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India peg SA back with quick wickets

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Published: Friday, January 21, 2011, 19:54 [IST]
 
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India peg SA back with quick wickets

India have put the skids on South Africa's brisk scoring by getting a flurry of wickets soon after the hosts crossed 100. A couple of messy run-outs from the Proteas didn't help matters as they slipped to 125/5 in 25 overs with Duminy and Botha trying to rebuild.

The start of South Africa's innings was circumspect with openers Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla getting beaten outside the off-stump often. But the duo found their groove soon enough and three fours came in quick succession between the 6th and 7th over.

In the 8th over, Amla once again cut loose, edging Patel between keeper and slip for a four and then driving him down the ground for a another boundary. South Africa had climbed to 41/0 in 8 overs. Two more fours came off Amla's bat in the next two overs as the hosts moved to 54/0 after 10.

In the 12th over, Ashish Nehra got the breakthrough when he had Graeme Smith caught at extra cover for 18 off 30 balls. South Africa had slipped to 57/1 after a good start. But Amla with the new batsman Morne van Wyk, kept plugging away before bringing up his fifty courtesy a four off Yuvraj Singh in the 16th over. Amla took a single off Bhajji in the 19th over to bring up his side's 100.

In just the next over, Yuvraj saw the back of van Wyk when he had him caught by Virat Kohli at slip for 15 off 22 balls. South Africa were 106/2 in 19.2 with A B de Villiers the new man out in the middle. just a few runs alter Amla ran himself out, trying to steal a second run which wasn't there. He was on his way for 65 off 69 and the hosts were 111/3 in 19.4 overs.

Just a couple of overs later, de Villiers was caught behind off Yuvraj although replays showed that he was more likely stumped. But he was given out anyway and had to depart for 3. In the following over, there was more trouble when new batsman Faf du Plssis was run out for 1 and the hosts were tottering at 118/5 in 22.5 overs.

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