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Jan 19, 2011

Boom Boom Pathan powers India to thrilling two-wicket win

A burst of powerful hitting by Boom Boom Yusuf Pathan spurred India to a thrilling two-wicket win in the 3rd ODI match against South Africa at Newlands on Tuesday.

Chasing a target of 221, India was struggling at 93 for five before Yusuf Pathan launched a savage attack against South African off-spinners Johan Botha and JP Duminy.

Yusuf PathanOn a pitch where most batsmen found it difficult to play optimistic strokes, Pathan, making his first appearance in the series, struck 59 off 50 balls as India took a 2-1 lead in the five-match ODI series.

Pathan and Suresh Raina (37) put on 75 for the 6th wicket but both were out in quick succession to set up a tense finish.

Paceman Morne Morkel took 3/26 and fellow fast bowler Dale Steyn getting 2/31 but could not stop India from getting home with ten balls to spare. Harbhajan Singh made a crucial 23 not out, including two sixes.

The match changed dramatically in the 28th over of the Indian innings when Pathan, on six, edged Botha for a four between wicketkeeper AB de Villiers and skipper Graeme Smith at slip.

Pathan swept the next delivery and Lonwabo Tsotsobe, running in from the boundary to try to take a catch, miscalculated the ball and it went for another boundary.

In the next over from JP Duminy, Pathan again swept in the air and Morkel also miscalculated the ball in thinking a catch and it went for another four.

Then Pathan struck three sixes off four balls from Botha, all sailing over a fielder at deep mid-wicket.

On an untypical Newlands pitch, South Africa struggled to 220 all out with newcomer Francois 'Faf' du Plessis and JP Duminy putting on 110 as they rescued a floundering innings.

Du Plessis made 60 and Duminy 52 on a pitch of inconsistent pace and bounce.


Man of the Match: Yusuf Pathan

1 comment:

adeel said...

i love to watch the Pathan,s inning but i love to watch also boom boom Afridi inning and what you says about the Mohammad Hafeez inning ?

Mohammad Hafeez