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Series lost, but India wins the battle of the minds

A fantastic bowling effort by Zaheer Khan in the last over pegged the South African innings and then an Yusuf Khan blitzkrieg nearly paid India rich dividends, but then it was not to be. India eventually lost the last match and the series thereby, but the heroes of the day were identified by then - the two already named. Yusuf blasted his way, while Zaheer gave him the much required company for 100 runs in just 76 deliveries that nearly saw India through. From a hopeless 119/8 to 219/9 could well have been a 268/9 had not Yusuf miscued a Morkel length delivery. It was another nail-biter of a match, which was going in only one direction - the South African way - till Yusuf and Zaheer thought otherwise.

A fantastic bowling effort by Zaheer Khan in the last over pegged the South African innings and then an Yusuf Khan blitzkrieg nearly paid India rich dividends, but then it was not to be. India eventually lost the last match and the series thereby, but the heroes of the day were identified by then - the two already named. Yusuf blasted his way, while Zaheer gave him the much required company for 100 runs in just 76 deliveries that nearly saw India through. From a hopeless 119/8 to 219/9 could well have been a 268/9 had not Yusuf miscued a Morkel length delivery. It was another nail-biter of a match, which was going in only one direction - the South African way - till Yusuf and Zaheer thought otherwise.

It was a nice feeling to see the Indian grit and determination - a never say die attitude - that's getting physically and mentally embedded in the Indian side. Even after Yusuf's departure and the match was all but lost, it was heartrending to see Zaheer fighting it out with Munaf Patel with smiles in their faces. Zaheer finally succumbed to Tsotsobe for 24, but by then India won a moral battle, even though the match and the series was lost.

Playing against a full strength South African team with 3 keen seniors - Sachin, Sehwag and Gambhir - being rested, and taking each match to the wire, speaks volumes of Indian cricket team's strength. With Virat Kohli firmly placed at number 3 and Yusuf proving his finishing skills, we guess and sincerely hope the Indian team is well prepared to take on the world at home next month.

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yaaa that's true
sudhirRCCB on 02 Sep 2012, 10:17 PM
ya. Useless article!!!
RCBFan4Life on 27 Jan 2011, 08:44 AM
what are you trying to prove in this article?? success of RCB players?? apart from Virat kohli nobody did a good job. khan just bowled well to Graeme Smith, A B de was a flop (average at the best). Saurabh Tiwary who??
Bharath-Honnegowda on 25 Jan 2011, 01:45 AM
you must be kidding. Dhoni & Yuvi's poor form, Raina's failings against the short ball, no depth in the Indian bowling were all badly exposed. South Africa could have won it 5-0 if not for the spirit shown by some of them. we got comprehensively beaten in the 2 games we lost. Hopefully we don't flop on the sub continent wickets.
Bharath-Honnegowda on 25 Jan 2011, 01:42 AM
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