Dravid aims to make South Africa toil
by Cricket Archive Staff Reporter
|Scorecard:||South Africa v India|
|Player:||JH Kallis, A Kumble, S Sreesanth, Z Khan, VR Singh, HH Gibbs, MV Boucher, SR Tendulkar, AG Prince, RS Dravid|
DateLine: 28th December 2006
Indian captain Rahul Dravid said his team planned to press home their
advantage after dominating the first day of the second Test against
South Africa at Kingsmead on Tuesday.
Only Ashwell Prince, with 98 not out, stood firm as South Africa
struggled to 257 for eight on a hot, humid day.
Dravid praised the "enthusiasm and energy" of his bowlers and said it
was now up to the batsmen to hammer home their advantage.
"The key for us is to bat for long periods and keep them (South Africa)
out in the hot sun for as long as possible," said Dravid.
Star batsman Sachin Tendulkar was off the field for the last two hours
of play after damaging his right thumb in dropping a chance off Prince.
But Dravid said the injury was "only bruising" and that Tendulkar would
be fit to bat on the second day.
Left-hander Prince shared stands of 94 with Herschelle Gibbs (63) and
100 with Mark Boucher (53) after South Africa lost their first three
wickets for 28.
There was a second collapse when South Africa lost three wickets in the
last two overs before bad light stopped play to undo much of the repair
Gibbs admitted: "We lost our way a little towards the end of the day."
But he felt South Africa were still in the game. "There was lateral
movement all day and we played and missed quite a lot. The wicket will
quicken up in the next two days. If we can squeeze another 40 runs
tomorrow the Indian batsmen will have their work cut out," said Gibbs.
Prince, out for 97 in a losing cause in the first Test in Johannesburg,
was in sight of his fifth Test century when three wickets fell for one
run shortly before play ended with 17 overs remaining to be bowled.
Prince, who batted for 276 minutes and faced 181 balls, had an escape
on 41 when he edged VRV Singh low to Tendulkar at first slip.
Indian opening bowlers Zaheer Khan and Shanthakumaran Sreesanth took
the first five wickets before Singh and leg-spinner Anil Kumble struck
late in the day.
Khan took two for 61 and Sreesanth three for 74, while Kumble claimed
two for 48.
South Africa were already weakened by the absence of star batsman
Jacques Kallis because of a back injury.