Recap: India in South Africa – Part IV

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Published on: Dec 01, 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.

2006-07: India played five ODIs, one T20 and three Tests during this visit to South Africa. They were thrashed 4-0 in the one-day games (with one match being abandoned), won the sole T20 game and went down in the Test series 2-1.

ODIs: After the opening one-day match at Johannesburg was abandoned, South Africa won the second ODI at Durban by a massive margin of 157 runs. Jacques Kallis’ unbeaten 119 took them to 248, after which India were rolled over for 91, with Andre Nel picking up four wickets, and man of the match Kallis grabbing three. South Africa continued their domination at Cape Town. This time Justin Kemp smashed an unbeaten 100 from 89 balls to set India a tough target of 275. They managed just 168, with skipper Dravid’s 63 being the only score of note. Pollock picked up four wickets for South Africa while Andrew Hall had figures of 3/45.

India continued to struggle in the fourth ODI at Port Elizabeth. Herschelle Gibbs’ unbeaten 93 led the hosts to 243. In reply, India folded up for 163. Irfan Pathan remained unbeaten on 47, but the rest struggled. Kemp grabbed three wickets for South Africa. India could not avoid the embarrassment of a 4-0 loss at Centurion. Batting first, they were rolled over for exactly 200. Tendulkar was the only half-centurion with 55 while Ntini finished with 3 for 32. South Africa won the game with ease courtesy Graeme Smith’s 79 and AB de Villiers’ unbeaten 92. T20: India had something to cheer, winning the only T20 encounter. Zaheer and Agarkar grabbed two wickets each as India held South Africa to 126 for 9. India won the clash by six wickets with Sehwag making 34, Dinesh Mongia 38 and man of the match Dinesh Karthik remaining unbeaten on 31 from 28 balls.

Tests: The first Test at Johannesburg saw the emergence of Sreesanth and India creating history by winning their first ever Test on South African soil. Batting first, India succumbed to 249, with Sourav Ganguly stranded on 51 not out. Pollock grabbed 4/39 for South Africa. In response, India, almost unbelievably, rolled over the Proteas for 84. Sreesanth was the swinging star, with figures of 5 for 40. Courtesy Laxman’s 73, India made 236 in reply, and set South Africa 402 to win. They folded up for 278 with Sreesanth, Zaheer and Kumble all claiming three scalps as India registered a memorable 123-run triumph.

South Africa fought back at Durban, winning the second Test by 174 runs. Ashwell Prince’s 121 took South Africa to 328 with Sreesanth picking four wickets again. In spite of half-centuries from Tendulkar and Laxman, India were restricted to 240. Although Sreesanth picked up four more wickets in the second innings, South Africa worked their way to 265 for 8, and set India a tough target of 354. Ntini’s 5 for 48 tore India apart as they were cleaned up for 179.

The hosts had the momentum going into Cape Town, but Wasim Jaffer’s 116 saw India post 414 batting first. South Africa neutralized things when they replied with 373 courtesy Smith’s 94. India needed to bat well a second time as well, but they were all out for 169 with Steyn claiming 4 for 30. Smith came up with another half-century as the hosts chased down 211 to take the series 2-1.

--By A Cricket Analyst

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