India tour of South Africa, 2nd Test: South Africa v India at Durban, Dec 26-30, 2013
South Africa won by 10 wickets
Played at Kingsmead, Durban
26,27,28,29,30 December 2013 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150

Dale Steyn does some stretches, ball in hand. Dhawan to take strike. Three slips, short leg, gully

Jacques Kallis leads South Africa onto the field amid warm applause and a guard of honour by some children

Karthik: "Slurping my tongue already..!! Perfect weather condition; two current top teams; story of the last match between them...."

9.30 am India win the toss and will bat

Jadeja is in for Ashwin, and Peterson in for Tahir. Dhoni says India have a lot of overseas Tests lined up, and if they are to play only one spinner, they will have to take a call on who to play depending on conditions. So Ashwin's place as the lead spinner in overseas Tests is no longer guaranteed. That last day at Wanderers has gone against him, and he is out on a pitch that is expected to help spinners much more than Johannesburg did

Graeme Smith has a miracle as well to tell us about. Morkel has recovered. South Africa would have batted as well. "Probably the greatest cricketer to have come out of our country," Smith says of JHK

Shaun Pollock says on air he has never seen a harder pitch at Kingsmead. Plenty of grass cover, but most of it is dead grass, he points out, and is not sure how much it will assist seam. Few cracks around also, and they will come into play as the game goes on

Sunil: "Stop this tirade against two test series...All short test series till date have been very exciting and have left us wanting for more...this might be the way to go for test cricket...short yet arresting action...That will ensure we play more countries often and the minnows will get a chance to improve their skills by playing frequent short test tours..."

Nada: "Dropping Ashwin isnt shocking actually. Ashwin has become more of a batsman recently"

cris: "Cricket really is a batsman's game,isn't it? Dhawan and Sharma were as bad as Ashwin in the last game and yet there are no calls for them to be dropped but Ashwin gets chopped straightaway. I'm not saying that it isn't the correct decision but the batsmen do get a lot of leeway, don't they?"

Paul Pown Raj: "This test could well be decided based on which one of Zaheer and Morkel breaks down during the test"

Shivsankar: "This is a very bad move by Dhoni. Ashwin bowled really well and I felt he was tad unlucky. Considering a brown top pitch he would have been a better threat. And his batting skills are better than Jadeja's as their numbers prove. Hope this move doesn't back fire."

akbar: "I think its a good call from dhoni. Jadeja is a better catcher, energetic in the field and knows his limitation and keep his line wicket to wicket which gives him more chance of getting wicket."

Puneet: "Dont tell me!! Zaheer has bowled 60 overs? and why no news of injury still??" Miracles happen if you believe in them

Sidharth Monga: "It's a hot, hot day. India will hate to bowl first, I think, because their bowlers have hardly had time to recover. Don't be surprised if Ashwin is out. Because he has a white ball in hand and isn't bowling much."

9.15 am After a cracking final day at Wanderers, South Africa and India move to Kingsmead for the second Test, after which they will move to Newlands for the deciding Test which is where this series will be cut short. Two Tests, the first one drawn in heart-stopping circumstances, and everything riding on Durban.

South Africa have lost their last four Tests here, the last two defeats coming to subcontinent sides India and Sri Lanka.

But are India up for another marathon just three days after Johannesburg? Zaheer Khan bowled more than 60 overs in the first Test. 60 overs. You feel like reading that over and over again, just to make sure you are reading correctly. Zaheer at his peak never had such a workload in a Test. And this is a refurbished Zaheer. Sidharth Monga ponders what could be in Durban.

There is plenty to ponder for South Africa as well. One of the greatest men to have played the game, Jacques Kallis, will be playing his farewell Test. Morne Morkel is likely to play after hurting his ankle at Wanderers, but will he be 100 percent?

0.1

Steyn to Dhawan, no run, good length, slight swing into the left-hander, right on the stumps, defended

0.2

Steyn to Dhawan, FOUR, Dhawan gets going second ball of the game, Steyn overpitches, and Dhawan pushes it firmly past the non-striker and holds the pose for a while

0.3

Steyn to Dhawan, no run, again some swing into Dhawan, who drives again, but mistimes it to mid on with the movement

0.4

Steyn to Dhawan, 1 run, short of a length into the batsman now, Dhawan nudges it past short leg

0.5

Steyn to Vijay, no run, starts with a widish outswinger to the right-hander, easy leave for Vijay

0.6

Steyn to Vijay, no run, excellent end to the over, angled in on a fuller length around off stump and moving away slightly, good leave from Vijay too

Krish: "I have not been a great fan of Ashwin after the disastrous Australian tour for he found wanting so much. He needs to sharpen his primary skills, which I think is bowling and taking wickets, and contribute in the bowling department which he was supposed picked for. Any runs off his bat should only be a bonus."

End of over 1 (5 runs) India 5/0

    • M Vijay 0 (2b)
    • S Dhawan 5 (4b 1x4)
    • DW Steyn 1-0-5-0

Philander to bowl

Aamir: "Oh boy! Wat a bold decision from Dhoni to leave out Ashwin. If its about doing a holding job Jadeja should do it better than Ashwin, i mean the guy just bowls at the stumps."

1.1

Philander to Dhawan, 1 run, starts short of a good length, Dhawan tucks it behind square leg even as it rises on to him

1.2

Philander to Vijay, no run, fuller delivery around off, Vijay is forward to defend

1.3

Philander to Vijay, no run, good length ball goes straight on outside off, decent carry, no movement, left alone

1.4

Philander to Vijay, no run, sees this overpitched and leans forward into a crisp drive, but bowler bends down in time and takes pace off it

1.5

Philander to Vijay, 1 run, nips in from a good length into middle and leg, Vijay stays on the crease and turns it square to the on side

1.6

Philander to Dhawan, 3 runs, pitched up, but it is on the pads, and Morkel has a long chase from midwicket as Dhawan clips it with nice timing

End of over 2 (5 runs) India 10/0

    • S Dhawan 9 (6b 1x4)
    • M Vijay 1 (6b)
    • VD Philander 1-0-5-0
    • DW Steyn 1-0-5-0
2.1

Steyn to Dhawan, no run, angles it across the left-hander and gets it to hurry from a good length, Dhawan moves forward to play at it but holds the bat inside the line late

2.2

Steyn to Dhawan, 1 run, shortish and on to him quickly, Dhawan pulls, not entirely convincingly, down to fine leg

2.3

Steyn to Vijay, no run, sharp lift from a fuller length as Vijay lets this away swinger go outside off

2.4

Steyn to Vijay, FOUR, too full from Steyn, and Vijay leans half forward to ease it down the ground through vacant mid off

2.5

Steyn to Vijay, no run, 141.1 kph and moving in a bit from good legth, Vijay stop his across shuffle and defends

2.6

Steyn to Vijay, no run, lucky, that came in, he left it as it pitched outside off on good length, but would have been worried as it nipped in to bounce just over

End of over 3 (5 runs) India 15/0

    • M Vijay 5 (10b 1x4)
    • S Dhawan 10 (8b 1x4)
    • DW Steyn 2-0-10-0
    • VD Philander 1-0-5-0
3.1

Philander to Dhawan, no run, holds bat inside the line to let this good length delivery pass outside off

Rohan: "Will love to see how Steyn bowls in this match . He didnot get enough wickets or bowled as well as his usual standard in first test."

3.2

Philander to Dhawan, 2 runs, there is no mid off, and Dhawan just has to defend this full delivery in that direction, and it runs away to earn him a couple

3.3

Philander to Dhawan, no run, neatly forward to open the face and push towards point

3.4

Philander to Dhawan, no run, full, right on middle, but no movement and Dhawan plays it out calmly

3.5

Philander to Dhawan, FOUR, strays on the pads with that fuller length and Dhawan forces a strong clip in front of square

3.6

Philander to Dhawan, no run, god comeback from the bowler, angles it across close to off stump, Dhawan pushes forward, but the bat is well behind the pad as he allows it to go past

End of over 4 (6 runs) India 21/0

    • S Dhawan 16 (14b 2x4)
    • M Vijay 5 (10b 1x4)
    • VD Philander 2-0-11-0
    • DW Steyn 2-0-10-0
4.1

Steyn to Vijay, no run, short of a length, does not get up an awful lot, moves in a bit, Vijay goes on his toes to bring it down

4.2

Steyn to Vijay, no run, ends on the pad with the angle, and is worked away past square leg

4.3

Steyn to Vijay, 1 run

4.4

Steyn to Dhawan, no run, drops it short and gets considerable lift but the line starts a touch away from the left-hander, who shoulders arms

4.5

Steyn to Dhawan, 1 run, short of a length into the body, two men at deep square and fine leg, Dhawan just tucks it behind square for one

4.6

Steyn to Vijay, no run, slight away shape, plenty of bounce from a good length, Vijay leaves confidently

End of over 5 (2 runs) India 23/0

    • M Vijay 6 (14b 1x4)
    • S Dhawan 17 (16b 2x4)
    • DW Steyn 3-0-12-0
    • VD Philander 2-0-11-0
5.1

Philander to Dhawan, no run, gets away with another one around leg stump as Dhawan cannot time it past midwicket

5.2

Philander to Dhawan, no run, better line on off on this good length ball, Dhawan blocks solidly

5.3

Philander to Dhawan, no run, lets this length ball go outside off on the angle across him

Man at short mid off, next to the non-striker

5.4

Philander to Dhawan, no run, opens the face and runs this one towards point

5.5

Philander to Dhawan, no run, that started to move in and was very close to off stump as Dhawan shouldered arms, plenty more inswing as it neared the keeper

5.6

Philander to Dhawan, 1 run, just back of a length, worked down to fine leg

End of over 6 (1 run) India 24/0

    • S Dhawan 18 (22b 2x4)
    • M Vijay 6 (14b 1x4)
    • VD Philander 3-0-12-0
    • DW Steyn 3-0-12-0

Narendra: "Only thing india missed in first match was Opening partnership , If india get good opening then SA will be under extreme pressure."

6.1

Steyn to Dhawan, FOUR, Steyn pitches it up but wide and Dhawan reaches it to thrash it through the covers

6.2

Steyn to Dhawan, no run, digs it in short, it climbs a lot around off stump, but Dhawan rides the bounce, hops in the air and fends it down

6.3

Steyn to Dhawan, 1 run, holding the line very close to off stump, Dhawan is forward even as it rises from a good length, and earns a single with a push to covers

Adarsh: "That's why Kallis is an irreplaceable player, if he were playing for India, there would've been no selection probs: would be going in with 5 bowlers every time. Interesting to see, if SA bowling remains as good even after his retirement!! Salutes to a legend.."

6.4

Steyn to Vijay, no run, moves in just a bit from good length, on off stump, played back to the bowler

6.5

Steyn to Vijay, FOUR, was in the air but wide of the bowler as Vijay burst forward to check his push to a full delivery, there is no mid off and it scurries through the region

short mid off in now

6.6

Steyn to Vijay, no run, comes across, gets behind the line and blocks a good length ball

Sid Ravindran to take you through till drinks

End of over 7 (9 runs) India 33/0

    • M Vijay 10 (17b 2x4)
    • S Dhawan 23 (25b 3x4)
    • DW Steyn 4-0-21-0
    • VD Philander 3-0-12-0

Morne Morkel takes over after just three overs for Philander. Three slips and a gully.

7.1

Morkel to Dhawan, no run, starts with a length ball, 143.6kph, just outside off, left alone

7.2

Morkel to Dhawan, no run, a touch wider, and a touch shorter, left alone

7.3

Morkel to Dhawan, no run

7.4

Morkel to Dhawan, no run, shortish ball, 140.7kph, Dhawan not sure whether to go after that one or not, a half-hearted pull to that, the ball rolls towards midwicket

7.5

Morkel to Dhawan, no run, a muted lbw appeal, that pitched outside leg stump, Dhawan was looking to whip the ball towards the leg side, he misses and is stuck on the pads

7.6

Morkel to Dhawan, no run, finishes off a good over with a bouncer, a little too leg side to trouble Dhawan

End of over 8 (maiden) India 33/0

    • S Dhawan 23 (31b 3x4)
    • M Vijay 10 (17b 2x4)
    • M Morkel 1-1-0-0
    • DW Steyn 4-0-21-0
8.1

Steyn to Vijay, no run, Steyn begins with a furious bouncer, 145.6kph, Vijay ducks under that one

8.2

Steyn to Vijay, no run, pitched up this time, Steyn cranking up the pace now, 143.4kph, defends it off the front foot to the off side

Rajiv: "Methinks Rohit should have been dropped instead of Ashwin to accomodate Jadeja. That way, both batting and bowling departments would have been happy. And yes: Kallis- Respect!!!"

8.3

Steyn to Vijay, no run, this one jags in a bit, short of length ball, goes past the bat and hits Vijay on the right arm, Vijay in a bit of discomfort here

8.4

Steyn to Vijay, no run, good stuff from Steyn, pitching just outside off, back of a length and coming in, Vijay confident to leave on the bounce

8.5

Steyn to Vijay, no run, a huge appeal for lbw, Steyn started to go up, then hesitated as he knew that was going down, then belts out a louder appeal, Vijay not sure getting his front foot forward as he looks to defend a length ball

8.6

Steyn to Vijay, no run, again only the half-step forward, but full contact as Vijay blocks towards the off side, end of a solid over from Steyn

End of over 9 (maiden) India 33/0

    • M Vijay 10 (23b 2x4)
    • S Dhawan 23 (31b 3x4)
    • DW Steyn 5-1-21-0
    • M Morkel 1-1-0-0
9.1

Morkel to Dhawan, no run, short and wide, Dhawan would have been tempted to go for that one, he leaves it to the keeper, but practices the cut after the ball has gone through

9.2

Morkel to Dhawan, no run, length ball on off stump, solidly defended from the crease

Cries from the slip cordon for pace from Morkel. There's hardly any sideways movement available for the bowlers here

9.3

Morkel to Dhawan, FOUR, this is too full, Dhawan crashes that to covers, gets a bit forward, makes proper contact, that sprints to the boundary, superb shot

9.4

Morkel to Dhawan, no run, drags it shorter, on legstump, defended from the creae

9.5

Morkel to Dhawan, 1 run, pitched up, just outside off, pushed off the front foot towards cover for a single

9.6

Morkel to Vijay, no run, coming in towards middle stump, Vijay stays in the crease and defends to end the over

Sidban: "That last over from Steyn just gave everyone a reminder that even though Big Vern might have displaced him from the top of the bowling rankings, Steyn continues to remain the most exciting fast bowler to watch. An absolutely brilliant over and one which only Test cricket can provide!"

End of over 10 (5 runs) India 38/0

    • M Vijay 10 (24b 2x4)
    • S Dhawan 28 (36b 4x4)
    • M Morkel 2-1-5-0
    • DW Steyn 5-1-21-0

Vijay getting a bit of treatment for that blow on his arm in Steyn's previous over.

10.1

Steyn to Dhawan, no run, beauty from Steyn, 147.3kph, this was short of a length and angling away, Dhawan wafts without moving his feet, beaten

10.2

Steyn to Dhawan, no run, great line from Steyn, on off stump, a touch short, 143 kph, Dhawan leaves based on the height, the ball soars over off stump

10.3

Steyn to Dhawan, no run, short of length, on off stump, Steyn in rhythm now, solidly blocked from the back foot by Dhawan

10.4

Steyn to Dhawan, no run, drops this short, quick and on legstump, 144kph, Dhawan ponders whether to play the hook, but then makes sure he drops his wrists and ducks under that one

10.5

Steyn to Dhawan, no run, beaten outside off, a second superb over from Steyn, this was cutting away outside off, Dhawan once more doesn't move his feet much as he looks to defend

10.6

Steyn to Dhawan, no run, length ball on off stump to round off that over, blocked towards point

End of over 11 (maiden) India 38/0

    • S Dhawan 28 (42b 4x4)
    • M Vijay 10 (24b 2x4)
    • DW Steyn 6-2-21-0
    • M Morkel 2-1-5-0
11.1

Morkel to Vijay, no run, Morkel starts with a short one, 145.9kph, just outside off, Vijay sways out of the line of that off stump delivery

11.2

Morkel to Vijay, no run, beaten this time as Vijay flirts and misses with that back of length ball, it was 145kph from Morkel, good line just outside off, seamed away a touch, good bit of pressure being applied from South Africa

11.3

Morkel to Vijay, 1 run, guided towards gully off the front foot, a diving effort from Faf makes sure that doesn't get past him and to the boundary

Morkel round the wicket.

11.4

Morkel to Dhawan, no run, full and outside off, 144.6kph, left alone

Pawan: "This will be epic. Steyn on song against an in form Indian batting line up. Last time this happened we witnessed one of the greatest spells and greatest innings in the modern era. Even if this test gives us a tenth of that test's excitement, test cricket will be well served."

11.5

Morkel to Dhawan, no run, shortish ball just outside off stump, Dhawan bends his knees and makes sure he's out of the way of that one, Morkel has something to say to Dhawan, possibly asking him why he doesn't go for the pull

Mustu: "Given the state of pitch ..with brown and dead grass and some cracks...India should have dropped Ishant instead of ashwin. 2 Spinners would be more useful on this pitch."

suren: "Dry Pitch. No world-class spinners for either teams. Loaded with Batting strength. Only decent spinner dropped. No Movement for Steyn and Morkel... All this means India has to wait for One more series to win a series in SA....Surely a Draw on Cards..."

11.6

Morkel to Dhawan, 1 run, shortish but angling into the thigh pads, Dhawan jumps and whips that down to fine leg

End of over 12 (2 runs) India 40/0

    • S Dhawan 29 (45b 4x4)
    • M Vijay 11 (27b 2x4)
    • M Morkel 3-1-7-0
    • DW Steyn 6-2-21-0

Philander returns

12.1

Philander to Dhawan, no run, short of length ball on middle and leg, Dhawan defends towards midwicket, 130kph

Alex Steinberg: "I can't believe we went with Morkel in this test...there's no way he is 100% after that sprain. This was a perfect opportunity to give Kyle Abbot another go and we missed it."

12.2

Philander to Dhawan, no run, short of length and outside off, seaming away and that is left alone

12.3

Philander to Dhawan, 1 leg bye, shortish ball on the legstump, off the thigh pad as Dhawan looks to pull it away

12.4

Philander to Vijay, no run, good stuff from Philander, this was one of those wobbly seam deliveries short of a length, didn't move at all outside off, vijay beaten

12.5

Philander to Vijay, no run, similar to the previous one, just a touch wider, Vijay happy to leave that one

12.6

Philander to Vijay, no run, short of length and outside off, Vijay shoulders arms

For those asking about Pawan's comment, here's the match he is talking about: Steyn, Tendulkar star on intense day

Time for drinks.

End of over 13 (1 run, maiden) India 41/0

    • M Vijay 11 (30b 2x4)
    • S Dhawan 29 (48b 4x4)
    • VD Philander 4-1-12-0
    • M Morkel 3-1-7-0
13.1

Morkel to Dhawan, OUT, Morkel strikes first ball after drinks, pitches it up from round the stumps, Dhawan pushes forward at it, and it moves away slightly in the air to hit the edge and it is a simple catch to third slip

S Dhawan c Petersen b Morkel 29 (64m 49b 4x4 0x6) SR: 59.18

Dharma: "@Alex Steinberg, having already drawn first test, SA are under more pressure now than India, and they don't want to lose it at any cost. Hence, they are sticking with best bowlers."

Pujara in

13.2

Morkel to Pujara, 2 runs, pitches it up again, and angles it in, Pujara works it away off a thick inside edge past short leg

13.3

Morkel to Pujara, no run, moves forward to defend to extra cover

13.4

Morkel to Pujara, no run, angles it too far down the leg side from a good length

Manish: "Big surprise that Morkel is playing and even took Dhawan. His injury in last match looked like he would be out of a cricket field for quite some time. Good on you Morkel."

13.5

Morkel to Pujara, no run, turns a 143.7 kph good length angled in, to short leg

13.6

Morkel to Pujara, no run, hits the pad and the slips go up immediately, Morkel appeals a few moments later, but umpire Tucker is not convinced, seemed high and headed down, replays reinforce both doubts

End of over 14 (2 runs) India 43/1

    • CA Pujara 2 (5b)
    • M Vijay 11 (30b 2x4)
    • M Morkel 4-1-9-1
    • VD Philander 4-1-12-0
14.1

Philander to Vijay, no run, gathers himself and defends a pitched up ball from the crease

14.2

Philander to Vijay, no run, climbs awkwardly from a good length, and Vijay is beaten as he pushes at it tentatively

14.3

Philander to Vijay, no run, touch short, and Vijay tries an expansive pull, but hits it right off the toe end to midwicket

Nik: "Dhawan still not able to resist that push to a length ball, wasted a decent start 3rd time this series."

14.4

Philander to Vijay, no run, hint of away movement as it pitches good length outside off, Vijay leaves

14.5

Philander to Vijay, no run, moves forward to defend a fuller one to short mid off

14.6

Philander to Vijay, no run, goes straight outside off as Vijay shoulders arms, moves in a bit after passing the stumps

Mohammed Ali : "Dhawan gives away alot of good start more often both in ODIs as well as in test. His place is test side will be doubtful since we have a gritty gambir knocking the door for a comeback in the test team. I believe team India will be more relaxed with Vijay and Gambir opening in test. Too many flamboyant batsmen in test team is bad in the long run."

End of over 15 (maiden) India 43/1

    • M Vijay 11 (36b 2x4)
    • CA Pujara 2 (5b)
    • VD Philander 5-2-12-0
    • M Morkel 4-1-9-1

Kallis brought into the attack to loud applause

15.1

Kallis to Pujara, 3 runs, bit of away shape but it is a half volley, and batsman reaches for it to push through covers

15.2

Kallis to Vijay, FOUR, pitched up into the pad, and is flicked in the air, well clear of the man at square leg

15.3

Kallis to Vijay, no run, climbing from a good length outside off, left alone

15.4

Kallis to Vijay, no run, widish length ball, he lets it go again, nice bounce through to the keeper

Prashant: "Are we seeing another sehwag here in dhawan?? A quick 20 odd every time.....most starts wasted bcos of a loose shot....but if he gets going ....then really takes the match away from the opposition..."

15.5

Kallis to Vijay, no run, Kallis stays in the same area outside off and this time Vijay is drawn into a prod as this leaves him and bounces past the edge

15.6

Kallis to Vijay, no run, makes him drive with a fuller one, Vijay checks the stroke to short extra cover

End of over 16 (7 runs) India 50/1

    • M Vijay 15 (41b 3x4)
    • CA Pujara 5 (6b)
    • JH Kallis 1-0-7-0
    • VD Philander 5-2-12-0
16.1

Philander to Pujara, no run, produces the edge as Pujara pushes forward with soft hands, the ball does not carry, but third slip dives to save some runs

16.2

Philander to Pujara, no run, thick inside edge onto pad as Philander bowls it fuller and Pujara presses forward with an open bat face

16.3

Philander to Pujara, no run, played out to midwicket

Jingoo: "Relax guys. Touch too soon to judge someone with just 5 matches under his belt with a best of 187 against the Aussies. People need time to learn from their experiences and come back stronger."

16.4

Philander to Pujara, no run, plays late again, allows the length ball to come on and pushes it from close to the body

16.5

Philander to Pujara, no run, plays a pitched up delivery from the crease, but is able to solidly block it

16.6

Philander to Pujara, no run, floats it up close to off stump, Pujara lets it go

Ranjith: "@Mohammed Ali: Every team needs a player like Dhawan see Australia persisting with Warner and reaping benefits giive this guy some time its only his 5th test."

End of over 17 (maiden) India 50/1

    • CA Pujara 5 (12b)
    • M Vijay 15 (41b 3x4)
    • VD Philander 6-3-12-0
    • JH Kallis 1-0-7-0
17.1

Kallis to Vijay, no run, plays out a fuller one outside off to point

Mukesh Chaturvedi: "Sehwag's is a unique case. Though appearing slap-dash, the number of fifties and hundreds he scored against the best attacks is still very large."

17.2

Kallis to Vijay, no run, bouncer, angled into the right-hander, who ducks

Narendra: "take a break guys from criticizing Dhawan , he played only 5 matches and showed good promise , not like Raina and Yuvraj who are dancing to the tune of fast bowlers even on flat pitches."

17.3

Kallis to Vijay, no run, works a length ball to midwicket and sends back Pujara, who'd advanced nearly half way up

17.4

Kallis to Vijay, 1 run, knocks this one on off in front of midwicket and takes a comfortable single

17.5

Kallis to Pujara, 1 run, rises from back of a length, he takes a hand off bat handle as he fends it away behind square on the leg side

17.6

Kallis to Vijay, no run, right forward to defend a pitched up ball to short mid off

End of over 18 (2 runs) India 52/1

    • M Vijay 16 (46b 3x4)
    • CA Pujara 6 (13b)
    • JH Kallis 2-0-9-0
    • VD Philander 6-3-12-0
18.1

Philander to Pujara, no run, good length ball on middle, defended down the track

18.2

Philander to Pujara, no run, moves in a tad but starts widish, and is easily left by Pujara

Rakesh: "Keep Dhawan in the side, but play Rahane as opener, Dhawan at 5"

18.3

Philander to Pujara, no run, a thick inside edge rolls to midwicket as he shapes up to defend this one

18.4

Philander to Pujara, no run, punches a good length delivery on off down the track

18.5

Philander to Pujara, no run, goes fuller now on off, Pujara strides forward to smother it

Sreekanth: "Before the series started, Vijay was the one everyone wanted replaced by gambhir/sehwag. Now after 3 innings, it is dhawan. Goes to show how unexpectedly effective Vijay has been."

18.6

Philander to Pujara, no run, good length ball bouncing slowly outside off, he has a look and shoulders arms in the end

End of over 19 (maiden) India 52/1

    • CA Pujara 6 (19b)
    • M Vijay 16 (46b 3x4)
    • VD Philander 7-4-12-0
    • JH Kallis 2-0-9-0

Wasif: "I think we should be sitting in selection committee. I have a feeling we know more."

19.1

Kallis to Vijay, no run, holds the line after being angled in, also rises from back of a length, Vijay is squared up a bit but manages to defend safely

19.2

Kallis to Vijay, no run, forward to block a pitched up delivery now

19.3

Kallis to Vijay, no run, digs in the short ball, it climbs too much and it is an easy duck for the batsman

19.4

Kallis to Vijay, FOUR, overpitched now, he reaches out to put it away through the covers, bat making a confident arc

19.5

Kallis to Vijay, no run, bowled full on middle and leg, Vijay leans to work it past the non-striker, where midwicket runs across and dives

19.6

Kallis to Vijay, no run, another short ball to end the over, Vijay avoids it by ducking

End of over 20 (4 runs) India 56/1

    • M Vijay 20 (52b 4x4)
    • CA Pujara 6 (19b)
    • JH Kallis 3-0-13-0
    • VD Philander 7-4-12-0

Nik: "@Wasif, all hail the cricinfo network. Back to the topic, Vijay has been good enough to see the new ball away, protecting the likes of kohli and pujara."

Ajit: "I am not sure if Vijay has done better than expected. Don't forget opener is not only expected to take the new ball but to score runs as well."

Morkel returns

20.1

Morkel to Pujara, no run, just back of a length, around off, defended

20.2

Morkel to Pujara, no run, bangs it in shortish, it sits up outside off, but Pujara refuses to go after it

20.3

Morkel to Pujara, no run, short again, but lot more bite on this one as it takes off sharply just outside off, Pujara sways inside the line

20.4

Morkel to Pujara, no run, another testing one from back of a length, it came in a bit, but Pujara was sure he was going to leave

20.5

Morkel to Pujara, FOUR, bowls it full now, but the line is towards the pads, and Pujara creates some more momentum on the shot with a wristy, whippy flick behind square

20.6

Morkel to Pujara, no run, pitches it up around off and middle, Pujara blocks from the crease

sathish2888: "There should be a penalty system in place. If any one criticizes team selection and if that particular player plays well in the next innings or match, the criticizer should be made to receive 1000 spam mails per day for the next one week. Hope it kills the number of applicants for selection committee.." How novel

End of over 21 (4 runs) India 60/1

    • CA Pujara 10 (25b 1x4)
    • M Vijay 20 (52b 4x4)
    • M Morkel 5-1-13-1
    • JH Kallis 3-0-13-0

Peterson to be tried before lunch, spinner coming on in the 22nd over. Slip and short leg

Hardik: "Remember Aakash Chopra in Australia? The success in Australia was also due to his capability of seeing off new ball. Vijay is perfectly doing that role on this tour."

21.1

Peterson to Vijay, FOUR, starts with a loopy full toss and Vijay whips it happily past midwicket

21.2

Peterson to Vijay, no run, too full with a flighted on, but Vijay cannot time his drive, hits it to mid off

21.3

Peterson to Vijay, no run, quicker and flatter on a length, he goes back to play it out

21.4

Peterson to Vijay, no run, angles it in full, straightens it, Vijay is forward to defend

21.5

Peterson to Vijay, no run, plays for some turn as he presses forward, there isn't as much, thick inside edge to short leg

21.6

Peterson to Vijay, no run, driven forcefully but straight to mid off

End of over 22 (4 runs) India 64/1

    • M Vijay 24 (58b 5x4)
    • CA Pujara 10 (25b 1x4)
    • RJ Peterson 1-0-4-0
    • M Morkel 5-1-13-1
22.1

Morkel to Pujara, 1 run, works a length ball with the inward angle into the leg side

Firdose Moonda informs us that there are 11,000 people at Kingsmead at the moment, and another 6000 tickets have been sold

22.2

Morkel to Vijay, no run, lets a back of a length ball go past

22.3

Morkel to Vijay, no run, nice, this jagged back in from a length as Vijay pushes forward, hits him on the box off a thick inside edge, Vijay takes a moment or two to recover his breath

22.4

Morkel to Vijay, no run, pushes forward and defends right off the bat this time

22.5

Morkel to Vijay, no run, lifter from short of a length, but widish, and Vijay sways inside the line to make sure there's no room for damage

22.6

Morkel to Vijay, no run, good over this from Morkel, ends with a short of a length ball into the body, Vijay does well to keep it down

End of over 23 (1 run) India 65/1

    • M Vijay 24 (63b 5x4)
    • CA Pujara 11 (26b 1x4)
    • M Morkel 6-1-14-1
    • RJ Peterson 1-0-4-0
23.1

Peterson to Pujara, 1 run, drives a tossed up ball hard but cannot place it beyond mid off's reach

23.2

Peterson to Vijay, FOUR, still fuller, and this is right under the bat for Vijay to dismiss through the covers

tiruDON: "@Hardik: also like Sanjay Bangar did against England, in the historic win"

23.3

Peterson to Vijay, no run, tosses it up, drifts it in a bit, the drive finds short extra this time

23.4

Peterson to Vijay, no run, now he drags it shortish, Vijay adjusts to whip it in the air, to mid on

23.5

Peterson to Vijay, 1 run, mid on is deep enough for this pushed single to be completely free of danger

23.6

Peterson to Pujara, no run, bat in front of pad to push one angled in, to short leg

End of over 24 (6 runs) India 71/1

    • CA Pujara 12 (28b 1x4)
    • M Vijay 29 (67b 6x4)
    • RJ Peterson 2-0-10-0
    • M Morkel 6-1-14-1
24.1

Morkel to Vijay, no run, excellent start to the over, Morkel has shown no signs of being hampered by the injury, gets this one to angle in back of a length and then jag away past the outside edge

24.2

Morkel to Vijay, no run, nice stride forward early as he sees this bowled on a good length

Umesh: "Amazingly Fit Morkel. Most of us thought he could not play this test. But he has recovered faster than a jet plane."

24.3

Morkel to Vijay, no run, very well avoided, this jumped from just back of a length, just above waist height, Vijay stood straight and dropped the wrists immediately

24.4

Morkel to Vijay, no run, shorter and rising higher, left alone outside off

24.5

Morkel to Vijay, no run, he stays on the crease now to this good length ball, but manages to defend safely

24.6

Morkel to Vijay, no run, plays another good length from the crease, pushes it back

End of over 25 (maiden) India 71/1

    • M Vijay 29 (73b 6x4)
    • CA Pujara 12 (28b 1x4)
    • M Morkel 7-2-14-1
    • RJ Peterson 2-0-10-0

kartik: "since pujara's temprament is unquestionable wouldn't it be nice if he comes in the opening slot along with vijay to see off the new ball and saving dhawan for the latter part???"

25.1

Peterson to Pujara, no run, gets forward and nudges a full one past short leg

25.2

Peterson to Pujara, no run, drives hard to mid off

25.3

Peterson to Pujara, 1 run, flat on a good length, guided through point off the back foot

25.4

Peterson to Vijay, FOUR, lovely stroke, this was overpitched into the pad alright, but Vijay's not only timed the flick superbly, he's also hit the gap between midwicket and mid on

25.5

Peterson to Vijay, no run, almost drives it back to the bowler, falls just short, close call just before lunch

25.6

Peterson to Vijay, no run, pushed to the bowler off the back foot

'See off the new ball in the first session without much damage'. India have done right what they would have wanted to after winning the toss on a pitch without too much help for the quick bowlers. It is a hot day in Durban, and South Africa could be in for more hard work after lunch. We'll be back in 40 minutes

End of over 26 (5 runs) India 76/1

    • M Vijay 33 (76b 7x4)
    • CA Pujara 13 (31b 1x4)
    • RJ Peterson 3-0-15-0
    • M Morkel 7-2-14-1

Back for the second session

Dev: "I have still not recovered from last test drama."

26.1

Steyn to Pujara, no run, starts good length, around off stump, Pujara allows it to come on and defends late

26.2

Steyn to Pujara, FOUR, sends it into the pad and Pujara sends it racing through square leg with an extravagant twirl of the wrists, despite the man at square leg getting a hand to it, it beats fine leg into the rope

26.3

Steyn to Pujara, 1 run, turned into the leg side for a single

26.4

Steyn to Vijay, 1 run, moving in full into the right-hander, flicked down to fine leg

26.5

Steyn to Pujara, no run, takes on a pitched up ball and drives hard to mid off

26.6

Steyn to Pujara, 1 run, nasty, that was banged in at 145.8 kph and kicked at Pujara, who escaped with an ungainly fend that flew fine down the leg side

End of over 27 (7 runs) India 83/1

    • CA Pujara 19 (36b 2x4)
    • M Vijay 34 (77b 7x4)
    • DW Steyn 7-2-28-0
    • RJ Peterson 3-0-15-0
27.1

Philander to Pujara, no run, another one full and moving into the pad, there seems to be a plan to target this line with men at midwicket and square leg, midwicket has to dive to stop this well-timed clip though

27.2

Philander to Pujara, 1 no ball, pitched up around off and middle, played out to the on side

27.2

Philander to Pujara, 3 runs, almost got him, Pujara tried to work this full one into the leg side, but ended up popping it in front of midwicket, Morkel went sprawling to his right but it fell short

27.3

Philander to Vijay, no run, calmly flows forward into solid defence and then rushes out for a single, but cover is onto the ball

27.4

Philander to Vijay, no run, good length ball defended to short extra cover

27.5

Philander to Vijay, 1 wide, too short, Vijay sways inside the line easily as it rises way above him

Tim: "Even if India don't win here they can at least take a lot out of this tour. Their young batsmen are able to adapt and perform overseas much better than their older counterparts could at the end of their careers. India can finally put lines through names like Sehwag, Gambhir and Yuvraj and enjoy the new era."

27.5

Philander to Vijay, no run, reaches out to drive an overpitched ball to extra cover

27.6

Philander to Vijay, no run, holds the line on a good length on off, blocked

Sid Ravindran to do duty till drinks now

End of over 28 (5 runs) India 88/1

    • M Vijay 34 (81b 7x4)
    • CA Pujara 22 (39b 2x4)
    • VD Philander 8-4-17-0
    • DW Steyn 7-2-28-0

Thanks Abhishek

28.1

Steyn to Pujara, no run, Steyn steams in, short of length ball on off stump, blocked to the leg side

28.2

Steyn to Pujara, 2 runs, length ball on off stump, played with soft hands, a bit of an outside edge towards third man

28.3

Steyn to Pujara, no run, shortish and outside off, no carry as it goes through to the keeper

28.4

Steyn to Pujara, FOUR, pitched up and that is whipped to the midwicket boundary to bring up the 50 partnership, Steyn bowling too many on the pads here

28.5

Steyn to Pujara, no run, short of length and on off stump, solid defence off the back foot, Pujara looking good once more

28.6

Steyn to Pujara, 2 runs, pitched up, angling towards the pads, 145.6kph, clipped towards deep midwicket

suren: "@Tim: Speaking too soon. This new India is not predictable be it winning or loosing. Got Trashed by England at home and looking good in SA in test at SA. Won emphatically against AUS and WI in high scoring encounters and Lost pretty badly to SA"

End of over 29 (8 runs) India 96/1

    • CA Pujara 30 (45b 3x4)
    • M Vijay 34 (81b 7x4)
    • DW Steyn 8-2-36-0
    • VD Philander 8-4-17-0
29.1

Philander to Vijay, no run, on off stump, Vijay gets behind the line as he taps that out to the off side

29.2

Philander to Vijay, no run, Philander sends this on off stump, blocked to the leg side

29.3

Philander to Vijay, no run, short of length and around off stump, driven off the front foot towards short cover

29.4

Philander to Vijay, FOUR, cracking straight drive from Vijay, South Africa could be in a for a tough day here, driven on the up past the bowler for four, the 100 comes up

29.5

Philander to Vijay, FOUR, another superb stroke from Vijay, backfoot cover drive for four more, Vijay purrs along

29.6

Philander to Vijay, no run, fuller and on the pads, defended from the crease to the leg side

Sid: "I still feel Gautam Gambhir will make a comeback and prove a point. With Vijay not converting starts, his future will be the same as Aakash Chopra, who was also left out for the same reason. And I agree its curtains for Sehwag, Yuvraj and Raina. Sad but true.. Sehwag...didn't deserve though to go out like this."

Kirtyanand: "The best about Pujara is that he scores rather briskly without a trace of seeming in a hurry. Oppositions don't enough sniff danger and he goes on scoring!"

End of over 30 (8 runs) India 104/1

    • M Vijay 42 (87b 9x4)
    • CA Pujara 30 (45b 3x4)
    • VD Philander 9-4-25-0
    • DW Steyn 8-2-36-0

A discussion between Smith and Steyn before the new over.

30.1

Steyn to Pujara, no run, punched off the back foot towards cover, 141kph from Steyn just outside off

Imran Sharief: "Dale Steyn" with a strike rate of 384 odd for 1 wicket..."Well Done India"

30.2

Steyn to Pujara, no run, solid defence back down the track

30.3

Steyn to Pujara, no run, short of length and on off stump, 139kph, blocked back towards the bowler

30.4

Steyn to Pujara, no run, drags it short, just outside off, Pujara ducks under

30.5

Steyn to Pujara, no run, fuller, not too far from off stump, Pujara blocks towards gully, nothing happening for Steyn or the other bowlers here

30.6

Steyn to Pujara, FOUR, overpitched and on-driven for four, runs coming quick here for India, Pujara this time with the boundary, last 10 overs 48 for 0

End of over 31 (4 runs) India 108/1

    • CA Pujara 34 (51b 4x4)
    • M Vijay 42 (87b 9x4)
    • DW Steyn 9-2-40-0
    • VD Philander 9-4-25-0
31.1

Philander to Vijay, no run, pushed off the front foot towards point, thinks of a single before loud calls of 'Wait, wait, wait"

31.2

Philander to Vijay, no run, trying to tease the batsman outside off, Vijay content to leave, this time

31.3

Philander to Vijay, no run, short of length and on off stump, pushed firmly towards cover

31.4

Philander to Vijay, no run, short of length ball angling in, more than Vijay expected, the bottom hand comes off as he hastily defends

31.5

Philander to Vijay, no run, another elegant on-drive, can't get it past mid-on this time

31.6

Philander to Vijay, 3 runs, driven on the up through the covers, Vijay is looking in great touch here, Morkel has to chase that, another workout for his ankle, he catches up and makes a slightly awkward dive as he stops the ball and palms it to Alviro Petersen

KARTHIK V: "@Sid: The kind of patience and maturity Vijay has shown in this tour will make him so much good for the overseas tours ahead. He was unfortunate in not converting his start in the 2nd innings of that Epic test! Here, he looks good for another big. It will also not be a wise decision to go back to Gambhir, as he is also getting in to mid 30s and might not have more than couple of years of cricket in him."

End of over 32 (3 runs) India 111/1

    • M Vijay 45 (93b 9x4)
    • CA Pujara 34 (51b 4x4)
    • VD Philander 10-4-28-0
    • DW Steyn 9-2-40-0
32.1

Steyn to Vijay, no run, short of length and just outside off, Vijay drops his wrists as he allows that through to the keeper

32.2

Steyn to Vijay, no run, fuller and just outside off, Vijay shoulders arms

Rishabh: "The only thing that can get them out is Nelson. In the land of Nelson..."

32.3

Steyn to Vijay, no run, a bit of inward movement, defended from the crease

Three slips wait

32.4

Steyn to Vijay, no run, a bit wide outside off, Vijay patiently shoulders arms

32.5

Steyn to Vijay, no run, again well outside off, again Vijay happy to leave

32.6

Steyn to Vijay, FOUR, full and wide, Vijay has had enough of watching the ball to the keeper, this time he leans towards it and drives through cover for four more

Stats whimsy from Masood Salem: "Just noticed an interesting sequence of high scores in FC, List A and Twenty20: Sehwag: 319, 219 and 119 Rohit: 309*, 209 and 109* Anyone know of more such combinations?"

End of over 33 (4 runs) India 115/1

    • M Vijay 49 (99b 10x4)
    • CA Pujara 34 (51b 4x4)
    • DW Steyn 10-2-44-0
    • VD Philander 10-4-28-0
33.1

Kallis to Pujara, 1 run, Kallis starts a new spell with a ball angling into the pads, eased down to fine leg

More stats whimsy from Alec Orange: "India on 111/1 at 11:11 GMT time!!"

33.2

Kallis to Vijay, no run, outside off, Vijay happy to leave

33.3

Kallis to Vijay, no run, short of length ball just outside off, Vijay gets on the front foot and defends towards cover

33.4

Kallis to Vijay, FOUR, boundary an over now for India, this one takes Vijay to a half-century, he played well in both innings in Jo'burg without going on to a big score, he gets to 50 by chopping a wide ball behind backward point

33.5

Kallis to Vijay, 1 run, on the pads this time, defended towards midwicket for a single

33.6

Kallis to Pujara, no run, off the middle of the bat as Pujara defends cautiously, SA hardly posing a threat after lunch

50 for 0 in the last 10 overs without any risks being taken.

End of over 34 (6 runs) India 121/1

    • CA Pujara 35 (53b 4x4)
    • M Vijay 54 (103b 11x4)
    • JH Kallis 4-0-19-0
    • DW Steyn 10-2-44-0

Perhaps Morne Morkel can change things.

34.1

Morkel to Vijay, no run, short of length ball on off stump, 141.4kph, blocked towards the bowler

34.2

Morkel to Vijay, no run, shorter and just outside off, Morkel thinks there's a nick or a glove through to the keeper, Vijay dropped his wrists early so neither bat nor glove near the ball as it passes through to the keeper

34.3

Morkel to Vijay, no run, stays side-on as he defends this on, length ball on middle

34.4

Morkel to Vijay, no run, short ball, 141.8kph, Vijay has plenty of time still to sway out of the way

34.5

Morkel to Vijay, no run, back of a length ball on off stump, blocked off the back foot

34.6

Morkel to Vijay, 1 run, angling into the pads, tapped towards midwicket for a single

Ryan: "Can someone tell me how many overs Steyn has bowled without getting a wicket? This must be his longest dry spell!" It's 61 overs without a wicket since he dismissed Dhawan in the first innings of the first Test.

End of over 35 (1 run) India 122/1

    • M Vijay 55 (109b 11x4)
    • CA Pujara 35 (53b 4x4)
    • M Morkel 8-2-15-1
    • JH Kallis 4-0-19-0
35.1

Kallis to Vijay, no run, well outside off, left alone

35.2

Kallis to Vijay, no run, defended off the front foot towards cover

chitta: "Stats: Sourav Ganguly played 113 tests and 311 ODIs."

35.3

Kallis to Vijay, no run, a touch shorter, gets on his toes as he blocks that

Aditya: "Today in 1913 - exactly 100 years ago - the first ever Boxing Day Test match began at the Old Wanderers between S Africa & England"

35.4

Kallis to Vijay, no run, on off stump this time, 129kph from Kallis, more solid defence

35.5

Kallis to Vijay, no run, at long last, a beaten, Vijay chasing that one outside off, looking to drive on-the-up, he has connected several of those and sent them through covers today

35.6

Kallis to Vijay, 1 run, defended firmly towards cover, 'yeah, yeah, yeah,' he shouts to call Pujara through for the single

Saleel: "not really stats whimsy but - Statistically, if your first or last name starts with "S" you will find yourself lucky at the opening slot of Test Cricket for India. Always had some form of S-player opening the innings (10+ tests) - Sardesai, Sunil (Gavaskar), Srikkanth, Shastri, Sidhu, Sadagoppan (Ramesh), Shiv Sunder (SS) Das, Sanjay (Bangar), Sehwag, and now Shikhar (Dhawan) ..."

End of over 36 (1 run) India 123/1

    • M Vijay 56 (115b 11x4)
    • CA Pujara 35 (53b 4x4)
    • JH Kallis 5-0-20-0
    • M Morkel 8-2-15-1
36.1

Morkel to Vijay, no run, short and well outside off, Vijay happy to leave

Kishore: "The deadly Lillee, Marsh combination responsible for so many dismissals finished their respective careers with 355 wickets and 355 wicket-keeping dismissals."

Sagar: "Vijay is on 55 from 111 balls with 11 boundaries.."

36.2

Morkel to Vijay, no run, another leave outside off

36.3

Morkel to Vijay, 2 runs, pitched up and on the pads, helped towards midwicket for a couple, all too easy for India here

36.4

Morkel to Vijay, no run, short and just outside off, Vijay sways out of the line

36.5

Morkel to Vijay, FOUR, shortish ball outside off, Vijay chases and gets a thick outside edge, that flies over the slips for four

36.6

Morkel to Vijay, no run, slants in towards the pads, inside-edged onto the pads and to the off side

himan: "Kallis needs 3 sixes to complete 100 sixes, 1 catch to complete 200 catches, 8 wickets to complete 300 wickets."

End of over 37 (6 runs) India 129/1

    • M Vijay 62 (121b 12x4)
    • CA Pujara 35 (53b 4x4)
    • M Morkel 9-2-21-1
    • JH Kallis 5-0-20-0
37.1

Kallis to Pujara, 2 runs, pitched up and that is clipped towards midwicket for two more

37.2

Kallis to Pujara, 1 run, on the pads once more, Pujara nearly falls over as he plays that away towards midwicket, was a bit uppish that shot

37.3

Kallis to Vijay, no run, slips in the yorker, a good idea from Kallis on a track where there is nothing for him, blocked out by Vijay

37.4

Kallis to Vijay, no run, shortish ball just outside off, Vijay drops his wrists and sways out of the line

37.5

Kallis to Vijay, no run, short and wide down the leg side

37.6

Kallis to Vijay, no run, that nearly sneaks through, think there was an inside-edge onto the pads, that was pitched up by Kallis and angling in towards the pads

swapnil: "On 11 November 2011, in a match between South Africa and Australia with the time at 11:11 with South Africa requiring 111 runs to win, the majority of the crowd and umpire Ian Gould did Shepherd's leg raise Nelson for that minute with the scoreboard reading 11:11 11/11/11"

End of over 38 (3 runs) India 132/1

    • M Vijay 62 (125b 12x4)
    • CA Pujara 38 (55b 4x4)
    • JH Kallis 6-0-23-0
    • M Morkel 9-2-21-1
38.1

Morkel to Pujara, no run, a snorter from Morkel, Pujara just away manages to get under that one, actually that was off the shoulder to the keeper, good line on off stump, Morkel appeal for the caught behind

38.2

Morkel to Pujara, no run, defends this length ball to the leg side

38.3

Morkel to Pujara, no run, lovely drive from Pujara to a pitched-up delivery, Morkel gets down in time to stop that, a bit of swing in for Morkel

Vinayk: "I have sent 20 comments over the last 20 matches spending 2 minutes on each over the last 200 days with none getting published, stats whimsy alright"

38.4

Morkel to Pujara, no run, length ball just outside off, blocked off the front foot

Vinod: "It is such a delight watching Vijay leaving the balls off side. He has certainly mastered the art it seems doing it with more confidence and concentration" No stat, boo!

38.5

Morkel to Pujara, no run, opens the face to steer that length one towards backward point

38.6

Morkel to Pujara, FOUR, on the pads, easy to help that way to fine leg, Pujara gets it fine enough to beat the man in the deep, four more to end an hour of misery for South Africa

Time for drinks.

Anand Varma: "Stats whimsy.... MICHAEL HOLDING has a unique record of bowling over 900 overs (5473 deliveries) in one - day internationals without a single wide. Joel Garner is second with 5330 deliveries."

Over to Abhishek Purohit, who is not much of a stats fan.

End of over 39 (4 runs) India 136/1

    • CA Pujara 42 (61b 5x4)
    • M Vijay 62 (125b 12x4)
    • M Morkel 10-2-25-1
    • JH Kallis 6-0-23-0

Thanks Siddarth.

The ball is reversing, a partnership is building and all you folks are doing is number-crunching. Leave that to the bean counters

39.1

Kallis to Vijay, no run, wobbles as it is bowled full outside off, Vijay forward to defend

39.2

Kallis to Vijay, no run, slightly late in bringing bat down on this pitched up delivery but blocks safely in the end

39.3

Kallis to Vijay, no run, tries a bouncer, which moves in and carries down the leg side as batsman ducks

AMIT KUMAR JAIN: "I have stopped sending comments as none of them is getting published" Yeah, this one was neither sent nor received, just published

39.4

Kallis to Vijay, no run, gathers himself to defend a good length ball to the leg side

39.5

Kallis to Vijay, no run, hint of holding the line outside off stump, defended from the crease

39.6

Kallis to Vijay, no run, moves across to block to the off side

rahul: "@Abhishek: Its advantage india if the ball is reversing coz we have the best reverse swing bowler of today & his deputy (Zak & Shami)."

End of over 40 (maiden) India 136/1

    • M Vijay 62 (131b 12x4)
    • CA Pujara 42 (61b 5x4)
    • JH Kallis 7-1-23-0
    • M Morkel 10-2-25-1

Pavan: "Good to see both batsmen batting with such ease"

40.1

Morkel to Pujara, no run, prods at this short of a length ball some way outside off, then pulls bat away late

40.2

Morkel to Pujara, no run, reaches out and drives a full one, without too much timing, to mid off

40.3

Morkel to Pujara, no run, opens the face on this good length ball and runs it to backward point

40.4

Morkel to Pujara, no run, short and widish, Pujara has nothing to do with it

Tejus Netrakar: "I certainly see a matured team building up for India, to play overseas. The only problem at this time is a good spinner."

40.5

Morkel to Pujara, no run, lifts from back of a length outside off, Pujara shoulders arms

40.6

Morkel to Pujara, no run, an overpitched ball, Pujara is content not to be drawn too forward and checks the push to mid on

Omair Ali: "Ofcourse, they are batting with ease but the question is, can India take 20 wickets on this pitch to get a result?"

End of over 41 (maiden) India 136/1

    • CA Pujara 42 (67b 5x4)
    • M Vijay 62 (131b 12x4)
    • M Morkel 11-3-25-1
    • JH Kallis 7-1-23-0

Karthik: "Praise is getting a little out of hand people. Remember to counter act it as well. Don't want someone jinxing the pair."

Sumanta: "I presume one day series has been a great practice for India before tests. Even though they lost them badly, they got to know the wickets and how to play there."

Peterson returns

41.1

Peterson to Vijay, no run, drives a tossed up ball straight to mid off

41.2

Peterson to Vijay, no run, angles in a full ball, he reaches out to drive to mid off again

41.3

Peterson to Vijay, 1 run, charges out and whacks this on the full, but mid off is in business again, Faf sprawling to his right to half-stop it

41.4

Peterson to Pujara, no run, bowled full on off stump, he is forward to smother it

41.5

Peterson to Pujara, no run, straightens just outside off, big forward stride helps Pujara defend

41.6

Peterson to Pujara, no run, some turn now from a good length, but defended safely from the crease

End of over 42 (1 run) India 137/1

    • CA Pujara 42 (70b 5x4)
    • M Vijay 63 (134b 12x4)
    • RJ Peterson 4-0-16-0
    • M Morkel 11-3-25-1

Philander back now

42.1

Philander to Vijay, no run, moves away from a good length outside off, left alone

42.2

Philander to Vijay, FOUR, hammered, overpitched outside off, and Vijay strides forward to cream it between extra cover and mid off

42.3

Philander to Vijay, FOUR, shortish and wide now, and Vijay rocks back on one foot to slap it over the covers for four more

42.4

Philander to Vijay, no run, full one moving slightly away, and then straightening past Vijay's leave

42.5

Philander to Vijay, no run, reaches forward to drive elegantly to extra cover

42.6

Philander to Vijay, no run, playing quite a few shots now, sees some width and attacks it, finds point

End of over 43 (8 runs) India 145/1

    • M Vijay 71 (140b 14x4)
    • CA Pujara 42 (70b 5x4)
    • VD Philander 11-4-36-0
    • RJ Peterson 4-0-16-0

Karthik: "Good start by this pair. But remember, this is only a start!"

43.1

Peterson to Pujara, 2 runs, stretches to a full and wide one to slap it through the covers, Morkel has some running to do sweeping on the boundary

43.2

Peterson to Pujara, no run, tossed up and comes in around the blockhole, Pujara pats it back

43.3

Peterson to Pujara, no run, and again, drifts in very full, he tries to drive it, finds short extra

43.4

Peterson to Pujara, no run, bends forward to defend down the track

43.5

Peterson to Pujara, no run, opens the face on the front foot to block with the slight turn

43.6

Peterson to Pujara, no run, comes right forward outside off to smother a full one

End of over 44 (2 runs) India 147/1

    • CA Pujara 44 (76b 5x4)
    • M Vijay 71 (140b 14x4)
    • RJ Peterson 5-0-18-0
    • VD Philander 11-4-36-0

DPB: "India will take 20 wickets. there is turn and reverse swing will help India more than SA."

44.1

Philander to Vijay, no run, pushed off the front foot to mid off

44.2

Philander to Vijay, 1 run, good length ball punched off the back foot to the left of mid off, they complete the single comfortably by the time Amla releases the ball

44.3

Philander to Pujara, no run, pitched up for the drive, slight away shape, left alone

Amaresh: "When the test series was about to start I was saying don't rule out Gambhir/Sehwag , now the real matches start (SA , NewZealand) and openers will fail (mostly expecting Vijay to fail) and these veterans will get chance.. The way Vijay is playing making me eat my words .. keep going"

44.4

Philander to Pujara, no run, big stride out of the crease to defend to covers

44.5

Philander to Pujara, no run, stretches forward to block a pitched up ball to the off side

44.6

Philander to Pujara, no run, another huge stride out, head low to keep out another full one

End of over 45 (1 run) India 148/1

    • CA Pujara 44 (80b 5x4)
    • M Vijay 72 (142b 14x4)
    • VD Philander 12-4-37-0
    • RJ Peterson 5-0-18-0

Charbel : "Dear Indian supporters, India couldn't take 20 wickets in far more helpful conditions in Johannesburg and nearly lost with a 457 run lead. Just thought I'd put my 2 cents worth here and remind you all of the events of a few days ago :)"

45.1

Peterson to Vijay, no run, driven straight to short extra, from where Smith fires it back, and sends Vijay sprawling onto the ground as he takes evasive action

45.2

Peterson to Vijay, 1 run, tight single that, Pujara was struggling but made it with a dive as the throw came wide from extra cover

45.3

Peterson to Pujara, no run, full ball defended off the front foot

45.4

Peterson to Pujara, no run, stays half forward and pats away one with some turn on it

45.5

Peterson to Pujara, FOUR, skips out and whips against the turn through midwicket, excellent control

45.6

Peterson to Pujara, no run, stays on the crease and whips a full delivery again, much straighter and mid on fields

Ashok: "I tend to agree with Charbel...with a 457 run lead, if India couldn't take 10 wickets in the fourth innings, what to talk about Indian bowling!"

End of over 46 (5 runs) India 153/1

    • CA Pujara 48 (84b 6x4)
    • M Vijay 73 (144b 14x4)
    • RJ Peterson 6-0-23-0
    • VD Philander 12-4-37-0
46.1

Philander to Vijay, no run, defends a good length ball with an open face to cover

Parth: "Pujara is like a kid. All he wants to do is bat. We have found a gem."

46.2

Philander to Vijay, no run, smoothly flows forward to push a good length delivery to extra cover

46.3

Philander to Vijay, 1 run, moves in towards the pads and is clipped in front of square leg

46.4

Philander to Pujara, no run, defended back to the bowler

46.5

Philander to Pujara, no run, lovely delivery, amid all the steady ones, angles in, hits a good length on off, and jags away past the edge, Pujara shakes his head, cant do anything about those

46.6

Philander to Pujara, no run, next ball, he stretches right forward to smother the full one

End of over 47 (1 run) India 154/1

    • CA Pujara 48 (87b 6x4)
    • M Vijay 74 (147b 14x4)
    • VD Philander 13-4-38-0
    • RJ Peterson 6-0-23-0
47.1

Peterson to Vijay, no run, drives a full delivery, short extra parries it behind the bowler, and non-striker has to rush back

47.2

Peterson to Vijay, no run, shout for lbw as he presses forward, umpire Tucker shakes his head right away, replays show a big inside edge

47.3

Peterson to Vijay, no run, punched to mid on

47.4

Peterson to Vijay, no run, angles it in full to off stump, he pushes forward to block

47.5

Peterson to Vijay, no run, drifts in towards off stump, full length again, pushed to short extra cover

47.6

Peterson to Vijay, no run, right forward to push to short extra

Floodlights coming on, it has been quite overcast for a while now

End of over 48 (maiden) India 154/1

    • M Vijay 74 (153b 14x4)
    • CA Pujara 48 (87b 6x4)
    • RJ Peterson 7-1-23-0
    • VD Philander 13-4-38-0
48.1

Philander to Pujara, no run, moves forward to defend a good length ball to the off side

48.2

Philander to Pujara, no run, allows it to come on from a good length and pats it down the track

48.3

Philander to Pujara, 1 run, whips a short of a length ball to deep square leg

48.4

Philander to Vijay, no run, moves away late as it is pitched full, Vijay follows the line and squeezes it to point

48.5

Philander to Vijay, no run, jags away, but from just back of a length, and is played off the back foot

48.6

Philander to Vijay, no run, straight and pitched up on off stump, Vijay's forward stride is big and sure

End of over 49 (1 run) India 155/1

    • M Vijay 74 (156b 14x4)
    • CA Pujara 49 (90b 6x4)
    • VD Philander 14-4-39-0
    • RJ Peterson 7-1-23-0
49.1

Peterson to Pujara, no run, floated full on off stump, he is forward to smother it

49.2

Peterson to Pujara, no run, thick inside edge on the forward push, into the on side

49.3

Peterson to Pujara, no run, comes forward to defend to short midwicket

49.4

Peterson to Pujara, no run, slides it in with the angle, Pujara manages to get an inside edge as he presses forward

49.5

Peterson to Pujara, no run, blocked off the front foot to the leg side

49.6

Peterson to Pujara, no run, another forward press and another one smothered down the pitch

Dhaval Vyas: "Looking at the pitch, it seems somebody is going to hit a double century in this test match. No jinxing..."

Aaron: "@Charbel Not making excuses here but if Ashwin had pulled his weight and got a wicket or two, India would have won the match. Can't take 20 wkts with 3 bowlers."

End of over 50 (maiden) India 155/1

    • CA Pujara 49 (96b 6x4)
    • M Vijay 74 (156b 14x4)
    • RJ Peterson 8-2-23-0
    • VD Philander 14-4-39-0
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