THE BRITISH match referee, Mike Denness, will announce his findings today after investigating accusations of ball tampering against India's Sachin Tendulkar during the second Test against South Africa.
Denness summoned India's leading batsman to a hearing yesterday before the start of play on the fourth day here after television pictures captured images of him allegedly using his fingernails to interfere with the seam of the ball on Sunday. Denness also interviewed the Indian captain, Saurav Ganguly, and requested videotaped copies of the alleged incident from the television producers.
It is proving a busy match for Denness. Virender Sehwag, Deep Dasgupta, Shiv Sunder Das and Harbhajan Singh were also called before him, all on charges of excessive appealing. All six players were summoned again after the close of yesterday's play.
On the field, India dug their heels in to reach the close on 28 for 1 after the South Africa captain, Shaun Pollock, had set them a target of 395 to win. On a rain-affected day, the hosts added 22 runs to their overnight total, with Jacques Kallis advancing to 89, before Pollock decided it was time to make use of the damp conditions. He was unbeaten on 55 when declaring South Africa's second innings on 233 for 5.
Play was ended early when the Indians accepted the offer of bad light. The wicketkeeper, Deep Dasgupta, remains unbeaten on 22 while Rahul Dravid will resume on three. …