Gayle injured as Windies struggle at Newlands

Published: Saturday, January 5, 2008, 17:23 [IST]
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Chanderpaul stands tall amidst the ruins

Cape Town: Captain Chris Gayle had to retire hurt as the West Indies struggled on the fourth day of the second Test against South Africa at Newlands on Saturday.

The West Indies were 161 for six in their second innings at lunch, a lead of 83.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul again stood firm for the tourists. He was unbeaten on 33 after batting for 173 minutes and facing 101 balls.

Gayle was struck on the left hand by a delivery from Andre Nel four balls into the first over of the day. After lengthy treatment on the field he retired hurt without adding to his overnight score of one.

Gayle was taken to hospital for an X-ray. He returned to the ground before lunch but there was no immediate word on the extent of the injury or whether he would be able to bat again.

Two wickets fell during the morning. Dwayne Bravo was caught at first slip off Andre Nel for 12 and Rawl Lewis at short leg off Paul Harris for one.

Jerome Taylor was dropped on one by Graeme Smith at first slip off Makhaya Ntini and rode his luck to be unbeaten on 21. His scoring strokes included a six off left-arm spinner Harris which cleared a fielder at long-on.

South African opening batsman Neil McKenzie joined the match's growing casualty list when it was announced he had suffered a torn right calf muscle while fielding Friday and would be out of action for between four and six weeks.

West Indian fast bowler Fidel Edwards bowled only 4.5 overs in the first innings before leaving the field with a hamstring injury.

South African fast bowler Dale Steyn suffered a hamstring strain. Although he was able to bowl in the second innings he did not take the new ball and did not bowl at full pace.

Brief Scores (at lunch, D-4):

West Indies 243 and 161 for 6 (Chanderpaul 33 n o; Ramdin 32, Ganga 22; Nel 2 for 27, Steyn 1 for 26, Ntini 1 for 44) Vs South Africa 321.


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