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Lopsy topples Tendulkar

2010-12-26 13:39
Lonwabe Tsostobe (Gallo Images)
Durban - Lonwabo Tsotsobe struck in the over after lunch to reduce India to 79 for three on the first day of the second Test against South Africa at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Sunday.

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Tendulkar edged an away-swinger from Lonwabo Tsotsobe to Jacques Kallis at second slip on 13, giving the Proteas a valuable wicket straight after the interval at Kingsmead.

Rahul Dravid was 18 not out with new batsman VVS Laxman 0 not out as India battled on a green wicket under overcast skies in Durban.

Earlier, Dale Steyn struck in quick succession to remove openers Virender Sehwag for 25 and Murali Vijay for 19 and have India 74-2 at lunch after the home team won the toss and opted to bowl first. Steyn took 2-19 off eight overs in the first session.

Sehwag and Vijay combined for a brisk, 43-run opening partnership in just over 10 overs before Sehwag was also caught by Kallis at second slip trying to drive a full delivery from Steyn.

Vijay, who replaced injured opening batsman Gautam Gambhir in the India team, then fell 13 balls later when he edged to wicketkeeper Mark Boucher for India to slip to 48-2 in the 13th over.

Tendulkar and Dravid guided India safely to lunch, with Tendulkar cutting two fours over the slips off Morne Morkel and then hooking the lanky fast bowler through fine leg for a third boundary.

Dravid was unbeaten on 14 as India still scored at a steady rate in the match's opening session despite conditions favouring the bowlers.

Five balls after lunch, however, Tendulkar fell to Tsotsobe without adding to his score. The ball was angled across Tendulkar and his edge flew to Kallis, who held on to his second catch.

South Africa had hoped to dominate the first day after winning the toss on a pitch in Durban that offered pace, bounce and swing for its fast bowlers. However, Morkel and Tsotsobe struggled to support Steyn before lunch, with Sehwag hitting four fours in his 25 off 32 balls.

Vijay, who was dropped twice off difficult chances in the slips, hit two fours.

Play was delayed for an hour after light early morning drizzle in the east coast city.

The home team leads 1-0 in the three-match series after winning by an innings and 25 runs at Centurion in the first Test.

India made three changes to its team from Centurion, with Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara and experienced fast bowler Zaheer Khan coming in for Gambhir, Suresh Raina and Jaidev Unadkat.

South Africa retained the same team, with Hashim Amla playing his 50th test at his home ground.


South Africa - Graeme Smith (capt), Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Ashwell Prince, Mark Boucher (wk), Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Dale Steyn, Paul Harris, Morne Morkel.

India - Murali Vijay, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Vangipurappu Laxman, Cheteshwar Pujara, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt, wk), Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Shanthakumaran 

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