South Africa v India ODI Series 2005-06
India cruise to victory in Mumbai, Series Tied
Nov 28, 2005India cruised to an easy win over South Africa under lights in Mumbai (Bombay) as the series ended drawn 2-2. Jacques Kalls (91) held together South Africa's innings as they totalled 221-6 having lost another crucial toss. For India, Irfan Pathan (3-20) and Harbhajan Singh (2-32) were the two outstanding bowlers during the day.
And India's batsmen found it much easier to score boundaries than the tourists. Rahul Dravid 's 78 not out saw them cruise home with 15 balls to go. Sachin Tendulkar hit a breezy 30 off 44 balls with five fours Fifth one-day international, Mumbai: India 224-5 beat South Africa 221-6 by five wickets Series tied 2-2
Smith ruins Tendulkar celebration
Nov 25, 2005Graeme Smith's career-best 134 helped South Africa crush India by 10 wickets in the fourth one-dayer in Calcutta. Sachin Tendulkar - in his world record 357th appearance - scored two as India made only 188, with Shaun Pollock and Andrew Hall taking three wickets each. Captain Smith, who hit 20 fours and a six off 124 balls, and Hall (48 off 94) had few problems reaching their target with more than 14 overs to spare.
South Africa lead the series 2-1 with the final game in Mumbai on Monday. Fourth one-day international, Calcutta South Africa 189-0 beat India 188 by 10 wickets
Match abandoned due to rain
Nov 22, 2005Heavy rain in Chennai forced the third one-day international between India and South Africa on Tuesday to be abandoned without a ball being bowled. The wash-out was largely expected after rain lashed the city since Monday morning. The umpires inspected the ground at the M A Chidambaram stadium twice on Tuesday before deciding to call off the day-night encounter, much to the disappointment of the nearly 20,000 fans who braved the wet spell in the hope of witnessing at least a truncated match. Third one-day international, Madras No result - match abandoned due to rain
Sehwag makes it one-all.
Nov 19, 2005Virender Sehwag 's blistering 77 off 62 balls steered India to a six-wicket victory over South Africa in the second one-day international in Bangalore.
Irfan Pathan's 3-23 and tight bowling from India's spinners kept the tourists down to only 169-9 in their 50 overs.
The result tied the series and ended South Africa's bid to match Australia's record 21-game unbeaten run in 2002/3. Second one-day international, Bangalore: India 171-4 bt South Africa 169-9 by six wickets
South Africa open series with win
Nov 16, 2005Jacques Kallis and Justin Kemp steered South Africa to a five-wicket win over India to open their one-day series.
The result marked South Africa's 20th successive match unbeaten, one behind Australia's all-time record. Kallis, who finished 68 not out, shared an 89-run stand with Ashwell Prince (46) before Kemp (46 not out) helped add 84 to win with seven balls left. Earlier, Yuvraj Singh hit 103 to drag India from early trouble at 35-5 towards a final total of 249-9.
First ODI, Hyderabad : South Africa 252 for 5 (48.5 overs) beat India 249 for 9 (50.0 overs) by five wickets
South Africa in India 2005-06 Series News
Rain spoils Tendulkar's big day
Nov 22 2005Sachin Tendulkar 's world record 357th one-day international appearance for India was delayed when rain washed out Tuesday's game against South Africa.
The 32-year-old batsman was poised to surpass former Pakistan all-rounder Wasim Akram in Madras (Chennai). But he will now have to wait until Friday's day-night match at Eden Gardens in Calcutta to do so. South Africa won the opening match by five wickets, but India drew level with a six-wicket victory in Bangalore. Saturday's defeat brought to an end a 20-game unbeaten run for the tourists, while India recovered the superb form they showed in thumping Sri Lanka 6-1 in their recent series.
Harbhajan fined for celebration
Nov 16 2005India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was fined 25% of his match fee for pointing batsman Ashwell Prince towards the pavilion after dismissing him.
Prince's dismissal for 46 came after a frustrating stand of 89. Match referee Jeff Crowe said Harbhajan had pleaded guilty to the offence, which carries a maximum penalty of 50% of the player's match fee. "He was very apologetic immediately after the event to the umpires and later to the batsman," Crowe said. South Africa captain Graeme Smith said his side were confident about the rest of the series after beating India by five wickets in the opening match.
De Villiers shines in SA warm-up
Nov 14 2005Opener AB de Villiers hit 55 not out and captain Graeme Smith a breezy 44 to lead South Africa to an easy victory over a Hyderabad XI on Monday.
It was the tourists' only warm-up game ahead of their one-day series in India. The visitors skittled the locals for 127 in 42 overs and raced to the victory target in just 25.5 overs, winning by eight wickets. Uncapped off-spinner Johan Botha was the most successful bowler, taking three wickets and conceding 34 runs. Paceman Andre Nel took 2-14. De Villiers has a major role to play in the series, with South Africa lacking one of their prime batsmen, Herschelle Gibbs. The squad was selected without Gibbs, because he was reluctant to face questioning in India about his alleged dealings with bookmakers. Indian police are still investigating match-fixing claims from 2000 which led to the downfall of former South Africa captain Hansie Cronje.
South Africa prepared for Dhoni
Nov 13 2005South Africa's coach Mickey Arthur insists his team are not unduly concerned about the rising talents of India batsman Mahendra Dhoni.
India will play South Africa in five one-day internationals, starting with a match at Hyderabad on Wednesday. Dhoni was their star batsmen in their 6-1 series win against Sri Lanka. But Arthur said: "We have studied his technique well and have some plans for him. We only have to wait and see how well we are able to execute them." Dhoni keeps wicket and can bat anywhere between three and seven in the new flexible Indian batting line-up. He was man of the series against Sri Lanka with 346 runs in all and a superb 183 not out in the third match in Jaipur. Arthur went on: "The key to India's fortune is the return to form of Sachin Tendulkar as he can really lift the team. "Rahul Dravid [captain] and Greg Chappell [coach] are doing a good job and we respect the Indian batting line-up in home conditions but we also back ourselves to win in India."
India unchanged for South Africa
Nov 12 2005India have named an unchanged squad for the first three matches of a series against South Africa, which starts in Hyderabad on Wednesday. It means there is again no place for Sourav Ganguly, who was dismissed for nought while playing for East Zone in Saturday's Duleep Trophy final. "The team has done well and we did not want to change the combination," said chairman of selectors Kiran More. India carried off the one-day series against Sri Lanka 6-1. And India's selection committee, which met in Vadodara on Saturday, decided to retain the same squad for the matches against South Africa. Sri Lanka had been the number two side in the world in one-day cricket before unravelling in India. That tag now applies to South Africa, who beat New Zealand 4-0 on home soil recently. India captain Rahul Dravid said: "South Africa are also on a roll but we are playing some good cricket. "They are now number two in the world, so we can do a giant-killing act on them as well."
Squad for the first three ODIs against South AfricaVirender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar , Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid (Captain), Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Murali Kartik, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, S Sreesanth, RP Singh, JP Yadav
'We just want to keep getting better' -Smith
Nov 07 2005Graeme Smith, the South Africa captain who led his side to a 4-0 series win against New Zealand, believes that the whitewash bodes well for the future. "We weren't looking for revenge after our series loss in New Zealand two years ago," Smith told News24.com. "It's all part of a process, and we have come a long way since then. We've gained in maturity and confidence, and it all bodes well for the future." After the fourth one-dayer at Durban was washed out, South Africa swept the five-match series 4-0 with a clinical run chase in a rain-disrupted encounter at Centurion Park on November 6. South Africa have now won 16 of their last 18 one-day matches, with two being washed out. Smith, however, believes that there were always areas where the team could improve. "We just want to keep getting better," he said. "We face a new challenge in India in a few days time, and will have to look at new game plans for a completely new situation."
South Africa name 15-man squad for India
Nov 06 2005South Africa have recalled spinners Justin Ontong and Robin Petersen to the 15-man squad for the five-ODI tour of India, which starts on November 16. There is also a call up for uncapped offspinner Johan Botha, who just over a year ago was bowling medium pace. Botha, 23, was a moderately successful allrounder for the Eastern Cape Warriors franchise when Mickey Arthur, who has subsequently become the South African team coach, suggested he should work on the offspinners which he occasionally experimented with in the nets. If Botha gets the nod he will come up against Harbhajan Singh, the man he modelled his spin bowling on - even mastering a version of the doosra. "He was bowling at 125kmh and swinging the ball away," said Arthur. "There are probably 50 guys in the country doing that. He's got the ability to do something different. He's been studying Harbhajan and he's become a very useful spinner who can bowl the doosra and bowl at the death in a one-day game." Peterson and Ontong have 39 one-day international caps between them, but neither featured in the series against New Zealand. First-choice spinner Nicky Boje and batsman Herschelle Gibbs aren't touring as they weren't assured that they wouldn't be interviewed by the Indian police over previous match-fixing allegations. "The conditions in India suit spin bowlers and we feel that the time has arrived for us to back them to do the job," said Haroon Lorgat, South Africa's convenor of selectors. "All of the players have been playing SuperSport matches and have shown to be in good form with Johan Botha passed fit after an injury to his left hand." Jacques Rudolph has been left out of the touring party and told to play in the SuperSport series instead. South Africa squad Graeme Smith (Captain), Johan Botha, Mark Boucher (Wicket Keeper), AB de Villiers, Andrew Hall, Jacques Kallis, Justin Kemp, Charl Langeveldt, Albie Morkel, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Justin Ontong, Robin Peterson, Shaun Pollock, Ashwell Prince.
Gibbs and Boje pull out of India tour
Oct 31 2005Herschelle Gibbs and Nicky Boje have confirmed that they won't be touring India for the five-match one-day series during November. The players have been unable to get a clear ruling on what would happen to them if they enter India, with the authorities still wanting to interview them over alleged involvement in match-fixing. Gibbs and Boje had agreed to be questioned in a neutral country but the offer was rejected by the Indian authorities. Gibbs told the Afrikaan newspaper Rapport: "I am willing to go to Dubai or any neutral county to meet with the Indian police, but they are not interested. I desperately want to tour with my team-mates but I can only go if I am 100% sure nothing will happen to me there."
Dippenaar to miss India tour
Oct 29 2005Boeta Dippenaar, the South Africa opener, has been ruled out of South Africa's tour of India in November after being diagnosed with a wrist injury which requires surgery. "Boeta saw a hand specialist this morning and a decision was taken for him to undergo an operation on Monday in Cape Town," Shane Jabbar, the team's physiotherapist, was quoted as saying by SuperCricket.co.za. "Dippenaar was diagnosed with a dorsal ganglion on the radial aspect of his right wrist." Dippenaar, who will also miss the remainder of the series against New Zealand, was replaced by Andrew Puttick for the second match at Cape Town. Puttick was bowled for a duck by Shane Bond but South Africa won the match by 19 runs. Dippenaar's injury is a big blow to South Africa ahead of a tough India tour. He averaged a fantastic 47.37 in hislast ten ODIs including three half-centuries and a career best of 123 against West Indies.
South Africa to visit India in Nov for ODI series
Jul 09 2005The South African Cricket Board has officially announced that their national team would visit India between November 14 and 29 this year to play five One-day Internationals against the home side.
The ODIs would be held on November 17, 20, 23, 26 and 29 at venues yet to be decided, according to the official website of Cricket South Africa.
The Indian Cricket Board, however, was yet to confirm the dates or venues for the tour.
India - SA Cricket Series 2005-2006
South Africa to make India tripSouth Africa have confirmed they will play five one-day internationals in India in November. The sides played two Test matches at the same time last year, the home side winning 1-0 after a draw at Kanpur. But they were unable to play the one-day series at the same time because both sides had other tour commitments. Arrest Warrents The tourists have yet to receive a final ruling on whether opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs and spinner Nicky Boje will be able to make the trip without fear of arrest. They are still wanted for questioning about match-fixing allegations which surfaced after a tour to India in 2000. South Africa were seeking an assurance that police would not seek to detain and question the pair. But an Indian sports ministry official said: "The law of the land will take its own course." Gibbs, Boje, (In Picture) then skipper Hansie Cronje and team-mate Piet Strydom were charged with "cheating, fraud and criminal conspiracy relating to match fixing and betting" on the basis of taped telephone conversations between Cronje and a bookmaker.
He later confessed to have been involved with illegal bookmakers and was banned for life from the game, but died in an plane crash in 2002. Boje has always denied any involvement in the affair, but Gibbs acknowledged accepting 11,180 to score fewer than 20 runs against India in a limited-overs international. He subsequently scored 74, suggesting he had "forgotten" about his deal but was suspended for six months from cricket and was fined.
Despite that, police in Delhi have never close the case and fears of arrest prompted the pair to pull out of South Africa's last tour to India at the end of 2004.
South Africa in India, November 2005
- November 14 One-day warm-up game, Venue tbc
- November 16 First one-day international, Hyderabad
- November 19 Second one-day international, Bangalore (D/N)
- November 22 Third one-day international, Chennai (Madras) (D/N)
- November25 Fourth one-day international, Calcutta (D/N)
- November 28 Fifth one-day international, Mumbai (Bombay) (D/N)
Tri Series ScheduleCANCELLED
- August 14, Sri Lanka vs South Africa at R Premadasa Stadium (D/N)
- August 16 Sri Lanka vs India at R Premadasa Stadium (D/N)
- August 19 India vs South Africa at Sinhalese Sports Club
- August 21 Sri Lanka vs South Africa at Sinhalese Sports Club
- August 24 Sri Lanka vs India at R Premadasa Stadium (D/N)
- August 26 India vs South Africa at R Premadasa Stadium (D/N)
- August 29 Final at R Premadasa Stadium (D/N)