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South Africa Vs India Live Score (ODI)

Date: Sunday, 04 February, 2018 19:07 IST Venue: SuperSport Park, Centurion Match Status: Match Ended

India beat South Africa by 9 wickets

118/10
Overs
32.2
R/R
3.66
Fours
12
Sixes
1
Extras
1
119/1
Overs
20.3
R/R
5.86
Fours
15
Sixes
2
Extras
7
  • South Africa will be disappointed after another hapless batting show. They lack experience but the application was also not there. The skill to deal with the spinners was also lacking and at the moment they are looking completely clueless. Their bowlers are left with a very small total to defend and let's see how they respond. The Indian batting will resume shortly. Stay tuned.
  • Yet another meek surrender by the Proteas. They started their inning cautiously with Amla and de Kock looking to spend some time in the middle. But once Amla got dismissed, it was a complete downfall. The Indian skipper didn't waste time in bringing his spinners and once again they did the job efficiently. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav combined to hunt 8 wickets between them and never allowed the South African innings to recover. Apart from a 48-run partnership between JP Duminy and debutant Khaya Zondo, there wasn't much fight shown by the home team.
  • Yuzvendra Chahal gives a quick interview on his way back. He looks a happy man. Says that it's a great feeling for him. On his gameplan, Chahal replies that the wicket was spinning and gripping and his idea was to vary his pace. Prefers this wicket more as the sliders were skidding on than the last pitch he played on. Thanks his skipper and Dhoni for backing him and feels that he has played enough domestic cricket and is confident about his bowling.
  • 32.2 OUT! All over for South Africa. Chahal gets his maiden 5-wicket haul in ODIs and thanks the heavens. A floated full ball outside off, Morris goes for an inside-out shot over covers but fails to get the desired distance. He is caught near the fence by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. South Africa are all out for 118, their lowest ODI total at home!
  • 32.1 Goes for a big slog sweep but fails to connect.
  • 31.6 Fullish and outside off, Shamsi pushes it towards mid off. 118/9
  • Tabraiz Shamsi is the last batsman for South Africa.
  • 31.5 OUT! Timber! Bumrah delivers a sharp delivery, very full and just outside off, angling in too, Tahir with no footwork, just like a typical tailender, tries to push at it. He once again is beaten for pace and the off pole is disturbed. To take a single off the first ball and hand a number 10 the strike against Bumrah, Morris seriously made a mistake.
  • 31.4 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 31.3 Speedy delivery, on a length outside off, Tahir pushes at it but is beaten for pace.
  • 31.2 Good length ball on middle, some extra bounce, Tahir tries to defend but misses. It hits him on the thigh pad.
  • 31.1 That would have hurt the fielder! The action starts from a short ball outside off by Bumrah. Morris probably tries to slam it over point but fails to get the desired connection. It loops in the air, Dhawan from the deep at cover rushes forward, dives but it falls in front of him. It bounces to hit him near his chin but he shows no pain. Interestingly, Morris takes a run. Hmm...
  • Jasprit Bumrah is back into the attack.
  • 30.6 Full loopy ball on off, it's defended off the front foot. 117/8
  • 30.5 This one spins away after landing, Tahir tries to defend but edges it behind. Doesn't carry to the second slip fielder.
  • 30.4 Tahir has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • Imran Tahir is in next. A couple of slips in place.
  • 30.3 OUT! You cannot get more plumb than this! Chahal serves a leg spinner in the line of the stumps. It doesn't turn after landing as Morkel tries to flick from the crease. He misses the ball completely to get hit on the pads. The appeal follows and the finger is once again up from the umpire. Chahal has four, the Indian wristspinners have 7 in total. Domination.
  • 30.2 Floated ball outside off, pushed off the front foot to mid off.
  • 30.1 Flighted and on off, defended off the back foot.
  • 29.6 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. No run to end yet another excellent over for India. 117/7
  • 29.5 SIX! Morris will go for his shots! A flighted ball on middle, Chris attacks it with all his might and launches it over long on for a biggie.
  • 29.4 NOT OUT! Morkel is safely in. A tossed up ball on middle and Morkel goes hard at it. Tries to send it over mid on but fails to get the elevation. It dies in front of Jadhav who attempts the catch but fails. He immediately recovers and sends a flat throw to the bowler. Kuldeep breaks the stumps and they appeal. The third umpire is referred and the replays show that Morkel is in safely because of his long reach.
  • Appeal for a run out. All that happened in quick time. No idea what happened. Morkel is the man in question...
  • Morne Morkel is the new batsman.
  • 29.3 OUT! Gone this time! This one turns back into the batsman from around off, Rabada once again is clueless about which way it will turn. Stays back to defend but the ball spins back in sharply to thud him on the front pad. They appeal and once again the umpire nods. Things going from bad to worse for the Proteas.
  • 29.2 Slow loopy ball on middle and off, Rabada has no idea where it's spinning, tries to flick but it takes the leading edge and rolls to covers.
  • 29.1 In the air and goes on one bounce to the fielder in the deep. Flighted and on middle, Morris goes hard at it and hammers it down the ground. The long on fielder does the fielding job and they take one.
  • 28.6 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. One run added to the total. 109/6
  • 28.5 Plays it with soft hands and works it towards square leg for one.
  • 28.4 Another front foot defense by Rabada.
  • 28.3 Tossed up ball on middle, defended off the front foot to mid-wicket.
  • Kagiso Rabada strides in next.
  • 28.2 OUT! Duminy is trapped in front! Chahal roars in delight once again, his third wicket today. He lets out a full floated ball on middle, getting it to spin back in slightly, Duminy kneels to sweep but misses the ball completely. He is rapped on the pads, they appeal and the finger goes up. That looked plumb to be honest. Duminy however has a chat with his partner but then either he realizes or is told by the umpire that they don't have any review left. Big blow to South Africa, only batsman who looked a bit at ease is back to the pavilion. Hawk Eye confirms that Adrian Holdstock is 100 percent right.
  • 28.1 Flatter and on middle, Duminy defends it off his back foot.
  • 27.6 Yadav is on the shorter side around off, JP goes on the back foot and punches it to sweeper cover for a run. 107/5
  • 27.5 Loopy ball on middle, too full in length and hence Morris sweeps it through square leg for a single.
  • 27.4 Flighted ball around leg, Morris gets on the back foot and defends it off his pads to mid-wicket.
  • 27.3 Gets on the front foot and drives it down to long off for a run.
  • 27.2 Full and on off, turning away, Duminy pushes it to covers.
  • 27.1 Duminy has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • Kuldeep Yadav is back on.
  • 26.6 FOUR! Nice way to get going! Slower full ball outside off, Morris stretches forward and drills it through covers for a cracking boundary. It spoils a good over, still only 6 runs and a wicket from it. 104/5
  • 26.5 Plays it with the spin to mid-wicket and picks up a single.
  • 26.4 Loopy and full on off, JP defends it off his front foot.
  • Chris Morris arrives with a big task ahead.
  • 26.3 OUT! It was going steadily until now for them but Zondo attempts to take on Chahal and pays the price. The choice of shot was not bad as such but the execution was not there. The leggie delivers his stock ball outside off, turning away after landing, the debutant tries to slog sweep but gets a top edge. The ball balloons in the air towards mid-wicket, Pandya gets underneath it and takes a simple catch in the second attempt. Yes, he failed to pouch it first up but then recovers to grab it quickly. Zondo is on his bike. South Africa have half their side back in the pavilion with the scorecard not even reading 100.
  • 26.2 Spinning down the leg side, it's nudged past leg gully for a run.
  • 26.1 Tossed up ball on middle and leg, Duminy moves back and defends it to the bowler.
  • 25.6 Gets away with a short and wide delivery as Zondo finds the point fielder after playing the square cut. 98/4
  • 25.5 Zondo has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 25.4 Drags it short and wide outside off, Duminy cuts it through point for one. Dhoni ain't happy, he wants Jadhav to bowl in the line of the stumps.
  • 25.3 Loopy and on middle, Zondo gets across the stumps and gently flicks it behind square leg for a single.
  • 25.2 Flighted and on off, pushed back.
  • 25.1 Flatter and shorter outside off, Duminy gets back and taps it square of the wicket on the off side. Rahane gets to it from covers and they cross for a run.
  • 24.6 Quicker one outside off, KZ pushes it uppishly towards the bowler. Does not carry. 95/4
  • 24.5 Full and around off, Duminy gets down on a knee and sweeps it fine for one.
  • 24.4 Shorter in length, punched through the covers for a run.
  • 24.3 Landed around middle, Zondo is way back in his crease, waits for the ball to turn away and dabs it to the off side.
  • 24.2 Slower and fuller, pushed past the man at short mid-wicket towards long on for a single.
  • 24.1 Tossed up around leg stump, defended to the leg side.
  • Chahal is back on.
  • 23.6 Very full, flicked past a diving short mid-wicket towards long on for another single. 92/4
  • 23.5 Clips it straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 23.4 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 23.3 Outside leg, Khaya gets across and gently tucks it towards short fine leg. One run again. The stand moves to 40 from 58 balls.
  • 23.2 Full and outside off, pushed past that man at short extra cover for a run. Kedar is irritated. He wanted to stop that single.
  • 23.1 Short and outside off, Zondo looks to cut but gets a bottom edge to short third man for a single.
  • 22.6 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single. 88/4
  • 22.5 Short and outside off, cut away to sweeper cover for another single.
  • 22.4 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. One run added to the total.
  • 22.3 FOUR! Cheeky! A length ball outside off, very close to the stumps, Zondo opens the face of his bat and guides it just to the left of that man at wide slip and finds the boundary!
  • 22.2 A length ball now, JP gets on top of the bounce and punches it through the covers for a single. The stand movs to 30 from 51 balls. Not a bad recovery.
  • 22.1 A bouncer on middle and off, Duminy lets it be.
  • 21.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. 80/4
  • 21.5 RUN OUT CHANCE, MISSED! A little bit of confusion in the running. Outside off, Zondo pushes it towards cover and sets off for a quick single. But then he stutters a bit and JP also stutters. Hardik Pandya charges in from mid off, gets to the ball and aims a direct hit at the bowler's end but lands the ball just a few feet beside him. Also, Kedar Jadhav moves away from the stumps. Perhaps Hardik could have thrown it to the bowler instead. Misses the stumps by a long way.
  • 21.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 21.3 Full on middle, watchfully defended.
  • 21.2 Brilliant stop. Jadhav delivers this with a round-arm action and bowls it short outside off. Duminy cuts it through the covers but Ajinkya Rahane at short extra cove dives to his right and makes a half stop. Just a single.
  • 21.1 Full on middle, watchfully defended.
  • Okay... my colleague was just asking me - How did Kedar Jadhav bowl in the previous game? Kohli did not even give me time to answer. Here comes KJ.
  • 20.6 Similar ball, similar shot, this time it is in the gap though, behind point to third man. A run taken. 76/4
  • 20.5 A length ball outside off, generates extra bounce, KZ hops and fends it towards point.
  • 20.4 Banged in short, pulled all along the ground to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 20.3 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads for a single.
  • 20.2 Steep bounce. A length ball outside off, Khaya initially pushes at that, then tries to withdraw his bat. Is late as the ball bounces steeply past his outside edge. Morne Morkel would be watching this with interest. But for that, he needs at least 220 on the board.
  • 20.1 Landed outside off, Zondo shoulders arms.
  • 19.6 Full again, pushed down to long off for just a run. 4-0-9-2 so far for Kuldeep. 73/4
  • 19.5 Oohhh... very full, Khaya looks to sweep but gets an under edge onto his back pad-flap.
  • 19.4 Landed on middle, spinning in, played straight to leg gully.
  • 19.3 Very full and very slow, pushed towards cover.
  • 19.2 Similar ball, watchfully defended.
  • 19.1 Full on middle, Zondo comes forward and clips it towards short mid-wicket.
  • 18.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 72/4
  • 18.5 Landed outside off, left alone again.
  • 18.4 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • Hmmm... Bumrah is off the field. The physio is tending to him. Ha ha ha... this is laughable. The physio was looking at his left knee and on seeing that, the South African ground staff brings in the stretcher! Bumrah straightaway smiles and shoos them away!
  • 18.3 FOUR! A bit streaky but in the scoring books, it will read 5 boundaries in 15 balls off Pandya. A length ball outside off, Duminy slashes hard and gets a thick outside edge which flies past backward point and into the fence! Jasprit Bumrah rushes to his right, puts in a slide but while doing so, his left knee grazes the grass and he is hurt. Misses the ball too.
  • 18.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 18.1 FOUR! And straightaway runs come! Full and outside off, Duminy comes forward and drives it down the ground, past a diving mid off and finds the fence!
  • Hardik Pandya is back on.
  • 17.6 Full and around middle, watchfully defended. 64/4
  • 17.5 Full and outside off, driven through the covers to ensure that this will not be a maiden. A single.
  • 17.4 Outside off, punched off the back foot towards point.
  • 17.3 Goes right back and blocks now.
  • 17.2 Gets behind the line of the delivery and blocks it out comfortably.
  • 17.1 Short and outside off, Duminy looks to cut but the ball spins away and beats the outside edge.
  • DRINKS are on the field. India strutting their stuff. They are not number 1 for no reason. The spinners have already made an impression and the Proteas are on the back foot early. Only JP Duminy is the known batsman in the middle while in the ones to come only Morris has some experience. A wicket here and we could dream of an early finish. Really LONNNNNNNNNNNG TAIL with the Giraffe at number 10. Ouch.
  • 16.6 Full and straight, watchfully defended this time. 63/4
  • 16.5 Oohhh... another close moment. Comes down the track, does KZ, pushes at it, the ball spins away and he gets an outside edge. But it is just wide of Ajinkya Rahane at slip and he comes back for a second.
  • 16.4 Landed very close to the off stump, Khaya trusts that it is not a googly and shoulders arms. The ball goes straight on. Kepler Wessels on air is not confident that Zondo picked that one.
  • 16.3 Outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 16.2 Full and around middle and leg, paddled through fine leg for a single.
  • A field change requested. Guess Chahal wants an additional fielder on the off side. Not granted.
  • 16.1 The batsman gets to the pitch of the ball and connects. One run added to the total.
  • 15.6 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 59/4
  • 15.5 Full and down the leg side, Duminy gets across to paddle but misses.
  • 15.4 The batsman has nudged the ball fine down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 15.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 15.2 Full on middle, driven back to the bowler but Kuldeep dives and parries it to mid off. Saved a single.
  • 15.1 FOUR! Careful with the short ball if you are a South African batsman. Zondo pulls it but this is all along the ground, through mid-wicket. Bhuvneshwar Kumar puts in a valiant dive to his left but the ball is too quick for him.
  • 14.6 No maiden as Zondo pushes it towards long off for a single. 54/4
  • 14.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 14.4 Fuller and outside off, Khaya comes forward and pushes it towards cover.
  • 14.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 14.2 Full and around off, nicely blocked. Looks like a person with a sound batting technique.
  • 14.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 13.6 A full toss on middle, Zondo confidently comes forward and pushes it towards long on for a single. 2 runs and 2 wickets from that over. Terrific start from Kuldeep. 53/4
  • 13.6 WIDE. Too much spin, way down the leg side, left alone.
  • A debutant comes in to bat inside 15 overs. Tough situation for Khaya Zondo.
  • 13.5 OUT! 3 wickets in the space of 6 balls! Thought Sri Lanka were playing in Chittagong. India are all over the home side here. Full and outside off, Miller leans to drive but the ball turns away a bit, takes the outside edge and goes straight to Ajinkya Rahane at first slip. Shadow practicing is done by Miller. Perhaps for the next game. 39/0 becomes 51/4.
  • 13.4 Down the leg side, Miller misses his flick and the ball hits his pads enroute Dhoni.
  • 13.3 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
  • 13.2 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • David Miller walks in at number 5, replacing his skipper. Two new batsmen at the crease.
  • 13.1 OUT! What is happening? Really poor cricket from South Africa and Markram. One understands that he was trying to stamp his authority but still, he could have kept it on the ground. Landed on middle and leg, Markram flicks it uppishly but straight to the man at deep mid-wicket. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is actually a few yards in and has to run back but he does so comfortably. Makes the catch look easy. The Indians are ecstatic while Markram is downcast. Heartbroken will be a better word. What have I done? He must be asking himself. He will be asked even bigger questions once he enters the dressing room. India on a hat-trick!
  • Spin from both ends. Kuldeep Yadav into the attack as well.
  • JP Duminy walks in at number 4, replacing de Kock.
  • 12.6 OUT! Straight to the man! A poor ball but Chahal will not mind. A long hop, there to be hit, de Kock rocks back to hit it. Attempts the pull but the ball skids on and as a result, de Kock is early through his shot. Hence, the ball hits the bottom half of the bat. He skews it high in the air and Hardik Pandya comes running in from the mid-wicket fence. Takes it easily. Both openers gone. 51/2
  • 12.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 12.4 Three singles in three balls. Another one pushed towards long on.
  • 12.3 Another single. Tossed up on middle and leg, Quinton eases it towards long on for one more.
  • 12.2 Which is why Dhoni is saying this. A good ball, drawing the batsman forward and Aiden pushes it uppishly. But there is no mid on to stop the single, hence he gets one easily.
  • Lovely. After that first ball, Dhoni suggests to Kohli 'LONG OFF KO AAGE RAKH SAKTA HAI! AGAR MAAREGA TOH THEN...' meaning that long off could be brought in. If Markram goes big, then he can be pushed back.
  • 12.1 Floated outside off, Markram gets a big stride forward and defends.
  • 11.6 Another length ball, pushed with soft hands towards mid on for a quick run. 48/1
  • 11.5 Outside off, solidly pushed towards cover.
  • 11.4 FOUR! A bad ball, down the leg side, tickled to the fine leg fence.
  • 11.3 A length ball outside off, de Kock gets across and tucks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 11.2 Fuller, outside off, driven straight to mid off. He is playing some shots now.
  • 11.1 Outside off, played straight to point.
  • Change of ends for Hardik now.
  • 10.6 Another short ball, this is the googly, Markram punches it towards long on. Virat Kohli quickly gets across from short mid-wicket but even Chahal goes all the way to his right, dives but misses the ball. 42/1
  • 10.5 Fuller and outside off, QdK comes forward and pushes it towards long off for one.
  • 10.4 Shorter and in line of the stumps, cut straight to point.
  • 10.3 A touch shorter outside off, punched down to long off for a run. Bit too early to have that man deep for the new man. Gets off the mark, does Markram.
  • 10.2 A touch shorter, Quinton nicely pull-helps it to fine leg for a single.
  • 10.1 Landed around middle and leg, de Kock backs away and punches it towards cover. 'YE WAALA CHALEGA!' says Dhoni.
  • Big move from Kohli. Gets one of his trump spinners on. Yuzvendra Chahal into the attack.
  • Powerplay 2 time. 4 fielders can be kept outside the 30-yard circle, till the 40th over, if the fielding captain wishes.
  • 9.6 Played to the point region by the batsman. 39/1 in Powerplay 1 for South Africa. They were just pushing on when the wicket fell. 5-1-19-1 for Bhuvi, slightly expensive by his standards. 39/1
  • 9.5 Ahh... outside off, Markram looks to punch it away but the ball nips back in and beats the inside edge.
  • Welcome, captain. Aiden Markram comes in at number 3, replacing Amla.
  • 9.4 OUT! There is a nick! What a waste of a review from Amla. Not quite sure how he missed it. A length ball outside off again, pretty similar to the previous one, this time Amla tries to work it to the leg side. But the ball comes back in a long way and goes off something to the keeper. Everybody hears a noise, the Indians go up and so does the finger of Aleem Dar. Immediately, Amla signals for the review, which gives us the impression that perhaps it might have been the thigh pad, if not bat. But Snickometer detects a massive spike when the ball passes the inside half of the bat! Also, even to the naked eye, in the first replay, one could see the ball hitting the bat and also hear a noise. Hard to believe that Amla could not hear the nick. Anyways, off he goes. The change of ends works for Bhuvi.
  • Caught behind! The finger goes up straightaway from Aleem Dar but Amla says ok, I will check it. Time for the review.
  • 9.3 FOUR! FABULOUS! One could watch that shot over and over again. Just delightful. A length ball outside off, Amla stands tall, gets on top of the bounce and punches it between cover and mid off for a boundary!
  • 9.2 A bouncer now, outside off, Amla pulls out of the pull.
  • 9.1 Outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • Change of ends for Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
  • 8.6 Outside off, left alone. 9 runs from Hardik's opening over but MS Dhoni shouts from behind the stumps, 'ACCHA START HAI, HARDIK!' 35/0
  • 8.5 Another edge, does not carry again! On a length around middle, Quinton looks to flick but gets a leading edge which dies down in front of gully!
  • 8.4 EDGED, SAFE, FOUR! The ball is coming way too slow off the pitch. 'It looks more and more like an Indian pitch' comments Sunil Gavaskar on air. A length ball around off, once again de Kock walks down the track. He looks to flick but gets a leading edge which flies over point and finds the boundary.
  • 8.3 FOUR! WHOOSH! De Kock trying to impose himself. Walks down the track and whips it over mid-wicket for a boundary!
  • 8.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 8.1 Fullish on middle, eased past mid on for a quick single.
  • Hardik Pandya comes in as the first change. Comes in with a new hairstyle. To go with his clothes in blue, he has dyed his hair in blue as well. Blue specs would make the perfect combination.
  • 7.6 Flicks it behind square leg for a single to retain the strike. 26/0
  • 7.5 Outside off, pushed to the off side.
  • 7.4 A short ball around off, comes slowly off the pitch, Amla swivels and pulls it through square leg for a couple.
  • 7.3 Flicks it away for a single.
  • 7.2 Walks down the track, tries to create something, aims to pull a length ball over the leg side but only drags it onto his pads. The ball rolls to the off side and he wants a single but is sent back.
  • 7.1 Full on middle, de Kock pushes at it but gets a bit of an inside edge towards short mid-wicket.
  • 6.6 Outside off, Hashim flashes again and misses. There seems to be a noise but no one appeals. 22/0
  • 6.5 FOUR! Almost similar to the first boundary of the match. Fractionally short of good length outside off, but plenty of width. Amla punches it through the covers and gets the second boundary of the over.
  • 6.4 On off, punched down to mid on.
  • 6.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 6.2 EDGED, WIDE, FOUR! This was coming. Something was coming. India have maintained a lid on the openers and in the last 2 overs, Amla has looked a bit itchy. A length ball outside off, Amla throws his bat at it, does not move his feet and gets a thick outside edge. It flies towards the slip cordon, but well wide of the wide first slip fielder to the third man fence. Amla moves to 11 now.
  • 6.1 Full and outside off, Amla plays a loose-looking drive towards mid off.
  • 5.6 Full and around off, Hashim looks to flick but the ball goes off the inside edge through square leg. A single taken. 14/0
  • 5.5 Slightly shorter, outside off, Quinton chops it into the ground past a diving point fielder towards third man for one.
  • 5.4 Very straight, on a length, pushed towards cover.
  • 5.3 Outside off, moving away slightly, Amla punches it through point for a run.
  • 5.2 Slightly shorter than fuller length, de Kock drives it on the up between cover and mid off for a single.
  • 5.1 Landed outside off, punched towards cover.
  • 4.6 Good all. Pushes it with soft hands to the off side, in front of cover, calls for a quick single, Amla responds and the run is completed with ease. 10/0
  • 4.5 Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 4.4 Full and outside off, driven through point for a single.
  • 4.3 Full on middle, driven straight back to the bowler.
  • 4.2 Around off, punched towards cover.
  • 4.1 On middle and leg, flicked through square leg for a single.
  • 3.6 Very nice bowling, full and just outside off, Amla defends solidly. 7/0
  • 3.5 Too straight, on the pads, clipped towards fine leg for a single.
  • 3.4 Full and straight, defended back to the bowler.
  • 3.3 Landed around middle, going away, QdK trusts the bounce and shoulders arms.
  • 3.2 Outside off, Quinton looks to punch but gets a bottom edge towards point.
  • 3.1 He is away. Down the leg side, de Kock tucks it behind square leg and comes back for the second.
  • 2.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 4/0
  • 2.5 A little bit fuller this time, driven straight back to the bowler.
  • 2.4 Around off, coming in, pushed back to the bowler.
  • Virat Kohli is changing the field again. He keeps a wide first slip, then a gully which is somewhere between third man and short third man.
  • 2.3 Outside off, punched off the back foot straight to point.
  • 2.2 Outside off, watchfully pushed out.
  • 2.1 On middle and leg, flicked to the leg side.
  • 1.6 One more leave to end the over. Batting is not going to be easy. 4/0
  • 1.5 Landed outside off, pretty wide for any movement, left alone.
  • 1.4 Full and around off, watchfully blocked out.
  • 1.3 AND AGAIN! This time on the other hand! A shortish ball this time, QdK is unsure whether to come forward or play back, is late in deciding and by that time, he is already fending it. BANG. On the left glove. He is already injured on that hand.
  • 1.2 OUCH! There is that extra bounce. A length ball around middle and leg, Quinton looks to defend but the ball shoots up suddenly and hits him sharply on the right glove.
  • 1.1 BOWLED! But the bails do not fall! Is that the slice of luck Quinton de Kock needs? On a length outside off, de Kock looks to defend but the ball rolls back, then spins in. The batsman tries to kick it away but is too late. The ball is away from his feet and hits the stumps. Bumrah starts to celebrate as everyone has heard the noise. But hello, the bails do not fall!
  • Jasprit Bumrah to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
  • 0.6 Wide outside off, HA shoulders arms. 4/0
  • 0.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 0.4 That is exactly where the ball goes. Fractionally short outside off, Hashim punches it but straight to Ajinkya Rahane at short point.
  • 0.3 FOUR! Amla is up and running! On a length outside off, Amla gets on top of the bounce and punches it between cover and point for a boundary! Wow. That is some sizing up from Virat Kohli. Straightaway, second slip moves out to a catching point position - almost a short point. Just 3 balls for a fielding change.
  • 0.2 Gets this one to nip back in a bit, Amla gets right behind it and defends.
  • 0.1 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • The sun is shining in all its glory as the teams take on the field. Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock are the openers for South Africa. It will be Bhuvneshwar Kumar vs Hashim Amla first up. Here we go...
  • Newly appointed captain, AIDEN MARKRAM was having a chat with Kass Naidoo. Says that the seniors have supported him full on. The main advice given to him is to keep the players comfortable when there is pressure. On Faf's recovery, he says that the former has been sidelined from training but he does come in the nets. So he wants to take a leaf out of Faf's book. Is really excited about captaining the side. On the lessons learnt from the previous loss, he says that the team needs a bit more time to regroup and lay a foundation.
  • PITCH REPORT - Mike Haysman informs that a run fest is on the cards. The average score batting first in the last 5 day-night games is 330. But that comes down to 250 in day-games. Neil McKenzie observes some sheen on the wicket and reckons that it could be on the slower side which could bring the spinners into play. There will be turn and bounce and the pith also looks dry, rough and abrasive. Also, going by the domestic limited-over games at the venue, spinners will have a good game. States that SuperSport Park always helps teams bowling first. The first 10 overs will make the ball move around, then the spinners will come into action and also towards the end, the ball will start to reverse too. There was a lot of rain around yesterday, so there will be moisture on the track as well. Such a comprehensive pitch report. Superb.
  • IND TEAM CHANGES - Never try to fix what is not broken, goes the saying. India have followed that saying and hence, gone with an unchanged side.
  • SA TEAM CHANGES - With Faf du Plessis out, South Africa had to make a forced change. But they surprised everyone by naming AIDEN MARKRAM as the captain. What happened to the Amlas, Duminys, Behardiens and the de Kocks? Anyways, they will hope that Mr. Markram emulates a certain Graeme Smith. So the forced inclusion is that of Khaya Zondo, who makes his ODI debut. Mr. Zondo is a middle order batsman, who could bowl some off spin as well. The other change is that of Tabraiz Shamsi, coming in for Andile Phehlukwayo.
  • TOSS - India have won the toss and elected to CHASE. So once again, the Proteas will need to set a target. They were not at their best in the previous game. Also, chasing is the way to go in Centurion.
  • WEATHER - My colleague Jazzy B was worried yesterday evening that the game could be hampered by rain as the conditions were heavily forecast. But just as the pitch in Chittagong was predicted to take turn during the ongoing Ban-SL Test and what is turning is only time, here too, the predictions have come wrong. No rain as of now. Bright and sunny, without a cloud in the sky.
  • It might be a battle between the number 1 and number 2 ODI teams but the manner in which India brushed aside the Proteas in the first ODI, makes you wonder whether the gap between the Asian side and the rest of the world is really large. Yes, the series is only 1 game old but with key members of the hosts injured, it is difficult for them to put pressure on the visiting side. Still, a new day, a new game and anything can happen. Hello and a warm welcome to the second of the 6-match ODI series between South Africa and India in Centurion.
  • We are done for the day. A completely one-sided affair as India steamrolled South Africa to get their first win at this venue after 16 years. The way it's going, the hosts will need a big turnaround from here to stay in hunt. Let's see how they recover from this embarrassing defeat. The third ODI is on Wednesday, 7th February at Newlands, Cape Town. Do join us for all the action at 1300 local (1100 GMT). Cheers!
  • Victorious Indian skipper, Virat Kohli says that they thought the ball will do a bit at the start and showers praise on Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah for not letting the South African openers off the hook. Praises the spinners for faring so well and adds that they knew the wicket will be hard but it will have bounce also which will help the spinners. He is impressed with the intent shown by his openers and sending the message to the opposition that they are positive. Says that it's a good position to be in and they would like to continue with the same momentum.
  • Yuzvendra Chahal says that he is enjoying the series. Feels that the conditions are like India and it's all about mental strength when you tour overseas. Adds that he is loving bowling with Kuldeep Yadav and they bowl to their strengths.
  • Aiden Markram, South Africa skipper, says that they have a couple of days to turn it around. Adds that he is disappointed with the way their batsmen got out and wants to be positive and move forward. Calls it not the ideal day but feels it's a good position to be in (down 0-2) as it can bring out the best from them.
  • All over! It took India 9 balls after the break to end the match. They gain a 2-0 lead in this 6-match series after handing a humiliating defeat to the Proteas. Their bowlers, spinners to be precise, set this game up by hunting down 8 wickets and completely broke the South African batting line-up. With nothing much to chase, the Indian top 3 did the job without breaking a sweat to register a comprehensive victory.
  • 20.3 INDIA WIN BY 9 WICKETS (with 177 balls left)! Their second best win in terms of balls remaining against a Test playing nation. A quicker full ball on middle, Kohli tries to power it over the leg side but it takes the inner half of his bat and screams past the diving backward square leg fielder. They take two runs and that will be it. The players shake hands in the middle and head back to the pavilion, again.
  • 20.2 A low full toss on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 20.1 Too full and on middle, drilled to mid on.
  • Kohli on 44... Can he end it with a six and complete his fifty? Tahir continues...
  • 19.6 Fuller and around leg, Dhawan sweeps but finds short fine leg. MAIDEN! 117/1
  • 19.5 Loopy full ball outside off, spinning away, Dhawan once again fails to connect with his horizontal bat shot.
  • 19.4 Full flighted ball outside off, driven off the front foot but straight to mid off.
  • 19.3 Leans forward to a full ball and defends it back to the bowler.
  • 19.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 19.1 Floated ball outside off, full in length, Dhawan tries to slog it over the leg side but misses.
  • The players are back on the field. Shikhar Dhawan to face Tabraiz Shamsi. A slip in place...
  • ...AN ENTHRALLING PART OF THE CHASE BEGINS...
  • Chasing a low total can always be tricky. But not in this case. Rohit and Dhawan provided a quick start and once the former was dismissed, the Indian skipper joined his Delhi mate in the middle. Together, they went about the business quite professionally and never looked troubled. The current partnership worth 91 runs has completely shut down the doors on South Africa's chances, if at all there was any. Do join us after the break for the last rites.
  • India are cruising. The chase is almost done. They are only 2 runs away from going 2-0 up in the series. But all that will happen after a sumptuous lunch break. South Africa did manage to remove Rohit Sharma but after that the bowling was more or so flat. Their spinners failed to recreate what the Indian spinners managed to do and that actually reflects the large gap between the two teams. Tahir and Shamsi have been inconsistent with their lines and lengths, so the argument that the Indians are good players of spin doesn't really withstand. They have not bowled enough in testing areas and the current pair has flourished.
  • 18.6 Short and outside off, Kohli goes back and cuts it through point for a couple of runs. Has the umpire called it lunch? Oh yes. What? Mike Haysman on air is not impressed, he voices his opinion that this is where common sense should prevail. Only 2 runs needed. Virat Kohli also has a chat with one of the umpires. But it seems they want to follow the rule blindly. Off they go, a really facepalm moment! 117/1
  • 18.5 Lovely piece of fielding by Markram! Quicker full ball on middle, whipped to mid-wicket where Markram dived to stop the racing ball. He quickly got up and had a shy at the striker's end but missed. Kohli had to dive there.
  • 18.4 Flighted and full outside off, driven through covers for a couple of runs.
  • 18.3 Advances down the track and pushes it towards mid off for a run.
  • 18.2 Tickles it off his pads to square leg for a run.
  • 18.1 24th ODI fifty for Shikhar Dhawan! A flatter delivery on middle and off, Dhawan punches it down to long on for a run. Fine knock by the Indian opener.
  • 17.6 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 110/1
  • 17.5 FOUR! Slapped away! Certain amount of arrogance in that shot. A good length delivery outside off, Kohli comes running down the track and whacks it over point for a boundary.
  • 17.4 Back of a length ball on off, Dhawan gets a bit of a leading edge towards backward point for a run.
  • 17.3 Dropped by Miller! Should have been taken even though it would have hardly mattered. An uppish drive by Dhawan to short cover where Miller dives to his right but fails to hold on to a low catch.
  • 17.2 FOUR! A proper heave-ho! Full in length around middle and off, Dhawan clears his front leg, opens his arms, flexes his muscles and dismisses it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 17.1 A touch short around leg, Dhawan tries to flick but fails to middle it properly.
  • 16.6 Once again leans forward and blocks it with the spin to the off side. 101/1
  • 16.5 Tossed up delivery on off, Virat is on the front foot in defense.
  • 16.4 Too full and outside off, Kohli squeezes it through backward point for a couple. 100 up for India!
  • 16.3 Loopy and outside off, Kohli defends it by getting forward.
  • 16.2 Short and wide outside off, a mistimed punch through extra cover and Morkel moves across to his right from mid off to make a tumbling stop. A single taken.
  • 16.1 Walks down the track to take it on the full and drives it straight to short cover.
  • 15.6 Full length ball around off, Kohli gets forward and defends it watchfully. 98/1
  • 15.5 Straighter in line, Dhawan turns it through square leg and picks up a single.
  • 15.5 Wide! A length ball down the leg side, Dhawan tries to swing it over square leg but fails to make connection.
  • 15.4 Plays it with soft hands to point and takes a run.
  • 15.3 Around leg, Dhawan tries to flick but misses. It takes his back pad and rests near the popping crease. His skipper quickly calls him over for a leg bye.
  • 15.2 A length ball on middle and off, Dhawan defends it from the crease to the off side.
  • 15.1 Fantastic stop. Khaya Zondo making amends. A free flowing drive from the bat of Kohli and the debutant dives to his left to make a half stop. Saves three for his side.
  • Morne Morkel is back on. It seems they have extended the play. 26 more needed.
  • 14.6 Floated full ball outside off, driven through covers for a single. 93/1
  • 14.5 MISFIELD, FOUR! Quicker and flatter delivery on middle, Kohli flicks it through mid-wicket. Zondo in the deep takes it too casually and the ball sneaks through his legs. The debutant tries to recover and chase it down but fails.
  • 14.4 Walks down the track and strokes it through mid on for a run.
  • 14.3 Another forward defensive shot by Dhawan.
  • 14.2 Gets forward to a full ball and defends it solidly.
  • 14.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 14.1 Wide! Tahir bowls from around the wicket and fires one down the leg side, Dhawan tries his best to put bat to ball but misses.
  • 13.6 FOUR! Loopy delivery landing too full outside off, Kohli gets on the front foot and pierces the gap at covers with his wristy drive. A boundary results. 86/1
  • 13.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 13.4 Flighted and on off, defended back.
  • 13.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 13.2 Goes on the back foot and punches it to long off for a run.
  • 13.1 FOUR! Neatly done! A low full toss down the leg side, Dhawan gets down on one knee and sweeps it fine down the leg side for a boundary. Easy pickings. Shamsi not finding his length. Gave two short ones in his previous over and now a full toss to start this one.
  • 12.6 Googly around off, Dhawan places it in the gap at point for a single. 77/1
  • 12.5 Flatter on the pads, worked off the pads but straight to the fielder.
  • 12.4 The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total. 50-run stand comes up!
  • 12.3 Flighted full ball outside off, Kohli plays his trademark wristy drive but finds the fielder at covers. He stops it and for some reason de Kock gets excited and screams - yayyy! Maybe, he thought it went without bouncing to the fielder. Got fooled.
  • 12.2 Probably a wrong 'un but on the shorter side outside off, Dhawan gets back to cut it through point for a run.
  • 12.1 Eases a full ball through mid off and takes a single.
  • 11.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 73/1
  • 11.5 FOUR! Another poor ball by Shamsi, short and on middle, Dhawan this time goes on the other side of the field. Connects with his pull shot and finds the gap at mid-wicket.
  • 11.4 FOUR! This is something you will always get from a wrist spinner. Short and wide outside off, Dhawan attacks it and whacks it through point for a boundary.
  • 11.3 Floated full ball landing around off, spinning the other way, Dhawan presses forward and defends it to the off side. If I remember correctly, Miller edged the same type of delivery today while trying to drive. Maybe, he can learn how to approach his shots when facing the wrist spinners early on in the innings.
  • 11.2 Tossed up ball on middle, Kohli stands back and tucks it through square leg for a run.
  • 11.1 Quicker full ball on middle, flicked to mid-wicket.
  • Tabraiz Shamsi to have a go with his wrist spinners. A slip in place. He will be bowling to Kohli, a familiar name for him. Shamsi has played under him in the Indian T20 League.
  • 10.6 Flatter and shorter around off, Dhawan reaches out and taps it down to short third man. 64/1
  • 10.5 FOUR! A freebie by Tahir. Long hop on middle, Dhawan picks it in a trice, rocks deep inside the crease and hammer-pulls it to the deep mid-wicket fence. No stopping this one.
  • 10.4 Goes deep inside the crease and punches it to long on for one.
  • 10.3 Shortish and on middle, Dhawan works it through backward square leg for a run.
  • 10.2 Shortish and outside off, Dhawan plays a mistimed punch to the off side.
  • 10.1 Loopy and around off, it's driven down to long off for a single.
  • Powerplay 2 time. A maximum of 4 fielders are now allowed outside the ring till the 40th over, don't think the match will last till then. Imran Tahir is brought into the attack.
  • 9.6 Sharp delivery, around off, Dhawan tries to work it around but gets an inside edge. The ball rests inside the flap of his front pad and Dhawan takes it out after taking the permission. 57/1
  • 9.5 Outside off on a length, Kohli dabs it with an open-faced bat past point for a run.
  • 9.4 Nearly sneaks under the bat. Good thinking by the bowler. He slips in a quick yorker, but Kohli is ready for it. Brings his willow down in time to keep it out.
  • 9.3 Good length ball angling into the batsman, Kohli blocks it off his back foot.
  • 9.2 Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 9.1 Shortish and outside off, shooting off the surface, Dhawan gets across the stumps and keeps it out awkwardly.
  • 8.6 FOUR! Shot! Morris digs it in outside off, Kohli rises on his back foot and slams it over point for a boundary. 'Catch it' was the shout for a moment but nothing after that...someone went to retrieve the ball. 55/1
  • 8.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 8.4 Too full in length outside off, Kohli drives it down the ground and Behardien (sub) chases it from short extra cover. They take a couple of runs.
  • 8.3 Full and outside off, driven off the front foot to covers.
  • 8.2 Extra bounce, around middle and leg, Kohli fails to flick it and is hit on the thigh pad.
  • 8.1 Short and Dhawan pulls t behind square leg for a single.
  • 7.6 SIX! Take that for a reply. Kohli knew another short ball was coming. He read the bowler's mind to perfection and was ready to execute his pull shot. As soon as the ball reached in his half, he pulled it disdainfully over long leg for a flat biggie. 48/1
  • 7.5 Ouch, that would have hurt but the Indian skipper is not showing much pain. Rabada cooks another short delivery, Kohli tries to pull but gets an under edge on his stomach. He takes some time to catch his breath and reset himself.
  • 7.4 Shortish around leg, Kohli tries pulling it but misses.
  • 7.3 Back of a length ball on off, Kohli defends it solidly from the crease.
  • 7.2 Full and outside off, pushed off the front foot to mid off.
  • 7.1 Good length ball on off, defended off the back foot.
  • 6.6 FOUR! Edgy! Full length ball outside off, Dhawan edges his attempted drive and it dies in front of second slip before sneaking past to the fence at third man. 42/1
  • 6.5 Gets behind the line of the delivery and blocks it safely.
  • 6.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 6.3 Dhawan shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 6.2 Back of a length delivery around leg, Dhawan tries to flick but misses.
  • 6.1 Play and a miss! Short and around off, not there to cut but Dhawan still goes after it and misses.
  • 5.6 A low full toss on middle, Dhawan forces it down back to the bowler. Rabada picks it up to have a shy at the striker's end but loses control over the ball. It flies back past a diving mid off and the mid on fielder does the mopping up job. A single taken. 38/1
  • 5.5 Good bouncer, well-directed, Dhawan is taken aback, goes on his toes and fends it down towards backward square leg.
  • 5.4 Shortish and on middle, Kohli wrists it through backward square leg for a run.
  • 5.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 5.2 Rabada overdoes his line after the boundary ball and bowls it full and around middle and leg, Dhawan quietly nudges it in the gap on the leg side and rotates the strike.
  • 5.1 FOUR! Cracking shot! Rabada bowls it full and outside off, Dhawan strides forward and strikes it fluently through extra cover for a boundary.
  • 4.6 Acrobatic stuff by Tahir to save a certain boundary. Looked quite comical while doing so but did the job eventually. Back of a length delivery outside off, Kohli camps back and punches it square of the wicket on the off side. Tahir moves across to his left from sweeper cover, puts in an early dive probably but somehow manages to stop the ball just before the rope. Then, he struggles to pick up the ball, fumbles a bit before getting hold of the nut and then sends in the throw to the keeper. Two runs taken/saved. 31/1
  • 4.5 Short in length and on middle, Dhawan hangs on the back leg and pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
  • 4.4 Off the mark. Taps a length ball wide of mid off and scampers across to the other end.
  • 4.3 Good length delivery outside off, left alone.
  • 4.3 Wide! This one is very wide outside off and the umpire doesn't leave it before calling it a wide. Kohli is getting a sighter at the moment.
  • 4.2 Another delivery wide outside off, Kohli leaves.
  • 4.1 Bowls a length delivery in the corridor outside off, Kohli makes a watchful leave.
  • Chris Morris comes into the attack.
  • 3.6 Rabada runs in with a couple of slip for Dhawan. Lets out a low full toss down the leg side, Shikhar tries to flick but misses. It goes off his pads to the keeper who dives to his right to stop the racing ball. 26/1
  • Skipper Virat Kohli is in no mood to give his batting slot to anyone else even in this low chase. Arrives at number 3.
  • 3.5 OUT! Rohit holes out and gets a mild sendoff from Rabada. He bowls a sharp shortish ball on middle, angling in, Rohit tries to glance it off his hips but the bounce gets a bit big on him. It comes from the upper half of the bat and balloons down towards long leg. Morne Morkel speeds across to his left, slides and completes the catch with ease. That wasn't an easy catch but the tall man made it look so. India lose a wicket but stay on top in this game.
  • 3.4 FOUR! Fine shot! Short in length and around off, Sharma camps back and just uses the pace of the bowler to ramp it down towards third man for a boundary.
  • 3.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 3.2 FOUR! That's bread and butter for most subcontinent batsmen, they say. To me, most good batsmen are strong off their pads. A full ball on middle, Sharma tickles it through mid-wicket and fetches a boundary.
  • 3.1 Good length ball on off, defended from the crease to the off side.
  • 2.6 Presses forward to a full ball and drives it to mid off. 18/0
  • 2.5 Hits the yorker mark around off, Dhawan digs it out.
  • 2.4 FOUR! An overpitched ball outside off has been stroked with good timing through covers for a boundary. Doing it easily.
  • 2.4 Wide! Morkel slips one down the leg side.
  • 2.3 FOUR! A bit uppish but through the gap. Morkel offers width outside off, Dhawan strides forward and slaps it through cover-point for a boundary.
  • 2.2 Pacey delivery, on a shortish length outside off and skidding away, Dhawan flashes and misses.
  • 2.1 Good length delivery on middle and off, Dhawan defends it off his back foot.
  • 1.6 Straighter delivery, played off the pads to mid-wicket. 9/0
  • 1.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 1.4 No edge. It's not South Africa's day. Rabada serves a full ball outside off, Rohit commits himself on the front foot and tries to push it through the line. He fails to middle it and it whizzes past the bat, making some sound. Quinton de Kock catches it, he doesn't appeal much (didn't feel the need as he was sure of the edge), but the rest are screaming their lungs out. Up goes the finger and Sharma is quick to take the DRS. The replays roll on and it's a close call. The bat and pad are very close to each other when the ball goes past the former. Is the sound of the bat hitting the pad? The Snicko is showing good deflection but again no one is sure it's off what? The third umpire however feels the replays are conclusive enough to change the onfield ruling. He assumes it's bat hitting the pad and not the ball. Rohit survives.
  • Huge shout for a caught behind. The finger goes up and Rohit Sharma takes the referral.
  • 1.3 Lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 1.2 Bowls it around off on a length, Rohit stays put inside the crease in defense.
  • 1.2 Wide! Free run for India. Down the leg side, Rohit tries flicking but misses.
  • 1.1 A length ball on off, Rohit defends it off his back foot to the off side.
  • Kagiso Rabada to take the second new ball.
  • 0.6 Once again the line is too straight and Sharma nudges it wide of mid on for a run. 8/0
  • 0.5 This one is full and angled on middle, Sharma tries to flick but gets a little leading edge towards covers. Safely rolls to the fielder.
  • 0.4 Morkel goes for the magical ball, sends across a yorker on off, Rohit has played enough cricket to anticipate that. He reaches out for it and digs it out to covers.
  • 0.3 SIX! Out of here, deep into the stand at mid-wicket. Morkel digs in a short ball and Rohit is quick to drops his weight on the back foot. Lovely transfer of weight and it's followed by a superb bat speed to execute the pull shot. Makes fine connection and sends it whistling into the crowd. He is one of the best Indian batsmen when it comes to pulling or hooking.
  • 0.2 Around middle and off, Sharma defends it off his back foot.
  • 0.2 Wide! Slides a length ball down the leg side, Sharma tries flicking but misses.
  • 0.1 Starts with a good length delivery in the channel outside off, some extra bounce, Rohit shoulders arms.
  • Back for the run chase. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, the familiar opening pair for India are out in the middle. Morne Morkel to begin proceedings with a couple of slips. Sunil Gavaskar on air reckons that with nothing to lose, they should go for the attack and have a gully also. Michael Holding seconds that. Here we go...



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5313 121
2 South Africa 4484 115
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 7594 122
2 South Africa 6911 117
3 England 6871 116
4 New Zealand 6550 115
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3272 126
2 Australia 2513 126
3 India 3607 120
4 New Zealand 3013 116
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 England 2402 114