Stunner from the World Cup – avoid scores if possible
Watch South Africa vs India highlights – the Group B game from the 2011 World Cup played on March 12
Scoreline: India 296 all out – Sachin Tendulkar 111 (101), Sehwag 73 (66), Gambhir 69 (75) | Dale Steyn 9.4-50-5
South Africa win in 49.4 – AB 52 (39), Kallis 69 (88), Amla 61 (72), Peterson 18 (7) | Harbhajan 9-53-3
Extras: The Lance talking about soft hands (Video – SA Bat 1 – from 08:12 onwards)
Funny guy in the crowd moment: Video – Ind Bat 5 – from 01:53 onwards
In terms of keeping the tournament open, a good win by SA. The last thing that’s required is a team as strong as SA being ridiculed out of contention by fans as being suspect against pressure. Not entirely convincing though, because it required an AB special to bail them out of the rut they’d gotten into.
For India, a return to its dark ages where Sachin seemed the only one playing. Actually, that’s a big exaggeration. Despite the couple of dropped catches, this was probably India’s best performance so far bowling and fielding-wise. Also Harbhajan kind of had a semi-return (partially because of South Africa initially allowing Yuvraj and Yusuf to perform the run curtailing role, which then allowed him to attack). But what I mean by the dark ages thing is during the early to late 90s, Sachin was the only one who mattered mostly because he was so superior to his teammates (this gulf being a little narrower with possibly Azhar). So during those years, once he got out, his teammates seemed so caught up in the aura of his batting, they seemed dazed at times. The similarity now is the unbelievable hype in India about this being Sachin’s World Cup. He’s worked that out and is able to handle it. But so far, the others around him, don’t seem to have. Everytime he’s taken apart the bowling, they either seem selfcontent or try to imitate him. On the bright side, if India do make it to the later stages, it’s better the team gets a fix on this now, rather than later.
Interesting team selection for SA when Tahir returns. Botha bowled well today and Peterson was decent (considering the circumstances) apart from his early wickets vs Eng.
Steyn had recently made a comment about how fast bowlers having mass was a disadvantage as it hindered having a late spell and being fully into the spell. No better example of what he meant, than today.
Yet another good wicketkeeping day for MS – an aspect often forgotten/taken for granted. Personally speaking, didn’t really mind the Nehra final over thing, as he’s done that role well over the last year, while defending. Kind of like an exercise going into the later stages. India will go further, right?