South Africa complete comprehensive victory

Updated: 20 December 2010 08:03 IST

Overshadowing Sachin Tendulkar's historical feat of 50 Test tons, South Africa beat India by an innings and 25 runs in the tour opener Test in Centurion.

South Africa complete comprehensive victory
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Centurion:

Once the players woke up to clear skies in Centurion, it was only a matter of time before South Africa took the final two wickets that stood between them and a 1-0 lead in the series. The other question was whether they could inflict an innings defeat on India, something they had never done at home. They did, dismissing the tailenders in less than six overs on the fifth day, while Sachin Tendulkar remained unbeaten on 111.

Scorecard

The length of South Africa's wait was going to be determined by Tendulkar's approach, and once he showed no intention of farming the strike, exposing Sreesanth and Jaidev Unadkat by taking singles, the home team knew Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn wouldn't make them field for too long.

Sreesanth prodded forward to a short of a length delivery outside off from Morkel, and AB de Villiers caught the thick edge comfortably at second slip. Unadkat faced 10 out of the 14 balls following Sreesanth's dismissal and the Test ended when he fended a short ball from Steyn to gully. 

Topics : Cricket India South Africa
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