India set with 268 from 46 overs

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Published: Sunday, January 23, 2011, 16:48 [IST]
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India set with 268 from 46 overs

India were set 268 to win in 46 overs, after restricting South Africa to 250/9 in the same number of overs. The difference in the scores is due to calculations of the Duckworth/Lewis method which came into play after rain stopped play for over an hour.

In the 27th over, Yuvraj Singh got the wicket of A B de Villiers when he had him stumped for 11. South Africa were in slight trouble at 129/3 in 26.1 overs. Later in the over, the new batsman J P Duminy survived a close lbw appeal, while in the next ball, Amla took a single to reach his 50.

In the 33rd over, with the score at 162/3, twelfth man R Ashwin dropped a sitter at square leg off Rohit Sharma's bowling to let Amla off the hook. Before India knew what had hit them, Duminy and Amla had notched up 50 runs in 52 balls. At the end of the 36th over, the Proteas were 182/3.

In the 39th over, Amla edged Zaheer for a third man boundary to take his side over the 200-run mark. In the next over, Amla took a four off Raina top get to his 100. The ton had come off 113 balls and was studded with 9 boundaries. South Africa climbed to 212/3 in 40 overs and two over alter were 226/3 when rain stopped play.

When play resumed, South Africa had just four overs left to bat, but lost a steady stream of wickets with Munaf Patel picking up the wickets of Duminy (35), du Plessis (8) and Botha (2). Zaheer pitched in the last over with the the wicket of Peterson for 4, while Steyn and Morkel were run out in quick succession, as South Africa stumbled to 250/9 in their 46 overs.

Put into bat, South Africa's innings got off a dramatic start. In the second over, Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla each took a boundary off Munaf Patel before the fast bowler bowled four byes to round off the 13-run over. But just three balls later, Zaheer Khan had Smith caught at slip for 7 and the hosts were 16/1 in 2.3 overs.

In the 5th over, Amla went after Zaheer, getting two fours off him as South Africa moved to 32/1. In the 10th over, van Wyk came down heavily on Munaf, striking two fours off him and taking South Africa past 50. One spinner came on after the next, but the partnership between Amla and Morne van Wyk flourished as the duo took South Africa to 100/1 in the 19th over.

Van Wyk took a single off Chawla in the 20th over to notch up his half-century. But in the 23rd over, Yuvraj caught and bowled the batsman for 56 off 63. However, the next man at the crease, A B de Villiers, got off the mark by cutting Yuvie away for a boundary. After 25 overs, South Africa were 126/2.


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