3rd Test, Cape Town, Jan 2 - 6 2011, India tour of South Africa
362 & 341
(82 ov, target 340)364 & 166/3
Match drawn
player of the match
Jacques Kallis
South Africa
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• The Bulletin by George Binoy

Gritty Gambhir leads India to 1-1 draw

An insipid performance from India's bowlers on the fourth day had broken their aspirations of a maiden Test series victory in South Africa but, on the fifth, the batsmen ensured they achieved at least a draw for the first time in the country

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Scorecard summary
South Africa362/10(112.5 overs)1st INNINGS
Jacques Kallis161 (291)
Hashim Amla59 (80)
Zaheer Khan3/89(29.5)
India364/10(117.1 overs)1st INNINGS
Dale Steyn5/75(31)
Morne Morkel2/106(29.1)
South Africa341/10(102 overs)2nd INNINGS
India166/3(82 overs)2nd INNINGS
end of over 82Maiden
INDIA: 166/3CRR: 2.02 
VVS Laxman32 (67)
Sachin Tendulkar14 (91)
Morne Morkel15-6-26-1
Dale Steyn18-6-43-1

And that's it. Both teams agree to call off the game. It's been a fabulous Test series.

Gaurav: "India vs SA in India: Drawn. India vs SA in SA: Drawn. Which is the better team?"

The players shake hands with each other. Alviro has a chat with Tendulkar, who then has a look at the sun and walks away. The South African players look around at the crowd and clap. Both teams line-up for the customary hand shakes.Zaheer and Steyn have a big laugh as they look at each other and shake hands.

Hang on for the quotes from the post-match ceremony.

Please do read the bulletin by George.. He has summarized the whole day's play.

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Man of the Match: Jacques Kallis: "It's certainly a great honour to do it in front of the Newlands crowd. In my opinion, its the best ground in the world. The team was in trouble in the second innings. Fortunately, Boucher and I had a partnership going. The lower order too contributed. I just tried to apply the pressure back on the bowler (reverse sweeps). fortunately it came off, on another day, you could have got a top edge and look an idiot! Given the situation of the game, the second-innings hundred is up there with the best. I am probably playing as best I have ever played. I have worked hard in the last 3-4 years and hopefully I can keep scoring for more years."

Kallis is also the man of the series.

Dhoni: "It was an interesting series. We are quite used to coming from behind; we never do well in the first Test. The bowlers did the job. Here too they tried their best but we couldn't take the last few wickets. If you look at the Kookaburra ball, it becomes difficult with the old ball. Our bowlers are skill bowlers - not pace. Kallis proved difficult to get out. Overall, in the series, it was good to see the effort put in by the fast bowlers. Harbhajan did well through the series.

Smith: "It was a terrific series. It was very competitive. Every session was competitive. Last few series between us have been even. It shows that our teams are even. Jacques and Tendulkar are terrific players and showed on this wicket. Jacques is an inspiration to all of us. The positives - I don't want to pick anything out but it was nice to see Steyn... As a team we managed to compete well with the best team in the world. We would like to play India more. Every day is unpredictable and competitive. Thats what the fans to watch - some exciting cricket. I would like to thank the fans for all the support. It makes a difference to see people come out to watch us."

Smith and Dhoni share the trophy. Have a look at our match Gallery

That's it from us. Good bye and good luck.

Morkel to Laxman, no run

straightens outside off stump, left alone

Morkel to Laxman, no run

short in length, moving in, pushed down to mid-on

Morkel to Laxman, no run

full in length, homing in on the off stump line, tapped to the off side

Morkel to Laxman, no run

stays back to defend the short-of-length delivery to the off

Morkel to Laxman, no run

hurls this one down the leg side and Boucher goes flyin to the leg side with an outstretched left hand to grab it

Morkel to Laxman, no run

wide outside off stump, left alone

end of over 813 runs
INDIA: 166/3CRR: 2.04 
Sachin Tendulkar14 (91)
VVS Laxman32 (61)
Dale Steyn18-6-43-1
Paul Harris30-19-29-0
Steyn to Tendulkar, no run

gets forward to defend the length delivery on the middle stump line

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run

in the zone outside off, Tendulkar lets Bouch take it

Steyn to Laxman, 3 runs

on the leg and middle line, full, Laxman gets forward to on drive it to the right of mid-on

Steyn to Laxman, no run

in the channel outside off stump, left alone

Fire and Ice is a good pub. Need to go there.

Jayson Stark: "Fire (Steyn) against ice (Indian batting) - Is Steyn hot enough to melt the ice!"

Steyn to Laxman, no run

in the zone outside off, left alone

Steyn to Laxman, no run

Three slips in. lands well outside off and moves away, left alone

New ball has been taken

end of over 803 runs
INDIA: 163/3CRR: 2.03 
VVS Laxman29 (57)
Sachin Tendulkar14 (89)
Paul Harris30-19-29-0
Alviro Petersen2-0-5-0
Harris to Laxman, 3 runs

stretches well forward, reaches the pitch of the flighted delivery on the middle stump line and caresses it inside-out through covers.

Harris to Laxman, no run

stretches forward to take it on the pad

Harris to Laxman, no run

gets forward to push it past silly point

Harris to Laxman, no run

turns from outside leg, keeps low, stabbed away to the on side

Harris to Laxman, no run

And leans forward to defend this to the off

Harris to Laxman, no run

leans well forward to tap this back to Harris

end of over 794 runs
INDIA: 160/3CRR: 2.02 
Sachin Tendulkar14 (89)
VVS Laxman26 (51)
Alviro Petersen2-0-5-0
Paul Harris29-19-26-0
Petersen to Tendulkar, no run

on the middle and leg, turned to short-leg

Petersen to Tendulkar, no run

moves back to dab this to short-leg

Best performances - batters
Jacques Kallis
JH Kallis SA
161 runs (291)
19 fours
0 six
Productive shot
leg glance
55 runs
4 fours
0 six
Sachin Tendulkar
SR Tendulkar INDIA
146 runs (314)
17 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
44 runs
7 fours
1 six
Best performances - bowlers
Harbhajan Singh portrait
Harbhajan Singh INDIA
DW Steyn SA
Match details
Newlands, Cape Town
TossIndia, elected to field first
SeriesIndia tour of South Africa
Player Of The Match
Jacques Kallis
Jacques Kallis
Player Of The Series
Jacques Kallis
Jacques Kallis
Series result3-match series drawn 1-1
Match numberTest no. 1988
Hours of play (local time)10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30
Match days2,3,4,5,6 January 2011 - day(5-day match)
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Ian Gould
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Simon Taufel
TV Umpire
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Brian Jerling
Reserve Umpire
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Shaun George
Match Referee
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Andy Pycroft