21 December 2010

South Africa muscles India to an Innings defeat

South Africa has won the first test match humiliating India by an innings an 25 runs defeat. South Africa bowled out India for 459 in their second innings on the fifth and final day at Centurion to take 1-0 lead in the series.

Sachin Tendulkar has been the only saving grace for the team India. Many were thinking that Bhajji would be able to score some runs and stop slide and there were many who thought after last evening’s bad weather that the mother nature would come to the rescue of team India with heavy rains. But nothing of sort happened and South Africa was able to wrap up the series with a very easy victory.
Tendulkar remained unbeaten on 111, there was no rain interruption on the fifth and final day as the South African pace duo of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel sealed the issue in their team's favour in no time.South Africa captain Graeme Smith praises his bowlers for an outstanding game as the duo of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel took 7 wickets apiece in the match. 

"The bowlers did very well and bowled in the right areas on the first day," said Smith.

Smith also praised India batsmen for putting up a good effort, showing good patience and resilience in their second innings. India skipper Dhoni admitted the toss played a key part in the outcome of the match.Also stressed that their bowling department was also weakened with the absence of their ace Zaheer Khan, who unluckily missed out due to a hamstring injury.

Sachin Tendulkar becomes  at Centurion became first cricketer to hit 50 test centuries. Tendulkar became the first batsman in the 133-year history of Test Cricket to complete a half-century of hundreds. Also from the South African side, Paul Harris and Morne Morkel took their 100th test match wickets. Jacques kallis was adjudged man of the match for his maiden double century.


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