India tour of South Africa, 2006/07 / Commentary

India in South Africa Test Series - 3rd Test

South Africa v India

South Africa won by 5 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

71.6

Pollock to Tendulkar, no run, fuller length delivery and Tendulkar drives it crisply to mid-on

India 202/2   SR Tendulkar 0* (1b)

72.3

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, flat delivery, pitched on the rough outside the leg stump. Tendulkar get a good stride in and takes it on the pad, bat nicely tucked away behind

72.4

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, this one came in from even wider, Tendulkar has nothing to do with it

72.5

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, turning in, once again Tendulkar is happy padding it away

72.6

Harris to Tendulkar, FOUR, fuller and in the slot. Tendulkar takes a good stride forward, takes the ball on the full and neatly clips it away through midwicket for his first boundary of the innings.

India 207/2   SR Tendulkar 4* (5b 1x4)

73.3

Pollock to Tendulkar, no run, good length delivery, this one seemed to have reversed in a bit. Tendulkar gets a good stride in, head over the line of the ball and presents the full face of the bat. Well played

73.4

Pollock to Tendulkar, no run, digs it in short outside the off stump. Tendulkar picks up the length early and leaves it through to the keeper

73.5

Pollock to Tendulkar, no run, Pollock is clearly getting the ball to reverse in, again good length and shaping in. Tendulkar gets well forward to the line of the delivery and defends it with a straight bat

73.6

Pollock to Tendulkar, no run, fuller in length and coming in with the anlge. Excellent mix - Tendulkar jams his bat down and the ball rolls back to the bowler. End of a fine over

India 208/2   SR Tendulkar 4* (9b 1x4)

74.2

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, turning in from wide outside the off stump. Tendulkar goes right back, covers the stumps with his pad and allows the ball to hit him on the pad. Safe

74.3

Harris to Tendulkar, 2 runs, punched away through point, Tendulkar darts off quickly looking for the second and Jaffer had no option but to react. Excellent running between the wickets - Jaffer was in a spot of bother momentarily as the throw came in at the bowler's end but no damage is done.

74.4

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, defended straight to the fielder at short leg

74.5

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, turning in from wide outside the off stump, padded away

74.6

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, similar line and length - Tendulkar shuffles back and takes it on the pad

India 211/2   SR Tendulkar 6* (14b 1x4)

75.3

Pollock to Tendulkar, no run, good length and this one came back in a long way but bulk of the movement happened after the ball had passed the stumps. Tendulkar read it to perfection and left it through to the keeper

75.4

Pollock to Tendulkar, no run, short of a good length delivery and Tendulkar shoulders arms

75.5

Pollock to Tendulkar, FOUR, fuller in length and coming in with the angle. Tendulkar gets a good stride in and punches it straight back down the track to the long-on fence. Was there to be hit and all Tendulkar had to do was find the gap between the bowler and the fielder at mid-off. Top shot from the master

75.6

Pollock to Tendulkar, no run, left alone outside the off stump

India 216/2   SR Tendulkar 10* (18b 2x4)

77.1

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump and Tendulkar leaves it through to the keeper

77.2

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, again left lone outside the off stump

77.3

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, fuller length delivery outside the off stump. Tendulkar drives, and drives well - good looking shot but the placement was poor. Straight to the fielder at cover

77.4

Kallis to Tendulkar, 1 wide, bouncer - bit too high and that's a wide

77.4

Kallis to Tendulkar, 1 run, good length delivery on the pads and Tendulkar works it away well in front of square on the leg side

India 226/2   SR Tendulkar 11* (22b 2x4)

78.1

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, flat and fuller, on and around the leg stump line. Tendulkar gets inside the line and drives it away towards extra cover. Dangerous shot for no runs

78.2

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, drifting in from outside the leg stump and Tendulkar takes it on the pad.

78.3

Harris to Tendulkar, FOUR, tossed up outside the leg stump, bit too full on this occasion. Tendulkar waits for the ball and at the last moment clips it away well wide of the fielder at midwicket. Wristy shot and he made it look easy. Long chase and diving effort by the fielder at midwicket ends in vain

78.4

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, padded away

78.5

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, quicker delivery down the leg side. Tendulkar goes for the paddle sweep but fails to make contact. Bolwer's reaction was as if the ball missed the stumps by a whisker.

78.6

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, again turning in from wide outside the off stump. Tendulkar not interested

India 230/2   SR Tendulkar 15* (28b 3x4)

79.6

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, short of a good length delivery, defended on the back-foot

India 235/2   SR Tendulkar 15* (29b 3x4)

80.4

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, tossed up well wide of leg stump, and he leaves it alone

80.5

Harris to Tendulkar, 2 runs, flighted well wide of leg stump, Tendulkar paddle sweeps it away to fine leg for a couple

80.6

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, quicker delivery on leg stump, Tendulkar defends it

India 238/2   SR Tendulkar 17* (32b 3x4)

82.1

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, gets this one to lift sharply outside off stump, swings in too but Tendulkar keeps his eye on it and arches the back out of harm's way

82.2

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, well wide of the stumps on a good length, Tendulkar wants nothing to do with it, and why should he when its pitched so far outside off?

82.3

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, this one's closer to off stump, but still Tendulkar doesnt want to take the bite, and so he just holds the back behind him and watches Boucher collect it

82.4

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, good, sharp movement in from outside off stump, and some kick too, but Tendulkar drops the bat and sways back to allow it to pass across him

82.5

Ntini to Tendulkar, 2 runs, enough of the short stuff, lets pitch one upto him, shall we? The attempted yorker ends up all wrong, and Tendulkar drives that on the up in the gap at cover and picks up two

82.6

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, wide of off stump on a good length, and again he's all at ease just leaving it for Boucher

India 240/2   SR Tendulkar 19* (38b 3x4)

84.1

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, overpitched outside off stump, Tendulkar drives nicely but cant beat Pollock at mid-off

84.2

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, fullish again, this time he takes a hand off the bat as he drives to cover

84.3

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, full and swinging in a fair deal, but Tendulkar's covered his off stump and shoulders arms

84.4

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, full outside off stump, swings in and raps Tendulkar on the front pad, it clearly pitched outside the line, and Ntini leaps some seven or eight times in his appeal, but umpire Rauf is unmoved

84.5

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, good length outside off stump, he leaves it alone

84.6

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, good length outside off stump again, and all Tendulkar has to do is get a stride forward and shoulder arms

India 240/2   SR Tendulkar 19* (44b 3x4)

86.1

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, good length outside off stump, Tendulkar hops and defends away from his body

86.2

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, good length again, a tad pacier, and again Tendulkar hops and defends into the off side

86.3

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, good length delivery outside off stump moves back in sharply, Tendulkar lifts his bat and lets it go

86.4

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, good length outside off stump, he hops and defends it again

86.5

Ntini to Tendulkar, FOUR, overpitched outside off stump, and Tendulkar creams that imperiously through the covers and mid-off for four

86.6

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, overpitched again, and he drives that nicely again, but this time its straight to cover

India 244/3   SR Tendulkar 23* (50b 4x4)

88.1

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, good lifter outside off stump, Tendulkar goes down on his knees and arches the back to get out of harm's way

88.2

Ntini to Tendulkar, FOUR, good length ball outside off stump moves in with sharp movement, Tendulkar's squared up and gets an edge that lands safely in front of Kallis at second slip, he gets a hand on it but the ball rubs away fine

88.3

Ntini to Tendulkar, 1 leg bye, bowled from wide of the crease, the ball goes down leg and Tendulkar cant work it square for runs, ends up with a leg bye

India 249/3   SR Tendulkar 27* (53b 5x4)

89.1

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, good length on the stumps, he hops and turns it to square leg

89.2

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, good length outside the off stump, and Tendulkar's not going to go after those at this stage

89.3

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, good length outside off again, seams the other way, and Tendulkar shoulders arms

89.4

Steyn to Tendulkar, 1 run, good length ball moves in a tad, Tendulkar hops and rolls the wrists, picking it from outside off stump and working it fine, "ONE" comes the call very early

India 254/3   SR Tendulkar 28* (57b 5x4)

90.1

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, Two slips and no third man. Ntini starts off with a back-of-a-length delivery. Tendulkar moves across and tucks it to the fielder at square

90.2

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar standing on middle stump line here and shuffling across. Ntini angles it from wide of the crease and has Tendulkar in a slight tangle. Ball richochets off the pad to the off side

90.3

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, Slightly short this time but the ball is drifting down the leg side. Tendulkar moves across and doesn't make contact as the ball goes to the keeper

90.4

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run

90.5

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, Back of a length. Outside off from Ntini. Tendulkar shoulders arms cautiously. Textbooks tell you to leave the ball that way

90.6

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, Short ball, bit straighter this time. Tendulkar hops up and gets right behind the line of the ball, playing it down well.

India 254/3   SR Tendulkar 28* (63b 5x4)

92.1

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, Short from Ntini. Straight as well. Tendulkar jumps up and plays it down safely. Good ball met by a good technique.

92.2

Ntini to Tendulkar, 2 runs, slightly wide of the stumps. Tendulkar shapes to defend bu gets a thickish outside edge that trickles between the slips cordon for a brace. He was in control of that, though, loosening his wrists and keeping it down

92.3

Ntini to Tendulkar, 1 run, straight and short again, Tendulkar glides across and tucks it away easily behind square. His guard on middle and moving across seems to be working so far.

India 257/3   SR Tendulkar 31* (66b 5x4)

93.1

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, standing on middle and back on his crease, Steyn gets his line straighter and manages a good length, Tendulkar gets back and presents the full face of the bat, he's looked confident so far

93.2

Steyn to Tendulkar, 1 run, full and on the pads, not much swing, Tendulkar moves across and calmly turns it away to fine leg for a single

India 258/3   SR Tendulkar 32* (68b 5x4)

95.1

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length, Tendulkar rocks back and tries to force it straight back, not behind it correctly and misses the subtle inswing, thickish edge takes the ball towards mid-on

95.2

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, drifting down leg side, catches Tendulkar's pads but superbly intercepted by Boucher behind the stumps

95.3

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, silidly driven from the meat of the bat to mid-off

95.4

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, defended on the back foot, Steyn cranking up good pace now

95.5

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, yorker-length delivery, Tendulkar digs it out well, not trying anything fancy

95.6

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, short and wide of the stumps, ball rising after it passes the batsman, Boucher and the slips excited by the carry, Tendulkar watches it all with his bat well out of the way

India 263/3   SR Tendulkar 32* (74b 5x4)

97.1

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, outswinger, starting outside off and swinging away, Tendulkar, for the first time this morning, goes for the drive but can't get the placement right.

97.2

Steyn to Tendulkar, 1 run, straighter, Steyn a bit confused about where to start off from (though he's getting some movement in the air), Tendulkar whips it away for an easy single in front of square on the leg side

India 268/3   SR Tendulkar 33* (76b 5x4)

98.1

Pollock to Tendulkar, no run, left alone outside off, Tendulkar has nothing to do with it

98.2

Pollock to Tendulkar, no run, straighter, defended calmy from the middle of the bat

98.3

Pollock to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length, good bounce, Tendulkar not fully in control while patting it to the off side. Pollock just beginning to hit his straps now

98.4

Pollock to Tendulkar, no run, back fo a length and on off stump, Tendulkar slashes but can't pierce Gibbs at point

98.5

Pollock to Tendulkar, 1 run, scrambled seam from Pollock, good line on off stump, Tendulkar moves across and turns it away for a single

India 270/4   SR Tendulkar 34* (81b 5x4)

99.1

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, defended to the off side, confidently played

99.2

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, short from Steyn, Tendulkar ducks under it without any second thought

99.3

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, outside off, left alone

99.4

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, trying that magic delivery again, starting from middle stump and swinging away, Tendulkar meets it full on middle and turns it to mid-on

99.5

Steyn to Tendulkar, 1 run, on middle again, this time good length, Tendulkar defends it, gets a thickish inside edge and hurries for a single, Tendulkar wants to come back for two as Amla chases the ball but Ganguly is steadfast, refuses to come back

India 271/4   SR Tendulkar 35* (86b 5x4)

100.1

Pollock to Tendulkar, no run, good length ball on off, the legendary batsman gets behind the line and pats it back down the ground

100.2

Pollock to Tendulkar, no run, defended watchfully to the off side, Pollock maintaining a good line here, unlike Steyn he's making the batsman play at almost every ball.

100.3

Pollock to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length, this time on middle stump, Tendulkar rocks back and defends it to mid-on.

100.4

Pollock to Tendulkar, no run, driven confidently to the off side. Examines the bottom of his bat after the stroke to check if it's chipped off.

100.5

Pollock to Tendulkar, no run, full and on off, Tendulkar takes a good stride forward and plonks his bat stodgily. he will not take a risk on such a beautiful day at Newlands

100.6

Pollock to Tendulkar, no run, probing ball this, back of a length, outside off and coming in slightly, Tendulkar in two minds about whether to leave or not, finally decides to leave and is caught in a bit of a tangle as the ball jagged back and rapped his pad. Height was the obvious problem as the bowler lets out a huge appeal

India 271/4   SR Tendulkar 35* (92b 5x4)

102.1

Pollock to Tendulkar, 2 runs, good length delivery outside the off stump, Tendulkar gets a good stride in and drives it past Ntini at extra cover who gets a touch on diving away to his left. Two runs saved

102.2

Pollock to Tendulkar, no run, good length delivery, coming in with the angle and Tendulkar plays it away on the leg side

102.3

Pollock to Tendulkar, no run, in the channel outside the off stump, defended straight back to the bowler

102.4

Pollock to Tendulkar, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, width offered and the ball was there to be hit but Tendulkar finds the fielder at cover. Good shot for no runs

102.5

Pollock to Tendulkar, FOUR, good length delivery on the middle and leg stump line. Ball stopped a bit after hitting the deck and Tendulkar ended up playing it in the air towards the midwicket region, luckily for him the ball goes right into the gap between midwicket and mid-on and races away to the fence.

102.6

Pollock to Tendulkar, no run, line and length delivery, defended on the front-foot

India 281/4   SR Tendulkar 41* (98b 6x4)

103.4

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, bowled from round the stumps. good length delivery on the stumps and Tendulkar drives it straight to the fielder at mid-on

103.5

Steyn to Tendulkar, FOUR, good length delivery, drifting on to the pads and Tendulkar turns it away with a hint of artistry, ball races away to the backward square leg fence. Classy shot

103.6

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, better line and length, defended watchfully

India 289/4   SR Tendulkar 45* (101b 7x4)

105.1

Ntini to Tendulkar, FOUR, starts off with a fuller length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Tendulkar quickly picks up the length, lines it up nicely and just punches it straight back past the bowler to the long-on fence. Excellent timing and the placement was spot on, mid-on had no chance of cutting it off

105.2

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, width offered outside the off stump and Tendulkar goes hard at it, straight to the fielder at point

105.3

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, jaffa! short of a good length and this one nipped back in sharply. Tendulkar is left searching for the ball. the edge is produced but the ball falls well shot of Kallis as second slip. Actually Tendulkar took the bottom hand off the bat as soon as the ball made contact and that stopped the ball from going straight to the fielder - well played in the end

105.4

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, punched away towards cover

105.5

Ntini to Tendulkar, FOUR, fifty! clipped away off the pads to the square leg fence, wrong line.

105.6

Ntini to Tendulkar, 1 run, forced away towards the gully region and the scamper through for a single

India 304/4   SR Tendulkar 54* (107b 9x4)

106.1

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, tossed up on the stumps, defended on the back-foot

106.2

Harris to Tendulkar, FOUR, shot! tossed up on the pads, Tendulkar waits for the ball and then flicks it away through the wide gap on the leg side. Looking good is Tendulkar

106.3

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, better line and length, driven down to mid-off

106.4

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, Tendulkar stretches well forward and defends it, bat and pad held together

106.5

Harris to Tendulkar, 1 bye, quicker delivery and Tendulkar is beaten, going for the sweep. too quick for Boucher and the batsmen get enough time to cross over

India 309/4   SR Tendulkar 58* (112b 10x4)

107.1

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, short of a good length delivery, bowled from wide of the crease and coming in with the angle. Tendulkar shuffles across a bit from his middle-stump-guard and defends it down solidly

107.2

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, again slightly short and coming in with the angle, bit too wide on this occasion and Tendulkar leaves it through to the keeper

107.3

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, fuller length delivery outside the off stump and Tendulkar punches it away towards cover

107.4

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, short rising delivery, angled in from outside the off stump. Tendulkar sways back and leaves it through to the keeper

107.5

Ntini to Tendulkar, 1 run, Ntini drifts on to middle and leg. Tendulkar shuffles across and works it away towards midwicket for an easy single

India 310/4   SR Tendulkar 59* (117b 10x4)

108.1

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, turning across from wide outside the leg stump, Tendulkar stretches forward and takes it on the pad

108.2

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, defended on the back-foot, watchfully played

108.3

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, on the stumps and turning away, Tendulkar goes right back, opens the face of the bat and runs it away towards backward point

108.4

Harris to Tendulkar, 1 run, fuller in length, Tendulkar quickly goes down on one knee and sweeps it away behind square on the leg side

108.6

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, drifting down the leg side and Tendulkar paddle sweeps it straight to the fielder at short fine leg

India 312/4   SR Tendulkar 60* (122b 10x4)

109.6

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, left alone outside the off stump

India 321/4   SR Tendulkar 60* (123b 10x4)

111.3

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, line and length delivery, close to the off stump line and Tendulkar drives it down to mid-off

111.4

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, bit wide outside the off stump and Tendulkar leaves it through to the keeper

111.5

Ntini to Tendulkar, FOUR, good length delivery, angled in from wide of the crease. Tendulkar shuffles across a bit, gets right behind the line and thuds it straight back down the track to the long-on fence. That's a shot of a man in form.

111.6

Ntini to Tendulkar, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump. Tendulkar not interested

India 335/4   SR Tendulkar 64* (127b 11x4)

112.3

Harris to Tendulkar, 1 no ball, nudged away towards point for an easy single

112.3

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, slightly short and turning in, Tendulkar goes after it but fails to make contact

112.4

Harris to Tendulkar, OUT, Harris strikes and that's a massive wicket! Peach of a delivery, bowled from over stumps, pitched outside leg and this one turned and bounced prodigiously. Tendulkar looking to defend it on the back-foot is beaten comprehensive and the edge is produced. Kallis at first slip swoops low and takes a sharp catch. India five down

SR Tendulkar c Kallis b Harris 64 (187m 130b 11x4 0x6) SR: 49.23

India 337/5   SR Tendulkar 64 (130b 11x4)
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