Day 1: Plays of the day

Some highlights of the first day's play from the first Test between India and South Africa in Chennai.

updated: March 31, 2008 07:01 IST
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New Delhi:

The Test series between India and South Africa got off to a high-scoring start in Chennai on Wednesday. Here's looking at some of the highlights of the day.

Smith, McKenzie get going

It was the first day of a tough tour and who better to set the example than the South Africa captain Graeme Smith? Along with Neil McKenzie, the Test series got off to a swift start. Boundaries came easy. Out of the 167 runs they scored between themselves, 124 were in fours. This ground has been India's fortress in Test cricket. This partnership could prove vital in the outcome of the series.

Another umpiring blunder?

In the 31st over of the innings, Sreesanth bowled one full and wide to Graeme Smith, who slashed and got an edge. MS Dhoni caught it but the ball slipped out of his right hand before he had it completely under control. Umpire Asad Rauf naturally gave it not out - but there were concerns he had missed the edge in the first place. Also, Rauf didn't consult his colleague Tony Hill. Hardly reassuring umpiring, considering what had transpired in the series against Australia.

Kumble's acrobatic catch

The old man still has it. In fact, he's gotten better as captain. Anil Kumble, never known to be light-footed, flung himself to his left to take a one-handed return catch from Ashwell Prince. It was a good wicket. The pitch wasn't helping, the conditions were hot and humid, and a player like Prince could blunt bowling attacks.

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