SA recover to post 265/7

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Published: Friday, January 21, 2011, 21:42 [IST]
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SA recover to post 265/7

From 118/5 South Africa recovered to post 265/7 in 50 overs with J P Duminy top-scoring for his side with 71 not out, and building useful 50-plus partnerships with Johan Botha and Robin Peterson. Meanwhile, Yuvraj Singh was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3 wickets.

Having lost a flurry of wickets at the halfway stage, J P Duminy and Johan Botha were forced to check the scoring rate a tad in order to preserve their wickets. But they still managed to pull off quite a few doubles. In the 30th over, Botha hit a four to square leg off a leg stump ball from Nehra and then took a single a few balls later to bring up South Africa's 150. The hosts were still progressing at a healthy run-rate of 5.

In the 34th over, Botha took a two of Nehra to bring up the 50 partnership as it was evident the recovery attempt was flourishing. When Zaheer came back in the 35th over, he was welcomed with a beautifully-clipped boundary to midwicket from Botha. The batsmen proceeded to take 9 of the over as they began to look more and more like a threat to India.

But Yuvraj got a timely breakthrough, when he had Botha stumped for 42 off 59 balls as South Africa slipped to 188/6 in 37.2 overs. Then ion the 41st over, Duminy took a single of Yusf Pathan to bring up SA's 200.

In the 47th over, Duminy struck a midwicket four off Zaheer to notch up 53 runs before he edged a ball for another boundary to take the hosts to 238/6 in 47 overs. Peterson struck a four off the first ball of the 48th over before he was run out for 31 off 35 balls. In the 49th over, Duminy took a double off Zaheer to bring up the hosts' 250. Duminy smashed a six off Munaf in the last over and scampered several singles to take his side to a competitive 265/7.

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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