A sensational bowling performance on his debut by Lance Klusener enabled South Africa to win the second Test at Eden Gardens, Calcutta, yesterday. The 21-year-old, who took 8 for 64, becoming the highest wicket-taker on debut for South Africa in a Test to help his side level the three-match series.
India, chasing 467 runs for victory, were bowled out for 137 as they proved unable to bat through three full sessions to earn a draw. After resuming on 59 for 4, they lasted only 93 minutes yesterday.
The dismissal of Rahul Dravid with the score on 88 began the Indian collapse. The opener was yorked by Brian McMillan for 23 and the South African all- rounder helped hastened the Indian fall by taking three slip catches off Klusener.
Sunil Joshi was the first to go in that fashion followed by Azharuddin, who scored a breezy 52, and Javagal Srinath soon followed.
Despite his haul, Klusener did not win the man of the match award. That went to Gary Kirsten, the South African opener, who scored a century in each innings.
Final day; South Africa won toss
SOUTH AFRICA - First Innings 428 (A C Hudson 146, G Kirsten 101; B K V Prasad 6-104).
INDIA - First Innings 329 (M Azharuddin 109, A Kumble 88no).
SOUTH AFRICA - Second Innings 367-3 dec (D J Cullinan 153no, G Kirsten 133).
INDIA - Second Innings
(Overnight: 59 for 4)
R S Dravid b McMillan 23
M Azharuddin c McMillan b Klusener 52
S Joshi c McMillan b Klusener 1
A Kumble b Klusener 17
J Srinath c McMillan b Klusener 19
B K V Prasad not out 3
N D Hirwani b Klusener 0
Extras (lb2, nb9) 11
Fall: 1-17 2-18 3-27 4-28 5-88 6-9, 7-97 8-132 9-137.
Bowling: McMillan 19-8-33-1; Klusener 21.3-4-64-8; Cronje 7-4-10-0; Symcox 6-1-28-1.
Umpires: V K Ramaswamy (Ind) and B C Cooray (Sri Lanka).