India snatch dramatic win over S Africa
India overcame the absence of four top stars to beat South Africa by
one run in a thrilling one-day international on Sunday and take a 1-0
lead in the three-match series.
Wayne Parnell was run out off the final delivery, attempting a second
run that would have tied the match, to leave the Proteas on 297 all out
in reply to India’s 298-9.
The tourists were tottering at 225-8 in the 43rd over when the
ninth-wicket pair of Parnell and Dale Steyn swung the day-night match
around by adding 65 off 38 balls. South Africa, needing 26 off the final
12 deliveries, smashed 16 runs in the penultimate over of Ashish Nehra
that included a six each by Parnell and Steyn.
With nine runs required from five deliveries, seamer Praveen Kumar
bowled Steyn and conceded just seven more off the next four to hand
India a thrilling win.
Parnell hit a defiant 49 off 47 balls and Steyn plundered an 18-ball
35, but the pair failed to take the tourists across the line at the
Sawai Man Singh stadium in Jaipur. Earlier, Suresh Raina top-scored with
58 off 63 balls and Virender Sehwag hammered a typically aggressive 46
off 37 balls as the hosts piled up 298-9 after being sent in to bat.
South Africa’s stand-in captain Jacques Kallis starred for the
tourists with both bat and ball, claiming 3-29 from seven overs with his
medium-pace bowling before making a fluent 89.
The veteran all-rounder hit six fours and a six before being eighth
out, bowled by Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, 11 runs short of his 17th
“That was quite a finish,” said Kallis. “The guys down the order
played unbelievably well. The ball came on to the bat a lot better in
the second session, but we lost wickets at the wrong time.
“Credit to our bowlers also. It looked like India would get a lot
over 300, but our guys did well to keep them under that.”
JAIPUR, India, AFP