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India won by 14 runs.

India vs S Africa

Commentary

Last Updated: May 2, 2010 5:40pm

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    India victorious

    The Indians were better in all departments despite a brave fight at the death by the South African batsmen. Raina played a stunning knock to set up the win and the Indian spin bowlers were easily more effective than their South African fast bowling counterparts. Thanks for joining us and we look forward to welcoming you back shortly as Australia start their World Twenty20 campaign against reigning champions Pakistan right here in St Lucia.

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    Over 20 Nehra 1-3-0-W-1-4

    172-5 - After a single and then three runs, Ashish Nehra is floored in comical fashion, with the return throw finding his mid-drift. That's the highlight of a final over well bowled by the left arm seamer. De Villiers is dissmissed for a quickfire 31 and a Duminy four from his first and only delivery leaves South Africa 14 runs short.

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    Over 19 Pathan 6-1-W-4-6-1

    163-4 - A massive six, all of 104 meters from Albie Morkel, the biggest so far in this years tournament, adding respectability if nothing else to the South African total. He then holds out to Harbhajan Singh and is out for 12. De Villiers adds two hefty blows, one clearing the fence, leaving 24 to get from the final over and De Villiers himself will be on strike.

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    Over 18 Nehra 1-1-1-1-1-2nb-1

    144-3 - Nehra is doing a top job getting the ball in at a great length that both batsmen are finding difficult. The Aussies have arrived and are watching on with even a free hit not fetching more than a single. A largely improbable 43 runs required now from just 12 balls.

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    Over 17 Chawla 1-1-W-0-6-2

    136-3 - Wicket!That's a major blow to South Africa's chances. Chawla has done the trick and got Kallis caught at mid-on. Top knock from Kallis despite his sluggish start. AB DeVilliers tries a silly scoop, and misses, and then hits a far more effective and aesthetically pleasing drive for six. The scoop clearly not the way to go on these slower pitches. 51 needed from 18 with Albie Morkel at the wicket.

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    Over 16 Jadeja 6-1-1,W-1-1-6

    126-2 - Such poor running from Smith, turning for the second he's dawdled through and been caught short of his ground this time, so no, the previous run out miss will not cost India. Kallis just before had launched a 92 meter six and De Villiers too hit a maximum to leave 61 to get from 24 balls...

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    Over 15 H. Singh 1-6-6-1-1-1

    110-1 - Finally Kallis has opened up! Two consecutive sixes over the on-side fence. Desperate running from the batsmen has Smith stranded but Harbhajan is unable to gather behind the stumps whit Smith having giving up hope, a lucky escape for the South African skipper. Will it cost India?

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    Over 14 Jadeja 1-0-1-6-1-1

    94-1 - Smith launches for six in a brief moment of hope for his side. Kallis meanwhile reaches his half century off 45 balls, just not quite quick enough in the situation and he will have to start chancing his arm a little more.

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    Over 13 H. Singh 1-1-1-2-2-1

    84-1 - After 13 overs India were 96 for two, so South Africa not all that far behind on simple comparison, but to be honest India are in control of this match. Just ones and twos once more against Harbhajan Singh.

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    Over 12 Jadeja 0-1-0-0-2-4

    76-1 - With the run rate over 14 now some risks have to be taken, there's firepower in this Protea's lineup yet but nothing is happening at the moment. Kallis finishes the over with what feels like a token four. Comparatively though South Africa not all that far behind where India were at the same stage.

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    Over 11 Chawla 2-1-6-1-1-1

    69-1 - Six! Greame Smith finally gets one away, good clean hit over mid-on.The jury is still out over the Mishra-Chawla spin debate, this is Chawla's chance to prove why he's first choice. That's a better over from South Africa and they want to build on it.

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    Over 10 Jadeja 0-1-0-2-0-1

    57-1 - The fourth Indian spinner is into the attack with the Pakistan team watching from the sidelines, they've got a crunch game against the Aussies later on today. Great over from Jadeja. You would have expected South Africa to have come harder in the early overs and they are playing some serious catch up now.

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    Over 9 Pathan 1-0-1-4-1-1

    53-1 - Pathan gets another and why not, South Africa are really struggling to get the ball away. Smith's timing is not quite there despite his attempt to be innovative and move his feet. Kallis in top nick does manage to find the fence to edge the score past fifty.

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    Over 8 Chawla 1-0-1-b-2-1

    46-1 - Another Indian spinner into the attack and it's a man with a point to prove. The Indian leg-spinner has made a solid start, just six off his first over. The run rate is up over 11 now and drifting further away from the Proteas.

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    Over 7 Pathan 1-1-0-4-1-0

    39-1 - It seems the only way to fetch boundaries is off the edge, a thick edge from Smith the first four since the first over.

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    Over 6 Nehra lb-1-2-1-2-0

    32-1 - The slowness of the outfield thwarts a good stroke from Smith heading to the boundary. One's and two's the staple diet of runs at the moment. We know what form Kallis is in of late and it'll be interesting to see what sort of touch Smith can produce after his enforced break.

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    Over 5 Pathan 2-1-1-W-3-1

    25-1 - Another off-spinner of different variety into the attack, and it does for Bosman who can only spoon one into the covers and is out for eight. Biff has a huge knock to play here. Jacques Kallis meanwhile is loving the sweep as his main weapon against the offspinners.

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    Over 4 Nehra 0-1-1-1-0-1

    17-0 - Just one over for Kumar however. The batsmen appear to be feeling the weight of a hefty target and are forcing it slightly with only singles on hand at present. Nehra keeps a tight line and he's gone for just four in his first over. Pressure building on the Proteas.

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    Over 3 Singh 0-0-1-0-1-1

    13-1 - Dhoni's approach is also different to Smith in that he is giving his opening bowlers more than one over. One the spot from the classy Singh who decieves Bosman in a very good over.

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    Over 2 Kumar 0-1-1-1-

    10-0 - Bosman will be the main aggressor but is battling to time it so far. Kumar has the fine leg up and a man back on the square leg fence. A run out attempt is referred to the third umpire after outstanding fielding but Kallis is safely in his ground.

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Match Details

Date
2nd May 2010
Toss
Venue
St Lucia
Umpires
Aleem Dar and S J A Taufel

s africa BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Kallis c Jadeja b Chawla 73
Bosman c Chawla b Pathan 8
Smith run out 36
de Villiers c Chawla b Nehra 31
Morkel c Singh b Pathan 12
Boucher not out 4
Duminy not out 4
Extras 1nb, 1b, 2lb 4
Total Close, 20.0 Overs 172 - 5
Full Batting Card

india BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Singh 4 0 33 0
P.Kumar 1 0 3 0
Nehra 4 0 27 1
Pathan 4 0 42 2
Chawla 3 0 27 1
Jadeja 4 0 37 0
Full Bowling Card