South Africa tour of England, 2008 / Commentary

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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

England 10/0   AJ Strauss 7* (35b 1x4)   M Ntini 3.3-2-6-0

8.5

Morkel to Cook, FOUR, a wasted delivery and Cook flays this over gully down to the vacant third-man boundary. A real waste of a ball from Morkel and a gift for Cook

England 18/0   AN Cook 9* (15b 1x4)   M Morkel 1.5-0-11-0

9.1

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

England 23/0   AN Cook 14* (17b 2x4)   M Ntini 4.1-2-10-0

11.4

Morkel to Cook, FOUR, wide and cleverly angled down to third man. Very neatly played, but disappointingly bowled

England 31/0   AN Cook 18* (26b 3x4)   M Morkel 2.4-0-16-0

16.6

Kallis to Strauss, FOUR, thats got some bat on it, just enough for four, as Kallis offers more width and Strauss slaps that between cover and point beautifully

England 42/0   AJ Strauss 16* (64b 2x4)   JH Kallis 4-2-6-0

19.1

Morkel to Cook, FOUR, squared up and thats four, Morkel banging in one just outside leg and moving it across at a good height, the bit of movement getting Cook into a tangle, late to adjust and the leading edge squirts into the gap between slips and backward point, well bowled Morkel

England 48/0   AN Cook 26* (48b 4x4)   M Morkel 6.1-0-26-0

20.2

Kallis to Cook, FOUR, more uncertainty from Cook raises the fifty for England, Kallis runs in and bangs it in sort of short, Cook shapes to cut but is cramped and edges smack into the gap

England 53/0   AN Cook 30* (54b 5x4)   JH Kallis 5.2-2-12-0

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

England 59/0   AN Cook 34* (60b 6x4)   M Ntini 5.2-2-14-0

23.5

Steyn to Cook, FOUR, doesn't move his feet but pushes at it gently enough to get a thick outside-edge into his preferred gap between a diving backward point and the slip region

England 66/0   AN Cook 38* (66b 7x4)   DW Steyn 3.5-2-8-0

24.1

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

England 70/0   AJ Strauss 26* (80b 3x4)   M Ntini 6.1-2-18-0

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

England 77/0   AN Cook 45* (86b 8x4)   M Ntini 8.4-2-23-0

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

England 81/0   AN Cook 49* (90b 9x4)   M Ntini 9.2-2-27-0

35.3

Steyn to Strauss, FOUR, bash - that's four. A savage cut to a wide, "hit me for four" ball

England 94/0   AJ Strauss 31* (113b 4x4)   DW Steyn 9.3-4-20-0

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

England 103/0   AJ Strauss 36* (116b 5x4)   M Ntini 11.5-2-35-0

41.3

Morkel to Strauss, FOUR, four! Firmly cut past gully - he has hammered that. But, again, it's too wide

England 114/0   AJ Strauss 44* (129b 6x4)   M Morkel 10.3-0-37-0

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)   M Morkel 12-0-41-2

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

England 128/3   IR Bell 10* (4b 2x4)   DW Steyn 11.5-4-34-1

46.2

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

England 132/3   IR Bell 14* (7b 3x4)   JH Kallis 6.2-2-16-0

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

England 136/3   IR Bell 18* (8b 4x4)   JH Kallis 6.3-2-20-0

47.5

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

England 143/3   IR Bell 24* (14b 5x4)   DW Steyn 12.5-4-40-1

51.6

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

England 160/3   KP Pietersen 12* (28b 1x4)   M Ntini 13-2-41-0

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

England 178/3   KP Pietersen 21* (39b 2x4)   M Morkel 15-1-50-2

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

England 190/3   KP Pietersen 26* (52b 3x4)   PL Harris 5.3-3-7-0

62.6

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

England 194/3   KP Pietersen 30* (55b 4x4)   PL Harris 6-3-11-0

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

England 202/3   KP Pietersen 37* (60b 5x4)   PL Harris 6.3-3-15-0

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

England 215/3   KP Pietersen 48* (71b 6x4 1x6)   DW Steyn 15-4-47-1

66.6

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

England 222/3   KP Pietersen 54* (74b 7x4 1x6)   PL Harris 8-3-31-0

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

England 227/3   KP Pietersen 58* (77b 8x4 1x6)   DW Steyn 15.5-4-52-1

69.3

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

England 235/3   KP Pietersen 65* (82b 9x4 1x6)   DW Steyn 16.3-4-56-1

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

England 252/3   IR Bell 54* (90b 6x4)   PL Harris 11.2-3-44-0

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

England 267/3   KP Pietersen 84* (111b 10x4 1x6)   JH Kallis 14.2-3-48-0

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

England 276/3   KP Pietersen 92* (116b 11x4 1x6)   PL Harris 14.5-4-56-0

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!

England 280/3   KP Pietersen 96* (118b 12x4 1x6)   DW Steyn 17.1-4-61-1

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

England 289/3   KP Pietersen 102* (124b 13x4 1x6)   M Morkel 20.1-3-61-2

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

England 294/3   IR Bell 63* (131b 7x4)   M Morkel 20.5-3-66-2

89.3

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

England 308/3   IR Bell 74* (147b 8x4)   M Ntini 17.3-2-57-0

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

England 313/3   IR Bell 79* (150b 9x4)   DW Steyn 21.2-4-72-1

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

England 317/3   KP Pietersen 108* (135b 14x4 1x6)   M Ntini 18.2-2-62-0

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

England 327/3   IR Bell 88* (164b 10x4)   M Ntini 19.5-2-66-0

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

England 335/3   IR Bell 93* (171b 11x4)   M Ntini 20.1-2-70-0

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   KP Pietersen 115* (143b 15x4 1x6)   M Ntini 21-2-75-0

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

England 349/3   KP Pietersen 119* (144b 16x4 1x6)   DW Steyn 24.3-4-87-1

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

England 362/3   KP Pietersen 126* (152b 17x4 1x6)   DW Steyn 25.4-4-97-1

99.6

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

England 371/3   KP Pietersen 133* (158b 18x4 1x6)   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

England 377/3   KP Pietersen 138* (163b 19x4 1x6)   M Ntini 23.1-2-91-0

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

England 383/3   KP Pietersen 144* (166b 20x4 1x6)   M Ntini 23.4-2-97-0

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

England 401/3   IR Bell 110* (202b 12x4)   PL Harris 16.1-4-64-0

109.3

Morkel to Collingwood, FOUR, off the mark aggressively, pulling a bouncer in front of square for four

England 408/4   PD Collingwood 4* (9b 1x4)   M Morkel 24.3-3-76-3

115.1

Morkel to Broad, FOUR, well, in the end it was a well controlled drive past gully, but Morkel won't mind Broad playing those shots outside his off stump

England 434/6   SCJ Broad 5* (6b 1x4)   M Morkel 27.1-3-91-4

115.5

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

England 441/6   IR Bell 129* (230b 13x4 1x6)   M Morkel 27.5-3-95-4

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

England 458/6   IR Bell 141* (242b 14x4 1x6)   PL Harris 23.4-6-87-1

121.3

Steyn to Broad, FOUR, shot for four, but it's another waste by Steyn, a half-volley outside off. Broad climbs into it, timing it nicely past point for four

England 464/6   SCJ Broad 12* (28b 2x4)   DW Steyn 26.3-4-102-1

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

England 471/6   IR Bell 150* (252b 15x4 1x6)   DW Steyn 27.1-4-106-1

126.3

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

England 485/6   IR Bell 157* (257b 16x4 1x6)   JH Kallis 19.3-3-70-0

130.4

Harris to Broad, FOUR, just picks up the full and flat delivery from off stump and whips it into the gap between midwicket and mid-on excellently, quality batting from Broad

England 496/6   SCJ Broad 27* (63b 3x4)   PL Harris 25.4-6-95-1

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

England 504/6   IR Bell 164* (271b 17x4 1x6)   M Ntini 24.1-2-102-0

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

England 508/6   IR Bell 168* (272b 18x4 1x6)   M Ntini 24.2-2-106-0

134.2

Harris to Broad, FOUR, whips a full and flat one via a thin inside-edge, and it beats square leg

England 516/6   SCJ Broad 37* (75b 4x4)   PL Harris 27.2-7-99-1

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

England 527/6   SCJ Broad 46* (82b 5x4)   M Ntini 26.1-2-117-0

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

England 531/6   SCJ Broad 50* (85b 6x4)   M Ntini 26.4-2-121-0

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

England 535/6   SCJ Broad 54* (86b 7x4)   M Ntini 26.5-2-125-0

139.1

Morkel to Broad, FOUR, on his legs, whipped to deep midwicket for four. Another sublime stroke off his hip

England 541/6   SCJ Broad 59* (90b 8x4)   M Morkel 30.1-3-106-4

139.4

Morkel to Broad, FOUR, one off the legs, and now through the off side - played on the up past point. This is very impressive batting indeed

England 545/6   SCJ Broad 63* (93b 9x4)   M Morkel 30.4-3-110-4

142.1

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

England 557/6   IR Bell 179* (298b 19x4 1x6)   PL Harris 31.1-7-110-1

144.3

Harris to Broad, FOUR, hit over the top for four. This is good batting, doubtless, but the bowling is decidedly disappointing

England 564/6   SCJ Broad 72* (103b 10x4)   PL Harris 32.3-7-116-1

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

England 579/7   IR Bell 192* (324b 20x4 1x6)   PL Harris 35.5-8-123-2
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England won by 6 wickets
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