Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    1.2 Stunning! Gotcha! The off stump has been pegged back. That round-the-stumps angle has worked again. This one comes back in from outside off, Gambhir, who out pushing at a delivery earlier in the day, chooses to shoulder arms. Mistake. Big mistake. Crash. The ball kept coming in to give a fatal kiss to the off stump. What a start for SA. 1/1
    4.4 The big fish has been caught! Dale Steyn take a bow. It was full, it was outside off stump, it invited a big drive from Sehwag who obliges but the ball shaped away late to fly off the edge straight into the big palms of Smith at first slip. South Africa erupt in joy. What a day they have had. What a day Steyn has had. It has been a treat to watch him bowl a rasping spell of fast swing bowling. 24/2
    31.2 That over-the-wicket outside-the-leg-stump line has worked for Harris. He flighted it outside leg stump into the rough, Vijay goes for the sweep but gets the top edge and it lobs up to fine-leg. Vijay is down on his knees when he completed that shot and looks pretty disappointed. Harris and co run away in joy towards the catcher to celebrate. 96/3
    67.2 Harris has struck! What a wicket. And that over the wicket and outside leg stump line has worked again. The little big man of Indian cricket has fallen after a fine hundred. It landed outside leg stump on a length, Tendulkar went for the sweep, the ball turned in, bounced off the thigh pad, went on to the elbow guard and fell on the stumps. Harris can't believe it, he runs around in sheer joy and falls flat on his back on the ground even as the team-mates crowd him. What a moment. 192/5
    41.3 Parnell takes out Badrinath. It was delivered from round the stump, landed full in length and held its line, tailing away with the shiny side, Badrinath lunged out with an open bat-face and the ball clipped the outside edge and Boucher did the rest. India are tottering here and what a wonderful game this has been for South Africa. 122/4
    75.6 What a day Paul Harris has had ! He has struck again! This one was floated just outside leg stump, Dhoni, who has been relentlessly padding away, chose to defend this as it wasn't far away from the leg stump line. But he got an fatal inside edge on to the pad and out to silly point. Dhoni's resistance ends. South Africa surge ahead towards a famous win. 209/6
    105.1 Dead plumb in front. India still are seven runs short of the follow-on. Saha leans forward to defend but the ball curves in to strike the pad; he had pressed his front leg too far across and couldn't get his bat around in time. Good little fighting innings but its over now. South Africa are so close to that win now. Can they hand India an innings defeat? 318/9
    87.5 Trapped in front. Parnell, bowling from round the stumps, gets this one to home in on the middle stump line, Harbhajan falls over as he tries to whip it across and hawk eye shows it would have hit the leg stump. 259/7
    104.4 Zak falls after a brief resistance. It was dug in short, Zaheer again went for the swing across the line and top-edged the pull to mid-off 318/8
    107.1 Clatter! Mishra's stumps are in disarray as Steyn completes the ten-for with an incutter. Gone! In the last 25 years India have suffered innings defeat only thrice at home. All of them have come in the last ten years. And interestingly, all three of them have come against South Africa. What a performance by SA in this Test. It was a treat to watch Steyn bowl in the first innings. 319/10
    not out
    31 (b 15, lb 8, nb 2, w 6)
    319 all out (f/o) (107.1 Overs, RR: 2.97, 463 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-1 (G Gambhir, 1.2 ov), 2-24 (V Sehwag, 4.4 ov), 3-96 (M Vijay, 31.2 ov), 4-122 (S Badrinath, 41.3 ov), 5-192 (SR Tendulkar, 67.2 ov), 6-209 (MS Dhoni, 75.6 ov), 7-259 (Harbhajan Singh, 87.5 ov), 8-318 (Z Khan, 104.4 ov), 9-318 (WP Saha, 105.1 ov), 10-319 (A Mishra, 107.1 ov)
    DW Steyn18.115733.1300
    M Morkel21.066513.0921
    WD Parnell13.025824.4600
    PL Harris38.0177632.0000
    JH Kallis12.031911.5800
    JP Duminy5.002104.2001

Close of Play

  • Sat, 6 Feb - day 1 - South Africa 1st innings 291/2 (HM Amla 115*, JH Kallis 159*, 91 ov)
  • Sun, 7 Feb - day 2 - India 1st innings 25/0 (G Gambhir 12*, V Sehwag 9*, 4 ov)
  • Mon, 8 Feb - day 3 - India 2nd innings 66/2 (M Vijay 27*, SR Tendulkar 15*, 23 ov)
  • Tue, 9 Feb - day 4 - India 2nd innings 319 (107.1 ov) - end of match

Match Notes