Monday, February 22, 2010

Nearly a bridge too easy for South Africa

The first India vs South Africa ODI came down to 1 run:

Yes, the SA batsmen had a gallant whack at the end, but yet again India nearly faltered. SA's 74 runs required from 43 balls looked like India had it in the bag. Then the bowling disintegrated (I don't know how else to describe it). Sreesanth and Nehra both being hit for 4s and 6s, and suddenly SA is poised to take the game?! I could not believe the score - and the last couple of overs.

And I suppose technically India did lose the match, in a manner of speaking, Nehra should have been bowled out off-stump - amazing how a 136 km/h ball did not knock the bales off, let alone the stump...pure luck I suppose...and without that boundary simple math tells you who would have won...

Jadeja and Kallis were the standout performers. And Praveen Kumar is a handy addition to the side in all aspects.

Now let's see what happens in the next match later in the week...