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Friday, October 29, 1999 Published at 18:15 GMT 19:15 UK

Sport: Cricket

Pollock puts Zim on back foot

Zimbabwe beat South Africa in their World Cup group match in June

Fast bowler Shaun Pollock took his 10th first class five-wicket haul as South Africa dominated the opening day of a one-off Test against Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe were shot apart by Pollock, who took five for 39 and helped reduce the home side to 192 all out.

It would have been far worse had it not been for a resolute innings from eighth man Guy Whittall, who went in with the total on 79 for six but made 85 until he fell to Jacques Kallis.

Whittall batted with immense spirit, hitting 14 boundaries in a 114-ball innings, including three handsome offside drives in an over from South African fast bowler Allan Donald.

Whittall's innings only emphasised the quality of the wicket and South Africa looked very threatening as they rattled off 29 without loss before the close of play.

Hansie Cronje's decision to send Zimbabwe in to bat was surprising on what looked such a good batting pitch but Pollock ensured that it paid off.

The paceman was on target from the start, trapping Grant Flower in front for a duck with his second delivery.

Pollock's performance put him ahead of his fast bowling father Peter, who took nine five-wicket hauls for South Africa in 28 tests.

Thanks largely to him the Zimbabwe top order were swept aside, although their woes were worsened by the unnecessary run-out of Trevor Gripper.

Gripper and visiting captain Alistair Campbell, who made 27, were looking reasonably solid in a third wicket stand of 26 before Gripper was sent back seeking a second run only to be beaten by a good throw from new cap Boeta Dippenaar.

Pollock took two more wickets and fellow paceman Donald took one soon after lunch before the seventh wicket stand of 38 between Gavin Rennie (14) and Whittall broke the dominance of the bowlers.

Whittall was last man out when he top-edged a hook against Kallis, who finished with three for 44.

Dippenaar and the recalled Adam Bacher, opening for South Africa because of injuries to Gary Kirsten and Herschelle Gibbs, gave their side a confident start before stumps.

The match is the first played by Zimbabwe in South Africa. They also meet in Harare, Zimbabwe, from November 11 to 15.

Zimbabwe First innings
Grant Flower lbw b Pollock 0
Trevor Gripper run out (Dippenaar) 16
Murray Goodwin c Boucher b Pollock 7
Alistair Campbell c Klusener b Pollock 27
Andy Flower lbw b Pollock 13
Neil Johnson c Boucher b Donald 6
Gavin Rennie c Cullinan b Kallis 14
Guy Whittall c Boucher b Kallis 85
Bryan Strang c Cronje b Pollock 9
Henry Olonga b Kallis 1
Mpumelelo Mbangwa not out 0
Extras: (leg byes 6, no balls 5, wides 3) 14
Overs: 75
Total (all out): 192
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-14, 3-41, 4-63, 5-78, 6-79, 7-117, 8-140, 9-183, 10-192.
South African Bowling
Allan Donald 18-5-58-1 (wides 2)
Shaun Pollock 21-5-39-5 (no balls 5)
Lance Klusener 16-5-40-0
Jacques Kallis 17-4-44-3 (wides 1)
Paul Adams 3-1-5-0

South Africa First innings
Boeta Dippenaar not out 17
Adam Bacher not out 9
Extras (nb 3) 3
Overs 13
Total (for 0): 29
To bat: Jacques Kallis, Daryll Cullinan, Hansie Cronje, Jonty Rhodes, Shaun Pollock, Lance Klusener, Mark Boucher, Allan Donald, Paul Adams
Zimbabwean Bowling
Henry Olonga 4-1-11-0 (no balls 1)
Bryan Strang 6-3-10-0 (no balls 2)
Neil Johnson 2-0-8-0
Grant Flower 1-1-0-0
Umpires: Steve Dunne, New Zealand; David Orchard, South Africa.
TV Umpire: Ian Howell, South Africa.
Match Referee: Jackie Hendricks, West Indies.

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