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

0.1

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, some swing first up and defended back down in line with off

0.2

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, some swing back in, McKenzie leaves it but that will encourage the bowler

0.3

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, defended on the front foot

0.4

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, swing back in again, good length once more, defended over it

0.5

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, outside off, goes right through on a good length

0.6

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, defended on the front foot back in line with off

South Africa 0/0   RJ Sidebottom 1-1-0-0

2.1

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, defended on the front foot out to cover

2.2

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, defended hard on the front foot

2.3

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, down the legs, McKenzie chases it round

2.4

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, defended down on the front foot in line with off

2.5

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, forced down the legs

2.6

Sidebottom to McKenzie, 4 leg byes, a big appeal, some swing back in, but it's turned down and the clue could be that leg-byes are signalled as the ball races away straight down fine

South Africa 6/0   RJ Sidebottom 2-2-0-0

4.1

Sidebottom to Smith, 1 run, defended down off the back foot

4.2

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, defended hard on the front foot

4.3

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, forced across him from over the wicket, the batsman kneels down and drives into the ground, the ball popping up off the turf towards Pietersen in the covers who takes it and for a split-second the crowd thought it was a catch

4.4

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, crashed into the legs, forced down the leg side now

4.5

Sidebottom to McKenzie, 1 run, squashes out a single to mid on

4.6

Sidebottom to Smith, no run, fired down the channel, the ball sits up a touch, but ultimately it's left alone

South Africa 12/0   RJ Sidebottom 3-2-2-0

6.1

Sidebottom to Smith, no run, defended down from off

6.2

Sidebottom to Smith, no run, outside off, some swing away, the batsman lets it go through

6.3

Sidebottom to Smith, no run, defended into the covers

6.4

Sidebottom to Smith, 1 run, outside off, defended forward, a direct hit from Anderson and though the batsman is well in, a third umpire's opinion is requested all the same

6.5

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, outside off, the batsman shoulders arms

6.6

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, a play and a miss ends the over, the batsman forcing at it as it comes across him

South Africa 17/0   RJ Sidebottom 4-2-3-0

8.1

Sidebottom to McKenzie, 3 runs, pushes out to point on the front foot, opening the face as it goes out square

8.2

Sidebottom to Harris, 2 runs, flicked away off the legs and Panesar returns in one movement, much to the delight of the crowd, who never seem to tire of (tiresomely) applauding him

8.3

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, some swing back in and defended back down

8.4

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

8.5

Sidebottom to Harris, 4 leg byes, short ball clatters into the helmet, the batsman not quick enough to get out of the way

8.6

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, tucked off the legs to short square

South Africa 26/1   RJ Sidebottom 5-2-8-0

10.1

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, left alone down the channel

10.2

Sidebottom to Harris, FOUR, oh, found the gap between the three slips and two gullies somehow, despite pressing an outside edge away from the body

10.3

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, over the wicket, forced across the right hander with some swing back in, Harris hangs on with a back-foot defence

10.4

Sidebottom to Harris, FOUR, played off the legs down through fine leg

10.5

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, fired outside off, Harris draws his bat right back in

10.6

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, full delivery in line with off and middle, a huge shout for lbw but turned down as he got his bat down in time

South Africa 38/1   RJ Sidebottom 6-2-16-0

12.1

Sidebottom to McKenzie, 2 runs, swings into McKenzie's pads, glanced fine and Monty Panesar makes good ground from long leg, his dive brings acknowledgement from Sidebottom

12.2

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, outside off, defended square on the off side to point

12.3

Sidebottom to McKenzie, FOUR, poor ball, waste from Sidebottom, way outside leg stump and clipped away to fine leg

12.4

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, better line on off stump, hint of swing back into McKenzie who defends solidly into the covers

12.5

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, defended with soft hands from off stump down towards gully...it's been a trademark of McKenzie's series, how late he plays the ball in defence

12.6

Sidebottom to McKenzie, FOUR, takes the outside edge this time, finds the gap between third slip and gully so a early runs for South Africa this morning

South Africa 51/1   RJ Sidebottom 7-2-26-0

21.1

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, well wide of the off stump and ignored

21.2

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, good line and length, drawing McKenzie forward who defends very solidly

21.3

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, swinging into McKenzie who nudges this out to the off side, threatening to run a single, but decides against it

21.4

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, short of a length, McKenzie goes back and punches this off the back foot out to the off side

21.5

Sidebottom to McKenzie, 1 run, down the leg side this time, McKenzie neatly turns his wrist and flicks it to Panesar at fine-leg

21.6

Sidebottom to Harris, FOUR, outside edge past third slip for four! The pain continues for England and South Africa are utterly owning them this morning

South Africa 80/1   RJ Sidebottom 8-2-31-0

23.1

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, a hint of swing back into the right hander who defends

23.2

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, left alone outside off

23.3

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, swinging back into the right-hander - a much better delivery, forcing a defensive

23.4

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, ignored outside off

23.5

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, on the off stump and bending back in, it's blocked

23.6

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, swinging into the batsman, he defends on the back foot

South Africa 85/1   RJ Sidebottom 9-3-31-0

25.1

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, down the leg side

25.2

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, better line from Sidebottom but well played by Harris, going back into his crease and defending it solidly

25.3

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, beaten! Harris is furious with himself, drawn into a loose poke outside off

25.4

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, nudged to leg and only just short of Ian Bell at short midwicket! That was mighty close

25.5

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, angled across the right-hander but Harris, who's showed such excellent judgement for a nightwatchman this morning, refuses to be lured into driving

25.6

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, beaten by a cracker, swinging into the right hander

South Africa 86/1   RJ Sidebottom 10-4-31-0

27.1

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, angled across the right hander who leaves it alone

27.2

Sidebottom to Harris, no run, swinging back into the right hander who defends solidly

27.3

Sidebottom to Harris, OUT, Harris's splendid resistance comes to an end at last, trying to drive this on the up but he can only edge it straight to Alastair Cook at third slip. A knackered-looking England barely celebrate, but their relief is tangible

PL Harris c Cook b Sidebottom 19 (91m 54b 3x4 0x6) SR: 35.18

27.4

Sidebottom to Amla, no run, pushed off the back foot

27.5

Sidebottom to Amla, no run, beaten by a total, ripping crackerjack of a jaffa! Angling across Amla, cutting back just a touch, he's beaten all ends up. Fine ball indeed - the best of South Africa's innings, I'd wager

27.6

Sidebottom to Amla, no run, on his legs, Amla times this with a neat flick but straight to Bell at a deepish short-leg

South Africa 94/2   RJ Sidebottom 11-5-31-1

29.1

Sidebottom to Amla, 1 run, nudged off his hip

29.2

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, angled across the right hander who doesn't need to play

29.3

Sidebottom to McKenzie, no run, again, no need to play at that

29.4

Sidebottom to McKenzie, 3 runs, languidly driven through extra cover, Anderson gives chase and hauls it down, but McKenzie's through to another fifty - his 15th - as South Africa reach their 100. Another fighting innings

29.5

Sidebottom to Amla, no run, mistimed to mid-off

29.6

Sidebottom to Amla, no run, good leave by Amla

South Africa 100/2   RJ Sidebottom 12-5-35-1

39.1

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, forced across the right hander from over the wicket, Kallis defending into the covers

39.2

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, defended down off the back foot into the short covers

39.3

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, defended down on the back foot forward

39.4

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, defended on the front foot now into the covers

39.5

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, on the front foot, pushed out to mid on

39.6

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, forced hard across him, lets that one go through

South Africa 135/4   RJ Sidebottom 13-6-35-1

41.1

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, outside off, left alone

41.2

Sidebottom to Kallis, FOUR, width outside off, the batsman kneels down, reaches out and drills a flowing cover drive whick skews off just in front of point

41.3

Sidebottom to Kallis, 2 runs, on middle and off, wristed away off the back foot through midwicket

41.4

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, outside off, pushed out to the covers on the front foot

41.5

Sidebottom to Kallis, 1 run, on the legs, pushed off behind square

41.6

Sidebottom to Prince, no run, over the wicket, bangs it in hard, not much lift and plenty of swing away from the left hander who lets it go on through

South Africa 144/4   RJ Sidebottom 14-6-42-1

43.1

Sidebottom to Kallis, (no ball) 1 run, driven out to mid off, and there's an overstep

43.1

Sidebottom to Prince, no run, pushed off the legs behind square

43.2

Sidebottom to Prince, no run, defended back down on the back foot in line with off

43.3

Sidebottom to Prince, no run, over the wicket, pushed into the covers

43.4

Sidebottom to Prince, no run, defended on the front foot

43.5

Sidebottom to Prince, no run, defended down the track on the front foot in line with middle

43.6

Sidebottom to Prince, no run, defended on the front foot

South Africa 147/4   RJ Sidebottom 15-6-44-1

45.1

Sidebottom to Prince, 1 run, squeezed off the legs to square and Prince is off the mark at last

45.2

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, forced across him, the batsman lets it go on the angle

45.3

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, fired very wide down the channel now

45.4

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, on the front foot, pushed out to mid off

45.5

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, defended into the covers

45.6

Sidebottom to Kallis, FOUR, oh, yorker, and that one is squeezed back off the inside edge through the gate and past the stumps and a diving, rolling Ambrose to his left

South Africa 158/4   RJ Sidebottom 16-6-49-1

63.1

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, pushed across Kallis, a loosener, and he watches sail easily past off stump

63.2

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, slightly closer to off stump, but again left alone

63.3

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, not much swing first up from Sidebottom, outside off and Kallis happy to leave it alone

63.4

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, fuller outside off, but still no shot needed from Kallis...Sidebottom has to make him play more

63.5

Sidebottom to Kallis, 2 runs, straighter and flicked away through square leg, comes back for two and brings up his first half-century of the series off 93 balls

63.6

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, driven firmly up to mid-on to end the over

South Africa 207/4   RJ Sidebottom 17-6-51-1

65.1

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, Kallis leaves this alone

65.2

Sidebottom to Kallis, no run, defended on the back foot

65.3

Sidebottom to Kallis, FOUR, majestic. Simply, utterly majestic - flicking this through midwicket with poise and a flourish. Huge power too

65.4

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

65.5

Sidebottom to Kallis, 1 run, pushed out to the off side

65.6

Sidebottom to Prince, FOUR, another four, a really classy one, cover-driving this with great timing. Dreadful, wide ball swinging wider still

South Africa 216/4   RJ Sidebottom 18-6-60-1

77.1

Sidebottom to Prince, no run, outside off, dropped into the off side without any timing...a real gentle start from Sidebottom, who still looked below par yesterday

77.2

Sidebottom to Prince, no run, tighter to off stump, Prince comes across and defends into the off side

77.3

Sidebottom to Prince, no run, full on middle and off, nudged back up the pitch where Sidebottom fields in his follow through, the hurls the ball back at Ambrose

77.4

Sidebottom to Prince, no run, good line from Sidebottom, Prince overs up on off stump and defends into the leg side

77.5

Sidebottom to Prince, no run, comes half forward outside off, plays square on the off side out to point...Prince again seems in complete control of himself

77.6

Sidebottom to Prince, OUT, gone! what a huge wicket, full and wide of off stump and draws Prince into a rare loose drive, a thin edge flies through comfortably to Ambrose who swallows it. A vital blow by Sidebottom, Prince was very capable of marshalling the lower order

AG Prince c †Ambrose b Sidebottom 39 (166m 104b 7x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

South Africa 264/7   RJ Sidebottom 19-7-60-2

79.1

Sidebottom to Morkel, no run, wide and swinging away further outside off stump, Morkel not interested

79.2

Sidebottom to Morkel, no run, too wide again, but a hint of swing for Sidebottom, he needs to start it closer to off stump

79.3

Sidebottom to Morkel, no run, tighter line this time, Morkel plays inside the ball

79.4

Sidebottom to Morkel, no run, left alone again, Sidebottom not quite getting it right in this over

79.5

Sidebottom to Morkel, no run, fuller on off stump, Morkel drives up to mid-off but without much timing

79.6

Sidebottom to Morkel, no run, that's a cracker to end the over, pitched up and swinging away on off stump, Morkel is beaten, too good for him

South Africa 268/7   RJ Sidebottom 20-8-60-2

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

81.4

Sidebottom to Morkel, 2 leg byes, down the leg side, takes the pad but this time Ambrose gets a glove on it and prevents the boundary

81.5

Sidebottom to Morkel, no run, down the leg side again, Sidebottom not at his best

81.6

Sidebottom to Morkel, 1 run, tucked from off stump, keeps the strike with a single out to deep square leg

South Africa 277/7   RJ Sidebottom 21-8-62-2

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   RJ Sidebottom 22-9-62-2

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

85.5

Sidebottom to Morkel, no run, firmly punched off the back foot just behind square, and Collingwood pulls off an impressive save to his left at gully. That's more the Collingwood we know

85.6

Sidebottom to Morkel, no run, firmly defended

South Africa 288/7   RJ Sidebottom 23-9-63-2

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

87.3

Sidebottom to Nel, no run, Sidebottom angles this across Nel who leaves it alone

87.4

Sidebottom to Nel, no run, a yelping burp of an appeal from Sidebottom before realising that Nel got the thickest and noisiest of inside edges

87.5

Sidebottom to Nel, no run, what a delivery! Swinging into Nel who tries to do a Pietersen and whip him over midwicket for 12. He misses. Sidebottom smiles patronisingly, and Nel laughs at his own inadequacy

87.6

Sidebottom to Nel, OUT, got him this time. A repeat of the previous ball but it was a touch fuller and Nel, tried to turn him to leg, but his middle and leg stumps are splayed with pleasing symmetry. That was a bit out

A Nel b Sidebottom 0 (5m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

South Africa 298/9   RJ Sidebottom 24-9-68-3

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   RJ Sidebottom 25-9-81-3
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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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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