South Africa v India, 3rd ODI, Centurion December 11, 2013

Amla's ordinary running, and Rahane's concerns

Plays of the day from the third ODI between South Africa and India in Centurion

The run
For an exceptional batsman, Hashim Amla is quite an ordinary judge of a single. In all three matches of this series, Amla has nearly run himself out early in the innings. All three times, he survived. Here in Centurion, Quinton de Kock cut to the right of cover-point, to Rohit Sharma's natural hand, but Amla called de Kock for a single. De Kock was all right because he was running to the danger end, but Amla didn't sprint and gave up halfway. Had Rohit hit, Amla would have been out by a distance, but the fielder also missed hitting the only visible stump.

The fortunate dismissal
India finally got a wicket with a new ball in this series, and it came in a fortunate manner. It was a juicy leg-side full toss from Mohammed Shami, which Hashim Amla could have waited, taken the crowd's opinion on which stand to hit it to, and then actually hit it. However, all Amla managed was a flick straight down square leg's throat. The umpires checked for a no-ball, both on the front foot and on the height, but Amla had to go.

The drop
Ajinkya Rahane must be a worried man right now. In the second ODI, he had to face a barrage of bouncers before being given out when he didn't edge the ball. Out he went from this ODI as Yuvraj Singh was fit again. If that might not have put him in a pensive mood, Rahane was on as a substitute when de Kock pulled to his left at short fine leg. Rahane went for it, got his hands to it, but couldn't hold on. De Kock was 37 then, and went on to score 101.

The full tosses
India were doing better at the death in this game than they did at the Wanderers. They bowled a few yorkers, bounced the tail-enders, kept David Miller away from the strike, and got lucky with half-volleys being hit straight to mid-off or extra cover. Twice, however, they ruined it. Over No. 48 had gone for only seven when Mohammed Shami ran in to bowl his last ball, and it was a juicy full toss. Miller drove it through cover for four. The first five balls of the 49th over had gone for only three, but Umesh Yadav signed off with a full toss, too. This time, Miller sent him for a six over long-off.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Manesh on December 12, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    @Smahuta. Do not jump that much dude. Even with a pathetic performance India scored 200+ there in the first match. 4 of our batsmen went for duck and rest 6 were able to score it. Other than Morkel and Steyn all of them went for runs in that game. Actually SA getting good start because of those two. If India can continue the good performance they did in this game, I am sure there will be an interesting contest. How can you forget 2nd test in the fast pitch of Kingsmead, Durban?

  • Gavin on December 12, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    @ Fast Track Bully - Still delusional much? You were saying before the series started that you were looking forward to seeing the SA supporters hiding away after being beaten. Now you think because steyn was absent India were magically going to be able to play on bouncy wickets as if they turned the difficulty down on the playstation. India was spared another humiliating defeat here again and everyone knows it. Now lets get back to the wanderers for the first Test match on a proper seaming wicket. 250 plus in the first digs will be a good score. Can India be the first touring side to sA in the past couple of years to avoid getting bowled out for less than 100? Chances are low, very low.

  • Varun on December 12, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    @Thilina Dilshan Williams: if you have such a confidence on SA even if they loose 3 home series consecutively, then how much an Indian would have after winning all tournaments this series though they lost 2 matches in this series? #pureindian da

  • ubaid on December 12, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    india should be thankful for rain...rain saved them from white kock looks like adam gilchrist for SA...surely

  • Dummy4 on December 12, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    hahahaha, makes me laugh with some comments. rain ruined the 3-0 white wash party in the end. s try to show some class at least in tests you indians. all the best proteas. pureprotean#

  • Manesh on December 12, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    It is sad for India that after doing all hard work, rain ruined it. With no Steyn in the team, it would have been hard for SA to defend it.

  • Stanton on December 11, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    agree surlycynic, this was a very important innings for Miller, and glad he took the opportunity as I feel his position in the team was under close scrutiny. glad he managed to make a solid contribution, and most of all, batted through to the end. A real pity the game could not be concluded properly as it would have interesting to see the bowlers sans Steyn and Morkel to see how hey would have done. Either way, dominant performance by the Proteas! and no one can deny that India were at best, ordinary...

  • Ashok on December 11, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    My plays of the day were: 1. Surprisingly good spell of bowling by Ishant Sharma which tumbled SA to 28 for 3. 2. Failure of India to finish off SA batting by 2 dropped catches off De Kock & letting the match out of sight 3. Rain coming to the rescue of India to have the final say on the result.

  • des on December 11, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    I'm happy for Miller. SA went through a stage where there was no 6 hitting power once AB got out, and it cost a few games. Since Miller came into the team he has added another big hitter, but doesn't often get many balls to face. Fair enough, that is his job, but before this game there were all these stats being quoted as to how long it had been since he got a 50.

    He is a brilliant fielder too, much rather have him in the team than some of the others tried in the position like Behardien.

    Well played Miller, very useful innings.

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