Cricket: Difficult start for SA

2009-12-26 10:34

Honours were even at lunch on the first day of the second Castle

Lager Test between South Africa and England at Kingsmead, Durban today.

After a

very difficult first hour, South Africa recovered to take the score to 67 for


South Africa lost two wickets in the first 10 overs. Ashwell Prince

fell in the third over, when he misjudged a delivery from James Anderson, with

the ball going from the shoulder of his bat straight to Graeme Swann at third

slip, for two.

Stuart Broad struck with his fourth delivery of the match with a

plum leg before wicket decision against Hashim Amla, also for two.

Graeme Smith, who failed in both innings in the first Test, and

Jacques Kallis, who made a first innings century, knuckled down to get South

Africa out of a difficult situation in hot, humid conditions.

South African fans had some anxious moments just before the drinks

break when Anderson hit Smith on the hand, bringing back memories of the

Kingsmead Test against Australia earlier this year when Mitchell Johnson hit

Smith on the hand, breaking his little finger. However, Smith continued batting

after treatment from the physiotherapist, and fans breathed again.

With the outfield very heavy after days of rain in Durban, it was

an hour and a quarter before the first boundary, and South Africa’s first 50,

which took 125 balls, included just four boundaries.

At lunch, Smith was not out on 29 and Kallis on 28.

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