4th ODI (D/N), Port Elizabeth, Nov 29 2006, India tour of South Africa
(38.1/50 ov, target 244)163
South Africa won by 80 runs
player of the match
Herschelle Gibbs
South Africa

So there it is, again. India all out in under 40 overs and South Africa win by 80 runs. Once again it was the lack of technique to adjust to the extra bounce and the moving ball that has let India down. Ntini and Pollock started off well and by 20 overs India were reduced to 82 for 5. Once Dhoni was back in the hut it was just a matter of time. Pathan put up a fighting effort and his 47 not out is the only bright spot in an otherwise gloomy looking batting card.

Pollock and Ntini were once again unstoppable but Kemp was the most successful South African bowler with 3 for 21 runs in just 4.1 overs. Kallis and Nel chipped in with a wicket apiece. That's all we have for you today, but do join us again on Friday, December 1 for the twenty20 game. Until then this is Sajan Nair along with Sriram Veera signing off - Good night and good luck.

Kemp to Sreesanth, OUT

And the inevitable. Short ball on the middle and off stump line, Sreesanth makes room and cuts hard, ball clips the shoulder of the bat and goes straight to de Villiers at cover. Sreesanth straightaway looked at the square leg umpire in an attempt to let him know that it was too high but by then the finger had gone up and the ice-box was being rushed out.

Sreesanth c de Villiers b Kemp 3 (19m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 23.07
end of over 384 runs
INDIA: 163/9CRR: 4.28 RRR: 6.75 • Need 81 runs from 12 overs
Irfan Pathan47 (55)
Sreesanth3 (12)
Makhaya Ntini9-1-34-2
Shaun Pollock10-2-23-2

Pathan is just one run away from scoring 1000 runs in the shorter version of the game - lets see whether he will reach the landmark today

Ntini to Pathan, no run

another fuller length delivery on the middle and leg stump line - Pathan once again finds the fielder at mid-on

Ntini to Pathan, no run

pitched up outside the off stump, driven down to mid-on

Ntini to Pathan, no run

cut away straight to the point fielder

Ntini to Pathan, 2 runs

pulled away to deep midwicket for a brace

Ntini to Pathan, no run

driven back to the bowler

Ntini to Pathan, 2 leg byes

short ball. Pathan goes for the pull but fails to connect, ball clips the thigh pad and rolls down to the third man

end of over 37Maiden
INDIA: 159/9CRR: 4.29 RRR: 6.54 • Need 85 runs from 13 overs
Sreesanth3 (12)
Irfan Pathan45 (49)
Shaun Pollock10-2-23-2
Makhaya Ntini8-1-32-2
Pollock to Sreesanth, no run

good length delivery outside the off stump, driven straight back to the bowler and that's the end of a fantastic spell

Pollock to Sreesanth, no run

short rising delivery outside the off stump, Sreesanth leans back and cuts hard - ball clips the bottom edge and goes to the keeper on the bounce

Pollock to Sreesanth, no run

defended stretching forward, as awkward looking as it gets

Pollock walks down the track and has a chat with Sreesanth - must be few bowling tips

Pollock to Sreesanth, no run

short of a good length delivery on the middle and leg stump line, Sreesant fails to get bat on ball and gets hit on the rib-cage.

Pollock to Sreesanth, no run

driven down to mid-on

Pollock to Sreesanth, no run

on the stumps, Sreesanth gets bat on ball.

Now there is a buzz around the stadium - they are getting ready for the big moment