Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    12.6 Morne has consumed Gambhir after working him over with an attacking spell. I daresay, he deserved this scalp. As is often the case with the bouncer-barrage, the wicket eventually comes to the sucker ball that is landed full. This one was on off stump, Gambhir was years late in coming forward. The body position for the drive was awry, the body momentum was going nowhere. The outside edge went straight into the lap of first slip. 24/2
    2.1 Steyn 1, Sehwag 0! Sehwag left the first two go in the first over. Can't hold back this time. Gets one on a length, landing outside off and moving away a touch. He tries to go up and over with the upper cut. Hashim Amla was lurking at third man, not all the way back to the boundary. He was there specifically for this shot. Sehwag was not entirely to the pitch of it, and ended up scooping it in the air. Amla snaffles it. SA have struck a huge blow. 1/1
    14.4 Morne has struck a huge blow. Dravid has fallen to his first error of the day, and by the looks of it, he wasn't very lucky with the bounce. Sharp inwards movement from Morne, lands on and around off stump and curls into Dravid who is caught on the stumps and struck in front of middle and leg as it stays lower than he expected. That looked plumb, but it was just shaving the top of middle. Morne goes down in celebration. He knows he's got the big fish. 27/3
    24.4 and India's last specialist batsman goes! Steyn it is who gets the big one, raps SRT on the pads with a length delivery that straightens a bit, and catches him on the pads even as he plays across the line, that was hitting middle and the finger goes up straightaway, India are 29 short of the 100-run mark 71/6
    22.2 got 'em! Steyn has gone right through Laxman, and the middle stump is knocked out of the ground, VVS played way across the line, looking to work it through midwicket, it was straight as an arrow, beat the wristy waft, and crashed into the timber, Steyn is on fire, so are South Africa 66/4
    23.1 and Raina falls third ball! not the short ball, but the length delivery going across him does the trick, he stood in the crease and guided it straight into the hands of third slip, India are in complete disarray, Kallis gets one now 67/5
    38.4 hit on the pad and Dhoni's lbw! Morkel picks up his fifth. The ball was fuller again and angled into the right-hander. Dhoni might have wanted to come forward to that but he didn't and was caught on the crease. Umpire Ian Gould made a quick decision but Dhoni was almost ready to walk before the finger went up 136/10
    32.1 what do we have here? Harbhajan was slow to turn for the second as Dhoni pushed through cover, he had almost made it, but the bat came out of his hand, and Boucher underarmed the throw onto the stumps, replays show Harbhajan, minus his bat was just short of the crease, and India have added suicide to their mode of dismissal in Centurion 110/7
    32.3 another one goes! Morkle gets the outside edge as Ishant hops to a short of a good length delivery that gets big on him, it flies to that man Kallis at second slip who juggles it for an instant, before holding it cleanly close to his chest 110/8
    34.5 stays in the crease and drives crisply in the air, but straight to short extra cover, who was the only man in front of the stumps, apart from the bowler, and he gleefully accepts the early Christmas gift, India are nine down 116/9
    not out
    12 (lb 6, nb 3, w 3)
    136 all out (38.4 Overs, RR: 3.51, 202 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Virender Sehwag, 2.1 ov), 2-24 (Gautam Gambhir, 12.6 ov), 3-27 (Rahul Dravid, 14.4 ov), 4-66 (VVS Laxman, 22.2 ov), 5-67 (Suresh Raina, 23.1 ov), 6-71 (Sachin Tendulkar, 24.4 ov), 7-110 (Harbhajan Singh, 32.1 ov), 8-110 (Ishant Sharma, 32.3 ov), 9-116 (Sreesanth, 34.5 ov), 10-136 (MS Dhoni, 38.4 ov)
    DW Steyn1013433.4010
    M Morkel12.452051.5703
    LL Tsotsobe925005.5510
    JH Kallis612013.3310
    PL Harris10606.0000
    26.3 caught! India have struck on the stroke of lunch and it's out of the blue. The ball was similar to the previous one, Harbhajan drifted it into the left-hander, pitched around off and got the ball to bounce considerably. Smith attempted to cut this one and Dhoni held the edge. Finally India have some respite. 111/1
    40.1 Bhajji gets one more! it was flighted on middle and leg, he got half-forward to defend, got an inside edge on to pad, the ball went in the air for Gambhir at forward short leg to take the simplest of catches, Alviro walks off without waiting for the umpire's decision 166/2
    92.3 that's out! Lucky man is Ishant, full and way down the leg side, Amla looked to flick it fine, got a touch but not wide enough to evade Dhoni, caught down the leg side, the opening India needed on the third day 396/3
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    130.1 AB is gone. Smith has declared. All the boxes have been ticked. India face a mountain. Make that two. How he got out is purely academic. For the record - it was a back of length ball on off. Not the kind of ball you can hit for six. Given his form, AB believed he could. He ended up playing a nothing-swipe. The outside edge landed in Dhoni's gloves. No one celebrated. Smith called them in. Sehwag and Gambhir have a nervy ten minutes ahead of them, as a prelude to the nervy two-and-a-half days ahead of the world's No. 1 team. 620/4
    11 (b 2, lb 3, nb 4, w 2)
    620/4d (130.1 Overs, RR: 4.76, 580 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-111 (Graeme Smith, 26.3 ov), 2-166 (Alviro Petersen, 40.1 ov), 3-396 (Hashim Amla, 92.3 ov), 4-620 (AB de Villiers, 130.1 ov)
    S Sreesanth2419704.0412
    I Sharma27.1212024.4100
    JD Unadkat26410103.8802
    Harbhajan Singh36216924.6900
    SK Raina7077011.0000
    SR Tendulkar1015105.1010
    39.2 Gambhir is gone and he will be gutted by this. Steyn angles one in from round the wicket, from outside off, but it was the bounce that did Gambhir in. It kept a touch low as he looked to play from the crease. It missed the bat and thudded into the pads. That was plumb. As Sid Monga once said, he wouldn't have been plumber if he worked with pipes and taps. 170/2
    29.3 Sehwag has thrown it away. You sensed he was going to go after Harris at some point. This was was asking to be hit. Tossed up nice and wide outside off, Sehwag danced down, but could not get to the line of the ball. Hence, he ended up scooping instead of lofting cleanly. Smith runs back and to the left from widish mid off to take a well-judged catch. Big wicket. 137/1
    64.5 gone! Morkel strikes. Did that nip away? Landed on a good lengh just outside off, Dravid played at it, got a faint edge straight through to Boucher, the hint of movement may have just done him in. South Africa go past a major barrier in their quest to bowl India out here 242/4
    54.4 got him! The short square leg into action immediately, Amla the fielder there, on middle and leg, Ishant gets across and tries to work it square, uppish again and the ever-sharp Amla makes no mistake, grabbing it to his left 214/3
    not out
    72.5 edged and gone! Laxman goes after a full delivery outside off and gets a thick edge straight to gully, flew towards that fielder there and he made no mistake, South Africa are breaking through the resistance steadily here 256/5
    77.5 Raina goes, almost guides it to slip, short of a good length and he's looking to play it behind point, edges it straight to first slip, the pressure on him only grows 277/6
    118.2 Dhoni falls! Steyn is the man for South Africa, breaks the partnership that had almost wiped off the huge deficit, it climbed nastily from short of a good length, nipped in too, Dhoni was caught in an awkward position, and fended it to Boucher, who took a neat catch, diving to his right, Dhoni goes for 90, Steyn roars 449/7
    119.1 Harris gets Harbhajan! it was tossed up outside the off stump, he went for the drive, and got an outside edge that went straight to slip, South Africa are closing in now 450/8
    125.5 edged and gone, good length outside off and Sreesanth poked at it again, fatally this time, angled in and then flew off the edge to second slip where AB took a dolly, South Africa move closer to a win 456/9
    128.1 All over! Banged in short on the body and Unadkat looks to fend it into the off side, finds gully, didn't look too comfortable against the short one and it seemed it was only a matter of time 459/10
    31 (b 13, lb 5, nb 5, w 8)
    459 all out (128.1 Overs, RR: 3.58, 585 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-137 (Virender Sehwag, 29.3 ov), 2-170 (Gautam Gambhir, 39.2 ov), 3-214 (Ishant Sharma, 54.4 ov), 4-242 (Rahul Dravid, 64.5 ov), 5-256 (VVS Laxman, 72.5 ov), 6-277 (Suresh Raina, 77.5 ov), 7-449 (MS Dhoni, 118.2 ov), 8-450 (Harbhajan Singh, 119.1 ov), 9-456 (Sreesanth, 125.5 ov), 10-459 (Jaydev Unadkat, 128.1 ov)
    DW Steyn30.1610543.4810
    M Morkel3169423.0332
    LL Tsotsobe2439814.0801
    PL Harris3058822.9300
    JH Kallis1335614.3002

Match Details


South Africa , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

South Africa led the 3-match series 1-0

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

10.00am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 18.00

Match days

16,17,18,19,20 December 2010 (5-day match)

Test debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Close of Play

  • Thu, 16 Dec - day 1 - India 1st innings 136/9 (MS Dhoni 33*, JD Unadkat 1*, 38.1 ov)
  • Fri, 17 Dec - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 366/2 (HM Amla 116*, JH Kallis 102*, 87 ov)
  • Sat, 18 Dec - day 3 - India 2nd innings 190/2 (R Dravid 28*, I Sharma 7*, 44.1 ov)
  • Sun, 19 Dec - day 4 - India 2nd innings 454/8 (SR Tendulkar 107*, S Sreesanth 3*, 122.2 ov)
  • Mon, 20 Dec - day 5 - India 2nd innings 459 (128.1 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

India 3rd innings Partnerships

1st137G GambhirV Sehwag
2nd33R DravidG Gambhir
3rd44R DravidI Sharma
4th28SR TendulkarR Dravid
5th14SR TendulkarVVS Laxman
6th21SR TendulkarSK Raina
7th172SR TendulkarMS Dhoni
8th1SR TendulkarHarbhajan Singh
9th6SR TendulkarS Sreesanth
10th3SR TendulkarJD Unadkat