SA v AUS – 2nd Test – Day 1

December 25, 2008
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Can the Proteas repeat their stunning victory in Perthoriafontein and beat the OZmob once again?
This thread especially for the sufferers of insomnia, the diehards and especially for JT in Austria.
►Test starts at 02:30 SA Time and is on SuperSport2 for those with deep pockets, Radio 2000 and cricinfo.com for the rest of us. Enjoy!

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33 Comments

  1. avatar Boertjie says:
    December 25th, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    SA stuck to JP Duminy in the
    place of the injured Prince.

    Pitch and conditions

    The MCG pitch is generally one of those surfaces that has something for everyone. It’ll offer some early seam movement, a bit of swing and some turn later in the match. After Hayden made a century there last year he called it the toughest surface he had batted on for two years. No batsman has made a century in the two Sheffield Shield games at Melbourne this season and spin has accounted for only two wickets in those matches.

    That statistic is slightly disingenuous though; Victoria’s primary slow bowler Bryce McGain is injured and only one spinner has been given a decent spell at the MCG this season.

  2. avatar Boertjie says:
    December 26th, 2008 at 1:42 am

    Ponting won the toss, bats.
    Steyn to Haden . . . . . .
    Ntini to Katich 2 . . . 1 .
    3/0

  3. avatar Boertjie says:
    December 26th, 2008 at 1:49 am

    Steyn 1 . 4 . . .
    Ntini . . . . . .
    8/0

  4. avatar Boertjie says:
    December 26th, 2008 at 1:59 am

    Steyn 1 . . 1 . 3
    Got one up to 144 kph
    12/0
    Ntini 1 3 4 . 1 .
    21/0

  5. avatar Boertjie says:
    December 26th, 2008 at 2:09 am

    7.2 Ntini to Hayden, OUT, caught!. Loose drive from Hayden and he’s fallen at his fortress! He moves forward to drive a good length ball which moves away from him a touch, he slices it in the air straight to Duminy at point who takes a pretty simple catch, a hush falls over the tens of thousands of fans at the MCG.
    Haden 8 fails again
    OZmob 22/1

  6. avatar Boertjie says:
    December 26th, 2008 at 2:19 am

    Ricky Horror Show at the crease.
    Steyn . . 1 . . .
    23/1

    BRYCE NOT UP YET?
    Babelaas? Any bets on?

    Ntini 1 . . . . 4
    28/1 after 10 overs

  7. avatar Boertjie says:
    December 26th, 2008 at 2:29 am

    OZ 28/1 AFTER 12 OVERS.

    Kallis and Ntini carrying the
    attack. Steyn off, Morkel yet to bowl.

  8. avatar Boertjie says:
    December 26th, 2008 at 2:32 am

    SA bowlers off the mark,
    batsmen don’t have to play at many.

    Then Kallis let’s go a stright one
    and has Captain Pout in slight trouble.

    DRINKS 28/1 Katich 17* Ponting 3*

  9. avatar Boertjie says:
    December 26th, 2008 at 2:33 am

    Commentators in full agreement
    that Aussie Rules is :em72:

  10. avatar Boertjie says:
    December 26th, 2008 at 2:45 am

    Morkel joins attack
    4 . . 4 1nb 3 .

    40/4

    Kallis 1 . 3 . . .

    44/1 after 15 ovrs

  11. avatar Boertjie says:
    December 26th, 2008 at 3:01 am

    Morkel to Ponting SIX!
    Not a poor delivery they say.

    . . . . .
    Morkel bowling at 145 +

    50/1 after 16 overs

    Kallis to Katich . 1 1 . . .

    52/1 after 17 overs

    Morkel to Ponting FOUR! 1 . 2 3 nb .
    63/1

    Things not looking good.

    Lone Ranger signing off
    :em27:

  12. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    December 26th, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Reply to Boertjie @ 3:01 am:

    Ponting got his 100 after McKenzie dropped him when Aus was 68/1 :realangry:
    Morkel was bowling all over the place :rant: but Steyn & Ntini looked good! Harris is also looking dangerous.
    All in All SA brought it back to evens at the end of days play with Aus on 280/6 – npw if we can just bowl them out for around 320 I wuld be very happy :twisted:

  13. avatar Boertjie says:
    December 26th, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Reply to JT – http://www.rugby-innsbruck.at @ 10:37 am:

    Yet to see what the fuss
    about Morkel is all about.

    McKenzie owes us a 100.

    Boring listening to Radio 2000.
    This is not a bunch of informed
    cricket commentators.

  14. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    December 27th, 2008 at 1:37 am

    Reply to Boertjie @ 2:23 pm:

    I am watching on sky and only have bloody Aussie commentators – annoying beyond belief!! :evil:

  15. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    December 27th, 2008 at 1:45 am

    Aussies have are on 302/6 and Lee/Clark scoring freely but risky.
    Need to get the tail sorted out quickly, can’t afford another 100 from these palookas :rant:

  16. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    December 27th, 2008 at 1:56 am

    FINALLY we get a wicket! 322/7

  17. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    December 27th, 2008 at 1:57 am

    Amazing average by Lee and Johnson! Both higher than 20 8O

  18. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    December 27th, 2008 at 2:00 am

    Ag nee man, Sten gets a wicket and then he bowls so wide that it goes for 4 byes!!
    But as I write that he bowls Johnson :-)
    326/8 :mrgreen:

  19. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    December 27th, 2008 at 2:03 am

    There is nothing more annoying than Aussie commentators and the Aussie tail scoring runs!!

  20. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    December 27th, 2008 at 2:13 am

    Outfield looks much faster today which is good news for SA when they go out to bat.

  21. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    December 27th, 2008 at 2:26 am

    Aussies now 351/8
    Today batting at around 6 to the over :roll: :evil:

  22. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    December 27th, 2008 at 2:31 am

    Surreal situation: Smith not sure if it carried and the umpires go to the “TMO” and is given out – I bet if it was an Aussie it would have been claimed and the question would have been more than asked! Well done Smith! Showing good character!

  23. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    December 27th, 2008 at 2:33 am

    Aussies now 352/9

  24. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    December 27th, 2008 at 2:56 am

    Morkel expensive again and Aussies are on 371/9 – SA should be batting already! :realangry:

  25. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    December 27th, 2008 at 3:21 am

    I am signing off now – hope to wake up and SA have a 200 1st wicket partnership! :mrgreen:

  26. avatar The Brand says:
    December 27th, 2008 at 8:47 am

    He he he – and then you wake up too the reality . . . .

    Aussies near 400 and SA about 200 runs behind with only their tail left . . .

    left where – is the real question . . .

    Last week was awesome – amazing – one to remember

    This week . . . . so far . . . well :noshake: :bangheadt:

  27. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    December 27th, 2008 at 8:57 am

    Bleh!

  28. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    December 27th, 2008 at 8:58 am

    And the cloud cover has cleared too…

  29. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    December 27th, 2008 at 10:33 am

    McKenzie is not doing the side any justice. McK has not reached double figures in 3 innings 8O and then goes and drops a sitter. :rant:

  30. avatar Boertjie says:
    December 27th, 2008 at 11:13 am

    :realangry:
    Proteas back to form I see.
    :1up:

  31. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    December 27th, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    What can we hope for? SA hold out to Lunch? maybe get another 50 to 60 runs? Aussies bat till Tea on day 4 and give SA a target of 500 while SA try and hold out till end of day 5 helped by a shower of rain or 10?
    :noshake:

  32. avatar Boertjie says:
    December 27th, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Reply to JT – http://www.rugby-innsbruck.at @ 5:24 pm:

    Ja, sumpting like that.
    Like the Boks they just cannot
    put two decent games in a row together.
    And the OZmob is gonna send them to the
    cleaners in the onedayers.
    :rant:

  33. avatar JT - www.rugby-innsbruck.at says:
    December 27th, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 6:15 pm:

    I will settle for a series win above the ODI’s but winning both would be great… :?

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