India crumble to 154, lose 1st ODI by 135

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Published: Thursday, January 13, 2011, 9:24 [IST]
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India crumble to 154,lose 1st ODI by 135

Chasing a stiff 290 for victory, India never really looked like they were in the hunt, especially after losing their top order inside 50 runs. Kohli and Dhoni held out a flicker of hope, buy once the latter went and Kohli and Raina followed suit, it was just a matter of time before India folded for another meagre score.

India's ill-fortunes in the first one-dayer against South Africa were rooted in the disastrous opening to their innings. Murali Vijay was out for 1 in just the fourth ball when Proteas pace ace Dale Steyn trapped him plumb in front. Then just three overs later, Tendulkar who was trying to drag Lonwabo Tsotsobe onto the on side, got a thick edge and was snapped up by Steyn for 7. India were in quite some bother at 13/2 in 3.4 overs.

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli tried to consolidate, but the former got a faint tickle through to the keeper off Morne Morkel and was on his way for 11. Later in the over, Yuvraj Sinjgh joined him back in the shed when he was caught at slip for 2. India were in dire straits at 43/4 in 11 overs when captain M S Dhoni decided to come out early.

He and Kohli began the rebuilding process, taking India over 50 in the 14th over. They were settling in nicely and had seen out the new ball whih meant that runs would come quicker and easier now. But with India at 95/4 Dhoni was unfortunate to be run out when Kolhi hit back the ball to the stumps at the non-strker's end as it picked up a touch from Parnell to catch Dhoni out of his crease. India were 95/5.

Then Suresh Raina and Kohli took India over the 100-run mark in the 24th over and pressed ahead. Raina even hit a six of off-spinner Johan Botha in the 23rd over as India climbed to 126/5 in 29 overs. But in just the next over, Kohli was out trying to heave Steyn over midwicket, to find the hands of the captain Graeme Smith instead. He was headed back for 54 off 70 balls. Just a few balls later, Wayne Pranell bowled Harbhajan Singh for a duck and India had slumped to 130/7 in 30.2 overs.

Raina, looking to up the ante, got Tsotsobe away for a boundary in the first ball of the the 34th over, but then in trying to pull off a forced cut, found Ingram at point. Raina was gone for 32 off 36 balls and India had stumbled to 148/8.

The end came pretty swiftly from there with Nehra getting bowled by Tsotsobe for 1 and later in the over, Zaheer getting caught off the same bowler. India were all out for 154, losing the match by a mammoth 135 runs. Tsotsobe had picked up 4/31 while Steyn and Morkel had pitched in with 2 wickets a piece.


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