India strike to leave SAfrica under pressure

DURBAN, South Africa, (Reuters) – South Africa,  chasing 303 to win the second test and the series against India,  slipped to 111 for three when bad light ended play an hour after  tea on day three at Kingsmead today.
Shanthakumaran Sreesanth dismissed Graeme Smith and Hashim  Amla in the space of three overs either side of tea to put the  top-ranked test team in a good position to level the three-match  series.
Both batsmen played poor strokes to get out.

Vangipurappu Laxman
Vangipurappu Laxman

Smith tried to pull Sreesanth from outside off stump but hit  the ball straight up in the air to be caught for 37 by  wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, while Amla edged a flatfooted  swish at the same bowler and was caught behind for 16.
Sreesanth took two for 30 in seven overs after struggling in  the first innings.
South Africa had begun their run-chase in daring fashion as  Smith and Alviro Petersen put on 63 for the first wicket in 12  overs, but Petersen (26) was also out in the third over after  tea as he plopped a bat/pad catch into the hands of short-leg  off Harbhajan Singh.
Jacques Kallis (12) and AB de Villiers (17) were the batsmen  at the crease when play was stopped with the outcome of the  match still in the balance.
India had earlier extended their second innings to 228 all  out thanks to Vangipurappu Laxman (96) and Zaheer Khan (27), who  added 70 for the eighth wicket.
Laxman’s fluent 171-ball masterclass steadied India after  three wickets fell early on the third morning. His resistance  ended when he was the last batsman out, edging a cut off fast  bowler Dale Steyn and being caught behind.
Morne Morkel was South Africa’s most dangerous bowler with  three for 47 in 15 overs, but pace spearhead Steyn was  inconsistent. Left-arm seamer Lonwabo Tsotsobe claimed a test  best three for 43.

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