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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0.1

Steyn to Jaffer, no run, good carry to start with, Steyn slides down the leg side, Jaffer tries to clip it fine and misses, Boucher collects it above his waist

0.2

Steyn to Jaffer, no run, pitches outside off and Steyn manages some movement this time, Jaffer shoulders arms as ball seams away from him

0.3

Steyn to Jaffer, no run, struggles a little with his radar as he slides down the leg side, Jaffer attempts another glance and misses, Boucher does well to cut it off

0.4

Steyn to Jaffer, no run, good comeback delivery from Steyn, 84 mph, this one suddenly jags back in and Jaffer edges it onto his pads

0.5

Steyn to Jaffer, 1 run, adjusts to a slightly fuller lengtht, doesn't come on as quickly, Jaffer opens the face of the bat and places it softly in front of cover, loud cheers for that single

0.6

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag gets an early wake up call as Steyn bangs one in short and climbs on Sehwag

India 1/0   DW Steyn 1-0-1-0

2.1

Steyn to Sehwag, 1 no ball, oversteps, bur he exerts himself hard and fires that at 87.6 mph, Sehwag is forced on the backfoot and he manages to fend it back to the bowler

2.1

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, slides down the leg side, he attempts a leg glance and misses

2.2

Steyn to Sehwag, 2 runs, strays on the pads again, this is off a good length, he rocks back and chips it uppishly past the vacant square leg region

2.3

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, Steyn tempts Sehwag with width outside off and Sehwag falls for the trap as he unfurls an ugly slash

2.4

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, pounds that really hard on the surface and the ball sails over Sehwag, good aggression from Steyn

2.5

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, beats him, pitches just a shade outside off and moves away just a touch, Sehwwag can't resist a poke

2.6

Steyn to Sehwag, 4 leg byes, Steyn fails to control the away movement, slides down the leg side and the ball clips his pads and beats the diving Boucher

India 12/0   DW Steyn 2-0-4-0

4.1

Steyn to Sehwag, FOUR, pitches on middle and comes back in, Sehwag feats on that offering close to his pads and closes the face of the bat and whips it off the meat the bat past the vacant square leg region

4.2

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, pitches just outside off, he slashes hard and chops it down towards the keeper

4.3

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, adjusts to a shorter length, he opens the faced of the bat and dabs it towards point

4.4

Steyn to Sehwag, OUT, what an important wicket for South Africa! Steyn pitches it outside off and gets it to come back inwards, Sehwag shapes to cut but is cramped for room and he manages a thick inside edge onto his offstump

V Sehwag b Steyn 6 (23m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

4.5

Steyn to Laxman, no run, Steyn greets him with a bouncer straight up, he ducks under it

4.6

Steyn to Laxman, no run, pitches outside off and curves away just a little, 87.6 mph, he lets it go

India 24/2   DW Steyn 3-0-8-1

6.1

Steyn to Dravid, no run, pitches outside off and seams away just a little, he opens the face of the bat and steers it to gully

6.2

Steyn to Dravid, no run, pitches outside off and moves away a little again, Dravis holds his bat up high and leaves it to Boucher

6.3

Steyn to Dravid, no run, pitches further away from the offstump, Dravid, patient as ever, leaves it to Boucher again

6.4

Steyn to Dravid, no run, makes him play this time as the ball cuts back in from outside off, Dravid coves the line and taps it to mid-off

6.5

Steyn to Dravid, no run, bouncer, and that was rather quick, 89.6 mph, pitches outside off and almost sails over Boucher

6.6

Steyn to Dravid, 1 wide, What happened there? Steyn slips that really wide outside off, Boucher runs across to his right and gets a hand to it, almost...

6.6

Steyn to Dravid, no run, tries to nudge that to the on side but he shows the face of the bat towards the ball at the last second and taps it back to the bowler

India 30/2   DW Steyn 4-0-9-1

13.1

Steyn to Dravid, 1 wide, Steyn slides that really wide down the leg side, poor Boucher has a lot of work to do but he somehow manages to save it

13.1

Steyn to Dravid, OUT, superb delivery and India are staring down the barrel here! Steyn pitches that on a good length in line with offstump, the ball seams away just a shade, a circumspect Dravid shapes to drive straight, misreads the movement and the ball just shaves the top of offstump

R Dravid b Steyn 3 (51m 26b 0x4 0x6) SR: 11.53

13.2

Steyn to Pathan, no run, pitches that quite wide outside off, safely left alone

13.3

Steyn to Pathan, no run, bangs that in short down the legside, he just ducks and lets it go

13.4

Steyn to Pathan, 2 runs, rocks back and punches it just wide of cover, they scamper back for the second run

13.5

Steyn to Pathan, no run, slides in towards the pads, he turns the face of the bat and works it to Amla at forward short-leg

13.6

Steyn to Pathan, no run, gets forward, covers the line and defends that nicely off the meat of the bat

India 55/5   DW Steyn 5-0-12-2

15.1

Steyn to Harbhajan Singh, no run, bangs that in short outside off and moves away, Harbhajan aims to play at it but withdraws his bat

15.2

Steyn to Harbhajan Singh, no run, slides down the legside, he loses his radar occasionally

15.3

Steyn to Harbhajan Singh, no run, slides down the pads again and Harbhajan misses another glance, a frustrated Steyn uses profanity

15.4

Steyn to Harbhajan Singh, OUT, the downward slide continues.... Steyn, after straying down the leg side the previous two balls, pitches this on middle and leg and gets it to straighten, Harbhajan fails to pick the full delivery and is too late on the flick, the ball hits him on the pads in line with the stumps and Doctrove raises the finger

Harbhajan Singh lbw b Steyn 1 (5m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

15.5

Steyn to Singh, no run, RP walks in and flashes outside the offstump, the extra bounce actually saves him or there would have been a certain edge there

15.6

Steyn to Singh, no run, pitches on a good length just outside off and comes back, he just manages to cover the line and push it to mid-on

India 56/8   DW Steyn 6-1-12-3

17.1

Steyn to Pathan, FOUR, Steyn bangs that really short, Pathan picks the length well, gets on top of the bounce and carves that high and safe over the slip cordon

17.2

Steyn to Pathan, FOUR, back to back boundaries.... Steyn adjusts to a fuller length but feeds the ball on his pads, Pathan gets forward, closes the face of the bat and times that well past mid-on who's fielding wide

17.3

Steyn to Pathan, 3 runs, strays a little wide outside off, Patha gets nicely behind it and a defensive push off the meat of the bat beats extra cover, Harris runs across at the boundary and cuts it off

17.4

Steyn to Singh, no run, good defensive stroke by RP, he covers the line well

17.5

Steyn to Singh, no run, gets across and defends a good length delivery back to the bowler

17.6

Steyn to Singh, no run, fires in a yorker down the leg side, RP slides and just manages to dig it out

India 72/8   DW Steyn 7-1-23-3

19.1

Steyn to Singh, no run, bangs in a bouncer, the bounce is loopy before it reaches Boucher

19.2

Steyn to Singh, no run, slides a little wide outside off, the length is the same, RP lets it go

19.3

Steyn to Singh, OUT, how does any tailender play that? Steyn bangs it in short of a length on middle, the bounce really squares up RP and the pace too gets the better of him as he tries to fend it off, he fails to keep the ball down and the ball lobs off the top half of his bat and goes to Smith at first slip

RP Singh c Smith b Steyn 0 (19m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

19.4

Steyn to Sreesanth, no run, Steyn tests him out with a short one outside off, Sreesanth just manages to take evasive action

19.5

Steyn to Sreesanth, no run, Steyn bangs another one in short, Sreesanth importantly plays with soft hands and fends it off

19.6

Steyn to Sreesanth, OUT, Steyn completes the demolition job with a five-for! Steyn pitches this on a good length on offstump and gets it to straighten, Sreesanth is rooted to the crease and gets squared up by the pace, the ball crashes onto the offstump and pegs it back

S Sreesanth b Steyn 0 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

India 76/10   DW Steyn 8-2-23-5
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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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