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Wednesday, 15 March, 2000, 13:46 GMT
SA power to one-day win
Cronje
Hansie Cronje notched up a fine 66
South Africa secured a two wicket victory in the third one-day match against India, thanks to a 113-run fourth wicket partnership between opener Gary Kirsten and skipper Hansie Cronje.

India, who were restricted to 248 for eight in their 50 overs, still lead the series 2-1.

The tourists began steadily to reach 42-0, before opener Herschelle Gibbs was caught by Sachin Tendulkar in the ninth over.

South Africa then lost two more wickets with just 91 runs on the board, before Kirsten and Cronje dominated the crease to lay the foundation for a South African victory.

Kirsten was unlucky to miss his century after dragging a delivery from Tendulkar on to his stumps for a well-made 93.

Tendulkar, who captured four wickets, had Cronje (66) lbw - plumb in front of the wicket.

The skipper's departure raised the crowd's hopes of an Indian victory and when Rahul Dravid bowled Shaun Pollock for 14 the Indians hoped to move in for the kill.

But with an over to spare, the visitors needed four runs and Mark Boucher got them with a huge six over mid-wicket off Dravid.

A stroke-filled 56 by skipper Saurav Ganguly and a steady 73 by Rahul Dravid helped India reach 248 after South Africa won the toss.

The visitors had only 49 overs to reach their target after being penalised for bowling too slowly.

India retained the same side that won the second match in Jamshedpur on Sunday while South Africa used Dale Berkenstein in place of off-spinner Derek Crookes.

Scorecard:

India S.Ganguly c Boucher b Elworthy 56
S.Tendulkar lbw b Pollock 12
R.Dravid run out 73
M.Azharuddin c Boucher b Kallis 2
A.Jadeja c Kallis b Cronje 31
S.Joshi run out 23
R.Singh run out 9
S.Dighe not out 17
A.Agarkar b Kallis 8

Extras (b-1 lb-4 nb-3 w-9) 17
Total (for eight wickets, 50 overs) 248

Did not bat T.Kumaran, A.Kumble
Fall of wickets: 1-61 2-80 3-85 4-147 5-182 6-208 7-238 8-248

Bowling: Pollock 10-1-36-1 (nb2); Elworthy 10-1-44-1 (nb1 w1); Cronje 10-0-69-1 (w2); Kallis 10-0-37-2 (w2); Klusener 2-0-11-0; Boje 4-0-22-0; Benkenstein 1-0-9-0; Strydom 3-0-15-0 (wb4)

South Africa

G.Kirsten b Tendulkar 93
H.Gibbs c Tendulkar b Kumble 19
N.Boje c Agarkar b Tendulkar 14
J.Kallis b Joshi 10
H.Cronje lbw Tendulkar 66
D.Benkenstein b Kumble 0
L.Klusener c Ganguly b Tendulkar 6
S.Pollock b Dravid 14
M.Boucher not out 17
P.Strydom not out 1

Extras (b-1 nb-2 w-8) 11
Total (for eight wickets, 48 overs) 251

Did not bat: Elworthy

Fall of wickets: 1-42 2-63 3-91 4-204 5-205 6-217 7-219 8-244
Bowling: Agarkar 8-0-36-0 (w1); Kumaran 5-0-31-0 (w1); Joshi 10-0-56-1 (3w); Kumble 10-0-39-2 (nb1 w1); Tendulkar 10-0-56-4 (w1); Ganguly 3-0-16-0 (w1 nb1); Dravid 2-0-16-1

Result: South Africa won by two wickets.
India lead 2-1 in the five-match series
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