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South Africa vs India, 1st Test, India in South Africa 2013

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Match drawn | South Africa Vs India Live Score, 1st Test

If the first Test it anything to go by, the second Test promises to be a mega-cracker. While South Africa will have to fill up the injured Morkel's big boots, the tired Indian bowlers will look to recharge their batteries before the second and final Test at Durban. Expecting yourwarm company for the traditional boxing day Test as well. Until then take care, Merry Christmas!
Adam Gilchrist tweets: So it's a draw, it seems. They have decided. Feels like a game of chess where both are going for a draw.
Russel Arnold tweets: Test cricket at its best #RealTest alright.. !!!!
Ayaz Menon tweets: De Villiers the best batsman today in all formats you reckon? Brilliant century...
Tom Moody tweets: What a remarkable test match at the Wanderers. #SAvInd
Ramachandra Guha tweets: Whatever happens in the last session at the Wanderers, this has been a victory for Test cricket, real Test cricket, not the India/WI rubbish
Harsha Bhogle tweets: irrespective of the result sensational innings from faf du plessis. wonder if he is thinking of a win. #hemust
Gaurav Kalra tweets: This test match has lasted longer than the series against west indies!! #SAvInd
Jonathan Agnew tweets: Sad to see so few in at Wanderers on a Sunday afternoon as their team chase down a record target..
Gary Kirsten tweets: This is great test cricket!! #SAvIND
Views from the twitterati:
Joe Dawes, the Indian bowling coach was takling to the official broadcasters after the game: 'They really worked hard today. Zak coming back was great for us. They worked hard. It's good for us.We have been pushing them for fitness, so they should come back for the next Test. I would give us a 7 or 8 out of 10. We're going in the right direction. Ishant is a good bloke. He's a worked hard. He was disappointed with the Australia ODI series but he went and took some wickets in the Ranji trophy and came back well. They are all young. Ishant has been around for a while but he's still learning. Having Zak back was great for us. Him coming and chipping in was a great help.'
Faf du Plessis, who was talking to the official broadcasters after the game: 'Quite tired to be honest. Some weird things happened after I got the 100. I got some stomach aches that I normally don't. For me it was something I had done before. I just wanted to make my wicket very hard for the Indians to take. I thought the wicket was very hard. The conditions was really hard for seamers. I'm really impressed with their bowling. This is a really big moral win for us. We should have probably lost today but we go in with the momentum to Durban. The Indian fielding has been amazing. It was a blur. If in the morning, you'd told us we would draw this then I would have taken it. So it's a great finish.'
The Pujara-Kohli stand formed the corner stone of India's second essay. While Pujara paced his fourth 150+ score to perfection, Kohli fell agonizingly shy of becoming the first Indian Number 4 to notch up twin hundreds. Set a never before chased 458-run target, the South African openers got off to a steady start until Smith and Amla fell in quick succession. Alviro Petersen, who compiled a neat fifty overnight perished early today. Refusing to yield, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers, revoking memories of their Adelaide marathon nearly enabled South Africa pull off a historic triumph. However, Rahane effected a direct throw to alter the script. Inspired by that moment of brilliance in the field, India held South Africa to a draw. All in all, it was a pulsating game of Test cricket!
Match summary: The inexperienced India side was expected to go down meekly, especially after the disastrous performance in the ODI series. Batting first, India made a respectable 280 on the back of a Kohli special. Vernon Philander, who triggered off India's lower order collapse, averted a similar South African freefall, scoring an attacking 59 after Graeme Smith's scratchy fifty. The returning Zaheer Khan gave a good account of himself, snaring 4 wickets. Ishant, who found himself on the brink of a rare hat-trick also underlined his value to the side with a 4-fer.

Match details

Toss : India won the toss and elected to bat first

Umpires : Rod Tucker (Australia) and Steve Davis (Australia)

TV umpire : Shaun George (South Africa)

Match referee : Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe)

Teams

South Africa : Graeme Smith(c), Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers(wk), Faf du Plessis, Jean-Paul Duminy, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.

India : Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni(c & wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma.

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