Sat, Dec 27, 2003 - Page 19 News List

West Indies top order crumbles under pace attack


South Africa's fast bowlers removed the West Indies top order before lunch yesterday as the tourists struggled to 57 for five at Kingsmead on the first day of the second of four tests.

South Africa won the first test in Johannesburg by 189 runs.

Undefeated at lunch were captain Brian Lara, playing in his 100th test match, on 13, and wicketkeeper Ridley Jacobs on six.

Shaun Pollock struck in the first over of the match -- before a single run had been scored -- when he removed opener Wavell Hinds. The West Indian left-hander was out to a simple catch, edged to wicketkeeper Mark Boucher.

All the wickets to fall in the rain-curtailed 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 forced an edge from Ramnaresh Sarwan to have him caught by Jacques Kallis for four, while Makhaya Ntini had Darren Ganga caught at first slip for six, and Shivnarine Chanderpaul at third slip for a duck.

Andre 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.

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