RESULT
4th Test, The Oval, August 07 - 11, 2008, South Africa tour of England
194 & 318
(T:197) 316 & 198/4

England won by 6 wickets

Player Of The Match
100
kevin-pietersen
Player Of The Series
421 runs • 1 wkt
kevin-pietersen
South Africa 1st INNINGS 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Graeme Smith (c)c Anderson b Harmison461031487044.66
Neil McKenzie c Cook b Flintoff1755952030.90
Hashim Amla  b Harmison36355480102.85
Jacques Kallis lbw b Anderson2580040.00
Ashwell Prince c Bell b Anderson414281028.57
AB de Villiers lbw b Panesar3953818073.58
Mark Boucher c †Ambrose b Anderson313230023.07
Morne Morkel c Bell b Broad1730493056.66
Paul Harris not out 1349681026.53
Andre Nel c †Ambrose b Broad4581080.00
Makhaya Ntini  b Panesar929441031.03
Extras(b 1, lb 1, nb 2)4
TOTAL64.5 Ov (RR: 2.99, 307 Mts)194
Fall of wickets: 1-56 (Neil McKenzie, 19.6 ov), 2-103 (Graeme Smith, 31.4 ov), 3-103 (Hashim Amla, 31.5 ov), 4-105 (Jacques Kallis, 32.5 ov), 5-118 (Ashwell Prince, 36.6 ov), 6-132 (Mark Boucher, 42.1 ov), 7-158 (AB de Villiers, 49.3 ov), 8-168 (Morne Morkel, 52.5 ov), 9-172 (Andre Nel, 54.4 ov), 10-194 (Makhaya Ntini, 64.5 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Steve Harmison1864922.72878000
31.4 to GC Smith, gone! Harmison strikes on his comeback. It was a well-directed bouncer, Smith couldn't control his hook, getting a top edge high down to long leg. Anderson, one of England's best outielders, steadies himself and holds the catch with ease...Harmison raises his arms in celebration, England have a breakthrough. 103/2
31.5 to HM Amla, gone again, two in two as Harmison strikes again, a ripping yorker spears through Amla's defences with late swing, he couldn't get down in time and England are bouncing...registered as 93mph, he's on top of his game at the moment. 103/3
James Anderson1514232.80716002
32.5 to JH Kallis, England on fire! Superb inswinging delivery from Anderson takes Kallis on the pad on front of off stump...Aleem Dar raises the finger and another one bites the dust, that's 100 Test wickets for Anderson. 105/4
36.6 to AG Prince, and another one goes, a touch wider of off stump and Princes flays his drive in the air to Ian Bell at point...everything working for England at the moment and South Africa in trouble. 118/5
42.1 to MV Boucher, Boucher's consumed by the Anderson outswinger, 86 mph, it lands on a fullish length on offstump and swings away from him, Boucher walks into the drive but fails to get behind the line and the thin edge is taken by Ambrose, there was no need for a confirmation, everyone knew he nicked it. 132/6
Andrew Flintoff1523712.46725000
19.6 to ND McKenzie, Cook makes up for his early drop, wide delivery from Flintoff, hardly a wicket-taking one, McKenzie decides to chase it and the outside edge flies to third slip and Cook nicely cups it over his head. 56/1
Stuart Broad1436024.286413000
52.5 to M Morkel, well, Broad's day changes for the better...a short ball at an awkward height, which Morkel doesn't play well at all - can't decide whether to pull or leave and in the end just lobs a catch off the gloves. Bell makes excellent ground from short leg to grab the chance. 168/8
54.4 to A Nel, gone, Broad is finally getting some reward, very full outside off, Nel doesn't have any footwork and gets a thin outside edge. Ambrose barely appealed, but it was a fairly clear nick...one to go. 172/9
Monty Panesar2.50421.41140000
49.3 to AB de Villiers, comes round the wicket, Panesar gets the breakthrough at the stroke of tea, the arm ball pitches outside off and comes into de Villiers, he stays on the backfoot and the ball hits him on the top flap of the pad, Steve Davis has no hesitation. Hawkeye showed the ball just clearing the top of the stumps. It looked fairly plumb initially but technology thought otherwise. 158/7
64.5 to M Ntini, timber! And finally England break through, flighted delivery on middle, it lands on a full length and goes straight through, Ntini goes for a hoick over the bowler's head but gets squared up by the flight, easy day at the office for Panesar, his figures read 2.5-0-4-2. 194/10
England 1st INNINGS 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Andrew Strauss c Smith b Ntini620161030.00
Alastair Cook c †Boucher b Ntini391021595038.23
Ian Bell c Smith b Ntini2441623058.53
Kevin Pietersen (c)c Kallis b Ntini10013720715072.99
Paul Collingwood c & b Kallis6112418010049.19
Andrew Flintoff c †Boucher b Kallis913150169.23
Tim Ambrose c Smith b Kallis411140036.36
Stuart Broad c McKenzie b Ntini13646002.77
Steve Harmison not out 4959828083.05
James Anderson lbw b Harris1334540038.23
Monty Panesar run out (Harris)00200-
Extras(lb 4, nb 5, w 1)10
TOTAL95.2 Ov (RR: 3.31, 423 Mts)316
Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Andrew Strauss, 3.4 ov), 2-51 (Ian Bell, 17.4 ov), 3-111 (Alastair Cook, 35.5 ov), 4-219 (Kevin Pietersen, 63.5 ov), 5-233 (Andrew Flintoff, 67.6 ov), 6-241 (Tim Ambrose, 71.6 ov), 7-248 (Paul Collingwood, 77.2 ov), 8-263 (Stuart Broad, 83.2 ov), 9-316 (James Anderson, 94.6 ov), 10-316 (Monty Panesar, 95.2 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Morne Morkel2237803.549510004
Makhaya Ntini2439453.9110814000
3.4 to AJ Strauss, Ntini's angle from over the wicket works! He lands it on a good length on middle and off and the ball continues with the angle, Strauss appears in two minds whether to play or leave it and he chose the former, the outside edge flies to Smith who takes it at waist height at first slip. 7/1
17.4 to IR Bell, First blood for South Africa early this morning! Hits a good length outside off, the ball curves in from wide of the crease, Bell prods forward to defend but he fails to get his bat behind the line, the outside edge is taken by Smith at first slip, he dives to his right and takes it barely inches off the ground. 51/2
35.5 to AN Cook, very poor shot, 82 mph, Ntini delivers from wide of the crease and bowls it wide outside off, Cook stays rooted to the crease and flashes at it, the edge clips the top of the bat and Boucher takes it easily, it wasn't the best ball by any means, just a lapse in concentration from Cook who until now looked quite comfortable with his off stump. 111/3
63.5 to KP Pietersen, but he's gone now! Two balls after reaching a hundred he stretches for a wide one outside off and virtually guides it into Kallis's hands at third/fourth slip...a lazy way to go, but he gets another standing ovation as he walks off for a fine century. 219/4
83.2 to SCJ Broad, that's a five-for for Ntini! Pitches on a good length on middle and off and he gets a lot of bounce with the new ball, a nothing shot really from Broad who fishes at it without moving his feet, easy catch for McKenzie at second slip. Very similar to Cook's dismissal.. 263/8
Andre Nel19.255602.89907000
Jacques Kallis1525133.40708010
67.6 to A Flintoff, that's gone! it didn't take long, good line outside off and a loose drive from Flintoff...pushing away from the body with hard hands, producing a thin edge to Boucher. This time the allrounder battle goes to Kallis. 233/5
71.6 to TR Ambrose, well bowled, and another one goes, good line outside off with a touch of bounce, takes the edge and provides a comfortable catch for Smith at first slip - his third of the innings - and Kallis playing a vital role with the ball. 241/6
77.2 to PD Collingwood, another strike for Kallis, he's having a great day, Collingwood is squared up and gets a leading edge looping into the off side, a simple catch for Kallis in his follow through. It took the shoulder of the bat as Collingwood tried to play to leg. 248/7
Paul Harris1543312.20743101
94.6 to JM Anderson, quite bizarre there, it pitches on middle stump and straightens, Anderson expects it to turn but is foxed by the path of the ball, he stands like a statue and he's struck plumb in front of middle. 316/9
South Africa 2nd INNINGS 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Graeme Smith (c)lbw b Anderson052000.00
Neil McKenzie  b Broad2958874050.00
Hashim Amla c †Ambrose b Harmison769913014076.76
Jacques Kallis c Collingwood b Harmison957881015.78
Ashwell Prince c Strauss b Flintoff2453934045.28
AB de Villiers  b Panesar9717023312057.05
Mark Boucher c Collingwood b Anderson1244641027.27
Morne Morkel c Bell b Panesar1022251045.45
Paul Harris c Flintoff b Broad3474883045.94
Andre Nel not out 38150037.50
Makhaya Ntini c Collingwood b Broad29100022.22
Extras(b 6, lb 8, nb 3, w 5)22
TOTAL99.2 Ov (RR: 3.20, 424 Mts)318
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Graeme Smith, 0.5 ov), 2-82 (Neil McKenzie, 20.4 ov), 3-119 (Hashim Amla, 29.6 ov), 4-138 (Jacques Kallis, 39.6 ov), 5-161 (Ashwell Prince, 51.2 ov), 6-201 (Mark Boucher, 68.1 ov), 7-218 (Morne Morkel, 73.4 ov), 8-313 (Paul Harris, 95.4 ov), 9-313 (AB de Villiers, 96.5 ov), 10-318 (Makhaya Ntini, 99.2 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
James Anderson2228523.869112001
0.5 to GC Smith, the inswinger gets him, Anderson does well to vary his direction, pitches bang on middle stump and straightens, Smith tries to work it to the on side but he's beaten for pace, absolutely plumb in front of middle stump, no doubt for umpire Steve Davis. 0/1
68.1 to MV Boucher, gone! strikes first ball after the change, extra lift from off stump and lobs off the shoulder of the bat out to point. A simple catch for Paul Collingwood and England are into the tail. 201/6
Steve Harmison2568423.3611511010
29.6 to HM Amla, superb catch from Ambrose, pitches just back of a length outside off, Amla is very tentative on the defense and he pokes his bat out, the edge travels to the right of Ambrose and he hangs onto it one-handed on the dive, the ball just manages to stick to the webbing on his glove. That catch should come as a relief to Ambrose, with England's wicketkeepers forever under scrutiny. 119/3
39.6 to JH Kallis, relief for Pietersen and Harmison there, Harmison bangs it in short outside off and gets it to move away, Kallis follows it but struggles to keep it down, the ball dips to Collingwood at third slip who dives forward and takes the catch. 138/4
Andrew Flintoff1845312.94858002
51.2 to AG Prince, Prince throws caution to the wind and that costs him his wicket, Flintoff bangs it in short of a length outside off and the ball moves away, Prince goes for a wild slash and the outside edge flies to Strauss at first slip who cups it in front of his face. 161/5
Monty Panesar1753722.17825000
73.4 to M Morkel, they appeal for a bat-pad catch and Dar is convinced this time, flighted on middle and off, he gets forward to defend, the ball lobs off his pads, flicks the glove and Bell dives forward at forward short leg and takes the catch. 218/7
96.5 to AB de Villiers, gone! well bowled by Panesar as de Villiers falls three short of his century, he came down the pitch again outside leg stump, goes to whip it through midwicket and is beaten by some sharp spin. The ball crashes into leg stump to end a fine innings. 313/9
Stuart Broad16.244432.69724000
20.4 to ND McKenzie, timber! The bowling change works for England, pitched up just outside the off stump, the ball holds its line and McKenzie doesn't get behind the line to drive, the inside edge flattens the middle stump. 82/2
95.4 to PL Harris, gone this time, finally the breakthrough for England as Harris gets another edge which carries low to Flintoff at second slip. Good ball on off stump, and a regulation thick edge is snaffled. 313/8
99.2 to M Ntini, and that's it, thick edge from Ntini and Collingwood takes an excellent catch low down at third slip, good finish from Broad as he finds the outside edge with one that moved a touch.. 318/10
Kevin Pietersen10101.0050000
England 2nd INNINGS (Target: 197 runs)
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Andrew Strauss c Smith b Harris581071646054.20
Alastair Cook c Smith b Ntini6710613312063.20
Ian Bell  b Ntini419251021.05
Kevin Pietersen (c)c McKenzie b Harris1327452048.14
Paul Collingwood not out 2550573050.00
Andrew Flintoff not out 1114151178.57
Extras(b 6, lb 7, nb 6, w 1)20
TOTAL52.5 Ov (RR: 3.74, 221 Mts)198/4
Fall of wickets: 1-123 (Alastair Cook, 31.2 ov), 2-147 (Ian Bell, 37.5 ov), 3-147 (Andrew Strauss, 38.1 ov), 4-182 (Kevin Pietersen, 48.4 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Morne Morkel1324303.30615015
Makhaya Ntini1445523.926911001
31.2 to AN Cook, fuller but not a half-volley, drawing Cook into the shot, going away with the angle, and Cook manages to edge it to first slip... what a contrast from the authoritative pull off the first ball. Will there be a big twist now?. 123/1
37.5 to IR Bell, Bell shuffles a little too far across his stumps and heard the dreaded death rattle, the angle is down the leg side and he tries to nudge it down to fine leg, he's beaten for pace and his leg stump is flattened. 147/2
Paul Harris19.555622.82966100
38.1 to AJ Strauss, Strauss has to go, clever field placement from Smith, flighted on middle and off, he gets forward to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads and travels to Smith at leg slip. 147/3
48.4 to KP Pietersen, Pietesen fails to see his side through, the angle from round the wicket works for Harris, Pietersen stays on the back foot and tries to tuck it away to the on side, he gets an inside edge onto his pads and McKenzie takes an easy catch at forward short leg, Pietersen smiles as he walks off. 182/4
Andre Nel502104.20212000
Jacques Kallis1010010.0021000
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MATCH DETAILS
Kennington Oval, London
TossSouth Africa, elected to bat first
Series
Season2008
Player Of The Match
England
Kevin Pietersen
Player Of The Series
England
Kevin Pietersen
South Africa
Graeme Smith
Series resultSouth Africa won the 4-match series 2-1
Match numberTest no. 1885
Hours of play (local time)11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00
Match days7,8,9,10,11 August 2008 - day (5-day match)
Umpires
Pakistan
Aleem Dar
Australia
Steve Davis
TV Umpire
England
Peter Hartley
Reserve Umpire
England
Richard Illingworth
Match Referee
Sri Lanka
Ranjan Madugalle
CLOSE OF PLAY
Thu, 07 Aug - day 1 - England 1st innings 49/1 (Alastair Cook 20*, Ian Bell 22*, 17 ov)
Fri, 08 Aug - day 2 - South Africa 2nd innings 37/1 (Neil McKenzie 9*, Hashim Amla 26*, 9 ov)
Sat, 09 Aug - day 3 - South Africa 2nd innings 110/2 (Hashim Amla 71*, Jacques Kallis 2*, 26.5 ov)
Sun, 10 Aug - day 4 - England 2nd innings 0/0 (Andrew Strauss 0*, Alastair Cook 0*, 1.2 ov)
Mon, 11 Aug - day 5 - England 2nd innings 198/4 (52.5 ov) - end of match
MATCH NOTES
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
  • Drinks: England - 48/0 in 16.0 overs (AJ Strauss 13, AN Cook 26)
  • England: 50 runs in 16.3 overs (104 balls), Extras 10
  • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 104 balls (AJ Strauss 13, AN Cook 27, Ex 10)
  • AN Cook: 50 off 83 balls (10 x 4)
  • England: 100 runs in 25.4 overs (159 balls), Extras 13
  • 1st Wicket: 100 runs in 159 balls (AJ Strauss 32, AN Cook 55, Ex 13)
  • Lunch: England - 109/0 in 29.0 overs (AJ Strauss 38, AN Cook 58)
  • AJ Strauss: 50 off 95 balls (5 x 4)
  • England: 150 runs in 39.5 overs (244 balls), Extras 18
  • Drinks: England - 170/3 in 44.0 overs (KP Pietersen 7, PD Collingwood 15)