RESULT
2nd Test, Durban, December 26 - 30, 2006, India tour of South Africa
328 & 265/8d
(T:354) 240 & 179

South Africa won by 174 runs

Player Of The Match
3/41 & 5/48
makhaya-ntini
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Scorecard summary
South Africa 328/10(91.3 overs)
1st INNINGS
Ashwell Prince 121 (212)
Sreesanth4/109 (24)
Anil Kumble3/62 (28.3)
India 240/10(77.5 overs)
1st INNINGS
VVS Laxman *50 (156)
Morne Morkel3/86 (18)
South Africa 265/8(67.4 overs)
2nd INNINGS
Sreesanth4/79 (19)
Anil Kumble1/37 (16)
India 179/10(55.1 overs)
2nd INNINGS
MS Dhoni 47 (67)
Makhaya Ntini5/48 (19)
Andre Nel3/57 (16)

What a tense battle! South Africa storm their way back into the series. They fought hard, not only the Indians but also the elements, and are now tasting a sweet win under a slightly overcast sky. The series is level. With all to play for at Capetown. We couldn't have asked for more.

Graeme Smith, at the post-match ceremony: " The adrenalin was pumping right at the end. we are over the moon .... the boys proved themselves. I thought the wicket was very good, we bowled outstandingly well.. "

Man-of-the-Match: Makhaya Ntini

Cheeky quote The presenter asks him how he bounced back after being off colour in the first Test. Ntini says, hold your breath, "I am always off colour!"

Ntini in a tv interview. "God was on our side. .... All of a sudden the sun came out. .. I went to the gym last evening. They asked me why am I going to gym, you got to bowl tomorrow. I said, 'That's why I am going to the gym. Need more power." What a champion performance from him.

Smith: "Thank goodness the sun came out in the afternoon and we could end up with a smile in the evening. It was a wicket where you needed to use short-pitched but be clever with it. We needed to bowl the full-length and bowl at the fourth, fifth stump [outside the offstump]. All in all it was a great Test match to watch and great Test match to play."

Certainly, it was a great match to watch. This is Sriram Veera, signing off. It was a pleasure bringing you the live action. Hope you enjoyed. The Capetown Test starts on January 2nd. Join us then.

Meanwhile please do read The Bulletin by Anand Vasu. "Tempers frayed, words were exchanged, short balls banged in and trenches dug as the Indian tail did its utmost to keep South Africa at bay long enough to give the fading light o the rest. But when Andrew Hall knocked over Sreesanth ....."

To continue reading please click here. Good bye and good luck and have a great new year!

55.1
W
Hall to Sreesanth, OUT

South Africa have levelled the series!. What a nerve-wracking game! Andrew Hall gets them home. Congrats South Africa. Sreesanth is unhappy, storms off the field. Not at the South African celebration, which was, obviously, wild but at the decision. It went off the right shoulder. No edge. Banged in short, and at the offstump line, Sreesanth tries to withdraw his bat from the line. He does. Umpire Asad Rauf doesn't notice it. The cherry whistles past the blade, brushes the right shoulder and sails into Boucher's gloves. Game over.

Sreesanth c †Boucher b Hall 10 (32m 12b 2x4 0x6) SR: 83.33
end of over 552 runs • 1 wicket
INDIA: 179/9CRR: 3.25 
Vikram Singh0 (1b)
Sreesanth10 (11b 2x4)
Andre Nel 16-4-57-3
Makhaya Ntini 19-6-48-5
54.6
Nel to Singh, no run

attempted yorker, jabbed to mid-off

54.5
W
Nel to Khan, OUT

Nel gets the vital wicket. Banged it in short of length, it kicks up outside the offstump, and also holds its line. Zaheer hops up, gets squared-up as the ball straightens, pushes at it, bat away from the body, feet up in the air, and it flies to Hall at third slip who makes no mistake. All the fielders converge on Nel. He has never been so popular. Never has Zaheer been so disappointed. India lose their ninth wicket. South Africa are ever so close to that win. Just one wicket away.

Zaheer Khan c Hall b Nel 21 (80m 56b 2x4 0x6) SR: 37.5
54.4
Nel to Khan, no run

Nel tries to trap him lbw. Lands a length-delivery on the offstump line, comes in with the angle, Zaheer is ready, doesn't thrust his left foot across, gets behind and defends it

54.3
Nel to Khan, no run

full in length, just outside the offstump, out comes Zaheer's left foot, his head goes over the ball, he defends, pushes it out towards point.

54.2
2
Nel to Khan, 2 runs

full and on the legs, flicked away behind square-leg

Ten years ago, South Africa were in India's position at the Wanderers. Is history about the repeat itself?

53.2
Ntini to Sreesanth, no run

banged in short of length, Sreesanth goes back, tries to punch it, and the ball evades the bat and strikes him on the righ arm. Pain. Ouch. Sreesanth calls for the physio. He is hurt. Meanwhile more time eaten up. The umpires now walk towards Sreesanth and the physio. Munaf Patel is out there with Gloster. The umpires have a close look. Gloster sprayed the magic spray. The camera pans out to South African dressing room. Mickey Arthur, the coach, is clearly unhappy. Smith, meanwhile, is still standing at slips. He has no words with the umpires. Just chewing his nails. Not much of it left. Another look at the meter. it is still 11. has to come down below 8. What a game. On a knife-edge.

Another look at the lightmeter by the umpires. It has dipped further. it is 11 now!

Best performances - batters
AG Prince
AG Prince SA
121 runs (212)
16 fours0 six
Control
87%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
36 runs
7 fours0 six
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HH Gibbs
HH Gibbs SA
63 runs (88)
13 fours0 six
Control
75%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
25 runs
5 fours0 six
124104162411
Best performances - bowlers
M Ntini
M Ntini SA
O
19
M
6
R
48
W
5
ECO
2.52
S Sreesanth
S Sreesanth INDIA
O
19
M
3
R
79
W
4
ECO
4.15
Match details
Kingsmead, Durban
TossSouth Africa, elected to bat first
Series
Season2006/07
Player Of The Match
South Africa
Makhaya Ntini
Series result3-match series level 1-1
Match numberTest no. 1825
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, Lunch 11.30-12.10, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days26,27,28,29,30 December 2006 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Morne Morkel
Morne Morkel
Umpires
Pakistan
Asad Rauf
South Africa
Ian Howell
England
Mark Benson
TV Umpire
South Africa
Ian Howell
South Africa
Marais Erasmus
Reserve Umpire
South Africa
Kevin Adams
South Africa
Marais Erasmus
Match Referee
Sri Lanka
Roshan Mahanama
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