England tour of South Africa, 2nd Test: South Africa v England at Durban, Dec 26-30, 2009
England won by an innings and 98 runs
Played at Kingsmead, Durban
26,27,28,29,30 December 2009 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
55.4

Swann to de Villiers, FOUR, great shot first up! Couple of skips down the track and drives handsomely, straight past the bowler for four, all along the carpet

55.5

Swann to de Villiers, no run, defending from the crease this time, much to the delight of the England fielders

55.6

Swann to de Villiers, no run, stretches forward and defends firmly back to Swann

South Africa 164/3   AB de Villiers 4* (3b 1x4)
57.5

Swann to de Villiers, no run, driven firmly back at Swann from a full length

57.6

Swann to de Villiers, no run, carefully defended, just turning his wrists on it, into the leg side

South Africa 166/3   AB de Villiers 4* (5b 1x4)
58.6

Onions to de Villiers, no run, slightly too much width and de Villiers leaves alone with disdain

South Africa 167/4   AB de Villiers 4* (6b 1x4)
59.6

Swann to de Villiers, no run, flatter and pushed across de Villiers, perhaps looking for that outside edge again, but de Villiers shoulders arms

South Africa 170/4   AB de Villiers 4* (7b 1x4)
60.6

Onions to de Villiers, FOUR, Onions, dare I say it, is steaming in. Chortle. Lovely shot from de Villiers, timing a full-length delivery through the covers for a boundary

South Africa 175/5   AB de Villiers 8* (8b 2x4)
61.6

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, swinging in on middle stump and de Villiers defends perfectly back to the bowler to complete the over

South Africa 180/5   AB de Villiers 8* (9b 2x4)
62.5

Onions to de Villiers, no run, fuller, very good length and line and de Villiers gets forward to defend

62.6

Onions to de Villiers, no run, finds the edge from the full length, but de Villiers defended with soft hands and the ball rolled to the slips

South Africa 181/5   AB de Villiers 8* (11b 2x4)
63.3

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, full and angling in again, de Villiers defends from the front foot

63.4

Anderson to de Villiers, 2 runs, swinging in once more, does he bowl any outswingers these days? de Villiers works it into the leg side, wide of midwicket, off a thick inside edge

63.5

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, outside off stump, left well alone

63.6

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, swinging in again, but it's an attacking, full length and a tight leave from the batsman

South Africa 184/5   AB de Villiers 10* (15b 2x4)
64.3

Onions to de Villiers, no run, short a touch wide and Onions is lucky to get away with it, as de Villiers slaps it straight to point

64.4

Onions to de Villiers, no run, much improved line and length, defended staunchly

64.5

Onions to de Villiers, no run, slightly fuller, looking for the drive outside off stump from de Villiers, but he leaves well alone. Prior is thrilled with it all, crying "bowling bunny"

64.6

Onions to de Villiers, 1 run, back of a length and worked to midwicket to keep the strike

South Africa 186/5   AB de Villiers 11* (19b 2x4)
65.1

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, angling in again, and defended without alarm

65.2

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, wide of off stump and left alone

65.3

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, this is again well wide of off stump, not going to interest anyone, least of all de Villiers, who shoulders arms

65.4

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, better line, forces a defensive shot from another fullish, inswinging delivery

65.5

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, a touch wide again, and can't draw a shot

65.6

Anderson to de Villiers, 3 runs, just back of a length on off stump, de Villiers, stands tall and forces it, from the top of it's bounce, through the covers where only a snail outfield prevents four. Top shot.

South Africa 189/5   AB de Villiers 14* (25b 2x4)
66.1

Onions to de Villiers, no run, good delivery, outside off and de Villiers hops back and defends

66.2

Onions to de Villiers, 1 run, full, defended to mid off, very gently, where Anderson, some how lets it go through him to allow the batsmen a run

66.5

Onions to de Villiers, no run, Onions grunts, and shoves it in short, de Villiers sways away without bother but it seems to have pleased Prior behind the stumps

66.6

Onions to de Villiers, no run, good ball to finish, tight on off stump from a shorter length, forces the batsman into a rushed defensive stroke off the back foot

South Africa 191/5   AB de Villiers 15* (29b 2x4)
68.1

Onions to de Villiers, no run, bouncer, and a good one. Short and fizzing over the shoulder

68.2

Onions to de Villiers, no run, pushed into the covers

68.3

Onions to de Villiers, no run, outside off and holding its slightly-too-wide line. No stroke contemplated

68.4

Onions to de Villiers, 1 run, angled onto the pads and worked down to fine leg. A touch misdirected

South Africa 198/5   AB de Villiers 16* (33b 2x4)
69.1

Swann to de Villiers, 1 run, slog-sweep - good aggression, as Cook discovers when he wears that shot full on the calf as he takes evasive action at short leg

69.5

Swann to de Villiers, 1 run, shouts of "catch it!" as de Villiers turns one straight off the face, and that hits Cook flush on the boot. Technically, a chance

South Africa 211/5   AB de Villiers 18* (35b 2x4)
70.1

Broad to de Villiers, no run, swinging down the leg-side, and a huge appeal as de Villiers flicks at that one. There was a noise but it might well have been pad

70.2

Broad to de Villiers, no run, forward and defended with a full face

70.3

Broad to de Villiers, no run, poked into the covers. A decent probing length

70.4

Broad to de Villiers, no run, outside off stump, left alone this time

70.5

Broad to de Villiers, no run, on the pads, cramped for room

70.6

Broad to de Villiers, no run, blocked from a vertical stance, deep in the crease. The ball drops like a stone, and that's the over

South Africa 211/5   AB de Villiers 18* (41b 2x4)
71.2

Swann to de Villiers, no run, defended into the off side

71.3

Swann to de Villiers, 1 run, dancing feet and a measured drive to mid-on

71.6

Swann to de Villiers, no run, whipped into the leg-side, and that's another tidy but unchallenging over

South Africa 214/5   AB de Villiers 19* (44b 2x4)
72.6

Broad to de Villiers, no run, outside off, and no stroke offered as the ball threatens to tail back in

South Africa 221/5   AB de Villiers 19* (45b 2x4)
74.1

Broad to de Villiers, no run, bashed in, short of a length, and never a danger of a shot being offered

74.2

Broad to de Villiers, no run, fuller and straighter, and met with a solid defensive push

74.3

Broad to de Villiers, no run, wide on the crease, and speared past the off stump as de Villiers shoulders arms extravagantly

74.4

Broad to de Villiers, no run, driven sublimely, but far too straight. The non-striker's stumps do the work of the fielders

74.5

Broad to de Villiers, no run, defended once again

74.6

Broad to de Villiers, no run, pushed back into the crease, and defended on the back foot

South Africa 221/5   AB de Villiers 19* (51b 2x4)
75.4

Swann to de Villiers, no run, punched to midwicket once again, this time more compactly

75.5

Swann to de Villiers, 1 run, both batsmen content to work the gaps now, and bed in for the new ball

South Africa 225/5   AB de Villiers 20* (53b 2x4)
76.1

Collingwood to de Villiers, no run, gentle indrifter to start with, good line and length, and de Villiers is kept honest despite a premeditated charge

76.2

Collingwood to de Villiers, 2 runs, clipped off the hip to fine leg, good running

76.3

Collingwood to de Villiers, no run, tails in gently to meet a firm defensive on off stump

76.4

Collingwood to de Villiers, 2 runs, holds its line this time, and takes a thickish edge as de Villiers plays for the drift. That's not a chance, but Collingwood will claim it as deception nonetheless

76.5

Collingwood to de Villiers, FOUR, that's retribution. Up on the toes, crunched through the covers, and that's his first boundary of the morning

76.6

Collingwood to de Villiers, no run, curled in towards middle, and met with a full face.

South Africa 233/5   AB de Villiers 28* (59b 3x4)
78.1

Pietersen to de Villiers, no run, speared down the leg-side. Inauspicious

78.2

Pietersen to de Villiers, no run, clipped off the hip

78.3

Pietersen to de Villiers, 1 run, tucked into the leg side to rotate the strike

South Africa 236/6   AB de Villiers 29* (62b 3x4)
79.1

Swann to de Villiers, no run, forward and defended on the line of off stump

79.2

Swann to de Villiers, no run, a hint of an inside-edge as de Villiers lines up an expansive drive

79.3

Swann to de Villiers, no run, big stride and blocked this time

79.4

Swann to de Villiers, no run, flicked off the pads, but gathered by Cook under the lid

79.5

Swann to de Villiers, 1 run, probing work, as de Villiers drives a touch loosely again. More air that time from Swann

South Africa 239/6   AB de Villiers 30* (67b 3x4)
80.1

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, zip off the seam first-up! A touch too wide to draw a stroke, but instant encouragement for England

80.2

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, sensible bowling from Anderson, pitching it up by half a yard and demanding a stroke

80.3

Anderson to de Villiers, 1 run, worked into the covers, and they scamper a single to bring Morkel onto strike

80.5

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, nothing misdirected about that one! The ball zips past the edge, and the players go up for a huge, if slightly uncertain appeal. Sensibly they decline to review

80.6

Anderson to de Villiers, FOUR, too much width and far too short. A poor ball to finish an attacking over, and de Villiers' quick hands make even quicker work of that

South Africa 245/6   AB de Villiers 35* (72b 4x4)
82.1

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, Angled in from a better length, crashes into the pads

82.2

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, holds it's line just outside off, de Villiers thinks about playing before opting to leave

82.3

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, given the conditions and the new ball, Anderson should be fuller here, but it's on a length, outside off and left alone

82.4

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, finds a better length here, attacking the stumps and it's defended from the crease

82.5

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, this really zips through, on a length outside off and flew through de Villiers's defensive fence

82.6

Anderson to de Villiers, FOUR, grim. Horrid short and wide delivery, de Villiers throws him arms at it, top edges, to the third man boundary, Anderson looks aghast, as well he might. Poor way to finish the over for him

South Africa 249/6   AB de Villiers 39* (78b 5x4)
83.3

Onions to de Villiers, no run, just outside off and defended

83.4

Onions to de Villiers, no run, better length, much fuller and forces de Villiers to defend from the crease

83.5

Onions to de Villiers, no run, attacking the stumps again, de Villiers drops it into the off side, looking for the single, but point comes in quickly

83.6

Onions to de Villiers, no run, good finish to the over, tight on the stumps, and de Villiers, who looks in fine touch, can only defend

South Africa 250/6   AB de Villiers 39* (82b 5x4)
84.5

Anderson to de Villiers, 2 runs, another caressed back foot drive, taken from the top of it's bounce, through the covers, excellent shot, but far to short from Anderson

84.6

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, good response, much fuller and finds movement of the pitch as it skims past de Villiers's prod outside off

South Africa 257/6   AB de Villiers 41* (84b 5x4)
85.3

Onions to de Villiers, FOUR, this is too full and drifting into the legs, for a player of de Villier's class, clipping for four to the midwicket boundary is a formality

85.4

Onions to de Villiers, no run, readjusts his line, but a little too far and it's left alone

85.5

Onions to de Villiers, 1 run, angling in and de Villiers hops backs and tucks it away to square leg for a single

South Africa 263/6   AB de Villiers 46* (87b 6x4)
86.1

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, We have a review.... good ball, full and swinging in, rushes through de Villiers's defensive stroke and clips the back pad. Given not out by the on-field umpire, and it looks like the correct decision, because it's going well over the top. England could have been looking for an inside edge as well, but it wasn't there

86.2

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, less incident here, outside off and left alone

86.3

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, much better length from Anderson this over, has de Villiers defending from the crease

86.4

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, full again and swinging in, de Villiers drops it into the off side, the batsmen think about a single but some sharp fielding prevents any chance

86.5

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, fuller, inviting the drive, de Villiers obliges but it goes straight to mid off

86.6

Anderson to de Villiers, no run, slightly too wide outside off stump, de Villiers leaves alone. Much better over there, more threatening

South Africa 263/6   AB de Villiers 46* (93b 6x4)
87.3

Onions to de Villiers, 1 run, back of a length once more, and tucked into the leg side

87.5

Onions to de Villiers, 2 runs, Onions finally finds a fuller length but is punished as de Villiers punches down the ground

87.6

Onions to de Villiers, 1 run, fuller and nurdled to midwicket, de Villiers scampers through to complete an excellent and crucial 50 from 96 deliveries. He's played superbly and dampened England's hopes this morning

South Africa 269/6   AB de Villiers 50* (96b 6x4)
88.1

Broad to de Villiers, no run, starts well, full, on off stump and defended with ease

88.2

Broad to de Villiers, OUT, Broad does the trick! Full length, where all the magic happens, and swinging away a touch outside off, de Villiers goes for an expansive drive but nicks it through to Prior. England really needed that.

AB de Villiers c †Prior b Broad 50 (149m 98b 6x4 0x6) SR: 51.02

South Africa 269/7   AB de Villiers 50 (98b 6x4)
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