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Match Drawn

India vs S Africa

Stalemate in Chennai

High-scoring Chennai Test ends in predictable draw

McKenzie: Centurion

Neil McKenzie hit an unbeaten century as the first Test between India and South Africa in Chennai ended in a draw.

The in-form McKenzie, who had made 94 in the first innings, finished on 155 not out as the Proteas reached 331-5 in their second innings, having resumed on the final day at 131-1 - a lead of 44.

His fourth Test century guided the tourists to a lead of 254 before the draw was declared shortly after tea.

McKenzie hit 226 during a world record 415-run opening partnership with skipper Graeme Smith against Bangladesh earlier this month.

Defiant mood

And he was in defiant mood once again as he struck 13 fours and a six, adding 157 runs for the second wicket with Hashim Amla.

Amla, South Africa's top scorer in the first innings with 159, eventually departed for 81.

Indian off spinner Harbhajan Singh took 3-101 and claimed eight wickets in the match.

India scored 627 in reply to South Africa's first innings 540 all out on a flat pitch, with opener Virender Sehwag scoring an Indian record 319 and Rahul Dravid making 111 for his 25th Test hundred.

The second Test starts in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

Match Details

26th Mar 2008
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Asad Rauf and A L Hill


Batsman R
N.D. McKenzie not out 155
Smith lbw b Singh 35
Amla c Dravid b Kumble 81
Kallis c Singh 19
Prince c Jaffer b Singh 5
de Villiers c Ganguly b Sehwag 11
Boucher not out 11
Extras 1nb, 8b, 5lb 14
Total 109.0 Overs 331 - 5
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
Sreesanth 12 0 42 0
Singh 9 1 43 0
Singh 34 1 101 3
Ganguly 2 1 1 0
Kumble 20 2 57 1
Sehwag 22 2 55 1
Laxman 10 2 19 0
Full Bowling Card