Wednesday 27 December 2006 

Tendulkar Survives Chance To Lift India

South Africa missed an opportunity to dismiss Sachin Tendulkar and take control of the second test against India on the second day.

When bad light ended play 34.2 overs early, India were 103 for three in reply to South Africa's first innings of 328, which had been anchored by Ashwell Prince's 121.

At the premature close, Tendulkar was 46 not out with Vangipurappu Laxman on 10 in an unbroken partnership of 42.

South Africa let Tendulkar off the hook when medium pacer Andrew Hall found the outside edge of his bat. Graeme Smith at first slip dropped a regulation catch with the batsman on 21.

South Africa resumed on 257 for eight, and Prince, who was 98 not out, reached his century in the third over of the day when he drove Shanta Sreesanth through the covers for four.

Prince and debutant Morne Morkel added 39 for the ninth wicket before Sreesanth had Prince smartly caught by Vangipurappu Laxman at second slip, reaching above his head to take the catch.

The patient Prince, who took guard after South Africa were reduced to 28 for three on Tuesday, was ninth out after batting for five hours during which he faced 212 balls and hit 16 fours.

Morkel, who scored a polished unbeaten 31, and Makhaya Ntini shared another 32 runs in a useful partnership for the last wicket.

Leg spinner Anil Kumble ended the innings when he trapped Ntini in front for 16. Sreesanth took four for 109 while Kumble claimed three for 62.

Fast bowler Andre Nel struck with the fifth ball of India's reply when Virender Sehwag edged a drive to second slip, where AB de Villiers dived backward and to his right to take a spectacular catch. Sehwag had faced just the one ball and Iindia had only five runs on the board.

Opener Wasim Jaffer and Rahul Dravid were separated in the third over after lunch, when Nel trapped Dravid in front for 11.

India were 61 for three an hour later when fast bowler Ntini had Jaffer caught by De Villiers at second slip for 26.

© Reuters 2006.