Australia in South Africa ODI Series - 2nd ODI

South Africa v Australia

South Africa won by 80 runs

12.55pm "Spare a thought for Marco Simoncelli." Yes, Jordan, time to spare a quiet moment for the young biker as the national anthems are being played in PE. The last time we were here, for an India ODI, we have a power-cut, and the famous steel band played the anthem. This time, though, power is not an issue. The selection of Steve Smith ahead of Mitch Marsh, though, is an issue with our Australian readers. Hardly surprising, both his selection and the general reaction. The Australian management love Smith (fr good or for bad), and we the cricket followers don't. Anyway Hashim Amla and Graeme Smith walk out. Doug Bollinger to bowl. Umpire Shaun George on umpiring debut. Two slips in place

12.30pm Hashim Amla has won the toss and South Africa will bat. He expects the wicket to get slower and lower as the day progresses. It looks like a typically lovely PE day. Warm with the bright sun and pleasant with the breeze from the sea. Michael Clarke predicts Ricky Ponting will be the Man of the Series

12.25pm What I can reveal even before toss is that Shane Watson is back for Australia, and South Africa are unchanged

12.15pm Without revealing the results from rugby, all I want to say is Billy Bowden is one dedicated man. On the day of reckoning for New Zealand rugby, he went to work midway during the final, to officiate in the 87th ODI between India and England this year. Let me tell you, though, it takes more than just dedication to make it as an umpire. Take this quiz to see if you have it

Noon Australia's tour now moves to what is variously described as "the forgotten city" or the "friendly city". Port Elizabeth it is to host the second ODI. I am not going to talk about the rugby. There could be those might have missed it and might want to watch re-runs without knowing the result. The toss at St George's Park is in about half an hour

0.1

Bollinger to Amla, OUT, what a start for Australia. Amla has leading-edged it back to Bollinger. Shaun George wants to check with a replay if Bollinger has overstepped. Replays show he is fine. Amla looks to play the shot that pays his bills, a flick off the pads, but he is a microsecond too early. Remember he himself said he expected a slow wicket. The leading edge is taken, and Bollinger accepts a dolly back

HM Amla c & b Bollinger 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

In comes Jacques Kallis

0.2

Bollinger to Kallis, no run, on target, short of a length, on off, defended to off

0.3

Bollinger to Kallis, no run, short of a length, around off, angling away a touch, defended to cover

0.4

Bollinger to Kallis, no run, fuller, pushed through, Kallis shoulders arms to it

0.5

Bollinger to Kallis, no run, wide outside off, Kallis doesn't go after it

0.6

Bollinger to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis breaks the maiden by tucking this around the corner on the leg side

End of over 1 (1 run) South Africa 1/1 (RR: 1.00)
JH Kallis    1* (5b)      DE Bollinger    1-0-1-1
GC Smith    0* (0b)     

Mitchell Johnson takes the second new ball

1.1

Johnson to Kallis, no run, starts with one angled across Kallis, who lets it be

1.2

Johnson to Kallis, no run, length ball, just outside off, presses forward to defend it to cover

The steel band has arrived at St George's Park. I can hear them

1.3

Johnson to Kallis, no run, short of a length, outside off, shoulders arms to it

1.4

Johnson to Kallis, SIX, short, swift too, 145ks, Kallis is slightly hurried into the hook from chest high. Skiddy bounce there. He has used the pace really well, it's gone for a six into the wind, well square of long leg

1.5

Johnson to Kallis, no run, short of a length, widish, pushed to cover-point

1.6

Johnson to Kallis, FOUR, wide half-volley, leans into it, and drives it magnificently between mid-off and extra cover. Oh how easy Kallis makes them look

End of over 2 (10 runs) South Africa 11/1 (RR: 5.50)
JH Kallis    11* (11b 1x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    1-0-10-0
GC Smith    0* (0b)      DE Bollinger    1-0-1-1

2.1

Bollinger to Smith, 1 wide, bouncer down the leg side, easy call of a wide

2.1

Bollinger to Smith, no run, whoa, that kicks from just short of a length. Smith has to arch back to get out of the way. On second viewing it didn't look that dangerous, as it was widish and came only chest high. He stays out of the way, though

2.2

Bollinger to Smith, 1 run, bunts this wide of pint to get off the mark

2.3

Bollinger to Kallis, no run, angling away, stays on the crease, and punches this square, to point

2.4

Bollinger to Kallis, no run, short, outside off, wristily defended back to the bowler

2.5

Bollinger to Kallis, no run, slower short ball, 127ks, outside off, Kallis looks to pull but it squeezes under his bat

2.6

Bollinger to Kallis, FOUR, lovely off-drive. This is hardly a half-volley, but he meets it with a straight bat, on the up, and sends it speeding between the bowler and mid-off

End of over 3 (6 runs) South Africa 17/1 (RR: 5.66)
JH Kallis    15* (15b 2x4 1x6)      DE Bollinger    2-0-7-1
GC Smith    1* (2b)      MG Johnson    1-0-10-0

3.1

Johnson to Smith, no run, length ball, on off, flicked away to short midwicket

3.2

Johnson to Smith, 1 run, Smith's strong bottom hand sends this past short midwicket, from outside off

3.3

Johnson to Kallis, 1 bye, the pitch is a touch two-paced. This is short of a length, outside off, digs in the surface, moves away, beats the edge, falls in short of Haddin, and allows a bye

3.4

Johnson to Smith, 1 run, length ball, angling in, worked away for a single

3.5

Johnson to Kallis, no run, accurate length ball, no room, pushed to leg

3.6

Johnson to Kallis, no run, length ball, starts outside off, angles away, left alone

End of over 4 (3 runs) South Africa 20/1 (RR: 5.00)
JH Kallis    15* (18b 2x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    2-0-12-0
GC Smith    3* (5b)      DE Bollinger    2-0-7-1

4.1

Bollinger to Smith, 1 run, walks across to this, clips it off the pads, from outside off, for a single

4.2

Bollinger to Kallis, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched to cover

Firdose informs me, "CSA have this friends and followers tent, where they reward supporters and it almost blew away so they'v had to take it down and move them"

4.3

Bollinger to Kallis, 1 run, short of a length, on off, flicked away to deep square leg

4.4

Bollinger to Smith, 1 run, bouncer, 144.5ks, on off, chest high, pulls it, and keeps it down

4.5

Bollinger to Kallis, FOUR, short and wide, Kallis sits back and cuts the leather off it. Neither point nor third man has a chance

4.6

Bollinger to Kallis, FOUR, this is an even better shot. Gets a length ball on off, presses half-forward, closes the face late, providing the whip with the wrists, placing it wide of mid-on

End of over 5 (11 runs) South Africa 31/1 (RR: 6.20)
JH Kallis    24* (22b 4x4 1x6)      DE Bollinger    3-0-18-1
GC Smith    5* (7b)      MG Johnson    2-0-12-0

Pat Cummins to bowl now. Just the one wide slip

5.1

Cummins to Smith, no run, starts with a length ball at 141k, Smith defends in front of off

5.2

Cummins to Smith, FOUR, slightly slower, slightly fuller, he drives in front of his body, but drives emphatically, between mid-off and extra cover

5.3

Cummins to Smith, no run, short of a length, around the hip area, 145ks, tucked away fine to short fine leg

5.4

Cummins to Smith, no run, there the bottom hand shows up, looks to drive this widish delivery, plays away from the body, and the face closes to mis-hit it back to Cummins

5.5

Cummins to Smith, no run, short of a length, on off, pushed to midwicket

5.6

Cummins to Smith, no run, lenght ball, outside off, pushes forward to defend with an open face

End of over 6 (4 runs) South Africa 35/1 (RR: 5.83)
GC Smith    9* (13b 1x4)      PJ Cummins    1-0-4-0
JH Kallis    24* (22b 4x4 1x6)      DE Bollinger    3-0-18-1

Tim: "First they drop Pattinson and now Marsh. Watch out Cummins. Aussie selectors only like young players who don't perform. (I'm not gonna name names. But you know who I'm talking about)". Here's Watson

6.1

Watson to Kallis, no run, length, on the pads, takes the leading edge, towards mid-on

6.2

Watson to Kallis, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, runs it down for a single

6.3

Watson to Smith, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched away square to point

"I must say even with all the innovative shots we see these days there is nothing quite like watching classic Kallis play his strokes. Pure class" And Garreth, he hardly seems like having to try

6.4

Watson to Smith, no run, here's a grubber outside off. Doesn't come up at all, from short of a length. Had this been stumps, Smith would have been making the walk back

6.5

Watson to Smith, no run, half-volley, looks to muscle this down the ground, ends up hitting it back to Watson

6.6

Watson to Smith, no run, length ball, on off, pushes forward, defends to cover

End of over 7 (1 run) South Africa 36/1 (RR: 5.14)
GC Smith    9* (17b 1x4)      SR Watson    1-0-1-0
JH Kallis    25* (24b 4x4 1x6)      PJ Cummins    1-0-4-0

"I'd love to see an ODI tri-series between Australia, SA and England, with every game played at the WACA. Oh wow, pace bowling heaven!" Gareth, I though WACA had lost it of late. I hope not, though

7.1

Cummins to Kallis, no run, full delivery, on off, pushed back to Cummins

7.2

Cummins to Kallis, no run, length ball, on off, push-driven to mid-off

7.3

Cummins to Kallis, no run, slightly shorter, angling in towards off, Kallis is half-forward to defend

7.4

Cummins to Kallis, 1 leg bye, angling down the leg side, Kallis fails to make connection, but Haddin makes a superb acrobatic save to prevent four leg-byes. That's real good work, full length to his left, and behind his body

7.5

Cummins to Smith, no run, full, on off, driven to mid-off

A wide slip and a short midwicket

7.6

Cummins to Smith, no run, short of a length, outside off, seems to hurry onto him, 145ks, defended square

Two-paced wicket. Most are stopping and coming, a few hurry on

End of over 8 (1 run, maiden) South Africa 37/1 (RR: 4.62)
GC Smith    9* (19b 1x4)      PJ Cummins    2-1-4-0
JH Kallis    25* (28b 4x4 1x6)      SR Watson    1-0-1-0

8.1

Watson to Kallis, 1 run, length, angling in, pushed past short midwicket

8.2

Watson to Smith, no run, length, wide outside off, plays with an open face, can't beat point

8.3

Watson to Smith, 1 leg bye, short of a length, hits the pad in front of leg, appeals for leg-before. Can't be out because this pitches well outside leg. They take the leg-bye

8.4

Watson to Kallis, no run, pitched up, outside off, Kallis presses forward and defends

8.5

Watson to Kallis, 1 run, length ball, outside off, holds its line, Kallis opens the face and takes a single

8.6

Watson to Smith, 1 run, length ball, on leg, flicked away for a single past midwicket

End of over 9 (4 runs) South Africa 41/1 (RR: 4.55)
GC Smith    10* (22b 1x4)      SR Watson    2-0-4-0
JH Kallis    27* (31b 4x4 1x6)      PJ Cummins    2-1-4-0

9.1

Cummins to Smith, no run, played square on the off side, can't beat point

9.2

Cummins to Smith, no run, short of a length, speeds through, beats his attempt to run it down behind square. No feet

9.3

Cummins to Smith, 1 run, Smith opens the front leg early, and drives a length ball wide of mid-off for one

9.4

Cummins to Kallis, 2 runs, angling into the pads, deflected to the left of short fine. Doherty makes a diving save, but the ball hits the hand and ricochets to deep square to allow them the second

9.5

Cummins to Kallis, FOUR, Kallis is having one of them days. Length ball, middle and leg, he lofts this over mid-on. Effortless, just goes through the line of the ball. Clears mid-on comfortably

9.6

Cummins to Kallis, 1 run, full, swinging in late, near yorker, clipped away past square leg

End of over 10 (8 runs) South Africa 49/1 (RR: 4.90)
JH Kallis    34* (34b 5x4 1x6)      PJ Cummins    3-1-12-0
GC Smith    11* (25b 1x4)      SR Watson    2-0-4-0

We get a fresh pair of bails. Not sure why. Xavier Doherty to bowl now

10.1

Doherty to Kallis, no run, overpitched on the pads, pushed to midwicket

One slip in place

10.2

Doherty to Kallis, 1 run, too full again, pushed for an easy single to cover

10.3

Doherty to Smith, 1 run, overpitched, outside off, driven to long-on for one

10.4

Doherty to Kallis, 1 run, length ball, angling into the pads, pushed to mid-on who is at the edge of the circle

10.5

Doherty to Smith, 1 run, short, stays low, but he punches it to long-on for one

"Heavier bails have been brought out, the light one's have been blowing off" Thanks David

10.6

Doherty to Kallis, no run, full, on the stumps, drives to leg, but can't beat short midwicket

End of over 11 (4 runs) South Africa 53/1 (RR: 4.81)
JH Kallis    36* (38b 5x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    1-0-4-0
GC Smith    13* (27b 1x4)      PJ Cummins    3-1-12-0

"Kallis isn't having 'one of them days', it's more like 'one of them decades'. His form over the last four years especially has been rivalled only by the great man Tendulkar. I bet England wished Kallis was one of their South African imports." Strong point, GK

11.1

Cummins to Smith, no run, that's sharp, although the speed gun shows only 141ks. Pitches short of a length, beats him for pace, and hits the thigh pad

11.2

Cummins to Smith, 2 runs, full, outside off, the bottom hand comes in, resulting in a thick inside edge for a couple square of long leg

11.3

Cummins to Smith, FOUR, wide outside off, not a half-volley, but he stretches forward, covers the line, and push-drives it with an open face, between mid-off and extra cover. No feet, but arms and hands do the job

11.4

Cummins to Smith, 2 runs, tucked away off the hip, between long leg and deep square, comes back for two. The throw has to come into the wind, so it's an easy second

11.5

Cummins to Smith, FOUR, that is close to what Smith wants to do. Length ball, wide, with roo, he pushes forward, the foot gets close to the line of the ball, and then drives on the up. Between mid-off and extra cover. That's not bad for a predominantly leg-side player

11.6

Cummins to Smith, no run, slower ball, on off, angling away slightly, opens the face on it, can't beat point

End of over 12 (12 runs) South Africa 65/1 (RR: 5.41)
GC Smith    25* (33b 3x4)      PJ Cummins    4-1-24-0
JH Kallis    36* (38b 5x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    1-0-4-0

12.1

Doherty to Kallis, 1 run, full, middle and off, driven past Doherty for one

12.2

Doherty to Smith, 1 run, length ball, just outside off, stays back to dab it fine of short third for a single

12.3

Doherty to Kallis, no run, slight drift with this one, but too full again. Pushed to short midwicket

12.4

Doherty to Kallis, no run, looks to cut, but the ball stops at him, ends up hitting it to cover

12.5

Doherty to Kallis, no run, beautiful shot as he takes this from outside leg to go inside-out, but Clarke makes a diving save at cover

12.6

Doherty to Kallis, 1 run, driven down to long-on for one

End of over 13 (3 runs) South Africa 68/1 (RR: 5.23)
JH Kallis    38* (43b 5x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    2-0-7-0
GC Smith    26* (34b 3x4)      PJ Cummins    4-1-24-0

Johnson comes back

13.1

Johnson to Kallis, no run, full, on off, holds its line, gets an inside edge towards mid-on

13.2

Johnson to Kallis, no run, huge shout for lbw, not given, and they have decided to not review it after a long deliberation. This did seem to hold its line so it could have been really close. It pitched on a length, hit Kallis in front, but the replays show only a quarter of the ball pitched inside the line of leg. That wouldn't have been reversed on the review

13.3

Johnson to Kallis, 1 run, worked away off the pads for a single

13.4

Johnson to Smith, no run, tries the hook, early into it, gets a bottom edge onto the body

13.5

Johnson to Smith, no run, wristily hit off a length, but can't beat short midwicket

13.6

Johnson to Smith, no run, another whip from around off, and again finds short midwicket

End of over 14 (1 run) South Africa 69/1 (RR: 4.92)
GC Smith    26* (37b 3x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-13-0
JH Kallis    39* (46b 5x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    2-0-7-0

14.1

Doherty to Kallis, no run, turn now. Tossed up outside off, not overpitched, gives it time to turn, and that beats the edge

14.2

Doherty to Kallis, no run, full again, defended back to the bowler

14.3

Doherty to Kallis, FOUR, too full, Kallis opens up slightly and mercilessly sweeps this by the square leg umpire. Bisects the two deep men

14.4

Doherty to Kallis, 1 run, pushed to sweeper-cover for one

14.5

Doherty to Smith, no run, pushed through, off and middle, stays back and defends

14.6

Doherty to Smith, 1 run, clipped away off the pads, retains strike

End of over 15 (6 runs) South Africa 75/1 (RR: 5.00)
GC Smith    27* (39b 3x4)      XJ Doherty    3-0-13-0
JH Kallis    44* (50b 6x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    3-0-13-0

15.1

Johnson to Smith, 1 run, full, outside off, moves across and whips it past midwicket

"Ok, so why the hell isn't Smith bowling on this slowish, two paced, Adelaide-like pitch?" Jonesy this looks drier than Adelaide, and I a sure Smith will be brought on today. If not here, where?

15.2

Johnson to Kallis, 1 run, clipped away off the pads

15.3

Johnson to Smith, 1 run, length ball, on off, driven to the right of mid-on, Smith almost runs into Johnson. He then moves away, but after completing the run he has a polite word and finger-pointing or two. The crowd loves it too

15.4

Johnson to Kallis, 1 run, clipped away to deep midwicket for a single

15.5

Johnson to Smith, 1 leg bye, Johnson has missed a relatively easy run-out. This hits the pads, doesn't go far, Kallis wants the single, Smith doesn't start. Belatedly he goes. Johnson has enough time to lob the ball back but he goes for a direct hit. It's a wild throw, doesn't even land on the pitch

15.6

Johnson to Kallis, 1 run, driven to sweeper-cover for single. Amid all the chaos, Kallis serenely keeps scoring

End of over 16 (6 runs) South Africa 81/1 (RR: 5.06)
JH Kallis    47* (53b 6x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    4-0-18-0
GC Smith    29* (42b 3x4)      XJ Doherty    3-0-13-0

Watson comes back to bowl

16.1

Watson to Kallis, no run, length ball outside off, pushes with an open face, can't beat point

Haddin comes up to the stumps. My apologies for missing it, but Australia opted for their Powerplay at the start of the 16th over

16.2

Watson to Kallis, 1 run, short of a length, doesn't come up, but he pulls it away to deep midwicket

16.3

Watson to Smith, 1 run, short of a length, wide, runs this down to third man for one

16.4

Watson to Kallis, 1 run, runs this down off the face of the bat, gets a single to third man

16.5

Watson to Smith, 1 run, length ball on the pads, closes the face to take a single to deep square

16.6

Watson to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis smoothly moves to another fifty, picking this off the hip, taking a single to deep square. His 100th score of 50 or more in ODIs

End of over 17 (5 runs) South Africa 86/1 (RR: 5.05)
JH Kallis    50* (57b 6x4 1x6)      SR Watson    3-0-9-0
GC Smith    31* (44b 3x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-18-0

"It's a wild throw, doesn't even land on the pitch... I've heard that about Johnson before somewhere." Matthew, if you mean that's what he does when he runs up to the wicket and lets the ball go, then you are alleging him of more serious things than just being off target

17.1

Johnson to Kallis, 1 run, dabs it down to third man for another single

17.2

Johnson to Smith, no run, length ball, outside off, defended with an open face

17.3

Johnson to Smith, 2 runs, full, on the pads, whipped away square of deep square leg, where our man Steve Smith makes a diving save

17.4

Johnson to Smith, 1 run, slower ball, cutting into the pads, checks the shot well, takes a single wide of midwicket

17.5

Johnson to Kallis, no run, short of a length, on off, cuts away, squares him up, defended to cover

17.6

Johnson to Kallis, 1 run, runs this one behind square for a single

End of over 18 (5 runs) South Africa 91/1 (RR: 5.05)
JH Kallis    52* (60b 6x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    5-0-23-0
GC Smith    34* (47b 3x4)      SR Watson    3-0-9-0

18.1

Watson to Kallis, 1 run, this one kicks off a length, hits the seam and jumps, hits the top six inches of the bat, outside off, and runs to third man

18.2

Watson to Smith, FOUR, that's some shot for somebody as bottom-handed as Smith. Jumps out of the crease, gives himself room, drives inside-out, between mid-off and extra cover

18.3

Watson to Smith, 1 run, and dabs this square for a single

18.4

Watson to Kallis, 1 run, this is taken from inside Haddin's gloves, runs it fine to third man for another single

18.5

Watson to Smith, FOUR, thick edge, Smith won't mind it. Watson hits the seam again, and there is extra bounce as Smith looks to cut. The edge flies fine, and Watson is down on his haunches. Century partnership up

The back injury seems to have made a comeback, and he is walking off the field. He grabbed his left hip area immediately after letting the ball go. If he bats, he won't get a runner

Michael Clarke to complete the over

18.6

Clarke to Smith, 1 wide, fires in a wide outside leg

18.6

Clarke to Smith, 1 run, overpitched, on the pads, clipped away to deep midwicket

End of over 19 (13 runs) South Africa 104/1 (RR: 5.47)
GC Smith    44* (51b 5x4)      MJ Clarke    0.1-0-2-0
JH Kallis    54* (62b 6x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    5-0-23-0

19.1

Johnson to Smith, no run, short of a length, on off, tries to run it fine, the slowness means he ends up hitting it to point

19.2

Johnson to Smith, 2 runs, full, on the pads, flicked away square, Smith makes another diving save to save two runs here

"That's the old hip flexor injury for you - Very easy to re-injury if you return too quickly." Seems exactly like that, Sutty

19.3

Johnson to Smith, 1 run, full, on the pads, picked away for a single

19.4

Johnson to Kallis, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, opens the face, takes the single

19.5

Johnson to Smith, 1 run, punched away to sweeper-cover for one

19.6

Johnson to Kallis, no run, just short of a length, no room, Kallis again tries that third man single, but there is no room available

End of over 20 (5 runs) South Africa 109/1 (RR: 5.45)
JH Kallis    55* (64b 6x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    6-0-28-0
GC Smith    48* (55b 5x4)      MJ Clarke    0.1-0-2-0

"Surely Clarke should have got Steve smith to bowl those last two balls just to say that he bowled him to justify his place as an 'allrounder'" Superlatives for Smith keep coming. This from Brad

20.1

Doherty to Smith, no run, length on off, pushed to midwicket

He is bowling round the stumps

20.2

Doherty to Smith, 1 run, flighted on off, guided into the leg side for a single

20.3

Doherty to Kallis, no run, flighted, middle and leg, turns, hits the edge, wide of keeper

20.4

Doherty to Kallis, no run, more turn, but this time Kallis has it under control, guiding it to point

20.5

Doherty to Kallis, 3 runs, quicker, fuller, down the leg, Kallis is quick to paddle it delicately, past the keeper, to the right of fine leg

20.6

Doherty to Smith, no run, tossed up outside off, closes the face on it, to midwicket

End of over 21 (4 runs) South Africa 113/1 (RR: 5.38)
GC Smith    49* (58b 5x4)      XJ Doherty    4-0-17-0
JH Kallis    58* (67b 6x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    6-0-28-0

"Everyone should stop giving Smith such a hard time. He's doing his job well, stopping boundaries, as the specialist fielder." Tom is all serious. Bollinger comes back. One wide slip in place

21.1

Bollinger to Kallis, 1 run, full toss outside off, driven to long-off

21.2

Bollinger to Smith, no run, full and wide, holds its line, beats the outside edge. No feet here

21.3

Bollinger to Smith, no run, jumps out, across, outside off, the ball is even wider, and beats the outside edge again

21.4

Bollinger to Smith, 1 run, length ball outside off, crashes it to sweeper-cover to get to 50. He is feeling his way back to form, and the whole ground stands up and applauds. Smith takes time to acknowledge the support

21.5

Bollinger to Kallis, no run, slower ball, outside off, looks to run it down, but early into the dab, bottom-edging it

21.6

Bollinger to Kallis, 1 run, length ball, pushed to deepish mid-off for one

End of over 22 (3 runs) South Africa 116/1 (RR: 5.27)
JH Kallis    60* (70b 6x4 1x6)      DE Bollinger    4-0-21-1
GC Smith    50* (61b 5x4)      XJ Doherty    4-0-17-0

Doherty continues. He has generally been too full, not giving it enough time to turn

22.1

Doherty to Kallis, no run, overpitched on off, pushed to cover

22.2

Doherty to Kallis, no run, driven on the up, to extra cover

22.3

Doherty to Kallis, SIX, this has got nothing to do with the way the ball is bowled. Kallis seemed t have made his mind he would hit a six over midwicket this ball. And he does. Goes on a knee, sweeps in front of square, a fullish ball, goes for a parallel and big six

22.4

Doherty to Kallis, FOUR, this is slightly shorter, and grips and turns, but the outside edge beats both keeper and short third man

22.5

Doherty to Kallis, no run, defended to cover this time

22.6

Doherty to Kallis, 1 run, closes the face on this to take a single to square leg

End of over 23 (11 runs) South Africa 127/1 (RR: 5.52)
JH Kallis    71* (76b 7x4 2x6)      XJ Doherty    5-0-28-0
GC Smith    50* (61b 5x4)      DE Bollinger    4-0-21-1

23.1

Bollinger to Kallis, no run, full and wide, driven straight to extra cover

"We probably have enough material now to start a Steve Smith Joke book!" Okakaboka, I haven't published your earlier emails, for they might have a demoralising impact on Smith if he happens to read them later

23.2

Bollinger to Kallis, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, pushed wide of short midwicket

23.3

Bollinger to Smith, FOUR, that's his fourth boundary between mid-off and extra cover. This is an extraordinary innings from Smith. Leaves the crease, makes room, sends it crashing between the two men

23.4

Bollinger to Smith, 1 run, this short ball chases him as he backs away, but he still manages a single to deep square

23.5

Bollinger to Kallis, 1 run, punched away square for a single, Haddin shouts in the background, "One wicket boys"

23.6

Bollinger to Smith, no run, good yorker, 141ks, in front of off and middle, he digs it out well

End of over 24 (7 runs) South Africa 134/1 (RR: 5.58)
GC Smith    55* (64b 6x4)      DE Bollinger    5-0-28-1
JH Kallis    73* (79b 7x4 2x6)      XJ Doherty    5-0-28-0

24.1

Doherty to Kallis, no run, more turn, this is flat too, pitches in front off and breaks away, beats the edge

24.2

Doherty to Kallis, no run, even more turn, flat again, on off and middle, beats the drive, misses the off stump by inches. A slight puff of dust too

Slip in now

24.3

Doherty to Kallis, no run, short of a length, on off, stays back to defend

24.4

Doherty to Kallis, 1 run, paddled away from well outside off, moves away from the strike. It should be easier for Smith to face the left-arm spinner, who will bring the ball into him

Stays round the wicket

24.5

Doherty to Smith, 1 run, swept away from well outside off, gets a single to long leg

24.6

Doherty to Kallis, no run, full, on off, hit back to the bowler

End of over 25 (2 runs) South Africa 136/1 (RR: 5.44)
JH Kallis    74* (84b 7x4 2x6)      XJ Doherty    6-0-30-0
GC Smith    56* (65b 6x4)      DE Bollinger    5-0-28-1

"Can you give Telstra a warning just before Smith bowls so they can move the satellite?" No will be the time to do it, Okakaboka. Here comes Steven to prove all of us wrong

25.1

Smith to Smith, 4 byes, beaten first ball. Smith is drawn out to play a really full delivery, misses it, but it goes between Haddin's legs. Nearly a yorker for him, so only a half chance for the stumping

25.2

Smith to Smith, no run, tries the reverse sweep outside off, beaten

25.3

Smith to Smith, 1 run, sweeps this square, all along the ground for one

25.4

Smith to Kallis, 1 run, full, middle and leg, driven to long-on for one

25.5

Smith to Smith, OUT, Smith reviews this, Steven that is. Graeme has once again tried that cute reverse-sweep, misses, Haddin and Steven go up immediately. Umpire says no. Smith reviews immediately. The replays suggest a tiny little noise noise as the ball passes the glove, but there is no visual confirmation in normal replays. The Hot Spot, though, confirms a touch on the glove, and off goes Graeme

GC Smith c †Haddin b Smith 57 (117m 69b 6x4 0x6) SR: 82.60

Steven Smith has taken a wicket first over, and even though it is a poor shot, a reverse smith, from Graeme Smith, I am going to the loo to wash some egg off my face. All the other Aussies?

In comes JP Duminy

25.6

Smith to Duminy, no run, flighted outside off, Duminy is well outside off to defend it to cover

End of over 26 (6 runs) South Africa 142/2 (RR: 5.46)
JP Duminy    0* (1b)      SPD Smith    1-0-2-1
JH Kallis    75* (85b 7x4 2x6)      XJ Doherty    6-0-30-0

"Well after all that bagging and degrading Steve had to get SOME success. It wouldn't have been too hard to exceed expectations considering how low expectations of him have become" Boris makes me feel better

26.1

Doherty to Kallis, no run, full, on off, defended off the front foot

26.2

Doherty to Kallis, no run, short of a length, pushed to cover

26.3

Doherty to Kallis, 1 run, OUT, more misjudgement from South Africa. After G Smith's too-cute-by-half reverse-sweep, Kallis has run himself out trying a cute second. Tries the paddle sweep, the top edge clears the keeper, but has hardly crossed the 30-yard circle. Clarke from slip runs back and fields and hits the stumps direct. So far short is Kallis he might have been out had Haddin to collect and remove the bails

JH Kallis run out 76 (118m 88b 7x4 2x6) SR: 86.36

Faff du Plessis comes in

26.4

Doherty to du Plessis, no run, full, on the pads, defended to leg

26.5

Doherty to du Plessis, 1 run, forces this square on the off side, past point, gets a single

26.6

Doherty to Duminy, no run, tossed up outside off, presses forward to block it back to the bowler

End of over 27 (2 runs) South Africa 144/3 (RR: 5.33)
JP Duminy    0* (2b)      XJ Doherty    7-0-32-0
F du Plessis    1* (2b)      SPD Smith    1-0-2-1

"Steve smith = Underrated bowler who takes all the crap for being bad even though he only bowls once every three games" Matt has deciphered the enigma

27.1

Smith to du Plessis, no run, defended solidly off the front foot

27.2

Smith to du Plessis, no run, defended to cover

27.3

Smith to du Plessis, no run, flat, quick, no turn, hits the pad

27.4

Smith to du Plessis, 1 run, charges at him and drives, Warner gets a bad bounce at cover

27.5

Smith to Duminy, no run, too full, hit back to the bowler

27.6

Smith to Duminy, no run, tossed up outside off, holds its line, left alone

End of over 28 (1 run) South Africa 145/3 (RR: 5.17)
JP Duminy    0* (4b)      SPD Smith    2-0-3-1
F du Plessis    2* (6b)      XJ Doherty    7-0-32-0

"Any updates on Watto? it terrifies me when I see "Watson" and "injured" in the same sentence. A sense of De ja Vu" Caino, if he doesn't come back to field, he might have to bat at No. 7. I am sure they are not going to risk him for an ODI

28.1

Doherty to du Plessis, no run, defended to cover

28.2

Doherty to du Plessis, no run, angled into the pads, defended to leg

28.3

Doherty to du Plessis, no run, comes down the track, drives handsomely, can't beat cover

28.4

Doherty to du Plessis, FOUR, more turn for Xman, this is flat and quick, takes the edge, and goes between keeper and slip. Fortunate runs

28.5

Doherty to du Plessis, no run, nearly gets him again, slows this one down, Faff looks to play it to leg, gets a soft leading edge that goes nowhere

28.6

Doherty to du Plessis, no run, quick on off, defended to cover

End of over 29 (4 runs) South Africa 149/3 (RR: 5.13)
F du Plessis    6* (12b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    8-0-36-0
JP Duminy    0* (4b)      SPD Smith    2-0-3-1

29.1

Smith to Duminy, 1 run, clipped off the pads for a single

29.2

Smith to du Plessis, no run, full, on the pads, flicked to midwicket

29.3

Smith to du Plessis, 1 run, full, on the pad, clipped away for an easy single square on the on side

29.4

Smith to Duminy, no run, lovely googly, Duminy has no clue about it and pushes forward, but what seems an edge has come off the back pad

29.5

Smith to Duminy, 1 run, low full toss, swept away

29.6

Smith to du Plessis, 1 run, turned around the corner for a single

End of over 30 (4 runs) South Africa 153/3 (RR: 5.10)
F du Plessis    8* (15b 1x4)      SPD Smith    3-0-7-1
JP Duminy    2* (7b)      XJ Doherty    8-0-36-0

30.1

Doherty to du Plessis, no run, quick, full, on the pads, defended

30.2

Doherty to du Plessis, FOUR, slower through the air, du Plessis comes down the track, right down to the pitch, drives it inside-out, and this time he also manages to beat cover

30.3

Doherty to du Plessis, no run, slower through the air, pushes forward and efends

30.4

Doherty to du Plessis, no run, flatter, quicker, pushed back to the bowler

30.5

Doherty to du Plessis, OUT, he has walked past this one. This is superbly bowled. He jumps out of the crease again, Doherty gets a little bit of drift, a little of dip, which opens him up slightly. He is not close to the pitch now, and ends up feeling for the ball. It pitches one a length in front of leg, turns away, beats the bats and the stumps. Haddin does the rest

F du Plessis st †Haddin b Doherty 12 (12m 20b 2x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

In comes David Miller

30.6

Doherty to Miller, 1 run, moves across to the first ball he faces, sees it's short, stays back, and pushes it into the on side for a single

End of over 31 (5 runs) South Africa 158/4 (RR: 5.09)
DA Miller    1* (1b)      XJ Doherty    9-0-41-1
JP Duminy    2* (7b)      SPD Smith    3-0-7-1

31.1

Smith to Miller, SIX, Miller counterattacks. The second ball he faces. Comes down the track, right to the pitch of the ball, and smashes it for a parallel six over long-off

31.2

Smith to Miller, 1 run, short on middle and leg, pulled away for one

Clarke whistles and whistles, as he has communication troubles with mid-on. He wants him half-way between 30 yards and boundary rope

31.3

Smith to Duminy, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, defended to leg

31.4

Smith to Duminy, 4 byes, We have a mystery bowler on our hands. Duminy Haddin and Clarke, all beaten. Full ball, outside off, goes straight on. Duminy misses the sweep. Haddin misses the collection. Clarke doesn't have enough time to get to his right

31.5

Smith to Duminy, no run, leaves the crease with defence on his mind, pushing it back to Smith

31.6

Smith to Duminy, no run, this could be a googly, beats Duminy's toe end as he looks to cut

End of over 32 (11 runs) South Africa 169/4 (RR: 5.28)
JP Duminy    2* (11b)      SPD Smith    4-0-14-1
DA Miller    8* (3b 1x6)      XJ Doherty    9-0-41-1

32.1

Doherty to Miller, no run, moves forward to defend this back to the bowler

32.2

Doherty to Miller, 1 run, waits for this to turn in, dabs it slightly wide of point for one

32.3

Doherty to Duminy, no run, tossed up outside off, comes down the track and kicks it away

32.4

Doherty to Duminy, 1 run, flatter, he stays back, and places it wide of point

Round the wicket now

32.5

Doherty to Miller, no run, length ball, on the pads, can't beat short fine leg

32.6

Doherty to Miller, no run, Shaun George's first big decision in ODIs has been challenged. He has given Miller lbw. This is angled away, pitching appreciably outside off, then turns against the angle, seems to me to have hit him outside the line. George has given it, though. Hot Spot deliberates over an inside edge even before we get to check the line of it. There is a faint small minuscule white mark on the inside edge. Shaun George stands corrected

End of over 33 (2 runs) South Africa 171/4 (RR: 5.18)
DA Miller    9* (7b 1x6)      XJ Doherty    10-0-43-1
JP Duminy    3* (13b)      SPD Smith    4-0-14-1

33.1

Smith to Duminy, 1 run, short, outside off, punched down the ground for one

33.2

Smith to Miller, no run, short of a length, on off, defended back to the bowler

33.3

Smith to Miller, no run, he is pressing forward, Smith is keeping them just short of driving length. Defended back

33.4

Smith to Miller, 1 run, this is short and wide, muscled to long-off for one

33.5

Smith to Duminy, 1 run, overpitched, on the pads, glanced away fine for a single

33.6

Smith to Miller, 1 run, short, just outside off, cut away for a single

End of over 34 (4 runs) South Africa 175/4 (RR: 5.14)
DA Miller    11* (11b 1x6)      SPD Smith    5-0-18-1
JP Duminy    5* (15b)      XJ Doherty    10-0-43-1

"What is the probability the Bye total will be higher than what Haddin makes with the bat?" Okakaboka, I don't think this will help Brad pull off a one-handed blinder off a thick inside edge. As we prepare for the batting PP, here is Cummins

34.1

Cummins to Miller, 1 run, length ball, on off, pushed with soft hands, gets a single before extra cover can intervene

34.2

Cummins to Duminy, no run, length ball, just outside off, hits the inside half of the bat

34.3

Cummins to Duminy, no run, pushed straight to straight midwicket, sent back

34.4

Cummins to Duminy, no run, slower short ball, doesn't bouncer high, Duminy knows nothing about it and stands and watches helplessly

34.5

Cummins to Duminy, no run, full, outside off, driven to mid-off

34.6

Cummins to Duminy, no run, quick length ball, 144ks, no room, hits him high on the bat, comes back to him

End of over 35 (1 run) South Africa 176/4 (RR: 5.02)
JP Duminy    5* (20b)      PJ Cummins    5-1-25-0
DA Miller    12* (12b 1x6)      SPD Smith    5-0-18-1

Powerplay time. Smith was ready to bowl, but he is taken off. "Okaboka's on fire tonight! Maybe he should join the channel 9 or Fox Sports commentary team???" Matt, or Cricinfo. We love us some bitter humour. Anyway back to the field. All boundary riders on the leg side

35.1

Johnson to Miller, 3 wides, and he bowls full and wide, well down the leg side, Haddin can't get there

35.1

Johnson to Miller, FOUR, what a top shot, not so smart with the ball, though. He has a strong on-side field, and bowls a wide length ball. Smacked between cover and extra cover

Now we have a deep cover

35.2

Johnson to Miller, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, punched to sweeper-cover for one

35.3

Johnson to Duminy, 1 run, slower ball, 125ks, driven with an open face, hands over the strike

35.4

Johnson to Miller, FOUR, Miller is hurting Australia here. Short of a length, outside off, and he delays the shot, and delicately opens the face to beat short third man

35.5

Johnson to Miller, 4 leg byes, poor bowling, full, wide down the leg side, and had Miller's pads not deflected this, Haddin would have been tested to keep it under five wides

35.6

Johnson to Miller, 2 runs, yorker, middle and leg, squeezes it square, past short fine, comes back for two

End of over 36 (19 runs) South Africa 195/4 (RR: 5.41)
DA Miller    23* (17b 2x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    7-0-43-0
JP Duminy    6* (21b)      PJ Cummins    5-1-25-0

"I take it Johnson hasn't found any swing today..?" James, he did swing one ball, which resulted in a good lbw shout against Kallis, but only a quarter of the ball pitched inside leg on that occasion

36.1

Cummins to Duminy, 4 leg byes, another leg-side wide has been intercepted by the pads, but the deflection beats short fine leg to go to the fence

36.2

Cummins to Duminy, 1 run, short of a length, on pads, nudged away to bring up the 200 in the 37th over, which on a dry turner is a threatening score

36.3

Cummins to Miller, FOUR, Miller is playing a blinder here. Length ball, outside off, uses every yard of Cummins's pace to beat third man who is back but a touch too wide

36.4

Cummins to Miller, 2 runs, slower short ball, pulled square of deep square, comes back for two. A happy Sunday afternoon crowd is loving this

36.5

Cummins to Miller, no run, short of a length, not much room, can't beat point with this dab

The official word on Watson is that Australia are not sure if he will bat

36.6

Cummins to Miller, 1 run, gets a bottom edge on this, the ball hasn't left the pitch, but Duminy calls him through for a stolen single

End of over 37 (12 runs) South Africa 207/4 (RR: 5.59)
DA Miller    30* (21b 3x4 1x6)      PJ Cummins    6-1-33-0
JP Duminy    7* (23b)      MG Johnson    7-0-43-0

Adam: "I can't help but feel Mitch is holding onto his spot because South Africa is where he made his name. As soon as he fails here (go on Mitch, prove me wrong!), it's back to domestic cricket for him."

37.1

Johnson to Miller, no run, length ball, middle and off, 139ks, no room, defended to cover

37.2

Johnson to Miller, 1 run, length on off again, no room again, all he manages is a single to deep cover

37.3

Johnson to Duminy, no run, short and wide, cut away, can't beat point

"looks like we have Bad Mitch tonight, bowling like an old washer woman, just do not know what you get from him, today it is rubbish day." He has been called various other things in his careers, but washer woman is chuckle-worthy at least

37.4

Johnson to Duminy, 1 run, good delivery, though, short getting big on him, but Johnson has missed another run-out. Miller pushes for a single as this rolls to Haddin, but Johnson is not back to collect the throw. Duminy is still going to end up short as Johnson goes to his left to collect the underarm from Haddin. The momentum perhaps makes it really difficult, and Johnson's flick from about six feet misses with Duminy well short

37.5

Johnson to Miller, 1 run, punched square for a single

37.6

Johnson to Duminy, no run, tucks him up with a short ball, defended

End of over 38 (3 runs) South Africa 210/4 (RR: 5.52)
JP Duminy    8* (26b)      MG Johnson    8-0-46-0
DA Miller    32* (24b 3x4 1x6)      PJ Cummins    6-1-33-0

38.1

Cummins to Miller, 1 run, runs this behind square with an open face

38.2

Cummins to Duminy, 2 runs, the open face again, this time sufficiently left of third man for them to come back for two

38.3

Cummins to Duminy, 1 run, yorker on off, digs it out, moves softly towards mid-off, they have enough time to take the single

38.4

Cummins to Miller, no run, slower bouncer, 118ks, Miller tries to pull twice I think but the ball doesn't arrive. He still has time to try to open the face, the ball hits the toe end, and bounces well short of Haddin

38.5

Cummins to Miller, no run, driven, but straight to mid-off

38.6

Cummins to Miller, FOUR, Miller restarts the boundary engine, charging at Cummins. Turns this into a length ball, and drives it through extra cover. Wide of sweeper-cover too

End of over 39 (8 runs) South Africa 218/4 (RR: 5.58)
DA Miller    37* (28b 4x4 1x6)      PJ Cummins    7-1-41-0
JP Duminy    11* (28b)      MG Johnson    8-0-46-0

39.1

Johnson to Duminy, 1 run, runs this down to third man, hands the strike over

39.2

Johnson to Miller, 1 run, length, outside off, driven to sweeper-cover for one

39.3

Johnson to Duminy, 1 run, short, outside off, doesn't bounce high, pulled away for a single

39.4

Johnson to Miller, no run, short of a length, on off, no room, defended back to him

39.5

Johnson to Miller, no run, nice yorker, swinging down the leg side, hits him on the toe, appeals for leg-before, but it is slipping down

39.6

Johnson to Miller, 1 run, this is slightly fuller, and the low full toss has been clipped away square on the leg side

End of over 40 (4 runs) South Africa 222/4 (RR: 5.55)
DA Miller    39* (32b 4x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    9-0-50-0
JP Duminy    13* (30b)      PJ Cummins    7-1-41-0

46 for 0 off the batting PP. Bollinger comes back

40.1

Bollinger to Miller, FOUR, and he has been welcomed back with a thump of a pull. Just short of a length, not really sharp, and he muscles it through midwicket

40.2

Bollinger to Miller, 1 run, short of a length, on the pads, worked away for a single

40.3

Bollinger to Duminy, no run, looks to work this to leg, is early into the shot, hit on the pad

40.4

Bollinger to Duminy, no run, length ball, middle and off, defended to mid-on

40.5

Bollinger to Duminy, 3 runs, full toss on the pads, Smith misfields at long-on, allows two extra runs. Let the rants resume

40.6

Bollinger to Miller, no run, full, on off, drives, can't beat mid-off

End of over 41 (8 runs) South Africa 230/4 (RR: 5.60)
DA Miller    44* (35b 5x4 1x6)      DE Bollinger    6-0-36-1
JP Duminy    16* (33b)      MG Johnson    9-0-50-0

Smith gets another bowl

41.1

Smith to Duminy, 2 runs, tossed up on off, leaves the crease, places this between deep midwicket and long-on, comes back for two. That's typical Duminy

Ponting now goes to long-on

41.2

Smith to Duminy, no run, quick, on the pads, defended back to him

41.3

Smith to Duminy, 2 runs, full toss, soft hands again, between deep midwicket and long-on, and they take Warner on to take the second

41.4

Smith to Duminy, 1 run, floated across him, he opens the face to take a single

41.5

Smith to Miller, 1 run, googly, too short, too wide, but cut away straight to the sweeper

41.6

Smith to Duminy, no run, slower through the air, 85ks, outside off, driven straight to extra cover

End of over 42 (6 runs) South Africa 236/4 (RR: 5.61)
JP Duminy    21* (38b)      SPD Smith    6-0-24-1
DA Miller    45* (36b 5x4 1x6)      DE Bollinger    6-0-36-1

42.1

Bollinger to Miller, no run, short, into the body, beaten on the pull, hit on the thigh pad

42.2

Bollinger to Miller, 2 runs, length ball, on off, driven wide of sweeper-cover for two runs

42.3

Bollinger to Miller, no run, wide of the crease, angling in, hits the inside edge onto the pad

42.4

Bollinger to Miller, 1 run, slower ball, on off, pushed to mid-off with soft hands, takes the single

42.5

Bollinger to Duminy, 1 run, yorker, on the pads, deflects it behind square

42.6

Bollinger to Miller, 1 run, full, on the pads, nicely clipped away for a single

End of over 43 (5 runs) South Africa 241/4 (RR: 5.60)
DA Miller    49* (41b 5x4 1x6)      DE Bollinger    7-0-41-1
JP Duminy    22* (39b)      SPD Smith    6-0-24-1

"Steve Smith is the type of bloke that any captain would want on the opposing team, doesn't bowl, doesn't bat, but is good enough to challenge you in the field so you don't fall asleep batting the other team out of the game." This definition of Steven Smith from Matt might well produce another wicket and more egg for faces. Oh wait, they have taken Smith off, and brought Cummins back

43.1

Cummins to Miller, no run, skiddy shortish delivery, pulled straight to midwicket

43.2

Cummins to Miller, 1 run, length ball, on off, pushes forward, gets a inside edge to reach his second ODI fifty. Produces a huge applause from the crowd bathed in the sun

43.3

Cummins to Duminy, no run, this is a grubber for a bouncer, barely bounces over the stumps, but more incredibly Duminy has ducked under it

43.4

Cummins to Duminy, no run, slower ball, looks to cut it, gets an inside edge, and Haddin dives to his right to save a few here

43.5

Cummins to Duminy, FOUR, no one is going to save this edge from going for four. He looks to go inside-out with this length ball, gets a thick edge, and it flies well fine of third man for Duminy's first four

43.6

Cummins to Duminy, FOUR, the extra slow bouncer, outside leg, would have been a wide had he not got enough bat on it to beat Haddin and short fine leg

End of over 44 (9 runs) South Africa 250/4 (RR: 5.68)
JP Duminy    30* (43b 2x4)      PJ Cummins    8-1-50-0
DA Miller    50* (43b 5x4 1x6)      DE Bollinger    7-0-41-1

44.1

Bollinger to Miller, no run, hit straight to midwicket

44.2

Bollinger to Miller, no run, a near yorker, makes room and drives, but can't beat extra cover

44.3

Bollinger to Miller, FOUR, short of a length, middle and off, nips in a touch, Miller gets an inside edge, beating the keeper who dives to his right

44.4

Bollinger to Miller, 1 run, full, on the pads, Bollinger is lucky Miller has found short fine leg with this deflection

44.5

Bollinger to Duminy, 1 run, pulled away nicely, gets a single to deep square

44.6

Bollinger to Miller, 2 runs, full toss on leg, makes room and drives it past point, to the right of deep cover

End of over 45 (8 runs) South Africa 258/4 (RR: 5.73)
DA Miller    57* (48b 6x4 1x6)      DE Bollinger    8-0-49-1
JP Duminy    31* (44b 2x4)      PJ Cummins    8-1-50-0

"Why do you keep posting these people bashing Steve Smith, especially when he has been our best bowler? Johnson has been inept at best, yet you'd think it was Smith who was giving away 19 runs in an over. Is it something personal that we should know about?" Nothing personal for me, Marcio. Johnson has copped a few too. Here he is back

45.1

Johnson to Duminy, no run, short, not too wide, the cut finds point

45.2

Johnson to Duminy, 2 runs, pulled away, substitute Mitch Marsh fumbles at deep square to allow the second

45.3

Johnson to Duminy, 1 run, pushed down the ground for a single

45.4

Johnson to Miller, 1 run, makes room to smash it, mis-hits to midwicket for a risky single, but Smith doesn't collect it cleanly there

45.5

Johnson to Duminy, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, runs it down to third man

45.6

Johnson to Miller, 1 run, well bowled, Miller is making room, looking for any sort of lenght to get under. Johnson stays in the block hole, all Miller can do is squeeze it out for a single

End of over 46 (6 runs) South Africa 264/4 (RR: 5.73)
DA Miller    59* (50b 6x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    10-0-56-0
JP Duminy    35* (48b 2x4)      DE Bollinger    8-0-49-1

Ben: "Why does Smith never get to bowl his quota of overs, despite generally being quite economical and chipping in with wickets? I can't understand it." Cummins gets a change of ends

46.1

Cummins to Miller, OUT, and strikes right away. Miller is gone after playing a forceful, momentum-grabbing innings. He backs away, trying to hit it over the off side, the ball is short of a length, and angles away. A thick edge is taken, and settles with Haddin

DA Miller c †Haddin b Cummins 59 (68m 51b 6x4 1x6) SR: 115.68

Mark Boucher is the new batsman

46.2

Cummins to Boucher, 2 runs, short of a length, flicked away to the left of fine leg for a couple

46.3

Cummins to Boucher, 1 leg bye, length ball, angling down the leg side, concedes a leg-bye

With Miller gone, now it's up to Duminy to get three big overs in

46.4

Cummins to Duminy, 2 runs, punched on the walk, wide of sweeper-cover, comes back for an easy two

46.5

Cummins to Duminy, 1 run, short of a length, middle and leg, drops and runs, takes a single

46.6

Cummins to Boucher, 1 run, full, just outside off, takes a risky single to cover, and this time Clarke himself fumbles

End of over 47 (7 runs) South Africa 271/5 (RR: 5.76)
MV Boucher    3* (3b)      PJ Cummins    9-1-56-1
JP Duminy    38* (50b 2x4)      MG Johnson    10-0-56-0

"steve smith is useless, though he is under used. on the other hand, jonshon is useless and over used. riddle me that michael clarke" Kane finds the right balance between Smith and Johnson. Bollinger is back

47.1

Bollinger to Boucher, 1 run, yorker outside off, digs it out for one. Over to JP

"I dunno about you guys, but I'm thinking about putting a tenner on Steve Smith to win man-of-the-match after a dominant batting display which rescues Australia from the doldrums of defeat. The way the other commenters are heaping crap on him, I think I'd be getting decent odds and a decent chance!" Andrew, and we thought we only abused Smith

47.2

Bollinger to Duminy, 1 run, bouncer, pulls this down the ground, gets just the single to long-on

47.3

Bollinger to Boucher, no run, length ball, outside off, goes across the line, hits it back to Bollinger

47.4

Bollinger to Boucher, 1 run, across the line again, although this time he makes good connection. Bounces short of long-on

47.5

Bollinger to Duminy, 1 run, low full toss, no room, driven to sweeper-cover for one

47.6

Bollinger to Boucher, 1 wide, sees him charging at him, Bollinger bowls full and wide outside off, but it is called a wide

"Any know where to watch this in Dubai? I'll shout the bar when I get there!" People please help Matt in the desert

47.6

Bollinger to Boucher, FOUR, this time Boucher goes with the angle and down the ground, and benefits. This is a length ball outside off, he drives it on the up, along the ground, and between Bollinger and mid-off. So that wide ends up costing them five

End of over 48 (9 runs) South Africa 280/5 (RR: 5.83)
MV Boucher    9* (7b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    9-0-58-1
JP Duminy    40* (52b 2x4)      PJ Cummins    9-1-56-1

48.1

Cummins to Duminy, SIX, Fast bowlers don't like it, but this happens more often to them nowadays. Slower ball on a length, middle and off, Duminy clears the front leg, and lofts him straight into the sight screen

48.2

Cummins to Duminy, 1 run, clears the front leg and swipes again, but this time he can't beat mid-off

48.3

Cummins to Boucher, 1 run, yorker, digs it out to mid-off, takes the single

48.4

Cummins to Duminy, 1 wide, slower ball gone wrong, big wide down the leg side

48.4

Cummins to Duminy, 1 run, has to reach for this after he backs away with the front leg, ends up hitting it to mid-off for one

48.5

Cummins to Boucher, 1 run, Boucher makes room, this slower ball is outside off, but not too wide, so Boucher has to reach at it, and ends up slogging it down to long-on for one

48.6

Cummins to Duminy, SIX, He has found the roof of St George's Park. That landed on tin with a loud thud. Length ball from Cummins, 137ks, Duminy clears the front leg, and lofts it straight over his head. What clean sensible striking here. reaches fifty too

End of over 49 (17 runs) South Africa 297/5 (RR: 6.06)
JP Duminy    54* (56b 2x4 2x6)      PJ Cummins    10-1-73-1
MV Boucher    11* (9b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    9-0-58-1

49.1

Bollinger to Boucher, 1 run, Boucher charges at Bollinger, hits him to long-on to bring Duminy back on

49.2

Bollinger to Duminy, 2 runs, yorker, middle and leg, squeezed out to long-on, and they are lightning quick to take the second to bring up the 300. The crowd has gone berserk

49.3

Bollinger to Duminy, OUT, he has hit the full toss straight down Smith's throat at midwicket. Smith doesn't realise it is a catch, and wants to throw at the non-striker's end. He has a surprised look on his face as neither the non-striker wants to run nor the bowler wants the throw. I think Smith was ready in case it is called no-ball for height

JP Duminy c Smith b Bollinger 56 (100m 58b 2x4 2x6) SR: 96.55

Out walks Johan Botha

49.4

Bollinger to Botha, 1 run, slower ball, short of a length, takes a single to mid-off

49.5

Bollinger to Boucher, 1 run, slog to midwicket, would have been run out had Clarke hit, but he has missed by a long way

49.6

Bollinger to Botha, 1 run, slogged away on the leg side, along the ground, for a single

Four fifties for South Africa, and 303 looks like a really good total on what is a dry pitch. Australia looked a bit rattled in the field, but they have the batting fire power to chase down totals. I am not sure if Watson will be allowed to open, or bat with a runner. I am not sure Australia will want to risk a major injury just for an ODI. Do join us around 5.10pm for the chase. Matt from Dubai, you could follow this advice from Azee: "@Matt: Go toSheraton Four Points on Sheikh Zayed Road, they have a pub in there and ask them to put on Ten Sports...just don't get yourself martini there....."

End of over 50 (6 runs) South Africa 303/6
J Botha    2* (2b)      DE Bollinger    10-0-64-2
MV Boucher    13* (11b 1x4)      PJ Cummins    10-1-73-1
Series Results
South Africa v Australia at Durban - Oct 28, 2011
Australia won by 3 wickets (with 15 balls remaining)
South Africa v Australia at Port Elizabeth - Oct 23, 2011
South Africa won by 80 runs
South Africa v Australia at Centurion - Oct 19, 2011
Australia won by 93 runs (D/L method)
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Oct 23, 2011

Shane Watson came out to bat after his back spasm but was caught for 15, South Africa v Australia, 2nd ODI, Port Elizabeth, October 23, 2011

Shane Watson came out to bat after his back spasm but was caught for 15

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Oct 23, 2011

David Warner was caught after top-edging a pull, South Africa v Australia, 2nd ODI, Port Elizabeth, October 23, 2011

David Warner was caught after top-edging a pull

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