On 29th December 2010, India registered an excellent victory over South Africa in Durban to level the series 1-1, thanks to a VVS Laxman special and a combined bowling effort.
After losing the first game by an innings and 25 runs, India were hoping to produce a better performance in Durban to get back into the series. Things looked bleak for MS Dhoni’s side as they were bowled out for just 205 in the first innings, with Dale Steyn picking up 6/50 in his spell. But a collective performance by the bowlers, led by the returning Zaheer Khan helped India bowl out the Proteas for just 131.
India got off to a poor start in the second innings as well, and were struggling at 56/4 when VVS Laxman walked in. He along with MS Dhoni put together a vital partnership of 48 runs for the sixth wicket. But it was his contribution with Zaheer Khan that gave India an upper hand, with both combining to put 70 runs and pushing India’s lead close to the 300-mark.
With a target of 303 and two and a half days remaining, a result seemed imminent. Sreesanth made the first breakthrough as he tempted Graeme Smith into playing a pull shot from outside off, resulting in a simple catch for MS Dhoni. The seamer also picked the vital wickets of Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis, who was caught off-guard by a towering bouncer from good length, resulting an easy catch to Virender Sehwag.
Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh combined to pick up the remaining wickets as India registered a famous win at Durban, their second victory in South Africa. VVS Laxman was awarded the man of the match for his fine 96 in the second innings, and India drew the series after a stalemate in the third test at Cape Town.