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South Africa closer to victory with India at 160-8

South Africa closer to victory with India at 160-8

South African paceman Makhaya Ntini took five wickets to leave India on the brink of defeat at 160 for eight at tea on day five of the second test.
Ntini had 5-38 for his 15th five-wicket haul in test cricket at the Kingsmead Stadium as India chased 354 to win after South Africa declared its second innings on 265-8 on day four.
At tea, Zaheer Khan was on 12 and Sree Sreesanth had yet to score.
India leads the three-test series 1-0 after its 123-run victory in the first match in Johannesburg.
Resuming on 38-2, Sachin Tendulkar was out leg-before-wicket for a duck by Ntini on the fifth ball of the day that jagged back from outside the off stump.
In his next over, Ntini got Wasim Jaffer (28) to pull a short-pitched delivery outside the off stump, ballooning a catch to Andre Nel at mid-off to leave India on 45-4.
Ntini got rid of Sourav Ganguly for 26 with a lifting delivery to have him caught by Herschelle Gibbs in the gully for the second time in the match.
Two runs later, Nel bowled V.V.S. Laxman for 15 off 44 balls, and he ended Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 47-run resistance when Mark Boucher took a tumbling catch behind the wicket just before tea.
Between those wickets, Andrew Hall had Anil Kumble fending off a bouncer to be caught at short leg for 11.
The start of play was delayed by 55 minutes due to bad light.
South Africa scored 328 in its first innings and dismissed India for 240.


Updated : 2021-05-14 08:00 GMT+08:00