South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Durban, 5th day

South Africa win to give Kallis perfect send-off

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

December 30, 2013

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South Africa 500 (Kallis 115, de Villiers 74, Jadeja 6-138) and 59 for 0 beat India 334 (Vijay 97, Pujara 70, Steyn 6-100) and 223 (Rahane 96, Peterson 4-74) by ten wickets
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Match Point - 'Steyn, the best of his time'

South Africa overpowered India by ten wickets in Jacques Kallis' final Test to give one of the greatest of Test careers the perfect end. Kallis will retire satisfied at having been an integral part of a South Africa side who are the undisputed No. 1 in Tests, having lost just one of their previous 25 series stretching back to 2006.

It was a wonderful summer day to sign off. A 40% chance of rain was expected to be one of India's allies on a day that was the biggest challenge for their young batting line-up. Instead, they were greeted by clear blue skies and pleasant sunshine. And their chances worsened dramatically within 15 minutes of the start of play, as Dale Steyn removed their two best batsmen, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, in a fierce spell of fast bowling.

India managed to clear the deficit just before lunch, but South Africa had mopped up five wickets in the first session to put themselves on the verge of a series victory. Though it was the fifth day, the track was still reasonably good for batting, but only Ajinkya Rahane stuck it out with a hugely impressive 96 before becoming the last man out.

A target of 58 proved little challenge to South Africa's openers, who knocked it off in less than 12 overs to end a Durban 'jinx' that lasted since early 2008, with the home side failing to win four previous Tests.

SouthAfrica's dominance began with the first ball of the day itself when Steyn struck a big blow, getting a shortish delivery to rear up to have Kohli caught behind. Kohli couldn't believe the decision, as the ball had brushed his shoulder on the way through to the keeper but he was on his way.


Dale Steyn picked up two wickets in a fiery spell, South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Durban, 4th day, December 29, 2013
Dale Steyn picked up two wickets in a fiery spell © Associated Press
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If Kohli couldn't be faulted for his dismissal, very little blame could be attached to Pujara for his exit as well. Steyn produced the ball of the match - a quick delivery that angled in and then nipped away to beat Pujara's attempt at keeping it out and clip the top of offstump. India were left shellshocked by that early burst as Steyn gave another reminder of why he remains the most lethal fast bowler around.

Rohit Sharma had shouldered arms and lost his middle stump first ball in the first innings, but he fared better this time around. There was plenty of chat with a fired-up Steyn, who sledged him with lines like "I've got more runs than you this series," and "You have done nothing in your career." Rohit survived both Steyn's spell and the verbals, but there was no redemption on a disappointing tour for him as he was caught lbw by a ripping incutter from Vernon Philander for 25.

His Mumbai team-mate Rahane, though, has vastly enhanced his reputation on this series. After nearly two years with the Test squad without getting a proper look-in, he has finally got a couple of games on this challenging tour, and he has locked in his place with a bunch of gutsy knocks. There were an array of classic drives in his fighting innings, one of the highlights of which was a gentle straight drive for four off Steyn.

Rahane's defensive solidity was on display as he kept out the hostile South African quicks, again showcasing his temperament. He also showed that he had that vital quality for a No. 6, the ability to bat with the tail as he and the lower order frustrated South Africa for more than an hour after lunch. He was marching towards a maiden Test century, going for his shots - including a seemingly effortless six over point off Philander - before he was bowled for 96.

India's chances had withered long before that. Robin Peterson stuck twice in an over - MS Dhoni chipped a catch to midwicket, to bring back the questions over his ability to bat in away Tests, and Ravindra Jadeja holed out to long-off. India had slumped to 154 for 7. Zaheer Khan, unlike in recent innings, showed some application before falling to a carrom ball that rounded off a great day for Peterson.

South Africa may be the winners, but India have had plenty to gain from the series as well. Widely expected to be thrashed 2-0 on this tour, they showed they could hold their own against the toughest team around. It is a certainly a massive step up from their two previous high-profile overseas series, which ended in disastrous 4-0 losses, something to cheer their fans despite the Durban defeat.

Match Point: 'Steyn turned the series around'

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Ind.fools on (January 1, 2014, 15:07 GMT)

SA is best team in the world full stop. no need to cry like babies all indian fans. india got nothing to take positive from this tour which shows the quality of cricket indians play. poor team india. you perform only in your home in flat tracks. the future of indian cricket seems dark with mindless captain cool,

Posted by kbza86 on (January 1, 2014, 14:33 GMT)

Australia vs South Africa has been a rivalry that has been going on for many many years...with all due respect to India, we always knew we were going to beat them and beat them well..we always considered the Indian test team immensely overrated and a couple of good ODI players(dahwan, rohit, dhoni and jadeja in particular) and they proved us right yet again(ODI shots from jadeja and dhoni for dismissal). Australia has always been able to match us toe to toe with pace and batsmen..the crowds will jam packed to watch 2 good old fashioned test sides do battle..something the world of test cricket yearns..Good luck to India in NZ, I'm confident you will hammer the kiwis and shut thier commentators up on Ross Taylor!!!!

Posted by kbza86 on (January 1, 2014, 14:29 GMT)

Australia vs South Africa has been a rivalry that has been going on for many many years...with all due respect to India, we always knew we were going to beat them and beat them well..we always considered the Indian test team immensely overrated and a couple of good ODI players(dahwan, rohit, dhoni and jadeja in particular) and they proved us right yet again(ODI shots from jadeja and dhoni for dismissal). Australia has always been able to match us toe to toe with pace and batsmen..the crowds will jam packed to watch 2 good old fashioned test sides do battle..something the world of test cricket yearns..Good luck to India in NZ, I'm confident you will hammer the kiwis and shut thier commentators up on Ross Taylor!!!!

Posted by kbza86 on (January 1, 2014, 14:03 GMT)

at the end of the day, India lost and India lost heavily...huge margin losses twice in ODIs and 10 wkt loss in tests is just the same as an innings loss. doing well is not winning..bottom line..and coming close to winning is not winning...ALMOST DOESN'T COUNT!! 20 years later when a young cricketer looks at the stats of this series and see lose against India...a good thin to take out of this huge loss is that all teams win thier next series or do well after playing SA..eng did well in India, NZ beat eng, pak now beating SL.if you have never been tested at the highest level by the best team in the world, you learn a great deal and gain massive confidence because you won't face a better bowling or batting attack..

Posted by kbza86 on (January 1, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

at the end of the day, India lost and India lost heavily...huge margin losses twice in ODIs and 10 wkt loss in tests is just the same as an innings loss. doing well is not winning..bottom line..and coming close to winning is not winning...ALMOST DOESN'T COUNT!! 20 years later when a young cricketer looks at the stats of this series and see lose against India...a good thin to take out of this huge loss is that all teams win thier next series or do well after playing SA..eng did well in India, NZ beat eng, pak now beating SL.if you have never been tested at the highest level by the best team in the world, you learn a great deal and gain massive confidence because you won't face a better bowling or batting attack..

Posted by Duidelik on (January 1, 2014, 11:29 GMT)

The Aussies have been lulled into a false sense of euphoria. The England team that they beat is on a downward slide, just watch their next series! With the exception of Cook and Pietersen, their batters are nothing special and got terrorized by one bowler! I never rated Swann, Anderson and Broad can do nothing when the ball is not swinging, and the other quicks are all military medium. Stokes may be a star for the future. Aus dangerman will always be Warner, but due to his aggressive nature he always gives bowlers a chance and the SA quicks will set traps for him. Rogers is ordinary. Watson should've retired when he couldn't complete his ''homework'' LOL! The new Aussie batters haven't also been tested by the rising ball and they will get plenty in SA! If we get Michael Clarke early, its over!

Posted by Duidelik on (January 1, 2014, 11:02 GMT)

Apart from what all the haters say about SA, we are still no.1 in the world and have even stretched that lead further with this series victory. So I won't even bother to respond to these jealous haters! Anyway, concerning this Indian team, I think that they deserve their status as no.2 in the world at the moment. They put up a tremendous fight here in SA when everyone thought they were going to be blasted in submission. Despite some bruises they will be taking home, their batters have showed courage against the fast rising ball around chest and ear height, and hats off to them! They have also unearthed a future star in Rahane, who has shown that he will do well on pitches in Australia against the likes of Mitchell Johnson. I have always said all along that Dhawan is NOT a test player but rather an ODI star. His shot selection and temperament proves that on this tour. Kohli is a star player and future Indian captain. Pujara is rock solid. Rohit Sharma was also found out on this tour.

Posted by SuperSharky on (January 1, 2014, 10:51 GMT)

@Sridhara Gautham : I believe most Indians will never agree with sledging, as in the review system. But sledging is actually part of cricket and has been long before South Africa or India even started playing cricket. Someone scoring good runs in harsh unfriendly conditions will mostly be more respected and remembered than someone doing it in his familiar friendly conditions. The trick for most sledgers is only to play the game. After the game there is no need to keep the anger and upset the opponent. Dale Steyn is the type of bloke that would put effort in, to make you feel really uncomfortable when facing his bowling. But after the game, he would put effort in to make you feel comfortable in his presence. What happens on the field, stay on the field. A very old cricket rule. Congratulations to India & South Africa for a short entertaining and tough series. The result could have gone either way. Thanks for 'alles' Kallis, you will be missed.

Posted by   on (January 1, 2014, 10:47 GMT)

I had lost respect for Dale Steyn long time back, when I saw him spit on one of the WI players......no matter how u play if u respect other sportsperson.....u earn respect, that's where Kallis and SRT are great players.......

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