Sunday 1st May, 2005


Windies faces uphill task

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ST JOHN’S — Jacques Kallis became South Africa’s leading Test scorer yesterday as his unbeaten 127 and his unbroken fifth wicket partnership of 230 with Ashwell Prince led their team to a commanding 525 for four at the end of the second day of the final cricket test against the West Indies.

In his 93rd Test, Kallis reached 7,317 runs, surpassing Gary Kirsten’s previous high of 7,289 runs.

Kallis reached his 22nd Test century, one better than Kirsten’s 21 that had been the most by a South African.

Taking advantage of inexperienced bowling, Kallis and Prince restored South Africa’s powerful position, batting through the final two sessions after the West Indies took four wickets before lunch for the addition of 81 to South Africa’s overnight 214 without loss.

Dominating play for almost six hours, Kallis faced 256 balls with a six and 12 fours as his main scoring shots. It was his second hundred of the series and his seventh in his 18 Tests against the West Indies.

Prince recovered from an uncertain start, when he was lucky to be given not out at nine on a catch to wicket-keeper Courtney Browne from off-spinner Chris Gayle, to bat with increasing freedom.

His second hundred in his 12th Test lasted four hours and 35 minutes and 230 balls. It included a six and 12 fours.

After a barren first day on which it could not dislodge South African openers Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers, the West Indies claimed four wickets before lunch.

De Villiers and Smith extended their partnership from the overnight 214 to 245 before they were out in successive overs. De Villiers went for 114 and Smith for 126.

Boeta Dippenaar was run out six runs later and the West Indies completed an encouraging first session when Herschelle Gibbs was dismissed by the ball before lunch, taken at 295 for four.

The West Indies cricketers missed their first chance to dismiss de Villiers when Dwight Washington dropped a left-handed return catch that would have given him his first Test wicket.

The error did not prove expensive. De Villiers added only nine before he edged a leg-side catch to wicket-keeper Courtney Browne off fast bowler Tino Best. His 114 was his second hundred in succession, following his 178 in the third Test in Barbados last week. It occupied 173 balls and included a six and 13 fours.

In the next over, the left-handed Smith mistimed an on-drive off fast bowler Daren Powell and chipped a catch to Washington at mid-on. Smith’s 126, his 11th test hundred and his third in successive matches in the series, lasted 173 balls and included 19 fours.

Three overs later, Dippenaar was run out for the second time in his two innings in the series. He and Jacques Kallis completed two runs from his on-drive off Best but, when he attempting a third, Dippenaar was sent back by his partner. He was well short of his ground when Best relayed Narsingh Deonarine’s throw to Browne to complete the dismissal.

Kallis and Gibbs steadied the innings with a partnership of 44. But three balls to lunch, Gibbs pushed forward carefully to an off-break from Gayle and edged a catch to Deonarine at short-leg off his pad.

Kallis and Prince were restricted, mainly by the steady Gayle, to 42 runs off 21.3 overs in the first hour-and-a-half of the second session.

Wayward bowling by Best and Powell with the second new ball allowed them to break free and they were never in trouble as they batted through to the close. (AP)

West Indies vs South Africa

South Africa, 1st innings:

(resumed at 214 without loss)

AB de Villiers c Browne b Best 114

G Smith c Washington b Powell 126

B Dippenaar run out 5

J Kallis not out 127

H Gibbs c Deonarine b Gayle 23

Ashwell Prince not out 114

Extras 12 (legbyes 2, wides 4, noballs 6)

TOTAL ( for four wickets) 525

Wkts at: 1-245 (deVilliers), 2-245 (Smith), 3-251 (Dippenaar). 4-295 (Gibbs).

Bowling: Powell 24-2-108-1 (noballs 1, wides 3). Best 23-4-99-1 (nb4). Washington 22-3-73-0. Bravo 22-4-80-0 (noballs 2, wides 1). Gayle 31-11-65-1. Hinds 6-0-24-0. Deonarine 18-1-69-0. Sarwan 1-0-2-0.

Umpires: Bill Bowden (New Zealand),

Simon Taufel (Australia).

TV replay umpire: Basil Morgan

(Wesr Indies).

First Test, Georgetown, Guyana: Drawn.

Second Test, Trinidad: South Africa won by eight wickets.

Third Test, Bridgetown, Barbados: South Africa won by an innings and 86 runs.

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