India tour of South Africa, 2006/07 / Commentary

India in South Africa Test Series - 2nd Test

South Africa v India

South Africa won by 174 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

35.3

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, good channel again, and Boucher lets it through to Dhoni

35.4

Sreesanth to Boucher, 1 run, Boucher gets off the mark, plays with soft hands to the off-side and takes off immediately

South Africa 123/4   MV Boucher 1* (2b)

36.1

Kumble to Boucher, no run, toss one up on middle stump, Boucher drives to mid wicket

36.2

Kumble to Boucher, no run

36.3

Kumble to Boucher, no run

36.4

Kumble to Boucher, no run

36.5

Kumble to Boucher, no run, yorker length delivery on leg stump, dug out by Boucher

36.6

Kumble to Boucher, 1 run, slider pitching on the leg stump, and its worked away to Ganguly at backward squareleg

South Africa 124/4   MV Boucher 2* (8b)

37.1

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, starts off with a fuller one on middle and leg, its driven in front of the stumps on the on side

37.2

Sreesanth to Boucher, 3 runs, leg stump delivery again, Boucher picks the gap on the on side, VRV Singh gives it a chase and pulls it back just inside the fence at mid wicket, there's enough time for three runs

37.5

Sreesanth to Boucher, 1 run, short delivery from Sreesanth, looked like he banged it in hard, but the ball didnt bounce as much, Boucher easily plays it away to the on side and takes a single

South Africa 129/4   MV Boucher 6* (11b)

38.1

Kumble to Boucher, no run, lovely delivery, flighted, slow through the air, looped up on the offside, Boucher drives, almost early, to mid-off

38.2

Kumble to Boucher, no run

38.3

Kumble to Boucher, no run, slightly short of length, outside the offstump, and cut away to right of point where Sreesanth makes a good tumbling stop

38.4

Kumble to Boucher, no run

38.5

Kumble to Boucher, no run, tossed up, on the middle, slides in, driven towars mid-on

38.6

Kumble to Boucher, no run, lands on the offstump line, spins away, left alone

South Africa 129/4   MV Boucher 6* (17b)

40.1

Kumble to Boucher, 2 runs, tossed up on the middle and leg, Boucher whips it across, past square-leg

40.2

Kumble to Boucher, no run

40.3

Kumble to Boucher, 1 run, slightly short in length, on the middle and leg, punched towards square-leg

40.5

Kumble to Boucher, no run, tossed up, on the middle, driven to mid-on

40.6

Kumble to Boucher, no run, short in length, on the middle, Boucher goes back, taps it back down the track

South Africa 133/4   MV Boucher 9* (22b)

41.5

Sreesanth to Boucher, 1 run, short, outside the offstump and Boucher fetches it from there but doesn't go through fully with his pull shot, sort of laps it through midwicket.

South Africa 135/4   MV Boucher 10* (23b)

42.1

Kumble to Boucher, 1 run, looped up on the legs and glanced around the corner for a single. The singles keep coming off Kumble.

South Africa 140/4   MV Boucher 11* (24b)

43.1

Singh to Boucher, no run, Outside the offstump line, going on straight and left alone

43.2

Singh to Boucher, 3 runs, short in length, outside the offstump and Boucher goes back and whips it through the midwicket region. Zaheer Khan runs in from long-leg to make the stop

South Africa 145/4   MV Boucher 14* (26b)

44.1

Kumble to Boucher, no run

44.2

Kumble to Boucher, no run, leans forward to smother any spin.

44.3

Kumble to Boucher, no run, tossed up on the offstump line, pushed away to the offside

44.4

Kumble to Boucher, no run

44.5

Kumble to Boucher, 2 runs, on the legs, flicked away to fineleg

44.6

Kumble to Boucher, no run

South Africa 147/4   MV Boucher 16* (32b)

45.3

Singh to Boucher, no run, short of length, on the middle and leg stump line, worked to the leg side

45.4

Singh to Boucher, no run, shout for lbw and that was close. Mighty close. Full in length, lands on the middle stump line, goes on with the angle and Boucher tries to go across the line and makes no contact. The ball thuds into the pad and that was hitting leg and middle.

45.5

Singh to Boucher, no run

45.6

Singh to Boucher, no run, beaten. Boucher fishes outside off and the ball just whizzes past the outside edge.

South Africa 148/4   MV Boucher 16* (36b)

46.4

Kumble to Boucher, no run

46.5

Kumble to Boucher, no run

46.6

Kumble to Boucher, 1 leg bye

South Africa 152/4   MV Boucher 16* (39b)

47.1

Singh to Boucher, FOUR, short and wide, slapped past point

47.2

Singh to Boucher, no run

47.3

Singh to Boucher, FOUR, short of length, outside the offstump, kicks up, Boucher goes back and across, gets on top of the bounce and guides it through the gap between the slip and the gully. Very well adjusted by Boucher. He was shaping to square cut and saw the extra bounce and guided it thorugh the thirdman boundary

47.4

Singh to Boucher, 1 run

South Africa 161/4   MV Boucher 25* (43b 2x4)

48.1

Kumble to Boucher, no run

48.2

Kumble to Boucher, no run, flighted delivery on the middle stump, Boucher tries to go across the line, gets a leading edge, along the ground, back to kumble

48.3

Kumble to Boucher, no run, another flighted delivery, drifts towards the leg stump line, dips and lands on the toe as Boucher again tries to go across the line. Shout for lbw, but probably was going down leg

48.4

Kumble to Boucher, no run

48.5

Kumble to Boucher, 1 run

South Africa 162/4   MV Boucher 26* (48b 2x4)

49.1

Singh to Boucher, 1 run, banged in short and Boucher goes for a pull but is too early into his stroke and it hits him on the back. The pitch is stopping a bit now. Prince went through that problem earlier and now Boucher

49.4

Singh to Boucher, no run, .

49.5

Singh to Boucher, no run, in the channel outside the off stump. defeneded watchfully. Excellent comeback over this from VRV

49.6

Singh to Boucher, no run, defended outside the off stump

South Africa 164/4   MV Boucher 27* (52b 2x4)

50.4

Kumble to Boucher, no run, defended stretching well forward

50.5

Kumble to Boucher, no run, good length delivery, Boucher pushes forward and presents the full face of the bat

50.6

Kumble to Boucher, no run, quicker delivery to end the over, Boucher takes it on the front-foot

South Africa 165/4   MV Boucher 27* (55b 2x4)

51.6

Khan to Boucher, no run, fullish, on the offstump line, Boucher leans forward to defend

South Africa 170/4   MV Boucher 27* (56b 2x4)

54.1

Kumble to Boucher, no run, tossed up, on the middle, pushed back down the track

54.2

Kumble to Boucher, no run, slower through the air, a slider on the middle stump line, defended off the front foot

54.3

Kumble to Boucher, 2 runs, floated up on the leg and middle stump line, Boucher leans forward, whips it past square-leg

54.4

Kumble to Boucher, no run, spins away after landing on a length around the offstump line, Boucher goes back, pats it back to the bowler

54.5

Kumble to Boucher, no run, drifts down the leg side, doesn't turn in and Boucher fails to make contact with his intended flick and Dhoni gathers down the legside

54.6

Kumble to Boucher, no run, tossed up on the middle and leg, Boucher pushes forward in defense, the ball bounces a bit more than he expects, evades the bat and bounds off the pad to Jaffer at short-leg

South Africa 179/4   MV Boucher 29* (62b 2x4)

55.2

Khan to Boucher, no run, Squares-up Boucher with a delivery that shaped away. Landed on a length, on the off and middle stump line and moved away. Boucher was unsure whether it would come in or go out but adjusts to keep it away.

55.3

Khan to Boucher, no run, angling outside the offstump, left alone

55.4

Khan to Boucher, FOUR, streaky edge past the slips. It landed on the off stump line and went away with the shiny side and Boucher went for a drive.

55.5

Khan to Boucher, no run

55.6

Khan to Boucher, no run, fullish, outside off, out comes Boucher, and pushes it to cover. No chance of a run. Good tight over from Zaheer. It is starting to reverse.

South Africa 184/4   MV Boucher 33* (67b 3x4)

56.4

Kumble to Boucher, 1 run, quicker one, on the offstump line, it spun away a touch and Boucher is hurried on to his stroke, is caught a bit in the crease as well and just pushes at it. Bat away from the body and gets an inside edge to shortish fineleg

South Africa 186/4   MV Boucher 34* (68b 3x4)

57.1

Khan to Boucher, no run, landed on a length, around the off and middle stump line, shapes away with the angle, pushed out towards cover

57.2

Khan to Boucher, no run, fullish, outside off, Boucher gets on to front foot, drives, but the bat comes down a touch outside a line and so the timing goes awry. The ball rolls towards mid-off

57.3

Khan to Boucher, no run, good surprise bouncer from Khan, Boucher sways away in time

57.4

Khan to Boucher, FOUR, follows the bouncer with a well-pitched up delivery around the offstump line. Boucher drives on the up and gets an outside edge and the ball runs to the right of Kumble at gully.

57.5

Khan to Boucher, FOUR, skilful dab to fineleg. It was full and on the middle, the shiny side was inside and it came back in a touch, Boucher planted his left foot out, leant forward and tickled it fine.

57.6

Khan to Boucher, no run, in the zone outside off, left alone

South Africa 194/4   MV Boucher 42* (74b 5x4)

59.1

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, starts off with a gentle loosener , outside off, full in length, driven to cover

59.2

Sreesanth to Boucher, 3 runs, Again full in length and outside off, Boucher thrusts his left foot out, and creams it to left of Dravid at mid-off.

59.6

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run

South Africa 204/4   MV Boucher 45* (77b 5x4)

60.4

Kumble to Boucher, no run

60.5

Kumble to Boucher, no run

60.6

Kumble to Boucher, no run, on the middle and offstump line, defended off the front foot

South Africa 205/4   MV Boucher 45* (80b 5x4)

61.5

Sreesanth to Boucher, FOUR, Edged to thirdman region! Excellent delivery, nips back in after landing on the seam around a length on the offstump line and Boucher pushes hard at it. He is on 49 now

61.6

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, And again. But this time the edge goes to gully. Sreesanth continues with his chat and long hard stares. Boucher says something back at him.Benson has a chat with him again, Sreesanth doesn't say anything, takes his hat and sunglasses and trots off to his postion.

South Africa 216/4   MV Boucher 49* (82b 6x4)

62.2

Kumble to Boucher, no run, drifting down the legside, Boucher tries to sweep it fine, misses and Dhoni collects it smartly

62.3

Kumble to Boucher, no run, huge appeal for lbw as Boucher is hit first on the pads while lunging forward in defense. On the middle and leg stump line, below the knee roll. but the bat and pad were close together and the umpire might have thought it hit the bat first. That was close

62.4

Kumble to Boucher, no run, googly on the leg stump line, pushed to the on side

62.5

Kumble to Boucher, no run

62.6

Kumble to Boucher, no run, on the offstump line, defended off the front foot

South Africa 217/4   MV Boucher 49* (87b 6x4)

63.3

Sreesanth to Boucher, FOUR, That's boucher's fifty. Another edge to thirdman region. He lunges forward in defense to a fullish delivery outside offstump. Sreesanth applauds Boucher for his fifty. And he looked pretty genuine. No mocking. The umpires would be happy! Conscious effort pointed towards the match referee who will definetely be having tea with him at the end of the day's play

63.4

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run

63.5

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, fuller, almost a yorker, defended away

63.6

Sreesanth to Boucher, OUT, Crash! Sreesanth has cleaned up Boucher! What a big blow! It was full in length, landed on the off and middle stump line, and jagged back in. Boucher went for a drive and is beaten by the in-drift. His bat went outside the line of the ball even as the cherry threaded the huge gap between bat and pad. Sreesanth spreads out his arms, ala Donald, and runs along merrily in celebration

MV Boucher b Sreesanth 53 (114m 91b 7x4 0x6) SR: 58.24

South Africa 222/5   MV Boucher 53 (91b 7x4)
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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Dec 30, 2006

The victorious bunch can't contain their emotions at the end of the game, South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Durban, 5th day, December 30, 2006

The victorious bunch can't contain their emotions at the end of the game

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Dec 30, 2006

Graeme Smith and Makhaya Ntini are jubilant after a famous win, South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Durban, 5th day, December 30, 2006

Graeme Smith and Makhaya Ntini are jubilant after a famous win

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