The pitch at Port Elizabeth was a green-top and Taylor had no hesitation in putting South Africa in to bat. Gillespie, playing in only his fourth Test match made full use of the favourable conditions and ran through the South Africans. Gary Kirsten struggled to get off the mark and was Gillespie's first victim. The left-handed opener had faced 19 balls and was yet to get off the mark. Gillespie, bowling fast and straight had Kirsten caught by Elliott with the South African score on 13. Gillespie then blasted out the dangerous Kallis before he could get off the mark. All Kallis could do with a sharply rising Gillespie bouncer was lob a catch to the waiting forward short-leg. The inexperienced Cullinan was next to go, caught by Warne off the bowling of Gillespie. Gillespie then bowled a sharp inswinger and uprooted Gibbs' off-stump. At this point South Africa were 95 for 6. Gillespie finished off a sensational spell of bowling by trapping Shaun Pollock plumb in front of the stum! ps. Gillespie ended the innings with figures of 5 for 54.
Australia pushed home their first innings advantage and won the match by 2 wickets.
ZIMBABWE have been either brave or foolhardy in their last three
Tests. In New Zealand last month, they elected to bat
first in both Tests despite good swing conditions, were twice
dismissed for under 200 in their first innings, and lost
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Date-stamped : 30 Dec1999 - 13:43