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India win by 87 runs, restore parity

On a day when England created history in The Ashes, and Andrew Strauss made his aspirations of becoming the number one Test side in the world loud and clear, India, the current numero uno Test team proved why they are a dreaded lot in world cricket. On a fast, pacy Durban track, they whipped the home team South Africa by 87 runs, inside four days. The similarities between both the Boxing Day Test matches are funny - both won by the visiting team, both won by huge margins, both winners were beaten hands down by the home teams in just the previous tests.

The Indian victory architects were the bowlers spearheaded by Harbhajan Singh (6/80 in the match) and Zaheer Khan (6/93 in the match) which reflected how much these two like to bowl in tandem. Sreeshanth chipped in the second innings with amazing discipline and picking up the key wicket of Jacques Kallis on the fourth morning. Sreeshanth's ball injured Kallis a bit but besides a tissue injury Kallis was declared fit.

The other architect for India has been VVS Laxman, whose 96 in the second innings can be considered the turning point in the match. His batting under pressure set the 300 plus challenge for the Proteas in the fourth innings, which eventually sealed the match in India's favour.

All eyes are now at Cape Town. The decider should be a cracking one.

On a day when England created history in The Ashes, and Andrew Strauss made his aspirations of becoming the number one Test side in the world loud and clear, India, the current numero uno Test team proved why they are a dreaded lot in world cricket. On a fast, pacy Durban track, they whipped the home team South Africa by 87 runs, inside four days. The similarities between both the Boxing Day Test matches are funny - both won by the visiting team, both won by huge margins, both winners were beaten hands down by the home teams in just the previous tests.

The Indian victory architects were the bowlers spearheaded by Harbhajan Singh (6/80 in the match) and Zaheer Khan (6/93 in the match) which reflected how much these two like to bowl in tandem. Sreeshanth chipped in the second innings with amazing discipline and picking up the key wicket of Jacques Kallis on the fourth morning. Sreeshanth's ball injured Kallis a bit but besides a tissue injury Kallis was declared fit.

The other architect for India has been VVS Laxman, whose 96 in the second innings can be considered the turning point in the match. His batting under pressure set the 300 plus challenge for the Proteas in the fourth innings, which eventually sealed the match in India's favour.

All eyes are now at Cape Town. The decider should be a cracking one.

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