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We need to dig deep: Penney

India’s fielding coach expects fight from the batsmen on final day

Team India ended the fourth day of the Durban Test with a tough task of batting out the fifth day to escape a loss. With the openers already back in the hut, it is advantage South Africa. However, Indian fielding coach, Trevor Penney is confident the Indian batsmen will fight it out and survive the day.

"The mood in the dressing room is just normal,” Penney said. “Our batsmen know what their roles are and who the South African bowlers are. They have studied them and played against them. So we need to dig deep and fight the day out.

“We have played good cricket over the last couple of weeks and the team is very upbeat about the possibility of trying to bat out tomorrow," he added.

While the Kingsmead wicket hasn’t had much assistance for the bowlers, the best weapon has been seen as reverse swing. Penney said India too were depending on it.

"The bounce is a bit more variable with the old ball. We just wanted to test with reverse swing as well.” He said. “It didn’t really allow the new batsmen to settle down, as we were relying on reverse swing and thought that was the best strategy."

The Indian pacers bowled rather long spells in the fourth innings of the Johannesburg Test and when asked if that led to fatigue, Penney answered in negative.

"We batted a quite a long time in this match and then the rain began to show up in the first couple of days. So the bowlers have also had a break. It is just that the South Africans batted well in that middle period, especially Jacques who dug in for a lot of balls. He just defended and then scored off the loose balls,"

Of Ravindra Jadeja, who picked up five wickets in South Africa’s first innings, the bowling coach said, "Jadeja bowled a lot of overs and got his wickets. But it didn’t really spin, not every ball. I think we have the batsmen to deal with that," said Penney.

"Normally, the seamers are South Africa’s biggest threat, aren’t they? We have to see them off in the morning and obviously when the reverse swing comes into play. So even if we start well, the guys need to watch out as the day goes on," he said referring to Indian batsmen’s task on the fifth day.

BCCI Staff

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Stats Highlights: SA v Ind, 2nd Test, Day 4

Kallis eclipses Dravid’s tally in final Test

Jacques Kallis (115) became the fourth South African to score a 100 in his last Test, after Pieter van der Bijl, Lee Irvine and Barry Richards.

Kallis is also the first batsman since 2007-08 to score a ton in his last Test – Phil Jaques made 108 against West Indies at Bridgetown back in 2007-08.

Just before he got out, Jacques Kallis managed to surpass Rahul Dravid’s run aggregate (13,288) to clinch the third spot on the list of leading run-scorers in Test cricket, after Sachin Tendulkar (15,921) and Ricky Ponting (13,378).

Ravindra Jadeja (6/138) returned his best figures in Test cricket, surpassing 5/58 against Australia at Delhi in March this year.

Ravindra Jadeja has now taken 33 wickets in six Tests. Only Narendra Hirwani (39) had taken more wickets in his first six Tests for India.

Jadeja became the first Indian left-arm spinner to take a five-wicket innings haul outside the subcontinent since Dilip Doshi who took 6/102 against England at Manchester in 1982.

Jadeja has now taken 83 wickets in all international cricket in 2013 – most by an Indian. He went past R Ashwin’s tally of 81 wickets. Only Saeed Ajmal (109) has taken more wickets than Jadeja this year (Stuart Broad also has a tally of 83 wickets).

Zaheer Khan’s wicket of Dale Steyn was his 600th in international cricket. At the end of the South African innings, Zaheer’s tally stands at 601 (302 in Tests, 282 in ODIs and 17 in T20Is). He is the fourth Indian to claim 600 wickets in international cricket, after Anil Kumble (956), Harbhajan Singh (694) and Kapil Dev (687).

The 110-run partnership between Faf du Plessis and Robin Peterson is the highest 8th wicket partnership at Kingsmead, Durban. Pravin Amre and Kiran More had added 101 in 1992-93. South Africa’s previous highest stand for this wicket here was 95 between Nummy Deane and Buster Nupen against England in 1927-28.

The run-rate in the above partnership was 6.11 (runs per over). As per the available information, this is the third-highest run-rate in a century stand against India. Shahid Afridi and Kamran Akmal scored at 7.90 during their partnership of 170 runs at Lahore in 2005-06. Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist’s partnership of 197 runs at Mumbai in 2000-01 had a run-rate of 6.12

South Africa’s total of 500 is the highest at Durban in South Africa-India Tests. India’s 334 in the first innings was the previous highest.

The 58.2 overs bowled by Jadeja are the most by an Indian bowler in an innings in South Africa. Anil Kumble had bowled 51 overs in the first innings of the Cape Town Test in 1996-97.

Rajneesh Gupta

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