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India vs South Africa Cricket Series 2007-08 in India

IND vs SA, 3rd Test, Kanpur: India crush South Africa by eight wickets to level series (1:1)

India win by 8 wickets in the third and final Test against South Africa at the Green Park stadium in Kanpur.
With this win, Team India have levelled the Future Cup series and retained their position in the ICC Test rankings. Harbhajan Singh was declared Man of the Series for picking an amazing haul of 19 wickets in the series.
Playing their second innings, South Africa were cheaply bowled out for 121-all out on Day 3 of the third Test. Spinner Harbhajan took a four wicket haul, while Virender Sehwag struck three vital wickets leaving Indian batsmen to chase a measly 62 run target to win the match and level the series.
Opening India's second innings play on a bouncy wicket on Day 3, Sehwag scored a quickfire 22 in 12 balls, with two huge sixes off Paul Harris. Sourav Ganguly on 13 and Dravid on 18 runs remained unbeaten at the end of play.
Earlier, replying to the Proteas' first innings total of 265-all out, India put up an aggregate of 325 runs taking a lead of 60 runs. Ganguly top scored playing a handsome knock of 87 runs, with VVS Laxman giving him company in the top scorers with a 33rd Test fifty. The Bengal Tiger was rightly adjudged Man of the Match.
IND vs SA, 3rd Test, Kanpur: India 325 & 64-2 beat South Africa 265 & 121 by eight wickets

IND vs SA, 3rd Test, Kanpur: Sharma, Munaf in Indian squad for Kanpur test, RP Singh dropped

After receiving a humiliating defeat from the South African team, India on Sunday made some changes in its squad for the Kanpur Test.
Pacers Ishant Sharma and Munaf Patel have been inducted, while RP Singh has been dropped from the 16-member Indian squad. Selectors also recalled Mumbai’s off-spinner Ramesh Powar in the squad. The South African went 1-0 up in the three-test series on Saturday after winning the second game in Ahmedabad by an innings and 90 runs.
Powar, who has played two tests, has been named partly as cover for skipper and leg-spinner Anil Kumble, who suffered a groin strain in the drawn first test and did not seem fully fit in the second test. Shah said both Sharma and Kumble would be subject to fitness tests on April 10, a day before the final test starts in Kanpur.
India team: Wasim Jaffer, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Saurav Ganguly, Vangipurappu Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Anil Kumble (Captain), Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, Ramesh Powar, Ishant Sharma, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Munaf Patel.

IND vs SA, 2nd Test, Ahmedabad, Day 3: South Africa wrap up emphatic win in three days (1:0)

South Africa defeated India by an innings and 90 runs in the second test Saturday. South Africa took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series after the opening test ended in a draw.
This is South Africa's 4th win on Indian soil. Smith and his men today (April 5) morning declared on their overnight total of 494 for 7 - having taken a massive lead of 418 runs at stumps on day 2.
It was always going to be a herculean task for the Indian batsmen and rather disappointingly the Indian top order failed to show the application required.
Ntini, Morkel and Kallis combined to reduce India to 70 for 3. Laxman was next to fall after scoring 35 runs. Ganguly and Dhoni did offer some resistance adding 110 runs for the 5th wicket, but all hopes of a miracle began to vanish after Ganguly was sent back for 87 runs by Dale Steyn.
Dhoni too chipped in with a fighting fifty but the massive South African first innings lead of 418 runs proved too much for the Indians as they were bowled out. AB De Villier was declared the Man of the Match for his double century.
IND vs SA, 2nd Test, Ahmedabad, Day 3: South Africa 494-7d beat India 76 & 338 by an inns & 90 runs

IND vs SA, 2nd Test, Ahmedabad: South Africa upbeat ahead of second India Test

South Africa are confident of burying India's spin threat yet again with a determined batting performance in the second Test starting at Ahmedabad on Thursday.
The visitors kept the spin duo of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh at bay in the drawn opening Test in Chennai as they posted 540 in the first innings and 331-5 in the second, gaining a psychological boost in the process. Visiting teams often come a cropper against spin on low, slow turning tracks in India, but South Africa have shown they have the batsmen to deliver in these conditions, a point already conceded by home captain Kumble.
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and leg-spinner Kumble have been a formidable pair at home for a long time, but failed to keep pressure on the South African batsmen in hot and humid conditions in Chennai despite sharing 11 wickets. South Africa have been doing remarkably well in the sub-continent in recent months, having won Test series in Pakistan and Bangladesh.
India are already without batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar, ruled out of the match after aggravating a groin injury in the previous game. He was replaced with Mohammad Kaif, returning to the side after more than a year. That India's batting flourished without Tendulkar's contribution (0) at Chennai was mainly due to Virender Sehwag, who hit the fastest triple-century in Tests, and Rahul Dravid, who scored a hundred to join the 10,000-run club.
India managed to gain lead after posting 627 following heroics from Sehwag and Dravid, but their remaining batsmen were found wanting against an inspired South African pace attack, led by Makhaya Nitini and Dale Styen.
India Team (from): Anil Kumble (Captain), Wasim Jaffer, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Mohammad Kaif, Sourav Ganguly, Venkatsai Laxman, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Rudra Pratap Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Piyush Chawla, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma.
South Africa Team (from): Graeme Smith (Captain), Neil McKenzie, Jacques Kallis, Hashim Amla, A.B. de Villiers, Ashwell Prince, Mark Boucher, Paul Harris, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Makhaya Ntini, Jean-Paul Duminy, Monde Zondeki, Robin Peterson.

Sachin ruled out of second Test against South Africa

Sachin Tendulkar has been ruled out of the second cricket Test against South Africa in Ahmedabad starting April 3 and Mohammad Kaif has been named as his replacement.
"Sachin Tendulkar re-aggravated his right groin injury when he was fielding on the fourth day of the first Test and his playing the second match is doubtful," a Board of Control for Cricket in India statement said on Sunday. The selection committee had decided to replace Tendulkar with Mohammad Kaif for the second Test, the statement added.
Skipper Anil Kumble also sustained right groin injury while bowling on the last day of the match but physiotherapist Paul Close is confident that he will be available to play the Ahmedabad Test. A final decision in this regard will be taken a day before the match.
Kaif, who got the nod for his excellent performance in the domestic circuit this season, is returning to the side after a gap of almost two years. His last Test was against West Indies at Kingston in June 2006.

IND vs SA, 1st Test, Chennai, Day 5: South Africa draw with India in first test

The first Test between India and South Africa ended in a tame draw at Chennai on Sunday.
It was a match that the bowlers would like to erase from their memory as quickly as possible. South Africa ended their second innings at 331/5 with Neil McKenzie remaining unbeaten on 155. For India, Harbhajan Singh took eight wickets in the match off an astonishing 78.5 overs.
Earlier, Neil McKenzie continued to frustrate the Indian bowlers as he moved past 150. Scored in 313 balls, McKenzie’s 150 was starred with 13 boundaries and a massive six.
The last day of the Chennai Test started with South Africa resuming their second innings from an overnight score of 131 for 1. With Neil McKenzie batting on 59 and Hashim Amla looking compact as ever on 35, a result in the match looked like a distant possibility unless either of the teams produced a miracle. The pitch at the MA Chidambaram Stadium did not have any significant help for the bowlers on the first four days and was not expected to behave any different on day five.
IND vs SA, 1st Test, Chennai, Day 5: South Africa 540 & 331-5 drew with India 627

IND vs SA, 1st Test, Chennai: India plan huge totals against South Africa

India hope to bombard South Africa with mammoth first-innings totals in the three-Test series starting on Wednesday, captain Anil Kumble said.
"The key is to post big scores and let the bowlers put pressure on the visiting batsmen," Kumble said on Tuesday ahead of the first Test at Chidambaram stadium at Chennai. "It is a game plan that has worked well for us in the past, both at home and abroad, and there is no reason why we can't do that again. "We have the batsmen who produce good scores on any sort of wicket and I expect the same from them again," said Kumble.
The 37-year-old, who will lead the spin attack alongside Harbhajan Singh, said the brown, grassless wicket produced for the first Test was a "typical Chennai" track.
"It's always been the same here," said Kumble. "It will be good for batting for the first two days and then the spinners will definitely will come into play. "The hot and humid weather will affect both teams, but I suppose we are more used to it than the South Africans."
India plan to play six specialist batsmen with wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni coming in at number seven, followed by two seamers and as many spinners.
Kumble's men returned as heroes after losing the acrimonious Test series 2-1 but denying the hosts a world record 17th successive win with a memorable triumph in Perth. Dhoni's young one-day squad then defeated Ricky Ponting's team 2-0 in the tri-series finals, indicating India had turned the corner after an embarrassing first-round World Cup exit last year.
India, coached for the first time by former South African opener Gary Kirsten, will bank on veterans Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Ganguly and Venkatsai Laxman to realise Kumble's plans.
Tendulkar, 34, could end the series as Test cricket's leading batsman, needing only 172 more to overtake retired West Indian Brian Lara's world record tally of 11,953 runs.
India Team (from):
Anil Kumble (Captain), Wasim Jaffer, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Venkatsai Laxman, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Rudra Pratap Singh, Harbhajan Singh.

India rests injured pacer Ishant Sharma for first two tests against South Africa

Indian selectors on Monday announced a 14-man squad for the first two cricket tests against South Africa, resting injured pace sensation Ishant Sharma and bringing back left-arm spinner Murali Karthik.
India retained opener Wasim Jaffer and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Kartik for the series that begins next week, Niranjan Shah, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, told reporters in the southern Indian city of Bangalore.
Fast bowler Sharma suffered finger and toe injuries during a recent one-day tri-series with Australia and Sri Lanka. India won the series. Karthik returns to the Indian side, led by leg-spinner Anil Kumble, after his good showing in the home series against Pakistan last year.
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh made it to the Indian side after clearing medical tests for a hamstring injury, while batsman Yuvraj Singh was picked after recovering from a knee injury. The first test will be played in Chennai from March 26., the second in Ahmadabad from April 3 and the third in Kanpur from April 11.
India team: Anil Kumble (Captain), Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, V. V. S. Laxman, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Kartik, Irfan Pathan, Shantakumaran Sreesanth, Rudra Pratap Singh and Murali Karthik.

South Africa to play three Tests in India

The first Test in the forthcoming three-match rubber between India and South Africa will be played at the Chidambaram stadium, Chepauk, in Chennai from March 26 to 30, the Board of Control for Cricket in India said on Wednesday.
The second and third Tests will be at the Motera stadium in Ahmedabad (April 3-7) and Kanpur's Green Park (April 11-15) respectively. The visitors will land in Kolkata after flying in from Dhaka on March 15 before proceeding to Goa for a short holiday, according to BCCI sources.
They will then start the 29-day tour, after reaching Mumbai on March 18, with a three-day warm-up fixture against India 'A' at the Cricket Club of India's Brabourne Stadium from March 20 before taking on the hosts in the three-Test rubber.

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.