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India v South Africa, Group B, World Cup 2011, Nagpur

A dramatic collapse and other records

Some key stats from the thrilling game between India and South Africa in Nagpur

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan

March 12, 2011

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Batting worm for the India and South Africa innings
South Africa's steady progress was in sharp contrast to India's aggressive start and rapid collapse © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

In a tense finish, South Africa held their nerve to win by three wickets on a pitch that got a lot slower as the game went on. South Africa paced their innings superbly, maintaining a required run-rate of close to eight. With 13 runs required off the final over, MS Dhoni opted to go with Ashish Nehra. Robin Peterson hit two fours and a six to give South Africa a nail-biting win.

Perhaps, the most notable feature of the match was the contrast in batting approach of both the teams. While India started in an extremely aggressive manner and reached 87 for 0 in the first ten overs, South Africa were far more sedate, scoring just 43 for 1 in the same period. India continued to score quickly, reaching 267 in the 40th over before Tendulkar was dismissed. South Africa, despite scoring at a much lower rate, kept pace with the required run rate and reached the 200-run mark in the 39th over. However, in the last ten overs, India suffered a collapse losing nine wickets for 29 runs. The worm for the Indian innings clearly shows the clutter of wickets at the end which kept the score down to 296, a far more achievable target. South Africa though, maintained wickets in hand throughout and this proved most crucial as they got past the line with two balls to spare. The table below shows how the teams were placed at various stages of the innings.

India and South Africa at various stages of the innings
Team Overa 1-10 Overs 11-20 Overs 21-30 Overs 31-40 Overs 41-50
India 87/0 68/1 42/0 71/1 28/8
South Africa 43/1 46/0 55/1 74/1 82/4

In India's innings, Dale Steyn's spell of 5 for 50 kept the score down to 296 after 370 looked possible at one point. Zaheer Khan responded well in the second innings, conceding just 43 runs in his ten overs and bowling 35 dot balls in the process. However, the rest of the bowlers conceded more than six runs per over which proved critical in the end.

Quite a few batting records were set in a high-scoring game, and are listed below.

Opening pair comes good
Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, one of the most successful opening pairs in ODIs, had previously aggregated just 54 runs in five matches against South Africa. Their 142-run stand in this match is the third-highest opening partnership for India in World Cups and the second-highest for this pair behind the 153 against Sri Lanka in Johannesburg in 2003. Tendulkar has been involved in three of the five century opening stands for India in World Cups.

Electric start
At the end of ten overs, India had reached 87 without loss. This is the highest score in the first ten overs in the 2011 World Cup. The previous best was the 82 scored by India against Netherlands in Delhi. In World Cup matches since 1999, the most runs scored in the first ten overs is 119, by West Indies against Canada in the 2003 World Cup. The highest for India in the same period is 88 against Pakistan in 2003.

Top three make fifty-plus scores
With Sehwag, Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir scoring over 50, the match became only the third instance of the top three batsmen scoring over fifty in an innings in a World Cup match. The previous two occasions came in the 1975 World Cup.

India's incredible collapse
After the second wicket fell with the score on 267, India lost their last eight wickets for 29 runs collapsing to 296 all out. There have been only three occasions in ODIs when teams have lost their last eight wickets for less than 29 runs. The lowest is 17 runs, by Zimbabwe against Sri Lanka in 2004.

Tendulkar adds to impressive numbers
Tendulkar scored his sixth century and his 19th fifty-plus score in World Cups, both records for any player in World Cups. He also became the first player to score 2000 runs in ODIs against South Africa.

Smith's woes against Zaheer continue
Graeme Smith was dismissed by Zaheer for the sixth time in ODIs to add to his six dismissals in Tests. He has now been dismissed 13 times by Zaheer overall (including Twenty-20 internationals). James Anderson is next, having dismissed Smith eight times overall.

Other key stats from the game:

  • Dale Steyn's 5 for 50 is his best bowling performance in ODIs and the sixth five-wicket haul by a South African bowler in World Cups.
  • The target of 297 is the highest successfully chased score by South Africa in a World Cup game. Their previous best of 253 also came against India in the 1999 World Cup.
  • Tendulkar's century was his 13th in an ODI defeat, the most for any player. He is followed by Chris Gayle, who has nine centuries in defeats.
  • The 52 runs scored by South Africa in their batting Powerplay is their second-highest in the tournament. The highest by any team is 70, by Pakistan against Kenya.
  • This is the fourth occasion that a team winning the toss in a day-night match in Nagpur has gone on to lose the game. Only one has been won by the team batting first.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP1 PP2 PP3 Last 10 overs NB/Wides
India 141 27 4 87/0 41/0 30/4 28/8 1/12
South Africa 124 24 5 43/1 23/0 52/1 82/4 0/1


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Posted by Dummy4 on (March 15, 2011, 8:06 GMT)

The Stats prove that India lost because of the wrong decisions made by the Skipper. Dhoni scored only 12 runs in the 10 overs without hitting a single boundary in this 10 overs. He took singles and gave strike to Nehra on first ball of Dale Stayn's over. This resulted in Steyn bowling out Nehra and Munaf with two balls to spare in that over. And he gave the ball to Nehra in the Last Over. So did Dhoni gave away the game to SA. Yes, the Stats Prove it. His poor decisions allowed England to tie that match. This is not my opinion. The Stats prove it. Now this is in the record books too. This is a matter of fact.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 15, 2011, 5:19 GMT)

If you want to win against India...There is a very simple way to do it.. First you have to win the toss.

Second...Invite to India bat..

Third...Let Sachin to make 100.....if he got definately you can defeat India..

Posted by giri on (March 14, 2011, 16:59 GMT)

The TRUTH is - Everyone forgot to notice that when Sachin was playing the pitch seemed to be flat and the bowling appeared to be mediocre. Then came our big hitters and played as if it was IPL-20 and tried to blast every ball out of the park without even bothering that they were facing one of the best bowlers in the world today, Dale Steyn. It was absolutely right, what Dhoni said, had they played 50 overs even by taking singles the result would have been different.

Posted by Shyam on (March 14, 2011, 7:53 GMT)

Play Kohli at No 3. Give the inform batsman his most successful place, he deserves that. Replace Gambhir with Raina and play at No 6. Replace Nehra with Ashwin. No point in wasting Kohli at No 6 or 7. Kohli the best against Gambhir in all forms - fielding, batting (in current form), also can bowl (when needed) and safe runner between the wickets. Gambhir is such a gud batsman, shame to forget basics to drag his bat while reaching the crease. Gambhir not powerful / skillful like Kohli. And not a bad idea to bring Raina, the most dependable replacing Yousuf Pathan.

Posted by Benu on (March 14, 2011, 7:35 GMT)

Batting colapse for a strong batting side on paper....that must hav hurt Tendulkar and Sehwag

Posted by Nalin on (March 14, 2011, 7:05 GMT)

Raina is a qualified substitute fielder

Posted by Andrew on (March 14, 2011, 6:38 GMT)

South Africa were lucky ... Imagine if Yuvraj and Mahendra hit a few out the ground ... maybe 400 was on the cards ... South Africa again showed their vulnerability against the spin of Harbhajan ... Also Smith and co up the order bat too slowly ... maybe it is time to open with de Villiers and Amla ... drop Smith out altogether and bring in Albie Morkel or Justin Kemp or someone that can hit the ball in the middle order instead of always relying on the likes of our bowlers to get us home ... nothing has changed since Pollock and Klusener had to hit us home in the late nineties and early 2000s ... We need one-day batsmen ...

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 14, 2011, 6:12 GMT)

This was a conspiracy by Dhoni against Tendulkar bcz if India had won Sachin's popularity would have risen immensely and Dhoni's stardom status would have undermined......(that stardom is earning him huge contracts ).....................You see!! Dhoni is a SMART CHAP he thinks well beyond cricket.......Dhoni's did not score over 10 runs in any match in previous WC and whatever he scored he scored too slow ensuring India's worst WC compaign in 2007. That resulted in Dravid's exile and he got a chance to become captain....Now he is after Tendulkar bcz he is now the only throne left....Problem is with Tendulkar too. Team management always wanted him to be a captain and did offer him captaincy quite a no of times based on him being the best player in the side , but he himself refuses it because he is a performer not a leader. As Mumbai Indian Captain & during his Indian captaincy stints Sachin has proved that as a leader he can only obtain defeat from jaws of victory.....

Posted by sharath on (March 14, 2011, 6:10 GMT)

bring in aswin and raina

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 14, 2011, 2:20 GMT)

for all sachin bashers...lets keep it logical...sachin is not supposed to win game singlehandedly..he can not perform for others...he is a great player in a very average team...that is the truth...

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