South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Durban, 3rd day

South Africa take confidence from Perth chase

The memory of their 414-run chase against Australia at the WACA in 2008, will make South Africa confident they can get the 303 they need to beat India in Durban

Firdose Moonda at Kingsmead

December 28, 2010

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Graeme Smith top-edges a short ball from Sreesanth, South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Durban, 3rd day, December 28, 2010
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If South Africa succeed in making the 303 they need against India in Durban, it will be only the third time in their history that they would have chased a target over 280 in a Test match at home. The two previous occasions were a dead rubber against Australia in 2002, and a match against England all the way back in 1906. The memories of Perth 2008, where they were involved in the second-highest successful chase in Test history will be spurring them on as they attempt to earn a series win over the world's No.1 ranked Test side.

Paul Harris recalled the situation in Australia a little over two years ago, when South Africa had to chase 414 at the WACA. "We look back to the Test match we played in Perth and AB [de Villiers] was in overnight with Jacques [Kallis]," Harris said. "This is quite a similar situation. We've done it before and there's no reason why we can't do it again."

Self-belief was the one element that South Africa were determined to use in their second innings, especially because it failed them in their first. That was evident when captain Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen strode to the crease in search of 303, a target that was 40 runs more than the ideal 260 de Villiers identified on Monday. Smith ripped his bunny-ears off in emphatic fashion and tore into his nemesis, Zaheer Khan, who he eliminated from the attack after just three overs.

As Smith made progress against Zaheer, the India bowlers didn't seem to know what to do and ended up serving him some tasty deliveries on leg. He looked certain to continue in an attacking vein before he was riled up by Sreesanth, who first hit him on the hand and then shared a few words. That seemed to cause a rush of blood and a needless shot from Smith.

As soon as he went, the tone of the game changed. Harris said that tended to happen when Smith departed. "For the team, it's a big dismissal whenever Graeme gets out. He is a key performer, he averages 50+ in test cricket, and he's our captain. After his dismissal the runs dried up a bit."

Smith departed just before tea and when Hashim Amla came back after the break with Petersen, someone had pressed the pause button on the South Africa innings.

Petersen was undone by extra bounce from Harbhajan Singh and Amla played a poor shot as his record at his home venue remained miserable. With those three quick wickets, South Africa's psyche had been damaged and Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers approached the situation tentatively. Kallis is known for starting slowly and may blossom on Wednesday morning, while de Villiers will need to a bit of thinking about how he is going to approach Harbhajan, who gave him some problems late in the day.

Harbhajan, who South Africa struggled to cope with in their first outing, will be a key man in the second, particularly because of the bounce on offer. The bounce was the reason Harris singled out for the success bowlers have had in the Test so far, and he said it would help Harbhajan as well. "There's been a bit of swing floating around, but it hasn't done much off the deck. We expected it to bounce but not as much as it has. That's the reason batsmen have played a few more shots than they necessarily had to. There is a bit of turn, but it's more bounce. Harbhajan used it well in the first innings."

Both the batsmen at the crease enjoy playing their shots and Harris stressed the importance of staying patient in order to get value for shots. "The wicket has quickened up a bit, which is helping strokeplay, and it's got a bit better than it was." There will still be something in it for the bowlers, especially with the overcast conditions and light rain that has been forecast, but for South Africa, it will be essential not to get bogged down into making the wrong shot selection, something that has dominated the dismissals in this match.

More than a test of ability, batting on the Kingsmead pitch is going to be a test of mental strength and it is already evident that South Africa have their mindset pinned on positivity. With the three highest partnerships of the match all scored on day three, they will be aware that conditions are getting easier and partnerships are becoming easier to build. "All we need is one partnership really and we'll have the game in the bag. We need to work hard in the morning session for that."

South Africa have been criticised for wilting under pressure in major ODI tournaments, but Harris feels that, in Test cricket, their record of performing in tight situations, such as Perth, will see them through. "Whenever we've had crunch situations in Test cricket, 99% of the time we have come out on top." It may not be accurate, but it's a firm statement of how South Africa want to make sure the tag beginning with the letters "ch" does not get pinned to them in Test cricket as well.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by kartheekincredible on (December 30, 2010, 3:21 GMT)

Come on India Rock ON................eagerly looking forward for 3rd test at capetown

Posted by   on (December 29, 2010, 20:03 GMT)

Hi cricketisagame, I didn't say we have the best bowling line up in the world, just nowhere near as bad as Australia, which has to be the worst in the last few years. On such a hostile pitch, chasing 300 is mighty difficult and hence I thought taking inspiration from that Perth win is not fair given the difference in the bowling strengths.That was my point. Hope you wont disagree on that!!

Posted by gaithersburgman on (December 29, 2010, 12:38 GMT)

Chasing 300 plus runs in the 4th Inning requires tremendous Mental Strength for the batting side. To contain the runs it requires Alert Fielding for the bowling side. India's win today was testimony to that. Once Kallis got out, SA lost the Mental Strength to win, and played defensively in a "Not-to-lose" mode. While India chased down every ball to prevent boundaries, and did not drop a single catch. The 3rd Test now becomes the real test, with both sides getting a better understanding each others strengths and weaknesses.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2010, 11:23 GMT)

Expecting to do a PERTH is not bad, bt jus nt gud enuf against INDIANS..... becoz e1 b4 u thout v INDIANS had conquered PERTH and tht too amidst of controversial series....

Posted by   on (December 29, 2010, 11:02 GMT)

@suresh_sksj FYI BCCI has got nothing to do with this. Cricket SA has given broadcast rights to Zee (Ten Cricket) and it is Zee which is messing up the broadcast. Stop whining... and do stay on topic. This match is getting interesting by the minute

Posted by baskar_guha on (December 29, 2010, 10:58 GMT)

Heavy roller used at the start of the second inning helped Smith in his assault. There is no point wasting a good bowler on a temporarily flat track. Except it got worse sooner with a couple of cracks, one of which undid Kallis. But I dont expect those who specialize in prose like the writer of this article to understand such nuances of cricket.

Posted by suresh_sksj on (December 29, 2010, 9:17 GMT)

It's great to watch 2 good teams fight it out in the middle, I am in India and TenCricket is carrying the tele. I agree that some amount of commercial is needed, but showing commercials all around the batsman, between each ball, showing the commercial by cutting off the signal before 6th ball of the over reaches the batsman, then missing the 1st ball of the over……these cruel torture is making the game all the more lost in the wild…..wish ICC can do something on this…..guess BCCI is more keen on making more $$$ than making the game pleasant for the eyes of the viewers….IT'S MORE OF AN EYE SORE WATCHING IT ON TV THAN ENJOYING IT

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (December 29, 2010, 9:03 GMT)

@SurlyCynic...you must be thankful to SA fo trying to make a match of it...India is far ahead of SA in skills

Posted by JustOUT on (December 29, 2010, 8:50 GMT)

Looks like BCCI is playing here. 2 wrong LBWs, 5 balls over.. oh no, such a disgust in winning. SA can gift this win to India.

Posted by srinivasann on (December 29, 2010, 8:22 GMT)

this test match is as good as pendulum. may the best team win.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2010, 7:19 GMT)

The Partnership stand of SA take the test of chasing 414 in perth, But this match we take 1st 5 wkts partnership is not better option considering the perth test. So hope 1 or 2 wkts in the morning session will strong favour to India to level the series. Hope Kallis only the last man to stand.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2010, 6:46 GMT)

m just surprised to see why Dhoni doesn't ask Sehwag to bowl (in Centurian we lost because of Raina and Tendulkar's bowling who gave more than 120 runs without a wicket). Sehwag was neither tried there nor here despite him being the equally dangerous spinner as Bhajji (sometime he is even better than Bhajji).

Posted by   on (December 29, 2010, 6:30 GMT)

GO INDIA GO.................................LEVEL THE SERIES..........GUD LUCK

Posted by   on (December 29, 2010, 6:19 GMT)

SA will do it. good luck to kallis and devilliers :). go guys

Posted by ravi_hari on (December 29, 2010, 6:16 GMT)

At this stage it is really 50:50. As an Indian I would love to see India square the series here. However, I somehow get the feeling that South Africa will win. With their best players of slow bowling Kallis and AB at the crease they can hope to chase this score. As Harris said the first session is most crucial and it is the first session that has caused problems to batsmen in this test. If India can take atleast 2 wickets before Africans reach 200 then the game is in their bag. If Africans reach lunch with 200 for 4 the game is theirs. It is just the One wicket difference which will have a bearing on this test. At the moment it looks like Africans are more determined to win than Indians. However, like Smith's case, one wicket can change the complexion of the game and if that wicket is Kallis, Indians will be charged up completely. I still feel AB is crucial to this chase. Indians should target him first as he is dangerous and can win the match on his own. All the best both teams. Ravi

Posted by   on (December 29, 2010, 6:15 GMT)

it is reaaly too close, when sa began their chase and as smith dictated the proceedings, it sent shivers through my body as the target seemed a meagre one, but now with three players back in the pavilion, the match is wide open!!!! Probably would turn out one of the best test matches, with a four day finish and no chances of draw. Waiting for the fourth day play to begin.

Posted by stormy16 on (December 29, 2010, 5:54 GMT)

I feel India have the edge here and a break in this partneship will expose an end. The wicket doesnt look the easiest and Harbajan requires proper technique to keep out on a bouncy wicket where even Harris got a bit of turn. I would imagine the two at the wicket would need to get a bulk of the 192 needed. Its been a great test match and all credit to Ind for getting in to this position after being put in on a fresh green top against the best opening combination and now having a shot at victory. Smith executed the shot poorly y'day - he would put that away all day - but he got in to a debate with Sree and lost concentration - seems like a minor event but it led to his downfall and SA lost one wicket too many y'day and Smith was the big catch.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2010, 5:51 GMT)

South Africa have no chance as it is south africe v/s harbhajan singh with ball turning with 300 chase pressure

Surely, India win with 50-60 runs and series Level

Posted by   on (December 29, 2010, 5:29 GMT)

Hoping for a cracker of a day today.

Posted by www.Evilsod.com on (December 29, 2010, 5:26 GMT)

Amazing how many Indians write off 400+ run chases in Australia when they have not even won a series in Australia. Hell, you have not beaten South Africa in SA and you have not won this series yet. You have not even won the test match.

India had some good fortune in this test and have done well to bounce back after an INNINGS DEFEAT. They could have been bundled out for under 150 in the first innings if a few more things went South Africa's way. Likewise, some crazy dismissals when SA batted made the test even more one sided. Clearly, many dont watch the game objectively.

The only thing bad about a #1 Indian team seems to be the arrogance it brings out of its fanbase. I am disgusted by the levels of bias at times and the rabid levels of "India #1" when its justifiably debatable is becoming too much.

You need to beat SA in SA and you need to beat Aus in Aus. Then you can call yourself the best side in the world. Those rankings mean nothing to people who understand this game.

Posted by Pakissuch on (December 29, 2010, 5:25 GMT)

Gareme Smith is Zaheer Khan's bunny !!! Its been proven for the 200th time in this test match. His legs tremble on facing Zaheer. Hashim Amla and Jacque Kallis are mediocre batshmen and are not even a shade closer to Rahul Dravid. Dale styn is way overrated. Wait till he is clobbered in the world cup which by the way is in the subcontinent, where there would be no room for dirty trciks, no dark skies, no sprinkling of water on the pitch or roll over of the pitch to favour the home side batting next. It would be plain and simple hitting.Average batsmen will score atleast 8 run an over against his bowling in the world cup. Ohh this lad weeps like a fool when he is hit for a boundary !! Grow up skimpy !!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2010, 5:20 GMT)

chill guy's. Dont take sides. Let the better team win. Hope weather dont play spoil sport. good luck test cricket.

Posted by Indianbeast on (December 29, 2010, 5:18 GMT)

If South Africa wins - it will be a shame on the TAG called: Chokers! Come on live upto your name! Chokers

Posted by Saffalicious on (December 29, 2010, 5:12 GMT)

I am really looking forward to this and I predict that it will be the best 100 I ever see from Devilliers, though it will be a pity that Kallis is stranded in the 90's when the winning runs are gained

Posted by sri1ram on (December 29, 2010, 4:58 GMT)

Hmmm, let's see what is different now.. Facing a depleted ozzie team in Perth/2008 or a not-so-bad Indian team in Durban/2010 three down on the last day/s with a first innings demise of 131 fresh in South African minds? One wicket could be the difference between victory or a 1-1 equal-up. Hope the pitch remains true and that the Indians relearn how to finish off when they are up.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2010, 4:56 GMT)

India are slightly ahead say 55:45, but still Indian bowlers need to perform really well.

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (December 29, 2010, 4:42 GMT)

Clearly in Ind's favour. Why? because SA tail-enders aren't very good especially against spin. If SA are to win, from Steyn to Tsotsobe will have to combine at least 55 runs, the very least, whilst a top order bat shepherd's them.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2010, 4:26 GMT)

Knock stuburn kallis out early n team india needs to be aggressive n there shouldnt be any room for complacency the pitch has eased out n bhajji ll be key..

Posted by avkris on (December 29, 2010, 4:18 GMT)

if anything the early halt of play yesterday would help the Indian bowlers. Now they can come out fresh and attack right from the start in the morning. It's just a matter of one wicket here and preferably that of Kallis and the floodgates will open. Prince and the rest to follow are not in the same league as the SA's top order and wouldn't last long. Bhajji has a very key role and must be taking the bulk of wickets today. C'mon guys, let's show who is d boss here

Posted by msatya on (December 29, 2010, 3:56 GMT)

Harbhajan is going to be key for tomorrow. Wish Pujara could have latch on to that catch from Kallis when he yet to start the account.

Posted by Balajipost on (December 29, 2010, 3:29 GMT)

Irrespective of how the match ends, India has been the better team in this test match. They have had the tougher conditions while batting in both innings. India skittled out SA when the track was no where nearly as lethal as the first day at centurion.

A SA commentator on Ten Cricket was talking about how things like the Run out of Kallis in the 1st innings were the element of luck seen in any cricket match. No problme with that observation, but he failed to mention how toss (winning it is more luck than skill) has brought bad luck to India in both tests. This is the good old bias shown by SA commentators from the first series in '92. This time around it has mellowed down, but not completely absent!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2010, 3:25 GMT)

praying for India...if only we get kallis/Ab in first 6 overs.....

Posted by Skool on (December 29, 2010, 3:02 GMT)

Prince is the danger man. It'll be very difficult to get him out. 2 key players tomorrow/today- Sreesanth and Prince! Long live Test Cricket!!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2010, 2:12 GMT)

Well the result of a see-saw Test may finally be decided today . It's been a great pleasure to see such good cricket played by India after their drubbing at SuperSport Park. Patience is the key as far as India is concerned. They must stick to their gameplan no matter what happens and not get panic if they are not able to get wickets. It is wrong to compare this Test with Perth because Perth was probably a belter by the time SA started chasing; Kingsmeade though still has a lot in it for the seamers as well as spinners.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2010, 2:07 GMT)

That Perth victory was on a flatter pitch where each side scored 300+ effortlessly. SA's top order fired then with Smith, Amla and others bringing big scores on the chase. This test is totally different where except Laxman nobody else even crossed 37. Also, Indian bowling attack can hit where SA is the weakest - against swing and spin bowlers.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2010, 2:03 GMT)

AB is the key guy. If India can take him out, Zak & boys will be all over the SA's brittle tail.

Posted by JustOUT on (December 29, 2010, 2:00 GMT)

C'mon AB, you have done in Perth, now its your turn again.

Posted by SFGoldenGate on (December 29, 2010, 1:59 GMT)

Great game of cricket. It is nice to see that both teams are positive. I am happy that Indian fans are happy and not making any excuse about the pitch LOL. This is the perfect pitch for test cricket. Favors fast bowling and tests technique of batsman and also assists quality spinner. I think recent Nagpur pitch (Ind vs NZ) is also a very good example. Guys, now as India is able to exploit the pitch the excuses over pitch has disappeared like a magic. VVS is class act, delivers most of the time when matters. I am saffer. I hope my team wins but I will not mind if India wins because that will be the complementary tribute to VVS 96. After all, its only a game. Enjoy it.

Posted by venkatesh018 on (December 29, 2010, 1:55 GMT)

It is 90-10 in India's favour. It will be a bigger miracle than Perth if the Proteas pull off this one! Simply too much depends on the overnight pair and South Africa do not have the depth in batting to get 300. The first innings deficit South Africa conceded will be the deciding factor in this match. Next test South Africa must gamble by playing Mclaren in place of Prince to boost their bowling but must bat first and pile up a big score to avoid putting pressure on their batsmen in the last innings.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2010, 1:47 GMT)

Wow...on the edge and keeping fingers crossed. I can't comment on this one...let the team which handles the pressure win. Good luck.

Posted by Nampally on (December 29, 2010, 0:53 GMT)

South Africa are very lucky to be still in the match. Had Pujara taken Kallis when he was at Zero, the game would have been in fainal stages now. That catch may come to haunt India. India need Zaheer & Harbhajan to bowl like they did in the first innings. SA rely heavily on Kallis & AB. So the first hour will show which way the match will end. If Kallis & AB are dismissed early, India wins. The game is precariously balanced. Will Zaheer & Harbhajan prevail over Kallis & AB or vice-a-versa? So far SA had lot of luck going their way with the toss & conditions. If the Indians get the first days wicket with a spot of rain and cloudy weather, then they deserve it. That is the poetic justice to even the series and proceed to the third for the decider.In this game so far India looked a better side than SA despite luck favouring SA. They batted, bowked & fielded better except for the Kallis's crucial catch. With slight luck India stand a good chance of winning tomorrow.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2010, 0:52 GMT)

Its a close one hopefully India comes on top....i dont understand why the indian selectors dont give praveen kumar and R ashwin a chance to play in the test. Both have good control of their bowling and have good variations....keep sreesant but he lacks decipline in his bowling on the other hand ishant needs to go and where is abhimanu mithun?...i though he was a good bowler. It looks like the selectors are in love with ish sharma and sreesant....i dont know why?

Posted by   on (December 28, 2010, 23:09 GMT)

It's time for the Indian bowlers to show their skills, stamina, and master class. Winning this test tomorrow rests on collective sharp fielding and world class bowling by Indians. With Zaheer and Bhajji to spearhead the attack India can claim the undisputable spot at #1. Let's go India.

Posted by SurlyCynic on (December 28, 2010, 22:39 GMT)

It's good that India made this test a bit more competitive. Good effort, keep it up.

Posted by cooljack_143 on (December 28, 2010, 22:27 GMT)

harris has no business to comment here.He is a poor performer of the game and should be given a break in the coming 3rd test if proteas really want to clinch this series.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2010, 22:05 GMT)

We should not forget the role Indian Part-time Spinners the like of Shewag can play on such a pitch like this. Remember what he did to SA in the champions trophy semi-finals in Colombi a few years ago? Go India , Go!!!

Posted by cric_follower on (December 28, 2010, 21:44 GMT)

Probabilities are with India, but if probabilities dictated everything why ever bother playing anything. South Africa has to come out and make India believe that the former are in complete control. Body language is vital here.

Posted by Maui3 on (December 28, 2010, 21:37 GMT)

"All we need is one partnership really and we'll have the game in the bag. We need to work hard in the morning session for that."

Harris is drinking coolaid. The par score with 3 wickets down chasing 300 in the fourth inning, where the highest score for the testmatch is around 230, is 210 for 3 not 111 for 3. SA will need to work hard for more than one session to have this game in their bag. Not impossible. But, at this stage India is significantly ahead. Given the same situation, I would bet 75% to 25% in India's favor.

"Whenever we've had crunch situations in Test cricket, 99% of the time we have come out on top."

Talk about Baghdad Bob. Sa certanly good team with Kallis among the greats to play the game. But, pleeeeaze, 99% of the time? Its an assault on facts.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2010, 21:19 GMT)

Agree to you Afazuddin. Great Test match, the fact that the conditions are best for batting now is what is keeping it on an even keel.

Posted by intcamd on (December 28, 2010, 21:18 GMT)

too close to call; 50/50 really. I hope it is India, but if Kallis or de Villiers gets set, going to be tough. Hope Zaheer comes up with better stuff tomorrow, he disappointed today. Ishant needs to be dropped, when was the last time he made enough difference for India?

Posted by   on (December 28, 2010, 21:12 GMT)

Mark Boucher and Ashwell Prince are totally out of sorts. South Africa also have a weak lower order. Getting one wicket tomorrow will finish the game.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2010, 21:12 GMT)

Whatever the result, it's been a great Test match so far. I hope that it proves to be a close contest. If India win it augurs well for the series.

Posted by KTiwari on (December 28, 2010, 20:56 GMT)

SA will be allout under 200. India just need to work hard for two wickets as rest will come on its own.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2010, 20:56 GMT)

Australia did not have a Harbhajan singh in that game.. India has harbhajan on a bouncy wicket with a bit of turn.. He will be the key.. The question I have though is against Harris.. Why is he doing so much talking off the field when he is not capable of producing even a decent over by himself on the field ! First make sure of your place in the team dude, you are going to be axed soon... (India is known to destroy careers of new spinners - remember what happend to hauritz !!)

Posted by AnyoneButVettel on (December 28, 2010, 20:55 GMT)

Go ENGLAND. .

Posted by Agus2010 on (December 28, 2010, 20:45 GMT)

It is all in Zaheer and Harbajan hand lol!

Posted by Dr.AlexKuruvila on (December 28, 2010, 20:42 GMT)

Wonder whether the heavy overnight rain and wet outfield would make the run chase that much more difficult for SA. For one thing, boundaries would be hard to come by on the soggy outfield and secondly, moisture under the covers and in the air should help our seamers and hopefully/probably Harbachan as well. Praying for an Indian victory at Kingsmead...they richly deserve it.

Posted by cricketisagame on (December 28, 2010, 20:24 GMT)

Gopal, I really dont really understand what you're trying to say?? I am an Indian and know that India have more chance to level the series once they dislodged either AB or Kallis. Are you trying to say that we have the best bowling attack in the world... come on mate.. we have to admit the reality too... we're better in the batting department with no doubts but about bowling, I wont argue with anyone.

Posted by MasterClass on (December 28, 2010, 20:08 GMT)

As a follow-up to my earlier comment on India's fielding, our bowlers would probably have bowling stats 1.5 or 2 times better than they do if India had good fielding. Their winning record (both home and away) would also be similarly better. We (the public) mindlessly berate, under-value and generally disrespect our bowlers (in comparison to other teams) while conveniently forgetting this important facet to their effectiveness and success which is entirely out of their control. I hope with the new blood (Pujara, Vijay, Kholi, Raina, etc.) this changes when they eventually take-over. In the future, we may not have the Fab-4, but with better fielding we can still compete and win.

Posted by sudhindranath on (December 28, 2010, 20:07 GMT)

The first two hours are the key.

If SA lose 0 or 1 wicket before lunch, they have the upper hand.

If they also score 80+ before lunch, they are pretty much in the driver's seat.

On the contrary, if India take 2 or more wickets before lunch, they will have the upper hand.

If they also restrict SA's scoring to less than 80 before lunch, they are in the driver's seat.

If it's anything in between, the match will continue to be evenly poised.

Posted by MasterClass on (December 28, 2010, 19:50 GMT)

SA might like to boost their moral by looking at Perth, but in their heart-of-hearts they know it's not comparable. At Perth Aus had a one-dimensional attack, an out-of-from MJ (the only wicket-taking bowler) and a relatively good batting track. Here India have a varied multi-dimensional bowling attack (one of its most important strengths, and one that is consistently under-valued by the lay public and players too), a clever and dangerous Zak and Bhajji, and a track offering assistance to the bowlers, both seam and spin. The one thing in SA favor is the Indian fielding which isn't capable of applying pressure like the Aus. Pressure brings wickets. With a better fielding unit, SA would be done and dusted without ever getting to 200. However, what the Indians must do is hold on to catches. If they do that, they should win. Finally, one thing Dhoni must not do is stop attacking!

Posted by Razor88 on (December 28, 2010, 19:38 GMT)

I would love India to win,Of course - But in reality its a 50 -50.Its can't get more exciting than this!!! :)

Posted by   on (December 28, 2010, 19:32 GMT)

Hope India will win. If that happens, hope most of the world cricketers agree about India's #1 Status.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2010, 19:29 GMT)

Needless to say SA team trying to be positive from outside but they know this is difficult. The moment India's lead went past 250 they were worried, shoulders were dropping and they had started thinking about how to tackle Zak and Bhajji. - Good effort by Sree/Bhajji earlier today and the game is still in India's favor right now and much will depend on how things go on 4th day first session. - If India can manage at least two wickets, I have no doubt the game will be over somewhere around Tea time - For SA, it's an uphill task from here and will need some miraculous effort from the remaining batters - The game is for India to lose more then for SA to win.

Posted by ReverseSweepIndia on (December 28, 2010, 19:16 GMT)

Well played India. We may still lose the test but the way you guys have fought is enough for us to feel proud of you. Bhajji willl be the key tomorrow and time and again we have seen that once he gets wicket early in his spell, he becomes lethal. SA could have been 4 down, that chance to Pujara was more than a half chance. But it's cricket and things happen. Keep up the good work and keep the series alive taking it to 3rd test. SA outplayed us in 1st test, they deserved to win that. Here we may not have outplayed them, but we certainly have played better cricket than them. Good luck

Posted by   on (December 28, 2010, 19:02 GMT)

Kallis is the key.First 10 overs tommorrow morning will decide the fate as to which way the victory tide goes.If Zaheer and Sreesanth can be disciplined in their opening spell with a little bit of assistance from the pitch,it is going to be hard for South Africa to resist .If the pitch acts, they sure should go for runs.So I think by all means their strategy tommorrow morning is to go oon the top of Zaheer and not letting settling down and so it is going to be a fun contest between Zaheer and Kallis and Devilliers.If Zaheer manages to get one ot two tommorrow morning,then Bhajii will have the last laugh on the rest of them.Cant wait to see the match tommorrow.

Posted by Peaceful_Sledger on (December 28, 2010, 18:16 GMT)

who do you guys think is going to win this?

Posted by   on (December 28, 2010, 18:05 GMT)

It will be really tough for either side to win the test, though I still think India do have slight advantage, because If they pick any of Kallis and De- villiars in cheaply, then South- Africa will be all sort of problem. They don't have late middle order to tackle the Indian attacks, but still long way to go for Indian perspective. All cricket fans around world will notice cautiously development of Durban test.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2010, 17:51 GMT)

I think the Perth victory was against the Aussie bowlers right? The ones for whom "The World is not enough"!! LOL

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South Africa v India at Centurion - Jan 23, 2011
South Africa won by 33 runs (D/L method)
South Africa v India at Port Elizabeth - Jan 21, 2011
South Africa won by 48 runs (D/L method)
South Africa v India at Cape Town - Jan 18, 2011
India won by 2 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)
South Africa v India at Johannesburg - Jan 15, 2011
India won by 1 run
South Africa v India at Durban - Jan 12, 2011
South Africa won by 135 runs
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