England battle to retain initiative against S. Africa


LEEDS: England fought to wrench back the initiative from South Africa in the fourth Test on Friday, on a day when the sides seemed to swap their collective personalities. 

South Africa, so dominant at the start of the series, eked out 342 in their first innings, thanks mainly to a magnificently obdurate 130 from Gary Kirsten, before England rattled along to 197 for three as bad light cut short the second day. 

Shrugging off their frustrations – Kirsten had put on 150 with Monde Zondeki to equal South Africa's record for the eighth wicket – the home team scored at more than four runs an over in an attempt to make up time. 

Michael Vaughan fell cheaply, a block against Makhaya Ntini spinning back into his leg stump, before Mark Butcher (77) and Marcus Trescothick (59) put on 142 for the second wicket. 

Both, however, fell shortly before the close.  

Perhaps unwisely, they had accepted a break for light shortly before. 

So dominant before the interruption, Trescothick was caught and bowled by Jacques Kallis, who threw himself right to take the chance, just nine balls after the teams returned to the field. 

Butcher, whose innings was peppered with square cuts and forces, then drove at the same bowler and edged behind, leaving Nasser Hussain and Ed Smith at the crease. 

  • KARACHI:
  • Habibul Bashar scored 82 runs as Bangladesh provided Pakistan with some unexpected resistance to grind to a 105 run lead with seven second innings wickets in hand after the third day of the first Test on Friday. 

    Bashar helped Bangladesh to 163 for three after they had bowled Pakistan out for 346 in the morning, having added just 45 runs to their overnight score of 301 for five. – Agencies 

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