Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    49.2 played on! And I think it kept a touch low as well! A tame hang of the bat to the back of a length ball outside off stump results in an inside edge that cannons into his stumps. Petersen did not look anywhere near comfortable this morning and both bowlers deserve credit for this wicket for the mix of short and full balls at him 143/3
    30.4 is that a run-out? Smith pushes the ball towards mid-on and sets off, he had taken a couple of paces down the track to play the shot, perhaps that encouraged him to go for the tight run, a direct hit from Ajinkya Rahane, Smith is caught short, what a throw that was from Rahane, heading right for the base of the stumps, just the opening India have been desperately seeking, and not the smartest cricket from the vastly experienced Smith 108/1
    36.2 that is the second freak dismissal in the match for Amla. he was leaving the ball again having seen it pitched short, but this one keeps so low that it hits top of off! Amla was ducking low, pulling his bat, gloves and helmet away from the ball, which allows a clean path for the ball to crash into the stumps! Amla cannot believe it as he goes off shaking his head. The ball sneaked under his chin as he was ducking! 118/2
    132.5 Direct hit from mid-off! It was punched to Rahane who picks up the ball and flays down the stumps. Faf dives full length and he is found short of his ground! The rebound hits his grille too. He had nailed that drive and did not deserve to get out on that. What an innings! What an end! What a Test! 442/7
    60.4 300 wickets for Zaheer and he waves to the dressing room! Kallis is gone! He is not too pleased and has all the right to be as there was a big inside edge on that! Kept it fullish, got it to jag in and it kept a touch low as well. He couldn't adjust his stroke to that last little thing and has to pay the price. Big wicket for a big-match bowler. 197/4
    123.1 chops it on and Ishant does it for India! AB cannot believe it as he hangs his head and walks back to the pavilion. It was back of a length just a touch outside off and as he was trying to steer it to third man, the inside edge was taken and cannons into the stumps. The crowd and his dressing room stand up in acknowledgment of a terrific innings. But AB is still worried he might have been the exact thing India needed 402/5
    124.4 knocks onto his stumps again! Goes for the expansive cover drive on the up and the length ball takes a thick inside edge and rams into the stumps. India are in a huddle and MSD is leading them in a spirited discussion. India flags are out and about. Things are tensing up as the Vern comes out 407/6
    not out
    not out
    19 (b 2, lb 7, nb 2, w 8)
    450/7 (136 Overs, RR: 3.30, 563 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-108 (GC Smith, 30.4 ov), 2-118 (HM Amla, 36.2 ov), 3-143 (AN Petersen, 49.2 ov), 4-197 (JH Kallis, 60.4 ov), 5-402 (AB de Villiers, 123.1 ov), 6-407 (JP Duminy, 124.4 ov), 7-442 (F du Plessis, 132.5 ov)
    Z Khan34.0113513.9710
    I Sharma29.049113.1312
    Mohammed Shami28.0510733.8210
    R Ashwin36.058302.3010
    M Vijay1.00303.0000
    MS Dhoni2.00402.0000
    V Kohli6.001803.0000

Close of Play

  • Wed, 18 Dec - day 1 - India 1st innings 255/5 (AM Rahane 43*, MS Dhoni 17*, 90 ov)
  • Thu, 19 Dec - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 213/6 (F du Plessis 17*, VD Philander 48*, 66 ov)
  • Fri, 20 Dec - day 3 - India 2nd innings 284/2 (CA Pujara 135*, V Kohli 77*, 78 ov)
  • Sat, 21 Dec - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 138/2 (AN Petersen 76*, F du Plessis 10*, 45 ov)
  • Sun, 22 Dec - day 5 - South Africa 2nd innings 450/7 (136 ov) - end of match

Match Notes