South Africa tour of India, 2007/08 / Commentary

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200

50.1

Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, no run, bowled flat through the air outside off stump, left alone by McKenzie

50.2

Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, no run, McKenzie leans on to the front foot and defends towards the off side

50.3

Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, FOUR, Harbhajan fires the ball into off stump, McKenzie should have played forward but instead he chose to defend from his crease, he played it with soft hands and the ball runs past first slip to the boundary off the outside edge

50.4

Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, no run, Dhoni appeals for lbw but Harbhajan joins in late, McKenzie tried to cut off the back foot and got beaten

50.5

Harbhajan Singh to McKenzie, OUT, caught! McKenzie misses his century, he lunged forward to defend a flighted delivery, playing for the angle into him, the ball went straight on and hit the outside edge and flew to Dravid who took a comfortable catch

ND McKenzie c Dravid b Harbhajan Singh 94 (230m 156b 18x4 0x6) SR: 60.25

McKenzie's out for a fantastic 94 and Jacques Kallis is the next man in.

50.6

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, no run, Kallis gets behind the line of a flighted delivery and defends on the leg side

End of over 51 (4 runs) South Africa 196/2
JH Kallis    0* (1b)      Harbhajan Singh    11-1-45-1
HM Amla    25* (52b 4x4)      V Sehwag    2-0-8-0

Kumble replaces Sehwag with about seven minutes until tea.

51.1

Kumble to Amla, no run, drifts down leg side and Amla lets it go

51.2

Kumble to Amla, no run, Amla moves back in his crease and plays a flighted delivery late on the leg side

51.3

Kumble to Amla, 1 run, Amla moves back and plays a leg glance towards short fine leg, poor line from Kumble in this over so far, he's drifted down leg side

51.4

Kumble to Kallis, no run, Kallis lunges forward to defend a flighted delivery on off stump and gets an inside edge that flies wide of the man at short leg

51.5

Kumble to Kallis, 2 runs, too short and too straight again from Kumble, Kallis moves back and flicks off his pads for two more

51.6

Kumble to Kallis, no run, flighted delivery outside off stump, Kallis strides forward and drives to mid-off

End of over 52 (3 runs) South Africa 199/2
JH Kallis    2* (4b)      A Kumble    18-5-43-1
HM Amla    26* (55b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    11-1-45-1

52.1

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, bowled flatter through the air outside off stump, Amla comes forward and lets it go

52.2

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, FOUR, short and wide outside off stump, Amla has plenty of time to go on the back foot and place the cover drive through the gap, he's settled down nicely now, South Africa go past 200

52.3

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Amla moves back and defends towards the off side

52.4

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 run, bowled flatter and straighter on middle stump, Amla nudges the ball off his pads behind square for one more

52.5

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, no run, Kallis moves forward and defends with a straight bat

52.6

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis moves across his stumps and paddles Harbhajan towards long leg for a single

End of over 53 (6 runs) South Africa 205/2
JH Kallis    3* (6b)      Harbhajan Singh    12-1-51-1
HM Amla    31* (59b 5x4)      A Kumble    18-5-43-1

This will be the last over before tea. Short leg and a very short midwicket in place.

53.1

Kumble to Kallis, no run, flighted delivery on middle stump, Kallis leans forward and defends on the leg side

53.2

Kumble to Kallis, no run, tossed up on leg stump, Kallis leans across and pushes the ball towards midwicket

53.3

Kumble to Kallis, no run, bowled quicker through the air on middle stump, Kallis digs it out towards Laxman at very short midwicket

53.4

Kumble to Kallis, no run, Kumble appeals for leg before but Tony Hill says not out, Kallis thrust forward in defence but the ball hit the inside edge and hit the pad

53.5

Kumble to Kallis, 1 leg bye, Kumble slants on to leg stump, the ball hits the pad for a leg bye

53.6

Kumble to Amla, no run, Kumble drifts down leg side, the batsman tries to play the leg glance but misses

Tea, 2.10 pm local time: South Africa have scored 97 runs in the session for the loss of the openers Smith and McKenzie. They're in a solid position at 206 for 2, Amla has settled in nicely and he has Kallis with him at the other end.

I'll be back in 20 minutes for the final session of the first day.

End of over 54 (1 run, maiden) South Africa 206/2
HM Amla    31* (60b 5x4)      A Kumble    19-6-43-1
JH Kallis    3* (11b)      Harbhajan Singh    12-1-51-1

2.30 pm local time: The final session of the first day is about to begin. There are 36 overs remaining and India have a maximum of 162 minutes to bowl them. Kallis will take strike, facing Harbhajan Singh who is bowling from over the wicket with a slip and a short leg.

54.1

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, 1 run, drifts on to middle and leg, Kallis moves across his stumps and pushes the ball behind square leg

54.2

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 run, Amla leans forward and drives a flighted delivery wide of the fielder at mid-off

54.3

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, no run, bowled slowly through the air, Kallis moves back and across and defends

54.4

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis once again moves across his stumps to work the ball angling into him down towards long leg

54.5

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Amla stays put in his crease and defends on the front foot towards the off side

54.6

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 2 runs, Amla goes back to a straighter one and plays the ball past Dravid at first slip

End of over 55 (5 runs) South Africa 211/2
HM Amla    34* (63b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    13-1-56-1
JH Kallis    5* (14b)      A Kumble    19-6-43-1

Sreesanth to bowl from over the wicket with two slips in place.

55.1

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, starts off with a good length ball outside off stump, Kallis lets it go through to Dhoni

55.2

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, once again Sreesanth keeps it on a tight line and length just outside off, Kallis watchfully lets it go again

55.3

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, Sreesanth bowls a full and slower ball outside off stump, Kallis moves forward to drive but mis-times it

55.4

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, Sreesanth gets a full toss to swing back into Kallis who once again mis-times the drive to mid-off

55.5

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, short of a length delivery outside off stump, Kallis offers no shot and Dhoni takes the ball at waist height

55.6

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, Sreesanth goes wide of the crease and angles a full ball into off stump, Kallis moves forward and drives towards point

End of over 56 (maiden) South Africa 211/2
JH Kallis    5* (20b)      S Sreesanth    13-3-52-0
HM Amla    34* (63b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    13-1-56-1

56.1

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, bowled flat through the air on off stump, Amla moves forward and defends

56.2

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Harbhajan bowls it quicker on off and middle, Amla defends on the front foot to short leg

56.3

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 run, Amla moves forward and clips a fuller ball off his pads towards square leg

56.4

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, no run, tossed up on off and middle stump, Kallis moves forward and defends to the leg side

56.5

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, no run, Kallis gets squared up by a straighter one, he moved across his crease to play on the leg side but had to adjust and defend because the ball didn't turn into him

56.6

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, no run, defended on the back foot

End of over 57 (1 run) South Africa 212/2
JH Kallis    5* (23b)      Harbhajan Singh    14-1-57-1
HM Amla    35* (66b 5x4)      S Sreesanth    13-3-52-0

57.1

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, Sreesanth pitches on a good length outside off stump, Amla moves forward and shoulders arms

57.2

Sreesanth to Amla, FOUR, too short from Sreesanth and the width outside off stump allows Amla the space to stand on the back foot and drive through cover, Yuvraj gets beaten in the infield and the ball runs to the boundary

57.3

Sreesanth to Amla, 1 run, fuller length outside off stump, Amla drives off the front foot towards the fielder on the cover boundary

57.4

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, good length and closer to off stump this time, Kallis gets behind the line and defends

57.5

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, good length once again, angling into off stump, Kallis drives the ball into the ground and towards the bowler

57.6

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, tight line and length outside off stump, Kallis lets the ball pass through to Dhoni

End of over 58 (5 runs) South Africa 217/2
JH Kallis    5* (26b)      S Sreesanth    14-3-57-0
HM Amla    40* (69b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    14-1-57-1

58.1

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 run, sloppy sloppy fielding, Amla leans forward and pushes the ball back to Harbhajan who lets the ball slips right through his hands, appalling effort

58.2

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, no run, bowled quicker through the air on middle stump, Kallis defends on the leg side off the front foot

58.3

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, no run, Kallis moves on to the front foot and defends on the leg side

58.4

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis moves back in his crease and pushes towards point for one more

58.5

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Amla lunges forward and pushes the ball in the air towards midwicket

58.6

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 run, Amla keeps strike by pushing the ball towards long-on for one more

End of over 59 (3 runs) South Africa 220/2
HM Amla    42* (72b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    15-1-60-1
JH Kallis    6* (29b)      S Sreesanth    14-3-57-0

59.1

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, full, just outside the off stump, holds its line and Amla, surprisingly, against nature, goes for hard flash and gets a outside edge, along the ground to right of Dhoni

59.2

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, on a length, around the off stump and Amla punches it into the off side.

One slip and gully in

59.3

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, fullish, outside off, the left arm doesn't kick into the bowling action properly and Amla drives to mid-off

59.4

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, probing delivery, just outside the off stump and Amla plants his front foot out and shoulders arms

59.5

Sreesanth to Amla, 1 run, on the middle, moving towards middle and leg, Amla pushes it to the on side and they cross over for a easy single

59.6

Sreesanth to Kallis, 2 runs, full pitched, around the off stump and Kallis drives pleasingly to deep cover region

End of over 60 (3 runs) South Africa 223/2
JH Kallis    8* (30b)      S Sreesanth    15-3-60-0
HM Amla    43* (77b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    15-1-60-1

60.1

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, floated on the off stump and defended stoutly. For some reason, some one shouted catch it. Must be the flies around..

60.2

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, leans forward to nudge a flighted delivery to the off side

60.3

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, a tad quicker, on the middle and defended down the track

60.4

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 2 runs, fuller, turns in from outside off, Amla chooses to go back and just when one thought he might get cramped, he opened the bat-face and guided deftly through backward point

60.5

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 run, stays back to a turning delivery in middle and leg line and tickles it around the corner for a single

Interesting field. slip, leg slip, a very short square leg and a very short midwicket

60.6

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, no run, turns in from outside off and Kallis is solid, as ever, in defense

End of over 61 (3 runs) South Africa 226/2
JH Kallis    8* (31b)      Harbhajan Singh    16-1-63-1
HM Amla    46* (82b 6x4)      S Sreesanth    15-3-60-0

RP is back. Has not had a great day so far. Let's see how he goes now. SA are in a great position here. Can they finish the day in style?

61.1

Singh to Amla, no run, harmless delivery, well outside off stump and no shot is attempted.

61.2

Singh to Amla, no run, short in length, just outside the off stump, punched to short cover

61.3

Singh to Amla, no run, length delivery angling away and Amla defends to the off side

61.4

Singh to Amla, FOUR, poor delivery: short and wide and Amla moves to his fifty with a crashing square cut. Well played sir.

61.5

Singh to Amla, no run, another poor effort, this time a tad wider and Amla chooses not to chase it.

61.6

Singh to Amla, 1 run, Hmm... again wide and Amla reaches out and cuts to deep point.

End of over 62 (5 runs) South Africa 231/2
HM Amla    51* (88b 7x4)      RP Singh    10-0-53-0
JH Kallis    8* (31b)      Harbhajan Singh    16-1-63-1

62.1

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, on the middle and leg, defended to the on side

Two short legs - square and traditional and a very short midwicket in

62.2

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 run, flighted outside off, driven to covers

62.3

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, 1 run, driven to mid-off for a easy single.. That packed leg side field means lots of gaps i in the off

62.4

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 run, another easy single to the vacant off side.

62.5

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, no run, on the middle and leg, turns ever so slowly on this track, nudged to leg slip region

62.6

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, no run, suddenly, against the run of play, Kallis goes for a slog sweep, misses and is struck outside the off stump. Harbhajan appeals, the umpire hands him his cap. End of the over.

End of over 63 (3 runs) South Africa 234/2
JH Kallis    9* (34b)      Harbhajan Singh    17-1-66-1
HM Amla    53* (91b 7x4)      RP Singh    10-0-53-0

63.1

Singh to Amla, 1 run, angling away from Amla who pushes it to deep point for a single

63.2

Singh to Kallis, FOUR, he thrust his left foot out before the release, prompting RP to pitch it short and Kallis eased back to pull it over midwicket. Very well played.

63.3

Singh to Kallis, no run, follows that adventurous streak with a dour defensive stroke.

63.4

Singh to Kallis, no run, slanted across Kallis who lets Dhoni gather it

63.5

Singh to Kallis, no run, better delivery, full and moving away from Kallis who shows excellent judgement of his off stump.

63.6

Singh to Kallis, no run, length delivery on the off stump and defended back to the bowler who hurls the delivery to the 'keeper.

End of over 64 (5 runs) South Africa 239/2
JH Kallis    13* (39b 1x4)      RP Singh    11-0-58-0
HM Amla    54* (92b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    17-1-66-1

64.1

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, turning in towards the pads, nudged to the on side

64.2

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, FOUR, went back, really back and turned it through the vacant slip region and Yuvraj makes a mess of a regulation stop at the boundary. He went down ever so slowly and just didn't reach the ball! Poor effort.

64.3

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 run, on driven for a single

64.4

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, no run

64.5

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, no run, loopy delivery, around the off stump and Kallis, who shuffles a touch, defends solidly

64.6

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, OUT, Kallis is gone. Harbhajan strikes. Loopy flighted delivery, spinning in from off stump and Kallis leaned forward to defend. The ball turns in with bounce, collides with the inside edge and bounds off the pad. Wasim Jaffer, from the squarish short leg position, takes the catch. Harbhajan appeals, Kallis walks, the umpire doesn't move his finger, Harbhajan looks bemused and anguished before his team-mates shout from behind. Gone.

JH Kallis c Jaffer b Harbhajan Singh 13 (57m 42b 1x4 0x6) SR: 30.95

End of over 65 (5 runs) South Africa 244/3
     Harbhajan Singh    18-1-71-2
HM Amla    59* (95b 8x4)      RP Singh    11-0-58-0

Ashwell Prince is the new batsman but Amla will be on strike for the wicket fell off the last ball of the over.

65.1

Singh to Amla, no run, pitches on a good length around off stump and slants away from the right-hander, Amla lets it go to Dhoni

65.2

Singh to Amla, 2 runs, short and wide from RP, Amla stands on the back foot and smashes it through point, Chawla does superbly to dive on the boundary and cut off the four

65.3

Singh to Amla, no run, Amla fends at one that slants across him and gets beaten, the ball just misses the outside edge

65.4

Singh to Amla, no run, RP Singh bangs it in short and the ball flies over Amla's head

65.5

Singh to Amla, no run, good length ball on off stump, Amla stays in his crease, gets behind the line and defends on the off side

65.6

Singh to Amla, 1 run, RP pitches outside leg stump, Amla works the ball off his hips through midwicket

End of over 66 (3 runs) South Africa 247/3
HM Amla    62* (101b 8x4)      RP Singh    12-0-61-0
AG Prince    0* (0b)      Harbhajan Singh    18-1-71-2

66.1

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 run, too short from Harbhajan, allowing Amla to move right back and play the ball behind square leg

66.2

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, Prince offers no shot to his first delivery and is hit on the pad, Harbhajan roars an appeal but the ball was always going to spin across and miss off stump

66.3

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, defended on the back foot towards the off side

66.4

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, tossed up on middle stump, Prince leans forward and defends towards the leg side

66.5

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, FOUR, that was premeditated, Prince got a long way across his stumps and swept Harbhajan against the angle and turn, the ball hit the top edge and ran down to the fine-leg boundary

66.6

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, bowled quicker through the air on middle and leg, Prince moves back and defends towards the bowler

End of over 67 (5 runs) South Africa 252/3
AG Prince    4* (5b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    19-1-76-2
HM Amla    63* (102b 8x4)      RP Singh    12-0-61-0

67.1

Singh to Amla, no run, pitches on a good length around off stump and slants away from the right-hander, Amla lets it go through to Dhoni

67.2

Singh to Amla, 1 leg bye, pitches outside leg stump this time, Amla misses the flick but gets hit on the pad for a leg bye

67.3

Singh to Prince, no run, Prince moves across his stumps to play an incoming ball on the leg side but doesn't make proper contact

67.4

Singh to Prince, no run, a full toss swings into the left-hander from over the wicket, Prince pushes it back towards the bowler

67.5

Singh to Prince, no run, short of a length and wide outside off stump, Prince waits on the back foot and pushes the ball towards cover point

67.6

Singh to Prince, no run, short of a length delivery angles into Prince who moves on to the back foot and defends with a straight bat

End of over 68 (1 run, maiden) South Africa 253/3
AG Prince    4* (9b 1x4)      RP Singh    13-1-61-0
HM Amla    63* (104b 8x4)      Harbhajan Singh    19-1-76-2

68.1

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 run, Amla once again moves across his stumps to play the ball angling into him behind square on the leg side

68.2

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, 1 run, Prince comes out of his crease and drives the ball towards wide mid-on

68.3

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, defended off the front foot towards the fielder at forward short leg

68.4

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Amla moves forward and blocks on the leg side

Harbhajan goes round the wicket. He has a slip, leg slip, short leg and short midwicket.

68.5

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 run, pitches the ball on leg stump and Amla works it off his pads past leg slip

68.6

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, a bit too short from Harbhajan, Prince moves back and pushes the ball to mid-on

End of over 69 (3 runs) South Africa 256/3
AG Prince    5* (11b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    20-1-79-2
HM Amla    65* (108b 8x4)      RP Singh    13-1-61-0

69.1

Singh to Amla, no run, fuller length outside off stump, Amla leans into the front-foot drive and plays it towards extra cover

69.2

Singh to Amla, FOUR, shot! too full on the pads, Amla strides forward and drives through midwicket for four, Amla's timed that very well

69.3

Singh to Amla, 2 runs, Amla moves forward and uses the width outside off stump to play the square drive through point for two more

69.4

Singh to Amla, no run, RP sends down a bouncer which Amla easily ducks under

69.5

Singh to Amla, 1 run, full and wide outside off stump, RP's got several fielders in the circle on the offside but Amla still places the cover drive in the gap

69.6

Singh to Prince, no run, a full ball swings into the left-hander from over the wicket, Prince moves forward and defends towards midwicket

End of over 70 (7 runs) South Africa 263/3
AG Prince    5* (12b 1x4)      RP Singh    14-1-68-0
HM Amla    72* (113b 9x4)      Harbhajan Singh    20-1-79-2

Yuvraj is on the field for RP, who has gone off for a bit.

70.1

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Amla moves back and plays the ball off his pads towards leg slip

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70.2

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, tossed up outside leg stump, Amla moves a long way across his stumps and plays the ball to leg slip

Harbhajan is bowling round the wicket with three men close in on the leg side.

70.3

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 run, Amla moves deep in his crease and plays the ball down into the ground and in the gap between leg slip and short leg

70.4

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, Harbhajan drops a fraction short which allows Prince the time to move back and cut towards point

70.5

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, tossed up on off stump, Prince moves forward and defends

70.6

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, 3 runs, Prince moves back and chips the ball in the air but into the vacant midwicket region, Ganguly runs across from mid-on and the batsmen have enough time to run three

End of over 71 (4 runs) South Africa 267/3
AG Prince    8* (15b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    21-1-83-2
HM Amla    73* (116b 9x4)      RP Singh    14-1-68-0

71.1

Kumble to Prince, no run, tossed up outside off stump, Prince lets it go to Dhoni

71.2

Kumble to Prince, no run, flatter through the air from Kumble, Prince moves back and defends on the off side

71.3

Kumble to Prince, no run, Prince moves on to the back foot and nudges the ball on the leg side

71.4

Kumble to Prince, no run, Kumble pushes Prince back with his flat trajectory and he defends on the off side

71.5

Kumble to Prince, no run, Prince lunges forward this time and defends a slower ball on the off side

71.6

Kumble to Prince, 1 run, Prince moved a long way across his stumps and paddle-swept Kumble from middle stump towards fine leg

End of over 72 (1 run) South Africa 268/3
AG Prince    9* (21b 1x4)      A Kumble    20-6-44-1
HM Amla    73* (116b 9x4)      Harbhajan Singh    21-1-83-2

72.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, bowled slowly through the air on off stump, Prince defends on the back foot

72.2

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, fuller ball angling into of stump, Prince moves back and defends on the off side

72.3

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, defended on the back foot towards the bowler

72.4

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, no run, flatter delivery outside off stump, defended on the back foot towards the off stump

72.5

Harbhajan Singh to Prince, 1 run, Prince moves forward and clips the ball off his pads towards square leg

72.6

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, flatter ball on leg and middle stump, Amla moves back and defends towards short leg

End of over 73 (1 run) South Africa 269/3
HM Amla    73* (117b 9x4)      Harbhajan Singh    22-1-84-2
AG Prince    10* (26b 1x4)      A Kumble    20-6-44-1

73.1

Kumble to Prince, no run, Kumble tossed it up on Prince who came forward to defend, the ball stopped on him and Prince checked his forward push

73.2

Kumble to Prince, no run, defended on the front foot towards the bowler

73.3

Kumble to Prince, 1 run, Prince once again moves his front foot across the stumps and sweeps Kumble behind square

73.4

Kumble to Amla, 2 runs, that's the quicker one and it nearly trapped Amla leg before, he brought his bat down just in time and the ball hit the inside edge and went behind square

73.5

Kumble to Amla, no run, defended on the back foot towards the off side

73.6

Kumble to Amla, no run, flighted delivery on off and middle stump, Amla gets to the pitch of the ball and drives towards mid-off

End of over 74 (3 runs) South Africa 272/3
HM Amla    75* (120b 9x4)      A Kumble    21-6-47-1
AG Prince    11* (29b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    22-1-84-2

Sehwag replaces Harbhajan, bowling from over the wicket.

74.1

Sehwag to Prince, no run, tossed up on the left-hander's leg stump, Prince leans forward and nudges the ball to midwicket

74.2

Sehwag to Prince, no run, Sehwag hits Prince on the pad with a quicker one but the ball was slipping down leg

74.3

Sehwag to Prince, no run, played to covers off the back foot

74.4

Sehwag to Prince, no run, Prince moves forward and defends

74.5

Sehwag to Prince, no run, tossed up on middle stump, Prince comes on to the front foot and defends with a straight bat

74.6

Sehwag to Prince, no run, Sehwag pitches outside leg stump, Prince moves forward and glances the ball off his pads towards short fine leg

End of over 75 (maiden) South Africa 272/3
AG Prince    11* (35b 1x4)      V Sehwag    3-1-8-0
HM Amla    75* (120b 9x4)      A Kumble    21-6-47-1

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75.1

Kumble to Amla, no run, bowled quicker through the air on middle stump, Amla defends on the front foot

75.2

Kumble to Amla, 1 run, Amla moves forward and nudges a fast ball off his pads towards square leg

75.3

Kumble to Prince, no run, Prince comes down the track and pushes the ball back towards Kumble

75.4

Kumble to Prince, no run, Prince stays in his crease this time and opens the face to run a quicker delivery towards point

75.5

Kumble to Prince, no run, Prince once again comes down the track to a flighted delivery and plays it back to Kumble

75.6

Kumble to Prince, no run, Prince gets squared up by a flatter delivery as he tries to defend off the back foot

End of over 76 (1 run) South Africa 273/3
AG Prince    11* (39b 1x4)      A Kumble    22-6-48-1
HM Amla    76* (122b 9x4)      V Sehwag    3-1-8-0

76.1

Sehwag to Amla, no run, Sehwag floats the ball through the air on middle stump, Amla moves back and defends to short leg

76.2

Sehwag to Amla, no run, defended off the back foot towards the bowler

76.3

Sehwag to Amla, FOUR, too short and too wide outside off stump, Amla rocks back and cuts in front of cover point for four, Jaffer's on the sweeper boundary but he can't cut it off

76.4

Sehwag to Amla, no run, fuller ball and straighter, Amla defends off the front foot

76.5

Sehwag to Amla, no run, Amla moves back this time and defends on the leg side

76.6

Sehwag to Amla, no run, bowled slightly quicker through the air on off stump, Amla leans forward and blocks once again

End of over 77 (4 runs) South Africa 277/3
HM Amla    80* (128b 10x4)      V Sehwag    4-1-12-0
AG Prince    11* (39b 1x4)      A Kumble    22-6-48-1

77.1

Kumble to Prince, no run, bowled quicker through the air on off stump, Prince defends on the front foot

77.2

Kumble to Prince, no run, slower through the air on off stump this time, Prince moves back and blocks on the off side

77.3

Kumble to Prince, 2 runs, Prince moves back and plays the ball off his pads past the fielder at short leg, it was in the air but Ganguly had got up early and the ball went between his legs

77.4

Kumble to Prince, no run, defended off the front foot towards the off side

77.5

Kumble to Prince, 1 run, Prince moves back once again and nudges the ball behind square for a single

77.6

Kumble to Amla, no run, bowled flat through the air on middle and leg stump, Amla moves forward and defends towards short leg

End of over 78 (3 runs) South Africa 280/3
HM Amla    80* (129b 10x4)      A Kumble    23-6-51-1
AG Prince    14* (44b 1x4)      V Sehwag    4-1-12-0

78.1

Sehwag to Prince, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg stump, Prince comes forward and nudges the ball towards square leg

78.2

Sehwag to Amla, no run, bowled flatter through the air outside off stump, Amla lunges forward to defend on the off side

78.3

Sehwag to Amla, 1 run, Amla comes on to the front foot and uses the angle into the right-hander to work the ball off his pads behind square

78.4

Sehwag to Prince, no run, Prince drives a ball off the front foot towards mid-on

78.5

Sehwag to Prince, no run, a bit too wide from Sehwag and Prince moves back to drive towards cover

78.6

Sehwag to Prince, 1 run, Prince plays the ball off his pads towards square leg for one

End of over 79 (3 runs) South Africa 283/3
AG Prince    16* (48b 1x4)      V Sehwag    5-1-15-0
HM Amla    81* (131b 10x4)      A Kumble    23-6-51-1

The new ball will be available after this over if Kumble wants it.

79.1

Kumble to Prince, no run, Kumble bowls it flat outside the off stump, Prince lets it go

79.2

Kumble to Prince, no run, Prince once again moves back and plays the ball firmly but uppishly past Ganguly at short leg

79.3

Kumble to Prince, FOUR, Prince gets down on one knee and sweeps powerfully to the square leg boundary

79.4

Kumble to Prince, no run, Prince moves back and defends back towards the bowler

79.5

Kumble to Prince, 1 run, Kumble angles the ball into the left-hander from round the wicket, Prince pushes the ball off his pads for a single

79.6

Kumble to Amla, no run, quicker ball on middle stump, Amla defends on the front foot back towards the bowler

End of over 80 (5 runs) South Africa 288/3
HM Amla    81* (132b 10x4)      A Kumble    24-6-56-1
AG Prince    21* (53b 2x4)      V Sehwag    5-1-15-0

The second new ball is due but Kumble hasn't taken it.

80.1

Sehwag to Prince, 1 run, Prince moves back and across to a flatter ball and works it off his pads towards square leg

80.2

Sehwag to Amla, no run, defended on the back foot towards the off side

80.3

Sehwag to Amla, 1 run, Amla moves on to the back foot and glances the ball off his pads for another single

80.4

Sehwag to Prince, no run, tossed up on middle stump, Prince leans forward and defends

80.5

Sehwag to Prince, no run, leg-stump line from Sehwag, Prince defends on the front foot towards the leg side

80.6

Sehwag to Prince, 1 run, Prince moves across his stumps and nudges the ball behind square

End of over 81 (3 runs) South Africa 291/3
AG Prince    23* (57b 2x4)      V Sehwag    6-1-18-0
HM Amla    82* (134b 10x4)      A Kumble    24-6-56-1

Kumble to continue from round the wicket to the left-hander.

81.1

Kumble to Prince, no run, Prince moves back and defends a flat ball on the off side

81.2

Kumble to Prince, no run, Prince moves back and plays a ball that angles into leg stump towards short leg

81.3

Kumble to Prince, OUT, that's some catch! Prince went on the back foot and chipped a googly back in the air towards the non-striker, Kumble was alert, moved quickly to his left and dived in front of Amla to take a sharp catch with one hand

AG Prince c & b Kumble 23 (68m 60b 2x4 0x6) SR: 38.33

AB de Villiers, who normally opens, is the No 6 batsman.

81.4

Kumble to de Villiers, 1 run, de Villiers gets off the mark with an inside edge towards the leg side

81.5

Kumble to Amla, no run, driven off the back foot towards mid-on

81.6

Kumble to Amla, no run, Amla lunges on to the front foot and defends

End of over 82 (1 run) South Africa 292/4
HM Amla    82* (136b 10x4)      A Kumble    25-6-57-2
AB de Villiers    1* (1b)      V Sehwag    6-1-18-0

Harbhajan Singh comes back into the attack, replacing Sehwag.

82.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers leans forward to a flighted delivery and defends back towards the bowler

82.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, FOUR, de Villiers steps out of his crease and drives the ball firmly towards mid-on where the fielder cannot dive across and cut off the boundary

82.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off side

82.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, de Villiers moves back to a flatter ball and pushes the ball through cover for a single

82.5

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, tossed up on middle stump, Amla leans forward and defends towards short leg

82.6

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Harbhajan drifts down leg side, Amla moves back and plays the ball down into the ground towards Laxman at leg slip

End of over 83 (5 runs) South Africa 297/4
HM Amla    82* (138b 10x4)      Harbhajan Singh    23-1-89-2
AB de Villiers    6* (5b 1x4)      A Kumble    25-6-57-2

83.1

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers skips out of his crease but was beaten by the flight and padded the ball away

83.2

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers moves on to the back foot and drives a quicker ball towards point

83.3

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, that was the googly and de Villiers didn't pick it until it came off the pitch, he moved back and whipped it firmly to Ganguly at short leg who saved runs with some sharp reflexes

83.4

Kumble to de Villiers, 2 runs, Kumble fires the ball into leg stump, de Villiers works it off his pads towards square leg for two more

83.5

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers stays back in his crease to a flighted delivery and defends with a straight bat, he should have been playing forward

83.6

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, Kumble ends the over with a googly which de Villiers defends off the back foot to the off side

End of over 84 (2 runs) South Africa 299/4
AB de Villiers    8* (11b 1x4)      A Kumble    26-6-59-2
HM Amla    82* (138b 10x4)      Harbhajan Singh    23-1-89-2

84.1

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Amla waits on the front foot for a flighted delivery to reach him and defends on the leg side

84.2

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, played off the back foot towards the fielder at leg slip

84.3

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, bowled flatter through the air on middle stump, Amla plays the ball to Ganguly at short leg

84.4

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Amla goes right back and plays the ball off his pads to Laxman at leg slip

84.5

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, nice flight from Harbhajan, Amla moves forward and tries to defend, he gets beaten in the flight and covers the ball with his body

84.6

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, defended on the back foot towards the leg side

End of over 85 (maiden) South Africa 299/4
HM Amla    82* (144b 10x4)      Harbhajan Singh    24-2-89-2
AB de Villiers    8* (11b 1x4)      A Kumble    26-6-59-2

85.1

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers moves on to the back foot and pushes the ball with a straight bat towards mid on

85.2

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers leans on to the front foot and defends back to the bowler

85.3

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, tossed up on middle stump, de Villiers drives towards mid-on

85.4

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, bowled quicker through the air on middle stump, defended on the back foot

85.5

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, defended on the back foot once again

85.6

Kumble to de Villiers, no run

End of over 86 (maiden) South Africa 299/4
AB de Villiers    8* (17b 1x4)      A Kumble    27-7-59-2
HM Amla    82* (144b 10x4)      Harbhajan Singh    24-2-89-2

86.1

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, tossed up on middle and leg stump, Amla defends towards leg slip

86.2

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 run, Amla once again moves back and nudges the ball through the several close in catchers on the leg side, the single brings up South Africa's 300

86.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers steps out of his crease and defends on the off side, elaborate effort for no run

86.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, defended on the back foot towards the off side

86.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, bowled flatter through the air on middle stump, de Villiers defends on the front foot

86.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, shorter in length outside off stump, de Villiers moves on to the back foot and punches towards point

End of over 87 (1 run) South Africa 300/4
AB de Villiers    8* (21b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    25-2-90-2
HM Amla    83* (146b 10x4)      A Kumble    27-7-59-2

Three overs remain in the day.

87.1

Kumble to Amla, no run, tossed up on off and middle stump, Amla went on to the back foot and nudges it towards the leg side

87.2

Kumble to Amla, no run, dug out off the front foot towards the off side

87.3

Kumble to Amla, no run, quick and straight from Kumble, Amla stays in his crease and defends with a straight bat

87.4

Kumble to Amla, no run, quicker and flatter on off stump, Amla moves back and defends on the off side

87.5

Kumble to Amla, no run, Kumble bowls a seam up delivery down leg side, Amla misses the flick and the ball thuds into Dhoni's gloves

87.6

Kumble to Amla, no run, another one, this time it is on off and middle and Amla defends on the off side

End of over 88 (maiden) South Africa 300/4
HM Amla    83* (152b 10x4)      A Kumble    28-8-59-2
AB de Villiers    8* (21b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    25-2-90-2

88.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, Harbhajan gets one to turn into de Villiers from outside off stump, he plays the ball towards cover off the back foot for a single

88.2

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Harbhajan goes round the wicket and pitches on leg stump, Amla defends towards leg slip

88.3

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Amla leans forward and defends a ball that pitches outside leg towards a fielder at short square leg

88.4

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 run, driven off the front foot towards mid-on who is a bit deep and can't prevent the single

88.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, too flat, too short, de Villiers defends off the back foot towards the leg side

88.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, tossed up slowly on leg stump, de Villiers moves back and blocks

End of over 89 (2 runs) South Africa 302/4
AB de Villiers    9* (24b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    26-2-92-2
HM Amla    84* (155b 10x4)      A Kumble    28-8-59-2

This is the last over of the day, Kumble will bowl it.

89.1

Kumble to Amla, 1 run, bowled flat through the air outside off stump, Amla pushes the ball towards cover off the back foot

89.2

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, tossed up on middle stump, de Villiers gets behind the line and defends on the front foot

89.3

Kumble to de Villiers, 1 run, too short, allowing de Villiers the space to move back and cut through covers for a single

89.4

Kumble to Amla, no run

89.5

Kumble to Amla, no run, Kumble goes round the wicket and angles the ball across Amla who waits on the back foot and plays the ball behind point

89.6

Kumble to Amla, no run, flighted delivery on leg and middle stump, Amla goes right back and blocks solidly, that's stumps on the first day in Chennai

Stumps, 4.56 pm local time: South Africa have won the first day, having scored 304 for 4 after winning the toss. The platform was set by Smith and McKenzie who scored 73 and 94 respectively and South Africa did not lose wickets in succession, adding partnerships of 132, 64, 47 and 47.

The pitch had nothing for the new ball bowlers but RP Singh and Sreesanth were guilty of giving away too many boundary balls which allowed South Africa to build momentum with ease. All four wickets fell to the spinners - Kumble and Harbhajan - but the pitch has been extremely good for batting. India's fielding was sluggish and there were several appalling half-hearted attempts, a stark climb-down from the energy on the field during the CB Series in Australia.

Amla has looked in complete control during his unbeaten 85 and South Africa will hope for a big hundred from him on Thursday. de Villiers is at the crease with him and there's Boucher to come.

I'll be back tomorrow morning at 9.00 am local time for the second day's play. For the moment this is George Binoy signing off. Cheers.

End of over 90 (2 runs) South Africa 304/4
HM Amla    85* (159b 10x4)      A Kumble    29-8-61-2
AB de Villiers    10* (26b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    26-2-92-2

9.30 am local time: Play is about to begin. AB de Villiers will be on strike and he has Hashim Amla, who is batting on 85, at the other end. Kumble's starting with spin: Harbhajan has the ball and is bowling from over the wicket. A slip, silly point and short leg in place.

Day two, 9.12 am local time: Hello everybody and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the second day's play between India and South Africa in Chennai. South Africa begin the day on 304 for 4, an extremely strong position which they would want to capitalise on. The pitch is still a good batting track and it remains to be seen if Anil Kumble takes the new ball, which is available, first up.

I'm George Binoy and will take you through the second day's play. Thankfully it's a clear morning in Chennai.

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90.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, a touch too short first up, de Villiers moves back and works the ball off his pads towards square leg for a single

90.2

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 run, tossed up on middle stump, Amla waits in his crease for the ball to turn into him and uses the angle to nudge it towards short fine leg for another single

90.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, slightly quicker through the air on middle stump, defended towards short leg

90.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flighted delivery on off stump, de Villiers leans forward and blocks

90.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, de Villiers steps down the track and drives the full toss to mid-on, he didn't time it well enough

90.6

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, Amla picks the straighter one from Harbhajan and defends on the back foot towards the off side

End of over 91 (3 runs) South Africa 307/4
HM Amla    86* (161b 10x4)      Harbhajan Singh    27-2-95-2
AB de Villiers    12* (30b 1x4)      A Kumble    29-8-61-2

Kumble will take up the attack from the other end.

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

91.2

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers gets hit on the pad outside the line of leg stump

91.3

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, defended on the off stump on the back foot

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

91.5

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, bowled quicker and flatter through the air, de Villiers defends on the front foot

91.6

Kumble to de Villiers, no run, quicker delivery to end the over, de Villiers moves forward and blocks

End of over 92 (8 runs) South Africa 315/4
AB de Villiers    20* (36b 3x4)      A Kumble    30-8-69-2
HM Amla    86* (161b 10x4)      Harbhajan Singh    27-2-95-2

92.1

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, Amla leans on to the front foot and blocks

92.2

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, 1 run, another flighted delivery on off and middle stump, Amla takes a stride forward and uses his wrists to work the ball towards midwicket

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

92.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers gets squared up by one that doesn't turn and goes straight through on off stump, the outside edge falls short of Dravid at first slip

92.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 3 runs, de Villiers steps out of his crease and once again gets squared up, he tries to force the ball through the leg side and another outside edge runs past first slip, Dravid gives chase and pulls the ball in inside the boundary, the tip of his toe might have been touching the boundary but the third umpire says he's ok

92.6

Harbhajan Singh to Amla, no run, defended on the back foot towards the off side

End of over 93 (8 runs) South Africa 323/4
HM Amla    87* (164b 10x4)      Harbhajan Singh    28-2-103-2
AB de Villiers    27* (39b 4x4)      A Kumble    30-8-69-2

South Africa have scored 19 runs off the first three overs today and Kumble has decided it's time for the new ball. Sreesanth will have first use of it, bowling from over the wicket. Two slips and a gully, there are three in the covers saving the single. Sreesanth is bowling to a 6-3 offside field.

93.1

Sreesanth to de Villiers, 1 leg bye, good length delivery on middle and leg, de Villiers tries to work the ball off his pads but misses

93.2

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, good length ball on off stump, Amla gets behind the line on the back foot and blocks

93.3

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, Sreesanth's bowling a tight length around off stump, Amla punches off the back foot towards the off side

93.4

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, Sreesanth gets the ball to cut back sharply into Amla who decided to offer no shot, the ball jagged back into the right-hander and hit him high on the thigh, a little lower that the Indians would have appealed

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

93.6

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, good length on off stump, defended on the front foot towards mid-off

End of over 94 (5 runs) South Africa 328/4
HM Amla    91* (169b 11x4)      S Sreesanth    16-3-64-0
AB de Villiers    27* (40b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    28-2-103-2

RP Singh runs in from over the wicket.

94.1

Singh to de Villiers, no run, too wide outside off stump, de Villiers reaches out for it and plays the ball to cover point

94.2

Singh to de Villiers, no run, 123 kmp, RP pitches around off stump and slants the ball away from de Villiers who lets it go through to Dhoni

94.3

Singh to de Villiers, no run, RP's bowling at a gentle 125 kmh, good length on leg and middle stump, defended on the front foot towards the leg side

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

94.5

Singh to de Villiers, no run, fuller ball on off stump, driven off the front foot towards mid-off

94.6

Singh to de Villiers, no run, good length delivery on middle and off stump, de Villiers moves back and defends on the off side

End of over 95 (4 runs) South Africa 332/4
AB de Villiers    31* (46b 5x4)      RP Singh    15-1-72-0
HM Amla    91* (169b 11x4)      S Sreesanth    16-3-64-0

95.1

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, short of a length on off and middle stump, Amla jumps on to the back foot and defends on the leg side

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

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

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

95.5

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, shorter length and wider outside the off stump, Amla lets the ball go

95.6

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, once again Amla watchfully lets a good length delivery go outside off stump

India have looked hapless with the ball this morning, and even more hapless in the field.

End of over 96 (12 runs) South Africa 344/4
HM Amla    103* (175b 14x4)      S Sreesanth    17-3-76-0
AB de Villiers    31* (46b 5x4)      RP Singh    15-1-72-0

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

96.2

Singh to de Villiers, no run, fuller ball outside off stump, de Villiers lets it go through to Dhoni

96.3

Singh to de Villiers, no run, short of a length closer to off stump, de Villiers moves back and punches the ball towards cover

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

96.5

Singh to de Villiers, no run, left alone outside off stump, that was too wide for de Villiers to want to play at it

96.6

Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump, punched off the back foot through covers for one more

"I think India has lost it completely. There is no plan of attack and the new ball bowlers are just coming and delivering like a postman," says Rama. It's hard to disagree.

End of over 97 (9 runs) South Africa 353/4
AB de Villiers    40* (52b 7x4)      RP Singh    16-1-81-0
HM Amla    103* (175b 14x4)      S Sreesanth    17-3-76-0

South Africa have collared India for 49 runs off seven overs this morning.

97.1

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, good length delivery angling into off stump, de Villiers gets behind the line on the back foot and defends

97.2

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, that's the best ball of the morning, Sreesanth pitches it on a good length, drawing de Villiers on to the front-foot drive, the ball seams away from the right-hander and beats the outside edge, Sreesanth goes up and has a stare at de Villiers

97.3

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, short of a length on off and middle stump, de Villiers defends on the back foot and Sreesanth follows up a long way down the pitch towards de Villiers

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

97.5

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, good length delivery outside off stump, de Villiers lets the ball pass through to Dhoni

97.6

Sreesanth to de Villiers, OUT, caught! Sreesanth breaks through! de Villiers once again tries to drive through the off side, the length wasn't full enough to drive, the ball moves away from the right-hander and the thick outside edge flies to Dhoni's right, he dives and takes a sharp catch

AB de Villiers c †Dhoni b Sreesanth 44 (66m 58b 8x4 0x6) SR: 75.86

End of over 98 (4 runs) South Africa 357/5
     S Sreesanth    18-3-80-1
HM Amla    103* (175b 14x4)      RP Singh    16-1-81-0

Mark Boucher is the next man in, he's the last of South Africa's specialist batsmen. RP goes round the wicket.

98.1

Singh to Amla, no run, pitches short of a length outside off stump, left alone by Amla

"It's not all doom and gloom yet for India. South Africa still have to bowl to the best batting side in the world on this track.," says Manjeet. Although South Africa do have a far more potent fast-bowling attack and a much better fielding outfit.

98.2

Singh to Amla, 1 run, good length delivery on middle stump, driven towards mid-on

98.3

Singh to Boucher, no run, RP angles the ball into Boucher from round the wicket, he comes forward to defend but gets an inside edge on to the pad

98.4

Singh to Boucher, no run, good length delivery but the line is outside off stump, Boucher strides forward and lets the ball go

98.5

Singh to Boucher, no run, short of a length delivery gets big on Boucher who stands on the back foot and tries to cut, he mis-times it towards point

98.6

Singh to Boucher, no run, fuller ball outside off stump, Boucher lets it go again and the ball bounces a second time before reaching Dhoni

The umpires have called for drinks. South Africa have scored 54 runs in the first hour at a run-rate of six per over.

"I see an innings defeat on the cards. South Africa's pace bowlers will get more life and pace even from this dead pitch and the fall of a couple of quick wickets will see India scamper for cover. In hind sight it would have been better to have included Parveen Kumar and Pathan since both bowl wicket to wicket and would have interrupted the carnage we see unfolding," says Dr Sethuraman.

End of over 99 (1 run) South Africa 358/5
MV Boucher    0* (4b)      RP Singh    17-1-82-0
HM Amla    104* (177b 14x4)      S Sreesanth    18-3-80-1

99.1

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, Sreesanth pitches on a good length outside off stump and seams it a fraction away from the right-hander, Amla lets it go

99.2

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, identical delivery, pitches outside off stump and moves away from the right-hander, Amla doesn't play a shot

99.3

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, fuller ball on off stump, Amla gets on to the front foot and defends to the off side

99.4

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, a slower ball at 125 kmh outside off stump, Amla lets it go again to Dhoni

99.5

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, a bit fuller outside off stump, Amla moves forward and drives on the up towards cover

99.6

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, good length delivery on off stump, Amla moves back in his crease, gets behind the line of the ball and blocks

End of over 100 (maiden) South Africa 358/5
HM Amla    104* (183b 14x4)      S Sreesanth    19-4-80-1
MV Boucher    0* (4b)      RP Singh    17-1-82-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200
Series Results
India v South Africa at Kanpur - Apr 11-13, 2008
India won by 8 wickets
India v South Africa at Ahmedabad - Apr 3-5, 2008
South Africa won by an innings and 90 runs
India v South Africa at Chennai - Mar 26-30, 2008
Match drawn
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Mar 30, 2008

Makhaya Ntini has a hearty laugh with Gary Kirsten, India v South Africa, 1st Test, Chennai, 5th day, March 30, 2008

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Mar 30, 2008

Asad Rauf gets a pat on the back from Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India v South Africa, 1st Test, Chennai, 5th day, March 30, 2008

Asad Rauf gets a pat on the back from Mahendra Singh Dhoni

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