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

98.6

Pollock to Ganguly, no run, short ball (as expected to Ganguly first up), he isn't in full control while playing it and takes his eye off the ball in the last moment. Luckily for him the ball doesn't make contact with the bat, hits his glove and drops near him

India 270/4   SC Ganguly 0* (1b)

99.6

Steyn to Ganguly, no run, full and on off, Ganguly gets behind the line and drives it cautiously to mid-off

India 271/4   SC Ganguly 0* (2b)

101.1

Steyn to Ganguly, no run, short, crack, Ganguly has no idea of what to do with it, ducks awkwardly, takes it eyes off the ball, and takes a nasty blow on the side of his helmet, Steyn is breathing fire, Ganguly is struggling to breathe. Physio John Gloster jogs in with the magic spray. Ganguly looks like a man who's just read one page from James Joyce's Ulysses (clueless)

101.2

Steyn to Ganguly, no run, short of a good length and wide outside the off stump, a delivery filled with sympathy. Ganguly stays back and defends it down on the off side

101.3

Steyn to Ganguly, no run, pitched up outside the off stump, probably the attempted yorker. Ganguly jams his bat down and safely plays it down on the off side

101.4

Steyn to Ganguly, FOUR, take that!! short of a good length delivery, again bit of width offered. Ganguly stands tall on the back-foot and punches it away through the gap between cover and point.

101.5

Steyn to Ganguly, no run, short of a good length delivery, pitched close to the off stump line and angling across - Ganguly moves back, shapes up to defend but at the last moment raises his bat and allows the ball to go through

101.6

Steyn to Ganguly, no run, wayward delivery down the leg side, another short delivery but no damage done.

India 275/4   SC Ganguly 4* (8b 1x4)

103.1

Steyn to Ganguly, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, defended straight back to the bowler

103.2

Steyn to Ganguly, 2 runs, short of a good length and bit wide outside the off stump, Ganguly stays tall on the back-foot and forces it away through point for a brace. Not a convincing shot.

103.3

Steyn to Ganguly, no run, there you go. Bouncer, angled in from wide outside the off stump, bit too high and Ganguly comfortably ducks under it

103.4

Steyn to Ganguly, (no ball) 1 run, another bouncer, well directed and Ganguly is all at sea. Fends at it and the ball spoons up of the glove, lands safely on the leg side. Just a matter of time before one finds a fielder - one feels

India 285/4   SC Ganguly 7* (12b 1x4)

104.1

Pollock to Ganguly, no run, short of a good length delivery, angled across the left-hander and Ganguly defends it on the back-foot

104.2

Pollock to Ganguly, no run, good length, pitched close to the off stump line and angling across. Ganguly pushes forward and taps it away towards short cover

104.3

Pollock to Ganguly, no run, Pollock goes wide outside the off stump and Ganguly happily leaves it through to the keeper

104.4

Pollock to Ganguly, no run, another harmless delivery outside the off stump and Ganguly shoulders arms

104.5

Pollock to Ganguly, 2 runs, turned away of the pads to the midwicket region. Tendulkar makes Ganguly run for the second as if it is a dictatorship, he was never interested in the second run but Tendulkar just kept going and yelling.

104.6

Pollock to Ganguly, FOUR, slightly short and angled across the left-hander. The angle creates the width, Ganguly goes back and across the slaps it away behind point for a powerful boundary. The don't call him 'god of the off side' for nothing

India 295/4   SC Ganguly 13* (18b 2x4)

106.6

Harris to Ganguly, no run, flat delivery outside the off stump, defended stretching well forward

India 309/4   SC Ganguly 13* (19b 2x4)

107.6

Ntini to Ganguly, no run, bouncer on the stumps - the expected. Ganguly reads it well and ducks under it comfortably

India 310/4   SC Ganguly 13* (20b 2x4)

108.5

Harris to Ganguly, 1 leg bye, tossed up outside the off stump. Ganguly pushes forward to defend and the ball rolls away off the pad to the gully region

India 312/4   SC Ganguly 13* (21b 2x4)

109.1

Ntini to Ganguly, no run, short of a good length delivery, angled across and Ganguly punches it down to mid-off. Paul Adams there fails to stop it cleanly but the decide not to go for the single

109.2

Ntini to Ganguly, FOUR, clipped away off the hips to the square leg fence - top shot. Flick of the wrist at the point of impact and the ball just screamed away across the outfield

109.3

Ntini to Ganguly, no run, bouncer. once again Ganguly picks up the short ball well and comfortably ducks under it. He seems to have got his eye in now, was struggling with the short one when he came in.

109.4

Ntini to Ganguly, FOUR, short delivery, pitched on middle and leg and angling across the left-hander. Stopped a bit after hitting the deck. Ganguly rocks back and pulls it away well in front of square leg. Not timed well enough and the ball dribbles along to the fence

109.5

Ntini to Ganguly, 1 run, forced away towards cover, easy call and they scamper through for a single

India 321/4   SC Ganguly 22* (26b 4x4)

110.1

Harris to Ganguly, no run, defended down on the leg side

110.2

Harris to Ganguly, FOUR, comes down the track and drives the ball in the air to the mid-on region, ball falls just short of Pollock there and races away to the fence, close call

110.3

Harris to Ganguly, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, defended on the front-foot

110.4

Harris to Ganguly, no run, left alone outside the off stump

110.5

Harris to Ganguly, no run

110.6

Harris to Ganguly, 1 run, worked away on the leg side for an easy single

India 326/4   SC Ganguly 27* (32b 5x4)

111.1

Ntini to Ganguly, FOUR, hammered! short of a good length delivery, close to the off stump line. Ganguly leans back, makes room and cuts it well in front of point - try stopping that.

111.2

Ntini to Ganguly, 1 run, good length delivery, in the channel outside the off stump and angling across. Ganguly pushes forward and taps it away towards extra cover. gets it in the gap and they scamper through for a single - this is excellent cricket

India 331/4   SC Ganguly 32* (34b 6x4)

112.1

Harris to Ganguly, no run, turning in from outside the leg side, padded away

112.2

Harris to Ganguly, 1 run, worked away on the leg side

India 336/4   SC Ganguly 33* (36b 6x4)

114.1

Harris to Ganguly, 1 run, forced away well wide of the fielder at mid-on, early call and they sprint across for a single

India 347/5   SC Ganguly 34* (37b 6x4)

116.1

Harris to Ganguly, 1 run, Harris continues, tries to hit the rough outside the left-handers off stump, over the wicket, good length ball, Ganguly turns it away behind square for an easy single

India 351/5   SC Ganguly 35* (38b 6x4)

117.1

Pollock to Ganguly, 1 run, defended to midwicket, easily doen by Ganguly

India 358/5   SC Ganguly 36* (39b 6x4)

118.1

Harris to Ganguly, no run, fastish start from Harris, straight too, Ganguly on the back foot and defends carefully

118.2

Harris to Ganguly, no run, snorter, Harris continues to come over the wicket, hits the rough on the off side and gets it to explode off the surface, Ganguly tries to cut but the turn is too much for him in the end, misses the off stump

118.3

Harris to Ganguly, no run, similar length and tries to hit the spot again, left alone

118.4

Harris to Ganguly, no run, another one outside off, Ganguly tries to cover it with his pads, richochets past the slip, but no shot offered so no run

118.5

Harris to Ganguly, no run, left alone outside off

118.6

Harris to Ganguly, no run, fuller and flighted again, Ganguly drives it to mid-on but no run

India 358/5   SC Ganguly 36* (45b 6x4)

119.3

Pollock to Ganguly, FOUR, neatly done, full length ball outside off and Ganguly cutely opens the face of the bat, throughout in control, steering it past the slip cordon for four. No third man again .. has anyone stood there all series? Too many fours in that area and everyone seems fine with it

119.4

Pollock to Ganguly, no run, tucked away to the on side, the fielder covers it easily

119.5

Pollock to Ganguly, 1 run, punched off the back foot to deep point for a single, scampers for a single

India 364/5   SC Ganguly 41* (48b 7x4)

120.1

Harris to Ganguly, 1 run, worked away behind square, too easy for Ganguly. At one point ganguly's motto in life was 'Thou shall not bowl left-arm spin' .. nice to see him dominating

120.5

Harris to Ganguly, 2 runs, innocuous delivery from Harris, Ganguly eases back and glides it to the third man region for a brace.

120.6

Harris to Ganguly, no run, driven to midwicket with confidence, fielder intercepts and prevents any runs

India 368/5   SC Ganguly 44* (51b 7x4)

122.1

Harris to Ganguly, 1 run, rocked back and cut away to third man for a single

India 377/5   SC Ganguly 45* (52b 7x4)

123.1

Pollock to Ganguly, no run, full length ball, Pollock keeps pegging away outside off, Ganguly gets forward and jabs it back to mid-pff, Sehwag wants a single but it would have been too risky

123.2

Pollock to Ganguly, no run, lunges forward and punched to the off side, Sehwagt again wants a quick single but Ganguly seems to say "What is the hurry?"

123.3

Pollock to Ganguly, 1 run, full ball, on the front foot and glided away to deep cover for (this time) an easy single.

123.5

Pollock to Ganguly, no run, short again from Pollock, good bouncer and equally well played by Ganguly, Keeps his eyes on the ball till the last moment and weaves away at the right time. After those early problems against the short ball, Ganguly seems to have settled down. More confident, more assured.

123.6

Pollock to Ganguly, FOUR, LUCKY there. Pollock slips it wide of the off stump and Ganguly accepts the dangling carrot. The limp outstretched edge flies past Kallis at first slip and races to the boundary. Fine fifty from Ganguly, lucky but fine.

India 389/5   SC Ganguly 50* (57b 8x4)

124.3

Harris to Ganguly, no run, flatter trajectory, fuller, Ganguly plonks his pad down the ground and kicks it away to the off side.

124.4

Harris to Ganguly, no run, defended under his nose

124.5

Harris to Ganguly, 1 run, full and wide outside the off stump, crashed away all along the ground to cover point for a single

India 395/5   SC Ganguly 51* (60b 8x4)

126.1

Harris to Ganguly, no run, slightly short, Ganguly steps back and pushes it to the off side

126.2

Harris to Ganguly, no run, on the front foot, defended back to the bowler

126.3

Harris to Ganguly, 1 run, Ganguly charges down the track this time and drives it crisply to extra-cover. Fine fielding by Herschelle Gibbs at mid-off. Keeps them down to a single

India 396/7   SC Ganguly 52* (63b 8x4)

127.1

Pollock to Ganguly, 1 run, steered to the off side in the gap past point

India 397/7   SC Ganguly 53* (64b 8x4)

128.4

Harris to Ganguly, no run, full ball wide of off stump, Ganguly takes it on the full but settles for patting it tamely to the off side

128.5

Harris to Ganguly, FOUR, TONK! Ganguly decides enough is enough and waltzes down the track, picks it up on the half-volley and cracks it over mid-off for a four. Floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee ...

128.6

Harris to Ganguly, 1 run, smart cricket from Ganguly, farms the strike on the last ball. Pats it to square leg for a single

India 404/8   SC Ganguly 58* (67b 9x4)

129.1

Pollock to Ganguly, no run, angled in from outside the leg stump, worked away towards square leg

129.2

Pollock to Ganguly, no run, bouncer on the middle and off stump line, bit too short and Ganguly comfortably sways away from the line

129.3

Pollock to Ganguly, 1 run, slow off-cutter. Ganguly picks it up early, leans well forward and nudges it away towards cover point, easy single added to the total

India 405/8   SC Ganguly 59* (70b 9x4)

130.1

Harris to Ganguly, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, defended

130.2

Harris to Ganguly, SIX, here we go! tossed up and turning in, Ganguly dances down the track, gets right to the pitch of the delivery and lofts it high into the long-on stands. Clean as a whistle and that's a trademark hit.

130.3

Harris to Ganguly, no run, fuller and quicker, defended watchfully

130.4

Harris to Ganguly, 1 run, foced away towards cover and they scamper through for a single

India 414/9   SC Ganguly 66* (74b 9x4 1x6)

131.1

Pollock to Ganguly, OUT, Pollock finishes it off with a slow ball. Well disguised off-cutter on the middle and leg stump line, Ganguly comes down the track in an effort to loft it straight back over the bowler's head but only manages to scoop it high up towards silly mid-off. Amla running in from cover, calls for it and nicely settles under one of the easiest catches you will ever see.

SC Ganguly c Amla b Pollock 66 (159m 75b 9x4 1x6) SR: 88.00

India 414/10   SC Ganguly 66 (75b 9x4 1x6)
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Jan 6, 2007

Graeme Smith congratulates Ashwell Prince for a job well done, South Africa v India, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 5th day, January 6, 2007

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Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid try to come to terms with the defeat, South Africa v India, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 5th day, January 6, 2007

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