India vs RSA :: 3rd Test :: 1st Day


This was a must win test for India and when South Africa raced to 52 for no loss at the first drink break, it didn’t look good for India. First, they lost the captain to a groin injury, then Dhoni in his first test as captain lost the toss which could yet prove crucial in this game. Then the fast bowlers failed to impress. It definitely wasn’t going India’s way.

Then something happened. Yuvraj Singh, came on to bowl and claimed the wicket of Smith. With in no time two more wickets fell. Chawla had earlier claimed the wicket of McKenzie and suddenly the score read 161 for 4. For the first time in this series, the pressure appeared to be on the South African batsmen. Wickets started falling at regular intervals and they were finally dismissed for 265.

India will definitely take that. The bowlers have done their job, and it is now up to the batsmen to do theirs. India will be at a definite disadvantage batting fourth in this wicket. The batsmen will have to give India a good lead to be able to beat South Africa. The South Africans will again be aiming to beat India with pace but spin may hold the key to this game and that may come in handy for India.

The SBS score card for the day would probably read India 2, RSA 1. The SBS score card for tomorrow is most likely to determine who wins this game, but it all depends on how well India start in the morning.

-Mahesh-

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3 responses to “India vs RSA :: 3rd Test :: 1st Day

  1. I wonder if S A captain and part time off-spinner G Smith will be tempted to bowl a few overs in this match–as P Harris is finding it difficult to buy Indian wickets

  2. I see no reason why not. The part time bowlers for India picked up a couple of wickets (including the captain’s)

  3. I have been a detractor of Ganguly for some years – not in the same league of class of Sachin, Dravid and Laxman – with his outside the off-stump weakness, and not able to hook, …. Yes, he does have a silken smooth cover drive like David Gower.

    But his innings @ Kanpur should be one of his best.

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