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India lose opener, but Challengers impress

India lost the first ODI against South Africa here at Durban, but the Royal Challengers in both the teams showed their prowess with impressive performances. While new recruits AB de Villiers came up with a superlative batting performance scoring 76 runs for the Proteas, Zaheer Khan, India's top bowler and Virat Kohli, the only player to be retained by Team RC were resolute for India but for a losing cause.

India lost the first ODI against South Africa here at Durban, but the Royal Challengers in both the teams showed their prowess with impressive performances. While new recruits AB de Villiers came up with a superlative batting performance scoring 76 runs for the Proteas, Zaheer Khan, India's top bowler and Virat Kohli, the only player to be retained by Team RC were resolute for India but for a losing cause.

AB teamed up with JP Duminy to notch up a 131 run partnership for South Africa to provide them a solid platform to post a challenging total of 289 batting first. AB's aggressive 76 was accumulated in 69 deliveries with 7 hits to the fence and one over it. Zaheer, who rattled the South African openers in his first spell, finished with impressive figures of 2/44 though Rohit Sharma was the most successful amongst Indians with his brand of spin bowling with figures of 2/36. However, Sharma failed in his primary role in the team as a batsman scoring only 11, as was Sachin Tendulkar (2), Yuvaraj Singh (2) and Murli Vijay (1).

Kohli, however was not a spoilsport for India. He played a responsible knock scoring 54, but by the time he left, India were already down at 128/6, eventually folding up at 154.

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For 2011 and next year IPL RCB deserve to be at the bottom. They will justify as well.
moon-pandey on 29 Jan 2011, 04:44 AM
I am very much disppointed by the RCB team selection, you did injustice to karnataka boys.you should change the name of RCB also.
Royalmanj on 26 Jan 2011, 08:42 AM
its unexpected to see the integirty of India divided by its player.to inform you,we still love sachin(MI) more than AB(RCB),We still cheer for Rahul(RR) more than Vettori,we still praise Gambhir(KKR) more than Charl(RCB),We Still love India 100 times more than RCB.Please don't make your Business interfere in Nation's pride.They did perform well but,Its always sad seeing them perform so well that makes India Loose.
Akshay-Balgi on 17 Jan 2011, 10:17 PM
Dear Site owners, Its quite saddening to see such an article. Please do not divide the integrity of the nation based on your gains. India's win is what we forever would like to see not the RCB players performing at the cost of India's defeat. You intention of the article may be different but please think the consequences before posting such things. Please review the sensitiveness of the article.
Valli on 16 Jan 2011, 06:23 AM
who the hell is posting this dont you have any common sense common we are worried that India lost you are talking about the opposition team shame on you
bhata on 14 Jan 2011, 11:11 PM
Heh pls dont compare with that of IPL & Indian team, we love India & our team..So stop these bullshits or else we will stop supporting IPL team whomever are trying to divide the unity...
Dhru on 14 Jan 2011, 07:55 AM
plz don join with dem just coz IPL...virat is different n AB de villiers is diff ...
Vishnu-Freddie on 14 Jan 2011, 03:50 AM
My suggestion is, please do not allow such comments. Please do not divide Team India for the sake of IPL. Such comments must be critisized in strongest words.
moon-pandey on 14 Jan 2011, 12:16 AM
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