Gibbs~~ ton exposes India~~s bowling limit
Published: Saturday, November 17, 2001, 0:50 [IST]
Ganguly opts to field, SA 91/2 at lunch
India's South African Safari
Port Elizabeth: India failed to make full use of the conditions as South Africa slowly tightened its grip on the second Test, having reached a comfortable 167 for three at tea on the opening day here on Friday. Herschelle Gibbs doggedly denied the Indians any advantage they might have hoped to get after skipper Saurav Ganguly won the toss and promptly put the opposition in to bat on a pitch that was very conducive to fast bowling. However, with just two fast bowlers at its command, India probably did not have enough fire-power to take advantage of the favourable conditions. Gibbs completed his fifth Test century and was going strong at 111 at the tea break. Boeta Dippenaar was giving him company on 13. Though none of the other batsmen stayed long enough to put up a big score, Gibbs ensured that runs were added smoothly and the team never struggled. Javagal Srinath struck twice, once in each half of the morning session, to dismiss Gary Kirsten (4) and Jacques Kallis (24) while off spinner Harbhajan Singh sent back Neil McKenzie (12) in the post-lunch session.