South Africa tour of India, 2nd Test: India v South Africa at Ahmedabad, Apr 3-5, 2008
South Africa won by an innings and 90 runs
3,4,5 April 2008 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
100.1

Pathan to Kallis, no run, Pathan doesn't exert himself well enough as the ball pitches outside off and goes through at a gentle pace to Dhoni, nothing to trouble Kallis at all

100.2

Pathan to Kallis, 2 runs, now he overpitches outside off and Kallis eases it wide of Ganguly at deep point to pick up a couple

100.3

Pathan to Kallis, no run, pitches on a full length outside off, he drives straight to cover

100.4

Pathan to Kallis, no run, Pathan gets some agression into this delivery by banging it in short down the legside, Kallis thinks of a hook but withdraws

100.5

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

100.6

Pathan to Kallis, 1 run, short of a length, it sits up comfortably for Kallis and he pulls with intent straight to RP at deep midwicket

End of over 101 (3 runs) South Africa 332/4

    • JH Kallis 113 (254b 12x4 1x6)
    • AB de Villiers 112 (194b 11x4)
    • IK Pathan 15-3-58-0
    • A Kumble 21-1-52-0

Harbhajan Singh returns. The crowd gets more vocal now, impatience creeping in

101.1

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, 1 run, tossed on middle, he goes for the drive on the up but checks his stroke and chips it uppishly towards mid-on

101.2

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

101.3

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, 1 run, pushes that on middle and leg, he turns the face of the bat and works it past square leg

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

End of over 102 (4 runs) South Africa 336/4

    • AB de Villiers 114 (198b 11x4)
    • JH Kallis 115 (256b 12x4 1x6)
    • Harbhajan Singh 25-5-69-3
    • IK Pathan 15-3-58-0

Pathan charges in from round the wicket

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

102.3

Pathan to Kallis, 1 run, all too easy for Kallis as he whips one through the on side with the angle for another easy single

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

102.6

Pathan to Kallis, no run, drags the line further away from the offstump, he leaves it to Dhoni

The Indian bowling has been rendered ineffective here. Their best bet is Sreesanth but he hasn't been given his due, taken off after short bursts. An extended spell would do no harm.

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End of over 103 (3 runs) South Africa 339/4

    • JH Kallis 116 (258b 12x4 1x6)
    • AB de Villiers 116 (202b 11x4)
    • IK Pathan 16-3-61-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 25-5-69-3

Slip, short leg and a silly mid-on in place

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

103.2

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, 1 run, tossed up outside off, he gets well forward and defends to the offside

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

103.6

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, no run, well done, beats him in flight outside the offstump, Dhoni whips off the bails but Kallis drags his foot back though he was safe anyway

End of over 104 (7 runs) South Africa 346/4

    • JH Kallis 117 (260b 12x4 1x6)
    • AB de Villiers 122 (206b 12x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 26-5-76-3
    • IK Pathan 16-3-61-0
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

End of over 105 (5 runs) South Africa 351/4

    • AB de Villiers 126 (212b 13x4)
    • JH Kallis 117 (260b 12x4 1x6)
    • IK Pathan 17-3-66-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 26-5-76-3
105.1

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, no run, floated on middle and leg from round the wicket, he lunges forward and places it back to the bowler

105.2

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, 1 run, tosses it up outside leg and comes on a lot slower, he gets back and tucks it to fine leg

Slip, leg gully and short midwicket in place

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

End of over 106 (1 run) South Africa 352/4

    • AB de Villiers 126 (216b 13x4)
    • JH Kallis 118 (262b 12x4 1x6)
    • Harbhajan Singh 27-5-77-3
    • IK Pathan 17-3-66-0
106.1

Pathan to Kallis, no run, Pathan continues from round the wicket, lands outside off and comes in with the angle as he shoulders arms

106.2

Pathan to Kallis, 1 run, walks across his stumps and tucks it across the line to deep square leg, it's just too easy for the South Africans here

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

End of over 107 (1 run) South Africa 353/4

    • AB de Villiers 126 (220b 13x4)
    • JH Kallis 119 (264b 12x4 1x6)
    • IK Pathan 18-3-67-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 27-5-77-3
107.1

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, no run, comes round the wicket again, it lands on middle, he defends

107.2

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, 2 runs, taps it softly in front of short cover and sets off fast, RP takes aim at the stumps at the non-striker's end and they pick up a run off the overthrow as Kumble couldn;t back the throw on time

107.3

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, 1 run, gets forward and drives off the bottom edge of the bat wide of cover

107.4

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

107.5

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, no run, gets forward and defends

107.6

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, 1 run, slides towards the pads, he rocks back and tucks it towards square leg

End of over 108 (5 runs) South Africa 358/4

    • JH Kallis 123 (269b 12x4 1x6)
    • AB de Villiers 127 (221b 13x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 28-5-82-3
    • IK Pathan 18-3-67-0
108.1

Pathan to Kallis, no run, pitches that wide outside off and seams back in, he's not making Kallis play here

108.2

Pathan to Kallis, 1 run, gets across his stumps and whips it in front of midwicket, RP takes aim at the non-striker's end and a direct hit would have been close

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

End of over 109 (7 runs) South Africa 365/4

    • AB de Villiers 133 (225b 13x4)
    • JH Kallis 124 (271b 12x4 1x6)
    • IK Pathan 19-3-74-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 28-5-82-3
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

That brings a very fine innings to an end, lucky to be reprieved twice. Sreesanth's animated celebrations exemplify how desperately India needed a breakthrough.

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

End of over 110 (8 runs) South Africa 373/5

    • MV Boucher 0 (2b)
    • AB de Villiers 133 (225b 13x4)
    • S Sreesanth 21-4-79-2
    • IK Pathan 19-3-74-0
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

End of over 111 (5 runs) South Africa 378/5

    • AB de Villiers 137 (231b 13x4)
    • MV Boucher 0 (2b)
    • IK Pathan 20-3-79-0
    • 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

End of over 112 (5 runs) South Africa 383/5

    • MV Boucher 1 (8b)
    • AB de Villiers 137 (231b 13x4)
    • S Sreesanth 22-4-80-2
    • IK Pathan 20-3-79-0

RP replaces Pathan

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

Two slips and a gully in place

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

End of over 113 (4 runs) South Africa 387/5

    • MV Boucher 4 (13b)
    • AB de Villiers 138 (232b 13x4)
    • RP Singh 19-2-67-0
    • 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

End of over 114 (7 runs) South Africa 394/5

    • AB de Villiers 145 (238b 14x4)
    • MV Boucher 4 (13b)
    • S Sreesanth 23-4-87-2
    • RP Singh 19-2-67-0

One slip and a gully in place

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

This is probably de Villiers at his best

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

End of over 115 (9 runs) South Africa 403/5

    • AB de Villiers 153 (243b 15x4)
    • MV Boucher 5 (14b)
    • RP Singh 20-2-76-0
    • S Sreesanth 23-4-87-2

Harbhajan returns for a new spell. Ten minutes left for tea. Slip. leg gully and short midwicket in place

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

115.5

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, he decides to come over the wicket this time, Boucher gets well forward and smothers the turn

115.6

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, Boucher gets a big stride across and pats it back to the bowler on the front foot

End of over 116 (5 runs) South Africa 408/5

    • MV Boucher 5 (16b)
    • AB de Villiers 158 (247b 16x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 29-5-87-3
    • 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

RP loses his run up and withdraws before reaching the crease

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 have stretched this lead to 337, looks almost unassailable at this stage. de Villiers has piled it on and a double hundred looms. India's body language has been negative at most times. Do join us at 2.30 for the final session.

End of over 117 (5 runs) South Africa 413/5

    • MV Boucher 9 (19b 1x4)
    • AB de Villiers 159 (250b 16x4)
    • RP Singh 21-2-81-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 29-5-87-3
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

117.6

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, 2 runs, pitches on a good length outside leg, he rocks back and tucks it wide of midwicket

End of over 118 (3 runs) South Africa 416/5

    • MV Boucher 11 (20b 1x4)
    • AB de Villiers 160 (255b 16x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 30-5-90-3
    • RP Singh 21-2-81-0

Kumble returns. he replaces Sreesanth

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

End of over 119 (1 run) South Africa 417/5

    • AB de Villiers 161 (261b 16x4)
    • MV Boucher 11 (20b 1x4)
    • A Kumble 22-1-53-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 30-5-90-3
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

119.3

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, 1 run, switches to over the wicket this time and he gets well forward and pushes towards midwicket, Sehwag does well to slide and stop

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

End of over 120 (2 runs) South Africa 419/5

    • AB de Villiers 162 (266b 16x4)
    • MV Boucher 12 (21b 1x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 31-5-92-3
    • A Kumble 22-1-53-0
120.1

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

120.2

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

120.3

Kumble to Boucher, no run, flighted on middle and leg, he comes forward and defends

120.4

Kumble to Boucher, no run, pushes that a little flatter, he lunges forward and defends

120.5

Kumble to Boucher, no run, lands that on middle and leg, he gets forward and smothers the turn

120.6

Kumble to Boucher, no run, gets well forward and defends, plays out another quiet over

Looks like India are just going through the motions

End of over 121 (maiden) South Africa 419/5

    • MV Boucher 12 (27b 1x4)
    • AB de Villiers 162 (266b 16x4)
    • A Kumble 23-2-53-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 31-5-92-3
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

End of over 122 (1 run) South Africa 420/5

    • AB de Villiers 163 (272b 16x4)
    • MV Boucher 12 (27b 1x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 32-5-93-3
    • A Kumble 23-2-53-0
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

122.4

Kumble to Boucher, no run, pitches on middle and leg, he turns it to midwicket

122.5

Kumble to Boucher, no run, played to short leg

122.6

Kumble to Boucher, no run, defended on the front foot to the offside

End of over 123 (1 run) South Africa 421/5

    • MV Boucher 12 (30b 1x4)
    • AB de Villiers 164 (275b 16x4)
    • A Kumble 24-2-54-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 32-5-93-3
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

123.4

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, shapes to push that to the on side but the ball straightens and Boucher gets a leading edge to the offside

123.5

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, 1 run, slides on the pads, he works it with the turn to fine leg, that brings up the 50 partnership

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

End of over 124 (4 runs) South Africa 425/5

    • AB de Villiers 167 (279b 16x4)
    • MV Boucher 13 (32b 1x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 33-5-97-3
    • A Kumble 24-2-54-0
124.1

Kumble to Boucher, no run, pitches on off, he gets well forward and defends

124.2

Kumble to Boucher, no run, pitches on middle and leg, he shapes to whip it to the on side but plays too early as the ball lobs off his pads

124.3

Kumble to Boucher, no run, pitches on middle and leg, he gets forward and defends

124.4

Kumble to Boucher, no run, drags that towards the pads, he nudges it towards midwicket

124.5

Kumble to Boucher, 2 runs, drags that on the pads again and he easily clips it away wide of forward short-leg and picks up a single

124.6

Kumble to Boucher, no run, pitches on a full length on middle and leg, he plays it back to the bowler

End of over 125 (2 runs) South Africa 427/5

    • MV Boucher 15 (38b 1x4)
    • AB de Villiers 167 (279b 16x4)
    • A Kumble 25-2-56-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 33-5-97-3
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

125.6

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

End of over 126 (1 run) South Africa 428/5

    • MV Boucher 15 (39b 1x4)
    • AB de Villiers 168 (284b 16x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 34-5-98-3
    • A Kumble 25-2-56-0
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

126.6

Kumble to Boucher, 1 run, the sharp googly, pitches outside off and really kicks up on him but he adjusts well and punches it wide of point

End of over 127 (4 runs) South Africa 432/5

    • MV Boucher 16 (40b 1x4)
    • AB de Villiers 171 (289b 16x4)
    • A Kumble 26-2-60-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 34-5-98-3
127.1

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, gives it a lot of air outside off, he gets forward and defends

127.2

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, floated on middle, he gets forward and smothers the spin

127.3

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, 1 run, uses the flight well, gets a big stride across his stumps and sweeps to fine leg

127.4

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

127.5

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, 2 runs, bowls that one short on middle, he swivels and pulls with the turn to deep square leg, Pathan does well to slide and mop it up

127.6

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, 1 run

End of over 128 (5 runs) South Africa 437/5

    • MV Boucher 20 (45b 1x4)
    • AB de Villiers 172 (290b 16x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 35-5-103-3
    • A Kumble 26-2-60-0
128.1

Kumble to Boucher, 1 run, tucked behind square on the on side

128.2

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

128.3

Kumble to Boucher, no run, gets forward and tucks to short midwicket

128.4

Kumble to Boucher, OUT, Kumble finally gets a wicket.... Pitches on middle and comes on straight, Boucher opts to stay on the backfoot but the ball skids through a lot quicker and traps him in line with legstump, Doctrove is convinced

MV Boucher lbw b Kumble 21 (82m 48b 1x4 0x6) SR: 43.75

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128.5

Kumble to Morkel, no run, Morkel faces his first delivery and he;s beaten first up, gets forward and pokes at it

128.6

Kumble to Morkel, no run, this one goes through straight, he pokes at it off the backfoot this time

End of over 129 (2 runs) South Africa 439/6

    • M Morkel 0 (2b)
    • AB de Villiers 173 (291b 16x4)
    • A Kumble 27-2-62-1
    • Harbhajan Singh 35-5-103-3

fires that in faster, de Viliers chops it hard back to Harbhajan and he intentionally gestures as if it was a catch, just to pep up the crowd

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

129.6

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, no run, this one kicks up on Morkel and he manages to fend it off

End of over 130 (1 run) South Africa 440/6

    • M Morkel 0 (3b)
    • AB de Villiers 174 (296b 16x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 36-5-104-3
    • A Kumble 27-2-62-1
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

130.4

Kumble to Morkel, no run, beats him outside off with one that kicks up, not far from the edge

130.5

Kumble to Morkel, no run, pitches outside off, he shoulders arms

130.6

Kumble to Morkel, no run, pitches on leg, he defends close to the pads and Kumble appeals, that would have missed leg

End of over 131 (1 run) South Africa 441/6

    • M Morkel 0 (6b)
    • AB de Villiers 175 (299b 16x4)
    • A Kumble 28-2-63-1
    • Harbhajan Singh 36-5-104-3
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

131.4

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, 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

End of over 132 (9 runs) South Africa 450/6

    • AB de Villiers 183 (304b 16x4 1x6)
    • M Morkel 1 (7b)
    • Harbhajan Singh 37-5-113-3
    • A Kumble 28-2-63-1
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

132.3

Kumble to Morkel, no run, the googly, pitches outside off and beats the bat

132.4

Kumble to Morkel, no run, the googly, pitches outside off and beats the bat again

132.5

Kumble to Morkel, no run, another googly, this time he covers the line and defends

132.6

Kumble to Morkel, no run, fullish on off and middle, he gets well forward and defends

End of over 133 (1 run) South Africa 451/6

    • M Morkel 1 (11b)
    • AB de Villiers 184 (306b 16x4 1x6)
    • A Kumble 29-2-64-1
    • Harbhajan Singh 37-5-113-3
133.1

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

133.2

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, OUT, plumb.... Bowls from round the wicket and bowls that flatter, Morkel gets forward to defend but leaves gap between pad and bat, the ball straightens and hits him on the backpad in line with legstump. Hill ponders for a while and gives it out

M Morkel lbw b Harbhajan Singh 1 (19m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 8.33

I forgot to mention that de Villiers went past his previous best of 178 against West Indies in Bridgetown

133.3

Harbhajan Singh to Harris, 1 leg bye, Harris gets forward, the ball kicks up on him, strikes his thigh and just lobs over Laxman at leg slip

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

End of over 134 (7 runs) South Africa 458/7

    • AB de Villiers 190 (310b 16x4 1x6)
    • PL Harris 0 (1b)
    • Harbhajan Singh 38-5-119-4
    • A Kumble 29-2-64-1
134.1

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

134.2

Kumble to Harris, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, he gets forward and clips it behind square on the on side

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

134.6

Kumble to Harris, no run, gets forward and defends

End of over 135 (3 runs) South Africa 461/7

    • PL Harris 1 (3b)
    • AB de Villiers 192 (314b 16x4 1x6)
    • A Kumble 30-2-67-1
    • Harbhajan Singh 38-5-119-4
135.1

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

135.2

Harbhajan Singh to Harris, 2 runs, lunges forward and gets a thick outside edge which beats slip, streaky though

135.3

Harbhajan Singh to Harris, FOUR, Harris eyes the flight and gets down on his knee very quickly and slog sweeps with control over square leg, Sehwag tries in vain to save that one handed

135.4

Harbhajan Singh to Harris, no run, defended back to the bowler

135.5

Harbhajan Singh to Harris, no run, gets well forward and tries to pick a quick single after pushing softly towards cover

135.6

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

End of over 136 (7 runs) South Africa 468/7

    • PL Harris 7 (8b 1x4)
    • AB de Villiers 193 (315b 16x4 1x6)
    • Harbhajan Singh 39-5-126-4
    • A Kumble 30-2-67-1
136.1

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

136.2

Kumble to Harris, no run

136.3

Kumble to Harris, no run, Appeal..,.Harris gets well forward to defend, the ball strikes him on the pads, he appeals but he was well forward anyway

136.4

Kumble to Harris, no run

136.5

Kumble to Harris, no run

136.6

Kumble to Harris, no run

End of over 137 (1 run) South Africa 469/7

    • PL Harris 7 (13b 1x4)
    • AB de Villiers 194 (316b 16x4 1x6)
    • A Kumble 31-2-68-1
    • Harbhajan Singh 39-5-126-4
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

137.3

Harbhajan Singh to Harris, 1 run, full outside off, he gets well forward and pushes through the line to long-off

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

End of over 138 (9 runs) South Africa 478/7

    • AB de Villiers 202 (321b 17x4 1x6)
    • PL Harris 8 (14b 1x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 40-5-135-4
    • A Kumble 31-2-68-1
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

138.3

Kumble to Harris, no run, slides down the legside, he tries to glance but misses

138.4

Kumble to Harris, no run, full on off stump, he defends back to the bowler

138.5

Kumble to Harris, no run, full on off again, he defends back to Kumble

138.6

Kumble to Harris, no run, Harris gets a real snorter which pitches on off and really kicks up on him, luckily he drops his bat and evades it

End of over 139 (1 run) South Africa 479/7

    • PL Harris 8 (18b 1x4)
    • AB de Villiers 203 (323b 17x4 1x6)
    • A Kumble 32-2-69-1
    • Harbhajan Singh 40-5-135-4

Pathan replaces Harbhajan. There's a mild drizzle as well.

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

139.6

Pathan to Harris, no run

South Africa have stretched their lead past 400. No signs of a declaration yet.

End of over 140 (5 runs) South Africa 484/7

    • PL Harris 8 (19b 1x4)
    • AB de Villiers 208 (328b 17x4 1x6)
    • IK Pathan 21-3-84-0
    • A Kumble 32-2-69-1
140.1

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

Sounds of thunder at Motera. Nothing delicate about it

140.2

Kumble to Harris, 1 run, slides on the pads, he nudges it down to fine leg

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

140.5

Kumble to Harris, no run, flighted outside off, he gets forward and defends back to the bowler

140.6

Kumble to Harris, no run, pitches on offstump, he stays back at the crease and defends

End of over 141 (9 runs) South Africa 493/7

    • PL Harris 9 (22b 1x4)
    • AB de Villiers 216 (331b 17x4 2x6)
    • A Kumble 33-2-78-1
    • IK Pathan 21-3-84-0

looks like de Villiers is out to have some fun

141.1

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

sounds of thunder again, and it's starting to rain. It's dark

141.2

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

April 4, 4.30 pm: It's official. Play has been called off for the day and we will have an early start tomorrow. Play will commence at 9.00 local time tomorrow morning.

Smith can afford to declare first thing in the morning but with three whole days remaining, he can well afford to let his side bat on. South Africa are seven down and if they resume, we could expect some big shots early in the morning. The pitch appears really benign, but South Africa have the bowlers with raw pace and bounce to jolt any batting line-up on this surface.

That's it from us today. Thanks for the mails. To remind you again, we'll be back half an hour early tomorrow, which is 9.00 local time. Cheers!

4.23: We've been informed that the umpires will take a final decision at 4.30.

4.15: It's still raining and it's highly unlikely that play will resume today. We're fast approaching the cut off time of 4.30.

4.05: The rain starts to pelt down a little heavier and the covers are on. India won't complain. They've had two killing days in the field and look happy to walk off.

With a lead of 418, only two results seem possible - a South African win or a draw. The latter's possible only if India bat out of their skins. Their fielding was very lackluster today with a few overthrows doing the rounds.

April 4

9.15: Right, we just got the news that South Africa have declared at 494 for 7. India have a deficit of 418. The damp conditions would have prompted Graeme Smith to call time on the innings and unleash his fast bowlers in the best of conditions. de Villiers' will remain unbeaten on 217 and his average has jumped from 36.85 to 40.30.

9.05: Ok, change of plan, say the officials. The conditions are a little damp at the moment and it will be a 9.30 start after all. There will be 98 overs maximum. The first session will go till 11.30. There will be a half-an-hour extension in the second session and play can be extended till 5.42 local time, weather and light permitting. Here's the break-up.

First session - 9.30 - 11.30, Second session - 12.10 - 2.40, third session - 3.00 - 5.42 (maximum).

8.45: Hello and welcome back for the third day of the second Test in Ahmedabad. This is Kanishkaa Balachandran back in the commentary cubicle.

It's fairly bright and sunny in Ahmedabad and it looks like we will start on time, which is 9.00 am, to make up for the rain interruption yesterday.

India would be looking to wrap up the tail as soon as possible this morning. AB de Villiers is still there like a statue and it's no surprise that he described this knock as "his best ever." He played the spinners exceedingly well and his six off Harbhajan, which landed on the roof, was a treat to watch, no matter which side you were on. He just took a couple of paces down, slogged against the turn and rolled over backwards on the momentum. He was flat on the pitch when he looked up and saw the ball sail over the deep midwicket boundary.

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