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Day 5

451dThe Report by Firdose Moonda in Johannesburg

Du Plessis, de Villiers ensure thrilling draw

At the start of day five, South Africa needed 320 with eight wickets in hand and a victory for them seemed miles away. But Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers' got them in sight of a win, before late wickets meant the most thrilling of draws

451dFirdose Moonda in Johannesburg

Smith defends safety-first tactics

South Africa's captain supports Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn's decision to play it safe, in the face of criticism from the crowd and former players

451dSidharth Monga in Johannesburg

Draw shows how much the Test meant

While we're left wondering what might have been had either team pushed for a win in the final stages of a wonderful Test match, we'd do well to remember that it's difficult for players to take calls that could possibly undo five days of hard work

451dSidharth Monga in Johannesburg

Whose win should it have been anyway?

Virat Kohli and Graeme Smith both expressed their surprise at the other team not going for the win in the final few stages of the Test

Day 4

451dFirdose Moonda in Johannesburg

South Africa take heart from past battles

Adrian Birrell, South Africa's assistant coach, believes they have the ability to bat out the fifth day against India, like they did against Australia in Adelaide in 2012

451dSidharth Monga in Johannesburg

We proved we weren't scared - Pujara

Though India are in a strong position, Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored his first overseas century to almost bat South Africa out of the Johannesburg Test, feels there is work is yet to be done

451dShiva Jayaraman

Steyn's worst Test figures

Stats highlights of the fourth day's play between South Africa and India at the Wanderers

451dFirdose Moonda

CSA deny rumours of Smith quitting

CSA denied rumours that Graeme Smith had threatened to step down as captain if wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile was selected in the XI for the series against India

451dSidharth Monga in Johannesburg

Crafty bowler v tough batsman

Zaheer Khan and Graeme Smith have history, but the batsman survived the latest chapter of their ongoing duel

Day 3

451dFirdose Moonda in Johannesburg

Smith runs out of options and ideas

With Morne Morkel out of action and Imran Tahir misfiring, South Africa's captain endured a difficult juggle with limited resources

451dSidharth Monga in Johannesburg

Pujara and Kohli defy expectations

The skill and acumen exhibited by Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli in the Johannesburg Test befit batsmen who have had much longer stints in Test cricket

451dSidharth Monga in Johannesburg

Zaheer makes the hard climb back to the top

Zaheer Khan has shown over the past year that he cherishes his India Test spot enough to make any sacrifice to regain it, and the work he did in that period - on his fitness and his bowling - has paid rich dividends for him and his team in Johannesburg

451dFirdose Moonda in Johannesburg

Injured Morkel unable to bowl in rest of match

Morne Morkel will not be able to bowl anymore in the ongoing Test against India, after suffering an ankle ligament injury just on the third day at the Wanderers

Day 2

451dSidharth Monga in Johannesburg

Tenacious India seamers rewrite script

The team has slipped from promising positions in overseas Tests in the past, but the Zaheer Khan-led bowling attack helped India maintain a firm grip on the second day

451dFirdose Moonda

Can Kallis make a U-turn?

He may have hit one of the roughest patches in his career, but Jacques Kallis, in the past, has shown he can recover spectacularly

451dFirdose Moonda in Johannesburg

Hurting Philander eases South Africa's pain

Vernon Philander was suffering from a toothache last night but he was incisive with the ball, before shoring up a South Africa collapse with a defiant innings

Day 1

451dThe Report by Siddarth Ravindran

Kohli ton leads India's battling effort

Virat Kohli eased some of the doubts over India's ability to compete in South Africa with a superbly crafted century that made it at least an even first day

451dSidharth Monga in Johannesburg

Kohli makes a Tendulkar-like ton

In difficult conditions against one of the world's best attacks, Virat Kohli remained unfazed, played his own game, and showed India could compete

451dFirdose Moonda

South African quicks aim to refocus radar

Just as they did at The Oval last July, South Africa's quicks bowled too wide on the first day. Allan Donald hopes they can stage an Oval-style turnaround


451dBimalka Liyanarachchi

The Wanderers 'What if?'

People will forever wonder what could have been at Johannesburg, and history will struggle to explain why the Test finished the way it did

451dSidharth Monga in Durban

Can India maintain their intensity?

India's bowlers ran themselves into the ground in their effort to win the Johannesburg Test. In three days' time, they may have to do it all over again

451dFirdose Moonda in Johannesburg

De Villiers: South Africa's man for all occasions

For a batsman who is better known for his flamboyance and strokeplay, AB de Villiers proved at the Wanderers that he also had the ability to drop anchor and rescue the team when the chips are down

445dFirdose Moonda in Johannesburg

An insight into South Africa's sanctum

South Africa's dressing-room environment is said to be at all time high and the current crop of players credit a team culture based on respect, friendship and family-values for much of their recent success

445dFirdose Moonda in Johannesburg

Smith's South Africa keen to build legacy

South Africa squashed their opponents at home last summer. This year's visitors are expected to be tougher, and Graeme Smith wants his team to be as ruthless

764dFirdose Moonda

Time to accept that de Villiers' days are numbered?

AB de Villiers has struggled in recent months to convince anyone that he is still passionate about playing for South Africa. Maybe it's time to accept his international days are numbered