South Africa tour of England, 2008 / Commentary

Basil D'Oliveira Trophy - 3rd Test

England v South Africa

South Africa won by 5 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

72.6

Flintoff to Boucher, no run, he's not seen that at all! It was wide of the off stump and you could easily hear Boucher roar "awww" as he ducked and weaved himself out of the way

South Africa 239/6   MV Boucher 0* (1b)

73.3

Anderson to Boucher, 3 runs, squeezed out on the front through extra cover and good running brings them three

South Africa 243/6   MV Boucher 3* (2b)

74.1

Flintoff to Boucher, 4 runs, Boucher flicks this through midwicket calmly, for four - an all-run four, but four nonetheless

74.2

Flintoff to Boucher, no run, short of a length, turned to short-leg

74.3

Flintoff to Boucher, no run, Boucher's back and across, defending on the back foot

74.4

Flintoff to Boucher, no run, Boucher's not seen that - it's a leg-side full toss and he jerks out of the way, his eyes wide with part-terror and part-astonishment

74.5

Flintoff to Boucher, FOUR, oh what a shot! Another attempted yorker but it's a half-volley on leg-stump which he picks off through long-on for four. Top shot

74.6

Flintoff to Boucher, no run, pushed out to the off side

South Africa 255/6   MV Boucher 11* (8b 1x4)

75.2

Anderson to Boucher, no run, full and straight and defended

75.3

Anderson to Boucher, no run, great line and length, but equally well defended on the front foot

75.4

Anderson to Boucher, no run, just outside the off stump, Boucher shuffles across to defend

75.5

Anderson to Boucher, no run, wide of the off stump, swinging wider still

75.6

Anderson to Boucher, no run, the most solid of forward defensives by Boucher

South Africa 256/6   MV Boucher 11* (13b 1x4)

76.4

Flintoff to Boucher, 1 run, back of a length, tucked wide of square leg and Boucher has his first run of the day

South Africa 263/6   MV Boucher 12* (14b 1x4)

78.1

Flintoff to Boucher, no run, wide outside off stump, Boucher happy to watch it go through

78.2

Flintoff to Boucher, 1 run, ooh, dropped, takes the outside edge and flies to the right of Collingwood at second slip, it would have been a sitter for third slip but it was just palmed round the post by Collingwood

78.4

Flintoff to Boucher, no run, pushed firmly into the covers, positive stride from Boucher

78.5

Flintoff to Boucher, 2 runs, neatly flicked off the stumps, great timing from Boucher and it needed a brilliant piece of work from Sidebottom, sprinting round from long leg, to prevent the boundary

78.6

Flintoff to Boucher, no run, good line outside off, left alone to end the over

South Africa 268/7   MV Boucher 15* (19b 1x4)

80.1

Flintoff to Boucher, 1 run, full on off stump, jabbed into the leg side and Boucher collects a quick single to expose Morkel

South Africa 269/7   MV Boucher 16* (20b 1x4)

81.1

Sidebottom to Boucher, no run, on middle and off, defended up to mid-on

81.2

Sidebottom to Boucher, no run, comes forward, meets it with a solid forward defensive

81.3

Sidebottom to Boucher, 1 run, hint of swing back into Boucher, he plays it well and works a single down to Panesar at long leg...now, can Sidebottom get it right to Morkel

South Africa 274/7   MV Boucher 17* (23b 1x4)

83.1

Sidebottom to Boucher, no run, turned into the leg side, Sidebottom fields in his follow through

83.2

Sidebottom to Boucher, no run, good shape back into Boucher, taken on the pad and there's a big appeal from Sidebottom but it's done much and is also high

83.3

Sidebottom to Boucher, no run, full outside off, Boucher doesn't time his drive down to mid-off

83.4

Sidebottom to Boucher, no run, down the leg side, low catch taken by Ambrose and there's an appeal...but it came off Boucher's pocket

83.5

Sidebottom to Boucher, no run, more good swing into Boucher, gets an inside edge into the pad which bobbles into the off side

83.6

Sidebottom to Boucher, no run, another good shout from Sidebottom, it looked pretty good but Steve Davis turned it down...that was close, but replays show it's just heading over the stumps. Good decision.

South Africa 287/7   MV Boucher 17* (29b 1x4)

85.1

Sidebottom to Boucher, no run, swinging back into Boucher, he defends

85.2

Sidebottom to Boucher, no run, angling across the right-hander who ignores it like a legend

85.3

Sidebottom to Boucher, no run, a real waste of a delivery, fired down the leg side

85.4

Sidebottom to Boucher, 1 run, neatly pushed out to cover for a quick single

South Africa 288/7   MV Boucher 18* (33b 1x4)

86.1

Anderson to Boucher, no run, wide of the off stump, and only a touch of outswing. Ignored

86.2

Anderson to Boucher, 1 run, swinging into Boucher who again times this very sweetly, but finds mid-on. Still, he steals a single - and why not?

South Africa 289/7   MV Boucher 19* (35b 1x4)

87.1

Sidebottom to Boucher, FOUR, shot! A bright, shiny, ribbon-wrapped gift outside Boucher's off stump and he gleefully opens it up through extra cover with a beautifully timed four

87.2

Sidebottom to Boucher, 1 run, straighter, but Boucher turns it to leg and scampers a single

South Africa 298/8   MV Boucher 24* (37b 2x4)

88.1

Anderson to Boucher, no run, wide of the off stump

88.2

Anderson to Boucher, no run, swinging into the right-hander - immense, Waqar-like swing but well defended

88.3

Anderson to Boucher, no run, a fishy play-and-miss outside off

88.4

Anderson to Boucher, 1 run, clipped off his legs and well fielded by Panesar, running around from deep midwicket to save four...

South Africa 299/9   MV Boucher 25* (41b 2x4)

89.1

Sidebottom to Boucher, FOUR, shot! Excellent cricket from Boucher, slogging Sidebottom over midwicket for four

89.2

Sidebottom to Boucher, no run, a pointless bouncer down the leg side

89.3

Sidebottom to Boucher, no run, down the leg side but Boucher can't connect

89.4

Sidebottom to Boucher, FOUR, four more! A great stroke it was too, opening his stance and absolutely lacing it through extra cover. Quality lower-order batting

89.5

Sidebottom to Boucher, FOUR, swinging into his pads and Boucher just flicks this through midwicket for four more. Superb timing

89.6

Sidebottom to Boucher, 1 run, hooked straight down Panesar's throw at fine-leg who drops it! Oh dear. A fine bouncer to which Monty didn't need to move, and, well, he never really looked like catching it. Oh, and they took the single too...

South Africa 312/9   MV Boucher 38* (47b 5x4)

90.1

Anderson to Boucher, 2 runs, Boucher lines up a huge shot but inside-edges it down to fine-leg. Panesar is too slow to prevent two

90.2

Anderson to Boucher, OUT, what a catch by Vaughan! Boucher went inside out and Vaughan, sprinting in from extra cover, dived to take a quite brilliant (and surprising) catch. Pleasingly, both his knees appear to be still intact too

MV Boucher c Vaughan b Anderson 40 (90m 49b 5x4 0x6) SR: 81.63

South Africa 314/10   MV Boucher 40 (49b 5x4)
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England v South Africa at The Oval - Aug 7-11, 2008
England won by 6 wickets
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South Africa won by 10 wickets
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Match drawn
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Aug 2, 2008

Mark Boucher was not out on 45 leading South Africa to their first series victory in England since 1965, England v South Africa, 3rd Test, Edgbaston, August 2, 2008

Mark Boucher was not out on 45

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Aug 2, 2008

Graeme Smith is mobbed by his team-mates after leading South Africa to their first series victory in England since 1965, England v South Africa, 3rd Test, Edgbaston, August 2, 2008

Graeme Smith is mobbed by his team-mates after leading South Africa to their first series victory in England since 1965

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