Day 3 South Africa v India 3rd Test Highlights 4 Jan 2011

India tour of South Africa 2010/11, 3rd Test South Africa v India Day 3 Played at Newlands, Cape Town 4th Jan 2011 Highlights Video, Match Report and Scores.
Sachin Tendulkar notched up his 51st Test ton and Dale Steyn claimed his 16th five-for as the world's two top-ranked Test teams traded blow for blow at Newlands on Wednesday.

Day 3 South Africa v India 3rd Test Match Report
After South Africa were dismissed for 362 on Monday, India replied with 364 before the hosts moved to 52 for two at stumps on day three of the third and final Test.

While both captains will be happy with their teams' all-round efforts, it was the Tendulkar and Steyn show for most of the day. On one hand you had the legendary Tendulkar elegantly stroking the ball around and on the other you had the world's best fast bowler Steyn pumped up and causing havoc.

Tendulkar scored his 51st Test Century
Tendulkar was the mainstay for India and without his 146 India would've fallen well short of the Proteas' first innings. The Little Master and overnight partner Gautam Gambhir had a couple of scratchy moments against the early movement, but their 176-run third-wicket stand gave the visitors the upper hand.

The Proteas' fast bowlers were a tad unfortunate as plenty of balls went past edges, but their luck finally turned when Paul Harris dismissed Gambhir for 93. After being outfoxed by some prodigious bounce and turn the previous ball, Gambhir nicked a straighter one to Mark Boucher.

Harris was also involved in the second wicket to fall before lunch when he ran VVS Laxman (15) out at the non-striker's end. Tendulkar hammered the ball straight back down the ground, but Harris only got a hand to the ball and deflected it onto the stumps.

India went to lunch on 234 for four, but that became 247 for six as Steyn ran amok after the break with the second new ball. First he trapped Cheteshwar Pujara (two) lbw with a peach that pitched on leg and hit him on the back pad in front of the stumps, and then he had MS Dhoni (0) fishing at a wide one. Steyn should've had Harbhajan Singh out with a similar ball to the one that got rid of Pujara, but the ball brushed off-stump without removing the bails.

While the wickets were falling at the other end, Tendulkar went to his 51st Test century with a top-edged six over the slip cordon. Meanwhile, Harbhajan was in a typically aggressive mood and took the South African fast bowlers on. Steyn, still smarting after being hit for six down the ground by the spinner, once again ended the stand as Harbhajan (40) skied a short one.

Tendulkar's brilliant knock came to an end when he missed a slower ball from Morne Morkel and it clipped the off-stump, leaving the batsman to walk off to a standing ovation from another impressive Newlands crowd. Steyn then wrapped up his five-for when Ishant Sharma's attempt to fend off a bouncer went high in the air and Mark Boucher claimed the catch.

Final pair Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth hit a couple of lusty blows to take India to a two-run lead before the former's big slash ended in the hands of third man.

Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen were rarely troubled by the new ball and fast bowlers. In fact, the only problems they had were when play was held up after Sreesanth complained about the crowd giving him some stick on the boundary.

Just when it looked like South Africa would finish the day without loss, Harbhajan trapped Smith lbw for 29. The South African skipper went back in his crease and looked to flick it to the leg, but missed the ball.

Nightwatchman Harris did his job of protecting Petersen, but he lost his wicket in the final over to Harbhajan when he padded up and was out lbw.

With two full days still left, it's hard to predict what the outcome of this match and the series will be. However, the way things went on the first three days it's likely that no quarter will be given or asked by the world's two top Test nations.

Shot of the Day
Cricket fans just love watching a tail-ender taking on a fast bowler and the shot of the day had all the ingredients. A pumped up Dale Steyn bowling: check. Harbhajan Singh on strike: check. Cracking shot for six: check. Pose after the said delivery and a stare at the bowler: check. Harbhajan isn't quite a tail-ender these days and he gave himself nice room to the leg side to crack it over the long-on fence in the 105th over.

Delivery of the Day
Dale Steyn bowled a pearler to get rid of Cheteshwara Pujara in the first over after lunch. It really was one of those deliveries that only a select few can bowl, much like Shane Warne's 'Ball of the Century'. Steyn pitched it on leg stump, but the ball seamed back and hit Pujara on the back pad in front of leg-stump for two. The South African was unlucky not to repeat the trick a few overs later when he sent down a carbon copy to Harbhajan Singh. The ball missed Harbhajan's edge and bat and kissed the off-stump, but the bails stayed on.

Defining Moment of the Day
VVS Laxman's unfortunate run-out at the non-striker's end just before lunch was probably the catalyst for India's middle-order collapse. South Africa had just taken the new ball, but Tendulkar was playing very well and Laxman is an old head when it comes to facing fast bowlers with a brand new cherry in their hand. Once Laxman departed you had the inexperienced Pujara, a slightly out-of-touch MS Dhoni and the tail.

Day 3 South Africa v India 3rd Test Scorecard

South Africa
South Africa - 2nd Innings
Batsman How Out Runs Balls
Graeme Smith lbw Harbhajan 29 47
Alviro Petersen not out 22 38
Paul Harris lbw Harbhajan 0 8
Hashim Amla not out 0 4
Extras 1nb
Total (16 overs)52/2

Bowling Overs Mdns Runs Wkts
Zaheer Khan 5 0 25 0
Shantha Sreesanth 5 1 20 0
Ishant Sharma 3 0 3 0
Harbhajan Singh 3 0 4 2
 FOW: 50/1 (Smith), 52/2 (Harris)

India - 1st Innings
Batsman How Out Runs Balls
Gautam Gambhir c Boucher b Harris 93 222
Virender Sehwag c Smith b Steyn 13 20
Rahul Dravid run out de Villiers 5 16
Sachin Tendulkar b Morkel 146 314
VVS Laxman run out 15 19
Cheteshwar Pujara lbw b Steyn 2 14
MS Dhoni c Prince b Steyn 0 3
Harbhajan Singh c sub b Steyn 40 67
Zaheer Khan c Prince b Morkel 23 22
Ishant Sharma c Boucher b Steyn 1 2
Shantha Sreesanth not out 4 5
Extras 20lb 1nb 1wd
Total (117.1 overs)364 all out

South Africa
Bowling Overs Mdns Runs Wkts
Dale Steyn 31 10 75 5
Morne Morkel 29.1 7 106 2
Lonwabo Tsotsobe 26 5 82 0
Paul Harris 29 8 72 1
Alviro Petersen 2 0 9 0
 FOW: 19/1 (Sehwag), 28/2 (Dravid), 204/3 (Gambhir), 235/4 (Laxman), 237/5 (Pujara), 247/6 (Dhoni), 323/7 (Harbhajan), 341/8 (Tendulkar), 350/9 (Sharma), 364/10 (Khan)

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 c Dhoni b Zaheer 161 291
AB de Villiers c Dhoni b Sreesanth 26 72
Ashwell Prince b Sreesanth 47 100
Mark Boucher c Dhoni b Sreesanth 0 1
Dale Steyn c Pujara b Zaheer 0 5
Morne Morkel c Dhoni b Sreesanth 8 11
Paul Harris c Pujara b Ishant 7 41
Lonwabo Tsotsobe not out 8 28
Extras 11nb 6lb 1b 1wd
Total (112.5 overs)362 all out

Bowling Overs Mdns Runs Wkts
Zaheer Khan 29.5 6 89 3
Shantha Sreesanth 29 0 114 5
Ishant Sharma 27 6 77 2
Harbhajan Singh 26 3 74 0
 FOW: 17/1 (Smith), 34/2 (Petersen), 106/3 (Amla), 164/4 (de Villiers), 262/6 (Prince), 262/6 (Boucher), 272/7 (Steyn), 283/8 (Morkel), 310/9 (Harris), 362 (Kallis)
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