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South Africa won by 3 Wickets

Latest News Cricket:South Africa won by 3 Wickets > INDIA vs SOUTH AFRICA, 29th Match, Group B Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur, Mar 12, 2011.

South Africa vs India

Steyn: We all pulled it back towards the end and it was great stuff from the batsmen. I love bowling on this ground. We always thought that we needed to pick one or two wickets and we would come back into the game. With 20 overs to go, we thought we could restrict them to 340, but restricting them to under 300 was a big achievement. I am very happy with the performance and I would look to continue the good work.
Dale Steyn is the MoM for his haul of 5/50. This was his first five wicket haul in ODIs.
Smith: For 15 overs, we took a real beating, but we played excellent cricket for 75 overs. Chasing 300 batting second is a great achievement. It was fantastic to see the guys step up and contribute in such a good chase. Peterson’s heart was probably pounding and it has been a long time since I saw him hitting the ball cleanly. We fly to Kolkata for the Ireland game and we are getting a good break in the middle.
Dhoni: We just needed the bowlers to get it right. If the bowlers don’t bowl it in the right areas, then you do get hit. Harbhajan was our option to bowl the last over, but I felt a seamer would do the job. Nehra has been our main bowler for the past one and half months and we had the belief in him. If we would have batted normally till the 50 overs, we could have gotten some more runs. We gave away some runs at the start and the South Africans batted well. We could have fielded well and made the score look bigger. We won’t see drastic improvement in the field. We don’t play for the crowd, they want us to hit sixes all the time. But once wickets start falling, the batsmen need to play till the end and curb their slogging.
Peterson: I am ecstatic at the moment. The game had so many twists and this is a good advert for the WC. We are lucky that we were on the right side of the result this time. We were calm and we managed to get there in the end. Faf had a lot of humor to keep me calm, he gave me some options and I am lucky that I was given some options. For someone so young, du Plessis gives some good advice to the senior pros. We could have won the last game as well, but happy to have won today.
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