1st ODI (D/N), Jaipur, Feb 21 2010, South Africa tour of India
(50 ov, target 299)297
India won by 1 run
player of the match
end of over 508 runs • 2 wickets
SA: 297/10CRR: 5.94 
Charl Langeveldt4 (2)
Praveen Kumar8-0-46-2
Ashish Nehra10-0-67-1

Chaps I've got to catch my breath here! So near and yet so far for South Africa! You have to applaud Parnell and Steyn for not giving up. Really, India relaxed after the third Powerplay and weren't prepared for this shock. SA feasted on the part-timers and the regular bowlers, except Praveen, couldn't soak up the pressure.

But South Africa will look back and wish at least one of them offered solid support to their captain. Time to bring back Amla. Kallis had too much on his plate.

Go back to the penultimate ball of the match, when Sachin tries to stop that boundary. Replays and camera angles weren't conclusive. We may never know if that really was a boundary but India got the benefit of the doubt. Terrific effort from Sachin all the same to keep his nerve under pressure.

Stay with us for the presentation.

Kallis: "The guys down the order played unbelievably well. It came on a lot better at night but we lost wickets at the wrong time. It looked like India would get over 300 but our guys did well to keep them under that."

Dhoni: "It was a team effort, overall quite happy with the batting but we need to be fractionally better with the bowler. Jadeja made the difference for us. We were left with just one part-timer, Raina, after Sehwag went off the field."

Jadeja is the Man of the Match "I wanted to bowl stump to stump and not give easy runs to them. I was concentrating on the upcoming games (after being suspended from the IPL)."

Thank you all for joining us for this cracker of a game. Wasn't expected to finish this way though. I'll retire for the night. On behalf of Siddharth Ravindran, this is Kanishkaa signing off. Cheers guys!

Praveen to Parnell, 1 run, OUT

and India pull it off! Parnell makes room and the ball flies to third man off the toe of the bat, Sreesanth fires the throw wide of Dhoni who stretches and breaks the stumps, Parnell goes for the second but cannot make it in time, Dhoni and the rest know they've prevailed and they wait for confirmation from the third umpire

Wayne Parnell run out (Sreesanth/†Dhoni) 49 (47b 4x4 1x6) SR: 104.25
Praveen to Parnell, 1 wide

It's called a wide! Wide outside off from round the wicket, Parnell cannot reach outm Dhoni applauds his bowler and his expression changes, the security come rushing out thinking the game's over

So a boundary needed! Parnell will have to do the honours, Good Lord what a finish! Amla comes out with a glove for Parnell, Praveen waits patiently, you can hardly see anyone in the circle

Praveen to Langeveldt, 3 runs

drops the slower ball short down the leg side and he swivels and pulls wide of short fine leg, Sachin does his best to dive at long leg to save it, the third umpire takes a look after Sachin pulls it back, close call, very close call, after a hundred replays it's not declared a boundary

Praveen to Parnell, 1 run

another slower ball, from round the wicket, Parnell makes room and only manages an inside edge to short fine leg

Praveen tries to remain calm, deep point in place, Parnell gathers himself

Praveen to Langeveldt, 1 run

he gets an inside edge to the on side, cramped for room and Parnell has the strike

9 to get off 4 balls, what can Langeveldt do?

Praveen to Steyn, OUT

timber! The leg stump is flattened! Praveen bowls the leg cutter, Steyn waltzes down the pitch and tries to mow it over the on side, swings too early because of the change of pace, looked back to see the deforestation behind him

Dale Steyn b Kumar 35 (19b 1x4 3x6) SR: 184.21
Praveen to Parnell, 1 run

Parnell cleverly drops it down to point for a single to give Steyn the strike

10 off 6 balls. Praveen to bowl, many in the deep

end of over 4916 runs
SA: 289/8CRR: 5.89 RRR: 10.00 • Need 10 runs from 6b
Dale Steyn35 (18)
Wayne Parnell46 (44)
Ashish Nehra10-0-67-1
Nehra to Steyn, no run

Nehra gets away for a high full toss outside off, the batsman makes room and swings and misses, a tough would have sent it to third man for a four

Nehra to Steyn, SIX runs

there's more! India are sweating here, Steyn backs away from the stumps and swings and shovels it just over wide long-on

Nehra to Steyn, 2 runs

makes room and swings to the on side but Nayar saves a couple of runs! Good dive

Nehra to Parnell, 1 run

full on the stumps and he drives firmly but Tyagi's there at cover to cut it off

Nehra to Parnell, SIX runs

maximum! This is getting interesting, Parnell stays at the crease and scoops a pitched up delivery over long-off, clean hit! 19 off 10 game on folks

Nehra to Steyn, 1 run

full on the off stump and driven down the ground to long-off