Day 1 South Africa v India 3rd Test 2 Jan 2011

India tour of South Africa 2010/11, 3rd Test South Africa v India Day 1 Played at Newlands, Cape Town Jan 2-6, 2011 Highlights Video, Match Report and Scores.
Stumps, Day One: South Africa claim the ascendancy, closing the day on 232 for four. India, meanwhile, would've wanted at least two wickets after winning the toss and opting to bowl first. Rain frustrated the day before Kallis picked up where Amla left off. Play will pick up 30 minutes early come Monday.

India won the toss and elected to field
Day 1 South Africa v India 3rd Test Match Report
Jacques Kallis once again proved to be a brick wall as he led South Africa to a solid 232 for four at stumps on the rain-affected opening day of the third and final Test against India at Newlands in Cape Town on Sunday.

South Africa Vs India, Jack Kallis
The hosts were stuttering on 34 for two before an unbeaten 81 from Kallis and 59 from Hashim Amla helped them to a respectable total.

Visiting skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni finally managed to win a toss - his second in 15 attempts - and it proved to be a very good one as overnight rain and foggy early-morning conditions meant there was going to be plenty of swing for the likes of Zaheer Khan. India made one change with the fit-again Gautam Gambhir replacing Murali Vijay at the top.

South Africa, sporting an unchanged starting XI, saw off the first half hour, but soon after Graeme Smith once again found himself on the receiving end of a good delivery from Zaheer. For the 11th time in 23 games, the Indian left-arm swing bowler had the number of the Proteas skipper as Smith was trapped lbw for six after missing one on off-stump.

Smith's opening partner Alviro Petersen, together with Hashim Amla, made sure there were no further hiccups before the heavens opened up 45 minutes into the day with the hosts on 21 for one.

After an 85-minute rain break, India were back on the front foot as Petersen got a nick through to the wicketkeeper after going for an expansive drive off Ishant Sharma when he was on 21.

Amla and Jacques Kallis started to look comfortable out in the middle when the light drizzle returned and forced the players off with the score on 61 for two.

When play resumed 27 minutes later, Amla decided to cash in on some loose bowling from the Indian pace attack and an array of attacking shots took him to his 19th Test half-century from just 69 balls . He brought the milestone up with a cracking pull over fine-leg's head for six. A few balls later he edged one just wide of second slip. However, his luck ran out in the 29th over when he skied Shantha Sreesanth's bouncer to deep midwicket.

His 72-run stand with Kallis managed to put South Africa back on track and AB de Villiers shared another half-century partnership stand with the veteran before he edged an out-swinger from Sreesanth to Dhoni for 26.

Kallis was forced to start the rebuilding with yet another new partner and Ashwell Prince (28 not out) proved to be a willing one. However, they were certainly helped by overhead conditions as the skies cleared up and the sun beat down on Newlands.

Indian fan cheering for there team, 3rd Test Ind Vs SA
Despite picking up only the four wickets on a mostly wet opening day, Zaheer (one for 62), Sreesanth (two for 70) and Sharma (one for 39) didn't bowl too many poor balls.

With no rain expected on day two, South Africa will fancy their chances of putting a poor start behind them and posting a good first-innings score. However, India will be equally upbeat as the new ball is not far away and they have an out-of-form Mark Boucher and the tail to come after this pair.

Shot of the Day
10 balls into the day, Sreesanth overpitched slightly and Petersen drove him beautifully past mid-off, but de Villiers stole Petersen's thunder with an even better drive down the ground for four. He had just arrived at the wicket when he drove Zaheer straight past the stumps and umpire for four.

Delivery of the Day
I'm sure Zaheer was licking his lips after his skipper won the toss. With Smith one of the openers, he knew he only had to land it on the stumps and the left-hander would do the rest for him. He started the seventh over with a couple of out-swingers before bowling one that moved into the batsman's off-stump. Smith's feet were going nowhere as he missed the ball and was trapped right in front.

Defining Moment of the Day
There was a loud cheer in the media centre when Dhoni won the toss. It was the Indian skipper's first correct call of the series and his second in 15 attempts, but more importantly he got it right under cloudy skies. With Zaheer and a pumped up Sreesanth in the team, Dhoni had reason to smile.

Day 1 South Africa v India 3rd Test Scorecard

South Africa
South Africa - 1st Innings
Batsman How Out Runs Balls
Alviro Petersen c Dhoni b Ishant 21 47
Graeme Smith lbw Zaheer 6 12
Hashim Amla c Pujara b Sreesanth 59 80
Jacques Kallis not out 81 169
AB de Villiers c Dhoni b Sreesanth 26 72
Ashwell Prince not out 28 69
Extras 3nb 5lb 5b
Total (74 overs)232/4

Bowling Overs Mdns Runs Wkts
Zaheer Khan 19 4 62 1
Shantha Sreesanth 21 0 70 2
Ishant Sharma 16 2 39 1
Harbhajan Singh 18 1 55 0

FOW: 17/1 (Smith), 34/2 (Petersen), 106/3 (Amla), 164/4 (de Villiers),

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