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  Wednesday, 25 September, 2002, 17:07 GMT 18:07 UK
SA hand victory to India
Herschelle Gibbs pulls for four
Gibbs was forced to retire due to heat exhaustion
ICC Champions Trophy semi-final, Colombo
India 261-9 (50 overs) beat South Africa 251-6 (50 overs) by 10 runs

South Africa inexplicably handed India victory in the Champions Trophy, crumbling to a 10-run defeat despite being in total charge of the match.

The South Africans had reached 192 for one with 13 overs to spare, chasing India's 261 for nine, when Herschelle Gibbs, unbeaten after a brilliant century, was forced to retire.

Having made a sparkling 116 from 119 balls, Gibbs began to falter, first asking for a runner and then having to retire due to heat exhaustion.

Gibbs leaves the field shattered by his effort
Gibbs leaves the field shattered by his effort
That precipitated a tumble of wickets and, with Jacques Kallis unable to break the shackles at the other end, South Africa crumbled under the pressure to lose by 10 runs.

Gibbs shrugged off the early loss of Graeme Smith, brilliantly caught at point by Yuvraj Singh, maintaining his usual positive play.

He reached 50 from 59 balls but then accelerated as both he and Jacques Kallis started to find their feet.

Together the pair added 178 for the second wicket, putting South Africa in the driving seat before Gibbs was forced off the field.

South Africa remained in charge even when Rhodes went cheaply, caught superbly by Yuvraj at short fine leg from a top-edged sweep, and Boeta Dippenaar followed two balls later.

No release

However, the new batsmen Mark Boucher and Kallis were unable to score the pressure-relieving boundary and the run rate steadily started to climb.

Their fate was sealed with the introduction of Virender Sehwag who began by removing Boucher, again from a top-edged sweep to short fine leg.

After bowling his first four overs for just 15 runs, Sehwag was invited to bowl the final over with South Africa still needing 21 to win.

His first ball was hit for six, but Kallis top-edged the next to give Rahul Dravid a simple catch that sealed the match.

The Indian team mob Virender Sehwag
The Indian team mob Virender Sehwag
Sehwag also claimed the wicket of Lance Klusener off the final ball to finish with new career-best figures of three for 25.

Earlier, South Africa's bowlers had produced a disciplined performance after the Indians got off to a typically electric start.

Virender Sehwag blasted 59 from 58 balls, including 10 fours, but wickets began to fall as South Africa upped their effort.

Sourav Ganguly fell for 13 top-edging a pull from Makhaya Ntini but the loss of his partner did little to affect Sehwag's momentum.

Patient approach

However, when VVS Laxman went for 22 after a promising start, Sehwag fell soon afterwards and Sachin Tendulkar was run out for 16 leaving India on 135 for four.

Yuvraj and Dravid showed a more patient approach, working singles in a partnership of 72 for the fifth wicket.

But just as the pair tried to accelerate, Dravid was trapped lbw by Lance Klusener for 49, leaving India to rebuild again.

Mohammad Kaif then joined Yuvraj in adding 47 for the sixth wicket.

Yuvraj reached his seventh one-day international half-century from 66 balls.

But both men perished trying to hit out, and with tail-enders Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan holing out in the final two overs, India stuttered to the end of their quota.

India: Sourav Ganguly (captain), Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra.

South Africa: Shaun Pollock (captain), Herschelle Gibbs, Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Jonty Rhodes, Boeta Dippenaar, Mark Boucher, Lance Klusener, Robin Peterson, Allan Donald, Makhaya Ntini.

Umpires: David Shepherd (Eng), Russel Tiffin (Zim).

Third umpire: Daryl Harper (Aus)

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