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Lost the match on Day-5 morning: Dhoni

Indian skipper puts down Durban loss to losing 5 wickets in one session

As India conceded the Test series 1-0 to South Africa with a 10-wicket loss in Durban, MS Dhoni put it down to the first session of Day-five in which India lost five wickets for 86 runs.

Beginning the day with 68 for 2, India were bowled out for 223, leaving the Proteas 57 runs to chase. "The first session was crucial,” Dhoni said. “We didn't start well, a couple of bad decisions, tough decisions, a couple of bad shots.”

However, the skipper stood by his young side, hoping they will improve with more experience of overseas Tests. "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," said Dhoni.

Dhoni said this series will act as a learning curve in the careers of his young team mates. "I think in these 2 Tests, we've learnt a lot. I think its a big learning curve for our batsmen. With the little amount of time they had to prepare, it was a great learning experience.

Dhoni also took the opportunity to pay tribute to Jacques Kallis, who retired from Test cricket after the Kingsmead game.

"Jacques Kallis has been a fantastic cricketer, doesn't talk much. Not just the runs he scored or the wickets he took, even the catches he took. He gave South Africa the luxury of playing an extra batsman. Youngsters will look up to him," the Indian skipper said.

BCCI Staff

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Stats Highlights: SA v Ind, 2nd Test, Day 5

Unstoppable Steyn claims 350th victim during Durban Test

Dale Steyn’s wicket of Virat Kohli was his 200th at home. He became the third South African, after Mkhaya Ntini (249) and Shaun Pollock (235) to reach the 200-wicket mark on home soil.

Dale Steyn’s wicket of Ishant Sharma was his 350th in Test cricket. Steyn is the quickest to reach this milestone in terms of balls bowled. Pakistan’s Waqar Younus held the previous record.

Ajinkya Rahane (96) made his highest Test score, surpassing his unbeaten 51 in the first innings of this Test.

Dale Steyn ended the year 2013 with 51 wickets against his name – the third time he has taken 50 or more wickets in a calendar year. He had taken 74 wickets in 2008 and 60 wickets in 2010.

Steyn has now equaled Mkhaya Ntini’s South African record of taking 50 wickets in a calendar year on 3 occasions.

Alviro Petersen and Graeme Smith became the first South African opening pair to put on 50 runs or more in both innings of a Test against India at home. Interestingly this feat has been achieved by a South African opening pair in India on 3 occasions.

This win was South Africa’s first at Durban after four consecutive defeats.

India suffered their third consecutive series defeat outside India. They had lost to England 4-0 in 2011 and then to Australia also 4-0 in 2011-12.

India have now not registered a win in their last 12 overseas Tests. They have lost nine and drawn three.

In 21 overseas Tests in which MS Dhoni has captained India, he has won five, lost 10 and drawn remaining six (win percentage of 23.80). In contrast, Dhoni has won 21 Tests, lost three and drawn six out of 30 home Tests (win percentage of 70.00).

The win was South Africa’s sixth under Graeme Smith against India. He now holds the South African record of winning most Tests as captain against India. He was earlier at level with Hansie Cronje with five wins.

The win was Graeme Smith’s 29th at home. With this he has equaled Ricky Ponting’s record of winning most Tests as captain at home.

The defeat means India have not yet beaten South Africa in a Test series in South Africa.

Rajneesh Gupta

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