Anyone's game from here

A draw is out of the equation and the pressure would be on South Africa (02:10)

January 5, 2007

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South Africa v India, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 4th day

Anyone's game from here

January 5, 2007

At the end of day four, the match is nicely balanced. Anyone can win this Test match and a draw is more or less out of the equation. South Africa need 156 runs to win and they are 55 for 2 at stumps.

Earlier in the day, South Africa did well to restrict India for 169 in their second innings. India lost their way after Sourav Ganguly was dismissed, and they lost wickets at regular intervals. But for the fighting innings towards the end by Dinesh Karthik, who made 38 not out, India would have struggled to get that 169. Dale Steyn came and took four wickets in a hurry.

South Africa came out to bat with a positive frame of mind. AB de Villiers and Graeme Smith got them off to a flier. Then Zaheer Khan struck, he got de Villiers caught by the keeper, a loose shot, playing away from the body. That opened the gates for the Indians and then off the last ball of the day Anil Kumble got Hashim Amla plumb in front of the stumps. So 55 for 2, still a 156 runs to get, South Africa will feel that they can get those runs if they have a good first hour of play.

India on the other hand, has to keep taking wickets, there is enough there for spinners to keep them interested. With the series hanging one-all, with everything to play for, there would be immense pressure on both the sides tomorrow. As far as I am concerned, I think it's even-stevens. Just because of the pressure, just because this is a series decider and who ever wins the Test goes on to win the series. South Africa would not want to lose at home and that's why they will feel the pressure.

Jacques Kallis for me is the big wicket that the Indians have to get early. Smith is looking good, he has got off to a start, and his partnership with Kallis will go a long way in ensuring whether South Africa is going to win this Test match or not.


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