In the first 15 overs of the day - bowled between the threat of bad light and early
lunch break - Makhaya Ntini had reduced India to 83 for 5. The Indian top order had
collapsed to some fine bowling outside the off stump and Ntini's victims on day five
included Sachin Tendulkar, Wasim Jaffer and Sourav Ganguly. A five-wicket haul in
the second innings cost him only 48 runs at 2.52 an over.
After a delayed start due to poor light, the players came out, Ntini definitely
super-charged. With the fourth ball of the day he had Tendulkar squatting to a short
of length delivery that landed outside off stump and moved inwards. The ball hit
Tendulkar's left knee and would have gone on to clip the top of middle stump.
Keeping a line just outside off, Ntini varied the length with enough short
deliveries to make the batsmen rather uncomfortable in the cloudy conditions.
Jaffer tried to pull a short one outside off stump and but only managed to pop it to
Andre Nel at mid-on. Though India still had two very experienced batsmen in Ganguly
and Laxman at the crease Ntini's pace and accuracy made those watching the collapse
seriously doubt India's chances of saving the game. Ganguly looked edgy through his
33-ball 26 and had exhausted his luck when he top-edged a short ball towards
fine-leg boundary. When Ntini banged it in short again, Ganguly tried to get to the
top of the ball, but it was too high. A simple catch to Herschelle Gibbs at gully
and Ntini had his five for the innings. Though Ashwell Prince's 121 allowed South
Africa to set India a target of 354, India's 55.1 over-collapse in the second
innings and South Africa's 174-run victory was triggered by Ntini, awarded the
Man-of-the-match for his 8 for 89.