India inch closer to victory

2010-02-18 11:07

Kolkata -  South Africa were in freefall on 269 for nine on the final day of the second Test against India at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday.

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Earlier India were two wickets away from winning the second and final cricket Test against South Africa on Thursday despite another unbeaten century from Hashim Amla.

The in-form Amla made 106 not out as the Proteas, trailing by 347 runs on the first innings, were tottering at 250-7 in their second knock at tea on the fifth day at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

The 26-year-old from Durban, who made an unbeaten 253 in the first Test and 114 in the first innings of this match, has so far hit 14 boundaries.

Wayne Parnell (22 not out) helped Amla add 70 for the unbroken eighth wicket, but the South Africans still trail by 97 runs with three wickets in hand.

India, who lost the first Test in Nagpur by an innings and six runs, have a minimum of 34 overs to force a series-levelling win and retain their number one Test ranking.

The second-ranked South Africa will take over from India if the match ends in a draw, giving the Proteas a 1-0 series win.

The overnight pair of Amla and Ashwell Price put on 47 for the fourth wicket, before Harbhajan Singh broke through two hours after the start under bright sunshine.

The off-spinner beat Prince in the air and the miscued drive lobbed to Ishant Sharma at mid-off.

Left-handed Prince made 23 after scores of zero and one in the previous two innings of the series.

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who left the field briefly for treatment on a sore right shoulder, returned to trap AB de Villiers leg-before for three with a googly just before lunch.

South Africa, who went to lunch at 164-5, slipped to 180-7 as Harbhajan claimed both Jean-Paul Duminy and Dale Steyn leg-before soon after play resumed.

Harbhajan went to tea with 4-48 and Mishra had 3-70.

India were handicapped by the absence of pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, who suffered a knee injury on the fourth day.

Zaheer will not feature in the one-day series against the Proteas that follows the Tests, the Indian cricket board said in a statement.

South African captain Graeme Smith will also miss the one-dayers due to a fractured finger and all-rounder Jacques Kallis will lead the tourists in his absence, the team management said.

The internationals will be played in Jaipur (Feb 21), Gwalior (Feb 24) and Ahmedabad (Feb 27).


  • Protea - 2010-02-18 08:17

    Byt Vas Manne!!!

  • Matibe Makola - 2010-02-18 08:24

    Me think Prince and JP are becoming more of liabilities to the team like Mckenzie a year or so ago. It's time to bring in fresh talent

  • Standing at Point - 2010-02-18 08:26

    Amla for captain, leads by example , is focused and discilined, unlike well i wont waste my breath.

  • karl - 2010-02-18 08:27


  • REGGIE - 2010-02-18 08:31


  • valentino - 2010-02-18 08:33

    Amla for Protea captain!!!! Cheers Prince and JP, welcome Alviro!!!

  • Steve - 2010-02-18 08:34

    JP, we need a "Melbourne" from you, C'on! Keep going Hash!

  • avi8r - 2010-02-18 08:34

    Why Smith & Prince are relentlessly selected defies reason!

  • THE MAN - 2010-02-18 08:41

    no rain predicted today hahahaha tough luck getns, with merkel,steyn,parnell and harris to come you would have had a better chance winning the powerball 91 million this past week than seeing these 4 useless mamparas batting through 4 a draw. as i switch on my television in my office and get ready to have my breakfast i say to myself hopefully these guys are still batting by the time i finish my bacon and eggs hahahaha

  • Bill - 2010-02-18 08:48

    We are the only side in world cricket who's tail starts at 5. Time for personal change - guys making plenty of runs domestically.

  • Just Cricket - 2010-02-18 08:50

    And Duminy FAILS again. How long are we going to put up with this useless little batter? Only two 50's in his last 18 innings, made single figure scores in 8 of his last 9 innings. It's been 10 innings since he scored a 50. His average has dropped from 108 to <27.5 now. Is he there for a joyride or what!!!!! All over by the shout now. How sad. But a drawn series is also a good reward at the end of teh day.

  • Gerrry - 2010-02-18 08:51

    Ahhhh, I'm salivating at the thought of the plate of HOT INDIAN HIDING CURRY being served right now to the overpaid, overfed, over-praised Proteas!!! mmmmmmmmm yummy!

  • elgee - 2010-02-18 08:55

    @ the man. who is merkel? show this mampara, the man, how we as South Africans can stand tall as survivors.

  • 360Deg - 2010-02-18 09:04

    GO Hashim, Com'on guy's u can do it!! Cometh the man...not the one on this forum, his a sore person that is living in the past. As for the little Indians they can only play on the sub-continent they are scared to come play in SA as there would be curry stains in their little pink undies . Harris what is the man still doing in the side send him back to Zim, Boff's pick I'll bet, he's to scared to give Botha a shot as his captaincy would be under pressure too. I hope the next coach has some balls to sack that little wanker as captain, maybe even open with Gibbs and petersen and give him a complete break. The side is better balance without boucher.

  • Poodle - 2010-02-18 09:05

    Time for Prince and Duminy to go now. They've had more than enough chances... and they surely must have known that this would be their last chance? But still, a drawn series in India is still a good achievement!! And I may be clutching at straws here... but maybe Parnell can really bat??? Time to find out...

  • Raggy - 2010-02-18 09:23

    From cricinfo: Rajesh: "series between top two test nations, one would have expected two drawn test matches or two very closely fought test matches irrespective of the result. Instead what you have is an innings win replied by another innings win...does it mean both are extremely inconsistent..implying a fragile stay at the top?"

  • Jacques - 2010-02-18 09:23

    Smith, Kallis, De Villiers - the so called experienced and big names in the team ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS fail when it counts and it makes me @#$% sick. A bunch of @#$% chokers and no one can argue with that. Have they every stepped up when it counted? NO !!! They can learn from Amla, by far and truly the best batsman in the team. Go Amla and Steyn!!!

  • Jim - 2010-02-18 09:27

    Does not mean because the guy can bat he can captain....leave Amla doing what he can do...extra pressure and watch him crumble.....there is only one captain...Ricky Ponting...he can play, and he can captain. So maybe we should look at Jaques Kallis....or Johan Botha...just look at what he did in Aus.

  • D - 2010-02-18 09:28

    ....and AB wants to be the best in the world, I bet the likes of Ponting would have batted out the day...AB...AB....AB....Just casue you think you great do not run your mouth off if you cant back it up with the results. 16 balls is all you could last when we are under the hammer.....AB...AB...AB, just carry on being pulled by the team and shut up

  • Arthur Symington Smythe - 2010-02-18 09:34

    The arrogance of Tendulkar and Dhoni makes Ponting look humble

  • Dingaan - 2010-02-18 09:35

    It is time for Julius M to get involved in the Protea side. Not enough players of colour.

  • sjc - 2010-02-18 09:38

    Maybe move Prise-less & Not-many down to 10 and 11 position . Prince can be in the side as a specialist fielder and Dumminy as a specialist spinner that only comes on once the opposing side gets to 320 runs.

  • @360Deg - 2010-02-18 09:40

    Do you mean panty Steyn for Captain? eh duh

  • Mundo - 2010-02-18 09:40

    Where is Faizul Hosein.. He had a big mouth yesterday and even dared me to bet??? You owe me Faizul you pizza pie mouth... I hate to say it but I am gon say it again, Harbajie will clean up the innings... Come on harbajie, finish them.. Chokers....

  • bompie - 2010-02-18 09:40

    AB fails again!! why no outcry? Double standards perhaps???

  • ELSA - 2010-02-18 09:45


  • Stephen - 2010-02-18 09:52

    I noticed a pattern with these moronic comments by these trolls. a) They post some comment about the Proteas or a player but is entirely not based on fact at all. b) When the Proteas win they invent some excuse to ridicule the result. But let any Protea supporter give an excuse if the Proteas lose he gets shouted down. ONCE AGAIN INDIA WONT WIN THE SERIES AND WILL LOSE RANKING POINTS AND THEY HAVE ONLY WON ONE MATCH IN SOUTH AFRICA EVER

  • Ingo - 2010-02-18 09:57

    @ The Man..... hey, you are b(l)ack... uppps... Listen, would you be so kind and tell me who "merkel" is? I know there is a Kanzler in Germany, her name is "merkel"... Angela Merkel... Do you know where Germany is? I didn't know that she is playing for SA... mhhh... what else do you have to tell us? Come on, this can't be all.... are you really working? I mean, do you really have a job? you are talking about an office...doesn't matter.... Go Proteas... you are the No1!!!

  • @Arthur Symington Smythe - 2010-02-18 09:58

    Please tell me how you perceive Tendulkar(in particular) and Dhoni to be arrogant.

  • optimist - 2010-02-18 09:58

    Sous Efrica can still win this!................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................he he he he he or my name is not Optimist, wahahaha aha aha aha aha. Where's the big mouth pale face's comments today, loooosers!

  • To the Point @ The Man - 2010-02-18 10:02

    Hey the man. I heard your mommy calling. She says it is time for your purity and a dry nappy. Man you are childish and cynical, whatever you are, a teenager, young adult, a girl, a boy, really employed by the government wasting tax payers money by sitting on the internet or maybe you are trying to copy old Malema who thrives in irritating people throught the news media in person and you are hyding behind a pseudonym on the Internet seeking to achieve his purposes this way,whatever - grow up! As far as our team is concerned, Amla is brilliant and deserves to be in the team for years to come. As far as the other guys, India outplayed us in the 2nd test. It is a pity there are not five tests so that the end result can be more emphatic.

  • Auzzie ECC@360Deg - 2010-02-18 10:03

    My man you know and I agree on things said before and you hitting it so right on nailhead its unbelievable mate.Hare-is(50-182-1)PATHETIC!!! if you ask me...its time to send this ZIM-wanker back to where his embrio have been made.Only Northerns will know why they gave the r*##&!*h a contract to start with.Biffs time as capt in the hourglass has ran out profusely like an injured drunkards blood...he know it so well, but still to shit scared to let go of his apartheid-thinking past.The fall from grace is too big...his mother must be racking up the cellphone bills in a frantic efford to get him a county contract in england now(the auzzies will vomit to have him in their ranks).Don't you get it tannie your brat-son is done and dusted! and since you so close to the ocean just hire a little boat for you and your son, sail of to the edge/horizon of the sea and fall of...we won't miss you at all! For all those who want to see ashwell and duminy go, CSA has been mandated with an agenda to make this team a democratic represented get use to it and if you don't like it either get lost or even better ask biffs mother to help you get a little boat know the drill do you? yeah ...fall of.Boucher ask CSA to relieve you of your contract now before you're pushed to do so...that back is there to stay...ask the old toppies they'll tell you exactly what to do.

  • optimist - 2010-02-18 10:04

    @arthur sumthings bum. Pale faces far more arrogant than INDIAN players.Dont pick on our heroes bum.

  • Token - 2010-02-18 10:06

    Dear World, Never again will I support a team that includes Prince and Duminy NEVER. Whether 1 day, 5 day, 20/20, club level, provincial, country.

  • @ Jim: Paul Whyting - 2010-02-18 10:08

    @ Jim: Dude Amla was captain o fthe dolphins, he defn has it in him to captain teh side one day. now i'm not anti-smith, i think he does a great job as cptain, but he been screwing up too much lately

  • Etienne - 2010-02-18 10:09

    @elsa - just shut the f up and go back to the kitchen

  • Whatever - 2010-02-18 10:11

    I think "THE MAN" probably works at Mugg and Bean. Don't be fooled into thinking that he actually has a hardcore job. Can I please have a refill?

  • Sabhi Cele - 2010-02-18 10:12

    Hhayi yadli iNtshebe. I think we need to come up with a positive thoughts in our squad. Prince and my favourite Dumminy& AB did not come to party in India. Maybe we need to drop Prince and JP just to give them a wake up call. To insult them I don't think its good. People have a bad and good days. People stop insulting our heroes. Lonwabo hang on there brother a chance will come one day just like Hashim he was waiting and waiting and he got his chance. Check what he doing now.

  • english rose - 2010-02-18 10:14

    this is when you saffas wish you had a paul collingwood in your team, to just stand in and block hey??? how you guys criticised him for those tactics now you find your self in your own grave trying to dig out for survival LOL funny stuff. Can your bowlers go on to bat for another 3 hours something tells me nope.

  • beedee0 - 2010-02-18 10:15

    I wonder if Smith's contract states that he is allowed to perform well, and bat that is, for 1 game out of 10. Cause if it was anyone else they would have been replaced. This guy can definitely be replaced. He is just a mouth of hot air. Especially when it is the 1 good game. And then he says no the middle order collapsed. Why when he bats as crap as he does most of the time the it is the whole team. I think Cricket SA should be called Cricket SSA that is Cricket Smith SA.

  • hash08 - 2010-02-18 10:16

    Our top order lacks consistecy.Smith's got way too much power.To score over 450 runs on Indian soil,is one helleva achievement.Not even the so called irreplacebles(kallis,smith,ab)could do that.Excellent batting Amla.

  • Zee - 2010-02-18 10:17

    Come on Amla - what a king! Smith, JP, Ashwell, AB - wtf is going boys?? Never there when we really need them.

  • Obvious - 2010-02-18 10:18

    This is incredible batting by Amla. He's close to 500 runs in his last 3 knocks, not to mention centuries vs England. This kid in not making mistakes at the moment

  • RLS - 2010-02-18 10:19

    Let's see if Keppler has what it takes to get rid of Smith! We cannot afford to take tourists around representing our Country! His heart is only on the speeches at the end of every game and the story always the same ....... we have to learn from our mistakes!!! How much longer is he going to be learning?

  • D Man - 2010-02-18 10:21

    Make Amla Captain!! At least he can string runs together, unlike "I'm So Great" Smith. Consistancy is the way to win, not being a smart@ss, Smithy

  • Sox - 2010-02-18 10:26

    Viva Amla! change is good is time we change our captain, anyway India can remain no 1 for now we dont care after all cricket is like their no1 national sport.

  • Syd - 2010-02-18 10:26

    A drunk Herschelle Gibbs is 10 times better that Prince and JP Duminy combined....All hail King Amla.......

  • jerome - 2010-02-18 10:31

    Go INDIA, It is so simple just drop that Bubble head smith he is clearly to big for his tekkies, he still needs to drink his mommies bottle and have his nappies changed.

  • Discworld. - 2010-02-18 10:31

    No one would be chewing their nails now if Dummy had held onto his catches. Someone teach him to was his hands properly after playing with butter.

  • Siyolo - 2010-02-18 10:33

    the whole team must grow Amla beards then we will win all the matches