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   S Sreesanth 1-0-4-0

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   S Sreesanth 2-0-5-0

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   S Sreesanth 3-0-7-0

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   S Sreesanth 4-0-9-0

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

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   S Sreesanth 5-0-10-0

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

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   S Sreesanth 6-0-12-0

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   S Sreesanth 7-0-16-0

54.1

Sreesanth to Prince, 1 run, leg-stump line once again, Prince nudges it off his hips behind square for a single, easy runs these

54.2

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, short of a length delivery pitches outside off stump and moves a fraction away from the right-hander, de Villiers defends off the back foot on the off side

54.3

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, good length delivery on off stump, de Villiers strides forward and defends once again

54.4

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, fuller ball on off stump, Sreesanth is trying to seam it away from de Villiers who comes forward and drives towards mid-off

54.5

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, good length from Sreesanth at 120 kmh around off stump, de Villiers gets behind the line on the back foot and defends

54.6

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers watchfully defends the final ball before tea on the back foot towards the leg side

South Africa 175/4   S Sreesanth 8-0-17-0

56.1

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, full and in the slot to be driven except de Villiers mistimes his shot

56.2

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, slower ball, hitting a wide length and gently moving away, de Villiers is comfortable leaving it alone, and rightfully so

56.3

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, loose delivery slips out Sreesanth's hand, ending up a full toss which de Villiers slaps towards point, Yuvraj does the fielding, should have been spanked

56.4

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, better length outside off stump, de Villiers leaves it be this time

56.5

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, fuller now, as he strives for swing, nearly a yorker which de Villiers drives at and ends up inside-edging towards square leg

56.6

Sreesanth to de Villiers, 1 run, some movement there but the line's all wrong, too full and straight and de Villiers clips it off the pads into the yawning gap at midwicket

South Africa 176/4   S Sreesanth 9-0-18-0

58.1

Sreesanth to de Villiers, 2 runs, good length but the line is on leg stump, de Villiers moves back and glances it off his pads towards fine leg for a quick two

58.2

Sreesanth to de Villiers, (no ball) FOUR, short and wide outside off stump, that's an awful ball and de Villiers cuts it hard over point for over, Sreesanth had over-stepped as well

58.2

Sreesanth to de Villiers, 1 wide, Sreesanth bangs it in very short at 135.6 kmh and the ball springs over de Villiers' head, Asad Rauf calls it wide for height, that was really too high but the ball dipped and bounced before it reached Dhoni

58.2

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, short again and this time de Villiers moves back and defends

58.3

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, short of a length and wide outside off stump, de Villiers lets it go and the ball bounces a second time before reaching Dhoni, strange tactics from Sreesanth and thoroughly ineffective

58.4

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, good length ball on off stump, de Villiers gets behind the line and defends

58.5

Sreesanth to de Villiers, 1 run, a full ball swings into de Villiers who pushes it towards mid-on and immediately sets off for the single

58.6

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, a full toss outside off stump, Prince moves forward and drives towards cover point where Ganguly moves to his left and saves runs, end of a rather curiously wayward over from Sreesanth

South Africa 186/4   S Sreesanth 10-0-27-0

60.1

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, short of a length ball on off stump at 124 kmh, de Villiers calmly gets behind the line and defends with a straight bat

60.2

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, that's overpitched outside off stump, de Villiers leans into the cover drive off the front foot but can't beat the fielder

60.3

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, good length ball on off and middle stump at 124 kmh, it stops on de Villiers who was early on the front-foot defence, the ball lobs back but falls well short of the bowler

60.4

Sreesanth to de Villiers, FOUR, too full outside off stump, de Villiers creams it towards Harbhajan at cover who makes an awful attempt to the field the ball and lets it go right past him for four to the cover boundary, pathetic effort

60.5

Sreesanth to de Villiers, 1 run, a full toss swings into de Villiers who flicks it off his pads towards long leg

60.6

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, too wide outside off stump, Prince lets it go through to Dhoni

South Africa 198/4   S Sreesanth 11-0-32-0
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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 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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