Monday, December 18, 2006

For the record: Day 3 at Wanderers

Day Three report from the Wanderers
Pace ace Shantakumaran Sreesanth bowled India closer to winning their first Test in South Africa in Johannesburg on Sunday.
Fast bowler Sreesanth took three for 47 as South Africa, who require 402 to win, reached stumps on the third day on 163 for five in their second innings.
India scored 249 in their first innings, and Sreesanth took five for 40 in South Africa's reply of 84.
The visitors were dismissed for 236 in their second innings on Sunday.
Ashwell Prince stood firm for South Africa with an unbeaten 54.
India resumed their second innings on 146 for five, and South Africa began positively by dismissing Mahendra Dhoni and Anil Kumble in the first five overs of the day's play.
Medium pacer Shaun Pollock had Dhoni caught behind by wicketkeeper Mark Boucher for 18 with a delivery that swung late before finding the edge, and Kumble miscued a drive off fast bowler Andre Nel to Ashwell Prince in the gully to be dismissed for one.
VVS Laxman and Zaheer Khan stopped the slide with a stand of 70 for the eighthwicket that was ended when fast bowler Makhaya Ntini had Laxman well caught lowdown by Graeme Smith at first slip
Laxman scored a disciplined 73 off 154 balls with 12 fours. Two balls later Ntini had Khan caught behind for 37, reducing India to 219 fornine.
Sreesanth, who scored 6 not out, and Vikram Singh, who made 11, shared abright stand of 16 for the last wicket in which Sreesanth smashed Nel for a straight six and celebrated by whirling his bat in the air repeatedly.
Pollock took three for 33, while Ntini and Nel also claimed three wickets each.
South African openers Herschelle Gibbs and Smith came out to face one over before lunch, and with the fourth ball of the over left-arm fast bowler Khan had Gibbs caught by Sachin Tendulkar at first slip.
Smith and Hashim Amla held the fort for seven overs before Smith, who scored 10, drove at a wide delivery from Sreesanth and was caught by Virender Sehwag at point.
Sreesanth struck again four overs later when he had Amla caught behind by wicketkeeper Dhoni for 17.
Kallis and Prince consolidated with a partnership of 50 that took South Africa to the fifth over after tea, when Kallis, who scored 27, steered another of Sreesanth's deliveries to Sourav Ganguly at third slip.
Prince and AB de Villiers seemed to be guiding South Africa towards stability in their stand of 36 for the fifth wicket.
But they were separated an hour before stumps when De Villiers drove a delivery from fast bowler Vikram Singh and was run out at the non-striker's end for 17 by Khan's direct hit on the stumps.
India 1st innings 249
South Africa 1st innings 84
India 2nd innings
(Overnight: 146-5)
W. Jaffer c Smith b Nel 4
V. Sehwag c Gibbs b Nel 33
R. Dravid c Boucher b Pollock 1
S. Tendulkar b Pollock 14
V. Laxman c Smith b Ntini 73
S. Ganguly c Boucher b Ntini 25
M. Dhoni c Boucher b Pollock 18
A. Kumble c Prince b Nel 1
Z. Khan c Boucher b Ntini 37
S. Sreesanth not out 6
V. Singh run out 11
Extras (b-2 lb-10 w-1) 13
Total (all out, 64.4 overs) 236
Fall of wickets: 1-20 2-37 3-41 4-61 5-119 6-147 7-148 8-218 9-219 10-236
Bowling M. Ntini 15.4 - 2 - 77 - 3 (w-1), A. Nel 19 - 4 - 58 - 3, S. Pollock 16 - 4 - 33 - 3, J. Kallis 11 - 2 - 30 - 0, G. Smith 3 - 0 - 26 - 0
South Africa 2nd innings (Target: 402 runs)
H. Gibbs c Tendulkar b Khan 0
G. Smith c Sehwag b Sreesanth 10
H. Amla c Dhoni b Sreesanth 17
J. Kallis c Ganguly b Sreesanth 27
A. Prince not out 54
A. de Villiers run out 17
M. Boucher not out 23
Extras (lb-3 nb-12) 15
Total (for 5 wickets, 58 overs) 163
Fall of wickets: 1-0 2-22 3-34 4-84 5-120
To bat: S. Pollock, A. Nel, M. Ntini, D. Steyn
Bowling Z. Khan 17 - 4 - 44 - 1, S. Sreesanth 17 - 6 - 47 - 3 (nb-2), V. Singh 12 - 3 - 27 - 0 (nb-4), S. Ganguly 1 - 0 - 11 - 0 (nb-2), A. Kumble 11 - 2 - 31 - 0

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