South Africa v India, 4th ODI, Port Elizabeth January 21, 2011

Powerless PE, and confusion on the pitch

Plays of the Day from the fourth ODI between South Africa and India in Port Elizabeth
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The Powerplay… oops
About an hour before the start of the game, the whole of Port Elizabeth lost power, including St George's Park. The only people who had back-up were the TV production crews. Not even the floodlights. The organisers trusted the electricity board to restore supply, and went ahead with the game. However, there were no national anthems played before the start of the game because the loud speakers wouldn't work. Not playing national anthems before cricket games is not such a bad thing anyway. The power was restored in the sixth over, and the scoreboards and big screen came on. All was right with Port Elizabeth then.

The free hit
When Munaf Patel overstepped during his first over, it was the first no-ball of the series, a massive improvement on the Test series. And hence the first freehit too. The bowler here showed he was better prepared for the contingency, bowling a slower short one outside off, beating an un-Hashim Amla-like hoick by a fair distance. The next time Munaf provide Amla a freehit, in the eighth over, the batsman was much better prepared, keeping his shape, getting down on a knee, and driving it wide of mid-off.

The call… oops
On a slow pitch where scoring looked very difficult, Amla was batting in a completely different universe until he did something that doesn't come naturally to him. He tried to pull, missed, and ran hard as the ball went into the fine-leg region. It was all fine until he decided to come back for a sharp second and wasn't even in the frame when the stumps were broken. A quick runner like AB de Villiers would have struggled to make that second, so bad was the call.

The call… oops, part II
That Amla run-out wasn't where South Africa's running troubles ended. JP Duminy and Faf du Plessis have already developed a history between them in the two matches that the latter has played. In du Plessis' debut match, early on during their partnership, Duminy wanted to take a sharp single, but a nervous du Plessis wasn't quite awake to it, and nearly ran the senior partner out. Today, Duminy was the 'no' man, but there was no single there when du Plessis hit almost straight to square leg and set off. du Plessis then had to go back, and this time a run-out resulted. An accident waiting to happen, were du Plessis and Duminy.

The reversal
Johanes Cloete did the exact opposite of what Brian Jerling did at the Wanderers. Jerling infamously gave Johan Botha out lbw even when the ball didn't hit the pad. Today, in the 47th over, Zaheer Khan had Robin Peterson plumb with a late swinging yorker that hit him on the toe. Cloete, though, thought it came off the bat and signalled four runs. Zaheer, unimpressed, stood there looking incredulously.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ravikirang on January 22, 2011, 22:01 GMT

    common guys why should we blame each other even as a indian fan lets accept the fact that india doesn't have a real fast bowler who can bowl at 145 case like morkel, and i really cant understand why BCCI is not intested to produce some good fast bowlers, they have lot money still they dont to use this money to make a good indian cricket team, why rohit sharma is keep on playing even he is continuosly failing, why cant they take pujara, rahane like these players. there is lot of talent waiting to get an opportunity, but no one wants to give them a chance to prove their worth. out of many series from last ten years no one of bowlers unable to create fear in opposition mind, see we observe the fear in our indian batsman when ever morkel is coming he has the pace, line and length, which no one has in india out of 110crores of indian people?

  • karzy977 on January 22, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    hey guys stop saying dhoni is always defensive , remember he has some hopeless bowling to lead with , zaheer is good only for tests , others just fit it , no indian bowler has won a game single handedly for india in odi in a pretty long time .so he has to live with that , and terribly dissapointed with bhajji , yuvraj showed him how to bowl in this tracks , may be we should keep him as a batsman and include ashwin as a spinner

  • on January 22, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    India should have tightened the noose when SA were 118/5 and delivered the knock out punch (that's where the match was lost), but they were not able to also because the opponents played well and made sure there was no collapse this time again. You have to give them credit. This is what India lacks very often-the knock out punch. To go by Smith's way of reasoning, had India shot them out for less than 150, India would have gone up 3-1 and the series would have been theirs. Or looking at the form Kohli and Bhajji are in, had they played out the full quota of overs instead of going by the D/L method India might have even chased down the target, or maybe SA would have taken the remaining wickets easily and won the game.This is the beauty of this game-unpredictable! That is why a reserve day (when possible) is always better than this rubbish D/L method. Let's hope play will be possible for the 5th ODI without rain, with the full quota of overs as scheduled and may the best team win!

  • MaruthuDelft on January 22, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    It is unbelievable how cricket can be a lottery. There is no question about the competitive spirit Harbajan brings to the team; however as a spinner he just relies on the ball bouncing unexpectedly and the straight ball for wickets; and he got too many than he deserved in this tour; nevertheless he will get whacked in the world cup. And even if Dhoni didn't grasp the moment at 118/5 he still is a good captain and a good batsman in India; he was never a good batsman in lively wickets. Someone has written Yuvi is recovering; come on mate! he has developed a paunch; he is lazy. For all his negative aspects Raina will be able to produce at least 2 match winning performances in the WC. Nehra; Man he looks like an old man playing cricket with kids on the street; his expressions don't fit a sportsman.

  • on January 22, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    why the "Plays of the Day" includes events happen in the first innings only ( or majority of them). I guess they only cover "day" section of the day/night matches.

  • sasidev on January 22, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    this time Dhoni missed it altogether. Harbhajan bowled faster than required. More overs from other spinners would have been better. Taking away Yuvraj after he picked up a wicket was a mess; he was in good rhythmic spell. India could not bowl out them after 118/5 is POOR. We cant expect anything from make shift openers. Kholi was in prime. Yuvraj / Dhoni / Raina they have to blame themselves only. ABOUT THE SERIES STILL ITS WIDE OPEN GOOD LUCK

  • Htc-Baseball on January 22, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    The team is fine ,just need to be fed with some usefull thought process FIRSTLY PLAY UVRAJ AS A FINISHER ,HE S RENOWNED FOR THAT .HE S COMPLETELY UNSURE ON WHETHER TO DEFEND R ATTACK..PLAY HIM BELOW DHONI FOLLOWED BY USAF.U CANT DROP UV AT ANY CASE, HE PROVES IT WHY..... NEXT GAME WE NEED ASHWIN TO PLAY,ANYWAY PK WILL REPLACE NEHRA AT WC SO NO REAL CONCERNS THERE. FINALLY DROP RAINA IN WC TO PROVIDE ROOM 4 KOHLI AND USAF....WITH THESE IMPLEMENTED WC S SURELY OURS TO TAKE....

  • on January 22, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    The hint of sarcasm in this article is strangely enjoyable. The poor umpiring all through India's tour of SA is another argument for making UDRS mandatory. Through all of this Taufel remains head and shoulders above the rest. However, the author doesn't mention the Botha lbw because it wasn't plumb at all. Yes, lbw's have been debateable throughout the tour and this series.

    Just like the test series this ODI series is closely contested and I feel both teams are doing well. There are low-points such as South Africa's fielding in the third ODI, but in general it's a job well done. I don't agree that it's predictable/ boring. I think it's great cricket and as a South African I am grateful to India for visiting and providing such great cricket. It's probably the best tour by India to South Africa ever. I would've enjoyed to see the great Rudolph play, an omission SA will regret.

    The author is very diplomatic about the power failure and preparations. I think it's a bit embarrassing.

  • on January 22, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    @pombasher and newkid: india have got so many decisons in their favoralready [ not only on this tour but since the scg test], dont worry about it. like you guys commented after the 2nd match "fortune favors the brave " and all that rubbish, so take it that way. the more worrying thing is why india were so comprehensively beaten on a subcontinental type pitch. Cant this team which has the so called best batting line up in te world even play in their own conditions. Out to part timers like Robbie peterson? seriously? I am afraid to say i dont see india progressing beyond quarter or semis. Congrats to sa for a fabulous performance!! SA,aus ,england and sa for the semis

  • Ganes.V on January 22, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    Well played South Africa. Since openers are injured India is having a big worry now. After trying rohit sharma and parthiv patel for openers slot, why not try raina as well? Murali vijay and raina opening, yuvaj one down, rohit sharma next and then dhoni, pathan - this should also be tried. Except Kohli, all others batted as if they have not played for a long time. They just forgot how to bat! Kohli's presence there gave some sort of an assurance until rain interrupted. Had the match continued for all 50 overs without the idiotic D/L method, I think this would also have been a closer match. Even in matches where rain interrupts, the D/L should NOT be applied. It is time the ICC looked into better options outside D/L! scrap it today and now

  • ravikirang on January 22, 2011, 22:01 GMT

    common guys why should we blame each other even as a indian fan lets accept the fact that india doesn't have a real fast bowler who can bowl at 145 case like morkel, and i really cant understand why BCCI is not intested to produce some good fast bowlers, they have lot money still they dont to use this money to make a good indian cricket team, why rohit sharma is keep on playing even he is continuosly failing, why cant they take pujara, rahane like these players. there is lot of talent waiting to get an opportunity, but no one wants to give them a chance to prove their worth. out of many series from last ten years no one of bowlers unable to create fear in opposition mind, see we observe the fear in our indian batsman when ever morkel is coming he has the pace, line and length, which no one has in india out of 110crores of indian people?

  • karzy977 on January 22, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    hey guys stop saying dhoni is always defensive , remember he has some hopeless bowling to lead with , zaheer is good only for tests , others just fit it , no indian bowler has won a game single handedly for india in odi in a pretty long time .so he has to live with that , and terribly dissapointed with bhajji , yuvraj showed him how to bowl in this tracks , may be we should keep him as a batsman and include ashwin as a spinner

  • on January 22, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    India should have tightened the noose when SA were 118/5 and delivered the knock out punch (that's where the match was lost), but they were not able to also because the opponents played well and made sure there was no collapse this time again. You have to give them credit. This is what India lacks very often-the knock out punch. To go by Smith's way of reasoning, had India shot them out for less than 150, India would have gone up 3-1 and the series would have been theirs. Or looking at the form Kohli and Bhajji are in, had they played out the full quota of overs instead of going by the D/L method India might have even chased down the target, or maybe SA would have taken the remaining wickets easily and won the game.This is the beauty of this game-unpredictable! That is why a reserve day (when possible) is always better than this rubbish D/L method. Let's hope play will be possible for the 5th ODI without rain, with the full quota of overs as scheduled and may the best team win!

  • MaruthuDelft on January 22, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    It is unbelievable how cricket can be a lottery. There is no question about the competitive spirit Harbajan brings to the team; however as a spinner he just relies on the ball bouncing unexpectedly and the straight ball for wickets; and he got too many than he deserved in this tour; nevertheless he will get whacked in the world cup. And even if Dhoni didn't grasp the moment at 118/5 he still is a good captain and a good batsman in India; he was never a good batsman in lively wickets. Someone has written Yuvi is recovering; come on mate! he has developed a paunch; he is lazy. For all his negative aspects Raina will be able to produce at least 2 match winning performances in the WC. Nehra; Man he looks like an old man playing cricket with kids on the street; his expressions don't fit a sportsman.

  • on January 22, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    why the "Plays of the Day" includes events happen in the first innings only ( or majority of them). I guess they only cover "day" section of the day/night matches.

  • sasidev on January 22, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    this time Dhoni missed it altogether. Harbhajan bowled faster than required. More overs from other spinners would have been better. Taking away Yuvraj after he picked up a wicket was a mess; he was in good rhythmic spell. India could not bowl out them after 118/5 is POOR. We cant expect anything from make shift openers. Kholi was in prime. Yuvraj / Dhoni / Raina they have to blame themselves only. ABOUT THE SERIES STILL ITS WIDE OPEN GOOD LUCK

  • Htc-Baseball on January 22, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    The team is fine ,just need to be fed with some usefull thought process FIRSTLY PLAY UVRAJ AS A FINISHER ,HE S RENOWNED FOR THAT .HE S COMPLETELY UNSURE ON WHETHER TO DEFEND R ATTACK..PLAY HIM BELOW DHONI FOLLOWED BY USAF.U CANT DROP UV AT ANY CASE, HE PROVES IT WHY..... NEXT GAME WE NEED ASHWIN TO PLAY,ANYWAY PK WILL REPLACE NEHRA AT WC SO NO REAL CONCERNS THERE. FINALLY DROP RAINA IN WC TO PROVIDE ROOM 4 KOHLI AND USAF....WITH THESE IMPLEMENTED WC S SURELY OURS TO TAKE....

  • on January 22, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    The hint of sarcasm in this article is strangely enjoyable. The poor umpiring all through India's tour of SA is another argument for making UDRS mandatory. Through all of this Taufel remains head and shoulders above the rest. However, the author doesn't mention the Botha lbw because it wasn't plumb at all. Yes, lbw's have been debateable throughout the tour and this series.

    Just like the test series this ODI series is closely contested and I feel both teams are doing well. There are low-points such as South Africa's fielding in the third ODI, but in general it's a job well done. I don't agree that it's predictable/ boring. I think it's great cricket and as a South African I am grateful to India for visiting and providing such great cricket. It's probably the best tour by India to South Africa ever. I would've enjoyed to see the great Rudolph play, an omission SA will regret.

    The author is very diplomatic about the power failure and preparations. I think it's a bit embarrassing.

  • on January 22, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    @pombasher and newkid: india have got so many decisons in their favoralready [ not only on this tour but since the scg test], dont worry about it. like you guys commented after the 2nd match "fortune favors the brave " and all that rubbish, so take it that way. the more worrying thing is why india were so comprehensively beaten on a subcontinental type pitch. Cant this team which has the so called best batting line up in te world even play in their own conditions. Out to part timers like Robbie peterson? seriously? I am afraid to say i dont see india progressing beyond quarter or semis. Congrats to sa for a fabulous performance!! SA,aus ,england and sa for the semis

  • Ganes.V on January 22, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    Well played South Africa. Since openers are injured India is having a big worry now. After trying rohit sharma and parthiv patel for openers slot, why not try raina as well? Murali vijay and raina opening, yuvaj one down, rohit sharma next and then dhoni, pathan - this should also be tried. Except Kohli, all others batted as if they have not played for a long time. They just forgot how to bat! Kohli's presence there gave some sort of an assurance until rain interrupted. Had the match continued for all 50 overs without the idiotic D/L method, I think this would also have been a closer match. Even in matches where rain interrupts, the D/L should NOT be applied. It is time the ICC looked into better options outside D/L! scrap it today and now

  • Sandeep_mv on January 22, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    Instead of Nehra, Dhoni & Selectors wud hav selected Irfan Pathan. I think Dhoni has some personal issues with both Irfan & Sreesanth. Irfan Presence will add more strength to the batting also. Look at his bowling record. He is far better than the present Indian Fast bowlers, except Zaheer.(I know it will be a joke, if we call them fast bowlers??).

  • on January 22, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    @newkid and pom_basher: ah well,mates, cant complain.Botha was given out bat before wicket in the 2nd odi which was an absolute shocker. If it wasnt for botha's dismissal then, SA should have been up 4-0 asathey would have got confidence from that win. And anyways, India have got so many howlers in their favor in this series like Boucher,Devilliers [lbw in 2nd test match],Sachin[caught behind in 3rd test], Zaheer[stone dead lbw in 2nd test match, with indias score on 181,not given],the overall tally of howlers [against ]stand at sa:10,inida:3. so if you talk about ebing fair,india should get 7 howlers against them to balance the series.

    SAwon on merit and my heartiest congratulations to them

  • sanjaycrickfan on January 22, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    Dhoni's captaincy has always been defensive contrary to some people's perception. He has always had defensive fields set when put under a little pressure by the batsmen or even when the match is evenly poised. Yesterday when the match was truly under India's favor and South Africa were 5 down, he immediately gave singles to the batsmen and didnt try to take wickets. As a result, Duminy and the others played risk free cricket by taking singles and built partnerships and took the Indian bowlers to the cleaners in the last 5 overs as expected. The same thing happened during the last test match when South Africa were 130-6 and India had a chance to wrap it up. Dhoni strangely gave Kallis easy singles and he finally saw his team to safety. India could have won the test and the ODI series if not for India's defensive tactics. But all this would fall on deaf ears as Dhoni obviously thinks he is above all criticism.

  • Nadeem1976 on January 22, 2011, 1:31 GMT

    SA vs India will always produce perdictable results. Nothing wrong with any of the captains. Its all fair play (give one take one and then decide in last one.)

    Cricket is game of unperdictable but players make it perdictable.

    Every team wants to play the final match to have more entertainment and excitement. Its all TV rights and entertainment sports now.

  • HyderabadiFlick on January 22, 2011, 0:42 GMT

    On top of all this they want the GR8 Tendulkar to retire. Please do not argue that he is not great, this and that...See the results for your self.

  • on January 22, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    Smiths's catch was the best ive seen all summer, it was reallly desperate. lol. He just gave up and fell and luckily got his arms out in time. Great stuff.

  • pom_basher on January 21, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    @Newkid - agree with you.

  • cricket_for_all on January 21, 2011, 23:06 GMT

    It is strange that MSD is loosing the toss consistently. The win to lost ratio should be close to 50%. He should call always head or tail so at least nature will help him to get 50% ratio.

  • on January 21, 2011, 22:52 GMT

    With Dhoni's captancy I don't think India will even reach quarter final. None of captain or player should grow over the team. Same thing happened with Ganguly on last world cup. Team should be selected under the merit of players performance , not by lobbying or personal issue. I think Dhoni has some personal issues with some of the players and he keep avoiding those players especially Sreesanth - who is a true match winner. If if on the performance basis Dhoni should be out of this team. why keeping Nehra ? I think some thing is going inside Indian team. better to pack Dhoni as captian before WC -give it to Gambhir or Kohli.. Dhoni is spoiling the team with his personal issues.

  • Amar_bw on January 21, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    It is not Rain, it is Raina who caused early finish of this game.

  • Nampally on January 21, 2011, 22:23 GMT

    India strangely dropped an opener Vijay to make room for Parthiv!.. Dhoni appears to have too much confidence in Nehra, who is getting a chances despite poor performances dating back to NZ ODI's.Secondly, Yuvraj is not a #4 bat especially when 2 quick wickets are lost. India lost this ODI because of total failure of batting of Sharma, Yuvraj, Raina , Dhoni and Pathan. But for Kohli's great innings, India would have been humiliated.SA got far too many runs after 5 wickets were down for under 150. India won narrowly in the previous 2 tests by taking the last 5 wickets for less than 40 runs. Dhoni's tactics were strange. Even Yuvi inexplicably, did not complete his 10 over quota. Harbhajan bowled very poorly- wicketless @ 6 runs/over. So Yuvraj in bowling, Kohli in batting & fielding were the 2 bright stars. In order to win, all 11 players need to perform. Vijay as a regular opener cannot be dropped. Let Parthiv open with him.If another Off spinner is needed get Ashwin, drop Nehra.

  • Abhimanyu on January 21, 2011, 22:09 GMT

    I have been saying this for a long time, Dhoni is not a good captain, he is extremely defensive in his approach. He should have went for the kill when SA were 118 for 5, instead he started bowling his part-timers and was protecting the boundaries, giving away free singles n doubles which cost India 2 games in this series. India were very lucky to win 2 matches or otherwise going by Dhoni's stupid tactics it should have been 4-0 and not 2-2. From the 1st match of this ODI series it was pretty obvious that India would surely lose if SA post more then 220 runs to chase for India. Despite that in all 4 matches Dhoni didn't go for the KILL and this is not only evident in this series, in fact Dhoni never goes for the "KILL" in any ODI matches that he has captained.......

  • Newkid on January 21, 2011, 22:06 GMT

    Shouldn't the writer have mentioned Botha's LBW in this game? It was a plumb LBW when Botha was in his mid 20s and SAF was around at 150 or so. That would have changed course of this game and end result could have been very different.

  • sunil_just_loves_test_cricket on January 21, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    Guys this is not India playing 11 for WC Rohit, Parthiv, Vijay, they all are out and they are showing again why they are such a mess. Without sehwag, gambhir, and Sachin Team India will not make 200+ either batting 1 or 2 8/10 times.Yuvraj is just going through emotions still what happened with him in 2007 when Dhoni named as captain as he was the favorite then in IPL when Zinta made sangga captain after that he messed with himself but slowly he is coming back and will give solid performance in WC. The biggest mess at present is our captain cool Dhoni..I fail to remember his last match saving or winning innings either in test or ODI. In last match his speech was seriously disaster he was so cool in pointing 1-3 bad overs of Nehra and Patel but his own failures which are having a long list now are totally ignorant. What he has done in this entire series not a single 100 so far just a 90 in 1 test and 30 odd in 2 one day cool. Out of 10 innings 8 or better 9 total failure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on January 21, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    Many unusual selection. Rohit Sharma is getting too many chances like Agarkar,but atleast initailly agarkar was betterinthe inital days but not Rohit Sharma. He need to be shown he door as is Suresh Raina. Badarinath was never given chances enough to prove his worth. Poojara should be given a chance.Murali is a blue eyed boy for Sreekanth. He also need to forget petty politics andshow character in selection.

  • Nuxxy on January 21, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    So it was rained out. In Port Elizabeth. When we're in the middle of a drought. Was it just because I went to watch?

  • on January 21, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    Is MSD a sucessful captain on others form and people putting good show for their place in team, than he him self contributing to the game as a batsmen rather than just a wicketkeeper captain.

  • ArFenom_999 on January 21, 2011, 21:09 GMT

    Smith's catch to dismiss Yuvraj was sensational

  • hi_cricfan on January 21, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    Cricinfo didn't post my comment during live commentary , I have question though. Why comentators keep on mentioning so called DANAGEROUS DHONI :) ? When is the last time he hit SIXES or even a SIX ? When is the last time he changed the course of game or played aggresively.

  • gauravn81 on January 21, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    I dont how much money yuvi, dhoni and raina has fill in their butt that they wont be able to move & show proper foot-work when require...i dont think they can win us world cup...these players have no match like tendulkar, sehwag or gauti. These 3 are just playing with sentiments of Indian public...throw them out of every single advertisements & then see the effect of that.

  • pakspin on January 21, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    Yuvraj lol..why is India persisting with him lol

  • on January 21, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    great show by duminy after four wickets went down in a hurry..their lower order batting had come a cropper in all the three matches so far..i dont understand south africa playing odi cricket with five specialist bowlers..but this problem wud be sorted out once kallis returns..

  • boom1000 on January 21, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    Yuvi is following Afridi's foot steps. He has become good for nothing. He scores six and four and then gets out. He is not sure when to defend and when to play his shots. There was no reason for him to try that risky shot at this situation. Before we lose the world cup with these silly mistakes better players be made aware of how they should approach their innings.

  • MrDynamic on January 21, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    M. Vijay is in the squad only because of Srikkanth. Yuvi lost his batting confidence and not sure if he ever gets it back. Ashish Nehra is not a threat at all with the ball and conceding too many runs. I don't know why He is given so many chances. Pujara should come into the squad to anchor on one side.

  • MaruthuDelft on January 21, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Did you see it? Yuvi dismissal. He has lost the 'thread' to put up a long innings. A pre meditated sixer of Botha; then; is there a rule that you should defend the following balls? Such pre meditaed batting takes out the instinct to play balls on merit. Yuvraj and Nehra don't deserve to be in the 15 for the world cup.

  • Chetan007 on January 21, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    It is a slow pitch for South Africa but still a batting track like Indian pitch. Any batsman just need 2-3 overs to settle down and then play their shots freely.

  • bob1313 on January 21, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    I think dhoni will give ball only slow bowler

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  • bob1313 on January 21, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    I think dhoni will give ball only slow bowler

  • Chetan007 on January 21, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    It is a slow pitch for South Africa but still a batting track like Indian pitch. Any batsman just need 2-3 overs to settle down and then play their shots freely.

  • MaruthuDelft on January 21, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Did you see it? Yuvi dismissal. He has lost the 'thread' to put up a long innings. A pre meditated sixer of Botha; then; is there a rule that you should defend the following balls? Such pre meditaed batting takes out the instinct to play balls on merit. Yuvraj and Nehra don't deserve to be in the 15 for the world cup.

  • MrDynamic on January 21, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    M. Vijay is in the squad only because of Srikkanth. Yuvi lost his batting confidence and not sure if he ever gets it back. Ashish Nehra is not a threat at all with the ball and conceding too many runs. I don't know why He is given so many chances. Pujara should come into the squad to anchor on one side.

  • boom1000 on January 21, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    Yuvi is following Afridi's foot steps. He has become good for nothing. He scores six and four and then gets out. He is not sure when to defend and when to play his shots. There was no reason for him to try that risky shot at this situation. Before we lose the world cup with these silly mistakes better players be made aware of how they should approach their innings.

  • on January 21, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    great show by duminy after four wickets went down in a hurry..their lower order batting had come a cropper in all the three matches so far..i dont understand south africa playing odi cricket with five specialist bowlers..but this problem wud be sorted out once kallis returns..

  • pakspin on January 21, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    Yuvraj lol..why is India persisting with him lol

  • gauravn81 on January 21, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    I dont how much money yuvi, dhoni and raina has fill in their butt that they wont be able to move & show proper foot-work when require...i dont think they can win us world cup...these players have no match like tendulkar, sehwag or gauti. These 3 are just playing with sentiments of Indian public...throw them out of every single advertisements & then see the effect of that.

  • hi_cricfan on January 21, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    Cricinfo didn't post my comment during live commentary , I have question though. Why comentators keep on mentioning so called DANAGEROUS DHONI :) ? When is the last time he hit SIXES or even a SIX ? When is the last time he changed the course of game or played aggresively.

  • ArFenom_999 on January 21, 2011, 21:09 GMT

    Smith's catch to dismiss Yuvraj was sensational