Srinath strikes , SA in a spot of bother
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2001, 23:23 [IST]
Port Elizabeth: Indian fast bowler Javagal Srinath struck twice as South Africa made a stuttering start to its second innings on the third day of the second Test at St Georges Park on Sunday. South Africa was 47 for three at lunch, an overall lead of 208. South Africa, seeking a victory to clinch the three-match series, took a first innings lead of 161 when it bowled out India for 201. But, with conditions still favouring seam bowlers, Srinath bowled superbly in an opening spell of eight overs in which he took two wickets for four runs. Bowling an immaculate line and length and making the ball move off the seam, Srinath had Gary Kirsten caught at second slip for five and Neil McKenzie caught behind for two. New ball partner Ajit Agarkar struck a vital blow from the other end when he produced an off-cutter which seamed past the inside edge of Herschelle Gibbs bat and bowled the in-form South African opening batsman for 12. Gibbs made 196 in the first innings. India earlier added 19 runs for the loss of its last two wickets on an overcast, blustery morning following overnight rain. Venkatsai Laxman took his overnight score of 77 to 89 before he fell in South African captain Shaun Pollock's first over of the day. Laxman was trapped on his crease and struck down on the pad by a ball, which cut back at him. He had batted for just over three hours, faced 121 balls and hit 12 fours. Laxman and Kumble had added 80 for the ninth wicket, a record in Tests between South Africa and India. Kumble was out in the next over when he slashed Mornantau Hayward to Gary Kirsten at gully after making a valuable 28 off 86 balls with four fours. With almost three days remaining, South Africa had the opportunity to build an unbeatable total but Srinath was on target from his first ball, Gibbs surviving an appeal for lbw off the first ball of the innings and being unable to repeat the fluency he showed in the first innings.