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India v/s Australia 4th Test Scorecard Day 4

November 9, 2008

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England secure consolation victory

August 11, 2008

As fresh starts go this wasn’t too shabby from England as they wrapped up a consolation six-wicket victory on the final day at The Oval. Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook broke the back of the run chase with a positive opening stand of 123, before Makhaya Ntini and Paul Harris claimed two wickets apiece to take away a little of the gloss. But a week after England were plunged into uncertainty, Andrew Flintoff signed off the victory with a six to give Kevin Pietersen a winning start.

Given the week he has had, the stage appeared set for Pietersen to hit the winning runs until he edged a catch to short leg with 15 required. As captain of England, Pietersen will have to get used to his side giving him some stressful times, but the opening stand meant that, here at least, the late wobble didn’t do any more than make victory appear less empathic. Tough challenges lie ahead for him, not least the forthcoming one-day series and tour of India, but he couldn’t have done much more at the start of his reign.

Claiming victories after a series has gone was a speciality of England during the 1990s. While this success won’t soften the blow of losing the series, it has boosted spirits after a trying couple of weeks when two captains resigned and the questions were being asked about the set-up. With a new leader to impress England were motivated – while South Africa couldn’t quite summon one last push – and they produced some periods of vibrant cricket.

Whatever South Africa say, they weren’t really up for this contest. They expended such huge amounts of physical and emotional energy at Edgbaston that they couldn’t rouse themselves. Makhaya Ntini and, especially, Morne Morkel wasted the new ball and the openers had very little to play at. Strauss after a successful run against New Zealand was back under pressure and was given a life on 4, when he clipped Morkel firmly to Ashwell Prince at leg gully, only for the umpire to call a no-ball. It summed up Morkel’s session.

The increase in momentum came from Cook who latched onto a couple of short balls from Ntini and also drove nicely down the ground, a sign that hours with Andy Flower in the nets are paying off. Cook made the most of attacking fields set by Graeme Smith with controlled edges down to third man, and both he and Strauss countered Paul Harris with intent. Despite some spin out of the footmarks they used their feet to disrupt his line and length, taking him through the leg side with confident whips.

Cook reached his fourth half-century of the series with a crunching back-foot drive off Jacques Kallis. After the sleepy opening 45 minutes 98 runs were added in the next 18 overs of the morning and they continued a similar vein after the break before South Africa made a breakthrough, Cook driving at wide ball from Ntini and edging to first slip. It was another opportunity to go begging for Cook and although he ends with a series average of 47 there is a sense of unfulfilment. However, without ever looking in top form he has continued to score runs, which is a testament to his strength of character.

Strauss slowly found more fluency, bring out a perfect on-drive, and went to his first half-century of the series from 95 balls. Ian Bell never settled during his short stay and he paid the price for moving across his stumps when Ntini bowled him behind his legs. An inconvenience became a wobble when, in the next over from Harris, Strauss got an inside edge to Smith at leg slip. Three wickets had gone for 24 and two new batsmen were at the crease.

However, any momentary concerns were settled as Paul Collingwood found the boundary and Pietersen’s late departure for 12 was about the only thing that hasn’t fitted with his script in the last week. South Africa have deservedly taken the series honours, but Pietersen’s England have regained some pride.

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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi

England v/s South Africa 4th Test Scorecard Day 5

August 11, 2008
Basil D’Oliveira Trophy – 4th Test
England v South Africa
2008 season
Played at Kennington Oval, London, on 7,8,9,10,11 August 2008 (5-day match)

Result England won by 6 wickets

South Africa 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
captain GC Smith c Anderson b Harmison 46 148 103 7 0 44.66
ND McKenzie c Cook b Flintoff 17 95 55 2 0 30.90
HM Amla b Harmison 36 54 35 8 0 102.85
JH Kallis lbw b Anderson 2 8 5 0 0 40.00
AG Prince c Bell b Anderson 4 28 14 1 0 28.57
AB de Villiers lbw b Panesar 39 81 53 8 0 73.58
wicketkeeper MV Boucher c wicketkeeperAmbrose b Anderson 3 23 13 0 0 23.07
M Morkel c Bell b Broad 17 49 30 3 0 56.66
PL Harris not out 13 68 49 1 0 26.53
A Nel c wicketkeeperAmbrose b Broad 4 8 5 1 0 80.00
M Ntini b Panesar 9 44 29 1 0 31.03
Extras (b 1, lb 1, nb 2) 4
Total (all out; 64.5 overs; 307 mins) 194 (2.99 runs per over)
Fall of wickets1-56 (McKenzie, 19.6 ov), 2-103 (Smith, 31.4 ov), 3-103 (Amla, 31.5 ov), 4-105 (Kallis, 32.5 ov), 5-118 (Prince, 36.6 ov), 6-132 (Boucher, 42.1 ov), 7-158 (de Villiers, 49.3 ov), 8-168 (Morkel, 52.5 ov), 9-172 (Nel, 54.4 ov), 10-194 (Ntini, 64.5 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
SJ Harmison 18 6 49 2 2.72
JM Anderson 15 1 42 3 2.80 (2nb)
A Flintoff 15 2 37 1 2.46
SCJ Broad 14 3 60 2 4.28
MS Panesar 2.5 0 4 2 1.41
England 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
AJ Strauss c Smith b Ntini 6 16 20 1 0 30.00
AN Cook c wicketkeeperBoucher b Ntini 39 159 102 5 0 38.23
IR Bell c Smith b Ntini 24 62 41 3 0 58.53
captain KP Pietersen c Kallis b Ntini 100 207 137 15 0 72.99
PD Collingwood c & b Kallis 61 180 124 10 0 49.19
A Flintoff c wicketkeeperBoucher b Kallis 9 15 13 0 1 69.23
wicketkeeper TR Ambrose c Smith b Kallis 4 14 11 0 0 36.36
SCJ Broad c McKenzie b Ntini 1 46 36 0 0 2.77
SJ Harmison not out 49 82 59 8 0 83.05
JM Anderson lbw b Harris 13 54 34 0 0 38.23
MS Panesar run out (Harris) 0 2 0 0 0
Extras (lb 4, w 1, nb 5) 10
Total (all out; 95.2 overs; 423 mins) 316 (3.31 runs per over)
Fall of wickets1-7 (Strauss, 3.4 ov), 2-51 (Bell, 17.4 ov), 3-111 (Cook, 35.5 ov), 4-219 (Pietersen, 63.5 ov), 5-233 (Flintoff, 67.6 ov), 6-241 (Ambrose, 71.6 ov), 7-248 (Collingwood, 77.2 ov), 8-263 (Broad, 83.2 ov), 9-316 (Anderson, 94.6 ov), 10-316 (Panesar, 95.2 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
M Morkel 22 3 78 0 3.54 (4nb)
M Ntini 24 3 94 5 3.91
A Nel 19.2 5 56 0 2.89
JH Kallis 15 2 51 3 3.40 (1w)
PL Harris 15 4 33 1 2.20 (1nb)
South Africa 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
captain GC Smith lbw b Anderson 0 2 5 0 0 0.00
ND McKenzie b Broad 29 87 58 4 0 50.00
HM Amla c wicketkeeperAmbrose b Harmison 76 130 99 14 0 76.76
JH Kallis c Collingwood b Harmison 9 88 57 1 0 15.78
AG Prince c Strauss b Flintoff 24 93 53 4 0 45.28
AB de Villiers b Panesar 97 233 170 12 0 57.05
wicketkeeper MV Boucher c Collingwood b Anderson 12 64 44 1 0 27.27
M Morkel c Bell b Panesar 10 25 22 1 0 45.45
PL Harris c Flintoff b Broad 34 88 74 3 0 45.94
A Nel not out 3 15 8 0 0 37.50
M Ntini c Collingwood b Broad 2 10 9 0 0 22.22
Extras (b 6, lb 8, w 5, nb 3) 22
Total (all out; 99.2 overs; 424 mins) 318 (3.20 runs per over)
Fall of wickets1-0 (Smith, 0.5 ov), 2-82 (McKenzie, 20.4 ov), 3-119 (Amla, 29.6 ov), 4-138 (Kallis, 39.6 ov), 5-161 (Prince, 51.2 ov), 6-201 (Boucher, 68.1 ov), 7-218 (Morkel, 73.4 ov), 8-313 (Harris, 95.4 ov), 9-313 (de Villiers, 96.5 ov), 10-318 (Ntini, 99.2 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
JM Anderson 22 2 85 2 3.86 (1nb)
SJ Harmison 25 6 84 2 3.36 (1w)
A Flintoff 18 4 53 1 2.94 (2nb)
MS Panesar 17 5 37 2 2.17
SCJ Broad 16.2 4 44 3 2.69
KP Pietersen 1 0 1 0 1.00
England 2nd innings (target: 197 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR
AJ Strauss c Smith b Harris 58 164 107 6 0 54.20
AN Cook c Smith b Ntini 67 133 106 12 0 63.20
IR Bell b Ntini 4 25 19 1 0 21.05
captain KP Pietersen c McKenzie b Harris 13 45 27 2 0 48.14
PD Collingwood not out 25 57 50 3 0 50.00
A Flintoff not out 11 15 14 1 1 78.57
Extras (b 6, lb 7, w 1, nb 6) 20
Total (4 wickets; 52.5 overs; 221 mins) 198 (3.74 runs per over)
Did not bat wicketkeeperTR Ambrose, SCJ Broad, JM Anderson, SJ Harmison, MS Panesar
Fall of wickets1-123 (Cook, 31.2 ov), 2-147 (Bell, 37.5 ov), 3-147 (Strauss, 38.1 ov), 4-182 (Pietersen, 48.4 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
M Morkel 13 2 43 0 3.30 (5nb, 1w)
M Ntini 14 4 55 2 3.92 (1nb)
PL Harris 19.5 5 56 2 2.82
A Nel 5 0 21 0 4.20
JH Kallis 1 0 10 0 10.00

Toss South Africa, who chose to bat first
Series South Africa won the 4-match series 2-1

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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi

England need 197 for victory

August 10, 2008

AB de Villiers struck a beautifully crafted 97 to help South Africa set England a testing 197 on the fourth day at The Oval. Mickey Arthur, the South Africa coach, said yesterday that he had hoped his side could challenge England with a target of 220 plus, but a fine bowling performance from the hosts has limited that to something manageable.

Steve Harmison bowled with terrific fire in the morning session, and it was his key double-wicket burst to remove Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis which initially raised England’s spirits. De Villiers starred in a fine eighth-wicket stand of 95, but the last three wickets fell in four overs as England scented a morale-boosting win to end the series

 

Tea South Africa
194 and 265 for 7 (de Villiers 76*, Harris 12*) lead England 316 by 143 runs

A defiant fifty from AB de Villiers gave South Africa a fighting chance on the fourth day against England at The Oval. South Africa were reduced to 168 for 5 at lunch, leading by 46, but lost only two more wickets by tea to extend their lead to 143.

England’s disciplined bowlers took the initiative in the morning, however. Unlike yesterday, the conditions were dry and humid – ideal for swing bowling. And also unlike the third morning, Steve Harmison immediately found a probing line outside the off stump. Hashim Amla’s first shot of the morning was a loose flap to Broad’s final delivery of his overnight over, and though the batsman laughed at his frantic stroke, it represented his waning focus on what was a crucial first session for both teams. In the third over of the day, Harmison went wider of the crease and angled in another scorching short delivery that Amla could only fend behind. It was snaffled one-handed with a wobble by Tim Ambrose who lay flat on his back with relief. Outstanding though the catch was, especially considering he has a broken finger, it seems unlikely to be a career-saving one.

It has defied belief to watch Kallis struggle with such consistency this series, and his woes continued on the fourth morning. Harmison was relentlessly fast, forcing Kallis to fend him awkwardly out to point and keeping him well on the back foot. Anderson, meanwhile, initially struggled with his line but soon brought the prodigious swing under control. He couldn’t quite perfect his booming inswinger to Kallis, however.

For someone so out of form, Kallis craved a slice of luck – and he got a fat tranche on 9 when he drove Harmison low to Pietersen at mid-off. Yet the very next ball, England ended his series horriblis on 104 runs when he fended a sharp and rising delivery from Harmison low to Paul Collingwood at third slip. South Africa were effectively 16 for 4.

Pietersen maintained an aggressive, slip-heavy field. And once Anderson had finished his spell, Broad – who has struggled with his bowling in this series – replaced him. He too found booming inswing to Prince, the left-hander, who has lost some confidence since his earlier centuries in the series. Rarely moving his feet, reaching out dangerously for balls wide of his off stump, he drove loosely at a big inswinger from Broad before loosely clattering one out through extra cover.

And all the while, England’s best bowler was left relaxing in the slip cordon. After Harmison’s superb eight-over spell of 2 for 12, Flintoff was finally brought into the attack and his back-of-a-length pace was not to Prince’s liking. An edge fell short of Alastair Cook at point off Broad before Flintoff lured him into a loose cut, the ball flying to Andrew Strauss at slip. To have Flintoff coming into bowl at first or second change is a luxury England have not been afforded for far too long, which only emphasises the influence Harmison has on the whole balance of England’s attack. Flintoff grazed de Villiers’ visor with a fierce bouncer before shaving his back with another deadly straight one in the next over.

50 quiet minutes calmed South Africa’s fluttering nerves after lunch. They needed a grafting session if they were to challenge England with a testing total, and had two of their most nuggety of brawlers at the crease. Monty Panesar twirled away at one end while Broad and Anderson alternated at the other. Then captain Kev struck once more: an inspired change of bowling brought about Boucher’s demise when Anderson switched ends, and he found the shoulder of Boucher’s bat who fended him straight to gully. Andrew Strauss had had a quiet word with Pietersen in the preceding over, but whomever’s decision it was, Pietersen is having one hell of a first game in charge.

de Villiers is not one to lie down submissively and wait for the axe, despite the pummelling he had received from Harmison and Flintoff. A sublime cover drive got his feet moving, and he was content to work balls into the gap and rotate the strike. Morne Morkel coped well with Anderson – picking him up for four over midwicket with surprising timing – but remained rather hapless against Panesar. After surviving a confident appeal for lbw, he was caught by a diving Ian Bell at short-leg to one which brushed his globe. Or so it appeared to, at any rate. De Villiers’ patient fifty came with a fortuitous inside-edge, as England began to lose their focus.

Panesar was treated with disdain by de Villiers, a sublime player of spin, pulling him through midwicket with power before wellying a long-hop over the same region for another four. As tea approached, South Africa’s lead amounted to a useful but unthreatening 143. Another two hours of de Villiers, however, and the match’s conclusion is far from certain.

 

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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi

England v/s South Africa 4th Test Day 4

August 10, 2008

Light visibility is apparently poor and the England openers have no hesitation in walking off. There is a break in play. Few drops of rain as well so this is a no-brainer for England. There’s still plenty of time left tomorrow. I’ll keep you upto date on the light situation.

 

 

Basil D’Oliveira Trophy – 4th Test
England v South Africa

 

Played at Kennington Oval, London, on 7,8,9,10,11 August 2008 (5-day match)

South Africa 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
captain GC Smith c Anderson b Harmison 46 148 103 7 0 44.66
  ND McKenzie c Cook b Flintoff 17 95 55 2 0 30.90
  HM Amla b Harmison 36 54 35 8 0 102.85
  JH Kallis lbw b Anderson 2 8 5 0 0 40.00
  AG Prince c Bell b Anderson 4 28 14 1 0 28.57
  AB de Villiers lbw b Panesar 39 81 53 8 0 73.58
wicketkeeper MV Boucher c wicketkeeperAmbrose b Anderson 3 23 13 0 0 23.07
  M Morkel c Bell b Broad 17 49 30 3 0 56.66
  PL Harris not out 13 68 49 1 0 26.53
  A Nel c wicketkeeperAmbrose b Broad 4 8 5 1 0 80.00
  M Ntini b Panesar 9 44 29 1 0 31.03
      Extras (b 1, lb 1, nb 2) 4          
           
      Total (all out; 64.5 overs; 307 mins) 194 (2.99 runs per over)

Fall of wickets1-56 (McKenzie, 19.6 ov), 2-103 (Smith, 31.4 ov), 3-103 (Amla, 31.5 ov), 4-105 (Kallis, 32.5 ov), 5-118 (Prince, 36.6 ov), 6-132 (Boucher, 42.1 ov), 7-158 (de Villiers, 49.3 ov), 8-168 (Morkel, 52.5 ov), 9-172 (Nel, 54.4 ov), 10-194 (Ntini, 64.5 ov)

 Bowling O M R W Econ
   SJ Harmison 18 6 49 2 2.72  
   JM Anderson 15 1 42 3 2.80 (2nb)
   A Flintoff 15 2 37 1 2.46  
   SCJ Broad 14 3 60 2 4.28  
   MS Panesar 2.5 0 4 2 1.41  

England 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
  AJ Strauss c Smith b Ntini 6 16 20 1 0 30.00
  AN Cook c wicketkeeperBoucher b Ntini 39 159 102 5 0 38.23
  IR Bell c Smith b Ntini 24 62 41 3 0 58.53
captain KP Pietersen c Kallis b Ntini 100 207 137 15 0 72.99
  PD Collingwood c & b Kallis 61 180 124 10 0 49.19
  A Flintoff c wicketkeeperBoucher b Kallis 9 15 13 0 1 69.23
wicketkeeper TR Ambrose c Smith b Kallis 4 14 11 0 0 36.36
  SCJ Broad c McKenzie b Ntini 1 46 36 0 0 2.77
  SJ Harmison not out 49 82 59 8 0 83.05
  JM Anderson lbw b Harris 13 54 34 0 0 38.23
  MS Panesar run out (Harris) 0 2 0 0 0
      Extras (lb 4, w 1, nb 5) 10          
           
      Total (all out; 95.2 overs; 423 mins) 316 (3.31 runs per over)

Fall of wickets1-7 (Strauss, 3.4 ov), 2-51 (Bell, 17.4 ov), 3-111 (Cook, 35.5 ov), 4-219 (Pietersen, 63.5 ov), 5-233 (Flintoff, 67.6 ov), 6-241 (Ambrose, 71.6 ov), 7-248 (Collingwood, 77.2 ov), 8-263 (Broad, 83.2 ov), 9-316 (Anderson, 94.6 ov), 10-316 (Panesar, 95.2 ov)

 Bowling O M R W Econ
   M Morkel 22 3 78 0 3.54 (4nb)
   M Ntini 24 3 94 5 3.91  
   A Nel 19.2 5 56 0 2.89  
   JH Kallis 15 2 51 3 3.40 (1w)
   PL Harris 15 4 33 1 2.20 (1nb)

South Africa 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
captain GC Smith lbw b Anderson 0 2 5 0 0 0.00
  ND McKenzie b Broad 29 87 58 4 0 50.00
  HM Amla c wicketkeeperAmbrose b Harmison 76   99 14 0 76.76
  JH Kallis c Collingwood b Harmison 9   57 1 0 15.78
  AG Prince c Strauss b Flintoff 24   53 4 0 45.28
  AB de Villiers b Panesar 97   170 12 0 57.05
wicketkeeper MV Boucher c Collingwood b Anderson 12   44 1 0 27.27
  M Morkel c Bell b Panesar 10   22 1 0 45.45
  PL Harris c Flintoff b Broad 34   74 3 0 45.94
  A Nel not out 3   8 0 0 37.50
  M Ntini c Collingwood b Broad 2   9 0 0 22.22
      Extras (b 6, lb 8, w 5, nb 3) 22          
           
      Total (all out; 99.2 overs) 318 (3.20 runs per over)

Fall of wickets1-0 (Smith, 0.5 ov), 2-82 (McKenzie, 20.4 ov), 3-119 (Amla, 29.6 ov), 4-138 (Kallis, 39.6 ov), 5-161 (Prince, 51.2 ov), 6-201 (Boucher, 68.1 ov), 7-218 (Morkel, 73.4 ov), 8-313 (Harris, 95.4 ov), 9-313 (de Villiers, 96.5 ov), 10-318 (Ntini, 99.2 ov)

 Bowling O M R W Econ
   JM Anderson 22 2 85 2 3.86 (1nb)
   SJ Harmison 25 6 84 2 3.36 (1w)
   A Flintoff 18 4 53 1 2.94 (2nb)
   MS Panesar 17 5 37 2 2.17  
   SCJ Broad 16.2 4 44 3 2.69  
   KP Pietersen 1 0 1 0 1.00  

England 2nd innings (target: 197 runs) R B 4s 6s SR
  AJ Strauss not out 0 6 0 0 0.00  
  AN Cook not out 0 2 0 0 0.00  
      Extras   0          
           
      Total (0 wickets; 1.2 overs) 0 (0.00 runs per over)

To bat IR Bell, captainKP Pietersen, PD Collingwood, A Flintoff, wicketkeeperTR Ambrose, SCJ Broad, JM Anderson, SJ Harmison, MS Panesar

 Bowling O M R W Econ
   M Morkel 1 1 0 0 0.00  
   M Ntini 0.2 0 0 0 0.00  

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