India V South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 5

South Africa are 232 runs behind, SA 296 & 115/3, India 643/6 dec – India need 7 wickets to win

Just over 34 overs were bowled on the 4th day due to a combination of rain, a wet outfield and bad light. All this means that South Africa are a lot closer to saving the Test match and getting the much sought after series win.

Having said that SA have lost Smith, Petersen and Kallis. Add to that the absence from the batting line up of Mark Boucher, the form of Ashwell Prince, and JP Duminy’s susceptibility to spin, and with 98 overs still to be bowled, India will still fancy their chances of finishing the job.

India also have the added incentive of maintaining their No.1 status in the world rankings should they level the series.

Hashim Amla would appear to be the main obstacle in India’s way, he already has scores of 253 not out, and 114 so far in this series, and on 49 not out at the moment, he could be on the verge of yet another big one.

Hopefully the bad weather will stay away as it promises to be an exciting final day, it would be a shame if the match was decided by rain instead of cricket. Expect SA’s remaining batsmen to be given a thorough examination from the spin of Harbhajan and Mishra.

The spin duo’s battle with Amla should go a long way to deciding the outcome of the match.

Also, will Prince and Duminy finally repay the selectors faith in them with some important runs? Or on this occasion, crease occupation. We’ll find out tomorrow.

India are now 8/13 with Paddy Power to finish the job. The Draw is 6/4 with VC Bet and 888Sport, while an impossible South African victory is 250/1 with Bet365 and Stan James, can’t see why it wasn’t this price yesterday as SA’s chances of winning were no better then than they are now.