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2nd Test, Kolkata, Feb 14 - 18 2010, South Africa tour of India
(131.3 ov)296 & 290
643/6d
India won by an innings and 57 runs
player of the match
Hashim Amla
South Africa
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• The Bulletin by Sidharth Monga

India win thriller despite heroic Amla

Harbhajan Singh answered India's call with a mix of aggressive and patient, smart and persistent spin bowling, taking them to a series-equalling and innings win over South Africa

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Scorecard summary
South Africa296/10(85 overs)1st INNINGS
Hashim Amla114 (166)
Alviro Petersen100 (164)
India643/6(153 overs)1st INNINGS
Virender Sehwag165 (174)
VVS Laxman*143 (260)
Morne Morkel2/115(26)
Paul Harris1/182(50)
South Africa290/10(131.3 overs)2nd INNINGS
Hashim Amla*123 (394)
Harbhajan Singh5/59(48.3)
Amit Mishra3/78(40)

Harbhajan Singh: "This was probably a better wicket than Nagpur.. We played fantastic cricket , the way we bowled on the first day and the way we batted. Today we just bowled with three bowlers but have done the job. Eden has been special to me. I don't know what it but I have done well here always. We wanted to be at the top of the table; we know we got the players to keep being No 1. We are very happy and it's fantastic to win the way we did. The heart was pumping in the end! My sister is getting married and so I won't be playing the first two ODI games. I want to wish my team well."

Hang on for quotes from the post-match ceremony

Graeme Smith: "It would have been terrific if we had hung around. England did it couple of times against us but credit must be given to MS an his boys. We should have batted better in the first innings. We then came and dropped a few catches. You have to give credit to all the boys for trying. The pitch (here) was still good. Batting on last day in India was always going to be difficult. Special words to Amla .. he has been outstanding through the series. He is become our glue at no 3. I don't think any of us have seen him play better. He has a calm mind and has been working very hard. Great to see it coming together for me. The last two trios to India ... I can't complain. We have drawn the series.. not every team can say that. Hopefully next time we come out here, we can go one step forward. But next India will be coming to South Africa later this year. They will want to win at our home and we want to do well. I would like to thank the crowd for all the support."

Man of the match and the Man of the series is Hashim Amla:: "I am feeling tired. I am very disappointed in losing this game. Me and Morne were just having some fun out there. He played really well and so did Parnell earlier. Fortunately, Morne and Parnell are decent batsmen and took lots of pressure of me. I am being just grateful that I have had a good tour. I have now the one-days to look forward to .Unfortunately we have lost the game ... It was a very good wicket. we could have saved it; there wasn't' anything unplayable from the wicket."

MS Dhoni: IT was important for us to bat just once and four of us got hundreds. The bowlers were great. The wicket did nothing on the first day but Bhaji and mishy bowled well. Then today we didn't have Zaheer and the bowlers bowled really well. The amount of effort the three bowlers put in today, we desperately wanted to be on the winning side. In Indian cricket you are always under pressure. Ishant is getting rhtyhm back, Mishra too bowled very well. And Harbhajan too .. after Anil bhai's retirement, there is lots of pressure on him and he bowled really well."

Both Smith and Dhoni accept the cup and pose for the pictures.

And please do read the The Bulletin by Sidharth Monga.

That's it from us. Thanks for logging on through the game. It was fun, as ever, bringing you all the action. See you later during the ODI series. Good bye and good luck!

131.3
W
Harbhajan to Morkel, OUT

Eden Gardens has gone mad as Harbhajan Singh, the man under immense pressure after a lackluster performance in Nagpur, does it for India in his favorite Eden. Hashim Amla is devastated. What a moment this. Trapped in front. Eden Gardens has gone wild. They are screaming their heads off. It landed on the middle stump line and just about straightened, Morne pushed slightly outside the line, and the ball hit the pad in front of middle ..middle and leg. It would have hit the leg and middle stump. Gone! The fatal finger goes up! India remain no 1. Harbhajan leads the celebratory run to nowhere. He screams and screams as he looks at the crowd and is mobbed by his team-mates. The Indians quickly break away to run and congratulate Amla on an outstanding innings. They couldn't get him out at all but they have taken out the rest. It will go down as one of the most memorable games played on this hallowed venue.

The appeal was typically Indian. Harbhajan was back--pedaling even as he shouted out an huge appeal. Every close-in fielder jumped up to scream and everyone in the crowd were obviously appealing. The umpire Steve Davis thought about it for a moment before ruling it, correctly, out. As the finger moved, Harbhajan turned and dashed for his run. And the crowd began their typical R O A R.

Morne Morkel lbw b Harbhajan Singh 12 (76m 60b 3x4 0x6) SR: 20
131.2
Harbhajan to Morkel, no run

lands on the leg stump line, straightens to hit the pad ...

And the crowd ... boy are they into the game or what,. Tremendous noise being generated. Claps, shouts, screams and a relentless roar

131.1
Harbhajan to Morkel, no run

on the middle stump line, defended to silly point....

end of over 131Maiden
SA: 290/9CRR: 2.21 
Hashim Amla123 (394)
Morne Morkel12 (57)
Amit Mishra 40-12-78-3
Sachin Tendulkar 1.5-1-1-0

And the plan continues. You face one over, I face the other. It's working like a treat. Morne is playing the innings of his life. Super support under immense pressure

130.6
Mishra to Amla, no run

googly on the middle and leg, pushed without any fuss past short-leg

130.5
Mishra to Amla, no run

the slider on the middle and off, it skids on quickly but Amla has picked it; he goes back to defend

130.4
Mishra to Amla, no run

flighted leg break around off stump, Amla gets forward to push it out to cover.

130.3
Mishra to Amla, no run

goes well back inside the crease to keep this one out.

130.2
Mishra to Amla, no run

leg break just outside off, Amla leans forward the defend, the ball dips, grips, turns and gets the edge and rolls to gully

130.1
Mishra to Amla, no run

And he stretches well forward to defend the googly. Nothing it seems will go past him. What a fabulous innings.

Amla takes guard again

end of over 1306 runs
SA: 290/9CRR: 2.23 
Morne Morkel12 (57)
Hashim Amla123 (388)
Sachin Tendulkar 1.5-1-1-0
Harbhajan Singh 48-23-59-4
129.5
Tendulkar to Morkel, no run

ripping leg break outside off stump, on the rough and Morne, who is on strike post that Sehwag attempt to keep Amla on strike!, gets across to pad it away. The crowd are making a racket here. Nervous tension.

The crowd clap and roar

129.4
1
Tendulkar to Amla, 1 run

More drama! Sehwag kicks the ball away to the boundary! slightly short in length and outside off stump and Amla punched it off the back foot and the ball stops just near the boundary. Now the drama begins! Sehwag who was after the ball leans to kick it away over the boundary! The umpires get on walkie talkie and talk ,. And talk. ..

This is what they have decided. One run of the shot and five runs as penalty for kicking the ball Much fun!

129.4
Tendulkar to Amla, no run

SRT tries a googly but AMla is out there, smothering that one to the ground as well. They couldn't out him at all!

129.3
Tendulkar to Amla, no run

turns from the off and middle stump line, some bounce there as well, Amla goes well back to work it to the on side.

129.2
Tendulkar to Amla, no run

drops it short and outside off stump, mistimes the cut to cover ...

129.1
Tendulkar to Amla, no run

low full toss on the off and middle, tapped back to the bowler

end of over 129Maiden
SA: 284/9CRR: 2.20 
Morne Morkel12 (56)
Hashim Amla122 (383)
Harbhajan Singh 48-23-59-4
Amit Mishra 39-11-78-3
128.6
Harbhajan to Morkel, no run

from round the stumps, full and outside off , no problemo! Morne pushes it quietly to the off side

128.5
Harbhajan to Morkel, no run

again on the front foot , another probing delivery tackled

128.4
Harbhajan to Morkel, no run

on the off stump line, the tall Morkel stretches forward to smother the turn

128.3
Harbhajan to Morkel, no run

gets well forward to kill any spin

128.2
Harbhajan to Morkel, no run

dropped by Dhoni. Very difficult chance though. It was just outside off stump, straightening, Morne was shaping to leave it and it runs of the bat-face and hits Dhoni's right knee .. gloves were nowhere in the frame. What drama. Not an easy chance though as he was not expecting a catch there. The critics would say he shoud have

Best performances - batters
Virender Sehwag portrait
V Sehwag INDIA
165 runs (174)
23 fours
2 sixes
Control80%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
55 runs
9 fours
0 six
14317375113327
VVS Laxman portrait
VVS Laxman INDIA
143 runs (260)
16 fours
0 six
Control89%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
47 runs
6 fours
0 six
165111247111328
Best performances - bowlers
Harbhajan Singh portrait
Harbhajan Singh INDIA
O
48.3
M
23
R
59
W
5
ECO
1.21
Zaheer Khan player pic
Z Khan INDIA
O
22
M
5
R
90
W
4
ECO
4.09
Match details
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
TossSouth Africa, elected to bat first
SeriesSouth Africa tour of India
Season2009/10
Player Of The Match
Hashim Amla
Hashim Amla
Player Of The Series
Hashim Amla
Hashim Amla
Series result2-match series drawn 1-1
Match numberTest no. 1952
Hours of play (local time)09.15 start, Lunch 11.15-11.55, Tea 13.55-14.15, Close 16.15
Match days14,15,16,17,18 February 2010 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Alviro Petersen
Alviro Petersen
Umpires
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Ian Gould
Australia Image
Steve Davis
TV Umpire
India Image
Amiesh Saheba
Reserve Umpire
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Sanjeeva Rao
Match Referee
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Andy Pycroft