New Zealand tour of South Africa, 2007/08 / Commentary

New Zealand in South Africa Test Series - 1st Test

South Africa v New Zealand

South Africa won by 358 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

0.5

Bond to Gibbs, no run, good carry there. Bond bangs that on a good length just outside off, Gibbs shoulders arms and the ball kicks after pitching. McCullum takes it close to his face

0.6

Bond to Gibbs, no run, fullish delivey outside off, driven towards point

South Africa 1/0   HH Gibbs 0* (2b)

2.1

Bond to Gibbs, no run, Bond works up some swing there, gets it to angle into the right-hander from outside off and then to middle. Gibbs watchfully defends on the front foot

2.2

Bond to Gibbs, no run, appeal! Bond gets the ball to drift in after pitching, catches Gibbs a little high on the thigh pad

2.3

Bond to Gibbs, no run, fires that outside off and the ball kicks again after oitching, Gibbs lets it go

2.4

Bond to Gibbs, no run, and again, banged in outside off and left alone

2.5

Bond to Gibbs, no run

2.6

Bond to Gibbs, no run, how did that miss? Changes his length to a slightly fuller one, Gibbs takes a chance and shoulders arms. The ball swings in and just misses the top of off stump

South Africa 3/1   HH Gibbs 0* (8b)

4.1

Bond to Gibbs, no run

4.2

Bond to Gibbs, 1 no ball, oversteps, perhaps striving for that extra yard of pace, the ball leaves the batsman again

4.2

Bond to Gibbs, no run, played down to point

4.3

Bond to Gibbs, no run, good stuff from Bond! lands it on a good length outside off and gets it to swing in, Gibbs watchfully lets it go as the ball climbs on him

4.4

Bond to Gibbs, no run, banged in short of a length on off stump, Gibbs uneasily fends it down

4.5

Bond to Gibbs, 1 no ball, ouch! Bond oversteps again and Gibbs, attempting a bravado pull, ends up edging it onto his helmet

4.5

Bond to Gibbs, no run, inswinging yorker, fired in on middle and leg and Gibbs does well to get his bat down and dig it out

4.6

Bond to Gibbs, no run, full and pushed to mid-on

South Africa 9/1   HH Gibbs 0* (16b)

6.1

Bond to Gibbs, no run, Bond works up some swing again, gets it to drift in to the right-hander, left alone

6.2

Bond to Gibbs, no run, gets behind the line of the ball and defends

6.3

Bond to Gibbs, 1 run, risky running! pitches it full, Gibbs drives firmly on the backfoot, Vettori does brilliantly to dive to his left, the fielder at mid-off takes the rebound and catches the batsmen napping. Amla was obviously ball-watching as he scampers back to the strikers end. The throw was too wide

South Africa 10/1   HH Gibbs 1* (19b)

7.1

Martin to Gibbs, no run

7.2

Martin to Gibbs, no run, good length on off and middle, defensive push to mid-on

7.3

Martin to Gibbs, no run, good carry again through to the keeper, gets the ball to bend in after pitching

7.4

Martin to Gibbs, no run, slightly short of a length outside off, Gibbs goes on the hop and defends off the full face of the bat

7.5

Martin to Gibbs, FOUR, overpitched, outside the off stump, asking to be driven and Gibbs obliges with a gentle push past the covers on the walk. This outfield is quick

7.6

Martin to Gibbs, no run, just a touch wide, this time Martin gets plenty of away movement as the ball leaves the batsman

South Africa 20/1   HH Gibbs 5* (25b 1x4)

8.6

Bond to Gibbs, no run, good length outside off and left alone

South Africa 21/2   HH Gibbs 5* (26b 1x4)

9.5

Martin to Gibbs, no run, outside off and Gibbs opts to shoulder arms

9.6

Martin to Gibbs, FOUR, short, wide outside off, Gibbs gives it the treatment by slashing that forcefully past gully and the ball went scorching to the boundary

South Africa 26/2   HH Gibbs 9* (28b 2x4)

10.3

Bond to Gibbs, no run, good ball! lands just short of a good length and holds its line. Gibbs, probably in two minds whether to come forward or stay back fends it off uneasily with a half stride forward

10.4

Bond to Gibbs, FOUR, Bond errs by dragging it a little too full outside off, Gibbs gets forward and times that to perfection as the ball beats the region of extra cover

10.5

Bond to Gibbs, no run, left alone outside off

10.6

Bond to Gibbs, no run, good length outside off, pushed to point

South Africa 31/2   HH Gibbs 13* (32b 3x4)

11.4

Oram to Gibbs, no run, outside off and Gibbs shoulders arms

11.5

Oram to Gibbs, no run, keeps it to a stump-to-stump line, the ball holds its line after pitching and Gibbs defends

11.6

Oram to Gibbs, no run, left alone outside the off stump

South Africa 36/2   HH Gibbs 13* (35b 3x4)

14.1

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, ugh! bad ball, bad stroke! that was short, wide outside off, in the slot to be slammed past point and Gibbs ends up chopping it down to the pitch while attempting a cut

14.2

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, good length on off and middle, defended

14.3

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run

14.4

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run

14.5

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, good length on off stump, comes in after pitching, left alone

14.6

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, pushed to the off side

South Africa 37/2   HH Gibbs 13* (41b 3x4)

16.1

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, O'Brien sticks to his line outside off, gets the ball to slant away from Gibbs as he shoulders arms

16.2

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, inswinging yorker! good comeback by O'Brien as he gets it to drift in sharply from outside off to middle, Gibbs does well to watch it and keep it down

16.3

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, adjusts his length to a shorter one, Gibbs leaves it outside the off stump

16.4

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, tries out the bouncer buts exerts himself too much, McCullum collects the ball on the jump

16.5

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run

16.6

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, tries to drive through the covers but Gibbs closes the face of the bat in the last second and ends up pushing it to mid-off

South Africa 37/2   HH Gibbs 13* (47b 3x4)

18.1

O'Brien to Gibbs, 1 run, well, Gibbs breaks the monotony by getting across his stumps and working the ball down to fine leg

18.3

O'Brien to Gibbs, FOUR, poor bowling by O'Brien. Gives Gibbs plenty of room outside off as he punishes a fullish delivery on the up, past the covers. The fielders stood no chance

18.4

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, better delivery, outside off and holds the length back a little, left alone

18.5

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, well, Gibbs tries to whack that pas the covers but ends up flat-batting it to mid-off

18.6

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, left alone outside off through to the keeper

South Africa 43/2   HH Gibbs 18* (52b 4x4)

20.1

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, bowls it a little too full, Gibbs watchfully lets it go outside off

20.2

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, holds the length back, the ball holds its line after pitching and Gibbs lets it go as well

20.3

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, and again..similar delivery outside off, Gibbs shoulders arms

20.4

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, default mode... O'Brien sticks to the same line outside off and Gibbs isn't interested

20.5

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, this time Gibbs gets some bat on it as he pushes the ball to point

20.6

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, beaten! the frustration gets to Gibbs as he attempts to cut past point. It was a half-hearted slash and the ball nearly took the outside edge

South Africa 51/2   HH Gibbs 18* (58b 4x4)

21.2

Oram to Gibbs, no run, bowls from slightly wide of the crease, gets the ball to angle across the batsman, worked to mid-on

21.3

Oram to Gibbs, no run, this time he experiments with away movement, tries to lure Gibbs into the drive but he shoulders arms

21.4

Oram to Gibbs, no run, sticks to that line and length again, this time Gibbs gets a good stride forward and pushes to mid-off

21.5

Oram to Gibbs, 1 leg bye, gets the ball to drift in, catches Gibbs on the pads and the ball trickles to the on side

South Africa 53/2   HH Gibbs 18* (62b 4x4)

22.1

Martin to Gibbs, no run, Goodness me! the perfect delivery again outside off, gets the ball to bed in a fraction and nobody knows how that beat the bat and the top of off stump

22.2

Martin to Gibbs, no run, probes on the line and length outside off again

22.3

Martin to Gibbs, no run, the length is a little shorter, the ball holds its line and Gibbs executes a confident defensive stroke on the backfoot

22.4

Martin to Gibbs, no run, good length on off stump, Gibbs shapes to defend back to Martin but ends up opening the face of the bat in the last second and plays it to mid-off

22.5

Martin to Gibbs, no run, Gibbs goes for a swish outside off and luckily for him, the ball beats him

22.6

Martin to Gibbs, FOUR, that will ease the pressure! a touch too full and wide outside off, Gibbs plants his front foot forward and beats mid-off and cover

South Africa 61/2   HH Gibbs 22* (68b 5x4)

24.1

Martin to Gibbs, no run, holds back a little on the pace, the ball pitches outside off and bends back in, Gibbs works it off his hips to mid-on

24.2

Martin to Gibbs, no run, good length outside off, just a hint of away movement as the ball leaves the right-hander

24.3

Martin to Gibbs, no run, adjusts his line closer to the off stump, Gibbs watches it carefully and lets it go

24.4

Martin to Gibbs, FOUR, there's the boundary ball! full on off stump, Gibbs gets a half-stride forward, shows the full face of the bat and pushes that effotlessly past the right of mid-off

24.5

Martin to Gibbs, no run, better delivery, outside off and left alone

24.6

Martin to Gibbs, no run, ends the over with a dot ball, left alone outside off

South Africa 65/2   HH Gibbs 26* (74b 6x4)

25.5

Vettori to Gibbs, no run, flighted on middle and leg, Gibbs goes for the drive but only suceeds in pushing it back to the bowler

25.6

Vettori to Gibbs, no run, sticks to the flight, Vettori is not pitching it shorter to get the turn. Gibbs gets forward and defends

South Africa 66/2   HH Gibbs 26* (76b 6x4)

27.1

Vettori to Gibbs, no run, driven back to the bowler

27.2

Vettori to Gibbs, no run, driven back to the bowler

27.3

Vettori to Gibbs, no run, pushed in flatter, gives Gibbs room to cut but he ends up slashing to the covers

27.4

Vettori to Gibbs, no run, tossed up on middle and off, defended back to the bowler

27.5

Vettori to Gibbs, no run, tossed up on middle and off, defended back to the bowler

27.6

Vettori to Gibbs, no run, bowls from slightly wide of the crease, turns to a full delivery, defended back to the bowler

South Africa 70/2   HH Gibbs 26* (82b 6x4)

28.2

Martin to Gibbs, no run, left alone outside the off stump

28.3

Martin to Gibbs, no run, good length on middle and leg, tries to work off his pads but gets an inside edge onto his pads

28.4

Martin to Gibbs, no run, lands the ball outside off, gets a bit of away movement, Gibbs shoulders arms

28.5

Martin to Gibbs, 1 run, drifting on the pads, Gibbs closes the face and glances to fine leg

South Africa 72/2   HH Gibbs 27* (86b 6x4)

30.1

Bond to Gibbs, no run, full in length, big inswing into Gibbs. he goes for the cover drive but ends up getting a thick inside edge onto his pads

30.2

Bond to Gibbs, no run, gets plenty of away movement this time as Gibbs shoulders arms

30.3

Bond to Gibbs, no run, good length on off stump, the ball holds its line and Gibbs pushes to mid-off with soft hands

30.4

Bond to Gibbs, no run, searches for the inswinging yorker, Gibbs picks the length, shuffles and tries to work it past square leg, doesnt get the placement right as the fielder cuts it off

30.5

Bond to Gibbs, 1 wide, banged in short, a little too short for comfort and the umpire deems that an illegal delivery

30.5

Bond to Gibbs, FOUR, too full and in the slot to drive outside off, Gibbs gets forward and sends the ball screaming through the covers

30.6

Bond to Gibbs, FOUR, Bond adjusts his length to a shorter one outside off but it doesnt help as Gibbs rocks back and slashes past point

South Africa 82/3   HH Gibbs 35* (92b 8x4)

31.3

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, lands that on a good length outside off, left alone

31.4

O'Brien to Gibbs, FOUR, O'Brien errs by bowling it too full outside off, Gibbs gets a half stride forward, meets the ball off the middle of the bat and bisects the gap between cover and mid-off

31.5

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, better delivery, back of a length outside off and left alone

31.6

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, slightly fuller in length, just short of a driveable one as Gibbs pushes it to mid-off

South Africa 87/3   HH Gibbs 39* (96b 9x4)

33.1

O'Brien to Gibbs, FOUR, poor start to the over as O'Brien slips that full and wide outside off, Gibbs stretches out to meet the ball and the ball races away past gully off the under half of the bat

33.2

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, better delivery, pushed back to the bowler

33.3

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, gets the ball to bend into the right-hander, Gibbs walks across the stumps, tries to beat midwicket but ends up pushing to mid-on

33.4

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, left alone outside the off stump

33.5

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, good length outside the off stump, Gibbs gets his bat out at it and defends to point

33.6

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, on middle and leg, Gibbs offers the full face of the bat and pushes it to mid-on

South Africa 92/3   HH Gibbs 43* (102b 10x4)

35.1

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, left alone outside the off stump

35.2

O'Brien to Gibbs, 1 run, short of a good length, Gibbs swivels and pulls, a few fielders get excited but the ball went on the bounce to the fielder

South Africa 97/4   HH Gibbs 44* (104b 10x4)

36.1

Bond to Gibbs, no run, overpitched on off stump, Gibbs punches it back to Bond who gets his right boot to it. He tries to deflect the ball onto the stumps but de Villiers threw himself back at the crease

36.2

Bond to Gibbs, 1 run

South Africa 98/4   HH Gibbs 45* (106b 10x4)

37.1

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, curves in to the right-hander, tries to work the ball past the infield on the on side and ends up placing it to square leg

37.2

O'Brien to Gibbs, 2 runs, gets the ball to curve in again but the ball was just too full. Worked wide of mid-on and de Villiers just manages to get back to his crease and beat the throw

37.3

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, tries to tuck it to the on side but gets an inside edge onto his pads

37.4

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, defended to the off side

37.5

O'Brien to Gibbs, no run, good length on middle and leg, pushed to mid-on

37.6

O'Brien to Gibbs, FOUR, over mid-on! Short of a good length, Gibbs reads the length early, executes a horizontal bat stroke over the head of mid-on and brings up his fifty

South Africa 110/4   HH Gibbs 51* (112b 11x4)

40.1

Bond to Gibbs, no run, beaten! In the slot to drive as Gibbs tries to beat the covers, he drives away from the body with out moving his feet. Lucky not to get an edge

40.2

Bond to Gibbs, FOUR, that's better! picks the length early, rocks on the backfoot and pulls off the meat of the bat over square leg

40.3

Bond to Gibbs, FOUR, Bond over compensates by bowling it too full outside off, Gibbs drives with the line of the ball and beats extra cover

40.4

Bond to Gibbs, no run, left alone outside the off stump

40.5

Bond to Gibbs, 1 run, risky! in the slot to drive outside off, Gibbs meets the ball a little too early and drives on the up. He nearly ends up scooping it to Vettori at mid-off

South Africa 124/4   HH Gibbs 60* (117b 13x4)

41.1

Oram to Gibbs, no run, tucked to the on side

41.2

Oram to Gibbs, 2 runs, short of a length on off, inviting the pull, Gibbs rocks back and tries to beat the gap between mid-on and midwicket. He doesnt time it well but manages to place it just wide of mid-on

41.3

Oram to Gibbs, no run, fullish outside off and pushed to the covers

41.4

Oram to Gibbs, no run, fullish on middle and leg, tucked to the on side

41.5

Oram to Gibbs, no run, holds the length back a fraction, forces Gibbs on the backfoot as he defends back to Oram

41.6

Oram to Gibbs, no run, good length outside off, left alone just before the drinks interval

South Africa 126/4   HH Gibbs 62* (123b 13x4)

43.1

Oram to Gibbs, 1 run, drifts on the body and worked to the on side for a single

South Africa 137/4   HH Gibbs 63* (124b 13x4)

44.1

Martin to Gibbs, OUT, loss of concentration! Perhaps inspired by de Villiers' upper-cut the previous over, Gibbs attempts the same, though the ball wasn't short enough for that. He ends up getting a thick outside edge high to Fleming at first slip

HH Gibbs c Fleming b Martin 63 (193m 125b 13x4 0x6) SR: 50.40

South Africa 141/5   HH Gibbs 63 (125b 13x4)
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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