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    December 02, 2004

    India won the second test, and with it the series, at Calcutta on the back of a splendid bowling performance by man of the match Harbhajan Singh. India are now #3 on the ICC test rankings table. Sehwag was man of the series and the highest aggregate run-scorer (262 runs) on either side (Kallis was close behind with 241 runs), but I'm fairly sure the fact that he scored his runs at a strike-rate of 72 meant that he was the obvious choice, especially since India won the series.

    Harbhajan destroyed South Africa's second innings, taking 7/87 as South Africa slumped from their overnight 172/5 to 194/9. A last wicket partnership of 28 runs in quick time between Ntini and de Bruyn helped South Africa set India a target of 117. Predictably enough, Sehwag failed in the second innings but Dravid and Tendulkar saw India home with South Africa lacking the bowling firepower to put India under any sort of pressure in the chase. Either Smith hoped that Harbhajan's performance meant that part-timers could get a few wickets to scare India or he had just given up 12 overs into India's innings since Ontong, Rudolph and Smith himself bowled 25 out of the 40 overs India faced!

    Aside from Harbhajan's superb spell, Kumble drew level with Kapil Dev as India's leading wicket-taker. Kumble is now joint 5th on the overall list. He gets to have the opportunity to get some extremely classy Bangladeshi batsman as his 435th test wicket to go ahead of Kapil! Shaun Pollock also had a personal achievement, becoming the fifth player to reach 3000 test runs and snare 300 wickets. The other four are the fab-four of [in alphabetical order] Ian Botham, Imran Khan, Kapil Dev and Sir Richard Hadlee.
    Thus spake Jagadish @ 1:05 PM |
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