South Africa tour of England, 3rd Test: England v South Africa at Birmingham, Jul 30-Aug 2, 2008
South Africa won by 5 wickets
30,31 July, 1,2 August 2008 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
12.1

Nel to Strauss, no run, too wide and left alone

12.2

Nel to Strauss, no run, left alone once more

12.3

Nel to Strauss, no run, too wide once more, and left alone

12.4

Nel to Strauss, no run, this hurries into the left hander - a better line and it's defended

12.5

Nel to Strauss, no run, that's poor, too wide

12.6

Nel to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

England 31/0   A Nel 1-1-0-0
14.1

Nel to Strauss, no run, wide of the off stump and ignored

14.2

Nel to Strauss, 1 run, fuller this time but Strauss confidently drops it out to cover and sprints a single

14.3

Nel to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

14.4

Nel to Cook, no run, well, again, he doesn't need to play and it's left alone

14.5

Nel to Cook, no run, another waste, too wide

14.6

Nel to Cook, no run, oh dear, poor old Nel's struggling here. Well wide and left alone

England 41/0   A Nel 2-1-1-0
16.1

Nel to Cook, FOUR, oh dear, another short ball and another crunching pull by Cook. He has laced that through midwicket, despite the dive from the always-hirsute Amla at short midwicket

16.2

Nel to Cook, no run, wide and left alone

16.3

Nel to Cook, no run, what in the name of WG Grace was that? Cook went for a pull but bottom-edged it to point, of all places

16.4

Nel to Cook, no run, firmly defended, and Nel gives Cook a few choice words

16.5

Nel to Cook, 1 run, neatly played by Cook, pulling him to deep midwicket

16.6

Nel to Strauss, no run, ooh that's beaten Strauss, fishing outside off - it cut back into him a touch

England 46/0   A Nel 3-1-6-0
18.1

Nel to Strauss, no run, Strauss comes forward into a drive, patting this to mid-off

18.2

Nel to Strauss, 1 run, goes on the pull, Strauss, but can only paddle it

18.3

Nel to Cook, no run, ah, very good line by Nel - his best ball so far, on the off stump and cutting away just a touch from Cook who defends

18.4

Nel to Cook, no run, shoulders arms to one that is well wide of his off stump

18.5

Nel to Cook, no run, firmly forward, defending

18.6

Nel to Cook, no run, well wide, too wide

England 51/0   A Nel 4-1-7-0
20.1

Nel to Strauss, FOUR, well bowled - a quick bouncer which surprises and hurries Strauss who top-edges it around the corner

20.2

Nel to Strauss, no run, 84.1mph for Nel here, but it's outside the off stump and left alone

20.3

Nel to Strauss, 1 run, a touch too short, Strauss pulls this through square leg where Amla fields

20.4

Nel to Cook, 2 runs, clunked off the back food through the off side

20.5

Nel to Cook, FOUR, oh, shot - he has nailed that. Far too short and Cook pulls this, in front of square, for a very powerfully-struck four. It is not good bowling, though

20.6

Nel to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

England 63/0   A Nel 5-1-18-0
22.1

Nel to Strauss, no run, defended to leg

22.2

Nel to Strauss, no run, too wide and left alone

22.3

Nel to Strauss, no run, excellent delivery which takes a thick outside edge, falling short of gully

22.4

Nel to Strauss, OUT, nudged through midwicket for another easy single. Hang on - they're appealing for something, and he's gone! Strauss has stepped on his stumps! Well, well, what a breakthrough for South Africa

AJ Strauss hit wicket b Nel 20 (93m 67b 3x4 0x6) SR: 29.85

22.5

Nel to Vaughan, OUT, and he's gone first ball! A good one from Nel that held its line, and Vaughan came forward trying to defend, but it didn't look like he touched it. Up went a huge appeal from Nel, and a belated one from the rest of the South Africans, and up too went the finger

MP Vaughan c †Boucher b Nel 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

22.6

Nel to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen's firmly behind it, defending solidly to block out the hat-trick

England 68/2   A Nel 6-2-18-2
24.1

Nel to Pietersen, 1 run, pulled through midwicket with a flourish, if not power

24.2

Nel to Cook, no run, cuts away from Cook who ignores it, wisely

24.3

Nel to Cook, no run, beaten by a cracker that cuts away from Cook! Lovely bowling - he does love bowling to lefties, does Gunther

24.4

Nel to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

24.5

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

24.6

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

England 73/2   A Nel 7-2-19-2
36.1

Nel to Cook, no run, starts round the wicket and nearly gets a wicket on his first ball back, offering it wide down the channel and moving away, Cook goes fishing off his back foot, caught in two minds there

36.2

Nel to Cook, no run, some swing away, the batsman shoulders arms and lets it go on through

36.3

Nel to Cook, no run, defended hard on the front foot to the covers

36.4

Nel to Cook, no run, pushed into the covers now

36.5

Nel to Cook, no run, on off, Cook looks to work it to the on side, and the ball pops forward, well short of Nel who's quick to take it on the bounce, snapping wide to take it. He follows through with a touch of a stare and the crowd love it

36.6

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

England 118/3   A Nel 8-3-19-2
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   A Nel 9-3-27-2
40.1

Nel to Cook, no run, outside off, some wild swing away from a shortish one and Cook decides to leave it

40.2

Nel to Cook, no run, defended back down

40.3

Nel to Cook, FOUR, some width outside off and hammered hard off the back foot in front of point

40.4

Nel to Cook, no run, lets that one go through

40.5

Nel to Cook, no run, angles in hard at the batsman who shoulders arms, letting the tight one on its way

40.6

Nel to Cook, OUT, gone now! Nel strikes with his third victim of the day, an outside edge from Cook who loses the battle with Nel in the end as he's squared up and Kallis takes a good, diving catch to his left at second slip

AN Cook c Kallis b Nel 76 (175m 125b 12x4 0x6) SR: 60.80

England 136/4   A Nel 10-3-31-3
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   A Nel 11-4-31-3
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   A Nel 12-4-39-3
53.1

Nel to Flintoff, no run, left alone outside off

53.2

Nel to Flintoff, no run, let this one go through on a good length

53.3

Nel to Flintoff, no run, hustled through outside off, Flintoff shoulders arms and lets it go through, then holds the pose for some considerable time

53.4

Nel to Flintoff, no run, some movement away off a good length, and some decent rise too, Nel follows through and follows up with a mock photo shot, then a menacing, yet cheeky, smile

53.5

Nel to Flintoff, 1 wide, big wide outside off and it gets carried further

53.5

Nel to Flintoff, no run, width outside off and carried even further away

53.6

Nel to Flintoff, 3 runs, clipped off the legs to deep midwicket

England 172/5   A Nel 13-4-43-3
55.1

Nel to Flintoff, no run, some swing away, Flintoff lets it go through with some patience

55.2

Nel to Flintoff, no run, some width and swing away, the batsman shoulders arms and lets it go through

55.3

Nel to Flintoff, no run, pushes it hard down the channel on a good length, the batsman lets it go on

55.4

Nel to Flintoff, no run, outside off, good length, again not much on offer so a leave is the best form of approach

55.5

Nel to Flintoff, no run, defended solidly on the front foot into the covers

55.6

Nel to Flintoff, no run, some zipping swing away from Flintoff who once again lets it go on through

England 173/6   A Nel 14-5-43-3
66.1

Nel to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff stands tall and glides it out to the off side

66.2

Nel to Flintoff, no run, ignored and left alone. Too wide from the bowler

66.3

Nel to Flintoff, no run, left alone outside off

66.4

Nel to Flintoff, no run, excellent delivery which holds its line and beats Flintoff's drive

66.5

Nel to Flintoff, no run, squeezed out to the off side

66.6

Nel to Flintoff, no run, too wide, Flintoff is happy to leave that alone

England 196/6   A Nel 15-6-43-3
68.1

Nel to Flintoff, no run, punchily driven back to the bowler with a nice, straight bat

68.2

Nel to Flintoff, no run, wide of the off stump

68.3

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

68.4

Nel to Flintoff, no run, ignored once more by Flintoff

68.5

Nel to Flintoff, FOUR, stroked through the off side without great power, but he managed to thread it just past McKenzie who gave up the chase (he seems to be limping with a groin problem, apparently)

68.6

Nel to Flintoff, no run, left alone outside off

England 202/6   A Nel 16-6-47-3
70.1

Nel to Ambrose, no run, solidly blocked off the back foot out to the off side

70.2

Nel to Ambrose, no run, wide of the off stump - no need to touch those

70.3

Nel to Ambrose, no run, a touch tighter this time and Ambrose defends off the back foot

70.4

Nel to Ambrose, no run, defended once more

70.5

Nel to Ambrose, no run, beautifully driven but straight to mid-off

70.6

Nel to Ambrose, no run, beaten by a cracker! An absolute beauty which cuts away from Ambrose at the last minute, and he fished for it a little desperately

England 205/6   A Nel 17-7-47-3
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