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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Now two no contests as S Africa wallop Australia and India hold NZ in check.

At Cape Town South Africa easily overtook Australia's weak 209 and advanced imperiously to 3/404 (102 ov) : T#3 D2

Reluctant opener Ashwell Prince with 150/249b [19x4, 2x6], and veteran Jacques Kallis 102*/147b [14x4, 2 x6], his 31st Test century, powered the Proteas to a position where Australia looks incapable of winning and probably, even after two days, not able to draw.

Unfortunately the debutant legspinner Bryce McGain was the weakest link in the Australian attack. At the moment his analysis is 11-2-102-0. The two maiden overs attest to his potential but the other nine for 102 reflect the number of full tosses and long hops which intermingled with some looping deliveries which induced some defensive strokes. The hammering recalled the harsh treatment meted out to another legspinner on his Test debut. On the other hand Peter Siddle's 23-12-35-1 kept one end tight for much of the day and may. just, have kept Australia in with an outside chance of a draw.


At Hamilton New Zealand 279 and 3/75 (31 ov) continued to struggle against India who batted on to reach 520 (152.4 ov, S Tendulkar 160/260b, G Gambhir 72, R Dravid 66, Z Khan 51*) : T#1 D3

The gulf between the two teams, some honourable individual exceptions apart, is palpable. India must be fancying their chances of an innings victory.

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