India had suffered a tragic batting collapse in the first innings of the opening test match. Morne Morkel created havoc with a five-wicket haul. The hosts declared their first innings after a mammoth 620 runs on the board, with Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers getting hundred and Jacques Kallis scoring his maiden double hundred.
With 484 runs behind in the first innings, a possibility of an Indian win was long gone, and they had to bat for more than two days to save the test match. The night-watchman Ishant Sharma got out on the morning of day four and that brought Sachin Tendulkar on to the crease. Constantly losing partners at the opposite end, Tendulkar batted for 327 minutes, scoring an unbeaten 111 off 241 balls.
India lost the test match on the final day by an innings and 25 runs, but it will always be remembered for Tendulkar’s herculean effort with the bat.