South Africa tour of India, 2nd Test: India v South Africa at Ahmedabad, Apr 3-5, 2008
South Africa won by an innings and 90 runs
3,4,5 April 2008 (5-day match)
  India 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal W Jaffer c Smith b Ntini 9 17 14 2 0 64.28
3.3 Ntini strikes early! Pitches that on a good length just a shade outside off and comes in towards Jaffer, he half heartedly pokes at it and gets a thick outside edge which travels low to Smith at first slip who dives to his left and grabs it with both hands 16/1
View dismissal V Sehwag b Steyn 6 23 12 1 0 50.00
4.4 what an important wicket for South Africa! Steyn pitches it outside off and gets it to come back inwards, Sehwag shapes to cut but is cramped for room and he manages a thick inside edge onto his offstump 24/2
View dismissal R Dravid b Steyn 3 51 26 0 0 11.53
13.1 superb delivery and India are staring down the barrel here! Steyn pitches that on a good length in line with offstump, the ball seams away just a shade, a circumspect Dravid shapes to drive straight, misreads the movement and the ball just shaves the top of offstump 53/5
View dismissal VVS Laxman b Ntini 3 13 7 0 0 42.85
7.1 costly leave and India are in tatters already! Ntini bowls that from wide of the crease, the ball comes in with the angle, Laxman shapes to leave it and expects it to sail over the offstump but the bounce catches him by surprise as the ball just shaves the top of offstump. The South Africans are ecstatic after losing the toss 30/3
View dismissal SC Ganguly b Ntini 0 3 2 0 0 0.00
7.3 It's all happening at Motera! Ntini pitches that on a fullish length in line with offstump, Ganguly doesn't know whether to play at it or just leave it, he's caught in two minds and pokes his bat out rather half heartedly and gets a thick inside edge to peg the middle stump back 30/4
View dismissal MS Dhoni c †Boucher b Morkel 14 33 22 3 0 63.63
14.2 terrible shot.... Morlkel sprays that on a full length outside off, the invitation was there for a booming offdrive but Dhoni completely forgot to move his feet, he gets a thick edge and Boucher accepts that with glee 55/6
IK Pathan not out 21 39 17 3 0 123.52
View dismissal A Kumble* b Morkel 0 3 2 0 0 0.00
14.4 it gets better and better for South Africa! Morkel bangs on in short on the region of offstump and comes back in. Kumble is forced on the hop and fails to fend that off as he chops it onto his middle stump 55/7
View dismissal Harbhajan Singh lbw b Steyn 1 5 6 0 0 16.66
15.4 the downward slide continues.... Steyn, after straying down the leg side the previous two balls, pitches this on middle and leg and gets it to straighten, Harbhajan fails to pick the full delivery and is too late on the flick, the ball hits him on the pads in line with the stumps and Doctrove raises the finger 56/8
View dismissal RP Singh c Smith b Steyn 0 19 11 0 0 0.00
19.3 how does any tailender play that? Steyn bangs it in short of a length on middle, the bounce really squares up RP and the pace too gets the better of him as he tries to fend it off, he fails to keep the ball down and the ball lobs off the top half of his bat and goes to Smith at first slip 76/9
View dismissal S Sreesanth b Steyn 0 3 3 0 0 0.00
19.6 Steyn completes the demolition job with a five-for! Steyn pitches this on a good length on offstump and gets it to straighten, Sreesanth is rooted to the crease and gets squared up by the pace, the ball crashes onto the offstump and pegs it back 76/10
Extras (b 4, lb 11, w 2, nb 2) 19
  Total (all out; 20 overs; 109 mins) 76 (3.80 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets DW Steyn 8 2 23 5 2.87 41 3 0 (1nb, 2w)
4.4 to Sehwag, what an important wicket for South Africa! Steyn pitches it outside off and gets it to come back inwards, Sehwag shapes to cut but is cramped for room and he manages a thick inside edge onto his offstump 24/2
13.1 to Dravid, superb delivery and India are staring down the barrel here! Steyn pitches that on a good length in line with offstump, the ball seams away just a shade, a circumspect Dravid shapes to drive straight, misreads the movement and the ball just shaves the top of offstump 53/5
15.4 to Harbhajan Singh, the downward slide continues.... Steyn, after straying down the leg side the previous two balls, pitches this on middle and leg and gets it to straighten, Harbhajan fails to pick the full delivery and is too late on the flick, the ball hits him on the pads in line with the stumps and Doctrove raises the finger 56/8
19.3 to Singh, how does any tailender play that? Steyn bangs it in short of a length on middle, the bounce really squares up RP and the pace too gets the better of him as he tries to fend it off, he fails to keep the ball down and the ball lobs off the top half of his bat and goes to Smith at first slip 76/9
19.6 to Sreesanth, Steyn completes the demolition job with a five-for! Steyn pitches this on a good length on offstump and gets it to straighten, Sreesanth is rooted to the crease and gets squared up by the pace, the ball crashes onto the offstump and pegs it back 76/10
View wickets M Ntini 6 1 18 3 3.00 30 3 0
3.3 to Jaffer, Ntini strikes early! Pitches that on a good length just a shade outside off and comes in towards Jaffer, he half heartedly pokes at it and gets a thick outside edge which travels low to Smith at first slip who dives to his left and grabs it with both hands 16/1
7.1 to Laxman, costly leave and India are in tatters already! Ntini bowls that from wide of the crease, the ball comes in with the angle, Laxman shapes to leave it and expects it to sail over the offstump but the bounce catches him by surprise as the ball just shaves the top of offstump. The South Africans are ecstatic after losing the toss 30/3
7.3 to Ganguly, It's all happening at Motera! Ntini pitches that on a fullish length in line with offstump, Ganguly doesn't know whether to play at it or just leave it, he's caught in two minds and pokes his bat out rather half heartedly and gets a thick inside edge to peg the middle stump back 30/4
View wickets M Morkel 6 1 20 2 3.33 28 3 0 (1nb)
14.2 to Dhoni, terrible shot.... Morlkel sprays that on a full length outside off, the invitation was there for a booming offdrive but Dhoni completely forgot to move his feet, he gets a thick edge and Boucher accepts that with glee 55/6
14.4 to Kumble, it gets better and better for South Africa! Morkel bangs on in short on the region of offstump and comes back in. Kumble is forced on the hop and fails to fend that off as he chops it onto his middle stump 55/7
  South Africa 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal GC Smith* lbw b Sreesanth 34 80 42 6 0 80.95
15.3 the change of bowling works and India finally strike! Sreesanth pitches it just outside the line of legstump from over the wicket, Smith stays at the crease and tries to tuck it to the on side, he's struck in line of offstump, Sreesanth pleads and Tony Hill raises his finger after pondering over it for a while 78/1
View dismissal ND McKenzie c Dravid b Harbhajan Singh 42 122 73 8 0 57.53
23.4 at the stroke of tea.... Harbhajan pitches it outside off and gets turn into the right-hander, McKenzie gets across very hastily but the turn takes a thick outside edge to Dravid at first slip. It was a rare lapse in concentration from McKenzie who looked really solid. He wasn't sure whether to play or leave it 100/2
View dismissal HM Amla c Jaffer b Harbhajan Singh 16 48 34 2 0 47.05
25.4 Harbhajan strikes again.... He pushes it flat on middle and leg, he tries to tuck it to the on side but gets a thin edge onto his pad and Jaffer at forward short leg takes a straightforward catch 101/3
View dismissal JH Kallis b Sreesanth 132 359 275 14 1 48.00
109.4 Sreesanth gets the first breakthrough of the day.... He pitches that just outside the off stump and Kallis is in two minds whether to play it or leave it, he opts to shoulder arms but it's too late as he gets a thick inside edge which pegs the middle stump back 373/5
View dismissal AG Prince lbw b Harbhajan Singh 2 14 9 0 0 22.22
29.5 India strike back and how.....Harbhajan comes round the wicket to Prince, it pitches just in line with offstump, the ball grips on the surface and straightens, Prince leaves a big gap between pad and bat as he tries to defend and the ball strikes him in line with off stump, Tony Hill has an easy decision 117/4
AB de Villiers not out 217 480 333 17 2 65.16
View dismissal MV Boucher lbw b Kumble 21 82 48 1 0 43.75
128.4 Kumble finally gets a wicket.... Pitches on middle and comes on straight, Boucher opts to stay on the backfoot but the ball skids through a lot quicker and traps him in line with legstump, Doctrove is convinced 439/6
View dismissal M Morkel lbw b Harbhajan Singh 1 19 12 0 0 8.33
133.2 plumb.... Bowls from round the wicket and bowls that flatter, Morkel gets forward to defend but leaves gap between pad and bat, the ball straightens and hits him on the backpad in line with legstump. Hill ponders for a while and gives it out 452/7
PL Harris not out 9 38 22 1 0 40.90
Extras (b 2, lb 14, w 4) 20
  Total (7 wickets dec; 141.2 overs; 625 mins) 494 (3.49 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets S Sreesanth 23 4 87 2 3.78 103 15 0 (1w)
15.3 to Smith, the change of bowling works and India finally strike! Sreesanth pitches it just outside the line of legstump from over the wicket, Smith stays at the crease and tries to tuck it to the on side, he's struck in line of offstump, Sreesanth pleads and Tony Hill raises his finger after pondering over it for a while 78/1
109.4 to Kallis, Sreesanth gets the first breakthrough of the day.... He pitches that just outside the off stump and Kallis is in two minds whether to play it or leave it, he opts to shoulder arms but it's too late as he gets a thick inside edge which pegs the middle stump back 373/5
  RP Singh 21 2 81 0 3.85 90 12 0
  IK Pathan 21.2 3 85 0 3.98 87 8 0 (3w)
View wickets Harbhajan Singh 40 5 135 4 3.37 161 9 2
23.4 to McKenzie, at the stroke of tea.... Harbhajan pitches it outside off and gets turn into the right-hander, McKenzie gets across very hastily but the turn takes a thick outside edge to Dravid at first slip. It was a rare lapse in concentration from McKenzie who looked really solid. He wasn't sure whether to play or leave it 100/2
25.4 to Amla, Harbhajan strikes again.... He pushes it flat on middle and leg, he tries to tuck it to the on side but gets a thin edge onto his pad and Jaffer at forward short leg takes a straightforward catch 101/3
29.5 to Prince, India strike back and how.....Harbhajan comes round the wicket to Prince, it pitches just in line with offstump, the ball grips on the surface and straightens, Prince leaves a big gap between pad and bat as he tries to defend and the ball strikes him in line with off stump, Tony Hill has an easy decision 117/4
133.2 to Morkel, plumb.... Bowls from round the wicket and bowls that flatter, Morkel gets forward to defend but leaves gap between pad and bat, the ball straightens and hits him on the backpad in line with legstump. Hill ponders for a while and gives it out 452/7
View wicket A Kumble 33 2 78 1 2.36 145 3 1
128.4 to Boucher, Kumble finally gets a wicket.... Pitches on middle and comes on straight, Boucher opts to stay on the backfoot but the ball skids through a lot quicker and traps him in line with legstump, Doctrove is convinced 439/6
  SC Ganguly 3 0 12 0 4.00 14 2 0
  India 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal V Sehwag lbw b Ntini 17 32 20 1 2 85.00
7.2 first blood to Ntini, he delivers that from wide of the crease and lands it on a good length just outside the line of offstump and gets it to move in slightly with the angle, Sehwag gets a half stride forward and meets the ball in the middle of the pads in line with middle and leg stumps, Hill is convinced 31/1
View dismissal W Jaffer c de Villiers b Kallis 19 97 53 2 0 35.84
19.6 another one bites the dust..... Kallis pitches it up outside off and gets it to shape away after pitching, it was in the slot to drive but Jaffer fails to cover the line, he ends up getting a thick edge to de Villiers at second slip 70/3
View dismissal R Dravid c de Villiers b Morkel 17 55 41 2 0 41.46
18.1 shortly after the drinks break... Morkel lands one in short of a length at a very lively pace and gets it to leap on Dravid, he's too late on the hop as he tries to fend it off and only manages a thick outside edge which travels quickly to de Villiers at third slip 64/2
View dismissal VVS Laxman c †Boucher b Morkel 35 77 45 6 0 77.77
33.4 Morkel gets a breakthrough against the run of play, he pitches it up much fuller outside off and the ball holds its line, Laxman stays planted to the crease and goes for a cover drive away from his body, Boucher and the rest are convinced he nicked it, Morkel reconfirms with Tony Hill, the stump mics didn't really pick up a sound so it's uncertain whether he edged it or not. The snickometer showed a feather touch so a good decision by Hill 125/4
View dismissal SC Ganguly c †Boucher b Steyn 87 229 149 8 0 58.38
69.3 Ganguly goes, that is a big wicket, fullish delivery, not much foot movement as he flashes at it. The outside edge lands in Boucher's hands. Ganguly was quite upset at the decision. There was a puff of dust as the ball left the bat, and the bat may have struck the pitch which might have been the sound the umpire heard. 235/5
View dismissal MS Dhoni c Smith b Ntini 52 200 132 5 0 39.39
77.5 wild shot and South Africa accept that with glee, Ntini pitches it up wide outside off and invites Dhoni to play a booming cover drive, he stays rooted to the crease and stretches out for the stroke, he gets a thick edge low to Smith at first slip 268/6
IK Pathan not out 43 120 77 4 1 55.84
View dismissal A Kumble* b Harris 5 12 12 1 0 41.66
80.5 gives it a lot of air on middle and leg, Kumble is a little late in getting down to the pitch of the ball and it creeps through the gate and hits middle stump 273/7
View dismissal Harbhajan Singh lbw b Steyn 4 23 18 0 0 22.22
86.1 good comeback by Steyn after that shocker, he gets his line spot on and the length is good as it pitches just outside the line of offstump and comes back in, Harbhajan gets a half prod forward and the ball hits him in line with middle stump 292/8
View dismissal RP Singh c Kallis b Steyn 8 23 11 2 0 72.72
90.4 after softening him up with bouncers, Steyn bangs in another short one and forces him to play at it, he fends it off uneasily, arches backwards and the edge flies to Kallis who cups his hands at second slip 306/9
View dismissal S Sreesanth b Ntini 17 19 13 2 1 130.76
94.2 clips the offstump and it's all over....Sreesanth gives room, dances down the track and attempts another flat-batted biff but he misses and the ball just clips the top of offstump and removes the bails 328/10
Extras (b 5, lb 7, w 7, nb 5) 24
  Total (all out; 94.2 overs; 448 mins) 328 (3.47 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets DW Steyn 23 1 91 3 3.95 100 8 3 (2w)
69.3 to Ganguly, Ganguly goes, that is a big wicket, fullish delivery, not much foot movement as he flashes at it. The outside edge lands in Boucher's hands. Ganguly was quite upset at the decision. There was a puff of dust as the ball left the bat, and the bat may have struck the pitch which might have been the sound the umpire heard. 235/5
86.1 to Harbhajan Singh, good comeback by Steyn after that shocker, he gets his line spot on and the length is good as it pitches just outside the line of offstump and comes back in, Harbhajan gets a half prod forward and the ball hits him in line with middle stump 292/8
90.4 to Singh, after softening him up with bouncers, Steyn bangs in another short one and forces him to play at it, he fends it off uneasily, arches backwards and the edge flies to Kallis who cups his hands at second slip 306/9
View wickets M Ntini 16.2 3 44 3 2.69 78 4 0
7.2 to Sehwag, first blood to Ntini, he delivers that from wide of the crease and lands it on a good length just outside the line of offstump and gets it to move in slightly with the angle, Sehwag gets a half stride forward and meets the ball in the middle of the pads in line with middle and leg stumps, Hill is convinced 31/1
77.5 to Dhoni, wild shot and South Africa accept that with glee, Ntini pitches it up wide outside off and invites Dhoni to play a booming cover drive, he stays rooted to the crease and stretches out for the stroke, he gets a thick edge low to Smith at first slip 268/6
94.2 to Sreesanth, clips the offstump and it's all over....Sreesanth gives room, dances down the track and attempts another flat-batted biff but he misses and the ball just clips the top of offstump and removes the bails 328/10
View wickets M Morkel 20 0 87 2 4.35 86 12 0 (5nb, 1w)
18.1 to Dravid, shortly after the drinks break... Morkel lands one in short of a length at a very lively pace and gets it to leap on Dravid, he's too late on the hop as he tries to fend it off and only manages a thick outside edge which travels quickly to de Villiers at third slip 64/2
33.4 to Laxman, Morkel gets a breakthrough against the run of play, he pitches it up much fuller outside off and the ball holds its line, Laxman stays planted to the crease and goes for a cover drive away from his body, Boucher and the rest are convinced he nicked it, Morkel reconfirms with Tony Hill, the stump mics didn't really pick up a sound so it's uncertain whether he edged it or not. The snickometer showed a feather touch so a good decision by Hill 125/4
View wicket JH Kallis 10 3 26 1 2.60 44 2 0
19.6 to Jaffer, another one bites the dust..... Kallis pitches it up outside off and gets it to shape away after pitching, it was in the slot to drive but Jaffer fails to cover the line, he ends up getting a thick edge to de Villiers at second slip 70/3
View wicket PL Harris 25 4 68 1 2.72 112 7 1
80.5 to Kumble, gives it a lot of air on middle and leg, Kumble is a little late in getting down to the pitch of the ball and it creeps through the gate and hits middle stump 273/7

Match details


Toss - India, who chose to bat
Series - South Africa led the 3-match series 1-0
Player of the match - AB de Villiers (South Africa)
Umpires - BR Doctrove (West Indies) and AL Hill (New Zealand)
TV umpire - SL Shastri
Match referee - RS Mahanama (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire - AY Dandekar
Close of play
  • Thu, 3 Apr - day 1 - South Africa 1st innings 223/4 (JH Kallis 60*, AB de Villiers 59*, 64 ov)
  • Fri, 4 Apr - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 494/7 (AB de Villiers 217*, PL Harris 9*, 141.2 ov)
  • Sat, 5 Apr - day 3 - India 2nd innings 328 (94.2 ov) - end of match

Match Notes


Day 3
Day 2
Day 1
    • India 1st innings
    • Drinks: India - 30/3 in 7.1 overs (R Dravid 1)
    • India: 50 runs in 12.5 overs (80 balls), Extras 17
    • Innings Break: India - 76/10 in 20.0 overs (IK Pathan 21)
    • South Africa 1st innings
    • Lunch: South Africa - 1/0 in 1.0 overs (GC Smith 1, ND McKenzie 0)
    • Drinks: South Africa - 45/0 in 9.0 overs (GC Smith 26, ND McKenzie 11)
    • South Africa: 50 runs in 9.4 overs (59 balls), Extras 8
    • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 59 balls (GC Smith 26, ND McKenzie 19, Ex 8)
    • Drinks: South Africa - 78/1 in 15.3 overs (ND McKenzie 36)
    • South Africa: 100 runs in 22.4 overs (138 balls), Extras 9
    • Tea: South Africa - 100/2 in 23.4 overs (HM Amla 15)
    • Drinks: South Africa - 135/4 in 36.0 overs (JH Kallis 23, AB de Villiers 8)
    • South Africa: 150 runs in 41.2 overs (250 balls), Extras 10
    • Drinks: South Africa - 164/4 in 48.0 overs (JH Kallis 39, AB de Villiers 21)
    • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 117 balls (JH Kallis 27, AB de Villiers 23, Ex 0)
    • South Africa: 200 runs in 58.6 overs (356 balls), Extras 10
    • JH Kallis: 50 off 117 balls (3 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • AB de Villiers: 50 off 98 balls (5 x 4)
    • 5th Wicket: 100 runs in 204 balls (JH Kallis 47, AB de Villiers 55, Ex 0)
    • End Of Day: South Africa - 223/4 in 64.0 overs (JH Kallis 60, AB de Villiers 59)
    • Drinks: South Africa - 249/4 in 76.0 overs (JH Kallis 63, AB de Villiers 80)
    • South Africa: 250 runs in 76.3 overs (461 balls), Extras 12
    • New Ball Taken: South Africa 261/4 after 81.3 overs (JH Kallis 71, AB de Villiers 84)
    • 5th Wicket: 150 runs in 328 balls (JH Kallis 62, AB de Villiers 85, Ex 3)
    • Drinks: South Africa - 267/4 in 85.0 overs (JH Kallis 75, AB de Villiers 85)
    • South Africa: 300 runs in 91.5 overs (553 balls), Extras 13
    • AB de Villiers: 100 off 174 balls (11 x 4)
    • Lunch: South Africa - 306/4 in 93.0 overs (JH Kallis 97, AB de Villiers 102)
    • JH Kallis: 100 off 228 balls (12 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • 5th Wicket: 200 runs in 401 balls (JH Kallis 93, AB de Villiers 105, Ex 3)
    • Drinks: South Africa - 339/4 in 103.0 overs (JH Kallis 116, AB de Villiers 116)
    • South Africa: 350 runs in 104.4 overs (631 balls), Extras 14
    • 5th Wicket: 250 runs in 477 balls (JH Kallis 115, AB de Villiers 133, Ex 4)
    • Drinks: South Africa - 373/5 in 109.4 overs (AB de Villiers 133)
    • South Africa: 400 runs in 114.4 overs (692 balls), Extras 19
    • AB de Villiers: 150 off 241 balls (15 x 4)
    • Tea: South Africa - 413/5 in 117.0 overs (AB de Villiers 159, MV Boucher 9)
    • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 86 balls (AB de Villiers 32, MV Boucher 13, Ex 5)
    • Drinks: South Africa - 439/6 in 128.4 overs (AB de Villiers 173)
    • South Africa: 450 runs in 131.6 overs (796 balls), Extras 19
    • AB de Villiers: 200 off 320 balls (17 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • Drinks: South Africa - 484/7 in 140.0 overs (AB de Villiers 208, PL Harris 8)
    • Rain: South Africa - 494/7 in 141.2 overs (AB de Villiers 217, PL Harris 9)
    • End Of Day: South Africa - 494/7 in 141.2 overs (AB de Villiers 217, PL Harris 9)
    • India 2nd innings
    • Drinks: India - 37/1 in 9.0 overs (W Jaffer 9, R Dravid 2)
    • India: 50 runs in 11.5 overs (72 balls), Extras 10
    • Drinks: India - 64/1 in 17.0 overs (W Jaffer 19, R Dravid 17)
    • Lunch: India - 95/3 in 25.0 overs (VVS Laxman 19, SC Ganguly 10)
    • India: 100 runs in 27.3 overs (168 balls), Extras 13
    • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 73 balls (VVS Laxman 26, SC Ganguly 23, Ex 3)
    • Drinks: India - 125/4 in 33.4 overs (SC Ganguly 23)
    • India: 150 runs in 40.5 overs (250 balls), Extras 15
    • Drinks: India - 165/4 in 45.0 overs (SC Ganguly 40, MS Dhoni 22)
    • SC Ganguly: 50 off 86 balls (5 x 4)
    • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 97 balls (SC Ganguly 27, MS Dhoni 22, Ex 1)
    • Tea: India - 191/4 in 57.0 overs (SC Ganguly 59, MS Dhoni 28)
    • India: 200 runs in 60.4 overs (369 balls), Extras 16
    • 5th Wicket: 100 runs in 195 balls (SC Ganguly 61, MS Dhoni 36, Ex 3)
    • Drinks: India - 233/4 in 68.0 overs (SC Ganguly 87, MS Dhoni 40)
    • India: 250 runs in 72.1 overs (440 balls), Extras 18
    • MS Dhoni: 50 off 122 balls (5 x 4)
    • Drinks: India - 265/5 in 77.0 overs (MS Dhoni 52, IK Pathan 20)
    • New Ball Taken: India 283/7 after 85.1 overs (IK Pathan 28, Harbhajan Singh 4)
    • India: 300 runs in 88.5 overs (541 balls), Extras 24
 
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