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South Africa thrash India by five wickets in 1st ODI

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. Full Scorecard

india Updated: Nov 16, 2005 19:48 IST

South Africa, who have never won a one-day series in India, extended their 19-match unbeaten streak by registering yet another win. They thrashed Indiain the first ODI by five wickets here on Wednesday taking a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Chasing a competitive 249-run target,propelled by Yuvraj Singh's superb ton, the visitors were home with seven balls to spare.

South Africa began the innings on a solid note. They quickly reached 32 in just 5.2 overs when Ajit Agarkar gave India the first breakthrough. AB de Villiers, trying to play a defensive shot on the back-foot, missed the line of the ball and was called LBW by the empire. South Africa were one down for 32 as Villiers was out for seven runs.

Skipper Graeme Smith was looking dangerous, playing quite aggressively. At the end of the first power play, Proteas were 61 for one with Smith at 43 in 31 balls, which included eight boundaries, and Onting at 6.

But soon India came back into the game picking up two wickets in two balls. The first wicket was taken by Agarkar in the last ball of 12th over. Otanga tried to cut a short delivery to the off, the ball went up in the air and Rahul Dravid in the first slip grabbed it with two hands. A lovely catch, as SA were two down for 76.

In the first ball of the next over, RP Singh clipped the wicket of Smith (48 in 36 balls). Trying to go for a big hit, the ball took inside edge of the bat and crashed into the stumps. With Smith gone, India took a sigh of relief as they could somewhat check the run rate.

Kallis and Prince took some time to settle in due to some tight bowling by RP Singh and Harbhajan Singh. But then they started smearing the Indian attack. Half-way through their innings, South Africa were 121 for three.

When it looked that the two batsmen would take the visitors very close to victory with no bowler proving effective, Bhajji gave the hosts the much-needed breakthrough. Prince (46) tried to clear a tossed up delivery over the mid-off, but failed to get the elevation and Sehwag took a nice catch. A brilliant 89-partnership came to an end as South Africa lost their fourth wicket for 165 in 33.4 overs.

First Published: Nov 16, 2005 09:18 IST