Gibbs, Kallis centuries shut out WI

Gibbs, Kallis hit centuries and shared a 251-run stand on Monday as South Africa snuffed out any faint hopes the West Indies might have had of pulling off a win in the third Test.

india Updated: Jan 05, 2004 23:59 IST

Herschelle Gibbs and Jacques Kallis hit centuries and shared a 251-run stand on Monday as South Africa snuffed out any faint hopes the West Indies might have had of pulling off a win in the third Test at Newlands to keep their hopes in the series alive.

Gibbs hit 142 and Kallis made 130 not out as South Africa piled up 335 for three in their second innings, taking a massive 440-run lead with one day left to play.

A lacklustre and seemingly demoralised West Indies team took a pounding as the South Africans scored 147 runs in 26 overs before the close after rain interrupted play for almost three hours.

South Africa, who lead the four-match series 2-0, will have a scheduled 105 overs to pursue a third successive victory Tuesday, with 15 overs added to the normal number of overs to make up for some of the 24 lost on Monday.

The West Indies set defensive fields from the start of play and skipper Brian Lara did not change the policy, even after two wickets fell in the first three overs of the day.

There was seldom any pressure on Gibbs or Kallis, who were able to play themselves in with a minimum of close fielders in attendance. There were never more than two slips in place and mostly there were fielders patrolling the boundary.

The batsmen started slowly but picked up the tempo after the rain break.

Gibbs took 100 balls to reach his fifty and 200 to get to his 12th Test century with 12 fours and a six.

But then he went on a spectacular assault, racing from 101 to 142 off only 23 more balls, slamming three more fours and three sixes, before slogging a catch to deep midwicket off part-time leg-spinner Ramnaresh Sarwan, who bowled at our outside leg stump throughout a 19-over bowling stint.

"I had some fun out there," said Gibbs. Kallis reached his third century of the series off 176 balls with six fours and two sixes.

He too went on a full-scale assault after achieving the landmark, going from 102 to 130 off 15 balls with a four and three sixes.

Kallis said it had been planned that South Africa would bat through to the close, with skipper Graeme Smith telling the batsmen he wanted a lead of 400. "He told us anything above that would be a bonus."

The partnership between Gibbs and Kallis was a record for the third wicket against the West Indies, while Kallis became the second South African after Alan Melville to score hundreds in three successive Tests.

Melville did it in remarkable fashion, making a century against England in 1938/39 before World War II and then hitting three more in the first two Tests of a 1947 series in England.

Gibbs and Kallis had already taken South Africa into a dominant position before rain forced them off the field. There was intermittent drizzle on an overcast, blustery day, with the floodlights switched on inside the first hour.

When rain fell harder, the batsmen were offered the option of going off. They wanted to stay but the West Indians were keen to leave. Umpires Daryl Harper and Srinivas Venkataraghavan conferred and decided conditions were not suitable for play.

The day started well for the West Indians, who claimed two early wickets.

Smith was bowled for 24 in the second over of the day when he padded up to a ball from fast bowler Fidel Edwards which swung in to the left-hander and knocked his off stump out of the ground.

In the next over, first innings century-maker Jacques Rudolph pushed at a wide delivery from Vasbert Drakes and was caught behind second ball for nought.

First Published: Jan 05, 2004 18:07 IST