Tuesday, February 16, 2010

India Vs South Africa 2nd Test: Cricket live score

VVS LAXMAN and Mahendra Singh Dhoni played with common sense to take India to the top in the second India Vs South Africa test match at the Eden Gardens in Calcutta.

VVS Laxman played brilliantly to negotiate the South African speedsters in the morning reaching his half century in style as the score read 471 for the loss of 6 wickets on the crucial day 3 of the India Vs South Africa second test.

Laxman is playing on 52 runs, while skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is also pressing for a well made half century, playing at 49 runs.

The South Africans were frustrated in the morning by night watchman Amit Mishra, who took his chances and hit some nice shots for his cameo of 28 runs. His inning helped India to negotiate the crucial first hour and also allowed VVS Laxman to settle in his rhythm.

At lunch, India had reached 431 runs and extended the first inning lead over South Africa by 135 runs. South African fielding failed to live up to the mark today as they dropped a number of catches, some of which were tough though.

Amit Mishra's wicket was claimed by Morne Morkel, who managed to get an edge from him taken brilliantly by Kallis at second slip.

India needs to win this match to retain the number one position in ICC test ranking and without doubt return of VVS Laxman really boosted the Indian batting. South Africa leads the India Vs South Africa series 1-0 but it will be quite difficult for the visitors to save this match, if both VVS Laxman and Dhoni continue their pyrotechnics.

South Africa only needs a draw to win the India South Africa series and become the top test team in the world.

The playing eleven of Ind - SA second test match at Eden Garden in Kolkata:

South Africa: 1 Graeme Smith (capt), 2 Alviro Petersen, 3 Hashim Amla, 4 Jacques Kallis, 5 AB de Villiers (wk), 6 JP Duminy, 7 Ashwell Prince, 8 Paul Harris, 9 Wayne Parnell, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Morne Morkel.

India: 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 M Vijay, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 VVS Laxman, 6 S Badrinath, 7 MS Dhoni (capt/wk), 8, Harbhajan Singh, 9 Zaheer Khan, 10 Amit Mishra, 11 Ishant Sharma.

Ind - SA second test match of the India South Africa test series at Eden Garden in Kolkata can be watched live on Neo Sports from 9:30 AM. Live streaming of the match is available on internet.

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