Durban: It is a well known adage that bowlers win a Test match, while batsmen save the game. The win at Kingsmead proved to be no different as Zaheer Khan and co. gave India a memorable New Year eve present as they bowled out the hosts for 215 runs in the second innings to help the team register a memorable 87-run win on day four of the second Test.
With this win, the three Test series is now level at 1-1 and the third Test, starting on January 2 will begin on an even keel. Here's a quick recap of how the 20 South African wickets fell.
South Africa 1st innings:
1st wicket: Graeme Smith c Dhoni b Zaheer 9
Zaheer Khan set the tone for the other bowlers as he once again picked up his bunny. An angled delivery picked up Smith's edge that was easily taken by the Indian captain.
2nd wicket: Alviro Petersen b Zaheer Khan
Zaheer Khan picked up his second wicket when Petersen shuffled across middle and off and the ball touched the pad on the way to clip leg stump.
3rd wicket: Jacques Kallis run out Ishant Sharma
Amla hit the straight drive and Sharma did well to get fingers to it and the ball went and hit the stumps at the non-striker end and Kallis was short of the crease.
4th wicket: AB de Villiers c MS Dhoni b Sreesanth
Sreesanth bowled an absolute beauty as de Villiers edged the ball straight to skipper MS Dhoni.
5th wicket: Hashim Amla lbw b Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan straighter get rid off Hashim Amla. Amla tried the sweep and was judged leg before.
6th wicket: Ashwell Prince b Zaheer Khan
Zaheer got his third wicket when Prince played the ball at his own stumps. The ball held its line and Prince got the inside edge to disturb the furniture.
7th wicket: Dale Steyn c Rahul Dravid b Harbhajan Singh
Steyn was 200th Test catch for Rahul Dravid, who brilliantly caught the tailender. Bhajji's deliver held it's line and Steyn got an out side edge only to be brilliantly caught at first slip.
8th wicket: Paul Harris c Cheteshwar Pujara b Harbhajan Singh
Harris poked one to the leg side and it was going quickly and well away from Pujara at short leg but it was another amazing catch.
9th wicket: Morne Morkel c Harbhajan Singh b Ishant Sharma
Morkel got the top edge on Ishant's bouncer and was caught at fine leg by Harbhajan Singh. Extra bounce did the trick for Ishant Sharma.
10th wicket: Lonwabo Tsotsobe c Murali Vijay b Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan finished it off with an offie at off stumps and Tsotsobe scooped it straight to mid-wicket.
South Africa 2nd innings:
1st wicket: Graeme Smith c MS Dhoni b Sreesanth
After a solid start by South African openers, finally Sreesanth got rid off his man when Smith tried to pull, but it was too close for that shot. He got the top edge and was safely taken by the Indian skipper.
2nd wicket: Alviro Petersen c Pujara b Harbhajan
Harbhajan got one to bounce more than usual and it did the trick for the offie.
3rd wicket: Hashim Amla c MS Dhoni b Sreesanth
It was probably the poorest shot by Amla in this series. Tried to cut the ball but got the outside edge and gave the catch to MS Dhoni.
4th wicket: Jacques Kallis c Virender Sehwag b Sreesanth
Sreesanth bowled an absolute ripper, Kallis had no answer to that delivery. The ball smacked into his glove and lobbed up to gully where Sehwag took an easy catch.
5th wicket: AB de Villiers lbw b Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan tossed the ball up on off and middle and got it to bite and straighten and was judged LBW.
6th wicket: Mark Boucher lbw b Zaheer Khan
Zaheer landed one back of a length on middle and straightened a fraction and Boucher was in the crease and was given leg before.
7th wicket: Dale Steyn c Cheteshwar Pujara b Zaheer Khan
Zaheer moved this one away from Steyn and he edged the ball straight to the third slip.
8th wicket: Paul Harris b Zaheer Khan
Zaheer produced a cracker of deliver. Harris had no answer to that, Zaheer gets it to move away off the seam to clip the off stump.
9th wicket: Morne Morkel c MS Dhoni b Ishant Sharma
Ishant got rid off his man when he pitched the delivery back of a length around off and got it straighten a bit. Morkel edged the ball to MS Dhoni.
10th wicket: Lonwabo Tsotsobe run out (Cheteshwar Pujara)
Pujara pulled off a beauty at forward short leg. His reflex action produced a brilliant run out and it helped India level the series 1-1.