India set target 297 runs against South Africa

India set target 297 runs against South Africa | India all out on 296 runs

India set target 297 runs against South Africa:India all players out on 296 runs against south africa. India set target 297 runs. India lost momentum soon after centurion Sachin Tendulkar (111) got out in the 40th over as they lost five wickets in quick succession against South Africa in their World Cup clash at the VCA stadium in Nagpur.

India set target 297 runs against South Africa | India all out on 296 runs

India all out on 296 runs

India lost momentum soon after centurion Sachin Tendulkar (111) got out in the 40th over as they lost five wickets in quick succession against South Africa in their World Cup clash at the VCA stadium in Nagpur. Virat Kohli (1) and Yuvraj Singh (12) got out in consecutive overs to add to India’s misery as South African put a break to their march.

South African pacer Dale Steyn dismissed Yusuf Pathan (0) and Gambhir (69) in one over to halt India’s run charge. Steyn double-strike came soon after Morne Morkel got rid of centurion Sachin Tendulkar (111) in the previous over.

Before walking back to pavilion, Tendulkar raced to his record sixth World Cup hundred off just 92 balls as India continued to dominate South Africa on Saturday.

Tendulkar hit three huge sixes and eight fours in his 48th ODI and 99th international century.

This is the little master’s second century of the tournament after hitting 120 against England in the thrilling tied match in Bangalore.

After maestro’s ton, Gautam Gambhir completed his 23rd ODI fifty as he smashed seven boundaries in his 75-ball knock.

Tendulkar and Gambhir put on a hundred-run partnership for the second wicket to lead Indian innings after Sehwag’s wicket at VCA stadium.

India raced to 200 in just 30.2 overs when Tendulkar hit a four at mid-on off Johan Botha’s delivery.

Virender Sehwag edged a Faf du Plessis delivery onto his stumps as India lost their first wicket with 142 runs on the board after 17.4 overs.

Sehwag hit 12 fours in his swashbuckling knock of 73 off 66 balls.

Sehwag’s 44-ball half-century and Sachin Tendulkar’s 33-ball fifty gave India a dream start in this clash of the titans.

Tendulkar’s 94th ODI fifty was studded with five fours and a six. One four by Tendulkar that stood out was a straight drive that went just under the bowler Morne Morkel.

Sehwag and Tendulkar brought up the Indian 100 in 11.4 overs. Sehwag’s 37th ODI fifty was studded with 10 hits to the fence.

With a fiery start, Sehwag and Tendulkar took India to 87/0 in 10 overs.

This is the highest score so far in the mandatory batting Powerplay in this World Cup and it consisted of 12 fours and a six. That six was hit by Tendulkar off Dale Steyn as the Master rocked on the back foot and hooked the ball over fine leg – a shot he brought out of his repertoire after many years.

Sehwag started from the word go hitting the first delivery of the match from Steyn to the mid-wicket fence. Thus Sehwag has started his five World Cup innings so far by slamming boundaries off the very first ball he faced in each innings.

Earlier, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and chose to bat.

India have brought in Munaf Patel in place of Piyush Chawla and South Africa have replaced the injured Imran Tahir by Johan Botha.

South African captain Graeme Smith said he would have batted as well but now they would look to restrict India. He added that the atmosphere is thrilling and they would like to play well.

Dhoni said the wicket is good for batting but also added it has to offer something for the fast bowlers as well. He added it’s good to be unbeaten but that’s history and they would take confidence from it and look to carry momentum.

Jamtha is a very impressive cricket ground, outfield is lush green but the base is quite hard and the ball will travel quickly. The dimensions of the ground are such, that lots of cuts and pulls are expected in the game. Regarding the playing area, it’s a very good surface, hard, well rolled in but not enough dry patches to assist spinners and last for the entire 100 overs.

It is pretty warm out there with temperature expected to touch 37 degrees Celsius.

Teams:

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Capt.), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel.

South Africa: Graeme Smith (Capt.), Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Morne van Wyk, Robin Peterson, Johan Botha, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn.

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