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South Africa vs. India, 2nd Test: Day 5 Scorecard and Report from Durban

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 27: Dale Steyn of South Africa celebrates the wicket of Murali Vijay of India for 97 runs during day 2 of the 2nd Test match between South Africa and India at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on December 27, 2013 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterDecember 30, 2013

South Africa won the second Test against India and took the series with it 1-0 after bowling India out cheaply on Day 5 in Durban and then knocking off a small target to win by 10 wickets.

It was a result their sustained bowling excellence probably justified, but there were elements of controversy to the victory.

Virat Kohli's dismissal, caught behind at Dale Steyn's hands, appeared to have missed bat or glove. Meanwhile, Robin Peterson's ball to trap Zaheer Khan lbw was shown by HawkEye to be going down the leg side.

South Africa vs. India, 2nd Test
India 2nd Innings
BatsmanDismissalRunsMinsBalls
S Dhawanc du Plessis b Peterson1912087
M Vijayc Smith b Philander62313
CA Pujara b Steyn32137100
V Kohlic †de Villiers b Steyn112627
RG Sharmalbw b Philander256946
AM Rahane b Philander96219157
MS Dhoni*†c Petersen b Peterson154729
RA Jadejac Morkel b Peterson845
Z Khanlbw b Peterson36841
I Sharmac †de Villiers b Steyn13010
Mohammed Shaminot out1111
Extras(b 4, w 2)6
Total(all out; 86 overs; 381 mins)223
BowlingOMRW
DW Steyn218473
VD Philander164433
M Morkel166340
RJ Peterson243744
JP Duminy82200
F du Plessis1010
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However, it is the Board of Control for Cricket in India's choice not to use DRS technology, which would most likely have reprieved both batsmen. Therefore, they cannot have much room for complaint.

Steyn, Vernon Philander and Peterson were irrepressible, applying the pressure from the first ball of the morning (Steyn's dismissal of Kohli) and not relinquishing it until the tourists were all out for 223.

One man stood tall against the onslaught—Ajinkya Rahane's knock of 96 was deeply impressive, batting patiently as wickets fell around him, then charging on as the tail fell away. His disappointment was visible as he was bowled chasing a century against Philander for the final wicket, but it was an innings which appears to have assured him of more opportunities in the India lineup.

Steyn passed a landmark with his removal of Ishant Sharma, which marks his 350th Test wicket. Only Muttiah Muralitharan has reached that number faster.

It meant that South Africa needed 58 runs for victory with just over a session remaining.

There was no sentimental promotion up the order for Jacques Kallis on his final Test match, leaving Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen to grab the runs.

South Africa vs. India, 2nd Test
SA 2nd Innings
BatsmanDismissalRunsMinsBalls
GC Smith*not out27-33
AN Petersennot out31-37
Extras(w 1)1
Total(0 wickets; 11.4 overs)59(5.05 runs per over)
BowlingOMRW
Mohammed Shami2140
I Sharma51290
RA Jadeja40160
RG Sharma0.40100
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