South Africa had a good start to the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup (which is being hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh).
The Proteas beat the West Indies in their opening match in New Delhi (on the 24th of Febuary), then went on to beat the Netherlands comfortably by 231 runs in Mohali (on the 3rd of March). On the 6th of March the Proteas faced England in Chenai and narrowly lost by 6 runs (despite the fact that they bowled out the English for 171 runs).
This past weekend (on the 12th of March) South Africa took on India in their 4th 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup match in Nagpur. India batted first and got off to a great start. The Proteas only managed to take their first wicket in the 17th over of the Indian innings, when Sehwag was bowled out by Faf du Plessis. Sachin Tendulkar scored the most runs in the Indian innings (111) before he was caught by JP Duminy off the bowling of Morne Morkel. At 30 overs India almost looked like they were going to get over 400 runs, but the Proteas bounced back and dismissed them for 296 runs (in the 49th over of their innings).
South Africa came in to bat and lost the wicket of captain, Graeme Smith in the 9th over of their innings. The Proteas recovered nicely with a partnership of 86 runs between Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis. Amla was dismissed for 61 runs in the 28th over by Singh. Eventually the Proteas lost wickets at regular intervals after the 36th over. When Johan Botha was dismissed in the 48th over it was up to Robin Peterson and Faf du Plessis to bring South Africa home. Robin Peterson scored 18 runs of 7 balls. He scored the winning runs with 2 balls to spare. South Africa won the match by 3 wickets.
Ireland are the Proteas’ next opponent. The match is scheduled for the 15th of March in Kolkata. The Proteas will take on Bangladesh in their last group match on the 19th of March in Mirpur. The Proteas have to win their 2 remaining matches in the group stages to advance to the next round. They are currently in the 3rd position in Pool B (behind India and the West Indies). Let’s get behind the Proteas. They need all the support they can get to bring the World Cup home!
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