India were dismissed for 76 in the shortest ever innings on the subcontinent. It took just 20 overs to complete the rot with Steyn picking up 5/23. Ntini grabbed 3/18 and Morkel claimed 2 wickets. In under 15 overs SA were in the lead. Currently they are 147 runs in the lead with 4 wickets down. Things are not going India’s way and it will take a miracle for them to come back in this match.
South Africa posted their higest ever score in India, posting 540 in the first innings. India have shown there is plenty to play for as India have fought back and are currently 82 without loss. Their run rate has been impressive and is currently just under 4 to the over.
Its game on in a few hours time and plenty to play for!
Hayden called Harbhajan Singh an obnoxious weed recently – after the comments made below it is not surprising to see why!! Harbhajan honestly believes after India got carroted around the park on the first day that on the second day there will be 6 wickets for the picking even with South Africa’s impressive lineup.
“I want to invite the fans to come and watch us bat. It will be in the first session of the day,” Harbhajan said.
“If we take two early wickets we’ll dismiss them quickly. It will take only two good balls.
“If we bowl them out for under 375 we’ll have a good chance of winning the Test. The wicket will be good for batting until the third day and South Africa will struggle against our spinners in their second innings.
“We made a mistake by allowing them to dominate in the first session (on Wednesday). We conceded too many boundaries and had to fight back to take four wickets in the next two sessions.” (see more here)
Quite correct Mr Singh it will be a tough battle out there tomorrow and even tougher when SA bowl
Edited to add thsagt SA scored 100 runs in 23 overs for the loss of just one wicket. At 404/5 South Africa have almost ensured that this test will only have two possible outcomes – a draw or a win for SA. Now that SA have the ability to pick up 20 wickets the latter is looking more likely
Charl Langeveldt has pulled out of the 3 test tour to India, which kicks off on the 26th of March. Langeveldt indicated that the controversy surrounding the team selection has upset him and he wont be in the right frame of mind.
It is now common knowledge that the South African touring side consisting of 14 players must have 6 players in order to be approved. Langeveldt has worked out that his selection is not based on anything else apart from race. He last played test cricket two years ago in Australia, which was just his 6th test. He averages 37 with the ball in tests and had a shocking display in this seasons Supersport Series (the 4 day domestic competition) averaging 43.45 with the ball!!!
Langeveldt was deservedly voted as one of the South African cricketers of the Year in 2007 and it takes only slightly more intellect than those that meddle with the team have to work out its not for his ability in the 5 day format.
Langeveldt has impressed in the ODI format, averaging 28.46 in 59 matches. He also contributed in the MTN domestic championship picking up 17 wickets at an average of 14.70. He also had an outstanding world cup and is an integral part of the ODI squad.
Statistics don’t mean everything but they are a good way to gauge where Langeveldt’s speciality lies. In Bangladesh he picked up 2/32 and 3/31 before being rested for the last game.
My sympathy goes out to Langeveldt who knows he wasn’t the best player for the job and also understands the reason why he was picked. The politicians like the Ministry of sport Butana Komphela have no place in the game. (if you don’t know who he is – he is the person that wanted passports taken away from the Springboks for not meeting transformation standards – read more here) He came out to defend Arendse when the side from Bangladesh was rejected for not having enough transformation players and told the media that:
“We must build this country through unity and through sport, we have all seen how united this country becomes as soon as one national team wins. All of us, even the president (Thabo Mbeki), supported the Springboks when they won the World Cup.
“People asked me ‘why’ and I said ‘they might be white, probably by accident, but they are South Africans, it doesn’t make them lesser South Africans.’
He also went on to say “But our agenda is to tell them to transform and that is not going to stop. We are unapologetic about that because the truth is very simple: we all need to feel like we have a place in the national team.” (to read more of his statements click here and yes it gets worse)
As mentioned in another post why must 6 players of colour be taken when only 4 will play? Who will replace his spot? If policies are to be adhered to, one thing is for sure it wont be Andre Nel.