South Africa tour of England, 2008 / Commentary

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

Thanks, winner. Hello all. England 574 for 5. Dark clouds hang above Lord's.

150.1

Harris to Broad, no run, business as usual, Harris bowling it flat and Broad working to it leg

150.2

Harris to Broad, no run, and again, he gets a stride in and turns the ball to midwicket

150.3

Harris to Broad, OUT, timber! Broad goes for a meaty whip across the line, rather ugly, looking to work a full and flat delivery to midwicket but the ball turns ever so slightly and disturbs the furniture

SCJ Broad b Harris 76 (158m 124b 10x4 0x6) SR: 61.29

Harris celebrates his wicket, and thats been a fine innings from young Broad. His best score till date. England are batting on, as Sidebottom comes and takes guard. Bell in search of maiden double.

150.4

Harris to Sidebottom, 1 run, there he goes, pushing the ball into the off-side and running

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

End of over 151 (5 runs) England 579/7
IR Bell    192* (325b 20x4 1x6)      PL Harris    36-8-123-2
RJ Sidebottom    1* (1b)      M Ntini    29-2-130-0

17.10pm Bell and Sidebottom have been down there for a few minutes, full of purpose, but they have had to wait for the South Africans to get down. The crowd stars booing. The umpires are set. Whats happening here? Harper and Bowden stand around. Bell does some stretches. He and Sidebottom appear to have come out earlier. But I can't confirm that. Smith shrugs his shoulders when Harper chats with him. He doesn't look to keen to be out there. Steyn has the ball. It is kind of dull out there. One slip in place.

17.00pm The rain has stopped and the fans are still milling about in the stands. Sidebottom looks on from the England dressing room. It appears the light is the issue. The covers are being removed efficiently and the fans cheer. Nope, hang on ... one large cover remains on the ground. The umpires are having a chat.

"Incidentally," Andrew says, "this is already the third-highest score ever made in England by a side being asked to bat first. 653 for 4 dec by England at Lord's in 1990 is the winner, in every sense. The all-time record is 735 for 6 dec, by Australia against Zimbabwe in 2003-04, but that obviously doesn't count on the grounds of being an utter no-contest."

And with that, off comes the hovercover!

16.55pm The umpires inspect the light and offer it to the batsmen, who are fine staying out there. I would too, if I were on 192. The rain is getting harder, however. So that forces everyone off the field. Looks like a passing shower. We're not going anywhere and will keep you updated.

151.1

Steyn to Sidebottom, no run, short ball, angling away, and Sidebottom need not play at that

151.2

Steyn to Sidebottom, no run, another predictable short ball, going away from Sidebottom

151.3

Steyn to Sidebottom, no run, third ball in a row, short and going away and Sidebottom leaves it

Ntini is not on the field. Smith continues to wave his hands at mid-on. Not sure what the deal is.

151.4

Steyn to Sidebottom, no run, now its full but way too wide and Boucher collects it

151.5

Steyn to Sidebottom, no run, gets him ducking with a short ball, and a few words of friendly advice

151.6

Steyn to Sidebottom, no run, pretty darn wide outside off stump but no reaction from the umpire

End of over 152 (maiden) England 579/7
RJ Sidebottom    1* (7b)      DW Steyn    33-7-116-1
IR Bell    192* (325b 20x4 1x6)      PL Harris    36-8-123-2

Smith continues operating with Harris. The third new ball is due in nine overs. Smith at square leg.

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

152.5

Harris to Sidebottom, no run, flat outside off stump, Sidebottom runs it off the front foot to point

152.6

Harris to Sidebottom, no run, tosses it up pretty wide of the stumps and Sidebottom leaves

End of over 153 (5 runs) England 584/7
RJ Sidebottom    1* (9b)      PL Harris    37-8-128-2
IR Bell    197* (329b 20x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    33-7-116-1

153.1

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

Bells on 197 ...

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

The rain has returned and we have a hold in play. The umpires confer. And they are staying on. Crowd cheers. Smith does not look happy at all.

153.3

Steyn to Sidebottom, no run, more furious bouncers, more ducking low from Sidebottom

17.35pm The covers have been removed. Bowden and Harper walk out with their light meters. Still a good crowd in at Lord's. Smith leads his team out, followed by the England batsmen.

17.25pm So thats it, the rain has increased too much and the players run off to get dry. Out come the covers. Umbrellas up in the stands. Wet groundstaff members attend to business. All rather gloomy.

153.4

Steyn to Sidebottom, no run, another bouncer, and Sidebottom ducks under it

153.5

Steyn to Sidebottom, no run, hoo hah ... the short stuff continues and Sidebottom ducks low

153.6

Steyn to Sidebottom, no run, not as short and Sidebottom nearly has a flirt, but withdraws

End of over 154 (3 runs, maiden) England 587/7
RJ Sidebottom    1* (13b)      DW Steyn    34-8-116-1
IR Bell    197* (331b 20x4 1x6)      PL Harris    37-8-128-2

Bell will face, batting on a career-best 197. Harris continues. "Its very important that Ian Bell maintains his focus," emails in Jones. "Your focus gets distracted when you have stop start situations like these."

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

154.3

Harris to Sidebottom, no run, wide delivery, stays low and Boucher collects it easily

154.4

Harris to Sidebottom, no run, comes onto the front foot and square-drives to backward point

154.5

Harris to Sidebottom, no run, pushes at one from the crease, edging into the grass in front of slip

154.6

Harris to Sidebottom, no run, flat on middle and off, sliding in, and its competently defended

End of over 155 (1 run) England 588/7
RJ Sidebottom    1* (17b)      PL Harris    38-8-129-2
IR Bell    198* (333b 20x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    34-8-116-1

Bell on 198 ... all his team-mates on their feet.

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

155.2

Steyn to Sidebottom, no run, hah! Sidebottom has had enough of being peppered by Steyn and tries to swat a bouncer but only takes his eyes off the ball and misses, which has Steyn amused

155.3

Steyn to Sidebottom, no run, slower ball but still short and he goes fishing, beaten by the slowness

155.4

Steyn to Sidebottom, 4 leg byes, does connect this time with a wild pull, but it is only ball brushing his side before beating a diving Boucher and first slip, running away to third man for four

The ball is pretty wet and needs constant drying ...

155.5

Steyn to Sidebottom, no run, another short one, close to the top of off stump, Sidebottom sways

Steyn moves around the stumps for his final delivery

155.6

Steyn to Sidebottom, no run, and bowls a short one, which Sidebottom pulls out of

End of over 156 (5 runs) England 593/7
RJ Sidebottom    1* (22b)      DW Steyn    35-8-117-1
IR Bell    199* (334b 20x4 1x6)      PL Harris    38-8-129-2

Jimmy Innes: "Statistical coincidence of the day: KP's batting average in 2008 now stands at 54.27 after his glorious knock at Lords. And guess what his strike rate is 2008 as well? Yup: it's 54.27!" Shocking.

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

17.55pm Pietersen is taking catching practice. The players are about set to start. Smith and McKenzie warm up on the side. Difficult time to come out and start batting. England are finally down on the ground and we can start play. Sidebottom has the ball and whats this? There's a young lad on the field for Bell. Haven't the foggiest who he is, but he looks about 14.

Never mind that, Smith will face first. Five slips and a gully.

And I'm just told Bell's was the eighth instance of 199 or 199 not out in Tests. The others are Mudassar Nazar, M Azharuddin, MTG Elliot, ST Jayasuriya, SR Waugh, A Flower {199 not out} and Younis Khan. Bell becomes the first batsman to register 199 at Lord's.

17.50pm Good innings from Bell. England declare on 593 for 8 after 156.2 overs. Short break, and we'll be back. Weather is not too impressive.

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