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Thatscricket - News - Cricket: South African's choke at the crunch

Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Adelaide: Australia routed South Africa for 128 to win the first cricket Test by 246 runs at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Faced with an overwhelming 375 runs to win but realistically needing to bat out the entire day to save the Test, the South Africans were condemned to defeat after a clatter of five wickets in a calamitous morning session.Only Jacques Kallis defied the relentless Australian onslaught and finished with his reputation intact scoring an unbeaten 65 in 234 minutes.Australia claimed victory at 3:34 pm (0504 GMT) with the wicket of Nantie Hayward for 12.The South Africans will have to regroup for the second match of the world championship series, starting at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 26.Once again it was Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne who spearheaded Australia to a psychological victory over their chief rivals.McGrath had a sensational opening spell of 6-4-5-2 and finished with the figures of 3-13 off 14 overs for match analysis of 6-107. Warne finished with 3-57 off 29 overs and took his Test tally to 421 wickets, placing him fourth on Test cricket's all-time list, and only 10 behind third-placed Richard Hadlee of New Zealand. McGrath is ninth with 369 wickets.Resuming at 17 for two after the shattering loss of both openers, Herschelle Gibbs (9) and Gary Kirsten (7) late on Monday, the South Africans cracked under sustained Australian pressure.Boeta Dippenaar completed a sorry match following his first innings three with a duck when he edged to Shane Warne at first slip off McGrath after only 14 minutes of play.Neil McKenzie appeared most unfortunate to be given out lbw to McGrath two balls later for a duck. McKenzie stood his ground asking Indian umpire Srinivas Venkataraghavan to confirm his dismissal before he left the crease.Television replays appeared to show that McKenzie, on his tip-toes, was rapped high on the pad with the ball likely to have cleared the stumps.South Africa were 21 for four when Lance Klusener came to the crease and he put on 33 runs in 58 tense minutes before he became Gillespie's first victim of his home Test.Klusener snicked to Warne at first slip to be out for 18 and leave the Proteas at 54 for five.Wicket-keeper Mark Boucher, who has scored three centuries batting at No.7, lasted just four balls before he gloved a catch to Adam Gilchrist for a duck leaving his team at 58 for six with 35 minutes to lunch.Skipper Shaun Pollock's lamentable match ended fittingly when he was out for one after facing 11 balls.Pollock, out for a first-ball duck in the first innings and with just one wicket in the match, was brilliantly caught for one at short mid-off by Ricky Ponting, who thrust out his right hand to give Warne his second wicket.South Africa were in disarray at 67 for seven and went to lunch at 73 for seven. Henderson, who batted for 90 minutes for 30 as a nightwatchman in the first innings, lasted just four minutes after lunch sparring into close-in Ponting off Warne for three.Makhaya Ntini battled for 71 minutes before he was unluckily bowled off his boot by Brett Lee for four ending a determined 39-run partnership with Kallis for the ninth wicket.Hayward, who had to remove his left boot after bring struck by express bowler Brett Lee, was the last wicket to fall for 12 when he was caught by Gilchrist off Lee.
Shane warne was declared man of the match.

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