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oracle
December 12, 2003, 11:04 AM
South Africa 357/3 (86.4 ov)
West Indies South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first



Batsmen: R B 4s 6s S/R
M van Jaarsveld (RHB) 64 94 11 0 68.09 Striker
JH Kallis (RHB) 82 134 7 1 61.19 Non-striker

Bowlers: O M R W Econ
M Dillon (RFM) 18.4 3 49 0 2.62 (3nb, 0w) Golf Course End
FH Edwards (RFM) 18 1 78 1 4.33 (0nb, 3w) Corlett Drive End




Last Wicket: 240/3 (57.3 ov); Partnership: 80 runs, 17.4 overs, RR: 4.53
GC Smith c Lara b Edwards 132 (266m 184b 22x4 0x6) SR: 71.74


Windies getting into a bad start.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/3312615.stm



A high-quality century from captain Graeme Smith propelled South Africa to a commanding position of 206-2 at tea on day one of the first Test

Arnab
December 14, 2003, 06:27 AM
60.1 Pollock to Lara, FOUR, hit hard into the ground, bounces over
Peterson's head, despite jumping high in the air, at point


That would be interesting to watch.

Arnab
December 14, 2003, 08:25 AM
At tea:

Lara completed his 5th century of the year.

Tally so far (including current innings):

16 innings, 2 N.O., 1154 runs at 82.42, 5 centuries (2 vs Aus, 1 double vs SL, One near double ton vs Zim, and 1 vs SA so far), 4 half centuries.

The only batsman playing better than Lara right now is Ponting. Punter also scored 5 tons and 4 half centuries at an average of 93.46 in 15 innings (2 N.O.), 1 inning less than Lara.

Incidentally, Lara has also taken 18 catches this year, which is the highest for any fielder barring the wicketkeepers.

Tintin
December 14, 2003, 11:06 AM
End of over 120 (28 runs) West Indies 361/6 (trail by 200 runs)
RJ Peterson 13-2-76-0 - Corlett Drive End
M Dillon 4* (13b 1x4) BC Lara 178* (239b 28x4 2x6)

119.6 Peterson to Lara, FOUR, races to the 3rd man boundary
119.5 Peterson to Lara, FOUR, back over the bowler's head
119.4 Peterson to Lara, FOUR, brings up 350 runs for WI
119.3 Peterson to Lara, SIX, pulled over mid-wicket
119.2 Peterson to Lara, SIX, over the head of Nel at mid-on
119.1 Peterson to Lara, FOUR, clubbed to the boundary, at point

Arnab
December 14, 2003, 11:12 AM
HOLY ****!

All this happened while I was planning on writing about a well earned 150 by Lara.

What the hell was that?????

It was the second to last over of the day!! That's quite an unusual way to avoid the follow on before another day comes.



[Edited on 14-12-2003 by Arnab]

Arnab
December 14, 2003, 11:39 AM
Lara's 178* means he is now the year's top run getter with 1232 runs, passing Ponting. It's quite a battle.

Arnab
December 14, 2003, 02:42 PM
Apparently 28 runs off an over is a test record. Probably fitting for the most devastating batsman in the world. Take that Jayasurya! :)

Peterson said: "When he hit the first ball for four me and (captain) Graeme (Smith) both thought, 'He won't try it again'.

"After the second ball we looked at each other and thought, 'He won't try it again'.

"After the third ball we thought, 'He definitely won't try it again now'. Unfortunately we thought that all through the over."

Arnab
December 14, 2003, 03:31 PM
Lara had injured his right wrist when he brushed bowler Vasbert Drakes while completing a single to mid-off. Lara's arm collided with Drakes' bat handle and after grounding his bat with his left hand he dropped it and grimaced in enormous pain. He received some physio and with a bit of magic spray was able to continue.

The situation became worse for Lara after he was struck on the elbow - and probably the funny bone - by a seemingly innocuous delivery from Peterson. Unable to find a regular partner, his team floating well adrift of the follow-on target and the light caving in, Lara decided to take matters into his own aching hands.

He made his intentions clear in the fourth-last over of the day by flicking Pollock beautifully off his pads to the boundary, wincing in pain, and then crashing the next ball through the covers to the boundary. With 29 still required to avoid the follow-on and only two bowlersto come - and potentially Chris Gayle, who had a runner padded up in the pavilion - Lara was aiming to get the job done tonight.

The next over from Jacques Kallis further vindicated Lara's intentions as Dillon played and missed most deliveries with minimal footwork. With Lara forcing the removal of Pollock from the attack - one of many bewildering decisions by South African captain Graeme Smith - he lined up Peterson.

The first ball disappeared to the point boundary for four, while the next two carried the mid-on and midwicket ropes respectively. Two more fours, and a lovely glide to the third man boundary, saw Lara earn the record for the most runs off an over in Test cricket on record - 28. The nearest is Craig McMillan, whose 26 against Pakistan came in a sequence of 444464. The pair are believed to be the only two to hit a boundary from every ball of a six-ball over.

[Edited on 14-12-2003 by Arnab]

BangladeshCricket
December 14, 2003, 04:47 PM
Can't deny he is one of the best...amazing...tough tough jobs ahead of us ...how we will stop this guy in WI????:-/

James90
December 14, 2003, 06:34 PM
60.1 Pollock to Lara, FOUR, hit hard into the ground, bounces over Peterson's head, despite a big jump, at point


I did that once and just got sledged for it :P