Shamik Das

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The HighVeld history makers

The India players celebrate their historic win at The Wanderers

India have won a Test Match in South Africa for the first time ever, beating the Proteas by 123 runs with a day to spare.

VVS Laxman (28 & 73) and returning hero Saurav Ganguly (51 & 25) scored the runs while Shanthakumaran Sreesanth (5-40 & 3-59) and veteran spinner Anil Kumble (2-2 & 3-54) delivered with the ball to put India 1-0 up with two Tests to play.

Victorious India captain Rahul Dravid with son Samit and wife Vijeta

The win extended Rahul Dravid's good run of results as captain - only two defeats in his last 14 Tests in charge.


Meanwhile, Sri Lanka drew their series against New Zealand with a crushing 217 run win in Wellington - Muttiah Muralitharan picking up his 19th ten wicket haul in Tests.

Murali's second innings analysis of 6-87 was also the 57th occasion he's taken five or more wickets in a Test innings, as he spun Sri Lanka to a
1-1 draw.


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