India tour of South Africa, 1st Test: South Africa v India at Johannesburg, Dec 15-18, 2006
India won by 123 runs
15,16,17,18 December 2006 (5-day match)
  India 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal W Jaffer lbw b Ntini 9 42 40 2 0 22.50
9.6 Gone! full and on the stumps, Jaffer leaves this one alone and it is a big, big mistake. The ball thuds into pad and the appeal is spontaneous and vociferous. Up goes the finger. That was out. And South Africa have picked up their first wicket 14/1
View dismissal V Sehwag c †Boucher b Pollock 4 46 26 0 0 15.38
10.5 And another! Shaun Pollock strikes! This one is short of a length and outside the off, Sehwag does not have the patience of Jaffer and he pokes at the ball. There's just a touch of away movement and this takes the ball away from the middle of the bat. The ball kisses the outside edge and lands safely in Mark Boucher's gloves. Sehwag goes and India are now two down before lunch 14/2
View dismissal R Dravid* c Smith b Kallis 32 151 83 5 0 38.55
41.6 Kallis delivers another killer blow! good length delivery, right in the channel and shaping in a touch. Dravid is sucked forward into the drive and the edge is produced. Smith at second slip takes a good low catch. India four down and in deep trouble here. 110/4
View dismissal SR Tendulkar c de Villiers b Kallis 44 113 89 7 0 49.43
35.4 Big one! Jacques Kallis gets the prize wicket of Tendulkar. The ball is pitched on and around the off stump, hints at going away, bounces just a touch extra. The ball takes the edge, it's a thick one and goes towards second sliip where AB de Villers gratefully accepts the chance! Pity that for Tendulkar who had done all the hard work against the quicker bowlers and then fell to Kallis! 83/3
View dismissal VVS Laxman c †Boucher b Ntini 28 104 67 5 0 41.79
56.5 full and on the stumps, in the dying light Makhaya Ntini produces a superb ball. This one comes in with the arm but pitches and straightens. Laxman plays at that - he has to - but cannot quite get the bat all the way across and behind the ball. The ball takes the outside edge, it's not a very thick one but the sound is unmistakable and India have lost a big wicket just when a good partnership was building. 156/5
SC Ganguly not out 51 180 101 4 1 50.49
View dismissal MS Dhoni c Pollock b Ntini 5 23 20 0 0 25.00
61.6 good length delivery outside the off stump. Dhoni line it up nicely and drives hard but fails to keep it down, Pollock moves across from extra cover, drives across full length to his left and takes a one-handed blinder. A certain Mr. Jonty Rhodes would have been proud of that catch. That's the wicket they wanted - we are into the Indian tail now. 167/6
View dismissal A Kumble c Kallis b Nel 6 23 15 1 0 40.00
66.5 Nel strikes! short of a good length delivery, pitched wide outside the off stump and coming in with the angle. Kumble goes right back and shoulders arms but leaves his bat hanging low in the air - thick edge produced and Kallis at second slip makes no mistake. India seven down. 188/7
View dismissal Z Khan lbw b Pollock 9 32 23 0 0 39.13
73.4 and Pollock cashes in! full and on the stumps. Zaheer goes down on one knee in an attempt to, well looked like he was looking to sweep Pollock. Missed the ball my miles and he is caught stone dead. Loud appeal and the finger goes up straightaway 205/8
View dismissal S Sreesanth c Amla b Pollock 0 3 2 0 0 0.00
73.6 that's the end of that! good length delivery outside the off stump. Deliberately bowled bit wide and Sreesanth is sucked into the drive. Ball clips the outer half of the bat and flies away towards point. Amla moves across to his left and takes a good catch. Ganguly is running out of partners here 205/9
View dismissal VRV Singh c & b Pollock 29 27 19 6 0 152.63
79.5 Got him! Slower ball and gone! VRV Singh goes for a big heave over the leg side and can only send the ball straight up in the air. Pollock judges the catch well and settles under it to pick up four for the innings and take his career tally to 399 wickets! 249/10
Extras (lb 15, w 11, nb 6) 32
  Total (all out; 79.5 overs; 374 mins) 249 (3.11 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
  DW Steyn 10.1 3 26 0 2.55 52 4 0 (2nb)
View wickets M Ntini 18 1 57 3 3.16 79 7 1
9.6 to Jaffer, Gone! full and on the stumps, Jaffer leaves this one alone and it is a big, big mistake. The ball thuds into pad and the appeal is spontaneous and vociferous. Up goes the finger. That was out. And South Africa have picked up their first wicket 14/1
56.5 to Laxman, full and on the stumps, in the dying light Makhaya Ntini produces a superb ball. This one comes in with the arm but pitches and straightens. Laxman plays at that - he has to - but cannot quite get the bat all the way across and behind the ball. The ball takes the outside edge, it's not a very thick one but the sound is unmistakable and India have lost a big wicket just when a good partnership was building. 156/5
61.6 to Dhoni, good length delivery outside the off stump. Dhoni line it up nicely and drives hard but fails to keep it down, Pollock moves across from extra cover, drives across full length to his left and takes a one-handed blinder. A certain Mr. Jonty Rhodes would have been proud of that catch. That's the wicket they wanted - we are into the Indian tail now. 167/6
View wickets SM Pollock 17.5 7 39 4 2.18 87 4 0
10.5 to Sehwag, And another! Shaun Pollock strikes! This one is short of a length and outside the off, Sehwag does not have the patience of Jaffer and he pokes at the ball. There's just a touch of away movement and this takes the ball away from the middle of the bat. The ball kisses the outside edge and lands safely in Mark Boucher's gloves. Sehwag goes and India are now two down before lunch 14/2
73.4 to Khan, and Pollock cashes in! full and on the stumps. Zaheer goes down on one knee in an attempt to, well looked like he was looking to sweep Pollock. Missed the ball my miles and he is caught stone dead. Loud appeal and the finger goes up straightaway 205/8
73.6 to Sreesanth, that's the end of that! good length delivery outside the off stump. Deliberately bowled bit wide and Sreesanth is sucked into the drive. Ball clips the outer half of the bat and flies away towards point. Amla moves across to his left and takes a good catch. Ganguly is running out of partners here 205/9
79.5 to Singh, Got him! Slower ball and gone! VRV Singh goes for a big heave over the leg side and can only send the ball straight up in the air. Pollock judges the catch well and settles under it to pick up four for the innings and take his career tally to 399 wickets! 249/10
View wicket A Nel 18.5 5 45 1 2.38 95 7 0 (1nb, 1w)
66.5 to Kumble, Nel strikes! short of a good length delivery, pitched wide outside the off stump and coming in with the angle. Kumble goes right back and shoulders arms but leaves his bat hanging low in the air - thick edge produced and Kallis at second slip makes no mistake. India seven down. 188/7
View wickets JH Kallis 15 0 67 2 4.46 61 8 0 (3nb, 2w)
35.4 to Tendulkar, Big one! Jacques Kallis gets the prize wicket of Tendulkar. The ball is pitched on and around the off stump, hints at going away, bounces just a touch extra. The ball takes the edge, it's a thick one and goes towards second sliip where AB de Villers gratefully accepts the chance! Pity that for Tendulkar who had done all the hard work against the quicker bowlers and then fell to Kallis! 83/3
41.6 to Dravid, Kallis delivers another killer blow! good length delivery, right in the channel and shaping in a touch. Dravid is sucked forward into the drive and the edge is produced. Smith at second slip takes a good low catch. India four down and in deep trouble here. 110/4
  South Africa 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal GC Smith* lbw b Sreesanth 5 8 12 0 0 41.66
1.6 Gone! short of a good length and on the stumps, the ball swings in a touch and strikes pad, the appeal is a good one and Mark Benson gives it! Big wicket for India picking up Smith so early in the piece 5/1
View dismissal HH Gibbs c Sehwag b Khan 0 12 4 0 0 0.00
2.4 full, outside the off, the sucker ball and Gibbs takes the bait! He flashes hard at the ball and the thick edge flies towards gully where Virender Sehwag takes an important catch. Another wicket for India and you have got to say they are right back in this game at this stage 5/2
View dismissal HM Amla c Laxman b Sreesanth 0 11 6 0 0 0.00
3.6 fuller and on the off stump, the ball swings late and Amla pokes at it, the ball takes the edge and heads towards the slips cordon, VVS Laxman keeps his eyes on the ball and watches it into his hands as he takes a good catch tumbling to his left 5/3
View dismissal JH Kallis c Laxman b Sreesanth 12 21 14 3 0 85.71
7.3 Sreesanth! good length delivery, in the channel outside the off stump, drifting in with the arm and shaping away after hitting the deck. Kallis tentatively pushes forward to defend and is beaten by the movement. Thick edge and the ball flies low towards the slip cordon. Laxman at second slip keeps his eye on the ball even though Ganguly was diving across from third slip and takes a fantastic low catch. 21/4
View dismissal AG Prince c †Dhoni b Kumble 24 105 60 2 0 40.00
24.4 tossed up, on the off, this ball holds its line, the outside edge is taken and it is a thick one, Mahendra Singh Dhoni does really well to hang on to this catch and India have got the wicket they wanted. That's the end of Ashwell Prince's innings 84/8
View dismissal AB de Villiers c Sehwag b Khan 6 23 14 1 0 42.85
12.5 another killer blow! Zaheer gets one to kick-off a good length, well should i say the pitch gets one to .... anyway all de Villiers could do was play the 'sitting duck act' to perfection. Awkward looking defensive shot, ball clips the shoulder of the bat and spoons up towards point. Sehwag moves across and nicely settled under it. South Africa in disarray here. 33/5
View dismissal MV Boucher b Sreesanth 5 12 6 1 0 83.33
15.2 got'm! Sreesanth is on a rampage here! good length delivery, perfect line and once again there is a hint of movement. Boucher goes for the drive. Ball shapes in late, clips the inside edge and crashes into the stumps. Another South African batsman dismissed cheaply. Just four more to go now. 38/6
View dismissal SM Pollock lbw b Sreesanth 5 11 10 1 0 50.00
17.1 Sreesanth - take a bow! fuller length delivery on the stumps, coming in with the angle. Pollock goes back to defend and is done in by the extra pace. Ball thuds into the pad right in front of the stumps, that's plumb and umpire Benson had no hesitation in raising his finger. 45/7
View dismissal A Nel c Khan b Singh 21 50 24 2 1 87.50
25.1 All over! VRV Singh is back into the attack and he gets a piece of the action. Nel goes for a big drive over the off side but only manages to get height on the ball, not distance. Zaheer runs back from mid-off and takes a well-judged catch 84/10
View dismissal M Ntini b Kumble 0 2 1 0 0 0.00
24.5 Flat, fast, just too good for Makhaya Ntini! The ball fizzes through his defences and pegs back the off stump! That's two in two for Kumble who is now on a hat-trick! Fantastic ball to send down first up to a tail-ender 84/9
DW Steyn not out 0 3 1 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 2, w 3, nb 1) 6
  Total (all out; 25.1 overs; 131 mins) 84 (3.33 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets Z Khan 10 3 32 2 3.20 44 5 0
2.4 to Gibbs, full, outside the off, the sucker ball and Gibbs takes the bait! He flashes hard at the ball and the thick edge flies towards gully where Virender Sehwag takes an important catch. Another wicket for India and you have got to say they are right back in this game at this stage 5/2
12.5 to de Villiers, another killer blow! Zaheer gets one to kick-off a good length, well should i say the pitch gets one to .... anyway all de Villiers could do was play the 'sitting duck act' to perfection. Awkward looking defensive shot, ball clips the shoulder of the bat and spoons up towards point. Sehwag moves across and nicely settled under it. South Africa in disarray here. 33/5
View wickets S Sreesanth 10 3 40 5 4.00 47 4 1 (1nb, 2w)
1.6 to Smith, Gone! short of a good length and on the stumps, the ball swings in a touch and strikes pad, the appeal is a good one and Mark Benson gives it! Big wicket for India picking up Smith so early in the piece 5/1
3.6 to Amla, fuller and on the off stump, the ball swings late and Amla pokes at it, the ball takes the edge and heads towards the slips cordon, VVS Laxman keeps his eyes on the ball and watches it into his hands as he takes a good catch tumbling to his left 5/3
7.3 to Kallis, Sreesanth! good length delivery, in the channel outside the off stump, drifting in with the arm and shaping away after hitting the deck. Kallis tentatively pushes forward to defend and is beaten by the movement. Thick edge and the ball flies low towards the slip cordon. Laxman at second slip keeps his eye on the ball even though Ganguly was diving across from third slip and takes a fantastic low catch. 21/4
15.2 to Boucher, got'm! Sreesanth is on a rampage here! good length delivery, perfect line and once again there is a hint of movement. Boucher goes for the drive. Ball shapes in late, clips the inside edge and crashes into the stumps. Another South African batsman dismissed cheaply. Just four more to go now. 38/6
17.1 to Pollock, Sreesanth - take a bow! fuller length delivery on the stumps, coming in with the angle. Pollock goes back to defend and is done in by the extra pace. Ball thuds into the pad right in front of the stumps, that's plumb and umpire Benson had no hesitation in raising his finger. 45/7
View wicket VRV Singh 3.1 0 8 1 2.52 15 1 0 (1w)
25.1 to Nel, All over! VRV Singh is back into the attack and he gets a piece of the action. Nel goes for a big drive over the off side but only manages to get height on the ball, not distance. Zaheer runs back from mid-off and takes a well-judged catch 84/10
View wickets A Kumble 2 1 2 2 1.00 11 0 0
24.4 to Prince, tossed up, on the off, this ball holds its line, the outside edge is taken and it is a thick one, Mahendra Singh Dhoni does really well to hang on to this catch and India have got the wicket they wanted. That's the end of Ashwell Prince's innings 84/8
24.5 to Ntini, Flat, fast, just too good for Makhaya Ntini! The ball fizzes through his defences and pegs back the off stump! That's two in two for Kumble who is now on a hat-trick! Fantastic ball to send down first up to a tail-ender 84/9
  India 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal W Jaffer c Smith b Nel 4 17 9 1 0 44.44
3.5 gone! and it's the fuller length delivery that does the trick. Right in the channel outside the off stump with a hint of swing at the tail end. Jaffer pushes forward to defend and is beaten by the late movement. Thick edge and the ball goes straight to Smith at second slip - It's all happening here! 20/1
View dismissal V Sehwag c Gibbs b Nel 33 39 29 6 0 113.79
7.5 This time Sehwag makes no mistake! fuller length delivery outside the off stump. Sehwag just opens the face of the bat and runs it straight into the safe hands of Gibbs who was placed between third slip and gully. That's Nel's second wicket of the innings. 41/3
View dismissal R Dravid* c †Boucher b Pollock 1 16 9 0 0 11.11
6.6 And he strikes in his first over to get to the 400 mark! Peach of a delivery, in the channel and shaping away - Dravid is sucked forward into the defensive prod and the edge goes straight to Boucher behind the stumps 37/2
View dismissal SR Tendulkar b Pollock 14 43 22 3 0 63.63
16.1 gone! good length delivery, bit too wide outside the off stump and shaping in a touch. Tendulkar goes back in an attempt to drive it away through covers, ball clips the inside edge and crashes into the leg stump. Pollock with the much needed breakthrough and that's the wicket they were looking for 61/4
View dismissal VVS Laxman c Smith b Ntini 73 253 154 12 0 47.40
62.4 Laxman derpats! good length delivery, angled in from wide of the crease. Laxman plunges forward to defend and is beaten by the angle, ball clips the outside edge and goes low towards the slip cordon. Smith at first slip takes a good low catch to end a fine innings 218/8
View dismissal SC Ganguly c †Boucher b Ntini 25 61 38 4 0 65.78
28.1 short of a length and outside the off, Ganguly goes for the pull, that one doesn't quite bounce as much as Ganguly expected. The ball just takes a faint edge and lodges straight in Mark Boucher's gloves. The South Africans celebrate as one after seeing the back of the man who top-scored in the first innings! 119/5
View dismissal MS Dhoni c †Boucher b Pollock 18 35 25 3 0 72.00
36.3 And the procession resumes! fuller in length, drifting in with the arm and shaping away after hitting the deck. Perfect line and length - Dhoni is sucked into the drive and the edge goes straight to Boucher behind the stumps. 147/6
View dismissal A Kumble c Prince b Nel 1 13 11 0 0 9.09
39.2 Finally Nel gets the memo! pitched up outside the off stump, a teasing delivery and Kumble goes for the drive on the up. Was a good looking shot but he miserably failed to keep it down and Prince at point holds on well to a low catch. India are seven down and melting. 148/7
View dismissal Z Khan c †Boucher b Ntini 37 107 80 3 2 46.25
62.6 Ntini strikes again! and once again it's the anlged in delivery that gets him a wicket. short of a good length coming in. Zaheer looking to defend on the back-foot ends up with a thick edge and the ball goes straight Boucher behind the stumps. 219/9
S Sreesanth not out 6 14 7 0 1 85.71
View dismissal VRV Singh run out (sub [DL Makalima]/†Boucher) 11 11 4 2 0 275.00
64.4 from Ntini, clipped away to deep midwicket, dangerous second run attempted and Singh fails to make it across safely. He was done in by a fantastic throw from the deep and the Indian innings comes to an end. 236/10
Extras (b 2, lb 10, w 1) 13
  Total (all out; 64.4 overs; 308 mins) 236 (3.64 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets M Ntini 15.4 2 77 3 4.91 63 14 0 (1w)
28.1 to Ganguly, short of a length and outside the off, Ganguly goes for the pull, that one doesn't quite bounce as much as Ganguly expected. The ball just takes a faint edge and lodges straight in Mark Boucher's gloves. The South Africans celebrate as one after seeing the back of the man who top-scored in the first innings! 119/5
62.4 to Laxman, Laxman derpats! good length delivery, angled in from wide of the crease. Laxman plunges forward to defend and is beaten by the angle, ball clips the outside edge and goes low towards the slip cordon. Smith at first slip takes a good low catch to end a fine innings 218/8
62.6 to Khan, Ntini strikes again! and once again it's the anlged in delivery that gets him a wicket. short of a good length coming in. Zaheer looking to defend on the back-foot ends up with a thick edge and the ball goes straight Boucher behind the stumps. 219/9
View wickets A Nel 19 4 58 3 3.05 89 8 1
3.5 to Jaffer, gone! and it's the fuller length delivery that does the trick. Right in the channel outside the off stump with a hint of swing at the tail end. Jaffer pushes forward to defend and is beaten by the late movement. Thick edge and the ball goes straight to Smith at second slip - It's all happening here! 20/1
7.5 to Sehwag, This time Sehwag makes no mistake! fuller length delivery outside the off stump. Sehwag just opens the face of the bat and runs it straight into the safe hands of Gibbs who was placed between third slip and gully. That's Nel's second wicket of the innings. 41/3
39.2 to Kumble, Finally Nel gets the memo! pitched up outside the off stump, a teasing delivery and Kumble goes for the drive on the up. Was a good looking shot but he miserably failed to keep it down and Prince at point holds on well to a low catch. India are seven down and melting. 148/7
View wickets SM Pollock 16 4 33 3 2.06 80 5 0
6.6 to Dravid, And he strikes in his first over to get to the 400 mark! Peach of a delivery, in the channel and shaping away - Dravid is sucked forward into the defensive prod and the edge goes straight to Boucher behind the stumps 37/2
16.1 to Tendulkar, gone! good length delivery, bit too wide outside the off stump and shaping in a touch. Tendulkar goes back in an attempt to drive it away through covers, ball clips the inside edge and crashes into the leg stump. Pollock with the much needed breakthrough and that's the wicket they were looking for 61/4
36.3 to Dhoni, And the procession resumes! fuller in length, drifting in with the arm and shaping away after hitting the deck. Perfect line and length - Dhoni is sucked into the drive and the edge goes straight to Boucher behind the stumps. 147/6
  JH Kallis 11 2 30 0 2.72 52 5 0
  GC Smith 3 0 26 0 8.66 8 2 2
  South Africa 2nd innings (target: 402 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal HH Gibbs c Tendulkar b Khan 0 2 4 0 0 0.00
0.4 and gone! Zaheer Khan strikes early! good length delivery, pitched on middle and off stump angling across. Gibbs goes for an expansive drives and the edge goes straight to Tendulkar at first slip. Even though it was a good ball, that was a horrible shot to play given the fact that there were only two balls left for the lunch break 0/1
View dismissal GC Smith* c Sehwag b Sreesanth 10 35 27 1 0 37.03
7.6 very full, outside the off, Smith fetches that one from wide of the stumps and flashes it towards point, Virender Shewag throws himself full length to his right and plucks the ball out of the air while parallel to the ground! That is a sensational catch from Sehwag and Sreesanth now has his first wicket of the second innings. It's a big one, that of South African captain Graeme Smith 22/2
View dismissal HM Amla c †Dhoni b Sreesanth 17 56 30 2 0 56.66
11.6 Got him! Short of a good length and on the off, great seam position again from Sreesanth. This ball pitches on the off and moves away just enough to take the edge. Dhoni moves well to his right and takes the catch! That's three down now and Sreesanth is really pumped up here. 34/3
View dismissal JH Kallis c Ganguly b Sreesanth 27 108 72 4 0 37.50
29.6 gone! can't believe Kallis fell for the 'sucker ball', excellent stuff this from Sreesanth. Followed up the short ball with a fuller length wide delivery outside the off stump with a hint of away swing at the tail end. Kallis' eyes lit up and he went for the booming drive outside the off stump. Thick edge and the ball went straight to Ganguly at third slip. 84/4
View dismissal AG Prince b Kumble 97 327 223 11 0 43.49
80.1 It's the yorker from Kumble! Quick, on the stumps, spearing in from round the stumps and homing in on the base of the stumps. Prince has resisted well so far but even he cannot keep that out! That's a huge wicket for India and Kumble has delivered yet again. Now, surely, India are home ... 264/9
View dismissal AB de Villiers run out (Khan) 17 63 42 3 0 40.47
44.1 from Singh, overpitched and on the pads, driven hard to mid-on, AB de Villiers calls for the run immediately and hares down the pitch. He's quick but Zaheer Khan at mid-on is even quicker. He picks the ball up cleanly and gets rid of the ball early, throwing underarm. Bang! The stumps are nailed and the third umpire confirms that AB de Villiers is short of his crease 120/5
View dismissal MV Boucher lbw b Khan 23 80 41 3 0 56.09
60.3 just short of a good length, on the stumps, the ball bounces just about on leg stump and carries on through quite straight, the skid beats bat and slams into pad. The appeal is spontaneous and united from everyone in front of and behind the stumps. Up goes the finger! That's the breakthrough India wanted 164/6
View dismissal SM Pollock b Kumble 40 67 41 6 1 97.56
74.3 Shaun Pollock loses the plot a bit here. He takes an ungainly swipe and a straight one from Kumble. You don't do that too often and get away with it. The ball is on the stumps, hurries through and knocks over the castle as Pollock's bat misses the ball! That's the wicket India so desperately needed and once again Kumble has provided the vital breakthrough. 231/7
View dismissal A Nel lbw b Kumble 6 18 12 1 0 50.00
78.3 there you go! Kumble the true master is on a roll here! Set him up nicely with the fuller length delivery and then he gets one to grip the surface and turn a bit. Nel goes back to defend but fails to make contact and ball clips the pad right in front of the off stump - loud appeal and up goes the finger 245/8
DW Steyn not out 6 42 24 0 0 25.00
View dismissal M Ntini c Sehwag b Khan 8 28 20 1 0 40.00
86.5 Ntini finally loses his patience and plays a big shot. He doesn't get hold of it. The ball spears up into the air and Virender Sehwag settles under the catch. That is that! India have recorded their first-ever Test win on South African soil! 278/10
Extras (lb 8, nb 19) 27
  Total (all out; 86.5 overs; 415 mins) 278 (3.20 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets Z Khan 22.5 5 79 3 3.45 106 11 1
0.4 to Gibbs, and gone! Zaheer Khan strikes early! good length delivery, pitched on middle and off stump angling across. Gibbs goes for an expansive drives and the edge goes straight to Tendulkar at first slip. Even though it was a good ball, that was a horrible shot to play given the fact that there were only two balls left for the lunch break 0/1
60.3 to Boucher, just short of a good length, on the stumps, the ball bounces just about on leg stump and carries on through quite straight, the skid beats bat and slams into pad. The appeal is spontaneous and united from everyone in front of and behind the stumps. Up goes the finger! That's the breakthrough India wanted 164/6
86.5 to Ntini, Ntini finally loses his patience and plays a big shot. He doesn't get hold of it. The ball spears up into the air and Virender Sehwag settles under the catch. That is that! India have recorded their first-ever Test win on South African soil! 278/10
View wickets S Sreesanth 25 8 59 3 2.36 126 5 0 (5nb)
7.6 to Smith, very full, outside the off, Smith fetches that one from wide of the stumps and flashes it towards point, Virender Shewag throws himself full length to his right and plucks the ball out of the air while parallel to the ground! That is a sensational catch from Sehwag and Sreesanth now has his first wicket of the second innings. It's a big one, that of South African captain Graeme Smith 22/2
11.6 to Amla, Got him! Short of a good length and on the off, great seam position again from Sreesanth. This ball pitches on the off and moves away just enough to take the edge. Dhoni moves well to his right and takes the catch! That's three down now and Sreesanth is really pumped up here. 34/3
29.6 to Kallis, gone! can't believe Kallis fell for the 'sucker ball', excellent stuff this from Sreesanth. Followed up the short ball with a fuller length wide delivery outside the off stump with a hint of away swing at the tail end. Kallis' eyes lit up and he went for the booming drive outside the off stump. Thick edge and the ball went straight to Ganguly at third slip. 84/4
  VRV Singh 18 4 67 0 3.72 86 9 0 (8nb)
  SC Ganguly 1 0 11 0 11.00 4 2 0 (2nb)
View wickets A Kumble 20 4 54 3 2.70 91 5 0
74.3 to Pollock, Shaun Pollock loses the plot a bit here. He takes an ungainly swipe and a straight one from Kumble. You don't do that too often and get away with it. The ball is on the stumps, hurries through and knocks over the castle as Pollock's bat misses the ball! That's the wicket India so desperately needed and once again Kumble has provided the vital breakthrough. 231/7
78.3 to Nel, there you go! Kumble the true master is on a roll here! Set him up nicely with the fuller length delivery and then he gets one to grip the surface and turn a bit. Nel goes back to defend but fails to make contact and ball clips the pad right in front of the off stump - loud appeal and up goes the finger 245/8
80.1 to Prince, It's the yorker from Kumble! Quick, on the stumps, spearing in from round the stumps and homing in on the base of the stumps. Prince has resisted well so far but even he cannot keep that out! That's a huge wicket for India and Kumble has delivered yet again. Now, surely, India are home ... 264/9

Match details


Toss - India, who chose to bat
Series - India led the 3-match series 1-0
Player of the match - S Sreesanth (India)
Umpires - MR Benson (England) and DJ Harper (Australia)
TV umpire - KH Hurter
Match referee - RS Mahanama (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire - ZTA Ndamane
Close of play
  • Fri, 15 Dec - day 1 - India 1st innings 156/5 (SC Ganguly 14*, 56.5 ov)
  • Sat, 16 Dec - day 2 - India 2nd innings 146/5 (VVS Laxman 42*, MS Dhoni 17*, 35 ov)
  • Sun, 17 Dec - day 3 - South Africa 2nd innings 163/5 (AG Prince 54*, MV Boucher 23*, 58 ov)
  • Mon, 18 Dec - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 278 (86.5 ov) - end of match

Match Notes


Day 4
Day 3
Day 2
Day 1
    • India 1st innings
    • Lunch: India - 19/2 in 14.0 overs (R Dravid 0, SR Tendulkar 4)
    • Drinks: India - 47/2 in 24.0 overs (R Dravid 8, SR Tendulkar 23)
    • India: 50 runs in 24.6 overs (152 balls), Extras 3
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 110 balls (R Dravid 13, SR Tendulkar 37, Ex 3)
    • Drinks: India - 76/2 in 34.0 overs (R Dravid 17, SR Tendulkar 40)
    • India: 100 runs in 39.2 overs (240 balls), Extras 12
    • Ground Delay: India - 101/3 in 39.4 overs (R Dravid 30, VVS Laxman 1)
    • Tea: India - 101/3 in 39.4 overs (R Dravid 30, VVS Laxman 1)
    • Rain: India - 101/3 in 39.4 overs (R Dravid 30, VVS Laxman 1)
    • Drinks: India - 140/4 in 50.0 overs (VVS Laxman 19, SC Ganguly 7)
    • India: 150 runs in 52.5 overs (326 balls), Extras 25
    • Bad Light: India - 156/5 in 56.5 overs (SC Ganguly 14)
    • End Of Day: India - 156/5 in 56.5 overs (SC Ganguly 14)
    • India: 200 runs in 71.6 overs (441 balls), Extras 29
    • SC Ganguly: 50 off 99 balls (4 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • South Africa 1st innings
    • Lunch: South Africa - 21/3 in 7.0 overs (JH Kallis 12, AG Prince 1)
    • South Africa: 50 runs in 17.4 overs (109 balls), Extras 5
    • Drinks: South Africa - 57/7 in 19.0 overs (AG Prince 15, A Nel 4)
    • India 2nd innings
    • Drinks: India - 45/3 in 10.0 overs (SR Tendulkar 4, VVS Laxman 0)
    • India: 50 runs in 14.4 overs (89 balls), Extras 3
    • Drinks: India - 90/4 in 22.0 overs (VVS Laxman 15, SC Ganguly 20)
    • India: 100 runs in 23.6 overs (145 balls), Extras 8
    • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 56 balls (VVS Laxman 22, SC Ganguly 23, Ex 5)
    • End Of Day: India - 146/5 in 35.0 overs (VVS Laxman 42, MS Dhoni 17)
    • Tea: India - 0/0
    • India: 150 runs in 41.1 overs (248 balls), Extras 10
    • VVS Laxman: 50 off 108 balls (10 x 4)
    • Drinks: India - 161/7 in 47.0 overs (VVS Laxman 53, Z Khan 2)
    • India: 200 runs in 59.1 overs (356 balls), Extras 12
    • 8th Wicket: 50 runs in 119 balls (VVS Laxman 29, Z Khan 21, Ex 2)
    • South Africa 2nd innings
    • Lunch: South Africa - 0/1 in 0.4 overs (GC Smith 0)
    • Drinks: South Africa - 34/3 in 12.0 overs (JH Kallis 0)
    • South Africa: 50 runs in 15.4 overs (98 balls), Extras 11
    • Tea: South Africa - 69/3 in 25.0 overs (JH Kallis 24, AG Prince 5)
    • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 104 balls (JH Kallis 27, AG Prince 17, Ex 6)
    • Drinks: South Africa - 97/4 in 36.0 overs (AG Prince 22, AB de Villiers 7)
    • South Africa: 100 runs in 37.6 overs (235 balls), Extras 14
    • Drinks: South Africa - 129/5 in 48.0 overs (AG Prince 43, MV Boucher 1)
    • AG Prince: 50 off 136 balls (4 x 4)
    • South Africa: 150 runs in 57.1 overs (351 balls), Extras 15
    • End Of Day: South Africa - 163/5 in 58.0 overs (AG Prince 54, MV Boucher 23)
    • South Africa: 200 runs in 65.4 overs (405 balls), Extras 19
    • Drinks: South Africa - 207/6 in 69.0 overs (AG Prince 69, SM Pollock 25)
    • 7th Wicket: 50 runs in 64 balls (AG Prince 16, SM Pollock 31, Ex 3)
    • South Africa: 250 runs in 79.0 overs (486 balls), Extras 24
    • New Ball Taken: South Africa 269/9 after 83.1 overs (DW Steyn 2, M Ntini 3)
    • Test Match Scorer: Firdose Moonda
    • Test Match Commentators: Anand Vasu & Sajan Nair
 
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Hours of play (local time) 10.00 start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.30-15.50, Close 18.30

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