India v South Africa: Proteas chokers no more - ICC World Cup 2011

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India v South Africa: Proteas chokers no more -
ICC World Cup 2011
India and Cricket Association
Stadium, Nagpur on Saturday, 12
Batting first, the hosts were dismissed for 296 in 48.4 overs. Sachin Tendulkar scored his sixth century of World Cup history and was the highest run getter of the match with 111 runs. Proteas, however, reached the total with two
balls to spare and three wickets in hand Steyn was adjourned the man of the match for his efforts. As he hampered the flow of runs and restricted the Indian team below 300. However, in the end it was Robin Peterson and Johan Botha’s little cameos that clinched the match
for Proteas.
Earlier in the match, Mahindra Singh Dhoni won the toss and selected to bat first. The opening pair of and Tendulkar started off aggressively. They played attacking strokes all-around the ground.
Sehwag was merciless to South African bowlers early in the innings. He along with Tendulkar scored 87 runs in the first power play. The two batsmen carried on the good work for the next seven overs and ended put up 142 for the first
wicket. broke the opening partnership as he got through Sehwag's gates.
Gautham Gambhir came in at number three. He and Tendulkar batted sensibly as they added a century stand for the second wicket. Tendulkar was the second man to be dismissed. At this stage the hosts were 267 for the loss of two wickets
in 39.4 overs.
After his demise, Indian batsmen had no answer for Steyn’s pace bowling. lost three batsmen between scores 267-268. They eventually were all back in the pavilion at 296 losing the last nine wickets for just 29 runs. The man-of-the-match
ended up with five for 50 from 9.4 overs. Peterson, on the other hand, ended up with two from his nine overs.
South Africa started their innings cautiously with Hashim Amla and skipper Graeme Smith providing 41 runs stand for the first wicket. Zaheer Khan put the brakes on their partnership when he got rid of Smith for 16.
Jacques Kallis and Amla did not panic by the increasing required run rate and continued to bat at their own pace. They piled up 86 runs for the second wicket. The third and fourth wicket partnership also helped the Proteas cause but
in the end it was the eight wicket stand, of 21 runs, between Du Plessis and Peterson that sealed the victory for the African team.
South Africa will play on Sunday, 20 March at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.



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