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Wednesday, 22 March, 2000, 17:41 GMT
India crushed in Sharjah

The South Africans barely raised a sweat
South Africa: 168-0 (29.2 overs). India: 164 all out (45.2 overs)

South Africa inflicted a crushing 10-wicket victory over India in the opening match of the Sharjah Cup.

Hansie Cronje's men, who earlier dismissed India for 164 with five overs to spare, raced past their meagre total without loss in less than 30 overs.

Jadeja and Srinath's record last-wicket stand proved futile
Openers Gary Kirsten and Herschelle Gibbs were unbeaten on 71 and 87 respectively as South Africa made amends for their recent one-day series defeat at the hands of India.

Gibbs looked particularly fluent, hitting three sixes and nine boundaries.

The ease with which South Africa romped home underlined just how poor the India batting had been.

Only a record last-wicket stand between Ajay Jadeja and Javagal Srinath took them past the three-figure mark.

Having elected to bat, India were left reeling on 89-8 after just 21 overs by the ferocious South African attack.

Pollock: Took the vital first wicket of Tendulkar
Makhaya Ntini and Steve Elworthy snapped up three wickets each until Jadeja and last-man Srinath stopped the rot with a record last-wicket stand of 62.

India's previous record in one-day cricket was the 53 shared by Ravi Shastri and Narendra Hirawai against West Indies at Gwalior in 1988.

Jadeja was unbeaten on 43 when Srinath was finally caught by Gibbs off the bowling of Nicky Boje.

India were in trouble from the third over when Shaun Pollock bowled Sachin Tendulkar (5) to leave India on 9-1.

Skipper Sourav Ganguly stroked four sweetly-timed boundaries in his 27 before being caught by Boje off Jacques Kallis, who then removed Rahul Dravid for eight.

Tendulkar: His dismissal sparked the collapse
Ntini, recalled after missing the tour of India, then claimed a trio of wickets, dispatching Mohammad Azharuddin (7), Sunil Joshi (24) and Agit Agarkar (1) to finish with three for 36.

Elworthy added to Indian woes with a double-strike in his second over, then sent back Anil Kumble on his way to taking three for 17, before Jadeja and Srinath provided their late but futile flourish.

India now play Pakistan, who make up the third team in the triangular tournament played annually in the United Arab Emirates.

Scoreboard in the Sharjah Cup match between India and South Africa on Wednesday.

S.Ganguly c Boje b Kallis 27
S.Tendulkar b Pollock 5
R.Dravid b Kallis 8
S.Joshi b Ntini 24
M.Azharuddin c Boucher b Ntini 7
A.Jadeja not out 43
R.Singh lbw b Elworthy 1
S.Karim b Elworhty 0
A.Agarkar b Ntini 1
A.Kumble c and b Elworthy 8
J.Srinath c Gibbs b Boje 30
Extras (lb-3 w-7) 10
Total (all out, 45.2 overs) 164
Fall of wickets: 1-9 2-42 3-50 4-72 5-81 6-82 7-82 8-89 9-102
Pollock 8-0-35-1 (w-2)
Kallis 10-1-43-2 (w-2)
Ntini 10-2-36-3 (w-3)
Elworthy 10-3-17-3
Klusener 4-0-21-0
Boje 3.2-0-9-1

South Africa
G.Kirsten not out 71
H.Gibbs not out 87
Extras (lb-3 w-5 nb-2) 10
Total (for no wicket, 29.2 overs) 168

Did not bat: H.Cronje, J.Kallis, L.Klusener, S.Pollock, M.Boucher, N.Boje, N.McKenzie, S.Elworthy, M.Ntini

Srinath 4-0-25-0 (nb-2 w-1)
Agarkar 5-0-29-0 (w-1)
Kumble 7-0-37-0
Joshi 5-0-32-0
Tendulkar 6-0-32-0 (w-3)
Singh 2-1-6-0
Jadeja 0.2-0-4-0

Result: South Africa won by 10 wickets
Remaining matches:
March 23 - India v Pakistan
March 24 - Pakistan v South Africa
March 25 - Rest day
March 26 - India v Pakistan
March 27 - India v South Africa
March 28 - Pakistan v South Africa
March 29 - Rest day
March 30 - Rest day
March 31 - Final

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