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

34.2

Bond to de Villiers, no run, tests him out with an inswinger on a yorker length, pushed to mid-off

34.3

Bond to de Villiers, no run, holds the lengh back, outside off, left alone

34.4

Bond to de Villiers, no run, fullish in length, just short of a driveable length, de Villiers gets a half stride forward and tamely defends it back to Bond

34.5

Bond to de Villiers, no run, a more assured defensive stroke this time back to the bowler

34.6

Bond to de Villiers, FOUR, that spoils the over for Bond. He struggles to control the inswing as the ball drifts towards the pads. de Villiers gets across and tucks it past midwicket with a flick of the wrists

South Africa 96/4   AB de Villiers 4* (5b 1x4)

35.3

O'Brien to de Villiers, no run, good length on off, defended back to the bowler

35.4

O'Brien to de Villiers, no run, bowls it on the line outside off, defended off the full face of the bat

35.5

O'Brien to de Villiers, no run, drifts on middle and leg, de Villiers tries to work it past mid-on but didn't get the placement right as he closed the face of the bat too early. Mid-on picks it up

35.6

O'Brien to de Villiers, no run, defended back to the bowler

South Africa 97/4   AB de Villiers 4* (9b 1x4)

36.3

Bond to de Villiers, FOUR, too short and a fraction too wide outside off, de Villiers rocks back and cuts it past point

36.4

Bond to de Villiers, no run, fullish in length outside off, left alone

36.5

Bond to de Villiers, 2 runs, good delivery, draws the batsman forward outside off as he gets an inside edge which just falls short of Papps at slip. The ball deflects off his hand and goes towards third man

36.6

Bond to de Villiers, no run, banged in short of a good length, goes back and defends with the line

South Africa 104/4   AB de Villiers 10* (13b 2x4)

38.1

Bond to de Villiers, no run, just a touch full in length, pushed to the covers

38.2

Bond to de Villiers, no run, Bond's not steaming in as much, de Villiers has time to get across and push the ball to mid-on

38.3

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

38.4

Bond to de Villiers, no run, sticks to the probing line and length outside off, defended with the line back to the bowler

38.5

Bond to de Villiers, no run, this time Bond fires that in with more pace, lands it short of a good length and the ball carries through at shoulder height to McCullum

38.6

Bond to de Villiers, 1 run, changes his length, digs it in shorter but cuts down on the pace, de Villiers swivels and pulls along the ground to O'Brien at fine leg

South Africa 111/4   AB de Villiers 11* (19b 2x4)

39.1

Oram to de Villiers, no run, starts off with a loosener outside off, left alone

39.2

Oram to de Villiers, no run, this one keeps a little low as the batsman stays rooted to the crease and keeps it down

39.3

Oram to de Villiers, no run, fullish on middle and off, gets de Villiers to come forward and push it with an angled bat to mid-on

39.4

Oram to de Villiers, FOUR, too short, too wide - the recipe for a slash. de Villiers gets forward and slashes that safely over the slips for an easy boundary

39.5

Oram to de Villiers, no run, good length outside off, pushed to the off side

39.6

Oram to de Villiers, no run, Oram cuts down a bit on the pace, lands that on a good length outside off, no away movement as the ball beats the batsman

South Africa 115/4   AB de Villiers 15* (25b 3x4)

40.6

Bond to de Villiers, no run, pushed to the covers

South Africa 124/4   AB de Villiers 15* (26b 3x4)

42.1

Martin to de Villiers, FOUR, sloppy stuff from Martin! short and way too wide outside off. That was bread and butter for de Villiers as he slashes that over the slips with merry abandon

42.2

Martin to de Villiers, FOUR, Martin doesn't make things any better for himself as he bowls this one wide outside off, short enough for de Villiers to execute a controlled cut past point

42.3

Martin to de Villiers, no run, pushed to the off side

42.4

Martin to de Villiers, 2 runs, drifts onto the hips this time and de Villiers works it with his wrists with ease down to fine leg

42.5

Martin to de Villiers, no run, good comeback, sticks to the correct line outside off, cramping him for room and de Villiers shows him the respect by shouldering arms

42.6

Martin to de Villiers, no run, holds the length back, de Villiers lets it go outside off and this time the ball climbs after pitching

South Africa 136/4   AB de Villiers 25* (32b 5x4)

43.2

Oram to de Villiers, no run, fullish in length, holds its line, de Villiers gets a big stride forward and defends

43.3

Oram to de Villiers, FOUR, Oram hands de Villiers another gift. Overpitched outside off, he gets down on his knee and executes a textbook square drive past the diving point

43.4

Oram to de Villiers, no run, watchfully defended back to the bowler

43.5

Oram to de Villiers, no run, just short of a good length on off stump, gets back and defends

43.6

Oram to de Villiers, no run, short of a good length on off and middle, goes on the backfoot, closes the face of the bat and tucks it to midwicket

South Africa 141/4   AB de Villiers 29* (37b 6x4)

45.1

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, length delivery, hardly any spin, pushed back to Vettori

45.2

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, defended close to the pads, gets an inside edge onto his boot

45.3

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, pushed in on off and middle, driven to the covers

45.4

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, flighted on middle and leg, defended back to the bowler

45.5

Vettori to de Villiers, 1 no ball, oversteps....de Villiers pushes it back to Vettori

45.5

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, gets forward to drive, plays away from his body and gets a thick inside edge onto his thigh. The ball nearly trickes onto the stumps

45.6

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, Vettori gives him just a hint of width outside off, tries to cut but ends up chopping it down to point

South Africa 142/5   AB de Villiers 29* (44b 6x4)

47.1

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, tossed up on middle and off, defended on the front foot

47.2

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, tossed up on middle and off, he repeats the action with another forward defensive stroke

47.3

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, defends on the front foot with an angled bat, rolls close to first slip

47.4

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, pushed back to the bowler

47.5

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, makes him stay on the frontfoot as he defends again

47.6

Vettori to de Villiers, 1 run, just a touch too full outside off and de Villiers drives with the line of the ball past mid-off

South Africa 151/5   AB de Villiers 30* (50b 6x4)

48.1

Martin to de Villiers, no run, lands it on a good length outside off, gets the ball to kick after pitching and de Villiers shoulders arms

48.2

Martin to de Villiers, 2 runs, errs by bowling too full on the pads, quite bit of swing for Martin, worked off the pads past midwicket

48.3

Martin to de Villiers, no run, Appeal: fullish and swinging into the right hander, de Villiers shuffles across the stumps, tries to glance it fine, gets hit on the pads in line with leg stump. The fielders go up in appeal. Perhaps an inside edge, though hard to tell

48.4

Martin to de Villiers, no run, gets the ball to kick again off a good length and de Villiers manages to fend it off rather uncomfortably

48.5

Martin to de Villiers, no run, shoulders arms outside the off stump

48.6

Martin to de Villiers, no run

South Africa 153/5   AB de Villiers 32* (56b 6x4)

50.1

Martin to de Villiers, no run, full outside off, gets the ball to loop before landing, de Villiers gets a big stride forward and pushes to mid-off

50.2

Martin to de Villiers, no run, holds the length back outside off, de Villiers is a little late on getting forward but he manages to get some bat behind it anyway

50.3

Martin to de Villiers, no run, pushed to mid-on

50.4

Martin to de Villiers, no run, Chance: Short of a length and de Villiers swivels and attempts to pull that past midwicket. He keeps the ball the down and the ball, which appeared to rockt towards the boundary was neatly intercepted by a diving Ross Taylor at midwicket. Cant say if it was a chance for a catch but a great effort

50.5

Martin to de Villiers, no run, defended off the front foot

50.6

Martin to de Villiers, no run

South Africa 157/5   AB de Villiers 32* (62b 6x4)

51.2

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, defended off the front foot back to the bowler

51.3

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, pushed in slower on off stump, gets a big stride forward and defends

51.4

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, pushed in slower on off stump, gets a big stride forward and defends

51.5

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, bowls from slightly wide of the crease, gets the ball to curve in, defended again

51.6

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, tries to cut a fullish delivery outside off, he transfers his weight on the backfoot but just about gets some wood on it as the ball skids on him

South Africa 158/5   AB de Villiers 32* (67b 6x4)

54.1

Oram to de Villiers, 1 run, drifting on the pads, tucked away behind square for a single

South Africa 160/5   AB de Villiers 33* (68b 6x4)

55.1

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, tossed up outside off, gets forward and defends to the off side

55.2

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, flighted outside off, pushed back to Vettori

55.3

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, pushed in slower outside off, gets a big stride and defends with the line of the ball

55.4

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, bowls from wide of the crease, Boucher defends again

55.5

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, pushes it in a little slower, gets forward and defends again

55.6

Vettori to de Villiers, no run, defended to the covers. Vettori is keeping them quiet here

South Africa 160/5   AB de Villiers 33* (74b 6x4)

56.4

Oram to de Villiers, no run, good length on off stump, defended back to the bowler

56.5

Oram to de Villiers, no run, fired in outside off and left alone

56.6

Oram to de Villiers, no run, slower ball, the off cutter from Oram, de Villiers lets it go outside the off stump.

South Africa 161/5   AB de Villiers 33* (77b 6x4)

58.1

Bond to de Villiers, no run, slower ball, tries to work it to the on side, gets struck high on the thigh pad

58.2

Bond to de Villiers, no run, fires that in with lively pace, de Villiers gets behind the line and defends on the backfoot

58.3

Bond to de Villiers, OUT, full and wide outside off, de Villiers gets down on his knee and drives square on the up. The ball rockets just inches off the turf and Oram at gully takes it low to his left. de Villiers stands his ground as New Zealand celebrate, the umpires Benson and Harper get together for a discussion. The third umpire takes his time and gives de Villiers the marching orders

AB de Villiers c Oram b Bond 33 (99m 80b 6x4 0x6) SR: 41.25

South Africa 162/6   AB de Villiers 33 (80b 6x4)
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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South Africa won by an innings and 59 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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