Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    15.2 horrible shot! Ntini bangs one in short, it stays well outside the offstump, Jaffer tries to fetch it from there, pulls and all he does is end up popping it up to Nel, who moves to his left, at mid-on to take a simple catch. South Africa are on fire here. India slip further into a deep crisis. Enter Sourav Ganguly. 45/4
    3.6 Gone this time! Straight to Smith at first slip. Lands on a length, outside the offstump, comes in a touch, Sehwag jabs at it as he plays slightly inside the line, bat brushes the pad before making contact, and the outer edge is swallowed up by Smith. SA celebrate and why not. India lose their first wicket. India need another 340 runs, SA need 9 wickets. 14/1
    11.4 Ntini gets Dravid with a probing delivery outside the offstump. Full in length, lands outside the offstump, Dravid is sucked into a forward prod, bat comes down ahead of his body, jabs at it and the 'nick' is swallowed up by Boucher. Replays don't reveal a edge. Dravid is also not so happy, the bat must have clipped the pad. South Africa are hot here! 2 down, in comes Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. Another semi-crisis to deal with. The story of his life. 34/2
    13.5 Huge wicket! Tendulkar is trapped in front. Ntini strikes for South Africa. slightly short of length, landed outside the offstump, came in, Tendulkar initially kept his left foot out, then hopped back and was hit on the knee roll. Beaten for pace. The ball was going on to strike the top of the middle stump. 38/3
    28.4 Huge huge wicket. Laxman falls, playing across the line. It landed on just short of length, outside the offstump, shaped back in towards off, and Laxman, for some reason, chose to go across the line, his bat coming down in an angle and gave him no chance as the ball flew through the huge bat and pad gap to crash into the top of the offstump. Laxman then, like Tendulkar did when he got out, gestured as if that was low. He swooped down, bent down suggesting he anticipated that it would bounce more than it did. 85/6
    27.1 Ntini nail his fifth victim. Ganguly falls, pushing to gully. Banged in short, slanting away, chest-high. Ganguly gets up on his toes, tries to get on the top of the bounce, but couldn't and ends up steering it straight to Gibbs. Gibbs takes the catch, points the finger towards dressing room. Now then, the match referee could be interested. India sink into deep hole. South Africa are digging up that hole deeper with more than a little help from the Indian batsmen. 83/5
    48.5 What a time to get a wicket. Nel is ecstatic. What a time to throw your wicket away. Dhoni is distraught. Full in length, in the channel outside offstump and, Dhoni decides to combust. He throws his bat at it, trying to drill it through the offside ring, and edges it behind. Boucher takes off in the air to pouch a spectacular catch. There was just two minutes left before the tea break. All of India would be asking why Dhoni why? South Africa would be happy he did. 160/8
    38.1 He gets the breakthrough righaway with a snorter. Beast of a delivery, rears up right at the throat, Kumble is stunned at the extra bounce, just fends at it, eyes off the ball, and pops up a dolly to Amla at short-leg. Kumble resisted for 41 minutes. Valiant effort comes to an end and South Africa storm further towards a win. And oh btw... the sun is still out, smiling down on the arena. 101/7
    54.5 Nel gets the vital wicket. Banged it in short of length, it kicks up outside the offstump, and also holds its line. Zaheer hops up, gets squared-up as the ball straightens, pushes at it, bat away from the body, feet up in the air, and it flies to Hall at third slip who makes no mistake. All the fielders converge on Nel. He has never been so popular. Never has Zaheer been so disappointed. India lose their ninth wicket. South Africa are ever so close to that win. Just one wicket away. 179/9
    55.1 South Africa have levelled the series!. What a nerve-wracking game! Andrew Hall gets them home. Congrats South Africa. Sreesanth is unhappy, storms off the field. Not at the South African celebration, which was, obviously, wild but at the decision. It went off the right shoulder. No edge. Banged in short, and at the offstump line, Sreesanth tries to withdraw his bat from the line. He does. Umpire Asad Rauf doesn't notice it. The cherry whistles past the blade, brushes the right shoulder and sails into Boucher's gloves. Game over. 179/10
    not out
    8 (b 2, lb 1, nb 4, w 1)
    179 all out (55.1 Overs, RR: 3.24, 267 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-14 (V Sehwag, 3.6 ov), 2-34 (R Dravid, 11.4 ov), 3-38 (SR Tendulkar, 13.5 ov), 4-45 (W Jaffer, 15.2 ov), 5-83 (SC Ganguly, 27.1 ov), 6-85 (VVS Laxman, 28.4 ov), 7-101 (A Kumble, 38.1 ov), 8-160 (MS Dhoni, 48.5 ov), 9-179 (Z Khan, 54.5 ov), 10-179 (S Sreesanth, 55.1 ov)
    A Nel16.045733.5600
    M Ntini19.064852.5200
    SM Pollock9.052002.2200
    M Morkel6.002504.1613
    AJ Hall5.112625.0300

Close of Play

  • Tue, 26 Dec - day 1 - South Africa 1st innings 257/8 (AG Prince 98*, M Morkel 0*, 73 ov)
  • Wed, 27 Dec - day 2 - India 1st innings 103/3 (SR Tendulkar 46*, VVS Laxman 10*, 38.4 ov)
  • Thu, 28 Dec - day 3 - South Africa 2nd innings 64/0 (GC Smith 28*, AB de Villiers 31*, 19.3 ov)
  • Fri, 29 Dec - day 4 - India 2nd innings 38/2 (W Jaffer 22*, SR Tendulkar 0*, 13 ov)
  • Sat, 30 Dec - day 5 - India 2nd innings 179 (55.1 ov) - end of match

Match Notes