Bowlers dominate Aussie, NZ Test

Published: Monday, March 27, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
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Lifetime ambition of beating India in India. The Bangalore Test ended within one hour of the start on Monday, the fifth and final day. Mohammed Azharuddin did reach his 22nd Test hundred, but there was none, including Azhar, to prolong the Indian innings beyond a total of 250. Thus South Africa won by an innings and 71 runs and made a clean sweep of this two-Test series.

South Africa lost a three-Test series 1-2 when it visited India in the 1996-97 season. Since then, Cronje and his men would have been longing for a tour of India. The current tour originally consisted of three Tests. But it was reduced to two to increase the ODIs to five.

The South African bowlers had already exhibited their enormous skill in the Mumbai Test which they won by four wickets. Here in Bangalore, the team displayed all-round excellence.

The South Africans are so good, that traditional cricket lovers would have loved to see them in action in one more Test. Watching them play a Test match is a treat.

Azharuddin was on 73 at stumps on the fourth day (Sunday) in a score of 196 for five. Anil Kumble (14) was his partner. Resuming on Monday, Azharuddin smashed 29 more runs, including three fours and a six to go to 102 (227minutes, 170 balls, 13x4, 2x6). The score read 240 for five. Azharuddin executed a lusty pull-drive off Pollock, only to see the ball landing into the safe hands of Gary Kirsten at mid-wicket. That signalled the beginning of the end.

Four runs later, Kumble (28) was trapped leg before to Boje. Murali Karthik, a left-hander, pulled Boje to be caught by Gibbs *(246 for eight). Allan Donald came on for the first time in the day and Mark Boucher dived to his left to pick an edge from Nikhil Chopra (250 for 9). An indisposed Mongia did not bat and so it was all over

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