Four Nation Cricket Tournament in Kenya: South Africa Win

Four Nation Cricket Tournament in Kenya: South Africa Win

Post by Vicky B. Vigneswar » Wed, 02 Oct 1996 04:00:00

Monday 30 September 1996

Sameer Four Nation Cricket Tournament in Kenya: South Africa win

Elmo Rodrigopulle reporting from Nairobi

NAIROBI, Sunday:  A  scintillating  world  record  fourth  wicket
partnership  between  Daryll Cullinan 124 and Jonty Rhodes 121 in
206 deliveries took South Africa to a 62-run victory over  Pakis-
tan in their Sameer Group four nation encounter, here today.

Chasing South Africa's huge score of 321 for 8 in 50 overs,  Pak-
istan managed 259 in 42.3 overs.

Jonty Rhodes won the man of the match  award.  A  crowd  of  over
10,000 watched all the e***ment.

Cullinan made his second one-day hundred and  Rhodes  his  first.
Cullinan's  first was also against Pakistan. In making 321, South
Africa made their best ever one-day score.

There was rain overnight but the game started spot on  and  Wasim
Akram  calling correctly asked the South Africans in, in overcast
conditions which were ideal for the Pakistani seamers.

Akram and Younis made use of the conditions to scalp out  Hudson,
Kirsten  and  Symcox  and  at  that stage the South Africans were
tottering at 38 for 3.

The pitch had uneven bounce early on and all three  batsmen  fell
lbw, Hudson to Younis and Kirsten and Symcox to Akram.

Rhodes joined Cullinan at the fall of the third wicket  and  what
batsmanship they began to put on show. They quietly got on top of
the bowling and with some excellent running between  the  wickets
took charge of the proceedings.

They unleashed some lovely and powerful stroke play, with marvel-
lous timing and when ever they pierced the field the ball sped to
the boundary. It was classic batsmanship while it lasted and once
Akram  and  Younis  rested, the other bowlers just did not have a
clue as to how to contain these two batsmen as  they  went  along
merrily.

Cullinan was first to his 100 in 101  deliveries  with  8  fours.
Rhodes  got  to his three figures in 97 deliveries with 11 fours.
Their stand bettered the previous one  between  Steve  Waugh  and
Dean Jones which was 173 against Pakistan in Perth.

Cullinan was finally out for 124 and Rhodes made his highest  one
day score before being run out for 121.

When the Cullinan-Rhodes partnership was on show it was  apparent
that  the  Pakistanis  were  badly  missing their ace leg spinner
Mushtaq Ahmed who has had a knee operation after their tourney in
Canada.  The  Pakistanis  also  missed  Inzamum  Ul Haq and Aamer
Sohail.

With the latter South African  batsmen  throwing  their  bats  at
everything off spinner Saqlain Mushtaq finished with figures of 3
for 42, while Akram and Younis had two wickets each  for  43  and
48.

When Pakistan batted, immediate disaster struck them  when  quick
scoring  Saeed Anwar was run out in the first over for one. Elhai
played a ball to Jonty and took off.

Rhodes showed why he is the best cover fielder in the world  when
he swooped down on the ball and in one action hit the wicket with
Anwar well out of his ground.

That was a bad omen from which the Pakistanis found difficult  to
recover,  although  Saleem  Elhai and Ijaz Ahmed tried their best
with good knocks of 54 and 88.

The South Africans were well marshalled by Hansie Cronje and with
their bowlers and fielders obliging, victory was not long in com-
ing and it did come when De Villiers knocked back Younis' stumps.

Reuter added: Daryll Cullinan and Jonty Rhodes shared  a  one-day
international  fourth  wicket  record partnership of 232 as South
Africa beat Pakistan by 62 runs in  the  Kenyan  centenary  four-
nation cricket tournament on Sunday.

Cullinan scored 124 and Rhodes 121 as South Africa recovered from
38  for  three  to  post  a  daunting 321 for eight from their 50
overs.

Although Ijaz Ahmed contributed an enterprising 88 from  only  61
balls,  Pakistan never looked likely to mount a serious challenge
and were dismissed for 259 with more than seven overs remaining.

Fast bowler Allan Donald included Ijaz among his  victims  as  he
ended with three for 29 in eight overs.

Wasim Akram with two wickets and Waqar Younis  with  one  quickly
had South Africa in trouble after they had been put in to bat.

But then Cullinan and Rhodes began to rebuild  the  innings  with
magnificent running between the wickets.

Rhodes was dropped on 65 by Ijaz at backward square leg but  oth-
erwise  the pair were untroubled while the Pakistani fielding and
bowling became increasingly ragged.

Cullinan eventually holed out to Salim Malik, his 124 coming from
117  deliveries and including 12 boundaries, while Rhodes was run
out in the 47th over after hitting 11 fours in his  114-ball  in-
nings.

The next highest score was the 30 extras conceded by Pakistan.

Rhodes immediately continued his man of the match performance  by
running  out  opening  batsman Saeed Anwar with a direct hit from
backward point in the first over.

Opener Saleen Elahi hit 54  and  shared  a  67-run  third  wicket
partnership  with  Ijaz  but once they were parted Pakistan never
looked likely to threaten the South African total.

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