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Twin tons in vain as first Test ends in exciting draw at the Wanderers

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India's Shikhar Dhawan, left, shakes hand with South Africa's batsman Dale Steyn, second left, at the end of the match at the Wanderers on Sunday (AP) India's Shikhar Dhawan, left, shakes hand with South Africa's batsman Dale Steyn, second left, at the end of the match at the Wanderers on Sunday (AP)
SummaryHosts rode on centuries from Faf and AB to very nearly pull off a win but fell short by eight runs.

match, then 'playing with soft hands' is an apt phrase to describe the South African batsmen.

They went soft at the hard, new ball with many a streaky edges flowing past the two-slip cordon and towards the boundary. Even when there was awkward bounce, the slips never came into play, as the pacers started bleedings runs.

Sharma too toiled hard, but with the sun out, he didn't get as much bite from the wicket as in the first innings.

Shami was the best bowler on display, but even he failed to get a breakthrough. Du PlessisŅ fifty came in the 82nd over, wherein he was also hit on his right thumb, but soldiered on nevertheless. De Villiers celebrated his half-century in the 88th over.

India needed a bit of luck to go their way, and Ajinkya Rahane had a shy at the stumps in the 102nd over, and du Plessis would have been out if he had hit. But he didn't, underlining the second session India had endured.

In the morning session, South Africa began the day at their overnight score of 138/2, with Alviro Petersen (76 not out) and du Plessis (10 not out) on strike.

Peterson was bowled in the 50th over, fifth of the day, as an incoming delivery from Shami kept low and he got an inside edge onto his stumps. He was out for 76, without adding a run to his overnight score. In all, he faced 162 balls and hitting nine fours.

Kallis scored 31 runs off just 29 balls, hitting six fours, bringing a quick-fire 50-partnership with du Plessis.

He seemed to be in a hurry chasing down a huge score and looked set, when umpire Rod Tucker wrongly adjudged him LBW off Zaheer in the 61st over. He was out for 34 runs off 37

balls, as a huge inside edge rocked his front pads.

But the umpire's finger went up and he became Zaheer's 300th Test victim in his 89th Test. The left-arm veteran speedster is the fourth highest wicket-taker for India in Test cricket, after Anil Kumble (619 wickets in 132 Tests), Kapil Dev (434 wickets in 131 Tests) and Harbhajan Singh (413 wickets in 101 Tests).

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