Lunch on Day 4
South Africa were reduced to 121 for 5 in 44 overs by lunch with Harbhajan Singh proving to be extremely difficult to handle on what has now become a minefield. Harbhajan provided two quick wickets in the morning removing Alviro Petersen and Hashim Amla to have SA reeling at 64 for 4. First he got Petersen (22) lbw on the backfoot when he tried to work the ball to the onside but getting defeated by the huge turn from outside off. Amla (2) was bowled round his legs in a sweep shot when a turning and bouncing off break hit his pad and then jumped up on the arm and finally rolling down onto the stumps.
Jacques Kallis was joined by AB de Villiers in just the 20th over and they needed to put up a fight to save South Africa from the difficult bowling conditions. The pair stalled the Indian attack for a while but in the 37th over, AB de Villiers (13 from 58 balls) misjudged an incoming delivery from Zaheer Khan to which he offered no shot and got bowled with the ball climbing up and dropping onto the stumps off the under edge. Zaheer Khan at this stage was bowling from round the sticks and was often swinging the ball away using the reverse swing. It was a timely breakthrough from the left armer to have SA at 98 for 5.
South Africa battled out the remaining part of the morning session through the classy Jacques Kallis (33* from 73 balls) and Ashwell Prince (15*). Kallis has so far played a brave knock as he is struggling with some serious pain in his side muscle.
- BV Swagath