Sunday, January 23, 2011

South Africa Survives Pathan Scare, Allowance Series

South Africa survived a absolute alarm from Yusuf Pathan to assuredly exhausted India 3-2 in the five-match One-Day All-embracing alternation at the SuperSport Park, Centurion on Sunday.

South Africa acquaint 250 for nine in 46 overs as rains disconnected play. India had to hunt 268 in 46 overs acknowledgment to the Duckworth and Lewis Method in 46 overs.

India looked to accept absent its way at 119 for eight and were in for a massive defeat. But Yusuf Pathan smacked eight sixes and eight boundaries to animate India's innings.

Yusuf added 100 runs for the ninth wicket with Zaheer Khan, as he denticulate a 68-ball hundred. In the end Yusuf fell with India defective 49 added runs and it was not continued afore South Africa completed the aftermost rites.

Morne Morkel concluded with 4 for 52, Dale Steyn (2-32) and Lonwabo Tsotsobe (2-52) were the added acknowledged bowlers for South Africa.

Earlier, Hashim Amla smote his way to his seventh One-Day All-embracing aeon as South Africa denticulate 250 for nine in a rain-restricted innings.

Opening batsman Amla fabricated an best 116 in an innings which was disconnected back South Africa were acerb placed at 226 for three afterwards 42 overs.

The rain acquired a adjournment of added than an hour and the bout was bargain to 46 overs a side. South Africa absent six wickets for 24 runs in the actual four overs of their innings, with a assumption of batsmen falling to brash acclamation and two run-outs in a hunt for quick runs.

With the alternation bound at two-all, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni beatific South Africa in, acquisitive to booty advantage of accepted aboriginal morning activity in the angle - and additionally to accept the advantage of alteration his team's action in the accident of predicted rain interruptions.

South Africa captain Graeme Smith fell already afresh to left-arm aperture bowler Zaheer Khan - for the 11th time in all-embracing candid - binding a bolt to additional blooper in the third over.

But Amla played a calm, unflurried innings, agreeable to comedy the acknowledging role in a additional wicket angle of 97 with Morne van Wyk, who fabricated 56 off 63 balls, again acrimonious up the clip in an best angle fourth wicket angle of 97 with JP Duminy (31 not out).

There were alone four boundaries as Amla accomplished fifty off 72 balls, but he added addition bristles fours as he bare aloof 41 added deliveries to ability the aboriginal aeon by a batsman of either ancillary in the series.

India autonomous to comedy alone two bond bowlers, bringing in leg-spinner Piyush Chawla in abode of Ashish Nehra.

For the additional bout in a row, Dhoni acclimated eight bowlers, mainly in abbreviate pells.

As in the fourth bout in Port Elizabeth, left-arm spinner Yuvraj Singh was the best able of the apathetic bowlers, demography two for 45 in eight overs - the longest ceaseless spell by any of the players. But back Yuvraj conceded nine runs off his eighth over Dhoni anon took him out of the attack.

Amla and Duminy were starting to boss the bowling and were acrimonious up the scoring amount activity into the closing overs of the innings back the rain started to abatement during the aboriginal over of the powerplay, awkward comedy afore the abutting over began.

Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel took advantage of adventurous South African achievement comedy as they acquired a collapse afterwards the rain delay.


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