South Africa tour of India, 2007/08 / Commentary

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

98.3

Singh to Boucher, no run, RP angles the ball into Boucher from round the wicket, he comes forward to defend but gets an inside edge on to the pad

98.4

Singh to Boucher, no run, good length delivery but the line is outside off stump, Boucher strides forward and lets the ball go

98.5

Singh to Boucher, no run, short of a length delivery gets big on Boucher who stands on the back foot and tries to cut, he mis-times it towards point

98.6

Singh to Boucher, no run, fuller ball outside off stump, Boucher lets it go again and the ball bounces a second time before reaching Dhoni

South Africa 358/5   MV Boucher 0* (4b)

100.1

Singh to Boucher, no run, wide outside off stump, left alone by Boucher

100.2

Singh to Boucher, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump, Boucher cuts off the back foot through point for a single

100.6

Singh to Boucher, FOUR, too short outside the off stump, Boucher stands tall and cuts off the back foot in front of point for his first boundary

South Africa 364/5   MV Boucher 5* (7b 1x4)

103.1

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, pitches on a good length outside off stump, driven off the back foot towards the off side

103.2

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, good length in the channel outside off stump, Boucher strides forward and shoulders arms

103.3

Sreesanth to Boucher, FOUR, Boucher tries to drive on the up off the back foot, the ball gets a bit big on him and the outside edge runs wide of Sehwag at gully and runs down to the vacant third-man boundary

103.4

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, good length ball closer to off stump, defended back to the bowler on the back foot

103.5

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, 137 kmh, a good length delivery angles into the right-hander, Boucher stands in his crease and defends with a straight bat

103.6

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, defended back towards the bowler on the back foot

South Africa 375/5   MV Boucher 9* (13b 2x4)

104.3

Ganguly to Boucher, no run, good length once again outside off stump, Boucher moves forward and pushes the ball to short cover

104.4

Ganguly to Boucher, no run, tight line and length on off stump, defended on the front foot by Boucher

104.5

Ganguly to Boucher, 1 run, Boucher moves forward to defends the ball a bit too early and gets an inside edge on the leg side

South Africa 377/5   MV Boucher 10* (16b 2x4)

105.1

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, good length ball on off stump, defended on the front foot by Boucher

105.2

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, good length once again on off stump, driven to mid-off

105.3

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, short of a length on off and middle stump, Boucher moves back and defends on the leg side

105.4

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, fuller delivery outside the off stump, Boucher lets it go through to Dhoni

105.5

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, a massive massive appeal for lbw, Sreesanth can't believe Tony Hill has given it not out, it was the slower ball angling into off and middle stump, Boucher came forward and tried to play across the line, he missed and the ball hit him low on the front pad in line with the stumps, that was hitting middle stump half-way down, unless there was a faint inside edge that was pretty plumb

105.6

Sreesanth to Boucher, 1 run, Boucher stands on the back foot and tries to force a good length ball through the off side, he gets an inside edge past his stumps towards fine leg

South Africa 382/5   MV Boucher 11* (22b 2x4)

106.1

Ganguly to Boucher, no run, good length ball outside off stump, left alone by Boucher

106.2

Ganguly to Boucher, no run, fuller delivery angling into off and middle stump, Boucher leans across and works the ball towards midwicket

106.3

Ganguly to Boucher, no run, good length delivery outside off stump, played off the back foot towards the off side

106.4

Ganguly to Boucher, no run, fuller ball outside off stump, Boucher leans forward and drives towards cover

106.5

Ganguly to Boucher, no run, good length and straight, it's hard to drive the ball at Ganguly's pace, Boucher plays the ball back to the bowler

106.6

Ganguly to Boucher, FOUR, this time it;s a bit full on leg stump and Boucher drives the ball into the gap between mid-on and midwicket, once the ball beats the infield it races to the boundary

South Africa 386/5   MV Boucher 15* (28b 3x4)

108.1

Kumble to Boucher, no run, a fraction short to start with, Boucher waits on the back foot and drives to mid-off

108.2

Kumble to Boucher, no run, tossed up on middle stump, Boucher leans forward and pushes the ball back to the bowler

108.3

Kumble to Boucher, no run, flighted delivery on middle stump, driven off the front foot to mid-on

108.4

Kumble to Boucher, no run, bowled flatter through the air on middle stump, Boucher moves back and defends towards Kumble

108.5

Kumble to Boucher, 2 runs, a bit more air this time but Kumble drifts on to leg stump, Boucher leans forward and clips the ball behind square leg

108.6

Kumble to Boucher, no run, tossed up on off and middle stump, defended on the front foot

South Africa 392/5   MV Boucher 17* (34b 3x4)

109.2

Singh to Boucher, no run, a bit too full on the pads, Boucher stays in his crease and flicks it to midwicket

109.3

Singh to Boucher, FOUR, no third man! Boucher stands in his crease and tries to drive without moving his feet, the outside edge runs between slip and gully for four more

109.4

Singh to Boucher, no run, fuller and straighter on middle stump, defended on the front foot back towards the bowler

109.5

Singh to Boucher, no run, short of a length on middle and leg stump, Boucher tries to work it off his hips but gets hit on the thigh

109.6

Singh to Boucher, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Boucher stands on the back foot and cuts towards point

South Africa 397/5   MV Boucher 21* (39b 4x4)

111.1

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, FOUR, Boucher gets into position to play the paddle sweep early and makes good contact, there's no fielder at short fine leg and the ball runs to the fine-leg boundary

111.2

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, 1 run, bowled flat through the air on middle stump, Boucher moves back and plays the ball off his pads behind square for a single

South Africa 402/5   MV Boucher 26* (41b 5x4)

112.1

Kumble to Boucher, no run, that was the googly from Kumble, on off and middle stump, Boucher came forward to defend it

112.2

Kumble to Boucher, no run, Kumble appeals for leg before because he thinks it hit pad first, it might have but the ball would have missed off stump

112.3

Kumble to Boucher, no run, driven hard into the ground towards cover

112.4

Kumble to Boucher, no run, bowled flatter through the air on middle stump, Boucher moves back and blocks on the leg side

112.5

Kumble to Boucher, no run, that's too close to off stump for the cut, Boucher tries to force it through point and bottom edges it into the ground

112.6

Kumble to Boucher, no run, tossed up on middle stump, Boucher leans forward and tries to play the ball on the leg side, the leading edge rolls towards mid-off

South Africa 404/5   MV Boucher 26* (47b 5x4)

113.6

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, FOUR, Boucher moves forward, waits for a full ball to angle into him and flicks the ball firmly through midwicket, he's placed it in front of the man at square and will get four, top shot

South Africa 409/5   MV Boucher 30* (48b 6x4)

114.2

Kumble to Boucher, no run, fuller and quicker from Kumble, Boucher moves forward and drives back to the bowler

114.3

Kumble to Boucher, no run, slower through the air on off stump, Boucher moves forward and defends

114.4

Kumble to Boucher, 2 runs, a touch shorter outside off, Boucher moves forward initially and then waits for the ball and dabs it late past Sreesanth at short third man

114.5

Kumble to Boucher, no run, driven off the front foot towards the off side

114.6

Kumble to Boucher, no run, flatter through the air on off and middle, defended on the back foot to the bowler

South Africa 412/5   MV Boucher 32* (53b 6x4)

115.4

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, Boucher gets squared up by the straighter one while defending on the back foot and gets beaten

115.5

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, quicker ball on middle stump, defended on the off side on the back foot

115.6

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, defended on the back foot towards the off side

South Africa 417/5   MV Boucher 32* (56b 6x4)

116.6

Kumble to Boucher, no run, driven off the front foot towards RP at mid-off

South Africa 426/5   MV Boucher 32* (57b 6x4)

117.5

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, 1 run, Boucher moves forward and drives the ball towards mid-on for a single

South Africa 428/5   MV Boucher 33* (58b 6x4)

118.3

Kumble to Boucher, no run, Boucher tries to work the ball on the leg side and gets hit on the bad, the ball bobs up to Jaffer at short leg and there's a muted appeal for a catch

118.4

Kumble to Boucher, no run, defended on the back foot on the off side

118.5

Kumble to Boucher, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, Boucher drives off the front foot to mid-off where RP makes a hash of it and allows the single, he got into a very awkward position to field it and didn't collect cleanly

South Africa 431/5   MV Boucher 34* (61b 6x4)

119.1

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, bowled quickly through the air on off stump, pushed off the front foot towards the off side

119.2

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, 1 run, drifts on to leg stump, Boucher works the ball off his pads towards square leg for one

South Africa 432/5   MV Boucher 35* (63b 6x4)

120.1

Kumble to Boucher, no run, Kumble goes wide of the crease and fires the ball down leg side, Boucher misses the flick

120.2

Kumble to Boucher, no run, tossed up on off stump, defended on the front foot to the off side

120.3

Kumble to Boucher, 1 run, Boucher moves back and plays the ball off his pads behind square for one

120.5

Kumble to Boucher, no run, Boucher leans forward and defends back to the bowler

120.6

Kumble to Boucher, no run, driven off the front foot towards mid-off where RP Singh manages to field the ball cleanly this time

South Africa 438/5   MV Boucher 36* (68b 6x4)

121.3

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, defended on the front foot back to the bowler

121.4

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, pushed off the front foot towards cover for one

121.6

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, defended on the back foot towards short leg

South Africa 441/5   MV Boucher 37* (71b 6x4)

122.2

Kumble to Boucher, 1 run, flatter delivery on leg stump, Boucher moves back and across and glances the ball behind square

South Africa 443/5   MV Boucher 38* (72b 6x4)

123.4

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, wide outside off stump once again, Boucher reaches out for it and cuts to point

123.5

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, good length delivery closer to off stump, Boucher moves back and across and punches on the off side

123.6

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, Boucher tries to pull a fractionally short ball from off stump but doesn't time it well

South Africa 449/5   MV Boucher 38* (75b 6x4)

124.3

Kumble to Boucher, no run, bowled flatter through the air on off and middle, defended on the front foot

124.4

Kumble to Boucher, no run, fuller and straighter line on middle stump, defended back to the bowler

124.5

Kumble to Boucher, 1 run, Kumble drifts on to the leg stump and Boucher works the ball off his pads behind square

South Africa 451/5   MV Boucher 39* (78b 6x4)

125.1

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, a good length delivery angles into Boucher from outside off, he moves back and plays the ball with a straight bat towards mid-on

125.2

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, a full toss outside off stump, Boucher leans forward and drives firmly towards cover where RP dives to his right and saves a boundary, that's a good effort from RP

125.3

Sreesanth to Boucher, FOUR, short and wide outside off stump, Boucher waits for it on the back foot and steers it to the vacant third man boundary

125.4

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, Boucher tries to cut again from outside off stump but gets a bottom edge, it was a bit too close to him for the shot

125.5

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, good length delivery on a tight line outside off stump, left alone by the batsman

125.6

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, driven off the back foot towards the off side

South Africa 455/5   MV Boucher 43* (84b 7x4)

126.4

Kumble to Boucher, OUT, Amla's run out! Boucher cut a short of a length ball off the back foot to Sreesanth's left at cover, Amla set off for the single from the non-striker's end but Boucher didn't want it though he had taken a few steps down the pitch, Sreesanth fielded the ball cleanly but threw to the striker's end, which was the wrong end, however, Amla was so far down the pitch that Dhoni had enough time to throw the ball to Kumble who broke the stumps at the bowler's end with Amla not even in the frame

HM Amla run out 159 (406m 262b 20x4 0x6) SR: 60.68

126.5

Kumble to Boucher, no run, defended on the back foot towards the bowler

126.6

Kumble to Boucher, no run, Boucher leans forward and defends to short leg

South Africa 456/6   MV Boucher 43* (87b 7x4)

128.1

Kumble to Boucher, no run, that was the googly from Kumble on off and middle, Boucher strode forward and defended on the off side

128.2

Kumble to Boucher, FOUR, lovely shot, a bit over pitched by Kumble on off stump, Boucher leans forward and drives wide of the fielder at mid-off for four more

128.3

Kumble to Boucher, no run, Boucher tries to force the googly from middle stump towards midwicket but mis-times it

128.4

Kumble to Boucher, no run, defended on the front foot towards cover

128.5

Kumble to Boucher, no run, flighted delivery on off stump, Boucher leans on to the front foot and blocks

128.6

Kumble to Boucher, no run, tossed up on off stump, Boucher moves forward and defends on the off side

South Africa 460/6   MV Boucher 47* (93b 8x4)

130.1

Sehwag to Boucher, no run, defended on the front foot to the off side

130.2

Sehwag to Boucher, 2 runs, tossed up on off stump, Boucher moves forward and works the ball from outside off towards deep square leg, he moves on to 49

130.3

Sehwag to Boucher, no run, Boucher moves forward to a full toss and drives it towards mid-on

130.4

Sehwag to Boucher, no run, bowled flatter through the air on middle stump, played off the pads towards square leg

130.5

Sehwag to Boucher, no run, played from outside off stump with the spin to midwicket

130.6

Sehwag to Boucher, 1 run, too short and Boucher reaches his 28th Test fifty by pulling to deep midwicket, well played!

South Africa 468/6   MV Boucher 50* (99b 8x4)

131.1

Singh to Boucher, no run, good length ball on middle stump, Boucher defends with a straight bat back to the bowler, RP deflects it on to the stumps but Morkel was safe

131.2

Singh to Boucher, no run, driven off the front foot towards the off side

131.3

Singh to Boucher, 1 run, good length delivery angles across the right-hander from over the wicket, Boucher uses the width to drive through cover for a single

South Africa 469/6   MV Boucher 51* (102b 8x4)

132.1

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, bowled flatter through the air on middle and leg, defended on the back foot towards the leg side

132.2

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, tossed up slowly outside off, Boucher defends on the back foot

132.3

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, Boucher goes deep in his crease and blocks on the leg side

132.4

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, Boucher gets behind the line of a straighter ball and defends on the back foot

132.5

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, Boucher strides forward and defends back towards the bowler

132.6

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, defended towards midwicket on the front foot

South Africa 473/6   MV Boucher 51* (108b 8x4)

134.1

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

134.2

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, Boucher goes back and tries to work the ball through the leg side but misses and gets hit on the thigh

134.3

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, defended on the back foot towards the fielder at short leg

134.4

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, Boucher strides forward to a flighted delivery and defends

134.5

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, 1 run, Boucher leans forward and whips a ball from off stump through midwicket for a single

South Africa 482/6   MV Boucher 52* (113b 8x4)

135.1

Singh to Boucher, no run, short and wide outside off stump, Boucher moves back and cuts hard towards cover where Harbhajan manages to stop the ball despite some uneven bounce

135.2

Singh to Boucher, no run, fuller ball angling into off and middle stump, defended on the front foot

135.3

Singh to Boucher, no run, fuller length on off stump, driven off the front foot towards the off side

135.4

Singh to Boucher, 1 run, Boucher moves back and works a ball from outside off stump towards midwicket for a single

South Africa 483/6   MV Boucher 53* (117b 8x4)

136.1

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, 2 runs, tossed up outside the off stump, Boucher waits for it and cuts behind point for two more

136.2

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, tossed up on leg and middle from round the wicket, Boucher comes forward and defends

136.3

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, Harbhajan drifts down leg side, Boucher tries to pull it towards long leg but can't make contact

136.4

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, Boucher stays on the back foot and plays the ball off his pads behind square

136.5

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, flighted delivery on middle and off stump, defended on the front foot towards cover

136.6

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, bowled flat outside leg stump, Boucher moves across to play the paddle sweep but can't place it past the fielder at short fine leg

South Africa 485/6   MV Boucher 55* (123b 8x4)

138.1

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, FOUR, a loose ball, short and wide outside off stump when the legside field is packed, Boucher moves back and cuts into the wide open spaces at point

138.2

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, 1 run, Boucher steps out of his crease and drives to mid-on for a single

South Africa 494/6   MV Boucher 60* (125b 9x4)

139.1

Sehwag to Boucher, no run, Sehwag gets one to turn and bounce from outside off stump, Boucher covers the line of off stump an lets it go

139.2

Sehwag to Boucher, 1 run, Boucher gets down on one knee and sweeps behind square for a single

139.4

Sehwag to Boucher, 1 run, Boucher waits on the back foot and cuts past point for one

South Africa 497/6   MV Boucher 62* (128b 9x4)

140.1

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, tossed up close to the off stump line, Boucher gets well forward and defends it back to the bowler

140.2

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, fuller length delivery, pushed back down the track

140.3

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, 1 run, wayward delivery down the leg side, Boucher takes his time and pulls it down to fine leg for a single - missed out there on some easy single

South Africa 502/6   MV Boucher 63* (131b 9x4)

141.1

Sehwag to Boucher, no run, tossed up on off stump, defended on the back foot by Boucher

141.2

Sehwag to Boucher, 1 run, Boucher moves across his stumps and sweeps to deep backward square leg for a single

141.4

Sehwag to Boucher, no run, Boucher steps out of his crease, realises that he isn't to the pitch of the ball and defends

141.5

Sehwag to Boucher, 1 run, Boucher plays the slog sweep from outside off stump to deep midwicket

South Africa 505/6   MV Boucher 65* (135b 9x4)

142.1

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, that bounced a bit more! Boucher went forward to defend one that pitched outside off and hit the top of the front pad, the ball went off the flap and took Dhoni by surprise

142.2

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, 2 runs, Boucher moves back and cuts a flatter ball to deep point to bring up the fifty partnership, the lowest partnership of the innings has been 47

142.3

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, defended on the front foot back to the bowler

142.4

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, Boucher was looking to make room to play the ball on the off side but Harbhajan didn't give him enough room, he ends up defending it

142.5

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, pushed off the back foot towards the off side

142.6

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, 1 run, Boucher steps out of his crease and drives to mid-on for a single

South Africa 508/6   MV Boucher 68* (141b 9x4)

143.1

Sehwag to Boucher, no run, Boucher moves back and forces the ball from off stump towards midwicket

143.2

Sehwag to Boucher, no run, Sehwag keeps it straight and Boucher nudges towards square leg of the back foot

143.3

Sehwag to Boucher, 2 runs, Boucher plays the paddle sweep to long leg and moves on to 70, his highest score against India

143.4

Sehwag to Boucher, no run, Boucher steps out of his crease and defends the ball to the leg side

143.5

Sehwag to Boucher, OUT, caught! Boucher tries to slog sweep over midwicket but gets a big top edge, the ball goes straight up in the air and Dravid runs behind the wicketkeeper to take a simple catch, the ball hit the toe end of the bat, Boucher was early on the shot

MV Boucher c Dravid b Sehwag 70 (216m 146b 9x4 0x6) SR: 47.94

South Africa 510/7   MV Boucher 70 (146b 9x4)
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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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Match drawn
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Mar 30, 2008

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