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India halt SA's winning run


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India cruised to a comfortable six-wicket victory over South Africa in the second one-day international at the M A Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on Saturday, to level the five-match series 1-1.

Batting first, South Africa were bowled out for a lowly 169 for 9 in their 50 overs; the target never really bothered the Indian batting line-up.

Virender Sehwag led India's reply with a quickfire 77 from 62 balls to end South Africa's unbeaten run of 20 matches.

Irfan Pathan again proved his all-round abilities, scoring 37 at number three, while also claiming three early wickets.

Pathan gave India early command in the day-night encounter, claiming the wickets of AB de Villiers, Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis in his first spell to reduce South Africa to 20 for 3.

Thereafter, the Indian spinners took charge on a pitch that offered them lot of assistance, as no South African batsman could cross 40.

The top scorer for South Africa was Andrew Hall, who made 32, while Ashwell Prince (30) was the other batsman to reach the 30-run mark.

Harbhajan Singh's spin, and the variations he employed, proved too hot to handle. He took two wickets for 33 runs in his 10 overs and received good support from Sehwag, who claimed 2 for 29 in his eight overs.

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