West Indies suffer early blows in second Test

Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2008, 17:59 [IST]
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West Indies lose three before lunch

Cape Town: Despite a hard-hitting 46 by captain Chris Gayle, the West Indies lost three wickets before lunch on the first day of the second Test against South Africa at Newlands Wednesday.

The West Indies, leading the three-match series 1-0, were 83 for three at the interval.

Gayle chose to bat on an overcast, blustery day but soon lost opening partner Daren Ganga, who was caught behind off fast bowler Dale Steyn for three.

Gayle and Runako Morton put on 59 for the second wicket in only 11 overs, with both batsmen going for their shots.

But then Morton was out for 23 when he drove Jacques Kallis to Makhaya Ntini at mid-off.

Gayle, who looked awkward in running between wickets after appearing to suffer a recurrence of the hamstring injury which kept him out of action for almost four weeks before he led the side to a 128-run win in the first Test in Port Elizabeth, hit two sixes and two fours in a 49-ball innings.

Both his sixes were off Ntini - an audacious straight hit and a pulled six over midwicket despite a fielder being placed just inside the boundary.

Gayle fell when he edged Andre Nel and Neil McKenzie dived to his right at gully to hold a good catch.

Both teams announced one change following the first Test.

The West Indies brought in leg-spinner Rawl Lewis in place of all-rounder Darren Sammy, while McKenzie returned after a three-and-a-half year absence to the South African team. McKenzie will open the batting in place of Herschelle Gibbs.

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