Monday, December 04, 2006

For the record: South Africa white wash India

From Centurion, South Africa
Opener AB de Villiers (92 not out) and captain Graeme Smith (79) guided South Africa to a nine-wicket win over India in the fifth and final one-day international on Sunday.
South Africa had 18.4 overs left after the two men shared an opening partnership of 173.
India, put in to bat, could make only 200 for nine. South Africa replied with 201 for one to clinch a 4-0 series win. The first match was washed out.
Smith, who hit seven fours and three sixes, ended a run of poor form in which he scored just one run in his previous three innings. De Villiers faced 98 balls and hit 12 fours and a six in his career-best one-day score.
The openers were finally separated in the 29th over when Smith's lofted drive to off spinner Harbhajan Singh was caught by Dinesh Karthick at long on but Shaun Pollock smashed 16 off 10 balls to finish the job.
Sachin Tendulkar's 55, his first half-century since he scored 65 against West Indies on September 20 was India's top score.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni made a quickfire 44 while Dinesh Mongia compiled a patient 41.
The first Test between South Africa and India begins in Johannesburg on December 15.
Acting Indian skipper Virender Sehwag said:"Test cricket is a different game and we're working on our basics to try and make sure we do better."
South African skipper Smith commented: "Our bowlers were fantastic and our fielding was superb. That set the tone for the batsmen and I'm very happy with the way the guys have performed."

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