Bloemfontein: South Africa was in the driver's seat in the first Test having reached 530 for eight at tea on the third day on Monday to take a commanding 151 run first innings lead over India's 379.
The Indians, who had picked up three wickets in the morning session to stage a fight back earlier in the day, were once again pushed on to the back foot by a 121-run seventh wicket stand between Lance Klusener and Mark Boucher. Klusener was continuing to be the thorn in the flesh for the Indians, still going strong on 95 at tea break. The Indians bowled a lot better than they did on Sunday and were rewarded too, but Klusener and Boucher put up a gritty performance and ensured a healthy lead for their team. The visitors had a good start to the day when they dried out the runs for overnight batsman Jacques Kallis and Boeta Dippenaar. The first three overs did not produce any runs and Dippenaar had to wait for 26 balls to open his account. Left arm seamer Ashish Nehra struck the first blow when he dismissed Kallis for a well-made 68. Javagal Srinath then sent back two batsmen off successive deliveries to complete his 200 Test wickets and raise hopes of an Indian recovery. But Klusener and Boucher frustrated the Indians for more than two hours before Srinath finally dimissed Boucher. Extras:
Srinath takes 200 Test wickets, SA gets lead