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The Bulletin by Jenny Thompson
April 2, 2005
West Indies' bowlers carried on where their batsmen left off, in glorious critic-defying mood, reducing a quivering South Africa to 130 for 6 and in big trouble in the first Test in Guyana. Fewer than 37 overs were possible on the third day after heavy rains delayed the start and bad light brought an early finish, but West Indies more than made good use of what they had: after an impressive cleaning-up operation from the groundstaff came an even more outstanding mopping-up display as their pace bowlers applied the cosh.
Pedro Collins and Daren Powell started the rot, each striking twice to set South Africa reeling at 30 for 4 in the hour that was possible before tea. Powell accounted for both Jacques, Rudolph and Kallis, and both departed without scoring as South Africa were rocked by an explosive display of devastating swing bowling. But it was the early departure of Kallis, the ultimate flat-track bully, that provided the biggest boost to a frustrated West Indies team who had been waiting patiently for play to commence.
Kallis sought to exploit the bowling from the off on a docile pitch that should have favoured his accumulative style. Instead he hooked his second ball - a short one outside off stump - straight onto his stumps. It was an injudicious shot so early in his innings, particularly with his team in so much trouble. Their situation worsened when Collins trapped Herschelle Gibbs just before tea, and a buoyant West Indies further turned the screw in the final session.
AB de Villiers and Mark Boucher stabilised the innings for a time, aware that the follow-on was looming, but de Villiers mixed edges with class shots and finally went too far, as the wayward Reon King strayed close enough to induce the edge.
Boucher held firm and he was joined by Nicky Boje; they were unbeaten at the end of the day. But South Africa are still way short of safety: they need 214 runs to avoid the follow-on, with just four wickets remaining. The forecast for tomorrow is for more rain. It may be South Africa's only hope of saving this game.
Smith c Browne b Collins 2 (15 for 1) Prodded regulation edge at one swinging away.
Rudolph c R Hinds b Powell 0 (16 for 2) Thick-edged first ball to third slip for good, low catch.
Kallis b Powell 0 (16 for 3) Looked to pick up short one on off-side, but slashed hook straight onto his stumps.
Gibbs lbw Collins 0 (30 for 4) Trapped plumb in front.
de Villiers c Browne b King 41 (71 for 5) Inside-edged through to keeper.
Hall c Collins b King (95 for 6) Poor stroke to innocuous delivery - but an impressive tumbling forward catch at wide mid-on.
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