South Africa tour of England, 2008 / Commentary

Basil D'Oliveira Trophy - 4th Test

England v South Africa

England won by 6 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

11.00: Three slips in place, a gully too. Here we go

10.55: Huge claps for Pietersen as he leads his team out. No huddle. The South Africans are out as well. Harmison has the new ball. It's overcast but fine enough for cricket. No coverage of the toss unfortunately so we can't give you KP's speech. Sorry folks!

Toss: The captains are out for the toss. Tension. Graeme Smith has won the toss and South Africa will bat first. He reckons there might be something in it in the first hour, but feels it will be a good track. In his own words: "Certainly there's a little less pressure on us than in previous games, but we're still motivated to do well. We won't get caught up in the emotions of what's happening in the England dressing-room."

Andrew Miller adds: "Pietersen admitted yesterday that he's not a great reader of pitches, so he's probably secretly quite happy not to have had to make the call this morning, in conditions that will doubtless aid the bowlers early on."

Alan Harrison: "So England are bowling ... What's the bet the understated new skipper's thinking right now of bowling himself with the new ball.." Has anyone seen KP bowl seam-up?

I'm just as curious as you guys about what KP had to say at the toss. No need to worry. We'll have it up as soon as coverage starts.

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10.25: I understand it's quite overcast and humid in London, but no need to panic. The toss isn't too far away.

10.00: A warm welcome to all of you who've joined us for the coverage of the fourth and final Test between England and South Africa at The Oval. Before I let Kevin Pietersen hog every ounce of news, let's get done with the introductions. I'm Kanishkaa Balachandran, starting off the commentary. Andrew McGlashan will join us later. We have Andrew Miller at the ground to pass on anything of interest.

Pietersen certainly has come a long way since he was overlooked in favour of Gulam Bodi in the KwaZulu Natal side many years ago. He backed himself in a foreign land, pounded his way into the England side after satisfying the criterion for qualification and now he gets to lead his adopted country out for the toss, ironically, against the country of his birth.

This certainly is a historic moment and we can look forward to plenty of chatter over the next few days. KP's opposite number Graeme Smith won't resist having a go. Much fun. If Pietersen captains as aggressively as he bats, then England might just have found the right man.

Dead rubbers may have little in entertainment value, but how England perform today should have an important bearing on the Ashes next year. To put a positive spin on things, they have to view this Test as the start of a new era, as if beginning on a new slate. They need to rewind five years ago when they squared the series 2-2 with an astonishing comeback after being hammered on the first day. They can go back a further nine years when Devon Malcolm decimated South Africa with 9 for 57. I've always wanted to watch that spell.

0.1

Harmison to Smith, no run, Dropped: And Cook puts down a straightforward chance! Harmison bangs it in short of a length outside off and Smith tries to glide it over the slips cordon, Cook at gully reaches out over his head and spills the catch

0.2

Harmison to Smith, no run, hits a good length outside off and Harmison gets plenty of bounce as Smith leaves it

0.3

Harmison to Smith, no run, good length outside off and Smith taps it away to the offside

0.4

Harmison to Smith, no run, cramps him for room, he tries to play it to the on side but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads

0.5

Harmison to Smith, no run, he gets a thick inside edge into his abdomen and it stings, Smith's flat out on the grass, he's back on his feet now

0.6

Harmison to Smith, 1 bye, fires that full and wide outside off and Smith reaches out to drive, it comes on much quicker than Ambrose expected and the ball rebounds onto his mouth. Ouch! He spits out blood and the physio's out

Harmison's on fire already, he's really stalking to the crease

End of over 1 (1 run, maiden) South Africa 1/0
GC Smith    0* (6b)      SJ Harmison    1-1-0-0
ND McKenzie    0* (0b)     

Anderson gets ready. Ambrose is ok

1.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, good hint of movement already, Smith fishes at it outside off, there's good bounce and carry on this pitch

1.2

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, directs it at his body and Smith shuffles and nudges it behind square and SA are off the mark with the bat

1.3

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, lands it outside the offstump and McKenzie shoulders arms, good carry again, not much movement this time though

1.4

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, makes him play, brings it closer to the offstump and he just opens the face if the bat and taps it towards gully

1.5

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, draws him forward with a fuller delivery, he pushes it towards point

1.6

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, first false stroke from McKenzie but it was so wide he couldn;t reach it, he tries to mow that across the line from wide outside off stump

End of over 2 (1 run) South Africa 2/0
ND McKenzie    0* (4b)      JM Anderson    1-0-1-0
GC Smith    1* (8b)      SJ Harmison    1-1-0-0

2.1

Harmison to Smith, 1 run, strays a bit on the pads, Smith shuffles and turns it to Panesar who's at deep square leg

Short leg in place

2.2

Harmison to McKenzie, no run, bangs it in on a good length outside off, he thinks of playing at it but chooses to let it go

2.3

Harmison to McKenzie, no run, poor leave that and McKenzie's lucky to get away with it, it was a shade outside off and the inside edge just misses the stumps

2.4

Harmison to McKenzie, no run, bangs it in shorter and gets it to fizz past the batsman, he withdraws the bat at the right moment

2.5

Harmison to McKenzie, no run, and that's yet another tentative leave by McKenzie, this time it's the outside edge which rolls to the slips

2.6

Harmison to McKenzie, 3 runs, full outside off and McKenzie plays a more assured shot, drives off the full face to beat mid-off

It remains to be seen whether Cook's drop off the first ball of the match will cost England. Smith lives to fight another day.

End of over 3 (4 runs) South Africa 6/0
ND McKenzie    3* (9b)      SJ Harmison    2-1-4-0
GC Smith    2* (9b)      JM Anderson    1-0-1-0

3.1

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, hits a good length outside off and gets it to move away, he lets it go

3.2

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, pitches outside off and moves away again, McKenzie lets this one go with more confidence

3.3

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, just a touch wider outside off compared to the previous ball but a little more bounce before reaching Ambrose

3.4

Anderson to McKenzie, 1 run, drifts this one into the right hander and he closes the face of the bat and nudges it to the on side for a single

3.5

Anderson to Smith, no run, full and swinging away from the left hander, Smith's not chasing that

3.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, turns in his crease and nudges it to Bell at square leg, Smith wants the run but McKenzie wisely sends him back after watching Bell slide and flick it towards the stumps

End of over 4 (1 run) South Africa 7/0
GC Smith    2* (11b)      JM Anderson    2-0-2-0
ND McKenzie    4* (13b)      SJ Harmison    2-1-4-0

The sun's out at The Oval

4.1

Harmison to McKenzie, no run, good length outside off, a hint of away movement, he lets it go

4.2

Harmison to McKenzie, no run, gets it to drift towards the right hander and McKenzie's solid in defense

4.3

Harmison to McKenzie, no run, shifts back to his line outside the offstump, the ball really thuds into Ambrose's gloves, Harmison's hitting the deck hard

There are two gullys in place, very close to each other

4.4

Harmison to McKenzie, no run, opens the face of the bat, drops his shoulders and the ball rolls towards on of the two gullys

4.5

Harmison to McKenzie, no run, holds the length back outside off, this one straightens before reaching the keeper

4.6

Harmison to McKenzie, no run, scoring opportunity missed as McKenzie moves across his stumps and fails to cash in on a half volley drifting down the leg side

End of over 5 (maiden) South Africa 7/0
ND McKenzie    4* (19b)      SJ Harmison    3-2-4-0
GC Smith    2* (11b)      JM Anderson    2-0-2-0

5.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, Appeal Bit of a half hearted one, it pitches just outside leg and hits him high on the pad in the region of offstump, height was the question

5.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, much better from Anderson, just gets a hint of lateral movement and it nearly takes the outside edge, Smith goers on the backfoot but is beaten for pace

5.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, gets behind the line this time and defends

5.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, close! Smith tries to cut but the ball suddenly dips into him after pitching, luckily for him the inside edge misses the stumps

5.5

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, reaches out just a little outside off, taps it in front of cover and sets off for a run

5.6

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, probing stuff from Anderson as he gets it to drift into the right hander and nearly slices him in half, McKenzie's been circumspect of his offstump all morning

End of over 6 (1 run) South Africa 8/0
ND McKenzie    4* (20b)      JM Anderson    3-0-3-0
GC Smith    3* (16b)      SJ Harmison    3-2-4-0

6.1

Harmison to Smith, no run, thuds it down the legside, Smith thinks of playing but decides to let it go

6.2

Harmison to Smith, no run, moves in towards the left hander, he hops a bit at the crease and taps it back to the bowler

6.3

Harmison to Smith, no run, pitches on off and middle and heads straight towards offstump, Smith just manages to get his bat down in time

6.4

Harmison to Smith, 1 run, slides slightly towards the leg side and it's a regulation shot for Smith as he tucks it down to the deep on the on side

6.5

Harmison to McKenzie, no run, 88.7 mph, slides towards the body and he nudges it to square leg

6.6

Harmison to McKenzie, 1 run, bangs it short of a length, he swivels and pulls along the turf to Panesar at fine leg, he fumbles but they don't take the second

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End of over 7 (2 runs) South Africa 10/0
ND McKenzie    5* (22b)      SJ Harmison    4-2-6-0
GC Smith    4* (20b)      JM Anderson    3-0-3-0

7.1

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, pitches outside off and swings away, he lets it go

7.2

Anderson to McKenzie, 1 run, 87 mph, swings towards the body and he shuffles and tucks it in front of midwicket

7.3

Anderson to Smith, (no ball) 1 run, oversteps, 85 mph, tucked to fine leg

7.3

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, back of a length, goes on the backfoot and defends

7.4

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, wide delivery outside the offstump, he thinks of chasing it but lets it go

7.5

Anderson to McKenzie, no run, pitches outside off and moves away, he shoulders arms

7.6

Anderson to McKenzie, 1 run, 86 mph, bangs it in short of a length, he swivels and pulls to deep square leg, he's more comfortable with the on side shots

End of over 8 (4 runs) South Africa 14/0
ND McKenzie    7* (28b)      JM Anderson    4-0-7-0
GC Smith    5* (21b)      SJ Harmison    4-2-6-0

8.1

Harmison to McKenzie, no run, 87 mph, bangs it in short outside off and gets it to move away, he lets it go

8.2

Harmison to McKenzie, no run, 88 mph, he gets this one to nip back in sharply and strikes him high on the pads, harmison appeals confidently but Aleem Dar shakes his head, that was missing the stumps

8.3

Harmison to McKenzie, no run, squares him up with another indipper, he shapes to whip it to the on side but gets an outside edge which just lands short of third slip

8.4

Harmison to McKenzie, no run, tries to turn it to the on side but he meets the ball on the pad, the ball rolls to short leg

8.5

Harmison to McKenzie, no run, gets well forward this time to defend

8.6

Harmison to McKenzie, no run, 87.7 mph, holds the length back, forces him on the backfoot this time, he defends

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End of over 9 (maiden) South Africa 14/0
ND McKenzie    7* (34b)      SJ Harmison    5-3-6-0
GC Smith    5* (21b)      JM Anderson    4-0-7-0

9.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, beats him with away movement, it shapes away and nearly takes the edge

9.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, pitches around middle and leg, he turns the face of the bat and pushes it to the on side

9.3

Anderson to Smith, 1 no ball, oversteps, 86.7 mph, hits a back of a length, Smith reaches out, gets his elbows high and taps it down the pitch

9.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, gets on the backfoot again and defends down the track

9.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, pitches on a good length and gets it to angle across the left hander, tentative leave from Smith

9.5

Anderson to Smith, no run, 86.4 mph, comes round the wicket this time, straightens after pitching around the middle stump, he turns the bat and taps it to midwicket

9.6

Anderson to Smith, FOUR, slides towards the pads and Smith shuffles and easily whips it away, finds the gap between mid-on and midwicket, Panesar slides but the ball is too quick for him

19 off 10 overs, electrifying start...

End of over 10 (5 runs) South Africa 19/0
GC Smith    9* (28b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-0-12-0
ND McKenzie    7* (34b)      SJ Harmison    5-3-6-0

10.1

Harmison to McKenzie, no run, 86.5 mph, thuds it back of a length, comes into the right hander and he defends solidly

10.2

Harmison to McKenzie, no run, 86.2 mph, superb delivery, pitches outside off and really kicks on him, he withdraws his bat and lets it go to the keeper

10.3

Harmison to McKenzie, no run, slightly fuller in length, he shoulders arms

10.4

Harmison to McKenzie, FOUR, shot! Pitches just short of a length outside off and he executes a short arm jab, the ball really travels off the meat of the bat and races away past the vacant midwicket region

10.5

Harmison to McKenzie, FOUR, loses his line and slides down the legside, he moves across his stumps and glances it down to fine leg

10.6

Harmison to McKenzie, no run, pitches outside off, he lets it go

End of over 11 (8 runs) South Africa 27/0
ND McKenzie    15* (40b 2x4)      SJ Harmison    6-3-14-0
GC Smith    9* (28b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-0-12-0

Flintoff replaces Anderson

11.1

Flintoff to Smith, no run, starts off with a loosener down the legside, Smith lets it go

11.2

Flintoff to Smith, no run, 82 mph, bangs it short of a length, it comes on at a gentle pace to Smith who turns and pulls straight to mid-on

11.3

Flintoff to Smith, FOUR, great shot, Flintoff bangs it in short of a length again outside off, Smith swivels, gets on top of the bounce and mows it high over mid-on

11.4

Flintoff to Smith, no run, comes round the wicket, pitches it short of a length and just gets it to move away, Smith pokes at it

11.5

Flintoff to Smith, no run, 87.4 mph, slides towards the body, he turns his bat and pushes it to mid-on

11.6

Flintoff to Smith, 1 run, 86 mph, swings it in towards the batsman, he turns at the crease and tucks it to deep square leg

End of over 12 (5 runs) South Africa 32/0
GC Smith    14* (34b 2x4)      A Flintoff    1-0-5-0
ND McKenzie    15* (40b 2x4)      SJ Harmison    6-3-14-0

12.1

Harmison to Smith, no run, 88.7 mph, gets it to nip back in off a good length, he shapes to cut square but ends up chopping it down to Cook at gully

12.2

Harmison to Smith, no run, tries to play it to the on side but gets a thick inside edge onto the body

12.3

Harmison to Smith, no run, 87.8 mph, holds the length back outside off, he hops at the crease, opens the face of the bat and taps it towards gully

12.4

Harmison to Smith, no run, short of a length on middle and leg and angles away, he covers the line and defends back to the bowler

12.5

Harmison to Smith, no run, 86 mph, bangs in the bouncer, Smith decides to let it go at the last second and the ball just fizzes past his helmet

12.6

Harmison to Smith, 1 run, pitches on middle and leg, he shuffles and turns it behind square on the on side

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South Africa have progressed cautiously. A few hits and misses. Smith's lucky to be there after being dropped first ball.

End of over 13 (1 run) South Africa 33/0
GC Smith    15* (40b 2x4)      SJ Harmison    7-3-15-0
ND McKenzie    15* (40b 2x4)      A Flintoff    1-0-5-0

Flintoff to continue

13.1

Flintoff to Smith, no run, 85.7 mph, pitches short of a length and climbs on Smith, he covers the line and defends

13.2

Flintoff to Smith, no run, 87.4 mph, just a touch wider outside off nut sticks to the same length, he taps it down to point

13.3

Flintoff to Smith, 1 run, a little fuller and drifting in, Smith shuffles early and tucks it down to Harmison at fine leg

13.4

Flintoff to McKenzie, no run, pitches outside off and straightens just a touch, he pokes his bat out and then withdraws it

13.5

Flintoff to McKenzie, 1 run, 86.2 mph, slides towards the body, he shuffles and works it down to fine leg

13.6

Flintoff to Smith, 1 run, comes onto him at a fairly gentle pace, he swivels early at the crease and pulls with control along the ground to fine leg

End of over 14 (3 runs) South Africa 36/0
GC Smith    17* (44b 2x4)      A Flintoff    2-0-8-0
ND McKenzie    16* (42b 2x4)      SJ Harmison    7-3-15-0

14.1

Harmison to Smith, FOUR, bangs it in short, Smith gets on top of the bounce early, swivels and pulls along the turf, he places well as even midwicket (Pietersen) who's a little deep, can't get to it

14.2

Harmison to Smith, FOUR, shot! Another short delivery, down the legside, Smith seizes on the pull, places it much squarer and this travels very quickly down to the square leg boundary

14.3

Harmison to Smith, 1 run, slides on the pads, he pushes it down to deep square leg

14.4

Harmison to McKenzie, no run, pushes this one wide outside off, gets good carry to Ambrose

14.5

Harmison to McKenzie, no run, brings it closer to the offstump, he withdraws the bat and lets it go

14.6

Harmison to McKenzie, no run, 89.4 mph, pacy delivery from Harmison, McKenzie just manages to get behind the line and pushes it to point

End of over 15 (9 runs) South Africa 45/0
ND McKenzie    16* (45b 2x4)      SJ Harmison    8-3-24-0
GC Smith    26* (47b 4x4)      A Flintoff    2-0-8-0

15.1

Flintoff to Smith, no run, hits a good length on off and middle, he gets behind it and defends to the on side

15.2

Flintoff to Smith, no run, similar delivery, he gets across and defends back to the bowler

15.3

Flintoff to Smith, no run, 87 mph, pitches on the corridor outside off, it straightens just before reaching the keeper

15.4

Flintoff to Smith, 2 runs, pitched up outside off, Smith goes for the drive and the outside edge flies off the toe edge of the bat and just beats third slip who gets a hand to it, Collingwood does the chasing

15.5

Flintoff to Smith, no run, hits a good length outside off, he gets behind the line and defends

15.6

Flintoff to Smith, no run, 87.6 mph, he gets forward to defend again but the ball comes on a little quicker and hence gets a thick inside edge onto the pad

End of over 16 (2 runs) South Africa 47/0
GC Smith    28* (53b 4x4)      A Flintoff    3-0-10-0
ND McKenzie    16* (45b 2x4)      SJ Harmison    8-3-24-0

Here's Stuart Broad

16.1

Broad to McKenzie, no run, 85.8 mph, pitches it on the channel outside off, he gets on the front foot and shoulders arms

16.2

Broad to McKenzie, no run, just holds the length back outside off and just a touch wider, he watchfully shoulders arms

16.3

Broad to McKenzie, no run, strays offline and bowls that well wide outside off, ugly shot from McKenzie as he chases it while staying rooted to the crease, poor cricket all round

16.4

Broad to McKenzie, no run, much better, brings it in and gets a good shape away from the right hander, he gets forward but the ball beats him

16.5

Broad to McKenzie, no run, 85 mph, pitches outside off and straightens a little, left along

16.6

Broad to McKenzie, no run, 85.4 mph, hits a fullish length outside off, safely left alone again

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End of over 17 (maiden) South Africa 47/0
ND McKenzie    16* (51b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    1-1-0-0
GC Smith    28* (53b 4x4)      A Flintoff    3-0-10-0

17.1

Flintoff to Smith, no run, taps it towards point and thinks of a run, he tells McKenzie to wait

17.2

Flintoff to Smith, no run, fullish and coming into the left hander, he gets forward and pushes it towards cover

17.3

Flintoff to Smith, no run, just holds the length back outside off and gets it to straighten, he safely shoulders arms

17.4

Flintoff to Smith, no run, hits a good length on middle and off, he moves across a touch and taps it towards mid-on

17.5

Flintoff to Smith, no run, 87.6 mph, the quicker one catches Smith by surprise as he pokes his bat out, he plays it with soft hands as the outside edge falls short of second slip

17.6

Flintoff to Smith, no run, hits a good length on middle and off, defended back to the bowler

End of over 18 (maiden) South Africa 47/0
GC Smith    28* (59b 4x4)      A Flintoff    4-1-10-0
ND McKenzie    16* (51b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    1-1-0-0

18.1

Broad to McKenzie, no run, for the umpteenth time this morning McKenzie tries to leave the ball outside off and manages an outside edge, this rolls towards the slips

18.2

Broad to McKenzie, no run, just back of a length outside off, he gets on the backfoot and pushes it to the offside

18.3

Broad to McKenzie, 1 run, gets on the front foot this time, taps it down towards cover with soft hands and sets off for a well judged single

Over the wicket to Smith

18.4

Broad to Smith, 2 runs, he dishes out a full delivery outside off and a defensive push is enough to beat mid-off, Pietersen gives the chase and cuts it off, that's the 50 for SA

18.5

Broad to Smith, FOUR, his line goes astray again and this time it's wide outside off, in the slot for Smith to get forward and drive crisply past the vacant extra cover region, there's no man in sight to cut that off

Short cover in place

18.6

Broad to Smith, 1 run, slides towards the pads, he shuffles and turns it down to midwicket

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End of over 19 (8 runs) South Africa 55/0
GC Smith    35* (62b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    2-1-8-0
ND McKenzie    17* (54b 2x4)      A Flintoff    4-1-10-0

19.1

Flintoff to Smith, no run, false shot from Smith, he really reaches out to a delivery which he should have left, the ball seams away after pitching, Flintoff's a little amused with that shot

19.2

Flintoff to Smith, no run, hits a good length outside off, seams away again, Smith again has a feel for it but this time the outside edge trickles towards the slips

19.3

Flintoff to Smith, no run, pitches around the offstump, he gets behind the line and defends back to the bowler

19.4

Flintoff to Smith, no run, tests him out with a real fizzer, pitches short of a length outside off and really climbs on Smith, Ambrose takes it close to his face

19.5

Flintoff to Smith, 1 run, tries to drive straight but gets an inside edge and the ball rolls to the on side

19.6

Flintoff to McKenzie, OUT, Cook makes up for his early drop, wide delivery from Flintoff, hardly a wicket-taking one, McKenzie decides to chase it and the outside edge flies to third slip and Cook nicely cups it over his head

ND McKenzie c Cook b Flintoff 17 (95m 55b 2x4 0x6) SR: 30.90

End of over 20 (1 run) South Africa 56/1
     A Flintoff    5-1-11-1
GC Smith    36* (67b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    2-1-8-0

First strike to England. Amla walks in

20.1

Broad to Smith, no run, angles across the left hander and lands fairly wide outside off, left alone

20.2

Broad to Smith, no run, 84.4 mph, pitches outside off and seams away, he watchfully lets it go

20.3

Broad to Smith, no run, full outside off and angling away, he gets well forward and drives to Collingwood at cover

20.4

Broad to Smith, no run, holds the length back outside off and this one straightens a touch, left alone

There's a slight drizzle

20.5

Broad to Smith, FOUR, half volley outside off, he gets well forward and behind the line, drives elegantly past the covers and the ball races away

20.6

Broad to Smith, no run, hits a good length outside off, he gets behind the line and defends

End of over 21 (4 runs) South Africa 60/1
GC Smith    40* (73b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    3-1-12-0
HM Amla    0* (0b)      A Flintoff    5-1-11-1

21.1

Flintoff to Amla, no run, Amla faces up his first ball, it pitches outside off and shapes away, he shoulders arms

21.2

Flintoff to Amla, no run, holds the length back outside off, there's quite a bit of away movement before reaching the keeper

21.3

Flintoff to Amla, no run, 85.3 mph, sticks to the same length outside off, he watchfully shoulders arms

21.4

Flintoff to Amla, FOUR, slides towards the pads, if you bowl it there to Amla you're asking for trouble, he shuffles just a touch and whips it past the vacant midwicket region, the offside is packed though

The rain's getting heavier!

21.5

Flintoff to Amla, no run, much better, pitches outside off and swings away, he pokes his bat out as the ball fizzes past him

Players making their way back out. Kevin Pietersen skips down the steps, no doubt feeling better that England have their first wicket in the bag

1.15pm Afternoon all, Andrew here. The good news is that the rain has moved away, the covers are off and we should be right to start again after lunch.

The rain's driven the players off the field and it will be an early lunch. It was overcast at the start and the drizzle suddenly picked up. England would've settled for at least two wickets in this session but will be fairly pleased they didn't let SA race away. Harmison was quite lethal, hitting the deck and getting good away movement. SA will be pleased that Smith's still there. He's looked quite assured at the crease. Do join us for the second session in a while provided it stops raining. Andrew McGlashan will take you through.

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Flintoff has one ball remaining in his over

21.6

Flintoff to Amla, no run, on off stump, Amla comes half forward and defends into the off side

End of over 22 (4 runs) South Africa 64/1
HM Amla    4* (6b 1x4)      A Flintoff    6-1-15-1
GC Smith    40* (73b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    3-1-12-0

Stuart Broad will continue from the Vauxhall End...two slips and a gully, short extra-cover also in place

22.1

Broad to Smith, no run, good start by Broad, full and outside off stump, draws Smith into a flat-footed drive...very similar to an earlier effort against Harmison which nearly found the edge

22.2

Broad to Smith, no run, more controlled from Smith this time, shoulders arms as this one goes across him

22.3

Broad to Smith, no run, driven firmly into the covers, the England bowlers have been trying to get Smith to play away from his body

22.4

Broad to Smith, no run, takes the outside edge as Smith defends on off stump, falls well short of Cook in the gully but an encouraging start for Broad

22.5

Broad to Smith, no run, drags the length down a little this time, touch wider of off stump and Smith comfortably lets it go

22.6

Broad to Smith, 1 leg bye, goes for the inswinger, starts a touch too straight and moves onto leg stump, takes the pad out towards square leg

End of over 23 (1 run, maiden) South Africa 65/1
GC Smith    40* (79b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    4-2-12-0
HM Amla    4* (6b 1x4)      A Flintoff    6-1-15-1

23.1

Flintoff to Smith, no run, round the wicket, good line outside off stump, Smith defends on the front foot down to mid-off

23.2

Flintoff to Smith, no run, outside off, Smith pulls his bat high out of the line...Flintoff searching for some late away movement

23.3

Flintoff to Smith, no run, a little fuller but wide of the stumps, carries through at ankle height to Ambrose

23.4

Flintoff to Smith, no run, a little game of cat and mouse between Flintoff and Smith, the bowler trying to bring the drive, but Smith resisting with another leave

23.5

Flintoff to Smith, no run, that's a beauty, jags away outside off stump, Smith spars at it but it was just wide enough that he didn't get the edge

23.6

Flintoff to Smith, no run, makes Smith play this time, defended with a slightly crocked face but uses soft hands...gully prevents any runs

End of over 24 (maiden) South Africa 65/1
GC Smith    40* (85b 6x4)      A Flintoff    7-2-15-1
HM Amla    4* (6b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    4-2-12-0

24.1

Broad to Amla, no run, back of a length, Amla hops onto his toes and defends square to point...hint of movement for Broad, but needs to be a fraction fuller

24.2

Broad to Amla, no run, outside off, Amla lets it go past off stump...Amla hasn't quite backed up his century at Lord's with another major contribution

24.3

Broad to Amla, no run, loses his line outside off, swings away wide and Amla not interested

24.4

Broad to Amla, no run, tries out the middle of the pitch with a bouncer, Amla has plenty of time to duck underneath...England have targeted Amla with the short stuff all series

24.5

Broad to Amla, 1 run, comes onto the front foot, defends firmly into the covers and picks the gap in front of point

24.6

Broad to Smith, no run, a good 'un from Broad to end the over, pitched outside off stump, Smith again fails to move his feet and prods at the ball without making contact

End of over 25 (1 run) South Africa 66/1
GC Smith    40* (86b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    5-2-13-0
HM Amla    5* (11b 1x4)      A Flintoff    7-2-15-1

25.1

Flintoff to Amla, no run, a testing short ball from Flintoff, lifting over off stump but Amla drops his hands and arches backwards out of the line

Short leg in position

25.2

Flintoff to Amla, no run, another rising delivery outside off, Amla calmly watches it go through

25.3

Flintoff to Amla, FOUR, dropped Cook's poor day continues, Amla flashes outside off stump and gets a top edge high to third slip...Cook times his jump but can't grasp the ball, not a sitter, but should have been taken

Cook took his sunglasses off straight after that miss

25.4

Flintoff to Amla, no run, reigns himself in this time and lets it go outside off

25.5

Flintoff to Amla, 1 run, worked past short leg, easy single into huge space on the leg side

Cook's catching goes through phases; he can catch some blinders, but also drop his fair share as well

25.6

Flintoff to Smith, no run, round the wicket, Smith jumps high in defence and plays into the off side

End of over 26 (5 runs) South Africa 71/1
GC Smith    40* (87b 6x4)      A Flintoff    8-2-20-1
HM Amla    10* (16b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    5-2-13-0

26.1

Broad to Amla, no run, full and swinging away outside off, Amla watches it go through

26.2

Broad to Amla, FOUR, much fuller this time and brings a square drive from Amla, not the most convincing effort but goes along the ground through backward point...England shouldn't mind that too much

26.3

Broad to Amla, FOUR, lovely timing timing from Amla off his hips, stands tall and works the ball through square leg...Panesar tries to dive but was never stopping that

26.4

Broad to Amla, no run, banged in short outside off stump, balloons off the surface through to Ambrose

26.5

Broad to Amla, FOUR, short and wide from Amla, that deserved to go to the boundary and Amla obliged with a thrashing square cut...expensive over from Broad

26.6

Broad to Amla, no run, good comeback from Broad, gets back to off stump and finds Amla's edge but it falls short of third slip...probably a good thing, it's Cook in that position

End of over 27 (12 runs) South Africa 83/1
HM Amla    22* (22b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    6-2-25-0
GC Smith    40* (87b 6x4)      A Flintoff    8-2-20-1

Stewart Walters, the Surrey batsman, is on the field as 12th man for Steve Harmison...Flintoff stays round the wicket to Smith

27.1

Flintoff to Smith, no run, outside off and left alone, Ambrose takes it low down

27.2

Flintoff to Smith, no run, defended square on the off side to point

27.3

Flintoff to Smith, FOUR, top shot from Smith, punches past the on-side of the stumps with a perfectly straight bat...almost no effort from Smith, just perfect timing

27.4

Flintoff to Smith, no run, defends slightly awkwardly down in front of the slips...Smith gesturing that something disturbed his attention as that ball came down

27.5

Flintoff to Smith, no run, beaten by a good one outside off stump, didn't actually do that much, but from the angle Flintoff bowls it only needs to hold its line

27.6

Flintoff to Smith, no run, comes across on off stump, defended back to Flintoff in his follow through

Now Flintoff leaves the field, he took some painkillers earlier and there seems to be an issue with possibly his toe

End of over 28 (4 runs) South Africa 87/1
GC Smith    44* (93b 7x4)      A Flintoff    9-2-24-1
HM Amla    22* (22b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    6-2-25-0

Broad continues

28.1

Broad to Amla, no run, back of a length on off stump, Amla defends into the off side

28.2

Broad to Amla, no run, outside off again, patiently left alone

28.3

Broad to Amla, no run, not drawing a shot from Amla, a little too wide of the stumps again

28.4

Broad to Amla, FOUR, cracker from Amla...fuller on off stump, makes a positive stride and drives handsomely through the covers

28.5

Broad to Amla, FOUR, gone through the covers again, even more dismissive this time as he unleashes a flamboyant cover drive, even the sweeper can't get near it...that's one for the photographers

28.6

Broad to Amla, no run, punched firmly up to mid-off...an expensive couple of overs from Broad, probably time for a change from captain KP

End of over 29 (8 runs) South Africa 95/1
HM Amla    30* (28b 7x4)      SCJ Broad    7-2-33-0
GC Smith    44* (93b 7x4)      A Flintoff    9-2-24-1

Here comes a bowling change, Steve Harmison is back

29.1

Harmison to Smith, no run, huge appeal first ball, looks a good shot from Harmison as Smith is square up but it pitched outside leg stump

29.2

Harmison to Smith, 1 run, tucked off his hip through square leg, Harmison's pace is up again already

29.3

Harmison to Amla, no run, short outside off stump, carries through to Ambrose at chest height

29.4

Harmison to Amla, no run, good line and length from Harmison, and a hint of shape outside off stump, Amla leaves alone

29.5

Harmison to Amla, no run, touch fuller this time, Amla leaves again outside off

Three slips, gully, short leg and a leg gully

29.6

Harmison to Amla, FOUR, loses his line, angling down the leg side and glanced away to bring up South Africa's hundred

End of over 30 (5 runs) South Africa 100/1
HM Amla    34* (32b 8x4)      SJ Harmison    9-3-29-0
GC Smith    45* (95b 7x4)      SCJ Broad    7-2-33-0

Double bowling change, James Anderson back into the attack

30.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, almost sneaks one through Smith first ball, goes for a drive and gets thick inside edge back into his pads and nearly into the stumps

30.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, left alone this time out side off, Anderson found swing first up but wasn't quite consistent enough

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30.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, good ball from Anderson, comes back late at Smith who gets an inside edge into his pads

30.4

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, drifts too straight this time, clipped off leg stump out to deep square-leg

Down to two slips and a gully now for Amla

30.5

Anderson to Amla, 2 runs, all action this delivery, not a convincing shot from Amla as he skews a drive to mid-on...Harmison then has a shy at the stumps and it would have been tight, the backing-up man can't stop and there's an overthrow

30.6

Anderson to Amla, no run, driven firmly out to cover

End of over 31 (3 runs) South Africa 103/1
HM Amla    36* (34b 8x4)      JM Anderson    6-0-15-0
GC Smith    46* (99b 7x4)      SJ Harmison    9-3-29-0

31.1

Harmison to Smith, no run, short of a length, Smith skips into line and defends down into his pad

31.2

Harmison to Smith, no run, driven down to mid-on from off stump

31.3

Harmison to Smith, no run, consistent line from Harmison, on off stump, Smith drops it square on the off side

31.4

Harmison to Smith, OUT, gone! Harmison strikes on his comeback. It was a well-directed bouncer, Smith couldn't control his hook, getting a top edge high down to long leg. Anderson, one of England's best outielders, steadies himself and holds the catch with ease...Harmison raises his arms in celebration, England have a breakthrough

GC Smith c Anderson b Harmison 46 (148m 103b 7x4 0x6) SR: 44.66

Here comes Jacques Kallis, the only member of the South African top order without a century this series, but Amla is on strike

31.5

Harmison to Amla, OUT, gone again, two in two as Harmison strikes again, a ripping yorker spears through Amla's defences with late swing, he couldn't get down in time and England are bouncing...registered as 93mph, he's on top of his game at the moment

HM Amla b Harmison 36 (54m 35b 8x4 0x6) SR: 102.85

"Verging on tasty," says Andrew Miller

Harmison is on a hat-trick...and Monty is at leg gully! Also six slips

31.6

Harmison to Prince, no run, good ball, makes Prince play on off stump, defends down in front of short leg and Harmison has got The Oval crowd jumping

A stirring over from Harmison, England have been missing a cutting edge to their attack...it's thrilling to watch a quick bowler letting it fly

End of over 32 (wicket maiden) South Africa 103/3
AG Prince    0* (1b)      SJ Harmison    10-4-29-2
JH Kallis    0* (0b)      JM Anderson    6-0-15-0

Finally Kallis faces his first ball

32.1

Anderson to Kallis, no run, and it's left out side off, an easy sighter

32.2

Anderson to Kallis, 2 runs, tuck off his pads through square leg, Kallis opens his account

32.3

Anderson to Kallis, no run, now a beauty from Anderson zips past Kallis's outside edge, there's an appeal from behind the wicket but Anderson isn't very interested...it was just too good

32.4

Anderson to Kallis, no run, nice shape from Anderson, full just outside off and swinging away, left alone

Pietersen clapping his hands and geeing up his team-mates, they don't need much at the moment

32.5

Anderson to Kallis, OUT, England on fire! Superb inswinging delivery from Anderson takes Kallis on the pad on front of off stump...Aleem Dar raises the finger and another one bites the dust, that's 100 Test wickets for Anderson

JH Kallis lbw b Anderson 2 (8m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

Three wickets in eight balls for England...how this day has changed

Suddenly England are down to No. 6...in strides AB de Villiers to face charged-up attack

32.6

Anderson to de Villiers, FOUR, gets off the mark first ball with a lovely, calm cover drive to an overpitched ball on off stump, Anderson searching for the swing again but de Villiers responds

It's all action cricket here this afternoon...boundaries and wickets, great stuff to watch

End of over 33 (6 runs) South Africa 109/4
AB de Villiers    4* (1b 1x4)      JM Anderson    7-0-21-1
AG Prince    0* (1b)      SJ Harmison    10-4-29-2

33.1

Harmison to Prince, no run, pushed across Prince, left alone outside off

33.2

Harmison to Prince, no run, banged in short and Princes rib-caged, defended off awkwardly but falls short of Monty Panesar at leg gully...pace and bounce from Harmison, reminiscent of Devon Malcolm in 1994

33.3

Harmison to Prince, no run, nearly another one, full swinging delivery just outside off stump, Prince misses his drive and the ball almost comes back to bowl him

33.4

Harmison to Prince, no run, a moment of calmness as Prince leaves one outside off stump

33.5

Harmison to Prince, no run, jags back off the seam, Prince again not comfortable as he defends down in front of short leg

33.6

Harmison to Prince, no run, on middle and off, defended back to Harmison...another fine over of pace

This has been an electric passage of play...it's the quickest Oval wicket we've seen for a few years and Harmison is enjoying it

End of over 34 (maiden) South Africa 109/4
AG Prince    0* (7b)      SJ Harmison    11-5-29-2
AB de Villiers    4* (1b 1x4)      JM Anderson    7-0-21-1

34.1

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, outside off, shapes away and de Villiers leaves

34.2

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, beaten outside off stump, Anderson made him play and de Villiers was done by the swing

34.3

Anderson to de Villiers, FOUR, late movement takes the outside edge past gully and down to third man...very attacking fields now as you would expect

34.4

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, waits for the swing and drives behind point, crowd think it's a catch but it was straight into the ground

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34.5

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, another cracker, back of a length on off stump, beats de Villiers with late swing...superb stuff from Anderson

34.6

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, defended into the off side

End of over 35 (4 runs) South Africa 113/4
AB de Villiers    8* (7b 2x4)      JM Anderson    8-0-25-1
AG Prince    0* (7b)      SJ Harmison    11-5-29-2

35.1

Harmison to Prince, no run, rides the bounce, plays down in front of short leg

35.2

Harmison to Prince, no run, goes across Prince, who holds the bat inside the line

35.3

Harmison to Prince, no run, another good bouncer, steep bounce over Prince and Ambrose pulls off a good take, one-handed high above his head

35.4

Harmison to Prince, no run, goes full this time, good bowler, outside off and Princes pushes down to mid-off

35.5

Harmison to Prince, FOUR, short and pulled away, not in complete control but gets enough bat on it out to deep square-leg

35.6

Harmison to Prince, no run, played into the leg side, mid-on does the fielding

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End of over 36 (4 runs) South Africa 117/4
AG Prince    4* (13b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    12-5-33-2
AB de Villiers    8* (7b 2x4)      JM Anderson    8-0-25-1

Anderson will continue

36.1

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, stays full, searching for the swing, dug out square on the off side

36.2

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, down the leg side, de Villiers tries to flick it away but doesn't make contact

36.3

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, late movement again, however de Villiers does what Kallis couldn't and gets bat on it as he defends to mid-on

England working very hard to shining this ball

36.4

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, defended into the off side, this one was gun-barrel straight

36.5

Anderson to de Villiers, 1 run, on leg stump, flicked down to long leg

36.6

Anderson to Prince, OUT, and another one goes, a touch wider of off stump and Princes flays his drive in the air to Ian Bell at point...everything working for England at the moment and South Africa in trouble

AG Prince c Bell b Anderson 4 (28m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

Poor shot from Prince...to continue with the action until tea here's Kanishkaa

End of over 37 (1 run) South Africa 118/5
     JM Anderson    9-0-26-2
AB de Villiers    9* (12b 2x4)      SJ Harmison    12-5-33-2

Thanks Gnasher. After watching Harmison this morning it makes you wonder why they had to wait till the final Test to bring him in. Mark Boucher walks in

37.1

Harmison to de Villiers, no run, gets forward and defends back to the bowler

37.2

Harmison to de Villiers, no run, slides just a little down the leg side, he tries to nudge it down but makes contact with the pad

37.3

Harmison to de Villiers, no run, thuds in the bouncer and he ducks underneath that one, the ground really is bathed in sunshine now

37.4

Harmison to de Villiers, FOUR, 89 mph, Harmison bangs in another short one but de Villiers is quick to the task as he pulls, the underedge beats short fine leg

37.5

Harmison to de Villiers, no run, good length this time on middle and leg, he taps it back down the pitch

37.6

Harmison to de Villiers, 1 run, comes round the wicket to change the angle, pitches outside leg, he nudges it softly towards short leg

End of over 38 (5 runs) South Africa 123/5
AB de Villiers    14* (18b 3x4)      SJ Harmison    13-5-38-2
MV Boucher    0* (0b)      JM Anderson    9-0-26-2

38.1

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, pitches outside off and holds its line before reaching the keeper, watchfully left alone

38.2

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, a similar delivery, hits the channel outside off but doesn't draw him into the stroke

38.3

Anderson to de Villiers, 1 run, full delivery close to the pads, he manages a bit of inswing, pushed wide of midwicket

38.4

Anderson to Boucher, no run, 86.6 mph, he really gets it to nip back in off the air and the pitch, he somehow manages to tap it back down the pitch

38.5

Anderson to Boucher, no run, 85.7 mph, hits a good length outside off, just gets across his stumps and taps it back to the bowler

38.6

Anderson to Boucher, 1 run, chance maybe? No! The outside edge just falls short of Collingwood at widish third slip who dives to his left, the ball just falls short

End of over 39 (2 runs) South Africa 125/5
MV Boucher    1* (3b)      JM Anderson    10-0-28-2
AB de Villiers    15* (21b 3x4)      SJ Harmison    13-5-38-2

39.1

Harmison to Boucher, no run, that looked faster than 87.6 mph, banged in hard on the surface and the ball really rears up on the batsman, left alone

39.2

Harmison to Boucher, 1 run, gets some wood on it this time and he taps it with soft hands in front of point and sets off for a run, good calling

39.3

Harmison to de Villiers, no run, drifts into the batsman in the air and he gets nicely across and behind the line to defend

39.4

Harmison to de Villiers, no run, opportunity for a wild slash or upper cut but he's beaten for pace, he just manages to withdraw his bat

39.5

Harmison to de Villiers, 1 run, the ball comes into the right hander and de Villiers easily shuffles and picks a single behind square on the on side, he fetched many runs like this in Edgbaston

39.6

Harmison to Boucher, no run, full outside off and firmly pushed back towards the bowler

End of over 40 (2 runs) South Africa 127/5
MV Boucher    2* (6b)      SJ Harmison    14-5-40-2
AB de Villiers    16* (24b 3x4)      JM Anderson    10-0-28-2

40.1

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, hits a good length outside off, holds its line before reaching the keeper

40.2

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, 86.1, pitches outside off and moves away, he thrusts his pad forward and decides to let this one go as well

40.3

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, left alone outside off, he gets plenty of outswing this time and Ambrose has a bit of a workout diving to his right to collect that

40.4

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, shoulders arms to a delivery which straightens this time

40.5

Anderson to de Villiers, FOUR, bowls the inswinger but he lands it on the half volley, allowing de Villiers to drive elegantly through the line back past the bowler, he tries to get a boot to it but the ball beats him

40.6

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 41 (4 runs) South Africa 131/5
AB de Villiers    20* (30b 4x4)      JM Anderson    11-0-32-2
MV Boucher    2* (6b)      SJ Harmison    14-5-40-2

Flintoff replaces Harmison. No sign of Panesar

41.1

Flintoff to Boucher, no run, lands on a good length outside off, he gets behind it and taps it towards the bowler

41.2

Flintoff to Boucher, no run, 84.4 mph, Boucher shapes to play at it outside off but tentatively withdraws his bat

41.3

Flintoff to Boucher, no run, he lets this one go outside the offstump with a lot more confidence

41.4

Flintoff to Boucher, no run, good comeback by Flintoff as he gets the ball to drift in in the air and shape away after pitching, Boucher fishes at that one

41.5

Flintoff to Boucher, no run, searches for some outswing and as a result bowls it a little full, he drives to mid-off

41.6

Flintoff to Boucher, 1 run, holds the length back outside off, he opens the face of the bat and glides it just wide of Bell at point who slides and cuts it off

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End of over 42 (1 run) South Africa 132/5
MV Boucher    3* (12b)      A Flintoff    10-2-25-1
AB de Villiers    20* (30b 4x4)      JM Anderson    11-0-32-2

42.1

Anderson to Boucher, OUT, Boucher's consumed by the Anderson outswinger, 86 mph, it lands on a fullish length on offstump and swings away from him, Boucher walks into the drive but fails to get behind the line and the thin edge is taken by Ambrose, there was no need for a confirmation, everyone knew he nicked it

MV Boucher c †Ambrose b Anderson 3 (23m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 23.07

Morne Morkel walks in

42.2

Anderson to Morkel, no run, bangs it in outside off and Morkel safely lets it go

42.3

Anderson to Morkel, no run, better delivery, pitches outside off and comes back in, dangerous leave by Morkel as the offstump wasn't too far away

42.4

Anderson to Morkel, no run, lands slightly wider outside off and he safely lets it go

42.5

Anderson to Morkel, no run, 86 mph, bangs in the bouncer and that sails over Morkel's arched back

42.6

Anderson to Morkel, no run, brings the ball into the left hander and he gets a thick inside edge onto his pads

End of over 43 (wicket maiden) South Africa 132/6
M Morkel    0* (5b)      JM Anderson    12-1-32-3
AB de Villiers    20* (30b 4x4)      A Flintoff    10-2-25-1

43.1

Flintoff to de Villiers, no run, over the wicket, lands on a good length outside off, the bounce and carry to the keeper is still encouraging

43.2

Flintoff to de Villiers, no run, lands on the same length outside off but there is more away movement this time, he shoulders arms

43.3

Flintoff to de Villiers, 1 run, drifts towards the body and another easy single by de Villiers tucked away down to square leg

Ian Bell changes his helmet, he's at short leg I reckon

43.4

Flintoff to Morkel, FOUR, streaky but South Africa will take it however they come, Flintoff slices him in half with a lifter pitched on middle stump, Morkel shapes to defend but gets an inside edge which beats the keeper

43.5

Flintoff to Morkel, no run, slices him again, this time it lands on middle and off and shapes away, he tries to cut but misses

43.6

Flintoff to Morkel, no run, Appeal: Morkel chases a full and wide delivery outside off, there was a sound but Steve Davis shakes his head, at first sight it looked like the bat hit the ground

End of over 44 (5 runs) South Africa 137/6
M Morkel    4* (8b 1x4)      A Flintoff    11-2-30-1
AB de Villiers    21* (33b 4x4)      JM Anderson    12-1-32-3

44.1

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, lands outside off, he opens the face of the bat and glides towards gully, Cook dives and gets a hand to it

44.2

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, good length outside the offstump and left alone, he's bowled several such deliveries today, the one that shapes away

44.3

Anderson to de Villiers, FOUR, a rare gift from Anderson as he bangs it in short and wide outside off, de Villiers gets on his toes and carves it over backward point

44.4

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, fuller and closer to the offstump, he safely shoulders arms

44.5

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, full and wide outside off and de Villiers gives it a thrash, an athletic dive by Broad at cover saves a certain boundary

44.6

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, full outside off again and another drive finds the fielder, this time at mid-off

End of over 45 (4 runs) South Africa 141/6
AB de Villiers    25* (39b 5x4)      JM Anderson    13-1-36-3
M Morkel    4* (8b 1x4)      A Flintoff    11-2-30-1

The sun's still shining in London

45.1

Flintoff to Morkel, no run, over the wicket, bangs it in outside the offstump and the ball holds its line before reaching Ambrose

45.2

Flintoff to Morkel, no run, 83.3 mph, bangs in the bouncer and that sails over Morkel's back, Ambrose takes it high over his head

45.3

Flintoff to Morkel, no run, good length outside off and shapes away nicely, Morkel's more sure of his offstump now

45.4

Flintoff to Morkel, 2 runs, angles in towards the body from round the wicket, he turns at the crease and helps it on its way to Panesar at fine leg

45.5

Flintoff to Morkel, no run, wasted delivery really, wide outside off, Morkel wasn't going to chase that

45.6

Flintoff to Morkel, no run, better delivery, curves into the left hander, safely left alone

End of over 46 (2 runs) South Africa 143/6
M Morkel    6* (14b 1x4)      A Flintoff    12-2-32-1
AB de Villiers    25* (39b 5x4)      JM Anderson    13-1-36-3

46.1

Broad to de Villiers, FOUR, full outside off and driven through the line on the front foot in the arc between mid-off and cover, good shot

46.2

Broad to de Villiers, no run, full outside off again, driven towards mid-off

46.3

Broad to de Villiers, no run, holds the length back outside off, he safely shoulders arms

46.4

Broad to de Villiers, no run, 84.4 mph, lands it on a good length outside off and gets a good shape away, he shoulders arms

46.5

Broad to de Villiers, no run, tries to drive a fullish delivery through the covers but he mistimes it and a result thuds it onto the ground

46.6

Broad to de Villiers, 1 run, he crashes a half volley past short cover who dives in vain but the sweeper is there to cut it off

Flintoff's off the field..... to try on a new pair of boots

End of over 47 (5 runs) South Africa 148/6
AB de Villiers    30* (45b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    8-2-38-0
M Morkel    6* (14b 1x4)      A Flintoff    12-2-32-1

Well he's back

47.1

Flintoff to de Villiers, 1 run, over the wicket, begins with a loosener sliding down the leg side, Panesar mops up at fine leg

47.2

Flintoff to Morkel, no run, bangs in the shorter one aimed at his midriff, he manages to drop his bat and place it well short of short leg

47.3

Flintoff to Morkel, no run, he gets nicely behind a short of a length delivery and defends back down the pitch

47.4

Flintoff to Morkel, no run, mixes it up with a fuller one outside off and Morkel lets it go, he looks far more confident now of his offstump

47.5

Flintoff to Morkel, no run, thrusts his front foot forward to a full delivery outside off and lets it go

47.6

Flintoff to Morkel, no run, tempts him onto the straight drive but he's beaten for pace, the ball just creeps under the bat

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End of over 48 (1 run) South Africa 149/6
M Morkel    6* (19b 1x4)      A Flintoff    13-2-33-1
AB de Villiers    31* (46b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    8-2-38-0

48.1

Broad to de Villiers, no run, pitches just outside off and comes in, de Villiers goes on the walk to drive but taps it to mid-on

48.2

Broad to de Villiers, FOUR, a little too short and certainly too wide, enough for de Villiers to have free swing and crash it past extra cover

48.3

Broad to de Villiers, no run, fullish outside off and pushed back to the bowler

48.4

Broad to de Villiers, FOUR, take that! Overpitched on off stump, de Villiers has another free swing, this time he lofts through the line and just clears Broad's head

48.5

Broad to de Villiers, no run, follows it up with a ripper, beats him fair and square outside the offstump

48.6

Broad to de Villiers, no run, lands on a fullish length outside off and shapes away, he safely shoulders arms

End of over 49 (8 runs) South Africa 157/6
AB de Villiers    39* (52b 8x4)      SCJ Broad    9-2-46-0
M Morkel    6* (19b 1x4)      A Flintoff    13-2-33-1

And finally Panesar makes an appearance. Slip, silly point and forward short leg in place

49.1

Panesar to Morkel, no run, pitches outside off, no turn, left alone

49.2

Panesar to Morkel, 1 run, prods forward and gets an outside edge well wide of slip

49.3

Panesar to de Villiers, OUT, comes round the wicket, Panesar gets the breakthrough at the stroke of tea, the arm ball pitches outside off and comes into de Villiers, he stays on the backfoot and the ball hits him on the top flap of the pad, Steve Davis has no hesitation. Hawkeye showed the ball just clearing the top of the stumps. It looked fairly plumb initially but technology thought otherwise

AB de Villiers lbw b Panesar 39 (81m 53b 8x4 0x6) SR: 73.58

It's been advantage England all through the session. The weather has been kind to them as well. de Villiers looked fairly solid out there but his dismissal will hurt his side. England will want to wrap this up soon. Do join us shortly for the final session. Andrew McGlashan will take over.

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Welcome back to the final session, Andrew here to bring you the start of the action. England looking to wrap the innings up for less than 200, which would be a great effort after South Africa reached 103 for 1. Monty has three balls remaining.

49.4

Panesar to Harris, no run, on middle and off, defends on the front foot

49.5

Panesar to Harris, no run, goes onto the back foot and works into midwicket

49.6

Panesar to Harris, no run, comes forward, pushed on the bounce to silly point...a successful start for Panesar

End of over 50 (1 run) South Africa 158/7
PL Harris    0* (3b)      MS Panesar    1-0-1-1
M Morkel    7* (21b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    9-2-46-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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