India tour of South Africa, 5th ODI: South Africa v India at Centurion, Jan 23, 2011
South Africa won by 33 runs (D/L method)
23 January 2011 (50-over match)

Khan to Smith, OUT, Yawn. Zaheer gets Smith. On a length outside off, perfect length from Zaheer. Smith - as has been the case so many times this summer - is not sure whether he should play back, or play forward. Or even play at it. He ends up hanging the bat outside the off stump without much conviction after getting half forward and gets a healthy edge that is heading to first slip. Until Yusuf at second slip moves quickly to his right and pouches it almost in front of Rohit's face at first.

GC Smith c Pathan b Khan 7 (10m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 63.63

South Africa 16/1   HM Amla 5* (4b 1x4)   Z Khan 1.3-0-3-1

Yuvraj Singh to van Wyk, OUT, Yuvraj plucks an apple out of nowhere! The best part of the catch was how easy he made it look. Tossed up on off stump, van Wyk packs a punch in his straight drive, and thinks he can get it easily down the ground. Yuvraj seemed to say, "Talk to the hand". Left hand to be specific. He just puts the left hand out and holds a ball that was traveling at some pace. Easy does it.

MN van Wyk c & b Yuvraj Singh 56 (72m 63b 8x4 0x6) SR: 88.88

South Africa 113/2   HM Amla 44* (60b 4x4)   Yuvraj Singh 3.2-0-17-1

Yuvraj Singh to de Villiers, OUT, Yuvraj has made AB look rather ordinary with a lovely bit of spin. It's the same thing that happened in the previous game, though then, AB was wrongly given caught behind as he lunged out. This time he is comprehensively stumped,. Slow through the air, dipping on middle and leg, and breaking away menacingly. AB was lulled into skipping down the track, fooled by the flight, and was then groping in hope as it turned past him. Dhoni had a year to break the stumps.

AB de Villiers st †Dhoni b Yuvraj Singh 11 (14m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 91.66

South Africa 129/3   HM Amla 49* (71b 4x4)   Yuvraj Singh 5.1-0-27-2

MM Patel to Duminy, OUT, and gone. Munaf hits back. He holds the length back and keeps it on off stump, JP looks to pull and skies a top edge. Munaf recovers well on his follow through, moves to the left of the pitch around the non-striker's end and takes the catch.

JP Duminy c & b MM Patel 35 (65m 44b 1x4 0x6) SR: 79.54

South Africa 231/4   HM Amla 112* (125b 9x4)   MM Patel 6.3-0-37-1

MM Patel to du Plessis, OUT, Faf has been Munaf-ed. Adjusts his line, knowing that Faf will look for the off side again, ramrod straight, without drifting on to the pads. Faf charged out, but could not have played any proper shot to that one. He's tried to work it to the off side, but the ball slips past at 135.5 kph and middle stump is out of the ground.

F du Plessis b MM Patel 8 (7m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

South Africa 242/5   HM Amla 114* (130b 9x4)   MM Patel 7.2-0-43-2

MM Patel to Botha, OUT, Munaf is throwing a humongous spanner in South Africa's works here. Another wicket goes down and this is exceptionally smart bowling. Barring the one ball that JP drove through the covers, there's been nothing to drive. This was another delivery back of a length in line with the stumps and Botha had to manufacture a shot. He looked to get forward, and then tried to force the pull, despite not having the room or the length for the shot. He got a top-edge, and Dhoni ran back to collect it.

J Botha c †Dhoni b MM Patel 2 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

South Africa 244/6   HM Amla 114* (130b 9x4)   MM Patel 7.4-0-45-3

Khan to Peterson, OUT, and India have another one in the end overs. Zaheer delivers the inch-perfect yorker from over the stumps. It was always headed for the base of off stump. Robin backed away, made room and looked to squeeze it away through the off side, but there was no stopping this one. Off stump goes for a walk.

RJ Peterson b Khan 4 (4m 2b 1x4 0x6) SR: 200.00

South Africa 250/7   HM Amla 116* (132b 9x4)   Z Khan 8.2-1-47-2

Khan to Steyn, OUT, Steyn is run out. He chips out of the crease, making room on the off side as he does. Zaheer sees him and follows him, leaving Steyn with no room to play it to the off side. It is through him and Dhoni collects. Steyn tries to steal a single and turn the strike over to Amla, before realising there is no chance for a run. Dhoni runs towards the stumps and throws them down. Five down since resumption.

DW Steyn run out 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

South Africa 250/8   HM Amla 116* (132b 9x4)   Z Khan 8.3-1-47-2

Khan to Morkel, OUT, South Africa have lost the plot. And don't even seem to know it. Morne misses another yorker outside off, and then runs out of his crease mindlessly. Dhoni collects again and throws the stumps down. You miss, you run, I hit - seems to be the routine.

M Morkel run out 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

South Africa 250/9   HM Amla 116* (132b 9x4)   Z Khan 8.5-1-47-2





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