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2nd Test, Ahmedabad, April 03 - 05, 2008, South Africa tour of India
76 & 328

South Africa won by an innings and 90 runs

Player Of The Match
India 1st Innings
South Africa 1st Innings
India 2nd Innings
Match Flow
India 1st Innings 
c Smith b Ntini914172064.28
b Steyn612231050.00
b Steyn326510011.53
b Ntini37130042.85
b Ntini023000.00
c †Boucher b Morkel1422333063.63
not out 21173930123.52
b Morkel023000.00
lbw b Steyn1650016.66
c Smith b Steyn01119000.00
b Steyn033000.00
Extras(b 4, lb 11, nb 2, w 2)19
TOTAL20 Ov (RR: 3.80, 109 Mins)76
Fall of wickets: 1-16 (Wasim Jaffer, 3.3 ov), 2-24 (Virender Sehwag, 4.4 ov), 3-30 (VVS Laxman, 7.1 ov), 4-30 (Sourav Ganguly, 7.3 ov), 5-53 (Rahul Dravid, 13.1 ov), 6-55 (MS Dhoni, 14.2 ov), 7-55 (Anil Kumble, 14.4 ov), 8-56 (Harbhajan Singh, 15.4 ov), 9-76 (RP Singh, 19.3 ov), 10-76 (Sreesanth, 19.6 ov)
4.4 to V Sehwag, what an important wicket for South Africa! Steyn pitches it outside off and gets it to come back inwards, Sehwag shapes to cut but is cramped for room and he manages a thick inside edge onto his offstump. 24/2
13.1 to R Dravid, superb delivery and India are staring down the barrel here! Steyn pitches that on a good length in line with offstump, the ball seams away just a shade, a circumspect Dravid shapes to drive straight, misreads the movement and the ball just shaves the top of offstump. 53/5
15.4 to Harbhajan Singh, the downward slide continues.... Steyn, after straying down the leg side the previous two balls, pitches this on middle and leg and gets it to straighten, Harbhajan fails to pick the full delivery and is too late on the flick, the ball hits him on the pads in line with the stumps and Doctrove raises the finger. 56/8
19.3 to RP Singh, how does any tailender play that? Steyn bangs it in short of a length on middle, the bounce really squares up RP and the pace too gets the better of him as he tries to fend it off, he fails to keep the ball down and the ball lobs off the top half of his bat and goes to Smith at first slip. 76/9
19.6 to S Sreesanth, Steyn completes the demolition job with a five-for! Steyn pitches this on a good length on offstump and gets it to straighten, Sreesanth is rooted to the crease and gets squared up by the pace, the ball crashes onto the offstump and pegs it back. 76/10
3.3 to W Jaffer, Ntini strikes early! Pitches that on a good length just a shade outside off and comes in towards Jaffer, he half heartedly pokes at it and gets a thick outside edge which travels low to Smith at first slip who dives to his left and grabs it with both hands. 16/1
7.1 to VVS Laxman, costly leave and India are in tatters already! Ntini bowls that from wide of the crease, the ball comes in with the angle, Laxman shapes to leave it and expects it to sail over the offstump but the bounce catches him by surprise as the ball just shaves the top of offstump. The South Africans are ecstatic after losing the toss. 30/3
7.3 to SC Ganguly, It's all happening at Motera! Ntini pitches that on a fullish length in line with offstump, Ganguly doesn't know whether to play at it or just leave it, he's caught in two minds and pokes his bat out rather half heartedly and gets a thick inside edge to peg the middle stump back. 30/4
14.2 to MS Dhoni, terrible shot.... Morlkel sprays that on a full length outside off, the invitation was there for a booming offdrive but Dhoni completely forgot to move his feet, he gets a thick edge and Boucher accepts that with glee. 55/6
14.4 to A Kumble, it gets better and better for South Africa! Morkel bangs on in short on the region of offstump and comes back in. Kumble is forced on the hop and fails to fend that off as he chops it onto his middle stump. 55/7
South Africa 1st Innings 
lbw b Sreesanth3442806080.95
c Dravid b Harbhajan Singh42731228057.53
c Jaffer b Harbhajan Singh1634482047.05
b Sreesanth13227535914148.00
lbw b Harbhajan Singh29140022.22
not out 21733348017265.16
lbw b Kumble2148821043.75
lbw b Harbhajan Singh11219008.33
not out 922381040.90
Extras(b 2, lb 14, w 4)20
TOTAL141.2 Ov (RR: 3.49, 625 Mins)494/7d
Fall of wickets: 1-78 (Graeme Smith, 15.3 ov), 2-100 (Neil McKenzie, 23.4 ov), 3-101 (Hashim Amla, 25.4 ov), 4-117 (Ashwell Prince, 29.5 ov), 5-373 (Jacques Kallis, 109.4 ov), 6-439 (Mark Boucher, 128.4 ov), 7-452 (Morne Morkel, 133.2 ov)
15.3 to GC Smith, the change of bowling works and India finally strike! Sreesanth pitches it just outside the line of legstump from over the wicket, Smith stays at the crease and tries to tuck it to the on side, he's struck in line of offstump, Sreesanth pleads and Tony Hill raises his finger after pondering over it for a while. 78/1
109.4 to JH Kallis, Sreesanth gets the first breakthrough of the day.... He pitches that just outside the off stump and Kallis is in two minds whether to play it or leave it, he opts to shoulder arms but it's too late as he gets a thick inside edge which pegs the middle stump back. 373/5
23.4 to ND McKenzie, at the stroke of tea.... Harbhajan pitches it outside off and gets turn into the right-hander, McKenzie gets across very hastily but the turn takes a thick outside edge to Dravid at first slip. It was a rare lapse in concentration from McKenzie who looked really solid. He wasn't sure whether to play or leave it. 100/2
25.4 to HM Amla, Harbhajan strikes again.... He pushes it flat on middle and leg, he tries to tuck it to the on side but gets a thin edge onto his pad and Jaffer at forward short leg takes a straightforward catch. 101/3
29.5 to AG Prince, India strike back and how.....Harbhajan comes round the wicket to Prince, it pitches just in line with offstump, the ball grips on the surface and straightens, Prince leaves a big gap between pad and bat as he tries to defend and the ball strikes him in line with off stump, Tony Hill has an easy decision. 117/4
133.2 to M Morkel, plumb.... Bowls from round the wicket and bowls that flatter, Morkel gets forward to defend but leaves gap between pad and bat, the ball straightens and hits him on the backpad in line with legstump. Hill ponders for a while and gives it out. 452/7
128.4 to MV Boucher, Kumble finally gets a wicket.... Pitches on middle and comes on straight, Boucher opts to stay on the backfoot but the ball skids through a lot quicker and traps him in line with legstump, Doctrove is convinced. 439/6
India 2nd Innings 
lbw b Ntini1720321285.00
c de Villiers b Kallis1953972035.84
c de Villiers b Morkel1741552041.46
c †Boucher b Morkel3545776077.77
c †Boucher b Steyn871492298058.38
c Smith b Ntini521322005039.39
not out 43771204155.84
b Harris512121041.66
lbw b Steyn418230022.22
c Kallis b Steyn811232072.72
b Ntini17131921130.76
Extras(b 5, lb 7, nb 5, w 7)24
TOTAL94.2 Ov (RR: 3.47, 448 Mins)328
Fall of wickets: 1-31 (Virender Sehwag, 7.2 ov), 2-64 (Rahul Dravid, 18.1 ov), 3-70 (Wasim Jaffer, 19.6 ov), 4-125 (VVS Laxman, 33.4 ov), 5-235 (Sourav Ganguly, 69.3 ov), 6-268 (MS Dhoni, 77.5 ov), 7-273 (Anil Kumble, 80.5 ov), 8-292 (Harbhajan Singh, 86.1 ov), 9-306 (RP Singh, 90.4 ov), 10-328 (Sreesanth, 94.2 ov)
69.3 to SC Ganguly, Ganguly goes, that is a big wicket, fullish delivery, not much foot movement as he flashes at it. The outside edge lands in Boucher's hands. Ganguly was quite upset at the decision. There was a puff of dust as the ball left the bat, and the bat may have struck the pitch which might have been the sound the umpire heard.. 235/5
86.1 to Harbhajan Singh, good comeback by Steyn after that shocker, he gets his line spot on and the length is good as it pitches just outside the line of offstump and comes back in, Harbhajan gets a half prod forward and the ball hits him in line with middle stump. 292/8
90.4 to RP Singh, after softening him up with bouncers, Steyn bangs in another short one and forces him to play at it, he fends it off uneasily, arches backwards and the edge flies to Kallis who cups his hands at second slip. 306/9
7.2 to V Sehwag, first blood to Ntini, he delivers that from wide of the crease and lands it on a good length just outside the line of offstump and gets it to move in slightly with the angle, Sehwag gets a half stride forward and meets the ball in the middle of the pads in line with middle and leg stumps, Hill is convinced. 31/1
77.5 to MS Dhoni, wild shot and South Africa accept that with glee, Ntini pitches it up wide outside off and invites Dhoni to play a booming cover drive, he stays rooted to the crease and stretches out for the stroke, he gets a thick edge low to Smith at first slip. 268/6
94.2 to S Sreesanth, clips the offstump and it's all over....Sreesanth gives room, dances down the track and attempts another flat-batted biff but he misses and the ball just clips the top of offstump and removes the bails. 328/10
18.1 to R Dravid, shortly after the drinks break... Morkel lands one in short of a length at a very lively pace and gets it to leap on Dravid, he's too late on the hop as he tries to fend it off and only manages a thick outside edge which travels quickly to de Villiers at third slip. 64/2
33.4 to VVS Laxman, Morkel gets a breakthrough against the run of play, he pitches it up much fuller outside off and the ball holds its line, Laxman stays planted to the crease and goes for a cover drive away from his body, Boucher and the rest are convinced he nicked it, Morkel reconfirms with Tony Hill, the stump mics didn't really pick up a sound so it's uncertain whether he edged it or not. The snickometer showed a feather touch so a good decision by Hill. 125/4
19.6 to W Jaffer, another one bites the dust..... Kallis pitches it up outside off and gets it to shape away after pitching, it was in the slot to drive but Jaffer fails to cover the line, he ends up getting a thick edge to de Villiers at second slip. 70/3
80.5 to A Kumble, gives it a lot of air on middle and leg, Kumble is a little late in getting down to the pitch of the ball and it creeps through the gate and hits middle stump. 273/7
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Thu, 03 Apr - day 1 - South Africa 1st innings 223/4 (Jacques Kallis 60*, AB de Villiers 59*, 64 ov)
Fri, 04 Apr - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 494/7 (AB de Villiers 217*, Paul Harris 9*, 141.2 ov)
Sat, 05 Apr - day 3 - India 2nd innings 328 (94.2 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
  • India 2nd innings
  • Drinks: India - 37/1 in 9.0 overs (W Jaffer 9, R Dravid 2)
  • India: 50 runs in 11.5 overs (72 balls), Extras 10
  • Drinks: India - 64/1 in 17.0 overs (W Jaffer 19, R Dravid 17)
  • Lunch: India - 95/3 in 25.0 overs (VVS Laxman 19, SC Ganguly 10)
  • India: 100 runs in 27.3 overs (168 balls), Extras 13
  • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 73 balls (VVS Laxman 26, SC Ganguly 23, Ex 3)
  • Drinks: India - 125/4 in 33.4 overs (SC Ganguly 23)
  • India: 150 runs in 40.5 overs (250 balls), Extras 15
  • Drinks: India - 165/4 in 45.0 overs (SC Ganguly 40, MS Dhoni 22)
  • SC Ganguly: 50 off 86 balls (5 x 4)
  • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 97 balls (SC Ganguly 27, MS Dhoni 22, Ex 1)
  • Tea: India - 191/4 in 57.0 overs (SC Ganguly 59, MS Dhoni 28)
  • India: 200 runs in 60.4 overs (369 balls), Extras 16
  • 5th Wicket: 100 runs in 195 balls (SC Ganguly 61, MS Dhoni 36, Ex 3)
  • Drinks: India - 233/4 in 68.0 overs (SC Ganguly 87, MS Dhoni 40)
  • India: 250 runs in 72.1 overs (440 balls), Extras 18
  • MS Dhoni: 50 off 122 balls (5 x 4)
  • Drinks: India - 265/5 in 77.0 overs (MS Dhoni 52, IK Pathan 20)
  • New Ball Taken: India 283/7 after 85.1 overs (IK Pathan 28, Harbhajan Singh 4)
  • India: 300 runs in 88.5 overs (541 balls), Extras 24
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
TossIndia, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Series resultSouth Africa led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 1871
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, Lunch 11.30-12.10, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.12
Match days3,4,5 April 2008 - day (5-day match)
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