India struggles at 107/5 in 47th over
Published: Friday, November 23, 2001, 23:40 [IST]
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Centurion Park (South Africa): Four wickets in the post lunch session saw India struggling at 107 for five in the 47th over in the third Test against South Africa on Friday.Sent in to bat by South African skipper Shaun Pollock, the Indians had meandered to 44 for one at the lunch interval. Shiv Sundar Das (28) and Rahul Dravid were at the crease. The Indian side was led by Rahul Dravid as Saurav Ganguly withdrew in the last minute due to a back spasm. India's hopes of big total suffered jolts with the team losing wickets at regular intervals. The Indians also left out Virender Sehwag, who had been given a one-match ban by match referee Mike Denness for excessive appealing in the second Test. The ICC, however, has said the one-match ban on Sehwag will apply to him in the Mohali Test against England since this 'Test' was declared as unofficial following defiance of the cricket Boards of India and South Africa to accept Denness as match referee. Former South African Test player Denis Lindsay was officiating as match referee in this 'Test' as agreed between the two playing countries. The Indians decided to cap opener Connor Williams in this game while going in with five bowlers, with Venkatesh Prasad replacing Ajit Agarkar. Dravid said after the toss that his team would play it like an official Test and was quite upbeat about it. However, Pollock admitted it was "not quite the same". The South Africans side also had a debutant in Jacques Rudolph, who came in place of Boeta Dippenaar.