SA requires 54 runs to win 1st Test

Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2001, 23:42 [IST]
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Bloemfontein (South Africa): India was dismissed in its second innings for 237, setting a nominal victory target of 54 runs for South Africa on the fourth day of the first cricket Test on Tuesday.Earlier, India was battling with its back against the wall having lost five batsmen for 191 runs in its second innings at lunch on the fourth day. With its entire top order back in pavillion, the Indians were just seven runs ahead after wiping out the huge 184-run first innings deficit. First innings centurion Virender Sehwag, on 27, and Deep Dasgupta (1) were fighting it out when the lunch break was taken. The Indians had a disastrous start to the day with both overnight batsmen Shiv Sunder Das and V V S Laxman perishing to indiscreet shots in quick succession. Their saviour Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed midway through the first session while captain Saurav Ganguly got out in the last over before lunch to break the back of the Indian batting order. Sehwag was looking in fine touch and continuing the good work of the first innings but after Dasgupta, there would be no one to lend him support. Das started with two good looking shots in the opening over off Jacques Kallis, both of which ran to the boundary. Laxman too dispatched the first ball from Shaun Pollock to the covers fence but that was all. On the fourth ball, Laxman fell to his perennial problem, slashing at delivery wide outside the off-stump to be caught by Kallis at gully for 29. Then Das did worse. He went to cut an even wider ball the first one off the next over from Mornantu Hayward and snicked to wicket-keeper Mark Boucher to bring to an inglorious end what had been a fine innings of 62.

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