Who have though at the end of 43rd over that the match will go to that much distance, at 225/8 with the set Jaques Kallis (89 runs of 97 ball) the last South African hopes already back in the pavilion and it seems that match is already in the bag of Indians but brave Dale Styen (25 runs of 19 balls) and W.Parnell (49 runs of 47 balls) showed lots of character but unfortunately it was India day who came out as winner by the margin of 1 runs to take 1-0 lead in the three match series.
The quality of cricket was really poor from both sides – Indians bowling look dismal as their bowlers given away plenty of runs at start and at the end to allow South Africans to almost register a unbelievable win, South Africa batting was really below par as not batsmen able to score big runs except Jaques Kallis which finally cost them a game after restricting India to 298/9 in their 50 overs.
Both Dale Styen and W.Parnell put on 65 runs for the 9th wicket in just 38 balls but that was not enough as they bowled out for 296 in their 50 overs.
South Africa requiring 10 runs of the last over with Praveen Kumar has the ball in his hand. They manage just 3 of first four balls and lost the wicket of Dale Styen who was looking in full flow in the process but their main hope W.Parnell was at the crease with seven runs to get in the last two deliveries. On the fifth ball Langeveldt, smashed the ball almost to the boundary but after a hundred replays it's not declared a boundary.
South Africa needing four runs to get on last delivery when Praveen Kumar bowled wide on the last ball, however he didn’t lost his cool and bowl a very good ball to hand over his team a win by 1 run.
Earlier, India after put into bat scored 297/9 in their 50 overs with the useful contribution from V.Sehwag (46 runs of 37 balls), Dinesh Karthik (44 runs of 56 balls), Suresh raina (58 runs of 63 balls) and R.Jadeja (22 runs of 20 balls).
R.Jadeja was declared Player of the Match for his match winning spell of 2/29 in 10 overs.
Match Summary (India won by1 Run)
India – 298/9 in 50 Overs
S.Raina- 58 V.Sehwag– 43
J.Kallis- 7-0-29-3 C.Langeveldet– 10-0-48-1
South Africa– 297/10 in 50 Overs
J.Kallis- 89 W.Parnell– 49 Ravindra Jadeja- 10-2-29-2 P.Kumar– 8-0-46-2