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

29.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, slides towards the pads, he works it through the line to leg gully

South Africa 117/4   AB de Villiers 0* (1b)

30.3

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, comes on much quicker, he rocks back and manages to cover the line and defend

30.4

Kumble to de Villiers, 1 run, gets forward and pushes it very softly in front of mid-off and sets off for a quick run, the throw was a little too late

South Africa 119/4   AB de Villiers 1* (3b)

31.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, oohs and aaahs there as de Villiers pokes forward and is beaten by turn and bounce

31.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, fires that in on a yorker length, he digs it back to the bowler

31.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, pushed in with more air, he pushes to silly mid-off

31.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flighted outside off, he gets well forward and defends

31.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 2 runs, gives it a lot of air down the leg side, he gets on his knee early and sweeps to Pathan at fine leg

31.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, gives it plenty of flight on leg, he gets forward and pushes it on the walk wide of m id-on

South Africa 122/4   AB de Villiers 4* (9b)

32.1

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, pitches a little wide outside off and straightens before reaching the keeper

32.2

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, and again, de Villiers shoulders arms to a good length delivery outside off, the ball swings back in just a touch before reaching the keeper

32.3

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, much better, makes him play at a delivery which curves back in after pitching, de Villiers does well to cover the line and defend

32.4

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, much fuller, de Villiers defends it to mid-off and the pair exchange glances

32.5

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, pitches outside off and comes on a little slow, he shoulders arms

32.6

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, digs it in shorter, he rocks back and edges it back onto his pads

South Africa 122/4   AB de Villiers 4* (15b)

33.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, floated down the legside, he thinks of nudging it but withdraws the stroke

33.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, tossed up outside off, he gets down and defends

33.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, gives it a lot of air outside off, he gets forward and pushes it on the walk to mid-off

33.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flighted on off and middle, he gets forward and defends back to the bowler

33.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flights that on middle stump, he gets behind the line and defends

South Africa 123/4   AB de Villiers 4* (20b)

34.3

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, pitches on a full length outside off and straightens, he shoulders arms

34.4

Sreesanth to de Villiers, FOUR, overpitches outside off, de Villiers feasts on that half volley and unfurls a lovely square drive which beats Sehwag at cover, the timing was just right there

34.5

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, drama there as Sreesanth fields off his own bowling and flings it back towards the stumps, he misses, though he continues to glare at de Villiers

34.6

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, short and wide outside off, he shapes to cut but chops it down towards point

South Africa 130/4   AB de Villiers 8* (24b 1x4)

35.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, takes a few paces down, checks his stroke and drops it with soft hands back to the bowler

South Africa 135/4   AB de Villiers 8* (25b 1x4)

37.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flighted outside off, he gets behind the line and defends

37.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, good bowling, de Viilliers gives the charge and checks his stroke in the end

37.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, pitches outside off, he gets forward and steers it wide of point for a single

37.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flighted on off and middle, he stays back and defends

37.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flighted on middle, he gets forward and smothers the spin

South Africa 141/4   AB de Villiers 9* (30b 1x4)

39.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flighted on middle and leg, he defends back to the bowler

South Africa 145/4   AB de Villiers 9* (31b 1x4)

41.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 2 runs, lunges forward and pushes the ball through the line to beat point for a couple

41.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, FOUR, flighted on middle and off, he takes a few paces down and lofts that ver midwicket, that brings up the 150

41.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flighted outside off, he gets forward and defends

41.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, adjusts to a shorter length, he goes back and defends

41.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, he gets on the backfoot again and defends to the offside

41.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flighted on middle and leg, he shuffles and tucks it towards fine leg

South Africa 153/4   AB de Villiers 15* (37b 2x4)

43.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flights it outside off, he gets a good stride forward, covers the line and defends

43.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, loops it outside off, he opens the face of the bat and glides it deftly towards third man

South Africa 156/4   AB de Villiers 16* (39b 2x4)

44.1

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, pushes that quite flat, Kumble's getting no turn at all, de Villiers pats it back to him

44.2

Kumble to de Villiers, 1 run, just slides down the legside and Kallis glances it deftly to fine leg

South Africa 157/4   AB de Villiers 17* (41b 2x4)

46.1

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

46.2

Kumble to de Villiers, FOUR, lovely shot, Kumble flights it on middle and off, de Villiers gives the charge and scoops it over his head and slams it straight

46.3

Kumble to de Villiers, no run

46.4

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, flighted outside off, he gets forward and steers it to point

46.5

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, keeps very low, yet he stays back and defends back to the bowler

46.6

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, gets well forward and defends back to the bowler

South Africa 164/4   AB de Villiers 21* (47b 3x4)

48.1

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, lands on a fullish length on middle and leg, he tucks it to the on side

48.2

Kumble to de Villiers, 2 runs, Kumble tries out a zig-zag run-up, Kallis isn't thrown off guard as he gets forward and pushes it wide of Pathan at cover

48.3

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, the zig zag run-up again, this time Kallis defends back to the bowler

48.4

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, the conventional run-up, same result, he taps it back to Kumble

48.5

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, flighted outside off and defended back to the bowler

48.6

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, defended back to the bowler

South Africa 166/4   AB de Villiers 23* (53b 3x4)

49.3

Singh to de Villiers, no run, pitches on a good length outside off, he gets back and defends

49.4

Singh to de Villiers, no run, slightly short and wide outside off, de Villiers rocks back and cuts late but can't glide it past Kumble at gully

49.5

Singh to de Villiers, 2 runs, slides on the pads, he whips it with the line towards fine leg for a couple

49.6

Singh to de Villiers, FOUR, lovely shot, RP drags that a little too full and wide outside off, de Villiers gets down and drives it square, enough to beat Kumble at gully and backward point

South Africa 173/4   AB de Villiers 29* (57b 4x4)

50.2

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, gets forward and defends to the off side

50.3

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, he stays back and covers the line and punches it to the on side

50.4

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, rocks back at the crease, offers the full face of the bat and punches back to the bowler

50.5

Kumble to de Villiers, 1 run, gives it more air, he gets well forward and defends towards silly point

South Africa 175/4   AB de Villiers 30* (61b 4x4)

51.1

Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, comes round the wicket, grants him width outside off, he slashes hard but Jaffer at deep cover runs across and cuts it off

South Africa 176/4   AB de Villiers 31* (62b 4x4)

52.1

Pathan to de Villiers, 1 run, slides a little towards the pads, he whips it with the line past midwicket

52.4

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, poor leave, de Villiers reaches out to play at it but then decides to withdraw the bat just as the ball passes the edge

52.5

Pathan to de Villiers, 5 runs, overthrows..and that will hurt Kumble and India.... Pathan runs forward and tries to cut off a sharp single, he takes aim at the stumps at the non striker's end and misses with the batsman short of his ground, Kumble fumbles at slip as he tries to back the throw and the ball rolls away for a boundary

South Africa 183/4   AB de Villiers 37* (65b 4x4)

53.1

Singh to de Villiers, no run, pitches outside off and moves inwards, he shoulders arms

53.2

Singh to de Villiers, no run, gets forward and pushes a fullish delivery towards the covers

53.3

Singh to de Villiers, no run, full and sliding in on the pads, he gets across the stumps and works it to midwicket

53.4

Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, fullish outside off, he gets a big stride forward and pushes it through the line to deep extra cover

South Africa 184/4   AB de Villiers 38* (69b 4x4)

54.1

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, pitches on the offstump line and comes through straight, he offers the full face of the bat and defends back to Pathan

54.2

Pathan to de Villiers, 1 run, full and wide outside off, he creams that on the frontfoot past the covers but Sreesanth at deep cover fields it

54.6

Pathan to de Villiers, FOUR, sprays that on the danger zone, de Villiers' pads, he gets across, works his wrists and gently glances it down to fine leg, no protection for that stroke

South Africa 190/4   AB de Villiers 43* (72b 5x4)

55.5

Singh to de Villiers, no run, bangs it in short from round the wicket, de Villiers watches that sail over his head

55.6

Singh to de Villiers, no run, adjusts to a fuller length, he lets it go outside the offstump

South Africa 191/4   AB de Villiers 43* (74b 5x4)

56.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flighted outside off, he gets well forward and defends back to the bowler

56.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, gives it air outside off, he takes a few paces forward but checks his stroke

56.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, looped up around the offstump, he lunges forward and defends

56.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, tossed up outside off, he gets across and defends off the full face of the bat

56.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, pitches outside off and gets some appreciable turn he lunges forward and pads it off

South Africa 192/4   AB de Villiers 43* (79b 5x4)

57.3

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, was very nearly the fourth wide of the day as Sreesanth sprays that way out of reach for de Villiers to play any stroke through the offside

57.4

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, not so side this time but still wide, lands on a full length and de Villiers chops it down to cover

57.5

Sreesanth to de Villiers, 1 run, pitches on a full length outside off, he gets forward, behind the line and pushes to mid-off

South Africa 194/4   AB de Villiers 44* (82b 5x4)

58.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 2 runs, de Villiers shows good improvisation as he gets down on his knee and paddle-sweeps one from outside off and places it to fine leg

58.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 2 runs, he rocks back, waits for the turn and tucks it with the turn wide of square leg

58.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, he thrusts forward this time and smothers the spin with his defence

58.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, gives it a bit more air, he charges down and plays it along the turf towards midwicket

58.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, gets well forward and pushes through the line wide of cover and picks up a single

South Africa 199/4   AB de Villiers 49* (87b 5x4)

60.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, stays back at the crease, he waits for the turn and defends

60.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, gets forward and pushes it back to the bowler

60.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, gives it plenty of flight, he lunges forward to defend, the ball clips his front pad and lobs to slip, Dravid appeals for a catch

60.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, gives it plenty of flight, he pushes it back to the bowler

60.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flighted on middle, he pushes back to the bowler

60.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flighted on middle, he pushes this to silly mid-on

South Africa 200/4   AB de Villiers 49* (93b 5x4)

61.4

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, lands it on a yorker length , de Villiers digs it out to the offside

61.5

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, Appeal: Sreesanth continues to ask questions with his reverse swing, the ball hits him flush near the toe in line with middle and Sreesanth appeals, Tony Hill reckons that hit the bat first, replays are inconclusive

61.6

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, shifts to a good length delivery, he nicely gets behind the line and defends

South Africa 205/4   AB de Villiers 49* (96b 5x4)

63.1

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, pitches it short of a length on middle, he tries to tuck it away but is beaten for pace as the ball trickles off his pads

63.2

Sreesanth to de Villiers, 2 runs, gives him width outside off, de Villiers edges it softly and the ball just falls short of Laxman and rebounds off him, he brings up his fifty

63.3

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, full outside off, he drives it straight to cover

63.4

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, full outside off again and he drives this softly to mid-off

63.5

Sreesanth to de Villiers, FOUR, Sreesanth overpitches outside off and de Villiers times that well through the line and places it wide of RP at mid-off. We've seen the trend today, just place it wide of mid-off and a boundary is guaranteed

63.6

Sreesanth to de Villiers, FOUR, like we said.... Sreesanth aims for the inswinging yorker, dishes out a low full toss and de Villiers merely pushes it through the line and beats the diving RP at mid-off

South Africa 223/4   AB de Villiers 59* (102b 7x4)

65.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, gives it a lot of air, lands on off and middle, he gets forward and defends

65.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flighted on off and middle, he turns the face of the bat and places it wide of forward short-leg

65.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flighted on middle, he pushes a full length delivery back to the bowler

65.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, gets forward and pushes a full delivery across the line just wide of midwicket

South Africa 224/4   AB de Villiers 60* (106b 7x4)

67.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flighted on off and middle, he defends

67.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, gives it a lot of air again, the ball doesn't turn, de Villiers manages to cover the line and defend

67.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, floated on middle and leg, he pushes a full delivery just wide of mid-0n

South Africa 226/4   AB de Villiers 61* (109b 7x4)

68.1

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, Pathan isn't exerting himself much today, another slowish delivery pitches outside off and moves away, does little to test de Villiers

68.2

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, much better, pitches outside off and cuts in a little, he covers the line and defends

68.3

Pathan to de Villiers, 1 run, the slower ball, 70 mph, pitches on a half volley outside off and he drives it through the vacant extra cover region

South Africa 227/4   AB de Villiers 62* (112b 7x4)

69.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 2 runs, pitches outside off and comes on really slow, he waits for it and steers it against the turn wide of backward point

69.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, pushes a full delivery through the line and beats Kumble at silly mid-on who misfields

South Africa 230/4   AB de Villiers 65* (114b 7x4)

70.1

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, pitches outside off and carries through fairly low to Djoni

70.2

Pathan to de Villiers, 1 run, fullish outside off, he invites the cover drive and de Villiers obliges and places it to deep point

70.4

Pathan to de Villiers, 1 run, places it in front of cover and sets off, the throw deflects off Kallis and rolls towards fine leg but they don't claim the overthrow

South Africa 233/4   AB de Villiers 67* (117b 7x4)

71.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 bye, the turn and bounce squares him up completely as the ball creeps through the daylight between bat and pad and deflects off Dhoni

South Africa 234/4   AB de Villiers 67* (118b 7x4)

72.1

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, pitches on off and comes back in, he stays back and tucks it back to the bowler

72.2

Kumble to de Villiers, 2 runs, pitches it a little too short there, he rocks back, picks the length early and punches to deep extra cover

72.3

Kumble to de Villiers, 2 runs, steps down, he's slightly deceived by the flight but goes through with the loft and places it just wide of Sehwag at mid-on

72.4

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, gives it a bit more air, he gets well forward and defends

72.5

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, pushes it flatter and a little faster , he gets forward and defends

72.6

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, he lunges forward and smothers the turn again

South Africa 238/4   AB de Villiers 71* (124b 7x4)

73.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, floated on middle and leg, he gets forward and tucks it back to the bowler

73.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, gives it air down the leg side, he reads the length early, gets down and sweeps to fine leg

South Africa 240/4   AB de Villiers 72* (126b 7x4)

74.1

Kumble to de Villiers, 2 runs, slides towards the pads and he eases it away with a flick of the wrists to fine leg

74.2

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, risky, very risky as de Villiers stays back to a flipper and just manages to defend back to the bowler

74.3

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, he gets well forward this time and defends

74.4

Kumble to de Villiers, 1 run, holds the length back a little outside off, he rocks back and punches wide of cover

South Africa 243/4   AB de Villiers 75* (130b 7x4)

75.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flighted on middle and off, he gets forward and smothers the spin

75.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, FOUR, he fires that flatter and faster, de Villiers picks the length very early, stays back and cuts it late past slip and down to third man

75.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, he gets down and sweeps to fine leg

75.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, gets forward and pushes it with the turn to Kumble at silly mid-on

South Africa 249/4   AB de Villiers 80* (134b 8x4)

77.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, deceives him in the flight, he checks his stroke and pushes to mid-on

77.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flights it outside off, he stays back and defends

77.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, thrusts forward and smothers the spin with his defense

77.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, he stays back at the crease and taps it softly back to the bowler

77.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, fires that flatter and faster, he stays back and defends it very late

77.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, pushed firmly back to the bowler, Harbhajan sees him straying out of his crease and fires in a return throw back to the stumps, he was safe

South Africa 253/4   AB de Villiers 80* (140b 8x4)

78.5

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, flighted outside off, he gets forward and defends

78.6

Kumble to de Villiers, 1 run, dishes out a fuller one outside off, he drives through the line to Ganguly at deep extra cover

South Africa 257/4   AB de Villiers 81* (142b 8x4)

79.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, de Villiers gets down for a premeditated sweep and drags that from outside off, exposes his stumps and sweeps to fine leg

79.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, waits for the turn and glides it rather late past slip, Dravid slides to his right and mops it up

South Africa 260/4   AB de Villiers 83* (144b 8x4)

80.1

Kumble to de Villiers, 1 run, flighted outside off, he gets forward and steers it wide of cover

South Africa 261/4   AB de Villiers 84* (145b 8x4)

81.1

Singh to de Villiers, no run, pitches a shade outside off, he shapes to cut but the ball bounces a little too low for that stroke as he ends up chopping it down towards point

81.2

Singh to de Villiers, no run, fullish outside off, he gets forward and defends back to the bowler

81.3

Singh to de Villiers, no run, lands that just a shade outside off, de Villiers thrusts forward and defends very close to his front pad

81.4

Singh to de Villiers, no run, strays a little too wide outside off and shapes away, he lets it go

81.5

Singh to de Villiers, no run, pitches outside leg, he tries to tuck it away through the on side but the extra bounce squares him up and strikes him high on the thigh and rolls to the offside, RP appeals for a leg before, no chance

81.6

Singh to de Villiers, no run, pitches outside off and curves in, he shoulders arms

South Africa 261/4   AB de Villiers 84* (151b 8x4)

83.1

Singh to de Villiers, no run, pitches on middle, good length ball. de Villiers stays in the crease and defends

83.2

Singh to de Villiers, no run, pitches on off and moves away, he leaves it alone

83.3

Singh to de Villiers, no run, pitches outside off, slightly fuller than good length, he lets it go past to the keeper

83.4

Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, pitches on off, fullish, this time de Villiers drives it on the front tfoot but Jaffer moves to his left at covers and stops it

South Africa 262/4   AB de Villiers 85* (155b 8x4)

84.1

Sreesanth to de Villiers, 1 leg bye, worked away to leg side

South Africa 263/4   AB de Villiers 85* (156b 8x4)

85.1

Singh to de Villiers, FOUR, pitched on off and middle, flicked away on the up to fine leg boundary

85.2

Singh to de Villiers, no run, pitched on off, defended

85.3

Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, pitched on middle, defended but the edge of the bat sends the ball towards fine leg. The batsmen ran a single as the fielder intercepted the ball and threw it down the non-striker's end. RP was ready to attempt a run-out but missed the ball by miles. The back-up fielder also doesn't get at it

South Africa 272/4   AB de Villiers 90* (159b 9x4)

86.1

Sreesanth to de Villiers, 1 run, pitched on off, slightly short, he gets on his toes to get to the line of the ball and drives it through cover

86.3

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, played and missed, this time de Villiers. pitched on off and moves in a fraction

86.4

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, pitched outside off and darts back in after hitting the deck on the seam, de Villiers lets it go

86.5

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, pitched on off and middle and moves away, de Villiers just gets his bat away in time. Very very close

86.6

Sreesanth to de Villiers, FOUR, pitched on middle and turned away to fine leg

South Africa 278/4   AB de Villiers 95* (164b 10x4)

88.1

Sreesanth to de Villiers, 1 run, gets back and punches towards cover, Sehwag runs in from point and makes a mess of it, the Indian fielding continues to disappoint

South Africa 283/4   AB de Villiers 96* (165b 10x4)

90.1

Sreesanth to de Villiers, 1 run, de Villiers gets down to a good length delivery outside off and pushes it with very soft hands in front of mid-off and sets off

90.4

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, the slower ball, the legcutter this time, he waits rather patiently for it, gets forward and defends softly

90.5

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, slips in the quicker one, once again pitches around off and holds its line, he gets forward and defends to mid-off

90.6

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, adjusts a fuller length and the angle drifts towards his body, he tucks it with the line to square leg

South Africa 294/4   AB de Villiers 97* (169b 10x4)

91.3

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, holds the length back and brings the line closer to the offstump, he shoulders arms

91.4

Pathan to de Villiers, 1 run, strays on the pads and AB whips that to fine leg, that takes him to 98

South Africa 296/4   AB de Villiers 98* (171b 10x4)

92.1

Ganguly to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers takes a big stride across his stumps, walks forward and then decides to shoulder arms, interesting

92.2

Ganguly to de Villiers, no run, pitches a little too wide outside off and seams away, he shoulders arms again

92.3

Ganguly to de Villiers, FOUR, very cheeky, yet innovative! de Villiers toys with Ganguly as he gets across his stumps, gets down for a premeditated paddle and actually scoops that from outside off, exposes all stumps and places it to the fine leg boundary. That's de Villiers' fifth Test ton

92.4

Ganguly to de Villiers, no run, pitches outside off, he gives respect to the bowler y shouldering arms

92.5

Ganguly to de Villiers, no run, pitches outside off and seams away, he again opts to let it go

92.6

Ganguly to de Villiers, no run, lands on a good length on off and holds its line, he covers the line and defends the last ball before lunch

South Africa 306/4   AB de Villiers 102* (177b 11x4)

93.2

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, gets a bit of turn and de Villiers opts to stay back at the crease and defend

93.3

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, floated on middle and leg, he turns it towards mid-on

93.4

Kumble to de Villiers, 1 run, flighted outside off, he gets well forward and steers it wide of cover

South Africa 308/4   AB de Villiers 103* (180b 11x4)

95.1

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, lands outside off and Kumble gets no turn at all before Dhoni collects it

95.2

Kumble to de Villiers, 1 run, thrusts forward and pushes through the line to mid-on

South Africa 314/4   AB de Villiers 104* (182b 11x4)

96.1

Ganguly to de Villiers, 1 run, gets across his stumps and tucks it wide of midwicket, they set off for a quick run

96.5

Ganguly to de Villiers, no run, drifts in very slowly through the air, he gets a half stride forward and defends

96.6

Ganguly to de Villiers, no run, shapes in through the air and lands on a fullish length, he gets well forward and defends back to Ganguly

South Africa 318/4   AB de Villiers 105* (185b 11x4)

98.1

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, pitches a little wide outside off and seams away, nothing doing, says de Villiers

98.2

Pathan to de Villiers, 2 runs, dishes that out short and wide outside off, he reaches out and slashes hard, Ganguly runs across from deep backward point, slides and saves it

98.3

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, pitches outside off and holds its line before reaching the keeper

98.4

Pathan to de Villiers, 2 runs, tucks it behind square on the on side and they take advantage of the slackness in the field and pick up a couple

98.5

Pathan to de Villiers, 1 run, full and wide outside off, he gets on his knee and executes a square drive on the up past gully, Ganguly fields at deep backward point

South Africa 323/4   AB de Villiers 110* (190b 11x4)

99.3

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, lunges forward and pushes back to the bowler

99.4

Kumble to de Villiers, 2 runs, gets down and sweeps well behind square on the on side, Ganguly runs across from fine leg and shows good commitment to slide and cut it off

99.5

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, gets forward and defends back to the bowler

99.6

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, gets a thin inside edge onto his pads, prompts a stifled appeal

South Africa 329/4   AB de Villiers 112* (194b 11x4)

101.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, he works it through the line to mid-on

101.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, tossed up outside off, he lunges forward and defends on the frontfoot

101.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, gives it plenty of air outside off, he gets forward and defends

101.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, floated down the legside, he gets on his knee and sweeps to deep square leg

South Africa 336/4   AB de Villiers 114* (198b 11x4)

102.1

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, fires that in on a fullish length on middle, he shuffles and works it wide of midwicket

102.2

Pathan to de Villiers, 1 run, holds the length back outside the offstump, he shuffles across his stumps and tucks it wide of midwicket

102.4

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, changes his angle and length by pitching it shorter and further away from the offstump, he shoulders arms this time

102.5

Pathan to de Villiers, 1 run, and again, de Villiers stays back and tucks with the angle of the delivery wide of midwicket

South Africa 339/4   AB de Villiers 116* (202b 11x4)

103.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, loops it on middle and leg, he takes it on the full and just pushes it wide of Kumble at silly mid-on

103.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, FOUR, superb stroke, he floats it on middle and leg, de Villiers gets down and slog sweeps that with force past square leg

103.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, tossed on middle, he gets down and smothers the spin

103.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, gets down very early for the sweep and drags that from outside off and places it to fine leg

South Africa 346/4   AB de Villiers 122* (206b 12x4)

104.1

Pathan to de Villiers, 1 wide, dishes that really wide outside off, Doctrove signals a wide

104.1

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, grants him width outside off and he shapes to cut, the bounce isn't ideal for that as he ends up chopping it down to point

104.2

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, pitches a little wide outside the offstump, de Villiers gets across and shioulders arms

104.3

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, gets across again and shoulders arms to a widish delivery outside off

104.4

Pathan to de Villiers, FOUR, slashes hard but it's safe.... Pathan pitches it up outside the offstump, he goes for a flashy square drive and places it in the gap between second slip and gully

104.5

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, pitches outside off and comes in with the angle, he lets it go

104.6

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, the line is closer to the offstump and de Villiers gets across and defends to the offside

South Africa 351/4   AB de Villiers 126* (212b 13x4)

105.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flighted outside off, he gets well forward and defends to the offside

105.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flighted on middle and leg, he gets well forward and taps it back to the bowler

105.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flighted outside off, he gets forward and defends back to the bowler

105.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, floated on middle and leg, he gets well forward and defends

South Africa 352/4   AB de Villiers 126* (216b 13x4)

106.3

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, lands outside off the this time it doesn't seam across the right-hander much before reaching the keeper

106.4

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, superb commitment by Pathan as he slides to his right and intercepts a straight drive one-handed, he picks it up with his wrong hand and decides against flinging it back at the stumps

106.5

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, pitches outside off and seams back in before reaching Dhoni

106.6

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, pitches outside off but this seams the other way after pitching

South Africa 353/4   AB de Villiers 126* (220b 13x4)

107.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, stays at the crease and taps it in front of cover for another single

South Africa 357/4   AB de Villiers 127* (221b 13x4)

108.3

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, full and wide outside off, he shoulders arms

108.4

Pathan to de Villiers, 2 runs, dishes outs another half volley outside off, he plays a square drive straight to deep point

108.5

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, dishes out another full one outside off, he pushes to mid-off

108.6

Pathan to de Villiers, 4 runs, sloppy, really sloppy.... de Villiers gets across and eases one towards midwicket, there's nobody to back the throw at the striker's end and RP hits the stumps directly, they take an extra run. Jaffer gathers the ball and takes aim at the non-striker's end and there was nobody to back that up either. That's two extra runs and the Indians are losing it

South Africa 365/4   AB de Villiers 133* (225b 13x4)

110.1

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, continues from round the wicket, he bowls that quite slowly outside off and he shoulders arms

110.2

Pathan to de Villiers, 1 wide, Pathan has a packed offside field with seven fielders, he dishes out one that's so wide outsde off that Doctrove signals a wide

110.2

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, this one' closer to the line of offstump but still quite wide, he gets back and defends to cover

110.3

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, full and wide again outside off, he gets a bit of away movement before reaching the keeper

110.4

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, pitches full and wide outside off, he gets back and across and defends to cover

110.5

Pathan to de Villiers, 2 runs, half volley outside off, he reaches out and drives to Ganguly at sweeper cover

110.6

Pathan to de Villiers, 2 runs, full and wide outside off, again, and he drives it through the packed offside field, Ganguly mops up again

South Africa 378/5   AB de Villiers 137* (231b 13x4)

112.3

Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, grants him width to free his arms and he reaches out and cuts square to Jaffer at deep point

South Africa 387/5   AB de Villiers 138* (232b 13x4)

113.1

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, pitches on off and middle, he gets across his stumps and works it to midwicket

113.2

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, brings in some variation by bowling the normal legbreak, he gets well forward and defends, plays it late too

113.3

Sreesanth to de Villiers, 2 runs, full and wide outside off and de Villiers obliges by driving wide of cover

113.4

Sreesanth to de Villiers, FOUR, super short by de Villiers, Sreesanth overpitches outsidde off, he drives crisply through the line and just manages to beat mid-on, Sreesanth appears to mumble something to him. That's hardly surprising

113.5

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, pitches slightly full outside the offstump, he gets forward and defends to mid-off

113.6

Sreesanth to de Villiers, 1 run, Sreesanth delivers from wide of the crease and lands that on the pads, he whips it away wide of midwicket

South Africa 394/5   AB de Villiers 145* (238b 14x4)

114.1

Singh to de Villiers, no run, pitches up on middle and leg, he gently pushes it straight to mid-on

114.2

Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, the movement in the air takes it towards the pads and he comfortably whips it to Ganguly at deep backward square-leg

114.4

Singh to de Villiers, FOUR, he struggles again with his line as he slides down the leg side, de Villiers eases it on its way off the face of the bat and there's nobody patrolling fine leg to cut it off, that's his 150 and South Africa's 400

114.5

Singh to de Villiers, 2 runs, full outside off and driven through the line to the deep on the offside, they scamper back for the second run

114.6

Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, tucks it towards Kaif with soft hands and sets off, Kaif hits the stumps at the striker's end and Boucher makes it back on time

South Africa 403/5   AB de Villiers 153* (243b 15x4)

115.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, he comes round the wicket, he gets down and defends

115.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, FOUR, gets down to defend a flighted delivery outside off, he plays at it late with angled bat and steers it just wide of Dravid at slip and down to third man

115.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, steps down the track, checks his stroke and pushes it to mid-on

115.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, stays back at the crease and cuts this one just wide of cover

South Africa 408/5   AB de Villiers 158* (247b 16x4)

116.1

Singh to de Villiers, no run, pitches that short of a length from round the wicket, he stands tall and fends it off on the hop

116.2

Singh to de Villiers, no run, pitches outside off and kicks up a little before reaching the keeper

116.3

Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, his line is very predictable here and de Villiers has all the time in the world to get across his stumps and work it just wide of midwicket for an easy single

South Africa 409/5   AB de Villiers 159* (250b 16x4)

117.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, pitches outside leg, he tucks it to midwicket

117.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, pitches outside off, he gets forward and defends

117.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, defended on the front foot to the offside

117.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, pushes that flatter and faster, he gets well forward and defends

117.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, he pushes through the line to long-on

South Africa 414/5   AB de Villiers 160* (255b 16x4)

118.1

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, pushes that fairly slow and gives it a lot of air, he gets forward and defends

118.2

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, pitches on middle and comes on straight, he defends to forward short-leg

118.3

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, no turn again as another delivery pitches straight on middle, he defends

118.4

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, the line is further from offstump, he gets well forward and defends to cover

118.5

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, lands on middle and leg this time and he pushes back to the bowler

118.6

Kumble to de Villiers, 1 run, bowls that on the wrong line and he pushes the ball straight to long-on

South Africa 417/5   AB de Villiers 161* (261b 16x4)

119.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, comes from round the wicket, the ball lands outside off and he tucks it across the line to the on side

119.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, stays back at the crease this time and punches a straight delivery to mid-off

119.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, comes round the wicket to de Villiers, he gets behind the line and defends

119.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, pitches that on middle and doesn't get it to turn,he defends back to the bowler

119.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, he gets across and tucks it away softly past forward short-leg

South Africa 419/5   AB de Villiers 162* (266b 16x4)

121.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, continues round the wicket, he gets forward and defends

121.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flighted outside off, gets forward and defends

121.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, gets forward and plays it through the line to mid-on

121.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, beaten, lovely delivery by Harbhajan as he beats the batsman on the forward prod, the ball straightens and kicks up on de Villiers and creeps through the daylight between bat and pad

121.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, pushed firmly and well fielded by Kumble at midwicket

121.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, gets forward and pushes this just wide if midwicket

South Africa 420/5   AB de Villiers 163* (272b 16x4)

122.1

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, gets forward and pushes to the offside

122.2

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, gives it more flight, turns into a low full toss and he pushes it through the line to mid-off

122.3

Kumble to de Villiers, 1 run, full and wide outside off, he gets on his knees and square drives for a single, he goes past Andrew Hall's 163 in Kanpur

South Africa 421/5   AB de Villiers 164* (275b 16x4)

123.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, defended on the front foot to the offside

123.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flighted outside off, he gets forward and defends back to the bowler

123.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, shuffles back and tucks it towards square leg, Laxman is a little slack in getting to it and that allows a single

123.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 2 runs, floated on middle and leg, he reaches forward and pushes it through the line to long-on

South Africa 425/5   AB de Villiers 167* (279b 16x4)

125.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flighted on middle and leg, he gets forward and gets a thin inside edge onto his pad

125.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, a flighted delivery lands on a full length in front of middle and he turns that to the bowler

125.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, Appeal: and a good shout too as the ball pitches on middle from round the wicket and hits him in front of middle, he was forward for the defensive stroke, that looked really close, Hill wasn't convinced, no real evidence of an inside edge

125.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, gets forward and defends back to the bowler

125.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, tucked behind square on the on side for a single

South Africa 428/5   AB de Villiers 168* (284b 16x4)

126.1

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, charges down the track but checks his stroke and defends instrad

126.2

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, fuller in length, he stays at the crease and defends back to Kumble

126.3

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, lunges forward and pushes another full delivery towards mid-off

126.4

Kumble to de Villiers, 2 runs, stays back to a good length delivery which shoots a little low, he adjusts well and tucks it past square leg

126.5

Kumble to de Villiers, 1 run, pitches that a little wide outside off, he rocks back and cuts to sweeper cover

South Africa 431/5   AB de Villiers 171* (289b 16x4)

127.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, full outside off, he drives it to wide mid-off for a single

South Africa 434/5   AB de Villiers 172* (290b 16x4)

128.2

Kumble to de Villiers, 1 run, tucked behind square on the on side

South Africa 439/5   AB de Villiers 173* (291b 16x4)

129.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run

129.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, he plucks another one, this one handed and again he attempts to throw the ball up in the air, the crowd like it, so does he

129.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flighted on middle, he plays it to the on side

129.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, defended on the front foot

129.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, the doosra, he shapes to drive through the on side but gets a leading edge to the offside

South Africa 440/6   AB de Villiers 174* (296b 16x4)

130.1

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, pitches outside off and comes on straight, he rocks back and defends

130.2

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, stays back and defends solidly off the backfoot again

130.3

Kumble to de Villiers, 1 run, grants him a bit of width outside off, he rocks back and punches to deep point

South Africa 441/6   AB de Villiers 175* (299b 16x4)

131.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, SIX, on the roof! Harbhajan delivers from round the wicket, de Villiers charges down, gets on his knee and lofts really high over deep midwicket, the momentum was so strong that he fell over backwards on the follow through, a kind volunteer gets on the roof and fetches the ball

131.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, pitches outside off, he lets it go

131.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, pushed to short fine leg

131.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, gets back and pushes to square leg

131.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, pushes behind square on the on side and takes a run

South Africa 450/6   AB de Villiers 183* (304b 16x4 1x6)

132.1

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, gets back and defends back to the bowler

132.2

Kumble to de Villiers, 1 run, pushes to the sweeper cover for a single

South Africa 451/6   AB de Villiers 184* (306b 16x4 1x6)

133.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, full and middle and leg, he drives through the line to long-on

133.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flighted outside off, he gets forward and shoulders arms

133.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, gets forward and defends back to the bowler

133.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 5 runs, overthrows....gets forward and pushes it softly in front of RP at point, de Villiers was struggling to make his ground and RP has a shy at the stumps, nobody to back the throw. Harbhajan is peeved with Ganguly for not making an effort to back the throw

South Africa 458/7   AB de Villiers 190* (310b 16x4 1x6)

134.1

Kumble to de Villiers, 1 run, gets forward and pushes through the line wide of mid-off

134.3

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, he gets forward and turns it to short midwicket

134.4

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, gets forward and defends to the on side

134.5

Kumble to de Villiers, 1 run, gets forward and pushes to long-on

South Africa 461/7   AB de Villiers 192* (314b 16x4 1x6)

135.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, gets forward and pushes through the line to long-on

South Africa 462/7   AB de Villiers 193* (315b 16x4 1x6)

136.1

Kumble to de Villiers, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, he gets forward and drives to long-on

South Africa 469/7   AB de Villiers 194* (316b 16x4 1x6)

137.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 2 runs, de Villiers steps down and bashes that with force past the bowler, Pathan runs across from long-on and does brilliantly to save that, he sets a really good example there

137.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, waits for the turn and tucks it behind square on the on side

137.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, defends softly on the backfoot

137.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, FOUR, de Villiers achieves his first Test double ton in style! He gets forward to a low full toss and a defensive push beats the diving extra cover, his team-mates applaud and he punches the air

137.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, low full toss, driven down the ground to long-on

South Africa 478/7   AB de Villiers 202* (321b 17x4 1x6)

138.1

Kumble to de Villiers, no run

138.2

Kumble to de Villiers, 1 run, tucks it just wide of square leg for a single

South Africa 479/7   AB de Villiers 203* (323b 17x4 1x6)

139.1

Pathan to de Villiers, 2 runs, pitches outside leg and he tucks it away off his hips wide of midwicket, a slack throw allows a double

139.2

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, the angle drifts outside the offstump this time and he opens the face of the bat and steers it wide of point

139.3

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, fullish outside off, he drives off the toe edge of the bat wide of cover

139.4

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, fullish outside off, he pushes it firmly towards cover

139.5

Pathan to de Villiers, 3 runs, he spanks a half volley outside off past extra cover and the ball is well intercepted by Harbhajan's boot just before the rope, good stop all the same

South Africa 484/7   AB de Villiers 208* (328b 17x4 1x6)

140.1

Kumble to de Villiers, 1 run, de Villiers dances down the track and picks a low full toss to extra cover

140.3

Kumble to de Villiers, SIX, take that! de Villiers stays at the crease and slog sweeps Kumble and sends the ball sailing about 10 rows back over deep midwicket, imperious and powerful

140.4

Kumble to de Villiers, 1 run, slides on the pads, he turns it to the on side

South Africa 493/7   AB de Villiers 216* (331b 17x4 2x6)

141.1

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, the slow bouncer, well disguised there as de Villiers opts out of the stroke

141.2

Pathan to de Villiers, 1 run, pitches outside leg, he gives room and whips it wide of midwicket

South Africa 494/7   AB de Villiers 217* (333b 17x4 2x6)
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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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Anil Kumble congratulates Graeme Smith on South Africa's win, India v South Africa, 2nd Test, Ahmedabad, 3rd day, April 5, 2008

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