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1st Test: India v South Africa at Chennai, Mar 26-30, 2008





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South Africa 1st innings

  • 91.1 Kumble to de Villiers, FOUR, Kumble begins with a long hop which de Villiers pulls off the back foot towards deep square leg, RP Singh lumbers along the boundary rope and puts in a feeble dive, he should have stopped that
    South Africa 311/4 AB de Villiers 16* (31b 2x4) A Kumble 29.1-8-65-2

  • 91.4 Kumble to de Villiers, FOUR, Kumble strays down leg side and de Villiers waits in his crease and nudges the ball off his pads for a boundary to fine leg
    South Africa 315/4 AB de Villiers 20* (34b 3x4) A Kumble 29.4-8-69-2

  • 92.3 Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, FOUR, too short and too wide outside the off stump, terrible ball and de Villiers helps himself to another boundary by cutting off the back foot through point
    South Africa 320/4 AB de Villiers 24* (37b 4x4) Harbhajan Singh 27.3-2-100-2

  • 93.5 Sreesanth to Amla, FOUR, poor poor fielding, Amla went on the front foot to drive through cover and the outside edge fell short of Dravid at gully, it wasn't a catch by any means but Dravid should have stopped the ball, instead the ball beat him and raced to the boundary
    South Africa 328/4 HM Amla 91* (168b 11x4) S Sreesanth 15.5-3-64-0

  • 94.4 Singh to de Villiers, FOUR, de Villiers drives at a ball that slants across him at 125 kmh, the outside edge runs towards the right of the fielder at gully and there's no third man
    South Africa 332/4 AB de Villiers 31* (44b 5x4) RP Singh 14.4-1-72-0

  • 95.2 Sreesanth to Amla, FOUR, over-pitched delivery outside off stump, Amla moves forward and drives firmly through the gap at cover to move on to 96
    South Africa 336/4 HM Amla 95* (171b 12x4) S Sreesanth 16.2-3-68-0

  • 95.3 Sreesanth to Amla, FOUR, Amla moves on to 99 with an elegant drive off the back foot through cover, the length was just a bit short outside off, giving Amla the time to go back and punch it
    South Africa 340/4 HM Amla 99* (172b 13x4) S Sreesanth 16.3-3-72-0

  • 95.4 Sreesanth to Amla, FOUR, a hat-trick of boundaries! Amla eases on to the front foot and drives another full ball through extra cover for four more, Amla takes of his helmet and celebrates his hundred, it's been a flawless innings and an immensely valuable one
    South Africa 344/4 HM Amla 103* (173b 14x4) S Sreesanth 16.4-3-76-0

  • 96.1 Singh to de Villiers, FOUR, this is carnage now, RP offers de Villiers a short and wide ball outside off stump, he stands in his crease and cuts hard through point for four more, bowling that line and length at 125 kmh is just asking for punishment
    South Africa 348/4 AB de Villiers 35* (47b 6x4) RP Singh 15.1-1-76-0

  • 96.4 Singh to de Villiers, FOUR, short of a length on leg and middle stump, the pace is so slow that de Villiers has time to go back and swat it through square leg for four more
    South Africa 352/4 AB de Villiers 39* (50b 7x4) RP Singh 15.4-1-80-0

  • 97.4 Sreesanth to de Villiers, FOUR, de Villiers responds by moving forward and flicking a half-volley off his pads through midwicket for four, top shot
    South Africa 357/4 AB de Villiers 44* (56b 8x4) S Sreesanth 17.4-3-80-0

  • 100.6 Singh to Boucher, FOUR, too short outside the off stump, Boucher stands tall and cuts off the back foot in front of point for his first boundary
    South Africa 364/5 MV Boucher 5* (7b 1x4) RP Singh 18-1-88-0

  • 103.3 Sreesanth to Boucher, FOUR, Boucher tries to drive on the up off the back foot, the ball gets a bit big on him and the outside edge runs wide of Sehwag at gully and runs down to the vacant third-man boundary
    South Africa 375/5 MV Boucher 9* (10b 2x4) S Sreesanth 20.3-4-89-1

  • 104.6 Ganguly to Amla, FOUR, driven uppisly past the bowler for four, it was a fuller ball from Ganguly and Amla leant into the front-foot drive, he seemed to check his stop because of the slow pace of the ball and played it in the air past Ganguly's left hand for four
    South Africa 381/5 HM Amla 117* (201b 15x4) SC Ganguly 2-0-8-0

  • 106.6 Ganguly to Boucher, FOUR, this time it;s a bit full on leg stump and Boucher drives the ball into the gap between mid-on and midwicket, once the ball beats the infield it races to the boundary
    South Africa 386/5 MV Boucher 15* (28b 3x4) SC Ganguly 3-0-12-0

  • 109.3 Singh to Boucher, FOUR, no third man! Boucher stands in his crease and tries to drive without moving his feet, the outside edge runs between slip and gully for four more
    South Africa 397/5 MV Boucher 21* (36b 4x4) RP Singh 19.3-1-97-0

  • 111.1 Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, FOUR, Boucher gets into position to play the paddle sweep early and makes good contact, there's no fielder at short fine leg and the ball runs to the fine-leg boundary
    South Africa 401/5 MV Boucher 25* (40b 5x4) Harbhajan Singh 28.1-2-107-2

  • 113.6 Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, FOUR, Boucher moves forward, waits for a full ball to angle into him and flicks the ball firmly through midwicket, he's placed it in front of the man at square and will get four, top shot
    South Africa 409/5 MV Boucher 30* (48b 6x4) Harbhajan Singh 30-2-115-2

  • 115.1 Harbhajan Singh to Amla, FOUR, Amla moves across his stumps and sweeps Harbhajan from middle stump towards the fine-leg boundary, Ganguly has no chance of cutting that off
    South Africa 416/5 HM Amla 130* (225b 16x4) Harbhajan Singh 30.1-2-119-2

  • 116.2 Kumble to Amla, FOUR, Amla strides forward and drives tamely to mid-off where RP Singh makes a howler, that's a shocking effort, he just didn't bend and the ball just rolls past him for four, appalling, shoddy, pathetic, take your pick
    South Africa 421/5 HM Amla 135* (229b 17x4) A Kumble 34.2-10-78-2

  • 116.3 Kumble to Amla, FOUR, this time RP has no chance for Amla has driven the ball firmly off the front foot past mid-off for four, spuerb shot
    South Africa 425/5 HM Amla 139* (230b 18x4) A Kumble 34.3-10-82-2

  • 119.5 Harbhajan Singh to Amla, FOUR, another miserable fielding effort, from Sreesanth this time, Amla drives a full ball towards mid-on where Sreesanth runs to his left and lets the ball go through his legs, Kumble needs to gather the fielders together and give them a good talking to, this is bordering on embarrassing for India
    South Africa 436/5 HM Amla 147* (243b 19x4) Harbhajan Singh 32.5-2-128-2

  • 123.2 Sreesanth to Amla, FOUR, short and wide outside off stump, Amla stands his ground and throws his bat at it, he plays the cut short extremely powerfully and in the gap at point, four more
    South Africa 448/5 HM Amla 156* (255b 20x4) S Sreesanth 22.2-4-94-1

  • 125.3 Sreesanth to Boucher, FOUR, short and wide outside off stump, Boucher waits for it on the back foot and steers it to the vacant third man boundary
    South Africa 455/5 MV Boucher 43* (81b 7x4) S Sreesanth 23.3-4-99-1

  • 128.2 Kumble to Boucher, FOUR, lovely shot, a bit over pitched by Kumble on off stump, Boucher leans forward and drives wide of the fielder at mid-off for four more
    South Africa 460/6 MV Boucher 47* (89b 8x4) A Kumble 40.2-10-97-2

  • 129.4 Sreesanth to Morkel, FOUR, Morkel's off the mark with a boundary, Sreesanth bowled a high full toss on the pads, Morkel stood in his crease and whipped it to the deep backward square leg boundary
    South Africa 464/6 M Morkel 4* (10b 1x4) S Sreesanth 25.4-5-103-1

  • 131.5 Singh to Morkel, FOUR, that's a streaky boundary, Morkel stands in his crease and plays away from his body, he was looking to hit through cover but the ball kept low and hit the toe end of the bat, it rolled between Dhoni and first slip for four
    South Africa 473/6 M Morkel 8* (15b 2x4) RP Singh 20.5-1-102-0

  • 133.1 Singh to Morkel, FOUR, full toss outside off stump, Morkel reaches out for it and drives through point for four, poor ball
    South Africa 477/6 M Morkel 12* (17b 3x4) RP Singh 21.1-1-106-0

  • 133.3 Singh to Morkel, FOUR, a half-volley outside off stump, Morkel reaches out for it and drives powerfully past the fielder at mid-off for four more
    South Africa 481/6 M Morkel 16* (19b 4x4) RP Singh 21.3-1-110-0

  • 137.4 Sehwag to Morkel, FOUR, a bit of width outside off and Morkel waits on the back foot and cuts past point for another four, that's the 75th boundary of the innings
    South Africa 489/6 M Morkel 20* (29b 5x4) V Sehwag 7.4-1-25-0

  • 138.1 Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, FOUR, a loose ball, short and wide outside off stump when the legside field is packed, Boucher moves back and cuts into the wide open spaces at point
    South Africa 493/6 MV Boucher 59* (124b 9x4) Harbhajan Singh 37.1-3-138-2

  • 139.6 Sehwag to Morkel, FOUR, Morkel brings up South Africa's 500 in style, he gets down on one knee and slog sweeps Sehwag to the deep midwicket boundary
    South Africa 501/6 M Morkel 25* (38b 6x4) V Sehwag 9-1-32-0

  • 146.5 Harbhajan Singh to Morkel, FOUR, who needs singles! short delivery outside the off stump, Morkel rocks back and pulls it away to the midwicket fence, Morkel moves to 35 and this is his highest score in Test cricket
    South Africa 520/7 M Morkel 35* (53b 7x4) Harbhajan Singh 41.5-3-152-2

  • 148.3 Harbhajan Singh to Steyn, FOUR, when in doubt - slog. Gets enough bat on it and the ball races away to the square leg fence
    South Africa 528/8 DW Steyn 4* (3b 1x4) Harbhajan Singh 42.3-3-156-3

  • 151.1 Kumble to Steyn, FOUR, bowled short outside the off stump by Kumble, Steyn cuts through cover off the back foot, Laxman dives over the ball and lets it go through to the boundary, poor effort
    South Africa 533/9 DW Steyn 9* (13b 2x4) A Kumble 44.1-11-106-2

  • 152.3 Harbhajan Singh to Steyn, FOUR, what a shot that is! Steyn gets into position to play the reverse sweep and pulls it in front of square for four, well struck!
    South Africa 538/9 DW Steyn 13* (19b 3x4) Harbhajan Singh 44.3-4-162-4

India 1st innings

  • 1.5 Ntini to Sehwag, FOUR, short of a length outside off stump, Sehwag stands in his crease and drives firmly through cover point, he hit that right off the middle
    India 8/0 V Sehwag 4* (5b 1x4) M Ntini 0.5-0-4-0

  • 2.4 Steyn to Jaffer, FOUR, no third man! Jaffer moves forward and tries to drive on the off side, the thick outside edge rolls along the ground between gully and slips
    India 20/0 W Jaffer 6* (10b 1x4) DW Steyn 1.4-1-6-0

  • 4.2 Steyn to Jaffer, FOUR, excellent shot, just a bit over-pitched on middle stump, Jaffer leans forward and drives elegantly past mid-on for four more, lovely timing
    India 26/0 W Jaffer 10* (14b 2x4) DW Steyn 2.2-1-10-0

  • 6.3 Steyn to Sehwag, FOUR, smashed! Sehwag waits for the over-pitched delivery on middle stump and drills it straight past the bowler for four more
    India 39/0 V Sehwag 16* (15b 2x4 1x6) DW Steyn 3.3-1-17-0

  • 8.1 Steyn to Sehwag, FOUR, short, wide and smashed! Sehwag makes use of the room to cut hard through point, Prince makes good ground to get to the ball and slides to try and save it but the ball hits him and goes over the boudnary
    India 43/0 V Sehwag 20* (19b 3x4 1x6) DW Steyn 4.1-1-21-0

  • 14.1 Morkel to Sehwag, FOUR, short and wide outside off stump, that's a very loose ball and Sehwag slashes it over backward point for four
    India 57/0 V Sehwag 32* (39b 4x4 1x6) M Morkel 2.1-1-5-0

  • 16.1 Morkel to Sehwag, FOUR, full delivery drifting on to leg stump, Sehwag flicks the ball powerfully off his pads towards the deep square leg boundary, Steyn makes a desperate dive but can't stop the four
    India 67/0 V Sehwag 40* (47b 5x4 1x6) M Morkel 3.1-1-12-0

  • 17.5 Harris to Sehwag, FOUR, smashed! Sehwag gets his front foot out of the way and drives a flighted delivery powerfully through cover, that was hit inside out
    India 74/0 V Sehwag 45* (51b 6x4 1x6) PL Harris 1.5-0-7-0

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