IIndia vs South Africa Second ODI at Stormont

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IND vs SA, ODI 2: India beat South Africa by six wickets (Series 1:1)

India made heavy weather of a modest target and survived a mini-collapse before inflicting a six-wicket defeat on South Africa with five balls to spare in the penultimate game of the three-match series.
India were cruising to an easy victory when the old opening pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly rolled back the years to put on 134 runs in 28 overs. But the team then lost four wickets for eight runs to inject some uncertainty in the match before Yuvraj Singh and Dinesh Kaarthick kept their cool to see the side home. Put in to bat, South Africa posted 226 for six with twin half centuries from Morne van Wyk and Mark Boucher. In reply, India got off to a good start, fumbled in the middle and then recovered to reach the target. After Tendulkar and Ganguly laid the foundation, Yuvraj and Dinesh Kaarthick played some smart cricket to square the series. South Africa had won the first match here by four wickets and the third and final match is scheduled for Sunday.
Chasing 227 for win, Tendulkar and Ganguly ~ more than 25,000 One-Day International runs between them ~ walked out to open and it was clear that the senior pros were not in any hurry. Both took their time and while Tendulkar dominated the scene, Ganguly was content playing second fiddle as they kept the scoreboard ticking without inviting trouble. Only once did Ganguly come out of his self-imposed cocoon, stepping out to hit Thandi Tshabalala over mid-on for a six. Tendulkar grew in confidence and and his pull shot was back again as he displayed his rich array of strokes. He pulled Andre Nel for a six to reach 45 and then an overthrow helped him reach 50 and also become the first player to score 15,000 One-Day International runs.
After putting up 134 for the opening stand their 17th century partnership Ganguly drove Charl Langeveldt to Herschelle Gibbs at point to perish. That triggered a mini-batting collapse as some of the big names were soon cooling their heels in the pavilion. Dravid was not comfortable against Langeveldts bounce and top-edged it to offer a catch to the bowler, while comeback man Mahendra Singh Dhoni was castled through the gates by Makhaya Ntini. In between, Tendulkar, who was out for 99 in the previous match and looked determined to reach three figures this time, dragged an innocuous Tshabalala delivery onto his stumps. His 93 came off 106 balls and included 13 delectable hits to the fence apart from two sixes. Reported Earlier: India captain Rahul Dravid won the toss and invited his South African counterpart Jacques Kallis to bat first in the second ODI at Belfast on Friday.
The South Africans have made one change in their side, Thandi Tshabalala comes in for Vernon Philander and this would certainly add some variety to their bowling attack. The Indians have included Mahendra Singh Dhoni who was declared fit on Thursday. Ishant Sharma has also been included in the second ODI against the Proteas. India have left Gautam Gambhir, who was expected to be included in today's match.
India did put up a decent 242 for eight in the first One-dayer, with Sachin Tendulkar - out on 99 - and Rahul Dravid (74) contributing handsomely but Jacques Kallis' broad bat thwarted them again. The South African captain, who took two wickets, held a couple of catches and then returned to the ground to produce a match-winning, unbeaten 91-run knock, took the wind out of India's sail and grab the Man of the Match award.
Kallis' sterling innings found an admirer in his Indian counterpart and Dravid felt the South African made all the difference in the match. India team: Rahul Dravid (c), MS Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly, Dinesh Karthik, Zaheer Khan, Piyush Chawla, Ramesh Powar, Ishant Sharma, Rudra Pratap Singh, Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh.
South Africa team: Jacques Kallis (c), Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, Jean-Paul Duminy, Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Hall, Charl Langeveldt, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Thandi Tshabalala, Morne van Wyk.
IND vs SA, Second ODI, Stormont: India 227-4 (49 overs) beat South Africa 226-6 (50 ovs) by six wickets

IND vs SA, ODI 2: Sreesanth to miss second ODI (SA 1:0)

Pace bowler S Sreesanth was today ruled out of the second cricket one-dayer against South Africa as India continued to be dogged by injuries and illness on their tour of the United Kingdom.
While the Kerala bowler will sit out for the second successive game, there is also a question mark on the availability of Gautam Gambhir, who is down with fever. "Sreesanth has not recovered as yet and will miss tomorrows game," Indian captain Rahul Dravid said. The Indians, however, have something to cheer about with wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni who has sat out all the matches so far expected to take the field in the crucial match tomorrow.
The team management will take a final decision on Gambhir and Ajit Agarkar, another victim of the flu bug, on the morning of the match which India have to win to keep themselves afloat in the three-match series. Dravid admitted that Agarkar and Dhoni could be a bit rusty as they had been out of action for a week. "It would be better if they had some practice but it has been raining heavily here," he said.
Dravid is looking for an improvement in both departments of the game over what was on display on Sunday.

India South Africa ODI Series 2007 in Ireland

India vs South Africa Second ODI at Stormont


India beat South Africa by 6 wickets
India won the toss and decided to field
226 for 6 (50.0 overs)
227 for 4 (49.1 overs)

South Africa Innings - Close
van Wyk c Dhoni b Y Singh
126 7 1
de Villiers run out
6 0 0
b RP Singh
6 0 0
Gibbs c Karthik b Zaheer
28 3 0
Duminy c Dravid b Y Singh
59 3 0
Boucher not out
55 4 1
b Y Singh
19 2 0
Nel not out
3 0 0
2nb 5w 5lb 12
for 6 226 (50.0 ovs)

Zaheer 9.0 2 29 1
RP Singh 6.0 1 21 1
Sharma 7.0 0 38 0
Chawla 8.0 0 41 0
Powar 10.0 0 46 0
Tendulkar 1.0 0 10 0
Y Singh 9.0 0 36 3
Fall of wicket
2 de Villiers
7 Kallis
46 Gibbs
131 Duminy
168 van Wyk
220 Hall

India Innings - Close
Ganguly c Gibbs b Langeveldt
75 3 1
b Tshabalala
106 13 2
Dravid c Langeveldt b Langeveldt
10 0 0
Y Singh not out
63 4 1
b Ntini
4 0 0
Karthik not out
37 1 0
7w 2lb 9
for 4 227 (49.1 ovs)

Ntini 10.0 1 37 1
Langeveldt 10.0 1 43 2
Nel 10.0 0 41 0
Hall 10.0 0 54 0
Tshabalala 8.0 2 42 1
Kallis 1.1 0 8 0
Fall of wicket
134 Ganguly
140 Dravid
140 Tendulkar
142 Dhoni

Umpires: M R Benson, B F Bowden
India: Ganguly, Tendulkar, Dravid, Y Singh, Karthik, Dhoni, Chawla, Powar, Sharma, RP Singh, Zaheer
South Africa: de Villiers, van Wyk, Kallis, Gibbs, Duminy, Boucher, Hall, Tshabalala, Langeveldt, Nel, Ntini

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.