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One Day International Series
South Africa win by 135 runs The Proteas clinch a comprehensive victory thanks to a very professional bowling display in defending their very competitive total of 289 for nine. The Indian batsmen couldn't cope with the pace, bounce and intensity of the South African attack and were in trouble early and never recovered, despite the best efforts of Virat Kohli (54), MS Dhoni (25) and Suresh Raina (32). Tsotsobe was the pick of the home bowlers with four for 31, with Steyn and Morkel pitching in with two a-piece. South Africa take a 1-0 series lead, thanks for joining us this evening and we look forward to taking you through the second ODI in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Over 36 Tsotsobe 1-W-1-W 154 all out - BOWLED! Superb from Lopsy, he produces an exquisite slowerball that beats Ashish Nehra and takes out the left-hander's off stump. That's Tsotsobe's third as he continues to book his place in the Proteas World Cup side. Wicket! Three becomes four with Zaheer getting bat on ball but top edging it to the off side where JP Duminy claims a smart diving catch.
Over 35 Morkel 1-0-1-0-0-1 152-8 - Zaheer is not going to hang about and has a full swing at Morkel first, edging down to third man for a single. The lanky South African fast bowler has been superb tonight, and nearly has a third with Nehra lobbing the ball into the on side and then edging wide of second slip for one. Zaheer goes back to his swinging effort and it's only a matter of time until he either connects or his stumps are rearrange, you'd fancy the latter at this stage. He does manage to get on ball from the final ball of the over the grab a single and keep the strike.
Over 34 Tsotsobe 4-W-0-0-wd-0-0 149-8 - South Africa are just missing the trick here with the field to Raina. He enjoys hitting it on the leg side but the fielders are back straight instead. The left-hander whips the first delivery across the line and away for four to the square leg fence. OUT! It doesn't matter any more though as Raina hits straight to Colin Ingram at point, Tsotsobe has his second wicket. Ashish Nehra is the new man and all he can do is fend away either side of a wide delivery.
Over 33 Parnell 1wd-1-0-0-0-1-1 144-7 - Parnell disappointingly starts with another wide. The next delivery is taken for one by Raina which leaves Zaheer Khan flapping and missing at the next three deliveries. Two single to end the over then have Raina retaining the strike as the players take a drinks break.
Over 32 Steyn 4-1-0-1-1-0 140-7 - The first delivery is full and in the slot, right where Raina wants it and he clubs to the leg side for a boundary. A couple of singles from Raina with a couple of dot balls to Khan yield seven from the over.
Over 31 Parnell 1-W-1-wd-wd-1-0-0 133-7 - Raina tucks a single away to fine leg with Parnell returning for the second over of the powerplay. BOWLED! Harbhajan goes for the big heave-hoe and he's edged it back onto his stumps. The powerplay not quite going to plan for India. Zaheer Khan is the new man and he's off the mark immediately with Parnell throwing in two wides as added a bonus. The left-armer finished the over well however changing his pace to beat a swinging Zaheer twice.
Over 30 Steyn 1-1-W-0-0-0 128-6- WICKET! The worst possible result for India as Kohli goes. He took on the midwicket fielder with a chip across the line, but didn't get enough elevation and Smith did well to jump and take the catch above his head. That brings Harbhajan Singh to the wicket, and he wears the first ball on the stomach and emits a little 'ooof!'
Batting powerplay Positive move from India, who have five overs to get themselves back in the match. Botha was going to continue, but instead Steyn will return.
Over 29 Duminy 0-1-2-1-0-0 126-5 - No value for shots on this field - Kohli deserves four for a superb drive past extra cover but only gets a couple because the slow outfield allows long-off to get around and cut it off.
Over 28 Botha 1-2-0-6-0-1 122-5 - Kohli goes to fifty (66 balls, 2x4s, 1x6) with a punch down the ground off the back foot. It's been a very good knock in difficult circumstances with very little support, and he's shown that he can play in these conditions. Raina picks up a couple through the off side, then comes down the pitch and takes on the midwicket boundary. Botha screams 'catch!' but it's cleared the rope. Raina's hugely lucky not to get out to the last ball though as a top edge goes high in the air but somehow lands at square leg, perfectly in the middle of three converging players.
Over 27 Duminy 1-1-1-0-0-0 112-5 - Steyn off after just one over. The ball wasn't flying through as quickly as it was earlier, so he'll probably be saved for when the ball is changed after 34 overs. JP Duminy on now, and he does a pretty good job of restricting two batsmen capable of getting after loose spin bowling. Kohli moves to 49.
Over 26 Botha 1-0-0-1-1-0 109-5 - Botha bowling pretty effectively here, giving the ball a bit more flight to Raina from around the wicket to see if he can find the edge. He can't but there are just three singles from the over. Batting powerplay needs to be utilised pretty soon if India want to get themselves back in the game.
Over 25 Steyn 0-wd-wd-0-1-1-0-0 106-5 - It's not Morkel but Steyn who comes on, and there's a wide slip and something close to a short leg in place as Steyn looks to test Raina with the short ball. It's a bit wayward to start with, and then Raina gets away with pushing a bouncer straight up in the air because it falls short of Steyn. Hardly what India need at this stage - for one batsman to be forced into defending when the required rate is 7.3 per over.
Over 24 Botha 1-2-0-1-1-1 102-5 - Hundred up for India, with Raina getting an outside edge past slip to get off the mark with a couple and then whipping through the leg side for one. I wouldn't be surprised if Morkel comes back to test Raina's technique against the short, seaming ball because he was found wanting in the first Test at Centurion.
Over 23 Parnell 1-1-1-1-W-1 96-5 - HD Ackerman makes a good suggestion when he says India should take the batting powerplay. It would make sense because they have two batsmen who have their eye in, and could use it to try and drop the required run rate. WICKET! Scratch that. Dhoni's out in the most unfortunate manner, run out at the non-striker's end. Kohli hit the ball back at Parnell, who could only get a finger on it. But that was all it took to create the perfect deflection onto the stumps with Dhoni out of the crease. That's the third dismissal like that we've seen since India landed in SA. Suresh Raina's the new batsman.
Over 22 Botha 6-4-1-4-0-0 91-4 - Great stuff from Kohli as he takes Botha on. He comes down the pitch to the first ball and middles it back over the bowler's head for six. Botha expects him to come at the next ball and drops it in short, but Kohli stays in his crease and rocks back to cut through extra cover for four. A single brings Dhoni on strike, and he bludgeons one straight back past Botha, forcing the umpire to take evasive action as the ball screams to the boundary. Just the over India were looking for - 15 off it.
Over 21 Parnell wd-0-0-0-0-1-0 76-4 - Well these two are showing plenty of intent, but conditions really are tough for batting and it's almost impossible to force the pace. The Proteas have been very disciplined with the ball and in the field to make India's job even harder. The crowd have gone rather quiet out there with the lack of boundaries and this is another quiet over from Parnell.
Over 20 Botha 1-2-0-1-0-1 74-4 - A nice late cut from Dhoni gets the ball away fine enough for him to scamper back for a second run. Botha continues to mix it up though, using his topspinner to good effect to induce a couple of leading edges.
Over 19 Parnell 1-1-1-1-0-0 69-4 - Singles worked a bit more successfully in this over. Dhoni plays one of his fantastic kung-fu back-drives, leaping in the air and piling into it, and hits it hard enough to earn a single through a misfield at backward point. India need 221 more runs to win from 31 overs.
Over 18 Botha 0-1-1-2-1-0 65-4 - Kohli might not have scored freely but he's done well to stick around and ride out the storm. Should be easier times up ahead, and at least he's got a bit of a handle on the South African conditions now. Dhoni grabs a couple of singles and then clears midwicket to grab a couple.
Over 17 Parnell 1-0-0-0-0-0 60-4 - Smith sees the funny side as David Miller dives face first into the turf to stop a drive in the covers. The poor lad, but he gets up and joins in the laughs with his teammates after a moment. Just one run off the over, and the required rate is close to seven per over now. There've been just three boundaries in the innings, and one of them was four byes bounced over the keeper.
Over 16 Botha 1-0-0-0-0-1 59-4 - Johan Botha into the attack now, and his variation of pace and flight allows him to bowl four dot balls to Dhoni. Just a couple of singles, despite the fact that the field has spread with the restrictions lifted. Time for a drinks break.
Over 15 Parnell 0-0-2-1-0-1 57-4 - Wayne Parnell into the attack now, with Dhoni looking to get after him. Dhoni clearly isn't willing to go down without a fight, and he slams one through the off side off the back foot to pick up two, then thrashes back past the bowler for a single. Despite the intensity, he's finding the boundaries almost impossible to find on this slow outfield. When you're constantly forced to play off the back foot, it becomes even more difficult to generate pace to get the ball to the rope.
Over 14 Tsotsobe 0-1-0-1-0-3 53-4 - Tsotsobe into his seventh over on the trot now, and he's still doing well. Dhoni drives aerially past point for one, and Kohli gets another delivery down the ground for a single. Dhoni throws everything at the final ball, and skies it way up in the air. Mid-on is up in the circle, so the ball lands safely in the outfield and the batsmen run three as Steyn chases back.
Over 13 Morkel 0-2-0-0-0-0 48-4 - More stingy stuff from Morkel, who only serves up one loose delivery which is flicked through midwicket for a couple by Kohli. Otherwise it's just dot balls, and the required rate rises over 6.5 per over.
Over 12 Tsotsobe 0-1-0-0-1-1 46-4 - Just three singles from the over as Tsotsobe continues, but the intent from India is still pretty clear as Dhoni goes hard at a couple of deliveries and Kohli drives on the up and gets a single to deep cover. The bowling powerplay was taken straight away of course, so fielding restrictions still apply.
Over 11 Morkel W-2-0-0-W-0 43-4 - WICKET! Sharma's not happy about this decision, but he's got to go either way. In fact he stands at the crease for ages to make a point to umpire Taufel and will probably lose a small part of his match fee for dissent. It was another excellent delivery from Morkel, squaring him up and supposedly taking the edge on its way through to the keeper. There was a noise but I'm pretty sure it was bat hitting pad, so Sharma probably had a case. Nevertheless Yuvraj Singh comes out to the middle, and immediately clips off his pads for a couple. Morkel's pace is right up now, peaking at 149kph. WICKET! And there's another one! Yuvraj squared up by the short ball, and it's a fairly soft dismissal as he plays away from his body and edges to Smith at first slip. MS Dhoni comes in to bat with his side in disarray.
Over 10 Tsotsobe 0-2-1-0-0-1 41-2 - Kohli drives on the up, but hits it well enough that short extra cover can't get a hand up as the ball whizzes just over his head. The slow outfield holds the ball up and the batsmen only get two. It looks like it was a good toss to win to be honest, because there's been a bit more bounce under lights as the grass on the pitch stands up. The bounce gets the better of Sharma again as he tries to cut away close to his body.
Over 9 Morkel 1-0-0-0-0-2 37-2 - Morkel is taking full advantage of conditions here, getting plenty of bounce and a bit of seam movement. Sharma is beaten twice more as he fails to move his feet adequately, but then tucks one off his ribs away fine and gets a couple of runs. The required run rate has risen from 5.8 at the start of the innings to almost 6.2.
Over 8 Tsotsobe 1-0-4-0-0-0 34-2 - Sharma gets four this time, leaning back to cut a short ball over point. He's slowly getting the hang of the bounce, but there's also a bit of lateral movement to contend with, and Tsotsobe recovers his length to keep Sharma quiet for the remainder of the over.
Over 7 Morkel 0-0-0-0-0-2 29-2 - Morne Morkel on now, and Sharma finds it difficult to merely survive against the tall fast bowler. He's beaten by a couple of beauties whilst playing defensive strokes, but having got by he takes advantage of a wider one as he times a drive off the back foot to perfection, sending the ball whistling through the covers. Deserved four, but he only gets a couple.
Over 6 Tsotsobe 0-0-0-wd-1-0-0 27-2 - Tsotsobe's working his angle beautifully here because his length is so good. It's well back of a length which allows the ball to climb on the batsman, and after being forced to fend a couple away Sharma edges one and is slightly fortunate to see it land just short of Botha at second slip. The final ball beats the edge of Kohli's bat.
Over 5 Steyn 0-1-4b-1-0-wd-4 25-2 - That will help the tourists. Steyn drops one in short, and it just never seems to stop climbing. AB de Villiers makes an impressive leap behind the stumps and can only get a finger on the ball as it steams to the boundary for four byes. Then Kohli flashes at a wide delivery at the end of the over and gets an edge through the vacant third or fourth slip, and the ball flies to the boundary for four. Handy over that.
Over 4 Tsotsobe 0-2-W-0-1-0 14-2 - WICKET! Huge wicket for South Africa as Tendulkar goes. He'd hit the previous ball down the ground and should have got four, except Wayne Parnell pulled the ball back just inside the rope and although I'm sure he touched the rope the replays weren't conclusive so the boundary couldn't be given. Tendulkar shuffled across his stumps next ball - a premeditated tactic against Tsotsobe it seemed - and got a top edge which was safely pouched by Steyn as he trotted back from short fine leg. It was the bounce which did for Tendulkar there. Rohit Sharma joins Kohli in the middle with no shortage of pressure now on India.
Over 3 Steyn 2-1-0-0-2-0 11-1 - Some lovely crisp timing from Tendulkar, as he flicks through midwicket for two, then gets a big stride in to push to wide mid-off for a quick single. He batted outside his crease in the final Test against Steyn to negate some of the swing, and he's doing so again today to good effect. Kohli gets a little tickle down the leg side for a couple. The outfield is very slow after this morning's rain, which is making India's task even greater. This will be the highest ever run chase at Kingsmead if they're successful.
Over 2 Tsotsobe 1-0-0-0-0-1 6-1 - Edged, but it's in the gap. Kohli followed a rising delivery and got a genuine edge, but it was thick enough to travel between slip and gully to run to third man for a single. Tsotsobe's bounce makes things awkward for Tendulkar, who leaves a few deliveries before shuffling across his crease to ride one into the leg side for a single.
Over 1 Steyn wd-0-1-1-W-0-1 4-1 - WICKET! Steyn strikes in his opening over to give South Africa the best possible start. He'd begun with a wide to Murali Vijay, but after a couple of singles Vijay comes back on strike and is trapped plumb in front. He was expecting the outswinger but instead it went straight on, perhaps nipping in a little off the seam even, and trapped him on the crease. Virat Kohli is in at number three and is off the mark from the final delivery of the over. He had a fantastic 2010 in ODIs, but must adapt to very different conditions now.
Welcome back The sun has set, the lights are on and we're just about ready for the chase. South Africa slowly getting themselves into position.
India require 290 runs to win A swashbuckling fifty from Hashim Amla up front set South Africa off to a flying start but India then pegged them back with a trio of wickets. JP Duminy (73) and AB de Villiers (76) came together at 82 for three and added a stand of 131 at a run-a-ball, taking the batting powerplay early as both batsmen collected half-centuries. South Africa seemed to be heading for over 300 but then lost a clutch of wickets with India's part-time spinners doing a tidy job. All-in-all India bowled 27 overs of spin and even finished their full allotment well within the time limit. Munaf Patel was the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 36 with Rohit Sharma and Zaheer Khan picking up two wickets each as well. South Africa will be satisfied with their 289 for 9 off 50 overs, setting up a very competitive total for India to chase. We'll be back in half-an-hour for what should be an intriguing second half of the match.
Over 50 Zaheer 1-W-1-W-1-2 289-8 - Zaheer not surprisingly is the man to finish off here and he starts with a short ball which Parnell can only glove away for a single. OUT! Khan goes for the angle from around the stumps to cramp Steyn and it's worked with a short ball mistimed to Yuvraj who takes a simple catch on the on side - great, experienced fast death bowling from Zaheer. Wayne Parnell has got himself on strike with the batsmen crossing but he can only dig out for a single to mid off. BOWLED! Morne Morkel is on a hiding to nothing with a peach of a first delivery from Zaheer darted in yorker length. It's beaten the Proteas' number 10 and cleaned up his leg stump! Tsotsobe scrambles a single and Parnell is left to beat away for a couple to end the innings.
Over 49 Harbhajan 0-1-2-6-1-2 284-7 - Bhajji darts in the first one to beat Steyn before he finds a single to put the slightly more competent Parnell on strike. Will he unleash? He starts with a couple of runs before clearing his front leg and whacking over cows corner for six! That's a good clean strike! A single follows and Steyn punches to long on for two to end the over, taking 12 runs from it to push the Proteas over the 280 mark.
Over 48 Zaheer 1-1-0-1-1-1 272-7 - Both of these batsmen are able to strike the ball and the home side would like to push their score up to atleast 280. India meanwhile have brought back Zaheer Khan who is picked off for a couple of singles and then beats Dale Steyn with a change of pace. Three more singles mean it's just five from the over and Dhoni will be fairly pleased with the way his team have pulled it back here with just two overs to go.
Over 47 Harbhajan 0-4-W-1-0-0 267-7 - There's a big appeal for a catch as Dhoni dives to collect a ball which loops off the pad of Botha. Not out is the call and Botha makes the most of it by smashing the next delivery, a full toss, straight back down the ground for four! That's the first boundary in an hour! BOWLED! Less impressive this time from Botha. He goes to sweep, playing horribly across the line without getting himself in line with the ball. He misses but Bhajji doesn't with off stump removed from the ground. Harbhajan completes a great over with a change of pace to confuse Parnell. Dale Steyn by the way is the new man in and he is off the mark with a single.
Over 46 Rohit 1-1-1-0-1-1 262-6 - Harbhajan got through that previous over but he is limping in the field now having clearly done himself an injury while fielding a couple of overs back. Botha and Parnell are still doing it in singles against Sharma with long on and long off back to protect the fence.
Over 45 Harbhajan 0-0-2-0-1-0 257-6 - Bhajji now returns with three overs to bowl, so he might well bowl out intil the end. He squeezes two dot balls out of Botha before the right-hander chances his arm with a big sweep which pierces the fielders on the fence. Munaf Patel has done some superb work though on the boundary, palming the ball away from the rope to keep it to two. Just one more single follows to Botha meaning that it is three runs from a very useful Harbhajan over.
Over 44 Rohit 1-1-0-1-0-1 254-6 - Parnell and Botha will look to knock the ball around a bit more before really unleashing in the last three or so overs. They are able to only find four single from the accurate off spin of Sharma.
Over 43 Raina 1-1-1-1-2-0 250-6 - Dhoni is persisting with Raina too, he still has Zaheer Khan with two to bowl and Harbhajan and Munaf Patel with three each. The lack of pace of Raina and co is doing the job though and there are just six from the over, with Botha clubbing two through extra cover.
Over 42 Rohit 0-1-1-1-1-W 244-6 - A host of singles as Rohit continues into his fifth over, he's done a fantastic job has the part-timer and after four singles on the trot he's trapped JP Duminy leg before! OUT! Duminy was looking for the reverse sweep, missed and then hit on the front pad. Umpire Erasmus has got that one dead-right, in real time it looked like it was missing off, but replays suggest it's going on to hit half-way up middle. Wayne Parnell is in with over seven overs left so his chance to prove his ability with the bat.
Over 41 Raina 1-1-1-1-2-1 240-5 - Duminy pushes into the covers and steals a single, a direct hit by Virat Kohli and Botha would have been gone but as it is the shy goes wide and Dhoni cannot gather. Singles a-plenty before Duminy hits out into the deep on the leg-side where Bhajji jams his knee into the turf while fielding, that looks nasty and he takes his time getting back up.
Over 40 Rohit 0-0-1-1-1-1 233-5 - Bowler and wicketkeeper combine in an attempt to snapple one down the leg-side, but the umpire isn't buying their loud, large, collective appeal. No bat on Botha's bid to glance the ball and the finger stays down. Rightly so.
Over 39 Raina W-1-0-2-0-0 229-5 - Wicket! Miller somehow plays down the wrong line to pretty much a straight one, and has his off-stump pegged back. That's a bonus scalp for India, with the introduction of Raina proving a veritable masterstroke from Dhoni. Botha in now and not a hang of a lot of batting firepower to follow. Parnell is apparently an all-rounder, though he has never shown as much in the international arena, while Steyn and the rest of the tail at least hold a bat, so to speak.
Over 38 Rohit 0-1-1-1-2-1 226-4 - Brave flight and loop through the air from Rohit, who isn't keen on the safe darts Yuvraj looked to use earlier. They serve him well, with Duminy and Miller unable to get the ball away for too much merit.
Over 37 Raina 1-0-1-0-1-2 220-4 - Right-arm, part-time, round-arm Raina into the attack now, with Dhoni just loving the amount of bit-part bowlers he has in his ranks. Miller, meanwhile, attempts to run himself out at the non-striker's end, losing his bat and almost his footing in the process, but ultimatley beating the return throw from the short cover region.
Over 36 Rohit 1-W-0-2-0-0 215-4 - Wicket! Rank long-hop and de Villiers can't resist in looking to heave it over midwicket. Too flat, not enough carry on it, though. Harbhajan takes the catch down his throat on the fence and that's the end of a potential century. Miller in now. De Villiers' depature pretty much means Duminy must go onto triple figures from here on in if the Proteas are to get to 300-plus.
Over 35 Yuvraj 1-0-1-1-1-1 212-3 - Mandatory change of ball at the turn of the 34th over a thing of the past, Yuvraj does what he can with the newer, whiter one, which isn't much. That said, he at least brings to a brief halt the flow of boundaries the South African duo have enjoyed of late.
Over 34 Nehra 1-1-1-2-1-2 207-3 - No need for risky cricket, as half-centurions one and two merely milk the singles and odd two on offer to bring on the drinks break. Great platform to launch a 300-plus total, this.
Over 33 Yuvraj 1-1wd-1-1-1-1-0 199-3 - Field placements loosened, so back comes the part-time spinner. Duminy goes to his half-century. It's the 10th of his ODI career. 61 balls, one four and one six to get to this one. With du Plessis and a couple of other rookies breathing down his neck for a spot in the side, the left-hander from the Cape would do well to convert this knock into third ODI century and silence his many critics for the time being.
Over 32 Nehra 1lb-4-4-4-0-1 193-3 - Another change of bowling, with Harbhajan afforded just the one over and Nehra back into the attack. Too short from him, again, though. De Villiers obliges, with four spanked across mid-on, and up comes the century partnership. Something angled down the leg-side is no match for de Villiers' mastery either, with the right-hander merely offering himself room to plank for past mid-off. Nehra almost has the last laugh, trapping AB on the front pad with a lovely slower ball. It appeared to be going on to his at least off-stump. But the umpire isn't buying it and de Villiers is happy to ride his luck and fight on. So ends the batting Powerplay, which delivered 45 without loss. Great going for the Proteas, indeed.
Over 31 Zaheer 1lb-1-1-1lb-0-2 179-3 - Big shout for lbw from Zaheer, with Duminy's attempt to flick the ball through square-leg succeeding only in having the delivery strike him on the pads. The left-hander survives, as the ball was slipping down the leg-side and he had darted down the track to boot.
Over 30 Harbhajan 0-1-4-0-1-0 173-3 - Just the one return over for Patel, with Dhoni now keen on his first-choice off-spinner to keep the boundaries at bay during the five-over field placement limitations. De Villiers has other ideas, and brings up his half-century with a powerful reverse-sweep four for square of point=turned-square-leg. It's the 25th 50 of his ODI career. 48 balls, four fours and a six to get to this one. Next stop, maybe: a 10th ODI ton for the prolific right-hander.
Over 29 Zaheer 2-1lb-1-4-2-1 167-3 - Double bowling change, then, with the southpaw seamer back into the attack too. Thirdman up in the circle and Zaheer pays the price thanks to a bit too much width to the left-handed Duminy, who employs deft timing and placement to beat the fielder on the dive. Zaheer isn't impressed, and wanted more from his team-mate there. Handy start to the batting Powerplay, this. Just two overs in and already 19 runs for it.
Over 28 Munaf 1-1-4-1-0-1 156-3 - A key moment in the game this with Dhoni indeed bringing back his best bowler of the day so far, Munaf Patel and South Africa callig for the powerplay! Exciting stuff to see it being used so early here and while it should give the rate a boost it also often brings wickets too. The batting pair start with a couple of singles before launching into a pull shot over midwicket for four! Stunning shot, such great balance. Munaf responds well with Duminy beaten by a slowerball before having to fend away for a single after a delivery which shoots up nastily.
Over 27 Yuvraj 0-1lb-1-6-1-1 148-3 - Yuvraj is into his fourth and a couple of singles are followed by six from Duminy! The left-hander comes down the track and has picked out the midwicket fence with a clean strike. A couple more singles makes it ten from the over. These two overs have just given the momentum back to the home side and time perhaps for Dhoni to make a bowling change.
Over 26 Harbhajan 1-1-1-0-6-0 138-3 - Duminy and de Villiers sneakily bring up their fifty partnership with a trio of singles, it has come off 72 balls. The platform is being set here, despite the slightly sluggish rate. SIX! De Villiers rushed down the track and smacks Bhajji high back over his six and over the rope! Fantastic shot to bring the first boundary off spin bowling in the innings.
Over 25 Yuvraj 1-0-2-1-0-1 129-3 - Yuvraj is doing what he does best, just turning over the arm around the wickets and keeping it to singles, five of them fetched with deep cover a favourite spot for ones or Duminy while de Villiers is fething his singles more often down the ground.
Over 24 Harbhajan 3-0-1-1-2-1 124-3 - Still no boundary for the home side off the Indian spinners, but there is a three to Duminy as eight runs are fetched off the over, a little more of what is needed for South Africa.
Over 23 Yuvraj 0-1-0-1-0-1 116-3 - De Villiers clubs away for a single before Duminy cuts to deep cover for the same result. To beat India the attack really needs to be taken to their part-timers and that opportunity is going a-begging now with only singles being nurdled around.
Over 22 Harbhajan 1-0-1-1-0-1 113-3 - Just a change of ends then for Bhajji who is back on and turning away, pushed down to long off by de Villiers to end an over in which he conceded just four singles. South Africa are just drifting off the pace at the moment and Dhoni and his side will be well pleased with the way things are going.
Over 21 Rohit 1-1-1-0-1-0 109-3 - On from the other end is part-timer Rohit Sharma with his off-spinners. He's worked for four singles, off the backfoot through midwicket by de Villiers and into the covers by Duminy.
Over 20 Yuvraj 2-0-0-1-1-0 105-3 - India have four recognised bowlers and then the fifth will be made up of bowlers like Yuvraj and Raina. That gives South Africa the chance to get after the fifth bowler but Dhoni knows that they can't afford to lose another wicket and so has brought on Yuvraj now. His round-arm action is picked off for two via a misfield and then a couple of single, the over conceding just four runs
Over 19 Harbhajan 1-0-0-0-2-1 101-3 - South Africa cannot afford to lose another wicket at this stage but these two batsmen are capable of guiding the innings along for some time. Singh has a loud lbw appeal against Duminy turned down with too much in that one to be given. Four from the over as the Proteas move passed the 100-run mark.
Over 18 Munaf 1-0-2-1-2-0 97-3 - Patel continues into his sixth over with a couple of singles and a couple of two's bringing six from the over, inculding an attractive extra cover drive from Duminy.
Over 17 Harbhajan 0-0-0-1-1-1 91-3 - Duminy takes his time to get going after the drinks break and the drops towrds point for a single. A couple more ones follow and it's three from the over, another tidy one from Bhajji.
Over 16 Munaf 0-1-0-0-2-1 88-3 - De Villiers and Duminy know how to hussle between the stumps and they grab a quick single before Duminy sneaks two to fine leg. It's the beginning of a rebuilding phase with four off the over as the players head to drinks.
Over 15 Harbhajan 1-0-0-1-0-0 84-3 - With South Africa just pegged back by the wicket of Amla Dhoni sees this as an opportunity to gets in some overs of spin on the cheap while keeping the pressure on the Proteas pair of de Villiers and Duminy. The latter is off the mark with a single and de Villiers works Harbhajan away for another single but it's a very tidy start from the off-spinner.
Over 14 Munaf 1-1-W-0-0-0 82-3 - Fifty! Amla turns off his pads for a single to go to his half-century off just 35 balls! It's been a fantastic knock full of creative and cleanly struck strokes. WICKET! Amla will be livid with himself, he's perished while trying to move inside the line and flick over mid wicket. He's mistimed it and skied up to Harbjahan who takes a tidy catch. That's Munaf Patel's second wicket and a tidy over from him. That's a massive breakthrough for India and the Proteas will now have to rebuild.
Over 13 Nehra 4-0-0-0-4-0 80-2 - De Villiers marks his arrival at the crease with an inch perfect drive, perfect balance, and away for four! The next scoring shot brings the same result as de Villiers profits from a leg side delivery from Nehra who is still battling to find his rythym.
Over 12 Munaf 1-0-1-4-1-W 72-2 - A couple of singles are followed by a delightful shot from Amla who lobs the ball over mid on and away for four. It's his improvisation which makes him such a nightmare to bowl to, shuffling back into the crease there. OUT! It's Ingram who goes, he's been bogged down and attempts a pull shot but can only spoon up harmlessly to Nehra at mid on!
Over 11 Zaheer 0-1-0-1-0-0 65-1 - Ingram knows that all he needs do right now is feed the strike to Amla who has raced to 42 off just 29 deliveries. The left-hander cuts hard out to deep point to find a single and Amla is on strike. The opening bat is however struck on the pad and there's a loud shout from Zaheer but it's pitching outside leg stump and umpire Taufel says not out. Just two from that Khan over means that the run rate has dropped below six for the first time in the innings.
Over 10 Munaf 1-3-0-1-0-4 63-1 - Ingram shows his first real sign of aggression, whipping around to fine leg for a single. Amla hasn't had much of the strike in the previous two overs but he's got it now and continues the onslaught with a canter down the wicket and spliced three over the covers before hitting more cleanly over the covers for four!
Over 9 Zaheer 1-0-0-0-1-0 54-1 - Amla hits behind square on the off side for one and it's left to Ingram who dabbles unsuccessfully outisde off stump before getting off the mark with a single, a run which a greeted by cheers from the Kingsmead crowd. Things just slowly now with just runs from the over.
Over 8 Munaf 0-0-0-0-0-0 52-1 - After the Amla whirlwind Colin Ingram is quite remarkably still on nought. He remains there too after a maiden over from Munaf Patel who has been brought on to step the tide flowing against Ashish Nehra.
Over 7 Zaheer 4lb-0-0-4-0-0 52-1 - Khan strays onto the hip of Amla and it's four leg-byes via the thigh pad. Zaheer then finds his line and Amla can do nothing about it before he decides to shuffle inside the line and flick fine down to the fence for four! All-wrist that shot from Alma, bringing up South Africa's fifty!
Over 6 Nehra 4-4-4-0-3-0 44-1 - The new, aggressive Amla is at it again, rocking onto the backfoot to pull four through midwicket and the darting well across his stumps to lace another boundary through cover. Nehra definitely being targeted by the right-hander here, with four more screaming through mid-off. That's three fours on the trot, and Nehra is left to wonder where on earth to pitch the ball - if at all - next. He decides to aim at the stumps a touch more, but its too straight and Amla merely pinpoints it down the ground for three. Shame, poor bowler. Probably the last over of his spell, that.
Over 5 Zaheer 0-0-0-4-3-0 29-1 - A severe lack of footwork from Amla sees an attempted drive succeed only in offering first slip a marginal chance. Rohit puts in the full dive, almost gets his finger tips to it, but as left to sit on the turf and watch as four very lucky runs scoot through to the thirdman fence. Amla gets it right the next time around though, milking three down the ground. Should have been a confident four. Jus the three, however, due to a rather heavy outfield. Quite a bit of rain in Durban before the match.
Over 4 Nehra 2-0-0-0-W-1 22-1 - Nehra makes up for his previous over with some much better, tighter deliveries this time around and then enjoys the scalp of Smith more through the batsman's doing than that of the bowler. It's a short ball, but not really there for the pull, and Smith is caught in all sorts of indecision as the top edge balloons to first slip, who pouches the easiest catch of his career. Don't know what Smith was thinking. Yes, he was right to advance down the track. But having seen the threatening length of the delivery, he should have aborted the pull and merely prodded into the deck. Not to be. Off mopes the home skipper, rightly peeved with himself. Ingram in now.
Over 3 Zaheer 1-0-0-1-0-0 19-0 - Amla and Smith are content with a single apiece, happy to merely see off Zaheer if runs are coming from the other end - i.e. Nehra's slew of wayward line and length.
Over 2 Nehra 4-1wd-1-4-0-4-0 17-0 - Left-armer Nehra it is, rather than right-armer Patel, to open the bowling alongside Zaheer. Early, easy pickings for Amla, who welcomes far too much length and width for four on the square-drive. Nehra then attempts to correct his line, too much so, and Dhoni is forced to dart across first slip to gather a very wide wide. The bowler's erratic approach continues through the bulk of the over, with Smith left to spoon some leg-side fodder through backward square-leg for his opening boundary. Four nurdles past the lone slip in place follows and perhaps Patel should've been given the second over...
Over 1 Zaheer 2wd-0-0-1-0-0-0 3-0 - No surprise here, really, as Zaheer gets first use of the new ball. Nehra will probably partner him at the other end, with first-change Patel having to wait his turn. One slip in place, rendered redundant by a couple of wides down the leg-side, with Amla then taking in a couple of sighters before steering something a touch too straight to mid-off for a scampered single. Good running, with the fielder a touch sluggish off the mark. Still shaking off his lunch, perhaps.
South Africa's Innings With handshakes, anthems and other pleasantries a thing of the past, umpires Erasmus and Taufel, batsmen Smith and Amla and the Indian XI make their way out to the middle. We're good to go, folks. Strap in for the ride. It should be a cracker.
Andrew Hudson Wannabe Were he a selector, beyond his armchair, Zane Stevens would have the following as the Proteas starting XI: "Smith, Amla, Kallis, de Villiers (wicketkeeper), Ingram, Duminy, A Morkel/McLaren, Botha, Steyn, Parnell, Tahir/M Morkel (dependant on conditions). I think this would provide better balance and add depth to the batting line-up. Takes a bit more pressure off the number-four batsman. Basically saying I would like a true all-rounder in the team rather than a pure bowler."
Judgement Day "While the prospect of Tahir is a fascinating one, it surely is a pity that he didn't get a run in the Tests. Paul Harris' best figures in 2010 of three for 45 or thereabouts shows that, while he may be a competent bowler, he is surely not a match-winner. Let's hope Tahir lives up to the hype and that he becomes the spinner South Africa so desperately need. More than that, a successful spinner may encourage some of the younger generation to give it a go as well. It has surely been proved in the Test series that a side with no top-class spin bowler will, at the time of reckoning, be left wanting," says Patrick Nolan. More opinion welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pitch And Weather Resident pitch pundit Mike Haysman is at it again and, having surveyed the playing surface, determines that a bit of moisture under the surface will keep the bowlers in the contest. Haysman's wise colleague, Shaun Pollock, looks forward to "plenty of bounce". That's pretty much Pollock's standard line for all grounds - "plenty of bounce" - so I'm not sure to believe him or not. Weather-wise - well, it's typically humid Durban weather. No rain in sight, but that could change in a matter of hours, as we saw at the start of the Kingsmead Test a couple of weeks ago.
Starting XIs South Africa: Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Colin Ingram, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, David Miller, Johan Botha, Wayne Parnell, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn. India: Sachin Tendulkar, Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel.
Team News Two southpaw seamers for the hosts - Wayne Parnell and Lonwabo Tsotsobe. No Tahir nor du Plessis. A late change for the tourists sees Munaf Patel replace Yusuf Pathan, who has suffered some misfortune or another.
Toss This just in: Graeme Smith has triumphed in the flip of the coin and South Africa will bat first on a surface smith deduces as "decent for batting." Very brief, astute of the home skipper.
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