Friday 29 June 2007 

Tendulkar's Near Miss Doesn't Prove Costly For India

For the second time in two games, Sachin Tendulkar fell within sight of a hundred, but this time his 93 was enough to ensure India beat South Africa by 6 wickets to level the three-match series with one to play in Belfast.

Chasing 227, India got off to a solid start as Tendulkar and Saurav Ganguly, who made 42, put on 134 for the first wicket. South Africa were back in with a sniff as they took three wickets for 6 runs to leave India on 140 for 3 before Yuvraj Singh picked up the mantle and joined by Dinesh Karthik, he guided his side home with five balls to spare.

He finished unbeaten on 49, Karthik made 32.

Earlier, Morne Van Wyk continued his impressive start to his international career by underpinning South Africa's total of 226 for 6 against India in the second one-day international in Belfast with 82 runs from the top of the order.

It was a much-needed innings, as India made early breakthroughs, removing AB De Villiers (0) and Jacques Kallis (2) before the score had reached double figures. When Herschelle Gibbs departed for 17, India unquestionably held all the aces, and with openers Zaheer Khan and RP Singh bowling well, South Africa were in trouble.

Van Wyk then found a willing ally in Jean-Paul Duminy, who stuck around to make 40 from 59 balls as the pair added a crucial 85 runs for the second wicket to get the South Africans back on track.

The departure of Duminy then set the stage for Mark Boucher to play a typically belligerent innings containing five boundaries as he plundered a run-a-ball 55. Van Wyk was caught behind in the 41st over, to be one of Yuvraj Singh's three wickets as the left-arm spinner completed 9 overs giving away just 36 runs.

John Pennington
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