India in South Africa Test Series - 2nd Test

South Africa v India

India won by 87 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

19.6

Tsotsobe to Laxman, no run, widish delivery again and Laxman lets it go, superb start to the session for the hosts

India 79/3   VVS Laxman 0* (1b)

21.1

Tsotsobe to Laxman, no run, angling away from Laxman, lands on a good length, Laxman leaves it be

21.2

Tsotsobe to Laxman, no run, short ball outside off, Laxman decides to sway out of the way

21.3

Tsotsobe to Laxman, no run, pitches it further up the pitch this time, around a good length, Laxman drives at it loosely towards mid-off

21.4

Tsotsobe to Laxman, no run, gentle delivery outside off, around a good length, holds its line, Laxman lets it go

21.5

Tsotsobe to Laxman, no run, fuller, trying to induce him into playing a drive, Laxman lets it go, he';s not tempted, not yet

21.6

Tsotsobe to Laxman, no run, holds it back this time, short of a good length, Laxman shoulders arms

India 80/3   VVS Laxman 0* (7b)

23.1

Tsotsobe to Laxman, FOUR, words exchanged between Tsotsobe and Laxman, Laxman just nods, short ball and it's punished, pulled away through midwicket, Australia will remember that shot well from Mohali

23.2

Tsotsobe to Laxman, no run, around a good length outside off, holds its line, Laxman leaves it alone

23.3

Tsotsobe to Laxman, no run, shortish outside off, holding its line again, Laxman lets it be

23.4

Tsotsobe to Laxman, FOUR, Laxman's winning this battle, at least for now, Tsotsobe provides him with some width, it's short as well, Laxman rocks back and punches it between point and cover

23.5

Tsotsobe to Laxman, no run, much better, fuller and in the channel outside off, Laxman lets it go

23.6

Tsotsobe to Laxman, no run, full and Laxman meets it with a full face, but is a little cautious as he just pushes it towards extra cover

India 92/3   VVS Laxman 8* (13b 2x4)

26.1

Morkel to Laxman, no run, edged, a thick outside edge, back of a length on the off and Laxman rocks back to defend, lands in front of gully

26.2

Morkel to Laxman, no run, back of a length on middle and off this time, Laxman covers it nicely this time and defends it to cover

26.3

Morkel to Laxman, 1 run, top-edge and lands just wide of the diving Amla, short and Laxman goes for the pull, a bit more bounce than he would have liked, got the top edge and Amla went after it from short leg, Amla did his best, running back and diving valiantly but that was beyond his reach

India 94/3   VVS Laxman 9* (16b 2x4)

27.1

Tsotsobe to Laxman, no run, goodish length on the off from round the wicket, defended solidly towards cover

27.2

Tsotsobe to Laxman, no run, short of a good length outside off, there to cut but Laxman opts out of it

27.3

Tsotsobe to Laxman, no run, lands on a good lenght, holds its line and Laxman doesn't play at it

27.4

Tsotsobe to Laxman, no run, on the stumps this time and catches Laxman on the pads, strikes him on the top of the back pad but would have gone down and was probably a touch too high

27.5

Tsotsobe to Laxman, no run, swinging in towards Laxman, full and he drives it straight to mid-off

27.6

Tsotsobe to Laxman, 1 run, short ball outside off, gets on the back foot and punches it towards sweeper cover for a single

India 95/3   VVS Laxman 10* (22b 2x4)

28.1

Morkel to Laxman, no run, shortish outside off, pushed off the back foot to point

28.2

Morkel to Laxman, no run, back of a length on the off, taps it off the back foot in front of cover, calls for a single but Dravid isn't interested

28.3

Morkel to Laxman, no run, short of a length on the off, gets on top of it and defends it to cover

28.4

Morkel to Laxman, no run, short of a good length, nips away and Laxman lets it go

28.5

Morkel to Laxman, 1 no ball, no-ball, not sure if Laxman heard the call, good length and wide and he chased it, couldn't make contact as it moved away

28.5

Morkel to Laxman, no run, bowled it full on the off, pushed off the front foot in the direction of cover

28.6

Morkel to Laxman, no run, targeting middle and off, on a good length, gets back and defends it to cover

India 96/3   VVS Laxman 10* (29b 2x4)

30.1

Steyn to Laxman, 2 runs, starts with a full delivery on the pads, Laxman pushes it past midwicket for a couple of runs

30.2

Steyn to Laxman, FOUR, amazing shot, full and Laxman, full of confidence, drives it beautifully along the ground, a bit of away swing but it landed full and he helped it past mid-off, off the meat, 100 up

30.3

Steyn to Laxman, no run, short of a good length, gets back and defends it into the leg side

30.4

Steyn to Laxman, SIX, Smashed! You don't see Laxman hitting too many sixes, that was among the flattest you'll see, short on middle and Laxman rocked back to dispatch it hard over square leg, minimum of effort there, maximum result

30.5

Steyn to Laxman, no run, trying to probe him outside off, getting it to move away, left alone

30.6

Steyn to Laxman, 1 run, gets a thick inside edge this time, past square leg for a single

India 109/3   VVS Laxman 23* (35b 3x4 1x6)

31.1

Kallis to Laxman, no run, banged in short outside off, Laxman leaves it be

31.2

Kallis to Laxman, no run, fuller this time, trying to get him to poke at one of those, Laxman leaves it alone

31.3

Kallis to Laxman, no run, pitched it up this time, on middle and off, driven hard into the ground but back to the bowler

31.4

Kallis to Laxman, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets back and punches it towards cover

31.5

Kallis to Laxman, no run, bangs it short on middle and Laxman sways out of the way no problem

31.6

Kallis to Laxman, 1 run, straying on the pads and Laxman tickles it down to fine leg for a single

India 110/3   VVS Laxman 24* (41b 3x4 1x6)

32.1

Steyn to Laxman, no run, bowls it on a good length outside off, Laxman gets across and knocks it to cover

32.2

Steyn to Laxman, no run, bangs it short outside off, gets out of the way, Boucher takes it over his head

32.3

Steyn to Laxman, no run, short of a good length on the off, rocks back and defends it towards cover

32.4

Steyn to Laxman, no run, goodish length just around off stump, Laxman plays it solidly towards point

32.5

Steyn to Laxman, no run, bouncer, for a moment there you felt he was aiming for the pull but backed out at the right time, just when he realised it was a touch too high

32.6

Steyn to Laxman, 1 run, playing across the line there, good length on middle, he moved well across to try to drive it through midwicket, got a thick inside edge to fine leg, had he missed it would have been the easiest leg before decision of all time

India 111/3   VVS Laxman 25* (47b 3x4 1x6)

33.1

Harris to Laxman, no run, slog-sweep first ball, angling in and holding its line from round the wicket, trying to swing him over square leg, misses and is struck on the pads, would have gone down but what a shot first up

33.2

Harris to Laxman, no run, steady this time, on a good length on middle, defended towards cover

33.3

Harris to Laxman, 1 run, nicely played, a loopy full toss and he drives it firmly wide of mid-off where Smith dives to keep them to a single

India 112/3   VVS Laxman 26* (50b 3x4 1x6)

34.1

Steyn to Laxman, no run, lands on a good length, holds its line and it's not too far from the off stump, Laxman opts to let it go but a touch risky in the end

34.2

Steyn to Laxman, no run, a little wider this time and moves in but wide enough for him to let go

34.3

Steyn to Laxman, no run, banged in short and is well outside off, went the other away, left alone

34.4

Steyn to Laxman, no run, beaten, sucked him into playing the drive and Laxman was only too keen when the ball was pitched up, there is still movement on offer and it darted away just a hint to escape the outside edge

34.5

Steyn to Laxman, no run, back of a length outside off, wide enough and Laxman doesn't bother going after that one

34.6

Steyn to Laxman, no run, beaten again, full and jus tthe right amount of movement for Steyn to get the batsman in trouble, Laxman had shaped up for a full-bloodied drive through the covers but the movement almost did him in, zipped past the outside edge

India 112/3   VVS Laxman 26* (56b 3x4 1x6)

35.3

Harris to Laxman, no run, looping it around the off stump, Laxman steps forward and taps it to cover

35.4

Harris to Laxman, no run, floating it around the off stump, a lot more air on that, reaches forward and pushes it to point, Dravid calls but Laxman sends him back

35.5

Harris to Laxman, 2 runs, lovely shot, flighted on middle, gets across and flick-drives it with his right foot up past mid-on for a couple of runs

35.6

Harris to Laxman, no run, angling it on middle this time, pushes it firmly back to the bowler

India 115/3   VVS Laxman 28* (60b 3x4 1x6)

37.1

Harris to Laxman, no run, on middle and off, defended with a reach into the off side

37.2

Harris to Laxman, no run, short of a good length on th eoff, rocks back and slaps it towards extra cover

37.3

Harris to Laxman, 2 runs, full on middle, worked away wristily past midwicket for a couple of runs

37.4

Harris to Laxman, no run, short and a bit of turn this time, and a bit of bounce, Laxman rocks back and whips it towards midwicket

37.5

Harris to Laxman, no run, gets forward and pushes it back towards the bowler

37.6

Harris to Laxman, 2 runs, short and Laxman earns runs again, this time past the covers as he rocks back and punches it through the infield

India 121/4   VVS Laxman 32* (66b 3x4 1x6)

39.3

Harris to Laxman, no run, pushing it on a good length on the off, reaches forward and plays it back to the bowler

39.4

Harris to Laxman, no run, flighted on the off, lands full, driven towards mid-off

39.5

Harris to Laxman, 2 runs, edged, angling in and Laxman played inside the line to that one, played it with soft hands and was well wide of slip

39.6

Harris to Laxman, FOUR, seized the length early there, flat trajectory and he spotted it quickly, rocked back and pulled it hard past square leg for a boundary, good intent from the man

India 129/4   VVS Laxman 38* (70b 4x4 1x6)

40.4

Steyn to Laxman, no run, short of a length and it's there to cut, Laxman though doesn't chase it, it holds its line and carries well to the keeper

40.5

Steyn to Laxman, no run, good length on middle, holds its line again, Laxman gets on the back foot and presents the full face to Steyn

40.6

Steyn to Laxman, OUT, Outstanding catch by Tsotsobe! It seemed like four the moment he hit it, not very much unlike Mark Waugh in that Chennai Test of 2001 when Laxman played that pull off Colin Miller. Short outside off and Laxman shaped up for the pull and connected superbly but Tsotsobe, at midwicket, stretched full length to his right and plucked it out with one hand, Laxman was left stunned, so were we. Steyn takes four and India are in trouble now

VVS Laxman c Tsotsobe b Steyn 38 (94m 73b 4x4 1x6) SR: 52.05

India 130/5   VVS Laxman 38 (73b 4x4 1x6)
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Dec 29, 2010

VVS Laxman poses with the Man-of-the-Match trophy, South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Durban, 4th day, December 29, 2010

VVS Laxman poses with the Man-of-the-Match trophy

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Dec 29, 2010

Sreesanth congratulates Ishant Sharma on dismissing Morne Morkel, South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Durban, 4th day, December 29, 2010

Sreesanth congratulates Ishant Sharma on dismissing Morne Morkel

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