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Friday, 17 March, 2000, 15:19 GMT
Tendulkar ton secures series win

Tendulkar sprints home for his 25th ODI century
South Africa 282-5, India 283-6
India win by four wickets

Sachin Tendulkar smashed a characteristically sparkling century to lead India to victory over South Africa in the fourth one-day international in Vadodara.

In a thrilling finish, the home side triumphed in the final over to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.

We had worked it out this way, that I would go after the bowling and Tendulkar would hold in there. The wicket is flat in this part of the world and with a white ball it is not easy to restrict batsmen.

Saurav Ganguly
Chasing a target of 283, India scraped home by four wickets in dramatic fashion with Robin Singh hitting the winning runs off the penultimate ball of the match.

The victory was built on an formidable opening stand of 153 between skipper Sarauv Ganguly and master batsman Tendulkar, the man he replaced at the helm.

At first Tendulkar deployed a secondary role in the partnership, as Ganguly went on the offensive.

Indian fans celebrate a nail-biting victory
But after crashing boundaries all around the ground, Ganguly finally fell for 87 when he attempted another six off Pieter Strydom and holed out to Shaun Pollock.

Once Ganguly had gone Tendulkar, who stepped down as captain after the Test series which South Africa won 2-0, took command.

He sprinted to his 25th one-day century, before falling in disappointing style on 122 by offering the simplest of catches to Steve Elworthy off a full toss from Jacques Kallis.

The Indian innings then began to lose its way - until another former captain, Mohammad Azharuddin, steadied the reply with 39.

It wasn't a case of not getting enough runs, but more a case of not defending the target well enough.

South Africa captain Hansie Cronje
Pollock gave South Africa a chance by clean bowling Ajay Jadeja and Sunil Joshi with full tosses.

India needed six runs from the last over bowled by Kallis.

Robin Singh and Sunil Joshi managed singles off the first four balls - with Lance Klusener dropping an easy catch offered up by Singh in the process - and they scampered two from the penultimate delivery to edge victory.

Jacques Kallis takes evasive action during his 81
South Africa's innings of 282-5 was based around an impressive 81 not out from Kallis, while opener Gary Kirsten produced a typically steadfast 72.

Ganguly's delight at securing victory in his first series as captain was tempered by the near collapse of India's batting in the final stages of the match.

"I was not happy with the way we messed up in the end," he said.

South Africa innings
G Kirsten run out 72
H Gibbs lbw b Joshi 37
J Kallis not out 81
W Cronje c Agarkar b Joshi 26
N Boje c Joshi b Kumble 9
D Benkenstein b Srinath 27
L Klusener not out 14
Extras (lb5, w7, nb4) 16
Total (for 5 wickets, 50 overs) 282

Did not bat: S Pollock, M Boucher, P Strydom, S Elworthy

Fall of wickets: 1-99, 2-136, 3-181, 4-199, 5-256

Bowling: Srinath 9-0-60-1, Agarkar 10-0-61-0, Kumble 9-0-32-1, Joshi 10-0-69-2, Singh 3-0-12-0, Tendulkar 9-1-43-0

India innings:
S Ganguly c Pollock b Strydom 87
S Tendulkar c Elworthy b Kallis 122
R Dravid c Cronje b Boje 3
M Azharuddin c and b Kallis 39
A Jadeja b Pollock 5
R Singh not out 10
S Joshi b Pollock 4
S Karim not out 2
Extras (lb3, nb3, w5) 11
Total (for 6 wickets, 49.5 overs) 283

Did not bat: A Agarkar, A Kumble, J Srinath

Fall of wickets 1-153, 2-176, 3-256, 4-267, 5-273, 6-277

Bowling: Pollock 9-0-54-2, Elworthy 7-0-52-0, Kallis 8.5-0-50-2, Cronje 6-0-33-0, Boje 10-0-43-1, Strydom 9-0-48-1
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