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South Africa dab India at Durban

South Africa was at the top at the end of the fourth day of the second and the deciding cricket test match at Durban. Buoyed by Jaques Kallis’ farewell Test century and a classy six wicket haul from ferocious pacer Dale Steyn, South Africa took a handy 166 run lead in their first essay. For India, the only positive was Ravindra Jadeja who snared six wickets. But the disappointment came as pace spearhead Zaheer Khan leaked precious runs only taking two wickets towards the end. Ishant Sharma and Shami Ahmed too failed miserably.

It remains to be seen how India bats on a dry Durban wicket in the morning session of the last day of their tour. Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel would be striving to bowl out India in the rain curtailed match as soon as possible. Considering India’s tendency to collapse like nine pins, it would be a formidable effort for India to save the Test. With only eight wickets intact including in form Virat Kohli and consistent Chetweswar Pujara will be looking to play out the entire day rather than scoring more runs. India still trail South Africa by a margin of 98 runs.

The first Test at Wanderers granted us a thrilling finish. The fifth day of this second Test is likely to repeat the same. Will the Steyns and the Morkels assure Grame Smith a Test victory? Or can the Indians turn the tables by denying them of what will be a fascinating win at the Durban after a string of consecutive losses? Only time can unveil.

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