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IND SA Second Test, Day five: South Africa level series with 174 runs victory

South Africa levelled their home series against India at 1-1 by winning the second Test in Durban by 174 runs. Makhaya Ntini led the way with 5-48 as the South African seamers ran through the tourists for 179 on the final day.
Mahendra Singh Doni offered the main resistance with an innings of 47, which included 10 fours, before falling to Andre Nel in the final over before tea. Ganguly chipped in with 26, and Zaheer 21, while Tendulkar failed to score.
Second Test, Durban, day five: South Africa 328 & 265-8 declared beat India 240 & 179 by 174 runs

IND SA Second Test, Day four: Bad light stops play again after early blow for India in 354 chase

India lost two early wickets after South Africa set them a target of 354 to win on the fourth day of the second Test at Kingsmead in Durban.Needing a win to square the three-match series, South Africa batted aggressively despite losing six wickets for 44 runs at one stage before lunch. Shaun Pollock made a stroke-filled 63 not out to enable South Africa to declare their second innings at 265 for eight.
Shanthakumuran Sreesanth, India's exciting young fast bowler, took three of the wickets as South Africa collapsed from 99 for no wicket to 143 for six. Sreesanth finished with four for 79, taking his tally for the series to 16. Forecast for the last day suggests rain and scattered thunderstorms by afternoon.

IND SA Second Test, Day three: Bad light stops play again as South Africa edge away from India

South Africa were 152 runs ahead with 10 wickets to spare when bad light and a power cut forced the game to stop early. Earlier the hosts ended India's resistance on 240, with VVS Laxman (50no) and Shanthakumaran Sreesanth (28) sharing a late stand of 53.
Ganguly was out for a second ball duck while Tendulkar (65) completed his first Test half-century of 2006.

IND SA Second Test, Day two: First ball duck for Sehwag in India's slow reply

India edged to 103-3 in reply to South Africa's 328 before bad light brought an early end to day two of the second Test in Durban. India lost Virender Sehwag (0), Rahul Dravid (11) and Wasim Jaffer (26) after Ashwell Prince hit 121 for the hosts. Sachin Tendulkar composed a patient 46 not out after being dropped by opposing skipper Graeme Smith on 21, while VVS Laxman was unbeaten on 10.

IND SA Second Test, Day one: Prince survives India onslaught

Ashwell Prince hit an unbeaten 98 as South Africa recovered to 257-8 on day one of the second Test.

India may play Munaf Patel, Gautam Gambhir

Pace bowler Munaf Patel is set to win back his place in the India team for the second Test against South Africa in Durban.

Sreesanth fined for breach of cricket code

Indian medium pacer S. Sreesanth was fined 30 percent of his match fee after he was found guilty of breaching the code of conduct twice during India's historic win over South Africa in Johannesburg.

IND SA First Test, Fourth Day: India register their first Test win in South Africa

India recorded their first Test victory in South Africa with a 123-run success before lunch on day four.
First Test, Johannesburg, day four: India 249 & 236 bt South Africa 84 & 278 by 123 runs

IND SA First Test, Third Day: South Africa 239 behind chasing 402

Sreesanth followed his five-wicket haul in the first innings with 3-47 to keep India on course for victory in the first Test against South Africa.
The home side struggled to 163-5 at the end of day three, chasing a target of 402, with Ashwell Prince not out at 54 at stumps. India managed to add 80 to their overnight score, helped mainly by VVS Laxman (73) and Zaheer Khan (37), before being bowled out for 236.
First Test, Johannesburg, day three (close): India 249 & 236 v South Africa 84 & 163-5

IND SA First Test, Second Day: Sreesanth's day as India lead by 311 runs with 5 wickets remaining

South Africa were bowled out for 84 in barely 25 overs, their lowest score against India, as Sri Sreesanth claimed 5-40, the best figures of his career. Day two began with India 156-5, but they went on to hit 249 thanks to Sourav Ganguly's unbeaten 51.
At the end of the day, India had a healthy lead of 311 runs with 5 wickets remaining in the second innings, with Laxman (42/85b) and Dhoni (17/18b) at the crease. Saurav (25/38b) was involved in a 58 run, 12 over partnership with Laxman.

IND SA First Test, First Day: India start badly in Johannesburg

After a 90-minute delay for overnight rain, the tourists crashed to 14-2 in 11 overs of extravagant seam movement. Then Sachin Tendulkar and captain Rahul Dravid shared a stand of 69 but Tendulkar (44) edged Jacques Kallis to slip just before India took tea 101-3. Dravid soon departed at 110, after making 32.
At stumps, India were at 156/5, with ex-captain Sourav Ganguly who was recalled for the first time in 10 months not out at 14 in 42 balls.

Irfan Pathan to miss first Test

India would be boosted by the return of inspirational skipper Rahul Dravid as they begin their quest to redeem their pride in the three-Test series against South Africa.
South Africa Team (from): Graeme Smith (Captain), Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Jacques Rudolph, Ashwell Prince, Hashim Amla, Mark Boucher (Wicket Keeper), Shaun Pollock, Andrew Hall, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Dale Steyn.
India Team (from): Rahul Dravid (Captain), Wasim Jaffer, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly, Mahendra Dhoni (Wicket Keeper), Dinesh Karthik, Irfan Pathan, Sri Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, VRV Singh.

Rahul Dravid determined to turn out for India

The plaster is still on but Rahul Dravid is unshakeable in his belief that he would turn out for India in the first cricket test against South Africa starting at the wanderers here on Friday.

India prepare for the first Test

India's batting continues to be a cause of concern despite their victory in the 4-day game against the Rest of South Africa. Members of Indian cricket team turned up for an intensive session at the nets ahead of their first test against South Africa at Johannesburg.

Paul Adams recalled to South Africa test cricket squad

Left-arm wrist spinner Paul Adams made a return to the South African squad for the first Test against India starting in Johannesburg from December 15. The South African Test team : Graeme Smith (Captain), Jacques Kallis (vice-captain), Paul Adams, Hashim Amla, Nicky Boje, Mark Boucher, AB De Villiers, Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Hall, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Shaun Pollock, Ashwell Prince, Jacques Rudolph and Dale Steyn.

Tour Match: India cruise to big warm-up win with a day to spare

India completed a comfortable 96-run victory over a Rest of South Africa XI with a day to spare on Saturday. Set 321 to win, their opponents were bowled out for 224, with Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh taking three wickets apiece. Earlier, Irfan Pathan carried his good form into the second innings to topscore with 40 and help the Indians set Rest of South Africa a target of 321. The Indian tail wagged a bit on the third morning after resuming at 93 for 7 to stretch the score to 142 before being bowled out in their second innings at Sedgars Park. Pathan's knock came off 66 balls in 137 minutes with three fours. The left-hander had hit an unbeaten 111 in India's first innings score of 316 for 7 declared. Ganguly scored 83 in 224 minutes and 141 balls, hitting 13 fours at a strike rate of 58.86 in the first innings. In the second innings, he was out for a duck, in the second ball.
India 316/7d & 142 beat Rest of South Africa 138 & 224 by 96 runs

Tour Match: Pathan, Ganguly rescue India

An inspired century from all rounder Irfan Pathan helped India recover from a woeful start to reach 316 for seven on the first day of their four-day warm-up match against a Rest of South Africa XI on Thursday.

Tour Match: Indians looking to make most of warm-up game

India's four-day warm-up game against a Rest of South Africa line-up in Potchefstroom on Thursday would afford the likes of Virender Shewag and Sourav Ganguly the only chance to find their groove before the tougher battles ahead.

Rahul Dravid all set to play first Test

The embattled Indian cricket team was offered a ray of hope on Wednesday with batting mainstay Rahul Dravid saying he should be fit for the first Test against South Africa beginning next Friday.

Fifth ODI @ Centurion : South Africa complete 'wash

India won the toss for the first time in the series, Sachin was among runs for a change, the team even batted through their 50 overs, but South Africa walked all over India in the fifth and final ODI to win the series 4-0.
India scored 200 for 9 and then South Africa cruised home in 31.2 overs, with Graeme Smith scoring 79 and AB de Villiers an unbeaten 92, his highest score in ODIs. For India, Tendulkar compiled his 74th one-day international half century, (55 in 97 balls) but scored only four runs from his opening 40 deliveries. Mahendra Dhoni blasted two sixes and two fours in his enterprising 44 from 49 balls. Zaheer Khan hit a six and a four in his unbeaten 16 off 10 towards the end. The Test series is still 12 days away, and Ganguly is waiting for his first chance in a long time. Maybe India will do something better for a change! India XI: V Sehwag (Captain), S R Tendulkar, V V S Laxman, D Mongia, K D Karthik, M S Dhoni, I K Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, A Kumble, Z Khan, S Sreesanth
South Africa XI: G C Smith (Captain), A B de Villiers, J H Kallis, H H Gibbs, A G Prince, J M Kemp, M V Boucher, S M Pollock, R J Peterson, A Nel, M Ntini
Fifth one-day international, Centurion: South Africa 201-1 (31.2 overs) bt India 200-9 (50 overs) by nine wickets

Twenty20 @ Johannesburg: India beat South Africa in a thrilling finish

India beat South Africa by six wickets with a ball to spare in a thrilling finish to the day/night Twenty20 clash in Johannesburg. India lost Tendulkar for 10 and Dhoni for 0, but Suresh Raina (3) and Dinesh Karthik (31) guided India to 127-4 and victory. India XI: S R Tendulkar, V Sehwag, M S Dhoni, D Mongia, K D Karthik, S K Raina, I K Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, A B Agarkar, S Sreesanth, Z Khan
South Africa XI: G C Smith, L L Bosman, H H Gibbs, A B de Villiers, T Henderson, J M Kemp, C K Langeveldt, J J van der Wath, J A Morkel, R Telemachus, R J Peterson
Twenty20, Johannesburg: India (127-4) bt South Africa (126-9) by six wickets

India's first Twenty20

History will be made at the Wanderers on Friday evening when India takes part in its first Twenty20 international contest.

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.