England set SA target of 378

31 December 2004 | Sport
ENGLAND capped their second day of ultra-performance by capturing the wicket of South African captain Graeme Smith shortly before the close of the fourth day of the second test in Durban yesterday.
Having pummelled 570 for seven off the South African attack, England struck with the ball just 39 balls into the home team\'s second innings when Matthew Hoggard got the ball to swing back into Smith, who was trying to hit the ball square on the leg-side and was trapped leg-before.
The left-handed opener made just five and South Africa were 12 for one chasing the improbable target of 378 for victory.
Herschelle Gibbs, who had already been dropped by the England wicketkeeper, Geraint Jones, off the bowling of Steve Harmison, and Nicky Boje, the nightwatchman, were the batsmen at the crease when stumps were called at 21 for one.
The English declared their second innings closed on 570/7 after the loss of Ashley Giles\'s wicket in the final session.
Graham Thorpe joined fellow left-handers Marcus Trescothick and Andrew Strauss as the third centurion of the innings and the South Africans were not able to dismiss him as he finished on 118 not out.
After a good morning session in which South Africa captured three wickets for 41 runs, Thorpe, Andrew Flintoff (60) and Jones (73) ravaged the South African attack in the afternoon as 256 runs were added in 64.3 overs.

Aussies beat Pakistan by nine wickets
MATTHEW Hayden and captain Ricky Ponting scored unbeaten half-centuries to guide Australia to a record fifth series win of 2004 yesterday, beating Pakistan by nine wickets on the fourth day of the second test.
Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne combined to take seven wickets in Pakistan\'s second innings of 163, which left the home side chasing 126 to win.
Australia started their innings shortly before lunch yesterday\'s fourth day of play, losing Justin Langer for five in the second over, caught behind off the bowling of Mohammad Sami.
Hayden (56 not out) and Ponting (62 not out) added 116 for the second wicket.
Ponting clubbed leg spinner Danish Kaneria over long-on for six to hit the winning runs in the 28th over.
Australia, who won the first test in Perth by 491 runs, hold an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The third test starts in Sydney on January 2.
The home side had claimed a first innings lead of 38 with their total of 379 at Melbourne Cricket Ground, led by man of the match Damien Martyn\'s 142.

Pakis injured ahead of final test
INJURIES have disrupted the Pakistan team with all-rounder Shoaib Malik and fast bowler Mohammad Sami ruled out of Sunday\'s final Sydney Test cricket match against Australia.
Coach Bob Woolmer said the pair cannot play while adding that Abdul Razzaq was back in hospital after batting on the final day of the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Razzaq fell ill at the team\'s hotel before the start of Tuesday\'s third day\'s play and spent most of the day having hospital tests but he came out to bat yesterday and scored a gutsy 19.
Woolmer said captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, who missed the MCG Test with a back complaint, had improved but it was too early to say whether he would play in the New Year Test.
\"Inzamam is feeling better; that\'s a good thing and we have some young quick bowlers with us who I think can do a good job,\" Woolmer said after the series loss.
\"I don\'t think we need reinforcements for the last Test but we might change our one-day side slightly (for next month\'s triangular tournament) because of the various injuries.
\"Abdul Razzaq is in hospital, so he\'s in doubt; Shoaib Malik won\'t play because he\'s got stitches in his right hand and Mohammad Sami won\'t play because he\'s got a very badly bruised and bleeding heel and he\'s been advised to rest for two weeks.
\"But we have 17 in the touring party and we have some very good quality cricketers (and) maybe we can give them an opportunity.\" Woolmer paid tribute to his wounded brigade who battled on with their injuries in an effort to help Pakistan stave off defeat.

Sri Lanka\'s tour of NZ scrapped
SRI Lanka\'s tour of New Zealand has been postponed following the tsunami that devastated the southern Asian nation, the International Cricket Council said yesterday.
Over 22,000 people on the Indian Ocean island were killed by the tsunami which has affected countries across south Asia and the death toll is continuing to rise.
ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed said that the ICC was comfortable with the decision of both boards.
\"The impact of the tsunami on Sri Lanka has been devastating and we fully understand the decision taken by the boards to postpone the series,\" Speed said in a statement. \"In this situation where two of our members have agreed to postpone the series there is no issue of fines or compensation.\"
Sri Lanka lost the first of five one-day internationals on Sunday and were due to play two tests. - (supercricket.co.za)



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