Hero Cup 1993-94, first semi-final


At Calcutta, November 24 (day/night). India won by two runs. Toss: India.

India's second successive win over South Africa was a much tighter affair. The match was the first played under lights at Eden Gardens - smoke bombs were deployed to deter vast swarms of insects, though a local mongoose remained and fielded enthusiastically in this and the next two games.

It was also the first match in India to feature a video replay umpire: S. K. Bansal made his mark early on when he sent back Kambli, and Prabhakar, both run out by Cullinan. Azharuddin pulled his team round with Amre's help, but India failed to reach 200. South Africa came to the last five overs needing 45, which was down to seven when they lost Richardson. They entered the final over - Tendulkar's first - looking for six, but they managed only three, and De Villiers became the seventh run-out of the game.

Man of the Match: M. Azharuddin.

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