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1st ODI, Kanpur, October 11, 2015, South Africa tour of India
(50 ov, T:304) 298/7

South Africa won by 5 runs

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end of over 505 runs • 2 wickets
IND: 298/7CRR: 5.96 
Bhuvneshwar Kumar1 (1b)
Amit Mishra0 (0b)
Kagiso Rabada 10-0-58-2
Dale Steyn 10-0-54-1

5.05 pm India were cruising the chase when Rohit and Rahane were batting, but after Rahane was dismissed Rohit appeared to be doing all the run-making. And once Tahir got him out, the rustiness of the rest of India's batsmen shone through. South Africa have pulled off an impressive squeeze, and can thank Tahir and Rabada, who delivered at critical junctures.

Nakul: "South Africa haven't won this match. Dhoni has given it away to them. Why come ahead of Raina when you aren't in greater of forms and when Raina can slog better. Put pressure on Rohit instead of releasing it. Disappointed." That's a fair question. Raina came out with no time to settle at all, and was out slogging so early.

Here's South Africa's last-over hero, Kagiso Rabada: "I think I owed that to the team because I dropped Rohit on the boundary. That could have turned out badly. I was feeling a bit of nerves because you have MS Dhoni on the other side, I've been watching him since I was a kid and seen how destructive he is. I'm happy I pulled through today. I wasn't thinking about the hat-trick, there were a lot of things in my mind."

Abhishek: "Feel for poor Rohit who has shone with the bat till now. Two centuries & two losses. Must be feeling gutted!!"

Shantanu: "I'm looking at this a bit differently. Dhoni has lost the ability to hit big shots at will no doubt. But that just means he's more suited to no 4 role now. He can still get a run a ball 50 or 100 just by getting singles and doubles. 3,4,5 have slowed India down."

Here's the presentation ceremony ...

MS Dhoni: "The outcome was not great for us, there were plenty that went wrong, but we showed character to get close. Frankly we should have won this game ... We missed Ash's six overs that was crucial because he was our best spinner ... until that point the plan was working beautifully but I had to get more overs from Binny and Raina. In the end I thought out bowlers should have done a bit better ... I thought the partnership between Rohit and Rahane was superb to keep it ticking ..."

Dhoni on his innings: "It was a bit difficult, it was not coming at a good height so it becomes difficult on such a wicket, it was a bit two paced once the ball gets scuffed. A lot depends on the execution part, it's not only about the boundaries you have to keep the score ticking ..."

He them goes on to say it doesn't matter how the runs come, whether of his bat or the thigh pad.

AB de Villiers is the man of the match, obviously. AB: "I thought it was an amazing game of cricket, close games like that bring the fans in. There were lots of times when the momentum turned, I thought Tahir's over turned the game on its head, we were out of it then. Rabada proved to be a handful and he's got a bright future ... We just want to go an rest and then move on to the next game." AB looks quite knackered!

koka: "Don't blame Dhoni, The Finisher. With 90 Required off the last 10 overs he made 31(30) and the rest had just done 54(30) and are 5 runs short !!"

Right, that's all I've got for you today. I'm going to give my hands a rest. Stick around for the match report and analysis from a game that is bound to generate quite some debate. Thank you for all your emails. Have a good evening. Cheers.

Rabada to Bhuvneshwar, 1 run

the final ball is limply hit past the bowler for a single. Rabada stands tall in a high pressure situation, defending 11 in the final over to give South Africa a 1-0 lead

India need six off the final ball to tie the game. AB did it for SA. Can Rabada take his second ODI hat-trick? India have had a shambolic finish to their chase that seemed to be going so well. Tahir and Rabada have been superb.

Rabada to Binny, OUT

Rabada has all but done it for South Africa! Binny also too edges the pull and skies the catch to square leg, Rabada tries to go for it himself again, but leaves it to Amla who comes running in to catch it.

Stuart Binny c Amla b Rabada 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 18m) SR: 40
Rabada to Dhoni, OUT

Dhoni has been caught and bowled! This is an innings that will be discussed for a while now. He's charged the young fast bowler and aimed a slog across the line, he top edged the ball high in the air and Rabada calls for it coolly and takes the catch. Dhoni fails to see India through, they need seven off two balls.

MS Dhoni c & b Rabada 31 (30b 1x4 0x6 54m) SR: 103.33
Rabada to Binny, 1 run

Binny flat bats the ball past Rabada, not timing it well, over to Dhoni now. Seven needed off three balls.

Rabada to Dhoni, 1 run

Dhoni charges and is cramped for room as he pulls, the ball goes to deep midwicket, just the single this time, Binny will have the strike

Rabada to Dhoni, 2 runs

a fumble from Behardien at deep midwicket gives Dhoni the second run and the strike! Dhoni had swiped across the line at a short of a length ball and made good contact

Dhoni v Rabada. One batsman against one bowler. 11 to get in the final over. Pressure game. Dhoni seems to have upped his intensity, and some of his timing.

end of over 4911 runs
IND: 293/5CRR: 5.97 RRR: 11.00
MS Dhoni28 (27b 1x4)
Stuart Binny1 (3b)
Dale Steyn 10-0-54-1
Kagiso Rabada 9-0-53-0
Steyn to Dhoni, 1 run

cut hard but Phangiso dives to his left at point and makes a crucial save, that was headed to the boundary

Kanpur is chanting their captain's name in unison.

Steyn to Dhoni, 2 runs

Dhoni steps out of his crease and slaps the length ball to deep cover, where Amla can't prevent the second

Steyn to Dhoni, FOUR runs

Dhoni finally has a boundary! He moves across towards the off side, gets down low, and scoops the ball from outside off to the fine leg boundary

Steyn to Binny, 1 run

the full ball swings into the right-hander, Binny drives to long -on

Steyn to Dhoni, 1 run

good length ball angles into Dhoni and he gets hit on the thigh as he tries to turn the ball towards square, they run a leg bye as the ball drops at Dhoni's feet. Dhoni seems to be in a little discomfort, holding his side

Vishwesh: "probably MSD will reduce this Ind vs SA contest to one batsman vs one bowler in the last over like he has done time and over in the past. Whoever blinks first loses."

Steyn to Dhoni, 2 runs

once more Dhoni's legs make up for what his bat can't do, he just taps the ball gently towards midwicket, where the fielder is on the boundary, and sprints through for two ...

Prajyot Srivast: "Now please anyone tell me if Indian do not win the match with one man scoring half of the runs required then who is to be blamed!!

Arpit: "It is almost sad to see dhoni batting now. His time is up. Can't time a single ball. Created pressure on Rohit, Raina."

end of over 489 runs
IND: 282/5CRR: 5.87 RRR: 11.00
MS Dhoni18 (22b)
Stuart Binny0 (2b)
Kagiso Rabada 9-0-53-0
Imran Tahir 10-0-57-2
Rabada to Dhoni, 1 run

good length and straight, Dhoni hits the ball off the front foot to midwicket

Rabada to Binny, 1 leg bye

a length ball on the pads, turned behind square off the pads for a leg bye

Rabada to Dhoni, 1 run

dabs it straight to short third man and runs a single

Rabada to Dhoni, 2 runs

two more! Superb running. Dhoni jumps towards the leg side and cuts the ball through point, the fielder in the deep can't get the ball back quickly enough

Abedi: "I believe the Captain Cool Dhoni will wake up now."

Rabada to Dhoni, 2 runs

played with very soft hands into the midwicket region, which is empty, and the batsmen have fresh legs to sprint back for the second

Rabada to Dhoni, 2 runs

turned a length ball off his pads behind square but Morkel fumbles the sliding stop at short fine leg and allows a second

Akhil: "You guys should stop comparing MS to his younger self. With age comes wisdom."

Happy: "What is Dhoni doing? Should target Tahir and he takes a single of the full toss.

end of over 474 runs • 2 wickets
IND: 273/5CRR: 5.80 RRR: 10.33
Stuart Binny0 (1b)
MS Dhoni10 (17b)
Imran Tahir 10-0-57-2
Dale Steyn 9-0-43-1
Tahir to Binny, no run

Binny strides forward and defends the final ball of the over. What a finish from Tahir, two wickets and four runs in his tenth over

Binny is the new batsman.

Tahir to Raina, OUT

Tahir has got another one! Raina has barely had a chance to get his eye in but he can't afford to either. He aims to slam a googly over the midwicket boundary and ends up mis-hitting it towards long on, where Duminy takes the catch

Suresh Raina c Duminy b Imran Tahir 3 (3b 0x4 0x6 3m) SR: 100
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