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

1.1

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

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   RP Singh 1-0-1-0

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   RP Singh 2-0-5-0

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

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   RP Singh 3-0-10-0

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

7.3

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

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   RP Singh 4-0-20-0

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   RP Singh 5-0-29-0

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   RP Singh 6-0-35-0

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   RP Singh 7-0-37-0

45.1

Singh to Kallis, no run, starts off with a loosener, slides that one wide outside off and Kallis watches it through to Dhoni

45.2

Singh to Kallis, no run, gets that outswinger working again and Kallis once again chooses to let it go

45.3

Singh to Kallis, 2 runs, sprays that one on the pads and Kallis easily whips it away wide of square leg for a couple

45.4

Singh to Kallis, no run, fullish in length, Kallis it drives straight on the walk and RP tries to deflect it onto the stumps, de Villiers is home

45.5

Singh to Kallis, no run, pitches outside off, he covers the line and pushes back to the bowler

45.6

Singh to Kallis, no run, gets across his stumps and defends to mid-off

South Africa 160/4   RP Singh 8-0-39-0

47.1

Singh to Kallis, no run, RP struggles with his line again and slides that one really wide outside the offstump

47.2

Singh to Kallis, no run, pitches outside off and seams away again, Kallis is patient enough to let that go

47.3

Singh to Kallis, no run, adjusts the line closer to the off stump, he gets across his stumps and defends back to the bowler

47.4

Singh to Kallis, no run, pitches outside off and slants away, he shoulders arms again

47.5

Singh to Kallis, no run, superb comeback, that pitches on a good length on offstump and kicks up on Kallis who lunges forward, not far from the edge

47.6

Singh to Kallis, no run, pitches on a fullish length outside off, he gets well forward and taps it towards mid-off

South Africa 164/4   RP Singh 9-1-39-0

49.1

Singh to Kallis, no run, pitches outside the offstump, he shoulders arms

49.2

Singh to Kallis, 1 run, slides on the pads, he picks it on a fullish length and whips it wide of midwicket

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   RP Singh 10-1-46-0

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

51.2

Singh to Kallis, no run, comes into the right-hander with the angle, he gets forward and taps it towards the covers

51.3

Singh to Kallis, no run, drifts in with the angle, Kallis gauges the movement and lets it go

51.4

Singh to Kallis, no run, gets it to drift in further, he gets nicely behind the line and defends back to the bowler

51.5

Singh to Kallis, no run, adjusts to a fuller length outside off, he gets his pad forward and shoulders arms

51.6

Singh to Kallis, no run, pitches just a shade outside off, the ball holds its line before reaching Dhoni

South Africa 176/4   RP Singh 11-1-47-0

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

53.5

Singh to Kallis, no run, pitches around the offstump, he shoulders arms

53.6

Singh to Kallis, no run, pitches on a fullish length outside off, he pushes through the line to mid-off

South Africa 184/4   RP Singh 12-1-48-0

55.1

Singh to Kallis, no run, lands on off and middle, he covers the line and taps it back to the bowler

55.2

Singh to Kallis, no run, pitches outside off and slants inwards, he shoulders arms to that one

55.3

Singh to Kallis, no run, fullish in length outside off, he gets well forward and pushes through the line to mid-off

55.4

Singh to Kallis, 1 run, errs by pitching it on the half volley outside off, that allows Kallis to lunge forward and drive through the gap between the covers

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   RP Singh 13-1-49-0

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   RP Singh 14-2-49-0

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

83.5

Singh to Kallis, no run, pitches outside off, left alone

83.6

Singh to Kallis, no run, pitches on off and comes in just a touch, Kallis completely misses the movement and is luck to play and miss. Ball streaks through bat and bad

South Africa 262/4   RP Singh 15-2-50-0

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

85.4

Singh to Kallis, no run, defended on to the pitch

85.5

Singh to Kallis, no run, defended on the off side

85.6

Singh to Kallis, no run

South Africa 272/4   RP Singh 16-2-55-0

87.1

Singh to Kallis, no run, slants inwards and comes in with the angle, he gets forward and defends

87.2

Singh to Kallis, no run, the first signs of low bounce there as the ball shoots through low outside off and rolls to Dhoni

87.3

Singh to Kallis, no run, hits a good length on middle, he tucks it to the on side

87.4

Singh to Kallis, FOUR, crisp stroke, RP drifts towards the pads, works his wrists and whips it wide of midwicket, Sehwag slides in vain at the boundary

87.5

Singh to Kallis, no run, Appeal: RP pitches that short of a good length in line of middle and straightens, Kallis shoulders arms but the ball catches him high on the pads, Tony Hill turns down a confident appeal based on the height, good call

87.6

Singh to Kallis, no run, hits a good length outside off and shapes away, he punches it to cover

South Africa 282/4   RP Singh 17-2-59-0

89.1

Singh to Kallis, FOUR, bangs it in short of a length on middle, he swivels, picks the length early and plays it hard along the turf to beat fine leg who runs across

89.2

Singh to Kallis, no run, pitches outside off, he shapes to play through the off side but gets an inside edge to the on side

89.3

Singh to Kallis, no run, pushed to Harbhajan at cover

89.4

Singh to Kallis, no run, pitches outside off and seams away from him as he shoulders arms

89.5

Singh to Kallis, no run, pitches outside off and seams away again, Dhoni collects it close to the waist

89.6

Singh to Kallis, no run, fuller in length outside off, he pushes it towards mid-off

South Africa 292/4   RP Singh 18-2-63-0

112.1

Singh to Boucher, no run, lands on a fullish length on middle, doesnt' get any movement as Boucher tucks that to the on side

112.2

Singh to Boucher, 3 runs, aims for the yorker but ends up overpitching on the pads, he tucks it with a flick of the wrists and they pick up three quick runs, Harbhajan mops up at deep backward square-leg

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

112.4

Singh to Boucher, no run, pitches on a good length outside off and he gets no lateral movement before reaching the keeper

112.5

Singh to Boucher, no run, bowls that on a full length outside off, he pushes it through the line to mid-off

112.6

Singh to Boucher, no run, over pitches on the pads, he goes for a booming on drive but ends up placing it straight to mid-on

South Africa 387/5   RP Singh 19-2-67-0

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

114.3

Singh to Boucher, 1 run, RP drifts on the pads again and he tucks it with ease to Ganguly again

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   RP Singh 20-2-76-0

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

116.4

Singh to Boucher, no run, pitches on off, he gets across his stumps and defends back to the bowler

116.5

Singh to Boucher, no run, shapes to drive a full delivery angling in straight past the bowler but gets an inside edge onto his boot, it still beats the bowler but mid-off picks it up

116.6

Singh to Boucher, FOUR, aims for the yorkr, it doesn't come off well as he ends up bowling a low full toss, Boucher offers the full face of the bat and thuds it down the pitch and beats the bowler. That's another fitting end to another session dominated by the visitors

South Africa 413/5   RP Singh 21-2-81-0
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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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