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

112.5

Harris to Sehwag, no run, defended on the front-foot

112.6

Harris to Sehwag, 1 run, punched away towards extra cover and they scamper through for a single

India 338/5   V Sehwag 1* (2b)

113.1

Ntini to Sehwag, no run, short delivery, angled in from wide of the crease and Sehwag ducks under it

113.2

Ntini to Sehwag, FOUR, short and wide outside the off stump, enough width on offer and Sehwag slaps it away through the gap between point and gully. Excellent timing and placement

113.3

Ntini to Sehwag, FOUR, four more! under pressure Ntini drifts on to the pads and Sehwag crisply clips it away through square leg. Excellent start

113.4

Ntini to Sehwag, no run, short of a good length delivery, closer to the off stump line and coming in with the angle. Sehwag gets right behind the line and defends it down into the track

113.5

Ntini to Sehwag, no run, good length delivery, Sehwag pushes forward and drives it straight to the fielder at mid-off

113.6

Ntini to Sehwag, no run, similar line and length and once again Sehwag finds the fielder at mid-off

India 346/5   V Sehwag 9* (8b 2x4)

114.2

Harris to Sehwag, no run, tossed up on the pads, defended watchfully

114.3

Harris to Sehwag, 2 runs, turning across the right-hander. Sehwag waits for the ball to turn and then forces it away square on off side for a brace

114.4

Harris to Sehwag, no run, turn and bounce but wrong line, drifting down the leg side and Sehwag takes it on the pad

114.5

Harris to Sehwag, no run, ripper! Harris is spitting venom here, tossed up, pitched on middle and leg and turning across, Sehwag is turned inside out and the ball zips past the outside edge

114.6

Harris to Sehwag, 1 run, another cracker, once again the ball grips the surface and turn across, Sehwag leans forward and tries to work it away on the leg side, ball clips the leading edge and pops up behind the stumps on the off side. Luckily for him the ball falls away from all the close in fielder. Harris continues to spit venom! a certain Mr.Kumble might be doing a jig in the dressing room

India 350/5   V Sehwag 12* (13b 2x4)

115.1

Pollock to Sehwag, no run, Pollock starts with a good length ball outside off, Sehwag leaves it alone

115.2

Pollock to Sehwag, no run, back of a length, Sehwag not able to get into position soon enough, awkwardly tries to turn it to leg and ball raps the pads

115.3

Pollock to Sehwag, no run, patted back to the bowler, cautiously played

115.4

Pollock to Sehwag, no run, left alone outside off

115.5

Pollock to Sehwag, no run, huge appeal! back of a length, cutting in, Sehwag can't bring his bat down in time and is struck on the pad. Replays show that the ball is going high. that was close. Sehwag's feet were rooted to the crease there

115.6

Pollock to Sehwag, no run, punches it straight to the cover fielder

India 350/5   V Sehwag 12* (19b 2x4)

116.2

Harris to Sehwag, FOUR, BLAST! Sehwag isn't going to hang around, he had some trouble before lunch and telegraphs his intentions early on, on his haunches, slog sweep from a slaughter house, crashes the square fence

116.3

Harris to Sehwag, 2 runs, some tender follow-up there, waits till the last minute, reads the spin across him and steers it towards the vacant third man region for two

116.4

Harris to Sehwag, no run, defended watchfully, flatter this time and Sehwag's not taking a chance

116.5

Harris to Sehwag, no run, good delivery from Harris, flighting it a bit higher and tempting Sehwag to go for the big one, Sehwag thinks about it, lines up a lofted drive but checks his shot in the last minute, pats it back to the bowler

116.6

Harris to Sehwag, no run, goes for the sweep but can't make contact, ball hits the pads and pops up in front of him

India 357/5   V Sehwag 18* (24b 3x4)

117.2

Pollock to Sehwag, no run, ball drifts towards leg side, Sehwag goes for the mighty whip but misses, Pollock lets out a huge appeal but that one was always slipping down leg

117.3

Pollock to Sehwag, no run, full length ball outside off, defended to the cover region. Confident stride from Sehwag

117.4

Pollock to Sehwag, no run, patted to the off side, again a firm stride forward and Sehwag not taking any chances against metronome Polly

117.5

Pollock to Sehwag, no run, tapped back down the ground

117.6

Pollock to Sehwag, no run, slightly straighter and back of a length, Sehwag rocks back and presents the full face of the bat, ball trickles down the pitch back to the bowler

India 358/5   V Sehwag 18* (29b 3x4)

119.1

Pollock to Sehwag, no run, superb ball to start off with, teasign line outside off, Sehwag can't hold back and goes for the drive, beaten all ends up, ball does just a little bit to beat the bat, and bounces a tad extra as well

119.2

Pollock to Sehwag, 1 run, driven firmly to cover, Sehwag wants the second but Ganguly is taking no risk

119.6

Pollock to Sehwag, no run, full-length ball, Sehwag tries to defend but the ball comes in shade, inside edge onto the pads. Pollock would have needed some lozenges if Sehwag hadn't got an inside edge. So loud would have been the appeal

India 364/5   V Sehwag 19* (32b 3x4)

120.2

Harris to Sehwag, no run, padded away as the ball turns across him

120.3

Harris to Sehwag, no run

120.4

Harris to Sehwag, 1 run, worked away for an easy single to extra cover

India 366/5   V Sehwag 20* (35b 3x4)

121.1

Pollock to Sehwag, no run, good length ball, nipped back in off the turf in classic Pollock fashion, hint of reverse-swing? Sehwag pushes forward to defend and gets rapped on the pad. Loud appeal for lbw turned down. Didn't seem out

121.2

Pollock to Sehwag, FOUR, walks forward into the drive and threads the needle between mid-off and cover, as safe as it gets. Super shot

121.3

Pollock to Sehwag, no run, rolls away off the inside half of the bat to mid-on

121.4

Pollock to Sehwag, FOUR, back of a length, outside off, Sehwag stands there and angles his bat, ball beats the slip cordon and yes yes yes no third man again. This is surely turning into a joke now

121.5

Pollock to Sehwag, no run, defended off the front foot, no risk this time. Pollock isn't the bowler who you want to mess around with.

121.6

Pollock to Sehwag, no run, left outside off, ball swinging in but only after it passes the bat

India 376/5   V Sehwag 28* (41b 5x4)

122.2

Harris to Sehwag, SIX, CRACK! harris over the wicket, Sehwag bends down, plants his front foot way outside off and slog sweeps it way over square leg for a fantastic six. Hitting against the spin, all nonchalance

122.3

Harris to Sehwag, no run, gets inside the line and drives hard but straight to mid-off

122.4

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

122.5

Harris to Sehwag, no run, defends it down the leg side, thinking of the big one but changing his mind

122.6

Harris to Sehwag, no run, gets inside the line and drives it straight to cover

India 383/5   V Sehwag 34* (46b 5x4 1x6)

123.4

Pollock to Sehwag, 1 run, short one from Pollock, rises sharply on Sehwag as he stands back. Not in control of the pull shot but manages to pop it just behind square for a single.

India 385/5   V Sehwag 35* (47b 5x4 1x6)

124.1

Harris to Sehwag, FOUR, BIFF! Harris over the wicket and Sehwag gives himself ample room and slaps it over the covers for a four. The ball's hitting the rough and turning viciously so Sehwag decides to go bang bang

124.2

Harris to Sehwag, 1 run, turned to deep square leg for a simple single

124.6

Harris to Sehwag, OUT, Sehwag tries to heave across the turn but fails to time it properly. The ball clips the top edge and soars to fine leg. Makhaya Ntini moves in from the boundary, dives well forward and plucks a superb catch a few inches from the ground. Once again the left-arm spinner provides South Africa with a crucial breakthrough. Sehwag, who was scoring quickly, is gone. What now?

V Sehwag c Ntini b Harris 40 (49m 50b 6x4 1x6) SR: 80.00

India 395/6   V Sehwag 40 (50b 6x4 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

Graeme Smith congratulates Ashwell Prince for a job well done

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Jan 6, 2007

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

Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid try to come to terms with the defeat

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