India record an emphatic 8-wkt win

Published: Sunday, April 13, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Sreesanth (29) and Ishant (14*) shared a crucial 46-run stand for the last wicket. Bangalore: Kanpur Test which meandered into up and down affair in the first two days concluded in India's way on the third as the hosts registered an emphatic 8-wkt win on a day that went everything their way.

Off-spinner Harbhajan (4/44) along with the part-timer Sehwag (3/12) made optimum use of Kanpur dust bowl to skittle SA for 121 in the second innings. Only Greame Smith (35) and Kallis offered some resistance on a rank turner coupled with uneven bounce. Ishant claimed two wickets while Sreesanth accounted for the scalp of McKenzie.

India eased past the 62-run victory target in 13 overs losing two wickets in the process. Sehwag belted Harris for two successive sixes but fell next ball. In the following over Jaffer was trapped by an inswinger from Morkel but the seasoned campaigners Dravid and Ganguly ensured no further damage.

Earlier the last Indian pair Sreesanth (29) and Ishant (14*) batted exceptionally well for over 13 overs to help their side post a healthy 325 in the first innings meant the hosts forged all important 60-run first innings lead.

Sourav Ganguly, who played a gem of an knock in the first innings, was adjudged the man-of-the-match. Off spinner Harbhajan Singh, who reaped a rich harvest of 19 wickets in the three-Test series, was awarded the man-of-the-series.

India lost the second Test by an innings and 90 runs after the first Test in Chennai ended in a high-scoring draw.


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