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

26.1

Hall to Tendulkar, no run, Slips down the leg side, Tendulkar is not interested and Boucher makes a tumbling stop

26.2

Hall to Tendulkar, 2 runs, Fullish, drifts in on to middle and leg, hint of in-drift, Tendulkar whips it off the front foot, through the vacant midwicket region.

26.3

Hall to Tendulkar, 1 run, Similar delivery and this time Tendulkar doesn't go across, instead pushes it out to right of wide mid-on

26.4

Hall to Laxman, 1 run, on the hips, again drifting in with the angle, tucked behind square

26.5

Hall to Tendulkar, 1 run, Would you believe it? Smith drops a dolly! Tendulkar survives! Short of length, comes in from outside the offstump, Tendulkar pushes hard as he goes for a drive on-the-up and it went just to the left of Smith at first slip who palms it off. This could really hurt South Africa.

26.6

Hall to Laxman, 1 run, lands on the middle, on a length, drifts in towards the hips, dabbed past square-leg

India 71/3   AJ Hall 1-0-6-0

28.1

Hall to Laxman, no run, spearing in on the middle, drifting in further, worked to the on side

28.2

Hall to Laxman, no run, switches the line to outside off, Laxman lets that one sail through to Boucher

28.3

Hall to Laxman, 1 run, hit the deck short of length and it rears up on the ribs, Laxman goes back, tucks it behind square-leg. Well played.

28.4

Hall to Tendulkar, 1 run, fuller, on the middle, comes in with the angle, Tendulkar waits for that inward movement, dabs it behind square-leg

28.5

Hall to Laxman, no run, nice teasing line, just outside the offstump. Laxman goes across, presents the full face of the bat in defense

28.6

Hall to Laxman, no run, lands on a length, around the offstump line, pushed back down the track.

India 74/3   AJ Hall 2-0-8-0

30.1

Hall to Laxman, FOUR, Classy. Shortish and outside offstump, Laxman stays adjacent to the line, hops back and punches it through cover region.

30.2

Hall to Laxman, no run, Fuller and right on the middle stump line, Laxman is bit late in getting his bat down, the bat-face rotates as it comes down and the ball rols back towards the bowler

30.3

Hall to Laxman, no run, short of length, just outside off, steered to gully

30.4

Hall to Laxman, no run, hit the deck short of length, it rises up waist-high, on the middle and leg, Laxman gets behind the line, punches it down in front of him.

30.5

Hall to Laxman, no run, fuller, drawing Laxman forward, he does and pushes it out to cover. Wants a run, Tendulkar initially responds positively but sends Laxman back

30.6

Hall to Laxman, no run, lands on a full-length, on the off and middle, Laxman leans forward and defends it back down the track. Hall picks the cherry and tosses it over to Boucher.

India 84/3   AJ Hall 3-0-12-0

32.1

Hall to Tendulkar, FOUR, Short of length and it holds its line outside the offstump. Tendulkar jumps at the width and forces it off the back foot, past point

32.2

Hall to Tendulkar, no run, again short in length, just outside the offstump, Tendulkar moves towards the ball, opens the bat-face, steers it to point.

32.3

Hall to Tendulkar, no run, Bouncer, on the top of the offstump, Tendulkar sways away. Will the next one be full and outside off?

32.4

Hall to Tendulkar, 3 runs, spears one on the hips, Tendulkar hops back, tickles it fine. Very fine. Morkel rushes across from deep fine-leg to make a good tumbling half-stop near the ropes.

32.5

Hall to Laxman, 1 run, full and on the legs, Laxman stays where he is, allows the ball to move in, flicks it past square-leg.

32.6

Hall to Tendulkar, no run, Good-length delivery, just outside the offstump, comes in with the angle, and defended off the front foot. And that's Tea.

India 93/3   AJ Hall 4-0-20-0

72.1

Hall to Sreesanth, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, driven off the back-foot to the cover region

72.2

Hall to Sreesanth, no run, defended on the back-foot

72.3

Hall to Sreesanth, FOUR, Top shot! short of a good length delivery outside the off stump. Sreesanth gets right behind the line and punches it straight back past the bowler to the long-off fence.

72.4

Hall to Sreesanth, no run, worked away towards midwicket

72.5

Hall to Sreesanth, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, defended on the front-foot

72.6

Hall to Sreesanth, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump and Sreesanth nicely drives it away towards cover, good diving stop there saves runs

India 217/8   AJ Hall 5-0-24-0

74.1

Hall to Laxman, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Laxman leaves it through to the keeper

74.2

Hall to Laxman, no run, good length and wide outside the off stump, slapped straight to the fielder at backward point

74.3

Hall to Laxman, no run, again bit wide outside the off stump and this time Laxman finds the fielder at cover. Powerful drive but the placement was poor

74.4

Hall to Laxman, no run, bouncer on the stump. Laxman reads it well and sways away from the line. One for the over signalled

74.5

Hall to Laxman, no run, follows up the bouncer with a fuller length delivery on the stumps - clever bowling this from Hall but Laxman nicely works it away through midwicket. He is looking solid out there

74.6

Hall to Laxman, 1 run, leg-cutter and Sreesanth is beaten outside the off stump

India 221/8   AJ Hall 6-0-25-0

76.1

Hall to Laxman, no run, full, hint of curve away, Laxman drives, and the ball rolls over to mid-off. Laxman has a close look at the new bat.

76.2

Hall to Laxman, 3 runs, If he had any worries about the new bat, he need not bother. This stroke was really wonderful. Short of length, just outside the offstump, and Laxman punches at it, on the up, the left-elbow high through extra cover. Nel gives the chase and makes a very good diving stop

76.3

Hall to Sreesanth, no run, full in length, on the stumps, pushed to the on side

76.4

Hall to Sreesanth, no run, bouncer, ducked under easily

76.5

Hall to Sreesanth, no run, good-looking shot. Short of length, on the off and middle, coming in with the angle. Sreesanth punches it to mid-on

76.6

Hall to Sreesanth, OUT, oh ho! brain explosion! Sreesanth, suddenly, gives a charge, backing away in the process, and throws his bat at a length-delivery, gets a top-edge, and into Boucher's gloves.Waste of a wicket. South Africa won't be complaining though.

S Sreesanth c †Boucher b Hall 28 (57m 40b 5x4 0x6) SR: 70.00

India 235/9   AJ Hall 7-0-28-1
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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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