SA openers make brisk start, 91/0

Published: Sunday, November 4, 2001, 22:28 [IST]
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Bloemfontein (South Africa): South Africa took just 23 minutes to wrap up India's first innings, then made a brisk start when it launched its reply on the second day of the first Test at Springbok Park on Sunday.Herschelle Gibbs and Gary Kirsten took South Africa to 91 for no wicket at lunch after India was bowled out for 379, adding only seven runs for the loss of three wickets on Sunday. South African captain Shaun Pollock, gaining prodigious movement with a ball which was only 10 overs old at the start of play, had Deep Dasgupta caught behind in the fifth over of the morning. Dasgupta, playing in his debut Test, was out for 34, adding five runs to his overnight score, mainly through four overthrows when he went for a quick single off Mornantau Hayward. The bowler moved quickly to field and threw at the stumps with Dasgupta well short of the crease but there was no-one backing up and the ball went to the boundary. Dasgupta edged a lifting ball from Pollock to wicket-keeper Mark Boucher and the innings was wrapped up quickly. Zaheer Khan was caught behind in the same over after facing four balls and Hayward had Javagal Srinath caught by a diving Gibbs at point off the first ball of the next over. Srinath and left-armer Ashish Nehra bowled some lively deliveries at the start of the South African innings, with Nehra gaining movement through the air and off the seam. Kirsten was lucky in the second over when he edged Nehra dangerously close to first day debut centurion Virender Sehwag at third slip, opening his score with four runs. But then both batsmen settled in quickly and continued the good form they have both shown all season. Gibbs was the more aggressive early on but the left-handed Kirsten, picking his shots judiciously, caught up with him as both men went to lunch on 40. Gibbs had faced 65 balls and hit seven fours, while Kirsten had batted for 57 balls with eight boundaries.

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