India level series retain top Test spot

Published: Thursday, February 18, 2010, 14:37 [IST]
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India level series retain top Test spot

Kolkata: India levelled the series with 1-1 as India won by an innings and 57 runs in the second Test and retains the No.1 Test spot in the ICC Test rankings.

India retained their number one Test ranking after off-spinner Harbhajan Singh took five wickets to force a series-levelling victory over South Africa in the second and final Test at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

The morning session went according to plan for the South Africans as they kept the Indian bowlers at bay in the first hour of the game as South African pair of Hashim Amla and Ashwell Prince frustrated the Indian bowlers

India vs South Africa, 2nd Test - Scorecard

South Africa's Hashim Amla was Adjudged as man of the match and man of the series, finishing not out for 123 in the last innings and ending the series with an astonishing average of 494, after making 253 not out in the first Test and 114 in the opening innings of this match.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Indians, who lost the first Test in Nagpur by an innings and six runs, retained their No1 ranking with 124 rating points.

It is the first time India has topped the log at the annual cut-off date since the rankings were introduced in June 2003. In 2008, it finished second and it was placed third in 2005 and 2006, fourth in 2007 and sixth in 2004.


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