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

0.1

Bond to Smith, no run, good delivery to start with, banged in on off and middle, forces Smith to get behind the line and defend

0.2

Bond to Smith, no run, Bond changes his length to a fuller one, outside off and swinging away, pushed towards point on the frontfoot

0.3

Bond to Smith, no run, similar delivery, importantly he makes Smith play. He pushes it with soft hands to point

0.4

Bond to Smith, 1 run, good running, Smith gets forward to play a fullish delivery outside off, he pushes it with soft hands to mid-off and sets off quickly

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   SE Bond 1-0-1-0

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   SE Bond 2-1-1-0

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   SE Bond 3-1-3-0

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

6.4

Bond to Amla, no run, pushed to the off side

6.5

Bond to Amla, SIX, extraordinary! swinging in to the pads at a lively pace, Amla gets across to work it off his pads, ends up scooping it high over the long-leg boundary. The ball went over the grass embankment

6.6

Bond to Amla, no run, pushed to the covers

South Africa 16/1   SE Bond 4-1-10-0

8.1

Bond to Amla, OUT, How do you play that? Bond sends down almost the perfect delivery on the corridor of uncertainty outside off stump, lands it just short of a good length and the ball holds its line after pitching, Amla goes on the hop and the ball brushes the outside edge through to the keeper

HM Amla c †McCullum b Bond 12 (28m 18b 0x4 1x6) SR: 66.66

8.2

Bond to Kallis, no run, wake up Mr Kallis! Bond nearly gets his man with a fuller delivery swinging away after pitching and Kallis fishes at it

8.3

Bond to Kallis, no run, gets the ball to swing in, Kallis gets forward and some wood on it as he pushes it to mid-on

8.4

Bond to Kallis, no run, tests him out with a bouncer on middle and leg, Kallis wisely ducks

8.5

Bond to Kallis, 1 run, misfield... Kallis pushes it firmly to mid-off but the fielder was a little too close. The ball rebounds off him wide of mid-on

8.6

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

South Africa 21/2   SE Bond 5-1-11-1

10.1

Bond to Kallis, no run, close! Bond draws Kallis forward with a fullish delivery. He plays it down with soft hands and the ball nearly carries to second slip

10.2

Bond to Kallis, 1 run, tucked away off the pads to fine leg

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   SE Bond 6-1-16-1

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   SE Bond 7-1-25-1

32.1

Bond to Prince, no run, short of a good length, gets the ball to angle in from outside the line of leg stump to middle, Prince gets back and defends back to Bond

32.2

Bond to Prince, no run, gets to slant across the left-hander even more and Prince just opts to leave it to McCullum

32.3

Bond to Prince, no run, similar delivery, not as much away movement this time, Prince repeats the action and lets it go

32.4

Bond to Prince, 1 no ball, oversteps, this was slightly fuller in length. Prince leaves it

32.4

Bond to Prince, no run, sticks to the fullish length outside off, pushed with soft hands to mid-off

32.5

Bond to Prince, no run, holds the length back just a fraction, sticks to the line outside off. Prince is in no hurry as he lets that go

32.6

Bond to Prince, no run, now Bond brings the line closer to the off stump, not much away movement, Prince leaves it

South Africa 88/3   SE Bond 8-1-26-1

34.1

Bond to Prince, OUT, and Prince has to walk! superb delivery by Bond, pitches just short of a good length outside off, the ball goes through with the line and climbs on Prince. He hardly seemed prepared to fend it off the ball gets a thick outside edge high on the bat and lobs to Fleming at a comfortable height at second slip

AG Prince c Fleming b Bond 1 (24m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 6.66

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   SE Bond 9-1-30-2

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

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   SE Bond 10-1-37-2

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   SE Bond 11-1-38-2

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

40.6

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

South Africa 124/4   SE Bond 12-1-47-2

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

58.4

Bond to Nel, FOUR, Streaky start for Nel! Pitched up just outside off, inviting the square ddrive which Nel obliges. He scoops it off the outside edge just over point

58.5

Bond to Nel, no run, holds the length back and this time Nel gets behind the line of the ball and defends to point

58.6

Bond to Nel, no run, fired in with raw pace outside off, Nel chooses to let it go

South Africa 166/6   SE Bond 13-1-51-3

60.1

Bond to Nel, no run, time for some chin music Mr Nel! Bond thuds it in, the ball climbs on Nel and somehow he manages to get some bat behind the ball and keep it down

60.2

Bond to Nel, 2 runs, tries to work it to the on side, closes the facer of the bat and nearly gets an inside edge onto his pads

60.3

Bond to Nel, FOUR, teases him with a bit if width outside off, Nel was drawn forward and after throwing his bat at it, manages a thick outside edge over the slip cordon

60.4

Bond to Nel, FOUR, thudded in short, Nel goes for the hook and manages to get a top edge. That flew over the keeper and fine leg had no chance

60.5

Bond to Nel, no run, left alone outside off

60.6

Bond to Nel, no run, the slower ball, swings in and turns into a yorker. Nel nearly falls over but manages to keep it down

South Africa 178/6   SE Bond 14-1-61-3

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

62.2

Bond to Nel, 1 run, and Nel manages to get off strike with a confident defensive push just wide of cover

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

62.5

Bond to Nel, OUT, Nel doesn't late very long! Bond lands the ball in the channel outside off, Nel goes for an expansive loft through the line of the ball and gets a feather edge through to Boucher

A Nel c †McCullum b Bond 15 (16m 14b 3x4 0x6) SR: 107.14

62.6

Bond to Harris, no run, goes on the backfoot and defends to point

South Africa 182/7   SE Bond 15-1-64-4

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   SE Bond 16-1-72-4

66.1

Bond to Harris, no run, full and swinging in, Harris gets forward and pushes to mid-off

66.2

Bond to Harris, no run, fuller in length, pushed confidently to the covers

66.3

Bond to Harris, no run, good length, swining in to the batsman, Harris shows his batting skills by getting behind the line and defending

66.4

Bond to Harris, no run, experiments with some chin music! The ball climbs on Harris down the leg side and nearly clips his arm guard en route to McCullum

66.5

Bond to Harris, no run, defended back to Bond

66.6

Bond to Harris, 1 run, Harris gets forward and pushes it just wide of cover with soft hands. Sets off quickly for a single

South Africa 195/7   SE Bond 17-1-73-4
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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