Tuesday 26 June 2007 

Kallis Leads South Africa Home In Ireland

South African captain Jacques Kallis scored an unbeaten 91 to lead his side to a four wicket victory with three balls to spare in the first one-day international against India in Ireland.

South Africa got off to a good start to their run chase through AB De Villiers (24) and Morne Van Wyk (44) before Indian spinners Piyush Chawla (3-47) and Ramesh Powar (1-39) slowed the scoring rate.

Wickets fell at the other end, but Kallis remained calm, and scoring his runs from 116 balls, took his side to their victory target of 243.

Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar was run out for 99 as India scored 242 for 8.

Andre Nel took 3 for 47 and Andrew Hall 2 for 40 as India struggled against a well-disciplined bowling attack before half-centuries from Tendulkar and captain Rahul Dravid (76) redressed the balance.

Nel struck twice early on to remove Saurav Ganguly for 13 and Gautham Gambhir for a 7-ball duck; wickets which heralded a 158-run third wicket partnership between Tendulkar, who hit 12 fours in his innings, and Dravid which put India back on course to set a competitive total.

After the pair had batted for over thirty overs, Nel returned to remove Dravid, bowled attempting to slog and Tendulkar was next to fall, taking on the arm of Morne Van Wyk in the deep and falling short of the second run which would have seen him make a century.

Late cameos from Dinesh Karthik (19 from 10 balls) and Yuvraj Singh (13 from 12) provided entertainment and quick runs before Andrew Hall and Jacques Kallis (2 for 20) kept the scoring rate in check with four wickets at the death.

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