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    Arrow India VS SA - 2nd test Durban

    India have made three changes. Vijay, Pujara and Zaheer come in for Gambhir, Raina and Unadkat. South Africa are unchanged




    South Africa win the toss and will bowl first. Have we seen this movie before?



    Loud cheers as Smith leads South Africa out on the field. Vijay and Sehwag come out to bat. Dale Steyn has the new ball. All set for the start of the second Test.



    Alright, India will face their second stern examination on this tour. Will they come second-best this time as well? Things couldn't have started better for South Africa.





    Dhoni: "Well of course, we would have bowled first as well. Lot of moisture on the track, and tough overhead conditions. Well of course, it will be important to leave on bounce, that will be key here in Durban. First 10-15 overs will be crucial."



    Smith has a smile on his face: "We are going to have to bowl well, definitely. The cloud cover is more important to bowling first than anything else. The pitch is pretty hard, and there should be some moisture in there. We would like to be precise this morning, and like to create some chances."

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    Default India 183 for 6 (Steyn 4-36)

    India 183 for 6 (Steyn 4-36) v South Africa







    Take a green, pacy pitch, add overcast conditions, and unleash perhaps the world's best new-ball attack on it. That's what awaited India's batsmen at Kingsmead, and though they responded marginally better than they did in the first Test in Centurion, another exhibition of top-class fast bowling from Dale Steyn put South Africa in charge. Several of the batsmen got starts, but then either played poor strokes or received near unplayable deliveries - everyone got into double-digits but the highest score was VVS Laxman's 38.







    South Africa were also helped by two vital contributions from Lonwabo Tsotsobe, whose place was under scrutiny coming into the second Test: first removing Sachin Tendulkar with a delivery angling across, which was edged to second slip, and then pulling off an incredible low catch at mid-on to end Laxman's resistance.



    The perils in store for the batsmen were evident right from the first delivery of the match, which reared from a length and struck Virender Sehwag painfully on the fingers. The ball was jagging around prodigiously and the openers had a tough time: Sehwag was beaten by a peach off the final ball of the first over from Steyn. In the next over from Morne Morkel, a ball swerved in sharply to cut Sehwag in half. Other batsmen may be unnerved by that; Sehwag just smiled and went for his shots without worrying about the movement. The approach paid off for a while, bringing the usual flow of early Sehwag boundaries.



    With Morkel guilty of bowling too short and Tsotsobe unable to control the runs, India survived nearly till drinks. Steyn, though, had been probing consistently outside off, working his outswinger beautifully. It was one of those outswingers that accounted for Sehwag - pitched up and asking to be driven, only for the late movement to get the outside edge to slip.



    In his next over, Steyn sent back the other opener, M Vijay - in for the injured Gautam Gambhir - who had looked less in control than Sehwag. A beauty of a delivery had Vijay fishing outside off, and nicking to the keeper. Vijay had started the innings leaving most deliveries outside off, but had a chancy stay - dropped by Paul Harris at first slip when on 3, and later by AB de Villiers, who nearly plucked a blinder at third slip.



    Tendulkar was adventurous in the short spell till lunch, using the uppercut to pick up a couple of boundaries, though he also had the fortune of a pull flying over the keeper for four. India would have been satisfied with the 74 for 2 they posted in the morning session, but they lost the big wicket of Tendulkar off the fifth ball after the break.





    India's two other middle-order stalwarts - Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman - then started a recovery act. Neither batsman was particularly fluent, and their 38-run partnership had periods of total calm sandwiched by bursts of boundaries. Three fours came in the space of seven deliveries early on - with Laxman capitalising on some wayward Tsotsobe bowling - before a six-over spell in which only four runs were scored. Steyn was brought back to break the stand but bowled his only expensive over of the day - a gorgeous straight drive from Laxman brought up India's hundred before he pulled a short ball for a flat six, only the fifth of his Test career.



    Once again, just as India seemed to have stabilised, Steyn struck: working over Dravid with a relentless offstump line before getting him to nick an away-going ball to the keeper. Two overs later, he was gifted a wicket as Tsotsobe held on to a casual pull from Laxman and India were down to 130 for 5.
    Cheteshwar Pujara, taking the place of the struggling Suresh Raina, responded well to the challenge. He had a reprieve when Hashim Amla dropped him at forward short leg, but he was confident through his innings, highlighted by an uppercut for four off Morkel one delivery after he had mishit an attempted hook. He had moved to 19 when he threw it away, miscueing a pull to the keeper.



    That left India at 168 for 6, and Graeme Smith a satisfied man. Only a couple of overs were possible after tea, with the fading light forcing an early stop. Harbhajan Singh and MS Dhoni have added 27 brisk runs, and India need them to stick around to boost their hopes of staging a comeback in the series.

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    Default Game in balance as SA top-order folds


    Lunch South Africa 74 for 4 (Amla 24*) trail India 205 (Steyn 6-50) by 131 runs



    Zaheer Khan showed how important he was to the Indian attack by removing both openers on the second morning in Durban as India fought back after a ruthless performance from South Africa's quicks. A fortuitous run-out of Jacques Kallis boosted them further, before a hitherto off-colour Sreesanth produced a jaffa to remove the in-form AB de Villiers.
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    India 205 (Steyn 6-50) v South Africa

    A ruthless South Africa needed less than ten overs to rip out the four remaining Indian wickets on a sunny second morning in Durban. Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel were in top form again, and India's lower-order offered little resistance.
    Much depended on the overnight pair of Harbhajan Singh and MS Dhoni. Neither inspired much confidence: Harbhajan was reprieved at second slip by Jacques Kallis in the second over of the day, and Dhoni was worked over by Steyn in the next. Harbhajan kept prodding at deliveries outside off, and was dismissed soon after, snaffled brilliantly by AB de Villiers at third slip. Zaheer Khan followed, stuck on the crease to a full ball and nicking it to the keeper.
    Dhoni decided to go after the bowling, smashing Steyn for a six over long-off, one ball after top-edging an attempted pull over the keeper. The counterattack was brief as he holed out to sweeper cover for 35 to give Steyn his sixth wicket of the innings. Two deliveries later, Sreesanth picked up a golden duck, a wild swing swirling high and landing in Mark Boucher's gloves.
    The sun is out, and South Africa may have an easier time batting than when India did, a pattern similar to what happened in the first Test in Centurion. India will hope the return of Zaheer will prevent a repeat of that South African display of batting might.

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    This match is wide open. Despite India's meek surrender with the bat. Despite Steyn's brilliance. Despite Sreesanth's forgettable first spell. Zaheer's persistence, some good luck and that ripper from Sreesanth mean South Africa are down to their last specialist batsmen. Mind you, they don't need much for the lead and they have Mark Boucher to follow. Still, India will believe they are finally competing in this series.

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    42/1 Sehwag out.

    Game is in Bharat's hand.

    Bas Dravid thoda sa bas thoda sa fast run bana le.
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    fir lagne wali hai lagta hai.
    God is on ground. Chhota god Laxman bhi hai.

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    Default Series comes alive after wicket-fest

    Series comes alive after wicket-fest


    India 205 (Steyn 6-50) and 92 for 4 lead South Africa 131 (Harbhajan 4-10, Zaheer 3-36) by 166 runs




    The world's two best batting line-ups faltered with 18 wickets - a Kingsmead record - falling on a wildly fluctuating second day as India clawed their way back into contention in the series. South Africa seemed to have the contest sewn up when their relentless quicks packed off the Indian tail in a hurry, but the returning Zaheer Khan inspired a comeback that resulted in a priceless 74-run lead before poor strokes from some of the much-decorated names in the Indian batting set up a tantalising third day.


    The day promised to be a re-run of Centurion - after India's batting fails on a damp pitch, the sun comes out on the second day,the pitch eases out and South Africa's run-machines bat India out of the game.

    It may well have turned out that way but for the inspired Zaheer, whose relentless hostility when Sreesanth and Ishant Sharma were wasteful with the new ball kept India fighting. There was also a fortuitous Jacques Kallis run-out, an unplayable snorter from Sreesanth that accounted for AB de Villiers, and some outstanding catches - including No. 200 for Rahul Dravid - that combined to hurt South Africa.

    Many Indian fans associate Durban with the infamous drubbing dished out in 1996, when India were bowled out for 100 and 66 in their two innings, but it hasn't been the best ground for South Africa either in recent times: they made 138 against Australia in 2008-09, and 133 against England last year, and this time fared even worse, folding for 131.
    Things were going to plan for South Africa till ten minutes before lunch, by when they had moved to 67 for 2 with their middle-order bulwarks, Hashim Amla and Kallis, building a partnership. Amla punched a ball back towards Ishant, who half-fielded it and unintentionally parried it back onto the stumps at the non-striker's end, catching Kallis out of his ground. Worse followed for South Africa, when de Villiers was dismissed by a ripper from the hitherto off-colour Sreesanth, bouncing sharply and cutting away to surprise the batsman, who thumbed it to the keeper.

    Still, there was no need to panic as Amla continued to be in supreme form. His back-foot drives were the stand-out shots in a calming innings, but he missed a straighter one from Harbhajan Singh to be struck in front of middle, for 33. Like most other batsmen in the match, he too failed to convert his start; this was only the seventh time since 1935 that no batsman from either team has made a half-century in the first innings.
    The last specialist batsman, Ashwell Prince, was troubled by Zaheer's movement right through his innings. He made an edgy 13 before finally falling to Zaheer, the ball cannoning onto the stumps as he attempted a footwork-free drive.

    It continued the excellent work Zaheer had done with the new ball. If India were demoralised by their limp batting, Zaheer showed no signs of it. He was accurate, getting the ball to jag around, and frequently mouthing off at the batsmen. He was rewarded with the wicket of Graeme Smith - for the 10th time in Tests - as a leaden-footed prod ended in MS Dhoni's gloves. Then, a confident Alviro Petersen walked across the stumps, attempting to work the ball to the leg side, but had the misfortune of seeing his bails dislodged as the ball was dragged back from his pads.


    If Zaheer sparked India to life, the fight was continued by a clutch of spectacular catches, not something always associated with Indian fielding. Dravid flashed across to his left from first slip to pouch a faint edge from Steyn, Cheteshwar Pujara again showed his skill at short leg, stretching to his right to snaffle a prod from Paul Harris, and Harbhajan latched on to a swirler at fine leg to send back Morne Morkel and hasten the end of the South African innings.

    With the lead in the bag, India's openers started off positively. Virender Sehwag and M Vijay had put on the match's biggest partnership - 43 - in the first innings and added 42 in the second, with Sehwag as usual haring away at a run-a-ball. The big threat of Steyn was seen off, and India were effectively 116 for 0 for at that stage.

    Then came a bunch of bad strokes that allowed South Africa to draw level in the series. First, Sehwag wafted at a wide, length ball to nick to the keeper; then, Dravid went for an on-the-up drive to another wide delivery and gave Boucher his seventh catch of the match. Sachin Tendulkar came out full of aggression, getting off the mark with a punishing slash past point for four, but India's tormentor Steyn returned to take out Tendulkar who guided the first ball of his spell to third slip. India had lost four wickets for 14, before VVS Laxman and Pujara played out the final hour to ensure there was no more damage.

    India had lost four wickets early in the morning as well, when Steyn completed his 15th five-wicket haul, and Morkel pitched it up to hassle the tail-enders. South Africa were in total control then, but no one could have foreseen the excitement that followed, which has left the game in balance.

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    great display, bt shud have batted cleverly, lax gota play important role, 250 wud be difficult target, gooooooo


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    India 205 & 207/7 (60.4 ov)
    South Africa 131
    India lead by 281 runs with 3 wickets remaining
    Day 3 - Session 1

    • India RR 3.41
    • Last 10 ovs 39/0 RR 3.90
    • Min overs remaining 68.2

    Current partnership 59 runs, 16.4 overs, RR: 3.54 (Laxman 38, Khan 17)

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    Harbhajan Singh c Kallis b Morkel 4 (10m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.14
    Fall of wicket: 148/7 (44.1 ov); Partnership: 7 runs, 2.1 overs, RR: 3.23 (Laxman 3, Harbhajan Singh 4)



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    South Africa 131 and 111 for 3 need another 192 runs to beat India 205 and 228 (Laxman 96)










    The Durban Test continued to be a cracker, with the game see-sawing on the third day before bad light ended play with the teams level. In the morning, VVS Laxman produced his seemingly customary second-innings gem to defy South Africa's bowlers and put India in control by swelling the lead towards 300. South Africa then had a dream second session nipping out the remaining three wickets in under 10 overs, before their batsmen began whittling down the target confidently. India were the better side after tea, hustling out two wickets to keep the game finely balanced.




    India could have been ahead had Cheteshwar Pujara latched on to a sharp, knee-high catch at backward short-leg to remove Jacques Kallis for a duck. The chance went down, and the performance of Kallis, who has a better statistical second-innings record than Laxman, on the fourth day could decide the fate of the series.
    Laxman had earlier strung together the two biggest Indian partnerships of the match, first with MS Dhoni and then with Zaheer Khan, to set South Africa the stiff task of chasing 303. South Africa wouldn't have expected such a tall target when a steepler from Morne Morkel had Cheteshwar Pujara playing on in the second over of the day.



    Both Morkel and Dale Steyn were getting late swing, and with the odd delivery rearing up, life was hard for Laxman and Dhoni. There were several air-drives and edged boundaries past and over the slips. To South Africa's dismay, the pair didn't just survive, but scored quickly as well, with a bunch of fours from Dhoni helping raise 41 in seven overs.



    Just as Indian nerves were being soothed, Lonwabo Tsotsobe produced the breakthough. He had Dhoni poking at a delivery angling across, feathering an edge to Mark Boucher. Harbhajan Singh fell three overs later, rooted in the crease as he prodded at one from Morkel, and edged to the safe hands of Kallis at second slip.



    The lead was 212, and South Africa sensed a quick end to the innings, but Zaheer and Laxman tilted the game towards India with a 70-run stand. A long partnership didn't look likely given the way Zaheer started his innings: looking to swipe nearly every delivery out of the ground, and rarely connecting. Laxman had his share of fortune as well, inside-edging to square-leg to become the first player to make a half-century in the game.



    A french-cut from Laxman also raced past the off stump, and he carried on unflustered, either by his edges or Zaheer's impetuous strokes. He worked the gaps to move almost un-noticed towards yet another second-innings century, and with Kallis and Paul Harris bowling, the pressure eased off, and the runs started to flow.



    Zaheer also played his part. He had sparked India to life with the ball on Monday, and his aggression with the bat paid off today. He didn't mind the swing-and-misses, or the umpteen lbw appeals - including a dead-plumb one off Steyn that was turned down - and kept going for his shots. The first session ended with India in charge, emphasised by a couple of powerful Zaheer boundaries off the last two deliveries before lunch, but South Africa hit back by closing out the innings for the addition of just 10 runs after the break.



    The home side had to make the highest total of the match in the final innings, a challenge to which Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen responded by scoring at five an over. Zaheer has generally had the better of Smith in their previous encounters, though this time the batsman blasted four fours off Zaheer's first two overs to have South Africa racing out of the blocks. The swing and bounce that the South African bowlers had consistently extracted went missing, as Petersen too began to punish the bowling.
    They had galloped to 63 for 0 an over before tea, when Sreesanth, riled after a verbal exchange with Smith, ended the South African captain's belligerent innings with a short ball that was top-edged, to revive India's flagging spirits.



    There was more for them to celebrate soon after as Petersen fell to Harbhajan and Hashim Amla ended the best year of his career with an appalling shot, chasing a wide one from Sreesanth.



    Kallis wasn't his usual rock-solid self, surviving due to Pujara's drop and then top-edging a pull short of mid-on before making his first run. The light began to deteriorate and both Kallis and AB de Villiers were watchful, except against the rank-bad balls, to guide South Africa to stumps, and set up another riveting day at Kingsmead.

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    go get'em sree


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    Quote Originally Posted by ignoramusenator View Post
    go get'em sree
    sreesanth will outclass them either by ball or by his words and gestures
    he is a real freak , but worthy

    i think bhajji will be crucial today
    sachin too should ball today

    zhaeer is as usual will be the killing machine

    cmon india !

    lets hunt the proteas

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    The pitch behaved OKAY yesterday and that is real a worrying sign for Indians. The way Smith batted, our hopes were being washed away. Kudos to Sri and Bhajji for bringing us back into the match. Amla's dismissal was really crucial and that provides us an edge.

    For now wicket of Kallis will be vital. Early morning moisture should be used by Zak. Later Bhajji should go at the lower order. Our hopes will remain high as the bowling will be potent especially in the first hour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thesocialdoctor View Post
    sreesanth will outclass them either by ball or by his words and gestures
    he is a real freak , but worthy

    i think bhajji will be crucial today
    sachin too should ball today

    zhaeer is as usual will be the killing machine

    cmon india !

    lets hunt the proteas
    yeah, i think dat verbal scene gave him smith' wicket, smith was furious, nd he throw away his wicket, amla' wicket was well planned too, now ab nd kallis shud get out asap, then india ll own kingsmeed haha

    ohh pujara may be havin nightmares abt missed kallis wicket, dat was a tough call, came very fast, cudnt hold on. i wish it was taken

    Quote Originally Posted by avdhesh View Post
    The pitch behaved OKAY yesterday and that is real a worrying sign for Indians. The way Smith batted, our hopes were being washed away. Kudos to Sri and Bhajji for bringing us back into the match. Amla's dismissal was really crucial and that provides us an edge.

    For now wicket of Kallis will be vital. Early morning moisture should be used by Zak. Later Bhajji should go at the lower order. Our hopes will remain high as the bowling will be potent especially in the first hour.
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