South Africa tour of New Zealand, Tour Match: Canterbury v South Africans at Christchurch, Feb 15, 2012
South Africans won by 20 runs
15 February 2012 (20-over match)

Hello and welcome to South Africa's first match of their tour of New Zealand against Canterbury from Hagley Oval in Christchurch. Avi Singh with you on scoring and commentary today. Canterbury have won the toss and chosen to bowl first. Out walk Hashim Amla and Richard Levi for the visitors, Matt Henry to open the bowling

0.1

Henry to Levi, no run, gets forward and defends to the on side

0.2

Henry to Levi, no run, left alone outside off stump

0.3

Henry to Levi, 1 run, full outside off and swinging away, gets a thick edge in the air down to third man trying to drive through the covers, gets off the mark does the bulky Levi

0.4

Henry to Amla, no run, Hashim lets his first ball pass by outside off

0.5

Henry to Amla, 2 runs, waits on the back foot and punches neatly behind backward point

0.6

Henry to Amla, no run, goes back and punches straight to point

Ryan McCone the left-armer to open up from the other end

End of over 1 (3 runs) South Africans 3/0

    • HM Amla 2 (3b)
    • RE Levi 1 (3b)
    • MJ Henry 1-0-3-0
1.1

McCone to Levi, no run, full outside off and squeezed to backward point

1.2

McCone to Levi, FOUR, full outside off and he drags it across the line without that much timing but it still has enough to get to the cow corner fence

1.3

McCone to Levi, FOUR, quality drive outside off, slightly on the up as the ball was on middle and off, sends it scudding back past the bowler

1.4

McCone to Levi, no run, beaten this time as he feels for one angling across him, good length

1.5

McCone to Levi, FOUR, short bouncer on leg and Levi rocks back and hooks down to the fine leg fence

1.6

McCone to Levi, no run, again drives but finds mid-off this time

End of over 2 (12 runs) South Africans 15/0

    • RE Levi 13 (9b 3x4)
    • HM Amla 2 (3b)
    • RJ McCone 1-0-12-0
    • MJ Henry 1-0-3-0
2.1

Henry to Amla, no run, loud appeal for lbw turned down as Amla waited back in the crease to a ball on middle and leg, misses the flick but possibly going down

2.2

Henry to Amla, no run, half-volley on leg which is flicked with timing but straight to fine leg

2.3

Henry to Amla, 1 run, full on middle and leg and worked wide of mid-on

2.4

Henry to Levi, FOUR, backed away before the bowler runs in and he smashes a half-volley outside off through the covers and it races away

2.5

Henry to Levi, no run, very wide of off but Levi drags without timing or power to mid-on

2.6

Henry to Levi, no run, has a big swing at a length ball outside off but makes no contact

End of over 3 (5 runs) South Africans 20/0

    • RE Levi 17 (12b 4x4)
    • HM Amla 3 (6b)
    • MJ Henry 2-0-8-0
    • RJ McCone 1-0-12-0
3.1

McCone to Amla, 1 run, full outside off and driven into the covers

3.2

McCone to Levi, no run, gets this to nip back into the right-hander from a good length on middle and he inside edges past the stumps to fine leg

3.3

McCone to Levi, SIX, again backs away and crunches a full ball on the stumps over long-on into the hospitality tents where one of the punters does exceptionally well to take a one-handed catch diving onto his table!

3.4

McCone to Levi, 1 run, full on off and again swings across the line into the leg side

3.5

McCone to Amla, no run, waits and opens the face and guides behind point

3.6

McCone to Amla, no run, swings at a ball outside off but can't make contact

End of over 4 (8 runs) South Africans 28/0

    • HM Amla 4 (9b)
    • RE Levi 24 (15b 4x4 1x6)
    • RJ McCone 2-0-20-0
    • MJ Henry 2-0-8-0
4.1

van Beek to Levi, FOUR, van Beek comes on and is flayed through point, short and wide outside off and it gets the treatment

4.2

van Beek to Levi, FOUR, short outside off and Levi again drags across the line with his powerful bottom hand, beats midwicket and mid-on who chases in vain

4.3

van Beek to Levi, FOUR, clubbed like a baseball hitter would play the shot, short and wide and he slams it over the top of cover

4.4

van Beek to Levi, FOUR, this is a pasting, full outside off and moving away a touch, Levi couldn't care less as he drills it through the line and over cover again

4.5

van Beek to Levi, 1 run, full toss is mistimed straight to Fulton at mid-off, who puts in a throw which Young can't collect cleanly and they sneak an overthrow

4.6

van Beek to Amla, FOUR, 21 from the over as this was full outside off and Amla decides to delicately glide it through third man, looked very classy even amidst the violence at Levi's end

End of over 5 (21 runs) South Africans 49/0

    • HM Amla 8 (10b 1x4)
    • RE Levi 41 (20b 8x4 1x6)
    • LV van Beek 1-0-21-0
    • RJ McCone 2-0-20-0
5.1

McEwan to Levi, FOUR, short on off and he top-edges the hook high over the keeper's head to bring up his team's 50

5.2

McEwan to Levi, 1 run, outside off and he edges to the left of third man

5.3

McEwan to Amla, 1 run, short outside off angling in and he gets on top of the bounce to open the face

5.4

McEwan to Levi, no run, back of the hand slower ball is hit straight to point

5.5

McEwan to Levi, no run, defends an accurate ball on middle

5.6

McEwan to Levi, SIX, massive strike over the square leg boundary and the marquee tents to bring up a fifty at two runs a ball, it was a half-volley on middle and he happily swung across the line

End of over 6 (12 runs) South Africans 61/0

    • RE Levi 52 (25b 9x4 2x6)
    • HM Amla 9 (11b 1x4)
    • MB McEwan 1-0-12-0
    • LV van Beek 1-0-21-0
6.1

Worker to Amla, 1 run, outside off and driven to long-off

6.2

Worker to Levi, 1 run, worked into the leg side

6.3

Worker to Amla, no run, gets forward and defends

6.4

Worker to Amla, FOUR, short outside off and waits before cutting with pinpoint placement behind square on the off side

6.5

Worker to Amla, 1 wide, pushed down leg and he misses the heave

6.5

Worker to Amla, 1 run, comes down the track and pushes to long-off

6.6

Worker to Levi, no run, fired into leg and it hits him outside leg as he tries to flick

End of over 7 (8 runs) South Africans 69/0

    • RE Levi 53 (27b 9x4 2x6)
    • HM Amla 15 (15b 2x4)
    • GH Worker 1-0-8-0
    • MB McEwan 1-0-12-0
7.1

Johnston to Amla, no run, comes around the wicket and pushes it across the right-hander who misses the cut

7.2

Johnston to Amla, 1 run, played through the covers

7.3

Johnston to Levi, FOUR, bludgeons a flat ball on middle past the bowler's head and into the rope

7.4

Johnston to Levi, SIX, gets down on a knee and slog-sweeps miles over the tents at cow corner, almost into the makeshift toilets!

7.5

Johnston to Levi, no run, pushes a flat ball to point

7.6

Johnston to Levi, no run, mistimes the smear down the ground back to the bowler

End of over 8 (11 runs) South Africans 80/0

    • RE Levi 63 (31b 10x4 3x6)
    • HM Amla 16 (17b 2x4)
    • TG Johnston 1-0-11-0
    • GH Worker 1-0-8-0
8.1

Worker to Amla, 1 run, full toss which is in the air for a while but he plays softly to long-off

8.2

Worker to Levi, OUT, stood way outside leg stump before the ball was delivered, waited and then came down the track to a full ball, misses completely and it clips leg stump, end of a blazing innings from Levi who won't have been seen by many New Zealand fans

RE Levi b Worker 63 (32m 32b 10x4 3x6) SR: 196.87

8.3

Worker to Ingram, no run, tossed up full on middle and worked to midwicket

8.4

Worker to Ingram, 1 run, short down leg and pulled to deep backward square

8.5

Worker to Amla, FOUR, backs away a touch and lofts inside out over the covers, lovely shot

8.6

Worker to Amla, 1 run, brave enough to toss it up again on middle and this is eased to long-off

End of over 9 (7 runs) South Africans 87/1

    • HM Amla 22 (20b 3x4)
    • CA Ingram 1 (2b)
    • GH Worker 2-0-15-1
    • TG Johnston 1-0-11-0
9.1

Johnston to Amla, 1 run, waits and plays into the point region

9.2

Johnston to Ingram, no run, pushed through outside off and tries to paddle sweep but can't connect

9.3

Johnston to Ingram, no run, fired into the pads and he backs away and punches without room to cover

9.4

Johnston to Ingram, no run, outside off and he goes for a big carve through the covers but again can't make contact

9.5

Johnston to Ingram, no run, fired in full on leg and he misjudges the length trying to work off the pads, keeps low and hits the pad on leg, big appeal turned down

9.6

Johnston to Ingram, 1 run, mistimes the drive into the covers

End of over 10 (2 runs) South Africans 89/1

    • CA Ingram 2 (7b)
    • HM Amla 23 (21b 3x4)
    • TG Johnston 2-0-13-0
    • GH Worker 2-0-15-1
10.1

Worker to Ingram, OUT, Ingram always looked out of touch, came down the track and mistimed the loft straight to long-off

CA Ingram c McEwan b Worker 2 (6m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Dean: "A Kiwi watching in Malaysia....great to see a touring team play a domestic side. How is the crowd? Hope its a nice evening in Christchurch!" Good crowd in and nice weather for the folks in earthquake-ravaged territory

10.2

Worker to Amla, 1 run, worked into the leg side

10.3

Worker to de Villiers, 1 run, eases his first ball through the covers

10.4

Worker to Amla, 1 run, pushed through on the pads and worked to long-on

10.5

Worker to de Villiers, 1 run, fired in down leg and clipped behind square

10.6

Worker to Amla, 1 run, goes back and cuts to the cover sweeper

Sean: "It's a strange day when you'd prefer to be bowling at Amla."

End of over 11 (5 runs) South Africans 94/2

    • HM Amla 26 (24b 3x4)
    • AB de Villiers 2 (2b)
    • GH Worker 3-0-20-2
    • TG Johnston 2-0-13-0
11.1

Johnston to Amla, no run, full on the stumps and squeezed back down the pitch, bowler runs across and sticks a foot out to stop it

11.2

Johnston to Amla, 1 run, goes back and works into the leg side

11.3

Johnston to de Villiers, 1 run, full outside off and checks the drive to long-on

11.4

Johnston to Amla, 1 run, short on leg and he pulls to deep square

11.5

Johnston to de Villiers, 1 run, short outside off and reverse dabs it towards third man

11.6

Johnston to Amla, no run, fired into middle and off and he digs out the ball from the blockhole

End of over 12 (4 runs) South Africans 98/2

    • HM Amla 28 (28b 3x4)
    • AB de Villiers 4 (4b)
    • TG Johnston 3-0-17-0
    • GH Worker 3-0-20-2
12.1

Worker to de Villiers, OUT, mistimes the chip loft inside out over the covers and picks out long-off for Worker's third wicket

AB de Villiers c Henry b Worker 4 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

12.2

Worker to Amla, 1 run, full on middle and off, gives room to drive through the covers

12.3

Worker to Duminy, no run, has to wait for the slow turn in from outside off and he defends

12.4

Worker to Duminy, 1 run, full outside off and digs it out to long-on to bring up the South African 100

12.5

Worker to Amla, 1 run, works to long-on

12.6

Worker to Duminy, no run, short on off and flicks straight to midwicket

End of over 13 (3 runs) South Africans 101/3

    • JP Duminy 1 (3b)
    • HM Amla 30 (30b 3x4)
    • GH Worker 4-0-23-3
    • TG Johnston 3-0-17-0
13.1

Johnston to Amla, 1 run, full on off and drives to long-off

13.2

Johnston to Duminy, no run, drifts in and spins away a touch, defends away from the body

13.3

Johnston to Duminy, 1 run, drives a pitched up delivery outside off into the deep down the ground

13.4

Johnston to Amla, FOUR, fired in outside off, a smidgen of width is all Amla needs to get down and quickly snap the wrists on the drive through the covers, bisects the fielders in the deep perfectly

13.5

Johnston to Amla, OUT, lovely ball gets Amla, tossed up outside off and Amla was early on the paddle sweep as he was deceived by the lack of pace, ball hits the off stump

HM Amla b Johnston 35 (53m 33b 4x4 0x6) SR: 106.06

In comes Justin Ontong making his first appearance for his country in a fair while

13.6

Johnston to Ontong, 1 run, gets off the mark with a dab to off

End of over 14 (7 runs) South Africans 108/4

    • JL Ontong 1 (1b)
    • JP Duminy 2 (5b)
    • TG Johnston 4-0-24-1
    • GH Worker 4-0-23-3
14.1

Nicholls to Ontong, 2 runs, outside off and he dabs it through third man

14.2

Nicholls to Ontong, no run, horrible full toss outside off, charges down and slams it straight to cover

14.3

Nicholls to Ontong, no run, reverse sweeps from outside off to third man

14.4

Nicholls to Ontong, 1 run, wide of off and he slices the drive through the point region

14.5

Nicholls to Duminy, 1 run, chips a ball on leg through wide mid-on, bowler chases after it to prevent the second

14.6

Nicholls to Ontong, 1 run, full outside off and drives to long-off

The Canterbury spinners have done exceedingly well to peg the visitors back after the explosive beginning by Levi

End of over 15 (5 runs) South Africans 113/4

    • JL Ontong 5 (6b)
    • JP Duminy 3 (6b)
    • HM Nicholls 1-0-5-0
    • TG Johnston 4-0-24-1
15.1

McEwan to Ontong, no run, fired in full on leg and he misses the flick, hits the pad

15.2

McEwan to Ontong, 1 run, slower ball at 113kph is worked to fine leg

15.3

McEwan to Duminy, 1 run, full outside off and drives along the ground to Latham at long-off

15.4

McEwan to Ontong, 1 run, gets under a full ball on off and smacks it over the bowler's head but Latham runs round quickly to prevent two

15.5

McEwan to Duminy, no run, drives outside off and picks out cover

15.6

McEwan to Duminy, 1 run, short on middle and off and opens the face to guide to third man

End of over 16 (4 runs) South Africans 117/4

    • JP Duminy 5 (9b)
    • JL Ontong 7 (9b)
    • MB McEwan 2-0-16-0
    • HM Nicholls 1-0-5-0
16.1

Henry to Duminy, 1 run, full outside off and drives into the covers

16.2

Henry to Ontong, 1 run, full on leg and clips to long-on

16.3

Henry to Duminy, 1 run, gives some room and slices a full ball on middle to long-off

16.4

Henry to Ontong, OUT, full toss on middle and he gets it off the bottom of the bat down to long-on who almost overruns it but takes it high above his head

JL Ontong c McEwan b Henry 8 (10m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 72.72

16.5

Henry to Duminy, 2 runs, clips a full ball on leg through wide mid-on, Albie comes back for the second and has to put in a full-length dive to beat the throw

16.6

Henry to Duminy, 1 run, slower ball outside off and he mistimes the drive into the covers

End of over 17 (6 runs) South Africans 123/5

    • JP Duminy 10 (13b)
    • JA Morkel 0 (0b)
    • MJ Henry 3-0-14-1
    • MB McEwan 2-0-16-0
17.1

McEwan to Duminy, 1 run, short ball outside off which is dabbed to third man, he fumbles but they can't sneak a second

17.2

McEwan to JA Morkel, no run, slaps a slower ball on off straight to cover

17.3

McEwan to JA Morkel, 1 run, short outside off and pulls high on the blade into the deep

17.4

McEwan to Duminy, 1 run, drives off the back foot through the covers

17.5

McEwan to JA Morkel, no run, beaten outside off as he thought of swinging to leg before trying to open the face at the last moment

17.6

McEwan to JA Morkel, SIX, too short and he finally pays for it, on leg and Albie pulls flat over the rope at square leg

End of over 18 (9 runs) South Africans 132/5

    • JA Morkel 7 (4b 1x6)
    • JP Duminy 12 (15b)
    • MB McEwan 3-0-25-0
    • MJ Henry 3-0-14-1
18.1

Henry to Duminy, 2 runs, outside off and carved out to deep cover who has to run around to collect

18.2

Henry to Duminy, 2 runs, slices a full ball outside off out towards deep point

18.3

Henry to Duminy, 1 run, slower ball and he mistimes the hoick on the bounce to long-on

18.4

Henry to JA Morkel, 1 run, full on leg and times the flick nicely to long-on

18.5

Henry to Duminy, SIX, gigantic blow over the tents and trees at cow corner, full ball on leg which he gets underneath with perfect timing, that ball nearly went onto the road

18.6

Henry to Duminy, 1 run, in the blockhole on middle and dug out into the off side

End of over 19 (13 runs) South Africans 145/5

    • JP Duminy 24 (20b 1x6)
    • JA Morkel 8 (5b 1x6)
    • MJ Henry 4-0-27-1
    • MB McEwan 3-0-25-0
19.1

McEwan to Duminy, no run, short outside off and he misses the attempted pull to leg

19.2

McEwan to Duminy, OUT, slower ball outside off and he mistimes the carve to long-off where the son of Rod Latham takes the catch to give the son of Peter McEwan, both former New Zealand Test players, his first wicket

JP Duminy c Latham b McEwan 24 (28m 22b 0x4 1x6) SR: 109.09

19.3

McEwan to JA Morkel, 1 run, heaves a good length ball on middle and leg out to cow corner

19.4

McEwan to Botha, 2 runs, another excellent slower ball on middle and he swings it into the leg side, they can't prevent the second

19.5

McEwan to Botha, 1 run, short of a good length outside off and he punches straight to cover

Hagley Oval is the home of Riccarton Cricket Club in Christchurch

19.6

McEwan to JA Morkel, 1 run, full on leg and he again heaves away into the deep but they can only get a single to end their innings on 150-6

Trevor: "From a Saffer in Colorado, 'watching' through Avi's eyes. How does the pitch look? Favouring spin, it seems? Best wishes to the good folks of Christchurch." The pitch actually had a tinge of green on the edges, hasn't taken that much turn, mostly just good tight lines and lengths by the Canterbury spinners. The pitch is good for batting, the bounce is true so you can swing through the line and trust the pitch

Excellent effort by Canterbury to keep South Africa to a par score of 150 after Richard Levi had shocked them at the start with his aggressive strokeplay. Do Canterbury have a chance of hauling this down?

End of over 20 (5 runs) South Africans 150/6

    • JA Morkel 10 (7b 1x6)
    • J Botha 3 (2b)
    • MB McEwan 4-0-30-1
    • MJ Henry 4-0-27-1
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