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01-22-2011, 06:27 AM #1
India v South Africa 4th ODI: India lose by 48 runs by D/L method
India could manage 142/6 in 32.5 overs and lost the 4th ODI by 48 runs by D/L method after persistent rain prevented further play.
Virat Kohli (87) and Harbhajan Singh were the two batsmen on the crease when the match got held up. Kohli was playing on impressively crafted 87 runs, his innings being laced with seven boundaries and two massive sixes.
Earlier, India had a dreadful start to the chase as Rohit Sharma looked terrible on the pitch. He got out for one, finding difficult to find his feet. Parthiv Patel (11), Yuvraj Singh (12) could not last long. Suresh Raina (20) added 63 runs with Kohli and tried to build the chase, but perished while trying to step up the run rate. MS Dhoni and Yousuf Pathan had soft dismissals, both falling for two runs.
South African bowling was immaculate as ever and left nothing to chance. Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Robin Peterson took two wickets each. Bowlers maintained pressure from both ends and did not let Indians to score freely.
Though Smith winning the toss elected to bat first, was clearly struggling against the Indian pacers before getting out at 57/1 in the 12th over. An the other end, Amla played an excellent knock scoring 64 off 69 balls.
But with Amla’s run-out India came back strongly in the game claiming 4 quick wickets in succession. From 105/1 Proteas found themselves stumbling at 118/5.
Then on Duminy and Botha quickly adjusted to the conditions and played sensibly keeping the scoreboard ticking till Botha’s demise in the 38th over.
Duminy eventually went on to play an excellent knock to remain unbeaten at 71.
For India, Yuvraj Singh bowled well and ended with 3/34 for the South African middle-order and was duly assisted by Nehra (1/27).
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