South Africa beat India in WCL

Durban: A cricket match, in which result and the players` performances took the backseat, South Africa beat India in the World Cricket Legends match, organised by Beyond Boundaries at the Phinda Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal on Tuesday.

After opting to bat, India set South Africa a target of 99 after managing to score 143 for three. Since the match was played on a double wicket format, each dismissal cost the team 15 runs from its total.

The hosts chased down the target quite easily as they put up 145 for three in their stipulated 12 overs in the game, comprising six players each in a team.

Both India and South Africa lost three wickets each, which cost both the teams 45 runs each.

The pitch, made by Durban-based Phil Russell in the game reserve, turned out to be a good batting track with short boundary and a lot of big hits from the Indian and South African legends were played.

Former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar opened the Indian innings with a six to send the message across that he meant business but the light-hearted conversations and jokes in the middle made it for a great atmosphere.

When India captain Kapil Dev was batting and was at the non-strikers end, bowler Peter Kirsten threatened to run him out, trying to take a revenge of his infamous run out in 1992 at Port Elizabeth one-dayer.

"Of course, I had planned to do a similar thing. Luckily, I got an opportunity to do so and I did it. As we grow older, we forgive but we do not forget and I today I took my revenge in a friendly manner," said Kirsten.

Kirsten, however, added that there is no tension between the two of them anymore.

In 1992, when Kapil ran Kirsten out while the latter was out of his crease at the non-strikers end, it was under the rules of the game but his move was criticised, by many as they thought it was against the spirit of the game.

While Vengsarkar and Sandeep Patil gave India a good start by putting up 47 runs together, Kapil finished the innings on a high, hitting three fours and two sixes off the last over off Paul Adams.

Adams, on his part, kept the opposition batsmen guessing with his unusual bowling action. In fact, in the very first ball of his over he caught Vengsarkar completely off-guard.

Vengsarkar admitted that he completely failed to pick up that ball.

"I did not know how to play that ball," he said.

Chasing the target, Paul Adams and Peter Kirsten got off to a great start, followed by Lance Klusener and Andrew Hudson, who not only consolidated the innings but also made sure that the older legends in skipper Mike Procter and Graeme Pollock have less number of runs to score in the end.

The strategy worked out well for the Proteas, and Pollock and Procter managed to pull it off but not before displaying some of their gritty shots.

Pollock, at the age of 67, did so well. It actually gave the glimpses of the class he possesses," said Vengsarkar.


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