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South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Durban, 5th day


Electrifying Ntini scuttles India

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.



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