Gambhir And Tendulkar Lead Indian Reply

Gambhir And Tendulkar Lead Indian Reply
Gambhir And Tendulkar Lead Indian Reply
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South Africa 362 (Kallis 161, Sreesanth 5-114) v
India 142-2 (Gambhir 65no)
Third Test, Cape Town, day two

An unbroken third-wicket partnership of 114 for the third wicket between Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar allowed India to close day two of the decisive third Test against South Africa in Cape Town on 142 for two.

Jacques Kallis had earlier extended his fine form in the series by scoring 161 to guide South Africa to 362 as they put a decent score on the board.

India recovered well after the initial jolts received from South Africa to share the honours on the second day of the series decider.

Gambhir (65 not out) was dropped as a regulation chance off Tsotsobe went down just before the close of play and having been precariously placed at 28 for two, Gambhir and Tendulkar (49 not out) were at the crease as stumps were drawn on day two, to take India to safety.

Kallis’s love affair with his home ground continued as he equalled Ricky Ponting’s tally of 39 centuries and more importantly added 79 runs with the  last two batsmen with a strokeful 161.

Earlier, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth produced an excellent spell of hostile fast bowling causing plenty of problems for the South African batsman with the second new ball. His regulated swing and pace, reaped him  a rich reward with figures of five for 114 runs.

The highlight for him was two wickets in two balls - one an absolute beauty to peg back the off stump of Ashwell Prince (47) and then readjusting his line to wicket-keeper Mark Boucher (0) with a banana-shaped out swinger to get him caught behind by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Zaheer Khan got one to bounce awkwardly at Dale Steyn (0) ending up with three for 89 in his 30 overs. This was followed by the wicket of Morne Morkel who fell cheaply, edging a good length ball from  Sreesanth to Dhoni, reducing South Africa to 283 for 8. 

India started off patiently but Dale Steyn drew first blood by inviting an uppish drive from Virender Sehwag (13) ending in Graeme Smith's hands at mid-off ,while Rahul Dravid (5) did not last long after he survived a direct hit by substitute JP Duminy at the non-striker's end .

He was eventually dismissed - run out - as Gautam Gambhir was dropped by Alviro Petersen at gully and Dravid called for a suicidal single as AB de Villiers pounced and turned quickly to disturb the timber at the batsman's end.

Spinner Paul Harris tried to exploit the rough patches created outside the off stump of Gautam Gambhir but could not force to break through.

Kallis faced 291 balls and hit 19 fours as he batted well with the tail once Prince (47) and Boucher (0) fell and he added 52 for the tenth wicket with Tsotsobe, who was left unbeaten on eight when Kallis was caught by Mahendra Singh Dhoni off Zaheer Khan.

On the opening day, the honours were largely shared as Kallis closed unbeaten on 80 after India won the toss and chose to bowl, reducing South Africa to 232 for four.

The series is level at 1-1 after South Africa won the opener at Centurion Park before India hit back in Durban.

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