India beat South Africa to square series

India's bowlers all turned in a good display today to help square the series against South Africa thanks to an 87-run victory at Kingsmead.

Zaheer Khan led the way with three wickets, while there were one each for Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh and Ishant Sharma as the hosts, who were chasing a tough 303 for victory, were all out for 215 just under an hour after lunch.



Ashwell Prince top scored with an unbeaten 39, but with key men Jacques Kallis (17) and AB de Villiers (33) having fallen early on day four, their side faced an uphill struggle.



In the end, they managed to add just 114 more to their overnight 111 for three as India, the world number one side, recorded only their second win on South African soil in 14 attempts - a vital one in the context of the series because they are level at 1-1 with the Test at Newlands to come.



After heavy rain swept across Durban last night, the home side would have been pleased to see bright blue skies at the start - which usually makes for easier batting.



And there was not too much alarm when play got under way, despite overnight pair of Kallis and De Villiers adapting a cautious approach.



However, that changed 7.2 overs in when a Sreesanth (three for 45) delivery kicked off the pitch and took the fending gloves of Kallis on its way to Virender Sehwag at gully.



It was a wicked ball that even forced the veteran batsman to go for precautionary x-rays, which revealed he suffered soft tissue bruising to his left hand, but nothing too serious to keep him out of the final game.



Thereafter the hosts were further jolted by the loss of their other overnight man, De Villiers, who was given out leg before wicket by Asad Rauf and looked extremely unhappy as replays suggested that the Harbhajan ball was going over.



There was even more surprise when Steve Davis raised his finger at the other end to send Mark Boucher (one) on his way lbw - Zaheer (three for 57) the bowler this time with the delivery seemingly headed well over off stump.



That left the Proteas in dire trouble at 143 for six and Dale Steyn helped Prince add 12 more before he too departed.



Zaheer again the wicket-taker with the batsman this time chasing a wide delivery that was edged straight to Cheteshwar Pujara at third slip for 10.



It was 182 for seven at lunch with Paul Harris (seven) keeping Prince company, but he lasted two more deliveries after the break before handing Zaheer his third wicket when he was bowled as India edged closer to victory.



However, Morne Morkel briefly threatened the unlikely in a 33 run partnership with Prince.



He was handed a reprieve on 13 - Sharma drawing an edge to Sehwag at third slip which was no ball - but then fell for 20 and Lonwabo Tsotsobe was last man out when he was run out by Pujara from short leg as he over-balanced out of the crease.



Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'
10 best statement lightbulbs

10 best statement lightbulbs

Dare to bare with some out-of-the-ordinary illumination
Wimbledon 2015: Heather Watson - 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Heather Watson: 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Briton pumped up for dream meeting with world No 1
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve
Dustin Brown: Who is the tennis player who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?

Dustin Brown

Who is the German player that knocked Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?
Tour de France 2015: Twins Simon and Adam Yates have a mountain to climb during Tour of duty

Twins have a mountain to climb during Tour of duty

Yates brothers will target the steepest sections in bid to win a stage in France
John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

'Goldfinger' of British crime's life ended in a blaze of bullets, say police
Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

Forget little green men

Leading evolutionary biologist says aliens will look like humans
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

Dying dream of Doctor Death

Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy
UK heatwave: Temperature reaches 39.8 degrees on Central Line - the sweatiest place in London

39.8 degrees recorded on Tube

There's hot (London) and too damn hot (the Underground). Simon Usborne braved the Central line to discover what its passengers suffer
Kitchens go hi-tech: From robot chefs to recipe-shopping apps, computerised cooking is coming

Computerised cooking is coming

From apps that automatically make shopping lists from your recipe books to smart ovens and robot chefs, Kevin Maney rounds up innovations to make your mouth water