Thursday, December 30, 2010

India level the series 1-1

Kingsmead, Durban
After famous win at Kingsmead, Durban, India's only second win in South Africa, India leveled the three Test match series with 1-1. Visitors lost the first Test match badly but fought back in the second match and set target of 303 for South Africa in the final innings. South Africa was dismissed for 215 in 72.3 overs giving India 87 run win at Durban.

After few rainy and overcast morning sessions day was bright and sunny on the fourth day when Indian bowlers took early wickets on the fourth day of the second test match. After beating South Africa India retained its position as No.1 Test Team in the world.

Third test will be played at Cape town and will begin on next Sunday. It may well be a decider instead of the draw as wickets in South Africa so far have produced results in every Test match. Cape town has more dry and flat wicket that may suit Indian well as they are used to play on similar surfaces in subcontinent.

VVS Laxman  yet again played very important role in the second innings scoring 96 runs when India needed them the most. He missed the century there but was the only player in the match who scored run in excess of 50.

South Africa captain said that they lost the match on the very second day when they were all out for just 131 runs as the pitch certainly was not bad and playing conditions improved afterwards that India took benefit of.

Yet again Zaheer khan proved that he is the spearhead of the Indian bowling attack as far as they are playing anywhere out of the subcontinent and has the most important role to play on the field as well. He virtually is India's bowling captain and his experience helped young pacers like Sharma and Sreesanth a lot.

Only 3-0 series win for South Africa would have forced India off the No.1 spot on the world Test rankings but the series leveler in Durban decided that India is going to remain the No.1 Test team in the wold for coming months, as because of the ODI world cup ahead not lot of Test Cricket is going to be played in few months from now.

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