In altitude breadth the brawl swung and seamed all day, South Africa would be admiring with a account of 232-4. Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis addled fifties afterwards MS Dhoni won the bung aloof for the additional time in 15 matches.
A wicket in the final hour would accept fabricated it India's day but Jacques Kallis and Ashwell Prince took them to stumps with a confidence-boosting 68-run partnership.
Zaheer Khan absolved Graeme Smith for the sixth time in Test candid but India's standout aerialist was S Sreesanth who overcame a awkward alpha to set up Amla with a bouncer and AB de Villiers with an out-swinger.
In chilly, clouded altitude and on a green-tinged pitch, India sometimes lacked the luck, and at added times the discipline, to advance for added wickets. There were a scattering of edges accomplished the block and the stumps, and India could accept calmly accomplished with a brace of wickets more.
With India on top, MS Dhoni baffled by not application a third slip, which saw Kallis and Ashwell Prince accepting abroad with edges adjoin Sreesanth and Zaheer. At the added end, Harbhajan Singh had an boring day, partially because of Dhoni's annoying addiction to acquiesce the action accessible singles arena with the spin.
After an abeyance for bad ablaze in the morning session, the sun came out in the evening. The anticipation for the abutting four canicule is for bright skies. India would adulation this because they'd batted in beneath than ideal batting altitude in Centurion and Durban.
ZAHEER GETS SMITH AGAIN
In the morning, Zaheer trapped Smith LBW with an in-coming ball. Zaheer has formed out Smith to perfection. The South African captain has not often accepted if Zaheer is affective the brawl in or out. Today, Zaheer had to delay till the fifth over to basin to Smith, but alone seven deliveries to get him out.
The aboriginal brawl of their mini-battle was angry abroad through midwicket for two runs. Zaheer exhausted the bat already and kept bond the in-coming brawl with the out-swingers. It paid off back the third brawl of the seventh cut in, activity accomplished Smith's bat and thudding into his pads in advanced of off-stump.
Ishant Sharma was tidy today, accepting Alviro Petersen bent abaft with a affable out-swinger. Sreesanth operated beneath the 130s; in the black his accent was agitated by a fluctuant countdown breadth which affected him to move his run a few inches to the left.
He had been apparent out by captains of both abandon as the one who bare to behave. He did behave, but not afore activity afterwards Amla.
The quiet, rock-steady batsman already managed to breach two fielders in the abysmal in affairs Sreesanth for a six. But at some level, Sreesanth's exact battery would accept got to him as he was bent at abysmal aboveboard leg aggravating to echo the shot.
Sreesanth again set up de Villiers with the out-swinger. Right afterwards one brawl had confused in, Sreesanth got the abutting brawl to cut abroad as de Villiers readied for a awning drive. The movement was abundant to booty the alfresco bend to Dhoni.
Dhoni's assignment now is cut bottomward Kallis from active abroad with this Test. He's batting 81. Newlands is by far Kallis' best favourite batting arena --- at the alpha of this game, he had six hundreds and eight fifties in 17 matches here, while authoritative 1602 runs at 66.75.
Only with him gone, India can anticipate of acceptable this bold and, with it, the series.