Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

F du Plessis
60(78) 2x4 - 0x6
Control %89%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 7 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 4 5 1 5 1 4
YK Pathan
59(50) 6x4 - 3x6
Control %75%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 8 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 0 4 4 0 4 6 0

Best performances - Bowlers

M Morkel
O10.0
M0
R28
W3
Eco2.80
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Z Khan
O9.2
M0
R43
W3
Eco4.60
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

Whew, that was a thriller. Some superb bowling from Steyn and Morkel, but that was overshadowed by the lethal hitting of Yusuf, who surely has confirmed a place in the World Cup starting XI, and the nerves of steel of Harbhajan. Two clean hits for six from Harbhajan steered India to victory, just as he had in the high-profile India v Pakistan match in the Asia Cup last year.

South Africa were let down by their batting and the back-up bowling - Parnell is still short of confidence. The positives for SA was the confident debut of Faf du Plessis, though we didn't get to see much of his leg spin.

Post-match presentation: Smith: "Obviously very disappointing, we were some 20 runs short. 240 was a good score on this wicket, full credit to Yusuf whose innings made the difference, the pitch was a bit up-and-down and there was sideways movement as well. Our last five batters managed only 19 runs and lost five wickets in the Powerplay, we could have scored 30-40 runs in that period. We just have to re-group and look to be better than we were today."

Yusuf Pathan is the Man of the Match for his quickfire half-century. "Good win for us. The hundred against NZ has made a big change in my career and also my confidence. If I get the ball in my area, I'd go for it."

MS Dhoni has a big grin on his face. "Very good effort from the lower middle order. The death bowling and Powerplay was also very good from us. We just told the youngsters to play their natural game, we want Yusuf to play the sort of game he plays. Harbhajan is kind of an allrounder for us, though we don't put the pressure on him by calling him an allrounder, and he's been bowling very well, taking the momentum away from the South Africans. Catching has been decently good, we have been outstanding so far, ground fielding has also improved a bit."

Vijay007 says: "With matches like these, who needs to go to the gym to give the heart a good workout?"

Sriram Veera has the bulletin of the match here. Do send us your six-word reports for this game. We'll publish the best ones on Page 2.

That's it from me Siddarth Ravindran, thanks for all the mails. If you are craving more cricket, hop on over to our commentary of the final day of the Pakistan-New Zealand Test which starts in around half an hour.

48.2
4
Botha to Nehra, FOUR runs, India have won, Nehra plays a stylish lofted on-drive to clear the in-field and get the boundary that confirms the victory, India go up 2-1 in the series, another nail-biting finish and India managed to get over the finish line despite a series of ill-judged strokes

Slip and short leg in place for Nehra

48.1
1
Botha to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, a fullish ball is hammered to long-on for a single, two to win now, batsmen have a mid-pitch conference

Botha to bowl, no more options for Smith

END OF OVER:
48 | 2 Runs | INDIA: 218/8

  • A Nehra2 (9b)
  • Harbhajan Singh22 (24b)
  • WD Parnell8-0-53-0
  • M Morkel10-0-28-3
47.6
0
Parnell to Nehra, no run, full ball outside off, struck on the pad outside off, there's a stifled shout for lbw, Nehra is quick to show the umpire the bat
47.5
0
Parnell to Nehra, no run, length ball outside off, Nehra confidently takes a big stride forward and defends towards cover
47.4
0
Parnell to Nehra, no run, length ball on the pads, defended to the leg side Parnell sprints across to field it, there are loud shouts of 'No, no' from the batsmen
47.3
0
Parnell to Nehra, no run, superb keeping from AB, that would have been game over if he missed that, it was fired in by Parnell, just beats the bat and scoots low towards AB who collects it to his left

Two slips in place

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

F du Plessis
60(78) 2x4 - 0x6
Control %89%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 7 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 4 5 1 5 1 4
YK Pathan
59(50) 6x4 - 3x6
Control %75%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 8 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 0 4 4 0 4 6 0

Best performances - Bowlers

M Morkel
O10.0
M0
R28
W3
Eco2.80
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Z Khan
O9.2
M0
R43
W3
Eco4.60
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF