India secure historic win at Durban

India pulled off a sensational 87 run victory in the second Test in Durban to draw level against South Africa.

Zaheer Khan grabbed two wickets this morning and received good support from the rest of the India attack as they closed in on victory over South Africa in the second Test at Kingsmead.

At lunch on day four the hosts were on 182 for seven in pursuit of 303, with key men Jacques Kallis (17) and AB de Villiers (33) both out - Sreesanth and Harbhajan Singh grabbing their wickets.

Just 71 runs were added in the 32 overs played and four players were out with the batsmen all struggling apart from Ashwell Prince (28 not out), who now carries all hope, if any, for the Proteas on a pitch that had provided plenty of assistance for the bowlers on the previous three days.

After heavy rain swept across Durban last night, the South Africans would have been pleased to see bright blue skies at the start - which usually makes for easier batting.

And there was not too much alarm when play got under way, despite overnight pair of Kallis and De Villiers adapting a cautious approach.

However, that changed 7.2 overs in when a Sreesanth delivery wickedly kicked off the pitch and took the fending gloves of Kallis on its way to Virender Sehwag at gully.

The hosts were further jolted by the loss of their other overnight man, De Villiers, who was given out leg before wicket by Asad Rauf and looked extremely unhappy as replays suggested that the Harbhajan ball was going over.

There was even more surprise when Steve Davis raised his finger at the other end to send Mark Boucher (one) on his way lbw - Zaheer the bowler this time with the delivery seemingly headed well over off stump.

That left the Proteas in dire trouble at 143 for six and Dale Steyn helped Prince add 12 more before he too departed.

Zaheer again the wicket-taker with the batsman this time chasing a wide delivery that was edged straight to Cheteshwar Pujara at third slip for 10.

But Paul Harris (seven not out) kept Prince company until the break with 121 still needed to prevent India from squaring the series.




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