Monday, 30 December 2013

South Africa beat India in the 2nd Test and Won the Series by 1-0

South Africa stormed to a 10-wicket victory to bid Jacques Kallis goodbye in style as they wrapped up a 1-0 series victory over India in Durban.

This is India's first Test loss in 2013. That can be extended to Test series as well. This is their first loss all year. South Africa won the big moments. Dale Steyn produced a terrific spell after a dismal first Test to trigger an Indian collapse. The batting was clinical and they managed a healthy lead. Kallis scored a ton in his final Test. The fast bowlers were fiery at the end of the day yesterday and continued in the same vein today morning

There were a couple of iffy decisions in the morning, particularly that of Virat Kohli but it is a part of the game. South Africa will point to Kallis' similar departure in the 1st Test when he was batting well but those apart, the umpiring was top class all through. South Africa end the year as the No. 1 in Tests and deserve all the accolades that they will get

For India, there were a few positives. It was a young Indian team touring South Africa. The batting department lacked experience but pulled through quite admirably. Barring their show in the 2nd innings of this Test, the young turks have largely looked solid and showed signs that they belonged at this level. The bowling was full of heart in the first Test but the effects of a long bout showed in the second. Mohammad Shami impressed in patches and so did Ravindra Jadeja, with his willingness to bowl long spells.


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