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Monday, April 14, 2008

India beat South Africa by 8 wickets to square the series in Kanpur Test

On Sunday the Indian tail wag and taken a useful lead of 60 runs in the 1st inning then with the help of Harbhajan Singh (3/12 ) and Virendra Sehwag (4/44) India able to bundled out Souh Africans for 121 runs in their second Inning. Chasing an easy total of 62 runs for victory Indians able to achive the same 13.1 overs with the lost of two wickets.

With the help of win against South Africa Indians able to square the three match test series 1-1 and also manage to maintain their ICC test ranking at 2nd position. Chances of which looked slim before the Test began with India playing without Anil Kumble and having to bat last on the crumbling surface.

India acting Captain M.S.Dhoni couldn’t expected better match performance from their player than this. Firstly when India began with their overnight score of 288/9 their last pair Ishant Sharma (14 runs) and S.Sreesanth (29 runs) 46 runs for the 10th wicket to stretch the 1st inning lead upto 60 runs.

Chasing 62, the experienced pair of Sourav Ganguly (13 not out) and Rahul Dravid (18 not out) guided India home to win the third Test.

Both Indian openers Virendra Sehwag (22 runs for 12 balls) and Wasim Jaffer (10 runs from 11 balls) given their team a dream start by putting 32 runs in 3.3 overs before Sehwag in the process of hitting 3rd consecutive six of P. Harris gave simple catch to backward point to A.Prince. In the very next over W.Jaffer also got out with the beauty of delivery from M.Morkel.

It went all wrong for the visitors in their second innings. South Africa, who began steadily, started to collapse just before tea. From 65-2, the Proteas innings fell apart with Ashwell Prince left stranded on an unbeaten 22. They had South Africa by the scruff of the neck and were not willing to relent. After a double-strike by Virender Sehwag (3-12) in the second session, Ishant Sharma (2-18) and Harbhajan Singh (4-44) ripped through the visitors in the last session.

Sourav Ganguly was declared Man of the Match and Harbhajan Singh was declared Man of the Series.

Match Summary

South Africa 1st Inning (265/10)

G.Smith – 69 H.Amla – 51

I.Sharma – 55/3 Harbhajan Singh – 52/3

India 1st Inning (325/10)

S. Ganguly – 87 V.V.S Laxman - 50

M.Morkel– 63/3 D.Styen – 71/3

South Africa 2nd Inning (121/10)

G.Smith – 35 A.Prince – 22*

Harbhajan Singh – 44/4 V.Sehwag – 12/3

India 2nd Inning (64/2)

V.Sehwag – 22 R.Dravid- 18*

M.Morkel– 8/1 P.Harris – 36/1

India Vs South Africa Day3 Highlights – Kanpur Test


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posted by KANISH RANJAN @ 11:01 AM  
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