South Africa tour of England, 2008 / Commentary

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

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

50.3

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, pitches full and straightens, Pietersen gets across and works it to leg

50.4

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, strives for the yorker and over-pitches, Pietersen once more looks to flick this across the line but only manages to get the toe end of his bat on ball, and so the ball dribbles to the man at midwicket

50.5

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, full and it shaves in, he now opts to shoulder arms, dangerously

50.6

Kallis to Pietersen, 3 runs, gets some width and steers it away from the body but into the gap, more running and recovering from Prince and thats three to Pietersen

End of over 51 (6 runs) England 154/3
KP Pietersen    7* (25b)      JH Kallis    9-2-29-0
IR Bell    30* (18b 5x4)      DW Steyn    14-4-43-1

Bell's raced away to 30 from 18 balls. Pietersen looks determined. Smith brings back Ntini. Ah, Test cricket.

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

End of over 52 (6 runs) England 160/3
KP Pietersen    12* (28b 1x4)      M Ntini    13-2-41-0
IR Bell    31* (21b 5x4)      JH Kallis    9-2-29-0

52.1

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

A rapid little stand forming here. Momentum being dragged back England's way.

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

End of over 53 (2 runs) England 162/3
IR Bell    33* (27b 5x4)      JH Kallis    10-2-31-0
KP Pietersen    12* (28b 1x4)      M Ntini    13-2-41-0

Smith resorts to Harris to try and produce a wicket. Both batsmen keen to dominate. Could be interesting.

53.1

Harris to Pietersen, 1 run, flat on the pads and easily worked past square leg for one

Slip and a short leg in place. Pietersen wants a new bat. His seems to be chipped at the end.

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

15.40pm Cracking session. Value for money. South Africa claw back with three wickets. Then Bell and Pietersen take it back to them. Good to watch. England are 164 for 3 at Tea. Do come back shortly and join Will and myself for the final session.

End of over 54 (1 run) England 163/3
IR Bell    33* (32b 5x4)      PL Harris    4-2-3-0
KP Pietersen    13* (29b 1x4)      JH Kallis    10-2-31-0

Ntini to open after tea from the Nursery End

Welcome back, all. Will here - and what a final session we have in store. Here come South Africa under cloudyish skies. Pietersen and Bell follow them, and we've 36 overs left in the day.

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

50 from 67 balls for this pair - great work

End of over 55 (4 runs) England 167/3
IR Bell    36* (37b 5x4)      M Ntini    14-2-45-0
KP Pietersen    14* (30b 1x4)      PL Harris    4-2-3-0

55.1

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

55.2

Morkel to Pietersen, 1 run, short of a length, rising on Pietersen who drops it down off his chest and picks up the single

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

Good, tight, impressive over in the most part from Morkel

End of over 56 (2 runs) England 169/3
IR Bell    37* (42b 5x4)      M Morkel    14-1-43-2
KP Pietersen    15* (31b 1x4)      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

He's really trying to upset Ntini's lines here, Pietersen

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

End of over 57 (2 runs) England 171/3
IR Bell    38* (44b 5x4)      M Ntini    15-2-47-0
KP Pietersen    16* (35b 1x4)      M Morkel    14-1-43-2

57.1

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

57.2

Morkel to Pietersen, 1 run, short, but it rises up on Pietersen at a nice height and he turns it off his hip. Good footwork, shuffling to the off side

57.3

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

57.4

Morkel to Pietersen, no run, beaten by a crackerjack snorter! Ripper. Outside off - perfect seam position - and it cuts back on Pietersen who perhaps should have come forward to that one

57.5

Morkel to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen defends this firmly back to the bowler

Morkel follows through to within a metre of Pietersen who turns away. Not interested.

57.6

Morkel to Pietersen, FOUR, dismissive. Absolutely dismissive from Pietersen. Short, outside the off stump and he pulls it on the front foot through mid-on for four. Sheer quality

End of over 58 (7 runs) England 178/3
KP Pietersen    21* (39b 2x4)      M Morkel    15-1-50-2
IR Bell    40* (46b 5x4)      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

End of over 59 (5 runs) England 183/3
KP Pietersen    21* (42b 2x4)      M Ntini    16-2-48-0
IR Bell    41* (49b 5x4)      M Morkel    15-1-50-2

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

59.6

Morkel to Pietersen, no run, too wide from Morkel and it's left alone. Reasonable over, though

End of over 60 (1 run) England 184/3
KP Pietersen    21* (43b 2x4)      M Morkel    16-1-51-2
IR Bell    42* (54b 5x4)      M Ntini    16-2-48-0

Paul Harris into the attack and he's around the wicket

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

Rob emails: "Oh no. Not that I wish to be a harbinger of doom but South Africa should prepare for a wicket. Bell has made an attractive 40, he will be out very soon." I couldn't agree more.

60.4

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

If you want to see what Paul Harris has made of the early days on tour, take a read of the first installment of his Cricinfo diary

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

End of over 61 (maiden) England 184/3
IR Bell    42* (60b 5x4)      PL Harris    5-3-3-0
KP Pietersen    21* (43b 2x4)      M Morkel    16-1-51-2

61.1

Morkel to Pietersen, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone

Quite subdued out there at the moment

61.2

Morkel to Pietersen, 1 no ball, a no-ball punched out to the off side

61.2

Morkel to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside off

61.3

Morkel to Pietersen, no run, good, tight line which Pietersen ignores

61.4

Morkel to Pietersen, no run, ignored outside off

61.5

Morkel to Pietersen, 1 run, squeezed out on the front foot

61.6

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

End of over 62 (2 runs) England 186/3
IR Bell    42* (61b 5x4)      M Morkel    17-1-53-2
KP Pietersen    22* (49b 2x4)      PL Harris    5-3-3-0

Here's Harris

62.1

Harris to Pietersen, no run, drifting down leg and it's flicked off his hip

62.2

Harris to Pietersen, no run, prodded on the front foot

62.3

Harris to Pietersen, FOUR, that is a beautiful shot from Pietersen, reaching forward to sweep Harris in front of square for four. Timing and power - and placement

62.4

Harris to Pietersen, no run, ah, beautifully flicked to leg but straight to the fielder

62.5

Harris to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen drives this sweetly to mid-on

62.6

Harris to Pietersen, FOUR, and another! Tossed up on middle, Pietersen walks into a powerful, dominating drive through midwicket

End of over 63 (8 runs) England 194/3
KP Pietersen    30* (55b 4x4)      PL Harris    6-3-11-0
IR Bell    42* (61b 5x4)      M Morkel    17-1-53-2

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

63.4

Morkel to Pietersen, no run, timed to mid-on

63.5

Morkel to Pietersen, 3 runs, well outside off but Pietersen works this through mid-on, mistiming it but he gets enough of it

63.6

Morkel to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 64 (4 runs) England 198/3
IR Bell    43* (65b 5x4)      M Morkel    18-1-57-2
KP Pietersen    33* (57b 4x4)      PL Harris    6-3-11-0

64.1

Harris to Pietersen, no run, fired into middle stump. Defended

64.2

Harris to Pietersen, no run, a touch shorter this time but Pietersen's right behind it, refusing to smack him into the street just yet

But it's coming. I can feel it

64.3

Harris to Pietersen, FOUR, there it is! He's gone for it, down the pitch and clobbering this just wide of mid-on! Hit with tremendous power, though, and it's four more

64.4

Harris to Pietersen, (no ball) SIX, bosh! That's much more like it, hitting through the line and smacking it over long-on

And it's a no-ball, too

64.4

Harris to Pietersen, no run, better length this time, and Pietersen defends

64.5

Harris to Pietersen, 1 no ball, another no-ball! Extraordinary, really, for a spinner...

64.5

Harris to Pietersen, no run, flicked to leg

64.6

Harris to Pietersen, 1 run, swept to Morkel on the deep square-leg boundary

End of over 65 (13 runs) England 211/3
KP Pietersen    44* (65b 5x4 1x6)      PL Harris    7-3-24-0
IR Bell    43* (65b 5x4)      M Morkel    18-1-57-2

Steyn into the attack

65.1

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside off. An "up and down" delivery; no swing or movement

65.2

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen drives, not timing it, and Steyn picks it up in his follow-through

65.3

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, no great pace from Steyn. Pietersen ignores this outside his off stump

65.4

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, smashed back past the bowler and Bell has to dive back into his ground. Mighty close

65.5

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, left alone

65.6

Steyn to Pietersen, FOUR, four more. Poor, wasteful bowling I'm afraid. Short and wide, it sat up and begged to be smacked through the covers off the back foot

End of over 66 (4 runs) England 215/3
KP Pietersen    48* (71b 6x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    15-4-47-1
IR Bell    43* (65b 5x4)      PL Harris    7-3-24-0

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

66.4

Harris to Pietersen, no run, tossed up on the off stump, defended

66.5

Harris to Pietersen, 2 runs, paddled around the corner and there's Pietersen's fifty from 73 balls

And the hundred partnership to boot

66.6

Harris to Pietersen, FOUR, four more! Another sweep to an easily paced delivery on middle-and-leg which rockets for four

End of over 67 (7 runs) England 222/3
KP Pietersen    54* (74b 7x4 1x6)      PL Harris    8-3-31-0
IR Bell    44* (68b 5x4)      DW Steyn    15-4-47-1

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

67.3

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, stands tall and drives this off a thick inside edge to mid-on

67.4

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, the bouncer which he leaves alone

67.5

Steyn to Pietersen, FOUR, that bounced pretty high on Pietersen - head-high, in fact - but he played it superbly, pulling it in front of square for another four

67.6

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, another disdainfully-struck shot on the front foot, but he mistimes it

Here's Jamie for another hour

End of over 68 (5 runs) England 227/3
KP Pietersen    58* (78b 8x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    16-4-52-1
IR Bell    45* (70b 5x4)      PL Harris    8-3-31-0

Thanks, Will.

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

68.3

Harris to Pietersen, 3 runs, finely played by Pietersen, getting down and picking this from middle and off down to fine leg, Harris not very threatening at all at the moment

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

End of over 69 (4 runs) England 231/3
IR Bell    46* (75b 5x4)      PL Harris    9-3-35-0
KP Pietersen    61* (79b 8x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    16-4-52-1

69.1

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, back of a length, no movement, Pietersen removes a hand and leaves

South Africa will be disappointed with this. A strong partnership has put England back on top.

69.2

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, gets back and punches one, but with too much bottom hand

69.3

Steyn to Pietersen, FOUR, too full and thats clipped superbly between midwicket and mid-on

69.4

Steyn to Pietersen, 1 wide, the response is a bouncer, miles away from the stumps and Boucher has plenty of leaping and pouching to do and the umpire signals wide for height

69.4

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, full, he drives this sluggishly off the front foot and Steyn easily fields

69.5

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, clever slower ball, fingers rolled across the seam, ball lands on a length and draws Pietersen forward and playing, beaten by the slowness of that one

69.6

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, gets forward, drills a length ball very hard on the up to cover, well stopped

End of over 70 (5 runs) England 236/3
KP Pietersen    65* (85b 9x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    17-4-57-1
IR Bell    46* (75b 5x4)      PL Harris    9-3-35-0

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

70.4

Harris to Pietersen, 1 run, uses his wrists well, flicking from off stump into the gap at square leg

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

End of over 71 (2 runs) England 238/3
IR Bell    47* (80b 5x4)      PL Harris    10-3-37-0
KP Pietersen    66* (86b 9x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    17-4-57-1

Bowling change: it'll be Kallis back into the attack, replacing Steyn.

71.1

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, starts off full and Pietersen drives off the front foot to Amla at cover

71.2

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, straighter delivery, Pietersen gets forward and drives it back to mid-on

71.3

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, nips back in but he greets it with a straight bat, driving to midwicket

71.4

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, too wide but he can't put it into the gap, reaching out and getting too early on the stroke, and with a bit of bottom hand

71.5

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, foot once more to the pitch but this one's dragged across towards mid-on

71.6

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, back of a length this time and he finishes the maiden with a defensive

That will be drinks at Lord's.

End of over 72 (maiden) England 238/3
KP Pietersen    66* (92b 9x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    11-3-31-0
IR Bell    47* (80b 5x4)      PL Harris    10-3-37-0

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

72.3

Harris to Pietersen, 1 run, shuffles across before the ball's bowled and sweeps it to short fine leg

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

End of over 73 (2 runs) England 240/3
IR Bell    48* (85b 5x4)      PL Harris    11-3-39-0
KP Pietersen    67* (93b 9x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    11-3-31-0

73.1

Kallis to Pietersen, 2 runs, gets across and works this one down to deep square leg, all wrists

73.2

Kallis to Pietersen, 3 runs, hammered, as that type of bowling should be, so, so full and wide and Pietersen reached out and hit it hard up the hill through the covers, and Steyn did well to chase it down and cut it off inside the ropes

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

End of over 74 (7 runs) England 247/3
IR Bell    50* (89b 5x4)      JH Kallis    12-3-38-0
KP Pietersen    72* (95b 9x4 1x6)      PL Harris    11-3-39-0

74.1

Harris to Pietersen, 1 run, too straight and Pietersen turns that off his front pad to square leg

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

End of over 75 (6 runs) England 253/3
IR Bell    54* (95b 6x4)      PL Harris    12-3-45-0
KP Pietersen    73* (96b 9x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    12-3-38-0

Another five overs before the new ball is available to South Africa. This stand is now worth 136.

75.1

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, back of a length and wide enough for Pietersen to just leave it be

75.2

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, drives a fuller one, high elbow and all, and Amla slips and slides at cover

75.3

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, harder shot, getting to the pitch and driving to the man at extra cover

75.4

Kallis to Pietersen, 2 runs, tries the short one but Pietersen pulls down past square leg, Ntini fields

75.5

Kallis to Pietersen, 1 run, and again, reaches out and hammers it from outside off stump, there is cover out on the midwicket ropes so the damage is minimal, but Pietersen looks menacing

75.6

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

End of over 76 (4 runs) England 257/3
IR Bell    55* (96b 6x4)      JH Kallis    13-3-42-0
KP Pietersen    76* (101b 9x4 1x6)      PL Harris    12-3-45-0

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

End of over 77 (maiden) England 257/3
IR Bell    55* (102b 6x4)      PL Harris    13-4-45-0
KP Pietersen    76* (101b 9x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    13-3-42-0

77.1

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, back of a length, some good carry there after Pietersen leaves it be

77.2

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, gets across and mistimes a nudge to a fuller one, Kallis runs in and collects

77.3

Kallis to Pietersen, 2 runs, well played, using the wrists to muscle this from outside off to square leg

77.4

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, reaches out and drives a wide one hard into the ground, Kallis takes it

He's either looking to get onto the front foot or shuffle across and work it towards leg.

77.5

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, hit too hard and early, back leg up and dragging it into the ground

77.6

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, change of pace, full outside off stump and now he watches it through

End of over 78 (2 runs) England 259/3
KP Pietersen    78* (107b 9x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    14-3-44-0
IR Bell    55* (102b 6x4)      PL Harris    13-4-45-0

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

78.2

Harris to Pietersen, 1 run, too easy for Pietersen, reading the line and picking off his pads again

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

78.4

Harris to Pietersen, 1 run, now he plays an impetuous swipe of a sweep, collecting from just around off stump and past short fine 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

End of over 79 (4 runs) England 263/3
IR Bell    56* (106b 6x4)      PL Harris    14-4-48-0
KP Pietersen    80* (109b 9x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    14-3-44-0

One more over and the new ball is South Africa's. Kallis just continues to chug in.

79.1

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, reaches out and drags this fuller one from outside off towards midwicket

79.2

Kallis to Pietersen, FOUR, thats really well played, a typical, wristy flick from outside off stump, and not to an entirely full delivery, and mid-on has no time to react, thats placement

79.3

Kallis to Pietersen, no run, thats full and driven elegantly, Kallis falls over and manages to stop the ball

79.4

Kallis to Pietersen, 1 run, ah, class, all wrists again, picked from outside off and worked to leg

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

End of over 80 (5 runs) England 268/3
IR Bell    56* (108b 6x4)      JH Kallis    15-3-49-0
KP Pietersen    85* (113b 10x4 1x6)      PL Harris    14-4-48-0

Smith does not take the new ball. Harris continues.

80.1

Harris to Pietersen, 2 runs, so easy, just paddling one on the pads down to fine leg for two

80.2

Harris to Pietersen, 1 run, full and flat, on the toes, and clipped out to Prince at deep midwicket

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

80.5

Harris to Pietersen, FOUR, rubbish bowling, effortless batting, Pietersen just escorts a wayward flat delivery outside leg stump in the air and down to fine leg for four

80.6

Harris to Pietersen, no run, quicker follow-up delivery, Pietersen gets across and goes for a sweep, missing and he's hit on the front pad just outside the line of impact .. umpire reckoned he was marginally outside off stump and replays indicate as much

End of over 81 (8 runs) England 276/3
KP Pietersen    92* (117b 11x4 1x6)      PL Harris    15-4-56-0
IR Bell    57* (110b 6x4)      JH Kallis    15-3-49-0

Smith says snuff is snuff and chucks the new ball to Morkel. Three slips immediately come in.

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

End of over 82 (maiden) England 276/3
IR Bell    57* (116b 6x4)      M Morkel    19-2-57-2
KP Pietersen    92* (117b 11x4 1x6)      PL Harris    15-4-56-0

Steyn comes back on. Last throw of the dice today, you figure. Pietersen on 92. Its been a treat so far.

82.1

Steyn to Pietersen, FOUR, oh thats so well played, just clipping it from in front of his pad - had he missed it was taking out leg stump - and sends it up the hill past midwicket, wow!

82.2

Steyn to Pietersen, 1 run, he's going for it in style, flashing a firm front-foot cut out to deep point

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

End of over 83 (6 runs) England 282/3
IR Bell    58* (120b 6x4)      DW Steyn    18-4-63-1
KP Pietersen    97* (119b 12x4 1x6)      M Morkel    19-2-57-2

Its going to be interesting to see how Pietersen celebrates if he gets to his century. Four slips in.

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

83.6

Morkel to Pietersen, no run, always looking for the single, he shuffles across and works this from off stump but cannot get it past the fielder at midwicket, so he stays on 97

End of over 84 (1 run, maiden) England 283/3
KP Pietersen    97* (120b 12x4 1x6)      M Morkel    20-3-57-2
IR Bell    58* (125b 6x4)      DW Steyn    18-4-63-1

84.1

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

There's a buzz now. Pietersen facing Steyn. On 97 ....

84.2

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, early onto the front foot, punching a drive back to Steyn, who fields

84.3

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, smartly delivered short one outside off, kicking and rearing, Pietersen is inching onto the front foot and then flashes a thought about playing it but wisely leaves it

84.4

Steyn to Pietersen, 1 run, fuller this time, bringing him onto the front foot and he drives hard to mid-off, where Ntini dives over it and allows the single, so KP moves on to 98

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

End of over 85 (2 runs) England 285/3
IR Bell    59* (128b 6x4)      DW Steyn    19-4-65-1
KP Pietersen    98* (123b 12x4 1x6)      M Morkel    20-3-57-2

85.1

Morkel to Pietersen, FOUR, and all of Lord's rises to appreciate a fantastic hundred! Kevin Pietersen, take a bow! Thats his first hundred in his first match against South Africa, and its up with a cut in front of point, then he celebrates by removing his helmet and kissing it before beaming proudly ... its been an entertaining innings, and so crucial for England

85.2

Morkel to Pietersen, 1 run, gets forward and plays at one, loosely, french-cutting past leg stump

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

End of over 86 (9 runs) England 294/3
IR Bell    63* (132b 7x4)      M Morkel    21-3-66-2
KP Pietersen    103* (125b 13x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    19-4-65-1

Pietersen's 100 took 125 deliveries, the last fifty taking 54 deliveries.

86.1

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, thats an appeal! Steyn pitches it on a length and moves it in, the ball takes the side flap of Pietersen's front pad as he hops back to defend, they all ask the question and Bowden reckons it was going over the top of off stump

86.2

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, full and wider, and he leaves it alone that time

86.3

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, full, moving through the air, he uses his feet and squeezes it to cover

86.4

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, shapes it away off a length, Pietersen leaves it alone

86.5

Steyn to Pietersen, 1 run, down the pads and he tickles it to fine leg for a single

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

End of over 87 (2 runs) England 296/3
IR Bell    64* (133b 7x4)      DW Steyn    20-4-67-1
KP Pietersen    104* (130b 13x4 1x6)      M Morkel    21-3-66-2

Ntini into the attack now.

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

End of over 88 (5 runs) England 301/3
IR Bell    67* (139b 7x4)      M Ntini    17-2-51-0
KP Pietersen    104* (130b 13x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    20-4-67-1

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

Some days cricket we have had, eh?

88.5

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

88.6

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, gets in line with the ball and defends it towards midwicket

End of over 89 (1 run) England 302/3
KP Pietersen    104* (131b 13x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    21-4-68-1
IR Bell    68* (144b 7x4)      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

Ntini switches to around the stumps

89.4

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

Back over the stumps goes Ntini

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

18.30pm That's stumps on day one. Pietersen acknowledges the claps as he walks off unbeaten on 104 from 133 deliveries. Its been a stellar innings, working well with Bell to rally after three wickets. Given the passion of Pietersen and the heated battles he's had with South Africa, this innings is special. It was the glue around which England came back hard, and they sit comfortable at 309 for 3. Props to Bell for kick-starting the fightback from 117 for 3. He was away with a flurry of boundaries and Pietersen - who copped on on the back of the helmet - worked forward from Bell's approach and overtook him in the scoring stakes. Marvellous innings from Pietersen.

Thanks for tuning in to Cricinfo again. Be sure to check out Andrew McGlashan's spiffing bulletin for a look back at the first day's play. And do come back and read what Andrew Miller has to say from Lord's. We've been Will Luke and Jamie Alter, signing off until tomorrow. Cheerio.

End of over 90 (7 runs) England 309/3
KP Pietersen    104* (133b 13x4 1x6)      M Ntini    18-2-58-0
IR Bell    75* (148b 8x4)      DW Steyn    21-4-68-1

And here come the umpires, Billy Bowden and Daryl Harper, followed by the South Africans. Andrew tells us that the five-minute bell was rung by Australia's Alan Davidson, just so you know.

With no little fanfare, Andrew Miller screams a bally good morning to you all. "The ground is filling up nicely," he says, wiping the remnants of yesterday's lunch from his orange beard. "A few more clouds than yesterday, but I'd say we're set for a decent stint this morning, despite what the weather might have in store later." Journalist and weather forecaster is our Miller.

10.35am A very good morning and welcome to the second day's play from Lord's. What an enthralling start to the series it has been, and how well Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell played. They're still there, too, and I'm delighted to tell you the weather's set fair too. I'm Will Luke, and we're about 25 minutes away from the resumption. Charge your glasses and get cosy in front of the laptop, and do say hello from wherever you're reading.

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

A sweeper out already for South Africa, which is mildly peculiar

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

The new ball is just nine overs old, by the way.

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

End of over 91 (4 runs) England 313/3
IR Bell    79* (154b 9x4)      DW Steyn    22-4-72-1
KP Pietersen    104* (133b 13x4 1x6)      M Ntini    18-2-58-0

Here's Ntini, and here's Pietersen to face his first ball of the morning

It's always fascinating hearing where you all read from. Terry is in a Ugandan national park. "Good afternoon Will. I am in front of my laptop in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Southern Uganda. One eye on the cricket text and one on the trees in case a Tree Lion is having a kip up one." Morning, Terry, and good luck.

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

That's the highest fourth wicket stand against South Africa for England, as Pietersen and Bell pass 200

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

And that's the channel in which South Africa simply have to stick to, metronomically, if they're to fight back

End of over 92 (4 runs) England 317/3
KP Pietersen    108* (139b 14x4 1x6)      M Ntini    19-2-62-0
IR Bell    79* (154b 9x4)      DW Steyn    22-4-72-1

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

Belly's on for a big one here, Andrew continues to insist

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

"The press-box coffee has improved no end in this Test. It's really quite splendid," Andrew gushes. No word on the beans or flavour yet, but I've asked him to find out

92.4

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

92.5

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, oh, a waste from Steyn - down the leg-side. That rather sums up South Africa's bowling

92.6

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, better delivery this time on the middle stump, and Pietersen's attempt to whip it through midwicket fails...as he finds mid-on

End of over 93 (6 runs) England 323/3
KP Pietersen    108* (141b 14x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    23-4-78-1
IR Bell    84* (159b 9x4)      M Ntini    19-2-62-0

Michael Vaughan's reading the Daily Star and looks absolutely engrossed in the, erm, material inside. Engrossed but also rather perplexed...

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

"A contented burble in the press box," Andrew says. "Actually, it's much as it was on the first morning. South Africa's bowlers haven't produced much to make anyone sit up just yet."

93.3

Ntini to Bell, no run, whipped to midwicket

South Africa have woken up a touch now. Lots of shouts of "come on!" and "great bowling Makka!" (Ntini, not Paul McCartney) and growled "yeeeahhs".

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

Ntini unleashes a fine four-letter word there. Superb delivery, right off the meat of the tongue

93.6

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

End of over 94 (4 runs) England 327/3
IR Bell    88* (165b 10x4)      M Ntini    20-2-66-0
KP Pietersen    108* (141b 14x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    23-4-78-1

94.1

Steyn to Pietersen, 3 runs, drifting down the leg-side and Pietersen flicks this determinedly, with authority, through midwicket

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

Smith is not happy. He's scratching his head and shaking it in frustration.

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.

End of over 95 (4 runs) England 331/3
IR Bell    89* (170b 10x4)      DW Steyn    24-4-82-1
KP Pietersen    111* (142b 14x4 1x6)      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

"Who on earth let the Daily Star into Lord's?" wonders Phil, and it's solid point from the man, too.

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

Boucher had a lot of difficulty with the Lord's slope, and balls dipping late - as they do in England. That was 10 years ago, and it seems he's still struggling

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.

End of over 96 (13 runs) England 344/3
KP Pietersen    115* (143b 15x4 1x6)      M Ntini    21-2-75-0
IR Bell    94* (175b 11x4)      DW Steyn    24-4-82-1

96.1

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

There is something amiss with Steyn's action and I can't quite put my finger on it. He's not pulling through as much in his follow-through, and his pace is down as a result

96.2

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

It's all very flat for South Africa. They're on their heels here, and England...well, at the moment they're cruising

96.3

Steyn to Pietersen, FOUR, smash! A half-volley outside off, Pietersen absolutely laces it through extra cover for the sixth boundary of the morning

96.4

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, ooh, a touch of over-excitement from Pietersen here! Outside off, a touch shorter and Pietersen tries to do a pick-up over midwicket ... but the ball crept low on him

96.5

Steyn to Pietersen, 5 wides, oh dear. Steyn cranks up the pace but loses his radar horribly, down the leg-side, and Boucher can only parry it further to fine leg for four

This is ragged. The wheels haven't quite come off, but the nuts are certainly loosening.

96.5

Steyn to Pietersen, 1 run, again short, Pietersen helps it around the corner

96.6

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

End of over 97 (11 runs) England 355/3
IR Bell    95* (178b 11x4)      DW Steyn    25-4-93-1
KP Pietersen    120* (146b 16x4 1x6)      M Ntini    21-2-75-0

"New Zealand were a sterner test," Dan quips.

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

Smith's shaking his head still. He'll have neck-ache before long

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

End of over 98 (3 runs) England 358/3
IR Bell    96* (182b 11x4)      M Ntini    22-2-78-0
KP Pietersen    122* (148b 16x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    25-4-93-1

98.1

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen stands tall, not bothered in moving his feet, and carves this off the back foot to mid-off

98.2

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, short, wide of the off stump and ignored

98.3

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, ooh and this takes the thigh-pad. Half a shout by the South Africans

98.4

Steyn to Pietersen, FOUR, another short delivery, a half-tracker, and Pietersen absolutely clobbers it in front of square for four. He's clobbered it

98.5

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, well bowled! Good comeback, fuller and swinging back into Pietersen, it raps him on the pads but is sliding down leg

98.6

Steyn to Pietersen, no run, fielded! That's the sort of gazelle-like fielding we've not yet seen from South Africa as Pietersen whips this to leg, and de Villiers pulls off a fine save at short midwicket

End of over 99 (4 runs) England 362/3
KP Pietersen    126* (154b 17x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    26-4-97-1
IR Bell    96* (182b 11x4)      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

"Shouldn't Smith be moving his field around rather than standing there shaking his head?!" Ruth shrewdly observes via email

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

So, Bell on 97

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

Here's a question. Why on earth as Morkel been delayed? He was their best bowler by a distance yesterday

99.6

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

End of over 100 (9 runs) England 371/3
KP Pietersen    133* (158b 18x4 1x6)      M Ntini    23-2-87-0
IR Bell    98* (184b 11x4)      DW Steyn    26-4-97-1
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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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Stuart Broad does up his shoelaces, England v South Africa, first Test, Lord's, July 14, 2008

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Daryl Harper talks to bowler Monty Panesar, England v South Africa, 1st Test, Lord's, 5th day, July 14, 2008

Daryl Harper talks to bowler Monty Panesar

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