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SA score 40th ODI win over India

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March 12, 2011

India vs SA Scorecard:

Needing 13 to win off the final over, Robin Peterson hit 16 runs off Nehra's first four balls and it was all over.

In the final analysis, South Africa has done just enough to scrape through by three wickets, to their 40th win in 68 matches over India.

The three wicket is South Africa's third in four matches.

For the hosts it was yet another case of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

That's all for the day folks!

Thanks for being with us and see you again soon.
India vs SA Scorecard:

Zaheer bowled a spectacular penultimate over. Only if Nehra had carried on the good work forward.

Needing 13 to win off the last over, Robin Peterson hit the first to fence, the second over it, a couple of the third and another boundary off the fourth.

South Africa have won the Group B encounter by three wickets to secure their third win in four matches and consign India to their first defeat in five.
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Gautam Gambhir has dropped Morne van Wyk (off Munaf) at long leg.

What more he has also conceded a boundary.

Let's not talk about the Indian fielding now. It is never going to improve.

However, the blemish doesn't prove costly as Munaf traps his man plumb in front just two balls later.

36 runs off four overs. Can it get any more exciting?
India vs SA Scorecard:

Harbhajan Singh strikes a third time, having the dangerous-looking Duminy stumped.

Dhoni fumbles twice but manages to get it right a third time.

Duminy's 20-ball 23 included two hits to the fence and one over it.

The match is getting interesting now.
India vs SA Scorecard:

South Africa has taken the batting powerplay in the 37th over and have scored 10 off the first over in the period by Nehra, with both De Villiers and Duminy helping themselves to a boundary apiece.

Zaheer though continues to impress, bowling an excellent second over, giving away just seven runs.

Meanwhile, De Villiers, struggling with a sore knee, has requested for a runner. Amla comes in to help.

Munaf comes in to replace Nehra. But 11 runs from his over helps South Africa cross the 200-run mark.

De Villiers is playing a gem of an innings here, successive boundaries off Zaheer now. And Duminy has gone the distance, straight over the bowler's head.

Zaheer's most expensive over of the innings. He had conceded 22 runs in his eight overs before. In this alone, he concedes 17.

De Villiers reaches his fifty with a boundary off Harbhajan but the spinner hits back in his next ball.

It is his 250th ODI wicket and a prized one at that.
India vs SA Scorecard:

AB de Villiers has just hit a beautiful boundary over extra cover off Yuvraj Singh.

Yuvi hasn't been as effective today.

Zaheer, meanwhile continues to impress. There's a loud appeal for leg before now.

Dhoni goes for a review. But Kallis survives.

Not for long though. He is run out in the next ball, Dhoni doing some smart work there.

Kallis' 88-ball 69 was inclusive of four boundaries.
India vs SA Scorecard:

Kallis' fifty is his 11th against India.

He and AB de Villiers have carried forward the good foundation laid by the second wicket stand.

There is still a long way to go though.

Zaheer has been re-introduced into the attack in the 34th over.
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Kallis has slowly but steadily inched his way to another significant score.

He and Amla have put together 86 runs for the second wicket before the latter is dismissed.

Harbhajan provides India the breakthrough by having Amla (61) caught by Dhoni.

Amla's 72-ball knock was inclusive of five hits to the fence.

Kallis has completed his 81st ODI fifty.
India vs SA Scorecard:

Amla and Kallis have now put on a valuable 50-plus partnership for the second wicket.

Meanwhile, Amla has registered his 13th ODI half century.

It is his fourth fifty against India and his third big innings against the Men in Blue in succession.
India vs SA Scorecard:

Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis continue laying the foundation of the South African innings.

In the 17th over, with the score on 70 for one, MS Dhoni opts to introduce the spinners into the attack.

Yusuf Pathan bowls a good first over. And an equally good second before Yuvraj is introduced into the attack in the 20th over.
India vs SA Scorecard:

After 11 overs, the visitors have made 46 for one. India had made almost double that total at that stage.

Hashim Amla is looking good, scoring at almost a-run-a-ball. Jacques Kallis is taking his time to settle down.

Zaheer's first spell reads 5-0-13-1. Impressive to say the least.

Will the other Indian bowlers back up his efforts?

At the moment the answer is a resounding yes.
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Zaheer has the measure of Graeme Smith yet again when he has the latter caught by Tendulkar at mid-off.

The South African captain made 16.
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Hashim Amla ensured South Africa a perfect start punching Zaheer's second ball to the cover boundary.

Graeme Smith meted out the same treatment to Nehra in the second over, the ball going towards the midwicket fence.

Chasing a formidable total, South Africa has got off to a good start.
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While India had scored big in the first two powerplays, the batting powerplay had yielded just 31 runs at the cost of four wickets.

Steyn returned to pick up his third wicket, cleaning up Harbhajan Singh (3) with a well-pitched delivery. And Peterson had Zaheer Khan (0) caught by Morkel at long-on.

Ashish Nehra (0) hit straight to Smith at cover to give Steyn his fourth wicket. And the bowler cleaned up Munaf Patel (0) to complete his maiden five-wicket haul.

Even captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (12 not out) couldn't ensure the Indian total went past the 300-run mark. Not quite satisfactory considering the foundation their opening three batsmen had given.

The Indian batting had slumped from a comfortable 267 for one in the 40th over to a disappointing 296 all out (48.4 overs).

And they didn't even manage to play their full quota of overs.

See you after the break folks!
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Yuvraj has put the pressure back on SA with a maximum off Botha.

But the spinner has gone for a review in the next ball. Yuvi has hit the ball though and is safe.

South Africa have wasted both their referrals.

However, Yuvraj doesn't survive for long, Kallis has him caught by Botha at long-on.

And Virat Kohli (1) added to the woes by giving a simple return catch to Peterson.

The batting powerplay has yielded just 30 runs at the cost of four wickets.

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Tendulkar's 101-ball 111 was inclusive of eight hits to the fence and three huge ones over it.

However, his dismissal was followed by a procession of wickets.

Three balls later, Dale Steyn had Gambhir caught by Kallis at mid-off and it took two more balls for the same bowler to strike again, on this occasion having Yusuf Pathan caught by Graeme Smith at cover even before he could open his account.

India vs SA Scorecard:

There is nothing in the wicket for the bowlers and the Indian batsmen are clearly taking advantage of the same.

It is not that the South African bowlers aren't bowling well. It is just that they are not getting any purchase out of the wicket.

Tendulkar doing well isn't much of a surprise but Gambhir is clearly enjoying the conditions.

It is the first time he has scored a half century against South Africa.

Successive boundaries off Morkel, the first over point and the second wide of long-on validate the same.

However, Morkel has bounced back, having Tendulkar (111) caught by Duminy at point.

In comes Yusuf Pathan and we know what to expect now.

India vs SA Scorecard:

Sachin Tendulkar has registered his 48th ODI ton with a single off Morne Morkel.

It is second ton of this World Cup, after a similar effort against England at the World Cup and his fifth against South Africa.

The last occasion Tendulkar had featured in an ODI at home agaisnt the Proteas , he had made an unbeaten 200 - the highest one-day score ever.

Today's knock has been another memorable innings.

Gambhir has also reached his 23rd ODI fifty in the next ball.
India vs SA Scorecard:

Tendulkar and Gambhir have steadily put on a 50-plus partnership for the second wicket.

The spinners seem to have tied down the batsman to quite an extent and that is good news for Harbhajan and co.

A boundary through covers from Tendulkar off Botha has helped the Indian team cross the 200-run mark in the 31st over.

The Master Blaster is inching towards yet another hundred.
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The dismissal of Sehwag has expectedly slowed down the pace of the innings.

India is still scoring at about seven-runs-per-over, but it has more to do with the exploits of the openers than the second wicket stand that is going on at the moment.

The crowd is having fun though.

Roars, trumpets, whistles, claps what not?

They are enjoying the match to the hilt. And that is what matters eventually.
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Gautam Gambhir has replaced Sehwag at the wicket.

And he has announced his arrival with a boundary over cover, off Botha.

Tendulkar, having registered his 94th fifty, is playing his role to the hilt as ever.

- Scorecard: India vs SA

India has managed 41 runs in the bowling powerplay, having managed a whopping 87 in the mandatory powerplay.

With the batting powerplay still to go, and with all their wickets intact, the hosts can expect some fireworks later in the innings.

South Africa will be in big trouble if they don't get a wicket or two in the next few overs.

But they have finally got one.

Sehwag has been cleaned up by du Plessis.

In the first drinks break, the South African team is seen doing a huddle.

Maybe they are trying to regroup from the early shock.

Nothing has gone their way so far and at the rate India is going at the moment, a 400-plus total cannot be ruled out.

South Africa need to pull their socks up, and do so in quick time.

Another maximum from Sachin.
Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag have put together a century-plus stand for the opening wicket, thereby frustrating the South African bowlers.

In the process both the batsmen have registered their respective half-centuries.
India won the toss and elected to bat first in the World Cup Group B encounter against South Africa at the VCA Stadium in Jamtha on Saturday.

The very expensive Piyush Chawala has made way for Munaf Patel while in the South African squad, Robin Peterson has replaced an injured Imran Tahir.


India: MS Dhoni (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel

South Africa: Graeme Smith (captain), Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, F du Plessis, Morne van Wyk, Robin Peterson, Johan Botha, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn.
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the all-important World Cup Group B clash between India and South Africa here at Jamtha, Nagpur.

There is still some time to go for the match and the crowd is already coming in large numbers.

The hype around this match has been tremendous and the crowd response validates the same.

Hopefully the match lives up to the expectations.