Kallis, Cullinan flay West Indies
January 2 1999
CAPE TOWN, Jan 2 (AFP) - Jacques Kallis and Daryll Cullinan hit
South Africa made a commanding start to the fourth Test at Newlands here
Saturday, reaching 282 for two at the end of the first day.
The West Indies claimed a wicket with the first ball of the match when
Curtly Ambrose had Gary Kirsten caught down the legside but the rest of
belonged to South Africa, who won the first three Tests.
After Kallis and Herschelle Gibbs had put on 74, Kallis and Cullinan
command in an unbroken third wicket stand of 208.
Kallis, who had to face the second ball of the day after Kirsten's
dismissal, played the anchor role in both partnerships. Cullinan was first
to his century, while Kallis had to wait until the third ball of the final
the day before reaching three figures to the delight of a capacity crowd
Cullinan unleashed some glorious strokeplay as he reached his sixth
century off 155 balls, with his second 50 scored off only 57 deliveries.
unbeaten on 122 at the close.
Kallis needed 278 balls for his third Test 100 and finished the day on
Ambrose, who had been a doubtful starter because of fluid on his left
became the ninth player in Test history to reach the 350-wicket mark when
Kirsten followed a ball delivered down the legside and glanced it into the
gloves of wicketkeeper Ridley Jacobs.
On a good batting pitch, Gibbs and Kallis batted solidly to restore the
advantage South Africa had gained by winning the toss before Gibbs was
at short leg off Mervyn Dillon in the last over before lunch. Gibbs made
The batting tempo picked up after lunch with Cullinan in fluent form.
After scoring only 97 runs in his previous five innings in the series,
Cullinan reached his half-century off 98 deliveries with seven fours.
took 120 balls to reach his fifty, hitting four fours.
Although Ambrose was passed fit, the West Indies' injury problems
continued when Ambrose's long-time new ball partner Courtney Walsh
Franklyn Rose (shoulder) were ruled out.
Allrounder Ottis Gibson, 29, was summoned as an emergency replacement.
has been playing for South African provincial side Griqualand West. Gibson
played in one previous Test, against England at Lord's in 1995.
Ambrose bowled superbly, especially with the first new ball in a spell
7-5-5-1, and threatened both Kallis and Cullinan when he took the second
ball in the last 45 minutes of play. The quality of the support bowling
disappointing, however, as the batsmen took control.
The centuries by Kallis and Cullinan were the first by either side in
had been a low-scoring series before Saturday.
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