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
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
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
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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