SA trail by 25 with just 1 wicket down

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Published: Friday, December 17, 2010, 16:14 [IST]
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SA trail by 25 with just 1 wicket down

India began Day 2 of the first Test against South Africa on an equally dismal note as Day 1. In just the third ball, captain M S Dhoni was struck on the pads by Morne Morkel and the umpire's finger went up. India had failed to add to their overnight score of 136 as Morkel picked up 5 wickets for 20 runs to bowl India out.

The South African first innings got off to a far more positive start. Although circumspect at first, captain Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen hit their stride and began picking runs at relative ease. India were bound to be at a loss without the services of the injured Zaheer Khan and it was telling on the performances of the rookie fast bowler Jaidev Unadkat, who was smacked away for two fours in 13th over by Petersen. Sreesanth and Ishant Sharma struggled for impact as well.

The batting duo took 7 runs off Sreesanth in the 15th over, including a blistering shot from Smith through backward point, to see the scoreboard tick past 50. With hopes of a breakthrough looking faint, Dhoni introduced Harbhajan Singh into the attack in the 18th over. But straight away, Smith smacked him for two boundaries. Bhajji came in for some more stick in subsequent overs, when Petersen lofted him for a six over deep square leg and Smith attacked him with two boundaries. South Africa had moved to 100/0 in 24 overs.

Harbhajan finally got his revenge when he had Smith caught behind for 62 with the Proteas at 111/1 in 26.3. The new batsman Hashim Amla played out the remainder of the over when lunch was called.


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