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)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
54.6

Ntini to Ambrose, no run, jumps into the line of defence immediately

England 173/6   TR Ambrose 0* (1b)
56.1

Ntini to Ambrose, 1 run, short of a length and Ambrose confidently tucks it behind square for a single

England 174/6   TR Ambrose 1* (2b)
57.1

Harris to Ambrose, no run, dip from Harris and Ambrose knocks it back to the champion bowler

57.2

Harris to Ambrose, no run, flighted on the off stump, and Ambrose smothers it

57.3

Harris to Ambrose, no run, ooh that's well bowled, just shorter of a length but Ambrose plays it nicely with soft hands

57.4

Harris to Ambrose, 1 run, Harris throws his arms up in the air, as he does to every delivery he bowls, as Ambrose clips this leg-side stray through to square leg

England 175/6   TR Ambrose 2* (6b)
58.1

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

58.2

Ntini to Ambrose, 1 run, nudged around the corner

England 176/6   TR Ambrose 3* (8b)
59.1

Harris to Ambrose, no run, driven out to cover

59.2

Harris to Ambrose, no run, driven inside-out to cover once more

59.3

Harris to Ambrose, no run, down the leg side. Harris waves his hands in astonishment that the plucky batsman is still at the crease

59.4

Harris to Ambrose, no run, smothered by tiny Tim

59.5

Harris to Ambrose, no run, blocked on the front foot

59.6

Harris to Ambrose, no run, and it's once again smothered to end a fairly innocuous over

England 176/6   TR Ambrose 3* (14b)
60.3

Ntini to Ambrose, no run, angled into Ambrose who blocks off the back foot

60.4

Ntini to Ambrose, no run, Ambrose shuffles across to the off side and tries to flick this to leg but can't get any power in the stroke

60.5

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

60.6

Ntini to Ambrose, no run, a little too wide to trouble Ambrose. Left alone

England 179/6   TR Ambrose 3* (18b)
61.2

Harris to Ambrose, no run, on middle-and-off, defended

61.3

Harris to Ambrose, no run, Tim's solidly behind this, defending it very solidly

61.4

Harris to Ambrose, no run, that turned and nearly spat up at Ambrose

61.5

Harris to Ambrose, no run, blocked

61.6

Harris to Ambrose, 1 run, down the leg side and flicked behind square for another single

England 181/6   TR Ambrose 4* (23b)
62.1

Ntini to Ambrose, no run, too wide. Ignored

62.2

Ntini to Ambrose, 2 runs, down the leg side, so Ambrose just tucks it off his hip, the ball flying past the helmetted-and-hirsute Amla at short-leg

62.3

Ntini to Ambrose, no run, a lifter outside off, but Ambrose won't be tempted

62.4

Ntini to Ambrose, no run, too wide and left alone

62.5

Ntini to Ambrose, no run, angling into his legs, Ambrose walks into a straight drive but gets a thick inside edge into his pads. Ntini appeals, demandingly

62.6

Ntini to Ambrose, FOUR, four! An actual boundary, as my mate Dan would say. Short of a length and pulled around the corner

England 187/6   TR Ambrose 10* (29b 1x4)
65.1

Harris to Ambrose, FOUR, down the leg side, Ambrose flicks it down to fine leg for four

65.2

Harris to Ambrose, no run, tossed up on middle-and-leg, Ambrose blocks

65.3

Harris to Ambrose, no run, this hurries Ambrose into a defensive block

65.4

Harris to Ambrose, no run, smothered on the front foot

65.5

Harris to Ambrose, no run, it's defended

65.6

Harris to Ambrose, no run, defended

England 196/6   TR Ambrose 14* (35b 2x4)
67.1

Harris to Ambrose, no run, fired into his legs

67.2

Harris to Ambrose, 1 run, swept to Ntini at fine-leg

67.6

Harris to Ambrose, no run, firmly blocked

England 198/6   TR Ambrose 15* (38b 2x4)
69.1

Harris to Ambrose, no run, speared into leg and defended

69.2

Harris to Ambrose, 2 runs, down the leg side once again and Ambrose flicks this just short of de Villiers at leg slip

69.3

Harris to Ambrose, no run, on the off stump this time and defended

69.4

Harris to Ambrose, 1 run, swept behind square for another single

England 205/6   TR Ambrose 18* (42b 2x4)
70.1

Nel to Ambrose, no run, solidly blocked off the back foot out to the off side

70.2

Nel to Ambrose, no run, wide of the off stump - no need to touch those

70.3

Nel to Ambrose, no run, a touch tighter this time and Ambrose defends off the back foot

70.4

Nel to Ambrose, no run, defended once more

70.5

Nel to Ambrose, no run, beautifully driven but straight to mid-off

70.6

Nel to Ambrose, no run, beaten by a cracker! An absolute beauty which cuts away from Ambrose at the last minute, and he fished for it a little desperately

England 205/6   TR Ambrose 18* (48b 2x4)
71.2

Harris to Ambrose, no run, punched back to the bowler off the back foot

71.3

Harris to Ambrose, no run, firmly defended on the front foot

71.4

Harris to Ambrose, no run, a touch of bite for Harris there, spinning away from Ambrose, but he plays it pretty solidly, coming forward to smother

71.5

Harris to Ambrose, no run, "well bowled Harold" is the call as Ambrose again defends

71.6

Harris to Ambrose, no run, blocked

England 206/6   TR Ambrose 18* (53b 2x4)
73.1

Kallis to Ambrose, no run, outside off, bent away from the right hander who shoulders arms

73.2

Kallis to Ambrose, no run, some swing away after hitting a good length, the batsman shoulders arms and lets this one go through

73.3

Kallis to Ambrose, no run, moves away from the batsman, again on a good length

73.4

Kallis to Ambrose, no run, good line and length, left alone on the rise

73.5

Kallis to Ambrose, FOUR, bangs it down with some width outside off, and wristed hard off the back foot past the two slips and gully

73.6

Kallis to Ambrose, OUT, Kallis has gone right through the defences now, Ambrose squaring behind it and as the ball is planted on a good length, he drives a fat edge back on to the stumps which rattle sickeningly

TR Ambrose b Kallis 22 (73m 59b 3x4 0x6) SR: 37.28

England 212/7   TR Ambrose 22 (59b 3x4)
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