India frustrated by rain delays
Bad weather brought brief respite to South Africa as India pressed for a series-levelling victory in the second and final Test on Wednesday.<br><br> The tourists, trailing by 347 runs on the first innings, lost three key wickets on the rain-curtailed fourth day to stutter to 115-3 in their second knock by stumps at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Bad weather brought brief respite to South Africa as India pressed for a series-levelling victory in the second and final Test on Wednesday.
The tourists, trailing by 347 runs on the first innings, lost three key wickets on the rain-curtailed fourth day to stutter to 115-3 in their second knock by stumps at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. (AP Photo)
Leg-Spinner Amit Mishra struck off his first delivery, trapping skipper Graeme Smith in front of the wicket to cap a miserable outing for the South African skipper in the series. Smith scored just 30 runs in three innings. (AFP Photo)
Playing with a fractured finger, Smith was thoroughly tested by Zaheer Khan who generated enough bounce and swing to trouble the batsman. (AFP Photo)
Off-spinner Harbhajan gave India the breakthrough in the post-lunch session when he got rid of first-innings centurion Petersen (21) in his second over after the break.
The debutant opener was foxed by a delivery that found the inside edge of his bat and popped up to short-leg where Subramaniam Badrinath took a head-high catch on second attempt. (AFP Photo)
Harbhajan nearly had his second victim a couple of overs later but Amla, on 10, was dropped by Murali Vijay at backward short-leg in what appeared a difficult chance. It turned in sharply from outside the off-stump and took the edge and after hitting the pad it flew low as Vijay was little late in reacting. (AFP Photo)
Under the gloomy condition, South Africa lost another wicket as Mishra ended the 57-run Amla-Jacques Kallis partnership. Just when the duo took the South Africa past 100-run and began to consolidate on their partnership, a sharp leg break from Mishra ended Kallis' (20) stay.
As Kallis was leaning forward to defend, the ball spun sharply taking the edge for Dhoni to do the needful. (AP Photo)
Hashim Amla plays a shot during the fourth day of the second Test match between India and South Africa at The Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata on February. 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. (AFP Photo)
Four balls after Kallis departed with South Africa 115 for three. Minutes later, it started drizzling as the grounds men rushed to the field with the covers. South Africa still trail by 232 runs with seven wickets in hand. (AFP Photo)