Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

IK Pathan
21(17) 3x4 - 0x6
Control %71%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 8 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 4 5 0 0 4 0 6
SC Ganguly
87(149) 8x4 - 0x6
Control %75%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 3 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 0 3 2 2 0 3

Best performances - Bowlers

Harbhajan Singh
O40.0
M5
R135
W4
Eco3.37
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
DW Steyn
O8.0
M2
R23
W5
Eco2.87
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

South Africa wrap this up in three days by an innings and 90 runs. It's their biggest win against India in India - the earlier record was an innings and 71 runs in Bangalore in 2000.

It's also India's fourth-largest defeat at home (among innings defeats), and their worst in nearly 50 years - in 1959 Australia beat them by an innings and 127 runs in Delhi.

It's also India's first innings defeat since the 2001 Colombo (SSC) Test against Sri Lanka.

This will go down as one of the costliest tosses to lose. Kumble gambled by sending his batsmen in and what resulted was a carnage. India's 76 was their second lowest in a Test at home. South Africa started well, suffered a jolt in the middle before Kallis and de Villiers got together and ground the Indians to dust. de Villiers compiled his maiden double ton, Kallis his 30th ton and there was no looking back.

Here's Anil Kumble at the post-match presentation: "It was difficult to come back after getting bowled out for 76. They took the game away from us. We have been in this situation before. I thought the effort from our bowlers was 100%. We will bounce back."

Graeme Smith: "This was the perfect Test match for us. We dominated from the start. It was hard work for the bowlers today on a heavy outfield. It's been fantastic for AB and Kallis. The guys know we've got one more game to go. They've been focussed throughout the series."

de villiers is the Man of the Match: "I'm just over the moon. Having Kallis around was a good calming effect, especially when I was in the 90s. I enjoyed playing here, and the Ahmedabad fans have been great. Just the perfect Test for us."

South Africa have avenged their defeat at the same venue 12 years back. Coincidentally, the pitch was the topic of discussion there as well. My prediction is that the Kanpur pitch will turn from the third over. Expect three spinners. India are under pressure and there could be a few changes to the bowling attack for the next Test.

Thanks for your company. I least expected this game to finish so quickly. Thanks for the mails. Do join us for the Kanpur Test, starting April 11. On behalf of Jamie, Dileep and Binoy, this is Kanishkaa signing off. Cheers!

94.2
W
Ntini to Sreesanth, OUT, clips the offstump and it's all over....Sreesanth gives room, dances down the track and attempts another flat-batted biff but he misses and the ball just clips the top of offstump and removes the bails
94.1
0
Ntini to Sreesanth, no run, that jagged back in off the seam like a banana and completely slices a bemused Sreesanth in half

Ntini comes on to replace Steyn, it's getting darker

END OF OVER:
94 | 4 Runs | INDIA: 328/9

  • IK Pathan43 (77b)
  • S Sreesanth17 (11b)
  • M Morkel20-0-87-2
  • DW Steyn23-1-91-3
93.6
0
Morkel to Pathan, no run, invites him to go for the booming cover drivem he stays rooted to the crease and misses
93.5
4
Morkel to Pathan, FOUR runs, slides on the pads, Pathan capitalises on this waywatd fare and delicately nudges it off his hips and finds the fine leg boundary
93.4
0
Morkel to Pathan, no run, Morkel's not bowling at the stumps, he again bowls this wide outside off, Pathan flashes and misses
93.3
0
Morkel to Pathan, no run, full and wide outside off, he swings and misses

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

IK Pathan
21(17) 3x4 - 0x6
Control %71%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 8 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 4 5 0 0 4 0 6
SC Ganguly
87(149) 8x4 - 0x6
Control %75%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 3 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 0 3 2 2 0 3

Best performances - Bowlers

Harbhajan Singh
O40.0
M5
R135
W4
Eco3.37
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
DW Steyn
O8.0
M2
R23
W5
Eco2.87
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF