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

17.6

Chawla to Amla, no run, fuller ball on off stump, driven off the front foot towards extra cover

South Africa 61/1   HM Amla 0* (1b)

18.2

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Amla waits in his crease and closes the face of the bat to play the ball towards leg slip

18.3

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 run, Amla moves back and across and works a flatter ball off his pads towards square leg, he played that from outside off

South Africa 63/1   HM Amla 1* (3b)

19.1

Chawla to Amla, no run, flighted nicely by Piyush on leg and middle, Amla defends on the front foot

19.2

Chawla to Amla, no run, Amla gets behind the line on the front foot and blocks, "Nice one, nice one PC," chirps Dhoni.

19.3

Chawla to Amla, no run, defended on the back foot towards the off side

19.4

Chawla to Amla, no run, bowled quicker through the air outside off stump, the ball spins away from Amla who moves back and defends on the off side

19.5

Chawla to Amla, no run, Amla stays back and flicks the ball against the turn towards midwicket

19.6

Chawla to Amla, no run, Amla drives towards the off side, Chawla finishes a tight second over, it's a maiden

South Africa 63/1   HM Amla 1* (9b)

21.1

Chawla to Amla, no run, defended on the front foot

21.2

Chawla to Amla, no run, cut forcefully off the back foot to point

21.3

Chawla to Amla, no run, Amla tried to sweep but the ball bounced sharply and struck him on the visior of his helmet

21.4

Chawla to Amla, 1 run, pushed towards cover on the front foot for a sharp single

21.6

Chawla to Amla, FOUR, too short from Chawla, Amla has enough time to rock back and pull the ball through midwicket for four

South Africa 69/1   HM Amla 6* (14b 1x4)

22.2

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 run, too short and too straight, Amla moves back and uses the angle into him to work the ball through square leg

South Africa 71/1   HM Amla 7* (15b 1x4)

23.1

Chawla to Amla, 2 runs, a bit too short from Chawla outside off stump, Amla moves back and across and cuts past point

23.2

Chawla to Amla, no run, tossed up on off stump, it was the googly and Amla came forward to play the ball towards midwicket

23.3

Chawla to Amla, 1 run, a fraction short once again, Amla moves back and plays it late off his pads behind square

South Africa 74/1   HM Amla 10* (18b 1x4)

24.1

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Amla pushes the ball off the back foot towards the off side, Smith wants the single but Amla sends him back

24.2

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 run, Amla waits deep in his crease and works the ball late off his pads behind square on the leg side, that's a favourite shot of Amla's and it's brought him a lot of runs

24.5

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, flighted delivery on off stump, Amla leans forward and defends on the leg side

24.6

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Amla moves back and across and plays the ball off his pads towards Laxman at leg slip, it's lunchtime folks

South Africa 80/1   HM Amla 11* (22b 1x4)

26.5

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Amla waits in his crease, watches Harbhajan toss up a flighted delivery and then comes forward to defend

26.6

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 run, Amla leans forward and flicks the ball off his pads through square leg

South Africa 87/1   HM Amla 12* (24b 1x4)

27.1

Chawla to Amla, FOUR, bowled slowly through the air outside off stump, Amla moves back and waits until the last moment before cutting firmly through cover for four, extremely well struck, Chawla needs to make the batsmen come forward

27.2

Chawla to Amla, no run, defended on the back foot, that pitched on leg and middle and spun across

27.3

Chawla to Amla, 1 run, nudged off the pads on the back foot for a single

South Africa 92/1   HM Amla 17* (27b 2x4)

28.3

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Amla moves deep in his crease and defends the straighter one from Harbhajan with a straight bat

28.4

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Amla once again moves back to play the ball late towards short leg

28.5

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, fired in quick on middle stump, Amla defends it late off the back foot towards short leg

28.6

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Amla once again moves back to defend a flighted ball from off stump on the off side

South Africa 94/1   HM Amla 17* (31b 2x4)

29.3

Chawla to Amla, 1 run, that was short and the ball kept low as well, Amla moves back to pull and places it behind square leg

South Africa 96/1   HM Amla 18* (32b 2x4)

30.1

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Amla leans across and nudges Harbhajan off his pads towards midwicket

30.2

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, that had to hurt! Ganguly's down on the ground at short leg, Amla got down on one knee and swept powerfully, Ganguly turned away from the shot and got struck on the back of the helmet, he's down on the ground and the physio's attending to him

30.3

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 leg bye, Amla lunges forward to defend and Smith calls him through for a quick single towards point

South Africa 101/1   HM Amla 18* (35b 2x4)

31.1

Chawla to Amla, no run, tossed up on off stump, Amla moves back and pushes towards cover

31.2

Chawla to Amla, no run, flighted delivery pitches around off stump and spins away from Amla who moves forward and shoulders arms

31.3

Chawla to Amla, no run, Amla stays back this time and plays the ball towards point after it turns away from him

31.4

Chawla to Amla, 1 run, the googly this time and Amla once again waits for the turn into him before cutting to Yuvraj at deep point

South Africa 102/1   HM Amla 19* (39b 2x4)

32.1

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Amla moves back and defends a quicker ball towards leg slip

32.2

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, quicker ball on off stump, Amla tries to defend on the back foot but gets an inside edge on the leg side

32.3

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Harbhajan drifts down leg side this time, Dhoni moves to his left to collect after Amla lets it go

32.4

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Amla leans forward and works the ball off his pads towards midwicket

32.5

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, FOUR, Amla tries to sweep from outside off stump but gets a top edge that falls in the vacant short fine leg region and runs to the boundary

32.6

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Amla waits in his crease for a flighted delivery and nudges the ball on the leg side

South Africa 112/1   HM Amla 23* (45b 3x4)

33.3

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, no run, Amla makes room and drives powerfully towards point

33.4

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, 1 run, cut off the back foot to the fielder on the point boundary

South Africa 114/1   HM Amla 24* (47b 3x4)

34.1

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Harbhajan pitches the ball outside off and spins it into Amla who has a bit of trouble defending it

34.2

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, defended on the back foot towards short leg

34.3

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 run, fired into middle and leg, Amla gets into position and sweeps towards long leg

South Africa 115/1   HM Amla 25* (50b 3x4)

35.1

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, no run, defended on the front foot towards silly point

35.2

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, no run, Amla moves forward and defends confidently on the off side

35.3

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, FOUR, that's a terrible long hop from Yuvraj, it keeps a little low but Amla has plenty of time to move back and pull through midwicket for four

35.4

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, 1 run, tossed up outside off from round the wicket, Amla drives firmly off the front foot through cover

South Africa 120/1   HM Amla 30* (54b 4x4)

36.3

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Harbhajan pitches the ball outside off and gets it to turn a long way into the right-hander, Amla gets hit high on the thigh

36.4

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Amla waits in his crease and nudges a straighter ball towards leg slip

36.5

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, bowled quicker through the air on off stump, Amla moves back and defends in a hurry

36.6

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 run, Amla moves his front pad a long way outside off and sweeps towards deep backward square leg

South Africa 123/1   HM Amla 31* (58b 4x4)

37.1

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, no run, defended on the front foot towards silly point

37.2

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, no run, Amla moves back and defends towards Yuvraj

37.3

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, 1 run, too short outside off stump, Amla moves back and drives through cover point

37.5

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, no run, Amla tries to play on the back foot but the ball keeps low outside off stump and he gets a bottom edge into the ground

37.6

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, no run, edged but it doesn't carry! Yuvraj drifted the ball into the right-hander from round the wicket and spun it away from him, Amla tried to defend on the front foot but got an outside edge which fell short of Dravid at first slip

South Africa 125/1   HM Amla 32* (63b 4x4)

39.1

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off side

39.2

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, no run, that one went straight through from Yuvraj, Amla defends on the back foot

39.3

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, no run, drifts down leg side and Amla tries to sweep but doesn't make proper contact

39.4

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, no run, flighted delivery on off stump, Amla leans forward and drives towards mid-off

39.5

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, no run, Yuvraj slips down leg side again, Amla tries to play the leg glance but misses

39.6

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, no run, Amla moves back to a flatter ball on off stump and forces it towards cover

South Africa 125/1   HM Amla 32* (69b 4x4)

41.1

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, no run, pushed off the back foot towards point by Amla

41.2

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, 2 runs, Amla leans forward and nudges the ball off his pads towards long leg, Yuvraj was a bit too straight on that occasion

41.3

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, 1 run, Amla moves right back and works the ball off his pads through midwicket

South Africa 132/1   HM Amla 35* (72b 4x4)

42.1

Sehwag to Amla, 3 runs, bowled flat and straight by Sehwag, Amla moves back and drives the ball straight to Sehwag who bends down to field it but lets the ball go right past him, shoddy shoddy effort

South Africa 135/1   HM Amla 38* (73b 4x4)

43.1

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, no run, a bit too short from Yuvraj on off stump, Amla moves back and plays the ball towards mid-off for one

43.2

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, no run, the ball turns away from the right-hander after pitching around off, Amla begins to play at it but pulls his bat out of the line of the ball

43.3

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, no run, defended off the back foot towards silly point

43.4

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, 1 run, fuller ball on off stump, Amla comes forward and drives through cover for one more

43.6

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, 1 run, Amla moves back and plays the ball on the off side for a single

South Africa 138/1   HM Amla 40* (78b 4x4)

44.1

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, good length ball on off stump, Amla strides forward and pushes the ball towards cover

44.2

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, good length just outside off stump, Amla stays in his crease and punches towards cover

44.3

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, fuller length delivery angling into off stump, Amla defends on the front foot towards the off side

44.4

Sreesanth to Amla, FOUR, too short and too wide outside off stump,Amla stands tall on the back foot and drives firmly through the in-field at cover, superbly timed boundary

44.5

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, too wide outside the off stump once again, Amla waits on the back foot and cuts towards point

44.6

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, banged in short but the ball hardly rises, Amla lets it go through to Dhoni

South Africa 142/1   HM Amla 44* (84b 5x4)

45.6

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, 1 run, flat on off stump, another single as Amla punches off the back foot to cover

South Africa 154/2   HM Amla 45* (85b 5x4)

46.1

Sharma to Amla, FOUR, short and wide outside the off stump, Amla cuts hard off the back foot through backward point for four

46.2

Sharma to Amla, no run, good length delivery outside off stump, Amla lets it go through to Dhoni

46.3

Sharma to Amla, no run, pushed towards cover on the front foot where Kaif fields and hits the stumps at the non-striker's end, he's on the field for Ganguly

46.4

Sharma to Amla, no run, good length ball outside off, played off the back foot towards point

46.5

Sharma to Amla, no run, Ishant's knocked Amla to the ground, with a yorker! That was bowled full and fast and seared into the blockhole, Amla tried to dig it out and fell over in his crease, that would have missed leg stump

46.6

Sharma to Amla, 1 run, Amla waits on the back foot and cuts a short of a length ball from outside off stump towards point, the ball went straight to Yuvraj who fumbled it to allow the single, Amla reaches 50, he's been awesome right through the series

South Africa 159/2   HM Amla 50* (91b 6x4)

47.1

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, no run, tossed up on off stump, Amla moves on to the front foot and blocks

47.2

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, no run, bowled flatter through the air on off stump, defended on the back foot towards the off side

47.3

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, no run, fuller ball but Amla stays in his crease and drives towards cover where Laxman dives and saves runs

47.4

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, no run, that was the one that goes straight on from Yuvraj, Amla moves back and tries to play across the line and gets hit on the pad, there's a loud appeal but it might have missed leg stump

47.5

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, no run, cut hard off the back foot towards point

47.6

Yuvraj Singh to Amla, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, Amla moves forward and drives to mid-off, he calls for the single quickly, well run

South Africa 160/2   HM Amla 51* (97b 6x4)

48.1

Sharma to Amla, no run, good length ball angles back into the right-hander from over the wicket, Amla moves forward and defends

48.2

Sharma to Amla, no run, Ishant's getting the ball to move back into Amla who moves forward and plays the ball towards midwicket

48.3

Sharma to Amla, no run, Ishant fires the yorker into off and middle stump, Amla manages to defend towards the off side

48.4

Sharma to Amla, OUT, bowled him! Ishant's been getting the ball to seam back into Amla and this time he gets beaten by the pace and the movement, Amla tries to defend from his crease but the ball thuds into his back pad before dislodging the leg bail, that was nearly 137 kmh

HM Amla b Sharma 51 (114m 101b 6x4 0x6) SR: 50.49

South Africa 160/3   HM Amla 51 (101b 6x4)
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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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