Emergency bowler ends South African spree
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, March 17 (AFP) - South African batsmen Jacques Kallis and Daryll Cullinan shared a thrilling 99-run stand before an emergency bowler made a crucial breakthrough for the West Indies on the first day of the second Test at the Queens Park Oval on Saturday.
South Africa went in for tea at 172 for three.
Kallis was in dominant form when he and Cullinan came together after openers Gary Kirsten and Herschelle Gibbs had been dismissed in successive overs soon after lunch.
Kallis slammed seven fours and two sixes over long-off against legspinner Dinanath Ramnarine as he raced to a half century off 77 balls.
With Cullinan striking the ball cleanly as well, runs were flowing when West Indian captain Carl Hooper called on Wavell Hinds to bowl for the first time in 16 Tests.
Bowling gentle seamers, Hinds dismissed Kallis with his third ball when he held a low return drive. Kallis made 53 off 80 balls.
The stand had lasted just 92 minutes and 21.2 overs. His job done, Hinds returned to the outfield. Cullinan remained unbeaten on 49 at tea.
South African captain Shaun Pollock had opted to make first use of a pitch which has a reputation for uneven bounce in the later stages of matches. The surface had a fair covering of grass, however, and there was both bounce and movement for the West Indian fast bowlers on the first morning
Kirsten and Gibbs batted well to remain together until the lunch break, although they coiuld score only 61 runs against some impressive bowling, particularly by veteran Courtney Walsh.
Kirsten was out one run later in the second over after lunch, however, when he was caught at second slip off a lifting ball from Nixon McLean. G Gibbs went in the next over, bowled off his glove by Walsh, leaving the West Indian veteran just three short of his 500th Test wicket.