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

7.2

Flintoff to Smith, OUT, got him! Flintoff is straight into the action, Smith pushing at it and taking an outside edge through to Strauss at first slip who just to say held it low

GC Smith c Strauss b Flintoff 7 (31m 21b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

South Africa 17/1   ND McKenzie 5* (24b 1x4)   A Flintoff 0.2-0-0-1

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

South Africa 94/2   ND McKenzie 47* (92b 8x4)   RJ Sidebottom 10.3-4-31-1

35.1

Anderson to Amla, OUT, a big shout on middle and he's given it, the actual decision for the inside edge on to the pad as Amla, looking to turn it on to the on side, pops it forward and well caught by Anderson, superb stuff, running round, diving forward and stretching out his left under it

HM Amla c & b Anderson 9 (33m 23b 0x4 0x6) SR: 39.13

South Africa 117/3   ND McKenzie 60* (116b 9x4)   JM Anderson 11.1-2-29-1

38.6

Flintoff to McKenzie, OUT, got him now, though! Flintoff fired that one right up there, full and straight, coming back in from the seam, hardly getting up and there was little doubt about that one

ND McKenzie lbw b Flintoff 72 (175m 127b 12x4 0x6) SR: 56.69

South Africa 135/4   JH Kallis 5* (12b)   A Flintoff 14-3-46-2

68.4

Flintoff to Kallis, OUT, he's BOWLED HIM! What a ball from Flintoff and what an over, fired in at off stump and Kallis is beaten for pace and outswing, his off stump knocked back several metres

JH Kallis b Flintoff 64 (141m 114b 9x4 0x6) SR: 56.14

South Africa 226/5   AG Prince 29* (78b 6x4)   A Flintoff 22.4-7-54-3

72.4

Flintoff to de Villiers, OUT, got him, Flintoff's on fire here! An 88.4mph bouncer which lures de Villiers into a hook, but he top-edges a skier above Sidebottom at fine-leg. Steadying himself, he takes it comfortably and England are right back in this match

AB de Villiers c Sidebottom b Flintoff 5 (17m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 29.41

South Africa 238/6   AG Prince 31* (85b 6x4)   A Flintoff 24.4-8-60-4

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   MV Boucher 12* (14b 1x4)   RJ Sidebottom 19-7-60-2

86.6

Anderson to Morkel, OUT, got him! The bouncer from Anderson is followed by the dummy delivery, full and straight and Morkel's trapped in front

M Morkel lbw b Anderson 18 (46m 33b 4x4 0x6) SR: 54.54

South Africa 293/8   MV Boucher 19* (35b 1x4)   JM Anderson 25-6-69-2

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   MV Boucher 24* (37b 2x4)   RJ Sidebottom 24-9-68-3

90.2

Anderson to Boucher, OUT, what a catch by Vaughan! Boucher went inside out and Vaughan, sprinting in from extra cover, dived to take a quite brilliant (and surprising) catch. Pleasingly, both his knees appear to be still intact too

MV Boucher c Vaughan b Anderson 40 (90m 49b 5x4 0x6) SR: 81.63

South Africa 314/10   M Ntini 0* (2b)   JM Anderson 26.2-6-72-3
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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