South African pace and spin attack bursts India's bubble

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South Africa 529-7 dec & 256-3 dec India 359 & 144 South Africa win by 282 runs

South Africa yesterday moved closer to a series clean sweep after handing out a second humbling Test defeat to India in Cape Town. India were bowled out for less than 150 for the third time in four innings to give South Africa a 282-run victory and complete a 2-0 series win, with the third Test to come in Johannesburg later this month.

South Africa wrapped up victory by bustling out India for 144 in just 66.2 overs with a combination of pace and spin. India resumed the final day on 52 for 3 with much depending on Sachin Tendulkar, who had scored 169 in the first innings and was six not out overnight. However, in the fourth over the captain aimed a hook at a delivery wide of the off stump from Brian McMillan to give a catch to mid-on.

Four balls later Mohammad Azharuddin, who made 115 in the first innings in a 222 partnership with Tendulkar to help avoid the follow-on, drove airily at Allan Donald and was snapped up by third slip.

That left the Indian innings in tatters at 61 for 5 and although Vangipurappu Laxman batted for two-and-a-quarter hours for an undefeated 35, wickets fell regularly at the other end.

Doddanarasiah Ganesh was bowled off a bottom edge by Donald with Paul Adams combining twice with the wicketkeeper Dave Richardson to dismiss Anil Kumble and Venkatesh Prasad. The latter became Richardson's first stumping in his 33rd test to add to his tally of 119 catches.

Tendulkar admitted his side had big problems to solve, following innings of only 100 and 66 in losing the first Test in Durban by 328 runs. "We just have to practise more on these bouncy tracks," he said.

SOUTH AFRICA - First Innings 529 for 7 dec (G Kirsten 103, B M McMillan 103no, L Klusener 102no, D J Cullinan 77).

INDIA - First Innings 359 (S R Tendulkar 169, M Azharuddin 115).

SOUTH AFRICA - Second Innings 256 for 6 dec (A C Hudson 55, D J Cullinan 55, B M McMillan 59no).

INDIA - Second Innings

(Overnight: 52 for 3)

S Ganguly c McMillan b Pollock 30

*S R Tendulkar c Klusener b McMillan 9

M Azharuddin c Hudson b Donald 2

V V S Laxman not out 35

A Kumble c Richardson b Adams 14

D Ganesh b Donald 1

B K V Prasad st Richardson b Adams 15

J Srinath absent injured 0

Extras (lb1 w-2 nb5) 8

Total 144

Fall (cont): 4-59 5-61 6-87 7-115 8-121 9-144

Bowling: Donald 18-5-40-3; Pollock 12-2-29-2 (4nb); Klusener 9-3-13-0; McMillan 11-4-16-1 (1w); Adams 16.2-4-45-3 (1nb 1w).

Umpires: D Hair (Aus) and R Koertzen (SA).

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