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12 Mar 2011 19:31
South Africa, needing 13 runs off the last over, broke the hearts of a partisan Indian crowd by pulling off a thrilling three-wicket win in the World Cup on Saturday.
Sachin Tendulkar had set up an enthralling Group B encounter with 111, his 99th international century and 48th ODI ton. It also gave him his sixth World Cup three-figure score.
That, along with 73 from Virender Sehwag, left India in great shape at 267-1 but their remaining nine wickets crashed for 29 runs to leave them 296 all out after 48.4 overs.
In response, South Africa were always adrift of the required run rate although Jacques Kallis (69), Hashim Amla (61) and AB de Villiers (52) kept them in with a chance until Robin Peterson (18 not out) blasted 16 off the final over including a six and two fours to edge the Proteas to a three-wicket victory with a ball left.
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