Friday, January 7, 2011

India's first series draw in South Africa

Newlands, Cape Town
On the last day of the final Test match between India and South Africa at Newlands, Capetown, India lost only 3 wickets, one each session to secure the match and drew the series 1-1. This is a remarkable achievement for India Team as first time they have not lost the Test Series in South Africa, and is going to retain its world no.1 position in Test rankings.

Second session of the fourth day's play was the most crucial as the experienced Kallis with the help of Boucher saved the match for South Africa when they were almost down and out with 6 wickets and only 150 odd runs on the board. Kallis played well through out the series and also awarded the Man on the match as well as Man  of the series. He made it sure that Indian have to visit South Africa again to register their first test series win in country.

Dhoni after the match told reporters that if they were given the target of 250 - 260 they would have gone for it but 350 odd runs are difficult to get on the last day of the test match. Match ended half and hour before the official close of the play as the mutual agreement between the skippers of India and South Africa.

South African Captain Smith believes that both India and South Africa are equally strong teams as they both drew series at home and away. India and South Africa are currently world no.1 and no.2 teams respectively in world test rankings.

Dhoni also felt that India lost the initial advantage after winning the toss at Capetown. He told in the post match press conference that wet pitch and outfield made life bit difficult for bowlers.

India has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate in this final test match during South Africa's second innings on day four at Newlands.

Match details:

India in South Africa Test Series - 3rd Test
South Africa v India at Newlands, Capetown played on 2,3,4,5,6 January 2011 (5-day match)

Test no. 1988 | 2010/11 season
India won the toss, elected to field first
Match was drawn
3-match series drawn 1-1

Player of the match JH Kallis (South Africa)
Player of the series JH Kallis (South Africa)

Umpires IJ Gould (England) and SJA Taufel (Australia)
TV umpire BG Jerling
Match referee AJ Pycroft (Zimbabwe)
Reserve umpire S George

Scores at the close of play
2 Jan day 1 - South Africa 1st innings 232/4 (JH Kallis 81*, AG Prince 28*, 74 ov)
3 Jan day 2 - India 1st innings 142/2 (G Gambhir 65*, SR Tendulkar 49*, 50 ov)
4 Jan day 3 - South Africa 2nd innings 52/2 (AN Petersen 22*, HM Amla 0*, 16 ov)
5 Jan day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 341
6 Jan day 5 - India 2nd innings 166/3 (82 ov) - end of match


20 box said...

Great series win in South Africa

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