Cricket: Cronje seals win

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HANSIE CRONJE capped a superb individual display with a six off the third ball of the final over to secure a six-wicket victory for South Africa in the first one-day international against India in Cape Town yesterday.

The Orange Free State all- rounder, who hit the winning runs in Adelaide in March when these teams last met in a limited-overs international during the World Cup, had earlier taken 5 for 32 with his occasional seamers.

South Africa should have strolled to victory in this day-night match after dismissing India for 184 in their 50 overs, but in the end they needed Cronje's quickfire unbeaten 12 off only five deliveries to go 1-0 up in the seven- match series.

ONE-DAY INTERNATIONAL (Cape Town): India 184 (50 overs; A D Jadeja 48, W V Raman 47; W J Cronje 5-32); South Africa 185 for 4 (49.3 overs; P N Kirsten 56, * K C Wessels 43). South Africa won by 6 wickets.

Transvaal, whose captain is the Test opener Jimmy Cook, have received a suspended pounds 1,100 fine after being found guilty of ball-tampering by the United Cricket Board of South Africa. The quarter seam of the ball had been lifted to gain more movement during a domestic first-class match against Eastern Province last month. No individual could be identified with the incident.

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