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banner Sunday, 18 November, 2001, 17:06 GMT
Pollock eyes declaration
Pollock an Klusener celebrate a wicket
Pollock is confident of bowling India out
South African captain Shaun Pollock is backing his bowlers to finish off India's hopes of a second Test comeback on a wearing pitch in Port Elizabeth.

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Bad light ended the third day's play 14 overs early on Sunday with South Africa 211 for five in their second innings.

But, with their overall lead a substantial 372, Pollock said that his only dilemma is the timing of his declaration.

We'll get a score we think is enough for us and then look to put them in
Shaun Pollock
"The bounce is getting variable, and I'm sure that will carry on for the next two days," Pollock said.

"The new ball certainly went around, so definitely with the harder ball there is lateral movement."

Pollock, who passed 250 career wickets on Saturday, completed his 14th five-wicket haul in the morning as India were bowled out for a first innings 201.

India's opening bowlers Javagal Srinath and Agit Agarkar then shared three South African wickets in the first 13 overs of the hosts' reply.

Srinath took two for four in his first spell of eight overs, six of which were maidens.

But Jacques Kallis steadied the South African ship with an unbeaten 84, in partnerships with Boeta Dippenaar, Lance Klusener and Pollock.

"We've played ourselves into a good position at this stage but we obviously need to try and bowl them out again," said Pollock.

"We'll get a score we think is enough for us and then look to put them in."

'Class bowler'

Indian captain Sourav Ganguly came in for some criticism after lunch when he chose not to unleash Srinath.

South Africa were 47 for three at that point and Srinath only returned to the attack for the 11th over of the afternoon.

Javagal Srinath appeals for an lbw decision
Srinath was outstanding but under-used
"When you play just two seamers, it's difficult to keep bringing them back," Pollock said in support of his Indian counterpart.

"They've got the rest of the day to go, and it's difficult to weigh up that decision."

Pollock said that Srinath had bowled very well.

"We've always respected him as a class bowler," he said.

"Whenever he's played against us, he's been at you and he gets the ball into the difficult areas."

Bad light danger

Bad light has forced an early finish for the second consecutive day, despite the use of floodlights for the last 40 minutes of the day, in accordance with new ICC regulations.

But Zimbabwean umpire Russell Tiffin defended the decision, saying that the red ball was more difficult to see under lights than the white one used in one-day internationals.

"Because the lights are poor, the ball is darker," he said.

"I'm not saying that it's dangerous but it's unfair for both sides."

Tiffin said that he had spoken to Ganguly, saying that the teams could stay on if slow bowlers were used.

But Ganguly intended to stick with his pace attack, and Pollock accepted the umpires offer of light because he was worried about an area of shadow under one of the grandstands.

Play will again begin half an hour early on Monday.

BBC Sport's Neil Manthorpe
"Shaun Pollock finished with 5-40"
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