Tendulkar Ton Not Enough As Peterson Is Proteas Hero
South Africa 300-7 (Kallis 69, Amla 61) beat
India 296 (Tendulkar 111, Steyn 5-50) by 3 wickets
ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Group B, Nagpur
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Sachin Tendulkar scored his sixth World Cup century but it was not enough for India, who were beaten by three wickets by South Africa in a thrilling Cricket World Cup Group B match in Nagpur that went down to the final over.
After India collapsed from 267 for one to 296 all out, half-centuries from Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers and then 18 in seven balls at the death from Robin Peterson blasted South Africa to victory with two balls to spare.
Tendulkar hit 111 in 101 balls while Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir also added half-centuries before Dale Steyn's five-wicket haul led South Africa's fightback.
South Africa then batted fluently in the second innings but a late flurry of wickets appeared to put Indian on course for another win. Peterson, however, had other ideas, hitting Ashish Nehra for 16 runs in four balls to clinch the win.
Sehwag was given an early reprieve by wicket-keeper Morne van Wyk and he took advantage, blasting 12 fours in an innings of 73 in 66 balls before he edged leg-spinner Francois du Plessis onto his stumps following a 142-run opening partnership.
Tendulkar played a classy knock, including eight fours and three sixes, adding 125 with Gambhir (69) for the second wicket before he was caught by JP Duminy at point off Morne Morkel.
Steyn then removed Gambhir, caught by Jacques Kallis, and Yusuf Pathan, well caught by Graeme Smith for nought as India's collapse - which culminated with nine wickets falling for 29 runs - began.
Yuvraj Singh (12) was the only other player to reach double figures as Steyn then dismissed Harbhajan Singh (3), Nehra (0) and Munaf Patel (0).
Left-arm spinner Peterson pulled off a fine caught and bowled to remove Virat Kohli for one, also picking up the wicket of Zaheer Khan without scoring to return two for 52.
Amla led South Africa's charge once the run chase got underway, making 61 in 72 balls and putting on 86 with Kallis (69 in 88 balls) following the early dismissal of Smith, who was caught by Tendulkar off Zaheer.
Amla was caught by Mahendra Singh Dhoni off the bowling of Harbhajan and Kallis' ill-timed run out lifted India, although they were soon to be pegged back again as AB de Villiers smashed 52 in just 39 balls; his dismissal, caught by Kohli off Harbhajan, once again leaving the match in the balance.
And when JP Duminy (23), Morne van Wyk (5) and Johan Botha (23) fell in quick succession, it looked as if it was to be India's day, particularly when Zaheer delivered an excellent penultimate over leaving Peterson and Francois du Plessis (25 not out) tasked with scoring 13 to win from six balls.
Peterson wasted no time, inside-edging Nehra's first ball for four, smashing the second over midwicket for a six, taking a couple to long leg and finally driving for four through cover to end a gripping contest.
Tendulkar's century was his 99th in international cricket, his 48th in One-Day International cricket, fifth against South Africa, second of the tournament and first at the ground in Nagpur.
Harbhajan returned figures of three for 53 and Munaf Patel two for 65 by dismissing van Wyk and Botha late on.
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