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

1.1

Martin to Smith, no run, starts off with a jaffa outside off, bangs it in on a good length, the ball holds its line after pitching and bounces high. Smith pokes at it and the ball just beats the wood

1.2

Martin to Smith, no run, similar delivery, he's not putting in too much effort, just landing it outside off and letting the pitch do the rest, left alone

1.3

Martin to Smith, no run, maintains the line and length outside off, Smith shoulders arms again

1.4

Martin to Smith, OUT, inside edge! Martin teases Smith yet again outside off. With barely any room to cut, Smith defends away from the body and gets an inside edge onto his leg stump. The leg stump is pushed back

GC Smith b Martin 1 (6m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.50

1.5

Martin to Amla, 2 runs, gets off the mark with a forward push to the off side

1.6

Martin to Amla, no run, lands it on a good length outside off, Amla wisely lets it go

South Africa 3/1   CS Martin 1-0-2-1

3.1

Martin to Amla, no run, good length on off stump, gets it to slant across into the right hander, leaves it to the keeper

3.2

Martin to Amla, no run, slightly fuller, brings Amla forward, the ball gets his high on the pad and Martin lets out and appeal and withdraws

3.3

Martin to Amla, no run, Amla gets some wood on it this time as he pushes it back to the bowler

3.4

Martin to Amla, 2 runs, gets the ball to swing in and Amla works it of his pads, plays with the swing and picks up a couple past the infield in the midwicket region

3.5

Martin to Amla, no run, shifts his line to outside off this time, not much away movement as the ball leaves the batsman through to McCullum

3.6

Martin to Amla, 2 runs, gets the ball to drift in and Amla works it off his pads with ease past square leg for another couple

South Africa 7/1   CS Martin 2-0-6-1

5.1

Martin to Amla, no run, good length around the off stump, Amla gets across and pushes it to mid-on

5.2

Martin to Amla, no run, similar delivery, Amla walks across his stumps and defends with the line of the ball to mid-on

5.3

Martin to Amla, no run, good length outside off and Amla opts to gauge the bounce and pace, lets it go

5.4

Martin to Amla, no run, banged in short outside off at a lively pace, the pitch gets a mighty pounding as the ball bounces high and McCullum takes it close to his face

5.5

Martin to Amla, no run, shifts his length to a fuller one, gets forward and pushes to cover

5.6

Martin to Amla, no run, good length on off and middle, pushed to mid-on

South Africa 9/1   CS Martin 3-1-6-1

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   CS Martin 4-1-10-1

9.1

Martin to Kallis, no run, good restrictive line and length, pitches outside off and Kallis lets it go

9.2

Martin to Kallis, no run, makes Kallis play as he walks across his stumps and pushes it to mid-on

9.3

Martin to Kallis, no run, pacy... 147 kph! thuds it outside off, Kallis gets across and defends with the line to mid-off

9.4

Martin to Kallis, 1 run, drifts on the pads, Kallis tucks it past square leg and the fielder at deep backward square-leg runs across and cuts it off

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   CS Martin 5-1-15-1

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   CS Martin 6-1-19-1

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   CS Martin 7-1-23-1

26.1

Martin to Kallis, no run, begins the over with a bouncer, thuds it in on the off stump line and Kallis ducks

26.2

Martin to Kallis, no run, digs it in short and makes Kallis play this time. The ball bends back in to the right hander and Kallis defends

26.3

Martin to Kallis, no run, dropped! How costly will that be? Martin lands it short of a length on off stump and gets it to kick. Kallis tries to fend and gets a thick outside edge to Papps at second slip. Papps got a hand to it on the dive but the ball slipped away

26.4

Martin to Kallis, no run

26.5

Martin to Kallis, no run, big indrift in to the right-hander, left alone

26.6

Martin to Kallis, FOUR, short, Kallis swivels and hooks. The ball gets his glove and flies over the keeper

South Africa 70/2   CS Martin 8-1-27-1

28.1

Martin to Kallis, 1 run, dropped again! And this was a sitter! Martin digs it in short, Kallis swivels and hooks, the ball is skied to O'Brien at fine leg. He has all the time in the world to take it down his throat but....ends up grabbing at it and the ball lobs off his hands

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

28.6

Martin to Kallis, 1 run, full in length on middle and leg, tries to work it wide of midwicket but ends up placing it to mid-on

South Africa 73/2   CS Martin 9-1-30-1

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   CS Martin 10-1-40-1

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

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   CS Martin 11-2-40-2

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   CS Martin 12-2-48-2

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   CS Martin 13-2-50-2

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   CS Martin 14-3-50-2

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

68.6

Martin to Steyn, FOUR, short of a length outside off, Steyn sticks his bat out and gets a thick outside edge past third slip and gully

South Africa 200/8   CS Martin 15-3-55-2

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

70.6

Martin to Steyn, no run, good length outside off, played down to the off side

South Africa 208/8   CS Martin 16-3-60-2

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

72.3

Martin to Steyn, no run, fullish and in the slot to drive, Steyn drives confidently to the covers

72.4

Martin to Steyn, no run, good length on off and middle, Steyn defends confidently

72.5

Martin to Steyn, no run, adjusts to a fuller length, Steyn gets forward and defends

72.6

Martin to Steyn, no run

South Africa 219/8   CS Martin 17-3-61-2

74.1

Martin to Steyn, no run, dug in short, Steyn goes for a mighty pull but misses

74.2

Martin to Steyn, SIX, Not this time! And this goes the distance. Martin digs it in short, Steyn reads the length early, swivels and pulls off the meat of the bat over long-leg and into the grass embankment

74.3

Martin to Steyn, OUT, And Martin wraps it up! This time he adjusts a length to a fuller one, Steyn goes for another pull, but he succeeds in getting a thick outside edge. McCullum has to stretch his arms high up to take that

DW Steyn c †McCullum b Martin 13 (32m 19b 1x4 1x6) SR: 68.42

South Africa 226/10   CS Martin 17.3-3-67-3
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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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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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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