Third Test at Kanpur India vs South Africa Cricket Series 2007-08


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Third Test at Kanpur India vs South Africa Cricket Series 2007-08

India vs South Africa Cricket Series 2007-08

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: Ganguly gives India slender lead

Sourav Ganguly helped India establish a 23 run lead to ensure the third Test against South Africa. Ganguly scored 87 of India's 288-9, sharing partnerships of 65 with Yuvraj Singh (32) and 60 with captain Mahendra Dhoni (32).
Resuming after lunch at 88 for two, the hosts found themselves slipping in the post-lunch session with Rahul Dravid (29) and VVS Laxman (50) returning to the pavilion to open up the game again. Sourav Ganguly (26) and Yuvraj Singh (21) played some sparkling shots as they tried to steady the ship by remaining unseparated till the tea break with India still 100 runs behind South Africa's first innings total.
With both batsmen going for their strokes, runs came quite briskly which led to some heated verbal exchanges between Yuvraj Singh and Dale Steyn. The two umpires stepped in quickly to diffuse the situation by talking to the players and South African captain Graeme Smith.
The lanky Morne Morkel produced a devastating spell to clean up Dravid and Laxman in quick succession as the Green Park track showed signs of crumbling with the bounce becoming more and more unpredictable. Dravid was dismissed by a ball that reared up sharply, hitting him on the wrist before ballooning up to AB de Villiers who took a simple catch at gully.
Dravid was in pain as he held his wrist while taking the long walk back to the pavillion. The stylish Laxman, who seemed to be far more comfortable in the middle, took a single off Harris to notch up his 33rd Test half century and his first at Green Park but the celebrations by the sparse crowd were shortlived as he perished soon after.

Sourav Ganguly came out in a positive frame of mind and went for his strokes straightaway, realising that it was not a track where you could survive for long by only defending.
The former captain picked up spinner Harris for special treatment hammering him for two boundaries and did not hesitate to use his feet against the slow bowler.
IND vs SA, 3rd Test, Kanpur: South Africa 265 all out v India 288 for 9

IND vs SA, 3rd Test, Kanpur: South Africa bowled out for 265 in first innings

South Africa were bowled out for 265 in their first innings against India at the close of play on the first day of the final Test match here Friday. Skipper Graeme Smith was the top scorer with 69 while Hashim Amla made 51 after South Africa opted to bat at Green Park. Ishant Sharma and Harbhajan Singh picked up three wickets each.
IND vs SA, 3rd Test, Kanpur: South Africa 265 all out v India

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.

Third Test at Kanpur India vs South Africa Cricket Series 2007-08

India vs South Africa Cricket Series 2007-08

Scores

South Africa won the toss and decided to bat
265 all out (87.3 overs)
121 all out (55.5 overs)
325 all out (99.4 overs)
64 for 2 (13.1 overs)

South Africa 1st Innings - All out
 
 
Runs
Balls
4s
6s
McKenzie st Dhoni b Chawla
36
57 5 0
Smith c Jaffer b Yuvraj
69
134 8 2
Amla
 
b Sharma
51
101 6 0
Kallis
 
b Harbhajan
1
7 0 0
Prince lbw b Sehwag
16
71 0 0
de Villiers c Ganguly b Chawla
25
45 3 0
Boucher
 
b Sharma
29
59 3 0
M Morkel c Dravid b Harbhajan
17
17 3 0
Harris
 
b Sharma
12
31 2 0
Steyn c sub b Harbhajan
0
5 0 0
Ntini not out
 
0
2 0 0
Extras
 
4nb 2w 3lb 9
 
Total
 
all out 265 (87.3 ovs)

Bowler
O
M
R
W
Sreesanth 11.0 0 32 0
Sharma 12.3 1 55 3
Harbhajan 31.0 9 52 3
Chawla 16.0 3 66 2
Yuvraj 11.0 1 39 1
Sehwag 6.0 2 18 1
Fall of wicket
 
61 McKenzie
152 Smith
160 Amla
161 Kallis
199 de Villiers
215 Prince
241 M Morkel
264 Boucher
265 Steyn
265 Harris

India 1st Innings - All out
 
 
Runs
Balls
4s
6s
Jaffer lbw b M Morkel
15
34 3 0
Sehwag lbw b Steyn
8
14 2 0
Dravid c de Villiers b M Morkel
29
106 4 0
Laxman
 
b M Morkel
50
103 7 0
Ganguly c Amla b Steyn
87
119 9 1
Yuvraj c de Villiers b Harris
32
57 6 0
Dhoni st Boucher b Harris
32
54 5 0
Harbhajan lbw b Steyn
6
21 0 0
Chawla c Smith b Ntini
4
12 1 0
Sreesanth c Prince b Harris
29
44 5 0
Sharma not out
 
14
38 2 0
Extras
 
4nb 1w 8b 6lb 19
 
Total
 
all out 325 (99.4 ovs)

Bowler
O
M
R
W
Steyn 20.0 1 71 3
Ntini 21.0 7 47 1
M Morkel 15.0 2 63 3
Harris 32.4 8 101 3
Kallis 9.0 1 23 0
Amla 2.0 0 6 0
Fall of wicket
 
18 Sehwag
35 Jaffer
113 Dravid
123 Laxman
188 Yuvraj
248 Dhoni
268 Harbhajan
279 Chawla
279 Ganguly
325 Sreesanth

South Africa 2nd Innings - All out
 
 
Runs
Balls
4s
6s
McKenzie lbw b Sreesanth
14
45 1 0
Smith
 
b Sehwag
35
90 3 0
Amla c Jaffer b Harbhajan
0
6 0 0
Kallis c Jaffer b Sehwag
15
45 1 0
Prince not out
 
22
87 1 0
de Villiers c Laxman b Harbhajan
7
21 0 0
Boucher c Dhoni b Sharma
5
11 0 0
M Morkel
 
b Sharma
0
3 0 0
Harris c Dravid b Harbhajan
0
7 0 0
Steyn
 
b Harbhajan
7
10 1 0
Ntini c Ganguly b Sehwag
0
12 0 0
Extras
 
2nb 1w 12b 1lb 16
 
Total
 
all out 121 (55.5 ovs)

Bowler
O
M
R
W
Harbhajan 23.0 7 44 4
Sharma 10.0 2 18 2
Sreesanth 9.0 4 9 1
Chawla 4.0 0 18 0
Sehwag 8.5 2 12 3
Yuvraj 1.0 0 7 0
Fall of wicket
 
26 McKenzie
27 Amla
65 Kallis
72 Smith
90 de Villiers
101 Boucher
101 M Morkel
102 Harris
114 Steyn
121 Ntini

India 2nd Innings - Close
 
 
Runs
Balls
4s
6s
Jaffer lbw b M Morkel
10
11 2 0
Sehwag c Prince b Harris
22
12 1 2
Ganguly not out
 
13
28 2 0
Dravid not out
 
18
29 4 0
Extras
 
1nb 1
 
Total
 
for 2 64 (13.1 ovs)

Bowler
O
M
R
W
Steyn 2.0 0 15 0
Ntini 1.0 0 5 0
Harris 5.1 0 36 1
M Morkel 5.0 1 8 1
Fall of wicket
 
32 Sehwag
32 Jaffer

Umpires: Asad Rauf, B R Doctrove
India: Sehwag, Jaffer, Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Harbhajan, Chawla, Sreesanth, Sharma
South Africa: Smith, McKenzie, Amla, Kallis, Prince, de Villiers, Boucher, M Morkel, Harris, Steyn, Ntini

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.