South Africa tour of India, 2007/08 / Commentary

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

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

Jaffer calls for a helmet because he's going to stand at short leg.

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

"Is it so difficult to bowl a tight line around the off stump, in the first session of the day for international bowlers who practice it day in and day out in the nets?" asks Prashanth.

End of over 101 (6 runs) South Africa 364/5
MV Boucher    5* (7b 1x4)      RP Singh    18-1-88-0
HM Amla    105* (186b 14x4)      S Sreesanth    19-4-80-1

101.1

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, a gentle delivery at 124 kmh outside off stump, Amla lets it go through to Dhoni

101.2

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, Sreesanth aims for the blockhole and nearly finds it, Amla waits in his crease and digs it out

101.3

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, a good length ball angles into the right-hander from outside off, Amla strides forward and pushes it towards mid-off

101.4

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, defended towards mid-on

101.5

Sreesanth to Amla, 2 runs, shot, it wasn't that short from Sreesanth but Amla moved quickly on to the back foot and punched the ball through cover

101.6

Sreesanth to Amla, 3 runs, poor line, straying on to leg stump, Amla leans across and flicks the ball through midwicket for three more

"Considering India's most recent victories have resulted from pacer-friendly pitches, why can't we be a little more respectful to both our bowlers and batsmen and prepare a lively pitch?" asks Chaitanya.

End of over 102 (5 runs) South Africa 369/5
HM Amla    110* (192b 14x4)      S Sreesanth    20-4-85-1
MV Boucher    5* (7b 1x4)      RP Singh    18-1-88-0

Sourav Ganguly replaces RP, who hasn't been in any sort of rhythm today. He's bowling from over the wicket.

102.1

Ganguly to Amla, 2 runs, good length ball on off stump, Amla leans forward and drives towards Kumble's left at mid-off, Kumble dives but can't make a clean stop

102.2

Ganguly to Amla, no run, good length once again on middle stump, Amla stays in his crease and pushes towards mid-on off the back foot

102.3

Ganguly to Amla, no run, at Ganguly's pace - 112 kmh - the ball is not coming on to the bat at all, Amla waits on the back foot for a good length ball and plays it to mid-off, the batsmen have no pace at all to work with, they have to create all the power

102.4

Ganguly to Amla, no run, fuller length outside off stump, Amla moves forward and drives towards mid-off

102.5

Ganguly to Amla, no run, that was short and wide outside off stump at 108 kmh, Amla tries to force it through the off side but mis-times it

102.6

Ganguly to Amla, no run, good length ball on off stump, Amla moves on to the front foot and defends

End of over 103 (2 runs) South Africa 371/5
HM Amla    112* (198b 14x4)      SC Ganguly    1-0-2-0
MV Boucher    5* (7b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    20-4-85-1

"Forget what's happening with the bowling, for those of us following this match in Australia it is hard to comprehend just how Wasim Jaffer is recalled after his series in Australia. That he is picked ahead of someone such as a Gambhir, who performed so well recently, albeit in the shorter version of the game, is a mystery," says Stuart.

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

End of over 104 (4 runs) South Africa 375/5
MV Boucher    9* (13b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    21-4-89-1
HM Amla    112* (198b 14x4)      SC Ganguly    1-0-2-0

104.1

Ganguly to Amla, no run, good length ball at 109 kmh outside off stump, Amla waits in his crease and cuts the ball towards point

104.2

Ganguly to Amla, 1 run, a floated delivery at 109 kmh, Amla moves forward and tries to drive hard through cover, Sehwag moves to his right at short cover and fields, he parries the ball towards mid-off for a single

104.3

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

"I disagree with Stuart over his last statement. You cannot disregard a player based on a few bad performances, just like you cannot bring someone into a test squad due to their ODI heroics. That is the same mistake they made with Yuvraj Singh and I am glad they are sticking with Jaffer, who has always done well in the subcontinent," says Tilo.

104.4

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

Dhoni comes up to the stumps.

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

104.6

Ganguly to Amla, FOUR, driven uppisly past the bowler for four, it was a fuller ball from Ganguly and Amla leant into the front-foot drive, he seemed to check his stop because of the slow pace of the ball and played it in the air past Ganguly's left hand for four

End of over 105 (6 runs) South Africa 381/5
HM Amla    117* (201b 15x4)      SC Ganguly    2-0-8-0
MV Boucher    10* (16b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    21-4-89-1

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

End of over 106 (1 run) South Africa 382/5
MV Boucher    11* (22b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    22-4-90-1
HM Amla    117* (201b 15x4)      SC Ganguly    2-0-8-0

Several readers have written in asking about Ishant Sharma's whereabouts. Well I don't know where he is at the precise moment but he wasn't fit for this Test.

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

On a completely different note Umesh writes in with this: "Don't know if you noticed, England and SriLanka won by identical margins (121 runs) , Vaas and Sidebottom, both left arm swing bowlers, picked up 8 wickets in the match and were 'players of the match'.Some coincidence that."

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

End of over 107 (4 runs) South Africa 386/5
MV Boucher    15* (28b 3x4)      SC Ganguly    3-0-12-0
HM Amla    117* (201b 15x4)      S Sreesanth    22-4-90-1

RP Singh replaces Sreesanth, can he bowl a better second spell today? His first was poor. He loses his run up first up. RP's bowling from over the wicket by the way.

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

Stuart replies: "Was Gambhir's efforts across an entire series 'ODI heriocs' or simply good form? While I agree with Tilo that Jaffer shouldn't be totally discarded on the back of a few bad innings, and his form in domestic cricket has been solid, but how is Gambhir, a young batsman who showed enough talent in Australia to at least warrant a chance, ever going to get a game?"

The ball has gone out of shape, it isn't fitting through the rings the umpires use to gauge the shape and has been changed.

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

End of over 108 (4 runs) South Africa 390/5
HM Amla    121* (207b 15x4)      RP Singh    19-1-92-0
MV Boucher    15* (28b 3x4)      SC Ganguly    3-0-12-0

Anil Kumble replaces Ganguly, bowling from over the wicket.

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

End of over 109 (2 runs) South Africa 392/5
MV Boucher    17* (34b 3x4)      A Kumble    31-8-71-2
HM Amla    121* (207b 15x4)      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

"RP Singh has been a bit of a disappointment. The pace of Ishanth and Zaheer's control are being sorely missed, here. If your opening bowler goes at almost five an over, the team is in trouble," says Ajay.

End of over 110 (5 runs) South Africa 397/5
MV Boucher    21* (39b 4x4)      RP Singh    20-1-97-0
HM Amla    122* (208b 15x4)      A Kumble    31-8-71-2

110.1

Kumble to Amla, no run, flighted delivery on middle stump, Amla digs it out towards midwicket

110.2

Kumble to Amla, no run, good length ball on off and middle stump, Amla comes forward and drives towards mid-off

110.3

Kumble to Amla, no run, Amla drives off the front foot once again, to mid-on this time

110.4

Kumble to Amla, no run, flatter through the air outside off stump, the ball spins a bit away from Amla who waits and plays the ball late towards point

110.5

Kumble to Amla, no run, fuller ball on middle stump, Amla moves forward and plays the ball back to the bowler

110.6

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

End of over 111 (maiden) South Africa 397/5
HM Amla    122* (214b 15x4)      A Kumble    32-9-71-2
MV Boucher    21* (39b 4x4)      RP Singh    20-1-97-0

Harbhajan Singh replaces RP Singh, who bowled a very short second spell with no success.

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

Slip, short leg and now there's a short fine leg.

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

111.3

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, tossed up on off stump, Amla moves back and defends the ball towards short leg

111.4

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, played off the back foot towards Jaffer at short leg once again

"While it is understood that bowlers can have an off day, does it not make sense to have fielders in positions like third man to save the boundaries that India are very generously gifting?" asks Raj.

111.5

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 2 runs, Amla moves deep in his crease and plays the ball late behind square for two more runs

111.6

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, a flighted delivery on off stump forces Amla to come on to the front foot and defend

End of over 112 (7 runs) South Africa 404/5
HM Amla    124* (218b 15x4)      Harbhajan Singh    29-2-110-2
MV Boucher    26* (41b 5x4)      A Kumble    32-9-71-2

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

Lunch 11.30 am local time: South Africa have had the better of yet another session, they've scored exactly 100 runs for the loss of de Villiers off 23 overs. Amla's played fluently for his 124 and though Boucher has looked iffy at times, he's helped add 47 runs for the sixth wicket.

Sreesanth was India's best bowler by some distance and Kumble has been woefully short of options considering that RP and Harbhajan have proved to be ineffective. I'll be back at 12.10 pm for the second session.

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End of over 113 (maiden) South Africa 404/5
MV Boucher    26* (47b 5x4)      A Kumble    33-10-71-2
HM Amla    124* (218b 15x4)      Harbhajan Singh    29-2-110-2

12.10 pm: It's time for the second session to get underway. Amla will be on strike. Harbhajan will continue, from over the wicket.

"I think it's time India got serious about picking 11 players that give the team the best chance of winning. The five-bowler policy worked wonderfully in Australia, why can't they employ the same tactics at home? When will they realise that two pacers just aren't enough," says Shiv.

113.1

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, Amla moves forward and defends on the leg side

113.2

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, flighted delivery on off and middle, Amla strides forward and closes the face of the bat to play the ball to short midwicket

113.3

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Amla moves across his stumps, gets down on one knee and tries to sweep from off stump, he doesn't make proper contact

113.4

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, driven off the front foot to cover

113.5

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 run, fuller ball on leg stump, Amla waits in his crease and pushes the ball off his pads for a single to deep square leg

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

"When do you think South Africa should declare? I think they should bat till tea, which will put them on 500 +, and have a 28 or so over session at India and see how they cope," says Chris.

End of over 114 (5 runs) South Africa 409/5
MV Boucher    30* (48b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    30-2-115-2
HM Amla    125* (223b 15x4)      A Kumble    33-10-71-2

114.1

Kumble to Amla, 1 run, bowled flat through the air on middle and leg, Amla moves back and nudges it off his pads towards square leg for an easy single

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

End of over 115 (3 runs) South Africa 412/5
MV Boucher    32* (53b 6x4)      A Kumble    34-10-74-2
HM Amla    126* (224b 15x4)      Harbhajan Singh    30-2-115-2

115.1

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, FOUR, Amla moves across his stumps and sweeps Harbhajan from middle stump towards the fine-leg boundary, Ganguly has no chance of cutting that off

115.2

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off side

115.3

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 run, bowled flat through the air on off and middle stump, Amla works the ball off his pads towards square leg for one more

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

End of over 116 (5 runs) South Africa 417/5
MV Boucher    32* (56b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    31-2-120-2
HM Amla    131* (227b 16x4)      A Kumble    34-10-74-2

116.1

Kumble to Amla, no run, driven on the up off the front foot to mid-off

116.2

Kumble to Amla, FOUR, Amla strides forward and drives tamely to mid-off where RP Singh makes a howler, that's a shocking effort, he just didn't bend and the ball just rolls past him for four, appalling, shoddy, pathetic, take your pick

116.3

Kumble to Amla, FOUR, this time RP has no chance for Amla has driven the ball firmly off the front foot past mid-off for four, spuerb shot

116.4

Kumble to Amla, no run, defended back to the bowler on the front foot

116.5

Kumble to Amla, 1 run, Amla works the ball off his pads towards long leg where Tendulkar swoops on the ball, picks up with one hand and keeps the batsmen to one

116.6

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

Watching fielding efforts like RP's makes you wonder where the commitment is really. Sure it's hot and he;s not had a good day but that was terrible.

End of over 117 (9 runs) South Africa 426/5
MV Boucher    32* (57b 6x4)      A Kumble    35-10-83-2
HM Amla    140* (232b 18x4)      Harbhajan Singh    31-2-120-2

117.1

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

117.2

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Amla moves forward and defends back to the bowler once again

117.3

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run

117.4

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 run, Amla waits on the back foot for a flighted delivery and plays it behind point for a single

117.5

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

117.6

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 run, the length allows Amla to go on to the back foot and the angle into the right-hander allows him to work the ball behidn square for one more, he's picked up countless runs with that shot

End of over 118 (3 runs) South Africa 429/5
HM Amla    142* (237b 18x4)      Harbhajan Singh    32-2-123-2
MV Boucher    33* (58b 6x4)      A Kumble    35-10-83-2

118.1

Kumble to Amla, no run, bowled quickly through the air on off stump, defended on the front foot

118.2

Kumble to Amla, 1 run, Amla moves back and across and nudges a ball from middle and off towards the leg side for a single

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

118.6

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

End of over 119 (2 runs) South Africa 431/5
HM Amla    143* (240b 18x4)      A Kumble    36-10-85-2
MV Boucher    34* (61b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    32-2-123-2

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

119.3

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, tossed up on off stump, Amla comes on to the front foot and blocks

119.4

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, bowled slowly through the air on off stump, Amla defends on the off side

119.5

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, FOUR, another miserable fielding effort, from Sreesanth this time, Amla drives a full ball towards mid-on where Sreesanth runs to his left and lets the ball go through his legs, Kumble needs to gather the fielders together and give them a good talking to, this is bordering on embarrassing for India

119.6

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, defended on the back foot

End of over 120 (5 runs) South Africa 436/5
HM Amla    147* (244b 19x4)      Harbhajan Singh    33-2-128-2
MV Boucher    35* (63b 6x4)      A Kumble    36-10-85-2

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

Kumble goes round the wicket.

120.4

Kumble to Amla, 1 run, tossed up outside leg stump, flicked off the pads through midwicket

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

End of over 121 (2 runs) South Africa 438/5
MV Boucher    36* (68b 6x4)      A Kumble    37-10-87-2
HM Amla    148* (245b 19x4)      Harbhajan Singh    33-2-128-2

121.1

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Harbhajan gets one to turn and bounce into Amla from off stump, he does well to stay on the back foot and play it down towards short leg

121.2

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 run, the line is too straight this time and Amla nudges the ball behind square for one

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

121.5

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 run, Amla brings up his 150 with a push off the back foot towards the off side, it's been an extraordinary display of stamina and concentration for the innings has been flawless

121.6

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

End of over 122 (3 runs) South Africa 441/5
MV Boucher    37* (71b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    34-2-131-2
HM Amla    150* (248b 19x4)      A Kumble    37-10-87-2

122.1

Kumble to Amla, 1 run, flighted delivery on leg stump from round the wicket, Amla moves forward and pushes the ball past short leg for a single

122.2

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

122.3

Kumble to Amla, no run, pitches outside leg stump and Amla lets it go through to Dhoni

122.4

Kumble to Amla, no run, defended on the back foot towards the leg side

122.5

Kumble to Amla, no run, fuller ball on leg stump, Amla comes forward and plays the ball to midwicket

122.6

Kumble to Amla, 1 run, too full outside leg stump, Amla reaches out for it and flicks to long leg

End of over 123 (3 runs) South Africa 444/5
HM Amla    152* (253b 19x4)      A Kumble    38-10-90-2
MV Boucher    38* (72b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    34-2-131-2

Sreesanth returns for another spell, bowling from over the wicket.

123.1

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, starts off with a wide ball outside off stump, Amla lets it go through to Dhoni

123.2

Sreesanth to Amla, FOUR, short and wide outside off stump, Amla stands his ground and throws his bat at it, he plays the cut short extremely powerfully and in the gap at point, four more

123.3

Sreesanth to Amla, 1 run, short of a length and wide outside the off stump, it's a predictable line with a 7-2 offside field, Amla drives to the fielder on the cover boundary

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

End of over 124 (5 runs) South Africa 449/5
MV Boucher    38* (75b 6x4)      S Sreesanth    23-4-95-1
HM Amla    157* (256b 20x4)      A Kumble    38-10-90-2

The players have finished with the first drinks break of the second session.

124.1

Kumble to Amla, no run, Kumble pitches it wide outside leg stump and it continues wide down leg side, that could have been called by the umpire

124.2

Kumble to Amla, 1 run, played off the pads behind square for a single

Kumble goes over the wicket.

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

124.6

Kumble to Amla, no run, Amla leans forward and chips the ball in the air towards mid-off, RP Singh is deep in the circle and the ball falls well in front of him

End of over 125 (2 runs) South Africa 451/5
HM Amla    158* (259b 20x4)      A Kumble    39-10-92-2
MV Boucher    39* (78b 6x4)      S Sreesanth    23-4-95-1

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

End of over 126 (4 runs) South Africa 455/5
MV Boucher    43* (84b 7x4)      S Sreesanth    24-4-99-1
HM Amla    158* (259b 20x4)      A Kumble    39-10-92-2

126.1

Kumble to Amla, no run, tossed up outside leg stump from round the wicket, Amla flicks off his pads but hits it into the fielder at short leg

126.2

Kumble to Amla, no run, bowled flatter through the air on leg and middle, defended on the back foot on the off side

126.3

Kumble to Amla, 1 run, pushed off the back foot behind square leg for a single

Over the wicket to Boucher.

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

Morne Morkel is the new batsman.

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

It seemed like the only way that Amla could have got out for he was in supreme control of the bowling. His innings has put South Africa in an extremely strong position.

End of over 127 (1 run) South Africa 456/6
MV Boucher    43* (87b 7x4)      A Kumble    40-10-93-2
M Morkel    0* (0b)      S Sreesanth    24-4-99-1

127.1

Sreesanth to Morkel, no run, short of a length delivery angles across the left-hander from over the wicket, left alone by Morkel

127.2

Sreesanth to Morkel, no run, short of a length on leg stump, Morkel tries to work it off his pads to square leg

127.3

Sreesanth to Morkel, no run, pitches outside off stump and slants across the left-hander, Morkel lets it go once again

Sreesanth goes round the wicket.

127.4

Sreesanth to Morkel, no run, a full ball angles into Morkel who stays in his crease and digs it out on the off side

127.5

Sreesanth to Morkel, no run, Morkel strides forward to a fuller ball on off stump and drives to cover

127.6

Sreesanth to Morkel, no run, banged in short outside the off stump, left alone with ease by Morkel

End of over 128 (maiden) South Africa 456/6
M Morkel    0* (6b)      S Sreesanth    25-5-99-1
MV Boucher    43* (87b 7x4)      A Kumble    40-10-93-2

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

End of over 129 (4 runs) South Africa 460/6
MV Boucher    47* (93b 8x4)      A Kumble    41-10-97-2
M Morkel    0* (6b)      S Sreesanth    25-5-99-1

Over the wicket to the left-hander.

129.1

Sreesanth to Morkel, no run, full ball pitches outside off and slants away from Morkel who lets it go

129.2

Sreesanth to Morkel, no run, good length from Sreesanth but the line is just outside off stump which allows Morkel to shoulder arms

129.3

Sreesanth to Morkel, no run, pitches outside off and moves further away from the left-hander, Morkel patiently lets it go, the ball bounces a second time before thudding into Dhoni's pads

129.4

Sreesanth to Morkel, FOUR, Morkel's off the mark with a boundary, Sreesanth bowled a high full toss on the pads, Morkel stood in his crease and whipped it to the deep backward square leg boundary

Round the wicket now.

129.5

Sreesanth to Morkel, no run, full ball angling into the off stump, driven off the front foot towards the off side, Sreesanth is looking for the blockhole

129.6

Sreesanth to Morkel, 1 no ball, Sreesanth looks tired as he bowls a slower yorker on middle stump, Morkel defends back to the bowler, Sreesanth had over-stepped, it's the first no ball of the innings

129.6

Sreesanth to Morkel, no run, ends the over with another yorker which Morkel digs out to the off side

End of over 130 (5 runs) South Africa 465/6
M Morkel    4* (13b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    26-5-104-1
MV Boucher    47* (93b 8x4)      A Kumble    41-10-97-2

Harbhajan Singh replaces Kumble, bowling from over the wicket. But the umpire seems to have told Kumble that Harbhajan can't bowl just yet for he was off the field for a while. So Sehwag is going to bowl. Harbhajan can bowl after 1.31 pm local time.

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!

End of over 131 (3 runs) South Africa 468/6
MV Boucher    50* (99b 8x4)      V Sehwag    7-1-21-0
M Morkel    4* (13b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    26-5-104-1

Several readers have written in wondering why Tendulkar hasn't had a bowl yet? I don't know either. RP Singh's back for another spell.

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

End of over 132 (5 runs) South Africa 473/6
M Morkel    8* (16b 2x4)      RP Singh    21-1-102-0
MV Boucher    51* (102b 8x4)      V Sehwag    7-1-21-0

"Is the pitch holding up or is it starting to deteriorate?" asks Steve. Still looks good for batting Steve, not much turn so far. Harbhajan Singh will have a bowl.

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

End of over 133 (maiden) South Africa 473/6
MV Boucher    51* (108b 8x4)      Harbhajan Singh    35-3-131-2
M Morkel    8* (16b 2x4)      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

End of over 134 (8 runs) South Africa 481/6
M Morkel    16* (22b 4x4)      RP Singh    22-1-110-0
MV Boucher    51* (108b 8x4)      Harbhajan Singh    35-3-131-2

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

134.6

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, no run, bowled flat through the air on leg stump from over the wicket to the left-hander, Morkel lunges forward and defends

End of over 135 (1 run) South Africa 482/6
M Morkel    16* (23b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    36-3-132-2
MV Boucher    52* (113b 8x4)      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

End of over 136 (1 run) South Africa 483/6
M Morkel    16* (25b 4x4)      RP Singh    23-1-111-0
MV Boucher    53* (117b 8x4)      Harbhajan Singh    36-3-132-2

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

End of over 137 (2 runs) South Africa 485/6
MV Boucher    55* (123b 8x4)      Harbhajan Singh    37-3-134-2
M Morkel    16* (25b 4x4)      RP Singh    23-1-111-0

Sehwag replaces RP Singh, who's bowled yet another unimpressive spell.

137.1

Sehwag to Morkel, no run, driven back to the bowler on the front foot

137.2

Sehwag to Morkel, no run, played of the back foot towards the leg side

137.3

Sehwag to Morkel, no run, Morkel comes forward and defends on the off side

137.4

Sehwag to Morkel, FOUR, a bit of width outside off and Morkel waits on the back foot and cuts past point for another four, that's the 75th boundary of the innings

137.5

Sehwag to Morkel, no run, defended on the front foot on the leg side

137.6

Sehwag to Morkel, no run, cut off the back foot towards the fielder at point

End of over 138 (4 runs) South Africa 489/6
M Morkel    20* (31b 5x4)      V Sehwag    8-1-25-0
MV Boucher    55* (123b 8x4)      Harbhajan Singh    37-3-134-2

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

138.3

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, no run, a flat delivery pitches on middle and angles across the left-hander from over the wicket, Morkel lets it go

138.4

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, no run, Morkel tries to defend on the front foot but gets hit on the pad

138.5

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, no run, he's let that go very close to off stump! It pitched on middle and didn't turn as much, it nearly shaved off stump

138.6

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, no run, Morkel strides forward and defends on the off side

End of over 139 (5 runs) South Africa 494/6
M Morkel    20* (35b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    38-3-139-2
MV Boucher    60* (125b 9x4)      V Sehwag    8-1-25-0

This could be the last over before the tea break.

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

139.3

Sehwag to Morkel, 1 run, Morkel nudges the ball off his pads towards midwicket for a single

139.4

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

139.5

Sehwag to Morkel, no run, Morkel moves back in his crease and forces a ball from off stump towards point

139.6

Sehwag to Morkel, FOUR, Morkel brings up South Africa's 500 in style, he gets down on one knee and slog sweeps Sehwag to the deep midwicket boundary

Tea, 2.10 pm: South Africa have scored 97 runs in the session for the loss of Hashim Amla, who made a superb 159, and have gone into tea on 501 for 6. They will want to push on in the last session and stick India in at some point today. Boucher's on 62 and Morkel's also taken advantage of some loose bowling to move on to 25.

I'll be back at 2.30 pm local time for the final session of the day. There are 40 overs remaining in the day.

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End of over 140 (7 runs) South Africa 501/6
M Morkel    25* (38b 6x4)      V Sehwag    9-1-32-0
MV Boucher    62* (128b 9x4)      Harbhajan Singh    38-3-139-2

Players are back in the middle and we are all set for the final session of the day, it's surely going to be a long one with 40 overs left to be bowled.

Play for an hour and declare? Play out the day and declare overnight? Wait for Boucher to get to his hundred and declare? India run through the tail?? What's your pick?

It will be Harbhajan to start proceedings - Boucher on strike.

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

Defensive field in place for the right-hander.

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

Slip, short leg and silly point in place for the left-hander

140.4

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, no run, hint of turn outside the off stump, Morkel gets forward and taps it down safely

140.5

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, no run, tossed up and Morkel drives it down to mid-off

140.6

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, no run, forced away off the back-foot to the short third man region, no room for a single there

End of over 141 (1 run) South Africa 502/6
M Morkel    25* (41b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    39-3-140-2
MV Boucher    63* (131b 9x4)      V Sehwag    9-1-32-0

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

141.3

Sehwag to Morkel, 1 run, Morkel waits on the back foot for the ball to angle across him and cuts hard to the fielder on the sweeper boundary

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

141.6

Sehwag to Morkel, no run, Morkel stays on the back foot and tries to run the ball fine but gets beaten, it was a quicker ball from Sehwag

End of over 142 (3 runs) South Africa 505/6
M Morkel    26* (43b 6x4)      V Sehwag    10-1-35-0
MV Boucher    65* (135b 9x4)      Harbhajan Singh    39-3-140-2

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

"I reckon they should leave the declaration until around over 165 and then have a bowl at the Indians. Should be enough time for Boucher to get his century," says Scott.

End of over 143 (3 runs) South Africa 508/6
MV Boucher    68* (141b 9x4)      Harbhajan Singh    40-3-143-2
M Morkel    26* (43b 6x4)      V Sehwag    10-1-35-0

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

Paul Harris is the No 9 batsman, he came out with a pair of wrong gloves but he's alright now.

143.6

Sehwag to Harris, no run, Harris pushes forward in defence but gets beaten by one that doesn't turn but goes straight through outside off stump

End of over 144 (2 runs) South Africa 510/7
PL Harris    0* (1b)      V Sehwag    11-1-37-1
M Morkel    26* (43b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    40-3-143-2

144.1

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, 1 run, Morkel goes on to the back foot and drives a flatter ball towards mid-off

This is South Africa's highest score in India.

144.2

Harbhajan Singh to Harris, 1 run, Harbhajan drifts on to leg stump, Harris gets down on one knee an sweeps to deep backward square leg

144.3

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, no run, tossed up on middle stump, Morkel leans forward and drives on the off side

144.4

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, no run, Morkel gets on to the front foot and drives uppishly back towards the bowler

144.5

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, 1 run, slightly shorter from Harbhajan, Morkel moves back and dabs the ball behind point for a single

144.6

Harbhajan Singh to Harris, no run, loud appeal for a catch but Asad Rauf says not out, it was the straighter one from Harbhajan and Harris defended inside the line, the ball went past the outside edge and hit his glove before bobbing up towards Dravid, who moved to his left to take a sharp catch

End of over 145 (3 runs) South Africa 513/7
PL Harris    1* (3b)      Harbhajan Singh    41-3-146-2
M Morkel    28* (47b 6x4)      V Sehwag    11-1-37-1

Kumble replaces Sehwag.

145.1

Kumble to Morkel, 1 run, starts off with a short ball which Morkel pulls behidn square

145.2

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

145.3

Kumble to Harris, no run, Harris strides forward and defends on the front foot

145.4

Kumble to Harris, no run, quicker and straighter from Kumble, Harris defends on the front foot

145.5

Kumble to Harris, no run, Harris gets on to the front foot and pushes towards cover

145.6

Kumble to Harris, no run, tossed up outside off stump, Harris plays the ball towards Kumble's left

End of over 146 (1 run) South Africa 514/7
PL Harris    1* (8b)      A Kumble    42-10-98-2
M Morkel    29* (48b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    41-3-146-2

146.1

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off side

146.2

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, 2 runs, a bit too short from Harbhajan, Morkel goes on to the back foot and cuts past the fielder at point

146.3

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, no run, forced away off the back-foot to the cover region, Sehwag moves in quickly and cuts off the single

146.4

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, no run, extra bounce and Morkel is beaten outside the off stump

146.5

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, FOUR, who needs singles! short delivery outside the off stump, Morkel rocks back and pulls it away to the midwicket fence, Morkel moves to 35 and this is his highest score in Test cricket

146.6

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, OUT, and gone! driven on the up and the ball lobs back straight to Harbhajan - soft dismissal. South Africa eight down - two more to go

M Morkel c & b Harbhajan Singh 35 (91m 54b 7x4 0x6) SR: 64.81

Steyn is the next man in.

End of over 147 (6 runs) South Africa 520/8
     Harbhajan Singh    42-3-152-3
PL Harris    1* (8b)      A Kumble    42-10-98-2

147.1

Kumble to Harris, no run, pushes forward to defend and gets hit on the pad - appeal turned down

147.2

Kumble to Harris, no run, defended watchfully

147.3

Kumble to Harris, 2 runs, googly and Harris slogs it away to deep midwicket

147.4

Kumble to Harris, 2 runs, full and drifting down the leg side, Harris tries to run it down and ends up with a thick edge - Sehwag at leg slip is slow off the blocks and the ball rolls down to fine leg - Kumble is not happy

147.5

Kumble to Harris, no run, defended outside the off stump

147.6

Kumble to Harris, no run, pushed back to the bowler, end of a good over from the Indian captain

End of over 148 (4 runs) South Africa 524/8
PL Harris    5* (14b)      A Kumble    43-10-102-2
DW Steyn    0* (0b)      Harbhajan Singh    42-3-152-3

Slip, gully and a short leg in place for the new man.

148.1

Harbhajan Singh to Steyn, no run, full and on the pads, Steyn gets forward and works it away on the leg side

148.2

Harbhajan Singh to Steyn, no run, turn and bounce - Steyn plays it down awkwardly

148.3

Harbhajan Singh to Steyn, FOUR, when in doubt - slog. Gets enough bat on it and the ball races away to the square leg fence

148.4

Harbhajan Singh to Steyn, no run, defended back to the bowler

148.5

Harbhajan Singh to Steyn, no run, the one that goes straight on and Steyn is beaten all ends up

148.6

Harbhajan Singh to Steyn, 1 run, driven down to mid-on

End of over 149 (5 runs) South Africa 529/8
DW Steyn    5* (6b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    43-3-157-3
PL Harris    5* (14b)      A Kumble    43-10-102-2

149.1

Kumble to Steyn, no run, defended back to the bowler

149.2

Kumble to Steyn, no run, quicker delivery, defended on the back-foot

149.3

Kumble to Steyn, no run, forced away off the back-foot to the cover region

149.4

Kumble to Steyn, no run, tossed up on the pads, Steyn tried to work it away but failed to get bat on ball

149.5

Kumble to Steyn, no run, almost a yorker - drifting down the leg. Steyn fails to make contact

149.6

Kumble to Steyn, no run, full and on the stumps, driven straight back to Kumble

End of over 150 (maiden) South Africa 529/8
DW Steyn    5* (12b 1x4)      A Kumble    44-11-102-2
PL Harris    5* (14b)      Harbhajan Singh    43-3-157-3
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200
Series Results
India v South Africa at Kanpur - Apr 11-13, 2008
India won by 8 wickets
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South Africa won by an innings and 90 runs
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Mar 30, 2008

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