it's all over for South Africa, Pujara has pulled off a beauty at forward short leg, it was full and on the leg stump, Lonwabo flicked it straight to Pujara, and the momentum took him well outside the crease, Pujara was alert and threw down the stumps in a flash, replays show Tsotsobe was just short of making his ground, India have levelled the series
For the moment, this is Abhishek Purohit signing off, on behalf of my colleagues Nitin Sundar, George Binoy and Binoy George. It's been a pleasure bringing this captivating Test match to you. Do join us for the deciding Test in Cape Town on January 2. Till then, it is good bye. Enjoy on New Year's Eve. Cheers!
Hashim Amla gets a refrigerator for playing 50 Tests. That's it from the presentation. But there is lots more coming your way. Sid Ravindran will have his match bulletin up here. Sid Monga and Firdose Moonda will have lots of analysis and perspective coming in soon.
Dhoni: "Well of course. Especially after the first Test, we came back nicely as far as batting was concerned, but were a bit concerned about our ability to take 20 wickets. Very happy to see the bowlers bounce back here. It is very predictable for me to lose the toss. The wicket didn't misbehave on the first day, I thought 200 was a decent score. Second innings batting was disappointing, we would have liked more runs. We need to improve on that. Zaheer is the best fast bowler we have. He is very good at executing his plans, and also comes up with Plan B whenever a plan does not work. Good to have him in the side. From the end he was bowling, there was not much for the fast bowlers, so he had to bowl long spells. We will party in the night but not get drunk."
VVS Laxman is the Man of the Match: "Credit to the team for fighting back after what happened in Centurion. I got a good ball in the first innings in Centurion, in the second didn't play a proper shot. There is a lot of bounce here in Durban. I just wanted to build a partnership with the lower order. The stand with Zaheer was key. I always take pride in what I do overseas. Beating South Africa in South Africa, that too in Durban, it is definitely up there."
Smith: "India have played really well. It has been a very good Test. Good battle between bat and ball. We fought hard, but couldn't get across the line. We didn't bat well after a long time our batters have let us down. We have some work to do before Cape Town. Its disappointing not to chase down the target today, India kept up the pressure, and credit to Dhoni and his team for bouncing back. They are No 1 in the world, and all bodes well for the Cape Town Test. We have to see how we can bounce back now."
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Basim wants more: "A tie in the next test would be rivetting."
Jaideep: "Two boxing day tests won by two higher ranked visiting teams from the northern hemisphere who have traveled to the Southern Hemisphere on the 4th day after a crushing defeat in the previous test in the countries that has proved to be their long time nemesis. Any more coincidence??" I guess this much does fine.
Yogesh: "The Dec 16 tests were won by the home teams while the Dec 26 tests have been won by the visiting teams. Whats up for the New year tests ?" The last Test in Cape Town, what a game that one should be. No 1 and No 2, playing the decider.
The Indians are ecstatic. Harbhajan roars, stump in hand. Handshakes all around. What a comeback this has been for India. They were on the wrong end of both tosses at Centurion and here in Durban, but have won in commanding fashion at Kingsmead. Kallis' wicket today was key, and it took an absolute snorter from Sreesanth to remove the great man. And the man who set it all up, Zaheer Khan with six wickets in the match. And not to forget a gem from VVS Laxman, who made 96 when the next highest score in the game was 39. This is South Africa's third straight loss in Durban, and only India's second Test win in South Africa.
gets one to seam away sharply from back of a length outside off, he takes a step out and leaves it alone
Lonwabo is the last man. Ishant from over the wicket
Ishant gets Morne this time! it was back of a length delivery around off from round the stumps, and it straightened just a shade, Morne threw his bat at it, and got an edge that Dhoni gobbled up, and threw the ball in the air in celebration, India need one more wicket now, even Ishant can't keep bowling no balls consistently
plays one into the covers and sets off for the single, but is sent back by Morne, and rightly so
These two have added 33 now. 88 more to get
gets some bounce around off stump, Prince adjusts to push it out towards extra cover
goes on the back foot and punches through extra cover again, but there is protection now on the sweeper boundary
gets a thick outside edge now, and it rolls away to backward point
Morne rocks back and cuts this short delivery through extra cover for a boundary
reverse sweeps this one to deep point
lofts this back of a length one intentionally over point off the back foot, and Sree what a game he is having, chases it all the way, puts in the dive near the ropes and saves the boundary
Morne goes for a swing to one wide outside off stump, but cannot connect
drives airily off the back foot, but it falls well short of deepish mid off
punched off the back foot towards deepish mid off
Ishant gets the edge as Morne pushes at one a touch wide outside off stump, Sehwag takes the catch at gully, and immediately throws down the ball in disgust, Ishant has overstepped again, Morne stays on
and gives Morne the bouncer that angles into him, he sees it coming and goes down on it
goes round the stumps now
bowls one full and wide outside off stump, Prince stretches forward, gets to the pitch and drives it wide of long off for a single
another good delivery around off, but this time Morne chooses to leave it alone
lovely delivery from Bhajji, flight, turn and bounce, Morne pushed forward hopefully, and the ball rushed past his outside edge
skips down the pitch again, and gets this one down to long on
he is dancing down the track repeatedly, but cannot get the room to free his arms, and has to defend it into the off side