Player of the Match
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    12.1 Sree gets his man, it was short and Smith went for the pull, it was too close for the shot, the steepler went miles in the air, and Sree and Dhoni both ran towards the ball as it came down near square leg, Dhoni settled under it, and took the catch cleanly, Sree has struck before tea, Smith departs 63/1
    15.4 Harbhajan has struck. And as is often the case with him, its the bounce more than the spin. India are right back into it now. That one bounced extra from a length on middle and off as it turned down the leg. Alviro stayed back and tried to turn it behind square, but the bounce did him in. He got the inside edge onto the thigh and it was an easy take for Pujara. Harbhajan keeps appealing, Alviro keeps watching and eventually umpire Rauf raises the finger. Under the circumstances, a poor shot considering leg slip was in place for the shot. 82/2
    16.2 India are on top now. Sreesanth has sent Amla back, and this is the poorest shot he has played in this series. Probably one of his poorest shots all year. Sree got it to move away, but it was too short and a touch too wide outside off to trouble Amla. Or so we thought. Amla wanted to have a cut at it. The away movement and they slight lack of bounce meant it missed the middle and took the outside edge. It was dying on Dhoni who did well to fall forward and scoop it before it landed. HUGE wicket. 82/3
    34.2 what a ripper from Sreesanth, that leapt, pounced at Kallis from a short of a length, just reared up so sharply and jagged into him. Kallis had no chance, and fended at it. He really couldn't do much else. The ball smacked into his glove and lobbed up to gully where the fielder took an easy catch. But wait, there's more drama, umpire Davis wants to check if Sreesanth over-stepped. Replys show his foot was OK. Massive breakthrough for India. And what a brute of a delivery. Kallis had to arch his back to unbelievable proportions to fend that. 123/4
    39.6 Harbhajan has struck the second big blow of the morning and AB de Villiers has been adjudged lbw. Controversial as they come. Harbhajan tossed this up on off and middle and got it to bite and straighten. AB was forward, but struck around the knee in front of the stumps. Replays suggests that was going over the stumps. The way AB played at that made him look plumber than he should have been - he reached forward and sort of wafted at it outside the line; it wasn't a convincing defensive shot. It was a tentative prod; And as the ball was about to hit the pad he yanked his bat away to avoid any bat and pad catch but the ball straightened enough to hit him on the knee-roll in front of the middle on the bent knee. That must have prompted the umpire to think it would have hit the middle and not bounced over. Hawk eye, of course, shows that it would have gone over the middle stump. AB is not pleased at all. India are on top here. 136/5
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    42.4 oh my, that's a poor decision from Umpire Davis. Things are not going SA's way this morning. Zaheer lands one back of a length on middle and though that straightened a fraction, it was still going to miss off stump. Easily. Boucher was in the crease as he tried to angle it square and it thudded into his pad a smidgen outside off stump. And it was heading further away from the line of the furniture. Umpire Davis did not think so. India's insistence to not have the UDRS might have earned them a wicket here. 143/6
    48.5 Zaheer has toyed with Steyn, worked him over with variations in length and once he felt he had enough of him, he's sent him on his way. Lovely, lovely bowling. Zaheer got this to land on a length from slightly side of the crease and move away from Steyn. The length was perfect for the outside edge in case Steyn was going to fall for the bait. He did. Loose drive outside off and Pujara at third slip takes it nicely. The entire Steyn v Zaheer contest has been riveting to watch. Zaheer gets the bragging rights here. 155/7
    60.2 bowled 'em! Zak produces a cracker, on off stump and coming in with the angle from back of a length, forcing Harris to play at it, and then gets it to move away off the seam to clip the off stump, perfect delivery, Zaheer roars and roars, he is pumped up, two more to go 182/8
    72.1 Ishant gets Morne this time! it was back of a length delivery around off from round the stumps, and it straightened just a shade, Morne threw his bat at it, and got an edge that Dhoni gobbled up, and threw the ball in the air in celebration, India need one more wicket now, even Ishant can't keep bowling no balls consistently 215/9
    72.3 it's all over for South Africa, Pujara has pulled off a beauty at forward short leg, it was full and on the leg stump, Lonwabo flicked it straight to Pujara, and the momentum took him well outside the crease, Pujara was alert and threw down the stumps in a flash, replays show Tsotsobe was just short of making his ground, India have levelled the series 215/10
    9 (lb 1, nb 8)
    215 all out (72.3 Overs, RR: 2.96, 338 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-63 (GC Smith, 12.1 ov), 2-82 (AN Petersen, 15.4 ov), 3-82 (HM Amla, 16.2 ov), 4-123 (JH Kallis, 34.2 ov), 5-136 (AB de Villiers, 39.6 ov), 6-143 (MV Boucher, 42.4 ov), 7-155 (DW Steyn, 48.5 ov), 8-182 (PL Harris, 60.2 ov), 9-215 (M Morkel, 72.1 ov), 10-215 (LL Tsotsobe, 72.3 ov)
    Z Khan17.035733.3500
    I Sharma11.303613.1306
    S Sreesanth14.024533.2102
    Harbhajan Singh29.057022.4100
    SR Tendulkar1.00606.0000

Close of Play

  • Sun, 26 Dec - day 1 - India 1st innings 183/6 (MS Dhoni 20*, Harbhajan Singh 15*, 56 ov)
  • Mon, 27 Dec - day 2 - India 2nd innings 92/4 (VVS Laxman 23*, CA Pujara 10*, 30.5 ov)
  • Tue, 28 Dec - day 3 - South Africa 2nd innings 111/3 (JH Kallis 12*, AB de Villiers 17*, 27 ov)
  • Wed, 29 Dec - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 215 (72.3 ov) - end of match

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