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

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

0.3

Sreesanth to McKenzie, no run, gets forward, smothers the movement and defends

0.4

Sreesanth to McKenzie, no run, pitches it shorter and slides down the legside, he tries to nudge and misses

0.5

Sreesanth to McKenzie, no run, hits a fullish length outside off, not much away movement, he gets forward and defends

0.6

Sreesanth to McKenzie, no run, pitches short of a length down the leg side, he chooses to let it go to end the session

South Africa 1/0   ND McKenzie 0* (4b)

1.2

Singh to McKenzie, no run, strays down the pads, McKenzie shapes to glide that fine and misses, wrong line

1.3

Singh to McKenzie, no run, pitches just a shade outside off and slants away, he safely lets it go

1.4

Singh to McKenzie, no run, pitches on offstump and straightens, he gets behind the line and defends back to the bowler

1.5

Singh to McKenzie, no run, slides a little wide outside off, he lets it fo to Dhoni, RP is not bowling at full throttle here

1.6

Singh to McKenzie, no run, pitches outside leg and curves back in, he closes the face of the bat and softly tucks it to forward short-leg

South Africa 2/0   ND McKenzie 0* (9b)

2.3

Sreesanth to McKenzie, no run, pitches outside off and moves across just a touch, McKenzie stays rooted to the crease and pokes his bat out

2.4

Sreesanth to McKenzie, 1 leg bye, slides down the legside, he nudges it off his pads behind square on the on side

South Africa 4/0   ND McKenzie 0* (11b)

3.1

Singh to McKenzie, no run, Appeal.... RP pitches that full on off and middle gets it to cut back in with the angle, McKenzie gets a big stride forward and meets the ball off the base of the pad, RP appeals and Tony Hill shakes his head. Replays showed the ball hitting the stumps...hmm

3.2

Singh to McKenzie, 4 leg byes, RP slides down the leg side McKenzie trickles that off his hips past the diving Dhoni

3.3

Singh to McKenzie, no run, left alone to the keeper

3.4

Singh to McKenzie, no run

3.5

Singh to McKenzie, FOUR, superb ball by RP but unlucky in the end... he pitches that outside off and squares up the right-hander, McKenzie gets across and shapes to defend, he gets a thick outside edge which just falls short of Sehwag at second slip and rolls away

3.6

Singh to McKenzie, no run, pitches just outside off and leaves the right hander, he lets it go

South Africa 13/0   ND McKenzie 4* (17b 1x4)

5.1

Singh to McKenzie, no run, short and drifting away from the right-hander, he reaches out and chops it down towards point

5.2

Singh to McKenzie, no run, pitches wide outside off, he lets it go

5.3

Singh to McKenzie, no run, adjusts the line closer to the offstump, he shoulders arms

5.4

Singh to McKenzie, no run, adjusts the line closer to the offstump, he shoulders arms

5.5

Singh to McKenzie, 1 run, gets exaggerated swing into the right hander, unfortunately for RP he drifts on the pads and McKenzie tucks it away easily

South Africa 16/0   ND McKenzie 5* (22b 1x4)

6.1

Sreesanth to McKenzie, 1 leg bye, pitches on off and middle and cuts back in, he hops and tries to flick that to the on side and meets the ball on the pads, Sreesanth belts out an optimistic appeal but that would have missed leg

6.6

Sreesanth to McKenzie, 1 run, slides towards the pads, he gets across and tucks it just wide of mid-on

South Africa 27/0   ND McKenzie 6* (24b 1x4)

7.1

Singh to McKenzie, 2 runs, slides towards the pads this time, he gets across and tucks it behind square on the on side

7.2

Singh to McKenzie, 1 run, pitches on a fullish length outside off, he lunges forward and softly pushes it wide of the covers

7.6

Singh to McKenzie, 2 runs, digs it in on a good length, McKenzie swivels and shapes to pull but is too early on the stroke as he ends up chopping it down towards midwicket

South Africa 37/0   ND McKenzie 11* (27b 1x4)

9.1

Singh to McKenzie, no run, slides that wide outside the offstump and moves away, he safely lets it go

9.2

Singh to McKenzie, no run, pitches on a line closer to the offstump, this one doesn't move away much, he safely lets it go

9.3

Singh to McKenzie, FOUR, dishes out a half volley outside off and McKenzie politely obliges as he gets forward, behind the line and caresses it past mid-off

9.4

Singh to McKenzie, FOUR, bowls another half volley outside off, this one was even wider and he gets a good stride forward and steers it wide of gully and point with an angled bat, good strat for this pair

9.5

Singh to McKenzie, no run, much better, he holds the length back outside the offstump and McKenzie opts to let this one go

9.6

Singh to McKenzie, 1 run, bangs it in shorter and the bounce is barely enough to trouble McKenzie as he swivels early and pulls behind square

South Africa 54/0   ND McKenzie 20* (33b 3x4)

10.1

Pathan to McKenzie, no run, pitches outside off, he defends softly to the offside, more a warm-up delivery

10.2

Pathan to McKenzie, no run, pitches slightly wide outside off again, McKenzie watchfully lets it go

10.3

Pathan to McKenzie, no run, full and wide outside off, he thrusts forward, gets his bat down on an angle and steers it to Sehwag at backward point

10.4

Pathan to McKenzie, no run, hits a good length outside off, he shoulders arms again

10.5

Pathan to McKenzie, FOUR, awesome timing there, Pathan overpitches on off stump, McKenzie gets forward for a defensive push and forces it off the meat of the bat, Pathan dives in vain to his left and the ball just scorches past everybody

10.6

Pathan to McKenzie, no run, pitches on a full length outside off, he gets forward and steers it to the covers

South Africa 58/0   ND McKenzie 24* (39b 4x4)

12.1

Pathan to McKenzie, no run, hits a fullish length outside off, he gets some late inward movement before reaching the keeper

12.2

Pathan to McKenzie, no run, holds the length back and adjusts the line on offstump, he gets nicely behind the line and defends back to the bowler

12.3

Pathan to McKenzie, FOUR, overpitches and grants him a little too much width outside off, McKenzie leans forward and bisects the gap between cover and extra cover, Jaffer gives the chase but the ball beats him

12.4

Pathan to McKenzie, no run, pitches outside the offstump, he shoulders arms

12.5

Pathan to McKenzie, FOUR, overpitches outside off again, this time McKenzie times this better and places it just wide of mid-off, Ganguly turns to his left to cut that off but decides against a sliding stop and allows the ball to go through

12.6

Pathan to McKenzie, no run, pitches on a good length outside off, he gets behind the line and defends

South Africa 72/0   ND McKenzie 32* (45b 6x4)

14.1

Pathan to McKenzie, no run, hits a fullish length slightly wide outside off, he thrusts forward and steers it towards point

14.2

Pathan to McKenzie, no run, hits a good length outside off and gets it to straighten, he safely shoulders arms

14.3

Pathan to McKenzie, no run, adjusts to a fuller length outside off, he gets across and softly taps it to mid-off

14.4

Pathan to McKenzie, FOUR, lands on a yorker length really wide outside the offstump, he reaches out and digs it out and places it perfectly in the gap between third slip and gully, that brings up the lead

14.5

Pathan to McKenzie, no run, holds the length back, he offers the full face of the bat and pushes to Jaffer at extra cover

14.6

Pathan to McKenzie, no run, pitches outside off and straightens, he shoulders arms to the keeper

South Africa 78/0   ND McKenzie 36* (51b 7x4)

16.1

Pathan to McKenzie, no run, hits a good length outside off, he gets forward and taps it to the offside

16.2

Pathan to McKenzie, 1 run, holds the length back outside off, he rocks back and steers it wide of Sehwag at point

16.5

Pathan to McKenzie, no run, pitches on a fuller length outside off, he shoulders arms

16.6

Pathan to McKenzie, no run, pitches outside off again, this time it straightens before reaching the keeper

South Africa 86/1   ND McKenzie 37* (55b 7x4)

18.1

Pathan to McKenzie, no run, hits a good length outside off, he gets well forward and steers it towards point with an angled bat

18.2

Pathan to McKenzie, no run, hits a good length outside off again, he gets behind the line and defends to the offside

18.3

Pathan to McKenzie, no run, pitches just a shade outside off, he gets back and across and steers it to Kumble at gully

18.4

Pathan to McKenzie, no run, gets back and across and dabs it rather late to Kumble, McKenzie refuses any thoughts of a quick single

18.5

Pathan to McKenzie, no run, fuller in length outside off, he gets a big stride forward and defends to the offside

18.6

Pathan to McKenzie, no run, exerts himself much more in this delivery, McKenzie thrusts forward and gets beaten, quite close to the outside edge there

South Africa 86/1   ND McKenzie 37* (61b 7x4)

19.3

Sreesanth to McKenzie, no run, the slower ball, strays a bit wide outside the offstump, he decides to shoulder arms

19.4

Sreesanth to McKenzie, no run, good variation from Sreesanth as he fires in a yorker length delivery outside off, he tries to dig it out but the ball creeps under his bat

19.5

Sreesanth to McKenzie, no run, slightly slower, lands on a fullish length, the ball swings away very late before reaching Dhoni

19.6

Sreesanth to McKenzie, no run, slower ball again, lands outside off and goes on the first bounce to Dhoni

South Africa 87/1   ND McKenzie 37* (65b 7x4)

22.1

Kumble to McKenzie, FOUR, Kumble errs by pitching it a little too short and wide outside off, McKenzie waits on it and glides it deftly past Dravid at slip, the ball runs to third man

22.2

Kumble to McKenzie, no run, pitches outside off and straightens, he lets it go

22.3

Kumble to McKenzie, no run, gets forward to defend and gets a thin inside edge onto his pads, Dhoni gets excited

22.4

Kumble to McKenzie, 1 run, gives him width to work with, he rocks back and cuts to the sweeper on the off side to bring up the 100

South Africa 100/1   ND McKenzie 42* (69b 8x4)

23.1

Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, no run, superb delivery, pitches outside off and kicks up, nearly gets an edge to Dhoni on the forward prod

23.2

Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, no run, this one too kicks up and he manages to fend it off

23.3

Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, no run, tosses it up much slower this time, he gets forward and defends

23.4

Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, OUT, 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

ND McKenzie c Dravid b Harbhajan Singh 42 (122m 73b 8x4 0x6) SR: 57.53

South Africa 100/2   ND McKenzie 42 (73b 8x4)
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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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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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