President congratulates Smith for historic win

Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Johannesburg:South Africa's acting President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka today congratulated Graeme Smith's men for successfully chasing a world record 434 to humble the Ricky Ponting-led Australian team in ''the greatest game ever played''.

''In my capacity as acting president on behalf of the government and people of South Africa, I wish to congratulate you for your outstanding performance at the One-day international,'' Mr Mlambo-Ngcuka said in statement here.

''The team displayed the finest talent in the history of the game and set new records for the cricket world.

Reacting to the President's message, Smith said, ''The team was thrilled to get this message of support from the acting president.'' Smith also dedicated the historic victory to the people of South Africa.

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