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

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

England 68/1   AN Cook 43* (71b 7x4)   A Nel 5.4-1-18-1

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

England 68/2   AN Cook 43* (71b 7x4)   A Nel 5.5-1-18-2

Kallis to Pietersen, OUT, a huge appeal and he's out! Pietersen's gone! A quicker, fuller ball which Pietersen tried to flick to leg and got the thinnest of leading edges which flew to Prince at point. Pietersen wasn't sure if it was lbw or caught, and though it didn't look as though he got an edge, the lbw was close

KP Pietersen c Prince b Kallis 4 (13m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

England 74/3   AN Cook 44* (80b 7x4)   JH Kallis 5.5-2-14-1

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   IR Bell 28* (48b 5x4)   A Nel 10-3-31-3

Kallis to Collingwood, OUT, oh, a thick edge and Collingwood goes! He was looking to turn that one to midwicket, and the ball takes a thick snick and it's snapped by the bucket hands at first slip

PD Collingwood c Smith b Kallis 4 (45m 22b 1x4 0x6) SR: 18.18

England 158/5   IR Bell 45* (88b 8x4)   JH Kallis 12.1-5-22-2

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

England 173/6   A Flintoff 4* (12b)   M Ntini 10.5-3-41-1

Kallis to Ambrose, OUT, Kallis has gone right through the defences now, Ambrose squaring behind it and as the ball is planted on a good length, he drives a fat edge back on to the stumps which rattle sickeningly

TR Ambrose b Kallis 22 (73m 59b 3x4 0x6) SR: 37.28

England 212/7   A Flintoff 21* (68b 2x4)   JH Kallis 14-5-28-3

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   A Flintoff 22* (70b 2x4)   M Ntini 18-5-57-2

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

England 230/9   A Flintoff 36* (78b 3x4 1x6)   M Ntini 18.5-5-69-2

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   A Flintoff 36* (78b 3x4 1x6)   M Ntini 19-5-70-2
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Hours of play (local time) 11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00

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