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Rain dampens Proteas' spirit at Sydney

S Africa were 94 for three on the 4th day, leading by 186 runs before play was called off.

india Updated: Jan 05, 2006 14:03 IST

Herschelle Gibbs was needlessly run out for 67 as South Africa attempted to post a winning total and then bowl out Australia to win the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.

Gibbs threw away his wicket in a mix-up with Jacques Kallis over a quick single and was beaten back to the non-striker's end by a direct throw from Brad Hodge.

Gibbs, who scored 94 in the first innings of the second Test loss in Melbourne last week, was largely responsible for accelerating the Proteas' run-rate and hit 11 boundaries in his lively 74-ball knock.

When rain sent the players from the field for an early tea on the fourth day, South Africa were 94 for three, with Kallis not out 14 in 94 minutes and Ashwell Prince yet to score. But weather did not allow their return.

The Proteas were leading by 182 runs overall, but the weather was a concern with more rain forecast for Friday's final day.

South Africa must win here to square the series after losing the second Test.
Graeme Smith was offered the bad light by the umpires after just four balls into the day's play, but the Proteas' skipper elected to bat on and he paid the price three balls later when he was out for five.

Smith played across the line from Glenn McGrath and was hit high above the knee roll but was given out by umpire Aleem Dar in another questionable leg before wicket decision by the Pakistani match official.

Scoreboard

South Africa 1st innings: 451 for 9 decl
Australia 1st innings: 359
South Africa 2nd innings (4 for 1 overnight):
G. Smith lbw b McGrath 5
AB de Villiers lbw b Lee 1
H. Gibbs run out (Hodge) 67
J. Kallis (batting) 14
A. Prince (batting) 0
Extras (lb-4, w-1, nb-2) 7
Total (for 3 wkts, in 22 overs) 94
Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-6, 3-92
Bowling: McGrath 11-2-41-1, Lee 10-3-48-1, Warne 1-0-1-0.

First Published: Jan 05, 2006 10:47 IST