India fails to capitalise on the beginning provided by openers. On an electrifying day when Sachin Tendulkar conjured yet one more century and Dale Steyn unleashed a deadly spell, Robin Peterson emerged the hero at the Death for South Africa.
South Africa, pursuing 297, needed thirteen runs from the ultimate over delivered by left-arm seamer Aashish Nehra. Peterson edged a swipe to the boundary, dismissed the paceman beyond the mid-wicket ropes, collected a brace and then forced the bowler through covers to nail a sensational three-wicket win for his facet at the Vidarbha Cricket Association ground here on Saturday.
In a match of fortune swings, Zaheer Khan had sent down an exceptional forty ninth over of remarkable management — he conceded solely four runs — to swing the match in favour of India. Peterson and du Plessis, who displayed a relaxed head, had the last laugh.
Earlier, Abraham de Villiers conjured a blinder harassed. lightweight on his feet, he was able to convert the length. A straight six off Zaheer Khan screamed for attention. South Africa came back from the brink.
With the surface turning sluggish, momentum eluded South African openers Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla.
The left-handed Smith never appeared snug before he fell to his nemesis Zaheer Khan; the opener miscued a drive to mid-off.
Amla lofted Ashish Nehra over covers and then whipped the paceman to the fence. But then, because the ball got softer, finding boundaries became tougher.
Not quite middling the ball, Amla (61) and Kallis (69) were largely restricted to singles. while the partnership developed, the asking rate climbed.
Amla, grassed by Yuvraj Singh at mid-wicket off Harbhajan on fifty seven, soon succumbed to the off-spinner. Harbhajan additionalcted extra bounce to prise out Amla on the cut; ‘keeper Dhoni held a wise catch.
Abraham de Villers took the fight to Harbhajan, sashaying down the track and putting the bowler over mid-wicket for a six. However, the fighting Jacques Kallis — the batsman survived an Indian referral since he was quite two.5 metres down the pitch to Zaheer — was caught wanting the crease.
A brilliant Dhoni dived in front of the stumps to gather a Harbhajan come back from widish fine-leg before flattening the stumps.
Earlier, in an exceedingly dramatic collapse India imploded from 267 for one, losing 9 wickets for simply twenty nine runs in fifty four deliveries.
The host batting folded up when rampant openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag (73) had blitzed 142 runs in exactly seventeen.4 overs. Then Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir (69) carried the score to 267 before Tendulkar fell.
The slide began with the batting Power Play taken from the thirty ninth over — the house facet lost four wickets for thirty runs in these 5 overs. With the sphere coming back in and therefore the pitch changing into slower, the Indian batsmen lost their means tactically.
And Steyn compounded their issues. Blistering spells of 2-0-7-2 and one.4-0-2-3 of precision and swing by Steyn at the death inhibit the Indian innings. The South African spearhead varied his speed, fired in telling yorkers and delivered length balls on the cash.
Smith was spot on when he brought back Steyn and Morkel for the batting Power Play overs. Morkel achieved the breakthrough when Tendulkar sliced one to purpose off Morkel.
Then Steyn consumed Gambhir with a slower one and had Yusuf Pathan — promoted up the order — caught well by Smith at cowl. Kallis together with his back-of-a-length selection and protracted left-arm spinner Robin Peterson contributed to the South African cause likewise.
Earlier, Tendulkar delighted together with his 99th international hundred; it absolutely was his forty eighth century in ODIs and sixth within the World Cup.
Tendulkar bisected the sphere with flowing front-footed cover-drives. The maestro’s broad blade came into read as Morkel was straight driven with grace and timing. When Steyn banged one briefly, Tendulkar swiftly pulled him beyond the mid-wicket fence.
Tendulkar glided down the track to the spinners, drove, flicked and lofted with the bit and assurance of a wizard. And he used the depth of the crease for strokes behind sq. on either facet. Balance and poise underlined his innings.
India raced to eighty seven off the primary ten Power Play overs.
Sehwag, reprieved by ‘keeper van Wyk off Morkel on four, embarked on the pacemen. a mixture of the flexibility to choose the length early and exceptional bat speed enabled Sehwag to pierce the sphere. He additionally punished the pacemen with short-arm jabs.