The 421 they were set for victory after the second South African declaration of the match was a meaningless statistic, never before achieved in Test cricket. There was only pride left, but there has been little evi-dence of that on this tour and the West Indies had all but capitulated at close when they were 93 for 6, the captain, Brian Lara, falling to the jubilant left-arm spinner Paul Adams in the final over for 33. They again had no answer to South Africa's all-round quality, exemplified by the performance of Jacques Kallis.
The 23-year-old followed his 110 of the first innings with an unbeaten 88 in the second when Hansie Cronje closed the innings at 226 for 7 an hour after lunch. He immediately returned to snare two wickets in his first four overs when given the new ball in the absence of the injured Allan Donald and another in his second spell. He will be as popular in Wales next summer, when he joins Glamorgan, as he is in his native Cape Town.
The realistic West Indian ambitions when they set out on their second innings would have been modest. Victory was out of the question but to reach 300 for the first time in the series would be a minor triumph; to eke out a draw that would save them from a series whitewash as good as outright victory.
By now, South Africa had inflicted so many actual and psychological blows that the West Indies had lost all stomach for the fight. Donald, carrying a strained hamstring, took the field but did not bowl. Even without his menace, they were three down for 15 inside half an hour.
After Shaun Pollock induced a lob to mid-on by Philo Wallace in his second over, the deceptively pacy Kallis dispatched Junior Murray and Shivnarine Chanderpaul to leave the West Indies 15 for 3.
The left-handed Chanderpaul fell to a stunning low, left-handed catch at first slip by Daryll Cullinan, Kallis' partner in a first-innings stand of 235. When Lara and Carl Hooper checked the collapse over the next hour and 25 minutes, Kallis came back to bowl Hooper off the inside edge.
Pollock soon achieved his stated ambition of passing the 116 Test wickets of his father, Peter, now convener of selectors. Ganga, lbw, was the young Pollock's 117th victim in his 29th Test, one more than his father.
Adams' removal of Lara, who had plundered him for a six and two fours, rounded the day off perfectly for South Africa.
Fourth day; South Africa won toss
SOUTH AFRICA - First Innings 406 for 8 dec (J H Kallis 110, D J Cullinan 168).
WEST INDIES - First innings 212 (C L Hooper 86).
SOUTH AFRICA - Second Innings
(Overnight: 91 for 3)
J H Kallis not out 88
*W J Cronje c Hooper b Dillon 54
J N Rhodes lbw Hooper 23
S M Pollock c Lara b Chanderpaul 3
M V Boucher c and b McLean 22
A A Donald not out 0
Extras (lb4 w1 nb1) 6
Total (for 7 dec, 87.4 overs) 226
Fall (cont): 4-125 5-174 6-190 7-222.
Bowling: McLean 16-1-53-3 (1nb); Gibson 14.4-2-51-0 (1w); Dillon 17-2- 37-2; Hooper 28-2-52-1; Chanderpaul 12-1-29-1.
WEST INDIES - Second Innings
P A Wallace c Gibbs b Pollock 0
J R Murray lbw b Kallis 7
S Chanderpaul c Cullinan b Kallis 5
*B C Lara c and b Adams 33
C L Hooper b Kallis 20
D Ganga lbw b Pollock 16
R D Jacobs not out 0
O D Gibson not out 6
Extras (lb2 nb4) 6
Total (for 6, 40 overs) 93
Fall: 1-2 2-7 3-15 4-47 5-87 6-87.
Bowling (to date): Pollock 12-3-21-2 (4nb); Kallis 12-4-27-3; Cronje 1-1-0-0; Terbrugge 7-3-11-0; Adams 8-2-32-1.
Umpires: S Venkataraghavan (Ind) and D L Orchard (SA).Reuse content