India - SA Cricket Series 2004-2005
A series win for IndiaSouth Africa's collapse from 183-5 to 222 all out enabled the Indians to record a comfortable eight-wicket victory and claim a 1-0 series win on the final day of second test in Kolkata on Dec 02, 2004. Man-of-the-match Harbhajan Singh struck three vital blows, including the crucial wicket of Jacques Kallis, to finish with figures of seven for 87 and a match analysis of 51-9-141-9.
Shaun Pollock, with a single off Harbhajan, got the run that took him to the 3 000 mark, having already taken 300 wickets. He joins the august company of Sir Richard Hadlee, Ian Botham, Kapil Dev and Imran Khan as the fifth all-rounder to have achieved the feat.
In the second Innings, Anil Kumble dismissed Ntini to equal Kapil Dev's Indian record of 434 wickets The first Test between India and South Africa had ended in a predictable draw after South Africa batted through most of the final day. For SA, Hall made 163 in the first innings and in return Sehwag (164) and Gambhir (96) achieved the second highest opening stand in a Test for India, recording 218. At the start of the tour, South Africa narrowly averted an embarrassing defeat to the Indian Board President's XI on the final day of their only warm-up match in India. This was South Africa's first Test series on Indian soil since winning both Tests in 2000 under the late Hansie Cronje. When the series started, South Africa had a good record against India, having won seven of 14 Tests, two loses and five draws. Indian captain Sourav Ganguly who was earlier banned for the Test series against South Africa was allowed to play by the International Cricket Council. It was only the second Test series win for India over South Africa after the 1996-97 series at home which India took 2-1. The series victory reversed the result from South Africa's last tour and was some consolation after the defeat at home to Australia in November.
In Picture: Top: Ganguly lifts the Videocon Cup after victory over South Africa. The Cup, 16 inches in height and seven inches wide, is designed by Swarovski, the world's leading manufacturer of cut crystal. Above: Indian cricket team members with the Videocon trophy after winning the test series against South Africa on the fifth and final day of the second cricket test match in Calcutta (Kolkata), Thursday, December 2, 2004. India won by 8 wickets. Left: Sehwag was declared man of the series for his innings of 164, dnb, 88 and 10.
Hall was the man of the match in the first test at Kanpur after hitting a marathon 163 in a score of 459-7.
Harbhajan who ended up with seven wickets for 87 runs in the second innings, the best ever bowling figures by an Indian bowler against South Africa, earned man of the match title for the second test at Calcutta.
ICC Champions Trophy Cricket 2006
Oct 7 to Nov 5 2006Qualifying round
South Africa Team1. Graeme Smith (Captain), 2. Jacques Kallis, 3. Loots Bosman, 4. Mark Boucher (Wicket Keeper), 5. AB de Villiers, 6. Boeta Dippenaar, 7. Herschelle Gibbs, 8. Andrew Hall, 9. Jusin Kemp, 10. Charl Langeveldt, 11. Andre Nel, 12. Makhaya Ntini, 13. Robi Peterson, 14. Shaun Pollock
South Africa Match SchedulesCurrent ODI Ranking: 2
October 16, 2006 vs New Zealand Mumbai
October 24, 2006 vs Qualifier 1 Motera
October 27, 2006 vs Pakistan Mohali
South Africa Past ICC Champions Trophy RecordMatches Played: 10
Matches Won: 7
Matches Lost: 3
Performance in 2004: Group Stage
Performance in 2002: Semi-Finalists
Performance in 2000: Semi-Finalists
Performance in 1998: Winners