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

0.3

Singh to McKenzie, FOUR, loose ball, full and on the pads, McKenzie flicks the ball off the front foot towards deep backward square leg, Sehwag runs towards the ball and makes a feeble attempt to stop it, he merely stuck his boot out and the ball beats him

0.4

Singh to McKenzie, no run, full length once again, McKenzie leans forward and pushes the ball off his pads, Harbhajan moves in from wide mid-on to cut off the single

0.5

Singh to McKenzie, no run, good length delivery shapes into the right-hander from outside off stump, McKenzie leans forward and defends solidly with a straight bat

0.6

Singh to McKenzie, no run, this time RP pitches the ball just outside off and slants it away from the right-hander, McKenzie lets it go

South Africa 5/0   RP Singh 1-0-5-0

2.1

Singh to McKenzie, no run, RP pitches it full and wide outside off stump, McKenzie moves forward and tries to drive through cover, a loose shot and he gets beaten

2.2

Singh to McKenzie, 1 leg bye, poor line, on leg stump, McKenzie tries to flick but misses and gets hit on the pad for a leg bye towards short fine leg

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

2.4

Singh to McKenzie, no run, sharp short ball, RP banged it in and McKenzie did well to drop his wrists and sway out of the way, that didn't bounce very much

2.5

Singh to McKenzie, no run, again the bounce is low, McKenzie lets a good length ball go past him outside off stump and the ball bounced a second time before reaching Dhoni

2.6

Singh to McKenzie, no run, once again the ball bounces twice before reaching Dhoni, McKenzie let another one go outside off stump

South Africa 13/0   RP Singh 2-0-6-0

4.1

Singh to McKenzie, FOUR, super cover drive, RP merely put that ball there outside off stump, no real pace or movement, McKenzie leans forward and drives the ball through the gap at cover for another boundary

4.2

Singh to McKenzie, no run, shorter length this time on middle and off stump, McKenzie moves back and defends towards the off side

4.3

Singh to McKenzie, no run, poor ball, short and wide outside off stump, McKenzie has a waft at it but the ball was too far away to reach

4.4

Singh to McKenzie, no run, better line and length, pitches around off stump and seams away from the right-hander, McKenzie lets it go

4.5

Singh to McKenzie, no run, well directed short ball, RP bangs it in short over off stump, McKenzie is up for it and sways out of the way with ease, this track isn't very quick

4.6

Singh to McKenzie, FOUR, short again and the ball doesn't bounce that much, it sits up for McKenzie who gets on top of the bounce and pulls in front of square for four, South Africa are off at furious pace

South Africa 25/0   RP Singh 3-0-14-0

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   RP Singh 4-0-18-0

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   RP Singh 5-0-20-0

22.1

Singh to McKenzie, no run, starts with a ball that strays down leg side, McKenzie misses the leg glance and Dhoni does well to take the ball down leg side

22.2

Singh to McKenzie, FOUR, full ball on leg stump, McKenzie leans on to the front foot and flicks the ball through midwicket for four, he brings up his fifty with that shot and he's provided South Africa with a near-perfect start

22.3

Singh to McKenzie, no run, good length ball pitches outside off stump and slants across the right-hander, McKenzie lets it go

22.4

Singh to McKenzie, no run, angles the ball into the right-hander, the length pushes McKenzie on to the back foot, he defends back towards the bowler

22.5

Singh to McKenzie, no run, McKenzie defends a ball that angles into him from round the wicket on the off side

22.6

Singh to McKenzie, 2 runs, too straight from RP, the angle into middle and leg allows McKenzie to flick the ball towards deep square leg

South Africa 96/0   RP Singh 6-0-26-0

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   RP Singh 7-0-34-0

38.1

Singh to McKenzie, no run, full ball angling into McKenzie who pushes it off his pads to midwicket

38.2

Singh to McKenzie, FOUR, lovely shot, RP bowls a full ball into the right-hander, McKenzie moves forward and drives firmly into the gap between extra cover and mid-off for four more

38.3

Singh to McKenzie, no run, good length on off stump, defended on the front foot towards the off side

38.4

Singh to McKenzie, 2 runs, full ball wide outside off stump, McKenzie reaches for it and places the ball past cover for two more

38.5

Singh to McKenzie, no run, short of a length delivery outside off stump, McKenzie lets it go through to Dhoni

38.6

Singh to McKenzie, no run, good length outside off stump, McKenzie lets the ball go once again

South Africa 154/1   RP Singh 8-0-40-0

40.1

Singh to Amla, no run, good length delivery on off stump, driven off the front foot towards mid-off

40.2

Singh to Amla, no run, fuller ball on off stump, once again the batsman gets forward and drives on the off side

40.3

Singh to Amla, FOUR, superb timing, RP Singh angles the ball into Amla who merely punches the ball, pushes it really, past mid-on for his first boundary

40.4

Singh to Amla, no run, banged in short outside off stump, Amla drops his wrists and sways out of the way

40.5

Singh to Amla, no run, RP angles another full ball into the right-hander, Amla gets forward and drives to mid-off

40.6

Singh to Amla, FOUR, full and wide outside off stump, extremely loose ball and Amla dispatches it to the boundary with a firm cover drive off the front foot

South Africa 163/1   RP Singh 9-0-48-0

61.1

Singh to Amla, no run, harmless delivery, well outside off stump and no shot is attempted.

61.2

Singh to Amla, no run, short in length, just outside the off stump, punched to short cover

61.3

Singh to Amla, no run, length delivery angling away and Amla defends to the off side

61.4

Singh to Amla, FOUR, poor delivery: short and wide and Amla moves to his fifty with a crashing square cut. Well played sir.

61.5

Singh to Amla, no run, another poor effort, this time a tad wider and Amla chooses not to chase it.

61.6

Singh to Amla, 1 run, Hmm... again wide and Amla reaches out and cuts to deep point.

South Africa 231/2   RP Singh 10-0-53-0

63.1

Singh to Amla, 1 run, angling away from Amla who pushes it to deep point for a single

63.2

Singh to Kallis, FOUR, he thrust his left foot out before the release, prompting RP to pitch it short and Kallis eased back to pull it over midwicket. Very well played.

63.3

Singh to Kallis, no run, follows that adventurous streak with a dour defensive stroke.

63.4

Singh to Kallis, no run, slanted across Kallis who lets Dhoni gather it

63.5

Singh to Kallis, no run, better delivery, full and moving away from Kallis who shows excellent judgement of his off stump.

63.6

Singh to Kallis, no run, length delivery on the off stump and defended back to the bowler who hurls the delivery to the 'keeper.

South Africa 239/2   RP Singh 11-0-58-0

65.1

Singh to Amla, no run, pitches on a good length around off stump and slants away from the right-hander, Amla lets it go to Dhoni

65.2

Singh to Amla, 2 runs, short and wide from RP, Amla stands on the back foot and smashes it through point, Chawla does superbly to dive on the boundary and cut off the four

65.3

Singh to Amla, no run, Amla fends at one that slants across him and gets beaten, the ball just misses the outside edge

65.4

Singh to Amla, no run, RP Singh bangs it in short and the ball flies over Amla's head

65.5

Singh to Amla, no run, good length ball on off stump, Amla stays in his crease, gets behind the line and defends on the off side

65.6

Singh to Amla, 1 run, RP pitches outside leg stump, Amla works the ball off his hips through midwicket

South Africa 247/3   RP Singh 12-0-61-0

67.1

Singh to Amla, no run, pitches on a good length around off stump and slants away from the right-hander, Amla lets it go through to Dhoni

67.2

Singh to Amla, 1 leg bye, pitches outside leg stump this time, Amla misses the flick but gets hit on the pad for a leg bye

67.3

Singh to Prince, no run, Prince moves across his stumps to play an incoming ball on the leg side but doesn't make proper contact

67.4

Singh to Prince, no run, a full toss swings into the left-hander from over the wicket, Prince pushes it back towards the bowler

67.5

Singh to Prince, no run, short of a length and wide outside off stump, Prince waits on the back foot and pushes the ball towards cover point

67.6

Singh to Prince, no run, short of a length delivery angles into Prince who moves on to the back foot and defends with a straight bat

South Africa 253/3   RP Singh 13-1-61-0

69.1

Singh to Amla, no run, fuller length outside off stump, Amla leans into the front-foot drive and plays it towards extra cover

69.2

Singh to Amla, FOUR, shot! too full on the pads, Amla strides forward and drives through midwicket for four, Amla's timed that very well

69.3

Singh to Amla, 2 runs, Amla moves forward and uses the width outside off stump to play the square drive through point for two more

69.4

Singh to Amla, no run, RP sends down a bouncer which Amla easily ducks under

69.5

Singh to Amla, 1 run, full and wide outside off stump, RP's got several fielders in the circle on the offside but Amla still places the cover drive in the gap

69.6

Singh to Prince, no run, a full ball swings into the left-hander from over the wicket, Prince moves forward and defends towards midwicket

South Africa 263/3   RP Singh 14-1-68-0

94.1

Singh to de Villiers, no run, too wide outside off stump, de Villiers reaches out for it and plays the ball to cover point

94.2

Singh to de Villiers, no run, 123 kmp, RP pitches around off stump and slants the ball away from de Villiers who lets it go through to Dhoni

94.3

Singh to de Villiers, no run, RP's bowling at a gentle 125 kmh, good length on leg and middle stump, defended on the front foot towards the leg side

94.4

Singh to de Villiers, FOUR, de Villiers drives at a ball that slants across him at 125 kmh, the outside edge runs towards the right of the fielder at gully and there's no third man

94.5

Singh to de Villiers, no run, fuller ball on off stump, driven off the front foot towards mid-off

94.6

Singh to de Villiers, no run, good length delivery on middle and off stump, de Villiers moves back and defends on the off side

South Africa 332/4   RP Singh 15-1-72-0

96.1

Singh to de Villiers, FOUR, this is carnage now, RP offers de Villiers a short and wide ball outside off stump, he stands in his crease and cuts hard through point for four more, bowling that line and length at 125 kmh is just asking for punishment

96.2

Singh to de Villiers, no run, fuller ball outside off stump, de Villiers lets it go through to Dhoni

96.3

Singh to de Villiers, no run, short of a length closer to off stump, de Villiers moves back and punches the ball towards cover

96.4

Singh to de Villiers, FOUR, short of a length on leg and middle stump, the pace is so slow that de Villiers has time to go back and swat it through square leg for four more

96.5

Singh to de Villiers, no run, left alone outside off stump, that was too wide for de Villiers to want to play at it

96.6

Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump, punched off the back foot through covers for one more

South Africa 353/4   RP Singh 16-1-81-0

98.1

Singh to Amla, no run, pitches short of a length outside off stump, left alone by Amla

98.2

Singh to Amla, 1 run, good length delivery on middle stump, driven towards mid-on

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   RP Singh 17-1-82-0

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

100.3

Singh to Amla, no run, Amla lets another good length ball go outside the off stump

100.4

Singh to Amla, no run, banged in short over the stumps, Amla ducks under it

100.5

Singh to Amla, 1 run, fuller ball on middle and leg stump, worked off the pads towards midwicket

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   RP Singh 18-1-88-0

107.1

Singh to Amla, no run, good length delivery outside off stump, driven off the front foot towards cover

107.2

Singh to Amla, no run, Amla tries to force the ball through the off side but is too early on the shot and gets an inside edge on to the pad

107.3

Singh to Amla, no run, pitches on a good length around off stump an angles across the right-hander, Amla lets it go through to Dhoni

107.4

Singh to Amla, no run, short of a length on off stump, Amla moves on to the back foot and defends on the off side

107.5

Singh to Amla, 2 runs, RP strays on to leg stump, which allows Amla to whip it off his pads towards deep square leg

107.6

Singh to Amla, 2 runs, Amla stands on the back foot and drives a short of a length ball on the up through cover for two more

South Africa 390/5   RP Singh 19-1-92-0

109.1

Singh to Amla, 1 run, good length ball on middle and off stump, Amla strides forward, pushes the ball to mid-on and immediately sets off for the single

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   RP Singh 20-1-97-0

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

131.4

Singh to Morkel, no run, RP angles a full delivery into Morkel who gets behind the line and defends on the front foot

131.5

Singh to Morkel, FOUR, that's a streaky boundary, Morkel stands in his crease and plays away from his body, he was looking to hit through cover but the ball kept low and hit the toe end of the bat, it rolled between Dhoni and first slip for four

131.6

Singh to Morkel, no run, left alone out side off stump

South Africa 473/6   RP Singh 21-1-102-0

133.1

Singh to Morkel, FOUR, full toss outside off stump, Morkel reaches out for it and drives through point for four, poor ball

133.2

Singh to Morkel, no run, good length delivery outside off stump, Morkel tries to push it off the back foot but gets beaten

133.3

Singh to Morkel, FOUR, a half-volley outside off stump, Morkel reaches out for it and drives powerfully past the fielder at mid-off for four more

133.4

Singh to Morkel, no run, fuller length angling into the left-hander, Morkel tries to work it off his pads but misses

133.5

Singh to Morkel, no run, good length delivery angles into middle and leg stump, Morkel gets behind the line and defends

133.6

Singh to Morkel, no run, a fuller ball swings into Morkel who lets it go outside off stump

South Africa 481/6   RP Singh 22-1-110-0

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

135.5

Singh to Morkel, no run, full and straight from RP, who switched to over the wicket for the left-hander, Morkel moves forward and defends with a straight bat

135.6

Singh to Morkel, no run, 133 kmh on middle and leg stump, Morkel nudges the ball off his pads towards midwicket

South Africa 483/6   RP Singh 23-1-111-0
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India won by 8 wickets
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