South Africa on target for whitewash

January 16 1998

CENTURION, South Africa, Jan 16 (AFP) - South Africa were on target for a 5-0 series whitewash over the West Indies after a dramatic second day's play in the fifth Test at Centurion Park Saturday.

Allan Donald emerged on top after a titanic duel with West Indian captain Brian Lara as South Africa finished 269 runs ahead with nine second innings wickets standing.

The beleaguered tourists suffered yet another blow when fast bowler Courtney Walsh was unable to complete the last over of the day with what appeared to be a recurrence of a hamstring injury which kept him out of the fourth Test.

Lara thrashed Donald as he raced to a half-century off 38 balls with 12 fours but Donald hit back by having Lara caught at gully for 68.

Then the West Indians collapsed to 144 all out with Donald taking five for 49, his 17th five-wicket haul in Tests.

With South Africa leading by 169 runs on the first innings, Gary Kirsten and Herschelle Gibbs put on 82 for the first wicket as the home team took total control.

Gibbs moved fluently to his second Test half-century off 96 balls with nine fours but then pushed Carl Hooper to short leg three balls later.

The highlight of the day, however, was the battle between Lara and Donald. Lara hit Donald for six fours in two overs and forced South Africa's leading bowler out of the attack.

But Donald came back in a fiery second spell, bowling around the wicket and peppering Lara with short-pitched deliveries before Lara could do no more than fend a sharply-lifting delivery to gully.

Lara scored 68 off 77 balls with 14 fours. It was the sixth time Donald had dismissed the West Indian star in six Test matches.

After Lara's dismissal, Donald bowled with extraordinary pace and fire as he mowed down the West Indian lower order. The last eight wickets fell for 42 runs.

Donald only played after passing a fitness test for a hamstring injury he suffered during the fourth Test at Newlands and he limped off the field as a precaution after a recurrence of the injury when the West Indies were nine wickets down.

Lara came in with West Indies on five for two wickets and in dire danger of a series whitewash after losing the first four Tests. The little left-hander clearly decided that attack was the best way to overcome the crisis.

Lara's early boundaries off Donald were interspersed with some steeply lifting bouncers from the bowler. The two former Warwickshire county teammates had a sharp exchange of words although both players smiled at the end of the first over of Lara's assault.

While Lara flayed the South African bowlers, Shivnarine Chanderpaul did not score his first run until Lara had made 40 despite going to the wicket before his captain. Chanderpaul scored six in in the first 50 of their partnership.

Chanderpaul gave a difficult chance to Daryll Cullinan at first slip off Lance Klusener when he had six. He went on to score 38 before being caught by a sliding Donald at backward square leg when he top-edged a hook against Klusener.

Earlier veteran West Indian fast bowler Courtney Walsh picked up his sixth wicket of the innings when he dismissed last man Paul Adams in the third over of the day after the home side had added two runs to their overnight total of 311 for nine.

Walsh had figures of six for 80 as he took his total of Test wickets to 397. The West Indian innings was off to another disastrous start in the second over when experimental opener Darren Ganga edged Shaun Pollock to Jacques Kallis at second slip without scoring.

Philo Wallace drove at Donald in the next over without moving his feet and edged the ball into his stumps.

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