Sixth One-Day International


Toss: South Africa. International debut: L. Klusener.

South Africa's growing self-belief, set against England's increasing lack of it, saw the home side defend a modest 129 on a sub-standard pitch. The ground authority, Border, was later fined R5,000 (£914) by the United Cricket Board. At 75 for three, Atherton's men looked on course for victory against a team which had rested Donald and lost Rhodes and Richardson through injury; Richardson's broken left index finger kept him out of the World Cup. But when Adams removed Hick - through a doubtful catch by substitute keeper Kirsten - and, after a wide, Thorpe, England self-destructed, losing their last seven for 40 in 16 overs. Earlier, McMillan's 92-ball innings showed once again why the tourists regarded him so highly, and his partnership with De Villiers proved crucial. For England, Gough exploited the low, seaming conditions expertly, giving Natal's Klusener, who was out third ball, a debut to forget.

Man of the Match: P. R. Adams. Attendance: 14,400.

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