squeezed away to extra cover for a single, and India have come back remarkably to win this one
That's it from the presentation. And that's it from us as well. It has been a good game, and more importantly, marks the end of another great career, that of Makhaya Ntini. This is Abhishek Purohit signing off on behalf of ESPNcricinfo, along with the scorer Gopi Rangarajan. You can read Sriram Veera's bulletin here. Cheers!
Finally, Ntini gets an award from CSA. Ntini: "Hello, Durban. I would say to each and everyone of you, thank you very much for all the support. Been a lovely 12 years. To my family, I really appreciate you guys. I don't know what to say, it was an honour to play cricket with Sachin. To all the South Africa boys, it has been great. I don't wanna take long. We want to party!"
Cricket South Africa honours Sachin Tendulkar for his ongoing contribution to cricket. "I'd like to thank CSA for this gesture. It's been a terrific evening. Thanks for the support, and finally to Makhaya, the great champion. Great bowler, great competitor. Never gave up till the last ball. Till the last ball you didn't allow me to relax, now I can. He is a great role model for everyone."
Dhoni: "Well of course, after winning the toss, we needed to put the runs on the board. Rohit gave us a good start. Once the ball got old, it was difficult to get it away, and our hitters got out. But the total we got was good on this wicket. We have known these conditions in the IPL. The spinners took advantage of the low bounce. Playing football here would have been better here, the stadium dimensions and outfield are designed for soccer. It was a great atmosphere though, good evening to play cricket."
Ntini gets a bowling machine for his cricket academy from Jonty. But first he gets a big hug from Jonty.
Rohit is the Man of the Match. "It was important to start on a good note. And I am thankful it came off at the right time. I will take every opportunity as it comes. I do not want to put pressure on myself. I have been playing domestic games. I have played the IPL here before, and know the conditions here. The wicket was on the slower side. I took my time knowing that we had a good batting line-up."
Botha: "India got a good start. We struggled to put them back. They bowled better than us, better lengths. We were ahead of the required run-rate at one stage, but once we started falling behind, we could not expect the tail enders to do the job. Ntini has been inspirational not only to us cricketers, but for everyone in South Africa."
Hang on for the presentation. Jonty Rhodes is in the presentation party, and gets loud cheers. He looks as fit as ever.
Rayhan: "Its sub continent day today.Pakistan won against NZ...India won against SA :)"
MS Dhoni walks up to Ntini, his former Chennai Super Kings team-mate. Raina hugs him. Kohli and Nehra have a word with the grinning man. He has a stump in hand, now two. The crowd stand to applaud their champion. A career that earned Ntini 390 Test wickets comes to an end. And he goes away smiling, as ever.
South Africa were in control for almost half the chase, but the spinners brought India back in to the game. van Wyk played some amazing shots, but once he fell, India took charge, and won comfortably in the end.
swings again, and gets an inside edge down to fine leg
goes across Makhaya from a length, who swings in the air from the crease
Dhoni and Ntini have a laugh
backs away outside leg stump, Nehra follows him, and hits him high in the thigh pad
Makhaya Ntini comes out to bat
its almost over for South Africa, Botha picks out Rohit on the long on boundary with the lofted shot
hit down to long on, and Rohit;s throw beats Dhoni but no damage done as it is stopped at fine leg
and again, straight to midwicket, what an over by Ashwin, only two runs off it, one off a wide
played out to midwicket, cannot buy a run at the moment
excellent stuff from Ashwin, right in the blockhole, squeezed back to the bowler
South Africa were 87 for 2 in nine overs. What a collapse
Ashwin gets one, it was fuller on the leg stump, and Parnell swung it straight down the throat of deep square leg where Yusuf takes it gleefully
looks to hit out against the pressure, but can only pull it back to Ashwin
on the money, and PArnell can only push it back to the bowler
starts with a wide down the leg side from round the stumps
gets it full on the stumps, and Parnell swings it down to long on, good comeback from Nehra after the boundary off the first ball
direct hit from extra cover, it was a full toss and smashed to Raina, who hit the stumps, but Botha had made his ground, replays confirm that
good delivery, shortens the length and he can only push it towards mid off for a single
length ball coming in around leg stump, worked away square for a single
gets it close to the blockhole this time, and it is squeezed down the ground to long off, Nehra got it to tail into the batsman there
gets a boundary off the first ball, its a full toss outside off, and he creams it in the gap through extra cover, right, what will Nehra bowl now?
Ashish is back
Parnell charges down the track, and gets a lucky inside edge past the stumps and past Dhoni, the fielder slips near the boundary and they take three