Indian batting collapses again

Port Elizabeth, November 30:

South Africa’s fast bowlers again exposed the frailties of the Indian batting as South Africa won the fourth one-dayer by 80 runs on Wednesday. Despite making another poor start, South Africa recovered to make 243-8 sweeping the Indians aside for 163.

Herschelle Gibbs made 93 not out to anchor the South African innings. India made a promising start, with Wassim Jaffer and Virender Sehwag putting on 23 before Jaffer was caught at slip off Makhaya Ntini in the sixth over.

Within the next four overs, the match was effectively over as a contest with Sachin Tendulkar and Sehwag falling to Shaun Pollock and Ntini. Mohammad Kaif was run out and Mahendra Dhoni played one extravagant shot too many as India slumped to 82-5. Irfan Pathan was defiant to the end, making 47 not out to give the total some respectability.

Ganguly recalled

NEW DELHI: Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly got a chance to extend his international career when he was named in a 16-man squad for an upcoming three-Test series in South Africa. Ganguly’s career seemed to be over after a row with coach Greg Chappell last year, when he was sacked as captain before being axed from both the Test and one-day squads. VVS Laxman repla-ced Virender Sehwag as vice-captain for the Tests. Zaheer Khan is named as one of the five pacemen including Irfan Pathan. Also making a comeback to the squad is Gautam Gambhir. Mohammad Kaif and Suresh Raina have been dropped. The first Test begins on December 15 in Johannesburg. — AP