Saturday, January 06, 2007

Indian batsmen commit suicide in Cape Town

From Cape Town
Fast bowler Dale Steyn took four wickets to revive SouthAfrica's chances of winning the third Test against India yesterday.
South Africa, who need 211 to win and clinch the series, were 55 for two in theirsecond innings at close of play on the fourth day in Cape Town.Steyn took fourfor 30 to help dismiss India for 169 in their second innings.India lost their last three wickets for four runs.
However, umpire Asad Rauf allowed Steyn a seventh delivery in the over, which number 11 Munaf Patel chipped to ShaunPollock at mid-on for nought.The umpires were embroiled in an earlier controversy when fourth umpire Murray Brown prevented Sachin Tendulkar fromgoing out to bat at the fall of the second wicket.
Tendulkar spent 18 minutes off the field on Thursday, which meant he was not allowed to bat until the sameamount of time had elapsed in Friday's play. The second wicket fell in the 13th minute. Another eight minutes passed before Saurav Ganguly arrived at thecrease, five longer than he is allowed to avoid being timed out on appeal by the fielding side.
Umpire Daryl Harper informed South African captain Graeme Smith of Tendulkar's situation, and the home side did not appeal for Ganguly'sdismissal. Harper told reporters that the umpires would not have entertained an appeal for timed out because they had erred by not informing Tendulkar of his18-minute restriction.
India began their second innings at the start of Friday's play, and slipped to six for two in the third over after strikes by fast bowlers Steyn and Makhaya Ntini.
Steyn had a driving Virender Sehwag caught behind bywicketkeeper Mark Boucher for four before Wasim Jaffer (two) gloved a short delivery from Ntini to AB de Villiers at second slip.
Rahul Dravid and Ganguly (46) stabilised the innings with a stand of 84 that lasted until the seventhover after lunch, when Ganguly steered a delivery from fast bowler Jacques Kallis to Herschelle Gibbs in the gully.
Dravid scored 47 before falling to areturn catch by debutant left-arm spinner Paul Harris and VVS Laxman was run outfor one by Pollock's throw from deep square leg.
Medium pacer Pollock struckagain with the last ball before tea when he trapped Tendulkar in front for 14.Dinesh Karthik and Anil Kumble stood firm for eight overs before Kumble (six) fended a short delivery from Steyn to Gibbs in the gully.
Zaheer Khan was runout for one by De Villiers' throw from the covers to Boucher with the first ballof what became the final over of the innings. Steyn ended the innings havingShanta Sreesanth caught by Kallis at second slip and inducing Patel's limp drivewith consecutive deliveries.
Karthik hit six fours in his defiant 38 not out.Left-arm fast bowler Khan struck the first blow for India in South Africa's second innings when he had De Villiers caught behind by wicketkeeper Karthik for 22.
Leg-spinner Kumble trapped Hashim Amla in front for 10 with the last ball ofplay, leaving Smith alone at the crease on 21 not out.
India 1st innings 414
South Africa 1st innings 373
India 2nd innings:
W.Jaffer c AB de Villiers b Ntini 2
V. Sehwag c Boucher b Steyn 4
R. Dravid c&b Harris 47
S. Ganguly c Gibbs b Kallis 46
S. Tendulkar lbw b Pollock 14
V. Laxman run out 1
D. Karthik not out 38
A. Kumble c Gibbs b Steyn 6
Z. Khan run out 1
S. Sreesanth c Kallis b Steyn 4
M. Patel c Pollock b Steyn 0
Extras: (lb-5, nb-1) 6
Total: (all out, 64 overs) 169
Fall of wickets: 1-6,2-6, 3-90, 4-114, 5-115, 6-121, 7-147, 8-165, 9-169, 10-169
Bowling: Ntini 8-1-29-1, Steyn 7-0 -30-4, Pollock 15-5-24-1, Harris 22-6-50-1, Kallis 12-0-31-1
South Africa 2nd innings:
A. de Villiers c Karthik b Khan 22
G. Smith not out 21
H. Amla lbw b Kumble 10
Extras: (b-1, nb-1) 2
Total: (for 2 wickets, in16.2 overs) 55
Fall of wickets: 1-36, 2-55.
Bowling: Zaheer 8-1-24-1, Sreesanth 4-0-16-0, Kumble 4.2-1-14-1.

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