India pull off dramatic 1-run win

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Published: Sunday, January 16, 2011, 11:41 [IST]
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India pull off dramatic 1-run win

India came from 0-1 down in the series and behind in the second one-dayer to win it by a stunning 1 run with pace bowler Munaf Patel pulling off a spectacular performance by ensnaring 4 key South African wickets to take India home. With a paltry 190 to defend, an Indian win seemed unlikely for most of the match till the Proteas latter order collapsed in a heap, allowing India to level the 5-match one-day series 1-1.

The South African innings got off to a slightly shaky start when in the 2nd over, Patel had Proteas opener Hashim Amla caught behind for 4. The hosts were 7/1 as India sensed a possible top-order collapse was on the cards. But the other opener Graeme Smith, counter-attacked with two consecutive fours off Patel in the fourth over - one past mid off and one through point.

Ashgish Nehra appeared to have brought his poor form from the last game into this match as well as in the 10th over, Colin Ingranm smashed him for a six and a four, taking South Africa past 50. But Harbhajan Singh accounted for his wicket soon after when he trapped the batsman in front for 25 as the hosts slipped to 66/2 in 12.1 overs.

Then Nehra came to the party when he had A B de Villiers caught behind for 8 in the 16th over. South Africa were now 77/3 and India were back in the game. But Graeme Smith and J P Duminy steadied the innings while the former reached his fifty in the 20th over and took his side past 100 with a four off Zaheer Khan.

Three overs later, Rohit Sharma got the breakthrough when J P Duminy tried to heave him over long-on just to find the hands of Murali Vijay instead. Duminy had to depart for 13 and South Africa were now in trouble at 120/4.
Then David Miller and Smith took South Africa past 150, but no sooner had they crossed the mark when Patel returned to bowl the Proteas captain for 77. In the very next over, Zaheer pitched in to remove Miller for 27 and South Africa were tottering at 160/6 in 33.3 overs.

Then Zaheer struck again to trap Johan Botha in front for 4 and the Proteas had slumped to 163/7, still 28 shy of victory. The onus was now on tail-enders Wayne Parnell and Dale Steyn. With the score at 177/7, Steyn was run out and India could sniff victory.

Morkel held out hope with a four off Raina and after scampering a few singles, needed just 4 to win. He tried to strike Patel for the winning boundary, but was caught at point for 6. Then just four balls later, Parnell was out in similar fashion and India had won the match by 1 run! South Africa were all out for 189 in 43 overs.


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