1st Test, Gqeberha, December 26 - 29, 2007, West Indies tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa
408 & 175
(T:389) 195 & 260

West Indies won by 128 runs

Player Of The Match
94, 40 & 1/14
West Indies 1st Innings
South Africa 1st Innings
West Indies 2nd Innings
South Africa 2nd Innings
Match Details
West Indies 1st Innings 
Chris Gayle (c)c Kallis b Harris664983130134.69
Daren Ganga c †Boucher b Nel3357794057.89
Runako Morton c Prince b Ntini33711087046.47
Marlon Samuels c Kallis b Steyn9419526712048.20
Shivnarine Chanderpaul  b Nel10425339412041.10
Dwayne Bravo c & b Ntini1236472033.33
Denesh Ramdin c †Boucher b Ntini110120010.00
Daren Sammy run out (de Villiers)3877933049.35
Jerome Taylor  b Steyn937461024.32
Daren Powell not out 11738005.88
Fidel Edwards c Prince b Nel044000.00
Extras(b 2, lb 8, nb 4, w 3)17
TOTAL133.4 Ov (RR: 3.05, 591 Mts)408
Fall of wickets: 1-98 (Daren Ganga, 16.6 ov), 2-102 (Chris Gayle, 17.2 ov), 3-166 (Runako Morton, 41.3 ov), 4-277 (Marlon Samuels, 80.5 ov), 5-296 (Dwayne Bravo, 91.1 ov), 6-304 (Denesh Ramdin, 93.4 ov), 7-361 (Daren Sammy, 115.1 ov), 8-385 (Jerome Taylor, 125.4 ov), 9-407 (Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 133.1 ov), 10-408 (Fidel Edwards, 133.4 ov)
Dale Steyn31412123.9013217023
80.5 to MN Samuels, that is a stunning catch from Kallis! Samuels sees one full and wide and went after it, the ball swung away from Samuels and got the thick outside edge of his expansive drive, the ball flew at rapid speed towards Kallis at second slip who took the catch over his head to the left and staggered backwards because of the momentum of the ball, and it wasn't a no ball this time, Steyn has his first wicket. 277/4
125.4 to JE Taylor, and he's made me take that back! That's the delivery he's been looking for all day. It's a full, fast yorker which angles into Taylor before swinging away and uprooting the off stump, the stump goes for a walk and Steyn loves it. 385/8
Makhaya Ntini30610033.3313715000
41.3 to RS Morton, caught! Morton gets on to the front foot a bit too early and tries to defend, the length is just a little bit short on off stump, the ball bounces a bit more and hits the outside edge high on the bat, it lobs up tamely to Prince at point who takes one of the easiest catches you can hope to get. 166/3
91.1 to DJ Bravo, caught after a collision! Bravo tried to close the face of the bat to a good length ball that was angling into him from outside off stump, he was a bit early on the one-legged flick and the leading edge went high in the air on the off side, Ntini went for the catch and so did Gibbs from gully, in the end Ntini caught it and bumped into Gibbs, who fell down, soon after, it could have easily been spilled but all's well that ends well for South Africa. 296/5
93.4 to D Ramdin, that's pretty unplayable and Ramdin gets an edge that's snapped up by Boucher, Ntini went wide of the crease once again and angled the ball into Ramdin, it pitched around off stump and straightened squaring Ramdin up, the ball kissed the outside edge of his back-foot defence and South Africa have their second wicket of the morning. 304/6
Andre Nel25.478533.3111815001
16.6 to D Ganga, South Africa have the breakthrough! Ganga had done an excellent job of leaving the wide ones alone, until now that is. He drove loosely away from his body at one that wasn't full enough to drive and got a thick edge through to Boucher who took an easy catch, relieved celebrations from the South Africans. 98/1
133.1 to S Chanderpaul, he's bowled him! And against the run of play! Nel angles the ball into the left-hander from round the wicket, the ball pitches on a good length around off stump, Chanderpaul gets drawn forward and defends down the wrong line, the ball straightens just enough to beat the bat and clip the top of off stump, outstanding ball, very similar to the one with which Zaheer bowled Ponting in Melbourne yesterday. 407/9
133.4 to FH Edwards, he's out this time, Nel bowls a short of a length delivery whch rises sharply on Edwards who fends at it and gets an outside edge to gully where Prince takes an easy catch. 408/10
Paul Harris3096912.301416000
17.2 to CH Gayle, and Harris hits back, and how! Harris tossed it up nicely outside off stump, Gayle came forward once again and drove, this time he had to reach out for it a little bit more and got a thick edge to Kallis at first slip, two massive wickets within the space of three balls. 102/2
Jacques Kallis1782301.35901010
South Africa 1st Innings 
Graeme Smith (c)lbw b Taylor2831444090.32
Herschelle Gibbs c †Ramdin b Powell044000.00
Hashim Amla  b Powell2930645096.66
Jacques Kallis c Bravo b Taylor0610000.00
Ashwell Prince c Morton b Powell2047694042.55
AB de Villiers  b Bravo591271939046.45
Mark Boucher c Powell b Taylor2029503068.96
Paul Harris c Taylor b Bravo9681000013.23
Andre Nel c Ganga b Bravo1618262088.88
Dale Steyn c Powell b Bravo79171077.77
Makhaya Ntini not out 058000.00
Extras(b 4, lb 1, nb 1, w 1)7
TOTAL62.1 Ov (RR: 3.13, 295 Mts)195
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Herschelle Gibbs, 0.5 ov), 2-45 (Graeme Smith, 8.5 ov), 3-53 (Jacques Kallis, 10.5 ov), 4-63 (Hashim Amla, 13.1 ov), 5-96 (Ashwell Prince, 25.3 ov), 6-129 (Mark Boucher, 36.4 ov), 7-172 (AB de Villiers, 54.5 ov), 8-181 (Paul Harris, 58.5 ov), 9-194 (Andre Nel, 60.3 ov), 10-195 (Dale Steyn, 62.1 ov)
Daren Powell1745833.41727010
0.5 to HH Gibbs, caught! What a perfect delivery, Powell angles the ball into Gibbs and pitches it on a good length, Gibbs moves forward to defend but the ball seams away from the right-hander and takes a thick outside edge through to Ramdin who accepts an easy catch. 1/1
13.1 to HM Amla, he strikes first ball! Powell bowls a perfectly-pitched yorker, Amla moves forward and tries to close the face of the bat, he's early on the shot and doesn't make contact, the middle stump lies uprooted a few milliseconds later. 63/4
25.3 to AG Prince, caught! Powell pitches the ball on a good length outside off stump, Prince plays away from his body and inside the line, the ball seams away from him off the pitch and the thick outside edge is comfortably taken by Morton at second slip. 96/5
Fidel Edwards1535603.73648001
Jerome Taylor1344633.53619000
8.5 to GC Smith, that's plumb! Taylor bowls a full ball but it's not quite a yorker, the ball swings into Smith who tries to close the face of his bat but misses, it hits him low on the front pad and umpire Tiffin raises his finger after a long hard look, that would have hit middle stump. 45/2
10.5 to JH Kallis, splendid catch! Kallis begins to fend at one outside off stump but decides to pull his bat out of the way at the last minute, it's a little too late for that and the ball hits the face of the bat and flies towards Bravo's right at third slip, he dives full length to his right and take the catch with both hands, outstanding effort which gives West Indies a massive wicket. 53/3
36.4 to MV Boucher, oh well caught, Powell! Boucher didn't face a lot this morning but decides to pull a short one, that hurries onto him, without much footwork and the resultant top-edge balloons wide of Ramdin and down towards fine leg, where Powell runs in from the ropes and dives forward to hold a very good catch, giving West Indies an early breakthrough. 129/6
Dwayne Bravo13.132441.82663000
54.5 to AB de Villiers, oh what a ball, he's castled him! de Villiers doesn't expect a delivery like that, as the ball pitches, straightens, and does enough to completely steamroll his off stump as he plays forward and misses all ends up. 172/7
58.5 to PL Harris, gone on the stroke of lunch! Harris gets back to a shortish delivery, in no real position to go for this shot however, and tries to force it off the back foot but ends up spooning a catch to Taylor, diving forward at mid-off. 181/8
60.3 to A Nel, quick strike after lunch, as Nel shimmies across the stumps and clips a fullish ball from middle and off straight to Ganga at mid-on, who takes a simple catch. 194/9
62.1 to DW Steyn, but not today! Steyn comes dancing down, Bravo sees him and pitches short, Steyn gets under it and gets a top-edge down to fine leg, Ramdin runs after it but its that man Powell who calls for it and takes another well-judged catch to bring out the end of South Africa's innings. 195/10
Daren Sammy42601.50211000
West Indies 2nd Innings 
Chris Gayle (c)c †Boucher b Ntini29223451131.81
Daren Ganga run out (Gibbs)451251846036.00
Runako Morton lbw b Kallis524361020.83
Marlon Samuels  b Steyn40871205045.97
Shivnarine Chanderpaul c Kallis b Steyn815380053.33
Dwayne Bravo c Gibbs b Harris1017261058.82
Denesh Ramdin c Gibbs b Steyn0720000.00
Daren Sammy lbw b Harris39100033.33
Jerome Taylor c Nel b Harris2228372178.57
Daren Powell  b Harris615211040.00
Fidel Edwards not out 028000.00
Extras(b 1, nb 5, w 1)7
TOTAL57.4 Ov (RR: 3.03, 272 Mts)175
Fall of wickets: 1-32 (Chris Gayle, 7.1 ov), 2-57 (Runako Morton, 14.1 ov), 3-122 (Daren Ganga, 41.2 ov), 4-123 (Marlon Samuels, 42.5 ov), 5-141 (Dwayne Bravo, 47.4 ov), 6-141 (Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 48.1 ov), 7-144 (Daren Sammy, 49.4 ov), 8-144 (Denesh Ramdin, 50.5 ov), 9-160 (Daren Powell, 55.5 ov), 10-175 (Jerome Taylor, 57.4 ov)
Dale Steyn1736733.94737115
42.5 to MN Samuels, played on! Steyn pitches short, Samuels goes for a pull and succeeds in only getting a thick bottom-edge back onto his off stump, cramped for room and hurried into the stroke. 123/4
48.1 to S Chanderpaul, edged and gone! Steyn gets another in this spell, forcing Chanderpaul to feel for one slanted across him at a decent pace, away from the body, to give second slip catching practice. 141/6
50.5 to D Ramdin, thats out! Steyn digs it in short and a surprised Ramdin can only fend it to Gibbs at gully, who gleefully accepts the easiest of offerings, that ball simply gained on Ramdin's throat and he was in no position to get over and keep it down. 144/8
Makhaya Ntini1133513.18495000
7.1 to CH Gayle, Ntini strikes! He pitches the ball on a good length and seams it across the left-hander, Gayle sits on the back foot and fends at the ball without moving his feet, the outside edge is easily taken by Boucher and that is a massive wicket for South Africa. 32/1
Andre Nel712103.00333000
Jacques Kallis711612.28332000
14.1 to RS Morton, and he strikes first ball! Kallis pitches on a length on off stump and gets it to seam back in ever so slightly, catching Morton pushing half-cock forward from the crease, there's pad and then bat as they all go up in appeal and the umpire gives it in the bowler's favour ... looked pretty out from here, as Morton failed to get a firm stride in. 57/2
Paul Harris15.453542.23794100
47.4 to DJ Bravo, gone! Harris gets Bravo, looking to go over the top, clipping a full delivery to Gibbs at mid-on, who takes an easy catch over his head shortly before stumps. 141/5
49.4 to DJG Sammy, another one bites the dust, as Harris traps Sammy in front of leg stump, after keeping it full and flat, it pitches full and straightens, Aleem Dar has no doubt about that one and raises the finger of fate in quick time. 144/7
55.5 to DBL Powell, bowled! Harris tosses up invitingly outside off stump, Powell thinks its there to be hit hard and kneels down to do so very hard towards square, but is all in a mess as he's cramped and ends up inside-edging back onto his off stump. 160/9
57.4 to JE Taylor, all over, as Taylor attempts another big hit, eying long-on but just getting his head in the wrong position and spooning a catch to Nel at deep mid-off, who just keeps his eyes on the ball under the glaring sun and accepts the swirling mis-hit to end the innings at 175. 175/10
South Africa 2nd Innings (T: 389 runs)
Herschelle Gibbs lbw b Powell01312000.00
Graeme Smith (c)c Ganga b Edwards1122460050.00
Hashim Amla c †Ramdin b Edwards814211057.14
Jacques Kallis c †Ramdin b Edwards851261889067.46
Ashwell Prince c Gayle b Taylor1028431035.71
AB de Villiers c Samuels b Taylor601322006045.45
Mark Boucher  b Taylor1335481037.14
Paul Harris  b Bravo0912000.00
Andre Nel c †Ramdin b Sammy3437484191.89
Dale Steyn not out 33264732126.92
Makhaya Ntini c Powell b Samuels1750014.28
Extras(lb 4, w 1)5
TOTAL74.5 Ov (RR: 3.47, 339 Mts)260
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Herschelle Gibbs, 2.4 ov), 2-17 (Hashim Amla, 7.2 ov), 3-20 (Graeme Smith, 9.3 ov), 4-45 (Ashwell Prince, 18.4 ov), 5-157 (Jacques Kallis, 49.5 ov), 6-183 (Mark Boucher, 59.5 ov), 7-190 (Paul Harris, 62.3 ov), 8-192 (AB de Villiers, 63.4 ov), 9-259 (Andre Nel, 73.4 ov), 10-260 (Makhaya Ntini, 74.5 ov)
Daren Powell1424713.35575010
2.4 to HH Gibbs, nailed him! Powell gets the early breakthrough, pitching full outside off stump and a tentative Gibbs pads forward as the ball angles back in and cops it flush on the front leg in front of off stump, looking to leave, Powell lets out a war cry as the umpire wastes little time in adjudicating that one out, bagging Gibbs a pair. 4/1
Fidel Edwards1333732.84592100
7.2 to HM Amla, nicked! Edwards gets his first wicket of the match, pitching full marginally outside off stump and sucking Amla into a nothing drive, only to get a thin edge as the ball bounces a touch more than he expected, which Ramdin is all too happy to accept. 17/2
9.3 to GC Smith, superb bowling, good reflexes! Edwards steams in and bowls another excellent change-up delivery, dug into Smith's body, getting him up in the air and unable to keep that snorter down, the ball rearing and kissing the handle of the bat, then bobbing up in the air and forward short leg dives full stretch onto the pitch and plucks a good catch in front of Smith. 20/3
49.5 to JH Kallis, well, well, well, a poor call ends his resistance! Edwards perseveres with the short-pitched ball down leg stump, Kallis goes for a pull, slightly cramped for room, the ball clips his shoulder and Ramdin takes the catch, they're all up in appeal and umpire Tiffin sends Kallis off with a clanger, as replays clearly show bat did not hit ball. 157/5
Jerome Taylor1816633.66769000
18.4 to AG Prince, edged and caught at first slip! Taylor gets Prince to play at one that holds it line outside off stump, with a touch extra bounce, and he gives Gayle catching practice very low to his left. 45/4
59.5 to MV Boucher, inside-edge! Boucher tries to pull a short one from outside-off but only drags it on to his off stump to spark celebrations in the West Indies camp. 183/6
63.4 to AB de Villiers, gone! de Villiers tries to get on with matters, getting one leg up as he goes for an aggressive on-drive to a slower one but ends up gifting a simple catch to Samuels at mid-on. 192/8
Dwayne Bravo1626313.93678100
62.3 to PL Harris, played on! Harris doesn't move his feet as he tries to get over a short-of-a-length deliver, gets undone by the extra bounce, and chops onto his off stump. 190/7
Daren Sammy702914.14231100
73.4 to A Nel, party's over for Nel! Sammy gets a wicket, pitching full outside off stump, Nel pokes at it leaden-footed and gets a thin feather through to Ramdin and South Africa are nine down. 259/9
Marlon Samuels6.511412.04270000
74.5 to M Ntini, and there's a historic win for West Indies, as Ntini spoons a top-edge to Powell, running around from mid-off and holding it at extra cover!. 260/10
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St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
TossSouth Africa, elected to field first
Player Of The Match
West Indies
Marlon Samuels
Series resultWest Indies led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 1856
Hours of play (local time)10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30
Match days26,27,28,29 December 2007 - day (5-day match)
Aleem Dar
Russell Tiffin
TV Umpire
South Africa
Rudi Koertzen
Reserve Umpire
South Africa
Brian Jerling
Match Referee
Sri Lanka
Roshan Mahanama
Wed, 26 Dec - day 1 - West Indies 1st innings 281/4 (Shivnarine Chanderpaul 43*, Dwayne Bravo 0*, 84 ov)
Thu, 27 Dec - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 122/5 (AB de Villiers 22*, Mark Boucher 18*, 34 ov)
Fri, 28 Dec - day 3 - West Indies 2nd innings 146/8 (Jerome Taylor 2*, Daren Powell 0*, 52 ov)
Sat, 29 Dec - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 260 (74.5 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
  • West Indies: 150 runs in 52.4 overs (320 balls), Extras 5
  • Innings Break: West Indies - 175/10 in 57.4 overs (FH Edwards 0)
  • South Africa 2nd innings
  • Lunch: South Africa - 45/3 in 18.0 overs (JH Kallis 16, AG Prince 10)
  • South Africa: 50 runs in 19.4 overs (118 balls), Extras 0
  • Drinks: South Africa - 87/4 in 30.0 overs (JH Kallis 45, AB de Villiers 13)
  • JH Kallis: 50 off 70 balls (7 x 4)
  • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 73 balls (JH Kallis 39, AB de Villiers 13, Ex 0)
  • South Africa: 100 runs in 31.4 overs (190 balls), Extras 0
  • Tea: South Africa - 138/4 in 46.0 overs (JH Kallis 77, AB de Villiers 31)
  • 5th Wicket: 100 runs in 167 balls (JH Kallis 68, AB de Villiers 31, Ex 1)
  • South Africa: 150 runs in 46.5 overs (282 balls), Extras 1
  • Drinks: South Africa - 170/5 in 56.0 overs (AB de Villiers 45, MV Boucher 6)
  • AB de Villiers: 50 off 120 balls (5 x 4)
  • South Africa: 200 runs in 64.6 overs (391 balls), Extras 5
  • Drinks: South Africa - 214/8 in 68.0 overs (A Nel 11, DW Steyn 11)
  • 9th Wicket: 50 runs in 45 balls (A Nel 28, DW Steyn 23, Ex 0)
  • South Africa: 250 runs in 72.1 overs (434 balls), Extras 5
South Africa Innings
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