Player of the Match
Player of the Match
38dThe Bulletin by Siddhartha Vaidyanathan

Pace battery pegs India back

A pair of wickets for Makhaya Ntini and Jacques Kallis handed South Africa a slight advantage on a curtailed, yet absorbing, opening day at the Wanderers in Johannseburg

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Ashwell Prince
97(223) 11x4 - 0x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 30 runs
  • 6x4 - 0x6
17 14 0 10 10 10 10 24
VVS Laxman
73(154) 12x4 - 0x6
Control %94%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 18 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
21 9 7 9 2 4 18 3

Best performances - Bowlers

Sreesanth
O10
M3
R40
W5
Eco4.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Shaun Pollock
O17.5
M7
R39
W4
Eco2.18
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

The celebrations here are supercharged from the Indians and you would only expect that. Barely anyone gave them a chance before the Test series began and they have pulled off a stunning win. This has been an unbelievable performance from India in many ways and it will take some time for the size of the achievement to sink in.

Sajan Nair, my fellow commentator for this match, just says, "Cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties. Nothing is certain in cricket as in life. How many times have we heard these lines being repeated but it is moments like this that make this game what it is. After a forgettable one day series, Team India have emerged from the ashes like a phoenix and they have turned this series upside down."

Well Sajan, the next game is a week away and India will be keen to keep up the good work. There will no doubt be celebrations long into the night, and they will be richly deserved. There are hugs all around in the Indian camp and players pick up souvenir stumps to cherish this memorable win.

South Africa have had their fair share of problems in this match, with bat and ball and they have a week to see how well they can bounce back.

Dravid and Chappell embrace outside the dressing-room. Dravid emerges with an Indian flag and waves the tricolour up to some supporters in the stands.

Sreesanth, with his eight wickets, is my Man of the Match, but you'd have to say that Sourav Ganguly, who contributed crucial runs in the first innings, and VVS Laxman, also played sterling parts, as did Zaheer Khan and Anil Kumble.

For the moment, though, this Anand Vasu, your commentator, signing off. We'll be back with the official post-match presentations and the Man of the Match award as and when the news comes in.

The last bit of news from this Test match is, as expected, that Sreesanth won the Man of the Match award for his brilliant performance with the ball

86.5
W
Khan to Ntini, OUT, 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!

M Ntini c Sehwag b Khan 8 (28m 20b 1x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

86.4
0
Khan to Ntini, no run, tries to defend this one and misses
86.3
0
Khan to Ntini, no run, short of a good length and on the stumps, moving away very very late, played at and missed, the ball just misses the outside edge and goes through to the keeper. Loud shout for the catch behind. The excitement is palpable here but that can't be given
86.2
0
Khan to Ntini, no run, short of a good length and on the pads, played at and missed, off the thigh pad to the man at short-leg
86.1
3
Khan to Steyn, 3 runs, worked away through midwicket and three more runs to the total but that's not especially relevant at the moment

END OF OVER:
86 | 1 Run | SA: 275/9

  • Dale Steyn3 (23b)
  • Makhaya Ntini8 (16b)
  • Sreesanth25-8-59-3
  • Zaheer Khan22-5-76-2
85.6
1
Sreesanth to Steyn, 1 run, very full and on the off, driven hard at. The thick inside edge goes down towards fine-leg for a single to end the over

South Africa 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st0HH GibbsGC Smith
2nd22HM AmlaGC Smith
3rd12JH KallisHM Amla
4th50JH KallisAG Prince
5th36AG PrinceAB de Villiers
6th44MV BoucherAG Prince
7th67SM PollockAG Prince
8th14AG PrinceA Nel
9th19AG PrinceDW Steyn
10th14M NtiniDW Steyn