Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    7.2 first blood to Ntini, he delivers that from wide of the crease and lands it on a good length just outside the line of offstump and gets it to move in slightly with the angle, Sehwag gets a half stride forward and meets the ball in the middle of the pads in line with middle and leg stumps, Hill is convinced 31/1
    19.6 another one bites the dust..... Kallis pitches it up outside off and gets it to shape away after pitching, it was in the slot to drive but Jaffer fails to cover the line, he ends up getting a thick edge to de Villiers at second slip 70/3
    18.1 shortly after the drinks break... Morkel lands one in short of a length at a very lively pace and gets it to leap on Dravid, he's too late on the hop as he tries to fend it off and only manages a thick outside edge which travels quickly to de Villiers at third slip 64/2
    33.4 Morkel gets a breakthrough against the run of play, he pitches it up much fuller outside off and the ball holds its line, Laxman stays planted to the crease and goes for a cover drive away from his body, Boucher and the rest are convinced he nicked it, Morkel reconfirms with Tony Hill, the stump mics didn't really pick up a sound so it's uncertain whether he edged it or not. The snickometer showed a feather touch so a good decision by Hill 125/4
    69.3 Ganguly goes, that is a big wicket, fullish delivery, not much foot movement as he flashes at it. The outside edge lands in Boucher's hands. Ganguly was quite upset at the decision. There was a puff of dust as the ball left the bat, and the bat may have struck the pitch which might have been the sound the umpire heard. 235/5
    77.5 wild shot and South Africa accept that with glee, Ntini pitches it up wide outside off and invites Dhoni to play a booming cover drive, he stays rooted to the crease and stretches out for the stroke, he gets a thick edge low to Smith at first slip 268/6
    not out
    80.5 gives it a lot of air on middle and leg, Kumble is a little late in getting down to the pitch of the ball and it creeps through the gate and hits middle stump 273/7
    86.1 good comeback by Steyn after that shocker, he gets his line spot on and the length is good as it pitches just outside the line of offstump and comes back in, Harbhajan gets a half prod forward and the ball hits him in line with middle stump 292/8
    90.4 after softening him up with bouncers, Steyn bangs in another short one and forces him to play at it, he fends it off uneasily, arches backwards and the edge flies to Kallis who cups his hands at second slip 306/9
    94.2 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 328/10
    24 (b 5, lb 7, nb 5, w 7)
    328 all out (94.2 Overs, RR: 3.47, 448 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-31 (V Sehwag, 7.2 ov), 2-64 (R Dravid, 18.1 ov), 3-70 (W Jaffer, 19.6 ov), 4-125 (VVS Laxman, 33.4 ov), 5-235 (SC Ganguly, 69.3 ov), 6-268 (MS Dhoni, 77.5 ov), 7-273 (A Kumble, 80.5 ov), 8-292 (Harbhajan Singh, 86.1 ov), 9-306 (RP Singh, 90.4 ov), 10-328 (S Sreesanth, 94.2 ov)
    DW Steyn23.019133.9520
    M Ntini16.234432.6900
    M Morkel20.008724.3515
    JH Kallis10.032612.6000
    PL Harris25.046812.7200

Close of Play

  • Thu, 3 Apr - day 1 - South Africa 1st innings 223/4 (JH Kallis 60*, AB de Villiers 59*, 64 ov)
  • Fri, 4 Apr - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 494/7 (AB de Villiers 217*, PL Harris 9*, 141.2 ov)
  • Sat, 5 Apr - day 3 - India 2nd innings 328 (94.2 ov) - end of match

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