Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

GC Smith
154(246) 17x4 - 0x6
Control %69%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 2 4 3 0 0
AN Cook
76(125) 12x4 - 0x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 5 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 0 0 5 0 6 5

Best performances - Bowlers

JH Kallis
O15.0
M5
R31
W3
Eco2.06
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
A Flintoff
O20.0
M5
R72
W2
Eco3.60
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

END OF OVER:
80 | 4 Runs | SA: 283/5

  • GC Smith154 (246b)
  • MV Boucher45 (85b)
  • KP Pietersen4-0-16-0
  • MS Panesar33-3-91-2

Well, what a fantastic Test this has been at Edgbaston, with South Africa coming out on top to take the series 2-0 and leave the Oval match a dead rubber. It's the first time since 1965 they have defeated England in a series on English soil and they are worthy winners. Ntini takes a stump now and starts dancing around. Here's Smith. "I don't know what to say. England made us really work hard for it today. We didn't bowl as well yesterday, their batters put the pressure on us. It's a proud day." Is this his best moment? "I've got some individual ones that mean a lot to me but for the team, what we've achieved, it's right up there. England made us fight for this one. If England had won this one the Oval might have been difficult for us. I'm just very happy." And so he should be, it's been a gutsy, gritty and fighting innings, a true captain's knock in the best sense. Thank you for joining us over the course of this Test and do tune in to see if England can salvage a win at the Oval in the fourth and final match next week. Till then, it's goodbye.

79.6
4
Pietersen to Smith, FOUR runs, but he does it finally! Smith pulls it round through midwicket and South Africa have the series! The players are invading the pitch now to start the celebrations, England's body language muted by contrast
79.5
0
Pietersen to Smith, no run, this is half-amusing, half-painful, Smith goes for it again
79.4
0
Pietersen to Smith, no run, on the legs, looks to push it to the legs
79.3
0
Pietersen to Smith, no run, pushed to the covers

Smiles all round, even from Smith

79.2
0
Pietersen to Smith, no run, that would have been a touch ignominous - Smith missing the half-tracker with a big whoosh
79.1
0
Pietersen to Smith, no run, round the wicket, pushed out to the covers and they don't risk it

So it's all eyes on Smith to see if he can finish things off for South Africa now. The team are huddled ready to celebrate winning the game and the series - they've not won a series in England since 1965.

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

GC Smith
154(246) 17x4 - 0x6
Control %69%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 2 4 3 0 0
AN Cook
76(125) 12x4 - 0x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 5 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 0 0 5 0 6 5

Best performances - Bowlers

JH Kallis
O15.0
M5
R31
W3
Eco2.06
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
A Flintoff
O20.0
M5
R72
W2
Eco3.60
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF