ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 29th match, Group B

India v South Africa

South Africa won by 3 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)

14.28 Game time. Tendulkar and Sehwag stroll out, Sehwag to the striker's end as usual when anyone bats with Tendulkar.

Is that a South African spinner I see with the ball? Nope, Dale Steyn it is, from over the wicket. Two slips await ...

14.23 The teams are lining up to sing their national anthems. So not long now ...

"Why are people picking on Bhajji?" says Sajid. "They need to understand that the reason Yuvi is getting all these wickets is because Bhajji is creating pressure on the batsman by being so miserly and when the batsmen are trying to release that pressure against Yuvi's bowling is when he is picking up those wickets ..."

"Am i dreaming? South Africa playing more special spinners than India?!" asks Sabari. The times they are a changing, like Dylan put it.

14.10 It's safe to say that South Africa will not open the bowling with a spinner today. I will be surprised if they use either Botha or Peterson against Tendulkar and Sehwag. Expect Steyn, who doesn't mind bowling in Nagpur, and Morkel to thunder in.

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"Dhoni should have had the guts to drop the non-performing Harbhajan and selected Ashwin instead. We cannot be going by reputation. Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh all came to their senses when they were left out. No body should take his place for granted: there are no free lunches as the Americans would say." Or as Kalyan would also say. Harbhajan has been extremely economical though. Let's see if he can maintain that, and take a wicket or two, against the tougher teams, beginning with South Africa today.

"George, South Africa have a rather good recent record in India, so no one should be surprised if they win and keep this group interesting. Dew to hamper the spinners later?" asks Mark Kidger. There will be some dew, but whether it will be a problem, I'm not sure. Both teams wanted to bat first, so perhaps the captains don't think it will be much of a factor.

Toss, 14.00 Graeme Smith calls heads, and the massive roar from the Nagpur crowd means it's a tail. MS Dhoni says India will bat.

Piyush Chawla's run in the XI comes to a halt. India are playing three medium-pacers today - Munaf Patel, Ashish Nehra and Zaheer Khan. So still no game for R Ashwin. Fair enough I suppose, with Yuvraj Singh bowling as many overs as he does.

Graeme Smith says he would have batted as well. Not too fussed though. South Africa are not risking Imran Tahir, so Johan Botha makes a return to the side. AB de Villiers will not be keeping wicket, Morne van Wyk will do that job today as well.

13.45 Good day and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's coverage of a game that will play an important role in determining which team finishes top of Group B. India, one of only two unbeaten teams in the World Cup, take on South Africa, who looked so awesome until they crashed and burned against England.

Both teams have questions over their spinners. Will South Africa play Imran Tahir, who's nursing an injured finger? And will India give Piyush Chawla more rope, or will they give R Ashwin his first game? Have you made changes to your fantasy teams yet?

The pitch in Nagpur, on what is a sunny and warm day, appears to be flat and likely to last the distance. There was some dew in the evenings leading up to the game, so that will be something the captains will want to factor into their decision at the toss, which is at 14.00.

Last night's result - Bangladesh's win against England - has split this group wide open again. And New Zealand's thrashing of Pakistan in has churned the order in Group A as well. Who can predict how the quarterfinal match-ups will take shape!

0.1

Steyn to Sehwag, FOUR, another first-ball four from Sehwag and Nagpur cheers! A touch too full from Steyn and the line is on middle, Sehwag lofts the ball over mid-on, that is some start

0.2

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, lbw shout from Steyn as Sehwag misses the flick but that was missing leg stump

0.3

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag tries to force the ball on the leg side from the crease but gets beaten by a good length ball that pitches on middle and off and shapes away from the right-hander

0.4

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, good length delivery pitches outside off and seams away from the right-hander, Sehwag shoulders arms

0.5

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, terrific fielding at mid-off! Sehwag slammed the drive off the front foot, sending the ball rocketing over the turf, Botha dived to his left and pulled off a superb save

0.6

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag feels for a good length ball outside off but gets beaten

By the way, on this day in 2006, South Africa chased 434. Just saying ...

End of over 1 (4 runs) India 4/0 (RR: 4.00)
V Sehwag    4* (6b 1x4)      DW Steyn    1-0-4-0
SR Tendulkar    0* (0b)     

Morkel it is, from over the wicket.

1.1

Morkel to Tendulkar, 1 run, It's Botha again! Diving to his left and tumbling to stop Tendulkar's on-the-up drive from piercing the gap between mid off and cover

1.2

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, banged in short outside off stump and the ball lifts sharply to van Wyk after Sehwag plays no shot.

1.3

Morkel to Sehwag, FOUR, van Wyk did not move! Dropped! Sehwag drove with feet rooted at a short of a length ball that seamed slightly away from him. Sehwag edged the cover off the ball and it flew only slightly to van Wyk's right. Maybe he didn't see for he did not move a muscle. A Kamran Akmal moment.

1.4

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, similar ball but this time Sehwag is more circumspect and plays no shot

1.5

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, Morkel's getting the ball to rise from a good length outside off. Sehwag strides forward and lifts his bat out of the way

1.6

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, punched off the front foot but straight to the fielder at cover

End of over 2 (5 runs) India 9/0 (RR: 4.50)
V Sehwag    8* (11b 2x4)      M Morkel    1-0-5-0
SR Tendulkar    1* (1b)      DW Steyn    1-0-4-0

2.1

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, Steyn pitches the ball full, looking for outswing, Tendulkar moves forward and adjusts for that swing, pushing the ball towards mid-off

2.2

Steyn to Tendulkar, 5 runs, a quick single and there's an overthrow that goes for four! Tendulkar pushed the ball towards mid-off and set off. Botha swooped on the ball and fired at the bowler's end. Morkel was the man backing up and he missed it, maybe the umpire was in his way

2.3

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, a searing short ball at 142 kph, Sehwag sways his head out of the line of the delivery

2.4

Steyn to Sehwag, FOUR, short of a length on the pads, there's no fine leg so Sehwag lifts the ball off his hips down to the boundary, one-bounce four

2.5

Steyn to Sehwag, 5 wides, Steyn's lost it here, searching for outswing from leg stump, he pitches far outside leg stump and van Wyk has no chance in saving that. There are only two men on the leg side

2.5

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, good length ball outside off, Sehwag plays it watchfully off the back foot towards the off

2.6

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, huge appeal for lbw and there's a review, is there? No there isn't. Steyn slammed a full ball into Sehwag's pads as he tried to whip across the line. What was wrong with that? That lbw appeal looked plumb, unless there was a faint edge

End of over 3 (14 runs) India 23/0 (RR: 7.66)
V Sehwag    12* (15b 3x4)      DW Steyn    2-0-18-0
SR Tendulkar    6* (3b)      M Morkel    1-0-5-0

3.1

Morkel to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar nudges a good length ball off his pads towards square leg

3.2

Morkel to Tendulkar, (no ball) 2 runs, he over-steps and Tendulkar opens the face while square driving, angling the ball towards third man, where Kallis dives to save the boundary. Free hit coming up ...

3.2

Morkel to Tendulkar, 1 run, short ball, Tendulkar moves deep into his crease to pull but mis-times it, the ball lobs towards midwicket

3.3

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, good length outside off and the ball takes off appreciably, Sehwag watchfully shoulders arms

3.4

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, a touch fuller and a lot straighter from Morkel, Sehwag stays in his crease and drives towards mid-off

3.5

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Sehwag stands tall on the back foot and punches towards cover

"This is what happens when you have never practiced with two seamers upfront in the world cup and suddenly do it fearing the Indians prowess against spin -- result the seamers seem undercooked," says Harish. Morkel hasn't looked undercooked at all though.

3.6

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag stays firm in his crease and punches another good length ball towards cover

End of over 4 (4 runs) India 27/0 (RR: 6.75)
V Sehwag    12* (19b 3x4)      M Morkel    2-0-9-0
SR Tendulkar    9* (6b)      DW Steyn    2-0-18-0

4.1

Steyn to Tendulkar, 1 run, too straight from Steyn again but he has a man in the deep now, Tendulkar flicks off his pads

4.2

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, defended on the back foot towards the off side

4.3

Steyn to Sehwag, FOUR, carved wide of the fielder at third man! Short and wide and Sehwag goes after it, slashing hard. Morkel dives to his right on the boundary but can't get to it. One-bounce four

4.4

Steyn to Sehwag, no run, short ball and much closer to the body, Sehwag drops his wrists and lets it go

4.5

Steyn to Sehwag, 1 run, a touch too straight once again, Sehwag clips the ball off his pads through square

4.6

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, short ball and rather straight, Tendulkar drops his wrists and sways out of the line

"i am a nervous wreck ...i cannot watch...the way sehwag is playing dangerously on the edge of my seat...he just might lose his wicket any moment and the momentum just slips ...plenty of evidence from the past," says Abhishek. Calm down man, it's only a group game!

End of over 5 (6 runs) India 33/0 (RR: 6.60)
SR Tendulkar    10* (8b)      DW Steyn    3-0-24-0
V Sehwag    17* (23b 4x4)      M Morkel    2-0-9-0

5.1

Morkel to Sehwag, FOUR, blitzed through cover! Sehwag stands on the back foot and crashes a length ball through cover. No body moved.

5.2

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, Morkel goes closer to Sehwag's body this time and seams the ball away from the right-hander. Sehwag pokes and is beaten.

5.3

Morkel to Sehwag, FOUR, too full and Sehwag has smashed it down the ground. He stayed in his crease and hammered it, Morkel bent to try and field but the ball had already screamed past

5.4

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, punched off the front foot towards cover

5.5

Morkel to Sehwag, FOUR, short ball outside off stump and it has disappeared as well. Sehwag uses the width and flashes hard, slashing the ball in the air past point and wide of the fielder at third man

5.6

Morkel to Sehwag, 1 run, he makes room and drives this ball in the air over point, but there's a fielder on the point boundary as well now.

End of over 6 (13 runs) India 46/0 (RR: 7.66)
V Sehwag    30* (29b 7x4)      M Morkel    3-0-22-0
SR Tendulkar    10* (8b)      DW Steyn    3-0-24-0

Kallis has the ball, Steyn went for plenty in that first spell. Kallis will keep it tight, here. Take the pace off it, bowl the odd heavy ball.

6.1

Kallis to Sehwag, no run, good length angling into the right-hander. Sehwag goes back and punches to mid-on

6.2

Kallis to Sehwag, 2 runs, the offcutter from Kallis but the line is a touch straight. Sehwag goes back and works the ball off his pads

6.3

Kallis to Sehwag, no run, goes back again to a fuller delivery and drives towards mid-on

Sehwag is hogging the strike here.

"I guess Sehwag is comfortable playing the way he is playing now. I am afraid he might loose his wicket with no score if he plays conservatively," says Vijay.

6.4

Kallis to Sehwag, FOUR, short ball and Sehwag rocks back to pull it. He hasn't timed it well but there's no fielder in the deep there. The ball falls safely in the outfield and rolls to the boundary

6.5

Kallis to Sehwag, 1 run, that's far too close to cut, surely? Not for Sehwag, who backs away a touch and cuts towards third man

6.6

Kallis to Tendulkar, FOUR, Tendulkar moves inside the line of the ball, and helps it around the corner, there's no short fine leg in place

End of over 7 (11 runs) India 57/0 (RR: 8.14)
SR Tendulkar    14* (9b 1x4)      JH Kallis    1-0-11-0
V Sehwag    37* (34b 8x4)      M Morkel    3-0-22-0

"Watching Sehwag play is like throwing an ice-cream in the air and catching it with your mouth. It's exhilarating if it works out, and you go hungry if it doesn't. I figured if I use such a ridiculous metaphor, my comment might actually get put up," says Archit.

7.1

Morkel to Sehwag, no run, good length ball and straight, played back to the bowler

7.2

Morkel to Sehwag, FOUR, too full and too straight, Sehwag stays in his crease and drives hard, placing the ball past mid-on. He simply hit through the line

7.3

Morkel to Sehwag, 1 run, and again, this time towards mid-off and this time the fielder runs to his left and slides to cut off the straight drive

7.4

Morkel to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar moves forward and across to work the ball from off towards mid-on, where Peterson prevents the single

7.5

Morkel to Tendulkar, FOUR, crashed through covers where even a spectacular dive can't stop the ball. Length ball outside off, Tendulkar meets the ball on the front foot and blasts it through cover

7.6

Morkel to Tendulkar, FOUR, down the ground this time, the Tendulkar stamp all over that one. He moves forward to a full ball and drives dead straight. Morkel stoops in his follow through but in vain

End of over 8 (13 runs) India 70/0 (RR: 8.75)
SR Tendulkar    22* (12b 3x4)      M Morkel    4-0-35-0
V Sehwag    42* (37b 9x4)      JH Kallis    1-0-11-0

8.1

Kallis to Sehwag, 1 run, Sehwag goes back in his crease and opens the face to steer towards third man

8.2

Kallis to Tendulkar, 3 runs, terrific timing and placement and the fielding is top class too. Tendulkar drives on the up, through cover point. Botha chases hard and slides and pulls the ball back in on the verge of the boundary

8.3

Kallis to Sehwag, 1 run, cut off the back foot towards third man

8.4

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, short ball and very straight, Tendulkar drops to his knees and sways out of the line

8.5

Kallis to Tendulkar, 1 run, drama! The slower ball and Tendulkar pushes it towards mid-on and refuses the single. Wise decision from him for there's a direct hit at the bowler's end and Sehwag just put his bat in the crease in time. They run an overthrow of the ricochet

8.6

Kallis to Sehwag, 1 run, played towards third man by opening the face of the bat

"Remember, Sri Lanka went off at over 10 an over against Zimbabwe and then struggled to get past 300. South Africa are not Zimbabwe!" says Mark Kidger.

End of over 9 (7 runs) India 77/0 (RR: 8.55)
V Sehwag    45* (40b 9x4)      JH Kallis    2-0-18-0
SR Tendulkar    26* (15b 3x4)      M Morkel    4-0-35-0

Steyn's back, from a different end. "12 fours from 8 overs...what sort of score do they want?..This is great stuff," says Darryl.

9.1

Steyn to Sehwag, 1 run, a slower ball outside off, Sehwag waits for it in his crease and dabs towards third man

9.2

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, good length ball on off and middle, Tendulkar strides forward and defends.

"Cricket is meant to be a contest between bat and ball - as great as it is to watch Sehwag and Tendulkar smack 4's and 6's around, these ridiculous batting paradises not only make the contest unbalanced, they also over inflate batsmens averages. Eng vs SA's pitch was a great cricket spectacle," says Daniel. That is fair comment. This pitch is flat, and the bounce is true. Stand, line it up, and whack it.

9.3

Steyn to Tendulkar, SIX, pulled over deep backward square leg for six! Tendulkar was ready for the short ball and was coiled in his crease, he unleashed a powerful hook, perfectly timed and the ball flew flat over the boundary

9.4

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, slower ball on off stump, defended on the front foot

This is the highest mandatory Powerplay score of the World Cup, beating India's performance against Netherlands.

9.5

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, defended back to the bowler off the front foot

9.6

Steyn to Tendulkar, 3 runs, Tendulkar moves forward to a fuller ball and flicks in the air over midwicket. He didn't hit that hard nor did he time it perfectly. Morkel chases and slides in time to prevent four

End of over 10 (10 runs) India 87/0 (RR: 8.70)
SR Tendulkar    35* (20b 3x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    4-0-34-0
V Sehwag    46* (41b 9x4)      JH Kallis    2-0-18-0

South Africa have taken the bowling Powerplay.

10.1

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, fuller length on off and middle, played towards midwicket

10.2

Kallis to Tendulkar, FOUR, Tendulkar moves forward, picks up the slower ball from around off stump, and whips it past mid-on, wide of the fielder

10.3

Kallis to Tendulkar, 1 wide, Kallis strays down leg side, that's the first extra for a while

10.3

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, pushed off the back foot towards point, that was a good length ball from Kallis

"Though the pitch is a batting paradise, don't be mistaken that ANY batting line up would be as deadly as these two...this is just pure carnage," says Anurag.

10.4

Kallis to Tendulkar, 1 run, width outside off stump, Tendulkar moves back and across to cut the ball through cover to the fielder in the deep

10.5

Kallis to Sehwag, no run, short ball and Sehwag ducks under it.

"@ Daniel: Beg to differ with you a bit about this match. The pitch has its share for the bowlers. Sehwag is beaten umpteen times and had two lives (one UDRS not take and one drop). How many opening pairs could have whacked this SA attack like this," says Srini.

10.6

Kallis to Sehwag, no run, straighter line and Sehwag whips it off his pads to midwicket

End of over 11 (6 runs) India 93/0 (RR: 8.45)
V Sehwag    46* (43b 9x4)      JH Kallis    3-0-24-0
SR Tendulkar    40* (24b 4x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    4-0-34-0

"Why o why did S.A take the bowling powerplay? If ever there was a time NOT to take it, that was it. Formulaic S.A again?" asks Blake. Robin Peterson will have to bowl with the field restrictions in place ...

11.1

Peterson to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar steps out to a flighted ball from round the wicket and drives towards long-off

Iain O'Brien on Twitter: "Currently sitting in a corner, rocking back and forth, having Indian nightmares. Poor bowlers, it's not fair."

11.2

Peterson to Sehwag, FOUR, Sehwag makes room by moving outside leg and lofts the ball inside out over cover to get to fifty, off 44 balls.

"Don't understand why Smith took the Bowling Powerplay now. SA could have forced a change of space and pace and induced the first wicket thus. I think the modern captain is just programmed to do certain things," says Raja.

11.3

Peterson to Sehwag, 1 wide, Peterson slips this one down leg side

11.3

Peterson to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag makes room again but Peterson follows him, Sehwag ends up playing to midwicket

11.4

Peterson to Sehwag, 1 run, pushed off the front foot towards long on for a single. Fastest team 100 of the World Cup

11.5

Peterson to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar comes forward and gets beaten in the flight, he changes his shot and pushes the ball to point

11.6

Peterson to Tendulkar, 1 wide, another ball down the leg side, Peterson is trying to cramp the batsman

11.6

Peterson to Tendulkar, no run, played back to the bowler off the back foot

End of over 12 (8 runs) India 101/0 (RR: 8.41)
SR Tendulkar    41* (27b 4x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    1-0-8-0
V Sehwag    51* (46b 10x4)      JH Kallis    3-0-24-0

Daniel has a reply: "Yes Sehwag has had two lives - and to answer your question, plenty of opening combinations! Lets say Gilchrist and Hayden to name just one. This is not a criticism of Tendulkar or Sehwag's abilities, but it is of these one sided surfaces. As a neutral cricket lover, I'm sick of it, it been happening for the past decade! How many bowlers have you seen with averages under 25 during the 2000's vs the 90's... and how many batsmen have averages above 50 comparing the same periods."

Duminy to bowl, from round the wicket.

12.1

Duminy to Sehwag, FOUR, pitches outside leg but Sehwag makes room and plays the square drive through point. Terrific placement and the carnage continues

12.2

Duminy to Sehwag, 2 runs, not sure what he was trying there but Sehwag ended up edging towards third man

12.3

Duminy to Sehwag, 1 run, driven off the front foot towards long off for a single

12.4

Duminy to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar moves back and across and flicks the ball off his pads through square

12.5

Duminy to Sehwag, 1 run, Sehwag plays from his crease and dabs the ball with an open face behind point

12.6

Duminy to Tendulkar, 1 run, flicked off the front foot through square once again

End of over 13 (10 runs) India 111/0 (RR: 8.53)
SR Tendulkar    43* (29b 4x4 1x6)      JP Duminy    1-0-10-0
V Sehwag    59* (50b 11x4)      RJ Peterson    1-0-8-0

"I think its fair to say that this World Cup has been a most entertaining one thus far. A few upsets, a tie, Ireland's heroics and glimpses of progress made by the Dutch and the Canadians etc., has made it wonderful to watch. Never mind some of the flat pitches. Everyone loves to see some lusty hitting, and both sides get equal opportunity to do so, too!" says Ron.

13.1

Peterson to Tendulkar, FOUR, the highlights reel continues. Tendulkar steps out to take the ball on the full and drives it powerfully past mid-on

13.2

Peterson to Tendulkar, 2 runs, Tendulkar goes inside out, making room and lofting the ball high over extra cover. That man de Villiers runs at top speed from long-off and dives superbly. He nearly caught it too. Terrific effort. No one else in international cricket could have got to it!

13.3

Peterson to Tendulkar, no run, Loud appeal from Peterson and Smith reviews after the umpire says not out. He hasn't over-stepped and the ball hits the pad after Tendulkar's attempt to play across the line misses. That was missing leg stump though and Nagpur roars as the verdict is upheld.

13.4

Peterson to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar gets to fifty with a nudge off his pads towards short fine leg, Sehwag ran that one quickly. He's got to 50 quicker than Sehwag did.

13.5

Peterson to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag tried to play on the off but got an edge on to the leg side

13.6

Peterson to Sehwag, 1 run, Sehwag waits and then punches towards long off

The players are taking a drinks break. I'm heading over to the over-by-over discussion. Liam Brickhill will take over the commentary.

End of over 14 (8 runs) India 119/0 (RR: 8.50)
V Sehwag    60* (52b 11x4)      RJ Peterson    2-0-16-0
SR Tendulkar    50* (33b 5x4 1x6)      JP Duminy    1-0-10-0

Hello everyone. Not much Smithy could say to the boys during the drinks break, apart from to encourage them to keep fighting. There's not much they can do to stop a big total, but they can at least control the damage by keeping things tight in the field and sticking to their bowling plans.

14.1

Duminy to Sehwag, 1 run, tapped out into deep cover, and the two isn't quite on

"Sehwag and Tendulkar have been quite impartial to all the bowlers - No one has done better than 8/over and no one did worst than 10/over," writes Leo. They're equal-opportunities batsmen!

14.2

Duminy to Tendulkar, 1 run, what's that hit, bat or pad? Tickled very fine down to fine leg, looks like it was the bat, no signal from the umpire.

14.3

Duminy to Sehwag, 1 run, eased down to long-on, and another run is added to the total

14.4

Duminy to Tendulkar, no run, Duminy stays round the wicket, landing the ball quite wide of off but Sachin tries to whip it towards long-on all the same

14.5

Duminy to Tendulkar, SIX, lofted! Sachin has teed off, the ball goes really high and that looked like a monster hit ... but only just clears a sprinting long-on fielder! 142nd six of the tournament

14.6

Duminy to Tendulkar, no run, crashed hard into the covers, but there's a fielder in the way of the ball

End of over 15 (9 runs) India 128/0 (RR: 8.53)
SR Tendulkar    57* (37b 5x4 2x6)      JP Duminy    2-0-19-0
V Sehwag    62* (54b 11x4)      RJ Peterson    2-0-16-0

SMV: "India could have taken the batting powerplay straight away. They dont need one when Pathan is batting in the slog overs as it doesnt make any difference to him." We're advocating for it in the Cricinfo office! Why not? Peterson continues

15.1

Peterson to Sehwag, 2 runs, deft touch! Sehwag, who's got the cap on, stays deep in the crease and just waits and waits, tapping the ball out of the keepers gloves and down to third man. A rare gentle touch from a batsman of such violence

15.2

Peterson to Sehwag, 1 run, crunched down to long-on, just the one

15.3

Peterson to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar uses his feet, getting to the pitch and squeezing the ball to long-off

15.4

Peterson to Sehwag, FOUR, how does one go about constructing a shot like this? The ball was atrocious, a real long-hop, but Sehwag stepped back and lifted it inside out off the back foot and over cover. Right between the fielders too

15.5

Peterson to Sehwag, no run, chopped down on the off side, but straight to point

15.6

Peterson to Sehwag, 1 run, driven down to long-off, that's nine from the over. No sign of slowing down then, despite the end of the fielding restrictions!

End of over 16 (9 runs) India 137/0 (RR: 8.56)
V Sehwag    70* (59b 12x4)      RJ Peterson    3-0-25-0
SR Tendulkar    58* (38b 5x4 2x6)      JP Duminy    2-0-19-0

Arshad: "Clearly India have forgotten Gandhi's message of non-violent action in South Africa." Clearly! Another change, here's Botha

16.1

Botha to Sehwag, no run, has that kept low? Sehwag is beaten outside off on the cut as the ball shoots under the bat

16.2

Botha to Sehwag, no run, dropped? Yes, it has been! Another cut from Sehwag, this time the ball does bounce appreciably and a thick edge bounces off the outside of van Wyk's glove. A tough chance, but one he needed to take. No reaction from Botha

16.3

Botha to Sehwag, 1 run, whipped wristily out behind square on the leg side

16.4

Botha to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar looks for the two towards midwicket, but his shot finds the close midwicket fielder

16.5

Botha to Tendulkar, 1 run, punched down to long-on this time, they settle for the one

16.6

Botha to Sehwag, 1 run, and Sehwag follows suit with a drive down to that long-on fielder

End of over 17 (3 runs) India 140/0 (RR: 8.23)
V Sehwag    72* (63b 12x4)      J Botha    1-0-3-0
SR Tendulkar    59* (40b 5x4 2x6)      RJ Peterson    3-0-25-0

Manoj Ravi: "@Arshad: They heeded that very well IN South Africa a couple of months back but this is India!!!" Another change for South Africa, Smith now turns to Faf du Plessis' legspin

17.1

du Plessis to Sehwag, 1 run, a touch of spin, hammered out on the off side and only some very athletic fielding on the cover boundary saves four

17.2

du Plessis to Tendulkar, 1 run, Sachin plants the front foot down the wicket, playing across the pad to pick up a single on the leg side

17.3

du Plessis to Sehwag, no run, quicker through the air from du Plessis, forced back to the bowler off the back foot

17.4

du Plessis to Sehwag, OUT, gone! Finally the partnership is broken. It was speared in fast and flat once again, Sehwag stepped away to make room for the cut but the ball didn't turn as much as he might have expected and he was cramped for room. Playing close to the body, he got a thin edge that smashed into the leg stump, flicking both bails into the air. Finally some relief for South Africa!

V Sehwag b du Plessis 73 (87m 66b 12x4 0x6) SR: 110.60

Jim: "As for me, Du Plessis is a better leg spinner than Piyush Chawla." There's a can of worms!

17.5

du Plessis to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir off the mark straight away, nudging the ball out square on the leg side

17.6

du Plessis to Tendulkar, 1 run, Faf gives it some air and the ball seems to grip, but Tendulkar is forward and right to the pitch, driving out to the cover sweeper to keep the strike

End of over 18 (4 runs) India 144/1 (RR: 8.00)
SR Tendulkar    61* (42b 5x4 2x6)      F du Plessis    1-0-4-1
G Gambhir    1* (1b)      J Botha    1-0-3-0

18.1

Botha to Tendulkar, no run, looks to drive back down the ground, but Botha is quickly across to field

18.2

Botha to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar dances down the track this time, cracking the ball down to long-off

Slip in place for the left-hander, good idea

18.3

Botha to Gambhir, no run, nice and straight from Botha, who comes round the wicket to Gambhir. Defended

18.4

Botha to Gambhir, no run, big appeal! Gambhir tries to tuck to leg - it was a quicker ball - and is struck on the pad. They think about the review ... but don't. Good thinking this time, it was slipping down leg

18.5

Botha to Gambhir, no run, arrowed towards leg stump again, the ball touches pad and goes down leg. Van Wyk does enough to cut it off

18.6

Botha to Gambhir, FOUR, down the track, inside the line and lofted over cover! First boundary for Gambhir, the placement in the shot was just about perfect

End of over 19 (5 runs) India 149/1 (RR: 7.84)
G Gambhir    5* (5b 1x4)      J Botha    2-0-8-0
SR Tendulkar    62* (44b 5x4 2x6)      F du Plessis    1-0-4-1

19.1

du Plessis to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar stays deep in the crease, thrashing a cut out to the cover sweeper. There's the 150

19.2

du Plessis to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir drives towards long-on. Du Plessis tumbles across athletically but can't cut it off, a single taken

19.3

du Plessis to Tendulkar, 1 run, nudged off the hip towards square leg

19.4

du Plessis to Gambhir, 2 runs, too short outside off, Gambhir steps back to cut and bottom-edges it right between van Wyk's legs. Steyn gives chase, and though he doesn't dive he manages to keep the ball inside the rope

19.5

du Plessis to Gambhir, no run, down the leg side, and what has that hit? Not the bat, says Umpire Gould, as van Wyk and du Plessis appeal. Yep, off the thigh pad and then into the keeper's gloves

19.6

du Plessis to Gambhir, 1 run, flicked to midwicket, and the finish the over with a sharp single

End of over 20 (6 runs) India 155/1 (RR: 7.75)
G Gambhir    9* (9b 1x4)      F du Plessis    2-0-10-1
SR Tendulkar    64* (46b 5x4 2x6)      J Botha    2-0-8-0

Botha stays round the wicket to Gambhir, but there's no slip now

20.1

Botha to Gambhir, 1 run, nurdled down behind square on the leg side, Gambhir hands strike back to Tendulkar

20.2

Botha to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar stays deep and just drops the ball into the gap between cover and point. Quick single taken

20.3

Botha to Gambhir, 1 wide, hurled down the leg side, the ball touches nothing on the way down so that's a wide

20.3

Botha to Gambhir, no run, Botha finds a better line on off stump, Gambhir responds with a solid forward defensive

20.4

Botha to Gambhir, 1 run, smacked out to the fielder on the deep wickwicket boundary, just the one

20.5

Botha to Tendulkar, 1 run, a touch too short from Botha, Tendulkar picks up the length early and flays it away behind point

20.6

Botha to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir tries to repeat the stroke, but this time the ball is quicker and rises quite sharply off the pitch too. Point runs around to field as the ball trickles into the off side

End of over 21 (5 runs) India 160/1 (RR: 7.61)
G Gambhir    11* (13b 1x4)      J Botha    3-0-13-0
SR Tendulkar    66* (48b 5x4 2x6)      F du Plessis    2-0-10-1

Tim: "Du Plessis better than Chawla? Thats like saying McGrath is a better batsman than Murali, might be true but who cares." Ouch

21.1

Peterson to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar takes a couple of steps down the wicket and punches down to long-off

21.2

Peterson to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir stays back and plays uppishly towards long-on. The ball just seemed to stop in the surface, and one hand came off the bat as he played the shot

21.3

Peterson to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar gets well forward, nudging to leg but straight to the midwicket fielder

21.4

Peterson to Tendulkar, no run, angled down but straight to backward point

21.5

Peterson to Tendulkar, 1 run, held back a touch by Peterson, the ball is nicely flighted and spins away from the right-hander. Sachin is quite equal to it, however, collecting a single with a drop-and-run into the off side

21.6

Peterson to Gambhir, 1 run, whipped off the pads in front of midwicket for another single

End of over 22 (4 runs) India 164/1 (RR: 7.45)
G Gambhir    13* (15b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    4-0-29-0
SR Tendulkar    68* (52b 5x4 2x6)      J Botha    3-0-13-0

Ahsan: "That was Faf du Plessis's first ODI wicket. And what a wicket to get.." And what a time to get it! His team really needed that

22.1

Botha to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir waits for the ball to spin, staying deep in the crease, and angles it down on the off side. There are two men behind point to stop runs there, however

22.2

Botha to Gambhir, 1 run, too straight this time, flicked down behind square on the leg side as a result

22.3

Botha to Tendulkar, 1 run, punched away through point

22.4

Botha to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir steps forward and works the ball out to deep cover with a loose-wristed drive

22.5

Botha to Tendulkar, 1 wide, horrible wide, acres down the leg side. He was aiming for the quicker ball but his direction was all off

22.5

Botha to Tendulkar, no run, fast and flat once again, Tendulkar's cut turns into a bottom-edged chop, the ball hitting the hard surface and bouncing up, but away from the stumps

22.6

Botha to Tendulkar, 1 run, glanced behind square leg, and a single to finish the over

End of over 23 (5 runs) India 169/1 (RR: 7.34)
SR Tendulkar    70* (55b 5x4 2x6)      J Botha    4-0-18-0
G Gambhir    15* (18b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    4-0-29-0

Spencer: "India's run-rate is dropping, but they're not in any Botha." That's a classic ...

23.1

Peterson to Tendulkar, 1 run, Peterson comes round the wicket to the right-hander, and is nudged out to midwicket for one. Full on the toes, that was, and flicked away

23.2

Peterson to Gambhir, 1 run, some turn and bounce for Peterson, and Gambhir plays it uppishly once again on the leg side. There's a man at a very close mid-on for that airy drive, but it was well placed to beat him

23.3

Peterson to Tendulkar, 1 run, cracked away on the off side, deep cover cleans up

23.4

Peterson to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir comes down the track, he's not quite to the pitch but tries to drive out on the leg side. The ball bounces short of that man at the close straight midwicket/mid-on

23.5

Peterson to Gambhir, no run, flatter through the air, nothing for the batsman to work with

23.6

Peterson to Gambhir, 1 run, a touch too full, driven to long-off

End of over 24 (4 runs) India 173/1 (RR: 7.20)
G Gambhir    17* (22b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    5-0-33-0
SR Tendulkar    72* (57b 5x4 2x6)      J Botha    4-0-18-0

Warren at work has this: "Without meaning to curse the little Maestro, he could reach the incredible milestone of 18000 ODI runs in this match. That's like,225 miles if he'd had to run them all, or, in other words, like jogging from London to Middlesbrough. Wow."

24.1

Botha to Gambhir, no run, after extensive field tweaks, Botha comes round the wicket and spears one at middle and leg

24.2

Botha to Gambhir, no run, full and straight again, pushed back to the bowler

24.3

Botha to Gambhir, 1 run, that looked slower through the air, Gambhir waits on it and nudges to fine leg. Not much turn for Botha, but he's getting good bounce

24.4

Botha to Tendulkar, no run, very full and just outside off, Tendulkar angles the ball late towards third man, but can't beat the fielder

24.5

Botha to Tendulkar, no run, this time he stays back in the crease and pushes the ball back to the bowler

24.6

Botha to Tendulkar, no run, flicked to midwicket, and straight to the fielder. End of a great over from Botha, just the single from it

Botha has done a great job of pulling things back, he's been the one bowler who hasn't taken any damage yet

End of over 25 (1 run) India 174/1 (RR: 6.96)
SR Tendulkar    72* (60b 5x4 2x6)      J Botha    5-0-19-0
G Gambhir    18* (25b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    5-0-33-0

25.1

Peterson to Gambhir, no run, driven hard into the leg side, a superb diving stop at straight midwicket stops the run

25.2

Peterson to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir steps back and cracks a cut out to deep cover

25.3

Peterson to Tendulkar, SIX, what was that about a dipping run rate? Tendulkar provides a boost with his third six, sailing over long-on!

25.4

Peterson to Tendulkar, 1 run, on the pads, nudged to fine leg

Metal: "In that Gawalior game India was 159/1 after 25 overs & they go on to made 401. Today they are 175/1."

25.5

Peterson to Gambhir, 1 run, tucked between point and backward point for one

25.6

Peterson to Tendulkar, 1 run, again aimed right at leg stump, just the single as Tendulkar turns the ball to square leg

End of over 26 (10 runs) India 184/1 (RR: 7.07)
SR Tendulkar    80* (63b 5x4 3x6)      RJ Peterson    6-0-43-0
G Gambhir    20* (28b 1x4)      J Botha    5-0-19-0

Nathan, from Australia I might add, writes in: "Warren, if Sachin makes it 18,000 runs tonight I will eat this laptop and send you a video of the event."

26.1

Botha to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar skips down the track but Botha spots him coming and adjusts his length, dot ball

26.2

Botha to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar wafts outside off and loses balance as he does so, but van Wyk fumbles the take ... not that costly an error though as the back foot remained grounded

26.3

Botha to Tendulkar, 1 run, a touch too short on middle and leg, nudged off the hip for one

26.4

Botha to Gambhir, no run, the quicker one, and it rushes straight on! That also kept quite low, and Gambhir did well to keep it out

26.5

Botha to Gambhir, 2 runs, this time he doesn't quite hit the right length, and a cut is aimed out wide enough of the cover sweeper for them to come back for the second

26.6

Botha to Gambhir, 1 run, driven off the front foot this time, and diving extra cover can't get a hand on the ball and so it's a single to long-off

End of over 27 (4 runs) India 188/1 (RR: 6.96)
G Gambhir    23* (31b 1x4)      J Botha    6-0-23-0
SR Tendulkar    81* (66b 5x4 3x6)      RJ Peterson    6-0-43-0

"Is this my manager, Nathan?" asks Tushar from Australia. Steyn's back into the attack now

27.1

Steyn to Gambhir, 1 wide, horrible start from him, hurling the ball very wide on the off side. Gambhir was looking to attack straight away, charging the bowler, and one got the idea Steyn was trying to go wider to beat him. Just went too wide

27.1

Steyn to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir's blade flashes outside off, the ball goes in the air and bounces down to third man

27.2

Steyn to Tendulkar, 1 run, I wonder how many runs Tendulkar has got from this shot? The ball was aimed at middle and off but from a position of perfect balance he loosens the wrists and sends it through square leg. A trademark shot

27.3

Steyn to Gambhir, no run, full, fast and wide of off again. Gambhir lunges into a drive but the ball bursts past the outside edge. He really threw everything at that

27.4

Steyn to Gambhir, 1 run, full again, cracked down to long-off this time

27.5

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, great line and length from Steyn, wobbling the ball around on off stump. Sachin searches for a single to midwicket, but it's straight to the fielder

27.6

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, a touch of swing again, this time the ball was a little fuller and Tendulkar leaned into a straight drive. Some footwork from Steyn saves runs, the ball rebounding off the boot and going to cover

End of over 28 (4 runs) India 192/1 (RR: 6.85)
SR Tendulkar    82* (69b 5x4 3x6)      DW Steyn    5-0-38-0
G Gambhir    25* (34b 1x4)      J Botha    6-0-23-0

Nathan: "oh, Tushar. You aren't working. Come to my cabin at once"

28.1

Botha to Gambhir, no run, driven into the covers, straight to the fielder

28.2

Botha to Gambhir, no run, again hit into the off side, no run to be had

28.3

Botha to Gambhir, no run, cracked back to the bowler this time, this is great limited-overs bowling from Botha, really pegging the batsman back

28.4

Botha to Gambhir, no run, floated up much slower this time, Gambhir is forward too early and the ball pops in the air off the leading edge ... but falls well short of any fielders

28.5

Botha to Gambhir, 1 run, shovelled out on the leg side, finally he's found a gap

28.6

Botha to Tendulkar, no run, great finish to the over, Tendulkar flicks straight to midwicket. South Africa need to string a few of these overs together

End of over 29 (1 run) India 193/1 (RR: 6.65)
SR Tendulkar    82* (70b 5x4 3x6)      J Botha    7-0-24-0
G Gambhir    26* (39b 1x4)      DW Steyn    5-0-38-0

29.1

Steyn to Gambhir, no run, a wild, head-in-the-air swipe across the line from Gambhir, and unsurprisingly he gets nowhere near it. Steyn wanders down with a smile on his face to compliment him on a great shot

29.2

Steyn to Gambhir, 1 run, full and fast on the pads, he gets some bat on it to pick up a single behind square

29.3

Steyn to Tendulkar, 1 leg bye, full and straight again, that looks to have hit the pad but perhaps there was some bat involved too. The result is a single all the same

29.4

Steyn to Gambhir, 1 run, slower ball from Steyn, but Gambhir spots it, waits, and angles down to third man

29.5

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, wonderful exhibition of the off drive, great balance and poise ... but straight to the fielder

29.6

Steyn to Tendulkar, 1 run, eased down to long-on for a single to finish the over

End of over 30 (4 runs) India 197/1 (RR: 6.56)
SR Tendulkar    83* (73b 5x4 3x6)      DW Steyn    6-0-41-0
G Gambhir    28* (42b 1x4)      J Botha    7-0-24-0

30.1

Botha to Tendulkar, no run, floated up on off stump, Tendulkar looks to collect a single to midwicket but straight to the fielder

30.2

Botha to Tendulkar, FOUR, Sachin breaks the shackles, jumping out to hammer a full toss to the cover boundary!

That shot brought up the 200, and Sachin Tendulkar overtakes Strauss (298 runs) to become the second highest scorer in this world cup, Sehwag tops the list with 327 runs.

30.3

Botha to Tendulkar, no run, flicked into the leg side, midwicket sprints round to stop the run

30.4

Botha to Tendulkar, no run, good comeback, fast and straight and not much the batsman can do with that. Another dot

30.5

Botha to Tendulkar, 1 run, a single comes through cover point, Tendulkar playing it away on the back foot

30.6

Botha to Gambhir, 1 run, held back a touch by Botha, but it's too short and although it spins and bounces Gambhir is in no trouble hammering the ball out to deep cover

End of over 31 (6 runs) India 203/1 (RR: 6.54)
G Gambhir    29* (43b 1x4)      J Botha    8-0-30-0
SR Tendulkar    88* (78b 6x4 3x6)      DW Steyn    6-0-41-0

31.1

du Plessis to Gambhir, FOUR, a diving fielder on the boundary can do nothing about that! A very loose start from Du Plessis, very short indeed, and Gambhir had ages to rock back and hammer it away on the pull

31.2

du Plessis to Gambhir, 1 wide, spinning down the leg side this time, wide given

31.2

du Plessis to Gambhir, 1 run, now the batsman charges out, meeting the ball on the full and driving down the ground

31.3

du Plessis to Tendulkar, 1 run, off a thick inside edge and down to fine leg

31.4

du Plessis to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir stays deep and cuts out to deep cover

31.5

du Plessis to Tendulkar, no run, short again, but Du Plessis saved by his fielder - the man at cover dives to save

31.6

du Plessis to Tendulkar, FOUR, four more! Short again and rushing on to the batsman, Tendulkar rocks back and pulls in the air and straight of midwicket to beat the fielders out there

They're taking drinks, and there'll be a change in commentary too: here's George Binoy

End of over 32 (12 runs) India 215/1 (RR: 6.71)
SR Tendulkar    93* (81b 7x4 3x6)      F du Plessis    3-0-22-1
G Gambhir    35* (46b 2x4)      J Botha    8-0-30-0

Cheers Liam. These two have scored 73 off 86 balls and yet there's a feeling that South Africa are clawing back. 18 overs remain, and Kallis has the ball.

32.1

Kallis to Gambhir, no run, good length and straight, Gambhir tries to come forward and defends from the crease

32.2

Kallis to Gambhir, 1 run, too far down leg side, Gambhir nudges the ball off his pads through square leg

"Using Richie Benaud's formula of: Double the score after 32 overs and subtract 10 for every wicket lost - Gives a par score for India of 410 after 50 overs. Anything less than 400 for India would be a disappointment after this rollicking start," says John.

32.3

Kallis to Tendulkar, 1 run, short of a length on off stump, played towards third man with an open face

32.4

Kallis to Gambhir, 1 run, fuller length on leg stump, Gambhir nudges through square once again

32.5

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, the bouncer and it is well directed, Tendulkar ducks under the ball

32.6

Kallis to Tendulkar, 2 runs, short ball once again, Tendulkar tries to paddle it down to fine leg and manages to do so, but only after getting both bat and body on it

End of over 33 (5 runs) India 220/1 (RR: 6.66)
SR Tendulkar    96* (84b 7x4 3x6)      JH Kallis    4-0-29-0
G Gambhir    37* (49b 2x4)      F du Plessis    3-0-22-1

"Yes, definitely SA is clawing back into the game. Steyn & Morkel will be dangerous during death overs and India batsmen are not good finishers!" says Kishore.

33.1

Duminy to Gambhir, no run, defended on the front foot, wicket to wicket line from Duminy from round the wicket

33.2

Duminy to Gambhir, FOUR, Gambhir charges and lofts the ball over extra cover, splitting the gap between deep cover and long off

33.3

Duminy to Gambhir, FOUR, Duminy strays down leg side and Gambhir plays a fine paddle, du Plessis chases after it and dives head first to try and save the boundary. He doesn't and then crashes into the thick advertisement hoardings. The electronic ones. Careful man!

33.4

Duminy to Gambhir, 1 run, played on the leg side for a single

33.5

Duminy to Tendulkar, 1 run, short ball and Tendulkar pulls, the crowd screams in unison as they think it's a four. It isn't.

33.6

Duminy to Gambhir, no run, nudged on the off side, Gambhir begins to run and then sees Tendulkar isn't interested

End of over 34 (10 runs) India 230/1 (RR: 6.76)
G Gambhir    46* (54b 4x4)      JP Duminy    3-0-29-0
SR Tendulkar    97* (85b 7x4 3x6)      JH Kallis    4-0-29-0

"Lets forget the first 30 overs. What is par for the last 20 with only 1 down. I'd say about 160. That'd give India 360. That's a really good score," says Tim. The mandatory ball change has happened.

34.1

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar drops a good length ball short on the off side and runs, Gambhir says no

34.2

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar flicks and flicks fluently. A flying Faf soars to his left at midwicket to cut it off

34.3

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar moves towards the off and cuts a short of a length ball hard into the ground. The fielder at backward point collects it above his head

34.4

Kallis to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar goes deep into his crease and works the ball off his hips through square, on 98 now.

34.5

Kallis to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir pushes a good length ball on the off side, he's nearing his fifty too

"Still awake here in New Zealand enjoying the batting display. If you add up India's team batting averages they will only get 321, on average! May beat that this time with 5 to spare," says John Sawyer.

34.6

Kallis to Gambhir, 1 run, worked off the pads towards deep backward square

End of over 35 (2 runs) India 232/1 (RR: 6.62)
G Gambhir    47* (56b 4x4)      JH Kallis    5-0-31-0
SR Tendulkar    98* (89b 7x4 3x6)      JP Duminy    3-0-29-0

"Clawing back?" scoffs Surge. "The longer India go without losing a wicket the more certain 400 becomes."

Morne Morkel is back for another spell. Five fielders in the circle.

35.1

Morkel to Gambhir, 1 run, good length ball angling into the left-hander from round the wicket. Gambhir defends on the off side and look at Tendulkar run. Absolutely sprinted through

35.2

Morkel to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar strides forward and drives through cover point to move on to 99, one short of his 99th international century

35.3

Morkel to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir uses the width outside off to glide towards third man

Everyone in the stadium is on their feet. Tendulkar on the verge of No 99 ...

35.4

Morkel to Tendulkar, no run, fuller ball on middle stump, Tendulkar dabs on the leg side ... a momentary hush at the dot ball before the din begins again

35.5

Morkel to Tendulkar, 1 run, I wish you could listen to that, as Tendulkar drove a length ball towards deep cover ... he takes off his helmet to acknowledge the fervent cheers ... international century No. 99.

35.6

Morkel to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir gets to his half-century by dabbing behind square, the crowd cheer again. There's a sudden rise in tempo in Nagpur ...

End of over 36 (5 runs) India 237/1 (RR: 6.58)
G Gambhir    50* (59b 4x4)      M Morkel    5-0-40-0
SR Tendulkar    100* (92b 7x4 3x6)      JH Kallis    5-0-31-0

36.1

Kallis to Gambhir, no run, the slower ball wide outside off stump, Gambhir stays on the back foot and flays his bat at it. He misses

36.2

Kallis to Gambhir, FOUR, length ball and Gambhir has launched it, off the front foot, over wide long-on, one-bounce four ... clean strike, lovely follow through

36.3

Kallis to Gambhir, no run, dabbed off the back foot towards point, Tendulkar doesn't want the single

36.4

Kallis to Gambhir, no run, another slower ball, Gambhir pulls and tries to hit it too hard. The shot is mis-timed towards midwicket

36.5

Kallis to Gambhir, 1 run, pitches on leg stump and Gambhir is able to tuck it off his pads through square leg

36.6

Kallis to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar moves right across his stumps, outside off even, to flick a ball from off towards deep square leg. Risky shot, but he's in such control

End of over 37 (6 runs) India 243/1 (RR: 6.56)
SR Tendulkar    101* (93b 7x4 3x6)      JH Kallis    6-0-37-0
G Gambhir    55* (64b 5x4)      M Morkel    5-0-40-0

37.1

Morkel to Tendulkar, 2 runs, Tendulkar charges and mis-times the ball in the air through midwicket, it's in the air but just wide of the fielder

37.2

Morkel to Tendulkar, no run, tight line and length from Morkel on middle, played towards midwicket

37.3

Morkel to Tendulkar, FOUR, length ball outside off stump and Tendulkar dismisses it. Dismisses it with a powerful slap of his bat off the front foot. He connected that at chest height

37.4

Morkel to Tendulkar, 2 runs, another flat-batted smash through point, Amla has to scurry to his right on the deep point boundary and save it

37.5

Morkel to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar makes room and chips it in the air towards third man, he chipped that from in front of his stumps

37.6

Morkel to Gambhir, 1 run, driven towards deep point for a single

"The only way to top Tendulkar's fabulous century is to see the New Zealand Prime Minister face an over from Shane Warne, tomorrow at the Basin Reserve in Wellington - a Christchurch earthquake fundraiser," says John.

End of over 38 (10 runs) India 253/1 (RR: 6.65)
G Gambhir    56* (65b 5x4)      M Morkel    6-0-50-0
SR Tendulkar    110* (98b 8x4 3x6)      JH Kallis    6-0-37-0

India have taken the batting Powerplay. Steyn will bowl its first over ...

38.1

Steyn to Gambhir, no run, short of a length and Gambhir backs away to make room and slaps the ball towards mid-on. It falls short of the fielder

38.2

Steyn to Gambhir, 2 runs, Gambhir plays the ball to midwicket and sets off for a risky single. He would have been out if the ball had hit direct at the bowler's end. They try an overthrow and this time Tendulkar would have been out had there been a direct hit at the bowler's end

38.3

Steyn to Gambhir, 1 run, chipped down to third man for a single

"Can we have an update on Nathan's laptop. Has he got the Tabasco sauce out of the cupboard yet?" asks Rupert.

38.4

Steyn to Tendulkar, 1 run, the slower ball and it keeps a touch low, Tendulkar pushes the ball towards square leg and sets off, there's a fumble from the fielder

38.5

Steyn to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir backs away to make room and biffs the ball towards mid-off ... Steyn's bowled an excellent over so far

38.6

Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, the slower bouncer and Tendulkar tries to slash it, or something, and misses. Steyn thinks he's nicked it and the keeper appeals very late. They aren't asking for a review though

End of over 39 (5 runs) India 258/1 (RR: 6.61)
SR Tendulkar    111* (100b 8x4 3x6)      DW Steyn    7-0-46-0
G Gambhir    60* (69b 5x4)      M Morkel    6-0-50-0

39.1

Morkel to Gambhir, FOUR, Gambhir makes room by backing away and uses the width to slash the ball hard to the point boundary. That flew across the turf ...

Morkel goes over the wicket ...

39.2

Morkel to Gambhir, FOUR, Gambhir moves towards the off, gets under a full ball, and hoists it high towards wide long-on where it bounces once before going over the boundary

39.3

Morkel to Gambhir, 1 leg bye, Gambhir moves across his stumps to try and paddle the ball on the leg, he misses and gets hit on the pad. Morkel appeals but it was missing off stump

39.4

Morkel to Tendulkar, OUT, caught at point! Tendulkar tried to clear his front leg and smash the ball down the ground, but he didn't make proper contact, slicing it high in the air towards point, where Duminy took a few steps back and held the catch.

SR Tendulkar c Duminy b Morkel 111 (184m 101b 8x4 3x6) SR: 109.90

He gets a terrific ovation as he walks off. His team-mates are on their feet. Yusuf Pathan lumbers to the middle ...

39.5

Morkel to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir runs away towards square leg and tries to slash through the off, gets beaten

39.6

Morkel to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir backs away again, and drives the ball from his stumps through cover point

End of over 40 (10 runs) India 268/2 (RR: 6.70)
G Gambhir    69* (74b 7x4)      M Morkel    7-0-59-1
YK Pathan    0* (0b)      DW Steyn    7-0-46-0

40.1

Steyn to Gambhir, OUT, caught at mid-off! Are India slipping again? Gambhir backs away to a slower ball, and is foxed by the change of pace. He ends up chipping it in the air towards Kallis, who takes a sharp catch diving forward

G Gambhir c Kallis b Steyn 69 (98m 75b 7x4 0x6) SR: 92.00

Gambhir was moving a bit too much in his crease in these last few deliveries ... he's gone now. Two brand new batsmen at the crease. South Africa have a chance of pulling this back significantly.

Yuvraj is the new batsman ...

40.2

Steyn to Pathan, no run, Yusuf defends on the front foot ...

40.3

Steyn to Pathan, OUT, South Africa on fire as Yusuf is caught at cover. Yusuf stood in his crease and just threw his bat at a length delivery, he sliced it in the air towards cover, where Smith took the catch over his head on the edge of the circle

YK Pathan c Smith b Steyn 0 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

The Indian middle order looks rudderless right now. 350 is looking further and further away ...

40.4

Steyn to Dhoni, 1 run, short of a length ball rises on Dhoni who fends on the leg side and runs

Anyone feel that India missed a trick by not taking the batting Powerplay between 15 and 20?

40.5

Steyn to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, whipped off the pads through square leg

40.6

Steyn to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni tries to glance the ball down leg side but makes improper contact

End of over 41 (2 runs) India 270/4 (RR: 6.58)
MS Dhoni    1* (2b)      DW Steyn    8-0-48-2
Yuvraj Singh    1* (1b)      M Morkel    7-0-59-1

Botha comes back for another spell ...

41.1

Botha to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, Yuvraj welcomes him with a big wind up and a powerful swing, smashing the ball straight down the ground for a clean six

41.2

Botha to Yuvraj Singh, no run, cut hard off the back foot, can't beat the fielder

41.3

Botha to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Yuvraj misses the sweep against a full ball and gets struck on the boot, he falls over after playing the shot. Botha appeals and the umpire says not out. Smith wants a review. The replays show that Yuvraj smashed the ball with the bat on to the boot.

41.4

Botha to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, played towards long on for a single, but Dhoni runs so quickly that they come back for two

41.5

Botha to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, punched down the ground towards long off

41.6

Botha to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni lunges forward to nurdle the ball towards short third man

End of over 42 (9 runs) India 279/4 (RR: 6.64)
MS Dhoni    1* (3b)      J Botha    9-0-39-0
Yuvraj Singh    10* (6b 1x6)      DW Steyn    8-0-48-2

"Anyone still think that 400+ is a dead certainty? India will be pleased with 350, as I said earlier," says Mark Kidger. Kallis's back ...

42.1

Kallis to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, full ball on off stump, punched past the bowler for a single

42.2

Kallis to Dhoni, no run, full ball on middle stump, driven firmly towards mid-on

42.3

Kallis to Dhoni, 1 run, pushed down the ground for a single this time

42.4

Kallis to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, Yuvraj makes room and swings a length ball towards deep square leg

42.5

Kallis to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni plays an ugly slog across the line to hit a full ball towards midwicket

"400 still possible - India recruit Ross Taylor and South Africa for some odd reason bowl Akhtar and Razzaq," says Davryn.

42.6

Kallis to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, Yuvraj holes out to long-on off a full toss, would you believe it. South Africa are thrilled. It was a friendly full toss and Yuvraj wanted to clear the boundary, he got plenty of height on it but no distance. It falls into Botha's hands on the boundary. Epic fightback by South Africa.

Yuvraj Singh c Botha b Kallis 12 (15m 9b 0x4 1x6) SR: 133.33

End of over 43 (4 runs) India 283/5 (RR: 6.58)
     JH Kallis    7-0-41-1
MS Dhoni    3* (6b)      J Botha    9-0-39-0

Viat Kohli is the new batsman ... the last specialist. India bat without a plan.

43.1

Peterson to Dhoni, 1 run, played off the back foot towards wide mid-on.

43.2

Peterson to Kohli, 1 run, muscled off the back foot towards long on

43.3

Peterson to Dhoni, no run, a perfect forward defence towards the bowler

43.4

Peterson to Dhoni, 1 run, short ball on leg stump, pulled towards deep square leg

43.5

Peterson to Kohli, no run, it looked like Virat got an edge as he tried to force it off the back foot but van Wyk failed to hold on

43.6

Peterson to Kohli, OUT, bizarre batting, Virat pushes the ball gently back to Peterson, a easy caught and bowled. South Africa are right back in this. Peterson flings the ball in celebration and they are pumped.

V Kohli c & b Peterson 1 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

End of over 44 (3 runs) India 286/6 (RR: 6.50)
     RJ Peterson    7-0-46-1
MS Dhoni    5* (9b)      JH Kallis    7-0-41-1

This is a phenomenal comeback. Let it not be forgotten. We remember South Africa's "chokes" but this is a special performance from them after that onslaught.

44.1

Kallis to Dhoni, no run, played off the back foot towards cover

44.2

Kallis to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni goes back and foreces the ball towards cover point

44.3

Kallis to Harbhajan Singh, no run, cut off the back foot towards third man

"Ridiculous batting by the great Indian Middle Order! Taking singles in Batting Power play..Wonder what Mr.Dhoni has got to say with this..May be top order batted for more overs than we wanted?" asks Rajesh

44.4

Kallis to Harbhajan Singh, no run, the slower ball on off stump, Harbhajan pushes towards cover

44.5

Kallis to Harbhajan Singh, no run, short of a length ball over middle stump, Harbhajan tries to swat it but misses.

"Glimpse of India in 90's... All over with wicket of Sachin," says Shreekant.

44.6

Kallis to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, Harbhajan pushes forward and gets a thick edge towards third man

End of over 45 (2 runs) India 288/6 (RR: 6.40)
Harbhajan Singh    1* (4b)      JH Kallis    8-0-43-1
MS Dhoni    6* (11b)      RJ Peterson    7-0-46-1

45.1

Peterson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, pushed gently off the front foot towards cover

45.2

Peterson to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, flighted delivery on off and middle, driven towards long off

45.3

Peterson to Dhoni, no run, Peterson draws Dhoni into a tentative prod and spins the ball past the bat

45.4

Peterson to Dhoni, 1 run, a flatter and quicker ball, Dhoni hits it off the back foot towards long on

45.5

Peterson to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, Harbhajan charges and swats the ball down to long on

45.6

Peterson to Dhoni, 1 run, nudged off the pads through square leg

End of over 46 (4 runs) India 292/6 (RR: 6.34)
MS Dhoni    8* (14b)      RJ Peterson    8-0-50-1
Harbhajan Singh    3* (7b)      JH Kallis    8-0-43-1

Steyn's back. Will Dhoni attack? Or nurdle?

46.1

Steyn to Dhoni, no run, flashed hard off the back foot towards cover, it doesn't get past the circle

46.2

Steyn to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni tries to force the ball off the back foot but Smith runs from cover towards silly mid off to prevent the run

"India couldnt have failed more spectacularly. Combining all that went wrong in India-England game (both for England and India)," says Mojo.

46.3

Steyn to Dhoni, 1 run, played off the back foot towards long on for a single

46.4

Steyn to Harbhajan Singh, no run, the slower ball and Harbhajan swings helplessly, the ball passed miles under the bat. India are plummeting here.

46.5

Steyn to Harbhajan Singh, OUT, bowled him! India continue to crash and burn. Harbhajan backs away and swings aimlessly. Steyn had bowled a dead straight yorker. Middle stump takes a hit. 320 is par on this pitch, will India get that much?

Harbhajan Singh b Steyn 3 (8m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

"These India batsmen have played way too much T20. None of them know how to play that crucial finisher role, they all just want to slog. They're missing a Michael Bevan or Aravinda De Silva to shepherd the final 15 overs of the innings," says Tim.

46.6

Steyn to Khan, no run, another yorker, and Zaheer plays it to third man. One run off that over. Will India limp to even 300?

End of over 47 (1 run) India 293/7 (RR: 6.23)
Z Khan    0* (1b)      DW Steyn    9-0-49-3
MS Dhoni    9* (17b)      RJ Peterson    8-0-50-1

47.1

Peterson to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni goes back and plays it back to the bowler. Nudge and nurdle, push and proddle seems to be his game.

47.2

Peterson to Dhoni, 1 run, pulled off the back foot through midwicket

47.3

Peterson to Khan, no run, Zaheer defends towards cover, Smith charges in to field. They are intense.

47.4

Peterson to Khan, OUT, the implosion continues! Morne Morkel you beauty. He runs across to his right, covering lots of ground, slides and takes a superbly-judged catch. Zaheer had come forward and tried to clear the wide long-on boundary

Z Khan c Morkel b Peterson 0 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Dhoni has simply failed to take charge of this finish.

47.5

Peterson to Dhoni, 1 run, pushed on the leg side for a single and Dhoni takes a single. Surely he should be trying to force the pace? Or take strike?

India were 267 for 1 ...

47.6

Peterson to Nehra, no run, Peterson turns the ball past the outside edge of Nehra's defence

End of over 48 (2 runs) India 295/8 (RR: 6.14)
A Nehra    0* (1b)      RJ Peterson    9-0-52-2
MS Dhoni    11* (20b)      DW Steyn    9-0-49-3

48.1

Steyn to Dhoni, 1 run, length ball outside off and Dhoni cuts towards deep point. South Africa will take that, Nehra has to face Steyn ...

48.2

Steyn to Nehra, no run, Nehra stands in his crease and pushes a short of a length ball towards point

48.3

Steyn to Nehra, OUT, another one falls! Nehra drives a full ball straight at Smith at cover. There is a sense of bewilderment in Nagpur. India were 267 for 1 ... they are 296 for 9 now.

A Nehra c Smith b Steyn 0 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

48.4

Steyn to Patel, OUT, bowled him! Steyn takes five as India have imploded in the most spectacular fashion. A full and fast delivery does for Munaf. The stumps take another hit.

MM Patel b Steyn 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

India were 87-0 after the first 10 overs. And they were 267 for 1, with Tendulkar batting like a dream, after which the World cup's most formidable batting line-up crashed and burned. And how. South Africa will go into the break on a real high. They were facing the prospect of 350 and more for most of the innings. And now they have to chase only 297. I'm tipping South Africa for this one. They have all the momentum. India will have to wake up from their slumber. We'll be back shortly for the chase.

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Mar 12, 2011

Faf du Plessis and Robin Peterson celebrate South Africa's win, India v South Africa, Group B, World Cup, Nagpur, March 12, 2011

Faf du Plessis and Robin Peterson celebrate South Africa's win

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Mar 12, 2011

Suresh Raina is congratulated on catching Johan Botha, India v South Africa, Group B, World Cup, Nagpur, March 12, 2011

Suresh Raina is congratulated on catching Johan Botha

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