Pollock treble puts Windies in trouble

Published: Thursday, January 10, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Bangalore: Recalled seamer Shaun Pollock ripped thro' the Windies top-order as South Africa seized early initiatve on the day one of the third and final Test at Kingsmead in Durdan on Thursday.

Pollock, who was left-out of the South Africa Test squad since last Oct owing to lack of pace, made a statement of intent plucking three vital wickets on a seamer-friendly wicket. Right-arm seamer took 3/22 in his first spell of seven overs

The visitors slumped to 100/7 at lunch after being put in to bat in gloom.

Herschelle Gibbs, who was left out of the second Test, claimed three fine catches in the gully in his comeback match.

Fast bowler Dale Steyn drew the first blood when he had Daren Ganga caught by Graeme Smith at at first slip for three.

Pollock, who is playing his 108th Test, struck for the first time by trapping Runako Morton of a delivery that pitched out-side the off-stump line and cut back onto Morton for just one.

Gibbs took his first catch when he leapt high and to his right to remove debutant Brenton Parchment (11) off an edge to Pollock.

Fast bowler Makhaya Ntini struck in consecutive overs to have Marlon Samuels caught behind by wicketkeeper Mark Boucher for six and Shivnarine Chanderpaul snapped up by Jacques Kallis at second slip for a duck.

Chanderpaul, who anchored the West Indian innings in the first two Tests with a century and two half-centuries, faced just three balls.

Gibbs took the catches to see off Dwayne Bravo (13) and Denesh Ramdin (30), who fell to Pollock and fast bowler Andre Nel respectively.

Bravo captained West Indies for the first time in a Test in the absence of Chris Gayle, who was ruled out with a broken thumb.

Brief Scores (at lunch, D-1):

West Indies Ist innings 100/7 (Ramdin 30, Sammy 14 n o; Pollock 3 for 22, Ntini 2 for 30, Steyn 1 for 8) Vs South Africa.


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