Hyderabad ODI: SA beat India by five wickets

After 34 overs, South Africa are at 168 for five with Jacques Kallis and Kemp batting at the crease.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:53 IST
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South Africa have beaten India by five wickets in the first one-day international at Hyderabad today. Chasing 250 to win, the Proteas reached the target easily with more than an over to spare and five wickets in hand. The South African innings was built around a solid sixth-wicket partnership between Jacques Kallis (68 not out) and JM Kemp (46 not out). Early breakthrough Ajit Agarkar gave India the first breakthrough when he trapped A B de Villiers for seven runs. Justin Ontong was the next to go, caught by Rahul Dravid off an Agarkar delivery. South African captain Graeme Smith was unlucky to miss out on his half-century after he was dismissed by R P Singh for 48. After Smith departed, Kallis and AG Prince added 89 runs for the fourth wicket before the latter was caught by Virender Sehwag off Harbhajan Singh's bowling in the 34th over. Mark Boucher also did not last long, dismissed in the next over off Sachin Tendulkar. Yuvi hits ton Put in to bat after South Africa won the toss, India made 249 for nine in their allotted 50 overs on the back of a brilliant hundred from Yuvraj Singh and cameo knocks by Harbahajan Singh and Ajit Agarkar. South African fast bowlers Makhaya Ntini and Shaun Pollock ripped through the Indian top order. The Indian batting was left in tatters and was gasping at 35 for five before Yuvraj along with Irfan Pathan steadied the innings. Disastrous start Virender Sehwag was the first to go when he was caught at point by Prince off Makhaya Ntini's bowling for just one in the second over. India lost its second wicket when Mohammad Kaif was trapped leg before wicket by Shaun Pollock. Even Sachin Tendulkar couldn't stay at the crease for long and was caught by wicketkeeper Mark Boucher off a Pollock delivery for two runs. Dravid (8) tried to stem the rot but in vain as he was clean bowled by Andre Nel, who also picked two wickets, to leave India in shambles at 34 for four. Ntini picked up his second wicket when Gautam Gambhir, brought on as a supersubstitute, in place of Murali Kartik was caught by Boucher for one. Vital partnership Yuvraj along with Pathan put on 75 runs for the sixth wicket before Pathan was bowled by Johan Botha for 46. Dhoni was run out by Nel for 17 runs. Ajit Agarkar played a cameo knock with a quickfire 21 off 27 balls before he was caught by Kemp off Nel's bowling. Yuvraj then propelled India to a competitive score, scoring 103 off 121 balls. His knock consisted of 10 fours and three sixes. Harbhajan Singh struck a cameo 37 off 17 balls with four fours and two sixes. Both India and South Africa have just come off series victories and are riding high on confidence. South Africa will be looking to close in on the world record of the longest winning streak. The Proteas are just two matches away from the record and unbeaten in their last 20 matches, just one short of Australia's record of 21. Teams: India: Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, M Kaif, M S Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh, M Kartik, R P Singh. Super sub: Gautam Gambhir South Africa: G Smith, A B de Villiers, J Kallis, AG Prince, JM Kemp, M Boucher, S Pollock, J Botha, CK Langeveldt, M Ntini, A Nel. Super sub: JL Ontong.