Day 5 South Africa v India 3rd Test 6 Jan 2011

India tour of South Africa 2010/11, 3rd Test South Africa v India Day 5 Played at Newlands, Cape Town 6th Jan 2011 Highlights Video, Match Report and Scores.
Ind: 364, 166/3 (82.0 Ovs) and RSA: 362, 341
Match drawn
Toss India, who chose to field
Series 3-match series drawn 1-1
Player of the match JH Kallis (South Africa)
Player of the series JH Kallis (South Africa)

South Africa v India 3rd Test Scorecard
Day 5 South Africa v India 3rd Test Match Report
In a series packed to the brim with excitement, the third and final Test at Newlands ended in a lethargic draw on Thursday.

Graeme Smith & MS Dhoni share the trophy. Series drawn 1-1
Some stern Indian defence combined with an at times listless South African attack to see a day that had the potential to thrill end with honours even.

Requiring 340 for victory in 90 overs at a rate of 3.77, it was clear from the outset that Mahendra Dhoni's men would take the safety-first option, with Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir curbing their aggressive tendancies from the get-go.

While the move may not have been the most exciting for the spectators, it was the sensible decision, and meant that the home side would need to prove they had what it takes to skittle through a team on a day five-track. In the end it was a bridge too far for the South Africans.

Virender Sehwag (11) was the only man to depart in the morning session, edging a Morne Morkel delivery to Graeme Smith at first slip. The opener had been given a lifeline not long before when JP Duminy put down a catch at backward point off the bowling of the luckless Lonwabo Tsotsobe. Fortunately Duminy was not made to pay too highly for his error.

Gambhir (64) and Rahul Dravid (31) took the visitors into the luncheon interval and for the most part looked untroubled. Tremendous credit must go to Gambhir, who had a painful start to the day when a rising delivery from Morkel hit him on an already injured elbow.

Paul Harris was unlucky to be denied the wicket of Dravid shortly after the interval, having trapped the batsman plumb in front as he looked to cut the ball through the off-side. Umpire Gould inexplicably couldn't see what everyone else could and waved away the appeals, but while that decision was wrong, in truth it was the lone blip in what has been an impressive umpiring performance from Simon Taufel and Gould.

'The Wall' was eventually broken through when Tsotsobe had Dravid caught at gully by Ashwell Prince. Having seen three catches dropped off his bowling in this match, Tsotsobe will have been relieved to once again have things go his way.

Harris, however, will be feeling the universe was conspiring against him as he saw two chances go down shortly before tea after eventually gaining some assistance from the pitch. First, AB de Villiers at silly point was unable to hold on when a leading edge from Gambhir flew in his direction. De Villiers was again the man to have Harris seeing red as Sachin Tendulkar edged the ball down the leg-side, where de Villiers - now at leg slip - put down another tough chance.

Jacques Kallis gets MOM & MOS Ind Vs SA 3rd Test
Gambhir's four-and-a-half hour vigil at last came to an end when he edged a leg-side bouncer from Dale Steyn to wicketkeeper Mark Boucher. But with 62 overs already negotiated, Gambhir's job had been done, with his team safe from defeat.

Tendulkar and VVS Laxman saw out the remainder of the day without much alarm. With the result a foregone conclusion for a lengthy period, the players decided to shake hands after Smith persisted with drawing out the conclusion.

Delivery of the day:
Every ball Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen bowled. Desperation perhaps?

Shot of the day:
Gambhir played some top class throughout his innings, including a lovely little flick through midwicket for four. With great timing, poise an use of the wrists, the shot was effortless yet powerful.

Defining moment of the day:
Usually a side with the safest of hands, South Africa have dropped a fair few catches in this series. Three went down on Thursday, and while Lonwabo Tsotsobe was once again the unfortunate bowler on one occasion, it's the two off the bowling of Paul Harris that could prove most hurtful. Struggling to make his mark on Test cricket and with Imran Tahir qualifying to play for South Africa, there was a tremendous amount of pressure on Harris to perform. The left-armer is not in the same league as Harbhajan Singh and so a performance similar to the Indian's yesterday should not have been expected but Harris would have been looking to pick up a few wickets to prove his worth. Dropped catches meant it didn't happen though and the spinner may now have played his last Test for South Africa.

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