The test match down in Cape Town looks finely balanced at the end of Day 2 with India 220 runs behind with 8 wickets left.
I think India should be a bit disappointed to have let South Africa get to 362 all out after having them at 262/6. I thought that their ground fielding was fairly poor, especially when they needed to apply the pressure when Jacques Kallis was batting with the tail.
Kallis showed just why he is still by far South Africa’s best batsman, it was a brilliant innings and it only ended because he was chasing a wide ball while batting with the No.11.
Had he decent support at the other end who knows how many he could have made. All this while carrying an injury, it was an outstanding effort.
At the moment all 3 results are still on, South Africa need early wickets tomorrow to try and gain a 1st innings lead. The first session will be key to SA’s chances, if they are to have any chance Steyn and Morkel need to get amongst the wickets early on.
The draw is also still a very possible outcome as I can’t see either captain making any risky declarations. If SA can bowl India out for around 280-300, then when does Graeme Smith declare his 2nd innings? The problem with declaring against India is the Sehwag factor, as England found in 2009. Is any total safe?
India will be looking to just bat and bat on Day 3 and go past SA’s score and hopefully bring Harbhajan into play on Day 4. Paul Harris was troubling some of the Indian batsmen today, so what could Harbhajan do on a 4th or 5th day pitch?
Watching this match, I couldn’t help thinking that it is real competitive, hard fought test cricket at it’s best. South Africa fought hard to get to 362, against some testing bowling from the Indians.
India were then tested by Steyn and Morkel, as you would expect, and had to really fight to get to 142/2 at the close. They are showing that they are more than just flat track bullies at home, an accusation made about them (not by me) quite a lot.
South Africa have made sure that there are no batting paradises for India, in doing this they seem to have created more balance between bat and ball, which has provided a great test series so far. Let’s hope the next 3 days are just as good.