Centurion: South African captain Shaun Pollock took five wickets as India struggled to 233 all out in its triangular Limited Overs series international match at Centurion Park on Wednesday. Rahul Dravid survived two early chances to make top score of 54 for India but the visiting batsmen failed to cope convincingly on a pitch which offered bounce and carry to the fast bowlers. Dravid was involved in the only major partnership of the innings, 90 for the fourth wicket with left-hander Yuvraj Singh, who scored 42. Indian captain Saurav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar, who both made centuries in the first match between the two sides in Johannesburg on Friday, again gave India a good start, putting on 44, but Ganguly was out in controversial circumstances. He had scored 24 off 27 balls, with two sixes and a four, when he edged Pollock to second slip. Jacques Kallis flung himself to his right to take a reflex catch but Ganguly stood his ground until umpire Brian Jerling, who did not call for a television replay, gave him out. If the decision had been referred to the television umpire, Ganguly might have survived because replays showed that although Kallis held the ball cleanly, it made contact with the ground as the fielder fell. Pollock followed up by having Shiv Sunder Das caught at first slip before Makhaya Ntini captured the key wicket of Tendulkar, who top-edged a cut to third man after making 38. Herschelle Gibbs at mid-wicket put down Dravid off Ntini when he had 13 and four balls later, with his score on 14, he edged Kallis to first slip where Klusener dropped him. Dravid and Yuvraj Singh batted relatively cautiously, with India lacking experience among its remaining batsmen. Just when it seemed to be getting on top, however, Pollock returned to the attack and had Dravid caught at mid-wicket. As with Ganguly, Dravid waited for a decision from umpire Jerling, with Klusener catching the ball low to the ground. Yuvraj was out in the next over, when he played across the line against Ntini. Virender Sehwag made an aggressive 33 off 27 balls but Indian wickets kept falling, with Pollock capturing the last two to finish with five for 37. It was the South African captains fourth five-wicket haul in One-day Internationals and took his career total of wickets to 200. He joined Allan Donald as the only South Africans to achieve the feat. Dravid also reached a milestone. When he was on 23 he became the fifth Indian batsman to score 5000 runs in Limited Overs games. South Africa brought back left-handed spin bowling all-rounder Nicky Boje for his first international match since he returned early from a tour of the West Indies in April to have an operation on his left shoulder. But he looked short of match fitness, conceding 31 runs off three overs. India recalled off spinner Harbhajan Singh in place of fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad. South Africa tops the table after beating India by six wickets and Kenya by seven wickets in the first two matches of the tournament. India and Kenya have yet to win.
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