India vs South Africa: Durban Test, Day 4 - As it happened...
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India, 2nd Innings
Over 36 || Score 68/2
This time its bad light that came into play and even forced the umpires to end today's play. India is still trailing by 98 runs and they have to play the entire day tomorrow to save this test. Though India still have eight wickets in hand, it would be a test of patience for the Indian batting line up to end the match on a draw.
The highlight of the was certainly Jacques Kallis' farewell ton which made his swansong match a memorable one. It's his 45th Test hundred which couldn't have come at a better time.
Over 30 || Score 56/2
WHAT A CATCH BY Faf. When Dhawan was looking solid at the crease, all of a sudden, he lost his patience and danced down the track to play a shot over mid-wicket, but du Plessis take a sensational catch at short mid-wicket to sent the southpaw back to the pavilion. It was an absolute blinder by the fielder. And with that Dhawan's patient knock came to an end, as he got out on 19 after facing 87 balls. Virat Kohli is the next man in, after the fall of second Indian wicket.
S Dhawan c du Plessis b Peterson 19 (120m 87b )
Over 27 || Score 50/1
It's a difficult situation to play in, especially for the Indian southpaw, Shikhar Dhawan, who has a knack of scoring runs freely. But as India is playing for a draw here, means he has to save his wicket rather than scoring runs. And until now, he has shown patience and has been playing a rather mature innings along with Cheteshwar Pujara. Meanwhile India also touched the 50-run mark.
Over 21 || Score 35/1
Nineteen overs are still remaining in today's play and both the batsmen have to make sure that they play till the very end. At the moment Pujara is looking rock solid at the crease and doing exactly what is the need of the hour – playing with a dead straight bat. He is undoubtedly frustrating the South African bowlers, who are looking for wickets here. Smith is changing his bowlers frequently and has now handed over the ball to JP Duminy, who replaced left-arm spinner Peterson in the 20th over.
Over 15|| Score 17/1
Morne Morkel has been introduced into the attack in the 11th over for the first time in this innings and then after a couple of overs Smith introduced left-arm spinner Peterson into the attack. A good tactics from the South African skipper. But on the other hand, Dhawan and Pujara are also playing caustically, as they know very well that if they lose a couple of wicket here, they might be in danger of losing the match and the series.
Over 6 || Score 9/1
Now it's a test of temperament yet again for the Indian batsmen, who have to face the fiery bowling line up of Steyn & Co for the last time in this tour. India is playing for a draw here whereas South Africa still has an outside chance to win this Test match and series. Steyn and Philander started the bowling proceedings for the hosts, whereas Dhawan and Vijay came to open the Indian innings. Philander strikes. India lost their first wicket in the sixth over off Philander, in the form of Murali Vijay. A classic dismissal. A length ball, Vijay got the outside edge and Smith took a comfortable catch at first slip. Vijay got out after scoring six runs. Cheteshwar Pujara is the next man in, after the fall of first Indian wicket.
M Vijay c Smith b Philander 6 (23m 13b )
South Africa, 1st Innings
Over 155.2 || Score 500
After losing two more wickets in the form of F du Plessis and M Morkel in two overs finally first South African innings came to an end. It means South Africa has a healthy lead of 166 runs in the first innings. Now where South Africa will try to take all 10 wickets of India to seal the series 1-0, on the other hand India will play for a draw from here on.
M Morkel c & b Jadeja 0 (2m 2b)
F du Plessis run out 43 (105m 70b)
After yet another hide and seek once again the ground staff is taking the covers off from the pitch as the rain has stopped. It's certainly turning out to be a long day for the ground staff.
Over 154.1 || Score 497/8
Finally India managed to break the partnership between Faf du Plessis and Robin Peterson, when Zaheer picked his second wicket of the match in the form of Peterson. Peterson got out after playing a swift knock of 61 runs in mere 52 balls. Slight drizzle again interrupted the play. Covers are on. But the hosts still have an edge over the visitors, as they have 163 runs lead and still have two wickets in hand.
RJ Peterson c Vijay b Khan 61 (88m 52b)
Over 153 || Score 487/7
Even the new ball is not doing much for the Indian fast bowlers. Robin Peterson completed his fifty in style by hitting Zaheer for four through mid-off region. He scored nine boundaries to reach this mark and used just 44 deliveries. This partnership has already reached 90 plus and they are looking dangerous. Meanwhile, the lead has also swelled to 150.
Over 147 | Score 447/7
After lunch, South Africa have come up with a strategy, which is to go for the kill. Their batsmen have started scoring runs briskly. Faf du Plessis and Robin Peterson both are now scoring boundaries at will. They have scored seven boundaries in the last seven overs after lunch. From here on India will be playing for a draw. Now the lead is extended to 110 runs. Indian bowlers are looking off-colour at the moment.
After a slight drizzle, which delayed the continuation of post-lunch session, covers are off the ground. Will take some more time for the match to resume.
Over 140 || Score 395/7
South Africa gained a lead of 61 overs with over 60 overs remaining for the day. By the look of things, it seems both the sides, one ranked 1st and another 2nd in the Test ranking, want to play out a draw. Neither side is pushing for a win.
But the session witnessed history, of sort, for Jacques Kallis in his final Test match, scoring a hundred, which many a greats have failed to achieved.
And for Jadeja, a good session too. The spinner got his second career five-wicket haul.
Over 137 || Score 387/7
Now it is bye bye Steyn the batsman. Two wickets in quick succession for an tireless Indian bowling unit. Steyn survived the entire, almost, morning to give Indians a horrendous time in the middle. For the bowling side, Zaheer gets his first wicket thus.
Steyn, who was nearing his fifty, probably tried to be adventurous, reaching out to an widish ball, which took a thick edge. The rest is completed by captain cool, Dhoni.
With two new batsman - Faf du Plessis and Robin Peterson, Dhoni can choose to opt for the new ball.
Steyn c Dhoni b Khan 44 (94b 7x4)
Over 134 || Score 384/6
That's good bye King Kallis. A great innings comes to an end with his departure. And probably for the last time, as there is little possibility of South Africa requiring to do a second innings encore in Durban. In between, the all-rounder has also become the third highest run-getter in the longer format of the game, overtaking already retired Rahul 'The Wall' Dravid with 13289 runs.
Kallis offered a catch, behind the wicket, while trying to sweep.
For Jadeja, it has been stupendous effort, taking his second five-wicket haul in an innings.
On the other hand, Steyn is playing a nice little innings for himself. Nearing a Test fifty.
Kallis c Dhoni b Jadeja 115 (316b 13x4)
Over 130 || Score 374/5
A period of good spell from the Indians as Jadeja ends his 50th over the innings with a maiden. His bowling has been a revelation to say the least. The 25 year old Saurashtra spinner has taken four wickets conceding 119 runs so far.
On the other end, Ishant Sharma has managed to keep the line tight for the South African batsmen. It has been a fantastic day of Test cricket, overall, but the result? Nice duels and some memories to cherish.
Over 125 || Score 368/5
After that brief celebration, the pair of Kallis and Steyn continues building their partnership, on a seemingly lifeless pitch, under a thickening cloud. In the 123th over of the innings, South Africa's destruction in-charge in India's first innings, Steyn blasted boundaries off two successive deliveries, bowled by Jadeja - innings most successful bowler. It seems, Steyn is trying the hold the Indians by scruff of the neck. His individual score: 36 with the help of six boundaries.
Over 120 || Score 347/5
That's a well deserved hundred, for all the toils and hard work in this innings. For the statisticians, it is his 45th, six fewer than Tendulkar's. And he is only the fourth South African to have scored a Test hundred in the final match. Kallis reached his century playing a mid-on push off Jadeja.
South Africa have also eclipsed India's first innings total of 334.
Some while ago, skipper Dhoni brings in Mohammed Sami for Zaheer in the 116th over. And instantly, the ball started to show a hint of reverse. The youngster's very first ball almost sneaked through Steyn's guard, which hit him in the thigh, requiring medical attention.
Kallis 100* (274b, 13x4)
Over 115 || Score 326/5
Irrespective of the sides we choose, the nationalistic feelings et all, everybody would love to see Kallis making a century today for all the gifts he has given to all the cricket fans around the world over the last 18 years or so. If it happens so, then it will be his 45th Test ton, only behind the great Sachin Tendulkar (51), who called it quit early this year. For the records, he has also 292 Test wickets too.
On that note, Kallis has reached 90. Another 10 more.
In between, Dale Steyn continues to torment the Indians playing with elan that oftentimes associates with established batsmen like his current partner, Kallis.
Over 110 || Score 309/5
South Africa added another 10 run to their total. Of the 31 balls that have been played today morning, both Kallis and night-watchman Steyn have scored one boundary each. While MS Dhoni keeps the rotation between Zaheer Khan and Ravindra Jadeja.
Day 4 proceedings starts in earnest, earlier than the usual play start time, to cover-up for the loss of overs in the previous days of the Test. Weather forecast has been erratic - rain, or no rain, or rain, all possible today. But focus will be on Jaques Kallis, who yesterday showed once again, why is considered as one of the greatest players.
Day 3 Round-up
Over 104.5|| Score 299/5
JP Duminy was the fifth batsman to be dismissed as he was trapped in front of the wicket by Ravindra Jadeja, who has been brilliant throughout the day. The ball spun and hit Duminy on the pads, that would have gone to hit the leg stump. Dale Steyn is the new man in and Jacques Kallis is playing a determined innings at the other end.
Jacques Kallis 78* (224b) Dale Steyn 0* (7b)
The story so far in the Durban Test - India started the match on a bright note, despite losing opener Dhawan cheaply; saw top-order compiling runs on a top that uncannily looked like one imported from the sub-continent, then a fiery spell from a fiery bowler reduced the innings to 334 all out, from 198 for 2. Dale Steyn was the bowler - six wickets, all priced one, from top order to tail-enders.
Then some stopper and stupor in the second Test, after that enthralling series opener. Bad light, some shower, and thus two days passed without much ado. The Proteas ended the second day on 82/2 from 20 overs, in reply to India`s first innings.
However, the expectant moment arrived when one of the greatest cricketers arrived in the middle to take his guard in his final essay in the longer, purer version of this gentlemen`s game. Jaques Kallis! Surely, we will miss the sight of him in the whites.
Elsewhere at Kingsmead on Day 3, a battle was going on between Indian bowlers and other South African batsmen. In a day of even returns, Jadeja scalped four wickets to keep the visitors in contention while a patient Kallis holds his side with an undefeated innings of 78 from 224 balls.
Today, when the play resumes in Durban, both sides will look to control the remaining two days of cricket, result or no-result, for the glory of it.
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