South African cricket December 17, 2006

It's Sourav Ganguly's Test already

South Africa had a horrid second day at Johannesburg

South Africa had a horrid second day at Johannesburg. Their batsmen collapsed for 84 and their bowlers allowed India to stretch their lead to 311 with five wickets in hand. One of the reasons for "South Africa's dismal batting performance and considerably below par bowling effort, Shaun Pollock excepted" is the lack of first-class cricket played by the national squad, writes Neil Manthorp on

"If India win, it will be a fascinating human drama that Rahul Dravid’s team will owe so much to that inspirational knock from Ganguly, a man who had been given up for lost by them," writes Kadambari Murali in The Hindustan Times.

Greg Chappll said that India needed just one innings to turn their fortunes around, Bobilli Vijay Kumar says that "it's just so ironical that it had to come from Ganguly's blade".

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo