South Africa v India, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 3rd day December 20, 2013

Pujara and Kohli batter South Africa

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India 280 and 284 for 2 (Pujara 135*, Kohli 77*) lead South Africa 244 (Smith 68, Philander 59, Ishant 4-79) by 320 runs
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Dravid: India's method of batting was incredible

On Friday morning, India fans were cautiously optimistic after their side put in tenacious displays on the first two days of a Test South Africa were widely expected to dominate. By Friday evening that had turned into full-blown jubilation as India's batsmen put them on course for what could be one of their greatest Test victories.

Most of India's young batsmen have forged their reputations on the back of high-octane limited-overs innings. For the second time in three days, they showed they also had the patience and adaptability to thrive in the longer format.

Cheteshwar Pujara gave a masterclass in innings building - he consumed 64 deliveries to make his first nine runs as Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander had the new ball curling around, but with the attack fading as the day progressed, he caned nearly a hundred runs in the final session.

Virat Kohli's dream Test continued, as he backed up a first-innings century that showcased his discipline with a more expansive half-century, remaining on course to become the first Indian No. 4 to make a hundred in each innings of a Test. He was the junior partner in an unbroken 191-run partnership for the third wicket with Pujara, which took the lead past 300, and almost certainly beyond South Africa's reach.

While those two will take much of the plaudits for a near-perfect day for India, M Vijay also did his bit with a watchful 39, highlighted by his readiness to leave deliveries outside off. His innings lasted more than two-and-a-half hours and served to blunt the best of South Africa's bowlers. The flashy strokeplay that makes him a Twenty20 star was put aside as he grafted in the face of some hostile bowling, playing the sort of understated role perfected by former opener Aakash Chopra in the famous 2003-04 Australia series.

The only batsman to miss out was Shikhar Dhawan, but towards the end of the day, India were in such a commanding position that he was cheerfully swaying his arms to the rhythm of a song sung by the Wanderers crowd.

As good as the Indian batsmen were, their task was made a lot easier when Morne Morkel, South Africa's best bowler in the first innings, twisted his ankle while fielding and was ruled out of action for at least a week. With another specialist bowler, Imran Tahir, struggling to land the ball, South Africa were severely hampered but the presence of the allrounder Jacques Kallis softened the blow as he wheeled in gamely, and tested the batsmen for much of the second session.

By tea, the two frontline quicks, Steyn and Philander, had already sent down plenty of overs, and Graeme Smith was forced to turn to other options. Tahir had an extended spell, which again contained a mix of long hops and full tosses, and helped India gallop along. But he produced the only real chance of the final session, which only worsened his day, as he put down a simple caught-and-bowled opportunity that would have ended Pujara's innings on 51.

Till then, though India were steadily moving into a strong position, the bowlers still had a say in the proceedings and were successful in limiting the batsmen from scoring. All that changed over the next couple of hours, as Pujara showed he can bash as well as he can block. The signature cut shot made a frequent appearance, highlighted by successive boundaries off Kallis in the 54th over, first in front of point and then behind it. The wheels came off for South Africa - the cracks in the track seemed to have no influence and the variable bounce went missing - as Pujara and Kohli plundered 46 in five overs.

With the shine off the ball, Kohli was in an enterprising mood right from the start as he faced down a fiery spell from Steyn, who was constantly bowling in the mid-140s just before tea - about 10kph more than he averages with the new ball. A top-edged pull for four marked the start of Kohli's boundary count, though the others were far more convincing, as he reached his 50 off 74 deliveries.

His powerful pull off Philander to midwicket a few overs before close was a representation of India's total dominance, but he was a little subdued after his half-century, with Pujara scoring the bulk of the runs. Besides showcasing a watertight technique, Pujara also showed off another facet of his batting that domestic attacks in India have long feared - the penchant for big runs.

Already he has three 150-plus Test scores, and a fourth isn't too far away. The disappointment of his first-innings run-out was forgotten with a cracking drive through cover off Steyn to bring up his first century away from home, and he accepted the gifts on offer from Tahir and Duminy to finish unbeaten on 135.

The batsmen extended the good work done by Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma at the start of the day, who wrapped up the South Africa tail within 45 minutes to hand India a 36-run first-innings advantage.

Perhaps the one bright spot for South Africa on the day was Philander rewarded with the early wicket of Dhawan for a terrific opening spell, a dismissal that made him the fastest South African to 100 Test wickets. That will be cold comfort for South Africa fans, after they witnessed one of their team's toughest days in Test cricket in recent years.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on December 21, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    It's actually good for india that south Africa are getting em out no problem of declaration for us !

  • on December 21, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    India had bit of a luck. Morne Morkel has always excellent record against indian batsman and he is injured.

  • AamirKhan-SuperStar on December 21, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Shot of the match-Rahane's on drive off Steyn. Pitch is spitting out its demons, Ashwin will be handy here so will be the seamers.

  • on December 21, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    shabash india! I'm a big proteas fan and I have to acknowledge how fantasticly pujara & kohli batted and left the ball. SA bowlers didn't look like getting them out. Seized the advantage and batted opposition out of the match (like Amla in Perth).Was a privilege to see Kohli's hundred live.Set the tone for the series. challenge accepted and answered. Need a Smith 2nd innings special to save us.

  • Solid_Snake on December 21, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Game is now out of SA's reach..Lead is almost 400 runs now...If SA manages to take out India today,this match would be hell of a cracker..

  • Arrow011 on December 21, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    I do not see any sense or direction in India's torrid batting display on the 4th day. Kohli seemed to be more interested in scoring his 2nd century of the test than putting a good total. Only batsman who showed intent was Pujara. Whoever said Sachin is selfish should have a look at the mirror & then judge Kohli for his over selfish display.

  • on December 21, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    commenters curse!

  • on December 21, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Its india's game to loose now. There is no chance that SA can save it from this situation. Well played by Pujara and Kohli is playing another master innings.

  • on December 21, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Hard luck for rohit..............tough times ahead south Africa

  • on December 21, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Kohli has slowed down to make sure he gets to 3 figures but Smith is using Kallis and Duminy. He must bring Steyn and Philander back. His captaincy in this Test has been ordinary.

  • on December 21, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    It's actually good for india that south Africa are getting em out no problem of declaration for us !

  • on December 21, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    India had bit of a luck. Morne Morkel has always excellent record against indian batsman and he is injured.

  • AamirKhan-SuperStar on December 21, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Shot of the match-Rahane's on drive off Steyn. Pitch is spitting out its demons, Ashwin will be handy here so will be the seamers.

  • on December 21, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    shabash india! I'm a big proteas fan and I have to acknowledge how fantasticly pujara & kohli batted and left the ball. SA bowlers didn't look like getting them out. Seized the advantage and batted opposition out of the match (like Amla in Perth).Was a privilege to see Kohli's hundred live.Set the tone for the series. challenge accepted and answered. Need a Smith 2nd innings special to save us.

  • Solid_Snake on December 21, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Game is now out of SA's reach..Lead is almost 400 runs now...If SA manages to take out India today,this match would be hell of a cracker..

  • Arrow011 on December 21, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    I do not see any sense or direction in India's torrid batting display on the 4th day. Kohli seemed to be more interested in scoring his 2nd century of the test than putting a good total. Only batsman who showed intent was Pujara. Whoever said Sachin is selfish should have a look at the mirror & then judge Kohli for his over selfish display.

  • on December 21, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    commenters curse!

  • on December 21, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Its india's game to loose now. There is no chance that SA can save it from this situation. Well played by Pujara and Kohli is playing another master innings.

  • on December 21, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Hard luck for rohit..............tough times ahead south Africa

  • on December 21, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Kohli has slowed down to make sure he gets to 3 figures but Smith is using Kallis and Duminy. He must bring Steyn and Philander back. His captaincy in this Test has been ordinary.

  • on December 21, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    Truth is that India's performance has stunned everyone. South Africa looks tired. Their hastily arranged ODI series against Pakistan may seem like a bad idea after all. Secondly the one sided ODI series against India lead Proteas to take Indians easy and get over confident. Steyn historically has never intimidated Indian batsmen like he has prevailed over batsmen from other countries. Indian victory by a margin well over 200 runs seems imminent. From A Pakistani Fan - Faakhir

  • on December 21, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    there was a shout that pujara had all records in india when he got the emerging player award , so now he proved that he is the world class batsman not comparing him with the grate rahul dravid but some how i can say he has the ability to stay and score runs.

  • on December 21, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    indian curry is getting too spicy for safas

  • Durfitaymoo on December 21, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Sour Grapes works both ways India or Pakistan.

    So it's best to ignore that's sort or banter and enjoy Cricket.

    India's response has been classy regardless of the outcome even if they don't make it through they are trying hard which is great for the game of cricket.

  • on December 21, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    Poojara is no more a test player...we must consider him for the ODIs....and what to say.about the current form of Virat...he is absolute treat to watch

  • BradmanBestEver on December 21, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    This is a most refreshing performance by India.

    I will be more convinced that they have 'turned the corner' if they can win the series and do it again outside India - but it is an interesting development in the balance of world cricket - as is the Ashes performance by the Aussies

  • on December 21, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    Hopefully Saf can bundle India out for a thrilling match.. and also reinforce with du plesis kallis & peterson out of form winning score has been achieved already for India

  • pull_shot on December 21, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    @ Then we say SAF didn't win a single test match on turning wickets in Asia

  • on December 21, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    i think sa will fight back today

  • on December 21, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    OK some of the comments made here is just ANTI INDIAN You guys needs wake up and face reality dont blame anything but reality that india is playing better than south africa in this test. They have surprised everyone and the guys here who is giving their anti indian comments here and blaiming the conditions. FACE THE REALITY.

  • on December 21, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    You see the problem is if we canget a lead of 450 then we will have to plough through 6-7 extremely good batsmen to win the test match. Now if we (india) focus with the likes of khan sharma and shami bowling we could win. It will be interesting to see how south africa react with the bat. Will they excel in these moments or decline??

  • Shumbu on December 21, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    A humble request to Indian team management: For ODI series abroad which favours pace bowling, please include talents like Pujara in the playing 11 (instead of spinning all-rounder or a ODI/T20 batsmen) For ODI series in India or sub-continent, no need for Pujaras... play with stroke makers and spinners as they will certainly perform. Hope this is a simple, strait forward and most effective strategy!!

  • 11_Warrior on December 21, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    With player like Tahir in the playing eleven it was like 10 members of SAF verses 12 members of India.

  • CricLover316 on December 21, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    @Rajshekar Gudapaty - They just cannot see India winning,no matter what. Sour Grapes for what India has done to their teams in the past. They are taking a bitter pill once again. It really amuses me all the time. Their team got all out for 49 on this very pitch. Some of the Pakistani fans,have been very sportive and had positive comments,bust most of them have sour grapes. That just makes me feel better that they cant digest India's success.They use fake names as SA/Aus/Eng fans to bash and hide behind a keyboard. Doesnt make them look good at all. They wont get tired my friend. Sour grapes !!

  • Fan1969 on December 21, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    This till now has been one of the best overseas test matches for India in past 30 years. I say this HYPERBOLE because of the inexperience in test batting.

    This is after the worst tour ever to Aus in 2011 (we had batsmen with massive reputations and a fit Zak, Yadav and Ishant) but failed miserably, losing 4-0. Atleast in England when India lost 4-0 we had injury issues with Zak, Gambhir & Sehwag. Bhajji was declining and Umesh Yadav was not discovered. In Australia, India should have done well but got thrashed 4-0.

    To put SA, who is clearly better than Aus, on the backfoot in the FIRST test away with little preparation time for a very young team is ASTONISHING.

    IT CANNOT GET BETTER THAN THIS. HOPE SA DO NOT ESCAPE WITH A DRAW. India deserves to win this test.

    India must stick to the plans and build session by session. SA has the best batting in the world so it will not be easy to get 9 wickets (Morkel injured)

  • CricLover316 on December 21, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    @ kempvet- That is really hilarious. Some comments are really baffle me here,you took the cake.Understand your frustration. When your fantasy about other teams getting 50 Allout is not fulfilled,you make such statements. Did you even watch the game,even for a while ? There was a good amount of seem movement throughtout the day. What do you expect ? The ball to get inswing/outswing 50 cms ? You wouldnt have made the statement if India folded for 50. Last few teams came here did fold very quickly,and when you face good quality batsmen,you make excuses nothing else. Like philander's statement. And you try to belittle everything what India does,its not your fault. You hatred doesnt let you appreciate anything or allow you to talk sense. Your embarrassing yourself to be honest. Good for you. And Perth,the bounciest pitch in the world,all of a sudden becomes docile,ONLY when India plays. Good try. Get some cricketing sense.

  • on December 21, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    Is kohli the real deal, or what??? India has found another one young all right. The way this is going, pretty excited to see the series with England. India could knock off Australia, South Africa and England in a bit over 12 months...

  • Benbow on December 21, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    It's always amusing to hear the SA team, press and supporters raving about the fast Wanderers track and how the fast bowlers are going to decimate the opposition. Only for the SA batsmen's own deficiencies against quality fast bowling to be exposed once again. Remember 2006?

  • on December 21, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Posted by Saeed Iqbal on (December 20, 2013, 21:48 GMT)

    Keep dreaming!!!

    It is not about winning the match or not.

    But the comments we got before starting this match...

    India will be all out with in 100 runs Match will be over in 2 days etc....

    And all this turned now .... and people like you are coming now and saying match isn't over yet!!!

    Well we know that it isn't over!! we are watching ...

  • Johnny_129 on December 21, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Now that India is on top it is important to show killer instincts and finish the game off. They should aim for a declaration before tea considering rain is forecast for tomorrow! Declaration before tea will mean SA will need to start twice - more stop-starts for batsmen the better for the bowlers. I hope they nail this instead of a tame draw! Ashwin is a great bowler and we need him to front up.

  • Rajesh.Kumar on December 21, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    Frustration of some of India's detractors is reaching ridiculous limits. They are calling this track a flat track, and the Aus team of 2008 (which had Ponting, Shaun Tait, Mike Hussey etc...) as a weak team which got defeated by India in Perth!!! Amazing stuff!! Isn't it the bad luck of certain teams that they never run into a weak Australian team, or a flat track in SA, and get all out below 50, to be whitewashed eventually!!!!

  • on December 21, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    many people think tat india has poor bowlers... but te indians hav proved their best..

  • Rajesh.Kumar on December 21, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    We Indians have to understand that bowlers like Ishant, Shami, Zaheer, Bhuvi, and Umesh are all excellent fast bowlers, its just that they play most of their matches on lifeless tracks in India, so their bowling averages are poor. Give them helpful conditions like those in Wanderers and they will also get averages below 25. Ishant should actually refuse to play on those dead tracks in India, otherwise, his career will be over. While on helpful track here in Wanderers, he is virtually unplayable. Because of his height, he hits the deck hard, after which pitch will do the rest with the ball seaming either ways. The way Amla got bowled was a fine example of his type of bowling being effective on seaming tracks. The same ball would have been harmless on an Indian track, but, here it seamed so much as to knock off the off stump of Amla.

  • on December 21, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    its a pure bliss to watch india batting so good on these fast tracks.

  • Indiana_jones99 on December 21, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    Lets not start counting the chickens. Many a twist and turns still to come. SA will come back hard and Indi in the next 2 days.

  • on December 21, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    yes!!now I completely agree with Mr Saurav Ganguly that without any knowledge of the conditions u can't do anything.We have bowlers and batsmen who can win matches and series but need much more exposure to the overseas conditions..or atleast some bowling supportive pitches.

  • yuvi_gladiator on December 21, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    SA have not even seen a real spinning in india yet because we always prepared flat decks in last 10-15 years until the England and australia came last year. based on the amount of grass left on the wickets here, trust me they will see one the moment they land in ind for their next tour. i am not complaining but this SA side will get destroyed in the dust bowls next time they tour

  • on December 21, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    India hasn't won it yet and thus the jubilation of expectation of a win is premature. A brilliant batting display by the young guns is reassuring and the lead might prove to be a decisive one, but there are Amla, Kallis and brigade who have the capability of taking this match to a draw. I am hoping for a win, an innings win - it looks like one, but not celebrating it before the scoreboard says so.

  • matchfixerpkn on December 21, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    Pappu_bhai..they are not AUS/ENG fans..tehy are the fans from same nation who are humiliated by india all over world and toehr team is one which got all out for 47 in same pitch :)..they are just pretending as aus/eng/s Africa fans

  • Rajesh.Kumar on December 21, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    Isn't this the pitch on which Pakistan was all out for 47?

  • on December 21, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Stop stupid and senseless basing of M.Vijay. He has played a stellar role in making a good foundation, without which this score would not have been possible, especially when Dhavan was out early. I do not know what Rohit Sharma did in this Test to be lauded but to call Murli hopeless.

  • yuvi_gladiator on December 21, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    the indians have just broken down the SA bowlers with their outstanding judgements of the line. this pitch is tough, even the 70-75 overs old ball is still doing tricks. SA have still bowled well IMO but i don't think SA is even close to being the best bowling line up in the world with a high school level spinner in there ranks. they have been exposed, when their plan A failed they have no idea what to do. SA got lucky last time but Australia will destroy this side next year take my word.

  • yuvi_gladiator on December 21, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    @kempvet comments like these makes this feel even more sweeter. as a fan i wait for the moments when even the opposition fans have been outclassed and can't think straight. india have not even won this match yet, SA fans will feel destroyed if that happens i guess.

  • on December 21, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    wow.... what can i say.... exceptional is the word.... we have seen some exceptional cricket from india in this year starting from AUS tour of india in testts.... but nothing gave such a great feeling than this.... especially the second innings..... 170+ runs in 3rd sessions... are you kidding me..... pujara is the man who thinks he has born to bat all the five days of the test.... such a great humble young man.... i predicted a big score from him in next match, but he advanced and provided that in 2nd inning itself.... and what can we say about kohli... he is a mix of ponting and tendulkar..... and vijayt needs a appreciation too... he played extremly well and unfortunately in both innings he fell for BAD deliveries, which are not meant to take wickets at all.... they just blow all the critics they had....

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 21, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    Excellent cricket from India. But a 150+ runs more required and bowlers need to continue the good job.Hard to believe that SA coming up with lame excuses!It is very funny to remember old comments like India will all out in 42 or 75 , SA will declare 600/2, SA will win within 2 or 3 days, Inngs win for SA etc. Now,they need to wait for next test to comment like that.lol.

  • on December 21, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    @Kempvet- But Indian seamers took all 10 SA wickets in the first inning.. Was it docile even then? The fact of the matter is that you can't believe or digest the fact that Indian batters completely outplayed ur bowling attack.. The no.1 and no.2 bowlers in the world shouldn't hide behind excuses like these that it wasn't good wicket or "proper" Saffa wicket.. This is just ridiculously funny excuses.. Grow up and show ur sportsmanship..

  • Pappu_bhai on December 21, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    And to all SAF/AUS and ENG FANS-->Our team is not too weak in Fast bowling pitches as your team in spinning pitches.Each team has their own strengths and weakness.

    And these guys are considering us equal to other sub continent teams in batting.just dont do that mistakes.PAK cant bat but can bowl in these conditions.SL cant even bat or bowl in these conditions.bang are still learning.But India is different when it comes to Batting.Agree that our bowling is bad(except Zak)but our batting is so strong.

  • matchfixerpkn on December 21, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    Solid_Snake.. good comparison will be Pakistan getting all out for 47 and in same place kohli alone score more than 150 runs :)

  • matchfixerpkn on December 21, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    kempvet..I bet srilanka will not score total 100 runs in 2 innings in same pithc if they play today. .not with s Africa...with zimbawe :)

  • on December 21, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    The most important part of this match was that India didn't need a new ball to take ten wickets in the first inning.. They bowled SA out within 80 overs and bowled beautifully with the old ball.. I wonder why SA pace attack can't generate reverse swing? It's the same pitch.. They need to learn to bowl with the old ball.. The world now knows their weakness.. Tire them and they will fall apart..

  • on December 21, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    if this was a sub-continent pitch ashwin could've killed those saf, this wanderers pitch has good pace and bounce in it!!

  • on December 21, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    pujara the new wall

  • rajcl on December 21, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    Do not underestimate India,,only worried is we can convert good to great & bad to worst,,,,,,because not about the perfomence ,,its just about self confidence thats why 8 losses in row, i am not saying they can win oveses tour ( test ) but not like 0-4 at least 1-2 they can, we are always good team to bet anyone in any condition & in odi we are for better than any team at present

  • on December 21, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    Sniffing a victory here... And totally loving it... :)

  • jasonpete on December 21, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    Posted by nyc_missile on (December 21, 2013, 5:08 GMT), you are still after Dhoni ? From Australia series to champion trophy and now? He is a wicket keeper batsmen and as a wicket keeper and captain, he brings a different energy in to this young Indian side.Keep sulking , nothing is going to change.All this players performance brings joy for him as a captain as its a new look Indian team .I guess you will be supporting SA so that india lose all matches and dhoni can be removed from captaincy.But I guess ,all players want dhoni as captain and they are giving their best performance in overseas series.Keep calm and drink glass of water.

  • on December 21, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    Posted by kempvet on (December 21, 2013, 4:55 GMT)

    I expected such comments, when India started bashing South Africa. If that is the case, the pitch doesnt look like Sub-continent pitch either. I can't understand why people say that this pitch is not like actual South African pitch after 3 days of playing.

    Why can't they say it when they took 4 quick wickets in less time??? This is what i called jealous and pure lack of appreciation when one team played good cricket.

    Way to go mate!!! Pity your team NOW!!

    And i seriously doubt your blowers have no idea of reverse swing what so ever. Poor bowling all the way. Teach them reverse swinging the ball First.

  • on December 21, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    Mr. Smith has no clue about what need to be done ,he could have given close fielders to Tahir and other part timers at the beginning, this could have given some confidence to Tahir specially .We should Let Pujara Play his Natural game and i personally don't see Dravid anywhere in Pujara ,Being a huge Fan of Dravid but i personally feel what Dravid did for India nobody can touch his marks .How many times we have seen him batted like god when no other batters were having a clue of pitch and helped India to Force a draw.Pujara is diffrent altogether ,he can change gears as per match situations ,What he is doing in tests for India is like what Kohli Did in ODIs. Still a long way to go India has upper hands but pitch is considerably lost it's liveliness for bowlers,Indian bowlers has huge challenge before them as Amla is key batsman they need to take early.

  • on December 21, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    kohli rockzzz....

  • shashi_dhoni on December 21, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    This would be the result if india could have played zak, pujara , rahane in ODI's instead of yuvi , bhuvi... dont forget onething even shami , ishant performed but ZAK played a main role as mentor in this match... I was happy now as of India won the world cup in 2011... Disppointed to see poor comments even from INdian fans after failing from two ODI's...

  • Pappu_bhai on December 21, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    If we had played against SL in this pitch Our first innings score of 280 was enough for an innings win.

    Bad luck for us as we had to play against SAF.

  • on December 21, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    Please stopping bashing steyn here... one bad game doesn't make him a worst bowler...there might be fitness issues with steyn right now...bu he's a champion bowler...he'll come back again... wishes from An Indian Fan..

  • on December 21, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    hi all critics where are u gone now i think ur going to get some reason ok first u call ind are flat track bully now u can tell ind are fast track bully so sorry i think other then this u cant tell anythink against this mighty ind batting lineup so bye bye critics see u in next test hope we won the series and present this to who critisice india

  • kempvet on December 21, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    Just like India's famous victory in Perth on a docile Pitch against a weak Australian side, someone has stolen the real Wanderers wicket and replaced the wicket with this more docile one, this is not SA's true backyard so like the Perth victory India need to keep this performance in perspective, they are not playing in the usual SA conditions.

  • on December 21, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    @Greatest Game. Hope you are reading this. This is what I meant in one of my earlier posts. Once the shine is off , SA bowlers become just up and down bowlers. It has been proved comprehensively by an inexperienced , young Indian line up.

    While the success of Pujara and Kohli and the Indian bowlers was not entirely unexpected, almost everyone , including unsung heroes Vijay and Ajinkya has been a surprise. Vijay was gutsy and put SA out of the match.

  • Hilal19 on December 21, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    India, don't take Proteas lightly they have chased 413 against Aussies few years back and that too with the same combination that is playing against Ind.

  • entryholedia on December 21, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    The Indian team has done what no touring sides have ever done to the Proteas in recent years ! The New gen team of India has superbly adjusted to the fast bouncy south African tracks . The seam bowling combo has clicked excellently !

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 21, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    Cheteshwar Pujara, now what can I possibly say about your batsmanship? NIRVANA! 9 off 60 plus deliveries and 96 runs in the final session. Cheteshwar Pujara IS Rahul Sharad Dravid v2.0. Period! Now, when will we see this best test batsman of the world in the Indian ODI Team? The world is going to miss a Champion batsman in ODIs if he doesn't get to play in ODIs. As much as it is a loss for Pujara, the world of cricket has a lot to lose if Rahul Dravid v2.0 doesn't get to showcase his talent in ODIs. Take a bow, Pujara! Shame on Dhoni, selectors and coach.

  • on December 21, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Where did they find Tahir? No disrespect but don't take him to India tour ever, these young Indian will rip him apart their. School boy stuff really!

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 21, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    All I can say is WELL DONE boys !!! Young team India have proven they CAN compete with the best team in the world in their own backyard. This team is so YOUNG and inexperienced that nobody even gave them a sniff at the start of this match. It's India's game to win now. SA are clearly bamboozled and have no clue as to what hit 'em. Plus, Morne's injury is a huge blow cause he's a quality bowler. Still, India would like another 100 runs minimum and give themselves at least 5 sessions to bowl out SA. WOW ! what a feeling. The NEXT GEN have of Indian batting greats have arrived.

  • on December 21, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    Yes. We are FTBs. i.e. Wherever in the world we play, our timing and the beauty of batting can make the pitch look likeT...

  • on December 21, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    Sensational Batting by M Vijay

    Marvelous Batting by C Pujara

    Irresistible Batting by V Kohli

    and they call them flat track bullies!!!

  • Kover_Drive on December 21, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    @the_predator, I think there are still good bowlers around just as good as they did in 80s and 90s. I feel that batting techniques have turned so aggressive that it hurts bowlers confidence. But if you look at the stats like Steyn's maidens, Morkel's variations, or Philander wickets in tests, you will be surprised. It may seem like as if there are no good bowlers around, but stats tell a different story.

    McGrath had to be the most successful bowler in terms of winning number of tournaments. He bowled differently to almost every good batsman. He carried Aus to tournament wins. I wouldn't put Steyn, Waqar or Wasim ahead of him. Steyn plays lot of mind games and tries to intimidate the batsmen, esp. top ones.

  • on December 21, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    450 lead would give india confident as we have 1 and half days if declared by lunch ,. 90+40 overs enough to remove Proteas if the way they bowled on 2nd day,. shami & zaheer must remove the opener rest ishant will take care #indvssa

  • proteasfire on December 21, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    Terrific batting by India!! Hats off to Pujara and Kohli for the way they constructed the partnership and took the game totally away from South Africa. The pre-hype surrounding the series saying India cant play in bouncy pitches were completely disproved. Pujara and Kohli showed great determination and focus in tiring SA bowlers. SA were unfortunate to lose Morne Morkel. With two days left in the test, India are firmly in driver's seat. SA need some special effort to save the test from this point!! #safan

  • humdrum on December 21, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    SA have been on the field for 6 sessions out of 9 and bowled a total of 180 overs,with more to come.Very demoralising for the no 1 test team,playing in its backyard on a green,bouncy track.Surely,they do not depend on only Morkel to deliver the goods,are Steyn and Philander there just to make up the numbers ? After all,they are ranked no 1 and 2 in the bowler's list.Steyn has so far bowled a total of 40 overs( his normal strike rate is 40 balls per wkt) for a solitary wkt,and if selection of Tahir was a blunder,who's to blame? The truly great get going when the going gets tough and don't look for excuses.

  • fguy on December 21, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    major props to Vijay. he blunted the opening bowlers in both innings. really surprsied me with his temperament. yes he didnt convert but that was crucial. i think he's someone who raises his game at int'l level against v gd opposition

    & pujara was amazing. just his presence is so reassuring. it's almost a shock when he doesnt make 150 every time

    hope we dont play it too safe (an old trait). we should declare at lunch or when we get lead of 450 max. no later. remember last series when SRT & GG batted out 5 sessions for draw in last test

    people criticising Vijay & Pujara's "slow" RR have no clue of test cricket

  • satishkumarr on December 21, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    this is funnny keep on telling india playing only on subcontinet pitches...the way pujara and kohli batted very well...they were in the grease for very long time and leaving the ball outside off stump...this old cricket technique....

  • on December 21, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    pujara and kohli have played really well. they should capitalise on all the hard work. india should try and built a lead of atleast 450.btw pujara and kohlis performance should provide a reminder to critics who claim indian batsmen are fast track bullies.

  • thectexperience on December 21, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    It sounds like Morkel's injury as well as Tahir (as usual) have triggered the escape valve and allowed India to get away. I hope India go on to win but they shouldn't get too carried away, particular assuming Morkel returns for the next Test and South Africa play a more consistent spinner.

  • tao585 on December 21, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    Indian Batsmen are Sub-Continent Bullies, now they are also fast track Bullies. The only objection is calling them 'Bullies' ;-)

  • on December 21, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    I remember one of the typical Indian office discussion after the first ODI in SA.While everyone was disappointed, I firmly believed that our young team would do better specially because they didnt look intimidated by the big African bowlers or the fast pitch.They just needed to be patient.And how I feel overjoyed by their performance yesterday! Hope we win this match and it will announce the arrival of new Indian batting stars.

  • sal7 on December 21, 2013, 1:12 GMT

    "Don't think he (Dhoni) is good batsman outside subcont in tests." -Jaganplus. First of all, I don't agree with you. But even if Dhoni was not a good batsman outside the subcontinent, what has that got to do with his ability to captain the side? Too many people have this idea that the best batsman should be the captain. Well, cricket is not just about batting. Dhoni is a keeper-batsman. He's in the game throughout the match behind the stumps, and that's the best place to lead a side from, in my opinion.

  • dinosaurus on December 21, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    Well, it certainly looks like the reign of SA at the top of Test cricket is approaching its end. Well played India - and I think there is more good Indian play to come.

  • on December 21, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    Also,I would really like to know Ishant Sharma's stats when Zaheer is in the team.He seems a different bowler altogether when zak is around.I remember that home series against Australia when Ishant and zak rattled the aussies on "dust bowls" of India.Ishant went on to be the man of thr series that time.Cricinfo please can you do it?

  • on December 21, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    Well as they say,over-confidence kills! That is what happened to aussies in perth'08,eng in headingley '02 & SA in durban '10. All these pitches were green tops dished out cz "Indians cant play" and home sides lost each of them! The problem for SA apart from over confidence was a misfiring steyn.He keeps bowling outswingers outside off even while knowing Indians are leaving it easily.apart from Philandet,noone made them play consistently. Honestly speaking the whole "Indians cant play pace and bounce" thing is overhyped.No team in the world likes it.Ask England who cant handle one Mitchell johnson.

  • yuvi_gladiator on December 21, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    @ liz1558 don't reach on conclusions so fast, thats exactly why SA is in the spot they are in now. Also summing up the SA bowlers, steyn has already bowled too many overs in this match, with every part of the body aready strapped so heavily i hope he does not breaks down like morkel

  • on December 21, 2013, 0:54 GMT

    Well played India. Gook Luck hope you win the Test series in South Africa. Good Luick.

  • BangbangKohli on December 21, 2013, 0:54 GMT

    Awesome batting guys, 150 runs more, the match will be in the pocket. The bowlers have to deliver, good luck India

  • vstrider on December 21, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    ha-ha this is brilliant...after hearing AB's pathetic comments its nice to see SA on the ropes....well done India i really hope you win this series from an English fan

  • on December 21, 2013, 0:11 GMT

    Great mental character has been shown by the Indian batsmen after the 1 day drubbing. With Ishant being warned twice for running on the danger area it needs to be seen if India too faces the situation of being one baller short.

  • on December 21, 2013, 0:04 GMT

    If Tahir is having a shocker, why hasn't Faf been given a go? Surely he's a better wicket-taking option than Duminy. CI censorship board, please note lack of long words, politically sensitive matter and anything to do with Murali Kartik - and publish a comment above my name, just this once...

  • on December 20, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    Now only I can think that Future of India is Bright , It was long due and Now new generation is starting to show that India gonna rise in Test Cricket again :)

  • on December 20, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    cant believe how ineffective Steyn is, at home in favourable conditions, He and Anderson are supposedly the 2 Best Bowlers going around, so why are they struggling? Morne falls out and suddenly Steyn is pedestrian, Anderson can only Bowl.with the Duke.

  • IndTheBest on December 20, 2013, 23:42 GMT

    After seeing the performance of the Indian team and their dominance in the match I have become even a bigger fan of Tendulkar. Yes, you heard me right! Man, Dhawan was in purple patch not many match ago and all of a sudden people are calling for his head from the team. Kudos to Pujara and Kohli's performances but they don't become legend after one match! What I am talking about is the expectation of indian fans which Tendulkar carried for over 24 years! That lad must have something in him... If you are not agreed to what I said..answer me if Ishant gave 60 runs in 5 overs in 4th inning without taking any wicket ..and Kohli drops two catches later in this game would you rate them exactly as you did today?? I am not doubting that these lads are extremely talented and if they keep performing the way they did today, will automatically become legend of the game. Just don't call them today..it's just a beginning.

  • Shan156 on December 20, 2013, 23:36 GMT

    @Greatest_Game,hello mate, if you have been watching cricket for some time, you would know that every player goes through a bad phase. The truly great ones get out of it sooner rather than later. Dhawan is a classy player and will show his value soon.

    Anyway, if Dhawan doesn't get you, then Kohli will:-) Or, Pujara will:-) Such is the might of this Indian batting line-up that someone (or two) will always deliver. SA is way behind in this game now and would need to do a rain dance to save this. There is no way they are winning this. The best they can hope is a draw. Even that seems a distant possibility now. SA's decline has started and it won't be too long before India topples them from the #1 position.

    If India wins this series, they should be the true #1 side although the rankings will have them as #2. All India needs is one more consistently good bowler and they will be unbeatable. They are a young side too and will be a nightmare for all opposition for a long time.

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 20, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    Lovely batting by Pujara and Kohli later in the day,though the threat of the predatory Steyn was never entirely out of mind. It's a good scenario for a series though four Tests would be better.

  • India_Rules_Everybody on December 20, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    The day's play illustrates why India looks down upon the rest of the world. It is not contempt for the other team but just simply knowing that we are superior. Keep trying though. :)))

  • India_Rules_Everybody on December 20, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    Loved watching Steyn get whacked around like a club level bowler that he is. Bottom line, don't mess with India.

  • heathrf1974 on December 20, 2013, 22:43 GMT

    @Nutcutlet I completely agree. I remember seeing him two years ago and was amazed by his temperament. He is an exceptional talent.

  • heathrf1974 on December 20, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    Great day for India. Amazing effort overseas for such an inexperienced lineup.

  • IndianInnerEdge on December 20, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    The main difference is that our boys showed hunger to win, the intensity and desire , proud and heartening to see that in Ishant's eyes - look at the way he bowled.....fabolous - this is what he is capable off......Our batting was good, fantastic test match batting, uncluky for the saffers that MM is injured, but still long way to go. Once again we display our batting obssessed mentality, our media, our psyche is so batsmen oriented. Agreed that CP and VK played out of their skins, but give some credit to ishant, Zak and shami, these lads ran in hard, did the hard yards on the 2nd day, yet our media generally ignores them. Cmon give them more, they are due this....Cheerio:)

  • CherryWood_Champion on December 20, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    @Shayak Mazumder ... well said. Too early to compare Pujara/Kohli/Rohit/Rahane with Dravid/SRT/VVS/Ganguly. Miles to go.

  • soaf on December 20, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    pujara is pure class and a real heir of sachin's throne.easily the best under 25(age) batsman of the world and really a worthy contender of wold's best batsman.In the next four to five years he is going to be the new indian batting god an then will often be compared with likes of gavaskars,dravids and tendulkars.one thing he has done best for himself and for the longevity of his test career is not to indulge himself in that bogus,slog-fest tournaments like ipl and bigbash.

  • on December 20, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    Every team has it's day and match. This one probably belongs to India. SA will bounce back next game. Not to mention this match is not over yet. SA batsman are more than capable of savings this match.

  • ravirlaa on December 20, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    India have found Gen-next Rahul Dravidian and Sachin Tendulkar in 3 and 4. They have a mix of Saurav and Kirmani in Dhoni. They have to find a Sunil Gavaskar, probably a anushuman Gaekwad, Kapil Dev and a speed karsan gavri then it will be a team to beat for the next 10 years for sure. They can do a 70-80s what West Indies did to work cricket - dominate Kudos team India! On right path

  • Jaybass32 on December 20, 2013, 21:36 GMT

    The game is not over yet...

  • dunger.bob on December 20, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    South Africa's bowler is over-rated anyway so losing Morkel is fatal. Is the Saffer batting also over-rated. On the evidence of this match., it is.

    India's bowling is obviously better than it looks on paper too. Their batting looks awesome but that could change as well. Very interesting Test so far. There may be a few twists left in it yet to boot.

  • on December 20, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    @TRAM. I don't take anything away from Vijay's performance today. I see your point ofcourse. I have seen Vijay bat in the IPL and he is a clean hitter with timing to boost. He surely has game. He has delievered on what was perhaps asked of him but so far he hasn't showed signs he can convert starts into big scores. I don't think blocking out the attack is enough to be a great team.

  • IAS2009 on December 20, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    India batted in text book Test match batting sstyle, I posted before the match if India preserve the wickets in first 25 overs they will benefit, they capitalized the start with positive batting in middle over, wickets is eased out quite a bit and only two bowlers from SA helped also (every one else bowled very poorly), they need to add 100 runs in morning session to give it to SA. India need to get 10 wickets, SA can survive 5 sessions with very long batting line up. Pujara is real deal, he can make opposition bowlers tired. He plays like Cook, in his zone, he never let bad ball go unpunished. Fantastic Test match, India can not loose for sure, it is draw or india win.

  • creekeetman on December 20, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    great batting by the indian top order in this game, especially kohli, and pujara. but when tahir and duminy were bowling together, that was some of the most pathetic bowling I have ever seen at test level.

  • on December 20, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    Still a long way to go for the Indians to win the test match. With Hashim Amla and Du Plessis, who are specially known for playing long innings, SA will try hard to save the test match. Also, Smith is in good touch. So, it's not yet time for Indians to celebrate. If this test match ends in a draw, the hopes of India winning the second test are very bleak. I don't see the Indians winning the test series if they screw up this match.

  • Limpfisch on December 20, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    Where have the people calling India "flat track bullies" disappeared to?

  • bhushanB on December 20, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    ok guys... have a christmas dinner to attend, followed by a movie night...may be a three hour sleep... before I get ready for the 4th day match at 3 AM EST...

    Lets join again to cheer IND tomorrow

  • bhushanB on December 20, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    Agree Irfan Pathan could have been a valuable asset...a swing bowling allrounder....... I know that recently he is more injured than not... but when he did not get enough support or confidence when he did comeback briefly.... and played gave a good performance both with the ball and bat in a match... and in the same post-match conference Dhoni said...we need a fast bowling allrounder...with not a single word of appreciation for the way Irfan played....

    That was probably the last time I saw Irfan play with a smile and confidence in international matches...

    Also does anyone see.. that pace bowlers and even batsmen to an extent... remain injured for a long time, when their prospects of getting back into the team are blocked whatever the reason may be...

    like Sreesanth, Irfan, Praveen Kumar, Balaji, Manoj Tiwari, Robin Utappa........ not that famous names and definitely not names with good backing of the powers that be..... and slowly submerged into anonymity..

  • philander50 on December 20, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    As a south african fan all I can say is congratulations to India, you have proven me and the rest of the world wrong, after the ODI's I and probably a lot of other people thought that this test series would be a simple win but India have completely turned this around, the only comment I can make about India which I feel they really need to improve on is slip catching and at this point being more aggressive in batting. Smith really needs to adjust his tactics here as India have covered a lot of areas. Being a South African supporter that I am I am praying for a win, hoping for a draw and dreading a loss.

  • 200ondebut on December 20, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    Watching the highlights now. Looks like a green seamer - doing loads. Fair play to India they struggled on similar (but better) pitches in England but seem to have faired better against the saffas. Perhaps SA arnt as good as their fans think they are?

    AB seems to be doing an impression of a seal behind the stumps.

  • bhushanB on December 20, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    Bhuvi should use this time with Zaheer and learn the techniques of setting up the batsmen, bowling with an old ball, reversing the ball etc.... as he is also a bowler with limited pace but good swing....

  • Lallubhai on December 20, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    Had India done what most teams do and go to SA 2-3 weeks earlier to acclimatise, India would have bowled much better in the ODI'S. SA would not have posted huge scores and India would definately have chased them down. FACT.

  • on December 20, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    1.Dhawan, 2.Rohit Sharma, 3.C.Pujara, 4.V.Kohli , 5.Rahane, 6.M.S.Dhoni, 7.Irfan Pathan, 8.R.Ashwin, 9.Zaheer Khan,10. Ishant Sharma, 11.Mohamed Shammi 12.M.Vijay, 13. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 14. R.Jadeja, 15.S.Raina

    I want to see this squad for New Zealand tour ... (for both test & One day)

  • bhushanB on December 20, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    Guys This is a moment of taking pride in the way IND has performed the few sessions in SA.... do not try to compare players from different eras... As someone watching cricket close to 30 yrs... (when I said watching... you would not believe.. I used to maintain a score card of my own, over by over... for those mid night tours of AUS, NZ.. then used to create graphs and charts.. all on note books (no computers those days) take them to school and discuss the match all day... at the end of it, everyone who listed used to feel as if they have seen it in person...)

    Luckily my dad madly loves cricket and even used to let me bunk school a few times to watch important matches...

  • on December 20, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    Around all the hype of the test match, let us not forget that South Africa are yet to bat in the 2nd Innings, and with players like, Smith, Amla, Kallis, DeVilliers, once they get in the groove they will go for the kill. India need a similar bowling performance like in the 1st Innings to completely bask in the glory of the Wanderers.

  • on December 20, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    I remember Sachin's retirement speech in which he told these young kids to not take their place for granted and should feel proud that they have been selected to represent a billion people.. And he wished them to bring laurels for the country... These young kids from India really making India proud.. Let's win this series now..

  • on December 20, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    Kohli is becoming the most complete Batsman across all forms of the game.

  • notrick on December 20, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    People are praising Pujara and Kohli. They Both deserve it. Again people are praising Ishant Sharma and Zahir Khan. They both deserve it too. People have hopes and are praising Murli Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane. But one Man who deserves equal accolades is The Champion... our captain ... Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He was not only exceptional behind the wickets but also scored some runs and Used the bowlers in the best possible ways. But above all this, he should be congratulated for bringing up these youngsters together to create a Brilliant Team. Its my view that in our success, since World Cup and so on, it was Dhoni who played the major role and not Garry Kristen or any other coach for that matter.

  • on December 20, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    Very good batting by India, it is upto bowlers now to seal the victory. Batsmen job still not done but I am sure they will finish the job and set SA a good total. up to Indian bowlers to deliver the final blow!

  • GrindAR on December 20, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    Ind still has to be aware of the morning lethality of pitch. Keep wickets in hand. I would still feel around 500 target would be safer for SA and not 400ish. So, tomorrow batsmen has to stay intact. Remember SA has 4th innings stalwarts (almost half of their unit). So Ashwin would be critical with both bat and ball to dismantle them. Smith will regress his plan with some more visual imagination as he gets more time before tomorrow. Thats why I would say, India should look to bat about 55 -60 overs tomorrow at a decent run rate where it will get around 200 more runs. Till then don't think about loosing wickets in order to accelerate scoring rate, which have no truth in it. When batsmen stay longer their scoring rate will increase. For India if they end up not winning from here will be a bad game plan.

  • on December 20, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    India's best hope of a seaming all rounder was Irfan Pathan and he seems to be injured every time. The closest to one we have now is Bhubneswar Kumar. He is young , can bat a little and a decent bowler. Why not train him to bat so that he can have a 25+ avg. in tests? This guy already have a near 30 avg. in first class cricket. Ashwin can well play the role of the other bowling all rounder.We can then go for 2 spinner + 1 pacer in sub continent and 3 pacers/2pacer+1 spinner outside subcontinent, apart from these 2.

  • hello_hi_75 on December 20, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    Ravi Shashtri was mentioning another good point. While Indian bowlers could reverse the ball around 40 overs odd and start getting the swing again after the new ball swing, SA bowlers had to wait 80 overs to get the swing again as they could not get the ball to do reverse.

  • the_predator on December 20, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    I dont understand one thing why there is so much hatred for sachin? Guys dont compare him with anyone else. the LAD was a genious. we INDIANs were lucky that he plyed for us. Dont comapre him and dravid wth pujara and Kholi. SACHIN and dravid did not win as many matches as these guys are doing because they faced much better quality attacks than these guys. at the AGE of 16 SACHIN faced IMRAN, WAQAR, WASIM. those fab 4 were alway battling with (donald, pollock), (Mcgra, gillespie, lee. warne), (WASIM, Wqar, shoiab, SAQlain), (Walsh, AMBROSE), (MURLI). You agree or not quality of bowling is lower now. GUYS like sachin are genious and dravid laxman are very close. each run laxman scored is basic 1.5 runs.

  • Jaganplus on December 20, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    India has done well. The comments in cricinfo go from 'India is the best or worst', there is a lot of room in between. Though they are tempered lately.

    I think there is room to make further changes in this team. The 3 batsmen who'll do well outside subcontinent- Pujara, Kohli, Rahane (I had same opinion before the match).

    - Gambhir should be in there as one of 3 openers. - #3 slot is for taking, not sure if rohit is the answer. - Dhoni should be done with test cricket after worldcup (just so he is not demoralized in WC :)). Don't think he is good batsman outside subcont in tests. - Zaheer can be captain for couple series before someone younger takes over. Z is very smart cricketer - Ashwin's spot need competition - as aways need more fast bowlers

  • on December 20, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    This team does really look good. If Vijay can play innings like this all the time and if Shikar can control the all indian muscle and try settling down, this team can give a run for any team in the world.

    Have any one of you basing the older international players been in their shoes? Typing words off a keyboard is easy. You never had the chance to wear the indian shirt and cap didnt you? you never had to face balls hurled at more than 140 kms regularly did you? Mouths is all you have nothing else havent you?

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

    Well played India!!! Vijay have showed real temperament here and took most of the initial pressure from our batsmen!! unlucky to get out in that manner but gained the respect he need!!! Pujara... No words as all says he played only in Indian condition and questioned his ability but he showed how the No.3 batsmen should bat!! Kohli.. he scoring runs quickly and using the condition well!! Go India go and cruse the SA!!!

  • on December 20, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    Funny, innit! Before this test began, Geoff Boycott said the key to success is to leave outside the off-stump. Indian batsmen have listened, have prospered and are doing a wonderful job of taming the best attack in the world whereas we all know how the English batsmen have fared in Australia... Nor can one overlook the great effort of the (supposedly) "limited" Indian quicks. We all knew that saying goodbye to the former greats from Ganguly to Tendulkar was going to be a painful process but now that it has been completed, India can begin to reclaim their position at the very top of the game. Well done, India!

  • cricktwins on December 20, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    I am really surprised about world's no1 bowler Dale steyn.. He is completely ineffective even in helpful conditions. Once the ball loses its shine he really struggles to get a wicket. I couldnt beleive he doesnt have any variations other than superb outswinger.. Zaheer is not express pace but he has more tricks and definitely skilled than dale steyn.. Philander bowled well..

  • Capricorn60 on December 20, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    All those opposing fans who had great fun saying our players were over-rated & nothing but flat-track bullies - predicting a 0-2 trouncing by SA in the Test series - hope you again really enjoyed watching our young stars play today! They were badly beaten in the ODI series due to having no time whatsoever to adapt to local conditions & when many of them had never or hardly played abroad but talent & class will generally always rise to the top wherever they play!

  • diehardINDIANcricketfan on December 20, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Pujara you beauty. the way you play so late and close to your body reminds me of only one batsman. VVS Laxman. The elegance with which you play your shot is mesmerizing. It wont be exaggerating to say that you are technically the best batsman in current lot.

  • on December 20, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Murli Vijay was the unsung hero of Indian second innings batting. His 39 in testing conditions is much more valuable than half centuries in sub continent against toothless attacks (read WI, SL).

  • on December 20, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    I am looking for the SA fans who said match will be over in three days. Yes it is over in three days not for India but for SA.

  • on December 20, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    @swarzi.. please don't take my comment as anything but constructive criticism. I totally disagree with most of what you have to say. Kohli is exciting, and a rare talent indeed. However, to call him miles ahead of the great SRT is plain and simple idiocy. You have to take into account the eras, the attacks they faced, their impact on opposition, their own team, their supporters, and cricket in general. Pujara again is a man for the future and he is probably going to become as good as Dravid was if he manages to keep his eye on the ball for long. However, it is definitely too early to compare. Rohit as good as VVS? That I won't grace with any comment! Rahane better than Ganguly? You must be joking there as I cant imagine any sane person saying so! See each player needs to be measured in the light of their impact on the game. If Dravid provided us with the solidity that the Indian batting spine long lacked, then Tendulkar taught all batsmen to follow how not to get bogged down ...

  • on December 20, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    Great display of batting , Kohli and Pujara batted really well.Good to see India's most crucial no.4 in test continues to shine as bright as it was for last 24 years. Very higg chances SA may have a target of more than 500 to win and they crushing down to a heavy defeat .If that happens India cant lose the series and then they should make solid attempt to win the series in south africa for the first time.The way india is batting and bowling thats not a very tough task however India cant afford to be complacent.

  • Waves239 on December 20, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    Beating the odds India has shown great determination first and later cash on the advantages came their way( Morne Injury ). Considering the number of overseas tours coming up next year this is good sign. Bowling department under the leadership of Zaheer is excellent in first innings. Bowling is vital in winning test matches that is open secret!

    India is one seam bowler short like Kallis who can support Zak, Ishant, Shami making sure they get enough rest between spells. That is reasonably exploited in day 2 last session. May be asking 22 overs a day from Zak everytime is too much. That fourth Seam bowler makes huge difference if he can contain a spell from other end and pick odd wicket. This is the clear reason why SA are on top this long with genuine all rounder Kallis.

    Ashwin should be able to play at number 6 allowing extra bowler like Umesh/ Bhuvi in team. ( or ) Play with Jadeja who can contain at one end and rotate fast bowlers at other. Missing FIT Irfan Pathan!

  • bhushanB on December 20, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    @TRAM

    Totally agree with you, Test cricket is for specialists.. and technically sound batsmen/bowlers....

    And you will need them even in ODIs - away from Home

  • on December 20, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    Fabulous stuff from the young guns. At least now people should accept that this is the Indian team for the future, with a few tweaks here and there. If only this had been a five Test series...

  • on December 20, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    I do nt know why we are dragging vijay .if we had sehwag then him will be much benificial but this dhoni always takes players those whom he personaly like.he does nt like few players like sehwag

  • on December 20, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Firstly - the match isn't over yet. Secondly SA better up their game big style. Kallis needs to motivate himself or retire. This 'half in, half out' stuff isn't doing anyone any good. Our batsmen should be ashamed. Well done India on turning it around. I thought we would drub you in these tests. Typical Saffa - got a big head after the one dayers. What I would do for a decent leg spinner right now.

  • bhushanB on December 20, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    I've said at the beginning of the game, we need someone who can play the aakash chopra kind of innings from that AUS series... Vijay did exactly the same thing... may not have many runs to show... but surely have gained the respect from several doubting thomases, myself included.

    Now Dhawan needs to rise to the occasion and control his aggression and make better shot selection.....

  • bhushanB on December 20, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Now lets not be complacent... The job is only half done.... We still need to put a competitive total to defend.. that too rather quickly..... and then will need to bowl our hearts out to take those 10 SA wickets in the second innings....

    Fight IND for the respect and pride you deserve in the International Cricket outside the sub-continent...

  • Iceman29 on December 20, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    Imagine a guy like Wasim Jaffer opens for India...Combination of Wasim Jaffer, Vijay (still not convinced), Pujara, kohli, Rahane, Dhoni...considering the current form the opponents would be mentally tired bowling at these guys..

  • bhushanB on December 20, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Most pleasant surprise was Vijay... the way he battled out there..... I did not have high regard for his off-side technique (not many IND batsmen)... but he surely played a respectable innings... and deserves a long run...

    Even looking at Ishant, this makes me believe that there is talent and skill in these.... but when they become complacent and take their place in the side for granted... they stop growing.. and the opposition analyzes, tackles them with ease and finds them lacking.....

    Good competition without petty politics will surely augur well for IND..

    Go India Go...

  • bhushanB on December 20, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    Very fortunate to have witnessed almost every ball of this test (baring that SA collapse from 120/1...when I had to go to work)....

    After a long time, I've watched the game with some confidence....not tense what happens the next ball... like when Tendulkar or Dravid bats.....

    Ofcorse the reason for that tension is not about lack of confidence on their technique/class... but for the barrage of belittling comments trying to undermine such legends of the game....due to few innings towards the twilight of their career....

    But with rising cricketers like Pujara... I do not worry as much... as I am confident that they will succeed in the next innings or the next match... ofcorse as long as petty politics do not try to side line them....

    That is the reason I felt nervous when Rahane was playing...becos he has been ill-treated for a long time, without getting enough chances to showcase his skill..... Good luck Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Shami, Bhuvi

  • goinguns on December 20, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Here are a few things that stand out about this India team about how they have performed in this test

    A) In the first innings, SA needed 6 bowlers, India needed only 4 B) All 22 wickets so far have been taken by seamers C) In the second innings, India used 137 deliveries for the first 50 runs, 96 for their second, 67 for their third and 50 for their fourth 50.

    Indian think tank and the team have completely tore down the SA in their own backyard. It will be a miracle for SA if they manage to draw this one out. This is a bowlers paradise, right?

    In a way I am glad, India lost the ODI because they prepared better for the tests.

    Also, one person who is not getting credit for his role in turning the match around is Ishant Sharma. I don't believe SA recovered from the fact that Indians could take 3 wickets in 4 balls here.

  • kunderan on December 20, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    It was really heartening and satisfying to see the Indian pace attack finally being acknowledged as a better one, outside of India.

    Imagine a SA commentator saying that SA will not think of dictating the pitch preparation for the next test due to Indian quicks performing better!!

    Can't remember hearing that outside of the subcontinent. Whatever is the result of this match, I'll cherish this comment!

  • swarzi on December 20, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    Cont'd: This is the said team that went globe trotting beating everybody, in the shorter format very recently! Since that time, they've shown that they're not afraid of anyone, as was the case in the past! I guess their impeccable performances have to do with the freedom of not having any of these HAS BEENS breathing over their necks, creating a sort of intimidation regarding the security of their places. GO INDIA GO! This is exactly what I've been predicting for years; but the youths were all being hindered with rather strange selection tactics. Now you have your freedom, the SKY SHOULD BE YOUR LIMIT! Good luck boys!

  • NP_NY on December 20, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    Wow, how about these Indian "flat track bullies"! For three days on a green bouncy wicket with a lot of swing, they have dominated the home team in both departments - bowling and batting. I am sure this is shocking for the anti-India brigade who were hoping that India would just roll over and lose by a big margin. Next time anyone thinks about bringing up the "flat track bullies" rhetoric they will do well to remember this match, no matter what the result turns out to be.

  • bhushanB on December 20, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    Awesome.... Pujara showed his class... Hopefully now he will find his place in the ODI team as well... especially with the upcoming away tours and the 2015 world cup in AUS...

    I sincerely hope that people who were previously questioning where he will fit in the team or who he can replace in the current well settled line up... got their answers after the ODIs and this test innings...

    Still very early in his career, but he has shown his skill and temperament.

  • vakkaraju on December 20, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    Something Dravid said during the commentary got my attention. He said something to the effect "I am glad Kohli is again playing with commitment in the second innings. It is so easy to think you have done your bit after scoring a century in the first innings". I was left wondering was that a common sentiment of the players in the dressing rooms that he was a part of.

    I am glad this team is hungry and think beyond individual achievements.

  • ForeverSouthAfrica on December 20, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Having played Pakistan before this where only Misbah did not fish outside offstump, South African tactics completely backfired against India. With Tahir being equivalent to school boy stuff, South Africa should start looking at taking the new ball and steam in tomorrow. If the first 15 overs are batted well, I guess SA is done and dusted!!

  • Narkovian on December 20, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    I watched an hour or so this afternoon in UK on Sky TV. I am an ENG supporter.But, I have said before a month or two ago, that IMHO India have the best batting side in the world at the moment. Just need to prove it outside India. Seem to be doing that right now. Great batting. Dhawan, Pujara, Kholi are destined to be 3 of the greats if they keep their heads screwed on. BUT. can they bowl SA out, that is the question. Maybe they just can... ! Hope so.

  • on December 20, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    one thing is puzzles me tat when ind batsmen leaving so many good balls therr is not many sharp inswingers or inward seem balls. ind bowlers bowled most of them and got wickets like Amla. when u can bowl inswingers targeting off wicket. batsmen always in a doubt to leave away seem balls thus reflects in edges. that didnt seem to happnd for SA

  • on December 20, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    They are just Flat Track Bullies!!.......OH WAIT

  • IndianSRTfan on December 20, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Well done India. Kohli and Pujara have shown rather than trying to negate the strengths of the opposition they are more interested in playing their natural game. That has been the reason for their success. It was refreshing to see the Indian batsmen not worry too much about the reputations of SA bowlers.

    In recent times SA have had so many teams rolling over in home conditions that they were frankly surprised at the amount of resistance first and domination later on in the match. They are paying the price of underestimating the young Indian team. Morkel's injury certainly didn't help as he was very good early on. Hope he recovers soon.

    Our bowlers need to be praised heavily as they almost never get their fair share of praise due to the attention on the batsmen. They came back strongly and put SA under pressure.

    India has a good chance here. But the match is still far from over, India needs to win 4-5 sessions now. Good luck India, you've been terrific already but be consistent.

  • TRAM on December 20, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    And my final conclusion is: The reason India lost the Aus/Eng series 4-0 was only because it comprised of the so called seniors. Only Kholi was there at that time (may be Pujara for brief?). And Kholi recovered in his 3rd test chance. The performance of these young Ind batsmen in SA proves beyond doubt that India senior batsmen stayed many years longer than their expiry date. BCCI did good thing slowly replacing the old with new. It has to be appreciated - Better late than too late.

  • McGorium on December 20, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    @xylo: Gambhir? Seriously, Gambhir? India's test ascendency was long before Gambhir was ever selected. India won overseas with people like Bangar, or Chopra at the top. In fact, Sehwag filled a big hole in the top order when we couldn't find one for years, and went on to play many match winning innings (and one significant match saving one). In the places that matter, Gambhir's record is poor (Aus, Eng) to satisfactory (SAF, NZ). Gambhir was/is a decent test batsman (better than the people he replaced for sure), but hardly the architect of India's test ascendency. You give him far too much credit. In tests: Dravid, obviously. VVS, in Australia, obviously. Sehwag, sometimes. Zak: Sometimes, when he's fit. And you forgot Anil Kumble, who made a much bigger contribution to victories in Australia than Zak. The rest of the team, SRT included, were occasional contributors to test victories, but hardly the architects of test ascendancy. I think Vijay is only a stop-gap arrangement.

  • swarzi on December 20, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    This India batting line up already looks like their best ever! Man for man, only the indispensable Gt Sunil Gavascar seems to be missing! Because, Kholi already looks MILES AHEAD OF TENDULKAR! He's much more exciting; and giving signs that he's going to be in that league with the Richards' and Lara's - that SUPER GROUP! Let's hope he keeps it this way, with the inevitable SHORT SLUMPS now and again. None of these 3 and 4 year droughts - he will be dropped! Favouritism cricket done! I'm sure the Gt Rahul 'the Wall' Dravid won't be vexed if I say that Pujara seems to have the ability to spar with him for a similar career! Rohit does have the ability to replace VVS! Rahane has the ability to go miles beyond Ganguly! They are under the watchful eyes of the impregnable MS Dhoni, the best captain in the world! In fact, this is India's best team ever. Old ZAK is back and firing well. It's a pity he's not younger to continue to mould Shami and Sharma. Ashwin is a good all rounder! Cont'd:

  • Sagarneel on December 20, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    SA were made to miss a quality spinner. Yes, the Morkel injury did weaken their bowling, but in Steyn, Philander and Kallis they still have a terrific bowling line up. Although I don't think that a spinner would have rattled the Indian batting, there was a high chance of a good spinner getting a wicket or two after the relentless pace assault, with the batsmen trying to score off him. Tahir and Duminy were too inept for this Indian line up.

  • Nutcutlet on December 20, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    I 'adopted' Cheteshwar Pujara as my favourite Indian batsman (Rahul Dravid having, alas, retired) from the moment I first saw him. Comparing his play today to what I saw two years ago, he has acquired even greater polish & most certainly has retained the composure that has been evident since his Test debut over three years ago. So easy on the eye, like all the most gifted batsmen of any era, he makes time through playing late, is top-hand dominant, even when essaying legside shots, wristy too.. In two words, cultured & classy. If I were a cat, I'd be purring every time he plays a knock like today's. There have been some dismissive comments from Saffers hereabouts asking me if I was joking when I suggested that the Indian quick bowlers would be effective given some helpful conditions & that the batting (@Joe-car are you there?) had the necessary technique & temperament to succeed on this tour. Well, Duncan Fletcher, take a small bow! These guys are vindicating your quiet methods!

  • Nandu_Athadu on December 20, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    HAPPY - one word is what I have...fully India's day and what an innings by Pujara..as a die hard Indian Cricket fan it feels awesome and proud that we have such an player in our side..perfect technique, tempermant, class, calculated innings from Pujara...Kohli - he looks so cofident on the crease and the way he handled all the pacers is truely admirable..a word of praise for Vijay..he is the unsung hero if this innings. the way he handled the new ball..judgement on which ball to leave and which to play was awesome..ZAK is back..he is our best bowler of the lot and a thinking bowler...Ishanth bowled well too but he need to show consistency..India is in driver seat..another 120- 150 lead and SA is under pressure..Cricket is funny game..game can change in a matter of minutes..it is our bowlers have to win it for India..common Indian bashers..post your excuses..flat track, lucky, blah blah...

  • sumit1982 on December 20, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    I hope in second innings ashwin can post his name in wicket column which can ease pressure on fast blower.Since India playing with 3 fast blower.

  • amitdashore on December 20, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    2 centuries and a half century (which is on its way to be 3rd ton!) from the 'inexperienced' young side against the no 1 attack, while the best score from a no 1 team batsman was 68 by the captain followed by a 'tail-ender'! can someone from SA put up an effort to try n snatch a draw from somewhere! that effort would be the cherry on the top of this magnificent test match!!

  • pull_shot on December 20, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    It seems indian batsman r planning and practicing from west series because these good rabbits of leaving ball etc r not learned in week time so that means they/we want these badly

  • anvesh4444 on December 20, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    Looks like India gonna sweep the series, hope SA tries to improve its batting and bowling standards.

  • mahi678 on December 20, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    I would boldly say dhawan is good only for ODIs bring some one in opening spot perhaps rahane could do job. selectors need to do talent hunt atleast for one year rigorously

  • Iceman29 on December 20, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    A perfect example of "giving a taste of their own medicine"....we have successfully shut down all the hate comments...well played India...awesome display of great temperament and batsmanship...

  • I_Love_My_India on December 20, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    I never thought that I would be a fan of Cheteshwar or Virat. I always thought that they were overrated. Thanks for proving me wrong and keep on proving me wrong. :o)

    The good thing about Indian bowlers is they are too good with the old ball barring Bhuvaneshwar. Whereas, SA bowlers are only good with the new ball. Once the new ball shines away, they are as good as any other bowler. Here is where the credit should be given to Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar to show the guts against the likes of Steyn/Philander.

    I wish if Dhoni could bring Bhuvenshwar in the next test match instead of Ashwin..

  • TRAM on December 20, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    Trying to imagine India test team having Raina/Yuvraj/Jadeja in the middle order in this India team replacing Pujara/Rahane/Rsharma may be. Can you see a strong batting line up against SA? So my point is technically weak batsmen should never be let in to the team, whatever the format is.

  • on December 20, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    well, i really don't see the reason why India can't win, of course if Amla turns mighty, i think it is something India must ponder on. Anyway India are in driver's seat as of now

  • MaruthuDelft on December 20, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    I am amazed by the number of people calling for return of Ghambir. He is not really good enough. He was dropped for a test last time around here. Then in the third test he scored fifties but never looked convincing. He always seemed to be going for his nudges thinking he could get out any time. In England 2012 he failed badly, injured and returned midway. In Aus 2012 again he was wobbly on foot and had 2 unimportant fifties in 4 tests and never looked solid. He doesn't have a proper technique to play quality bowling. Just put up with Dhawan and Murali. Murali looked so good for his 39 while ignorant Indian fans unfairly calling for his head. Dhawan just needs one innings and his share of luck.

  • GreenBouncySpin on December 20, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    There is also a crucial point that got un-earthed during this test - SA team always had just 1 plan and that almost always worked (probably because no team has stood the test posed by SA in the past). But once India took their strategy and tore it to pieces - SA is no better than a club team and is completely blown away. I am not speaking with arrogance here - I am just stating the facts about how super strong India's young batting line-up is. Our bowling may not be as strong, but strong enough to be effective on seaming, swinging and bouncy tracks. Now India showed the world that they have the ability to dominate - they just need to continue to believe in their ability and perform consistently. And now, no one will dare to say that we are flat track bullies anymore !!

  • TSJ07 on December 20, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    One of the best batting exhibition by Indian batsmen here,even in the first inning. They are tiring SA bowlers mentally who are so one track like bowling couple of feet wife off of stump and expecting batsmen to do all the mistake.I mean their highest wicket taker in recent times(Philander) doesn't even bowl a bouncer or yorker and barring Morkel who naturally is in cutter, both Steyn and Philander cant bowl inswingers.And on the top of this they do not have a world class spinner who cant even beat, let alone take a wicket, the bat of best players of spin.Add to that the tag of choking under pressure,questions should be asked how come this team is at no.1 position? AUS was going through transition phase thats why they were bowled under 50 but I guess even score of 50 is quite good for SL and PAK batsmen in seaming/swinging conditions.So SA should not have claimed best bowling unit until they have faced India in SA and IND.I would love to see Philander bowling in IND SL and PAK!!

  • TRAM on December 20, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    @Francis Arun Bjorn Mel, your assessment about MVijay is completely wrong. He scored big hundreds in India test matches at reasonable pace. Here he is even slower because the team plan is very clear and is working. That is: Blunt/wearout the SA pace bowlers. Period. He is one of the very few India players (or the only one?) to have scored century twice in IPL matches. He can play according to what is required / decided by captain / coach.

    That apart, your so called expert batsmen Kholi, Pujara, Rahane etc will not want to open the innings. Because opening slot demands the highest level of batting skill negotiating the swing/seam attack of opponent bowlers at their maximum energy conditions and in the early hours of the day (if 1st innings). Middle order is quite opposite and is easier to play - which is why you would see all the blue-eyed players get chance in the middle order and not opening slot. Opening slot is for scapegoat players. Very few players survive that position.

  • on December 20, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    Kohli and Pujara made my day...!! What a superb performance. Watching them playing is such an entertainment. First time I watched Steyn as helpless, although Philander is still good to watch out for.

    The best part is not the shots that Pujara played but the shots he didn't play. The guy has got solid defense system. I hope consistent team performance from our team India :)

  • on December 20, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    Wonder where all the haters disappeared. The same people who predicted that today could be the last day of this test match ? Personally, i dont know if we go ahead and win this match or this series, but i do take immense pride in saying, yes we did play better cricket. We as a team are going in the right direction. The new brand of MenInBlue have shown that they are ready to put their hands up and take responsibility. Indian Cricket is heading in the right direction.... Indian cricket is safe with Kohli, Rohit, Pujara, Dhawan and Rahane. Even Murali for that matter made sure that he saw off the new ball. Brilliant over all.....

  • rjain76 on December 20, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    I believe that was the plan from Indian team to play safe initial few overs and when they realized they will only get 2 overs tomorrow morning before facing the new ball they had to make most of the runs in last today's session. Had India got another 10 overs to start with old ball tomorrow, it would have perfectly worked out for India to declare during 2nd session, so this match is still evenly poised. I wish a win for India here.

  • on December 20, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    Well...this is just sensational stuff from the Indians. Not even the most optimistic Indian fan in his wildest dream could have seen something like this happen . A lead of 320, with eight wickets in hand, after day 3 ,on a Johannesburg pitch with swing, seam movement and variable bounce against Steyn and Philander ...Amazing....And that too after a terrible one day series and without having played even one practice match .....Unbelievable...Morkel's injury made the South African attack weaker and they couldn't build enough pressure with just two front line fast bowlers and Kallis . But still, take nothing away from Pujara,Kohli and Vijay. ...Terriffic display of patience, discipline and hunger to score runs.

  • GreenBouncySpin on December 20, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    @Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist - totally agree with you mate. India should be given the due credit for such a fabulous performance with both bat and ball. Still these bashers will try to come up with horrendously stupid excuses and statements to belittle our performance.

  • Srini_Indian on December 20, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    What a dream day for India. It is the best day we had in overseas after a very long time. Now India has to be cautious for first 15-30 min tomorrow and then go for quick runs. We should bat 30 mins past lunch scoring about 120-130 runs. Get the lead up to 450 and attack SA with relentless bowling. Please, please God, let there be no rain. Its been a long while since we won a test outside sub-continent. #BleedBlue

  • Al_Bundy1 on December 20, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    Agree with @JoshFromJamRock - India should declare at lunch, hopefully with a lead of 430, to give their bowlers 150 overs to bowl out South Africa.

    Congrats to Pujara, I think he'll make a double tomorrow. This guy is the perfect batsman. Just wish he a was selected 2 or 3 years ago. If only certain over the hill aging superstars had left on time, we would have Pujara, Badri, etc firmly established and contributing. For one star, reaching personal milestone of 200 test matches was more important than the future of Indian cricket.

  • Indian-cricket-analyst on December 20, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Great to see youngsters take responsibility which typically is not the domain associated with youth. Shot selection at its best. If India can consistently walk in with 3-4 fast bowlers outside India who are fully fit, skillful and committed, India will be a tough team to beat even overseas, especially with its batting talent. This performance will do a great deal for trips to NZ, England and Australia. The confidence and self-belief that they derive from this success can not be measured.

  • on December 20, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Ppl will say that Morne morkel was not there so India won if they do.......i think philander and steyn are ranked 1 and 2 they have made to look ordinary !

  • on December 20, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Reverse swing is the big difference between Indian bowling and SA bowling. None of the SA bowlers were able to extract that in both innings, while Indian bowlers got the old ball to swirl. This will be a deciding factor for the series if Durban pitch and the square are similar to this one.

  • Ash-opines on December 20, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    It is heartwarming to see these young turks bat with assurance, skill and a calm head. The renewed pace attack with Zak at the helm augurs well for future away journeys. If India settle down a 15 member squad for away and home tests ( with Varun Aaron, B. Kumar, Yadav, Sir, Chand, Aparajit in the mix), we can build a team that befits the tag of Number 1! Here's hoping India tops in cricket and not merely in political and power mongering (read BCCI!)

  • on December 20, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Excellent batting display from the Indian youngsters. Congrats Kohli and Pujara for your centuries. I wish Kohli to score one more in the 2nd inngs. This is the way to answer critics who stamp Indian batting line-up is flat-track bully's. I also want to appreciate the amount of time Vijay & Rahane spent while batting. This young talent should have been induced in Indian cricket 2 years back but never late. I Really appreciate the current selection committee for not only keeping faith in this young talent but also sending the India-A team to SA couple of months back. Now I am not worried about the result of this test match b/c the best team will win and I would like to watch gr8 display of Test Cricket. Once again congrats to MSD team for excellent performance and keep continuing the Fighting spirit.

  • mucheemaann on December 20, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    If India can bat for close to two sessions, India will not lose this game. SA can still come back and win this game if their bowlers can mop the Indian middle order tomorrow morning - which is not an imaginary situation at all, since wickets have fallen in heaps twice in this test match. In particular, the new ball is due in 2 overs tomorrow morning. All in all, I would say the test match is still in balance. Not sure how some of the comments are suggesting that India has upper hand.

  • eskr on December 20, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    I read all the trash talk by some south african players after first one day, how they scared some of the indian batsmen with their fast bowling. I hope they got their answers after excellent display of batting and bowling by this Indian team.

  • on December 20, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    amazing...I always believed in this new team India...my faith has paid off...vir at.pujara..dhoni..Zak..are steely characters ...whtevr happens I am proud of our team...as SG says u believe u become..thanks a ton to team India

  • Sanjayfuloria on December 20, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    Amazing batting. This would put some of the armchair critics of the Indian batting firmly in place. Indians can bat on fast and bouncy wickets as well. Though, one swallow doesn't make a summer, the tidings are good. Go India go.

  • rajanfromottawa on December 20, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    Whether India go on to actually win this match or not they have already scored a moral victory over South Africa. The Indian batsmen have given the best possible reply to Dale Steyyn who brashly said that Indian batsmen are scared of the south African bowlers. Steyn will have to be careful about saying such things in future especially after not being able to take a single wicket afer a full day's play on a track helpful to seam bowlers.

    Well played India.Go for the jugular.

  • screamingeagle on December 20, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    Not too bothered about the win yet. The look on the SA players faces...priceless. This is a team completely taken by surprise. Hope they will be bowled out pretty fast, more headaches for test no.2 then.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 20, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    Here are the reasons SA are playing catch-up:

    #1 Pitch is somehow miraculously flat every time India batted.

    #2 Pitch is somehow miraculously tough every time SA batted.

    #3 Indian bowlers had the assistance of pitch. The 'lousy' Indian pacers had to have assistance of pitch to succeed.

    #4 SA bowlers had to bowl on flat pitch. And the 'great' SA pacers couldn't bowl on flat pitch.

    #5 If all those reasons look stupid, then there is that ever-green eternal final reason - India are just plain lucky that they got beaten on more than a few occasions and there was no edge.

    It's never a case of India playing good cricket. Is it?

    Peoples, what does it take for all you haters to acknowledge for once that you all are carrying sour-grapes in your lunch-boxes?

  • concerned_cricketer on December 20, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    Cheteshwar Pujara! Pujaraaaaaaaaaaa! You rock, man! What a fantastic batting master-class was that? Young aspiring test cricketers all over the world take note - your Christmas gift for 2013 was just delivered today. Please get a recording and watch it again and again. Do not press the fast forward button. Watch every ball. Especially watch the first 64 balls he faced for 9 runs and then when you have done the hard work of doing that you can treat yourself to the dessert ie the 95 or so run in the final session.

  • CricketFanIndUS on December 20, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    Kohli and Pujara have played very well in both innings. Who ever scored the first hundred on this tour was going to be the hero of the series for me and Kohli did it so well. As he said it, this feels like his best performance. Pujara has played beautifully, just like what we expect of him, with such a level head and concentration. These two are the ones with a little experience overseas in Test matches in this inexperienced and young batting line up. Of the top 6, except these two and Vijay, no one has even played test cricket overseas until today and most of them just played 3 or 4 tests in total. They have no experience at the international level in test cricket in overseas conditions. So let us give a little time for the young batsmen to learn their lessons as well. Kohli and Pujara have done well here, Rohit, Dhawan and Rahane to follow suit in the coming months?

  • on December 20, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Congrats kohli and pujara. bring Beuran Hendricks, left arm fast medium,very good bowler and will bring necessary variation in the team. Tahir is a total waste against India and so will be against Aussies. They may try Harmer against Ozs but bring mclaren in 2nd test so they have allrounder who will do well against Ind. Drop Faf immediately he is a totally out of form and doesn't deserve a spot. Bring Tsolekile in place of Faf so they will get a specialist keeper

  • on December 20, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    When playing conditions become bad, SA lose their bowling advantage too, as Indian bowlers start to get effective even though they may not be as good as the SA bowlers. Morne Morkel going out of action - that was a huge stroke of luck as well, and probably evens out the bowling advantage completely.

    Kohli and Pujara both have the technique to do well overseas. Kohli hit a century in the first innings too, and Pujara was run out in the first innings. So let's not undermine the Indian batsmen either.

    The problem still remains at the top of the order. Shikhar Dhawan is finding playing in SA is a different proposition. Case for Gambhir to be brought back ?

  • CricFanKrish on December 20, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    There is one more team to thank for India's good show and that is the BCCI team! India got hammered in the one-dayers no doubt, but Kohli has shown that he used that to acclimatize. Pujara has come in and started performing straight away! Had the scheduling been the other way round, there is a high possibility that India might have been crushed in both formats. Again, just a possibility. Hats off to the bowlers who came back strongly and did not allow SA to cross 250. Ashwin picking up a bagful of wickets in the second innings is a distinct possibility. Go India go! Let SA be the one to fight to level the series!

  • FR3AKX on December 20, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    Excellent display of patience, temperament and controlled aggression by the Indian batsmen today. Vijay and Pujara did so well to restrain Steyn and Philander this morning when they got good spells going and later Kohli & Pujara took advantage of poor bowling from Tahir and Duminy by dominating the post tea session. What really impresses me the most is their determination to carry their bat through till the end of the day without dropping the intensity and improving the scoring rate. Hats off to these young indian batting talents!!

  • on December 20, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    This test isn't even some yet so I don't want to get carried away. But imagine the effect of India coming out of this series unscathed, perhaps even winning it. We play away all of next year and that must put players and fans alike in such an awesome frame of mind. I have always believed that the best way to counter the short stuff is by leaving it aggressively or belting it. The two chaps at the crease just epitomize that. Hats off and good luck!

  • xylo on December 20, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    Vijay's innings reminds one of Gambhir in his prime...grinding it out while not worrying about looking ugly. Pujara is simply doing what he is good at. Kohli showed again why the No.4 spot had to be let go a long time ago. India's test ascendancy was built on Gambhir, Dravid, Laxman, and Zaheer. With Vijay, Pujara, Rohit emulating them, and Zaheer still being around, exciting times await. It would be a challenge to find a worthy replacement for Zaheer though.

  • JoshFromJamRock on December 20, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    India should declare at lunch, hopefully with a lead of 430, to give their bowlers 150 overs to bowl out South Africa.

    If it was Clarke, he would have declared at this time but i have yet to see Dhoni make such an aggressive move in his captaincy.

    India can't lose this match - only win or draw if the weather predicted washes out a session or two.

    Congrats to Pujara, I think he'll make a double tomorrow. This guy is the perfect batsman. Just wish he a was selected 2 or 3 years ago (but we all know why).

    Congrats to Kohli, hopefully he scores another century for the double (something Lara, Ponting, Kallis and few others, not including SRT, have done).

  • on December 20, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    India is proud of Pujara & Kohli, The way they have batted the last session I think it is unbelievable & I does not remember but any pair had dominated a session on foreign soil like this that is in SA, Aus, Eng, NZ or WI. The proudest indians on today should be Sachin & Dravid. I felt that sachin & dravid are playing against Donald & pollock. Hats off to Pujara & Kohli now India should not be as worried as it was when Sachin called it a day at wankhede merely a month ago.

  • Manoj1234 on December 20, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    This performance is going to scare the S Africans. I feel Indians actually played casually in the ODI's and lost wickets that way. They didn't seem ruffled by the pace or bounce. S. Africans will be shocked by this performance into losing the 2nd test too. They don't seem the kind of team that makes comebacks.

  • on December 20, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    SA deserve to lose realy. Poor captaincy from Smith- despite the fact he was one bowler down, no way in the world you give duminy and tahir as many overs as he has.

  • sundar02 on December 20, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    I have seen lot of match analysis but Darrel Cullinan brings completely new perspective to the match analysis. He is one of the best match analyst. I would very happy to hear if do commentary as well. Thank you Cullinan to bring new refreshing aspect to commentary.

  • S.Jagernath on December 20, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    It's a shame what happened to Morne Morkel,but it still amounts to 3 days of the highest quality test cricket.No controversy,no poor decisions & no hooliganism.Far more exciting than The Ashes.India are showing the class that can allow them to truly dominate in all conditions.The fast bowlers are the key!

  • jakkasan on December 20, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    Whatever( hope India Win ) happens in this test, India has shown a lot of character batting/bowling. The credit should go to all. Selectors/Dhoni for believing in players and players by delivering. It is a very rare that a team transitions from old to new crop so effortlessly & successfully,be it cricket or otherwise. So, here management has to take the credit.People were right about doubting Indian team. But, now this team has shown that they can thrive under adversity which requires a lot of character.Kudos to all involved, Indian cricket is on the right path.True limited over cricket is fun, but test is more about character. And as they say, it is character that makes/breaks a team/man. This series/innings will be defining moment for the future of Indian cricket. The legends are made in these kind of conditions. Truely, one exists now. What this does is give tremendous power/belief in the team. As with every good thing, there is a downside as well. Expectations....

  • pitch_curator on December 20, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    @ Shane Jean - When quality batsmen with superlative technique play, even spicy pitches will look like roads. You could see even the old ball curving away exaggeratedly and bouncing awkwardly. But the key was the way the Indian batsmen left the ball and judged their off stump. I will say that this is comfortably the best Indian performance on a truly spicy pitch in the last 25 years. Only headingley 10 years back comes close. Even the other matches which we won away from home, we won due to 1 or 2 very good sessions where 1 or 2 batsmen have excelled. Rarely have Indian batsmen collectively looked so completely assured on a seaming track. And the shocking thing is that they did not have any practice match !!

  • CricketFanIndUS on December 20, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    India showed application, control and discipline in batting and bowling! That matters a lot, doesn't it? Before the test I was not sure how the management was preparing the bowling and batting units and so far it seems they have done well. I appreciate the Indian team for these two aspects alone. That fact alone counts as a victory, imo. Even before the Indian second innings started, I thought even if we do not win the test, it is already a victory, as the team did the necessary work and executed well. That is all one can ask for. With the high expectations placed on the team and the highest pedestal they are on in having the privilege of representing India in cricket, these aspects should be a given. Good results should follow after that, as we have the talent. Well done team India.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on December 20, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Good going from India. I see lot of Indian fans getting emotional and I say people who criticized and underestimated India cheaply till post ODI series is part the reason for this emotional outburst. Everyone knows that this Indian team is inexperienced and trying to learn about overseas. Any how IMO match is not yet over. SA usually cannot handle pressure and they usually stumble in such situation but as they are playing in their home ground they can come back strongly tomorrow with some good plans. So far Indian team as unit, except some bad fieding, did well. I am strongly hoping our bowling especially Ishant Sharma shows good fight later tomorrow.

  • AnkCric on December 20, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    Pujara's a gem!!! Great innings buddy!

    Just feel that India still needs to keep focus n swell the lead atleast to 400, to be really safe! For Smith+Amla+AB+Kallis+Faf lineup, anything below that is still get-able (esp with our attack( n this I'm saying despite the awesome performance from Zak n Co in first innings) )!

  • ChuckyDoll on December 20, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    Wow.... Indian batsmen can do that overseas ? Unbelievable. Been waiting all my life for this. Can the bowlers do a Mitchell Johnson now ? Wipe out SA ? Anyway, happy after first 3 days.

  • Shan_Karthic on December 20, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    @Samir Tamboli: While you are at it, why don't you go ahead and bring in Agarkar and other assorted hangers-on? Dhawan failing to score too many runs is not a surprise. He can turn in to the next Sehwag and every team needs someone like that at top of the order who can push the opposition on the back foot in the first session. Vijay weathered and tired the SA bowlers on first hour on first day after Dhoni courageously elected to bat. If we had lost 3 - 4 wickets by first drink break, it would have been game all over for India. And today, he withstood them for more than an hour each on either side of lunch break. Sure, he should have capitalized on all the hard work he had done but if India has lost few quick wickets with a meagre 36 runs first innings lead, we would not be at the strong position we are at stumps. This is not the India of 80s where players from Mumbai and Delhi can get in to India team irrespective where they stood with respect to others.

  • Nampally on December 20, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    Led by Rock solid Pujara & fearless Kohli, India ended Day 3 in a strong position! Pujara got his first overseas century with a glorious 135* while Kohli is aiming for his first century in each innings Test match! If Pujara & Kohli continue to bat they did today, I won't be surprised with a double ton from Pujara & Kohli getting his second century in this Test. India turned the table on over confident SA after their ODI series win. Pujara's knock reminds me of Jaisimha's recall as an SOS call to replace an injured player for a Test match vs. Aussies in 1967-68 series.Jaisimha played in the test day after landing & scored 75 & 101 in 2 innings. Pujara was consistently dropped from ODI's by Dhoni even when Indian batting is Iffy! Pujara showed it once more that he is technically the best batsman in the Indian team. Moving directly into Tests with no practice on SA pitches, he showed Indian Selectors that if a batsman has talent, patience & correct footwork he can score on any Pitch.

  • on December 20, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Indian batsmen have somewhat exposed Steyn that he just run in and bowl pacy out-swingers, he doesn't have an effective in-swinger and if you can leave his out swingers well you can tire him to score later on!

    I'm sure Aussie management is watching this series like hawks and will surely going to implement them! Exciting times ahead.

  • Speng on December 20, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    If Tahir is SA's best spinner they might as well not pick him as against these Indian batsmen he's only providing batting practice, and with India batting down to #8 having 1 useless bowler is going to kill the other 3 despite Kallis' presence. If India can smash their way quickly to a 400 run lead it should be looking good for them unless the weather intervenes.

  • liz1558 on December 20, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Wow! What a fight back by India. Articulate expression has deserted me and I am left only with four letter words to describe the remainder of this game: tame draw.

  • on December 20, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    It is good to see that the new fellow at number 4 for India is performing so well. (Not to ignore the number 3 either) I suspect the team would have struggled and the totals in each innings would have been lower if the number 4 slot was still occupied by a certain man who, rather belatedly, retired last month. Sadly, he and BCCI just didn't know when to say goodbye.

  • CandidIndian on December 20, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    @Masculineffort - Well to be really honest, SA can save this match as they have batsman to do that. They are no 1 side and they have done well in such situations, having said that i feel that SA bowling could have been better, especially Steyn. If Morkel was there match would have gone anywhere in my opinion as we have seen 2-3 wickets fall in a hurry on this ground. Injury to Morkel tilted the match towards India.

  • CricketFanIndUS on December 20, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    India showed application, control and discipline in batting and bowling! That matters a lot, doesn't it? Before the test I was not sure how the management was preparing the bowling and batting units and so far it seems they have done well. I appreciate the Indian team for these two aspects alone. That fact alone counts as a victory, imo. Even before the Indian second innings started, I thought even if we do not win the test, it is already a victory, as the team did the necessary work and executed well. That is all one can ask for. With the high expectations placed on the team and the highest pedestal they are on in having the privilege in representing India in cricket, application and preparation should be a given. Execution comes later.

  • on December 20, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    The young Indians have completely outclassed the mighty SA team in both bowling and batting. All others take note. The young, talented Indians, with their temperament, technique, and courage are going the dominate all across the world for the next decade on all kinds of batting surfaces. Now if they can get another couple of Shami's it will make this team the most balanced batting and bowling team on the planet. If they can make world class Steyn, 1 wkt. so far, look toothless imagine what lies ahead of just ordinary bowlers.

  • Mythh on December 20, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    "Patience is a Virtue" Well Done India, Hope Rohit and Dhawan Show Some patience with Bat Too, Specially when there are tough tours Ahead.

  • on December 20, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Its not about winning, losing or draw but it is about earning respect in your opponent's eyes...Smith, Steyn and SA commentators faces clearly shows our young kids have earned the respect. Great work guys, go for it tomorrow and make 1 billion proud.

  • on December 20, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Murali Vijay n Ishant Sharma played above my expectations, these 2 would not have been in my playing XI n would have preferred Gambhir/Sehwag n Umesh/Bhuvi respectively...Vijay has scored quite a bit in home conditions, but i thought he would be a sitting duck n walking wicket in SA conditions...Ishant has been peppered in the recent ODI's...Vijay showed great temperament n resilience to soften up the ball, n Ishant bounced back from ODI form by adjusting his length further up

  • on December 20, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    This is an extremely impressive and courageous performance by India. No doubt your batsmen are the world's best. Respect from Pakistan!

  • on December 20, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    India in a position of winning, pitch is not that easy to bat on from here. 320 in itself is a decisive lead & if India can score quickly & declare by lunch, we can have result tomorrow itself. All the best India......

  • CandidIndian on December 20, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Well surely SA underestimated this Indian team. We cant blame them for having that perception as India got hammered in England and Australia, Dravid, Sachin and Laxman have retired, Indian batting line up is inexprienced in tests, SA is currently no 1 and by huge margin. So basically there are so many reasons to take India lightly. Anyways this time Indians did work hard on their techniques and bowlers are quite fit too, both these factors were missing in England and Australia, still taking over 300 lead against no 1 team is unbelievable. Work is not over though, SA will come hard at India in second innings.

  • on December 20, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Incredible to see India dominating SA! Pujara, what a test player we have got!! Hope Kohli would get his century tomorrow..its almost like watching a more confident version of Dravid and Sachin batting at 3 and 4 for India!

  • Stateside_Steve on December 20, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Agree 100% with Likeintcricket. Dhoni wanted this team 2 years back. Without Gambhir and Shewag and fit Zaheer India wouldn't have been white washed in Eng/Aus and England wouldn't have won the series in India. Need to build on this excellent 3 days as India has pretty busy overseas tours the next year (NZ/AUS and ENG).

  • on December 20, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    After a long wait we the Indian cricket fans are treated to a beautiful cricket show by their team. Nobody gave them chance to save test series, but nhere at Wanderers they are actually in winning position.. my god..This match if goes till the last day/last ball will be won by India unless stopped by rains. Team India, well played..

  • bluemagik on December 20, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    bit too ealry to talk about wins...great bowling and batting performance so far....the guys have given us a fighting chance of winning but by no means can we assume its a sure thing....another 100 runs or so to go and then 10 hard fought SA wickets needed...long journey this! go India!!

  • VinodGupte on December 20, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    this pitch can fool many. it has eased considerably today and it may change dramatically tomorrow or day after. IND should bowl for four and a half sessions at least to win this one. anything less than that and this may end in a draw. smith, amla, kallis, ABD, Fafdu are not going to be rolled over again.

  • jimwhatever on December 20, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    india played beautifully and excellent. but i think SA has the capacity to occupy the crease for 4 or 5 sessions

  • on December 20, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    Superb show by Indian team...now we just want good opening pair to form a perfect team for foreign tours. Gambhir and Jaffer could be a good options to try...

  • on December 20, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    India actually double bluffed SA by getting ODI matches first that gave them some exposure to conditions and then used indoor training with duncan to leave the balls and tire SA bowlers....seems to be working great!

  • yorkslanka on December 20, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    well done to india in this match for an all round effort..great effort from kohli and pujara..congratulations where they are due..

  • on December 20, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    For steyn-"ya ur J'burgh became Wankhade man".

  • on December 20, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    South Africa will manage a draw, weather not good for Sunday but Morkel injury was a big blow so Indian fans don't celebrate yet not a full strength SA team but Indian has exceeded all expectations so far. This test has been up and down like a true test fascinating 4th day head. The mornings has been toughest to bat.

  • on December 20, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    the future of Indian test batting has arrived...before we had ageing stalwarts, now we have young budding talents with fresh legs who look capable of scoring daddy hunderds n showing patience by occupying crease for long periods, more endurance n stamina...good to see Ind batsmen give SA a taste of their own medicine, n Smith, AB, Amla, Kallis n co can watch from the sidelines n experience how it feels to be in those shoes when they have inflicted pain upon the opposition by their long innings over the past few years

  • on December 20, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    The past week have made me question the sanity of cricket commentators..First it was Perth and then the Wondrers.These were suppose to be minefields were teams would struggle with the bat..On both occasions what i have seen are two pitches that offered a little assistance on the first two days and turned to roads on days 3 4 and 5..Dont be surprised if this match ends as a draw.

  • byc89 on December 20, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    though its too early to predict indian victory here but yes, it will certainly take a lot of effort from SA batsmen even to chase this score. Indian batsmen have shown that they are not the fast track bully but they can confirm that this was not just a good day only if they play even the second test the same way.

  • gsingh7 on December 20, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    @snake--- this was what i talking when i said indian team is best from subcontinent. they are number 1 in odis and number 2 in tests and dominating sa in sa. last year pak lost 3-0 there and sl 2-1. even nz lost 3-0 but india have not lost a series in sa for years now. and if and when india will win first test(lead already 320 plus with pujara and kohli still at crease and dhoni to come) it will mean india cannot lose in sa,again. well done pujara for 6th century ,now averaging 70 plus, highest in the world and 2nd highest in history of cricket.

  • spot_on on December 20, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    I think I have asked the a question couple of months back.. What would the so called top bowling side would do if they come under the line of fire when there is a counter-attack !!! This day says it all. World's top bowler goes wicket-less throughout the day !!! and some express bowler hurts himself so badly when there is no need to strain so much.. and the fastest to 100 wickets bowler in home conditions picks a wicket at an avg 40+ ... SA green top fast bowling needs to be reviewd. The same will happen if they prepare a lushy pitch at durban.. India will sport Yadav (Yes, the same guy who bowls four or more 145+kph balls an over).. Be warned.. this is no child's play...

  • TommytuckerSaffa on December 20, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    India deserve to win this Test match as they have by far played the better cricket. The game was evenly posed until SA lost their most effective bowler - Morkel after only 2 overs this morning.

    India will bat until just before lunch tomorrow giving SA 400 runs to chase in 5.5 session. This is not going to happen, so hopefully lots of rain on Sunday.

    SA have a lot of work to do for the 2nd Test. Bowlers have to bowl better lines and Batsmen need to start batting.

  • I_Love_My_India on December 20, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    Wow! Can't believe my eyes. Indian batsmen giving a nightmare to SA Bowlers. But are they not the flat track bullies?

    I am not taking anything away from Cheteshwar and Virat. They both are talented batsmen and were expected to perform. Even if they not, they would not have lost their positions. But Murali Vijay really surprised me by absorbing tremendous pressure of facing the SA pacers with the new ball. He deserves some applause.

    I am sure that with the new ball tomorrow Vernon and Dale gonna rock. But this lead is still a good one. I guess only Hash, Kallis and AB can stay against this Indian pace attack. May be Philander also, but the rest including Graeme is expected to crumble.....

  • Masculineffort on December 20, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    @cricketstarbest "No one save SA from defeat now?" That's quite an arrogant statement, isn't it friend? Not even rain can save SA? Is that what you are trying to say? I beg to differ. I say that if rains wash out the next two days, then SA escape. So relax!

    And finally, don't tempt the Gods, my friend. Don't tempt them. Their power is beyond your limited understanding. Unlike you, I am a humble fellow. I beseech the Gods that they not make it rain. Perhaps it would be good if you too followed the approach of humility, rather than that of arrogance. Better to take the lessons on humility from our many saints rather than one on arrogance from the BCCI.

  • CricIndia208 on December 20, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    Indian batsmen are the best in the world. No doubt about that.

  • on December 20, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Amazing bating talent. Pujara's test average is 68, unbelievable! Forget about current players, i can name 6 more in domestic circuit with similar technique and averages. Robin Bisht, Baba Aparajit, Sanju Samson are few to watch out for! Great future ahead of India.

  • notrick on December 20, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    So this means that it was not Garry Kristen who Really Transformed the Team and the Credit Should Go to Dhoni and Kohli? I am just asking. BTW Congrats India. WOW. U did well. COntinue the good work

  • munna_indian on December 20, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    its quite amazing the way this inexperienced test line up of team india have responded so courageously against all the odds in this match. given the mauling they had got in the ODIs, which is the format they were comfortable with given the world champions tag and the experience they have got, as an indian fan, i am myself surprised with the patience and perseverance these young guns are showing. i am sure the credit should for the major part go to duncan fletcher as he has proved that he is working behind the scenes yet not in the limelight. well done team india!!!

  • on December 20, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    never ever seen SAF bowlers looking so impotent and stupid...

  • on December 20, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Forget about winning or losing, guys have you ever seen Smith and Steyn look so helpless and frustrated? Credit to Young Indian batsmen.

  • on December 20, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    imran tahir should be bowling over the stumps how can he get wickets from round the stumps..... i think SA is loosing there confidence...well done India

  • silentstand on December 20, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    The series is going as I predicted pujara and kohli made tons and South Africa are goin to lose and then draw the second test for a1-1 score line.congratz to kohli and pujara for there tons saffas need to show some fight they look out of ideas Atm

  • Haz95 on December 20, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    bigdhonifan I hope your no suggesting that Zaheer is better than Steyn right here are you? Steyn is among Akram, Younis, Ambrose etc.

  • on December 20, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    No desrespect, but seriously these Indian kids are ripping apart SA attack now. Unbelievable determination and superb technique shown by Pujara. He first blocked like a ball with amazing defense and forced SA bowlers to get tired and now smacking them all over the park.

    Rest of the countries and batsmen can surely learn from Pujara...this is the way to nullify SA's bowling attack. Tire them and then attack. But even for that you need solid defense just like Pujara.

  • Anubhav-the-Experience on December 20, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    @ Abdullah...thanks for your words... South Africa did not underestimate India...most of Saffas saw India tour before there and India has managed to perform better every time.

  • on December 20, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    I really don't care if ind win or draw but this is a good reply from ind batting (FTB) to those non Indian fans I hoope they write something after this game.well done Indian ,hope anti Indian fans change the tag name..

  • fineprint on December 20, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    India is doing it. In next test math i can clearly see myself commenting "India is doing it again".

  • on December 20, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    its indias game to loose now. well played by kohli and pujara. i dont think SA can win it now.

  • ashpravici on December 20, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    When India was getting hammered in the one day series , a lot of criticism was being thrown at them. I personally feel, much of it was meant for BCCI and got mis-directed at Team India. BCCI doesn't have many supporters in India either , and deserve the blame for their poor handling of cricket administration. But the young Indian team should be given a chance , and encouraged , as they hold the key to the future of not only Indian cricket , but also world cricket , because they shoulder the responsibility to entertain largest cricket loving population.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on December 20, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    this is why I always rate zaheer higher than some overrated bowlers like Anderson Philander..the ability to bowl with old ball

  • on December 20, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    Brilliant batting by India ... They deserve to win this match! Was just wondering if Steyn can bring the ball back in to the batsmen? he kept on bowling outswingers too many???

  • on December 20, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    rohit should open and shikhar at 5

  • Resultpredictor on December 20, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    I would like to congratulate India for victory in advance. CONGRATS INDIA FOR FAMOUS VICTORY. No one can save SA from defeat now. Its India's game and India will win it easily. Go away haters who thought that India will be humiliated. Just see how SA is getting humiliated in there own backyard. This is the power of YOUNG INDIA.......THE BEST SIDE IN THE WORLD.

  • drunkonsport on December 20, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Would SA prepare a pacy pitch for the 2nd Test ! maybe not now!!! Zaheer,shami and even Ishant could give it back !

  • on December 20, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    Relax all of you Indian fans having a go at all the critics. I didn't see many of you predicting a win and those that did were blindly supporting Indian without reason. That being said, I am very impressed with this Indian batting line up and bowling too. I am sure none of you were expecting this sort of a comeback and victory was certainly a wistful dream. The fightback shown by the Indians is very surprising, they can NOW start claiming to have the best batting line up as that is indeed true.

  • kapilesh23 on December 20, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    I can't believe, just can't seriously what I am seeing. Man never in my wildest dream I thought that SA will struggle against India. Oh my god this feeling is seriously sweet.

  • Haz95 on December 20, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    I'm actually speechless. Really hate the fact that India are doing well due to the fact that their inflated egos are gonna expand immeasurably but Damn they are playing exceptional, Kohli has silenced all critics and Pujara did well like I predicted. Well Done-_-, If India do win , they deserve it, even tho I really don't want them to. But When I see good cricket being played, then what can I say. Morkels injury is a huge blow and I really don't see anychance of South Africa winning this, I predict a Win for India or maybe an draw since we cannot forget that South Africa has the best test batting line up. Their Bowling has been nowhere near as par as they were against even Pakistan in slow wickets...India also have done well in the bowling department....but still COME ON SAFFERS.

  • on December 20, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    I hav to say I m amongst those who criticise Indian batting in Indian conditions but have to say the way kohli nd pujara especially kohli has batted is superb. He really put de effort nd valued his wicket i had no doubt abt pujara nd murali.. Dhawan has some work to do just need to get mental demons out his technic is good.. So as rohit but I personally can't trust rohit he is mentally not strong.. Proud effort by Indian team good come back by zahir shamim is good so as sharma.. Really want to c yadav doing well.. Enjoying my test cricket sick of 20 20

  • likeintcricket on December 20, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Very strong message from Indian batsman to the world. I am a Pak supporter but I have never seen such a strong performance from a sub continent team on a green top wicket. These batsman are young, courageous, technically very sound and play according to the plan. That was a great thing from Dhoni to get rid of Seniors and build a young team so quickly. Forget about the bowling, the batsman are making Indian team best in the world. Never seen Stein and Smith so helpless before.

  • on December 20, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Kohli has been stuck in the 50's for a while now. Pujara's strike rate has now edged past Kohli's. Nice work by these two batsmen.

  • bigdhonifan on December 20, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Steyn is no Zak to get wickets wen ball is old...

  • Jay710 on December 20, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    now hopefully flat track bully tag will be gone, yes anything can happen in the second test match but still this young indian side is willing to learn. ENJOY THE CRICKET fans. now that time has gone when players like lara, sachin, ponting used to give us goose bumps.....

  • on December 20, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    Lovely to see India looking strong after a difficult odi series... Answering back to criticism in the best way possible

  • Dhanno on December 20, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Now I would want Virat to be selfish. I maybe not be fond of indian batsman of late due to their boorish nature, milking oppositions on FT and then complaining abroad. But this is situation where Virat should look into being the only batsman to score a ton in each innings for india in his first oversea test (in that country). Test batting in compelling conditions is about being selfish, setting higher goals each session and grinding out opposition. Virat should stay there score 100, go in record books and make sure indian doesnt lose. His 1000s of 100 in meaningless ODIS can be forgiven.

  • drunkonsport on December 20, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    A listless SA suffering the consequences of underestimating the Indians.

  • yuvi_gladiator on December 20, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    can't explain how sweet this feeling is, after so many drubbings overseas :)

  • on December 20, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    I believe SA fans were calling for Morkel's head who himself accepted being the support bowler. So please do not say that its because of his absence that the team is on back foot. :)

  • xtrafalgarx on December 20, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    Steyn has a great record, but every time i have seen him bowl he doesn't look like the best in the world to me i have to admit. SA are down and out in this game unless the bat very well.

  • Al_Bundy1 on December 20, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Pujara is not the kind who will throw his wicket away after reaching 100. In that sense, he is so unlike Kohli.

  • on December 20, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    @ Al_Bundy1 ...so much obsession for Tendulkar, eh? Tendulkar's mistake was he retired from ODIs, which gave him less match practice and that was the rason his form dipped since then! I agree that Kohli and Pujara doing well, but the day when these two fail, you will be one them to curse for sure!

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on December 20, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Well done pujara..Dravid version 2

  • on December 20, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    south africa don't deserve to be no. 1 test team

  • Cricketforever1234 on December 20, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    Great going from India....For sure South Africa is lost lost here ...Not knowing what to do ... Seriously no answers..They for sure underestimated the Indian batters ..they thought they would throw their wickets away like what happened in ODI's ..but Indians are battling it out putting price on their wicket .Really all the talk byAB that the might have scared Indian batsmen seems so funny now....Steyn on the first day when the pitch has so much to offer couldn't take wickets ..that is the drawback for Smith and Loss of Morkel has added to their misery ....India surprised everyone with their performance thus far in this test Match good going .. @Shane Jean Sun is out pitch has eased up or something else doessnt matter with the old ball India were able to get some reverse but nothing from SA ...Appreciate when some one plays good cricket ...

  • Al_Bundy1 on December 20, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    For the next match, Dhoni should pick Jadeja or Bhuvi instead of Ashwin. Ashwin should be held accountable for his lousy fielding. This is not the first time he has dropped a catch. If he doesn't get punished...he will keep repeating the crime.

  • on December 20, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    I can't understand why Dhawan is trying so hard to be another Shewag he has to get into the test temperament you can't go there and start hitting around you need to respect the likes of styen and company as others did

  • on December 20, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Indians never give up......keep it in your mind

  • on December 20, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    it looks south africa has no chance to win the series

  • on December 20, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    Where is the guy who said SA will make 500 in 1st innings n d match will b over in 4 days????

  • Cricket_Addict_151507 on December 20, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Well... Indian attack that is considered cannon fodder did much better than the fiercest bowling attack in the world... is this whole flat track bully concept over rated? SO called flat track bullies have done much better against the best fast bowling line up the world compared to a respectable batting line up against cannon fodder. Some food for thought for the India haters!!!

  • kumarcoolbuddy on December 20, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa, anything can happen till the end and I don't see any reason for giving up so early. But I hope you are giving up looking at India's performance and not because Morkel is missing.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on December 20, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Southafrica is down and dusted at the moment by India at the moment in their own den..

  • Manoj1234 on December 20, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Nice. SA seems very very frustrated and helpless. Love it that this is happening in SA on one of the fastest pitches. We should win this match and the next one.

  • on December 20, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    The #1 ranked team is being subjected to a royal hiding by the #2 ranked team. Kohli and Pujara are scoring at will now.

  • on December 20, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Good performance so far by India. But somehow we need to find an allrounder who can bat at 6 and bowl medium pace. Say 6 to 10 overs in an innings. A Manoj prabhakar if not a kapildev. Binny, madan lal, were reasonable too. If only Jadeja could do what shastri did - open the innings. Also we need a left hand bat from 4 through 7. India should accept unorthodox players if they are to get an allrounder. If only they had an option, philander and fauf maybe would not have got away. Also helps to rest other fast bowlers overseas. In India or slower pitches, of course it gives an option to play just 2 pacers. Dhoni must somehow start this process. Groom a medium pacer into batting well. That's the way to get an allrounder.

  • Al_Bundy1 on December 20, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    The way Pujara and Kohli are batting right now...it's quite obvious that Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman overstayed. Tendulkar should have retired after World Cup 2011, and Dravid and Laxman should have retired in 2012 (which I believe they did). That leaves only 1 player overstaying by 2 years. Guess which one??

  • Johnny_129 on December 20, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    Now that India has got themselves into a decent position, the young batsman will need to show their expertise and knowledge in another art of batting - skuffing up the pitch!! Very important to ensure that the match is finished off!

  • on December 20, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    pujara looks like dravid Xerox copy like patience,defending nicely,

  • pull_shot on December 20, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    @Shane Jean less than when south africa were batting to with it indians dropped 2 catches ane of ur highest scorer

  • on December 20, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    @ Francis Arun Bjorn Mel: Fair enough. I suppose it is reasonable to expect a bit more from Vijay. Let's also not forget that he was rather unlucky to have been dismissed caught down the leg side today. He was also the highest scorer on either side with over 500 runs in the series again Australia with a couple of "Daddy 100s" as they call them nowadays.

    The way I see it, M. Vijay has a tonne of potential.

    Meanwhile, India are grinding South Africa into dust. Less is now well over 200 with 8 wickets in the bag.

  • on December 20, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    a bowler short? india bowled them out with just three.. they still have 3

  • tom120 on December 20, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    Highest score chased on this ground is 310 by Australia. The lead taken by India is past 200 runs with 8 wickets remaining, SA are the verge of a defeat. Poor performance by SA bowlers, who were considered better bowlers than Indian ones. But, Indian bowlers outbowled them. Steyn is off color, Philander will have to do batting and bowling himself, as others won't do anything.

  • BradmanBestEver on December 20, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Kallis will need to stand up in the 2nd innings

  • on December 20, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    @shane jean did u ever notice how many balls passed by edges of saouth africans? and especially Graem Smith?

  • on December 20, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    it seems like sachin n dravid at crease

  • on December 20, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    @ Shane Jean: Stop whining mate! Fact of the matter is that India have outplayed the proteas in all departments of the game(maybe except fielding).

  • on December 20, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    SA must need Amla to click. bcoz if he doesn't I do not expect any1 else, given the crnt situatn. yeah of course good luck to vernon.

  • on December 20, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    this is some excellent batting by India! I have to say I'm impressed with vijay s attitude in this match.... wish he had got a big one today.... we have a seriously talented batting order which can consistently dominate overseas... this is the reward of backing technically correct players... kohli rohit rahane and pujara are going to form the bedrock of this line up for quite some time! but perhaps the most encouraging sign was the form of the pacers! irrespective of how long he plays I seriously feel zaheer should become the bowling coach of India... I don't know if I'm the only person feeling this way but ishant seems to be a different bowler when he has zaheer to guide him... and shami has been able to make crucial breakthroughs in his first test in SA which is amazing foe a subcontinent bowler ..so zaheer should be used properly by Ind and I'm sure they can stay on top for an extended period!

  • on December 20, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    these indian batters have redefined luck.how many balled have gone pass the edge.

  • on December 20, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    anyway seeing dat proteas pitches aint helping spinners there isnt any hope left for ashwin to be true but on the other hand Jadeja has a tendecy to ball straight that gives him wicket plus he is handy with bat as he has shown in england so y not replacing Ashwin with Jadeja.

  • coolitbaby on December 20, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Kohli is just a superman. Hands down the best batsman in the world today. His style, technique, grace, ability to handle pressure and win games... Just the whole package.

  • madhukrishna11 on December 20, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Where are the critics who doubted India's ability? I am especially looking for the one who commented "The only thing standing between South Africa win and a draw is the weather". Sadly it is the other way round!!

  • on December 20, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    Good job by India so far. They were supposed to be blown away by a mighty SA outfit in 3 days... but at tea on day3, they are in a good position to sieze the situation. With Morkel out & Tahir making little impact, we should end the day at 220-230 for 2/3.

  • Naresh28 on December 20, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Indian bowling resources are bit thin in this test match. We should not abandon the 5 bowler policy. Coming into this match - we knew our batsman failed in the ODI's and SA has some pace bowling strength. The insurance was to add the extra batsman at the expense of Jadeja. What with our tailenders not contributing as batsman. At least we now have two bowlers in ZAKS and Shami - Ishant is a fighter and it must have hurt him when he was ditched recently. He has shown signs of reviving his chances. Who will we turn to for a extra spinner should the pitch take to spin? Anyway well done to our team for inching ahead at this stage.

  • coolitbaby on December 20, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Pujara is a really class player. The bad thing for SA is that once Pujara gets going, he makes big runs. SA could be in for a real leather hunt if Morkel is not fit.

  • Drifting on December 20, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    chasing over 250 on this pitch is going to take some batting. Solid work thus far by our guys. Looking to see them execute controlled acceleration in the post-tea session. Pujara is a tremendous prospect. He has a different temperament and skill set vs Dravid. SA have made a big selection blunder going with Tahir.

  • Shantanu.m28 on December 20, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Forget the ODIs.. It's a pleasure to watch the batsmen learning in what isn't their comfort zone. These lads are showing they have got the will and temperament to face any kind of toigh situations in the near future. Kudos.. SA bowling attack against IND batting lineup has always been a treat to watch.. And what more. 'THIS TIME IN AFRICA'

  • on December 20, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    steyn and morkel off the field clouds of worries over Proteas.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 20, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    Well done India. Keep doing the hard work. 250+ score in the fourth inngs will be difficult for SA. But as long as Morkel is out, lets hope for more than that.

  • on December 20, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    @ Nikhil. Its difficult to disagree with what you are saying but there is no reason why we should be contented with Vijay's performances. He hasn't shown ability to make big scores. At the end of day what counts is runs. You cannot take for granted that the aggressive batsmen will make up the runs. You have stay true to your style and ability but also score runs. Vijay is doing a good job and his high 30s average is acceptable but he needs to show he can do more.

  • on December 20, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    Now dats wat is called a test match patience tested all over..... Beauty of test cricket at its PEAK....way to go both teams ....Definately rank 1 rank 2 teams playing .

  • sundersingh on December 20, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990 dont worry rajesh. they trying to say us that they r a bowler short, I agree it is a huge loss. but u have no.1 & no.2 bowler in their team.... they had underestimated us. that's for sure!

  • on December 20, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    Now dats wat is called a test match patience tested all over..... Beauty of test cricket at its PEAK....way to go both teams ....Definately rank 1 rank 2 teams playing .

  • DhairyBoghani on December 20, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    When that partnership started There were no useful condition to bat on (batting pitch , bad bowlers, home advantage, lot of expirence). But they have only one thing & that was 'temparament'. take a bow this duo.

  • on December 20, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    sun is out.batting is easy unlike yesterday.take nothing from this indian batting performance

  • wablo55 on December 20, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    Get well soon Morne. From a concerned India fan.

  • on December 20, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Finally, ABD bowls an over.. I never knew that he had 2 wickets at an econ. 3.0 on his name already. Should Imran Tahir be worried about this over.?

  • on December 20, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Pujara you beauty! Now that what's you call defense to survive steyn and co. Murali Vijay has been a pleasant surprise with Rahane also has a strong technique. Looks like Duncan has worked a lot with these kids to improve their techniques.

    Im so happy and seriously impressed the way these Indian kids leave the ball.

  • on December 20, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    @ Francis Arun Bjorn Mel: I disagree with you there. Vijay is just the tonic India need. He's basically going to ensure that blokes like Kohli and Sharma get the best of batting conditions most of the time. He's like an Indian Alastair Cook in my book and I'm very, very happy with that.

    As a true lover of Test Cricket, I've always believed that for every one guy like a Viv Richards or a Pietersen or a Sehwag or a Gilchrist (for example), you need 3 guys like Cook or Dravid or Boycott or Atherton or Steven Waugh. Murali Vijay fits the second description quite well, as does Pujara. We need one more player like them and I'm not yet convinced that Rohit Sharma is that man.

    Your mantra should always be: "Draw test matches if you can't win 'em". Losing a test match is a crime in my book.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on December 20, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    AB de villiers is bowling now..no.1 team ?are u kidding me..

  • spot_on on December 20, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    C'mon guys.. bat till tea tomorrow and give the Saffas something to chase.. :)

  • on December 20, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    Pujara and Kohli are definitely showing the potential to grow into like for like replacement for Dravid and Tendulkar. I agree that we need to cut Pujara some slack over his scoring rate. Thats his style. He has always been like that and thats precisely what the selectors & team management want him to keep doing. What sets him apart from Murali Vijay is that he ever so often he will go on to make big scores and be the skeleton for big Indian totals. The weight of expectations & responsibility will make Kohli more cautious, just like it did for Tendulkar.

  • on December 20, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    140-2 what do you guys reckon ?

  • on December 20, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Excellent batting and Bowing by India. If we can improve our catching we will have SA on the mat. I have never seen a more disciplined Indian batting than the ones in this test so far. Well done India. Still a long way to go to win the test.

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on December 20, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    admirable knock by vijay, 100/2 could have well been 50/2 or 50/3 had VIjay and Pujara hadnt ground their innings. I had reservations about Vijay, but what convinces me is that he has shown the attitude to grind and fight when the going gets tough, I dont recall Sehwag or Dhawan to have the patience demonstrated by vijay.

  • on December 20, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    those who are swearing on pujara for slow scoring should reconsider whether you are TEST cricket fans or not.... this is the way you have to play in SA where you are facing worlds best bowling attack who can pick wickets at will.... he has shown a lot of character and a lot of respect to bowlers.... the scoring will be easier witht he old ball after 45 + overs...... this guy is made for long term, he sure will achieve greats....

  • bigdhonifan on December 20, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    @2nd_Slip Hey bud, Test cricket is not your cup of tea. Please follow t20's.

  • on December 20, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    So what will be this new gen of Indian batsmen known as - bounce track bulllies!!!???

  • Al_Bundy1 on December 20, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Zak is back!! Well done by Indian pacers. In the past, whenever Zak has done well, India has won. Bowlers win matches, not batsmen. To be sure, batsmen are needed to put runs on board, but they can't win matches on their own. And yet, we worship our batsmen while neglecting our bowlers.

  • VKohlitheGreat on December 20, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    @2nd_Slip : bro, among the many others one fine reason is to wear down the pitch for SA when they come to bat for the 4th innings but it wud be difficult for you to understand all that.

  • on December 20, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    now vijay gone... this will be a real test for our new no.4.... he must make sure he is not playing too quickly... just spend some time till the ball gets 45 overs old.... and you know you can atack any bowling especially saffas dont have reverse swing watttsoever.....

  • on December 20, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    i am extremely impressed by the way vijay played.... too good application from him.. too good temperment... those who had doubts about him should give up.... pujara's innings was expected.... this is the way you play and innings..... he just make us forget the previous wall..... anybody doubting the slow scoring rate will have answers just after they start to switch gears....

  • on December 20, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    the bowling of SA has been exposed.... they just depend on the new ball, and the early break throughs.... once the ball is 20 overs old.... its just all over for SA... i havent seen they know any reverse swing at all.... this is what happens if you solely depend on fast bowlers.... no spinner who can contain the runs at one end.... morkl's injury made india's batting a bit easier.... way to go.... no more wickets this day.... its already two wickets down.... play atleast till tea tomorrow and get a lead of atleast 320... this is going to be an interesting match.... i must say IT IS INDIA'S GAME TO GIVE IT AWAY from here.......

  • on December 20, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Just as I wrote that Murali Vijay has unfortunately lost his Wicket. He has performed well but has he played a match winning innings? Has he been able to capitalise on his Investment? I hope he is able to raise his game over time, else he will become another one of the long list of Indian openers of recent times.

  • Ibanezfan on December 20, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    The guys picking on Pujara need to get real. It's not like he's facing a medium pacer on an Indian pitch. This is just the third day and India clearly want to bat long. It's great to see a quality test batsman facing up to some high quality pace bowling. The intent and application shown by Pujara to drop anchor at one end to hold the batting together is great to watch, after all those debacles we've had to witness with unskilled players who couldn't even face this level of bowling. Great intent shown by Vijay too. It's so heartening to see the Indian team play with grit. What a brilliant match this has been already!

  • on December 20, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    India are really wearing South Africa down here. Pujara is in my book, an ideal Test batsman.

    This should be a very interesting Test match going into Day 5 when the Proteas will be batting last.

  • on December 20, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    I am not a big fan of Murali Vijay as I feel that although focusing on a strong defensive technique and wearing off the new ball is lot of what an opening batsman is supposed to do, one must also be able to attack the bowling after putting in the hard work. He seems to want to play the entire innings in this one dimensional fashion. This strategy has helped him notch up a few big scores in India but its not enough abroad. He is though an ideal foil for a hyper aggressive Dhawan on the other end. MSD and the selectors have given him a long run and he has done enough to keep his place but its no surprice that he is not spoken of in the same breadth as Kohli or even a Pujara. The standards are different now in this champion Indian side. It won't be time before someone like Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane or Gautam Gambhir challenge his place. This may help India play an additional bowler.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on December 20, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    @2nd_slip Go and watch T20..

  • on December 20, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    Though early days but its hard to believe that the transformation of team India from a pool of ageing geniuses to a bunch of young enthusiasts would be so sublime and swift.Pujara for Dravid and Kohli for Sachin,wow! Dont underestimate the power of an Indian cricketer and dont ever predict their performance.when you say win they will lose and vice-versa.ha!ha!ha!In the meantime Dravid incarnate(Pujara) is blocking the minds away from the proteas.

  • on December 20, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    @ 2nd_Slip: "Watching paint dry" eh? This my friend, is what Test match batting is all about.

    Your batters would do well to learn from the Indians. In all likelihood, the Saffer quicks will be totally spent having been ground into dust by the end of day's play.

  • AltafPatel on December 20, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Still SA bowlers not taking lesson from first innings mistake. They are not targeting off stump. Not inclusion of pacer like Abbott in place of Tahir again cost SA. It seems they over manage the things. When you choose your 11, it must be the best.

  • on December 20, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Dale Steyn and ABD said before the game that Indian batsmen are scared and rattled. Others said the FTB Indian batsmen have no chance on this pitch against a world class attack. The Indian batsmen came out with a plan which was to leave anything outside the off stump, put away the bad balls, keep wickets and spend time in the middle. Then it was said the pitch has evened out and is a belter. When South Africa came out to bat the pitch again went back to be bowlers paradise thus changing twice in 2 days. In the first session on Day 3 there was definitely good and some uneven bounce. Now the Indian batsmen were expected to be bowled out cheaply but this time they have executed the plan even better but still many felt the pitch has changed again. I have heard of pitches deteriorating on days 4 and 5 but this is the first time I have heard pitches deteriorating and recuperating every session!

  • on December 20, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    great batting. another 100 -130 runs and this will be india's game to loose. indian batsmen playing good. they know that morkel is not there now so just be watchful and respect good balls. SA bowlers will tire out .

  • Yousufahmed1 on December 20, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    @ MaruthuDelft Is this the best you have got? The way Ishant was performing would you have wanted him in your team all the time. We live in a real world and when somebody is not playing well we clearly think that person should be removed. We don't consider a average 30 to be our LEGEND. We have options. And other thing is that You can not generalize all Indians based on couple of comments you have read.

  • on December 20, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    No excuses even if morkel is not there......

  • Imad_K on December 20, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Credit to the Indian batsmen and to the Indian selectors. Today is the first time I'm watching India play away after losing away to England and Australia. Previously when they lost against England and Australia they look petrified against the short ball apart from 1 or 2 batsmen. I know Kohli can bat in these conditions anyway but watching the top three Indian batsmen you can clearly see that even against the best pace attack in the world in difficult conditions they can bat and aren't scared senseless - like the likes of Yuvraj, Raina etc. Well done to the Indian selectors from learning from their previous experience.

  • bhushanB on December 20, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    IND.. can you please stop those suicidal runs please... Pujara, you of all everyone should be extremely cautious.. as you lost out to one such in the first innings... there is still a lot of time left in the match.......cool down guys...

  • spot_on on December 20, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    @jalebi_bai et' al ..

    If you think Pujara's temperament is tested by SA bowlers.. You are wrong.. We/India brought in Pujara to announce the world that how top class bowlin side's temperament can be tested by a quality test batsman. Like the Great Walls of China(Yes, it's not a single structure, it's a series of fortifications) Rahul Dravid is a part of the Indian walls of defence just like Sunny,Gundappa Visu. He was the wall of Indian Defence for a couple of decades, and he will be there throughout history.. Now, Pujara is the wall being built by the nextgen team.. We will have endless generations of quality players and finally one day everyone together will be called The Great Walls of Indian cricket. Countries producing One Kallis and One Sobers and One Lara a century can come and learn from Indian domestic circuit. I rest my case !! Peace !!!

  • on December 20, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Shikhar dhawan seems lyk fallin In d trap of african bowlers evrytym...first innings they made a plan and trapped him and now in second innings he falls to an unplayable delivery of philander..

  • 2nd_Slip on December 20, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Watching India bat is worse than watching paint dry, trundling along at just over 2 an over when they are in control of the match

  • golgoal on December 20, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    I am just wondering why Pujara is playing so slowly. He is just making things difficult for everyone by not even trying to rotate the strike. While Dhawan was at the crease, at least he was at least interested in taking quick singles, and that kept the runs coming. Pujara looks like he will get out any time, and by then the bowlers would have been on top making it difficult for Kohli, Rohit etc. Nice to see Vijay standing up at this crucial time. And I agree with the posters here - Dhawan needs to be played in the middle order especially in test matches abroad. Otherwise we would be making the same mistake we made with Sehwag.

  • on December 20, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    @Madhu Ayyagiri. I am not sure if you have been following the ongoing Ranji season as the matches have been low scoring with bowlers dominating proceedings.

  • Yousufahmed1 on December 20, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    I know its very early to say but when you look at the batting lineup of India and even the prospect of SHami, Bhuvi, Ishant, Umesh and Zak ofcourse This team can become very formidable and this tour will help them immensely. They all are so young, 23-27 most of them. So I hope good times are ahead coz in future tours you will be facing alot easier pace attack on an easier pitch. And even if they get a difficult pitch they will have the confidence that they can battle it out with the best. Brilliant. Specially they are not giving anything to the world's no. 1 bowler on a difficult pitch. People might say he is not bowling well but I guess you can not do much when everything outside offstump is left alone and in to the body is being defended carefully.

  • MaruthuDelft on December 20, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    95% of those come here say Vijay and Ishant should not be in the eleven. See the way they are contributing in the most important cricket match for India in almost 2 years. It simply shows Indian cricket fans have poor understanding of the game.

  • on December 20, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Next match rahane and vijay opens and ashwin to bat at 6 or 7 india can include additional pace bowler... ashwin technics are far better than even dhoni his playing resembles that with vvs laxman...

  • DhairyBoghani on December 20, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Want Aswin to come early. In last aus tour his avg was about to 35 just second by Indian next to kohli. He had three 60+ score there as well. Poojara & Vijay are bit slow but they are capable of make Steyn & Filander tired.

  • jalebi_bai on December 20, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Pujara has scored 6 runs in 52 balls. I understand the need to play safely and preserve wickets, but this is just ridiculous and puts tremendous pressure on the lower order batsmen. With every ball it is looking like a wicket is going to fall. Bowlers will get in good rhythm, and run rate will be stifled by the time the new batsman is in. This is like Rahul Dravid who will play the same way whether the score is 20/4 or 500/4. It will be very damaging for the Indian team if Pujara does not score big runs here.

  • gsingh7 on December 20, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    well done indian pacers to wrap up things. now indian lead is 85 with 9 wickets remaining . need 165 more runs to build a lead of 250 which will be enough to win the test and take lead in series. cannot believe how good this team have batted and bowled here when we have seen previous 3 teams getting out for less than 50 in a innings. just to look at things with a perspective ., pak who traveled to sa before india lost 3 tests by innings defeats whereas india have first innings lead and that too without playing any practice match. if only india have played few practice matches than we wud have seen even better indian cricket.

  • on December 20, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Even after seeing how our pace bowlers perform on pitches like these, we continue to prepare pitches where Ravinder Jadeja can score 3 triple centuries and teams regularly top 600 runs in Ranji matches

  • spot_on on December 20, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    I So wanna see how this so called world class bowling does with the old ball.. This is bothering me a long time now..

  • Johnny_129 on December 20, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Indian batsman are fighting it out but they can't remain too defensive - sooner or later they will get out so they need to keep scoring and not just concentrate on leaving balls all the time. Yesterday morning's play being case in point. The batsmen should also look to negatate swing of Philander and Kallis by thinking outside the block - taking guard forward etc. Right now they are surviving but it only seems a matter of time!! Someone please get message across to them.

  • pitchItup on December 20, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    I love the confidence of South African supporters. The match is evenly poised and not only do they continue to disparage the Indian batsmen, they also quote incorrect facts. During India's last tour, the core was 1-1 and South Africa had been in real danger of losing the third test. In this test, the South African batsmen were caught on the crease demonstrating a lack of foot movement against the moving ball. They looked like real bunnies against reverse swing which does not bode well when they tour the sub-continent as they will also be in trouble against spin and South Africa itself has no spinner of any significance. So we can expect many thrashings in India and Sri Lanka for South Africa.

  • Solid_Snake on December 20, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    @ste13 :Agreed..About current performance of Eng bowlers.. Indian bowlers performed wel in SA..They did something incredible.. Shammi is a great find for India..Ishant does a spell like that & then he vanishes for some time.Then he comes back again with such a great spell..

  • on December 20, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Incredible performance from India so far, after poor showing in the one dayers. Never lost a test match in Wanderers.. Lets go for the kill boys. Our batters have understood or our coach Duncan would have explained to them that by leaving out the offside balls we have effectively blunted the venom from the opposition bowlers. I think thumb rule they were told may be like this : U duck for Markel and shoulder arm for Styen, go forward for Philander..

  • sarangsrk on December 20, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa..Given up hope so early?? What happened to pre-series prediction of "white-washing" India...:). SA might still win this match and the series but they have been given a rude,rude shock that just talking up about white-washing and "fear" of pacers doesn't mean anything if you don't work hard enough. Even the legendary Aussie team had to work hard every match to become what they did and this SA team doesn't show enough consistency to be regarded as True No.1 (like Ind and Eng never showed enough consistency when they were No.1).

  • on December 20, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    classic test match cricket! India showing that their bowling can well and truly perform in helpful conditions! India should look to bat out the day and get closer to a 200 run lead and then bring out the big shots... dhoni should do that job! on a last day pitch if ashwin can put in a solid performance we may be heading for a spectacular victory here!

  • on December 20, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    I feel it will be better to swap Rahane and Dhawan's batting slot for this series.

  • on December 20, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Good show by the Indian bowlers. Zaheer has made a strong return after his axing from the team and Ishant has proved quite a few doubters (including me) wrong. We might have had an even better lead if the catching were up to the mark. As it is, 36 is a significant lead on a pitch with cracks. Now that Morkel is most probably ruled out (a pity from a neutral perspective as he was getting a lot of bounce), India must take advantage and ensure that they set a target of atleast 250. Dhawan has failed again but i think Pujara is going to play a key role here (he would have in the 1st innings if he had not been run out).

  • dganger on December 20, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    The more I see this test match more I start appreciating that knock from Virat Kohli. This has to be one of the most toughest pitch to bat on, anything over 220 will be challenging in this pitch. Its a cracker of a test match and test matches should be played in this kind of wicket where batsman have to earn each and every run they score. That is y this is cld Test, a real test of technique, temperament and character. Two out of 3 format i.e odi and t20's e biased towards batsman...lets Test be played in a bowler friendly condition, it makes it dam appealing and exciting.

  • DhairyBoghani on December 20, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    Want Aswin to come early. In last aus tour his avg was about to 35 just second by Indian next to kohli. He had three 60+ score there as well.

    Poojara & Vijay are bit slow but they are capable of make Steyn & Filander tired.

  • Solid_Snake on December 20, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    @ste13 :Agreed..About current performance of Eng bowlers.. Indian bowlers performed wel in SA..They did something incredible.. Shammi is a great find for India..Ishant does a spell like that & then he vanishes for some time.Then he comes back again with such a great spell..

  • on December 20, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    india have a golden opportunity to win this match now hope our team does well

  • Sir_Ivor on December 20, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    Philander is the McGrath kind of bowler who ball pitches on the off stump or around it and then moves the ball either way. He doesn't have the great hieght advantage the the Aussie was blessed with. Perhaps ,just perhaps it might be a good idea to leave the crease and play him. I have seen Dhawan do that against the Australians. Maybe he should try it out.Also possibly,he should take off stump guard.That may help him be closer to the line Philander bowls.I was disappointed that Vijay just doesn't move his feet. When he does take a big front foot he plays really well.Probably the bounce is so much that he is hesitant to come forward.I thought he was a player with a good stride but he looks more like Sehwag, Allows the ball pitched outside off to go and plays only when it is pitched in line or slighly outside the stumps.I wish they would see a video of Rahul Dravid in the way he used to take the forward stride and try and copy that. It may be time to bring in K L Rahul into the team.

  • Solid_Snake on December 20, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    @Guy with no name:Can you read properly what i just wrote? Noone is talking about India'slast tour to SA lol..Read again :)

  • Greatest_Game on December 20, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    @ Shan156. Good morning, mate. RE your earlier comments,, did you see that Dhawan's dry spell continues? Seems he'll not be "raining on Philander's parade," & again there was no "full flow" from him as he was completely outplayed by Philander, drawn forward to a ball seaming away to take his edge and be snapped up for Kallis' 199th test catch, Philander's 100th test wicket, and of course Dhawan's 4th consecutive failure out of 5 test innings.

    Philander has still not bowled to Dhawan "in full flow," as all Dhawan can do each innings in SA is to squeeze out just a teeny little drip, now averaging 6 in ODI's & 14 in tests in SA.

    Tell me - was Dhawan one of those, as you called them, "'cheap wickets" Philander takes as he "has it easy?" Is Dhawan yet teaching him "how difficult bowling actually is."

    No. I don't think so. No flow - just Dhawan's continued failure, and the dashing of your hopes of India raining on Philander's parade. Bummer, huh? Have a good day, mate ;)

  • MANTU14 on December 20, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Come on India. Score at least 300 runs in the second inings. So that Indian bowlers have better chance to bowled out South Africa & win it for India.

  • on December 20, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    solid_snake..wrong facts, India and SA drew the series 1 - 1 in 2010/11..India beat SA in Durban..so don't quote wrong facts

  • on December 20, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    I have a feeling Shikhar Dhawan is another Virender Sehwag in the making but I hope Dhawan learns from Sehwag's experience. It is good to want to dominate but sometimes discretion is better part of the valour.

  • VinodGupte on December 20, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    dhawan's moustache has stopped puffing altogether.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on December 20, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    67-1 at lunch..India is not in Southafrica for picnic like the pakistani team

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on December 20, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    i am really concerned that 2 slow coaches vijay and pujara are batting together. neither has the ability to rotate the strike and requires a strokeplayer at the other end to prosper. these 2 have scored 8 runs in the last 7.3 overs. a wicket is just around the corner. the only good thing is that it is better than having rahane and pujara batting together. i think the run rate will be in negative if those two ever end up batting together. i think india has the batting order wrong here. rahane can open with vijay, and dhawan can come in the middle order.

  • zarasochozarasamjho on December 20, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Indian bowlers should know that bowling short pitched with balls going over the batsman's head is pretty useless. AIM FOR THEIR HEADS. Playing such balls is most difficult. This means that the definition of length is always in relation to the HEIGHT of the batsman being targetted.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on December 20, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    Game over for South Africa. Morne Morkel has twisted his ankle and is out of the game.

  • ste13 on December 20, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    @Solid_Snake: Calm down, I am talking about the bowlers and the present. England bolwers have been disappointing theses Ashes, and only a blind person can deny that.

  • bhushanB on December 20, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    I guess this is IND session.... baring for Dhawan's wicket... it has gone IND's way... Vijay continuing where he left off in the first innings... just watch out for that variable bounce... and that odd lapse of concentration...

    Hopefully luck will be on Pujara's side in this innings...

    Go India Go...

  • on December 20, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    morkel is injured now sf down to 3 seamers its goona be great for india

  • bhushanB on December 20, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    IND... focus and bat through these few remaining balls before lunch...

  • bhushanB on December 20, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Why are they making him walk... they should have taken him on the stretcher... that looked awful... better not take any chances.....why put more pressure on that ankle.. until he gets some rest..

  • on December 20, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    I hope Morne morkel will come back !

  • bhushanB on December 20, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    Oh man! That looks terrible... very hurtful.. Hope it is not that bad... Get well Morne...

  • black_bird on December 20, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    As i said, india will kick overrated saffers out and whitewash them. tomorrow, india will finish them.

  • BradmanBestEver on December 20, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    I am surprised by the way India have competed - especially Sharma - perhaps he is starting to turn things around.

    Well done India - keep it up

  • Yousufahmed1 on December 20, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    Critics are no where to be seen now. They were saying how India will be beaten by an innings but India has taken the lead. Some of those people were saying we were overhyping ZAK but he took 4 wickets. Called Virat a flat track bully but he has scored one of the better hundreds ever. And this is coming from the fans of a team which was humiliated for 43 all out in jan 2012 in an ODI. Laughable.

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

    Could not resist.... Not much feet movement from Pujara...I think that is what is causing the nick...

    Interesting to see how they negotiate Morkel

  • on December 20, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    What a pity espn is not showing this game live.

  • Solid_Snake on December 20, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    @ste13 :Eng is playing in Australia and India Palying in SA..What sort of comparison is this?lol Last time when Eng toured Aus,Eng won the Ashes 3-1 Last time when India toured Aus,India got a gift of whitewash..Now that's a good comparison..

  • bhushanB on December 20, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    Taking a break from commenting here.... Time for me to focus as well.....see you guys in a little bit.. hopefully a lot longer...

  • bhushanB on December 20, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Great bowling from Philanderer......Dhawan's technique found wanting... great slip catching.. something IND needs to learn a lot from...

    Pujara missed out in the first innings....very unfortunate... Its time now to show your technique.. that has been so widely talked about...

  • on December 20, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    congrates to indian fans.

  • AamirKhan-SuperStar on December 20, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    Common India, we have to win this one!!

  • on December 20, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    just bat till mid tea tomorrow , atleast 90 overs.... and get a solid lead of 300+...... but first things first... survive this morning session..... and oh.. well our ZAK IS BACK

  • bhushanB on December 20, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Steyn is going to go verbal soon.... He first tries his bowling to talk.. when it does not work all well.....he will start the words...

    Important that India bat out not only his bouncers, but also his words...

  • bhushanB on December 20, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Vijay has done all the hardwork in the first innings..nothing much to show for on the score cards... Hope he gets some under this belt this innings..

  • ste13 on December 20, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    India is performing well beyond expectations. And apparently, they have some bowlers as well. Just compare it with the show England "fast" bowlers offered in the ashes so far.

  • bhushanB on December 20, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Way to go Dhawan... duck to those short ones... No shame in doing that... the best in the business have done that....

    At the end of the day.. the no.of runs that you make matters...

  • bhushanB on December 20, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    First task... survive the session...IND.. just survive the session...... Lot of time left in the game...

  • zalmaypk on December 20, 2013, 9:35 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

  • Fijicricket on December 20, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    One thing that is now proven beyond ANY doubt- SA now knows they are playing against India and not Pakistan. The difference is bigger than the gulf of Mexico!

  • bhushanB on December 20, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Dhawan needs to put his head down and play the ball on its merit.. than just go after glorious shots...

  • zalmaypk on December 20, 2013, 9:34 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 201

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

    Vijay just needs to do what he did in the first innings.... Only difference would be they cannot afford to leave balls on length now... now that the bounce is variable...

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

    Vijay just needs to do what he did in the first innings.... Only difference would be they cannot afford to leave balls on length now... now that the bounce is variable...

  • zalmaypk on December 20, 2013, 9:34 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 201

  • bhushanB on December 20, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Dhawan needs to put his head down and play the ball on its merit.. than just go after glorious shots...

  • Fijicricket on December 20, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    One thing that is now proven beyond ANY doubt- SA now knows they are playing against India and not Pakistan. The difference is bigger than the gulf of Mexico!

  • zalmaypk on December 20, 2013, 9:35 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

  • bhushanB on December 20, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    First task... survive the session...IND.. just survive the session...... Lot of time left in the game...

  • bhushanB on December 20, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Way to go Dhawan... duck to those short ones... No shame in doing that... the best in the business have done that....

    At the end of the day.. the no.of runs that you make matters...

  • ste13 on December 20, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    India is performing well beyond expectations. And apparently, they have some bowlers as well. Just compare it with the show England "fast" bowlers offered in the ashes so far.

  • bhushanB on December 20, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Vijay has done all the hardwork in the first innings..nothing much to show for on the score cards... Hope he gets some under this belt this innings..

  • bhushanB on December 20, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Steyn is going to go verbal soon.... He first tries his bowling to talk.. when it does not work all well.....he will start the words...

    Important that India bat out not only his bouncers, but also his words...