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Drakes holds off South African bowlers

An undefeated 40 by Vasbert Drakes held the Windies tail together as the visitors reached 232/8 on the rain-curtailed first day of the second Test.

india Updated: Dec 26, 2003 22:02 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press

An undefeated 40 by Vasbert Drakes - his highest Test score - held the West Indies tail together Friday as the visitors reached 232 for eight wickets on the rain-curtailed first day of the second Test at Kingsmead Stadium.

Drakes was joined at the conclusion of the 65th over of the day by fellow fast bowler Adam Sanford, who scored an undefeated 13 as the South Africans pressed to finish off the visitors' innings.

South Africa won the first Test in Johannesburg by 189 runs. In dire straits at lunch at 57 for five, skipper Brian Lara and Ridley Jacobs came out fighting, briefly wresting the initiative from the home team as West Indies reached 205 for eight wickets at tea.

Jacobs struck the ball with power in his 58, reaching his 13th Test half-century and his fifth against South Africa off just 59 balls in 68 minutes.

Lara was finally dismissed for 72 off 111 balls when he fended a rising delivery from Makhaya Ntini from in front of his face into the hands of Shaun Pollock at first slip.

Ntini also removed Mervyn Dillon to go to 55 wickets in the year, the most of any bowler in world cricket, and two ahead of next-best Stuart MacGill of Australia.

Andre Nel removed Jacobs, trapping him leg before wicket after the wicketkeeper had been particularly severe on Jacques Kallis, Andrew Hall and Nel himself.

South Africa's fast bowlers removed the West Indies top order before lunch, to leave Lara, playing in his 100th Test match, on 13, and wicketkeeper Jacobs on six.

Pollock struck in the first over of the match - before a single run had been scored - when he removed opener Wavell Hinds. The West Indies left-hander has had a wretched series so far, and he managed to edge a simple catch to wicketkeeper Mark Boucher.

All the wickets to fall in the first session went to catches behind the wicket as the South African pace attack took advantage of the bowler-friendly conditions and the toss won by captain Graeme Smith.

Pollock induced an edge from Ramnaresh Sarwan to have him caught by Kallis for four. Ntini had Darren Ganga caught at first slip for six, and Shivnarine Chanderpaul at third slip for a duck.

Nel got in on the act when he got reserve wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh - in as a specialist batsman - to edge a simple catch to Kallis at second slip.

Lara put up obstinate resistance in the face of accurate and hostile bowling by the South Africans.

He scored his first boundary after facing 42 deliveries, and surviving some very aggressive Ntini deliveries.

First Published: Dec 26, 2003 15:04 IST