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

0.1

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

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   S Sreesanth 1-0-1-0

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

2.3

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

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   S Sreesanth 2-0-2-0

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   S Sreesanth 3-0-4-0

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

6.2

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

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   S Sreesanth 4-0-10-0

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   S Sreesanth 5-0-18-0

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

15.4

Sreesanth to Amla, 2 runs, gets off the mark with a confident flick off the pads past midwicket

15.5

Sreesanth to Amla, FOUR, sprays that down the leg side, the late movement doesn't help Sreesanth as Amla whips that very easily past the keeper and down to fine leg

15.6

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, he ensures he pitches this around the offstump, the bounce is encouraging too as Amla hops and defends back to the bowler

South Africa 84/1   S Sreesanth 6-0-24-1

17.1

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, fires in a yorker length outside off, he gets nicely behind it and pushes through the line to mid-off

17.2

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, holds the length back outside off, he gets behind the line and defends

17.3

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, fuller in length, he's drawn forward into the drive, mid-off picks it up

17.4

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, full again outside off, he gets behind the line and pushes to RP at mid-off

17.5

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, driven firmly and RP at mid-off shows good commitment to slide to his left and intercept ot

17.6

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, pitches on off and middle, he gets back and defends to the on side

South Africa 86/1   S Sreesanth 7-1-24-1

19.1

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, bangs it in on a good length outside off, he gets nicely behind it and punches to the infield on the offside

19.2

Sreesanth to Amla, 1 run, hits the same good length but strays on the pads, Amla gets on top of it nicely and flicks it on the up past midwicket

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   S Sreesanth 8-1-25-1

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   S Sreesanth 9-2-25-1

34.1

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, pitches on a good length outside off, he defends with an angled bat to point

34.2

Sreesanth to Kallis, 3 runs, slides on the pads, he whips it past square leg and Ganguly runs across from fine leg and pulls it before the rope with his boot, the crowd cheer. Sreesanth and Ganguly draw the loudest cheers

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   S Sreesanth 10-2-32-1

36.1

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, Sreesanth manages plenty of reverse swing, he reads it early, shuffles and tucks it out to midwicket, good bowling

36.2

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, pitches outside off and comes on straight , he shoulders arms

36.3

Sreesanth to Kallis, FOUR, lovely timing, Sreesanth pitches it on a half volley outside off, Kallis gets forward and drives through the line, the placement is good as he just Kumble at mid-off

36.4

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, searches for that reverse swing but he misdirects it and lands it on the full at the base of the pads, the ball trickles to the on side

36.5

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, pitches on a fullish length outside off, he pushes it to the offside

36.6

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, Sreesanth works up the reverse swing again, he gets forward and digs it out to cover

South Africa 139/4   S Sreesanth 11-2-36-1

57.1

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, pitches on a good length outside the offstump, he shoulders arms

57.2

Sreesanth to Kallis, 1 run, adjusts to a shorter length on offstump, he gets back and across and taps it to the on side

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

57.6

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, pitches outside off and straightens, he shoulders arms

South Africa 194/4   S Sreesanth 12-2-38-1

59.1

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, hits a good length outside off, he offers the full face of the bat and defends back to the bowler

59.2

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, he shapes to drive straight but turns the face of the bat, the ball travels off the splice of the bat towards the covers

59.3

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, Appeal....Sreesanth gets this one to jag back in and strike Kallis high on the pad, it would have misses leg as well

59.4

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, left alone to the keeper

59.5

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, gets forward and pushes through the line to mid-off

59.6

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run

South Africa 200/4   S Sreesanth 13-3-38-1

61.1

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, delivers from wide of the crease, it pitches outside off and Kallis lets it go

61.2

Sreesanth to Kallis, FOUR, Sreesanth gets that exaggerated reverse swing again, this time it lands on middle and leg, Kallis gets across and whips it deftly and very fine, there's no protection at fine leg. He brings up his fifty as well

61.3

Sreesanth to Kallis, 1 run, reverse swing again, this is good bowling by Sreesanth, the boundary notwithstanding, Kallis nearly slides as he whips it off the toe of the bat to the on side

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   S Sreesanth 14-3-43-1

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   S Sreesanth 15-3-53-1

82.1

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, warm-up delivery at best, lands around the off stump and Kallis defends very softly towards point

82.2

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, hits a good length just outside off and cuts back in, he gets across, covers the line and taps it towards midwicket

82.3

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, pitches on middle and cuts back in, he tries to tuck it away but misses

82.4

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, action and aggression there as Sreesanth digs it in short, Kallis withdraws his pull and weaves away from it, the ball comes on much quicker and strikes him flush on the arm

82.5

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, hits a full length outside off, he gets forward and defends

82.6

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, pitches on off and straightens, he gets behind the line and defends to the offside

South Africa 261/4   S Sreesanth 16-4-53-1

84.1

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

84.2

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, pitches outside off and moves away, left alone

84.3

Sreesanth to Kallis, FOUR, pitches on off, Kallis turns it away to behind point

84.4

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, pitches on off and Kallis shoulders arms

84.5

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run

84.6

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, a big appeal! pitched short of length but it stayed low, Kallis pulled and missed, and was rapped on the thigh. The Indians appealed loudly but were turned down by Billy Doctrove. TV replays showed it would have hit middle stump. Sreesanth is very disappointed

South Africa 267/4   S Sreesanth 17-4-57-1

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

86.2

Sreesanth to Kallis, 1 run, pitched on middle and leg, turned away behind square on the leg side

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   S Sreesanth 18-4-63-1

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

88.2

Sreesanth to Kallis, FOUR, lovely shot, Sreesanth digs it in short, Kallis reads the length early, gets on top of the bounce and pulls with ease over the vacant square leg region

88.3

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, Kallis goes for a bravado pull off a bouncer from Sreesanth, he's too early on the stroke and the ball strikes him flush on the side of the helmet, Sreesanth runs forward and gives him the silent treatment

88.4

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, pitches on middle, he gets behind the line and defends

88.5

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, hits a good length on off stump and holds its line, he offers the full face of the bat and defends

88.6

Sreesanth to Kallis, 1 run, pitches on a good length on middle and curves back in, he tucks it behind square on the on side

South Africa 288/4   S Sreesanth 19-4-69-1

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

90.2

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, pitches on a fuller length and comes on straight, he gets forward and defends

90.3

Sreesanth to Kallis, 1 run, hits a good length on middle and leg, the angles takes it across the right hander and he whips it with ease down to fine leg

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   S Sreesanth 20-4-71-1

109.1

Sreesanth to Kallis, FOUR, Sreesanth starts off with a half tracker on middle, Kallis rocks back and bludgeons that past a diving Harbhajan at square leg and the ball just rockets to the fence

109.2

Sreesanth to Kallis, FOUR, well pitched up outside off, Kallis goes for the cover drive but gets a thick edge off the toe of the bat and just beats the diving Dravid at first slip and rolls to third man

109.3

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, pitches outside off and holds its line before reaching Dhoni

109.4

Sreesanth to Kallis, OUT, 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

JH Kallis b Sreesanth 132 (359m 275b 14x4 1x6) SR: 48.00

109.5

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, Sreesanth greets Boucher with a vicious inswinger which he digs out on the full

109.6

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

South Africa 373/5   S Sreesanth 21-4-79-2

111.1

Sreesanth to Boucher, 4 leg byes, pounds it down the legside, Boucher rocks back and glances it off his arm and just beats Dhoni and runs to fine leg

111.2

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, hits a good length outside off, he covers the line and defends to the offside

111.3

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, pitches on a fullish length outside off and curves away, he shoulders arms

111.4

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, aims for the fuller delivery outside off and nearly overpitches, he drives through the line to mid-off

111.5

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, gets a bit of indrift in the air, curves in very late and he gets forward and defends to mid-off

111.6

Sreesanth to Boucher, 1 run, lands on a fullish length on middle and leg, he whips it past square leg to get off the mark

South Africa 383/5   S Sreesanth 22-4-80-2

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   S Sreesanth 23-4-87-2
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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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