Tendulkar sets up Indian success

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Accurate bowling and superb fielding helped India bowl South Africa out for 193 runs to score an emphatic 74-run victory in the one- off one-day international match yesterday.

Facing an uphill task to beat India's total of 267 for six, the South Africans lost opener Gary Kirsten for just one run with the total on four. He edged a ball from Venkatesh Prasad to Mohammed Azharuddin at slip.

South Africa never recovered, losing wickets at regular intervals to an accurate Indian attack, spearheaded by Prasad, who finished with four for 27 off eight overs.

Andrew Hudson and Daryll Cullinan formed South Africa's best partnership of the match, 45 runs off 11.5 overs, before it was broken. Hudson scored 45 runs in 61 balls with six hits to the boundary, while Cullinan made 45. The South Africans lost their last six wickets for 66 runs.

Indian, who batted first after winning the toss, were helped by a century by Sachin Tendulkar, his 10th in one-day cricket, and a late burst by Ajay Jadeja.

Earlier play was held up for 20 minutes after former skipperMohammad Azharuddin was given out caught behind by Kirsten, though the rising ball off Derek Crookes seemed to hit his left pad. The decision triggered unrest among spectators who threw water bags at Paul Adams, fielding at square leg, resulting in a walk-out by the South Africans, led by Hansie Cronje. An appeal by Azharuddin calmed the protesters and play resumed after 20 minutes.

Azharuddin's exit and Tendulkar's dismissal caused a slump in the Indian innings, but a fierce 54 off 44 balls by Jadeja boosted India's score. His unbeaten innings contained two fours and four sixes.

Stand-in captain David Sales scored 189 to lead England Under-19s into a commanding position after the first day of their three- day tour match against Lahore CCA Under-19s.

Early impatience from England's top-order batsmen left them teetering at 78 for four at lunch, with seamer Sajid Ali picking up three wickets. But Northamptonshire's Sales and David Nash, of Middlesex, who also completed a century, put on 274 for the fifth wicket. England closed on 389 for five.

The new Durham skipper, David Boon, is to be given total power to run Durham's first team next season. The former Australian Test batsman has helped the county to draw up a new management structure, which involves a new role for Geoff Cook, who willhave the title of cricket executive and will be in charge of the academy and responsible for the youth teams.

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