Smith leads South Africa''s reply

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Johannesburg, Jan 15 (PTI) Graeme Smith was going strongas South Africa cruised to 66 for the loss of one wicket in 12overs in reply to India''s 190 all out in the second one-dayinternational match, here today.

Smith was unbeaten on 36 off 34 deliveries, while givinghim company was Colin Ingram, batting on 25 off 29 balls, inan unbroken half-century stand.

Smith and Ingram joined forces after Munaf Patel gaveIndia a perfect start by getting rid of the dangerous HashimAmla.

Munaf dismissed Amla with a delivery that jagged backslightly from a good length, leaving the South African openerwith no choice but to inside edge one to Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

That was the only time India rejoiced as Smith launchedinto a couple dazzling shots through the off side.

The South African captain first drove Munaf throughmid-on and then, slashed one through the point region foranother boundary off the same bowler.

He then chose nemesis Zaheer Khan for a boundary, pullinghim through midwicket. Smith meted out a similar treatment tofirst-change bowler Ashish Nehra, moments before whipping offa Munaf delivery through fine-leg.

His captain''s dominance had a positive impact on Ingram,who lofted Nehra over long-on for the maximum.

Earlier, lack of discipline by India''s batsmen coupledwith a fine spell of fast bowling by Lonwabo Tsotsobe helpedthe hosts bowl the visitors out for 190.

Tsotsobe finished with impressive figures of four for 22,while Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel took two wickets each asIndia lost their last seven wickets for just 40 runs.

India lost four wickets for 14 runs in the thirdpowerplay, after managing 54 in the first two.

The left-arm pacer worked his magic after Yuvraj Singh(53 off 68 balls) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (38 off 61)revived India''s innings with a 83-run fourth-wicket stand.

Tsotsobe took the wickets of Murali Vijay, Yuvraj, Dhoniand Suresh Raina.

Batting first after winning the toss, India lost Vijaywith 21 on the board. Tendulkar and Virat Kohli then steadiedthe innings, but a flourishing 42-run stand was broken whenthe Delhi boy was run out by David Miller''s direct hit.

Tendulkar, who today equalled Sanath Jaysuriya''s recordas the most capped player (444 ODIs) in this format of thegame, played a few aggressive shots before being stunned by aJohan Botha turner.

After spending some time in the middle, Yuvraj got intogroove with paddle-sweep four off JP Duminy.

He then guided Morkel over backward point for anotherboundary. Yuvraj brought his half century in style whenglanced Tsotsobe for a four.

In the next ball, Tsotsobe pitched one up luring Yuvrajto go for the drive. The left-hander went for it, but onlymanaged to find Steyn at mid-off.

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