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

0.3

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

South Africa 4/0   ND McKenzie 4* (3b 1x4)   S Sreesanth 0.3-0-4-0

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)   I Sharma 1-0-7-0

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

South Africa 16/0   ND McKenzie 9* (14b 2x4)   I Sharma 1.2-0-11-0

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

South Africa 20/0   ND McKenzie 13* (15b 3x4)   I Sharma 1.3-0-15-0

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)   I Sharma 3-0-19-0

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

South Africa 35/0   GC Smith 15* (25b 2x4)   I Sharma 4.1-0-25-0

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

South Africa 43/0   GC Smith 20* (37b 3x4)   I Sharma 5.4-0-33-0

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

South Africa 61/0   ND McKenzie 36* (56b 5x4)   PP Chawla 0.4-0-4-0

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)   PP Chawla 3-1-10-1

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)   PP Chawla 4-1-17-1

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

South Africa 84/1   GC Smith 35* (77b 5x4)   PP Chawla 4.5-1-21-1

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

South Africa 91/1   HM Amla 16* (25b 2x4)   PP Chawla 5.1-1-26-1

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)   PP Chawla 7-1-34-1

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

South Africa 112/1   HM Amla 23* (44b 3x4)   Harbhajan Singh 12.5-3-23-0

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

South Africa 119/1   HM Amla 29* (53b 4x4)   Yuvraj Singh 1.3-0-6-0

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

South Africa 129/1   GC Smith 58* (119b 7x4 1x6)   V Sehwag 1.4-1-4-0

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

South Africa 142/1   HM Amla 44* (82b 5x4)   S Sreesanth 6.4-0-16-0

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

South Africa 146/1   GC Smith 63* (131b 8x4 1x6)   Yuvraj Singh 6.1-1-20-0

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

South Africa 158/2   HM Amla 49* (86b 6x4)   I Sharma 6.1-0-39-0

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

South Africa 184/4   AB de Villiers 11* (24b 1x4)   S Sreesanth 9.1-0-25-0

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

South Africa 192/4   AB de Villiers 18* (32b 2x4)   Harbhajan Singh 20.4-5-40-1

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

South Africa 197/4   AB de Villiers 23* (38b 3x4)   S Sreesanth 10.4-0-31-0

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

South Africa 215/5   MV Boucher 9* (22b 1x4)   PP Chawla 12.5-2-51-2

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

South Africa 227/6   M Morkel 8* (6b 1x4)   V Sehwag 5.2-2-14-1

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

South Africa 231/6   M Morkel 12* (7b 2x4)   V Sehwag 5.3-2-18-1

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

South Africa 235/6   MV Boucher 17* (36b 2x4)   PP Chawla 15.1-3-60-2

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

South Africa 240/6   M Morkel 16* (11b 3x4)   PP Chawla 15.4-3-65-2

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

South Africa 255/7   MV Boucher 29* (55b 3x4)   Yuvraj Singh 10.5-1-39-1

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

South Africa 259/7   PL Harris 7* (16b 1x4)   I Sharma 10.2-0-51-1

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

South Africa 263/7   PL Harris 11* (17b 2x4)   I Sharma 10.3-0-55-1
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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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