Kirsten puts South Africans on top

LEEDS: Gary Kirsten's painstaking 60 gave South Africa the upper hand on the third day of the fourth Test against England at Headingley here on Saturday. 

Left-hander Kirsten, who made 130 in South Africa's first innings, was primarily responsible for the tourists' stumpsscore of 164 for five – a lead of 199. 

Neil McKenzie was 17 not out and Mark Boucher two not out. 

On a pitch where the odd ball rearing alarmingly or keeping exceptionally low, South Africa were not far short of a decisivelead. 

Together with Jacques Kallis, Kirsten put on 97 for the third wicket after South Africa had wobbled in their second innings at 31 for two. 

“When the ball takes off a length, it's very difficult. It makes batting a lottery,” saidKirsten, the 35-year-old Western Province left-hander. 

Looking ahead, Kirsten added: “We're targetting a lead of around 250. If we got that we'd be happy.” 

  • KARACHI: Pakistan beat Bangladesh by seven wickets to win the first Test at Karachi's National Cricket Stadium yesterday. 

    Pakistani batsman Yasir Hameed scored a century in each innings to become onlythe second batsman in Test cricket's 128-year history to achieve the feat in his first Test. – AFP 

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