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3rd Test, Cape Town, January 02 - 06, 2007, India tour of South Africa
414 & 169
(T:211) 373 & 211/5

South Africa won by 5 wickets

Player Of The Match
94 & 55
Player Of The Series
187 runs • 13 wkts
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Scorecard summary
India 414/10(131.1 overs)
Wasim Jaffer 116 (244)
Shaun Pollock4/75 (29.1)
Paul Harris4/129 (37)
South Africa 373/10(128.3 overs)
Graeme Smith 94 (142)
Anil Kumble4/117 (42.3)
Hashim Amla 63 (174)
Sreesanth2/58 (24)
India 169/10(64 overs)
Rahul Dravid 47 (134)
Dale Steyn4/30 (7)
South Africa 211/5(64.1 overs)
Zaheer Khan4/62 (21)
Anil Kumble1/74 (25)

Handshakes and backslaps all around as the players go off. Very fitting that Prince hit the winning runs, as he's played well all series and was the top run-getter on either side. South Africa have come back very, very well to clinch the series 2-1. India shocked many by winning the first Test at Johannesburg inside four days, but the hosts, as expected, hit back hard at Durban with an arresting win. Come 2007, and they played aggressively again to take this win by five wickets after India put up 414 in their first innings.

This pitch came under fire for being flat and Indian-like, but South Africa's bowlers did very well in bowling India out for just 169 on day four - some will say it was just India being India in the second innings, I'm sure.

We saw exciting, tense cricket in stages throughout the series, but in the end, the better team won. India's management will have some questions that need answering - I wont get into that here - but all credit to South Africa. Graeme Smith must feel so, so proud of his team right now. He copped alot of flak from the local media after the first Test loss, but if the win at Durban wasn't good enough, he buckled down and played two gritty half-centuries here to make a statement. And how can we forget the efforts of that champion, Shaun Pollock, who bowled exceptionally and chipped in with the bat?

A team effort this, but all through the series there were contributions from Prince and Boucher, Nel and Ntini, and of course AB de Villiers, especially in the field. Paul Harris, the debutant left-arm spinner, will never forget this match. Morne Morkel, who debuted in the second Test, impressed with the ball and bat. Mickey Arthur, the coach, can take much pleasure from this series win.

For India, its back to the drawing board. They have a flight to catch, and it will be glum scenes. Plenty of problems, you can hear the Indian media sharpening their knives. Too much to even address in this space here.

Rahul Dravid murmurs the usual: "We didnt bat well enough...didnt do well yesterday...we should have gotten more runs...." There are words of encouragement for Sreesanth and Zaheer..."tours like this can really boost young pace bowlers"....then its looking to the future..."we have to address our one-day game...its a busy year with the World Cup..." And he rounds off by thanking Smith, the opposition, the SACB, and the crowds.

Smith comes forward to collect his Man-of-the-Match award. He has to wait for the winning speech, however.

Pollock picks up the Man-of-the-Series award. He's chuffed, and rightly so: "We showed alot of character after being down 1-0...the young lads showed was a good effort by all the boys...." He's pleased with his batting, too, and was glad he could finish off the innings well. There are words of happiness at becoming the first South African to cross 400 Test wickets, of course, and he looks to the coming year with excitement.

Here comes Smith now, though he's not really beaming. Ah, there we have a smile. Good on you, Smith. "We took confidence into this game...the wicket didnt suit us as much as it did India....but we took alot from this game....its pleasing....we're moving forward, though we're used to winning at home, a win on this type of pitch was satisfying..." On his double fifties here, he is pleased and admits he "felt better" and hopes he can move into the series against Pakistan in the same vein. He thanks the Indians and the local support - to plenty of cheer - and rates this series win as very, very pleasing.

Thats all we have for you, folks, and I hope you've enjoyed our coverage all series. Its been a pleasure bringing you the action, and on behalf of Sajan Nair, George Binoy, Sriram Veera and Siddhartha Vaidyanathan, I'd like to say thank you for tuning in, logging on, and hitting us with those Matchvox comments. Until next time, this is Jamie Alter signing off with a hearty cheers!

Tendulkar to Prince, 1 run

THATS IT! A great win! Looped up outside the off stump, Prince drives down the ground, Tendulkar gives a half-hearted attempt to stop it, and the ball runs right through his legs - the Gateway of India, as its called - and thats a smashing win for South Africa! Prince raises his arms in jubilation! Well played!

This over should do it. One to win. Tendulkar to continue. Prince surveys the field.

end of over 641 run • 1 wicket
SA: 210/5CRR: 3.28 
Herschelle Gibbs0 (2b)
Ashwell Prince37 (102b 2x4)
Zaheer Khan 21-2-62-4
Sachin Tendulkar 3-2-2-0
Khan to Gibbs, no run
Khan to Gibbs, no run

good, rising delivery on off stump, Gibbs gets forward and hustles out of the way as it rears off a good length like a viper

Khan to Prince, 1 run

good length outside leg stump, worked to square leg and the scores are tied

Khan to Prince, no run

short of a length outside off stump, played off the back foot to backward point

Herschelle Gibbs comes out and takes guard. They crossed, so he wont face.

Anticlimatic for Kallis? It was there to be punished, but he didnt succeed in putting it away. Like it will have any effect on the match...Zaheer gets a fourth, however

Khan to Kallis, OUT

would you believe it? Zaheer bangs one in short, and Kallis, looking to finish it with a four, gets under the pull shot and ends up lobbing it up to Dravid at midwicket, who holds an easy catch

Jacques Kallis c Dravid b Khan 32 (152m 90b 2x4 0x6) SR: 35.55
Khan to Kallis, no run

good length outside off stump, Kallis gets up tall and runs it to backward point

Two runs to win. All of South Africa on their feet in the pavilion

end of over 63Maiden
SA: 209/4CRR: 3.31 
Ashwell Prince36 (100b 2x4)
Jacques Kallis32 (88b 2x4)
Sachin Tendulkar 3-2-2-0
Zaheer Khan 20-2-61-3
Tendulkar to Prince, no run

quicker and flatter down leg stump, worked right to leg slip

Tendulkar to Prince, no run

flatter outside off stump, Prince gets well forward and smothers the spin

Tendulkar to Prince, 4 byes

looped up outside off stump and spins down sharply, Prince doesnt really play at it and it runs away for leg byes

Tendulkar to Prince, no run

tossed up outside off stump, inviting the drive, but Prince defends back to him

Tendulkar to Prince, no run

looped up outside off again, good rotation on that one, and it spins in sharply and Prince almost chops on

Tendulkar to Prince, no run

looped up well outside off stump and gets some fantastic spin down leg stump, and Prince is a bit confused

Six runs to clinch the series.

end of over 622 runs
SA: 205/4CRR: 3.30 
Ashwell Prince36 (94b 2x4)
Jacques Kallis32 (88b 2x4)
Zaheer Khan 20-2-61-3
Sachin Tendulkar 2-1-2-0
Khan to Prince, 1 run

good length outside off stump, Prince mistimes the drive but still places it just wide of Sreesanth at mid-off, and steals one

Khan to Prince, no run

full and wide of leg stump, travelling fast too, but Karthik dives full length and pulls off a good take

Khan to Prince, no run

short and wide, Prince gets up on the toes and plays it with an angled bat, just chopping it into the ground in front of backward point

Khan to Kallis, 1 run

good length on the pads, Kallis plays it with soft hands, tapping it in front of square leg and calling for the single

Khan to Kallis, no run

good length outside off stump again, and he cant time the drive past mid-off

Khan to Kallis, no run

good length outside off stump, Kallis leans into the cover drive but doesnt time it well, chops it to mid-off

end of over 61Maiden
SA: 203/4CRR: 3.32 
Ashwell Prince35 (91b 2x4)
Jacques Kallis31 (85b 2x4)
Sachin Tendulkar 2-1-2-0
Zaheer Khan 19-2-59-3
Tendulkar to Prince, no run

looped up from around the wicket this time, its the googly again, that pitches and beats Prince for pace, and he edges wide of slip

Best performances - batters
W Jaffer
W Jaffer INDIA
116 runs (244)
15 fours0 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
31 runs
5 fours0 six
GC Smith
GC Smith SA
94 runs (142)
14 fours1 six
Productive shot
on side drive on front foot
29 runs
6 fours0 six
Best performances - bowlers
SM Pollock
SM Pollock SA
A Kumble
A Kumble INDIA
Match details
Newlands, Cape Town
TossIndia, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
South Africa
Graeme Smith
Player Of The Series
South Africa
Shaun Pollock
Series resultSouth Africa won the 3-match series 2-1
Match numberTest no. 1827
Hours of play (local time)10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-1.10pm, Tea 3.10-3.30pm, Close 5.30pm
Match days2,3,4,5,6 January 2007 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Paul Harris
Paul Harris
Asad Rauf
Daryl Harper
TV Umpire
South Africa
Marais Erasmus
Reserve Umpire
South Africa
Murray Brown
Match Referee
Sri Lanka
Roshan Mahanama