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Day 5

546dThe Bulletin by George Binoy

Gritty Gambhir leads India to 1-1 draw

An insipid performance from India's bowlers on the fourth day had broken their aspirations of a maiden Test series victory in South Africa but, on the fifth, the batsmen ensured they achieved at least a draw for the first time in the country

546dFirdose Moonda at Newlands

Smith rues flatter pitch on day five

Graeme Smith, South Africa captain, felt that he had the time but not the conditions to bowl India out on the last day of the deciding Test in Cape Town

546dFirdose Moonda at Newlands

Tsotsobe's poor luck continues

ESPNcricinfo brings you the plays of the fifth day of the third Test between South Africa and India at Newlands

546dESPNcricinfo staff

India fined for slow over-rate

India has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during South Africa's second innings at Newlands. MS Dhoni will forfeit 60% of his match-fee

546dSidharth Monga at Newlands

Dhoni upbeat despite missed opportunity

MS Dhoni, while conceding this was a really good chance of registering that elusive series win in South Africa, said he wasn't bitterly disappointed.

546dFirdose Moonda at Newlands

No risk, no reward for South Africa

South Africa made sure they wouldn't lose this Test by not declaring in their second innings, but in the process might have missed out on winning it too

Day 4

546dThe Bulletin by George Binoy

Kallis' superhuman effort deflates India

Jacques Kallis was immense, for the second time in this deciding Test, and his strength of will and mastery of technique dragged South Africa out of danger

546dSidharth Monga at Newlands

Injured Kallis out-thinks India

Jacques Kallis faced more adversity on the fourth day than he did in the first innings and came up trumps again, winning the mental battle against the Indians

546dESPNcricinfo staff

Sreesanth fined for misbehaviour

Sreesanth, the India fast bowler, has been fined 10% of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the fourth day's play at Newlands

546dSidharth Monga at Newlands

Harbhajan's lucky bail

ESPNcricinfo brings you the plays of the fourth day of the third Test between South Africa and India at Newlands

546dSidharth Monga at Newlands

Defensive India pay the price

Both teams have been guilty of taking a backward step in what has otherwise been an enthralling series, but India's tactics on the fourth day could prove decisive in the outcome

546dFirdose Moonda at Newlands

The innings that could save Mark Boucher's career

Mark Boucher's 55 in the second innings at Newlands was like a lifeboat for his career. He proved he still has the ability to play under pressure that has made him such an important player for South Africa over the years

Day 3

546dThe Bulletin by George Binoy

Steyn, Tendulkar star on intense day

Dale Steyn continued his hostility after tea, taking two wickets to complete his 16th five-wicket haul, but it was Morne Morkel who got the prized wicket of Sachin Tendulkar and hastened the end of the Indian innings

546dAakash Chopra

A spell from hell

Dale Steyn's bowling was like a dream which made those watching feel it wasn't from the real game but on Play Station 4

546dSidharth Monga at Newlands

Tendulkar and Steyn sizzle in a battle for the ages

To appreciate Sachin Tendulkar's effort today - his fourth century off his first innings in each of the last four years - it is important to appreciate the most exciting bowler in world cricket at his best

546dFirdose Moonda at Newlands

An artist with the ball

Watching Dale Steyn with the new ball today was like watching the fireworks display at the Sydney Harbour Bridge on the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve

546dFirdose Moonda at Newlands

SA plan on safety-first approach

South Africa plan on making sure they get enough runs on the board to avoid losing, and only then will think about setting India a target

546dSidharth Monga at Newlands

Harbhajan the right man for a scrap

Harbhajan Singh may have struggled with his bowling over the last year, but when it comes to a scrap, you want him in your corner

Day 2

546dFirdose Moonda at Newlands

Lower order showed guts - Kallis

Jacques Kallis showed once again why he is South Africa's leading man with the bat, making 161 out of his team's total of 362

546dSidharth Monga at Newlands

A tussle between talent and temperament

Sreesanth's spell reiterated the importance of carrying along a difficult member in the team through the bad days, since he has the talent to produce magical moments out of nowhere

546dESPNcricinfo staff

Injured Kallis to bat only if necessary

Jacques Kallis' participation in the remainder of the Cape Town Test is likely to be restricted to batting in the second innings, if absolutely necessary

Day 1

546dThe Bulletin by George Binoy

Amla and Kallis steer through testing day

Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis, the most resolute of South Africans, manned the frontline and three consecutive half-century partnerships ensured the hosts edged ahead in the fight for the series

546dFirdose Moonda at Newlands

South Africa in a 'good space' - Amla

The Newlands pitch is "more challenging for the batsmen than it is for the fielding team," Hashim Amla said at the end of the opening day

546dFirdose Moonda at Newlands

Steely Kallis weathers the storm

For the third straight time this series, he walked in with South Africa in a bit of trouble. Twice he couldn't rescue them in Durban; he ensured he made up at Newlands

546dMatt Riches

A cracking start

The world's top two sides battling in challenging conditions - that's how every year should begin (minus the rain)

546dSidharth Monga at Newlands

India pay for inconsistency

On a day when the quality of India's bowling swung as wildly as the weather fluctuated, the visitors failed to capitalise on a rare toss that was won by MS Dhoni

Others

546dFirdose Moonda

Kallis, Steyn stand out

South Africa went into the series as clear favourites, and will be disappointed they could only manage a 1-1 draw against India

558dSidharth Monga

Day of the titans

When a batsman and a bowler at the height of their powers face off, like Tendulkar and Steyn did at Newlands, the cricket is bound to be incredible

558dInterview by Sidharth Monga

'One of the best sessions of my life'

Sachin Tendulkar goes over his epic battle with Dale Steyn and Co in Cape Town in 2011, the winner of ESPNcricinfo's Test Batting award for the year

546dFirdose Moonda

Team confidence runs deep - Smith

Graeme Smith has said South Africa are expecting a "tense Test" in the series decider against India that starts on Sunday

546dSidharth Monga in Cape Town

The calm before the storm

India have gone in to a final Test with the series level once before in South Africa, but this side has a mental calm that inspires confidence, and MS Dhoni says the dressing-room atmosphere is the best he's even experienced

546dS Rajesh

Fine venue for Kallis and Steyn

Most of the South African team have good records in Cape Town, and it has also been a favourable venue for Sachin Tendulkar

India 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st27G GambhirV Sehwag
2nd79R DravidG Gambhir
3rd14SR TendulkarG Gambhir
4th46SR TendulkarVVS Laxman