South Africa tour of England, 3rd ODI: England v South Africa at The Oval, Aug 29, 2008
England won by 126 runs
29 August 2008 (50-over match)
  England innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal IR Bell lbw b Botha 73 107 77 11 1 94.80
24.2 Trapped in front by a quicker one. It was pushed through quicker, landed around middle and moved towards middle and leg, Bell goes back, sees the pace, is alarmed, tries to bring his bat down in a hurry but goes across the line, misses and is caught right in front. Simon Taufel reckons, rightly, it would have hit the leg stump 144/2
View dismissal MJ Prior c Gibbs b JA Morkel 33 68 37 5 1 89.18
15.2 Albie gets the breakthrough. A fast and high bouncer, Prior is late on the pull and edges it towards short cover. Gibbs comes rushing in to take the catch and dives post the event. 101/1
View dismissal OA Shah b Kallis 23 43 37 3 0 62.16
25.1 and he's bowled him! A thick inside edge by Shah, coming forward to a straight delivery, and he was a little late on it 146/3
View dismissal KP Pietersen* lbw b Kallis 5 12 7 0 0 71.42
27.2 KP is gone. It landed outside off stump on a length and came in, KP thrust his front foot and tried to whip it across the line, missed and was struck on the back leg just about on the line on the off stump. SA have come back well after the roaring start made by Bell and Prior 155/4
A Flintoff not out 78 106 77 9 1 101.29
View dismissal PD Collingwood c †Boucher b Botha 14 26 22 1 0 63.63
34.2 The wickets continue to fall. It spun in towards the middle and leg line, Collingwood tried to work it to the on side for a single and must have got a itsy bitsy teeny weeny edge on to the pad and it popped up to Boucher. Taufel has no doubt. 182/5
View dismissal SR Patel b Ntini 31 49 33 3 0 93.93
45.3 If you miss, I hit, as Holding says. Patel moved outside leg stump and tried to drive inside-out over covers but missed. The off stump has been pegged back. 31 from 33 and he will take that. 256/6
View dismissal LJ Wright c Gibbs b Steyn 17 20 13 2 0 130.76
49.5 Wright falls after a breezy 17. He went for the across-the-line slog but ended up sending a dolly of a catch to midwicket. 295/7
SCJ Broad not out 0 1 0 0 0 -
Extras (lb 3, w 16, nb 3) 22
  Total (7 wickets; 50 overs; 219 mins) 296 (5.92 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wicket DW Steyn 10 0 67 1 6.70 30 9 1 (1w)
49.5 to Wright, Wright falls after a breezy 17. He went for the across-the-line slog but ended up sending a dolly of a catch to midwicket. 295/7
View wicket M Ntini 9 1 68 1 7.55 31 10 2 (2nb, 2w)
45.3 to Patel, If you miss, I hit, as Holding says. Patel moved outside leg stump and tried to drive inside-out over covers but missed. The off stump has been pegged back. 31 from 33 and he will take that. 256/6
  M Morkel 10 1 51 0 5.10 36 6 0 (1nb, 3w)
View wicket JA Morkel 5 0 30 1 6.00 19 2 0 (5w)
15.2 to Prior, Albie gets the breakthrough. A fast and high bouncer, Prior is late on the pull and edges it towards short cover. Gibbs comes rushing in to take the catch and dives post the event. 101/1
View wickets J Botha 9 0 35 2 3.88 24 1 0
24.2 to Bell, Trapped in front by a quicker one. It was pushed through quicker, landed around middle and moved towards middle and leg, Bell goes back, sees the pace, is alarmed, tries to bring his bat down in a hurry but goes across the line, misses and is caught right in front. Simon Taufel reckons, rightly, it would have hit the leg stump 144/2
34.2 to Collingwood, The wickets continue to fall. It spun in towards the middle and leg line, Collingwood tried to work it to the on side for a single and must have got a itsy bitsy teeny weeny edge on to the pad and it popped up to Boucher. Taufel has no doubt. 182/5
View wickets JH Kallis 7 0 42 2 6.00 22 6 0
25.1 to Shah, and he's bowled him! A thick inside edge by Shah, coming forward to a straight delivery, and he was a little late on it 146/3
27.2 to Pietersen, KP is gone. It landed outside off stump on a length and came in, KP thrust his front foot and tried to whip it across the line, missed and was struck on the back leg just about on the line on the off stump. SA have come back well after the roaring start made by Bell and Prior 155/4
  South Africa innings (target: 297 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal HM Amla c †Prior b Harmison 46 66 59 6 0 77.96
15.4 Amla walks. This time to the pavilion. It was a back-of-length delivery in the off stump zone and Amla stayed adjacent to the line and tried to force it on the up through the off side but got a thin inside edge and Prior took a tumbling catch. 67/2
View dismissal HH Gibbs c Shah b Anderson 12 26 16 1 0 75.00
6.3 The trap is set and he falls for it. Shah was placed at short cover point and guess what happened? Anderson got it to kick it up from short of length, Gibbs went back and punched it in the air and straight to Shah who swallows it. 19/1
View dismissal JH Kallis* c Patel b Flintoff 9 52 25 1 0 36.00
18.2 Kallis' misery ends. It was banged in short and outside off stump and Kallis went for the pull - again too late on it - and top edged it over midwicket. Samit Patel rushed back to take a good catch over his shoulder. 77/3
View dismissal AB de Villiers run out (Harmison/†Prior) 12 23 23 1 0 52.17
20.5 from Flintoff, Suicidal run and de Villiers is run out. It was turned towards long leg and he turned blind for the second run that was never there. Harmison with the accurate throw and Prior breaks the stumps with de Villiers no where in sight. SA are tottering on the edge here. 82/4
View dismissal JP Duminy c †Prior b Flintoff 18 61 33 1 0 54.54
33.5 Wicket no 7. Flintoff's round-the-stumps angle works. It drifted in, landed on a length and shaped away, Duminy was sucked into the drive but could only edge it to Prior 142/7
View dismissal MV Boucher b Patel 19 30 27 1 0 70.37
28.6 Boucher perishes, going for the quick runs. He moved outside leg stump pretty early and Patel slid in the arm ball on the leg stump line. Boucher went for the cut but missed it completely. South Africa continue to free fall 114/5
View dismissal JA Morkel c & b Patel 16 12 17 0 2 94.11
32.4 what a comeback. Albie leaned forward to drive, Patel got the ball to dip and it turned in from the rough. Albie's push-drive took the ball to the right of Patel who took it inches of the turf. He just about managed to cup his palm under the ball. Very good catch. A smiling Pietersen had signalled him to calm down after that six. 134/6
View dismissal J Botha b Patel 17 39 31 1 0 54.83
42.1 Patel takes another one with the arm ball. It skid on towards the leg stump, Botha was cramped for room, tried to swat it away, got the edge and the ball ricocheted of the left leg on to the leg stump 170/9
View dismissal M Morkel c Broad b Patel 6 19 10 0 0 60.00
38.4 After firing the previous one, he flights this one outside off, Morne goes for the big lofted drive, gets more elevation than distance and gravity drags it down to long-on 160/8
DW Steyn not out 5 15 12 0 0 41.66
View dismissal M Ntini c †Prior b Patel 0 3 3 0 0 0.00
42.4 England have won the series. Five-for for Samit Patel. It landed outside off stump and turned ever so slightly, Ntini went for the cut but ended up edging it. 170/10
Extras (b 5, lb 4, w 1) 10
  Total (all out; 42.4 overs; 173 mins) 170 (3.98 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wicket JM Anderson 7 0 17 1 2.42 29 1 0
6.3 to Gibbs, The trap is set and he falls for it. Shah was placed at short cover point and guess what happened? Anderson got it to kick it up from short of length, Gibbs went back and punched it in the air and straight to Shah who swallows it. 19/1
  SCJ Broad 6 1 28 0 4.66 23 3 0
View wicket SJ Harmison 9 1 28 1 3.11 37 3 0
15.4 to Amla, Amla walks. This time to the pavilion. It was a back-of-length delivery in the off stump zone and Amla stayed adjacent to the line and tried to force it on the up through the off side but got a thin inside edge and Prior took a tumbling catch. 67/2
View wickets A Flintoff 7 0 33 2 4.71 22 3 0 (1w)
18.2 to Kallis, Kallis' misery ends. It was banged in short and outside off stump and Kallis went for the pull - again too late on it - and top edged it over midwicket. Samit Patel rushed back to take a good catch over his shoulder. 77/3
33.5 to Duminy, Wicket no 7. Flintoff's round-the-stumps angle works. It drifted in, landed on a length and shaped away, Duminy was sucked into the drive but could only edge it to Prior 142/7
View wickets SR Patel 9.4 2 41 5 4.24 36 2 2
28.6 to Boucher, Boucher perishes, going for the quick runs. He moved outside leg stump pretty early and Patel slid in the arm ball on the leg stump line. Boucher went for the cut but missed it completely. South Africa continue to free fall 114/5
32.4 to JA Morkel, what a comeback. Albie leaned forward to drive, Patel got the ball to dip and it turned in from the rough. Albie's push-drive took the ball to the right of Patel who took it inches of the turf. He just about managed to cup his palm under the ball. Very good catch. A smiling Pietersen had signalled him to calm down after that six. 134/6
38.4 to M Morkel, After firing the previous one, he flights this one outside off, Morne goes for the big lofted drive, gets more elevation than distance and gravity drags it down to long-on 160/8
42.1 to Botha, Patel takes another one with the arm ball. It skid on towards the leg stump, Botha was cramped for room, tried to swat it away, got the edge and the ball ricocheted of the left leg on to the leg stump 170/9
42.4 to Ntini, England have won the series. Five-for for Samit Patel. It landed outside off stump and turned ever so slightly, Ntini went for the cut but ended up edging it. 170/10
  PD Collingwood 4 0 14 0 3.50 10 0 0

Match details


Toss - South Africa, who chose to field
Series - England led the 5-match series 3-0
Player of the match - SR Patel (England)
Umpires - NJ Llong and SJA Taufel (Australia)
TV umpire - PJ Hartley
Match referee - RS Mahanama (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire - IJ Gould

Match Notes


    • England innings
    • England: 50 runs in 7.1 overs (47 balls), Extras 5
    • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 47 balls (IR Bell 28, MJ Prior 18, Ex 5)
    • IR Bell: 50 off 36 balls (10 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • Power Play 2: Overs 10.1 - 15.0
    • England: 100 runs in 15.1 overs (96 balls), Extras 6
    • Power Play 3: Overs 15.1 - 20.0
    • 1st Wicket: 100 runs in 96 balls (IR Bell 62, MJ Prior 33, Ex 6)
    • Drinks: England - 101/1 in 15.2 overs (IR Bell 62)
    • England: 150 runs in 25.3 overs (163 balls), Extras 16
    • Drinks: England - 181/4 in 34.0 overs (A Flintoff 17, PD Collingwood 14)
    • England: 200 runs in 37.4 overs (237 balls), Extras 17
    • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 52 balls (A Flintoff 26, SR Patel 21, Ex 3)
    • A Flintoff: 50 off 56 balls (6 x 4)
    • England: 250 runs in 44.4 overs (281 balls), Extras 19
    • Innings Break: England - 296/7 in 50.0 overs (A Flintoff 78, SCJ Broad 0)
    • South Africa innings
    • Power Play 2: Overs 10.1 - 15.0
    • South Africa: 50 runs in 13.2 overs (80 balls), Extras 2
    • Power Play 3: Overs 15.1 - 20.0
    • South Africa: 100 runs in 26.2 overs (158 balls), Extras 7
    • Drinks: South Africa - 142/7 in 33.5 overs (J Botha 2)
    • South Africa: 150 runs in 35.5 overs (216 balls), Extras 9
 
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