After an innings and 6 runs defeat at Nagpur, and losing the toss, on the first day at Eden Garden, India had a tough job on hand to beat South Africa.
Not having star batsmen like Rahul Dravid and Yuvraj Singh, made India’s middle order batting look fragile.
Couple that with bad weather on the fourth day, and it looked like South Africa could just about escape with a series win.
As if that was not enough, India also lost the services of Zaheer Khan, due to injury, the main strike bowler in the last day. When India needed him most. This win does two things. It emphasises MS Dhoni’s leadership skills. And that India’s position at the top is no fluke.
1st innings – Total Score: 296/10 (85 Overs); Hashim Amla 114
2nd innings - Total Score: 290/10; (131.3 Over); Hashim Amla 123 not out.
1st innings – Total Score: 643/6 (153 Over); Virender Sehwag – 165; Sachin Tendulkar - 106; VVS Laxman 143 not out; MS Dhoni 132 not out.