Many an enduring friendship has been created watching the Indian
cricket team play. It is hard to be die-hard fans of a chronically
losing cricket team – and the suffering of watching that together
creates a bond that can hardly be bettered. For e.g. who among us can
forget bihari throw that chappal at the TV in
frustration – when Saeed Anwar blasted the Indian bowlers to hit 192
(Asia Cup, if the memory serves me right), irretrievably damaging the
creaking old TV – and saving us the suffering of watching the Indian
run chase. Bihari will always be in a very special part of
all our hearts for being a hero that day and saving all of us –
fearless of the inevitable consequences he faced for breaking the only
TV on the fourth floor of the hostel.

Yet, every now and then, the Indian cricket team does something that
we die-hard fans know is rare miracle. And today is one such day. India
bowled out South Africa for 84! Hey, we might still manage to lose the
test match – but we fans know the secret of reveling in the glory while
it lasts. Before the inevitable slip to a series of forgettable
performances begin again. And hence, just to remember this day, I shall
reproduce the entire scorecard of the first test in Johannesburg at
Stumps of Day 2.

 India 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
W Jaffer lbw b Ntini 9 42 40 2 0 22.50
V Sehwag c wicket-keeperBoucher b Pollock 4 46 26 0 0 15.38
captain R Dravid c Smith b Kallis 32 151 83 5 0 38.55
SR Tendulkar c de Villiers b Kallis 44 113 89 7 0 49.43
VVS Laxman c wicket-keeperBoucher b Ntini 28 104 67 5 0 41.79
SC Ganguly not out 51 180 101 4 1 50.49
wicket-keeper MS Dhoni c Pollock b Ntini 5 23 20 0 0 25.00
A Kumble c Kallis b Nel 6 23 15 1 0 40.00
Z Khan lbw b Pollock 9 32 23 0 0 39.13
S Sreesanth c Amla b Pollock 0 3 2 0 0 0.00
VRV Singh c & b Pollock 29 27 19 6 0 152.63
    Extras (lb 15, w 11, nb 6) 32
    Total (all out; 79.5 overs; 374 mins) 249
Fall of wickets1-14 (Jaffer, 9.6 ov), 2-14 (Sehwag, 10.5 ov), 3-83 (Tendulkar, 35.4 ov), 4-110 (Dravid, 41.6 ov), 5-156 (Laxman, 56.5 ov), 6-167 (Dhoni, 61.6 ov), 7-188 (Kumble, 66.5 ov), 8-205 (Khan, 73.4 ov), 9-205 (Sreesanth, 73.6 ov), 10-249 (Singh, 79.5 ov)
 Bowling O M R W Econ
 DW Steyn 10.1 3 26 0 2.55 (2nb)
 M Ntini 18 1 57 3 3.16
 SM Pollock 17.5 7 39 4 2.18
 A Nel 18.5 5 45 1 2.38 (1nb, 1w)
 JH Kallis 15 0 67 2 4.46 (3nb, 2w)
 South Africa 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
captain GC Smith lbw b Sreesanth 5 8 12 0 0 41.66
HH Gibbs c Sehwag b Khan 0 12 4 0 0 0.00
HM Amla c Laxman b Sreesanth 0 11 6 0 0 0.00
JH Kallis c Laxman b Sreesanth 12 21 14 3 0 85.71
AG Prince c wicket-keeperDhoni b Kumble 24 105 60 2 0 40.00
AB de Villiers c Sehwag b Khan 6 23 14 1 0 42.85
wicket-keeper MV Boucher b Sreesanth 5 12 6 1 0 83.33
SM Pollock lbw b Sreesanth 5 11 10 1 0 50.00
A Nel c Khan b Singh 21 50 24 2 1 87.50
M Ntini b Kumble 0 2 1 0 0 0.00
DW Steyn not out 0 3 1 0 0 0.00
    Extras (b 2, w 3, nb 1) 6
    Total (all out; 25.1 overs; 131 mins) 84
Fall of wickets1-5 (Smith, 1.6 ov), 2-5 (Gibbs, 2.4 ov), 3-5 (Amla, 3.6 ov), 4-21 (Kallis, 7.3 ov), 5-33 (de Villiers, 12.5 ov), 6-38 (Boucher, 15.2 ov), 7-45 (Pollock, 17.1 ov), 8-84 (Prince, 24.4 ov), 9-84 (Ntini, 24.5 ov), 10-84 (Nel, 25.1 ov)
 Bowling O M R W Econ
 Z Khan 10 3 32 2 3.20
 S Sreesanth 10 3 40 5 4.00 (1nb, 2w)
 VRV Singh 3.1 0 8 1 2.52 (1w)
 A Kumble 2 1 2 2 1.00
 India 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
W Jaffer c Smith b Nel 4 17 9 1 0 44.44
V Sehwag c Gibbs b Nel 33 39 29 6 0 113.79
captain R Dravid c wicket-keeperBoucher b Pollock 1 16 9 0 0 11.11
SR Tendulkar b Pollock 14 43 22 3 0 63.63
VVS Laxman not out 42 85 8 0 49.41
SC Ganguly c wicket-keeperBoucher b Ntini 25 61 38 4 0 65.78
wicket-keeper MS Dhoni not out 17 18 3 0 94.44
    Extras (b 2, lb 7, w 1) 10
    Total (5 wickets; 35 overs) 146
To bat A Kumble,
Z Khan,
S Sreesanth,
VRV Singh
Fall of wickets1-20 (Jaffer, 3.5 ov), 2-37 (Dravid, 6.6 ov), 3-41 (Sehwag, 7.5 ov), 4-61 (Tendulkar, 16.1 ov), 5-119 (Ganguly, 28.1 ov)
 Bowling O M R W Econ
 M Ntini 9 0 56 1 6.22 (1w)
 A Nel 11 2 38 2 3.45
 SM Pollock 9 2 24 2 2.66
 JH Kallis 6 2 19 0 3.16

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