South Africa tour of England, 2008 / Commentary

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43.6

Morkel to Bell, FOUR, strong start for him, and a first-ball gift really, Bell easing onto a full delivery and lacing it between cover and point for a boundary

England 121/3   IR Bell 4* (1b 1x4)

44.3

Steyn to Bell, 2 runs, too full again and Bell's onto the front foot, pushing pas cover and point

44.4

Steyn to Bell, no run, hello ... Steyn's on the mark, pitching on an unplayable length outside off stump and moving the ball away from Bell's bat, beaten on a leaden-footed push

44.5

Steyn to Bell, FOUR, but thats another freebie, a half-volley on the toes and he makes a living playing that shot, does Bell, just clipping with the swing over midwicket, top shot

44.6

Steyn to Bell, no run, full outside off, some movement away, and Bell shoulders arms

England 128/3   IR Bell 10* (5b 2x4)

46.1

Kallis to Bell, no run, good movement, pitching full and coming in, he plays it across the line to midwicket with a firm 'NO!' to his partner down the other end

46.2

Kallis to Bell, FOUR, a bit of room, too full, and a controlled outside-edge earns him four

46.3

Kallis to Bell, FOUR, streaky, very streaky for Bell! This time he gets up onto the toes and chases a rising one and looks on as the extra bounce gets him edging over McKenzie at backward point

46.4

Kallis to Bell, no run, now he opts to leave one pitched up outside off stump

46.5

Kallis to Bell, no run, serves it up there outside off stump, Bell looks tempted but leaves

46.6

Kallis to Bell, 1 run, too straight and he works it with the angle to Harris at deep square leg

England 137/3   IR Bell 19* (11b 4x4)

47.1

Steyn to Bell, 1 run, oh thats close, bat just coming down in time on a straight delivery, working it behind square leg for a single

47.4

Steyn to Bell, no run, short again, angling into Bell, who sways out of the ball's passage

47.5

Steyn to Bell, FOUR, overpitched and Bell's onto the front foot, driving this back past mid-off

47.6

Steyn to Bell, no run, comes onto the front foot and checks his shot, playing it back to Steyn, who gets his right hand out and can't quite collect cleanly, and Bell sends Pietersen back

England 143/3   IR Bell 24* (15b 5x4)

49.1

Steyn to Bell, 3 runs, too full and Bell drives off the front foot into the covers, Harris chases

England 148/3   IR Bell 27* (16b 5x4)

50.1

Kallis to Bell, no run, lands on a length, middle and off, and its defended by Bell

50.2

Kallis to Bell, 3 runs, short and wide enough for Bell to get over it and angle it down into the ground through backward point, from where Prince sprints after it and cuts it off rather well as he slides over the boundary marking

England 151/3   IR Bell 30* (18b 5x4)

51.2

Ntini to Bell, no run, from wide of the crease, lands on a good length, and Bell pokes to point

51.3

Ntini to Bell, no run, holds back the length and Bell pokes at it, inside-edging back onto his thigh

51.4

Ntini to Bell, 1 run, angles in from wide of the stumps and Bell has few issues shuffling across and using the angle to pick up a single to midwicket

England 156/3   IR Bell 31* (21b 5x4)

52.1

Kallis to Bell, 2 runs, too much room on offer and Bell steers it past gully for two more

52.2

Kallis to Bell, no run, full and wide, moving away even wider, and he leaves it with a stride in

52.3

Kallis to Bell, no run, nope, too wide from Kallis, Bell needed a pole to reach that one

52.4

Kallis to Bell, no run, better length, straightening outside off and he shoulders arms

52.5

Kallis to Bell, no run, poor, pretty poor, that darts away so wide I'm surprised it wasn't called so

52.6

Kallis to Bell, no run, ah, there to be driven but he eases his shot to a diving cover fielder

England 162/3   IR Bell 33* (27b 5x4)

53.2

Harris to Bell, no run, looks to come down, making room, but he cant drive the flight away

53.3

Harris to Bell, no run, quicker one, drifting into Bell, who gets back and defends it

53.4

Harris to Bell, no run, full on leg stump, drifting in, Bell uses his feet and defends it back

53.5

Harris to Bell, no run, comes onto the front foot and drives a full one to the man at cover

53.6

Harris to Bell, no run, change of pace, flighting it up a touch and he defends off the front foot

England 163/3   IR Bell 33* (32b 5x4)

54.2

Ntini to Bell, no run, Bell defends but without really attempting to play at this wider ball

54.3

Ntini to Bell, no run, wide of the crease and Bell probably does play at this, again missing. The ball just held its line

54.4

Ntini to Bell, 2 runs, short enough for Bell to clump this off the back foot for a single - in fact, for two, as extra cover fumbles the fielding

54.5

Ntini to Bell, no run, very firmly defended

54.6

Ntini to Bell, 1 run, shorter this time and Bell swivels onto a paddle-pull, ala Atherton

England 167/3   IR Bell 36* (37b 5x4)

55.1

Morkel to Bell, 1 run, nudged away and they scamper through

55.3

Morkel to Bell, no run, fended down to gully. Big bounce for Morkel @ 88mph

55.4

Morkel to Bell, no run, neatly defended this time, back and across

55.5

Morkel to Bell, no run, angling into Bell and short enough to be played off the back foot

55.6

Morkel to Bell, no run, defended on the front foot this time out to cover

England 169/3   IR Bell 37* (42b 5x4)

56.5

Ntini to Bell, no run, left alone by Bell. Interestingly, just before the ball reached Boucher it bent away at the last moment

56.6

Ntini to Bell, 1 run, Bell's confidently forward onto the front foot and flicks this through midwicket

England 171/3   IR Bell 38* (44b 5x4)

57.1

Morkel to Bell, 1 run, nudged to leg. Easy runs

57.3

Morkel to Bell, 1 run, on the off stump or just outside, Bell takes it through the leg-side. Cute stroke

England 174/3   IR Bell 40* (46b 5x4)

58.1

Ntini to Bell, no run, firmly behind this on the front foot

58.2

Ntini to Bell, no run, defended on the back foot

58.3

Ntini to Bell, 1 run, dropped down to the off side for a quick single

England 179/3   IR Bell 41* (49b 5x4)

59.1

Morkel to Bell, no run, defended on the back foot

59.2

Morkel to Bell, no run, rapped on the thigh

59.3

Morkel to Bell, no run, nasty bounce - that's hurt Bell, rising up onto Bell who howls in pain as it hits his hip

59.4

Morkel to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

59.5

Morkel to Bell, 1 run, dropped out to the off side and they steal a single

England 184/3   IR Bell 42* (54b 5x4)

60.1

Harris to Bell, no run, tossed up on middle stump, it's punched back to the bowler

60.2

Harris to Bell, no run, that one turned a bit - but such is the slow pace of the pitch that Bell saw it coming and prodded it away

60.3

Harris to Bell, no run, well bowled - excellent line outside off

60.4

Harris to Bell, no run, flighted on the off stump, it's defended

60.5

Harris to Bell, no run, drifting down the leg side, flicked to midwicket

60.6

Harris to Bell, no run, defended on the front foot

England 184/3   IR Bell 42* (60b 5x4)

61.6

Morkel to Bell, no run, defended back to the bowler

England 186/3   IR Bell 42* (61b 5x4)

63.1

Morkel to Bell, no run, outside off, Pietersen's forward and defending

63.2

Morkel to Bell, no run, angled down to gully

63.3

Morkel to Bell, 1 run, pushed out to the off side for a severely slick single

63.6

Morkel to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

England 198/3   IR Bell 43* (65b 5x4)

66.1

Harris to Bell, no run, played out to cover

66.2

Harris to Bell, no run, tossed up on the middle stump, Bell flicks to leg

66.3

Harris to Bell, 1 run, Bell paddles this around the corner

England 216/3   IR Bell 44* (68b 5x4)

67.1

Steyn to Bell, no run, defended on the back foot

67.2

Steyn to Bell, 1 run, good cricket by Bell, dropping this down to the off side and sprinting through for a single

England 223/3   IR Bell 45* (70b 5x4)

68.1

Harris to Bell, no run, flat on middle and off, use of his feet and he drives towards extra cover

68.2

Harris to Bell, 1 run, a sweep for one now, confidently paddling past short leg

68.4

Harris to Bell, no run, better delivery, tossed up on middle and leg, Bell defends

68.5

Harris to Bell, no run, flat on the stumps and head down, Bell defends watchfully

68.6

Harris to Bell, no run, gets forward, then back, and cuts the short one to backward point

England 231/3   IR Bell 46* (75b 5x4)

70.1

Harris to Bell, no run, gets back and mistimes it back to Harris, attempted to flick it to leg

70.2

Harris to Bell, no run, flatter still, pushing Bell back in his crease and he defends

70.3

Harris to Bell, 1 run, gives it some air, gets it to drift into leg stump and Bell on-drives wide of Harris, who collides with Pietersen and isn't impressed as the single is conceded

70.5

Harris to Bell, no run, well delivered, landing it on leg and straightening it, Bell defends

70.6

Harris to Bell, no run, teeny bit of flight on leg stump draws an inside-edge off Bell's bat

England 238/3   IR Bell 47* (80b 5x4)

72.1

Harris to Bell, no run, flat and a tad too short but Bell cannot pierce the gap, playing to point

72.2

Harris to Bell, 1 run, gets forward, then sees the ball sliding down leg and turns it fine

72.4

Harris to Bell, no run, pushes Bell back in his crease, shuffling, looking for runs, but defending

72.5

Harris to Bell, no run, comes forward and smothers the spin with a straight bat

72.6

Harris to Bell, no run, use his feet, collects it on the full, but can only find Prince at cover

England 240/3   IR Bell 48* (85b 5x4)

73.3

Kallis to Bell, no run, better delivery, back of a length outside off and Bell defends it

73.4

Kallis to Bell, no run, and again, gets forward and then drops the ball down at his feet

73.5

Kallis to Bell, no run, onto the front foot and he plays a good-looking drive to extra cover

73.6

Kallis to Bell, 2 runs, easy runs, Bell raising his 19th Test fifty off 89 balls with a steer down past gully for two to a short one, well appreciated by this Lord's crowd

England 247/3   IR Bell 50* (89b 5x4)

74.2

Harris to Bell, FOUR, well played Bell, just getting over the bounce of a short one and caressessing it backward of point and there's no one out in the deep

74.3

Harris to Bell, 1 no ball, tidier stuff .. nope, wait .. its another no-ball, and Bell defends

74.3

Harris to Bell, no run, flatter trajectory, Bell gets back and defends to cover, in no hurry

74.4

Harris to Bell, no run, slides into his legs and he adjusts, getting bat down in time to defend

74.5

Harris to Bell, no run, tosses it up outside off stump and Bell drives hard to point

74.6

Harris to Bell, no run, too short, spins in and Bell drives handsomely to point

England 253/3   IR Bell 54* (95b 6x4)

75.6

Kallis to Bell, 1 run, slower ball, tip-and-run to cover, fielder flings it in and thats well backed up

England 257/3   IR Bell 55* (96b 6x4)

76.1

Harris to Bell, no run, comes skipping down but Harris fires it flat so Bell defends to cover

76.2

Harris to Bell, no run, wrong line, spinning down Bell's pads and he cant beat short fine leg

76.3

Harris to Bell, no run, flat on leg stump, drifting in, Bell uses his feet and defends it back

76.4

Harris to Bell, no run, drifts it further into Bell's pads and he adjusts to watchfully defend

76.5

Harris to Bell, no run, no turn at all, just flat into Bell and he gets right on top of it

76.6

Harris to Bell, no run, slides down and brushes his back leg before popping up over short leg

England 257/3   IR Bell 55* (102b 6x4)

78.1

Harris to Bell, 1 leg bye, slides too far down Bell's pads, tucked away in the air over short leg for one

78.3

Harris to Bell, 1 run, skips down, Harris angles it flat down his pads but he collects well, flicking wide of short fine leg and square leg

78.5

Harris to Bell, no run, flat on middle and leg, Bell uses his feet and drives hard to Harris

78.6

Harris to Bell, no run, shuffles about, Harris fires it in on leg and Bell just manages bat on it

England 263/3   IR Bell 56* (106b 6x4)

79.5

Kallis to Bell, no run, slower ball ends up all wrong, full and wide and Bell leaves it be

79.6

Kallis to Bell, no run, better channel, shaping this one back in after Bell shoulders arms

England 268/3   IR Bell 56* (108b 6x4)

80.3

Harris to Bell, no run, quicker one, on a length, Bell gets forward and then back to defend

80.4

Harris to Bell, 1 run, comes out and drives a full one to backward point, where a sluggish Morkel allows it through his hands for a single

England 272/3   IR Bell 57* (110b 6x4)

81.1

Morkel to Bell, no run, good start, nipping it back in and Bell survives with an inside-edge

81.2

Morkel to Bell, no run, fuller, angling in, he gets forward and shoulders arms

81.3

Morkel to Bell, no run, reaches outside off and pulls a short, rising delivery, but makes a mess of it, chopping into the ground just in front of Amla under the helmet at short leg

81.4

Morkel to Bell, no run, fuller outside of off stump and he goes back to leaving

81.5

Morkel to Bell, no run, semi-flirts at a rising one outside off, withdrawing the bat just in time

81.6

Morkel to Bell, no run, onto the front foot again, covering the line and shouldering arms

England 276/3   IR Bell 57* (116b 6x4)

82.3

Steyn to Bell, no run, shapes this away from Bell off a length, who is half sucked into a flirt

82.4

Steyn to Bell, no run, good ball, straightening after pitching, Bell eases that back to Steyn

82.5

Steyn to Bell, no run, attempted yorker on leg stump, Bell just toe-ends the flick to midwicket

82.6

Steyn to Bell, 1 run, too short and Bell keeps strike with a dab out to deep point

England 282/3   IR Bell 58* (120b 6x4)

83.1

Morkel to Bell, no run, gets back and squirts the short one to backward point, where Prince cuts if off with a super one-handed dive to his right

83.2

Morkel to Bell, no run, nips back in, tucking up Bell, who plays it to an alert Amla at short leg

83.3

Morkel to Bell, no run, short of a length, pinning him back, and he defends with a hand off the bat

83.4

Morkel to Bell, no run, works a good channel outside off stump and Bell shoulders arms

83.5

Morkel to Bell, 1 leg bye, bouncer this time, which Bell cannot get out of and the ball clips his arm guard before running down to Ntini at fine leg

England 283/3   IR Bell 58* (125b 6x4)

84.1

Steyn to Bell, 1 run, back of a length, gently tapped towards point and he calls for the single

84.5

Steyn to Bell, no run, change of pace sucks him onto the drive and the shape away just misses kissing the edge of the bat and sneaking through an edge to Boucher

84.6

Steyn to Bell, no run, full again, moving away and inviting the drive, but Bell resists playing

England 285/3   IR Bell 59* (128b 6x4)

85.3

Morkel to Bell, no run, back of a length and Bell leaves that one alone for Boucher

85.4

Morkel to Bell, no run, gets forward and leaves that one be as well

85.5

Morkel to Bell, FOUR, angles into Bell and he tucks it off the hips effortless, and whats special is the placing ... deep fine leg had no chance of getting around to stop that

85.6

Morkel to Bell, no run, slower ball, full and pretty wide and he strides in to leave it be

England 294/3   IR Bell 63* (132b 7x4)

86.6

Steyn to Bell, 1 run, pitches and straightens, Bell softly plays at it and ends up running it down to Ntini at third man, so he's going to keep strike

England 296/3   IR Bell 64* (133b 7x4)

87.1

Ntini to Bell, 2 byes, slides in very sharply past Bell's pads and Boucher misses another one

87.2

Ntini to Bell, no run, angles in again, this one's on the stumps and Bell defends it back

87.3

Ntini to Bell, 2 runs, well worked this time, tucking it behind square, Amla runs after it and slides in front of the ropes, thats England's 300 up to positive cheer

87.4

Ntini to Bell, no run, angles in, he defends off the back foot with an inside-edge to square leg

87.5

Ntini to Bell, no run, short of a length, he dabs it to point and wants one, but KP sends him back

87.6

Ntini to Bell, 1 run, tip-and-run from Bell, dropping it in front of cover and sprinting off

England 301/3   IR Bell 67* (139b 7x4)

88.1

Steyn to Bell, no run, fullish on about off stump and Bell drives it to Amla in the covers

88.2

Steyn to Bell, no run, well bowled, well defended, Bell right behind one that straightens

88.3

Steyn to Bell, no run, moves in off a fuller length and Bell defends it to mid-off this time

88.4

Steyn to Bell, no run, in the slot just outside off, he comes forward and leaves it alone

88.5

Steyn to Bell, 1 run, pitches on off and straightens, Bell watchfully taps to point for one

England 302/3   IR Bell 68* (144b 7x4)

89.1

Ntini to Bell, no run, angles in and Bell is behind the ball, defending it back to Ntini

89.2

Ntini to Bell, 2 runs, a touch too full and he turns it to midwicket, where Amla runs across and has a shy at the nonstrikers stumps but misses with Bell struggling to make his ground, the fumble allows a second

89.3

Ntini to Bell, FOUR, well played, just helping that on its way down to fine leg for four

89.4

Ntini to Bell, 1 run, short of a length, going across, but Bell gets tall and taps it to point

England 309/3   IR Bell 75* (148b 8x4)

90.1

Steyn to Bell, no run, a touch of swing to start with for Steyn, but a bit of a stiff-looking delivery to start with. It drops short of Boucher again, too

90.2

Steyn to Bell, FOUR, oh, shot. Sweetly, silkily played off his legs through midwicket with sublime timing. Poor ball from Steyn, and he vents his frustration with a few choice four-letter words

90.3

Steyn to Bell, no run, and a better ball this time, on middle-and-off, which Bell defends solidly

90.4

Steyn to Bell, no run, a shorter ball, and really that demonstrates how slow this pitch is. Outside off, it looped through to Boucher at waist-knee height. Bell refuses to play

90.5

Steyn to Bell, no run, well bowled, a little outswinger on the off stump, and Bell crouches into a defensive

90.6

Steyn to Bell, no run, and it's blocked to end the over

England 313/3   IR Bell 79* (154b 9x4)

92.1

Steyn to Bell, 2 runs, tucked off his hip and they scamper through for a single. In fact, excellent running brings two

92.2

Steyn to Bell, no run, shorter from Steyn and noticeably quicker than his previous over, Bell ducks beneath it

92.3

Steyn to Bell, 1 no ball, quick ball which forces Bell onto the back foot and demands a careful defensive. But it's a no-ball, old chap

92.3

Steyn to Bell, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone

92.4

Steyn to Bell, 3 runs, drifting down the leg side and Bell flicks this sweetly through midwicket. Lovely timing

England 323/3   IR Bell 84* (159b 9x4)

93.1

Ntini to Bell, no run, wide of the crease from Ntini, it angles into the batsman who leaves well alone

93.2

Ntini to Bell, no run, fuller this time and Bell flicks to midwicket

93.3

Ntini to Bell, no run, whipped to midwicket

93.4

Ntini to Bell, no run, wide and left alone

93.5

Ntini to Bell, FOUR, angled down to third man by Bell past the slips and gully. Frustrating for South Africa but well played by Bell

93.6

Ntini to Bell, no run, on middle-and-leg, Bell defends

England 327/3   IR Bell 88* (165b 10x4)

94.2

Steyn to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

94.3

Steyn to Bell, no run, flicked to mid-on. Again, a leg-side stray from Steyn

94.4

Steyn to Bell, no run, outside off, an attempt by Bell to angle this past the slips but Kallis does well, lunging down to his right and fielding it smartly

94.5

Steyn to Bell, no run, wide of the off stump and swinging wider

94.6

Steyn to Bell, 1 run, on the off stump, and such is the deep field that Bell can drop it out to cover and sprint through for a single. Jog, rather than sprint.

England 331/3   IR Bell 89* (170b 10x4)

95.1

Ntini to Bell, FOUR, Bell does a Pietersen and whips this off his legs through midwicket. Again, again, it's down the leg side and it takes nothing more than a flick to send it for four. A touch of MA Atherton in that stroke

95.2

Ntini to Bell, no run, a bumper and he tries to pull it, but smacks it into the ground

95.3

Ntini to Bell, no run, ignored outside off

95.4

Ntini to Bell, 4 byes, oh dear me, poor Boucher. He's had a very difficult time in this Test. Bell sways out of the way, and as though on a length of string, the ball bends away cheekily from Boucher's desperate grasp and flies down for four

95.5

Ntini to Bell, 1 run, worked through midwicket

England 340/3   IR Bell 94* (175b 11x4)

96.1

Steyn to Bell, no run, outside off and left alone. Good ball from Steyn - nice line

96.2

Steyn to Bell, 1 run, too straight, turned around the corner

96.6

Steyn to Bell, no run, sweetly off-driven to mid-off

England 355/3   IR Bell 95* (178b 11x4)

97.2

Ntini to Bell, no run, that's better from Ntini, wide of the off stump and angling back in

97.3

Ntini to Bell, no run, clunked back past the bowler and it hits the stumps at the other end

97.4

Ntini to Bell, 1 run, angled off the back foot down to third man

97.6

Ntini to Bell, no run, Bell is forward, pushing at this and it takes a thick outside edge. Soft hands - a factor that has characterised Bell's innings thus far

England 358/3   IR Bell 96* (182b 11x4)

99.1

Ntini to Bell, 1 run, Bell just drops this out to cover and they jog through for a single

99.4

Ntini to Bell, 1 run, he pulls this but it's more a paddle to deep midwicket

England 365/3   IR Bell 98* (184b 11x4)

100.1

Kallis to Bell, no run, and nearly a wicket with his first ball! Swinging away from the right-hander, Bell drives meekly at it

100.2

Kallis to Bell, 1 run, on his legs, flicked off his pads and this could be it for Bell. But no! Pietersen sends him back, and Bell smiles wryly. That was a little tight...

England 372/3   IR Bell 99* (186b 11x4)

102.2

Kallis to Bell, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone

102.3

Kallis to Bell, no run, driven to one of the covers, here comes Pietersen - no! He's sent back

102.4

Kallis to Bell, 2 runs, driven past cover for his hundred and he punches his fists, acknowledges the crowd and receives a standing ovation. Pietersen bear-hugs him, and Bell appreciates the applause with a determined wave of the bat

102.5

Kallis to Bell, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone

102.6

Kallis to Bell, 1 run, nudged to leg

England 388/3   IR Bell 102* (191b 11x4)

103.1

Morkel to Bell, no run, back of a length, something of a loosener and Bell shoulders arms

103.2

Morkel to Bell, no run, and again, he gets across and leaves that one be

103.3

Morkel to Bell, no run, fuller and he's onto the front foot, driving to the man stationed at cover

103.4

Morkel to Bell, no run, slides down leg stump, Bell missed out on the shot, rapped a bit high and clearly down the pads and Morkel hops up and about in appeal ... not out

103.5

Morkel to Bell, 1 run, back of a length outside off, he gets up and taps that towards point

England 389/3   IR Bell 103* (196b 11x4)

104.1

Harris to Bell, 2 runs, too short and Bell's back, finding the gap at cover with ease, well played

104.2

Harris to Bell, no run, slides down and brushes his thigh pad, then pops to short leg

104.3

Harris to Bell, no run, full on leg stump, very flat, and defended to short leg

104.4

Harris to Bell, no run, comes down the track but can't time it well, Harris easily fields

104.5

Harris to Bell, 1 run, skips down, making room, and drives to de Villiers at mid-off

England 392/3   IR Bell 106* (201b 11x4)

106.1

Harris to Bell, FOUR, down he comes, skipping, and collecting this one on the full and deposits it over long-on to bring up England's 400 ... yikes

106.2

Harris to Bell, 1 run, flat, expectedly, and drifting into Bell and he drives to midwicket

106.6

Harris to Bell, no run, drifts into leg stump and Bell moves to drive to de Villiers at mid-off

England 403/3   IR Bell 111* (204b 12x4)

108.1

Harris to Bell, no run, flat on leg stump, patiently padded back down the track

108.2

Harris to Bell, no run, looks to come down but Harris fires it in quick and flat

108.3

Harris to Bell, no run, bit of turn and bounce and Bell is squared up, defending to slip

108.4

Harris to Bell, no run, slides well down leg stump and Bell can't get bat on it

108.5

Harris to Bell, no run, drifts this one into Bell, who watchfully gets back and defends

108.6

Harris to Bell, no run, makes room and tries to drive inside-out, but plays it back to Harris

England 404/4   IR Bell 111* (210b 12x4)

109.6

Morkel to Bell, 1 run, gets up and over the bounce of this one to tap it to point for a quick run

England 412/4   IR Bell 112* (211b 12x4)

110.1

Harris to Bell, no run, flat on middle and off, he gets forward and drives to point

110.2

Harris to Bell, no run, flat on middle and off and again Bell cannot find the gap at cover or point

110.3

Harris to Bell, 1 run, this time he does, making room and leaning into a push to point

England 413/4   IR Bell 113* (214b 12x4)

111.3

Morkel to Bell, no run, change of pace, gets Bell onto the front foot, defending to cover

111.4

Morkel to Bell, 1 run, good length, middle and off, turned gently to midwicket for one

England 418/5   IR Bell 114* (216b 12x4)

112.1

Harris to Bell, no run, flat and drifting into leg stump, Bell gets forward to smother it

112.2

Harris to Bell, no run, drifts in flat, Bell onto the front foot, defending it back to Harris

112.3

Harris to Bell, no run, again, flat, round-arm stuff into leg stump and Bell defends

112.4

Harris to Bell, no run, similar delivery, flat trajectory, Bell forward on the press

112.5

Harris to Bell, no run, flat on leg stump, he stretches forward and defends

112.6

Harris to Bell, 1 run, quicker ball, sliding down leg stump, runs it with an edge past short leg

England 419/5   IR Bell 115* (222b 12x4)

113.1

Morkel to Bell, 3 runs, short one rises into him but Bell gets onto the toes well, riding the bounce and using soft hands to drop the ball into the space behind backward point

England 422/5   IR Bell 118* (223b 12x4)

114.1

Harris to Bell, no run, tossed up and defended

114.2

Harris to Bell, no run, nicely flighted on middle

114.3

Harris to Bell, 1 run, squeezed out on the front foot for a single

114.6

Harris to Bell, SIX, bosh! Beautifully struck by Bell, shuffling outside leg and smacking this right over the top

England 430/6   IR Bell 125* (227b 12x4 1x6)

115.3

Morkel to Bell, 2 leg byes, down the leg side and he flicks this to Harris at fine leg

115.4

Morkel to Bell, no run, ah, a good line and length from Morkel - this is impressive stuff, so long as he maintains this line. Bell defends

115.5

Morkel to Bell, FOUR, oh, what a stroke that is, back-cutting for four. Perfect timing

115.6

Morkel to Bell, no run, ouch! That's a brute from Morkel which spits up and hammers into Bell's ribcage, or his left breast - somewhere in that region

England 441/6   IR Bell 129* (231b 13x4 1x6)

117.1

Morkel to Bell, no run, good line from Morkel outside off, just a little bit of shape back into the right hander

117.2

Morkel to Bell, 1 no ball, outside off, pushed out into the off side but it's a no-ball

117.2

Morkel to Bell, no run, patted off the back foot with excellent timing but it's neatly fielded in the covers

117.3

Morkel to Bell, no run, too short and easily evaded

117.4

Morkel to Bell, 3 runs, oh, a beautiful stroke off the back foot. Excellent timing

England 445/6   IR Bell 132* (236b 13x4 1x6)

118.1

Harris to Bell, 1 run, tossed up on the middle stump and he comes forward to nudge this out to ver

England 446/6   IR Bell 133* (237b 13x4 1x6)

119.1

Morkel to Bell, 2 runs, nicely struck by Bell down the ground though he's not timed it as well as he might

119.2

Morkel to Bell, no run, defended on the front foot

119.3

Morkel to Bell, 1 run, short of a length and too straight, Bell tucks it off his hip

England 450/6   IR Bell 136* (240b 13x4 1x6)

120.1

Harris to Bell, 1 run, flicked to mid-on

120.4

Harris to Bell, FOUR, marvellous stroke by Bell - he does look in excellent touch now. Short of a length by Harris, Bell moves to the leg side and just caresses it through the off side

120.5

Harris to Bell, 1 run, fired in angrily down the leg side

England 459/6   IR Bell 142* (243b 14x4 1x6)

121.1

Steyn to Bell, no run, defended on the front foot

121.2

Steyn to Bell, 1 run, whipped through square leg

England 460/6   IR Bell 143* (245b 14x4 1x6)

122.1

Kallis to Bell, no run, Bell's right behind this good, straight ball

122.2

Kallis to Bell, no run, beaten by a good'un, a poor shot by Bell to a fine outswinger from Kallis

122.3

Kallis to Bell, 2 runs, effortless punch off the back foot for a couple

122.4

Kallis to Bell, no run, driven to cover

122.5

Kallis to Bell, no run, another mistake by Bell who tries to work this straight ball to leg, but gets a leading edge that falls short of extra cover

122.6

Kallis to Bell, 1 run, guided out to deep extra cover

England 467/6   IR Bell 146* (251b 14x4 1x6)

123.1

Steyn to Bell, FOUR, magnificent shot down the ground, punchily driven. Just a prod, really - as straight as you like, and he raises his bat and helmet to acknowledge his 150

123.2

Steyn to Bell, 1 run, Bell drops this down to backward point by de Villiers - oh dear, trouble here for Broad who's given up hope, but de Villiers is off balance, and the throw wild

England 472/6   IR Bell 151* (253b 15x4 1x6)

124.6

Kallis to Bell, 2 runs, another stray on his legs. Bell just picks him off

England 480/6   IR Bell 153* (254b 15x4 1x6)

126.1

Kallis to Bell, no run, full outside off, Bell reaches out and mistimes the drive to cover

126.2

Kallis to Bell, no run, gets across and plays this one to the fielder as well

126.3

Kallis to Bell, 1 wide, banged in short down the leg side, Bell ducks underneath that one comfortably

126.3

Kallis to Bell, FOUR, smacking shot, riding the bounce and swatting it off the hips and into the gap

126.4

Kallis to Bell, no run, good length outside off and he comes forward, defending to point

126.5

Kallis to Bell, no run, watchfully defends this one, full on off stump, back to Kallis

126.6

Kallis to Bell, no run, gets forward and steers this fullish one to backward point

England 485/6   IR Bell 157* (260b 16x4 1x6)

128.1

Harris to Bell, no run, flat on the stumps, Bell gets forward and defends to cover

128.2

Harris to Bell, 1 run, wrong line, well outside leg and turned into the gap for one

England 486/6   IR Bell 158* (262b 16x4 1x6)

130.1

Harris to Bell, no run, flat outside leg stump, turns in and Bell runs it towards point

130.2

Harris to Bell, no run, very wide, very wide indeed outside leg and Boucher collects

130.3

Harris to Bell, 1 run, fired in flat, Bell tries to whip in towards mid-on but mistimes the shot, edging wide of forward short leg instead, Broad calls for the single

England 492/6   IR Bell 159* (265b 16x4 1x6)

131.1

Steyn to Bell, no run, short of a length on the stumps, defended to short midwicket

131.2

Steyn to Bell, no run, overpitched on leg stump but Bell cannot time that away for four

131.3

Steyn to Bell, no run, too far down leg stump and poor Boucher has some diving to do

131.4

Steyn to Bell, 1 run, short of a length outside off, up goes Bell, tapping it to point

131.6

Steyn to Bell, no run, short and he takes a hand off the bat before defending to point

England 500/6   IR Bell 160* (270b 16x4 1x6)

133.1

Ntini to Bell, FOUR, rubbish ball, short and so, so wide and its cut past point with ease, a shot that takes Bell past his previous career best of 162 not out ... could not have gotten a poorer delivery to do so

133.2

Ntini to Bell, FOUR, and now he plays a deliberate dab through where slips should be, using the angle and the length and the width intelligently for runs to third man

133.3

Ntini to Bell, no run, loose poke to a fuller one angling, the inside-edge nips his back boot

133.4

Ntini to Bell, no run, full and angling in and Bell nearly pops a leading edge back to Ntini as he shapes to clip this one through midwicket and mid-on

133.5

Ntini to Bell, 1 run, well timed for one, as Bell disdainfully pulls the short ball but there's cover out at deep midwicket in the form of patrolman Prince

England 509/6   IR Bell 169* (275b 18x4 1x6)

134.4

Harris to Bell, no run, dances down and drills a full ball, well stopped at mid-off by McKenzie

134.5

Harris to Bell, no run, flat on middle and leg, Bell gets tall and punches this to midwicket

134.6

Harris to Bell, no run, looped up outside leg stump and he pads this one away

England 519/6   IR Bell 169* (278b 18x4 1x6)

135.2

Ntini to Bell, 2 runs, nearly a yorker on off stump and Bell runs that down into the gap at gully and sprints hard, well aided by Broad, and that two brings up the 100th run of the stand

135.3

Ntini to Bell, no run, good length outside off, he reaches forward and defends to point

135.4

Ntini to Bell, no run, onto the front foot, driving a full delivery to McKenzie in the covers

135.5

Ntini to Bell, no run, slides down off a length and he's cramped on the attempted on-drive

135.6

Ntini to Bell, no run, slower ball, and he cannot drive this one off the pads well either

England 522/6   IR Bell 171* (283b 18x4 1x6)

136.5

Harris to Bell, no run, fires it in one leg stump, Bell drops the head and defends it back

136.6

Harris to Bell, no run, he's itching to dance down and smack the ball over mid-on, but Harris knows and keeps it full and flat, so Bell defends

England 523/6   IR Bell 171* (285b 18x4 1x6)

138.1

Harris to Bell, no run, down the leg side

138.2

Harris to Bell, no run, better line, prodded away

138.3

Harris to Bell, no run, padded away

138.4

Harris to Bell, 1 run, elegantly flicked to mid-on

England 536/6   IR Bell 172* (289b 18x4 1x6)

140.1

Harris to Bell, no run, ooh Bell goes for a monstrous heave over the midwicket boundary but can't connect

140.2

Harris to Bell, no run, short of a length, Bell's back and defending with immense ease

140.3

Harris to Bell, no run, another heave-ho which he can't connect with

140.4

Harris to Bell, no run, padded away

140.5

Harris to Bell, no run, driven down the ground - great stop by Harris! Diving effort

140.6

Harris to Bell, 1 run, flicked off his pads

England 548/6   IR Bell 173* (295b 18x4 1x6)

141.1

Morkel to Bell, 1 run, defended on the back foot and he drops it down to the off side. de Villiers is quick, though! And here he comes, Broad has to dive into his ground and, had that hit, Broad was dead.

141.6

Morkel to Bell, 1 run

England 553/6   IR Bell 175* (297b 18x4 1x6)

142.1

Harris to Bell, FOUR, that's a shocker from Harris outside Bell's leg-stump and is slog-swept for four

142.2

Harris to Bell, no run, outside leg

142.3

Harris to Bell, no run, another leg-side delivery

142.4

Harris to Bell, no run, nudged to nowhere

142.5

Harris to Bell, no run, driven back to Harris

142.6

Harris to Bell, 1 run, hit back to the bowler

England 558/6   IR Bell 180* (303b 19x4 1x6)

143.1

Morkel to Bell, no run, good delivery from Morkel and he defends off the back foot

143.2

Morkel to Bell, no run, driven on the up to backward point. Morkel holds his head in his hands, out of tiredness more than anything

143.3

Morkel to Bell, no run, wide enough of the off stump to be left alone

143.4

Morkel to Bell, 1 run, elegantly caressed out to extra cover

England 559/6   IR Bell 181* (307b 19x4 1x6)

144.1

Harris to Bell, 1 run, reverse-swept down to third man

England 560/6   IR Bell 182* (308b 19x4 1x6)

145.1

Morkel to Bell, 1 run, crunched out to the off side

England 565/6   IR Bell 183* (309b 19x4 1x6)

146.1

Harris to Bell, 2 runs, clattered over extra cover and mistimed, but McKenzie pulls off a great piece of fielding

146.2

Harris to Bell, no run, defended on the front foot

146.3

Harris to Bell, no run, miles down the leg side

146.4

Harris to Bell, no run, another flick off his pads to nowhere

146.5

Harris to Bell, no run, defended on the front foot

146.6

Harris to Bell, no run, ignored outside the leg stump

England 569/6   IR Bell 185* (315b 19x4 1x6)

147.6

Ntini to Bell, 1 run, nudged out to Kallis at cover and they set off for a crazy single - this is out if Kallis hits. But he fails to pick it up. Oh dear. And that rather sums up South Africa's two days

England 571/6   IR Bell 186* (316b 19x4 1x6)

148.1

Harris to Bell, no run, smothered to leg

148.2

Harris to Bell, no run, dabbed to leg

148.3

Harris to Bell, no run, flicked to leg

148.4

Harris to Bell, no run, flicked to the bowler

148.5

Harris to Bell, no run, punched back to the bowler

148.6

Harris to Bell, no run, defended

England 571/6   IR Bell 186* (322b 19x4 1x6)

149.6

Ntini to Bell, 2 runs, patted down to third man

England 574/6   IR Bell 188* (323b 19x4 1x6)

150.5

Harris to Bell, FOUR, ah ha, the reverse-sweep, Bell picks that from well outside leg stump and places it past point where there's no protection

150.6

Harris to Bell, no run, tries it again but cannot beat the man placed behind square

England 579/7   IR Bell 192* (325b 20x4 1x6)

152.1

Harris to Bell, no run, exposes his stumps and has to defend one fired in flat and quick

152.2

Harris to Bell, 2 runs, once more he makes room and just gets a tickle on his drive, squirting the ball off the outer edge and away to third man, Smith gives chase

152.3

Harris to Bell, 2 runs, two more, squeezed past short third man and he hustles back

152.4

Harris to Bell, 1 run, makes room and drives a full delivery down to long-off for one

England 584/7   IR Bell 197* (329b 20x4 1x6)

153.1

Steyn to Bell, 2 leg byes, angles it down the pads and he eases that down to deep square leg

153.2

Steyn to Bell, 1 leg bye, ah, and he stays there, as umpire Harper signals leg-byes on a repeat of the previous shot, the ball trickling down to fine leg this time

England 587/7   IR Bell 197* (331b 20x4 1x6)

154.1

Harris to Bell, no run, makes room and then drops the bat on one drifting into the stumps

154.2

Harris to Bell, 1 run, another reverse-sweep, collecting the ball from well outside the leg-stump rough and paddling it towards the gap at gully for an easy single

England 588/7   IR Bell 198* (333b 20x4 1x6)

155.1

Steyn to Bell, 1 run, well, he gets one! Goes to pull a half-tracker and scoops it over Kallis at midwicket, the ball is in the air for some time but the fielder cannot run back in time, so Bell completes a nervous single to move to 199

England 589/7   IR Bell 199* (334b 20x4 1x6)

156.1

Harris to Bell, no run, starts coming down, Harris fires it flat and Bell has to defend it back

156.2

Harris to Bell, OUT, good grief, he's well held on 199! Down he skips, trying to break the shackles, connecting well on the booming drive but its rather well intercepted by Harris himself, steadying and taking it to his right with both hands... Bell is shocked but has to go, well played

IR Bell c & b Harris 199 (496m 336b 20x4 1x6) SR: 59.22

England 593/8   IR Bell 199 (336b 20x4 1x6)
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Series Results
England v South Africa at The Oval - Aug 7-11, 2008
England won by 6 wickets
England v South Africa at Birmingham - Jul 30-Aug 2, 2008
South Africa won by 5 wickets
England v South Africa at Leeds - Jul 18-21, 2008
South Africa won by 10 wickets
England v South Africa at Lord's - Jul 10-14, 2008
Match drawn
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