India, SA look for unassailable lead

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

With the India-South Africa series tied at 1-1 and one game having been washed out, Friday's game in Kolkata is a do-or-die affair for either team.

India, SA look for unassailable lead

Kolkata:

With the India-South Africa series tied at 1-1 and one game having been washed out, Friday's game in Kolkata is a do-or-die affair for either team. Victory for either side in the match will mean that they won't lose the series. Security has been tightened in and around the ground, in the wake of angry protests over Sourav Ganguly's exclusion from the match. But the Indian team will still hope for unstinting support from the grounds, as they look to go one-up on the visitors before the last game in Mumbai on Monday. Past trends Sachin Tendulkar has been the South Africans' arch nemesis on the Kolkata ground in the past. Captain Rahul Dravid too is focusing on the game, as Ganguly's absence means extra pressure on the team to deliver on dada's home turf Eden Gardens is the venue where the South Africans returned to international cricket after 21 years of exile, a historic event which former Captain Clive Rice compared to Neil Armstrong's Moon Landing in 1969. However, it hasn't been a happy hunting ground for the South Africans in the past, and they can only hope to change the trend on Friday.

Topics : Cricket India
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