Sreesanth takes 5, SA all out for 362

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Published: Monday, January 3, 2011, 16:22 [IST]
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Sreesanth takes 5, SA all out for 362

The Indian bowlers were made to toil for nearly 15 overs as the tenth wicket pair of Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Jacques Kallis put on 52 before the hosts were bowled out for 362 runs after lunch on Day 2. It looked like the Proteas were on course for a mammoth first innings total after resuming on an overnight score of 232/4, but some sharp bowling from Sreesanth with the new ball proved a destructive combination. The Kerala speedster took 5 wickets for 114 runs and was ably supported by Zaheer who picked up 3 fro 89

At the start of Day 2, Harbhajan Singh opened the bowling with Ishant Sharma, but the spin-pace combination did little to unsettle Jacques Kallis, who was resuming at 81 not out, and Ashwell Prince, who was on 28.

In Harbhajan's second over of the day, Prince attacked him, smacking one four through extra-cover and two balls later, another boundary to cover-point. Kallis followed suit in the next over, striking Ishant for a four past mid-off. In the same over, Kallis ran three off Ishant to bring up South Africa's 250 in 78 overs.

Prince struck one more four before he was clean bowled by Sreesanth for 47. The fatal ball was an inswinger which sneaked through between bat and pad to crash into the off-stump. In the very next ball, Sreesanth got new batsman Mark Boucher caught behind for a duck. The bowler was suddenly on a hat-trick as the hosts were reeling at 262/6 in 84 overs.

But Kallis who was approaching his century, wouldn't back down. He struck Sreesanth for two consecutive fours in the 86th over as South Africa climbed to 272/6. With Kallis on 99, Zaheer got new batsman Dale Steyn fending at a bouncer which ballooned up to gully where Cheteshwar Pujara took a simple catch.

But the drama was far from over. In the very next over, Morkel got off the mark by slicing Sreesanth over gully for four, before edging another risky boundary to third man. But Sreesanth replied strongly by getting Morkel caught behind off the last ball of the over. The bowler had taken five wickets in the innings as South Africa had slumped to 283/8 in 88 overs.

Then 9th batsman Paul Harris, was able to offer Kallis some support as the batsman turned belligerent towards Ishant, smacking him for two fours in the 93rd over. Two overs later, the batting duo had taken their side to the 300-run mark. But after 10 runs and 3 overs, Ishant got a delivery to bounce toward Harris' ribcage as the batsman tucked the ball straight to Pujara at leg-gully. South Africa were in danger of being bowled out at 310/9.

As Kallis sensed the end of the innings was fast approaching, he cut loose, clubbing Zaheer Khan for two fours in the 100th over. Kallis then went after Ishant, taking 9 runs off him in the 103rd over and retaining the strike. Kallis, with last batsman Lonwabo Tsotsobe, lasted out till lunch, taking the score to 335/9 with the 10th wicket partnership worth 25.

After the break, Tsotsobe gave Kallis most of the strike as the batsman cut loose. He smacked Sreesanth for two consecutive fours in the 107th over, both shots racing away to the cover-point boundary. With those shots, Kallis brought up his 150 as well as South Africa's 350. But 6.5 overs later, Zaheer eventually brought the threatening partnership to an end when he had Kallis caught behind for 161. South Africa had made 362 all out when at one stage it looked like all 11 batsmen would have been back in the pavilion for under 300.


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