SA 131 for 1 in second innings as Test heads for draw

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Chennai, Mar 29 (UNI) Ater restricting India's first innings lead to just 87 runs with their strike bowler Dale Steyn (4-103) mopping up the tail in the post lunch session, South Africa were 131 for one at stumps on the fourth day of the first Test, at the M A Chidambaram stadium here today.

After South Africa lost captain Graeme Smith for 35 in the 11th over of their second innings, opener Neil Mckenzie (59 in 98 balls, seven fours) and Hashim Amla (35 in 70 balls) were at the crease.

The Proteas, who opened with Neil McKenzie and captain Graeme Smith scored briskly in their second essay.

The Indian new ball bowlers, especially left hander R P Singh, gave away easy runs.

Singh's first two overs cost him 20 runs. He was promptly replaced after bowling four overs, by Sourav Ganguly, who bowled a better line and length.

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who replaced Sreesanth in the eighth over, struck off the third ball of the 11th, trapping Smith leg before.

Smith who fell after misreading the turn, was at the wicket for an hour. He faced 30 balls for his 35 with five hits to the fence.

Amla and McKenzie then dug into the Indian spin duo of Kumble and Harbhajan, scoring freely and reached the 100-run mark in 20.4 overs.

Both gathered fours at every opportunity as the wicket continued to play easy.

McKenzie completed his 50, his second in this match, in 129 minutes off 86 balls.


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