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SA rebuild steadily after early losses

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Published: Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 19:44 [IST]
 
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SA rebuild steadily after early losses

South Africa are staging a fight back after suffering some early losses with A B de Villiers, not out on 45 and J P Duminy, unbeaten on 46, doing a good job at rebuilding the hosts' innings and taking them to 167/3 in 29 overs.

Winning the toss and opting to bat first, South Africa began their innings on an aggressive note.
Openers Hashim Amla and Smith smashed Ashish Nehra for three boundaries in the 2nd over. But after some strong supprt from Zaheer Khan at the other end, Nehra came back to get Graeme Smith out for 11 off 15 balls, when he had the batsman caught at slip off a top-edge. South Africa were 21/1 in 3.5 overs.

But Amla was intent on keeping the momentum going. He struck Nehra for three back-to-back boundaries - one a pull through midwicket, and other two, drives through the covers. Amla then scampered three to take the run-tally in the over to 15. Then after Zaheer finished an untidy 7th over, Munaf Patel bowled a maiden straight up leaving South Africa at 52/1 after 8.

Immediately after Ingram and Amla brought up the 50 partnership, Ingram was caught by Nehra at mid off off Patel. The batsman was on his way for 5 off 23 balls and the Indians were back in the game at 72/2 in 12 overs. Then just a couple of overs later, Patel got the prize wicket of Amla, who went for the big one over long on, but succeeded in just finding the hands of Harbhajan Singh. Amla was out for 50 off 36 balls and South Africa were 82/3 in 13.3 overs.

Then the bowlers began to tie down the two new batsmen - de Villiers and J P Duminy. South Africa sneaked to 100/3 in 18.5 overs and to 129/3 in 25 overs and 167/3 in 29 overs.

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