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

0.1

Sreesanth to McKenzie, no run, Sreesanth is on target, pitches on a good length just outside off stump, McKenzie waits in his crease and draws his bat inside the line

0.2

Sreesanth to McKenzie, no run, fuller length and the line is down leg side, McKenzie tries to flick off his pads but misses, Dhoni moves to his left to collect

0.3

Sreesanth to McKenzie, FOUR, South Africa are away, McKenzie leans forward to a full ball and drives towards mid-off, Harbhajan tries to dive across from short extra cover but couldn't stop it cleanly, he's taken pace off the ball but it still has enough to reach the boundary

0.4

Sreesanth to McKenzie, no run, loud shout for lbw after McKenzie doesn't offer a shot, the ball jags back into the right-hander and hits him on the pad, he was on the front foot, Asad Rauf says not out and the ball might have missed leg stump, replays show the ball would have just clipped leg, close call for McKenzie

0.5

Sreesanth to McKenzie, no run, wide outside the off stump this time, McKenzie lets it go

0.6

Sreesanth to McKenzie, no run, fuller and down leg side, McKenzie can't make contact with the flick

South Africa 4/0   ND McKenzie 4* (6b 1x4)

2.1

Sreesanth to McKenzie, no run, Sreesanth pitches on a good length around off and middle but the movement into the right-hander takes the ball down leg side, Dhoni collects to his left after McKenzie misses the leg glance

2.2

Sreesanth to McKenzie, no run, better line, the length is good just outside off and McKenzie moves forward and lets the ball go

2.3

Sreesanth to McKenzie, no run, that kept rather low, it was on a good length and outside off, McKenzie lets it go on the front foot

2.4

Sreesanth to McKenzie, no run, tight line and length around off stump, McKenzie moves forward and defends with bat and pad close together

2.5

Sreesanth to McKenzie, no run, short of a length outside off stump, McKenzie gets on top of the bounce and plays the ball towards point

2.6

Sreesanth to McKenzie, 1 run, McKenzie moves forward and pushes a good length ball towards cover with soft hands, he calls for the quick single and it's extremely well-judged

South Africa 12/0   ND McKenzie 5* (12b 1x4)

3.1

Sharma to McKenzie, no run, good length and line from Ishant outside off stump, McKenzie lets it go

3.2

Sharma to McKenzie, FOUR, a full ball swings into McKenzie who stays in his crease and pushes hard at the ball, it straightens a little off the pitch and the outside edge flies past third slip to the third man boundary

3.3

Sharma to McKenzie, FOUR, that's a short ball which doesn't bounce, McKenzie has enough time to wait on the front foot and pull the ball from outside off stump past mid-on for another boundary

3.4

Sharma to McKenzie, no run, wide outside the off stump this time, it's too far away from McKenzie for the batsmen to play a shot

3.5

Sharma to McKenzie, no run, 136.4 kmh, good length delivery outside off, McKenzie gets on to the front foot and lets it go

3.6

Sharma to McKenzie, no run, good length delivery angling into the right-hander, McKenzie strides forward and defends on the off side

South Africa 20/0   ND McKenzie 13* (18b 3x4)

5.1

Sharma to McKenzie, no run, back of a length outside off stump, 136ks, left alone

5.2

Sharma to McKenzie, no run, works it wider of the stumps this time but McKenzie wants nothing to do with it, just inching his front foot across and shouldering arms

5.3

Sharma to McKenzie, no run, much fuller and straighter and McKenzie drives to mid-off

5.4

Sharma to McKenzie, no run, back of a good length, no real movement, stays lower as he leaves

5.5

Sharma to McKenzie, no run, similar stuff really, as Ishant hits it back of a length and tries to entice McKenzie into a loose shot, but he confidently covers off stump and leaves

5.6

Sharma to McKenzie, FOUR, now thats connected, McKenzie cashing in on the extra width with a firm spank past Yuvraj at backward point, who didn't move at all

South Africa 26/0   ND McKenzie 17* (24b 4x4)

7.1

Sharma to McKenzie, no run, gets some width and tries his preferred dab towards gully but is tangled up and makes a hash of it, the ball dribbles towards the slips

7.2

Sharma to McKenzie, no run, fuller and a touch slower, sucking McKenzie into a front-foot defensive and then beating him with the angle

7.3

Sharma to McKenzie, 2 runs, good length but McKenzie gets right over it and defends with soft hands, well played, easing it past slips and down to the vacant third man position

7.4

Sharma to McKenzie, no run, bit of width again and McKenzie goes for the steer, but its intercepted well by Sehwag at gully

7.5

Sharma to McKenzie, no run, better length, tempting McKenzie to come forward and drive but he covers the line and shoulders arms

7.6

Sharma to McKenzie, no run, much fuller, searching for the yorker, McKenzie gets forward and jams it out to midwicket, and with that its drinks at Green Park

South Africa 30/0   ND McKenzie 19* (30b 4x4)

9.6

Sharma to McKenzie, no run, good length ball outside off, it seams into McKenzie who tries to defend but gets beaten

South Africa 36/0   ND McKenzie 19* (31b 4x4)

11.1

Sharma to McKenzie, no run, short of a length delivery angles into McKenzie from outside off stump, he waits in his crease and punches the ball towards Yuvraj at point

11.2

Sharma to McKenzie, 3 runs, too full, McKenzie moves forward and drives a half-volley from outside off stump past Yuvraj's right at point, Sreesanth runs across from the deep point boundary to save one run

South Africa 39/0   ND McKenzie 22* (33b 4x4)

12.1

Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, no run, bowled flatter through the air from over the wicket to the right hander, McKenzie gets on to the front foot and blocks

12.2

Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, no run, fuller ball on off and middle, McKenzie stays in his crease and pushes the ball towards short leg

12.3

Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, 2 runs, McKenzie gets into position quickly and sweeps Harbhajan to deep backward square leg

12.4

Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, no run, McKenzie moves back and across and plays the ball off his pads towards leg gully

12.5

Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, 1 run, pushed off the back foot towards mid-off for a quick single, excellent running once again

South Africa 48/0   ND McKenzie 25* (38b 4x4)

13.1

Sreesanth to McKenzie, no run, McKenzie moves across his stumps to play a good length ball off his pads towards square leg

13.2

Sreesanth to McKenzie, no run, good length delivery on off stump, McKenzie moves forward and defends solidly towards the off side

13.3

Sreesanth to McKenzie, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump, McKenzie begins to come forward but decides to go back and chop the ball towards third man

South Africa 49/0   ND McKenzie 26* (41b 4x4)

14.1

Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, 1 run, McKenzie moves across his stumps and sweeps Harbhajan to long leg to bring up the 50 partnership, they've done superbly after South Africa won a crucial toss

14.5

Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, no run, McKenzie moves forward and defends with bat and pad close together

14.6

Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, driven off the front foot towards cover, time for another drinks break

South Africa 52/0   ND McKenzie 28* (44b 4x4)

15.1

Sreesanth to McKenzie, no run, good length ball outside off stump, McKenzie lets it go through to Dhoni

15.2

Sreesanth to McKenzie, 1 run, good length ball on off stump this time, McKenzie drops it with soft hands towards the off side and sets off for a single,Yuvraj can't run in quickly enough to prevent it

South Africa 53/0   ND McKenzie 29* (46b 4x4)

16.1

Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, no run, McKenzie moves across his stumps and tries to sweep Harbhajan from outside off, he gets beaten by the one that goes straight on

16.2

Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, no run, McKenzie moves back and across and defends towards the off side

16.3

Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, no run, McKenzie moves forward and tries to drive through the off side but the ball spins into him and he gets an inside edge on the leg

16.4

Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, no run, bowled flatter through the air on off stump, McKenzie moves back in his crease and defends

16.5

Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, 2 runs, McKenzie plays the paddle sweep to fine leg for two more

16.6

Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, 1 run, well played, McKenzie moves forward and drives Harbhajan firmly towards mid-on for one more

South Africa 57/0   ND McKenzie 32* (52b 4x4)

17.1

Chawla to McKenzie, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off side

17.2

Chawla to McKenzie, no run, tossed up outside leg stump from over the wicket, the ball spins across McKenzie who pads it away

17.3

Chawla to McKenzie, no run, McKenzie moves back and across and nudges the ball off his pads towards square leg

17.4

Chawla to McKenzie, FOUR, McKenzie uses his feet to come down the track and drives the ball straight, Ishant can't cut it off at mid-on and it races to the boundary

17.5

Chawla to McKenzie, OUT, stumped! McKenzie tries to jump out of crease and hit Chawla down the ground, this time he gets beaten by the flight and is no where close to making contact, it didn't turn a lot but enough to beat the bat, Dhoni collects cleanly and demolishes off stump with McKenzie a long way out of his crease, Chawla breaks through in his first over

ND McKenzie st †Dhoni b Chawla 36 (93m 57b 5x4 0x6) SR: 63.15

South Africa 61/1   ND McKenzie 36 (57b 5x4)
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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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