South Africa tour of England, 2008 / Commentary

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200

1.1

Ntini to Cook, no run, on leg stump, Cook prods this in ugly-but-perfectly-safe fashion. As ever.

1.2

Ntini to Cook, no run, well wide of the crease and it angles across Cook who draws his bat inside the line. Comfortably left, and it carries nicely through to the keeper

1.3

Ntini to Cook, no run, fuller this time, Cook flicks to short midwicket

1.4

Ntini to Cook, no run, a poor, wide delivery miles outside the off stump. Boucher does very well, diving in front of Smith at first slip to collect

1.5

Ntini to Cook, no run, just short of a length - good stuff from Ntini here, though Cook is up to the mark and leaves it alone

1.6

Ntini to Cook, no run, and Andrew's spot on, as Ntini finds one to climb on Cook who fishes at this outside the off stump

England 0/0   M Ntini 1-1-0-0

3.1

Ntini to Cook, no run, good, pacey delivery which Cook leaves alone

3.2

Ntini to Cook, 1 run, and England have their first run as Cook nudges this out to cover and calls Strauss through for a quickie

3.3

Ntini to Strauss, no run, ooh good bounce from Ntini and Strauss pulls his bat inside the line. Only just...

3.4

Ntini to Strauss, no run, wide again and again left alone

3.5

Ntini to Strauss, 1 run, neatly nudged out to the off side and Strauss is off the mark

3.6

Ntini to Cook, no run, ignored outside off. Too wide, again

England 2/0   M Ntini 2-1-2-0

5.1

Ntini to Strauss, no run, nudged out to the off side

5.2

Ntini to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

5.3

Ntini to Strauss, no run, that's a cracker! Immense bounce from Ntini and it moves away from Strauss and very nearly decapitates Boucher who takes it front of his bottom lip

5.4

Ntini to Strauss, no run, a tighter line but left alone on length. And the length, of course, was short

5.5

Ntini to Strauss, no run, wide of the crease and angling across the left-hander once again. But it's too short, too wide, and Strauss ignores it...as he will do all day unless he is made to play

5.6

Ntini to Strauss, no run, wide, left alone

England 3/0   M Ntini 3-2-2-0

7.1

Ntini to Strauss, no run, very well bowled! Much better from Ntini, pitching it right up on Strauss who attempts a horrible flick to leg. With the angle, it scoots past his outside edge

7.2

Ntini to Strauss, no run, very wide and left alone

7.3

Ntini to Strauss, FOUR, a very confident pull from Strauss and well timed indeed, helping this shorter delivery around the corner behind square. Calmly played, and England's first boundary after 32 minutes' play

7.4

Ntini to Strauss, no run, too wide of the off stump, and a bit too short

7.5

Ntini to Strauss, no run, oh and Strauss has laced this off the back foot, absolutely clobbered it, but Amla pulls off the most nonchalant of stops at gully.

7.6

Ntini to Strauss, no run, defended solidly

England 10/0   M Ntini 4-2-6-0

9.1

Ntini to Cook, FOUR, short, wide and hammered off the back foot square of the wicket

9.2

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

9.3

Ntini to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

9.4

Ntini to Cook, no run, superb take from Boucher! Wide of the off stump, left alone by the batsmen and it cut away markedly. Boucher snaffled it with his left paw in front of slip

9.5

Ntini to Cook, no run, defended cautiously out to the off side

9.6

Ntini to Cook, no run, pushed out to the off side

England 23/0   M Ntini 5-2-10-0

22.1

Ntini to Cook, no run, gets up on the toes and taps one back to Ntini, pitching short of a length and getting Cook up, he wanted to work it away into the gap but the bounce undid him

22.2

Ntini to Cook, FOUR, thats a shot, just getting down on top of one that wasn't a short ball as such, but playing it so well that he squeezed it into the gap at backward point

22.3

Ntini to Cook, no run, confident shout as the ball raps Cook on the front pad, but that pitches outside leg stump so Bowden shakes his head ... fair call, you can't give those out

22.4

Ntini to Cook, no run, better defence from Cook, bat and pad married as he blocks a full one

22.5

Ntini to Cook, no run, comes onto the front foot and defends this one watchfully to point

22.6

Ntini to Cook, no run, pushes it across, inviting the drive, but Cook leaves it alone

England 59/0   M Ntini 6-2-14-0

24.1

Ntini to Strauss, FOUR, too short, too much angle, and Strauss cuts that late and into the gap

24.2

Ntini to Strauss, no run, good comeback, altering the length and gets the ball to move away and Strauss leaves it alone just in time, inching forward but holding back on the bat

24.3

Ntini to Strauss, no run, full on the stumps and Strauss patiently defends it back, lunch in mind

24.4

Ntini to Strauss, no run, angled very full and wide, he gets in and just leaves, Boucher moves

24.5

Ntini to Strauss, no run, the awkward bounce beats his cramped attempt at a cut, stays low and bounces in front Boucher

24.6

Ntini to Strauss, no run, another poor ball but his flashing cut shot cannot pierce the field

England 70/0   M Ntini 7-2-18-0

28.1

Ntini to Cook, no run, wide of the off stump and comfortably ignored by Cook

28.2

Ntini to Cook, no run, a good line and length, forcing Cook into a defensive

28.3

Ntini to Cook, no run, Cook walks forward and shoulders arms to this angled delivery outside his off stump

28.4

Ntini to Cook, 1 run, angled across him, Cook pushes tentatively forward and edges it just short of second slip. Excellent ball from Ntini

28.5

Ntini to Strauss, no run, wide enough to be left alone, and so he does

28.6

Ntini to Strauss, no run, reasonably solidly blocked by Strauss off the back foot, as though with the door of a shed - not quite a barn-door defence

England 72/0   M Ntini 8-2-19-0

30.1

Ntini to Cook, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone

30.2

Ntini to Cook, no run, firmly blocked off the back foot by Cook. Strauss wanted the single but Cook demanded he scampered back

30.3

Ntini to Cook, no run, ah, fine bowling, swinging this back into the left hander but Cook read it well. A slightly closed face of the bat greets the ball with a defensive

30.4

Ntini to Cook, FOUR, very well played indeed, but poor bowling - drifting onto his legs, and it was full enough for Cook to turn his wrists and time it sweetly for four

30.5

Ntini to Cook, no run, on middle stump, Cook blocks

30.6

Ntini to Cook, no run, on middle-and-off, Cook's forward and blocking

England 77/0   M Ntini 9-2-23-0

32.1

Ntini to Cook, no run, angled across Cook who shapes to play before drawing his bat inside the line

32.2

Ntini to Cook, FOUR, edged through the slips! Excellent length by Ntini, drawing Cook into a drive outside the off, but it took a thick outside edge which flew past second slip

32.3

Ntini to Cook, no run, wide of the off stump; ignored

32.4

Ntini to Cook, 1 run, ah, that's well played by Cook, nudging this out to cover to bring up his 11th Test fifty, from 92 balls

32.5

Ntini to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

32.6

Ntini to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

England 82/0   M Ntini 10-2-28-0

34.1

Ntini to Strauss, no run, crisply pushed back to the bowler

34.2

Ntini to Strauss, 1 run, this hurries Strauss and cramps him for room, too, and he gets an inside edge

34.3

Ntini to Cook, no run, pushed out to the off side

34.4

Ntini to Cook, 1 run, short, wide and he cuts to nowhere

34.5

Ntini to Strauss, no run, oh dear. Too wide again

34.6

Ntini to Strauss, no run, back and across, Strauss blocks a straight delivery

England 89/0   M Ntini 11-2-30-0

36.1

Ntini to Cook, no run, nope, not yet. Cook leaves this outside off

36.2

Ntini to Cook, no run, poor again. Two feet outside off, left alone

36.3

Ntini to Cook, no run, on the off stump, defended

36.4

Ntini to Cook, 1 run, mistimed down the ground, and Paul Harris runs after it and dives to stop, twisting something in the process. I'm not sure what, but he looks in some pain

36.5

Ntini to Strauss, FOUR, that's timed much more sweetly by Strauss, and poor old Harris - dodgy knee or ankle and all - is after it, but it's in vain

36.6

Ntini to Strauss, no run, punched to Harris at mid-on

England 103/0   M Ntini 12-2-35-0

51.1

Ntini to Pietersen, 1 run, well played, just getting across and working the ball with the angle, whipping it past midwicket and running down the other end

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

51.5

Ntini to Pietersen, no run, change of pace beats Pietersen, getting right outside his stumps and feeling for the ball, but it straightens and darts just past the outside-edge

51.6

Ntini to Pietersen, FOUR, shot! Marginally full and he clips it across from outside off stump past mid-on

England 160/3   M Ntini 13-2-41-0

54.1

Ntini to Pietersen, 1 run, outside off, Pietersen takes it to leg for a quick single

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   M Ntini 14-2-45-0

56.1

Ntini to Pietersen, no run, wide of the crease with no great shape or movement off the pitch. Too wide, frankly

56.2

Ntini to Pietersen, no run, firmly forward onto the front foot

56.3

Ntini to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen shuffles across to the off side, as is his wont, and tries to work it to leg

56.4

Ntini to Pietersen, 1 run, close! That was fearsomely close to bowling Pietersen. Short, and he chose to work it to leg on the front foot and got a thick inside edge which narrowly evaded his leg stump

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   M Ntini 15-2-47-0

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

58.4

Ntini to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside off

58.5

Ntini to Pietersen, 4 byes, oh dear - a Boucher gaffe, though not helped by prodigious late-swing that bent into the wicketkeeper at the very last moment. Wow - he didn't have a hope in hell

58.6

Ntini to Pietersen, no run

England 183/3   M Ntini 16-2-48-0

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   M Ntini 17-2-51-0

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

89.5

Ntini to Pietersen, no run, full and angling in, but wide enough for Pietersen to leave it alone

89.6

Ntini to Pietersen, no run, walks right outside off stump and inside-edges a full ball to midwicket

England 309/3   M Ntini 18-2-58-0

91.1

Ntini to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside off

91.2

Ntini to Pietersen, FOUR, fantastic stroke from Pietersen, flicking a length-ball from middle stump through midwicket for four. Elegance, poise and timing

91.3

Ntini to Pietersen, no run, wide of the off stump and ignored by Pietersen

91.4

Ntini to Pietersen, no run, left alone once more by Pietersen. A touch of swing for Ntini back into the right-hander, but wide enough (too wide, in fact) to be left alone

91.5

Ntini to Pietersen, no run, Ntini goes fuller this time, and Pietersen's eyes light up with a form on-drive to wide mid-on. But straight to the fielder

91.6

Ntini to Pietersen, no run, and he's beaten by a good one outside off, Pietersen nibbling at it. I can only remember him doing that once yesterday

England 317/3   M Ntini 19-2-62-0

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   M Ntini 20-2-66-0

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

95.6

Ntini to Pietersen, FOUR, the most superb of back-foot punches. He just used the pace of the delivery perfectly, check-punching it for four.

England 344/3   M Ntini 21-2-75-0

97.1

Ntini to Pietersen, 1 run, too straight, Pietersen stands tall to whip it to deep midwicket whose feet are practically on the boundary rope

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

97.5

Ntini to Pietersen, 1 run, in the air! This is South Africa's chance, but Boucher can't quite get there! Oh, what a moment that would've been for South Africa. A short one from Ntini which rushes Pietersen for once, who gloves it attempting a pull, but Boucher can't quite reach it to his left in spite of a dive

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   M Ntini 22-2-78-0

99.1

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

99.2

Ntini to Pietersen, no run, back of a length, Pietersen goes across to defend

99.3

Ntini to Pietersen, 1 run, a touch too straight and Pietersen turns this off his legs for a single

99.4

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

99.5

Ntini to Pietersen, 2 runs, on off stump, Pietersen whips it with magnificent timing - that could even be four. But no, Morkel saves it. Excellent, fighting work from him and a good relay with the bearded Amla

99.6

Ntini to Pietersen, FOUR, short. Rising on Pietersen. Pulled. Four. Enough said.

England 371/3   M Ntini 23-2-87-0

101.1

Ntini to Pietersen, FOUR, ooh, half a false shot from Pietersen, driving on the up and it takes a thick outside edge. Replays suggest Pietersen played it with soft hands, and when the luck's with you ... well, you know the rest

101.2

Ntini to Pietersen, no run, half a shout by Ntini as Pietersen's rapped on the pads, but the batsman is miles across to the off side

101.3

Ntini to Pietersen, 2 runs, cor, that's close! Pietersen again whips this from the off stump through midwicket. This is thrilling play

101.4

Ntini to Pietersen, FOUR, that is a quite extraordinary shot. You need to YouTube it for later. Shorter, on off stump, Pietersen just turns it on the walk for four behind square. Ntini's bowling wide of the crease, as is his wont, and Pietersen's milking him

101.5

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

101.6

Ntini to Pietersen, 1 run, murmurs from the crowd as Pietersen whips it to deep square leg and again steals the strike from Bell

England 384/3   M Ntini 24-2-98-0

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

133.6

Ntini to Broad, 3 runs, more runs, so sweetly timed off the hips past Amla at short midwicket, who has to pursue it and does well to finger it back at the boundary edge

England 512/6   M Ntini 25-2-110-0

135.1

Ntini to Broad, 1 run, wrong line, outside leg stump and turned away off the pads for a single

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   M Ntini 26-2-113-0

137.1

Ntini to Broad, FOUR, so easy for Broad, getting up on one leg and swatting the short ball over square leg, almost indifferently helping it away off the hips ... Ntini has no answer

137.2

Ntini to Broad, no run, gets back and drives off the back foot, Ntini gets a hand on it and stops it

137.3

Ntini to Broad, no run, bouncer now, rising outside off, Broad hops up and lets it go

137.4

Ntini to Broad, FOUR, ah you beauty, just cracking a back-foot drive smack between the covers and that will be back-to-back Test half-centuries for young Broad .. thats a top-quality shot

137.5

Ntini to Broad, FOUR, and there comes an ugly flash and a thick outside-edge but again, Smith has not employed a slip and so Broad gets another boundary

137.6

Ntini to Broad, no run, slower ball, full outside off, Broad leaves it alone, tucks his bat, and goes

England 535/6   M Ntini 27-2-125-0

147.1

Ntini to Broad, no run, smooched to mid-on

147.2

Ntini to Broad, no run, on his legs and, for once, Broad misses out on his favoured flicky-shot through midwicket. Ntini appeals. It is not a long appeal

147.3

Ntini to Broad, no run, he swishes and misses to a wide ball outside off

147.4

Ntini to Broad, no run, left alone

147.5

Ntini to Broad, 1 run, crunched off the back foot out to deep extra cover

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   M Ntini 28-2-127-0

149.1

Ntini to Broad, no run, blocked off the back foot

149.2

Ntini to Broad, no run, defended off the back foot

149.3

Ntini to Broad, no run, punched out to cover - brilliant stop by McKenzie! Diving away to his right. Fine effort

149.4

Ntini to Broad, no run, left alone outside off

149.5

Ntini to Broad, 1 run, uppishly sliced down to third man

149.6

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

England 574/6   M Ntini 29-2-130-0
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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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