Cricket: India survive the onslaught

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South Africa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .360-9 dec

India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-0

WITH nothing but survival in mind, India's new-look opening pair of Ajay Jadeja and Manoj Prabhakar managed to come through seven hostile overs from the South Africa fast bowlers on the second day of the fourth Test in Cape Town yesterday.

Left to face a difficult last half hour, the 21-year-old Jadeja had agreed to bat despite an injury to the webbing of his left hand, while the all-rounder Prabhakar was forced into opening because of injuries to the regulars, Ravi Shastri and Woorkeri Raman.

Intent on defending a 1-0 lead, South Africa's highest score of the series revolved around an attractive 86 from the 23-year-old Jonty Rhodes and a dour 52 by Brian McMillan.

Rhodes, who made 91 in the second Test in Johannesburg, had added 25 to his overnight 61 when he was caught at the wicket off the seamer Javagal Srinath five minutes before lunch.

Meanwhile, McMillan, on his home pitch, made the second slowest half-century for South Africa. This took 260 minutes, surpassing Bruce Mitchell's 50 in 253 minutes against England at Port Elizabeth over 40 years ago, but falling short of Jackie McGlew's 313-minute effort against Australia in 1957.

McMillan was finally out having spent nearly five hours at the crease when caught at silly point off the leg-spinner Anil Kumble, who was India's most successful bowler with 3 for 101 in 47 overs.

(South Africa won toss)

SOUTH AFRICA - First Innings

(Overnight: 189 for 5)

A C Hudson c and b Srinath. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19

* K C Wessels b Prabhakar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0

W J Cronje c Manjrekar b Kumble. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33

P N Kirsten c More b Kapil Dev. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

D J Cullinan c Prabhakar b Raju. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46

J N Rhodes c More b Srinath. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86

B M McMillan c sub (Yadav) b Kumble. . . . . . . . . . . .52

D J Richardson c Tendulkar b Kumble. . . . . . . . . . .21

O Henry run out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34

C R Matthews not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28

A A Donald not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Extras (b2 lb22 nb1 w2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27

Total (for 9 dec). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .360

Fall: 1-0 2-28 3-57 4-78 5-177 6-245 7-282 8-319 9-345.

Bowling: Kapil Dev 29-8-42-1; Prabhakar 23-6- 48-1; Venkatapathy Raju 47-15-94-1; Srinath 25- 6-51-2; Kumble 47-13-101-3.

INDIA - First Innings

A D Jadeja not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

M Prabhakar not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

Extras (w2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

Total (for 0). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

To bat: S V Manjrekar, S R Tendulkar, * M Azharuddin, P K Amre, Kapil Dev, K S More, A Kumble, J Srinath, Venkatapathy Raju.

Umpires: D Shepherd (Eng); K Liebenberg and B Lambson (SA).

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