South Africa vs India 2nd Test, highlights: South Africa register 10-wicket win in Jacques Kallis' farewell Test, clinch series 1-0
The Proteas gave Jacques Kallis the perfect farewell by crushing India to register a 10-wicket win at Durban and clinch the two-match series 1-0. Catch the highlights from Day 5 here.
It is the final day of India's short tour to South Africa. Rahane's gritty knock of 96 was the only bright spot in India's innings as they were bowled out for 223, setting a total of 58 for the hosts. Catch South Africa vsIndia highlights: (Scorecard/Commentary)
19.39 (IST):Â Jacques Kallis: It's a very tough day (retirement). It was a tough call. People said someday you'll wake up and know it is the right time, and it happened. The way CSA made it a special game, the way SA made it better game, couldn't have asked for a better exit. Nothing much has changed in the last 18 years, I've just got a little older. Thanks to MS and his team for the guard of honour, it was a special moment. I'll miss the cricket for sure. And also the friendship and changing room time in wins and losses. I'd like to thank all my coaches, my friends and family. Will be nice to catch up with my family now. Would like to thank my manager, he has been exceptional. As kids, you always try and make your parents proud, so Mom, Dad, I hope I made you proud. Thanks everyone for supporting me.
19.35 (IST): AB de Villiers (Man of the Series): I've been working hard on wk. Getting tips from Bouchy. Lot of areas to be improved but I really enjoyed it. I knew something was brewing in Steyn's system after Johannesburg. Proud of his performance. Absolute honour playing with Jacques. I was thinking of some of the memories we shared together during his lap of honour.
19.32 (IST): Dale Steyn (Man of the Match): I'm happy. Jacques said on Day 2 that he didn't want the game to end in a draw and asked the bowlers to step it up. It's nice to get 350 wickets, I don't think it would happen without this exceptional team. All the support staff behind the scenes. Allan Donald looked excited with the ball that took Pujara's wicket so I'm happy about it.
19.30 (IST): Graeme Smith: Its an incredible win. Performance incredible over 5 days. The hardwork was done in the middle. We needed a big lead. Jacques 100 allowed us to do that. Robin and Faf got us to a total which was great. This morning India were under pressure. Bowlers backed up Steyn.
I know he's going to play a lot of golf now. Lot of good memories over the years. We've enjoyed time in many change rooms, he's an outstanding human being. Privileged to know him. And I'm sure he'll be there for us as a team and for me as a friend for a long long time.
The wicket wasn't easy. It was almost like we were back in India. We turned it around and the guys focused well.
19.24 (IST): MS Dhoni: I think the first session was crucial. Din't start very well. Couple of bad shots. Overall the whole series has been fantastic.Â More often than not we bowled over 100 overs. They did very well.
I think these 2 Tests, how much experience we've got. We've learnt a lot. The Test match is about all five days of good cricket. I think its a big learning curve for our batsmen. With the amount they have to prepare, it was a great learning experience. Fantastic cricketer, doesn't really speak much. We played a Test in Chennai. Entire game he moved from one end to another and kept staring. Fantastic cricketer, the luxury he has given to the SA cricket.
19.13 (IST): The lap of honour! Jacques Kallis is being carried around the stadium by skipper Graeme Smith and Morne Morkel. he then walks near the boundary and acknowledges the fans with the South African national flag in hand. He waves at the cheering fans and cooly walks away, bring curtains to his exceptional Test career. What a player he has been for South Africa.
18.57 (IST): What a fitting send off for the best all-rounder in the modern day game. Jacques Kallis bows out with a magnificent century in his final innings and a series win over the second-ranked India at home. He couldn't have asked for more.
18.56 (IST): Its all over! South Africa have beaten India by 10 wickets in Jacques Kallis' farewell Test and clinched the two-match series 1-0 over Mahendra Singh Dhoni's India.
18.52 (IST): Smith and Petersen seem to be in a hurry here. First Smith hits Ishant over the in-field to the deep mid-wicket fence and then Petersen cuts Jadeja behind point to take SA to 49-0, needing just 9 more runs to win.
18.37 (IST): Petersen steps down the track and gets a big six over long off against Jadeja. SA 26-0, need 32 runs to win.
18.32 (IST): Smith and Petersen walk out with just 38 to get to complete a 1-0 series win over India.
18.18 (IST): Tea time! The second session comes to a close with SA on 19-0, just 38 runs short of a win to clinch the two-match series 1-0. For the visitors, it was Ajinkya Rahane's rock-solid knock of 96 was the only positives in a session when the bowlers were in murderous mood. He ran out of partners at the other end and eventually gave his wicket away in an attempt to slog. Smith and Petersen look set to take the hosts past the target early in the final session of the game, letting Jacques Kallis retire at the behest of a series win.
18.13 (IST): India have started with Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami. Both South African batsmen -- Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen -- have looked comfortable in SA's paltry chase of 58.
17.38 (IST): Spirited effort from Rahane but what a splendid performance by the South Africans on the field. They had put the Indians on the back foot with two early wickets late on Day 4 and continued to dominate on Day 5 with early blows in the morning session. While Rahane looked determined to keep India alive, flurry of wickets at the other end did not work in his favour. In the end, he fell for a well-made 96.
17.36 (IST): What an unfortunate end to Rahane's exceptional innings. With just one wicket in hand, Rahane went after the bowling, in a bid to add as many runs as he can and get close to his maiden ton. Philander dismissed him when he was just four short of his 100. India have been bowled out for 223. South Africa need 58 runs to win.
17.25 (IST): Dale Steyn strikes! He gets his 350th Test wicket. He sends down a bouncer to Ishant Sharma who just managed to get his bat behind it. The ball ballooned up in the air and AB de Villiers took a simple catch. India 207-9, lead SA by 41 runs.
16.56 (IST): Fourth wicket for Peterson! What thinking from the offie. He places two men at silly point and then gets the ball to turn the other way, into the right-hander. Zaheer comes forward and is rapped on the pads. Umpire rules in favour of the hosts but replays suggested that the ball would have missed the leg stump. India 189-8, lead SA by 23 runs.
16.47 (IST): Robin Peterson comes in, he starts over the wicket against Rahane, who sweeps him for a four. India 187-7, lead SA by 21 runs.
16.44 (IST): Vernon Philander comes into the attack and gets the ball to swing away from the right-handers. Both the Indian batsmen are beaten but they hold on to their wicket. India 182-7, lead SA by 16 runs.
16.37 (IST): Morkel is also getting the ball to reverse here. Zaheer does well to get off the strike in the first ball. India 180-7, lead SA by 14 runs.
16.34 (IST): Rahane's resilience could soon frustrate the Proteas. He is refusing to budge and looks rock-solid against the South African pacers. He has also countered late reverse swing from Steyn with ease. Ind 179-7, lead SA by 13 runs.
16.20 (IST): Morne Morkel generates steep bounce and tests Zaheer with all six deliveries rising up and forcing the batsman on the back foot. Zaheer does well to get behind each of the six deliveries to survive at the crease. India 177-7, lead SA by 11 runs.
16.13 (IST): Ajinkya Rahane continues to play with great amount of confidence. He hits the ball over Dale Steyn's head for a four. India 177-7, lead by 11 runs.
15.31 (IST): Lunch time! India go in for lunch at 173 for 7, with a slender lead of seven runs. What a phenomenal session it has been for the hosts. First Dale Steyn started off by getting rid of Virat Kohli in the first ball of the day. It was not without controversy, as replays suggested Kohli was undone by an umpiring error. A couple of overs later, he cleaned up Pujara to give his side the edge.Â Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane led a mini-fight back, before Vernon Philander trapped Rohit in front of the stumps.Â MS Dhoni, who has not been very good with the bat outside the Sub-continent, started tentatively and was dismissed for 15 by off-spinner Robin Peterson. Peterson followed it up with the wicket of Ravindra Jadeja, reducing India to 154-7. Rahane was running out of partners but kept his head on his shoulders and brought up his second half-century in as many innings. With Zaheer Khan for company and a slender lead of 7 runs, Rahane has an uphill task of snatching a draw. SA will hope to wrap up the Indian innings quickly in the second session and finish the series with a win.
15.30 (IST): Amidst the flurry of wickets, Rahane has been exceptional. He scores another half-century. India now have the lead. 173-7, lead by seven runs.
15.13 (IST): Robin Peterson continues from over the wicket. He has a leg-slip for Zaheer.
15.06 (IST): Jadeja is gone! What has he done here! A ball after launching Peterson for a six over long on, he attempted another big shot and perished. He came down the track but failed to connect. A leading edge went high in the air and Morkel took a comfortable catch. India 154-7.
15.03 (IST): BIG BIG WICKET! Peterson gets the big fish! MS Dhoni is gone. Dhoni was on the back foot and tried to flick the ball away but failed to keep it down and Alviro Petersen pouched a simple catch. India 146-6. Another failure for the Indian captain with the bat. He hasn't scored a single score in excess of 50 in his last 10 innings.
14.53 (IST): Robin Peterson comes over the wicket and bowls into the rough patches to Dhoni and Rahane with two slips, a forward short leg and a leg slip in place. Both batsmen survive the over, India 139-5, trail SA by 27 runs.
14.45 (IST): Dhoni and Rahane have added 36 runs in just 44 balls and slowly chipping away at the deficit. India 136-5, trail SA by 30 runs.
14.31 (IST): Ajinkya Rahane's timing has been exquisite today. Morkel, who came on to bowl his first over of the day, was hit for a boundary through covers by Rahane. He finished off the over with a poor delivery down the leg that ran away to the fine leg boundary. 13 runs came from the over. Indi 134-5, trail SA by 32 runs.
14.24 (IST): Graeme Smith continues with Peterson from the other end. The left-arm spinner had spoke about wanting to bowl a bit quicker through the air at the end Day 4. Will be interesting to see if he implements that today. India 117-5, trail SA by 49 runs.
14.22 (IST): Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the new man in.
14.13 (IST): Another wicket! Rohit Sharma has been dismissed by Vernon Philander. Rohit was stuck in his crease and the ball pitched on off and moved in sharply to hit him in line. India 104-5, trail SA by 59 runs.
14.10 (IST): For those who have just tuned into the game, this is what Steyn did to Cheteshwar Pujara at the start of the day.
14.05 (IST): Lot of chatter from AB de Villiers for Robin Peterson. It will be a crucial day for the spinner. The wicket has been on the slower side and he'd hope to do what Ravindra Jadeja managed early on in the game.
13.51 (IST): Only two sixes have come in the game so far. First Robin Peterson reverse swept Rohit Sharma for a six earlier on Day 4 and now Rohit has gone level by stepping out and hitting one off Peterson.
13.49 (IST): Six! Rohit Sharma comes down the track and hits the ball over long off for a big six. That's only the second six of the game so far.
13.47 (IST): Robin Peterson into the attack for the first time on the final day. He has a forward short leg for Rohit Sharma.
13:30 (IST): Tourists praying for rain - Team India will be looking skywards all day today. With 54 overs lost to rain in this Test alone, wet conditions have played quite a havoc here in Kingsmead. Weather update for the day though is sunny with partial clouds. Currently 28C with 61% humidity and no precipitation. Wunderground.com's satellite image shows there is hardly a speck of grey anywhere close to Durban at the moment:
13:25 (IST): Steyn is breathing fire against India and it is clear that the visitors are tentative against his pace and bounce. After all, memories of the 1st innings where the bowler claimed six wickets are still fresh. (Also see: Steyn's six strikes in the 1st innings)
13:15 (IST): Another wicket for Steyn, Cheteshwar Pujara is bowled! An in-swinging ball seams away from Pujara and clatters his off-stump. India struggling at 71 for four, trailing by 95.
13:01 (IST): Wicket first ball for Steyn! Kohli (11) pushed at a delivery with minimum footwork and edged it tamely to AB de Villiers. Oooooo! controversy here as Kohli is not happy with the decision and looks shell-shocked. Replays suggest that the ball brushed his sleeve as opposed to his bat. India 68 for three, trail by 98.
Last day of Test cricket for me. I have so many wonderful memories and stories, thanks to my family, friends ,team mates and fans. Tough day- Jacques Kallis (@jacqueskallis75) December 30, 2013
India will bank on their middle-order batsmen to avoid defeat in the Durban Test. Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, both among runs in this short two-Test series, will start Day 5 with India on 68 for 2 in their second innings, trailing South Africa - 500 all out -- by 98 runs.
South Africa will fancy their chance for a win as history shows that 10 wickets have fallen on the last day of a Test at Kingsmead. A South African win will also be a perfect farewell gift to Jacques Kallis.
When Kallis arrived at the crease at Kingsmead on Saturday morning the Proteas were trailing India by 221 runs with eight wickets in hand. When he finally departed the crease just over 100 overs later just before Sunday lunch, the Proteas were leading by 50 runs and still had four wickets in hand. Not only had he wrested control for his side with the assistance of AB de Villiers and others who followed him but he had drawn the sting from a wearied Indian attack and laid the platform for the assault that was to follow as Faf du Plessis (43 off 70 balls, 4 fours) and Robbie Peterson (61 off 52 balls, 9 fours and a six) laid about them to add a ground record eighth wicket partnership of 110 in exactly 18 overs.
"It is a special feeling," Kallis said after his 45th Test ton. "It's strange walking out to bat knowing that there is no tomorrow and it will be your last opportunity to get a 100 for your country.
"It's a different kind of pressure, being in the nineties for the last time was different to normally being in the nineties. At least I could fall back on my experience and managed to get the three figures."
The upshot was that the Proteas were finally dismissed for exactly 500 for an overall lead of 166. It left India with a tricky 36 overs in fading light during which they scored 68 for the loss of both their opening batsmen to finish the day 98 runs in arrears.
It wasn't all uneventful toil for India as Ravindra Jadeja claimed two more wickets, including Kallis, to achieve career best figures of 6/138 in 52 overs. He has now taken 33 wickets in only 6 matches, including two five-wicket hauls.
India's two major batsmen of the series, Pujara (32) and Kohli (11), currently occupy the crease and the first hour of the final day is going to be critical.
Robin Peterson, who starred with bat and ball on Sunday, said the Proteas were backing themselves to take the last eight Indian wickets for the win. "We have lost a lot of time in the game but I think there is a result beckoning for us," he said. "The stats show that on day five at Kingsmead 10 wickets normally fall, so hopefully we are on the right side of the result. Monday morning's session will be crucial to see if we can push for the win. Luckily we have two wickets already and hopefully the bowlers will come out firing after a good rest."