India V South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 3

India are 46 runs ahead with 5 wickets remaining, IND 342/5, SA 296

A great Test match is developing here as South Africa fought back to give themselves a lifeline with 3 wickets for 5 runs at the end of day 2.

At 331/2, South Africa were down and out, then came a mini collapse (compared to Day 1) which saw JP Duminy finally contribute to the Test match when he got rid of Sehawag (165) to break his 249 run partnership with Sachin Tendulkar (106).

Graeme Smith’s captaincy will probably come under fire again as Duminy picked up the wicket of Sehwag in his one and only over, against England he looked dangerous while continually under bowled, and it dosen’t take a rocket scientist to work out the pitch here might turn a bit.

On 342/5 at the close India are still in control of the match and they have VVS Laxman still at the crease with MS Dhoni waiting in the wings. They will be looking to add at least 100 more to give themselves a comfortable 1st innings lead but need to be careful not to collapse as SA did and hand the momentum back.

Earlier in the day Wayne Parnell and Morne Morkel put on a stubborn 35 run partnership for the last wicket to hold India up, it was only a brief delay as Sehwag and Gambhir put on 73 for the 1st wicket from just 9.2 overs, they must be warning up for the ODI’s.

Hard to know what twists and turns might be left to emerge here, if SA can wrap up the Indian innings for less than another 50 runs tomorrow then they are still just in the match, and it keeps things interesting. If Laxman can drag India up to a 150+ run lead then it will surely be India’s match to lose.

India are still the bookies favourites at 8/15 with Bet365 and Stan James. The Draw is 3/1 with Ladbrokes and South Africa are 8/1 with Paddy Power.