South Africa tour of India, 2007/08 / Commentary

South Africa in India Test Series - 2nd Test

India v South Africa

South Africa won by an innings and 90 runs

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0.1

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, pitches on middle and off, cuts back in, he shuffles and tucks it to the on side

0.2

Sreesanth to Smith, 1 run, pitches on a fullish length outside off, he lunges forward and pushes softly through the line to mid-off

South Africa 1/0   GC Smith 1* (2b)

1.1

Singh to Smith, 1 run, RP slides down the legside, Smith accepts that offering and glides it down to fine leg

South Africa 2/0   GC Smith 2* (3b)

2.1

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, much better, Sreesanth pitches it in the corridor outside off and has Smith fishing outside the offstump, he managed to do this in Chennai as well

2.2

Sreesanth to Smith, 1 bye, beats him again outside the offstump, Sreesanth beats Smith and Dhoni with the swing, Dhoni in fact drops it and they steal a bye

2.5

Sreesanth to Smith, 1 wide, Sreesanth loses his radar big time and sprays that really wide outside off, umpire Doctrove signals a wide, we saw Steyn too struggling to control the movement

2.5

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, pitches outside off, he lets it go

2.6

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, pitches just a shade outside off again, not much movement this time as he lets this one go

South Africa 5/0   GC Smith 2* (7b)

4.1

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, chance, but a tough one... Smith tries to flick a fullish delivery curving in on his pads and Ganguly at short leg nearly gets a hand to it, he had to get really low for that

4.2

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, pitches on a good length outside off, he shoulders arms

4.3

Sreesanth to Smith, 2 runs, misfield, this time Kumble at gully lets that one slide through, Smith gets a couple off a gentle forward push

4.4

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, pitches outside off and seams away, he safely lets it go

4.5

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, fullish and swinging in from around the offstump, he lunges forward and pushes it to mid-off

4.6

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, thrusts forward and gets a thin inside edge onto his boot

South Africa 15/0   GC Smith 4* (13b)

5.6

Singh to Smith, FOUR, RP errs by drifting onto Smith's favourite area - on the pads - and Smith nonchalantly works it across and glances it to the fine-leg region

South Africa 20/0   GC Smith 8* (14b 1x4)

6.2

Sreesanth to Smith, FOUR, misfield by Harbhajan, Sreesanth gives Smith plenty of width outside off, he reaches out and slashes hard and Harbhajan at point is a little lazy in moving to his left to get a hand to it

6.3

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, pitches just a shade outside off and moves away after leaving Smith

6.4

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, pitches outside off, he lets it go again

6.5

Sreesanth to Smith, 1 run, adjusts to a shorter length outside off, Smith gets across and punches off the backfoot just wide of RP at mid-off

South Africa 26/0   GC Smith 13* (18b 2x4)

7.3

Singh to Smith, no run, hits a fullish length on off, not quite at full throttle, Smith gets forward and defends softly towards the bowler

7.4

Singh to Smith, FOUR, RP errs in line and length, he sprays that on Smith's pads and it's all too easy for him as he gets across and whips it through the arc between midwicket and square leg

7.5

Singh to Smith, 1 run, bowls that with more pace, slides own the leg side and Smith helps it on its way to fine leg

South Africa 35/0   GC Smith 18* (21b 3x4)

8.1

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, short and wide, the ball keeps a little too low for Smith's comfort as he reaches out and chops it down straight to cover

8.2

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, Sreesanth delivers that from wide of the crease, Smith lets it go to Dhoni who drops it, it's the second time he's let one go, fortunately none of them were edges

8.3

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, pitches outside off and shapes away again, this time Dhoni gets both gloves behind it

8.4

Sreesanth to Smith, FOUR, dishes this one just a little too wide of offstump, the ball bounces a lot more from the previous deliveries, Smith gets in position early, waits on it and cuts it late and beats the diving Kumble at gully

8.5

Sreesanth to Smith, FOUR, back to back boundaries.... Sreesanth dugs it in short, he doesn't have the pace to trouble Smith as he swivels and pulls over Ganguly's head at short leg, there's no body patrolling the boundary to stop that

8.6

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, pitches on a good length on middle, he tucks it to short leg

South Africa 45/0   GC Smith 26* (27b 5x4)

11.1

Singh to Smith, no run, lands it on a good length outside off, he gets forward and defends back to the bowler

11.2

Singh to Smith, no run, pitches outside off and straightens before reaching the keeper

11.3

Singh to Smith, no run, RP dishes out a boundary ball outside off, it is full and wide, Smith drives away from his body but Ganguly does well at cover to intercept it

11.4

Singh to Smith, 2 runs, gets a lot of inward movement on the pads, he works it very easily past midwicket for a couple

11.5

Singh to Smith, FOUR, well pitched up outside off, it was a good delivery by RP, drawing Smith on to the stroke, he shapes to drive through the off side but gets a thick outside edge which sails through the vacant third slip region

11.6

Singh to Smith, no run, pitches outside off, safely negotiated as he lets it go

South Africa 64/0   GC Smith 32* (33b 6x4)

13.1

Singh to Smith, no run, pitches on a good length outside off, he gets forward and pushes to cover

13.2

Singh to Smith, no run, hits a fullish length outside off and comes back in before reaching Dhoni

13.3

Singh to Smith, no run, holds the length back outside off and gets this one to cut back in further before reaching the keeper, Smith shuffles way across and lets it go

13.4

Singh to Smith, no run, hits a good length outside off, he gets across and defends to the offside

13.5

Singh to Smith, no run, walks across his stumps and defends softly back to the bowler

13.6

Singh to Smith, 2 runs, slides on the a pads, Smith shuffles across and works this wide of midwicket

South Africa 74/0   GC Smith 34* (39b 6x4)

15.1

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, pitches slightly short and wide, he gets across and punches to Kaif at cover, I'm not sure who he's fielding for

15.2

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, pitches outside off, he lets it go to the keeper

15.3

Sreesanth to Smith, OUT, 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

GC Smith lbw b Sreesanth 34 (80m 42b 6x4 0x6) SR: 80.95

South Africa 78/1   GC Smith 34 (42b 6x4)
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Series Results
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
India v South Africa at Chennai - Mar 26-30, 2008
Match drawn
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Photos

Apr 5, 2008

Gary Kirsten shakes hands with Mark Boucher, India v South Africa, 2nd Test, Ahmedabad, 3rd day, April 5, 2008

Gary Kirsten shakes hands with Mark Boucher

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Apr 5, 2008

Anil Kumble congratulates Graeme Smith on South Africa's win, India v South Africa, 2nd Test, Ahmedabad, 3rd day, April 5, 2008

Anil Kumble congratulates Graeme Smith

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