Sachin, as always, was the ideal batting partner, a calming influence on Sehwag who again crossed 150 during his 19th test ton. Both batsmen displayed, as usual, their full array of strokes, Sehwag reverse-swept Mindy thrice - annoyed at the bowler's negative line. Mindy was again bowling over the wicket, but since there was no rough, the pitch being fresh, he couldn't turn the ball enough to get it to come into the batsman which prompted the umpire to call a wide 10 times for negative bowling. I don't know how, being a first-choice spinner for the national side, he cannot spin the ball... all you have to do is tweak your fingers!
Another big partnership for India at the Eden Gardens, after an amazing turnaround. This match appeared identical to the first test - Zak got Smith with a wicked inswinger early and there was a long dull phase where two Saffer batsmen marched on and the Indian bowlers, save Zak, looked innocuous.
Then came tea.
I've no idea what India ate/drank/listened to/read/played/danced to, but following Ishant's sudden bouncer barrage at Amla, everyone got fired up. Zak had gotten rid of Peterson and Amla, and Harby's brain, unused for two sessions, came up with something. 'If I'm not getting wickets with turn,' he thought, 'why not bowl straight balls?' Result? The wickets of Kallis, Prince and Duminy in quick succession. A startlingly amazing bit of fielding from Zak, and AB was gone, and then it was all over for the most part.
The Saffers got back into the game, though - Sehwag fell to Duminy, who finally did something right in this match. The big fish was out, and South Africa were no longer spectators. Mindy immediately picked up Sachin and Steyn (back to Meister form) ran right through Badri.
Lax-man, Mishra, Dhoni and the tail should be able to take a decent lead, I hope, and then we'll see if Ishant and Harby have retained their mojo.