrath to Kirsten, FOUR, a rare poor ball, too short, is pulled away through mid wicket

28.5

McGrath to Kirsten, no run, back and leaving outside off

28.6

McGrath to Kirsten, 3 runs, fullish delivery struck along the ground through mid off

End of over 29 (7 runs) South Africa 79/7
G Kirsten    44* (74b 5x4)      GD McGrath    9-1-18-2
N Boje    9* (23b 1x4)     

29.1

Warne to Kirsten, no run, driven along the ground to mid off

29.2

Warne to Kirsten, no run, let go down leg

29.3

Warne to Kirsten, OUT, beaten by a ball that turns in vicously from outside off and traps him on the crease

G Kirsten lbw b Warne 44 (128m 77b 5x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

29.4

Warne to Elworthy, no run, forward, pushing to the off side

29.5

Warne to Elworthy, no run, forward, driving back to the bowler

29.6

Warne to Elworthy, no run, back and left to the keeper

Strange one, Mark Waugh coming on from the Paddington end

End of over 30 (wicket maiden) South Africa 79/8
S Elworthy    0* (3b)      SK Warne    2-1-7-1
N Boje    9* (23b 1x4)     

30.1

ME Waugh to Boje, no run, pushed defensively to the off side

30.2

ME Waugh to Boje, 1 run, cut away to backward point

Waugh bowling his off breaks

30.3

ME Waugh to Elworthy, FOUR, fullish ball which is slapped back in the air over mid off

30.4

ME Waugh to Elworthy, no run, pushed to the on side

30.5

ME Waugh to Elworthy, no run, back and cutting to point

30.6

ME Waugh to Elworthy, no run, back, defensively, pushing to the off side

End of over 31 (5 runs) South Africa 84/8
S Elworthy    4* (7b 1x4)      ME Waugh    1-0-5-0
N Boje    10* (25b 1x4)     

31.1

Warne to Boje, no run, forward, defended to the off side

31.2

Warne to Boje, 1 run, drives a fullish ball through mid off

31.3

Warne to Elworthy, no run, back, defending down on the off side

31.4

Warne to Elworthy, 1 run, tossed up and pushed away to the on side

31.5

Warne to Boje, no run, forward, pushing defensively back to the bowler

31.6

Warne to Boje, no run, pushed to mid on

Mark Waugh still, very odd captaincy from Steve Waugh

End of over 32 (2 runs) South Africa 86/8
N Boje    11* (29b 1x4)      SK Warne    3-1-9-1
S Elworthy    5* (9b 1x4)     

32.1

ME Waugh to Elworthy, no run, driving to the man at mid on

32.2

ME Waugh to Elworthy, no run, back and defending to the off side

32.3

ME Waugh to Elworthy, no run, back and leaving down off

32.4

ME Waugh to Elworthy, no run, forward, defending to the off side

32.5

ME Waugh to Elworthy, 1 run, pitched up and driven along the ground through mid on

A beach ball drops out onto the field

32.6

ME Waugh to Boje, no run, driving to the short extra cover fielder

End of over 33 (1 run) South Africa 87/8
N Boje    11* (30b 1x4)      ME Waugh    2-0-6-0
S Elworthy    6* (14b 1x4)     

33.1

Warne to Elworthy, 1 wide, left to turn down off

33.1

Warne to Elworthy, no run, pushes a fullish ball to the on side

33.2

Warne to Elworthy, no run, forward to the ball, played defensively back to the bowler

33.3

Warne to Elworthy, no run, back and pushing to the off side

33.4

Warne to Elworthy, no run, pushed to the off side

33.5

Warne to Elworthy, 1 wide, out to the pitch of the delivery, let go down leg

33.5

Warne to Elworthy, no run, forward, ball turns past the outside of the bat

33.6

Warne to Elworthy, no run, padded away to the off side

Match State: Drinks Mark Waugh continuing for whatever reason Its not as if any of the top five bowlers have performed poorly

End of over 34 (2 runs) South Africa 89/8
S Elworthy    6* (20b 1x4)      SK Warne    4-1-11-1
N Boje    11* (30b 1x4)     

34.1

ME Waugh to Boje, no run, pushed to the off side

34.2

ME Waugh to Boje, 1 run, worked around behind square

34.3

ME Waugh to Elworthy, no run, forward, defending to the off side

34.4

ME Waugh to Elworthy, no run, pushed back to the bowler

34.5

ME Waugh to Elworthy, no run, let go to the keeper

34.6

ME Waugh to Elworthy, 1 run, driven back to the bowler who fails to field cleanly off his own bowling and allows a single

End of over 35 (2 runs) South Africa 91/8
S Elworthy    7* (24b 1x4)      ME Waugh    3-0-8-0
N Boje    12* (32b 1x4)     

35.1

Warne to Elworthy, no run, fails to land bat on a leg break, taking him on the pad

35.2

Warne to Elworthy, no run, defensively pushed to the off side

35.3

Warne to Elworthy, no run, turned to the on side

35.4

Warne to Elworthy, no run, back following a ball down off, cutting to the off side

35.5

Warne to Elworthy, 1 run, back, gently cut to point

35.6

Warne to Boje, no run, down the track to defend the delivery

Sense prevails and Glenn McGrath comes back into the attack

End of over 36 (1 run) South Africa 92/8
N Boje    12* (33b 1x4)      SK Warne    5-1-12-1
S Elworthy    8* (29b 1x4)     

36.1

McGrath to Elworthy, 2 runs, edges a straight delivery past the slips corden

36.2

McGrath to Elworthy, FOUR, big slash outside off, thick top edge over slips to the third man boundary

36.3

McGrath to Elworthy, no run, taken on the body by a short ball that surprises him

Replay shows that one hitting him first on the helmet and deflecting onto him arm A hold up in play results A new helmet is provided for Elworthy

36.4

McGrath to Elworthy, no run, back and playing and missing

36.5

McGrath to Elworthy, FOUR, smashes a full pitched delivery away along the ground through backward point

36.6

McGrath to Elworthy, 1 wide, ducks a short ball whichs sways down leg

36.6

McGrath to Elworthy, OUT, tries to slash at a ball in close, hits it straight to Steve Waugh in a short cover point position

S Elworthy c SR Waugh b McGrath 18 (27m 35b 3x4 0x6) SR: 51.42

End of over 37 (11 runs) South Africa 103/9
     GD McGrath    10-1-29-3
N Boje    12* (33b 1x4)     

37.1

Warne to Boje, 1 wide, let go down leg

37.1

Warne to Boje, 1 leg bye, worked around to short third man

37.2

Warne to Ntini, no run, plays and misses

37.3

Warne to Ntini, no run, defended to the off side

37.4

Warne to Ntini, no run, defended to the off side

37.5

Warne to Ntini, no run, let go to the keeper

37.6

Warne to Ntini, no run, defended to the off side

Andrew Bichel back on, looking for a five wicket haul

End of over 38 (2 runs) South Africa 105/9
M Ntini    0* (5b)      SK Warne    6-1-13-1
N Boje    12* (34b 1x4)     

38.1

Bichel to Boje, no run, beaten by a great delivery which is too good for Boje's defence

38.2

Bichel to Boje, 1 run, worked off the hip along the ground to square leg

38.3

Bichel to Ntini, OUT, driven straight back in the air, Bichel dives forward and to his wright to reel in a screamer of a one-handed catch, what a way to complete a five wicket haul!

M Ntini c & b Bichel 0 (6m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Well a very dissapointing total there for South Africa, a mere 106, though not a bad recovery from 7/50 But still should be a very easy chase for Australia, and difficult not to see them claiming the first five point win of the season Australia will be coming out to bat before the long break, as the rain delay pushed dinner 42 minutes back Match State: Innings Break Mark Waugh to take strike, Gilchrist his opening partner, with Shaun Pollock to open from the Randwick end

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South Africa won by 6 wickets (with 47 balls remaining) (D/L method)
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South Africa won by 8 wickets (with 29 balls remaining)
Australia v South Africa at Perth - Feb 3, 2002
Australia won by 33 runs
New Zealand v South Africa at Perth - Feb 1, 2002
South Africa won by 67 runs
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Australia won by 2 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
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Jan 22, 2002

Australian fans hold up a pin-up poster, Australia v South Africa, VB Series, Sydney, January 22, 2002

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Jan 22, 2002

22 Jan 2002: Andy Bichel of Australia dives to take a caught and bowled during the VB Series match between Australia andSouth Africa played at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia.

Andy Bichel of Australia dives to take a caught and bowled

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