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Ganguly,Yuvraj lead Indian fight back

Published: Saturday, April 12, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
 
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Kanpur: Replying to South Africa score of 265, India are 165 for four in their first innings at tea on the second day of the third Test at Green Park.The hosts still trail by 100 runs. India was 88 for two at lunch on second day.

India have lost both their openers. After bowling out the Proteas for 265 on the first day, the hosts started their innings on Day 2. Virender Sehwag was the first one to go, he made just 8, before Dale Steyn sent him back leg before. After reaching a stroke-filled half-century, Laxman couldn't do much except for seeing the ball take the top off off-stump. Morkel bowled it on good length and the ball came back sharply into Laxman, who was trying to whip it through mid-wicket. There was a hint of reverse swing as the ball straightened of the pitch after swinging into Laxman. India were 123/4 when Laxman walked back for exactly 50.

A vicious unplayable delivery from Morne Morkel brought an end to Rahul Dravid's defiant stay in the middle for 29. It was a good length delivery from Morkel that pitched outside off and took off from nowhere as Dravid tried to come forward and defend. The steep bounce and the ball angling in did Dravid as it reared off his gloves and lobbed up straight to AB de Villiers at gully. India were at 113/3, when Dravid walked off in pain.


India was 88 for two at lunch on the second day of third Test against South Africa on Saturday. After bowling out the Proteas for 265 on the first day, the hosts started their innings on Day 2. Virender Sehwag was the first one to go, he made just 8, before Dale Steyn sent him back leg before. Wasim Jaffer was dismissed in similar fashion by Morne Morkel after he made 15, but that decision looked slightly doubtful.

South Africa lead 1-0 in the series following their emphatic victory by an innings and 90 runs in the second Test in Ahmedabad. The opening match ended in a draw in Chennai. India hardly felt the absence of skipper and ace leg-spinner Anil Kumble as specialist and part-time spinners halted South Africa's march towards a big total.

Kumble was ruled out after failing to recover from a groin strain, with Mahendra Singh Dhoni becoming the first wicket-keeper to lead India in a Test.

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