McKenzie magic forces draw
30 Mar 2008
Neil McKenzie finished on 155* as the the Proteas drew the first Test against India in Chennai.
With South Africa on 331-5 and a comfortable 250 runs ahead of India, the match was called a draw at 3.28pm local time. Virender Sehwag was predictably named man of the match for his scintillating 319 in the first innings, but McKenzie was an important figure for the visitors, scoring 94 and 155* respectively.
The score resumed on 131-1 with McKenzie and Amla at the crease. The pair completed a 157-run partnership before Amla was dismissed by Anil Kumble. Jacques Kallis and Ashwell Prince missed out again, but McKenzie was the rock that held the innings together.
Harbhajan Singh took another three wickets to finish with eight in the match, which it to be considered highly commendable given the flat nature of the track.
The second Test will start on 3 April in Ahmedabad.
South Africa 540 all out (1st innings)
Hashim Amla 159, Neil McKenzie 94, Graeme Smith 73, Harbhajan Singh 5-164.
India 627 all out (1st innings)Virender Sehwag 319, Wasim Jaffer 73, Rahul Dravid 111, Dale Steyn 4-103, Makhaya Ntini 3-128, Paul Harris 3-203
South Africa 331-5 (2nd innings)
Neil McKenzie 155*, Hashim Amla 81, Harbhajan Singh 3-101.
For the full scorecard click here.