39.2 Gambhir is gone and he will be gutted by this. Steyn angles one in from round the wicket, from outside off, but it was the bounce that did Gambhir in. It kept a touch low as he looked to play from the crease. It missed the bat and thudded into the pads. That was plumb. As Sid Monga once said, he wouldn't have been plumber if he worked with pipes and taps. 170/2
    29.3 Sehwag has thrown it away. You sensed he was going to go after Harris at some point. This was was asking to be hit. Tossed up nice and wide outside off, Sehwag danced down, but could not get to the line of the ball. Hence, he ended up scooping instead of lofting cleanly. Smith runs back and to the left from widish mid off to take a well-judged catch. Big wicket. 137/1
    64.5 gone! Morkel strikes. Did that nip away? Landed on a good lengh just outside off, Dravid played at it, got a faint edge straight through to Boucher, the hint of movement may have just done him in. South Africa go past a major barrier in their quest to bowl India out here 242/4
    54.4 got him! The short square leg into action immediately, Amla the fielder there, on middle and leg, Ishant gets across and tries to work it square, uppish again and the ever-sharp Amla makes no mistake, grabbing it to his left 214/3
    not out
    72.5 edged and gone! Laxman goes after a full delivery outside off and gets a thick edge straight to gully, flew towards that fielder there and he made no mistake, South Africa are breaking through the resistance steadily here 256/5
    77.5 Raina goes, almost guides it to slip, short of a good length and he's looking to play it behind point, edges it straight to first slip, the pressure on him only grows 277/6
    118.2 Dhoni falls! Steyn is the man for South Africa, breaks the partnership that had almost wiped off the huge deficit, it climbed nastily from short of a good length, nipped in too, Dhoni was caught in an awkward position, and fended it to Boucher, who took a neat catch, diving to his right, Dhoni goes for 90, Steyn roars 449/7
    119.1 Harris gets Harbhajan! it was tossed up outside the off stump, he went for the drive, and got an outside edge that went straight to slip, South Africa are closing in now 450/8
    125.5 edged and gone, good length outside off and Sreesanth poked at it again, fatally this time, angled in and then flew off the edge to second slip where AB took a dolly, South Africa move closer to a win 456/9
    128.1 All over! Banged in short on the body and Unadkat looks to fend it into the off side, finds gully, didn't look too comfortable against the short one and it seemed it was only a matter of time 459/10
    31 (b 13, lb 5, nb 5, w 8)
    459 all out (128.1 Overs, RR: 3.58, 585 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-137 (V Sehwag, 29.3 ov), 2-170 (G Gambhir, 39.2 ov), 3-214 (I Sharma, 54.4 ov), 4-242 (R Dravid, 64.5 ov), 5-256 (VVS Laxman, 72.5 ov), 6-277 (SK Raina, 77.5 ov), 7-449 (MS Dhoni, 118.2 ov), 8-450 (Harbhajan Singh, 119.1 ov), 9-456 (S Sreesanth, 125.5 ov), 10-459 (JD Unadkat, 128.1 ov)
    DW Steyn30.1610543.4810
    M Morkel31.069423.0332
    LL Tsotsobe24.039814.0801
    PL Harris30.058822.9300
    JH Kallis13.035614.3002

Close of Play

  • Thu, 16 Dec - day 1 - India 1st innings 136/9 (MS Dhoni 33*, JD Unadkat 1*, 38.1 ov)
  • Fri, 17 Dec - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 366/2 (HM Amla 116*, JH Kallis 102*, 87 ov)
  • Sat, 18 Dec - day 3 - India 2nd innings 190/2 (R Dravid 28*, I Sharma 7*, 44.1 ov)
  • Sun, 19 Dec - day 4 - India 2nd innings 454/8 (SR Tendulkar 107*, S Sreesanth 3*, 122.2 ov)
  • Mon, 20 Dec - day 5 - India 2nd innings 459 (128.1 ov) - end of match

Match Notes