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

35.1

Harris to Cook, no run, defended hard on the front foot

35.2

Harris to Cook, 1 run, dragged it down a touch short, keeps a bit low and as it spins into the left hander he wrists it off to square

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   PL Harris 1-0-1-0

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

37.4

Harris to Cook, 2 runs, width outside off, driven hard through the covers on the front foot

37.5

Harris to Cook, no run, defended hard on the front foot

37.6

Harris to Cook, no run, defended on the front foot to the covers now

England 121/3   PL Harris 2-0-4-0

39.1

Harris to Cook, 1 run, pushed into the short-cover region

39.2

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

39.3

Harris to Cook, no run, pushed this one up full and Cook, trapped, in turn traps the ball down

39.4

Harris to Cook, 1 run, over the wicket, incidentally, puts the ball on the legs and it's pushed 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   PL Harris 3-0-7-0

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

57.5

Harris to Flintoff, no run, tossed up on middle. Flintoff blocks

57.6

Harris to Flintoff, no run, nudged to short-leg

England 175/6   PL Harris 4-0-8-0

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   PL Harris 5-1-8-0

61.1

Harris to Flintoff, 1 run, Flintoff takes a large step down the pitch to drive this fizzing delivery

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   PL Harris 6-1-10-0

63.1

Harris to Flintoff, no run, a quicker one which hurries Flintoff into a defensive

63.2

Harris to Flintoff, no run, pumped back to the bowler who skips to his right and nearly takes Ambrose out

63.3

Harris to Flintoff, FOUR, bosh! Take that. Tossed up wider and Flintoff cover-drives this with authority

63.4

Harris to Flintoff, no run, solidly defended

63.5

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

63.6

Harris to Flintoff, 1 run, turned around the corner

England 192/6   PL Harris 7-1-15-0

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   PL Harris 8-1-19-0

67.1

Harris to Ambrose, no run, fired into his legs

67.2

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

67.3

Harris to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff lunges forward and smothers this good-length delivery on the off stump

67.4

Harris to Flintoff, no run, down the leg side

67.5

Harris to Flintoff, 1 run, on-driven through mid-on who dives over the top of it. McKenzie, I think it was

67.6

Harris to Ambrose, no run, firmly blocked

England 198/6   PL Harris 9-1-21-0

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

69.5

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

69.6

Harris to Flintoff, no run, and again it's blocked

England 205/6   PL Harris 10-1-24-0

71.1

Harris to Flintoff, 1 run, pushed out to point

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   PL Harris 11-1-25-0
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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