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26th February 2000: South Africa Lay Platform For Memorable Series Win in India

Cricketnext Staff |February 26, 2019, 1:31 AM IST
26th February 2000: South Africa Lay Platform For Memorable Series Win in India

On this day in 2000, South Africa laid the platform for a historic Test series win in India by beating the hosts by four wickets in the first Test at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

India opted to bat first but were restricted to a score of just 225 with Sachin Tendulkar top scoring with 97. In reply, the visitors started brilliantly with a 90-run opening stand but Tendulkar got rid of both the openers and with Javagal Srinath finished with three wickets each to give India a slender but vital 49-run lead.

The tourists then struck back with venom with Shaun Pollock taking 4/24 to skittle out the Indians for just 113 in their second innings.

Chasing a score of 163, Herschelle Gibbs and Gary Kirsten gave them another good start before Anil Kumble took four wickets to cause a stir.

Mark Boucher though held his nerve with Jacques Kallis for company and sealed a memorable win for the away side. They went onto win the next Test at Bengaluru as well and won the two-match series 2-0.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
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