Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Steyn is hugged by his team-mates and now all of them walk away; the Indians meet them at the stairs to congratulate and shake hands. This is the first time MS Dhoni has tasted defeat as a captain. Meanwhile in the South African dressing room Kepler Wessels and the new coach back slap and congratulate the players. Great scenes here. A famous win.

Steyn bowled with pace and got traditional and reverse swing. Morkel supported him with his bounce off short of length and Paul Harris stuck adhesively to his outside-leg stump line in the second innings to reap rewards. It was a complete professional performance from the visitors.

Hold on for quotes from the post-match ceremony.

MS Dhoni: "We were completely outplayed. Kallis and Amla played briilliantly. Dale Steyn the way he bowled .. he was the best I have seen in the last two years at least as far as conventional bowling goes. Seven of the 14 dismissals were out to great deliveries. we were outplayed. The ball was changed in tea break and we lost five quick wickets. It changed everything. Once we lost Sehwag, I got out immediately and the ball was reversing .. it was difficult for the tailenders. We are on the back foot; they cant' lose the series now. So we are under the pressure but you always are. Last time when they came, they were ahead and in the same position."

Smith: "It has been outstanding performance from the guys. To win here, you need lots of discipline and the guys have showed it. There were a few special individual performances like Amla, Kallis and Steyn but its a good team-effort. It was a emotional last two weeks what with all the changes going around. Its nice to have a some one like [Steyn]. To run in like that and bowl as he did. It all happenned so quickly even for us; it was great to watch. Harris .. he bowled well, he is not fancied cricketer you know but he knows his role and he has come back well ...."

Hashim Amla is Man of the Match "It was one of my best knocks. It was a crucial time I came into the crease and I got the team into a great position. Everybody feels a bit of pressure and I am just grateful that I got an opportunity to put the team in a good position. I have had a few good partnerships with Jacques; once we both got in we complimented each other .. when I wasn't scoring he was and vice versa. With the ball turning, anything can happen with the new guy coming in, I just tried to keep it as risk-free as possible.yes, so I concentrated not on hitting anything in the air. I just hope Eden Gardens gets a good crowd. "

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107.1
W
Steyn to Mishra, OUT, Clatter! Mishra's stumps are in disarray as Steyn completes the ten-for with an incutter. Gone! In the last 25 years India have suffered innings defeat only thrice at home. All of them have come in the last ten years. And interestingly, all three of them have come against South Africa. What a performance by SA in this Test. It was a treat to watch Steyn bowl in the first innings.

A Mishra b Steyn 0 (11m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

END OF OVER:
107 | (maiden) | INDIA: 319/9

  • Ishant Sharma0 (11b)
  • Amit Mishra0 (2b)
  • Jacques Kallis12-3-19-1
  • Dale Steyn18-1-57-2
106.6
0
Kallis to Sharma, no run, full again, straight, trying for that lbw, Ishant pushes it out to the off side
106.5
0
Kallis to Sharma, no run, full in length on the middle and leg line, runs off the inner edge to the pad
106.4
0
Kallis to Sharma, no run, fuull delivery on the middle and leg line, edged away to the on side .. confusion over the single but Ishant gets back in time

In the dressing room, Sehwag has a chat with Laxman

106.3
0
Kallis to Sharma, no run, short in length, doesn't climb that high, Ishant gets behind the line to defend
106.2
0
Kallis to Sharma, no run, short in length on the middle stump line, defended to the on side
106.1
0
Kallis to Sharma, no run, gets behind the line to defend

END OF OVER:
106 | 1 Run 1 Wkt | INDIA: 319/9

  • Ishant Sharma0 (5b)
  • Amit Mishra0 (2b)
  • Dale Steyn18-1-57-2
  • Jacques Kallis11-2-19-1
105.6
1lb
Steyn to Sharma, 1 leg bye, full in length on the leg and middle, goes off the pad to the on side
105.5
0
Steyn to Sharma, no run, short in length, around off stump line, Ishant defends
105.4
0
Steyn to Sharma, no run, length delivery on the off stump line, defended to the off side
105.3
0
Steyn to Sharma, no run, in the zone outside off stump, left alone
105.2
0
Steyn to Sharma, no run, full in length, outside off stump line, pushed out to cover
105.1
W
Steyn to Saha, OUT, Dead plumb in front. India still are seven runs short of the follow-on. Saha leans forward to defend but the ball curves in to strike the pad; he had pressed his front leg too far across and couldn't get his bat around in time. Good little fighting innings but its over now. South Africa are so close to that win now. Can they hand India an innings defeat?

WP Saha lbw b Steyn 36 (150m 101b 4x4 0x6) SR: 35.64

END OF OVER:
105 | 1 Run 1 Wkt | INDIA: 318/8

  • Amit Mishra0 (2b)
  • Wriddhiman Saha36 (100b)
  • Jacques Kallis11-2-19-1
  • Paul Harris38-17-76-3
104.6
0
Kallis to Mishra, no run, full delivery, driven out to cover
104.5
0
Kallis to Mishra, no run, dug in outside off stump, left alone
104.4
W
Kallis to Khan, OUT, Zak falls after a brief resistance. It was dug in short, Zaheer again went for the swing across the line and top-edged the pull to mid-off

Z Khan c Harris b Kallis 33 (64m 57b 4x4 2x6) SR: 57.89

104.3
0
Kallis to Khan, no run, clears the front foot and has a flat-batted slog at it and mistimes the ball towards mid-on ..
104.2
0
Kallis to Khan, no run, goes back to defend to short midwicket
104.1
1
Kallis to Saha, 1 run, full in length outside off, SAha edges it along the ground to right of second slip where AB fumbles.

END OF OVER:
104 | 6 Runs | INDIA: 317/7

  • Zaheer Khan33 (54b)
  • Wriddhiman Saha35 (99b)
  • Paul Harris38-17-76-3
  • Jacques Kallis10-2-18-0
103.6
0
Harris to Khan, no run, around the off stump line, pushed away to point
103.5
6
Harris to Khan, SIX runs, Stop the press. Harris is going round the stumps. And Zaheer hammers it over long-off. He leaned forward and lofted it over the boundary
103.4
0
Harris to Khan, no run, and again, just leans forward to gently nudge it to short-leg

India 3rd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st1G GambhirV Sehwag
2nd23V SehwagM Vijay
3rd72SR TendulkarM Vijay
4th26SR TendulkarS Badrinath
5th70SR TendulkarMS Dhoni
6th17MS DhoniWP Saha
7th50Harbhajan SinghWP Saha
8th59Z KhanWP Saha
9th0A MishraWP Saha
10th1A MishraI Sharma