South Africa win Durban Test by 10 wickets
South Africa, 2nd innings
Over 11.4 || Score 59
South Africa have won the Test by 10 wickets and the series 1-0. A befitting tribute for Jacques Kallis.
Over 6 || Score 12/0
South Africa need 39 runs to win the match and the series.
The South African win is hardly a matter of 57 runs, 19 out of which have already been scored by the Proteas openers – Graeme Smith and Alviro Peterson- in the first six overs. Shami and Sharma began the Indian proceedings. The South African team has ample of time to score, with the weather being favourable and enough overs left. Dhoni and Co have time to ponder over tea, over the defeat that’s looming large.
India, 2nd innings
Over 86 || Score 223
With Ajinkya Rahane’s departure, at 96 runs, the Indian innings has wrapped up. South Africa need 58 runs to win the match. This should be an easy task for the hosts. The match is now a mere formality for the South Africans to win the series.
Rahane b Philander 96 (157b, 11×4, 2×6)
Over 85 || Score 211/9
The Indian miseries continue. Ishant Sharma falls to Dale Steyn. Now it is just a formality for the Proteas bowlers to finish off the Indian tale, though Ajinkya Rahane remains the sole survivor of the great Indian drama. Time to hand over the ‘chokers’ tag to Indians? Mohammad Shami is now at the crease with Rahane. Dale Steyn gets his 350th Test wicket. The lead is of meagre 50 runs.
Sharma c de Villiers b Steyn 1 (10b)
Over 78 || Score 189/8
India have lost their 8th wicket in form of Zaheer Khan. Peterson’s carrom ball helped trapped him in front and Peterson gets his third wicket of the day. Though replays show Khan is not out. DRS could have rescued India here. Here comes Ishant Sharma.
Khan lbw b Peterson 3 (41b)
Over 75 || Score 182/7
Dale Steyn began the 69th over post lunch, conceding 4 runs off it. Ajinkya hit a boundary in the over, with a lovely straight drive. Morne Morkel joined Steyn from the other end, conceding a maiden 70th over. The next five overs by the duo gave only singles and doubles for the Indians, adding only 5 runs to the total taking the lead to paltry 20 runs.
Over 68 || Score 173/7
In the 67th over, Rahane played an elegant straight drive for four off Steyn which made sure that it won’t be an innings defeat for India. In the next over Rahane placed a ball for a single off Peterson, to complete his fifty – a well deserved one from the lad. He laced six boundaries to reach this mark and faced 84 deliveries.
But first session of the last and final of Durban Test belong to the hosts. Their bowlers bowled beautifully especially spearhead bowler Steyn who took the wickets of Kohli and Rahane in his first two overs of the day. From there on Indian kept losing wickets at quick intervals and has now on the verge of losing the test and series.
Over 63 || Score 159/7
Another blow for India.This time its Indian skipper MSD. Dhoni tried to flick the short ball off Peterson towards mid-wicket area but failed to connect it well and at mid-wicket Petersen took the catch. Doule blow for India. Ravinder Jadeja who came in to bat after the fall of Dhoni’s wicket played an irresponsible shot to throw his wicket. He stepped out to launch Peterson for a six, but got the leading edge of his bat and Morkel took a high catch to end his innings. India is now on the verge of losing this test and series. Lack of patience cost India dearly here. India is still trailing by seven runs and they have just three wickets left.
RA Jadeja c Morkel b Peterson 8 (4m 5b)
MS Dhoni c Petersen b Peterson 15 (29b)
Over 58 || Score 136/5
In the 57th over, Smith gave the ball to Morne Morkel, but in his first over India collected 13 runs. Rahane played an expensive cover drive off Morkel, which speaks a lot about this talented Mumbaikar, elegance was written all over it. India is still trailing by 30 runs. Dhoni has reached to 13 (17 balls) whereas Rahane is unbeaten on 26 (58 balls). Patience would be the key for India from here on.
Over 55 || Score 117/5
Smith is juggling his bowlers well. From one end he is changing his fast bowlers whereas on the other, Peterson is bowling. Philander is looking dangerous, as few of his deliveries are moving in the air – a hint of reverse swing. India is still trailing by 49 runs and have just five wickets in hand. The only option India have to save this test is to bat the entire day, which is certainly an uphill task for the tourists.
Over 51 || Score 107/5
In the 49th over India touched the mark of 100 runs in their second innings. Rohit Sharma Out. Philander bowled a length delivery, which nipped back in sharply and hit the pad of Sharma. Rohit trapped in front of the wicket as umpire took no time in raising his finger. Rohit got out after scoring 25 runs. Philandar claimed his first wicket of the day. India are in deep trouble now. Half of the Indian team is back in the hut. Skipper MS Dhoni has walked into the middle to join Rahane.
Over 46 || Score 91/4
It would be a herculean for India to draw this test, especially after losing two crucial wicket in the form of Pujara and Kohli in quick successions this morning. From here on India can’t afford to lose any further wickets, at least till Lunch. Rohit and Rahane have to stand and deliver this time. At the moment, they are looking positive in their approach. They are scoring runs on loose balls and playing the good ball cautiously, which is the need of the hour.
Over 40 || Score 71/4
Kohli Out. Steyn was right on the money from the very first ball of the last and final day. A short one by Steyn on the off stump, it kissed some part of Kohli’s bat and de Villiers took a low catch behind the wickets and umpire raised his finger. But Kohli looked annoyed with the decision. Poor start of the day for India. It’s certainly a big blow for India. Steyn is on fire. In his next over Steyn sent Pujara back to the pavilion. What a delivery it was. Rattled the stumps of Pujara. Unplayable delivery. India are on the back-foot now. Rahane and Rohit Sharma are at the crease right now.
CA Pujara b Steyn 32 (137m 100b)
V Kohli c de Villiers b Steyn 11 (26m 27b)
Today in Durban, when India resumes their second innings after an eventful Day 4, the visitors will look to save the match. South Africans show their intent with a late onslaught in their innings. Having gained a lead of crucial 166 runs, the hosts are in a fiery mood. When the bails were removed, India were still trailing by 98 runs, with both the openers back in the dressing room. Once again, the onus would be on the young shoulders of Pujara and Kohli to see out, at least, the first session of the final day.
Durban: On Day 4 Jacques Kallis made his swansong match a memorable one by hitting his 45th Test hundred as India faced a daunting task of batting out the entire fifth day to save the series-deciding second cricket Test against South Africa, here.
Kallis ensured that he left the Test arena in a blaze of glory with a fluent 115 as the home team posted a mammoth 500 in their first innings to take a sizeable 166-run lead. India lost both the openers Murali Vijay (6) and Shikhar Dhawan (19) before reaching 68 for two on yet another rain-marred day, still needing 98 runs to avoid the ignominy of an innings defeat. Cheteshwar Pujara (32) and Virat Kohli (11) will resume India`s battle on Monday.