SA thrash India by 5 wkts in 1st ODI

The Proteas extended their 19-match unbeaten streak with another win. Full Scorecard

india Updated: Nov 18, 2005 10:30 IST

Jacques Kallis hit an unbeaten 68 as South Africa overcame a fighting India by five wickets here on Wednesday to grab a 1-0 lead in the five-match limited-overs series.

Skipper Graeme Smith scored 48 off 36 balls at the start of the innings and Ashwell Prince chipped in with 46 as the tourists overtook India's 249-9 with seven deliveries to spare.

Justin Kemp remained unbeaten on a typically brisk 46 off 51 balls after adding 84 in a match-winning sixth-wicket stand with Kallis.

The victory took South Africa's unbeaten streak to 20 matches -- 17 wins, two no-results and one tie -- and left them just one short of equalling Australia's world record of 21 consecutive wins in 2003.

India were in danger of a heavy defeat when they slipped to 5-3 within the first 15 minutes of play and soon became 35-5 after given first strike on a damp wicket.

Yuvraj Singh then hit 103, his fifth one-day century, to lead a superb Indian fightback before some 35,000 home fans at the brand new Rajiv Gandhi stadium on the outskirts of the city.

Yuvraj put on 75 for the sixth wicket with Irfan Pathan (46) and 49 for the seventh with Mahendra Dhoni (17) as the wicket dried out under the hot sun.

Tailender Harbhajan Singh smashed an unbeaten 37 off 17 balls, studded with two sixes and four boundaries, as India plundered 52 runs in the last four overs bowled by Makhaya Ntini and Andre Nel.

First Published: Nov 16, 2005 09:18 IST