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
1.1

Onions to Smith, no run, starts full and around off stump, Smith leans forward to defend

1.2

Onions to Smith, no run, back of a length, and defended from the crease into the off side

1.3

Onions to Smith, no run, thrown up at a driving length, on around off stump, Smith obliges but closed-faces it back to the bowler

1.4

Onions to Smith, no run, slightly too wide of off stump and Smith shoulders arms

1.5

Onions to Smith, no run, good stuff from Onions, full and straight and Smith plays across his defence a touch

1.6

Onions to Smith, no run, full again, good probing length, and Smith defends but is a touch late on it

South Africa 3/0   G Onions 1-1-0-0
3.1

Onions to Amla, no run, short and effective, Amla drops his wrists and the rest of his body follows suit

3.2

Onions to Amla, no run, pitched up this time, and seaming late. No stroke offered

3.3

Onions to Amla, no run, drawn forward on a good length, poked into the covers

3.4

Onions to Amla, no run, wide of off stump, and left alone more comfortably this time

3.5

Onions to Amla, no run, definite signs of late movement, but Amla is judging the line well, and leaves alone outside off

3.6

Onions to Amla, no run, massive appeal as Amla walks across his stumps, and the ball deflects into the leg side. Consultations going on there, but Onions rightly decides not to call for the review

South Africa 4/1   G Onions 2-2-0-0
5.1

Onions to Amla, no run, down the leg-side

5.2

Onions to Amla, no run, more uncomfortable bounce from a good length. A short leg might come into play soon

5.3

Onions to Amla, no run, outside off, in the channel, demanding respect, if not a stroke every delivery. Left alone this time

5.4

Onions to Amla, 1 run, fuller length, attacking the base of off stump, and pushed without much timing into the covers

5.5

Onions to Smith, no run, good nut, swinging from middle to off, and met with a solid and straight blade

5.6

Onions to Smith, no run, outside off, more comfortably ignored this time. Tight work from England

South Africa 7/1   G Onions 3-2-1-0
7.1

Onions to Smith, no run, up on the toes and blocked back to the bowler. Arrow-straight as ever

7.2

Onions to Smith, no run, dragged forward on off stump and blocked studiously. That was a similar length to the one that snuck through his defences at Centurion

7.3

Onions to Smith, no run, defended urgently on middle stump

7.4

Onions to Smith, 1 run, short, and pulled through backward square

7.5

Onions to Amla, no run, outside off stump, in the channel and left alone

7.6

Onions to Amla, no run, a tired-looking delivery, although he's surely got plenty more in the tank for now. A bit short and a fraction wide, but Amla ignores the chance to fling the bat

South Africa 10/1   G Onions 4-2-2-0
12.1

Onions to Smith, no run, wide outside off to start. But Smith won't be drawn into that one

12.2

Onions to Smith, no run, that is exquisite, the perfect line across the left-hander, and inperceptible movement off the seam. How that didn't take the edge is anyone's guess

12.3

Onions to Smith, no run, wider this time, and a loss of concentration as Smith chases that one. He's not happy with himself for that one

12.4

Onions to Smith, no run, defended with desperation on off stump. Excellent tight line from Onions, as ever

12.5

Onions to Smith, no run, poked to cover from a full length

12.6

Onions to Smith, 1 leg bye, a fraction off-line, and Smith's pads earn a single to fine-leg

South Africa 15/2   G Onions 5-3-2-0
14.1

Onions to Smith, no run, with a grunt, Onions pitches this back of a length, on off stump, Smith stands tall and defends to point

14.2

Onions to Smith, no run, cracking delivery, fuller, jagging away of the pitch, Smith comes forward and the ball ghosts past the edge

14.3

Onions to Smith, no run, drags his length back a touch, it bounces a little on Smith, he gets in an awkward position to defend from the back foot, but does so effectively

14.4

Onions to Smith, no run, fuller this time, Smith comes forward and defends. Well bowled and well played

14.5

Onions to Smith, 4 leg byes, shoved down the leg side, Smith gets inside of it and it comes off his hip, down past a diving Prior to the fine leg boundary. Shades of his first-innings dismissal at Centurion, but no alarm

14.6

Onions to Smith, 2 runs, touch too short, Smith stands up from his crouching stance and works it round the corner

South Africa 24/2   G Onions 6-3-4-0
16.1

Onions to Smith, no run, lovely bowling again from Onions, Broad could learn from the length he bowls, full, bit of lateral movement away from Smith, it it skips past the outside edge

16.2

Onions to Smith, no run, and again, big away movement, and Smith is beaten. A touch fuller and that would be deadly

16.3

Onions to Smith, no run, finds the right length this time, but drifts a touch too wide and Smith is far too determined to have a nimble at that as he leaves alone

16.4

Onions to Smith, no run, oh close! Excellent full length, Smith defends off the front foot and squeezes it just short of Cook at short leg

16.5

Onions to Smith, no run, change-up short ball here, genuine bouncer, Smith gets it to a good position but hooks at fresh air as the ball sails over the top edge

16.6

Onions to Smith, no run, and returns to a full length on off stump to complete the over, Smith diligently and defiantly defends from the front foot

South Africa 34/2   G Onions 7-4-4-0
18.1

Onions to Kallis, no run, Onions continues to bowl a good, probing line and length. Kallis defends with bat jabbing down to suggest it kept a little low

18.2

Onions to Kallis, FOUR, drifts on to leg stump, perhaps looking for the magic delivery, inevitably, it doesn't happen and Kallis flicks it away to fine leg for a boundary

18.3

Onions to Kallis, no run, good response, back on the off-stump channel, gets the outer half of Kallis's defensive stroke

18.4

Onions to Kallis, no run, full again, what a treat it is to see opening batsmen defending from the front foot, and Kallis does so stylishly

18.5

Onions to Kallis, 2 runs, slightly back of a length, and Kallis leaps to defend, it got the outer half of his bat, but with soft hands it runs away past the slips

18.6

Onions to Kallis, no run, slightly too wide, and Kallis and leaves well alone

South Africa 41/2   G Onions 8-4-10-0
48.1

Onions to Kallis, 1 run, immediately brings a false shot with a full and straight one that squirts away off the inside edge

48.2

Onions to Smith, no run, full, slightly wide of off stump and Smith pushes it out to mid off firmly

48.3

Onions to Smith, no run, settled on a good length, Smith defends to complete a tidy bit of cricket

48.4

Onions to Smith, no run, Smith gets forward and defends another good Onions delivery

48.5

Onions to Smith, no run, this is wide of off stump, and Smith happily shoulders arms

48.6

Onions to Smith, FOUR, great shot! Bad finger or not, Smith is giving nothing away here, a touch too full from Onions and Smith comes well forward and drives with the straightest of straight bats, back past the bowler for four

South Africa 134/2   G Onions 9-4-15-0
50.1

Onions to Smith, no run, oh dear, Smith has a wild slog at one, trying to heave an off stump ball over midwicket. Misses and attracts a "moooo" from Miller sitting opposite me.

50.2

Onions to Smith, no run, walking a little at Onions, clearly a change of intent here, but defends into the off side

50.3

Onions to Smith, no run, good intent again, drives firmly, if a little flat-footed to mid off

50.4

Onions to Smith, no run, good response, Onions holding his nerve with a full length ball that jags back a bit and gets the inside edge

50.5

Onions to Smith, 1 run, too short this time and Smith gets inside the line, swivels and pulls to fine leg for a single

50.6

Onions to Kallis, FOUR, far too short, and it gently sits up at Kallis who bashes it through midwicket for four with a pull shot. Ruined an otherwise excellent comeback over

South Africa 141/2   G Onions 10-4-20-0
52.1

Onions to Smith, 1 leg bye, Smith gets right across his stumps and works a ball from around off stump behind square on the leg side for one

52.2

Onions to Kallis, FOUR, lovely shot, fullish ball driven straight out of the textbook, past the bowler for a boundary

52.3

Onions to Kallis, no run, left alone this time outside off stump

52.4

Onions to Kallis, no run, full and pushed into the cover region

52.5

Onions to Kallis, no run, good ball, found some nip away from a good length on off stump, Kallis comes forward and the ball whistles past the outside edge

52.6

Onions to Kallis, no run, tight lines again, and defended. Where has Onions been all session?

South Africa 147/2   G Onions 11-4-24-0
54.1

Onions to Kallis, 1 run, starts slightly leg side, and Kallis just touches it into the leg side, to collect a single

54.2

Onions to Smith, FOUR, floated up outside off stump, Smith climbs into it, driving through the covers for an early boundary

54.3

Onions to Smith, no run, looking good again Smith, stretching forward at Onions, and driving firmly to mid off

54.4

Onions to Smith, FOUR, full again, and well outside off stump, Smith throws his hands through it, and the ball slides off the bat through point for another boundary

54.5

Onions to Smith, no run, full again, and Smith slaps this to mid off, looking very dangerous here

54.6

Onions to Smith, no run, beaten! Smith has a bit of a firm-footed prod at this outside off stump, the ball skims past the edge

South Africa 160/2   G Onions 12-4-33-0
56.1

Onions to Smith, no run, good delivery, jagging back at Smith and it comes off an inside edge, straight towards his midriff

56.2

Onions to Smith, no run, he gets everything behind this, and there's a lot of him, and defends solidly towards mid off

56.3

Onions to Smith, no run, slightly too wide, and Smith, watching it intently, lets it go

56.4

Onions to Smith, no run, good ball, on off stump, offering to come in off the seam, defended with utter certainty, into the leg side

56.5

Onions to Smith, no run, well bowled again, full on off stump, and Smith is more than equal defending with authority

56.6

Onions to Smith, 1 run, dragged just a little bit short, and Smith leaps back and works it away into the leg side, very instinctive shot for him

South Africa 165/3   G Onions 13-4-34-0
58.1

Onions to Smith, no run, Smith advancing Onions, he responds by dropping short so Smith stands tall and defends

58.2

Onions to Smith, OUT, Huge mix up between the batsmen! Smith dropped into the off side, and de Villiers, Pietersen-esque, ran down the wicket at him. Smith started to run, hesitated, turned around and Cook ran in to take the bails off, just beating Smith's dive.

GC Smith run out 75 (256m 186b 9x4 0x6) SR: 40.32

58.3

Onions to Duminy, no run, too wide of off stump and Duminy gleefully leaves alone

58.4

Onions to Duminy, no run, good ball, tight line on off stump, Duminy defends uncertainly from the crease

58.5

Onions to Duminy, 1 run, full and swinging in at Duminy, squeezes it out into the off side where Ian Bell, has a bit of a howler and the ball goes through him

58.6

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

South Africa 167/4   G Onions 14-4-35-0
60.1

Onions to Duminy, OUT, gone! This time it's dead straight, swinging back at Duminy from that good length which Onions pursues, no uncertainty from the umpire. Onions really deserves that, he has bowled well all day

JP Duminy lbw b Onions 4 (9m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

60.2

Onions to Boucher, no run, full and Boucher is hanging back, defending uncertainly

60.3

Onions to Boucher, no run, full again and Boucher is more solidly behind this

60.4

Onions to Boucher, no run, good leave, tight line around off stump but Boucher shoulders arms

60.5

Onions to Boucher, 1 run, drifts leg side a little, but it's enough for Boucher to work it away for a single to midwicket

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   G Onions 15-4-40-1
62.1

Onions to Boucher, no run, Good length ball, on off stump, defended to point

62.2

Onions to Boucher, no run, Fuller and worked straight to midwicket

62.3

Onions to Boucher, no run, little bit more snap in this delivery, hitting the pitch harder, but it's too wide of off stump to draw a shot from Boucher

62.4

Onions to Boucher, 1 run, some extra bounce troubles the batsman here as it leaps up from a good length and squirts out on to the leg side

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   G Onions 16-4-41-1
64.1

Onions to Boucher, no run, again hovering around off stump, defended from the crease

64.2

Onions to Boucher, 1 run, probing from tight to the stumps at around off stump, it squirts of the outer half of the bat into the cover region

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   G Onions 17-4-43-1
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

66.3

Onions to Boucher, no run, good line bowling around off stump and defended

66.4

Onions to Boucher, 1 run, this will frustrate England, some excellent sharp running from Boucher and de Villiers gets them a single from a defensive prod into the off side

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   G Onions 18-4-45-1
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

68.5

Onions to Boucher, no run, banged in short once again. Ducked more comfortably this time

68.6

Onions to Boucher, FOUR, on the pads again, an inside-edge flies out of the reach of a despairing Prior, and South Africa's 200 comes up in quick time this morning

South Africa 202/5   G Onions 19-4-50-1
81.1

Onions to Morkel, no run, outside off, and no stroke offered. Tight line though

81.2

Onions to Morkel, no run, pushed back onto the stumps, and defended from deep in the crease

81.3

Onions to Morkel, no run, snorter. That one pitched on off, held its line, zipped back between bat and body, and cleared the bails by inches. Prior gathers with a dive to his right

81.4

Onions to Morkel, no run, pushed firmly into the covers

81.5

Onions to Morkel, no run, poked back to the bowler, who fields one-handed in his followthrough

81.6

Onions to Morkel, no run, outside off, angled across the left-hander, and no stroke.

South Africa 245/6   G Onions 20-5-50-1
83.1

Onions to Morkel, no run, around off stump, but slightly short and slightly wide and left alone

83.2

Onions to Morkel, 1 bye, inch-perfect leave by Morkel, pitched just outside off, came in a fraction and whistled past the off stump as Morkel shouldered arms

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   G Onions 21-6-50-1
85.1

Onions to Morkel, no run, back of a length, doesn't want Morkel driving, defended into the off side

85.2

Onions to Morkel, 1 run, pitched up a bit, and driven firmly towards Pietersen at mid off

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

85.6

Onions to Morkel, no run, slightly drifting to leg, and Morkel misses an attempted force into the leg side

South Africa 263/6   G Onions 22-6-56-1
87.1

Onions to Morkel, no run, sharp bouncer, well directed and Morkel hurries to crouch below it

87.2

Onions to Morkel, 1 run, back of a length again, Morkel stands up and forces it out to cover, the batsmen collect a single, which will frustrate Onions

87.3

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

87.4

Onions to Morkel, 1 run, short again, and swivel-pulled to deep fine leg

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   G Onions 23-6-62-1
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