South Africa thrash sorry West Indies to take 2-0 series lead
12 Dec 1998
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, Dec 12 (AFP) - South Africa gained
a crushing 178-run over the West Indies when the tourists
collapsed to 141 all out in their second innings on the third day
of the second Test at St George's Park here on Saturday.
South Africa lead 2-0 in the five-match series.
West Indies were set to make 320 to win on a lively pitch and
were never in contention for victory in a match in which they
were thoroughly outplayed=2E
Fast bowler Allan Donald did the main damage in the second
innings, taking 5-49, but the man of the match for the second
time in succession was allrounder Shaun Pollock, who had match
figures of 7-89 and scored a valuable 42 in the second innings.
Brian Lara, the West Indian captain and star batsman, dropped
himself down the batting order to number five but the switch
failed when the two men most likely to play long innings with
him, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Carl Hooper, were both dismissed
before Lara had scored a run.
With the cause hopeless, Lara played some dazzling strokes in an
innings of 39 when he had only the tailenders for support.
He hit Donald for three fours in one over and then pulled him for
six before mistiming another pull shot and being caught at
West Indian paceman Curtly Ambrose briefly ignited his team's
hopes when he ripped through the South African lower order,
taking 6-21 as the home side were all out for 195 in their second
On a lively pitch, West Indies lost their first wicket in the
third over of their innings when Clayton Lambert top-edged a hook
off Donald and was caught by wicketkeeper Mark Boucher.
The tourists reshuffled their batting order putting in
Chanderpaul as an emergency opener because Stuart Williams had an
Chanderpaul put on 37 with new number three Ridley Jacobs before
the collapse started in earnest when Jacobs went back on his
stumps and was leg before to Jacques Kallis.
Hooper was run out in a mix-up with Chanderpaul who failed to
respond when Hooper went for a second run and was stranded when
South African captain Hansie Cronje threw to the bowler's end
from deep cover.
Before Lara had scored his first run, Chanderpaul had been
superbly caught by a diving Kallis at second slip off Pollock.
Floyd Reifer was caught at first slip off Donald and the innings
was plunged into total disarray when Nixon McLean was run out
going for a second run off the first ball he faced, with Cronje
again the fielder.
Williams, batting at number eight, survived a chance to Symcox at
gully off Donald but was leg before next ball.
Lara and Ambrose hit out in an eighth wicket stand of 55 before
South Africa wrapped up their victory to the delight of a 9500
Earlier, Ambrose and Courtney Walsh bowled unchanged for 18.5
overs as South Africa lost their last five second-innings wickets
for 52 runs to be all out for 195.
It was the 21st five-wicket haul in Tests for Ambrose, 35, who
took his career total of Test wickets to 349.
South Africa's slide started in the second over of the morning
when Shaun Pollock pulled Ambrose to mid-on. Jonty Rhodes took
his overnight score of 50 to 64 before being bowled when he swung
across the line against Ambrose.
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