South Africa tour of India, 2007/08 / Commentary

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200

0.1

Singh to Smith, no run, RP starts with a fullish delivery angling into the left-hander, Smith moves forward and pushes the ball towards cover

0.2

Singh to Smith, 1 run, RP strays a bit too straight because of the angle from over the wicket, Smith moves across and works the ball off his pads towards Ganguly at long leg

South Africa 1/0   GC Smith 1* (2b)

1.1

Sreesanth to Smith, 2 runs, Sreesanth starts with one on leg stump, Smith moves back and just a fraction across to flick the ball between midwicket and mid-on

1.2

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, good length delivery on leg and middle stump, Smith tries to move across and flick it towards the leg side but gets hit on the thigh

1.3

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, fuller length on leg and middle stump, Smith pushes the ball of his pads towards midwicket

1.4

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, excellent delivery, Sreesanth pitches the ball outside off and seams it away from Smith who fends tentatively at the ball and gets beaten

1.5

Sreesanth to Smith, FOUR, short and wide outside off stump, Smith moves towards the ball and cuts hard behind the fielder at point for his first boundary, powerful shot

1.6

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, 141 kmh, better length and the line is closer to off stump, Smith comes forward and defends back towards the bowler

South Africa 11/0   GC Smith 7* (8b 1x4)

2.3

Singh to Smith, 1 run, well run, Smith pushed a good length ball off the back foot with soft hands towards cover and set off for a quick single

South Africa 13/0   GC Smith 8* (9b 1x4)

3.1

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, good length ball on off stump, defended on the back foot

3.2

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, good length from Sreesanth, he pitched the ball around off stump and angled it across Smith who moved forward and shouldered arms

3.3

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, this time the line is close enough to off stump for Smith to want to play at it, he pushes forward in defence but the ball seams away from the left-hander from a good length and beats the outside edge

3.4

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, lovely ball, the length is shorter this time and the line is around off stump, Smith tries to defend on the back foot but the ball once again seams past his bat, Sreesanth got that one to bounce sharply

3.5

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, fuller length on middle stump, Smith pushes the ball towards mid-on

3.6

Sreesanth to Smith, FOUR, the line is wide outside off stump and Smith uses the width on offer to cut, he wasn't in complete control for the ball flew in the air between second slip and gully but he'll get four

South Africa 17/0   GC Smith 12* (15b 2x4)

5.1

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, 136 kmh, Sreesanth's bowling a better line that RP, pitching the ball on a good length and seaming it across the left-hander, Smith lets it go through to Dhoni

5.2

Sreesanth to Smith, 1 run, fuller ball outside off stump, Smith moves forward and towards the line of the ball and pushes the ball towards cover, he calls for the single and gets it

South Africa 26/0   GC Smith 13* (17b 2x4)

6.1

Singh to Smith, no run, Smith tries to cut a good length ball from outside off stump, he doesn't have enough room and can't place the ball past point

6.2

Singh to Smith, FOUR, that one kept very low outside off stump, Smith reached out for it and tried to cut, the low bounce made the ball hit the inside edge and the ball missed the stumps and ran to the fine leg boundary

6.3

Singh to Smith, no run, this on bounces and moves away from the left-hander after pitching outside off, Smith watchfully lets it go

6.4

Singh to Smith, no run, good length ball on middle stump, Smith uses the angle into him to work the ball off his pads towards square leg

6.5

Singh to Smith, no run, good length once again on off stump, Smith defends off the front foot towards the off side

6.6

Singh to Smith, no run, Smith leans forward to defend a good length ball outside off stump and gets an outside edge which bounces well short of the slip cordon, Dravid dives to his left at third slip to save runs

South Africa 30/0   GC Smith 17* (23b 3x4)

8.1

Singh to Smith, no run, excellent ball, RP pitches it on a good length and seams the ball a fraction away from Smith after angling it into him, Smith should have played forward but he tried to defend off the back foot and gets beaten

8.2

Singh to Smith, no run, Smith gets beaten once again, this time by one that is short of a length and seams away from the left-hander

8.3

Singh to Smith, no run, good length ball outside off stump, Smith tries to cut but bottom-edges the ball hard into the ground

8.4

Singh to Smith, no run, good length once again from RP outside off stump, Smith lets it go this time

8.5

Singh to Smith, 2 runs, RP strays on to the pads, allowing Smith to flick firmly towards deep backward square leg, Harbhajan fields on the boundary

8.6

Singh to Smith, no run, this one keeps low on off stump, Smith gets behind the line and defends towards the bowler

South Africa 37/0   GC Smith 19* (29b 3x4)

9.6

Sreesanth to Smith, 1 run, Smith moves back and across and pushes a good length ball towards point, he calls "wait" and then sets off for the run once the ball beats the infield

South Africa 43/0   GC Smith 20* (30b 3x4)

10.1

Kumble to Smith, no run, bowled flat through the air on middle and off stump, Smith moves back and across and defends to Jaffer at short leg

10.2

Kumble to Smith, no run, pushed quickly through the air, Smith leans forward and defends on the off side

10.3

Kumble to Smith, no run, slower through the air this time but Kumble strays down leg side, Smith tries to flick but misses, Dhoni moves quickly to his right to collect the ball

10.4

Kumble to Smith, no run, bowled quicker through the air on middle stump, Smith pushes the ball off the front foot towards short midwicket

10.5

Kumble to Smith, no run, Smith leans forward to defend but gets hit on the pad outside off stump

10.6

Kumble to Smith, no run, tossed up on middle stump, Smith waits on the back foot and plays the ball to midwicket

South Africa 43/0   GC Smith 20* (36b 3x4)

11.4

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, good length ball on off stump, pushed off the back foot towards Yuvraj at mid-off, he's not fielding at point, which is usually his customary position

11.5

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, full ball outside off stump, Smith drives off the front foot towards point where RP dives to his left to save a boundary

11.6

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, tight line and length just outside off stump, Smith strides forward and shoulders arms, well left

South Africa 44/0   GC Smith 20* (39b 3x4)

13.1

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 run, flighted delivery pitches outside leg stump and spins into Smith who moves back and plays the ball off his pads behind square on the leg side

13.4

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, Harbhajan gets one to turn and bounce away from Smith who tries to cut off the back foot but misses

13.5

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, bowled slowly through the air on off stump, Smith defends on the front foot

13.6

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, Smith comes on to the front foot and pushes the ball to midwicket

South Africa 54/0   GC Smith 21* (43b 3x4)

15.1

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, flighted delivery on leg stump, Smith waits for it to turn across him and defends towards the off side

15.2

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, Smith goes back and defends the ball late back towards the bowler, Harbhajan is keeping the ball around leg and middle

15.3

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 run, tossed up outside leg stump, Smith goes back and plays the ball off his pads through square leg

South Africa 59/0   GC Smith 22* (46b 3x4)

16.1

Kumble to Smith, 1 run, bowled flat and short on leg and middle, Smith moves back and plays the ball off his pads towards deep square leg

South Africa 60/0   GC Smith 23* (47b 3x4)

17.1

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, FOUR, tossed up outside leg stump, Smith gets down on one knee and sweeps behind square, he places it fine enough to get four

17.2

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, FOUR, bowled flatter and outside off stump this time, Smith moves back and cuts towards point where RP dives over the ball, two fours off the first two balls

17.3

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 run, flighted delivery on leg stump, Smith flicks off his pads towards fine leg for one

17.5

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, flighted delivery on leg and middle, Smith moves deep in his crease to give himself as much time as possible to play the ball, he defends on the leg side

17.6

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, driven off the back foot towards wide mid-on

South Africa 70/0   GC Smith 32* (52b 5x4)

19.1

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 run, angled into the pads from round the wicket, Smith works the ball off the back foot towards square leg

19.5

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, flighted delivery outside off stump, Smith lets the ball go through to Dhoni

19.6

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 run, Smith moves across his stumps and uses the angle into him from round the wicket to sweep to deep backward square leg

South Africa 77/0   GC Smith 34* (55b 5x4)

20.1

Kumble to Smith, FOUR, the googly bowled short and wide outside off, Smith moves back and cuts it into the gap at cover point for four more

20.2

Kumble to Smith, no run, Smith leans forward to a flighted delivery on off stump and defends

20.3

Kumble to Smith, no run, bowled flatter through the air on off and middle stump, Smith leans forward and defends back to the bowler

20.4

Kumble to Smith, no run, Smith tries to whip a ball off his pads but misses, the ball had pitched outside leg stump and the length wasn't right for the shot

20.5

Kumble to Smith, 1 run, Smith leans forward and plays the ball from leg and middle in front of square leg

South Africa 82/0   GC Smith 39* (60b 6x4)

21.1

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, flighted delivery into the left-hander from round the wicket, Smith defends on the front foot

21.2

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 run, this time Harbhajan drifts on to leg stump, allowing Smith to push the ball off his pads for asingle

South Africa 83/0   GC Smith 40* (62b 6x4)

23.1

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, Smith waits on the back foot and cuts towards point

23.2

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, FOUR, superb timing, Smith leans forward to a flighted delivery and drives straight, he's not hit that with a lot of power but the ball motors to the boundary after beating mid-on

23.3

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 run, flicked off his pads towards midwicket

South Africa 101/0   GC Smith 45* (65b 7x4)

24.1

Singh to Smith, 2 runs, short ball angling into middle stump, Smith moves back and clips the ball off his pads towards deep backward square leg for two more

24.2

Singh to Smith, no run, good length delivery on off stump, Smith gets behind the line and defends on the front foot

24.3

Singh to Smith, no run, banged in short by RP Singh, Smith shapes to play the hook but decides to let it go in the end

24.4

Singh to Smith, 2 runs, fuller length angling into middle stump, Smith pushes the ball off his pads through midwicket and moves on to 49

24.5

Singh to Smith, no run, good length delivery angling into off stump, Smith defends off the front foot to cover

24.6

Singh to Smith, FOUR, he can! Smith moves across his stumps to a short ball and pulls it to the fine leg boundary, that's lunch on the first day, South Africa have done splendidly

South Africa 109/0   GC Smith 53* (71b 8x4)

26.1

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, he begins on target, a good length ball just outside off stump, Smith leans forward and defends

26.2

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, good length once again, angling across the left-hander, Smith moves forward and tries to drive, the ball hits the inside edge and goes towards midwicket

26.3

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, good length and line just outside off stump, Smith moves on to the front foot and blocks on the off side

26.4

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, well struck and well fielded! Smith drove a full ball hard and straight, he hit it on the up towards mid-on where Harbhajan moves quickly to his right and cuts off the boundary

26.5

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, Smith lets a good length delivery go past his off stump to Dhoni

26.6

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, Sreesanth pitches on a good length outside off, Smith moves forward and shoulders arms, that's a maiden over from Sreesanth, they have been rare so far

South Africa 109/0   GC Smith 53* (77b 8x4)

27.5

Kumble to Smith, no run, bowled flatter through the air on off stump, defended on the back foot to the off side

27.6

Kumble to Smith, no run, Smith comes on to the front foot and drives firmly towards mid-off where RP Singh does the fielding

South Africa 110/0   GC Smith 53* (79b 8x4)

29.1

Kumble to Smith, no run, flighted delivery on middle stump, Smith comes forward, closes the face of the bat and plays the ball to midwicket

29.2

Kumble to Smith, no run, driven firmly off the front foot towards mid-off, Kumble gave that ball air outside off stump

29.3

Kumble to Smith, no run, quicker ball on middle stump this time, Smith moves forward and tries to play the ball on the leg side, he gets a leading edge towards the off

29.4

Kumble to Smith, no run, defended on the front foot to the leg side

29.5

Kumble to Smith, 1 leg bye, Smith tries to work a ball off his pads but misses and gets a leg bye behind square, Kumble pitched the ball outside leg stump

South Africa 111/0   GC Smith 53* (84b 8x4)

30.1

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, dropped! Sreesanth bowled a full ball outside off stump which swung back into Smith who drove at it, the ball hit the inside edge and flew to Dhoni who dove to his right and took the catch, as he was getting up the ball slipped out of his gloves

30.2

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, driven off the front foot towards the of side

30.3

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, Smith moves forward and drives the ball towards the off side

30.4

Sreesanth to Smith, FOUR, short ball on leg stump, Smith gets into position quickly and pulls the ball to the deep square leg boundary

30.5

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, defended on the off side off the back foot

30.6

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, fuller ball on off stump, Smith moves forward and drives the ball towards mid-on

South Africa 115/0   GC Smith 57* (90b 9x4)

32.1

Sreesanth to Smith, FOUR, a loose full toss and Smith drives it powerfully past the bowler for four more, a real freebie that was, the attempted slower ball gone wrong

32.2

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, full length outside off stump, Smith leans forward and drives towards cover

32.3

Sreesanth to Smith, FOUR, short and wide outside off stump, Smith moves back and cuts through the gap at cover point for four more, second boundary of the over

32.4

Sreesanth to Smith, FOUR, the third boundary of the over! An over-pitched ball outside off stump, Smith moves forward and drives powerfully between extra cover and mid-off for four more, well struck and the pressure is dissipating quickly

32.5

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, short of a length on off stump, Smith tries to pull the ball but mis-times it to midwicket

32.6

Sreesanth to Smith, FOUR, Smith's on a roll here, he drives hard at another full ball outside off stump and slices it through backward point for four, 16 runs off the over

South Africa 131/0   GC Smith 73* (96b 13x4)

33.3

Kumble to Smith, OUT, caught! Kumble goes a little wide of the crease and tosses it up on middle stump, Smith gets on to the front foot and tries to drive towards mid-on, he gets beaten by the flight and the ball hits high on the bat and goes in the air towards short midwicket where Laxman takes a sharp catch to his right

GC Smith c Laxman b Kumble 73 (157m 97b 13x4 0x6) SR: 75.25

South Africa 132/1   GC Smith 73 (97b 13x4)
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India won by 8 wickets
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South Africa won by an innings and 90 runs
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