BY | December 5, 2013

South Africa 358/4 (50.0 ov)

South Africa innings (50 overs maximum)
HM Amla     b Mohammed Shami    65    117
Q de Kock†    c & b Kohli    135    171
JH Kallis    c Jadeja b Mohammed Shami    10    16
AB de Villiers*     b Mohammed Shami    77        47
JP Duminy    not out    59        29    2    5
DA Miller    not out    5        2    1    0
Extras    (lb 2, w 4, nb 1)    7

Total    (4 wickets; 50 overs)    358

Update: After 11 overs South Africa 55/0, Quinton de Kock 28, Hashim Amla , 25     

India vs South Africa are set to face each other today. The match, part of a series that came after many heartburns and confusions seems to be pitting two great teams against each other and so the excitement is at its peak.

South Africa have just lost a one day series against Pakistan that was truly very close. They lost two consecutive matches against Pakistan and then won the third match in style. But the second match could have gone either way as Pakistan won a match that it had almost completely lost by just a single run. Pakistan was truly the loser and not the winner as they were outdone by South Africans in almost all the fields. Nonetheless a win is a win and so Pakistani felt joyous and South Africans felt the pressure as they were set to face another far superior foe in the form of the Indian cricket team.

Though many people have said that for Indian batsmen it will be very difficult to face the likes of Steyn, nonetheless we saw that the Indian batsmen recently went on a run feast  against an equally gifted Australian pace attack when they visited India. Both the sides scored huge totals in every one day match they played. Though two matches were washed out, the two teams played their hearts out making the people enjoy the series.

But there is also huge disadvantage for the Indian side that feasts on slow pitches. The South African pitches on the contrary going to support their genuinely fast bowlers and render Indian medium pacers ineffective.

India will be pinning their hopes on their batsmen and their new bowling find Mohammad Shami. But I am not sure if Shami can do much damage against the hosts.

South Africa Team: Hashim Amla, Graeme Smith, Quinton de Kock (wk) Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers (capt), JP Duminy, Ryan McLaren, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Imran Tahir

India:  Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (capt, wk), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuveshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Mohit Sharma

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