Ganguly opts to field, SA 91/2 at lunch
Published: Friday, November 16, 2001, 22:08 [IST]
Harbhajan, Agarkar in; Nehra, Khan out
India's South African Safari
Port Elizabeth: Two wickets by Javagal Srinath gave India some reasons to cheer in the morning session as South Africa reached a comfortable 91 for two at lunch on the opening day of the second cricket Test match on Friday. Skipper Saurav Ganguly did the predictable thing in putting in the opposition in to bat after winning the toss but with just two fast bowlers in its side India probably did not have enough fire-power to make maximum use of the conditions that were very conducive to seam bowling at the St George's Park. Srinath struck once in each half of the first session to send back opener Gary Kirsten (4) and Jacques Kallis (24) but Herschelle Gibbs remained a difficult nut to crack. Gibbs was going strong on 56, with 10 fours, while Neil McKenzie was batting on four at the lunch break. Ganguly conceded after the toss that he had found it very difficult to pick the side for this Test but decided to go with two of his best bowlers, spinners Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh. India included paceman Ajit Agarkar in the side while leaving out the two left-arm seamers Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra who played in the first Test at Bloemfontein. Both Srinath and Agarkar bowled well in their first spells and were able to move the ball thus causing problems to the openers, particularly Kirsten.