Valiant Ajinkya Rahane misses maiden Test ton by 4 runs but makes a solid statement

Ajinkya Rahane narrowly missed his maiden Test century against South Africa at Durban. The right-hander carried forward his form from the first innings where he was not out on 51.

updated: December 30, 2013 20:05 IST
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Ajinkya Rahane was unlucky to miss his maiden Test century by four runs as India were all out for 223 in their second innings on Day Five of the Durban Test on Monday. South Africa were left with 58 runs to win the two-match series after their bowlers got the better of the Indian top order batsmen in the first session of play. Rahane was the only man who stood like a rock. He was the last man out trying a lusty blow against Vernon Philander. (Scorecard)

At a time when wickets were coming thick and fast - India lost five wickets before lunch -- for the Proteas on the fifth day morning, Rahane looked like he was batting on a different surface, timing the ball to perfection on either side of the wicket. When the likes of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel tested him with a barrage of short deliveries, Rahane did well to get behind all of them and showed immense patience. (Highlights)

Rahane's unbeaten knock of 51 in the first innings helped India go past the 300-run mark, when Steyn was in a mood to run over the opposition. His 96 off 157 balls, came at a far more crucial time for India as it frustrated the Proteas and did not let the South African pacers get on top of him. Rahane finally ran out of partners as India lost wickets at regular intervals. Desperation got the better of Rahane when India lost their ninth wicket, Ishant Sharma. The 25-year-old Mumbai right hander slapped Philander for a six at point but then lost his wicket by trying to play a wild stroke. (South Africa aim to give Kallis perfect farewell)

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