India in South Africa Test Series - 2nd Test

South Africa v India

India won by 87 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

Allan Donald on commentary says that the pitch looks look exactly like it did in 1996.

Loud cheers as Smith leads South Africa out on the field. Vijay and Sehwag come out to bat. Dale Steyn has the new ball. All set for the start of the second Test.

Alright, India will face their second stern examination on this tour. Will they come second-best this time as well? Things couldn't have started better for South Africa.

"There are a lot of fans in here. People have been coming in from 8.30 am." Firdose.

Dhoni: "Well of course, we would have bowled first as well. Lot of moisture on the track, and tough overhead conditions. Well of course, it will be important to leave on bounce, that will be key here in Durban. First 10-15 overs will be crucial."

Smith has a smile on his face: "We are going to have to bowl well, definitely. The cloud cover is more important to bowling first than anything else. The pitch is pretty hard, and there should be some moisture in there. We would like to be precise this morning, and like to create some chances."

South Africa win the toss and will bowl first. Have we seen this movie before?

India have made three changes. Vijay, Pujara and Zaheer come in for Gambhir, Raina and Unadkat. South Africa are unchanged

Ankit: "no... its a remake.... previous one got very good box office records due to sachin's 50th ton...."

10.36 am We'll have the toss soon. And a start at 11 am, of course, if the covers don't resume their games by then

Ravi: "Is there a musical toss as well?"

10.24 am Well, well, would you believe it, the covers are coming back on, oh wait, looks like they are about to be taken off after having been put on, but they continue to stay on. Well, you get it, don't you, it's that kind of day where "musical covers are being played" in Durban, so says Firdose

10.18 am We will have the toss at 10.30, as the conditions seem to be fit for play at the moment.

Alex has a bright idea, but abandons it as soon as he realises its futility: "Even if we bring the entire cows from India to graze on it, there would probably be something left for Steyn and Morkel."

10.10 am Now Firdose tells us the covers are coming off.

Umpire Davis: "Conditions have improved a lot. There is not a lot of dampness on the surface now. We'll see how it goes." The forecast is for a lot of sun, and then rain later in the evening.

Mike Haysman tells us on air that the pitch looks a lot drier, but there has been a lot of sweating under the covers. There is a lot of grass on the track.

Bala: "or you could persuade the SA batsmen to play like the Aussie ones today.. Nice day to go fishing around the off stump.. Lots of nice catches to be had there!"

10 am Firdose Moonda, our South Africa correspondent, informs us from Kingsmead that the covers are coming back on. The wait resumes

Hitesh: "Could anyone plzzz ask Dhoni to bring the pitch-maps of all English bowlers and show them to Indian bowlers?"

A merry Christmas and a merrier Boxing Day to everyone around the world. It's a day packed with cricketing action from the supposedly warmer climes of the southern hemisphere. The news from Durban is that there was some drizzle in the morning, but it stopped over an hour before the official start of play. Here's hoping play begins on time, on a green wicket that Harbhajan Singh reckons can do with two grazing goats. While we wait for the toss, here is Sriram Veera's preview to the action.

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9.30am Breaking news from Durban: We are going to have a slightly delayed start. The pitch will be inspected at 10.00am local time, ie in 30 minutes from now, which was originally slated to be the start of play. The toss is set to be delayed as well.

0.1

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, and Sehwag is hit on the glove as this one takes off from a length, he looked to get forward to defend and it reared up to take him on the knuckles, immediately he winces in pain

0.2

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, tails away from a length but starting a foot outside off stump, and Sehwag leaves it alone

0.3

Steyn to Sehwag, 2 runs, homes in on the pads, and Sehwag is away with a flick towards square leg, fine leg runs in and fields

0.4

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, right on the of stump, touch of inward shape off the seam, Sehwag pushes forward with bat and pad close together, that hit somewhere in between those two

0.5

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, bounces from back of a length, he goes back and plays it out towards point

0.6

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, ooh! how did that miss the stumps, how did that miss the edge? it pitched on middle and blazed away, opening Sehwag up who prepared himself to work it on the leg side, and it zipped past everything and thudded into Boucher's gloves

End of over 1 (2 runs) India 2/0
V Sehwag    2* (6b)      DW Steyn    1-0-2-0
M Vijay    0* (0b)     

Morkel to Vijay

1.1

Morkel to Vijay, 2 runs, gets one on the pads, and confidently tucks it behind square leg

1.2

Morkel to Vijay, no run, has a half-poke at one two feet outside off stump, it zips past the outside edge even as he pulls his bat away belatedly

short leg in place, that man Amla

1.3

Morkel to Vijay, 1 run, gets on top of one that comes in from back of a length, rides the bounce to tuck it to fine leg

1.4

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag had no clue about this one, it came back in miles from outside off stump, and cut him in half, he could do nothing with it

1.5

Morkel to Sehwag, 1 run, this one goes straight on, produces the edge as Sehwag pushes without conviction or intent, but it falls short of the man at third slip, lucky escape

fourth slip comes in

1.6

Morkel to Vijay, no run, almost rolls onto the wickets as Vijay keeps this short of a good length ball down near the stumps, he stops it with his bat

End of over 2 (4 runs) India 6/0
M Vijay    3* (4b)      M Morkel    1-0-4-0
V Sehwag    3* (8b)      DW Steyn    1-0-2-0

2.1

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, zips away from a length outside off stump, Sehwag leaves it alone wisely, there is tons of movement out there

2.2

Steyn to Sehwag, 1 run, goes straight on with the angle from over the wicket, he stays in the crease and turns it to fine leg

2.3

Steyn to Vijay, no run, looks to leave one in the channel outside off stump, Steyn is too quick for him, and even as he was weaving the bat out of the line, the ball takes the edge but falls way short of the slips

2.4

Steyn to Vijay, no run, comes in around off stump and moves away, he has a nervous poke at it, and is fortunate that he is beaten

2.5

Steyn to Vijay, no run, starting wider outside off stump, still more movement off the seam, but Vijay can let it go this time, and does so

2.6

Steyn to Vijay, no run, just too good at the moment is Dale Steyn, pitches on off stump with the angle and tails away sharply, Vijay played for the away movement but it was much more than he expected and it rushed past the edge

End of over 3 (1 run) India 7/0
M Vijay    3* (8b)      DW Steyn    2-0-3-0
V Sehwag    4* (10b)      M Morkel    1-0-4-0

3.1

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, hits the deck and gets it to bounce high, but wide outside off stump, and it's easily left alone

3.2

Morkel to Sehwag, FOUR, pitches it fuller, Sehwag remains rooted to the crease, but the bat completes the full arc and slams the ball straight down the ground past the bowler for the first bondary

3.3

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, gets it to move in now from back of a length, but it starts from wide outside off, and Sehwag shoulders arms

3.4

Morkel to Sehwag, FOUR, Morne bowls it fuller, and Sehwag goes for the lofted shot over covers, and gets it right out of the middle of the blade for the second boundary of the over

3.5

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, follows him with one that moves in prodigiously off the seam, Sehwag kept weaving further and further away from the line, and got completely out of the way by the time it passed him

3.6

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, bang on the stumps, and meets the straightest of defensive pushes from Sehwag

End of over 4 (8 runs) India 15/0
V Sehwag    12* (16b 2x4)      M Morkel    2-0-12-0
M Vijay    3* (8b)      DW Steyn    2-0-3-0

4.1

Steyn to Vijay, 2 runs, dropped forward prod, edged, carries to first slip, and goes through Paul Harris, was dying on him as he fell forward, Vijay survives

4.2

Steyn to Vijay, no run, gets the leading edge this time, it was bowled fuller on the leg stump, Vijay shaped for the flick past midwicket, and found the ball rolling away towards extra cover after seaming away

4.3

Steyn to Vijay, no run, leaves this one in the corridor outside off well alone

4.4

Steyn to Vijay, no run, Steyn bowls another one in the corridor, Vijay leaves it again

4.5

Steyn to Vijay, no run, tries to lure him into the cover drive with the fuller delivery that moves away, but Vijay is having none of it and leaves

4.6

Steyn to Vijay, 1 run, strays on the pads, looking for the away movement, but it goes straight on and Vijay flicks airily to deep square leg

End of over 5 (3 runs) India 18/0
M Vijay    6* (14b)      DW Steyn    3-0-6-0
V Sehwag    12* (16b 2x4)      M Morkel    2-0-12-0

5.1

Morkel to Vijay, no run, another leave outside off stump to a back of a length delivery that bounces sharply

5.2

Morkel to Vijay, no run, Morkel persists with the line around off stump, Vijay gets out of harm's way

5.3

Morkel to Vijay, 3 runs, Morkel goes fuller, and Vijay drives down the ground, didn't go hard at it, just pushed at it firmly and Lonwabo gave it the long chase and pulled it back

5.4

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, he is going for the fuller length now, Sehwag drives it back down the track, and Morkel makes a fine save, getting down to his right quickly

5.5

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, reverts to his favourite short of a good length, but it bounces high over Sehwag outside off, and he lets it sail past him

5.6

Morkel to Sehwag, 1 run, makes room and goes for the cut despite there being a third man in place, but it falls short of Ashwell there

End of over 6 (4 runs) India 22/0
V Sehwag    13* (19b 2x4)      M Morkel    3-0-16-0
M Vijay    9* (17b)      DW Steyn    3-0-6-0

6.1

Steyn to Sehwag, 1 run, rides the bounce and plays this one down in front of square for a single

6.2

Steyn to Vijay, no run, the leading edge again as Vijay wants to go midwicket, it ends up going in the air towards Steyn but drops short, seemed to stop a bit on the batsman

6.3

Steyn to Vijay, no run, bit of inward movement now, but Vijay leaves it alone as it is a foot outside off

Madhav: "In this era of left handers India is playing with 11 right handed batsmen...." Is this that era? I thought it was the era of all batsmen, except this pitch right now, of course

6.4

Steyn to Vijay, no run, played down towards the on side, it was back of a length and homing in on middle

6.5

Steyn to Vijay, no run, goes for the yorker, but doesn't get it on target, Vijay digs it out as it moves away in the air around of stump

6.6

Steyn to Vijay, no run, excellent leave from Vijay, he has looked largely alright so far, it moved away sharply from off stump, but he had it covered

End of over 7 (1 run) India 23/0
M Vijay    9* (22b)      DW Steyn    4-0-7-0
V Sehwag    14* (20b 2x4)      M Morkel    3-0-16-0

Some left-arm stuff now. Lonwabo comes on to have a bowl

7.1

Tsotsobe to Sehwag, no run, looks so gentle after the intense stuff from Dale and Morne, angles away across Sehwag who lets it go

7.2

Tsotsobe to Sehwag, FOUR, looks to angle another one across Viru, who stands tall and punches it off the back foot through covers, head still, good contact, gets a boundary

7.3

Tsotsobe to Sehwag, no run, left alone outside off stump as it goes on with the angle

7.4

Tsotsobe to Sehwag, FOUR, Lonwabo gets some inward movement off the seam, it was pitched back of a length, Sehwag didn't expect it would do that, and had shaped for the cut shot, but had to adjust hurriedly in the end, and the edge rolled away through the slip cordon

7.5

Tsotsobe to Sehwag, no run, goes for the big flashy drive to one that is angled miles outside off, and is predictably beaten

7.6

Tsotsobe to Sehwag, no run, leaves this one outside off stump alone, no flashiness this time

End of over 8 (8 runs) India 31/0
V Sehwag    22* (26b 4x4)      LL Tsotsobe    1-0-8-0
M Vijay    9* (22b)      DW Steyn    4-0-7-0

8.1

Steyn to Vijay, no run, Vijay has left well outside off stump today, and continues to do so, it pitched on off and zipped away, Vijay watched it like a hawk and shouldered arms

8.2

Steyn to Vijay, no run, starts a touch wider this time and moves away, he takes a step forward and shoulders arms

8.3

Steyn to Vijay, no run, goes for the stumps this time, but Vijay's bat is in the way, and he pushes it firmly in the direction of mid off

8.4

Steyn to Vijay, no run, another one on off stump, this one goes straight on, Vijay played for the away movement, and he got an inside edge that rolled away to midwicket, Steyn gives him the stare, Vijay fiddles with his gloves

8.5

Steyn to Vijay, no run, left alone outside off stump this time

8.6

Steyn to Vijay, no run, and the trend continues, Steyn bowls one that moves away further from off stump, and Vijay leaves it alone

End of over 9 (maiden) India 31/0
M Vijay    9* (28b)      DW Steyn    5-1-7-0
V Sehwag    22* (26b 4x4)      LL Tsotsobe    1-0-8-0

9.1

Tsotsobe to Sehwag, no run, Lonwabo is getting some movement in to the batsman, it was ending up outside leg stump, Sehwag had thoughts of cutting it away, only if it hadnt seamed in, and got into a tangle as it hurried back on to him

9.2

Tsotsobe to Sehwag, 1 run, this time he stays motionless in the crease, and works this one on leg stump behind square

9.3

Tsotsobe to Vijay, 1 run, gets right forward to defend and gets an inside edge that goes along the ground towards midwicket

9.4

Tsotsobe to Sehwag, no run, bounces Sehwag, who gets out calmly out of the way of this gentle steepler as it sails over him

9.5

Tsotsobe to Sehwag, 2 runs, almost got his man there, it was that in-between length on leg stump, Sehwag went neither forward nor back, remained on the crease and went for the straight drive, it went in the air and fell just short and wide of the diving man at mid on, and went past him

9.6

Tsotsobe to Sehwag, 3 wides, left alone, back of a length ball that bounced high, way high outside off stump

9.6

Tsotsobe to Sehwag, no run, better length and line, back of a length into the body, and defended into the off side

End of over 10 (7 runs) India 38/0
V Sehwag    25* (31b 4x4)      LL Tsotsobe    2-0-15-0
M Vijay    10* (29b)      DW Steyn    5-1-7-0

10.1

Steyn to Vijay, no run, now Steyn tries the bouncer, didn't get up much even as Vijay went underneath it, Steyn gives him the cold-blooded stare

10.2

Steyn to Vijay, FOUR, another of those almost-leaves from Vijay, took the outer half of the bat even as he was getting his bat out of the line and the ball scooted through gully

10.3

Steyn to Vijay, 1 run, keeps this length ball down in front of midwicket, and they go through with the single

10.4

Steyn to Sehwag, OUT, Steyn gets reward from some terrific bowling, the sucker ball inviting the drive, Sehwag took the bait and went for it, but the ball moved away mischievously and took the outside edge on its way to Kallis at second slip about chest-high, Sehwag has again thrown it away

V Sehwag c Kallis b Steyn 25 (47m 32b 4x4 0x6) SR: 78.12

Rahul is the new man in

10.5

Steyn to Dravid, no run, and gets opened up with one that pitches middle and shapes away sharply, he gets a leading edge towards the bowler

10.6

Steyn to Dravid, no run, doesn't need to play at those, it was way down the leg side

End of over 11 (5 runs) India 43/1
R Dravid    0* (2b)      DW Steyn    6-1-12-1
M Vijay    15* (32b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    2-0-15-0

Morne is back

11.1

Morkel to Vijay, no run, makes no difference to Vijay who continues to leave outside the off stump, this one came in sharply but he knew where that off stump was, and it was not in the line of that ball

11.2

Morkel to Vijay, no run, ponders on whether to cut or not to cut, is halfway through the shot before pulling his bat away

11.3

Morkel to Vijay, no run, has no pondering this time, leaves one outside off alone with conviction

11.4

Morkel to Vijay, no run, Morkel goes wider outside off this time, and Vijay, well he does what he has done so well so far

11.5

Morkel to Vijay, no run, gets one to cut back in, Vijay leaves it on length, and it bounces over off stump, excellent judgment

11.6

Morkel to Vijay, no run, three feet wide outside off stump, and you know the result

End of over 12 (maiden) India 43/1
M Vijay    15* (38b 1x4)      M Morkel    4-1-16-0
R Dravid    0* (2b)      DW Steyn    6-1-12-1

12.1

Steyn to Dravid, 1 run, gets a fuller ball and plays it down with soft hands towards midwicket and is away with the single

12.2

Steyn to Vijay, no run, short and quick, surprises Vijay who ducks underneath it hurriedly

12.3

Steyn to Vijay, no run, one more half-leave, the outside edge rolls away to the slip cordon, he was a bit late on the leave that time

12.4

Steyn to Vijay, FOUR, dropped AB went flying in the air from third slip to an edge that just eluded him and rolled away into the boundary, Vijay had enough of leaving and decided to go for the drive this time

12.5

Steyn to Vijay, OUT, gets his man this time! Vijay was tiring of all that leaving, and went for a poke at this one around off stump, it straightened to take a faint outside edge and Boucher gobbled the edge, South Africa are delighted, the openers are gone, similar to the one that got Dravid in the second innings at Centurion

M Vijay c †Boucher b Steyn 19 (59m 42b 2x4 0x6) SR: 45.23

Sachin comes out to the middle

12.6

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, gets one right on middle and keeps it out calmly into the leg side, got right behind the line of the ball

End of over 13 (5 runs) India 48/2
SR Tendulkar    0* (1b)      DW Steyn    7-1-17-2
R Dravid    1* (3b)      M Morkel    4-1-16-0

Jacques Kallis comes on

13.1

Kallis to Dravid, 2 runs, Rahul leans into the drive, and gets it into the gap at cover

13.2

Kallis to Dravid, no run, shortens the length, and it bounces high even as Rahul leaves

13.3

Kallis to Dravid, no run, takes a big stride out, a la RT Ponting, and shoulders arms to one that moves away slightly outside off

13.4

Kallis to Dravid, no run, gets forward and pushes this fuller ball down the ground, Kallis gets a hand to it, and it rolls away towards mid off

13.5

Kallis to Dravid, no run, the art of avoiding the short ball, go down on one knee, drop the wrists, and get the head out of the line, to be triply sure

13.6

Kallis to Dravid, 1 run, too straight on middle and leg, tucked away through square leg

End of over 14 (3 runs) India 51/2
R Dravid    4* (9b)      JH Kallis    1-0-3-0
SR Tendulkar    0* (1b)      DW Steyn    7-1-17-2

14.1

Steyn to Dravid, 1 run, uncertain push at one in the corridor of, er, uncertainty, and the inside edge goes behind square, he was a touch late in coming forward there

14.2

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, SRT now to dislpay the art of leaving the short ball, gets down and weaves out of the line, good sharp bouncer from Steyn

14.3

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, my word, that has to be pinpoint judgment if it is that, Sachin shouldered arms to one on length, and it bounced just over the stumps

14.4

Steyn to Tendulkar, 1 run, reaches out to open the bat face and push a pacy length ball in the direction of point

14.5

Steyn to Dravid, no run, sways calmly out of the line of another bouncer, this one was wider outside off

14.6

Steyn to Dravid, no run, came forward to push this length delivery into the off side, spotted the away movement, and moved the bat out of the line at the last instant, well left

End of over 15 (2 runs) India 53/2
R Dravid    5* (12b)      DW Steyn    8-1-19-2
SR Tendulkar    1* (4b)      JH Kallis    1-0-3-0

15.1

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, keeps out a full delivery around off stump, arrested the forward movement and pushed it out from the crease

15.2

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, leaves this one outside off stump well alone

15.3

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, wobbling yorker length delivery but outside off stump, he digs it out with an open bat face towards point

15.4

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, pushes softly at a fuller delivery, Kallis is looking for the edge, but he played it down along the ground towards mid off

15.5

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, meets this length delivery with a straight bat and blocks it down the track

15.6

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, goes short of a good length, and Sachin punches it off the bottom half of the bat towards mid off

End of over 16 (maiden) India 53/2
SR Tendulkar    1* (10b)      JH Kallis    2-1-3-0
R Dravid    5* (12b)      DW Steyn    8-1-19-2

Parta: "the overs of danger zone come to an end?? 15 overs.. said by dhoni.. SRT and DRAVID the old boys out there." Well of course, at the end of the day, you can never say when what comes to an end. Morkel comes on now

16.1

Morkel to Dravid, no run, wayward delivery way outside the off stump, steepling bounce but no need to play at it

16.2

Morkel to Dravid, no run, Rahul pushes forward and outside off stump to a length delivery as he has done so often in recent times, is hugely lucky there was no edge on that one

16.3

Morkel to Dravid, FOUR, good delivery, making him play with a fuller length on the stumps, Rahul pushes it firmly and it races down the ground for four

16.4

Morkel to Dravid, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and drives this full delivery that straightens from off stump, through cover, adjusted for the movement nicely

16.5

Morkel to Tendulkar, no run, wide outside the off stump, he leaves it well alone

16.6

Morkel to Tendulkar, FOUR, that's the way to play the cut, it was there to be hit and he rocked back and used the wrists to hit it over backward point for a boundary, no one moved

End of over 17 (9 runs) India 62/2
SR Tendulkar    5* (12b 1x4)      M Morkel    5-1-25-0
R Dravid    10* (16b 1x4)      JH Kallis    2-1-3-0

17.1

Kallis to Dravid, no run, Rahul goes down on the bouncer from Kallis, but the bat was hanging in the air as he did so

17.2

Kallis to Dravid, 2 runs, he unfurls the midwicket drive to one that was full and on the stumps looking for the leg before, and it is pulled back near the ropes

17.3

Kallis to Dravid, 1 run, strays on the pads, and is picked away for a single through square leg

17.4

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, goes back in the crease to dead bat a back of a length delivery in to the off side

17.5

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, goes for the cut again, but it was neither short enough nor wide enough, and the under edge rolls away to point

17.6

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, gets a bit of away swing, but Sachin has it covered, takes a step out and shoulders arms

End of over 18 (3 runs) India 65/2
SR Tendulkar    5* (15b 1x4)      JH Kallis    3-1-6-0
R Dravid    13* (19b 1x4)      M Morkel    5-1-25-0

Rahul: "Think, today is cricket's fishing day. All the batsmen barring the englishmen seem to be fishing :)" The difference is, they themselves are getting reeled in

18.1

Morkel to Dravid, no run, goes on his toes and looks to work this shortish ball away to square leg, but it dies down close to the stumps

18.2

Morkel to Dravid, 1 run, solidly forward and pushes firmly in front of cover for a single

18.3

Morkel to Tendulkar, FOUR, Bloemfontein anyone? SRT goes back, waits for an extra instant, and upper cuts a bouncing delivery high over the slip cordon for a boundary

18.4

Morkel to Tendulkar, FOUR, better directed bouncer, much better directed bouncer, he went for the pull, but it hurried on to him, and got the top edge that flew in the air up and over the keeper for a boundary, almost carried over the ropes

18.5

Morkel to Tendulkar, no run, beats him totally with one that pitches off and zips away from back of a length, Sachin has a prod at it and is beaten

18.6

Morkel to Tendulkar, no run, huge shout for leg before, lovely bowling from Morne, this one came in off the seam and rapped SRT on the pads as he pushed forward outside the line, but he was struck outside the line, and it seemed to be going over the stumps, SRT survives, India survive to go for lunch

Under overcast skies Smith gleefully inserted India in. Steyn took out Sehwag and Vijay, who had got off to a decent start. Sachin and Rahul have survived to take India to lunch. But there is a lot of work to be done in the next session. South Africa will hope it remains overcast and they continue to get the sharp movement they got throughout this session. Do join us in 40 minutes when Sid Talya will take you through the proceedings. Till then, you can catch up will all our video content in ESPNcricinfo's YouTube channel. This is Abhishek Purohit off and away to grab some coffee.

End of over 19 (9 runs) India 74/2
SR Tendulkar    13* (19b 3x4)      M Morkel    6-1-34-0
R Dravid    14* (21b 1x4)      JH Kallis    3-1-6-0

Welcome back to what has been a riveting morning. A venomous spell from Steyn, a counter-attack from Tendulkar, it's all shaping up well. Conditions still overcast, and the ball will still move around. Tsotsobe will start off the action post lunch. Two slips and a gully.

19.1

Tsotsobe to Dravid, FOUR, pitched up and it's driven past mid-off, elegantly done, off the meat and it's four, a half-volley and Dravid didn't waste the chance

19.2

Tsotsobe to Dravid, 1 leg bye, down the leg side this time, shortish, tries to clip it fine, brushes the pads on the way to fine leg

19.3

Tsotsobe to Tendulkar, no run, short of a good length on the off, Tendulkar stays in his crease and taps it solidly in front of the bowler

19.4

Tsotsobe to Tendulkar, no run, beaten, nipped away, angling away from the right hander, landed just outside off and beat Tendulkar with the movement and a bit of extra bounce

19.5

Tsotsobe to Tendulkar, OUT, edged and gone! Lured him into the drive, widish delivery which was moving away further, Tendulkar sensed a chance, chased it, got a thick edge and it went straight to second slip. What a blow

SR Tendulkar c Kallis b Tsotsobe 13 (42m 22b 3x4 0x6) SR: 59.09

Tendulkar had looked positive throughout his stay and it's probably that approach that prompted him to after that one. Was looking to drive that on the up, was around a good length. A fatal attempt in the end, India are on the back foot now

In comes VVS Laxman

19.6

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

End of over 20 (5 runs) India 79/3
VVS Laxman    0* (1b)      LL Tsotsobe    3-0-19-1
R Dravid    18* (23b 2x4)      M Morkel    6-1-34-0

Morkel runs in

20.1

Morkel to Dravid, no run, short of a good length outside off, nipping away and Dravid leaves it alone

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20.2

Morkel to Dravid, no run, beaten, sharp movement from a good length, Dravid rocks back and pokes at it and then withdraws, by then the ball has zipped past him

20.3

Morkel to Dravid, no run, back of a length on middle, rocks on the back foot to work it square, is struck on the thighs

20.4

Morkel to Dravid, 1 no ball, back of a length on middle and off, rocks back and defends it into the off side, oversteps, called by the umpire

20.4

Morkel to Dravid, no run, beaten again, short of a good length, Dravid shapes up to defend it off the back foot but it shoots away to just evade the outside edge

20.5

Morkel to Dravid, no run, shortish on the off, taps it in front of point from the crease

20.6

Morkel to Dravid, no run, back of a length outside off, shoulders arms to that one

End of over 21 (1 run) India 80/3
R Dravid    18* (30b 2x4)      M Morkel    7-1-35-0
VVS Laxman    0* (1b)      LL Tsotsobe    3-0-19-1

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

End of over 22 (maiden) India 80/3
VVS Laxman    0* (7b)      LL Tsotsobe    4-1-19-1
R Dravid    18* (30b 2x4)      M Morkel    7-1-35-0

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22.1

Morkel to Dravid, no run, back of a length outside off, shoulders arms again, wide enough to be ignored

22.2

Morkel to Dravid, no run, hurls it short outside off, Dravid does well to get on top of it and defends it in front of cover

22.3

Morkel to Dravid, no run, bouncer, and it's taken by Harris at slip! Moved away and it was beyond Boucher's reach, Harris at first slip anticipated it well, moving to his left and snapping it over his head. Dravid, meanwhile, just had to duck

22.4

Morkel to Dravid, FOUR, ooh, uppish, was not in control of that, good length and Dravid pushed forward and opened the face to slice it behind point, managed to evade Prince

22.5

Morkel to Dravid, no run, superb stuff from Morkel, angling in and getting it to nip away just as Dravid played forward, beaten

22.6

Morkel to Dravid, no run, around middle and off this time, Dravid covers it well, moving to his right, and taps it into the leg side

End of over 23 (4 runs) India 84/3
R Dravid    22* (36b 3x4)      M Morkel    8-1-39-0
VVS Laxman    0* (7b)      LL Tsotsobe    4-1-19-1

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

Three slips

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

End of over 24 (8 runs) India 92/3
VVS Laxman    8* (13b 2x4)      LL Tsotsobe    5-1-27-1
R Dravid    22* (36b 3x4)      M Morkel    8-1-39-0

24.1

Morkel to Dravid, no run, nipping back in this time, strikes Dravid on the thighs as he tries to close the face on that one

24.2

Morkel to Dravid, no run, angling in towards middle, gets on the back foot and taps it into the off side

Three slips and a short leg for Morne

24.3

Morkel to Dravid, no run, back of a length and a hint of movement away, Dravid lets that through

Mohit Goyal: "Been quite a while now, just get the feeling that its going to be a VVS-Dravid special match.. Touchwood!!"

24.4

Morkel to Dravid, no run, Shot up from a good length and Dravid wisely let it through, excellent bounce and helped more by Morne's use of his height

24.5

Morkel to Dravid, no run, there is a short leg prowling round the corner, Amla's the man, on middle and leg and Dravid closes the face on that one, lands just in front of Amla

24.6

Morkel to Dravid, 1 run, good length on middle and off, knocked wide of cover for a single to keep strike

End of over 25 (1 run) India 93/3
R Dravid    23* (42b 3x4)      M Morkel    9-1-40-0
VVS Laxman    8* (13b 2x4)      LL Tsotsobe    5-1-27-1

Vijay says this: "Sachin had a Pedro Collinsesque moment."

Tsotsobe, whom Vijay compares to Collins, comes round the wicket

25.1

Tsotsobe to Dravid, no run, angling in towards middle, nips in further to catch him on the pads, would have gone down

25.2

Tsotsobe to Dravid, no run, targeting the pads again, getting it to dart in from a length

25.3

Tsotsobe to Dravid, no run, a fraction outside off this time, Dravid gets forward and outside the line to tap it in front of the bowler

25.4

Tsotsobe to Dravid, no run, fullish outside off, holds its line, left alone to the keeper

25.5

Tsotsobe to Dravid, no run, short of a good length, it cut away this time to take the outside edge, Dravid was surprised by the movement and the bounce but took his bottom hand off wisely

25.6

Tsotsobe to Dravid, no run, gets a stride forward and defends it back towards the bowler

End of over 26 (maiden) India 93/3
R Dravid    23* (48b 3x4)      LL Tsotsobe    6-2-27-1
VVS Laxman    8* (13b 2x4)      M Morkel    9-1-40-0

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

26.4

Morkel to Dravid, no run, landing it hard on middle, defended off the back foot into the off side

26.5

Morkel to Dravid, no run, bouncer banged in on middle and leg and Dravid didn't have to do much to get out of the way

26.6

Morkel to Dravid, no run, pushed it much fuller this time, Dravid tried to drive it through the off side but the bat turned in his hand, ended up playing it to midwicket instead

End of over 27 (1 run) India 94/3
R Dravid    23* (51b 3x4)      M Morkel    10-1-41-0
VVS Laxman    9* (16b 2x4)      LL Tsotsobe    6-2-27-1

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

Good crowd at Kingsmead, undeterred by the early morning rain

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

End of over 28 (1 run) India 95/3
VVS Laxman    10* (22b 2x4)      LL Tsotsobe    7-2-28-1
R Dravid    23* (51b 3x4)      M Morkel    10-1-41-0

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

Doesn't quite get his footing right, opts out of that one does Morne

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

End of over 29 (1 run) India 96/3
VVS Laxman    10* (29b 2x4)      M Morkel    11-1-42-0
R Dravid    23* (51b 3x4)      LL Tsotsobe    7-2-28-1

Shadlee: "@Vijay How is Pedro Collins even remotely like Tsotsobe? Collins was about 15 km quicker, and he brought the ball back into the right hander, whereas Tsotsobe angles it away."

Kallis into the attack now

29.1

Kallis to Dravid, no run, short of a good length on the off, rocks back and punches it to mid-off does Dravid

29.2

Kallis to Dravid, no run, good length outside off, holds its line and he leaves it be

29.3

Kallis to Dravid, no run, good length again and gets it to move away, just around a driving length and Dravid opted to leave it alone

29.4

Kallis to Dravid, no run, pushing it on a good length, Dravid gets forward and defends it back to Kallis

29.5

Kallis to Dravid, no run, good length delivery outside off, a hint of movement away, Dravid leaves it alone

29.6

Kallis to Dravid, no run, short of a good length on middle, gets back and defends it to Kallis

End of over 30 (maiden) India 96/3
R Dravid    23* (57b 3x4)      JH Kallis    4-2-6-0
VVS Laxman    10* (29b 2x4)      M Morkel    11-1-42-0

Steyn is back

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

Sid Ravindran informs me that's his fifth six in Tests, he's played over a 100 of them.

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

Time for drinks, and India have remained positive despite the periodic breakthroughs from the seamers

End of over 31 (13 runs) India 109/3
VVS Laxman    23* (35b 3x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    9-1-32-2
R Dravid    23* (57b 3x4)      JH Kallis    4-2-6-0

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

End of over 32 (1 run) India 110/3
VVS Laxman    24* (41b 3x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    5-2-7-0
R Dravid    23* (57b 3x4)      DW Steyn    9-1-32-2

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

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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

End of over 33 (1 run) India 111/3
VVS Laxman    25* (47b 3x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    10-1-33-2
R Dravid    23* (57b 3x4)      JH Kallis    5-2-7-0

Spin time, Paul Harris called in. A slip and a short leg

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

33.4

Harris to Dravid, no run, a bit of air on that one, lands full and Dravid makes a bit of room to drive it through the off side, mistimes it slightly

33.5

Harris to Dravid, no run, angling it on middle, gets front and across to dab it in front of square leg

33.6

Harris to Dravid, no run, shortish, turning away just a hint, rocks back and defends it into the off side

End of over 34 (1 run) India 112/3
R Dravid    23* (60b 3x4)      PL Harris    1-0-1-0
VVS Laxman    26* (50b 3x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    10-1-33-2

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

End of over 35 (maiden) India 112/3
VVS Laxman    26* (56b 3x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    11-2-33-2
R Dravid    23* (60b 3x4)      PL Harris    1-0-1-0

Harris continues

35.1

Harris to Dravid, no run, short of a good length on the pads, tries to whip it square but is struck high on the thighs

35.2

Harris to Dravid, 1 leg bye, manages to tuck this one round the corner for a single

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

End of over 36 (3 runs) India 115/3
VVS Laxman    28* (60b 3x4 1x6)      PL Harris    2-0-3-0
R Dravid    23* (62b 3x4)      DW Steyn    11-2-33-2

Amar: "Just woke up here in Chicago and to be honest I am not terribly disappointed with Indian performance here except to see Little Master back in the pavilion. As Kirsten said before the game, we need a 400 here! Much depends on this big partnership. Both Dravid and Laxman have a point to prove here in SAF."

36.1

Steyn to Dravid, no run, back of a length on the off, rocks back and knocks it in front of point

36.2

Steyn to Dravid, no run, around a good length on the off, moving away, Dravid opens his face slightly to push it towards gully

36.3

Steyn to Dravid, 2 runs, some swing there for Steyn this time, had caught Dravid walking as he strode forward, opened the face slightly, got a thick edge but managed to keep it down as he played it with soft hands, between third slip and gully for a couple of runs

36.4

Steyn to Dravid, no run, around middle and off, gets forward and pushes it back to the bowler

36.5

Steyn to Dravid, no run, back of a length on the off, Dravid gets out of the way comfortably

36.6

Steyn to Dravid, OUT, edged and gone! A dismissal not unlike the one in Durban in the second innings when Dravid was facing up to Morkel. Except that this delivery was slightly wider and he poked at it, was around a good length, moved away to catch the glove just as he was taking the bottom hand off and Boucher made no mistake reaching forward, it's been Steyn's day

R Dravid c †Boucher b Steyn 25 (121m 68b 3x4 0x6) SR: 36.76

Another promising stand brought down, a much more determined effort from India but it's still not measuring up to what South Africa are coming up with

End of over 37 (2 runs) India 117/4
     DW Steyn    12-2-35-3
VVS Laxman    28* (60b 3x4 1x6)      PL Harris    2-0-3-0

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

End of over 38 (4 runs) India 121/4
VVS Laxman    32* (66b 3x4 1x6)      PL Harris    3-0-7-0
CA Pujara    0* (0b)      DW Steyn    12-2-35-3

Pujara time. Back after that Bangalore Test against Australia where he played a match-winning knock in the second innings. Much more hostile conditions this time, against a superior bowling line-up

38.1

Steyn to Pujara, no run, No surprises there, a bouncer, banged in on middle and he did well to duck under that

38.2

Steyn to Pujara, no run, short of a good length and he gets behind that well, defending it into the off side

38.3

Steyn to Pujara, no run, that must hurt, a quick and short delivery on middle and leg, Pujara tries to fend it away into the leg side and is hit on the glove, hides the pain does the young man

38.4

Steyn to Pujara, no run, bouncer again though much mor easily negotiated this time, banged in outside leg stump and he was able to get away from it without much fuss

38.5

Steyn to Pujara, no run, lovely, teasing length delivery outside off, moving away from the batsman and Pujara calmly lets it go

Three slips, a leg slip too, and a short leg

38.6

Steyn to Pujara, 1 bye, full down the leg side and Boucher flings himself to his left to stop that, but concedes a bye

End of over 39 (1 run, maiden) India 122/4
CA Pujara    0* (6b)      DW Steyn    13-3-35-3
VVS Laxman    32* (66b 3x4 1x6)      PL Harris    3-0-7-0

39.1

Harris to Pujara, no run, shortish delivery but down the leg side, Pujara thinks of working it fine, misses

A slip, backward short leg as well as a forward short leg

39.2

Harris to Pujara, 1 run, AB at backward short leg is into the act immediately, Harris angles it in towards middle and leg, Pujara rocks forward to defend it with a closed face, gets an inside edge onto the pads and the ball lobs just wide of the diving AB

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

End of over 40 (7 runs) India 129/4
VVS Laxman    38* (70b 4x4 1x6)      PL Harris    4-0-14-0
CA Pujara    1* (8b)      DW Steyn    13-3-35-3

Raj: "'ll back Pujara even if he fails today. Test match is about technique and temperament which this boy got in abundance"

40.1

Steyn to Pujara, no run, banged in short again, another bouncer to the youngster, Pujara ducks under it well

40.2

Steyn to Pujara, no run, full on the off and a bit of swing as well, tries to push it through straight but ends up getting a thick outside edge towards point

40.3

Steyn to Pujara, 1 run, good length on middle and he knocks it down past short leg for a single

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

Dhoni walks in and has to guide the young Pujara through here. Laxman had been positive through his innings, but South Africa are finding ways to pick up wickets here

End of over 41 (1 run) India 130/5
     DW Steyn    14-3-36-4
CA Pujara    2* (11b)      PL Harris    4-0-14-0

41.1

Harris to Pujara, 2 runs, nicely done, takes it on the full, flicks it through square leg for a brace, not wasting scoring opportunities still are India

41.2

Harris to Pujara, FOUR, four this time, low full toss again, Pujara takes a couple of steps down the track and drives it past mid-on for a boundary

41.3

Harris to Pujara, no run, short of a good length on middle, rocks back and defends it into the leg side

41.4

Harris to Pujara, no run, pushed away off the front foot into the off side

41.5

Harris to Pujara, no run, stretches well forward, appeared to get an inside edge onto the pads

41.6

Harris to Pujara, 1 run, angling towards leg stump, tickles it past square leg for a single to keep strike

End of over 42 (7 runs) India 137/5
CA Pujara    9* (17b 1x4)      PL Harris    5-0-21-0
MS Dhoni    0* (0b)      DW Steyn    14-3-36-4

Steyn being given a rest, Morne into the attack

42.1

Morkel to Pujara, no run, short of a good length outside off, holds its line, leaves it alone

42.2

Morkel to Pujara, no run, pushed it fuller this time, in the channel outside off and with a bit of movement to go with it, left alone

Tony: "By the looks of it, Pujara has a longer test career ahead of him than Raina should wish for. It is telling though that all the Indian batsmen have made starts but been unable to continue. Smith must be the most priveleged captain out there (with Strauss perhaps) by being able to toss the ball to his bowlers and have them bowl to a plan. The scorecard reflects the discipline and planning of the SA team as much as it reflects the ability of the bowlers."

42.3

Morkel to Pujara, no run, short and wide, a bit of movement again but no reason for Pujara to chase that one

42.4

Morkel to Pujara, no run, hurls it short on the ribs this time, looks to fend it away does Pujara, is struck in the rib cage, no pain again, doesn't show it

42.5

Morkel to Pujara, no run, back of a length outside off, shoots away and Pujara lets it go

42.6

Morkel to Pujara, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets back and knocks it down in front of point

End of over 43 (maiden) India 137/5
CA Pujara    9* (23b 1x4)      M Morkel    12-2-42-0
MS Dhoni    0* (0b)      PL Harris    5-0-21-0

Jay: "I agree with Raj that Pujara deserves some backing, even if he doesn't come right this match. India are going to need replacements for Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman soon. Speaking as a non-Indian without much first hand experience with the domestic scene, shouldn't Ajinkya Rahane also be given a fair shot? The lad doesn't seem to be able to stop scoring runs."

43.1

Harris to Dhoni, no run, floating it on the off stump, holds its line, gets forward and defends it into the leg side in front of short leg

43.2

Harris to Dhoni, no run, pushing it on a good length on middle, gets forward and taps it into the leg side again

43.3

Harris to Dhoni, no run, fullish on middle, gets forward and drives it to mid-on

A slip and a short leg

43.4

Harris to Dhoni, 1 run, looping it on middle, comes down the track and drives it down the ground, past the bowler, for a single

A backward short leg comes in

43.5

Harris to Pujara, no run, ooh, inside edge again, playing a little outside the line there, lands just in front of short leg

43.6

Harris to Pujara, no run, dropped, or would it be fair to call it that? Short on middle and it's whipped away off the back foot, straight towards Amla who can't quite get his hands around it, not much time to react

End of over 44 (1 run) India 138/5
CA Pujara    9* (25b 1x4)      PL Harris    6-0-22-0
MS Dhoni    1* (4b)      M Morkel    12-2-42-0

Three slips and a short leg as Morne runs in against Dhoni

44.1

Morkel to Dhoni, no run, bowls it on a good length this time, he's bowled most of his deliveries short of a good length or back of a length today, gets back and pushes it to the bowler

44.2

Morkel to Dhoni, no run, drops it short again outside off, Dhoni doesn't bother going after it

44.3

Morkel to Dhoni, FOUR, edged and over the slips, Dhoni went after that one, short outside off and Dhoni opened the face at the last moment, over Kallis at first slip for four, deliberately done but very risky

44.4

Morkel to Dhoni, no run, back of a length on middle and off, gets on the back foot and taps it in front of point

44.5

Morkel to Dhoni, 1 run, goodish length on the off, played off the front foot towards cover, quick single taken

44.6

Morkel to Pujara, no run, angling in towards the off stump, lands on a length, gets forward and plays it in the direction of gully

End of over 45 (5 runs) India 143/5
CA Pujara    9* (26b 1x4)      M Morkel    13-2-47-0
MS Dhoni    6* (9b 1x4)      PL Harris    6-0-22-0

45.1

Harris to Dhoni, no run, short on the off, gets on the back foot and punches it to extra cover

45.2

Harris to Dhoni, no run, pushed off the front foot into the leg side

45.3

Harris to Dhoni, no run, slightly short on middle, gets on the back foot to play it in front of short leg

45.4

Harris to Dhoni, no run

45.5

Harris to Dhoni, no run, angling in towards middle, gets back and drops it down on the pitch

45.6

Harris to Dhoni, no run, a bit of air on that one, holds its line, Dhoni reaches forward and pushes it into the off side in front of point

End of over 46 (maiden) India 143/5
MS Dhoni    6* (15b 1x4)      PL Harris    7-1-22-0
CA Pujara    9* (26b 1x4)      M Morkel    13-2-47-0

46.1

Morkel to Pujara, no run, back of a length outside off, leaves it alone

46.2

Morkel to Pujara, no run, bangs it short again and has some movement to go with it, left alone again, judged it well

46.3

Morkel to Pujara, no run, short on middle, gets on the back foot and drops it into the off side

46.4

Morkel to Pujara, FOUR, Pujara goes for the hook, banged in short on middle and he goes after it, gets a top edge and it lands safe, well wide of fine leg, over the keeper, for a streaky boundary

46.5

Morkel to Pujara, FOUR, superbly done, the Indians have been positive for all their troubles with the bat today, short outside off and he helps it on its way over the slips, bounces just inside the ropes

46.6

Morkel to Pujara, no run, banged in short outside off, Pujara lets it through to the keeper

End of over 47 (8 runs) India 151/5
CA Pujara    17* (32b 3x4)      M Morkel    14-2-55-0
MS Dhoni    6* (15b 1x4)      PL Harris    7-1-22-0

47.1

Harris to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni comes down the trakc and works it past Amla at short leg for a single

47.2

Harris to Pujara, no run, Pujara steps out as well, Harris gets a bit of turn and Pujara covers it well, getting across and defending it into the off side

47.3

Harris to Pujara, no run, angling in towards middle, turns the face to defend it to midwicket

47.4

Harris to Pujara, 1 run, tossed it up on leg stump, turns it past short leg for a single

47.5

Harris to Dhoni, 2 runs, slightly short, Dhoni rocks back and punches that wide of cover where Peterson misfields and allows them to come back for the second

47.6

Harris to Dhoni, no run, angling it on middle, pushes it down the pitch

End of over 48 (4 runs) India 155/5
MS Dhoni    9* (18b 1x4)      PL Harris    8-1-26-0
CA Pujara    18* (35b 3x4)      M Morkel    14-2-55-0

Kallis is back. We are in the middle of an extended session here. Tea's another 20 minues away

48.1

Kallis to Pujara, no run, Banged in short outside off, Pujara leaves it alone

48.2

Kallis to Pujara, no run, around a good length this time, leaving it alone again as it moves away

48.3

Kallis to Pujara, no run, short and a touch too wide, moving away further, Pujara lets it through

48.4

Kallis to Pujara, no run, much better from Kallis who gets it much closer to the stumps and tries to get Pujara to play at that one, except that Pujara looks determined and opts to leave it be

48.5

Kallis to Pujara, no run, goodish length on the off, holds its line, defended solidly into the off side

48.6

Kallis to Pujara, 1 run, angling in towards middle, turns the face to drop it into the leg side for a single

End of over 49 (1 run) India 156/5
CA Pujara    19* (41b 3x4)      JH Kallis    6-2-8-0
MS Dhoni    9* (18b 1x4)      PL Harris    8-1-26-0

Tsotsobe back into the attack

49.1

Tsotsobe to Pujara, no run, over the wicket to begin with, short of a good length outside off, chops it towards point

49.2

Tsotsobe to Pujara, no run, bowls it on a good length on the off, pushed gently in the direction of point

49.3

Tsotsobe to Pujara, no run, back of a length on the off, rocks back to punch it back to the bowler

Round the wicket

49.4

Tsotsobe to Pujara, OUT, Pujara's thrown it away! Tsotso gets another one, short on the off and he gears up for the pull, tried to dispatch him over square leg, got the top edge and Boucher waited patiently for it come down and snapped it comfortably, almost tripped over the helmet behind him but no damage done in the end

CA Pujara c †Boucher b Tsotsobe 19 (54m 45b 3x4 0x6) SR: 42.22

Pujara, who looked so determined and promised so much more, falls to leave India in further trouble. Looking to drag it square from outside the off stump was Pujara

Harbhajan steps in

49.5

Tsotsobe to Harbhajan Singh, no run, banged in short and Harbhajan leaves it be

49.6

Tsotsobe to Harbhajan Singh, no run

End of over 50 (wicket maiden) India 156/6
Harbhajan Singh    0* (2b)      LL Tsotsobe    8-3-28-2
MS Dhoni    9* (18b 1x4)      JH Kallis    6-2-8-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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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

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

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