Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 5

534dThe Bulletin by Sidharth Monga

India win thriller despite heroic Amla

Harbhajan Singh answered India's call with a mix of aggressive and patient, smart and persistent spin bowling, taking them to a series-equalling and innings win over South Africa

534dCricinfo staff

We wanted to be No.1 - Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh, whose five-for won India a tense game against South Africa, has said their hunger to retain the No.1 ranking was the prime motivation behind their spirited comeback

534dN Hunter

'We've come up with our heads above water' - Smith

South Africa captain Graeme Smith has credited India for bouncing back and levelling the series, retaining the No. 1 Test team crown in the process, but he also praised his team for keeping the hosts on the run till the very last minute

534dS Aga

Everyone was up for the fight - Harbhajan

Discretion has never been a quality associated with Harbhajan Singh, and after the euphoria of helping India to a series-levelling innings win came the outpouring of anger

534dN Hunter

The last man standing

Hashim Amla was the last South African standing after his vigil lasted a minute short of 500, but he was not playing for time and grinding it out. Instead, it is his bloody-mindedness, an antithesis to the fast-paced approach of the Twenty20 age

Day 4

534dThe Bulletin by Sidharth Monga

India ahead on stop-start day

Amit Mishra, who had struggled to buy a wicket until the penultimate day of the series, provided two inspirational moments just before two breaks to keep India hopeful

534dS Aga

India aim for one final push

The wicket of Jacques Kallis in what turned out to be the penultimate over of the day's play has given India an outstanding chance of closing out the match

Day 3

534dThe Bulletin by Sidharth Monga

Laxman and Dhoni flatten South Africa

VVS Laxman and MS Dhoni saw off the tricky period with the second new ball, put together the second double-century stand of the innings, and proceeded to virtually bat South Africa out of the Test

534dN Hunter

A perfect fit at No. 5

VVS Laxman's style of forcing the opposition to retreat is perhaps not as in your face as MS Dhoni's, but it's as effective

Day 2

534dS Aga

A meeting of generations

Despite cricket's following increasing manifold since Sachin Tendulkar made his debut, Virender Sehwag remains the only one of the generation that watched him avidly to mature into a truly world-class batsman

534dN Hunter

Harris' leg-side line punished

Paul Harris tried to stem the run flow by adopting a leg-stump line. It didn't work and he was often called wide by umpire Ian Gould

534dN Hunter

Blunders at Eden Gardens

Cricinfo presents the plays of the day from day two of the second Test between India and South Africa in Kolkata

534dN Hunter

Sehwag was unsettling - van Zyl

Corrie van Zyl, the South Africa coach, has said Virender Sehwag's aggressive batting and the vociferous crowd at Eden Gardens unnerved his bowlers in Kolkata

Day 1

533dS Aga

Kirsten praises bowlers for resilience

The same attack that had looked largely innocuous for the first two sessions suddenly found its bite post-tea, and India's coach credited the bowlers for the remarkable turnaround

533dN Hunter

Petersen conquers Eden Gardens

Eden Gardens can be an intimidating venue but Alviro Peterson did not let its size and raucous crowds get to him on debut

533dN Hunter

Namaste, Harris

Plays of the day from the first day of the second Test between India and South Africa in Kolkata


534dS Rajesh

The ups and downs of Harbhajan Singh

India's lead spinner's major problem in the last four years has been his display in home Tests. Can the Kolkata performance spark a revival?

533dN Hunter

South Africa sweat over Smith and Boucher injuries

Concerns remained over Graeme Smith's finger injury, a confirmed bone fracture now, and Mark Boucher has joined him on the injury list after suffering fresh back problems during the team's final practice session

533dN Hunter

India grapple with bowling conundrum

What is India's best bowling attack in Kolkata: the existing two-seamer and two-spinner combination or does it make sense to field three fast bowlers

534dSidharth Monga

The rot in rotation

India's rotation policy, which allocates Tests to venues, is obsolete and needs ruthless, radical change

South Africa 3rd innings Partnerships

1st36GC SmithAN Petersen
2nd18HM AmlaAN Petersen
3rd57JH KallisHM Amla
4th47AG PrinceHM Amla
5th6HM AmlaAB de Villiers
6th8HM AmlaJP Duminy
7th8HM AmlaDW Steyn
8th70HM AmlaWD Parnell
9th14HM AmlaPL Harris
10th26HM AmlaM Morkel