The favourites ran into a breathtaking innings from Ganguly, who creamed an unbeaten 141 from 142 balls, his 14th hundred in one-day internationals. India were heading for 300 until he lost the strike in the last over, bowled by Donald, which yielded three wickets and just two runs. Ganguly had started temperately, but went airborne when left-arm spinner Boje came on at the halfway stage. Three of his six sixes came during Boje's two overs, which cost 26 runs and opened the floodgates for some rousing strokeplay. Ganguly had one lucky break, on 75, when he guided a Klusener no-ball to backward point. Under pressure to score quickly, South Africa lost their top four inside eight overs. Ganguly then continued his masterclass by dismissing Boucher, their top-scorer, for 60, but his exertions finally caught up with him: fielding at slip, he dropped Boje twice in two balls. Telemachus was later suspended for one game for barging into Dravid.
Man of the Match: S. C. Ganguly.