South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Durban, 4th day December 29, 2010

Poor batting cost South Africa - Smith

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Graeme Smith, the South Africa captain, has said their batting, particularly on the second day, cost them victory in the second Test against India in Durban. "We probably lost the Test match on day two. I don't think it was a 131 wicket. Getting bowled out for that just wasn't good enough," Smith said. South Africa bowled India out for 205 in the first innings, on a lively pitch at Kingsmead, before being shot out for 131. The 74-run deficit South Africa incurred proved crucial to India gaining a significant advantage leading up to the second innings.

Smith didn't think India's batting was necessarily better than South Africa's. "It's not like India's batting set the house on fire," Smith said. India were bowled out for 228 in their second innings, just 13 runs more than what South Africa managed in their second attempt. "They got slightly more runs than us, and I guess that's what's needed in Test match cricket."

South Africa went in to the fourth day needing 192 runs to win the match, with seven wickets in hand, a task that did not seem improbable because conditions were getting slightly better for the batsmen. The game was in the balance for most of the match, something that even Smith, who ended up on the losing side, appreciated. "It was tight going into today, and every day the game swung and was tense. That's what people want to see. Nobody wants pounded-out draws."

The closely-contested nature of the match may be why Smith showed few signs of distress after the defeat. He appeared to take heart from the fact that South Africa did not lose by an embarrassing margin. "They did slightly better than us at the key moments, and they won this Test match. We haven't played terribly, but we haven't played to our ability," he said.

South Africa have come under fire for underestimating India after they thrashed the visitors by an innings and 25 runs in Centurion and showed vulnerability on a sporting wicket. Smith dismissed those criticisms, saying his men were prepared for a fight back. "They're a very experienced team. We expected them to bounce back and they have. They played well." He also denied that South Africa were over-reliant on responsive pitches and the toss going the right way. "We hoped for wickets with pace and bounce. That's what we've grown up on. We haven't specifically requested anything."

Smith was not panicking ahead of the series decider which starts in four days time in Cape Town. "It's important not to get too emotional about things. We've played well for a period of time." South Africa have a proud record at Newlands, with nine wins in 14 games since 2000, and Smith was looking forward to the contest. "It's always a great Test match to play in, and being one-all in the series it's going to be even bigger now."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • stevebriggs on January 1, 2011, 0:45 GMT

    SAs are just fast track bully... they cant play cricket on any other pitches..

  • rohanblue on December 31, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    smith is over confident, thats why sa losingso many matches at home....

  • on December 31, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    Why is he being such a sore loser? the team doesn't shake hands because they lost the game...SA is a great team..no doubt about that..but they should stop behaving as sore losers and start behaving like champions.

    3 things..

    1. He complained about the turning track at Kanpur..then why are the pitches being made so seamer friendly in SA? Isn't that sheer double standards? Or just because SA doesn't have a quality spinner, they stopped believing that spin is part of cricket? The top 3 wicket takers are spinners!

    2. Sure, the 2 umpiring decisions were bad ! But if you could do so well with technology, why on earth did you get all out for 131 in the first innings ????

    3. Didn't SA have all the luck when India had lost the toss even in the 2nd match and SA bowlers got the best bowling conditions?

  • gmathew on December 31, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    @McCRYSTAL391...wake up its morning mate...dreams over.

  • INDIA_THE_BEST_END_OF_DISCUSSION on December 30, 2010, 23:16 GMT

    @JustOut, India will win the series 2-1. Kallis bowing down in the air already!

  • on December 30, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    Greame Smith has said that"using technology will avoid decision mistake"What the mouthful you have...You should better play natural games as a natural captain.Even umpire feels is a natural decision...There might some mistake in every 1000matches...You are the one using Hi-Tech technology...Now u better get an Alien game instead of earth games.

  • mak102480 on December 30, 2010, 22:09 GMT

    @McCRYSTAL391: You are almost funny.......not quite but you are trying. The fact is that had SA lost the toss in the first test, India would have already won the series 2-0.

  • INDIA_THE_BEST_END_OF_DISCUSSION on December 30, 2010, 22:02 GMT

    Hey MCRYSTAL, didn't I just say India is the best team in the world? I'm sure deep down inside you are also a BIG fan of India!

  • McCRYSTAL391 on December 30, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    INDIA WILL SURELY LOOSE 3RD TEST BY AN INNINGS & 155 RUNS.SACHIN WILL RETIRE THEN NEXT.

  • batfry on December 30, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    To continue from my earlier post on relative performances of the top 5 Test teams in the last couple of years (2009-10) and the concomitant debate over the validity of India's No.1 ranking let's take a look at how many of those wins were achieved at home and away. Better still, Let's cut to the chase and take up the team whose captain (Sangakkara - SL) has made the greatest fuss about the alleged speciousness of the Test Ranking System. Apart from the fact that Sri Lanka has won just twice the number of matches that they lost, it also bears mention, that 5 out of their 6 victories were achieved at home during this period, and a measly 1 away. Feel free to guffaw, therefore, at the Lankan captain's assertion that his team is more deserving of the No.1 position than India, who've earned 5 of their 11 victories away from home. But, Sanga is an honourable cricketer and he's allowed such flights of fancy. I just hope cricket fans know better.

  • stevebriggs on January 1, 2011, 0:45 GMT

    SAs are just fast track bully... they cant play cricket on any other pitches..

  • rohanblue on December 31, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    smith is over confident, thats why sa losingso many matches at home....

  • on December 31, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    Why is he being such a sore loser? the team doesn't shake hands because they lost the game...SA is a great team..no doubt about that..but they should stop behaving as sore losers and start behaving like champions.

    3 things..

    1. He complained about the turning track at Kanpur..then why are the pitches being made so seamer friendly in SA? Isn't that sheer double standards? Or just because SA doesn't have a quality spinner, they stopped believing that spin is part of cricket? The top 3 wicket takers are spinners!

    2. Sure, the 2 umpiring decisions were bad ! But if you could do so well with technology, why on earth did you get all out for 131 in the first innings ????

    3. Didn't SA have all the luck when India had lost the toss even in the 2nd match and SA bowlers got the best bowling conditions?

  • gmathew on December 31, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    @McCRYSTAL391...wake up its morning mate...dreams over.

  • INDIA_THE_BEST_END_OF_DISCUSSION on December 30, 2010, 23:16 GMT

    @JustOut, India will win the series 2-1. Kallis bowing down in the air already!

  • on December 30, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    Greame Smith has said that"using technology will avoid decision mistake"What the mouthful you have...You should better play natural games as a natural captain.Even umpire feels is a natural decision...There might some mistake in every 1000matches...You are the one using Hi-Tech technology...Now u better get an Alien game instead of earth games.

  • mak102480 on December 30, 2010, 22:09 GMT

    @McCRYSTAL391: You are almost funny.......not quite but you are trying. The fact is that had SA lost the toss in the first test, India would have already won the series 2-0.

  • INDIA_THE_BEST_END_OF_DISCUSSION on December 30, 2010, 22:02 GMT

    Hey MCRYSTAL, didn't I just say India is the best team in the world? I'm sure deep down inside you are also a BIG fan of India!

  • McCRYSTAL391 on December 30, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    INDIA WILL SURELY LOOSE 3RD TEST BY AN INNINGS & 155 RUNS.SACHIN WILL RETIRE THEN NEXT.

  • batfry on December 30, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    To continue from my earlier post on relative performances of the top 5 Test teams in the last couple of years (2009-10) and the concomitant debate over the validity of India's No.1 ranking let's take a look at how many of those wins were achieved at home and away. Better still, Let's cut to the chase and take up the team whose captain (Sangakkara - SL) has made the greatest fuss about the alleged speciousness of the Test Ranking System. Apart from the fact that Sri Lanka has won just twice the number of matches that they lost, it also bears mention, that 5 out of their 6 victories were achieved at home during this period, and a measly 1 away. Feel free to guffaw, therefore, at the Lankan captain's assertion that his team is more deserving of the No.1 position than India, who've earned 5 of their 11 victories away from home. But, Sanga is an honourable cricketer and he's allowed such flights of fancy. I just hope cricket fans know better.

  • JustOUT on December 30, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    @Deena-India - What do you mean by "India has managed to win everywhere convincingly."?? You mean winning just a match in a series is proud, like they did in J'burg 2006 and lost the series. funny lol. Just compare the stats btw India's Win and SA's win. In the last 5 years, against WI,NZ & Pak SA never lost a series. Whereas India had their first series win only during these period. funny nah?? Against Eng in Eng, SA won 2-1, where as India won 1-0. Well now against India at home they are superior, never lost/drawn a series, where as in India SA drawn 2 series. Only team SA struggled at home & away was Aussies, but no more. India is playing well now, it should be accepted. But SA is always superior than India at home and equal to India in India. Again & again i repeat, SA will win this series 2-1. As simple as that.

  • on December 30, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    Im also surprised the match referee did nothing abt smith pointing his bat to sree during their heated exchange. It luked ugly on tv n that incident shud have been reported by the on-field umpires

  • on December 30, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    After winning the toss on day 1 Smith had the biggest smile on his face. As if saying to Dhoni "mate it's all over now, we are gonna roll u even worse than 1996". For any team to have lost only 6 wickets on that day was incredible. Steyn was at his best and getting good support from the rest. I felt the indian batsmen did a commendable job by posting 200+ in 1st innings. From that point on, SA was just playing catch up and tried to be over aggressive. I would like to thank smith for firing up sree in the 2nd innings which started their slide by smith loosing it himself and sree didnt luk back since then. He played an awful shot for a captain trying to lead his team to victory. It must have been the exceptional start they got led him to continue to dominate which hurt his team badly. I blame the loss entirely on Smith's poor shot selection in the 2nd innings and India found an opening from where they just kept picking wickets

  • batfry on December 30, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    India may well lose the next Test to SA (going on how a similar Indian team visiting these shores faired last time around), but this constant derision/belittling of the Indian Test team's No.1 ranking at various points in recent history by not one but 3 rival captains - Aus, SL & SA - is a rather facetious over-estimation of their teams' performances over the last couple of years. So, let's take a look at the numbers shall we? 1) IND Won-11, Lost-3, W/L Ratio-3.66 2) ENG Won-14, Lost-5, W/L-2.8 3) SL Won-6, Lost-3, W/L-2.0 4) AUS Won-13, Lost-8, W/L-1.62 5) SA Won-6, Lost-6, W/L-1.0 And going by the figures above, South Africa deserve a ranking no better than No.5. So, I hope Smith is thankful that the new ranking system also provides for better ratings for wins against stronger opposition. Funnily enough, the team that comes closest in comparison to India's Test performances is a team whose captain hasn't made much of a noise regarding India's No.1 status, ie England.

  • on December 30, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    It would be interesting to see what type of Pitch SA would offer in coming test. This time Durban Pitch which was considerably green didn't work for them. Also I hope that next time India doesn't have to bat first in friendly conditions for Swing, Seam bowling. Let's see what happens then, This all Questions about whether India deserves to be Ni. 1 team or not have been put to rest by resurgent Indians. Special congratulations to Sreesanth for an inspiring perfromance on the last day.

  • A.Afker on December 30, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    @swaroopjammula. How u say SA & SL fans are crying?..SL or any others nothing to do with this results except SA my friend.How u can say even not those decisions IND can easily win?...Zaheer was out when he was at 10,eventually added 37 runs to IND total.See AB's out and Bouchers decision that entire match was turned up side down.If UDRS is played then SA has to chase someting like 260 but not 300+. If AB was there no know what will happen to IND bowlers.So your argument is not valid my dear.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 30, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    ha ha ha......... excuses....LOL

  • gaithersburgman on December 30, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    There is a saying in the Sporting World "You are as good as your opposition". I don't want to translate it, but want all the readers to ponder. Dhoni has figured it out, but Smith hasn't...he will one day though. No matter what we write in this forum, it will not alter the outcome of the next test...the better prepared team will win....with or without UDRS.

  • stormy16 on December 30, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    Poor batting, bowling and most of all poor planning and attitude cost SA. There was only one plan - pace and bounce. Morkel bowled too short all match and if not for Steyns class this would have been a bigger loss. The lack of a proper spinner is costing SA and why they keep having faith in Harris defies logic, recall two drawn games in Abu Dhabi. His record is terrible and has no real variety or spin - Botha would be a better option for starters. I also think SA just didint respect the game or it opponents and assumed all it took was a green top and showing up- the problem with this is if something were to go wrong (like a couple of quick wickets) that attitude returns in the form of pressure which an experienced team like India will sense and feed off. I also think SA should have bowled out India cheaper in both innings - If you cant bowl out a sub-continet team below 200 in both innings on pace friendly conditions you should be disappointed.

  • gmathew on December 30, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    Guys-here is Smith's pre-planned press conference reaction statment to a series win by India at Newlands " India won becuase Gary Kirsten is a South African. Hence it is a SA win". Hahahahahahahahaha. Poor bloke is actually running out of reasons so I am helping him. He is fool enough to swallow this hook, line and sinker and repeat it. Look out for the press conference and please pass on the credit to me. Thank you! Thank you all!

  • Deena-India on December 30, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    Hi Mr.cric4world.. FYI.. India won in Newzealand,WestIndies,Srilanka and Bangladesh. Even in Australia, the hometeam couldnt beat India. The only place to prove is England which we will do during 2011 summer.In SA, we have proved in Durban test. Wait for more action in the future. Can u single out any visting team winning in sub continent but India has managed to win everywhere convincingly.

  • TruelyCricket on December 30, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    @cric4world: "For the past 2 years or so india were playing in india against the state teams and ipl teams, and sometimes against zimbabwe and bangladesh. Suddenly one morning ICC called them and informed that they are the #1 team in the world. They added that 1 is not a number, but has many other meanings. You have to prove it too. So MS Dhoni and team were forced to come out of India..........." - Quite funny story.

  • ElanaBrand on December 30, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    I admit it, I love SA Cricket, but...I don't like it when bowlers or batmen talk with their mouths...do your talking with the ball or bat. Don't be arrogant, you are priviledged to play cricket for your country. Love the game like we do, then you'll play it passionately-the wins will come. Well done India! You were the better team. SA guys, I would love to see you play to your potential as a team, not only as individuals, although admittedly, individuals can win matches, but Teams can win a series together more frequently. This is what India has been doing consistently. They deserve to be No. 1. SA - play like a team and not like the arrogant Aussies of old, let me love SA cricket unreservedly. Good luck to both teams. I look forward to the Newlands Test. LOVE THE GAME! :o)

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on December 30, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    India again won at Durban, well for those who are doubting india here is a fact, in the last 8 years india has never lost a test series in England in 2002 series was drawn 1-1 and in 2007 india won, india played well in aus won in WI and pakistan, india has won tests in SA, SL has not won a single test in india, SA and Aus, Pakistan is much better than SL

  • vkolluri on December 30, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft - I dont think we have boasted of 50th Century.. all the newspapers read that Indians had a mixed reaction, for the Century against the loss.. forget about Indians, forget SA people, SA's Captain boasted/foreseen/whatever that his team would have done a lot better given the conditions of 1st test 1st innings.. Given better conditions, home ground, and Smith's 'That's what we've grown up' comments couldn't help SA from being short of 3 runs.. Real good funny stuff, isn't it ? and of course you dont have something like Sachin's century in the 2nd test to talk about.. Cos SA's highest individual score was 39 in the whole match.. so called green tops.. please keep out of Sachin dude..!! :))

  • hansie_gill_ on December 30, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    Hi SA fans #another poor performance by south africa cricketers.HARIS does not deserve to play at the international level,JP DUMINY is better spinner than Haris.He must be dropped andMark BOUCHER is the best keeper but only behind the stumps.His batting average is going down day by day so time has come to drop him too.SA bowlers always think about short bowling not yorks specially to the lower order batsmen.If you want to win the match(international) you should be crazy about these things;planning,mind game,aggresion ,media speech

  • on December 30, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    eat ur words smith or else u would follow the footsteps of punter sooner or later

  • memoriesofthepast on December 30, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    At Durban Smith and his bowlers got misinspired by Ponting except that their verbal encounter were with Indian players while Ponting's encounter at MCG was with umpire. Verbal encounter with Sreesanth distracted Smith and Sreesanth had the last laugh by dismissing him. To chase 303 in 4th innings was very tough. India bowled well and fielded well to see SA all out for 131and 215 on SA home ground even when the Indian attack lacked the pace of Morkel and Steyn and SA had won the toss to put India bat first on a wet pitch. No practice game has been given to Indians before 1st test started yet they won at Durban and India have always won at a turner track at home against SA. It is again proved that Durban wicket is not of test match standard. Never on a subcontinent pitch, 18 wickets have fallen per day for two times like they have in Durban. Match ended in 3.5 days and never in a day 90 overs play was completed.

  • Lazybones_2011 on December 30, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    Smith said end of 1st test that they would have definitely played better than India on day 1. Now they had their chance and the difference was there for everyone to see. In fact, if SA had batted first in this test the margin of victory would have been wider.

    Now I would definitely back India to win the series. SA is lucky to be 1-1. I expect India to be very focused when the come to Cape town. Players like Dravid and Shewag have done nothing of note and they will be determined to do well.

    For SA, Kallis and Amla are the key players. If you get them out cheap in the 1st innings then India have a great chance. On bowling, Steyn will do well irrespective of the conditions but India have now learnt to deal with others. If the wicket turns a little at Cape, I would say history beckons India.

  • on December 30, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    When India won 1983 world cup, Kapil dev was asked wat was the turning point,... ? He simply said vivian richards wanted to finish this match with in 30 overs, tats y we won.. That's wat exactly happened yester.. Smith was so positive and almost disturbed Zak plan.. But his over arrogance costs him this match... Had he been played out 3rd day , with all ten wickets on day 4, they could ve won this.... Why these cap'ns, all over the world, get arrogant whenever their team start doin better..?

  • SamRoy on December 30, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    Hey @Justout probably you do not know India is yet to loose a series vs England (home or away) in 15 years. The only legitimate survivor from that team('96 series vs England in England) is Sachin. Rahul (and Sourav) debuted in the 2nd match. India lost only the first test match of that series. The 2nd and 3rd the test were drawn. Anderson, Swann, Broad and Tremlett have played full series against India being on the losing side more often than not (AND NEVER WINNING). And just to let you know if Finn bowls his rubbish to Sehwag HEAVEN HELP ENGLAND in 2011 series vs India (though India might need heaven's help in the first test:) )

  • kartheekincredible on December 30, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    Smith should be very cautious talking about Indian team henceforth and questioning their No.1 status in world test Cricket. I hope India will win the 3rd Test at Capetown too.... continue the winning Journey till Grabing the World Cup 2011 in their hands.

  • kartheekincredible on December 30, 2010, 3:41 GMT

    Will smith and Co keep their Big mouth shuts for a while. Hopefully they enjoy the eve of new Year.

  • swaroopjammula on December 30, 2010, 2:53 GMT

    look at the way sreesanth bowled a bouncer to kallis,unplayable.now i dont think sa will prepare agreen wkt in capetown.all the sa fans nd srilankan fans r crying about umpiring decisions.even if the umpiring decisions went the other way INDIA would still have won the match easily.just see the bowling of India they bowled in disciplined manner didnot give anything away, fought like true champions.proud of u guys.

  • Hindh on December 30, 2010, 2:45 GMT

    The funny thing is SA tried TO BOUNCE INDIA OUT but the image of the series will be KALLIS ARCHING back and getting out for a snorter from sreesanth. WHAT A COMEBACK INDIA......... TRUE CHAMPS...

  • Philsy on December 30, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    I think Graeme Smith was correct saying that the South African team's batting let them down, but give credit where it's due, Laxman's second innings batting was of a high quality, against a fearsome pace attack too, and also the Indian bowlers made better use of the conditions. If India win this test series, they deserve to be highly ranked, it shows considerable character to come back from a drubbing and win on foreign soil in a place like South Africa, but time will tell what the current Indian side are made of. I think people are right in saying there is no clear Number 1 of a dominant nature at present, makes life more interesting really, people got sick of Federer winning all the time, as well as the Aussie cricketers.

  • senthil7000 on December 30, 2010, 0:42 GMT

    Smith should have realized whatever he says turns against him. He said to media that he does not mind Sachin getting 50th 100 anywhere but SA. eaten his words. He said Zak is just exciting prospect; again had to eat. grow up, sir. If any team is put in to bat first on juicy pitch, by toss winning team, batting team should plan to score 300+ in 50-60 overs and have the bowling team to bat on the same juicy pitch on that day itself. it does not matter they score 300/10; still the advantage of bowling first evens out. India should try this in next juicy pitch. Hello!!!!

  • Nampally on December 30, 2010, 0:24 GMT

    I think Smith must learn to be a gracious loser. SA batted poorly because the Indian bowling did a number on them supported by splendid fielding.Had Pujara taken Kallis's catch before he broke his duck, SA would have been dismissed at least another 50 runs lower than their current total. Mr. Smith, give credit where it belongs. For SA to bat poorly there has to be a reason. On a pitch home made for SA's advantage, how can SA bat poorly? If India compile a total of over 600 in the next test will you say SA bowled badly instead of saying India batted brillinatly. SA lost this game fair and square. Give credit to India who rose from a crushing innings defeat and turned the tables on SA. Mr. Smith do you know how difficult this fight back is? - but it is possible in Cricket - a game of glorious chance. That is why Cricket is a great character builder& the greatest game. Moral: Be humble in victory & gracious in defeat.Give credit where it is due. A magnificient win India. Celebrate it.

  • the_blue_android on December 30, 2010, 0:12 GMT

    Mr Ricky Smith, Would love to see how your team responds if you lose the toss in thr 3rd test.

  • satyakam on December 29, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    I think the real question is not whether India is #1 but whether SA is really a worthy #2. I mean, if a # 2 team can not beat a team who are supposedly afraid of pace and bounce at home conditions, then what the heck is the point of being #2. India beat all conquering Aus throughout their reign at #1. From 1998 till date India has record of 11 wins against Aus's 10 wins, 4-series victories agains Aus's 3. And India was not even #2. To be brutally honest, SA are pretenders at #2. I think England will make far better fist of #2. In fact, although Aus is going through hard times, I will still place them ahead of pretenders..err.. Saffers. The current SA team has at least 5-6 guys who are below average or at best mediocre. I mean guys like Smith, Pieterson, Harris, Boucher, Tsotsobe, etc will have difficulty getting in a bangladeshi team as well. Coming to India, If India had one bowler of calibre of Mcgrath or Akram , it would have matched the invincibles of 48 or WI of 80's.

  • binojpeter on December 29, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    I am an Indian and I don't personally care whether our team is No:1 or not. After Australia lost their great players like McGrath, Warne, Gilchrist etc, now no team is in a comfortable position over other. India, South Africa and England are playing slightly better over others. But other teams like Srilanka, Australia and Pakistan are also playing equally well. I thought West Indies was worse but they recently put up a reasonably good performance in Srilanka in drawing the series even though helped by rain. Only difference that happened over last 2 years is that Australia who used to play well above the rest now came down to the level of rest and any of the top 8 teams can beat or draw the test with any other team on their day.

  • cooljack_143 on December 29, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    Without Steyn this SA bowling attack seems to be the same as was Indian attack wothout Zak.So friends please make it a point before you comment on Indian bowling attack.Without steyn SA CANNOT take 20 wickets thats for sure.Remember champions leauge, banglore RC lost due to steyns injury.so much a role Steyn has to play here.The best bolwer for years to come.My hats off to the young HERO..STEYN IS THE BEST..THE BEST..Cheers

  • mak102480 on December 29, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    @chamisoft: india also got a couple of bad ones as well...one LBW not given against SA in first innings and Prince's LBW hit pad first...so it goes both ways. None of the decisions were howlers...

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 29, 2010, 21:02 GMT

    @cric4world: I agree with most of what you said. I don't care about your nationality my friend but you have to admire the Indian team for being the ONLY Asian side to consistently win tests overseas. People keep talking about how much they have played in the sub-continent before becoming no.1 and in the process they also keep forgetting that it's really tough to win matches on low, slow wickets. Yet the Indian team has managed to win. I am sure many people including yourself wouldn't have a problem if SA played every single match at home in a given year and became no.1 OR if Eng/Aus played every single match at home and won. Why single out India ? I can only think of sour grapes. Please give credit where it's due.

  • 250988 on December 29, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    I don't understand the fuss over India being the NO1 team. First the point system is deviced by ICC and not India. Second being NO1 doesn't mean they will beat everyone everywhere they play. ( Federer even at his peak couldn't beat Nadal on clay)Thirdly being NO1 doesn't mean all the "NO2" teams just pitch up for silver (Federer and Sampras at their peak were No1 just like Australia and West Indies and so were Players Like Jim Courier, Agasi etc)It is true India is not even close to the all conquering Aussies or Windies of years gone by, but they are the best team at present even if it's by a slim margin. So let us stop arguing over which is the No1 team in the world and who deserves it and who doesn't. The point is it is determined by a unbiassed mathematical model which says India is the No1 team and therefore They are the No1 team in the world irrespective of how close No2 is.

  • cric4world on December 29, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    i m not an indian, and i have the same opinion that india isnt a true number 1 team.but before u start yelling at me i have sumthing else to say :) if a team is at # 1 dont u think others will demand that team to perform again n again to prove they r number 1? or do u expect others to sit back n just accept blindly that ok this team is above all.no in sports it doesnt happen,, if a team is at top they have to perform again n again n everywhere.if ppl have their reservations about india's number 1 spot it wasnt bcoz of their hate for indian team, it was only bcoz in last 2 years or so they havent left sub-continent to play tests anywhere else.its not hate or rudeness, its just a basic sports habit that if sum1 claims to b # 1 the rest of world asks them to prove it n once u prove it they will accept that u r the best.atleast i will accept india as number 1 if they can win this series.too much to ask from a #1 team?? EXPECT UR TEAM TO PERFROM,DONT EXPECT OTHERS TO CONCEDE

  • mk49_van on December 29, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    SA will choke - under pressure they always do.

  • praume2001 on December 29, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    it was fun reading all the below comments...wud hv luved it if more SAn (not SAffers) wud hv commented...neways like their captain even their loud mouths hv been burried somewhere in durban... @Gri...i guess people make hue and cry abt turning wickets in India is may b bcoz they dont hv good spinners and even the gr8 Shane Warne use to get nightmares and they cannot survive Indian spin... but now India winning outside has forced ppl to think abt opening their mouths and speak rubbish of our team as paper tigers...or tigers at home and goats outside... i hv this strange feeling next match sehwag is gonna score a double century...and ishant sharma is gonna rock... lets hope... but i seriously hope India to win...so tht these critics can shut up once and for all...well abt replacements of the greats of our team...well zaheer is not going to retire any sooner...pujara is for dravid...sachin is irreplaceable (God's cannot b replaced) but Murali Vijay..Badrinath..Ambati Rayadu..Ajinkye Rahan

  • on December 29, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    The 1st innings batting collapse cost SA the match. Also Zaheer's LBW could have put the total reachable for SA chase. Overall a very good performance by India. SA has been a very good side for a long time, but the series or championship results are not coming. A fantastic series all together.

  • chamisoft on December 29, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    India won the match with wrong umpire decisions as usual..

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 29, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    @JustOUT: You must either have a non-sportive mindset OR a fanatical hatred towards the Indian cricket team. India doesn't need to invite anyone to play in India, the others line up in droves to make a living by playing against India. It seems you need some education in cricket economics and finance. India is the NO. 1 test playing nation on Earth as well as the RICHEST cricket board on Earth. Who doesn't want close ties with a superpower ? As per your 2-1 prediction goes, we shall see. The fact however remains that India have beaten South Africa in their own backyard. Please get over it. Otherwise enjoy your fair share of sour grapes in the new year.

  • FMatt on December 29, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    JustOUT, I don't get people like you... why do you have to bring up arguments like what will happen when Dravid, Zak, and Laxman retire? It has nothing to do with this article (pertaining to Smith's comments). It also has nothing to do with the fact that SA lost comprehensively AT HOME on a pitch where they couldn't hide their excitement about going 2-0 (before the match started.) Everyone from the SA team, coaches to the SA media were all putting India down after Centurion. Now, you know better than to write a team off based on1 or 2 sessions' play.

    As for your comment about what happens when players retire, someone else takes their place and the team adjusts. By the way, the same can be asked of SA, what happens after Steyn is gone??? SA without Steyn is no better than any of the other good pace bowling units like Australia and England.

    I am not over the moon about this win, good comeback but lot to improve on. Stay humble, let's give it our all in the 3rd test. GO TEAM INDIA.

  • cooljack_143 on December 29, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    With the conditions going to be better in CAPETOWN, at least, this time lets see some run feast there.Advantage India.

  • smweb2.0 on December 29, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    India bowled well, India batted well and they won. Period. If they can carry the same intensity in the next test, it will be a hard fought test.

  • kickapakibutt on December 29, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    Here is Smith's Comment following 1st test regarding SRT "I must be honest I was a bit surprised he made life so easy for us this morning. That did surprise me a little bit." Smith, no doubt a great batsman (I am using the word great in a very loosely worded way, compared to SRT) and good person. However, he is like Punter when it comes to sledging and starting a war of words. If India had won the toss in first test, we would be up 2-0. It is still a long way from winning this series but this win is a step in the right direction.

  • Champ2000 on December 29, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    Smih is Ponting part 2.

  • on December 29, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    I guess smith is just conveniently trying to ignore the fact that his team has played badly and is trying to show case that india too had not batted well.. May be we hadnt batted well..But who wins in the end is what it matters and not how much runs your opposition scored more or less than you. Accept the fact that your team had underestimated india or you might end up losing the series 2-1 before you even know it

  • on December 29, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    Capetown is a spinning track...where Harris's height has helped him a lot..its the most indian of wickets in SA.but with Bhajji regaining his confidence ..n more chance of reverse swing there india will b a handful fr SA there... provided they dont press their self destruct button

  • indicricket on December 29, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    More than who won or who lost in the two test matches that concluded today. What I want to point out is both the matches concluded with about a day and a half to spare. If this had happened in the subcontinent and god forbid if Saqlain or Kumble(read spinners) had the lion's share of the wickets, everybody would have jumped and dissed the wicket that could not hold on for the lenght of the match.'These kind of wickets are killing test matches' would be the refrain. But the matches were not played in the subcontinent. So it is okay I suppose.

  • V.Rajaa on December 29, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    Well. Let the SAfricans prove that they are a deserving no.2 by beating ind in newlands and winning d series. Bcoz we indians beaten no.1 team Aussies while they toured here when they were no.1s irrespective of what we ranked (4/5) and every other teams too except only 2 times in a decade against SA in 2000,when we were in transition(kaif and few others debuted in that series) and to d Aussies in 2004 while 3,4 ind players had just returned from long rehabs after their injuries.So,like ind did u hv to prove to d world first that u r deserving no.2 in d world Mr. Smith.Don't talk abt Ind rankings,think abt ur rankings and prove ur worth to be no.2.If u becomes no.1 while trying it,then good wishes for that.But saying other team is not worth to be in that rank or this rank..,isn't it be so silly.So,stop talking abt others and do ur own work and achieve grt hights.Do u ppl think only Ind need to prove everything,then wt abt other teams.

  • MaruthuDelft on December 29, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    At Cape Town; South Africa 600/4 dec. India 200(Tendulkae 0) and 375 (Teldulkar 100). Indians would ask Shaun Pollock What do you think of Tendulkar's 51st Hundred!

  • rkannancrown on December 29, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    Greame Smith talks some sense unlike the Ausies & English who would have blamed the umpiring, climate change, position of camera etc when they lose. An interesting question is if SA/ Australia/ England can prepare green tops why is there a hue & cry every time the ball spins in India ?

  • vkolluri on December 29, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    Dearest Smith, why dont you talk about SA making more runs than India in first innings in Centurion... 136 and 133.. you are 3 runs short on a better pitch.. and in your words 'That's what we've grown up on.' ha ha.. very funny.. we are waiting to listen from you, more than half of the India..

  • on December 29, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    I read through all of the comment, and the guyz who doubted India' no.1 ranking eem to have disappeared completely. Look like they have finally come to term with India at the top.

    @G.ri.....totally agree with you man....the autralians and south africans crib everytime they come to india if they are given turners. Becaue of them, the trend in India has changed now, pitch consultants are under pressure to produce flat wickets then turners. That just sucks. There is a reason for home advantage. Remember ricky cribing about the dust bowl in Mumbai, well why is a fast bouncy wicket any different.

  • LakmalPhysics_Mom on December 29, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    Where are the jealous SL fans? .... this win is kind-of slapping in their faces whoever asked India's No1 ranking... We're Number ONE..... forever

  • ahlawata on December 29, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    I think playing on the pitches which has bounce and swing is not just India's problem. In the last couple of weeks we have seen England, Australia (in Perth) SA and India in Durban (I think they are one of the best 5 teams in cricket these days ). I also think it is really hard to bat on any ground where you have ball moving everywhere and bouncing over your head.

  • SaneVoice on December 29, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    Another Ricky Ponting in the making...!!!

  • Htc-Baseball on December 29, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    WELL ALL THE CRITICS HAVE BEEN SILENCED,but we have ourselfs to answer 4 the nxt shot raised at us-wat does india have after the retirement of sahin,drravid,laxman(barring sehwag) in batting and zak in bowling dept.The ans s none at the moment. we are in serious trouble a bit more than the present ausies may be like the WI..pujara s of dravids class that solves one position.we need someone to replace sachin laxman zak..... u wud u guys suggest kohli yuvraj raina-doesn sound convincing

  • cricPassion2009 on December 29, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    I expect major fireworks in next test. We are due for a massive Sehwag run-fest and next round of fiery bowling from the trio Zak-Sree-Ishant. Sreesanth has already rattled Kallis, and Zak the rest. Ishant is due with his unplayable variety next. Very Very Special can take it easy for a while as he may have charged up the team to not run into next crisis too soon.

  • Alexk400 on December 29, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    People People , The reason india won is because of Zaheer Khan. With Zaheer khan lead the way , wayward sreesanth started bowling well and ishant sharma need a trainer/guru/elder brother. Zaheer provide that balance. Smith did underestimate his nemesis. India would have won the first test if zaheer played in them. Man of the match should go to Zaheer not VVS laxman. This team will be blown out in this test match without zaheer taking out openers in the first innings.

    See how SA looked majestic in first TEST without Zaheer bowling? Smith got into false hope that indan bowling is bad even with zaheer. Hmm i wonder he will get green pitch again in next test match.

  • TeamINDIAWins on December 29, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    GREEN TOP PITCH.................... BOUNCERS..........Smith cant think of this any more ....... He knows it gets back to his team with INTREST at the rate of 100% ..........TEAM INDIA DOMINATED AND GIVEN IT BACK TO EVERYONE WHO DESERVED.................... We will see full domination in capetown.......

  • cricinme on December 29, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    I am an Indian fan. I dont weep on or comment on what Smith said before the match. Every captain plays mind games before every match. For what are the press conferences kept before every test match. For the captains to talk positive and pop out the weaknesses of the opposition. Look out at the mind games played before any Ashes series, this in turn makes the series very interesting. So guys stop blaming Smith and thank god for a fighting test match enjoyed by all.

  • Bytheway on December 29, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    SA and Smith will feel the full brunt of the Indian batting juggernaut in the Series decider.

  • Harsha_Reddy on December 29, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    I remember the toss of this match when smith was laughing at dhoni...probly he thought 2-0 at that time...go INDIA..3rd test should be a cracker...easy principle...keep steyn and morkel out and match is half won

  • rohanblue on December 29, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    man cant wait fr capetown.. this is cricket at its very best........

  • on December 29, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    It has become fashionable since Tony Greig's days ('grovel') for some captains to make statements that cross the line of of bravery into bravado. Smith, one thot wd have learnt the lessons after his 2008 work in australia where he maintained a low profile but arrogance seems to have returned to him. Psyching up, oneupmanship, mental disintegration are all fine as long as one has the fire power to back one's statements. Else one not only loses a game but loses one's dignity. Alas, many sportsmen do not think much about this. Perhaps they think it is all in the game! In contrast men like Lakshman, Tendulkar, Kallis etc seem to believe that talking thru their bats is far more honorable.

  • sweetspot on December 29, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    In all fairness, I don't think Smith either showed unsporting attitude, temperament or arrogance. He is a celebrated, long standing captain of a very good side. He's got to keep his wards positive. So, I am all for him staying positive and taking whatever positives he can from this defeat. India won't mind that either. For India, I will say the hallmark of any great sporting team, or individual is the ability to come back from behind and win. Loved the way Sreesanth controlled himself to bowl accurately and not go crazy. THIS Indian team is pretty special in that they seem to revel in pretty adverse situations. I wonder why they regularly lose the first match to create the adverse situation, but if they bounce back like this just as consistently, heck, there's my vote for #1. Go India!

  • bigbang2010 on December 29, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    I have lot of respect for Smith as a player and a captain but this time around I am really surprised by his ongoing arrogant statements. It may very well back fire. I rarely hear any loud comments from Indian captain Dhoni.

  • indophile on December 29, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    Wow! All the SA fans (ones commenting here) along with their captain who spoke about India's inability to take 20 wkts have had to eat their words now! Everyone pls stand up and salute the REAL #1 team!

  • JustOUT on December 29, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    India had a luxury of inviting all the TOP nations and playing at home, but starting from now on, their real test will be here. Already SA proved them, England will surely trash them.

  • JustOUT on December 29, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    Smith is a champion player. None of the Tendulkar's innings can be compared to Smith's innings in Lords'08, Edbagston'08 or Perth'08. I again write here, SA will win this series 2-1. India can never and ever win a series in SA. If this is the BEST INDIAN TEAM, then no other Indian Team will ever win a series in SA. Just wait for 1 year, when one of your middle order batsman retires, then India will follow Aussies in the demise. Can you guys mention any one name who can replace when Dravid or Laxman retires?? or When Zaheer retires? Smith gave the first test loss to Dhoni and HE will surely give the first series loss to Mr.Dhoni.

  • energy on December 29, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    Smith just forgot that the first day in Centurion was a freak show fuelled by a manic pitch. When the conditions are level, his team can get beaten in their own backyard. India and South Africa may be similar in SAF pitches. One certainly cant say that in turning pitches. Overall there is little doubt who is ahead....

  • on December 29, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    Haa... They South Africans did not think that they would be defeated by India in Durban... reason being that Indians are not good on bouncy wickets, and hence they cannot be the No. 1 Invincible. Now since India had defeated them in their own backyard, they come on to say that they are No. 1 so they expected this resistance shown, otherwise they are not No.1. It shows that they were first denying to acknowledge India as No.1, and now this No.1 tag had been their excuse for the loss. The worst part is that Smith never acknowledges that India had batted better than what they could in their backyard. I think he got a fitting reply from MS Dhoni that "India were able to dismiss them cheaply in the first innings". Anyways I would love to have India win the series and shut the mouths of Morne, Smith, and Harris.

  • on December 29, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    South Africa was beaten in this low score match. It makes no difference if it was ONE run or by an innings. The record books will reflect-WIN-DRAW or DEFEAT, ultimately. Mr. Smith's argument is fruitless -"IF WE HAD BATTED BETTER". There is no humbleness in his language.Distinctly, India performed well on their soil and the team should get credit. Is any one with me?

  • Raju_Iyer on December 29, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    Graeme Smith must be presented with the following awards : 1) Mastery in understatements :" They did slightly better" 2) Creative mathematics " They scored slightly more runs than us. 3) Volte-face of the year, just 4 days ago he was waxing eloquent on how difficult it would be for India on this wicket, and now it is '"We expected them to come back!" . 4) Poor sportsmanship or ignorance : " Its not like their batting set the house on fire - presumably VVS Laxman's 96 - no SA batsman could even score half of that - escaped his attention.5)Mastery in denial -" We have't played terribly". Come on Smith, who are you kidding - on a lively pitch where the average team score after 4 completed innings is less than 200, SA lost by 87 runs AFTER winning the toss and with the world's best pace bowling duo!!If this is not terrible, what is?

  • mrmonty on December 29, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    Yes, when we won it was our superior bowling that got us the 20 Indian wickets in Centurion. But, when we lose it must our poor batting, not the penetrative Indian bowling. Please..

  • LazloWoodbine on December 29, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    That's cricket, what a wonderful game! As a SAn (we don't refer to ourselves as SAffers, by the way....) I think India have quite simply outplayed us. They're a very good side, and all credit to them. Losing this game doesn't suddenly make SA rubbish - as many folk here will probably happily suggest in the next few days - anymore than losing the First Test made India rubbish. We batted poorly, but India also bowled superbly. In a situation like this I have always thought it better to compliment the opposition than to whine about how unfair it was one lost the toss/ the weather was poor/ our batsmen suck etc. Accepting defeat with grace and good manners is important. Well played India, now on to the Third Test!

  • styx on December 29, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Very suprised at alot of the comments. We were deprived of a very tight test match by two absolute howler decisions. The test match was won by the brilliance of laxman. In the end I cant see that there is very much to choose between the two sides. How great it is for crickets number 1 and 2 to be so close. Here is hoping for a long and interseting rivalry. Bring on cape Town!

  • on December 29, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    hatss off to laxman and zak.... and good support by harbhajan and sreeshant... well done india... when conditions are almost same.. indians have showed they are the better team.... even though pujara didn't score much i think he should be retained for the next test also...

  • mrgupta on December 29, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    I was surprised by the South African Tactics on the last day ;-)

  • Nampally on December 29, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    It is hard to pick yourselves up after a crushing innings defeat in the First test at Centurian. India did this & silenced the SA coach and the media for constantly berating their #1 ranking. SA had all the luck in the world with no injuries, the toss and condition of the wicket made to order & suit SA. India had double disadvantage of getting used to these home made SA conditions + being caught on hostile pitch in both the test first innings due to losing toss. The first test results might have been totally different had India fielded first and had Zaheer, their star bowler was in the side.India again batted without Gambhir in the second test. Admittedly top Indian batsmen failed to produce except for Sehwag & Laxman. Smith says SA batted poorly but he fails to see India failed twice too. India rose to the occasion by bowling SA out twice within their own limited total.That is the sign of champions- get the opposition out within your total. India did this decisively - no excuses.

  • True_Indian_Fan on December 29, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    Talked like a perfect sore loser!! Main reason why SA won in the first test would be only toss then, in that case.. India showed why it is world No 1, rising from the dead like a phoenix!! Go India...go for 2-1!!

  • nav11 on December 29, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    Dont underestimate indians......Poor smith accept India is No 1 Team in the world. India will win next Test match and series 2-1

  • doobya on December 29, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    Graeme Smith you won the first test because of 3 hours of great bowling conditions your bowlers got to use. otherwise you guys were mediocre..so when indian bowlers got similar conditions in Durban they kicked your ass...just make sure you dont complain about spinning tracks when you come to India

  • intcamd on December 29, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    Would be nice if Dhoni won the toss for a change. Any idea how the Cape Town wicket plays, and if it will be similar to Centurion and Durban with 1st day being a tough bat (especially if rain and overcast clouds precede), and what kinda pace/bounce are expected?

  • on December 29, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    I respect Smith very much, I saw him in debut when I started to watch and getting my interest towards the cricket. He is leading the team with specialist batsman and most specialist bowlers. It is tough to say who is best between India and SA. Guess sharing the crown is the best way. Also if both teams combined to get the 11 players out, then that is best team. Like to see the series against the rest of the world's team. Seems smith is playing with words to dig out the Indian team batting (About who is ). He knows that Indian line up is best one and they are tackling the worlds best bowlers(SA's). But their batting line up cant stand for the Indian's bowling :)

  • on December 29, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    it is really big achievement for the Indian team. SA team should now realized that we Indians know how to play on your pitches better than you.GOOD LUCK TO INDIAN TEAM FOR THE 3 RD TEST( IF THEY WORK GOOD RESULT IS ALWAYS GOOD)

  • on December 29, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    Graeme Smith is a sore loser that's what..

  • on December 29, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    SA underestimated Indian pace unit and paid the price. Under Zak Indian bowling unit is a totally different once. Shreeshanth can bowl unplayable ones and Ishant can bowl lovely lines, and Harbhajan can surprise. And that is 4. For all the talk about SA's bowling strength, it has just 2 matchwinning bowlers.

    India leveled 1-1 in conditions significantly favoring home team, even after losing 2 crucial tosses and not having Zak in the first test, tells why this team deserves No.1 ranking.

  • Pits76 on December 29, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    Congrats India, well done :). IMHO, they shud try Umesh Yadav in place of Ishant and the middle order needs to step up a lil. Especially Sehwag who seems comfortable at the crease needs to control his aggression just a bit and get India a platform of 100-140 runs before going bck to his old ways.

  • ssenthil on December 29, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Big Mouth Smith still not learned any lesson. He said his team would have done well if they Batted First in Centurion but His Team couldn't even out score India's First Innings score in Durban in a Much Much Better Batting Condition. Where are those Big Mouth people jumping India will lose this Series 0-3? Here is the New Indian Team and it will not Fold as like previous Teams. What SA going to give in Cape Town? Green top or a Flat Pitch? We will see.

  • on December 29, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    Right, I hereby open the stage for all those naysayers who questioned Indian team's right over the No. 1 ranking and their ability! 87 run margin considering its 1/4 of what SA scored in both innings put together is a bigger margin than what it seems. Go India Go and cheers to Laxman and Zaheer, once again!

  • on December 29, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    Smith expected india to bounce back ., ha ha

  • kingcobra85 on December 29, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    NO its not poor batting that costs you the game ! A better team "India" costs you the game...Graeme smith wouldn't be so quick to request another green top for the third test will he ? Plus India has won it despite losing the toss..

    Pun intended : not long ago SA captain also said we would have batted better than India if we had batted first ! You batted twice in second test and didn't bat better than India in either of them!

  • sivakotamarthi on December 29, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    Congratulations India. This win will perhaps silence all non-sensical talk about Indian team being number one. They have proved it beyond doubt now they deserve number one spot .

    Mr.Smith bite your words and stop jumping the gun too early. I am surprised that SA team has shown no spine to fight back today.

    Had India got little more time and couple of practice matches before first test, the result would have been very different. Imagine SA batting in the fourth innings against Harbhajan, when lollypop bowler like Harris managed to acheive serpantine spin and bounce during Indian secon innings, SA would have collapsed like pack of cards.

    What is also surpising why there is no word said against South Africa for asking green and pacy wickets. Imagine if India had prepared spinning tracks in India, the whole would have come down heavily.

    Hope SA putup better play in next match...

  • vineetkarthi on December 29, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    Sore loser, that is what Smith is...

  • sen11 on December 29, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    Where are those all anti-indian fans, might wondering for an excuse like poor umpiring and so on, whatever you say, SA didn't look like chase down the target from the first ball of the morning, they are the only deserving loser of this match, Kallis dismisal is one of the ugliest i have seen, if AB is not given out he would have been out in the next over, it is the pressure. INDIA IS THE NO.1 TEAM, said by none other than Mr.smith in the post match interview.India, What a come back and what a KNOCK OUT PUNCH for SA.....

  • Srini_Indian on December 29, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    SA prepare green pitch to favour their juicy track bullies.. india shld prepare a rank turner when SA tour india next time.. i am sure SA would be hammered and whitewashed

  • sunny_gaur on December 29, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    well of course, its true indian batting didn't set the house on fire but it was still better than the protean batting which, smith aside, looked vulnerable , they can call themselves unlucky for not getting the right decisions but its all part and parcel of the game ,if humans play it human errors will be there and taking that out will make the game less humane. They lost the game because of their batting and after you compare both the bowling attacks south africa's is better and thus the indian batsmen have to face more challenges than the proteas and them scoring 87 runs more is equivalent to 140 runs

  • Srini_Indian on December 29, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    SA prepare a green pitch and everybody praise it as a sporting wicket. Is it really?? Absolutely not.There is hardly turn even in day4.its just the skill of harbhajan which enabled him to take as many wickets as he did. If india prepare a dusty pitch,all start to cry bcoz of the inability of the non-sub-continental sides to play spin. In those pitches, reverse swing can help the fast bowlers.. So, which is the sporting pitch???

  • merabharatmahancric on December 29, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    smith has very arrogant attitude and already we have seen another guy with same attitude is going down the world now -- Ricky Ponting...Its not wise to take indians lightly...Come on India its the time to prove why you are the No 1 side in Test Cricket

  • Shan_Karthic on December 29, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    Certainly India did not set the house on fire with their batting but they got more than the "slightly more" Smith wants to hide behind. They got 25% more runs what SA did in more or less even conditions that helped pacers. The key difference between the 1st and 2nd Tests is that the conditions did not drastically change between 1st and 2nd days in the 2nd Test like it did on the 1st. In the 1st Test SA bowlers had the best of the conditions when they were bowling and their batsmen had the same advantage. Considering their performance in the 2nd Test under even conditions, it is obvious what would have happened if India had won the toss and SA had batted 1st in Centurion. If they can fold for 131 in the 2nd day Durban pitch, God only knows how they would have embarrassed themselves in the 1st day Centurion pitch. Even the 25% more runs India scored in the 2nd Test is significantly higher in value, as batting conditions were constantly improving between days in Durban.

  • BabishMohan on December 29, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    There was a wry smile on Greame Smiths face as he won the toss on a lively wicket indicating he could seal the fate of the series by 3rd day of the test match.There has been several series comprising of so called chin music to the Indians over the years and finally the picture that would ebb in your memory is greatest SA batsmen Jack Kallis who admirably fails mostly on important occassions jumping in the air to fend a cracker of a delivery from an Indian medium pacer Sreesanth [Only 132K].SA also need to better their record in subcontinent especially their record in SL is pathetic.Forget about being number one for some time it has been achieved by Indians on the basis of solid performances abroad and local conditions and not by advantage on toss alone.

  • on December 29, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    A great win.India is no. 1 not by fluke but has very capable players.At the time of need each one contributes in someway or other.For Laxman it has become a habit to score decisive runs,this time also all credit goes to him, Bravo, keep it up .Congtates....

  • on December 29, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    In the previous test, Smith threw tantrums at Sachin at his non inclination to far the strike with tailenders. My Point : In that test match, it was an impossible situation for Sachin to bat throughout the day with just 2 wickets to go. On the contrary what did Ashwell did today though Proteas had some chance (May by minuscule though) of even winning test. He let Morkel to have as much strike as he (Morkel) could. Question for Smith : Why did you not advise Ashwell accordingly today when he was letting Morkel to take as much strike as possible? Obviously in case Proteas had to win the test, Ashwell needed to play a longer innings and get near to 100.

  • Jithinvsjj on December 29, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    It was a wonderful test match...and the above all being an Indian it was nice to see our boys putting some fight against the might S. Africans.Hope to see a good match in Capetown

  • on December 29, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    Oh yes, what happened to the comment Smith passed on before the series? What has happened to Australia and South Africa in their backyards? When people like smith who is out of form and not up to the mark passes such comments, thats what happens. I think smith should play for Australia, they need him more as he was praising them before.... he should stop thinking about other countries like England, Australia and New zealand ,should improve his cricket .....and should accept and act like a sportsman that India is No 1 ... should stop being biased and jealous, grow up Mr Smith!

  • TeamINDIAWins on December 29, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    We haven't played terribly, but we haven't played to our ability ........ just 131 all out ........ In the first innings when India got out 136 then there were different set of comments ..... Any ways, India will snatch the series in capetown, just as a starter before world cup-------------------------------Lot more to come from Smith

  • on December 29, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    Smith is like a weeping baby, he is still not convinced how good india was in this match, its really a shame that southafrica bowled out for 131 in better batting conditions, than it was in the first day. I still feel, SA is team with just one great bowler. Rest all just make up the numbers. Hope India thrashes SA in newlands and want to see how smith reacts in the postmatch press conference :) Gudos india, U guys are awesome, and u deserve to be No.1.

  • Srini_Indian on December 29, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    Ridiculous article.. There isn't any credit to the fightback from the indian team.So, india smacked the SA in a green pitch batting first on overcast 1st day.. SA were lucky that the pitch in centurion flattened after day1. Otherwise, it would have been curtains for SA. Go INDIA go...

  • Pakissuch on December 29, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    You Poor Graeme Smith , When will you grow up Dude ? Australians wacked you for years and now Indians have beaten you in your own backyard , even after you had used all ur arsenal of dirty tricks -- moistening the pitch for the visitors, rolling the pitch for your batsmen, sledging indian bowlers, showing contempt for tendulkar's century in the last game, asking Dale styn to sledge. Now you have been shown the door !! you filthy soul -- shame on you !!

  • Riyazdeen on December 29, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    Great display by India !! The match was evenly poised for most of the days. Though it was not a high scoring game India won by 87 runs. I wish Indian curators also prepares these kind of pitches which can make the Test Cricket interesting.

  • We_Win_All on December 29, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    Smith probably is not giving the credit where it's due. India's batting is superior to south african batting . If the sides swap their bowling attacks then, I'am sure SA lineup will fold up for sub hundred totals and Indian lineup rakes up 400+ every single time even on this pitch. Steyn,Morkel and Tsotsobe's bowling attack is superior to Zak,Sree and Ishanth combined. Bhajji gives a slight advantage in spin department. But man to man India has better players in batting department. The victory is more emphatic than the scoreline suggests.

  • QingdaoXI on December 29, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    India made Smith to take his thumb back into his mouth. Well played India. Hope India play well in next test to and come out winners. Best of Luck to team India

  • mogan707 on December 29, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    Toss didn't play a crucial role in the second test as conditions in Durban changed for every session.(Except for the first day when the conditions were murkier throughout the day).Expected the best time for batting is between lunch and tea.But it proved otherwise and hence the match is brilliant contest between bat and ball.At one stage I thought the team is again visiting Dambulla where the conditions are really challenging.Wonder to see which venue in India would be best for such conditions;probably Visakhapatnam and Kochi

  • on December 29, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    Good going India, finally I hope India's No.1 status has been justified. I know that India are the dominant No.1 side that Australia and West Indies were, but atleast we have shown that we are no more the side that toured in the past.

    I think one thing this result proves is the need for warm up matches when India tours. I dont know when will the BCCI learn, that the sport is more important ten looking to see how much money you can make.

    Finally, I would like to comment on Graeme Smith's comments, that he never requested for fast bouncy wickets. We all know that, that's a load of crap. Before the series started he had discussions with the pitch consultant as to what kind wicket he wanted, and I have no problem with this. I don't understand that if a fast bouncy wicket is a good test wicket, then why isn't a turning wicket which will also provide a result a good test wicket. Everytime a team used to tour India in the past, they would crib about Ganguly doctoring pitches n all that.

  • sportz247 on December 29, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    without UDRS India can't lose the test Series. india d'not have a batsmen who r walking towards pavillion when they nick. and bowlers have ability to rap the pads without the ball hit the stumps or in line and continuous appealing (like bhaji makes as he got the wicket (by running backwards with his appeal) makes umprie's difficult. so only every team wants UDRS when they play against india. and even recently indian tailender bails out team india likes ishant(vs AUS), bhaji(vsNZ,AUS), zak(vs SA,AUS).

  • Hariafromhyd on December 29, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    Mr Smith, what happened to the 'Smart ' remarks.I believe one of the worst things you could do is hit a person when he is down. Even the so called uncivilized would desist from that. I do not mean to say that India did show him, but what i mean is irrespective of who won here that was a bad press conference that Smith gave the last time round. One of the great things about test cricket is nothing is certain, but one thing is for sure, South Africa deserve the 'Chokers' tag more than any other team. They always have had the best of teams since their reintroduction in 91 but have never won any major tournament and have never been No 1. It was nice to see the Indian bowlers giving an earful to the South Africans. I just hope that the Indian bat better in Cape Town and win the Series. Cheers

  • on December 29, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    Perfect test match - right uptil the end both teams had a shot at it. Bowlers got rewards for using their skill (not necessarily sheer pace - sample Zaheer, Kallis and Tsotsobe), batsmen needed to dig deep but would be rewarded for patience (sample Laxman, Amla) and some inspired fielding from both sides (quite a surprise from India for sure). Lets appreciate a good dogfight of a game. For those who love twisting their knives at opportune moments - one team, on a pacy wicket with supposed paper tigers of batsmen against world's best pacers, bowlers who can't take 20 wkts - wins! and another chock full of T20 specialists can't win against a team which had hitherto lost 9 matches on trot; let's not put others in the box.Teams bred on pacy wickets struggle as much on spinning wickets in India. Regardless of the outcome of the series India has justified its rank.

  • on December 29, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    South Africans and Aussie are not at all gracious in defeat, they are arrogant and they deserve to lose. What does he mean Indians did not set the house on fire? First set your own house in order!! They prepare green tops and when they lose expect the opposition to score heavily!! When we prepare turners they moan about the pitches being substandard- remember Kanpur? Hypocrites i tell you!! You prepare green tops for your own bowlers and when your batsmen get out cheaply you moan, typical proteas!!

  • cricology on December 29, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    Gud saying Smith...but the fact is that SA truely underestimated Ind...imagine Dhoni winning the toss and anyone b/w Dravid/Tendulkar/Pujara making gusty 30 or 40...Ind without contribution from any top batsmen but Laxman won...Congrats to them and for the time being to all SA fans...HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!

  • ProdigyA on December 29, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    Well Done Guyz, grt win... Keep going..Go India

  • uglyhunK on December 29, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    Well, time for indian batsmen (all at once) to set the Newlands on fire and show SA who got better batsmen once and for all. And where are all all those dumb a***s who add "so called" before number 1 whenever they talk about India's ranking ?? What other complaints you got whingers ??????????????

  • on December 29, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    India managed 136 on that deadly first day at centurion,coming without a single practice match.South Africa were bundled out for 131 on home turf.Food for thought,Mr.Smith.

  • inditaj on December 29, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    well well well ,its a great pleasure to watch india win on the bouncy tracks . It was heartening to see every batsman was trying their best to occupy the crease in the first inning after losing the toss again on that seaming nd bouncing pitch.since the bowling of steyn was so high quality that they managed only 205 . but then again the 1st inn lead proved decisive at the end :D .and also thanx to smith for firing up sree santh who picked vital wickets .nd all thanx to vvs laxman for providing NERVE SOOTHING VICTORY to all the indian fans at the end of year!!

  • on December 29, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    The man of the match should hv been Zahir K. He not only delivered on the bowling while his crucial 27 made the difference.

  • praume2001 on December 29, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    India cant b complacent now and allow SA to take the momentum away in Cape Town... we need to keep the spirits high ( tht dosent mean drinking) ... and just came to knw tht... Dhoni has never lost a series as a captain...does this increases of hope of beating SA in SA...or may b just a drawn match...even tht wud do wonders and critics who were laughing on India's ranking wud bury themselves somewhere in Sahara Stadium Kingsmead Durban...wht happened to Smith's earlier remarks abt whitewashing the series...

  • Maverick79 on December 29, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    Embarrassing margin or not its 1-1. Now let the over hyped S.A players go figure out what to do. Go have sleepless nights for your sick pre-match comments. Indians are not the old bullies when it comes over-seas fast tracks. They proved it down in England, at Perth Aus, now at Durban, S.A. Its just a matter of time before India wins a series in Australia and S.A. Poor captain just shot in his own legs with the comments and couldn't handle Sreeshant's sledging more than his bowling. Whether S.A wins the series or not, the truth is faster tracks or winning the toss isn't gonna guarantee any success to these cry babies. Smith just through the sh*t at the fan with his comments. Now he looks like real sh*t.

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on December 29, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    Now here's my point had india levelled the series in 3 and half days on a dusty kanpur or chennai track its home advantage but when sa fold in 3 and half days in sa the pitches are never blamed why ????? well we need juicy and sporting wickets then what the hell is wrong with the rank turner when dale steyn swings a 45 over old ball at durban at afternoon ?

  • RameshSubramaniam on December 29, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    Did Smith started mindgames again saying India lost by a Innings in Centurion, but south Africa lost only by 80 odd runs?

  • anoopshameed on December 29, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    "They got slightly more runs than us, and I guess that's what's needed in Test match cricket."-another Captain in the Sangakkara mould! It's commonsense that it's when a team scores more runs than the opposition and successfully defends it, matches are won. You don't have to be a brainer to know that and certainly don't have to call a press conference to announce the fact that you have finally figured it out! So after Ponting and Sangakkara it's Smith's turn to swallow the pill. How come the Indian players never have to regret their press conference statements. Simply because they don't beat their chest and claim how good they are and how pathetic the opposition is-the Indian fans do it for them! They just concentrate on the job at hand. Seems the 'undeserving No:1 team' who were holding the position until more 'deserving' SA or SL or even Bangladesh can take over will be keeping the Test Championship Mace for the 2nd year in a row. And SA has failed to claim it twice this year.

  • on December 29, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    Definetly great test match won by the better played team. Nothing much difference between the teams though SA may be slightly ahead onthierbowling compensated by a better Indain batting line up.Awaiting the third test which will be a cracker. If the Fab 3+1could produce a substance in the batting, the series could be taken by India.

  • on December 29, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    mr smith u rcommenting indian batting line up, if indian played with there ability entire s africa bowlers cant get 10 wickets in 100 days. we r no 1 and these is proved and were is van zyl and wt about kallis

  • a3mishra on December 29, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    Klusner said that SA has learned playing spin well than India playing swing ball. It's a perfect answer to his statement. You should remember that it's not India can't play swing ball, but the condition here is different compare to SA and you are habituate playing in this condition. If India plays in SA 3 months in a year continuously like domestic cricket, then India will be No1 for next 30 years.

  • LIBRAN on December 29, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    Not Sure if you sung the same tune at the end of first test Mr Smith...you very nearly admitted that you dint think India could take 20 wickets.. well they just did and rubbed your arrogance back in your face. SA was my 2nd favourite team and i used to admire the players and the way you went about your cricket, But sheer arrogance after the first test and wen you won the toss and were all to cocky about your chances to repeat the first innings of first test.. has put you in the same category as the aussies(not all of them). Your bowlers know how to give crap to the opposition batsmen but your batsmen cry foul when same is served back to them.. i dont think admitting you were outplayed does any harm and talking about slightly more runs hmm i think 87 more runs almost 25% more runs over 346 your team scored is a lot better than slightly better.. Be a sport and admit you were outplayed in your own backyard. Gud luck team india..

  • JustOUT on December 29, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    Biff your shot is due. Show them in your table mountaian.

  • The_Professor on December 29, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    As I said earlier - SA WILL CHOKE. The no.1 ranking was there for the taking and SA CHOKED as always!! They may well go on to win the series in the final test BUT that will not be enough for them to go to no.1. SA is often favourites to win big tournaments but they never win - WHY DO THEY ALWAYS CHOKE????

  • on December 29, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    A cracker of a contest awaits in Cape Town. Good luck to both teams(slightly more luck for Dhoni especially with the toss)

  • on December 29, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    they underestimated indian bowling attack ... and paid the price .. hope India will teach a lesson to SA and all those who are jealous of india being no 1

  • on December 29, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    This is just smith trying not to eat his own words.... wiped that smirk , at winning the toss, right off your face didn't we...

  • on December 29, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    Okay people!! I do not think even a victory in Capetown will convince skeptics that India is the top team in current form.. For all those who think that, I'd like to say eat it guys!!! HAHAHAHA!!!! And GO INDIA!!!

  • on December 29, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    GS was spotted commenting that Indian team did not have the stuff to bowl out the Proteas twice . Not only did they do it but in style . It is time for Graeme to understand the merit of the opponent and players . It is good to give fiery statements that can pep up the competition , but certainly not such stupid ones that lead to a loosing cause . I would not be surprised if he passes on similar comments at this moment as well .

  • Kethasports on December 29, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    India also didn't play to their potential in the first test. I hope Smith wins toss for the third test. else india would win by an innings margin. Nice to see a meek smith.

  • EyesWideShut on December 29, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    India can never become an awe-inspiring team but it will never lose it's No.1 spot until it becomes such a team. Paradox but very true if you know how Indian minds work. And Smith, stop whining, be a man, accept the defeat and play better in the next match.

  • Peter_in_Canada on December 29, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    South Africa are overrated as a cricket team. I would suggest a ranking of about 5.All they needed to do was win the toss in Pretoria. Their performance against Pakistan was really pathetic considering Pakistan had 3 players suspended. Peter in Canada

  • pom_basher on December 29, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    Very happy to see Indians silence the doubters (at least for a week). After winning this game, they showed that they are worhty no.1s, although a Chappel is claiming that England is next no.1... appalling that he doesnt want to recognize or comment on India's current and valid No.1 ranking.

  • cricinme on December 29, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    Dhoni blamed his bowlers for the first test defeat and Smith blames his batsman for this defeat. This blame game will continue as long as the game exists. But the fact is that we witnessed to see a great test match. Both the teams showed their fighting spirits to the full. This match should go down as one of the best test matches, evenly fought and contested. Lets hope for a cracker for the decider.

  • on December 29, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    Is Smith turning out to be sore loser here? I know he is a great character and good player Just my thought..

  • on December 29, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    Ha ha Smith can post this in page 2.... India scored 205 on a day one pitch which was as green as any cattle farm under overcast condition... And south africa bundled out cheaply on a brighter day and a better pitch... Had South Africa been on day one, they'd ve been bowled out for less than 50 runs... There is a sayin tat never under estimate your enemies until the war is over... Hope Smith would have learned it by now....

  • Quazar on December 29, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    Tremendous Test match this! Now that's what you expect from No.1 vs. No. 2! Brilliant bowling and fielding, and exceptional batting by VVS...again! (And is it to much to hope for online supporters of both teams to not go over the top in praising or criticising??? Here's to SPORTING spirit and grace from both players and their supporters!)

  • mm71 on December 29, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    So true is Smith. When they win, they played well, when they lose they played badly. The other team was just there to roll over & play dead or help themselves to loose pickings. Sore loser. In my opinion, Smith should be the MoM for this match. It was probably his nasty comments which woke up the Indian team. Thanks Smith & keep your comments coming. They help motivate our team

  • RedShirt on December 29, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    Great victory by India. Shows that South African team is vulnerable too like Smiths poppadom fingers ...LOL

  • Quazar on December 29, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    Tremendous Test match this! Now that's what you expect from No.1 vs. No. 2! Brilliant bowling and fielding, and exceptional batting by VVS...again! (And is it to much to hope for online supporters of both teams to not go over the top in praising or criticising??? Here's to SPORTING spirit and grace from both players and their supporters!)

  • on December 29, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    VERY VERY SPECIAL INNINGS FROM SPECIAL LAXMAN.......LACHI ROCKS .....SMITH NOW EAT UR WORDS.......................................... INDIA IS NO.1 & WILL WIN SERIES..................GO INDIA GO..............I WISH TEAM INDIA A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR

  • gaithersburgman on December 29, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    Graeme Smith is using his words more cautiously this time, not giving any more fodder to the Indian Team. But the truth is that India took a while to adjust, and did very well doing so. Especially the bowlers. Its the bowlers who won the Durban Test for India. For the 3rd Test, Gautam Gambhir will be recalled, with no other changes. I believe Gary Kristen has instilled some deep rooted values into the Indian Team, for them to play as a well prepared unit.

  • bigwonder on December 29, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    SA gets a taste of its own medicine. Kallis unable to play short balls and gets out during crucial phase of SA's 2nd innings. I guess what goes around comes around. Good luck to India, I hope you win the series.

  • on December 29, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    Wow what a match and what a victory ! This definitely is right up there as far as India's best overseas wins are concerned. What a comeback from team India after the trouncing in the 1st Test especially of the bowlers. Doubts were raised about the Indian bowlers' ability to take 20 wickets and they have been answered most fittingly. Of course Zaheer's return was a big boost for the team. This has set the contest between world no.1 and no.2 up for a perfect finale at Newlands just a day after New Year celebrations. And this is to Graeme Smith : Pride goes before a fall .

  • on December 29, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    Hope India will continue their momentum. Batman have to score bigger, to give their bowler a chance to bowl SA out. Decider will be exiting. In last four tests between India vs SA, score is 2-2. Last test will be crucial for both teams.

  • on December 29, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    Yeah!! Mr. Smith...now I am sure you & ur band wud not mind keeping their mouths shut for a little while

  • Vivek.Bhandari on December 29, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    I don't think the Proteas underestimated the Indians...the difference in this match was the Indian bowling that lacked spice in the absence of Zaheer in the last match. In fact, in a T20 match in the WC 2007 also the Indian pacers (RP, Sreesanth) displayed great performance to bowl out SA cheaply. I still remember how the Kiwis got into the semis for the expense of the Saffers...

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  • Vivek.Bhandari on December 29, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    I don't think the Proteas underestimated the Indians...the difference in this match was the Indian bowling that lacked spice in the absence of Zaheer in the last match. In fact, in a T20 match in the WC 2007 also the Indian pacers (RP, Sreesanth) displayed great performance to bowl out SA cheaply. I still remember how the Kiwis got into the semis for the expense of the Saffers...

  • on December 29, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    Yeah!! Mr. Smith...now I am sure you & ur band wud not mind keeping their mouths shut for a little while

  • on December 29, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    Hope India will continue their momentum. Batman have to score bigger, to give their bowler a chance to bowl SA out. Decider will be exiting. In last four tests between India vs SA, score is 2-2. Last test will be crucial for both teams.

  • on December 29, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    Wow what a match and what a victory ! This definitely is right up there as far as India's best overseas wins are concerned. What a comeback from team India after the trouncing in the 1st Test especially of the bowlers. Doubts were raised about the Indian bowlers' ability to take 20 wickets and they have been answered most fittingly. Of course Zaheer's return was a big boost for the team. This has set the contest between world no.1 and no.2 up for a perfect finale at Newlands just a day after New Year celebrations. And this is to Graeme Smith : Pride goes before a fall .

  • bigwonder on December 29, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    SA gets a taste of its own medicine. Kallis unable to play short balls and gets out during crucial phase of SA's 2nd innings. I guess what goes around comes around. Good luck to India, I hope you win the series.

  • gaithersburgman on December 29, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    Graeme Smith is using his words more cautiously this time, not giving any more fodder to the Indian Team. But the truth is that India took a while to adjust, and did very well doing so. Especially the bowlers. Its the bowlers who won the Durban Test for India. For the 3rd Test, Gautam Gambhir will be recalled, with no other changes. I believe Gary Kristen has instilled some deep rooted values into the Indian Team, for them to play as a well prepared unit.

  • on December 29, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    VERY VERY SPECIAL INNINGS FROM SPECIAL LAXMAN.......LACHI ROCKS .....SMITH NOW EAT UR WORDS.......................................... INDIA IS NO.1 & WILL WIN SERIES..................GO INDIA GO..............I WISH TEAM INDIA A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR

  • Quazar on December 29, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    Tremendous Test match this! Now that's what you expect from No.1 vs. No. 2! Brilliant bowling and fielding, and exceptional batting by VVS...again! (And is it to much to hope for online supporters of both teams to not go over the top in praising or criticising??? Here's to SPORTING spirit and grace from both players and their supporters!)

  • RedShirt on December 29, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    Great victory by India. Shows that South African team is vulnerable too like Smiths poppadom fingers ...LOL

  • mm71 on December 29, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    So true is Smith. When they win, they played well, when they lose they played badly. The other team was just there to roll over & play dead or help themselves to loose pickings. Sore loser. In my opinion, Smith should be the MoM for this match. It was probably his nasty comments which woke up the Indian team. Thanks Smith & keep your comments coming. They help motivate our team