England tour of South Africa, 1st Test: South Africa v England at Centurion, Dec 16-20, 2009
Match drawn
16,17,18,19,20 December 2009 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150

So, Ntini has the new ball. The slips are in place, three of them, and Strauss is on strike

0.1

Ntini to Strauss, no run, wow, that's a brave leave. Strauss shoulders arms on length, and the ball skims over the top of middle. Nice start

0.2

Ntini to Strauss, no run, aggression from Ntini, angling across the left-hander and rapping his pads outside the line of leg stump

A gully and point also in place, plus a ring on the off side

0.3

Ntini to Strauss, 1 run, on the pads this time, and angled away

0.4

Ntini to Cook, 2 runs, edged and dropped first ball! Blimey, what a start this is. Perfect line and length, and that explodes through de Villiers' fingers at third slip, nearly decapitating him in the process

0.5

Ntini to Cook, no run, better judgment from Cook as he lets this one go

0.6

Ntini to Cook, no run, squared up on the leg stump and pushed back down the track

Wow. De Villiers doesn't drop many, but that was onto him seriously quickly. Now then, from the veteran to the rookie. Friedel de Wet will share the new ball. It's Emotion Central out there

End of over 1 (3 runs) England 3/0

    • AN Cook 2 (3b)
    • AJ Strauss 1 (3b)
    • M Ntini 1-0-3-0
1.1

de Wet to Strauss, 1 no ball, umm ... not sure what to say about that. A half-tracker two feet outside leg. Try again

1.1

de Wet to Strauss, no run, that's better! On the spot outside off, and Strauss has a flirt as the ball zips past his edge

1.2

de Wet to Strauss, no run, back and across, into line for a defensive push

After the driftiness of the last two sessions, this is suddenly gripping. And I would bet that there are some wickets on offer here. It's that sort of atmosphere

1.3

de Wet to Strauss, no run, down the leg side, but not outrageously so

1.4

de Wet to Strauss, no run, props forward and defends with solid technique

1.5

de Wet to Strauss, no run, a hint of width, but Strauss refuses to be tempted

1.6

de Wet to Strauss, 1 leg bye, down the leg side to complete a mixed bag of a first over. A couple of crackers, and an absolute shocker

End of over 2 (2 runs) England 5/0

    • AJ Strauss 1 (10b)
    • AN Cook 2 (3b)
    • F de Wet 1-0-1-0
    • M Ntini 1-0-3-0
2.1

Ntini to Strauss, 1 run, slightly short, and shovelled round the corner

2.2

Ntini to Cook, no run, outside off, better line, left alone with a big raise of the bat

2.3

Ntini to Cook, no run, prodded uncertainly, but straight down into the ground. Good fielding in the gully saves the single

2.4

Ntini to Cook, no run, struck amidships as he moves across the crease

Ntini comes round the wicket for a bit of variation

2.5

Ntini to Cook, no run, met on the walk with a full face of the bat

2.6

Ntini to Cook, no run, pushed back into the crease and flicked out to midwicket. Another good over

End of over 3 (1 run) England 6/0

    • AN Cook 2 (8b)
    • AJ Strauss 2 (11b)
    • M Ntini 2-0-4-0
    • F de Wet 1-0-1-0
3.1

de Wet to Strauss, no run, good line and keeps low on off stump. Strauss watches it onto the bat and digs it out

A few of you asking what speed de Wet is. That last ball was 88mph. You'll have to do the conversion yourself I'm afraid, but it's sharp

3.2

de Wet to Strauss, 2 runs, 91 mph that time, or 146kph. Either way, there's runs in it

3.3

de Wet to Strauss, no run, clipped off the pads, as de Wet charges down the pitch in his followthrough

3.4

de Wet to Strauss, 1 run, clumped off the pads and through midwicket

3.5

de Wet to Cook, no run, good wheels, Friedel, good wheels ... outside off, and carries well through to Boucher

3.6

de Wet to Cook, FOUR, leg stump, and that's runs. Cook doesn't miss those, a firm clip and that races through square leg

After a jittery start, he's finding his feet. Now then, what can Ntini produce?

End of over 4 (7 runs) England 13/0

    • AN Cook 6 (10b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 5 (15b)
    • F de Wet 2-0-8-0
    • M Ntini 2-0-4-0
4.1

Ntini to Strauss, 3 runs, on the pads once more and through midwicket. Morne Morkel gives chase and hauls it back inside the rope

4.2

Ntini to Cook, no run, more width outside off, and there's no shot offered this time

4.3

Ntini to Cook, no run, up on the toes and right behind the line. Defended back down the pitch

4.4

Ntini to Cook, 1 run, tapped to cover and they hurtle through for a single

4.5

Ntini to Strauss, no run, Strauss lost sight of that momentarily as it lobbed off the pad, and he had to adjust quickly to ensure it didn't fall on his stumps. It didn't

4.6

Ntini to Strauss, no run, cramped for room on off stump, and defended down into the crease

End of over 5 (4 runs) England 17/0

    • AJ Strauss 8 (18b)
    • AN Cook 7 (13b 1x4)
    • M Ntini 3-0-8-0
    • F de Wet 2-0-8-0
5.1

de Wet to Cook, FOUR, a low full-toss and there's no missing out there. Punched through the covers and all the way to the rope

5.2

de Wet to Cook, FOUR, stabbed back down the track and that has good legs. Harris chases in vain, and ends up in an undignified heap in a pile of tarpaulins

5.3

de Wet to Cook, no run, something resembling an appeal as Cook missed out on a paddle-pull. But that was going well over the top

5.4

de Wet to Cook, OUT, there it is! Friedel de Wet has his maiden Test wicket, as Cook pushes at an off-stump delivery, and feathers the thinnest of edges through to Boucher

AN Cook c †Boucher b de Wet 15 (26m 17b 3x4 0x6) SR: 88.23

Reward for a tight line. All the technical tinkering in the world can't resolve the problem of knowing what to leave, and that was just too close for Cook to avoid pushing at. And England have their first set-back. Is it Ntini's turn next?

If you're South African, why not go and gloat about it on our Facebook page?

More emotion as Jonathan Trott arrives for his maiden Test innings in the country of his birth

5.5

de Wet to Trott, no run, he lasts more than one ball ...

5.6

de Wet to Trott, no run, slippery from de Wet. Trott digs down late to preserve his off stump. Alarming moments for England

What heady moments. And we've still got KP's homecoming to come. Test cricket is the nuts

End of over 6 (8 runs) England 25/1

    • IJL Trott 0 (2b)
    • AJ Strauss 8 (18b)
    • F de Wet 3-0-16-1
    • M Ntini 3-0-8-0
6.1

Ntini to Strauss, no run, staunch defence on off stump, from round the wicket

6.2

Ntini to Strauss, no run, full length, met with a full face

6.3

Ntini to Strauss, no run, wow, was that great judgment or attempted suicide? Either way, Strauss's off bail was in serious strife as he left alone there!

6.4

Ntini to Strauss, no run, he chooses to put bat to ball this time, and there's a satisfying clunk of willow to prove it

6.5

Ntini to Strauss, 1 run, hurried defence as Ntini targets the middle of middle stump. They hustle a single, to bring Trott onto strike

6.6

Ntini to Trott, no run, zoinks, that absolutely flew off a length! Trott did well to stay out of harm's way as Boucher performed a vertical take-off to collect

End of over 7 (1 run) England 26/1

    • IJL Trott 0 (3b)
    • AJ Strauss 9 (23b)
    • M Ntini 4-0-9-0
    • F de Wet 3-0-16-1
7.1

de Wet to Strauss, no run, tidy line and length with a hint of menace. This is how to use a new ball

7.2

de Wet to Strauss, 3 runs, Strauss decides a cautious counterattack is called for, and has a dart outside off. Well placed through the covers and they ease through for three

7.3

de Wet to Trott, no run, great delivery, shaping back in, and taking the inside-edge to save any lbw appeal. Probably doing too much, but that's better than nothing at all

7.4

de Wet to Trott, no run, Trott's being made to work hard here. De Wet is attacking the off stump with good discipline. He's enjoying himself now

7.5

de Wet to Trott, no run, forward and defended with solidity to cover

7.6

de Wet to Trott, no run, poked out to point to complete a lively over

End of over 8 (3 runs) England 29/1

    • IJL Trott 0 (7b)
    • AJ Strauss 12 (25b)
    • F de Wet 4-0-19-1
    • M Ntini 4-0-9-0
8.1

Ntini to Strauss, no run, still round the wicket, still attacking the stumps

8.2

Ntini to Strauss, no run, pushed up to mid-on from deep within the crease

"I am "watching" the cricinfo commentary from Luang Nam Tha in northern Laos," says Daniel Green. "Is the Chef vying for the title of most infuriating England batsman ever?" Ask Jonathan Hungin, Cricinfo's guru of geekdom, and he'll give you the unprintable answer to that one...

8.3

Ntini to Strauss, no run, solid from Strauss, who is rising above the excitement that's going on around him

8.4

Ntini to Strauss, no run, wider on the crease, if that is possible for Ntini, and that's left well alone

8.5

Ntini to Strauss, FOUR, into position early, picked the length well, and that's a bread-and-butter slap for four through midwicket. Shot

8.6

Ntini to Strauss, FOUR, great double-whammy. First the pull, now the cut, as Ntini offers too much hittable width outside off. Welcome runs for England

End of over 9 (8 runs) England 37/1

    • AJ Strauss 20 (31b 2x4)
    • IJL Trott 0 (7b)
    • M Ntini 5-0-17-0
    • F de Wet 4-0-19-1
9.1

de Wet to Trott, no run, loose and wide, and outside off. No stroke offered

9.2

de Wet to Trott, 5 wides, whoops, that was ordinary. Attempted bouncer, but barely on the cut strip. Oh well

9.2

de Wet to Trott, no run, back on a better length

"Interesting to see how 'animated' the commentary has become, not a South African by any chance?" asks Gawan Taylor. How dare you. I am a Pom, I just happen to love watching combative Test cricket. And this is gripping right now

9.3

de Wet to Trott, no run, forward and solidly defended

And yes, as one or two of you have pointed out, the only non South African-born people on the field right now are the umpires. Just wait until KP turns up

9.4

de Wet to Trott, FOUR, that is a handsome stroke. Fully forward and punched through extra cover. Class

9.5

de Wet to Trott, 1 no ball, back on the stumps, and defended

9.5

de Wet to Trott, 1 run, pushed to cover for a single

9.6

de Wet to Strauss, 1 run

That's drinks and Sahil will take over for a while.

End of over 10 (12 runs) England 49/1

    • AJ Strauss 21 (32b 2x4)
    • IJL Trott 5 (13b 1x4)
    • F de Wet 5-0-31-1
    • M Ntini 5-0-17-0

Here's Morne Morkel for his first ball. Starts round the wicket

10.1

Morkel to Strauss, 1 run, Angled in to Strauss who works it into the leg side for a single

back over the wicket to Trott

10.2

Morkel to Trott, FOUR, and angles it too close to Trott's pads and he flicks it down to fine leg for four

10.3

Morkel to Trott, no run, finds a better line and a good length, and Trott gets on to the front foot to defend

10.4

Morkel to Trott, no run, slightly too wide of off stump allows Trott to shoulder arms

10.5

Morkel to Trott, no run, gets good lift from a length and Trott jumps to defend off the back foot

10.6

Morkel to Trott, 1 no ball, drags this down a little bit, but at 93.5mph, it's sharp, Trott mistimes his pull

10.6

Morkel to Trott, 3 runs, this one is floated up a tad, and on Trott's legs and he clips it through midwicket, where a smart sliding stop from Amla prevents the boundary

End of over 11 (9 runs) England 58/1

    • IJL Trott 12 (19b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 22 (33b 2x4)
    • M Morkel 1-0-9-0
    • F de Wet 5-0-31-1

Harris is on for an early bowl. Given Swann's success he would expect a little purchase from the track

11.1

Harris to Trott, no run, starts with a flighted delivery around off stump, Trott leans forward to defend

11.2

Harris to Trott, no run, another flighted delivery from Harris's round-arm action, Trott leans on it and pushes it to mid off

11.3

Harris to Trott, no run, this is close! Massive appeal for lbw given not out and Smith calls for a review. Decent delivery, straightened a little to beat the bat, but is there an inside edge? Replays suggest it would just clip leg stump. Which is not enough evidence to overturn the original decision, so Trott survives and South Africa lose one review

11.4

Harris to Trott, no run, less incident here, flighted around middle stump and Trott gets forward to defend

11.5

Harris to Trott, no run, leans forward again to defend

11.6

Harris to Trott, no run, this one is just outside off stump and Trott comes over to defend. Good opening over from Harris

End of over 12 (maiden) England 58/1

    • IJL Trott 12 (25b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 22 (33b 2x4)
    • PL Harris 1-1-0-0
    • M Morkel 1-0-9-0

It has been an action-packed final session after a rather pedestrian afternoon session

12.1

Morkel to Strauss, no run, Strauss defends off the front foot

12.2

Morkel to Strauss, no run, better length from Morkel, full, and Strauss is reluctant to get forward to him, clips the inside edge on to the pad

12.3

Morkel to Strauss, 1 run, full again, and Strauss digs it out off the inside half of the bat, to collect a single to the leg side

12.4

Morkel to Trott, no run, too wide of off stump to interest Trott

12.5

Morkel to Trott, no run, this time it's straighter, inviting the drive, Trott duly delivers, but mistimes it and it trickles out to mid off

12.6

Morkel to Trott, no run, Morkel bustling in, with his shirt untucked, delivers a widish delivery outside off stump which Trott opts to leave

End of over 13 (1 run) England 59/1

    • IJL Trott 12 (28b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 23 (36b 2x4)
    • M Morkel 2-0-10-0
    • PL Harris 1-1-0-0

Harris to continue, first ball to Strauss

13.1

Harris to Strauss, no run, lands in the rough outside off stump and finds a little turn as Strauss gets forward to defend

13.2

Harris to Strauss, no run, Strauss hangs back this time and turns it from just outside off into the leg side

13.3

Harris to Strauss, no run, Strauss tries to heave this one out of the rough over midwicket, but fails to make any contact

13.4

Harris to Strauss, no run, leans forward again to defend

13.5

Harris to Strauss, no run, outside off stump and Strauss comes forward to defend, a little uncertainly

13.6

Harris to Strauss, no run, a touch shorter, but not really short enough for the cut Strauss attempts but mistimes

End of over 14 (maiden) England 59/1

    • AJ Strauss 23 (42b 2x4)
    • IJL Trott 12 (28b 2x4)
    • PL Harris 2-2-0-0
    • M Morkel 2-0-10-0
14.1

Morkel to Trott, no run, Trott gets right behind a good delivery from Morkel just outside off stump

14.2

Morkel to Trott, no run, oh dear, this one is far too wide of off stump, Morkel's radar is Harmison-esque at the moment

14.3

Morkel to Trott, no run, quick, 93mph, but too wide of off stump to interest Trott

14.4

Morkel to Trott, no run, and again, slightly too wide, and Trott happily lets it pass

14.5

Morkel to Trott, 1 run, overcompensates, drifts on to Trott's legs, and he clips confidently to deep square

Round the wicket to Strauss, this is the angle that caused Strauss problems against Morkel in the one-day series

14.6

Morkel to Strauss, no run, full and Strauss drives gently out into the off side

End of over 15 (1 run) England 60/1

    • AJ Strauss 23 (43b 2x4)
    • IJL Trott 13 (33b 2x4)
    • M Morkel 3-0-11-0
    • PL Harris 2-2-0-0
15.1

Harris to Trott, 1 run, decent ball around middle stump, Trott prods it into the leg side for a sharp single

There is a good battle developing between Strauss and Harris

15.2

Harris to Strauss, FOUR, takes a couple of steps and tries to smack Harris over the leg side, connects but slightly mistimes it and causes a few groan from South Africa as it goes in the air down to long on

15.3

Harris to Strauss, 1 run, clipped away for a single

15.4

Harris to Trott, no run, stretches forward to defend

15.5

Harris to Trott, no run, leans on a defensive shot from around off stump

15.6

Harris to Trott, no run, and again defends from a good length

End of over 16 (6 runs) England 66/1

    • IJL Trott 14 (37b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 28 (45b 3x4)
    • PL Harris 3-2-6-0
    • M Morkel 3-0-11-0
16.1

Morkel to Strauss, no run, fullish delivery kept out by Strauss

16.2

Morkel to Strauss, no run, angled in and Strauss gets in a bit of a tangle as he tries to work it to leg

16.3

Morkel to Strauss, 1 no ball, good delivery, apart from overstepping, on and around off stump

16.3

Morkel to Strauss, no run, this one is slightly speared to Stauss's legs and he pushes it out to mid on

16.4

Morkel to Strauss, no run, gets the outside edge with a good length ball on off stump. But Strauss plays with soft hands and a dies on it's way to third slip

16.5

Morkel to Strauss, no run, fuller, and a few shouts of catch from the fielders as it goes via the inside edge on to Strauss's pads an balloons towards gulley, but it lands short of a diving fielder

16.6

Morkel to Strauss, no run, this time it's defended without too much trouble

End of over 17 (1 run) England 67/1

    • AJ Strauss 28 (52b 3x4)
    • IJL Trott 14 (37b 2x4)
    • M Morkel 4-0-12-0
    • PL Harris 3-2-6-0
17.1

Harris to Trott, no run, Trott gets forward and smothers any spin from Harris

17.2

Harris to Trott, no run, slightly leg side, but Trott defends without alarm

17.3

Harris to Trott, 1 run, more intent from Trott on this one, leans forward and drives crisply, but straight to mid off

17.4

Harris to Strauss, no run, Strauss goes for an expansive drive out of the rough outside off stump, inside edges it

17.5

Harris to Strauss, no run, slightly shorter and Strauss rocks back to cut, but doesn't time it once again

17.6

Harris to Strauss, no run, Harris throws up a tempted wide outside off stump, which given the way Strauss has played him so far isn't a bad option, but Strauss resists

End of over 18 (1 run) England 68/1

    • AJ Strauss 28 (55b 3x4)
    • IJL Trott 15 (40b 2x4)
    • PL Harris 4-2-7-0
    • M Morkel 4-0-12-0

Change of ends for de Wet, who has been very lively on debut

18.1

de Wet to Trott, 2 runs, starts with a short and wide one, which Trott happily punches, off the back foot through the covers for a couple

18.2

de Wet to Trott, no run, better line this time, tight on off stump, and Trott gets solidly behind his defensive stroke

18.3

de Wet to Trott, 1 no ball, too wide this time, and a no-ball, Trott watches it pass harmlessly

18.3

de Wet to Trott, no run, short, wide, and a crunching cut from Trott goes straight to the fielder

18.4

de Wet to Trott, 1 run, short again, Trott rocks back and times his pull shot well, but it's intercepted by a diving Amla at midwicket. Well fielded

18.5

de Wet to Strauss, no run, Strauss is on the floor! Yorker-length, and Strauss misses it as he slips over and is rapped on the pads, big appeal, but not given and no review called

18.6

de Wet to Strauss, FOUR, too short, and Strauss loves it there, pulls for four with consummate ease

End of over 19 (8 runs) England 76/1

    • AJ Strauss 32 (57b 4x4)
    • IJL Trott 18 (45b 2x4)
    • F de Wet 6-0-39-1
    • PL Harris 4-2-7-0

50 partnership between Strauss and England's new number three, Jonathan Trott. Ntini returns

19.1

Ntini to Trott, no run, goes full on off stump, Trott drives calmly enough to cover

19.2

Ntini to Trott, no run, Trott takes this, on the angle, from just outside off stump to mid on

19.3

Ntini to Trott, no run, full again and Trott drives into the covers, where Morkel makes a diving, if slightly precarious, stop

19.4

Ntini to Trott, no run, on the stumps again and Trott defends

19.5

Ntini to Trott, no run, a tad shorter and Trott defends off the back foot, with a real crispness

19.6

Ntini to Trott, no run, Trott plays back to a slightly fuller ball, but he gets right behind it and there are no problems

End of over 20 (maiden) England 76/1

    • IJL Trott 18 (51b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 32 (57b 4x4)
    • M Ntini 6-1-17-0
    • F de Wet 6-0-39-1
20.1

de Wet to Strauss, no run

20.2

de Wet to Strauss, 2 runs, turned from off stump to midwicket on the angle, and the batsmen cross for a single

de Wet back over the wicket

20.3

de Wet to Strauss, no run, finds a good line and length and Strauss can only defend

20.4

de Wet to Strauss, FOUR, too full and Strauss clips through mid on for four. Well timed

20.5

de Wet to Strauss, no run, better line and length this time, defended back towards the bowler

20.6

de Wet to Strauss, 1 run, attempted yorker, but too full and Strauss times the full toss straight to Harris at mid on, where the ball took a nasty bounce to smack him on the neck

End of over 21 (7 runs) England 83/1

    • AJ Strauss 39 (63b 5x4)
    • IJL Trott 18 (51b 2x4)
    • F de Wet 7-0-46-1
    • M Ntini 6-1-17-0
21.1

Ntini to Strauss, 1 run, too close to the pads, and Strauss works it out to deep midwicket

21.2

Ntini to Trott, no run, bit wide from Ntini, too wide to interest Trott who eagerly lets it go pass him

21.3

Ntini to Trott, no run, tighter line this time, and Trott, hanging back a touch, blocks solidly into the off side

21.4

Ntini to Trott, no run, too wide to get Trott's attention, but good enough for the skipper, who applauds

21.5

Ntini to Trott, no run, fuller and outside the off stump, Trott probably didn't need to play, but he defended without any trouble

21.6

Ntini to Trott, no run, beaten. Drags Trott into another one he didn't need to play at, and it ghosts past the outside edge

End of over 22 (1 run) England 84/1

    • IJL Trott 18 (56b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 40 (64b 5x4)
    • M Ntini 7-1-18-0
    • F de Wet 7-0-46-1

Harris to bowl the final over of the day

22.1

Harris to Strauss, no run, Strauss diligently defends from off stump

22.2

Harris to Strauss, FOUR, slightly too short, and Strauss waits on it well, places his cut through point for four

Harris back over the wicket to Strauss

22.3

Harris to Strauss, no run, pushed across the batsman, who defends

22.4

Harris to Strauss, no run, gets right over the ball and blocks it out

22.5

Harris to Strauss, no run, nicely bowled, lots of air, invites a drive from Strauss, and it goes out to mid off

22.6

Harris to Strauss, no run, Strauss gets right behind it, and defends, to complete a good evening for the England captain, ending unbeaten on 44

So all that's left is for me to say thanks for joining us, hope you'll be with us tomorrow from 10.30am (8.30 GMT) for all the fun and frolics from day three.

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That is stumps on the second day's play. Both sides can feel content, South Africa still edged the day, but their slow progress and a fairly flat pitch means England will be confident of staying in the game.

End of over 23 (4 runs) England 88/1

    • AJ Strauss 44 (70b 6x4)
    • IJL Trott 18 (56b 2x4)
    • PL Harris 5-2-11-0
    • M Ntini 7-1-18-0

10.30am Right, here we go. Strauss and Trott have made their way to the middle, and we are all set for the third day's play. Morne Morkel is armed with the ball, and he's bowling from the Pavilion End.

To make your wait less agonising, why not have a check of our video verdicts of yesterday's play.

10.15am Good morning one and all, welcome to the third day from Centurion. We're about 15 minutes away from the start of play and should, after two close and rather slow days, have a cracker today. Strauss and Trott looked positive yesterday, Ntini and de Wet sharp, and lurking in the dressing room is Kevin Pietersen.

The pitch looks dry, with a few cracks, but has favoured the bat all Test so far and should do again today.

23.1

Morkel to Trott, no run, full length, speared into the pads, and Trott can't quite squeeze that through the leg side

23.2

Morkel to Trott, no run, very full length, Trott digs it out with aplomb

23.3

Morkel to Trott, 1 no ball, slightly back of a length this time, and outside off. Defended

23.3

Morkel to Trott, no run, pushed into the covers from another full length

23.4

Morkel to Trott, no run, very full length once again. Good discipline so far

23.5

Morkel to Trott, no run, wider of off stump, and Trott lets that one whizz by

23.6

Morkel to Trott, no run, up into the blockhole, Trott clips into the leg side, but short midwicket is on hand to intercept

Tidy over

End of over 24 (1 run) England 89/1

    • IJL Trott 18 (63b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 44 (70b 6x4)
    • M Morkel 5-0-13-0
    • PL Harris 5-2-11-0

Here's Makhaya Ntini, who was a seriously pumped-up presence during last night's session

24.1

Ntini to Strauss, no run, good start, angling across Strauss, who flinches out of the way as the ball gets big on him

24.2

Ntini to Strauss, no run, turned off the hip to midwicket

Two slips, gully, short extra cover and a deep point for Strauss. Lots of cover on the off side

24.3

Ntini to Strauss, no run, pushed back into the crease, defended on the line of off stump

24.4

Ntini to Strauss, 1 run, dabbed into the off side and a scurried single to escape the strike. First runs off the bat this morning

24.5

Ntini to Trott, no run, outside off, Trott leaves alone

"I personally hope South Africa win because Duminy and de Villiers are now my two favourite non-Australian players," says James Stephens. "I also think Steyn is a freak." That's not very nice. And not very wise either. He knows where you live

24.6

Ntini to Trott, 1 run, patted into the covers and more good running

End of over 25 (2 runs) England 91/1

    • IJL Trott 19 (65b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 45 (74b 6x4)
    • M Ntini 8-1-20-0
    • M Morkel 5-0-13-0
25.1

Morkel to Trott, 1 run, Trott had to get his skates on there, as he eased what appeared to be a quick single into the covers, only for the shy to come in with indecent haste. All safe in the end

25.2

Morkel to Strauss, no run, a whistling off-stump line. Boucher takes with fingers pointed skywards. A pleasing sight for fast bowlers

25.3

Morkel to Strauss, no run, squeezed into the covers, and Trott is once again living dangerously as a speculative shy comes in at the non-strikers' end to keep him honest

25.4

Morkel to Strauss, no run, good bowling, full length outside off, and Strauss is tempted into an indiscretion

One criticism of Strauss is the frequency with which he gets out early after resuming an overnight innings. He'll be aware of that as well

25.5

Morkel to Strauss, no run, outside off, and no stroke this time

In mitigation, at least he is there overnight more often than not!

25.6

Morkel to Strauss, 1 no ball, solidly blocked but Morkel oversteps once again

25.6

Morkel to Strauss, no run, another swish outside off, and no contact again. Loose. But Morkel is luring the errors at the moment with a disciplined line

End of over 26 (2 runs) England 93/1

    • AJ Strauss 45 (80b 6x4)
    • IJL Trott 20 (66b 2x4)
    • M Morkel 6-0-15-0
    • M Ntini 8-1-20-0
26.1

Ntini to Trott, no run, wide of off stump and Trott is drawn into an unnecessary defensive push. Good probing start from South Africa

26.2

Ntini to Trott, no run, wide again, and left alone

26.3

Ntini to Trott, no run, fully forward and defended

26.4

Ntini to Trott, no run, outside off, no stroke offered this time

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26.5

Ntini to Trott, FOUR, good use of the pace. Wide again and very full this time. Trott opens the face and angles his shot through the cordon and away to third man. First boundary of the day

26.6

Ntini to Trott, no run, good riposte, full and fast and bursting past the bat

End of over 27 (4 runs) England 97/1

    • IJL Trott 24 (72b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 45 (80b 6x4)
    • M Ntini 9-1-24-0
    • M Morkel 6-0-15-0
27.1

Morkel to Strauss, 1 run, full and probing, and Strauss gets off the strike, but not entirely convincingly. A thick edge through gully

Strauss was troubled by Morkel's line during the one-dayers. He's looking a threat again

27.2

Morkel to Trott, no run, outside off, no stroke offered

27.3

Morkel to Trott, no run, outside off, and no stroke offered. Again

27.4

Morkel to Trott, no run, outside off, and left alone. Settling into a holding pattern for the moment

27.5

Morkel to Trott, no run, tighter to the stumps, and Morkel this time draws a firm defensive push back down the pitch

"I have no favourite Australian players," says Ben Johnson. Suit yourself

27.6

Morkel to Trott, no run, six inches too wide to tempt any indiscretion. Left alone once more

End of over 28 (1 run) England 98/1

    • IJL Trott 24 (77b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 46 (81b 6x4)
    • M Morkel 7-0-16-0
    • M Ntini 9-1-24-0
28.1

Ntini to Strauss, no run, yikes, that scuttled! And Strauss understandably wanders down to take a look. Happily for him the ball passed outside off stump, but at shin height

28.2

Ntini to Strauss, no run, on the stumps this time, and defended

"Both Eng and Aus are on 98 as I write. Who will reach 100 first!" asks Sarang. "I wish there was a way to view 2 games side-by-side on your website." Well, you could adjust the size of your windows I suppose. Or you could just click here

28.3

Ntini to Strauss, no run, Strauss shoulders arms and leaves well alone

28.4

Ntini to Strauss, no run, forward this time, and solidly blocked

28.5

Ntini to Strauss, no run, that one climbed a touch from a decent length. No threat as yet, but Boucher looks bemused

28.6

Ntini to Strauss, OUT, got him! Excellent length again, and this time it keeps low once more. Strauss was in position but the ball skimmed through at shin height, and demolished the off stump!

AJ Strauss b Ntini 46 (138m 87b 6x4 0x6) SR: 52.87

Nothing much Strauss could do about that, but Ntini is rightly ecstatic, as well he might be in his 100th Test. And so is the crowd, who are all set to cash in their free celebratory beer coupons.

Now then, Kevin Pietersen arrives for his first Test in South Africa. And yes, the identity of his partner, Trott, does mean that there are 13 South African-born players on the field. That, in fact, has been the case since the demise of Alastair Cook!

End of over 29 (wicket maiden) England 98/2

    • IJL Trott 24 (77b 3x4)
    • M Ntini 10-2-24-1
    • M Morkel 7-0-16-0
29.1

Morkel to Trott, no run, forward and solidly blocked

29.2

Morkel to Trott, no run, outside off, and no stroke offered

29.3

Morkel to Trott, no run, Trott shuffles across his stumps, and defends with determination

29.4

Morkel to Trott, no run, banged in short, and that flies clean through to the keeper without ever threatening Trott's head

29.5

Morkel to Trott, 1 run, deflected for a single, and here comes Pietersen for his first delivery of the match

Smith takes his time to readjust the field. Amla is in a catching position on the leg side. Two slips, a gully and a short cover

29.6

Morkel to Pietersen, FOUR, That's a quality start, big stride and aggressive punch, and that whistles through the covers. He's up and running

End of over 30 (5 runs) England 103/2

    • KP Pietersen 4 (1b 1x4)
    • IJL Trott 25 (82b 3x4)
    • M Morkel 8-0-21-0
    • M Ntini 10-2-24-1
30.1

Ntini to Trott, no run, fully forward once again - Trott really does get onto the front foot with confidence - and that's driven back to the bowler

30.2

Ntini to Trott, no run, wide of off stump, and this one is left alone

30.3

Ntini to Trott, no run, very wide on the crease this time, and blocked on off stump

"Apparently there are only 12 South Africans on the field...Harris was born in Rhodesia," notes our African correspondent, Gnasher McGlashan. So there you go.

30.4

Ntini to Trott, no run, wide outside off stump, and left well alone

30.5

Ntini to Trott, no run, probing away outside off stump, and Trott shoulders arms

30.6

Ntini to Trott, no run, left alone once again, it's a battle of wills out there at the moment. And that is over

End of over 31 (maiden) England 103/2

    • IJL Trott 25 (88b 3x4)
    • KP Pietersen 4 (1b 1x4)
    • M Ntini 11-3-24-1
    • M Morkel 8-0-21-0

Pietersen, with a strike rate of 400%, faces up once more

31.1

Morkel to Pietersen, no run, it's down to 200% now. Left alone with a flourish

31.2

Morkel to Pietersen, no run, fully forward, and blocked once again

31.3

Morkel to Pietersen, 1 no ball, another no-ball, and that's going to be a frustration for an otherwise disciplined Morkel

31.3

Morkel to Pietersen, no run, full again, and worked into the leg side

31.4

Morkel to Pietersen, no run, a foot outside off. Pietersen leaves alone with confidence and watchfulness

31.5

Morkel to Pietersen, 1 run, an angled bat and a quick single through backward point

31.6

Morkel to Trott, no run, a click of willow signals another determined forward defensive. And that's another over notched up

An attritional first 40 minutes for England, who have lost their stalwart Andrew Strauss to a grubber, and seem a little wary of the conditions right now. Tight bowling from South Africa so far

End of over 32 (2 runs) England 105/2

    • IJL Trott 25 (89b 3x4)
    • KP Pietersen 5 (7b 1x4)
    • M Morkel 9-0-23-0
    • M Ntini 11-3-24-1
32.1

Ntini to Pietersen, no run, a fraction too wide to tempt the stroke. Left alone

32.2

Ntini to Pietersen, no run, disciplined, but unthreatening. Pietersen covers his stumps with his sizeable frame, and lets the ball fizz by

32.3

Ntini to Pietersen, no run, another one keeps low, but it's a foot-and-a-half outside off

Apparently it was the Independent's ever-watchful correspondent, Stephen Brenkley, who alerted us to that Harris-Rhodesia factoid. Cheers Brenks, keep up the good work!

32.4

Ntini to Pietersen, no run, outside off, and no stroke offered once again. It's tidy, but Ntini is perhaps falling into the same trap that England's bowlers did on the first day. Attacking the stumps is the way forward on this pitch ... as he has already shown

32.5

Ntini to Pietersen, 1 run, good running, a dab into the off side and off we go

32.6

Ntini to Trott, no run, nearly a collision as Amla at short extra fields a drive, while Ntini steams down the pitch in his followthrough

End of over 33 (1 run) England 106/2

    • IJL Trott 25 (90b 3x4)
    • KP Pietersen 6 (12b 1x4)
    • M Ntini 12-3-25-1
    • M Morkel 9-0-23-0

Here is the non-South African, Paul Harris, for the first time today

33.1

Harris to Pietersen, 1 run, round the wicket, and tossed onto a good length. Pushed into the leg side

33.2

Harris to Trott, no run, good line and length so far, poked into the covers

33.3

Harris to Trott, no run, that's a tidy delivery, very full and a hint of late drift. Trott, Harris's big mate, nearly turns himself into an lbw candidate

33.4

Harris to Trott, no run, a grunted appeal once again, as Trott chops down late

33.5

Harris to Trott, no run, big stride and defended with determination

33.6

Harris to Trott, no run, shovelled back to the bowler, and that is a probing first over

And for your continued information, because we like to keep you posted on such things, Harris was born in November 1978, therefore his country of birth was still Rhodesia by just over a year.

End of over 34 (1 run) England 107/2

    • IJL Trott 25 (95b 3x4)
    • KP Pietersen 7 (13b 1x4)
    • PL Harris 6-2-12-0
    • M Ntini 12-3-25-1

Here's Friedel de Wet. He got the wicket last night but was a touch expensive on debut

34.1

de Wet to Pietersen, no run, outside off, good bustling start, and that bursts through to Boucher

34.2

de Wet to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen props forward and blocks on the line of off stump

34.3

de Wet to Pietersen, no run, forward and defended solidly

34.4

de Wet to Pietersen, no run, a foot outside off stump, and no stroke offered once again

34.5

de Wet to Pietersen, no run, that's the ball, a good length on off stump, a hint of nip off the pitch, and that's a properly loose shot from Pietersen, who takes on the drive but finds thin air

34.6

de Wet to Pietersen, no run, solidly forward, and that's a maiden. Excellent discipline from South Africa, who allowed their emotions to run away with them last night

End of over 35 (maiden) England 107/2

    • KP Pietersen 7 (19b 1x4)
    • IJL Trott 25 (95b 3x4)
    • F de Wet 8-1-46-1
    • PL Harris 6-2-12-0
35.1

Harris to Trott, 1 run, pushed into the covers, and through they dash

35.2

Harris to Pietersen, 2 runs, picks the gap once again. A bit of history between these two players

35.3

Harris to Pietersen, no run, forward and solidly defended on an excellent line. Good tight bowling

35.4

Harris to Pietersen, no run, probing away on a middle to middle-and-leg line. Nothing fancy, but very effective

35.5

Harris to Pietersen, 1 run, squeezed off a good length for another single

35.6

Harris to Trott, no run, big stride forward, and smothered

Well, that is drinks after a steady but unspectacular first hour. Ntini claimed the big wicket of Andrew Strauss, but the export-import pairing of Trott and Pietersen have regrouped well against a testing attack.

Time to brew up. Here's Sahil Dutta to take you through to lunch

End of over 36 (4 runs) England 111/2

    • IJL Trott 26 (97b 3x4)
    • KP Pietersen 10 (23b 1x4)
    • PL Harris 7-2-16-0
    • F de Wet 8-1-46-1
36.1

de Wet to Pietersen, no run, low bounce again, and Pietersen is beaten. Outside off stump and the walking defensive stroke finds fresh air.

36.2

de Wet to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen is playing on the walk, really trying to get forward dampen the low bounce, de Wet bowling well to him here

36.3

de Wet to Pietersen, 1 no ball, wider of off stump and left safely alone

36.3

de Wet to Pietersen, no run

36.4

de Wet to Pietersen, no run

36.5

de Wet to Pietersen, no run, shuffles across and defends solidly outside off stump

36.6

de Wet to Pietersen, no run, on the walk again and defends from outside off stump, no real need to play at that

End of over 37 (1 run) England 112/2

    • KP Pietersen 10 (30b 1x4)
    • IJL Trott 26 (97b 3x4)
    • F de Wet 9-1-47-1
    • PL Harris 7-2-16-0
37.1

Harris to Trott, no run, gets forward and defends to mid on

37.2

Harris to Trott, no run, drifts towards middle, and Trott gets right over it to defend

37.3

Harris to Trott, no run, couple of steps forward, but opts to defend

37.4

Harris to Trott, no run, drifts on to leg stump, Trott tries to turn it away on the leg side, but can't beat short leg

37.5

Harris to Trott, no run, clipped straight to midwicket from around middle stump

37.6

Harris to Trott, no run, slightly shorter and Trott defends into the off side from the back foot

End of over 38 (maiden) England 112/2

    • IJL Trott 26 (103b 3x4)
    • KP Pietersen 10 (30b 1x4)
    • PL Harris 8-3-16-0
    • F de Wet 9-1-47-1

de Wet is in a good spell to Pietersen here, good contest. Two slips in place.

38.1

de Wet to Pietersen, no run, starts around off stump and Pietersen gets across to defend from the front foot

38.2

de Wet to Pietersen, no run, well, that pitched and rolled. Luckily for Pietersen it was well wide of off stump, but that is cause for real alarm

38.3

de Wet to Pietersen, (no ball) 1 run, goes straighter this time, but Pietersen had shuffled far enough across to take it from off stump through midwicket

38.3

de Wet to Trott, no run, this one is on off stump and bounces normally, so much so that it almost surprises Trott, as he blocks it out to point

38.4

de Wet to Trott, no run, Trott tries to advance, walking at de Wet, but the ball creeps along the ground again, and under Trott's attempted work to leg

Gulley has come out into short midwicket, inviting de Wet to attack the stumps

38.5

de Wet to Trott, no run, but he continues outside off stump and Trott leaves well alone

38.6

de Wet to Trott, no run, solidly behind this one, defending off the back foot back to the bowler

End of over 39 (2 runs) England 114/2

    • IJL Trott 26 (107b 3x4)
    • KP Pietersen 11 (33b 1x4)
    • F de Wet 10-1-49-1
    • PL Harris 8-3-16-0
39.1

Harris to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen gets well across and sweeps from around off stump behind square

39.2

Harris to Trott, 2 runs, Trott stays leg side of the ball, and guides it into the covers where a diving stop prevents a boundary. Well played

39.3

Harris to Trott, no run, defended into the leg side

39.4

Harris to Trott, no run, Trott hangs back and attempts a rather ambitious late cut from a fullish and quicker ball. Well bowled and a misjudgement there from Trott

39.5

Harris to Trott, no run, defended this time without incident

39.6

Harris to Trott, no run, gets forward and defends from off stump

End of over 40 (3 runs) England 117/2

    • IJL Trott 28 (112b 3x4)
    • KP Pietersen 12 (34b 1x4)
    • PL Harris 9-3-19-0
    • F de Wet 10-1-49-1
40.1

de Wet to Pietersen, no run, good length on off stump, and solidly defended

40.2

de Wet to Pietersen, no run, this one keeps a little low around off stump, but Pietersen's jerky defensive shot exaggerates it somewhat

40.3

de Wet to Pietersen, no run, a touch straighter and Pietersen clips into the leg side

40.4

de Wet to Pietersen, no run, bit of a false shot, and invites a few words from the debutant. On off stump, Pietersen shuffling across again, but inside-edges the defensive shot

40.5

de Wet to Pietersen, 2 runs, slightly fuller, inviting a drive, Pietersen obliges and times it well, but a half stop from Duminy means it's a couple

40.6

de Wet to Pietersen, no run, this time he's solidly behind it and defends into the off side

End of over 41 (2 runs) England 119/2

    • KP Pietersen 14 (40b 1x4)
    • IJL Trott 28 (112b 3x4)
    • F de Wet 11-1-51-1
    • PL Harris 9-3-19-0
41.1

Harris to Trott, no run, defends crisply into the covers

41.2

Harris to Trott, no run, gets back, but a touch of bounce from a shorter length finds the outer half of Trott's bat

41.3

Harris to Trott, no run, gets forward and defends again

41.4

Harris to Trott, no run, defended again from a good length, good pressure building on Trott

41.5

Harris to Trott, OUT, oh dear. Trott runs down at Harris and swipes wildly, beaten on the inside edge, looking for turn that wasn't there.

IJL Trott b Harris 28 (170m 117b 3x4 0x6) SR: 23.93

South Africa have been excellent this morning, really tied England down. Harris has bowled well at Trott for a couple of overs and now England are in deep trouble. They might well need the extra batsman they selected.

Collingwood, England's official crisis man, is out there

41.6

Harris to Collingwood, no run, gets forward and defends his first ball

End of over 42 (wicket maiden) England 119/3

    • PD Collingwood 0 (1b)
    • KP Pietersen 14 (40b 1x4)
    • PL Harris 10-4-19-1
    • F de Wet 11-1-51-1

This match is just starting to get interesting, but for a fully-blown (Trevor) gripper, take a look at what's happening across the Indian Ocean in Perth.

42.1

de Wet to Pietersen, no run, Outside the off stump, Pietersen, looking cautious, leaves alone

These two have a history of batting well together.

42.2

de Wet to Pietersen, no run, Defended again from off stump, the batsmen think of a single, and then think better of it

42.3

de Wet to Pietersen, no run, shuffles across, and defends, but with a touch more intent

42.4

de Wet to Pietersen, 1 run, slightly fuller and invites a free-flowing drive, mistimed slightly and it goes towards mid off

42.5

de Wet to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood hanging back on his crease, which is not a great idea given the variable bounce, defends from off stump

42.6

de Wet to Collingwood, no run, bit of a firm-footed prod, outside of the off stump, from a good length delivery

End of over 43 (1 run) England 120/3

    • PD Collingwood 0 (3b)
    • KP Pietersen 15 (44b 1x4)
    • F de Wet 12-1-52-1
    • PL Harris 10-4-19-1
43.1

Harris to Pietersen, 4 byes, oh that's close! Beaten everything. Good length delivery and Pietersen played bat well away from pad, looking for non-existent turn, and somehow it goes over the top of the stumps

43.2

Harris to Pietersen, no run, gets back and defends this time

43.3

Harris to Pietersen, 1 run, shapes to sweep very early, which means the gentle full toss is turned away, even more gently behind square for a single

43.4

Harris to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood gets right forward and defends outside off stump

43.5

Harris to Collingwood, no run, drifts on to the leg side, and Collingwood defends again, but plays a touch inside the line

43.6

Harris to Collingwood, no run, defended more solidly back to the bowler

End of over 44 (5 runs) England 125/3

    • PD Collingwood 0 (6b)
    • KP Pietersen 16 (47b 1x4)
    • PL Harris 11-4-20-1
    • F de Wet 12-1-52-1

Morkel comes in for his second go of the morning, replacing de Wet with two slips in place.

44.1

Morkel to Pietersen, no run, starts outside off stump and Pietersen leaves alone

44.2

Morkel to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen advances, which is not an easy thing to do to a man of Morkel's endless height, but defends from outside off stump

44.3

Morkel to Pietersen, no run, shortish delivery on off stump, and Pietersen jumps, and hangs in the air waiting for the ball, to defend

44.4

Morkel to Pietersen, 1 run, fuller this time and prodded into the off side, the batsmen take a sharp single

44.5

Morkel to Collingwood, no run, well wide of off stump and Collingwood shoulders arms

44.6

Morkel to Collingwood, no run, a touch fuller, invites Collingwood to play, and he defends well into the off side

End of over 45 (1 run) England 126/3

    • PD Collingwood 0 (8b)
    • KP Pietersen 17 (51b 1x4)
    • M Morkel 10-0-24-0
    • PL Harris 11-4-20-1
45.1

Harris to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen on the charge, couple of steps forward but the drive finds mid on

45.2

Harris to Pietersen, no run, shapes to sweep very early and is rapped on the pads, but it's well outside off stump

45.3

Harris to Pietersen, no run, defends calmly this time

45.4

Harris to Pietersen, 1 run, turned into the leg side for a single

45.5

Harris to Collingwood, no run, fuller length and a touch more air, Collingwood defends

45.6

Harris to Collingwood, FOUR, a little bit more air, but drifts into the legs, and Collingwood clips confidently for four through midwicket

End of over 46 (5 runs) England 131/3

    • PD Collingwood 4 (10b 1x4)
    • KP Pietersen 18 (55b 1x4)
    • PL Harris 12-4-25-1
    • M Morkel 10-0-24-0
46.1

Morkel to Pietersen, no run, short and slightly wide of off stump, Pietersen entertains a cut, but decides to leave it alone

46.2

Morkel to Pietersen, no run, keeps a little low and catches the pads, but too far outside off stump to merit a big appeal

46.3

Morkel to Pietersen, 1 run, walking across his stumps again, clips into the leg side and collects a sharp single

46.4

Morkel to Collingwood, no run, speared in at the legs but Collingwood misses out and it hits him on the pads

46.5

Morkel to Collingwood, no run, this time it's far too wide of off stump to interest anyone

46.6

Morkel to Collingwood, no run, bit of extra bounce, which you would expect from someone as tall as a block of flats, but it's well outside off stump again

End of over 47 (1 run) England 132/3

    • PD Collingwood 4 (13b 1x4)
    • KP Pietersen 19 (58b 1x4)
    • M Morkel 11-0-25-0
    • PL Harris 12-4-25-1
47.1

Harris to Pietersen, no run, advances again, but picks out the fielder with his leg side clip to midwicket

47.2

Harris to Pietersen, 1 run, sweeps firmly this time, out to deep square leg

47.3

Harris to Collingwood, no run, slightly quicker delivery, Collingwood watchfully over it

47.4

Harris to Collingwood, 1 run, drifts in again, and once again not much spin, catches the inside edge and flies close to Amla at short leg

47.5

Harris to Pietersen, SIX, in position to sweep very early, and when it turns out to be a full toss, he just eases it over midwicket. Didn't look like he really smashed it, just well timed

47.6

Harris to Pietersen, no run, goes for the sweep again, from outside off stump, but misses and it strikes him on the pad to invite an appeal

End of over 48 (8 runs) England 140/3

    • KP Pietersen 26 (62b 1x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 5 (15b 1x4)
    • PL Harris 13-4-33-1
    • M Morkel 11-0-25-0

Ntini back to replace a rather disappointing spell from Morkel

48.1

Ntini to Collingwood, no run, but starts with a delivery well wide of off stump and Collingwood leaves it

48.2

Ntini to Collingwood, no run, the Ntini angle creates doubt again as Collingwood plays at one he doesn't need to and it catches the outer half of the bat

48.3

Ntini to Collingwood, no run, gets back and across and tries to work it to point

48.4

Ntini to Collingwood, no run, more solidly behind this one from a good length

48.5

Ntini to Collingwood, no run, better length, fuller and inviting a drive, which Collingwood very gently pats into the off side

48.6

Ntini to Collingwood, no run, slightly shorter and Collingwood tries to force it away off the back foot, but mistimes it and it trickles off an inside edge

End of over 49 (maiden) England 140/3

    • PD Collingwood 5 (21b 1x4)
    • KP Pietersen 26 (62b 1x4 1x6)
    • M Ntini 13-4-25-1
    • PL Harris 13-4-33-1

Should be the final over before lunch.

49.1

Harris to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen advances again, but almost yorks himself, and digs it out to mid off

49.2

Harris to Pietersen, no run, defends this time and Boucher apparently likes the delivery

49.3

Harris to Pietersen, no run, couple of skips down the track, but only to defend

49.4

Harris to Pietersen, 2 runs, back on the sweep, more delicate, and it goes quite fine for a couple

49.5

Harris to Pietersen, no run, back down the track again, and almost inside edges the defensive stroke

49.6

Harris to Pietersen, 1 run, drifts on to leg stump and Pietersen, from his crease this time, tickles it around the corner to close the session

That is lunch for the players. It has been a good session for the home side, absolutely strangled England and picked up the overnight batsmen. While I find some breakfast (tea and hobnobs), I suggest checking out the news from an action-packed day at Perth, as well as Andrew Miller's morning report. If that is still not enough to satisfy you, you can follow all the action from the the 2nd ODI between India and Sri Lanka.

End of over 50 (3 runs) England 143/3

    • KP Pietersen 29 (68b 1x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 5 (21b 1x4)
    • PL Harris 14-4-36-1
    • M Ntini 13-4-25-1
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