South African cricket team in India in 1996–97

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South African cricket team in India in 1996–97
  Flag of India.svg Flag of South Africa.svg
  India South Africa
Dates 17 October 1996 – 14 December 1996
Captains Sachin Tendulkar Hansie Cronje
Test series
Result India won the 3-match series 2–1
Most runs Mohammad Azharuddin (388) Gary Kirsten (322)
Most wickets Javagal Srinath (17) Paul Adams (14)
Player of the series Mohammad Azharuddin
One Day International series
Results India won the 1-match series 1–0
Most runs Sachin Tendulkar (114) Andrew Hudson (45)
Most wickets Venkatesh Prasad (4) Paul Adams (2)
Player of the series

The South African cricket team toured India during the 1996–97 cricket season, playing three Test matches and one One Day International (ODI). The tour was South Africa's second international cricket series in India, following a visit in 1991–92, and included their first Test appearances against India on the subcontinent.[1] India had previously toured South Africa in 1992–93, losing the Test series 0–1.[1]

The tour began with the Titan Cup, a triangular ODI tournament which included Australia on 17 October 1996.[2] South Africa won all its round-robin matches—three each against India and Australia—but lost to India in the final.[2] India's Sachin Tendulkar was the leading run-scorer in the tournament with 320 runs. South Africa's Allan Donald was the highest wicket-taker with 17 wickets and received the player of the series award.[2]

India won the Test series, winning the first and third match.[3] Several players, including Herschelle Gibbs, Lance Klusener and VVS Laxman, made their Test debuts. Laxman scored a fifty in the second innings of the first Test and Klusener picked up eight wickets for 64 runs in the second innings of the second Test at Kolkata.[4] The figures remain the fourth best by any bowler on debut.[5] Mohammad Azharuddin was named the Man of the Test series after scoring 388 runs at an average of 77.60;[6] Javagal Srinath was the most successful bowler collecting 17 wickets at an average of 20.94.[7]

At the end of the tour, South Africa played India in a benefit match for Mohinder Amarnath at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. India won the ODI by 74 runs; Tendulkar went on to score 114 and was selected the man of the match.[8]

Test series[edit]

1st Test, 20–24 November[edit]

20–24 November 1996
Scorecard
v
223 (99 overs)
Sachin Tendulkar 42 (64)
Allan Donald 4/37 (27 overs)
244 (98.1 overs)
Fanie de Villiers 67* (136)
Sunil Joshi 4/43 (24 overs)
190 (79.2 overs)
VVS Laxman 51 (125)
Paul Adams 3/30 (9.2 overs)
105 (38.5 overs)
Hansie Cronje 48* (122)
Javagal Srinath 6/21 (11.5 overs)
India won by 64 runs
Gujarat Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
Umpires: Shyam Bhansal and George Sharp
Player of the match: Javagal Srinath (India)

2nd Test, 27–24 November[edit]

27 November–1 December 1996
Scorecard
v
428 (121.1 overs)
Andrew Hudson 146 (244)
Venkatesh Prasad 6/104 (35 overs)
329 (81.2 overs)
Mohammad Azharuddin 109 (77)
Allan Donald 3/72 (21.2 overs)
367/3 dec. (93.2 overs)
Daryl Cullinan 153* (261)
Javagal Srinath 1/101 (24.2 overs)
137 (53.3 overs)
Mohammad Azharuddin 52 (55)
Lance Klusener8/64 (21.3 overs)
South Africa won by 329 runs
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Umpires: B. C. Cooray and V. K. Ramaswamy
Player of the match: Gary Kirsten (South Africa)

3rd Test[edit]

8–12 December 1996
Scorecard
v
237 (100.1 overs)
Sachin Tendulkar 63 (171)
Paul Adams 6/55 (19.1 overs)
177 (72.3 overs)
Gary Kirsten 43 (108)
Anil Kumble 4/71 (27 overs)
400/7 dec. (126 overs)
Mohammad Azharuddin 163* (229)
Fanie de Villiers 2/58 (24 overs)
180 (96.1 overs)
Hansie Cronje 50 (95)
Javagal Srinath 3/38 (19.1 overs)
India won by 280 runs
Green Park Stadium, Kanpur
Umpires: David Shepherd and Srinivas Venkataraghavan
Player of the match: Mohammad Azharuddin (India)

One Day International series[edit]

Only ODI[edit]

14 December 1996
Scorecard
India 
267/6 (50 overs)
v
 South Africa
193 (46 overs)
Sachin Tendulkar 114 (126)
Paul Adams 2/50 (7 overs)
Andrew Hudson 45 (60)
Venkatesh Prasad 4/27 (8 overs)
India won by 74 runs
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Umpires: K. Parthasarathi and Subroto Porel
Player of the match: Sachin Tendulkar (India)
  • India won the toss and elected to bat

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kumar, Rajesh. "India-South Africa Tests – Head to Head". CricketArchive. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Baum, Greg. "Titan Cup, 1996–97". Wisden. ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "South Africa in India Test Series, 1996/97 / Results". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Bryden, Colin. "South Africa in India, 1996–97". Wisden. ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Records / Test matches / Bowling records / Best figures in a innings on debut". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Records / South Africa in India Test Series, 1996/97 – India / Batting and bowling averages". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Records / South Africa in India Test Series, 1996/97 / Most wickets". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Vasu, Anand (18 February 2000). "Sachin's boys too good at home". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 

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