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India vs South Africa First Test Match at 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.
Resuming on 163-5, South Africa lost Mark Boucher in the third over of the morning, trapped by Zaheer Khan with one pitching just outside leg-stump. Shaun Pollock hit his first ball for four and added a six and five more boundaries before missing a slog sweep.
Andre Nel fell to another debatable lbw and Ashwell Prince was bowled by the wily Anil Kumble three short of a ton. India's success was all the more impressive considering their comprehensive 4-0 defeat in the preceeding one-day series.
In the final over before the new ball was due, Prince moved in sight of his fifth Test century with three successive fours off Singh, but then became another to be entangled by Kumble and yorked himself. The celebrations began in earnest when last man Makhaya Ntini sliced Khan above cover and Virender Sehwag took a well-judged catch to the immense delight of his teammates and small but enthusiastic band of supporters.
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. Reported Earlier: Start of the match has been delayed by about 90 minutes due to a damp pitch. The damp spots had developed due to excessive sweating from some damp hessian that the groundsman had put on the pitch, under the cover, to keep it from cracking up.
India: Rahul Dravid (Captain), Virender Sehwag, Wasim Jaffer, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, Sreesanth, VRV Singh.
South Africa: Graeme Smith (Captain), Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Hashim Amla, Ashwell Prince, AB de Villiers, Mark Boucher, Shaun Pollock, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Dale Steyn.

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.
Dravid, who picked a freak finger injury during the one-dayers, has been cleared to bat, although, he would not field at his usual position in the slips. That, however, should not be of much concern as the embattled Indians desperately need his services in the fragile middle-order which will also see the return of Sourav Ganguly to the Test ranks after a gap of ten months. Ganguly staked his claim for a Test berth with a gritty 83 in the warm-up match at Potchefstroom, but there would be no such consideration for Irfan Pathan who had struck an unbeaten century under tough conditions in the tie. Obviously, it is not Pathans batting but the bowling which would keep him out of the playing eleven on the morrow on a greenish track at the Wanderers.
India are clinging on to exceptions and past records as reasons to spark a revival but it is easier said than done against a hostile attack on bouncy terrain. Wanderers has traditionally been quicker and bouncier of most pitches in South Africa and rarely ends without a result, as just one draw in the last nine Tests since 1998 testifies. On an average, a wicket falls after every 30 runs and the average scoring per over at this ground is a mere 2.94 runs. These grim statistics tell us why visiting batsmen dont look forward to paying a visit to the Bull Ring. India have figures to back their case, though. They havent been beaten in their two encounters at the Wanderers and on both occasions a back-to-the-wall century by a batsman has bailed them out.
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.
Dravid, since he was diagnosed with a chipped right middle finger in Cape Town on November 27, has been medically advised to skip the first Test but the Indian skipper seems to have opted against it and play for his team. He was back in the nets within 10 days and a gradual hitting of soft balls has progressed to the point where he is pitting himself against the bowling machine in real-time speed.
He has once again sought medical opinion on the progress of his finger and could be seen using ice to hold off swelling, if any. Still, the presence of plaster is a reminder that Dravid could be rushing up his return. For a man who has a history of chipped, broken or bruised fingers he once confided in the 90s that hardly a series passed without him having the misfortune of attending to his fingers -- Dravid is actually revisiting his nightmares.
Usually such is the fate of men who like to get behind the line of the ball and who field at slips and forward short legs his record 146 test catches testify that he has not done too bad a job either. One such attempt though to catch Shaun Pollock at Cape Town last month has rendered him hors de combat and India, without its Best Batsman and Captain at the steering ship, have been tossed into the high sea of uncertainty.

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.
With batting being the main area of concern, the men with the willows sweated it out at the nets led by Captain Dravid who tested himself against the bowling machine with bio-mechanist Ian Fraser. Virender Sehwag's form has gone from bad to worse on the South African wickets and Coach Greg Chappell pointed out a few things to Sehwag and Wasim Jaffer as they tackled a few net bowlers.
Sachin Tendulkar too waited for his turn. He will have to strike some form if India is to make an impression in this Test series. Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman hit the gyms, as they are not highly regarded for their fitness. India will have to fill a void in the field left behind by Yuvraj, Kaif and Raina. Meanwhile, Dilip Vengsarkar, the Chief Selector has left for South Africa and he is expected to play a crucial role in team meetings. The Indian think tank will hope that his experience of more than a 100 test matches will turn things around for India.

India vs South Africa First Cricket Test


India won the toss and decided to bat
249 all out (79.5 overs)
236 all out (64.4 overs)
84 all out (25.1 overs)
278 all out (86.5 overs)

India 1st Innings
W Jaffer lbw b M Ntini
40 2 0
V Sehwag c M V Boucher b S M Pollock
26 0 0
R Dravid c G C Smith b J H Kallis
83 5 0
S R Tendulkar c A B de Villiers b J H Kallis
89 7 0
V V S Laxman c M V Boucher b M Ntini
67 5 0
S C Ganguly not out
101 4 1
M S Dhoni c S M Pollock b M Ntini
20 0 0
A Kumble c J H Kallis b A Nel
15 1 0
Z Khan lbw b S M Pollock
23 0 0
S Sreesanth c H M Amla b S M Pollock
2 0 0
V R V Singh c and b S M Pollock
19 6 0
6nb 11w 15lb 32
all out 249 (79.5 ovs)

D W Steyn 10.1 3 26 0
M Ntini 18.0 1 57 3
S M Pollock 17.5 7 39 4
A Nel 18.5 5 45 1
J H Kallis 15.0 0 67 2
Fall of wicket
14 W Jaffer
14 V Sehwag
83 S R Tendulkar
110 R Dravid
156 V V S Laxman
167 M S Dhoni
188 A Kumble
205 Z Khan
205 S Sreesanth
249 V R V Singh

South Africa 1st Innings
G C Smith lbw b S Sreesanth
12 0 0
H H Gibbs c V Sehwag b Z Khan
4 0 0
H M Amla c V V S Laxman b S Sreesanth
6 0 0
J H Kallis c V V S Laxman b S Sreesanth
14 3 0
A G Prince c M S Dhoni b A Kumble
60 2 0
A B de Villiers c V Sehwag b Z Khan
14 1 0
M V Boucher
b S Sreesanth
6 1 0
S M Pollock lbw b S Sreesanth
10 1 0
A Nel c Z Khan b V R V Singh
24 2 1
M Ntini
b A Kumble
1 0 0
D W Steyn not out
1 0 0
1nb 3w 2b 6
all out 84 (25.1 ovs)

Z Khan 10.0 3 32 2
S Sreesanth 10.0 3 40 5
V R V Singh 3.1 0 8 1
A Kumble 2.0 1 2 2
Fall of wicket
5 G C Smith
5 H H Gibbs
5 H M Amla
21 J H Kallis
33 A B de Villiers
38 M V Boucher
45 S M Pollock
84 A G Prince
84 M Ntini
84 A Nel

India 2nd Innings
W Jaffer c G C Smith b A Nel
9 1 0
V Sehwag c H H Gibbs b A Nel
29 6 0
R Dravid c M V Boucher b S M Pollock
9 0 0
S R Tendulkar
b S M Pollock
22 3 0
V V S Laxman c G C Smith b M Ntini
154 12 0
S C Ganguly c M V Boucher b M Ntini
38 4 0
M S Dhoni c M V Boucher b S M Pollock
25 3 0
A Kumble c A G Prince b A Nel
11 0 0
Z Khan c M V Boucher b M Ntini
80 3 2
S Sreesanth not out
7 0 1
V R V Singh run out
4 2 0
1w 2b 10lb 13
all out 236 (64.4 ovs)

M Ntini 15.4 2 77 3
A Nel 19.0 4 58 3
S M Pollock 16.0 4 33 3
J H Kallis 11.0 2 30 0
G C Smith 3.0 0 26 0
Fall of wicket
20 W Jaffer
37 R Dravid
41 V Sehwag
61 S R Tendulkar
119 S C Ganguly
147 M S Dhoni
148 A Kumble
218 V V S Laxman
219 Z Khan
236 V R V Singh

South Africa 2nd Innings
H H Gibbs c S R Tendulkar b Z Khan
4 0 0
G C Smith c V Sehwag b S Sreesanth
27 1 0
H M Amla c M S Dhoni b S Sreesanth
30 2 0
J H Kallis c S C Ganguly b S Sreesanth
72 4 0
A G Prince
b A Kumble
223 11 0
A B de Villiers run out
42 3 0
M V Boucher lbw b Z Khan
41 3 0
S M Pollock
b A Kumble
41 6 1
A Nel lbw b A Kumble
12 1 0
D W Steyn not out
24 0 0
M Ntini c V Sehwag b Z Khan
20 1 0
19nb 8lb 27
all out 278 (86.5 ovs)

Z Khan 22.5 5 79 3
S Sreesanth 25.0 8 59 3
V R V Singh 18.0 4 67 0
S C Ganguly 1.0 0 11 0
A Kumble 20.0 4 54 3
Fall of wicket
0 H H Gibbs
22 G C Smith
34 H M Amla
84 J H Kallis
120 A B de Villiers
164 M V Boucher
231 S M Pollock
245 A Nel
264 A G Prince
278 M Ntini

Umpires: M R Benson, D J Harper

India vs South Africa First Cricket Test

The Venue

New Wanderers Stadium

Wanderers Stadium is a stadium situated just south of Sandton in Illovo, Johannesburg in Gauteng Province, South Africa. Test, One Day and First class cricket matches are played here. It is also the home ground for the Highveld Lions, formerly known as Gauteng (Transvaal).
The stadium has a seating capacity of 30,000, and was built in 1956 to replace the Old Wanderers Stadium. It was completely overhauled following South Africa's readmission to international cricket in 1991. In 1996, five new 65 metre high floodlight masts replaced the existing four 30 metre high masts enabling day-night limited-overs cricket. The Cricket World Cup 2003 final was held at the Wanderers Stadium. On 1 October 2004, the Wanderers Clubhouse was virtually destroyed by fire.

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.