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India struggles on 183-8 against South Africa in second test

India struggles on 183-8 against South Africa in second test

South African fast bowlers Makhaya Ntini and Morne Morkel took five wickets between them and India slipped from its overnight score of 103 for 3 wickets to 183-8 at lunch Thursday on day three of the second of three tests.
That left India 145 runs behind South Africa's first innings total of 328 at the Kingsmead Stadium as the home team attempted to pull back a 1-0 series deficit.
Morkel's figures were 3-55, and Ntini's 3-41.
Sachin Tendulkar moved to his first 50 of the year but, after starting to accelerate the run rate, he edged a simple catch to wicketkeeper Mark Boucher off Ntini to depart for 63.
In the same over, Ntini exploited Sourav Ganguly's weakness against short-pitched bowling and the former Indian captain popped a simple catch to Herschelle Gibbs and was out for no runs.
V.V.S. Laxman resisted a barrage of short bowling but added only 18 runs to his overnight tally of 10 before being dismissed for 28.
Morkel got his first test wicket when he induced a flashing drive from Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the Indian wicketkeeper edged a catch to A.B. de Villiers for 34.
Morkel added the wickets of Anil Kumble, caught by Boucher off a drive for no runs, and of Zaheer Khan for 2. Khan top-edged a pull shot for a simple catch at short leg for Hashim Amla.


Updated : 2021-05-13 08:38 GMT+08:00