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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Even stevens at Eden

Hashim Amla at a training session at the Adela...Image via Wikipedia
India made a dramatic comeback in the 3rd session to negate the great start that South Africa had because of their debutant, Peterson and Hashim Amla.

Zaheer Khan made the customary breakthrough by bowling Greame Smith - he is definitely a bunny of the left-handed pacer. And, the best part is, he has no idea of how to tackle Zak. He was on the back-foot in the first test while here, he was on the front-foot. No matter which foot, the dismissal was the same.

Hashim Amla continued his good form in the series by scoring another century today. He guided the young debutant to score his maiden century and take South Africa to a position of strength.

Until Zaheer Khan reappeared. Of course, Ishant showed signs of his past form by bowling fast and short to Amla - the batsmen obviously did not like the stuff directed into the rib-cage, finally edging one from Zak to MS Dhoni.

Harbhajan decided to make his presence felt in the match then - multiple wickets after tea meant that the Indians were on par with the Proteans.

The pitch seems to be having bounce for those who hit the deck hard - so, it is not that the Indians have taken a big advantage in the match. They have restricted the first innings score (hopefully, the tail will not wag in the morning tomorrow) and Kirsten was happy with his bowlers today. Petersen meanwhile was confident about his bowlers during his post-day conference.

The post-tea session might be crucial in this test match - tomorrow a similar pattern would mean that the Indian top-order has to make the best of conditions while it lasts. Steyn and Morkel are awaiting their turn on this ground...

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