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India's South African Safari - Cricket: Srinath takes 200 Test wickets, SA gets lead

Published: Monday, November 5, 2001, 22:35 [IST]
 
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Bloemfontein: India fought their way back into the first Test claiming three wickets in the morning session on the third day here on Monday as South Africa reached 419 for six to take a 40-run first innings lead.The Indian bowlers were far more impressive and troubled the South Africans often. Left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra gave India the first breakthrough, dismissing overnight batsman Jacques Kallis for 68, before Javagal Srinath sent back Boeta Dippenaar and captain Shaun Pollock off successive deliveries to complete his 200 wickets in Test cricket.The South Africans, who resumed from the score of 327 for three, found the going tough right from the very start with Zaheer Khan and Anil Kumble bowling a very tight line. The first three overs of the day did not produce any run.The first runs, a streaky shot through the slips, brought up the half-century of Jacques Kallis who was on 49 overnight.Boeta Dippenaar looked uncomfortable and was beaten on a number of occasions by both Zaheer and Kumble. He took 26 balls to get off his mark when he hit a boundary through the mid-on off Kumble.India took the new ball after the 95th over, which Nehra and Srinath used to good effect. Nehra in particular was able to swing quite a lot and troubled the batsmen. In the 98th over, Nehra produced the breakthrough, inducing an outside edge from Kallis' bat, which was well held by V V S Laxman atthe second slip. Kallis scored 68 runs with the help of 10 fours and faced 138 balls and South Africa's fourth wicket fell at 359.In the next over, Srinath consistently beat Dippenaar, who looked extremely tentative for most of his innings, outside the off stump but was unlucky not to have got the edge.The bowler, however, got his reward two overs later when he crashed through the defences of Dippenaar, who made a shaky 20, with an inswinger that uprooted the off stump. The next ball took the inside edge of new batsman Shaun Pollock's bat, hit his pads and scooped up for Shiv Sunder Das to take an easy catch at forward short leg.Pollock was Srinath's 200th victim in Test cricket and the Indian was on a hat-trick but that was denied by wicket-keeper batsman Mark Boucher.Meanwhile, Lance Klusener was living dangerously at the other end. He was lucky to get away with edges and snicks that raced to the boundary on quite a few occasions. Klusener wanted to take advantage of the field placings that the Indians had employed, with just two men on the on-side.Klusener hit two successive fours to the square leg ropes off Nehra and was always looking to hit on the on-side, a tactic which got him into trouble many times.However, he survived and was batting on 29 while Boucher was on 19 when lunch was taken. PTI

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