Disciplined India limit SA to 220

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Published: Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 21:57 [IST]
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Disciplined India limit SA to 220

India bowled and fielded well at the death of South Africa's innings to restrict the hosts to 220. The latter order collapsed in a heap soon after the Proteas crossed 200. Again the batting side was not able to capitalise on the batting powerplay, thanks to some tight bowling from the Indian pacers. du Plessis top-scored with 60 runs, while Zaheer, Bhajji and Patel took two wickets each.

After South Africa slumped to 90/4 in 23.2 overs and nearly lost another wicket to a near run-out, the hosts slowly clawed back into the game. J P Duminy and debutant Faf du Plessis batted astutely and cautiously at first, taking their side to over 100 in the 27th over.

They pummeled away for ones and twos when finally Duminy ended the boundary drought by glancing a leg-stump delivery from Nehra down to fine leg in the 36th over. Then Duminy took a single of Yuvraj Singh to bring up the hosts' 150 in the 37th over.The partnership was flourishing, having moved to 60 runs as Duminy and du Plessis clearly looked to have broken the shackles. The duo motored along without too many problems,

However India were perhaps satisfied the run-rate was not out of hand. South Africa reached 180/4 in 42 overs with du Plessis completing his fifty on debut. A couple of overs later, Duminy had also reached the land mark as the hosts moved to 194/4 in 44 overs.

Munaf Patel finally broke the partnership when the score was 200, getting du Plessis caught at square cover in the 46th over. Just when Duminy threatened to cut loose, Zaheer bowled him for 52 and SA were 202/6.New batsmen Wayne Parnell settled in with a four, but he was run out in the next ball as South Africa slumped to 207/7 in 45.4 overs.

The tail-enders could just manage 13 more runs as South Africa were bowled out for 220.

Having won the toss and opted to bat first, South Africa were eager to get off to a strong start. Openers Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla took one four each in the first two overs. But Indian pace spearhead Zaheer Khan was beginning to bother Snith with his impeccable line. Twice he appealed for a caught behind and once for an lbw.

However, oddly enough, Amla was the first batsman to go when he got an inside edge onto his stumps, off Zaheer. The fallen batsman was on his way for 16 and Southh Africa were 31/1 in 6.5 overs. Then in the 14th over, with the scvore at adismal 49/1, Harbhajan new batsman Colin Ingram caught brilliantly by Virat Kohli at slip, for 10.

Then Smith and A B de Villiers began the process of rebuilding. But in the 17th over, with the score at 57/2, Ashish Nehra missed a chance for a caught and bowled when Smith lobbed back a simple catch which the bowler shirked at as he thought it was coming much faster than it did. An opportunity had gone a begging as did a near run-out of Smith in the next over.

But Yusuf Pathan and Zaheer Khan made amends for that sloppiness in the field when the former induced de Villiers into a top-edged shot which the latter caught brilliantly and that too, one-handed and tumbling. De Villier was walking back for 16 and South Africa were in trouble at 83/3 in 20.3 overs. Just three overs later, Bhajji had Smith snapped up by Kohli at slip for 43. The hosts were deeper in trouble at 91/4 in 23.2 overs.

Then the in the next over, Duminy was nearly run out, but Yusuf took too long to remove the bails at the non-striker's end and so the benefit of the doubt was given went to the batsmen. The batsmen were at 96/4 after 26 overs.


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