India in South Africa ODI Series - 3rd ODI

South Africa v India

India won by 2 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)

Right, we are set. Graeme Smith is out in the middle, joined by Hashim Amla. Zaheer Khan gets ready to steam in. Two slips in place

Also, At the end of the match, do send us your six-word reports. We'll publish the best ones on Page 2.

Toss: Smith has won the toss and decided to bat. Faf du Plessis comes in for David Miller. Rohit Sharma will open the batting, Yusuf Pathan has been drafted in. Sriram Veera is on the bulletin, so he'll send in a short summary soon.

13.56 Bright, sunny day in Cape Town, the crowd is building up steadily. We'll get you the news from the toss in just a bit. Meanwhile, Pakistan have announced their squad for the World Cup. No major surprises. As for the pitch at Newlands, there is some dry grass on the track and the experts reckon batting first is the way to go.

13.50: Welcome to ESPNcricinfo's coverage of the third ODI between South Africa and India in Cape Town. The series is level at 1-1 after India's thrilling one-run win in Johannesburg. Here's Sriram Veera's preview of the game. There's no Sachin Tendulkar for India of course.

0.1

Khan to Smith, no run, ooh, nice movement away from the left-hander, landed on a good length outside off and nipped away, shoulders arms to leave it be

0.2

Khan to Smith, no run, some swing this time, moving away, landed on a length and Smith drove it to mid-off

0.3

Khan to Smith, no run, appeal for caught-behind, short of a good length and nipping away, not as much as the first two balls but just a hint, Smith wtihdrew as he got on to the back foot, the bat hit his pad and hence the sound

0.4

Khan to Smith, no run, beaten again, landed on a good length and shot away as he moved on to the back foot to defend it back, sharp movement and whizzed past the outside edge

0.5

Khan to Smith, no run, and yes, that's what we were expecting weren't we, nipped back in, short of a good length and came back in, got an inside edge onto the pads on the way to Dhoni

0.6

Khan to Smith, FOUR, pitched up and gets the treatment, was uppish but safe, landed on a length and he chased it, driving it over extra cover for a boundary

A lovely first over, however, summing up the contest between these two players in many ways

End of over 1 (4 runs) South Africa 4/0 (RR: 4.00)
GC Smith    4* (6b 1x4)      Z Khan    1-0-4-0
HM Amla    0* (0b)     

Munaf comes in

1.1

Patel to Amla, no run, short of a length outside off, moving away, leaves it alone to the keeper, a widish slip in place

1.2

Patel to Amla, FOUR, in the slot and given the form he's in, Amla's not going to forgive those, pitched up and he caresses it through the covers

1.3

Patel to Amla, no run, short of a good length on middle, gets on the back foot and knocks it down into the leg side

1.4

Patel to Amla, no run, crunched it off the front foot, goodish length outside off, straight to extra cover, it's a packed off-side field

1.5

Patel to Amla, 2 runs, poor ball, a delicious full delivery on the pads and it's flicked towards fine leg for a couple of runs

1.6

Patel to Amla, no run, good length in the channel outside off and getting some movement, not as much as Zaheer though, left alone

End of over 2 (6 runs) South Africa 10/0 (RR: 5.00)
HM Amla    6* (6b 1x4)      MM Patel    1-0-6-0
GC Smith    4* (6b 1x4)      Z Khan    1-0-4-0

2.1

Khan to Smith, no run, went on straight this time, angling in towards middle, worked away towards midwicket

2.2

Khan to Smith, no run, appeal for lbw, almost had him with the one that came back in, landed on a good length outside off and nipped in to catch him on the back pad, deflected off the front pad actually, not given, did it do too much? We need to see. It was high, as the replays show

2.3

Khan to Smith, no run, back of a length on middle and off, is behind it nicely this time and drops it into the off side

2.4

Khan to Smith, no run, back of a length outside off and moving away sharply, beaten again as he defends inside the line, the duel continues

2.5

Khan to Smith, no run, and again, Zaheer's winning it here, goodish length, Smith is in two minds how to play it, just a step forward and presents the full face, only to be beaten as it shoots away

2.6

Khan to Smith, 1 run, edged and to third man, full and wide and he goes after it, tries to crack it through the covers, the movement produces the nick

End of over 3 (1 run) South Africa 11/0 (RR: 3.66)
GC Smith    5* (12b 1x4)      Z Khan    2-0-5-0
HM Amla    6* (6b 1x4)      MM Patel    1-0-6-0

Two slips for Munaf

3.1

Patel to Smith, no run, back of a length on the off, gets back and knocks it down into the off side

3.2

Patel to Smith, 2 runs, slightly short on middle, gets back and whips it through square leg for a couple of runs

3.3

Patel to Smith, no run, angling away from the left-hander, cutting away and Smith shoulders arms to it

3.4

Patel to Smith, no run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot and turns it towards midwicket

3.5

Patel to Smith, FOUR, he's bowling to his strength here, too straight and Smith has no trouble flicking it past a diving midwicket to the boundary, in the channel outside off is the way to go

3.6

Patel to Smith, 2 runs, shortish on middle and off, whipped away again, through square leg this time, for a couple more

End of over 4 (8 runs) South Africa 19/0 (RR: 4.75)
GC Smith    13* (18b 2x4)      MM Patel    2-0-14-0
HM Amla    6* (6b 1x4)      Z Khan    2-0-5-0

4.1

Khan to Amla, 2 runs, Zaheer errs by bowling a little too full this time, is cracked through the covers for a couple of runs

4.2

Khan to Amla, no run, short of a good length on the off, dabbed in front of cover

The grassbanks are packed now, excellent turnout

4.3

Khan to Amla, 1 run, nice delicate hands, shortish on the off, slower delivery, Amla waits on it and dabs it past slip for a single

4.4

Khan to Smith, no run, went on straight this time, didn't straighten, Smith defended inside the line and failed to connect

4.5

Khan to Smith, no run, short of a good length on middle and off, gets front and across and stabs it into the off side

4.6

Khan to Smith, 1 run, edged and rolls down to third man, didn't go hard at it, just a push, took the outside edge

End of over 5 (4 runs) South Africa 23/0 (RR: 4.60)
GC Smith    14* (21b 2x4)      Z Khan    3-0-9-0
HM Amla    9* (9b 1x4)      MM Patel    2-0-14-0

5.1

Patel to Smith, 1 run, ooh, there is a short square leg in place for that whip from Smith and he plays exactly that shot but lands short of Yusuf Pathan there, misfields and allows a single

5.2

Patel to Amla, no run, length ball on the off, held its line, Amla sliced it towards point

5.3

Patel to Amla, no run, short of a good length on middle, defended towards cover

5.4

Patel to Amla, no run, accurate this time, on middle and off, holding its line again, driven back to the bowler

5.5

Patel to Amla, 1 run, full and wide, Amla chases it, was aiming at extra cover but ended up slicing it to third man on the bounce

5.6

Patel to Smith, no run, shortish on the off, rocks back and punches it to the bowler

End of over 6 (2 runs) South Africa 25/0 (RR: 4.16)
GC Smith    15* (23b 2x4)      MM Patel    3-0-16-0
HM Amla    10* (13b 1x4)      Z Khan    3-0-9-0

Gururaj: "Graeme Smith is so eager for runs that he's chasing anything outside off stump, if Munuf keeps it there, then I think he'll have some reward very soon"

6.1

Khan to Amla, no run, short of a good length outside off, coming back in a hint and goes through the gate to the keeper, Amla was playing for the away movement there

6.2

Khan to Amla, no run, pitches it up this time and it's crunched to the covers

6.3

Khan to Amla, 2 runs, overpitched and is struck hard but extra cover does an excellent job getting a hand to it, just a couple in the end

6.4

Khan to Amla, FOUR, hurls it short and Amla is quick to spot it, gets across a hint and blazes it through midwicket for a boundary

Coming round the wicket...

6.5

Khan to Amla, OUT, Bowlied'im! Angling in and moves in further after pitching, lands on a good length and Amla looks to smash it through the covers, gets an inside edge and out goes the off stump

HM Amla b Khan 16 (28m 18b 2x4 0x6) SR: 88.88

6.6

Khan to Ingram, no run

End of over 7 (6 runs) South Africa 31/1 (RR: 4.42)
CA Ingram    0* (1b)      Z Khan    4-0-15-1
GC Smith    15* (23b 2x4)      MM Patel    3-0-16-0

7.1

Patel to Smith, no run

7.2

Patel to Smith, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets an inside edge onto the pads and drops into the off side

7.3

Patel to Smith, no run

7.4

Patel to Smith, no run, ooh, kept really low, short of a good length and zipped through to the keeper, Smith couldn't get his bat down in time

7.5

Patel to Smith, no run, good stuff, landing on a good length, nipping back in, gets an inside edge onto the pads as he tries to drive it to midwicket

7.6

Patel to Smith, 1 run, short ball on the pads, clipped it down towards fine leg for a single

End of over 8 (1 run) South Africa 32/1 (RR: 4.00)
GC Smith    16* (29b 2x4)      MM Patel    4-0-17-0
CA Ingram    0* (1b)      Z Khan    4-0-15-1

8.1

Khan to Smith, no run, appeal for caught-behind, just a hint of away movement, potentially lethal, drew Smith forward, beat the outside edge just as Smith's bat clipped the pad

8.2

Khan to Smith, 1 run, goodlish length on the off, defended towards extra cover

Ingram to face

8.3

Khan to Ingram, FOUR, streaky way to get off the mark, short of a good length outside off, pushes at it with no movement off the feat, gets a thick outside edge to the third-man boundary

8.4

Khan to Ingram, 1 run, offcutter to the left-hander, turns the face and works it into the leg side

8.5

Khan to Smith, 1 run, fullish and he gets a leading edge, Smith walked across to drive it through midwicket, got a leading edge towards cover, ran through for a single

8.6

Khan to Ingram, no run, in the corridor outside off, moving away a touch, left alone to the keeper

End of over 9 (7 runs) South Africa 39/1 (RR: 4.33)
CA Ingram    5* (4b 1x4)      Z Khan    5-0-22-1
GC Smith    18* (32b 2x4)      MM Patel    4-0-17-0

Munaf to continue

9.1

Patel to Smith, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets across and drops it into the leg side

9.2

Patel to Smith, no run, short of a good length, taps it back onto the pitch

9.3

Patel to Smith, no run, back of a length on middle and off, Smith moved well across to turn it fine, clipped the thighs on the way to the keeper, actually went over the stumps

9.4

Patel to Smith, no run, back of a length on middle, gets back and tries to whip it square, struck on the thighs again

9.5

Patel to Smith, no run, shortish on the off, gets across and drops it down in front of the bowler

9.6

Patel to Smith, no run, goodish length on the off, gets forward and pushes it to cover

End of over 10 (maiden) South Africa 39/1 (RR: 3.90)
GC Smith    18* (38b 2x4)      MM Patel    5-1-17-0
CA Ingram    5* (4b 1x4)      Z Khan    5-0-22-1

The Powerplay has been taken. Nehra to bowl now. Has a slip in place.

10.1

Nehra to Ingram, no run, missed opportunity, fullish on the pads and Ingram was looking to flick it through the leg side, missed

10.2

Nehra to Ingram, 3 runs, succeeds this time, pitched up on the pads again, wrong line from Nehra, clips it through square leg for three runs

10.3

Nehra to Smith, 1 run, offcutter to the left-hander, short outside off, cut down to third man for a single

10.4

Nehra to Ingram, no run

10.5

Nehra to Ingram, no run, targeting middle and leg stump, Ingram is on the back foot, pushes it into the off side

10.6

Nehra to Ingram, no run, beaten, lovely delivery, drew him forward with a good length delivery, got it to nip away and beat the outside edge as Ingram went for the drive

End of over 11 (4 runs) South Africa 43/1 (RR: 3.90)
CA Ingram    8* (9b 1x4)      A Nehra    1-0-4-0
GC Smith    19* (39b 2x4)      MM Patel    5-1-17-0

Harbhajan into the attack now

11.1

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 run, floating it on the pads from round the wicket, driven towards deep midwicket for a single

The Powerplay is on, by the way

11.2

Harbhajan Singh to Ingram, no run, pushed it straight, Ingram was playing for the turn, went for a drive on the up, got an inside edge onto this pads

11.3

Harbhajan Singh to Ingram, no run, appeal for lbw, angling in from round the wicket, tried to sweep it square, was struck on the pads, it went straight on, but the impact was outside the line, marginal call that

11.4

Harbhajan Singh to Ingram, 1 run, flighted outside off, pushed through towards long-off

11.5

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, shortish on middle and off from round the wicket, came down the track to turn it square, was struck on the pads, a stifled appeal for lbw turned down

11.6

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 wide, slides it down the leg side and Taufel frees his arms

11.6

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 run, slightly short on middle, worked away off the back foot wide of square leg for a single

End of over 12 (4 runs) South Africa 47/1 (RR: 3.91)
GC Smith    21* (42b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-4-0
CA Ingram    9* (12b 1x4)      A Nehra    1-0-4-0

Guruprasad: "Munaf was express pace when he made his debut, but injuries and a lot of "gyan" has made him become a medium pacer. For that he needs to be a McGrath or Pollock to bowl and even those greats got a lot of stick often in mad cricket! Unadkat has started at 120k, where will he end up? Ramesh Powar's competitor?" Umm, to harsh my man, too harsh

12.1

Nehra to Smith, no run, on middle and leg and Smith drives it hard to midwicket but there is protection there

12.2

Nehra to Smith, no run, short of a length outside off, goes for the cut, it moves away further to beat the bat

12.3

Nehra to Smith, 1 run, fullish on the pads, driven towards deep midwicket for a single

12.4

Nehra to Ingram, no run, good bounce there, short of a good length this time, movement still for the seamers, Ingram fishes for that and misses, a nod from Smith at the other end, perhaps indicating that there is much in there in still for the bowlers

12.5

Nehra to Ingram, no run, drops it short on the off and is met with a pull but straight to midwicket

12.6

Nehra to Ingram, 1 run, edged, squared him up slightly with that short of a good length delivery, gets a thick edge down to third man

End of over 13 (2 runs) South Africa 49/1 (RR: 3.76)
CA Ingram    10* (15b 1x4)      A Nehra    2-0-6-0
GC Smith    22* (45b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-4-0

13.1

Harbhajan Singh to Ingram, OUT, outstanding catch by Kohli at slip, turning from a good length outside off, bowling round the wicket is Harbhajan, Ingram steps forward to defend, does so inside the line, gets an edge and Kohli dives forward to his right and clasps it with one hand inches from the ground, India strike again

CA Ingram c Kohli b Harbhajan Singh 10 (30m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

The South Africa squad will be announced later tonight, will Ingram make the cut? It's not been a great series so far

AB comes in

13.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, stretches forward to drop it on the side of the pitch, big stride forward

13.3

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, tossed up outside off, comes down the track and drives it to long-on

13.4

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run

13.5

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 run, pushed it fuller on middle, flicked away for one more

13.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, quicker through the air, comes down the track and drops it into the off side

End of over 14 (2 runs) South Africa 51/2 (RR: 3.64)
AB de Villiers    1* (3b)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-6-1
GC Smith    23* (47b 2x4)      A Nehra    2-0-6-0

14.1

Nehra to Smith, 1 run, attempting to york him there, digs it out but by way of a leading edge into the off side, quick single taken

14.2

Nehra to de Villiers, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, dabs it down to third man for a single

14.3

Nehra to Smith, no run, goodish length on middle, gets forward and plays it back cautiously to the bowler

14.4

Nehra to Smith, 1 wide, down the leg side, short ball, called a wide

14.4

Nehra to Smith, 1 run, short outside off and it's pulled away towards deep square leg for one

14.5

Nehra to de Villiers, 1 run, back of a length on middle, turns it behind square for a single

14.6

Nehra to Smith, 1 run, short but there is protection in the deep, dragged away to deep square leg again

End of over 15 (6 runs) South Africa 57/2 (RR: 3.80)
GC Smith    26* (51b 2x4)      A Nehra    3-0-12-0
AB de Villiers    3* (5b)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-6-1

15.1

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, round the wicket again, floating it on leg stump, Smith comes forward, tries to close the face, gets an inside edge onto his pads

15.2

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, played away into the off side

15.3

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, varying his pace well, quicker through the air, gets forward and tries to defend with bat close to pad, a slight inside edge there

15.4

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, steps out of his crease to flick it through midwicket, struck on the pads and rolls into the off side

15.5

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, slowed it up this time, and held it back, turned away and Smith spotted it late, tried to dab it, missed

15.6

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, flighted on the off, gets forward and pushes it into the leg side, good tight stuff from Harbhajan

End of over 16 (maiden) South Africa 57/2 (RR: 3.56)
GC Smith    26* (57b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-1-6-1
AB de Villiers    3* (5b)      A Nehra    3-0-12-0

Drinks it is. India have a slight edge at this point, though there is some turn on offer and the seamers got plenty of movement. Nehra to continue now

16.1

Nehra to de Villiers, 1 run, short of a good length on middle, gets on the back foot and drops it in front of square leg for a single

16.2

Nehra to Smith, no run, slightly short on the off, gets back and plays it in front of cover

16.3

Nehra to Smith, FOUR, the field is in on the off side and Smith pierces it with a firm push through the covers, just eased it after making use of some width from Nehra

16.4

Nehra to Smith, 2 runs, missed chance for a catch, Nehra completely lost that, short and Smith got a leading edge as he tried to whip it square, went straight back towards Nehra and he simply didn't spot that, reacted really late and was surprised it came his way, a missed chance in the end

16.5

Nehra to Smith, 1 run

16.6

Nehra to de Villiers, no run, good length delivery outside off, angling away, chopped in front of point

End of over 17 (8 runs) South Africa 65/2 (RR: 3.82)
AB de Villiers    4* (7b)      A Nehra    4-0-20-0
GC Smith    33* (61b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-1-6-1

17.1

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 run, on the pads, tucked towards square leg by Smith

17.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, length ball on off, clipped behind square by AB

17.3

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 run, fullish and on off, whipped towards wide mid-on by Smith

17.4

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, continue to pick off the singles, nudged past a diving midwicket

17.5

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 run, full and outside off, eased down to long-off for another single

17.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, Harbhajan drops it short, AB stands tall to punch it to mid-on to complete an over of singles

End of over 18 (6 runs) South Africa 71/2 (RR: 3.94)
AB de Villiers    7* (10b)      Harbhajan Singh    4-1-12-1
GC Smith    36* (64b 3x4)      A Nehra    4-0-20-0

18.1

Nehra to de Villiers, 1 run, another single, unlike the easy ones of the previous over, Smith was nearly run-out, AB pushed the ball towards point, sets off for the run, Kohli is onto the ball and underarms it towards the striker's end, misses and a diving Smith is relieved to see that

18.2

Nehra to Smith, 1 run, clips the ball from outside off towards square leg

18.3

Nehra to de Villiers, 1 run, the singles continue, dabbed towards backward point this time

18.4

Nehra to Smith, 1 run, down to third man by Smith, just opening the face to guide the ball

18.5

Nehra to de Villiers, 2 runs, no power in the run-scoring strokes in the last couple of overs, this time AB muscles it towards deep midwicket, where a misfield from Yuvraj gives away an extra run

18.6

Nehra to de Villiers, 1 run, short of length ball, clipped to square leg by AB

End of over 19 (7 runs) South Africa 78/2 (RR: 4.10)
AB de Villiers    12* (14b)      A Nehra    5-0-27-0
GC Smith    38* (66b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-1-12-1

19.1

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, no run, loopy delivery, AB was beaten in the flight as he charged down the track, off the front pad and pops up, muted appeal for a catch

19.2

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, flatter quicker delivery, slashed towards point by AB

19.3

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, Smith comes down the track and punches the ball back towards the bowler

19.4

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, gets well forward and defends

19.5

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 run, just a bit of width, Smith gets onto the back foot and guides that towards sweeper cover

19.6

Harbhajan Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, another easy single, fullish ball is worked toward square leg by AB

Reg Fenner: "The difference between the Graeme Smith a couple of years ago and now is here to see now. He's in so much of a hurry to keep the scoreboard ticking now, no patience, a product of 20/20 cricket maybe?"

End of over 20 (3 runs) South Africa 81/2 (RR: 4.05)
AB de Villiers    14* (17b)      Harbhajan Singh    5-1-15-1
GC Smith    39* (69b 3x4)      A Nehra    5-0-27-0

Yusuf Pathan comes on

20.1

Pathan to de Villiers, 2 runs, starts with a ball sliding down leg, whipped down to fine leg, superb running from AB, who races back for the second, pushing his captain for the extra run

20.2

Pathan to de Villiers, no run, blocked back towards the bowler by AB

20.3

Pathan to de Villiers, OUT, Zaheer Khan takes a blinder, Yusuf gets a wicket in his first over, and it was not even a very good delivery, it was short and sat up, AB looked to swat it powerfully, gets a top-edge and immediately there a loud cry of 'Catch it' from behind the stumps, Zaheer at wide long-on is running at full tilt and completes a low, tumbling catch, he latches onto it with both hands though he was sprinting, and he manages to keep it in his hand though he lands awkwardly after catching the ball

AB de Villiers c Khan b Pathan 16 (32m 20b 0x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

20.4

Pathan to Smith, no run, Smith defends solidly back towards the bowler

20.5

Pathan to Smith, no run, flighted delivery from Yusuf, defended again by Smith

20.6

Pathan to Smith, 1 run, short, tapped towards cover for a single to keep the strike

End of over 21 (3 runs) South Africa 84/3 (RR: 4.00)
GC Smith    40* (72b 3x4)      YK Pathan    1-0-3-1
JP Duminy    0* (0b)      Harbhajan Singh    5-1-15-1

21.1

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, gets well forward but is rapped on the pads outside off as he looks to drive a fullish ball

21.2

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, 1 run, tucked to square leg for a single

21.3

Harbhajan Singh to Duminy, no run, short and wide, Duminy slashes it towards cover

21.4

Harbhajan Singh to Duminy, no run, angling into middle and leg, defended by Duminy

21.5

Harbhajan Singh to Duminy, no run, length ball outside off, textbook forward defence from Duminy

21.6

Harbhajan Singh to Duminy, no run, goes for an airy drive to a ball outside off, edged towards backward point

End of over 22 (1 run) South Africa 85/3 (RR: 3.86)
JP Duminy    0* (4b)      Harbhajan Singh    6-1-16-1
GC Smith    41* (74b 3x4)      YK Pathan    1-0-3-1

22.1

Pathan to Smith, 1 run, Smith gets onto the back foot to punch a ball on middle to long-on, walks through a single

22.2

Pathan to Duminy, 1 run, length ball on middle and off, pushed to the left of the bowler for another single

22.3

Pathan to Smith, no run, blocked off the front foot to cover

22.4

Pathan to Smith, 1 run, short of length ball and just outside off, driven towards long-off

22.5

Pathan to Duminy, no run, Duminy looks to steer that behind the stumps, opens the face and is beaten by that one, Dhoni collects and breaks the stumps, muted appeal for a stumping, replay shows Duminy had dragged his back foot back into the crease in time

22.6

Pathan to Duminy, 2 runs, a full delivery, whipped towards deep square leg for a couple, Duminy wanted two all along, sprinting the first to have enough time for the second

End of over 23 (5 runs) South Africa 90/3 (RR: 3.91)
JP Duminy    3* (7b)      YK Pathan    2-0-8-1
GC Smith    43* (77b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-1-16-1

23.1

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, no run, Smith continues to survive, there's an lbw appeal as a straighter one from Harbhajan is misread by Smith, he looks to defend off the front foot but seems to have got a thin inside-edge onto the pad, he was a goner otherwise

23.2

Harbhajan Singh to Smith, OUT, and Smith's struggle is finally over, after many, many unconvincing shots he departs attempting a sweep which flies off the back of the bat to first slip, India are in control here, he was looking to paddle that one fine, stretching well forward, but he was through early with the stroke and an easy catch results

GC Smith c Kohli b Harbhajan Singh 43 (102m 79b 3x4 0x6) SR: 54.43

23.3

Harbhajan Singh to du Plessis, no run, clips a length ball from outside off towards square leg

23.4

Harbhajan Singh to du Plessis, no run, debutant du Plessis is surrounded by fielders, four of them round the bat, struck on the pad well outside off

23.5

Harbhajan Singh to du Plessis, no run, spins into du Plessis, who defends to the leg side

23.6

Harbhajan Singh to du Plessis, 1 run, quicker on middle and leg, tucked behind square leg for his first international run

End of over 24 (1 run) South Africa 91/4 (RR: 3.79)
F du Plessis    1* (4b)      Harbhajan Singh    7-1-17-2
JP Duminy    3* (7b)      YK Pathan    2-0-8-1

24.1

Pathan to du Plessis, no run, blocked back towards the bowler

24.2

Pathan to du Plessis, no run, and another wicket, or is it? Duminy gets the benefit of the doubt, he's very lucky to survive a run-out chance, du Plessis played the ball with soft hands towards point, he was going nowhere after that shot but duminy was racing for a single, sent back and he looked a goner, the throw was good as well, Yusuf collects on top of the stumps and whips off the bails, Duminy looked to be well short when the ball made contact with the stumps, but many camera angles don't show exactly when the bails comes off, and after much deliberation that is ruled not out, Duminy had instinctively thought he was out, but he gets a life

24.3

Pathan to du Plessis, 1 run, punched to long-on for a single

24.4

Pathan to Duminy, no run, flighted delivery, defended to the leg side

24.5

Pathan to Duminy, 1 run, shorter and flatter, slapped towards point

24.6

Pathan to du Plessis, 1 run, driven down to long-on for an easy single

End of over 25 (3 runs) South Africa 94/4 (RR: 3.76)
F du Plessis    3* (8b)      YK Pathan    3-0-11-1
JP Duminy    4* (9b)      Harbhajan Singh    7-1-17-2

25.1

Harbhajan Singh to du Plessis, 1 run, punched off the back foot towards point

25.2

Harbhajan Singh to Duminy, 1 run, clipped towards midwicket off the back foot for an easy single

25.3

Harbhajan Singh to du Plessis, no run, defended off the front foot to short leg

25.4

Harbhajan Singh to du Plessis, no run, du Plessis comes down the track and drives firmly to mid-on, too hard to get the single

25.5

Harbhajan Singh to du Plessis, no run, straighter one from Harbhajan, du Plessis was looking for the turn and plays inside the line of a delivery well outside off

25.6

Harbhajan Singh to du Plessis, no run, quicker delivery, fired in by Harbhajan, defended back to the bowler

End of over 26 (2 runs) South Africa 96/4 (RR: 3.69)
F du Plessis    4* (13b)      Harbhajan Singh    8-1-19-2
JP Duminy    5* (10b)      YK Pathan    3-0-11-1

26.1

Yuvraj Singh to Duminy, 1 run, Yuvraj starts with a loopy ball on legstump, pushed towards mid-on

Allen de Richard: "Curious to see how Faf du Plessis bats, He's gonna play for CSK in IPL 4"

26.2

Yuvraj Singh to du Plessis, 1 run, length ball outside off, dabbed towards point by du Plessis

26.3

Yuvraj Singh to Duminy, 1 run, backs away and carves that past point

26.4

Yuvraj Singh to du Plessis, 1 run, flighted and full, well outside off, du Plessis again shows he happy using his feet to the spinners, comes down the track and srives along the ground to long-off

26.5

Yuvraj Singh to Duminy, 1 run, tapped to cover point for another single

26.6

Yuvraj Singh to du Plessis, no run, short of length ball just outside off, du Plessis moves across the stumps and pushes the ball towards the bowler

End of over 27 (5 runs) South Africa 101/4 (RR: 3.74)
F du Plessis    6* (16b)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-5-0
JP Duminy    8* (13b)      Harbhajan Singh    8-1-19-2

27.1

Pathan to Duminy, no run, length ball heading for off, defended off the front foot

Joy Dasgupta: "Jean-Paul Duminy and Francois du Plessis --- have we ever seen two such French-sounding names batting together? "

27.2

Pathan to Duminy, no run, shorter this time, Duminy is down the track but can't get to the pitch, he blocks

27.3

Pathan to Duminy, 2 runs, looks to paddle that one, delicately played down to fine leg

27.4

Pathan to Duminy, 1 run, tucked towards midwicket by Duminy

27.5

Pathan to du Plessis, 1 run, length ball is punched to long-on by du Plessis

27.6

Pathan to Duminy, no run, comes down the track and looks to play it to the leg side, tucked to short midwicket where the fielder makes a sliding stop

End of over 28 (4 runs) South Africa 105/4 (RR: 3.75)
JP Duminy    11* (18b)      YK Pathan    4-0-15-1
F du Plessis    7* (17b)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-5-0

28.1

Yuvraj Singh to du Plessis, 1 run, some turn on offer for Yuvraj, played towards short third for a single

28.2

Yuvraj Singh to Duminy, 1 run, flighted delivery, punched down the ground by Duminy

28.3

Yuvraj Singh to du Plessis, no run, a bit of width, swish and a miss from du Plessis, he wanted to carve that past point

28.4

Yuvraj Singh to du Plessis, no run, this time he connects, crisply punched towards cover off the back foot

28.5

Yuvraj Singh to du Plessis, no run, Yuvraj keeping things quiet, on middle and leg, slower delivery, defended off the back foot

28.6

Yuvraj Singh to du Plessis, 1 run, gets a single to square leg to finish the over

End of over 29 (3 runs) South Africa 108/4 (RR: 3.72)
F du Plessis    9* (22b)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-8-0
JP Duminy    12* (19b)      YK Pathan    4-0-15-1

29.1

Sharma to du Plessis, 1 run, slightly short, just outside off, du Plessis makes room and pushes the ball towards point

29.2

Sharma to Duminy, no run, Duminy also looks to make room, he nudges the ball towards short thord

29.3

Sharma to Duminy, 1 run, fullish on middle and leg, Duminy down the track as he punches it past the bowler

29.4

Sharma to du Plessis, 1 run, overpitched outside off, clipped towards square leg

29.5

Sharma to Duminy, 1 run, length ball outside off, again batsman is down the pitch, whips it towards wide mid-on

29.6

Sharma to du Plessis, 1 run, shortish ball keeps a touch low, du Plessis bends and works the ball towards midwicket

End of over 30 (5 runs) South Africa 113/4 (RR: 3.76)
F du Plessis    12* (25b)      RG Sharma    1-0-5-0
JP Duminy    14* (22b)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-8-0

30.1

Yuvraj Singh to du Plessis, no run, guides the ball to short third

30.2

Yuvraj Singh to du Plessis, no run, powerfully hit towards cover after coming down the track

30.3

Yuvraj Singh to du Plessis, 1 run, lashes that one towards deep point for a single

30.4

Yuvraj Singh to Duminy, 1 run, length ball is driven down to long-off for another easy single

30.5

Yuvraj Singh to du Plessis, 1 run, length ball outside off, batsman shuffles across and tucks the ball towards square leg

30.6

Yuvraj Singh to Duminy, 2 runs, places this one between midwicket and long-on, time enough to take two before the fielders send the ball back

End of over 31 (5 runs) South Africa 118/4 (RR: 3.80)
JP Duminy    17* (24b)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-13-0
F du Plessis    14* (29b)      RG Sharma    1-0-5-0

Zaheer Khan back into the attack

31.1

Khan to du Plessis, 2 runs, length ball angling into off, tucked behind square leg by du Plessis

31.2

Khan to du Plessis, 1 run, short of length ball, on middle and off, clipped towards midwicket

31.3

Khan to Duminy, 1 run, shortish ball outside off, pulled with authority by Duminy to deep midwicket

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31.4

Khan to du Plessis, no run, short of length ball outside off, punched towards point

31.5

Khan to du Plessis, 1 run, back of length on legstump, nudged behind square leg

Barry: "The balance of the SA Side does not look right at the moment. The tail looks very long and if another wicket drops soon then they will be in a lot of trouble! Kallis is a big loss!"

31.6

Khan to Duminy, 1 wide, way down the leg side, a free run for South Africa

31.6

Khan to Duminy, no run, huge appeal for lbw from Zaheer, just back of a length and coming into the batsman, Duminy came down the track and looked to defend, hit on the pads outside off, a delayed appeal from Zaheer, umpire says not out

Drinks.

Perhaps you didn't know this about du Plessis. Sushil says "Faf: He was featured in the music video for the song "Maak Jou Drome Waar", a duet by AB de Villiers and Ampie du Preez"

Ryan: "I agree Barry, remember the days when we used to have Boje at 10, our tail was just Donald!"

End of over 32 (6 runs) South Africa 124/4 (RR: 3.87)
JP Duminy    18* (26b)      Z Khan    6-0-28-1
F du Plessis    18* (33b)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-13-0

32.1

Raina to du Plessis, 2 runs, short and outside off, slapped to deep point

32.2

Raina to du Plessis, 2 runs, punched to deep extra cover

32.3

Raina to du Plessis, 1 run, closer to the stumps this time, pushed to long-on

32.4

Raina to Duminy, 1 run, Duminy dances down the track and pushes the ball towards mid-on

32.5

Raina to du Plessis, no run, opens the face to guide the ball towards short third

32.6

Raina to du Plessis, 2 runs, short and wide, du Plessis makes room and carves that towards deep extra cover, South Africa just can't seem to find the boundary

Aravind: "JPD and Faf are doing some sensible work here. Picking up the ones and twos whenever they can and reserving the big hits for later. I am glad there are guys out there who realize that ODI cricket ain't T20. "

End of over 33 (8 runs) South Africa 132/4 (RR: 4.00)
F du Plessis    25* (38b)      SK Raina    1-0-8-0
JP Duminy    19* (27b)      Z Khan    6-0-28-1

33.1

Khan to Duminy, 1 run, played towards short third for a single

33.2

Khan to du Plessis, no run, back of length ball angling across the batsman, who cracks it hard towards point but can't place it past the fielder

33.3

Khan to du Plessis, no run, length ball on middle and off, defended towards the off side, 'wait, wait, wait' is the call from du Plessis

33.4

Khan to du Plessis, 1 run, full ball on the pads, whipped towards midwicket by du Plessis, nicely done

33.5

Khan to Duminy, 1 run, short and wide, Duminy looks to punch that one towards point, gets a bottom-edge and the ball races past Dhoni to third man

33.6

Khan to du Plessis, 1 run, shortish and on the pads, bottom hand comes off as a cramped du Plessis helps the ball down to fine leg

End of over 34 (4 runs) South Africa 136/4 (RR: 4.00)
F du Plessis    27* (42b)      Z Khan    7-0-32-1
JP Duminy    21* (29b)      SK Raina    1-0-8-0

Ball change after 34 overs

34.1

Yuvraj Singh to du Plessis, no run, length ball outside off, off the back pad towards the keeper

34.2

Yuvraj Singh to du Plessis, 2 runs, confidently driven off the front foot towards wide long-off

34.3

Yuvraj Singh to du Plessis, no run, length ball outside off, defended off the front foot

34.4

Yuvraj Singh to du Plessis, 1 run, on the leg stump, worked behind square leg

34.5

Yuvraj Singh to Duminy, 1 run, length ball, flat and just outside off, Duminy backs away and guides the ball behind point, and that brings up the 50 partnership

34.6

Yuvraj Singh to du Plessis, no run, on middle and leg, blocked towards the off side

End of over 35 (4 runs) South Africa 140/4 (RR: 4.00)
F du Plessis    30* (47b)      Yuvraj Singh    4-0-17-0
JP Duminy    22* (30b)      Z Khan    7-0-32-1

Nehra back on now

35.1

Nehra to Duminy, 1 run, back of length on middle and leg, tucked towards fine leg

35.2

Nehra to du Plessis, no run, pushed towards midwicket, du Plessis and Duminy both start for a single then decide to turn back, du Plessis trips as he turns but there's still enough time to get back

35.3

Nehra to du Plessis, 1 run, drop the outside off ball towards point

35.4

Nehra to Duminy, FOUR, and that's the first boundary since the 17th over, Duminy shuffles across and plays a legstump delivery fine down the leg side, smartly done

35.5

Nehra to Duminy, 1 run, shortish ball and outside off, drops the ball at his feet, sees du Plessis wants the single and sets off to get a well-judged run

35.6

Nehra to du Plessis, 2 runs, full ball angling across, du Plessis looked to whip that to midwicket, gets an edge down to third man

End of over 36 (9 runs) South Africa 149/4 (RR: 4.13)
F du Plessis    33* (50b)      A Nehra    6-0-36-0
JP Duminy    28* (33b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    4-0-17-0

36.1

Yuvraj Singh to Duminy, 1 run, loopy delivery outside off, dabbed towards cover for a single that brings up the 150

36.2

Yuvraj Singh to du Plessis, 1 run, length ball outside off, again it is pushed towards cover for a single, these two have batted very sensibly so far

36.3

Yuvraj Singh to Duminy, 1 run, on offstump, Duminy makes room and punches the ball to cover once more

36.4

Yuvraj Singh to du Plessis, no run, slightly short, played off the back foot towards mid-on

36.5

Yuvraj Singh to du Plessis, 2 runs, length ball on legstump, du Plessis comes down the track and guides the ball towards fine leg

Wazza: "South Africa don't seem to be producing decent batting all-rounders anymore. We really miss the likes of Klusener, Boje and Kemp, all 3rd/4th bowlers change bowlers that could smash the ball. Albie Morkel needs to get his bowling together and he could slot in nicely."

36.6

Yuvraj Singh to du Plessis, no run, length ball on off, down the track and defended towards the bowler

End of over 37 (5 runs) South Africa 154/4 (RR: 4.16)
F du Plessis    36* (54b)      Yuvraj Singh    5-0-22-0
JP Duminy    30* (35b 1x4)      A Nehra    6-0-36-0

Munaf takes over

37.1

Patel to Duminy, no run, starts with a length ball outside off that is knocked back to the bowler

Pawan: "When does Andrew hudson annouce the world cup squad for the proteas." Soon after this match ends (11pm SA time).

37.2

Patel to Duminy, 1 run, short of length ball outside off, slower ball, Duminy mistimes an attempted drive towards cover, gets the ball towards midwicket

37.3

Patel to du Plessis, 1 run, length ball slanting into legstump, tucked in front of square leg

37.4

Patel to Duminy, no run, keeps pegging at a short of length, outside off, defended towards the off side

37.5

Patel to Duminy, 1 run, a touch shorter this time, Duminy advances down the track and works the ball towards cover

37.6

Patel to du Plessis, 1 run, length ball outside off, du Plessis shuffles across and clips the ball towards midwicket for a tight single

End of over 38 (4 runs) South Africa 158/4 (RR: 4.15)
F du Plessis    38* (56b)      MM Patel    6-1-21-0
JP Duminy    32* (39b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    5-0-22-0

38.1

Yuvraj Singh to du Plessis, 1 run, length ball outside off, jabbed towards point

38.2

Yuvraj Singh to Duminy, 1 run, Yuvraj drags it short, Duminy stays on the back foot and swipes that down to long-on

38.3

Yuvraj Singh to du Plessis, FOUR, du Plessis gets his first boundary, makes a touch of room and he carcks that powerfully off the back foot past point

38.4

Yuvraj Singh to du Plessis, no run, defended off the front foot towards cover

38.5

Yuvraj Singh to du Plessis, 1 run, flighted by Yuvraj, overpitched on off, punched along the ground to long-off

38.6

Yuvraj Singh to Duminy, 1 run, length ball on middle, Duminy works it behind square

Raj: "A word of advice for Hudson- Watch how well du Plessis can play spin? SA playing environment provides less opportunities to handle quality spin which is a big factor in sub continent."

End of over 39 (8 runs) South Africa 166/4 (RR: 4.25)
JP Duminy    34* (41b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    6-0-30-0
F du Plessis    44* (60b 1x4)      MM Patel    6-1-21-0

39.1

Patel to Duminy, 1 run, short of length ball outside off, played with soft hands towards the off side, a sharp single is pinched

39.2

Patel to du Plessis, 1 run, length ball on offstump, du Plessis walks across the stumps and pushes the ball to the leg isde

39.3

Patel to Duminy, 1 run, length ball outside off, sensibly driven towards extra cover

39.4

Patel to du Plessis, 1 run, length ball outside off, worked towards midwicket

39.5

Patel to Duminy, 1 run, short of length outside off, guided off the back foot to short third

39.6

Patel to du Plessis, 1 run, back of length ball on off, tucked behind square by du Plessis, who has played with plenty of confidence today, no debut nerves for him

End of over 40 (6 runs) South Africa 172/4 (RR: 4.30)
F du Plessis    47* (63b 1x4)      MM Patel    7-1-27-0
JP Duminy    37* (44b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    6-0-30-0

Yusuf to bowl

40.1

Pathan to du Plessis, 1 run, shortish on the pads, tickled away behind square for a single

An excellent stand this, just two boundaries between them but they've maintained a good scoring rate

40.2

Pathan to Duminy, no run, bowls it on a length outside off, guided towards short third

40.3

Pathan to Duminy, 1 run, pushed through cover for a single

40.4

Pathan to du Plessis, 1 run, bowled it short on middle, gets across to tickle it to short fine for a single

40.5

Pathan to Duminy, 1 run, shortish on middle, gets across a hint to turn it past midwicket for a single

40.6

Pathan to du Plessis, no run, floats it outside off, turning in, gets back and punches it to midwicket

End of over 41 (4 runs) South Africa 176/4 (RR: 4.29)
F du Plessis    49* (66b 1x4)      YK Pathan    5-0-19-1
JP Duminy    39* (47b 1x4)      MM Patel    7-1-27-0

Harbhajan to bowl now

41.1

Harbhajan Singh to Duminy, 1 run, flighted on middle, Duminy comes down the track and drives it wide of long-on, just the single

41.2

Harbhajan Singh to du Plessis, 1 run, fifty for du Plessis, the selectors will be watching this, tickled behind square for a single, fifty on debut, well done

He and David Miller are possibly competing for a World Cup spot.

41.3

Harbhajan Singh to Duminy, 1 run, Duminy uses his feet again, pushed through to deep midwicket for a single

41.4

Harbhajan Singh to du Plessis, no run, quicker through the air, turned in sharply, drops it into the leg side

41.5

Harbhajan Singh to du Plessis, 1 run, works away into the leg side off the back foot, one more

41.6

Harbhajan Singh to Duminy, no run, quicker one, no room there, fired it straight on middle, Duminy defends it off the back foot

End of over 42 (4 runs) South Africa 180/4 (RR: 4.28)
JP Duminy    41* (50b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    9-1-23-2
F du Plessis    51* (69b 1x4)      YK Pathan    5-0-19-1

Aarshin: "Looks like Faf du Plessis might just have booked himself a ticket to India for the World Cup thanks to his innings here thanks to his wonderfully played innings so far."

Sen Saban: "Faf du Plessis must be making quite an impression on his future IPL captain watching from such close quarters. Taking one step closer to their playing XI" du Plessis is getting some attention from the physio, on his hand. Small break

42.1

Pathan to du Plessis, 1 run, slightly short on middle, whipped through square leg for a single

42.2

Pathan to Duminy, 1 run, flighted on middle, pushed down the ground to long-on for a single

42.3

Pathan to du Plessis, 1 run, short on middle, pulled away to deep square leg for one more

42.4

Pathan to Duminy, no run, some turn there, Duminy played at that a little too early, struck on the back pad, the thigh actually

42.5

Pathan to Duminy, FOUR, streaky but helps, flighted outside off, Duminy tries to drive that through cover, gets an thick edge as it turns away to beat short third man to the boundary

42.6

Pathan to Duminy, 1 run, slightly short on the off, rocks back and punches it to deep cover

End of over 43 (8 runs) South Africa 188/4 (RR: 4.37)
JP Duminy    47* (54b 2x4)      YK Pathan    6-0-27-1
F du Plessis    53* (71b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    9-1-23-2

Nehra back into the attack

43.1

Nehra to Duminy, 1 run, didn't middle that, short outside off and he went for the pull, a bit of a top edge that but lands safely in front of deep square leg

43.2

Nehra to du Plessis, 1 run, short on middle, rocks back and pulls it away to deep midwicket for a single, raises the 100 stand, nice recovery from the hosts

43.3

Nehra to Duminy, 1 run, shortish outside off, waited for it to come on, dabbed it down to third man

43.4

Nehra to du Plessis, no run, good length on middle, comes down the track and punches it to extra cover

43.5

Nehra to du Plessis, 1 run, short on the off, chops it just wide of the keeper for a quick single

Senthil: "Everyone (commentator and the feedbackers) are talking only about Plessis and forgot about Duminy, he initially started the construction phase in this innings and scoring runs on better rate than Plessis..!!"

43.6

Nehra to Duminy, 2 runs, there, a half-century, short and it's tucked behind square, it's been a good series for Duminy so far, even in the previous game he was going along well but for a rush of blood that cost him his wicket, now for the surge

End of over 44 (6 runs) South Africa 194/4 (RR: 4.40)
JP Duminy    51* (57b 2x4)      A Nehra    7-0-42-0
F du Plessis    55* (74b 1x4)      YK Pathan    6-0-27-1

Nikky backing Duminy as well: "All the words of praise going for Plessis which he rightly deserves as making quite-an-impresion on the debut but I would like to spare a thought for Duminy who has also crafted the 5th wicket partnership."

Munaf to bowl. South Africa have taken the batting Powerplay

44.1

Patel to du Plessis, 1 run, short of a good length, dropped into the off side for a single

44.2

Patel to Duminy, 1 run, fullish on middle, steps out and drives it in front of midwicket for a quick single

44.3

Patel to du Plessis, no run, good length, Faf wants to send that back to Johannesburg, comes down the track and has a wild swing, misses

44.4

Patel to du Plessis, FOUR, slower ball and don't quite think he picked it, but it was a safe shot in the end, came down the track and chipped it over mid-off for a boundary

44.5

Patel to du Plessis, OUT, gone! Another catch for Virat, another slower ball from Munaf, Faf made room and tried to clear that fielder at cover and slipped in the process, connected pretty well but didn't get the desired elevation, Virat timed his jump perfectly and took a sharp catch, the end of an innings that could potentially clinch a World Cup spot for Faf, we'll wait

F du Plessis c Kohli b Patel 60 (94m 78b 2x4 0x6) SR: 76.92

Botha's the new man

44.6

Patel to Botha, 1 run, short on middle, drops it into the leg side, quick single taken

End of over 45 (7 runs) South Africa 201/5 (RR: 4.46)
J Botha    1* (1b)      MM Patel    8-1-34-1
JP Duminy    52* (58b 2x4)      A Nehra    7-0-42-0

Zaheer to bowl

45.1

Khan to Botha, 1 run, shortish on the off, drops it towards point for a single

45.2

Khan to Duminy, OUT, Duminy walked way too across there, was a fullish delivery but he appeared to have made his mind up there, walked well across to flick it fine, missed as Zaheer bowled it full and straight and the stumps take a beating!

JP Duminy b Khan 52 (111m 59b 2x4 0x6) SR: 88.13

Mrinal: "The Powerplay strikes!...for the bowlers (again)" Hmm, two wickets already. What a mess it proved in Johannesburg. Parnell to face now

45.3

Khan to Parnell, no run

45.4

Khan to Parnell, FOUR, Parnell, remember he was the last man out at the Wanderers? A short delivery on middle and he pulls it away over midwicket for a boundary, nice start

45.5

Khan to Parnell, 1 run, OUT, run-out, short and wide delivery and Parnell runs it down to third man, senses a chance to come back for the second, proves an ill-judged run, it's an excellent throw from the deep, Dhoni collects cleanly and takes off the bails to find Parnell a few inches short, three quick wickets this Powerplay, South Africa are slipping

WD Parnell run out 5 (2m 3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 166.66

Round the wicket now

45.6

Khan to Steyn, no run, full on middle, defended with a full face back to the bowler

End of over 46 (6 runs) South Africa 207/7 (RR: 4.50)
DW Steyn    0* (1b)      Z Khan    8-0-38-2
J Botha    2* (2b)      MM Patel    8-1-34-1

46.1

Patel to Botha, no run, short of a good length outside off, taps it towards point

46.2

Patel to Botha, 1 run, shortish on leg stump, worked away to fine leg for a single

That was Munaf who ran out Parnell from third man

46.3

Patel to Steyn, no run, back of a length on the off, not giving too much room, defended towards point

46.4

Patel to Steyn, 2 runs, low full toss on the off, driven hard towards extra cover where its fumbled, Yuvraj has hurt his hand as he was trying to field that, got a bad bounce, struck him on the wrist, hmmm, seems okay now

46.5

Patel to Steyn, 1 run, shortish on middle, punched off the back foot to long-on for just a single this time

46.6

Patel to Botha, 1 run, short of a good length on middle, turned into the leg side behind square, Dhoni runs and collects, just the single

End of over 47 (5 runs) South Africa 212/7 (RR: 4.51)
J Botha    4* (5b)      MM Patel    9-1-39-1
DW Steyn    3* (4b)      Z Khan    8-0-38-2

Zaheer runs in

47.1

Khan to Botha, 1 run, short of a good length on the off, knocked behind point for a single

47.2

Khan to Steyn, no run, short, tries to open the face to run it to third man, beaten by pace there, couldn't connect

47.3

Khan to Steyn, 1 run, slower offcutter, manages to connect this time, runs it to third man for a single

47.4

Khan to Botha, no run, fires it on the pads and Botha will feel he missed out, tried to clip it square, didn't get his bat to it

47.5

Khan to Botha, 1 run, goodish length on the off, defended in front of point and runs across for a quick single

47.6

Khan to Steyn, 1 run, has a big swing, was trying to dispatch it over midwicket, got an inside edge to fine leg for a single

End of over 48 (4 runs) South Africa 216/7 (RR: 4.50)
DW Steyn    5* (7b)      Z Khan    9-0-42-2
J Botha    6* (8b)      MM Patel    9-1-39-1

The last over of the Powerplay now

48.1

Patel to Steyn, OUT, another wicket, Steyn connected well but found the solitary fielder there at deep midwicket, length ball and he had made his mind up, went big but not far enough, comfortable catch to Raina

DW Steyn c Raina b Patel 5 (12m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

48.2

Patel to Botha, no run, short delivery on the off stump, cut down to point, a dot ball

48.3

Patel to Botha, 2 runs, slower one bowled short on middle, dragged through square leg into the deep for a couple of runs

48.4

Patel to Botha, no run, slower one bowled short on the off, punched back to the bowler

48.5

Patel to Botha, no run, ooh, kept really low, slower one and zipped through, no way Botha could have made contact, was forunate that wasn't bowled straight

48.6

Patel to Botha, 1 run, aiming for the blockhole, digs it out towards extra cover for a single

The end of the Powerplay, a disappointing one for the hosts yet again. Four wickets and 25 runs

End of over 49 (3 runs) South Africa 219/8 (RR: 4.46)
J Botha    9* (13b)      MM Patel    10-1-42-2
M Morkel    0* (0b)      Z Khan    9-0-42-2

49.1

Khan to Botha, OUT, Done in by the low bounce, Botha is bowled! Short and quick from round the wicket, Botha had shaped up for the pull, was trying to blast it through midwicket, it didn't rise up as much as he wanted to, the rest is history

J Botha b Khan 9 (26m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 64.28

Another collapse, this. A score of 250 had seemed realistic when de Plessis and Duminy were going strong. This has to be a below-par total

49.2

Khan to Tsotsobe, 1 wide, down the leg side, round the wicket again, called a wide, an appeal from Dhoni rubbished by the umpire who signalled a wide

49.2

Khan to Tsotsobe, OUT, run-out, South Africa have lost six wickets for 25, since the Powerplay, dropped into the off side, Tsotso set off for a single, was sent back but it was too late, it was a direct hit from extra cover by way of an under-arm flick by Yusuf to close the innings

LL Tsotsobe run out 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

India will be happy. South Africa had fought back well through that stand between Duminy and du Plessis but that was undermined by the hosts' performance in the batting Powerplay. The South African bowlers should get some movement early on, Botha should get some turn and Faf can turn his arm over as well, but India will back themselves to chase this. Join us in 20 minutes for the reply. In the meantime, you could check out ESPNcricinfo's Google Chrome Extension.

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Jan 18, 2011

Yusuf Pathan celebrates the victory with Ashish Nehra and Harbhajan Singh, South Africa v India, 3rd ODI, Cape Town, January 18, 2011

Yusuf Pathan celebrates the victory with Ashish Nehra and Harbhajan Singh

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Jan 18, 2011

Morne Morkel's team-mates rush towards him after he held on to a catch from Yusuf Pathan, South Africa v India, 3rd ODI, Cape Town, January 18, 2011

Morne Morkel's team-mates rush towards him after he held on to a catch from Yusuf Pathan

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