Lopsy laps up sorry Indian tale

2011-01-13 00:00

AFTER the tense, high-quality fare served up in the Test series, the Proteas and India served up a distinctly bland opening one-dayer at Kingsmead last night, which was eventually won by 135 runs by South Africa.

The win was largely built around a fine fourth-wicket stand of 131 by AB de Villiers (76) and JP Duminy (73), after the Proteas had slumped to 82 for three.

The dashing duo helped South Africa recover well enough to raise prospects of a 300-plus total, but another collapse put paid to those thoughts, and the Proteas rather limped their way to 289 for nine.

The Indians’ chase never got going, as Murali Vijay was trapped leg-before in the first over, and man-of-the-match Lonwabo Tsotsobe (4-31) then snared the prize wicket of Sachin Tendulkar to leave the tourists in tatters at 13 for two.

“It’s an honour to keep getting Sachin out, but I don’t want to get him angry by saying I enjoy bowling to him too much,” Tsotsobe chirped.

He has had little in the way of luck for much of the season, but the chips fell his way last night as he enjoyed a career-best return against a spineless Indian showing.

“I always enjoy playing at Kingsmead, and I seem to get four-fers and fifers here,” he added.

Virat Kohli (54) played a valiant hand, but regular breakthroughs by the Proteas meant the result was pretty obvious well before the final wicket fell in the 36th over.

The Proteas had won the toss and elected to bat, but Graeme Smith played a horrible shot at an Ashish Nehra short-ball, and his skier was caught by Rohit Sharma as the Proteas started badly.

Colin Ingram took all of 13 balls to get off the mark, and soon fell for an ugly five off 23 balls.

Yet while the others trudged through mud on one end, Hashim Amla was positively flying on the other.

The opener brought up his 50 off just 35 balls, as he sprayed an array of shots all over his home ground.

But, as is his wont lately, Amla then got out suddenly, as he skied Munaf Patel to a grateful Harbhajan Singh at mid-on.

At 82 for 3, the Proteas needed some repair-work, and De Villiers and Duminy duly obliged.

“I thought AB and JP set the game up for us brillantly,” Smith later acknowledged.

“I didn’t think it was a 300-plus wicket, and I thought the slow outfield was probably worth an extra 30 runs,” Smith added.

As well as the lead duo batted, the rest of the Proteas didn’t fire.

After De Villiers slapped a Sharma long-hop straight to Harbhajan at deep-midwicket, David Miller missed out on a rare chance to build an innings.

The Dolphins left-hander missed an innocuous trundler by Suresh Raina, and Duminy was then trapped leg-before as he attempted a reverse-sweep off Sharma.

Suddenly, the Proteas had to rein in the shots, and Johan Botha (23) and Wayne Parnell (21) had to bat practically to avoid being bowled out.

If the Proteas were slightly disappointing, the Indians were abysmal.

They were average at best, and Tsotsobe finally got the luck that had deserted him for much of the Test series.

Morne Morkel bowled with hostility, and though Botha got some tap from Raina, Smith was happy with the way his attack performed.

The truth, though, is that he is none the wiser as to how they can handle the pressure of bowling at the death — as India were so poor that they didn’t even offer a vague challenge.

The Wanderers awaits, and the one certainty for that is India can only improve on this showing. The Proteas, still searching for the perfect mix, will look to keep the foot on the pedal.

South Africa innings

G Smith c Sharma b Nehra11

H Amla c Harbhajan b Patel50

C Ingram c Nehra b Patel5

AB de Villiers c Harbhajan b Sharma76

JP Duminy lbw b Sharma73

D Miller b Raina9

J Botha b Harbhajan23

W Parnell not out21

D Steyn c Yuvraj b Khan7

M Morkel b Khan0

L Tsotsobe not out1

Extras:13

TOTAL: (for nine wickets)289 -- 50 overs

Fow: 1-18 (Smith 3.5 ov), 2-72 (Ingram 11.6), 3-82 (Amla 13.3), 4-213 (De Villiers 35.2), 5-226 (Miller 38.1), 6-244 (Duminy 41.6), 7-266 (Botha 46.3), 8-285 (Steyn 49.2), 9-286 (Morkel 49.4)

Bowling: Khan 10-0-44-2 (1w), Nehra 6-0-61-1 (1w), Patel 7-1-36-2, Harbhajan 10-0-56-1, Yuvraj 6-0-32-0 (1w), R Sharma 7-0-30-2, Raina 4-0-21-1

India innings

M Vijay lbw b Steyn1

S Tendulkar c Steyn b Tsotsobe7

V Kohli c Smith b Steyn54

R Sharma c De Villiers b Morkel11

Y Singh c Smith b Morkel2

MS Dhoni run out (Parnell)25

S Raina c Ingram b Tsotsobe32

H Singh b Parnell0

Z Khan c Duminy b Tsotsobe6

A Nehra b Tsotsobe1

M Patel not out1

Extras:14

TOTAL:(all out) 154 - 50 overs

Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Vijay 0.4), 2-13 (Tendulkar 3.3), 3-41 (Sharma 10.1), 4-43 (Yuvraj 10.5), 5-95 (Dhoni 22.5), 6-128 (Kohli 29.3), 7-129 (Harbhajan 30.2), 8-148 (Raina 33.2), 9-153 (Nehra 35.2), 10-154 (Khan 35.4)

Bowling: Steyn 6-0-29-2 (4w), Tsotsobe 8.4-0-31-4 (2w), Morkel 5-0-12-2, Parnell 7-0-25-1 (4w), Botha 7-0-46-0, Duminy 2-0-7-0

Result: South Africa win by 135 runs — Sapa.

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