India tour of South Africa, 3rd Test: South Africa v India at Cape Town, Jan 2-6, 2007
South Africa won by 5 wickets
2,3,4,5,6 January 2007 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
1.1

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, spot on first ball, fullish outside off stump, Jaffer comfortably gets forward and defends stoically

1.2

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, fuller again and moving in, Jaffer agai comes forward and defends it, ball rolls to the on side

1.3

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, fullish again outside off stump, Jaffer defends

1.4

Ntini to Jaffer, 2 runs, back of a good length outside off stump, ball doesnt stand up much, and Jaffer punches off the back foot in the gap at cover-point, calls for two, and the debutant Harris gives chase

1.5

Ntini to Jaffer, 1 run, back of a length delivery outside off stump, Jaffer goes on the backfoot and pushes it to short cover for a quick single

1.6

Ntini to Karthik, no run, a good length on off stump, Karthik comes half-forward and defends

India 4/0   M Ntini 1-0-3-0
3.1

Ntini to Karthik, no run, full outside off stump, Karthik comes forward and plays it late, just bringing the bat down in time

3.2

Ntini to Karthik, no run, fullish delivery angling into the right hander, Karthik comes on the frontfoot and looks to punch it away on the off, rapped on the pads outside the line

3.3

Ntini to Karthik, no run, shorter this time and moving in, Karthik defends with an angled bat and manages to keep it down to gully

3.4

Ntini to Karthik, 1 run, good length delivery on middle and leg, Karthik comes forward and turns it to short mid-wicket for a single to get off the mark

3.5

Ntini to Jaffer, 1 run, dropped in short down leg stump, Jaffer gets into position to pull but struggles to time it well, his back foot doesnt really move much, but luckily for him he gets it over Boucher and the ball runs away for one

3.6

Ntini to Karthik, 2 runs, fuller length delivery on the stumps, comes on the frontfoot and looks to defend it,inside edge onto the thigh pad bobs up past Amla at forward short leg and Karthik scampers two

India 8/0   M Ntini 2-0-7-0
5.1

Ntini to Karthik, 1 run, good length outside off stump, Karthik gets well forward, and on top of it, and uses the soft hands to just tap that into the covers and pinch a good single

5.2

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, fuller this time outside off stump, Jaffer gets on top of it and defends

5.3

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, full and fairly wide of off stump, Jaffer gets the front foot forward and watches it into Boucher's gloves, and the ball dies as it passes him, awkward carry there

5.4

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, back of a good length and angling into the ribs, but Jaffer stands up tall and just turns that off the hips past Amla at forward short leg, but doesnt go for the single as mid-wicket's sharp

5.5

Ntini to Jaffer, FOUR, short of a good length outside off stump on this occasion, the ball starts to get some lift but Jaffer's all over it, getting up on the toes and rolling the wrists, the placement is very good, there's no third man and thats the first four of the match

5.6

Ntini to Jaffer, FOUR, shot again! Ntini again drops one in on a shortish length outside off stump, and in a flash Jaffer rocks back and punches off the backfoot well in the gap on the offside, and the ball speeds away for four more

India 17/0   M Ntini 3-0-16-0
7.1

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, full outside off stump, again the ball dies after pitching, Jaffer comes well forward and watches Boucher collect it on the low bounce

7.2

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, full again outside off stump with better carry through to Boucher, Jaffer stands and shoulders arms

7.3

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, full again, good bounce, Ntini's moving each ball closer into Jaffer, who again covers off stump and leaves it alone

7.4

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, good length delivery outside off stump, gets some good lift and Jaffer's up on the toes and keeping it down with the soft hands, well played

7.5

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, full once again, wide of off stump, no real movement, Jaffer covers the stumps and allows it to pass

7.6

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, full again, with the ball once more keeping low for Boucher to collect after Jaffer plants the foot forward and leaves it alone

India 17/0   M Ntini 4-1-16-0
9.1

Ntini to Karthik, no run, full and moving in from well outside off stump, Karthik plants the foot forward and shoulders arms

9.2

Ntini to Karthik, no run, back of a length outside off stump with some good carry, this time Karthik stands and shoulders arms

9.3

Ntini to Karthik, no run, good length delivery outside off stump, Karthik shoulders arms with ease

9.4

Ntini to Karthik, no run, fuller outside off stump this time, there's that low bounce again as Karthik shoulders arms

9.5

Ntini to Karthik, no run, full outside off stump, it moves in, Karthik defends and gets an outer edge that lands safely in front of gully, but Gibbs dives to his left and stops it from running away to the boundary, good effort

9.6

Ntini to Karthik, no run, full outside off stump once again, Karthik gets forward and shoulders arms

India 19/0   M Ntini 5-2-16-0
11.1

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, full outside off stump, Jaffer watches it into Boucher's gloves, the ball seems to be carrying to the 'keeper better now

11.2

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, puts more effort on that delivery, landing it on a good length outside off stump, Jaffer decides to leave it alone

11.3

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, full and moving into him, Jaffer defends with an inside edge to short mid-wicket

11.4

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, full outside off stump, the low bounce rears its head again - yes, that sounded odd - as Boucher takes it well

11.5

Ntini to Jaffer, 3 runs, overpitched outside off stump, Jaffer gets forward and drives down the ground, its not timed that well but Ntini cant get a hand to it and it speeds away, mid-off and mid-on give chase and haul it in before the ropes

11.6

Ntini to Karthik, no run, full and moving in this time, Karthik gets forward and pokes the bat out, but it just misses kissing the outer edge

India 27/0   M Ntini 6-2-19-0
13.1

Ntini to Karthik, no run, short of a good length delivery, defended on the front foot.

13.2

Ntini to Karthik, no run, angled in from wide of the crease, Karthik gets forward and defends it with a straight bat.

13.3

Ntini to Karthik, no run, line and length delivery, again bowled from wide of the crease and coming in with the angle. Karthik line it up nicely and defends it away towards cover

13.4

Ntini to Karthik, 2 runs, fuller in length and bit of width offered outside the off stump. Nice looking drive and Karthik finds the gap between the cover fielders

13.5

Ntini to Karthik, no run, left alone outside the off stump.

13.6

Ntini to Karthik, no run, short of a good length delivery, angled in but not enough to make Karthik play at it

India 29/0   M Ntini 7-2-21-0
28.1

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, strays onto the pads first ball, Jaffer works it off the hips but finds Amla at forward short leg who does well to get his left hand to it

28.2

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, too straight again, Jaffer clips it but cant beat mid-on

28.3

Ntini to Jaffer, 1 run, back of a length but on middle and leg, back and across goes Jaffer, working it past Amla and out to de Villiers at deep mid-wicket

28.4

Ntini to Karthik, FOUR, overpitched, Karthik plants the foot forward and times it perfectly, presenting the full face of the bat, punching through the line and beating mid-off for a glorious four

28.5

Ntini to Karthik, no run, back of a good length outside off stump, Karthik hops and defends with soft hands, keeping it into the ground

28.6

Ntini to Karthik, 1 run, fuller outside off stump, Karthik defends off the front foot and gets an inside edge past Amla

India 67/0   M Ntini 8-2-27-0
30.1

Ntini to Karthik, 1 run, full and angling into him, he turns it uneasily in the air over Amla and quickly sails out to de Villiers at deep mid-wicket on the bounce

30.2

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, overpitched outside off stump, Jaffer gets forward and drives to mid-off

30.3

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, quick on a good length and angling in, Jaffer stands and defends across the line to Amla

30.4

Ntini to Jaffer, FOUR, fullish and wide of off stump, Jaffer doesnt get all that forward and plays at it late, dropping the hands and opening the face of the bat and there's an out side edge that runs away past gully, no third man, thats four

30.5

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, fuller this time, Jaffer gets forward and pushes into the covers

30.6

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, full again, he defends with an inside edge to Amla's left at forward short leg

India 78/0   M Ntini 9-2-32-0
39.1

Ntini to Karthik, no run, back of a length outside off stump, Karthik defends back to Ntini

39.2

Ntini to Karthik, no run, full and moving in from outside off stump, he shoulders arms and Boucher has some diving to do to counter the exaggerated inswing

39.3

Ntini to Karthik, 2 runs, back of a good length outside off stump, Karthik drives away from his body places it into the covers for a couple

39.4

Ntini to Karthik, no run, delivered from very wide of the crease, full and moving into Karthik, who defends off the front foot

39.5

Ntini to Karthik, no run, slower and fuller outside off stump, Karthik gets a stride forward and leaves it alone

39.6

Ntini to Karthik, no run, full outside off stump again, he leaves it alone

India 104/0   M Ntini 10-2-34-0
41.1

Ntini to Karthik, no run, Short of a good length delivery, bowled from wide of the crease and coming in with the angle. Karthik gets well behind the line and taps it away towards cover

41.2

Ntini to Karthik, no run, similar line and length. Karthik gets well forward and presents the full face of the bat.

41.3

Ntini to Karthik, no run, short of a good length delivery, angled the in - the usual from Ntini. Karthik gets a good stride foward and across, gets close to the line and defends it away towards cover

41.4

Ntini to Karthik, 1 run, short of a good length, straighter delivery - Karthik opens the face of the bat and runs it away behind point for an easy single

41.5

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, short of a good length delivery, driven off trhe back-foot and the ball finds the fielder at mid-off

41.6

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, mistimed drive to mid-on

India 107/0   M Ntini 11-2-35-0
43.1

Ntini to Karthik, FOUR, short and wide outside the off stump, 'horrible' line and length, for a lack of a better word in the Cricinfo dictionary. Karthik lines it up quickly and slaps it away to the vacant backward point fence

43.2

Ntini to Karthik, no run, much better delivery. Karthik on the back-foot defending

43.3

Ntini to Karthik, no run, short of a good length delivery, coming in with the angle and Karthik punches it away on the off side

43.4

Ntini to Karthik, no run, again punched straight to the fielder at cover

43.5

Ntini to Karthik, no run, intended bouncer but the ball keeps low. Karthik sways back and leaves it through to the keeper

43.6

Ntini to Karthik, no run, short of a good length delivery, close to the off stump line but not close enough to make Karthik play at it.

India 116/0   M Ntini 12-2-39-0
45.1

Ntini to Karthik, 1 run, short and bit of width offered, cut away through cover point for an easy single

45.2

Ntini to Jaffer, FOUR, pitched up close to the off stump line and Jaffer goes 'bang' - drills it straight back past the bowler to the long-off fence. Looking all too easy at the moment.

45.3

Ntini to Jaffer, 3 runs, short of a good length delivery, angled in from wide of the crease. Jaffer leans back and pulls it away well in front of square. Runs hard and comfortably comes back for the third. This is excellent cricket from India.

45.4

Ntini to Karthik, no run, short of a good length delivery, Karthik opens the face of the bat and runs it away behind point

45.5

Ntini to Karthik, 1 run, good length delivery, again speared in from wide of the crease, but with the lack of movement in the track it's a harmless delivery. Karthik gets behind the line and drives it wide of the fielder at mid-off. Early call and they scmaper through for a single

45.6

Ntini to Jaffer, no run, edged away towards gully, Jaffer was looking to glide the ball down to third man. Diving stop by the fielder at gully saves runs

India 125/0   M Ntini 13-2-48-0
47.1

Ntini to Karthik, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, cut away off the back-foot to the point region. Bit of a loose shot - Jaffer walks down the track and has a word with the youngster

47.2

Ntini to Karthik, no run, again slightly short in length and coming in with the angle. Karthik gets well forward and defends it back to the bowler

47.3

Ntini to Karthik, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, watchfully defended

47.4

Ntini to Karthik, 2 runs, pitched up outside the off stump, probably checking if he can get some reverse swing going. The answer is no - dead straight and Karthik thuds it straight back past the bowler to the long-off region

47.5

Ntini to Karthik, no run, punched away straight to the fielder at cover

47.6

Ntini to Karthik, no run, back of a length and anlged in. Karthik gets behind the line and forces it away towards cover

India 128/0   M Ntini 14-2-50-0
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   M Ntini 15-2-52-0
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   M Ntini 16-3-52-0
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   M Ntini 17-3-56-0
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

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   M Ntini 18-3-64-0
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   M Ntini 19-4-64-0
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.

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   M Ntini 20-4-67-0
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   M Ntini 21-4-71-0
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   M Ntini 22-4-80-0
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

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   M Ntini 23-4-81-0
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

109.6

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

India 321/4   M Ntini 24-4-90-0
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

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   M Ntini 25-4-99-0
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   M Ntini 26-4-107-0
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