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India, 1st innings:

Over 61 || Score 181/1

Bad light stops play on Day 1: The umpires had a short discussion about the light, following which Dale Steyn bowled an over where he bowled six short deliveries to Pujara who was uncomfortable defending a few of those. Earlier, Vijay shimmied down the track off Peterson and scored two boundaries towards the midwicket region. At the end of the 61st over, the umpires once again had a small chat post which they decided the conditions weren't good for batting and the play was stopped. The partnership is now worth 141 runs and these two have batted extremely well today. Once the conditions became overcast, these two became very watchful, else they weren't hesitating in punishing the loose balls. Excellent day for India.

Murali Vijay 91* (195b), Cheteshwar Pujara 58* (117b)

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Over 53 || Score 163/1

Another session goes in India's favour. These two have batted brilliantly so far despite some overcast conditions. The partnership is now worth 122 runs and Smith would be a worried skipper at the moment.

Murali Vijay 76* (167b), Cheteshwar Pujara 55* (103b)

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Over 45 || Score 148/1

The pitch doesn't have much assistance for the South African pacers, something which these two are taking full advantage of as Vijay has slammed a half-century. Pujara has continued the good work from the first Test and these two are now looking solid at the crease. The partnership is now worth 107 runs.

Murali Vijay 72* (142b), Cheteshwar Pujara 44* (80b)

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Over 30|| Score 104/1

In the 28th over of the innings, Philander bowled a short of a length ball and Pujara was looking to defend it but it went in the air and fell short of Morkel at mid-on. Murali Vijay played a superb straight drive off Philander in the 30th over that brought India's 100. Vijay followed it with another magnificent boundary off the backfoot through covers. Pujara and Vijay have continued the good work and have added unbeaten 63 runs for the second-wicket partnership so far. Both are scoring briskly and are looking in total command at the moment.

Murali Vijay 42* (87b), Cheteshwar Pujara 30* (45b)

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Over 26 || Score 76/1

Lunch

The last six overs pre-lunch have got 20 runs on-board. Pujara and Vijay both are hitting big shots occasionally. The first session has gone well for the Indians with only one casualty in form of Dhawan.

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Over 20 || Score 56/1

Jacques Kallis, who is playing the last Test match of his career, bowled the 16th over, conceding 7 runs. He started bowling amidst huge applause by the home crowd. Philander's 17th and 19th overs were yet again maiden overs. He has been bowling extremely well today. The 18th by Kallis conceded 2 runs. Kallis's 20th over got 4 runs in form of a boundary by Vijay. The over pitched ball was hit towards the covers for four runs.

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Over 15 || Score 43/1

The 11th over by Steyn was a maiden, while Morkel's next conceded 2 runs. Philander's next was again a maiden. Morkel strikes in the 14th over. Shikhar Dhawan is out. South Africa have got an early breakthrough. Dhawan edged the ball towards the man at third slip who took an easy catch to dismiss the batsman. Dhawan fails yet again. Last Test's centurion, Cheteshwar Pujara is the new man in.

Dhawan c Petersen b Morkel 29 (49b, 4x4)

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Over 10 || Score 38/0

The Indian openers have given a good start to the match. Morne Morkel, whose presence in the second Test was doubtful, begun the 7th over, looking fully fit. The ninth was a maiden by Dale Steyn. Dhawan hit a boundary in the 10th over, with a beautiful shot hit towards the covers. The Proteas' bowlers are bowling really well, but the openers seem to have settled well, stitching a partnership of 38 runs.

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Over 5 || Score 23/0

Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay have started the Indian innings while Dale Steyn began with the Proteas proceedings. Dhawan on strike, after leaving the first dot ball, hit the second delivery towards the rope for the first boundary of the innings, right in the first over. Vernon Philander shared the new ball with Steyn. Dhawan hit yet another boundary in the third over followed by Vijay's in the fourth over, taking the Indian total to 23 runs in the first five overs.

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TOSS: India have won the toss and elected to bat first.

Squad changes: Jadeja replaces Ashwin, while Peterson is in for Tahir. Morne Morkel is fit to play.

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Durban: The second Test match between India and South Africa has become all the more special considering it would be Jacques Kallis’ last Test match. After the Johannesburg Test witnessed a thrilling finish, both teams would want to deliver their best in the second Test which would also end India’s tour to South Africa.

South Africa showed immense fight back in the first Test where chasing a mammoth 458 to win, they fell 8 runs short of the record chase. India had dominated the game for most of the time, but when it mattered the most – on the fifth day of the Test match - AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis rescued their team with a stupendous 205-run partnership for the fifth wicket which brought the hosts back in the game. While Morne Morkel’s injury was something which proved to be a disadvantage for them, South Africa suffered majorly because Steyn managed to pick just one wicket in both the innings.

India on the other hand, took a lot of positives out from the first Test. While Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara were their heroes with the bat, the Indian pace attack, led by Zaheer Khan, got crucial breakthroughs every now and then and dominated over the world class batting line-up of South Africa. Nobody expected India to put up the kind of fight they did in Johannesburg. The Indian seamers are in form and only if some of the other batsmen can contribute with the bat, India for sure can leave the rainbow nation with their heads held high.
While Team India would want to end their year on a high, South Africa would want to give their hero – Jacques Kallis – a fitting farewell by winning the second Test and the series.

South Africa Squad: Graeme Smith (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, Faf du Plessis, Jean-Paul Duminy, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Rory Kleinveldt, Kyle Abbott, Dean Elgar, Robin Peterson, Thami Tsolekile

India Squad: MS Dhoni (c & wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ambati Rayudu, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha, Pragyan Ojha

Match starts: 14:00 IST

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First Published: Thursday, December 26, 2013, 21:44


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