Player of the Match
Player of the Match

South Africa win by three wickets, they had obviously planned their chase and pulled it off superbly at the end. Chokers? Not at all, this was a fighting performance from their lower order under real pressure. Fifties from Amla, Kallis and de Villiers formed the bulk of their effort, but there were contributions all through the order. South Africa move up to third on the Points Table with the win, India remain top with 7 points.

Robin Peterson: "I'm extremely ecstatic at the moment. To have a great game with so many great innings was such a good advert for the world cup. I've got to give Johan [Botha] credit, he put them under pressure with that cameo. We were quite calm in the changing room, but it was nice to come out on the winning side!"

M S Dhoni: "We just needed the bowlers to bowl in the right spot, but they were under tremendous pressure. The batsman played well, and if you're not bowling in the right spot more often than not you get hit. Bhajji was the only other choice for the last over, but I thought it would be better to use the seamer. Maybe I was wrong, but I thought that was the better option.

"The second powerplay, what is important is you don't play for the crowd you play for your country. We should have batted the full fifty overs. If we could have fielded better we could've made the score look bigger, but we're not a side known for our fielding."

Graeme Smith: "For 25 overs up front we took a beating, but for the other 75 we came back really hard and showed some real fight. The guys showed a lot of composure, it was helluva noisy out here. Dale bowled well, and to chase down the runs under pressure is great. The confidence you get out of a win like this is huge. I haven't seen Robbie [Peterson] hit the ball that clean in a long time, we've backed him in this world cup and he's performed. We can get on a run now, we've had long breaks between our games but we're playing every three or four days now."

Dale Steyn is Man of the Match for his five wickets: "After my first five overs I was staring down the barrel, but we pulled it backed beautifully. A great team performance. Once we picked up one wicket, we picked up another and we started build up pressure and a wave of energy on the field that we could capitalise on."

And there you have it. India's collapse of 9 for 29 at the end really hurt them there, what could an extra 20 to 30 runs have done? South Africa will take so much confidence from the way they played under pressure here. There are all sorts of goodies to peruse after this game: a match bulletin, Plays of the Day and even a match gallery. If you'd like to discuss and dissect the successes and failures of this game with other cricket fans, head down to our Facebook Page. We've got two more games tomorrow, see you then!

49.4
4
Nehra to Peterson, FOUR runs, there's the game! Peterson steps away and slams it through the covers, roaring with delight as the ball threads the gap and races away

The field comes up

49.3
2
Nehra to Peterson, 2 runs, inswinging yorker in the blockhole! But he jams down on it, the ball rolls down to fine leg and they push really hard for the second ... scores level! Direct hit but Peterson slides home in time
49.2
6
Nehra to Peterson, SIX runs, six runs! Peterson was walloped the leather off this one, sending the ball sailing over cow corner. His team-mates are whooping and cheering in the changing room!
49.1
4
Nehra to Peterson, FOUR runs, huge swipe, Peterson was aiming for the stratosphere there but a thick inside edge shot past the stumps and Dhoni and down to fine leg. That's so unlucky for the bowler!

13 needed from the last over, and Peterson is on strike. Nehra to bowl, Zaheer runs across to offer him some advice. The crowd is chanting, great atmosphere out there, electric stuff. Another break as the batsman have a chat.

END OF OVER:
49 | 4 Runs | SA: 284/7 (13 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 5.79, RRR: 13.00)

  • Faf du Plessis25 (23b)
  • Robin Peterson2 (3b)
  • Zaheer Khan10-0-43-1
  • Munaf Patel10-0-65-2
48.6
0
Khan to du Plessis, no run, Du Plessis misses out on a juicy full toss! That was there to be hit, he jumped out of his crease but just tried to smash it too hard. His head was in the air, he was off balance. He could've hit that on either side of the wicket but doesn't lay bat on it.
48.5
1
Khan to Peterson, 1 run, good shot, hammered out into the off side but straight to the cover sweeper
48.4
0
Khan to Peterson, no run, Peterson walks down, Zaheer slips in a full, fast yorker well wide of off, and it slips under the bat! Another dot ball, the crowd are cheering each one!
48.3
1
Khan to du Plessis, 1 run, another yorker, great bowling. This one is dug out to cover point
48.2
1
Khan to Peterson, 1 run, confusion, confusion! Peterson digs out to the off side, Du Plessis sets off but he goes nowhere ... the cover fielder picks up and throws to Zaheer, fortunately for the batsman the throw is not great, Zaheer collects and knocks the bails off but Peterson is home. Tense stuff!

Mid-off is up, long-on is out

48.1
1
Khan to du Plessis, 1 run, Du Plessis uses his feet but the ball is speared at his toes, dug out on the leg side

Zaheer to bowl his last over. The match could be won or lost by either team in the next six balls

END OF OVER:
48 | 14 Runs 1 Wkt | SA: 280/7 (17 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.83, RRR: 8.50)

  • Faf du Plessis23 (20b)
  • Robin Peterson0 (0b)
  • Munaf Patel10-0-65-2
  • Harbhajan Singh9-0-53-3
47.6
1
Patel to du Plessis, 1 run, Faf skips out of his crease and drives down to long on, one run the result and South Africa now want 17 from 12
47.5
W
Patel to Botha, OUT, and then a wicket! Botha had just hit two boundaries and he wanted a third, swinging really hard but the ball swirled up off the top edge over the covers ... Suresh Raina, the substitute fielder, runs across and holds a great catch, the ball coming from behind him. Another one goes, and the match continues to hang in the balance!

J Botha c sub (SK Raina) b Patel 23 (15m 15b 2x4 1x6) SR: 153.33

47.4
6
Patel to Botha, SIX runs, on a length and straight, that's where Botha wanted it and he heaves through the line to send the ball sailing straight back over the bowler's head. Six runs!
47.3
4
Patel to Botha, FOUR runs, swung away on the leg side, it was hit hard and beat a diving midwicket fielder ... Kohli charged across on the boundary and put in a great dive, getting a hand to it but it's not enough to stop the boundary
47.2
2
Patel to Botha, 2 runs, full outside off, driven wide of long-off and that's two more
47.1
1
Patel to du Plessis, 1 run, atrocious delivery, a high full toss way outside off - it would've been a wide if he hadn't slapped it out to deep cover. Du Plessis rues not getting a better connection on that, it was there to be hit

END OF OVER:
47 | 5 Runs | SA: 266/6 (31 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.65, RRR: 10.33)

  • Johan Botha11 (11b)
  • Faf du Plessis21 (18b)
  • Harbhajan Singh9-0-53-3
  • Munaf Patel9-0-51-1
46.6
2
Harbhajan Singh to Botha, 2 runs, full toss outside off, he's driven hard and just wide of long-off, they're back for two
46.5
0
Harbhajan Singh to Botha, no run, wow, how did that miss off stump? Botha swings across the line, a quicker ball skids on and almost shaves the off stump. So close!
46.4
0
Harbhajan Singh to Botha, no run, Botha lines up a huge slog sweep, but the eyes were closed on that one and he can't get anything on it
46.3
1
Harbhajan Singh to du Plessis, 1 run, down the wicket to try and get to the pitch, he almost yorks himself in the process but lays enough on it to get the ball down to long-off
46.2
1
Harbhajan Singh to Botha, 1 run, quick and flat on leg stump, clipped out to long leg
46.1
1
Harbhajan Singh to du Plessis, 1 run, dropped down close on the leg side, quick single. Harbhajan still coming round the wicket

END OF OVER:
46 | 10 Runs | SA: 261/6 (36 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.67, RRR: 9.00)

  • Faf du Plessis19 (16b)
  • Johan Botha8 (7b)
  • Munaf Patel9-0-51-1
  • Harbhajan Singh8-0-48-3
45.6
1
Patel to du Plessis, 1 run, flicked towards midwicket again, will they push for two? Nope, they don't risk it, just the one this time
45.5
2
Patel to du Plessis, 2 runs, Du Plessis steps across to off and places the ball to midwicket ... it's between the fielders so they're back for the second

South Africa 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st41HM AmlaGC Smith
2nd86JH KallisHM Amla
3rd46JH KallisAB de Villiers
4th50JP DuminyAB de Villiers
5th15JP DuminyF du Plessis
6th9MN van WykF du Plessis
7th32J BothaF du Plessis
8th21RJ PetersonF du Plessis