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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1.1

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, pitches it short of a good length outside off, seams away just a little and Jaffer safely lets it go

1.2

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, 85 mph, Ntini strays a really wide of offstump and he's hardly troubled by that as he shoulders arms

1.3

Ntini to Jaffer, FOUR, the first of the match, Ntini fires that on a good length outside off, Jaffer sees the width and stretches out to slash at it, he succeeds in getting a thick edge over the slips, uncharacteristic but he'll take it

1.4

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, good length again and this one comes closer to the offstump, he gets forward and taps it towards point

1.5

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, gets this one to curve in on middle and leg, he gets forward again and defends softly towards mid-on

1.6

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, adjusts to a shorter length, he rocks on the backfoot, covers the line well and defends towards mid-on

India 5/0   M Ntini 1-0-4-0

3.1

Ntini to Jaffer, FOUR, classic backfoot punch, Ntini digs it slightly short of a length, gives him width outside off to work with, he rocks back and punches it off the meat of the bat past the vacant extra cover region

3.2

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, beats him this time, bangs it in short and comes in dangerously close to Jaffer who shows the face of the bat, very close to the edge

3.3

Ntini to Jaffer, OUT, 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

W Jaffer c Smith b Ntini 9 (17m 14b 2x4 0x6) SR: 64.28

3.4

Ntini to Dravid, 4 byes, poor ball, searches for the yorker as he slides down leg, Dravid tries to glance it but the late movement beats him and Boucher

3.5

Ntini to Dravid, no run, gets this one to jag back in off a good length, Dravid closes the face of the bat in the last minute and clips it wide of square leg

3.6

Ntini to Dravid, no run, pitches outside off and curves in, Dravid lets it go

India 20/1   M Ntini 2-0-8-1

5.1

Ntini to Dravid, 1 run, pitches on off and curves on after pitching, he turns the face of the bat and works it towards square leg

5.2

Ntini to Laxman, no run, pitches on the same length outside off but the ball straightens this time, he lets this one go as well

5.3

Ntini to Laxman, no run, pitches on a good length outside off, safely negotiated by Laxman as he shoulders arms

5.4

Ntini to Laxman, no run, Jaffa again, nervy moment for Laxman as he fishes at one that comes in from outside off and nearly takes a thin edge

5.5

Ntini to Laxman, 3 runs, Ntini adjusts to a shorter length but the ball sits up nicely for Laxman as he gets across and whips it with ease past midwicket, Harris does the chasing

5.6

Ntini to Dravid, 1 leg bye, slides down the pads again and he trickles it to the on side

India 29/2   M Ntini 3-0-12-1

7.1

Ntini to Laxman, OUT, 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

VVS Laxman b Ntini 3 (13m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

7.2

Ntini to Ganguly, no run, slides down the legside, nervously left alone to Boucher

7.3

Ntini to Ganguly, OUT, 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

SC Ganguly b Ntini 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

7.4

Ntini to Dhoni, no run, tests him out with a short one that climbs on his body, he manages to fend it off uneasily

7.5

Ntini to Dhoni, no run, a circumspect Dhoni gets a big stride across his stumps and tries to nudge it to the on side, the ball catches him flush on his thigh instead

7.6

Ntini to Dhoni, no run, pitches on a good length outside off and he gets across and defends to the offside

India 30/4   M Ntini 4-1-12-3

9.1

Ntini to Dravid, no run, gets the ball to seam in with the angle, he gets a thin inside edge onto his pads but safe from Amla at forward short-leg

9.2

Ntini to Dravid, 1 leg bye, slides down to the pads, he shapes to glance it fine but the ball clips the pads again

9.3

Ntini to Dhoni, no run, fires that from wide of the crease, Dhoni gets way across his stumps and works it back to the bowler

9.4

Ntini to Dhoni, FOUR, fires that slightly wide outside off, there's no inward movement this time and Dhoni is able to free his arms and punch that off the backfoot past backward point

9.5

Ntini to Dhoni, no run, almost a fifth one! Pitches on a good length and just curves back in a touch, Dhoni pokes at it and gets a thin edge which just falls short of Kallis at second slip

9.6

Ntini to Dhoni, no run, he gets behind the line this time and defends

India 36/4   M Ntini 5-1-16-3

11.1

Ntini to Dhoni, no run, banged in short outside off, it's a loopy bounce and Dhoni gauges it by letting it go

11.2

Ntini to Dhoni, 2 runs, tucked away past midwicket, they scamper through for the second run but the throw from Steyn was wide

11.3

Ntini to Dhoni, no run, pitches outside off and comes back in, he gets across his stumps and defends

11.4

Ntini to Dhoni, no run, shoulders arms safely this time, not much away movement

11.5

Ntini to Dhoni, no run, adjusts to a fuller length, he draws Dhoni forward who drives it back to the bowler

11.6

Ntini to Dhoni, no run, that was a beauty from Ntini, got that one to jag back in sharply and that sliced Dhoni in half

India 42/4   M Ntini 6-1-18-3
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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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