'Horrible' Kirsten saves the day for S. Africa


LEEDS: Gary Kirsten saved South Africa with a “horrible” back-to-the-wall century against England on the opening day of the fourth test at Headingley. 

The touring side recovered from 21 for four – and from the loss of their captain Graeme Smith from the fourth ball of the match – to close on 260 for seven. 

Kirsten, whose unbeaten hundred was his second in consecutive test innings, put on 95 for the fifth wicket with Jacques Rudolph (55) as the seaming conditions eased before sharing an unbroken partnership of 118 for the eighth with Monde Zondeki. 

Zondeki, who came in at number nine on his debut to face a hat-trick ball from Andrew Flintoff, finished with a maiden first-class half-century. 

Kirsten, on 109, had batted for all but a couple of minutes of the entire day, spending most of his time in studious and trademark defence. 

KARACHI: Bangladesh gave the first Test a competitive edge yesterday by bowling out Pakistan for 346 before lunch on the third day. 

After restricting Pakistan to a first-innings lead of 58 by picking up their last five wickets for 45 runs, Bangladesh responded with 11 for no loss by lunch. 

It was Pakistan's lowest total against Bangladesh in four Tests. – Agencies  

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