India batted only marginally better than their disaster at Durban, posting an inadequate total of 190. After a poor start where the tourists not only batted slowly but lost a cluster of wickets after crossing 50. Yuvraj Singh and M S Dhoni launched something of a recovery, but then just as they tried to step on the gas, they went and a flurry of wickets followed as the latter order collapsed and India slumped to 190 all out in 47.2 overs. Yuvraj top-scored with 53, while South African pace bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe took 4/22 and Steyn and Morkel pitched in with 2 wickets each.
India continued to hunt for singles after the halfway point, moving past 100 in 28th over. Fast bowler Dale Steyn came back into the attack in the 30th over. Again Yuvraj Singh and M S Dhoni were struggling to pick runs off him.
But in the 32nd over, Yuvraj edged Steyn for a four to third man and then clipped him for a couple to take the score to 122/3. The batsmen kept running the ones and twos till in the 36th over, Yuvraj got Morkel away for a boundary to backward point, and then picked up two more runs by a mistimed loft over mid off.
Yuvraj then flicked Tsotsobe for a four to fine leg to bring up his 50 and India's 150. But immediately after that he holed out to Dale Steyn at mid off and was on his way for 53 off 68 balls. A valuable innings for India had come to an end. In the 38th over, Dhoni nearly gave a return catch to Morkel. Meanwhile, the singles just kept trickling in even with a fresh batsman in Suresh Raina at the crease.
But Raina and Dhoni bucked the trend to pick 8 runs off Wayne Parnell in the 40th over, including a four from Raina. However, just as India took the batting powerplay, Tsotsobe trapped Raina in front for 11 and went onto bowl a maiden. India were 169/5 in 42 overs.
Soon afterward, Tostsobe bowled Dhoni for 33 off 61, reducing India to 174/6. In the following over, Morkel got Harbhajan Singh caught by David Miller at midwicket for 3 off 7 balls, before Steyn removed Zaheer Khan for a duck. India had slumped to 183/8 in 46 overs. But the carnage didn't end there. Morkel trapped Rohit Sharma in front for 9 in the 47th over and Steyn wrapped up India's innings for 190 in 47.2 by getting Ashsih Nehra out for 1.
Earlier in the afternoon - keen to make amends for his poor performance in the last one-dayer, Indian opener Murali Vijay got off a positive start, taking a four each off Dale Steyn and Lonwabo Tsotobe in the first two overs. But then he and Sachin Tendulkar began to play very cautiously. Then in the 44th over, Tsosobe bowled Dhoni for 38 off 61 balls.
Tendulkar nearly fell victim to a case of the jitters as he was almost run out in the 6th over. But just when it looked like Vijay was settling in for the long innings, he played a streaky four down to their man off Tsotsobe and in the last ball of the over, he was caught at mid-off trying to go over the top. India were 21/1 in 8 overs when Virat Kohli walked to the crease.
The batting duo then upped the run rate a little, Kohli and Tendulkar each taking a four off Wayne Parnell in the 11th over. But they were still having probelms picking runs off Tsotsobe. In the 15th over, Tendulkar took a single off Parnell to bring up India's 50. The offspinner Johan Botha came on to bowl in the 16th over as the field had spread out.
In the 18th over, Kohli was run at the striker's end courtesy a direct throw from David Miller. He was on his way for 22 and India were tottering at 63/2 in 17.5 overs. Just a few balls, there was more trouble for India when Botha bowled Tendulakr for 24. India were 67/3 in 18.4 overs.
The new batsmen Yuvraj Singh and M S Dhoni struggled to make runs, scampering occasional singles with boundaries hard to come by. India crawled to 85/3 at the end of the 25th over.