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Cricket: Das Top Scorer in India - South Africa Match - 2001-11-24

India's cricket team has scored 221-8 on the first day of the unofficial test match against South Africa at Centurion Park.

South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl first and India reached 44 for one by lunch. Opener Shiv Sunder Das was the top scorer for India with 46 runs while Sachin Tendulkar added 27 off 38 balls. Jacques Kallis had the best figures for South Africa, taking two wickets while allowing 15 runs in 13 overs.

The match is being played under controversy, the International Cricket Council refused to recognize the test after a crisis sparked by referee Mike Denness's penalties against six Indian players, including Sachin Tendulkar.

Denness handed down a one-match suspended ban against Tendulkar for ball tampering in the second test in Port Elizabeth. Five other players, including captain Sourav Ganguly, were also penalized.

The action sparked outrage among Indian players, fans, and government officials and India threatened to pull out of the third test. The South African Cricket Board then decided to ban Denness from the match in Centurion. However, the International Cricket Council backed Denness and said it would not recognize the match if he were not the referee.

The Indian and South African Cricket Boards agreed to appoint an alternative officiating crew and decided to play the match anyway. Traditional cricket powers England and Australia have expressed support for the ICC, with Australian Prime Minister John Howard declaring the authority of the ICC should not be challenged.