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

44.2

Martin to Boucher, no run, good length outside off and Boucher watches it carefully through to the keeper

44.3

Martin to Boucher, no run, fuller in length, on off stump and defended back to the bowler

44.4

Martin to Boucher, no run, drifts the ball into the right-hander, tucked to midwicket

44.5

Martin to Boucher, no run, Boucher shoulders arms again and watches the movement through to the keeper

44.6

Martin to Boucher, no run, left alone, and that completes a wicket maiden for Martin

South Africa 141/5   MV Boucher 0* (5b)

46.1

Martin to Boucher, no run, good length outside the off stump, no away movement as the bal leaves the batsman

46.2

Martin to Boucher, no run, sticks to the same line and length and Boucher isn't interested

46.3

Martin to Boucher, FOUR, Martin tests him out with a shorter one and Boucher is quick to the task, swiveling on the backfoot and hooking behind the wicket, over the keeper for a boundary

46.4

Martin to Boucher, FOUR, Martin slips this one a touch too wide outside off, Boucher meets the ball high on the bat, plays with an angled bat and importantly, keeps it down as the ball races past gully, down to third man

46.5

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

46.6

Martin to Boucher, no run, gets a half stride forward and defends

South Africa 150/5   MV Boucher 8* (11b 2x4)

49.1

Vettori to Boucher, 4 leg byes, that beat just about everything! flighted on off and middl, the ball straightens, beats the daylight between bat and pad and then beats the top of off stump. Vettori celebrates but then reality strikes

49.2

Vettori to Boucher, no run, defended with soft hands on the front foot

49.3

Vettori to Boucher, no run, defended again with soft hands on the front foot

49.4

Vettori to Boucher, no run, tries to work the ball to the on side but gets a leading edge to point

49.5

Vettori to Boucher, no run, pushed to the covers

49.6

Vettori to Boucher, no run, flighted on off stump, driven back to the bowler

South Africa 157/5   MV Boucher 8* (17b 2x4)

51.1

Vettori to Boucher, 1 run, just short of a length outside off, cut to cover

South Africa 158/5   MV Boucher 9* (18b 2x4)

52.1

Oram to Boucher, no run, good start by Oram. Lands it short of a length on off and middle, the balkl kicks on Boucher and shakes him up. Fortunately, he manages to fend it off

52.2

Oram to Boucher, no run, Appeal! Gets the ball to dart in after pitching and strikes him on the front pad. Oram appeals confidently but replays showed the ball sliding down leg. Mark Benson was right

52.3

Oram to Boucher, no run, lands the ball on a good length outside off, left alone

52.4

Oram to Boucher, no run, bowls from a little wide of the crease, gets the ball to angle into him and straighten after it leaves the batsman

52.5

Oram to Boucher, no run, attempts the same and Boucher lets it go

52.6

Oram to Boucher, 1 run, drifts on the pads, tucked away past square leg

South Africa 159/5   MV Boucher 10* (24b 2x4)

53.1

Vettori to Boucher, no run, good length on off and middle, pushed to the off side

53.2

Vettori to Boucher, no run, pushed towards mid-on

53.3

Vettori to Boucher, no run, flighted on middle and leg, Boucher gets forward and defends through the line of the ball back to Vettori

53.4

Vettori to Boucher, no run, flights that on off stump, gets forward and defends

53.5

Vettori to Boucher, no run, flights that on off stump, gets forward and defends

53.6

Vettori to Boucher, no run, Vettori persists with the flight, draws Boucher forward and he defends

South Africa 159/5   MV Boucher 10* (30b 2x4)

54.2

Oram to Boucher, no run, that one keeps low! The ball lands just short of a good length and barely rises above the knee level. de Villiers does well to watch the ball and defend

54.3

Oram to Boucher, no run, pushed to the on side

54.4

Oram to Boucher, no run

54.5

Oram to Boucher, no run, bouncer! and a slower one as well. Boucher contemplates going through with the pull but backs off at the last second. The ball beats his bat and helmet through to the keeper

54.6

Oram to Boucher, no run, pushed towards the covers

South Africa 160/5   MV Boucher 10* (35b 2x4)

56.1

Oram to Boucher, no run, Oram works up a bit of pace, draws the batsman quickly on the backfoot, neatly defended off the full face back to the bowler

56.2

Oram to Boucher, no run, slightly fuller outside off, just short of a driveable length. Pushed to the covers

56.3

Oram to Boucher, 1 run, gets the ball to angle into the right-hander, Boucher shuffles across his stumps and works it off the pads just wide of mid-on

South Africa 161/5   MV Boucher 11* (38b 2x4)

57.1

Vettori to Boucher, no run, arm ball outside the off stump, Boucher reads it well and lets it go

57.2

Vettori to Boucher, no run, defended back to the bowler

57.3

Vettori to Boucher, no run, holds the length back a little, transfers his weight on the backfoot and defends

57.4

Vettori to Boucher, 1 no ball, defended back to the bowler

57.4

Vettori to Boucher, no run, fullish on the pads, pushed to mid-on, Vettoro oversteps

57.5

Vettori to Boucher, no run, defends close to the pads, gets an inside edge onto his back-pad

57.6

Vettori to Boucher, no run, tries to cut square but is beaten

South Africa 162/5   MV Boucher 11* (45b 2x4)

59.1

Vettori to Boucher, no run, flighted on off and middle, defended back to Vettori

59.2

Vettori to Boucher, no run, tossed up slowly on off and mikddle and Boucher defends quietly

59.3

Vettori to Boucher, no run, pushed in slowly again, defended back to Vettori

59.4

Vettori to Boucher, 2 runs, pushed in flatter and faster, drifts on the pads and Boucher tucks it off the pads past midwicket

59.5

Vettori to Boucher, no run, tossed up outside off, Boucher goes back for the cut but ends up chopping it down to point off the under half of the bat

59.6

Vettori to Boucher, no run, defended back to the bowler

South Africa 168/6   MV Boucher 13* (51b 2x4)

61.1

Vettori to Boucher, no run

61.2

Vettori to Boucher, no run, defended towards the covers

61.3

Vettori to Boucher, 1 run, pushed just wide of midwicket

South Africa 179/6   MV Boucher 14* (54b 2x4)

62.1

Bond to Boucher, 1 run, works up some swing there. on the pads and Boucher plays rather late at it and pushes the ball in front of mid-on and sets off

62.3

Bond to Boucher, no run, fires that with raw pace, 135 kph, Boucher shoulders arms outside the off stump

62.4

Bond to Boucher, 1 run, slower ball, 128 kph, lands that on a good length on off and middle, allows Boucher enough time to go back and across and work the ball to fine leg

South Africa 182/6   MV Boucher 16* (57b 2x4)

63.1

Vettori to Boucher, no run

63.2

Vettori to Boucher, no run, defended on the front foot back to the bowler

63.3

Vettori to Boucher, 1 run, drifts on the pads, Boucher works it with the line of the ball behind square

South Africa 183/7   MV Boucher 17* (60b 2x4)

64.1

Bond to Boucher, FOUR, Bond errs by bowling it too short, Boucher swivels and pulls off the meat of the bat. He keeps the ball along the ground and the timing was good enough to beat deep backward square-leg, close to the deep midwicket region

64.2

Bond to Boucher, no run, pushed to the covers

64.3

Bond to Boucher, no run, lands it on a good length outside off and Boucher isn;'t interested in chasing that

64.4

Bond to Boucher, no run, lands it on the same line and length outside off and Boucher leaves it

64.5

Bond to Boucher, FOUR, Bond errs by dragging too full outside off, allows Boucher to get forward and drive past the diving point

64.6

Bond to Boucher, no run, better delivery, doesnt give Boucher any room as he defends back to Bond

South Africa 191/7   MV Boucher 25* (66b 4x4)

65.3

Vettori to Boucher, no run

65.4

Vettori to Boucher, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, Boucheer gets forward and eases it down to long-on

65.6

Vettori to Boucher, no run, close! Boucher gets forward to defend a straighter delivery, the ball clips his front pad and lobs to McCullum who fails to catch the ball. Vettori appeals but the bat was nowhere near the ball

South Africa 194/7   MV Boucher 26* (69b 4x4)

68.1

Martin to Boucher, no run, good length outside off, pushed to the off side

68.2

Martin to Boucher, no run, fuller in length this time, gets forward and pushes the ball just wide of mid-off

68.3

Martin to Boucher, no run, Beaten! Man that was a real Jaffa from Martin. Pitches on the corridor outside off, bends in a little, Boucher prods forward and the ball beats him all ends up

68.4

Martin to Boucher, no run, defended on the front foot back to the bowler

68.5

Martin to Boucher, 1 run, fullish in length outside off, Boucher gets forward, meets the pitch of the ball and works it wide of point

South Africa 196/8   MV Boucher 27* (74b 4x4)

69.1

Vettori to Boucher, no run, defended back to the bowler

69.2

Vettori to Boucher, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, tucked to the on side

South Africa 201/8   MV Boucher 28* (76b 4x4)

70.1

Martin to Boucher, no run, short of a length, the ball holds its line on off and middle, Boucher defends but gets a thick inside edge onto his boot

70.2

Martin to Boucher, no run

70.3

Martin to Boucher, 2 runs, rush of blood! The ball was full outside off and in the slot to be hit, Boucher drives on the up and nearly scoops it back to Martin but was wide enough to beat mid-off as well

70.4

Martin to Boucher, no run, pushed to the on side

70.5

Martin to Boucher, 3 runs, short of a length and Boucher executes a short-arm pull past midwicket to pick up an easy three

South Africa 208/8   MV Boucher 33* (81b 4x4)

71.1

Vettori to Boucher, FOUR, tossed in flat outside off, Boucher gets on his knee and slosg sweeps that one along the ground from outside off. The ball rolls to the deep midwicket boundary

71.2

Vettori to Boucher, 2 runs, pushed in on off and middle, Boucher gets down and plays a premeditated paddle sweep down to fine leg

71.3

Vettori to Boucher, no run, defended back to the bowler

71.4

Vettori to Boucher, 2 runs, steps down the track, drives with the turn past point and O'Brien in the deep does well to slide to his right and cut it off just inches off the rope

71.5

Vettori to Boucher, no run, tries to cut, closes the face and plays it to the covers

71.6

Vettori to Boucher, 1 no ball, Oversteps....defended back to the bowler

71.6

Vettori to Boucher, 1 run, drifts in on middle and leg, worked down to long-on

South Africa 218/8   MV Boucher 42* (88b 5x4)

72.1

Martin to Boucher, no run, gives Boucher plenty of width to work with outside off, Boucher slashes past point but there's protection in the deep as Taylor cuts it off

72.2

Martin to Boucher, 1 run, Martin wastes a delivery at the tailender by bowling wide outside off. All Steyn had to do was shoulder arms

South Africa 219/8   MV Boucher 43* (90b 5x4)

73.1

Vettori to Boucher, no run, flighted on off and middle, defended back to Vettori

73.2

Vettori to Boucher, no run, Boucher takes a few paces down the track, checks his stroke in the end and pushes the ball to long-off

73.3

Vettori to Boucher, OUT, Boucher goes for a heave-ho across the line, gets on his knee and the ball gets a thick top-edge down Papps' throat at point

MV Boucher c Papps b Vettori 43 (118m 93b 5x4 0x6) SR: 46.23

South Africa 219/9   MV Boucher 43 (93b 5x4)
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Series Results
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South Africa won by an innings and 59 runs
South Africa v New Zealand at Johannesburg - Nov 8-11, 2007
South Africa won by 358 runs
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Nov 11, 2007

Chris Martin walks back after being bowled for a duck, South Africa v New Zealand, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 4th day

Chris Martin walks back after being bowled for a duck

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Nov 11, 2007

Dale Steyn was named Man of the Match for his match-haul of 10 for 93, South Africa v New Zealand, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 4th day, November 11, 2007

Dale Steyn with the Man-of-the-Match award

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