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Ravindra Jadeja toiled hard to take four wickets in his first overseas Test to curtail the Proteas on the crucial third day’s play of the Second and Final Test at Durban. By the close of Day 3, the Second Test which has so far being affected by bad light and rain hasn’t gone far enough for a result. Draw looks to be the most likely result as we are yet to see the finish of the first innings.
South Africa resuming Day 3 at 82 for no loss finished at 299 for 5 in about 75 overs that were bowled before bad light and rain brought an abrupt end to the proceedings. South Africa still have a deficit of 35 runs to wipe off before they can get into a lead. India have done exceedingly well to keep a check on the Proteas and ensuring that the hosts didn’t run away with the game.
Graeme Smith got out first in the morning, caught brilliantly by the backward running Shikhar Dhawan as the left-hander dragged a big shot off a turning and bouncy delivery from Ravindra Jadeja. Smith fell for 47 courtesy of the great catch from Shikhar Dhawan which was perhaps as good as the famous catch taken in the 1983 World Cup by Kapil Dev offered by Vivian Richards!
Hashim Amla got bowled yet again, this time for 3, playing inside the line to a length ball from Mohammed Shami. Opener Alviro Petersen scored 62 before he got caught at slip off the glove to a turning and bouncing delivery from Ravindra Jadeja. Petersen was lucky not to be given out stumped earlier when his backfoot was only touching the crease after he was beaten by a Jadeja turner.
At 113 for 3, the pressure was on South Africa before the experienced duo of Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers saw them through with a wonderful partnership. AB de Villiers got out for 74 (with 9 fours) after edging a turner from Ravindra Jadeja around middle. In the final session, Jadeja struck again when JP Duminy went back rather than coming forward to a full ball which skidded through to trap him lbw in front of leg. Duminy got out for 28.
Jacques Kallis, who walked through the Guard of Honour from the Indian team, led the South African fightback with an unbeaten 78 from 224 balls with 10 fours. Kallis has been focusing hard on getting to a century in what is the last test of his career.
Video: Ind vs SA 2nd Test Day 3: Jadeja shines, takes 4 wickets