Sunday, May 2, 2010

WC.T.20. Day.3. Match 5 . India vs South Africa

India 186 for 5, made sure of their berth in super eight, by defeating South Africa 172 for 5, by 14 runs at St.Lucia.

Graeme Smith won the toss and elected to field, to take advantage of the juice in the pitch in the first hour of play. Vijay fell first ball caught by Boucher of Kleinveldt for nought. Dinesh Kartik fell for 16 of 17 balls in the sixth over. Suresh Raina and Yuvraj put on 88 runs for the third wkt in quick time, when Yuvraj was taken by Smith of Kleinveldt for 37 of 30 balls, in the 16th over. The last four overs produced 66 runs, Raina going berserk, to be the last man out for a well made 101 of 60 deliveries. Dhoni remained unbeaten on 16 of 6balls. Kleinveldt with 2 for 48, Steyn with 1 for 24, Kallis with 1 for 30 and Morkel with 1 for 37 were amongst wickets. India finished at a healthy 186 for 5.
Chasing over nine runs per over, South Africa lost Bosman in the fifth over for a team total of 21. Kallis 73 of 54 balls and Smith 36 of 28 balls took over and put on 97 runs for the second wicket in 65 balls, before Smith was run out . South Africa had to get 69 runs in 27 deliveries at over 15 runs per over. Dhoni had the advantage of high asking rate, and bowled all his spinners to full quotas. The worrying factor however is that all Indian spinners were taken for plenty, and they generally bowled with out any clue. Harbhajan gave away 33 in 4, Yusuf 42 in 4 for two wickets, Piyush 27 of 3 for one wicket and Jadeja 37 in 4. Praveen bowled a solitary over for 3 runs, and did not get to bowl again. Our pace men are doing better and it may be saner to play with three instead of two.

India will have a long period of rest before they start their campaign in the Super eight. They will play the runner up in group "B" comprising of Newzealand, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe on 6th May at Kensington Oval, Barbados.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this post.. I felt like I am watching a live match... Missing WC-T20 due to busy schedule in US :(