Cricket: New boys prop up South Africa

South Africa. . . . . .189-5 v India

JONTY RHODES and Darryl Cullinan, two inexperienced batsmen, came to South Africa's rescue on the first day of the fourth and final Test against India in Cape Town yesterday.

Rhodes made 61 not out and Cullinan, on his debut, 46 as South Africa recovered from the shock of losing their captain, Kepler Wessels, for nought to finish the day on 189 for five.

Wessels was bowled between his legs by an inswinging ball from Manoj Prabhakar, who dismissed him before he had scored in the third Test last week.

His opening partner, Andrew Hudson, was later caught and bowled by Javagal Srinath for 19 with the score 28.

After winning the toss it was a disappointing total, but a better position than seemed likely when Rhodes, in his third Test, and Cullinan came together at 78 for four.

They added 99, surviving several alarms, before Cullinan was dismissed. Rhodes then saw out the day with Brian McMillan (4 not out). Before Rhodes and Cullinan joined forces, only Hansie Cronje had passed 20 with a slow but composed 33.

India's injury-hit side - Wookeri Raman failed a fitness test on a bruised eye before the game - bowled tightly throughout in a strong cross-wind and would have been even more successful if they had fielded better.

Anil Kumble was the pick of the bowlers, taking 1 for 44 in a luckless 33-over stint. Kapil Dev, meanwhile, picked up wicket 411 in his quest for a Test-record 432.

(First Day - S Africa won toss)

SOUTH AFRICA - First Innings A C Hudson c and b Srinath. . . . . . . . . . .19 *K C Wessels b Prabhakar. . . . . . . . . . . . 0 W J Cronje c Manjrekar b Kumble. . . . . . . . 33 P N Kirsten c More b Kapil. . . . . . . . . . .13 D J Cullinan c Prabhakar b Raju. . . . . . . . 46 J N Rhodes not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 B M McMillan not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Extras: (lb13). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Total: (for 5, 103 overs). . . . . . . . . . .189

Fall: 1-0 2-28 3-57 4-78 5-177

To bat: D J Richardson, O Henry, A A Donald, C R Matthews.

Bowling: Kapil Dev 17-6-26-1, Prabhakar 11-2-23- 1, Raju 30-9-58-1, Srinath 12-4-25-1, Kumble 33-6-44-1.

INDIA: *Mohammad Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja, Manoj Prabhakar, Sanjay Manjrekar, Sachin Tendulkar, Praveen Amre, Kapil Dev, Kiran More, Javagal Srinath, Venkatapathy Raju, Anil Kumble.

Umpires: David Shepherd (England); Karl Liebenberg and Barry Lambson (South Africa)

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
British musician Mark Ronson arrives for the UK premiere of the film 'Mortdecai'
music
Voices
Winston Churchill, then prime minister, outside No 10 in June 1943
voicesA C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
News
i100
Sport
footballBrighton vs Arsenal match report
Arts and Entertainment
Benedict Cumberbatch has spoken about the lack of opportunities for black British actors in the UK
film
News
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Austen Lloyd: Private Client Solicitor - Oxford

Excellent Salary : Austen Lloyd: OXFORD - REGIONAL FIRM - An excellent opportu...

Austen Lloyd: Clinical Negligence Associate / Partner - Bristol

Super Package: Austen Lloyd: BRISTOL - SENIOR CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE - An outstan...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Consultant - Solar Energy - OTE £50,000

£15000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Fantastic opportunities are ava...

Recruitment Genius: Compute Engineer

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Compute Engineer is required to join a globa...

Day In a Page

Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us