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WI face huge task as SA lead by 394

The West Indies faced a two-day battle for survival after South Africa took a massive 394-run first innings lead in the second Test.

india Updated: Dec 29, 2003 06:41 IST

The West Indies faced a two-day battle for survival after South Africa took a massive 394-run first innings lead on the third day of the second Test at Kingsmead Sunday.

Jacques Kallis and Gary Kirsten hit centuries as South Africa piled up 658 for nine declared, the highest total in a Test in South Africa.

The West Indies wereeighteen for no wicket at close of play, needing another 384 runs to avoid an innings defeat.

It was a dismal day for the tourists, who took a pounding from the South African batsmen for the second successive day.

The West Indians bowled without inspiration under a hot sun and added to their problems by dropping six catches, including three when Kallis and Kirsten were in the early stages of a record partnership.

Kallis (177) and Kirsten (137) put on 249 for the fourth wicket, breaking a record set in 1929 when Herby Taylor and Nummy Deane added 214 against England at the Oval.
South Africa's total was second only to the record 682 for six declared they made against England at Lord's earlier this year.

With Herschelle Gibbs having made 142 Saturday, it was the sixth time three South African batsmen made centuries in the same Test innings.

They beat their previous best in South Africa of 622 for nine declared against Australia at the same ground in 1969/70 and went past the 654 for five made by England in the fourth innings of the "timeless Test" in 1938/39, also at Kingsmead, the previous record Test total by all-comers in South Africa.

South Africa took the field without Graeme Smith, their captain, after they left the West Indies with ten overs to negotiate at the end of the day.

Smith suffered a right hamstring strain while fielding in the first innings.

The West Indies also had an injury problem, with top-order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul not fielding Sunday because of a leg strain.

Kirsten was dropped by West Indian captain Brian Lara at first slip off Mervyn Dillon when he had 22.

The chance, which flew above Lara's head as Kirsten played a cut shot, came at a crucial time, nine balls before the second new ball was due.

In the sixth over with the new ball, Kallis, on 84, skied a hook against Fidel Edwards and Vasbert Drakes could not hold the chance after running 20 metres from fine leg.

Five balls later Drakes was again at fault, dropping Kirsten at a square gully position off Dillon when the batsman was on 41.

Kallis played a solid anchor innings, punctuated by occasional powerful strokes. He hit three fours in an over from Adam Sanford to reach his 13th Test century and his second in successive matches.

He reached the mark off 205 balls with 12 fours. Kallis seemed set to make his first Test double century until he square-cut a ball from Dillon to Sarwan at backward point shortly before tea. He batted for eight hours, faced 344 balls and hit 20 fours.

The left-handed Kirsten was more aggressive, at one stage hitting four consecutive boundaries off Drakes.

Kirsten added 93 runs in a morning session extended by half an hour to make up for time lost on the first two days.

He reached his 20th Test century off 158 balls with his 17th four when he cut Sarwan and Edwards allowed the ball to go through his hands at point for four. Kirsten became the first South African to score 7000 Test runs when he reached 134.

After the tourists made their first breakthrough of the day, when Kirsten swept part-time leg-spin bowler Ramnaresh Sarwan to deep midwicket, Sarwan dropped a difficult return chance when new batsman Neil McKenzie was on three.

Two further catches went down late in the innings, with Daren Ganga dropping Andrew Hall at slip off Dillon and Sanford putting down a catch at deep backward square leg from Shaun Pollock off a Sarwan full toss.

Sarwan was one of the most effective bowlers in a disappointing attack, taking two for 65 off 21 overs. Sanford took three for 170.

First Published: Dec 28, 2003 17:48 IST