Player of the Match
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    12.1 Trapped in front. Mishra takes out the big wicket of Smith in his first delivery and boy... is he mobbed by his team-mates or what. It landed on the off stump line, turned in, Smith tried to play it with the turn but played all around it and was struck in front of middle and off. It would have spun into middle and leg stump. Gone! Huge wicket this. Eden Gardens erupts. 36/1
    17.2 A typical Harbhajan dismissal. Bat and pad to short-leg. It drifted across, turned in from the off stump line, collided with the inside-edge, bounded off the pad and flew to right of short-leg where Badrinath jumps, stretches his right hand above head-high towards his right, pops up the ball and takes the rebound. Petersen turns around and walks away immediately. 54/2
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    33.2 What a fine leg break. Probably Mishra's best delivery in this series. It was released with the scrambled seam, curved in to the middle and off stump line and broke away sharply. Kallis was leaning forward to defend and he pushed outside the line trying to cover for the leg break but it spun more than he thought it would and kissed the outside edge. What a big wicket. Huge blow this. Just when the two were looking settled, Mishra has struck. It wasn't a huge-turning leg break in the conventional sense of the word but it did just about enough to take the edge 111/3
    61.4 Done in by the flight. Harbhajan suddenly shifted the line to outside off and also tossed it up higher and slower and applied some over-spin. it looped and dipped outside off. Prince seemed lured to his demise as he sort of stabbed it across the line, checked his drive and the ball ballooned to mid-off. India break through. 158/4
    68.1 Dead plumb. Mishyyyyy! AB didn't pick the googly. It turned in from the off and middle line and broke back in. AB pushed outside the line and to his horror the ball turned in to catch him right in front of the middle. Gone! Amla stands alone. South Africa are wobbling here in Eden 164/5
    73.6 What a wonderful piece of bowling. Harbhajan slides this one in, from just outside off stump, Duminy goes back, plays for the turn but there isn't any and it looked pretty ugly when it struck him around the off stump. The finger goes up and another South African batsman leaves Amla alone in the middle 172/6
    77.6 Harbhajan moves to round the stumps and strikes immediately. It drifted in, landed on middle and turned in to hit the pad in front of middle stump line. It would have crashed into middle. Steyn played all around it. 180/7
    102.2 Scream of joy from Ishant. Full and straight on the middle, Parnell suddenly loses focus and chips it across the line and straight to shortish mid-on. And the wheels are coming off again. Just two wickets more now. Can the tail support Amla? Will India finish the job? 250/8
    110.5 Eden Gardens roars. Nay screams in delight. Ishant lets out a scream too. It was a length delivery that straightened outside off stump, Harris pushed out at it and got a thick edge which has been swallowed by Dinesh karthik at third slip. What buzz around this great historical venue. More big Test matches needs to be played here. In the here and now, India stand just a wicket away from the No 1 ranking. Amla looks forlorn out there. What an innings he has played. 264/9
    131.3 Eden Gardens has gone mad as Harbhajan Singh, the man under immense pressure after a lackluster performance in Nagpur, does it for India in his favorite Eden. Hashim Amla is devastated. What a moment this. Trapped in front. Eden Gardens has gone wild. They are screaming their heads off. It landed on the middle stump line and just about straightened, Morne pushed slightly outside the line, and the ball hit the pad in front of middle ..middle and leg. It would have hit the leg and middle stump. Gone! The fatal finger goes up! India remain no 1. Harbhajan leads the celebratory run to nowhere. He screams and screams as he looks at the crowd and is mobbed by his team-mates. The Indians quickly break away to run and congratulate Amla on an outstanding innings. They couldn't get him out at all but they have taken out the rest. It will go down as one of the most memorable games played on this hallowed venue. The appeal was typically Indian. Harbhajan was back--pedaling even as he shouted out an huge appeal. Every close-in fielder jumped up to scream and everyone in the crowd were obviously appealing. The umpire Steve Davis thought about it for a moment before ruling it, correctly, out. As the finger moved, Harbhajan turned and dashed for his run. And the crowd began their typical R O A R. 290/10
    35 (b 6, lb 5, nb 18, w 1, pen 5)
    290 all out (131.3 Overs, RR: 2.20, 559 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-36 (GC Smith, 12.1 ov), 2-54 (AN Petersen, 17.2 ov), 3-111 (JH Kallis, 33.2 ov), 4-158 (AG Prince, 61.4 ov), 5-164 (AB de Villiers, 68.1 ov), 6-172 (JP Duminy, 73.6 ov), 7-180 (DW Steyn, 77.6 ov), 8-250 (WD Parnell, 102.2 ov), 9-264 (PL Harris, 110.5 ov), 10-290 (M Morkel, 131.3 ov)
    Z Khan6.003205.3300
    Harbhajan Singh48.3235951.2100
    I Sharma25.058423.3619
    A Mishra40.0127831.9509
    V Sehwag10.022002.0000
    SR Tendulkar2.01100.5000

Close of Play

  • Sun, 14 Feb - day 1 - South Africa 1st innings 266/9 (WD Parnell 2*, M Morkel 3*, 81 ov)
  • Mon, 15 Feb - day 2 - India 1st innings 342/5 (VVS Laxman 9*, A Mishra 1*, 76 ov)
  • Tue, 16 Feb - day 3 - South Africa 2nd innings 6/0 (GC Smith 5*, AN Petersen 1*, 0.5 ov)
  • Wed, 17 Feb - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 115/3 (HM Amla 49*, AG Prince 0*, 35 ov)
  • Thu, 18 Feb - day 5 - South Africa 2nd innings 290 (131.3 ov) - end of match

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