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Unbeaten South Africa crush India

June 17, 2009 02:26 IST

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A pathetic India could not salvage their lost pride and sunk to a 12-run defeat against South Africa to end their miserable Twenty20 World Cup campaign on a losing note at Nottingham on Tuesday night.

India used as many as eight bowlers to restrict South Africa to a modest total of 130 runs. AB de Villiers top-scored for the Proteas with a 51-ball 63 with the help of seven fours.


Image: Man of the match AB de Villiers on his way to a well-made 63
Photographs: Reuters
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South Africa captain Graeme Smith preferred to set India a target after he won the toss on a sluggish track but it was far from a perfect start for the Proteas who lost Herschelle Gibbs (5) in the second over.

Hit through cover for a searing boundary, RP Singh had his revenge when Gibbs dragged the next one onto his stumps to make an early exit. Not that Smith (26) or de Villiers panicked. On the contrary, de Villiers cut with ferocity and drove with elan and RP Singh bore the brunt of his wrath.


Image: Harbhajan Singh appeals for a wicket to umpire Billy Bowden

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Gautam Gambhir (21) and Rohit Sharma (29) gave India a strong start but it was Yuvraj Singh's run-a-ball 25 that actually rekindled India's hopes of a win in their swansong tie before the defending champions faltered. Going by their start, a defeat never looked like a possibility for India.

Image: Yuvraj Singh waits for the decision before he was given out caught

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Gambhir holed out in the deep trying to hit Botha and the spinner returned to snare off-colour Suresh Raina (3) in his next over.

Rohit then sliced a dolly at backward point and as if it was not enough, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (5) ran himself out, going for a non-existent single and that too off a wide delivery. The crisis was not over yet.

Yusuf Pathan never looked like comfortable against Roelof van der Merwe and returned scoreless following his soft dismissal. Yuvraj tried his best but fell in the 19th over, which put paid to India's hopes for a win.


Image: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (runner for Harbhajan) and Harbhajan Singh leave the field after being out caught

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