South African cricket team in India in 2007–08

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South African cricket team in India in 2007–08
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South Africa
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India
Dates 20 March 2008 – 15 April 2008
Captains Graeme Smith Anil Kumble
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
(3rd Test)
Test series
Result 3-match series drawn 1–1
Most runs Neil McKenzie (341) Virender Sehwag (372)
Most wickets Dale Steyn (15) Harbhajan Singh (19)
Player of the series Harbhajan Singh (IND)

The South African cricket team toured India between 26 March and 13 April 2008, playing 3 Tests against India. The series was tied 1-1.

Squads[edit]

Test Squads
 India  South Africa
Anil Kumble (c) Graeme Smith (c)
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk) Mark Boucher (wk)
Wasim Jaffer Ashwell Prince
Virender Sehwag Hashim Amla
Rahul Dravid AB de Villiers
Sachin Tendulkar Jean-Paul Duminy
Saurav Ganguly Paul Harris
V V S Laxman Jacques Kallis
Yuvraj Singh Charl Langeveldt
Irfan Pathan Neil McKenzie
Harbhajan Singh Morné Morkel
Murali Kartik Makhaya Ntini
Rudra Pratap Singh Robin Peterson
S. Sreesanth Dale Steyn

Test series[edit]

1st Test[edit]

26 March - 30 March
Scorecard
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540 (152.5 overs)
Hashim Amla 159 (262)
Harbhajan Singh 5/164 (44.5 overs)
627 (155.1 overs)
Virender Sehwag 319 (304)
Dale Steyn 4/103 (32 overs)
331/5(dec) (109 overs)
Neil McKenzie 155* (339)
Harbhajan Singh 3/101 (34 overs)
Match Drawn
M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Umpires: Asad Rauf and Tony Hill
Player of the match: Virender Sehwag (IND)
  • Virender Sehwag's 309* on day three was the second time an Indian has scored a triple century. Sehwag also scored the first one.
  • Sehwag is also the first batsman to score a triple century in India.
  • Sehwag also scored the fastest triple century in terms of deliveries (278).
  • Sehwag is the third batsman after Brian Lara and Don Bradman to score two triple centuries.
  • Sehwag scored 257 runs on day three, making him the first batsman to score more than 250 runs in a day in a test match in over 50 years. There are only three other batsman that bettered this:Don Bradman twice (309) and (271), Wally Hammond (295), and Dennis Compton (273).
  • Sehwag is also the first batsman to be involved in two double century stands, 213 for the first wicket and an unbeaten 255 run partnership for the second wicket. This also the first time that a double century stand has occurred for the first and second wicket in an innings.
  • Each of Sehwag's last ten centuries have been greater than 150.
  • In the 14 innings when Sehwag has scored a century, his strike rate has been 77.79. Among batsmen with at least ten Test hundreds, only Adam Gilchrist has a faster strike-rate in centuries (99.64).

2nd Test[edit]

April 3 - April 7
Scorecard
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76/10 (20 overs)
Irfan Pathan 21* (17)
Dale Steyn 5/23 (8 overs)
494/7(dec) (141.2 overs)
AB de Villiers 217* (333)
Harbhajan Singh 4/135 (40 overs)
328/10 (94.2 overs)
Sourav Ganguly 87 (149)
Makhaya Ntini 3/44 (16.2 overs)
 South Africa win by an innings & 90 runs
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
Umpires: Billy Doctrove (WIN) and Tony Hill (NZL)
Player of the match: AB de Villiers (SA)

3rd Test[edit]

April 11 - April 15
Scorecard
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265 (87.3 overs)
Graeme Smith 69 (134)
Harbhajan Singh 3/52 (31 overs)
325 (99.4 overs)
Sourav Ganguly 87 (119)
Morné Morkel 3/57 (13 overs)
121 (55.5 overs)
Graeme Smith 35 (90)
Harbhajan Singh 4/44 (23 overs)
64/2 (13.1 overs)
Virender Sehwag 22 (12)
Morné Morkel 1/8 (5 overs)
 India won by 8 wickets
Green Park, Kanpur
Umpires: Asad Rauf (PAK) and Billy Doctrove (WIN)
Player of the match: Sourav Ganguly (IND)
Harbhajan, pictured here bowling in the nets, was the man of the series.