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Duminy, Amla star for Proteas

2011-01-21 18:15
JP Duminy (File)
Port Elizabeth - JP Duminy compiled a composed half-century to help South Africa to 265 for seven in the fourth MTN one-day international against India at Axxess DSL St. George’s on Friday.

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50th over: Munaf Patel will bowl the last over of the innings. Duminy scores three runs off the first two balls. Dale Steyn helps himself to a single off the third ball.

Duminy then unleashes as he hammers a slower ball over deep midwicket for the first, and only, six of the innings. Duminy ends not out on 71 off 72 balls.

48th over: Good shot from Peterson as he creams a Harbhajan delivery past point for four.

WICKET - Once more South Africa is guilty of some poor running as Peterson clubs a ball straight to Yusuf Pathan at mid-off who whips in a throw to the bowler. There was never a single on offer but Duminy and Peterson set off anyway which results in Peterson being left stranded in the middle of the wicket when Harbhajan breaks the stumps.

Peterson departs for 31.

47th over: Duminy reaches a well deserved fifty in some style as he drives a Zaheer delivery through the covers for four. That is JP’s 12th ODI half-century and it came up off 61 balls.

Robin Peterson scampers a single off the last ball of the over to raise the 50-run partnership off 58 balls.

45th over: JP Duminy ends the Zaheer Khan over unbeaten on 45. The left-handed batsman has only struck one for but he has scored at a good rate having faced 56 balls.

44th over: Robin Peterson has a drive at a Pathan delivery and the resulting outside edge zips off to the third man boundary for four.

38th over: WICKET - Johan Botha’s sensible knock is at an end as he tries to sweep a delivery from Yuvraj Singh. Botha misses the ball and Dhoni whips the bail off as quick as you like. The umpires ask for a replay of the possible stumping which shows that Botha dragged his back foot out of his crease.

Botha is on his way for 44 off 59 balls while his partnership with JP Duminy produced 70 runs.

36th over: Botha is busy showing the top-order batsmen how they should have gone about things as he whips a Zaheer delivery through midwicket for four.

34th over: Botha clips a Nehra delivery past square leg for two runs to raise the 50-run partnership for the sixth wicket off 65 balls. The stand has been vital for the Proteas after their middle-order wobble.

33rd over: Good shot from Duminy as he pulls a short ball from Munaf to the square leg fence for four.

30th over: Ashish Nehra is on for his second spell and Botha clips a delivery down to fine leg for four.

26th over: Johan Botha provides the home fans with something to cheer about as he slog-sweeps a Yuvraj delivery to the square leg fence for four.

23rd over: WICKET - The fans at St. George’s are stunned as Faf du Plessis (1) is sent packing! Du Plessis works a Sharma delivery on to the on side and sets off for a single. Faf is sent back by Duminy but he cannot beat Kohli’s throw from short midwicket as Dhoni whips the bails off.

The hosts have lost four wickets for just 12 runs.

22nd over: WICKET - South Africa are crumbling as AB de Villiers (3) pushes at a Yuvraj delivery to feather a faint outside edge through to Dhoni. Dhoni has enough time to whip the bail off and if De Villiers had not been given out caught behind he would have been out stumped.

Replays show that De Villiers did not touch the ball but that is immaterial because he would have been stumped anyway.

21st over: WICKET - Madness, complete madness from Amla! A Sharma delivery bounces off Amla and rolls down to short fine leg. Amla completes a first run comfortably but decides to take a suicidal second.

Virat Kohli’s accurate throw to keeper Dhoni finds Amla well short of his ground and the well-set batsman is run out for 64 off 69 balls with his knock including eight fours.

20th over: WICKET - Well, that came from nowhere! Van Wyk (15) pushes at a Yuvraj delivery to send an outside edge towards first slip where the alert Virat Kohli does well to snap up a good, tumbling catch low down in front and to the right of the fielder. That ends a 49-run second-wicket stand.

19th over: Harbhajan sends down a short, wide delivery and Morne van Wyk unleashes a cut shot which sends the ball scurrying off behind point for four.

16th over: Hashim Amla has his 12th ODI fifty as he cuts a Yuvraj delivery down to third man for the eighth four of his innings. Amla reached his half-century off just 53 balls and is looking back to his best after a few iffy dismissals during the series.

15th over: Harbhajan sends down a wide leg-side delivery that beats keeper Dhoni before running off to the boundary for four wides. Amla is looking increasingly comfortable at the crease having scored 46 runs off 52 balls.

13th over: Delicate from Amla as he leg-glances a Harbhajan delivery past short fine leg for four. Amla became the fastest player to 2000 ODI runs. He reached the landmark in 40 innings beating the previous record, jointly held by Pakistan’s Zaheer Abbas and England’s Kevin Pietersen, who reached the mark in 45 knocks.

12th over: WICKET - Graeme Smith tries to be a touch too adventurous as he walks down the wicket before flat-batting a Nehra delivery towards mid-off. Harbhajan does very well to dive to his right to take the catch low down.

Smith is out for 18 and SA are 57 for one.

10th over: India make their first bowling change as left-armer Ashish Nehra is asked to turn his arm over. Amla greets the new bowler with a superb drive past mid-off for four. That shot brings up the 50-run partnership for the first wicket off 57 balls, an excellent effort if one considers only 10 runs were scored off the first five overs.

Amla has been at the forefront of the acceleration having scored 35 off 35 balls.

9th over: Zaheer drops short to Amla and the batsman is quickly in position to pull the ball through midwicket for four.

8th over: A spot of luck for Amla as he drives at a Munaf delivery and the resulting outside edge flies through the vacant first slip region for four. To compound matters for the bowler he also sent down a no ball and Amla takes full advantage of the free hit with a delightful cover drive for four. That shot brings up 2000 ODI runs for the Mighty Hash.

7th over: Amla square drives a full delivery from Zaheer past point for four. The shot seems to invigorate Smith who once again lumbers down the wicket before dragging a shortish ball past mid-on for the second four of the over.

6th over: Graeme Smith as his first boundary of the day as he skips down the wicket before flat-batting a Munaf delivery wide of mid-on for four.

5th over: Smith and Amla are battling to come to terms with a slightly two-paced pitch and some very accurate bowling from Zaheer and Munaf Patel. Zaheer sends down a maiden and the Proteas have not scored for 15 balls in a row.

1st over: Hashim Amla, who has promised a lot in the series but has yet to record a really big score, will face the first ball of the day to be bowled by Zaheer Khan.

Amla is off the mark immediately with a single to mid-on. Amla then shows his class with a back foot punch past cover point for four.

South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first.

India hold a 2-1 lead in the five-match series and a win today would see them secure their first ODI series win in South Africa.

In an effort to try and level the series South Africa made two changes with left-arm spinner Robin Peterson and wicketkeeper/batsman Morne van Wyk replacing left-arm quick Wayne Parnell and batsman Colin Ingram.

Despite the inclusion of Van Wyk all indications are that AB de Villiers will continue behind the stumps.

India have made just one change with Parthiv Patel replacing Murali Vijay at the top of the order.


South Africa - Graeme Smith (capt), Hashim Amla, Morne van Wyk, AB de Villiers (wk), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Johan Botha, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

India - Parthiv Patel, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt, wk), Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel.


Hashim Amla run out (Kohli/Dhoni) 64

Graeme Smith c Harbhajan b Nehra 18

Morne van Wyk c Kohli b Yuvraj 15

AB de Villiers c Dhoni b Yuvraj 3

JP Duminy not out 71

Faf du Plessis run out (Kohli/Dhoni) 1

Johan Botha st Dhoni b Yuvraj 44

Robin Peterson run out (Pathan/Harbhajan) 31

Dale Steyn not out 4

Extras: (1b, 1lb, 10w, 2nb) 14

TOTAL: (for 7 wickets) 265

Overs: 50.

Fall of wickets: 1-57, 2-106, 3-111, 4-115, 5-118, 6-188, 7-242.

Did not bat: Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Bowling: Zaheer Khan 9-1-55-0, Munaf Patel 8-1-49-0 (2nb), Ashish Nehra 6-0-27-1 (2w), Harbhajan Singh 10-0-61-0 (4w), Yuvraj Singh 8-0-34-3, Rohit Sharma 2-0-6-0, Suresh Raina 3-0-13-0, Yusuf Pathan 4-0-18-0.

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Parthiv Patel, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra.

Toss: South Africa.

Series: India leads 2-1 in five-match series.

Umpires: Johan Cloete, South Africa and Simon Taufel, Australia.

TV umpire: Brian Jerling, South Africa. Match referee: Chris Broad, England.


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