India v South Africa, 1st ODI, Jaipur February 21, 2010

Kallis lavishes praise on 'allrounder' Parnell

Cricinfo staff

Reflecting on their thrilling one-run defeat against India at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, South Africa captain Jacques Kallis has said Wayne Parnell's performance with the bat, under pressure, was one of the positives they could take out of the game. Parnell, batting at No.9, scored 49 and was run out off the final ball with South Africa needing three runs to win.

The left-arm seamer didn't make much of an impression with the ball, taking 1 for 69 off nine overs. He walked in in the 36th over of the chase with South Africa in trouble at 180 for 7. Kallis and Parnell had added 45 for the eighth wicket, but when the captain fell, India were still well in control. But Parnell's stand of 65 with Dale Steyn gave their side a fighting chance of pulling off an improbable win. Steyn smashed a 19-ball 35 before falling in the final over, as South Africa's hopes rested on the well-set Parnell.

"He's a talented cricketer and he's going to take a lot away from today. Everytime he plays he's going to learn. He's still very new to the subcontinent," Kallis said. "He's got all the attributes of becoming a good allrounder and that's something that he's working on. He's a man for the moment, so he's certainly got a bright future ahead of him."

One of the biggest turning points in the chase was Sachin Tendulkar's save at the boundary in the final over. Charl Langeveldt pulled the ball to long leg where Tendulkar dived full length to his right and pulled it back before the rope. Replays weren't conclusive if Tendulkar had simultaneously made contact with the rope and the third umpire gave the benefit of the doubt to the Indians. The South Africans ran three but that extra run was the difference between a tie and an Indian win.

Kallis accepted the third umpire's call but referred to another bizarre incident, also involving Langeveldt, in the final over of India's innings. Langeveldt's yorker to Ashish Nehra had hit the stumps but the bails weren't dislodged. To add to South Africa's ill luck, the ball deflected to the third man boundary, adding a crucial four runs to India's total of 298.

"That's not our call - that's what third umpires are there for and he saw that it wasn't four and we've got to accept it and get on with it," Kallis said of the Tendulkar incident. "I think what came back to haunt us was Charl Langeveldt's second last ball that hit the stumps and went for four, which was incredible."

Kallis said he was pleased they had managed to restrict India to just under 300, but the real worries were with the batting. Kallis scored 89 but the rest of the batsmen failed to rise to the challenge, which left plenty for the lower order to handle. The recognised batsmen struggled against the left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who took 2 for 29 from his 10 overs on a good batting pitch.

"I think on the whole we're pretty happy with the way things have gone, although obviously there are things we need to work on. Our death bowling has been a problem for a while but the guys did really well there. At one stage it looked like India would make 330," Kallis said. "On the batting front we need to make sure we don't lose wickets along the way and get some big partnerships going to set the game up. Perhaps we've got to come up with ideas for the way Jadeja bowled - I thought he bowled really well and tied us down for a while, so we've got to make sure that we're strong on our game plans there."

Indian captain MS Dhoni, on the other hand, said India needed to work hard on their bowling.

"It was a team effort and from that perspective it was a good show, but we need to do better with our bowling," Dhoni said. "We cannot give away the runs we did with the new ball, although we were a bit hampered by the absence of Sehwag in the field. He made himself unfit while batting and could not bowl.

"When there are so many runs needed and when the No.9 and 10 batsman are at the crease, you don't really expect your best bowlers to get hit the way they did. Credit must go to the batsmen, but I'm sure we would do better in the next game if the conditions are the same."

The second ODI will be played in Gwalior on Wednesday.

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  • Dummy4 on February 27, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    Well finally South Africa have proved what they are capable of. Great bating by AB and Kallis. I hope the young Indian Batsman do well to make this a good match...

  • mark on February 25, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    Congrats to Sachin & India. Well finally De Villiers came to the party. Duminy was invited but failed to make a showing. Amla did well again at the top but a few dozen more from him would have been great. Torsha, the man of the match does not always come from the winning side, check back over the years to see what I am talking about. This goes for cricket , rugby and even Major League Baseball. Well the third and final ODI should be a cracker , roll on Sunday I cant wait.

  • Craig on February 23, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Amla is a wonderful player, but is not a substitute for Gibbs. The former keeps the ball on the ground and can struggle against good bowling in the powerplays, when he is forced to pierce the field. He is often out trying to go aerial - it's not his natural game. Gibbs hits the ball in the air with ease and is an inimitable fielder. As for Bosman, when he gets going he makes Sehwag look weak. I wonder if there is a harder hitter of the cricket ball anywhere in the world at the moment? This match wasn't lost by these two players, but by the guys in the middle order. Why get rid of matchwinners? I would like to see these two play, and Albie replaced by Duminy in the next match, which gives SA more spin options. If Amla is to play, de Villiers should be dropped - he is out of sorts lately and maybe needs a break.

  • Torsha on February 22, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    The reason why Kallis did not get man of the match award was because he was on the losing side. But I am also admiring his great performance! Way to go India & SA!

  • mark on February 22, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    Yes, Alma was rested he will open in the remaining 2 matches. Gibbs will keep his spot due to world class fielding and also good form this season for the Cobras. His age is an issue for me and I feel hot young guns like Colin Igram & David Miller should be in India with this Proteas side getting the experience needed ahead of next years WC. Bosmans is inconsistent, just look at his form for the Dolphins this season.His one inning of note against England in 20/20 recently is not enough reason for his inclusion. A all-rounder who should be in India is Robin Peterson, check his stats to see what I am talking about. Kallis made 89 and took 3 for 29 how was he not Man of the Match ahead of Jadeja? Baffling stuff indeed.

  • Dummy4 on February 22, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    South Africa must play Rvd Merwe... He couldn't do worse than Albie...

  • Farial on February 22, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    Well good match for cricket lover but I think South Africans should be punished for not being able to handle a rusty, depleted, tatered a bruised Indian bowling. They have lost the series. It was a golden oppertunity missed. You dont often get rid of Tendulkar so early in the innings.

  • Dummy4 on February 22, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    Duncanmoo... Hashim was being rested, it being too soon after his mammoth test performances and the sheer number of hours he batted then. Also spurred by the SA team's stated intention to test out the bench-strength as a preparatory to the WC, though i suspect the first one to be the major reason.

  • rahul on February 22, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    @duncanmoo --- Well, Gibbs is in the side for his excellent fielding which he has proved in this current odi and he is a match winner.... I believe Amla should be included in place of Bosman and its not bad to give JPD another chance to prove himself... JPD is a completely different player when it comes to ODI's and T20's... He has the temperement of Mike Hussey and collects singles with ease even under pressure... I donno y JPD is being overlooked by the selectors... C'mon he hasn't got his fair share of chances... Fingers crossed--- waiting for another exciting contest tomorrow.... Go SA - Go Ind...

  • Dummy4 on February 22, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    I agree with duncanmoo. Amla who is in wonderful form would have been a better selection than Gibbs. Gibbs was OUT twice at the start of his innings but given not out.

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