India are back in the series with a bang
They came, they saw and they conquered India in Nagpur to get back to the driver’s seat. But Eden was different. Having a debutant and a out of form player on the top to guard the No.1 spot and ICC Mace gave in a start for the Visitors.
But, Zaheer didn’t allow to settle to openers as he struck timber of Graeme Smith once again in the same fashion he did in Nagpur. With Hashim Amla coming back after a double ton, it looked so that he is continuing were he left last night.
While Amla continuing his class work, in the other end was Alviro Peterson, the debutant who bloomed into the first class team then directly to the South African team.
India were unable to restrict both of the batsman. Amla scored his runs, flicked, cut as usual. He carried his way to another spectacular century. Even though there were quite enough appeals, he did not lose patience. On the other end, the newbie was untouched by the bowling of the Indians. He milked runs with ease.
He had great confidence as he did not get scared to the turning ball. He became the 3rd South African after Jacques Rudolph and Andrew Hudson to score a century on his debut. But, for India’s fortune Zaheer struck a beauty after a 209 run partnership as Petersen edged the out swinging ball.
South Africa paused their inning after scoring 228 for the loss of 2 wickets. Hashim Amla was unbeaten on 114 and Jacques Kallis yet to open his account.
The match drastically turned in the last session after tea. What would a top team do to retain their No.1 Spot? They will just wait for every opportunity and grab it with both hands. The Indians did so in the last session.
Just the 4th ball after tea, Hashim Amla was sent back to the hut by Zaheer Khan for 114. This started the end of South African Inning.
Harbhajan started striking bowling beauties. Where did he hide these deliveries in the first match? Superb performance as Bhajji and Zak led the Indian team from the front which was lacking in the first test.
Kallis was struck by a top spinner from Harbhajan which was indeed superbly caught by VVS Laxman at first slip. His dream run ended for only 10 runs.
Harbhajan in his next over got two beauties. First Ashwell Prince for 1 and then JP Duminy for a duck. Both of them were struck LBW in the same fashion as the umpire raised his finger.
From 228-2, The Proteas fell to 253-6 in a short period of time. To add to this in the next over, AB De Villiers, the only recognized batsman left was run out in a disastrous mix up with Dale Steyn.
Soon, wicket less bowlers of the series, Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra got something to smile at in the end of the day as they picked up Paul Harris and Dale Steyn.
From 218-2, the visitors fell and lost 7 wickets to 266-9. All regards goes to Harbhajan. India desperately in to win this test match.