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  Friday, 26 October, 2001, 19:50 GMT 20:50 UK
South Africa cruise to triangular win
Gary Kirsten
Gary Kirsten took his side to the brink of victory
Triangular tournament final, Durban: South Africa (173-2 after 40 overs) vs India (183 all out after 48.2 overs)

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South Africa barely raised a sweat as they down India by six wickets in the triangular tournament final. in Durban

For the tourists it was a ninth consecutive loss in a one-day final after they were bowled out for a paltry 183.

Neil McKenzie's hooked four took the Proteas hom with almost eight overs remaining.

And the margin was only that close because two batsmen fell in cavalier style to the part-time spin of Sachin Tendulkar as they neared victory.

Just 11 runs short, Jacques Kallis face bore a thunderous expression after he was beaten by the flight of a lobbed delivery from Tendulkar to be bowled for 39.

And Jonty Rhodes was stumped for six as he went down the pitch to the leg-spinner.

Gary Kirsten, who scored his 12th one-day century against Kenya last week, took the hosts within 24 runs of victory.

But the opening batsman was out for 87, edging spinner Harbhajan Singh to slip.

Herschelle Gibbs was Harbhajan's other victim, caught and bowled for 21 after an uncomfortable spell.

Kallis had suffered a hairy moment early on when Javagal Srinath fooled him with extra bounce.

But his upper cut went through the hands of Anil Kumble at deep third man and rolled to the boundary for four.

Although Kumble went wicketless, he was the only economical Indian bowler, conceding just 24 runs off his 10 overs.

Extra bounce

Earlier, Rahul Dravid's 77 was the only substantial individual innings as India struggled on a pitch which had more bounce than they had encountered so far in the tournament.

Nantie Hayward
Hayward bowled economically and with venom
Fast bowler Nantie Hayward troubled the tourists with his pace and steep bounce, with one delivery timed at 150.1 kmh.

He took the key early wicket of Sachin Tendulkar and later ended a sixth-wicket partnership of 51 when Reetinder Sodhi was caught at deep midwicket.

Hayward finished with an unusually economical two for 38 in 10 overs in his second match back after an 18-month break from international cricket.

South African captain Shaun Pollock bowled immaculately to take two for 19 off nine overs, while Justin Kemp took three for 20.

Pollock struck the first blow when he had Indian captain Sourav Ganguly caught behind for nine.

Tendulkar followed after making 17 when he edged a lifting ball from Hayward into his stumps.

Dravid and Verender Sehwag put on 60 for the third wicket before the aggressive Sehwag was caught at third man when he slashed at Makhaya Ntini.

Sodhi looked uncomfortable against pace but helped Dravid put on a vital 51 before he was out for 22, starting a collapse in which the last five wickets fell for 19 runs in five overs.

As the innings went into the closing overs, Dravid went down the pitch to attack Kemp but skied a catch to cover. His 77 came off 102 balls with six fours.

With the anchor of their innings removed, the last three Indian wickets fell without adding to the total and India failed by 10 balls to bat out their 50 overs.


Teams: South Africa: Shaun Pollock (captain), Gary Kirsten, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Neil McKenzie, Jonty Rhodes, Lance Klusener, Mark Boucher, Justin Kemp, Mornantau Hayward, Makhaya Ntini.

India: Sourav Ganguly (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Verendra Sehwag, Venkatsai Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Reetinder Sodhi, Ajit Agarkar, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Javagal Srinath.

Umpires: Ian Howell, Dave Orchard (both SA).
TV umpire: Wilf Diedricks (SA).
Match referee: Ahmed Ebrahim (Zimbabwe).

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