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December 26, 2013


20:23   - Scorecard

STUMPS - DAY 1


India 181-1 (61 overs) vs SA

So, finally the umpires have decided to call off play early for the opening day due to bad light.

India will be happy despite the day being curtailed as they finish on a strong 181 for one in 61 overs.

Vijay showed great application to score 91, while Pujara continued his good run to score a steady 58 as the duo put India on top after Dhawan's early dismissal.

Play will start early on Day 2, at 1300 IST to make up for the loss of 39 overs on the opening day.
20:11  There is a very slim chance of the match restarting on Day 1 with no improvement in the light, says a source from Kingsmead.  
19:07  - Scorecard

BAD LIGHT STOPS PLAY

India 181-1 (61 overs) vs SA

The umpires have taken the reading of the light using the light meter and have decided to take the players off.

India are in control on 181 for one 61 overs with Vijay on 91 from 201 balls with the help of 17 fours, while Pujara is on 58 from 117 balls with the duo having put on 140 runs for the second wicket so far.
19:06   - Scorecard

BAD LIGHT STOPS PLAY

India 181-1 (61 overs) vs SA

Steyn from round the wicket attacking Vijay with a barrage of short deliveries. He is looking at it the Indian opener's body who is content to let it go for another maiden over.
18:59  - Scorecard

India 181-1 (60 overs) vs SA

SA bring back Morkel in place of Peterson despite it getting darker at Kingsmead.

Vijay is beaten off the third ball as he dabs his bat at one outside the off-stump. He takes a single from the last ball to keep the strike.

India are 181 for one in 60 overs, with Vijay on 91 from 195 balls, having hit 17 fours, while Pujara is on 58 from 117 balls.
18:54  - Scorecard

India 180-1 (59 overs) vs SA

Steyn switches to round the wicket and he bowls a quick bouncer which slips down the leg side to Pujara.

The next ball is on the body as Pujara looks to fend but it hits the gloves and falls on the pitch.

The last ball is again on the same line and Pujara somehow manages to defend it.
18:49  - Scorecard

India 180-1 (58 overs) vs SA

Peterson will continue despite being hit for two boundaries in his previous over.

Pujara takes a single from the first ball to bring Vijay back on strike, who defends the rest of the over as Peterson bowls it quick and flat.
18:45  - Scorecard

India 179-1 (57 overs) vs SA

Vijay sensibly watchfully defends against Steyn, who is mixing up his length and trying to create something.

With runs leaking from the other end, Indians content to play out Steyn, who bowls his fourth maiden.
18:42  - Scorecard

India 179-1 (56 overs) vs SA

Vijay targetting Peterson as he comes down the track and lofts the full toss over midwicket for a boundary.

Two balls later, he chips down again and heaves him over midwicket for another four as India are keen not to let Petersen settle down.

He is going after the left-arm spinner as he forces the fourth ball to sweeper cover for a single to take his score to 90.

Once again, spin proving to be the weaklink for the hosts with Peterson going for 42 runs in 11 overs.
18:37  - Scorecard

India 170-1 (55 overs) vs SA

Steyn from the other end. Pujara turns the first ball on the leg side for one and Vijay does the same three balls later after ducking under a bouncer.

Pujara defends the last two deliveries as India reach 170 for one in 55 overs.
18:33  - Scorecard

India 168-1 (54 overs) vs SA

Peterson to resume proceedings after the tea break. Pujara takes an easy single on the off-side from the second ball before Vijay plays another classical cover drive for a boundary to take his score to 80.
18:12  - Scorecard

TEA - DAY 1

India 163-1 (53 overs) vs SA

Steyn to bowl the last over of the session and he will looking to get the ball to reverse into the right-hander.

The first two deliveries come in which Pujara defends on the leg side while the third ball is outside the off-stump which the right-hander leaves alone.

He flicks the fourth ball to deep square leg for a single.

Vijay clips the last ball through midwicket for a couple.

At tea on Day 2, India are 163 for one in 53 overs, having scored 87 runs in 27 overs.

Vijay is on 76 from 167 balls, having hit 14 fours, while Pujara has made 55 from 103 balls with the help of seven fours. The duo have so far put on 122 runs for the second wicket to put India in control.
18:07  - Scorecard

India 160-1 (52 overs) vs SA

Pujara drives Peterson through the covers for a boundary to bring up his fifty from 97 balls.

He drives the third ball which is again wide but gets just a single to sweeper cover.

Vijay is keen to defend the over with tea time round the corner.
18:05  - Scorecard

India 155-1 (51 overs) vs SA

Steyn gets one to move away beating Vijay, who dabs his bat at it. The last ball comes in sharply and goes through the right-hander, who is beaten all ends up.
17:59  - Scorecard

India 155-1 (50 overs) vs SA

Peterson looking to stop the flow of runs, bowling a tight line and length on and around the off-stump.

Pujara is content to block out the rest of the over.

India are 155 for one in 50 overs, with Vijay on 74 from 156 balls with the help of 14 fours, while Pujara is on 49 from 96 balls.
17:57  - Scorecard

India 155-1 (49 overs) vs SA

Philander will continue as the post lunch session nears completion with around 15 minutes to go for tea.

Pujara clips the third ball to deep square leg which Vijay is content to defend it watchfully.
17:51  - Scorecard

India 154-1 (48 overs) vs SA

Peterson has a huge appeal for LBW against Vijay turned down, infact none of his team mates were quite interested in that as the batsman had a good stride forward and looked to be struck outside the line.

It is getting quite dark at Kingsmead as the floodlights have been switched on with Peterson managing to bowl a maiden over.
17:49  - Scorecard

India 154-1 (47 overs) vs SA

Vijay flicks Philander to deep midwicket for a single before Pujara is beaten by one that bounced a bit extra and swung away. But SA still not doing enough to make the breakthrough as Vijay and Pujara continue their positive approach.
17:43  - Scorecard

India 153-1 (46 overs) vs SA

Vijay taps Peterson on the off-side as Graeme Smith at short cover fires it back to the keeper and nearly takes out the batsman, who ducks quickly under it.

He then takes a single from the second ball as Pujara has to dive to make his crease.

Pujara then chips down the track and whips Peterson through midwicket for a boundary as India again look to target SA's spinner.
17:40  - Scorecard

India 148-1 (45 overs) vs SA

Vijay drives Philander wide of the mid-off fielder and sprints across for a quick single.

Pujara will not be tempted to do anything fancy as he defends the rest of the over.
17:35  - Scorecard

India 147-1 (44 overs) vs SA

Peterson drops short as Pujara hits him through the covers for a couple with Morkel again having to do the chasing.

Pujara content to defend the rest of the over as the left-arm spinner keeps it tight.
17:33  - Scorecard

India 145-1 (43 overs) vs SA

Philander comes back to replace Kallis. He overpitches the second delivery which Vijay crashes through covers for a boundary to bring up the 100-run partnership for the second wicket with Pujara (42).

The next ball is short and Vijay goes back and thumps through the same region for the same result, to take his score to 71 with the help of 14 boundaries.

He goes after the last two deliveries but is unable to beat the fielders on the off-side.
17:28  - Scorecard

India 137-1 (42 overs) vs SA

Kallis makes way for left-arm spinner Peterson, who will continue from round the wicket.

Vijay comes down the track to the third ball and hits it powerfully to mid-off where the fielder misfields to give away a single.

Pujara has a good look at the spinner as he watchfully defends the last three balls.
17:25  - Scorecard

India 136-1 (41 overs) vs SA

Morkel, like in the first Test, has been South Africa's best bowler in this match too. Another maiden for SA as Pujara watchfully plays out Morkel, who has taken one for 25 in 11 overs.
17:20  - Scorecard

India 136-1 (40 overs) vs SA

Kallis mixing it up well, as a full delivery is followed by a quick short ball which Vijay ducks under.

He defends the last three balls as India reach 136 for one in 40 overs.
17:12  - Scorecard

India 136-1 (39 overs) vs SA

Pujara is hit on the shoulder by a quick bouncer from Morkel as the tall pacer appeals for caught behind.

The last ball is sliding down the leg side which Pujara flicks fine for a boundary.

India are looking comfortable on 136 for one in 39 overs at the drinks break.
17:08  - Scorecard

India 132-1 (38 overs) vs SA

Pujara back on strike after a while and he flicks Kallis to deep midwicket for a couple before he gets one from the next delivery despite nearly falling over trying to turn it on the leg side.

Kallis bowls a quick yorker which Vijay digs out before he is beaten by the last ball as it jags in sharply but strikes him high, on the thigh pad.
17:03  - Scorecard

India 129-1 (37 overs) vs SA

South Africa's bowlers trying their very best but nothing is working for them. Vijay clips Morkel through the leg side for a couple before he tries to play the cut shot a couple of balls later. He gets a thick edge which flies over the slips for a boundary to pile more frustration on the hosts.
17:01  - Scorecard

India 123-1 (36 overs) vs SA

Kallis manages to beat Vijay with one that moves away enough as the right-hander looked to drive it through the off-side.

And he continues to take single from the last ball to keep strike.

India have scored 47 runs in 10 overs after the lunch break.
16:55  - Scorecard

India 122-1 (35 overs) vs SA

Morkel is back and he bowls a good bouncer to Vijay, who drops his wrists and sways out of the way. A late appeal from Morkel but the umpire is not interested.

He continues India's trend in recent overs to score from the last ball, taking one to midwicket to retain strike.
16:50  - Scorecard

India 121-1 (34 overs) vs SA

Vijay continues to find the gap through the off-side as he cuts a short wide delivery from Kallis behind point for a boundary to bring up his fifty, in some style.

Vijay has been patient early before playing some delightful shots to score his fifty from 102 balls, hitting as many as 11 fours.

Unlike Dhawan, Vijay has shown the character to fight it out in the middle and look to play a big innings after getting off to a good start.
16:47  - Scorecard

India 115-1 (33 overs) vs SA

Steyn has changed his line of attack to outside the off-stump, inviting Vijay to play away from his body. He resists the temptation for the first five balls and once again India get a boundary off the last ball.

Vijay reaches out and opens the face of the bat slightly to get a boundary through the covers, which takes his score to 49.
16:43  - Scorecard

India 111-1 (32 overs) vs SA

Philander's over follow a similar script like the one from Steyn. Five dot balls as Vijay defends before a slight error from the pacers sees Vijay drive it through the covers for three runs.

South Africa taking good care of the ball, hoping to get some reverse swing later by maintaining one side of the ball.
16:36  - Scorecard

India 108-1 (31 overs) vs SA

Steyn gets his stuff right against Pujara as he resorts to a line on and around the off-stump, forcing the right hander to defend.

But the last ball is slightly overpitched and Pujara is happy to punch it down the ground for a boundary.

With no help for the bowlers at all, India will look to make most of the opportunity and run away with a big score in the first innings score.
16:31  - Scorecard

India 104-1 (30 overs) vs SA

India looking in control on a good pitch as Vijay drives a full delivery from Philander back down the pitch for a straight boundary to bring up India's 100.

The next ball is a bit short and Vijay stands tall and sends it crashing through the covers for another four as India get a move along after the break.

India are 104 for one in 30 overs with Vijay on 42 from 87 balls, laced with nine boundaries, while Pujara has made 30 from 45 balls.
16:28  - Scorecard

India 96-1 (29 overs) vs SA

Pujara steers the second ball from Steyn through thirdman for two runs before he again finds the gap with the flick for a boundary to raise the 50-run stand for the second wicket with 95 balls.

Pujara is very severe to anything pitched on his pads and despite having three fielders inside the circle on the leg side, he is able to find the gap.

The last ball is again on the pads and Pujara whips it through midwicket for couple to take his score to 30, from 45 balls.
16:22  - Scorecard

India 88-1 (28 overs) vs SA

Pujara flicks Philander through the leg side but Petersen makes a good stop at midwicket to save some runs. However, he gets the next ball in the gap through the same region for three runs.

Vijay then defends the rest of the over, looking to get his eye in after the lunch break.
16:16   - Scorecard

India 83-1 (27 overs) vs SA

Steyn to resume proceedings after the lunch break. The second ball is full and on the pads as Pujara flicks it behind square on the leg side for a boundary.

Steyn drifting down the pads as the Indian batsmen take another three singles from the rest of the over.
16:10  - Scorecard

India 76-1 (26 overs) vs SA

A good session for India on a pitch which according to many looks like a good wicket for batsmen. Dhawan will be unhappy at having thrown his wicket away after getting off to a start, a bad habit he has developed in Tests after his sensational debut earlier this year.

Dhawan started his Test career with a sizzling record-breaking innings of 187 on debut but since then has got scores of 23, 33, 13, 15 and 29 in this match for a tally of 113 in his last five innings.
15:33  - Scorecard

India 76-1 (26 overs) vs SA

Peterson to bowl the final over of the morning session. Pujara gets a single from the third ball before Vijay plays a delightful through midwicket for a boundary.

He nearly lobs the next ball back to the bowler but it falls short before he defends the last ball.

At lunch on Day 1, India are 76 for one in 26 overs. Vijay has shown great application yet again to score 33 from 76 balls, while Pujara looks good on 13 from 31 balls.

Morkel was the only wicket taker with one for 14 in seven overs, but Steyn and Philander also bowled lively spells with the new ball.
15:28  - Scorecard

India 71-1 (25 overs) vs SA

Morkel nearly scalps Vijay with the extra bounce as the opener goes back to defend but the ball passes the outside edge. He comes forward to the next ball and plays a solid front foot defensive shot and blocks the rest of the over.
15:23  - Scorecard

India 71-1 (24 overs) vs SA

Pujara takes a single from the first ball, driving Peterson on the off-side. The second ball is overpitched and Vijay takes toll by driving him effortlessly through the covers for a four.

Vijay turns the fifth ball on the leg side for a single before Pujara blocks it to short leg.
15:20  - Scorecard

India 65-1 (23 overs) vs SA

Pujara takes a single from the first delivery before Morkel gets Vijay to inside edge it on to his box and he is feeling the sting.

He then watchfully defends the rest of the over.

India will be looking to play out the next 10 mins with caution and reach lunch with any further damage.
15:15  - Scorecard

India 64-1 (22 overs) vs SA

Left-arm spinner Robin Peterson comes into the attack and he will start from round the wicket.

The first ball is a full toss which Vijay hits through midwicket for his fifth boundary to take his score to 24.

But he finds his range for the rest of the over forcing the Indian opener to defend.
15:12  - Scorecard

India 60-1 (21 overs) vs SA

Morkel replaces Philander, who bowled four maidens in a row in his previous spell.

Pujara is looking to defend and play out the first session but is he equally keen not to waste any scoring opportunity.

The fifth ball is on the pads as Pujara flicks it through square leg for his first boundary.
15:11  - Scorecard

India 56-1 (20 overs) vs SA

Vijay defends the first ball from Kallis as it moves away before he ducks under a short ball. However when Kallis overpitches Vijay is quick to crash it through the covers for a boundary and then defends the last two balls.

India are 56 for one in 20 overs with Vijay on 20 from 52 balls, while Pujara has made six from 19 balls.
15:09  - Scorecard

India 52-1 (19 overs) vs SA

Philander has kept his end tight with four maiden overs in a row as Pujara is content to play it safe.

He has conceded just 12 runs from seven overs with four maidens.
15:08  - Scorecard

India 52-1 (18 overs) vs SA

Kallis tries a bouncer to Vijay, who is happy to duck under it before takes a single on the leg side from the fourth delivery, for the first run after 14 balls.

Pujara then turns a short ball on the leg side for one.
14:54  - Scorecard

India 50-1 (17 overs) vs SA

Pujara edges the first ball from Philander taking his bottom hand off the bat and it goes on the bounce to third slip, where Petersen does well to stop it with a dive.

The next ball is inside edged on to the pads but he manages to defend the rest of the over with ease.
14:51  - Scorecard

India 50-1 (16 overs) vs SA

38-year-old Kallis, who has taken 292 wickets in 165 Tests, comes to bowl in his first Test match.

Pujara comes forward and drive the first ball through the covers for three runs.

Vijay flicks the next delivery uppishly square on the leg side for a boundary to bring up India's 50, in the 16th over.
14:46  - Scorecard

India 43-1 (15 overs) vs SA

Vijay looks to pull a short ball from Philander but gets it off the bottom of the bat and it goes the fielder midwicket.

He defends the rest of the over as Philander comes up with a good over.
14:41   - Scorecard

India 42-1 (14 overs) vs SA

A wicket straight after the drinks break as Dhawan throws away another good start.

Morkel makes the first breakthrough for SA with the wicket of Dhawan, who is caught at third slip for 29. A full delivery moving away which the Indian opener tries to play a careless drive without any footwork and ends up paying the price.

Morkel was not supposed to play in this match and a few days and he is the man to make the first breakthrough for SA in Durban.

New batsman Cheteshwar Pujara gets off the mark with two runs on the leg side.

The last ball comes in and hits Pujara high on the pads as Morkel's appeal for LBW hardly excites the umpire.
14:32  - Scorecard

India 41-0 (13 overs) vs SA

Philander is back into the attack, replacing Steyn, who bowled six overs for 21 runs.

Dhawan looks to pull the third ball but misses and gets a leg bye.

Philander then pitches it right up beating Vijay who was looking to defend on the front foot.

At the first drinks break, India looking good on 41 for no loss in 13 overs.
14:27  - Scorecard

India 40-0 (12 overs) vs SA

Morkel bowls a good bouncer directed on the body to Vijay, who ducks under it. The next ball is 141kph full and swinging away beating the right-hander all ends up, who was looking to defend off the backfoot.

He then steers the third ball through gully where the fielder makes a good diving stop to keep it down to one.

Dhawan ducks under a quick short ball from Morkel, who then has a few words with the batsman.

The last ball is flicked off his hips to fine leg region for a single.
14:23  - Scorecard

India 38-0 (11 overs) vs SA

Dhawan is beaten by a quick delivery from Steyn as it moves away before he sensibly lets the next one go through.

Dhawan then ducks under a short ball before he is beaten yet again, trying to defend outside the off-stump.
14:17  - Scorecard

India 38-0 (10 overs) vs SA

Dhawan hits a wide delivery from Morkel through the covers for his fourth boundary to take his score to 27. Two balls later he taps it through the region and finds the gap but can get only a single.

Vijay is content to defend the last ball watchfully.

India are 38 for no loss in 10 overs with Dhawan on 28 from 36 balls, having hit four boundaries, while Vijay has made 10 from 24 balls with two fours.
14:13  - Scorecard

India 33-0 (9 overs) vs SA

Steyn bowls a quick bouncer which Vijay is forced to duck under before he pitches it up and is defended on the off-side.

Vijay is then struck on the elbow by one that comes in before Steyn appeals for LBW off the fifth delivery.

A good testing over from Steyn as SA bowl two maiden overs in a row.
14:08  - Scorecard

India 33-0 (8 overs) vs SA

Morne Morkel comes into the attack in place of Philander, who bowled three overs for 12 runs.

Dhawan in a bit of problem as he looks to pull a short delivery but checks his shot at the very last moment and the balls goes towards mid-on. He tries to flick the next delivery, which is full, and the muted LBW appeal hardly interests the umpire.

Morkel starts with a maiden over, the first of the SA innings.
14:05  - Scorecard

India 33-0 (7 overs) vs SA

Steyn overpitches the first ball and gives a bit of width as Dhawan crashes it through the covers for a cracking boundary.

He drops the next delivery on the off-side and takes a quick single.

Vijay then plays another one down the ground with minimum effort and it races away for a boundary.
13:59   - Scorecard

India 24-0 (6 overs) vs SA

Dhawan looking good yet again and he will be keen to make it count by playing a big innings.

He plays out the first five deliveries from Philander before turning the last ball to fine leg for a single.
13:54  - Scorecard

India 23-0 (5 overs) vs SA

Steyn bowling it closer to the stumps making Vijay play a lot more unlike in the last match. He defends the first two balls before nudging it on the leg side for a single.

Dhawan also picks an easy single on the leg side as India are off to a good start, reaching 23 for no loss in five overs.
13:49  - Scorecard

India 21-0 (4 overs) vs SA

Nothing much for the pacers as Dhawan punches the second ball from Philander through mid-off for a couple.

Philander drifts on the pads as Dhawan flicks it through midwicket for his second boundary to race to 16 from 13 balls.
13:45  - Scorecard

India 15-0 (3 overs) vs SA

Steyn slants the first ball across Dhawan who looks to play inside the line but is beaten. He pulls the next ball but it goes towards fine leg for a single.

Vijay then gets his first boundary with a delightful straight drive as a mere punch sees it racing past mid-off. The last ball is left alone but it comes in a long way and passes over the stumps.
13:41  - Scorecard

India 10-0 (2 overs) vs SA

Dhawan nudges Vernon Philander square on the leg side for a single before Vijay defends the next delivery.

He leaves the next two deliveries before picking a single on the leg side.

Dhawan flicks the last delivery through midwicket as Morne Morkel gives chase for three runs.
13:35  - Scorecard

India 5-0 (1 over) vs SA

Jacques Kallis leads the team out, in his final Test match to a huge cheer from the fans at the Kingsmead stadium.

Dale Steyn to bowl the first over and facing him will be Shikhar Dhawan. The left-hander defends the first ball before punching the second down the ground past mid-off for a boundary to get India off the mark in some style.

Shaun Pollock believes that the wicket looks a bit drier than normally and the spinners would come into play a lot more than usual. Rahul Dravid adds saying that he came in expecting a green wicket but saw a wicket looking similar to a sub-continental wicket.

Dhawan tucks the fourth ball off his hips on the leg side for a single.

Murali Vijay plays out the last two deliveries of the over.
13:30  It will be a big moment for all South African cricket fans as all-rounder Jacques Kallis will retire from Test and first-class cricket after this match.

Kallis, cricket's fourth highest Test run-getter, would be available, however, for selection in the limited-over formats, Cricket South Africa said in a statement.

"It's been an honour and a privilege to have been part of the South African Test team since making my debut 18 years ago," said the 38-year-old, who has amassed 13174 runs and taken 292 wickets from 165 Tests.

"I have enjoyed every moment out in the middle but I just feel that the time is right to hang up my Test whites," said the all-rounder who has also accumulated 11574 runs from 325 One-day internationals.

"It wasn't an easy decision to come to, especially with Australia around the corner and the success this team is enjoying, but I feel that I have made my contribution in this format."
13:12  South Africa will be looking to end their poor run in Durban after suffering four straight defeats at Kingsmead.

The Proteas are at a loss to explain their miserable run at one of the country's premier Test grounds, where they have not won since beating West Indies in 2008.

Australia, England, India and Sri Lanka have all enjoyed handsome triumphs in Durban over the world's top ranked Test team since then and vice-captain AB de Villiers cannot fathom the poor run.
13:11   India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has won the toss and elected to bat against South Africa in the second Test, in Durban, on Thursday.

India made one change to their team with all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja replacing off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who failed to pick a single wicket in the first Test, which finished in a thrilling draw.

South Africa also made a change to their team with left-arm spinner Robin Peterson coming in for leg-spinner Imran Tahir.

Surprisingly, fast bowler Morne Morkel, who injured his ankle during the first Test made a quick recovery for this match.

The first Test ended in a thrilling draw as South Africa finished eight runs short after being set 458 for victory.