AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla have added 168 runs for the fourth wicket against West Indies at centurion © Getty Images (File Photo)

Dec 17, 2014

AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla have put South Africa in complete command at the tea interval, in the first Test against West Indies at centurion. South Africa concluded the second session sitting comfortably at 225 for three. The duo have matched each other shot for shot as they pile on the misery in tandem. They are both closing in on their respective hundreds.

The opening phase of the second session mirrored the one before lunch, but unfortunately for the West Indies what followed didn’t.  The bowling was largely insipid, but that’s also a reflection of what a belter of a pitch its turned out to be. The visitors though didn’t help their cause by starting proceedings with the least threatening bowling option; Sulieman Benn. The idea was to rotate the seamers from the other end, but under helpful overhead conditions it was a baffling tactic.

De Villiers and Amla pounced on every bit of loose bowling dished out by the West Indies. A tiny stroke of luck went Amla’s way, when a delivery from Kemar Roach discernibly kissed the off stump but inexplicably failed to dislodge the bails. But since then South Africa have assumed command of the match going into tea. Both batsmen brought up their respective half centuries on either side of the drinks break. De Villiers was first to get to the landmark. The two batsmen have scored boundaries at great frequency, and are neck and neck going into the tea break. The post lunch session fetched 123 runs. To aggravate the visitors troubles, Sheldon Cottrell has been warned for bowling a beamer and for running on the danger area in his follow through. Five overthrows on the last ball before the tea break summed up the session for West Indies.

Earlier during the day the toss was delayed due to a wet outfield, which also influenced Denesh Ramdin’s decision to bowl. The West Indies began poorly but were in a position of ascendency at the conclusion of the first session with Roach providing two crucial breakthroughs and Cottrell with one wicket to his credit.

Brief Scores :

South Africa 225 for 3 ( AB de Villiers 85*, H Amla 79*; K Roach 2 for 28, S Cottrell 1 for 66 ) vs West Indies

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