Ravindra Jadeja led India's charge on the field with four wickets while Jacques Kallis held fort from the other end and brought up his 59th Test fifty. Catch South Africa vs India, Day 3 highlights: (Scorecard | Commentary | Final Report)
20.51 (IST): Ravindra Jadeja: I am very happy to have taken four wickets, it was a good effort. I was trying to bowl on the footmarks and trying to get the ball to turn. The wicket is getting slower. During the 1st Test when I was not playing, I was practicing with the red ball to get used to it.
20.30 (IST): AB de Villiers, on his knock: AB de Villiers: I was quite happy with my knock. It felt really really good. Unfortunately, got a good one from Jadeja
On playing alongside Kallis: Have lot of fond memories with Kallis. Scored my 1st ton with him. He got his double ton with me. I don't think I'd have been here without Kallis' support and advice.
On Kallis' knock so far: Kallis is one of those right-handers who makes a cover drive look elegant.
On the game at hand: It's a matter of working hard for every run tomorrow and getting a nice lead
20.20 (IST): Day 3 Wrap
- South African openers failed to capitalise on the start from the final session of Day 2.
- Ravindra Jadeja struck early to get rid of Graeme Smith
- Mohammed Shami castled Hashim Amla.
- Jacques Kallis walked out to a guard of honour.
- Kallis and AB de Villiers steadied South Africa's ship, by adding 127 runs for the fourth wicket.
- Jadeja was the chief tormentor for the hosts as he broke the vital partnership, sending De Villiers back for 74.
- Kallis marched on and looking solid at that. He and Duminy began to build another partnership before Jadeja struck for the fourth time in the innings.
- Kallis was 22 runs short of his 45th Test ton, with Dale Steyn for company, when rain forced the teams to go off the field. As it refused to die down, early stumps were called on Day 3, leaving South Africa on 299 for 5, trailing India by 35 runs.
20.16 (IST): Its early stumps! The news coming in is that there won't be anymore play today. Its a bit unfortunate as the game was heading into an interesting phase. South Africa will remain on 299 for five, with Kallis unbeaten on 78.
19.32 (IST): Oh dear! Rain has now forced the players off the field after an interesting passage of play in the post-tea session. Kallis began the session with a couple of boundaries and looked solid. Duminy too, scored a four, to ease a bit of nerves. But, it was Ravindra Jadeja who once again proved to be the go-to man for Dhoni. He came in and got rid of Duminy who wasn't looking a bit tentative, specially against spin, from the start of his innings. He departed for 28.Kallis moved into the 70s and had Dale Steyn for company. At 299-5, rain interrupted play and forced the teams off the field, with Kallis unbeaten on 78.
19.25 (IST): Ravindra Jadeja has his fourth wicket! What an asset he is turning out to be for MS Dhoni. Dhoni persists with Jadeja in search of the fifth wicket and gets it. Duminy went on his back foot but failed to judge the speed of a ball and was rapped on the pads in line. Simple decision for the umpire. SA 298-5.
19.07 (IST): Jadeja almost strikes! Kallis plays the ball on the front foot and it almost carries to Shikhar Dhawan at silly point.
18.38 (IST): Boundaries are coming easily here. In a bid to get the ball to swing back into the JP Duminy and force a leg before chance, Ishant strayed a bit too down the leg side, allowing the left-hander to flick it to the square leg fence.
18.36 (IST): Kallis starts off with a boundary in the first over after tea. The deficit is now down to 59. SA 275-4.
18.32 (IST): The players out for the final session.
18.25 (IST): Kallis has been rock-solid on the field and has re-united with his long-time girlfriend Shamone Jardim
18.13 (IST): That's tea! The second session has belonged to the visitors. Kallis and De Villiers denied the Indian bowlers for a long time before it was Ravindra Jadeja who yet again provided the breakthrough. Kallis got his 59th Test fifty and marched on till the end of the session. SA reach 267 for 4, only 67 runs behind India's total.
18.06 (IST): Rohit Sharma bowls round the wicket but does not trouble Kallis one bit. Duminy, on the other hand, is watchful as the ball is angled into him and spins away. SA 265-4.
18.03 (IST): Jadeja continues as Dhoni and Virat Kohli from behind the stumps encourage him on. Spin is operating from both ends at the moment. A good over from Jadeja is spoilt by a length delivery in the end which is cut through the off-side. SA 264-4.
18.01 (IST): With every passing run, Kallis is looking more and more comfortable. Dhoni brings in Rohit Sharma into the attack and has two slips for left-handed JP Duminy. SA 259-4.
17.42 (IST): Jadeja has two slips, a silly point and a short mid-off fielder. Kallis calmly defends the entire over. SA 251-4.
17.29 (IST): 59th fifty for Kallis! What a legend! In what could be his last appearance for South Africa with the bat, he has looked compact and solid like always. A big hundred could be on its way.
17.25 (IST): AB de Villiers is gone! What breakthrough just six overs before second new ball. Jadeja is the man with the ball again. He gets De Villiers to reach out for a length delivery and the outside edge carried to Virat Kohli at first slip. De Villiers scored 74. SA 240-4.
17.06 (IST): Kallis smacks an over-pitched delivery from Ishant to the boundary to move closer to his half-century.
17.03 (IST): Jacques Kallis's last Test 50 came way back in February against Pakistan at Johannesburg.
16.57 (IST): Run out chance missed! A few calls of 'yes and no' between Kallis and AB de Villiers presented bowler Zaheer Khan with a chance to run De Villiers out on his follow through. But his throw at the non-striker's end is not accurate as the batsmen dives in. Missed opportunity for the visitors.
16.54 (IST): Jadeja continues to bowl wicket-to-wicket, much to the delight of his skipper behind the stumps who encourages him after every delivery. SA 223-3.
16.52 (IST): Ravindra Jadeja is into the attack and De Villiers uses his feet straight away to drive the ball to long off. This pair need to negotiate Jadeja for the next 12-13 overs before the new ball is taken.
16.51 (IST): FACTOID: Ishant Sharma is one away from 150 Test wickets.
16.42 (IST): Ishant Sharma comes into the attack. De Villiers collects a boundary and four more runs from the over.
16.40 (IST): 100-run stand for the fourth wicket between Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers comes up. SA 213-3
16.31 (IST): Back-to-back boundaries for Kallis! The big South African punishes Zaheer for erring in line and length and slamming two boundaries through the off-side.
16.25 (IST): South Africa have started the post-lunch session with a lot of positive intent. De Villiers has scored a couple of boundaries to bring up his 34th Test fifty and SA have gone past the 200-run mark. The Indian bowlers will be thoroughly tested here. SA 203-3.
16.19 (IST): Kallis doesn't seem like he is playing his last. His form this year hasn't been great but he is in sublime touch today, with the ball traveling off the meat of his bat. He has also managed to negotiate the late swing from Shami. SA 192-3.
16.15 (IST): Zaheer Khan starts from the other end. He gets the ball to swing away from the right-handed Kallis.
16.11 (IST): 2nd session begins! Shami starts the proceedings. He gets a bit of reverse and has a short mid-on in place to Kallis.
15.33 (IST): 1st session wrap
- Ravindra Jadeja gave India the first breakthrough.
- Shami followed with the big wicket of Hashim Amla.
- South African veteran Jacques Kallis walked out to a guard of honour.
- Jadeja struck again to get rid of Petersen.
- Kallis and AB de Villiers played cautiously to add 68 runs for the fourth wicket. SA reached 181-3. Trail India by 153 runs.
15.32 (IST):Lunch time! India will be happy with the first session. After struggling with the ball towards the end of Day 2, they've managed to put the hosts on the back foot. With Kallis and AB de Villiers in the middle, SA reach 181-3, trail India by 153 runs.
15.21 (IST): Zaheer is back on now. Dhoni is shuffling his pacers around in search of another breakthrough before lunch.
15.18 (IST): De Villiers living dangerously! Shami has been testing him with good full-pitched deliveries that move late into the right-hander. De Villiers flicked the ball in the air and not too far away from the reach of the diving mid-wicket fielder. SA 179-3.
15.15 (IST): Shami replaces Ishant and continues to generate late movement. Between the three pacers, Shami has bowled at the best length to make good use of the reverse swing. A few extra yards of pace also gives him an edge.
15.13 (IST): Big appeal from Jadeja! The ball hit Kallis on line but would have gone down the leg. Steve Davis calmly turns Jadeja's appeal down and warns him for stepping on the danger area of the pitch while appealing.
15.10 (IST): The wicket seems to have eased out to a great extent. A short delivery from Ishant that was let go by Kallis went to Dhoni after a couple of bounces and struck the Indian 'keeper in his shin. Kallis and De Villiers will look to apply themselves and frustrate the Indian bowlers. SA 174-3.
15.08 (IST): FACTOID: Before the start of the game, Jacques Kallis needed 117 runs to displace India's Rahul Dravid at the third spot in the list of highest run-getters in Tests.
15.04 (IST): The first session has belonged to the visitors so far. 31 overs have already been bowled. South Africa have taken 87 runs for the fall of three wickets. SA 169-3.
14.56 (IST): Another bowling change! Dhoni now turns to Rohit Sharma. There is a bit of turn in this wicket that has assisted Jadeja so well so far. Will be interesting if Rohit Sharma can also trouble the batsmen.
14.49 (IST): Change of bowling as Ishant Sharma comes into the attack and starts off with a maiden.
14.41 (IST): 150 comes up for South Africa! AB de Villiers hits one straight down the ground to bring up the milestone. SA 152-3. Drinks being taken.
14.38 (IST): Kallis attacks Jadeja! The veteran hits two balls over the top to the straight boundary. SA 144-3.
14.34 (IST): De Villiers is batting cautiously against Zaheer who is getting the ball to reverse a bit. The partnership between these two batsmen will be crucial for the hosts. SA 134-3.
14.30 (IST): It may be his 166th Test but India are making Kallis toil hard for his runs. He has just 1 from 22 deliveries.
14.20 (IST): There comes the snorter! Zaheer gets the ball to rise unexpectedly, catching Kallis off-guard. There was also a hint of away movement towards the end.
14.18 (IST): Zaheer Khan comes into the attack. For a change, he starts from over the wicket.
14.16 (IST): AB de Villiers takes the attack to Jadeja. He goes down the wicket and hits one over the bowler's head for a boundary. SA 123-3.
14.08 (IST): Shami continues to get the ball to move late into the right hander. He will be tricky to negotiate if he keeps his length right. Jadeja, continues from the other end.
14.01 (IST): Another wicket! Jadeja is on a roll. He gets the ball to turn away from Petersen and entices him into driving at it. An outside edge carries to Murali Vijay at first slip. SA 113-3.
14.00 (IST): Jacques Kallis walks out to a guard of honour from the Indian team and the umpires.
13.58 (IST): Second wicket of the morning! Shami gets the better of Amla here. Amla was strangled at the crease and the length delivery from Shami straightened after pitching and struck the top of off-stump. India 113.2.
13.52 (IST): Hint of reverse swing? The ball from Shami had a hint of late movement into the right-handed Petersen. Zaheer could soon be into the attack.
13.48 (IST): Dhoni, from behind the stumps, has been talking a lot to his bowlers. The stump mic picked up his voice, saying, "Very good, keep bowing it there" in hindi.
13.42 (IST): Jadeja continues. He has lived up to his reputation of bowling wicket-to-wicket and hitting the rough spot to get the ball to do a bit. SA 107-1.
13.40 (IST): Shami starts well. A good disciplined maiden over from him as Hashim Amla is more than happy to defend all six deliveries. SA 104-1.
13.37 (IST): Straightaway a bowling change. Dhoni brings in Mohammed Shami into the attack.
13.33 (IST): There comes the first wicket! Just when Smith was starting to settle down, a simple lapse of concentration forces his wicket. He came down the wicket to Ravindra Jadeja and tried to play over the top on the leg side but a very good effort in the field from Dhawan led to his wicket. The Indian opener ran backwards and took a good diving catch to send the South African skipper packing. SA 103-1.
13.26 (IST): 100 comes up! Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen have added an unbeaten 100-run stand for the first wicket. They have consolidated on their solid start from the final session of the second day.
13.23 (IST): Smith has been very comfortable against Ishant Sharma this morning. The Indian pacer has resorted to bowling round the wicket and his line has been outside the off-stump.
13.17 (IST): Petersen survives a close stumping call! Swift glovework from Dhoni saw the umpire go upstairs for a stumping appeal. Petersen's right foot seemed to have been on the line but after taking a long, hard look at the replay, the third umpire ruled in favour of the batsman.
13.12 (IST): Easy pickings for Smith! Ishant Sharma strays outside the off-stump while bowling from round the wicket and Smith cover drives it to the boundary.
13.08 (IST): Dhoni introduces spin straightaway via Ravindra Jadeja. He starts off with a full toss and is hit for a four by Petersen through square leg. South Africa 93-0.
13.05 (IST): While an interesting day's play begins in Durban, a Nathan Lyon-inspired Australia dismissed England for 179 and reached 30/0 at the end of Day 3 in their chase of 231 in Melbourne.
13.02 (IST): Ishant starts from round the wicket and straightaway the outside edge off Graeme Smith's bat runs away to the third man fence. He comes back over the wicket to Alviro Petersen.
12.58 (IST): The all-important Day 3 is set to get underway on time today. This could be the series-deciding day. Ishant Sharma has the ball in his hand.
As it stands, South Africa seem to be in a position of control, 82/0 in just 20 overs, chasing India's first innings total of 334. The hosts trail India by 252 runs in Kingsmead, Durban.
The match has seen a massive switch from where we were at 24 hours ago. India headed into Day 2 on 181 for one as South Africa were staring down the barrel. However, Dale Steyn - after a woeful first Test, produced an exhibition of seam and reverse-swing bowling to take six for 100 as India were bowled out for 334. The South African openers, Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen, faced a tricky period of 20 overs but came out unscathed.
Steyn - a class act!
Steyn ran through the Indian middle-order in the first innings of the second Test in Durban as India were bowled out for 334. The 30-year-old took six for 100 in 30 overs to become the first South African bowler to take six wickets or more in an innings three times against India. The first two instances were 7 for 51 in Nagpur in February 2010 and 6 for 50 at this very ground in December 2010. Steyn picked up the crucial wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara, Murali Vijay and Rohit Sharma in one spell and ended India's innings, accounting for MS Dhoni, Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma with the second new ball. (Steyn back to his best)
"Steyn is a class act, no question about it," said NDTVs cricket expert Sunil Gavaskar. "He is the No.2 bowler in the world now and it was he who restricted India to 334." (Steyn proud of six-wicket haul)
Jacques Kallis became the second fielder to take 200 catches in Test cricket when he held a sharp chance to dismiss Ravindra Jadeja on the second day of the second and final Test between South Africa and India at Kingsmead on Friday.
Kallis, playing in his 166th and final Test match, joined India's Rahul Dravid, who held 210 catches in 164 matches. In addition to being second on the all-time list of catches by fielders, Kallis is fourth on the Test run-scoring list with 13,174 runs at an average of 55.12 and 29th among wicket-takers with 292 at an average of 32.65.