Taylor sparks South African collapse

Published: Monday, December 17, 2007, 0:40 [IST]
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West Indian fast bowler Jerome Taylor took three wickets in his first over as South Africa collapsed in a rain-shortened Twenty20 international at St George's Park Sunday.

South Africa could make only 58 for eight in their 13 overs after being sent in to bat but even that looked unlikely after they slumped to 12 for six and then 22 for seven against lively fast bowling and good fielding in seam-friendly conditions.

Johan Botha, batting at number nine, top-scored with 28 not out to give the innings some respectability. He was the only batsman to reach double figures.

His two sixes and two fours were the only boundaries of the innings. Extras made the next biggest contribution with 13.

Taylor took three for six in his three overs, the maximum allowed in the shortened game.

South Africa scored five runs in the first over - four of them from leg byes - but then lost four wickets in seven balls without adding another run.

Taylor struck with his first two deliveries, trapping Morne van Wyk leg before with a slower ball and then bowling JP Duminy with a fast, straight ball.

With the last delivery of the over AB de Villiers was bowled when the ball rebounded off his defensive stroke.

Herschelle Gibbs was caught by a diving Shivnarine Chanderpaul at mid-on off the first ball of Daren Powell's next over.

Two run-outs, including a superb direct-hit effort by captain Dwayne Bravo, plunged South Africa into an almost hopeless situation.

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