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Dec 30, 2013
Kallis takes the mic now. He says, “It’s tough day. The way people have come out to support today. It has been an amazing one. Thank You to MS Dhoni and his team for giving that guard of honour. I hope I made my parents proud as well.”
Here are a few quotes from the presentation ceremony.
Dhoni, “Overall if you see Test series, it has been a fantastic one. It was a very good experience for all of them. Jacques has been a fantastic cricketer. He never speaks much on the field. In one of the Test in Chennai I saw him moving from slips all through Test and he hardly spoke anything.”
Smith, “India is always a big challenge. We knew this was going to be a big game for us. The performance of the team has been incredible. Jacques is now going to play a lot of golf now. We’ve enjoyed time on many tours. He has been an outstanding human being and I think that’s what matters.”
Steyn is the Man of the Match and AB de Villiers is the Man of the Series.
Perfect farewell for Jacques Kallis. Graeme Smith hits a six and a four to seal the series for South Africa. Catch the match report here. Very few would have thought of a South Africa win after all the overs lost due to rain and bad light. But then there’s a Dale Steyn reserved for special occasion turning the match around with his six-for and then pushing India out on the last day. That victory also brings a change in fortunes at Durban. They had lost all their last four Tests at this venue.
SA 49/0 | Overs 11 | Smith 17*, Petersen 31*
Alviro Petersen survives some close calls while facing against Ravindra Jadeja but no harm done.
SA 19/0 | Overs 6 | Smith 5*, Petersen 14*
Smith gets off the mark by pulling Ishant through mid-wicket for a four. South Africa are away. Later, Shami bowls one short to Peterson and he pulls him across for a four as well. Ravindra Jadeja then comes into the attack early, but is smashed by Peterson for four. These two should have no problems in working through this total. That is tea!
IND 223 | Overs 86 | Shami 1* OUT! Rahane 96 (157)
Ajinkya Rahane’s gutsy innings comes to an end with a 96. He slapped Philander for a six and a four. This time he charges down the wicket and misses the ball and he is bowled. South Africa need 58 runs to win.
IND 211/9 | Overs 85 | Rahane 84*, Shami 1* OUT! Ishant 1 (10)
Ninth wicket down for India. Ishant Sharma awkwardly plays at a short ball and the ball lobs up in the air. AB de Villiers takes a simple catch and that’s wicket No 350 for Dale Steyn.
IND 197/8 | Overs 82 | Rahane 73*, Ishant 0*
Smith is delaying the new ball as Philander replaces Peterson. Ishant faces him and tries to keep those deliveries out. There is an edge, but it falls short of Smith at first clip. Earlier, Steyn bowled a maiden over to Rahane and kept him on strike. Rahane had charged to Peterson and smashed him for a huge six to move into the 70s.
IND 189/8 | Overs 78 | Rahane 63*, Zaheer 3(41)
Zaheer Khan’s effort comes to an end as he is trapped leg-before by Robin Peterson. The ball comes into him as Peterson comes from round the wicket. He lasted 41 balls for that hard fought knock. Replayssuggest that it could have gone down the leg-side.
IND 187/7 | Overs 76 | Rahane 63*, Zaheer 3*
After some probing bowling by the seamers, Peterson comes back into the attack. Rahane sweeps him with all power through fine-leg and it goes for four. He has now moved into the 60s. Since, the spinner is on, he does take the single and lets Zaheer take guard. The new ball would be available in four overs and South Africa would take it in all probability. They would want to take it and then go all guns blazing to the Indians.
IND 179/7 | Overs 72 | Rahane 56*, Zaheer 2*
Watchful start by India post lunch. Ajinkya Rahane still holds the key for India. Rahane was beaten a few times by Morkel and Steyn. The batsman takes a single on the last ball of 72nd over to retain the strike.
IND 173/7 | Overs 68 | Rahane 50*, Zaheer 2*
At Lunch India are on 173 for seven. 105 runs came in this session but India have lost five wickets. Fighting half-century from Ajinkya Rahane batting on 50. India will be aiming to hang on and get more runs through Rahane. But South Africa very much on top.
IND 154/7 | Overs 62 | Rahane 33* OUT! Dhoni 15(29) & Jadeja 8(5)
Dhoni is gone! Peterson comes from over the wicket and bowls it in the rough outside the off-stump. Dhoni flicks it away off his pads and gives an easy catch to mid-wicket. That is a huge wicket. South Africa celebrate.
And Peterson gets one more. Ravindra Jadeja came down the track and hit one for a six. The next ball he tries one more and the leading edge flies to Morne Morkel. A defeat looms large for India.
IND 139/5 | Overs 60 | Rahane 27*, Dhoni 15*
Peterson now comes from over the wicket and is trying to hit the rough outside the right-hander’s leg stump. Rahane sweeps the first ball and gets a top-edge. Morne Morkel comes running in from fine-leg, but it bounces way before him. Dhoni then plays a few deliveries with his pads and then drives one down the ground to take a quick single. There is an overthrow to fine-leg, but Dhoni is very fast to get back for the second.
IND 121/5 | Overs 56 | Rahane 11*, Dhoni 12*
Robin Peterson continues and Dhoni is trying to pick scoring opportunities off him. Earlier, he had cut one behind point for four and then he charged down the track and lofts him over mid-on for a four. It is now about overhauling South Africa’s score and then taking a lead. Once they do, the pressure would be relatively lesser.
IND 104/5 | Overs 50.4 | Rahane 11*, OUT! Rohit 25(46)
Rohit Sharma has been dismissed! Philander gets one to move into him and he is hit on the pads. The South Africans appeal and he is given out. A big blow for India as Rohit had started to look in good touch and was hitting it well. Now it would be skipper MS Dhoni who would come out to bat.
IND 100/4 | Overs 49 | Rohit 22*, Rahane 10*
Rahane is resolute in his defence and is playing Philander with measure. There is a change in bowling here as Philander has replaced Steyn at one end and Peterson has come on at the other. When that happened, Rohit had cut Philander behind point for a four. Earlier, Peterson was smashed for a six over long off as Rohit charged down the track, reached the pitch of the ball and lofted it with good timing.
India’s 100 is up and that is one small psychological barrier. Both batsmen are trying to make use of the scoring opportunities off Peterson as that is how they can release the pressure.
IND 85/4 | Overs 45 | Rohit 11*, Rahane 6*
Apparently, Steyn told Rohit that he has more runs than him in this series. And they keep going at it. Rohit tells him that “We’ll see when you come to India.” Steyn responds, “This is Durban!” And Rohit continues. Lot’s of chirp on the stump mic. Meanwhile, Rahane is like the calming influence as he holds one end and then drives the last ball of the over through the covers for four.
IND 78/4 | Overs 43 | Rohit 9*, Rahane 1*
Steyn and Morkel are bowling with fire here. Short stuff on offer. Rahane gets off the mark by pulling one through fine-leg. Rohit then gets another short one from Steyn and pulls it with great control over square-leg for four. Few words exchanged between Steyn and Rohit, They continued to have a chat even as the over gets done.
IND 71/4 | Overs 39 | Rohit 2*, Rahane 0* OUT! Pujara 32(100)
And now India’s rock is gone! Cheteshwar Pujara has been bowled by Steyn. The ball pitches on off-stump and seams away a touch. It then hits the off-stump as it breaches Pujara’s defence. A very good ball there by Steyn. To get through Pujara needed some great work and Steyn was the man to do the job.
IND 70/3 | Overs 37 | Pujara 32*, Rohit 2* OUT! Kohli 11(27)
Kohli is out! The first ball of the day. Steyn runs in and bowls one on the off-stump and Kohli fends at it. There is a sound and de VIlliers takes it as South Africa celebrate! Kohli was very unhappy. Replays show that it hit his shoulders. Rohit Sharma comes out to face Steyn and nearly spoons a catch off the first ball. He then gets off the mark by taking a brace through the off-side.
Kallis has tweeted as he is moving into the final day of his Test career. We’ll have to see if the crowds come in numbers to watch him. Last chance to watch him play in whites:
Last day of Test cricket for me. I have so many wonderful memories and stories, thanks to my family, friends ,team mates and fans. Tough day
— Jacques Kallis (@jacqueskallis75) December 30, 2013
Playing in his final Test match, Jacques Kallis scored a memorable hundred in his last match on the fourth day. He stole the show on Day Four of the second Test between South Africa and India by notching up his 45th Test ton in sheer Kallisesque style. He scored 115, beating Rahul Dravid’s tally of Test runs and went up to No 3. The hosts were bowled out for 500, leading India by 166 runs.
Coming into bat for the second time in the match, India lost Murali Vijay early on in the innings, but then Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara showed some stability and resistance in the middle, before Faf du Plessis pulled off a blinder to get rid of Dhawan. India finished Day Four at 68 for two, still trailing the Proteas by another 98 runs.
India’s star for the day was Ravindra Jadeja with the ball, who bagged a memorable five-wicket haul.
Coming into the last day, India will look to play out the overs and go for a draw, whereas the South African pacers will go all out in search of a victory, which will win them the series and also give a fitting goodbye from Test cricket to one of its legends, Jacques Kallis.
Jadeja ended the day with four wickets to his name, out of the five India have bagged so far.
Meanwhile, Jacques Kallis walked out to bat to a standing ovation. The Indian team formed a guard of honour and as Kallis strode out, he shook Dhoni’s hands and thanked him for the gesture. Soon, he was in business and South Africa needed another rescue-act in tandem with AB de Villiers. Both batsmen then stitched together an inspired partnership.
To read the fourth day’s report, click here.
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