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

85.2

Steyn to Laxman, no run, bounced down leg stump, and he ducks down and lets it sail over his left shoulder

85.3

Steyn to Laxman, no run, good length but well outside off stump, hint of away swing, Laxman covers off stump and shoulders arms

85.4

Steyn to Laxman, no run, fullish outside off stump, he leaves it alone

85.5

Steyn to Laxman, no run, back of a length delivery and shaping away, Laxman goes back and defends

85.6

Steyn to Laxman, no run, short of good length delivery outside offstump, he goes on the backfoot and defends it

India 240/3   VVS Laxman 0* (5b)

87.1

Steyn to Laxman, no run, back of a good length outside off stump seams away, Laxman gets up on the toes and leaves it alone

87.2

Steyn to Laxman, no run, another back of a length ball outside off stump, Laxman plays away from it but manages to keep it down in front of backward point

87.3

Steyn to Laxman, no run, this pitches a tad fuller and swings the other way, Laxman shoulders arms

87.4

Steyn to Laxman, no run, short of a length outside off stump, doesnt bother Laxman, who shoulders arms again

87.5

Steyn to Laxman, no run, a tad fuller and moving in, forcing Laxman to get forward and defend hastily

87.6

Steyn to Laxman, no run, short of a length outside off, Laxman shoulders arms once more

India 244/3   VVS Laxman 0* (11b)

88.4

Ntini to Laxman, no run, good length outside off stump, Laxman comes forward and defends to the off side

88.5

Ntini to Laxman, no run, fuller outside off stump, Laxman comes forward and plays at it with soft hands, and again the edge lands in front of Kallis

88.6

Ntini to Laxman, FOUR, fuller outside off stump and moving in, he shuffles across and flicks it well in front of square leg for four

India 253/3   VVS Laxman 4* (14b 1x4)

89.5

Steyn to Laxman, no run, too full and wide outside off stump, Laxman shoulders arms

89.6

Steyn to Laxman, no run, pitches just outside leg stump, very close, and swings into Laxman's pads, Steyn goes down on bended knee and appeals, as does Boucher, but umpire Harper shakes his head. That was a very good shout but the fact that it pitched marginally outside leg and was moving down probably went in Laxman's favour

India 254/3   VVS Laxman 4* (16b 1x4)

91.1

Steyn to Laxman, no run, Starts off with a good-length delivery wide of the stumps. Laxman has nothing to do with it

91.2

Steyn to Laxman, no run, Straighter from Steyn this time. Gradually building up his pace as well. Laxman defends it patiently. No problem with the pace

91.3

Steyn to Laxman, no run, Getting his radar slightly wrong. Laxman just has to leave the ball alone and concentrate on the next ball

91.4

Steyn to Laxman, no run, Steyn gets it all wrong this time. Swinging away, starting wide and finishing wider. Laxman couldn't have reached that even if he tried. Maybe a pole-vault might have helped

91.5

Steyn to Laxman, no run, Widish delivery again. Swinging away. Steyn starting it a bit too wide here. Laxman shoulders arms

91.6

Steyn to Laxman, no run, Much better line. Just outside off and straightening. Laxman lets it go but there would be some indiscretion in his mind

India 254/3   VVS Laxman 4* (22b 1x4)

92.4

Ntini to Laxman, no run, Ntini keeps it back of a length, that seems to be the plan for the morning, bang it in short, shorter, shortest and see how they react, Laxman reacts by defending carefully

92.5

Ntini to Laxman, no run, wide of the stumps, not much movement from Ntini, Laxman just has to watch and leave

92.6

Ntini to Laxman, no run, Defended watchfully

India 257/3   VVS Laxman 4* (25b 1x4)

93.3

Steyn to Laxman, no run, peach of a delivery from Steyn, back of a length, pitching on off and moving away, Laxman shapes to defend but is beaten comprehensively, not that far from an edge

93.4

Steyn to Laxman, no run, another good outswinger, starting on middle and swinging away, Laxman gets it on the middle of the bat and drives it straight to mid-on

93.5

Steyn to Laxman, no run, patted to the off side, not much movement from the bowler this time and Laxman eases it to the cover fielder

93.6

Steyn to Laxman, 1 run, straighter, moving down leg, bread and butter for Laxman, walks across and turns it for an easy single

India 259/3   VVS Laxman 5* (29b 1x4)

94.1

Ntini to Laxman, no run, wide of the crease from Ntini, hurling it full and on off, Laxman confidently behind it and driving it to the fielder at extra cover

94.2

Ntini to Laxman, no run, banged in short this time, wide of the crease and directed on Laxman's throat, tall man stands up to his full height and meets the ball confidently, patting it down the pitch

94.3

Ntini to Laxman, no run

94.4

Ntini to Laxman, FOUR, short this time, Laxman stands back, realises the true pace and bounce on the pitch, brings out his tennis skills and rolls his wrists over the ball beautifully, spanking it away behind sqare for a gorgeous four. Newlands is beautiful, Laxman is matching it

94.5

Ntini to Laxman, no run

94.6

Ntini to Laxman, no run, left alone, has nothing to do with that

India 263/3   VVS Laxman 9* (35b 2x4)

96.1

Pollock to Laxman, FOUR, here he comes now, loosener to start off with, wide of the crease, Laxman clatters it past the infield for a easy four. Uncharacteristic ball from Pollock, characteristic class from Laxman

96.2

Pollock to Laxman, no run, straighter and more accurate, Laxman defends it towards mid-on

96.3

Pollock to Laxman, no run, left alone outside off

96.4

Pollock to Laxman, no run, fuller length, Laxman watchfully plays it towards the off side.

96.5

Pollock to Laxman, no run, wide of the stumps, shouldering arms. India's mantra this morning seems to be 'bowl is a bad one and we will score, anything good or wide or short will be defended or left alone'.

96.6

Pollock to Laxman, no run, wide of the stumps, length doesn't really matter because all Laxman is doing is shoulder arms

India 267/3   VVS Laxman 13* (41b 3x4)

97.3

Steyn to Laxman, 1 no ball, more confusion, goes wide of the leg stump, there's a stiff breeze and Steyn's radar is struggling to come to terms with it

97.3

Steyn to Laxman, no run, outside off, better line but still can't get the batsman to play

97.4

Steyn to Laxman, no run, a bit straighter, but still not straight enough. Laxman resorts to his shouldering arms.

97.5

Steyn to Laxman, no run, Steyn running in quick but the line is still slightly awry, Laxman can leave it alone, Steyn needs to get it a bit straighter

97.6

Steyn to Laxman, OUT, CRACKER! This time he got it all right, line was on middle and off stump and moving away, length was good and the ball moved away every so beautifully. Laxman shaped to defend it but was castled with the outswing. It's a delivery that fast bowlers dream off and Steyn pulls it off, watching the off stump uprooted from the ground. He's struggled with his line this morning but what a line that was! What seam position! A magic ball there

VVS Laxman b Steyn 13 (56m 46b 3x4 0x6) SR: 28.26

India 269/4   VVS Laxman 13 (46b 3x4)
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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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