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SA level series after rain mars 4th ODI

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Published: Saturday, January 22, 2011, 11:45 [IST]
 
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SA level series after rain mars 4th ODI

In the rain-truncated fourth ODI between India and South Africa, at Port Elizabeth, the tourists were well below the par score of 191 after 32.5 overs of the Duckworth/Lewis system, being at at 142 instead and thus losing the match by 48 runs. Before the rains came, India needed about 135 runs from 19 overs with 4 wickets in hand. At the end of the match Virat Kohli was not out on 87 off 92 balls and Harbhajan Singh was keeping him company on 2.

Earlier in the day, South Africa had made a challenging total of 265/7 in their fifty overs after being 118/5 at one stage. Some gritty work from J P Duminy (71 not out), who built partnerships with Johan Botha (44) and Robin Peterson (31), got the hosts out ot trouble. Later, India itself was in distress at 49/3 in 15 overs and then 28/6 in 29.3 overs.

India got off to another inauspicious start in their innings, losing opener Rohit Sharma for just 1 when he cut a Lonwabo Tsotsobe delivery straight to J P Duminy at point. Then Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli appeared to be settling in fairly well, the former hitting a four of Dale Steyn and the latter striking Tsotsobe for two boundaries in the 4th over. But soon after, Parthiv was trapped in front by Tsotsobe for 11 and India were 32/2 in 9.4 overs.

The next man to take guard Yuvraj Singh, didn't last very long either. He hit a six of offpsinner Johan Botha before getting dismissed thanks to a brilliant catch by captain Graeme Smith at gully. He was out for 12 and India were in a familiar predicament at 49/3 in 15 overs. The new man at the crease Suresh Raina, took his time to adjust to the bowling as the pressure mounted.

In the 26th over, Kohli struck a four off off-spinner Robin Peterson to bring up India's 100. In the next over, Kohli hit Duminy for another boundary and in the 28th over, Raina lofted Peterson for a six, but later in the over was stumped for 20 off 36 balls as India were reduced to 112/4 in 27.4 overs. The time was ripe for a captain's innings, but M S Dhoni was not equal to the task and was out for 2 as India slumped to 123/5 in 28.4 overs, with Yusuf Pathan, the new man at the crease.

But he couldn't hold out either, as Morne Morkel had him caught behind for just 2 in the 30th over. Then with the score at 137/6, the rains came forcing the players off the field. The target was reduced to 260, with India needing 123 runs from 87 balls. But rain intervened again with the target revised to 191 in 32.5 overs, while India was well below the par score at 142. Kohli was not out on 87 off 92 balls and Harbhajan Singh was on 2. South Africa had won by 48 runs and had thus levelled the series 2-2.

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