India Vs South Africa - 2nd Test - Kallis has a fairytale retirement

India Vs South Africa - 26th to 30th December 2013 - Results, Review and Statistical Highlights

What a test match this was for Jacques Kallis.  It was indeed a fairytale ending to a tremendous career.  After India dominated most part of the first day where they were sitting pretty at 181/1, it was Jacques Kallis who did not let go.  He spoke to all the bowlers in the dressing room and asked them to dig deep and try to get a positive result  and that's exactly what Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander did.  It was a remarkable spell by Steyn who got India all out for 334 in their first innings and after that, it was some good batting by the Proteas and a superb century by the king himself which helped them reach towards 500. 

Robin Peterson also batted well as he made 61 to ensure the innings got a well deserved push in the end to reach 500 quickly. The indians might have missed a trick during their bowling in the first innings as they didn't take the new ball after 80 overs, it was changed only when the umpires thought that the ball was really out of shape and needed to be changed (was changed after approx 120 overs).  There might be many theories behind the decision of ball not being changed, but we know for sure, the decision to some extent backfired on India.

CricketAs far as their bowling was concerned, Ravindra Jadeja bowled brilliantly in the first innings but their pacers had no answer to how the pitch was responding.  Ajinkya Rahane'e brilliant 51 n.o and 96 was a treat to watch despite him being given a pretty rude sendoff by Philander.  During the second innings Peterson picked up 4 wickets and helped wrap up the Indian innings quite quickly which meant the proteas only needed to get 58 to win which they did comfortably in the end to win by 10 wickets.

For me the highlight of the match was the sportive spirit and the never say die attitude of both the teams.  When Graeme Smith ran up to Ajinkya Rahane to congratulate him for making 96 was a very kind gesture to an upcoming Indian cricket, this also showed what a good sportsman he really is.  At the end of the day, Jacques Kallis looked pretty emotional but was happy with the win and it was very nice to see the south african players wearing a Shirt with Jacques Kallis' picture on it.  Take  a look below for the complete batting and bowling performance review,scorecard, post match presentation of the match.

India 1st innings DismissalR B 4s 6s SR
S Dhawan c Petersen b Morkel 29494059.18
M Vijay c †de Villiers b Steyn 9722618042.92
CA Pujara c †de Villiers b Steyn 701329053.03
V Kohli c †de Villiers b Morkel 46875052.87
RG Sharma b Steyn 01000
AM Rahane not out 511218042.14
MS Dhoni*† c Smith b Steyn 24403060
RA Jadeja c Kallis b Duminy 03000
Z Khan c †de Villiers b Steyn 02000
I Sharma c †de Villiers b Steyn 4310133.33
Mohammed Shami c Smith b Morkel 160016.66
Extras (lb 7, w 4, nb 1) 12

Total (all out; 111.3 overs; 502 mins) 334(2.99 runs per over)

Fall of wickets 1-41 (Dhawan, 13.1 ov), 2-198 (Pujara, 66.3 ov), 3-199 (Vijay, 68.5 ov), 4-199 (RG Sharma, 68.6 ov), 5-265 (Kohli, 92.3 ov), 6-320 (Dhoni, 106.4 ov), 7-321 (Jadeja, 107.5 ov), 8-322 (Khan, 108.2 ov), 9-330 (I Sharma, 108.5 ov), 10-334 (Mohammed Shami, 111.3 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ Extras
DW Steyn 30910063.33(2w)
VD Philander 2165602.66(1nb, 1w)
M Morkel 23.365032.12(1w)
JH Kallis 1113603.27
RJ Peterson 2227503.4
JP Duminy 401012.5

South Africa 1st innings DismissalR B 4s 6s SR
GC Smith* c Dhawan b Jadeja 47817058.02
AN Petersen c Vijay b Jadeja 621008062
HM Amla b Mohammed Shami 3180016.66
JH Kallis c †Dhoni b Jadeja 11531613036.39
AB de Villiers† c Kohli b Jadeja 741179063.24
JP Duminy lbw b Jadeja 28824034.14
DW Steyn c †Dhoni b Khan 44947046.8
F du Plessis run out (RG Sharma) 43704061.42
RJ Peterson c Vijay b Khan 615291117.3
VD Philander not out 03000
M Morkel c & b Jadeja 02000
Extras (b 3, lb 15, w 2, nb 3) 23

Total (all out; 155.2 overs) 500(3.21 runs per over)

Fall of wickets 1-103 (Smith, 27.1 ov), 2-113 (Amla, 32.6 ov), 3-113 (Petersen, 33.1 ov), 4-240 (de Villiers, 73.6 ov), 5-298 (Duminy, 103.2 ov), 6-384 (Kallis, 133.3 ov), 7-387 (Steyn, 136.1 ov), 8-497 (Peterson, 154.1 ov), 9-500 (du Plessis, 154.6 ov), 10-500 (Morkel, 155.2 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ Extras
Z Khan 2849723.46(1nb, 1w)
Mohammed Shami 27210413.85
I Sharma 31711403.67(2nb, 1w)
RA Jadeja 58.21513862.36
RG Sharma 1112902.63

India 2nd innings DismissalR B 4s 6s SR
S Dhawan c du Plessis b Peterson 19872021.83
M Vijay c Smith b Philander 6131046.15
CA Pujara b Steyn 321004032
V Kohli c †de Villiers b Steyn 11271040.74
RG Sharma lbw b Philander 25462154.34
AM Rahane b Philander 9615711261.14
MS Dhoni*† c Petersen b Peterson 15292051.72
RA Jadeja c Morkel b Peterson 8501160
Z Khan lbw b Peterson 341007.31
I Sharma c †de Villiers b Steyn 1100010
Mohammed Shami not out 1100100
Extras (b 4, w 2) 6

Total (all out; 86 overs; 381 mins) 223(2.59 runs per over)

Fall of wickets 1-8 (Vijay, 5.3 ov), 2-53 (Dhawan, 27.5 ov), 3-68 (Kohli, 36.1 ov), 4-71 (Pujara, 38.6 ov), 5-104 (RG Sharma, 50.4 ov), 6-146 (Dhoni, 61.1 ov), 7-154 (Jadeja, 61.6 ov), 8-189 (Khan, 77.6 ov), 9-206 (I Sharma, 84.1 ov), 10-223 (Rahane, 85.6 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ Extras
DW Steyn 2184732.23(1w)
VD Philander 1644332.68
M Morkel 1663402.12
RJ Peterson 2437443.08(1w)
JP Duminy 822002.5
F du Plessis 10101

South Africa 2nd innings (target: 58 runs) DismissalR B 4s 6s SR
GC Smith* not out 27334181.81
AN Petersen not out 31375183.78
Extras (w 1) 1

Total (0 wickets; 11.4 overs; 48 mins) 59(5.05 runs per over)

Did not bat HM Amla, JH Kallis, AB de Villiers†, F du Plessis, JP Duminy, RJ Peterson, VD Philander, DW Steyn, M Morkel

Bowling O M R W Econ Extras
Mohammed Shami 21402
I Sharma 512905.8(1w)
RA Jadeja 401604
RG Sharma 0.4010015

Post match Presentation and Awards

MS Dhoni: "The first session was crucial, we didn't start well, a couple of bad decisions, tough decisions, a couple of bad shots. Overall, only a few of the top order had played more than five Tests outside the subcontinent, great experience for them to play the toughest side. I'm very happy with the performance, especially of the bowlers, without the luxury of an allrounder, they bowled to the plan that they had. They must have learnt a lot out of these two games, also that Test cricket is about all five days, you may play one bad session and that will have an impact on the game itself.  

Graeme Smith: "An incredible win, considering the weather and that they were 180 for 1 on the first day. India always difficult, one of the teams we haven't beaten in a while. At Wanderers we were behind the game for 90% of the time... to see Dale bowling like that this morning, Robbie P four wickets today. 

Dale Steyn (Man of the Match): "I'm pretty stoked. Jacques sat us down on the second day and said he didn't want this game to end in a draw. Pretty proud of that (350 wickets), but it won't happen if I wasn't part of this incredible team I'm part of. Got to thank the team and everybody else. I'll remember the wicket of Pujara for a while, he's a good batsman as well."

AB de Villiers (Man of the Series): "I've been working hard on my keeping, getting tips from Bouchie on the side, mainly abusing me (laughs). I really enjoyed the keeping, and the Test win. I enjoyed all the criticism Steyn was getting in Jo'burg as I knew something was brewing in his system, a man for the big occasion. "I consider myself very lucky to have played in Kallis' last Test, very special to walk around the ground and think of all those memories. He's been a rock to this team."

Jacques Kallis: "Tough call (to retire from Tests). It's been incredible, the way people have come out to support me, the way CSA and my team-mates have made it a special game. I still had the same butterflies ahead of this game, thanks to MS and the team for the guard of honor, I was glad I didn't face the next ball then. 

"I've been fortunate to have had great coaches throughout the career, my friends and family have put up with me being away, will be nice to catch up with them. So many people to thank. Two of the most important people, who aren't there, so 'Mum, Dad I hope I've made you proud'." 

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