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South Africa apply the brakes against Windies


GEORGETOWN, Guyana, March 12 (AFP) - South Africa put the brakes on West Indies' batsmen in the opening session of the first Test fourth day at the Bourda ground Monday.

West Indies were 94 for two at lunch after adding only 44 runs in 28 overs in the morning. It gave them an overall lead of 66.

But South Africa missed a chance of a crucial breakthrough when star batsman Brian Lara was dropped before he had scored.

Fast bowler Allan Donald had Wavell Hinds caught behind for 14 in the third over of the day when the left-hander drove at a ball wide of his stumps without using his feet.

Donald and Makhaya Ntini both bowled tightly as only 17 runs were added in the first 15 overs to the overnight 50 for no wicket.

Shaun Pollock and Jacques Kallis kept up the pressure before left-arm spinner Nicky Boje came on to bowl the 22nd over of the day and had Chris Gayle caught behind off his fifth delivery when Gayle pushed at a ball which kept low.

The left-handed Gayle, who top-scored with 81 in the first innings, was out for 44.

In contrast to his dominant form on Sunday evening when he crunched six boundaries in scoring 26, he added only 18 Monday with two fours off 64 deliveries.

At that stage West Indies had added just 28 runs in 22 overs and South Africa would have had a triumphant morning if Neil McKenzie had held a sharp chance from Lara at short leg in Bojes next over.

Lara took advantage of the let-off to hit boundaries in successive overs off Kallis and Boje as he reached 12 not out at lunch.







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