India pull off incredible win

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Johannesburg: After its defenses were splintered by a battering ram in Durban, India’s batting surrendered to the garrotte in the second ODI, allowing itself to be constricted by disciplined South African bowling.

But India’s bowlers responded magnificently, defending a below-par total of 190 with such fierce resolve that the choke was on South Africa.

After cruising when Graeme Smith (77) was in charge, South Africa imploded under pressure, falling a run short.

Munaf Patel was India’s hero with the ball, his four wickets, in front of well-wishers from his village, proving decisive.

India: Total (in 47.2 overs): 190.

South Africa: Total (in 43 overs): 189.

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