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Gibbs hits 74 as SA make 186 for six

cricket Updated: Aug 31, 2008 23:34 IST

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Herschelle Gibbs hit 74 as South Africa reached 183-6 in 32.1 overs in the rain-affected fourth ODI against England at Lord'sin London on Sunday.

Gibbs, 34 and no longer in the Test side, showed he remains a force in one-day international cricket with his 36th one-day half century after South Africa were put into bat in gloomy conditions by England captain Kevin Pietersen.

The opener was bowled off his pads by Stuart Broad having faced 75 balls and hit five fours. For England, Andrew Flintoff took 3-21 from seven overs before rain interrupted the innings for a second time.

Gibbs and Hashim Amla put on 66 for the first wicket with Amla accelerating after the rain break when he tucked into Steve Harmison and took four fours of the quick bowler in one over.

For his first boundary he had a wild slash at a wide one that flew over the slips to the fence but the other three were made up classic straight and square drives.

At this stage the South Africans were going at more than six an over but Amla's innings was cut short when he was run out by Owais Shah.

Gibbs drove a ball back from Flintoff back behind the bowler and set off for a run. Shah running round from mid-off threw down the stumps at the striker' s end and Amla was comfortably short of his ground.

Jacques Kallis' miserable run of form continued when he was caught behind by Matt Prior off Flintoff and AB de Villiers dragged a ball from Samit Patel over to the leg side and was caught low down by Flintoff running in from the midwicket boundary.

Pietersen's bowlers were not firing on all cylinders as they had at Trent Bridge when South Africa were bundled out for 83 and Harmison was taken out of the attack after conceding 35 runs in four overs but Flintoff was reliable as ever.

Gibbs and J-P Duminy put on 42 for the fourth wicket with the left-handed Duminy employing the reverse sweep off Patel before he attempted to pull Flintoff and was caught by Ian Bell at midwicket.

Brief score: South Africa 186 for 6 (Gibbs 74, Amla 34, Flintoff 3/21, Patel 1/34)