South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Durban, 3rd day

Kallis pushes South Africa towards 300

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

December 28, 2013

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South Africa 299 for 5 (Kallis 78*, Jadeja 4-87) trail India 334 by 35 runs
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Jacques Kallis walks out to bat in his final Test, South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Durban, 3rd day, December 28, 2013
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In his final Test, Jacques Kallis methodically reached yet another half-century and left people wondering why he wasn't carrying on in the longest format.

He remained on course for a farewell hundred, and with the help of AB de Villiers, who conjured a 50-plus score for the 10th Test in a row, took South Africa to a solid position before rain and bad light stopped play an hour after tea. India had begun the day well, with three wickets early on, before Kallis and de Villiers got together and blunted the attack with a 127-run stand.

De Villiers was the more fluent of the two as Kallis, who was struck on the arm by Zaheer Khan, took his time gauging the track. He opened up with a couple of cracking aerial hits down the ground off Jadeja and there was also a classic backfoot punch off Ishant before lunch as evidence of his solidity at the crease.

But there were questions to be asked of Kallis' tactics as the day wore on. While an undisputed all-time great, the questions over whether his batting is dominant enough have never really gone away, and those doubts will be back in circulation after his sluggish scoring rate towards the end of the day. He showed little enterprise against even a part-timer like Rohit Sharma and South Africa scored at below two an over at a time when they needed to get the game moving, especially considering a high possibility of rain on both the remaining days of this Test.

The one bright spot in the Indian attack was Ravindra Jadeja who, in his first Test as the lead spinner, put an end to discussions over whether he should have been picked ahead of R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha. He didn't just play a containing role to support the quicks - which he did, wheeling in over after over - but also made four breakthroughs to make sure South Africa didn't run away with the game.

The most important of those was of de Villiers midway through the second session. South Africa were rattling along at about five an over after lunch, India were looking ragged, and though Jadeja brought in a measure of control, de Villiers had just hit a reverse-swept boundary and the deficit was below 100. Jadeja then got the ball to spin sharply, taking the outside edge through to slip to end a burgeoning partnership.

That sucked the momentum out of the innings, as JP Duminy took his time to settle in and Kallis couldn't force the pace either. Kallis reached his half-century soon after de Villiers' dismissal, but scored just five singles off his next 40 deliveries as Jadeja kept a leash on the scoring. In the 15 post-de Villiers overs till tea, South Africa made 27. India opted against the new ball and with Jadeja and Rohit bowling in the fading light, South Africa crawled, losing Duminy in the process as well.

Progress had been more brisk in the morning for South Africa, before Jadeja's bounce provided the first wicket of the day. Graeme Smith looked to smash the ball over the leg side, but it hit high on the bat and swirled to midwicket, where Shikhar Dhawan sprinted back and safely collected the ball as it fell over his shoulder.

Hashim Amla's dry spell continued when he played down the wrong line to a Mohammed Shami delivery to lose his offstump, and off the very next ball, the set Alviro Petersen was surprised by the bounce from Jadeja to glove a catch to first slip. Again, it was a sharp catch, with M Vijay diving forward to pouch a low chance. South Africa had lost three wickets for 10 runs and had two new batsmen in the middle.

There was only a small crowd in considering it was an early start, but they made plenty of noise as Kallis walked out to bat and was greeted by a guard of honour from India. The emotion of the moment didn't seem to affect Kallis, as he set about thwarting India's bowlers.

He was helped by the off-colour India attack. Ishant Sharma was back to his profligate self, providing gifts on the leg stump, and Zaheer wasn't able to consistently threaten either. Shami was the pick of the medium-pacers, getting the ball to regularly reverse in and constantly hitting speeds near 140kph.

Though they take the points for the day's play, South Africa's batsmen would have to find a better balance between caution and aggression when they take the crease tomorrow if they want to fulfil de Villiers' hopes of a lead of 100 and a subsequent series win.

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Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 11:11 GMT)

this match has draw written all over it. Smith should be kicking himself for not winning the first one

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

I don't really understand the lack of urgency with the South Africans. They already missed out winning the first test due to their timidity. Now they seem to be rambling along without building a big lead.

The South African bowlers have had trouble with the India top order in every inning in this series so far. India is probably not going to be skittled out for 150. So SA need a big lead and time to make some quick runs in their second innings as well.

I don't understand the SA strategy. Are they so risk averse, even after the first test, that they are willing to jeopardize their chances of winning the test and series? Why are they always so willing to settle for a draw?

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (December 29, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

@ TommytuckerSaffa : Mate, instead of worrying about anything else you have got to look at how you are gonna fare in tests against pak. Hope they dont demoralise you to an extent that you fail against BD too, lol.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 10:11 GMT)

This match is a 99.9 percent tie... Very less hope for a team to win. This series will be a draw for 0-0!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

This SA batting line up must be one of the best in Test History. Philander and Steyn at 9 and 10 are solid and Morkel is not a complete bunny. I don't have the stats on this XI's combined averages but has there ever been better?

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (December 29, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

@ Steven Charie : Yea, I choose to comment on comments and I dont really see how that is wrong... About RR, I certainly do no disagree with what you said because thats what really is the beauty of test cricket. Its just the people here who in India's innings were going on and on about the RR and now say it is the need of the hour, huh? Perhaps you will also take time to realise the idea behind what one is trying to convey instead of giving yourself a feeling that someone is trying to nip you in the ........

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (December 29, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

Still no new ball. Dhoni obviously going for a draw.

Posted by AidanFX on (December 29, 2013, 10:04 GMT)

Don't think SA care much about this match - all this series for that matter (other than a nice send off for the wonderful player Kallis) - If they did - now they got a healthy 60 run lead with only a 1 1/2 days left they would declare now. I know Clarke would. Come on Smith - Declare and try and bowl India out for 150

Posted by SLslider on (December 29, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

People questioning India tactics confirms that most of the people who comment here have no clue how cricket is played. SA are ahead so India would try to limit the damage as much as possible. Why would Dhoni take the new ball and give it to his unreliable fast bowlers when clearly its hard to score off the old ball. SA innings runrate 2.83 and in last 10 overs 1.7. So its SA who should be taking the game forward. They are the worst no. 1 team ever. They are not aggressive at all. Fluke no. one I say.

Posted by Rohit... on (December 29, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

@ Stephen Field: It will be a bit harsh on Tendulkar & Ponting to compare Kallis' average with them... Kallis role is different from these two... Kallis has to stay in the crease for a long time and let other batsmen score quickly... For Sachin & Ponting, the job of scoring runs for their team solely depends on them... Just like the bowling department, the Batting department also has different kind of roles for their players.... Some batsmen has to dominate the opposition bowlers while some have to stay in the crease to harass the opposition.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 9:55 GMT)

I don't know the tactics of SA. why are they playing so slow???? Cant understand , even after the fall of Great Kallis , Why they are not triggering??? Playing for Draw??? Then it's a boring end :(

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (December 29, 2013, 9:52 GMT)

#ThankYouKallis complete cricketter of ANY generation.

Posted by Testcricketistop on (December 29, 2013, 9:51 GMT)

Guys the ball is old, soft and going nowhere, why do you think Dhoni is not changing it?

Because the new ball will up the run rate.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 9:47 GMT)

Congrats to Kallis for a wonderful century and also to Jadeja for a well deserved five-for.Only way for India to win this match is for Dhawan to play a Sehwag-like counterattacking innings and hoping for SA to choke in the 4th innings.

Posted by Rohit... on (December 29, 2013, 9:45 GMT)

Kallis !!! What a Career !!! A bit disappointed with the scoring rate but still an awesome career... If there is league of Sachin-Lara-Ponting, then there should be another league of Dravid-Kallis-Chanderpaul.

Posted by unbiased_referee on (December 29, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

Since their (team) test debut in 1932, IND have been quite generous to debutant batsmen scoring hundreds against them-as many as 12. But until today no batsman had ever scored a hundred in his "fairwell" match against them. This "honour", fittingly had to be saved for Kallis--the greatest and most complete of men to have played the game so far. It would be really most ideal farewell if he would go on to take 5 wickets in India's second innings!! What a big loss to SA and World Cricket!!!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

Probably India's best bowling attack would be Shami, Jadeja, Ojha, Ashwin. Kohli can share the new ball with Shami. This attack will atleast contain the opposition and unless there is an exceptionally good fast bowler who can run through oppositions , we are better off having 3 good spinners.

Posted by Vivfan on (December 29, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

I thought Khan needed to "just show up", looks like his arrogance will lead to his downfall, doubt he will ever get picked again.

@Rajesh_1990

If SA doesn't deserve no. 1 ranking are you implying that India does? Don't ever forget; your team is currently 0-8 overseas, SA unlike India can win overseas.

Posted by Indiana_jones99 on (December 29, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

This illusttrates the negative mentality of the Indian Captain. One can see the whole team is dissprited and that shows up in the body language . No wonder the stadiums wherever India plays crpwds don't come in in the numbers they do in Englang Australia. This is symbolic of staleness in thinking. Losing 8 consecutive test matches abroad would have cost the captaincy of any other team. Just to illustrate Captaon Cook's head is on the block after losing just 3 consecutive tests (as of today 4) abroad despite winning series against India home abd away. Time to appoint a new young captain like Kohki to inspire the yeam. Time for the last of old guard to retire gracefully.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

Indians have resigned to their fate and going through the motions.Its time for Smith,weather provided,to force a win by taking sizeable lead and bowling out India in second innings.The way Indian bowlers are bowling and Dhoni supervising,one may not be surprised to see India loose this match.Smith has a chance to prove Indian performance in first test was indeed a fluke.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 9:24 GMT)

To the Indian fans: I hope you are proud of your team for the way in which they honored Kallis. They are great competitors but also true gentlemen. And what a fitting way for the greatest all rounder to end his career - still on top, with a century and with the same humility he conducted himself through most of his career. A

Posted by VinodGupte on (December 29, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

slow kallis is likely to cost SA the game. SR of 36 is not what you expect from a premier batsman of the # 1 team.

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (December 29, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

No disrespect to Kallis but he needs to bat for the team's sake here. Should to score at a better rate. Even Steyn has outscored him in this session, so far. Yesterday we had a SA fan commenting about "negative tactics" from Dhoni. Wonder what he thinks about Kallis' innings today.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

This match should convince India once and for all that overseas we need 5 bowlers, all rounder or no all arounder....every test match is a gamble of saying that we will get you out no matter what and score enough to get our bowlers the ammunition they need...unless India align their thinking to this approach overseas wins are not coming regularly...

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

SA run rate is too low. If they want too beat India then they need to Gary the rate up to at least 3.5. They have a good chance of stopping the Indian jagger naught.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

...although...Big Shiv is still out there, isn't he? :-)

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

wow! now guess who s going for a half century?!! the Indian bowlers are being thoroughly embarrassed by even dale steyn s batting!! wow! I thought that India had found a stable trio in zaheer shami and ishant but I was wrong.... India s pace battery is as hopeless as ever! I wonder when in the future we l unearth a talent like dale steyn! probably after 100 years? maybe not!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

well done & thank you very much for a very entertaining carreer. the last of the greats goes...

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

King Kallis with a better average than Tendulkar Ponting And Dravid ends with a magnificent ton

Posted by sumit1982 on (December 29, 2013, 9:03 GMT)

Indian finding difficult to get rid of Steyn. South Africa in their batting line up still they have F du Plessis, RJ Peterson, VD Philander all of them can bat well.South Africa team on verge of getting good lead to the Indian batsmen. The way Steyn bowled in first innings ,it takes some special innings from an Indian batsmen to draw these test.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 8:58 GMT)

legend......

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

There has to be some fast bowler in some corner of the country. Somehow got to put an end to mediocre bowling struggling to bowl out tailenders :-) Yet best performing seam bowlers in ranji seem to be trundlers!!

Posted by sumit1982 on (December 29, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

If south Africa scores above 450 in first innings, then south Africa has a chance of wining these test test match.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 8:50 GMT)

salute sir kallis again.wonderful century in final test and those tears in eyes.so touching. From here onwards only a draw or defeat for India,provided they crash in the second innings,are possible.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

kallis deserves to go out with a hundred who cares if its slow. definite legend of the game

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

Kallis confirms his status in my opinion as the greatest cricketer. Each to their own but for me his batting record alone would be worthy of that consideration. Throw in 300 test wickets and it's plain to me he is the best

Posted by iceaxe on (December 29, 2013, 8:42 GMT)

Bravo Kallis! ... but can you score a little faster - there is a game to be won.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 8:41 GMT)

there is more bad weather coming next two evenings . so match is gonna be draw anyway.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

india will be getting a hammering when they travel to india and Australia . then the world cup. the downfall will begin in 2014

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 8:36 GMT)

Congrats JK you legend.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (December 29, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

OK, can someone tell me why Dhoni doesn't have any slips or gulleys for Steyn when Shami is bowling? I know Shami is reversing but come on, at least have a slip if you want to try win the game.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

if we recollect major indian test victories overseas.they have largely come due to some inspiring fast bowling stuff from our pacers whether it was RP singh's burst at perth or sreesanth's exceptional seam bowling on previous two sa tours....but this time shami looks too rookie and zaheer is noway near his best...abt ishant..the less said the better...he has always underperformed...I dont see india winning this match thanks to our listless pacers

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

Kallis haters are just silly he always has and always will bat according to the situation. He is arguably the greatest complete cricketer of all time and is about to get a 100 in his last ever test innings. C'mon man you can't be serious. Go JK you legend

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

It is fundamentally unfair to throw such an old ball to a hero like #KingKallis. Shame on you India! #SAvIND

Posted by VinodGupte on (December 29, 2013, 8:18 GMT)

Can't understand why Steyn isn't going wild with the bat. Does he want to protect Fafdu from the old ball and Jadeja?

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 8:18 GMT)

@vkolithegreat just stating facts mate. The RR is less than India's (I think for the first time this tour), but only by a little and the pitch is older and is turning with bounce and india has bowled pretty well. true no? You only seem interested in commenting on comments? Do you actual disagree with what I wrote or are you just upset cause I compared SA's RR to that of India's. Perhaps you should try reading others posts with an open, objective mind instead of the closed, argumentative mind you obviously have. Relax and enjoy the game kid

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

Absorbing cricket ahead for Sunday. India bowlers putting good fight. Going by the proceedings so far, most probably SA will take atleast 100 runs lead. Unless Shami does something with the new ball as and when Dhoni decides for the new ball.

Kallis last match, SA national hero, playing well at the crease and nobody turnsup!!.. Difficult not to compare when Tendulkar had his last match..Whole of Mumbai was at the stadium,in a country rarely 10k people sit in stadiums for a test match, that too against WI team. Bangalore and Chennai are exceptions . These two venues always putup good crowd for a test match.

Posted by pommy80 on (December 29, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

@VKohlitheGreat... TommytuckerSaffa is actually a South African fan.. not some troll being a SL fan.

Posted by truecric_fan on (December 29, 2013, 8:06 GMT)

Very poor cricket by SA. Kallis has ruined the fun, more interested in his century. This test will be a tame draw. Great job India. Even a 0-0 result means a huge victory for India keeping in mind the Indian team is very inexperienced. When Virat and company return it will be a lot more difficult for SA.

Posted by Chennaisuperkiing on (December 29, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

Kallis's innings in this test proved why he has made the right decision to retire. Don't get me wrong he is a great player but needed to have dominated a bit more. In the last session on day 3 he should have wiped the lead and put pressure on India. However he let even part timers like Rohit dominate. This shows in the first test if he did not get the wrong LBW decision South Africa could not have come close to a win or who knows could have even lost the match. In a way that decision went against India.

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (December 29, 2013, 7:49 GMT)

@ TommytuckerSaffa/Blade-Runner : I see in one of your comments you have mentioned that Indian bowling is good, to justify Kallis's innings it may be but I appreciate it, thank you. Also, this innings of Kallis has significant importance anyway because he has really held one end very firmly which was more than what was least required for SA.

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (December 29, 2013, 7:41 GMT)

@ Myron Jacobs : I second you on that, I love kallis too.. It would have been even more worthwhile had his SR been little more than what it is right now since SA have another chance of batting left and time remaining is very limited, that said, taking nothing away from the great man.. The least he deserves is a century here.

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (December 29, 2013, 7:23 GMT)

@ Steven Charie : SAs run rate is only barely less than that of India's???? There were so many people against India's RR in the 1st innings and you were surely no there to defend India that time inspite of ''India's run rate was only barely more than that of SA's''

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (December 29, 2013, 7:18 GMT)

@ TommytuckerSaffa : your SL team is just about to play a test in a few days. Its about time SL fans recollect the rules for test matches (since SL would have forgotten the test match rules by now) and the ones you are sure to miss out on, I will be there to help you soon..

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 7:18 GMT)

We love Kallis

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (December 29, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

@ Yousufahmed1 : Mate, great spot there about the SL-PAK in UAE and I would request everyone els too not be deceived by just the ID.

One thing is definitely worth observing here, comments like 'SA will demolish india by an innings/within three days' after 3 days into the match have been changed to 'Kallis the giant stands firm in India's way'

Posted by akashfighters on (December 29, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

ind was not settled at the time of 8-0 loss we dint had the oppner and had lost zak in first test of eng when eng were 52/2 and both wkts were taken by zak and we lost the moentu there onwards & eventually the test

Posted by SA_FAN315 on (December 29, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

The best thing for SA right now is for kallis to anchor the innings while the batsmen at the other end score the runs quickly.....if SA have wickets then they can go at around 6 run per over and put pressure on india ......the first session on the fouth day will be crucial for both the teams and also to edge out a result .....

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

Very disappointing test series indeed. To be honest ,I am getting an impression that South Africa is not pushing for a win. The same thing happened in the 1st test, where the Proteas just didn't go for it, mind boggling or maybe the South Africans after winning the ODI series are just trying to please the Visitors.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

@ greatest_game agree totally. Posts Saying SA and Kallis are playing for a draw and a 100 are silly. SAs run rate is only barely less than that of India's and the pitch is 3 days old, turning with bounce and Indians are bowling well Kallis always has and always will play the situation. Why would SA want to possibly bat on this pitch on day 5. Smart cricket is batting till at least lunch at the highest possible risk free run rate, then if possible up the rate then try bowl them out, or at worst chase a small total. Theoretical, but would love for it to play out that way.

Posted by humi_cric on (December 29, 2013, 6:09 GMT)

King Kallis is playing according to the situation, pitch is deteriorating with every session, so here pace is not required. If SA gets a lead of 150+ it would be very handy (though SA doesn't have any quality spin bowler in the current playing 11, same as India), as Steyn and Co recently played many matches on similar tracks in UAE. More people criticizing SA team, but what about Dhoni's confidence on his pace bowlers????? why not taking new ball???? because the scoring rate will increase if the new ball has been taken. If remaining 6 full session game will be played (no interuption of rain and bad light), possibility of result is quite high. This Indian side really gives a hard time to SA team, which I wasn't expecting before the start of the series. One thing which I like most in the last test match was, no sledging or dirty tricks from Indian players to disturb the batsmen (surely credit to Dhoni also), hats-off to Indian team. From a Pakistani Cricket Fan

Posted by wapuser on (December 29, 2013, 6:01 GMT)

Just thinking what could have happened had jadeja been in the team in the forest test. Could've provided those extra couple of wickets India needed on the last day. He might have been able to break the De Da partnership.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (December 29, 2013, 6:01 GMT)

When is Dhoni going to take the new ball so he can attack the SA batsmen and get wickets, why doesn't he back his pacers? It seems he playing for the draw by bowling his spinners to strangle the game. A poor captain, India surely have better. Interesting to see what his away win ratio record is like in Test matches?

Posted by neutralcricket on (December 29, 2013, 5:46 GMT)

A few observations: 1>When Rohit played well, some blamed Sachin for keeping him away. We know who they are as they don't lose any opportunity to put down Sachin :-) Now there are comments on Rohit's place in test team. 2> In last test when India scored run rate of 4, walls for some folks was drying faster. Seeing SA bat yesterday, not sure whether forget wall-drying but even painting is not finished yet ;-) 3> AB single-handedly determines pace of the team. Not a great situation, if you want to be considered as #1. 3> Jadeja is looking world class spinner in front of #1 team :-) 4> These days everyone is wining 4-0 on their home turf so India draws the series then it is equal to SA's defeat

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 5:25 GMT)

I think the Cricinfo team through their matchpoint analysis is very harsh or hard on SA. The side loses Hashim Amla very cheaply whose role is pivotal in the batting line up, this immediately makes the batting line-up react and I think they reacted well to get back on some sort of even footing. Something is clearly up with the SA lineup i.e. they are trying to find their way and get the best out the line up in a tough scenario. I think it is tough ask for the SA line up to outscore what the India line up achieved with Amla, Smith, Petersen and AB back in the shed. The analysis team seems to put across a view that the onus is on SA to outdo India and rack up runs at a higher rate. They also excuse Dhoni for lack of effectiveness in India's bowling attack - not sure why since SA bowled out India, is it that Dhoni can't press home some type of decent attack and get wickets to bowl out SA.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 5:22 GMT)

Good to see the game is progressing as a 'GentleMan's' Game ! India have shown the true spirit by paying the tribute to jacques kallis.This game is more exciting and rather more deservedly require attention of the people unlike the current Ashes which is just a mix of uncontainable emotions and overflowing aggression and rivalry

Posted by yogesh.gg on (December 29, 2013, 5:21 GMT)

Posted by pommy80 on (December 28, 2013, 23:52 GMT) : A quality team is being given a neck to neck fight from India in their own backyard and still India is not quality team ? By what logic ?

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 5:21 GMT)

With a maximum of 196 overs still left in the game (play will start early on both days), there's enough time left for SA to force a result. We have seen a number of matches in India where the scores are virtually level after day 3 and the test seems to be heading for a boring draw when all of a sudden, the match springs back to life on day 4. India will have to bat exceptionally well again in the 3rd innings, for at least 90-100 overs, to save this match. However, if they manage to put up a target of 225-250 in the 4th innings, SA could be under pressure. So, lots to play for still but hope rain doesn't play spoilsport!

Posted by yogesh.gg on (December 29, 2013, 5:18 GMT)

Posted by Kumar Sujeet on (December 29, 2013, 5:04 GMT) : Problem with Ojha is that he doesn't have many variations and his batting credentials don't help him either , also his fielding is not even comparable to Jadeja. But i reckon he is still much better bowler than Ashwin.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 5:04 GMT)

Very interesting comments being made, especially,with regard to team composition of India and Dhoni' tactics.Its very surprising that before the match most of us were gunning for the head of Aswin,for his indifferent show in the first match.Now its volte face time for some who after seeing the pitch offering turn and Jadeja succeeding are decrying the exclusion of Aswin.But seldom in any comment have i found the courage of criticizing the omission of ojha who has been so successful for the team recently.Imagine the fate of South Africa against Jadeja and ojha operating in tandem on this spin affording pitch.We all know Ojha is a class in himself and fires unplayable deliveries in-between.So freinds it is not the problem of Dhoni alone.He comes from the same background as us and where adventurism is sacrificed at the alter of feeling of insecurity or crass convention,to say the least.So its not the tunnel vision but the regular/popular vision,mate!

Posted by Greatest_Game on (December 29, 2013, 4:33 GMT)

Protect your wicket, protect the innings.

Kallis is not batting for the draw, or for a century. He is protecting the innings. As long as the innings keeps going, SA ARE scoring runs, & India are NOT scoring runs.

SA's best chance is to set India a target, & back their bowlers to defend it. SA must score MORE, & India must NOT score. Protect the innings.

Kallis is the anchor. He MUST protect his wicket to protect the innings. He must balance the batting conditions. Rotate the strike to give scoring opportunities & to take pressure off. Accumulate runs to relieve scoreboard pressure. Bat in rhythm with his partner - if he scores too quickly or too slowly, he breaks the rhythm, & pressures his partner.

When AB's SR was 60.68, Kallis' was 37.5. When Duminy's SR was 34.1, Kallis' dropped to 30.85. During BOTH partnerships, Kallis took 53% of the strike, absorbing pressure, keeping the rhythm, protecting the innings. It is a delicate balancing act. If he loses his wicket, SA are done.

Posted by wapuser on (December 29, 2013, 4:22 GMT)

A big lol for the people who say india has better spin bowlers than pakistan. Even dhoni has confessed while pakistan tour of india that their ordinary spin bowlers are better than india's best.. and there is no comparison of fast bowling in between two.. check ur stats and come to comment. ..

Posted by manu566 on (December 29, 2013, 3:22 GMT)

India needs two changes in bowling for nz series. Say goodbye to zaheer and ishant bring in umesh and aaron. Zaheer and ishant are now a liability for our team.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 2:59 GMT)

Looks like this test will also be very exciting considering rain predictions,pitch & current match situation... Very Excited..!

Posted by Shaggy076 on (December 29, 2013, 2:49 GMT)

As a neutral supporter in this game I find so many of these comments laughable. Of course South Africa are playing to win and there method is so obvious. The pitch is deterioating they do not want to bat on day 5 so they planning to bat once only. Keep India in the field for 2 1/2 days, tire them out then bowl them out. It is not negative, its a legitimate tactic. As for Kallis congratulations on a brilliant career, clearly the best all-rounder of the modern era. He is one of the games greats and no need to compare him with other greats from other eras as its too difficult.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 2:33 GMT)

How long can SA afford to carry Duminy? - it feels like 10 years already!

Posted by kr_kinshuk on (December 29, 2013, 2:22 GMT)

Day 1: Light deteriorates. Bowling side can't wait to go off the field....The batting side is willing to face short - pitched round the wicket bowling from the "best" bowling attack in the world to try and up the scoring rate.

Day 3: Light deteriorates. The side bowling on Day 1 is now batting and can't wait to go off the field... The bowling side has got a mere lead of 35 remaining and yet is willing to bowl even part time spinners from one end to try and pick up the remaining wickets as it realizes that overs are going to be lost on days 4 & 5. Luckily for the batting side rain arrives.

Any guesses which team is more scared of losing??

Posted by moBlue on (December 29, 2013, 1:26 GMT)

dhoni made a crucial mistake at the very beginning! can you imagine what IND's prospects may have been if dhoni had played ashwin (a fine batsman, btw) in the place of nohit sharma?

Posted by Fijicricket on (December 29, 2013, 1:20 GMT)

Couriermail of Brisbane Australia reports that no team has won a test this year in their opponents backyard from 41 matches to date! (SA wins in UAE is neutral venue it says -blame bcci haha)). India had the toughest assignment of playing number one rated SA in SA with bets bowlers/batsmen in current form! Boy they came close! And they have led SA in all sessions except 2! Congratulations young INDIA!

Posted by TRAM on (December 29, 2013, 1:04 GMT)

@Srini_Chennai, I was referring to Dhoni's usage of DKarthik in ODIs. Not Test matches. DK used to come middle order until 2007 when GChappel's coaching ended for India. (I remind again, that GC recognized openly that DK is a captaincy material). Dhoni takes over in Oct 2007 vs Aus and sends DK at #3. Then DK shows up in 2009 under Dhoni (ODI), again only as opener. Should I also say that RJadeja, Raina etc showed up in the middle order during the same 2007 under Dhoni? So an existing middle order player is pushed as opener in favor of Dhoni's fav RJadeja/Raina. BTW, IPL started in 2007 as well. Are all these just coincidences? You figure.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 0:02 GMT)

first of all I wanna say ishant should go and have a hair cut I can give him 10 dollars might be possible he gets disturb becoz of them.and rohit and shikhar should only be selected while playing in india .kallis I want u to make double hundred. being a indian fan I m ur fan too wht a man lov u

Posted by pommy80 on (December 28, 2013, 23:52 GMT)

South Africa proving how hard they are to beat. Quality team.. which doesn't apply to India. Kallis will be missed in the cricket world. Who will step up and replace him?

Posted by BenKirsten on (December 28, 2013, 23:34 GMT)

Please guys if you aren't going to play at Newlands, then at least take the images of Newlands away from your background. It makes me sad that we aren't getting a New Years Test Match this year, and it denies us Capetonians of saying goodbye to our favourite son, Jacques Kallis.

Posted by GreenBouncySpin on (December 28, 2013, 23:02 GMT)

There are at least 2 instances where SA was clearly displaying fear of losing the game. In the final 3 overs of 1st test and again today when AB got out. In both instances - they didn't go for glory and are rather trying to play for a draw. Whereas on the other hand, India continued to show their eagerness to force a win - first they bowled an extra over before the start of mandatory hour in 1st test and today they continued to play despite bad light. In now looks funny what Steyn said 'that this team will do anything to win a match for Kallis and does not settle for a draw' - clearly SA has shut the shop and going for draw now - I don't care what they say off the field, its evident from what's happening on the field.

Posted by spinkingKK on (December 28, 2013, 22:50 GMT)

India need to crank up the pace bowling engine with 140kph Plus bowlers and 1 skillful seamer. So, we should immediately get rid off Zaheer Khan. Bring in Yadav, Aaron and Bhuvi. A pace bowling all-rounder and a fearless hitter, Irfan Pathan, should also come in (I know I am dreaming under MSD's captaincy).

Posted by spinkingKK on (December 28, 2013, 22:36 GMT)

Ashwin doesn't get a chance when the pitch would have suited him. He is a better batsman than most in the team as well. Anyway, India gave the momentum away when Pujara and Vijay, in particular, started making the run getting very difficult on day 2. For some reasons, this obdurate batting has worked in this tour for the Indians. In most cases, if you don't score at a reasonable good rate, the bowlers will be always behind you and a wicket will be always around the corner. In case, if you have been a great wall and manage to stay there for a day or two, the match would have poised to end in a draw. India need a hard hitting batsman late in the order. By the way, Did anyone notice a big difference in the way SA made it very difficult for Vijay to score a century and the manner in which Dhoni and Zaheer Khan let Devilliers and Du Plessis score their centuries by tapping the wide balls outside the offstump in the first test ?

Posted by WC2011Champs on (December 28, 2013, 22:27 GMT)

Nampally, you seem to be a contrarian. Dhoni with his "tunnel vision" has a wide cabinet filled with trophies. SA did not go for a win in first test is because of Dhoni's record of snatching victories from pressure situations and being very watchful here. Why did SA bring back Morkel even when he was injured and there were other fast bowlers waiting in the rank? Test cricket is played with a settled team and there was no reason to drop Sami, Ishant or Zaheer after the first test performance. But agree with you that five bowlers were required in this test (after BCCI-SA flawed schedule to play again after 3 days). I think Jadhav should have been there in place of Rohit. What do you say? Five days of battle for others while Rohit goes out first ball. He is a pretender.

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (December 28, 2013, 21:49 GMT)

@Greatest_Game

That's wonderful script writing. You are the greatest fan of Kallis as well as of Steyn. So it is quiet natural from you. But I wish you keep the same track so as to raise the standard of this forum. Sometimes I saw unfair comments from you. When you have the ability to explore good, then do it. That will definitely inspire everyone here.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 21:48 GMT)

Well jadeja has got some job to finish. one thing is for sure. SA can't play spin.in fact India has world class spinners right nowin ashwin,jadeja, ojha and amit mishra dominating the world. pakistan has just one in ajmal, england just lost their best, australia still believes in lyon but not long !! so its just a matterof time before the tail enders are wrapped up and india takes considerable lead!!

Posted by Buggsy on (December 28, 2013, 21:34 GMT)

I see India are still not capable of winning overseas. Dhoni has to be the worst captain India has seen in years.

Posted by Naresh28 on (December 28, 2013, 21:18 GMT)

@nampally - agree with you - Dhoni has a tunnel vision. We need 5 bowlers for a win not 4. The old days we used 4 and got no way. Most teams will defend a set total in the forth innings with good bowling not India.

Posted by JaiBhujwala on (December 28, 2013, 21:14 GMT)

Really amazing to read some comments by my fellow Indians. I am a proud Indian and an avid supporter of Indian cricket hence I would say rather than defending poor cricket we should demand change.

We have 3 technically sound batsmen Kohli, Pujara & Rahane, they'll do well almost anywhere. Dhawan is more hit and miss (sehwag mould - but too early to judge him), Vijay will play 1 knock b4 he is about to be kicked out and then be in the team for next 5 matches. Dhoni is an ordinary keeper, below average batsman and a decent captain overseas (DK is a better keeper/batsman for tests). Rohit will need 25 tests before he blossoms...(drop him and get him again after a year like in ODIs, he might perform but no guarantees). U.Yadav needs to be in tests, he can leak runs but gets wickets, that's important, Ojha is our best conventional spin bowler, no point of playing Ashwin just because he is a better batsman but will take no wickets.

This is the truth, if we want to win away from home!

Posted by TMSer on (December 28, 2013, 20:17 GMT)

Idiotic decision to leave Ashwin out of this test match, may cost india the series, a 2nd spinner to backup jadeja was needed on this pitch and they have always bowled well in tandem. . Rohit sharma bowled suprisingly tidily, his first contribution of the series, perhaps he should consider re-inventing himself as an off spinner that bats a bit.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (December 28, 2013, 20:02 GMT)

Fantastic piece of writing by Greatest_Game The Rock of Gibraltar that is JH Kallis. What are we going to do without him, other batsmen just seem so flaky in comparison.

Posted by shot274 on (December 28, 2013, 19:54 GMT)

this pitch will be fun and games in the last innings! Basically if India bat well in the second innings it will be a draw. If on the other hand they restrict SA to 375 and then get bowled out for 225 or so either side could win . 150-200 in the fourth innings will not be easy. And i dont think Kallis is cautious because he wants his hundred. He knows that runs in the first innings will make the difference. If SA got a sizeable lead and won the match everyone will talk about how masterful an innings Kallis played.I think this is a masterful innings irrespective of the result.

Posted by rame1975 on (December 28, 2013, 19:53 GMT)

This test seems to head towards a draw until and unless India dismisses SA for less than 375 and score quickly to put a target for SA above 225 . But weather forecast for rain and also bad light will have a big impact in this match.Any way this test has still some life in it till now. Hope India come out with plans to dismiss SA quickly

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 19:50 GMT)

Too Harsh on Ashwin , The pitch here would have suited him ,and he should have been atleast taken Rohit's spot and played as a bowling allrounder.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (December 28, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

Smith attacked & fell, misjudging the spin. Amla, lost, came & went. Then came Kallis, & India, 221 runs ahead, thought "get him, & this is ours." Alviro misjudged, defending against spin. AB came in. Kallis dropped anchor, accumulated. AB attacked fluently. Kallis matched his rhythm, building the partnership. 40 overs & 127 runs later AB fell, defending against spin. India, now 94 ahead, thought, "get Kallis, & we can take this." Kallis eased Duminy in, & he hung on, scrabbled, but fell, defending against spin. Faf, Robbie P, Vernon will come. India, just 35 ahead, are thinking, "get Kallis, or the game could be theirs."

Tireless Jadega, the tormentor, bowled 155 balls to AB, JP, & the King. Kallis, laser focused, Terminator relentless, soaked up 60%. 94 balls, scoring 30% of his 74 runs off them. A human textbook against spin. Legend.

A Giant stands in India's way. They know him well, for he has denied them victory before, and thus earned their respect, their guard of honour.

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

OK. Someone in the know in Indian cricket.... Please tell me why Ishant Sharma is still playing Test Cricket ( or any other ) with an Average of 38 after 52 Test matches ? Showing promise not good enough any more surely. Not understanding.

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

This is a battle of equals. By the way does anyone know if Kallis batting cautiously or simply waiting for his last 100 ? As far as Indian team goes, after disastrous previous tours of England and Australia, they have done world of good with their competitiveness, irrespective of what the distractors might say otherwise. BCCI must be feeling ackward now for having Tendulkar retire in India instead of coming here and competing against SA. Just imagine Tendulkar in the playing eleven here.. Iam sure he would have made huge difference to the Indian teams fortune and we could have seen stadium filled with spectators, which is sorely missing now..

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 19:12 GMT)

Dhoni is very shrewd and knows how to keep his captaincy. I agree with TRAM re Dhoni and how he calculatedly pushed DKarthik out of the team by asking him to open the innings. Dhoni on his own skills does not deserve to be in the test side. Even today Dhoni was not attacking enough when AB and Kallis were in the middle. There were no close-in fielders when Jadeja was bowling. Jadeja looked like the only bowler who could break the partnership and Dhoni simply let the AB-Kallis pair settle down and score too many easy runs. Dhoni must quit test cricket for sure.

Posted by Jimmyvida on (December 28, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

Looks like this wicket is becoming increasingly difficult to bat on. SA lucky India did go for two spinners. Let's see what score India can set SA. Except for the occasional ball Wanderers was good to bat on the last day. This wicket may not be. What does weather predict?

Posted by Biggest_Cricket_Fan on (December 28, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

It's just funny to watch Rohit Sharma bat against SA bowlers, but it is funnier to watch his faces he makes after getting out.

Posted by 88luvcricket on (December 28, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

Great knock by Kallis: THE MOST COMPLETE CRICKER OF OUR GENERATION. The 'Don' of allrounders. With just 165 tests and close to breaking another ton of records, it's sad to see him go! We've seen great entertainers in Gayle, Sanath, Warne and great masters of their craft in Sachin, Dravid, Murali. All of them greatly aclaimed, thanks to media. But Kallis was hard done in that respect and was most of the time the unsung cricketer, doing a collosal job. And at the end the records and the quality in which they were achieved are there to speak for itself! Though he scores another century or not in his last game, hope he gets the place he deserves in the game. Right there at the top with the greats!! So, here's "Three Salutes" to a true legend. THE MOST COMPLETE CRICKETER OF OUR GENERATION.

Posted by Srini_Chennai on (December 28, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

@Tram: Please, Dhoni pushed Karthik into opening? Seriously? He opened in test series against England in England in 2007 and in Bangladesh. He performed admirably well and that is under Dravid captaincy. Not under Dhoni. I'm a fan of Karthik too but lets be honest, he is nowhere near as consistent as India want him to be in both International and Domestic career. Look at his 1st class average, he averages in 40s whereas likes of Rohit and Rahane averages in 60s.

Posted by rgrokkam1 on (December 28, 2013, 18:07 GMT)

Good performance from India, considering the conditions and the quality of the opposition batsmen. India need to make sure that SA does not run away with the game on the 4th day. A lead of 150 for SA could be crucial.

Posted by silentstand on (December 28, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

This match will draw most likely

Posted by TRAM on (December 28, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

@thebeautifulgame, good question. I think a medium pacer "hits 140 regularly" means 140+ is exception rather than always. Whereas pacer would bowl 140+ always and hit 150 many times. (example Jimmy Anderson). I think India bowlers would find it impossible to bowl at 150+. If they do, they should be called pace bowlers for sure. May be Umesh/Aaron can try?

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

Test cricket is struggling to survive.Less than capacity crowd in the stadium despite a legend playing his final test match is testimony to this.At this stage the authorities are required to be vigilant as well as in search of new or innovative ways to make test cricket result oriented.Apart from sporadic use of DRS,use of floodlights and extended play provisions nothing significant and decisive has been introduced to add to the popularity of test matches.The ineptitude of concerned board or Icc to plan fixuters in a manner that no or little play is lost due to bad weather is reflected in several matches in recent times including the current one being washed out wholly or partially to sheer frustration of viewers,patrons and fans alike.So its high time the use of advanced weather forecast technologies and concept of reserve days for wastage/delay be discussed by those responsible for administering cricket.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (December 28, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

@TRAM I find your posts very informative to ready and you seem to have some good insight nn the mechanics within Team India. This makes a refreshing change from the usual 'Kohli is god' comments.

Many posters on here claiming that SA is going for the draw, this is not true. Kallis is batting very slowly because he is struggling out there with good Indian bowling. After Kallis gets his Ton SA will accelerate and get a 150 run lead by Tea time and stick India into bat for 4 session. Lots of pressure on India and as we have seen so far on this tour, after you get through the first 5 or 6, the next 4 fall like pack of cards.

Posted by mzm149 on (December 28, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

It depends a lot on Robin Peterson to take this match into South Africa's favor. He can contribute useful fast runs with bat tomorrow to take SA's lead to above 150. He, along with Duminy, can bowl well to contain India under this score so that SA don't have to bat again or target is achievable in a session or two.

Posted by TRAM on (December 28, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

@pchats_2000, agree with you re Dhoni. He is there in the team not because of his decision making skills or batting or wkt-keeping skills. But because of: 1. No other Ind player seems stable in the playing 11 and with leadership qualities. 2. His "cool"ness helps others to not panic in tight situation (a positive). But it creates the "chalthahe" atmosphere (lack of intent) in other Ind players (a negative). GChappel recommended DKarthik as captaincy material. But Dhoni pushed him to opening slot which DK was not used to even at state level cricket and thus destroyed his career (almost). In fact IMO, Dhoni has removed every one who contended for captaincy. Now that Pujara, Kholi have proven to be long term members, India selectors should promote them as captains. (may be Kholi for ODI/T20 & Pujara for Tests). These guys may need leadership/mind training. Ashwin would make an intelligent captain with communication skills but his fielding would set bad standards, hence No, IMO.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (December 28, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

India has to find some good pace bowlers and play with 5 bowlers. Zak is not as effective as before and Ishant is back to his mediocre ways. Rohit is good only against weak bowling. Even Yusuf Pathan would be a better choice than Rohit. Yusuf is not scared of any bowler, and he is more than a decent spinner. He has been taking a lot of wickets in Ranji Trophy lately.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

If India maintain their nerve/composure, it may not be that easy for SA to score briskly (that is if full 90 overs are possible on Day 4). I hope MSD continues with old ball and Jadeja. SA will be in a hurry to score. Let them attack Jadeja. That is India's only hope to restrict SA and get them out. Also SA's last 5 batters played well in Jo'burg, but that was not a spinning track & India did not have an accurate spin bowler then. I would love to see Phil/Steyn/Morkel facing upto Jadeja on a spinning track.Those 3, India should get out cheaply.

Weather forecast is for rain- so Indian fans can breathe easier. IMHO, An Indian win is 1% possibility, a rain marred draw 59% & SA win 40%.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 17:14 GMT)

To all the people who are saying that SA should win the match for Kallis. In-fact, SA should draw this match and make him happy. The way he is batting now, I am sure he is looking to score a century and that will cost another crucial session for SA.

Posted by samincolumbia on (December 28, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

SA strike rate at less than 3 per over.They are trying to draw the match because they do not want to bat last on the pitch and lose the match.

Posted by yogesh.gg on (December 28, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

Posted by linguboy on (December 28, 2013, 15:43 GMT) : This is not Ashwin's first time bad performance overseas. He has been consistently not performing in case you did not notice.

Posted by tom120 on (December 28, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

Weather playing spoilsport. Good bowling by Jadeja, but didn't get support from the other end. SA will look to bat atleast 50 overs tomorrow, and get the lead past 100 runs. If the weather doesn't intervene this test might be a result. SA should have played a little faster, they were 82/0 in 20 overs y'day. Today they scored 217 runs in about 85 overs, they should have scored with a run rate of close to 3 per over, they would have scored 30-35 more runs. Nevertheless, if SA bats well tomorrow and then bowls well as well, they could win this match, but all depends upon rains.

Posted by strikeforce2003 on (December 28, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

Should India Get the Suds bowled with say 70 run lead by lunch on day 4 ( even while taking 5 overs on day 4 on rain/ bad light) and then post a 220 lead within 10 overs on Day 5.. India could well win., in 70 /72 overs ( even while taking off 5 overs for bad light) This pitch is busting, batting 4th ain't easy with Jadeja or Shami..game on !

Posted by Jaga2011 on (December 28, 2013, 16:24 GMT)

One thing I can never understand as a IND cricket fan is - why does the Indian team not play with 5 bowlers in test matches?

If the team's strength is the batting department, then 6 batsmen including the wk would be more than enough in Test matches. If 7 batsmen are in fact needed in the lineup due to a fear of quick loss of wickets in the middle order, then, there is no point in claiming to be a team driven by the batting department, time to stop making those claims!

Anytime anywhere, going into test matches with 5 bowlers would be extremely useful to help get 20 wickets. And we can avoid the ugly sight of seeing bowling from part-time 2/3 over guys like Kohli and Rohit. Bowling is surely the weaker Indian dept and it's plain common-sense!

Posted by S.Seshachalam on (December 28, 2013, 16:22 GMT)

Hope India can draw this test match and the series. That itself will be a moral victory. Steps to be taken for next series. Drop Zak once and for all. Keep Rohit and Dhawan under scanner for further decision on subsequent series.

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

Kallis and DeVilliers have firmly put their team on the victory path. A lead of 150 will be sufficient for Safrica tomorrow. I see the Indian batting capitulating to the Safrican pace trio in the 2nd innings. Only weather can stop the Safricans from winning. Kallis and DeVilliers have done very well to ensure Safrica may not need to bat again. Well played guys.Team India...learn from the batting display you have seen today. Your bowling was....let's not go there.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 16:18 GMT)

India & SA are evenly matched in terms of score. Only problem for India is that SA's last 5 wkts are not bowling pins, unlike their own. If only Dhoni/Zaheer/Ishant/Shami did not poke at outside off balls on Day 2 session 3, India would have surely crossed 400. If you really look at the Indian innings, only Pujara/Jadeja got out to good balls. Remaining 8 wkts fell due to fear of Steyn's pace or lack of patience in leaving outside off deliveries or to average outside leg deliveries(kohli/vijay).

Weather is India's best friend now to escape with a draw. That and a disciplined outing in 2nd innings. A 0-0 series result is an decent accomplishment to the Indian team. For SA, that would be a disappointment.

Thankfully for India, SA team does not have the killer instinct of Australia. A team with the talent of SA and killer instinct of Aussies would be the real scary one indeed.

Posted by Nampally on (December 28, 2013, 16:14 GMT)

In the First Test all the 10 SA wkts. in the first innings were taken by the 3 Seamers. With just 3 days rest between the Tests, there simply wasn't enough recovery time for the tired legs. The same 3 Seamers were ineffective! The only "fresh legs" of Jadeja helped him to capture 4 of the 5 wkts. to fall on Day 3. It would certainly have helped a lot if one of the 3 seamers was replaced by fresh legs of Yadev. Why do we have a squad of 15 if the same XI plays irrespective of how tired they are? Also playing with 4 Bowlers is sheer lunacy! It tired out all the 4 bowlers after a marathon First test. If there were 5 Bowlers on the Indian side in the first test, India would have won + have relatively fresh legs for the second Test. Dhoni has lot of explaining to do with his irrational XI selection. His "tunnel vision" has hurt India badly in all Tests, especially those overseas! Fortunately for India, Pujara & Kohli have been the saving grace on this Tour with possible 0-0 drawn series!

Posted by GRVJPR on (December 28, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

@Shamshad Ahmed, Don't questions the wickets in India, they are more result oriented than these boring draw pitches in South Africa. As fasr as triple 100s are concerned, even pujara got 300 3 times in India. So if they don't mean anything, then as per you PUJARA shouldn't be in team. I am speechless. Remember that most triple centuries are scored on good wickets. No one can score a triple hundlred on rank turner or overly seaming tracks. So whoever scores triple hundred needs to be aplauded as it takes only one ball to dismiss a batsmen and jadeja batted for more than 17 hours for each of that 300. So credit to fitness and determination and concentration, and that too in hot and humid India.

Posted by GRVJPR on (December 28, 2013, 16:03 GMT)

I seriosuly feel for Test Cricket with teams like South Africa at #1 spot not trying to win a game and that too when they have a very very inexperienced team against them. What sort of attitude was that. Scoring at 1.95 per over when Rohit Sharma was bowling. The flattest track on the earth and opponents with limitations in their bowling. No way India can be blamed for no result. They were above the overrated (15.5 ) as opposed to World number 1 side overrated (12.5). Clearly Shows South Africa is happy with Kallis Century, and all these years poor sachin was targeted for that attitude.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 15:56 GMT)

Indian team's guard of honour for Kallis as he walked in to bat what probably would be his last test appearance was very touching. Jadeja should add more variety to his bowling and should give more flight.Result of this test series is quite clear, 0-0.

Posted by thebeautifulgame on (December 28, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

"Shami was the pick of the medium-pacers, getting the ball to regularly reverse in and constantly hitting speeds near 140kph."

Its always amazing why Indian pacers are always referred to as medium pacers, regardless of the speed they hit. I recall a particularly interesting series (also against SA, in SA, in 1997, I think), when Srinath and Klusener were both hitting 145-150 kph and yet the commentary (on TV) kept referring to Klusener as being a fast bowler and Srinath as being a medium pacer.

I know we haven't produced the same kind of tradition of genuinely fast bowlers as WI, Aus, Pak and SA have, but surely its better to not ignore speeds in this fashion? Or do we have a case of "soft bigotry of low expectations" here?

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 15:54 GMT)

Rain will force the match to draw..

Posted by ZkAneela on (December 28, 2013, 15:54 GMT)

This test match is heading only for a draw after the dismissal of AB de villiers.

Posted by linguboy on (December 28, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

@Neil Shaw: Sorry mate There's no chance they are going to play 2 SLA bowlers outside India that too IF they play 2 spinners. If they go with 2 Spinners then definitely it will be Ashwin and Jadeja. Regarding team selection leave it to Selectors, Captain and Coach rather than involving yourself in everything. Why can't you just sit back and relax mate. They know better about the players better than you and me. Remember many attacked Jadeja and his selection just last year I don't know where they are now????? just relax will ya????

Posted by BhaskarHajong on (December 28, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

India desperately need 3/4 fast bowlers who can constantly bowl above 140k.. Otherwise we r not winning test matches away from home. And bcci has the money to produce that need. Many people have noted that zaheer should retire. Ofcourse he is of no use anymore

Posted by SA_FAN315 on (December 28, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

If SA can bat till tea then they can add 50-100 runs quickly in the last 15-20 over if they have wickets in hand and they do decide to declare ....All i can see right now is a SA win or a drawn test... some people are still bashing Morkel....if STYEN has done the job why do you still need Morkel to destroy the batting line up ?. ... It's not like SA needs to take 20 wickets in a single innings coz they can do that too ....remember when people were bashing STYEN after the first test....You can't expect each of the SA bowlers to get 5 wickets

Posted by mshyder on (December 28, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

If this match also ends in a draw, questions would be raised about the SAfrican motivation to win and safety 1st approach. Their snail pace batting in later part of the day may cost them the chance of a win. They already threw away the chance of a great win in the 1st match by their approach.

Posted by hpc1 on (December 28, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

Bad Light & Rain paused Indian Dominance on Day 1. After that, we seen SA Dominated on Day 2 & 3. Now Rain stall SA's dominance. Will there be Indian Dominance on Day 4 & 5?

Posted by linguboy on (December 28, 2013, 15:43 GMT)

@Niel Shaw: Vijay as good as I sharma?????? good God. Ashwin UGLY based on what????? 1 innings????? R Sharma BAD????? Then What's Worse????? Zaheer BAD????? He's UGLY. This guy can't field, Can't bat, Can't Bowl more than 130 kph he is BAD???? He Should never be selected again. Sorry ZAK. thanks for your services. Dhawan BAD???? Sorry he can't play short balls at the body, Can't control his instincts to drive so BIG NO to him in test team. YOU have so many discrepancies in your theory but you are quick to point out a single player based on 1 innings . Sorry mate it shows your prejudice to a particular player nothing more. Go Get Rest and enjoy the team performances rather than taking a dig at some individuals. please publish this cricinfo.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 15:39 GMT)

Jadeja did bowl well and justified his captain's trust in him, but he was bowling mostly at 90 kph plus, he should give the ball more air and learn the armer ball.Perhaps a stint with Bedi would help him become a world class spinner. It would be foolish to term Jadeja as an all rounder,the way he played surprises us that this same guy scored 2 triple centuries in Ranji trophy which speaks of the wickets we prepare at home and the quality of bowlers.

Posted by Jimmyvida on (December 28, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

I am a cricket fan. Judging from what Indian fans are saying India should have dropped Dhoni, Rohit, Ashwin and replace with another "fast" bowler, Ojha and Jadeja. The same people thought that Steyn was finished after the first test. All the Indian batsmen are flat track bullies. At the Wanderers, the ball did not turn. You hoped for some keeping low or bouncing to get wickets .Ashwin bowled 42 overs for 108 runs. What do some Indians want. Did you look at the final overs today? Kallis played forward to Jadeja who got some extra bounce. Dhawan, fielding close up had the ball drop on his boot. Only at that point was he bending down. It was not a dropped catch. Do you know how many catches Australia dropped in the first innings of the fourth test. That's why Indian fielders do not make the extra effort.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 15:33 GMT)

@TommytuckerSaffa, it would really help if you actually understand the game or at least stick to your opinion. If Ind goes at a run rate below 3, you think they are playing for a draw, what about SA run rate today? You think Dhoni is having negative tactics by bowling a spinner and denying the new ball? check the scoreboard again and see who got the wickets for Ind.

Posted by widelongon on (December 28, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

No matter whats the result would be but India performed better than what was expected by many. Pujara, Kohli, Shami n 2 sm extend Vijay n Jadeja played well. But unless Indian bowling gets better it would be really difficult to win test matches outside as we all saw in the last match which we should have won but our bowling. Ishant n Zaheer r tried n tested players, just one performance here n there n nothing more after that. May be in future there would be a good crop.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

India needs 2 teams for Test matches - 1 for Tests in India (Rohit, Dhawan, Ashwin, Z. Khan) and another for Tests outside India (a good batsman to be determined, Rahane, I. Sharma, Ohja) with the remaining 7 playing in both teams (Vijay, Kohli, Dhoni, Pujara, Shami, Yadav, Jadeja). Ashwin is a flog outside India and Rohi/Dhawan don't apply technique and common sense. Khan is over the hill and should retire. Surprised that India doesn't have a good crop of pace bowlers (over 140k consistently) from which to choose.

Posted by BhaskarHajong on (December 28, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

It would have been better for team India if they had played Pragyan Ojha/Ashwin alongside Jadeja, in place of Zaheer or Ishant since Durban pitch had always assisted spinners. ZAHEER has passed his prime.. No pace nothing, does not look threatening at all.. I hope this is his last test.

Posted by ChuckyDoll on (December 28, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

Clearly SA are calculating that a 75-100 run lead + India collapse in 60 overs will be sufficient to win this test. India is not out of the woods yet. I hope they plan on batting at least 100 overs to save this test.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

Another draw in the offing!Nil-Nil to both teams.Bravo!

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

@INDIA: Who else can bowl spin, in the Indian playing XI? Use them all, if any. Either SA won't build enough lead to force a decision in the remaining time; or lose wickets in a cluster if they try to up the run-rate, by taking risk. You definitely return from South Africa, not losing either of the two tests --- which many predicted.That itself is victory for this young contingent.

Or wait for the pitch to be sufficiently affected for you to demolish SA, the way they did on 2nd day morning session.

@SOUTH AFRICA: Try to bat up to, and possibly into the second session; get AT LEAST a 250 lead. It is possible ( and easy if Faf & Philander are given speeding license) then you have one-and-a half days to bowl India out, within that 250 (or, whatever).And you will end up with an innings victory, in the farewell match of the great Kallis.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

south Africa should easily bowl out india in second innings . they will crumble under pressure. south Africa should win this easily

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

For a team that was supposed to roll over in both Test matches, India has done exceedingly well so far. GOOD - Kohli, Pujara, Shami, Jadeja. OK - I. Sharma, Dhoni, Rahane, Vijay. BAD - R. Sharma, Dhawan, Z. Khan. UGLY - Ashwin. 2 draws are certainly better than 2 slayings.

Posted by Mustafizur96 on (December 28, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

South Africa should win the test for kallis.

Posted by Mustafizur96 on (December 28, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

South Africa should win the test.

Posted by jimwhatever on (December 28, 2013, 14:50 GMT)

why batsmen go to front foot just to defend? the approach of amla against spin is excellent. only if the ball is of full length he would go to front foot. AB just lost his wicket.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 14:50 GMT)

There's a lot of talk about including Rishi Dhawan. Whatever I ve seen of him- he bowls at 125-130kph and is a decent bat. At first glance, bowling doesn't look any more effective than what we have already. Can anybody who's seen more of him clarify ?

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 14:50 GMT)

Wrong team selection from India, always playing safe. Ojha should have replace Rohit and Yadav replaced Zak.

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (December 28, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

@ bumpu : Mate, In further to my earlier comment in yesterday's report, all the "Sir" Jadeja supporters are out and about as you can see but Morne Morkel (who, in the second innings of the first test was going to destroy the entire Indian batting lineup in one spell) supporters are still nowhere to be seen.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

T 20 cricket has messed up the mentality of so many cricket fans especially indian fans! I say abolish T20 cricket. Its a corporate idea and we do not need it, rather feed hungry people!

how I wish Kallis will get a 100. great knock on a wicket that is causing a lot of trouble.

Salute Kallis, one of the greatest athletes cricket has ever seen!

Posted by Haz95 on (December 28, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

Doesn't matter if Ashwin is the 'fifth fastest to 100 wickets'..He's pretty awful. He, Dhawan, Nohit Sharma are all flat track bullys. Mr Nohit bowled better than Ashwin today and he's just a part timer..Jadeja is a good bowler and he has the potential to become a Genuine Allrounder according to his FC stats, but then again Indian pitches make Ashwin the top allrounder too lol

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 14:39 GMT)

@TommytuckerSaffa - So you agree your team can't play spin and our mediocre spinners can contain them to score under 2.50 per over? That too in your backyard? Ha!

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

SAF must be really wondering what Kallis is doing, 35 overs to make 75 runs, clearly playing for a hundred and not the victory, Dhoni's tactics in stark contrast to Smith who wanted to go off, Dhoni instead pushing on with spinners to get wickets and getting rewarded. SAF wanting to play safe and fear losing to India before risking anything. Its clear now that Jadeja is the guy we travel with, India need to keep SAF batting as long as possible, very difficult for SAF to suddenly accelerate and make 200 + runs tomorrow, looks like they will get bowled out with an 80 odd run lead, Kallis has ensured that SA dont lose from here, but can they get into a position of victory - not sure, with rain and light both as factors SA should have batted aggressively and declared and gambled for an India collapse, but this series has shown that SA puts fear above hunger for victory....whilst India is ready to gamble....cant wait to see what happens when SA minus Kallis enter the ring against Aus....

Posted by Naresh28 on (December 28, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

Cannot imagine why India went with a four bowler selection. We cannot take 20 wickets to win a game and there lies our problem. So why leave out the the fifth.Indian bowling has deteriorated since Kumble left the scene and Zaks is no more good.

Posted by bappcric on (December 28, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

I think the Indian pacers are - well - pacing themselves because they know it is going to rain on the last two days and any effort is wasted effort. Keep the runs in check.

About our bowling - all our bowlers are of the same type - all of whom can ONLY bowl good-length and short. There is NOBODY in the Indian sub-continent who can bowl FULL or YORKER length at a GOODish speed - preferably from close to the stumps.

About Ashwin - you don't need a rocket scientist to be able to figure out if a spinner will get turn on a wicket. The ball does not turn because of hand of God or some miracle. One look at the ANGLE of ROTATION of the ball and you can say which spinner will get how much turn in every condition.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

South Africa don't deserve to be no 1. Their world class batsmen can not even score at 3 run per over against a decent bowling attack. Really negative tactics from SA. Kallis is playing for his hundred not for the team. I bet this will end up as another draw. They are expecting to bowl out India quickly in the third innings which is not gonna happen.

Posted by SLslider on (December 28, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

I have to say this Test series has been great. 100 times better than SL vs PAK series where we were getting hammered by lowly PAK. Really good watching an even series specially after one sided SL vs pak series. Virat has matured and is the best young batsman in the world right now and we have chandimal. Good to see Shami bowling at over 140 our trundlers were struggling to reach 132. So if you want to watch good cricket then this is the series. Go Ind and SA.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

People are quick to criticise EVERYTHING. The wicket is turning. Jadeja has bowled exceptionally well. That ball to dismiss AB was the perfect left arm spinner's wicket. SA have been very cautious against the spinners. JP isn't the best facing spin anyway. SA's slow run rate since AB was out is due to Jadeja bowling well and JP looking for some form. Dhoni wasn't negative to decline the new ball either. The new ball has done nothing for the seamers. The spinners are the biggest threat. After 60 overs when seamers were bowling, Dhoni had to operate with no slip fielders because there was nothing from the seamers.

Posted by yogesh.gg on (December 28, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

Krishna Kowshik on (December 28, 2013, 13:17 GMT) : Big chunk of those 100 wickets were taken against NZ and WI on Indian pitches. Ashwin is good bowler on Indian pitches but to succeed overseas you need extra skills to adapt and some pace too. His overseas record so far speaks volumes about his capability. Ojha and Jadeja are better than Ashwin for overseas matches.

Posted by mzm149 on (December 28, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

Kallis wouldn't play fast till he gets his ton. But Duminy played a very boring knock. Considering that Duminy is one of the good players of spin, he should have attacked to take lead. The game is going towards a boring draw. South Africa will rue the first test, where they were in a comfortable winning position and they settled for draw.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 14:12 GMT)

@Vishwas HS... bad light and a pitch thats getting worse....you cant compare the Indian 1st innings to Soutb Africas. Did india bat on a Day 3 pitch or on a Day 1 pitch? Comment like someone who knows cricket, not like you just want your 10cent worth

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 14:11 GMT)

this will most probably end in a draw...unless the south Africans get somewhere close to 450 or higher they cannot hope for an innings victory by any means...also they need time to get to 450+ so by the time India comes out for the second innings we would already be into the 3rd session of day 4.... with the kind of form they are in I don't see India getting bundled out for less than 200 on this pitch ..disappointing to see the match being played in Durban when we had a better alternative at newlands.... anyway tame end to a highly anticipated test!

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

Dhoni like to take wickets by keeping spin on .. But SA not keen on anything else than draw the match oops also keen on kallis ton .. Bizare tactics from a great man playing his last match.. Is its a Greatness at the cost of a test match .. Dont understand

Posted by yuvi_gladiator on (December 28, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

so disappointed with the negative approach of SA team in this match. batting at 2.84 runs an over and even the defensive tactics to go off on the first day. kallis at 78 runs of 224 ball where they should be bossing the game. great player but thats exactly why he does not gets as much credit as Lara, Ponting and Tendulkar did while batting. they would have taken the game to the opposition

Posted by bharatvishwa on (December 28, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

@ TommytuckerSaffa: We all know whos playing negative mate.. Yesterday india scored around 3 per over and South africa today have been even more horrible. They cant attack this ordinary attack?? Lol....

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (December 28, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

@tommytuckersaffa kallis is just a grinder...he is just going for a draw..SA dont deserve their no.1 ranking

Posted by sumit1982 on (December 28, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

India team missing the variation that ashwin provide.As well as One short fast blower , fast blower cannot blow long spell. Now dhoni giving blowing to rohit who almost complete 10 overs.

I don't understand the tactics at all.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (December 28, 2013, 14:01 GMT)

MS Dhoni, negative tactics, no wonder the team hardly wins overseas. Spinner operating fielders at long on and long off, plus 2 more sweeping. He is going for a draw.

Posted by sundersingh on (December 28, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

Well well well..... where is ravi ashwin..

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

Indian so called mediocre batting was facing works class bowlers and scoring at 3 rpo and people start complaining.... but saffas world class batsmen.facing Indian.mediocre bowling and scoring at less than 3rpo and no one is barking... where are the cricket pundits now?? where are those who criticised Indian. batting as negative???

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

SA cant get rohit sharma away.. Haah it cant be possible the reality is they are going for the draw keeping in mind 4th that they have to play

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

saffas are playing negative here, not attacking even thismediocre bowling on a flat track, seems like they are fearing of loss here on this ground provided their record on this ground in past few years.... really not a no1 teams tactics this.....

Posted by PrasPunter on (December 28, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

Reproducing my post made on the other one at the MCG.

The next couple of ones are going to be interesting - Aus Vs SA and ind vs Eng .

1. Can SA cope up without the Giant-sized colassus named Kallis ?

2. Can Aus bowling attack prove their mettle outside Aus ? Can Aus batting survive the SA pace battery ?

3. Is Eng really this bad or that Aus were just exceptional this time ? How would they fare against india's bowlers ?

4. Is india's performance in SA an one-shot wonder or are they capable of more ?

Aus needs good batsmen and india good bowlers. SA has both. And how about Eng ?

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

people complained about Indian runrate, what is south African batsmen doing now??? are they doing any better than India? or Indian bowlers are bowling that good?( not likely) atleast India were facing world class bowlers, saffas are not facing ant world class bowler. in contrast they are world class batsmen facing mediocre bowling scoring just at 3rpo.....

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (December 28, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

@ TommytuckerSaffa Yesterday it was boring watching India bat coz India was batting with a runrate of 3. Today Indian bowling is boring for you coz SA is going at 3rpo. Do you have anything called sticking to one's opinion. And regarding trundlers we saw your SL unfit trundlers in UAE against PAK. Not a single bowler bowled at 140kph.

Posted by pchats_2000 on (December 28, 2013, 13:44 GMT)

Time has come to evaluate Dhoni's captaincy & performance outside the INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT. Watching AB take all those catches, you realise that all of them would not have been catches with Dhoni as he would not have attempted any of them (does anyone remember a diving leg-side catch from Dhoni). Additionally his captaincy has been insipid (as it always has been when the chips are down). Let me remind all the Dhoni supporters that before this tour, Dhoni in his last 10 overseas test has an average of less than 25, with a strike rate of below 55. Therefore no excuses there as well. I'm sure this will set the cat among the pigeons.....

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

the march is getting board neither india is taking wickets or s.a playing aggressive.....bad end for test mach , has ruined all expectations from world no1 & 2 teams

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (December 28, 2013, 13:29 GMT)

Dhoni's negative tactics. Not taking the new ball, not wanting to bowl SA out but just restrict them with spinners.

Posted by sundersingh on (December 28, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

i think they r waiting for bad light to interrupt............

Posted by aussie1993 on (December 28, 2013, 13:17 GMT)

this match will either end in a draw or sa will run if they can bat tomorrow till lucnch and can get a lead of 170+ otherwise it will end in a boring draw

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 13:17 GMT)

guys everyone is speaking about zaheer to retire and that Ashwin's skills to your notice guys he is the 5th fastest bowler to take 100 wickets in test and no current bowler in the list ahead of him. Saying specifically to Indian fans try to encourage and support the Indian players .

Posted by Haz95 on (December 28, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

Oh and speaking of Amla, he isn't exactly anyone's bunny and he's simply just going through a rough patch generally in 2013. Compare 2013 Amla to 2012 Amla, ones barely world class and ones almost legendary. Amla will bounce back next year and top the rankings again

Posted by Haz95 on (December 28, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

From a neutral observer, seeing the pitch in this state, India should have bowled the saffers A.O for about 250-300, typical lol. Anyway how the hell did Ashwin make the ICC test XI where even the underrated Sir Jadeja is better than him.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 13:11 GMT)

"Andy Sandham called it quits after hitting a mere 325." The result of this match is "Match drawn(by agreement)". Can anyone tell me what was the agreement and and scenario?

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

the bowling planing for idea is not good, if the fast blower is to make breakthru to come back at least with 10-15 runs in lead .otherwise this match will be in SA hand for win or draw .

take previous test positive make alive a test , this kind of choice was not happened in future to win 1-0 to be great history

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

@Haz95 : one bowlerbgot 5 times out of 8 innings and other bowler got him out 5 Times in 6 innings.... everybody can see whose bunny is amla.... lol... nevermind... amla is great batsman

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

cant watch anymore this match very boring SA is not trying to score dont deserve to be no.1 just playing for draw

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (December 28, 2013, 12:44 GMT)

Why did the South African groundsman prepare a flat spinning track? So much for home conditions !! Boring watching Indias bowling attack, medium pace trundlers at one end and a spinner at the other.

Posted by Haz95 on (December 28, 2013, 12:10 GMT)

Indian bowling back to its below par standards. Jadeja(by the way jadeja>ashwin) and Shami will not be able to handle the workload themselves.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 12:08 GMT)

What you Indians need to realise, is that you need to support your bowlers through their ups and downs, and especially with the bat. I support aus so I know that seeds planted will generally grow. We've only managed to win the ashes through bowling. But you have to stick with someone you think have potential. You could drop them and have then earn their way back, but haven't you already done that? Ishant and khan were given the thumbs up last test, perhaps they had a bad day? Get over it and get behind your team.

Posted by Haz95 on (December 28, 2013, 12:05 GMT)

Did someone say Amla is Shamis bunny? Not yet, anyway that space is occupied by Mohammed Irfan.

Posted by VinodGupte on (December 28, 2013, 12:04 GMT)

i think it is time for Zaheer Khan to call a press conference. it is better to quit instead of being treated like, say, sehwag or harbhajan singh.

Posted by CricketChat on (December 28, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

Would be fitting if Kallis gets a century in what might be his final test innings. They way SA are going, 550-600 looks quite feasible. He may not get a chance to bat 2nd time around. Great finish to a top level career!

Posted by anton1234 on (December 28, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

South Africa has to try and get a lead of 200 and then try to bowl India out, knowing there won't be enough time for themselves to be bowled out in the 4th innings. So, if SA can bat until somewhere between lunch and tea tomorrow it really leaves only 2 possible outcomes - a SA win or a draw. That of course presupposes that SA do not have a major collapse.

Posted by yogesh.gg on (December 28, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

The difference between India and SA in first test was that SA had spinners who could take wickets i.e Duminy and Tahir. Both jointly took 4 wickets and Ashwin couldn't snare even one wicket. I think it's high time selectors and Dhoni should open their eyes on Ashwin and not play him overseas at all. Jadeja has been excellent so far and that's what we need.Ashwin is just a decent batsmen who can bowl little bit with nominal skills. He is not good enough to be our lead spinner.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

seriously our selectors think that bowling is not part of Indian cricket.... and dhoni thinks only batsmen can win matches.... there are no serious bowlers in Indian team....both ishant and zaheer are bowling like a bowling machines... no intent, no reason, no urge to take wickets....

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (December 28, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

Indian bowling never improves. It will once India learn to speak truth. But it might never happen.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

Well batted King Killin and AB. It reminds me of Australia in their heyday. There always seems to be someone who comes good!

Weather permitting SA are looking good to take the series here. Keep it up boys!

Posted by PrasPunter on (December 28, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

With due respect to Amla, am I the only one to think that, by shuffling across before playing a shot, he makes it easier for the bowlers to bowl to his pads and get him leg-before or bowled ? True that he has scored all his runs this way, but as his career unravels, more likely that Amla will be dismissed this way.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 11:43 GMT)

Please Mr Kallis we all Love you so please do not retire now give us 2 more years , you have got your batting form back.

Posted by balajit on (December 28, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

Real ineffective bowling! no control from pacers! zaheer is looking pale shadow of bowler he was! bowling in mid 120's when it is time to really stand up & contribute! no swing. Ishant not effective on these kind of pitches! shami & jadeja cant bowl forever!

SA will be in lead by the end of day if they continue like way they started after lunch! India will be left to pray for the rain which might not arrive! SA will take this series 1-0. Once again Ind will be left to ponder over what might have been on a SA series. India will find it difficult to win in overseas conditions unless they find wicket taking fast bowlers on any given surface as well as a fast bowling all rounder.

It is sad to see real good efforts of batsman going in drain but that is the result of carrying ineffective bowlers. if you cant take wickets at least control the flow of runs build pressure! Anyways match getting out of hands real fast! wake up bowlers give it a try at least!

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

Look how steyn get those wickets last day .. Its intent .. That what is lacking in indian bowlers .. Atleast they can show some intent to take wicket.. At the moment that are like bowling machine..

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

Looks like this match is heading towards draw... No other result looking possible with rain is expected on sunday... Result possibility looks bleak

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

now can we say amla is the bunny of shami?? got him out 5 Times in 6 innings in that he got bowled 3 times

Posted by UnBiased_True_Cricket_Lover on (December 28, 2013, 11:11 GMT)

I remember even the last time India toured Saffas, it was because of Dhoni's captaincy skills, Indian settled with a draw otherwise India would have had their first series win..this time though it is causing a defeat. This new Indian side has the talent in all 3 departments and has the potential to beat any side in their own backyard, but only with a captain who can lead from the front. Same with Pakistan, they always under-achieve. This match is now going only 1 side. Good farewell to the King Kallis!!

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

ok... enough of mentoring job from zaheer, and enough of ishant.... please can we have real pacers like yadhav , Aaron, dinda and allrounder like rishi dhawan... please... I can't.see.zaheer.getting more than 300 wickets....

Posted by UnBiased_True_Cricket_Lover on (December 28, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

2 new batsmen in crease, 1 is playing his last test and is under some pressure and what has Mr.Dhoni done? For the fast bowlers, he removed the slips, and asked the bowler to just bowl straight, replying on reverse swing. But he did not place even a single fielder in a catching position. Now if even 1 ball is bowled to the off stump, the batsmen has full liberty to play their shots without any fear or doubt on their mind. If a ball is bowled staright or on leg stump, batsmen of Kallis and DeVillers caliber will sure try to play on the ground, take singles and occasionally play shots..For Jadeja who is spinning the ball good compared to any other spinner played in this series, he asked him to come over the stumps gave some freebies to Kallis who lofted him for consecutive boundaries and all the pressure is released..Had there been any other captain, the South African score would have read 180/6 given the conditions..

Posted by SamRoy on (December 28, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

how long will India keep selecting ineffective bowlers Ishant and zak in the name of experience? Umesh Yadav should have been in the team in place of either.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2013, 10:37 GMT)

Really hoping for a hundred from Jakes. He looked set last time out before that unlucky lbw call.

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