South Africa v India, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 2nd day December 19, 2013

All-round Philander resists inspired India


South Africa 213 for 6 (Smith 68, Philander 48*, Ishant 3-64) trail India 280 (Kohli 119, Philander 4-61) by 67 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Match Point: India's length trapped SA batsmen

Any South Africa fans who decided to head to the Wanderers after tracking the first two sessions at work or college, would have been gobsmacked on taking their seat. Instead of seeing their mighty side extend their dominance, South Africa's heavyweight batting had been taken apart. That too by Ishant Sharma, lately the punchline of most jokes about Indian cricket. South Africa had suddenly slid from 130 for 1 to 146 for 6.

It was left to Vernon Philander, who had rolled over the Indian lower order in the first hour, to lead South Africa's resistance with the bat, frustrating India for nearly two hours and even up the match.

The major drama after tea was preceded by the first two sessions going almost entirely South Africa's way. MS Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane started the day cautiously, scoring nine runs in the first eight overs. South Africa's bowlers had learnt their lessons from the first day, though, and shifted their line closer to the stumps to be rewarded abundantly as India could only add 25 before losing their final five wickets.

Then Graeme Smith played the sort of innings he specialises in - ugly, but effective. There was a painful inside-edge onto his knee early on, loads of lbw appeals, outside edges and chinese cuts but Smith, as ever, persevered to a half-century, cashing in whenever the ball was full and on his pads. At the other end, Hashim Amla was beginning to showcase his easy-on-the-eye strokeplay after having begun scratchily.

India's trio of quick bowlers - Zaheer Khan, Mohammed Shami and Ishant - had been pitching it up and worrying the batsmen in the second session, without much luck, underlined by R Ashwin putting down a low Smith chance at first slip. There was some uneven bounce on offer, the ball was moving around, and India had three quicks bowling well together after a long time, but South Africa somehow managed to lose just one wicket in 38 overs.

It all changed with a bad misjudgment from Amla, shouldering arms to a typical incoming delivery from Ishant to lose his offstump. Worse followed for South Africa as Jacques Kallis fell lbw for a golden duck, trapped in the crease by a full ball, leaving Ishant on a hat-trick and India on a high. AB de Villiers negotiated the wide hat-trick ball easily, but in the next over itself, South Africa lost their other set batsman as Zaheer had Smith lbw, missing the ball while looking to play across the line.

Shami joined the party and de Villiers joined the list of batsmen who were hesitant to get on the front foot. It was looking bleak for South Africa when Shami's persistent back-of-a-length bowling was rewarded by JP Duminy nicking to slip. India's recent home success has been built on spin, but today it was all about their pace bowlers as Ashwin was used for only two overs in the first 55. One drawback for India on the reliance on pace bowlers was the tardy over rate, as India finished the day nine short, leaving MS Dhoni potentially facing a ban for the next game and his side certainly facing a hefty fine.

Zaheer's fitness was on display as he went through 22 overs without tiring, and he constantly bowled in the mid-130s, speeds which he couldn't consistently manage before his axeing. He has been an on-field mentor to plenty of younger Indian fast bowlers and that was on display today as well, putting an arm around Shami and advising him after Philander pulled a short ball for four.

Shami extended the outstanding start to his Test career, but the man who will savour the day the most will be Ishant. He has been reduced to a laughing stock, both on account of having played as many as 51 Tests despite a mediocre record and also his ragged displays on the flat tracks in recent ODIs. There were promising signs early on, when he dismissed Alviro Petersen for a 10th successive low score in Tests and then greeted Amla with a couple of sharp bouncers.

Perhaps the most annoying word for Ishant-baiters is 'unlucky' - used to explain many of Ishant's performances that lacked wickets - and his spell today was veering dangerously towards being branded that as Smith and Amla put on 93 streaky runs. All that changed in a matter of minutes as Ishant revelled in having dismissed two of South Africa's biggest threats, and also justifying his inclusion ahead of the pacier Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, India's first-choice quick bowler ahead of the West Indies series last month. He'll need to string together more of these spells if he is to earn the fans' trust, but this burst on an away Test against the No .1 side is a great start.

Though India's quicks were near unplayable in the hour after tea, Philander and the last specialist batsman Faf du Plessis tempered the visitors' hopes as stumps approached, sticking around for 21.3 overs and steadily eating into India's advantage. Philander took much of the strike, and though he didn't use his feet too well, he pulled and drove with authority, while du Plessis remained unbeaten thanks to Rohit Sharma putting down a sitter at slip towards close.

That miss could prove pivotal, as with the pitch getting tougher and tougher to bat on, even a slim first-innings advantage will be significant. It's been a riveting two days already in Johannesburg, and Friday promises to be another cracker. The crowds have been thin on the first two days, perhaps on the third, cricket fans will skip their work or college and turn up to watch this yo-yoing clash between the top two sides.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Naresh28 on December 20, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    Dhawan is a typical "Shewag" type player. He will never survive - it would better for him to learn to get used to the conditions before going for his shots. India needs solid openers - we saw this in the ODI's as well.

  • Naresh28 on December 20, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    @nitin2208 - on the scorecard summary page. At the botton left there is "SEND COMMENTARY FEEDBACK" Good luck trying to get your comment in between. I imagine they select as they give a running ball by ball.

  • on December 20, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Terrific finish by India. Zak and Ishant were absolutely brilliant. I especially loved the inswinging yorker Zak used to get rid of Morkel.

    Having said that, India will now have to really struggle to set the Proteas a challenging 4th innings total.

  • zalmaypk on December 20, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    Good work by india they shud bat sensibly and ready for counter attack from SA bowlers they are very dangerous like they did with Australia in 2011

  • on December 20, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Richard Davis on (December 20, 2013, 7:32 GMT) : SA is having poor test because Indians are playing well. Give credit where it is due.

  • Srini_Indian on December 20, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Excellent morning so far for Indians. If India gets around 250 in 2nd innings, we'll be in strong position. Fight hard boys, show great application. We're slightly ahead now, don't relinquish the advantage.

  • ARJUN217 on December 20, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Ha ha ha SA ALL OUT 244. Quality swing bowling from india. Intresting to c how dhavan and murali handle steyn and morkel. If india score 280 or more then game on.

  • Naresh28 on December 20, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    Dhawan is a typical "Shewag" type player. He will never survive - it would better for him to learn to get used to the conditions before going for his shots. India needs solid openers - we saw this in the ODI's as well.

  • Naresh28 on December 20, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    @nitin2208 - on the scorecard summary page. At the botton left there is "SEND COMMENTARY FEEDBACK" Good luck trying to get your comment in between. I imagine they select as they give a running ball by ball.

  • on December 20, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Terrific finish by India. Zak and Ishant were absolutely brilliant. I especially loved the inswinging yorker Zak used to get rid of Morkel.

    Having said that, India will now have to really struggle to set the Proteas a challenging 4th innings total.

  • zalmaypk on December 20, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    Good work by india they shud bat sensibly and ready for counter attack from SA bowlers they are very dangerous like they did with Australia in 2011

  • on December 20, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Richard Davis on (December 20, 2013, 7:32 GMT) : SA is having poor test because Indians are playing well. Give credit where it is due.

  • Srini_Indian on December 20, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Excellent morning so far for Indians. If India gets around 250 in 2nd innings, we'll be in strong position. Fight hard boys, show great application. We're slightly ahead now, don't relinquish the advantage.

  • ARJUN217 on December 20, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Ha ha ha SA ALL OUT 244. Quality swing bowling from india. Intresting to c how dhavan and murali handle steyn and morkel. If india score 280 or more then game on.

  • on December 20, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    So first strike to India in the morning and they are bowling to South Africa how South Africa bowls to India, mixing wicket taking swinging length balls with short balls to soften the batsmen. Lets see what Act 3 has to offer...

  • Fijicricket on December 20, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    So far on the comments all from fans a team that cant beat Zimbabwe-India will be smashed-anihilated ,clobbered by Styne, cant play outside India (CT win in England is India ), have no bowlers that are better than the ones that cant bowl out Zim/Afghanistan, game will last 3 days , blah blah blah. Keep it coming fellas! Your commentary borne out of inferiority complex is great fun for all! lol

  • Srini_Indian on December 20, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    After SA dismissed India yesterday the headlines read, "SA quicks demolish India for 280". Now when the similar event happened the headlines read, "India wrap up SA to lead 36". Why downplay India's performance? Where are the words like demolish, destroy etc. Didn't India expose SA's weakness as well?

  • Naresh28 on December 20, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Well Indian pacers have cleaned them up this morning. Pity the lead has gone down ZAKS is a wonderful return to India. Between him and Ishant they was serious competition - that was very nice. In the past with Zaks missing we only had pressure from one end. India will now have to "BAT OUT OF THEIR SKIN"

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 20, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Well done India. 36 runs lead is good in this pitch. @Kulaputra. Both of them out now.

  • Nitin2208 on December 20, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Pls Can anyone tell me where can i find link to the social Commentary page ?? Looking all over the site cannot find:(

  • on December 20, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    khan proved he is best bowler in team. comming after a long break and tsking 4wkt is awsom. then prsising ishant

  • on December 20, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    This show any batting team is vulnerable in the first session of the day's play

  • VinodGupte on December 20, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    the fun begins now. steyn and co will come hard. we have seen that many times in the past. SA bowls out the opposition for a not-so-threatening total. SA batsmen collapse. SA bowlers come back hard and bundle out the opposition for a handful of runs. SA batsmen chase down the target led by Smith (the 4th innings champ). what are the chances that this WON'T happen today? Let's find out.

  • TSJ07 on December 20, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    Now that SA is bowled out with Indian lead of 36 this match is still very interesting.Any team can win it from here. I guess total of 150 is going to be very difficult the way pitch has started to behave with variable bounce. Morne will be very difficult here so will Ishant. Good luck team India!

  • AamirKhan-SuperStar on December 20, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    Very nicely done by India bowlers. Gr8 to see Zak fully fit n firing. Hopefully with the sun out now India can bat out the entire day. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  • bhushanB on December 20, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Ind bowlers did what they had to do this morning... cleaned up the tail.. Zaheer's experience at play....

    Not a big lead.. but any lead can be crucial here...

    Toughest task for IND batsmen... they need to show more application than in the first innings, especially the Dhawans and Sharmas....

    Test cricket at its best...

    Go India Go....You can do it... Believe it...

  • 2nd_Slip on December 20, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Faf is so selfish and useless its not even funny he must be dropped ASAP and the chance given to Elgar!!!!!

  • heathrf1974 on December 20, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Great effort by India and all credit to the selectors for sticking with Ishant. I thought he was past it, but he's been outstanding. Maybe selecting Ishant outside the subcontinent for all test matches could be a good idea. Amazing game. At this point most would have thought South Africa would be winning comfortably.

  • on December 20, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    bad batting approach by faf du plesis

  • on December 20, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    what faf is doing .giving the strikes to tailenders rather than facing the heat himself.come on faf just attack having the bulk of strikes.when will u play as 8th wkt has gone

  • on December 20, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    faf needs to go for the runs it does not help staying at the wicket not getting runs score some runs before we run out of batsmen

  • on December 20, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    not only is philander takeing runs... he s getting them pretty easy...and add to injury a drop catch frm sharma.

  • Fijicricket on December 20, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    @ Imran Iqbal on (December 20, 2013, 8:05 GMT) SA will need lots of luck to win this one!

  • on December 20, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    best luck India

  • on December 20, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    Ishant Sharma to Hashim Amla first ball was the highlight of the day for me.....Popgun bowler....LOL

  • on December 20, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    That dropped catch of du Plessis by Rohit Sharma could come back to haunt India in a bad way.

  • on December 20, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Best of luck for SA

  • on December 20, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    I find it amazing to see so many comments downbeating India here. They have clearly shown that they are the better side over the past two days. India's batting has been better so far, bowling has proved to use the conditions better, India are getting the ball to reverse, just the two dropped chances for India will hurt for sure. Overall this team is showing that it knows how it has to execute to win. People are talking about India caving in the 3rd innings, dont forget that if Dhawan can counter attack something very scary will happen to South Africa. So lets wait and watch what is going to be a very close match, SA will know that India is not going to let up.

  • yuvi_gladiator on December 20, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    its advantage SA i think after that drop catch by rohit. but if indian batsman can show the some grit again in second innings we have delicious couple of days of test cricket coming up. smith was so lucky to have survived the first hour. the pitch is tough, it never stopped swinging through out the test

  • Yousufahmed1 on December 20, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    I just realized that for team which was humbled for 43 all out last time they visited SA, their fans have been too harsh on Indian team. At least we have not been dismissed for less than 50. Only 43 allout and they claim that it is India who can not play on fast pitches. This is laughable.

  • Kulaputra on December 20, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Why could they not get Philander and Du Plessis out ?

  • on December 20, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    I find it interesting to note that, India is playing well and South Africa is having a poor test. Yet, the match is even. I would hate to see the result if the roles were reversed.

  • on December 20, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    india can win if they take quick wickets in the morning session itself.

  • Fijicricket on December 20, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    @wapuser on (December 20, 2013, 6:34 GMT) FYI Australia just receieved a 4-0 whitewash against India ! But you are entitled to your opinion that Aus are far better teams than India.My Bdesh friend also thinks his BD team is better than India! Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I say - see the ICC rankings!

  • Fijicricket on December 20, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    @ThilankaK on (December 20, 2013, 3:41 GMT)You are right! 213 for 6 means match is still not over yet, If it was SA v SL , match would have been over yesterday lol

  • AlSmug on December 20, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    95 wickets @17 s/rate of about 37, what else can one say but .......and he can bat , yet his name rarely gets mentioned

  • on December 20, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Australia toured SA and scored 47 Allout..

    Sri Lanka Toured SA and scored 45 Allout..

    Pakistan Toured SA and scored 49 Allout..

    Comparing to others,

    India did reasonably well..

    Don't underestimate the power of Indian Cricket Team

  • dganger on December 20, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    I switched off my TV around half way when amla and smith were cruising with some 120 for 1. Thought another repeatation of the same old Indian story, opponents will take handsome lead and India will struggle to save innings defeat. I went with my friends to have few drinks in glittering park street at Calcuta during , thought soaking the xmas feeling of park street during this very pleasant winter much more worth it than watching this hapless Indian players. I was pumped up yesterday at the end of day after watching one of the most finest innings by Virat Kohli well supported by Pujara and Rahanae. But never ever in my imagination I thought India will be bowled out so cheaply. I was disgusted to watch the bowlers failing to take wickets after that, not to mention the drop catches. But boy, when I came back home and saw what happened after that I was feeling guilty to discard this boys. What a fight back. Indian's batted well actually to reach that score. Game onnnnn Cricket lovers..

  • on December 20, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    Good work by the Indian bowlers. Athough I think until they beat a quality side away from their dust bowl home pitches, they can't be called a great cricket team. SA and Aus are far better teams than India.

  • on December 20, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    as i said and continue to say ifour bowlers come to the party itsgoing to be tough for the proteas and look it for ur self but thisshould not only be a spark but contineous and results will differ still indianeeds to set southafrica a minimum of 225/250 for the final innings and there is every chance well win

  • stormy16 on December 20, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    India continue to surprise everyone with another amazing bowling performance to back up the batting performance on day 1. I say surprise with all respect to India, no one really expected this to be the position of the game at the end of day 2, which could have been even better had Rohit taken a regulation chance off Faf. The wicket changed spots it seems after tea with the ball moving and the Indians getting some reverse swing. India's 280 now looks a par score - as they say two teams need to bat to know what the wicket it like. Vern saved the day for SA but a lead of 40 in this context could be as good as 100 on a nornal 400+ wicket so all to play for on the 3rd morning. Its riverting test cricket at its best and credit where its due - India have been really good but the game is still up for grabs and both sides still have lots of work to do.

  • zain29 on December 20, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    Taking cue from what I had commented in Siddarth Monga's piece (1st Day Report), the true significance of Virat's innings came to fore yesterday, when SA were nearly out-punched from the Test Match.

    Even I did'nt expect the South African Batting line-up to be tottering at 147/6, and it was only thanks to Veron, that they were able to regain some lost ground.

    One trick I thought that Dhoni could employ more purposefully (and still can), is to continue making Ashwin bowl round the wicket to Faf Duplessis with an umbrella of close-in fielders - and special focus on the staighter one. Duplessis's "Get out of Jail" shot is usually the sweep or the drive through cover. We in Pakistan saw first hand how shaky Pfaf was when facing Ajmal doing exactly this.

  • on December 20, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    yesterday i had a gut feeling for Ishant I have a gut feeling on Rohit Sharma...he will get some valuable runs in second innings...!!

  • electrci_loco_WAP4 on December 20, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    Good work by Indian bowlers who termed as mediocre every time. I believed in my fellow countrymen's comments and checked for a 650/2 declare score and stunned! Don't they ashamed to do such predictions?

  • Karunk on December 20, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    On these bouncy pitches, Ashwin is a better batsman than a bowler. It would have helped India in this match if Ashwin had played in place of Rohit Sharma as a batsman (& fifth bowler) with his place as a bowler going to Bhuvaneshkumar who would have been more effective. Zaheer has bowled 22 overs, Shami - 18 overs & Ishant - 20 overs, on second day for six wickets. It will be a good test of fitness and stamina of these bowlers and they need to bowl in the second innings. Bhuvanesh would have reduced the load to an extent.

  • phoebe_tonkin on December 20, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    Although match is hanging in balance right now, I have a feeling SA will be on top by the end of the day.

  • on December 20, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    If Indian quickies are troubling Saffa batsmen, god save them in upcoming series against Australia. The game plan SA can use is to create dry pitches for Aussies to bring reverse swing in the game and eliminate Aussie pace attack. England did the same in last ashes, and Anderson used the reverse swing beautiful....For SA Steyn can do that too.

    BUT, do they know the art of "maintaining the ball" for reverse swing? Indians certainly do! Interesting cricket ahead! Loving it.

  • Iceman29 on December 20, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Making SA sweat for every run and wicket itself an achievement for this young team..As I predicted earlier before the series started atleast a draw or a good hard fight itself will be a great achievement for us...SA team is a class apart and there is a huge gap between us and them as far as experience and talent is am expecting this same energy and fight from our Ind team till the last ball is bowled in this test matter we win or loss this never say die attitude should never be of luck to both teams...

  • on December 20, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    Once Zaheer Khan retires, India should immediately get him on board as a coach! The way he was mentoring shami and Ishant from mid-on that was pure gold.

    Gream Smith's setup over by Zak was something you can only see in test matches. He bowled him two 5th stump out swingers and then brought next one on to his pads sharply, and bam! Long live test cricket.

  • sbnzm on December 20, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    Indian supporters, you should stop calling philander and faf as 'tailenders' . One of them is an all rounder and faf is a specislist batsman.

  • K_Jan on December 20, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    I rated Rohit above kohli but Rohit didn't do justice to his talent he has proper technique but whats the reason with him that he didn't come good on international stage.

  • on December 20, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    i amy be wrong , but SA bowling attack depends only upon the NEW BALL and HELPFULL conditions..... i havent seen any sort of reverse swing..... all they know is pace and swing the new ball in helpfull conditions......this is where the bowling atack which has a revers swing excell in all conditions... PS: i am not praising india.... even england, pakisthan bowlers has some good revers swing bowlers.... australia and india are on par with reverse swing.....

  • K_Jan on December 20, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    @GRVJPR may your wish come true but as a cricket fan i miss leaders in the current world cricket teams.

  • Iceman29 on December 20, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    If India need to stay on top of this game we need to take atleast 30 to 50 runs lead which will be very crucial...If we can do it then Steyn and Co. will be inching to bowl us out in the second innings....I dont see Ind making 200 to 250 in the second innings so the lead will be crucial to us...Slip fielders need to be more alert...

  • electrci_loco_WAP4 on December 20, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    What a match! Indeed no1 Vs no:2. Happy to see India fought hard unlike our mediocre SL team. We can only dream about such a wonderful performances from fast bowlers. Our bowlers got bagful (runs) last time when we visited there. Everyone got century other than our batsmen.

  • pakyya on December 20, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    Ishant sharma bowled a beautifull line and it was a joy to see him bowling so were Sami and Zaheer, i loved to see the fast bowlers operating and making life difficult for the opposition batsmen, but i think we frettered the advantage like i said yesterday,,South africa will be all out today with a slight lead and the Indian batsmen will have some tough negotiations with SA bowlers but overall a good day for India.

  • on December 20, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    its amazing to see honi gave only 4 overs to ashwin who is prime spinner..... normally one would have thought ashwin will bowl atleast 10 overs.... but i think dhoni has more confidence in hios pace bowlers.... they will have to get the tailenders out with in an hour or so today, and t]later the condition eases , and will be slightly helpful for batting.... witht he cracks opening up, india should bat till lunch or tea on day 4 and get a good lead of 325+ , if they can manage this.... its all over for SA.... remember CATCHES WIN MATCHES.... india cant afford to drop anymore catches....

  • Srivatsava8421 on December 20, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    India fought back well but still it has been worrying our bowlers to get those wickets of Tail-enders. We are in a such a commanding position and I don't understand why the bowlers got relaxed. Rohit Sharma such a laziest person dropped the crucial catch of Duplessis at the end of that innings is not acceptable. Ashwin dropped Smith's catch. One more thing is I don't understand why Indian's give more runs in that thirdman area, everytime the ball get's edge it is a boundary. I think they should work on it. There should be a fielder at thirdman to stop the boundaries, almost 7 r 8 boundaries came from thirdman area. What the coach and other technical people are doing there they have to work on this. I think instead of Ashwin, Umesh Yadav would be the right choice because Rohit sharma and virat kholi can bowl a bit so use them in the middle of the overs. Because in a fast pitches like South Africa we need bowlers like Umesh who can bowl 145 KMPH consistently.Just think of it n all d best

  • GRVJPR on December 20, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    @K_Jan, I don't agree with you at all. Dhoni with bowling resources he has has done better than smith. What did smith d with Steyn and Morkel in his side?? This is the problem in India. At one time people say we don't have bowlers to take wicktes and now saying why dhoni didn't go for kill. Also be patient. Few tailenders swing their bats in cricket, but it will be all over for south africa very soon today.

  • KunzMan on December 20, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    @GRVJPR: Very astute and unbiased opinion sir. It is indeed high time ICC improves its ranking system and give India its due credit of being the number one team. Maybe we can host more of home matches by calling west indies, new Zealand and this over rated SA team. And kudos to your accurate observation of Dhawan getting out to a long hop. I bow down to your acumen sir. Indeed unique!

  • K_Jan on December 20, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    India hv won the first two days of test.Dhoni is wating for batsman mistake he should go for the kill i hv never seen such a defensive captain like him. Missing attacking captains like Vaughan,Steve Waugh and Fleming.

  • GRVJPR on December 20, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    Is south africa good enough to make india take another new ball. Watching the technique of their batsmen I don't think so. Also that 60 from Graeme Smith was the luckiest inning I have ever seem. No technique, inside and outside edges, knees smashing balls, he was awful. In fact Indian batsmen look more poised then these overrated south african batters.

  • GRVJPR on December 20, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    India made south african bowling took second new ball with dale steyn picking only 1 wicket. On the other hand south africa has collapsed even before first new ball become old. ICC please improve your ranking system, SOuth Africa is far from real number 1. Also ask SA to tour tour India for real test of their fast bolwers and spin playing ability of their batsmen.

  • GRVJPR on December 20, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    Overrated South African bowlers got few tail enders out yesterday and they think they have found right length. That same length will disappear when Kohli and company go after this south african attack. I also wish Dhawan has same luck as smith. With his style of play he will be a dangerous batsmen if he comes off for India. For me India has been by far the better team. South Africa were lucky with PUJARA run out and Dhawan hit the long hop to square leg.

  • From_Mountains on December 20, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    I think we were in a commanding position after reducing RSA to 146/6 but after that Dhoni's defensive mind set had done no good for India because his field positioning was too defensive. He gave easy singles to both the batsman and they managed to knit a partnership. Now on 3rd day of test match our bowlers has to reduce RSA on a minimum total as possible. Though very good bowling by Indian seamers particularly by Ishant & Zaheer Khan whereas Md. Sammi was a bit rusty.

  • vinjoy on December 20, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    @Greatest_Game: What an absolutely delightful analysis. It shows your understanding and passion for the game. Feels good to know that. Cheers!!

  • srinideva on December 20, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    @klnrao , will you stop your baseless comments. G gambhir have been part of indian team for so long , but he couldn`t make a century out of 3 years in internatonal cricket. leave alone test cricket. GG has the best footwork and technique, oh come on if someone bowls off side he will just poke it to the slip fielders..GG and VS are the main culprit of india`s downfall in test cricket.

  • ThilankaK on December 20, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    213 for 6 means match is still not over yet, there is another inning for both teams. satisfaction of this result shows Indian fans thinking of they're own team's capability !!!

  • ProdigyA on December 20, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    @JustTalkCricket - Not sure which game you saw but every decision given in this Test was spot on. There is a great game of cricket going on between two top teams and please do not ruin it with your unnecessary hate comments. We know your urge to do so is too strong and go ahead and show it in the UAE. The umpires in this Test have done a great job, which even the DRS could not do in the Ashes.

  • on December 20, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    @ justtalkcricket am not sure whether you watched the match and replays all calls were clear and balls were hitting stumps...DRS would have confired that and when Calls against India were turned down I am not sure any of those were hitting fact Zak was given LBW when its was think before you comment

  • tanstell87 on December 20, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    @CurrentPresident - even i agree with you....Dhoni's defensive mindset of putting fields back for tailenders work in India but it doesn't work outside the sub-continent....3 years ago with India smelling their 1st test series win in South Africa with South Africa 130-6 in 2nd innings leading by 128, Dhoni put the same defensive field for Harbhajan just like yesterday & the SA tail wagged with Kallis making a century...i dont understand why he gets into defensive aggressive cricket, let Faf and Philander play shots over mid-on or mid-off...why giving them easy singles which releases the pressure...absolute defensive captaincy from MS...had it been Clarke or Smith or Cook or even Misbah, South Africa would have been 9 wickets down for 190 at stumps yesterday..

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on December 20, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    Yes Indian bowlers showed much batter show than Dale and Morkel....and Smith failed to use them properly ......

  • mahi678 on December 20, 2013, 1:33 GMT

    @ JustTalkCricket, another indication of jealosy. boss we have just three stumps behind batsman. even if ball hits leg stump, its out. it takes lots of effort from bowler to get lbw.

  • on December 20, 2013, 1:29 GMT

    Also Indias tryst with tailenders has always been painful.In Lords 2011 eng were 100 odd for 6 and broad comes out smashing 50 and we lost.In colombo 2010 lanka were 120 for 8 in comes mendis smashes 83.In SA itself the last match of last series we had SA reeling at about 160 for 6 but for Steyn and kallis to dig in. The common factor? Dhoni was the captain everywhere and he goes defensive at the first instance of a tailender scoring a boundary.

  • Kover_Drive on December 20, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    This game is a quest for temperament. More nervous looking team is going lose but with a margin.

    Either Pujara or Dhoni will be able to score in the second inning and Smith will have to play the right cards for the bowling spells. HINT: Indians can play leg-spinners really well.

    Indian bowlers can surprise again in the SA's second inning. SA need not to play so much on front foot or else, they will become LBW targets. I can easily predict 2-3 LBWs in the SA's second inning.

    Good to see test cricket reviving! Just need more fans in the stadiums.

  • on December 20, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    India's bowling performance is not a big surprise considering last two tours to SA when we bundled them out under 150 on couple of occassions.Its all about the pitches you play.This match is in balance and It seems SA didnt anticipate India to fight this hard.

  • on December 20, 2013, 1:01 GMT

    Philander at first class level is an all rounder and internationally his batting is improving. faf is a specialist batsman and very promising. Then u have steyn and morkel who we all know can bat. SA's tail is much stronger than India's tail and they are also much better bowlers. Melbourne 2011 - Australia 6/214, India 2/214. Australia ended up winning by over 100 runs having to chase more than 300. Second test it all fell apart and India lost by an innings. Are we witnessing a repeat?

  • Kover_Drive on December 20, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    @JustTalkCricket, stop complaining. Just sit back and enjoy what test cricket is all about. SA batsmen try to play length deliveries on the front foot all the time and the if the wicket deliveries are missed and hit the pads, umpires' doubts become reality. It was clear cut today that the Indian bowlers were targeting the stumps.

  • on December 20, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    @JustTalkCricket: You criticised umpires by saying::

    ".....ball is drifting down the leg side just clipping leg stump thats out!!..."

    What is so exclamatory about that? The umpires are absolutely right.

  • pat_one_back on December 20, 2013, 0:53 GMT

    Looks like a great test, genuinely anyone's game on day 3, a match distance the ashes have failed to extend the contest to. Not surprising that Philander has come back to earth after an unsustainable start to his career dominating good seam up wickets. Great news for Aust if the Indian 'quicks' are troubling the Safa's! I'll predict SA bat on and chalk up a forty run lead, the game will remain in balance unless Steyn hits his straps, have noticed he moves through the gears more than most express bowlers, hence his durability I guess.

  • Alexk400 on December 20, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    I do not know why , i have gut feeling SA is choking in this TEST. They make selection mistake then batting mistake. Giving wicket to Ishant sharma is a crime.

  • on December 20, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    There are two things that have become very obvious in this match. One is that Rohit Sharma needs some talking to and warned that talent alone cannot keep you in the team without commitment. He has that "what do I care.." look on his face. The other point is that while other teams play for the team, irrespective of the team's situation, our batsmen are overly concerned about personal land-marks. They would do better to prioritize the team's needs over personal landmarks. I hope Gavaskar will excuse me...!!!!

  • pat_one_back on December 20, 2013, 0:39 GMT

    @t20cric, declare @320 in the first innings of a test, have you ever followed the game of test cricket before???

  • klnrao on December 20, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    Murali Vijay has been proving that, he is unfit for the opening slot on the pace supporting pitches. No footwork, unable to read the ball movement, which is crucial for the opening batsman. Itz time to review..... bring back Gautam Gambhir. A classy left hand opener, excellent footwork, most suitable for any pattern of Cricket. Nobody is 100% perfect in the world. Give Gautam Gambhir one more chance to Test Cricket! Indian Cricket needs him.

  • on December 20, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    I can see a lot of SA supporters whinning about the number LBW's given in their innings. And some suggest that umpires being biased to not give any LBW in indian innings. It's just reminds of whiny little kid who has every possible excuse to not go to school. After the odi series why i accept team india lost without giving a fight and every SA, PAK, BANGLA,SRILANKAN fan kept screeching about the overated positining of team India. But today i can't see a single comment from those team India under writers? And in this process everyone just ignored what happened to England in Ashes. If indian's are lions in there dethen every other top rated team is no saint in that aspect. So why you guyz keep bashing team india??

  • on December 20, 2013, 0:11 GMT

    full marks for philander for his all round performance the match is evenly poised at this juncture all depends on the first session of day three hope india get the remaining 4 wickets in the first session any ways hoping for a fascinating test match finish

  • on December 19, 2013, 23:27 GMT

    Niceee Indian bowlers were good, I think this test match will be interesting!!!! good luck to both teams.

  • Fezz on December 19, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    Agree with JustTalkCricket. All four LBW decisions today against SA were marginal calls. India were lucky to get all those decisions in their favour. That has made this match really interesting. Good fight by India. Well done !

  • Temuzin on December 19, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    @Jimmyvida; Fully agree with you. I guess Dhoni is studying bowling right now. I am positive he will let loose in coming matches to thwart and demoralize SA bowlers. I hope I am right. Lets see.

  • pommy80 on December 19, 2013, 23:04 GMT

    Good to see Ishant Sharma have a good game so far. Hopefully that's booked his seat to England. South Africa should win this easy, can't see India getting 150+ in the second innings.

  • on December 19, 2013, 23:04 GMT

    I wouldnt worry about Philander, worry about Du Plessis instead. Trust me, it would be easier to shift Table Mountain than that guy once he gets set. Winning the Ashes cant ease the pain of a few million Aussie fans afrer seeing him bat for a zillion hours in Adelaide last year and deny us a deserved win over the Proteas.

  • on December 19, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    Dhoni s best feilding team drops catches in the slip cordon at regular intervals...if it was Sehwag he would have blasted him straight forward in the media...this guy MSD need to be a good team leader rather than being a guy who supports his csk mates only.... Way better slip fielder is Sehwag,than legend Ashwin and Rohit...with a better support Sehwag would have been their in the top order if not for dhonis captaincy gimmicks...

  • Jay710 on December 19, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    its been a while that I was waiting for this kind of fight. I read every day about flat track bully but what's wrong with you guys?? every team is a lion in their back yard . It is hard to form a team like invincible west indies and Australia. At least all the teams are equal now a days so we can see a fight.. and at the end of the day only one team is going to win , so enjoy the cricket first and support your team. Hope this comment is posted this time,

  • Nampally on December 19, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    It was like a tale of 2 different battings. India were 255 for 5 overnight but collapsed to 280 all out. Then India were in commanding position with SA 146 for 6 finishing the day 213 for 6. India failed to clinch home the advantage of being in a winning position with total surrender of last 5 wkts. + letting SA recover from very bad position. Indian fielding was poor & failed to support the 3 pace bowlers who bowled their hearts out but were let down by so many dropped catches + umpteen lucky edges + numerable LBW appeals turned down. However when the 4 appeals upheld took India to a good position it was catching that went awry! In the end the Underdogs- India- at least humbled the #1 ranked Test Nation to some extent. No longer can they rest their laurels on their ODI performance. Even today the SA got good production from their top 3, but the middle order was "Iffy"! Fortunately Philander pulled SA out of fire both in bowling & batting! It looks like the match is evenly poised now.

  • cricpanther on December 19, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    Not understanding what is there in bowling of Ishant and Sammy??? particular for South African batters!!! Specially they practice under world's best bowlers at this moment, styne, morkel, philander, tostobe. I got feeling that whenever AB Devilliears played game without his captaincy, not putting his heart on it, playing loose, so as few more his team mates!!! This is not a good spirit for the gentleman's game of cricket. Highly sad with South African batsman, home pitch, home ground, home crowd. Average batting performance!!! Is it any one against Smith's captaincy?? See internal matters should be short out before the game start, not to reflect in performances in game. Peterson, Kallis, Duminy, Amla and AB Devilers such a poor batting performance!!!! Wasting efforts of South African Bowlers!!! Now philander is fighting with his 48 runs!! so what makes South African batsman to be in side!! If batman (of south africa) doing this purposefully punish them all and throw them all out.

  • foozball on December 19, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    @liveforcric completely aggree. India can't expect to win when they drop 2 catches a day, and you put your guys with best ball reaction (i.e. your best bats) in the cordon to make them stick.

    re Ashwin though, don't forget that Shane Warne was a pretty handy slipper, and he was hardly what you'd call athletic (by no means a slob, but hardly athletic!)

  • bijuphilip on December 19, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    dhoni's test captancy is so poor,I think Dhoni should take rest from Test and continue his 20/20 and 50/50. Dinesh karthik or sanju v samson should take thw wicket keeping responsiblity. Gautham gambir should return as an opener cum captain. Abiav mukund should be considered in place of rohit sharma. Robit sharma is a laizy gooze,no concentration ,he dosesn't deserve any position,not because he has any capacitybut no application. aswin should be a beeter athelat or should n't be considered at nleast outside india. jadeja should be far better than aswin,but aswain batting in test is excellent.

  • WeirPicki on December 19, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    Terrible batting by both sides. Greg Chappell - the greatest batsman since Bradman could should them a thing or two on how to bat.

  • Kangroos.Proteas.Monkeys.Lions on December 19, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    Indian fans are trying to read too much into the wickets taken by their fast bowlers. Ishant was lucky to get Amla and Amla being the backbone of late it put lot of pressure on SA next batsmen. Later, on it eased out as all three pacers were nicely measured up. ZAK continued to struggle with his reverse swing, Shami kep trying to his pitcing and Ishant tried to bounce it out but it all did not work out. Dhoni got afraid of putting on spinner and wanted to finish with pace which gave chance to philander free his arms up.

  • gsingh7 on December 19, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    considering teams that toured before india were blown by sa pace attack for less than 50 in first innings, i wud say india did great job . they even went to first test without any test match practice. india have never lost at wanderers and they will win again at their favourite sa test ground. they have shown that their pacers can match with any pace attack if they are provided green bouncy favourable pitches.also tells u indian pacers deserve credit for bowling majority of their careers on flat indian wickets without any bounce or grass.they have to develope new skills to get wickets there as pitches dont help them.

  • A-funny-game on December 19, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    Oh its been a fabulous test match.i must say unlike most of the game lovers thought that after humiliating defeat in odi series and the past few away tours india was not expected to match the mighty protease but oh boy what a show it has been.i believe this drop from rohit off faf du plesis can be very costlty.Even if south africa manage to take 40-50 run lead it can be vital.But for me as always third day will be a crucial day to decide the fate of the 4th innings 260-275 can be a defendable total providing the condition of the pitch.Game on guys big time,stay tuned...

  • Ramu444 on December 19, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    one thing was proved,that imran Tahir is useless.he got wickets in UAE in helpful conditions and that also against the weakest batting line of the world,otherwise he is utterly useless and that is why he was never selected for pakistan.SA made a huge mistake by playing him in this test instead of R Paterson,as Robbie is a pretty good batsmen.

  • truecric_fan on December 19, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    I wonder what Smith has to say after such a poor batting performance by SA.

  • on December 19, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    The wicket is unpredictable, SA must get a lead as they bat second.Indian fielding poor.SA must focus and they could bowl them over second tome around.Quentin in pieterson out.

  • on December 19, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    indian pitches are slow.....indian batsman react slowly on fast pitch s bcz they play loads of cricket on slower tracks .....thts the reason behind indian batsmen face problem at fast

  • TMSer on December 19, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    Excellent aggressive re-poste by the indian quicks to put south Africa on the back foot. Same that once again the indian fielders did not back up their bowlers. Rohit Sharma especially, after getting out to a lazy shot in the 1st innings, looked half asleep again in the slips when he dropped a simple catch off du-Plessis. Someone needs to yell in his ear to make him wake-up and engage his brain , so he can fully realise his undoubted talent.

  • Bonehead_maz on December 19, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    What a wonderful day's cricket ! I'd like to congratulate the ground-staff at the Wanderers for their preparation during wet conditions, and also being able to start on time today. I hope the weather holds off to allow this game a conclusion. As can be seen from today anything might happen, and I think predictions are nigh on impossible. One thing only is for certain! This, my Indian friends, is why all we non-subcontinentals like these kind of conditions - makes for exciting cricket, nothing more, and no hating involved. I hope as you watch this series you'll see our point. To both sides - keep up the entertainment ! Regards from Sydney.

  • on December 19, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    Really irritating dropped catches by Ashwin and Sharma. Looks like our slip fielding has gone back to the 90s standard. Pathetic. Ashwin is the most lethargic guy on the field. There is no place to hide him.

  • disco_bob on December 19, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    @Greatest-Game, something amazing has already happened. Ishant has taken three top order wickets.

  • liveforcric on December 19, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    I dont see why anyone but the openers being at the slips. Top three batsmen make the best slip fielders. Catches win matches. Period. Especially when they are sitters.

    Picking on the players who dropped the catches. 1. Ashwin's lack of athletic ability does not make him a better slip fielder. He should work on his athletic ability considering that he has been in the national team for 3.5 years now. 2. Rohit Sharma is just a wasted test spot. He is just about average in ODIs, don't see how he will become an excellent test player. He did not even show the resolve to bat when conditions demanded it. Even the Saffers are finding it hard to bat and this guy goes wildly at a wasted ball. Yuvraj Singh is a better option since he can bowl as well. Would add some left handed batsman to the mix as well. And we could have accommodated a fourth fast bowler instead.

  • on December 19, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    The catching from India has been ridiculous and it's been going on for quite a while now, which started from Dravid dropping catches in England in 2011 and has been getting worse with Atleast a couple going down each match. The young guys are worse. This is not professional and definitely not worthy of No. 2 team. Reminds me Pak team which used to drop sitters. Not sure what the fielding coach is doing. Teams do not deserve to win if they keep dropping catches.

  • goutamaniad on December 19, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    One is disposed to judge from what the two days of cricket has evidenced, notwithstanding the over-estimating - as well as the under-estimating - commenters' beliefs, hopes et al, that S. Africa are themselves to blame for their troubles. I mean, of course they are! Why else are they with their back to the wall against [b]the[/b] Test opposition with the worst away record in recent times...?!!

    Dale Steyn, he's got a lot to answer for... Had he found the groove Morne Morkel had, the damage'd have been faster, instantaneous and irresistible...

    So, how redoubtable are u nowadays, Dale?

  • on December 19, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    Come on guys, don't be so confident that SA bowlers come hard on indian batsmen in 2nd innings. Forget not, Indian bowlers can be harder than SA in 2nd innings.. My heart says INDIA will win this match..!! Wait and watch.!

  • CurrentPresident on December 19, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    In my opinion, Dhoni again showed his limitations as a captain. He failed to back his bowlers with aggressive fields and apply the final punch.

    Even in the best of circumstances, his defensive mindset of saving runs makes the bowlers less effective than they could be.

    In the morning too, he didn't stay with the tail and fight to a 300+ total.

  • JustTalkCricket on December 19, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    This match is getting interesting thanks to four LBWs out of six wickets and all on umpire's call.

    So when india bats benefit of doubt goes to batsman and when India bowls benefit of doubt goes to bowlers great logic!!

    All bowlers have to do to hit the pads and even ball is drifting down the leg side just clipping leg stump thats out!!

  • goutamaniad on December 19, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    Now, all we need is the current Saffa status quo with all Test match opposition... to come to the fore!

    Roll this opposition out for a half-century or thereabouts, why don't u, Dale & co.!!

    Leastways, u'll then be saving us from prevailing with this prolonged idlish, monkey-ish natter...

  • jimmyvida on December 19, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    I think Dhoni is doing himself a disservice by just occupying the crease. After half an hour or so he should let it rip. Take a lesson from Watson. You should understand by now that the SA captain plays follow the ball, just like Sammy and Captain Cook. Hit two and he'll spread the field as if the game were ODI. That's my first tip. This game is equally poised, but you must not allow SA tail to run away with it.

  • t20cric on December 19, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    This is a really surprising test. To be honest on the first day I didn't expect India to be 255/5 but when they were I thought they would end up declaring at 320-350 (not be all out). But then they got bowled out for 280. Then India bowl & get rid of all of SA's key batsmen & only one of them (Smith) gets his half-century. Then when I thought SA would fold for less than 200, Philander & Faf take SA out of trouble. I'll have to admit just 2 days of this test have been more entertaining than the one-sided Ashes in Australia. If SA can make 250-300 then India will have to be careful & make sure to see of the new ball without much damage to win the test or else SA will win. Good luck to both teams for an entertaining test.

  • Naresh28 on December 19, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    Annoying drop by Rohit. Does not deserve to be in the slips. Time Indian tailenders learn to contribute with the bat.

  • GrindAR on December 19, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    5/16 for a 5/25 seems good. But why are the missing sitters or sleeping fielders? Remaining 4 must go very quickly.

  • Cricfever_PM on December 19, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Good bowling performance from India, i think SA underestimates Indian bowlers and played some lose delivery!! The way AB got out surely shows how he thought of the bowling!! The good performance in the morning will put the visitors at the top!! Ishanth once again proved he can bowl well in a seaming condition!!

  • csowmi7 on December 19, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    The 70 runs conceded by the SA spinners along with the 18 extras will play on the South Africans minds as much as those 2 dropped catches have for India. The Smith catch has already cost us 50 runs while I expect Faf to score another 10-15 runs at the least tomorrow. Overall an exciting days of cricket ahead of us. India will have to bat much harder in the 3rd innings with the SA pacers fired up who also now have a pretty clear idea which lines and lengths to bowl will be much more fearsome. For India the key is going to be Kohli Pujara and Dhawan. After seeing off the new ball they must be positive. Before the fall of the Indian lower order batsman we had scored 9 runs in 9 overs. This must be avoided and we must look to be positve. A blistering half century can prove vital. I feel any score above 275-300 by India in the 2nd innings will be very difficult to chase down on a pitch doing all sorts of things. Hoping for another great day of cricket.

  • Fan1969 on December 19, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    The Indian batsmen gifted away more wickets while SA were caught misjudging the bowling or caught with no footwork at the crease. SA batting looked ordinary for a team that on paper looks like an all time great team.

    These young inexperienced Indian cricketers have certainly taken the fight to SA. Far better than expectations.

    Great test match and to think it is the first AWAY test match for such a young Indian side. KUDOS to the Indian cricket team. Look forward to another absorbing days game tomorrow.

  • sumit1982 on December 19, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    What is the biggest blunder Rohit sharma done at the end of days play.It could have been 210 for 7. De Plessis wicket at that moment could have been crucial one.

  • Al_Bundy1 on December 19, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    If India loses this match, it will be because of dropped catches. It's high time team management makes players accountable for their fielding lapses. I think at least 1 of those 2 - Ashwin or Rohit - should be dropped for the 2nd test. Maybe replace Ashwin with Jadeja in the next test match. Jadeja is a much better fielder than Ashwin.

  • on December 19, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    but for philander we would have been in an amazing position but that's cricket and the second day had set the tone for a nail biting finish for sure! its really heartning to see shami and ishant being guided by zaheer and hope this partnership changes India s overseas woes from now on! I guess India should clean up the tail with a slim lead of say 30-40... the second innings of India will be decisive... I'm sure the SA bowlers and steyn(after a poor first innings) will be itching to knock India off for a paltry total... now this will well and truly test the temperament of the likes of kohli rohit and rahane to the fullest! all the best guys! but all said and done India have truly earned the opponent s respect in the first two days! way to go!

  • on December 19, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    south Africa should easily win this test. south Africa will make 250. and then india should get bowled out under 200 with the weak batting. south Africa should easily chase the score

  • on December 19, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    Can't believe that Ishant of all people terrorised and pumelled one of the world's best sides to submission. But amidst all the chatter, take a second look at Shami. This kid has been chipping away at wickets consistently. He is the real gem that India has uncovered lately. In batting, its Kohli and in bowling its Shami.

  • csowmi7 on December 19, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    A topsy turvy day of test match cricket has provided us with an absolute cracker of a test match. At the start of the series nobody gave the young Indian batsman a chance against the South African bowlers and the Indian fast bowlers were deemed as below average. But these inexperienced boys have shown great fight against the best side in the world. This South African side is one which has demolished all the top sides in the world( Australia, England, Pakistan New Zealand) both away and at home so it is nice to see our guys providing such a fight. Saying that those 2 dropped catches could cost India the match. If India had taken those catches and been a bit tighter after that 5/16 spell we could be firmly in front in this match. All credit must go to philander though. He is a special cricketer. At the moment considering the fact that SA must bat on a 4rth/5th day wicket which is keeping low I would be tempted to say that India have a 60/40 chance of winning. Tomorrow will be decisive.

  • on December 19, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    A perfect reminder to the hosts that the Indian bowling attack is equally adept in bowler friendly conditions which is why India has never been beaten in a test match at the Wanderers. Just wished Rohit would have held on to that catch in the end, who knows India would have knocked off the remaining 3 wickets today as well, as the old adage goes Catches wins Matches....,,

  • on December 19, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    what a classy game of won't be wrong to say cricket at its best after what we saw today...gr8 news for Indian fan as regard the bowling performance today...hope we clean up early tomorrow with 35+ lead...

  • on December 19, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    well playef by india but they have got 2 chances to get full control of game.1st they didnt build on a superb kohli ton . should have made big score . then in the end fast bowlers did get a collapse from SA out of no where but india failed to close things.

    i would say game still in balance. 1 st hour will be important tomorrow. india should wrap things up quickly.

    imran tahir is of no use for SA in SA and vs indian batsmen. peterson would have given more batting value to team.

  • on December 19, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    india will not win this test. SA will come hard on the indian batting in the second innings the only bowler dangerous enough to take wickets from indian side is shami on the other hand apart from tahir any of SA bowlers can step up and destroy indian batting

  • Ranjit_sourav on December 19, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    I pointed out my only concern which I posted before the start of this test match - "India's Slip Fielding", Alas it came in day 2 itself where Ashwin and Rohit dropped where as it would have been an easy take if Rahul or Laxman around.

  • Desiboi80 on December 19, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    @ byc89 - So, how's that prediction of 500+ runs by SAF in first inning working out for you? Looks like you ran away to hide your face in a corner.

  • Srini_Indian on December 19, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    A very good day's play of test match cricket. India would be slightly disappointed that they let SA off the hook after reducing them to 146/6 but at 130/1 they would have taken the final score. The worrying sign for India is the standards of fielding. When you're playing against world's #1 side in their backyard, you can't afford to drop catches like Ashwin and Rohit did today. Rohit's catch was a dolly.

    It may sound as a cliche but tomorrow's 1st hour is crucial, India should come all guns blazing and mop up the lower order. Make no mistake, any lead in these conditions would be handy and I'm sure SA wouldn't want to chase anything more than 250 with the cracks opening as they are now.

  • CurrentPresident on December 19, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    In my opinion, Dhoni again showed his limitations as a captain. He failed to back his bowlers with aggressive fields and apply the final punch.

    Even in the best of circumstances, his defensive mindset of saving runs makes the bowlers less effective than they could be.

    In the morning too, he didn't stay with the tail and fight to a 300+ total.

  • zarasochozarasamjho on December 19, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    Can someone explain why de Kock is not playing?

  • AA77 on December 19, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Some truly fabulous cricket - much better than 450/2 .... testament to very 'testing' atmospheric conditions evolving the nature of the pitch . batting 4th will be a real tricky - anything over 300 to win will be too much.

  • strikeforce2003 on December 19, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Even a slender lead of say 50 runs, will help India Win this Test. To this the first 90 minutes tomorrow will be the most pivotal point to this Test. Should SA get a 50 run lead, it's tough for India... though if India get a 50 run lead then it's going to be tougher for SA batting last. Turn on your television sets, computers, smart phones and radios, car steroes and live the first 90 mins tomorrow. The team that has the upper hand in this time-frame takes the first Test...

    Bowling Ashwin lesser by MSD in the first innings is a great ploy by Dhoni, as when chasing sat a 225 or 250 on their innings, on a tough pitch facing a rather less seen Ashwin, can give India that slight edge. Though to post a 250, someone in the Indian team may need to do a Kohli-like knock, or Kohli himself again doing a repeat.

    Interesting Battle ahead..

  • sathie.reddy on December 19, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Fantastic Day. India are probably thinking of the bigger advantage they would have had , had they added 50 more runs to their total. The side that plays well and dominates , in the first session tomorrow, will probably win this game. India will be weary that a South African collapse like today, is rare and unlikely to repeat itself in the second innings, they must capitalise tomorrow morning. Great opportunity for Vernon to prove he has the making of a great allrounder and can be a matchwinner for his team

  • on December 19, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    just hope ind will clean up the sa tail inside 5 overs & take a lead of 60-62. hope shikhar gets off 2 a rollicking start so da8 ind builds up a good target; wid the cracks widening, a target of 350-400 would b more than impossible 2 achieve ------ i'm skeptical if south africa would even get past 120-130 in the 4th innings or not!!!!!

  • samincolumbia on December 19, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    Nohit atleast should have held on to that regulation catch - for all the talent he supposedly has! Cannot bat, cannot field, what's he in the team for?

  • Batmanindallas on December 19, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    I was a critic of Ishant and not a convert yet. He needs to do this consistently and be ready to lead the team with in a few years time when Zaheer is no longer around.

  • mzm149 on December 19, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    Ball is reversing viciously. I hope it's not something fishy like in Dubai test. No worries du Plessis is there :)

  • on December 19, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Philander innings will be the turning point of this match

  • pinhead9810 on December 19, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    India have done really well even if the pitch is helping the bowlers more so than it did on day one. This is what good cricket is about - a battle between bat and ball. Tomorrow will be really interesting, especially the first hour for South Africa and India.

  • Harmony111 on December 19, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Guys this test is in a really exciting state right now. SA have done well after losing 6 wickets for 146 & India have done well to limit the big SA batsmen to low scores. Catches continue to be India's problem on this tour. Had Ashwin taken that catch of Smith then SA might have been under severe pressure. Then Rohit had his usual lapses in concentration when he dropped an even easier catch of Faf.

    A token lead of 20-30 for India or for SA seems to be the most probable case here & so the 3rd innings will define this match.

    A SA fan would hope that India collapse in the 3rd innings to give SA a target of no more than 220-240.

    An Ind fan would hope that India manage some runs in the 3rd innings to give SA a target of around 320-340.

    Both teams have missed out in the 2nd innings. SA would have wanted a big lead of 200-250 runs while India gave up the chance of getting a 100-110 run lead.

    Both teams are smarting but SA might be a bit rattled here esp cos they have to bat last.

  • KunzMan on December 19, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    Absorbing day yet again! Pity it's a two test series. Just read the report on cricinfo about doubts over test championship. With these kinds of matches on display by top two in the world, it will indeed be a sad day for purity of cricket if it doesn't happen.

    Having said that, I still believe both teams playing below par yet. SA's bowling yesterday, batting in the middle period today and India's fielding are below par.

    Nicely poised with India just 55-45 in front as of now imho. If SA is to lose 4 wickets early tomorrow with such overcast conditions, India will also have a hard time to play. On the other hand, if the last 5 batsmen can eek out to near 280, it might mean better conditions and then India must capitalize on the same to post a high target for SA in 4th innings. Really a matter of conundrum this as of now. Hoping for 2-3 days of the same absorbing cricket!

  • on December 19, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Who would have dreamed that Indian quicks will trigger collapse of the the top batsmen of the No. 1 test team in the world. Now if the Indian fielding had not dropped absolute sitters in the slips India might have been batting again today!India has won the moral victory in the past two days. Now can India that put the boot on the throat or will they roll over. Looking forward to more interesting cricket in the days ahead.

  • mahi678 on December 19, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    at last pacers found right length to bowl to.. i think if indians played tests before odi it could be much more better. in tests batsman could leave the balls to get used to the bounce. in odis there is no such luxury- in odis you should give your best, no other way. indian batsmen esp kohli and rahane learned a lot from this pitch.

  • on December 19, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    really i should admit that ZAHEER is the SACHIN of indian bowling line up, with out him this would have been a different game today... he is a good thinker, he is a good learner, and a good teacher as well..... he led from the from... dint get many wickets but his advices for the young bowlers are more valuable than the wickets.... he made sure he was giving tips to the bowlers..... if his fitness can catch up with him, then surely he has 1 and half year of career ahead, by that time we will be having a formidable bowling line up ready for the WC15..... ZAK was the need of the hour and he is back..... ishant waas always a decent bowler, but he dint have any sort of guidence from the seniors in the past few series, he is a good learner too... he quickly found out the length that should be bowling on the overseas conditions.... we are more like a OLD BALL bowlers than the new ball... reverse swing it is......

  • Iceman29 on December 19, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    Two missed catches are equal to death penalty in this kind of pitch..the drop catch by Rohit was a sitter....if those two catches were caught SA would have been allout before reaching 200..

  • Chncricfan_2k0 on December 19, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    Test cricket at its best, both teams gave fans every bit to cheer.India shouldn't have dropped those catches, especially one by Rohit, it was as good as one can get, simply a dolly, but still he lapses to hold onto..I hope Indian bowlers will repeat the same as what SA did today morning to us, and get 30 or 40 runs lead...Come on boys..

  • on December 19, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    wow what a game of test cricket.... it was 25-5 in the first session and 16 for 5 in the last, but india are on top... just because those 5 wickets for 16 runs are of TOP ORDER WORLD CLASS BATSMEN... where SA just went through the clueless tail enders on a forcast morning...... but still india have the same old problem of walking trough the tail enders..... this has been a problem for india since ages and it is still..... hope they finish off this by the morning session tomorrow.... i was hoping for SHAMI's success... but i am still recovering from ishant sharma's surprise.... he is learning it now... even after he got warning over the landing on danger areas, he looked threatning..thats a good sign.... zaheer surely added value to the bowling unit, and why not he has got his bunny again.....

  • on December 19, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    India definitely bowled to a plan. Starting of straightaway with 4 slips and a gully and later close in fielders the plan was to make the batsmen play as many balls. It helped that India executed the plan well. Smith was dropped early on but perseverence paid off. I still feel Ishant could have bowled better. There were times when he was back to bowling short of length but still a vast improvement from his recent performances. MSD took a punt picking him and as does most of his astute gambles, it paid off. One cannot ignore the irony that the one person who was written off, by me included, was the one causing the damage. I am sure a lot of you have had to eat their words.

  • on December 19, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    Excellent match. Congratulations to both the teams for the wonderful cricket. It does not matter who wins. I hope the match goes to the wire. That would be great to watch.

  • SherjilIslam on December 19, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    The more i try to make peace with Rohit Sharma, the more he gives me the reason to doubt. Again the same old problem of laid back attitude. First he played a very lose shot to hand advantage to SA at a very crucial period, and today he dropped a regulation slip catch that again in extremely crucial period of play. Not sure how much that's gonna cost to India.

  • SurlyCynic on December 19, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    Great test match so far. After all the rain the pitch was a bit slower than usual yesterday, but today was a real bowlers day. Never seen a ball reverse like that after only 40 overs on a grassy pitch so well done India.

    Low scoring matches like this are always tense!

  • VinodGupte on December 19, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    SA play better in their second innings. Expect Steyn and co. to cause tremendous trouble tomorrow and also expect smith, amla and kallis to score well while chasing. SA are favourites.

  • jimmyvida on December 19, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    During the 2 tests against Pakistan Du Plessis scored 1 and 9 in the first test and was 17 n.o. in the second. Phil made 21 in the 3 innings. I saw Phil push a ball from Ashwin to midwicket. While the fieldsman walked in for the ball they took two runs. SA will bat last on this wicket. It will be best to bat on on the 5th.

  • diehardINDIANcricketfan on December 19, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    i noticed one thing these haters just grew up in first session talking about india's batting. second session about how pathetic india's bowling is and in third session they come up with sudden change in pitch. now pls comeon dont you have any brains

  • SherjilIslam on December 19, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    What a test match...long live test cricket. An absolute roller-coaster. Still don't sure which way it will go, but both teams deserve the accolades for providing fabulous entertainment and living upto the fan expectations.

  • anshul_tie on December 19, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    India fielding always being an issue... I dont think india's fieldind is gud enough in this kind of platform except one or tqo player... They r worst than vvs nd azhar...they dont learn how to field in slips because most of d opportunity xoming towards at slip but they always failed there... Nd i think they dont wana work on that...vary much disappointed... Previously we have seen yuvi's fielding qhen he dropped d de kock catch nw dis tym ashwin who is so lazy in slip nd rohit sharma who can not field in slips.. He is gud for points nd gully... Fielding will be responsible if indian will loose this match..

  • on December 19, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    SA batsmen shouldn't worry about outside edges that much. Even if the ball carries well, Our slip fielders wouldn't carry ;)

  • mzm149 on December 19, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    India got lucky. Yesterday conditions were favoring batting. Today they were favoring bowling. If conditions remain same tomorrow like today, India will definitely be bowled out under 100. South Africans are still favorites to win from here.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on December 19, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    Dhoni has not been good at finishing tail enders quickly. SA will gain lead unless some help in the initial hour tomorrow

  • TommytuckerSaffa on December 19, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Wow, what a test match its turning out to be. First thrust by SA to remove 5 wickets for 17 runs, then India fight back and do even more damage by removing most top order batsman for very little runs. Then SA fight back with a super knock by Vernon.

    Im not happy with certain SA batsmen - Kallis, Petersent and JP - these guys need to start contributing. SA are 65 runs short. India could wrap it up with SA 30 runs short. It basically comes down to how could both teams bowl in the 2nd innings...

    What a great advertisement for TEST cricket and India have shown wonderful fight which is what we want to see.

  • henchart on December 19, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Indians are notorious for allowing the tail to wag and one must say that RSA have been let off the hook , a bit here.Last thing Indians want is RSA taking a lead of 50 odd runs which looks very much possible .

  • on December 19, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    hopes from dhawan in 2nd innings

  • pull_shot on December 19, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    I am happy with India performance there is hope for d future

  • on December 19, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    south africa will complete the trail of 67 runs im sure. so it will be an interesting match. and see how the sa bowlers bowl with the new ball. inrere5 match best batting line up vs best bowling line up. Hope Shikhar dhawan plays well and keeps patience with him as well as rohit. no hope from vijay.

  • on December 19, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    if india loos its just bcz of drpd catches

  • kumarcoolbuddy on December 19, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    @Diaz54, aren't you tired of such comments? India losing tail enders on 2nd day is different from SA losing top and middle order. If pitch was really as you said then how could Du Plessis and Philanderer build good partnership?

  • Zahidsaltin on December 19, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    SA team combination is not right. Alviro and du Plessis are the weak links in this. De Cock should be opening with Smith and Parnel should be plying as alrounder. Have hardly ever seen du Plessis bowling.

  • bhushanB on December 19, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Well played Philanderer and Faf.. Hopefully tomorrow morning India can do what SA did this morning... And I will be there to watch it

    Go India go...

  • Iceman29 on December 19, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    @Solid_Snake: oh come on Pak team would have been all out for 50 on this pitch...we are making them sweat and there is a panic in SA dressing room now...well played both teams...Philander is a beauty..this guy is an perfect allrounder I would say...SA is always blessed with such kind of talents.....

  • kumarcoolbuddy on December 19, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    I really don't like India fielding in this SA tour especially at tail enders. India bowling is always a problem at tail enders but when they are trying their best fielders are doing bad job to void bowling effort.

  • soumyas on December 19, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    Rohit sharma dropped an easy catch at slip, it was philander's wicket, India had best chance of breaking the partnership, what is the point in wearing a google when you couldn't hold on to the ball ? remove the goggles rohit...

  • Solid_Snake on December 19, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Now Phillander is guy is amazing..In bowling he's a beast.Now batting really good.It looks like De Plessis is a bowler & Phillander is a genuine batsman lol..

  • Prakmca on December 19, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    What is the value addition Zaheer has brought to the team?????? Toothless bowling....If india want to challenge SA in second test, have this guy dropped.

  • gsingh7 on December 19, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    blade runner-- sa reached number one in tests by ruthlessly defeating aus and england in their own countries. while sa drew last 3 series with india. india too reached number 1 spot by defeating england in england in 2010 and aus in india in last 10 tests . they drew with sa which was enough for them to reach top spot. only champion teams reach number 1 in tests like sa now and india before them.wishful thinking does not give u top spot in tests or odis.

  • bhushanB on December 19, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Looks like today is Philander's day... cleaned up Ind tail and held fort with the bat...

  • bhushanB on December 19, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Another catch goes down... at this juncture... Can't believe it.... Oh man I am missing all the action stuck at the office... Luckily they have not blocked saviour :)

  • bhushanB on December 19, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Must congratulate the way Philander is batting with Faf...

  • bhushanB on December 19, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    Its important IND get a sizable lead here.. at least 50... anything less wont matter much.. as SA know their conditions well and will definitely bat well in the 2nd innings... only way is by applying pressure..

  • Zahidsaltin on December 19, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    I still can't digest that they played Alviro and not Quinton de cock who is in splended form with his 4 centuries in 5 OD matches. SA will be shamed as they will not be able to chase more than 200 in the 4th innings with indian spinners operating.

  • Sorcerer on December 19, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Fast bowlers? I didn't see anybody bowling at around 92 mph there even a single delivery!

  • Srini_Indian on December 19, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    Annoying partnership building between Faf and Philander. What is it with Indian team always letting tail to wag and lose the grip? So frustrating and annoying. At 146/6 India should've bowled them out for around 200. It seems we won't be having any significant lead at all.

  • VKohlitheGreat on December 19, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    @ Yousufahmed1 : That day my dear friend never looks to come bro. India are doing awesomely well, sit back, relax and enjoy!

    @ Blade-Runner : Well you know who is the bunny now, zaheer has it. U know who is India's bunny? well yea m sure u know it.. lol.

  • bhushanB on December 19, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    IND fans... chill.. Job is not even half done....

    We can always encourage IND... My opinion is ... at the same time, we do not need to deride the opposition.. so lets try to maintain our composure..

  • bhushanB on December 19, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    This partnership is going big.. already the second highest partnership for SA (by the time my comment gets published)..

    India should wrap this up... quickly... every run here will amount to a 3 in the next innings...

  • jimmyvida on December 19, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    I had said yesterday that if India can bat until tea today victory will be theirs. We seem to have a lot of posters who do not like Ashwin, by the way, I am across the world in Canada, Ashwin is one of the finest batsmen in the world today. Forget his bowling. Please look at the way he bats. As soon as he came in the SA captain put a deep widwicket, backward sq leg on the boundary, a sweeper and a third man. He did not do that even for Dhoni. This game is not finished by a long shot. The pitch will become better for batting.

  • bhushanB on December 19, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    Dhoni should now get Ashwin bowl from one end... All the bowlers have bowled close to 20 overs and will be tiring... they have three more innings to bowl on this tour... Also Ashwin needs to get a feel of the wicket, as his spell is going to be crucial when SA bat in their 2nd innings..

  • Imad_K on December 19, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    Credit to the Indian bowlers. Obviously too early to judge the Indian bowling after one innings. South Africa at 169/6 will probably still score another 100 or so which will probably be enough for South Africa to win the match. India probably had a chance but really needed at least a 150 run lead going into the second innings.

  • Diaz54 on December 19, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    Indians have been very fortunate with the conditions. It was batting day yesterday and bowling day today. That's a fact and not being biased. That's India lost 5 wickets in 16 runs. However this still does not discount how well Kholi bat. Still long way to go . Of these conditions persist tomorrow batting may still be a struggle and can shot for less than 100. So hold your fire indian fans.

  • on December 19, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    I hope sa tours india soon and lets see how their speed guns do there.

  • Batmanindallas on December 19, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Karl Anderson did bowl well but now he is struggling in Australia. Only bowler who can bowl well all over is Steyn-and it such a shame people would mention Anderson in the same breath as Steyn

  • pull_shot on December 19, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990 What z d need of criticizing a player when he has done well i won't help

  • Mr.Amigo on December 19, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Very Good performance for India!!! but the job is not even half done!!! come on guys!!! You can do it.

  • on December 19, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Better bring Ashwin into attack to fold up the tail

  • gsingh7 on December 19, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    excellent bowling by indian pacers. they are outbowling the 'best ' pace attack in the world in their home pitches. sudden collapse here as 5 wickets down inside 26 runs. now india need to wrap up sa innings inside 200 to set up a healthy target . india have never lost a test match at wanderers and i can see that tradition continuing .

  • on December 19, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    South Africa are going to loose this series by 2-0

  • Dhanno on December 19, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Is ishant on the way to be banned from bowling for innings ? its criminal that a guy who has played yrs of international cricket cant land his foot correct. To leave india short of one bowler at this point will be very sad.

  • screamingeagle on December 19, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Is interesting why the World no.1 team with world class batters cannot score against this club level Indian bowling. And these guys do not even do verbals much a la Steyn either. Love the way the Pak and SL fans who love to see India lose have gone into hiding.

  • on December 19, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    superb bowling from the indian pacers hope we get the maximum lead so that the south africans can come under pressure

  • on December 19, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    only one change need to bring in umesh and ashwin out

  • on December 19, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    wow!!! Im not a fan of Indian team but what a turn around by indian bowlers,, I may be the biggest critic of indian team but can't stop appreciating this performance of Indian Bowlers .......

  • grizzle on December 19, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Well I never! Will Test cricket ever cease to amaze me? Oz crushing Eng in 3 tests and now Indian bowlers taking wickets!

  • on December 19, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Is this the same Ishant Sharma that people have been slating for the past year?. 1 good bowling session and suddenly Ishant is the best bowler to be produced by India.

  • on December 19, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    Smelling indian victory...very pleasure to witness some good indian pace wishes all the way from Pakista...

  • vstrider on December 19, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    "world class" Team not looking so world class now....could we be in for a shock like in the ashes?

    Keep going India Nice to see Zaheer bowling !

  • ICCexpert.... on December 19, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    India should have selected Madan lal for this match his express pace would have troubled the SA batsmen.

  • xtrafalgarx on December 19, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Poor cricket from the Saffas. The Saffas are beggining to show signs of inconsistency. They had to fight tooth and nail to get out alive in Australia, and for the large part looked anything but he best attack in the world. They struggled in the UAE and drew the series and also their bowlers were sub par yesterday, now their batters are srtruggling. It has been good bowling from the Indians though, the are not as quick as Mitchell Johnson or get as much swing as Jimmy Anderson but they are pitching it up and doing jus enough consistently and have strangled the best batting line up in the world.

    None of the teams today are a stitch on the teams of 10/15 years ago.

  • on December 19, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    I think sa bowlers are given too much credit.same indian bowlers who were giving 300 in every odi in india are running a riot on bouncy green sa pitches. real trst of sa bowlers will be flat tracks of india and sl which tests fast bowlers ability .australian pacers who won ashes in aus were listless in India . only anderson bowled well in india in last few years.

  • bhushanB on December 19, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Wow guys... awesome.... may be I should just go to work, than call in sick..... Just reached office... opened Chrome with heart pounding.. expecting something around 200/2... and WOW...

    Have to watch the replay this evening after I get home and then follow it up with the next days play... Already called in work from home for tomorrow....

    WOW... Awesome..

    Go India Go....

  • on December 19, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    India has done well. However this is Test cricket. You don't win a game in one session. We are on day 2 of 5. Enjoy your moment of glory, we'll have the last laugh.

  • SurlyCynic on December 19, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    Well bowled India. Never seen reverse swing like that after 40 overs on a grassy pitch. ;)

  • on December 19, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    At the moment, India is doing fine (SA is 146/6). However, I feel India got the team wrong. Yadav should have been in for Ashwin considering the pitch & conditions, and Jadeja for Murali Vijay (the new Agarkar of the Indian team). This would have strengthened both bowling and batting. Dhoni also made an error by choosing to bat first. This has robbed the Indian pacers the use of the Day-1 pitch and also playing in to the strength of the South Africans.

  • Dhanno on December 19, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    Posting this as score shows 146/6. Bravo to indian bowlers but watch out for usual mistakes. India traditionally fails to close down a innings. The pattern is they get hit by tailenders for few runs, Dhoni changes field, bowlers change length/ bouncers are used rather than wicket taking deliveries , the pressure fades and before you know the tail has added 80 odd runs. So hopefully they would stick to doing what they have done whole morning, even if few runs are leaked in process

  • on December 19, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    South Africa is going to win this match..No way India is scoring 100 runs in the second innings of this match..

  • bhootmahal on December 19, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Awesome stuff...from Indian bowlers. What happened to So called "genuine batsmen" Not flat track bully batsmen.Falling to "mediocre Indian bowling".

  • on December 19, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    I thought India had a below average bowling and south africa was going to post 500+ runs. What happened lol.

  • Bonehead_maz on December 19, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    5-19 V 5-16 ......... What a day !

  • on December 19, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Who said something about 5/18 is embarrassing. 5/15 here lads!

  • pitchItup on December 19, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    oh I am sorry, it is 6 down, oh South Africa is so unbeatable. In fact India has never lost a test at Johannesburg, now India should not let up and wrap up this innings.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on December 19, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    @solid_snake 146-6 now u have to add zaheer and sami to ur list..

  • on December 19, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    140-5 who was saying about sa posing 500+ are jus fanboys

  • Solid_Snake on December 19, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990 :SA players are gifting their wickets to Indian bowlers.Just to make this match competitive..Don't get carried away..

  • SurlyCynic on December 19, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Reverse swing after 40 overs on a green pitch. Has Faf been polishing the ball for India?!?

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on December 19, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Solid snake I told before 280 is 350 in this pitch

  • CricIndia208 on December 19, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Zaheer gets his bunny smith yet again! LOL! Ishant rocks South Africa! And the sri lankan and pakistani fans have gone hiding. LOL!

  • pitchItup on December 19, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    wanatawu, I love it when the South African's begin to boast because it is precisely at that moment when things go pear shaped. 3 wickets for 0 runs and the game has changed again. Don't forget that both Amla and Smith were quite lucky to have survived the session before, so the wickets are well deserved.

  • Jeeves_ on December 19, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Is it end of the road for Kallis?

  • on December 19, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    What this writer fails to mention is that the pitch is faster today than yesterday making the seam.movement more dangerous.Its also why Smith is one of the greatest batsmen of his generation...He hardly gives it away and has played some of the finest innings of modern times..stirring,match winning efforts .As long ad Smith is in,S.A are on top...doesnt matter how his runs accrue .Im happy for Ishant who has endured awful heat from fans who judge him on sub continent conditions.Quality bowler and the spearhead.Keep it simple,nip it back anf straighten the odd one with bounce.

  • Solid_Snake on December 19, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    India should just let Ishant Bowl today..He'll get 10 wickets for them..Infact India should include only Kohli and Ishant in the team.2 players only..Team complete :P

  • Kangroos.Proteas.Monkeys.Lions on December 19, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    SA took indian batting lightly on first day but made the amends this morning. Both tahir and duminy were over used and IPL guys took advantage. SA are on way to lead but India are let go for sure.

  • Bonehead_maz on December 19, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Things change quickly in SA !

  • on December 19, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Ishant sharma doing great job........terrific spell of fast bowling !

  • AltafPatel on December 19, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    SA could have bowled out India under 100 if Smith and Donald would have correct Management and strategy of bowling on first day. They bowled way outside off on first day. Inclusion of Tahir and bowling of Duminy give away 77 runs unnecessarily in just 13 overs. On second day, with strategy of bowling to off stump got them 5 in only 25 runs.

  • on December 19, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    what chancy!!! luck follows the brave.

  • I_AM_INDIA_SUPPORTER on December 19, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    @Blade-Runner you missed one thing smith was dropped by ashwin on first slip in zaheer's over...

  • Smahuta on December 19, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    its tough batting conditions today. Imagine what trouble India would have been in if Zaheer hadnt "turned up"? Smith might have got a few runs and not exposed kallis and de villiers to the fierey pace attack.

  • on December 19, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    India will be comprehensively thrashed, as is expected the flat track bullies cannot bat outside subcontinent and cant take wickets outside subcontinent dust bowl pitches, lost 4-0 Aus in Aus and 4-0 Eng in ENG now going to be 2-0 loss SA in SA, learn to play on proper sporting wickets India!!

  • sundersingh on December 19, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    REALLY, REALLY a good pitch for the TEST MATCHES, And it will give good fight between bat and ball... as an indian fan i like to appreciate the groundsman in SA and also CSA for putting up enough on the pitches.. hope u pull up more crowd in the coming matches

  • kbza86 on December 19, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Indian fans pray that Biff doesn't get a 100 because sa has never lost if our skipper scores a hundred...ominous

  • on December 19, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    @ CricIndia208 kicking pak out of worldcup ????? that too once in a 4 year and kick out ???? see the status pak played 30 games v ind in ind and won 19 lost 10 nr 1 still india bettr thn pak first beat pakistan india thn come and talk here overall results ?????? 71 to pak 50 to ind still bettr thn pak???????????

  • sundersingh on December 19, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    A blunt spear head , uncontrollable tall medium fast bowler, an inexperienced fast bowler and a mishyped off spinner will give India a innings defeat LOL........ as an Indian fan i will take this defeat.. and i know we r champions in our backyard.. Nice to see my Man RSD as a commentator a true fighter..

  • balajit on December 19, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    Ind bowling not up the mark. conditions are still conducive to pace bowling. too many boundary balls. pressure is eased too easily. 280 is not a bad score, however looking at the way SA is scoring might end up close to Ind score by the end of the day. if they end up getting 100-150 runs lead which is highly likely no chance for India to get back into the game. Looks like 1-0 SA. Hope i am wrong! C'mon Ind bowlers!

  • BradmanBestEver on December 19, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    A quality player is Philander. Probably bowler of the last year.

    SA look too strong for India - a team which seems to have lost focus with regard to the long game in recent times.

  • on December 19, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    indian cricket team is only good at flat pitches with 100,000 people shouting against their opponents. of they play away from home they wont be able to get into top 4 in any format

  • on December 19, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    @ Ravijot Chugh u forget to mention in the game pak was dismissed for 49 SA were bowled out for 250 or less my point is ur strength is batting? isnt it dont compare it with pak .... competitive yes they played recently what the india's score in odis 210 & 149 ???? pak managed to score better thn iindia in odis and even bttr thn Africa to win first 2 Odis .... this is a comparison for you, as you put the euqation in your comment

  • SandeepIPL on December 19, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner, Zaheer had Smith even today. He was dropped by Ashwin.

  • wanatawu on December 19, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    117/1 Think this is a 500 plus remember the is coming on to the bat.

  • Blade-Runner on December 19, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    But Hey, look at the bright side of this one-sided contest. At least Indian bowlers get to bowl like 200+ overs on a pacy pitch and SA net bowlers can have several weeks off thanks to Indian international net bowlers. Its not all bad as people think, I would say.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on December 19, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Philander is such an overrated bower who performs only with new ball and under overcast conditions...

  • on December 19, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    Shami is struggling. Not sticking to any line or length, spraying them all over the place.

  • on December 19, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    i cant beleive how unlucky india has been in this many edges nt many balls going past outside edge..and that 1 drop by ashwin is sure to cost India. Jst getting a feeling dat umesh yadav would have been great asset at this moment !! Dhoni nt going to ashwin till 31th over clearly shows he will nt be bowlinb much...3 fast bowlers sharing the load for 4 is nt fair !!

  • xtrafalgarx on December 19, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    @Ravijot Chung: Australia havn't lost is SA for over 5/6 years, wha are you talking about? We drew the series last time 1-1 and won the one before when Mitchell Johnson ripped them apart, even when SA won here it was only 1-0 and we were unlucky not to win the 2nd test. Australia has been the most competitive team against SA during their period as the best team in the world.

  • on December 19, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    the only time india ever put a good opening stand together is in india. most overrated team in world cricket they can only play in indian conditions

  • Al_Bundy1 on December 19, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    I agree with other posters - Ashwin needs to be dropped from Indian team mainly due to his lousy fielding. That will teach him a lesson and make him work on his fielding. What surprises me is that how come such a young person can be such a lousy fielder??

  • phat55 on December 19, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    as long as conditions remain like this it wont be easy to bat on this deck.the 3rd 4th 5th spells by the Indian bowlers will determine how big this score can get.this is the beauty of our pitches.....if u bowl in the right areas u can trouble any batsmen unlike other places that are known as batsmens paradises

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on December 19, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Southafrica are scoring only by inside and outside edges...

  • Blade-Runner on December 19, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    There was a lot of hype around Zaheer before the match and people said Smith is Zaheer's bunny and stuff. As for now, Smith has scored 22 off 37 deliveries he faced Zaheer. Is Zaheer really troubling Smith ? lol Not a bit. So, who is the bunny now ?

  • xtrafalgarx on December 19, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Petersen is an easy wicket. We talk about SA being a good batting unit, but i can't remember the last time hey pu on a good opening partnership.

  • byc89 on December 19, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    one piece of advice for SA cricket managers:- why are you playing steyn, morkel and philander all in 1 match? This is not good for them to play together against such a weak attack. You could have given chances to few club pacers in this series. Well you missed an opportunity.

  • on December 19, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Sharma is putting in great effort seems like Graeme Smith is riding on luck.......

  • byc89 on December 19, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    this is the result in difference in management level in cricket in India and SA. SA optimize their resources well and despite being a smaller country in terms of population and not being too cricket crazy, they are able to beat India in every matches that too without any competition.

  • SandeepIPL on December 19, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Ashwin as a bowler is not the same one any longer. One will find out soon that is not getting the wickets he should.

  • heartbreakerz on December 19, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Ravijot Chugh......hahaha, you indian fans have no choice but to be happy about these small things...the teams you mentioned i.e. Pak, SL, NZ n Aus all played the test matches first so they didn't have enough time to prepare while Ind have already faced Steyn, morkel n philander in the ODIs n have been in SA for more than 20 days...but still india could not get 300, i cant even remember when was the last time that india made 300+ overseas...

    Btw...Aus n Pak managed to bowl SA out for 95 n 245 respectively...lets see what the "great" indian bowlers do...

  • electrci_loco_WAP4 on December 19, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    SA, comeon beat India.Even if we cannot beat India, we will support the opposition to get some satisfaction.

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on December 19, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    @Vivfan ....I am not sure which team you support but Last time I checked India won last two cup and CT. Did your team win anything in last 5 yrs? Who cares about individual matches with some country. Do you know who won between Brazil and Columbia soccer match ? But you do know who won the world cup correct? but again I may be overestimating your knowledge and memory

  • on December 19, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    It is a crime to miss catches at this level. The bowlers are bowling well. The fielders need to step up and grab those chances.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on December 19, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    I am over Alvero Petersen in this team and needs to be dropped ASAP. Dean Elgar, Rilee Rousouw or De Kock need to come in. He has a sub par average and hasnt made an impression.

  • on December 19, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Kohli definitely got the monsters - Stein and Co- angry and so they just ripped through the 'formidable' Indian batting line-up. Indians are all flat track bullies. Bring them to pitches where the bowlers are breathing fire and they quickly come undone. Kohli was lucky that he was batting on the SA quick's off day. If it were today, then he wouldn't be saying they were "ordinary". Sorry, I think he said "non threatening". Basically its the same thing.

  • jimbond on December 19, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    Kohli's comments were precise- the SA guys including Alan Donald had also agreed to it. Today, their bowling WAS threatening. The same guys- Rahane and Dhoni who appeared quite comfortable yesterday were struggling today. Possibly the rain and moisture also helped the bowlers. Even in the SA innings, the pre lunch period was tough going.

  • Cricketlover54 on December 19, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Nightmare wont end here boys in blue. Whitewash after whitewash will be looming for India when they tour NZ, ENG, AUS. 0-8 so far, 0-20 end of 2014.

  • on December 19, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Ashwin why would you do that ?

  • SandeepIPL on December 19, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Right @criclovingmind, don't know why and how Ishant gets in the team. Also why Ashwin stands up in the slips. In the first place why is Ashwin in the team.

  • Hunters77 on December 19, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    If I were Rehane I would have thumped Kohli in the dressing room his remarks just fired up the S.A. batsman think it did more good for S.A than for India...

  • byc89 on December 19, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    If SA team fails to score anything less than 450 on this pitch against this attack, it would surprise me and not only me but also many others.

  • sundersingh on December 19, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    our bowlers lacks the penetrating factor............

  • on December 19, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    we vll get toughest bowler's frm southafrica in cricket history nw steyn and Vernon proved it tody playing with current best batsmans of cricket

  • MrCricket0099 on December 19, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Come on Graeme, take apart Zaheer, make him your bunny.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 19, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    @Blade-Runner.As long as a SL team who cannot beat BD even at home can play test cricket, no need to worry about India. We are winning at least at home. What about a bottom ranked SL who will soon be eliminated from ranking

  • CricIndia208 on December 19, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    I will be glad as long as India keeps thrashing sri lanka and kicking out pakistan out of world cups! LOL! It is quite hilarious to see sri lankan and pakistani fans here. Obviously they are hurt, India keeps beating them. They are hurt that India won both the World cup and the Champions trophy. Something that their sorry teams cannot accomplish.

  • Vivfan on December 19, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Virat Kohli - "SA bowlers weren't threatening" Next day 25-5. Indian Cricketers and fans talk big, but never really produce the results.

  • SurlyCynic on December 19, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    When Rudolph was averaging the the 30s I remember reading articles calling for him to be dropped. Alviro has been dreadful for a long time - isn't he getting to that point too?

  • sundersingh on December 19, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    getting the wicket of out of form player like petersen doesnt tell he is a good bowler Time will tell the truth..........

  • SandeepIPL on December 19, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    India had to get atleast 400 to make a match of this. South Africa will easily score 450 + or even more. Indian bowling will not be any match to South African batting. Though Shami Ahmed and Zaheer will try very hard. Ishant and Ashwin will be a baggage.

  • sundersingh on December 19, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Its a innings defeat for us and we have to accept it in order to realize the ground reality......... Great politics behind Ishant selction in team...what a kind of bowler he is. He is not even able to hit the right length.... why india placing slips and gully waste of time

  • Solid_Snake on December 19, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    @mzm149 :Well said....Even 450 runs is a bit less..Make it 500 mate :)

  • sumit1982 on December 19, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Getting bowed out less than 300 runs in innings it gives upper hand to the pro teas,gr8 work by the blower.

  • on December 19, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Have kohli just given extra incentive to SA bowlers by saying they weren't that threatening ?

  • kbza86 on December 19, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    kohli's remarks epitomizes Indian cricket and thier thought you did well at 255/5 at 2.7 to the over when you chose to bat,which is below par..kohlI gets easy 30 odd runs from the spInners and says our bowlIng attack is not a threat..all after one day's play!!!!! be careful of the words you say incase you have to swallow them!!

  • srizulu1369 on December 19, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    @wonderstar1: you are blunder star... SA never won in Aus, check the history mate, last 2 series inAus have been won by SA & SA haven't won in India?? Remember the 2-0 whitewash of India in India in 2000... please refrain from this site if you know nothing about cricket history... get your video games out & ask mummy to cook you some are for matured men...

  • Blade-Runner on December 19, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    Indian batting line-up is the most technically flawed batting side in the world. The players like Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Rohit, Dhoni in others can't simply handle the pace or the bounce. Kohli managed to score some runs thanks wayward spinners. Their inability to perform outside the SC raise serious questions about their test status. Doesn't it ?

  • byc89 on December 19, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    really good work from SA bowlers. What a way to finish the inning. Great piece of bowling. they are a true superpower. A team miles ahead of their opponents. India have virtually tried every thing but yet failing. A country of 1.2 billion people and almost all cricket crazy and yet the results are visible to every one.

  • Hunters77 on December 19, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    Was eager to go out and buy tickets for the Durban Test match seriously having second thoughts if this is the cricket India is playing rather spend my money doing something else....

  • Jaybass32 on December 19, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    I hate to say l told you say you so... It will be tough work for India going forward?

  • phat55 on December 19, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    perfect morning for us,cleaned up the tail & no loss of wkts at lunch. glad the boys bowled like we know they can & then India wilted under the pressure.if Kohli & co faces Vern in that mood im almost certain they wont sooo many before him but he was good enough to bat well & make it count.we need to bat big & preferably only once if possible.lets see wot the Indians can dish up........

  • Solid_Snake on December 19, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990 :Avg score on this pitch is telling some other story..280 is not 350 on this pitch..India was still 20-30 runs short..That's to the great batting by Tail.India is back in form :) Will it be an inngs defeat for India or not..Let's see

  • Solid_Snake on December 19, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    @CricIndia208 :Keep comparing these 280 runs with other teams..Result would be the same as ever..Whitewash for India :) Keep looking at these 280 runs & be happy :)

  • on December 19, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    This is best 1st test 1st innings effort by an overseas team in South Africa in some time. Comments about Pak playing competitive cricket in SA are hilarious....they were bowled out for 49 in their first test here. Australia and NZ were bowled out for less than 100 and SL for less than cynical can Indian fans be. And someone mentioned England - ya they are a top batting side for sure, showing it down under at the moment

  • on December 19, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    I think Kohli may just have spoken a little too soon.. Wouldn't surprise me if his comments sparked the energy in SA quicks to take them out the way they did this morning..."Not threatening ay? We'll show you!"

  • mzm149 on December 19, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Posted by CricIndia208 on (December 19, 2013, 10:32 GMT):

    India doesn't have bowling to contain South Africa below 450 minimum. Game is gone for you.

  • Unomaas on December 19, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Great performance by the Saffa bowlers this morning but some of that credit must also go to Allan Donald and the bowling staff. AD had characteristics of all 3 bowlers, the swing and accuracy of Steyn, the Seam movement of Philander, and the pace, bounce and aggression of Morkel. He understands those bowlers intimately hence the SA pace men are able to adapt so well.

    When we talk about the SA attack, it would be appropriate to include AD as the brains behind the scenes. Quite a potent combination!

  • Mervo on December 19, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    Dhoni always fails on wickets that are not really slow. I would love to see his average outside of India

  • GoCho on December 19, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Here I was, almost believing the new generation would prove me wrong and that India would not be whitewashed on foreign tours. Thank you Philander and Morkel for showing me this is still a long way ahead. Maybe someday in my lifetime the bcci will have tour games and let our batsmen acclimatise to foreign conditions!

  • Vivfan on December 19, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    Well said Cricket-Is-unpopular. India even having a population of 1 Billion + doesn't have quality anywhere near that of SA's with a population of 50 million whom aren't even a cricketing mad nation.

  • on December 19, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    Yesterday it was funny when driving laughed at Allen Donald for calling the pitch a "belter" today dravid will see why Donald called this pitch a belter. 500/5 declared

  • wonderstar1 on December 19, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    @BladeRunner nobody is disappointed as they only expect fight from this young ind team unless your team who have never ever won in Aus or Ind and will have to wait for another 50 more years. It seems like you are the only disappointed guy becuase you thought Ind wont even score 100 and that proved false.

  • on December 19, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Heard a lot of Indians complaining that it was the Indian batting that deserved credit and not the off touch SA bowling. This is what we see from them at their best, had they bowled the same lines as today India would have been less than 200.

  • on December 19, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    As a South African Fan I would like to thank KHOLI for his remarks about SA bowling quicks which will boast their blood pressures and they bowled out India in style

  • rajuramki on December 19, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    The Nine,Ten and Jack of the Indian team managed to face just nine deliveries without opening their accounts . It is a pity that they don't have even the minimum batting skills to support Ashwin and take the team total to around 350 . It reminds me of the days when the Indian team used to fold up as soon as the 6th or the 7th wicket falls . We are again going back to the old days . Ishant cannot bowl, cannot bat and cannot field and yet he is in the playing eleven . Umesh would have been a far better than Ishant and even Bhuvanesh with his medium pace would have been a better option .We have to wait and watch how many runs Ishant will leak in this innings .

  • PrasPunter on December 19, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    i would still say sa is behind india in this game . If india could get a lead of 100, which appears likely given the conditions, it will be 1-0 for india in a couple of days.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on December 19, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Ishant had waqar younis , dale steyn at his disposal in the ipl and Clt. but he is still the most mediocre bowler in the world. WHat a waste of opportunity.

  • pops2 on December 19, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    @Ausie_the_Great. It is a week day. Most of those on leave are away at holiday destinations. The rest are still at work.

    The weekend should be better.

  • srinideva on December 19, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    Indian team critics are more than welcome here. Its your day in office, enjoy the cricket.

  • Imad_K on December 19, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    South Africa will be looking to post around 500 runs. India will probably get bowled out for less than 200 in the next innings because Kohli isn't going to score a ton every innigs. South Africa need to stop bowling spin at India - only bowling they like in these conditions.

  • CricIndia208 on December 19, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    280 is 100 more than what sri lanka managed in their first innings and 231 more than what pakistan managed last year.

  • on December 19, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    SA came out with a plan today and they outside off stuff... From a neutral perspective it was really disappointing to see India go down like that. India shud at least ve scored 350. They have left so much to do for their bowlers which I doubt will restrict them under 280. and the sun is out now. I was expecting fight back and it didn't happen. long way to go India before u claim to be the best team in the world.

  • Captainman on December 19, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    SA are a special team. They don't have anywhere near the people India has and very small amount of money and still they are thousands of miles ahead of Indian team. As for India, only Kohli is the world class young player they have but that's nothing great because of the amount of people they have.

  • on December 19, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Indian batting is not good as they looks they are over confident All 5 for 25 common they act like forgot cricket

  • Slysta on December 19, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Well, thank goodness the SA quicks aren't too threatening. Otherwise India could have been bowled out cheaply this morning, and that might have posed a real problem...

  • INDSlider on December 19, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    Fallacy of ranking of Ind team is unvielling continuously. They were whitewashed in ODI with 100+ losses. Even the other sub continent teams faired well in SA with test and ODI wins. Ind is the most overrated team with full of home bulies. I doubt they can survive at least 4 days in tests. This is the hard truth in todays world cricket after the retirement of greats like Sachin and Dravid.

  • CricIndia208 on December 19, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    280 is more than enough in these conditions. Anyway, Indian batsmen should have been better prepared. India are not playing sri lanka, whom we always beat therefore requires no preparation, but a quality SA side.

  • 122notoutWestByfleet1996 on December 19, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Philander really is a top class bowler. He was absolutely on the money this morning, giving the batsmen nothing and moving the ball around at a good pace.

    I think the bowling will be the difference between these 2 sides, SA have a far stronger attack than India.

    Good, competitive cricket which as a neutral is a pleasure to see.

  • on December 19, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    So the usual <300 in away tests continues.. Out of all the current wicket keeper batsman , I think Dhoni is one of the worst in Testmatches.. Haddin, Prior, Sanga, AB, MCcullum and even Dinesh Ramdin scored more centuries in away tests..

  • INDSlider on December 19, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    @Cricket_is_Unpopular : SA is definitely a test loving nation. But, not mad on cricket as some others. In the first place, they love competitive cricket like SA vs. Aus/Eng/Pak, not the one sided affairs. Who will come to watch the cricket when the opponents failed to prove their competitiveness loosing 100+ runs in ODI.

  • Yevghenny on December 19, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    Everyone laughs at England, but it seems like we're the only ones that ever turn up to watch cricket!

  • Blade-Runner on December 19, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    @ Fast_Track_Bully ; I understand your disappointment. I really do, specially when your team let you down again and again and again. I guess you must be pretty embarrassed too after your team losing 5 wickets for just 18 runs. Btw it was always on the card.

  • on December 19, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    I have been closely watching him since that historic Test where Australia were 21-9 and then 47 all out. It was, incidentally, his debut. Since then, he bowled with an aura around his shoulders for the next six Test matches and making a 100 year record of getting to 50 wickets in as low as 7 matches. Then his aura waned a bit and he caught up some injuries but still picked up 38 wickets from the next 9 matches. His tally was 89 after 16 games. Then he got the "prodigious" seam movement in the 2nd innings of the 1st Test against Pakistan at UAE and picked up 5 wickets in that Test following it up with one wicket in the next Match. Now, he had to work harder than ever to pick up his wickets and it tastes sweet indeed! He is at 99 now!

  • on December 19, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Philander on 99 test wickets! Kholi would be a great 100th wicket for him! such a good player! (both of them)

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on December 19, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    280 is a 350 under this pitch and conditions

  • Messa1 on December 19, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    well done SA. expect to see the under 17 club level bowlers of ind get smashed all around the park. Good Luck

  • on December 19, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    This is what happens when you talk yourself up after only one days play. Proteas attack showed why they number 1 in the world. Take your eye off Steyn and you Philander to make you think. Take a breather off Philander and you got Morkel making making you stress. Patient, calculating and sticking to the plan. Just listen to Phildander this morning talking about the plan for the morning session, carried out with scarry precission.

  • INDSlider on December 19, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    It is uncertain that India could drag the match to the fourth day.If they were given flat tracks at home, we would have seen couple of tons.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 19, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    It is a pity that with all that hard work from middle order, we cannot go pass 300.

  • Captainman on December 19, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    No crowd in the background picture. Excellent bowling by SA.

  • on December 19, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Again clueless ,,,yesterday SA bowlers were off the radar , this morning they come out with different plan full and wicket to wicket ... not like yesterday bouncers and bla bla bla, Ind lost 5/25 this morning... no resistance from tail, hope there bowlers won't allow SA a big lead... India had played 3 test before this test on the same venue and haven't lost a single game ???? Can they keep there clean sheet up to date or ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • Captainman on December 19, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    lool! hardly any crowd yet again. No surprises of course :)

  • CodandChips on December 19, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    From a neutral perspective, if India take a couiple of early wickets, this game will be nicely poised. But then again, they picked Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan instead of Yadav and Kumar.

    In my opinion, if Alviro Petersen played in a worse team, he would have been dropped. But because of South Africa's mighty lineup, they can afford to keep him in.

  • CodandChips on December 19, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    From a neutral perspective, if India take a couiple of early wickets, this game will be nicely poised. But then again, they picked Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan instead of Yadav and Kumar.

    In my opinion, if Alviro Petersen played in a worse team, he would have been dropped. But because of South Africa's mighty lineup, they can afford to keep him in.

  • Captainman on December 19, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    lool! hardly any crowd yet again. No surprises of course :)

  • on December 19, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Again clueless ,,,yesterday SA bowlers were off the radar , this morning they come out with different plan full and wicket to wicket ... not like yesterday bouncers and bla bla bla, Ind lost 5/25 this morning... no resistance from tail, hope there bowlers won't allow SA a big lead... India had played 3 test before this test on the same venue and haven't lost a single game ???? Can they keep there clean sheet up to date or ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • Captainman on December 19, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    No crowd in the background picture. Excellent bowling by SA.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 19, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    It is a pity that with all that hard work from middle order, we cannot go pass 300.

  • INDSlider on December 19, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    It is uncertain that India could drag the match to the fourth day.If they were given flat tracks at home, we would have seen couple of tons.

  • on December 19, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    This is what happens when you talk yourself up after only one days play. Proteas attack showed why they number 1 in the world. Take your eye off Steyn and you Philander to make you think. Take a breather off Philander and you got Morkel making making you stress. Patient, calculating and sticking to the plan. Just listen to Phildander this morning talking about the plan for the morning session, carried out with scarry precission.

  • Messa1 on December 19, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    well done SA. expect to see the under 17 club level bowlers of ind get smashed all around the park. Good Luck

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on December 19, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    280 is a 350 under this pitch and conditions

  • on December 19, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Philander on 99 test wickets! Kholi would be a great 100th wicket for him! such a good player! (both of them)