Indian spinners check SA's run-flow

Published: Saturday, March 12, 2011, 20:34 [IST]
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Nagpur, March 12: The Indian bowlers were keeping a tab on the South African run-flow as the team from the Rainbow Nation moved to 115/1 in 25 overs, chasing 297. Hashim Amla was batting quite fluently at 56 off 66 balls while Jacques Kallis was more circumspect notching up 42 off 55. Zaheer Khan had ensnared the only South African wicket to fall, which was that of Graeme Smith's for 16.

Indian spinners check SA's run-flow

South Africa started off their innings on a more cautious note than India, but Hashim Amla struck the first four off just the second ball, Zaheer Khan being the bowler. Then Graeme Smith got Ashsih Nehra away for a boundary in the second over. In the 6th over, Amla got stuck into Nehra, striking him for two consecutive fours. Amla subjected the same bowler to similar treatment in the 8th over, as the Proteas scaled to 37/0.

Then Graeme Smith carted Zaheer over the top for a four, but was out next ball when he was caught by Tendulkar at extra cover. Smith was on his way for 16 as SA were 41/1 in 8.3 overs. Amla took a double off Nehra in the 13th over to bring up South Africa's 50.

He and Kallis kept plugging away for ones and twos, but didn't show any real urgency as the score moved to 89/1 in 20 overs. Two overs later, Amla took a single off Yuvraj to notch up his 50 off 56 balls and in the 23rd over, South Africa crossed 100.

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