1st Test, Centurion, Dec 16 - 20 2010, India tour of South Africa
(128.1 ov)136 & 459
South Africa won by an innings and 25 runs
player of the match
Jacques Kallis
South Africa
• The Bulletin by George Binoy

South Africa complete comprehensive victory

Once the players woke up to sunny skies in Centurion, it was only a matter of time before South Africa took the final two wickets that stood between them and a 1-0 lead in the series

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Scorecard summary
India136/10(38.4 overs)1st INNINGS
MS Dhoni33 (50)
Morne Morkel5/20(12.4)
Dale Steyn3/34(10)
South Africa620/4(130.1 overs)1st INNINGS
Jacques Kallis*201 (270)
Hashim Amla140 (202)
Ishant Sharma2/120(27.1)
India459/10(128.1 overs)2nd INNINGS
MS Dhoni90 (106)
Dale Steyn4/105(30.1)
Paul Harris2/88(30)

Handshakes all around, a comprehensive win for the hosts. Tendulkar remains unbeaten and walks off to applause from the crowd and the South African team. A brave effort from India in the second innings, though Laxman and Raina could have done far better, but the deficit was huge and that first-innings capitulation was too abject to compensate for. South Africa lead the series 1-0, we go to Durban for the second Test on the 26th, Boxing Day. Join us in a short while for the presentation.

India's score of 459 is the highest ever in an innings defeat, I am told.

Wonder what's taking them so long to get the presentation ceremony ready, but do check out ESPNcricinfo's Youtube channel.

Dhoni: "The deficit was too much to handle, and South Africa got too many runs. It was a good show by the batsmen in the second innings. After they won the toss it was a job half done, but they had to bowl well and they did. Most of the batsmen got off to a good start in the second innings, that's a big positive. But there are grey areas. Our bowling has to improve, and we are looking forward to having him back in the side. I've lost quite a few tosses, but it's important now to take some time off and then get back into the groove."

For his first double-ton, Kallis is the Man of the Match.

Kallis: "It was a very special moment. It was a good all-round effort from us, we put in a good performance on day one which put us ahead of the eight-ball. Centurion is a big scoring ground and we came into this Test looking to be very positive with both bat and ball."

Smith: "Obvioiusly very happy, it's a big series, the build-up has been big and it's nice to come out and secure a big win.The bowlers did very well and bowled in the right areas on the first day. We wanted to be positive in our first innings, and to take the game forward like that, the way the batsmen played, it was great Test cricket. We've had terrific support from the fans, looking forward to Christmas with our families and then on to Durban."

Harris and Morkel have been given a memento for getting 100 wickets in Tests.. Fridges, actually.

That's all for today folks. Thanks for tuning in and join us again on Boxing Day. Bye bye. Oh, and before I sign off, here's the bulletin for the brief, final day.

Steyn to Unadkat, OUT

All over! Banged in short on the body and Unadkat looks to fend it into the off side, finds gully, didn't look too comfortable against the short one and it seemed it was only a matter of time

Jaydev Unadkat c Prince b Steyn 1 (11m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 10

Unadkat's surrounded

end of over 1282 runs
INDIA: 459/9CRR: 3.58 
Sachin Tendulkar111 (240)
Jaydev Unadkat1 (9)
Morne Morkel 28-5-94-2
Dale Steyn 28-5-105-3
Morkel to Tendulkar, no run

angling in towards middle and off, gets on the back foot and guides it to point

Morkel to Unadkat, 1 run

good length ball just outside off, defended wide of cover and Tendulkar calls to take the single

Morkel to Unadkat, no run

full on the off stump, pushed soundly towards extra cover

Morkel to Unadkat, no run

short of a good length outside off, opens the face slightly and it whizzes past the outside edge

Morkel to Tendulkar, 1 run

he's giving him the single still, full on middle, driven down to long-on for one

Morkel to Tendulkar, no run

short of a good length outside off, shoulders arms to that one

end of over 1271 run
INDIA: 457/9CRR: 3.59 
Jaydev Unadkat0 (6)
Sachin Tendulkar110 (237)
Dale Steyn 28-5-105-3
Morne Morkel 28-5-92-2
Steyn to Unadkat, no run

swinging in and he's not sure whether to play forward or back, stays rooted to the crease and plants his bat out, is fortunate to get an inside edge onto his pads. Not sure if Tendulkar would want to give him the strike first ball

Steyn to Unadkat, no run

attempted bouncer again but down the leg side, Unadkat has no problems with that

Steyn to Unadkat, no run

and again, banged in short on middle and repeats the same shot, but he's surviving

Steyn to Unadkat, no run

bouncer on middle, ruffled him up there, didn't duck, didn't sway out, played at it off the back foot with his eyes off the ball, not the way to go

Steyn to Unadkat, no run

back of a length outside off, gets on the back foot and guides it towards slip, on the bounce

Steyn to Tendulkar, 1 run

good length and Tendulkar has no issues giving Unadkat the strike, a single wide of cover

One slip in place

end of over 1261 run • 1 wicket
INDIA: 456/9CRR: 3.61 
Jaydev Unadkat0 (1)
Sachin Tendulkar109 (236)
Morne Morkel 28-5-92-2
Dale Steyn 27-5-104-3
Morkel to Unadkat, no run

is nicely behind that one, on the back foot and defends it down in front of cover

Jaidev Unadkat strolls out in his debut Test. Four slips and a gully

Morkel to Sreesanth, OUT

edged and gone, good length outside off and Sreesanth poked at it again, fatally this time, angled in and then flew off the edge to second slip where AB took a dolly, South Africa move closer to a win

Sreesanth c de Villiers b Morkel 3 (29m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66
Morkel to Sreesanth, no run

beaten by the one that held its line, good length and he pokes at it but inside the line

Morkel to Tendulkar, 1 run

short of a good length, gets on the back foot this time and eases it towards deep cover for a single

Morkel to Tendulkar, no run

bowls it on a good length on the off, gets on the front foot and knocks it solidly into the off side

Morkel to Tendulkar, no run

beaten this time, short of a good length outside off, getting it to nip away, flirts with it does Tendulkar and he's beaten

end of over 1250 run
INDIA: 455/8CRR: 3.64 
Sreesanth3 (16)
Sachin Tendulkar108 (233)
Dale Steyn 27-5-104-3
Morne Morkel 27-5-91-1
Steyn to Sreesanth, no run

banged in short on middle, ducks under it well this time

Best performances - batters
Jacques Kallis
JH Kallis SA
201 runs (270)
15 fours
5 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
75 runs
3 fours
3 sixes
Hashim Amla portrait
HM Amla SA
140 runs (202)
14 fours
1 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
54 runs
7 fours
0 six
Best performances - bowlers
Morne Morkel portrait
M Morkel SA
DW Steyn SA
Match details
SuperSport Park, Centurion
TossSouth Africa, elected to field first
SeriesIndia tour of South Africa
Player Of The Match
Jacques Kallis
Jacques Kallis
Series resultSouth Africa led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 1985
Hours of play (local time)10.00am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 18.00
Match days16,17,18,19,20 December 2010 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Jaydev Unadkat
Jaydev Unadkat
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Ian Gould
Australia Image
Steve Davis
TV Umpire
South Africa Image
Shaun George
Reserve Umpire
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Brian Jerling
Match Referee
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Andy Pycroft