Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

10.28 The India team walks out, and the South African batsmen follow. India are in a huddle, Dhoni doing the talking.

This first hour is going to be vital. There's still a light drizzle around, the forecast is for the weather to get better as the day progresses.

Petersen takes strike this time. Smith had in the second innings of Durban. Zaheer Khan is examining the ball at the top of his run-up.

10.20 Bradley Lutz writes in from South Africa: "Regarding the toss - reminds me of snooker. No toss there, first person to break is determined by the use of the cue ball. Perhaps Gopalkrishnan's idea of a super over is not so outlandish."

10.15am There was a light drizzle after the toss, and the covers were brought out but it has stopped now, so we should start in 15 minutes.

Time for some reader comments:

Vats: "For once, a good toss to lose, and Dhoni wins it!"

Deepak Gopalkrishnan wants tosses done away with. I'm sure he's not entirely being serious here: "Tosses should be replaced by something less dependant on luck and more on skill. Perhaps a super over (conditions won't change much for 2 overs, surely). Perhaps a quiz-style deathmatch between the two captains. Imagine MS and Graeme sitting with their buzzers as the match referee asks something like 'Who has the maximum number of centuries at this ground?'"

Prahasaran: "The drizzle was probably because MS Dhoni has won the toss."

Amit: "Isn't Smith playing mind-games already when he says: "A good toss to lose.." ? I think so!"

10.00 Shock! MS Dhoni has actually won a toss. India choose to bowl. Gautam Gambhir returns to the XI, taking the place of M Vijay. It's still cloudy in Cape Town.

Dhoni: "Not a bad start to the new year. We will bowl first because the pitch has been under cover for quite some time, and conditions are overcast. We try to keep dressing room calm and cool, the win in Durban helps but we will have to start from scratch here."

Smith: "It was a good toss to lose, I was undecided about what to do. The team has been playing well over a period of time to have a good confidence base, one loss doesn't really dent that. We are going in with the same XI."

The day's first feedbacker, Dhruva L Batni, says: "I think one of the qualities of great teams is that outcome of a flip of a coin have zero effect on them. It should simply not matter at all."

9.55 We are five minutes from the toss. Four years ago, these teams went into the third Test of the series locked at 1-1, South Africa prevailed then, will history repeat or have India progressed enough since then to take their first-ever series win in South Africa?

Dileep Premachandran, our associate editor, tweets: "A definite green tinge on this pitch. Will be an interesting decision to make at the toss."

Gary Kirsten: "This pitch will be a little slower than the others, batsmen usually find it easy once they get in. Today, though, conditions are actually pretty good for bowling, unusual for Cape Town."

9.45 Are you guys up for this? The deciding Test between the top two teams in the world. There was rain in the morning in Cape Town, and it remains overcast, but we could still have an on-time start.

MS Dhoni has won only one toss in 14 Tests, will that trend continue today? And how crucial will the toss be? India managed to win the match after Dhoni called incorrectly in Durban, but they couldn't come back from the damage done on the first day in Centurion.

Sriram Veera tells you everything you need to know about the match in his preview.

0.1

Khan to Petersen, no run, the first ball swings in sharply to Petersen, full and strikes him on the pads, was going down leg

0.2

Khan to Petersen, no run, line is outside off this time, Petersen looks to drive through the off side and gets an inside-edge towards midwicket

0.3

Khan to Petersen, 2 runs, length ball on middle, Petersen ticks that towards square leg to get the first runs for South Africa

Three slips and a gully in place.

0.4

Khan to Petersen, no run, full and outside off, getting the ball to swing, punched towards mid-off

0.5

Khan to Petersen, no run, fullish ball outside off, Petersen shoulders arms and lets it through to the keeper

0.6

Khan to Petersen, no run, a touch shorter, again angling across the batsman who is content to leave it

End of over 1 (2 runs) South Africa 2/0
AN Petersen    2* (6b)      Z Khan    1-0-2-0
GC Smith    0* (0b)     

Sreesanth to share the new ball. Ishant had taken it in the second innings in Durban. Three slips for Smith. As Sreesanth charges in, Smith backs away, unhappy with something behind the bowler's arm

1.1

Sreesanth to Smith, 1 run, begins with a length ball outside off, pushed towards cover and Smith gets off the mark

1.2

Sreesanth to Petersen, FOUR, the first boundary of the match, Sreesanth strays onto legstump, easy put away for Petersen who moves across and whips it past forward short leg

1.3

Sreesanth to Petersen, no run, much better from Sreesanth, just outside off, in the corridor, Petersen happy to leave

1.4

Sreesanth to Petersen, FOUR, shot! Petersen has shown in this series he is a great driver of the ball, Sreesanth pitches this one up, Petersen gets forward confidently and cracks it between the bowler and mid-off for four

1.5

Sreesanth to Petersen, no run, shorter this time, on offstump, good bounce for Sreesanth, Petersen shuffles across to play that one, but can't connect well with it, the ball rolls back down the pitch

1.6

Sreesanth to Petersen, 1 run, down the leg side, Petersen gets across the stumps and guides it down to fine leg

End of over 2 (10 runs) South Africa 12/0
AN Petersen    11* (11b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    1-0-10-0
GC Smith    1* (1b)      Z Khan    1-0-2-0

Thanks boss. I am Sriram Veera and will be providing you the action for the rest of this first session

2.1

Khan to Petersen, no run, lovely delivery, landed on a length and seamed away with the angle, Alviro was beaten, pushing inside the line

2.2

Khan to Petersen, no run, invites the drive with a length delivery further outside off, Alviro thinks about it, comes on to the front foot and says nah not this time .. and shoulders arms

2.3

Khan to Petersen, no run, landed close to the off and jagged away .. around 130 kmph, Alviro petersen took a small step forward before shouldering arms

2.4

Khan to Petersen, no run, And so.. Zaheer starts this one from the leg stump line. The ball moves towards the middle, Alviro holds his balance, opens his stance and taps it back down the track

2.5

Khan to Petersen, no run, pitches further outside off and moves away, easy decision to let that one go

2.6

Khan to Petersen, no run, Nice. This one landed on a good length just outside off and tilted in towards the off. Alviro was in perfect position to tap it back down the pitch. Good balance.

End of over 3 (maiden) South Africa 12/0
AN Petersen    11* (17b 2x4)      Z Khan    2-1-2-0
GC Smith    1* (1b)      S Sreesanth    1-0-10-0

3.1

Sreesanth to Smith, 1 run, short in length and bounces outside off, Smith hangs on the back foot and punches it to left of gully where a half-stop is made

3.2

Sreesanth to Petersen, no run, Good delivery that beats the bat and goes of the thigh pad and falls short of third slip. Fine delivery this. It landed on the good length around off stump, the seam facing towards the first slip as it went across in the air, and it curved away from Alviro who pushed inside the line - was squared-up a touch- and it went off the thigh pad

3.3

Sreesanth to Petersen, no run, shuffles across, covers the off stump and allows this one to pass through to Dhoni

3.4

Sreesanth to Petersen, no run, homes in on the off stump, Alviro steps forward to cover for the movement and pushes it to the off side

3.5

Sreesanth to Petersen, no run, stays at his crease, if anything pushes back a bit, and blocks this back-of-length delivery to the off side

3.6

Sreesanth to Petersen, no run, he takes a small step forward and then presses back; and so sort of ends where he started ... and defends this one to the off again

End of over 4 (1 run) South Africa 13/0
AN Petersen    11* (22b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    2-0-11-0
GC Smith    2* (2b)      Z Khan    2-1-2-0

3.2 Where I have said edged ... Sid Monga shouts from the press box - that it was off the thigh pad. Oopsy! Sorry folks.

4.1

Khan to Smith, 2 runs, fullish delivery on the middle and leg, flicked through midwicket

4.2

Khan to Smith, no run, Fab delivery this. It lands on a length around off, Smith leans forward to get close to the line but the ball curves away at the last instant and moves past the edge

4.3

Khan to Smith, no run, a touch closer to the off and Smith gets across quickly this time to defend to covers

4.4

Khan to Smith, 1 run, Zaheer goes for the magic ball.. the one that swings from the leg and middle line but of course more often than not they don't. Smith works this one through midwicket

4.5

Khan to Petersen, no run, lands around the leg stump line, on a length and straightens towards the leg stump.. Alviro goes back and across and is hit on the pad, trying to work it to the on side. The ball would have bounced over the leg stump. The men behind the stumps ask the question, Zak doesn't.

4.6

Khan to Petersen, no run, in the zone outside off, left alone

End of over 5 (3 runs) South Africa 16/0
AN Petersen    11* (24b 2x4)      Z Khan    3-1-5-0
GC Smith    5* (6b)      S Sreesanth    2-0-11-0

The spot-fixing saga, Tendulkar's 50th, and Haider's disappearance - here's a look back at the final three months of 2010

5.1

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, gets back and across to cover the off stump and allows Dhoni to take this one

5.2

Sreesanth to Smith, no run, lands on the good length just outside off and Smith lets it go. The ball then kicks up appreciably and Dhoni takes it over his head. Hmmm

5.3

Sreesanth to Smith, 1 run, the ball curves in from the middle towards the leg and middle line, moves past the attempted flick to the square-leg and runs off the pad ... inside edge on to the pad

5.4

Sreesanth to Petersen, no run, this one jumps from a length, Petersen was looking to defend when he was surprised by the bounce but adjusted nicely by taking out the bottom--hand off the handle and tapped the ball towards point

5.5

Sreesanth to Petersen, no run, And this one tails down the leg side.. Petersen has a tendency to shuffle and when he plays the shot to the leg side, often you can see the leg stump. And Sreesanth brought this one back in but it goes down leg

5.6

Sreesanth to Petersen, no run, The teaser is here! It was full, it was well outside off and Petersen went for another booming off drive. But the ball swung away appreciably and rushed past the outside edge... oohs and aahs from the close-in fielders.

End of over 6 (1 run) South Africa 17/0
AN Petersen    11* (27b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    3-0-12-0
GC Smith    6* (9b)      Z Khan    3-1-5-0

6.1

Khan to Smith, no run, moves in with the angle, Smith plays his most confident forward defensive push of the morning. He was right behind it and met it flush in the middle ..

6.2

Khan to Smith, no run, lands outside off and moves further away; easy decision for Smith to let Dhoni come into play

6.3

Khan to Smith, OUT, Trapped! Zaheer nails Smith again. It was the length delivery that moved in towards the off stump. Smith was caught at the crease and stumbled out in the end. He was searching for the delivery there, unsure whether it was coming in or going out, and stabbed well outside the line. The ball rushed through the bat and pad gap and struck the back pad around the off stump. The only question was whether it struck him marginally outside off. Will confirm post replays. But that looked out. The first one came in and was met with a perfect defensive push. The second one went out and this one came back in.
Replays in. The ball hit him smack on the off-stump line. Dead plumb!

GC Smith lbw b Khan 6 (30m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

6.4

Khan to Amla, no run, this one starts from the leg stump and swings down the leg.. Dhoni dives to take it

Replays in. The ball hit him smack on the off-stump line. Dead plumb!

6.5

Khan to Amla, no run, leans forward to defend the length delivery

6.6

Khan to Amla, no run, this one lands around off and slants away to Dhoni

End of over 7 (wicket maiden) South Africa 17/1
HM Amla    0* (3b)      Z Khan    4-2-5-1
AN Petersen    11* (27b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    3-0-12-0

7.1

Sreesanth to Petersen, 1 run, stays back to tap this to covers and they get across for the single

7.2

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, wide outside off stump, swing further away, Amla doesn't take the bait.

7.3

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, leans forward to defend this one to the off

7.4

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, good delivery, closer to the off and leaving Amla late... Amla thinks about offering a shot before he pulls his bat out of the line

Hameed: "Very much sad to note. You did not welcome with a note "HAPPY NEW YEAR" to the follower of your commentary followers." What's happy about it?! I went to this restaurant this morning and had fish sizzler. Only thing sizzling about that seer fish was .... (fill in the blanks yourself). Anyways, have a good year and all that.

7.5

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, stifled shout ... this one moved in from around off and middle, and went past the attempted leg glance

7.6

Sreesanth to Amla, 1 no ball, in the zone outside off, Amla leaves and the umpire extends his right arm

7.6

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, leans across to squeeze this length delivery towards backward point. It was a tentative push ..

End of over 8 (2 runs) South Africa 19/1
HM Amla    0* (9b)      S Sreesanth    4-0-14-0
AN Petersen    12* (28b 2x4)      Z Khan    4-2-5-1

Payman hamadani: "Smith knows hes been outsmarted over and over again... he just doesnt have a clue against Zaheer.. " 11 th time apparently across all formats ...

8.1

Khan to Petersen, no run, fullish delivery around off, pushed out to the off. Not a convincing shot

8.2

Khan to Petersen, no run, this was a confident leave. Dhoni collected that good-length delivery in front of his chest .. in the Australian way ...

From round the stumps now..

8.3

Khan to Petersen, no run, Fabulicious delivery! It came in from that round-the-stumps angle and just held the line a bit .. Petersen was beaten, pushing inside the line. Zaheer stares down

8.4

Khan to Petersen, 1 run, shuffles across to work this one to square-leg region

that's 11 times Zaheer has got Smith in 23 international innings

8.5

Khan to Amla, 1 run, Another fine delivery... Again, from round the stumps. .. on a perfect length outside off. Amla was late to get forward and stumbled out to push at it .. the ball went of the inside edge to square-leg

Tarkari Ghosh: "Looks like the sizziling fish fried your spirit :-( Perhaps the chef had a bit too much spirit the night before. Have a happy New Year anyway." Ghosh had actually guessed the name of the chef- he thought it was an umpire who has been recently in the news but I can't print his name boss. What if he sues me in this new year?! btw totally unrelated, hope Steve Davis had a good New Year's eve.

8.6

Khan to Petersen, no run, Fine over. This one came in from the round-the-stumps line. It wasn't all that far away from the off stump but Alviro chose to leave it.. Oohs and aahs around .. Dhoni collects.

12.05 pm Lunch has been taken. From 12.05 to 12.45 pm. That's the local time. See you in a while for the second session's play.

12.00 pm The sun is peeping out. Hopefully, we can have a game soon.

11.50 am Light rain but its on. So nothing to do but wait. Firdose Moonda, our lady at the ground, says, "the edge of Table Mountain is now visible". Say hi to Telford Vice, btw.

Satyam: "Luke, Sehwag has scored 3 century vs steyn. Wheras smith has 0 century vs India."

We have discovered a few pages from the diary of an Indian batsman. Any guesses who? As discovered by our very own princess Samantha Pendergast.

Make sure you don't miss out anything by installing our Chrome extension. And it's free!

Time for another sport: Wins for Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal on Saturday in the EPL. Chelsea take on Aston Villa later today. You can follow all the action on ESPNsoccernet.

11.35 amThe rain is easing off. People are getting back to their seats. The covers are still on. See you in ten minutes. Kids, Smoking is injurious to your health.

Luke: "Smith's got out to Sreesanth [5 in 9] almost the same as to Khan [6 in 9] - though has hit him for more runs: ave 14 v Zak as opposed to 28 v Sree. Khan - a very competent bowler - has done very well against Smith but where is the talk of Sehwag being Steyn's bunny; 6 in 10 @ ave of 9..."

Rain stops play. It suddeny got heavier, says Sid Monga."Not too heavy but off they go. Sehwag stands with hands on hips."

John Myers: "Any new year resolutions? like not using the word "nurdle" EVER again? :)" Nurdle has to be used John. Perfect for what Paul Collingwood and Mohd Kaif do.

You can catch up with all our video content on ESPNcricinfo's YouTube channel. Go on .. have a look. Meanwhile, the covers are on.

While we wait for the rain to subside, please to head over to our Facebook page and share your thoughts on just how this Test match could pan out. You can also follow us on Twitter to get updated with all the news as it happen. Heard the actress Priyanka Chopra is the twitter princess of India. I will head to her page.

End of over 9 (2 runs) South Africa 21/1
AN Petersen    13* (33b 2x4)      Z Khan    5-2-7-1
HM Amla    1* (10b)      S Sreesanth    4-0-14-0

Ishant to bowl the first over.

1.15 pm Confirmed. Play to start in five minutes. Tea will be taken at 4.pm. Overcast conditions. And if light permits, they will carry on for a while beyond the scheduled close of play.

One last Don story. This involves Dean Jones. "It has been well documented that until poor health beset him, Bradman was a keen golfer. Some years ago, he was playing a round with Dean Jones. At one stage, Jones was in the rough, and he was circling his ball, trying to figure out how to get it past several tall trees between it and the fairway. As his playing partner was deep in thought, Bradman said: 'In my day, when I played here as a young man, a three-iron was good enough to get it through those trees.' Presumably thinking that any sporting advice from The Don was good advice, Jones pulled out his three-iron, reared back and ... THWACK! Straight into the trees. Seeing Jones's perplexed expression, Bradman stated calmly, while holding his hand at knee level: 'Of course, in my day, the trees were only so high."

1.06 pm Play to start at 1.20 pm local time. No rain and the pitch covers come off. Huge cheers around the arena. It's not too dark but the floodlights are still on.

Charles Williams (Labour life peer in the English House of Lords and biographer of Bradman) on Don: "Now why a sporting hero? Well Australia has never had a war of independence, it's therefore never had a George Washington, it's never had a civil war, never had a Lenin, it's never had a war against a close enemy, it's therefore never had a Joan of Arc, and so on and so forth. Its heroes have mainly been sporting heroes, and because of the climate and individualism of Australia and those who live there, sport has been particularly attractive, and particular attention has been given to it. So in the circumstances it's not wholly surprising that a sporting figure who achieved what Don achieved, should be much more than just a simple sporting figure; he was almost, as it were, an amalgam of, say, Joan of Arc and George Washington and Lenin at the same time, if I can use that expression. "

12.49 pm It's got darker out there. There you go. Twiddle your thumbs.

I shall leave you with an anecdote about Don Bradman. From the archives.

"Bradman: Oh yes, that's a great story, that happened the other day. I'd been having a round of golf and was driving home quietly about 3 o'clock. The strange thing was it was alongside Victoria Park racecourse, near the grand prix circuit. I was actually driving on the grand prix circuit and the policeman waved me down, there were no other cars in the vicinity at all. I thought he'd broken down and wanted some help. And when he pulled me over he said "I'm sorry but you've been exceeding the speed limit." I said "No I'm not, the speed limit's 80 (kmhs) here, and I was only doing about 70." He said "No it's not, it's 60 and my radar gun says you were exceeding the speed limit, you were doing 72."

Then he said "Have you got your licence with you," so I pulled out the wallet and produced it to him. He got out his book and began to make some notes, then he said "Are you Sir Donald Bradman?" I said yes, that's right, and he said "it's an honour and a privilege to meet you," and I said "Well I'm very sorry I can't say the same to you."

RM: (laughs) Did he book you?

DB: He certainly did, I went away $173 poorer and a lot wiser."

I will be back in a short while with the next update.

Afghanistan enjoyed a fairytale run in 2011, but 2011 for the Associates in general could be one spent in the dungeons, courtesy the Evil Queen, the ICC, says Martin Williamson in the year-end review looking back at the Associate nations.

------------------------

12.46 pm The covers are back on. Aarrgh. The flood lights are on - doesn't look very bright out there.

12.42 pm The umpires are out there with the light meters and taking the reading. The players are still in the pavilion.

Welcome back. It's still me, Sriram Veera, here. I will do the first hour of this new session. Hope the rains stay away.

Dave: "Nothing to do with the cricket, but an attempt to stamp out incorrect English. There is no such thing as 12 am and 12 pm is mid-night. The correct term for mid-day is 12 noon." I tell you ...!

9.1

Sharma to Amla, no run, Ishant starts with a wide delivery outside off stump. Dhoni shuffles across to take it in front of the first slip

9.2

Sharma to Amla, no run, Not so wide but well outside off. Dhoni collects.

Ishant pulls away prior to the release. He turns and walks back. Sreesanth uses the extra time to sign a few autographs

9.3

Sharma to Amla, 1 run, leans forward and across to push it to left of mid-off for a single

9.4

Sharma to Petersen, no run, in the channel outside off, not too close to the off, not too far away either, left alone

9.5

Sharma to Petersen, 1 run, leans forward to straight drive, the bat-face shuts a bit and the ball rolls past the non-striker. Tendulkar, standing close at mid-on, hurried to his left and threw in a dive to stop that.

9.6

Sharma to Amla, no run, well outside off again, left without much fuss.

End of over 10 (2 runs) South Africa 23/1
HM Amla    2* (14b)      I Sharma    1-0-2-0
AN Petersen    14* (35b 2x4)      Z Khan    5-2-7-1

Abhishek: "Why is India wasting the overcast conditions? They should be using their best swing bowlers at this moment, that is, Sree and Zak, and not Ishant!"

Adil Rehman: "Rahul Dravid is playing his 150th test, how come he isn't being mentioned ? Does he need to have the initials S.R.T to get some limelight ?" Ouch!

10.1

Khan to Petersen, FOUR, Zaheer starts from round the stumps and serves a gentle full-pitched delivery on the leg and middle line. Alviro flicks it neatly through midwicket. Nicely done.

Zaheer moves back to over the wicket

10.2

Khan to Petersen, no run, angles this one across Alviro who shoulders arms

10.3

Khan to Petersen, no run, Good delivery. It kicks up from short of length. Alviro tries to get back and the ball straightens around off stump to catch the inside edge and falls on the body

10.4

Khan to Petersen, no run, fuller and around off, testing Alviro's foot work but he responds by stretching forward to play the defensive push to the off

10.5

Khan to Petersen, no run, in the zone outside off, Alviro lets it go through to Dhoni. The ball moves in after it passed the stumps. Posthumous swing.

10.6

Khan to Petersen, no run, And so, Zaheer tries to bowl the inswinger starting from the stumps but it wobbles down the leg side

End of over 11 (4 runs) South Africa 27/1
AN Petersen    18* (41b 3x4)      Z Khan    6-2-11-1
HM Amla    2* (14b)      I Sharma    1-0-2-0

11.1

Sharma to Amla, no run, Ishant continues to bowl well outside off. Dhoni earns his salary as a wicketkeeper.

11.2

Sharma to Amla, FOUR, Stylish flick. Juicy full toss on the pads and Amla wrists it to the backward square-leg boundary.

Dhoni rushes to the umpire and asks him to check the shape of the ball. Taufel has a look and gives it back to Dhoni. Harbhajan and Gambhir are also out there.

11.3

Sharma to Amla, no run, finally a good delivery from Ishant. It landed short of length outside off and came back in a bit. Amla covered his off stump and let it fly through to Dhoni

11.4

Sharma to Amla, no run, Back to regular programming: Well outside off. Amla lets it go. Dhoni collects.

11.5

Sharma to Amla, no run, And again.. Amla shuffled across, took a small step forward and decided to leave this one as well.

11.6

Sharma to Amla, no run, closer to the off and Amla gets forward and across to defend it

End of over 12 (4 runs) South Africa 31/1
HM Amla    6* (20b 1x4)      I Sharma    2-0-6-0
AN Petersen    18* (41b 3x4)      Z Khan    6-2-11-1

12.1

Khan to Petersen, no run, Nice straight drive but Zaheer goes down quickly to make a half-stop. Alviro leaned forward to drive the full delivery to the right of Zaheer

12.2

Khan to Petersen, no run, lands on a good length and moves past the off stump. Alviro shuffled across, covered his stumps and shouldered arms

12.3

Khan to Petersen, 3 runs, Gorgeous! Delicious cover drive. He leaned forward to caress it through the off side.

12.4

Khan to Amla, no run, lands it on a good length and gets it to move across Amla who doesn't offer a shot.

12.5

Khan to Amla, no run, Almost a replay. Dhoni gathers and flicks the ball to second slipper Laxman who shines the ball before passing it on

12.6

Khan to Amla, no run, lands around the middle stump line, on a length and straightens a bit. Amla leans forward and taps it back down the track.

End of over 13 (3 runs) South Africa 34/1
HM Amla    6* (23b 1x4)      Z Khan    7-2-14-1
AN Petersen    21* (44b 3x4)      I Sharma    2-0-6-0

13.1

Sharma to Petersen, no run, leans well forward to ease the full-length delivery around off to the on side

13.2

Sharma to Petersen, no run, pushes this wider outside , Alviro gets back and across for an horizontal shot but decides to let it go

13.3

Sharma to Petersen, OUT, Full and straighter. That does the trick. The ball rushed across with a wobbling seam position, landed full outside off and invited a drive. Alviro, who plays lovely off drives, went for a straight drive this time and ended up pushing inside the line. The ball shaped away after landing and took the outside edge. Enter Jacques Kallis.

AN Petersen c †Dhoni b Sharma 21 (65m 47b 3x4 0x6) SR: 44.68

13.4

Sharma to Kallis, no run, lands outside off and moves further away, left alone

13.5

Sharma to Kallis, no run, ooh! A Jaffa! This one jagged back in sharply after landing on a length outside off stump. Kallis decided to leave it and shouldered arms. The ball darted back in a long way to hit him high on the thigh pad. It would have easily bounced over the stumps. Amla walks across for a chat with Kallis.

13.6

Sharma to Kallis, no run, And this one moves away. Kallis lets it pass through. Suddenly, Ishant has hit the right line and the length and getting some movement as well.

End of over 14 (wicket maiden) South Africa 34/2
JH Kallis    0* (3b)      I Sharma    3-1-6-1
HM Amla    6* (23b 1x4)      Z Khan    7-2-14-1

14.1

Khan to Amla, no run, Zaheer starts from round the stumps. This is a really full delivery outside off, Amla tries to dig it out but the ball rushes through to Dhoni

14.2

Khan to Amla, FOUR, edged past the stumps! That angle is causing some problems for Amla. This one came in from round the stumps angle and Amla stabbed outside the line. The ball flew of the edge to fine-leg boundary

14.3

Khan to Amla, no run, Fine delivery. This one lands on a good length outside off and moves away. Amla was ready though and allowed it to pass through without any drama

14.4

Khan to Amla, no run, fuller, on the off and middle line, eased to mid-on

14.5

Khan to Amla, 2 runs, More trouble for Amla, this time from over the stumps. It was on a full length on the middle and leg and Amla tried to flick it to the on side. Mistake. He got a leading edge and popped up wide of cover fielder.

14.6

Khan to Amla, 1 run, lands on the middle and leg stump line and straightens a touch, Amla tucks it behind square-leg

End of over 15 (7 runs) South Africa 41/2
HM Amla    13* (29b 2x4)      Z Khan    8-2-21-1
JH Kallis    0* (3b)      I Sharma    3-1-6-1

15.1

Sharma to Amla, 1 run, moves in from outside off, from a good length, Amla goes forward in search of it and the ball darts in to hit the inside edge ... it rolls away to the leg side

15.2

Sharma to Kallis, no run, lands well outside off and it veers further away. Left alone.

15.3

Sharma to Kallis, no run, stays back to allow this one to rush through to Dhoni

15.4

Sharma to Kallis, no run, Not really a wide but wide enough for Kallis to not get interested

15.5

Sharma to Kallis, no run, fuller but again not close enough to warrant a shot

15.6

Sharma to Kallis, no run, pushes it further outside off stump, left alone again. hmmm

And it will be Nitin who will take over the commentary.

End of over 16 (1 run) South Africa 42/2
JH Kallis    0* (8b)      I Sharma    4-1-7-1
HM Amla    14* (30b 2x4)      Z Khan    8-2-21-1

Thanks Sriram. George Binoy just made a pertinent observation - that Amla has not been troubled so much all through the series. Zaheer continues, round the wicket.

16.1

Khan to Amla, no run, slants one in from wide of the crease, full on off stump and Amla pushes it out to the off side

16.2

Khan to Amla, no run, similar ball, comes in even more sharply and Amla seemed to be falling over as he played it out to the off side again

16.3

Khan to Amla, no run, holds the length back, but gets the prodigious inward movement going again from wide of off stump. Amla must know the location of his off stump like the back of his hand, as he chooses to leave

16.4

Khan to Amla, 1 run, this one strays onto Amla's pads and he works it away behind square for one

16.5

Khan to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis is away, Zaheer gets one to hold its line rather than curve in and Kallis stays back in the crease to spot the lack of deviation and push it towards cover point

16.6

Khan to Amla, 1 run, plays the last ball straight down the ground for a single

End of over 17 (3 runs) South Africa 45/2
HM Amla    16* (35b 2x4)      Z Khan    9-2-24-1
JH Kallis    1* (9b)      I Sharma    4-1-7-1

17.1

Sharma to Amla, no run, full from Ishant, Amla is moving well now, getting nicely forward and punching into the covers

17.2

Sharma to Amla, no run, drives another full ball on off stump a trifle uppishly towards cover-point. Ishant's not getting the ball to deviate much sideways

17.3

Sharma to Amla, no run, this time he does. Lands a foot outside off back of a length and nips away. Nice movement, but he can do with moving the line closer to off stump

17.4

Sharma to Amla, no run, Amla is looking better by the minute. Presses into a crisp check drive to a length ball on off, but can't beat cover.

17.5

Sharma to Amla, no run, early and slightly exaggerated shuffle across from Amla, but Ishant doesn't make him play. Well wide outside off and an easy leave

Karthik Saba makes a valid observation: "Zak's working batsmen over like Wasim Akram at his peak." True, this is pure Akramesque left-arm magic.

17.6

Sharma to Amla, FOUR, edged and safe. Ishant gets a touch of away seam movement and a little extra bounce outside off. Amla was playing back to a back of good length ball and went at it with hard hands. The deviation ensured it took the edge, but it flew through the gully area, safely for four

End of over 18 (4 runs) South Africa 49/2
HM Amla    20* (41b 3x4)      I Sharma    5-1-11-1
JH Kallis    1* (9b)      Z Khan    9-2-24-1

Sree comes on for his fifth over.

18.1

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, lovely shape to begin the spell, full and outside off and it swerves away from Kallis who has a good look at it and leaves

18.2

Sreesanth to Kallis, FOUR, Majestic from Kallis! Sree continues to search for seam movement, presents the upright seam on a length and gets it to go away, but Kallis is in position in a flash. He goes back and across, presses forward and smacks it with the full face through the covers. That's bulleted through the covers

18.3

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, targets the off stump this time, not much movement and very full. Kallis defends resolutely to the off side

18.4

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, a very good leave to a very good ball. Sree lands it on a length again outside off in the McGrath region of doubt and gets it to move away. Kallis stays back and shoulders arms. The ball that got him in Durban was around a foot shorter, and bounced around three feet higher.

18.5

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, floats one full outside off and searches for more away movement, Kallis is a touch early on the drive and it goes off the inside edge towards mid-on

18.6

Sreesanth to Kallis, FOUR, Sree ends the over with a generous New Year gift for Kallis who gobbles it down without saying Thank You. Sprayed onto the pads, Kallis gets inside the line and swishes it away with a neat glance down to fine leg

End of over 19 (8 runs) South Africa 57/2
JH Kallis    9* (15b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    5-0-22-0
HM Amla    20* (41b 3x4)      I Sharma    5-1-11-1

19.1

Sharma to Amla, no run, back of a length from Ishant and good carry, Amla shoulders arms outside off

Plenty of comments coming in saying Akram was far more accomplished than Zaheer. True again, but Zaheer in the last 1-2 years has been close to Akram's best.

19.2

Sharma to Amla, no run, full and wide outside off, Amla leaves another one as it moves away off the seam

19.3

Sharma to Amla, 1 run, this time he gets one to nip in, lovely variation from Ishant and Amla is nearly caught napping as he stays back and looks to defend. The ball hit the inside half and went away to the leg side. It wasn't away from the bat-pad gap

19.4

Sharma to Kallis, no run, another one on and around off stump, Kallis deals with it defensively

19.5

Sharma to Kallis, no run, full and a couple of feet outside off, Kallis reaches out but shoulders arms

19.6

Sharma to Kallis, 2 runs, Ishant bangs one in, but at a reasonably friendly pace. Kallis easily covers the bounce and rolls the wrist over an accomplished pull shot towards deep square leg for a couple

End of over 20 (3 runs) South Africa 60/2
JH Kallis    11* (18b 2x4)      I Sharma    6-1-14-1
HM Amla    21* (44b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    5-0-22-0

Aravind, a disillusioned Dravid fan gets the best comment of the day award. "Dravid scores his 10,000th run, but wait, Sehwag scores a career high of 319. Dravid scores 11,000 test runs, goes past Border and scores a match saving 177 after 32-4, but wait, media is focused on Sachin's 20th year. Dravid scores his 12,000 tests runs and goes ahead of Lara, but wait, Sachin scores his 50th 100!!! Dravid takes his 200th catch, but wait, no accolades as people don't find it as good as playing a 50th test match! I wonder what they'll give The Wall for his 150th test match. A brick?"

20.1

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, Sree delivers a loopy full toss on off stump that surprised everybody and Amla, who tamely patted it into the covers

20.2

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, good line, just fuller than good length on off stump and moving away as Amla defends from the crease. It goes off the outside half towards cover point

20.3

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, more of the away movement from Sree, but this begins from a foot outside off and Amla leaves it easily

20.4

Sreesanth to Amla, 1 run, attacks the stumps with a full delivery and Amla gets a thick inside edge as he falls across, attemting to play a whip to the on side. Single to long leg

20.5

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, a touch of extra bounce and the away movement as well from middle and leg for Sree. Kallis adjusts at the last moment and defends off the top of the bat.

20.6

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, full, but straying down the leg side for sure as Kallis gets hit on the pads. Half shout erupts, but dies down quickly

2.48pm Aaaand we are back on. The flood lights have been turned on, the rain has cleared, the umpires are out there and the Indians are in a huddle. Kallis and Amla stride out. The great Cape Town start-stop first day of the New Year Test rolls on.

2.30pm Right, the bad weather seems to have set in for a bit. I'll bring you the latest updates once we have them. That should give you enough time to install our Chrome extension and the ESPNcricinfo toolbar.

Raghu sends in this gem: "Continuing on Dravid - who can forget the epic innings Adeliade. Not one - but in both innings. And what happens - Saddam is caught!"

And Deepak: "I think Dravid was destined to play sidekick ever since he started his career. 95 at Lord's, only to be overshadowed by Ganguly's 131, also on debut."

2.22pm Ah bad luck. Guess it is the Nelsonesque numbers on the watch. Bad light halts play. Firdose Moonda's update is not too encouraging - it seems there is a bit of rain in the air as well.

The players are taking drinks. Meanwhile, don't forget to head over to our Facebook page and share your thoughts on just how this Test match could pan out. You can also follow us on Twitter to get updated with all the news as it happen.

Ritchie: "Friends, it's all over for Zak now. Irfan was compared with Wasim and he is lost. Amir was compared with Wasim, he is gone. Now you labelled Zak as well." Whoa.

Meanwhile, Bharath picks out some more instances when Dravid was forgotten. "Adding to Dravid's woes. He scored Career best 154 in ODI against NZ, but sachin got acclodes for 186. scored then career best 145, Ganguly got 183 against SL. Scored 180 against AUS in 2001 famous test match VVS was in limelight."

End of over 21 (1 run) South Africa 61/2
JH Kallis    11* (20b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    6-0-23-0
HM Amla    22* (48b 3x4)      I Sharma    6-1-14-1

Zaheer takes up the attack.

21.1

Khan to Amla, FOUR, Amla welcomes him with an easy boundary. Zaheer floats in a rather stiff and slow half volley on off stump. Amla did not have much to do, but what little he had to, he did in style. Leans out and crisply square drives it for four

21.2

Khan to Amla, 1 no ball, and this time Zak over-steps. Lands outside leg and raps the pads.

21.2

Khan to Amla, FOUR, Tendulkar dives over it at mid-on. Don't think India were really ready for such a quick resumption. Zak gets this one to nip into Amla, who adjusts well and on-drives. Sachin puts in a languid dive over the ball and lets it through

21.3

Khan to Amla, FOUR, all intent from South Africa. This time, no help from thre bowler or fielders, Amla makes it happen. Over-pitched on middle and leg, and he clips it away to the right of Tendulkar who did not have a chance to stop it this time.

21.4

Khan to Amla, no run, better delivery, 13 runs have gone since resumption and we finally have a dot ball. Zak gets one to straighten from off stump and Amla defends carefully down the track

21.5

Khan to Amla, no run, some more inward movement from Zak, Amla works it off the inside half towards square leg

21.6

Khan to Amla, no run, slants one across Amla who leaves. That brings an end to Zaheer's most forgettable over so far on this tour

End of over 22 (13 runs) South Africa 74/2
HM Amla    34* (55b 6x4)      Z Khan    10-2-37-1
JH Kallis    11* (20b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    6-0-23-0

Three slips for Sree to Kallis.

22.1

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, outswinger, landed full and wide of off stump, easy leave for Kallis

22.2

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, Sree makes him come forward with another fullish ball on off stump, Kallis reaches out and drives solidly to mid off

22.3

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, shorter and wider, more pronounced movement and bounce than before, but it is wasted because of the line. Kallis lets it go

22.4

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, tucks him up with one that angles in from short of good length, Kallis hops up and defends carefully to the leg side

22.5

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, lovely movement from Sree, but again not close enough to off to make Kallis play. Full and darting away from Kallis who leaves it again

22.6

Sreesanth to Kallis, 1 run, this time Kallis plays, and unfurls a well-timed square drive. It is half stopped by Harbhajan at point, who then has a shy at the bowler's end, but can't prevent the single

End of over 23 (1 run) South Africa 75/2
JH Kallis    12* (26b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    7-0-24-0
HM Amla    34* (55b 6x4)      Z Khan    10-2-37-1

23.1

Khan to Kallis, (no ball) 1 run, Zaheer contines to be average since resumption. Another no-ball, also generously landed on the pads for an wasy single

23.1

Khan to Amla, no run, and just like that, he produces a beauty. Lands one on off and gets it to curve away from Amla after angling across him. The in-form batsman reaches out and looks completely befuddled as it eludes his edge and goes through.

23.2

Khan to Amla, no run, full again, on middle and leg, this time Amla covers the line and defends back to the bowler

23.3

Khan to Amla, 1 run, over-pitched on off, Amla digs it out from the crease into the covers for one

23.4

Khan to Kallis, no run, this one darts into Kallis from off stump, Kallis reaches out with his pronounced shuffle and then adjusts to defend down the track

23.5

Khan to Kallis, no run, how close was that? Kallis gets reluctantly half forward to one that nipped in a touch, and gets an inside edge that nearly went back onto the stumps. It stopped dead after hitting the back leg

23.6

Khan to Kallis, no run, and finishes with one that moves away. Kallis is very cautious as he spots the movement and leaves. Alright, Zaheer's loosener is behind him. This was a lovely over.

End of over 24 (3 runs) South Africa 78/2
JH Kallis    13* (30b 2x4)      Z Khan    11-2-40-1
HM Amla    35* (58b 6x4)      S Sreesanth    7-0-24-0

24.1

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, Sree nearly sucks Amla into a fish outside off with one just back of a length and moving away late from outside off. Amla pulls out of the drive at the last moment

24.2

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, classic shape from Sree, homes in on a full length around off stump and gets that curve away again, but this time Amla covers it well and defends to the off side

24.3

Sreesanth to Amla, 2 runs, slants this one into the body and Amla tucks it away off the backfoot through midwicket

24.4

Sreesanth to Amla, FOUR, that shot is a crash-course in the art of cover driving. Sree lands this on the driving length outside off, and despite the away swing, Amla's feet were in place for the shot early. But there was a packed cover cordon to be eluded. What does Amla do? Instead of driving through the line, he opens the face and with a late flourish of the wrists guides it squarer between cover and point. Classy.

24.5

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, Sree responds with a loopy bouncer angling down the leg side. Amla thinks of going through with the pull before pulling out.

24.6

Sreesanth to Amla, FOUR, part two in the crash-course. Another over-pitched offerinf from Sree, this time on middle and over and curving away. Amla reaches across, but doesn't overdo the forward and across movement. He stays beside the line and opens the face to drill it through the covers. More textbook, just as awesome to watch.

End of over 25 (10 runs) South Africa 88/2
HM Amla    45* (64b 8x4)      S Sreesanth    8-0-34-0
JH Kallis    13* (30b 2x4)      Z Khan    11-2-40-1

SA have seized the momentum since the resumption. The home crowd loves it. Dhoni will be a little concerned.

25.1

Khan to Kallis, no run, Zaheer slants one down the leg and Kallis lets it go.

25.2

Khan to Kallis, 3 runs, poor from Zaheer, lands this one on the pads and it is easy runs for Kallis who flicks it square and they hustle across for three

25.3

Khan to Amla, no run, Amla is beginning to look ominous now. Full from Zaheer and slanting across the right hander, who isw hardly bothered by the angle and times the off drive perfectly. Mid off hurries across to save the boundary. Zaheer shifts round the wicket

25.4

Khan to Amla, no run, lands one a foot outside off, Amla has a look at it and lets it go

25.5

Khan to Amla, 1 run, another one floated across Amla who mistimes the cover-drive and Ishant at mid off does well to run to his right and effect a sliding save to prevent more than one

25.6

Khan to Kallis, no run, full on middle and off, Kallis defends back down the track with the full face of the bat

End of over 26 (4 runs) South Africa 92/2
JH Kallis    16* (33b 2x4)      Z Khan    12-2-44-1
HM Amla    46* (67b 8x4)      S Sreesanth    8-0-34-0

26.1

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, a very tardy bouncer from Sree to begin his over, banged very short and going well down the leg side. Easy leave for Amla

26.2

Sreesanth to Amla, SIX, "Catch it!" is the yell from the bowler, but Amla has slammed Sree over the boundary to bring up a fluent half-century. Short ball, got Amla into the pull and Sree reckoned it was top-edged and that Zaheer at fine leg was in business. He ran across to his left only to see it sail over, backward of square leg. There was another fielder squarer for the shot, but he's bisected them perfectly

26.3

Sreesanth to Amla, 2 runs, a leading edge this time, but things are going SA's way now. Sree opens up Amla whose drive runs off the edge behind point for a couple more

26.4

Sreesanth to Amla, no run, another bouncer going down the leg, another duck from Amla

26.5

Sreesanth to Amla, FOUR, edged and just wide of Laxman at second slip. Sree gets the away movement going, very subtle and god enough to get the outside edge as Amla drives without moving forward and across. But the edge flies through safe.

26.6

Sreesanth to Amla, 1 run, finishes with another completely-in-control pull as Sree bangs it in. Straight to deep square leg this time for one, but that shot was loaded with intent. India need to start afresh here.

End of over 27 (13 runs) South Africa 105/2
HM Amla    59* (73b 9x4 1x6)      S Sreesanth    9-0-47-0
JH Kallis    16* (33b 2x4)      Z Khan    12-2-44-1

27.1

Khan to Amla, no run, floated wide of the stumps and Amla leaves the first ball

27.2

Khan to Amla, no run, over-pitched, no movement now for Zaheer and Amla punches it off the front foot towards mid on

27.3

Khan to Amla, no run, huge appeal for caught behind. Zaheer gets one to move away from Amla out of nowhere and he has a feel for it. No contact with ball, and the bat thuds into the pad to cause a noise that creates some interest. Good call from the umpire, it's not out

27.4

Khan to Amla, no run, this one straigthtens a touch from well outside off and Amla leaves easily

27.5

Khan to Amla, no run, Zaheer gets this to angle across Amla and hold its line. Arms are shouldered again

27.6

Khan to Amla, no run, another peach from Zaheer, boy South Africa are surviving the good ones and killing the bad ones! This one nips away from Amla too, who does everything except edge it through to Dhoni.

End of over 28 (maiden) South Africa 105/2
HM Amla    59* (79b 9x4 1x6)      Z Khan    13-3-44-1
JH Kallis    16* (33b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    9-0-47-0

Sree runs in. Only two slips, despite that edge.

28.1

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, gets one to move away a touch from a length and Kallis adjusts to defend from the crease

28.2

Sreesanth to Kallis, 1 run, too short this time, Kallis is in position early and cuts it away square for a single to the sweeper

28.3

Sreesanth to Amla, OUT, Amla has played one shot too many and Sree has struck with the short ball. We have had a few comments, asking whether Amla thought this was the Twenty20 match for which he's been picked.. Well, he was in T20 mode since the rain resumption, wasn't he? Sree gets this bouncer to end on off and middle, which meant Amla had to pull it all the way across. He went for the challenge, and tried to clear the two men in the deep, but this was onto him faster than he'd have though. The top-edge loops up and lands in deep midwicket's hands. India have a big wicket here. Sree gives him a bit of a send-off

HM Amla c Pujara b Sreesanth 59 (110m 80b 9x4 1x6) SR: 73.75

AB de Villiers is the new man in.

28.4

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, back of a length outside off and holding it's line. AB stays in the crease and leaves

28.5

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, angles into AB from wide of the crease, and he reaches across to push it towards the covers

28.6

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, shortens the length and gets that lively away seamer going again. AB gets nicely across to cover the line and defends it off the backfoot to the off side

End of over 29 (1 run) South Africa 106/3
AB de Villiers    0* (3b)      S Sreesanth    10-0-48-1
JH Kallis    17* (35b 2x4)      Z Khan    13-3-44-1

29.1

Khan to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis gets another one on middle and leg and clips it square for a single

Three slips for Zaheer to AB.

29.2

Khan to de Villiers, 2 runs, slants across from over the wicket and AB's away with a push into the covers. Harbhajan throws late at the striker's end, misses and concedes an extra run

29.3

Khan to de Villiers, no run, slants across again, but lands well outside off and AB leaves this time

29.4

Khan to de Villiers, no run, homes in on middle and off line, AB arrests the forward and across movement to defend carefully down the track

29.5

Khan to de Villiers, no run, ooh, that came in a touch from outside off and AB ended up getting an inside edge as he pressed forward into a defensive shot

29.6

Khan to de Villiers, 1 run, Zaheer finishes with a beauty, full and tailing in sharply towards middle and leg. AB just manages to squeeze it away towards square leg for one

End of over 30 (4 runs) South Africa 110/3
AB de Villiers    3* (8b)      Z Khan    14-3-48-1
JH Kallis    18* (36b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    10-0-48-1

Sree continues.

30.1

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, back of a length outside off and nipping into AB who shoulders arms.

30.2

Sreesanth to de Villiers, 1 run, this one comes in again from wide of the crease and AB works it softly behind square on the leg side for a single

30.3

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, Kallis looks to pull the short ball now, there is a man in the deep who is interested, as is the camera man who pans away towards square leg. However, Kallis made no contact as he was early on the shot, to a ball that did not rise that much

30.4

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, follows it up with a feeler outside off, it swings away from a full length and Kallis reaches out but leaves

30.5

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, more away movement, this time from just back of a length and Kallis is allowed to stay back and defend to the off side after spotting the deviation

30.6

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, and now he gets one to come in sharply. Good work from Sreesanth this over, but Kallis has seen it off. Again stays in the crease, reads the movement off the pitch and defends back down the track

End of over 31 (1 run) South Africa 111/3
JH Kallis    18* (40b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    11-0-49-1
AB de Villiers    4* (10b)      Z Khan    14-3-48-1

31.1

Khan to de Villiers, no run, back of a length from Zaheer and AB looks to slap it off the back foot through the off side. It wasn't short enough for the shot and he mistimed it

31.2

Khan to de Villiers, FOUR, Lock, stock and two smoking barrels! Zaheer is searching for the swing and getting it, but AB's not bothered by it this time. This was full on off and coming into him, as he pressed forward and drove it straight back past Zaheer. Top shot

31.3

Khan to de Villiers, no run, shortens the length wisely on middle and leg, AB stays back and defends to the leg side

31.4

Khan to de Villiers, no run, Zaheer induces another inside edge that hits the pads and stops. He gets this one to come into AB as he looks to defend to the off side and gets it off the inside half onto the pads.

Zaheer shifts to round the wicket now.

31.5

Khan to de Villiers, no run, gets this one to move away from wide of off stump, it is an easy leave for AB

31.6

Khan to de Villiers, no run, full dlivery angling in from over the wicket to end the over, AB presses across and defends softly into the off side, but can't pick the single

End of over 32 (4 runs) South Africa 115/3
AB de Villiers    8* (16b 1x4)      Z Khan    15-3-52-1
JH Kallis    18* (40b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    11-0-49-1

32.1

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, full and coming into Kallis from outside off, he stays back and defends to the leg side

32.2

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, more of the away seam movement from Sree, from back of a length outside off. Kallis stays back and covers the movement before blocking to the off side

32.3

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, Sree plugs away outside off, Kallis continues to defend from the crease with the full face of the bat.

32.4

Sreesanth to Kallis, 1 run, sucker ball, thrown generously full and looking for the edge, but Kallis middles the square drive. There is cover in the deep, so he only gets a single

32.5

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, fullish ball outside off, coming into AB who comes forward and defends to the off side

32.6

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run, strays onto middle and leg, but AB doesn't capitalise. Defends it back to the bowler with a straight bat to end the over

End of over 33 (1 run) South Africa 116/3
AB de Villiers    8* (18b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    12-0-50-1
JH Kallis    19* (44b 2x4)      Z Khan    15-3-52-1

Harbhajan comes on at long last. Several of our readers were getting restless at not seeing him have a bowl. The ball has been moving and it will be a little wet, so it's not the ideal conditions for him. Slip and backward short leg.

33.1

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, no run, turns in from off stump and Kallis plays it so softly that it lands and rolls backwards. He keeps it away with the feet

33.2

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, no run, looped up on off, worked confidently off the front foot towards mid on

33.3

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis gets inside the line and works it square for one.

Silly mid on for AB. Midwicket goes back.

33.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, back of a length outside off, AB reaches across and defends to the off side

33.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, again, Bhaj lands this back of a length outside off and AB pats it back off the backfoot as it turns in

33.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, straighter one to end the over, but too short and outside off to trouble AB who works it back to Harbhajan

End of over 34 (1 run) South Africa 117/3
AB de Villiers    8* (21b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-1-0
JH Kallis    20* (47b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    12-0-50-1

Double break with ten minutes to tea. Ishant comes on now. Two slips and Sehwag at widish gully.

34.1

Sharma to Kallis, no run, Sehwag is in business immediately as Ishant bowls one short and wide outside off. Kallis cuts hard and straight to Sehwag who winces after fielding

34.2

Sharma to Kallis, 1 run, back of a length outside off again, Kallis punches confidently off the back foot through the covers

34.3

Sharma to de Villiers, 1 run, ooh, sharp inducker from Ishant and AB does well to get bat on that as his trigger movement takes him across. Manages to get it away behind square for one

34.4

Sharma to Kallis, no run, fuller length on off stump, Kallis comes forward and defends solidly into the covers

34.5

Sharma to Kallis, no run, extra bounce from Ishant from a length outside off and MSD takes it over his head. Good thing that wasn't in line with the stumps, else Kallis might have had some trouble keeping it out.

34.6

Sharma to Kallis, no run, comes in with the angle from outside off, Kallis hops on the backfoot and defends to the leg side of the pitch

End of over 35 (2 runs) South Africa 119/3
JH Kallis    21* (52b 2x4)      I Sharma    7-1-16-1
AB de Villiers    9* (22b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-1-0

35.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, short again from Harbhajan, AB stays back and defends with the spin to mid on

35.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, FOUR, top timing from AB. Another short ball from Harbhajan, turning in from well outside off and AB managed to force it against the spin off the backfoot through point for four.

35.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, fuller, draws AB forward and he defends carefully after reaching the pitch

35.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flight again, on off stump and AB defends down the track

35.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, flighted on middle and it skids along as AB reaches out and defends watchfully

35.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, more tight defence to end the over, Bhaj loops it up on off stump and AB presses across to defend down the track

End of over 36 (4 runs) South Africa 123/3
AB de Villiers    13* (28b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-5-0
JH Kallis    21* (52b 2x4)      I Sharma    7-1-16-1

36.1

Sharma to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis smartly steals a single. Back of a length and coming in from outside off, he taps it softly towards cover and hustles across. AB responds in a flash

36.2

Sharma to de Villiers, no run, moves into AB this time, from back of a length outside off, and it is defended back down the track

36.3

Sharma to de Villiers, no run, fuller this time, checking if AB is stuck on the backfoot. AB is not, he presses forward and defends it back towards Ishant

36.4

Sharma to de Villiers, no run, Ishant plugs away back of a length, there is no sideways movement here and AB stays on the crease to cover the line and punch it into the off side

36.5

Sharma to de Villiers, no run, fuller and a foot outside off, AB reaches outside and then lets it go

This should be the last ball before tea.

36.6

Sharma to de Villiers, 1 run, wide of off stump and AB steers it square for a single and picks a single to end the session

Despite Amla's wicket, that was largely South Africa's session as they counter-punched following the loss of the openers. Amla was the leader of the resurgence, and his dismissal, against the run of play, leaves the state of the match more or less even. India will need more wickets after tea, else they risk wasting the toss advantage.

Join us after tea at 4.20pm, ie in 15 minutes. It will be myself, Nitin Sundar, taking you through the first part of that session. In the meantime here is George Binoy's updated bulletin.

End of over 37 (2 runs) South Africa 125/3
AB de Villiers    14* (33b 2x4)      I Sharma    8-1-18-1
JH Kallis    22* (53b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-5-0

India are in a huddle near the outfield, with MS Dhoni laying out the plans for the final session. AB trots out and gardens at rhe pitch. Kallis surveys the scene. Harbhajan is warming up to bowl. Slip, backward short leg in place. AB faces.

We are back for the final session. Early wickets here could give India a sighter into a shaky lower order, starting with Mark Boucher, who is in dire need of some runs. Before him, India have to find a way past Kallis and AB - not easy.

37.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, curls into off stump line and turns in, AB defends to the leg side off the front foot

37.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, aired up on middle and leg, AB reaches out again and defends to the leg side

37.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, AB skips out and Harbhajan holds it back, AB doesn't reach the pitch and defends carefully

37.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, long on is back on the boundary and AB takes the chance to drive it straight down the ground for one

37.5

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, 1 run, fired in outside off, Kallis stays in the crease and steers it with an angled face behind point

37.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, tossed up outside off, AB presses across and defends with very soft hands. The ball has some back spin as it dribbles away to the off side and Dhoni collects

End of over 38 (2 runs) South Africa 127/3
AB de Villiers    15* (38b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-7-0
JH Kallis    23* (54b 2x4)      I Sharma    8-1-18-1

38.1

Sharma to Kallis, no run, Ishant's had something special for tea, for he begins the session with a jaffa. Slants in towards off stump line and then rears up as it shapes away, as Kallis gets ready to fend. It was too good to take the edge

38.2

Sharma to Kallis, no run, this one is fuller, Kallis stays on the crease and defends carefully down the track

38.3

Sharma to Kallis, no run, another shortish ball, this time nipping back in towards Kallis, who hops back and defends down the track

38.4

Sharma to Kallis, no run, amd this time he cuts him in half with another sharp inducker. Kallis grimaces as he hops back fails to get bat on it, and it thuds into the thigh area

38.5

Sharma to Kallis, no run, more trouble for Kallis, this one comes in as well and bounces extra. Kallis takes his top hand off in pain as that jumped up, but he managed to play it away to the leg side

Short leg walks into position.

38.6

Sharma to Kallis, no run, top over from Ishant. Ends in anti-climactic fashion as Kallis leaves a back of a length delivery well outside off that doesn't do anything off the pitch

End of over 39 (maiden) South Africa 127/3
JH Kallis    23* (60b 2x4)      I Sharma    9-2-18-1
AB de Villiers    15* (38b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-7-0

39.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, drifts onto middle and leg, AB gets forward and works it around the pads to the on side

39.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, holds the length back and gets this to bite and turn into AB, who defends against the spinto the on side

39.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, over-pitched on leg stump and an easy single for AB who works it with the spin wide of mid on

39.4

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, no run, slow and flighted outside off, not much turn as Kallis moves forward to defend

39.5

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis motions out of the crease and taps one from outside off into the covers for a single

39.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, another flighted ball on leg stump, AB plays it straight to mid on for no run

End of over 40 (2 runs) South Africa 129/3
AB de Villiers    16* (42b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-9-0
JH Kallis    24* (62b 2x4)      I Sharma    9-2-18-1

Dylan: "Ishant Sharma hasn't yet bowled a no-ball. Is it some new year resolution?" Good one, mate!

40.1

Sharma to Kallis, no run, Ishant gets one to move in from wide of the stumps, Kallis presses across and defends towards the off side

40.2

Sharma to Kallis, FOUR, and Ishant lets the pressure fizzle away with a poor delivery. Full, on the pads, Kallis has put away several of these in his career and refuses to waste the opportunity. Creamed for four through midwicket

40.3

Sharma to Kallis, 1 run, another stolen single. Kallis stays back and defends softly into the covers. India shouldn't be allowing these.

40.4

Sharma to de Villiers, no run, full length ball, a couple of feet outside off and AB does not want to do anything with it

40.5

Sharma to de Villiers, no run, fuller this time, a hint of inward seam movement, but not enough to trouble AB, who lets it go

40.6

Sharma to de Villiers, no run, another full one on off stump, this time AB defends it square with an open face

End of over 41 (5 runs) South Africa 134/3
AB de Villiers    16* (45b 2x4)      I Sharma    10-2-23-1
JH Kallis    29* (65b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-9-0

41.1

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, no run, Kallis looks to whip one sliding down the leg, but can't make contact.

41.2

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, no run, tossed up on middle, worked with the spin towards mid on

41.3

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, 2 runs, nicely done. Harbhajan tosses this one wide of off stump and Kallis steers it through the covers for a couple

41.4

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, 1 run, flighted on off this time, Kallis gets inside the line and works it with the spin wide of mid on

41.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, shortens the length to AB who stays back and defends towards covers

41.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, FOUR, cracked away through the covers. That wasn't over-pitched from Harbhajan. It was on a length outside off and turning in, and it drew AB into the drive. And what a drive it was, he powered it with the full face through the covers

End of over 42 (7 runs) South Africa 141/3
AB de Villiers    20* (47b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-16-0
JH Kallis    32* (69b 3x4)      I Sharma    10-2-23-1

42.1

Sharma to Kallis, 1 run, signs of reverse? Ishant gets that to tail in viciously from outside off towards leg stump and Kallis tucks it towards midwicket for one

42.2

Sharma to de Villiers, no run, length ball outside off, AB reaches across and lets it go

42.3

Sharma to de Villiers, 1 run, Ishant gets that extra bounce again, to go with the inward seam movement from outside off. AB fends it off the splice past square leg for a single

42.4

Sharma to Kallis, no run, this one moves the away way - this is conventional movement, from a foot or so outside off. Kallis lets it go without any fuss

42.5

Sharma to Kallis, no run, pitches this one well up, searching for the lbw, but Kallis manages to keep it out to the off side, as that looked to move away from leg towards middle and off

42.6

Sharma to Kallis, no run, shorter outside off to end the over, Kallis gets behind the line and defends to the off side

End of over 43 (2 runs) South Africa 143/3
JH Kallis    33* (73b 3x4)      I Sharma    11-2-25-1
AB de Villiers    21* (49b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-16-0

43.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, Bhaj keeps turning them into leg, and AB keeps coming forward to defend around the pads to the leg side

43.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, pulls the length back but again gets it to turn down the leg and AB works it towards square leg

43.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, on off stump this time and AB reaches out to punch it down the ground for one

43.4

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, 1 run, too straight from Harbhajan, another easy single as Kallis taps it towards midwicket

43.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, moves to off stump and AB reaches out to smother the spin. He couldn't reach the pitch and it hit the top of the bat as he pressed forward

43.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, again, turning into the pads and worked with the spin towards midwicket

End of over 44 (2 runs) South Africa 145/3
AB de Villiers    22* (54b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-18-0
JH Kallis    34* (74b 3x4)      I Sharma    11-2-25-1

Ishant again.

44.1

Sharma to Kallis, FOUR, Kallis steals four. Ishant's bowled all sorts of variations in this spell, and this is another inducker, but it went too far in. Kallis got inside the line and tucked it away very fine for four.

44.2

Sharma to Kallis, no run, back of a length outside off, this one holds its line and Kallis defends it towards mid off

44.3

Sharma to Kallis, no run, slants into the body, Kallis gets inside the line and works it to the leg side

44.4

Sharma to Kallis, 2 runs, full and tailing into the pads again, Kallis flicks him square for a couple. He hit in straight into the turf and it scooted through between short leg's legs

44.5

Sharma to Kallis, no run, punched majestically as Ishant over-pitches on middle and leg, but Harbhajan at mid on does really well to run across to his left and dive to save it

44.6

Sharma to Kallis, no run, the last one slants well down the leg side and Kallis lets it go.

That's it from me for today. Sriram Veera to take you through to stumps.

End of over 45 (6 runs) South Africa 151/3
JH Kallis    40* (80b 4x4)      I Sharma    12-2-31-1
AB de Villiers    22* (54b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-18-0

Tks Nitin

45.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, leans well forward to defend to the off side

45.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, stretches forward to push the off break to the off side

45.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, on the middle and leg line and AB flicks it through to deep midwicket for a single

45.4

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, 1 run, takes this from outside off and whips it with the turn to long-on

45.5

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, gets forward to defend the off break that bounces. It hit the top of the bat.

45.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, fuller and AB drives it to Gambhir at covers

End of over 46 (2 runs) South Africa 153/3
AB de Villiers    23* (59b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    7-0-20-0
JH Kallis    41* (81b 4x4)      I Sharma    12-2-31-1

46.1

Sharma to Kallis, no run, in the zone outside off stump and Kallis allows it to pass through to Dhoni. forward short-leg in place. AB has a chat with Simon Taufel

46.2

Sharma to Kallis, 1 run, this one tilts away after landing on a good length around the off stump, kallis presses back, covers for the movement and pushes it out to covers

46.3

Sharma to de Villiers, no run, Ouch! AB pulls that short one and it bounces in front of forward short leg and crashes into the right shin guard of Pujara! AB immediately has a word with Pujara who nods. The shin guard saved him there

46.4

Sharma to de Villiers, no run, Cracker! This one darts back in and bounces. It rushes past the defensive waft and strikes the back thigh .. and rolls to gully region

46.5

Sharma to de Villiers, no run, in the zone outside off, testing AB will feel for it after the previous delivery but he doesn't

46.6

Sharma to de Villiers, no run, short ball outside off stump and AB chops it to point. It wasn't quite the conventional horizontal square-cut. Perhaps, due to the tennis-ball bounce on offer here at Newlands.

End of over 47 (1 run) South Africa 154/3
AB de Villiers    23* (63b 3x4)      I Sharma    13-2-32-1
JH Kallis    42* (83b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    7-0-20-0

47.1

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, no run, on the off and middle line, eased to short midwicket. Slip and backward short leg in place

47.2

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, 1 run, leans forward to drive to long-on

47.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, gets the bat in front of the pad and defends.

47.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, fuller, eased down to long-on for another single

50 of the partnership is up and cheers around the arena

47.5

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, no run, quicker one, Jacques goes quickly back to defend it to towards short and straightish midwicket

47.6

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, 1 run, on the middle and leg, flicked towards Sehwag at the conventional midwicket position and they rush across for the single. Harbhajan lets out a cry of agony; he wasn't happy that Sehwag didn't respond quickly enough to cut that one off.

End of over 48 (3 runs) South Africa 157/3
JH Kallis    44* (87b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    8-0-23-0
AB de Villiers    24* (65b 3x4)      I Sharma    13-2-32-1

Sreesanth is back. No head band this time. Rumesh Ratnayake wouldn't approve.

48.1

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, Two slips in place. Lovely delivery. It landed on the middle stump line on a good length and straightened. Kallis adjusted to the late movement and pushed it out to the off side

48.2

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, nice outswinger this time. It curved away in the air from the off stump and lured Kallis into the cover drive. Kallis couldn't cover the movement fully and ended up edging it to the on side

48.3

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, Another good delivery. This one lands on a good length around off and kicked up even as it moved away. Kallis made sure he got the bat high and well out of the way

48.4

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, in the channel and it wobbles through to Dhoni without any drama.

48.5

Sreesanth to Kallis, no run, tries to start the swing from the middle.. it goes down straight to middle and leg, worked to the on side

48.6

Sreesanth to Kallis, 1 run, on the middle stump line, Kallis shuffles and works the ball past square-leg for a single

End of over 49 (1 run) South Africa 158/3
JH Kallis    45* (93b 4x4)      S Sreesanth    13-0-51-1
AB de Villiers    24* (65b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    8-0-23-0

49.1

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, 1 run, full, too full, driven to Ishant at mid-off for a single

49.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, on the middle stump line, wristed to deep midwicket

49.3

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, 1 run, from round the stumps, on the middle stump line, worked past square-leg for a single

49.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, flights it full outside off, from round the stumps, driven to left of Ishant at mid-off for a single

49.5

Harbhajan Singh to Kallis, 1 run, on the middle and leg, whipped to deep midwicket for a single

49.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, leans across to push-drive it to covers

End of over 50 (5 runs) South Africa 163/3
AB de Villiers    26* (68b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    9-0-28-0
JH Kallis    48* (96b 4x4)      S Sreesanth    13-0-51-1
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
Series Results
South Africa v India at Cape Town - Jan 2-6, 2011
Match drawn
South Africa v India at Durban - Dec 26-29, 2010
India won by 87 runs
South Africa v India at Centurion - Dec 16-20, 2010
South Africa won by an innings and 25 runs
More results »

Match Coverage

Photos

Jan 6, 2011

Sachin Tendulkar waves to the crowd after what is likely to be his last Test in South Africa, South Africa v India, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 5th day, January 6, 2011

Sachin Tendulkar waves to the crowd after what is likely to be his last Test in South Africa

© AFP

Jan 6, 2011

Gary Kirsten talks to MS Dhoni after what could be his last Test as coach of India, South Africa v India, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 5th day, January 6, 2011

Gary Kirsten talks to MS Dhoni after what could be his last Test as coach of India

© AFP

All photos for this match | Galleries