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Sachin, Steyn turn Newlands blazing

Sachin Tendulkar's stoic 51st test century, Dale Steyn's fiery spells summed up a wonderful day of test cricket at Newlands in the third Test between India and South Africa.

It was a day full of thrills as the battle between Steyn and Sachin blazed the Newlands pitch. The masters were at their best with Steyn is full flow, but Sachin, not to be left behind, survived some anxious moments in the morning blossomed as the sun rose higher. It was fascinating to witness as the cherry sometimes defeated the willow, and at other times, the willow, undaunted, winning over the cherry. The nervous nineties saw Sachin becoming trifle restless to reach to his 51st Test ton with a mis-timed hook that took the edge and flew over the ropes behind Sachin for a six. But he compensated quickly to send the next delivery scorching to the ropes with a perfectly timed cut.

Sachin Tendulkar's stoic 51st test century, Dale Steyn's fiery spells summed up a wonderful day of test cricket at Newlands in the third Test between India and South Africa.

It was a day full of thrills as the battle between Steyn and Sachin blazed the Newlands pitch. The masters were at their best with Steyn is full flow, but Sachin, not to be left behind, survived some anxious moments in the morning blossomed as the sun rose higher. It was fascinating to witness as the cherry sometimes defeated the willow, and at other times, the willow, undaunted, winning over the cherry. The nervous nineties saw Sachin becoming trifle restless to reach to his 51st Test ton with a mis-timed hook that took the edge and flew over the ropes behind Sachin for a six. But he compensated quickly to send the next delivery scorching to the ropes with a perfectly timed cut.

Sachin's stubborn batting helped India reach 364 in their first innings, a lead of 2. Steyn should take a lot of credit for making the day one of the most interesting sessions in the series, as he finished with figures of 5/75. South Africa's second innings was given a solid start by Graeme Smith and Petersen, but a willy Harbhajan Singh struck twice just before end of play to leave the Proteas poised at 52/2.

With only 50 runs lead and 8 wickets in hand, the third Test is surely heading the humdinger way. The outcome can go either way, to make it one of the most memorable series in recent times.

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