India tour of South Africa, 4th ODI: South Africa v India at Port Elizabeth, Jan 21, 2011
South Africa won by 48 runs (D/L method)
21 January 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)
0.1

Steyn to Sharma, no run, leans forward to steer the good-length delivery to point

0.2

Steyn to Sharma, no run, gets on that front foot again and pushes this to mid-off

0.3

Steyn to Sharma, 1 run, fullish, around off, driven to right of mid-off for a single

Patel pulls out of strike just before Steyn was about to release. The bowler and the batsman have a chat!

0.4

Steyn to PA Patel, no run, in the corridor outside off, left alone

0.5

Steyn to PA Patel, no run, again in the channel outside off, left alone

0.6

Steyn to PA Patel, no run, gets forward and across to defend a good-length delivery

End of over 1 (1 run) India 1/0 (265 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 1.00, RRR: 5.40)

    • PA Patel 0 (3b)
    • RG Sharma 1 (3b)
    • DW Steyn 1-0-1-0

Lopsy to bowl

1.1

Tsotsobe to Sharma, no run, slants this across Rohit who chases it but doesn't get wood on leather

1.2

Tsotsobe to Sharma, no run, And again. Rohit gets on the front foot and then tries to go after this one but again fails to connect

1.3

Tsotsobe to Sharma, OUT, Rohit fails. Again. It was yet another delivery that was slanted across him outside off and Rohit cuts it straight to backward point.

RG Sharma c Duminy b Tsotsobe 1 (6m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

1.4

Tsotsobe to Kohli, no run, gets forward to defend it to the off

1.5

Tsotsobe to Kohli, no run, in the zone outside off, moving away, left alone

1.6

Tsotsobe to Kohli, no run, shifts his weight back to punch this to covers

End of over 2 (wicket maiden) India 1/1 (265 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 0.50, RRR: 5.52)

    • V Kohli 0 (3b)
    • PA Patel 0 (3b)
    • LL Tsotsobe 1-1-0-1
    • DW Steyn 1-0-1-0
2.1

Steyn to PA Patel, no run, fullish, around the off, driven to mid-off

2.2

Steyn to PA Patel, no run, in the zone outside off, dabbed to backward point

2.3

Steyn to PA Patel, FOUR, Top shot! Crunchy pull! It was the short delivery and he arched back to pull it superbly over square-leg

2.4

Steyn to PA Patel, no run, cuts away from Parthiv who pushes it to cover

2.5

Steyn to PA Patel, no run, full in length around off and Patel drives it sweetly but straight to mid-off

2.6

Steyn to PA Patel, no run, slightly slower, on the off, Parthiv gets forward to defend it towards covers

End of over 3 (4 runs) India 5/1 (261 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 1.66, RRR: 5.55)

    • PA Patel 4 (9b 1x4)
    • V Kohli 0 (3b)
    • DW Steyn 2-0-5-0
    • LL Tsotsobe 1-1-0-1
3.1

Tsotsobe to Kohli, FOUR, Virat leans forward and across to flay a good-length delivery outside off through extra cover. Neatly done

3.2

Tsotsobe to Kohli, no run, gets behind the line to defend this to covers. Lopsy bowled this from round the stumps

Vipin Gupta: "Rohit Sharma has given enough chances I think. He has played 60 matches already and his average is meager 28. The 2 hundreds he scored was against B grade team in Zimbabwe."

3.3

Tsotsobe to Kohli, no run, gets behind the line to play a compact-looking defensive push

3.4

Tsotsobe to Kohli, FOUR, Classy! It was full-pitched outside off and he glided across to caress it through extra cover.

3.5

Tsotsobe to Kohli, no run, gets forward to push this to mid-on

3.6

Tsotsobe to Kohli, 2 runs, More runs. Virat gets forward and across and whips a full delivery, coming in from round the stumps, past square-leg

End of over 4 (10 runs) India 15/1 (251 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 3.75, RRR: 5.45)

    • V Kohli 10 (9b 2x4)
    • PA Patel 4 (9b 1x4)
    • LL Tsotsobe 2-1-10-1
    • DW Steyn 2-0-5-0
4.1

Steyn to PA Patel, no run, gets forward and across to punch the good-length delivery on the up to covers

4.2

Steyn to PA Patel, no run, full in length outside off, timed well but straight to cover fielder

4.3

Steyn to PA Patel, no run, full in length, lands on the middle, skids towards middle and off, squeezed out to point

4.4

Steyn to PA Patel, no run, gets on the front foot and drives to mid-off

4.5

Steyn to PA Patel, no run, short in length, angling away from Parthiv who steers it to backward point

4.6

Steyn to PA Patel, FOUR, Fuller in length outside off and Parthiv flayed it in the air but to the right and clear of the diving mid-off fielder

End of over 5 (4 runs) India 19/1 (247 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 3.80, RRR: 5.48)

    • PA Patel 8 (15b 2x4)
    • V Kohli 10 (9b 2x4)
    • DW Steyn 3-0-9-0
    • LL Tsotsobe 2-1-10-1
5.1

Tsotsobe to Kohli, no run, from over the wicket now,, jabbed out to the off side.

5.2

Tsotsobe to Kohli, no run, slower off cutter, Virat pushes it to covers

5.3

Tsotsobe to Kohli, no run, short in length outside off, cut away to backward point

5.4

Tsotsobe to Kohli, FOUR, full and outside off stump, Virat goes for the cover drive and edges it past the leg stump, and it races away to the fine-leg boundary

5.5

Tsotsobe to Kohli, 2 runs, short in length outside off, run down to third man for couple of runs

5.6

Tsotsobe to Kohli, no run, in the zone outside off, angling across Virat, who tries to guide it to third man and is beaten

End of over 6 (6 runs) India 25/1 (241 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 4.16, RRR: 5.47)

    • V Kohli 16 (15b 3x4)
    • PA Patel 8 (15b 2x4)
    • LL Tsotsobe 3-1-16-1
    • DW Steyn 3-0-9-0
6.1

Morkel to PA Patel, no run, from round the stumps to Parthiv who rides the bounce and guides to backward point

6.2

Morkel to PA Patel, 1 run, kicks up outside off and Parthiv upper cuts it to third man. It's a shot that he plays often.

6.3

Morkel to Kohli, no run, gets across, covers the off stump and lets this ball fly through to AB

6.4

Morkel to Kohli, no run, in the corridor outside off, Virat shoulders arms

6.5

Morkel to Kohli, no run, full in length outside off, Virat gets forward to defend it to the off

6.6

Morkel to Kohli, 2 runs, fuller in length, on the middle and Virat wrists it past square-leg for couple of runs

End of over 7 (3 runs) India 28/1 (238 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 5.53)

    • V Kohli 18 (19b 3x4)
    • PA Patel 9 (17b 2x4)
    • M Morkel 1-0-3-0
    • LL Tsotsobe 3-1-16-1

Manish: "In all the past 3 ODIs, Amla and Virat had looked in good touch, but couldnt't carry on. Amla scored a good Half century earlier in the day. So, Kohli is also due for a big score today"

Mike: "Parthiv Patel has better technique than rohit or vijay, he plays short ball pretty well"

7.1

Tsotsobe to PA Patel, 1 run, slower one outside off, tapped to right of backward point for a single

7.2

Tsotsobe to Kohli, no run, full in length, slower, on the middle, pushed down to mid-on

Manoj Joseph: "I agree with Vipin's comment about Rohit Sharma. There is absolutely no sense in persisting with him when there are others like Pujara, Tiwary and Uthappa waiting in the wings. Same unfortunately also goes for Vijay. He needs a long spell back at the the state level to get his game back on track."

7.3

Tsotsobe to Kohli, no run, gets forward and across to defend to the off side

7.4

Tsotsobe to Kohli, no run, stays back to punch this to short extra cover

Rahul Oak: "Someone like Badrinath must be wondering what Rohit Sharma has done right that he hasn't been able to do all these years. He's scored consistently in domestic cricket and was also reasonably good in the games that he has played, and yet he never seems to find a place in the Indian team in any format. "

7.5

Tsotsobe to Kohli, no run, gets forward to drag this to mid-on

7.6

Tsotsobe to Kohli, no run, full in length around off and middle, eased to mid-on

End of over 8 (1 run) India 29/1 (237 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 3.62, RRR: 5.64)

    • V Kohli 18 (24b 3x4)
    • PA Patel 10 (18b 2x4)
    • LL Tsotsobe 4-1-17-1
    • M Morkel 1-0-3-0

Rishabh: "short people play the short ball better than a tall or a person of a normal height eg:sachin,partiv,gundapa vishwanath,sunny gavaskar"

8.1

Morkel to PA Patel, no run, works this to the square-leg region

8.2

Morkel to PA Patel, no run, lovely delivery from round the stumps. It moved away at the last instant and Parthiv sparred inside the line

8.3

Morkel to PA Patel, no run, good-length delivery on the off-stump line, pushed out to covers

8.4

Morkel to PA Patel, 1 run, short in length, tapped to right of backward point

Rohan: "sorry to harp on this: selectors should not use IPL performance to select ODI batsmen"

Faiz: "@ Rahul: Badrinath and Albie must be asking each other." Same IPl team as well

8.5

Morkel to Kohli, no run, short in length, again some extra bounce and Virat looks to defend and edges it past the leg stump

8.6

Morkel to Kohli, 1 run, fuller in length, outside off, Virat edges the off drive towards mid-on and after some hesitation they rush across

End of over 9 (2 runs) India 31/1 (235 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 3.44, RRR: 5.73)

    • V Kohli 19 (26b 3x4)
    • PA Patel 11 (22b 2x4)
    • M Morkel 2-0-5-0
    • LL Tsotsobe 4-1-17-1

Ashish: "Rishabh should email that comment to Parthiv - unlikely that PP will again find his name mentioned in the same breath as sunny, vishy and SACHIN!"

9.1

Tsotsobe to Kohli, no run, slower off cutter outside off, pushed out to extra cover

9.2

Tsotsobe to Kohli, 1 run, works this wide of mid-on for a risky single . Run out missed Amla missed the direct hit and had he found the stumps, Virat was a goner

Risbah: "Rishabh - I wish that statement is true for all short players. I loved Raina so much until this series. South african pacemen have made a mockery of his technique so far."

9.3

Tsotsobe to PA Patel, no run, steers this to Duminy at backward point

9.4

Tsotsobe to PA Patel, OUT, Trapped! Lonwabo takes out his second victim. It was a slightly slower one, landed full in length around off and moved in. Parthiv fell over a touch on that front foot and tried to waft across the line and missed. It would have taken out the leg stump

PA Patel lbw b Tsotsobe 11 (39m 24b 2x4 0x6) SR: 45.83

9.5

Tsotsobe to Yuvraj Singh, no run, stays back to defend this good-length delivery to cover

9.6

Tsotsobe to Yuvraj Singh, no run, jumps from just short of length, Yuvraj stabs it down in front of him

End of over 10 (1 run) India 32/2 (234 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 3.20, RRR: 5.85)

    • Yuvraj Singh 0 (2b)
    • V Kohli 20 (28b 3x4)
    • LL Tsotsobe 5-1-18-2
    • M Morkel 2-0-5-0

Bowling Powerplay on

10.1

Morkel to Kohli, no run, in the corridor outside off stump, Virat bottom-edges his cut and it falls short of AB

10.2

Morkel to Kohli, no run, gets forward to defend to the off side

10.3

Morkel to Kohli, no run, full in length, on the middle and off, Virat's bat-face shuts a bit and the ball rolls to square-leg

10.4

Morkel to Kohli, no run, fullish, wristed away but straight to square-leg. Virat is not too pleased with himsef; he realises he missed out a four there

10.5

Morkel to Kohli, no run, gets forward and across to drive the full-length delivery to mid-off

10.6

Morkel to Kohli, no run, jumps from short of length outside off, swayed away

End of over 11 (maiden) India 32/2 (234 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 2.90, RRR: 6.00)

    • V Kohli 20 (34b 3x4)
    • Yuvraj Singh 0 (2b)
    • M Morkel 3-1-5-0
    • LL Tsotsobe 5-1-18-2
11.1

Steyn to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full in length, on the middle and off line, Yuvraj pushes it back to Steyn

11.2

Steyn to Yuvraj Singh, no run, gets back to push this out to covers

11.3

Steyn to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, squeezes this to cover point and they rush across for the single

11.4

Steyn to Kohli, no run, full delivery, eased to mid-on

Srinivas: "Pity Albie Morkel, At some point he was regarded as the next Lance Klusener ...but now he couldnt even finding his place in the team"

11.5

Steyn to Kohli, 1 run, slower one, Virat Kohli works this behind square-leg for a single

11.6

Steyn to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Wham. Yuvraj backs away and crashes this to the left of mid-on

End of over 12 (6 runs) India 38/2 (228 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 3.16, RRR: 6.00)

    • Yuvraj Singh 5 (6b 1x4)
    • V Kohli 21 (36b 3x4)
    • DW Steyn 4-0-15-0
    • M Morkel 3-1-5-0

Martin: "While you guys have been discussing the Indian teams selection woes, the scoring average has dropped to under 4 an over. let's all calm down and focus. The batsmen are getting distracted! "

12.1

Botha to Kohli, 1 run, turns in to the middle stump line, Virat gets back to work it through to deep midwicket

12.2

Botha to Yuvraj Singh, no run, around the off stump, tapped to extra cover

12.3

Botha to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, drifts to the pads, worked down to fine-leg region

12.4

Botha to Kohli, 1 run, turns in to the middle stump, Virat pings deep midwicket fielder again

12.5

Botha to Yuvraj Singh, no run, lovely delivery from wide of the crease round the stumps,. It drifted in, landed around the off stump and turned away from the outside edge

12.6

Botha to Yuvraj Singh, no run, stretches forward to defend

End of over 13 (3 runs) India 41/2 (225 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 3.15, RRR: 6.08)

    • Yuvraj Singh 6 (10b 1x4)
    • V Kohli 23 (38b 3x4)
    • J Botha 1-0-3-0
    • DW Steyn 4-0-15-0

Iron Mike: "why is ingram not playin? and since van wyk is there why not let him have the gloves as AB can buy a wicket in the field and take some pressure off his batting..."

13.1

Morkel to Kohli, 1 run, reaches across outside off and hits it hard to sweeper cover

13.2

Morkel to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short in length outside off and Yuvraj goes for the cut but the bat goes way below the ball

Zubair Ahmed:" @ Srinivas : Albie was taken to cleaners by Abdul Razzaq in the 2nd ODI at Abu Dhabi and was never selected thereafter."

13.3

Morkel to Yuvraj Singh, no run, fuller, straighter, driven back to Morne, who throws it back down the track

13.4

Morkel to Yuvraj Singh, no run, beaten! in the zone outside off, full in length, from round the stumps, Yuvraj pushes inside the line as the ball straightens just outside off

13.5

Morkel to Yuvraj Singh, no run, on the off stump line, defended to the off

SMV:"Why is Piyush Chawla not in the playing 11? May be he will get match practice in the world cup to prepare himself for a succesful domestic season!"

13.6

Morkel to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short in length outside off, Yuvraj shapes to cut but is again beaten by the extra bounce

End of over 14 (1 run) India 42/2 (224 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 6.22)

    • Yuvraj Singh 6 (15b 1x4)
    • V Kohli 24 (39b 3x4)
    • M Morkel 4-1-6-0
    • J Botha 1-0-3-0
14.1

Botha to Kohli, 1 run, on the middle stump line and Virat yet again turns Botha to deep midwicket

14.2

Botha to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, Flat six! Crash. He stretched forward, collected the ball from outside off and flayed it to the long-on boundary

14.3

Botha to Yuvraj Singh, no run, around the leg stump line, moves past the defensive prod to hit the pad

14.4

Botha to Yuvraj Singh, no run, this one comes in from the round the stumps angle and turns away from Yuvraj who holds his bat inside the line

14.5

Botha to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full in length but Yuvraj is stuck to his crease, and is beaten as he looks to stab it to the off

14.6

Botha to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, Smith takes a lovely catch! Yuvraj went for the paddle sweep but didn't connect well. The ball lobbed towards leg gully. Smith rushed to his right from slips and the ball was dying on him but he dived full stretch to pouch it inches off the turf

Yuvraj Singh c Smith b Botha 12 (22m 20b 1x4 1x6) SR: 60.00

End of over 15 (7 runs) India 49/3 (217 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 3.26, RRR: 6.20)

    • V Kohli 25 (40b 3x4)
    • J Botha 2-0-10-1
    • M Morkel 4-1-6-0
15.1

Peterson to Kohli, 1 run, backs away to mistime a cut to cover point for a single

15.2

Peterson to Raina, no run, stays back to push this to the on side

15.3

Peterson to Raina, no run, turns in from outside off and Raina edges the defensive poke to his pad

15.4

Peterson to Raina, no run, reaches out to push this to covers

15.5

Peterson to Raina, no run, leans forward to ease this back to the bowler

15.6

Peterson to Raina, 1 run, lunges forward and works this ball down to long-on

End of over 16 (2 runs) India 51/3 (215 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 3.18, RRR: 6.32)

    • SK Raina 1 (5b)
    • V Kohli 26 (41b 3x4)
    • RJ Peterson 1-0-2-0
    • J Botha 2-0-10-1
16.1

Botha to Raina, no run, clears the front foot and dabs this off break to midwicket

16.2

Botha to Raina, no run, moves forward and lunges out to defend to short extra cover

16.3

Botha to Raina, 1 run, leans forward to push it towards mid-off region for a single

16.4

Botha to Kohli, no run, slower, on the off stump line, nudged to midwicket

16.5

Botha to Kohli, no run, quicker, spins in to the off stump line, pushed back to the bowler

16.6

Botha to Kohli, no run, slower, Kohli goes for the cover drive but is beaten by the lack of pace and edges it to the on side

End of over 17 (1 run) India 52/3 (214 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 3.05, RRR: 6.48)

    • V Kohli 26 (44b 3x4)
    • SK Raina 2 (8b)
    • J Botha 3-0-11-1
    • RJ Peterson 1-0-2-0

Chiranjeevi: "Let me do a Ravi Shastri now (stating the obvious, you know!)... "What the Indians now need is a good partnership. They can't afford to lose any more wickets at this stage..."

Piyush: "Piyush should have played today. And When bhajji has an off day, Dhoni should have left him alone. Nehra should also have sat today and we should have played another batsman. The finest chance to complete a series win is going ..going ..gone!"

Drinks break

17.1

Peterson to Raina, 1 run

17.2

Peterson to Kohli, 1 run, leans across to drive to Amla at deep point

17.3

Peterson to Raina, no run, leans forward to dab to midwicket

17.4

Peterson to Raina, 1 run, on the front foot, worked to wide of midwicket

17.5

Peterson to Kohli, 1 run, leans forward to drive to long-off

17.6

Peterson to Raina, 1 run, the ball stops a touch on Raina who tries to check his drive and ends up punching it aerially but clear of the lunging midwicket fielder

End of over 18 (5 runs) India 57/3 (209 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 3.16, RRR: 6.53)

    • SK Raina 5 (12b)
    • V Kohli 28 (46b 3x4)
    • RJ Peterson 2-0-7-0
    • J Botha 3-0-11-1
18.1

Botha to Raina, 1 run, moves down the track, lunges towards off and pushes it to covers

18.2

Botha to Kohli, 1 run, turns in quickly from outside off, worked to deep square-leg

18.3

Botha to Raina, no run, leans well forward to defend to the off

18.4

Botha to Raina, 1 run, full around off, eased down to long-off

18.5

Botha to Kohli, 1 run, stays back to punch this down to long-on

18.6

Botha to Raina, no run, on the middle stump line, defended on the front foot

End of over 19 (4 runs) India 61/3 (205 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 3.21, RRR: 6.61)

    • SK Raina 7 (16b)
    • V Kohli 30 (48b 3x4)
    • J Botha 4-0-15-1
    • RJ Peterson 2-0-7-0
19.1

Peterson to Kohli, no run, on the off and middle, pushed to extra cover

19.2

Peterson to Kohli, FOUR, drifts on to the pads, Kohli gets back to unfurl the leg glance to fine-leg boundary

19.3

Peterson to Kohli, 2 runs, stretches well forward to drive the flighted delivery well to the right of Amla at sweeper cover

19.4

Peterson to Kohli, 1 run, on the off stump line, pushed to covers for a single

19.5

Peterson to Raina, 1 run, gets back to clip it past square-leg

19.6

Peterson to Kohli, no run, stretches forward to off drive and edges it to his pad. The ball rolls past the off stump and AB looks for a stumping chance and tries to flick the ball to stumps but misses. Kohli had stretched out to play that shot. The back leg was in the air.

End of over 20 (8 runs) India 69/3 (197 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 3.45, RRR: 6.56)

    • V Kohli 37 (53b 4x4)
    • SK Raina 8 (17b)
    • RJ Peterson 3-0-15-0
    • J Botha 4-0-15-1
20.1

Botha to Raina, no run, works this one to backward point

20.2

Botha to Raina, 1 run, leans forward to dab this to the on side for a single

20.3

Botha to Kohli, 1 leg bye, shout for lbw but it struck him just outside off. The ball spun in to move past the prod and bounded to vacant slip region

20.4

Botha to Raina, no run, quicker one from round the stumps, cut to backward point

20.5

Botha to Raina, no run

20.6

Botha to Raina, 1 run, quickish, outside leg, turned behind square-leg

End of over 21 (3 runs) India 72/3 (194 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 3.42, RRR: 6.68)

    • SK Raina 10 (22b)
    • V Kohli 37 (54b 4x4)
    • J Botha 5-0-17-1
    • RJ Peterson 3-0-15-0
21.1

Peterson to Raina, no run, turns in to the off and middle line, punched out to cover

21.2

Peterson to Raina, 1 run, flighted full on a length outside off, on driven to long-on

21.3

Peterson to Kohli, no run, slower, outside off, short in length, Virat Kohli was early through with his intended cut shot and failed to connect

21.4

Peterson to Kohli, 1 run, gets forward to drive to long-off

21.5

Peterson to Raina, 2 runs, gets down on his knee to lift it to the left of Tsotsobe at long-on

21.6

Peterson to Raina, 1 run, punches this to left of Kohli, the bowler tried to lunge out to stop and they collided ..

End of over 22 (5 runs) India 77/3 (189 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 3.50, RRR: 6.75)

    • SK Raina 14 (26b)
    • V Kohli 38 (56b 4x4)
    • RJ Peterson 4-0-20-0
    • J Botha 5-0-17-1

Priyam Desai: "I sense what India is trying to do is get as close as possible without further damage & then handing over to Pathan for another special. That would work just fine. But the best time for Pathan is NOW with the spinners in operation.."

22.1

Botha to Raina, 1 run, short in length, turns away, cut to deep point

22.2

Botha to Kohli, 2 runs, short in length and outside off, Virat forces it well to the right of sweeper cover where Morne van Wyk rushes across to make a fine diving stop

22.3

Botha to Kohli, 1 run, reaches forward to on drive to l ong-on

22.4

Botha to Raina, no run, takes a couple of steps down the track and drives to duminy at short extra cover

22.5

Botha to Raina, 1 run, cuts hits one out to Steyn at sweeper cover

22.6

Botha to Kohli, 1 run, on the off and middle line, dabbed to backward square-leg

End of over 23 (6 runs) India 83/3 (183 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 3.60, RRR: 6.77)

    • V Kohli 42 (59b 4x4)
    • SK Raina 16 (29b)
    • J Botha 6-0-23-1
    • RJ Peterson 4-0-20-0

du Plessis comes on to bowl his legspinners now

23.1

du Plessis to Kohli, no run, a slight McGill-like action, tossed up on leg, not much turn there, Kohli gets forward to defend, is hit on the pads

23.2

du Plessis to Kohli, 1 run, flat, slightly short on middle, jabs it towards midwicket

23.3

du Plessis to Raina, 1 run, low full toss on the off, pushed through to long-off for a single

23.4

du Plessis to Kohli, 1 run, short and wide, flat, rocks back and slaps it towards long-off for a single

23.5

du Plessis to Raina, 1 wide, short and going down the leg side, Raina tries to help it on its way fine, misses, called a wide

23.5

du Plessis to Raina, 1 leg bye, sweeps fine but doesn't get hold, came off the pads actually, just a single

23.6

du Plessis to Kohli, 1 run, pitched up this time, gets forward and drives it along the ground to long-on

End of over 24 (6 runs) India 89/3 (177 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 3.70, RRR: 6.80)

    • V Kohli 45 (63b 4x4)
    • SK Raina 17 (31b)
    • F du Plessis 1-0-5-0
    • J Botha 6-0-23-1

Change of ends for Peterson

24.1

Peterson to Kohli, no run, turning it away, short of a good length, tries to cut it past point, misses

24.2

Peterson to Kohli, FOUR, a welcome release for India, landed on a length and Kohli latched onto it, made some room and drove it hard over extra cover to find the gap

24.3

Peterson to Kohli, no run, mistimes a drive back to the bowler

24.4

Peterson to Kohli, 1 run, nicely done, a fifty under pressure for Kohli, his job is only half-done, driven down the ground for a single

24.5

Peterson to Raina, 1 run, slightly short on leg stump, turned towards short fine, a quick single taken

24.6

Peterson to Kohli, 1 run, angling it on the pads, tickled towards deep backward square leg for one more

End of over 25 (7 runs) India 96/3 (170 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 3.84, RRR: 6.80)

    • V Kohli 51 (68b 5x4)
    • SK Raina 18 (32b)
    • RJ Peterson 5-0-27-0
    • F du Plessis 1-0-5-0

Duminy into the attack now

25.1

Duminy to Kohli, FOUR, he's immediately dispatched, short ball on middle, a long hop, has plenty of time to rock back and smack it over midwicket

25.2

Duminy to Kohli, 1 run, bowled full on middle, driven wide of midwicket for a single

25.3

Duminy to Raina, 1 run, Raina goes over the top now, was looking more towards extra cover but plays it towards long-off instead, a single in the end

25.4

Duminy to Kohli, 1 run, pitched up outside off, strikes it hard through the line to long-off

25.5

Duminy to Raina, 1 run, fullish outside off, chips it inside out wide of extra cover for a single

25.6

Duminy to Kohli, 1 run, fullish, drilled down the ground to long-off for one more, steady run-flow here

End of over 26 (9 runs) India 105/3 (161 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 4.03, RRR: 6.70)

    • V Kohli 58 (72b 6x4)
    • SK Raina 20 (34b)
    • JP Duminy 1-0-9-0
    • RJ Peterson 5-0-27-0
26.1

Peterson to Kohli, SIX, superbly timed, Kohli is stepping up here, tossed up by Peterson, Kohli came down the track while simultaneously giving himself some room and lofted it clean over long-off

26.2

Peterson to Kohli, no run, quicker through the air, defended towards extra cover

26.3

Peterson to Kohli, 1 run, takes it from a length and drives it down to long-off

26.4

Peterson to Raina, no run, slightly short outside off, dabs it into the off side, thinks of a single but it's not there

26.5

Peterson to Raina, OUT, stumped, a wicket just when it appeared they were recovering well, it went on straight from Peterson, Raina took a couple of steps down the track, it was short outside off, was beaten in flight, then tried to play for the turn and dab to the off side but the ball didn't turn in as much as he hoped and de Villiers did a neat job behind the stumps, the pressure is back on now

SK Raina st †de Villiers b Peterson 20 (41m 36b 0x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

Dhoni comes in, there's a slip

26.6

Peterson to Dhoni, no run, slips it straight on middle and off, defended cautiously to extra cover

End of over 27 (7 runs) India 112/4 (154 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 4.14, RRR: 6.69)

    • MS Dhoni 0 (1b)
    • V Kohli 65 (75b 6x4 1x6)
    • RJ Peterson 6-0-34-1
    • JP Duminy 1-0-9-0

Manoj R: "Absolutely unnecessary from Raina, esp since Kohli was going so well. Reckless and careless. If Sunny Gavaskar was commenting, he would say "low percentage shot"

27.1

Morkel to Kohli, 1 run, gets forward to dab this to the on side for a single

27.1

Morkel to Kohli, 1 run, leans forward to block it

27.2

Morkel to Dhoni, no run, shortish outside off, Dhoni goes for the flamboyant cut but misses

27.2

Morkel to Dhoni, no run, gets back to cut to sweeper cover

27.3

Morkel to Dhoni, no run, lovely delivery, seams away from short of length outside off, DHoni is beaten, pushing inside the line

27.4

Morkel to Dhoni, no run, gets back and across to push it to the off

27.5

Morkel to Dhoni, no run, full and in the corridor, left alone

27.6

Morkel to Dhoni, 1 wide, sprays this down the leg side for a wide

27.6

Morkel to Dhoni, 1 run, gets back and across to steer this to third man

End of over 28 (3 runs) India 115/4 (151 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 4.10, RRR: 6.86)

    • MS Dhoni 1 (6b)
    • V Kohli 66 (76b 6x4 1x6)
    • M Morkel 5-1-9-0
    • RJ Peterson 6-0-34-1
28.1

Peterson to Dhoni, 1 run, leans forward to drive to sweeper cover

28.2

Peterson to Kohli, SIX, Stunning hit! He stretched forward and crashed this high over long-off. Superbly done. He didn't moved down the track this time, just stretched that upper body forward

28.3

Peterson to Kohli, 1 run, works this to the off for a single

28.4

Peterson to Dhoni, OUT, Soft dismissal! It was a delivery outside off that stopped a touch on Dhoni who ended up checking his intended punch shot , and pushed the ball straight to short extra cover! Gone! He trudges back to the hut.

MS Dhoni c du Plessis b Peterson 2 (9m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Aditya: "I am not counting on Dhoni anymore. Anyone remember when was the last time he played a significant role batting second under pressure?"

28.5

Peterson to Pathan, no run, loud shout for lbw as the ball straightens on the middle stump line, Yusuf was looking to defend and he seems to have jammed on the ball at the same time as it hit the pad

28.6

Peterson to Pathan, 2 runs, tries to break free with the big shot but ends up dragging it through square-leg

End of over 29 (10 runs) India 125/5 (141 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 4.31, RRR: 6.71)

    • YK Pathan 2 (2b)
    • V Kohli 73 (78b 6x4 2x6)
    • RJ Peterson 7-0-44-2
    • M Morkel 5-1-9-0

Suyog sees a trend: "Can somebody tell them not to hit sixes. Whenever they hit six, a wicket goes down in the same over."

29.1

Morkel to Kohli, 2 runs, full in length outside off, driven through the line and to the right of sweeper cover

29.2

Morkel to Kohli, 1 run, gets back to guide this down to third man

One slip in place.

29.3

Morkel to Pathan, OUT, Morne takes out Yusuf with a superb delivery. It was full in length just outside off and seamed away at the last instant. Yusuf stumbled forward, late, and had a poke at it. He was trying to waft it to the on side! Fatal. Edge and gone! Morne roars!

YK Pathan c †de Villiers b Morkel 2 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Sameer: "The last time dhoni played a significant role was when he scored 67 against Srilanka in dambula aug 2010. Wonder when is the next."

29.4

Morkel to Harbhajan Singh, no run, gets back to defend it back down the track

29.5

Morkel to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, extra bounce outside off and Harbhajan stabs it wide of the slip fielder

29.6

Morkel to Kohli, no run, pushes it wider outside off, left alone

End of over 30 (4 runs) India 129/6 (137 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 4.30, RRR: 6.85)

    • V Kohli 76 (81b 6x4 2x6)
    • Harbhajan Singh 1 (2b)
    • M Morkel 6-1-13-1
    • RJ Peterson 7-0-44-2
30.1

Peterson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, leans forward to block it

30.2

Peterson to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, gets back to cut it to sweeper cover

30.3

Peterson to Kohli, 1 run, moves forward to drive to long-off

30.4

Peterson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, around the off stump line, defended on the front foot

30.5

Peterson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, turns away from the off stump, Harbhajan gets forward to push it quietly to the off

30.6

Peterson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, turns from the off stump line, fuller, Harbhajan squeezes it to point

End of over 31 (2 runs) India 131/6 (135 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 4.22, RRR: 7.10)

    • Harbhajan Singh 2 (7b)
    • V Kohli 77 (82b 6x4 2x6)
    • RJ Peterson 8-0-46-2
    • M Morkel 6-1-13-1

Ameya: "@Sameer: Its not Dhoni's Last innings under pressure. 67 was made playing for a lost cause, it wont count. I probably don't remember any such innings in distant past."

31.1

Tsotsobe to Kohli, no run, stays back to punch it to mid-on

There is a light drizzle out there

31.2

Tsotsobe to Kohli, FOUR, Swat-whack! It was a full delivery around the middle stump line and he dragged it with his bottom-hand through wide midwicket

31.3

Tsotsobe to Kohli, 2 runs, stays back to clip it past square-leg

Target is 260. India need 123 more from 87 balls.

South Africans on the field, stumps being erected. Kohli and Harbhajan walk out

10.01 pm It was just a drizzle, and seems to have passed. so we might still be on for 2210 resumption, can't be sure, though

9.59 pm More rain! Aargh.

9.56 pm The game to start at 10.10 pm. Four overs lost. We will let you know the exact target when we get to know. We think it should be 258. No official word yet.

Preet Paul: "Virat seems to be playing in a totally different place - he has oodles of talent and has been in rich vein of form recently. He exudes confidence, his body language is very positive! I hope he is in the starting XI in the World Cup ahead of Yuvi and Raina."

For those wondering, the D/L par score is 187, and India are 50 runs behind. We should have play anyway soon.

9.49 pm: Pitch is still covered, they have removed all other covers. Not raining at the moment, though

9.39 pm Covers coming off now. Inspection around the corner. at 9.50 pm

9.34 pm: Umpires get on to the field. Drizzling still. And the covers are on.

9.20 pm: It's still raining. They will wait for an hour (from the moment game stopped) before they start reducing the overs. We will back in a short while as soon as we get any further updates.

8.52 pm: It's raining now The covers come on. The players rush to the pavilion.

Target is 260. India need 123 more from 87 balls. .

31.4

Tsotsobe to Kohli, no run, full in length, on the middle stump line, turned to midwicket

31.5

Tsotsobe to Kohli, no run, pushes it to covers, wants a single but Harbhajan sends him back in time

31.6

Tsotsobe to Kohli, 1 run, around the off stump line, worked wide of midwicket

End of over 32 (7 runs) India 138/6 (128 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.31, RRR: 7.11)

    • V Kohli 84 (88b 7x4 2x6)
    • Harbhajan Singh 2 (7b)
    • LL Tsotsobe 6-1-25-2
    • RJ Peterson 8-0-46-2
32.1

Botha to Kohli, 1 run, gets back to deflect it to midwicket

And more news: India will get four overs of Batting Powerplay

32.2

Botha to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, top edges the paddle sweep and they rush across for a quick single to short fine-leg

32.3

Botha to Kohli, no run, quicker, turned to Smith at short fine-leg

32.4

Botha to Kohli, no run, leans forward to defend it back to the bowler

Raining again!

32.5

Botha to Kohli, 2 runs, on the middle and leg, wristed past square-leg region

Dhoni: "They were scoring at a healthy pace. And that meant if they batted for 50 overs, they will get to a good total.. And that's what happened. I tried the fast bowlers, spinners, part-timers but things don't go your way always. We would have fancied something around 240. Virat is a big positive. He has batted at no. 3 and carried innings through.The middle order hasn't clicked. Not only for us but also for South Africa. The team that handles pressure better will win on Sunday."

Man of the match is JP Duminy "Just wanted to take it to end as possible. I thought we had a defendable target at the end. It all worked out quite nicely. When we got to 45 overs, we thought 250 would be a good result."

Smith: We started well today. We had a few moments where our brains didn't work but we showed a lot of skill and determination to recover. We knew anything around 240 would be good. Excellent effort from Duminy and the rest. We have done well with the ball in this series. We have generally fielded well. The intensity has been good. We are excited to go to Pretoria. The teams have been trading blows for 2 months now and it has been a competitive series.:

To read the Bulletin by Sid click here.

That's it from us. Good bye and good luck. --

Sundar: "Thunderstorms forecast in Centurion?? Great! Will we ever get to know which is the better team out of these two? Every series between these two seems to end in a draw. Has to be a jinx. I seriously hope it is not an India vs SA world cup final. I am sure it will rain in Mumbai for two days and these teams will have to share the trophy."

10.40 Game called off. South Africa win by 48 runs. So 2-2 and we go to decider on Sunday. Apparently, 90% chance of thunderstorms in Centurion on Sunday

10.33 pm: They will decide at 10.45 pm whether to continue with the game or not.

10.17 pm More rain. and they are coming off again. And now for every four minutes, they will lose an over.

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