Kallis steers SA to victory

Belfast, June 26:

South Africa captain Jacques Kallis’s unbeaten 91 saw his side to a four-wicket win over India on Tuesday in the first of three one-day internationals.

Kallis’s well-paced innings saw South Africa overhaul an India total of 242-8 built around a third wicket stand of 158 between Sachin Tendulkar (99) and Rahul Dravid (74).

South Africa needed four off the last over, bowled by part-time left-arm spinner Yuvraj Singh. But all-rounder Vernon Philander (17 not out), settled any lingering nerves by lofting Yuvraj for four as the Proteas won with three balls to spare.

Tendulkar was left just 50 runs away from becoming the first batsman in history to score 15,000 one-day international runs — a landmark he could reach during the remaining games of this series. However, in sight of what would have been his 42nd hundred at this level, the 34-year-old Tendulkar was run out, going for an ill-judged second, by cover sweeper Morne van Wyk’s throw to wicket-keeper Mark Boucher.

Tendulkar and India captain Dravid repaired the innings after Sourav Ganguly (13) and Gautam Gambhir (0) had fallen cheaply to fast bowler Andre Nel, who led the attack with 3-47.

Colombo Test

Colombo: Four batsmen scored centuries as Sri Lanka flexed its batting might to tighten the screws on Bangladesh in the first Test. Maiden Test hundreds by Prasanna Jayawardene (120) and veteran seamer Chaminda Vaas (100) capped a solid batting display by the hosts while captain Mahela Jayawardene (127) and opener Michael Vandort (117) also reached three figures.

Having shot out Bangladesh for 89 on the opening day, Sri Lanka piled up 577-6 in their first innings before declaring 15 minutes before close of the second day’s play.

Bangladesh, trailing by 488 runs, safely negotiated three overs before close

to finish the day on three without losing any wicket.

Sri Lanka’s run deluge left Bangladesh facing an uphill struggle to avoid defeat in the first of three Test matches on their five-week tour.

It was Sri Lanka’s highest total against Bangladesh, surpassing their 555-5 declared when the two sides met in September 2001. Bangladesh were frustrated by an unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 223 between Prasanna Jayawardene and Vaas.

The partnership was Sri Lanka’s best ever for the seventh wicket, easily going past the 194 runs between Hashan Tillakaratne and Thilan Samaraweera against India in 2001.

Mahela Jayawardene, who had retired hurt the previous day on 93 due to leg cramps, returned at the fall of Vandort’s wicket before lunch and completed his 17th Test century.