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

50.1

Sharma to Prince, no run, good length ball outside off stump, Prince lets it go through to Dhoni

50.2

Sharma to Prince, 2 runs, Prince gets off the mark by nudging Ishant off his pads behidn square for two more

50.3

Sharma to Prince, 1 run, Ishant pitches outside leg stump and this line allows Prince to glance the ball off his pads towards fine leg

Ahmedabad's double-centurion AB de Villiers prepares to face his first ball.

50.4

Sharma to de Villiers, 1 run, short of a length delivery jags back into the right-hander, de Villiers nudges the ball off his hips towards short leg for a single

50.5

Sharma to Prince, no run, Ishant pitches on leg and middle to the left-hander from over the wicket, Prince defends on the front foot back towards the bowler

50.6

Sharma to Prince, no run, Prince waits in his crease and defends a good length ball which angles across him with a straight bat

End of over 51 (4 runs) South Africa 165/4
AG Prince    3* (8b)      I Sharma    9-0-45-1
AB de Villiers    1* (1b)      Harbhajan Singh    16-4-26-1

51.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, tossed up on middle stump, de Villiers leans forward and works the ball past leg slip for a single

Harbhajan goes round the wicket for the left-hander.

51.2

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, 2 runs, drifts on to leg stump, Prince moves back and plays the ball off his pads through square leg

51.3

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, 1 run, tossed up but the line is on leg stump, Prince nudges the ball towards mid-on for one more

51.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, bowled flatter through the air on off and middle, de Villiers moves back and nudges the ball off his pads behind square

51.5

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, 1 run, Prince moves forward and defends one that drifts on to leg stump, the inside edge runs towards square leg for another single

51.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers gets on to the front foot and defends towards silly point

End of over 52 (6 runs) South Africa 171/4
AB de Villiers    3* (4b)      Harbhajan Singh    17-4-32-1
AG Prince    7* (11b)      I Sharma    9-0-45-1

52.1

Sharma to Prince, 1 no ball, Ishant over-steps once again, he bowls a full ball on middle stump, Prince pushes off the front foot towards mid-on

52.1

Sharma to Prince, 1 run, Ishant's line is on leg stump, Prince moves across the stumps and flicks off his pads behind square, prince is helping himself to some easy runs

52.2

Sharma to de Villiers, no run, good length ball outside off stump, de Villiers lets it go through to Dhoni

52.3

Sharma to de Villiers, no run, a full ball swings back into de Villiers who stays in his crease and defends towards the off side, Ishant's a far more effective bowler against the right-hander

52.4

Sharma to de Villiers, no run, pitches on a good length around off stump and angles into de Villiers who strides forward and defends solidly with bat and pad close together

52.5

Sharma to de Villiers, no run, a bit too full this time on middle stump, de Villiers stays in his crease and pushes the ball towards mid-on

52.6

Sharma to de Villiers, no run, excellent ball! Ishant pitched outside off stump and brought the ball back into de Villiers who began to leave it and then decided to defend, he was late on the shot and was beaten

End of over 53 (2 runs) South Africa 173/4
AB de Villiers    3* (9b)      I Sharma    10-0-47-1
AG Prince    8* (13b)      Harbhajan Singh    17-4-32-1

53.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, tossed up outside off stump, Prince lets it go

53.2

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, floated through the air on off and middle, defended on the front foot

53.3

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, bowled slower through the air outside off stump, Prince defends tentatively off the front foot

53.4

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, Prince moves forward and pushes back towards the bowler

53.5

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, 1 run, Harbhajan angles the ball into the left-hander from round the wicket, the line was a bit too straight and Prince nudged it into the gap at midwicket for a single

53.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers moves on to the front foot and blocks

End of over 54 (1 run) South Africa 174/4
AB de Villiers    3* (10b)      Harbhajan Singh    18-4-33-1
AG Prince    9* (18b)      I Sharma    10-0-47-1

This will be the last over before tea. Sreesanth will bowl it, from over the wicket.

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

Tea, 2.10 pm local time: South Africa were in a dominant position at 152 for 1 before Indian fought back with three quick wickets. However, given the condition of the pitch, India need to take wickets at regular intervals to get on top. Another partnership will once again put South Africa on top. South Africa scored 95 runs between lunch and tea for the loss of three wickets. I'll be back in 20 minutes for the final session of the day.

End of over 55 (1 run) South Africa 175/4
AB de Villiers    3* (15b)      S Sreesanth    8-0-17-0
AG Prince    10* (19b)      Harbhajan Singh    18-4-33-1

14.30 local Welcome back. Out come the players. We've had 55 overs in the day. Sourav Ganguly is back on the field after getting thumped. Ashwell Prince will face Harbhajan SIngh, bowling from around the stumps.

55.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, full and flat on off stump and Prince jams it out to point

Slip, silly point, forward short leg in place for Prince

55.2

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, well left, Prince planting his front leg out and letting the ball go on

55.3

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, there's some generous flight from Harbhajan, and sharp turn too, but its too far outside off stump and Prince can easily leave it be

55.4

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, that's tighter, on off stump, and draws Prince forward in defence

55.5

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, spin, bounce and turn undoes Prince, tentatively feeling for it with minimal footwork, the ball spits up and turns past the outside edge, well kept by Dhoni

55.6

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, and again, the ball grips and sits up as Prince pokes at, only retracting the bat in time, Harbhajan is turning it on a bit after the interval

End of over 56 (maiden) South Africa 175/4
AG Prince    10* (25b)      Harbhajan Singh    19-5-33-1
AB de Villiers    3* (15b)      S Sreesanth    8-0-17-0

Pace from the Pavilion End in the form of Sreesanth

56.1

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

One slip in

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

de Villiers stands outside his crease a short ways

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

End of over 57 (1 run) South Africa 176/4
AB de Villiers    4* (21b)      S Sreesanth    9-0-18-0
AG Prince    10* (25b)      Harbhajan Singh    19-5-33-1

57.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, flat on the stumps as he sees him advancing, de Villiers gets bat on it and turns it through short leg's feet

back over the stumps to Prince

57.2

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, keeps it flat and pins Prince to his crease, who defends gently to leg

57.3

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, flighted wide of off stump and Prince shoulders arms

57.4

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, too full and flat on the pads and Prince turns it to short fine leg

57.5

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, now its on and around off stump and gets Prince pushing forward

57.6

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, flights it outside off and Prince defends to silly point

End of over 58 (1 run) South Africa 177/4
AG Prince    10* (30b)      Harbhajan Singh    20-5-34-1
AB de Villiers    5* (22b)      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

Sreesanth goes round the wicket.

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

End of over 59 (9 runs) South Africa 186/4
AG Prince    10* (31b)      S Sreesanth    10-0-27-0
AB de Villiers    12* (28b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    20-5-34-1

59.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, big turn for Harbhajan from outside off into de Villiers, he gets into a big tangle while defending

59.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 2 runs, tossed up on middle stump, de Villiers works the ball off his pads through midwicket

59.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flatter through the air on off stump, de Villiers leans forward and defends

59.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, FOUR, de Villiers charges, de Villiers connects and the balls sails over the boundary. de Villiers leaps down the track and lofts Harbhajan with the turn over midwicket, he wasn't in complete control and he took his bottom hand off the bat but he connected well enough, the ball bounces on the boundary rope so it's four

59.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, defended on the back foot towards the leg side

59.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, de Villiers moves across his stumps and sweeps towards fine leg to keep the strike

End of over 60 (7 runs) South Africa 193/4
AB de Villiers    19* (34b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    21-5-41-1
AG Prince    10* (31b)      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

Round the wicket for Prince.

60.6

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

I'd be surprised if Dhoni gave Sreesanth another over.

End of over 61 (5 runs) South Africa 198/4
AG Prince    10* (32b)      S Sreesanth    11-0-32-0
AB de Villiers    24* (39b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    21-5-41-1

61.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers moves back and across and works a delivery that turns into him towards square leg

61.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers comes on to the front foot to smother the spin and defends towards short leg

61.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, bowled quicker through the air on off stump, de Villiers gets behind the line and defends back to the bowler

61.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, de Villiers uses his feet to step out and drives Harbhajan straight towards long-on where Yuvraj cuts off the boundary

61.5

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, Harbhajan pitches outside leg stump and spins it across Prince who moves back and flicks it straight on to short leg's boot, the ball bobs up but it's a rather impossible catch for he hit it hard

61.6

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, Prince works the ball off his pads towards Ishant at square leg

End of over 62 (1 run) South Africa 199/4
AG Prince    10* (34b)      Harbhajan Singh    22-5-42-1
AB de Villiers    25* (43b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    11-0-32-0

Chawla replaces Sreesanth, bowling from over the wicket.

62.1

Chawla to de Villiers, no run, bowled quicker through the air on middle stump, de Villiers moves back and defends towards the bowler

62.2

Chawla to de Villiers, OUT, caught! de Villiers moves back to pull but he's playing the shot against the turn, the ball hits the bottom of the bat and goes high in the air towards midwicket where Ganguly settles under the catch, Chawla once again strikes in the first over of his spell

AB de Villiers c Ganguly b Chawla 25 (55m 45b 3x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

Mark Boucher, the last of South Africa's specialist batsmen, comes to the crease.

62.3

Chawla to Boucher, 1 run, a full toss outside off stump, Boucher gets off the mark by driving off the front foot towards cover, South Africa reach 200

62.4

Chawla to Prince, no run, Prince moves forward to defend a flighted delivery and gets hit on the pad outside off stump

62.5

Chawla to Prince, no run, Prince steps out of his crease and nudges Chawla off his pads towards midwicket

62.6

Chawla to Prince, no run, bowled quicker through the air on off and middle, Prince leans forward and defends

End of over 63 (1 run) South Africa 200/5
AG Prince    10* (37b)      PP Chawla    9-1-42-2
MV Boucher    1* (1b)      Harbhajan Singh    22-5-42-1

63.1

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, quicker delivery outside off stump, defended on the front foot

63.2

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, 2 runs, flighted delivery on of stump, Boucher moves forward and plays across the line, he's found the gap superbly at midwicket and will get two

63.3

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, Boucher strides forward and defends a flighted delivery towards the off side

63.4

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, fired in on middle stump, Boucher moves forward and across and defends

63.5

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, Boucher waits in his crease and plays the ball off his pads to leg slip

63.6

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, bowled flatter through the air on off and middle, defended off the front foot towards the leg side

End of over 64 (2 runs) South Africa 202/5
MV Boucher    3* (7b)      Harbhajan Singh    23-5-44-1
AG Prince    10* (37b)      PP Chawla    9-1-42-2

64.1

Chawla to Prince, no run, Prince moves forward and flicks the ball to the fielder at short leg

64.2

Chawla to Prince, no run, Prince moves towards leg to make room but the ball spins and follows him, he gets cramped for room and gets hit on the thigh

64.3

Chawla to Prince, no run, Prince lets it go outside off stump

64.4

Chawla to Prince, 1 run, Prince gets down on one knee and sweeps behind square, those are his first runs in the post-tea session

64.5

Chawla to Boucher, no run, Chawla pitches it a little short and gives Boucher enough time to move out of the way of a ball that spins and bounces sharply away from him

64.6

Chawla to Boucher, no run, Chawla ends the over with a googly which Boucher defends

It's time for drinks.

End of over 65 (1 run) South Africa 203/5
MV Boucher    3* (9b)      PP Chawla    10-1-43-2
AG Prince    11* (41b)      Harbhajan Singh    23-5-44-1

65.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, bowled flat on middle stump from over the wicket, Prince defends on the front foot

65.2

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, Harbhajan pitches the ball outside leg and spins it across Prince who moves back and works the ball on the leg side

65.3

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, that is pitched way outside leg and Prince pads it away

65.4

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, fuller ball outside leg stump, Prince leans forward and plays the ball on the leg side

65.5

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, 3 runs, over-pitched on leg stump, Prince flicks firmly off his pads past Ishant at midwicket, Chawla runs across from deep backward square leg to field

65.6

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, tossed up on off stump, Boucher gets on to the front foot and defends

End of over 66 (3 runs) South Africa 206/5
MV Boucher    3* (10b)      Harbhajan Singh    24-5-47-1
AG Prince    14* (46b)      PP Chawla    10-1-43-2

66.1

Chawla to Prince, no run, tossed up outside off stump from over the wicket and the ball spins back into the left-hander who thrusts his pad out and defends

66.2

Chawla to Prince, no run, defended on the leg side off the back foot

66.3

Chawla to Prince, no run, Prince uses his feet to come out of the crease and flicks to the fielder at midwicket

66.4

Chawla to Prince, no run, Prince leans forward to defend but gets hit on the pad outside the line of off stump

66.5

Chawla to Prince, no run, defended on the front foot towards silly point

66.6

Chawla to Prince, no run, flighted delivery pitches outside off stump, Prince pads it away off the front foot

End of over 67 (maiden) South Africa 206/5
AG Prince    14* (52b)      PP Chawla    11-2-43-2
MV Boucher    3* (10b)      Harbhajan Singh    24-5-47-1

67.1

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, Boucher wanted to play that ball across the line towards midwicket but he got stuck in his crease and had to check his shot, he eventually played it towards the bowler

67.2

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, flicked off the pads towards midwicket

67.3

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, defended on the front foot towards short leg

67.4

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, tossed up outside off stump, Boucher strides forward and blocks, Harbhajan is inviting him to drive

67.5

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, quicker ball from Harbhajan, Boucher defends on the back foot

67.6

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, Boucher goes on the back foot and defends towards leg slip

End of over 68 (maiden) South Africa 206/5
MV Boucher    3* (16b)      Harbhajan Singh    25-6-47-1
AG Prince    14* (52b)      PP Chawla    11-2-43-2

68.1

Chawla to Prince, 2 runs, swept from middle and off stump towards deep square leg for two more to Prince

68.2

Chawla to Prince, no run, bowled flatter through the air on middle, Prince flicks off the front foot to Harbhajan at midwicket

68.3

Chawla to Prince, no run, that was the googly which Prince defended off the back foot to Chawla

68.4

Chawla to Prince, no run, defended on the back foot towards the leg side

68.5

Chawla to Prince, 1 leg bye, Prince leans forward to defend but gets hit on the pad outside the line of off stump, they steal a leg bye towards the vacant silly mid off region

68.6

Chawla to Boucher, no run, bowled flat through the air on off stump, Boucher defends on the front foot with bat and pad close together

End of over 69 (3 runs) South Africa 209/5
MV Boucher    3* (17b)      PP Chawla    12-2-45-2
AG Prince    16* (57b)      Harbhajan Singh    25-6-47-1

Harbhajan goes round the wicket for Prince.

69.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, tossed up into the left-hander, Prince defends on the back foot

69.2

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, Prince went back to defend but the ball angles into the left-hander and spins away from him, he gets beaten

69.3

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, defended on the front foot towards silly point

69.4

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, Prince moves back and works the ball off his pads towards the leg side, incidentally Prince hasn't scored on the off side as yet

69.5

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off side

69.6

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, bowled flatter through the air outside off stump, Prince stays in his crease and blocks

"I think both these spinners are doing a wonderful job, bowling in tandem.If India can bowl SA out today with not very much then they have a very good chance to draw level in this series," says Savinay.

End of over 70 (maiden) South Africa 209/5
AG Prince    16* (63b)      Harbhajan Singh    26-7-47-1
MV Boucher    3* (17b)      PP Chawla    12-2-45-2

70.1

Chawla to Boucher, 2 runs, flighted ball on leg and middle, Boucher comes forward and flicks towards square leg

70.2

Chawla to Boucher, no run, bowled flatter on middle stump, Boucher moves forward and defends with a straight bat

70.3

Chawla to Boucher, no run, that was the googly and it kept very low, Boucher had to stoop to reach it and defended it towards the leg side

70.4

Chawla to Boucher, no run, Boucher stays in his crease and plays the googly through midwicket

70.5

Chawla to Boucher, FOUR, full toss and Boucher dispatches the ball to the boundary with a well timed flick, that's his first four

70.6

Chawla to Boucher, no run, defended on the back foot towards short leg

End of over 71 (6 runs) South Africa 215/5
MV Boucher    9* (23b 1x4)      PP Chawla    13-2-51-2
AG Prince    16* (63b)      Harbhajan Singh    26-7-47-1

Sehwag replaces Harbhajan, bowling from round the wicket to the left-hander.

71.1

Sehwag to Prince, no run, Sehwag drifts the ball into the left-hander, Prince goes back to play the ball on the leg side but misses

71.2

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

71.3

Sehwag to Prince, no run, bowled flat through the air on off stump, defended on the front foot

71.4

Sehwag to Prince, no run, that's too short outside off stump, Prince goes back to cut but can't beat Ganguly at cover point

71.5

Sehwag to Prince, no run, Prince comes forward and blocks to silly point

71.6

Sehwag to Prince, no run, tossed up outside off stump, Prince goes on to the back foot and defends to silly point, that kept a little low

End of over 72 (maiden) South Africa 215/5
AG Prince    16* (69b)      V Sehwag    4-2-7-0
MV Boucher    9* (23b 1x4)      PP Chawla    13-2-51-2

72.1

Chawla to Boucher, no run, a bit too short outside off stump, Boucher moves back and drives but can't get it past cover

72.2

Chawla to Boucher, no run, flighted delivery on leg and middle, Boucher leans forward and defends towards midwicket

72.3

Chawla to Boucher, no run, nudged off the front foot to midwicket, that was flatter from Chawla

72.4

Chawla to Boucher, no run, Boucher moves back and across and plays the ball off his pads towards the leg side

72.5

Chawla to Boucher, no run, defended off the back foot towards the fielder at short leg

72.6

Chawla to Boucher, no run, Boucher gets on to the front foot and tries to defend, he gets a bit on an outside edge behind point on the off side

End of over 73 (maiden) South Africa 215/5
MV Boucher    9* (29b 1x4)      PP Chawla    14-3-51-2
AG Prince    16* (69b)      V Sehwag    4-2-7-0

"Sreesanth has been terrible today, yet again! His last spell was absolute dross. Just when Dhoni would have wanted a incisive spell," says Gaurav.

73.1

Sehwag to Prince, no run, defended on the front foot towards the leg side

73.2

Sehwag to Prince, OUT, lbw! Sehwag goes round the wicket and drifts the ball with the arm into Prince who tries to defend on the back foot, he misses and gets hit on the pad, the ball would have gone on to hit off stump but the impact was perhaps marginally outside off but Doctrove didn't think so and sent Prince on his way, it's been a struggle for Prince on this pitch

AG Prince lbw b Sehwag 16 (105m 71b 0x4 0x6) SR: 22.53

Morne Morkel is the new batsman.

73.3

Sehwag to Morkel, no run, bowled full on middle stump, Morkel defends on the back foot

73.4

Sehwag to Morkel, no run, Morkel leans forward to defend but the ball spins past his outside edge

73.5

Sehwag to Morkel, no run, played off the back foot towards the fielder at silly point

73.6

Sehwag to Morkel, 2 runs, a bit too short and Morkel cuts off the back foot through point where Sreesanth gives chase

End of over 74 (2 runs) South Africa 217/6
M Morkel    2* (4b)      V Sehwag    5-2-9-1
MV Boucher    9* (29b 1x4)      PP Chawla    14-3-51-2

74.1

Chawla to Boucher, 2 runs, nudged off the pads behind square for a quick two

74.2

Chawla to Boucher, no run, Boucher moves back and plays the ball towards point

74.3

Chawla to Boucher, no run, tossed up on middle stump, Boucher gets on to the front foot and defends

74.4

Chawla to Boucher, no run, Boucher comes forward to a full toss and plays it towards wide mid-on

74.5

Chawla to Boucher, 1 run, that's the googly and Boucher cuts it off the back foot through point for one

74.6

Chawla to Morkel, 2 runs, flighted delivery on middle stump, Morkel clears his front foot out of the way and drives the ball uppishly past the bowler

End of over 75 (5 runs) South Africa 222/6
M Morkel    4* (5b)      PP Chawla    15-3-56-2
MV Boucher    12* (34b 1x4)      V Sehwag    5-2-9-1

75.1

Sehwag to Boucher, 1 run, played off the pads behidn square leg for a single

75.2

Sehwag to Morkel, FOUR, short and wide outside off stump, Morkel waits for the ball to turn away from him and cuts it firmly into the gap at point for four

75.3

Sehwag to Morkel, FOUR, this time the ball is too close to cut but Morkel attempts it anyway, he gets an thick outside edge through backward point for four more

75.4

Sehwag to Morkel, no run, bowled flatter through the air outside off stump, Morkel lets it go

75.5

Sehwag to Morkel, no run, defended on the back foot towards the off side

75.6

Sehwag to Morkel, no run, that one spun and bounced sharply away from the left-hander, Morkel lets it go again

End of over 76 (9 runs) South Africa 231/6
M Morkel    12* (10b 2x4)      V Sehwag    6-2-18-1
MV Boucher    13* (35b 1x4)      PP Chawla    15-3-56-2

76.1

Chawla to Boucher, FOUR, that's just too short and Boucher pulls it with power to the midwicket boundary, poor ball from Chawla and duly put away

76.2

Chawla to Boucher, no run, flighted delivery on off stump, Boucher leans forward and drives towards cover

76.3

Chawla to Boucher, 1 run, that was the googly, Boucher moves back and across and defends on the off side

76.4

Chawla to Morkel, FOUR, over pitched from Chawla and Morkel uses his feet to get to the pitch of the ball and drives straight, the timing is splendid and the ball races to the boundary

76.5

Chawla to Morkel, 1 run, played off the back foot towards the off side

76.6

Chawla to Boucher, no run, tossed up on middle and off, Boucher leans forward and defends

The umpires decide it's time for a drinks break.

End of over 77 (10 runs) South Africa 241/6
MV Boucher    18* (39b 2x4)      PP Chawla    16-3-66-2
M Morkel    17* (12b 3x4)      V Sehwag    6-2-18-1

"Dhoni should call back Ishant now as the new ball will be due after four overs and both the batsmen are not set," says Raj. I don't think he will take the new ball but he might bring back Ishant sooner rather than later.

77.1

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, no run, tossed up from round the wicket, the ball spins away from Morkel who lets it go

77.2

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, no run, flighted delivery on middle stump, Morkel goes back and defends

77.3

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, no run, tossed up on off stump, Morkel comes forward and plays no shot, the ball spins past off stump

77.4

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, no run, straighter line from Harbhajan, Morkel defends to short leg

77.5

Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, OUT, caught! Morkel moves on to the back foot to cut - a shot he has played twice with success - but this time he's beaten by the spin and the high bounce, he gets an edge to Dravid who takes the catch at first slip

M Morkel c Dravid b Harbhajan Singh 17 (19m 17b 3x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Paul Harris is South Africa's No 9 batsman. Harbhajan from over the wicket.

77.6

Harbhajan Singh to Harris, no run, bowled flat through the air on off and middle, Harris defends on the front foot and hands the strike back to Boucher

End of over 78 (wicket maiden) South Africa 241/7
PL Harris    0* (1b)      Harbhajan Singh    27-8-47-2
MV Boucher    18* (39b 2x4)      PP Chawla    16-3-66-2

Yuvraj Singh replaces Chawla, bowling from round the wicket.

78.1

Yuvraj Singh to Boucher, 1 run, drifts on to leg stump, Boucher works the ball off his pads behind square for a single

78.2

Yuvraj Singh to Harris, 1 run, Harris moves on to the front foot and plays the paddle sweep towards fine leg to get off the mark

78.3

Yuvraj Singh to Boucher, 1 run, pushed towards midwicket for a single

78.4

Yuvraj Singh to Harris, no run, bowled flat through the air on off stump, defended on the off side

78.5

Yuvraj Singh to Harris, no run, bowled flat and straight on off and middle stump, defended on the front foot

78.6

Yuvraj Singh to Harris, no run, Harris moves on to the front foot and lets the ball go through to Dhoni outside off stump

End of over 79 (3 runs) South Africa 244/7
PL Harris    1* (5b)      Yuvraj Singh    9-1-32-1
MV Boucher    20* (41b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    27-8-47-2

79.1

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, Harbhajan drifts down leg side, that turned a long way and Dhoni did well to collect it

79.2

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

79.3

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, tossed up wide outside off stump, Boucher went to play the front foot cover drive but mis-hit it towards the bowler because of the turn into the right-hander

79.4

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, 1 run, played off the pads towards deep backward square leg for one

79.5

Harbhajan Singh to Harris, no run, flighted delivery outside off stump, Harris tries to defend on the front foot but gets an inside edge on the leg side

79.6

Harbhajan Singh to Harris, no run, Harris tries to defend on the back foot but gets beaten by the straighter one

End of over 80 (1 run) South Africa 245/7
PL Harris    1* (7b)      Harbhajan Singh    28-8-48-2
MV Boucher    21* (45b 2x4)      Yuvraj Singh    9-1-32-1

The second new ball is due if Dhoni wants it. It's unlikely that he will take it.

80.1

Yuvraj Singh to Boucher, no run, defended back to the bowler on the front foot

80.2

Yuvraj Singh to Boucher, no run, too short and too wide, Boucher waits on the back foot and cuts to point

80.3

Yuvraj Singh to Boucher, 1 run, the line is too straight on middle and leg, Boucher moves across and nudges the ball through midwicket

80.4

Yuvraj Singh to Harris, no run, Harris gets on to the front foot and defends

80.5

Yuvraj Singh to Harris, no run, Harris moves on to the front foot and defends on the off side

80.6

Yuvraj Singh to Harris, no run, bowled quick down leg side, Harris misses the leg glance and Dhoni collects

End of over 81 (1 run) South Africa 246/7
PL Harris    1* (10b)      Yuvraj Singh    10-1-33-1
MV Boucher    22* (48b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    28-8-48-2

81.1

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, tossed up on off stump, Boucher gets on to the front foot and defends on the leg side

81.2

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, there's an appeal for bat pad, Boucher lunged forward to defend but got beaten by the turn and the bounce, the ball hit the top of the pad and lobbed up to Dhoni

81.3

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, 1 run, pushed off the pads through midwicket for a single

81.4

Harbhajan Singh to Harris, 1 run, Harris gets his front foot across and sweeps Harbhajan in the air but the ball falls well short of the fielder at long leg

81.5

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, 1 run, Boucher moves on to the back foot and cuts towards point for a single

81.6

Harbhajan Singh to Harris, no run, full ball on off stump, Harris defends back towards the bowler

End of over 82 (3 runs) South Africa 249/7
PL Harris    2* (12b)      Harbhajan Singh    29-8-51-2
MV Boucher    24* (52b 2x4)      Yuvraj Singh    10-1-33-1

82.1

Yuvraj Singh to Boucher, 1 run, bowled flatter through the air on off stump, driven off the front foot to long-off, South Africa bring up 250, that's a competitive score on this pitch

82.2

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

82.3

Yuvraj Singh to Harris, 1 run, full toss and Harris hammers it past the bowler, Sreesanth dives to his right from mid-off and saves the boundary

82.4

Yuvraj Singh to Boucher, no run, that bounced sharply from off stump, Harris tried to defend on the front foot but got hit on the glove

82.5

Yuvraj Singh to Boucher, FOUR, that's a rank long hop and Harris helps himself, he pulls with a lot of power to the midwicket boundary, the ball bounces off the boundary rope and hits a ball boy in the mouth, ouch

82.6

Yuvraj Singh to Boucher, no run, defended back towards the bowler on the front foot

End of over 83 (6 runs) South Africa 255/7
MV Boucher    29* (56b 3x4)      Yuvraj Singh    11-1-39-1
PL Harris    3* (14b)      Harbhajan Singh    29-8-51-2

Ishant Sharma replaces Harbhajan, bowling from over the wicket.

83.1

Sharma to Harris, no run, short of a length ball angles into Harris who tries to play the ball on the leg side and gets a leading edge towards the bowler

83.2

Sharma to Harris, FOUR, Harris waits in his crease and tries to drive a good length ball through the off side, the ball hits the outside edge which falls short of first slip but Laxman lets the ball go through for four runs to third man, he should have really stopped that

83.3

Sharma to Harris, FOUR, this time Ishant strays down leg side and Harris glances the ball off his pads to the fine leg boundary

83.4

Sharma to Harris, no run, good length delivery just outside off stump, that was 124 kmh, Harris lets it go through to Dhoni

83.5

Sharma to Harris, no run, the good length pins Harris is his crease as he defends on the off side

83.6

Sharma to Harris, no run, Ishant gets the ball to reverse into Harris from a good length, he defends on the back foot towards the bowler

End of over 84 (8 runs) South Africa 263/7
PL Harris    11* (20b 2x4)      I Sharma    11-0-55-1
MV Boucher    29* (56b 3x4)      Yuvraj Singh    11-1-39-1

Harbhajan replaces Yuvraj, bowling from over the wicket.

84.1

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, 1 leg bye, Boucher leans forward to defend but gets hit on the pad, they run a leg bye towards cover

Harbhajan goes round the wicket to Harris.

84.2

Harbhajan Singh to Harris, no run, Harris gets drawn into the front foot push and Harbhajan goes past his outside edge with one that goes straight on

84.3

Harbhajan Singh to Harris, no run, Harris comes forward to defend but misses the ball completely, that ball has climbed off the pitch and hit him on the box, it may only be a spinner bowling but it still hurts

84.4

Harbhajan Singh to Harris, no run, defended on the front foot towards silly point

84.5

Harbhajan Singh to Harris, no run, Harris came forward to drive but once again got beaten by the ball that goes straight through

84.6

Harbhajan Singh to Harris, no run, defended on the back foot, Harris survives the over

End of over 85 (1 run, maiden) South Africa 264/7
PL Harris    11* (25b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    30-9-51-2
MV Boucher    29* (57b 3x4)      I Sharma    11-0-55-1

85.1

Sharma to Boucher, no run, good length delivery angles into the right-hander from outside off, Boucher defends on the back foot

85.2

Sharma to Boucher, OUT, bowled! Ishant pitches the ball outside off and cuts it into the right-hander, it keeps low as well, Boucher tries to defend from his crease and gets beaten by pace and movement, the ball crashes into off and middle stump

MV Boucher b Sharma 29 (90m 59b 3x4 0x6) SR: 49.15

Given how this pitch has played, South Africa's bowling attack will be difficult to play on this pitch. The bounce has been low at times whereas some balls have taken off.

Steyn is the new batsman, he'll be looking forward to his turn with the ball.

85.3

Sharma to Steyn, no run, full ball swings into the right-hander, pushed off the front foot towards cover

85.4

Sharma to Steyn, no run, again the ball swings into Steyn from outside off stump, Steyn stays in his crease and defends back towards the bowler

85.5

Sharma to Steyn, no run, Steyn hits the ball straight, too straight for he's hit the stumps at the bowler's end

85.6

Sharma to Steyn, no run, slower ball outside off stump at 107 kmh, Steyn whips it off the front foot towards midwicket

End of over 86 (wicket maiden) South Africa 264/8
DW Steyn    0* (4b)      I Sharma    12-1-55-2
PL Harris    11* (25b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    30-9-51-2

86.1

Harbhajan Singh to Harris, no run, Harris moves back to defend a flatter ball towards the leg side

86.2

Harbhajan Singh to Harris, no run, bowled flat on middle stump once again, Harris moves back and across and defends

86.3

Harbhajan Singh to Harris, 1 run, Harris moves forward and across and lofts the ball towards long-on where it falls short of Chawla

86.4

Harbhajan Singh to Steyn, OUT, caught! that's a smart catch by Kaif at first slip, it was the quicker ball on middle and off stump, Steyn tried to reverse sweep and the ball went straight off the edge to first slip, South Africa are nine down

DW Steyn c sub (M Kaif) b Harbhajan Singh 0 (8m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Makhaya Ntini is the last man for South Africa. If he falls in this over then India might have to bat one over this evening.

86.5

Harbhajan Singh to Ntini, no run, Ntini leans forward and defends a flighted ball towards the off side

86.6

Harbhajan Singh to Ntini, no run, Ntini comes on to the front foot and drives towards mid-on which means that India will not have to bat today even if South Africa are all out

End of over 87 (1 run) South Africa 265/9
M Ntini    0* (2b)      Harbhajan Singh    31-9-52-3
PL Harris    12* (28b 2x4)      I Sharma    12-1-55-2

Harris pulls out as Ishant runs in, he has a problem with something behind the bowler's arm.

87.1

Sharma to Harris, no run, Ishant strays down leg side, Harris tries to play the leg glance and dhoni collects superbly, almost nonchalantly with one hand, he appeals for a catch but it hit nothing

87.2

Sharma to Harris, no run, good length ball swings into off stump, Harris gets behind the line and defends on the back foot

87.3

Sharma to Harris, OUT, Ishant batters leg stump! It was a full ball which swung into the right-hander, Harris tried to slog it over long on and missed, the ball cannoned into the middle of leg stump and uprooted it, that is the end of the South African innings and that is also stumps on day one

PL Harris b Sharma 12 (44m 31b 2x4 0x6) SR: 38.70

4.50 pm local time: "I'm glad that you have pointed out that what counts isn't what India have thrown at South Africa, but what South Africa are going to throw back! By giving the South African attack a difficult pitch with variable bounce the Indians were betting on winning the toss and putting runs on the board before a trial by spin. If South Africa can get to 300 they may well have a winning total and enough for a big 1st innings lead," says Mark Kidger.

Well South Africa haven't got to 300 but they won't be too disappointed with 265. Some balls have kept low, some bounced sharply and it has turned as well. Ishant got the ball to reverse swing quite a bit which will be encouraging for Steyn and Morkel.

India, though, will also be satisfied with their effort after losing the toss. They bounced back strongly to dismiss South Africa after they were 152 for 1 at one stage. India's batsmen, however, will have to apply themselves for run-scoring won't be easy with South Africa's disciplined attack and sharp fielding outfit. A first-innings lead will be precious.

Join me tomorrow morning at 9.00 am for what should be a riveting second day. Until then this is George Binoy signing off. Cheers.

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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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