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CWC Elite India Vs South Africa: Key Events in Jamtha


South Africa sneaked in a dramatic win over India to put their hat in the WC race again.The Indian batting collapsed quicker than KP’s twitter updates, the proteas carried in the momentum and chased it down measurefully.Here’s a look at the tie-breaking moments in this heavyweight clash.

1) Faf Du Plessis & Johan Botha –  32 runs in 3.5 overs

NAGPUR, INDIA - MARCH 12:  Johan Botha of South Africa bats during the Group B ICC World Cup Cricket match between India and South Africa at Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground on March 12, 2011 in Nagpur, India.



This partnership may only have conjured up 32 runs, but they ran lots of twos to push the scoreboard along and in a pressure situation, Botha got 2 fours and a six away from Munaf to even the game up.




2) Indian Batting Powerplay

India took the batting PP in the 38 over mark,probably sticking to the pre planned routine.There was a case for them to take it immediately after 15 overs when the run rate was over 8 but probably the best time to take it was at the 25 over mark.Gambhir and Sachin were treading along but the run rate was dipping,and if they had taken the gamble the middle order would’ve had time to settle in. Tendulkar’s PP batting needs to be revised, because he looks to improvise the field too much by going for the heaves on the leg side.

3) Yusuf Pathan in at 4

South Africa bowler Dale Steyn (2R) celebrates the wicket of unseen India batsman Munaf Patel with teammates during the Cricket World Cup match between India and South Africa at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Cricket Stadium in Nagpur on March 12, 2011.

It was logical to get Pathan in early,but the Pathan factor always brings quick pacers into the attack making Steyn’s influence heavier in the slog overs.

4) Munaf Patel gets bowled over

Munaf probably isn’t the safest batsmen but him getting out in the 48th over mean that India missed out on 8 deliveries, probably the difference between the sides at the end.

5) Zaheer gets hit for 17 by JP

The Mumbai Indians team mates squared off in the 39th over,with Duminy striking two fours and a sweet maximum to get Zaheer out of the attack.

NAGPUR, INDIA - MARCH 12:  Harbhajan Singh of India celebrates with team mate MS Dhoni after the stumping of JP Duminy of South Africa during the Group B ICC World Cup Cricket match between India and South Africa at Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground on...

Dhoni stumped Duminy to give India hope



6) Kallis and Amla Partnership

Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla built a measured partnership in the middle, keeping the RPO at 4 but keeping the spinners out of the game

 

 

 

 

 

 

NAGPUR, INDIA - MARCH 12:  Robin Peterson of South Africa celebrates after scoring the winning runs during the Group B ICC World Cup Cricket match between India and South Africa at Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground on March 12, 2011 in Nagpur, India.

Robin Peterson of South Africa celebrates after scoring the winning runs during the Group B ICC World Cup Cricket match between India and South Africa

 

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