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Kallis slows West Indies march toward victory

Kallis slows West Indies march toward victory

Jacques Kallis hit an elegant half-century to slow the West Indies' progress towards victory over South Africa on the fourth day of the first Test at St. George's Park yesterday.
Set 389 to win, South Africa were 138 for four at tea.
Kallis was unbeaten on 77. He and AB de Villiers (31 not out) put on 93 for the fifth wicket after South Africa had been reduced to 45 for four in the first over after lunch.
With Mark Boucher the only recognized South African batsman still to come, the West Indies were firm favorites to secure a rare win over a leading Test nation away from home.
South Africa's troubles started early when Daren Powell dismissed Herschelle Gibbs for his second duck of the match.
Fellow fast bowler Fidel Edwards built up impressive pace to claim the wickets of Hashim Amla and South African captain Graeme Smith as South Africa slumped to 20 for three.
Kallis and Ashwell Prince survived until lunch but Prince fell to Jerome Taylor four balls after the interval, edging a low catch to West Indian captain Chris Gayle at first slip.
Earlier the West Indies scored 29 runs before losing their last two wickets to be all out for 175.
Jerome Taylor made a hard-hit 22 before he was last man out. Left-arm spinner Paul Harris took both wickets to finish with four for 35.
South Africa, seeking to better their highest winning fourth innings total of 340 for five against Australia in 2001/02, made a bad start when Gibbs padded up to Powell in the third over.
The ball was only marginally outside his off stump, angling in to the stumps, and umpire Aleem Dar had no hesitation in giving Gibbs out.
Edwards, who did not take a wicket in the first innings, had Amla caught behind with the batsman getting a faint edge to wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin as he pushed at the ball outside off stump.
Edwards had Smith jumping when he bowled a bouncer. He repeated the delivery and Smith was caught by short leg fielder Daren Ganga as the ball looped off the handle of his bat, with Ganga making good ground to take the ball in front of the batsman.
Kallis, who was out without scoring in the first innings, made a shaky start but soon settled down to play some fine strokes, hitting seven boundaries in reaching his half-century off 70 balls.


Updated : 2021-06-19 05:14 GMT+08:00