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2nd Test: India beat SA to level series, retain No.1 spot

NEW DELHI: India beat South Africa by an innings and 58 runs in the second Test to level the 2-match series and retain their number one Test ranking at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. 

Amla, who made 114 in the first innings, remained unbeaten on 127 runs but could not deny India a victory on Thursday. 

Earlier at tea, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh took three wickets in a sensational 13-over spell, with eight maidens and conceding just nine runs, to leave South Africa struggling at 250/7. 

Harbhajan dismissed overnight batsman Ashwell Prince for 23, JP Duminy for six and Dale Steyn for one in a spell that destroyed South Africa’s middle-order after the tourists resumed on 115/3. 

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra took his third wicket of the innings when he had AB de Villiers lbw for three just before lunch. 

Indian spearhead Zaheer Khan did not take the field in the morning after straining his quadricep on the fourth day when only 34.1 overs had been possible due to rain and bad light. 

The overnight pair of Amla and Prince stuck out 26.4 overs before Harbhajan struck when the off-spinner had Prince playing loosely to be caught at mid-off. 

Mishra had de Villiers leg before with a googly and Harbhajan fired out left-hander Duminy and Steyn leg before in quick succession after lunch.
Toss: South Africa elected to bat
Match Status: Match Ended
Player of the match: Hashim Amla
Series Status: 2-Test series level 1-1
South Africa
1st Innings
296 in 85.0 Overs
Run Rate: 3.48
2nd Innings
289 in 131.3 Overs
Run Rate: 2.2

1st Innings
643/6 dec in 153.0 Overs
Run Rate: 4.2
India beat South Africa by an innings and 58 runs

February 18, 2010 - Posted by | My Cricket | , ,

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