Recap: India in South Africa – Part V

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Published on: Dec 03, 2013

As India prepare for their latest tour of South Africa, which commences with the ODI series on December 5, we go back in time and look at how India performed in the country during their previous visits.

As India prepare for their latest tour of South Africa, which commences with the ODI series on December 5, we go back in time and look at how India performed in the country during their previous visits.

2010-11: The Indian cricket team’s most recent visit to South Africa was in the 2010-11 season. The Indians had a rather successful tour for a change. They drew the Test match series 1-1, won the only T20 played during the course of the series, before going down 3-2 to the hosts in a tightly contested ODI series.

Tests: India are known to begin poorly away from home, and this series was no different. They went down by an innings and 25 runs in the opening Test at Centurion. Batting first in the game, India were rolled over for 136 with Morne Morkel grabbing five wickets. South Africa replied with a massive 620 for 4 – Amla making 140, Kallis 201 not out and de Villiers 129. India were spirited in their second innings, making 459 – Gambhir making 80, Tendulkar remaining unbeaten on 111 and Dhoni contributing 90, but India still went down as Steyn picked up four in the second innings.

India fought back exceedingly well at Durban, to win by 87 runs and square the series. Batting first, India were bowled out for 205, with Steyn taking 6 for 50. India however cleaned up the Proteas for 131, with Harbhajan claiming 4 for 10 and Zaheer 3 for 36. In India’s second innings, VVS Laxman compiled a superlative 96 as India made 228 and set South Africa a tough 303 to win. Zaheer, Sreesanth and Harbhajan combined to pick up eight wickets among themselves as India registered a famous win.

In the third Test at Cape Town, the hosts batted first and put up 362 courtesy Kallis’ 161. India replied with 364, Tendulkar registering his last Test hundred and Gambhir contributing 93. Kallis got a hundred in the second innings as well as South Africa were all-out for 341. Harbhajan picked up seven wickets for India. Chasing 340, India ended with 3 for 166 as the series was drawn.

T20: India’s batting won them the sole T20 at Durban. Rohit Sharma’s 53 and Raina’s 41 took them to 168. South Africa only managed 147 in reply in spite of Morne van Wyk’s 67.

ODIs: South Africa thrashed India by 135 runs in the opening ODI at Durban. 70s from de Villiers and Duminy took them to 289. They were all-out for 154 in reply, Tsotsobe grabbing 4 for 31. India squared the series with a one-run win at Johannesburg. Batting first, India were bowled out for 190, but Munaf Patel’s match-winning spell of 4 for 29 kept the Proteas down to 189. In the third ODI at Cape Town, India chased down 221 with two wickets in hand as Yusuf Pathan blasted a 50-ball 59.

India lost the fourth ODI at Port Elizabeth by 48 runs. After the hosts made 265 for 7, India had to chase down 191 in 32.5 overs courtesy the D/L method. They managed only 142 for 6 despite Kohli’s unbeaten 87. The decider at Centurion also went South Africa’s way. Amla’s 116 not out took them to 250. India succumbed to 234 all-out even though Yusuf Pathan smashed an unbeaten 105 from 70 balls.

--By A Cricket Analyst

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