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

1.1

Ntini to Strauss, 1 leg bye, a loose, stiff stray down the leg side which Strauss knocks off his hip for a single

1.2

Ntini to Cook, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone

1.3

Ntini to Cook, 1 run, Cook leans back into a crunching cover drive, but can't really time it as well as he might. A single brings Strauss back on strike

1.4

Ntini to Strauss, 2 runs, patiently played by Strauss, nudging this to leg for two through midwicket

1.5

Ntini to Strauss, no run, better ball from Ntini this time, Strauss defends to cover

1.6

Ntini to Strauss, no run, ooh blimey, what's he up to here? A little bit short and Strauss tries to pull it, the ball cannoning into his left boot and very nearly into his stumps. This is a pretty slow pitch, judging by the first 12 balls

England 5/0   M Ntini 1-0-3-0

3.1

Ntini to Strauss, no run, a very good line on the off stump, and Strauss - well back in his crease - defends solidly

3.2

Ntini to Strauss, no run, that's a bit of a waste, though. Too wide to trouble Strauss and Boucher takes it in front of first slip

3.3

Ntini to Strauss, no run, much better. Wider of the crease and he angles it across the left-hander

3.4

Ntini to Strauss, no run, ignored once more

3.5

Ntini to Strauss, no run, again Ntini isn't making the left-hander play; again it's angled across him and he leaves it alone

3.6

Ntini to Strauss, no run, and it's ignored once more to end the over

England 11/0   M Ntini 2-1-3-0

5.1

Ntini to Cook, 3 runs, a waste from Ntini, much too short and Cook climbs into a pull. As is so often the case, he doesn't time it - it sometimes looks like he's batting with a plastic bat - and Andre Nel makes an excellent chase to cut off four

5.2

Ntini to Strauss, no run, pulled again to Nel at midwicket

5.3

Ntini to Strauss, no run, better line on the off stump, Strauss defends on the back foot

5.4

Ntini to Strauss, FOUR, yes, neat stroke by Strauss. A crisp pull to a thoughtlessly short delivery. No pace on a really slow pitch, it just sat up and begged to be smacked through midwicket by Strauss

5.5

Ntini to Strauss, no run, fuller but wider

5.6

Ntini to Strauss, no run, and again he leaves alone

England 19/0   M Ntini 3-1-10-0

7.1

Ntini to Cook, no run, on middle-and-leg, defended

7.2

Ntini to Cook, no run, short of a length but, with the lack of pace by Ntini - not to mention on a pitch lacking zip - Cook defends this comfortably off the back foot

7.3

Ntini to Cook, no run, Cook isn't lured into playing at this one which angles across him

7.4

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

7.5

Ntini to Cook, no run, defended on the back foot once more

7.6

Ntini to Cook, no run, ignored once more

England 20/0   M Ntini 4-2-10-0

9.1

Ntini to Cook, no run, firmly forward and defended

9.2

Ntini to Cook, no run, Cook is happy to shoulder arms here

9.3

Ntini to Cook, 2 runs, neatly punched off the back foot by Cook, gliding it without power through the off side

9.4

Ntini to Cook, no run, ooh and he immediately lures Cook into a poky, awkward drive to one which held its line

9.5

Ntini to Cook, no run, left alone

9.6

Ntini to Cook, 2 runs, short, Cook steps to leg and tries to clatter this through the off side, but he again can't time it. It's turgid stuff out there, really difficult to get any value for your shots

England 24/0   M Ntini 5-2-14-0

11.1

Ntini to Cook, no run, punched off the back foot. Defended, rather

11.2

Ntini to Cook, no run, short, wide and he cuts firmly to point. Neat stroke

11.3

Ntini to Cook, no run, good line this time, and Cook is forced into a defensive

11.4

Ntini to Cook, no run, that's a better delivery which hurries him into a defensive nudge to leg

11.5

Ntini to Cook, no run, timed to mid-on

11.6

Ntini to Cook, no run, a yelp from Ntini as he hurries the batsman into a defensive

England 31/0   M Ntini 6-3-14-0

13.1

Ntini to Cook, (no ball) FOUR, well, that's a gift for Cook. It's short, slow, wide and clobbered for four with a very firm cut

13.1

Ntini to Cook, no run, ooh just short of gully! Much better length by Ntini and no footwork by Cook, edging this just short of Paul Harris

13.2

Ntini to Cook, no run, punched back to the bowler

13.3

Ntini to Cook, no run, ignored outside off

13.4

Ntini to Cook, no run, short of a length and Cook, well back in his crease, squeezes this out

13.5

Ntini to Cook, FOUR, another shorter ball, another four - he really has pulled that with emphatic power

13.6

Ntini to Cook, no run, and it's ignored to end the over

England 40/0   M Ntini 7-3-23-0

29.1

Ntini to Cook, 1 run, squashed off the legs to square to bring up his 13th Test fifty, this one from 88 balls with eight fours and a strike rite of 56.8. 125 minutes in all.

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   M Ntini 8-3-28-0

31.1

Ntini to Cook, no run, comes out of his crease, looking to see if the ball on off is of driveable length, his instincts convince him it's not and so he quickly essays the front-foot defence

31.2

Ntini to Cook, no run, Ntini, round the wicket again, fires in on off and forces him to play on the front foot once more

31.3

Ntini to Cook, 2 runs, clipped off the legs behind square and both batsmen set off quickly

31.4

Ntini to Cook, FOUR, on the front foot and forces down the ground through mid-on, perhaps not the best-timed shot as he closes the face, but he will accept it nonetheless

31.5

Ntini to Cook, no run, hurries the ball down the channel, a nagging length, and Cook is quick to shoulder arms

31.6

Ntini to Cook, no run, a huge - and prolonged shout - for lbw, but it was on the angle, perhaps with a touch of bat in there too, and the umpire is unmoved

England 104/3   M Ntini 9-3-34-0

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

33.6

Ntini to Cook, FOUR, width outside off and Cook stands up straight and drives hard through the covers off the back foot

England 114/3   M Ntini 10-3-41-0

54.1

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, comes from wide of the crease, a tactic he favoured in the second Test, and fires it down past the outside edge, angling in tight in the end

54.2

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, on the front foot, defended out to the covers

54.3

Ntini to Flintoff, 1 leg bye, pushed off the legs down to fine leg, and that's ajudged to have come off the pads

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

54.6

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

England 173/6   M Ntini 11-4-41-1

56.1

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

56.2

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff defends this straight delivery on the back foot

56.3

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, angling into Flintoff who shoulders arms

56.4

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff's solid in defence

56.5

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, ooh, a good leave from Flintoff to a slightly fuller ball

56.6

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, again left alone but closer to his off stump this time

England 174/6   M Ntini 12-4-42-1

58.1

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

58.2

Ntini to Ambrose, 1 run, nudged around the corner

58.3

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, left alone outside off

58.4

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, that's a very good line, just holding up on Flintoff but, to his credit, he is right behind it and defending it surely

58.5

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, wide of the crease, Flintoff leaves alone

58.6

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, and it's ignored once more

England 176/6   M Ntini 13-4-43-1

60.1

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, neat stroke, powered to mid-on but straight to the fielder. A fuller length from Ntini, but the line wasn't quite right

60.2

Ntini to Flintoff, 3 runs, pulled with reasonable power through midwicket but Nel gives chase and he has legs longer than a motorway, hauling it down in about 10 giant steps to prevent four

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   M Ntini 14-4-46-1

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   M Ntini 15-4-52-1

64.1

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone

64.2

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

64.3

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, very firmly blocked on the back foot

64.4

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, angling into Flintoff who defends

64.5

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, and Flintoff is forward and defending

64.6

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, nudged out to the off side

England 192/6   M Ntini 16-5-52-1

72.1

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, defended back down off the back foot

72.2

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, defended once more down the line

72.3

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, on off, driven on the up to mid on

72.4

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, on off, and Flintoff gets right behind that one in crouching, almost deferential, defence

72.5

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, comes from wide of the crease, and fires up in line with off, the batsman defends forward out to the covers

72.6

Ntini to Flintoff, 2 runs, on the legs, pushed out to midwicket for a gentle double

England 208/6   M Ntini 17-5-54-1

74.1

Ntini to Flintoff, no run, nipped in off the seam and defended a touch awkwardly back down in line with off

74.2

Ntini to Flintoff, 1 run, outside off, driven into the covers on the front foot

74.3

Ntini to Sidebottom, 2 runs, angled into the legs from over the wicket, and a good shot from the left-handed Sidebottom sends the ball to square leg

74.4

Ntini to Sidebottom, no run, back round the wicket, up there on off, defended back down on the front foot

74.5

Ntini to Sidebottom, no run, width outside off, the ball sits up and the batsman lets it go on through

74.6

Ntini to Sidebottom, OUT, Ntini strikes now! Sidebottom didn't hang around long, the swing taking the ball away and the edge carrying on to Boucher behind the stumps

RJ Sidebottom c †Boucher b Ntini 2 (6m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

England 215/8   M Ntini 18-5-57-2

76.1

Ntini to Flintoff, SIX, short ball on off and Flintoff that lifts that one away over midwicket bringing some much-needed cheer

76.2

Ntini to Flintoff, FOUR, on the front foot now, drills it hard back past the bowler who has to take evasive action as the ball was travelling towards his head

76.3

Ntini to Flintoff, 1 run, on the legs now, tucked down to fine leg

76.4

Ntini to Anderson, 1 run, on the legs again, pressed down behind square

76.5

Ntini to Flintoff, OUT, pushed forward and this was always a tight run, Flintoff calling Anderson through and a direct throw runs him out

JM Anderson run out 1 (10m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

76.6

Ntini to Panesar, 1 run, OUT, on the legs, squeezed down to deep backward square leg and that's really inexcusable - two run-outs in two balls, Paensar not getting back as the throw comes in and Boucher takes the bails off, Panesar failing to ground his bat as he tried to keep Flintoff on strike for the next over

MS Panesar run out 1 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

England 231/10   M Ntini 19-5-70-2
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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England won by 6 wickets
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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

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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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