Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

V Sehwag
22(12) 1x4 - 2x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 6 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 0 2 4 1 0 6 2
GC Smith
69(134) 8x4 - 2x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • sweep
  • 6 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 0 0 1 6 4 0 4

Best performances - Bowlers

Harbhajan Singh
O31.0
M9
R52
W3
Eco1.67
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
M Morkel
O5.0
M1
R8
W1
Eco1.60
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

5.06 pm local time: Dravid and Ganguly embrace each other and go to shake hands with the South Africans. Ganguly and Harris share a laugh. Dhoni is once again keeping a poker face like he did when India won the CB Series but he breaks into smiles as Ganguly walks into the pavilion.

India needed 62 to win after dismissing South Africa for 121 and the early blitz by Sehwag ensured that the target was reached with ease. The bowlers were the architects of the win for they exploited a helpful pitch to the hilt. Not to forget the valuable 10th wicket stand between Sreesanth and Ishant early in the day.

The series has been drawn 1-1 which means that India retain No 2 status in the ICC Test rankings.

I'll have the presentation ceremony for you in a moment ...

The Man of the Match is Sourav Ganguly for his invaluable 87 in the first innings.

Ganguly: It was special because we were one down in the series. When I saw how Dravid got out i thought if something kicks up from that area I can't do much about it. We bowled superbly in the second innings, chasing anything over 150 would have been difficult so the bowling effort was special.

Harbhajan Singh is the Man of the Series and he gets a SUV for his 19 wickets in the series.

Graeme Smith: I think India were clinical throughout and they deserved their victory. It's a very good Indian team and to come to their backyard and perform as we have is a good effort. We've had a very good season. I think we weren't allowed to play quicker in the second innings. India bowled well, their spinners made stroke play very difficult. it would have been interesting if we had posted 120-150.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni: I think it was a complete team effort. We didn't win the toss and that put us on the back foot. Sourav batted brilliantly, the part-timers bowled well. Sreesanth and Ishant batted really well today. There were a couple of players who were above par, Bajji bowled superbly in the entire series. It was a tough series and we played 15 days of tough cricket.

Kumble and Smith share the trophy and that brings us to the end of the presentation.

I hope you've enjoyed following the series with us. It has been a hard fought series and the last Test was riveting to watch on a difficult pitch on which no batsman was ever comfortable at the crease, barring Ganguly and maybe Laxman in the first innings.

So it's time to switch off from Test cricket for a while and switch on to the frantic pace of Twenty20 cricket. The IPL begins later this week. Thank you for all your emails during this Test, this is George Binoy signing off. Cheers.

13.1
4
Harris to Dravid, FOUR runs, that's it! India have leveled the series! Dravid leans across his stumps and paddles the ball towards fine leg, India have won by eight wickets inside three days

END OF OVER:
13 | 1 Run | INDIA: 60/2

  • R Dravid14 (28b)
  • SC Ganguly13 (28b)
  • M Morkel5-1-8-1
  • PL Harris5-0-32-1
12.6
1
Morkel to Dravid, 1 run, Dravid leans forward and drives off his pads towards Ntini's right at mid-on, he will keep the strike, India need two more to win
12.5
0
Morkel to Dravid, no run, how did that miss off stump? That ball cut in sharply from outside off, the low bounce beat Dravid and it missed off stump by a whisker, Boucher did well to save it on the second bounce
12.4
0
Morkel to Dravid, no run, full ball on off and middle stump, driven back to Morkel off the front foot
12.3
0
Morkel to Dravid, no run, Dravid leans across his stumps and flicks a full ball towards midwicket where Amla saves runs by diving to his left
12.2
0
Morkel to Dravid, no run, good length once again angling into off stump, Dravid defends on the front foot towards the off side

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

V Sehwag
22(12) 1x4 - 2x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 6 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 0 2 4 1 0 6 2
GC Smith
69(134) 8x4 - 2x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • sweep
  • 6 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 0 0 1 6 4 0 4

Best performances - Bowlers

Harbhajan Singh
O31.0
M9
R52
W3
Eco1.67
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
M Morkel
O5.0
M1
R8
W1
Eco1.60
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF