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

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

South Africa 13/0   ND McKenzie 4* (16b 1x4)   RP Singh 1.5-0-5-0

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   GC Smith 8* (14b 1x4)   RP Singh 3-0-10-0

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

South Africa 25/0   GC Smith 12* (15b 2x4)   S Sreesanth 3.2-0-8-0

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

South Africa 34/0   GC Smith 17* (20b 3x4)   RP Singh 3.4-0-17-0

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

South Africa 41/0   GC Smith 22* (25b 4x4)   S Sreesanth 4.4-0-14-0

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

South Africa 45/0   GC Smith 26* (26b 5x4)   S Sreesanth 4.5-0-18-0

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

South Africa 49/0   ND McKenzie 15* (30b 2x4)   RP Singh 4.3-0-24-0

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

South Africa 53/0   ND McKenzie 19* (31b 3x4)   RP Singh 4.4-0-28-0

10.5

Pathan to McKenzie, FOUR, awesome timing there, Pathan overpitches on off stump, McKenzie gets forward for a defensive push and forces it off the meat of the bat, Pathan dives in vain to his left and the ball just scorches past everybody

South Africa 58/0   ND McKenzie 24* (38b 4x4)   IK Pathan 0.5-0-4-0

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

South Africa 64/0   GC Smith 32* (32b 6x4)   RP Singh 5.5-0-35-0

12.3

Pathan to McKenzie, FOUR, overpitches and grants him a little too much width outside off, McKenzie leans forward and bisects the gap between cover and extra cover, Jaffer gives the chase but the ball beats him

South Africa 68/0   ND McKenzie 28* (42b 5x4)   IK Pathan 1.3-0-8-0

12.5

Pathan to McKenzie, FOUR, overpitches outside off again, this time McKenzie times this better and places it just wide of mid-off, Ganguly turns to his left to cut that off but decides against a sliding stop and allows the ball to go through

South Africa 72/0   ND McKenzie 32* (44b 6x4)   IK Pathan 1.5-0-12-0

14.4

Pathan to McKenzie, FOUR, lands on a yorker length really wide outside the offstump, he reaches out and digs it out and places it perfectly in the gap between third slip and gully, that brings up the lead

South Africa 78/0   ND McKenzie 36* (49b 7x4)   IK Pathan 2.4-0-16-0

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

South Africa 84/1   HM Amla 6* (2b 1x4)   S Sreesanth 5.5-0-24-1

20.3

Pathan to Amla, FOUR, slashed hard but he controls it, Pathan gives him a bit of width outside off, Amla rocks back and slashes this one with control between third slip and gully

South Africa 92/1   HM Amla 12* (16b 2x4)   IK Pathan 5.3-1-23-0

22.1

Kumble to McKenzie, FOUR, Kumble errs by pitching it a little too short and wide outside off, McKenzie waits on it and glides it deftly past Dravid at slip, the ball runs to third man

South Africa 99/1   ND McKenzie 41* (66b 8x4)   A Kumble 0.1-0-4-0

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

South Africa 130/4   AB de Villiers 8* (22b 1x4)   S Sreesanth 9.4-2-32-1

35.2

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, FOUR, slides down the pads, he just manages to get a deft touch to it and glides it past leg gully and down to fine leg

South Africa 134/4   JH Kallis 22* (30b 1x4 1x6)   Harbhajan Singh 7.2-2-21-3

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

South Africa 139/4   JH Kallis 27* (36b 2x4 1x6)   S Sreesanth 10.3-2-36-1

41.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, FOUR, flighted on middle and off, he takes a few paces down and lofts that ver midwicket, that brings up the 150

South Africa 153/4   AB de Villiers 15* (33b 2x4)   Harbhajan Singh 10.2-2-33-3

46.2

Kumble to de Villiers, FOUR, lovely shot, Kumble flights it on middle and off, de Villiers gives the charge and scoops it over his head and slams it straight

South Africa 164/4   AB de Villiers 21* (43b 3x4)   A Kumble 9.2-0-23-0

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   AB de Villiers 29* (57b 4x4)   RP Singh 10-1-46-0

54.6

Pathan to de Villiers, FOUR, sprays that on the danger zone, de Villiers' pads, he gets across, works his wrists and gently glances it down to fine leg, no protection for that stroke

South Africa 190/4   AB de Villiers 43* (72b 5x4)   IK Pathan 8-1-37-0

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

South Africa 204/4   JH Kallis 51* (117b 3x4 1x6)   S Sreesanth 13.2-3-42-1

62.5

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, FOUR, lovely shot, Harbhajan gives him plenty of flight outside off, he gets a big sgtride across and slogs that from outside off and down to the vacant deep midwicket region

South Africa 209/4   JH Kallis 56* (123b 4x4 1x6)   Harbhajan Singh 15.5-3-45-3

62.6

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, FOUR, backs that up with an exquisite drive through the covers, Harbhajan overpitches and Kallis makes him pay late in the day

South Africa 213/4   JH Kallis 60* (124b 5x4 1x6)   Harbhajan Singh 16-3-49-3

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

South Africa 219/4   AB de Villiers 55* (101b 6x4)   S Sreesanth 14.5-3-49-1

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   AB de Villiers 59* (102b 7x4)   S Sreesanth 15-3-53-1

75.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, FOUR, he fires that flatter and faster, de Villiers picks the length very early, stays back and cuts it late past slip and down to third man

South Africa 247/4   AB de Villiers 79* (132b 8x4)   Harbhajan Singh 21.2-4-60-3

76.3

Kumble to Kallis, FOUR, misfield and Ganguly makes a royal mess of it at deep cover, Kallis pushes it very firmly through the covers and Ganguly appears to have it covered, the ball somehow slips through before he can get down to it

South Africa 253/4   JH Kallis 67* (167b 6x4 1x6)   A Kumble 14.3-0-38-0

84.3

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

South Africa 267/4   JH Kallis 75* (193b 7x4 1x6)   S Sreesanth 16.3-4-57-1

85.1

Singh to de Villiers, FOUR, pitched on off and middle, flicked away on the up to fine leg boundary

South Africa 271/4   AB de Villiers 89* (157b 9x4)   RP Singh 15.1-2-54-0

86.6

Sreesanth to de Villiers, FOUR, pitched on middle and turned away to fine leg

South Africa 278/4   AB de Villiers 95* (164b 10x4)   S Sreesanth 18-4-63-1

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

South Africa 282/4   JH Kallis 80* (204b 8x4 1x6)   RP Singh 16.4-2-59-0

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

South Africa 287/4   JH Kallis 84* (207b 9x4 1x6)   S Sreesanth 18.2-4-68-1

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

South Africa 292/4   JH Kallis 89* (212b 10x4 1x6)   RP Singh 17.1-2-63-0

91.5

Pathan to Kallis, FOUR, crisp timing there, RP dishes out a rank half volley on middle, all it took for Kallis to caress that past the hapless RP was a gentle defensive push

South Africa 300/4   JH Kallis 95* (222b 11x4 1x6)   IK Pathan 12.5-3-47-0

92.3

Ganguly to de Villiers, FOUR, very cheeky, yet innovative! de Villiers toys with Ganguly as he gets across his stumps, gets down for a premeditated paddle and actually scoops that from outside off, exposes all stumps and places it to the fine leg boundary. That's de Villiers' fifth Test ton

South Africa 306/4   AB de Villiers 102* (174b 11x4)   SC Ganguly 0.3-0-4-0

94.2

Ganguly to Kallis, FOUR, creams it through cover and brings up his 30th Test ton! Ganguly overpitches outside off, Kallis gets forward and gets his timing and placement right as he forces it just wide of extra cover. A very important innings from him in the context of the match

South Africa 313/4   JH Kallis 103* (228b 12x4 1x6)   SC Ganguly 1.2-0-8-0

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

South Africa 345/4   AB de Villiers 121* (204b 12x4)   Harbhajan Singh 25.3-5-75-3

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

South Africa 351/4   AB de Villiers 126* (210b 13x4)   IK Pathan 16.4-3-66-0

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

South Africa 369/4   JH Kallis 128* (272b 13x4 1x6)   S Sreesanth 20.1-4-75-1

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

South Africa 373/4   JH Kallis 132* (273b 14x4 1x6)   S Sreesanth 20.2-4-79-1

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

South Africa 393/5   AB de Villiers 144* (236b 14x4)   S Sreesanth 22.4-4-86-2

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

South Africa 400/5   AB de Villiers 150* (241b 15x4)   RP Singh 19.4-2-73-0

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

South Africa 407/5   AB de Villiers 157* (245b 16x4)   Harbhajan Singh 28.2-5-86-3

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   MV Boucher 9* (19b 1x4)   RP Singh 21-2-81-0

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

South Africa 468/7   PL Harris 7* (5b 1x4)   Harbhajan Singh 38.3-5-126-4

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

South Africa 477/7   AB de Villiers 201* (320b 17x4 1x6)   Harbhajan Singh 39.5-5-134-4
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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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