India tour of South Africa, 2006/07 / Commentary

India in South Africa Test Series - 2nd Test

South Africa v India

South Africa won by 174 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

Hello and a warm welcome to the second Test at Durban. I am Sriram Veera and will be bringing you all the live action today.

Toss Graeme Smith has won the toss and opted to bat first. Jacques Kallis has been ruled out of the Test with a back injury. Andrew Hall, the allrounder, gets a game. Morne Morkel, the fast bowler, will make his debut. He replaces the injured Dale Steyn.

Meanwhile India have retained the same winning team. So both Wasim Jaffer and VRV Singh get another chance to prove themselves.

Down by a Test, missing their one reliable player in Jacques Kallis, South Africa have decided to bat first. That's either a bold statement of intent or a chance for India to go for the jugular and pick up from where they left off at the Wanderers. India are unchanged, Munaf Patel is not yet fit; so the same attack that decimated South Africa will be out in a few moments. The pressure's on South Africa; can they bounce back? post your thoughts and share them with the others who've turned up and tuned in.

Mickey Arthur, South Africa's coach, made a rather interesting quote yesterday. Here is Arthur on Smith who has been searching for runs in the recent times. "It's really tough on Graeme. He is fighting a lot of batting demons but he is a strong character and a quality player, someone who is going to be around a long time. For the good of South African cricket, I pray he scores and the pressure is off his shoulder." Hmm.... living on a prayer. It should be fascinating to watch how Smith goes about his unenviable task.

The players are out in the middle. Smith and AB de Villiers walk in to bat. Zaheer Khan will have the first bite of the cherry. Three slips, gully and a short-leg in place. Here we go...

0.1

Khan to Smith, 1 wide, Oh ho! A Harmison special to start off the proceedings. Wide. Very wide outside the offstump.

0.1

Khan to Smith, no run, Corrects his line this time. Lands outside the offstump, cuts back in a bit but still well outside the offstump and Smith has no problems in letting that one go through to Dhoni

0.2

Khan to Smith, no run

0.3

Khan to Smith, 1 run, There we go. Khan troubles Smith. The story of the tour. This one is fuller, shapes in and is on the middle and leg. Smith shapes to play it to on side and is squared up as the ball just holds its line at the last minute. The outside edge takes the ball past cover point and Smith is off to a shaky start

0.4

Khan to de Villiers, no run

0.5

Khan to de Villiers, no run

0.6

Khan to de Villiers, no run

End of over 1 (2 runs) South Africa 2/0
AB de Villiers    0* (3b)      Z Khan    1-0-2-0
GC Smith    1* (3b)     

1.1

Sreesanth to Smith, 1 no ball, Sreesanth starts off with no-ball. On the stumps, Smith goes back and defends it to the offside

1.1

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, Fuller, on the middle stump, shapes in a touch, Smith leans forward and pushes at it. There was a bat and pad gap initially but he quickly shuts it out and makes contact

1.2

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, well outside the offstump. Both the bowlers are yet to settle down here.

1.3

Sreesanth to Smith, 3 runs, full, just outside the offstump, Smith carves it past cover point. Sehwag gives the chase and just about stops the ball near the ropes

1.4

Sreesanth to de Villiers, 1 run, lands on a length, around middle and leg, goes on with the angle. Villiers dabs it past the short-leg (Wasim Jaffer)

1.5

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, pushes that one across Smith but well outside the offstump tand Smith is not interested

1.6

Sreesanth to Smith, 1 run, Wrong line again. This time he shifts to the legs and glanced away for a single.

End of over 2 (6 runs) South Africa 8/0
GC Smith    5* (9b)      S Sreesanth    1-0-6-0
AB de Villiers    1* (4b)      Z Khan    1-0-2-0

2.1

Khan to Smith, no run, full, came in with the angle. Smith pushes it back down the track. Zaheer swoops on to the ball, fires in a throw back at the stumps and Smith jumps out the way.

2.2

Khan to Smith, no run, full again and once again Smith presents the full face of the bat in defense

2.3

Khan to Smith, no run

2.4

Khan to Smith, OUT, 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.

GC Smith c Tendulkar b Khan 5 (12m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 38.46

2.5

Khan to de Villiers, no run, on the stumps, defended off the front foot

2.6

Khan to de Villiers, no run, in the zone outside offstump, left alone

End of over 3 (wicket maiden) South Africa 8/1
AB de Villiers    1* (6b)      Z Khan    2-1-2-1
HM Amla    0* (0b)      S Sreesanth    1-0-6-0

3.1

Sreesanth to Amla, 1 run, full and hint of in swing and Amla gets a inside edge as he ends up pushing outside the line and the ball rolls towards square leg

3.2

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, short of a length, hint of away swing, Villiers covers his offstump and shoulders arms

3.3

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, short of length and it drifts down the legside.

3.4

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, beaten! beauty of a outswinger. The seam was so upright as the cherry hurtled across, landed on a length on the offstump line and just veered away to evade an intended drive.

3.5

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, short of length, on the middle and leg, dabbed away to the leg side

3.6

Sreesanth to de Villiers, FOUR, Whack! Full, hoping for a away swing, but it ends up too full and not much of swing and Villiers is quick to get on to his front foot and he drives it through the covers.

End of over 4 (5 runs) South Africa 13/1
AB de Villiers    5* (11b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    2-0-11-0
HM Amla    1* (1b)      Z Khan    2-1-2-1

4.1

Khan to Amla, no run, pings the short of length, on the middle and leg, and Amla shapes to dab it to the on side but is beaten by the extra bounce. The ball bounds off the hips to Jaffer at short leg

4.2

Khan to Amla, no run, length-delivery, on the offstump line, Amla leans forward, pushes it to the offside

4.3

Khan to Amla, no run, Zaheer goes for a bouncer, Amla drops his wrists, gets his bat away from the line and allows the ball to go through to Dhoni. Very well played.

4.4

Khan to Amla, no run

4.5

Khan to Amla, no run, pushes it across Amla, who thrusts his left foot out, covers the stumps before shouldering arms.

4.6

Khan to Amla, no run, And again.

For those who haven't watched Amla: He stands with his bat raised, not like Gooch, but more like say ... Kallis. Pretty defensive player. Likes to push and prod his way.

End of over 5 (maiden) South Africa 13/1
HM Amla    1* (7b)      Z Khan    3-2-2-1
AB de Villiers    5* (11b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    2-0-11-0

5.1

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, peach of a delivery. Sreesanth hurls across a outswinger , outside the offstump, inviting a drive and Villiers is sucked into it. Beaten. Again that seam was so upright. Fascinating to watch.

5.2

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, on the offstump line, a length-delivery, Villiers thrusts his left foot out, feet pointing towards mid-off, opening himself up, pushes the ball back on to the track

5.3

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, well outside the offstump, Villiers doesn't flirt and the ball sails into Dhoni's gloves

5.4

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, fuller, just outside the offstump, not much swing this time and Villiers square drives it to point

5.5

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, well outside the off and Villiers, again, lets that one go through to the 'keeper

5.6

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, huge shout for lbw. Length-delivery lands on the middle and leg and goes on with the angle and hits the pads in front of the leg stump. But it was going down.

End of over 6 (maiden) South Africa 13/1
AB de Villiers    5* (17b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    3-1-11-0
HM Amla    1* (7b)      Z Khan    3-2-2-1

6.1

Khan to Amla, no run, full in length, angled away, and Amla lets that one go through to Dhoni

6.2

Khan to Amla, OUT, 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.

HM Amla lbw b Khan 1 (17m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 11.11

Gibbs is the new man in. He is in under pressure, having collected a pair in the first Test.

6.3

Khan to Gibbs, no run, The ideal first ball to recieve. Sailing down the leg side

6.4

Khan to Gibbs, no run, much better. Just outside offstump, just short of driveable length but Gibbs judges the line and lets that one to go through to Dhoni

6.5

Khan to Gibbs, no run, slightly outside the offstump, left alone

6.6

Khan to Gibbs, no run, Khan continues to tease on the offstump line. The previous two deliveries went away, this one came in a touch. Gibbs pushes forward, makes contact and the ball rolls away to the offside

End of over 7 (wicket maiden) South Africa 13/2
HH Gibbs    0* (4b)      Z Khan    4-3-2-2
AB de Villiers    5* (17b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    3-1-11-0

7.1

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, In the zone outside the offstump, left alone. Tendulkar, at first slip, is quite pleased with the delivery. Yells out his encouragement.

7.2

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, fullish on the offstump, defended with an angled bat, down to gully

7.3

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, Again in that channel outside off, no stroke offered.

The last three were maiden overs.

7.4

Sreesanth to de Villiers, 1 run, on the middle, just goes straight on with the angle. Villiers turns it to midwicket and will get a run.

7.5

Sreesanth to Gibbs, no run, short of length and well outside the offstump. Gibbs has been cautious so far and again lets that one sail through to the 'keeper

7.6

Sreesanth to Gibbs, FOUR, Gibbs is away. Full, too full, on the leg and middle, Gibbs arrests his left-foot movement, gets it outside the line, flicks it sweetly past square leg.

End of over 8 (5 runs) South Africa 18/2
HH Gibbs    4* (6b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    4-1-16-0
AB de Villiers    6* (21b 1x4)      Z Khan    4-3-2-2

8.1

Khan to de Villiers, 2 runs, Almost the delivery that nailed Amla. Fullish on the middle stump line, shapes in, worked to the midwicket region

8.2

Khan to de Villiers, no run, full in length, on the off and middle stump line, pushed back down the track

8.3

Khan to de Villiers, no run, Angled across, and he leaves it. Three slips and a gully in place.

8.4

Khan to de Villiers, no run, lovely delivery. Lands on a length, on the off and middle stump line, comes back in a touch and Villiers pushes at it and it runs off the outside edge to point

8.5

Khan to de Villiers, no run

8.6

Khan to de Villiers, no run, Way outside the offstump, left alone.

End of over 9 (2 runs) South Africa 20/2
AB de Villiers    8* (27b 1x4)      Z Khan    5-3-4-2
HH Gibbs    4* (6b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    4-1-16-0

VRV Singh replaces Sreesanth.

9.1

Singh to Gibbs, no run, pings the channel outside offstump, left alone. This is a great opportunity for VRV to prove himself. If Munaf Patel was fully fit, he would have played

9.2

Singh to Gibbs, no run, beauty! Perfect line and length. Just outside the offstump, just short of driveable length and it holds its line. Gibbs ends up pushing inside the line, as he expected the ball to come back in and is beaten.

9.3

Singh to Gibbs, no run, fuller, outside the offstump, Gibbs goes for a cover drive and this time he pushes outside the line. Gets an inside-edge that takes the ball towards mid-on

9.4

Singh to Gibbs, no run, on the offstump line, defended off the front foot

9.5

Singh to Gibbs, no run, full in length, outside the offstump, driven to mid-on

So far VRV Singh has been clearly pitching it up than usual. Normally he hits the back of the length but here all deliveries have been fuller and has maintained a teasing line outside the offstump

9.6

Singh to Gibbs, FOUR, There you go. again a length-delivery and around the offstump and Gibbs pushes at it, bat away from the body. Gets an outside edge that takes the ball between the slips and the gully.

End of over 10 (4 runs) South Africa 24/2
HH Gibbs    8* (12b 2x4)      VRV Singh    1-0-4-0
AB de Villiers    8* (27b 1x4)      Z Khan    5-3-4-2

10.1

Khan to de Villiers, no run

10.2

Khan to de Villiers, no run, fullish, on the offstump line, Villiers thrusts his left foot out, head over the ball and defends.

10.3

Khan to de Villiers, no run, outside the offstump, angling away, left alone.

Villiers shuffles across, then plants his left foot out and pointing towards mid-off.

10.3

Khan to de Villiers, no run, outside the offstump, angling away, left alone.

Villiers shuffles across, then plants his left foot out and pointing towards mid-off.

10.4

Khan to de Villiers, no run, again slanted across and Villiers lets that one to go through to Dhoni

10.5

Khan to de Villiers, 1 no ball, defended off the front foot.

10.5

Khan to de Villiers, no run, slanting across, he continues to test him in that area, left alone

10.6

Khan to de Villiers, no run

End of over 11 (1 run) South Africa 25/2
AB de Villiers    8* (34b 1x4)      Z Khan    6-3-5-2
HH Gibbs    8* (12b 2x4)      VRV Singh    1-0-4-0

11.1

Singh to Gibbs, no run, Full and outside the offstump, just outside and Gibbs shoulders arms.

11.2

Singh to Gibbs, no run, Beauty! 140kmph. Lands on a length, just outside the offstump, and it holds its line and Gibbs, once again, ends up pushing inside the line and is beaten.

11.3

Singh to Gibbs, no run, short of length, outside the offstump, and that one kicks up and Gibbs withdraws his bat from the line and lets that one go through

11.4

Singh to Gibbs, no run, fullish, driveable length, on the offstump line and Gibbs pings the mid-off where Rahul Dravid makes the stop

11.5

Singh to Gibbs, 1 no ball, lands on a length, just outside the offstump and this one jags back in, Gibbs pushes at it and the ball rolls away to the leg side. This is good stuff from VRV.

11.5

Singh to Gibbs, 1 run, lands on a length, on the middle and leg, kicks up and Gibbs adjusts to the extra bounce by taking the bottom-hand out of the bat-handle, and dabs it away to the leg side. Not sure whether he got a touch on it..

11.6

Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, full in length, on the middle and leg, tickled away to the vacant midwicket region. Mid-on moves across quickly but can't prevent a single

End of over 12 (3 runs) South Africa 28/2
AB de Villiers    9* (35b 1x4)      VRV Singh    2-0-7-0
HH Gibbs    9* (18b 2x4)      Z Khan    6-3-5-2

12.1

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, left alone outside the off stump

12.2

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, length ball outside the off stump, bit of away movement. de Villiers leaves it through to the keeper

12.3

Sreesanth to de Villiers, OUT, 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.

AB de Villiers c Tendulkar b Sreesanth 9 (64m 38b 1x4 0x6) SR: 23.68

12.4

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, Full, inswinging delivery to the left-handed Prince, who leans forward and defends with the full face of the bat

12.5

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, he takes this one away, left alone

12.6

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, goes for a yorker. Almost. Just outside the offstump and Prince stabs at it. The ball rolls away to the offside

End of over 13 (wicket maiden) South Africa 28/3
AG Prince    0* (3b)      S Sreesanth    5-2-16-1
HH Gibbs    9* (18b 2x4)      VRV Singh    2-0-7-0

13.1

Singh to Gibbs, no run, bumper, right on the middle stump line, honing in for the head, and Gibbs ducks under

13.2

Singh to Gibbs, no run, short in length, outside the offstump, Gibbs covers his offstump and lets that one go through to Dhoni

Three slips, a gully and a unorthodox backward point, standing well in.

13.3

Singh to Gibbs, no run, good delivery. Pitches on a length, just outside the offstump and holds its line, Gibbs looks initially to play at it but withdraws his bat in a hurry.

13.4

Singh to Gibbs, no run, fullish, in the channel outside off, left alone. The men behind the stumps yell words of encouragement. VRV Singh takes a few steps towards the batsman, says something with a smile.

13.5

Singh to Gibbs, no run, on the middle stump, defended off the front foot

13.6

Singh to Gibbs, no run, The sucker delivery well outside the offstump and that doesn't interest Gibbs. It did the trick for some of his colleagues though. So always worth a try now and then.

End of over 14 (maiden) South Africa 28/3
HH Gibbs    9* (24b 2x4)      VRV Singh    3-1-7-0
AG Prince    0* (3b)      S Sreesanth    5-2-16-1

14.1

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, lands on a length, outside the offstump, angling away, left alone

14.2

Sreesanth to Prince, FOUR, dabbed to the third man region. Partly edged, partly steered. In the channel outside the offstump, Prince plays it with soft hands, opens the bat-face slightly and it runs through the gap between the third slip and the gully

14.3

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, slightly outside the offstump, not so close as the previous one, and Prince has no problem in letting this one go through

14.4

Sreesanth to Prince, no run

14.5

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, in zone again, left alone.

'J' pings us with a mail. A tutorial on Afrikaans. "In Afrikaans, the full name starts at what appears to be the article. That means that "de Villiers" is the full surname. You can't shorten it to "Villiers". If you are going to use the surname, you have to use "de" as well, otherwise you're creating a whole new name." Oopsy! Thanks for that mate.

14.6

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, And again.

End of over 15 (4 runs) South Africa 32/3
AG Prince    4* (9b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    6-2-20-1
HH Gibbs    9* (24b 2x4)      VRV Singh    3-1-7-0

15.1

Singh to Gibbs, no run, short of length, on the middle stump, Gibbs punches it towards mid-on, takes a few steps down, Prince responds to that by running almost half-way but Gibbs had changed his mind by then. Prince had to make an hasty but timely retreat

15.2

Singh to Gibbs, no run, outside the offstump, length delivey that shapes away a touch, left alone

15.3

Singh to Gibbs, 1 leg bye, back of length, on the offstump line, comes in with the angle, Gibbs laps it around the corner, down to fineleg

15.4

Singh to Prince, no run, Goes for a bouncer. Too short. On the legstump line and Prince ducks under it easily. The ball, after going past the batsman, veers away and Dhoni makes an acrobatic dive to his right to gather it

15.5

Singh to Prince, FOUR, back of length, kicks up even as it moves away, Prince is troubled by the bounce and the movement. Pushes at it with an open-face of the bat and it runs past the third slip. Take the cover out and put in the a fourth slip!

15.6

Singh to Prince, no run

End of over 16 (5 runs) South Africa 37/3
AG Prince    8* (12b 2x4)      VRV Singh    4-1-11-0
HH Gibbs    9* (27b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    6-2-20-1

16.1

Sreesanth to Gibbs, no run, sailing outside the offstump, left alone. Gibbs has been pretty patient and cautious so far. Two atrocious drives in the first Test led to a demotion down the order.

16.2

Sreesanth to Gibbs, no run, fuller, around the offstump, driven to mid-off

16.3

Sreesanth to Gibbs, FOUR, Super shot! Again full, as Sreesanth continues to find some swing, it doesn't swing, Gibbs gets on to his front foot, and drives it through the covers.

16.4

Sreesanth to Gibbs, no run

16.5

Sreesanth to Gibbs, no run, short of length, lands outside the offstump and cuts back in. Gibbs stabs at it, his bottom-hand off the bat-handle, and manages to keep it out.

16.6

Sreesanth to Gibbs, FOUR, Ooh... streaky edge between gully and third slip. Full, outside off and Gibbs threw his bat at it. Thick edge and the ball flies through that gap.

Steve pings us with a mai. It fits that shot by Gibbs as well. "This match will ultimately be decided by which team is more patient in batting. Due to this india have an advantage in Dravid. In addition to this, kallis the outstanding batsmen of South Africa is not playing."

End of over 17 (8 runs) South Africa 45/3
HH Gibbs    17* (33b 4x4)      S Sreesanth    7-2-28-1
AG Prince    8* (12b 2x4)      VRV Singh    4-1-11-0

17.1

Singh to Prince, no run, Full and angling away, Prince covers the offstump, sees the movement away and shoulders arms

Finally, we have four slips. The gully is also there.

17.2

Singh to Prince, no run, Ouch! Lands on short of length, on the middle and it holds its line and Prince, surprised by the movement back in, is doubled up, offers no stroke and the ball thuds into his thigh. Too high though.

17.3

Singh to Prince, no run

17.4

Singh to Prince, no run, in the channel outside the offstump, angling away, left alone

17.5

Singh to Prince, 1 no ball, pushes that too much across, sails harmlessly outside the offstump

17.5

Singh to Prince, no run, The sucker ball! full in length and well outside the offstump, Prince reaches out for it and , luckily for him, doesn't get a touch.

17.6

Singh to Prince, 1 run, attempted yorker, ends up just outside the offstump, Prince stabs at it and the inside-edge takes the ball behind squareleg

End of over 18 (2 runs) South Africa 47/3
AG Prince    9* (19b 2x4)      VRV Singh    5-1-13-0
HH Gibbs    17* (33b 4x4)      S Sreesanth    7-2-28-1

18.1

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, in the zone outside off, left alone

'J' are you there?! Ashwatha Matthur has query. "Nice to know about the tip about Afrikaans surnames - so if I want to start a sentence with "de Villiers", should the 'd' in "de" be in lower case or upper case?"

18.2

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, full, outside the offstump, squaredriven to point

18.3

Sreesanth to Prince, FOUR, Prince finds the gap this time. Similar delivery to the previous one but on this occasion Prince carves it past point.

Three slips and a gully

18.4

Sreesanth to Prince, 1 run, Slower delivery, ends up as a waist-hight full toss, on the offstump line, dabbed to left of point and away they go for a single

18.5

Sreesanth to Gibbs, no run, teasing line outside off. Gibbs is sucked into a forward prod and the ball whizzes past the outside edge.

18.6

Sreesanth to Gibbs, no run, Similar delivery... well may be a touch wider, and Gibbs lets that one go through to Dhoni.

End of over 19 (5 runs) South Africa 52/3
HH Gibbs    17* (35b 4x4)      S Sreesanth    8-2-33-1
AG Prince    14* (23b 3x4)      VRV Singh    5-1-13-0

19.1

Singh to Prince, 1 run, back of length, on the middle stump and again VRV Singh gets good bounce. Prince stabs at it, and the ball runs behind squareleg.

Madan makes an statement. "Well South Africa naseeb depends on this pair. Gibbs, Prince and Hall. if they are down means India are comfortably heading towards 2-0. Famous Series win. " (Naseeb means fate)

19.2

Singh to Gibbs, no run, almost edged to the fourth slip. Short of length, around the offstump line and it holds its line and Gibbs, for the nth time, ends up pushing inside the line, anticipating that the ball would come in. Jaffer dives forward but the ball falls just short of him.

19.3

Singh to Gibbs, FOUR, Poor delivery to follow that beauty. Overpitched on the legstump, flicked away to the midwicket boundary

19.4

Singh to Gibbs, FOUR, Another four! Overpitched outside offstump this time and Gibbs drives imperiously through the covers.

19.5

Singh to Gibbs, no run, Bak to status-quo. corrects the length, hits the good length and just outside the offstump, left alone

19.6

Singh to Gibbs, no run, full and on the middle, driven back to the bowler. VRV Singh makes the stop and throws it back at the stumps. misses. I tell you ... these days... every time the bowler stops a ball, he fires in a throw back. At the batsman or at the stumps?!

End of over 20 (9 runs) South Africa 61/3
HH Gibbs    25* (40b 6x4)      VRV Singh    6-1-22-0
AG Prince    15* (24b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    8-2-33-1

20.1

Kumble to Prince, 1 no ball, Jumbo is right on the money. Flighted delivery on the middle stump, slides away and Prince tries to push it to on side and gets an outside edge which takes the ball to the offside

20.1

Kumble to Prince, no run, on the middle again, defended away

20.2

Kumble to Prince, no run, on the off and middle, ,lands on a length, defended off the front foot

20.3

Kumble to Prince, no run

20.4

Kumble to Prince, no run, on the middle and leg, worked to the on side

20.5

Kumble to Prince, no run

20.6

Kumble to Prince, 1 run, lands on the middle, turns in slightly, Prince goes back, waits for the turn, works his wrists, turns the ball to shortish fine-leg

End of over 21 (2 runs) South Africa 63/3
AG Prince    16* (31b 3x4)      A Kumble    1-0-2-0
HH Gibbs    25* (40b 6x4)      VRV Singh    6-1-22-0

Zaheer is back into the attack, replacing a tired-looking VRV Singh.

21.1

Khan to Prince, no run, Straightaway pings the channel outside off, Prince leans forward, covers the offstump, and shoulders arms

21.2

Khan to Prince, no run, Deja-vu!

21.3

Khan to Prince, no run, huge shout for lbw! That was close! After taking out two deliveries away, he brings this one back into Prince. Lands on a length around middle and off and comes in with the angle. A surprised Prince is strokeless and is hit on the pads. Hawk eye reveals it would have taken out leg stump.

21.4

Khan to Prince, no run, Back to the outside the off stump line, left alone

21.5

Khan to Prince, no run, And again

21.6

Khan to Prince, 1 leg bye, Tries to repeat the dosage. Brings the ball back in but ends up drifting down leg, Prince collects a legbye

End of over 22 (1 run, maiden) South Africa 64/3
AG Prince    16* (37b 3x4)      Z Khan    7-4-5-2
HH Gibbs    25* (40b 6x4)      A Kumble    1-0-2-0

22.1

Kumble to Prince, no run, flighted delivery, slow through the air, on the middle stump, Prince is dragged out by the length, pushes it back down the track

22.2

Kumble to Prince, 1 run, slightly shorter and on the legs, tickled behind square-leg

22.3

Kumble to Gibbs, no run, quicker, topspinner on the offstump, goes straight on after landing on a length, Gibbs leans forward and defends

Slip, short-leg and silly point in place

22.4

Kumble to Gibbs, (no ball) 1 run, drifts on to the legs, tickled to fine-leg.

22.4

Kumble to Prince, no run, ooh... Prince goes back to a fullish delivery and manages to keep it out.

22.5

Kumble to Prince, no run, And again. He goes back, waits for the turn, it is not there, pushes it to the on side

22.6

Kumble to Prince, no run, on the middle stump line, on a length, Prince defends off the back foot. Hmm.. it should get interesting in the post-lunch session. Will he continue to play him off the back foot. So far Kumble has been bowling slow through the air, surely he will hurl across his quickish topspinner and sliders and then we shall have a contest&

That's lunch. India are sitting pretty having prised out three top-order wickets. The bowlers continued to tease around the offstump and bad shot selections have put India in command.

Sreesanth Not as hot as in first Test but pretty decent with his line. He has bowled better than this.

Zaheer Khan Awesome. He hit the right areas and moved the ball around. You know Zaheer is bowling well when he starts to bring the ball back into the right-hand batsman. Not much, he never does, but enough to put doubts into the minds of the batsmen. He got Amla with one such beauty.

VRV Singh Good. He shunned his usual back-of-length attack and pitched it further up today. And he got appreciable bounce off the track. Easily the fastest Indian bowler on show today. He beat Gibbs a few times by making the ball hold its line just outside the offstump. He troubled Prince by taking the ball away, few outside edges flew in the gap between third slip and gully.

Join us in a while for the post-lunch session.

End of over 23 (3 runs) South Africa 67/3
AG Prince    17* (42b 3x4)      A Kumble    2-0-5-0
HH Gibbs    26* (42b 6x4)      Z Khan    7-4-5-2

23.1

Khan to Gibbs, no run, Finds his radar straightaway. Lands on a length, around the off and middle stump line, angled away, Gibbs pushes at it towards point

23.2

Khan to Gibbs, no run, Lovely delivery, Just shaving past the offstump but Gibbs had judged it well and let it go through to Dhoni.

23.3

Khan to Gibbs, no run, appeal for lbw but it landed outside the leg stump. Came in with the angle and Gibbs has to play around his front pad and the ball thuds into his thigh pad

23.4

Khan to Gibbs, no run

23.5

Khan to Gibbs, no run, Another shout. Again marginally outside the legstump. Gibbs thrusts his left foot across and has to play around it as the ball moves in towards middle stump and is hit on the flap of the front pad.

23.6

Khan to Gibbs, no run, full in length, slanting across, pushed to the offside

End of over 24 (maiden) South Africa 67/3
HH Gibbs    26* (48b 6x4)      Z Khan    8-5-5-2
AG Prince    17* (42b 3x4)      A Kumble    2-0-5-0

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It will be Sourav Ganguly who will have a bowl now. Interesting.

24.1

Ganguly to Prince, no run, Ganguly throws in the towel! A length-delivery was defended off the front foot but during the release, a small towel slips out of Ganguly's pockets.

24.2

Ganguly to Prince, no run, another length delivery, on the middle stump, defended off the front foot

24.3

Ganguly to Prince, no run

24.4

Ganguly to Prince, no run, Appeal for lbw as Ganguly shapes one back in after landing on a length around leg and middle. Going down.

24.5

Ganguly to Prince, no run, fuller, on the middle, driven towards midon

24.6

Ganguly to Prince, no run, outside the offstump, left alone

End of over 25 (maiden) South Africa 67/3
AG Prince    17* (48b 3x4)      SC Ganguly    1-1-0-0
HH Gibbs    26* (48b 6x4)      Z Khan    8-5-5-2

25.1

Khan to Gibbs, FOUR, Full and on the middle, Gibbs thrusts his left foot across but somehow manages to not only get his bat around it but pings the square-leg boundary. Risky shot.

25.2

Khan to Gibbs, no run, Overpitched outside off, driven straight to mid-off. Should have put that away.

25.3

Khan to Gibbs, no run, just short of driveable length, on the middle stump line and it holds its line, Gibbs pushes forward, reaches out for the delivery and defends

25.4

Khan to Gibbs, no run

25.5

Khan to Gibbs, no run, beaten outside off. Gibbs lunges forward at a length-delivery angling away and pushes hard at it.

25.6

Khan to Gibbs, no run, pitches on a length, on the middle and offstump line, goes on with the angle. Gibbs leans forward and is slightly opened-up, as if he expected that to come back in, pushes it out to the offside

End of over 26 (4 runs) South Africa 71/3
HH Gibbs    30* (54b 7x4)      Z Khan    9-5-9-2
AG Prince    17* (48b 3x4)      SC Ganguly    1-1-0-0

26.1

Ganguly to Prince, 1 no ball, big no-ball from Ganguly. Outside the offstump and no stroke offered

26.1

Ganguly to Prince, no run, fuller and around the offstump line, Prince leans forward, opens the bat-face, runs it to point

26.2

Ganguly to Prince, no run

26.3

Ganguly to Prince, FOUR, Ganguly invited a drive by pitching one full and outside offstump and Prince obliged. He reached out for it, and hit it, uppishly, through extra cover

26.4

Ganguly to Prince, no run

26.5

Ganguly to Prince, no run

26.6

Ganguly to Prince, no run

End of over 27 (5 runs) South Africa 76/3
AG Prince    21* (55b 4x4)      SC Ganguly    2-1-5-0
HH Gibbs    30* (54b 7x4)      Z Khan    9-5-9-2

27.1

Khan to Gibbs, FOUR, fifty of the partnership is up. Full and on the legs, Gibbs tries to flick it away, and it runs off the back leg. Four given though. Hmm...

27.2

Khan to Gibbs, no run, appeal for lbw but there was a bit of inside edge. Full in length, on the middle and leg and it holds its line, Gibbs tries to work it across the line and gets a itsy bitsy tiny weeny edge on to pads. Good decision by Umpire Benson

27.3

Khan to Gibbs, no run

27.4

Khan to Gibbs, no run

27.5

Khan to Gibbs, no run, outside the offstump, left alone

27.6

Khan to Gibbs, no run, almost sucked into nicking it behind. Full in length, angling away and Gibbs initially shaped to play but pulls out of a shot at the last minute

End of over 28 (4 runs) South Africa 80/3
HH Gibbs    34* (60b 8x4)      Z Khan    10-5-13-2
AG Prince    21* (55b 4x4)      SC Ganguly    2-1-5-0

28.1

Ganguly to Prince, no run, gentle seam-up delivery, outside the offstump, Prince lets it sail into Dhoni's gloves

28.2

Ganguly to Prince, no run, full and on the middle stump line, Prince pushes it to the on side

28.3

Ganguly to Prince, no run, short of length, on the middle stump line, Prince tries to work it to square-leg, gets a inside edge on to the pad

28.4

Ganguly to Prince, 1 run, fuller and on the middle, driven straight back, between the bowler and the batsman, will get a single

28.5

Ganguly to Gibbs, 1 no ball, another no-ball. Short of length, around the offstump line, Gibbs leans forward, pushes it back down the track.

VVS Laxman walks upto the stumps and shouts out 'Cmon boys......" India are sort of letting things drift here

28.5

Ganguly to Gibbs, no run, in the zone outside offstump, shaping away, left alone by Gibbs

28.6

Ganguly to Gibbs, FOUR, Super shot! Right in the slot, overpitched outside off and Gibbs creamed it through covers. On a bent knee. Fab.

End of over 29 (6 runs) South Africa 86/3
HH Gibbs    38* (63b 9x4)      SC Ganguly    3-1-11-0
AG Prince    22* (59b 4x4)      Z Khan    10-5-13-2

29.1

Khan to Prince, no run

29.2

Khan to Prince, 1 run, again comes in with the angle, Prince defends with a closed-face of the bat and picks up a single as the ball heads towards square-leg

29.3

Khan to Gibbs, no run, Zaheer continues the tease the outside edge. Lands on a length around offstump line and as Gibbs lunges forward, it shapes away

29.4

Khan to Gibbs, 1 run, short of length, on the middle stump line, comes back a touch, punched towards midwicket

29.5

Khan to Prince, no run, fullish, on the middle stump line, Prince drives but straight to Dravid at mid-on

29.6

Khan to Prince, no run, back of length, just outside the offstump and Prince stands tall, taps it close on the offside. He then practises a square-cut. Good he didn't play that. It was too close to cut.

End of over 30 (2 runs) South Africa 88/3
AG Prince    23* (63b 4x4)      Z Khan    11-5-15-2
HH Gibbs    39* (65b 9x4)      SC Ganguly    3-1-11-0

Dravid takes Ganguly out of attack and brings on VRV Singh. There is bit of movement in this track if you hit the right areas. But not as fast as predicted. Not much swing.

30.1

Singh to Gibbs, FOUR, short of length, on the hips, tucked away elegantly past square-leg. Nice shot

30.2

Singh to Gibbs, no run, fullish on the offstump, defended off the front foot

30.3

Singh to Gibbs, no run, good length delivery, angled in and Gibbs leaves it through to the keeper

30.4

Singh to Gibbs, FOUR, this one is short and inviting, almost asking for it to be hit, and Herschelle Gibbs obliges, hits it high and wide over the fielder at point to get his second boundary of the over

30.5

Singh to Gibbs, 2 runs, and the short one is folllowed with a fuller delivery, and Gibbs drives it straight down the ground, Sreesanth from mid-off gives it a chase and restricts it to two runs

30.6

Singh to Gibbs, no run

End of over 31 (10 runs) South Africa 98/3
HH Gibbs    49* (71b 11x4)      VRV Singh    7-1-32-0
AG Prince    23* (63b 4x4)      Z Khan    11-5-15-2

31.1

Khan to Prince, no run, Zaheer starts this one with a short of a length delivery, Prince goes back and across and defends the ball to Kumble at point

31.2

Khan to Prince, FOUR, this one is fuller and moves away just a bit, Prince comes forward and plays with an angled bat, with soft hands, the ball takes the outside edge and runs away to the thirdman fence, thats South Africa's 100

31.3

Khan to Prince, 1 run, fuller length on the pads, and its worked away to mid wicket, a misfield there allows Prince to take a single

Gibbs on 49....

31.4

Khan to Gibbs, no run, good length delivery angled across Gibbs, pushed away to cover .. still on 49 ..

31.5

Khan to Gibbs, 2 runs, and there it is .. short of a length, stands tall and works it away to mid wicket for a brace, the entire dressing room stands up and applauds this effort from gibbs

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31.6

Khan to Gibbs, 3 runs, almost lost his concentration here. Chases a wide one, hits it uppishly in the air, the ball doesn't come off the middle of the bat, but it lands in a no-man's land, and they take three comfortably

End of over 32 (10 runs) South Africa 108/3
HH Gibbs    54* (74b 11x4)      Z Khan    12-5-25-2
AG Prince    28* (66b 5x4)      VRV Singh    7-1-32-0

32.1

Singh to Gibbs, no run, good line and length from VRV Singh, in the channel, Gibbs has a good close look at it and lets it through to the wicketkeeper

32.2

Singh to Gibbs, no run, good line and length again, just a bit closer to the off stump this time, Gibbs has to play at this one, comes forward and plays the ball nicely with head over the ball, that was copybook forward defence

32.3

Singh to Gibbs, no run, this one is a tad shorter, Gibbs goes onto the backfoot and plays it away to the off-side

There is a lot of chatter just now, with all the close-in fielders making sure their words of encouragement are heard

32.4

Singh to Gibbs, FOUR, full and wide, driven uppishly, but its in the gap as well - between point and gully, and the ball races away to the fence.

There seems to be a noticeable change in Gibbs' attitude after getting to his fifty, he seems to be playing a lot of wide deliveries, which he left in the early part of his innings

32.5

Singh to Gibbs, 1 no ball

32.5

Singh to Gibbs, no run, wild chase again, this one was short and wide, yes it was asking to be hit - but that would have been more in a One Day International or a Twenty20 bash, nbot test cricket

32.6

Singh to Gibbs, no run, lets a good length delivery go through to Dhoni

End of over 33 (5 runs) South Africa 113/3
HH Gibbs    58* (81b 12x4)      VRV Singh    8-1-37-0
AG Prince    28* (66b 5x4)      Z Khan    12-5-25-2

Sreeesanth comes back into the attack now, putting to rest all fears about whether he was injured ...

33.1

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, starts off with a good length delivery, and its defended to the onside

33.2

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, good length delivery again, this time on the middle stump, and Prince plays it away straight to the man on the on-side, the only man on the on-side in front of the stumps

33.2

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, good delivery, Boucher comes forward and defends, the ball takes the inside edge and crashes into the pad

33.3

Sreesanth to Prince, FOUR, shot!!! good length delivery, Sreesanth offers just a bit of width, Prince transfers his weight to the backfoot, waits for the ball to come up to him and drives it square on the off-side. Sourav Ganguly chases the ball, but the ball wins ..

33.4

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, Sreesanth strays down the leg-side, just a bit of inswing into the left hander, Prince tries to work it away to fineleg, doesn't make contact

33.5

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, yorker from Sreesanth this time, maintaining consistent pace this over - bowling between 130 and 135

33.6

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, rapped on the pads this time, and that was more a false appeal, the ball pitched on middle and swung in just a tad, Prince shaped to play it to the on-side and was struck on the pad in front of the leg stump, no way that would be out

End of over 34 (4 runs) South Africa 117/3
AG Prince    32* (72b 6x4)      S Sreesanth    9-2-37-1
HH Gibbs    58* (81b 12x4)      VRV Singh    8-1-37-0

Kumble gets a bowl here, and one gets a feeling this would be a fairly long spell

34.1

Kumble to Gibbs, no run, starts off with a flat delivery, bit of width as well, and its driven to Sehwag at cover, nice diving stop there

Kumble gets a bowl here, and one gets a feeling this would be a fairly long spell

34.1

Kumble to Gibbs, no run, starts off with a flat delivery, bit of width as well, and its driven to Sehwag at cover, nice diving stop there

34.2

Kumble to Gibbs, no run, driven to Dravid at short-cover

34.2

Kumble to Gibbs, no run, driven to Dravid at short-cover

34.3

Kumble to Gibbs, FOUR, low full toss from Kumble, on the leg stump, and Gibbs gets his placement perfect - gets it to the right of a diving fielder at mid-off and the ball races away

34.4

Kumble to Gibbs, no run, tossed up this time, a bit of extra bounce as well, Gibbs was playing well inside the line and the ball goes through to the wicketkeeper

34.5

Kumble to Gibbs, 1 run

34.6

Kumble to Prince, no run

End of over 35 (5 runs) South Africa 122/3
AG Prince    32* (73b 6x4)      A Kumble    3-0-10-0
HH Gibbs    63* (86b 13x4)      S Sreesanth    9-2-37-1

35.1

Sreesanth to Gibbs, no run, Sreesanth starts off with a good length delivery, Gibbs tries to work it to the onside, plays a little too early, the ball comes off the leading edge of the bat and rolls away back to Sreesanth who fields it on his follow through

35.2

Sreesanth to Gibbs, OUT, 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

HH Gibbs c †Dhoni b Sreesanth 63 (143m 88b 13x4 0x6) SR: 71.59

On that occasion, there was appeal by all the Indians, Dhoni, the slip fielders, the bowler, but Umpire Mark Benson was unmoved but then ... Herschelle Gibbs finally decided to walk

Mark Boucher comes out to bat now .. One got a feeling something was going to give by watching the way Herschelle Gibbs was batting since he got to his fifty

35.3

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, good channel again, and Boucher lets it through to Dhoni

35.4

Sreesanth to Boucher, 1 run, Boucher gets off the mark, plays with soft hands to the off-side and takes off immediately

35.5

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, angled across the left hander this time, and its defended to the man at gully

35.6

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, yorker length delivery, its dug out by Prince and the balls rolls away to VRV Singh at mid off

End of a successful over for India and for Sreesanth

End of over 36 (1 run) South Africa 123/4
AG Prince    32* (75b 6x4)      S Sreesanth    10-2-38-2
MV Boucher    1* (2b)      A Kumble    3-0-10-0

Kumble with three men round the bat, the silly point, the slip and the forward short leg

36.1

Kumble to Boucher, no run, toss one up on middle stump, Boucher drives to mid wicket

36.2

Kumble to Boucher, no run

36.3

Kumble to Boucher, no run

36.4

Kumble to Boucher, no run

36.5

Kumble to Boucher, no run, yorker length delivery on leg stump, dug out by Boucher

36.6

Kumble to Boucher, 1 run, slider pitching on the leg stump, and its worked away to Ganguly at backward squareleg

End of over 37 (1 run) South Africa 124/4
MV Boucher    2* (8b)      A Kumble    4-0-11-0
AG Prince    32* (75b 6x4)      S Sreesanth    10-2-38-2

Three slips and two gullies for Sreesanth

37.1

Sreesanth to Boucher, no run, starts off with a fuller one on middle and leg, its driven in front of the stumps on the on side

37.2

Sreesanth to Boucher, 3 runs, leg stump delivery again, Boucher picks the gap on the on side, VRV Singh gives it a chase and pulls it back just inside the fence at mid wicket, there's enough time for three runs

Now two slips and a gully for Prince

37.3

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, delivery angled across the left hander, but its full and in the driving region, Prince drives to mid off

37.4

Sreesanth to Prince, 1 run, pitching on off and swinging into the left hander, its worked away off the pads to Ganguly at backward square-leg for one

37.5

Sreesanth to Boucher, 1 run, short delivery from Sreesanth, looked like he banged it in hard, but the ball didnt bounce as much, Boucher easily plays it away to the on side and takes a single

37.6

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, short of a length delivery, Prince stands tall on his toes and plays it away to the man at cover

End of over 38 (5 runs) South Africa 129/4
AG Prince    33* (78b 6x4)      S Sreesanth    11-2-43-2
MV Boucher    6* (11b)      A Kumble    4-0-11-0

Thanks Arun.

38.1

Kumble to Boucher, no run, lovely delivery, flighted, slow through the air, looped up on the offside, Boucher drives, almost early, to mid-off

38.2

Kumble to Boucher, no run

38.3

Kumble to Boucher, no run, slightly short of length, outside the offstump, and cut away to right of point where Sreesanth makes a good tumbling stop

38.4

Kumble to Boucher, no run

38.5

Kumble to Boucher, no run, tossed up, on the middle, slides in, driven towars mid-on

38.6

Kumble to Boucher, no run, lands on the offstump line, spins away, left alone

End of over 39 (maiden) South Africa 129/4
MV Boucher    6* (17b)      A Kumble    5-1-11-0
AG Prince    33* (78b 6x4)      S Sreesanth    11-2-43-2

39.1

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, length-delivery on the middle stump line, goes away with the angle, Prince stays back, gets behind the line and tucks it to the on side

39.2

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, fuller and on the pads, Prince fails to get a touch with his intended flick shot and the ball bounds off the pads to the leg side

39.3

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, length-delivery, lands outside legstump line, comes in with the angle and Prince is beaten by pace and the ball thuds into thighpad

39.4

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, short of length, outside the offstump and steered to Zaheer Khan at point

Two slips in place

39.5

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, Sreesanth suddenly veers away at prior to release, to the wide of the crease and hurls in full and straight on the middle stump line, pushed out to point

Two slips in place

39.5

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, Sreesanth suddenly veers away at prior to release, to the wide of the crease and hurls in full and straight on the middle stump line, pushed out to point

39.6

Sreesanth to Prince, no run

End of over 40 (maiden) South Africa 129/4
AG Prince    33* (84b 6x4)      S Sreesanth    12-3-43-2
MV Boucher    6* (17b)      A Kumble    5-1-11-0

40.1

Kumble to Boucher, 2 runs, tossed up on the middle and leg, Boucher whips it across, past square-leg

40.2

Kumble to Boucher, no run

40.3

Kumble to Boucher, 1 run, slightly short in length, on the middle and leg, punched towards square-leg

40.4

Kumble to Prince, 1 run, fuller, on the leg and middle, tickled around the corner for a single.

40.5

Kumble to Boucher, no run, tossed up, on the middle, driven to mid-on

40.6

Kumble to Boucher, no run, short in length, on the middle, Boucher goes back, taps it back down the track

End of over 41 (4 runs) South Africa 133/4
MV Boucher    9* (22b)      A Kumble    6-1-15-0
AG Prince    34* (85b 6x4)      S Sreesanth    12-3-43-2

41.1

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, fullish, outside off, driven straight to Sehwag at cover

41.2

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, length-delivery, around the offstump line, Prince goes back, taps it in front of him.

41.3

Sreesanth to Prince, no run, nice probing delivery, straight on the middle stump line, trying to trap him in front but Prince adjusts, takes his front foot out of the line and dabs it to square-leg

41.4

Sreesanth to Prince, 1 run, short of length, on the hips, Prince tucks it to left of Ganguly at square-leg and pinches a single

41.5

Sreesanth to Boucher, 1 run, short, outside the offstump and Boucher fetches it from there but doesn't go through fully with his pull shot, sort of laps it through midwicket.

41.6

Sreesanth to Prince, FOUR, flicked away in style. On the legs, Prince let it come to him, worked his wrists overtime and ran it down fine.

End of over 42 (6 runs) South Africa 139/4
AG Prince    39* (90b 7x4)      S Sreesanth    13-3-49-2
MV Boucher    10* (23b)      A Kumble    6-1-15-0

Prince reminds of Asim Kamal, the dour Pakistani batsman. Gutsy and willing to fight it out.

42.1

Kumble to Boucher, 1 run, looped up on the legs and glanced around the corner for a single. The singles keep coming off Kumble.

42.2

Kumble to Prince, no run, much slower through the air, on the middle stump line, Prince goes back and is made to wait and he defends it away to the on side

42.3

Kumble to Prince, 2 runs, pre-determined paddle shot. Floated up on the middle, Prince lapped it to fine-leg and ran hard to pinch two runs.

42.4

Kumble to Prince, no run, on the middle and leg, worked to midwicket

42.5

Kumble to Prince, no run

42.6

Kumble to Prince, no run, tossed up on the leg stump line, pushed away to the on side

End of over 43 (3 runs) South Africa 142/4
AG Prince    41* (95b 7x4)      A Kumble    7-1-18-0
MV Boucher    11* (24b)      S Sreesanth    13-3-49-2

30 minutes to go for the tea break

43.1

Singh to Boucher, no run, Outside the offstump line, going on straight and left alone

43.2

Singh to Boucher, 3 runs, short in length, outside the offstump and Boucher goes back and whips it through the midwicket region. Zaheer Khan runs in from long-leg to make the stop

43.3

Singh to Prince, no run, short of length and Prince shapes to pull but is too early into his stroke and ends up swatting it across to midwicket

43.4

Singh to Prince, no run, full and wide, the sucker ball, Prince drives but again is bit early into the shot and the ball rolls away towards mid-on

43.5

Singh to Prince, no run, ooh... almost a catch for the first slipper. Full in length, lands on the offstump line and shapes away. Prince is squared-up as he pushes at it and gets an outside edge but it falls just short of Tendulkar.

43.6

Singh to Prince, no run, swing and a miss. Prince tries to hit through the line, to an delivery that was angling away, and is beaten

End of over 44 (3 runs) South Africa 145/4
AG Prince    41* (99b 7x4)      VRV Singh    9-1-40-0
MV Boucher    14* (26b)      A Kumble    7-1-18-0

44.1

Kumble to Boucher, no run

44.2

Kumble to Boucher, no run, leans forward to smother any spin.

44.3

Kumble to Boucher, no run, tossed up on the offstump line, pushed away to the offside

44.4

Kumble to Boucher, no run

44.5

Kumble to Boucher, 2 runs, on the legs, flicked away to fineleg

44.6

Kumble to Boucher, no run

End of over 45 (2 runs) South Africa 147/4
MV Boucher    16* (32b)      A Kumble    8-1-20-0
AG Prince    41* (99b 7x4)      VRV Singh    9-1-40-0

The first session belonged to India but post-lunch play seems to have gone South Africa's way. Dravid may have missed a trick in bringing on Ganguly when he could have gone for pace at both ends. If South Africa can get to 250, with Pollock and Hall in the wings, they'll be pretty happy. post your thoughts and share them with the others who've turned on and tuned in.

45.1

Singh to Prince, no run, Snorter. Chin music. Prince didn't want to hear it and swayed away. Good cricket allround. It was a well-directed bouncer and it was on the middle stump line

45.2

Singh to Prince, 1 run, on the middle and leg stump line, dabbed to midwicket region

45.3

Singh to Boucher, no run, short of length, on the middle and leg stump line, worked to the leg side

45.4

Singh to Boucher, no run, shout for lbw and that was close. Mighty close. Full in length, lands on the middle stump line, goes on with the angle and Boucher tries to go across the line and makes no contact. The ball thuds into the pad and that was hitting leg and middle.

45.5

Singh to Boucher, no run

45.6

Singh to Boucher, no run, beaten. Boucher fishes outside off and the ball just whizzes past the outside edge.

End of over 46 (1 run) South Africa 148/4
MV Boucher    16* (36b)      VRV Singh    10-1-41-0
AG Prince    42* (101b 7x4)      A Kumble    8-1-20-0

46.1

Kumble to Prince, no run

46.2

Kumble to Prince, 2 runs, on the leg side, tflicked past square-leg

46.3

Kumble to Prince, 1 run, Googly on the leg stump line, flicked away to square-leg

46.4

Kumble to Boucher, no run

46.5

Kumble to Boucher, no run

46.6

Kumble to Boucher, 1 leg bye

End of over 47 (4 runs) South Africa 152/4
MV Boucher    16* (39b)      A Kumble    9-1-23-0
AG Prince    45* (104b 7x4)      VRV Singh    10-1-41-0

47.1

Singh to Boucher, FOUR, short and wide, slapped past point

47.2

Singh to Boucher, no run

47.3

Singh to Boucher, FOUR, short of length, outside the offstump, kicks up, Boucher goes back and across, gets on top of the bounce and guides it through the gap between the slip and the gully. Very well adjusted by Boucher. He was shaping to square cut and saw the extra bounce and guided it thorugh the thirdman boundary

47.4

Singh to Boucher, 1 run

47.5

Singh to Prince, no run

47.6

Singh to Prince, no run

End of over 48 (9 runs) South Africa 161/4
AG Prince    45* (106b 7x4)      VRV Singh    11-1-50-0
MV Boucher    25* (43b 2x4)      A Kumble    9-1-23-0

48.1

Kumble to Boucher, no run

48.2

Kumble to Boucher, no run, flighted delivery on the middle stump, Boucher tries to go across the line, gets a leading edge, along the ground, back to kumble

48.3

Kumble to Boucher, no run, another flighted delivery, drifts towards the leg stump line, dips and lands on the toe as Boucher again tries to go across the line. Shout for lbw, but probably was going down leg

48.4

Kumble to Boucher, no run

48.5

Kumble to Boucher, 1 run

48.6

Kumble to Prince, no run

End of over 49 (1 run) South Africa 162/4
AG Prince    45* (107b 7x4)      A Kumble    10-1-24-0
MV Boucher    26* (48b 2x4)      VRV Singh    11-1-50-0

49.1

Singh to Boucher, 1 run, banged in short and Boucher goes for a pull but is too early into his stroke and it hits him on the back. The pitch is stopping a bit now. Prince went through that problem earlier and now Boucher

49.2

Singh to Prince, no run, good line and just short of a length, Prince stands tall on the back-foot and drives it straight to the fielder at gully

49.3

Singh to Prince, 1 run, defended down on the leg side and they scamper through for a single

49.4

Singh to Boucher, no run, .

49.5

Singh to Boucher, no run, in the channel outside the off stump. defeneded watchfully. Excellent comeback over this from VRV

49.6

Singh to Boucher, no run, defended outside the off stump

End of over 50 (2 runs) South Africa 164/4
MV Boucher    27* (52b 2x4)      VRV Singh    12-1-52-0
AG Prince    46* (109b 7x4)      A Kumble    10-1-24-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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The victorious bunch can't contain their emotions at the end of the game, South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Durban, 5th day, December 30, 2006

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Graeme Smith and Makhaya Ntini are jubilant after a famous win, South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Durban, 5th day, December 30, 2006

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