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    0.4 and gone! Zaheer Khan strikes early! good length delivery, pitched on middle and off stump angling across. Gibbs goes for an expansive drives and the edge goes straight to Tendulkar at first slip. Even though it was a good ball, that was a horrible shot to play given the fact that there were only two balls left for the lunch break 0/1
    7.6 very full, outside the off, Smith fetches that one from wide of the stumps and flashes it towards point, Virender Shewag throws himself full length to his right and plucks the ball out of the air while parallel to the ground! That is a sensational catch from Sehwag and Sreesanth now has his first wicket of the second innings. It's a big one, that of South African captain Graeme Smith 22/2
    11.6 Got him! Short of a good length and on the off, great seam position again from Sreesanth. This ball pitches on the off and moves away just enough to take the edge. Dhoni moves well to his right and takes the catch! That's three down now and Sreesanth is really pumped up here. 34/3
    29.6 gone! can't believe Kallis fell for the 'sucker ball', excellent stuff this from Sreesanth. Followed up the short ball with a fuller length wide delivery outside the off stump with a hint of away swing at the tail end. Kallis' eyes lit up and he went for the booming drive outside the off stump. Thick edge and the ball went straight to Ganguly at third slip. 84/4
    80.1 It's the yorker from Kumble! Quick, on the stumps, spearing in from round the stumps and homing in on the base of the stumps. Prince has resisted well so far but even he cannot keep that out! That's a huge wicket for India and Kumble has delivered yet again. Now, surely, India are home ... 264/9
    44.1 overpitched and on the pads, driven hard to mid-on, AB de Villiers calls for the run immediately and hares down the pitch. He's quick but Zaheer Khan at mid-on is even quicker. He picks the ball up cleanly and gets rid of the ball early, throwing underarm. Bang! The stumps are nailed and the third umpire confirms that AB de Villiers is short of his crease 120/5
    60.3 just short of a good length, on the stumps, the ball bounces just about on leg stump and carries on through quite straight, the skid beats bat and slams into pad. The appeal is spontaneous and united from everyone in front of and behind the stumps. Up goes the finger! That's the breakthrough India wanted 164/6
    74.3 Shaun Pollock loses the plot a bit here. He takes an ungainly swipe and a straight one from Kumble. You don't do that too often and get away with it. The ball is on the stumps, hurries through and knocks over the castle as Pollock's bat misses the ball! That's the wicket India so desperately needed and once again Kumble has provided the vital breakthrough. 231/7
    78.3 there you go! Kumble the true master is on a roll here! Set him up nicely with the fuller length delivery and then he gets one to grip the surface and turn a bit. Nel goes back to defend but fails to make contact and ball clips the pad right in front of the off stump - loud appeal and up goes the finger 245/8
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    86.5 Ntini finally loses his patience and plays a big shot. He doesn't get hold of it. The ball spears up into the air and Virender Sehwag settles under the catch. That is that! India have recorded their first-ever Test win on South African soil! 278/10
    27 (lb 8, nb 19)
    278 all out (86.5 Overs, RR: 3.20, 415 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (HH Gibbs, 0.4 ov), 2-22 (GC Smith, 7.6 ov), 3-34 (HM Amla, 11.6 ov), 4-84 (JH Kallis, 29.6 ov), 5-120 (AB de Villiers, 44.1 ov), 6-164 (MV Boucher, 60.3 ov), 7-231 (SM Pollock, 74.3 ov), 8-245 (A Nel, 78.3 ov), 9-264 (AG Prince, 80.1 ov), 10-278 (M Ntini, 86.5 ov)
    Z Khan22.557933.4500
    S Sreesanth25.085932.3605
    VRV Singh18.046703.7208
    SC Ganguly1.0011011.0002
    A Kumble20.045432.7000

Close of Play

  • Fri, 15 Dec - day 1 - India 1st innings 156/5 (SC Ganguly 14*, 56.5 ov)
  • Sat, 16 Dec - day 2 - India 2nd innings 146/5 (VVS Laxman 42*, MS Dhoni 17*, 35 ov)
  • Sun, 17 Dec - day 3 - South Africa 2nd innings 163/5 (AG Prince 54*, MV Boucher 23*, 58 ov)
  • Mon, 18 Dec - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 278 (86.5 ov) - end of match

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