South Africa v India, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 4th day

Petersen resists but India get two big scalps

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

December 21, 2013

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South Africa 244 and 138 for 2 (Petersen 76*) need another 320 runs to beat India 280 and 421 (Pujara 153, Kohli 96)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Manjrekar: Can't fault Amla's reaction

South Africa are not an easy side to defeat as a record of just three Test losses in nearly four years testifies. India are finding that out first hand in Johannesburg, as the home side put up a stubborn resistance on the fourth day. India remain on top, more so after having squeezed out two major wickets, but another day of intense combat awaits them on Sunday.

India lost wickets regularly on the fourth day but that didn't alter the match situation much as Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli had already put the visitors in a dominant position yesterday. By the time India were bowled out midway through the second session, the target had reached never-chased-before proportions of 458.

South Africa's redoubtable batting line-up is stacked with players who have stellar second-innings records, and grinding out five-and-a-half sessions isn't a task beyond them. It wasn't Jacques Kallis (second innings avg 56.06) or Hashim Amla (53.51) or even opener Graeme Smith (48.06) who led the resistance early on. Instead, it was Alviro Petersen, possibly playing for his place in the side after a lean run in recent months, who soaked up much of the bowling and led a sprightly start.


Graeme Smith falls short of the crease, South Africa v India, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 4th day, December 21, 2013
Graeme Smith was run-out off a direct hit from Ajinkya Rahane © AFP
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India's bowlers didn't get alarming movement with the new ball and though there were edges and beatens aplenty, the only chance that came their way was a tough overhead catch for Virat Kohli on the first ball Smith faced off Zaheer Khan. It came off the middle of the bat, and though Kohli managed to get a hand on the ball, he couldn't hold on and it popped too far for him to get a second chance.

South Africa's openers were never really at home - the leading edge or the ball that squared them up was never too far - but they went for their strokes and the runs came along briskly. Petersen played a gorgeous straight drive early on, and accumulated the bulk of his runs through whips towards midwicket. Smith, as usual, specialised in survival, besides muscling the ball frequently to the leg side.

It was only when the openers have been together for nearly two hours that Smith seemed to be getting fluent, and the openers put together their first 100-run stand in more than a year.

India desperately needed something to go their way, and it did. Smith has never been the nimblest runner between the wickets, and in 196 previous Test innings he had been run out only twice. Today, with his team still needing an enormous effort to save the game, he was caught short attempting a sharp, needless single. The throw from the mid-on fielder, Ajinkya Rahane, arrowed in on the base of the non-striker's stump to catch Smith short. Perhaps Smith was convinced into going for the run as he played the shot from well outside his crease, but for a man who prides himself on his ability to thrive in high-pressure situations, this was a tame way to go.

When India won the Durban Test on their previous tour, the defining delivery was the one from Sreesanth that leapt at Kallis' throat and led to his dismissal. If India do go on to complete a famous win tomorrow, the defining deliveries could well be the ones to dismiss Amla in each innings. Opponents will consider Amla getting bowled without offering a stroke once as a bonus, but twice in a match is a bonus of the size investment bankers dream of.

While Amla shouldering arms to a typical incoming Ishant Sharma delivery in the first innings was inexplicable, he was less culpable in the second innings. He saw Mohammed Shami drop it short and ducked, but the ball stayed low, so low that it crashed into the top of off. Amla had said after the first innings, "there are two types of leaves - a good leave and a bad leave." You can't classify this as a bad leave, but it cost Amla his wicket, and he trudged off after staring at where the ball bounced.

While there has been plenty of intensity right through this game, there was also time for MS Dhoni to bowl a couple of overs when the light was fading towards close, making this the first time both teams' wicketkeepers have bowled in a Test.

India will hope they can take the remaining eight wickets tomorrow morning with the haste with which South Africa got them today. Pujara went on to his fourth 150-plus score of his short Test career before nicking behind off Kallis. Kohliclosing in on joining greats Vijay Hazare, Sunil Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid as the only Indians to make a century in each innings of a Test. He couldn't get there though, edging JP Duminy to the keeper on 96.

Dhoni holed out for a typically busy 29, but it wasn't as action-packed as Zaheer Khan's cameo - french cuts and wild heaves were mixed in with a couple of cleanly struck sixes, all of which had the Indian dressing room laughing gleefully. Zaheer's hitting meant India added 37 for the final two wickets, and pushed the target beyond 450.

Manjrekar: Indian attack out-thought SA bowlers

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Posted by Greatest_Game on (December 22, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

20 overs to go. A low 20/20 score. No fielding restrictions. No bowling restrictions. Exhausted men who have been in the field for 5 days. A centurion who has been batting since yesterday. Both batsmen are 20/20 stars. They are facing 20/20 stars.

5 days of test cricket, and it comes down to the most simple equation in the simplest form of cricket. No pajamas are necessary for adult cricket!

Posted by Greatest_Game on (December 22, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

Vishwas HS writes "@Greatest_game : use of DRS in a.series has nothing to do with guests....its the job of hosts to make sure DRS is available.... what a pity you don't even understand this simple thing.... never mind, you lost it.... I say it again ITS HOSTS DECISION WHETER TO GO FOR DRS OR NOT."

The BCCI REFUSED to use UDRS. Can you understand that? Let me try again. The BCCI REFUSED to use UDRS. SA provides UDRS for all internationals - except with India because the BCCI would not allow the tour to go ahead with UDRS.

I understand this simple thing. South Africa, the hosts, wanted to use UDRS for this tour. The BCCI refuses to use UDRS in bi-laterals. Do NOT try to shift the blame onto SA. It is India that ABSOLUTELY REFUSED to allow UDRS. It is NOT the host's decision when the visitors refuse to tour if UDRS is used.

Do not say say SA refused to supply supply UDRS because that, sir, is not the truth. Again, The BCCI REFUSED to use UDRS. Do you understand that yet?

Posted by Greatest_Game on (December 22, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

140 runs required. That is a T20 score, but nobody is playing this like a T20 game. This is far more exciting!

Posted by bumsteer on (December 22, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

If India deserve to lose it is because of the Dhoni-Fletcher fear of losing. They stuffed up yesterday by not being aggressive enough. memories of Carribean where they refused to have a go at a gettable target. This is an indian affliction. Nothing ventured nothing gained.

Posted by android_user on (December 22, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

@Greatest_game : use of DRS in a.series has nothing to do with guests....its the job of hosts to make sure DRS is available.... what a pity you don't even understand this simple thing.... never mind, you lost it.... I say it again ITS HOSTS DECISION WHETER TO GO FOR DRS OR NOT

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (December 22, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

@Greatest_Game, yawn! Move on mate. You are just giving one excuse after another. Simple as that. SA is anyway on its way to victory. Nobody in their right mind would say Kallis' dismissal as the reason if SA loses. If you get multiple wrong decisions like how India got in Sydney 2008 - some say 7, some say 12 and some say 14 - there is no clear consensus even to date as to how many wrong decisions were dished out to India in that match - in such situations you can say those horrible decisions as the reasons for that loss. Kallis decision - that's just an excuse mate. Cheers! Chillax dude!!

Posted by Greatest_Game on (December 22, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

@ Vishwas HS wrote "@Greatest_game : well mister can you give me one reason why India deserve to lose???"

Yes, mister, I can give you one reason why India deserve to lose. India refuse to allow the use of even the most basic technological review of umpiring decisions. Like India, I have no faith in Hot Spot, Snicko, Hawkeye, etc. However, when an inside edge is so obvious that even YOU admit that Kallis was not out, that should be reversed. India & SA could agree to that - this is a bi-lateral game. India refuse to use any system to overturn clearly incorrect umpiring decisions, therefore, they do not deserve to win because of them. They do not deserve to draw because of clearly bad umpiring decisions. If they do not deserve to win, & do not deserve to draw, then they deserve to lose - its the only other outcome.

Sadly, until India work actively to establish a system of review, their team's great play will not get the respect it clearly deserves. Blame the BCCI, not me!

Posted by Greatest_Game on (December 22, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

@ Afzal M Faridi wrote "Oh no, AB was clearly out :( but umpire didn't give him out, 1-1 (Kallis thingy)."

UDRS would have given BOTH Kallis and AB de Villiers not out, and for good reason. Ball tracking technology is simply not good enough to show id AB would have been LBW. It really is not particularly accurate. The umpire's decision was correct - way too close to call, not clearly out, so the decision goes to the batsman. That is the way cricket is played.

In Kallis' case no ball tracking technology was required. The ball was on target to hit the stumps, but Kallis hit it with the bat before the ball hit his pads. Under the laws of cricket that is NOT OUT. It is clearly obvious on TV replay. There is no question that the umpire's decision was wrong. Absolutely wrong. There was nothing that was too close to call. No ball tracking was required. No hot spot was required. No snick was required. Only good eyesight is required.

And that sir, does not make it 1-1. Not at all.

Posted by android_user on (December 22, 2013, 11:17 GMT)

@dravid_pujara : I second that.... just what can we expect from some jealousy species who have difficult time digesting others success.... but seriously that philander guy lost my respect...I never expected that from any bowler, not from the southafrican top bowler....

Posted by Greatest_Game on (December 22, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

Rod Tucker dismisses Jacques Kallis off a definite inside edge to give Zak Khan his 300th wicket. Its a travesty. The greatest player of the modern era, cranking out the runs at a strike rate of 92 per over, looked entirely capable of taking the game away from India. TV replay shows what Kallis knew - inside edge, not LBW. Unfortunately, Zaheer Khan wil always know that his 300th wicket was actually just bad umpiring.

Up until this point I felt that if India won it would be deserved because of their play. I no longer feel that. India do not deserve to win because of umpiring error, one that was clearly evident. No predictive technology required, no questionable methodology, just one look at a camera shot & what was obvious on Kallis' face was obvious to any viewer. Tucker's decision was a howler.

Cricinfo please publish.

Posted by android_user on (December 22, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

@Greatest_game : well mister can you give me one reason why India deserve to lose??? if you think the REASON is bad decision of kallis, then you are utterly mistaken, or you must be one of those who are jealous of India's success in recent one year ... get well kid.... go watch the battle of minnows aka. Lanka and pak...

Posted by Greatest_Game on (December 22, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

@ Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist Wrtites "The fact that we shoved SA to the turf is something we all need to be proud of. Don't you all think so?"

Do you also believe that the fact that SA proved that India are not the best ODI team and shoved them to the turf is something SA fans should be proud of?

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (December 22, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

I think now draw is out of the picture. It's going to be result match, may be India may be SA. No clear favourite. I'm mighty impressed with the way SA batted so far. Get AB first. His confidence is infectious and can rub onto other batsmen. Take him quickly should be the motto.

Posted by android_user on (December 22, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

@Greatest_game : you are clearly contradicting yourself in your reply, if you say NO DRS AS THE READON FOR DEFEAT, THEN DEFINITELY IT IS AN EXCUSE.... ok...just tell me this before you give more "reasons" , CSA is not against DRS, it's only BCCI that is against current DRS, if so then why dint CSA get DRS in thus series.... ??? if you so desperatly want to replace excuse with reason, then I will have to say " hope fans won't give no DRS as the reason for the loss " .... happy....

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (December 22, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

@Greatest_Game, mate, thanks for the definitions of excuse and reason. You are free to forever question if India wins. If one error of an umpire is good enough for you to forever question a victory, then good on you that you can't look at 100 other REASONS due to which SA lose, if it loses. Good for you.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (December 22, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

@loonykivwirocker and Vishwas HS, when excuses keep flowing from the players themselves (read Philander), you can't expect any better from fans. Can you. Please add Kallis's wrong decision, Smith's runout (as though runout is not part of the game), Peterson's inside edge (as though getting shaken up and playing a completely wrong line is not part of the game or bowler's skill to force it by the batsman)....please add more to the list mates. More than SA fans, haters from pak and Sri Lanja are bitter that India is giving tough fight to SA. Whether we win or SA wins is a different debate. The fact that we shoved SA to the turf is something we all need to be proud of. Don't you all think so?

Posted by Greatest_Game on (December 22, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

India deserve to lose. Sorry.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (December 22, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

Now I just see a possibility of SA winning if these 2 batsman's stay at the crease.. All Indians need is quick breakthrough's. come on guys don't leak too many runs. Indians have an opportunity to win if they quickly take the crucial wickets of faf, ab and duminy because these 3 can change the game easily..

Posted by android_user on (December 22, 2013, 10:42 GMT)

I think India bowled too much full length.... when so much happening in the good length area, you need to be bowling in good length and just outside offstump.... that cost India too many runs.... first hour.of this.2nd session is very important for India..... if.they can get ABD out within that time, then it's India's match.... this is like, only two results possible.... no draw, either win or loss, can be any of the teams... if India.get ABD and other batsman out in first session, then it's India...else it will be south.Africa who will finish it off with a T20 style.....

Posted by VinodGupte on (December 22, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

SAfricans scored nearly a hundred runs in the first session. what are the chances that they will chase this down? if they go to tea without losing more than a wicket with another 80-90 runs, they will try and chase it down. the new ball is due in some. it can take wickets but it can also leak runs. high-tension stuff, this.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

Oh no, AB was clearly out :( but umpire didn't give him out, 1-1 (Kallis thingy)

Posted by Greatest_Game on (December 22, 2013, 10:36 GMT)

@ Vishwas HS writes "unlucky kallis, .... hope NO DRS IS NOT THE EXCUSE."

There is a massive difference between an excuse, and a reason. Kallis' dismissal is not an excuse for incompetent umpiring. Kallis' dismissal is not an excuse for having no review system. Kallis' dismissal is a REASON for umpiring decisions to be assessed for clear and evident error. This was not a question of judgement. To predictive technology was required. One look at Kallis' face was all one needed to know that Tucker - an umpire who has NOT covered himself in glory - had it wrong. TV replay showed an inside edge as clear as day. Tucker made a massive mistake that may give India a victory that will forever be questioned.

Excuse and reason have entirely different meanings. NO UDRS IS NOT AN EXCUSE - IT IS A REASON.

Tucker's incompetence could have been reviewed. That can not be excused! It would be justified for India to lose because of bad decisions as India insists that simple howlers are not reviewed.

Posted by android_user on (December 22, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

I feel south Africa are still in the game ab can be dangerous. and du plesis is set. next to come jp duminy and Philander can bat and change thw game

Posted by android_user on (December 22, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

this is not good.... if India can't get ABDA OR FAF out within half an hour after lunch, then this game is out of India's reach.... need a wicket.desperately now.... New ball won't be effective against these two.... come on India. you can do it....

Posted by Diaz54 on (December 22, 2013, 10:27 GMT)

How awful! Kallis was batting brilliantly...had to be spoilt by a poor decision. Not use of dis a joke! The appears to be India game, it has been writ tent, see how the dismissals have taken place, run out, played on, short ball not taking off hitting stumps, bad umpiring descion....no luck involved! On top of it all winning the toss. That's how it goes. I can see it. Win here and Durban rained off calls for a brilliant series! That's why the series has to be at least 3 matches. That said I have enjoyed watching Kholi and Pujara bat.

A unbiased cricket lover

Posted by android_user on (December 22, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

@loonykiwirocker : add to that, pitch eased out while India batting ( philander said that) , unlucky dismissals of amla in both innings... Smith's runout, Peterson's inside edge,

Posted by anton1234 on (December 22, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

I just don't understand not using DRS in high profile test series. You know umpires are going to get some decisions wrong. I don't think I have ever seen a test match where umpires haven't made at least one mistake, either giving out when it shouldn't have been or not giving out when it should have. The Kallis wicket could cost them the match.

Posted by loonykiwirocker on (December 22, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

Two excuses on board already - Morkel's injury and DRS. Waiting for more.

Posted by android_user on (December 22, 2013, 9:57 GMT)

unlucky kallis, but you need bit of luck to win a test match especially when you have done all the hard work, you deserve a win.... hope NO DRS IS NOT THE EXCUSE. from the fans, just like Morkel injured used as excuse.... but apart from this, umpiring has been top class in this match...

Posted by ketaann on (December 22, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

du plesis will play big hand here as he played in adelaide to settle for draw.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (December 22, 2013, 9:55 GMT)

Another poor decision from the umpires which have cost SA the wicket of Kallis. Why has DRS been removed ?

Posted by   on (December 22, 2013, 9:51 GMT)

It is highly difficult to defeat South Africa in South Africa since they have got very got line up in batting like Ab de vallers, Kallis,Peterson, etc.and moreover they have had histories to follow huge totals and winning games. t is a great fight for India today

Posted by   on (December 22, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

Unlucky J Kallis. Big inside edge.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (December 22, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

Now haters of India are not letting Morkel's injury go. Zaheer was injured in Kolkata midway when SA came to India and still we went on to win the match. It's not as though we have world class bowlers like Steyn and Philander backing up Zaheer. Stop excuses you haters. You are just embarrassing yourself by posting over here.

Posted by Yousafahmed11 on (December 22, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

@ frank2011. Wow! thats something incredible!. Scoring 300+ in a fourth day pitch with only 4 batmen. Seems like you are new to test cricket!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (December 22, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

@frank2011 you sure have not watched much of test cricket!! No body is celebrating an Indian win as of yet and just for your correction if South Africa believes that it has higher winning chance than it just doubles the Indian win probability! It's final day cracking pitch orthodox test cricket! I see kallis going well but it still may not be enough for Africans not to hide their faces by EOD!! They were way too complacent after the ODIs! Just wait and watch...

Posted by android_user on (December 22, 2013, 9:32 GMT)

For Frank 2011- Ridiculous is the shallow thinking of the club of biased & stereo-typical observers (like you)who think "Indians" cannot win overseas. Similar to Statisticians quoting that no host Country had won the World Cup. Not being ecstatic but it is the satisfaction of a slap-back is what we enjoy the most when people like you have your words shoved into your mouth because humility is Obviously not your forte. And Yes- 2 results are possible- India wins or South Africa Looses miserably.

Posted by wapuser on (December 22, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

du Plessis batting before the mighty Devilliers and even Duminny ... memories of du Plessis grinding Australia out of the Adelaide Test last year come to mind. Could work again.

Posted by RayyanAli on (December 22, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

@tao585...thanks for correcting the mistake...I actually wanted to write "Dhoni should have declared the innings rather than waiting for all out". As per you 600 in 60 overs is almost impossible while chasing in 2nd innings. Moreover, 60 overs are not enough I think for Indian bowlers to take all 10 wickets.

Posted by frank2011 on (December 22, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

India eight wickets from victory??? Surely you mean "South Africa are 320 runs from Victory". As far as I can see, there are only two outcomes in this match: India will loose (most likely) OR the match will be drawn. But I must admit, its funny seeing the Indians commenting hear. As usual, premature celebrations without claiming the actual prize. Ridiculous.

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (December 22, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

India's overseas record is the best compared to other subcontinental teams. In test matches, India has defeated West Indies in West Indies in 1971, 2006, and 2011. England in England in 1971, 1986, and 2007. NZ in NZ last time we visited there 2009, I believe. India has not won a test series in SA and Aus yet, but it drew Aus in 2003-04, and SA in 2010-11 tours. I hope that India will defeat SA in SA this time around. Australia remains a holy grail, but defeating Aus in Aus is difficult, as England is learning now.

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (December 22, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

fast bowling pitch. . and 5th day of test....year 2013.... proves the determination of no. 1 and no. 2 team.... kudos to both team players and supporting staff for exhibiting wonderful art of cricket... todays result will prove its victory of test match against t20 and one dayer..

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (December 22, 2013, 8:10 GMT)

@ SudarsanKannan : I would like to know more as to how was smith run out so rare that you found it worth mentioning twice.

I am sure if u have words for Amla's dismissal, u wud have some inputs for Rohit's dismissal as well. Well here are mine, 'This is what is called 4th and 5th day wickets in test matches'

Posted by TSJ07 on (December 22, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

@Posted by SudarsanKannan on (December 22, 2013, 7:39 GMT)

Apart from Morkel injury which definitely benefited India somewhat,lets say 25 odd runs, all other factors you mentioned were affected by India and or pitch condition.Pujara was run out too like Smith and he could have score a ton in the 1st inning as well.If Amla was unlucky in 2nd inning it was due to pitch which is in SA, not India carried there, our Rohit and Vijay were unlucky too in their 2nd inning too. We dropped two catches and SA dropped one,again we were more unlucky.Regardings bad Steyn figures, well what I can say,bowler is only as good as batmen play him.India played to plan and executed very well by their batsmen and for that you need some skills in longer version of the game.This same skill avg team like SL PAK lack and even ENG is showing now in AUS.Infact overrated SA batsmen did same mistakes in 1st inning and things wont be better in 2nd innings either.Some of commentors here p'ly dint see the whole matc

Posted by calcu on (December 22, 2013, 7:57 GMT)

When Pakistan came in SA, they were out for 49 and was whitewashed 0-3. India, on the other hand, is on the verge of a historic win in this match and (hopefully) in this series. Enough said!

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (December 22, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

@ SudarsanKannan : 'target would not be more than 350 if morkel was ter'

Well, how about this, had Umesh Yadav been playing instead of Ashwin, SA wud have not got to 150..

Posted by   on (December 22, 2013, 7:54 GMT)

good match played by India luved their batting - not sure wbiut their bowling despite getting SA out - their bowlers will have to be good to get then out - i think it will happen

Posted by TSJ07 on (December 22, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

@Posted by loonykiwirocker on (December 22, 2013, 7:07 GMT)@isarak - the only place where Pakistan has a better record than India is in England, and perhaps NZ, but India anyway does not play there a lot. Talking of Aus, I hope you are not referring to the team that has lost the last 10 tests there on the trot, and just recently received a 3-0 Test drubbing in SA. Wake up and smell the coffee mate - the good old days of Imran/Wasim/Waqar are long gone and the batting is an absolute joke.

well said bro.no doubts PAK has great bowling attack in the past and more than decent batting but for the last decade they have been on downhill.We should compare the recent 0-5 yr stat and not 2 decade old. IND was the only team to stand up against mighty AUS in their prime in TESTS and NZ DID in ODI's. NZ even forced the retirement of Waugh bro from ODI squad in 2002 tri series also involving SA.No other team was even able to defend itself from AUS even at home but IND/NZ did.Ask past AUS players!!!

Posted by EVEREST93 on (December 22, 2013, 7:39 GMT)

a series of unfortunate events happnd for SA.sum wer : steyn's worst figures,amla's dismissals,smith run out very rare and morkel injury ..evrythin went wrong for SA. but still d best side in tests. Sun came out wen SA bowl and overcast wen india bowls.. India r lucky to get away frm morkel attack !!tats turned d game.target would not be more than 350 if morkel was ter..

Posted by aussie1993 on (December 22, 2013, 7:28 GMT)

I am n pure aussie I m proud of my team I proud that aussie dominated cricket for 23 years I m proud that aussie have highest win % in both tests nd odi against all teams individually also as a whole I m proud tht aussie was the only team tht won 4 world cups and 3 in a row I m proud tht aussie won.2 champion trophies in a row aussie is the team tht had not lost ashses from 1988 to 2005 I really feels sad when my team looses I luv my team if it wins or looses on the other hand if india looses 1 match their fans go wild after dhoni nd co

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (December 22, 2013, 7:14 GMT)

India win CT : England tracks were suddenly flat. India win Celkon cup in WI : WI has flat tracks. India win in ZIM : Lesser said the better, experts predicted 5-0 win to Zim. India win Aus Series : Indian tracks are highways India win WI Series : Indian tracks are highways India loose 2 ODI in SA : Now, was the real test of India on these SA Tracks. India show a good fight on Day1 of a test : Johannesburg track is flat. India get most SA batsmen out on Day 2 : Ball was going bonkers and was unplayable. India bat on day 3 and day 4 : Wanderers is the flattet track in the world. Conclusion of the first test : India got lucky.

Posted by ZkAneela on (December 22, 2013, 7:11 GMT)

I dont understand all the negative comments against Steyn bcoz all the best batmen in the world(AB,Clarke,Amla etc) dont score hundreds in every match even then nobody says anything but only one bad performance by steyn and everybody criticizing him so much.Well i dont think its fair.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (December 22, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

Traditionally India somehow played well in these situations. India will win. Go India.....

Posted by loonykiwirocker on (December 22, 2013, 7:07 GMT)

@isarak - the only place where Pakistan has a better record than India is in England, and perhaps NZ, but India anyway does not play there a lot. Talking of Aus, I hope you are not referring to the team that has lost the last 10 tests there on the trot, and just recently received a 3-0 Test drubbing in SA. Wake up and smell the coffee mate - the good old days of Imran/Wasim/Waqar are long gone and the batting is an absolute joke.

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (December 22, 2013, 7:06 GMT)

Irrespective of the outcome of the match, all I will say is India should arrive at the destination at least 10-15 days before the start of any overseas series. I say, make this a rule unalterable under any circumstances.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2013, 7:06 GMT)

what a tantalizing test match ... thanks to India and SA ... congrats to India for fightback after ODIs ... from Pakistan!

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (December 22, 2013, 7:03 GMT)

israrak ..how many 48 required to reach kohlis lone score :)

Posted by VJGS on (December 22, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

I don't care about the result of this match. The fact that the youngsters like Pujara, Kohli, Vijay, Shami played well this match is a welcoming sign for Indian Cricket. I hope that Dhawan and Rohit would also start performing in the next Test.

Posted by AltafPatel on (December 22, 2013, 6:53 GMT)

It was good decision to send DuPlessis at No. 4 considering Kallis' poor form in last 5 test innings.

Posted by cricketfan1 on (December 22, 2013, 6:50 GMT)

SA could very well win this match. The title "India is eight wickets away" is misleading at best. I am India fan and wants India to win but can't ignore facts. SA 138/2 - very good score so far (run rate is good too), ball is old as well. If they reach close to target (say 275/300), then Dhoni will have to spread field to stops runs, so less chances of getting any wickets. All depends on first session for both the teams..Can't wait to get it started (Who said Tests are boring)...

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (December 22, 2013, 6:49 GMT)

Funny excuses coming from India's detractors. Now that Dale Steyn (world's best bowler) was thoroughly exposed by Indian batters and went for a century, detractors say that actually Morkel would have destroyed India. When the best couldn't destroy India, how could a bowler with a bowling average close to 30, destroy India?

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (December 22, 2013, 6:47 GMT)

Yesterday Dale Steyn (world's best bowler) scored a century. And to top it all, he got hit for a six by none other than our Zaheer Khan. Remember, when Steyn had come to bat in the first innings, he heard some nice chin music from Zaheer, and was hopping and shuffling most of the time, before getting out.

Posted by EVEREST93 on (December 22, 2013, 6:46 GMT)

incidents clearly indicate SA r gonna loose.right frm d start. steyn cannot pick wickets in favrite ground !,Morkel injury,smith runout (rare incident) and finally amla dismissal whick was freaky!!

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (December 22, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

India is going to win this one, no doubt in my mind. Now is the time to start thinking about winning the Boxing Day test also. The only thing between India and victory is rain, other than that it is victory for sure for India. I don't care how many tests SA have won or lost since 2009, but this they will surely lose if we get a full day's play today.

Posted by byc89 on (December 22, 2013, 6:29 GMT)

A question for all those who say Morkel injury helped India:- Was the so called No.1 team dependent only on 1 player. Cricket is a team game of 11 players. But i forgot that this team is facing INDIA and only Indian batsmen have the ability to make Steyn look like the most ordinary player in the world. Even Zaheer khan hit a six on the Steyn.

Posted by rafimuhamme007 on (December 22, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

India will Try to Attach the stumps regularly....the Variable Bounce will result LBW if beaten by the ball....

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (December 22, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

India cant dominate like aus its k wat abt aus nw b4 this ashes series thy lost 3ashes continuos but aftr wining this series u guys started as if again u wil dominate dont even thnk tat it was luck u guys won n sme favour by eng guys drop catches r else u guys would hav again lost ashes so stop all ur nonsense dominating n all

Posted by byc89 on (December 22, 2013, 6:23 GMT)

the jealousy is visible clearly in the comments of Aussie1993. The great Windies team is a history and same applies to the Great aussie team and oh, this is not a breaking news.

Posted by android_user on (December 22, 2013, 6:20 GMT)

It will be a close game but India are the favourites.They demolished SA in the first innings and it will be the same this time as well

Posted by android_user on (December 22, 2013, 6:16 GMT)

@aussie1993 : ofcourse India won't dominate test cricket... but you are forgetting that competitive cricket has more viewers that domination cricket.... what tear cricket needs is good contest between two top teams.... which we are seeing in this match... not in the case of ashes where it's like WE WIN IN OUR HOME, AND YOU WIN IN YOURS....bet you, this.series hasire viewers than ASHES....

Posted by israrak on (December 22, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

@ fijicricket .... this lowly ranked beat your million dollar baby at their home last yr in odi series and just beat SA in SA in the last odi series at their home ... just try to think before commenting ...

Posted by israrak on (December 22, 2013, 6:13 GMT)

@ CherryWood_Champion .... Pakistan has a better record than India in SA/AUS/ENG/NZ ... India has only drawn the test series in SA n AUS like Pakistan also and in Eng Pakistan has won 3 test series and in NZ Pak haven't lost a test series for the last 20 yrs ... Pak is the only team from subcontinent that has won a odi series in SA ... also look at the record of Pakistan in India ... now tell me which team is better ??? I think u knw the answer ... :)

Posted by CherryWood_Champion on (December 22, 2013, 6:05 GMT)

Peterson, & ABs wickets will be crucial if India is serious about winning. Kallis is woefully out of form with the bat ... Duminy is not a test player. So it is advantage team India.

Posted by rafimuhamme007 on (December 22, 2013, 5:56 GMT)

Interesting Stats: After 3rd Days Play "India Lead By 320 Runs with 8 wickets Remaining"...After 4th Day "South Africa Require Another 320 Runs to Win with 8 Wickets Remaining"....Fabulous!!!!!!

Posted by Naresh28 on (December 22, 2013, 5:51 GMT)

Does India have the bowling attack to force a win? They seem to be a bowler short,

Posted by aussie1993 on (December 22, 2013, 5:48 GMT)

@cricket side best I think u r living in 4th dimension the same SA side has not lost test series from 2009 and not an away series from 2006 but ur indian team has lost 2-1 to england(same team) in ur own backward and remember 8-0 overseas defeat india can never dominate cricket like aussies and windies have done so

Posted by   on (December 22, 2013, 5:41 GMT)

feel the pitch is really behaving uneven after seeing the dismissals of Rohit Sharma and Amla….. SA really need to bat out of their skins to draw this test match!!! Indian bowlers unlike SA bowlers attack the stumps more and force the dismissals!!! Goinna be interesting to watch the first session… if India are up with 3 wickets then its definitely India… if SA keep wickets intact, then we might look for a draw!!!

Posted by pull_shot on (December 22, 2013, 5:41 GMT)

@ Albert_cambell Riding luck; India has faced 3 new balls in morning session(1st day and 3rd day after 10 overs and 4th day after 2 overs) where as south africa didn't face new ball in morning session and they r not going to face it on 5th day also now u say who is riding luck

Posted by srikanths on (December 22, 2013, 5:31 GMT)

Steyn used to have in cutters or the one which used to hold its line. In fact he had got SRT LBW with that delivery. The surprise aspect of that used to make batsman play at more deliveries and used to make his outswingers more effective. Suddenly seems to have lost the art of bowling the in cutters. He gets that back, India could be in danger again.

Posted by sweetspot on (December 22, 2013, 5:30 GMT)

People that doubted Vijay's ability and just wanted to drop him should know better now. For such a flamboyant player, an effortless strokemaker who can clear the boundary easily, to play a stodgy grinding innings must be doubly difficult. It is on his platform after the early dismissal of Dhawan that everybody else rightly capitalized. India is lucky to have so many batting riches, now proven in quality too.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2013, 5:10 GMT)

Test at its best. The fight of individual's patience, determination, attitude, personality & character. All three results are possible from here. I would rate that India has a 40% chance of win & 40% chance of draw rest 20% is a chance of SA winning. So SA has to really look for these 60% where they have a chance of not loosing, they have Faf & Peterson at crease & AB, Kallis & Duminy yet to come an ideal time for these guys, these have rescued SA so many times. India has to really bowl well tomorrow & morning session will hold the key. The bowl will reverse a lot & there will be lot of spin so India has a fair chance of victory but again its SA world's best batting line up & Its johanesburg where rain may spoil their party. Good luck India, just win this to make 2nd test more interesting.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2013, 5:02 GMT)

India should have batted for another 30-45 minutes and got the lead closer to 500. That would have shut out SA. Then even if SA had a great opening partnership, they will still feel down and start thinking about only drawing the match. That gives more wickets. But India still have the advantage. Fauf and Peterson are the key. Aswin - if he can't deliver - then why play a spinner? Umesh Yadav would have been tough to face on this wicket. This is where Shewag and Sachin were useful as they could bowl a few overs and get bonus wickets too. If rohit or rahane or vijay are to play regularly, they should do what Shewag did. Kohli should bowl regularly too. Good showing by India. That is what we want - fight in foreign conditions even if we lose it is okay. India should focus on test cricket, grooming allrounders, and hire specialists to build 3/4 pitches for fast bowling and practice there. India has shown that it is capable ever since Saurav took over. Now Dhoni should take it forward.

Posted by deathstarbd on (December 22, 2013, 4:55 GMT)

SA should go for victory/ There is enough to reach the target/

Posted by   on (December 22, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

@NalakaFairly - So you mean without Morkel..Steyn and Philander the No.1 and No.2 are useless? The fact of the matter is Indian batsmen discovered the way of covering the swing of steyn and playing him late....he is still swinging the way he has been for ages but technique to cover the swing and playing the ball late has helped Indian batsmen to overcome steyn.

Steyn needs to develop effective in-dipper or else other teams are also watching how Indian players are leaving him outside off and forcing him to ball on their pads to score runs.

To be honest Philander is SA's best bowler because you can not judge from his seam which way the ball is going after pitching. On the other hand Morne and Steyn are too predictable.

Posted by android_user on (December 22, 2013, 4:53 GMT)

@ tariq butt well pitch cant take wickets on its own...it needs bowls to be bowled which are hitting stumps...and the fielder didnt came from heavens...it was indian fielder ...

Posted by android_user on (December 22, 2013, 4:19 GMT)

I think it will go for draw because both teams also not taken seriously this test series

Posted by batman_gothamcity on (December 22, 2013, 4:06 GMT)

Wow what a photo finish in store for a excellent test match between no 1 and no2 sides of test cricket . Final day , sunday crowd and all 3 results possible oops 4th a tie also .For SA if they do not lose a wicket in the first session , they may go for the target and India will want wickets . All the best to both the teams . Rain pls stay away .

Posted by Resultpredictor on (December 22, 2013, 4:05 GMT)

The problems of SA: 1) Morkel is injured. 2) Tahir's nightmare started again(was successful only against Pakistan) 3) Steyn is bowling wayward(result of overconfidence) 4) Kallis is at the end of his career, he is struggling to go past double digit score. 5) Duminy and Faf are waste players, they cannotplay test cricket. 6) Amla does not know where his off stump is. 7) Smith's problems against Zaheer started again. With injuries and out of form players, how can SA win a test match. SA can only dream of defeating this Indian side. CONGRATS TO INDIA FOR VICTORY IN ADVANCE. This Indian side will become the No.1 side again and will be an unbeatable side in the world.

Posted by android_user on (December 22, 2013, 4:03 GMT)

india would need to bowl really well if they were to win.even if india were to draw this test it would be a big acheivement considering the fact that no one gave india a chance before the start of the series.

Posted by anvesh4444 on (December 22, 2013, 3:57 GMT)

If SA cant win this match against inexperienced Indian team in their home conditions, then they better start play club cricket.

Posted by borninthetimeofSRT on (December 22, 2013, 3:53 GMT)

It is so refreshing to see two top teams slogging it out to win in jo'berg. Ashes has been a damper with schoolboy fighting, apart from some individual brilliant performances. I believe India should let Kohli bowl a bit in the middle of sessions. Kohli must develop as the 5th bowler role, much like Clarke, and set attacking fields. Good going India! Good luck South Africa! Wonderful cricket on display by two great teams, truly professional and high in quality.

Posted by roger83 on (December 22, 2013, 3:39 GMT)

@Blade-Runner 2010 India vs SA kolkatta , zaheer got injured after the spell , but India pulled up and went to win the match , so Morkel injury is no excuse . Dhoni got out trying to accelerate not trying preserve his wicket , and one doesn't need to be a cricket guru to understand that but nothing be done for basic lack on sense .... India it is and India it will be tomorrow !

Posted by GRVJPR on (December 22, 2013, 2:52 GMT)

Guys, let me tell you the truth "South Africa aren't winning this match". When your best batsmen tries to avoid walking in middle you are in trouble. Hashim had pre concieved ideas of pitch and was bowled. Actually Indians are more used to 5th day pitches back home which have uneven bounce and other tricks. India will win this by 116 runs.

Posted by Siva_Bala75 on (December 22, 2013, 2:44 GMT)

Today if Ashwin could bowl 35 overs for less than 90 runs and take 2 wickets, then one end gets tightened. Then the other 3 seamers can bowl 55 overs @ max 4 runs per over, means you can attack. Each of the 3 seamers can bowl 18 overs, 3 or 4 spells with 2 wickets. If Ashwin leaks runs, then things will get difficult and Dhoni will go defensive even for the seamers.

Posted by android_user on (December 22, 2013, 2:30 GMT)

@soumyas- Captain decides which roller they want to use.. Not board.. Amla was pure unlucky..I too feel sorry for him but you are saying like It's a conspiracy.. Why can't you guys for once give credit where It's due..Indian batters batted well and smoked their bowling..their batters fall apart in front of reverse swing.. Their bowlers can't generate reverse swing, They only depend on the new ball and batsmens' mistakes and weather and pitch condition and crowd and sun and moon and planets and stars and galaxies to deliver results..

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (December 22, 2013, 2:27 GMT)

Ishant looks tired and wrongly satisfied but I hope he realise he hos not done the job yet within the next 5 hours. It is important Zaheer targets AB. If it clicks for AB India can even lose test. Shami is honest; he would get another 2-3 wickets at least. The more I see Ashwin bowling I hate him more; this is not the way to bowl; see how bowlers like Swann, Lyon...coil their bodies and then uncoil to deliver straight armed beautiful off spinners. Even though Ashwin is a very good test batsman (after Kohli and Pujara) first he must be dropped from the side and forced to make a re-entry after scoring some hundreds in Ranji Trophy. Rohit is never going to come through. Rahane requires so much concentration effort in the middle that it is not sustainable. Murali has proved his mettle. Dhawan must be backed for another foreign tour. The Skipper, Kohli and Pujara are the pillars.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2013, 2:15 GMT)

What a test! We need more games like this, where the number 1 and 2 sides in the world battle out a hard fought game and there's actually a relatively even battle between bat and ball! India certainly well on top, but I have faith we can turn this around somehow, despite being a day 5 track!

I think SA will put up more of a fight today than people give them credit for.. Heroes could be made!!

Posted by tanstell87 on (December 22, 2013, 2:13 GMT)

good luck to both teams but as an Indian fan, i want my team to win...great fightback by the youngsters lead by Kohli & Pujara....so the fab four is back guys - Pujara, Kohli, Rohit & Rahane.

Posted by the_blue_android on (December 22, 2013, 2:00 GMT)

To everyone who think SA is going to win: I think you're the kind who buy lottery tickets every day :). My prediction is India will win by more than 200 runs.

Posted by android_user on (December 22, 2013, 1:58 GMT)

@Albert_Campbell- Wow..Indians are riding on their luck? I don't know when last time Dale Steyn went without taking a wicket in an innings? I know the answer.. "NEVER"..... If Morkel is the reason we are in this position than Steyn and Philander should be ashamed of themselves to be called as no.1 and no.2 bowlers in the world... Why cudn't stop India? Man, Man up and accept ur defeat like a man.. We have smoked you.. PERIOD!

Posted by gundapps on (December 22, 2013, 1:35 GMT)

IMHO SA has a very good chance to make history by winning this test with time to spare mainly because this Indian attack (they got lucky in the first innings) lacks bite to take advantage of the conditions fully. Ashwin, without the enormous help from either Ojha or Jadeja to take wickets at the other end, is unable to keep up sustained pressure and is giving away easy runs. Clear indication of the lack of bite in this Indian bowling attack was quite evident during SA's second innings so far.

Posted by Shan156 on (December 22, 2013, 0:56 GMT)

Awesome India. The test is still not won and SA may well escape with a draw but the fact that India competed so fiercely will not go amiss among people who think they are merely flat track bullies. I predicted India will score close to 500 but I was off by some distance. But, they still hold all the aces and there is still no way SA is going to win this test. The best they can hope for is a draw but I predict India to finish the job tomorrow.

And, from what I see, the excuses are not coming from SA fans but from SL/Pak fans whose teams were blown away by the SA juggernaut. SA have found out that India, especially this Indian side, has more bottle and are a tough nut to crack. Morkel's injury is no excuse - the way Pujara and Kohli were batting, they would have dismantled any attack. If anything, had Pujara not been dismissed in unfortunate circumstances in the 1st innings, India would have been more dominant in this test. Go India!

Posted by Harmony111 on (December 22, 2013, 0:37 GMT)

SA have only 7 wickets left & not 8. Morkel had a huge swelling in his ankle & he will hardly be able to bat if at all.

India would have wanted at least one more wicket of SA on day 4 but on a 5th day wicket, teams can lose wickets in heaps.

SA would want to draw hope from their Adelaide performance while India would want to look at Kolkata 2001 when they took 10 Aussie wickets in 2 sessions. The situation here is much better, SA have only 7-7.5 wickets lefts & India have 3 sessions for this.

An Indian win is still the likeliest result, around 85%. A draw is like 10% likely unless it rains (too much), a SA win is not improbable cos this is cricket & SA have ABD & Kallis left in the quiver. But for SA to win, someone would have to play the innings of his life. OTOH, India only have to keep bowling normally and accurately to win.

Dhoni kept batting cos he wanted to eat a few overs too. He would have wanted some more runs but SA have less overs now to chase 450+.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 23:37 GMT)

So lets be clear now, no one apart from Peterson can get a hundred from SA, if SA draw they will be around 350 by the end of the day, they will play slow, there is no choice for SA but to play for time in the first two sessions...remember this is test cricket there are no field restrictions except anti bodyline rules. If after tea they are two or three down then they can think of attacking, even with 4 down they will not attack, please remember the last test in Aus India 2004, Aus went for it only in the last hour after being 6 down....Remember when you are batting and lose a wicket it is very very difficult to regain momentum in the innings so its not like SA can lose two three wickets and keep scoring, one more wicket and its shutters down, there is no Richards here who can confidently attack regardless of the situation those days are long long gone.....Remember that if on the 1st day a team scores 320 its considered vvery good, so on day 5 on this wicket it is a miracle......

Posted by IndianInnerEdge on (December 21, 2013, 23:24 GMT)

Wow - lucky to watch 4 days of absolute top level tough and demanding test cricket, compelling viewing - there is skill on display, mental toughness, tactics, everything-this test shows why test cricket is the gold standard......For India - well done so far, job not done yet, Ishant has to produce the intensity of the second day and lead, with ZAK shammi and Ash chipping, for india the main thing is concentration and intensity, they have to have both, they have shown enough hunger. To the saffers-well battled, good fight shown by ALv Pet....I would like to say all 4 results are possible albeit not in equal quantities, things slightly skewed towards an indian victroy or a draw....but first session will be crucial - CMON IShant.....GOOOO INDIAAA!

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 23:16 GMT)

Test cricket, nothing comes close to it!

Posted by TRAM on (December 21, 2013, 23:00 GMT)

Letter 1: Dear Kholi, In your 90's you didn't even hit the full-tosses! The difference between 100 & 99 is just ONE. If any one else says anything different, PLEASE DONT BELIEVE IT. Bradman is remembered for his impossible 99.9 avg. Not for the number of centuries. Remember: You starve your muscles of strokes for an hour or two, then you suddenly try it, they fail you.

Letter 2: Dear India bowlers, Rohit/Amla wkts tell you what? Attack the stumps. "You miss-I hit" should be the approach. Especially Dear Ishant, PLEASE forget your outside off short pitched ball. Erase it from your memory.

Letter 3: Dear Dhoni, Please keep BOTH sillypoint AND forward short-leg for ALL bowlers. You want the batsmen to play backfoot most times to exploit swing/seam/bounce variations fully. Other reminders: A. SA are known for choking. B. Kallis is not fully fit. So he and Morkel (if he bats) cant run fast.

Thanks

Posted by Diaz54 on (December 21, 2013, 22:50 GMT)

India have played very well...batters did excellent....but there has to be said that luck has gone I their way. This happens when ever one side gets on top. Sa wil. to chase it down best is to save to which will be difficult.

Posted by android_user on (December 21, 2013, 22:43 GMT)

SA all out in first session tomorrow.

Posted by android_user on (December 21, 2013, 22:32 GMT)

i seem not to surprised by away pitches as they behave similer, be it aussie or english or proteas. i .true fan of india but rather support Cricket as a game. it has been superb game sobfar between bat and bowl and from here on who ever wins the match does little matter as status and not more than that at all. how ever saffa or aussies or even any other away sides are not very much applauded as demage controller side. steyn for example has been proved as nothing but an ordinary bowler against india. now there will be a litmus test for the likes of AB n Faf. duminy is yet to come out of as a boy wonder and Kallis has nothing to prove and all he is seeking is couple of good knocks for a good see off. india has showed his metal and just has to kill those 8 hours regardless of result. adios

Posted by Harmony111 on (December 21, 2013, 22:25 GMT)

SA have only 7 wickets left & not 8. Morkel had a huge swelling in his ankle & he will hardly be able to bat if at all.

India would have wanted at least one more wicket of SA on day 4 but on a 5th day wicket, teams can lose wickets in heaps.

SA would want to draw hope from their Adelaide performance while India would want to look at Kolkata 2001 when they took 10 Aussie wickets in 2 sessions. The situation here is much better, SA have only 7-7.5 wickets lefts & India have 3 sessions for this.

An Indian win is still the likeliest result, around 85%. A draw is like 10% likely unless it rains (too much), a SA win is not improbable cos this is cricket & SA have ABD & Kallis left in the quiver. But for SA to win, someone would have to play the innings of his life. OTOH, India only have to keep bowling normally and accurately to win.

Dhoni kept batting today cos he wanted to eat a few overs too. He would have wanted some more runs but SA have less overs now to chase 450+.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (December 21, 2013, 22:23 GMT)

SA well in good pos. with 2 decent,well set bats in middle and cream of M/order to come and strong tail -after Aus - with bating upto no.10.Could be better w/o silly Smith r.o but couple big 100s from bats will see to a win. Pitch/bowlers hold no demons.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 22:20 GMT)

losing 4 days of sleep has been worth it unlike Ashes which is a whitewash..

Posted by Fijicricket on (December 21, 2013, 22:20 GMT)

@Blade-Runner on (December 21, 2013, 14:46 GMT) SA is in the same boat as SLanka whenever they play India anywhere in the world- no amount of best luck and best wishes can save them! Hope you are enjoying PAL/SL matches played on FLAT pitches by the two lowly rated teams!

Posted by Fijicricket on (December 21, 2013, 22:15 GMT)

Vivfan on (December 21, 2013, 14:34 GMT) You are naive if you think that the number 2 team could not beat the number 1 team SA.just because are the number one team in the world. Grow up!

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (December 21, 2013, 22:01 GMT)

@Albert_cambell, @Blade_Runner, when you said India is riding on luck then that clearly says that you are either afraid ot unable to digest India's domination. If India loses then India is flat track bully and if it wins then luck factor. SA being with strongest bowling attack and playing on their home grounds depends on just one bowler (injured Morkel) and India is lucky on that? Well I am not saying SA lost it already but I really hope you guys realize before blindly commenting. @ICCexpert, when pitch is getting flatter day by day why couldn't SA score 280 and give India lead? well not sure if you don't know fact that SA is losing confidence here just because of under estimating India.

Posted by CherryWood_Champion on (December 21, 2013, 21:53 GMT)

Team India has hit back so hard that @solid_snake is left running into his burrow and @blade-runner's blade is cut off. Fact is of all the sub-continent teams only India has been able to perform the best when it comes to playing in SA/England/Australia/NZ.

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

What a cracking test match, well worthy of the duel between nos 1 and 2 (I'm English, so neutral). I thought India might have declared a bit earlier, but never mind. Great day in prospect tomorrow. Morning session crucial (and India don;t get the new ball till after lunch because of the non declaration). Really looking forward to it.

I take it no Indian fans are worried about the future of the nos 3 and 4 position following the retirement of the 2 greats.

One gripe: why did BCCI have to pick a pointless fight with CSA and deprive us of a proper series? Two tests is too few.

Posted by INDIANFOOL on (December 21, 2013, 21:18 GMT)

Morkel's injury too helped India big time. Stayn had an off day. It happens even if you are the best bowler. But Morkel's departure was crucial. he held at least 30% of strength of SA's bowling strength. Luckily for India their batsmen used it to their advantage and clicked at the right time. Morkel could have made it really tough for Indian batters in the 2nd innings. With no Morkel SA bowling fell apart. SA must be kicking themselves....

SA still showed great fortitude even without one of their front line bowlers. And they will still draw the match. Batting out a day and save 8 wickets against the mediocre Indian bowling line up is not that difficult.

Posted by INDIANFOOL on (December 21, 2013, 21:10 GMT)

Well let's face it. None of us expected India to have the upper hand. Not even the die hard Indian fans. Even they didn't have faith on their team after the thrashing they received in ODis. So this is like Bangladesh defeating Australia. Team like India who got hammered 8-0 outside subcontinent can still pull off a surprise or two. That happens in cricket. But no one can forget that India getting hammered in ODis while being the the world champions and number on in ODis and yet got hammered like a minnow. Even Sri Lanka won 2 ODis out of 5 they played in SA last time not to forget Pakistan too doing well against Saffas. I think Indian fans should open their eyes and see the reality. One good couple of days of a test match don't suddenly make your team in to a world beater. I see SA drawing this test and winning the next one comfortably.

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (December 21, 2013, 21:00 GMT)

India winning this test by 150 runs.....

Posted by jgoogly on (December 21, 2013, 20:58 GMT)

Who said Test Match is Boring? Please enjoy it without being biased. both teams need to be congratulated.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 20:52 GMT)

Very surprised to read the heading of the report that India needs 8 wickets to win..OK,,Indian media guys are getting over excited on this as SA is still in it and if you look at it so far, its not the Indian bowlers who took 2 wickets, its the fielder and the pitch,,so hold on to your horses guys,,I think this test heading towards a draw,,if india don't take more then 5 SA wickets by Tea,, SA will diffinately gonna go for a win but otherwise they will play for a draw,,India is riding on luck so far and tomorrow will be a interesting final day but again never saw such a clumsy heading for the final day when one team still got 8 wickets in hand.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (December 21, 2013, 20:51 GMT)

I have yet to see a match in which so many posters on cricinfo have been so wrong in so many predictions. Face it - anything can happen. Neither side is guaranteed a win, loss, or draw, and that takes nothing away from the performances of all the players. This is tight, gripping test cricket - the way it is supposed to be. If the result were truly inevitable, what would be interesting anyway?

This match has also clearly exposed as complete rubbish the "truths" so many people spout: Indians can only bat on low, flat tracks; pitches in SA are viscously seaming green monsters; SA's bowling is invincible; India's bowling is weak; wicketkeepers don't bowl; duck the short ball!

In recent times SA chased 434 in an ODI at The Wanderers, India dismissed SA for 84 in a Test at The Wanderers, SA lost just 4 wickets chasing 414 in a test at the WACA in Perth, facing Lee, Johnson & Siddle, India have never lost a test at The Wanderers.

Our only guarantee is that we will be surprised, again!

Posted by darsh127 on (December 21, 2013, 20:45 GMT)

Outstanding match this is turning out to be, first session is crucial tmw. If india have them 4-5 down, india could win. If india have them 3-4, down, could be a draw. If no wickets fall, then south africa may end up winning. PS can cricinfo make this chat moderated and Facebook type, where you can reply? it will make it easier for fans to communicate in a good manner.

Posted by android_user on (December 21, 2013, 20:45 GMT)

SA 320 runs from victory.

Posted by Zak- on (December 21, 2013, 20:42 GMT)

Great test so far, and the Indian batsmen played very well - far better than any, myself included, expected. Dhoni is a brilliant captain, truly inspirational. At the end of the 5th day, we will have witnessed a historic test match, win, lose or draw.

The BCCI are not deserving of such great players, there is not a gentleman among them.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (December 21, 2013, 20:36 GMT)

@Soumyas .. It's the captain choice to choose the size of the roller they want to use .. And not only Amal but Rohit Sharma was undone by variable bounce and lastly it was getting dark and play might be called off that's why Dhoni brought murli and himself on .. Please refrain from putting questions on this beautiful game we all love . It already have lost bit of dignity in world . Just a die hard cricket fan request

Posted by _Cover_Drive on (December 21, 2013, 20:26 GMT)

Critics are stunned including Indian fans.

Posted by _Cover_Drive on (December 21, 2013, 20:16 GMT)

SA have been lucky with dropped catches and a fluke inning from Philander. Otherwise, the lead would have easily surpassed 500.

I could easily see Petersen getting out within first two overs tomorrow morning. He is more prone to make mistakes than Faf is.

Posted by AVIRAL_Ashok on (December 21, 2013, 20:11 GMT)

It will be greay to see if Kalliscan make a comeback and hit a century .as an indian fan i do hope for my country's best but it will be great to see resistance from both sides. hope ABD gets a fine 50 which can set a platform for tailenders especially vernon and faf (of course he is not a tailender).

@Albert campbell , we do hope for a better result but don't just hope for our bad luck for even it is we'll show some resialance. we both are top teams with top players. it will be really unfortunate to listen this statements from fans like us

Posted by Shay99 on (December 21, 2013, 20:11 GMT)

Well done India. But it is clear that India need a decent fifth bowler to win tests as they may struggle to take the remaining wickets. India need Pathan in Aus/SA/England and use Jadeja in the subcontinent. That way between Ashwin and Pathan/Jadeja they get a decent '7th' batsmen. Dhoni has to bat at 6.

Posted by volmitius on (December 21, 2013, 20:05 GMT)

India is winning this test. no doubt about it, Its on the wall. But the thing to watch out tomorrow will be Ishant's bowling. We have seen major collapse happening in the morning session quite a few times. I wont be surprised if India bundles up the SA batsman before lunch with shami n zaheer to back ishant.

Posted by dev_gov on (December 21, 2013, 20:04 GMT)

The Indian batsmen are inexperienced in South Africa and will struggle per the South African captain, it seems like the South African batsmen are struggling in their own backyard.

Posted by Haz95 on (December 21, 2013, 19:52 GMT)

The biggest blow by far in the entire game has been Amlas wicket, remember that almost run-a-ball 196 or so Amla made, he would have taken his side home, especially with Faf(who is a matchwinner and can stay for hours) and obviously ma boy De Villiers too. Duminy isn't a key wicket and neither is Kallis who is either out of form or is reaching the end of his career. Philander and Steyn also can be grumpy old blockers who will stop wickets falling too, beware for a thrilling result tomorrow. Indias bowling has finally clicked so yep.

Posted by wapuser on (December 21, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

@Albert Campbell - To say that SA will win is Ok. But to say Indian team is riding their luck shows you guys are a bad sport. Before the tests everybody was talking about Indians being weak against fast bowling. But when they make an effort you say it is luck. Good luck to you man.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (December 21, 2013, 19:34 GMT)

@ Blade-Runner Hmmm What happened to your prediction before the series that Test match will be over in inside 3 days. Its india vs SA not some mediocre team who will be bowled out for 43 runs like one team did in Jan 2012. Please don't worry about Dhoni, he does other things like keeps and leads the team. At least he wins ODI matches for India and doesn't average in low 30s. He isn't a colombo track bully(CTB). And regarding Morkel, well he played full first innings who scored more in 1st innings, India or SA. And when India score 280 you saud SA will score 650/2.

Posted by TSJ07 on (December 21, 2013, 19:33 GMT)

To all those who are also predicting the possibility of SA chasing it down,have they ever watched a full test match. It could have been possible on flat pitch with no variable bounce but here with almost 2-3 deliveries either rising sharply or keeping low, it just looks impossible for SA to win the match. The best they can hope is that they lose just 1-2 wickets in 1st two session each and then bat out the 3rd session with atleast 5 wickets remaining after 1st two sessions. But this is not going to happen as chasing 450+ in 4rth inning is a mountain to climb and every wicket down is only going to put more pressure on the next and remaining batsmen.SA probably going to be all out somewhere between 325-350 around tea.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

To all who feel SA has any chance of chasing 450+ in 4th innings on a 5th day wicket, you all need to understand test cricket better.

Posted by Unomaas on (December 21, 2013, 19:26 GMT)

OMG! No matter if you are a Saffa or Indian supporter, your nails must be considerably shorter by now :). One commentator aptly compared this test match to a horror movie...too gruesome to watch for fear of seeing a spectacular collapse but intrigued enough to keep your eyes on the action for fear of missing out on something to good to be true. The most exciting thing about tomorrow is that all 3 results are still possible.

The way I see it, the percentage probability for an India win:draw:loss are 70%:20%:10%. The Saffa's will be saying that the protea's can repeat Adelaide but these are different conditions. Aus only had 3 bowlers in that match. Pattinson was out injured. That pitch was also much more docile that this wanderers pitch. Kallis is out of form and JP's batting has looked convincing in the last 10-15 innings.

If you are an indian, I would be worried about fitness of bowlers. Can they go the distance?

All these questions...I'll be glued to my TV tomorrow to find out!

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

This is one of the thrilling test matches in recent past.Each and every session so far has proved crucial for both teams.So get ready for a nail biting final three sessions ..!!!!

Posted by Nampally on (December 21, 2013, 19:23 GMT)

SA will always be in the game as long as Kallis AB deVelliers & Duminy are still to come. Peterson is also holding out. So the match is not over till these guys are dismissed. Each is capable of getting a ton & even Philander is not a push over. So India still has a long way to go. But if India does manage to pull thru' it will be a great win. One concern about Indian bowling is it is bit thin with just 4 regular bowlers out of which Ashwin has done Nothing in the first innings. Dhoni needs to nurture his pacemen carefully to avoid any injuries. Ashwin has to take a few wkts. & contribute his fair share too. The ball is not coming at even height all the time. Even if Ashwin bowls tightly from one end it will enable the 3 seamers to remain fresh & bowl in short bursts. So the role of Ashwin is crucial. India must not forget that they need to be economical as well with AB de Velliers always on the attack.SA need 320 runs which is chasable!. So India must keep out fielders in place too!

Posted by kickassPakistan on (December 21, 2013, 19:16 GMT)

This is a very impressive performance by the Indian Cricket team and may i add surprising too,good stuff guys

Posted by usernames on (December 21, 2013, 19:14 GMT)

Man, this is classic. Nobody in the driver's seat according to me... India doesn't have the bowling resources to bowl SA out if the pitch plays well. A *lot* will depend on reverse swing, if it comes into play, and the first session tomorrow.

Irrespective of what happens though, India have done beyond what was expected of them. Their bowling has been tight, has created chances, and the batting, of course, has been exceptional. We need more of the same tight bowling and some luck tomorrow!

Good luck to both the teams!

Posted by Albert_cambell on (December 21, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

We will win this game on tomorrow. 320 runs to win in 90 overs shouldnt be that difficult to chase. All we need to do is to get a good partnership and get the scoreboard ticking upto 300. After that we just need to play this like an ODI game. Taking 4 or 5 singles an over would certainly help us to maintain a healthy runrate. Nice to see Indian team is riding on their luck. Morkel injury was a big setback for us.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

All 3 results are definitely on. 320 of 90 overs is challenging, but not impossible. Given the pitch condition, I don't expect it - but if SA bat out the first session scoring about 90 runs, the cat will be among the pigeons. SA will need approx. 225 runs of 60 - 65 overs with Peterson & DuPlesis batting, Kallis, AB & Duminy to follow - an SA win though less likely right now is a possibility. India need at least 2, preferably 3 wickets in the 1st session tomorrow.

Posted by maddy20 on (December 21, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

With the ball starting to reverse, keep low or rear up with venom even from a length, means India has a fairly good chance of winning it. The Key would be to get atleast 2-3 wickets in the first session and delay the new ball as long as possible, to make use of the reverse swing on offer. After all, we have had them in the soup after a strong start in the first innings as well!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (December 21, 2013, 18:51 GMT)

I think sa are in a good position to win, 45 overs 138-2. It can be clearly understood that they are getting runs the at almost 3 rpo.. Tomorrow if they manage 150 runs in 50 overs with wickets intact , 170 from 40 overs will not a big task!!

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

Indian bowlers are putting more pressure on them to take wickets, if they bowl economically the pressure will go on the South Africians and than they loose their wickets, so be cool and blow at the right place and our bowlers will be rewarded.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

Losing 2 wickets was bad for SA. It is going to difficult for SA tomorrow. The ball is going to do a bit in the 1st hour. Then, there will be a 1 hour of revere swing later in the day. Then, if the pitch opens up more cracks, Ashwin might get some uneven bounce. It will be a challenging day for SA tomorrow.

Posted by mzm149 on (December 21, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

If any bowling lineup has the ability to lose this match from this point, it is India. Go Proteas. Number 1 test batsman is still to come and he can't fail twice in a game. I am sensing a big 100 from him.

Posted by cooljack_143 on (December 21, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

well if AMLA WAS UNLUCKY WHAT WAS ROHIT SHARMA????The same low bounce took his wicket.It will be horrified first session tomorrow, lets hope Indians make inroads quickly, I feel ABD,Philander are key tomorrow. Not expecting much from kallis,JP & Faf.But still Ind need 8 wkts for victory.Getting Amls wkt was huge huge advantage.GL

Posted by Waves239 on (December 21, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

What a test match this is turning out to be! With South Africa showing character in the second innings, did not allow India run away with game yet. With bright sunshine today cracks were a bit widen more and there is more uneven bounce. Dismissals of Amla, Rohit came in that account. It's all came down to DAY 5 with India holding upper hand for now picking two crucial wickets.

Ashwin bowled well but Dhoni could have afforded to bowl his seamers more just after tea. It took a gap of 20 overs for Ishant before coming to second spell. Just thought Dhoni went for Ashwin a bit quick after tea.

Whoever the set batsmen is, have to do job for South Africa. Not easy to build consecutive good partnerships. If at all SA can manage to see off morning session with less damage possible and stay in the game in second session, thriller of a final session with 3 options possible.

DAY 5: Test of character for SA batsmen and Test of patience for Indian bowlers. Can't wait!

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

It proves nevr undrestimate ur opponents...only one bowlr cant win a match...morkel's injury and thn steyn's worst has delted s.a but nothng to b takn away from indian batsmen who played steyn superbly...now he should start thnkng abt developing some inswingers and yorkers...

Posted by RoyRulez on (December 21, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

The big scalp was that of Graeme Smith!!! He is the best Saffa batsman under pressure, specially in the fourth innings!!! Unfortunate to be run out!!! India should win it easy with the two biggest threats out of their way!!!

Posted by SherjilIslam on (December 21, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

What a test!! All four days absorbing.Perfectly justifying the contest between no. 1 & no. 2 test side. Both teams deserve the accolades for the kind of gamesmanship they have displayed. Whatever result comes of this test, Cricket will be the ultimate winner.

Posted by ZkAneela on (December 21, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

Tomorrow 1st session will be crucual,infact decide the whole match.I consider SA still have a considerable chance to draw it.

Posted by android_user on (December 21, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

well played both teams but kohli was man to watch such comprehensive in his shots when he is playing good he looks the world best talent in batting

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

if only indiaa had got another wicket today, this would be india's game for sure... even a wicket of FAF would have been a better relief for indians.... never the less... go india... make the most of first session....

Posted by heeeyraaam on (December 21, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

134/2 doesn't look bad especially with Peterson looking good and AB and Duminy to follow..however one should not forget that it has been a match of wickets falling in clusters for both India and As and with the pitch on the final day likely to do more tricks I am afraid SA need a miracle to win. Yes they did it in Aus but that was a miracle and can't just happen every time. If the Indian bowlers are consistent and patient and bowl in the right areas India will taste its first success after 8 consecutive overseas losses.To India go:)

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 18:13 GMT)

Oh India really got lucky with a weird bowled dismissal of Hashim Amla but then we all need luck to be champions. India will win by about 200 runs. Fan from Pakistan.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

if india wins this match , i will definately say this win belongs to first innings brilliance of pujara,kohli, rahane, ishant, zaheer and 2nd inning brilliance of vijay especially, pujara again and kohli again, and whoever excells witht he bwoling in the 4th innings.... not to forget the all together diferent approach of captaincy from dhoni... i think he attacked more than usual which is a very good sign...

Posted by soumyas on (December 21, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

These are some unanswered questions. Why did groundsman use heavy rollers on the pitch before South Africa's 2nd innings ? and small rollers before India's 2nd innings ? was it a deliberate decision to use the heavy roller to flatten the wicket and help South african batting ? or is it a routine before 4th innings ? why did vijay,dhoni bowled when duplessy just arrived to crease? why didn't they attack him with better bowlers? why only amla failed to understand the bounce on the pitch twice ?

Posted by Suggsy on (December 21, 2013, 18:01 GMT)

Outstanding, I haven't seen cricket being playing at such high levels in the recent past, exactly what you would expect from the No.1 and 2 sides. It's clear the Indian performance isn't a fluke, their batting has delivered twice and their bowling clearly has thought. I think we all have to remember that South Africa still has plenty of batting left and it's STILL too early to call what's happening. If India's batsmen can bat out 5 sessions there's no reason why the South African batsmen can't do it too. What a fitting final day for this match...

Posted by LongLiveTestCricket on (December 21, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

Love the way Test cricket is being played in this game and Kohli, Pujara and also Vijay would have learnt a lot as part of their mature innings that could strive to make them even more successful in future. 5th day of the test with all 3 possibilities(SA win to a much lesser extent) is a great sight for any purist. Great skill would be required for not just winning but even drawing the game.This'll be a supreme test of application, patience, attitude and I can smell a great testing innings/bowling performance tomorrow. Gotto love the 4th innings battles.

Posted by sathie.reddy on (December 21, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

Its going to be an interesting first session tomorrow , but if India wants to make any inroads, Ashwin needs to bring on his big game tomorrow, the South Africans are playing him with ease, silly point and a few good carom balls, to keep the batsmen thinking. Kallis will be the key for South Africa, not to mention this a crucial innings for him. Should there be no rain tomorrow , its going to an exciting day at the Wanderers

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

Waiting to see a very famous and a special win especially in the absence of Sehwag, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman for India. Since Ashwin didnt do much in the first innings, he has to do his part and the rest on seemer''s hands. Wish all luck for Indian team for a very special away win.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

320 runs from 90 odd overs..at a run rate of 3.5...would be really difficult for proteas to chase down..i think by all the talks whch were done before the series by sa players..they would rather prefer a draw then risking a chase..having said that india needs to attack all the time..may be 2 wickets in the morning session would tilt the match towards india..

Posted by wapuser on (December 21, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

If morkel is the only thing that india is so lucky with as many claim,then SA must be a very weak team with no good batsmen or good bowlers,this despite philanders brilliant performance in both roles! But the last time i checked sa was no.1 with or without morkel. real funny excuse lol,reminds me of indias excuse of zaheers injury which was abetter excuse considering their weak attack,but an excuse nvrtheless.stein going wicketless,wn do u see that! please stop such rid excuses and just admit it,.most of u are stunned wt indias brilliant young guns' performance.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

What a great and entertaining contest this has been. Proves the fact that it takes two good sides with a lot of fight and intensity to make a match of it and sledging has nothing to do with it.

Posted by Desihungama on (December 21, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

Stroke of genius by AB for sending FaF on top. If two out of three SA batsmen (Alviro, FaF, Kallis) get a century, AB and JP can push for runs at bottom of innings. Get ready to witness JP's straight sixes tomorrow. No matter draw or win or lose, India has earned the respect from cricketing fans. This from Pak Fan. Good luck to both teams. Test cricket at it's best.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

not sure why ashwin bowling over the wicket instead of coming around the wicket. the batsmen weren't troubled by his bowling. Hadn't he watched how Duminy bowled this morning. Also please watch the line Nathan Lyon is bowling in Australian pitches. Also i was laughing on dhoni moving the short leg to silly point instead of bringing another fielder to silly point in the last over. Dhoni you have to learn more from Ganguly for being more aggressive as a captain in field placements.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

Though the efforts of Pujara & Kohli are superlative, it was essentially a team effort so far. And it was nice to watch the whole team looking very happy about any of it's member's success, irrespective of their own individual failures.

Increasing involvement of Duncan Fletcher is also more visible. The efforts of the bowling coach & fielding coach is still a mystery. In fact, Zak is doubling up as a bowling coach for the the younger swing bowlers. That's a good sign.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

@Al_Bundy1 : agree with you about ashwin playing on overseas... jadeja should be played if you play an allrounder, not that he will score runs everytime, but he makes sure he tightens one end up, he will give a max of 20 runs in 10 overs in a test match provided the field is attacking.... and ojah will not be a bad option either, he is a guinine bowler, ojah and jadeja can bowl at one place all the day.... that way they can atleast stop the run flow..... that will be the main concern for me in tomorrow's day of play, we need one spinner to make sure you get a max of 20-25 runs in 10 overs spell, rest the pacers will do...

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

India's biggest gain in 4th day 3rd session is getting two major danger men out: Smith & Amla. But let us not forget that Kallis and ABD are still there. Duminy with all his experience is overdue for a big one. We already saw what Philander can do. Yes, odds are highly stalked in favour of India. But I am not completely ruling out the SA managing a draw, by the skin of their teeth.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

india should make sure that they get atleast 3 wickets in the first session of play... if we can manage that we are into middle order... duminy, philander are capable , but it will be new ball that time... that will be advantage india.... if morne morkel is not batting tomorrow, it will be 7 wickets for india to win the match which is an advantage again..... if this match is to be won by saffas then make sure to get white washed again, coz you dont get an opportunity like this to get hold of a series stronglty..... and my main concern is "how will dhoni handle his bowlers ?" you have got only 3 pacetr who are likely to take wickets, only shami looks fit to bowl long spell, zaheer is back from injury, ishant cant be sucees everytime, ashwin may be less effective in morning.... so you need to make sure you do as much damage as you can in the first session.... this will be a great match....

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (December 21, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

If Ashwin can't take wickets on the 5th day of a test match outside India, he should be dropped. He didn't score many runs, and he is a catch dropper. Replace him with Ojha or Sir Jadeja. At least Sir Jadeja is a good fielder, and can bat a little bit. It will be foolish to expect him to score a triple century in SA, but if he can score 30 odd runs, hold on to catches and take a wicket or 2, I say bring him aboard.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

This Test match proves that you don't have to sledge and abuse the opponents to make a match interesting. This turned out be a very exciting & highly competitive one, in the traditional gentlemanly way. Keep it up boys. The good old traditions are getting burnt into ashes, quite repeatedly Ashes after Ashes. Hope the boys from other national teams will not emulate those arsonists of gentlemanly traditions.

Posted by Sir_Ivor on (December 21, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

I feel reverse swing will come into play in a big way tomorrow.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 17:14 GMT)

Morkel already ruled out for batting so 7 wickets in 90 overs with Kallis being a walking wicket, not a big deal. I'm worried about Philander & Faf though!

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

twhat an excellent test cricket this has been and still is. india has slight upper hand ( PS : very little margin i would say 55:45 towards india ). we all know first session is crucial... it has got bulk of wickets in this match.... atleast 3 wickets from that session ( ALVIRO, KALLIS, ABD ) will tilt the game towards india. shami and zaheer must use their revese swing well.... and most importantly dhoni's captaincy will be in test... we all know he gets more defensive, but you need to attack all the time.... scoring in first session has not been easy for any team... dhoni should attack from ball 1...get these 3 batsmen early and its all yours for the taking.... if not , make sure to get leathered by ABD in the final session for a fantastic chase.. i wish ABD will go cheaply just like AMLA.. but the problem is our bowlers fitness, they have bowled too much in this series, even today they have bowled 40 overs, thats too much to bowls 90 overs in day 5... hope fitness keeps up with them

Posted by suresh.sure06 on (December 21, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

what a test match.wow.its the 1st session which caused havoc in past 3 days of play.5 wickets has falleneach in 3 days.so 2mrw 1st session decides the match.SA has only 10% chance of winning.wicketsl have fallen in cluster in this match.so indians are not far behind.drawing out adelaide, chasing 414 doesnt happens every test. so stop making that as standarad. indians have outplayed SA in SA there is no denying that.SA messed up by choosing thahir instead mclearn.i'm proud of our young players..without any match practice,after getting whitewashed in ODI,they have shown great temperament and patience.

Posted by Nandu_Athadu on (December 21, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

now this is anyone's match..evenly poised..first session will be crucial...team that will hold the nerve and play with the mind will win it..dont panic..India just need 8 wicket taking deliveries to win this match..SA need to take this session by session...looking at the pitch no demons found and it is good wicket to bat on if batsmen play sensibly, applying caution with agression , respecting the good balls and punishing bad balls..Skills of both the teams will be tested tomorrow..this is TEST cricket at its best...Long Live test cricket..

Posted by tom120 on (December 21, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

Apart from odd bounce, the pitch is not unplayable. SA again as their habit did 2 stupidities, first Smith getting run out, a crime in a test match especially in the fourth innings when you have to save a match. And, second Amla again misjudged the ball, and got bowled, this time ducking and the ball also hit the top of the off stump. I say, 60% India will win the match, and 40% SA will draw the match. It all depends upon the first session tomorrow morning. If SA doesn't lose a wicket in the first session (which I don't think), they could save this match.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

Come to practical thinking!!!

320 runs on last day is highly impossible. No way can team can win with this huge target.

Might be Draw that too are very less chances.

Winning the Match...... Forget about it!!!

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

What an excellent test this has been. Credit must be given to the way Pujara and Kohli have taken the match away from the Proteas. IF it wasn't for their contributions South Africa would be in control now. Proteas will definitely look back on their batting after tea on day 2. I cannot wait for tomorrow, and well and truly hope we see King Kallis hit form again to save the proteas and force a draw to this thrilling test match.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

Well the match is setup evenly between a draw and an Indian win, now way can SA win from here. SA will be happy if they get 70 runs for 2 wickets in the first session so scoring 250 for the rest of the day is very difficult. Bloggers here shouldnt forget that SA scored so many runs today because India attacked a lot and kept a lot of spaces open. There were three slips and a gully for long periods. Faf Du Plessis is a dicey character and the pressure will only increase with variable bounce. There is a chance that SA can draw no doubt but remember it takes only one ball to get a batsman out and we've seen that wickets fall in clusters here. India has beaten the bat as much as SA has in the second innings if not more. It seems that Kallis has some very special place in SA that he can choose to do what he wants, when he wants to play, when he wants to bat etc regardless of the situation, how long is SA gonna carry him I dont know, anyways tomorrow is gonna be a very very interesting day.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

Eithier India Will win this match or draw, possibly Aswin will do well tomorrow more over we're exc\pecting some bounce from our Seamers I think Team India will win the first Test Jai Ho

Posted by mzm149 on (December 21, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

Considering the situation of the game at the end of yesterday's play, South Africa are in a much better position. They can easily draw this game or even win. If a session goes wicket less tomorrow, specially the first one, India will be in deep trouble. Best of luck South Africa. You can do it. I have much expectations from Alviro now for a 150+ score? du Plessis is looking solid. Kallis and de Villiers are still there. Duminy and Philander can also contribute.

Posted by Nampally on (December 21, 2013, 16:37 GMT)

Match is well poised with slightly inclined towards India. The problem with the situation is India has just 4 bowlers & 3 seamers are already over stretched. Have they got enough in their bodies to complete the 5th day without injuries? Can they still perform at high energy? I had commented on pre-match probable XI for inclusion of one more bowler instead of a specialist batsman. Playing a 5 day test with just 4 regular bowlers defies logic! Inclusion of Yadev/Kumar instead of Rohit/Rahane was the right selection. But I do hope Dhoni is lucky enough to pull the rabbit out of his tricks bag! I do hope ZAK, Shami & Ishant can bowl 20 overs each to pull a win. The pitch is slightly unpredictable albeit Smith used a heavy roller, with odd ball doing tricks. The crucial period is first session on Day 5. India need to capture 4 wkts in session 1 & 4 more in session 2. Ashwin has to tie one end up totally to let the seamers operate from other end in short bursts. Good Luck India!

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (December 21, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

The only thing which can save South Africa tomorrow is the weather. If we get a full day's play tomorrow, India will win at least by 150 runs.

Posted by Srini_Indian on (December 21, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

After the position we were in day 3 have to say day 4 is disappointing. India shouldn't have batted that long and even if they wanted to, they should've scored another 30-40 runs. 1st session yielded only 74 runs with the loss of 4 wickets. 8 wickets in final day is not going to be easy, I would have preferred another wicket. Again, first session is crucial. If India picks up 3-4 wickets, India will win it. Anything less than that, SA fancy themselves drawing the match or even win it. #ConcernedIndianFan

Posted by Rags57 on (December 21, 2013, 16:30 GMT)

The first session tomorrow as usual is going to be crucial - the bowlers have to go all out and bowl terrific line and lengths - very similar to what they did in the first innings. Zaheer's and Shami's reverse swing could be lethal if they can somehow manage that. Ashwin has to stick to his conventional off spin and use the cracks - Dhoni needs to have a silly point for him. It is rare that an Indian attack gets a chance to win abroad so let us make it happen. Two or three wickets before lunch will put pressure on even the famed SA batting line up so good luck Team India - go hard in the first session. You can pull this one off!!

Posted by Shabir003 on (December 21, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

Nothing can be said about this match.At stumps day 4 it is equally poised now From here SA can also win or Draw because if they defy first session without too much trouble than can win and score faster as they have world class players left once indain bowlers come under attack they feel pressure and leak runs at will than,either they go for a draw as there batsmen can resist for six hours as they have the capabilty of doing that.From indias respective point of view they can win the match if they took early wickets and they should not feel pressure not loose the passion of taking wickets,they have to just keep attack as pitch is doing its job

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

India need only 7 wicket to win this match If morkel can't able to Bat

Posted by DhairyBoghani on (December 21, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

If India can get atleast 3/4 wicket with old ball they will manage fewer with new one. It is just situation we won test at perth in 2007-08 tour against aus. 8 wickets needed on last day & inform bowlers(all 4). Great chance to win! Go ahed India...

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 21, 2013, 16:16 GMT)

Amla made twice mistakes. Hmm. SA is making a mess here. I do not think SA can pull a draw. It over for SA. India 1-0 win here it comes.

Posted by JustIPL on (December 21, 2013, 16:12 GMT)

Good approach for Petersen, with this indian bowling you can even have a shot at the total, mo matter if it is the highest one ever chased. Indian faster bowlers easily picked up and ashwin has not been any impressive. If it goes on like this with the current rate it is 270 runs straight away and rate will increase a bit if wicket in hand and next 50 runs will be easier. Or, SA can still draw the game.

Posted by sriram2596 on (December 21, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

@Al_Bundy one... Please wait.. You may regret commenting like this when you see the amount of grit shown by kohli and pujara batting at the age of 38 or 40...

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

A very good chance for India to win this test . Guys don't even think about drawing the match. Go for the kill

Posted by TSJ07 on (December 21, 2013, 16:05 GMT)

Out of three SA batsmen who can play looong innings, two have been dismissed, Smith and Amla and I must admit we were lucky to get those but then all batsmen have been missing edges too.So they cant complain. Now if India get set batsman Alviro out early, then it will be very difficult for other and even Kallis to last full day with variable bounce. I do like Dravid type players very much and I think Amla/Trott are similar kind of players.I do feel for Amla the way he got out twice and I do wish him return to form during the next series against AUS.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 16:03 GMT)

India should feel a lot better having dismissed Graeme Smith. SA have never lost a test match whenever he managed to score a century.

Posted by mensan on (December 21, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

In my opinion, only 2 results are possible in this match at the end of Day 4. Either SA will win or it will be a draw. SA in very strong position, specialist batsmen till No. 7 and Philander and Steyn at 8 and 9, I don't think Indian's bowlers can force a win here.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (December 21, 2013, 15:59 GMT)

@yuvi_gladiator ; I have to agree with you there (as we both are fans of SC teams.). When Aus,Eng,SA prepare minefields or play on flat tracks, people hardly notice it. But when a SC country does it, its called "killing test cricket". The cracks at WACA (during the 3rd Ashes test) were big enough for a batsman to be completely disappeared.

Posted by sundersingh on (December 21, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

1 st session will be crucial, if India manages to take 3-4 wickets. then victory is ours!!!!

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

India's wining chance depends on how many wickets they can salvage in first session. If India is able to take 3-4 wickets then they stand a good chance otherwise SAF can take the game to India as they have a deep batting lineup

Posted by android_user on (December 21, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

indians have a good chance to win this test match...This is a new indian side don't let it go...

Posted by silentstand on (December 21, 2013, 15:45 GMT)

Gotta feel for alma horrible match for him

Posted by wapuser on (December 21, 2013, 15:45 GMT)

Excellent performance by indian. @road runner pls give up. Cos india is going to notch this one in style

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (December 21, 2013, 15:45 GMT)

Makes no sense for Dhoni to bowl. He has Rohit Sharma who can bowl off spinners and Virat Kohli who can bowl medium pacers. Whatever happens with this match, I am quite impressed by the fight displayed by our young batsmen and bowlers. They won't roll over in the face of hostile pace bowling. I wish our highly experienced, over rated senior batsmen had shown this kind of grit 2 years ago against England and Australia.

Posted by Temuzin on (December 21, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

Bring in Zaheer for two more overs go all out with Zaheer and Shami for last 4 overs. It may give you a few wickets before stumps.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (December 21, 2013, 15:36 GMT)

Shami reminds me of waquar younis..Never seen Amla struggled to anyone like this.

Posted by Temuzin on (December 21, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

Amla misjudged Indian bowling. He forgot that Indians don't bounce as much as South Africans. Poor guy was lulled into ducking a ball which was going to hit his stump. lol..

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (December 21, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

I stand corrected - he bowled alot so they are saving him

Posted by partyanimal on (December 21, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

Good move By Doni Bring Vijay to ball,Doni adding more pressure on SA let see how it's work.

Posted by android_user on (December 21, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

SA have failed to realise its a new indian side. Firstly they have not wilted in the he face of some hostile bowling and now smith has paid with his wicket.quite silly considering it went to one of the best fielders in the side

Posted by partyanimal on (December 21, 2013, 15:23 GMT)

SA decision is clear now Draw India need take that as advantage push them further down to add more pressure first test win Good luck both teams

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

Amla s dissmisal reminded me of the infamous shoulder before wicket for sachin off glenn mc grath

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (December 21, 2013, 15:19 GMT)

Oh shami u beauty....what a peach to dismiss Amla......

Posted by yuvi_gladiator on (December 21, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

this wicket was underprepared, balls started misbehaving from the first day. if this was in subcontinent we would have had the whole world complaining. views people??

Posted by partyanimal on (December 21, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

what a test match now Amla gone both teams got 50/50 chance.

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (December 21, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

The best batsman of the past 20 year strides to the crease

Posted by android_user on (December 21, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

India's chances depend on Amla's wicket. Rest of the team is a bunch of hugely talented chokers. wont stand for long once Amla is out.

Posted by Temuzin on (December 21, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

I think India may be missing Jadeja here. He along with Ashwin could have been very handy. I am though depending on reverse swing from Zaheer though.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (December 21, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

Its very disappointing to see that Dhoni fails again and again on away conditions. Morkel got injured and Kohli and Pujara made the best use of it. They must have been relieved by the scene of Morkel limping off the ground. But Dhoni still couldn't make it count. On the other hand, not every one can excel on tough conditions.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

Smith the man of steel and velvet has again showed his fighting qualities,SA did not have luck in their first innings. India has surprised us all.Is it Duncan Fletcher or Dhoni? This test has had all the fun of the fair and promises lots on the last day.India will be very weary going into the second and final test.India have some excellent young players.The number one spot by SA will be challenged by Oz and India.

Posted by partyanimal on (December 21, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

Ha Simith gone!! Amla is a match winner like Lara.need one more wicket before the end of this day that build a pressure on SA

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (December 21, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

109-1................come on india.......be patient

Posted by wapuser on (December 21, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

Smith's error in judgement

Posted by partyanimal on (December 21, 2013, 14:50 GMT)

Three out comes possible now IND win SA win / Draw But both team execute well SA is upper hand India need to be tight the run rate to put a pressure on SA Only spinner can break this partnership i Think

Posted by Blade-Runner on (December 21, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

By the look of it, Saffers have no intention of drawing this match. They seem to be going for the kill. Smith is doing an awesome job by letting Alviro to take an aggressive approach and score at a good pace. If it wasn't for Morkel's injury, SA should have been chasing a target of around 260-270. India were very lucky that Morkel got injured. With a plenty of world class batsmen yet to come, this should be a doable task for Saffers. And Its very important to finish the day without losing any wickets. All the best SA !!!!

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

For all those who said indians will be all out in less than 100 thats for you, as far as others who say if indians should be happy with a draw, i don't think you have been watching test cricket for a while to realize anything. Indians have put up a great total and now let's see if South Africa has it in them to stay on the crease, or can the indians take them out?

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (December 21, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

If South Africa save this test, they deserve to be the world no.1 side. If India bowl them out then they deserve it too, Zaheer Khan has helped their attack and SHami looks decent, Sharma on the improve.

Posted by Perceptive on (December 21, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

Many people seem to be predicting an Indian downfall, as they did in the first innings. I guess it is natural for fans of inferior countries to hate on the winners of all major ICC trophies since 2007, who also made it to #1 in the world. And who are equipping themselves better in SA than any recent test playing country. So keep on hating! And India keep doing what you're doing; a team of such inexperience will only get better, which must scare many.

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (December 21, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

Kallis to win man of match with an unbeaten double ton as SA win by 4 wickets tomorrow 37 minutes after tea

Posted by JustIPL on (December 21, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

Some respite for SA fans as Kohli fell short of a hundred. Also tahir's dropped catch let off indians. This far indian bowling has not been so good and SA are faring well. India can win this test but they have to get 10 wickets of the world number one team.

Posted by Vivfan on (December 21, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

Indian followers are naive if they think that they could beat SA. SA are the number one team in the world. Pujara is a treat to watch and a real emerging batsman, but as a team India are poor. It will be 0-10 by the end of the series.

Posted by Ramansilva on (December 21, 2013, 14:26 GMT)

If Indians can get a draw, that is a big achievement considering the drubbing they got in ODIs.

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (December 21, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

India looking nervous and rattled at the mo

Posted by blthndr on (December 21, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

Today why they used the heavy roller after India got all out .....yesterday day they used the light one after the SA got all out and used the light one through out the match till....

Posted by ketaann on (December 21, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

south africa will chase down this target to create new history. Smith will play big one. AB & JP will finished this.

Posted by android_user on (December 21, 2013, 14:04 GMT)

doesn't look like 4 th day wicket

Posted by NextSana on (December 21, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

I think this is going to be win for South Africans if the Indians batted that well then definitely SA can score 450+ easily they just need to bat positively and you once the gap is closing Indians are going to crumble for sure.

Posted by tao585 on (December 21, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

@Rayyan... Dhoni did not declare, Indian team has been bowled out. If it had been upto Dhoni, he would have liked to give SA a target of 600 in 60 overs

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (December 21, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

South Africa cruising and the pitch getting flatter and flatter. If they dont lose a wicket today and take the score to 150-170, then tomorrow they can go all out and achieve this total easily. Good luck SA

Posted by RayyanAli on (December 21, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

Dhoni....once again afraid of loosing the match...thats why took a very defensive approach in declaring the innings. No doubt....the match is drawn almost, until a miracle happens and indian bowlers bowled them all out...which is not looking possible for the time being....

Posted by wapuser on (December 21, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

Very good batting skill shown by pujara n kohili. Now time to do deciplined bowlling n filding.

Posted by Srini_Indian on (December 21, 2013, 13:29 GMT)

Well, not happy with the proceedings on day 4, so far. In the middle session, India was not scoring at a brisk pace, so why didn't Dhoni declare it? I feel the middle session was a complete waste. Now India has to pick up 10 wickets in 4 sessions. It is going to be tough. Hope we pick up 3-4 wickets in post tea session. Anything less than that, SA would fancy their chances of saving the match. That would be devastating for me and Indian team.

Posted by atuljain1969 on (December 21, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

I think S.Africa could win this match with some positive batting. They have the perfect batting line up and Indian bowling overseas is not that capable. Sure, in the first innings they got them out, but doing it twice is improbable and then rain is also a possibility throwing every equation out of order.

Posted by android_user on (December 21, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

Mark my words. ..This match is going to be a draw. PERIOD.

Posted by ARJUN217 on (December 21, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

Just wait for the ball to revers SA testing time waiting for u.go india go.Btw this is not mumbai steyn.love the way VK and CP BATTED completely destroyed sa attack.india going to win this match

Posted by Solid_Snake on (December 21, 2013, 12:50 GMT)

Cricket at its best here..I never imagined that this match would turn out to be this much great..SA has suffered a lot during the match.Lost Morkel was a bad luck for SA.It really hit them hard.Now it's up to batsmen to make up for it.SA have to get to this record run chase..& they've to do it fast.Time is short..Best of luck

Posted by android_user on (December 21, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

I think its going to be a cracker of a match from now on. We have our top captain cool. Go the Indians.

Posted by android_user on (December 21, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

I hope India win this test and series and finish drought of series win in sa.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (December 21, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

South Africa have a yough test ahead, saying that they don't deserve to be nr 1 in tests is a bit small minded. They have noy list a series overseas since 2006 which is much more of an achievement than winning at home. India on the other hand have not played away in two years and lost to England the other day at home. The same England who are currently getting destroyed. That's cricket, its a game of averages anf you have to consider the bigger picture before you make claims like that. Even if india win the series 2-0 which by the way, they won't. They still can't get to the nr 1 position. SA have just been too good over the years and are far a head on points.

Posted by realfan on (December 21, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

well dont india... the plan was to make SA stay at field a long as possible... waited for the conditions to get overcast , even if wickets were in hand they would have declared in and around 10 overs to tea.... now you have got 4 and half sessions to win... take one session at a time... you have got plenty of runs on the boaard, tyou can only win from here.... dhoni should keep attaacking till the last ball of tomorrow... never ever go to defensive mode.... men around the bat always....

Posted by android_user on (December 21, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

Saf chasing 458 & winning the match.............lol.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

Aussie1993: I am not denying the probability of a match's outcome. But lets wait before judging the outcome. We are talking about no1 test and former no teams.

Posted by pull_shot on (December 21, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

@ aussie1993 Ya tht 400+ chase was is vs Aus wasn't it, but 400 or 500 depends on pitch and bowlers to some extend not on captain and ur captain waited for 500 didn't he

Posted by android_user on (December 21, 2013, 12:20 GMT)

458 In Min 130 overs a test of temperament of batsman and ability of bowlers both have their chances but need to give 100 percent in these overs All the best India.. want to see how ashwin uses these cracks

Posted by android_user on (December 21, 2013, 12:20 GMT)

I don't really mind dhoni s defensive tactics here because losing this match after having SA on the mat would be the most demoralizing result compared to a draw... we never actually expected India to draw let alone win matches after what transpired in the ODIs.... I'm sure all Indian fans will be immensely satisfied with this performance and we only hope that we can put up similar performances throughout next year in NZ Eng and Aus .... well done dhoni and co. take a bow!

Posted by realfan on (December 21, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

hmm... remember what the guy named styne said... "its not mumbai " ... oh yes we just showed you how does it feel like bowling in mumbai.... how does it feel like having the match figure of 56 - 12-164-1.... ? huh... better use your words carefully mate.... you are no. 1 ... dont want to get humiliated right..... and remember " indians are scared of our bowling " lol....

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

Is there any chance that Proteas can win this Test?

Posted by wapuser on (December 21, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

South Africa can't win this and I hope the weather stays good...............fingers crossed

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (December 21, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

Steyn got a century...lol....................

Posted by truecric_fan on (December 21, 2013, 11:47 GMT)

South Africa is doomed. Even if they had 22 players they will not be able to chase 420+ keeping in mind how well Zaheer and Co bowled. Match may be over today or surely by early tomorrow. South Africas weaknesses will be fully exploited by Aussies on their tour. Its shameful how badly they play on their own soil whereas India very rarely do badly at home. Step aside South Africa, you no longer deserve to be #1 in Tests.

Posted by android_user on (December 21, 2013, 11:39 GMT)

Kohli had to blame himself as he had gone into defensive mode at least 1 hour before the close yesterday and never got into play. This is how Sachin got out in 90s and Kohli has to learn this early in his career

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

@ deven sharma don't b so harsh ! it was just bad luck . he was strapped with pads on for more than 20 overs which might have jammed his blood circulation. finally when he got his turn, he got a jacked ball which kept low. that would have been hard for even a set batsman. remember some times u ride on ur luck & sometimes it bites u. its a cruel game. Even pujara got a life when tahir missed a dolly. Now he's scored a fab century. May rohit will hit a ton in the next match.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

SA finally getting wickets in a heap. poor rohit may b feeling gutted. After waiting for nearly more than 5hrs with pads strapped on, he gets the cracked bounce staying low & crashing his stumps. really missed on some good match practice. ppl may criticize but one who has played the game will know how agonizing it is too keep ur pads on & waiting for ur turn & finally when u get to bat, u get the jacked bounce difficult to keep out. should have warmed up a bit. better luck next time rohit ! I was really looking for his batting !

Posted by android_user on (December 21, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

so SA is gonna face a severe challenge here and what kind of a pitch is that ?

Posted by DhairyBoghani on (December 21, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

Wickets in the morning shows that pitch was not easy ever. But two great young players named Poojara & Kohli made it easy to take India in no losing situation. Now things depends on how quick last two Aswin & Dhoni can score. & In last How will Zaheer & Co. will use cracks.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

@Deven Sharma : dude rohit is unlucky to get out, agree that he hasn't delivered yet in this match.... nobody does on their first tour to SA... he is just playing his 3rd match.... this season will be vital for every indian player... all the tests are playing in difficult conditions... they improve as they play...

Posted by DhairyBoghani on (December 21, 2013, 11:01 GMT)

Wickets in the morning shows that pitch was not easy ever. But two great young players named Poojara & Kohli made it easy to take India in no losing situation. Now things depends on how quick last two Aswin & Dhoni can score. & In last How will Zaheer & Co. will use cracks.

Posted by DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on (December 21, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

sloppy approach, should have scored 4 rpo in 1st session. Hope india will declare after 10 overs in 2nd session with 450 as target.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 10:53 GMT)

dont write off rahane by considering his performance in this innings... remember he score vital runs of 47 in difficult conditions in first innings.... but i think rohit and rahane should shift there places... rahane at 5 and rohit at 6.... rohit can increase scoring rate, and he is good at facing new ball than rahane.... rahane needs some matches to get adapted....

Posted by aussie1993 on (December 21, 2013, 10:52 GMT)

sa will definitely win or draw this match remember last year sa vs adelaide where sa batted 158 overs to draw the match gem of innings from faf against aussies

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

oh man, pujara missed out another double ton, and kohli missed out another ton.... i so badly wanted them to score 200 and 100 respectively..... rohit is unlucky, but thats an encouragement for indian bowlers expecially ishant.... i think dhoni should play aggresively from here and give atleast 450 for the lead.... make sure that you wont loose in this match... even if they mange to draw... you cant afford to loose a match from here.... i see some bounce in duminy's bowling.... with runs on board, ashwin may well bowl some overs with men around the bat... we all know Saffas will suffer when the ball bounces or spins from the spinners.... ashwin has a very vital role to play here, so is treverse swing from shami and zaheer..... go for the kill india....

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

Rohit Sharma will save his place in the team base on the hard work done by Pujara, Kohli, Vijay and Rahane. He has to start delivering or else he'll forever stay a once in a blue moon inningz player that to against mediocre teams like WI or Sri Lanka.

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