India v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Ahmedabad February 27, 2010

Kallis calls for improvement from South Africa

Cricinfo staff

After pulling off a consolation win in Ahmedabad, stand-in captain Jacques Kallis has expressed his disappointment at South Africa losing the one-day series in India.

It continues their poor run in the format: since impressive home-and-away series wins against Australia last year, they have crashed out early in the ICC Champions Trophy and have lost at home to England, the only series victory being over Zimbabwe.

"We know we are a lot better than we have played in the series," he said. "If we play to our strength, we are a very good one-day side."

However, Kallis felt the series would serve South Africa well when they return for the World Cup next year. "A lot of the guys have toured very little on the subcontinent, so we will take a lot with us from here, we will be a lot better cricketers."

He was satisfied with the performance against a depleted India in the third ODI, which a dominant South Africa won by 90 runs. Most things went right for the visitors, starting with the toss, followed by a power-packed batting display and a competent show from the bowlers.

"The wicket turned out to be much better than we thought, but it was also a better performance from the guys all around," Kallis said. "We had a good start at the top and that's vital in this form of the game. With wickets in hand at the death, you can cash in and hit some big scores."

The openers Loots Bosman and Hashim Amla piled on 113 in 16 overs, and centuries from Kallis and Man-of-the-Match AB de Villiers powered South Africa to a mammoth 365. The win in Ahmedabad held stave off a clean sweep, and Kallis praised the big-hitting from AB de Villiers, who lashed a 59-ball 102. "AB played a really special knock, taking the total from 300 to 360."

de Villiers, who made a Test double-century the last time he played at Sardar Patel Stadium, said it was good to finish the series with a win. "It's always nice coming to India, we have been pretty up and down in the series, but ending up on a high note is pleasing," he said. "Loots [Bosman] and Hashim [Amla] set a good foundation, and gave me the freedom to express myself in the end. I always love playing in Ahmedabad. Definitely becoming my favourite ground."

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  • Craig on March 1, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    The whole thing was a bit of a farce, since India clearly did not win the first match. Nehra was run out with the unpires not even asking for a review, Alviro was not given the benefit of the doubt when it was not clear that he had been run out, the Tendulkar "saved four" etc. Poor umpiring robbed us of a good series. The highlight was of course Tendulkar's brilliance in the second game. Lessons for SA when playing in the world cup are: 1. If you win the toss, bat first, since first use of the pitch does seem to give a decided advantage. 2. Have two front-line spinners in the side - pace off the ball seems to be essential since seamers merely give the batsmen some pace to work with, and are quite innocuous on those surfaces.

    I would dearly love to see a referral system in place at the world cup, with all of the requisite technology available, lest we have a situation where poor umpiring decides the winner.

  • Vivek on February 28, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    Can somebody tell me why India has such bad pitches. Basically, a graveyard for bowlers. Small grounds, lightning outfields, and crap pitches. The perfect pitch would be the Calcutta one, where there was something for everyone.

  • Glenn on February 28, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    I agree completely with neutral fan.. I think is inevitable that big scores are going to be scored on these pitches and the only thing really going for you is scoreboard pressure. It is unfortunated cause although its nice to see lots of runs it isn't exactly creating an even contest...

  • Masud on February 28, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    Undisputed number 1 for test? I dont think so Deenesh! We are nowhere near being "UNDISPUTED" number 1...

  • Dummy4 on February 28, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    its a great knock......

  • Andre on February 28, 2010, 0:45 GMT

    In hind sight, I think SA made a mistake fielding 1st in the opening match. I personally think fielding 1st in an ODI on those pitches is not a good idea. You have to let scoreboard pressure work for you against guys like Sehwag, Sachin, Khartik etc. to restrict them will take too much and you will really need things to go your way like run-outs or something and Ind clearly does not have the bowling or fielding to check the scoring when things are going the opposition batsmen's way. I actually think JADEJA was the best bowler on show from both sides. I think he is a brilliant all-rounder with lots of promise.

  • Deenesh on February 27, 2010, 22:39 GMT

    SA were excellent today. Even if india had thier prederred XI, chances were Sa would've still won. India is however, the now undisputed number 2 of ODI cricket, and undisputed number 1 for tests. until the next series between either Aussies or SA, they hold these bragging rites.

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