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South Africa levels series with 174-run victory over India

South Africa levels series with 174-run victory over India

South Africa bowled out India for 179 in the sixth over after tea Saturday to win the second of three tests by 174 runs.
Pace bowler Makhaya Ntini took five wickets for 48 runs on the final day and South Africa leveled the series at 1-1 going ahead of the final test at Cape Town, which starts Tuesday.
Ntini took a match total 8-89 as India was set a victory target of 354 after South Africa declared its second innings on 265-8 on Friday.
"Nitini's spell this morning was inspired," India captain Rahul Dravid said. "He was probably the biggest difference between the two teams."
Ntini five-wicket haul was his 15th in test cricket
The match at the Kingsmead Stadium was dogged by bad light and the final overs were played in gathering gloom.
India resumed after tea at 160-8 and the tailenders tried to delay play as long as possible in the hope of being taken from the field by the umpires.
However, Andre Nel got Zaheer Kahn to fend at a rising delivery while on 21 and give Andrew Hall a simple slip catch. Hall then returned to the attack and had Sree Sreesanth caught behind.
The umpires had to calm fraying tempers in the final overs as India apparently employed delaying tactics.
Kahn indicated that he could not see the ball and took a long time to ready himself the next delivery, and, when Sreesanth was hit on the elbow, South Africa's players were visibly angered by the time his treatment took.
"It got a bit fiery out there," South Africa captain Smith said.
The start of play Saturday was delayed by 55 minutes by bad light before India resumed on 38-2. Sachin Tendulkar was out leg-before-wicket for a duck by Ntini on the fifth ball, which cut back from outside the off stump.
In his next over, Ntini got Wasim Jaffer out for 28, pulling a short-pitched delivery outside the off stump, ballooning a catch to Andre Nel at mid-off to leave India on 45-4.
Ntini then got rid of Sourav Ganguly for 26, Nel bowled V.V.S. Laxman for 15, Andrew Hall had Anil Kumble caught at short leg for 11, and Nel got rid of Mahendra Singh Dhoni for 47.


Updated : 2021-07-24 18:11 GMT+08:00