S Africa beat India easily

Kolkata, November 25:

Rahul Dravid’s Indian team was jeered off the field by supporters of deposed captain Sourav Ganguly after South Africa outplayed the hosts by 10 wickets in the fourth one-dayer here on Friday. Shaun Pollock and Andrew Hall grabbed three wickets each as India were skittled out for 188 on a seamer-friendly wicket, a total the tourists surpassed easily with skipper Graeme Smith making an unbeaten 134 off 124 balls. The emphatic win in the game at the jam-packed Eden Gardens gave South Africa an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series with a game in hand in Mumbai on Monday.

The tourists won the first game in Hyderabad, India took the second match in Bangalore, and rain washed out the third in Chennai. A section of the 90,000-strong crowd taunted the Indian team after the match and raised slogans against coach Greg Chappell and the selectors, whom they accuse of keeping local hero Ganguly out of the one-day squad. Pollock struck thrice in his first four overs as the Indian top-order failed to negotiate the swing and movement on an unusually green wicket after being sent in to bat by Smith. The hosts were reduced to 23-3 and later 71-5 before Yuvraj Singh (53) and Mohammad Kaif (46) put on 81 for the sixth wicket. Sachin Tendulkar managed just two runs in his record 357th one-day appearance — surpassing Pakistani Wasim Akram’s tally of 356 — as Pollock forced him to edge an outswinger to wicket-keeper Mark Boucher.