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3rd ODI, The Oval, August 29, 2008, South Africa tour of England
(42.4/50 ov, T:297) 170

England won by 126 runs

Player Of The Match
31 (33), 5/41 & 2 catches
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The England fielders get into a huddle of joy around the bowler. Patel has the ball and he leads the side off the field. The South Africans are lined up in the stairs to shake hands with the victorious England team. One by one the England players hug Peter Moores, the coach, in the dressing room.

That's it from us. On behalf of my scorer Raghav, this is Sriram Veera, signing off.

Patel to Ntini, OUT

England have won the series. Five-for for Samit Patel. It landed outside off stump and turned ever so slightly, Ntini went for the cut but ended up edging it.

Makhaya Ntini c †Prior b Patel 0 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Patel to Ntini, no run

fuller, on the middle and leg, worked to short midwicket

Patel to Ntini, no run

leans forward to defend to the off side

Patel to Botha, OUT

Patel takes another one with the arm ball. It skid on towards the leg stump, Botha was cramped for room, tried to swat it away, got the edge and the ball ricocheted of the left leg on to the leg stump

Johan Botha b Patel 17 (39m 31b 1x4 0x6) SR: 54.83
end of over 421 run
SA: 170/8CRR: 4.04 RRR: 15.87
Dale Steyn5 (12b)
Johan Botha17 (30b 1x4)
Steve Harmison 9-1-28-1
Samit Patel 9-2-41-3
Harmison to Steyn, no run

full pitched outside off stump, mistimes a drive to mid-off

Harmison to Steyn, no run

slower one, full and outside off, driven to covers

Harmison to Steyn, no run

full pitched on the off stump line, driven to covers

Harmison to Steyn, no run

yet another short-pitched delivery from Harmison, Steyn goes for the pull but is beaten for pace

Harmison to Steyn, no run

short and climbing outside off, tapped to backward point region

Harmison to Botha, 1 run

short in length and coming in , dabbed to gully region for a single

end of over 415 runs
SA: 169/8CRR: 4.12 RRR: 14.22
Dale Steyn5 (7b)
Johan Botha16 (29b 1x4)
Samit Patel 9-2-41-3
Steve Harmison 8-1-27-1
Patel to Steyn, 2 runs

leans forward to drive to left of long-on for couple of runs.

Patel to Steyn, no run

on the off stump line, slight turn, pushed back to the bowler

Patel to Steyn, no run

full and on the middle, worked to short midwicket

Patel to Steyn, 2 runs

the quicker one, pushed through flat around off stump, stabbed it past first slip

Patel to Botha, 1 leg bye

slower, on the middle and off, is early with the sweep shot, turns and runs off the pad

Patel to Botha, no run

really full in length, turned to midwicket

end of over 403 runs
SA: 164/8CRR: 4.10 RRR: 13.30
Johan Botha16 (27b 1x4)
Dale Steyn1 (3b)
Steve Harmison 8-1-27-1
Samit Patel 8-2-37-3
Harmison to Botha, 1 run

short in length, coming in towards middle and leg, worked behind square leg for a single

Harmison to Botha, no run

leans forward to defend to covers

Harmison to Steyn, 1 run

another lifting delivery, Steyn is late in getting the bat out of the way and the ball deflects of the periscope through vacant gully and down to third man

Harmison to Steyn, no run

better directed bouncer, around the off stump, swayed away

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