India tour of South Africa, 2nd Test: South Africa v India at Durban, Dec 26-30, 2006
South Africa won by 174 runs
Played at Kingsmead, Durban
26,27,28,29,30 December 2006 (5-day match)
  South Africa 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal GC Smith* c Tendulkar b Khan 5 12 13 0 0 38.46
2.4 Got im! Khan nails Smith. Yet again. Pings in a short one and Smith swivels off his front foot, pulls and gets a top edge. It balloons up over the slips, swirls in the air and Tendulkar, from the first slip, turns and runs towards it. A wonderful catch. Bad shot selection though. The ball was outside the offstump and he was trying to fetch it from there. Arthur's prayer has not worked. 8/1
View dismissal AB de Villiers c Tendulkar b Sreesanth 9 64 38 1 0 23.68
12.3 change of end works! fuller in length and shaping away late, just a wee bit. de Villiers goes for the drives and the edge goes straight to Tendulkar at first slip. Another South African batsman walks back, courtesy poor shot selection. South African three down and in deep trouble here. 28/3
View dismissal HM Amla lbw b Khan 1 17 9 0 0 11.11
6.2 Khan strikes again! Perfect delivery to a right-hand batsman. Lands on a length, on the middle stump and shapes in. Amla falls over a touch as he is surprised by the inward movement and is trapped right in front. Dead plumb. South Africa are tottering here at Durban. 13/2
View dismissal HH Gibbs c †Dhoni b Sreesanth 63 143 88 13 0 71.59
35.2 and there's the wicket!!! Just as this partnership was assuming significant proportions, Gibbs plays a loose shot, plays a flamboyant pull to a wide delivery, and only manages a thick outside edge, Dhoni does the rest by diving to his right and comes up with the ball 122/4
View dismissal AG Prince c Laxman b Sreesanth 121 315 212 16 0 57.07
82.3 Prince falls! Sreesanth hurls across a full and wide delivery, well outside the offstump, and Prince reaches out for it and edges it to left and above head-high of Laxman at second slip. Good catch. Not a wicket-taking delivery but ....A defiant knock from Prince comes to an end. Sreesanth applauds Prince, taps him on the back as he walks back. 296/9
View dismissal MV Boucher b Sreesanth 53 114 91 7 0 58.24
63.6 Crash! Sreesanth has cleaned up Boucher! What a big blow! It was full in length, landed on the off and middle stump line, and jagged back in. Boucher went for a drive and is beaten by the in-drift. His bat went outside the line of the ball even as the cherry threaded the huge gap between bat and pad. Sreesanth spreads out his arms, ala Donald, and runs along merrily in celebration 222/5
View dismissal SM Pollock c Sehwag b Singh 11 35 23 2 0 47.82
71.3 and VRV Singh strikes!!! full and wide again, Pollock decides to drive it square this time, that was a copybook square drive, weight nicely transferred onto the frontfoot, head nicely over the ball, and hit off the middle of the bat, but it was hit uppishly and it was travelling at some speed, but unfortunately for Pollock and for South Africa, it was Sehwag at point and he didn't have to move too much to take that catch. 256/6
View dismissal AJ Hall lbw b Kumble 0 5 4 0 0 0.00
72.2 Googly does him in! Tossed up, lands on a length, outside the offstump and Hall is clueless and plays for the conventional spin. The ball breaks back in to trap him in front. Dead duck! India have come back well in the last session, prising out three wickets. 257/7
View dismissal A Nel b Kumble 0 2 3 0 0 0.00
72.5 The Googly claims another victim. Quite similar to the Hall dismissal. It landed outside the off stump, full in length, and Nel ends up driving all around it. Again the batsman was playing for the traditional leg break and is beaten by the wrong'un. Kumble is running through the tail here. Will Prince get his ton or will he get stranded? 257/8
M Morkel not out 31 92 52 3 0 59.61
View dismissal M Ntini lbw b Kumble 16 46 30 2 0 53.33
91.3 Topspinner does the trick. Lands on a length, on the middle and off, Ntini presses forward, bat comes down outside the line as the ball slides in and is trapped plumb in front. 328/10
Extras (lb 3, w 1, nb 14) 18
  Total (all out; 91.3 overs; 427 mins) 328 (3.58 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets Z Khan 23 7 83 2 3.60 107 12 0 (4nb, 1w)
2.4 to Smith, Got im! Khan nails Smith. Yet again. Pings in a short one and Smith swivels off his front foot, pulls and gets a top edge. It balloons up over the slips, swirls in the air and Tendulkar, from the first slip, turns and runs towards it. A wonderful catch. Bad shot selection though. The ball was outside the offstump and he was trying to fetch it from there. Arthur's prayer has not worked. 8/1
6.2 to Amla, Khan strikes again! Perfect delivery to a right-hand batsman. Lands on a length, on the middle stump and shapes in. Amla falls over a touch as he is surprised by the inward movement and is trapped right in front. Dead plumb. South Africa are tottering here at Durban. 13/2
View wickets S Sreesanth 24 4 109 4 4.54 100 17 0 (3nb)
12.3 to de Villiers, change of end works! fuller in length and shaping away late, just a wee bit. de Villiers goes for the drives and the edge goes straight to Tendulkar at first slip. Another South African batsman walks back, courtesy poor shot selection. South African three down and in deep trouble here. 28/3
35.2 to Gibbs, and there's the wicket!!! Just as this partnership was assuming significant proportions, Gibbs plays a loose shot, plays a flamboyant pull to a wide delivery, and only manages a thick outside edge, Dhoni does the rest by diving to his right and comes up with the ball 122/4
63.6 to Boucher, Crash! Sreesanth has cleaned up Boucher! What a big blow! It was full in length, landed on the off and middle stump line, and jagged back in. Boucher went for a drive and is beaten by the in-drift. His bat went outside the line of the ball even as the cherry threaded the huge gap between bat and pad. Sreesanth spreads out his arms, ala Donald, and runs along merrily in celebration 222/5
82.3 to Prince, Prince falls! Sreesanth hurls across a full and wide delivery, well outside the offstump, and Prince reaches out for it and edges it to left and above head-high of Laxman at second slip. Good catch. Not a wicket-taking delivery but ....A defiant knock from Prince comes to an end. Sreesanth applauds Prince, taps him on the back as he walks back. 296/9
View wicket VRV Singh 13 1 60 1 4.61 57 11 0 (3nb)
71.3 to Pollock, and VRV Singh strikes!!! full and wide again, Pollock decides to drive it square this time, that was a copybook square drive, weight nicely transferred onto the frontfoot, head nicely over the ball, and hit off the middle of the bat, but it was hit uppishly and it was travelling at some speed, but unfortunately for Pollock and for South Africa, it was Sehwag at point and he didn't have to move too much to take that catch. 256/6
View wickets A Kumble 28.3 1 62 3 2.17 130 2 0 (2nb)
72.2 to Hall, Googly does him in! Tossed up, lands on a length, outside the offstump and Hall is clueless and plays for the conventional spin. The ball breaks back in to trap him in front. Dead duck! India have come back well in the last session, prising out three wickets. 257/7
72.5 to Nel, The Googly claims another victim. Quite similar to the Hall dismissal. It landed outside the off stump, full in length, and Nel ends up driving all around it. Again the batsman was playing for the traditional leg break and is beaten by the wrong'un. Kumble is running through the tail here. Will Prince get his ton or will he get stranded? 257/8
91.3 to Ntini, Topspinner does the trick. Lands on a length, on the middle and off, Ntini presses forward, bat comes down outside the line as the ball slides in and is trapped plumb in front. 328/10
  SC Ganguly 3 1 11 0 3.66 15 2 0 (2nb)
  India 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal W Jaffer c de Villiers b Ntini 26 112 73 5 0 35.61
23.3 got'm! Jaffer's long vigil comes to an end. Pitched up. Ball came in with the angle and shaped away just a wee bit after hitting the deck. Probably bit of reverse swing there. Jaffer for once attempts to squeeze the ball through covers and ends up with a thick edge. de Villiers at second slip swoops lows and takes a good catch - that's end of that. 61/3
View dismissal V Sehwag c de Villiers b Nel 0 2 1 0 0 0.00
0.5 Sehwag falls for a duck. First ball. Length-delivery outside the offstump, Sehwag flashes at it, away from his body, and de villiers, standing at second slip, plucks the ball as it flies to his right. Good smart catch and Sehwag's travails continue. 5/1
View dismissal R Dravid* lbw b Nel 11 43 23 2 0 47.82
9.2 Nel nails Dravid. With a little bit of help from umpire Benson. Angled in, lands on a length around off, and shapes back in and beats Dravid for pace. He is hit high on the thigh and it was going just over the leg stump. But that's that. India have lost two quick wickets here and Pollock is yet to bowl 35/2
View dismissal SR Tendulkar c †Boucher b Ntini 63 173 115 11 0 54.78
45.4 Tendulkar falls! Very bad shot-selection. It was banged in short of length, landed on the offstump line, came in towards top of middle, Tendulkar had his left foot thrust forward and across and suddenly backs away, sways away and tries to cut it to the thirdman region. Cramped for room as the ball keeps coming in. And he ends up nicking it behind for Boucher to hold a simple catch. Poor shot selection does him in. He was looking so good and this is a big blow. South African fielders erupt in joy 125/4
VVS Laxman not out 50 277 156 3 0 32.05
View dismissal SC Ganguly c Gibbs b Ntini 0 3 2 0 0 0.00
45.6 Now Ganguly falls. India slip into a deep crisis. Banged in short, at the body, Ganguly was too late to react, it rises chest-high, and he just fended it off in an ungainly manner, as if he didn't see the ball, and it popped up, off the shoulder of the bat, at backward point for a simple catch 125/5
View dismissal MS Dhoni c de Villiers b Morkel 34 72 39 7 0 87.17
59.1 Morkel gets his first Test wicket. What a moment for the youngster. Dhoni falls edging a drive to second slip. Full in length and outside offstump, shapes away a touch, Dhoni drives and nicks it behind to de Villiers who dives low to his left from second slip to take the catch. Huge wicket this. 179/6
View dismissal A Kumble c †Boucher b Morkel 0 10 6 0 0 0.00
61.1 Kumble throws his wicket away. Full and wide and he threw the kitchen sink at it. And the outside edge is swallowed up by Boucher. Morkel gets his second victim. Laxman is in the danger of being stranded. 179/7
View dismissal Z Khan c Amla b Morkel 2 19 20 0 0 10.00
65.2 Gone! Morkel claims his third victim. Banged in short of length and it rears up chest high, at the body of Zaheer, who goes for an ungainly pull shot but only ends up popping up a simple catch to Amla at short-leg. 183/8
View dismissal S Sreesanth c †Boucher b Hall 28 57 40 5 0 70.00
76.6 oh ho! brain explosion! Sreesanth, suddenly, gives a charge, backing away in the process, and throws his bat at a length-delivery, gets a top-edge, and into Boucher's gloves.Waste of a wicket. South Africa won't be complaining though. 235/9
View dismissal VRV Singh c †Boucher b Pollock 4 5 4 1 0 100.00
77.5 Indian innings has folded up. Laxman is stranded. VRV Singh backs away, swings his bat a length-delivery which cut back in a bit and gets a faint nick. 240/10
Extras (b 1, lb 7, w 2, nb 12) 22
  Total (all out; 77.5 overs; 391 mins) 240 (3.08 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets A Nel 23 5 60 2 2.60 113 11 0 (1w)
0.5 to Sehwag, Sehwag falls for a duck. First ball. Length-delivery outside the offstump, Sehwag flashes at it, away from his body, and de villiers, standing at second slip, plucks the ball as it flies to his right. Good smart catch and Sehwag's travails continue. 5/1
9.2 to Dravid, Nel nails Dravid. With a little bit of help from umpire Benson. Angled in, lands on a length around off, and shapes back in and beats Dravid for pace. He is hit high on the thigh and it was going just over the leg stump. But that's that. India have lost two quick wickets here and Pollock is yet to bowl 35/2
View wickets M Ntini 15 4 41 3 2.73 70 5 0 (1nb)
23.3 to Jaffer, got'm! Jaffer's long vigil comes to an end. Pitched up. Ball came in with the angle and shaped away just a wee bit after hitting the deck. Probably bit of reverse swing there. Jaffer for once attempts to squeeze the ball through covers and ends up with a thick edge. de Villiers at second slip swoops lows and takes a good catch - that's end of that. 61/3
45.4 to Tendulkar, Tendulkar falls! Very bad shot-selection. It was banged in short of length, landed on the offstump line, came in towards top of middle, Tendulkar had his left foot thrust forward and across and suddenly backs away, sways away and tries to cut it to the thirdman region. Cramped for room as the ball keeps coming in. And he ends up nicking it behind for Boucher to hold a simple catch. Poor shot selection does him in. He was looking so good and this is a big blow. South African fielders erupt in joy 125/4
45.6 to Ganguly, Now Ganguly falls. India slip into a deep crisis. Banged in short, at the body, Ganguly was too late to react, it rises chest-high, and he just fended it off in an ungainly manner, as if he didn't see the ball, and it popped up, off the shoulder of the bat, at backward point for a simple catch 125/5
View wickets M Morkel 18 1 86 3 4.77 80 12 0 (11nb, 1w)
59.1 to Dhoni, Morkel gets his first Test wicket. What a moment for the youngster. Dhoni falls edging a drive to second slip. Full in length and outside offstump, shapes away a touch, Dhoni drives and nicks it behind to de Villiers who dives low to his left from second slip to take the catch. Huge wicket this. 179/6
61.1 to Kumble, Kumble throws his wicket away. Full and wide and he threw the kitchen sink at it. And the outside edge is swallowed up by Boucher. Morkel gets his second victim. Laxman is in the danger of being stranded. 179/7
65.2 to Khan, Gone! Morkel claims his third victim. Banged in short of length and it rears up chest high, at the body of Zaheer, who goes for an ungainly pull shot but only ends up popping up a simple catch to Amla at short-leg. 183/8
View wicket SM Pollock 14.5 10 17 1 1.14 81 3 0
77.5 to Singh, Indian innings has folded up. Laxman is stranded. VRV Singh backs away, swings his bat a length-delivery which cut back in a bit and gets a faint nick. 240/10
View wicket AJ Hall 7 0 28 1 4.00 28 3 0
76.6 to Sreesanth, oh ho! brain explosion! Sreesanth, suddenly, gives a charge, backing away in the process, and throws his bat at a length-delivery, gets a top-edge, and into Boucher's gloves.Waste of a wicket. South Africa won't be complaining though. 235/9
  South Africa 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal GC Smith* b Sreesanth 58 162 81 11 0 71.60
31.3 and Smith goes, and Sreesanth gets his revenge. This one was pitched in line with the stumps and swung back into Smith who tries to drive it to mid wicket without moving his feet, there's a big gap between the bat and pad and the ball sneaks through and dismantles all the wood work behind Smith. 121/3
View dismissal AB de Villiers c Laxman b Singh 47 143 100 8 0 47.00
28.4 VRV Singh gets the breakthrough. Length-delivery, on the offstump line, holds its line and de Villiers, three runs short of his fifty, pushes hard at it, bat away from the body, and nicks it to low and in front of Laxman who takes a neat catch at second slip. de Villiers looks at Laxman who confirms he has taken it cleanly and then walks. But suddenly stops, asks for confirmation from the umpires who refer it upstairs. The verdict is OUT. Big wicket. 99/1
View dismissal HM Amla lbw b Sreesanth 0 7 4 0 0 0.00
29.5 He does! Full and on the middle and leg and Amla has a waft across the line - quite a poor shot- and is hit in front of the leg stump line. Hawk eye reveals it would have clipped the outerhalf of the leg stump. Two quick wickets for India. Sreesanth turns around, once he got the decision in his favour, looks at the batsman and does a 'namaste' gesture 108/2
View dismissal HH Gibbs c sub (KD Karthik) b Kumble 9 40 24 1 0 37.50
36.2 and he strikes second ball! fuller in length and bowled slower through the air, Gibbs is sucked forward into the drive and the ball goes straight to Karthik at short cover. Was there to be hit but Gibbs was done in by the lack of pace there. Well bowled Kumble 140/5
View dismissal AG Prince c Ganguly b Sreesanth 0 4 3 0 0 0.00
31.6 Prince goes for a duck this time. Sreesanth on fire!!! this one was pitched on the stumps and shaped away with the arm, Prince plays away from his body and feels for it outside the off stump, the ball takes the edge and sails at a comfortable height to Ganguly at first slip. 121/4
View dismissal MV Boucher lbw b Khan 8 34 14 1 0 57.14
37.5 Another one bites the dust! Zaheer Khan pitches this one just in line with the leg stump, Mark Boucher tries to play across the line, and misses the line of the ball - he's caught plumb in front of the stumps, the only point of contention was if the ball pitched outside leg stump or not, and once Asad Rauf was conviced it didn't, he decided to send Mark Boucher back on his way 143/6
SM Pollock not out 63 128 99 10 0 63.63
View dismissal AJ Hall lbw b Sreesanth 21 68 52 3 0 40.38
55.5 Sreesanth strikes! Hall falls playing across the line. Full, on the leg and middle stump line, and Hall, like Amla, goes across the line, misses. Hitting the legstump. At first look, it looked as if it was missing legstump but the replays and the hawkeye say the legstump would be pegged back. Umpire Asad Rauf lifts the fatal finger. 213/7
View dismissal M Morkel c Singh b Sehwag 27 50 41 4 0 65.85
67.4 The declaration has come as Morkel falls slogging. Tossed up by Sehwag and Morkel lofts it straight down the throat of long-off. So India need to chase 354. Interesting declaration. Smith didn't want to things to drift what with bad light curtailing play on most days.

Rakesh obviously uses Nike. He says, "Just do it", But doesn't tell us India or South Africa.
Sunil Archak has given up hope of an Indian win. Wants the stats for India playing out a draw! Here it is. 429 for 8, chasing 438 and thus falling tantalizingly close to a win at the Oval against England in 1979. Then, 364 for 6, chasing 390 against Pakistan in Delhi in 1979. Third, 355 for 8 , chasing 361, against West Indies in Mumbai in 1949. Then comes that famous Tied Test in Chennai in 87. 347 runs. Against South Africa, India's highest score in a draw is 206 for 3, in Port Elizabeth in 2001, while chasing 395. 265/8
Extras (b 5, lb 8, w 7, nb 12) 32
  Total (8 wickets dec; 67.4 overs; 321 mins) 265 (3.91 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wicket Z Khan 20 5 65 1 3.25 94 9 0 (2nb, 2w)
37.5 to Boucher, Another one bites the dust! Zaheer Khan pitches this one just in line with the leg stump, Mark Boucher tries to play across the line, and misses the line of the ball - he's caught plumb in front of the stumps, the only point of contention was if the ball pitched outside leg stump or not, and once Asad Rauf was conviced it didn't, he decided to send Mark Boucher back on his way 143/6
View wickets S Sreesanth 19 3 79 4 4.15 81 14 0 (1nb, 1w)
29.5 to Amla, He does! Full and on the middle and leg and Amla has a waft across the line - quite a poor shot- and is hit in front of the leg stump line. Hawk eye reveals it would have clipped the outerhalf of the leg stump. Two quick wickets for India. Sreesanth turns around, once he got the decision in his favour, looks at the batsman and does a 'namaste' gesture 108/2
31.3 to Smith, and Smith goes, and Sreesanth gets his revenge. This one was pitched in line with the stumps and swung back into Smith who tries to drive it to mid wicket without moving his feet, there's a big gap between the bat and pad and the ball sneaks through and dismantles all the wood work behind Smith. 121/3
31.6 to Prince, Prince goes for a duck this time. Sreesanth on fire!!! this one was pitched on the stumps and shaped away with the arm, Prince plays away from his body and feels for it outside the off stump, the ball takes the edge and sails at a comfortable height to Ganguly at first slip. 121/4
55.5 to Hall, Sreesanth strikes! Hall falls playing across the line. Full, on the leg and middle stump line, and Hall, like Amla, goes across the line, misses. Hitting the legstump. At first look, it looked as if it was missing legstump but the replays and the hawkeye say the legstump would be pegged back. Umpire Asad Rauf lifts the fatal finger. 213/7
View wicket VRV Singh 10 2 64 1 6.40 40 10 0 (7nb)
28.4 to de Villiers, VRV Singh gets the breakthrough. Length-delivery, on the offstump line, holds its line and de Villiers, three runs short of his fifty, pushes hard at it, bat away from the body, and nicks it to low and in front of Laxman who takes a neat catch at second slip. de Villiers looks at Laxman who confirms he has taken it cleanly and then walks. But suddenly stops, asks for confirmation from the umpires who refer it upstairs. The verdict is OUT. Big wicket. 99/1
View wicket A Kumble 16 4 37 1 2.31 76 4 0 (2nb)
36.2 to Gibbs, and he strikes second ball! fuller in length and bowled slower through the air, Gibbs is sucked forward into the drive and the ball goes straight to Karthik at short cover. Was there to be hit but Gibbs was done in by the lack of pace there. Well bowled Kumble 140/5
View wicket V Sehwag 2.4 1 7 1 2.62 13 1 0
67.4 to Morkel, The declaration has come as Morkel falls slogging. Tossed up by Sehwag and Morkel lofts it straight down the throat of long-off. So India need to chase 354. Interesting declaration. Smith didn't want to things to drift what with bad light curtailing play on most days.

Rakesh obviously uses Nike. He says, "Just do it", But doesn't tell us India or South Africa.
Sunil Archak has given up hope of an Indian win. Wants the stats for India playing out a draw! Here it is. 429 for 8, chasing 438 and thus falling tantalizingly close to a win at the Oval against England in 1979. Then, 364 for 6, chasing 390 against Pakistan in Delhi in 1979. Third, 355 for 8 , chasing 361, against West Indies in Mumbai in 1949. Then comes that famous Tied Test in Chennai in 87. 347 runs. Against South Africa, India's highest score in a draw is 206 for 3, in Port Elizabeth in 2001, while chasing 395. 265/8
  India 2nd innings (target: 354 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal W Jaffer c Nel b Ntini 28 75 47 4 0 59.57
15.2 horrible shot! Ntini bangs one in short, it stays well outside the offstump, Jaffer tries to fetch it from there, pulls and all he does is end up popping it up to Nel, who moves to his left, at mid-on to take a simple catch. South Africa are on fire here. India slip further into a deep crisis. Enter Sourav Ganguly. 45/4
View dismissal V Sehwag c Smith b Ntini 8 17 11 1 0 72.72
3.6 Gone this time! Straight to Smith at first slip. Lands on a length, outside the offstump, comes in a touch, Sehwag jabs at it as he plays slightly inside the line, bat brushes the pad before making contact, and the outer edge is swallowed up by Smith. SA celebrate and why not. India lose their first wicket. India need another 340 runs, SA need 9 wickets. 14/1
View dismissal R Dravid* c †Boucher b Ntini 5 34 25 1 0 20.00
11.4 Ntini gets Dravid with a probing delivery outside the offstump. Full in length, lands outside the offstump, Dravid is sucked into a forward prod, bat comes down ahead of his body, jabs at it and the 'nick' is swallowed up by Boucher. Replays don't reveal a edge. Dravid is also not so happy, the bat must have clipped the pad. South Africa are hot here! 2 down, in comes Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. Another semi-crisis to deal with. The story of his life. 34/2
View dismissal SR Tendulkar lbw b Ntini 0 13 7 0 0 0.00
13.5 Huge wicket! Tendulkar is trapped in front. Ntini strikes for South Africa. slightly short of length, landed outside the offstump, came in, Tendulkar initially kept his left foot out, then hopped back and was hit on the knee roll. Beaten for pace. The ball was going on to strike the top of the middle stump. 38/3
View dismissal VVS Laxman b Nel 15 75 44 1 0 34.09
28.4 Huge huge wicket. Laxman falls, playing across the line. It landed on just short of length, outside the offstump, shaped back in towards off, and Laxman, for some reason, chose to go across the line, his bat coming down in an angle and gave him no chance as the ball flew through the huge bat and pad gap to crash into the top of the offstump. Laxman then, like Tendulkar did when he got out, gestured as if that was low. He swooped down, bent down suggesting he anticipated that it would bounce more than it did. 85/6
View dismissal SC Ganguly c Gibbs b Ntini 26 54 33 4 0 78.78
27.1 Ntini nail his fifth victim. Ganguly falls, pushing to gully. Banged in short, slanting away, chest-high. Ganguly gets up on his toes, tries to get on the top of the bounce, but couldn't and ends up steering it straight to Gibbs. Gibbs takes the catch, points the finger towards dressing room. Now then, the match referee could be interested. India sink into deep hole. South Africa are digging up that hole deeper with more than a little help from the Indian batsmen. 83/5
View dismissal MS Dhoni c †Boucher b Nel 47 106 67 10 0 70.14
48.5 What a time to get a wicket. Nel is ecstatic. What a time to throw your wicket away. Dhoni is distraught. Full in length, in the channel outside offstump and, Dhoni decides to combust. He throws his bat at it, trying to drill it through the offside ring, and edges it behind. Boucher takes off in the air to pouch a spectacular catch. There was just two minutes left before the tea break. All of India would be asking why Dhoni why? South Africa would be happy he did. 160/8
View dismissal A Kumble c Amla b Hall 11 41 31 1 0 35.48
38.1 He gets the breakthrough righaway with a snorter. Beast of a delivery, rears up right at the throat, Kumble is stunned at the extra bounce, just fends at it, eyes off the ball, and pops up a dolly to Amla at short-leg. Kumble resisted for 41 minutes. Valiant effort comes to an end and South Africa storm further towards a win. And oh btw... the sun is still out, smiling down on the arena. 101/7
View dismissal Z Khan c Hall b Nel 21 80 56 2 0 37.50
54.5 Nel gets the vital wicket. Banged it in short of length, it kicks up outside the offstump, and also holds its line. Zaheer hops up, gets squared-up as the ball straightens, pushes at it, bat away from the body, feet up in the air, and it flies to Hall at third slip who makes no mistake. All the fielders converge on Nel. He has never been so popular. Never has Zaheer been so disappointed. India lose their ninth wicket. South Africa are ever so close to that win. Just one wicket away. 179/9
View dismissal S Sreesanth c †Boucher b Hall 10 32 12 2 0 83.33
55.1 South Africa have levelled the series!. What a nerve-wracking game! Andrew Hall gets them home. Congrats South Africa. Sreesanth is unhappy, storms off the field. Not at the South African celebration, which was, obviously, wild but at the decision. It went off the right shoulder. No edge. Banged in short, and at the offstump line, Sreesanth tries to withdraw his bat from the line. He does. Umpire Asad Rauf doesn't notice it. The cherry whistles past the blade, brushes the right shoulder and sails into Boucher's gloves. Game over. 179/10
VRV Singh not out 0 4 1 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 2, lb 1, w 1, nb 4) 8
  Total (all out; 55.1 overs; 267 mins) 179 (3.24 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets A Nel 16 4 57 3 3.56 70 5 0
28.4 to Laxman, Huge huge wicket. Laxman falls, playing across the line. It landed on just short of length, outside the offstump, shaped back in towards off, and Laxman, for some reason, chose to go across the line, his bat coming down in an angle and gave him no chance as the ball flew through the huge bat and pad gap to crash into the top of the offstump. Laxman then, like Tendulkar did when he got out, gestured as if that was low. He swooped down, bent down suggesting he anticipated that it would bounce more than it did. 85/6
48.5 to Dhoni, What a time to get a wicket. Nel is ecstatic. What a time to throw your wicket away. Dhoni is distraught. Full in length, in the channel outside offstump and, Dhoni decides to combust. He throws his bat at it, trying to drill it through the offside ring, and edges it behind. Boucher takes off in the air to pouch a spectacular catch. There was just two minutes left before the tea break. All of India would be asking why Dhoni why? South Africa would be happy he did. 160/8
54.5 to Khan, Nel gets the vital wicket. Banged it in short of length, it kicks up outside the offstump, and also holds its line. Zaheer hops up, gets squared-up as the ball straightens, pushes at it, bat away from the body, feet up in the air, and it flies to Hall at third slip who makes no mistake. All the fielders converge on Nel. He has never been so popular. Never has Zaheer been so disappointed. India lose their ninth wicket. South Africa are ever so close to that win. Just one wicket away. 179/9
View wickets M Ntini 19 6 48 5 2.52 92 8 0
3.6 to Sehwag, Gone this time! Straight to Smith at first slip. Lands on a length, outside the offstump, comes in a touch, Sehwag jabs at it as he plays slightly inside the line, bat brushes the pad before making contact, and the outer edge is swallowed up by Smith. SA celebrate and why not. India lose their first wicket. India need another 340 runs, SA need 9 wickets. 14/1
11.4 to Dravid, Ntini gets Dravid with a probing delivery outside the offstump. Full in length, lands outside the offstump, Dravid is sucked into a forward prod, bat comes down ahead of his body, jabs at it and the 'nick' is swallowed up by Boucher. Replays don't reveal a edge. Dravid is also not so happy, the bat must have clipped the pad. South Africa are hot here! 2 down, in comes Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. Another semi-crisis to deal with. The story of his life. 34/2
13.5 to Tendulkar, Huge wicket! Tendulkar is trapped in front. Ntini strikes for South Africa. slightly short of length, landed outside the offstump, came in, Tendulkar initially kept his left foot out, then hopped back and was hit on the knee roll. Beaten for pace. The ball was going on to strike the top of the middle stump. 38/3
15.2 to Jaffer, horrible shot! Ntini bangs one in short, it stays well outside the offstump, Jaffer tries to fetch it from there, pulls and all he does is end up popping it up to Nel, who moves to his left, at mid-on to take a simple catch. South Africa are on fire here. India slip further into a deep crisis. Enter Sourav Ganguly. 45/4
27.1 to Ganguly, Ntini nail his fifth victim. Ganguly falls, pushing to gully. Banged in short, slanting away, chest-high. Ganguly gets up on his toes, tries to get on the top of the bounce, but couldn't and ends up steering it straight to Gibbs. Gibbs takes the catch, points the finger towards dressing room. Now then, the match referee could be interested. India sink into deep hole. South Africa are digging up that hole deeper with more than a little help from the Indian batsmen. 83/5
  SM Pollock 9 5 20 0 2.22 48 4 0
  M Morkel 6 0 25 0 4.16 30 4 0 (3nb, 1w)
View wickets AJ Hall 5.1 1 26 2 5.03 22 5 0
38.1 to Kumble, He gets the breakthrough righaway with a snorter. Beast of a delivery, rears up right at the throat, Kumble is stunned at the extra bounce, just fends at it, eyes off the ball, and pops up a dolly to Amla at short-leg. Kumble resisted for 41 minutes. Valiant effort comes to an end and South Africa storm further towards a win. And oh btw... the sun is still out, smiling down on the arena. 101/7
55.1 to Sreesanth, South Africa have levelled the series!. What a nerve-wracking game! Andrew Hall gets them home. Congrats South Africa. Sreesanth is unhappy, storms off the field. Not at the South African celebration, which was, obviously, wild but at the decision. It went off the right shoulder. No edge. Banged in short, and at the offstump line, Sreesanth tries to withdraw his bat from the line. He does. Umpire Asad Rauf doesn't notice it. The cherry whistles past the blade, brushes the right shoulder and sails into Boucher's gloves. Game over. 179/10

Match details


Toss - South Africa, who chose to bat
Series - 3-match series level 1-1
Test debut - M Morkel (South Africa)
Player of the match - M Ntini (South Africa)
Umpires - Asad Rauf (Pakistan), MR Benson (England) and IL Howell
TV umpires - M Erasmus and IL Howell
Match referee - RS Mahanama (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpires - KC Adams and M Erasmus
Close of play
  • Tue, 26 Dec - day 1 - South Africa 1st innings 257/8 (AG Prince 98*, M Morkel 0*, 73 ov)
  • Wed, 27 Dec - day 2 - India 1st innings 103/3 (SR Tendulkar 46*, VVS Laxman 10*, 38.4 ov)
  • Thu, 28 Dec - day 3 - South Africa 2nd innings 64/0 (GC Smith 28*, AB de Villiers 31*, 19.3 ov)
  • Fri, 29 Dec - day 4 - India 2nd innings 38/2 (W Jaffer 22*, SR Tendulkar 0*, 13 ov)
  • Sat, 30 Dec - day 5 - India 2nd innings 179 (55.1 ov) - end of match

Match Notes


Day 5
Day 4
Day 3
Day 2
Day 1
    • South Africa 1st innings
    • Drinks: South Africa - 28/2 in 12.0 overs (AB de Villiers 9, HH Gibbs 9)
    • South Africa: 50 runs in 18.3 overs (116 balls), Extras 6
    • Lunch: South Africa - 67/3 in 23.0 overs (HH Gibbs 26, AG Prince 17)
    • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 92 balls (HH Gibbs 25, AG Prince 21, Ex 6)
    • South Africa: 100 runs in 31.2 overs (197 balls), Extras 11
    • HH Gibbs: 50 off 73 balls (11 x 4)
    • Drinks: South Africa - 122/4 in 35.2 overs (AG Prince 32)
    • South Africa: 150 runs in 46.2 overs (288 balls), Extras 12
    • Tea: South Africa - 165/4 in 51.0 overs (AG Prince 47, MV Boucher 27)
    • AG Prince: 50 off 116 balls (8 x 4)
    • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 103 balls (AG Prince 24, MV Boucher 27, Ex 1)
    • South Africa: 200 runs in 59.4 overs (368 balls), Extras 13
    • MV Boucher: 50 off 88 balls (7 x 4)
    • 5th Wicket: 100 runs in 171 balls (AG Prince 44, MV Boucher 53, Ex 3)
    • Drinks: South Africa - 222/5 in 64.0 overs (AG Prince 76)
    • South Africa: 250 runs in 71.1 overs (441 balls), Extras 17
    • Bad Light: South Africa - 257/8 in 73.0 overs (AG Prince 98, M Morkel 0)
    • End Of Day: South Africa - 257/8 in 73.0 overs (AG Prince 98, M Morkel 0)
    • AG Prince: 100 off 188 balls (14 x 4)
    • New Ball Taken: South Africa 287/8 after 81.1 overs (AG Prince 112, M Morkel 16)
    • South Africa: 300 runs in 83.3 overs (515 balls), Extras 17
    • Drinks: South Africa - 312/9 in 88.0 overs (M Morkel 22, M Ntini 9)
    • India 1st innings
    • Lunch: India - 24/1 in 7.0 overs (W Jaffer 10, R Dravid 7)
    • India: 50 runs in 12.6 overs (82 balls), Extras 9
    • Drinks: India - 61/2 in 20.0 overs (W Jaffer 26, SR Tendulkar 14)
    • Tea: India - 93/3 in 33.0 overs (SR Tendulkar 37, VVS Laxman 9)
    • India: 100 runs in 35.5 overs (219 balls), Extras 10
    • Bad Light: India - 103/3 in 38.4 overs (SR Tendulkar 46, VVS Laxman 10)
    • End Of Day: India - 103/3 in 38.4 overs (SR Tendulkar 46, VVS Laxman 10)
    • Mark Benson left the field at the start of the 43rd over feeling unwell, he was replaced by Ian Howell for the remainder of the match, Marais Erasmus took over as the TV Umpire and Kevin Adams as the reserve official
    • SR Tendulkar: 50 off 92 balls (9 x 4)
    • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 107 balls (SR Tendulkar 40, VVS Laxman 11, Ex 0)
    • Drinks: India - 146/5 in 52.0 overs (VVS Laxman 20, MS Dhoni 13)
    • India: 150 runs in 52.3 overs (320 balls), Extras 13
    • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 75 balls (VVS Laxman 8, MS Dhoni 34, Ex 8)
    • Lunch: India - 183/8 in 65.2 overs (VVS Laxman 28)
    • India: 200 runs in 70.1 overs (433 balls), Extras 20
    • 9th Wicket: 50 runs in 69 balls (VVS Laxman 21, S Sreesanth 28, Ex 3)
    • VVS Laxman: 50 off 156 balls (3 x 4)
    • South Africa 2nd innings
    • Tea: South Africa - 22/0 in 10.0 overs (GC Smith 7, AB de Villiers 13)
    • South Africa: 50 runs in 17.2 overs (107 balls), Extras 5
    • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 107 balls (GC Smith 24, AB de Villiers 21, Ex 5)
    • Bad Light: South Africa - 60/0 in 18.1 overs (GC Smith 24, AB de Villiers 31)
    • Bad Light: South Africa - 64/0 in 19.3 overs (GC Smith 28, AB de Villiers 31)
    • End Of Day: South Africa - 64/0 in 19.3 overs (GC Smith 28, AB de Villiers 31)
    • South Africa: 100 runs in 29.1 overs (180 balls), Extras 10
    • GC Smith: 50 off 77 balls (9 x 4)
    • South Africa: 150 runs in 40.1 overs (251 balls), Extras 20
    • Lunch: South Africa - 192/6 in 51.0 overs (SM Pollock 18, AJ Hall 20)
    • 7th Wicket: 50 runs in 86 balls (SM Pollock 21, AJ Hall 20, Ex 12)
    • South Africa: 200 runs in 51.6 overs (327 balls), Extras 31
    • SM Pollock: 50 off 89 balls (8 x 4)
    • South Africa: 250 runs in 65.3 overs (408 balls), Extras 31
    • Drinks: South Africa - 258/7 in 66.0 overs (SM Pollock 61, M Morkel 22)
    • 8th Wicket: 50 runs in 63 balls (SM Pollock 23, M Morkel 27, Ex 0)
    • India 2nd innings
    • Tea: India - 18/1 in 8.0 overs (W Jaffer 6, R Dravid 1)
    • Bad Light: India - 38/2 in 13.0 overs (W Jaffer 22, SR Tendulkar 0)
    • End Of Day: India - 38/2 in 13.0 overs (W Jaffer 22, SR Tendulkar 0)
    • Bad Light: India - 38/2 in 13.0 overs (W Jaffer 22, SR Tendulkar 0)
    • Bad Light: India - 47/4 in 17.3 overs (VVS Laxman 3, SC Ganguly 0)
    • Lunch: India - 47/4 in 17.3 overs (VVS Laxman 3, SC Ganguly 0)
    • India: 50 runs in 17.4 overs (106 balls), Extras 3
    • Drinks: India - 94/6 in 32.0 overs (MS Dhoni 2, A Kumble 7)
    • India: 100 runs in 36.2 overs (220 balls), Extras 6
    • India: 150 runs in 46.2 overs (282 balls), Extras 8
    • 8th Wicket: 50 runs in 51 balls (MS Dhoni 39, Z Khan 10, Ex 2)
    • Tea: India - 160/8 in 49.0 overs (Z Khan 12, S Sreesanth 0)
 
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