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Sreesanth strikes again as India move towards victory


First innings destroyer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth struck three crucial blows as India moved inexorably towards an historic win on the third day of the first Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium Sunday.

Set to make 402 to win, South Africa were 163 for five at the close of play.

Sreesanth, who took five for 40 when the host nation were bowled out for 84 in the first innings, took three for 47 to put his team well on the way to their first Test win in three tours of South Africa.

Ashwell Prince made a carefully-crafted 54 not out to lead South Africa’s otherwise unconvincing resistance. He was the only home batsman to top 30 in either innings.

South Africa’s top three in the order failed for the second time in the match after India were bowled out for 236 in their second innings. They made a collective 32 runs over two innings.

An improbable quest to become only the fourth team to score more than 400 to win in the final innings of a Test got off to a disastrous start when Herschelle Gibbs was out for nought in the only over South Africa had to face before lunch.

Gibbs was caught at first slip off Zaheer Khan, completing a “pair” for the match.

Then it was Sreesanth’s turn as he took the wickets of captain Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis as India chipped away at the South African batting during the afternoon.

The other wicket to fall was that of AB de Villiers, who was needlessly run out when he called for a risky single and was beaten by a direct hit from mid-on by Zaheer Khan.

Sreesanth, who lists breakdancing as a hobby, was the day’s outstanding personality, providing a moment of comic drama towards the end of India’s innings.

After Andre Nel advanced threateningly down the pitch after a bouncer, Sreesanth hammered the next ball for a straight six and ran down the pitch twirling his bat to taunt the South African fast bowler.

His action made him a target for the spectators and he seemed to delight in playing up to them between overs when he fielded on the fine leg or third man boundary.

He appealed passionately for a catch behind the wicket when Prince was on 40 but ran up to the batsman to shake his hand when he reached 50.

He also bowled superbly, as he had in the first innings, keeping the ball up to the bat and taking advantage of swing and seam movement on a pitch which played easier than on the first two days.

Sreesanth had the out-of-form Graeme Smith caught at backward point for 10 when the South African captain chased a wide delivery. He followed up by having Hashim Amla caught behind for 17.

Kallis and Prince put on 50 for the fourth wicket before Sreesanth struck again after tea, inducing Kallis to drive at an out-swinger and edge a catch to third slip.

Prince batted for 218 minutes, faced 148 balls and hit five fours. He gave a half chance on 22 when a mistimed pull off Khan fell just out of reach of Wasim Jaffer at midwicket.

Earlier VVS Laxman and Khan ensured South Africa would have to chase a daunting target when they put on 70 for the eighth wicket to provide the bulk of the 90 runs that India added for the loss of their remaining five wickets on Sunday.

Laxman made a watchful, polished 73 off 134 balls with 12 fours, while Khan provided enterprising support in hitting 37 off 80 deliveries.


India won toss

India 1st Inns 249

South Africa 1st Inns 84

India 2nd Inns (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 R Tendulkar b Pollock 14

V V S Laxman c Smith b Ntini 73

S C Ganguly c Boucher b Ntini 25

†M S Dhoni c Boucher b Pollock 18

A Kumble c Prince b Nel 1

Zaheer Khan c Boucher b Ntini 37

S Sreesanth not out 6

V R V Singh run out (sub - Makalima) 11

Extras (b2, lb10, w1) 13

Total (all out, 64.4 overs) 236

Fall: 1-20, 2-37, 3-41, 4-61, 5-119, 6-147, 7-148, 8-218, 9-219

Bowling: Ntini 15.4-2-77-3 (1w), Nel 19-4-58-3, Pollock 16-4-33-3, Kallis 11-2-30-0, Smith 3-0-26-0

South Africa 2nd Inns

H H Gibbs c Tendulkar b Zaheer Khan 0

*G C Smith c Sehwag b Sreesanth 10

H M Amla c Dhoni b Sreesanth 17

J H Kallis c Ganguly b Sreesanth 27

A G Prince not out 54

A B de Villiers run out (Zaheer Khan) 17

†M V Boucher not out 23

Extras (lb3, nb12) 15

Total (5 wkts, 58 overs) 163

Fall: 1-0, 2-22, 3-34, 4-84, 5-120

Bowling: Zaheer Khan 17-4-44-1, Sreesanth 17-6-47-3 (2nb), Singh 12-3-27-0 (8nb), Ganguly 1-0-11-0 (2nb), Kumble 11-2-31-0

Umpires: M Benson (England) and D Harper (Australia).

TV umpire: K Hurter (South Africa).

Match referee: R Mahanama (Sri Lanka)
Source:The News

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