South Africa tour of England, 3rd Test: England v South Africa at Birmingham, Jul 30-Aug 2, 2008
South Africa won by 5 wickets
30,31 July, 1,2 August 2008 (5-day match)
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7.3

Flintoff to Harris, no run, some swing down the channel, fairly wide, certainly enough that Harris can draw his bat way out of danger from the off

7.4

Flintoff to Harris, no run, goes through outside off

7.5

Flintoff to Harris, no run, lets it go through on a good length

7.6

Flintoff to Harris, no run, outside off, left alone

South Africa 17/1   PL Harris 0* (4b)
8.2

Sidebottom to Harris, 2 runs, flicked away off the legs and Panesar returns in one movement, much to the delight of the crowd, who never seem to tire of (tiresomely) applauding him

8.3

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, some swing back in and defended back down

8.4

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

8.5

Sidebottom to Harris, 4 leg byes, short ball clatters into the helmet, the batsman not quick enough to get out of the way

8.6

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, tucked off the legs to short square

South Africa 26/1   PL Harris 2* (9b)
10.1

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, left alone down the channel

10.2

Sidebottom to Harris, FOUR, oh, found the gap between the three slips and two gullies somehow, despite pressing an outside edge away from the body

10.3

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, over the wicket, forced across the right hander with some swing back in, Harris hangs on with a back-foot defence

10.4

Sidebottom to Harris, FOUR, played off the legs down through fine leg

10.5

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, fired outside off, Harris draws his bat right back in

10.6

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, full delivery in line with off and middle, a huge shout for lbw but turned down as he got his bat down in time

South Africa 38/1   PL Harris 10* (15b 2x4)
13.1

Flintoff to Harris, no run, banged in short at Harris, flies down the leg side as he almost has a waft at it...good take from Ambrose

13.2

Flintoff to Harris, no run, defended on the back foot, popped in front of short leg

13.3

Flintoff to Harris, no run, comes in off a short run to try and get another ball in, on off stump and defended to the leg side...but that's it for now

13.4

Flintoff to Harris, no run, full on off stump, Harris planted on the back foot and prods it up to mid-on

13.5

Flintoff to Harris, no run, on middle, squares up Harris in defence as he plays into the covers...important for England that they shift the nightwatchman quickly

13.6

Flintoff to Harris, no run, defended to midwicket, ends the over broken by the rain

South Africa 51/1   PL Harris 10* (21b 2x4)
15.1

Flintoff to Harris, no run, and he passes the outside edge of Harris who prods and misses

15.2

Flintoff to Harris, 2 runs, angling into his feet, prodded back by Harris - with surprising timing. Neat stroke, that, and Monty gives chase

15.3

Flintoff to Harris, no run, quick, straight bouncer that Harris ducks

15.4

Flintoff to Harris, no run, left alone

15.5

Flintoff to Harris, no run, beaten outside his off stump. Actually, I'm doing Harris a vast disservice here as he probably drew his bat inside the line. Well bowled, well played - good cricket

15.6

Flintoff to Harris, no run, and it's ignored outside off to end the over

South Africa 53/1   PL Harris 12* (27b 2x4)
17.1

Flintoff to Harris, no run, extravagant movement off the pitch by Flintoff, swinging further after it pitches, and Ambrose lunges to his right to collect

17.2

Flintoff to Harris, 1 run, Harris is well back into his crease, tucking this to leg

17.6

Flintoff to Harris, no run, left alone to end an eventful over

South Africa 60/1   PL Harris 13* (30b 2x4)
18.6

Anderson to Harris, 1 leg bye, down the leg side and it bobbles off his foot

South Africa 66/1   PL Harris 13* (31b 2x4)
19.1

Flintoff to Harris, 1 leg bye, ooh, a quick bouncer which Harris gets into difficulty over and he fends it off behind square

South Africa 67/1   PL Harris 13* (32b 2x4)
20.1

Anderson to Harris, no run, Harris leaves this alone

20.2

Anderson to Harris, 4 leg byes, an inswinger which flies down the leg side, nicking Harris's pad and Ambrose hasn't a chance of taking that, parrying it to fine-leg for four leg-byes

20.3

Anderson to Harris, no run, but this time Harris is drawn into a stroke, driving loosely at one he really could have left alone

20.4

Anderson to Harris, 4 leg byes, down the leg side once more and it's four again

20.5

Anderson to Harris, no run, Harris defends to mid-on nicely

20.6

Anderson to Harris, no run, wisely left alone outside off

South Africa 75/1   PL Harris 13* (38b 2x4)
21.6

Sidebottom to Harris, FOUR, outside edge past third slip for four! The pain continues for England and South Africa are utterly owning them this morning

South Africa 80/1   PL Harris 17* (39b 3x4)
22.4

Anderson to Harris, no run, a better line from Anderson this time and it flies past Harris, though he plays it very competently, drawing his bat inside the line

22.5

Anderson to Harris, no run, wide enough to be left alone

22.6

Anderson to Harris, no run, ignored once more

South Africa 85/1   PL Harris 17* (42b 3x4)
24.1

Anderson to Harris, 1 run, squeezed out on the front foot

South Africa 86/1   PL Harris 18* (43b 3x4)
25.1

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, down the leg side

25.2

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, better line from Sidebottom but well played by Harris, going back into his crease and defending it solidly

25.3

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, beaten! Harris is furious with himself, drawn into a loose poke outside off

25.4

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, nudged to leg and only just short of Ian Bell at short midwicket! That was mighty close

25.5

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, angled across the right-hander but Harris, who's showed such excellent judgement for a nightwatchman this morning, refuses to be lured into driving

25.6

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, beaten by a cracker, swinging into the right hander

South Africa 86/1   PL Harris 18* (49b 3x4)
26.2

Flintoff to Harris, no run, left alone outside off

26.3

Flintoff to Harris, 1 run, a bouncer and Harris fends it - where has this gone? No! It evades Monty and short-leg

South Africa 88/1   PL Harris 19* (51b 3x4)
27.1

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, angled across the right hander who leaves it alone

27.2

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, swinging back into the right hander who defends solidly

27.3

Sidebottom to Harris, OUT, Harris's splendid resistance comes to an end at last, trying to drive this on the up but he can only edge it straight to Alastair Cook at third slip. A knackered-looking England barely celebrate, but their relief is tangible

PL Harris c Cook b Sidebottom 19 (91m 54b 3x4 0x6) SR: 35.18

South Africa 94/2   PL Harris 19 (54b 3x4)
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