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

68.5

Flintoff to de Villiers, no run, another fast yorker spearing into de Villiers' middle stump. That, too, was quick - upwards of 86mph

68.6

Flintoff to de Villiers, no run, 88.7mph and it's left alone by de Villiers. Edgbaston stands for Flintoff who's produced two memorable overs, the type of inspirational cricket England have missed from him for 18 months

South Africa 226/5   AB de Villiers 0* (2b)

69.3

Anderson to de Villiers, 4 leg byes, well wide of the off stump

69.4

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, again too wide, again left alone

69.5

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, again left alone

69.6

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, nudged to leg

South Africa 231/5   AB de Villiers 0* (6b)

70.5

Flintoff to de Villiers, no run, left alone outside off

70.6

Flintoff to de Villiers, 1 run, flicked around the corner

South Africa 233/5   AB de Villiers 1* (8b)

71.1

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, edged him and he's caught! Or is he? No, they're not even appealing, but replays show he did get an edge on that. That's very bizarre

71.2

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, punched back to the bowler

71.3

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, too wide and left alone

71.4

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, better. Much straighter and forcing the defensive

71.5

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, that's a terrific ball, squaring de Villiers up with a nasty little leg-cutter, but the batsman's right behind it and defends solidly

71.6

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, short and wide

South Africa 233/5   AB de Villiers 1* (14b)

72.2

Flintoff to de Villiers, no run, quick, fast bouncer which rattles into de Villiers' chest - in fact, he played that really well, nudging it to leg

72.3

Flintoff to de Villiers, FOUR, ooh that was quick, too - but came off the bat with equal zip, through midwicket for four

72.4

Flintoff to de Villiers, OUT, got him, Flintoff's on fire here! An 88.4mph bouncer which lures de Villiers into a hook, but he top-edges a skier above Sidebottom at fine-leg. Steadying himself, he takes it comfortably and England are right back in this match

AB de Villiers c Sidebottom b Flintoff 5 (17m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 29.41

South Africa 238/6   AB de Villiers 5 (17b 1x4)
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
Series Results
England v South Africa at The Oval - Aug 7-11, 2008
England won by 6 wickets
England v South Africa at Birmingham - Jul 30-Aug 2, 2008
South Africa won by 5 wickets
England v South Africa at Leeds - Jul 18-21, 2008
South Africa won by 10 wickets
England v South Africa at Lord's - Jul 10-14, 2008
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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