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banner Friday, 16 November, 2001, 15:53 GMT
Gibbs keeps India at bay
Herschelle Gibbs
Gibbs acknowledges applause from the Indian team
Second Test, Port Elizabeth, day one: South Africa 1st innings 237-5 (at close) v India

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Opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs dominated proceedings at St George's Park as he scored his third century in four Tests.

He followed his 147 against Zimbabwe at Harare and 107 in the first Test against India with a superb 155 not out, but the tourists can take credit for the way their bowlers stuck to their task.

Two wickets in the final seven overs of play left the match evenly poised and provided comfort for Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, who put South Africa in after winning the toss.

But Gibbs looked good for plenty more at the close after hitting a six and 21 fours in his 283-ball innings, which carried him past 2,000 runs in Test cricket.

It was another magnificent exhibition by the 27-year-old, who has put past disciplinary problems behind him to produce the best form of his career during 2001.

Spin duo

India made two changes to the side beaten by nine wickets in the opening Test with Harbhajan Singh and Ajit Agarkar replacing left-arm pacemen Ashish Nehra and Zaheer Khan.

Their decision to field two spinners in Singh and Anil Kumble meant Ganguly having to use himself as third seamer after putting South Africa in on a green-looking pitch.

Javagal Srinath celebrates
Kallis looks back at his shattered stumps

The home side resisted the temptation to give 20-year-old batsman Jacques Rudolph a first Test cap and Boeta Dippenaar kept his place in an unchanged line-up.

Gary Kirsten survived a confident lbw appeal from Srinath at the start of play, but had only made four when he edged to Virender Sehwag at third slip.

He was unable to hang onto the chance but succeeding in knocking the ball up and VVS Laxman, standing at second slip, completed the catch.

Ganguly's two overs cost him 21 runs with Gibbs in typically positive mood, but he permitted himself fewer liberties when the spinners came into the attack.

A second wicket stand worth 70 was ended when Srinath returned to bowl Kallis off the inside edge for a sedate 24.

Singh strikes

South Africa were 91 for two at lunch and Gibbs raised the tempo following the resumption with Agarkar proving ineffective.

Boeta Dippenaar provided Gibbs with good support
Dippenaar sweeps a ball from Singh

McKenzie was bowled by Singh as he played across the line to a straight one but Dippenaar showed the tenacity needed by a player whose place is in jeopardy as he shared a stand of 105 with Gibbs.

Singh having bowled throughout the afternoon without further luck and Gibbs reached the fifth hundred of his Test career off 167 balls.

Dippenaar batted for almost three hours for 29 before attempting to drive a ball from Agarkar without getting his foot to the pitch of the ball and wicket-keeper Deep Dasgupta moved smartly to his right to take the catch.

Lance Klusener hit two fours but was unsettled by a confident lbw shout by Srinath when he had made nine, and was caught at slip next ball as he sparred at a wide one.

It had little obvious effect on Gibbs, however, and he drilled Agarkar over the covers to reach his 150 shortly before the close.

South Africa: S Pollock (capt), N Boje, M Boucher, B Dippenaar, H Gibbs, M Hayward, J Kallis, G Kirsten, L Klusener, N McKenzie, M Ntini.

India: S Ganguly (capt), A Agarkar, SS Das, D Dasgupta, R Dravid, A Kumble, VVS Laxman, V Sehwag, H Singh, J Srinath, S Tendulkar.

BBC Sport's Neil Manthorpe
"Gibbs dominated the innings"
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