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Sunday, 12 March, 2000, 15:22 GMT
Centurion Ganguly leads India home
Cronje
Cronje's 71 was not enough for South Africa
India won by six wickets
South Africa 199 all out (47.2 overs), India 203-4 (47.1 overs)


Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly cracked a century as he led India to a thumping six-wicket win over South Africa in the second one-day match in Jamshedpur.

Ganguly hit more than half his side's runs as they romped to an easy victory which gives them a 2-0 lead in the five match series.


We have got a lot of ability. I told the boys to keep playing positively. We are looking to win in the rest of the matches

Indian captain Saurav Ganguly
Ganguly, who opened India's innings with former captain Sachin Tendulkar, struck four sixes, three of them off the bowling of Pieter Strydom, and scored the winning runs with his 10th four.

His elegance at the wicket followed a semi-collapse from the South Africans.

After electing to bat, they were bowled out for 199.

Captain Hansie Cronje was the mainstay of the South Africa innings, hitting 71 before he became one of spinner Sunil Joshi's four victims.

When he fell with the score at 158-4, the tourists lost the last six wickets for the addition of only 41 runs.

India themselves looked on shaky ground when Tendulkar was dismissed for 21 and Joshi without scoring to leave India on 33 for two.

But Ganguly steadied the innings with two lucrative partnerships.

He shared in a third-wicket stand of 88 with Rahul Dravid, who scored 36 before he was caught by Herschel Gibbs at cover off the bowling of Nicky Boje, and added 73 runs for the fourth wicket with Mohammed Azharuddin (29).

The 27-year-old went on to post his 12th one-day hundred and posted his second successive win after taking the reigns from Tendulkar this month, remaining unbeaten as he cracked the winning boundary.

The next match will be played at the northern city of Faridabad on Wednesday.

Scoreboard in the second one-day international between India and South Africa in Jamshedpur
South Africa
G.Kirsten b Agarkar 0
H.Gibbs c Dighe b Joshi 27
J.Kallis c Dighe b Agarkar 18
L.Klusener c Dighe b Tendulkar 19
H.Cronje c R.Singh b Joshi 71
N. Boje c Dighe b Kumaran 28
S.Pollock b Joshi 7
M.Boucher not out 14
D.Crookes c Ganguly b Joshi 0
P.Strydom lbw Kumble 1
S.Elworthy c and b Agarkar 3
Extras (lb-6 nb-1 w-4) 11
Total (47.2 overs) 199
Fall of wickets: 1-0 2-41 3-59 4-88 5-158 6-178 7-182 8-182 9-185
Bowling:
Agarkar 9.2-1-34-3 (nb-1)
Kumaran 8-0-37-1 (w-2)
Joshi 10-1-38-4
Kumble 10-0-36-1
Tendulkar 9-0-39-1 (w-2)
Dravid 1-0-9-0
India
S.Ganguly not out 105
S.Tendulkar c Cronje B Pollock 21
S.Joshi lbw Crookes 0
R.Dravid c Gibbs b Boje 36
M.Azharuddin b Cronje 29
A. Jadeja not out 2
Extras (lb-3 nb-2 w-5) 10
Total (for four wickets, 47.1 overs) 203
Did not bat: Sameer Dighe, Robin Singh, Anil Kumble, Ajit Agarkar, T Kumaran
Fall of wickets 1-33 2-33 3-121 4-194
Bowling:
Pollock 8-0-25-1 (nb-1)
Elworthy 3-1-17-0 (nb-1)
Boje 10-2-34-1
Crookes 10-2-44-1
Strydom 10-0-57-0 (w-2)
Kallis 5-0-19-0 (w-3)
Cronje 1.1-1-4-1

Result: India won by six wickets to take a 2-0 lead in the five match series

First match - March 9, Cochin - India won by three wickets

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