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South Africa beat West Indies in 2nd test

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Mar 21 (AFP) - South Africa beat the West Indies by 69 runs when a tense, hard-fought second Test match ended with a flurry of wickets on the last afternoon here Wednesday. It put South Africa 1-0 up in a five-Test series.

Fortunes swung wildly on the final day, as they had throughout an enthralling match.

West Indies crashed to 51 for five and an early finish seemed likely.

But Ramnaresh Sarwan and West Indian captain Carl Hooper gave their side a chance of victory when they put on 92 for the sixth wicket.

Sarwan fell to a spectacular catch shortly before tea. Just when it seemed the stand had swung the game back to the West Indies, Sarwan hooked Jacques Kallis and Nicky Boje, fielding about 45m from the bat, turned and leaped to hold a fine catch.

Ridley Jacobs, who made 93 not out in the first innings, was the last major batsman for his side and he started aggressively before being run out.

Called for a leg bye by Hooper, Jacobs was beaten by the speed and accurate throw of Herschelle Gibbs who raced in from backward point to pick up the ball near the batsmans wicket and throw down the stumps at the bowlers end.

Nixon McLean survived a huge appeal for a catch behind off Kallis but the appeal was turned down by umpire Darrell Hair. He made only four, though, before getting a thick edge to the wicketkeeper off the same bowler.

Mervyn Dillon was lbw second ball and Courtney Walsh was bowled by Shaun Pollock as the last five wickets fell for 19 runs. Hooper was left stranded on 54 not out after batting for 230 minutes. He faced 172 balls and hit five fours.

Sarwans innings of 39 lasted a minute short of three hours and he hit six fours off 114 balls. Kallis finished with four for 40.

Allan Donald took the first two wickets of the morning after the West Indies resumed at 32 for one.

South African captain Shaun Pollock then had Chris Gayle caught behind and Makhaya Ntini claimed the prize wicket of Brian Lara with his first delivery of the innings.

The West Indies slide started in the fourth over of the day when nightwatchman Dinanath Ramnarine edged a hard catch to Kallis at second slip off Donald without adding to the 11 runs he scored Tuesday.

Marlon Samuels hit two impressive boundaries but had made only nine when he went on the back foot to Donald and edged another catch to Kallis at second slip.

With several deliveries keeping low, going back was becoming increasingly harzardous but opening batsman Chris Gayle, after making a solid 23, went back to Pollock and edged a low catch to wicketkeeper Mark Boucher.

Donald was rested after a spell of 7-3-8-2 and his replacement, Ntini, struck a crucial blow with his first delivery, dismissing star batsman Lara for the third time in successive innings.

Lara went back on his stumps and was struck low on the pad. West Indian umpire Billy Doctrove gave him out but replays showed the ball had pitched well outside leg stump.

West Indies had lost four wickets for 19 runs in 15.1 overs but Sarwan and Hooper both played positively until lunch.

The afternoon was tense, however, with only 57 runs scored in 29 overs as the batsmen found difficulty piercing defensive fields.

Pollock bowled with impressive control and shouldered much of the burden himself on a pitch with low and occasionally uneven bounce.

He took the last wicket when he bowled Courtney Walsh. Clearly working to a plan to strangle the batsmen with accurate pace bowling Pollock did not use left-arm spinner Boje.

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