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Ntini rips into Windies.

A devastating five-over spell of fast-bowling from Makhaya Ntini saw the paceman rip out three West Indies batsmen and put South Africa within sight of victory in the first Test ahead of the final day's play.

The team from the Caribbean were reeling at 31-3 in their second innings at stumps on day four - 347 runs adrift of their victory target of 378.

Ntini dismissed Wavell Hinds, nightwatchman Vasbert Drakes and Daren Ganga to leave the tourists in dire trouble. He had figures of 3-12 in the second innings.

Earlier in the day, Ntini had completed a five-wicket haul in the first innings as the West Indies were dismissed for 410.

That they posted such a large total was largely down to a superb 202 by Brian Lara, whose knock included a world-record 28 off one over from Robin Peterson during yesterday's play.

But even Lara will have to go some to pull off a win in this Test in which he has been fighting a solo rearguard action since the home side posted 561 in their first innings.

Lara was at the crease but yet to score, with Ramnaresh Sarwan also unbeaten on six, at the close of play.

The Windies could have hardly made a worse start to their reply.

Hinds was first to go - without scoring - when he was beaten for pace and had his off-stump removed, and then Drakes was bowled between bat and pad by Ntini.

Drakes had contributed just six runs, and Ntini then trapped Ganga leg before for 10 runs, bringing Lara to the crease.
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Title Annotation:Sport Cricket
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Dec 16, 2003
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