back of a length and outside off, no bother to the batsman. Well only because he has not edged it after deciding to fish. And the umpire flicks the bails over and off we go.
5.00 pm India haven't lost a single wicket. South Africa have gifted away the lot of theirs. Bangalore was largely expected as the place where the visitors might not have to worry about the spinners. And yet R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja took eight wickets between them largely because of some poor shot selection. It's been made more apparent because Vijay and Dhawan have eased through the final session, put 80 runs on the board and have placed India on course for a pretty large first-innings total. Oh, what could have been had Imran Tahir just taken that dolly at square leg. Join us tomorrow to see if that happens, or if South Africa get the second wind they so desperately need.
South Africa fans, cheer yourself up after that tough day with this epic from Jarrod Kimber on AB de Villiers, the only man who looked in any kind of control for them. Made the sweetest 85 you'll see. His knock in the second innings could still prove the difference in this Test.
Siva : "Clearly it's India's day, Every team struggles when touring other countries (though SA are fairly better)...Not a good sign for test cricket, gone are days where legends would dominate opponents on their own backyard.."
Amrut: "India are in a brilliant position to go 2-0 up in the series. Might even force an innings defeat. Just hope the rains hold up enough to give us enough overs to see a result. This series has seen good attacking cricket by India and would hate to see rain spoil the party."
Kapil: "Not sure why SA don't play QDK in Tests. He can play attacking cricket in Gilchrist mode and get some useful runs for SA. Any justification for leaving him out especially given his record in India for SA A, just before this tour doesn't make sense. Remember him getting 100s as well"
Mohammed Bashee: "Just understood the black hole paradox, solved the Bermuda triangle mystery but still can't figure out how my comment get published in cricinfo ...." --- That's how
Ram: "@Mark going by the typos and length of description for a slow bowler (Morkel) vs a quick bowler (Jadeja), it's obvious that the prefix "X to Y, z run," is computer generated and the rest is the commentator. Slow/Fast refer to over rate, not bowling speed."
Mark: "Question for Alagappan: How does Cricinfo commentating work? do you have to type the entire "sentence" of commentary from what over it is to describing what happens in the delivery? or is the computer programmed to generate a few things?" ---- Nope. No AI (Artificial intelligence) on use. Just all Al
good length ball on middle, pushed to mid-on
stays a touch low so keeping the ball full and straight is a good idea. Except Vijay blocks solidly and then walks away to square leg to take a little time out.
short of a length on off stump, defended
full on the base of middle, blocked into the off side
weaving away from the angle into the right-hander, and that's why Vijay is beaten on the defensive push
flighted down the leg side, Vijay clips it away
beautiful little late cut. Nothing better than a batsman playing spin on instinct. Waits on it, backs that front leg away to get some room and then taps the ball at the latest possible moment to beat backward point.
bursts down the track, to the pitch of the flighted legbreak, and thumps it to mid-off
looped up on middle, takes it on the full and whips it to long-on
flighted on middle and leg, Vijay defends the straightish delivery.
flighted on leg stump, tapped into the leg side
Less than ten minutes to stumps
Aniruddha: "Now It is identical career batting average for Dhawan and Vijay."
overcompensates by bowling way outside off, Dhawan is happy to leave it
vicious! Tries the short ball but it does not rise too high. Dhawan shifts his weight back and nails the pull to the square leg boundary. Top shot
back of a length and outside of, no shot offered
Tharique: "What do you mean!! great effort from Morkel late in the day.. He is just balling his 6th over of the day that too after a injury break" ---- Maybe I was projecting my feelings onto him. Been a loooong day at the comp for me
South Africa working hard on the ball to try and hasten reverse swing into existence
takes it off his left side and turns it to long leg
full, asking to drive, Vijay says okay and finds the man at cover
a little swing into the right-hander, who stays back and blocks solidly
drops it a tad short and Dhawan cuts to point
loopy delivery outside off, driven into the covers