Kallis and Kirsten devastate West Indies

West Indies 264 & 18-0 South Africa 658-9 dec
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Jacques Kallis and Gary Kirsten took full advantage of seasonal West Indian generosity to erase a fourth-wicket record that had stood for 75 years as South Africa compiled 658 for 9 declared, to take complete control of the second Test here yesterday.

When the captain, Graeme Smith, declared, South Africa's highest-ever total in a home Test gave them a massive lead of 394. It left the West Indies 10 overs to survive, which Wavell Hinds and Daren Ganga did while scoring 18.

But two difficult days lie ahead for the tourists, who are 1-0 down in the four-Test series after their 189-run defeat in the first Test in Johannesburg.

Kirsten survived chances to Brian Lara, at first slip, on 22 and Vasbert Drakes, at gully, on 41 to score 137 in his partnership of 249 with Kallis.

Kirsten, South Africa's most capped player in his 96th Test, passed 7,000 runs in the process. His 20th Test hundred, the most by a South African, was ended when Drakes held a catch on the midwicket boundary off the leg-spin of Ramnaresh Sarwan. Kallis was badly dropped by Drakes at long-leg from a miscued hook off Fidel Edwards after adding 11 to his overnight 74. He went on to make 177.

Their stand surpassed the 214 put on by H W Taylor and H G Deane against England at The Oval in 1929.

Kallis' second hundred of the series was his 13th in his 73rd Test. He hit 20 fours in the eight hours he dominated ineffective West Indian bowling on a true, easy-paced pitch. He was in sight of his first Test double century when caught at point off Merv Dillon at 562 for 5.

By then, the West Indies were cracking under the pressure and spilled three more catches before Smith declared to give Shaun Pollock and Makhaya Ntini 10 overs at the end of the day. In the first Test, they took three second-innings wickets from as many overs at the end of the fourth day, but could not repeat the feat.

(Third day of five; South Africa won toss.)

WEST INDIES - First innings (Friday night: 232-8)
V C Drakes c Boucher b Nel 67
A Sanford c Hall b Ntini 15
F H Edwards not out 1
Extras (lb6 nb8) 14
Total (77.5 overs) 264

Fall: 1-0 2-4 3-15 4-17 5-50 6-148 7-172 8-191 9-261.

Bowling: Pollock 23-3-59-2; Ntini 25.5-8-66-5; Hall 10-2-51-0; Nel 13-4-43-3; Kallis 4-0-30-0; Rudolph 2-0-9-0.

SOUTH AFRICA - First innings
G C Smith c Sarwan b Edwards 14
H H Gibbs b Sanford 142
J A Rudolph c Ganga b Sanford 36
J H Kallis c Sarwan b Dillon 177
G Kirsten c Drakes b Sarwan 137
N D McKenzie c Jacobs b Drakes 32
M V Boucher lbw b Drakes 12
S M Pollock not out 38
A J Hall c sub (Smith) b Sarwan 32
M Ntini c Lara b Sanford 0
Extras (b1 lb8 w6 nb23) 38
Total (for 9 dec, 166.2 overs) 658

Did not bat: A Nel.

Fall: 1-38 2-99 3-267 4-516 5-562 6-572 7-599 8-649 9-658.

Bowling: Dillon 33-5-111-1; Edwards 25-1-115-1; Sanford 38.2-4-170-3; Sarwan 21-2-65-2; Drakes 30-3-113-2; Hinds 13-2-50-0; Ganga 6-1-25-0.

WEST INDIES - Second innings
W W Hinds not out 7
D Ganga not out 4
Extras (lb6 nb1) 7
Total (for 0, 10 overs) 18

To bat: R R Sarwan, B C Lara, S Chanderpaul, C S Baugh, R D Jacobs, V C Drakes, M Dillon, A Sanford, F H Edwards.

Bowling: Pollock 5-4-2-0; Ntini 5-1-10-0.

Umpires: D B Hair (Aus) and S J A Taufel (Aus).