• BATSMEN
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    3.3 Ntini strikes early! Pitches that on a good length just a shade outside off and comes in towards Jaffer, he half heartedly pokes at it and gets a thick outside edge which travels low to Smith at first slip who dives to his left and grabs it with both hands 16/1
    4.4 what an important wicket for South Africa! Steyn pitches it outside off and gets it to come back inwards, Sehwag shapes to cut but is cramped for room and he manages a thick inside edge onto his offstump 24/2
    13.1 superb delivery and India are staring down the barrel here! Steyn pitches that on a good length in line with offstump, the ball seams away just a shade, a circumspect Dravid shapes to drive straight, misreads the movement and the ball just shaves the top of offstump 53/5
    7.1 costly leave and India are in tatters already! Ntini bowls that from wide of the crease, the ball comes in with the angle, Laxman shapes to leave it and expects it to sail over the offstump but the bounce catches him by surprise as the ball just shaves the top of offstump. The South Africans are ecstatic after losing the toss 30/3
    7.3 It's all happening at Motera! Ntini pitches that on a fullish length in line with offstump, Ganguly doesn't know whether to play at it or just leave it, he's caught in two minds and pokes his bat out rather half heartedly and gets a thick inside edge to peg the middle stump back 30/4
    14.2 terrible shot.... Morlkel sprays that on a full length outside off, the invitation was there for a booming offdrive but Dhoni completely forgot to move his feet, he gets a thick edge and Boucher accepts that with glee 55/6
    not out
    21
    17
    3
    0
    123.52
    14.4 it gets better and better for South Africa! Morkel bangs on in short on the region of offstump and comes back in. Kumble is forced on the hop and fails to fend that off as he chops it onto his middle stump 55/7
    15.4 the downward slide continues.... Steyn, after straying down the leg side the previous two balls, pitches this on middle and leg and gets it to straighten, Harbhajan fails to pick the full delivery and is too late on the flick, the ball hits him on the pads in line with the stumps and Doctrove raises the finger 56/8
    19.3 how does any tailender play that? Steyn bangs it in short of a length on middle, the bounce really squares up RP and the pace too gets the better of him as he tries to fend it off, he fails to keep the ball down and the ball lobs off the top half of his bat and goes to Smith at first slip 76/9
    19.6 Steyn completes the demolition job with a five-for! Steyn pitches this on a good length on offstump and gets it to straighten, Sreesanth is rooted to the crease and gets squared up by the pace, the ball crashes onto the offstump and pegs it back 76/10
    Extras
    19 (b 4, lb 11, nb 2, w 2)
    TOTAL
    76 all out (20 Overs, 109 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    DW Steyn8.022352.8721
    M Ntini6.011833.0000
    M Morkel6.012023.3301
    Fall of wickets:1-16 (W Jaffer, 3.3 ov), 2-24 (V Sehwag, 4.4 ov), 3-30 (VVS Laxman, 7.1 ov), 4-30 (SC Ganguly, 7.3 ov), 5-53 (R Dravid, 13.1 ov), 6-55 (MS Dhoni, 14.2 ov), 7-55 (A Kumble, 14.4 ov), 8-56 (Harbhajan Singh, 15.4 ov), 9-76 (RP Singh, 19.3 ov), 10-76 (S Sreesanth, 19.6 ov)
  • BATSMEN
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    15.3 the change of bowling works and India finally strike! Sreesanth pitches it just outside the line of legstump from over the wicket, Smith stays at the crease and tries to tuck it to the on side, he's struck in line of offstump, Sreesanth pleads and Tony Hill raises his finger after pondering over it for a while 78/1
    23.4 at the stroke of tea.... Harbhajan pitches it outside off and gets turn into the right-hander, McKenzie gets across very hastily but the turn takes a thick outside edge to Dravid at first slip. It was a rare lapse in concentration from McKenzie who looked really solid. He wasn't sure whether to play or leave it 100/2
    25.4 Harbhajan strikes again.... He pushes it flat on middle and leg, he tries to tuck it to the on side but gets a thin edge onto his pad and Jaffer at forward short leg takes a straightforward catch 101/3
    132
    275
    14
    1
    48.00
    109.4 Sreesanth gets the first breakthrough of the day.... He pitches that just outside the off stump and Kallis is in two minds whether to play it or leave it, he opts to shoulder arms but it's too late as he gets a thick inside edge which pegs the middle stump back 373/5
    29.5 India strike back and how.....Harbhajan comes round the wicket to Prince, it pitches just in line with offstump, the ball grips on the surface and straightens, Prince leaves a big gap between pad and bat as he tries to defend and the ball strikes him in line with off stump, Tony Hill has an easy decision 117/4
    not out
    217
    333
    17
    2
    65.16
    128.4 Kumble finally gets a wicket.... Pitches on middle and comes on straight, Boucher opts to stay on the backfoot but the ball skids through a lot quicker and traps him in line with legstump, Doctrove is convinced 439/6
    133.2 plumb.... Bowls from round the wicket and bowls that flatter, Morkel gets forward to defend but leaves gap between pad and bat, the ball straightens and hits him on the backpad in line with legstump. Hill ponders for a while and gives it out 452/7
    not out
    9
    22
    1
    0
    40.90
    Extras
    20 (b 2, lb 14, w 4)
    TOTAL
    494/7d (141.2 Overs, 625 minutes)
    Did not bat: M Ntini, DW Steyn
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    S Sreesanth23.048723.7810
    RP Singh21.028103.8500
    IK Pathan21.238503.9830
    Harbhajan Singh40.0513543.3700
    A Kumble33.027812.3600
    SC Ganguly3.001204.0000
    Fall of wickets:1-78 (GC Smith, 15.3 ov), 2-100 (ND McKenzie, 23.4 ov), 3-101 (HM Amla, 25.4 ov), 4-117 (AG Prince, 29.5 ov), 5-373 (JH Kallis, 109.4 ov), 6-439 (MV Boucher, 128.4 ov), 7-452 (M Morkel, 133.2 ov)
  • BATSMEN
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    7.2 first blood to Ntini, he delivers that from wide of the crease and lands it on a good length just outside the line of offstump and gets it to move in slightly with the angle, Sehwag gets a half stride forward and meets the ball in the middle of the pads in line with middle and leg stumps, Hill is convinced 31/1
    19.6 another one bites the dust..... Kallis pitches it up outside off and gets it to shape away after pitching, it was in the slot to drive but Jaffer fails to cover the line, he ends up getting a thick edge to de Villiers at second slip 70/3
    18.1 shortly after the drinks break... Morkel lands one in short of a length at a very lively pace and gets it to leap on Dravid, he's too late on the hop as he tries to fend it off and only manages a thick outside edge which travels quickly to de Villiers at third slip 64/2
    33.4 Morkel gets a breakthrough against the run of play, he pitches it up much fuller outside off and the ball holds its line, Laxman stays planted to the crease and goes for a cover drive away from his body, Boucher and the rest are convinced he nicked it, Morkel reconfirms with Tony Hill, the stump mics didn't really pick up a sound so it's uncertain whether he edged it or not. The snickometer showed a feather touch so a good decision by Hill 125/4
    69.3 Ganguly goes, that is a big wicket, fullish delivery, not much foot movement as he flashes at it. The outside edge lands in Boucher's hands. Ganguly was quite upset at the decision. There was a puff of dust as the ball left the bat, and the bat may have struck the pitch which might have been the sound the umpire heard. 235/5
    77.5 wild shot and South Africa accept that with glee, Ntini pitches it up wide outside off and invites Dhoni to play a booming cover drive, he stays rooted to the crease and stretches out for the stroke, he gets a thick edge low to Smith at first slip 268/6
    not out
    43
    77
    4
    1
    55.84
    80.5 gives it a lot of air on middle and leg, Kumble is a little late in getting down to the pitch of the ball and it creeps through the gate and hits middle stump 273/7
    86.1 good comeback by Steyn after that shocker, he gets his line spot on and the length is good as it pitches just outside the line of offstump and comes back in, Harbhajan gets a half prod forward and the ball hits him in line with middle stump 292/8
    90.4 after softening him up with bouncers, Steyn bangs in another short one and forces him to play at it, he fends it off uneasily, arches backwards and the edge flies to Kallis who cups his hands at second slip 306/9
    94.2 clips the offstump and it's all over....Sreesanth gives room, dances down the track and attempts another flat-batted biff but he misses and the ball just clips the top of offstump and removes the bails 328/10
    Extras
    24 (b 5, lb 7, nb 5, w 7)
    TOTAL
    328 all out (94.2 Overs, 448 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    DW Steyn23.019133.9520
    M Ntini16.234432.6900
    M Morkel20.008724.3515
    JH Kallis10.032612.6000
    PL Harris25.046812.7200
    Fall of wickets:1-31 (V Sehwag, 7.2 ov), 2-64 (R Dravid, 18.1 ov), 3-70 (W Jaffer, 19.6 ov), 4-125 (VVS Laxman, 33.4 ov), 5-235 (SC Ganguly, 69.3 ov), 6-268 (MS Dhoni, 77.5 ov), 7-273 (A Kumble, 80.5 ov), 8-292 (Harbhajan Singh, 86.1 ov), 9-306 (RP Singh, 90.4 ov), 10-328 (S Sreesanth, 94.2 ov)

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