Tsotsobe takes four in India''s dismal show

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Johannesburg, Jan 15 (PTI) Lack of discipline by India''sbatsmen coupled with a fine spell of fast bowling by LonwaboTsotsobe helped South Africa bowl the visitors out for 190 inthe second one-day international, here today.

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, at theWanderers Stadium here.

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 partnership for thefourth wicket.

From 150 for three, they were soon reeling at 184 fornine, thanks to Tsotsobe who took the wickets of Murali Vijay,Yuvraj, Dhoni and Suresh Raina.

Batting first after winning the toss, Sachin Tendulkarand Vijay gave India a sedate start, before Vijay fell withjust 21 on the board.

Tendulkar and one-down bat Virat Kohli then steadied theinnings, but a flourishing 42-run partnership 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.

At 63 for three, India were not in a very comfortableposition, but Yuvraj and Dhoni played sensibly to steadythings.

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 when leg-glancedTsotsobe. It was full in length and on the pads and Yuvrajtucked it away to fine-leg.

A moment of indiscretion soon after reaching his fiftyhowever brought to an end Yuvraj''s innings. Tsotsobe pitchedone up luring Yuvraj to go for the drive. The left-hander wentfor it, but only managed an uppish drive for Steyn to completea simple catch at mid-off.

Earlier, Vijay flicked Steyn to the boundary in thefourth ball of the first over to open India''s account and thenhit another boundary in the next over off Tsotsobe.

But the scoring rate dropped thereafter. The first fiveovers yielded just 12 runs as Steyn and Tsotsobe beat theIndian openers repeatedly with pace and bounce.

The opening pair managed to put on 21 runs on the boardbefore Tsotsobe got rid of Vijay (16). Trying to go for amighty heave, Vijay could not connect giving a catch to Morkelat mid-on. .

Wayne Parnell was then introduced into the attack in the 11th over and his first over proved costly with the Indiansgetting ten runs, with both Tendulkar and Kohli hitting aboundary each.

Tendulkar and Kohli gradually settled down and tookIndia''s score to 60 for one at the first drinks break.

But just when the pair was looking to consolidate India''sposition, Kohli was run out trying to steal a non-existentrun. Kohli pushed the ball towards cover point and set off fora run but Tendulkar sent him back. He made a desperate attemptto reach the crease but could not beat Miller''s direct hit.

India suffered their biggest blow a few minutes laterwhen Botha accounted for the wicket of Tendulkar who fell to aball which kept a little low and came on to the bat slower. Hetried to punch the ball but only managed to edge it onto hisstumps.

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