Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    10.6 du Plessis seems to have taken a very good catch at covers. But they are checking upstairs. This could be interesting. Here's what happened: Driving length again from Morne, Parthiv gives it the treatment with another cover drive, but this time it is slightly airy. Faf at cover dives across to his left, tries to take it with both hands, with the right hand over the left. As he lands, the left hand comes off after he pouched it, and his right hand took full control of the ball. Did the ball touch the ground as he landed? Replays seem a little dicey - he did have two fingers under the ball in the end. The third umpire gives it out. Parthiv's blinder comes to an end. 60/4
    3.6 And Rohit falls. Frustrating, as he has been through this series. Lopsy angles another one across him and Rohit goes for another expansive cover drive. Unlike the previous shot, he does not move his feet across. The result - a thick inside edge that crashes into the stumps. 21/1
    6.1 A rare failure for Virat Kohli. Morne does him with sheer pace. Back of a length and extra bounce from outside off, Kohli committed to the check-drive into the covers early. On second thoughts, he may have wanted to leave it. It is through him in a jiffy, taking the outside edge through to the keeper 31/2
    8.3 India have lost a huge wicket. The scorecard will say edged and caught at slip, but this was not an outside edge in the true sense of the word. It was short, fractionally outside off and Dhoni went for the cut. He was a little late on the shot, and it wasn't wide enough for the cut. Plus it bounced more than he anticipated. Hence the edge, it was dying on first slip who took it well. India are reeling here. 45/3
    11.6 Yuvraj plays one of the most ordinary shots you will see. Short, slower ball at 120 kph, lifting at him outside off, no room for the cut and Yuvraj goes at it with a half-hearted half-cut, half-steer nothing shot and guides it straight to point. It wasn't timed well enough to rush past the fielder, or placed wide enough to beat him. India's challenge is coming to an end. 60/5
    13.5 Oh, Raina. Another wicket gifted. Raina looks to upper cut over third man now. That was lifting outside off, and there was a deep third man in place. Raina couldn't have found the fielder with more precision if he was aiming for him. Well, at this rate, India might be bowled out before 20 overs. And yes, that will constitute a match! 74/6
    35.2 and it's over. Well. It was too good to last. Yusuf looks to rocket-launch it down the ground. And for once, he did not middle it. I think he got it low on the bat and scooped it straight up. Faf gets under the skier. Fittingly, Morne has got the wicket, which I think should clinch the game for SA. Yusuf knew it as soon as he made contact. He was in agony the moment the ball wen up. He was livid before it came down. He was in despair when it was caught. Never mind it, he is a hero. 219/9
    19.1 Harbhajan perishes. Another soft dismissal to a nothing shot. Tossed up on middle and leg and he chips it straight to midwicket in the circle. SA are five balls away from getting their hands on the prize. India can still make the early evening flight back home. Even South Africa can't choke from here. 98/7
    22.4 Piyush was supposed to make the tail shorter. Well, he has contributed seven runs to the cause. Robin has turned one in sharply, past his forward defensive prod and off bail falls off. India are eight down. 119/8
    40.2 Could not have been more fitting. Morne Morkel has the last touch on the ball as the series closes. 3-2 to South Africa, who were the better team through the series. Back of a length from Lopsy, Zaheer tries to crack it over the off side, hits it too high and Morne gets under it as he runs to his left from long off. 234/10
    not out
    11 (lb 2, nb 2, w 7)
    234 all out (40.2 Overs, RR: 5.80)
    Fall of wickets: 1-21 (RG Sharma, 3.6 ov), 2-31 (V Kohli, 6.1 ov), 3-45 (MS Dhoni, 8.3 ov), 4-60 (PA Patel, 10.6 ov), 5-60 (Yuvraj Singh, 11.6 ov), 6-74 (SK Raina, 13.5 ov), 7-98 (Harbhajan Singh, 19.1 ov), 8-119 (PP Chawla, 22.4 ov), 9-219 (YK Pathan, 35.2 ov), 10-234 (Z Khan, 40.2 ov)
    DW Steyn9.013223.55415001
    LL Tsotsobe7.205727.77238220
    M Morkel8.005246.50257101
    J Botha8.003314.12291200
    RJ Peterson7.004516.42272310
    F du Plessis1.0013013.0011100

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