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South Africa beats India, takes series 1-0

Tuesday, December 31, 2013


DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa won retiring allrounder Jacques Kallis' last Test yesterday to take the series against India with a 10-wicket victory on the final day at Kingsmead.

South African openers Alviro Petersen and Graeme Smith comfortably chased down the victory target of 58 and the home team finished 59 without loss in its second innings soon after tea to claim the short two-game contest 1-0.

Smith ended the game with a six and then a four and raised his arms to the dressing room where Kallis was sitting. Kallis was then carried across the field on the shoulders of teammates holding a South African flag for a lap of honour around the same ground where he made his debut as a 20-year-old prodigy in 1995.

He surprised many by announcing on Christmas Day that he would retire following one last Test.

After Kallis made an emotional farewell century on Sunday — the 45th of his career — as top-ranked South Africa powered toward its victory over number two India early on the final day when fast bowler Dale Steyn struck off the first ball of the day and the Proteas' bowlers took eight Indian second-innings wickets for 155 in a session-and-a-half.

Steyn and fellow fast bowler Vernon Philander finished with three wickets each and left-arm spinner Robin Peterson had 4-74 as South Africa romped to the win to mark the 38-year-old Kallis' 166th and last Test.

Kallis made more than 13,000 Test runs and also took 292 wickets in his 18-year career on South Africa's Test team to go down as one of cricket's greatest allrounders.

Only Ajinkya Rahane resisted among India's batsmen on the last day to make 96 before falling four short of a maiden Test century.

SCOREBOARD

India 1st Innings: 334

South Africa 1st Innings: 500

India 2nd Innings

(Overnight: 68-2)

Shikhar Dhawan c Du Plessis b Peterson 19

Murali Vijay c Smith b Philander 6

Cheteshwar Pujara b Steyn 32

Virat Kohli c De Villiers b Steyn 11

Rohit Sharma lbw b Philander 25

Ajinkya Rahane b Philander 96

Mahendra Singh Dhoni c Petersen b Peterson 15

Ravindra Jadeja c Morkel b Peterson 8

Zaheer Khan lbw b Peterson 3

Ishant Sharma c De Villiers b Steyn 1

Mohammed Shami not out 1

Extras: (4b, 2w) 6

TOTAL: (all out) 223

Overs: 86.

Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-53, 3-68, 4-71, 5-104, 6-146, 7-154, 8-189, 9-206.

Bowling: Dale Steyn 21-8-47-3 (1w), Vernon Philander 16-4-43-3, Morne Morkel 16-6-34-0, Robin Peterson 24-3-74-4 (1w), JP Duminy 8-2-20-0, Faf du Plessis 1-0-1-0.

South Africa 2nd Innings (Target: 58)

Alviro Petersen not out 31

Graeme Smith not out 27

Extras: (1w) 1

TOTAL: (for 0 wickets) 59

Overs: 11.4

Did not bat: Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel.

Bowling: Mohammed Shami 2-1-4-0, Ishant Sharma 5-1-29-0 (1w), Ravindra Jadeja 4-0-16-0, Rohit Sharma 0.4-0-10-0.

Umpires: Steve Davis, Australia, and Rod Tucker, Australia.

TV Umpire: Adrian Holdstock, South Africa. Match Referee: Andy Pycroft, Zimbabwe.

PHOTO: CRICKET THREE

CAPTION - India's Rohit Sharma avoids a bouncer during the fifth day of the second and final cricket Test match between South Africa and India at the Sahara stadium Kingsmead, South Africa.

PHOTO: CRICKET SIX

CAPTION - South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis is carried by teammates after the completion yesterday of the Test match against India at the Kingsmeade ground in South Africa in which Kallis played his last Test match. (PHOTOS: AP)



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