Centurion: South Africa moved another step closer to a comprehensive victory as they picked up the wicket of S Sreesanth in just the fourth over of the morning. Sreesanth was caught by AB de Villiers at second slip off Morne Morkel for 3.
India began the fifth and final day of the first Test against South Africa at Centurion, staring at an impending defeat even as Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar stood tall in front of the mighty Proteas pace attack.
India began the day at 454/8, still needing another 30 runs to make South Africa bat again. With still a full day’s play to go and just two wickets in hand, the probability of any other result than a SA victory looks remote.
Earlier on Sunday, Tendulkar added another feather to his cap and created history by becoming the first cricketer to score 50 Test centuries but could not prevent India’s slump to a likely defeat.
Tendulkar (107 not out) played a sublime chanceless innings and shared a 172-run stand for the seventh wicket with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (90) to lead a spirited fightback before the team slumped to 454 for eight when stumps were drawn early due to rain on a historic day at SuperSport Park.