India peg back SA with quick wickets

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Published: Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 20:02 [IST]
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India peg back SA with quick wickets

India are clearly on top of South Africa at the half-way stage in the 3rd one-dayer at Cape Town, having pegged back the hosts to 96/4 in 26 overs. Bhajji got Smith and Ingram out, while Zaheer got rid of Amla and Yusuf tookcare of A B de Villiers.

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 Smith 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 score at a dismal 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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