Proteas win Test by an innings

2010-12-20 11:29

South Africa beat India by an innings and 25 runs in the first Test match at Centurion today after India were dismissed for 459 in their second innings.

It took just 26 minutes and 35 balls of the morning session to dismiss India after they were 454 for eight overnight.

Sachin Tendulkar was unbeaten on 111 after scoring his historic 50th Test century, ably supported by captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (90).

Tendulkar and Dhoni’s prolific partnership of 172 reduced the huge deficit India faced and it looked like South Africa may even be forced to bat again.

But once Dhoni was dismissed on Sunday afternoon, the match may well have ended on Sunday but for bad light followed by torrential rain.

Sree Sreesanth was dismissed for three, without adding to his overnight score, when he edged Morne Morkel to third slip where AB de Villiers had no problem taking the catch.

Debutant fast bowler Jaidev Unadkat faced 10 balls for his one run before he was caught by Ashwell Prince in the gully giving Dale Steyn his fourth wicket of the innings at a cost of 105 runs.

South Africa made 620 for four declared in their first innings after India’s disastrous first innings total of 136 all out.?

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