December 8, 2002

Haydar scripts Australia's thrilling win

Staff Reporter

Australia's Nick Haydar fashioned his side's thrilling one-run win over South Africa in a league match played at the Guru Nanak College Ground, Chennai on Sunday.

With the Proteas needing two runs for victory, Haydar managed to run out South African captain Rory Field for a duck, leaving South Africa stranded on 279 all out. Earlier, Haydar had made 91 off 84 balls with the aid of eight fours to guide Australia to 280/5 in 40 overs.

Haydar's effort along with a 72 from opener and wicketkeeper Chris Backstrom and a 95 from Mr Extras were the major factors in helping Australia raise a challenging total. For South Africa, Ragunathan Naidoo claimed 2-58 from eight overs.

When South Africa replied, Riaan Liebenberg (35), Petrus Le Roux (49) and Peter Van de Berg (57) all made handy contributions to get their team to within one run of victory with two wickets in hand.

But Haydar spoiled their party by dismissing De Berg and Field off consecutive balls to seal a nail-biting win.