South Africa v India, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 1st day January 2, 2011

Amla and Kallis steer through testing day

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South Africa 232 for 4 (Amla 59, Kallis 81*) v India
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

South Africa's batsmen were tested severely by seam and swing on a stop-start day dominated by drizzle, murky light and a Table Mountain shrouded in cloud. By the time Newlands was bathed in glorious evening sunshine, though, the home team had lost only four wickets and had denied India the rewards that appeared imminent during the morning and afternoon. Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis, the most resolute of South Africans, manned the frontline and three consecutive half-century partnerships ensured the hosts edged ahead in the fight for the series.

The weather, the pitch and the Indian seamers examined South Africa's batting skills after MS Dhoni won his first toss in the New Year, having lost all but one of his previous 14. There were two rain interruptions and the natural light had to be supplemented by artificial ones, which required the batsmen's concentration to be at its peak. The pitch offered the bowlers assistance throughout, forcing the batsmen to be alert to the one that would suddenly jag back in, or seam sharply away. They edged plenty, but most flew into gaps in the field.

South Africa's innings had come to a standstill after they lost their openers - Graeme Smith shortly before the first rain interruption and Alviro Petersen soon after. It sparked to life during the period between the second rain break and tea, with Amla playing the protagonist.

Amla had batted with discipline, leaving majority of the deliveries outside off stump, especially when Zaheer Khan seamed them across him from over the wicket. Zaheer also went around the stumps and caused problems, beating Amla with a blockhole delivery outside off, inducing an inside edge past the stumps and a leading edge that lobbed dangerously towards cover - all in one over.

The pitch at Newlands wasn't as quick or bouncy as the one at Kingsmead, where batsmen could leave the ball on length. India's bowlers had not attempted a single bouncer when bad light and rain stopped play for a second time, with South Africa 61 for 2 after the 21st over. It was not that sort of pitch.

It was a pitch on which the bowlers needed to bowl fuller, and the Indians did. It was a pitch on which the batsmen needed to be made to drive, and the South Africans did. Kallis had driven Sreesanth with power through cover just before the rain, but Amla took charge after the second resumption.

He drove the first ball after the break from Zaheer through point, the next wide of mid-on, where Sachin Tendulkar dived over the ball, and another between midwicket and mid-on - all for boundaries. Sreesanth also urged Amla to drive by delivering swinging half-volleys outside off, two of which disappeared across the moist turf towards the cover boundary. In 4.1 overs after the second drizzle, South Africa had scored 30.

Sreesanth then tried a different line of attack, placing men at long leg and deep square and bouncing Amla, who hooked the first for six to reach 50 off 69 balls. Amla continued to attack, but not all his shots came off. He edged Sreesanth twice, first over gully and then wide of second slip. Zaheer also produced two crackers that pitched straight and seamed across the outside edge of Amla's forward pushes. On 59, Amla pulled Sreesanth again, but this time he spliced the short ball to Cheteshwar Pujara on the deep-square boundary. It was the only wicket that India took during the second session and it ended a partnership of 72.

Kallis had been quiet during Amla's burst but he assumed leadership of the resistance with AB de Villiers for company. Kallis had shouldered arms to his second delivery, from Ishant, and had been hit high on the thigh. He was later struck on the body while pulling, and he was batting with a wrist bruised during his dismissal at Kingsmead.

He faced a difficult over from Ishant right after tea, getting beaten by deliveries that straightened from a good length just outside off stump. He responded to that by flicking the bowler confidently through midwicket, growing his partnership with de Villiers, who had to tailor his free-scoring game to the conditions.

Harbhajan Singh was bowling economically, and the fast bowlers were always threatening to strike. Sreesanth did, inducing the edge from de Villiers with a perfect outswinger, snipping the stand at 58. Sreesanth also had an lbw shout against Kallis, on 54, but his appeal wasn't convincing even though replays indicated the ball would have hit the top of leg stump.

A noticeable aspect was the lack of aggression from India's bowlers today, compared to their performance in Durban, and they were slower in pace too. And once the sun came out, and the seamers tired, survival became relatively easier. Kallis was assured towards the end of the day, Prince was edgy at the start of his innings and they also added 68 runs to make Smith the happier captain at stumps.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • spinkingKK on January 3, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    India should have brought in a good fast bowler(RP Singh, Munaf, Nehra, Balaji, agarkar) for the final test. At the moment, we have 3 bowlers who all bowl at 130kph. At least Sreesanth was faster in the previous tests. Even he decided to cut his pace down in this match. India's future doesn't look good with not many pace bowlers been nurtured and not many classy batsmen around.

  • anver777 on January 3, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    2010 was a prolific year for Amla & now he starts 2011 with a superb 50+......he's a real "RUN MACHINE" for SA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RanjithShettyJordan on January 3, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    A noticeable aspect was the lack of aggression from India's bowlers today, compared to their performance in Durban, Because of mind game played by Smith and Dhoni fall into his trap. Why Dhoni has to give open statement about his players in the press. There are field umpires; there are match refrees, why should dhoni blame his bowler in front of the media. Australian captain dare to ask question with umpire, while supporting his bowler in front of the world. Why dhoni lose his advantage in the field, which is created by his aggressive bowlers. He can always advice in the team meetings or in the break during the match.

  • moBlue on January 3, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    @styx i watched the entire day's play as well, albeit on TV, as i did when india batted first at centurion and when india and SA both batted first at durban. the "conditions" at cape town offered lateral movement through most of the day, but *that* was it! there can be no other comparison made to the hostile conditions the indian batsmen had to face at centurion because of the quick pace of that pitch along with the lateral movement afforded by the damp track and the humidity in the air on the first morning. even at durban, there was plenty of lateral movement for both sides, but the key difference was the beautiful intimidating bounce of that pitch! yesterday's pitch, as the commentators pointed out repeatedly, had neither pace nor extra bounce. didn't you see that for yourself? every batsmen had extra time to play back-foot drives yesterday ...and SA faced bowlers yesterday with a maximum of 130 kmph generally... after durban, the jury is still out on the SA batting unit, my friend.

  • on January 3, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    Finally a winning side of d Coin for Dhoni...But, Team india certainly has to really pull up their socks in d final test....NO SPACE FOR REST..

  • alatar01 on January 3, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    Kallis is giving a lesson in how to bat in testing conditions. Thats what Test match cricket is all about - a stern test of technique and character. I might also point out that as of this innings his batting averages in Tests and ODIs both exceed a certain Tendulkar. Tendulkar's bowling skills simply don't rate against this guy - Kallis has more wickets than India's main strike bowler. Because of his all rounder status he doesn't get the accolades he deserves as a pure batsman. Tendulkar may win out ultimately in having the most runs in Tests and ODIs but the averages show he cannot be considered the greatest of his era let alone the best batsman ever. Bradman can keep that crown for a while yet.

  • Vnott on January 3, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    232 for 4 is a scoreline which Smith will be very happy but if it becomes 275 for 6, then the tables will turn. The morning session is key.... With the new ball around the corner, it is quintessential that India make quick inroads

  • Aussasinator on January 3, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    The killer instinct in the bowling is missing. India should have got two more wickets at least, in the conditions. Given the state of the wicket, the pressure will be greater on the Indian batsmen with so many runs already scored by SA!

  • stormy16 on January 3, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    I think SA did well given they were put in on a greenish wicket and the conditions were overcast most of the day and India basically have to get a wicket early on day two to ensure they dont let things get out of control. SA will be looking to get to 320+ which I think would be a good score on this wicket which looks like a result wicket and will test the batsman on all 5 days. If India can get two wickets with the new ball and restrict SA to below 275 they would be reasonably pleased but day honors to SA for loosing only 4 wickets on that wicket but it's all there for the taking on day 2 for either side.

  • on January 3, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    antman123: For England to get #1, SA has to win... that will/may reduce the margin between 1 and 2 and make 1 easier to target. (not taking sides just answering a question, and im not english)

  • spinkingKK on January 3, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    India should have brought in a good fast bowler(RP Singh, Munaf, Nehra, Balaji, agarkar) for the final test. At the moment, we have 3 bowlers who all bowl at 130kph. At least Sreesanth was faster in the previous tests. Even he decided to cut his pace down in this match. India's future doesn't look good with not many pace bowlers been nurtured and not many classy batsmen around.

  • anver777 on January 3, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    2010 was a prolific year for Amla & now he starts 2011 with a superb 50+......he's a real "RUN MACHINE" for SA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RanjithShettyJordan on January 3, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    A noticeable aspect was the lack of aggression from India's bowlers today, compared to their performance in Durban, Because of mind game played by Smith and Dhoni fall into his trap. Why Dhoni has to give open statement about his players in the press. There are field umpires; there are match refrees, why should dhoni blame his bowler in front of the media. Australian captain dare to ask question with umpire, while supporting his bowler in front of the world. Why dhoni lose his advantage in the field, which is created by his aggressive bowlers. He can always advice in the team meetings or in the break during the match.

  • moBlue on January 3, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    @styx i watched the entire day's play as well, albeit on TV, as i did when india batted first at centurion and when india and SA both batted first at durban. the "conditions" at cape town offered lateral movement through most of the day, but *that* was it! there can be no other comparison made to the hostile conditions the indian batsmen had to face at centurion because of the quick pace of that pitch along with the lateral movement afforded by the damp track and the humidity in the air on the first morning. even at durban, there was plenty of lateral movement for both sides, but the key difference was the beautiful intimidating bounce of that pitch! yesterday's pitch, as the commentators pointed out repeatedly, had neither pace nor extra bounce. didn't you see that for yourself? every batsmen had extra time to play back-foot drives yesterday ...and SA faced bowlers yesterday with a maximum of 130 kmph generally... after durban, the jury is still out on the SA batting unit, my friend.

  • on January 3, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    Finally a winning side of d Coin for Dhoni...But, Team india certainly has to really pull up their socks in d final test....NO SPACE FOR REST..

  • alatar01 on January 3, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    Kallis is giving a lesson in how to bat in testing conditions. Thats what Test match cricket is all about - a stern test of technique and character. I might also point out that as of this innings his batting averages in Tests and ODIs both exceed a certain Tendulkar. Tendulkar's bowling skills simply don't rate against this guy - Kallis has more wickets than India's main strike bowler. Because of his all rounder status he doesn't get the accolades he deserves as a pure batsman. Tendulkar may win out ultimately in having the most runs in Tests and ODIs but the averages show he cannot be considered the greatest of his era let alone the best batsman ever. Bradman can keep that crown for a while yet.

  • Vnott on January 3, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    232 for 4 is a scoreline which Smith will be very happy but if it becomes 275 for 6, then the tables will turn. The morning session is key.... With the new ball around the corner, it is quintessential that India make quick inroads

  • Aussasinator on January 3, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    The killer instinct in the bowling is missing. India should have got two more wickets at least, in the conditions. Given the state of the wicket, the pressure will be greater on the Indian batsmen with so many runs already scored by SA!

  • stormy16 on January 3, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    I think SA did well given they were put in on a greenish wicket and the conditions were overcast most of the day and India basically have to get a wicket early on day two to ensure they dont let things get out of control. SA will be looking to get to 320+ which I think would be a good score on this wicket which looks like a result wicket and will test the batsman on all 5 days. If India can get two wickets with the new ball and restrict SA to below 275 they would be reasonably pleased but day honors to SA for loosing only 4 wickets on that wicket but it's all there for the taking on day 2 for either side.

  • on January 3, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    antman123: For England to get #1, SA has to win... that will/may reduce the margin between 1 and 2 and make 1 easier to target. (not taking sides just answering a question, and im not english)

  • vivvi on January 3, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    kallis was good,but from what i've seen ,he is not driving the offspinner through cover ,extracover region ,for that matter he was playing harbajan only in the leg side milking singles ,if any one noted ,last two overs of harbajan dhoni put 6 men on the legside ,stopping that single and suddenly kallis was struggling to score of harbajan played 5 dots in both overs and one eratic shot took the edge and went for4(harbajan's last ball of the day),so if harbajan and dhoni make kallis to play the offside ,it will make him unomfortable inducing mistake,,for that matter all the right handers in sa are playing harbajan off the back foot on the leg side ,seems a deliberate plan knowing driving harbajan on off may cost wickets,so what harbajan should do is stop the runs on leg side,and say if you want to score then score on offside against the turn ,which he did in last two of his overs ,which almost paid off..

  • on January 3, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    india must need to unearthed a genuine pace bowler with a proper temperament and line & length plus they should get rid of bhajji coz he is not a match-winner any more. he cant do any damage at his own if he is not getting any help from the other bowling partner like zaheer. they should use UDRS to play a fairer game bcoz technology is always better than naked eye doesnt matter if its not 100%.....for me india cant stay at no 1 after 2011 as SACHIN DRAVID & LAXMAN had to go and none of the youngsters are looking to take over from them in the middle order..

  • on January 3, 2011, 1:04 GMT

    it should have been a 5 match series. both sides are equally strong.

  • on January 3, 2011, 0:48 GMT

    @ antman123 - England still are some way from being no.1 . A draw in this India vs SA match and an England win at Sydney can get England close. @ Palani- Australia were in no way unlucky. England handed them two innings defeats.England were comprehensively the better team.fullstop. And Sri Lanka in Test matches are tigers at home and lambs abroad. They can never ever get even close to no.1 ranking. England may not have the batting depth of India, but they have the best bowling line-up and a mental strength not seen in English sides of the past.So write them off at your own peril.The India vs England series this summer will prove a true indicator of which is the better team. and first India need to win or atleast draw this Test against SA !

  • SnowSnake on January 2, 2011, 23:43 GMT

    @Palani: Interesting analysis. However, I think that if India were to lose its #1 rank, it would be either due to SL or England. I would not read too much into current SA team performance because SA is playing in SA. I am not sure if SA can perform well playing in SL or India. In fact, if this SA team were to play SL today in SL, it will lose the series without a single match win. Even inside SA, it remains to be seen if SA does well to win this series. I don't go too much back into history beyond 2 years to base my analysis. I think SL is pretty strong team. The only unfortunate thing about SL is that it does not play as many matches as England, Aus and India. India will remain a dominant force in cricket due to variety of reasons. SA's ranking will be more volatile in my opinion.

  • safwan_Umair on January 2, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    southafrica and england are the two best test sides currently. Period.

  • on January 2, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    india have a mediocre bowling attack, this is for sure.

  • SnowSnake on January 2, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    @antman123: For England to get ahead, draw is the best outcome. Also, a win in Ashes series is a must. This way England will most likely end up #2 in ICC ranking. If SA wins then probably it will be #2 assuming Eng. draws series. If England and SA win series then #2 will be very close ( You will have to crunch numbers to figure this one out). If India wins then India will be #1 by a margin. So, for England to catch up with India and maintain distance from SA and get #2 ranking, draw of this match is the best outcome.

  • landl47 on January 2, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    Seems like a well-poised game. Whether SA have made enough runs won't be known until India bat and we see what the wicket is doing. It was doing plenty today and I don't like India's chances unless it flattens out (which it might well do). These sides seem pretty well matched- it's been a good series.

  • on January 2, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    @antman123, Keep dreaming of No1 Spot. England is not going take the #1 spot given its players and the bunch in SA and India. SA and India are going to dominate Test Cricket for at least 3 more years. Looks like Gough is insane to even dream of #1 spot. Not very long ago, England after getting thrashed in India 5-0, got thrashed by Aus 6-1 @ home in ODIs. They simply cant deliver in the subcontinent. Neither are they "Lions in their Den". Funny, how much people can dream after a 2 - 1 lead in Ashes, after beating an out of form Australians. Given their instincts, Aussie do have a good chance to perform well in tests and move up the rankings. Undoubtedly, right now Ind and SA are the top 2 teams in test cricket. And Aus and SL are next best. Its just a matter of time, Eng will go its rightful 5th position. Unlucky Aus, slumped to 5 after getting beaten in India 2-0.

  • desicricfan on January 2, 2011, 22:11 GMT

    sreesanth needs to trash talk some more..get under proteas skin

  • ClassyJatin on January 2, 2011, 21:57 GMT

    Great innings by Kallis once again, he is definately one of the very best,! Still feels that the pitch will have some juice tommorow morning and if India can restrict SA to 300, then India will have some real chance in hands to make the histiory. Otherwise the test is set for a Draw...

  • AK47_pk on January 2, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    south afriqa surely gona win this test.they gona score just around 400, which should be enough to bowl india twice on this wicket.win in 2nd test was a fluk nd india should be thankfull to umpires for that.now you can see the real bowling strenth ov india.styen nd morkel gona bundle india for less the 100.

  • mmoosa on January 2, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    The greatest pity of the entire series is that it isnt a 5 match series worthy of the status that 2 top and equally matched teams deserve.The Ashes has been an epic contest and so is this one.

  • SurlyCynic on January 2, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    steveoehley: Alternatively you could give some credit to Kallis and Amla for good batting and recognise that the ball was still doing plenty after 70 overs. I saw the ball beat the bat on more occasions today than in some entire test matches. The pitch may yet flatten out, but in my personal opinion iit is too early to say that this is destined to be a 'dull' draw.

  • styx on January 2, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    I am grateful Dhoni won the toss today as I was unhappy with alot of the comments from Indian fans that simply attributed SA's win at Centurion to Smith winning the toss and putting in India on a difficult morning. I was at the game today and the conditions were extremly difficult to bat. The stop start is always difficult but the overhead conditions plus lateral movement in the pitch meant the batsman could never feel safe. South Africa could easily have lost this test match in the first 40 overs but they batted sensibly and showed how to bat on the first morning of a test match as it looked like the Indians were bowling well and to a plan. Cant wait for tomorrow.

  • on January 2, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    Sreesanth was the best Indian bowler this day. Ishanth Sharma bowled well as well, India could not take advantage of the conditions. If India does not take three wickets before lunch on 2nd day, this match is headed for no result because Pitch is going to ease and I do not see Harbjhan being effective in 2nd innings either.

  • antman123 on January 2, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    For english fans, which team should we support in this series? A victory for which side will put us in better stead in our quest to be world no.1? Any people who understand the ridiculous rankings system please answer.

  • on January 2, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    Great day, although I'd have to say SA is slightly ahead. You'd like to get more wickets but frankly I cant put a finger on where it went wrong for India, maybe Zak wasn't 100%, but he need not be most of the times!! It was just good bowling and good batting today. And Steveohely, you may be correct, however never write off any result especially when the two best teams are playing :-)

  • mahjut on January 2, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    yes, it probably is headed for a draw but it was an exciting day in that SA were never able to settle completely on a testing enough track and if they'd been bowled out cheaply it would be a series loss at home. What was exciting was warching them cope with that

  • hamwil80 on January 2, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    We're going to really miss Kallis when he does eventually retire one day. Easily the greatest cricketer of the last twenty years (course I'm biased since I went to his alma mater). One feels that if he were Indian or Australian we would be hearing a lot more about his greatness. Time and time again he scores important patient innings like this on bowling friendly wickets. He was seriously unlucky to get out in both durban innings.

  • SnowSnake on January 2, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    I think, based on strike rates, SA is playing conservative in this game. Unless something happens before lunch tomorrow (fast scoring or early wickets), this match is headed towards a draw.

  • steveoehley on January 2, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    People seem to think this is an exciting test match. I have watched enough cricket in my time to realise that this test is headed for a dull draw - SA batted out the toughest day of batting and lost only 4 wickets, they could go on to bat for another day. India will bat when the ball is doing nothing, so will probably bat for 2 days themselves. Good luck trying to get either one of these sides out twice on this pitch (bear in mind the ball is unlikely to cause as many problems as the match progresses).

  • Test_Match_Fan on January 2, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    Well done SA. Had India been put into bat, we would have seen another 136 all out for sure due to Steyn and co. The Indian bowlers have not performed well and let off SA. Watch Kallis lead towards another double century to pile misery on India tomorrow when the sun is out. India have missed the boat and let this test match slip away.

  • AvidCricFan on January 2, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    All Indian bowlers bowled like they were bowling on a flat pitch. This type of performance will not get the team desired results. Both Zaheer and Sreesanth bowled with no pace, mostly around 77-78 miles. Even Ishant bowled around 82-83 miles, a good 3-4 miles than his desired speed. Its easy to negotiate for top order even if the bowl is swinging. From the bouce they got even at this pace, it looks like Styen and Morkel can become handy for batsmen. Hope the bowlers put better performance tomorrow.

  • SurlyCynic on January 2, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    Great series so far, hope this test continues the entertainment. I enjoy watching tests where bowlers have some assistance and batsmen have to earn their runs... like today. May the best team win, this one could be close.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on January 2, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    SA/Kallis so far have put on the best display of how to bat in tough conditions that I've seen in a while, very credible. Still their position is not a safe one and Ind are bowling a lot better than in the 1st test.

  • on January 2, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    Good day in the end for South Africa. I thought that India bowled even better in this innings than at Kingsmead. With only 6 overs to go before the new ball is taken and sunshine forecasted for the whole day, I expect S.A. to bat more aggressively. Probably a good toss to win for Dhoni, considering India lacks the ability to bat well in overcast conditions.

    South Africa will aim for 450 plus at tea time tomorrow.

  • BellCurve on January 2, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    Today at Newlands Kallis prevent India from winning the series. If it was not for him SA would have been bowled out for under 200. India would have started their innings just when the sun came out, and would have ended the day on 50 wihtout loss. Given the weather forcast for the rest of the match, India would have gone on to score 500+, which would have left SA with the task of surviving for two days. Another great performance by a great cricketer.

  • kr_kinshuk on January 2, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    i think if the conditions don't ease out then india r now on the backfoot............ that said, this pitch might still have lots of runs.... in which case a sub-350 first innings score might keep india in the game.... but as of now south africa do seem to have the upper hand...

    but i think it'ld be unfair to blame the indian bowlers... i think they bowled better than those figures suggest...

  • on January 2, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    Kallis has stood like a wall for SA. India need something similar from Dravid when they bat.Overall it has been a disappointing day considering that Dhoni had won the toss and sent SA in. India should have had 6 or 7 wickets for the same score.Zaheer was the only consistent bowler throughout. Sreesanth's first two spells were horrid but since he got Amla's wicket he has been consistently troubling the batsmen especially Kallis.Ishant was unimpressive except for his first spell where he got Petersen out.Harbhajan has failed to make any impact.

  • chad_reid on January 2, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    Good to see amla play the way he did after the short break he took the initiative and scored runs quickly so that South Africa don't get stuck. shows that he is definitely a team player, unlike someone we know in the Indian team that plays for 100s, averages and mostly personal mile stones.

  • on January 2, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    ooh boy i agree with Galxy, indian bowler have lacked the steam, zaheer too looks unfit,,,,,wining after nviting south a to bat first,,,we have squandered the advantage

  • Galxy on January 2, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    Kallis is really playing very well and lookig strong.India has certainly not able to exploit the weather conditions and toss.

  • Cricket_4_Blood on January 2, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    There we go, Sressant once again gets a wicket for a lose shot & batsman got caught near the boundary. I wonder for how long can sreesant take wickets like this.. It's a short time success for him. He no long can live in cricket. Better put him on Kerala streets where he can perform all his miss behaviors.

  • screamingeagle on January 2, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Sree doing well, love it. :D

  • vpk23 on January 2, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    HAVE A FEELING INDIAN BOWLERS ARE A BIT COMPLACENT HERE...SOMEBODY PASS ON THE MESSAGE TO THE DRESSING ROOM. A DRESSING DOWN IS REQUIRED. THE SCORE READING SHOULD BE WITH 6 WKTS DOWN NOT 3.

  • Jakej on January 2, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    What A superb Test series we are having!!!! South Africa won the upper hand by defeating India in Centurion. India turned the tables in Durban And now in Cape Town.... Anybody's Game

  • Jakej on January 2, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    India can win this one if they took one more wicket as South Africa's Tail enders arent that strong

  • on January 2, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    Dil_CricketFan- Ho Ho Ho- Sreesanth banned for life! Well that certainly not I am looking for. Yes He oversteps the line quite often wasting his talent over silly arguements. but He also produces some gem of a deliveries and more often than not those deliveries pick out the best Bats in the opposition like Kallis in the second Test which also duly represents the image of the series so far! Hope for a scintillating contest between the two teams and quite fiery spells with the ball and stunning array of shots from the bat from both the teams! and lets hope the better team has the edge rather than fowl umpiring taking crucial wickets to handover the win to one of the teams. Goodluck Proteas and Indians! its still day one and the pitch will ease out by the second day and start turning by Tea on the 3rd day! :D

  • tittu07 on January 2, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    @Dil_CricketFan hey dont u forget about the snorter from sreesanth to kallis and now hes got amla too...

  • AvidCricFan on January 2, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    India has taken three wickets for 135. With couple of quick wickets, SA can be pegged to around 250 score. Shree is at his usual erratic length. Zaheer is off colour except for Smith's wicket. Ishant needs to bend his back a little and get the extra pace. He has limited ball movement. In this condition, it is sheer pace that can bring him more wickets. When he started the career, he was bowling at consistently at 85-87 plus miles. Now he is more like 81-82 miles range. Not only that, he is bowling on pace friendly pitches. He should bowl at more express pace.

  • on January 2, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    the good thing for india was got amla out when he look hurry to score runs. no noballs from ishant still tea taken.think india have chance 60/40 in this test. and i dont think this match will tie unless weather distrub.

  • sunnymachoo on January 2, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    cant say anything about match results. someone said 1 down, 9 to follow! that doesnt go as you say. and hey, did i just read that dravid has not been named in wc squad?? =s if thats correct then this is really shameful for india to drop a man like dravid! im pakistani by the way =D, but i always respect dravid and tendulkar!

  • on January 2, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    Sreesanth has lost it. He is far too inconsistent. Thanks to him a good start has been wasted and SA have crossed 100 runs with only 2 wickets lost. That is not too bad for SA considering this pitch is grassy and helping the bowlers.

  • vpk23 on January 2, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    India should have batted first this time around. That toss winning thing was just a trick. Anyways best of bowling India.....

  • RAINA. on January 2, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    RAHUL DRAVID really the great "WALL" of Indian sorry not oly Indian world cricket is on his "150th" test but no one , no cricket websites mentioned abt this....they are talking abt Amla's 5oth test but not on his 150th.... if sachin made this that will be record if Dravid made this means wat...Sachin is a good cricketer but at the same time Dravid too but i don't known why they are not celebrating Dravid's 150..My hearty wishes to Dravid i want to see him in his 200th test.............

  • on January 2, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    Sreesant is a decent bowler.... a good bowler if the pitch is helpful. But he is not a great bowler purely based on his level of inconsistency. However, it would be unfair to say that he lacks bowling skills.

    But he sure needs to control his on field behavior. But as Peter Siddle said, sledging works for him. Sree unfortunately falls in the same category. The only difference maybe is that Siddle is still a much better bowler than Sree.

  • abcdj1212 on January 2, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    the comment of the day is a great one, dravid has never got the credit he deserved, he is better if not equal to sachin.he has been under so much pressure these days and not being named in the world cup squad doesnt help.fools like dhoni and yusuf and yuvraj ,kohli get a chance.dont know what people want from him........indian cricket is full of politics...........

  • ravindranathshrivastava on January 2, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    This is the time for India to show the World that they are the real no.1 and not merely pushovers. GO India Go and prove it

  • on January 2, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    INDIAN's will bundle proteas for a score less than 300

  • TheHonestCritic on January 2, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    Looking at the things in first 9 ovrs ..it seems the wicket is good for batting.India have bowled well so far. Patience is the key for bowlers on this track. It would be a surprise , a disaster batting effort or superb bowling effort if SA doesn't get atleast 300-350 in first innings. I dont think Ishant or Harbhajan would be as effective as Zaheer & Sreesanth. This game will sure last complete 5 days .. 2nd or 3rd session of day 5 can bring some result.

  • Cricket_4_Blood on January 2, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    May be India won the toss & got rid of Smith. But that's it for them. S.Africa 1st innings 400+ is for sure since a team having bowlers like Sreesant is definitely with lack of bowling skills. Waiting till sreesant comes to bowl & get whacked around all over the park. I want to see him get frustrated, miss behave on the field & get a life ban in all forms of cricket. It's a wish of every cricketing fan. Waiting for that moment

  • I_AM_INDIA_SUPPORTER on January 2, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    India got an early wicket of Smith.All the best for India to get remaining wickets as quickly as possibe...well done India.

  • on January 2, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    Good luck to Dhoni with tosses in 2011

  • on January 2, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    India has started on the right note, taking smith out of the 25% of the game and that too this early... As soon as the rain stops, we should press the rest to follow as well... 1 gone, 9 more to follow... SA is a top side but every sport is about momentum and not letting that momentum loose... Come on INDIA...

  • on January 2, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    Good Luck India Win the services 2-1

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  • on January 2, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    Good Luck India Win the services 2-1

  • on January 2, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    India has started on the right note, taking smith out of the 25% of the game and that too this early... As soon as the rain stops, we should press the rest to follow as well... 1 gone, 9 more to follow... SA is a top side but every sport is about momentum and not letting that momentum loose... Come on INDIA...

  • on January 2, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    Good luck to Dhoni with tosses in 2011

  • I_AM_INDIA_SUPPORTER on January 2, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    India got an early wicket of Smith.All the best for India to get remaining wickets as quickly as possibe...well done India.

  • Cricket_4_Blood on January 2, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    May be India won the toss & got rid of Smith. But that's it for them. S.Africa 1st innings 400+ is for sure since a team having bowlers like Sreesant is definitely with lack of bowling skills. Waiting till sreesant comes to bowl & get whacked around all over the park. I want to see him get frustrated, miss behave on the field & get a life ban in all forms of cricket. It's a wish of every cricketing fan. Waiting for that moment

  • TheHonestCritic on January 2, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    Looking at the things in first 9 ovrs ..it seems the wicket is good for batting.India have bowled well so far. Patience is the key for bowlers on this track. It would be a surprise , a disaster batting effort or superb bowling effort if SA doesn't get atleast 300-350 in first innings. I dont think Ishant or Harbhajan would be as effective as Zaheer & Sreesanth. This game will sure last complete 5 days .. 2nd or 3rd session of day 5 can bring some result.

  • on January 2, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    INDIAN's will bundle proteas for a score less than 300

  • ravindranathshrivastava on January 2, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    This is the time for India to show the World that they are the real no.1 and not merely pushovers. GO India Go and prove it

  • abcdj1212 on January 2, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    the comment of the day is a great one, dravid has never got the credit he deserved, he is better if not equal to sachin.he has been under so much pressure these days and not being named in the world cup squad doesnt help.fools like dhoni and yusuf and yuvraj ,kohli get a chance.dont know what people want from him........indian cricket is full of politics...........

  • on January 2, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    Sreesant is a decent bowler.... a good bowler if the pitch is helpful. But he is not a great bowler purely based on his level of inconsistency. However, it would be unfair to say that he lacks bowling skills.

    But he sure needs to control his on field behavior. But as Peter Siddle said, sledging works for him. Sree unfortunately falls in the same category. The only difference maybe is that Siddle is still a much better bowler than Sree.