It is not over yet for India…

After the powerful performance of South African batting line up, Indians were hoping to get a good start from their openers  Sehwag and Ghambir. Both didn’t disappoint their fans by sharing an opening stand of 137 runs….After the powerful performance of South African batting line up, Indians were hoping to get a good start from their openers  Sehwag and Ghambir. Both didn’t disappoint their fans by sharing an opening stand of 137 runs.

South Africa started the day, with Amla and Kallis on crease with a partnership of 200 runs between them. Amla started briskly showing Africans intentions right  from start. He scored 24 runs from 19 balls he faced before getting out to Sharma.

The wicket of Amla proved to be destructive for India as De Villiers joined Kallis and played a ODI innings, he scored 7 fours and a six to get to his half century only in 42 balls. But that hitting didn’t satisfied his appetite and from next  33 balls he managed to gather 50 more runs to score his century from only 75 balls, the fastest century by any South African in Tests. He got to his century by launching two consecutive deliveries from Raina over the boundary rope for sixes.

By lunch South Africa had managed to gather 225 runs in the first session mainly due to De Villiers briskly knock. Meanwhile, Kallis scored his 150 and both took team’s score to 591-3 leading by 455.

In the next session, Kallis managed to add another feather to his cap by scoring his first double century. No doubt he had to wait a lot to get there, it took 142 tests for him to reach to the milestone. Soon after that De Villiers lost his wicket to Sharma and Smith declared the innings with a mammoth lead of 484.

In their reply, Indian openers started solidly, Ghambir and Sehwag putting up a show for Indian fans,  scoring at nearly 6 runs per over. Before tea, India managed to get 92 runs in only 17 overs, Sehwag got his half century in 50 balls.

In the last session, Smith changed his tactics, he spread the field to stop the flow of runs in which he succeeded too. Meanwhile Peterson dropped two catches of Ghambir giving him all important not one but two lives.

After tea, run flow had been controlled by bowlers due to which Sehwag lost his patience throwing his wicket away to Harris. He scored  63 runs and India was 137-1 still trailing by 347 runs.

Steyn bowled a straight delivery that didn’t bounced much and got rid of dangerous looking Ghambir, who scored 80 runs. After his wicket, India sent batting leach Sharma as night watchman, who along with Dravid remained there till the end.

When bad light stopped play, India was 190-2 still needing  294 runs to survive an innings defeat.

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