India in SA

Proteas face Durban defeat

2010-12-29 12:10
Jacques Kallis (File)
Durban - India closed in on a series-levelling victory when they claimed four South African wickets on the fourth morning of the second Test at Kingsmead on Wednesday.

South Africa were 182 for seven at lunch, a distant 121 runs short of their target of 303.

Ashwell Prince, South Africa's last remaining specialist batsman, was unbeaten on 28.

Sree Sreesanth struck the first, crucial blow of the day when he produced a vicious bouncer that star batsman Jacques Kallis could only fend off his glove to Virender Sehwag at gully.

Kallis was out for 17 after he and AB de Villiers had added 12 runs in half an hour to the overnight total of 111 for three.

It was Sreesanth's third wicket of the innings and came during a fine spell of one for seven in five overs from the start of play.

South Africa's hopes were effectively snuffed out by two debatable leg before wicket decisions in the space of three overs.

De Villiers, who had looked solid in making 33, was struck on the pad when he pushed forward to off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.

He appeared dismayed when he was given out by umpire Asad Rauf and replays suggested the ball would have gone over the top of the stumps by several centimetres.

No decision review system is in place for the series because of an Indian veto and De Villiers could not challenge Rauf's ruling.

Sixteen balls later, left-arm fast bowler Zaheer Khan won a decision from umpire Steve Davis to dismiss Mark Boucher although replays showed the ball would have missed the off stump.

Dale Steyn hit the first two boundaries of the day before he edged Khan to gully after making 10.

South Africa lead the three-match series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Centurion by an innings and 25 runs.

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