Australia tour of South Africa, 3rd Test: South Africa v Australia at Cape Town, Mar 19-22, 2009
South Africa won by an innings and 20 runs
19,20,21,22 March 2009 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
  • Overs 151-200

Imraan Khan and Ashwell Prince are ready. Imraan to take first strike. Three slips, gully and short leg in place

0.1

Johnson to Khan, no run, starts off with a full delivery down the leg side, Imraan can't connect with the flick shot.

0.2

Johnson to Khan, no run, on target this time, on the middle from the length, Imraan gets back to push it to mid-on

0.3

Johnson to Khan, no run, fuller, Imraan is caught in the crease, lunges out to mistime the defensive waft to the on side

0.4

Johnson to Khan, 1 run, short in length and the young Imraan is off the mark with a dab past short leg to midwicket region

Like Prince, Imraan is an left-handed batsman

0.5

Johnson to Prince, no run, short in length, outside off stump, pushed to the off side

0.6

Johnson to Prince, no run, fuller, in the corridor outside off and Prince lets it fly through to Haddin, who had such a poor time behind the stumps in India that he was called Bad Hands by some! how well he has bounced back after that.

End of over 1 (1 run) South Africa 1/0

    • AG Prince 0 (2b)
    • I Khan 1 (4b)
    • MG Johnson 1-0-1-0

Terence: "Hopefully Khan forgets the droppped catches and settles quickly. PS interesting how Aus lost all their wickets in pairs!"

1.1

Hilfenhaus to Khan, no run, pushes it wide outside off stump and Imraan does not need to play a shot

1.2

Hilfenhaus to Khan, no run, length delivery, well outside off again, left alone. He is going to curve one back in to Imraan; let's see how he handles that

1.3

Hilfenhaus to Khan, no run, lands well outside off, doesn't come back in all that much, no shot offered again

1.4

Hilfenhaus to Khan, no run, this one is on the off stump, straighter but a touch shorter and that length allows Imraan to nudge it to the on side.

1.5

Hilfenhaus to Khan, no run, short in length and angling away to Haddin

1.6

Hilfenhaus to Khan, no run, fuller, lands outside off stump, mistimes the drive to mid-off

End of over 2 (maiden) South Africa 1/0

    • I Khan 1 (10b)
    • AG Prince 0 (2b)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 1-1-0-0
    • MG Johnson 1-0-1-0
2.1

Johnson to Prince, 3 runs, leans forward to drive through the off side for three runs

2.2

Johnson to Khan, no run, short in length, around off, punched to the off sisde

2.3

Johnson to Khan, no run

2.4

Johnson to Khan, no run, the bouncer and Khan ducks

Rupert Jefferies: "C'mon man! 209 (for 13 if you include the dropped catches) vs AUS on the first day at Newlands is pretty good going. If it was SA who'd been skittled for 209 you'd probably be saying another under par performance from South Africa yadda yadda yadda." Ha! I think you are referring to my end-innings comments. Sorry boss, had to sort out a internet problem. So just typed in couple of lines and disappeared. Absolutely fabulicious performance from SA. Happy?!

2.5

Johnson to Khan, 2 leg byes, slighty round-armish at the delivery, skids it full on the legs, fails to connect with the flick and it runs towards fine-leg boundary

2.6

Johnson to Khan, no run, kicking up outside off but again a tad too wide to make Khan play

End of over 3 (5 runs) South Africa 6/0

    • I Khan 1 (15b)
    • AG Prince 3 (3b)
    • MG Johnson 2-0-4-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 1-1-0-0
3.1

Hilfenhaus to Prince, no run, short in length and this one curves in nicely to the middle stump, Prince is on the hop and is struck on the thigh pad. If he can get it to shape in from a fuller length, it can get interesting

3.2

Hilfenhaus to Prince, no run, he is pushing Prince back ... with a bouncer .. Set up? o

3.3

Hilfenhaus to Prince, FOUR, another short in length delivery and Prince punched it sweetly through point. He went back to get on top of the bounce rather nicely

3.4

Hilfenhaus to Prince, no run, Hilfenhaus gets this one to go with the angle and Prince is beaten, pushing inside the line

3.5

Hilfenhaus to Prince, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

3.6

Hilfenhaus to Prince, no run, kicking up from short of length, dabbed to backward point

End of over 4 (4 runs) South Africa 10/0

    • AG Prince 7 (9b 1x4)
    • I Khan 1 (15b)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 2-1-4-0
    • MG Johnson 2-0-4-0
4.1

Johnson to Khan, FOUR, lovely strike from Imraan to bring up his first Test four. It was fullish delivery on the middle and off line, Imraan waited for it to arrive before wristing it through square leg

4.2

Johnson to Khan, 3 runs, full again and this time Imraan stretches forward to drive past mid-off

4.3

Johnson to Prince, no run, strays down leg and Haddin moves quickly to his right to take that

4.4

Johnson to Prince, FOUR, Crack. Short and wide, Prince gets across quickly to cut it away through cover point. Johnson is yet to settle into a rhythm.

4.5

Johnson to Prince, (no ball) FOUR, Prince is rolling along nicely. Full pitched on the middle and Prince plays a crispy straight drive to the boundary. Johnson has been either too short or too full

4.5

Johnson to Prince, 1 run, hits the short of length, on the middle, Prince hops back to tuck it to deep backward square leg

4.6

Johnson to Khan, (no ball) 2 runs, length delivery, shaping in towards middle and off, Imraan shows he is a wristy player by working it through midwicket

4.6

Johnson to Khan, no run, pushes this wide outside off stump.

End of over 5 (20 runs) South Africa 30/0

    • I Khan 10 (19b 1x4)
    • AG Prince 16 (13b 3x4)
    • MG Johnson 3-0-24-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 2-1-4-0
5.1

Hilfenhaus to Prince, no run, full in length, jumps a bit on Prince who stays back, takes the bottom hand off the handle after the ball rammed into the handle

5.2

Hilfenhaus to Prince, FOUR, streaky but he gets away and Hilfenhaus holds his head. It was a short of length delivery outside off, Prince wanted to force it through cover point but it flew past gully

5.3

Hilfenhaus to Prince, no run, fuller, on a good length and moving outside off, left alone

5.4

Hilfenhaus to Prince, no run, full again, just outside off, drawing Prince forward and induces a edge but it rolls along the ground to gully region. Partly steered, partly edged.

5.5

Hilfenhaus to Prince, FOUR, fab shot. It was again short in length and Prince stood tall to punch it through backward point. Perfectly placed and more importantly, he rode the bounce well

5.6

Hilfenhaus to Prince, no run, in the channel outside off, left alone

End of over 6 (8 runs) South Africa 38/0

    • AG Prince 24 (19b 5x4)
    • I Khan 10 (19b 1x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 3-1-12-0
    • MG Johnson 3-0-24-0

Laura drawls, "And South Africa have avoided the follow on. That makes a change. Much better bowling performance this time around though."

6.1

Siddle to Khan, 2 runs, on the pads, turned behind square leg for couple of runs. Cracking start by South Africa

6.2

Siddle to Khan, no run, short in length, on the hips, clipped to square leg

6.3

Siddle to Khan, no run, jumps up chest-high around the off stump, Imraan hops to keep it down on the off side

6.4

Siddle to Khan, 1 run, flicks the length delivery from middle and off to fine leg.

6.5

Siddle to Prince, no run, hurls across a bouncer and Prince ducks

6.6

Siddle to Prince, no run, short in length and defended to the off side

Cameron: "While you are watching (or reading?) Hilfy and Sidds steam in late this afternoon, spare a thought for Nathan Bracken, who must finally have admitted that his Test career will never be. I always found it odd that he never featured in selection discussions given his consistently high ranking in ODIs, his admirable record in Sheffield Shield ... and lets not forget in his 5 tests he averaged 17.50 with the bat - nearly double McDonald's current of 9.50! And i know who i'd prefer as my fourth bowler."

End of over 7 (3 runs) South Africa 41/0

    • AG Prince 24 (21b 5x4)
    • I Khan 13 (23b 1x4)
    • PM Siddle 1-0-3-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 3-1-12-0
7.1

Hilfenhaus to Khan, no run, on a length, pushing across Imraan who lets Haddin take that.

7.2

Hilfenhaus to Khan, no run, much better delivery, fuller and closer to the off stump and Imran pulls his bat from the line and allows it pass the off stump

7.3

Hilfenhaus to Khan, no run, drags back the length again this time and it's an easy decision to let it go

7.4

Hilfenhaus to Khan, no run, fuller, curving back into Imraan who dabs it to short square leg. No short leg - the man has dropped back a bit - and it was in the air briefly

7.5

Hilfenhaus to Khan, no run, outside off stump, guided to point region

Harris is under the helmet in the dressing room.

7.6

Hilfenhaus to Khan, no run, on and around the off stump, holding its line there, pushed to the off side

End of over 8 (maiden) South Africa 41/0

    • I Khan 13 (29b 1x4)
    • AG Prince 24 (21b 5x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 4-2-12-0
    • PM Siddle 1-0-3-0
8.1

Siddle to Prince, 1 run, banged in short, towards the rib cage, tucked behind square leg

8.2

Siddle to Khan, no run, short mid-off watches as Prince hops to push a short-of-length bouncing delivery to the off side

8.3

Siddle to Khan, no run, fuller in length, cutting away past the batsman and to Haddin

8.4

Siddle to Khan, no run, keeps a tad low after pitching on the off and middle, crouches low to push it to the off side

8.5

Siddle to Khan, no run, stays back to deflect it to square leg

8.6

Siddle to Khan, no run, the bouncer arrives and Imraan ducks.

End of over 9 (1 run) South Africa 42/0

    • I Khan 13 (34b 1x4)
    • AG Prince 25 (22b 5x4)
    • PM Siddle 2-0-4-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 4-2-12-0
9.1

Hilfenhaus to Prince, no run, pushes across Prince who shows Katich that he too can leave

9.2

Hilfenhaus to Prince, no run, well outside the off stump - the Australian bowling has been disappointing so far. Short, too full or too wide.

9.3

Hilfenhaus to Prince, no run, angling across Prince who withdraws the bat from the line of the ball

9.4

Hilfenhaus to Prince, 2 runs, straighter on the middle but Prince gets his wrists working overtime to clip it to fineleg and really runs hard to get back for the second

9.5

Hilfenhaus to Prince, no run, on the off stump line, defended off the back foot

9.6

Hilfenhaus to Prince, no run, length delivery, just outside off and Prince stabs it near his feet. He then picks it up and hands it over to a fielder.

End of over 10 (2 runs) South Africa 44/0

    • AG Prince 27 (28b 5x4)
    • I Khan 13 (34b 1x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 5-2-14-0
    • PM Siddle 2-0-4-0
10.1

Siddle to Khan, no run, banged in short and Imraan does really well to drop the wrists, get the bat out of the way even as he bends his knee and sways away from the line

10.2

Siddle to Khan, no run, another bouncer but this one is too short and hence too high

10.3

Siddle to Khan, no run

10.4

Siddle to Khan, no run, cutting away from short of length, Imraan gets the bat high in the air and away from the line

10.5

Siddle to Khan, no run, covers his off stump, takes the bat away as he swivels around his body and watches the ball sail to Haddin

10.6

Siddle to Khan, no run, fuller, on the leg and middle, flicked to square leg. Siddle has a few words to say to Imraan.

End of over 11 (maiden) South Africa 44/0

    • I Khan 13 (40b 1x4)
    • AG Prince 27 (28b 5x4)
    • PM Siddle 3-1-4-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 5-2-14-0
11.1

McGain to Prince, no run, tossed up outside off, defended to the off side

11.2

McGain to Prince, SIX, Prince says hello to the veteran debutant and sends the ball soaring over long-on. He jumped down the track and lofted it cleanly

11.3

McGain to Prince, 2 runs, McGain comes back with a slider on the off stump line, Prince pushed inside the line and squeezed it off the outer edge to third man region

Now a second slip/gully moves in

11.4

McGain to Prince, 1 run, turns in , pushed past short leg

11.5

McGain to Khan, 1 run, flighted on the off stump line, turns in, Imraan tries to work it to the on side and gets a leading edge to backward point region

11.6

McGain to Prince, no run, fuller and flighted, driven to mid-on

End of over 12 (10 runs) South Africa 54/0

    • AG Prince 36 (33b 5x4 1x6)
    • I Khan 14 (41b 1x4)
    • BE McGain 1-0-10-0
    • PM Siddle 3-1-4-0
12.1

Siddle to Khan, no run, short in length and cutting away from the batsman who lets it go past him

12.2

Siddle to Khan, no run, in the zone outside off, Imraan thinks about flirting but decides against it.

12.3

Siddle to Khan, no run, banged in short around the off stump and he went down on his knees, swaying away to evade. Siddle smiles.

12.4

Siddle to Khan, 1 run, another one dug in short, this time at the rib cage, fended away to fine leg

12.5

Siddle to Prince, no run, shuffles across to cover the off stump and lets the ball through to the keeper.

12.6

Siddle to Prince, no run, slanted across Prince who has a dab and is beaten

Greame sends us this chuckle. No offense meant to any one. So don't slap me! He says, "Nathan Bracken has not been considered for test cricket as it takes him too long each morning getting his perm done for that lovely mop he sports....."

End of over 13 (1 run) South Africa 55/0

    • AG Prince 36 (35b 5x4 1x6)
    • I Khan 15 (45b 1x4)
    • PM Siddle 4-1-5-0
    • BE McGain 1-0-10-0
13.1

McGain to Khan, no run, beaten outside off and Haddin jumps in appeal. It was the slider outside off, Imraan played for the turn and the bat hit the ground

13.2

McGain to Khan, 1 bye, another one that doesn't turn back in, again Imraan is playing for the turn, looking to work to the on side and is beaten. Haddin fails to take it cleanly

13.3

McGain to Prince, 1 run, flighted around off stump, paddled away for a single

13.4

McGain to Khan, no run, leans forward to defend to the on side

13.5

McGain to Khan, no run, this one turns in from outside off and Khan nurdles it to the on side

13.6

McGain to Khan, no run, flighted outside off and Khan lunges forward to let it go through to Haddin.

That's end of day 1. South Africa's day. It looked like Australian openers had laid a good platform with their cautious approach but South Africa struck back with Harris and Albie, who produced a peach of a outswinger to remove Ponting, to peg them back. Later, Steyn, upped the ante and Ntini too swung into action to clean up Australia for 209. All eyes were on the new openers but Prince and Imraan played with lot of freedom to get South Africa off to a cracking start. Join me, Sriram Veera, tomorrow for the second day's play. Ta!

End of over 14 (2 runs) South Africa 57/0

    • I Khan 15 (50b 1x4)
    • AG Prince 37 (36b 5x4 1x6)
    • BE McGain 2-0-11-0
    • PM Siddle 4-1-5-0

Welcome to day 2.

Elizabeth sends in the first mail: "Had a good chuckle at Graeme's comment last yesterday evening regarding the reason for Nathan Bracken not being selected as a Test Player. Seriously though, why is he not considered? He's a thinking bowler who has the ability to change his delivery almost a will, and is the number 1 ODI Bowler in the world"

Well .. even Bracken doesn't know why. Early this month he had said: "I basically wanted to see what was happening and what position I'm in. I still haven't got an answer yet," Bracken was quoted as saying in the Australian media. "The disappointing thing is when we had individual meetings at Christmas (with selectors) they told me I had done everything possible in terms of Test selection. I couldn't have done anything else to push my Test claims. When you hear that information you start to think you might be considered or are close to selection. I've been overlooked twice."

Peter is looking closely at Dale Steyn: "An interesting point... In 11 innings against Australia this summer, Dale Steyn has failed to dismiss Ponting even once!"

Steyn was just on tv: "We put the ball on right areas and applied the pressure." On Australian tail:"Johnson has shown he can hold the bat. So It was nice to run in and bowl the tail out quickly. The pitch was slow in the morning. We seemed to get the ball go other way after some time. With the new ball I just wanted to try hit the right areas and see if it does something. After lunch the wicket quickened up a bit ... It's friday today and we will get a good crowd in."

Richard from Australia: "Bracken wasn't selected because basically he bowls pies. It's okay in the limited over form when the batsmen have to have a crack - but in test cricket he is milked like a cow."

Nick from NZ: "Why do people keep saying that Bracken is the best ODI bowler in the world? I heard Tony Greig mention this in the ODI series of Australia v NZ. The official ICC rankings show Kulasekara as the current #1 and during the Aus v NZ ODI series, DL Vettori was #1."

The South African openers got off to a cracking start last evening. Raj says, "Prince, who is normally sedate has shown his aggressive side yesterday. Very important for him to continue that to keep the Aussies off the track. Pile up the runs and pressurize them. With Hussey Clarke out of form, SA will have a good chance".

It's another lovely day in Cape Town. Hopefully we will have a high-quality Test cricket today. The Australians walk out to the middle. The crowd is much better today. Imraan Khan and Ashwell Prince walk out. Ponting is having a chat with Hifenhaus.

14.1

Hilfenhaus to Prince, 1 run, what a start from Ben. He fires in a yorker and Prince takes his front leg out of the way in a hurry and digs the ball out behind square

14.2

Hilfenhaus to Khan, no run, full and just outside off stump, Imran gets across to cover his off stump and lets it go by

14.3

Hilfenhaus to Khan, no run, further away from Imraan, outside off and Haddin gathers

14.4

Hilfenhaus to Khan, no run, curves in from a length, from the middle and off line, turned to square leg

14.5

Hilfenhaus to Khan, 3 runs, Imraan collects his first runs for the day with a square drive. he reached out to a full delivery outside off and squeezed it past backward point

14.6

Hilfenhaus to Prince, no run, in the zone outside off stump and Khan shoulders arms

End of over 15 (4 runs) South Africa 61/0

    • AG Prince 38 (38b 5x4 1x6)
    • I Khan 18 (54b 1x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 6-2-18-0
    • BE McGain 2-0-11-0
15.1

Siddle to Khan, no run, starts off with a length delivery on the middle stump line, pushed to mid-on

15.2

Siddle to Khan, no run, beaten outside off stump. Full, drawing Imraan forward but it tails away late, past the waft

15.3

Siddle to Khan, no run, length delivery rising outside off, Imraan gets his bat very high in the air and lets it go past him

Johnson is fielding at mid-off. Ponting has chosen to go with Siddle and Hilfy

15.4

Siddle to Khan, no run, in the corridor outside off and again, Imraan makes sure he has his stumps covered before he allows it pass him by

15.5

Siddle to Khan, no run, another one on target- on a length and just outside off, left alone

15.6

Siddle to Khan, no run, short and wide but Imraan doesn't take the bait

End of over 16 (maiden) South Africa 61/0

    • I Khan 18 (60b 1x4)
    • AG Prince 38 (38b 5x4 1x6)
    • PM Siddle 5-2-5-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 6-2-18-0
16.1

Hilfenhaus to Prince, no run, middle and leg, jabbed to the on side

Cameron Hogg: "Well, if Smith had held on in the first test and Mckenzie in Melborne, Steyn would have had Ponting twice...and Albie got him as his first scalp...funny how it works.."

16.2

Hilfenhaus to Prince, no run, gets forward to tap a length delivery to the off side. Hilfenhaus checks his landing area and walks away to the top of his mark

16.3

Hilfenhaus to Prince, no run, loud shout for lbw but Asad Rauf is not impressed. Hilfenhaus looked at Ponting whether he wants to go for review; Ponting looked at haddin and they don't go for it. It landed on the middle stump line and straightened but hit Prince high on the pad. It would have gone over the off stump. Asad Rauf suggested to the bowler that he didnt give it because of the height. Height? said Hilfenhaus as he walked away

16.4

Hilfenhaus to Prince, no run, leans forward to defend

16.5

Hilfenhaus to Prince, 2 runs, on the hips, clipped away through the on side

16.6

Hilfenhaus to Prince, no run, full in length, on the stumps, shaping in , leans forward to defend to the off side

End of over 17 (2 runs) South Africa 63/0

    • AG Prince 40 (44b 5x4 1x6)
    • I Khan 18 (60b 1x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 7-2-20-0
    • PM Siddle 5-2-5-0
17.1

Siddle to Khan, no run, banged in short and Khan drops his wrists and sways away

17.2

Siddle to Khan, 2 runs, short in length and on the hips, clipped in the air well to the left of the short square leg and will pick up couple of runs

17.3

Siddle to Khan, no run, short in length again, on the off stump this time, defended with the full face of the bat to Johnson at mid-off

17.4

Siddle to Khan, OUT, What a sharp effort from Siddle to hold on to the return catch. Khan tried to bottom-hand the length delivery to the on side but ended up scooping it straight down the wicket and Siddle dived low to his right to take a one-handed catch. He had to change directions from his follow through and also go low. Fine effort.

I Khan c & b Siddle 20 (71m 64b 1x4 0x6) SR: 31.25

17.5

Siddle to Amla, 1 run, hits the deck short of length, climbs on the middle and leg line, Amla stands tall to push it close on the leg side and off they rush across for the single

17.6

Siddle to Prince, no run, loud shout for lbw, Siddle wants to go for the review and Ponting agrees. It landed full in length, outside the leg stump and cannoned into the pad right in front of middle but it had pitched outside leg. Again, Bucknor gets it right.

End of over 18 (3 runs) South Africa 66/1

    • AG Prince 40 (45b 5x4 1x6)
    • HM Amla 1 (1b)
    • PM Siddle 6-2-8-1
    • BW Hilfenhaus 7-2-20-0
18.1

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, banged in short and it flies past the gloves and down leg to Haddin

18.2

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, lands short in length on the middle and curves away, Amla is almost squared up but manages to hold his balance to push it away to the off side

18.3

Hilfenhaus to Amla, 3 runs, short in length, lands on the same spot but doesn't shape away this time and that allows Amla to work it through wide midwicket. Interesting contest. If another curves away from Amla, who is trying to play across, it can get interesting. But Amla is a fine wristy player. Game on.

18.4

Hilfenhaus to Prince, no run, stands tall to defend carefully out to the off side

18.5

Hilfenhaus to Prince, no run, further outside off and Prince allows it to pass the off stump

18.6

Hilfenhaus to Prince, no run, short in length on the middle and curving to hit him high on the thigh pad, Hilfy thinks about appealing but stifles it .. If he can pitch them further up ...

End of over 19 (3 runs) South Africa 69/1

    • AG Prince 40 (48b 5x4 1x6)
    • HM Amla 4 (4b)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 8-2-23-0
    • PM Siddle 6-2-8-1
19.1

Siddle to Amla, no run, screamer! It jagged back in sharply from outside off, burst through the bat and pad and almost over the off stump. Siddle thought he had got the edge but his team-mates, rightly, didn't think so

19.2

Siddle to Amla, no run, another one jumping from short of length but it stays outside off and Amla lets it go by

19.3

Siddle to Amla, no run, nice bouncy delivery from just short of length and moving away, left alone

19.4

Siddle to Amla, no run, again, Amla covers his off stump and shoulders arms

19.5

Siddle to Amla, no run, fuller, good delivery trying to surprise Amla with the change of length and trap him in front but Amla is alert to it and drives it down the wicket

19.6

Siddle to Amla, no run, back to his trademark short of length and just outside off stump, left alone

End of over 20 (maiden) South Africa 69/1

    • HM Amla 4 (10b)
    • AG Prince 40 (48b 5x4 1x6)
    • PM Siddle 7-3-8-1
    • BW Hilfenhaus 8-2-23-0
20.1

Hilfenhaus to Prince, 1 run, goes back to dab it behind square for a single

20.2

Hilfenhaus to Amla, FOUR, full and swinging away, inviting the drive and Amla takes the bait, goes for the square drive and it flies in the air but wide of point

20.3

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, again full in length - this is good bowling- and shapes away from the off stump, left alone

20.4

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, hegoes back and withdraws his bat away from the line at the last minute

20.5

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, beaten it kicked up from short of length and held its line just outside off stump, Amla was initially leaving it, suddenly panicked thinking the ball is cutting back in, tried to move his bat sideways to cover the line but the ball kicked through the bat and pad gap

20.6

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, gets behind the line of the delivery to defend to the off side

End of over 21 (5 runs) South Africa 74/1

    • HM Amla 8 (15b 1x4)
    • AG Prince 41 (49b 5x4 1x6)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 9-2-28-0
    • PM Siddle 7-3-8-1
21.1

Siddle to Prince, no run, leans forward to push the length delivery back to the bowler

21.2

Siddle to Prince, no run, banged in short and Prince ducks

21.3

Siddle to Prince, 1 leg bye, short in length, kicking up towards the hips, rolls away to short fine-leg

21.4

Siddle to Amla, no run, full in length and just outside off stump, left alone

21.5

Siddle to Amla, no run, cutting in with bounce, moves towards the off stump, Amla gets right behind this to defend.

Clarke has to be the future captain. No doubt. I just saw him spit on his hands and rub them vigorously.

21.6

Siddle to Amla, no run, short in length, pushed to the off side

End of over 22 (1 run, maiden) South Africa 75/1

    • HM Amla 8 (18b 1x4)
    • AG Prince 41 (52b 5x4 1x6)
    • PM Siddle 8-4-8-1
    • BW Hilfenhaus 9-2-28-0
22.1

Hilfenhaus to Prince, no run, 141.4 kmph delivery, beats the poke and hits the pad , high and going down

22.2

Hilfenhaus to Prince, 1 run, lifting delivery, chest-high on the leg and middle line, fended away to short fine-leg region

22.3

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, There we go again. It curves away from the middle and off line, Amla was shaping to push it to the on side, gets squared up and adjusts to tap it to the off side

22.4

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, fuller and Amla leans forward to drive to the mid-off

22.5

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, further outside off stump and Amla lets Haddin take it

22.6

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, in the channel outside off stump and Haddin moves to his right to collect that

End of over 23 (1 run) South Africa 76/1

    • HM Amla 8 (22b 1x4)
    • AG Prince 42 (54b 5x4 1x6)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 10-2-29-0
    • PM Siddle 8-4-8-1

Steve: "Hilfy is getting good swing and cutting batsmen into half but still not lucky to find the edge aussies need quick wickets to stay in the match." Ponting has a chat with Johnson, who is about to bowl

23.1

Johnson to Prince, no run, starts off with a wide delivery down the leg side.

23.2

Johnson to Prince, no run, gets it right this time, just outside the off stump, left alone

23.3

Johnson to Prince, no run, short in length, just outside off stump, defended to the off side

23.4

Johnson to Prince, no run, short in length, no movement there, punched easily to the off side

23.5

Johnson to Prince, no run, fuller in length, homing in on the off stump - his best delivery so far - jabbed off the inner edge to the on side

23.6

Johnson to Prince, no run, short in length, outside the off stump, punched to covers

End of over 24 (maiden) South Africa 76/1

    • AG Prince 42 (60b 5x4 1x6)
    • HM Amla 8 (22b 1x4)
    • MG Johnson 4-1-24-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 10-2-29-0
24.1

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, lands outside off stump and moves further away, easy decision to leave it. Hilfy checks the landing area again and walks away

24.2

Hilfenhaus to Amla, FOUR, what a lovely classy shot. It was short in length and outside off stump, Amla went back and punched it on the up through point

24.3

Hilfenhaus to Amla, FOUR, full pitched on the legs and whipped through midwicket for another boundary.

24.4

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, good delivery, on the middle and leg, shaping away a bit, Amla takes care not to work it across the line and pushes it in the V, towards mid-on

24.5

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, shifts his line to outside off stump, swinging away, left alone

24.6

Hilfenhaus to Amla, 1 wide, a bouncer on the off stump line, swayed away from Amla. Wide called for the height.

24.6

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, 140 k, short of length moving away from the off stump, Amla thinks about following it but decides against it

End of over 25 (9 runs) South Africa 85/1

    • HM Amla 16 (28b 3x4)
    • AG Prince 42 (60b 5x4 1x6)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 11-2-38-0
    • MG Johnson 4-1-24-0
25.1

Johnson to Prince, no run, full and drifting towards the pad, tries to flick it away, misses and it runs off the pad

25.2

Johnson to Prince, no run, bouncing delivery outside off, Prince stands tall to punch it to point where Clarke back-pedals to field it

25.3

Johnson to Prince, 2 runs, again short of length and this time Prince hops back to get on top of the bounce and punches it through extra cover. Fine shot.

25.4

Johnson to Prince, no run, short in length again. punched to the off side

25.5

Johnson to Prince, no run, full in length, around the off stump, defended to off side

25.6

Johnson to Prince, no run

End of over 26 (2 runs) South Africa 87/1

    • AG Prince 44 (66b 5x4 1x6)
    • HM Amla 16 (28b 3x4)
    • MG Johnson 5-1-26-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 11-2-38-0
26.1

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, full in length, on the off and middle line, defended to the on side

26.2

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, lovely delivery just outside off stump, curving away, Amla knew where his off stump was and shouldered arms.

26.3

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, short in length, punched on the up but can't beat a packed off side cordon

26.4

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, moves in towards middle and leg, pushed to the on side

26.5

Hilfenhaus to Amla, no run, outside the off stump, too wide to interest Amla

26.6

Hilfenhaus to Amla, FOUR, short and outside off stump, flashed away over the gully region. He threw everything but the sink eh?!

End of over 27 (4 runs) South Africa 91/1

    • HM Amla 20 (34b 4x4)
    • AG Prince 44 (66b 5x4 1x6)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 12-2-42-0
    • MG Johnson 5-1-26-0
27.1

Johnson to Prince, no run, fullish delivery, from that round-arm action, defended to the on side

27.2

Johnson to Prince, no run, just outside the off stump, driven to the off side

27.3

Johnson to Prince, 1 run, hops back to punch through extra cover

27.4

Johnson to Amla, no run, full pitched outside off stump, Amla tries to drive but ends up edging it to his pad

27.5

Johnson to Amla, 1 run, lands short of length, on the middle and leg, moves towards off stump, Amla pushes it to the off side for a run.

27.6

Johnson to Prince, no run, fires in a harmless bouncer, easily ducked under

Saravanan: "Why do u think captains spit on their hands and rub it vigorously? Does Saliva act as Sticking Fluid? Does it help to hold catches?" Forget about them, what do their mothers think?!

End of over 28 (2 runs) South Africa 93/1

    • AG Prince 45 (70b 5x4 1x6)
    • HM Amla 21 (36b 4x4)
    • MG Johnson 6-1-28-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 12-2-42-0
28.1

Siddle to Amla, no run, in the zone outside off stump, left alone by Amla

28.2

Siddle to Amla, no run, full pitched outside off, left alone

28.3

Siddle to Amla, no run, good probing delivery, cutting in from outside off stump but Amla pushes forward, gets his front leg outside off and edges the prod to his pad

28.4

Siddle to Amla, no run, cutting in to the off stump again, slightly short of length this time and Amla punches it back to the bowler

28.5

Siddle to Amla, no run, turns the delivery coming into off and middle to Katich at square leg

28.6

Siddle to Amla, no run, wide outside off stump, Amla watches haddin move to his right to take it

Drinks break

28.6

Siddle to Amla, no run, wide outside off stump, Amla watches haddin move to his right to take it

Drinks break

End of over 29 (maiden) South Africa 93/1

    • HM Amla 21 (42b 4x4)
    • AG Prince 45 (70b 5x4 1x6)
    • PM Siddle 9-5-8-1
    • MG Johnson 6-1-28-0

Prince takes guard. Johnson runs in.

29.1

Johnson to Prince, no run, back of a length outside off and steered to backward point

29.2

Johnson to Prince, no run, straighter one and he turns it across toward square leg

29.3

Johnson to Prince, FOUR, pitched up in the slot and Prince only has to time his defensive push wide of mid-on and the ball races away to make its acquaintance with the straight boundary

29.4

Johnson to Prince, no run, better length, off stump or thereabouts, and Prince defends

29.5

Johnson to Prince, no run, gets across and turns a fuller one to square leg this time

29.6

Johnson to Prince, 3 runs, lovely shot to end the over, its wide and a fraction short to Prince transfers the weight and punches it off the back foot past extra cover and raises his 21st Test fifty, and a good one on return to the South African side in a new role as opener .. whats more, the 100 is up

End of over 30 (7 runs) South Africa 100/1

    • AG Prince 52 (76b 6x4 1x6)
    • HM Amla 21 (42b 4x4)
    • MG Johnson 7-1-35-0
    • PM Siddle 9-5-8-1
30.1

Siddle to Prince, 1 run, too straight and he shuffles, clipping it to midwicket

30.2

Siddle to Amla, no run, pitched up on off stump and Amla meets it with watchful defence

30.3

Siddle to Amla, no run, pitched up outside off, gets some carry, and he shoulders arms

30.4

Siddle to Amla, FOUR, slapped! This one pitches short and wide and Amla gets up on the tiptoes and cracks the ball between cover and point in style, thats a good shot indeed

30.5

Siddle to Amla, no run, expectedly, full and wide and Amla isn't interested in it

30.6

Siddle to Amla, no run, similar channel outside off and no shot offered

End of over 31 (5 runs) South Africa 105/1

    • HM Amla 25 (47b 5x4)
    • AG Prince 53 (77b 6x4 1x6)
    • PM Siddle 10-5-13-1
    • MG Johnson 7-1-35-0

Bakir from Tanzania: "Leave aside what the mothers would say... seeing Ponting, i would never shake my hands with him if i ever get the chance." Yeah yeah.. Ponting is desperately looking to shake your hands! he is on the next flight to Tanzania Mister!

31.1

McDonald to Prince, 2 runs, gentle full delivery, tailing in on the leg and middle, flicked through backwards square leg for couple of runs

31.2

McDonald to Prince, no run, leans forward to defend a full delivery to midwicket

31.3

McDonald to Prince, no run, hint of swing, full and around the off stump line, Prince gets forward to play it very cautiously to the off side

31.4

McDonald to Prince, 1 leg bye, slightly quicker, no swing this time and moves down leg and rolls off the pad to short fine-leg region

31.5

McDonald to Amla, no run, gentle swing away, outside off stump, left alone

31.6

McDonald to Amla, 3 runs, driven through the off side and they come back for the third run. The throw comes in and Prince has to really scamper hard and fast to get in time to beat the sub Nathan Hauritz throw from the deep

End of over 32 (6 runs) South Africa 111/1

    • HM Amla 28 (49b 5x4)
    • AG Prince 55 (81b 6x4 1x6)
    • AB McDonald 1-0-5-0
    • PM Siddle 10-5-13-1

Aniruddha: "The most important thing is that all recent contests between these two sides are yielding results. Good for test cricket! Jai Ho!"

32.1

Siddle to Amla, no run, in the zone outside off stump, holds its line, left alone

32.2

Siddle to Amla, no run, fuller, homing in on the off stump, Amla drives pleasingly to mid-off

32.3

Siddle to Amla, 1 run, flicks off the hips to Mitch at long leg for a single

32.4

Siddle to Prince, 1 run, from wide of the crease, worked off the hips to midwicket for a single.

32.5

Siddle to Amla, no run, bouncing in from short of length, from wide of the crease, Amla stands tall to keep it down on the leg side

32.6

Siddle to Amla, no run, fuller, outside off, left alone

Peter Warrington: "Amla - 47, 53, 30*, 51, 59, 57 and 43 amongst some flops in the 6 tests with Australia. admirable consistency or terrible concentration?" Hmm...

End of over 33 (2 runs) South Africa 113/1

    • HM Amla 29 (54b 5x4)
    • AG Prince 56 (82b 6x4 1x6)
    • PM Siddle 11-5-15-1
    • AB McDonald 1-0-5-0
33.1

McDonald to Prince, no run, outside off stump, Prince gets his bat away from the line of the delivery and lets the ball bob away to Haddin

33.2

McDonald to Prince, no run, straighter, leans forward to bat and pad it to the on side

33.3

McDonald to Prince, no run, he is being too cautious against McDonald here. Another tentative poke and the ball goes off the edge to the pad

33.4

McDonald to Prince, no run, goes back to defend down the track

33.5

McDonald to Prince, no run, waits for the ball to arrive, doesn't move forward, just leans his body across to push it to covers

33.6

McDonald to Prince, no run, just outside off stump, opens the bat-face to steer to the Hilfenhaus at point

End of over 34 (maiden) South Africa 113/1

    • AG Prince 56 (88b 6x4 1x6)
    • HM Amla 29 (54b 5x4)
    • AB McDonald 2-1-5-0
    • PM Siddle 11-5-15-1
34.1

Siddle to Amla, no run, short in length, on the off stump line, defends to the off side

Donnovan: "Just one more reason to be more attacking when your are facing the likes of Johnson, Hilfenhaus and company… the last two test SA never attacked the bowling from the front and that was probable the biggest downfall to the losses they had . if you look at the way the openers attacked the bowling yesterday and how they unsettled the bowlers then you will see how big difference that makes."

34.2

Siddle to Amla, no run, good sharp bouncer. Amla had no problems in detecting it early and went down on his knees but was surprised as the ball kept coming in and towards him; he had really get down quickly to evade that

34.3

Siddle to Amla, no run, short and well outside off, Amla has slapped such deliveries before but not this occasion, lets it fly past him

34.4

Siddle to Amla, no run, closer to the off stump, fuller in length, Amla gets forward and shoulders arms

34.5

Siddle to Amla, 1 leg bye, from wide of the crease, short in length, cutting in towards middle and leg, tries to clip it away, runs of the thigh pad

34.6

Siddle to Prince, no run, full in length, on the off stump, crouches to work it to the on side

Nic from Denmark: "Agree about Amla - he really needs to convert some of those low 50 scores to tons. Has yet to score a test century against major opposition."

End of over 35 (1 run, maiden) South Africa 114/1

    • AG Prince 56 (89b 6x4 1x6)
    • HM Amla 29 (59b 5x4)
    • PM Siddle 12-6-15-1
    • AB McDonald 2-1-5-0

Jacques: "Like I said yesterday; through Prince’s dogged determination shown in his short innings already; looks like he has taken slight exception at being dropped after the Aussie tour. Go on Prince; you deserve to be there and I think Neil McKenzie can kiss his international career goodbye for a second time."

35.1

McDonald to Amla, 2 runs, slightly short in length, on the middle and that length allows Amla to whip it through the on side to bring up the fifty of the partnership.

35.2

McDonald to Amla, FOUR, fuller but again drifting to the pads and Amla doesn't miss out on those. Whip of the wrists and the ball speeds away to the boundary

35.3

McDonald to Amla, no run, much better delivery, tailing in towards middle, Amla gets forward to push it down the track

35.4

McDonald to Amla, no run, similar line, driven past the lunging bowler to mid-off

35.5

McDonald to Amla, no run, wide outside off stump, left alone . Tv shows some footage of Ponting suggesting to the bowler to pitch it full and get the outswing going . Not sure whether he did it now or earlier

35.6

McDonald to Amla, no run

End of over 36 (6 runs) South Africa 120/1

    • HM Amla 35 (65b 6x4)
    • AG Prince 56 (89b 6x4 1x6)
    • AB McDonald 3-1-11-0
    • PM Siddle 12-6-15-1
36.1

Johnson to Prince, no run, short in length, around the off stump, around 140 kmph, Prince stays back to defend

36.2

Johnson to Prince, FOUR, Imperious! It was short in length around off stump and Prince crashed it through midwicket with a majestic pull

Krish: "All hail the great Prince. We're loving his approach in this game. I hope he pushes on and makes a big Hundred. I wouldn't mind him becoming the new opener even if its not his usual spot. The way we've been batting of late if he bats anywhere else, he'll probably still end up facing the new ball."

36.3

Johnson to Prince, 1 run, turned through the on side for a single

36.4

Johnson to Amla, no run, full and on the middle and leg, Amla is late in getting the bat in front of the pad but does so to drive neatly to mid-on

36.5

Johnson to Amla, no run, overpitched this time, around off stump, driven to covers

36.6

Johnson to Amla, FOUR, again overpitched, outside off stump and this time Amla doesn't waste the chance. He bends his knee to hold his balance and square drives it to the boundary.

End of over 37 (9 runs) South Africa 129/1

    • HM Amla 39 (68b 7x4)
    • AG Prince 61 (92b 7x4 1x6)
    • MG Johnson 8-1-44-0
    • AB McDonald 3-1-11-0

Dustin tries sarcasm: "...centuries against England, India and New Zealand just ain't good enough. He [Amla] really needs to get a ton against one of the bigger nations like Bangladesh or Zimbabwe¦oh wait, he has one against Zim already. ¦only Bangladesh left then I guess!"

37.1

McDonald to Prince, no run, just outside off stump, left alone

37.2

McDonald to Prince, no run, leans forward to defend a length delivery. Haddin is standing up to the stumps

37.3

McDonald to Prince, 2 runs, full pitched outside off stump and driven through covers and Hiflenhaus, who is standing half-way to the boundary, runs back to pull it back with a sliding effort

37.4

McDonald to Prince, no run, leans forward to defend to covers

37.5

McDonald to Prince, no run, down the leg side, fails to connect with the flick and Haddin, standing up to the stumps, whips the bails off

37.6

McDonald to Prince, no run, short in length, punched to covers. 131 for 1.

End of over 38 (2 runs) South Africa 131/1

    • AG Prince 63 (98b 7x4 1x6)
    • HM Amla 39 (68b 7x4)
    • AB McDonald 4-1-13-0
    • MG Johnson 8-1-44-0
38.1

Johnson to Amla, 1 run, banged in short and Amla pushes it from his chest to right of midwicket

38.2

Johnson to Prince, no run, bangs in a bouncer and Prince goes down under

38.3

Johnson to Prince, FOUR, Thwack. Another bouncer and Prince is not in the mood to duck this time. He swivels off the front foot to pull it to deep backward square leg boundary. Ponting has his hands on his hips ...

38.4

Johnson to Prince, no run, Yet another bouncer but much sharper, a snorter outside off and Prince does well to sway away from the line. Mitch runs through to have a few words with Prince

38.5

Johnson to Prince, 1 run, fuller but drifts down leg side, flicked to deep backward square leg region

38.6

Johnson to Amla, no run, full and on the middle and off stump line, doesn't come back in and Amla defends down the track

End of over 39 (6 runs) South Africa 137/1

    • HM Amla 40 (70b 7x4)
    • AG Prince 68 (102b 8x4 1x6)
    • MG Johnson 9-1-50-0
    • AB McDonald 4-1-13-0
39.1

McDonald to Prince, 2 runs, slightly short in length outside off, Prince rocks back to punch it through point region

39.2

McDonald to Prince, no run, fullish, on the middle stump line, turned to short midwicket. Haddin is still standing up to the stumps

39.3

McDonald to Prince, no run, on the middle and leg line, angling in gently, worked to the leg side

39.4

McDonald to Prince, no run, just outside off stump, from back of length, dabbed to backward point region

39.5

McDonald to Prince, no run, gets solidly behind the line of a length delivery to tap it to the on side

39.6

McDonald to Prince, no run, on the middle stump line, straightening a touch, pushed to the leg side

End of over 40 (2 runs) South Africa 139/1

    • AG Prince 70 (108b 8x4 1x6)
    • HM Amla 40 (70b 7x4)
    • AB McDonald 5-1-15-0
    • MG Johnson 9-1-50-0
40.1

Johnson to Amla, FOUR, attempts an yorker on the middle, ends up falling short of the blockhole and Amla plays a lovely whippy on drive through wide mid-on region

40.2

Johnson to Amla, no run, short in length, just outside off stump, defends to the off side

40.3

Johnson to Amla, 1 wide, very short and very high bouncer and Asad Rauf extends his arms. Mitch asks why and Rauf signals t'was too high

40.3

Johnson to Amla, no run, digs it short of length and it bounces just outside off stump, Amla leaves it for Haddin

40.4

Johnson to Amla, no run, another lifting delivery, moving across Amla who sways away even as he drops the wrists to get the bat down

40.5

Johnson to Amla, no run, 147 kmph bouncer on the middle stump and rushes past Amla's face. Amla had again arched back to sway away from the line

40.6

Johnson to Amla, no run, banged in short again, left alone by Amla

End of over 41 (5 runs) South Africa 144/1

    • HM Amla 44 (76b 8x4)
    • AG Prince 70 (108b 8x4 1x6)
    • MG Johnson 10-1-55-0
    • AB McDonald 5-1-15-0

Steve Reinert from UK: "So happy Prince is taking his chance. He is in great form and through the whole captaincy issue definitely has a point to prove. I watched him when he was in England and was in great form here too. His lone effort at Lords in the first innings is long forgotten when the team around him crumbled. Really hope he can keep his place now."

41.1

McDonald to Prince, 4 byes, from round the stumps this time, moves down leg, past the waft and past Haddin, who is up to the stumps.

41.2

McDonald to Prince, no run, gets this to come in from outside the off stump, Prince leans across to defend to the off side

41.3

McDonald to Prince, no run, short in length, angling in from round the stumps, pushed to the on side

41.4

McDonald to Prince, no run, a tad fuller, just outside off stump, Prince comes forward and decides to leave it

41.5

McDonald to Prince, no run, moves in towards the off stump, Prince gets forward to defend, bat and pad close together

41.6

McDonald to Prince, no run, ooh it bounces off a length, surprises Prince who was crouching forward to defend and strikes him on the chest. That's lunch. Prince and Amla walk away with a laugh as their team-mates give them a standing ovation

South Africa's session without any doubt. They lost Imraan Khan early, to a good return catch from Siddle, but Ashwell Prince and Amla have batted on in an serene fashion to charge them to 148 for 1. Join us in a while for the second session.

End of over 42 (4 runs, maiden) South Africa 148/1

    • AG Prince 70 (114b 8x4 1x6)
    • HM Amla 44 (76b 8x4)
    • AB McDonald 6-2-15-0
    • MG Johnson 10-1-55-0
42.1

Johnson to Amla, no run, starts off with a length delivery on the middle stump line, defended to the off side.

short leg, standing squarish, and a leg gully in place

42.2

Johnson to Amla, no run, bangs it short but down the leg side

42.3

Johnson to Amla, no run, another bouncer, again just down leg - they got two men close on the leg side - easily left alone

42.4

Johnson to Amla, no run, back of length, straightening on the middle stump line, punched back to Johnson who lunges to his left to stop

42.5

Johnson to Amla, no run, short in length again, on the off stump line, that length tempts Amla to use his wrists and whip it to the on side but ends up mistiming it towards mid-on

42.6

Johnson to Amla, no run, short-pitched delivery, angling across Amla who sways away

End of over 43 (maiden) South Africa 148/1

    • HM Amla 44 (82b 8x4)
    • AG Prince 70 (114b 8x4 1x6)
    • MG Johnson 11-2-55-0
    • AB McDonald 6-2-15-0

Willie: "Full marks to Prince for being such a team player! I saw a TV interview with him after being left out for the Wanderers Test - He looked absolutely devastated and was disappointed at the way it was communicated to him. I thought we would never see him again, but he's bounced back in a BIG way. You go Ashwell!"

43.1

McDonald to Prince, no run, full pitched on the off and middle, turned to short midwicket. McDonald is bowling from round the stumps and Haddin is standing up to the stumps.

43.2

McDonald to Prince, 1 run, fullish, drifting towards the pads, flicked behind square leg for a single

43.3

McDonald to Amla, 4 byes, Flies right between Haddin, standing up, and Ponting at first slip. It was full in length and outside off stump, Amla flashed at it but missed and it curved away past Haddin. Thought he had edged it but no

43.4

McDonald to Amla, no run, leans forward to push to the on side

43.5

McDonald to Amla, no run, closer to the off stump but Amla lets it go by

43.6

McDonald to Amla, no run, just outside off stump, left alone again

End of over 44 (5 runs) South Africa 153/1

    • HM Amla 44 (86b 8x4)
    • AG Prince 71 (116b 8x4 1x6)
    • AB McDonald 7-2-16-0
    • MG Johnson 11-2-55-0

Sa-aadat: "Where is Johnson's inswinger? I thought he was going to terrorise us with it."

44.1

Johnson to Prince, 2 runs, strays to the pads, clipped away to deep backward square leg region. There are two men in the deep for the miscued pull

44.2

Johnson to Prince, no run, slightly short in length, punched to covers

44.3

Johnson to Prince, FOUR, flashed over slips. It was short in length outside off and Prince goes for the back foot forcing shot and it flies off the edge and well over the cordon. 3000 Test runs for Prince.

44.4

Johnson to Prince, 1 run, short in length, hops back to turn it behind square leg

44.5

Johnson to Amla, 2 runs, back of length on the off and middle and Amla gets his wrists working again to work it through midwicket

44.6

Johnson to Amla, OUT, And there is the error in concentration from Amla. Almost inevitable. Full delivery, outside off, angling away and Amla edges the intended off drive to Haddin. South Africa trail by 47 runs

HM Amla c †Haddin b Johnson 46 (117m 88b 8x4 0x6) SR: 52.27

End of over 45 (9 runs) South Africa 162/2

    • AG Prince 78 (120b 9x4 1x6)
    • MG Johnson 12-2-64-1
    • AB McDonald 7-2-16-0

The captain walks out.

45.1

McDonald to Prince, no run, from round the stumps, angling in, defended down the pitch

45.2

McDonald to Prince, no run, moving in to middle and leg, worked to short midwicket

45.3

McDonald to Prince, no run, floated across full, slow yorker, dug out to the off side

45.4

McDonald to Prince, no run, just outside off stump, full pitched, driven to mid-off

45.5

McDonald to Prince, no run, just outside off stump, left alone

45.6

McDonald to Prince, no run, moving in to the middle, turned to short midwicket

End of over 46 (maiden) South Africa 162/2

    • AG Prince 78 (126b 9x4 1x6)
    • JH Kallis 0 (0b)
    • AB McDonald 8-3-16-0
    • MG Johnson 12-2-64-1
46.1

Johnson to Kallis, no run, banged in short, Kallis tries to go down under but is hit on the back. Ouch!

46.2

Johnson to Kallis, no run, beaten outside off stump. It burst off short of length outside off stump, Kallis had a lazy waft and the ball whooshed past the edge

46.3

Johnson to Kallis, no run, a 146.9 kph bouncer on the middle stump and Kallis ducks as he moves towards off

46.4

Johnson to Kallis, 1 run, hits the deck short, jumps up on the middle, Kallis hops across to tuck it past square leg to get off the mark

46.5

Johnson to Prince, 4 leg byes, short in length, moving down leg and Prince can't connect with the glance and it flies off the pad past the diving Haddin

46.6

Johnson to Prince, no run, back of length, just outside off stump, defended to the off side

End of over 47 (5 runs) South Africa 167/2

    • AG Prince 78 (128b 9x4 1x6)
    • JH Kallis 1 (4b)
    • MG Johnson 13-2-65-1
    • AB McDonald 8-3-16-0

Brent: "We've heard of the nervous 90's but I think Amla has a case of the fragile 40's" And 50's.

47.1

McDonald to Kallis, no run, in the channel outside off stump, Kallis lets it go through to Haddin, who has moved back to his regular place for McDonald

47.2

McDonald to Kallis, no run, straightens on the off stump line, Kallis defends to covers

47.3

McDonald to Kallis, no run, this one shapes in towards off and middle, Kallis is a touch late in getting the bat in line and manages to squeeze it to the off side

47.4

McDonald to Kallis, no run, fuller, trying to get that lbw again, Kallis is a touch late in bringing the bat in line - his front leg was pressed dangerously across- but manages to run it off the inner edge to square leg

47.5

McDonald to Kallis, 1 run, ends up pushing it to the pads, clipped away for a single

47.6

McDonald to Prince, 1 run, leans forward to nurdle a full delivery behind square leg for a single

End of over 48 (2 runs) South Africa 169/2

    • AG Prince 79 (129b 9x4 1x6)
    • JH Kallis 2 (9b)
    • AB McDonald 9-3-18-0
    • MG Johnson 13-2-65-1

Brendan: "Don't need the inswinger sa-aaadat, just the angle away from right handers."

Al: "Sa-aadat - let's not lose sight if the fact that we have actually lost the test series and haven't won this game yet either."

48.1

Johnson to Prince, no run, full in length, just outside off stump, pushed down the track

48.2

Johnson to Prince, 4 byes, the slower one, around 122 kmph, outside off and it beats Prince and Haddin. Prince was early into the drive and was beaten. It bounced just before Haddin who couldn't cover it cleanly

48.3

Johnson to Prince, 2 runs, leans forward to work it through midwicket

48.4

Johnson to Prince, 1 run, full pitched around middle and leg, wristed to long leg for a single

48.5

Johnson to Kallis, no run, back of length outside off stump, Kallis lets it go. Again that front foot is coming across a tad too much, that resulted in a few problems for him in the last over.

48.6

Johnson to Kallis, no run, good well-directed sharp bouncer and Kallis hops, takes the bottom-hand off the handle and fended it off in an ungainly manner but got it down to the ground

End of over 49 (7 runs) South Africa 176/2

    • JH Kallis 2 (11b)
    • AG Prince 82 (133b 9x4 1x6)
    • MG Johnson 14-2-68-1
    • AB McDonald 9-3-18-0
49.1

McDonald to Prince, no run, full in length, just outside off stump, driven to covers

49.2

McDonald to Prince, no run, short in length, coming in to the off stump line, pushed to the off side. For Prince, Haddin stands up. For Kallis, he goes back.

49.3

McDonald to Prince, no run, length delivery shaping in from round the stumps, tapped towards gully

49.4

McDonald to Prince, no run, fuller, just outside off stump and Prince stretches forward to defend

49.5

McDonald to Prince, no run, full in length, moving in, pushed to the off side

49.6

McDonald to Prince, no run, short in length, bit more effort at the release and it bounces up, Prince goes for the cut but misses and Haddin does well to take it

End of over 50 (maiden) South Africa 176/2

    • AG Prince 82 (139b 9x4 1x6)
    • JH Kallis 2 (11b)
    • AB McDonald 10-4-18-0
    • MG Johnson 14-2-68-1
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