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Who would have predicted that: Nantie Hayward 4/31 blasts out India middle order in 2000 Coca Cola cup match at Sharjah

Nantie Hayward
Nantie Hayward

In our feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.


It is a shame that South African quick Nantie Hayward ended up playing just 21 ODIs when he was considered the successor to Allan Donald at one point, with his ability to crank it up to 150 kph and extract bounce even out of the most placid surfaces. The best of Hayward in ODIs came in a Coca Cola cup match at Sharjah against India in 2000.


Match Summary


India 164 (48.5 overs) - Sachin Tendulkar 39 (68), Mohammad Azharuddin 36 (65); Nantie Hayward 4/31 (10), Lance Klusener 2/35 (10)

South Africa 167/4 (42.4 overs) - Jacques Kallis* 53 (93), Hansie Cronje* 42 (69); Venkatesh Prasad 2/30 (10), Anil Kumble 1/26 (10)

Result - South Africa won by 6 wickets


South Africa had already beaten India in the opening fixture of the 2000 Coca Cup in Sharjah by 10 wickets with as many as 124 balls remaining and started right from where they had left when the two teams met again in the competition.

It did not help that two of India's best batters Sachin Tendulkar and Mohammad Azharuddin were run-out, both in their 30s. The rest of the damage was inflicted by Nantie Hayward who was playing just his 8th ODI.

Hayward dismissed Sourav Ganguly, Robin Singh, Saba Karim and Ajit Agarkar to finish with figures of 10-2-31-4, breaking the back of the Indian batting line-up.


Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Sourav Ganguly, 4.4 ov), 2-80 (Mohammad Azharuddin, 22.6 ov), 3-80 (Ajay Jadeja, 23.2 ov), 4-93 (Sachin Tendulkar, 27.6 ov), 5-124 (Rahul Dravid, 38.5 ov), 6-154 (Robin Singh, 45.3 ov), 7-157 (Anil Kumble, 46.2 ov), 8-159 (Saba Karim, 47.1 ov), 9-163 (Ajit Agarkar, 47.5 ov), 10-164 (Venkatesh Prasad, 48.5 ov)


With an unbeaten half-century from Jacques Kallis and crucial contributions from Gary Kirsten and Hansie Cronje, South Africa chased down the total with more than 7 overs remaining and won the game by 6 wickets.

The Proteas moved into the finals of the Coca Cola Cup where they were beaten by Pakistan by 16 runs.


Fall of wickets: 1-30 (Herschelle Gibbs, 7.1 ov), 2-30 (Lance Klusener, 7.2 ov), 3-50 (Gary Kirsten, 12.3 ov), 4-96 (Neil McKenzie, 25.4 ov)




India - Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly (c), Mohammad Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja, Rahul Dravid, Robin Singh, Saba Karim (wk), Anil Kumble, Nikhil Chopra, Ajit Agarkar, Venkatesh Prasad 

South Africa - Gary Kirsten, Herschelle Gibbs, Lance Klusener, Jacques Kallis, Neil McKenzie, Hansie Cronje (c), Mark Boucher (wk), Nicky Boje, Nantie Hayward, Steve Elworthy, Makhaya Ntini


Match Details


Match: IND v RSA, 5th Match, Coca-Cola Cup 2000

Toss: India won the toss and decided to bat 

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 

Umpires: John Hampshire, Daryl Harper 

Third Umpire: Peter Manuel 

Match Referee: Raman Subba Row


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