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

25.6

Kallis to Bell, no run, defended

England 74/3   IR Bell 0* (1b)

27.1

Kallis to Bell, FOUR, beautiful shot to get off the mark, probably the stroke of the morning, driving this sweetly through extra cover

27.2

Kallis to Bell, no run, defended on the front foot

27.3

Kallis to Bell, no run, good line outside off, Bell's forward and defending

27.4

Kallis to Bell, no run, outside off, Bell angles this to third slip

27.5

Kallis to Bell, no run, ooh, a tempter outside the off stump, swinging away from the Bellster, who leaves alone

27.6

Kallis to Bell, no run, and it's left alone

England 82/3   IR Bell 4* (7b 1x4)

28.2

Morkel to Bell, no run, ooh, outside off and Bell gets a bottom edge as he tries to leave, the ball bobbles out to the slips

28.3

Morkel to Bell, 1 no ball, back of a length on off stump, Bell defends on the back foot and it's a no-ball as well

28.3

Morkel to Bell, FOUR, goes for the drive, no real footwork and gets a thick outside past gully down to third man. He wasn't in control of that one, hint of movement for Morkel

28.4

Morkel to Bell, no run, good line outside off, Bell defends on the front foot into the covers

28.5

Morkel to Bell, no run, good carry through to Boucher as Morkel bangs it in, Bell lifts the bat high out of the way

28.6

Morkel to Bell, no run, wider outside off, Bell watches it go through

England 88/3   IR Bell 8* (13b 2x4)

29.2

Ntini to Bell, no run, comes in a touch off the seam and is defended stoutly back down into the pitch on the front foot

29.3

Ntini to Bell, no run, winged up there in line with off, a full delivery asking to be defended back down forward quickly

29.4

Ntini to Bell, no run, outside off, defended back down into the covers

29.5

Ntini to Bell, FOUR, short ball on off and Bell is quick to rock back and set himself enough time to deliver a fine pull shot like honey.

29.6

Ntini to Bell, no run, defended on the front foot now

England 93/3   IR Bell 12* (18b 3x4)

32.1

Morkel to Bell, no run, looks to flick off the legs down to fine leg but is a touch too late on the shot and the ball squashes down into the turf

32.2

Morkel to Bell, 1 run, oh, that one climbs on Bell and the batsman may have thought he was in trouble for a second as the ball crashes into the handle and on to his glove but splays down safely near gully

England 105/3   IR Bell 13* (20b 3x4)

33.1

Ntini to Bell, no run, right up there, and pushed into the covers on the front foot

33.2

Ntini to Bell, 2 runs, clipped off the legs to deep midwicket, Prince returns it hard. "Good fielding, Ashy!" is the verdict

33.3

Ntini to Bell, no run, up there on off, Bell gets on the back foot and wrists it down towards the short covers

33.4

Ntini to Bell, no run, angled up there on a good length and in line with off, a patient Bell pats the ball back down forward

33.5

Ntini to Bell, 1 run, fired on the legs and clipped off in front of square, some good timing and the midwicket fielder does the rest

England 110/3   IR Bell 16* (25b 3x4)

34.1

Morkel to Bell, no run, on the back foot, pushed down to gully

34.2

Morkel to Bell, 2 runs, good stroke from Bell, driven through mid on and it's chased down well by Nel inside the rope

34.3

Morkel to Bell, no run, forced down the channel outside off, decent delivery, Bell leaves it be

34.4

Morkel to Bell, no run, oh, oh, good stuff from Morkel, troubling him as he did last over with one which rises up steeply, this one just nipping past the shoulder of the bat as Bell jumped up and on his back foot in would-be defence

34.5

Morkel to Bell, 1 no ball, a short one once more, but this time Bell is quick to let it go through, and that's a no-ball too for an overstep

34.5

Morkel to Bell, no run, darted up there, good length one, left alone

34.6

Morkel to Bell, no run, short ball on off, defended back down

England 117/3   IR Bell 18* (32b 3x4)

35.3

Harris to Bell, no run, defended back down on the back foot

35.4

Harris to Bell, no run, some spin away from him and worked into the covers

35.5

Harris to Bell, no run, Bell wanted to come down now, Harris saw him, and dragged it shorter, the batsman forced to defend on the front foot

35.6

Harris to Bell, no run, pushed on the front foot in line with off to round off a tidy first over

England 118/3   IR Bell 18* (36b 3x4)

37.1

Harris to Bell, no run, some loop in on the legs, pressed out towards mid on

37.2

Harris to Bell, no run, kneels right over the ball in line with leg, defended hard on the crouch

37.3

Harris to Bell, 1 run, on the legs, driven out to mid on

England 119/3   IR Bell 19* (39b 3x4)

38.1

Nel to Bell, no run, a full one up there in line with off, defended hard on the front foot

38.2

Nel to Bell, no run, sailed it through on a good length once more

38.3

Nel to Bell, no run, width outside off, left alone

38.4

Nel to Bell, FOUR, width outside off and struck very well indeed with a flowing steer off the back foot through the covers to bring up the fifty partnership

38.5

Nel to Bell, no run, outside off, lets it go through

38.6

Nel to Bell, FOUR, oh, finds the outside edge, Bell not too sure what was going on there as he is deceived by the swing away, it falls short of second slip and runs away for four

England 129/3   IR Bell 27* (45b 5x4)

39.2

Harris to Bell, 1 run, clipped off the legs out to square

39.5

Harris to Bell, no run, round the wicket now, and fires it up there, full, and defended on the front foot

39.6

Harris to Bell, no run, on the legs, defended hard back down

England 132/3   IR Bell 28* (48b 5x4)

41.1

Kallis to Bell, no run, some swing away outside off

41.2

Kallis to Bell, no run, outside off, pushed into the covers now

41.3

Kallis to Bell, no run, some width outside off, left alone

41.4

Kallis to Bell, 3 runs, squeezed off the legs in front of square

England 139/4   IR Bell 31* (52b 5x4)

42.1

Nel to Bell, no run, outside off, fired down the channel

42.2

Nel to Bell, no run, outside off, a good-length ball, left alone

42.3

Nel to Bell, no run, generates some swing away from him, the batsman lets it go through

42.4

Nel to Bell, no run, defended into the ground towards the covers

42.5

Nel to Bell, no run, on middle and off, squeezed off the legs to midwicket

42.6

Nel to Bell, no run, outside off, kept low, the batsman watches it go through

England 139/4   IR Bell 31* (58b 5x4)

44.1

Nel to Bell, no run, nipped right back in off the seam outside off, a good leave there you could say

44.2

Nel to Bell, no run, outside off, left alone

44.3

Nel to Bell, no run, outside edged down to first slip, oh just a share short of Smith, out of whom's hands the ball popped after bouncing anyway

44.4

Nel to Bell, FOUR, width outside off, sits up and Bell despatches it firmly through point

44.5

Nel to Bell, no run, defended on the front foot now

44.6

Nel to Bell, FOUR, width outside off and a lovely shot from Bell, although the bowler had admittedly overpitched, the batsman reaching out and driving through the covers

England 147/4   IR Bell 39* (64b 7x4)

46.1

Morkel to Bell, no run, begins with a wide one, way outside off

46.2

Morkel to Bell, no run, lets it go through now, a hint of shape

46.3

Morkel to Bell, no run, on middle and leg, Bell fends it down, just getting on top of the bounce with a one-handed slam-dunk

46.4

Morkel to Bell, no run, some swing away which threatens to follow the batsman

46.5

Morkel to Bell, 1 no ball, short ball outside off, some swing away, the batsman lets it go through

46.5

Morkel to Bell, no run, width outside off, some swing away, the batsman shoulders arms again

46.6

Morkel to Bell, 1 run, short ball, hooked round behind square

England 149/4   IR Bell 40* (71b 7x4)

47.1

Kallis to Bell, no run, defended straight back down the line

47.2

Kallis to Bell, no run, defended back down on the front foot

47.3

Kallis to Bell, no run, outside off, lets this one go through with some swing away

47.4

Kallis to Bell, no run, right up there and an appeal as he was rapped in front while nearly falling over, though a big inside edge saved him

47.5

Kallis to Bell, no run, outside off, some swing away

47.6

Kallis to Bell, no run, outside off, pushed at it, some swing away, drawing Bell into the shot and nearly taking the edge

England 149/4   IR Bell 40* (77b 7x4)

49.1

Kallis to Bell, no run, defended on the front foot

49.2

Kallis to Bell, no run, more defence on the front foot

49.3

Kallis to Bell, no run, some width outside off, and some swing away, the batsman lets it go on

49.4

Kallis to Bell, no run, outside off, lets it go through, Bell watchful

49.5

Kallis to Bell, 1 run, clamped off the legs to deep square and they pick up an easy run

England 154/4   IR Bell 41* (82b 7x4)

50.1

Morkel to Bell, no run, outside off, lets it go through

50.2

Morkel to Bell, no run, more of the same

50.3

Morkel to Bell, no run, some swing away, and some width, down the channel. Left alone

50.4

Morkel to Bell, FOUR, on the legs, flicked away down the leg side and quickly to the rope. Morkel pauses to consider that delivery, Bell walking well into the shot

50.5

Morkel to Bell, no run, outside off, some swing away, the batsman shoulders arms

50.6

Morkel to Bell, no run, oh, a good yorker which nearly sneaks through. Bell stands agog, in retrospective puzzlement

England 158/4   IR Bell 45* (88b 8x4)

51.4

Kallis to Bell, no run, played on the front foot

51.5

Kallis to Bell, 1 run, comes forward and clips a very full delivery off the legs down to fine leg

England 160/5   IR Bell 46* (90b 8x4)

52.1

Morkel to Bell, no run, outside off, shoulders arms as the ball curves away from him

52.2

Morkel to Bell, no run, outside off, drives to the covers

52.3

Morkel to Bell, no run, up there and defended back down the line

52.4

Morkel to Bell, FOUR, outside off, some swing away, drives through the covers, evading a diving fielder and that brings up his fifty

52.5

Morkel to Bell, no run, defended on the front foot now

52.6

Morkel to Bell, no run, comes in off the seam and is crunched out to the covers on the front foot

England 168/5   IR Bell 50* (96b 9x4)

54.4

Ntini to Bell, no run, on the back foot, pushed back down in line with off

54.5

Ntini to Bell, OUT, a feather of an edge and Bell goes now! The change (of ends and of bowler) has worked, as he slides the ball in from wide and Bell's tickle, pushing forward, goes through

IR Bell c †Boucher b Ntini 50 (129m 98b 9x4 0x6) SR: 51.02

England 173/6   IR Bell 50 (98b 9x4)
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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England won by 6 wickets
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South Africa won by 5 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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