Hand injury could stop Smith facing India

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Graeme Smith will play no part in the final day of the second Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi today and faces a race against time to be fit for next month's home series with India after injuring his hand.

The South Africa captain suffered a fracture to his troublesome left hand during the one-day leg of the tour and has since been receiving constant treatment. Smith did not open the batting in the second innings, with Hashim Amla stepping up the order in his place and top-scoring with 62 as the Proteas reached stumps on 173 for 4, a lead of 323.

New Zealand's batsmen surrendered meekly to India's attack in Nagpur yesterday to give the hosts victory by an innings and 198 runs and a 1-0 series win. Paceman Ishant Sharma and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh led the attack as India dismissed the tourists for a paltry 175 in their second innings. Sharma took 3 for 15, while Harbhajan, who won the player of the series for his all-round effort with bat and ball, added the wickets of Gareth Hopkins and Ross Taylor to his overnight scalp of Tim McIntosh.