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Sunday, October 31, 1999 Published at 19:12 GMT


Sport: Cricket

South Africa step up victory charge

Jonty Rhodes sets off on another run as South Africa add to their total

South Africa's Jacques Kallis pressed his claims for the title of world's best all-rounder with three wickets in 10 balls to send Zimbabwe heading to defeat in the first Test match at Bloemfontain.

At the close of play on the third day, Zimbabwe were 123-5 in their second innings, still needing another 102 runs to avoid an innings defeat.

Jonty Rhodes and Mark Boucher earlier followed the lead of captain Hansie Cronje by scoring half-centuries in South Africa's commanding total of 417.

Rhodes top-scored with 70 and Boucher, who added a vital 54 for the last wicket with Paul Adams, made an unbeaten 55 as South Africa added 164 runs to their overnight total of 253 for four.

Fast bowler Henry Olonga was Zimbabwe's most successful bowler with four for 93.

Instant impact

Kallis was then brought into the South African attack at the start of Zimbabwe's second innings and he was quick to make an impact.

He bowled Grant Flower with only his fifth ball, the opener failing to offer a shot against a delivery which swung in sharply.

And four balls later, he had Murray Goodwin caught behind for a duck, although TV replays indicated the ball had come off the batsmans shoulder.

But there was nothing fortunate about his next dismissal as he snared Trevor Gripper lbw for 11 for his 50th Test wicket.

Zimbabwe captain Alistair Campbell and Andy Flower put on 53 in an hour as they tried to take the initiative away from the home side but the stand was ended with the total on 77 when Campbell pulled Shaun Pollock to Cronje at midwicket.

Kallis then claimed his fourth wicket when Andy Flower was adjudged lbw to a swinging yorker after scoring 39.

Scoreboard:

Zimbabwe first innings 192 (G Whittall 85, S Pollock 5-39, J Kallis 3-44)

South Africa first innings
H Dippenaar lbw b Olonga 20
A Bacher c Goodwin b Mbangwa 42
J Kallis lbw b Whittall 64
D Cullinan c G Flower b Whittall 27
W Cronje c A Flower b Mbangwa 64
J Rhodes lbw b Olonga 70
S Pollock c Campbell b Strang 8
L Klusener lbw b G Flower 19
M Boucher not out 55
A Donald b Olonga 2
P Adams c Gripper b Olonga 20
Extras (3lb, 22nb, 1w) 26
Total (150.1 overs, all out) 417

Fall: 1-43, 2-72, 3-128, 4-218, 5-266, 6-278, 7-310, 8-342, 9-263.

Bowling: Olonga 33.1-7-93-4, Strang 27-6-99-1, Johnson 2-0-8-0, G Flower 23-5-44-1, Mbangwa 35-9-75-2, Whittall 30-9-95-2.

Zimbabwe second innings:
G Flower b Kallis 8
T Gripper lbw b Kallis 11
M Goodwin c Boucher b Kallis 0
A Campbell c Cronje b Pollock 33
A Flower lbw b Kallis 39
N Johnson not out 23
G Rennie not out 4
Extras (lb3, nb1, w1) 5
Total (for 5 wickets, 41 overs) 123

Fall: 1-11, 2-19, 3-24, 4-77, 5-115

Bowling: Donald 8-3-10-0, Pollock 12-3-39-1, Kallis 13-1-40-4, Klusener 4-0-22-0, Adams 4-2-9-0.

To bat: G Whittall, B Strang, H Olonga, M Mbangwa.



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