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By Rajesh Viswanathan, India Syndicate, 29/12/2010

Indian tigers tame South African lions at ‘pacy’ Durban

Indian test cricketers have given the nation a big New Year gift. By bouncing back after the thrashing they received at Centurion, the team showed why they are the best test side in the world today. The team humiliated South Africa at the Kingsmead in Durban by 87 runs to level the series 1-1 with one match to go

Indian tigers tame South African lions at ‘pacy’ Durban

Resuming at 111 for 3, South Africa were always going to feel the heat of chasing the 300 plus target. Stranded at ‘Nelson’ at the end of day three, the Proteas began day four with their main hope Jacques Kallis, who was expected to hold one end up and AB de Villiers, who was expected to provide that spark. Neither of that happened in the first session as both were dismissed in quick time. First, it was Kallis, who got an absolute beauty from Sreesanth. The ball lifted off good length and as Kallis desperately tried to avoid its path, it took off after brushing his glove and ballooned to point where Sehwag took a comfortable catch. Kallis was dismissed for 17. It was a rare failure for Kallis in both the innings of a test match.

That big early breakthrough came in the 8th over of the day and set things up for India. What was noticeable early for Dhoni’s men was the discipline of the bowlers. Giving virtually nothing away, India restricted South Africa to less than 30 runs in the first hour of play and the frustration of not being able to play freely showed on South African batsmen.

Under-pressure AB de Villiers was trapped in front by Harbhajan Singh although television replays showed the ball would have gone well over the stumps. That big wicket pegged South Africa and spurred India on. Boucher soon followed to another doubtful decision and suddenly South Africa were done at 143 for 6. The expressions on the faces of South African batsmen showed their frustration on not being able to use UDRS. Dale Steyn put up some fight with Ashwell Prince, who was looking solid.

But, an improved Zaheer Khan put paid to Steyn’s stiff resistance when he got him to edge one to the slip cordon. At 155 for 7, it only looked a matter of formalities to be completed for India. At this stage, Prince showed why he is often referred to as the ‘Wall’ of South African cricket. He stood tall and got admirable support from Paul Harris, who was just not keen to play a single delivery. South Africa went into lunch at 182 for 7, still needing 121 runs to pull off an improbable win.

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By Rajesh Viswanathan, India Syndicate, 29/12/2010

Indian tigers tame South African lions at ‘pacy’ Durban

Indian test cricketers have given the nation a big New Year gift. By bouncing back after the thrashing they received at Centurion, the team showed why they are the best test side in the world today. The team humiliated South Africa at the Kingsmead in Durban by 87 runs to level the series 1-1 with one match to go

Indian tigers tame South African lions at ‘pacy’ Durban

Resuming at 111 for 3, South Africa were always going to feel the heat of chasing the 300 plus target. Stranded at ‘Nelson’ at the end of day three, the Proteas began day four with their main hope Jacques Kallis, who was expected to hold one end up and AB de Villiers, who was expected to provide that spark. Neither of that happened in the first session as both were dismissed in quick time. First, it was Kallis, who got an absolute beauty from Sreesanth. The ball lifted off good length and as Kallis desperately tried to avoid its path, it took off after brushing his glove and ballooned to point where Sehwag took a comfortable catch. Kallis was dismissed for 17. It was a rare failure for Kallis in both the innings of a test match.

That big early breakthrough came in the 8th over of the day and set things up for India. What was noticeable early for Dhoni’s men was the discipline of the bowlers. Giving virtually nothing away, India restricted South Africa to less than 30 runs in the first hour of play and the frustration of not being able to play freely showed on South African batsmen.

Under-pressure AB de Villiers was trapped in front by Harbhajan Singh although television replays showed the ball would have gone well over the stumps. That big wicket pegged South Africa and spurred India on. Boucher soon followed to another doubtful decision and suddenly South Africa were done at 143 for 6. The expressions on the faces of South African batsmen showed their frustration on not being able to use UDRS. Dale Steyn put up some fight with Ashwell Prince, who was looking solid.

But, an improved Zaheer Khan put paid to Steyn’s stiff resistance when he got him to edge one to the slip cordon. At 155 for 7, it only looked a matter of formalities to be completed for India. At this stage, Prince showed why he is often referred to as the ‘Wall’ of South African cricket. He stood tall and got admirable support from Paul Harris, who was just not keen to play a single delivery. South Africa went into lunch at 182 for 7, still needing 121 runs to pull off an improbable win.

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Durban delight for India: Images

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