South Africa tour of India, 2007/08 / Commentary

South Africa in India Test Series - 3rd Test

India v South Africa

India won by 8 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

1.1

Sharma to Smith, no run, 136.2 kmh, good length delivery slants across the left-hander, Smith pushes at it and gets beaten

1.2

Sharma to Smith, no run, Ishant seams the ball away from Smith, it keeps a touch low as well, Smith lets it go through to Dhoni

1.3

Sharma to Smith, 1 wide, now that has moved a long way away from Smith, Dhoni leaps across first slip to take it, Doctrove signals wide

1.3

Sharma to Smith, no run, good length delivery pitches around off and seams away from Smith, left alone

1.4

Sharma to Smith, no run, fuller ball pitches outside off stump and moves away from Smith who gets on to the front foot and shoulders arms

1.5

Sharma to Smith, 2 runs, Smith's off the mark, he moves towards the ball outside off stump and dabs it from a good length past Yuvraj at point, the outfield at Green Park is pretty quick so Smith comes back for the second

1.6

Sharma to Smith, FOUR, too straight now from Ishant, Smith moves across his stumps and nudges the ball through midwicket, he's timed it superbly and the ball races across the outfield, Ganguly is in pursuit but he hasn't a hope

South Africa 11/0   GC Smith 6* (6b 1x4)

4.1

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, good length on middle stump, Smith moves on to the front foot and defends on the off side

4.2

Sreesanth to Smith, 2 runs, too straight, Sreesanth pitches on leg stump, allowing Smith to move across and work the balls off his pads through square leg

4.3

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, good length delivery angling across the left-hander, Smith moves forward and plays the ball towards point

4.4

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, Smith gets hit on the pad and there's a loud appeal for lbw from Sreesanth, it can't be out because it pitched outside leg stump from over the wicket

4.5

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, fuller length on off stump, Smith moves forward and drives towards mid-on

4.6

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, Smith moves forward to a good length ball and got an inside edge on to the pad as he tries to play straight, Sreesanth runs up and underarms the ball past the batsman's stumps towards Dhoni

South Africa 22/0   GC Smith 8* (12b 1x4)

6.1

Sreesanth to Smith, 2 runs, nips back in off the seam but its too straight and Smith works it away past midwicket and square leg, two fielders give chase and its Ishant who does the mopping up in the deep

6.2

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, better channel, Sreesanth pushing it across Smith who decides to leave

6.3

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, back of a length, just outside off, sits up nicely and Smith defends to point

6.4

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, slower ball, full on the stumps and Smith plods forward to smother it

6.5

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, shorter one but its too straight, Smith works it away but Sehwag is sharp behind square, sticking out his left hand to stop the ball, Sreesanth applauds the effort

6.6

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, this one pitches outside leg and comes in, stopping on Smith who gets back to defend and ends up checking his shot, the ball's in the air for a second but lands safely away from Sreesanth and well in front of any fielders

South Africa 28/0   GC Smith 10* (18b 1x4)

8.1

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, bowled flatter through the air outside off stump, Smith moves back and defends on the off side

8.2

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, tossed up out side off stump this time, Smith leans on to the front foot and defends

8.3

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, straighter line from Harbhajan, Smith moves forward and pushes the ball towards the leg side

8.4

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, Smith tries to drive through the off side but mis-times it back to the bowler

8.5

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, pushed off the front foot towards mid-on, just the slip and short leg in place

8.6

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 run, Smith gets down on one knee and sweeps Harbhajan from outside off stump to deep square leg

South Africa 31/0   GC Smith 11* (24b 1x4)

9.1

Sharma to Smith, FOUR, Ishant pitches outside leg stump and brings the ball into the pads, Smith moves back and forces the ball off his pads through square leg, Smith helps himself to four more

9.2

Sharma to Smith, no run, Smith moves back and pushes the ball towards midwicket, better line but it's still a fraction too straight

9.3

Sharma to Smith, no run, Ishant fires in the yorker and beats Smith for pace, Smith was beginning to come forward but was caught by surprise

9.4

Sharma to Smith, no run, good length delivery pitches outside off and slants away from Smith who lets the ball go

9.5

Sharma to Smith, 1 run, good length but the line is middle and leg which allows Smith to push the ball through midwicket for a single

South Africa 36/0   GC Smith 16* (29b 2x4)

10.1

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, tossed up outside off stump, the ball gripped the surface and spun away from Smith who let it go, the ball hit a bowlers foot mark and took off

10.2

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, another one bites the dust and bounces sharply and turns away from Smith

10.3

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, Smith moves forward and defends back to the bowler

10.4

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, tossed up outside off stump, Smith gets on to the front foot and drives towards mid-off

10.5

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, bowled slower through the air, smith tries to sweep from outside off but was too early on the shot, he gets hit on the thigh, that turned as well

10.6

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, tossed up on off stump, Smith stretches forward and defends with bat close to the front pad

South Africa 36/0   GC Smith 16* (35b 2x4)

11.3

Sharma to Smith, no run, Smith gets behind the line of the ball and pushes towards mid-on

11.4

Sharma to Smith, FOUR, Smith pushes at the ball and the thick outside edge flies past second slip - there's no third slip - to the third man boundary

11.5

Sharma to Smith, 2 runs, Smith leans forward and and tries to drive the ball towards the off side, he gets an inside edge towards fine leg

11.6

Sharma to Smith, no run, good length ball outside off stump, smith lets it go off the front foot

South Africa 45/0   GC Smith 22* (39b 3x4)

12.6

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, Smith tries to sweep but Harbhajan has bowled it slower through the air and hence he is early on the shot, he gets hit on the pad outside the line of off stump

South Africa 48/0   GC Smith 22* (40b 3x4)

13.4

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, good length from Sreesanth outside off stump, Smith lets it go through to Dhoni

13.5

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, good length ball outside off stump, left alone by the batsman

13.6

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, tight line and length from Sreesanth around off stump, Smith gets on to the front foot and blocks

South Africa 49/0   GC Smith 22* (43b 3x4)

14.2

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, flighted delivery into the left-hander from round the wicket, Smith gets on to the front foot and blocks

14.3

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, defended on the front foot back towards the bowler

14.4

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 run, Smith moves a long way across his stumps and uses the angle into him to sweep towards deep backward square leg for a single

South Africa 51/0   GC Smith 23* (46b 3x4)

15.3

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, Smith defends on the front foot towards the off side, Sreesanth is going round the wicket to the left-hander and angling it into him

15.4

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, too full outside off stump, Smith leans forward and drives firmly but can't get it past Harbhajan at cover

15.5

Sreesanth to Smith, 1 no ball, Sreesanth tries to bowl a yorker but over-steps, Smith leans forward and defends, it was the slower yorker from Sreesanth

15.5

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, Smith moves forward to a good length ball and defends on the off side

15.6

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, good length delivery angles into off stump from round the wicket, Smith waits in his crease and blocks

South Africa 54/0   GC Smith 23* (51b 3x4)

18.1

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 run, Smith prods away from his body at one that angles into him from Harbhajan and spins away from the left-hander, the outside edge runs past first slip

18.4

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, tossed up outside off stump, Smith lets it go through to Dhoni

18.5

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, flighted delivery closer to off stump, Smith leans forward and drives towards mid-off

18.6

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, outside off stump once again, Smith doesn't play at it

South Africa 63/1   GC Smith 24* (55b 3x4)

20.1

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, tossed up on off stump, Smith defends on the front foot back to the bowler

20.2

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, bowled flatter through the air on off stump, defended on the front foot once again

20.3

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, Smith tries to sweep from outside off stump and doesn't make contact

20.4

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, Smith gets on to the front foot and defends on the off side towards slip

20.5

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, Harbhajan tosses one up down leg side, Smith tries to work the ball off his pads but misses, the ball pitches outside leg, spins, and hits his pads before missing the leg stump

20.6

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, defended on the front foot by Smith, the spinners have kept the batsmen quiet for a bit

South Africa 63/1   GC Smith 24* (61b 3x4)

21.5

Chawla to Smith, 1 run, bowled flatter through the air on middle and leg, Smith tries to work the ball off his pas but doesn't make proper contact

South Africa 65/1   GC Smith 25* (62b 3x4)

22.1

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 run, Smith moves back and flicks a flat delivery from middle and leg behind square for a single

22.3

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, Smith gets down on one knee and sweeps Harbhajan powerfully towards square leg where Chawla moves quickly to his right and makes a smart save

22.4

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, bowled flatter through the air on middle, Smith moves forward and defends

22.5

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, Harbhajan pitches outside leg and spins the ball sharply across Smith who moves back and tries to defend, that was a tremendously difficult ball to play and Smith was beaten

22.6

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, once again the ball bites the surface and spins across the left-hander, Smith tries to defend off the back foot but misses

South Africa 71/1   GC Smith 26* (67b 3x4)

23.4

Chawla to Smith, no run, the googly turns a long way and Smith didn't read it at all, he tried to defend on the back foot but got hit on the pad, that would have missed off but Smith was comprehensively beaten

23.5

Chawla to Smith, no run, nudged off the pads towards the leg side

23.6

Chawla to Smith, FOUR, Smith tries to sweep but he's in an awkward position and gets a bottom edge which runs past leg slip for four to the fine leg boundary

South Africa 78/1   GC Smith 30* (70b 4x4)

24.3

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, Smith lunges forward and defends a ball that slants across him from over the wicket

24.4

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 run, Smith moves back and across and nudges the ball off his pads behind square

South Africa 80/1   GC Smith 31* (72b 4x4)

25.1

Chawla to Smith, no run, bowled flat through the air outside off stump from over the wicket, Smith moves back and defends towards the bowler

25.2

Chawla to Smith, no run, Smith comes forward this time and defends towards Chawla

25.3

Chawla to Smith, no run, Smith gets down on one knee and attempts to sweep fro outside off, the ball spins into him and hits the pad outside the line of off stump

25.4

Chawla to Smith, no run, Smith waits in his crease and works the ball off his pads to square leg

25.5

Chawla to Smith, FOUR, Smith moves dangerously across his stumps and glances the ball off his pads past leg slip, Jaffer runs across on the fine leg boudnary and makes a feeble attempt to stop the ball with his foot, that is an unacceptable level of commitment at this level

25.6

Chawla to Smith, 1 run, Smith once again gets down on one knee and sweeps towards long leg

South Africa 85/1   GC Smith 36* (78b 5x4)

26.1

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, Smith moves forward and defends towards the off side

26.2

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, tossed up on leg and middle, Smith leans forward and defends

26.3

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, flighted delivery outside leg stump from over the wicket, Smith thrusts his pad out and blocks

26.4

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 run, bowled flatter and quicker outside off stump, Smith waits on the back foot and pushes towards the off side for a single

South Africa 86/1   GC Smith 37* (82b 5x4)

27.4

Chawla to Smith, no run, Smith leans forward to a flighted delivery and defends

27.5

Chawla to Smith, no run, nice flight from Chawla but his pace is a bit too slow, Smith comes forward and defends

27.6

Chawla to Smith, 1 run, Smith moves his front foot across and sweeps Chawla from off stump towards long leg

South Africa 93/1   GC Smith 38* (85b 5x4)

28.1

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, Harbhajan pitches well outside leg and spins it into Smith who pads the ball away off the front foot

28.2

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 run, Smith tries to work the ball on the leg side but gets a leading edge towards cover for a single

South Africa 94/1   GC Smith 39* (87b 5x4)

29.1

Chawla to Smith, no run, that was the googly and once again Smith didn't pick it, he tried to work the ball off his pads with the leg spin but got a leading edge towards the bowler

29.2

Chawla to Smith, 1 run, this time it's the legbreak and Smith gets down on one knee and sweeps to deep square leg

29.4

Chawla to Smith, no run, Smith once again mis-hits it, he was trying to drive through the off side but mis-cued it towards mid-on

29.5

Chawla to Smith, no run, Smith moved across his stumps to play the leg glance, Chawla pitches the ball outside off and spins it past leg stump

29.6

Chawla to Smith, FOUR, this time Smith connects well, he forces the ball off his pads into the gap at midwicket for four, there were shouts of "catch" but it was well placed

South Africa 100/1   GC Smith 44* (92b 6x4)

30.4

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, padded away by Smith from leg stump

30.5

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, tossed up outside off stump, Smith leans forward and defends

30.6

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, bowled quick at 100 kmh, Smith drives towards mid-off

South Africa 101/1   GC Smith 44* (95b 6x4)

31.5

Chawla to Smith, SIX, shot! and what a way to bring up 50, Smith moved forward to a flighted delivery and lofted Chawla cleanly over the deep midwicket boundary, he's hit that with some power and cleared the boundary easily, Smith's made it count after winning the toss

31.6

Chawla to Smith, no run, bowled flatter through the air down leg side, Dhoni moves to his right to collect

South Africa 108/1   GC Smith 50* (97b 6x4 1x6)

33.1

Yuvraj Singh to Smith, no run, loud appeal for lbw first up, Smith moves a long way across his stump and tries to play across the line, Smith misses and gets hit in line of off stump, the ball was turning into middle and leg, that looked rather out but Doctrove didn't think so

33.2

Yuvraj Singh to Smith, 1 run, played off the pads towards the leg side for a single

33.5

Yuvraj Singh to Smith, no run, another loud appeal as Smith misses the sweep and gets hit on the pad just outside the line of off stump

33.6

Yuvraj Singh to Smith, no run, Smith moves forward and defends back towards the bowler

South Africa 114/1   GC Smith 51* (101b 6x4 1x6)

34.4

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, Smith waits on the back foot and plays the ball against the turn towards square leg

34.5

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, Smith moves across his stumps and tries to sweep from outside off, he misses and Dhoni collects, Smith is getting his front pad outside off so there's no danger of an lbw if he misses

34.6

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, Smith plays the last ball of the over towards point

South Africa 115/1   GC Smith 51* (104b 6x4 1x6)

35.5

Yuvraj Singh to Smith, no run, Smith moves forward and defends back towards the bowler

35.6

Yuvraj Singh to Smith, 1 run, full toss on the pads and Smith flicks through square leg for a single

South Africa 121/1   GC Smith 52* (106b 6x4 1x6)

36.1

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, Smith stretches forward and defends towards short leg

36.2

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 run, Smith moves back to a flighted delivery from Harbhajan and pushes towards mid-on for a single

South Africa 122/1   GC Smith 53* (108b 6x4 1x6)

37.4

Yuvraj Singh to Smith, 1 run, Smith moves forward and across and nudges the ball towards midwicket for a single

South Africa 125/1   GC Smith 54* (109b 6x4 1x6)

38.1

Sehwag to Smith, no run, angles the ball into the left-hander and spins it away from Smith who lets it go

38.2

Sehwag to Smith, no run, bowled quick outside off, Smith lets it go again

38.3

Sehwag to Smith, no run, bowled quick and flat outside off, Smith lets it go and the ball spins and bounces sharply towards Dhoni

38.4

Sehwag to Smith, no run, defended to silly point on the front foot

38.5

Sehwag to Smith, no run, spin bounce and turn for Sehwag from outside off stump, Smith doesn't play a shot at it

38.6

Sehwag to Smith, no run, left alone once again by Smith outside off stump

South Africa 125/1   GC Smith 54* (115b 6x4 1x6)

40.1

Sehwag to Smith, no run, bowled flat through the air into the left-hander from roudn the wicket, Smith defends on the front foot

40.2

Sehwag to Smith, no run, left alone outside off stump, that was flat and quick from Sehwag

40.3

Sehwag to Smith, no run, played off the back foot through square leg

40.4

Sehwag to Smith, FOUR, too full from Sehwag on middle stump, Smith comes forward and punches the ball past the bowler for four, he's placed that very straight and with a lot of power

40.5

Sehwag to Smith, no run, bowled slower through the air outside off, Smith moves back and lets it go

40.6

Sehwag to Smith, no run, Smith moves forward and shoulders arms to one that pitches just outside off and turns away

South Africa 129/1   GC Smith 58* (121b 7x4 1x6)

41.4

Yuvraj Singh to Smith, no run, bowled slowly through the air from over the wicket to the left-hander, Smith moves on to the front foot and blocks

41.5

Yuvraj Singh to Smith, no run, Smith comes forward and pushes the ball back towards the bowler

41.6

Yuvraj Singh to Smith, no run, Smith leans forward and pushes the ball towards midwicket

South Africa 132/1   GC Smith 58* (124b 7x4 1x6)

42.2

Sehwag to Smith, no run, bowled flat through the air outside off stump, Smith strides forward and lets it go

42.3

Sehwag to Smith, no run, Smith leans forward an defends a straighter ball on the leg side

42.4

Sehwag to Smith, no run, defended on the front foot back towards the bowler

42.5

Sehwag to Smith, no run, Sehwag drifts the ball into the left-hander and spins it away from Smith who tries to defend on the front foot, the ball spins past the outside edge

42.6

Sehwag to Smith, no run, defended on the back foot by Smith towards the leg side

South Africa 135/1   GC Smith 58* (129b 7x4 1x6)

43.5

Yuvraj Singh to Smith, 1 run, Smith moves back and across and glances the ball off his pads towards deep backward square leg

South Africa 137/1   GC Smith 59* (130b 7x4 1x6)

45.1

Yuvraj Singh to Smith, FOUR, too short from Yuvraj, Smith moves back and uses the room outside off stump to cut past point for four more

45.2

Yuvraj Singh to Smith, no run, bowled flat through the air on leg stump from round the wicket, Smith defends to short leg

45.3

Yuvraj Singh to Smith, SIX, Smith goes air borne and he's cleared the boundary! Smith gets under a flighted delivery and lofts Yuvraj over deep midwicket, there is a fielder in the deep but he's gone over him

45.4

Yuvraj Singh to Smith, OUT, caught! Yuvraj comes back and how! He bowls a flat and quicker delivery on middle and off stump, Smith comes forward to defend, the ball bounces a little more and hits Smith on the glove and bobs up towards short leg where Jaffer dives forward to hold a low catch

GC Smith c Jaffer b Yuvraj Singh 69 (194m 134b 8x4 2x6) SR: 51.49

South Africa 152/2   GC Smith 69 (134b 8x4 2x6)
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Series Results
India v South Africa at Kanpur - Apr 11-13, 2008
India won by 8 wickets
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South Africa won by an innings and 90 runs
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Match drawn
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Apr 13, 2008

Sourav Ganguly was the Man of the Match for his 87 in the first innings, India v South Africa, 3rd Test, Kanpur, 3rd day, April 13, 2008

Sourav Ganguly was the Man of the Match for his 87 in the first innings

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Apr 13, 2008

Team-mates congratulate Harbhajan Singh on winning the Man-of-the-Series award, India v South Africa, 3rd Test, Kanpur, 3rd day, April 13, 2008

Team-mates congratulate Harbhajan Singh on winning the Man-of-the-Series award

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