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India vs South Africa, 2nd ODI at Gwalior, , Feb 24 2010 - Ball by Ball Commentary

2nd ODI (D/N), Gwalior, February 24, 2010, South Africa tour of India
(42.5/50 ov, T:402) 248

India won by 153 runs

Player Of The Match
200* (147)
Full commentary

A comprehensive victory for India after a record-breaking effort from Sachin Tendulkar. de Villiers put up a fight but after those early wickets, any hopes of a repeat of that miracle chase against Australia were erased. India have won the series 2-0, but the talk of the town is that knock from Tendulkar. We'll have him talking soon in the presentation ceremony so stay tuned.

An excited Ravi Shastri's the man at the presentation. There's a huge panel he has to introduce before the proceedings can get underway.

Kallis: "The toss was quite vital. Our basics were just weren't good enough today. We were outplayed. We lost wickets at crucial stages, or basics let us down. A fantastic innings by Sachin; he took advantage of some good conditions and he played superbly. We let us down in some areas."

Dhoni: "Once Viru got out it was important to get some runs. Dinesh and Sachin batted really well. We were eyeing 350 when they were going strong. But Sachin batted through the innings and he played really well, using the pace of the ball when he got tired. Yusuf was sent up the order and with the talent he's got, he can be a great asset to the side. I have changed my batting, but the situation demanded that kind [attacking] of innings. The ground is a small one, and we were a bit worried about the dew factor. But once they lost 3-4 early wickets, it was difficult for them to get back into the game."

The Gwalior Division Cricket Association is gifting Sachin with a silver bat, a pavilion will be named in his honour on this ground and he'll also be paid Rs. Ten lakh for this performance.

Needless to say, he's the Man of the Match.

Tendulkar: ": I don't know how to react to this.I would like to dedicate this to the people of India who have always stood behind me for these 20 years amid the ups and downs. I was striking the ball and timing the ball well, it was coming on to the bat nicely. Yusuf came and changed the momentum and MS really struck the ball well; it was due to their big hitting that we were able to put up such a big score. It was only when I got closer to the score that I realised that I had an opportunity and I could take the singles to give MS the strike.

I'm enjoying my cricket. I've always played the way I felt was the right way to play, always done what I felt was good for the team. There have been times when I've made some bad decisions as a batsman, but as long as in my heart I know that whatever I'm doing for the team at that moment, I'm going to go ahead with that. It feels good that I lasted for 50 overs, a good test of my fitness. I'd like to bat another 50 overs at some stage and see that the fitness level doesn't drop."

That's all we have from here folks. Thanks for tuning in and sending us your feedback. There is still another game to go in this series, so do join us then. On behalf of George Binoy, Gopi R and everyone at Cricinfo, this is Sid Talya signing off. Goodbye.

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Jadeja to Langeveldt, OUT

Game over! Langeveldt charges down the track and mistimes an attempted chip over midwicket, ends up playing it towards Ashish Nehra who dives forward to take a good low catch

Charl Langeveldt c Nehra b Jadeja 12 (11b 3x4 0x6 24m) SR: 109.09
Jadeja to Langeveldt, no run

flighted on leg stump, shaped up for a slog-sweep, missed and I can't believe it actually missed the stumps

Jadeja to de Villiers, 1 run

short of a length on middle, punched towards wide long-off for a single

Jadeja to de Villiers, no run

flighted on middle, moves away and knocks it back down the pitch

Jadeja to de Villiers, no run

pushed back to the bowler on the front foot

Phil on this innings: "Tedium after the emotional high."

end of over 421 run
SA: 247/9CRR: 5.88 RRR: 19.37
AB de Villiers113 (98b 13x4 2x6)
Charl Langeveldt12 (9b 3x4)
Sreesanth 7-0-49-3
Ravindra Jadeja 8-0-40-1
Sreesanth to de Villiers, 1 run

short of a good length on middle, worked away past square leg for a single

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run

landed on a good length, gets across and drives it to midwicket

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run

full toss on the off, pushed straight to extra cover

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run

full outside off, dug out towards point

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run

brilliantly fielded at extra cover by Raina, it's full and he whacks it hard but can't beat Raina who gets his body behind it in time to stop a scorcher

Sreesanth to de Villiers, no run

low full toss outside off, drives it wide of cover for a single

end of over 415 runs
SA: 246/9CRR: 6.00 RRR: 17.33
Charl Langeveldt12 (9b 3x4)
AB de Villiers112 (92b 13x4 2x6)
Ravindra Jadeja 8-0-40-1
Sreesanth 6-0-48-3
Jadeja to Langeveldt, no run
Jadeja to Langeveldt, no run

pushed back to the bowler off the front foot

Jadeja to Langeveldt, no run

short of a length on middle, punched back to the bowler

Jadeja to Langeveldt, FOUR runs

fired it full outside off and Langeveldt stood his ground and lofted him over extra cover to secure another four

Jadeja to Langeveldt, no run

flighted outside off, digs it out just wide of extra cover, there's no single on offer there as Yusuf dives well

Jadeja to de Villiers, 1 run

shortish on the off, slaps it hard to long-off for a single

Jadeja to bowl now

end of over 4014 runs
SA: 241/9CRR: 6.02 RRR: 16.10
Charl Langeveldt8 (4b 2x4)
AB de Villiers111 (91b 13x4 2x6)
Sreesanth 6-0-48-3
Ashish Nehra 8-0-60-2
Sreesanth to Langeveldt, FOUR runs

Langeveld'ts striking this cleanly, full outside off, makes room and drills that between extra cover and mid-off to the ropes

Sreesanth to Langeveldt, no run

full and wide, stretches to reach it but he's made too much room

Langeveldt's batting with a bruised eye

Sreesanth to de Villiers, 1 run

driven wide of cover for a single, a missed run-out as Jadeja fails to aim accurately at the striker's end

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