South Africa tour of India, 2007/08 / Commentary

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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

South Africa 5/0   ND McKenzie 4* (1b 1x4)   RP Singh 0.3-0-5-0

1.5

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

South Africa 11/0   GC Smith 7* (7b 1x4)   S Sreesanth 0.5-0-6-0

3.6

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

South Africa 17/0   GC Smith 12* (15b 2x4)   S Sreesanth 2-0-10-0

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

South Africa 21/0   ND McKenzie 8* (10b 2x4)   RP Singh 2.1-0-10-0

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   ND McKenzie 12* (15b 3x4)   RP Singh 3-0-14-0

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

South Africa 30/0   GC Smith 17* (19b 3x4)   RP Singh 3.2-0-18-0

7.6

Sreesanth to McKenzie, FOUR, good length delivery outside off stump, McKenzie leans forward to defend and gets an outside edge, there are three slips and a gully but the ball runs through them for four to the vacant third man region. How many runs do you see going to an empty third man region these days in Test cricket? Plenty.

South Africa 35/0   ND McKenzie 16* (25b 4x4)   S Sreesanth 4-0-16-0

9.3

Sreesanth to McKenzie, FOUR, short and wide outside off stump, McKenzie gets under it and cuts the ball in the air over point for four, poor ball and duly dispatched

South Africa 41/0   ND McKenzie 20* (28b 5x4)   S Sreesanth 4.3-0-20-0

12.3

Kumble to McKenzie, FOUR, flighted delivery outside off stump, McKenzie strides forward, gets to the pitch of the ball and drives the ball firmly through the gap at cover, superbly timed and he'll get four

South Africa 48/0   ND McKenzie 26* (36b 6x4)   A Kumble 1.3-1-4-0

12.6

Kumble to McKenzie, FOUR, short and wide outside the off stump, the ball sits up for McKenzie who moves back and cuts hard through point for the second boundary of the over, South Africa bring up their fifty

South Africa 52/0   ND McKenzie 30* (39b 7x4)   A Kumble 2-1-8-0

14.2

Kumble to McKenzie, FOUR, short ball from Kumble outside off stump, McKenzie moves back and cuts through point for four more

South Africa 58/0   ND McKenzie 35* (43b 8x4)   A Kumble 2.2-1-12-0

17.1

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

South Africa 64/0   GC Smith 27* (48b 4x4)   Harbhajan Singh 2.1-0-7-0

17.2

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

South Africa 68/0   GC Smith 31* (49b 5x4)   Harbhajan Singh 2.2-0-11-0

18.4

Kumble to McKenzie, FOUR, shot! McKenzie latches on to a tossed up ball on off stump and drives powerfully through extra cover, there's a man on the sweeper boundary but he's placed the ball wide of the fielder

South Africa 74/0   ND McKenzie 40* (60b 9x4)   A Kumble 4.4-1-17-0

20.1

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

South Africa 81/0   GC Smith 38* (56b 6x4)   A Kumble 5.1-1-21-0

21.5

Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, FOUR, shot! McKenzie steps out of his crease to Harbhajan and lofts him cleanly over mid-off for four, he's on 47 with ten fours

South Africa 89/0   ND McKenzie 47* (69b 10x4)   Harbhajan Singh 4.5-0-23-0

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

South Africa 94/0   ND McKenzie 52* (72b 11x4)   RP Singh 5.2-0-24-0

23.2

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

South Africa 100/0   GC Smith 44* (64b 7x4)   Harbhajan Singh 5.2-0-28-0

24.6

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

South Africa 109/0   GC Smith 53* (71b 8x4)   RP Singh 7-0-34-0

30.4

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

South Africa 115/0   GC Smith 57* (88b 9x4)   S Sreesanth 8.4-2-27-0

32.1

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

South Africa 119/0   GC Smith 61* (91b 10x4)   S Sreesanth 9.1-2-31-0

32.3

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

South Africa 123/0   GC Smith 65* (93b 11x4)   S Sreesanth 9.3-2-35-0

32.4

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

South Africa 127/0   GC Smith 69* (94b 12x4)   S Sreesanth 9.4-2-39-0

32.6

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

South Africa 131/0   GC Smith 73* (96b 13x4)   S Sreesanth 10-2-43-0

36.2

Sreesanth to McKenzie, FOUR, McKenzie drives away from his body at a good length ball which angles into the right-hander, the inside edge runs past the stumps and to the fine-leg boundary

South Africa 142/1   ND McKenzie 64* (112b 12x4)   S Sreesanth 11.2-2-48-0

36.4

Sreesanth to McKenzie, FOUR, graceful shot, Sreesanth over-pitches outside off stump, McKenzie moves forward and times the drive splendidly between extra cover and mid-off, super timing

South Africa 146/1   ND McKenzie 68* (114b 13x4)   S Sreesanth 11.4-2-52-0

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

South Africa 152/1   ND McKenzie 73* (121b 14x4)   RP Singh 7.2-0-38-0

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

South Africa 159/1   HM Amla 8* (19b 1x4)   RP Singh 8.3-0-44-0

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   HM Amla 12* (22b 2x4)   RP Singh 9-0-48-0

43.5

Kumble to McKenzie, FOUR, tossed up on middle stump, McKenzie comes forward and places the straight drive immaculately past mid-on for four, excellent timing

South Africa 173/1   ND McKenzie 81* (135b 15x4)   A Kumble 15.5-5-38-1

47.5

Sehwag to Amla, FOUR, Amla gets on to the front foot and drives a flighted delivery uppishly in the gap at cover, that will run to the boundary, Sehwag gave the batsman too much width

South Africa 180/1   HM Amla 21* (45b 3x4)   V Sehwag 0.5-0-4-0

48.4

Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, FOUR, McKenzie gives Harbhajan the charge and, although he didn't hit it as cleanly as his earlier shots, McKenzie's got enough on it to clear mid-off for four more

South Africa 184/1   ND McKenzie 86* (149b 16x4)   Harbhajan Singh 9.4-1-37-0

48.6

Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, FOUR, McKenzie steps out of his crease and lofts over midwicket this time, there's no one in the deep so it's a safe shot, McKenzie moves on to 90

South Africa 188/1   ND McKenzie 90* (151b 17x4)   Harbhajan Singh 10-1-41-0

49.5

Sehwag to Amla, FOUR, full toss outside off stump, Amla leans forward and drives towards Wasim Jaffer at mid-off who cannot move quickly enough to his left, he dives over the ball and Amla gets four to long-off, these are the boundaries that India won't get when South Africa are fielding

South Africa 192/1   HM Amla 25* (51b 4x4)   V Sehwag 1.5-0-8-0

50.3

Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, FOUR, Harbhajan fires the ball into off stump, McKenzie should have played forward but instead he chose to defend from his crease, he played it with soft hands and the ball runs past first slip to the boundary off the outside edge

South Africa 196/1   ND McKenzie 94* (154b 18x4)   Harbhajan Singh 10.3-1-45-0

52.2

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, FOUR, short and wide outside off stump, Amla has plenty of time to go on the back foot and place the cover drive through the gap, he's settled down nicely now, South Africa go past 200

South Africa 203/2   HM Amla 30* (57b 5x4)   Harbhajan Singh 11.2-1-49-1

57.2

Sreesanth to Amla, FOUR, too short from Sreesanth and the width outside off stump allows Amla the space to stand on the back foot and drive through cover, Yuvraj gets beaten in the infield and the ball runs to the boundary

South Africa 216/2   HM Amla 39* (68b 6x4)   S Sreesanth 13.2-3-56-0

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.

South Africa 230/2   HM Amla 50* (86b 7x4)   RP Singh 9.4-0-52-0

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.

South Africa 239/2   JH Kallis 13* (35b 1x4)   RP Singh 10.2-0-58-0

64.2

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, FOUR, went back, really back and turned it through the vacant slip region and Yuvraj makes a mess of a regulation stop at the boundary. He went down ever so slowly and just didn't reach the ball! Poor effort.

South Africa 243/2   HM Amla 58* (94b 8x4)   Harbhajan Singh 17.2-1-70-1

66.5

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, FOUR, that was premeditated, Prince got a long way across his stumps and swept Harbhajan against the angle and turn, the ball hit the top edge and ran down to the fine-leg boundary

South Africa 252/3   AG Prince 4* (4b 1x4)   Harbhajan Singh 18.5-1-76-2

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

South Africa 260/3   HM Amla 69* (110b 9x4)   RP Singh 13.2-1-65-0

76.3

Sehwag to Amla, FOUR, too short and too wide outside off stump, Amla rocks back and cuts in front of cover point for four, Jaffer's on the sweeper boundary but he can't cut it off

South Africa 277/3   HM Amla 80* (125b 10x4)   V Sehwag 3.3-1-12-0

79.3

Kumble to Prince, FOUR, Prince gets down on one knee and sweeps powerfully to the square leg boundary

South Africa 287/3   AG Prince 20* (51b 2x4)   A Kumble 23.3-6-55-1

82.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, FOUR, de Villiers steps out of his crease and drives the ball firmly towards mid-on where the fielder cannot dive across and cut off the boundary

South Africa 296/4   AB de Villiers 5* (3b 1x4)   Harbhajan Singh 22.2-1-88-2

91.1

Kumble to de Villiers, FOUR, Kumble begins with a long hop which de Villiers pulls off the back foot towards deep square leg, RP Singh lumbers along the boundary rope and puts in a feeble dive, he should have stopped that

South Africa 311/4   AB de Villiers 16* (31b 2x4)   A Kumble 29.1-8-65-2

91.4

Kumble to de Villiers, FOUR, Kumble strays down leg side and de Villiers waits in his crease and nudges the ball off his pads for a boundary to fine leg

South Africa 315/4   AB de Villiers 20* (34b 3x4)   A Kumble 29.4-8-69-2

92.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, FOUR, too short and too wide outside the off stump, terrible ball and de Villiers helps himself to another boundary by cutting off the back foot through point

South Africa 320/4   AB de Villiers 24* (37b 4x4)   Harbhajan Singh 27.3-2-100-2

93.5

Sreesanth to Amla, FOUR, poor poor fielding, Amla went on the front foot to drive through cover and the outside edge fell short of Dravid at gully, it wasn't a catch by any means but Dravid should have stopped the ball, instead the ball beat him and raced to the boundary

South Africa 328/4   HM Amla 91* (168b 11x4)   S Sreesanth 15.5-3-64-0

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

South Africa 332/4   AB de Villiers 31* (44b 5x4)   RP Singh 14.4-1-72-0

95.2

Sreesanth to Amla, FOUR, over-pitched delivery outside off stump, Amla moves forward and drives firmly through the gap at cover to move on to 96

South Africa 336/4   HM Amla 95* (171b 12x4)   S Sreesanth 16.2-3-68-0

95.3

Sreesanth to Amla, FOUR, Amla moves on to 99 with an elegant drive off the back foot through cover, the length was just a bit short outside off, giving Amla the time to go back and punch it

South Africa 340/4   HM Amla 99* (172b 13x4)   S Sreesanth 16.3-3-72-0

95.4

Sreesanth to Amla, FOUR, a hat-trick of boundaries! Amla eases on to the front foot and drives another full ball through extra cover for four more, Amla takes of his helmet and celebrates his hundred, it's been a flawless innings and an immensely valuable one

South Africa 344/4   HM Amla 103* (173b 14x4)   S Sreesanth 16.4-3-76-0

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

South Africa 348/4   AB de Villiers 35* (47b 6x4)   RP Singh 15.1-1-76-0

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

South Africa 352/4   AB de Villiers 39* (50b 7x4)   RP Singh 15.4-1-80-0

97.4

Sreesanth to de Villiers, FOUR, de Villiers responds by moving forward and flicking a half-volley off his pads through midwicket for four, top shot

South Africa 357/4   AB de Villiers 44* (56b 8x4)   S Sreesanth 17.4-3-80-0

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)   RP Singh 18-1-88-0

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

South Africa 375/5   MV Boucher 9* (10b 2x4)   S Sreesanth 20.3-4-89-1

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

South Africa 381/5   HM Amla 117* (201b 15x4)   SC Ganguly 2-0-8-0

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)   SC Ganguly 3-0-12-0

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

South Africa 397/5   MV Boucher 21* (36b 4x4)   RP Singh 19.3-1-97-0

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

South Africa 401/5   MV Boucher 25* (40b 5x4)   Harbhajan Singh 28.1-2-107-2

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)   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

South Africa 416/5   HM Amla 130* (225b 16x4)   Harbhajan Singh 30.1-2-119-2

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

South Africa 421/5   HM Amla 135* (229b 17x4)   A Kumble 34.2-10-78-2

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

South Africa 425/5   HM Amla 139* (230b 18x4)   A Kumble 34.3-10-82-2

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

South Africa 436/5   HM Amla 147* (243b 19x4)   Harbhajan Singh 32.5-2-128-2

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

South Africa 448/5   HM Amla 156* (255b 20x4)   S Sreesanth 22.2-4-94-1

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

South Africa 455/5   MV Boucher 43* (81b 7x4)   S Sreesanth 23.3-4-99-1

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

South Africa 460/6   MV Boucher 47* (89b 8x4)   A Kumble 40.2-10-97-2

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

South Africa 464/6   M Morkel 4* (10b 1x4)   S Sreesanth 25.4-5-103-1

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

South Africa 473/6   M Morkel 8* (15b 2x4)   RP Singh 20.5-1-102-0

133.1

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

South Africa 477/6   M Morkel 12* (17b 3x4)   RP Singh 21.1-1-106-0

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

South Africa 481/6   M Morkel 16* (19b 4x4)   RP Singh 21.3-1-110-0

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

South Africa 489/6   M Morkel 20* (29b 5x4)   V Sehwag 7.4-1-25-0

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

South Africa 493/6   MV Boucher 59* (124b 9x4)   Harbhajan Singh 37.1-3-138-2

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

South Africa 501/6   M Morkel 25* (38b 6x4)   V Sehwag 9-1-32-0

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

South Africa 520/7   M Morkel 35* (53b 7x4)   Harbhajan Singh 41.5-3-152-2

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

South Africa 528/8   DW Steyn 4* (3b 1x4)   Harbhajan Singh 42.3-3-156-3

151.1

Kumble to Steyn, FOUR, bowled short outside the off stump by Kumble, Steyn cuts through cover off the back foot, Laxman dives over the ball and lets it go through to the boundary, poor effort

South Africa 533/9   DW Steyn 9* (13b 2x4)   A Kumble 44.1-11-106-2

152.3

Harbhajan Singh to Steyn, FOUR, what a shot that is! Steyn gets into position to play the reverse sweep and pulls it in front of square for four, well struck!

South Africa 538/9   DW Steyn 13* (19b 3x4)   Harbhajan Singh 44.3-4-162-4
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India v South Africa at Kanpur - Apr 11-13, 2008
India won by 8 wickets
India v South Africa at Ahmedabad - Apr 3-5, 2008
South Africa won by an innings and 90 runs
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Match drawn
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